Every wrestling company needs to have a good stable that people will remember for a long time. The WWE had The Authority, D-Generation X and Nexus. WCW had the nWo and the Wolfpac, so TNA needed something that people would talk about. In 2012, it looked like they finally had their answer in the form of a motorcycle club that was known as Aces & Eights.
The stable started when a few of the mystery wrestlers attacked Sting and there was a lot of intrigue among the fans that were trying to figure out who were delivering the playing cards to symbolize their group. It wasn’t for a few months that the members of the group were starting to be revealed, starting with Devon after being unmasked.
Aces & Eights would dominate many of the storylines in TNA for over a year, growing in membership size and using a lot of memorable names while setting up a couple for future stardom. Now that the group has been disbanded for a few years and none of them are in TNA any longer, what are the members of Aces & Eights up to? Here are the 12 members of the group, and where they are today.
12 Ivelisse Velez
Ivelisse Velez joined Aces & Eights for just one night, coming at the “One Night Only: World Cup of Wrestling” event on March 18th, 2013. She was an honorary member of the group that had previously been brought up through the WWE system as Sofia Cortez and reaching the NXT level. TNA brought her in, though she was knocked out of the TNA Gut Check competition. Still, she would join the Aces & Eights team for that one match against Team USA.
Velez’s team won, then lost in the finals and that was the last we saw of her on TNA. Velez would join Lucha Underground in November 2014 and is still with the company wrestling under the name Ivelisse. She has won a Lucha Underground Trios Championship at her new home and she still does work on the independent circuit, most notable in Shine Wrestling as the promotion’s champion.
11 Wes Brisco
Coming from the same family as Gerald and Jack Brisco, Wes had a lot of potential to be a wrestling star. He was signed to WWE early, but then went independent before landing with TNA. While there, he became a member of Aces & Eights as a soldier and then was demoted to prospect. Brisco was in the stable for nine months before getting kicked out after a loss to Samoa Joe.
Brisco would eventually be released from his TNA contract in January 2014 and would then sign with New Japan Pro Wrestling later in the year. He wouldn’t make it through the end of the year, however, as he returned to the United States to join Paragon Pro Wrestling. Brisco wound up winning the promotion’s championship briefly and he is still signed with them, though it has been awhile since we’ve seen him.
10 Tito Ortiz
Everyone knows Tito Ortiz from his days in mixed martial arts, most notably with UFC where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion that has been inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. Ortiz has 18 wins, 12 losses and one draw as a mixed martial artist, and dabbled in pro wrestling with TNA back in 2005. Then, in 2013, there was a lot of talk about who was behind the cryptic message for August 1st...and people were pretty disappointed to find out it was Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz lasted for less than a month as the Sergeant at Arms in Aces & Eights before heading back to Bellator MMA. Ortiz had his last bought in September 2015 and has been in retirement limbo. He is now focused mainly on his training gym in Huntington Beach, California, and also runs the Punishment Athletics athletic apparel company.
9 Mr. Anderson
Once a big name in WWE as Mr. Kennedy between 2005 and 2009, Ken Anderson was fired from the company before signing with TNA in 2010. Anderson became part of Aces & Eights in January 2013 when he was named as the new Vice President of the stable and he would remain there for nine months before turning face and leaving. After winning a feud, Mr. Anderson successfully ended Aces & Eights.
Anderson would remain with TNA for a couple more years, leaving in early 2016 and appearing with Insane Championship Wrestling (due to a failed drug test with TNA). Anderson has been wrestling on the independent circuit in the months since and recently said in a Reddit AMA that he has started a wrestling school in St. Paul, Minnesota with Shawn Daivari.
For nearly five years, Andrew Hankinson had been signed with WWE, spending a lot of time with the developmental program before he joined CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society as Luke Gallows. Hankinson joined TNA in 2011 and was given the name D.O.C., joining Aces & Eights in November 2012. He would leave the group the next summer after his contract expired and he joined New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Hankinson became a big star over in Japan as part of the Bullet Club, teaming up with Karl Anderson. In 2016, he would return to WWE as Luke Gallows, teaming up with Anderson and A.J. Styles. Gallows is still wrestling in WWE as of October 2016 and it doesn’t look like he will be going anywhere soon. Despite the fact that it seems he has been wrestling forever, he is still only 32 years old.
Taz has been around wrestling for more than 20 years, becoming memorable first with ECW back in the late 1990s. After joining WWE with most of his time coming as a commentator, he would join TNA in 2009 to continue his career. During the wedding between Bully Ray and Brooke, Tazz revealed that he was a member of Aces & Eights and he would act as the stable’s spokesman through the rest of the group's’ life.
