“It’s a whole new world my friends, its a whole new freakin world” were the closing words said by the Human Suplex Machine Taz in the commentary booth tonight. These words would ring appropriate as TNA Lockdown 2013 would close the show with Bully Ray defeating Jeff Hardy to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Not only did he defeat the charismatic enigma in the steel cage match, but Bully Ray showed the world that he has been a secret member of The Aces of Eights this entire time.
From an industry standpoint, Bully Ray attaining the world championship is a well-deserved feat for working as hard as he has for the past 18 years in the wrestling business to finally reach the top of the mountain. With Ray being both the world champion and a heel, this may just be the perfect storm for him and his future with the company.
Since he repackaged his look and gimmick within the last couple of years, he developed himself into being the most hated bad guy in the business — he made his heel turn as one of the most talked about turn-arounds in history. Now for the sake of the storyline , he has been working face, which personally never was convincing to me.
Since he is now back to being a heel and now champion, this is good for not only Bully Ray but for TNA overall.
TNA seems to produce better heel world champions under their brand. Men like Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle and Austin Aires had legendary championship runs. and their attachment with the belt made their reign that much better. With Bully Ray being a definitive master at the art of being a heel and now world champion, this is a marriage that will be an overall benefit to TNA.
Get ready for some incredible television in the weeks to come.
Maurice D. Proffit is a writer for Rant Sports