MVP defeated Austin Aries last night, plunging the TNA future of ‘The Greatest Man that Ever Lived’ into significant doubt.
Both competitors showed great physicality, as acknowledged by the commentary team, with each wrestler scoring near falls on the other – as a split crowd chanted for both wrestlers.
MVP nailed a huge clothesline on Aries to take control of the match, and eventually claimed victory when he moved out of the way of a 450 splash and nailed Aries in the head with a boot to get the pin.
Last week, Aries tackled MVP, claiming to be the ‘most disgruntled man that has ever lived’. Aries had 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 having kept Aries on the side-lines since taking control of wrestling operations last month, until accepting his challenge last week.
It will be feared that fan-favourite Aries’ current storyline is building towards a legit exit. Christopher Daniels was confirmed to have left TNA earlier 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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