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30 January 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - Jan 30, 2014


- For me, tonight's Impact is one of the most anticipated in recent history but not necessarily for the reason you might think.  Yes, the reveal of the new investor is reason enough to be excited about tonight's show but I'm equally as excited about the forthcoming Maximum Impact Tour, especially this year.  This is the third year, I believe, that TNA will tape Impact in the UK but what makes this particular tour interesting is the lack of older veterans on the roster.  Some might call it a lack of star power but I see it differently.  I see it as an opportunity for the younger talent to step up.  It's also an opportunity for us to take note of which wrestlers will shine in front of a large crowd and which, unfortunately, will not.

- The one wrestler whose performance, I'm sure, every TNA fan will monitor closely is the current TNA world heavyweight champion's, Magnus.  This is, in many ways, a litmus test for the young Brit.  The shows in the UK essentially make up the Road to Lockdown so it will be interesting to see the progress he makes in the next few weeks.  I'm not sure what the writers have planned for him or how long he will remain the champion but I imagine that management will be monitoring his performance just as closely in order to determine a plan moving forward.  Ethan Carter III is another young wrestler whose potential could be met with a good performance.  Gunner, as well, although I'm not as optimistic about him as I am about some of the other younger talents, such as Samuel Shaw, the BroMans, and Zema Ion.

- As excited as I am to follow the progress of the aforementioned young stars, I am chomping at the bit to finally watch the in-ring debuts of Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, which should come at the UK tapings.   TNA have done a great job introducing the Wolves to their viewers.  Their role in the reveal of the new investor will keep them relevant until the time comes when they finally step in the ring and wrestle for the first time in TNA.  I, for one, can not wait.

- We haven't reported any of the MVP rumors here simply because we don't trust the source responsible for originating them.  MVP, himself, has denied signing any contract with TNA.  However, MVP conspicuously posted a couple of photos of a Guinness beer on his official Twitter account today, the same day TNA were in Ireland.  Unless he's trolling the fans, I have to believe that MVP will make his TNA debut soon.  I wasn't a huge fan of his in the WWE but I didn't mind his recent work in Japan.  However, I will ultimately judge MVP on his performance in TNA, not on his career in other promotions.  I hope TNA fans do as well as it's simply unfair to dismiss a talent the moment he debuts due to his WWE career.

- And lastly, who is the new investor?  Who is the man who will be responsible for unleashing the Wolves and their allies onto the TNA roster?  And is he the mystery man in the preview for this week's Impact and the Lockdown PPV?  I've been thinking about it for several days, since we heard about the reveal, and quite honestly, I can make a case for dozens of candidates who can fill the role and it would make sense.  So many names have been mentioned and almost all of them could conceivably be the new investor.  Well, I will go out on a limb and make a bold prediction.  I predict that tomorrow on Impact live from Glasgow, the new investor will be...Prince Devitt.  That's my final answer, but I will say this...whomever it turns out to be, I have a feeling we're in for an amazing show with surprises, great wrestling, and lots of drama. So fasten your seatbelts, folks, because the Maximum Impact Tour is about to begin.

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