Instead of bringing the TNA Universe a standard edition of the company’s flagship show from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla., the fans will be treated to a rare road edition of Impact! Wrestling from Manchester, England.
While TNA world heavyweight champion Jeff Hardy won’t be on the show Thursday, Hulk Hogan will be in attendance to address Bully Ray’s suspension and talk about how the Aces and Eights gang is ruining everything.
The build to Lockdown has already begun and the excitement over this week’s edition of Impact! Wrestling is through the roof.
Where: Manchester, England
When: Thursday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Thunder in Paradise
After missing last week’s Impact! due to injuries sustained at the hands of Aces and Eights during his daughter’s wedding to Bully Ray, Hulk Hogan is ready to return to TNA and get some vengeance.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Hogan Finally Reinstate Bully Ray?
Bully Ray has been the only one in this storyline making it tolerable to watch, but the fact that Hogan still doesn’t trust Brooke’s new husband could be subtle storyline foreshadowing. While Hulk may reinstate Bully Thursday, the groundwork has been laid for the ECW veteran to turn later on.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Hogan Promos
With the gang putting their hands on his daughter and ruining what should have been the greatest day of her life, the Aces and Eights should be on high alert as Hogan and his friends will be looking for revenge.
TNA News: Hulk Hogan Teases In-Ring Return (Sky News Radio)
The TNA Heavyweight Title Scene
The main event of the evening will be a great cage match between Kurt Angle and Ken Anderson, but there is a serious lack of Jeff Hardy on this week’s Impact! and over the next month of programming.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Where’s Jeff?
TNA has traveled over to England to tour the country and film a few episodes of Impact! there, but the company was forced to kayfabe-injure Hardy in the storyline last week—that’s why the Aces and Eights member hit him in the leg with the hammer—because the champion is reportedly not allowed in England due to his previous criminal record.
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Unforgivable Booking Errors
The company has known about Hardy’s arrest record for well over a year, so TNA must have known that the champion would not be allowed to travel to England. If that was the case, why wouldn’t TNA just put the title on Christopher Daniels or another heel until it returned to the Impact Zone?
This is Hardy making TNA look bad once again.
TNA Rumors: Why Jeff Hardy Won’t Be on TV (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
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