Tazz stuck around with TNA until April 2015 when his contract was not extended, but he has stayed behind the microphone. These days, Taz (who has dropped one of the z’s) is hosting his own podcast called The Taz Show. The show seems to be doing well and he has nearly 370,000 followers on Twitter that give him a large audience.
One half of The Dudley Boyz tag team that would become massively popular in both ECW and WWE, Devon Dudley would join TNA along with his pal Bubba Ray. Devon would become known as Brother Devon and would join Aces & Eights in October 2012 when he turned heel by attacking his former partner. Devon was the Sergeant at Arms of the group until August 2013 when he lost a tag match to the Main Event Mafia.
After the match, it was announced that Devon had left TNA and went on the independent circuit for a couple of years, including House of Hardcore. Devon and Bubba Ray would eventually rejoin WWE in August 2015 and would continue wrestling for a year before retiring this past summer. Now, Devon is working with WWE as an agent and producer, though he will continue to do independent shows every now and then.
5 D’Lo Brown
WWE fans of the Attitude Era will remember D’Lo Brown for shaking his head around, wearing what appeared to be a catcher’s vest and being part of a botch that paralyzed Droz. Brown was released from WWE in 2003 and joined TNA with his same name, before departing for All Japan, then WWE again, then eventually TNA where he joined Aces & Eights in March 2013 as the Vice President.
Brown was part of the stable for four months before leaving the company in July 2013. Brown returned briefly to Japan to wrestle, then moved to Las Vegas as a teacher for the Future Stars of Wrestling. Brown is mostly making appearances at fan festivals these days and signing autographs, and will make an appearance on the independent circuit every now and then with small promotions.
4 Garett Bischoff
If the Bischoff name sounds familiar, it’s because Garett Bischoff is indeed the son of Eric Bischoff. Garett was trained in wrestling by Hulk Hogan and started out in TNA as a referee before getting involved as a wrestler. Bischoff became a member of Aces & Eights in January 2013 when he attacked Kurt Angle and was given the title of Soldier, and was with the stable until its end in November that year.
Bischoff wouldn’t be on screen for more than a year when he finally officially left TNA in May 2015. Bischoff started wrestling independently, including Coastal Wrestling Federation in March 2015. Garett is still on the independent circuit and has talked openly about his time at TNA, including a lawsuit for unpaid wages. He’s also teaching firearms safety, which is an interesting twist.
If you’re a WWE fan, you might remember this next wrestler who went by the name of Mike Knox with ECW from 2006 to 2008, then with Monday Night Raw until 2010 when he was let go. Knox, like Bischoff, would become a Soldier for Aces & Eights, joining the group in January 2013 on the night of his TNA debut under the name Knux. Knox stayed through the end and then joined The Menagerie before leaving TNA in May 2015.
Knux would keep his Aces & Eights name when he left for the Inoki Genome Federation in Japan. He's still listed on the active roster, though there haven’t been any recent results for the wrestler. He has been seen stateside more often these days as he is taking bookings in the U.S. After all, his Twitter handle is @bookmikeknox, so he’s looking for work, folks.
The First Lady of Aces & Eights, Brooke Tessmacher made her TNA debut in 2010 and has won the TNA Knockout Championship on three different occasions. Brooke joined the stable after being gone for several months and then coming back to help lead them. Brooke remained with the group until their November 2013 disbandment, when she took another break from TNA.
After another return in 2014, Brooke tore her ACL and then joined the cast of The Amazing Race before coming back once more for her final run, leaving in February 2016 when it was revealed that she was pregnant. Obviously, she hasn’t been wrestling since then and her first child (with Weston Wayne) was born on September 3rd, 2016, a son named Jace. The 31 year old is likely to focus on her family for now.
1 Bully Ray
The top dog in the Aces & Eights stable was Bully Ray, who as we mentioned earlier had come over to TNA with Devon Dudley. Bully Ray revealed himself to be the President of the stable in March 2013 and would keep that position until November 2013 when he lost to Mr. Anderson, putting an end to Aces & Eights. Bully ray would remain with TNA until July 2015 when he had disputes with the front office and went independent for a brief period before rejoining WWE with Devon.
Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley wrestled for more than a year with WWE once again before retiring from the company. Currently, he still plans on wrestling as he has bookings coming up with Insane Championship Wrestling and appeared recently on House of Hardcore. As for what his non-full-time wrestling plans include, becoming a trainer is not out of the question as he runs the Team 3D Academy.
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