Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Jun 2012
Re: What would have happened to Jeff Hardy if he didn't screw up at the Victory Road
Hardy was heading into a feud with RVD at that point. TNA probably changed the finish of the #1 contenders match once they knew Hardy wasn't in any condition to win the belt on that night so they'd have a 3-way.
TNA made a mistake by not putting Jeff Jarrett into the main event instead that night. It would have made sense for Immortal to pull a bait and switch and they could have had Hardy quietly disappear for a few months before bringing him back. Jarrett was already there doing some segment for his feud with Kurt Angle, so the logical finish would have been Kurt running in and costing Jarrett the title.
The Fortune face turn was actually supposed to happen after Lockdown. It was pretty obvious from the buildup to the turn that it was the Main Event Mafia, not Fortune, but Booker T and Kevin Nash chose to sign with WWE instead. TNA didn't need another "they" to fight Immortal anyway, so they really should have waited until they knew the MEM would agree to return before building up to it.
Maybe TNA would have gone with AJ Styles VS Jeff Hardy at Bound for Glory or maybe Bobby Roode would have lost to Hardy at BFG, Storm would have won the belt in a minute on the following Impact and Roode would turn heel 2 weeks later by hitting Storm with a beer bottle. Maybe Hardy turns face about 6 months later after he finishes his feud with Kurt Angle that culminates in a match at Lockdown that was disappointing because of Angle being hurt going into the match.
Another interesting what-if from 2011 is what if Matt Morgan didn't get injured during the 1st BFG Series? Is it possible they planned on having Morgan win and Roode winning was actually plan B? That would be pretty significant because Beer Money would probably still monopolize the tag belts while Morgan probably would have flopped badly as the champ because he's awful as a face.