TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 10.10.13
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 October 10, 2013
3. Brooke Tessmacher — for earning the third spot of the Knockouts Championship Match at Bound For Glory with a victory against Velvet Sky:
The plan for last week was to have Velvet Sky and Brooke Tessmacher duke it out to determine the new No. 1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship. Unfortunately, Lei’D Tapa stood in the way of that happening by crashing the party and leaving Sky laid out in the middle of the ring before the bout could even get started. While Tapa certainly made her presence immediately felt, it still left a void in the Knockouts Title picture regarding ODB’s next challenger.
That was rectified on this week’s IMPACT Wrestler, where TNA gave it another go with the Sky vs. Tessmacher bout. This time, it wasn’t Tapa that cost Sky an opportunity to battle for the gold. Instead, it was her own boyfriend, Chris Sabin.
Tessmacher was rather aggressive during this contest, but she got a bit too arrogant when mocking Sky as she re-entered the ring. Sky caught her in between the ropes and then continued to drop her to the mat with a series of closelines and back elbow. Off an Irish whip reversal, Sky kicked Tessmacher in the chest before delivering a bulldog. Sky covered up for a two count.
Sky stayed on offense with a few kicks and a neckbreaker, but she only got another two count out of them. Sabin then hopped onto the apron and called Sky over, looking to offer some unasked-for advice. As he did so, Sky was too distracted to notice Tessmacher coming in from behind with a rollup, which went for the three count.
Tessmacher now joins ODB and Gail Kim in a three-way match for the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory. Considering her newfound confidence as Bully Ray’s girl, it’s tough to count Tessmacher out as a legitimate threat in that match.
2. Austin Aries — for scoring an impressive, momentum-building win over Jeff Hardy in singles action:
Fans are certainly in for a treat when Ultimate X returns at Bound For Glory, where Manik defends the X-Division Championship against Austin Aries, Chris Sabin and Jeff Hardy. In that match, it almost seems like Manik is out of place considering the caliber of the competition. But it should be a fun bout, where any of them could reasonably climb their way toward the gold.
Another addition would be made to that match to make the challenge even more daunting, but Aries and Hardy got some preparation work in on this week’s IMPACT Wrestling before the pay-per-view bout was shaken up a bit. They competed in singles action against each other in what was a great opening bout to the show.
Aries walked away the better man on this night with a rather impressive finish to the match. He tried to start the process of putting Hardy away when a missile dropkick off the top sent the Charismatic Enigma reeling into the corner. But when Aries went for the corner dropkick, he ate some boot instead. Hardy followed with a reverse powerbomb and then went to hit him with a Twist of Fate. Aries pushed him off, but it was toward the turnbuckles, so Hardy delivered a Whisper in the Wind instead.
Hardy saw this as the opportune moment to go for the Swanton Bomb, so he went up top. Unfortunately for Hardy, Aries recovered quickly enough to dropkick the ropes and crotch Hardy on the top turnbuckle. Aries darted in to meet Hardy on the ropes, and from the second turnbuckle, he delivered a brainbuster. The three count was merely a formality from there, as there was no question the second-rope brainbuster put Hardy out.
Aries’ parade was rained on a bit when Samoa Joe came out from the back and announced that he would be joining the Ultimate X Match at Bound For Glory, making it a five-way bout.
Aries wasn’t entirely thrilled with Joe’s interruption of his postmatch celebration, but he didn’t appear any less fired up about the Ultimate X Match on the announcement of Joe’s inclusion. He remains confident, especially with a solid victory over Hardy in his pocket.
1. Sting — for making a point to Magnus and keeping their match at Bound For Glory alive by picking up the pinfall against Bad Influence in a tag team main event:
Sting has attempted to be a voice of reason in several instances over the course of his TNA career. Just last week, he talked Magnus off the ledge and got him to agree to a match against him at Bound For Glory, where he hopes he can pull out the best of Magnus so that he can see his true value. That was a successful intervention.
This week, Sting perhaps overstepped his bounds. He tried to make some sense out of the power trip Dixie Carter is on now, but it only ended up with Carter talking down to him and threatening to leave Sting and Magnus off the Bound For Glory card if they ended up on the losing end of a tag team main event bout on IMPACT Wrestling against Bad Influence.
Both Sting and Magnus entered this match focused, knowing what was on the line. If they wanted to wrestle at Bound For Glory, they would have to beat Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. It just happened that only one of them was prepared enough to get the job done by closing out the match.
After Sting had Kazarian down and tossed Daniels to the outside, he tagged Magnus into the match. Magnus went up top for a flying elbow drop that connected. Instead of covering, though, he went for the Cloverleaf. Daniels ran in from behind to break the submission, which sent Magnus close enough to his corner for Sting to tag himself back in.
Sting went right for a Stinger Splash on Kazarian before putting him down with a Scorpion Death Drop. Sting covered up right away and got the three count, scoring the win for his team. Magnus did not look pleased over Sting stealing the win, and the tension rises between these two heading into Bound For Glory.
Thanks to Sting, though, that match will still take place, and he did what needed to be done to save the bout.