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TNA Impact Wrestling Precap: June 20, 2013

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I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice TNA

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TNA Impact Wrestling is LIVE tonight from the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.

And TNA seems to be back to its old ways.

Sting announced last week that he will be reforming the Main Event Mafia to do battle with Aces & 8s. With the majority of the old MEM off doing other things, who is he planning on bringing into the fold? Is Sting looking to be a mentor to the younger talent? Or will he simply pull some old stars out of retirement for one last run?

Tonight marks the start of the Bound For Glory Series. Perhaps one of the best gimmicks in all of professional wrestling, a dozen members of the TNA roster will battle it out to challenge TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray at Bound For Glory pay-per-view on Oct. 20, 2013. AJ Styles is certain to be the early favorite to take the whole thing. With this being TNA, though, it is anyone's tournament to take.

Aces & 8s have never been a particularly strong stable. But last week, we saw some tension when DOC was hesitant about putting Mr. Kennedy over. Is now the time when Aces & 8s starts to crumble from the inside?

We are also sure to get some X-Division action, the lovely Knockouts, and all of your favorite TNA stars. With so much up in the air, what is going to happen on tonight's episode of Impact Wrestling?

You will just have to read on to find out.

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Sting! Main Event Mafia! Same! Old! TNA!

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This isn't what was supposed to happen.

When Bully Ray finally won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, it was supposed to be the dawning of a new era in TNA. Aces & 8s were supposed to finally have some respectability. They were supposed to stand strong against the opposition. They were supposed to dominate the landscape, until a new challenger was finally able to overcome. It was supposed to be something different.

Instead, we get the same TNA garbage.

The fact that Sting, at 54 years old, main evented Slammiversary is a joke. With a roster filled with talent, it was the time for the younger stars to have a chance. Even if Bully was going to hold onto the strap, a feud with almost anyone else would have at least brought some intrigue.

But nope. Once again we see the old hack holding people down.

Now that Sting is threatening to bring the Main Event Mafia back to battle Aces & 8s, TNA's problems look to continue. I understand why this is happening. Impact Wrestling's ratings have not been where they should be, so those in charge have decided to go with what "works."

You know, instead of actually investing in the talent that are not in their fifth decade on this earth.

I don't even know who is going to be a part of the reformed Main Event Mafia. Kevin Nash was barely cleared to wrestle in WWE at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2011. Booker T is the General Manager of SmackDown. I guess Scott Steiner is still around, but is anyone really excited to see him back?

Even if the MEM is filled with new members, the name itself carries far too much baggage.

I want to like TNA. I really do. There is so much potential there. The promotion is often the best pro wrestling show on television.

But it continues to get in its own way with garbage like this, and I don't know when it will ever stop.

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Bound For Glory Series! There Can Only Be One!

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The annual Bound For Glory Series kicks off tonight, and this is my favorite time in TNA's schedule. One of my biggest pet peeves is that there is no reason given to why people are fighting each other. I understand that there are feuds and animosity and people chasing for the titles.

But everyone else? It just seems random and inconsequential.

The BFG Series, though, gives an actual reason to why all these matches are going down. 12 members of the TNA roster are all competing for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Wins and losses actually matter. There will be none of this "having the same match four times in two weeks" crap we get from the other promotion. This actually means something.

While it is almost certain AJ Styles will take the whole series, the BFG Series has been full of surprises in the past two years. I can't say with 100 percent certainty I know how this will end up.

Maybe it's just me, but that is pretty damn exciting.

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Aces & 8s! Dissension! Clowns! Tips! For! Booking!

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When Hulk Hogan told Aces & 8s there would only be one spot in the Bound For Glory Series between them, it was supposed to create tension between the members. When Mr. Anderson chosen to take the spot, it was supposed to foreshadow the eventual splintering of the stable. When DOC actively attacked rebelled and refused to lose to Anderson, it was supposed to be a great dramatic moment.

The problem, though, is Aces & 8s have been booked so poorly that none of it actually worked.

Something a lot of people don't understand is that context matters. This is true in pro wrestling, in fiction, or even in life. It's not just the moments we witnessed now, but the moments we witnessed right before, the week before, the month before, etc.

And the moments we've witnessed with Aces & 8s have been less than ideal.

If TNA really wanted this to work, then the group needed to have been booked so much stronger in the past. I'll even forgive everything that happened before Bully Ray became champion, just because the promotion did such a great job explaining it away. But Aces & 8s continued to eat losses, continued to look like clowns, and have failed to dominate the TNA landscape.

Note to all present and future promotors; just because you say something over and over on commentary does not mean the audience is so stupid to not trust their own eyes.

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Everything Else!

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Brooke Hogan will give a "State of the Knockouts Division" address tonight. What will that entail? I have no clue!

Speaking of Brooke, I'm still waiting for her to turn heel and join with Bully Ray. TNA was strongly hinting towards something when Brooke saved Bully from Hulk Hogan's mighty hammer. This is something that is not going to surprise anyone, so I don't understand why the trigger isn't being pulled.

Crimson came back last week, only to be rolled up by Joseph Park. I am a fan of Park, but can we stop with all the roll ups? And what is up with bringing a guy back only to job him out? I guess Crimson needs to spend some more time down in the indies.

James Storm & Gunner are the TNA Tag Team Champions. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian are in the BFG Series, and Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez are no longer a team. So who the heck is going to challenge for the titles?

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One! More! Thing!

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I actually don't have anything else to say. I just wanted a chance to put up this last picture. I hope you enjoy it.

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