Posted by Alex Barie
Last week’s Impact Wrestling featured a in-ring segment with Sting as he discussed his title match he had with Bully Ray at Slammiversary. Sting brought up that no one helped him in the match while Aces & 8s were all over it. He said the Aces are like family, so now he should create a family. He is going to create a new family called the New Main Event Mafia! After this was announced, the wrestling world blew up. Some liked it and some didn’t, but almost everyone gave their opinion who the members of the group may be. I will be taking a look at choices that I’ve mostly seen and other choices that could work within the realm of the storyline!
Now anyone who is against the Aces & 8s have a great reason as to why they are in the new group. Samoa Joe has been against the Aces since day one! He has been attacked by the faction and even lost the Television Title to Devon, who is part of the group. Joe has been taken out for several weeks by Aces, but is now back. The only thing that may be stopping him from joining the New Main Event Mafia is the Bound for Glory Series. Joe is entered in the series and I would think that may be his soul priority. Who wouldn’t focus on that? If you win that series, you can get a TNA World Championship match. You could become champion! Joe can very well be a member as he was once a member of the original Main Event Mafia. That didn’t work out very well, so maybe he can rebound. It will certainly make him relevant again after seeing Joe become obsolete as I discussed here.
AJ was one name that everyone brought up when they gave their predictions as to who will join the New Main Event Mafia. Let’s run through AJ’s recent history. AJ came back at the beginning of the year with a dark and quiet look. He was in it for himself. People saw him as a huge star though and that can directly be seen through Team TNA trying to get AJ on their side while Aces & 8s were trying to get him in their club. AJ went on to join Aces for a couple minutes, but ultimately turned on the club. Now they want him. They are out for revenge. Is AJ part of Team TNA though? AJ is still there for himself. While Aces are after him and New Main Event Mafia are going after Aces, AJ is still walking alone. No one can get inside his head. Hulk Hogan couldn’t. Aces couldn’t. Can Sting? I don’t see AJ joining with anyone, but that’s just me. I already mapped out where I see AJ going here.
Kurt Angle was also a name that everyone mentioned and for good reasons. Kurt has been with Aces & 8s for months. In fact, Aces played mind games with him! Remember when Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff were around Kurt as he was teaching them the ropes of the business? Well, they turned on him and revealed that they were part of Aces the entire time! Kurt felt betrayed. They took advantage of him and he wanted payback. Each side had their own victories as Aces took Kurt out in the ring and out of the ring. Kurt evened the playing field by beating D-Lo Brown in an I Quit Match. Kurt probably still wants revenge as now they cost him a spot in the Bound for Glory Series. We do have to think about the story between him and Rampage Jackson. Kurt and Jackson went face to face two weeks ago and then Jackson came to the aid of Kurt last week. They want to fight each other, but it seems like they are building some type of friendship or alliance. Kurt can’t forget about Jackson though. Will he be part of the New Main Event Mafia for a short time? Don’t forget his history though! He ran the original Main Event Mafia and it broke up within the walls. Sting went against the group and it led to a massive brawl between Kurt and Sting. Will Sting take that into account? This is his family anyway… not Kurt’s!
Magnus has also been one of those people who have been against Aces & 8s since their inception. Magnus has been receiving a slow push as of late. I mean slow because he is talked about the guy who can help Sting and Kurt Angle take out Aces, but then Aces attack him backstage and he goes on his way through the mid-cards. He is now part of the Bound for Glory Series, so I think that, just like Joe, may be his soul focus. While Magnus wants to get his hands on Aces, I don’t see him being in a group that revolves around big star talent. Magnus is still growing. While he is the future, the company has to book him as such. Growth is key and growth will come from the Bound for Glory Series.
I decided to combine these two characters because it is quite obvious that the same person plays both of them. Either way, one or both of these characters could be part of the New Main Event Mafia. Joseph Parks has also been against Aces & 8s since the beginning. The group captured him, held him hostage, and finally let him go, but they continued their path of destruction as they beat him up backstage and in the ring. Parks is the one guy who never stops getting bullied. Abyss, however, is someone who went after Aces, took the Television Title from Devon, and is making some little cameo every now and then. Clearly Aces want Abyss taken out, but can they do it? I can see Sting going directly to Parks and asking if he can get in touch of Abyss. He may reward Parks by giving him a spot in the Mafia, but the focus could be for Abyss. Who knows, Parks may finally reveal that he is Abyss the whole time! Wouldn’t that damper Aces’ fire?!
One person that people are forgetting about is D-Lo Brown! D-Lo was part of Aces & 8s for several months. He even helped the group enter the company, but it all came crashing down for him once he lost to Kurt Angle. Aces wanted him to win. They needed him to win. They wanted him to take out Kurt, but he failed to do so. D-Lo felt the wrath of Aces. They kept him around to be their maid, but that didn’t even work out. Mr. Anderson attacked D-Lo backstage a couple weeks ago and we haven’t seen him since. D-Lo is long and gone from Aces. The group got rid of the weak, but we can’t forget about him. D-Lo has to want revenge. Sting could reach out to D-Lo. He could join the New Main Event Mafia and it would give them great advantage. D-Lo was directly involved with the Aces. He knows how they think and run. He knows their strengths and weaknesses. He can convey that to the New Main Event Mafia and all they have to do is listen to D-Lo. D-Lo could really be the deciding factor in helping Aces & 8s fall.
Out of the stars that people mentioned no one mentioned Jeff Hardy and that is a bit surprising. Jeff may be the biggest victim of Aces & 8s of the entire company. Aces took the title from Jeff, attacked him to the point where he has been absent for about 2 months and now is back and fighting Aces again. Jeff is the perfect person to be in this group. He is a main event star. He is established and he wants Aces. Aces & 8s caused him a lot of stress and he would just love to to be part of their demise. Jeff is a clear member, in my eyes. Maybe TNA still needs Jeff.
Many people, including me, have mentioned Jeff Jarrett many times in the past couple of months. I first mentioned him as the possible leader of Aces & 8s. It would have made perfect sense with the whole element of realism. The next mention about him came when the TNA Hall of Fame was announced. I, and mostly everyone else, thought Jeff Jarrett would be going into the Hall of Fame. Well, maybe he deserved to go in more than we were thinking he was going to go in. At any rate, that failed to become a reality as Kurt Angle was announced instead. I discussed Jeff and Kurt’s amazing rivalry they had in TNA Wrestling and listed it as one of his top rivalries in the company. In fact, Kendra Bunyon even gave her prediction that Jeff would be the free agent that TNA signed. Now his name will be mentioned in regards to the New Main Event Mafia. Jeff hasn’t had involvement on Impact Wrestling since 2011. Therefore, he never been involved with the Aces & 8s. Does that matter though? Jeff is still the founder and part owner of the company. Jeff wants what is best for his company. He sees Aces as a huge threat and wants to get rid of them. Jeff returns and helps bring his company back from the darkness named Aces & 8s. It could very well happen. Sting could have Jeff up his sleeve. TNA could pull out a shocker. I just don’t know whether we will see Jeff back on TNA television though. He’s a great talent and he sure can be utilized. Jeff is a big name and with him being part owner brings the realism into play.
Who do you think is the most logical choices to be members of the New Main Event Mafia? Do you think there is a member that I haven’t mentioned yet? Sound off in the comments area!
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