Originally Posted by It's Damn Real!
They had two routes with it, too:
1. Hot-shot the Aces and Eights storyline and reveal someone like Bully Ray as part of the group after he's been given a title shot against Hardy on IMPACT, having Ray (or insert character here) cheat to win the title, injuring Hardy in the process. Aces & Eights goes to the forefront of TNA/IW, look 100x more credible, and you now have Hardy involved in the story line completely, over the company's most valuable strap.
2. Go with the tried and true approach and have either Aries or Roode take it off him in similar fashion. Dupe him, the way Roode duped Storm into putting the #1 Contender's Spot on the line, only to cheat your way to winning it. You now have a money match-up with Hardy wanting revenge against either at Lockdown.
It's too easy not to, and I'd argue that Hardy chasing a guy who "stole" his title at Lockdown would sell ten times the number of tickets as the guy coming "after" Hardy for the title he's held for months now.
You do risk it because scoffed at for being hot-shotting, but that first option would've been great to give Aces & 8s some credibility they desperately need. Hell, Mr. Anderson is probably the biggest name in A&8s and is a former World Champ, have him win it. This was a big opportunity for TNA to do something big, and it's unfortunate that they chose to stand pat.