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Storm Costs Gunner Title, New Willow Promo, Dixie Uses YES, MVP Interview

February 20, 2014, TNA Impact Results

– Dixie and Magnus accept MVP’s Lethal Lockdown Challenge.

– Samoa Joe defeated The BroMans in a Handicap Match.

– Gail Kim defeated Madison Rayne in a Knockouts Street Fight.

– Sam Shaw continues to stalk Christy Hemme.

– Bobby Roode agreed to captain Team Dixie in Lethal Lockdown.

– Willow is coming.

– The Wolves defeated Bad Influence in Tag Team action.

– World Title Main Event: Magnus defeated Gunner after James Storm costs Gunner the match.

Dixie Carter Uses Yes Chant

When Christy Hemme Tweeted about some upcoming changes to the TNA Knockout Division, Dixie Carter replied with the YES chant …

Hemme:
“So many NEW things brewing in the KO division… You guys are going to #LOVE”

Carter:
“YES YES YES.”

MVP Discusses Going To TNA

Wrestling101.com recently interviewed MVP about joining TNA. Here are some highlights …

Debuting in Scotland:

It was spectacular, it was exasperating to have been away for so long and to come back and receive the reception that I did was humbling. The fans remembered me and they were glad to have me back. The whole tour was awesome, after Glasgow we did Manchester and London and it reminded me of why I love it so much.

The conformation didn’t come until less than two weeks before I came over, I still don’t have a signed contract, our lawyers are working out the last little bit of the deal so I’m here on a handshake. But I expressed to the company when I do make my debut I wanted to do it on the UK tour.

What he thought about TNA before signing:

I’ve said for years even when I was with WWE that I want TNA to do well, I never saw TNA as the enemy – that would be ridiculous, I love professional wrestling. Part of the reason why I chose to go to TNA was because it’s not good for the fans or for the industry when there is just one conglomerate and nowhere else to go.

The most prosperous and entertaining time in our business was during the Monday Night Wars – you had two companies that were fairly evenly matched, both with top tier stars, and they were battling with each other for ratings. That meant everything had to be fresh, everything had to be edgy and everyone really had to rack their brain to come up with exciting storylines, all of the guys had to work really hard and there were 12 million people a week tuning into wrestling.

Now there is less than half that, if you’re in the wrestling industry now in the States there are only two places to go centrally, WWE or TNA. I would like to try and help facilitate, creating a situation where the WWE has to recognise TNA as a potential competitor and if you know like I do, WWE holds all the marbles then for the artists, the talent it’s not good for our business, competition is good for business.

Working with Magnus and Rockstar Spud:

They are both tremendous talents, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Spud quite a bit because of our roles and he is a guy that gets it, he understands what a heels job is, what a heel is supposed to do, he understands the business and the psychology and he is brilliant to watch, very entertaining. I know he is good at what he does not just because of own my assessment but because my timeline on Twitter was full of people telling me once I take over the company to get rid of Rockstar Spud, so that tells me he’s rubbing people up the wrong way as he’s supposed to.

Magnus, I’ve watched him over quite some time and I’ve been able to spend some time in the ring with him and I can see him growing, I can see him learning and I can see him improving. Both of those guys are tremendously talented, filling their roles well and they are only going to get better, it has been a pleasure to work with them.

TNA Japan PPV Update

As part of their new relationship with the Great Muta’s WRESTLE-1 promotion in Japan, TNA will present One Night Only: Outbreak on PPV. The event is taped on March 2nd from Tokyo, and includes:

* TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus vs. Kai

* TNA Tag Team Champions Bro Mans vs. Shuji Kondo and Kaz Hayashi

* TNA X Division Champion Austin Aries vs. Seiya Sanada

* Bobby Roode vs. Masakatsu Funaki

* Kazarian and Daniels vs. Minoru Tanaka and Koji Kanemoto

MVP commented:

It was something that we had discussed, part of my deal is that I’m free to make appearances for Independent promotions or International promotions. When I heard that TNA had a working deal in place with Wrestle-1 I expressed my desire to return to Japan as a representative for TNA in whatever capacity. That is something they assured me would take place, so that was definitely a factor.


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