In one of the most anti-climatic moments in pro wrestling history, D-Lo Brown was revealed as the vice president of the Aces and Eights stable. His debut took place during an episode of TNA Impact on Spike TV. D-Lo Brown was involved in a pull apart brawl between Kurt Angle and Wes Briscoe, and when Angle went after Briscoe, D-Lo kicked the Olympic Gold Medalist in the face. He then cut a brief promo before retreading to the backstage area.
D-Lo Brown being unmasked as the vice president of Aces and Eights is just the latest in a long string of disappointing surprises by Total Nonstop Action. When the angle began last year, wrestling enthusiasts lauded its arrival. The Aces and Eights gang enabled fans to guess "who's going to be next?" This is not unlike the NWO stable of the mid 90s. Unfortunately, that's where the likeness ends. Since Aces and Eights started disclosing members, wrestling addicts have only been given a cast of unknown wrestlers and midcarders at best. This includes men like Devon, Mr. Anderson, Wes Briscoe and Garrett Bischoff. D-Lo Brown is now accompanying to this anti-climactic list.
In addition to the anticlimactic displays, another matter plagues the stable. The brand if often presented as failures. For a biker gang, they are frequently on the wrong side of getting beat down. Aces and Eights is reminiscent of WCW's Dungeon of Doom. Both stables had constituents that lacked star power, rarely won matches, and were never considered concrete threats to main eventers. Much like the Dungeon of Doom, as a whole, the Aces and Eights are largely forgettable.
To say the inclusion of D-Lo Brown as the vice president is mind numbing, is an understatement. Maybe 15 years ago, such a surprise would be impressive news. But it's 2013. D-Lo Brown has not been a major name for over a decade. And even when Brown was popular, he wasn't notable for a substantial duration of time like Sting or Hulk Hogan. He was a minor pin in the wheel of the WWE during the Attitude Era. He is perhaps best known for having paralyzed another wrestler with a botched powerbomb. To transfer him into the Aces and Eights fold is just plain inane.
Despite gaining momentum with the declaration that all TNA Impact Wrestling episode will now be taped on the road, this reveal has taken the company back a step. The enterprise has come back several times from disappointment. But TNA really need to get their creative juices flowing if they want to jolt the average wrestling fan into witnessing their product. Sorry, the debut of D-Lo Brown just won't do it.