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.
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.
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.