Gunner will cash in his Feast or Fired briefcase in Manchester next week and will challenge current champion Magnus for the World Title.
At the top of the show in this week’s edition of Impact, Gunner interrupted a clash between TNA’s new investor MVP and the heel stable of Magnus, company president Dixie Carter, her nephew Ethan Carter III and her chief of staff Rockstar Spud.
He informed the quintet that he would be cashing in his briefcase in seven days time. However, Dixie told Gunner that if he wanted his match with Magnus, he would have to first defeat EC3.
MVP in turn added his own stipulation – that the match would be an all-or-nothing match, with EC3’s briefcase, offering him a shot at the World Tag Team title, also on the line in a ladder match. He also agreed that whoever emerged as World Champion would then face the title’s number one contender: Samoa Joe, at Lockdown.
During the match, Magnus attempted to come to the aid of Carter, keen to avoid a potential title defence against Gunner. However, James Storm was quick to even up the match to two on two.
Despite the Cowboy’s arrival, it was the pairing of Magnus and EC3 that proceeded to dominate the early stages of the bout. Unfortunately for Carter, the Brit was all too aware that his cohort might just have started having loftier ambitions than acting as his sidekick.
EC3 had the ladder positioned perfectly to claim the cases, but Magnus hauled him back down. As the pair argued Storm was able to intervene, causing enough of a distraction to allow Gunner to claim the prize.
The Modern Day Viking will now fight Magnus in next week’s show for the World Title, while he and Storm will be able to challenge the Bro Mans for the World Tag Team titles on a night of their choosing. The winner of Gunner against Magnus will face Samoa Joe at Lockdown.
These developments did not go down well at all with the Bro Mans, who revealed they had a secret agreement with EC3 – who had promised not to challenge them for their tag titles.
MVP added to their miserable evening by informing that they were also facing a match, alongside Zema Ion, against the newly signed Wolves and Samoa Joe.
The match did not take long, Joe forcing Ion to tap out, while TNA’s newest arrivals: Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, both impressed.
Rockstar Spud also proved no match for MVP as the investor made his in-ring debut, winning via pin-fall in quick time.
At the end of the night, Dixie met with MVP to offer to buy out his shares in TNA. But MVP turned down the offer and instead informed her that she would have to win back control at Lockdown: in a four-on-four lethal lockdown match comprising her team against his, with the winner taking full control of wrestling operations.
Abyss, who had his true identity revealed by Eric Young last week in Glasgow, informed a stunned Manchester Arena that he would be leaving TNA for the foreseeable future. He told an equally shocked EY that he was in desperate need of help; that he couldn’t deal with who he was and that he couldn’t be Abyss whilst the conscience of Joseph Park remained inside of him.
Abyss added that he was done with EY and that by leaving he might still find someone who truly understood him, someone that was able to fix Young’s ‘mistakes’.
Velvet Sky and Chris Sabin clashed once again, and this time in the ring, as Sky came out to meet her former boyfriend’s match challenge. Sabin jokingly suggested that he would allow Velvet the first shot and she responded to the jibe by striking him first on the knee and then twice in the crotch.
But as ever in recent times, Sabin was not without an accomplice capable of making their own low blow. Velvet was struck from behind by TNA newcomer Alpha Female as she attempted to grapple with Sabin on the canvas floor. The former World Heavyweight Champion completed a regulation pin, despite a match bell never being rung, before jumping upon his companion to celebrate victory.
Mr Anderson defeated Bully Ray in a brutal casket match, to seemingly bring a close to the feud between the pair. Billed as the two men’s final match, Anderson successfully placed Ray in the coffin and closed the lid, despite his former Aces & Eights President dominating much of the bout.
Mid-way through the match Anderson was in the casket, but managed to prevent being locked in thanks to a late low blow on Ray. Bully then attempted to win the match in style, by pile-driving Anderson into the casket, but Anderson responded with the ‘mic check’ move, which instead sent Ray face first into the box.
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