TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 4.25.13
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 April 25, 2013
3. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez – for retaining the TNA World Tag Team Titles thanks to interference by Bad Influence that was supposed to work against them:
It was somewhat surprising to see Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez walk away as the TNA World Tag Team Champions two weeks ago, but that was the case after defeating Bobby Roode and Austin Aries in an excellent 2-out-of-3 falls bout. Not only did the win give Guerrero and Hernandez the titles for the second time, but it enabled them to remain together as a team in TNA.
In their first defense of the championships, Guerrero and Hernandez faced familiar foes by going up against Roode and Aries in their title rematch. The champions would benefit from the confidence they gained in their title win, but also the fact that Roode and Aries were entering this contest with a few factors working against them.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, known to stick their noses in business that doesn’t concern them, got the crazy idea that TNA’s best defense for fending off Aces and Eights was to reform Fortune. They tried to make that happen early in the evening when James Storm and AJ Styles were in the arena, but that only ended up leading to a brawl with The Tennessee Cowboy. Bad Influence then tried talking to Roode about the idea, and while he didn’t quite turn down the notion, he didn’t accept on the spot and failed to notice Aries listening to the conversation.
Aries confronted Roode prior to the tag match about that conversation, and he made it clear that he was gunning to get back the tag team titles and hoped Roode was focused on doing the same. Luckily for Aries, Roode did seem to have his mind geared toward beating Guerrero and Hernandez instead of worrying about a reformation of Fortune. Unfortunately for the former titleholders, the fact that Daniels and Kazarian were sitting by at the commentary table only ended up working against them.
Daniels and Kaz intended to help Roode, but that plan ended up backfiring.
Kazarian did manage to serve as a distraction to the referee when Hernandez seemed set deliver a Border Toss to Roode as Guerrero was ascending the turnbuckles. Aries was able to shove Guerrero to the floor and then send Hernandez into a Double R Spinebuster from Roode. When Aries climbed the ropes, however, Hernandez kicked Roode off him and into the ropes, knocking Aries off the top and rolling toward the floor.
Hernandez waited for Roode to get up and turn around so he could lift him up for another attempt at the Border Toss, but Kazarian rushed to the apron again to distract the referee. This time, Daniels ran into the ring and kicked Hernandez in the midsection to force him to drop Roode. Daniels then pushed Hernandez into Roode to hold him up, but when he ran in for an STO, Hernandez moved out of the way and Roode took the brunt of the move.
Hernandez then sent Daniels to the outside and Guerrero climbed the ropes for a Frog Splash on the fallen Roode. Guerrero hooked the leg and got the three-count to retain the tag titles.
That definitely won’t help Bad Influence’s plans on reforming Fortune, and Aries looked pretty peeved at the result of the match. Guerrero and Hernandez will take it, though, managing to get a win despite basically facing 4-on-2 odds.
2. Rob Terry – for dominating Jesse Godderz while also having to fight off Robbie E.:
There’s no doubting Rob Terry benefited greatly from his separation with Robbie E. That partnership was only holding him back and the monster has been unleashed now that he’s riding on his own again.
Terry showed his dominance this week on IMPACT Wrestling, when he battled Jesse Godderz in what was supposed to be a one-on-one match. Godderz was accompanied to the ring by Robbie E., who clearly tried to get himself involved in the match. It didn’t matter, though, as Terry was more than prepared to take out his aggression against both Mr. Pectacular and the Jersey Shore knockoff.
Terry almost had the match put away when he caught Godderz flying out of the corner and turned it into a powerslam. Terry covered up, but he could only get a two-count thanks to Robbie E. grabbing the leg of the referee. Terry went to the outside to confront his former partner, but he was also aware of Godderz charging in at him from behind and he hurled his opponent into Robbie E. instead.
Terry lifted Godderz up and tossed him back into the ring. Once in there, Terry lifted Godderz up and planted him into the mat with a spinebuster, which was good enough to secure the three-count.
Godderz certainly has his physical attributes, but even he couldn’t compare to Terry. Terry was simply too strong and too on-point to be taken advantage of in this match, and he came out looking incredibly well in the victory. Terry could be somebody to watch going forward, as it’s simply a matter of time before he moves on from dealing with Robbie E. and whatever cronies he’s picked up along the way.
1. Velvet Sky – for keeping the TNA Knockouts Championship on a bad knee because of a quick inside cradle:
When Mickie James defeated Miss Tessmacher last week on IMPACT Wrestling, she not only earned No. 1 Contendership for the Knockouts Championship, she also received the opportunity to face an injured titleholder. Velvet Sky has a bum knee and would not get any sympathy, as she had to defend her strap this week against a very capable challenger.
James did make note that she felt sorry for Sky’s situation, but she also stressed that a champion has to fight hurt sometimes and she would not take it easy on her. James made that perfectly clear when Sky landed awkwardly on her leg out of the corner and buckled her knee in the process. From that point forward, Sky’s leg became a point of focus for James.
It was an effective approach for Hardcore Country, as Sky was unable to remain on her feet long enough to get any kind of offensive advantage going. It did, however, not break Sky’s spirit and she seemed just as determined to remain in the game as if her leg was feeling just fine.
Sky was reluctant to submit or fall victim to any of James’ attempts at closing out the match. When she kicked out of Thesz Press that James connected on coming out of the corner, she was almost able to take back control on an In Yo’ Face. Sky couldn’t support her own weight to perform the move, though, and got backdropped by James.
James tried to follow up with a jumping DDT, but Sky shoved her off. Sky couldn’t capitalize and received a dropkick to her injured knee, but James wasn’t allowed to continue her attack because ODB backed her off while checking to make sure Sky could continue. By the time James was able to move in close enough to Sky to get anything done, Sky was able to clasp on for a quick inside cradle that got her to a three-count.
One could question whether Sky should have been afforded that much time and space near the end, but she just played with the cards she was dealt and took advantage of an unsuspecting James with that pinfall. Her knee if going to be a problem for a while, but she lives to fight another day as champion, while James goes back to the drawing board.