On this past week’s episode of iMPACT Wrestling, the initial member of the TNA Hall of Fame and former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Sting announced that he was forming a new Main Event Mafia to watch his back as he fights the Aces and 8s. This begs the question: who will be in the new Main Event Mafia? As always, I have a few ideas on which wrestlers should be recruited to join “The Icon” in his fight.
Without question, the number one guy on my list for the new Main Event Mafia is “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan. Not only has Morgan made it clear that he is uninterested in playing along with the Hulk Hogan regime, but he’s been vocal about calling out the Hulkster as his decisions backfired. Morgan would bring that edgy feeling to the new Main Event Mafia while also playing the role of the monster in the group (much like Kevin Nash did when he was in the group several years ago).
If you’re going to create a super group on iMPACT Wrestling, then you need to get the guys that can legitimately beat the hell out of the TNA roster. Morgan is the ideal first choice just because of his size alone. However, in my book an ideal second choice would be Crimson. Not only does Crimson compliment the power of a guy like Morgan, but he brings an intensity and rage to the ring that electrified the crowd during his first run in iMPACT Wrestling.
I understand that both Morgan and Crimson are not former World Heavyweight Champions and thus they are not cut from exactly the same preexisting mold that the first incarnation of this group was back in 2008. Yet, I think that an association with Sting can help elevate these two men while giving them a top-tier platform to really display their athleticism and in-ring talent. Now, on to the former World Heavyweight Champions that should join Sting’s new Main Event Mafia.
This one is obvious. Not only has Kurt Angle been at or near the top of the TNA roster since he debuted for the company some 7 years ago. If you’re building a stable of former World Heavyweight Champions (as well as some new blood like Morgan and Crimson), then you have to put one of the biggest names in the promotion and the soon-to-be second member of the TNA Hall of Fame in the group.
Rob Van Dam
Yes, there are a lot of rumors that Rob Van Dam is heading back to WWE. However, none of them have been confirmed and on the night when he was supposed to make his big return to the promotion, Curtis Axel showed up in his place. Not only is RVD a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, but he brings a high-flying aspect to the group with moves that bigger guys can’t perform and guys like Sting and Angle would be smart to avoid.
That’s right. I’m all for breaking up the Dirty Heels and getting Austin Aries involved with the new Main Event Mafia. Frankly, while both Aries and Bobby Roode are a great tag team and fun to watch together, Roode was building a strong character as the “It Factor” of professional wrestling. And if you remember correctly, it was only the skyrocketing popularity of Aries that was able to knock Roode off of the mountain last summer. Where RVD brings the high-flying moves, Angle brings the all-around mat technician approach, Crimson brings the intensity, and Morgan brings the power – Aries brings the speed and wit that make him a major success on the TNA roster.
And my far out choice is…
Clearly, this isn’t going to happen because AJ Styles has already made it clear that he walks alone. And that’s fine. I get it. I watched the storyline. Still, though, it would be nice to have Styles at least form some type of allegiance with the new Main Event Mafia. He doesn’t need to be a full-fledged member of the group, but he can be friendly with them in the same way that Kane was friendly with D-Generation X back in the late 1990s. There is a lot of potential in having a group like the new Main Event Mafia protect a guy like Styles as he battles Bully Ray in a main event match on a pay-per-view.
Those are my picks for the new Main Event Mafia. I didn’t choose a female to join the group, though if I had to choose one it would be either Tara or Awesome Kong. Either one of those former TNA Knockouts Champions would be a great addition to the group and bring some really good, powerful opposition to Brooke Hogan (because I fully expect Brooke to go to the Aces and 8s one of these days).
What about you? Who do you think should be a part of this new group? Use the comments below and let me know!