TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 4.3.14
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 April 3, 2014
3. The Beautiful People — for scoring a victory in their first tag match back together against Madison Rayne and Brittany:
The Beautiful People made it perfectly clear over the last two weeks who was in and who was out. Angelina Love was successful in both recruiting Velvet Sky into reforming their dominant female tag team, and then combining with Sky to make it clear to Madison Rayne that she was not invited to the party.
The Beautiful People had their first match back together as a team this week on IMPACT Wrestling, going up against Rayne, the TNA Knockouts Champion, and Brittany, who upset Gail Kim in her TNA debut a few weeks ago and pleaded with Rayne to give her a shot as a tag team partner. While Rayne would have loved nothing more than to put either of her former friends down for the count, it was her partner that was on the mat for a Beautiful People victory.
When Rayne and Love were simultaneously tagged into the match, Rayne took the upperhand by ducking a closeline and coming right back with a few of her own. A kick was caught by Love, but Rayne drilled her in the head with an enziguri and then another kick to the face that got her a two count when Sky broke the cover.
Rayne backed up into her corner, where Brittany tagged herself back into the match. She delivered a dropkick to Love, but was then attacked from behind by Sky. Rayne was then kicked down by Sky, who got Love back up so they could double team Brittany with the Makeover. Love covered up and got the three count.
Rayne wasn’t exactly thrilled that Brittany tagged herself back into the match in the first place, and that result was probably why. Regardless, The Beautiful People got the win and are going to be a major obstacle for Rayne and any of the other Knockouts going forward.
2. Sanada — for taking the first match in a best-of-three series for the X-Division Championship against Tigre Uno:
Two of the newest members in the X-Division ranks have made a big impact in TNA. Sanada is the X-Division Champion, and Tigre Uno has added some excitement as another great high-flier. Aside from their singles prowess, the two have teamed up recently and even defeated the TNA World Tag Team Champions, The BroMans, in non-title action.
On this week’s IMPACT Wrestling, the two were slated to face off against each other in the first bout in a best-of-three series for the X-Division Championship. The match was delayed while Kenny King aired his grievances over not having a match and even goaded MVP into taking him on in an exhibition that King got the last laugh in. But once those shenanigans were done, Sanada and Tigre Uno were able to go at it in a good first match in their series.
Sanada was able to take the 1-0 lead in this series after a number of countering situations led to him picking up an impressive pinfall. Sanada countered a springboard maneuver from Tigre Uno with a dropkick before heading up top. Tigre Uno shot up to shove him and eventually send him tumbling down to the mat. Tigre Uno then attempted a split-legged moonsault, but Sanada got the knees up and followed with a tiger suplex to pin Tigre Uno for the three count.
With the 1-0 lead, Sanada needs just one more to close out the series, and he has the momentum on his side for whenever match No. 2 takes place.
1. Magnus — for doing it again, as he utilized the work of Abyss to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a four-way main event:
Every time the deck seems too stacked for Magnus to continue holding onto the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, he always has some unethical trick up his sleeve to remain the top dog in TNA. One would think it would have caught up to him by now that his title victory and every defense of the belt since then have been marred by some sort of outside help. However, he still holds the championship, and such would remain the case on this week’s IMPACT Wrestling.
Magnus defended the title in four-way action in the main event. In the three opposite corners were the man in charge of watching his back, Abyss; the person intent on fixing what he screwed up by unleashing the monster, Eric Young; and the top contender screwed in his original title match at Lockdown, Samoa Joe.
Magnus’ big concern was obviously putting the title on the line against three opponents. However, he was also worried about the possibility of Abyss actually trying to fight for the belt, and therefore not doing what Magnus was paying him to do. Magnus tried to keep Abyss on track and even professed his love for the monster. The champion also tried to sway Ethan Carter III to watch his back on the chance that Abyss did go into business for himself, though ECIII didn’t seem too into that idea.
As desperate a move as Magnus may have made by telling Abyss that he loved him, it actually did work. When Abyss put Young down on the mat with a Black Hole Slam, Magnus talked him out of covering up. Magnus then built on that move with an elbow drop off the top, which led to a pinfall.
Magnus made sure to make Abyss feel as if he did the right thing, though Abyss clearly looked confused and Magnus might still want to watch his back. There may very well be a point that Abyss doesn’t fall for it anymore, and that could be the day Magnus loses his title. For now, though, Magnus seems unbeatable with the way he has managed to continually find ways to walk away with the championship when he reasonably should not have.