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The Heel Turn: Sting resigns, will the “real” Hogan take over?
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Published: Monday, April 2nd, 2012
There is yet another storyline regime change possibly happening on Impact Wrestling, and it is quite literally a case of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Ever since Immortal lost control of the company, Sting has been the GM of Impact’s day-to-day operations. He has found this job to be harder than he expected, and trying to control the actions of the TNA champion Bobby Roode has pushed Sting over the edge. Roode has used underhanded tactics at every step of the way in order to hold onto his championship, and not even Sting’s physical intervention has thwarted the devious Roode.
It was becoming very obvious that Sting’s increasingly unhinged reactions were a serious detriment to his position as Impact GM. Someone who is supposed to be an impartial authority figure should not be booking himself into matches or having any physical engagement with the talent. Sting has finally realized that he cannot handle his duties anymore, and that his recent lack of unbiased judgement has the potential to hurt TNA.
He announced his resignation right in the middle of the ring to TNA president Dixie Carter, who was shocked to hear Sting’s decision, as she was the one who placed Sting in that position to begin with. His suggestion of who could replace him was also another shock to Carter, as it was the very man who stole the company away from her alongside Eric Bischoff. Sting felt now that Hulk Hogan was back to being “the real” Hulk Hogan, that he was the right man for the job. This brings up the question of who the “real” Hogan actually is. Is he the larger-thanlife superstar who told a generation of kids to train hard, take their vitamins and say their prayers, or is he the guy who never really wanted to put anybody else over?
Regardless of that, it seems that TNA is intent on going with this storyline of Hogan yet again being at the steering wheel. Vince Russo is not writing for TNA in any capacity anymore, so it is very disappointing that they cannot envision a fresh new direction for the future of the company. There’s no reason why Carter herself can’t resume her on-screen duties when it comes to running the show. Hogan’s continued amount of TV time is unfortunately guaranteed to take the spotlight away from younger performers, and that is a mistake that TNA simply can’t afford to make anymore.