Samuel Shaw returned to TNA viewers screens on last Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling, with the 30-year-old making his first appearance since the Sacrifice pay-per-view.
A small segment showed Shaw receiving a visit from Gunner in his asylum cell. Gunner, fresh from victory in his feud with James Storm, told Shaw that he thought he might need someone to talk to.
Shaw was finally removed from the company after losing a ‘committed’ match to long-term rival Mr. Anderson, ending their feud as well as Shaw’s relentless pursuit of announcer Christy Hemme.
It will be interesting to see whether this potential alliance leads to a face turn for Shaw, or a surprising heel turn for Gunner, who has seen his popularity sore in recent months, and was thought to be intent on chasing down a World Heavyweight Title shot.
Earlier this year, during TNA’s UK Tour, Shaw was revealed to have a room at his home full of posters and pictures of Hemme. At Wembley, Shaw claimed he wasn’t like most guys, that he wanted more than one thing from Hemme – he wanted everything.
Anderson constantly attempted to defuse the situation. Despite his efforts, Shaw accused Anderson of chasing Hemme, due to the fact that ‘girls like Christy Hemme are always available’. The statement caused the ring announcer to slap Shaw and run from the London ring, while her fanatical admirer clashed with Anderson.
Several unique matches followed, including an Escape the Cage match at Lockdown, in which Shaw dragged Hemme into the ring through a small hole intended for cameras; a straightjacket match during Impact; and the Committed Match which eventually saw Anderson and Hemme dispatch Shaw into the back of a white van.
Other gimmicks included Anderson and Shaw arguing over a Christy shaped mannequin, supposedly one of Shaw’s prized possessions, and Anderson’s bizarre visit to see Shaw’s rather over-friendly mother – conveniently also named Christy.
Despite his overly creepy nature, Shaw showed promise as a wrestler during his short time in TNA, making a habit of attacking opponents with his deadly sleeper hold – the kata gatame – getting several legit submission victories over Anderson, a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
If the presence of Gunner can help concentrate the mind of the former Gut Check competitor, he could yet be an impressive asset for the TNA roster. Shaw narrowly missed out on a spot in the Bound for Glory series in 2013, losing to Jay Bradley at Slammiversary. With similar qualification matches likely to be hitting screens before the end of the next month, Shaw will no doubt be desperate to get back into the ring.
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