I am too excited at this news – finally, TNA are making their (potentially hugely brilliant) Xplosion show count for something. They’re launching an eight-man Maximum Impact tournament, starting tonight, and the eventual winner will get a World Heavyweight Title shot during the Impact tour of the UK this January.
The last man left standing after the weeks of competition (aired on Challenge TV at 10pm every Wednesday) will have the chance to challenge for the belt – currently held by newly-heelified Bobby Roode – at either TNA’s MAXIMUM IMPACT 2012 live event in Nottingham (January 26), Manchester (January 27) or London (January 28).
So – who’s up for the challenge? Well, official friend of TOWIS Magnus, for starters; the epicly bearded Eric Young, former Television Champion; Kazarian, he of the lovely hair; and Christopher Daniels, complete with eyeliner. The other four names will be announced shortly.
This will be the first time that one of Impact’s stars has a title shot outside the US, if you can believe that, and TNA president Dixie Carter says it’s “a big thank you” to the “loyal and dynamic” UK fans.
Thursday 26 January Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Friday 27 January Manchester MEN Arena
Saturday 28 January London Wembley Arena