TNA Impact Wrestling: Complete Preview, Rumors, News and More for January 16

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2015

Source: ImpactWrestling.com

After TNA’s live debut on Destination America last Wednesday, Impact Wrestling will now move to its permanent time slot on Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET.

Last week’s episode was a great way to transition the company from one channel to another, and the storyline development helped prove that TNA is using the switch to reboot many of its angles and characters.

While there were still many familiar stars on the roster, the company did a great job of positioning people for a long and successful run. Let’s hope the positive start continues in Week 2 and the on-screen product continues to improve.

Here is all the vital viewing information for this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling.

Where: Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, New York City

When: Friday, January 16

Start Time: 9 p.m. ET

Watch: Destination America

Breaking Down TNA’s New Heel Stable

Last week’s main event championship match between Bobby Roode and Bobby Lashley was a great example of the quality performers TNA has on its roster, but the bout will be remembered for the interference and the heel turns more than the caliber of wrestling in the ring.

Led by MVP, Kenny King and two masked men, the heel stable beat down the referee and Kurt Angle before distracting Roode. After revealing themselves as Low Ki and Samoa Joe, Roode’s long-time friend Eric Young made the save with a chair.

Unfortunately, Young crossed his former friend and smashed him with the weapon, leaving Roode wide open for the Lashley spear and costing him the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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Question on Everybody's Mind: Why Did Eric Young Turn Heel?

Turning Samoa Joe and Low Ki heel makes sense since neither man was really doing anything, but Young had a well-established face character and was universally loved. Add in the fact that he turned on one of his best friends, and this is clearly going to be a blood feud.

No one knows why Young turned heel yet, but Roode issued a challenge to his former friend following last week’s show, and Friday will feature Roode squaring off against Young in a No Disqualification match.

This bitter end to a friendship is about to boil over.

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 New Heel Stables

There are many TNA fans, and wrestling fans in general, who have soured on heel stables, but the talent in this group is undeniable. When Roode squares off against Young, there is no doubt MVP, King, Samoa Joe and Low Ki will find their way to ringside.

It is unclear if Young is officially with this new heel stable or if the company just turned several different wrestlers at one time as a way to reset the company, but fans who enjoy all of these men should be ready to watch them run roughshod over the company.

With Angle back on the active roster and possibly feuding with MVP, a potential face faction should develop soon enough. Impact Wrestling’s future is very bright.

TNA News: Impact Wrestling’s Rating for Last Week’s Episode, via Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com.

The Hardys vs. The Wolves, Austin Aries vs. Low Ki and More Real Wrestling

In one of the most anticipated television matches in a long time, two of the best tag teams in the world, The Hardys and The Wolves, will square off with nothing but pride and redemption on the line as TNA moves to Fridays.

That’s one way to get fans to tune in to Destination America.

The Hardys and The Wolves have a history due to the series of three-way matches late in 2014 for the tag team championships. With Jeff and Matt Hardy costing Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards a chance to regain the titles last week, there should be no love lost in this battle.


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Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Low Ki Regain the Title?

In arguably the best match of the inaugural episode of Impact Wrestling on Destination America, Austin Aries defeated Low Ki for the X Division Championship. Later in the night, though, Low Ki joined forces with the company’s newest heel stable.

With the rematch being booked almost immediately, the chances that Aries could drop the title back to Low Ki in order to prove the power of the group are high. Aries deserves to be fighting for the TNA world title, and dropping the X Division belt would be killing two birds with one stone.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Elite Wrestling Shows

Lucha Underground deserves a mention as one of the best promotions in wrestling right now, but the return of TNA to television is what real wrestling fans have been waiting for. Impact Wrestling has always put an emphasis on in-ring action, and that showed last week and will show once again Friday.

There is no questioning that TNA has made some mistakes in the past, but a new lease on life with Destination America is what the company needed. With the fanbase rejuvenated and the product reinvigorated, it’s a great time to be a fan of Impact Wrestling.

I know what I’m doing Friday night.

TNA Rumors: Company Officials Focused on Being Alternative to WWE, according to PWInsider Elite via WrestlingInc.com.

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