Ahead of tonight’s episode of IMACT, here is a round-up of everything that’s been happening in TNA Wrestling during the last seven days:
Magnus retained his World Title in a four-corner match, defeating Samoa Joe, Eric Young and Abyss. Despite officially being opponents, Magnus and Abyss worked together throughout the match, with the Monster setting up the winning pin for the defending Heavyweight Champion.
Friction emerged between Magnus and Abyss the previous week, when the Brit’s early submission cost the pair in a tag team match against the Wolves. But Magnus won the Monster back on-side when he declared that he loved him and dressed him in a new custom made suit.
Bully Ray was beaten in a tables match by Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III, after his own tag team partner – Willow – unceremoniously left the match to chase after Rockstar Spud, leaving Ray to fend for himself.
The It Factor took full advantage, sending Ray through the first table with a spine-buster to win the match. After the bell, Bully was then Roode Bombed through a second table and, to add insult to injury, put through a third table – with Roode landing on him off the top rope.
Kenny King struck up an intriguing rivalry with MVP, challenging the director of wrestling operations to an exhibition match before attacking aggressively. Angered by King’s antics, MVP attempted to exact his revenge backstage, but he was instead hauled away by the Wolves.
Angelina Love and Velvet Sky – the Beautiful People – teamed up for the first time, defeating Madison Rayne and TNA newcomer Brittany, who begged Rayne to let her be her partner backstage. Rayne reluctantly accepted, and was made to regret her decision, with Brittany overeagerly tagging herself into the match and eventually costing them the win.
The Bro Mans pulled out of their World Tag Team title match with the Wolves, claiming Jesse Godderz had sustained an injury while training in the gym. The match was rescheduled for this week.
Samuel Shaw defeated Mr. Anderson in a ‘Straightjacket match’, successfully securing his opponent in the restraint after applying his traditional sleeper hold submission move.
And finally, Sanada defeated Tigre Uno – in the first of a three-match series to determine the next X Division title holder. Sanada is the current holder of the belt, having defeated former champion Austin Aries last month.
On tonight’s episode, we will see the return of Dixie Carter, who has promised to exact revenge against a member of the TNA roster. MVP has announced that the show will feature a 10-man gauntlet match to determine the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Title.
The winner will get their title shot at TNA’s next pay-per-view event, Sacrifice, which is due to take place at the end of this month. Nine participants have already been announced: Gunner, Bully Ray, Bobby Lashley, Ethan Carter III, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Eric Young and Willow. Elsewhere, the Bro Mans will defend their World Tag Team Titles against the Wolves, and a new number one contender will be chosen for Madison Rayne’s Knockout’s Title.
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