Since our last TNA Impact post, the main plotline has been a mix between a who-done-it mystery and of a homage to the classic 2001 InVasion saga.
Director of Authority Bully Ray was mysteriously knocked out backstage, writing him off as a character. Soon after Drew Galloway was also knocked out. The suspects were many. DOA Ray had been leaving Roode feeling disrespected. Similarly, Ray had booked Aries in a loser leaves town match, which might have left Austin hungering for vengeance. Ray had promised Earl Hebner that his son would one day become the head referee, which presumably irked the other referee, Stiffler. Jeff seemed to benefit from both attacks, but seemed to be in hero mode.
With Ray out of commission, Jeff Jarrett became the temporary Director, and booked a series of GFW versus TNA matches. TNA won virtually all of them. Under the Bret Hart precedent, Double J could not be both an authority figure and a champion at the same time. As such, he vacated his Global Championship. It was then won by GFW's PJ Black.
Eventually, Drew Galloway revealed that he was secretly a detective. Using his criminology degree, he obtained security footage of the secret attackers using a rental car. He then obtained rental records that showed that a Jarrett was in possession of the car. This revelation kept Jeff from becoming the permanent Director of TNA, and brought the InVasion into its second phase: evil gangwars. Although Karen was the one who set up the attacks, Jeff decided to stay on the side of his wife and new company, and turned heel.
Aside from the GFW wrestlers losing too many matches early on, TNA has been presenting them well. A few of them apparently worked for WWE in the past, but they didn't draw attention to that. As such, they came across like a rad crew of indy guys.
This week we got a look at the status quo henceforth.
1. Chris “The Adonis” Mordetzky (GFW) lost to Bobby Lashley (TNA) via DQ when Bryan Myers (GFW) attacked Lashley
The rest of GFW then attacked Lashley. The tag champs (The Wolves) ran in for an attempted save, but got beaten down. Continuity then struck.
This year’s Feast or Fired Winners were Aries (Heavyweight), Rockstar Spud (X), Magnus (Tag), and Robbie E./Velvet Sky (Fired). Of those, Brutus Magnus failed to ever cash his in. Magnus’s partner Bram turned on him out of jealousy due to Magnus winning it instead of Bram. (Bram is looney.) Magnus never found another partner, instead spent the year distracted with feuds against Bram and then James Storm.
When Magnus’s contract expired, I assumed that TNA had forgotten about the 3rd briefcase. Thankfully, the gods of continuity have smiled upon the tag briefcase once again. It was revealed that Magnus had jumped to GFW and gifted them the tag titleshot briefcase.
This revelation works on multiple levels. First, although Magnus was closely aligned with Dixie at one point, the two parted ways as soon as Dixie lost power to MVP. Magnus had been irked that the Carters lost interest in helping him retain the TNA Heavyweight title. Magnus never really blossomed into a true babyface what with the spectre of his heel title run never being resolved. Thus, it makes sense that he continued his feelings of animosity towards the Carters until present day.
Secondly, Storm had been trying to turn Magnus’s family to the darkside. Magnus’s letting his briefcase be used for a post-beatdown cash in is a sign that Storm succeeded. Indeed, this year’s cash-in felt much the same as Storm/Abyss’s cash-in: against the Wolves, after a gang beatdown, with a forgotten briefcase. Once again the cash-in was successful.
Earl Hebner refused to referee the cash-in match, so GFW knocked him out and dragged out Stiffler to referee. Stiffler “reluctantly” went along with it. As I mentioned above, GFW taking out Ray was good for Stiffler’s long-term career plans, so I’m assuming he was secretly happy about helping them out.
Bobby Roode had won a match last week earning a shot at the Legends/Global/Television/King of the Mountain title. This week’s match wasn’t KotM style, and Black’s not a legend, so I’m calling it the Global title this week.
Questionable having this title change right when GFW briefly started to look like a threat. I suppose it was necessary if they want to truly honor the WWF v. Alliance saga: the inVaders can’t look credible for too long.
Dixie Carter then challenged Jeff Jarrett to a match where both sides put up their ownership stake in TNA. I assumed JJ had sold his shares to MVP last year? Maybe MVP was using Mick Foley’s unresolved ownership shares due to their shared WWE connection? I guess technically MVP was working for some unrevealed investor syndicate, so the investors could have been either Foley, JJ, or both. If it was JJ that would explain why MVP has been disappeared: the Jarretts didn’t want MVP in a position to reveal their evil plans.
Anyway, Team TNA will be Drew “the Detective” Galloway, Bobby Lashley, and the Wolves. Lashley and the Wolves were brought into TNA as MVP’s allies. Drew has spent the year feuding with MVP.
Speaking of MVP, in the next segment we get the first appearance of a Beat Down Clan member in ages.
Kenny King came out and announced that he no longer wanted to be in a gang that did beatdowns, or used the numbers game on opponents. Babyface turn via interview!
Kenny King had been having tension with the BDC before they were taken off TV. (Joe took off ages ago, Homicide and Low Ki were injured, Hernandez is stuck in Lucha Underground, and MVP’s contract expired. KK is the last man standing.) It was hinted that King was pissed at them for failing to prevent him from losing the X-title to Rockstar Spud. They also generally lost every match. Both were good reasons for him to want to start afresh.
In the Unaired BDC Segments, such tension apparently continued, but they did manage to win one match against Lashley—which explains why Lashley has been so rarely seen as of late. Reportedly, they had an unaired match against the Wolves as well.
Hmmm. Wolves and Lashley. More intersection between Team TNA and MVP. MVP is either a colossal stealth fall guy, or a brilliant mastermind behind a LU invasion as the ECW to GFW’s WCW.
Eventually, Kenny King called forth to the memory of the Hogan regime, and made an Open Fight Night style challenge to anyone on the roster.
4. Bram defeated Kenny King
Thank you for coming, King of the Night!
Over in the Knockouts’ division, Velvet Sky went back to her emo gimmick, and got her job back by goading people into matches. Then she incurred the ire of the new Knockouts’ faction, the Dollhouse.
Taryn Terrell, the leader of the Dollhouse is injured. She continue to make her presence felt with Nero Hardy style promos from the Dixietron.
The Dollhouse minions (Jade, Marti Bell, and now Rebel) attacked Velvet in the ring, until she was rescued by Angelina Love and Madison Rayne. (Who had adopted Velvet’s emo look as a peace-offering to her.) The trio announced that the Beautiful People were back to fight with the Dollhouse over the legacy of being the top Knockouts’ faction.
Poor Lacey Von Erich. These reunions always forget her.