The first week of tapings at the Manhattan Center in New York City for TNA was a rousing success, and the company looks to follow it up with another noteworthy episode of Impact Wrestling.
This Thursday’s broadcast features TNA going hardcore. With Team 3D (Bully Ray and Devon) joining forces with Tommy Dreamer to take down Dixie Carter’s goons and Matt Hardy making his Impact Wrestling return, fans will be spoiled by the talent on this show.
As if watching two of the greatest tag teams in history reunite isn’t enough, Austin Aries makes his X Division decision, The Great Muta returns to American television and Bobby Roode finally gets his hands on MVP.
It’s certainly going to be a must-watch episode of Impact Wrestling.
Here’s all the vital viewing information and a full preview of the show.
Where: Manhattan Center, New York City
When: Thursday, July 24, at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
TNA Brings Back Hardcore
One of the biggest changes TNA has made over the last several weeks has been the inclusion of a hardcore element to its shows. While the WWE panders to a younger audience, Impact Wrestling has added an edge to its programming that many fans have missed.
The hardcore revolution continues Thursday when Team 3D unites once again to team up with Tommy Dreamer. Bully Ray, Devon and Dreamer are three of the most recognizable faces of the ECW era, and the trio will bring that same mentality to this week’s show.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Does Dixie’s Team Stand a Chance?
Bully, Devon and Dreamer will square off against Ethan Carter III, Rhino and Rockstar Spud in a Six-Man New York City Street Fight. On the surface, this looks like a slam dunk for the hardcore legends, but Dixie always has something up her sleeve.
Carter has become one of the most hated heels in the wrestling industry by stacking the odds against the good guys. The New York crowd will support Bully, Devon and Dreamer regardless, and the proper way to handle the conclusion of this match would be to have Samoa Joe or another superstar turn heel and stand with Dixie.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5, Hardy Boys Reunions
The rebirth of hardcore will continue with the return of Hardy. After a short stint with Impact Wrestling, Hardy cleaned up his life and has rebuilt his reputation by working hard on the independent scene.
On Thursday, Matt and Jeff Hardy reunite. The Hardy Boys were one of the greatest tag teams in the history of wrestling, and according to ImpactWrestling.com, Matt has been invited by his brother Jeff to come back to TNA.
The article teases a possible reformation of the classic team and mentions the current tag team champions, The Wolves. With Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards turning heads with their in-ring work, the possibility of a match between The Hardy Boys and The Wolves should have wrestling fans salivating.
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Option C, The Great Muta, Bobby Roode vs. MVP and More
Adding a hardcore edge to the product is a smart move for TNA, but the company also must get back to its roots with elite in-ring work. Austin Aries exemplifies everything that the X Division is about, and on Thursday, he will have the chance to trade the title in for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.
Despite teasing that he may not take the opportunity, Aries is too smart to pass on this chance. As seen at Slammiversary, Aries can get a great match out of Bobby Lashley and will make the championship match at Destination X pay-per-view worthy.
There are many fans who believe Aries would make the best champion for the company at this moment, but TNA has been firmly behind Lashley with the title and will likely ask Aries to take the loss at Destination X.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What Will The Great Muta Have to Say?
After losing the X Division Championship to Aries and being bullied by James Storm for weeks, Seiya Sanada will come face-to-face with The Great Muta. Sanada has been under pressure to live up to Muta’s expectations, but something must give.
Storm has verbally attacked Muta on several occasions, and it’s time for the confrontation to get physical. With the Cowboy finally laying his hands on Muta, Sanada would have his excuse to beat Storm down and begin their feud leading into Bound for Glory.
With the company’s biggest show of the year taking place in Japan, Sanada as the heroic babyface taking on Storm’s heel American cowboy gimmick could translate well to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5, Seriously Deep Cards
One of the top storylines in the company is the feud between Bobby Roode and MVP, but it has been lost in the shuffle a bit with the other blockbuster matches and announcements. Fortunately for fans, MVP and Roode will look to steal the show and force the spotlight back on them.
Roode is arguably the best all-around talent in TNA today and MVP is a serviceable worker with plenty of mic skills. Combined, the two men have produced interesting segments consistently and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling is packed with great segments, and the Roode vs. MVP match will be the cherry on top.
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