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THE TNA “DESTINATION X” WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK ARE …

Posted August 1st, 2014 by 1Wrestling News Team

TNA IMPACT Wrestling “Destination X” Wrestlers of the Week 7.31.14
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 “Destination X” Wrestlers of the Week for July 31, 2014

3. Low Ki, Sanada and Samoa Joe — for each taking one of the three slots available in next week’s three-way match for the X-Division Championship:

When Austin Aries opted to utilize “Option C” and hand over his X-Division Championship for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Title, it left the X-Division belt vacant. Needing a new champion, TNA decreased the field of contenders to just three this week at Destination X by way of three-way matchups.

Low Ki was the first to advance to next week’s three-way bout that will determine the next X-Division titleholder. Going up against DJ Z and Manik, Low Ki wound up in a one-on-one situation with Manik after sending DJ Z all the way to the floor from the top rope. In the ring, Low Ki fought his way out of a double underhook from Manik and rolled through, managing to get up with a double foot stomp. He then grabbed Manik and planted him to the mat with a Ki Krusher, holding on for the three count.

In the second three-way match of the night, Sanada made his new mentor, James Storm, proud by winning his way toward a chance at reclaiming the X-Division Championship. Brian Cage and Crazzy Steve stood in his way, but he was able to deliver the tiger suplex to Steve after Cage missed a springboard moonsault to advance on a pinfall.

Finally, Samoa Joe added his name to the mix. Kurt Angle had a discussion with Joe in the back before the third three-way match, and he planned on bringing the no limits back to the X-Division. Joe had to face Tigre Uno and Homicide to earn the final slot in next week’s championship match, and he did so by avoiding a top-rope crossbody from Tigre Uno before hitting Homicide with the Muscle Buster to get the pinfall.

So, it will be Low Ki vs. Sanada vs. Joe in what should be a very entertaining three-way matchup for the X-Division Championship next week.

2. The Wolves — for retaining the TNA World Tag Team Championships with a win over the reuniting Hardys:

Failing to defeat Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Jeff Hardy remained sans the Willow persona when he appeared last week on IMPACT Wrestling. He wasn’t alone, though. He brought his brother, Matt Hardy, with him, and they wanted one more shot at holding tag team championship gold.

Wanting to go against one of the best tag teams of today, they threw out a challenge to the TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Wolves, for a title match this week at Destination X. It was accepted and even opened up the in-ring portion of the broadcast.

Matt Hardy was stunned when he wasn’t able to put Davey Richards away with a Twist of Fate late in the match. But a second attempt at the move was countered into a backslide that only went for a two count Richards’ way. Hardy quickly put Richards down with a closeline after kicking out, and he proceeded to pound away with some right hands. Hardy seated Richards on the top turnbuckle and then met him up there, hooking on for what appeared to be the start of a superplex. He wasted too much time, though, and Eddie Edwards moved back onto the apron to deliver a kick to Hardy.

Edward flipped over from the second rope for a powerbomb try, but Hardy held on to the top rope until Richards forced separation with a series of headbutts. Edwards moved Hardy out of the corner in that powerbomb position while Richards flew off the top with a backstabber. Edwards cut Jeff Hardy off as Richards pinned Matt Hardy to collect the three count and retain the tag team titles.

This was a match between one of the best tag teams in professional wrestling history and one of the top in the business today, and it did not disappoint. The Hardys failed to add another set of tag titles to their résumé, but The Wolves proved a lot for themselves in getting the win.

1. Lashley — for crushing Austin Aries’ hopes of cashing in on “Option C” by defeating the former X-Division titleholder for the World Heavyweight Championship:

Austin Aries is the creator of “Option C,” and he made the most of it when he first cashed in an X-Division Title for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He beat Bobby Roode, who would admit this week that Aries’ victory was not a fluke, and set the stage for an annual tradition at Destination X that would give competitors who otherwise would not be given a chance at the big strap the opportunity to fight for it.

Two years after his initial success with “Option C,” Aries went that route again and traded in the X-Division Title for a World Heavyweight Title shot against Lashley this week at Destination X. This was going to be a tall task, even for the confident Aries, as Lashley has simply dominated since defeating Eric Young for the belt.

Aries would have to use his speed and savvy if he had any hope of getting through Lashley, and he certainly made the most of those tools to put up a hell of a fight. But Lashley would prove to be too much for Aries to handle.

After breaking out of a Last Chancery and tossing Aries away with a front suplex, Lashley tried to hit a spear. Aries moved out of the way, though, and he sent Lashley shoulder-first into the steel ring post. Aries moved to the apron and hit Lashley with a dropkick, following up with a discus forearm inside of the ring that sent Lashley reeling into the corner.

Aries moved in for another discus forearm before charging in with the running dropkick. Aries pulled Lashley in for the brainbuster and connected, but it only got the champion down for a two count. Aries elected to go up top, but Lashley was able to roll out of the ring before he could leap off. Aries moved down from the turnbuckles, but he hit the ropes and dove outside with a suicide dive, only the meet the guardrail when Lashley moved out of the way.

That was pretty much it for Aries, who was sent back into the ring by Lashley. Lashley then waited for his opponent to get up before running at him with a big spear. It turned Aries inside-out, left him pinned to the mat for the three and kept the World Heavyweight Championship around Lashley’s waist.

Another challenger, another victim for Lashley. He has proven that even without MVP’s assistance, he may very well be unstoppable as World Heavyweight Champion.

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