Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling from Tampa will be the final show before the TNA's marquee Slammiversary pay-per-view scheduled for Sunday, June 2.
This week’s show will be all about putting the finishing touches on the main storyline and ensuring that the secondary angles are all entertaining enough to get as many of the casual fans excited as possible.
TNA has done a great job using the extra time the company has with just four PPVs each year to build this event, and with one final touch to ensure that everything is perfect before Sunday’s show, this is an episode no wrestling fan will want to miss.
Where: USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Fla.
When: Thursday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET (Pre-Taped)
Watch: Spike TV
The Final Build to Slammiversary
The next PPV on the schedule is arguably the company’s second biggest show of the year—the TNA equivalent of SummerSlam—and the sole focus of Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling will be on building to Sunday’s show.
Another aspect of both the Impact broadcast and Sunday’s PPV is the role Abyss will play, and after taking to Twitter, it’s clear the monster will make his impact felt:
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Impact Make Fans Want to Buy the PPV?
TNA has gone all-in on the show, and the card reflects that. While some fans vehemently disagree with Sting in the heavyweight title scene still at his advanced age, this is the smart choice for the betterment of Bully Ray as a viable champion—as long as he retains his title.
With preview matches galore (Sting and Joseph Park vs. Bully Ray and Devon, Chris Sabin and Taryn Terrell vs. Kenny King and Gail Kim and an eight-man tag match), this week’s show will be all about making sure that the storylines are perfect and that the fans are ready for Sunday.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Time-Slot Changes
As great as it will be to see Suicide back once again and watch all of the build throughout the card on the last Impact before the PPV, the idea that the company is changing time slots the week before the event is the wrong way to handle the shift. This could have been a decision made by the network, but to not wait an additional week before making the change will not only hurt this week’s Impact ratings, it could affect the buys on Sunday because people missed the show.
Once people watch TNA, the action will sell them on the PPV, but if the fans can’t find Impact Wrestling the week before the event, that could cause some very serious issues for the company now that it is even more dependent on the success of the four yearly marquee events.
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AJ Styles Takes on Mr. Anderson
AJ Styles' full blown turn from a face to Sting from the '90s was completed last week when the superstar not only turned on Kurt Angle, but turned on the Aces & Eights gang as well. Now that the loner rejected the heel stable’s offer, Styles will have to face the wrath of the gang and one of their toughest members, Mr. Anderson.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Will This Match End?
The thought was that Styles would keep up the ruse that he was joining the Aces & Eights through the Slammiversary PPV, but with it already revealed that he is out for himself, Thursday’s match should be nothing more than a warm-up for Sunday.
Instead of allowing Styles or Anderson to steal the win, having the entire heel stable hit the ring to attack the loner, only to be saved by Angle and end the segment with a stare down, would be a great visual heading into Slammiversary.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 WCW Storylines
There is no question that Styles is one of the best workers TNA has ever had and one of the biggest stars in the company, but the transformation into the exact character that Sting portrayed in the '90s against the nWo is uncanny.
The hope is that Angle has something up his sleeve for Thursday and for Slammiversary, and the direction of Styles’ entire storyline moving forward is altered. Changing the booking slightly would make this angle feel less like a WCW re-tread and more like something new and unique.
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