World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young, World Tag Team Champions – The Wolves – and the returning Austin Aries were all on the receiving end of vicious beat-downs, as MVP’s new alliance unleashed its wrath on the TNA roster.
MVP placed himself in a match with Aries, and Lashley in a match with Young, while King targeted Eddie Edwards in an impromptu, unofficial face-off, after Edwards’ tag team partner Davey Richards had been taken to hospital.
At the start of last Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling, MVP was shown arriving with King and Lashley – attacking an innocent Frankie Kazarian backstage. The trio proceeded to the ring, where MVP told a still stunned collection of TNA fans, that it was because of his brilliance that he was able to put himself in a position to bring in his friends and take power – adding that at the end of the day it is all about money, power, and respect – the so dubbed ‘key to life’.
King added that this plan had been in place all a long, and that his and MVP’s supposed feud and exhibition match were all part of a rouse. Lashley called MVP a visionary, with MVP in turn reasoning that he considered himself more of a prophet – because he says things and they happen.
The Wolves came to the ring, and told MVP that they had lost all respect for him, after believing they were fighting for the era of the wrestler at Lockdown. MVP told them that he did not let them in on his plan because they have too much heart, but reminds them that he has still made them Tag Team Champions. The numbers get the better of The Wolves in the ensuing beat-down, and Lashley spears Richards off the stage onto a table.
Soon after, EY came to the ring and told MVP that if he wants to bully people and play the numbers game then that is fine with him. Young attempted to attack MVP and his cohorts, but struggled to cope with the power of his three opponents. Aries rushed from the back to make the save, calling MVP a fake and challenging him to a match.
Having been pushed from the ropes by Lashley, Aries was awarded the victory via disqualification. Once again, the heel trio attacked. Commentator Mike Tenay observed that the rest of the TNA roster, with the exception of EY, seemed scared to come to Aries’ aid, probably due to the fact that they were worried about potentially losing their jobs as a result.
Shortly ahead of the night’s main event – Young against Lashley – MVP approached referee Brian Hebner, urging him to “do the right thing”. Hebner had already disqualified MVP twice, during matches with Young and Aries, for outside interference.
Sure enough, MVP’s intimidation tactics paid off as MVP and King came to Lashley’s aid and attacked Young.
Lashley then finished off EY with a running power-slam and got the pin, with Hebner shaking his head as he raised Lashley’s arm in triumph. Aries ran out with a kendo stick and attacked the heels, but Lashley shrugged it off and advanced on the former World Champion, allowing King to hit with the Royal Flush.
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