One of the reasons why Brutus Magnus was made the TNA champion was public relations, and it looks like the move is already paying off. Members of Parliament invited Dixie Carter and Magnus to take a private tour while they were in Europe doing some live events and Impact Wrestling.
It appears that the story line and character development for Brutus Magnus is working, as fans have been booing him during the European tour. Many backstage were expecting him to receive cheers like Rockstar Spud has been receiving, but they're pleasantly surprised by the crowd reaction.
In preparations of an upcoming feud against his former Prime Time Player teammate and real life good friend, Darren Young has gone with a shorter haircut. While many are expecting Titus ONeil to be on the receiving end of the push, WWE may be elevating both performers.
Officials backstage in TNA are said to be quite impressed with Brutus Magnus and how well he has taken to his new role as the world champion. The belief is that his title reign should last for quite a period of time as long as his performances can be maintained.
Darren Young received quite a bit of media attention in 2013 when he revealed that he was gay, marking the first time a WWE star has done that. He even made an appearance on Ellen to discuss the situation. By doing that, he has been nominated for a GLAAD award.
Wrestle-1, the new promotion founded by the Great Muta, is about to get an influx of talent from TNA for an upcoming live event in March. Austin Aries, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Samoa Joe have been confirmed for the trip.
Impact Wrestling drew in one of the highest ratings that the show has seen in a couple of years this week. The belief is that WWE fans tuned in this week to see what would happen during the match between Sting and Brutus Magnus, as many are hoping that the legendary performer will end up at Wrestlemania 30 this year.
"If you're good at your job, I don't judge. Darren Young is really good at his job, he's a wonderful performer, he's a great entertainer and it's a very, very bold move that he made to come out. So he certainly is very a brave individual for doing that... He can be himself and nobody judges him around here."
- John Cena
Darren Young and Titus ONeil are down in Miami today, working on that rumored television show for the WWE Network. No word yet on what the show will be about, but the Prime Time Players are wearing suits on the set. There are talks that it could be a sports related show.
Another person that TNA wants to push to the main event scene soon is Gunner. Many backstage feel that he can be elevated enough to be viewed as a worthy challenger for Brutus Magnus and the world title. The success of his story line with James Storm should help dictate that.
Since TNA wants Brutus Magnus to have a solid run as the heavyweight champion, the creative department will be lining up some challengers, so he can work memorable feuds. Aside from Samoa Joe, another candidate being discussed is James Storm, who has routinely gotten the best reactions from the live audiences.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil have both revealed that they have received some good news, and it appears that they're referring to a television show that they're being given on the new WWE Network. The company likes both guys, and this is a way to keep them involved without having to push them.
Now that Brutus Magnus is the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, it looks like Samoa Joe will be one of the first wrestlers to challenge him. The two of them have been booked for matches at live events this upcoming weekend.
TNA sent out a press release, letting the world know that Brutus Magnus was the first British born world champion in a major American wrestling organization in over a century. The company also touted how the victory was seen in 120 countries.
TNA held a fan party in the United Kingdom this week, so they sent Brutus Magnus, their new world heavyweight champion, to attend the event. British wrestler Rockstar Spud and Jeremy Borash were also in attendance as well.
Through Twitter, Dixie Carter congratulated Brutus Magnus for winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
While management abruptly took away his planned push a couple of months ago, the feeling is that Darren Young is safe in WWE. He has a lot of public relations value and he's a solid performer, so he has a good amount of job security nowadays.
On a special Final Resolution edition of Impact Wrestling last night, Brutus Magnus defeated Jeff Hardy in a tournament final and became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He climbed the ladder and retrieved the belt after Rockstar Spud interfered.
TNA produced a highly entertaining funeral segment for Aces and Eights, who were forced to split up after Bully Ray was defeated by Mr Anderson at Turning Point.
3MB filmed a segment this week where they dressed up as the Fabulous Freebirds, but WWE opted against showing their match against Darren Young and Titus O'Neil on Smackdown.
Brutus Magnus posted a vague congratulatory message on Twitter, and it now appears that his target was Xavier Woods, who made his WWE debut this week.
Prior to becoming an independent wrestler throughout the northeast, Darren Young was a backyard wrestler.
Word going around right now is that the TNA tournament is designed as a vehicle to elevate Brutus Magnus into a feud with AJ Styles.
With the hype from his announcement dying down, WWE has decided to put the Darren Young push on hold for the time being.
John Cena wins Royal Rumble 2013 by last eliminating Ryback. Other contestants in the match include Antonio Cesaro, Bo Dallas, Brodus Clay, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Godfather, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tensai, The Miz, Titus ONeil, Wade Barrett and Zack Ryder.