After yet another solid pay-per-view Sunday with TNA’s Turning Point, it’s time for the company to shift its focus back to Impact Wrestling and which way they will be taking the top storylines.
With every major title being retained, TNA decided that Turning Point’s impact on the product going forward would be minimal.
Instead, the company will hopefully be focusing on each Impact and building toward December’s Final Resolution and January’s Genesis PPVs.
The push through the winter starts this week, and the biggest stars in the company will be heading back to the top of the card where they belong.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
The World Title Scene
After retaining his title against Austin Aries and effectively banishing the young star from the title scene, Jeff Hardy continues his reign as TNA World champion, but he has a new opponent on the schedule—James Storm.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will fans care about a face vs. face battle?
As much as the fans like both Hardy and Storm, the idea of two faces working a program with each other is not what the company wants to build around. While it would normally be TNA’s custom to turn one of them heel, there is a feeling that the company could just add Bobby Roode to the main event.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 heel infusions
Roode is the most logical booking in this case, but how they get him involved in the main event—or if they even deem it necessary—is imperative to the success of this main event. Roode should have won the No. 1 contender match and Aries should be feuding with Storm.
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Aces and Eights
After a PPV that featured two Aces and Eights matches and a poster adorned with a gang member and the insignia of the group, the idea that TNA is going to realize the error of its ways and stop this madness has faded completely.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will the payoff make this all worth it?
As much as the desire to build new stars is the right way for TNA to go with the Aces and Eights storyline, the flaws in logic throughout this angle makes it flat-out hard to enjoy at times. If TNA thinks the fans are going to stick around for this whole angle and be happy when Eric Bischoff is revealed as the leader, the company is sadly mistaken.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 future reveals
While the odds are that Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff are involved in the gang in some way, the hope is that the future reveals will be more interesting than just those two names. As sad as it sounds, I’d rather have TNA reveal Chris Masters than Bischoff.
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What’s Next for the Other Champions?
With Samoa Joe, Rob Van Dam and the duo of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez all retaining their titles, the slate has been wiped clean going forward. Now it’s time to begin a new feud with each of these competitors.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who will everyone fight?
The reset button for Impact has been pressed, and that’s good news for most fans in the audience tired of the same matches over and over again. With a deep roster full of top-tier talent, TNA should have no problem pulling guys like Mr. Anderson out and putting him in a feud with Joe.
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 same old matches
Despite the fact that the stage has been set for all new feuds to keep the company fresh despite the constant Aces and Eights intrusions, TNA is likely to give us the same matches we had before or something meaningless until they figure it out.
TNA News: This week’s Impact Spoilers (TNAWrestlingNews)
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