TNA have suffered a major scare ahead of their Slammiversary pay-per-view, with World Heavyweight Title contender and scheduled main-eventer MVP, suffering a knee injury while taking part in an event in the United Kingdom.
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.
Online sources suggest that early x-rays were inconclusive, although he stated 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 is due to face defending World Champion Eric Young for TNA’s top prize at Slammiversary this coming Sunday. He recently tweeted that he had his “fingers crossed” in the build-up to the event, and is still hoping to compete.
The episode of TNA’s flagship show – Impact Wrestling – that aired last night, was pre-recorded, and thus did not show the extent of MVP’s injury. As of Thursday, TNA remained hopeful that MVP would recover in time to take his place at their 12th anniversary celebrations. However, company officials are likely working 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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