Abyss could be joining a growing list of long-serving stars making their TNA exits, after his controversial match against Magnus has seemingly left him without a contract.
The Monster, who aligned himself with the then-World Champion Magnus as last month’s Lockdown pay-per-view, was set a challenge by TNA’s director of wrestling operations MVP: beat Magnus, and you can stay.
It was an offer that followed an in-ring spat between Magnus and Abyss, with the 27-year-old Brit claiming that the Monster had: “severely let him down”, before adding that: “good help is hard to find.”
Magnus was making his first in-ring appearance since relinquishing the World Heavyweight Championship to Eric Young two weeks ago. On that occasion, Abyss had failed to come to his aid, something that provoked Magnus into describing him as a: “gigantic disappointment.”
It was revealed by Magnus that Abyss was not currently contracted to TNA, and worked for him alone. Now that is services were no longer required, Abyss was to be fired. MVP, who was one of several of Abyss’ victims during the Monster’s partnership with Magnus, decided to give him a second chance, and offered him a permanent spot on the TNA roster if he could defeat Magnus later in the evening.
With World Champion EY watching on from the commentary position, ahead of his World Title defence against Magnus at Sacrifice, the Brit came face to face with his former associate. However, the match was cut short when Magnus struck Abyss with a low blow, just minutes into the match.
Abyss was awarded the victory via disqualification, and uncertainty now reigns as to what impact this will have on the Monster’s contract – as victory stipulations cannot usually be taken up if a victory is won by disqualification.
After the bell, Magnus continued the beat-down with a savage steel chair attack. Young attempted to intervene, but Magnus lashed out at him too, proceeding to attack both men with the chair, meaning there will now also be fears over Young’s fitness for Sacrifice, which takes place on Sunday.
If TNA original Abyss does leave the company, it will leave James Storm as the only member of the company’s 2002 starter roster. Christopher Daniels exit was confirmed on the TNA website today, while the futures of Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin remain in doubt. They could yet join the list of recent departures, which currently contains the likes of Sting, AJ Styles, Devon and Hulk Hogan.
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