For eighteen months, The Aces and Eights ran roughshod throughout TNA thanks to the evil manipulator known as Bully Ray. The Sons of Anarchy inspired faction have possessed both the TNA World Heavyweight and Television championships; and are solely responsible for closing the World championship chapter in the story of “The Icon” Sting. So what finally lead to their demise? Was it The Main Event Mafia? Was it “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles?
Although MEM was reformed with the sole purpose of destroying The Aces & Eights and taking back the control of the World title away from the club’s president, their greatest contribution was thinning the numbers. AJ Styles, now wrestling in “third-world countries” defending an “unsanctioned” world title according to TNA President Dixie Carter, did accomplish one of MEM’s agendas by defeating Bully Ray at Bound for Glory for the World championship.
The second part of the agenda was all thanks to former VP of The Aces and Eights, Mr. Anderson. The former two-time TNA World champion was persuaded into joining the club with a parade of alcohol and beautiful easy women, but what set him off was Bully’s abuse of power. The Prez was too busy locking lips with the lovely Brooke Tessmacher, and bragging about his former body guard MMA star Tito Ortiz.
The culmination at Turning Point that has built up since Anderson was ousted from the club via a spike piledriver at the top of the entrance ramp was perhaps, if not, Anderson’s greatest match in TNA Wrestling. Yes, he’s been the World champion, and he’s wrestled in a five-star match against Kurt Angle at Lockdown (2010), but for the first time in a long time, Anderson fought with passion.
It’s no secret that Anderson was fired from the WWE under some bogus context of a broken wrist, which led him to TNA where most freshly released WWE talents go to. But during his stint in TNA, not once did he wrestle like he wanted to be there. Perhaps he was wrestling under the mindset that he would return to the WWE in three years time.
An emmient return to WWE did appear to be the case when Anderson was exiled from The Aces and Eights, but when he came rushing down the ramp to ensure AJ Styles retained the World title from Bully Ray, he came back with something worth fighting for. Mr. Anderson wrestled with passion and conviction and that’s what makes this crazy world of professional wrestling so real to us.
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[Watch Mr. Anderson’s post match reaction courtesy of TNA’s Official YouTube channel]