For those who missed TNA’s Bound for Glory PPV main event, Jeff Hardy turned heel for the first time in his career, hitting Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson with Hulk Hogan’s crutches, and pinning Anderson to win his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship, a result that almost nobody predicted and came almost out of nowhere. The triple threat world title match was built around Angle and Anderson, with Hardy only mentioned slightly. Along with Hardy’s title win, it was also revealed that “they” were the team of Abyss, Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett, and Hardy. After the match, Hardy hit Rob Van Dam, one of his best friends, with the title belt, much to the delight of Abyss, Bischoff, Hogan, and Jarrett.
Hardy’s win was one of the most shocking and surprising events in recent TNA history, and was similar to Hulk Hogan’s heel turn at WCW’s Bash at the Beach in 1996. At that event, Hogan returned to the wrestling scene after being away for almost a year, helping The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) beat down on the WCW loyalists, with Hogan delivering three leg drops to Randy Savage, and forming the New World Order (nWo), along with Nash and Hall, after the match.
As you can probably tell, the similarities between Jeff Hardy’s turn and Hulk Hogan’s turn are nearly one of the same. Both heel turns were totally unexpected and came out of nowhere, both wrestlers who turned heel were nearly face for their entire careers and were seen as only good guys, both were expected to fight against the bad guys and take them out, only to turn on the fans and help out the villians, and both formed their own stable once they turned heel.
If history is truly repeating itself, the “they” stable with Abyss, Hogan, Bischoff, Jarrett, and Hardy will only get bigger, much like the nWo did, where at there climax, there were over 20 members and the New World Order ran WCW with Hogan and Bischoff in charge. The New World Order storyline helped World Championship Wrestling take over the top spot in the wrestling world for nearly a year from WWF at the time, and TNA hopes to do the same eventually with their “they” storyline. TNA would also be wise to avoid the pitfalls that WCW made, which resulted in their demise and bankruptcy.
If TNA wants to make their prime stable even bigger, they could form a mega-stable with Fortune, their other heel stable, that consists of Ric Flair, AJ Styles, Kazarian, Beer Money, Douglas Williams, and Matt Morgan. This heel turn and new stable also opens up a bunch of new storylines that TNA could have that would be interesting and compelling. Just one of the possibilities that TNA has, is they could have their only face stable, Extreme Version 2, feud with Hardy’s stable.