The Road To Bound For Glory: The Creatures Of The Night?
In a previous column, I remarked on how I think Jeff Hardy has been playing a heel character and getting a face reaction. He is one of those rare wrestlers who will get a face reaction regardless of how he is used, I suspect.
For my own part, I’ve never been the biggest fan. I don’t care for the stringy, halfway-colored hair, those sleeve things he wears, and I am beyond sick of those black painter-style pants he has worn since the late ‘90s. But I did like his brief run as “the anti-Christ of professional wrestling” and I love what he is doing with the face paint, especially his eyes.
It’s creepy but in a good way. I also think it’s supposed to signal to observant fans that there is a transformation going on and as Hardy gets back into TNA’s good graces, he may go back to being the heel he was before that disastrous pay-per-view matchup with Sting.
So, I ask you, who are “the creatures of the night?”
Right now, Hardy would tell you it’s all of his fans. But, couldn’t that also be a good way of describing the darkly dressed, masked members of Aces and Eights?
A big reveal about Aces and Eights is coming, maybe this Thursday when Hulk Hogan visits their den, but more likely at Bound For Glory on Oct. 14. I think at least one major member of the Impact Wrestling roster, maybe more than one, will be revealed as a member, and perhaps the leader, of Aces and Eights.
In a previous column, I laid out my thoughts on who this might be. I logically thought Jeff Jarrett would be a central member of the group, but this site reported recently that Jarrett is not likely to be part of the angle. I speculated that Eric Young, reluctant to defend the Knockout tag titles and rarely seen these days, might be a likely candidate. I no longer think that, as he returned to Impact, gave ODB her long- awaited chicken and beer and apparently resumed being his oddball face character.
I still think Garett Bischoff will be in the group, as a member, not a leader. I think it’s obvious that Wes Brisco, Luke Gallows and some of the other previously mentioned names – Mike Knox, Chris Mordetsky, John Hennigan – will be in the group. I really like the chances of Matt Morgan being involved, now that we know he is staying with TNA and we are left to ponder what exactly “tick tock” means.
But the centerpiece will be a main event player and I think Bruce Prichard and company want us to suspect Bully Ray and Bobby Roode and maybe James Storm and maybe Abyss and/or Joseph Park. I’ve previously said Ray, Roode and Storm don’t need the push and I still think that. I do now believe that the next stage of the Abyss/Joseph Park angle will play out within the context of Aces and Eights, with one or both a member of the group, or perhaps Abyss trying to rescue his kidnapped brother.
But ultimately, I think TNA is going to resurrect its “anti-Christ of professional wrestling” as the centerpiece of Aces and Eights and its world champion. Those guys in the masks are the real “creatures of the night.” And the painted eyes will have been symbolic of what Jeff Hardy has been hiding from us for months.
“Heed the Messenger”