TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus faces a third World Title defence in just five weeks, after MVP sanctioned a shock four-way match for next week’s edition of IMPACT.
The 27-year-old Brit will once again face ‘number one contender’ Samoa Joe, as well as Abyss and Eric Young. The trio will be aiming to prevent Magnus extending his title reign into a fifth month.
It an intriguing match-up, Magnus will come face to face with the Monster Abyss, who played a huge role in his two most recent title defences against Samoa Joe – at Lockdown, and then again last week.
Joe, who believes that he is still yet to have a fair shot at the title, was far from happy at MVP’s decision to add both Abyss and Young into ‘his’ World Title match, and clashed with all three of his opponents on an drama-filled night of TNA action.
It was a night that began with MVP revealing that he was not planning on evoking his power as director of wrestling operations to fire Abyss from TNA.
The Monster returned to TNA action for the first time in over a month at Lockdown, attacking Samoa Joe with Janice, his brutish club of a weapon, thus helping Magnus to retain his World Title. Last week, the Samoan got his rematch, whilst Abyss was chained to MVP at ringside. However, Abyss was still able to intervene: hurling a steel chair at Joe and allowing Magnus to again claim victory.
MVP explained that he had an alternative solution to the Magnus / Abyss partnership. He would be offering the Monster a World Title shot, in a three-way match which would also include Samoa Joe. Angered by this plan, Joe argued that the pair would gang up on him and he would stand no chance of winning the championship.
With Magnus, Abyss, Joe and MVP in the midst of their brawl, Eric Young came to the ring. He asked to be added into the match, so as to ‘level the playing field’. After a passionate appeal from Young as to why he deserved to be included in the bout, MVP agreed.
Once again, Joe was not impressed. He challenged EY to a match and promptly defeated him via submission, with Young left out cold. It’s the second week in a row that Young has been knocked out while in the ring, with Abyss also having left him unconscious seven days earlier.
Meanwhile, Magnus and Abyss took on The Wolves in a tag team match. Eddie Edwards quickly forced the Brit into a single leg submission hold and the World Champion tapped out almost instantly.
For the first time, cracks in the Magnus / Abyss partnership began to appear. Angered by the defeat, Abyss marched away from the ring, refusing to hand the Brit back his World Title belt. Magnus later recovered his prize possession, explaining to the Monster that when the title was not on the line he was under no obligation to risk harming himself. He added that if Abyss wished to continue earning his money from the pair’s arrangement, he should begin respecting his decisions.
Elsewhere, Gunner defeated James Storm in their Lockdown rematch, earning revenge for Storm’s unprovoked attack on his own father last week. The ‘unlocked’ match, which was again an anything goes street fight rather than a traditional wrestling bout, ended with Gunner using Storm’s own beer bottle, smashing it across the Cowboy’s head and pinning him for three. Both men survived several pin attempts in a ferocious match that saw tables, chairs, trash can lids and bottles flying around the ring.
Bobby Roode got one over on Bully Ray for the second week running. Ray, angered by Roode’s attack on him at the TNA offices in Nashville last week, brought out multiple tables and goaded the It Factor into an unofficial fight. But despite being egged on by the audience, Bully was unable to put Roode through any of his seven tables, and instead went through two himself. The pair will face off in an official tables match next week, with Ray partnered by Willow, and Roode by EC3.
Velvet Sky elected to side with Angelina Love, turning heel in order to help her to defeat Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne. Love attacked Rayne backstage last week, and despite Velvet claiming she was “p****d off” at her friend’s actions, she intervened in the Love-Rayne match on the side of her ‘Beautiful People’ teammate, turning her back on Madison in the process.
Remember to tune in to IMPACT on Challenge TV this coming Sunday, when on top of the four-way World Title match and the tag-team tables match, there will be Mr. Anderson against Samuel Shaw in a ‘straitjacket match’ and the return of Kenny King.
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