TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 3.7.13
By Neil Borenstein
Each week here at 1wrestling.com, I will select three of the top wrestlers from TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling and present them to you in inverse order as the show’s Wrestlers of the Week. In choosing the show’s top three superstars, performances from that week’s IMPACT Wrestling and any relevant preceding programming – such as Pay-Per-Views – will be taken into consideration.
TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week for March 7, 2013
3. Mr. Anderson – for giving Aces and Eights the Lethal Lockdown advantage by taking advantage of a distraction against James Storm:
Lockdown is coming up on Sunday and an important Team TNA vs. Aces and Eights bout is scheduled to take place in a Lethal Lockdown setting. This week’s IMPACT Wrestling served as the venue for a best of three series to determine which of those team’s would have the advantage throughout that match.
Heading into Thursday’s main event, the series was locked up at one win apiece, and it would be up to James Storm and Mr. Anderson to break the tie and provide his respective team with the numbers edge at Lockdown.
Anderson was on his way to being put away in this match when Storm avoided being tossed to the outside, countered out of a swinging neckbreaker attempt and put Anderson down with the Closing Time. Just as Storm was preparing for the Last Call, Aces and Eights made their way toward the ring, which also prompted Team TNA to come out and confront them.
Regardless of TNA’s personnel having his back, Storm was still distracted by the commotion and fell victim to a Mic Check by Anderson as a result. Anderson covered up and got the three-count to win the match and provide Aces and Eights with the advantage in Lethal Lockdown.
Simply taking advantage of the situation given to him, Anderson did good work putting Storm away to give his team the numbers edge. That’s going to be a huge benefit for Aces and Eights, which is already a far more cohesive and opportunistic group than their counterparts.
2. Gail Kim – for pinning Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky to give her team a win in six-person tag team action:
Gail Kim has been eyeing another run with the TNA Knockouts Championship for some time now, but it seems as though referee Taryn Terrell keeps getting in her way. Or that’s the story Kim would like us to believe, at least.
She will get another opportunity to fight for the gold at Lockdown, where she will square off with current titleholder Velvet Sky in one-on-one action. To give a taste of what we’re in store for on Sunday, they competed in six-person tag team action on IMPACT Wrestling.
Prior to that match, Kim interrupted a segment with Sky backstage and brought up her undefeated streak at Lockdown. When Sky didn’t respond and Kim kept pressing her, a slap in the face became her retort and it set the stage for a hostile three-on-three encounter. Kim teamed up with Bad Influence, while Sky joined Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. Both of the teams involved in this matchup will take part in a three-way matchup against Austin Aries and Robert Roode for the TNA World Tag Team Championships at Lockdown.
Toward the end of the match, the boys started takings themselves out of the equation by going at each other on the outside. Guerrero, who was already on the floor on his own accord after making an earlier tag to Sky, moved back onto the apron after Kazarian nailed Hernandez with a missile dropkick. Kaz went at Guerrero, but he was met with a headbutt to the gut before being lifted all the way to the outside.
While Daniels moved toward the apron, Kaz regained control over Guerrero and held him for a springboard moonsault from Daniels. Guerrero was able to move away, however, and “The Fallen Angel” landed on his partner instead. Hernandez then launched himself onto both members of Bad Influence.
With all four of them on the outside, it was just Sky and Kim inside the ring. Sky went after Kim, but she was met with a kick to the gut and then the Eat Defeat, which was followed by a cover and three-count.
Kim argued with Terrell to raise her hand after the match, which could be repeated in just a few short days at Lockdown. Though not for the title nor even in singles competition, Kim was still able to get a pinfall over Sky and it’s a moment she could very well duplicate on Sunday at a pay-per-view she’s had a great deal of success at. Kim was clutch on Thursday and now we’ll have to see if she’s the same way with the Knockouts Title on the line.
1. Samoa Joe and Magnus – for rekindling their partnership on this night to even up the best-of-three series for the Lethal Lockdown advantage:
It’s been quite some time since Samoa Joe and Magnus have been on the same page and willing to work together. When they did team up, though, they were fairly dominant and brought some stability to the tag team ranks.
With the Lethal Lockdown Match just days away and both Joe and Magnus being members of Team TNA, it was their duty to contribute to fight for a numbers advantage at Lockdown. Team TNA was already down 0-1 at this point courtesy of Devon picking up a shady win over Sting. Joe and Magnus would join forces to take on the duo of Doc and Garett Bischoff.
It wasn’t clear heading into this contest whether Joe and Magnus could get along, let alone rekindle the kind of unexpected chemistry that led them to tag team gold. In the end, it all seemed to work out just fine, though, and they gave the impression that they could definitely be counted on come Lockdown.
A couple of hot tags were made late in the contest that brought Joe and Bischoff into the fold as the legal combatants. Joe drilled Bischoff with a couple of closelines before locking him in for a suplex. Doc managed to lay in a few shots to Joe, but Magnus slowed him up when he headed for the ropes and Doc was given an inverted atomic drop by Joe followed by a big boot from Magnus.
A senton from Joe was next and he covered up, only for the pin attempt to be stopped by Bischoff. Magnus grabbed him, sent him to the ropes and delivered a big closelines to put Bischoff down on the mat. As Bischoff rolled toward the edge of the ring, Joe and Magnus started to smell the end of the match.
Joe made a tag to Magnus before rushing into the other corner with a back splash to Doc, followed by a leaping kick to the side of the head. Magnus started to head up top and Joe delivered the snap mare, which could only be followed by a flying elbow drop by the Brit in order to complete the double team that put away several of their opponents during their tag team title days. Magnus covered and took the three-count to give his team the win and Team TNA a 1-1 tie at that point in the best of three series.
Team TNA wasn’t able to finish it off with Storm’s loss to Anderson, but this was a great showing by one of TNA’s most dangerous tag teams in recent memory. Now that we know Joe and Magnus can put the past behind them and work together, it should make Team TNA a bit more cohesive in that Lethal Lockdown matchup.