TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 4.10.14
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.
TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week for April 10, 2014
3. Mr. Anderson and Christy Hemme — for coming very close to getting Samuel Shaw sent to the “funny farm”:
Samuel Shaw has been a nuisance to both Christy Hemme and Mr. Anderson for some time now, and they have pretty much had enough of his shenanigans. They developed an idea that almost worked to get Shaw out of their lives this week on IMPACT Wrestling.
Hemme, who has been the object of Shaw’s affection, wanted to talk to Shaw about commitment. She called him out to the ring and essentially served as a distraction while Anderson pulled up in the back in a psychiatric services van. Hemme had Shaw close his eyes and keep them shut until Anderson made his way into the ring behind him. When Shaw was told to open, Anderson was right there in front of him. He dropped Shaw with a Mic Check and then sat down in the ring holding Shaw. He asked Shaw if he wanted to go to the “funny farm,” which caught on with the crowd, and Anderson dragged him all the way into the back to toss him into the van.
Shaw did manage to break out and escape, which means Anderson and Hemme are not out of the woods with him yet. But they certainly got the upperhand on him this time and have to be getting into his head more than he’s getting into theirs at this point.
2. Angelina Love — for securing a Knockouts Championship Match against Madison Rayne by becoming the new No. 1 Contender via a four-way victory:
Now that The Beautiful People have reunited, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky are sure to wreak havoc across the Knockouts Division. They have already made things difficult for Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne. And after the events that took place on IMPACT Wrestling, Rayne is facing even more issues with her former friends.
With a shot at the Knockouts Title at Sacrifice on the line, Gail Kim, Brittany, ODB and Love (accompanied by Sky) competed in a four-way matchup. All of the Knockouts fought in the ring at the same time, so there was a good amount of action taking place.
After Brittany hit a nice back handspring moonsault on ODB, Love hit her with a flatliner before she could go for the cover. She wasted some time flaunting, which enabled Kim to come at her with some kicks and a running closeline. Kim followed with a back breaker and then went for an Eat Defeat, but Love countered and ran toward the ropes for some help from Sky. Kim followed her and got a rollup, but Love kicked out at two and sent Kim toward the ropes near Sky, who blasted her in the face with some spray. Love took advantage with the Botox Injection kick, and she covered up to get the pinfall and become the No. 1 Contender.
Love now heads into Sacrifice seeking her sixth Knockouts Championship when she battles Rayne in a match that will also serve to settle some scores between them.
1. Eric Young — for becoming the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion with a win over Magnus after earning the shot in a show-opening gauntlet match:
Eric Young may not have intentionally intended to put himself in the middle of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship picture, but his issues with Abyss have landed him in that very spot. He failed to come out with the title last week, when Mangus once again utilized the work of others — Abyss in this case — to retain his championship in a four-way matchup. But along with nine other TNA superstars, Young would have an opportunity on this week’s IMPACT Wrestling to earn a one-on-one opportunity against Magnus.
The show started with a 10-man gauntlet bout that would name a new No. 1 Contender, who would receive his title shot at Sacrifice. There was a pretty solid field of talent in the gauntlet match, so the victor would have to earn it.
The final two ended up being Abyss and Young. Magnus provided guest commentary during the contest, and he was clearly rooting for his monster to win, as it would provide him an easier title defense at Sacrifice. It wasn’t going to be that easy for the champion, however. Young went at Abyss with a closeline against the ropes, sending both men over the top rope. Young was able to avoid hitting the floor, though, while Abyss’ feet touched down to make Young the winner.
That win was big, but Young has waited 10 years for this opportunity and didn’t want to wait any longer to get his championship match. He called out MVP to request that hit title shot be bumped up from Sacrifice to later on in the IMPACT Wrestling broadcast. MVP granted that request, and he also warned Magnus that he would surrender the belt if he was counted out or disqualified. Furthermore, Abyss nor anybody else on the roster would be allowed to interfere on his behalf.
This would truly be the first time Magnus had to go it alone when defending the championship, and it did not work out in his favor. Magnus tried to steal a win when he brought the belt into the ring and delivered a low blow to Young when the referee took the strap away. Magnus went for the cover, but Young kicked out at two and then countered a closeline off the ropes from Magnus into a crucifix pin that got him a two count. Off an Irish whip reversal, Young stopped short of a bent-over Magnus and delivered a piledriver in the center of the ring. Young covered up and got the three, becoming the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Young was pretty stunned with the victory — as were most of the people in the building — but it’s a well-deserved honor after all he’s done for TNA over the years. Now the target is on his back, and it’s a sure bet that Magnus will be the first one to go after it.