TNA were forced to make a dramatic last minute change to their Slammiversary pay-per-view card when MVP, who was due to compete for the World Heavyweight Title against Eric Young in the night’s main event, was forced to pull out with a knee injury.
The main event instead featured EY in a three-way steel cage match, where he faced off against the winners of the Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe match, and the Kenny King vs. Austin Aries match.
MVP, 40, was involved in a tag team match for Preston City Wrestling, partnering Joey Hayes against Kris Travis and Danny Hope. While brawling with one of his opponents on the outskirts of the ring, his knee ‘popped’, leaving him on crutches.
Slammiversary, which aired live in the US on Sunday night, will be shown on UK screens on Wednesday evening on Challenge TV.
Online sources suggested that early x-rays were inconclusive. He then admitted on Chris Jericho’s podcast that he did not go on to get an MRI, as originally planned. He stated that doctors told him surgery could wait until he tested out the condition of his knee in the ring.
MVP was due to face defending World Champion Eric Young for TNA’s top prize at Slammiversary. He initially tweeted that he had his “fingers crossed” in the build-up to the event, and was still hoping to compete, but he was forced to admit defeat on Saturday morning. TNA have since confirmed that MVP suffered a torn meniscus.
The episode of TNA’s flagship show – Impact Wrestling – that aired last Thursday night, was pre-recorded, and thus did not show the extent of MVP’s injury. TNA initially remained hopeful that MVP would recover in time to take his place at their 12th anniversary celebrations. However, company officials continued to work feverishly to prepare a back-up plan.
MVP arrived in TNA Wrestling earlier this year, making his debut during the company’s UK Tour – when he announced his intentions to tackle the reign of terror brought about by company owner Dixie Carter, as well as her ‘paper champion’ Magnus.
He successfully seized control of the company at Lockdown, and became TNA’s Director of Wrestling Operations when his team – also consisting of The Wolves and Willow – won a Lethal Lockdown match against Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and the Bro Mans.
However, he turned heel last month – attacking new World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young – and making himself the number one contender for the title at Slammiversary. He recruited Bobby Lashley and Kenny King as his associates, and began wielding his new-found power in alarming fashion – suspending Roode, and attacking numerous others.
The recent returns of Aries, as well as Samoa Joe, who had both been absent from the show for several weeks, have set up two intriguing opposing stables. Their rivalry had been set to come to a head at Slammiversary, but those long laid out plans could now be thrown into disrepute, after MVP’s unfortunate injury.
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