This week’s edition of Impact Wrestling will be action-packed, as the company tries to deal with the fallout from TNA’s Slammiversary pay-per-view this past Sunday night.
With Chris Sabin and Abyss winning the X-Division and Television titles respectively, and Bully Ray retaining the World Heavyweight Championship—along with some of the wildest wrestling action TNA fans will get all year—following up Slammiversary with a great episode of Impact Wrestling is imperative.
Add in a tag team title change no one saw coming and enough drama with Hulk Hogan, his daughter Brooke and the entire Aces & Eights gang to fill an entire episode of Impact, and this Thursday’s show is must-see television.
Where: Gwinnett Center Arena, Duluth, Ga.
When: Thursday, June 6, at 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Slammiversary 2013 Results
Ultimate X Match: Chris Sabin won to become new X Champion.
Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe and Magnus defeated The Aces & Eights.
Gut Check Final: Jay Bradley defeated Sam Shaw.
Television Championship: Abyss defeated Devon.
Kurt Angle was announced as the 2013 Hall of Fame inductee.
Elimination Match: James Storm and Gunner won the Tag Team Championship.
Last Knockout Standing: Taryn Terrell defeated Gail Kim.
Kurt Angle defeated AJ Styles.
No Holds Barred World Title: Bully Ray defeated "The Icon" Sting.
This week’s edition of Impact Wrestling will be one of the most important in recent memory for the company. Not only does TNA have to explain much of the booking seen Sunday night, but the company also has to do something interesting enough to get people to watch the show in the new time slot. After ratings plummeted last week, this Thursday’s show has to be a hit.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Which Superstar Will TNA Lean on Now?
The main event of Slammiversary was Bully Ray vs. Sting, and with both Sting and AJ Styles losing Sunday, it’s unclear who the savior of the company will be now. As much as the fans will point to guys like Austin Aries, Bobby Roode or Samoa Joe as viable No. 1 contenders, this storyline is heading for a battle between Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray at Bound for Glory.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Months Until Bound For Glory
TNA’s next major PPV will be Bound For Glory on Oct. 20—making it over four months away—and the company must begin planning to keep the product entertaining in that downtime. Starting with this Thursday’s Impact, TNA must start building homegrown characters and growing its own brand of wrestling. Now is the time to push Chris Sabin as a No. 1 contender or give Magnus a shot at the title.
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Sting’s Fall From Glory
Sting is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and one of the true TNA legends, but after taking the loss to Bully Ray and the Aces & Eights, The Icon will never be able to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship again. The way TNA handles this injury angle on Thursday will gauge how long Sting will be out.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is This Sting’s TNA Curtain Call?
The hammer shot to the head is a clear-cut signal that Sting will be off television for a while. No superstar wants to go out that way, but at 54 years old and with no chance at winning another title, the end of the road is much closer than many wrestling fans expected.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Drawn-Out Storylines
Sting is still one of the top draws in TNA and his character is beloved all across the world. TNA management still feels like it needs Sting at the live shows to get a reaction, but this likely hiatus will force the creative team to re-craft a main event and long-term book a possible Sting return.
If Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling leaves the door open for a possible Sting return, he will be back much sooner than expected.
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