TNA’s Lockdown pay-per-view is scheduled for Sunday, March 9, and the build for the event will kick into overdrive as the company heads into this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling from Manchester, England.
With surprise investor MVP playing a huge role on this week’s show, as well as the hype around the tag team division now that the Wolves have won the titles at a house show, the expectations for this Thursday’s show are through the roof.
TNA President Dixie Carter broke the news of the title change on Twitter:
Here is all the vital viewing information for Thursday’s episode and a full preview of the action.
Where: Wembley Arena, London, England
When: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
MVP Continues to Create a Buzz
Since joining Impact Wrestling as the company’s mystery investor, MVP has made it clear that his primary job is to turn the product around and give the fans what they want.
Thursday’s broadcast will feature MVP bringing both Magnus and Samoa Joe to the ring to commence the official contract signing for the duo’s TNA World Heavyweight Championship match at Lockdown.
As wrestling fans know, nothing ever goes wrong during a contract signing.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Which Star is Going Through a Table?
As seen in the WWE with the contract signing between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, these scenarios never end well. With Samoa Joe always looking for a confrontation and Magnus playing the despicable heel, fans should expect the champion to sneak attack the challenger before eventually being put through the table by Joe.
While that would be enough for most secret investors, MVP has more to accomplish on Thursday.
According to TNA’s website, MVP will go one-on-one with former world champion Bobby Roode. Each man is currently captaining opposing teams heading into the Lethal Lockdown match for control of Impact Wrestling, and a preview of the PPV bout will be a great addition to this week’s broadcast.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Tangible Changes
While MVP is getting the credit for the fundamental changes in TNA’s booking of the main event storyline, there is no question that the franchise is making strides in the right direction with the recent acquisitions of The Wolves and MVP himself.
As well as the stories in Impact Wrestling have been told—the fact that TNA has multiple secondary angles going on is something WWE hasn’t done in a long time—the company must prove it's going in the right direction with a great build to the Lockdown PPV.
How the Lockdown show is booked—and the impact the event makes on the current storylines and the future of the company—is even more important now that TNA has reduced its yearly PPV events.
This week’s Impact Wrestling will set the stage for a great final build to Lockdown.
TNA News: Last week’s Impact rating suffers drop, via PW Torch.
Kurt Angle, The Wolves and More Lockdown Build
Much of the focus this Thursday will be on MVP and the main event storylines, but TNA has done an excellent job building secondary programs that have fans genuinely entertained.
This week’s Impact Wrestling will feature Kurt Angle finally accepting his bid into the company’s illustrious Hall of Fame, but there is no doubt that this is not a serious segment and it will be interrupted.
With Ethan Carter III brutally attacking Angle’s knee and forcing him off television for several weeks, fans should expect ECIII to hit the ring to break up the ceremony and potentially tease a match at Lockdown.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Did The Wolves Really Win the Tag Team Titles?
In case you have been living under a rock, the company’s newest tag team of Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, known as The Wolves, captured the TNA World Tag Team Championships at a live event in Morgantown, W. Va., on Sunday.
The hope is that Thursday’s show explains more about why the decision was made to give The Wolves the titles already, but the sudden change has many fans concerned. With this episode being filmed weeks ago, the possibility that Bro Mans could show up on the broadcast with the belts must be something the company considers.
Keep a close eye on how the title situation is handled on Thursday’s Impact Wrestling.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Underrated Storylines
Another angle that TNA is currently working on right now is the rise of Samuel Shaw. After attacking Mr. Anderson last week and practically kidnapping Christy Hemme, where this storyline goes next is anyone’s guess.
A feud with Anderson is almost a lock after the backstage assault, but the fact that Shaw’s character is developing into one of the most interesting parts of each week’s show is a testament to how hard the writers are working on midcard storylines.
Add in the continuation of the feud between Gunner and James Storm after The Cowboy superkicked his former tag team partner during his world title match last Thursday, and this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling looks to be action packed.
TNA Rumors: Why The Wolves won the tag team titles, via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.
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