The Thursday, Jan. 30 edition of Impact Wrestling, which aired from Glasgow, Scotland, opened with a video package recapping Dixie Carter's new regime and featuring exclusive footage of Sting's final match last week.
Magnus, who was greeted with a chorus of boos from the Glasgow crowd, made his way to the ring alongside with Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. The World Heavyweight Champion talked about the major changes TNA President Carter has implemented in recent weeks. Magnus continued to take credit for causing Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and Sting to leave TNA, which upset Carter.
Suddenly, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe interrupted and came out to the ring. Angle expressed his disappointment in Magnus and his recent actions over the past several weeks. Magnus took control of the microphone and proposed a tag team match between himself and Carter against Angle and Joe. The World Heavyweight Champion demanded that Angle and Joe put their TNA careers on the line.
Quickly afterwards, Carter came out to the entrance ramp and attempted to cancel the proposed tag team match made by Magnus. However, Magnus overruled Carter and booked the match.
Match No. 1: Lei'd Tapa and Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne
Your winners via pinfall: Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne.
Extremely short opening match. Nothing much to recap on this one, as Sky and Rayne quickly took care of Tapa and Kim. Who knows exactly what TNA was thinking when booking this low-quality match.
Match Rating: 1/5.
After the match, former X-Division Champion Chris Sabin stormed to the ring and demanded an apology from Sky. Sky took the microphone and told Sabin that she was finished with him for good.
James Storm came out to the ring and immediately began talking about Gunner. Storm asked Gunner to come out to the ring and put their feud behind them. Gunner said that he still considers them friends but made a career choice to become the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Storm took the blame for his mistakes and guaranteed Gunner that he would protect him.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian interrupted and made their way to the ring. Kazarian accused Storm of lying and told Gunner not to accept his bogus apology. Daniels spoke next, proposing a tag team match and asking Gunner to put his No. 1 Contender Briefcase on the line. Gunner hit Daniels, which resulted in a brawl to begin the match before a commercial break.
Match No. 2: James Storm and Gunner vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian
Your winners via pinfall: James Storm and Gunner.
It appears that TNA will stick with Storm and Gunner as a tag team unit instead of furthering their feud. There seemed to be some hope when Bobby Roode and Storm reunited recently as tag team partners but the timing is just not right yet. Subpar tag team match at best, as there was nothing memorable about it.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
After the match, Spud appeared next and demanded that Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards come out to the ring. Spud wanted answers as to the identity of the mystery investor. However, Richards and Edwards refused to answer and attacked Spud. Richards told Spud that the investor would appear later on Impact Wrestling, and that if any wrestler who interfered in the main event match would be fired.
Match No. 3: Eric Young and Abyss vs. Robbie E and Jessie Godderz for the TNA Tag Team Championship
Abyss was completely unleashed in this match, as he took out Robbie E, Godderz, Young and even the referee. Young eventually recovered from Abyss' chokeslam and challenged him to a Monster's Ball Match next week on Impact Wrestling.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
A creepy-looking video package aired of Samuel Shaw with Christy Hemme at his apartment.
Bully Ray came out to the ring next and introduced himself as the former President of Aces & Eights and World Heavyweight Champion. Ray blamed Mr. Anderson for the downfall of Aces & Eights and challenged him to a Casket Match. Mr. Anderson joined Ray at ringside and accepted his match proposal.
Afterwards, a brawl broke out between Mr. Anderson and Ray.
Match No. 4: Magnus and Ethan Carter III vs. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe
Your winners via submission: Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle.
Joe earned the No. 1 Contender's spot for the World Heavyweight Championship by making Magnus tap out. Pretty solid main event battle, as this was clearly the best match of the night in all aspects.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
After the match, Angle announced that the timing is perfect for be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. However, Carter shot down Angle's request and demanded for the mystery investor to make an appearance. Suddenly, the lights faded and MVP was revealed as the mystery investor before Impact Wrestling faded to black.