When I think of this AJ Styles is the first to my head. As great as some like Samoa Joe, Christian, or, Bobby Roode have been, AJ has always had that title to me, regardless if Jarrett was running the show. From the first show I watched, he is who I link the promotion to thanks to his athleticism and his fluid motions in the ring. But letâ€™s face the facts that AJ hasn't been booked as one would think "Mr. TNA" should be in the past few years as it seemed like TNA has been pushing their top merch seller (Hardy) as the face of the TNA product. Could AJ return to that position in the casual fans mind again? Sure (if TNA wanted him to) but let's look at a world in which AJ is not the meal ticket for Mrs. Carter and see who we might want/accept as the Face of TNA.
Matt Morgan - The giant man is billed at 7' (6'10 according to some sites) and 328 lbs, he is 36 years old and positioned very well to be a potential mega-force with TNA. His current position has Morgan humiliating Hulk Hogan (GM) by pointing out the countless mistakes the authority figure has made. He recently took a #1 contender match loss to Sting after a dominant effort, and never gave up (nor was his hand dropped 3 times to signify it) in the match. Morgan has that imposing look about him that give the idea of it being very believable to watch him dominate another wrestler in the ring, and TNA can use this look to their advantage by giving him a dominant heel character run but have the unique option of not having to make him use cowardly heel tactics to win matches the way they do with Bully at the moment. By having him as a dominant WHC, they could easily push Morgan from Face to Heel as seen with the promo leading to the Morgan vs. Sting match.
"Cowboy" James Storm - This homegrown talent is 35 years old and has seen many memorable TNA moments have him involved. From the cage walk by Elix Skipper when he was a member of the dominant America's Most Wanted, to union of Planet Jarrett, to the best of 7 Series when Beer Money, Inc took on the MCMG, to Fortune, to the beer bottle that shattered apart Beer Money; James Storm has been there for TNA the way AJ Styles has been. James hasn't had the spot light focused on him until recently, but you can't say that the man hasn't been making history and his current character as the Beer Drinkin', Ass-kicker of an athlete has fans from all over loving his character. I think Storm's best positioning for this role should have happened at Lockdown 2012, but I can't say that he can't get back to that peak as Storm has always seemed to remain relevant in TNA's top storylines. I will say that the further they continue to explore the AJ (new personality) vs. Cowboy angle, the less I am enjoying Storm's efforts. His best bet is to play out what they have going with him vs. Dirty Heel/Bad Influence and create distance from Styles; AJ comes across as too "likeable" for me to think that Storm could remain Face while Styles turned whereas it made much more sense to push Storm as a top face when turning Roode.
Magnus - 26 years old, this guy has the look to appeal to most casual fans. 6'4" and 230lbs, he has one of the best physiques in the TNA locker room. I appreciated his heel work with the British Invasion, but I didn't see how great he would be as a face; until I saw the team of MagnaJoe. He was well spoken and was well received by the fans (especially in his home country). Magnus as the face of TNA opens up a new market that I can't remember seeing in this current era of wrestling; a British wrestler holding a top title in their promotion (forgive me if I am missing something over in WWE). Magnus has a solid inring set, and while I do feel that he should continue improving his skills, I do believe TNA could benefit in positioning him into a solid position as a credible threat to the title (which I believe they are currently doing with him).
Wild Card - Jesse Sorensen. This kid already has the underdog story build into his character due to the unfortunate circumstances of his match at Against All Odds 2012. While he is only 5'10 and 200lbs, this guy has the time to build the mass needed to have him in the AJ Styles (5'11, 215lbs) type of roll where he climbs through the ranks from the X-Division all the way to the top of the TNA food chain. Sorensen was actually position VERY well to become a WHC when Aries cashed in his X-Belt for the title shot (I had envisioned Sorensen being the next successful cash in at DestX 2014, but with the PPV reduction, that angle is out of the question). Sorensen is still out of action since the injury, but has been seen on a few TNA programs as of late on the TNA website. IF Sorensen comes back, he has all the momentum in the world to be the next Face of the X Division, which after all is where the face of TNA got his start originally. The biggest factor to side in with Jesse is that he is only 24 years old. Depending on how long he plans to continue wrestling (if at all), he has a massive amount of time to improve in the ring, on the mic, and in his confidence (assuming that the injury has left him unsure of himself).
Who would you think to be the next possible face of TNA?