The excitement for the 2014 edition of TNA’s Slammiversary on Sunday, June 15 is growing by the day, but Impact Wrestling has one more chance to put the final touches on the card with Thursday’s go-home episode of the flagship show.
With the two main events booked already—Eric Young will defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against MVP and Bully Ray will take on Ethan Carter III—the company has already added several marquee undercard matches to its website.
For TNA fans, the go-home show for Slammiversary will be can’t-miss television.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling and a full preview of the action.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
When: Thursday, June 12, at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
MVP Puts the Finishing Touches on His World Title Plan
There aren’t many times in wrestling where the fans can’t honestly pick who will win the championship in a match, but TNA has successfully muddied the waters in the Young vs. MVP main event.
Young has exceeded expectations as champion, but the company needs a spark, and a title change on Sunday may be that boost. If Young is booked strong this Thursday and gets the upper hand on his challenger, the stage will be set for MVP to earn the win at the pay-per-view.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Will MVP Soften Young Up Before the PPV?
MVP has abused his power to put friends and teammates against each other in tough matches for the last two weeks, and there is no reason to believe he won’t continue stacking the deck against Young the week prior to their match.
While forcing Young to square off against Samoa Joe or Austin Aries would be an intriguing option, putting Young in the 3-on-1 Handicap match Joe asked for last week against Bobby Lashley, Kenny King and MVP would be a great callback.
What better way for MVP to ensure a win at Slammiversary than by beating Young down just days before the title match?
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Faces Making the Save
MVP and his goons will attack Young throughout this show, as they have at every opportunity thus far, but the good guys are beginning to stand together against the tyranny of MVP.
While Young should start the handicap match on his own, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe and Aries won’t let the champion take a beating for too long before evening the odds. Young will have to get the upper hand in order to look strong heading into the PPV, so there is a possibility that the handicap match morphs into a singles match against King or Lashley.
If Young were to beat King or Lashley in an even one-on-one match before the PPV, that would be a strong way to send the champion into Slammiversary. That would also likely mean Young would be dropping the title, though.
TNA News: Latest Impact Wrestling Ratings, per Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.
Building the Rest of Slammiversary
As of last Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling, only three matches were announced: Young vs. MVP, Bully Ray vs. ECIII and James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson. According to ImpactWrestling.com, at least three more matches have been added to the card.
Add in the fact that Kurt Angle will be in attendance to announce the third member of the TNA Hall of Fame, The Von Erich Family will be at the PPV and the other possible matches added Thursday, and this is going to be an exciting go-home episode of Impact.
At this moment a lot of good brothers are being tempered in the fires of adversity, I expect many to emerge far greater than ever imagined— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) June 8, 2014
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Which Undercard Matches are You Most Excited to Watch?
While MVP will be focused on Young and the title, his stable will be busy with matches of its own. Not only is Samoa Joe set to square off against Lashley in what should be a very physical matchup, but dynamic stars King and Aries will also go to battle on the Slammiversary card.
The excitement for the match between James Storm and Mr. Anderson isn’t where it should be due to the lackluster storyline behind this angle, but the potential matchup between Magnus and Willow could be one of the most underrated matches on the card.
The undercard is shaping up to be very appealing.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Effective Go-Home Shows
There have been complaints about TNA and how this PPV has been built, but the company has the opportunity to set the stage perfectly for Sunday’s show with an effective go-home edition of Impact Wrestling.
There is an abundance of talent on the card already. With The Wolves likely added to the PPV, The Menagerie still looking for a match and the Knockouts division not yet represented, Thursday’s show will put the finishing touches on what should be an exciting week for the company.
TNA Rumors: Impact Wrestling Contacting Former Champions for Destination X? Per PWInsider via Wrestling Inc.
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