TNA Slammiversary is just over two weeks away, and the excitement surrounding the pay-per-view should have the main event and midcard storylines picking up major steam during this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling.
With the return of Samoa Joe last week to help the already impressive team of good guys even the odds against MVP and his reign of tyranny, there is no question that the depth and talent involved in this main event angle is worthy of carrying a PPV like Slammiversary.
Add in the mission from Bully Ray to put each of his six main foes through tables, Bram getting his shot to prove himself against Willow and The Menagerie likely stealing the show once again, and this week’s Impact Wrestling will be can’t-miss television.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
When: Thursday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
MVP’s Stable Runs Roughshod
Unlike the previous week, TNA took a big step back with the random attacks from MVP and his team of Bobby Lashley and Kenny King, but the impact of the heel stable was felt just as deeply through the power of the director of wrestling operations.
With the ability to make matches pitting allies against each other (he forced world champion Eric Young to square off against Bully Ray in the main event of last week’s Impact), MVP has set the stage perfectly for a title change at Slammiversary.
All signs point to MVP winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at the PPV.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: What Role Will Samoa Joe Play?
After losing top stars like Sting and A.J. Styles, the return of a bona fide star like Samoa Joe is exactly what the company needs. Joe is a big name that will draw fans into the product, regardless of who he will be fighting.
With Young scheduled to defend his title against MVP, the most likely feud for Joe is a battle with the muscle of MVP’s stable, Lashley. Over the next two weeks leading into the PPV, fans should expect Samoa Joe to lead a group of faces against the heel faction, and that will spawn the Lashley vs. Joe match at Slammiversary.
After Slammiversary, a newly crowned champion like MVP would need a great face to square off against, and there is no better option right now than Samoa Joe.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 All-Encompassing Main Events
Not only does the main event storyline feature the company’s director of wrestling operations and the world heavyweight champion, but it also consists of Samoa Joe, The Wolves, Austin Aries, Kenny King, Lashley, Bully Ray, Ethan Carter III and Dixie Carter, just to name a few.
TNA understands how important this main event storyline is to the betterment of the company, and it will continue to build this angle up until the heel authority figure has the title and complete control.
Once MVP has the championship, the hunt to get it back will make for incredibly interesting television that will culminate with one of the top stars in the company bringing the belt back to the people.
TNA Rumors: MVP Dealing with a Knee Injury? Per PWInsider via Wrestling Inc.
Building the Rest of Slammiversary’s Card
While much of the attention over the next two weeks will be focused on MVP squaring off against EY for the world title, there is still an entire card to build for the Slammiversary.
It was announced on the company website that Bully Ray would be getting a chance to fight ECIII at the PPV, and there is no better way for the face to get his retribution than by putting his opponent through a table.
For the fans keeping track at home, Bully Ray already put Rockstar Spud through a table and has five more targets left before he accomplishes his goals. With ECIII possibly getting put through a table at Slammiversary, expect King to be put through a table this week.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: What’s the Deal with Bram?
There are many fans who don’t understand the motivation of this Bram character or disagree with the manner in which this storyline has been booked, but as long as this leads to Magnus adopting more of an edge, the ends will justify the means.
Bram is solid in the ring and on the mic, but Magnus is the true main event star in the pairing. As much as a tag team of Bram and Magnus would be excellent, the hope is that Bram will bring Magnus to the dark side and the former champion will be catapulted back into the world title chase.
Either way, Magnus adopting a mean streak would do wonders for his character.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Circus Acts
Many wrestling fans will be focused on MVP vs. Young or Bully Ray vs. the Carter family, but truly hard-core wrestling fans will have their attention locked on yet another possible appearance from the best stable in wrestling right now, The Menagerie.
Whether you can admit it or not, The Menagerie is a lot of fun to watch.
With the group now making it very clear that they are challenging The BroMans—one of the funniest trios in TNA today—there is no doubt that the resulting battles in and out of the ring will make this must-watch TV.
TNA News: Impact Wrestling Ratings are Up, per Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.
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