At Final Resolution , Abyss lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in a three-way elimination match against Sting and Christian Cage, after being the first man eliminated from the match and afterwards cost Sting the match.  On the January 24 episode of Impact! , Sting revealed (after looking through public records, and once again using Abyss' real name) that Abyss had been in prison for shooting his father in the back three times, sending him into a coma which he survived.  At Against All Odds , Abyss fell to Sting in a Prison Yard match , with Sting taking out Mitchell after the match.  At Destination X , Abyss again lost to Sting in a Last Rites match .  On the March 22 episode of Impact! , Abyss teamed with Sting to face Christian Cage and . Styles. During the match, Mitchell returned with a woman who Abyss recognized. Abyss left with Mitchell and the woman, leaving Sting alone to fight Cage and Styles.  The following week on Impact! , during a meeting between Sting and James Mitchell, it was revealed that the woman was Abyss' mother,  and that she was the one who had actually shot Abyss's father, but Abyss took the blame to protect his mother. With Mitchell threatening to call the police and tell them the truth, Abyss was forced to obey him. As a result, at Lockdown , Abyss joined " Team Cage " (Christian Cage, . Styles, Scott Steiner , and Tomko ) to face Team Angle ( Kurt Angle , Samoa Joe, Rhino, Sting, and Jeff Jarrett) in a Lethal Lockdown match , which Team Angle won.  On the following Impact! , after Abyss and Cage failed to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship from Team 3D, Abyss finally had enough, and turned face by giving James Mitchell a Black Hole Slam . But after Abyss got his bag of tacks and dumped them on the mat to chokeslam Mitchell on to them Cage, Styles, Steiner and Tomko attacked Abyss, beating him with a chair and a barbed wire baseball bat, which in the storyline, put him out of action.