We see a recap of Abyss’s fun title match with Eric Young last week. I think one of the reasons why Young feels so refreshing as a champion is that we haven’t had a normal nice guy champion for any significant length of time in ages. Magnus, Ray, Roode, and Angle were heels; AJ, Storm, and Sabin’s reigns were minuscule; Aries was tweenery, and Hardy is Hardy.
Magnus comes out dressed handsomely. That gray suit, dark blue shirt, and aquamarine tie and pocket square combo works surprisingly well.
Abyss comes out failing to wear a suit. It feels strange to see him in this state after the past couple of years in his Joseph Park form. Magnus calling Abyss an idiot is curious. Why did he leave his law firm years ago, I wonder. Anyway, Magnus fires Abyss from Magnus Enterprises.
Magnus keeps saying that Abyss has no TNA Contract. Didn’t Joseph Park have one? Shouldn't the reigning Television Champion have a contract? I guess to be fair, the Television Champion keeps getting released, so canonically it's understandable that Abyss wouldn't have one... but still.
I like MVP’s outfit as well. Charcoal with a blue shirt with white stripes, and a blue and black rep tie. He also books Abyss and Magnus in a match, with Abyss getting a contract if he wins. Then MVP skips away. We need more skipping in professional wrestling. Also, I think that the top button of Magnus’s shirt was unbuttoned. It worked well.
Rockstar Spud backstage is shirtless but with a white bowtie. Ethan Carter III motivates Spud to be a gazelle, and then helps adjust the Rockstar’s tie.
Angle beats Spud by submission, then the walking nightmare that is Willow saves Angle from ECIII. I love how the announcers always have to describe Willow as Jeff Hardy’s alterego in an attempt to cash in on his name value despite Hardy playing an unrecognizable character.
Meanwhile MVP tries to balance his feuds with Aries and the King of the Night.
The Beautiful People give Madison Rayne a makeover. That was nice of them.
Elsewhere, Mr. Anderson is stalking Christy Hemme’s boyfriend.
Kenny King’s new entrance theme is pretty chill.
Bobby Lashley defeats the King of the Night via countout after an entertaining match. Lashley looked dominant, but King looked roguish, rather than weak.
Anderson shows up at Shaw’s mom’s house and flirts with her.
Beer Money reminisce.
MVP pins Aries
Beer Money defeated Immortal (Ray and Gunner) when Storm pinned Gunner.
Eventually the cameraman got too weirded out by Anderson’s creepy stalking of Shaw and Shaw’s mom, so he ran away. He took his camera with him. I applaud his professionalism for that.
The Beautiful People defeated BFFs (Kim and Rayne)
Mike Knux’s girlfriend twirls firewhips. She says that she is proud of him, and that she can’t bear to lose him again, so she will journey with him back to the Impact Zone.
Abyss says words that include “They”. Immortal, Fortune, or Eric Young, I wonder. I might be reading too much into his word choice, he didn't really emphasize it.
Psychadelic Wolfes promo. They want the tag belts back.
It’s a shame that Sting is not on the roster for the time being. I would like to see his reactions to Young winning, Magnus losing, and the continued heroic tendencies of Ethan.
“Crazy got me this far, and I’ve just got to trust it.” Sensible point by Eric Young. Changing what’s been working for him would be a risky venture.
Abyss defeats Magnus via DQ after a lowblow. Young runs into save Abyss, but he gets laid out by Magnus as well.
They could do a lot worse than Steiner. I'd sure rather see him than Nash, Hogan, or even Hall. As much as I would like to see the WWF give all these indie guys a chance, it wouldn't make sense from a ratings standpoint.