TNA: Suicide, Come Alive: Analyzing the Video Game Character Turned Wrestler

In September of 2008 TNA took it’s first and to date, last stab at the console video game market when it teamed with Midway Games to create TNA Impact! for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. While the game let a lot to be desired it did have a few saving graces. The biggest saving grace, Suicide. Suicide was the playable character you donned the mask of in the storyline mode as you worked your way up to TNA and claimed all the gold, including the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Then at Final Resolution that year…He came alive.

But his debut wasn’t a total surprise as TNA had spent time beforehand flashing a website URL on the screen for less than a second every week. The name of the site was and it came with a lot of speculation. From his debut on throughout the entirety of his career people wanted to solve the mystery of the man behind the mask. Everyone from the Motor City Machine Guns, Lethal Consequences, and Homicide all wanted to see who put on the skull face mask. Homicide at one point stole the costume and proclaimed to know who he really was. April 7th 2011 was the last time we saw Suicide in a TNA ring and I personally have been awaiting his return ever since.

At one point Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, and Kyoshi were all Suicide and they all helped make the character a fan favorite, and the reason Suicide won a fan poll between himself, Rockstar Spud, and Rashad Cameron to make a return to Impact in the future. I personally find it amazing that a video game character could be able to be brought to the real world and make headway with the fans. Imagine your favorite video game character suddenly becoming a real person, that’s Suicide.

I believe that Suicide has to be considered a success being a former X-Division Champion and a fan favorite people have wanted to see return for quite some time. Everything from the character to his zip lining into the Impact Zone was unique and fun to see on a week to week basis. With the vignettes that began airing last week, his return is imminent and all we know for sure is that Suicide will come alive again soon and when he does, we’ll all be in for a treat.