Last week's episode of Impact Wrestling featured several marquee matches, and this week's show from the Manhattan Center in New York City will continue to thrill TNA fans and will build to October's Bound for Glory pay-per-view.
With TNA crowning a new No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, current champion Lashley issuing an open challenge and the Knockouts title on the line, this week's show is must-watch television for all wrestling fans.
Here is the full preview for Wednesday's episode of Impact Wrestling.
Where: Manhattan Center, New York City
When: Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
Crowning a New No. 1 Contender
When Bobby Roode and Eric Young square off on Wednesday, they will be fighting to become the new No. 1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The two men were involved in a Six Sides of Steel match to decide Lashley's next challenger, but both escaped the cage at the same time.
Impact Wrestling authority figure Kurt Angle settled the disagreement about who should earn the title shot by booking the two challengers in a one-on-one match this week. Instead of just booking Roode and Young in a three-way against Lashley that would favor the faces, Angle took a different route.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who Will Be the New No. 1 Contender?
As much as Young has been an entertaining part of TNA for over a decade, the top star in the company not named Austin Aries is Roode. He has the prestige as the longest-reigning champion in company history and is the better overall performer in the ring and on the mic.
The problem is that if Roode wins, his title shot would come on an episode of Impact Wrestling and not Bound for Glory. With officials booking Lashley to look indestructible on Impact Wrestling, it's hard to see the company hotshotting the title to another wrestler before the biggest show of the year.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Cloudy Championship Scenes
Some predictability in wrestling is good. It means you are telling a natural story that has progression. One concept many wrestling fans who watch WWE are growing tired of, though, is the ability to see the writing on the wall regarding top storylines months in advance.
Whether Roode wins his title match or not, TNA has done a great job keeping Lashley's reign unpredictable. Few fans expected him to hold the title this long. The company has booked Lashley strong and is doing a great job booking Roode as well.
If Roode wins Wednesday, though, TNA should give him the title.
TNA News: Latest Impact Wrestling ratings, via Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com.
Lashley, Knockouts Championship Match and New X Division Challenger
Speaking of Lashley, after destroying Tommy Dreamer last week, the champion will issue an open challenge. With most logical options locked in feuds, there are two feasible possibilities—Austin Aries and Samoa Joe.
While Aries has unfinished business with The Great Sanada, he has proved in the past that he can get a great match out of Lashley. On the other hand, Samoa Joe is amazing in the ring and one of the most dangerous wrestlers in the world. Unless a star from the past returns, Aries or Samoa Joe would be perfect in this situation.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Which Wrestler Walks Out as Knockouts Champion?
The rubber match many wrestling fans have been waiting for will happen when Gail Kim defends her Knockouts Championship against Taryn Terrell. The two women have gone toe-to-toe in two classic world title matches in the past but finally get to settle the score once and for all.
As much as Terrell has surprised fans with her work against Kim, the defending champion is the best wrestler in the division and should remain the top dog. With TNA teasing the debut of Havoc over the last several weeks, what better place to have her make an impact than by destroying both the champion and No. 1 contender?
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Show-Stealing Matches
One of the most underrated matches on Wednesday's card is the X Division No. 1 contender's match. Low Ki, Homicide, Manik, DJZ, Tigre Uno, and Crazzy Steve will all go to war once again with a shot at Samoa Joe's X Division Championship on the line.
After watching Low Ki get a title shot and lose against Samoa Joe, it's hard to think he would get yet another title shot already. The problem is that Low Ki is obviously the top star in the match and deserves to fight Joe again. If Low Ki doesn't win, look for Manik to pick up the victory.
TNA Rumors: Update on contract status of The Wolves, per Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com).
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