With the SummerSlam hype taking precedence, we at Cageside Seats have unfortunately neglected to pass on the big TNA news coming out of the final set of this week's Impact tapings for the show to be televised on August 26. During the show they set up the real main event of next month's TNA pay-per-view (PPV) "No Surrender." To find out the somewhat surprising opponent for Sting on that show, read the rest of the post after the jump.
Yes, TNA are going forward to the past once again, as according to f4wonline.com, Ric Flair returned in a strange segment with Hulk Hogan and Sting. Hogan seemed to bury the hatchet with Sting, but Flair got in Sting's face, which led to Sting wanting to wrestle Flair at No Surrender before getting a match with Hogan, possibly at Bound For Glory. Flair hasn't been used in quite some time by TNA, partly due to cost cutting measures and partly due to his latest bust up with TNA management over his failure to cut a promo as requested at a major house show in Brooklyn, New York. Flair refused because he believed he was only booked to sign autographs at the show. However, things must have been quickly patched up. In a story I was skeptical of at the time, Flair told the Albany Herald on July 22nd that he would face Sting or Kurt Angle at TNA's September PPV:
"I don't know for sure, but it will be either Sting or Kurt Angle," Flair said about the prospective opponent in his comeback match. "It just depends on whoever wins between them on (Aug. 7). You got the scoop right there, brother."
I'm sure the match will be OK, given that Flair has great chemistry with Sting and could work with him in his sleep, but there is still something quite sad about TNA having to resort to booking this match to attempt to boost their rock bottom PPV business and Flair agreeing to it at age 62 while still recovering from a torn rotator cuff.