Slammiversary fallout: TNA has some explaining to do
Nobody appreciates a good swerve more than me. The key word, however, is “good,” because not much turns fans off more than an angle heavy on shock value and light on logic.
And that takes me to Sunday night’s TNA pay-per-view, Slammiversary (disclaimer: I have read online reports but did not watch the show). The big news coming out of the event is that Kurt Angle once again is TNA world champion. The even bigger news is that Samoa Joe helped Angle win the title, and then the two long-time rivals embraced after the match as Kevin Nash, Booker T. and Scott Steiner (but not Sting) looked on approvingly.
I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t The Main Event Mafia break Joe’s arm a while back, and didn’t Joe then systematically destroy Nash, Booker and Steiner (who Joe also attacked with his big knife) before vowing to kill Angle? And didn’t Joe just defeat Angle on Thursday’s episode of Impact?
My suspicion is that when TNA realized it had weakened Joe’s character by making him a naïve, whining babyface, the creative team attempted to rehabilitate Joe by repackaging him as an avenging anti-hero. And when fans didn’t really get behind that concept, TNA’s knee-jerk reaction was to turn him heel. It’s possible that Joe’s torn triceps – which he suffered earlier this month and could sideline him for up to six months if he elects to have surgery – forced TNA to alter whatever its plans were for Joe prior to the injury.
I can’t wait to see how TNA is going make sense out of Joe helping Angle. If Joe really is in the MEM, that seems like a bad fit to me. And speaking of a bad fit, I can’t imagine that Joe is going to look good in one of those fancy MEM track suits. But I digress. Perhaps Joe joining the heel faction and Angle’s title win will lead to the MEM attacking Sting and finally booting him out of the group.
Here’s what I think would be a better – and more logical – scenario:
Instead of Joe joining the MEM, Angle and Joe turn on the other Mafia members and form a new faction.
It is revealed that the mystery person that Joe has been taking advice from is Angle, not Tazz as everyone thought. Angle had convinced Joe that even though they have been enemies, they are actually very much alike as far as their violent demeanor and the fact that both have been let down by their friends. Angle, feeling as if the MEM showed more loyalty to Sting than to him, was the one who ordered the hits on Nash, Steiner and Booker, and Joe carried them out.
In an ambush, Joe and Angle jump Nash, Steiner and Booker. When the latter three eventually gain the advantage, Matt Morgan and Eric Young come out and help Angle and Joe. Sting then shows up to even the sides and clear the ring.
Angle later cuts a promo saying that the other guys in the MEM are yesterday’s news. He’s still in his prime, and he now will lead a group of guys that are the future of TNA in Joe, Morgan and Young. It will come to light that when Joe threw Young in the trunk of a car a while back, the driver was Angle, who then convinced Young that TNA had been disrespecting him.
So we’ll have a feud between a babyface MEM led by Sting against Angle’s faction. As for the soon-to-be-debuting Tazz, TNA can give him a role as a commentator or a manager.
That’s my idea. We’ll find out on Thursday what TNA has come up with.