Posted May 10th, 2014 by 1Wrestling News Team

TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 5.8.14
By Neil Borenstein

Each week here at, 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 May 8, 2014

3. Knux—for having a successful debut as leader of The Menagerie by beating Kazarian:

Knux has been readying to bring The Menagerie to TNA for some time now, and the carnival group made its first appearance on this week’s IMPACT Wrestling. With Rebel at his side, Knux first introduced Crazy Steve and The Freak before coming down to the ring with them — and a few strange folks on stilts — to take on Kazarian in singles action.

Kazarian was not an easy first opponent for Knux, but he was a bit over his head dealing with the new group at ringside. He even got distracted by Crazy Steve and The Freak on the floor at one point, allowing Knux to toss him back into the ring. Knux then dropped Kaz with a closeline and boot to the face, following up with a back body drop after sending Kazarian to the ropes. Knux caught a boot when he charged at Kaz in the corner, but he quickly regained control with a cross body block. He rolled around and waited for Kazarian to get up, lifting him up for a back suplex try that Kaz flipped out of. When Kazarian came off the ropes, though, Knux lifted him up for a sitout spinebuster, which Knux turned into a pin attempt that went for the three count.

There is still a lot to learn about The Menagerie, such as what their agenda is in TNA other than helping rake in the dough that Knux can send back home. This was certainly a good introduction, though.

2. The Beautiful People — for beating Madison Rayne and Brittany in an Evening Gown Elimination Match:

Angelina Love and Velvet Sky thought they pulled a fast one on the fans last week when they teased disobeying a board of directors directive to keep it classy. They started to strip down from their evening gowns in the ring, but it was all a hoax. They wrote the letter and just wanted to rub in the fans’ faces that they could never get girls like them — and that Love was the best female wrestler. Gail Kim disagreed, attacked them and watched while holding the Knockouts Championship as Madison Rayne and Brittany came at The Beautiful People from behind to pull off their evening gowns as originally promised.

That led to a match being scheduled for this week’s show, in which Rayne and Brittany teamed up to face Love and Sky in an Evening Gown Elimination Tag Team Match. The only way to eliminate an opponent from this match was to remove her evening gown.

Brittany was the first one stripped of her evening gown, and that left Rayne in a handicap situation. She evened the numbers by spearing Sky with Love on the outside and ripping off her evening gown. That left just Rayne and Love to do battle, and it seemed that Rayne would be able to put things away after dropping Love with a spear. But Sky returned to the ringside area wrapped in a towel, which she opened up to distract the referee. Behind the ref’s back, Love sprayed Rayne in the face with hair spray and proceeded to remove her evening gown, garnering The Beautiful People the win.

It was a backhanded way of getting the victory, but Love and Sky pulled out all the stops and were rewarded for it. As conniving as their enemies may think they are, The Beautiful People always seem to have something up their sleeves.

1. The Wolves — for retaining the TNA World Tag Team Championships in a Ladder Match against The BroMans:

There were definitely some obstacles in the way of The Wolves winning the TNA World Tag Team Championships, but they have had The BroMans’ number since defeating them at Sacrifice. After securing the titles in that 3-on-2 handicap match, The Wolves were able to team up with X-Division Champion Sanada last week to take out Robbie E., Jessie Godderz and Zema Ion in six-man tag team action.

This week, The Wolves dealt with The BroMans — just Robbie E. and Godderz this time — in a Ladder Match. Just because Ion wasn’t included in the match, though, that didn’t mean he was just going to stay away from the action.

Godderz was taken out when he got locked up in a suplex with Eddie Edwards and the two went from the ring all the way to the outside. Then Davey Richards kicked Robbie E. onto a ladder set up between the steel steps and ring apron, enabling him to head up top for a devastating double foot stop to Robbie E.

Richards and Edwards moved back into the ring and each climbed one of two ladders toward the titles. That’s when Ion shot into the ring and climbed the ladders to try and stop The Wolves. They simply grabbed him, delivered headbutts and tossed him all the way to the floor onto Robbie E. and Godderz. Then Richards and Edwards continued to climb the ladders, and they each grabbed a belt to remain the World Tag Team Champions.

The BroMans have been better competition than The Wolves were likely expecting, but they still seem to have a firm grasp on this rivalry. Robbie E. and Godderz may get another opportunity to get the titles back, but Richards and Edwards have their number at this point.

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