Magnus retained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a four-corner match with Abyss, Samoa Joe and Eric Young.
The match-winning pin was set-up when Abyss hit Young with the black hole slam. The Monster was on the verge of pinning EY himself, before a shout from Magnus – who he has been in partnership with since Lockdown – forced him to move aside. The Brit hit with a top rope elbow and held Young for a simple three count.
As expected, the match consistently saw Magnus and Abyss teaming up against their two opponents, despite TNA’s director of wrestling operations – MVP – attempting to motivate the Monster into betraying his employer with the lure of a title shot.
It was eventually the interventions of Abyss that allowed Magnus to retain his World Championship, with his ferocious attacks wearing down both Young and Joe before the Brit made the decisive pin.
Magnus’ alliance with Abyss was first revealed during the Lockdown title match, when the Monster emerged from beneath the ring, with his iconic weapon Janice in hand, to attack Samoa Joe.
Abyss again came to Magnus’ aid in his rematch with the Samoan two weeks later, escaping MVP – who had placed himself ringside, and handcuffed himself to the Monster in an attempt to prevent his intervention – before knocking Joe out with a steel chair.
Tension began to appear between Abyss and Magnus, when the latter tapped out to concede a tag team victory to the Wolves, but the 27-year-old seemingly won his partner back on-side this week with an exaggerated display of affection.
Magnus began the night by introducing Abyss, complete in a custom-made suit, before informing the Monster that he loved him. While the pair’s ‘moment’ was interrupted by an attacking Eric Young, it seemingly had the desired effect, as Abyss complied too his bosses wishes during their latest World Title match.
The World Champion constantly directed proceedings, encouraging Abyss to take on Joe while he tackled Eric Young, the only man in the ring never to have been involved in a World Title match before.
Despite a couple of difficult moments, Magnus always had the match under control – breaking a rear naked choke from Samoa Joe with a low blow – which was followed up by the Monster’s black hole slam.
Magnus took advantage of the damage done by his partner to slam a disorientated Joe into the steel steps outside the ring, while Abyss launched his own beat-down on Young. Abyss seemed eager to follow up his attack with the pin, before being called off by Magnus. Despite a moment’s hesitation, he obeyed the Brit’s order and moved aside – allowing his cohort to win the match for himself.
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