While Midway's TNA Impact had its problems, it also did a lot of things right. One of the most fascinating aspects of the game was its use of story-mode character, Suicide. Created specifically for the game, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling has been teasing Suicide's debut for months on its weekly television show. Suicide made his in-ring debut on December 7 at the "Final Resolution" pay-per-view event and has been haunting the TNA Impact Zone ever since. On last night's episode of TNA Impact, Suicide rappelled to the ring, disrupted a women's match, and magically disappeared. The character's creation and implementation is just a clever and well orchestrated tie-in. Midway states:
"Art often imitates life in the wrestling and video game world, but with the help of Midway's TNA iMPACT!, TNA Wrestling has reversed that trend by bringing a video-game character to real-life. Based on the main storyline character in the hit TNA iMPACT! video game, Suicide will enter TNA with one thing on his mind: revenge."
Let me put on my luchador mask for a second.... Okay, I'm going to break kayfabe for a bit. Suicide is actually Frankie Kazarian, a former WWE wrestler and longtime TNA employee. (Hopefully the revelation doesn't ruin your Friday). The Suicide gimmick should work for all parties. Kazarian is a dynamic wrestler that can make Suicide look awesome, but he's also a bit weak on the microphone. Hiding behind the mysterious Suicide character lets him emphasize his in-ring skills and hide his deficiencies. It will be interesting to see how long Suicide lasts. If he's handled properly, he just might become a major selling point for the TNA Impact sequel. (But knowing how bad the TNA writers can get, I'm fully expecting them to botch the character.)
Any other wrestling fans out there? What do you think of Suicide? Does he have what it takes to become the second-greatest wrestler in TNA (next to Sheik Abdul Bashir, of course)?!? Does anyone else think his costume was made from Spider-Man's scraps?!?