MVP, the self-declared number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Title, revealed his newest alliances on this week’s edition of Impact Wrestling – with Kenny King and Bobby Lashley completing a fearsome trio of powerhouse stars.
Both King and Lashley were re-introduced to TNA screens in recent weeks, but few fans suspected this most unlikely of stables to emerge. But at the conclusion of Thursday’s episode, they both attacked defending World Champion Eric Young and sided with MVP.
Despite already being booked to face each other at TNA’s upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view, MVP accepted Young’s World Title match challenge – with EY refusing to wait for his revenge on the man who had turned on him one week earlier.
However, it was a battered and bruised Young who hauled himself to the ring for the night’s main event, after viciously being attacked by MVP backstage. He survived valiantly in the match until the interventions of King and Lashley, which led to MVP being disqualified, and Young being knocked out cold.
Impact opened with Young coming to the ring to discuss MVP’s dramatic heel turn, and subsequent World Title challenge, scheduled for Slammiversary. EY described the events as a ‘nightmare’ and admitted that he had been ‘stabbed in the back’.
Young issued MVP with a challenge for later in the evening. MVP appeared on a big screen above the entrance ramp to the ring, mocking Young and telling him that he was little more than a ‘pawn in his plan’. He told Young that in gratitude for his unwitting contribution, he was allowing him to keep the World Title until Slammiversary, before he went back to being an ‘insignificant nobody’.
The pair continued to brawl backstage, with MVP placing Young’s arm in a steel chair and stomping on it. The fight continued into the main arena, with MVP choking Young with his tie. MVP continued to attack Young, specifically targeting his opponent’s arm. At this point, MVP grabbed the microphone and told EY that he had made his point, and he would have his title match that night.
When the match came, Young attempted to attack MVP during his entrance – but MVP quickly recovered, trapping Young’s injured arms in the steel steps and kicking the structure repeatedly. MVP continued to target his opponent’s injury, covering for a near fall when he connected with a knee to the gut.
Epitomizing his fighting champion reputation – back fought EY – connecting with a flying forearm. But as he prepared for his classic finisher – the top rope elbow – King emerged, pushing Young off the top and then hitting him with the Royal Flush.
MVP was instantly disqualified, but he turned to referee Brian Hebner and demanded he restarted the match. When Hebner refused, MVP threatened to fire him if he did not comply, but before the official had chance to reply, King knocked him out cold. MVP and King turned to Young and continued the beat-down until Lashley’s music hit and he came running down to the ring.
Young’s two assailants backed away apprehensively as Lashley slid under the ropes to confront them, while EY hauled himself gingerly to his feet. But to the shock of the Impact Zone, Lashley hit Young with a huge spear, knocking him back to the floor. King set up a pair of chairs and Lashley power slammed Young through them. MVP grabbed Young’s World Title belt and the trio posed emphatically as a reign of boos reigned in from the watching crowd.
These latest developments will make MVP heavy favourite to win the World Heavyweight Title at Slammiversary on 15th June. However, disgruntled trio Samoa Joe, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode – who have all got on the wrong side of MVP in recent months – could yet return to add their involvement to what should prove an extremely intriguing feud.
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