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The focus for the majority of wrestling fans watching this weeks Impact Wrestling will be on the 20-man Gauntlet match to crown the No. 1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.Bobby Lashley has been booked as a dominant champion throughout his reign, but The Beat Down Clan has made his life miserable over the recent weeks. With the No. 1 contender to his title being crowned Friday night, Lashley has a vested interest in the outcome of the main event.Add in a surprise debut by Drew Galloway, a budding midcard feud between Ethan Carter III and Mr. Anderson and the fallout from the attack on Bobby Roode by Eric Young, and this will be an action-packed edition of Impact Wrestling.Here is all the vital viewing information for this weeks TNA from Glasgow, Scotland.Where: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, ScotlandWhen: Friday, February 20Start Time: 9 p.m. ETWatch: Destination AmericaTNAs 20-Man No. 1 Contender Gauntlet The main event of this weeks Impact Wrestling will be a 20-man Gauntlet match to crown the new No. 1 contender for TNAs world title. Similar to a Royal Rumble match in WWE, two men will start the bout, and the other 18 competitors will enter the ring at timed intervals.The first 15 wrestlers in this match will be chosen at random, but the final five will be determined by the Impact Top 5, which was revealed by announcer Mike Tenay on Saturdays episode of Unlocked.Whoever wins the Gauntlet will face Lashley for the championship in two weeks.Question on Everybody’s Mind: How Will the Impact Top 5 Influence Match’After Youngs brutal attack on Roode last week, Roode has been removed from the power rankings, along with the man he beat last week, Austin Aries. The list now looks much different and heavily favors The BDC.Former world champion Kurt Angle has catapulted to No. 1 overall, but MVP, Low Ki and Samoa Joe of The Beat Down Clan fill the second, third and fourth positions in the rankings respectively. Add in the fact that ECIII is No. 5 this week, and Angles chances of winning the Gauntlet match have diminished greatly.Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Unpredictable EndingsUnlike WWEs Royal Rumble, it is unclear who will walk away victorious in TNAs Gauntlet match. Angle has been talking about rising back to the main event, but MVP is the top heel in the company and looking for blood against Lashley.As much as Angle deserves to be in the world title scene, the company has positioned The BDC to have the advantage for a reason. With Low Ki and Samoa Joe helping him, Impact Wrestling fans should expect MVP to steal the win with help from his friends.While Angle isnt fighting for the championship, the possible tension teased with Aries last week could spawn an incredible holdover feud that could ultimately be rekindled for the world title down the line.TNA News: Impact Wrestlings Rating for Last Weeks Episode, via Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com.Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter III and More Midcard Storyline DevelopmentFor weeks, TNA has been teasing the debut of former WWE Superstar Drew Galloway on the companys website, and another promo cutting in during the latest Impact Wrestling preview with Josh Mathews indicates he will likely arrive Friday night.Galloway was grossly underutilized by the WWEbut has returned to form on the independent circuit over the last several months. TNA has been looking to infuse the roster with talent full of potential and desire, and Galloway fits that mold to perfection.As for what he will do upon his debut, saving one of the top faces in the company from The Beat Down Clan would be the logical decision.Question on Everybody’s Mind: Will Mr. Anderson Save ECII from Spud’Rockstar Spud is a fun comedy character that serves a purpose on Impact Wrestling, but its time for ECIII to be in the marquee feud he deserves. While Mr. Anderson isnt the best option, he is a face who will get the most out of Carter.ECIII has exceeded all expectations since making the jump to TNA. He has developed a great character that has been excellent on the mic and much better than expected in the ring. The hope now is that Anderson can help elevate Carter to the world title scene by eventually putting him over.Add in the influence of Tyrus, and the ECIII character should be booked as one of the most unstoppable forces in TNA right now.Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Blood FeudsLast week, Young brutally attacked Roode with a piledriver in the ring and another on the ramp, leaving the former champion unconscious. TNA has yet to update his condition, but he has been removed from the Impact Top 5 and may not be in the Gauntlet match.If Roode isnt on this episode of Impact Wrestling, Young should be forced to square off with Lashley to punish him for his actions. It would give the champion something to do and continue to elevate Young as a top heel.TNA Rumors: Backstage Talk Regarding Departure of Samoa Joe, per PWInsider.com via WrestleZone.com.For more wrestling talk, listen toRing Rust Radiofor all of the hot topics or catch the latest episode in the player below (some language NSFW).Follow @Donald_WoodFollow @RingRustRadio
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