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TNA: When Will The Aces & Eights Finally Come To An End?

Aces and 8s gifIn what was a shocker to most TNA Impact Wrestling viewers, the Aces & Eights actually won a match on this past week’s episode. The heel biker gang that’s been terrorizing the TNA roster for the past several months haven’t won very many contests to say the least. In fact, it’d be pretty easy to say that they are one of the poorest booked big-time heel stables in recent memory. While that is not necessarily true storyline wise as the group has been consistent in their intentions, motives and aesthetics; it is very clear that in the ring, the Aces & Eights have been made to look like a joke.

The group, consisting of primarily midcard wrestlers with the exclusion of Ken Anderson and Taz, have an awful track record when it comes to defeating their opposition. It also doesn’t help that the once intimidating stable are now nothing more than cowards that back down from even a 6-on-1 fight. At one time, the Aces & Eights were feared and detested; now they are still detested but no longer feared. They are just looked at as a nuisance by the TNA roster and their booking really shows it.

Now, we are quickly approaching TNA’s Lockdown ppv and the Aces & Eights are set to be a major focus of the event. With Team TNA vs. Team Aces & Eights and Wes Brisco vs. Kurt Angle already announced, the group must find a way to win both matches to earn back some credibility. This ppv has to be the turning point for the Aces & Eights or the once great army of bikers can kiss any form of relevancy or salvation goodbye.

Lockdown will determine the longevity of the stable’s run. While it’s true that this angle has already grown tired and stale, a rejuvenation can be at hand very soon. If the Aces & Eights can pull off a sweep at Lockdown and show some dominance, some genuine interest can be injected back into the group. Also, if the ‘VP’ character or even the ‘President’ (leader) are revealed soon, that could provide a much needed shot in the arm. Then again, those reveals will have to be big names and not just the obvious ones like D’Lo Brown and Eric Bischoff.

The faction is at a make it or break it point, they are just one step from solidification or devastation. If they falter at Lockdown, any possibility for it to be saved is put to rest. There would be no reason for its continuation and quite frankly, TNA should just end the angle entirely if Team Aces & Eights does not win their match.

Hopefully, Team Aces & Eights does win which would really help the angle out. So, say that the Aces & Eights come out looking strong after Lockdown, how long do they last after that? It is no secret that TNA keeps heel stables around for far longer than necessary so the Aces & Eights are going to be no different. If everything goes their way at Lockdown, we could see their final demise take place at Bound For Glory all the way in October. TNA could be planning a big pay-off at Lockdown or an even bigger on at Slammiversary that could keep this angle going for quite some time.

Whether longevity is a good or bad thing for the Aces & Eights, it is clear that it will not come to an end anytime soon. The ‘VP’ character has yet to be revealed and that should take place very soon. Obviously, the true head leader has yet to be revealed either. That final, last reveal has been long awaited and must happen at either before or at Slammivesary. If it doesn’t happen before then, the Aces & Eights would become the very definition of stale.

When do you guys think the Aces & Eights will finally come to a close? Will it happen at Lockdown or all the way until this year’s Bound For Glory? If its the latter, will the angle continue to drag on or will it finally be rejuvenation and become interesting and compelling again?

AndersondPlease let me know what you guys think. By the way, Ken Anderson is awesome. I would just like everyone to know that. That is all.

Thanks.

About Jacob Stachowiak

Wrestling writer since October 2011. I'm not gay or anything but I'd go down on AJ Styles if he asked me to.
  • Charlie G

    The whole Aces and 8s thing just drags on & hurts the quality of IMPACT, in my opinion. I hope it ends as soon as possible, but I think they’ll keep it going by swerving Bully Ray & the World title into it. The best thing, in my opinion, would be to end it at Slammiversary. I’d hate to see this angle be dragged on all the way til October for another match at BFG.

    In a perfect world, A&8s gets the clean sweep at Lockdown, Bully wins the title & joins them, then leading into Slammiversary they could kinda implode or lose some members (Knox, Brisco, whoever) then at Slammiversary just wipe them out like yesterday’s news.

    Hell, they can have another big tag match. Devon, Anderson, and DOC (w/ Bischoff ringside) vs. Sting, Jeff Hardy, and a returning Jeff Jarrett who is tired of seeing A&8s drag his company down, and who is also the 2013 inductee into the TNA HOF.

    Then, in the main event, have James Storm be the big hero when he defeats Bully Ray for the World Heavyweight Championship with Hulk Hogan serving as special enforcer. Everyone has a big in-ring celebration for Storm’s win & the fact that A&8s are gone as AJ Styles watches from the entrance ramp.

    • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jaykub StalksAWitch

      It does definitely hurt the quality of Impact, it’s been bringing it down really bad since Bound For Glory really.

      Then again, if we want them gone…they should just lose all the matches and fucking go away. Meh, we’ll see.

      That was some pretty awesome booking you had there, man……

  • SiD

    Reveal Jeff Jarrett or Eric Bischoff as fast as they can, and get this over with.

  • http://twitter.com/InnerTube_Sean Magic Sean

    Sigh. Or should I say Berge Sigh? Sums up this angle.

    • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jaykub StalksAWitch

      *greatest sigh of all time* Beat that…

  • http://twitter.com/MYO716 Marc

    There is still mileage but much like a family trip across country, those last few miles are hell on earth because you’re just running out of shit to do.

    Hopefully the reveal of the final members will give this stable a shot in the arm.

    • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jaykub StalksAWitch

      Hopefully, like SiD said, they get it over with already.

  • DJ Huk

    First of all, you’re right about Anderson. The Mic Check is an all time favorite finisher, and his mic skills are second to none. Aces & Eights needs another high-level face to turn heel and join them. I’d say Hardy, but he’s been a heel before (and pretty effective at it). AJ Styles would be the perfect match: the recent plot is that he’s hiding away because he’s disaffected by recent bad turn of events, so the fit could be made rather effortlessly. Personally, I’ve always felt Jeff Jarrett is the VP: he’s about due to come back, but that may be a bit obvious as well. Half kiddingly, I’ve posted that Brooke Hogan should have the honors … ah, if only Zeb Coulter weren’t on WWE … hey, how about bringing back The Pope. Seems to be a recent trend, anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jaykub StalksAWitch

      Oh praise the lord another Anderson mark :) he’s freaking great and I agree 100% about his mic skills and finisher. AJ would be such a good fit, it’s fucking scary….no Elijah Burke or Brooke’s legs, dammit!

      Haha thanks for commenting, DJ.

  • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

    Jacob writing another Aces & 8s article means tons of views! Haha, glad you were the one to write this. No one writes better A&8s articles.

    I agree that Aces & 8s still have mileage because of their two remaining members still a mystery. However, I’m a bit worried that TNA is taking too long with those reveals. They are certainly slacking a bit right now. The stable has been around 8 months, and it still doesn’t feel special. I really hope that changes with those two remaining reveals.

    • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jaykub StalksAWitch

      They gotta do the reveals quickly because its getting so stale like you alluded to. I just want the angle to do well because I have a vested interest in it, having been a fan of the group for eight long months.

      Thank you so much for the compliment/joke, it means a lot to me.