I watched the footage involving Abyss, Dr. Stevie, Raven and Daffney that was teased on TNA Impact Thursday night before it was eventually decided that it was too graphic for Spike TV. It was announced that the clip would be available on TNA's Web site.
I figured the idea behind this was to drive traffic to the Web site, and I thought it was a good one. However, when I watched the video, I was surprised that it even aired on the Web site.
I say that not because of how graphic it was, but because of how much it exposed the business (yes, I know that is an outdated term). It looked to me as if the clip was actually of a rehearsal of the stunt that was supposed to take place on Impact later that night.
In the clip, the heels set Abyss on fire. What made it look like a practice run is the fact that Stevie, Raven and Daffney are all in their street clothes, the punches looked extremely soft, and there are a bunch of crew members standing around watching as if it was no big deal that a guy was on fire. Stevie even handed the torch to a stage hand, and you could hear someone doing an exaggerated fake scream in the background.
It reminded me of a video from several years ago that leaked out of WWE doing a dry run in the arena before a pay-per-view of The Undertaker pulling a lever that dropped Paul Bearer into a vat of cement and "buried him alive."
I wonder if Abyss was truly harmed during the stunt (it sure looked dangerous) and that's why the angle wasn't repeated later in the Impact Zone.