The booking team in TNA Wrestling is busy at work looking for answers to stop the falling Impact ratings this summer and their brilliant idea was revealed at this weekend’s Impact tapings. The Main Event Mafia is back but how main-event this mafia is truly the biggest question.
The NBA playoffs are over, the Stanley Cup is in Chicago, and TNA Impact ratings continue to decline. Current angles with Aces & 8s, Rampage Jackson, Bound for Glory, and Bully Ray vs. Hulk Hogan are not only failing to connect with TNA viewers, they have lost a large amount of viewers who appear to have no interest in returning. TNA is treading on dangerous ground right now and the writing team is under immense pressure. So what would this group of brilliant wrestling writers come up with their backs up against the wall? Well of course they’d bring back a Main Event Mafia with a twist…a MEM that isn’t so main-event.
Sting is on a crusade and is forming a brand new MEM. The first member introduced at the recent tapings was well an old member, Kurt Angle. Great start! The second member introduced was Samoa Joe. Another great pick! From all reports Joe looked pretty cool in his suit standing with Sting and Angle. He’s a former champion and has not been booked to his full potential since the Hogan-Bischoff regime moved in. I really like the idea of elevating him into the Mafia. They should have stopped with Joe because it went downhill from there.
Magnus was the next member of TNA to join the new Mafia. Here is where it gets murky for me. The whole idea of the MEM is supposed to be a group comprised of former world champions and headliners. Magnus is neither! I like the idea of someone like Magnus getting the rub but Magnus has never impressed me. I don’t see money in him over the long haul and I can’t imagine most people do. I do like the move for the U.K. but how often are they in the U.K.? I wouldn’t be surprised to see Magnus get a massive push here, win BFG, and defeat Bully to win the title.
The final member of the new MEM is a guy that hasn’t even been in TNA a whole month. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson rounded out the group at the Vegas tapings. Yep that same Rampage who had that great angle with Kurt Angle a few weeks ago is now…on Kurt’s team! This is a guy who just recently said he wasn’t interested in fully committing to TNA until his MMA career is over.
This one just baffles me! TNA struck gold a few weeks ago with the Rampage-Angle segment. They had decent chemistry and I think they had a match that people may have paid to see. It didn’t take long for them to change their minds as it looks like that angle was completely meaningless. I will say this to be fair. It may be a little early to judge this one because who knows how this thing turns out. All I know is that they had something different people were talking about a few weeks ago and have done a tremendous job since then of throwing cold water on it to cool it down.