He leads a frankly quite motley crew consisting of D’Lo Brown, Devon, Taz, Mike Knox, DOC, Mr Anderson (somewhat lost in the mix), Wes Brisco and, of course, Garett Bischoff.
Initially they were all masked – and as every horror movie maker knows, what you can’t see, what’s unknown, is far more scary than showing you things explicitly.
Now we know who they all are, and it’s still not quite clear why the entire TNA locker room can’t take out this stable comprising journeymen and novices, nor actually what their purpose is for still being there (I suspect a “chairman” of the Aces and Eights is going to appear at some point soon…someone who wants to feud with Hogan for overall control of the company…any ideas, anyone?).
Bully Ray’s heel turn wasn’t that unexpected, but it was brilliantly executed. The slow burn on the entire storyline has proved effective; the only slight issue is that his callous treatment of Brooke Hogan is supposed to be a big element in his new ‘evil’ character, and I’m unsure that any viewer cares too much about her as yet.
Still, one person who does care about her is her old man, Hulk, who is going to avenge his daughter’s wronged honour, and presumably this is going to be the focus of forthcoming shows (rather than the abandoned bride picking up those crude voicemails from her estranged husband).
As long as Bully Ray remains the frontman of the Aces and Eights, and the rest of his gang remain silent (particularly the junior members) and concentrate on looking threatening and corrupt, this could be the best thing TNA have ever done.
What do you think?
(Image courtesy of TNA Impact Wrestling, from Lockdown)