I usually try to keep things positive, even through the last nine months of Impact Wrestling… but, not today.
This week, we received the answer to the nearly-year old question: Who is the VP of the Aces & Eights?
Kurt Angle went to the ring to call out his Lockdown opponent, Wes Brisco. Let’s set aside the fact that Angle unmasked the VP the week prior, knew the true identity of the biker gang’s on-screen leader for seven days, and neglected to tell Hulk Hogan, Dixie Carter, or even Team TNA Captain Sting. This is pro wrestling, and men are wont to carry the burden of secrets like this. Regardless, Brisco came out, and a brawl ensued with the gold medalist. The fight was broken up by Al Snow, Pat Kenney, and TNA Agent D’Lo Brown. Angle began screaming “IT’S HIM!” prior to receiving a low-blow from Brown. The first Euro-Continental champion in WWE history then revealed himself as the VP, effectively spoiling Kurt’s surprise.
It’s been quite sometime since Brown has been on TNA television in a meaningful capacity, but he has been thrust into the center of a main event storyline. Here’s the funny part: I’m pretty sure this is what TNA has had planned all along. The following aired on Impact Wrestling back in September…
D’Lo was the first to suggest that the bikers just be let in to the building… Al Snow quizzically demanded, “You’re saying somebody in this room right now could be one of them?” Add to this that we knew the VP was a somewhat stocky individual, and this was some heavy-duty foreshadowing. The segment eventually devolved into wild accusations. Had Hulk tied everyone to the couch and tested for tainted blood, then the events of this week could have been altogether avoided.
Don’t get me wrong, I have fond memories of D’Lo in the WWF/WWE, from his time in the Nation, to the chest protector, all the way through Thuggin’ & Buggin’ Enterprises. However, his role in the latter of these storylines ended over 10-years ago. I, like many fans of TNA, am eagerly waiting for the organization to provide us with an answer: Why D’Lo? I mean, someone within TNA sat down last summer and decided that the organization’s lead Road Agent would make for an awesome surprise; since then, someone decided that the revelation should be made in response to the main competing organization revving up to the Granddaddy of Them All!
On that note, let’s move away from questionable choice of direction for this storyline (for now, at least). Can we discuss the manner in which the big reveal was made?
Devon was unmasked at the conclusion of a pay-per-view. Mike Knox, D.O.C., Brisco and Bischoff were all revealed at the conclusion of episodes of Impact Wrestling. D’Lo was revealed as the on-screen leader of the rogue biker faction near the end of Hour One, three days before a major pay-per-view. Why not reveal him at some pivotal point in Lockdown? Hell, why wasn’t his reveal the sole purpose for Mr. Anderson beating James Storm, solidifying the man-advantage for Lethal Lockdown? Unless the sole role of D’Lo will be “figurehead,” why was the VP not unmasked during Lethal Lockdown as a participant?
So, here we are. TNA’s major storyline of the last nine months has culminated with a faction featuring a few crusty bitches and a hand full of rag tags. This band of bikers might be on the level of nWo-light. The only thing that remains is for the master behind the Aces & Eights to finally be revealed. Almost as important as the individual will be the manner of the revelation. I’m talking waning moments of a pay-per-view, with major world title implications. Of course, that may require the gang to have someone approaching main-event status in the fold.
Hopefully the Aces & Eights President does two things immediately: The first is admonish D’Lo for giving up anonymity, and the second is provide insight as to why a biker gang has invaded a wrestling organization in the first place.
Now is the time for the Dukesaholics to be heard. If you like the direction of this storyline, let us know why. Or, if you think this stinks, it’s your turn to play armchair-GM. What would you have done differently, or what would you do going forward? Who will be the President? Sound off in the comment section below, or tweet us @DukesWrestling.