After another wild episode of TNA’s Impact Wrestling last week that featured MVP breaking his silence and addressing company president Dixie Carter, the power struggle between the two strong personalities will shape the future of the business.
Carter and her posse of heels have run roughshod over the company for months, but the addition of a new investor who has booking power like MVP is the change of pace that Impact Wrestling needed.
Add in the casket match between Bully Ray and Mr. Anderson, as well as the in-ring debut of The Wolves, via an announcement from MVP on Twitter, and this is going to be a great episode of TNA’s flagship show.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Thursday’s episode and a full preview of the action.
Where: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
When: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
MVP Goes to Battle With Dixie Carter
There have been few wrestlers added to the TNA roster with expectations as high as that of MVP. As the new investor and one of the primary bookers for the company in the top storyline, there will be intense pressure on the former WWE Superstar to carry this angle on the mic and in the ring when needed.
It is unclear when he will make his much-anticipated in-ring debut, but there is a chance that this week’s Impact Wrestling will feature MVP showcasing the skills he learned while working in Japan.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Will MVP Become a Player-Coach?
While the storyline with MVP as the new investor is unquestionably interesting, there are still major questions for wrestling fans. MVP was one of the best unsigned talents in the wrestling world before coming to TNA, but there are concerns about how much he will wrestle now that he is in an authoritative position.
MVP is very talented in the ring—having honed his craft while working with New Japan Pro Wrestling—and the ideal use of such a talented performer would be a combination of an authoritative figure and an in-ring competitor, just like a player-coach in sports.
Let’s hope TNA uses him properly.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 New Talent Debuts
While the idea of The Wolves finally having their in-ring debut is genuinely exciting—the duo has struggled on the mic but is widely regarded as two of the best pure wrestlers in the world—the thought that both The Wolves and MVP could be involved in their first TNA matches makes this a must-watch episode of Impact Wrestling.
TNA must get back to basics when it comes to booking its top storylines and matches, and that should start with the three newest additions to the roster. As long as the faces are booked strong on Thursday, this will be a great sign of things to come for the company.
TNA News: MVP Announces Jeff Hardy’s Return at Lockdown, via #Impact365 on YouTube
Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson, Samoa Joe and More
The storyline between MVP and Dixie Carter is the main focus of the company, but TNA has done a great job building secondary storylines. One of the main midcard angles booked over the last several months has been the battle between Bully Ray and Mr. Anderson.
With several key moments along the way, the culmination of the storyline will come during this week’s Impact Wrestling when the two rivals go head-to-head in a casket match. Bully Ray has driven the point of this match home for weeks, so it only makes sense that Mr. Anderson will get a much-needed victory and this storyline will continue into the Lockdown PPV.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Will No. 1 Contender Samoa Joe Confront Magnus?
After forcing TNA World Heavyweight champion Magnus to tap out in a tag team match a few weeks ago and beating Bobby Roode last week in the main event, Samoa Joe has proved without a shadow of a doubt that he is the No. 1 contender for the title and one of the top faces in the company.
The hope for Thursday’s episode is that Joe finally gets the chance to be face-to-face with Magnus so he can cut one of his trademark intense promos. Wrestling fans want to care about the eventual title match between these two men, and Samoa Joe is one of the few people on the mic who can get even the most casual fans to care about this feud.
Joe needs mic time this week.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Two-Hour Flagship Shows
Monday’s episode of WWE Raw was a clear example of how booking a three-hour episode of any show is not a good idea when most of it is filler. TNA is lucky enough to only have a two-hour show, with plenty of talent to fill that time. The company has done a great job booking the show lately, and Thursday should feature more of the same.
Whether it’s the continuation of the Velvet Sky vs. Chris Sabin storyline—the duo is scheduled for an intergender match this week—or the angle between Abyss and Joseph Park, Impact Wrestling has done a great job making the weekly show feel action-packed throughout.
This week’s episode will be one of the best so far in 2014.
TNA Rumors: Backstage Plans for The Wolves, per PWInsider Elite (via Wrestling Inc.)
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