Since the Four Horsemen became a staple of WCW television in the mid-1980s, pro wrestling has seen many dominant heel factions over the years, including WWE Evolution and WCW’s New World Order. . Since its creation in 2002, Impact wrestling (formerly known as TNA) had a few, including a group of star veterans called Main Event Mafia.
With big names like Sting, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner, Main Event Mafia looked to earn respect from the young members of the Impact roster in its first run from 2008 to 2009. Let’s see everything fans should know about MEM, including their surprising reunion as heroes.
ten Formed in response to young talent
The first shots fired in the Main Event Mafia roster involved Kurt Angle turning on AJ Styles and Sting turning heel on Samoa Joe and lining up with Booker T. This would lead to a match between Sting and Samoa Joe at On the road to glory 2008 for Joe’s Impact World Title, in which Kevin Nash – also turning heel – helped Sting defeat Joe for the belt.
Following this event, MEM would officially form during a promo on Impact’s weekly show, with the initial lineup being Booker T, Kevin Nash, Sting, and Kurt Angle as the group’s leader.
9 Opposed by the front line
In response to the newly created Main Event Mafia, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe formed their own alliance, asking other younger members to join.
Originally called TNA Originals and later The Front Line, the group included Christopher Daniels, Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns. But they also had a few veterans on their side like Team 3D and Rhyno, all of whom had a bone to pick with the Main Event Mafia.
8 Legends Championship
The Main Event Mafia storyline involved the creation of a new championship that would last for eight years. For several weeks, Booker T carried around a mysterious briefcase, eventually revealing that it contained a new title called Legends Championship. By claiming it, Booker T would only be defending the title on his terms.
Initially an unauthorized vanity championship, the Legends title ended up becoming an official part of Impact after Booker T lost the belt to AJ Styles. Until it was deactivated in 2016, the title changed names a few times, becoming known as the Television Championship and the King of the Mountain Championship.
7 Kurt Angle lost leadership
While MEM originally formed to help Sting win the World Championship, the belt eventually ended up in the hands of Mick Foley. To Sacrifice In 2009, Sting and Kurt Angle fought for the belt in the main event Ultimate Sacrifice four-way match, with Angle putting his MEM leadership on the line while Sting put his entire career on the line.
The high risk paid off, Sting becoming world champion and the new Main Event Mafia leader, but Angle would regain control after the rest of the group ousted Sting, unhappy with his leadership.
6 Checked all belts
The Main Event Mafia’s dominance over Impact reached new levels in late 2009 hard justice pay-per-view, at which the band would emerge holding all of the company’s men’s titles, with Booker T and Scott Steiner as tag team champions, Kevin Nash as legends champion, the treacherous Samoa Joe as as X Division Champion and Kurt Angle as World Champion.
This impressive reign over a majority Impact would only last about a month with Angle losing the world title to rival AJ Styles.
5 Scott Steiner was the last man standing
End of 2009 On the road to glorythe Main Event Mafia held no championships, and further developments signaled the end of the group as Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash both turned to face, while Booker T left the company to return to WWE.
The last man standing would be Scott Steiner, who maintained the band’s anti-youth ethos and continued to represent MEM in their outfits until his own departure from the company in early 2010.
4 Gathered to fight the aces and the eights
After a failed attempt to bring the group back to fight Immortal, Main Event Mafia reunited in 2013 to oppose another dominant heel faction. Since mid-2012, the Impact Zone had been plagued by the presence of the Aces & Eights motorcycle gang, consisting of Bully Ray, Devon, D-Low Brown, DOC (aka Doc Gallows), Taz and Mr. Anderson.
When Bully Ray defeated Sting for the world title at Slammiversary 10 in a fight where Sting’s ability to challenge for the belt was once again on the line, the Stinger responded by bringing the Main Event Mafia back as a heroic group. Sting would announce a new band member each week, with the initial lineup being himself, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and Magnus (aka Nick Aldis).
3 Added Rampage Jackson to the group
At the time of the Aces & Eights storyline, Impact had a bit of cross-promotion with Bellator MMA, which hosted its events on Spike TV in the United States. As part of this relationship, Impact brought in fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to join the Main Event Mafia, with rival Tito Ortiz as his counterpart in Aces & Eights.
Jackson even got in the ring, joining MEM in a ten-man match on an episode of Impact. However, after a few months, Bellator pulled both fighters from Impact so as not to affect Jackson and Ortiz’s real MMA PPV fight.
2 Sting disbanded the band
After numerous clashes with Aces & Eights, including a five-on-five tag team match where the pinned wrestler would have to leave Impact (Devon took the pin), MEM would move on to a feud with another faction. After a brief feud with the Extraordinary Gentleman’s Organization – Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Bobby Roode – the members of MEM wanted to enter a world title tournament.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Sting announced the disbandment of the Main Event Mafia, as the group had achieved its goals by opposing Aces & Eights.
1 Attended a funeral for aces and eights
Eventually, Aces & Eights ended due to its own internal fights, with former member Mr. Anderson defeating leader Bully Ray in a No DQ match which ended the band for good. As an epilogue to the storyline, Anderson held an unenthusiastic funeral for the group, which was attended by the non-MMA members of MEM as well as Eric Young and commentator Mike Tenay.
This fun underrated segment involved moments like Young crying over the turkey costume he was burying with the coffin and Samoa Joe dividing a six-pack of beers among the attendees.
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