TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 2.6.14
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 February 6, 2014
3. Abyss — for beating Eric Young in a Monster’s Ball Match, albeit while losing his mask and having to realize he is actually Joseph Park:
Deemed the “mad scientist,” Eric Young has made it a priority to expose to Joseph Park that he is, in fact, Abyss. Young has made great strides in that department, and has seemingly convinced everybody expect for Park himself. When he challenged Abyss to a Monster’s Ball Match for this week’s IMPACT Wrestling, Young was looking to get closer to that very revelation.
That bout opened the broadcast, with the two brawling in the back and making their way to the arena. Things got pretty physical, and plenty of foreign objects were introduced. Eventually, thumb tacks were brought into by Abyss, who took the worst of their presence courtesy of a sunset flip power bomb by Young out of the corner.
But the worst damage could have very well come when Abyss pulled Janice out of from underneath the ring and was well within range to drill Young with the nail-adorned board. Before Abyss could take a swing, though, Young reached up for his mask and pulled it off, revealing Park’s face to the world. Angered, Abyss dropped Janice and pulled Young in for a Black Hole Slam, which resulted in a pinfall.
After the match, Abyss seemed confused, picking his mask up off the mat, as well as a broken piece of a mirror that he used to look at his face.
This whole scenario hasn’t reached its final conclusion, as it’s tough to tell exactly how Abyss/Park will handle this new revelation. And even Young seemed unsure of what was next when he was interviewed backstage.
2. Austin Aries — for thwarting an attack by Zema Ion to cash in his X-Division Title Match briefcase by coming back from an attack to get the win:
Without Velvet Sky’s reluctant interference on behalf of her boyfriend, Chris Sabin, Austin Aries was able to reclaim the X-Division Championship. While Sabin and Sky handle their crumbling relationship, Aries moves forward as a four-time X-Division titleholder.
He came out on this week’s IMPACT Wrestling broadcast, and he reminded folks that he was the inventor of “Option C,” which enabled him to cash in the X-Division Championship in exchange for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He made good on that opportunity when it came his way a few years ago, and he made it clear that he had every intention to going that route again.
Zema Ion has other plans in mind, however. The music for The BroMans hit the arena, and Robbie E. and Jesse Godderz stood on the stage to serve a distraction while Ion ran into the ring and drilled Aries in the head with the Feast or Fired briefcase that included a shot at the X-Division Championship. Ion called for a referee to come down to the ring, but he was unable to pick up a pinfall on repeated attempts.
Aries was at the mercy of Ion for some more punishment, but he eventually snagged some breathing room when he was able to roll out of the way of a corkscrew. Aries shot up with a discus forearm before hitting a knee breaker into a backdrop throw. With Ion reeling in the corner, Aries ran in for the corner dropkick. He then pulled Ion in for the brainbuster, which kept Ion down for the three count and the X-Division Championship around Aries’ waist.
Ion tried his darndest to get at Aries with a sneak attack, and it almost worked. But Aries kept himself in the impromptu match and took the victory in impressive fashion. Now, while he has his sights set on trading that X-Division Title in for another World Heavyweight Championship Match, he no longer has to worry about Ion cashing in that briefcase.
1. Samoa Joe — for holding onto his No. 1 Contender status to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship with a submission victory over Bobby Roode:
Samoa Joe was a big winner on last week’s IMPACT Wrestling. By submitting Magnus in a tag team main event alongside Kurt Angle, Joe not only kept his and Angle’s jobs with TNA safe, but he earned No. 1 Contender status for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After AJ Styles and Sting were run out of TNA due to the shenanigans of Dixie Carter and her minions, Joe really stuck it to that contingent when he choked out Magnus.
For as great of a victory as that was, Joe had to fight to keep his spot as the No. 1 Contender. Running out of patience to get rewarded for the favors he has done for Carter, Roode presented her with a contract to face Magnus for the World Heavyweight Title. Carter told him she couldn’t just sign that, and offered up to Roode that he could face Joe later in the show and would be deemed No. 1 Contender for a match at Lockdown if he beat the Samoan Submission Machine. Roode wasn’t happy about it, but he went through with it regardless.
That didn’t quite work in Roode’s favor. Aside from Joe just being naturally angry, he went into the match extra upset because of the attack that Kurt Angle suffered at the hands of Ethan Carter III during his match with Magnus. He took that frustration into his bout with Roode, and he held onto his title shot.
Joe had intentions of putting the match away with a Muscle Buster late in the contest, but Roode managed to squirm out of it and deliver an enziguri kick that was followed by a closeline to the back of Joe’s head. Roode got a two count from that. Roode tried to go for a Roode Bomb, but Joe got out of it and locked on a Kokina Clutch. Roode managed to separate the hands and break free from the submission, but Joe caught him charging in at him in the corner with an STO.
Joe then put Roode on the top turnbuckle for a Muscle Buster, which was completed this time, and Joe immediately pounced afterward with the rear naked choke to force Roode to tap out.
Joe is certainly on a roll right now and continues to gain momentum, as he looks forward to his World Heavyweight Title showdown with Magnus. And with new investor MVP standing in the way of Carter abusing her power going forward, it might be tough for anybody to stand in Joe’s way of getting to that heavyweight title once he finally does go face-to-face with Magnus.