Bobby Lashley became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion on Thursday, just four days after failing to win the title in a three-way match at Slammiversary.
After Eric Young had successfully defended the gold against Lashley and Austin Aries inside a steel cage, Director of Wrestling Operations MVP decreed that EY would face another defence on the following edition of Impact Wrestling.
Kenny King was the first man to step up to the challenge, challenging Young at the top of the show. When King was defeated, MVP forced EY into a second title defence against Lashley.
MVP ordered all backroom staff, crew and the other members of the TNA roster to be removed from the building, ensuring that Lashley held a huge advantage for the title match.Sure enough, the Destroyer won the match and the TNA title for the first time in his career.
Young was forced to cope with an aggressive and seemingly deranged MVP who wielded every inch of his power to stack the deck against the defending champion – putting his allies in matches against each other and even firing long-time referee Earl Hebner.
After a close-fought match, Lashley hit a tiring Young with a huge spear, after EY had missed with his top rope elbow attempt. Lashley covered and a reluctant Brian Hebner counted three.
Bobby Roode, who had been suspended from TNA for the last month, emerged shortly after the match’s conclusion – jumping out of the crowd to protect Young from a further beat-down at the hands of Lashley, King and MVP. The face-off teased a continuing feud between the two opposing sectors of the roster.
Following the show, TNA offered up the following statement: TNA Superstar, MMA fighter, three-time amateur wrestling Collegiate National Champion and former Army man Bobby Lashley tonight became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, defeating reigning champion “Showtime” Eric Young during an explosive episode of IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcast live to millions around the globe from Bethlehem, Penn.
This is the first time the behemoth Lashley has held the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Ranked by “Pro Wrestling Illustrator” as Rookie of the Year in 2005, Lashley has spent nearly a decade dominating the squared circle with his rare mix of size and athleticism.
Lashley originally joined TNA in 2009 and after a hiatus returned to the promotion at the “Lockdown” Pay-Per-View event earlier this year. In recent weeks Lashley has joined forces with Director of Wrestling Operations MVP to wreak havoc on the TNA locker room.
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