There are just three weeks until TNA’s Slammiversary pay-per-view, and the final build to the event must start to take shape during Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling.
Sting and Bully Ray will anchor the focus of the show by signing the contract for their TNA World Heavyweight Championship match, and as with every other contract signing in wrestling history, this is bound to get testy.
Beyond the main-event and the tag team title picture, though, the rest of the Slammiversary card is still wide open.
With plenty of action scheduled for Thursday’s show, this week’s edition of Impact should give the fans a better idea of how the final PPV card will look on June 2.
Where: BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo, Miss.
When: Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET (Pre-Recorded)
Watch: Spike TV
Bully Ray and Sting’s Contract Signing
TNA is going all-in on Sting vs. Bully Ray headlining this Slammiversary PPV, and while Matt Morgan would have been the better choice if the company was looking to build towards the future, Sting is clearly the bigger draw. With that said, most of the wrestling world is less-than-interested in this main event and must be convinced that it will be entertaining.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will This Contract Signing Make Fans Care?
Sting is a veteran of the wrestling business, and while he is not as good as he once was in the ring, he knows how to promote a show and get the fans interested in the story the two wrestlers are telling.
Thursday will offer both Bully Ray and Sting the chance to shine on the mic, and in order for the fans to buy into Slammiversary, the Sting vs. Bully Ray contract signing must be exciting. It’s now or never to get the TNA Universe interested.
Bully Ray was kind enough to take out of his busy schedule of bashing Rihanna on Twitter to throw a jab at Sting as well:
Bubba Ray Dudley @bullyray5150
So @Rihanna walked on stage 3hrs late in Boston tonight. At #SLAMMIVERSARY, I promise not to make @Sting wait that long 4 his ass kickin!!2013-5-7 03:07:20
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Make-or-Break Segments
There is no doubt that this face-to-face showdown will be the main event of the evening, and the fate of both this episode of Impact and the Slammiversary PPV depend on the success of this segment and the promos from each man.
If this is booked properly and it lands with the casual and hardcore fans alike, the show on June 2 will be a hit. If this segment misses, the event will flop. With TNA going to just four PPVs per year, the company can’t afford to screw this up.
TNA News: Last Week’s Impact Ratings (PWTorch via TNA Wrestling News)
Abyss Joins Team TNA
Last week in the surprise of the night, The Monster Abyss returned to TNA after missing the past several months of action. With Abyss now on Team TNA’s side in the fight against the Aces & Eights, the thought is that the tide could finally be turning for the good guys.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Will Joseph Park React to His Brother’s Return?
After being assaulted by Bully Ray and Devon, Joseph Park couldn’t be at last week’s edition of Impact and missed the brother he has worked so hard to find. Now that Abyss is back, Park will get the chance he has been searching for to reconnect this Thursday.
Park was gracious enough to tweet out his thoughts on missing his brother last week:
Joseph Park @JOSEPHPARK_esq
I can't wait to get to @IMPACTWRESTLING this Thursday and see my brother Abyss. It's been awhile. Still can't believe I missed him last week2013-5-13 23:48:42
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Classic Wrestling Gimmicks
While the jaded wrestling fans will look at this angle and scoff at the thought of a storyline this outrageous, this is working. It would be amazing to see Park and Abyss continue to miss each other week after week until the ruse is finally discovered. As simple as this concept is, this would work on so many levels and have the fans genuinely entertained.
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