Posted by Alex Barie
There is no doubt that TNA Wrestling is creating talk. In fact, I wrote on my Facebook page, that there has been more talk about TNA this month than any other time since its inception. There’s positive and negative talk, but the fact that they are creating talk is something special. TNA is furthering this talk with a video hyping the phrase, “#August1Warning.” If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below:
The question everyone has is… Who is behind this “#August1Warning” video? I asked around and Chris Surrency, from WWENews.net, and our own Jason Fanklin gave their thoughts on who it could be!
I actually have three ideas on who it could be in the video.
We’ve seen it’s apparently as bald head which leads me to think first off, DOC could be returning with a new gimmick as someone who’s out for themselves after being stepped over in his faction, as well as being fired by TNA. His impact would be that he could be the man who winds up taking out the Aces from the inside, as he knows their workings and what to do to get each member.
My second theory, from the other day, was possibly Roy Jones Jr. after hearing about his upcoming boxing match with Rampage. I don’t think he would have too big an impact outside of being aligned with Aces, but I honestly don’t think that’s an option. I would prefer the first option to be the solution over this one as it wouldn’t do any good to bring in Jones. While he’s a character, I honestly don’t see a benefit to this addition.
The last theory, the one that came to mind was possibly D-Lo Brown. The problem here is that D-Lo is not a high impact character, bringing him back in some role isn’t going to make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. If Mark Henry had decided not to sign the extensions with WWE I could see this option working, as D-Lo could bring Henry in to start taking over the company, taking out person after person on their way to the top.
My theory is pretty much Drew Hankison is coming back in some role, as a main event worker who’s going to take down his former running mates.
People throwing on Goldberg, I’m not sure he’s going to go back and if he did I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be nearly the guy we all remembered. In relation to Cody Hall, I think putting him in a major role after just 11 matches would be irresponsible on behalf of not only his father, but TNA, he’s not ready for that type of role, this early in his career he’s more of a liability than anything else.
There are several reasons why TNA Wrestling would have delayed their #August1Warning. Or, maybe we can assume that it wasn’t delayed, that the company is merely testing out their internet marketability, and to keep people (like us) talking. As to the identity of the person in the video, it’s hard to say, though I know MVP has been popping up as a major TNA addition. For the record, I hope they don’t make that mistake. MVP is injury-prone, and with the BFG Series in full swing, I just don’t see room on their roster for his services.
I would like to think it was Jeff Jarrett, who is long-overdue for a return to Impact television, however neither the image or the voice seem to me like it could be him. If and when he does come back, it’s likely going to be at a scripted ‘power’ capacity, hopefully leading to a feud with Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan or Sting. I’m not sure if he’s ring ready, but I know the wrestling world has not seen the last of Double-J.
I have a feeling that the person in the #August1Warning is DOC. The person sounds like they have a vendetta, and he clearly stated that he did not work for either TNA Wrestling or Spike TV. I was surprised when he wasn’t re-signed, and I have a hard time believing that, being one of the first (or first unmasked) members Aces & Eights, TNA would simply let him go. A returning DOC could change the BFG Series without even being a participant (though I felt he deserved the opportunity more than Mr. Anderson). It’s a win/win situation for TNA Wrestling, as it would give the angle a bit more life, something it has needed for some time now. DOC is a young, talented worker who could make a big return to WWE if TNA didn’t, or doesn’t, do something about it.
I was somewhat vocal about this whole video on my Facebook page, but I was more so curious as to who other people thought it could be. I read a wide range of answers. Some said Jeff Jarrett. First off, I was told he refused to, “Be part of TNA.” Is that a lead-in because the person in the video said he doesn’t work for TNA Wrestling or Spike TV? Very interesting, to say the least.
Another mention was Goldberg. Now, I know TNA had talks with Goldberg in the past, but nothing worked out. Has a deal been made? There are lots of people who are convinced it is Goldberg. I just don’t see it being him. It certainly would be awesome if it was though.
Other mentions were Cody Hall and Stone Cold Steve Austin. First off, as Chris mentioned, Cody is very new in the business as he just finished his 11th match. Stone Cold wouldn’t even look in the direction of TNA right now. Those two are out. More mentions were MVP and John Morrison. MVP said it wasn’t him on Twitter but we know how true that social media site can be sometimes. As far as Morrison… it could be but did he really shave his head?
The only person I didn’t mention was DOC. Could it really be him? His contract did expire with the company a few weeks ago. They couldn’t reach a deal… or could they? We know anything is possible in the wrestling business. Remember when Devon‘s contract “expired” in TNA Wrestling? Was it really expired or did TNA and Devon work the wrestling world? I was shocked when TNA decided to move on with DOC because he was on television almost every week. He is the most relevant guy who could come in. The biggest name guy, certainly not, but we know how TNA works. They have a lot of hype and usually people say it leads to, “Disappointment.” DOC would be my guess, but I wouldn’t bet any money on it. I certainly am excited to see who it is.
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