After a wild edition of the Sacrifice pay-per-view, TNA will begin shifting its focus to this week’s Impact Wrestling and the start of the road to Slammiversary in June.
Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling will feature a hefty dosage of fallout from Sunday’s PPV, but the company knows the importance of long-term build, and it will start setting the groundwork for the feuds that will carry into the June PPV.
It’s an exciting time to be a TNA fan.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Impact Wrestling and a full preview.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
When: Thursday, May 1, at 9 p.m. ET (pretaped)
Watch: Spike TV
Eric Young Continues to Build Legitimacy
Eric Young is one of the least likely champions in TNA history, but the company has made the commitment to the long-time veteran by giving him the world title and booking his reign correctly.
Instead of being a paper champion like Magnus, Young is a fighting title holder, and he is victorious in his matches without any outside interference. Impact Wrestling fans almost forgot what it was like to watch a champion win that way, but Young is jogging their memories.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Who Will Eric Young Defend Against Thursday?
After winning Sunday at the PPV, Young will once again defend his title on free television. With a cadre of viable heels on the roster (James Storm, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and more), who the next opponent will be is important to the success of his title reign.
Regardless of which man he fights, Young must continue to win.
The hope is that a talented guy like Aries, who hasn’t been used properly in months, comes back once again to take the loss. After being handed a defeat by MVP on last week’s broadcast, the hope is that another loss to Young would trigger a character change in Aries and a new push.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Fighting Champions
Whether you like the decision to give the title to Young or not, that is the direction the company is heading, and it must book this storyline properly. Young is the ultimate underdog, and he must continue overcoming the odds to achieve his goals.
The problem is that if Young continues to fight on free TV every week and is victorious, all of the excitement surrounding his character will be gone. A man that continues to beat the odds and is an unbeatable champion is no longer an underdog.
TNA must dance the line between underdog and unbeatable champion.
TNA News: Impact Wrestling Ratings Climb, per F4WOnline (via Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.)
Bully Ray, The Wolves and More Sacrifice Fallout
One of the biggest storylines coming out of TNA’s Sacrifice PPV was the attack from Dixie Carter on Bully Ray. As Bully Ray was about to put Roode through a table, Carter hit the ring dressed like a man and pushed Bully Ray from the top rope and through a table on the floor.
There is a long-standing feud between Carter and Bully Ray, and it was only amplified when Carter cost the former world champion the victory Sunday. With Bully Ray, the master of tables, the possibility of seeing Carter going through one on this Thursday’s Impact Wrestling is not out of the realm of possibility.
Or maybe that will happen at Slammiversary.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Who Will The Wolves Feud Now?
After finally defeating The BroMans at the Sacrifice PPV, The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) captured the TNA World Tag Team Championships and should now be featured heavily as the company rebuilds the division.
The problem is the lack of depth in the division. While The BroMans are a fun comedy team, their run at the top should be over. With Bad Influence likely gone and a nonexistent division beyond that, TNA must sign or re-sign viable challengers who can reinvigorate tag team wrestling and give The Wolves a legitimate feud.
Can anyone say The Young Bucks?
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Midcard Storylines
With Angelina Love winning the Knockouts Championship, James Storm scheduled to fight Willow, Kurt Angle still hunting for a clean shot at Ethan Carter III and Gunner looking for a new feud, Thursday’s broadcast will be a giant reset button for Impact Wrestling.
The hope is that TNA sees the errors of its ways leading up to Sacrifice and builds on them moving forward. Every major company makes mistakes, but the best wrestling brands learn from those mistakes and corrects them as they move forward.
TNA must shine Thursday, and the company won’t let wrestling fans down.
TNA Rumors: Backstage Reactions and Rumors from Impact Wrestling, per PWInsider (via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.)
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