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TNA IMPACT WRESTLING UK TOUR, Phones4u Arena, Manchester, Friday 31 January
Thursday 6th February 2014 @ 13:00 by Max Wieland

-May contain spoilers for upcoming TNA wrestling broadcasts

Wrestling fans were treated to a night of enormous proportions last Friday (31 January) as the TNA: Maximum Impact tour pulled up at Manchester’s Phones4U Arena.

For those whose knowledge was as little as mine before last Fridays event, TNA equates to Total Non-Stop Action.

And following a night that clocked in at over three and half hours long without so much as a gasp for breath, it’s quite easy to see why.

One on one fights were generally cast aside for the more favourable feature contests, such as a handicap, casket, ladder and intergender matches.

A particular highlight for the sizeable and boisterous crowd was the ladder match between British world champion Magnus – who was perhaps the least popular fighter of the night, routinely booed despite being amongst an all American roster – who fought with Ethan Carter III (Magnus’s stablemate partner) against James Storm and personal favourite Gunner.

The ladder match was won by the latter thanks to a squabble between the world champion and his team mate, meaning Gunner went on to challenge for the nights main event – the world title fight – some two hours or so later.

Other particular highlights throughout the night saw fighters power bombed through tables, an end to Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky’s on/off relationship in perhaps the shortest contest of the night, whilst crowd favourite Austin Aries defended his X division title against Kazarian.

With the majority of fighters appearing at least once, with some even twice, the fans went home happy, but unfortunately for some, they left that little bit too soon.

Legendary wrestler Kurt Angle, the only Olympic Gold medallist in the history of professional wrestling, made an appearance despite not fighting right at the death, telling the crowd still glued to their seats that he would be back to contest at London’s Wembley Arena the next night (1 February), following an injury in Glasgow the night before.

And following a controversial title defence from Magnus, in which he just about clawed victory against the energetic Gunner, it left Manchester’s hard-core fans wanting even more despite a night of such lengthy entertainment.

–       TNA also announced their return back to Manchester during last week’s event.

–       They will return on January 30 2015 for the seventh annual Maximum Impact tour, which will once again be recorded for two episodes. Last week’s double episode from Manchester will be broadcast in the UK in mid-February on Challenge.

Tickets for next year’s event go on sale tomorrow (7 February) at 10am via Gigs and Tours, Ticketmaster, the TNA Facebook page and direct from the Manchester Phones 4u Arena.