Eric Young successfully defended his TNA World Heavyweight Title, defeating Abyss in a Monster’s Ball Match on Thursday’s episode of Impact.
The 34-year-old TNA veteran, who won the World Championship for the first time one week earlier when he defeated Magnus, was challenged to a title match by Abyss, after promising to defend the gold against anyone at any time.
It was a match that seemingly wrapped up the long-standing EY-Abyss relationship. After Young revealed to his best friend, Joseph Park, that he and Abyss were in fact one and the same, the Monster turned on his former associate, and instead sided with the World Champion Magnus.
Angered and frustrated by EY’s World Title win over Magnus, the Monster requested an immediate shot at the Championship. But to the delight of the Impact Zone, fan-favourite EY successfully retained his belt, after winning a devastating, anything goes match-up.
It was an intriguing match, as Young’s speed and agility came face to face with Abyss’ raw strength. The Monster batted away a trash can that was hurled in his direction before hurling his opponent over the top ring rope and out to the floor.
EY responded with a drop kick, but Abyss picked up the discarded trash can and used it as a shield as Young attempted to follow up his initial attack with a suicide dive. The Monster was now well on top, catapulting EY into a steel chair lodged between the ring ropes, an attack that left his opponent inexplicably wedged underneath a turnbuckle.
After freeing himself with the help of the referee, Young fought back – hitting Abyss between the legs with a cheese grater while he was busy revealing his classic tacks. However, the Monster broke free of EY’s attempted pile-driver, the move that defeated Magnus, and grabbed his iconic club Janice from below the ring.
Young dodged Abyss’ attempted blow, the spikes of Janice becoming attached to the corner turnbuckle in the process. EY again hit with a low blow, but unperturbed the Monster grabbed his opponent by the throat, and choke slammed him into the tacks laid out on the opposite side of the ring.
Despite the scream of pain and a backside drenched in blood, EY broke the pin attempt at two. Abyss dragged a wooden board laced with barbed wire into the ring in an attempt to finish off his opponent, but Young reacted too quickly, drop kicking the Monster onto the board.
With Abyss stuck to the barbed wire, and barely able to move, Young clambered up to the top rope and hit with a diving elbow. EY held the pin for three, and the Monster was beaten at his own game.
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