Kurt Angle and Austin Aries both made dramatic returns to TNA Impact last Thursday – Angle resuming his feud with Ethan Carter III and Aries confronting MVP.
Angle was last seen in the build up to TNA’s Lockdown pay-per-view event, when EC3 interrupted his Hall of Fame induction at Wembley Arena. The Olympic Gold Medallist challenged Carter to a match at Lockdown, but eventually had to pull out due to a knee injury.
But the Warrior returned on Thursday, saving Willow from a beat down from Carter and Rockstar Spud. Willow had just defeated the duo in a handicap match, after hitting Spud with the twist of fate.
Unimpressed by the defeat, Carter attack Willow after the bell, looking to gain revenge for his opponent’s recent attacks on him and Spud outside of the ring.
Angle informed Carter in no uncertain terms that he was out to get him, and it has since been confirmed that he and Willow will face EC3 and Spud in a tag team match at the Sacrifice pay-per-view on the 27th April.
Meanwhile, Aries tackled MVP, claiming to be the ‘most disgruntled man that has ever lived’. Aries has not been seen in TNA since Lockdown, when he was part of the four-man Lethal Lockdown team led by Bobby Roode, which suffered defeat against MVP and co.
Aries referenced the ten man gauntlet of TNA’s best talent that had taken place the previous week, and asked why MVP had refused to include him. MVP responded by saying he felt betrayed by Aries, and had no interest including him in matches for the time being.
In the build-up to Lockdown, MVP had asked Aries to be a part of his four-man Lethal Lockdown team. With Aries having offers on the table from both team captains, he asked to referee a match between MVP and Roode, so he could see ‘who wanted it more’. Aries turned heel when he took down MVP during the match, allowing Roode to claim the victory.
His actions have seemingly come back to haunt him, with MVP keeping Aries on the side-lines since taking control of wrestling operations last month. However, MVP did agree to Aries request for a one-on-one match, and the pair will do battle next week.
MVP also announced that Samoa Joe, who was scheduled to take part in the ten man gauntlet, was ‘disgruntled’, and was hence absent from TNA for a second successive week. The former number one contender to the World Heavyweight Title, Joe lost twice to Magnus, as well as once in a fatal four-way match which could have won him the gold.
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