While Thursday marks the first show after TNA’s biggest pay-per-view of the year, the anticipation over which direction Impact Wrestling heads now will determine how successful the company is moving forward.
As much as BFG should have been the culmination of the majority of storylines, the poor booking has most of the top feuds just getting started. With so many more questions than answers, the complete sense of the unknown is exciting.
TNA Impact Wrestling could go in a million new directions Thursday, and what the creative team ends up deciding will be just too good to miss.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: SPIKE TV
Aces and Eights
After beating Sting and Bully Ray at Bound for Glory, the Aces and Eights gang has earned the right to enter the Impact Zone as they please. Impact Wrestling is about to get chaotic.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who is the leader?
While it was revealed that Devon was part of the Aces and Eights gang, there is little question that he is not the leader. The hope now is that each week the TNA roster unmasks one of the gang members to reveal another former wrestler.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 epic reveals
No matter how much the fans complain about this angle, there will be a huge reveal at the end that will have everyone tuning in to see. Whether you like this storyline or not, it is doing a darn good job getting the fans to care about whom the members are and who the leader is.
TNA Rumors: Who wrestled for Aces & Eights at BFG? (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
TNA World Champion Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries
After a last-second heel turn on the go-home show to Bound for Glory, Austin Aries now has to be a new character without his TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Jeff Hardy, on the other hand, is the face of TNA once again.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Hardy have a long title reign?
While many fans just think of a Hardy and Aries rematch, stars like Bully Ray, James Storm and Bobby Roode all want a shot at the title. If I was a betting man, I’d say Hardy will remain the champion for at least the next four months.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Swanton bombs
With Hardy’s contract reportedly up in February (h/t ProWrestling.net), the company will do its best to keep the charismatic enigma in TNA. As the biggest mover of merchandise and arguably the biggest attraction in the company, TNA must do whatever it takes to re-sign the former WWE star.
TNA Rumors: Jeff Hardy wants to stay in TNA? (ProWrestling.net)
Bound for Glory Aftermath
After one of the worst builds to a PPV in the history of the wrestling business, TNA salvaged the show by putting together one of the best events of the year. As bad as the storylines were coming in, the company did a great job planting the seeds for fans to keep tuning in Thursdays.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Where does TNA go from here?
With Rob Van Dam winning the X Division Championship, Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero stealing the World Tag Team Championships and Tara winning the Knockouts strap, there are plenty of new angles that will start this week. That should get fans excited!
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 mailed-in efforts
My only legitimate concern is the same one I have for WWE after WrestleMania every year; with the majority of major storylines finding a conclusion, the company better have something big up their sleeves to get the fans hooked back on the product.
WWE gave us Brock Lesnar after ‘Mania; your move TNA.
TNA Rumors: Kurt Angle in "Rough Shape?" (TNAWrestlingNews)
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