Eric Young became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion last night, as he brought to an end the reign of Magnus after 128 days.
In a shocking edition of TNA IMPACT, EY began the night by emerging victorious from a thrilling 10-man gauntlet match. The match was arranged by MVP to find the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Sacrifice on the 27th April.
Following his victory, Young asked for his match to be moved to later that evening, and MVP accepted the request – telling Magnus that not only was Abyss banned from ringside, but the ‘Magnus rules’ would not be in effect. If he was counted out or disqualified he would lose the title, and if anyone interfered they would be fired on the spot.
A visibly exhausted EY pulled himself together and, despite a slight injury to his right bicep, defeated Magnus in an enthralling World Title match, winning the TNA Championship for the very first time after over a decade with the company.
At the start of the night, the 34-year-old was the ninth man to enter the gauntlet, joining James Storm, Gunner, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Ethan Carter III, Bobby Lashley, Abyss and Sanada. Willow was then the final wrestler to join the action two minutes later.
Willow was also the first man out of the gauntlet, after EC3 and a ringside Rockstar Spud dragged him off of the canvas. Abyss then hurled Sanada from the ring, while Roode dispatched Lashley. Bully Ray then got Roode over the ropes, sending him to the floor with a well-placed kick, but Roode reached back into the ring and, with the help of Carter, dragged Ray out to the floor as well.
Storm hit with the ‘Last Call Super Kick’ to eliminate Gunner, before EY got rid of EC3, hanging onto the ropes before eliminating Carter with an acrobatic attack. Young also got the better of Storm, kicking him out of the ring before coming face-to-face with Abyss.
The Monster lashed out at EY with his ‘shock treatment’ move, but he somehow recovered, hanging onto the ropes before flipping himself back into the ring. Young then responded with a missile drop kick before knocking Abyss from the ring with a running clothesline.
Sure enough in the final match of the evening, EY and Magnus began their match by facing off in the ring. Young attacked Magnus, but it was the Brit who took control, slamming Young’s head into the turnbuckles. Young countered, missing with a moonsault from the top rope.
Magnus hit with a running knee, knocking EY from the ring, before tossing him back in and getting a two-count. Young dumped Magnus out of the ring and went for a dive, but the champion countered with a forearm and threw his opponent into the ring steps.
Magnus hit with a gut-wrench and held EY for a two-count. The Brit followed up with a sleeper hold, but Young, down to a knee, was still able to counter with a jaw breaker. Young charged Magnus but ran into a backdrop, allowing his opponent to lock in the camel clutch. Young countered by lifting Magnus and hitting an electric chair drop.
The pair rose and traded punches. Young won the battle and eventually hit with a forearm and clothesline. He followed up by hitting with a cutter and Magnus’ own iconic elbow drop from the top rope, earning him a two count. Magnus responded with a huge clothesline, before a slam got him a two-count.
Magnus rolled away and grabbed the TNA title belt, attempting to use it as a distracting by bringing it into the ring. Referee Brian Hebner took it away from him, but in the process allowed him the time to hit Young from behind with a low blow.
However, EY was still able to break the pin at two, and respond by rolling up Magnus for another two count. A final pile-driver on Magnus was then enough to get him the three-count and the famous victory.
Congratulations to Eric Young, the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion!
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