TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 5.9.13
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 May 9, 2013
3. Velvet Sky and Mickie James – for capitalizing on some miscommunication by their opposition to secure a tag team victory:
It was just two weeks ago that Velvet Sky successfully defended her TNA Knockouts Championship against Mickie James, but now she teamed up with Hardcore Country on this episode of IMPACT Wrestling to face TNA’s resident heel Knockouts duo of Gail Kim and Tara.
Kim and Tara failed to get the job done a week ago when they faced Taryn Terrell and James courtesy of a rollup by Terrell on Tara. Kim salvaged the night to some degree by locking a figure four around the ring post onto Terrell to temporarily take her out of the equation. Kim and Tara would gun for the win this time, though they would only come up with similar results.
Kim and James had to make simultaneous tags late in the match. Sky opened up on Tara with a couple of closelines, some kicks and a neckbreaker. Sky could only get a two-count when she covered up, but she tried to stay on Tara by going for an In Yo Face. Before she could execute the move, Jesse Godderz hopped onto the apron and Kim jumped into the ring.
Sky caught Kim in the midsection with a kick before tossing her right into Jesse, knocking both of them to the floor. Tara crawled toward the ropes to call out to her boyfriend, but all it did was distract her as Sky came in from behind to hit the In Yo Face. Sky hooked the leg and scored the three-count to get the win for her team.
Their night ended much better than Tara’s, who got locked into a figure four around the ring post by Kim in a sign that the partnership between those two is officially done. And though it’s possibly too early to speculate on the this one, Kim’s desire to add this move to her arsenal could conveniently have something to do with the fact that the current Knockouts Champion still has a bum leg.
2. Magnus – for causing D’Lo Brown’s attempt at cheating to backfire en route to a win over Doc:
Magnus is a victim of multiple attacks by Aces and Eights, giving him every reason to take any opportunity afforded him to get back at the gang. He has the potential to be a real asset for TNA and was given another shot at proving just that this Thursday night when he went one-on-one against Doc.
Originally, D’Lo Brown wanted this match as a means to win back his kutte and get out of the Aces and Eights’ doghouse. However, Bully Ray didn’t like that idea and told him to watch Doc take care of business and make sure that they got the win.
Brown only ended up digging himself a deeper hole in this match, but Magnus also put forth a tremendous effort after being on the defensive for a good portion of the bout early on. Magnus really got himself back into the action when he stopped Doc from charging at him in the corner three times.
He caught Doc with a back elbow the first time and a boot the second, but he simply moved out of the way the third time and dropped the big man with a closeline. A big boot followed before Mangus tried for a back body drop. Doc came off the ropes and kicked Magnus in the chest, but he got drilled with a closeline right after.
Magnus headed toward the turnbuckles and started to climb, getting caught up there by Doc in a superplex situation. Magnus fought out and dumped Doc back down to the mat, and a flying elbow drop connected to Doc’s chest for a two-count.
Brown was growing concerned on the outside and he decided this was the appropriate time to get involved. While Doc distracted the referee, Brown pulled Magnus to the outside and attempted to whip him into the steel ring steps. Magnus reversed, however, and sent Brown into them instead.
Magnus then moved back into the ring and fell victim to a flapjack. After kicking out of the subsequent cover at two, Magnus reversed an irish whip to the ropes and Brown, who thought Magnus was coming his way, grabbed Doc’s leg. While Doc looked to the outside out of confusion, Magnus stormed in from behind with a rollup and kept the big man’s shoulders down for the three.
This was not Brown’s night and he went back to being a prospect in Aces and Eights. The night was supposed to get better for Magnus, however, when Sting and Kurt Angle made the decision to have him be the third man in their six-man tag team main event matchup. Unfortunately, he was subjected to another attack by Aces and Eights, and somebody else had to take that spot …
1. Abyss – for surprising members of Aces and Eights and TNA alike with a return that netted TNA’s team the win in the main event:
Sting and Kurt Angle were committed to this six-man tag team main event idea the second Hulk Hogan gave his stamp of approval on it. The search for a third man, however, was a little more up in the air. Aces and Eights knew they would be going into the match with Bully Ray, Devon and Mr. Anderson as their representatives. But who would join Sting and Angle in their pursuit of getting TNA a win over the enemy?
At first, they thought they would have AJ Styles. Styles was given an ultimatum of sorts last week by Angle and he was called out at the top of this week’s show by Sting and the Olympic Gold Medalist to find out where he stood. Sting tried to reason with Styles, even reminding him of his dark days of hanging up in the rafters. But Angle pushed a little too hard and turned Styles off to the idea entirely. The two even fought on the ramp, while Aces and Eights snuck into the ring and attacked Sting with a 3D.
With Styles out, Hogan suggested he might have a wildcard for their third member. Not so sure of Hogan’s guy, Sting and Angle jumped on the Magnus bandwagon after his win over Doc and thought he was ready to join them. Hogan was fine with it as long as Sting and Angle were, so Magnus it was. That was, of course, until he was attacked in the back by Aces and Eights.
Sting and Angle went into this match at a 3-on-2 disadvantage . There was hope of Hogan’s guy showing up, but there certainly was no guarantee. And things were looking pretty bleak with Angle laid out on the floor and a table being set up in the ring for a possible 3D to Sting. Somebody was waiting in the wings, though, as members of Aces and Eights were laid out in the back.
Just as Ray called for the 3D, gongs played in the arena and “The Monster” Abyss came out. Aces and Eights was shocked. He nailed Anderson on the ramp and then came into the ring with some closelines for Ray and Devon. He hit a couple of splashes in the corner and then boots to the chest of each of them.
Anderson stormed back into the ring to try and stop Abyss, but he only received a chokeslam through the table for his troubles. Then Devon was given the Black Hole Slam and Abyss covered up for the three-count.
I have to admit that seemed like an underhyped and underwhelming return for Abyss, who should have returned to TNA in much bigger fashion. But, it is nice to have “The Monster” back. He should certainly help in TNA’s fight against Aces and Eights, possibly even giving the company the upperhand in this ongoing battle.