Eric Young retained the TNA World Heavyweight Title at Sacrifice, after emerging victorious from his rematch against previous champion Magnus.
The win marked EY’s second successful championship defence, since he won the title for the first time on the 10th April earlier this year.
One week after initially winning the belt, Young defeated Abyss in a Monster’s Ball match. And at Sacrifice, the 34-year-old defended for a second time, defeating Magnus via pin-fall.
Following the pay-per-view event, it was announced that Young will be defending the title for a third time this coming Thursday, on TNA’s next edition of Impact.
Just three days before Sacrifice, Magnus attacked Young with a steel chair, after EY had attempted to intervene during the Brit’s beat-down on Abyss. But when the pair locked up once again, it would a fully recovered Young that took the early advantage, dropping Magnus into a side headlock.
Magnus broke free and hit a neck-breaker for a two-count, before going into a surfboard stretch. EY flipped out of the hold, but Magnus stays on him, slamming him down into the mat. Young responded by tossing his opponent outside of the ring. EY looked to fly, but Magnus just walked away. EY waited and then hit his dive to the outside.
The pair rolled back into the ring and Young hit a Fishermen's Suplex with a bridge, but Magnus kicked out of it and levelled the champ with a clothesline. Magnus dropped into a rest hold, slowing the match down, before turning his opponent inside-out with a clothesline and locking in a Camel Clutch. Young battled to the ropes, before they both collided with clotheslines.
EY was the first to his feet, and hit a cross-body before heading up to the top rope, coming up empty on a moonsault attempt. Magnus landed with a spine-buster, and goes to the top rope, hitting his top rope elbow drop. EY kicked out at two-and-a-half, and responded with his own top rope elbow drop, Magnus kicking out at the last second.
Magnus came back and locked in a Texas Cloverleaf, following up on the Clutch from earlier. The champion slowly pulled himself to the ropes, and then countered the move into his own Cloverleaf. The challenger got to the ropes, and both men lay flat out on the canvas. Magnus rolled to the outside of the ring and grabbed a metal wrench. The referee took it from him and, dodging the low blow, EY hit Magnus with a pile-driver.
Magnus initially kicked out, but Young quickly followed up with a second pile-driver and a top rope elbow to grab the pin.
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