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Joe’s PPV Record: 3-3
Magnus’ PPV Record: 1-0
Times Title Defended: 2
Times Defended Successfully: 1
Last year, Samoa Joe and Magnus were placed in a tournament to crown the No. 1 contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. They would win that tournament, and while they would lose the title match, they would take the titles in February in a rematch.
They would lose the titles in May and they just went their separate ways. While they crossed paths in the Bound for Glory Series, the team of Samoa Joe and Magnus was no more.
After Hardcore Justice, Samoa Joe would defeat Magnus in a Bound for Glory Series match that knocked Magnus out of the series. In response, he attacked Joe with a chair. The feud would be put to the side come No Surrender, though.
After Joe won the Television Championship, the feud was picked back up and they went one-on-one over the title at Bound for Glory. Joe would defeat his former partner to retain his title that night.
Last week on Open Fight Night, Magnus challenged Joe for the title and got himself disqualified when he attacked Joe with a wrench. He kept that momentum rolling this past Thursday when he pinned the champion in a six-man tag team match.
With the No Disqualification stipulation attached to the match, this is going to be hard-hitting and overall very physical. Their match at Bound for Glory was a good one and I expect this one to be as well, if not better due to the hardcore nature of the match.
These guys are going to beat the hell out of each other and when it’s all said and done, I feel Magnus will be the TNA television champion.
The way I see it, if he loses this match then he has nothing to do. He’s not in the main event to challenge for the world title, he doesn’t have a partner for tag team gold and he’s too big for the X-Division. Giving him the title keeps him fresh and in charge of the midcard.
Whether he keeps it in the rematch is another story, but I want to see Samoa Joe back in the main event. I hope Magnus does win so that Joe can get back into the hunt for the world title.
Winner and New Champion: Magnus