If you missed last week’s episode of Impact Wrestling, TNA has been taken over by a heel stable led by director of wrestling operations MVP and his accomplices, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King.
While many wrestling fans are still a bit wary about a stable taking over the show ever since the train wreck that was the Aces & Eights storyline, MVP and his friends have legitimate power within the company.
A heel stable like the nWo only works if the illusion that the stable is in control is established.
After beating down many of the top stars in the company during the trio's first week of terror, all eyes will be focused on this week’s Impact Wrestling. Here is a full preview of Thursday’s action.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
When: Thursday, May 29, at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
When MVP arrived in TNA, it was a huge acquisition for the company. It didn’t take long, though, for fans to grow tired of the face authority figure ignoring the true issues and just supporting the good guys.
A heel turn is exactly what MVP and the company needed, and the inclusion of Bobby Lashley and Kenny King as his cohorts makes this a great stable. Not only is MVP holding real power, but he is also now backed by muscle in Lashley and a star in the making with King.
While there is no doubt that the trio should have been seen less during the first episode as an official stable (there were too many beatdowns), TNA was just doing its best to establish the trio and show the raw power they possess.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Is Eric Young Losing the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary?
Even with backup from Austin Aries and The Wolves, Eric Young has still been destroyed by MVP and his posse. With the TNA World Heavyweight Championship hanging in the balance at Slammiversary, there is no doubt that Young is once again the underdog.
With two stars backing MVP up and the director of wrestling operations able to change the match on a whim, the stage has been set for Young to drop the title. As much as that would hurt Young in the short term, he could once again pursue the world championship.
Faces are typically better when chasing the title anyway.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 nWo Style Appearances
The hope from many fans is that the trio will be seen less on Thursday night but make an impact worthy of talking about the next day. Just as the nWo did during its run in WCW, taking over the announce booth and bullying Mike Tenay and Taz would be a stroke of genius.
The key now will be the trio’s cool name, merchandise and theme song. If the producers and creative minds at TNA can develop something that sticks with fans, this group could become one of the best things to happen to the company in years.
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Bully Ray, Eric Young’s Alliance and More Slammiversary Build
Every great heel stable needs a great protagonist to make it better. One aspect of the nWo that made the group so successful initially was the fact that it battled good guys with different agendas on several different fronts.
Not only are MVP, Lashley and King going to have to deal with Young, but after attacking Bully Ray and showing at least a working relationship with Dixie Carter, the heel trio will be in the crosshairs of Calfzilla.
Bully Ray may be fighting Ethan Carter III at Slammiversary, but he will be looking for revenge against MVP and his boys on Thursday.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: How Will the World Champion Respond?
Young has been one of the most entertaining champions of 2014 for Impact Wrestling, and he will not take the beatings from MVP and his goons lightly. Expect a meaner side of EY during Thursday's broadcast.
Look for Young to surround himself with men who've also wronged by the trio—stars who were beat down last week like Austin Aries, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards—and go on the offensive. He has never backed down from a fight since winning the gold and won’t start now.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Excellent Midcard Storylines
There is no doubt that much of Impact Wrestling will be dedicated to the takeover by MVP, but the build to June’s Slammiversary pay-per-view will kick into overdrive starting with this week’s episode.
Fans will be treated to more of the interesting relationship between Magnus and Bram, James Storm’s retaliation for being tricked in a bar and more of the meeting with Gunner and Samuel Shaw.
Add in a possible appearance by The Menagerie (and how do you not love a carnival gimmick?), and this week’s Impact Wrestling will be an action-packed show.
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