TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 10.17.13
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 17, 2013
3. Robbie E. — for winning a four-way matchup to allow The BroMans to enter a Gauntlet Match last at Bound For Glory:
On the preshow event at Bound For Glory, a four-team Gauntlet Match will take place to determine who will face James Storm and Gunner for the TNA World Tag Team Championships on the main card. This bout will consist of E.G.O.’s Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, Joseph Park and Eric Young, and The BroMans combination of Robbie E. and Jesse Godderz.
On this week’s IMPACT Wrestling, a four-corner bout was scheduled involving a single member of each team. Daniels, Hernandez, Young and Robbie E. went at it with the purpose of earning their team the right to enter that Gauntlet Match last on Sunday, gaining a huge advantage by getting to bypass most of the other teams.
In a surprise of sorts, Robbie E. was successful in gaining Godderz and himself that edge. Young seemed on the road to winning the match when he put Daniels down with a belly-to-belly-suplex and then headed up top for a flying elbow drop. However, Robbie E. smartly tagged the boot of Young as he delivered that aerial maneuver, and he shoved Young to the floor in order to steal the pin on Daniels.
That was honestly pretty clutch from Robbie E., and he was extremely pumped at coming through. The BroMans don’t really stand out as favorites in that preshow match at Bound For Glory, so entering the as the final team in the Gauntlet Match should help their cause in a big way.
2. Samoa Joe — for earning a victory over Chris Sabin after serving up some intimidation backstage:
Samoa Joe made a rather drastic change to the landscape of the Ultimate X Match at Bound For Glory when he decided to insert himself as the fifth member. His highly aggressive, technical style gives him a great chance to wear down the opposition — X-Division Champion Manik, Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries and Chris Sabin. And his proclamation that he was going to “kill” them certainly added a bit of intimation.
He continued to push his weight around on Thursday, when he ran into Sabin trying to collect a $50,000 bounty on AJ Styles. Joe told Sabin he didn’t have his priorities in order, and he should only worry about getting at Styles if he was able to get past him on IMPACT Wrestling and at Bound For Glory.
Those two went at it in one-on-one action, and the winner would get a nice bit of momentum heading into the Ultimate X Match on Sunday. Sabin was outmatched and unprepared in this bout, choosing to lean toward the underhanded tactics he has adopted since re-entering the X-Division. They did not work.
When Joe had Sabin seemingly put away while attempting a Muscle Buster, Sabin bit the Samoan Submission Machine’s forehead and countered the attack with a springboard leap into a tornado DDT. He only got a two count from that and, after some counters, he attempted a rollup, but Joe pulled him down into a rear naked choke instead, which Sabin tapped out to.
After the match, the three other participants in the Ultimate X Match made their presences felt to try and grab any bit of momentum they could before the match on Sunday. But Joe certainly proved he will be a force to be reckoned with in that match.
1. Bully Ray — for beating Magnus (in typical underhanded fashion) before sending his final message to AJ Styles in the contract signing for their TNA World Heavyweight Title Match at Bound For Glory:
The big moment where Bully Ray defends the TNA World Heavyweight Champion against the most notable TNA wrestler of all-time, who just so happens to be without a contract and enemy No. 1 of boss lady Dixie Carter, is almost here. At Bound For Glory, Ray and AJ Styles go one-one-one for a championship — and for a contract and respect in Styles’ case.
Naturally, Ray lacked little confidence in his ability to get the job done, and he made one last case in a match and another during a contract signing to prove he is ready to go for Sunday.
When Carter opened the show to put up a $50,000 bounty to ensure that Styles didn’t even make it past IMPACT Wrestling, one man that took exception to it was Magnus. He had some choice words for Carter and Ray, before challenging Ray to a match. After having some choice words back, Ray got punched by Magnus, prompting him to accept the non-title challenge.
Ray got a good fight from Magnus, but it all really boiled down to the utilization of some underhanded tactics to get the job done. Ray managed to kick out of a pin attempt from Magnus, who had just hit a flying elbow drop. When Magnus charged at him in the corner, Ray moved and the referee felt the brunt of it. Ray then nailed Magnus on the back before grabbing the chain and wrapping it around his hand.
As he did that, Sting ran down the ramp and grabbed his arm. As that happened, the referee came to and told Sting to beat it. While getting Sting out of the picture, Ray’s hand got let go of and he low blowed Magnus behind the referee’s back. Ray covered up and got the three count.
That created plenty more tension between Sting and Magnus, but Ray was thrilled with the win. And he carried his enthusiasm over to a contract signing at the end of the show. He relayed a story about Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes regarding hard times, which he promised to put Styles through. He then wanted to cash in on that bounty and not even have to defend his title at Bound For Glory by attacking Styles right there and then. He didn’t get the intended result, but the stage was certainly set for their fight just a few days later.
Ray knows he is facing somebody with something to prove and in desperate need of the win. And he is more than willing to go to any lengths to win this match, or any match as witnessed by his victory over Magnus.