TNA’s Director of Wrestling Operations – MVP – has used his control over the company’s roster to hand former World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode an ‘indefinite suspension’ from Impact Wrestling.
MVP announced his decision via social networking site Twitter, commenting: “Bobby Roode is indefinitely suspended from Impact Wrestling for his unacceptable conduct! Take the time to think about your actions.”
This latest development comes less than a week after MVP’s dramatic heel turn, when he cancelled the proposed World Heavyweight Title match between defending champion Eric Young and Roode, and instead declared himself the number one contender for TNA’s upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view.
Roode, 37, who was defeated by Young in a title match one week earlier, approached his former Team Canada associated and asked for a rematch, promising Young that if he could beat him again, he would never ask for another title shot.
The It Factor has been quick to respond to his suspension, he told the TNA website: “I think this is an abuse of power. Two weeks ago, Eric Young and I tore the house down. We made a deal to do it again last Thursday night and then MVP inserted himself into this, had me thrown out of the arena and now, today, I found out that I’ve been suspended.
“Not only that, but he names himself the number one contender and schedules a title match. Let me tell you something, if there is anyone who deserved a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary, it’s me.
“Eric Young and I have a lot of history and I gave him one hell of a match after I went to war with Gunner earlier in the night. MVP hasn’t earned a damned thing and he sure as hell lost the respect of all of us in the back.”
It is the second week in succession that MVP had used his excessive power to ban one of his own wrestlers. Last week, he threw out Bully Ray, telling him that he was sick of his constant, unscheduled rants during shows, as well as his regular attempts to put Dixie Carter through a table.
Roode and MVP have had a difficult working relationship since the latter arrived at TNA earlier this year. The pair captained opposing teams in March’s Lethal Lockdown match, with Roode representing company owner Carter, while her and MVP feuded over control of wrestling operations. Victory for MVP also cost Roode his potential prize of a 10% ownership stake in TNA.
After controversially defeating Bully Ray in tables match at Sacrifice last month, Roode was entered into a mini-tournament – arranged by MVP – to determine a new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Title.
He and his fellow match winners at Sacrifice – Gunner and Mr. Anderson – drew cards. The wrestlers with the two lowest cards fought each other for the right to go against the winner of the highest card. The winner of that match faced EY, all on one night.
As such, Roode – who defeated Gunner to earn his title shot – claimed that EY hadn’t really beaten him, and that if he was truly a fighting champion he would face him when they were both fully fit and ready.
When MVP overruled Young’s decision to accept, Roode reacted angrily – tackling MVP in the ring, forcing several members of security to intervene. Roode was removed from the building, and MVP attacked EY, presenting himself as the new number one contender.
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