Views From The Turnbuckle: Betting Odds For The BFG Series
Magnus: 25-1 (Currently 1st with 49 points and 5 matches wrestled)
Despite Magnus' incredible start to the BFG Series, he has quite a few things working against him. One being that the man who normally gets out to the huge lead rarely wins the BFG Series. The second would be his young age, I know TNA is high on the kid, but do they really believe in him enough to crown him as champion or to have him main event their biggest show of the year? My best bet would be that Magnus becomes one of the guys that gets injured and has to drop out of the tournament. The fact that his Main Event Mafia faction is at odds with Aces & 8s already sets up the injury angle.
Austin Aries: 25-1 (Currently 7th with 14 points and 5 matches wrestled)
Like his former tag team partner Bobby Roode, Aries' significant momentum built last year as TNA World Heavyweight Champion has been put on the back burner by TNA booking. Aries is still very over with the crowd, and a tease of him facing then-champion Bully Ray a few weeks ago got fans excited for a potential Aries World Title reign. However, the way he has been booked indicates that TNA is looking elsewhere. His overwhelming popularity nonetheless, could force TNA's hand.
Jeff Hardy: 15-1 (Currently 6th with 17 points and 5 matches wrestled)
TNA REALLY likes Jeff Hardy. Throughout his time in the company, TNA has consistently reiterated that they want Hardy to be the man to represent their company at the highest level. He won the series and the championship last year, but TNA may look to that well once again, even if it would be in back-to-back years. I say this because I believe that TNA still thinks that Jeff Hardy is their most marketable performer, and that might very well be true. Although I'm not a big Hardy fan, he still possess a lot of favor with the crowd, and television numbers were higher earlier this year when he was the world champ.
AJ Styles: 10-1 (Currently 3rd with 22 points and 6 matches wrestled)
Like Magnus, AJ seems like an obvious pick to win the BFG Series, but he doesn't have everything going for him. Most fans saw him as 1997 Sting reincarnate, someone that will hunt down Bully Ray and vanquish him while also taking the title from him at BFG. Despite that, AJ has slowly been drifting away from feuding with Bully, as it seems more and more evident that Aces & 8s and the Main Event Mafia will be facing off at BFG. AJ's lack of affiliation with the Mafia might sink his chances, unless of course, Bully Ray isn't the champion by BFG. Another negative indication is that frankly, TNA has shown us over the years that they do not trust AJ Styles to be THE guy for their company, as he has been booked into relative oblivion. One of the first moves that were made when Hogan, Eric Bischoff and others appeared in TNA was to get the title off of AJ. At this point, who knows what they will do with AJ, but despite overwhelming predictions indicating that AJ will win the BFG Series, I think two other contestants have better odds.
Samoa Joe: 5-1 (Currently 2nd with 26 points and 6 matches wrestled)
Despite the fact that like AJ, Joe has been booked into oblivion over the past few years, Joe still has a great chance at winning this thing. There are really two options for TNA to go with between the MEM and Aces & 8s. The first option would be that Bully Ray regains the title and faces a Mafia member at BFG. Joe would be the best guy from the Mafia to represent the faction. Similar to Aries, Joe has a special connection with the TNA fanbase, and he has proven in the past that he can be a viable world champion. His trademark intensity would be a great representation of the MEM's intensity for destroying Bully Ray. Joe is in a comfortable position in the BFG Series, but unlike Magnus, he is not in too comfortable of a spot.
Ken Anderson: 3-1 (Currently tied for 4th with 22 points and 6 matches wrestled)
Last paragraph I stated that there were two options for TNA to go with concerning the MEM/Aces feud. The first was that the MEM and Aces would clash for the world title. The second would be for the MEM to crack Aces & 8s before BFG, turning Ken Anderson against Bully Ray and setting up a match for the World Title at BFG between the two. Over the past few weeks, TNA has got out of the way to show how close Bully and Anderson have become, a sure sign that a split is coming. Anderson also fits the bill for what TNA wants as their champion, a former WWE star that they feel can add more marketability to TNA and increase ratings. Anderson winning the BFG Series basically hinges on Aces & 8s falling apart, but since the faction has been around for so long and delivered miniscule numbers, I think the time might be right for the dissolution of the group.
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