TNA’s mystery investor, the supposed savior of the entire company, made a dramatic heel turn last week as the World Heavyweight Title match for Slammiversary was confirmed.
MVP will take on defending champion Eric Young in the main event of TNA’s biggest annual pay-per-view, which take place on the 15th June.
At the start of the latest edition of Impact, Young agreed to a World Title rematch against Bobby Roode, once again fulfilling his promise to defend his title at every possible opportunity.
Roode, who was defeated by Young the previous week, asked for one more shot – and promised that if Young could beat him again, he would never ask for another title shot.
However, MVP cancelled the match – telling Young that he needed to stop arranging his own matches. He told Young that he had something special planned for him for Slammiversary – an opponent he had never faced before.
EY begrudgingly agreed, and accepted that MVP was the boss and that he had the right to decide whether or not Roode got his rematch.
A furious Roode, who wanted a ‘fair’ title shot having had to defeat Gunner for a chance to face EY the previous week, was removed from the building after clashing with MVP in the ring.
Despite the altercation with Roode, MVP returned to the ring at the end of the evening and announced that he would, as promised, let Young know who his opponent would be at Slammiversary.
MVP told Young that he was proud of him and his accomplishments: every obstacle he's faced, he's overcome. MVP called Young an inspiration, a leader and says he deserves the best competition there is.
He reasoned that with that in mind he would now introduce the man who will face him for the World Championship at Slammiversary. With Young’s back turned towards the entrance ramp, MVP struck EY with a cheap shot from behind, proceeding to attack him. MVP told Young that he would see him at Slammiversary and exited the ring.
Young defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the third time the previous week, defeating his former Team Canada associate Roode.
After winning the title for the first time on the 10th April, Young has since made successful title defences against Abyss, in a monster’s ball match, Magnus – in a rematch of his title victory – at Sacrifice, and now against his fellow countryman.
Young and Roode came to TNA at the same time in early 2004, partnering each other many times during their two and half year run as part of Team Canada. Twice the pair won the NWA World Tag Team Championship, and after a decade together in TNA neither wrestler was short on knowledge about the other.
With tiredness perhaps playing its part, Young dominated the second-half of the match, hitting a pile-driver for a near fall after dodging one Roode attack. The pair went punch for punch on the ropes until Young knocked his opponent to the canvas, and hit the top rope elbow for the win.
In January 2014, MVP revealed himself to TNA fans as the storyline “investor” responsible for signing The Wolves and counteracting Dixie Carter’s agenda.
It was eventually agreed that MVP would captain a Lethal Lockdown team, also comprising The Wolves and Willow, against a team led by Roode. Team MVP won the match and, with victory, MVP clinched control of wrestling operations.
After a successful start to his reign, MVP clashed with several members of the TNA locker-room, including Samoa Joe, Kenny King and Austin Aries.
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