Bobby Roode declared himself the new ‘master of the tables’ last Thursday, as he issued an open challenge to any member of the TNA roster who wished to take him on in a table’s match.
Gunner took up the challenge, after receiving encouragement from Bully Ray. Two time TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ray, has clashed with Roode repeatedly over the course of the last month, since Bully cost Roode the Lethal Lockdown match which could have seen him become a part owner of the company.
Surprisingly, it was the challenger who dominated long periods of the match, to the point where he was able to lay Roode out on a table. As Gunner climbed the ring ropes, ready to finish off Roode, he looked certain to claim the victory.
But as with many of his matches in recent weeks and months, James Storm was determined to play his part. The Cowboy, who cost Gunner a potential World Title victory in a match with Magnus in Manchester earlier this year, intervened and allowed Roode to recover.
Roode rolled clear of the table and dragged Gunner off the ropes, lifting him above his head before slamming him back down through the table at the second attempt. Bully Ray emerged to prevent any further harm to Gunner, but the match had already been won.
Storm’s hatred of Gunner, which dates back to the end of last year when he missed out a Feast or Fired briefcase that proved to hold a World Title shot, has reached the point where he is even willing to work alongside Roode once again. Storm and Roode have a well-documented history.
The pair were four time TNA World Tag Team champions as Beer Money Inc., before Roode betrayed Storm in order to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
This coming Thursday, Gunner and Ray will go head-to-head in a tag team match against Roode and Storm, before both feuds come to an epic climax at the Sacrifice pay-per-view on the 27th April: Ray and Roode face-off in a tables match, while Storm and Gunner will take on an ‘I Quit’ match, where the first person to say ‘I Quit’ officially concedes victory.
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