Death of Wrestling: MEM

Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

This week’s blog is focused on TNA and the playing out of the Aces and Eights storyline. Most of you who read this thing regularly will know that I loved the angle at inception, but as the weeks and months rolled on I’ve soured on it a little. This is mainly due to the people that eventually wound up in the faction. The possibilities were endless; my favourite being that it was secretly Jeff Jarrett who was using them to take back his company… But what we ended up with was anything but that…

Credit where credit’s due, TNA has stuck with the storyline and basically said you will accept them as a top faction whether you like it or not. I’ve criticised the WWE enough for their 180 turns that just make them look weak – Tensai anyone?!?

And in fairness to TNA, it’s actually sort of working, well for me anyway! Alright it’s not the super-faction that it could have been, but I am starting to believe them as a collective force and I think Bully is doing some of the best work of his twilight career.

In fact, the Aces and Eights have been so dominant that they have forced sting to call on a faction of his own: the Main Event Mafia. Now I love this, in principal, but TNA has a bit of a problem. The MEM worked because of the people in it; they were genuine Main Eventers and the majority of them had been for a number of years in a variety of organisations. But without the gravitas of names like Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner, can they really call themselves the MEM?!?

I’m a massive fan of factions getting back together to take on a common enemy – DX have done it often enough – but I’m not a fan of just using the name and adding new members that aren’t really quite as good – does anyone remember the New Rockers???

Unfortunately, Sting’s New MEM is going to feel more like the New Rockers than a DX reunion. We know that Booker T isn’t coming back, and my best guess is that Kevin Nash ain’t coming back either. I honestly don’t know what Steiner’s up to, but, personally, I don’t want to see him unless it’s to complete the lineup.

My fear is that the Main Event Mafia storyline is just going to be a disappointment like the Aces and Eights storyline was (I’m still just getting over it). Now this week’s TNA hasn’t aired in the UK yet and I know that they’ve added a new member. My guess is that it’ll just be another mid-carder from the current roster that was never in the faction to begin with and the problem with TNA is that their roster doesn’t really have anyone on it that deserves to call themselves the Main Event Mafia – not yet anyway.

It’s half baked ideas like these that will eventually lead to the DoW. I’d have preferred Sting to have just got a new band together. I wish these companies would learn from past mistakes. TNA tried to get the MEM back together before and had to abandon their plans when Booker T and Kevin Nash jumped ship and TNA realised the storyline wouldn’t work without them… I’m afraid to say that this just feels like a case of history repeating itself.

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…

  • Dave Harlequin

    Good article. I’ve had a lot of trouble swallowing the whole A&E thing as to me it’s just a blatant Sons of Anarchy ripoff, much like Sting’s Joker phase. Persistence pays though, I suppose, as I’ve sort of grown to just accept it. As for the MEM, I’m okay with it as long as its made up of all former world champions (Sting, Angle, Joe, or even Rampage Jackson) – but adding midcarders like Magnus doesn’t seem to make sense or fit. TNA has been difficult to enjoy since the Hogan Era began, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Guess I’m just a little too “indyriffic” & preferred NWA-TNA to WCW-TNA.


    aI think the aces and eights story is boring when they where attacking ppl and had everyone guessing who’s part was interested but now u have bunch of mid carders or nobody’s and barely use any of em that’s my opinion on aces, then men the 1st time was ok all former champs, but this time around kinda eh, we got slammervarsy PPC sting gets jumped and says”aces is like a family and I’m gonna form my own family cuz no one in the lockerroom helped me” so all TNA
    did was get angle which I understand and Joe n Magnus ALL the guys who been fighting off aces the pass few months and weren’t they sum of the guys back in the locker room who didn’t help sting but now there part of the MEM idk just doesn’t make sense to me I think TNA doin ne thing to keep fans arnd but there never gonna be on WWE level n now RVD jump ship and just matter of time b4 other former WWE stars go bck like hardy,angle,bully and the only one who hasn’t been in WWE sting that be the dagger that kills n tna