September 21, 2009 Leave a comment
A month ago, AJ Styles was suffering a losing streak and ready to quit the business. As of last night, he is TNA World Champion.
Where I had assumed the story would lie with Kurt Angle and Matt Morgan, AJ Styles pulled the upset, pinning Angle himself to capture the gold. This is a big development for Styles, and perhaps for Angle himself, as he is now the lone member of the Main Event Mafia lacking championship gold. Hopefully this is not undone next week on Impact.
The person this doesn’t bode well for is Matt Morgan, who may have just lost his feud. If Angle goes after Styles, Morgan has lost his storyline. An angle I could see is that Morgan tries to take Angle’s place in the MEM, but I doubt that will happen. I’m interested in seeing the future for Angle, Morgan and AJ Styles. As for Sting? Well, I’m sure he’ll be around.
It must be mentioned that the match actually had a fifth participant in Hernandez, who finally cashed in his Feast or Fired case to get put into the match. His chances were dashed, of course, by Eric Young, whom he defeated easily earlier in the night, but I’ll get to that in a bit. I don’t think this was a good place to have Hernandez use up his case, especially as there were already strong storylines going into the match, unless they’re just going to give him the case back like they did the last time he cashed it in and got screwed. Really, why put yourself in a five-way match when you could simply go one-on-one with the champion?
Thoughts on the rest of the show after the jump.