So Sacrifice saw Eric Young retain the World Title against Magnus in what I thought was a very good match. Maybe Magnus used one too many wear down holds in the first half of the match but that’s a minor complaint. All in all the match built well and Eric Young showed he can hold his own in a main event match. For me the Magnus feud should now come to an end. Young won the rematch and at a guess Magnus will move into a program with Abyss. Which leaves the question of, “Who is next for Eric Young?”
First up is a continuation of the Magnus feud but adding Abyss to the equation so it ties in with the Abyss/Magnus issue. Also it makes sense as Abyss was the last man Young eliminated to win the Battle Royal, which lead to his World Title win. Potentially this could lead to a Triple Threat at Slammiversary or an One Night Only show. The match itself should be decent with Young and Magnus doing most of the leg work.
James Storm’s feud with Gunner reached a logical conclusion at Sacrifice with Storm losing the I Quit Match, as all heels should, and surely moving onto a new challenge. Granted coming off a loss doesn’t put him in pole position for a title shot but logic doesn’t have to apply to heels. Young needs a strong heel to play off and few are stronger than Storm at the moment. As for the quality of the match(es) there is potential there for classics as both Young and Storm can be great in the ring. As a quick side note to James Storm, again you could add Gunner if you wanted to prolong that feud, though I don’t like the dynamic of 2 faces against 1 heel in a Triple Threat. Looking at how Sacrifice panned out I don’t see the Bully Ray/Robert Roode feud ending just yet. While adding Young has great potential from an ring in point of view, I would like to see Young steer clear from an issue that already involves Dixie Carter as an extra addition.
The current status of Samoa Joe seems one that nobody can neither confirm nor deny. Rumor was that he was injured which Joe, via Twitter, strenuously denied and yet he has not appeared on TV. Leaving one to assume that physical, personal or mental there is a possibility that Joe has or had an issue. Provided these have been sorted, Joe could easily turn heel and face Young in what should be physical and intense matches and confrontations. This could be the kind of feud that finally lights a fire and gives us the old Joe back, though the points for that are for another time.
Lastly we come to Austin Aries. For me this is the one that gets me the most excited. Aries has been off TV a while and while he, senselessly, lost to MVP on Impact, he is not involved in a feud at the moment and that could be quickly erased by having him become the No1 contender. The feud with Young has massive potential and match quality would be off the charts for 2 premier workers like these.
Who do you guys think or would like to see Young face next?