COMMENTARY | The epic struggle between TNA and the Aces and Eights briefly tilted in favor of TNA on the May 9 edition of Impact when Abyss made his triumphant return. During a six-man tag match, Abyss first demolished the Aces and Eights members backstage then made his way to the ring and took care of Bully Ray, Devon, and Mr. Anderson.
For over a year, Abyss has actually been in TNA as Joseph Park, his storyline brother. Park's character was the polar opposite of his monster brother. Park was a lawyer who initially came to TNA in search of his brother Abyss. Needless to say, Park didn't exactly get a warm reception from TNA's heels and he eventually "trained" in OVW to become a professional wrestler, meeting with marginal success.
I always cringe a bit when the creative team creates comedy wrestlers. We all know wrestling is scripted entertainment, but it still has to be presented well to give the audience a willing suspension of disbelief. Dude Love, Eric Young, Shark Boy, and R Truth have played this role very well. Santino Marella, Hornswoggle, and Gillberg have never made me laugh. Joseph Park was funny in small doses, but it was definitely time for Abyss' return to TNA.
Some fans complain that TNA's storylines take too long to develop without major plot twists. After all, Joseph Park spent over a year in TNA looking for his brother Abyss. But I like the wrestlers staying with one role for an extended period because it helps their characters develop better and it makes surprise developments like the return of Abyss more significant. When Vince Russo had wrestlers turning every week at the end of WCW, it was a joke.
TNA is hoping that Abyss can kick start a great summer of improved ratings and pay-per-view buyrates. Impact Wrestling will move back to 9:00 p.m. ET on May 30 and the impending end of the NBA season should give Impact Wrestling three months of little competition for the male demographic before NFL Thursday night games return in September. Hopefully, Abyss and TNA will provide viewers with an edgier product than the competition is running.
Although it seems like he's been around forever, Abyss is only 39 years old. At that age, he is fully capable of still being one of TNA's top performers. Abyss is a former World Heavyweight Champion in TNA and has always been popular with fans due to his scary character and his extreme style of wrestling. I just hope that Joseph Park returns to the law firm of Park, Park, and Park and leaves the wrestling to Abyss.
Eric Bischoff has to be careful not to make the same mistakes in TNA with Aces and Eights that he made with the NWO. Except for a few memorable victories by Lex Luger, Goldberg, and Roddy Piper, the NWO faced virtually no competition from WCW and what was once one of the greatest angles and factions in wrestling history burned out as quickly as it ignited. Competition from Abyss should keep Aces and Eights in check this summer.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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