Magnus and Willow continued their feud at the Slammiversary pay-per-view, spurred on by their ringside associates – Bram and Abyss.
Both Magnus and Bram have targeted Willow, the alter-ego of three-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy, in recent weeks. Bram has been attempting to lull his close friend back into acting like his old self – a violent and ruthless wrestler willing to go to any lengths to win.
Shortly before Slammiversary, Magnus attacked Willow with a steel crowbar, much to the delight of Bram. Willow responded by calling on Abyss to act as his second. Abyss, who underwent a brief alliance with Magnus during the Brit’s final days as World Champion, had been missing from TNA for several weeks prior to his return.
After Magnus and Abyss’ relationship ended in turmoil, the Monster retreated into hiding until the opportunity for revenge emerged – and a potential partnership with Willow has offered him just that.
Magnus dominated the early stages of the match, with both Bram and Abyss surprisingly restrained outside the ropes. The Brit nailed a big clothesline off the ropes to land an early cover and a two count.
Willow continued to struggle, on the receiving end of a power-bomb for two before a series of forearms to the face and a working over in the corner. A suplex provided another two count before Willow began his recovery with some signature Hardy moves, dropping Magnus in the corner and hitting with boot strikes to the chest.
A blocked Twist of Fate briefly held up Willow, but he recovered with a splash from the second rope and a two count. Willow went back to the top rope, but missed with the swanton. At that point, Abyss and Bram belatedly began to brawl at ringside – Magnus holding Abyss while Bram beat him down.
Willow leapt backwards off the top rope and took out both Bram and Magnus, allowing Abyss to drag Bram into the ring, nail a clothesline and a big splash in the corner, and toss him back out to the floor.
Two successive Twist of Fate’s led to successive two counts for Willow. Bram approached with a piece of the steel turnbuckle, but Abyss revealed Janice and chased him away up the ramp. Magnus ran into an elbow and looked to be on the verge of defeat. But he managed to knock Willow off balance on the top rope before nailing him with his finisher out of nowhere.
The Slammiversary event, which marked the twelfth anniversary of the TNA Wrestling franchise, first aired on Sunday 15th June in the US, before the show aired for the first time in the UK on Wednesday.
Critics were refreshingly positive about the show, praising the re-schedule main event: which saw the winners of the Austin Aries vs. Kenny King and Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe matches offered a shot at the World Title in place of the injured MVP. Both the X Division title match and the guest appearance of the Von Erich family also received widespread admiration and approval.
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