TNA Impact returns tonight (Nov. 24, 2016) from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. Here are our five questions about tonight’s offering?
1) Is Eli Drake going mute?
Last week, Ethan Carter III won a fatal four way to become #1 contender to Eddie Edwards’ TNA title. However, right after he won, his current nemesis Eli Drake challenged him put that opportunity up in a match. Drake had just lost a title match of his own to Edwards the week before.
Carter took the match but he made the smooth talker Drake risk something big: His voice. While if Eli wins he gets another title shot, if he loses, he can’t speak for the rest of 2016.
As an Eli Drake fan, I kind of what to see what he would do with his character with the new stipulation of not speaking (and could look forward to the first episode in 2017 when he says “Dummy”) but at the same time, I want him to win the title.
Either way, this has been TNA’s best feud post Bound for Glory and the payoff should be great.
2) Who wears the suit?
Almost every Thanksgiving, someone on the TNA roster has to dress up in the dreaded turkey suit. Wearing the turkey suit is a timed TNA tradition. Even your WWE champion wore it.
Tonight, Robbie E will face Grado to see who will wear it. Grado would make sense since he’s a goofy dude. Though he’s also from a country who doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. This’ll be TNA annual Thanksgiving dumb fun.
3) How do we get to Total Nonstop Deletion?
Total Nonstop Deletion is Dec 15, which is three weeks away. But the story has a ways to go to get there. Most importantly, Matt Hardy needs to remember who he is. The Broken patriarch has been suffering from severe amnesia as a result of a fight from the DCC.
Tonight, we’ll be spending some of Thanksgiving with the Hardys and honestly, this is something we should all be thankful for. Even when Matt Hardy has no idea who he is, he’s always one of the most consistently enjoyable parts of Impact weekly.
His brother Jeff won’t be joining him for dinner. He’ll be in Orlando opening the show.
4) Which trio will become #1 contender?
For the first time since they started running X Force Gold, one of its matches will actually have some stakes!
Tonight, three teams will face each other (Spud/Crazzy Steve/Abyss, DJ Z/Sutter/Mandrew, & Trevor Lee/Everett/Rockett) in an elimination match and all three members of the winning team will get a X Division title match in the future.
It’s a single elimination and not a team elimination and even if a team member has already been eliminated from the winning team, they will receive a shot.
Rough deal for DJ Z here. While everyone else is fighting for a title shot, he’s just fighting so he only has to defend his title against two people and not three.
5) How much stuffing will we get tonight?
This is a Thanksgiving pun. I know puns are the best when you have to point them out to people. That’s how they work, right?
Really, the question is how much filler are we going to get tonight? TNA has filmed television to take them to the end of the year, but my understanding is it won’t actually take them that far. Lately, the episodes have had more replays than they had in past tapings with more filler to help take the time.
With Thanksgiving being an episode that people may not tune into watch, we can could get more of said filler tonight. There’s always a Charlie Brown special on Thanksgiving night, isn’t there?
TNA Impact airs tonight at 8 EST on Pop TV. Who’s watching?