Posted by Alex Barie
Welcome everyone to the first installment of my new weekly series – Impact Wrestling’s Top Ten Tier! I will be ranking the top ten stars of the week’s show depending on multiple factors from how much time TNA invested in them on the show to match outcomes. It is strictly my ranking, but feel free to give your thoughts and your own ranking!
10. Hulk Hogan
Some probably won’t be surprised that Hulk is in the top ten, but the people may be surprised that he is number 10! I didn’t feel Hogan made a huge impact as he usually does. Sure, Hogan had his fair share of appearances during the show… he opened the show and announced who won the poll between Jeff Hardy and Bobby Roode, but Hogan also caught Bully Ray in the back and pinned him up against the wall. We sure thought Hogan was going to take Bully out, but Hulk wanted Bully to take a shot at him. Ray didn’t, but it sure made for an interesting and edgy segment.
9. Austin Aries
Aries won his match against Jay Bradley as he gathered 7 points in the Bound for Glory Series. In fact, Jay put up quite a fight against Aries. It wasn’t a bad match at all. It was back and forth, but Aries hit his combo double move with the running dropkick to the corner and then the Brain Buster. He gets the win and is on the board.
8. Christopher Daniels
Christopher Daniels is another person who won his match in the Bound for Glory Series and he got 7 points. His match with Hernandez wasn’t anything spectacular, but both carried their weight. Hernandez keeps impressing me each week, but Daniels’ BME (Best Moonsault Ever) was the exclamation point.
7. Jeff Hardy
It was hard to put Jeff Hardy at number 7, but I had to. He won the poll against Bobby Roode, which was quite obvious. He called out Roode, which was predictable, but his match with Roode was a great main event for the show. These two have nice chemistry together and it showed. Hardy came back and got the win and he is on the board in the Bound for Glory Series.
6. Brooke Hogan
Brooke made quite an impact on this week’s show and that is why I gave her gave her number 6 this week. Brooke’s first focal point was the State of the Knockout Division Address. That segment cleared things up but also left a question and that question is, “What are they going to do with the Knockout Tag Team Titles?” It looks like they are just going to vacate them. Honestly, they should as those titles are a waste right now with the little Knockouts they have. Brooke mentioned that Velvet Sky vs. Mickie James is set for next week and that Gail Kim will face Taryn Terrell in a Ladder Match in a few weeks! I actually wrote to TNA writers about making that match. I’m stoked for it as I know it is going to tear the show down. Brooke’s next focal point was with Bully Ray. Brooke left the arena, but was going to come back as Bully called her. He wanted to talk. She was going to come out at the end, but Sting did instead. The question still lies on the true relationship between Ray and Brooke.
5. Mr. Anderson
Mr. Anderson received the most points this week for TNANews.com‘s Fantasy Wrestling. That means that Ken was seen on the show more than anyone else. You really wouldn’t realize until you go segment to segment. Not only that, Ken won his match against Joseph Park. Ken is on a huge role! This is one guy who, I think, will be staying in the top ten for quite sometime!
Magnus is the only guy who made someone submit last night and that means he has the most points out of anyone in the Bound for Glory Series. He is in first place. That can change by next week, and it probably will, but Magnus is at the top right now. That certainly gets him one of the top 5 spots on here.
3. Bully Ray
Bully Ray continues his reign as champion and his reign as President of Aces & 8s. The group is slowly falling through the cracks, but his reign continues. His next opponent could be Chris Sabin, Kenny King, or Suicide. Whoever it is… expect Ray to win. Ray has a war on both sides though. It is like Germany in the 1940s. People are coming from the East and the West. Ray has to worry about the next challenger for his title, but he also has to worry about Sting’s Main Event Mafia. Ray fell victim to the group this week, and he could very well fall again this week. That title is the only thing keeping him afloat right now. I also have to through in that members of the Aces & 8s may soon be after him either Doc or Mr. Anderson. Ray could be in deep trouble soon!
2. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle was only seen once on the entire show, but his only appearance was a huge one! Kurt came on stage after Bully was walking backwards up it. He turned and Kurt took him down and put him in the Ankle Lock. Kurt is a member of the Main Event Mafia. It was a predictable pick, but a big pick! Kurt has history with Sting and the faction. Could things repeat itself? I don’t think Kurt will try to gain control only because their main focus is to take aces & 8s down. Kurt brings the Main Event Mafia to another level.
Sting gets the number 1 spot because of his lovely mind games! He announced that he will be making a New Main Event Mafia. The whole week had people questioning who will be in the group. It showed right here on the site with huge amounts of traffic. Sting made the deal with Kurt this week and revealed him. Sting is building his family. Sting is in the mind of Bully and the rest of Aces. He continues building his family in the next couple of weeks. There’s no question that Aces are panicking.
What are your thoughts on this week’s Impact and the rankings? Who would you make number 1?
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