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Impact: Young earns a fair fight at Slammiversary
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Slammiversary brings the biggest night in TNA history. For TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young, the stakes couldn't be any higher. Tonight on TNA Impact, Young tries to earn a fair shot to defend his belt against the powerful TNA Director of Wrestling Operations MVP. What will MVP and his crew have in store for Young? Plus, all the lead-up to Sunday night! All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!

Video package recaps the hostile takeover of TNA by TNA Director of Wrestling Operations MVP.

We are on tape from Orlando, Fla. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young.makes his way to the ring. Young is ready for the biggest match of his life in three days and he invites MVP and the rest of his crew out because he has something to say to them.

MVP, Kenny King, and Bobby Lashley stand at the top of the ramp. MVP says TNA President Dixie Carter is no friend of his, so EY has his undivided attention. EY wants it to be the two of them at Slammiversary. MVP asks if EY is suggesting that he can't beat him one-on-one. MVP plans to beat EY and send him back to fishing. Young doesn't want to banter about his TV show and asks for a fair fight. MVP tells him there are no guarantees in life. Young doesn't care if someone bigger and badder wants the belt, but he wants to lose it wrestling fairly. MVP allows EY to pick the stipulation if he beats King, Lashley, and himself. King steps up and makes it two, much to the chagrin of MVP. EY takes the challenge and Bobby Lashley is introduced as EY's first opponent.

(Commercials)

Match One: Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley on the apron and Eric Young slides under him to sweep him face-first into the ring apron. Young landing punches outside. Back inside, Lashley strikes Young down and works him in the corner. Shoulder rams connect and Young backdropped in the middle of the ring. Elbow drop misses for Lashley and Young fighting back with punches. Young floats over in the corner and lands a running forearm for a nearfall.

Young bouncing the head of Lashley from corner-to-corner. Young sent into the corner and he flips to the apron. Shoulder ram connects and Young gets caught trying to slide under. Lashley chokes him and throws him outside.

Outside, Lashley drives Young into the ring apron and bounces him off the steel steps. Young sent into the steel steps on his injured back. Scoop slam drops Young on the floor. Back inside, Lashley with a nearfall.

Torture rack in for Lashley. Young wiggles free and runs into a running clothesline from Lashley that gets a quick nearfall. Backbreaker across the shoulder from Lashley leads Young to get a crucifix nearfall. Jackknife nearfall from Young leads to a dropkick. Boot up in the corner knocks Lashley down. Young up top and he gets caught for the Dominator.

Winner by pinfall: Bobby Lashley

Post-match, Lashley goes for the title belt and sizes Young up. Samoa Joe comes out and makes the save.

Willow backstage. Willow says he isn't broken. The war with Bram and Magnus isn't going to be won with him alone and there is a key behind the mask that will be brought to the table tonight.

(Commercials)

Eric Young talking with a trainer backstage. Young believes his back popped and the trainer recommends that EY not compete in the rest of his matches tonight.

Samoa Joe said that earlier was indicative of the troubles MVP has brought to TNA. Joe is thinking about Lashley and knows he is a physical specimen, but he doesn't care because he is his next victim and MVP will soon follow.

Bram and Magnus head to the ring. Bram introduces Magnus. Magnus says Bram brought back the old him. Magnus tried to be everything the fans and the company wanted him to be. Looking back at the last six months makes Magnus sick. Magnus is going to be himself and with Bram by his side, the two make an unstoppable team. Bram challenges Jeff Hardy for needing an alter ego to step up his game.

Willow makes his way down the ramp. Willow is giving Bram and Magnus a chance to run. Willow declares that he comes from Jeff Hardy's imagination and he is willing to go places Hardy isn't. Willow believes the two brought out the best in him. Magnus asks if Hardy and Willow will be teaming up and Bram chimes in. Willow promises to have someone in his corner to instill fear.

Abyss comes out and Willow leads the charge. Willow brawling with Magnus as Abyss and Bram fight outside. Shots are exchanged equally, but Willow and Abyss are left standing in the middle of the ring as Magnus and Bram walk up the ramp.

Video from last week shows the beatings Ethan Carter III received. EC3 says that under the bandages is where he was made bleed. Carters never bleed and EC3 promises to make everyone pay tonight.

(Commercials)

Match Two: Robbie E (w/DJ Z and Jessie Godderz) vs. Knux (w/The Menagerie)

Knux hits a hip toss and knocking Robbie E down. Leg drop lands for Knux. Rebel teasing Jessie Godderz and The Freak soon comes to walk him down. Back inside, Robbie E working Knux in the corner.

Crazzy Steve on the apron and Knux uses it to land a boot and a flying crossbody. Knux dropped on the second rope with a drop toehold and Robbie E with a running knee. Up top, Robbie E with a flying clothesline. DJ Z and Crazzy Steve get in a horn-off. Knux with a back bodydrop and a splash in the corner. The Freak takes out Godderz and DJ Z outside. Sitout spinebuster lands.

Winner by pinfall: Knux

Post-match, Robbie E gets balloons stuffed in his pants from Crazzy Steve and Robbie E freaks out all the way backstage.

Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud preparing to expose Bully Ray tonight. Spud is asked about if he got the guest and he promises he did. Spud sees the guest coming now and Brooke makes her way down the hall.

(Commercials)

Video package recaps the declaration of war from The Carters on MVP. Dixie Carter is meeting in Dallas with the TNA Board of Directors about the actions of MVP.

Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud make their way to the ring. EC3 asks for applause for Spud for setting this up. EC3 came here to expose the truth and invites his guest down to the ring.

Brooke makes her way to the ring. EC3 says this is a trusting area and begins questioning Brooke. EC3 asks about the relationship between Brooke and Bully Ray. Brooke replies negatively to whether Bully threatened to put her through a table or had any problems. Rockstar Spud cuts in and asks for a spotlight. Spud badgers Brooke for a hidden secret before pulling out a paternity test. Spud puts up pictures of Bully Ray and a baby and Brooke walks him down. EC3 threatens to do what Bully didn't and teach her respect.

Bully Ray makes his way to the ring. Bully asks EC3 how is head is from him busting him open last week. Bully still wants to make good on his promise to put EC3 through a table. Bully compliments Brooke on being a good girlfriend and apologizes for things not working out before hugging it out.

EC3 is disgusted by the talk between the two and tells Bully that their issues need to come to a head. The crowd chants for tables and EC3 challenges Bully to a tables match at Slammiversary. EC3 would only let Bully put Dixie Carter through a table over his dead body. Bully ups the ante and calls for a Texas Deathmatch. EC3 accepts.

MVP and Bobby Lashley preparing Kenny King.

(Commercials)

Match Three: Eric Young vs. Kenny King

Lockup sees Eric Young lock in the hammerlock. Kenny King with a Japanese arm drag to break the submission. Reset sees Young work the arm wrench. King spins into a submission of his own and Young with a fireman's carry to break. King works Young into the corner and Young comes back with right hands. Scoop slam lands, but Young goes down. King takes it to the apron and goes for a suplex. Young blocks and King with an enzuigiri.

Back inside, King locking in a backbreaker. Young with body blows to get out, but he runs into a knee lift to the midsection that gets King a nearfall. Young up top and King shoved down. Crossbody lands for Young. Right hands from Young landing and a flying forearm connects. Clotheslines into a scoop slam sees Young head up top. King meets him with a forearm and a kick. Royal Flush lands and King with some showmanship. Springboard senton misses and Young with a piledriver.

Winner by pinfall: Eric Young

Madison Rayne backstage. Rayne isn't focused on her problems with Brittany and only is focused on winning tonight to get a TNA Knockouts Championship shot at Slammiversary.

(Commercials)

Eric Young again checking in with the trainer, who recommends to sit out tonight. Jeremy Borash asks Young his thoughts going in. Young says he is going to prove that MVP wasn't man enough to beat him tonight.

Number One Contender Match Four: Brittany vs. Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne

Madison Rayne talking to Brittany and Gail Kim with a rollup that is broken up by Brittany. Rayne going after Gail Kim and Brittany coming in with the same moves. Rayne telling Brittany to not work together with her and Gail Kim dropkicks them both to the outside. Slide kick lands outside on both as well.

The Beautiful People make their way out to the ring as we break.

(Commercials)

The Beautiful People join commentary as Gail Kim lands clotheslines on Rayne. Brittany taken outside by Gail Kim. Rayne with a headscissors takeover on Gail Kim and gets a rollup for a nearfall.

Rayne sent to the corner and she gets her boot up. Sunset flip countered by a forearm from Gail Kim that gets a nearfall. Drop toehold from Gail Kim lets her lock in a triangle choke. Rayne comes in and locks in a legscissors choke. Gail Kim rolls up Rayne and gets a nearfall.

Snapmare from Rayne leads to a kick to the back and a kick to the head. Brittany lands some shots and Rayne takes Gail Kim up top. Rayne and Brittany hit a double-superplex. All three women down and Brittany covers Gail Kim for a nearfall. Rayne pulls her off and tells Brittany to leave the match. Rayne with a forearm and Brittany pulls the ropes down.

Back inside, The Beautiful People get involved as Gail Kim locks the figure-four around the ring post on Brittany. TNA Knockouts Champion Angelina Love distracts the referee as Velvet Sky tries to spray Gail Kim, who ducks and Brittany gets blinded. Eat Defeat lands for Gail Kim.

Winner by pinfall: Gail Kim

MVP talking with referee Brian Hebner. MVP says all he has asked Hebner to do is call his match with EY right down the middle.

(Commercials)

Slammiversary card preview.

(Commercials)

Match Five: Eric Young vs. MVP

We join the match in progress with MVP beating down the worn Eric Young. MVP with some offense that gets a pair of nearfalls before converting a backdrop suplex that nearly wins him the match. MVP crossfacing Young with forearms and a powerbomb connects for another nearfall.

Running powerbomb into the corner lands for MVP. Yakuza Kick connects and Young still kicks out of the pin attempt. Young refusing to stay down on the nearfalls for MVP.

MVP moves outside and brings a chair into the ring. MVP warning Young as he takes a seat to stay down. Young slowly climbs to his feet and gets there, only to be hit in the head with the chair.

Winner by disqualification: Eric Young

MVP takes a microphone post-match. MVP tells EY that he doesn't look like a winner tonight and he doesn't care what stipulation Young picks for Slammiversary. MVP knows and he thinks Young knows that he won't be winning at Slammiversary, so he tells EY to enjoy the belt while he has it.

Young gets the microphone and he thinks he won because he knew MVP wouldn't fight fair. Young declares the stipulation a steel cage match. The show closes with Young reminding MVP that he is just crazy enough as MVP feigns confidence.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments. Click here to follow Nolan on Twitter.