Genius booking for sure.
Some of us have known that Bully was behind Aces. I always knew he was, I just didn't expect him to be the president.
When Bubba became Buly, he had a biker look, then he suddenly steps away from that look when he became a face. Some thought the face turn was to let us know that he wasn't a part of Aces, but to me it was a sign to look through every random little thing. That's when I began putting the pieces together, and the dirt sheets would pretty much confirm my predictions in the whole thing.
Here's a thing that REALLY makes me scratch my head about TNA... And it also makes me appreciate them ever more. They are willing to take risks that are big enough to upset the fans.
Devon's contract expiring.
The dirt sheets were falling for this whole thing while Devon and TNA worked them. A lot of people were upset to see Devon go while he was putting on great matches inthe eat shape of his career defending that TV belt weekly. The result paid off indeed.
The Garrett Bischoff experiment.
Who doesn't love to hate on a Bischoff? (Kayfabe). TNA decides to attempt to make us like this green monkey, who was actually working his ass off to get some love from the fans, but it didn't work. So.. The plan was to have Devon as his mentor, and have his trainer and mentor (Hulk) say no to him after having him work hard for a title shot. The camera followed Garrett's upset expression, guaranteeing his betrayal and leading him to rejoin Devon.
Oh boy.. "GET HER OFF TV!! SHE HAS NO EXPERIENCE IN WRESTLING!!!!! SHE ONLY HAS JOB BECAUSE DADDY GAVE IT TO HER!! JUST LIKE GARRETT!!!"
Who else would have made the first half of this storyline's execution work better? Like it or not, Brooke is more believable than AJ Lee.
That hair. By far the most obvious member of the group. His alliance with Garrett while stalking the greatest wrestling machine in the roster, who happens to be jumped by Aces more than anyone else.
Last but not least.... Ivelisse Velez.
The crowd loves her, and she loses to a slow giant. Once again, the camera follows her upset expression. She's molded for Aces & 8's. She was told "No" in WWE, and now TNA? Well, she basically gets fed up, wants to kick some ass, and Aces & 8's are the only ones that can help her do that.