Bobby Roode will be joined by the Bro Mans and Austin Aries in the Lethal Lockdown match in Miami later this month.
The quartet will represent ‘Team Dixie’ in the four-on-four match-up that will determine whether current company president Dixie Carter, or new investor MVP, will take full control of wrestling operations.
Roode moved quickly to secure the services of the Bro Mans, pitting them in a three-way tag match with Bad Influence and the newly crowned Tag Team Champions the Wolves, to determine which pair was most worthy of joining him inside the iconic steel cage.
Aries was approached by both Roode, and MVP, who was also looking to complete his team, having already recruited the Wolves pair of Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards.
Acting as ‘guest referee’ for a match between the two team captains, Aries made his choice – helping Roode take out MVP and win the match.
After the first of two Wembley editions of Impact, the full line-up for Lockdown is almost complete. At the start of the night, defending World Heavyweight Champion Magnus and number one contender Samoa Joe underwent their main event contract signing.
MVP revealed to the pair that the ‘Magnus Rules’ – no disqualification and no count-out – would not be in effect. Instead, the ‘Joe Rules’ would be in place, meaning the match would be a ‘submission only’ contest.
With the contract signed, an angered Magnus grabbed the opportunity to have a verbal swipe at his opponent – referring to his former tag team partner as ‘an animal’ – while describing himself as an articulate, refined representative of the company. The pair inevitably clashed, with Joe head-butting Magnus before belatedly being dragged away by security.
Gunner and James Storm will also do battle at Lockdown, with the former looking for revenge against the man who cost him a World Title in Manchester.
The Modern Day Viking had been poised to defeat Magnus, before his former friend and tag partner’s ‘Last Call Super-Kick’ knocked him out cold, and allowed the champion to retain his title.
The duo also came face-to-face at Wembley, with Storm explaining to Gunner that his reason for betraying him was due to the events of the Feast or Fired match, when Gunner climbed over the Cowboy to win his World Title shot.
Storm told a stunned Gunner that he wanted him to know how it felt, to have your hopes and dreams in the palm of your hand, only to have them all disappear.
Kurt Angle then returned to TNA after a two week absence. After a tear-jerking acceptance speech, the Olympic Gold Medallist became the company’s second ‘Hall of Famer’ – his close friend Sting being the only other to have received the honour.
But the conclusion of the ceremony was interrupted by Ethan Carter III, who has seemingly targeted the iconic wrestler, as he looks to make a name for himself.
In Glasgow, EC3 mercilessly attacked Angle, proceeding to claim that the injuries he had inflicted had forced Angle to retire.
At Wembley, Angle rejected these claims, lashing out at Carter before informing him that MVP had granted them a steel cage match at Lockdown.
Lei’d Tapa and Alpha Female, accompanied by both Gail Kim and Chris Sabin, claimed victory in a tag team match against Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky, with Tapa pinning Rayne after Kim’s intervention. Alpha Female also attempted to attack Velvet after the bell, but Sky was rescued by ODB, who quickly came to the ring in an attempt to even the numbers. The match marked the latest in a long feud between Kim and Rayne. The pair will go head to head again at Lockdown, with the latter’s Knockouts Title on the line.
Elsewhere, EC3 comfortably defeated the latest of his ‘hand-picked’ opponents – British wrestler Doug Williams; Samoa Joe beat German fighter Bad Bones via submission, and Samuel Shaw attacked Mr. Anderson, after he attempted to defend ring announcer Christy Hemme.
Ultimately however, it was the build-up to Lethal Lockdown that stole the show. Soon after Roode had agreed to be Dixie’s team captain, in return for a 10% stake in TNA upon victory in Miami, Bad Influence pair Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian approached the It Factor, under the assumption he would want them to join his team.
Instead, Roode challenged the duo to prove themselves in a match with the Wolves in Manchester, a match they lost. At Wembley, the Bro Mans targeted Roode with the same ambition, to become part of his Lockdown team.
With the Bro Mans having lost their tag team belts to the Wolves in an untelevised live event, Roode reasoned that neither of the two tag teams instilled him with confidence. So, using his new found power within the company, Roode arranged for a three-way tag match, with the prize of two spots on his team available for either Bad Influence or the Bro Mans.
The Wolves dominated the match, but the Bro Mans were clever with their tactics, allowing Bad Influence to bear the brunt of their opponents offence, while they waited for an opportunity at ringside. When Richards and Edwards both dived from the ropes to finish off a beaten Kazarian, Robbie E tagged himself in and followed suit, stealing the pin, the victory, and a place for both him and Jesse at Lockdown.
Aries was approached by MVP in Manchester, while Roode also requested the help of the self-proclaimed ‘greatest man that ever lived’ upon arrival in London. Unsure as to whom to side with, Aries requested to be the guest referee for the pair’s match, allowing him to see the two in action and choose whose style and attitude he preferred.
This proved costly for MVP, who appeared to be close to victory when he landed a drop kick to the knee of Roode, as Aries blocked his pin attempt with an elbow to the face. This allowed the It Factor to land the ‘Roode bomb’ and grab the pin.
With just one episode of Impact remaining before Lockdown, MVP is now under pressure to complete his four-man team. You can find out who joins MVP and the Wolves in the Lethal Lockdown match against Roode, Aries and the Bro Mans, right here on GiveMeSport next week.
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