Sacrifice (2014) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event that was produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). It took place on April 27, 2014 at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the ninth event under the Sacrifice chronology and the second event in the TNA 2014 pay-per-view schedule.
Promotional poster featuring Willow
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||April 27, 2014|
|Tagline(s)||Pain, Agony, Sacrifice.|
The theme of the PPV was that most of the matches contested under hardcore or special rules. Eight professional wrestling matches took place at the event. The event had three main events. Eric Young defeating Magnus to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Gunner defeating James Storm in "I Quit" match and Bobby Roode defeating Bully Ray in a Tables match.
|Other on-screen personnel|
|Ring announcer||David Penzer|
Sacrifice featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
On April 3, Magnus successfully defended his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Samoa Joe, Eric Young and Abyss. On April 8, part of TNA Impact, Director of Wrestling Operations MVP announced a 10-man gauntlet match that took place on the April 10 episode of Impact Wrestling where the winner receives a future TNA World Heavyweight title shot at Sacrifice (2014). The match would later be won by Eric Young who requested to have his shot at the same night where he went to defeat the champion Magnus. Magnus will invoke his rematch clause at Sacrifice, and wrestle Young for the title.
At Lockdown, Bully Ray was introduced by Dixie Carter to be the special guest referee for the eight-man Lethal Lockdown match. During the match, he slammed Team Dixie's captain, Bobby Roode allowing Team MVP to be victorious. After the match, he powerbombed Roode through the table that he introduced during the match. On March 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, Bully Ray explained he didn't want to wind up working for Roode, who would have become part owner of TNA had his team won at Lockdown. On March 20, Carter was supposed to have a meeting with Bully Ray but Roode attacked him from behind and beat him down. On March 27, both men engaged in a brawl were both tried to put each other through table. On April 3, Bobby and Ethan Carter III were victorious against Willow and Bully after putting Ray through a table. After the match, Bobby and EC3 put Ray through another two tables. On April 10, after both men failed in winning a 10-man gauntlet match for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Dixie made her return and slapped Bully in retaliation for screwing her team over. Bully and Roode will fight in a tables match at the PPV.
On March 6, Kurt Angle was attacked by Ethan Carter III and severely damaged his knees, thus losing his chance to fight him at Lockdown 2014. On March 13, Jeff Hardy alter ego Willow, seeking revenge against Rockstar Spud and Ethan after costing him the world title shot at Final Resolution (2013), made his debut squashing Spud, beating him with umbrella and trapping his leg to a chair and stomping on it. On March 20, Bobby Lashley and EC3 had a rematch that ended in a no contest after an interference by Willow attacking Carter and doing the same to him. On March 27, EC3 and Spud were looking for Willow in the woods only for Willow to ambush them. On April 10, Spud cost Willow the 10 man gauntlet match and EC3 Eliminated him. Willow challenged them for a handicap match on April 17 which he won, after the match Angle made his return, vowing revenge. On April 24, after Kurt defeated Rockstar Spud in a match, EC3 attacked Angle but Willow made the save.
Angelina Love made her return to TNA on the March 13, 2014 episode of Impact Wrestling, calling out Velvet Sky wanting to reunite The Beautiful People. Sky would later accept Love's offer on March 20, while TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne declined due to Love's attitude towards her. Later in the show, Love attacked Rayne, after the two hugged, establishing herself as a heel in the process. On the March 27 episode of Impact Wrestling, Love defeated Rayne in her return match due to interference from Sky, officially returning the original incarnation of the stable. The Beautiful People made their in-ring return the following week on Impact Wrestling, defeating Rayne and Brittany after pinning Brittany following the Makeover. On April 10, Love defeated ODB, Gail Kim and Brittany in a four-way match to become the number one contender to the Knockouts title, wrestling Rayne for the belt at the PPV.
On March 9 at Lockdown, Gunner defeated James Storm in a steel cage Last Man Standing match. On the March 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, after Storm berated Gunner's father, Gunner attacked Storm, but Storm managed to handcuff him to the middle rope and threatened Gunner’s father at ringside. Storm walked away, but returned to smash a beer bottle over Gunner's father's head. On March 27, both men fought in a no disqualification, no countout match were Gunner was victorious. On April 10, both men failed in winning a 10-man gauntlet match for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On April 17, Bobby Roode issued an open challenge for a tables match which was answered by Gunner, but Roode got the win with help from James Storm. After the match, Storm and Roode beat down Gunner until Bully Ray made the save. Storm and Gunner will wrestle in an I Quit match at the PPV.
Fresh off his victory at Lockdown, after escaping the cage following the use of Christy Hemme as a distraction by pulling her through the camera cut-out of the steel cage, Samuel Shaw lost a street fight rematch against Mr. Anderson on the following Impact Wrestling bringing a mannequin dressed as Christy Hemme to the ring. On April 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Shaw defeated Mr. Anderson in a Straitjacket match after rendering him unconscious following two Kata Gatame attempts. On April 10, Hemme and Anderson attempted to have Shaw committed, but Shaw had escaped.
New TNA acquisitions Tigre Uno and Sanada were put against each other in a best of three series for Sanada's TNA X Division Championship. Sanada won the first match on the April 10 episode of Impact Wrestling, and the following week Uno won the second match. At Sacrifice the rubber match of the series will occur, with the X Division title on the line.
On February 23, 2014 The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) defeated The BroMans (Robbie E and Jessie Godderz) for the TNA World Tag Team Championship only to lose them the following week to The Bromans during the TNA/Wrestle-1 Kaisen: Outbreak supershow event on March 2. Since then, the Wolves have had numerous rematches for the titles on Impact Wrestling, with the BroMans either using excuses to avoid defending the belts, having the third member of the team DJ Z fill in for defenses, or by getting blatantly disqualified. At the PPV, all three BroMans will defend the championships against the Wolves in a three-on-two handicap match.
|1||The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) defeated The BroMans (DJZ, Jessie Godderz and Robbie E) (c)||No Disqualification match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship||10:14|
|2||Mr. Anderson (with Christy Hemme) defeated Samuel Shaw||Committed match||10:30|
|3||Kurt Angle and Willow defeated Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud||Tag team match||09:04|
|4||Sanada (c) defeated Tigre Uno||Singles match for the TNA X Division Championship
Final in the best of three series
|5||Gunner defeated James Storm||"I Quit" match||18:50|
|6||Angelina Love (with Velvet Sky) defeated Madison Rayne (c)||Singles match for the TNA Knockouts Championship||08:08|
|7||Bobby Roode defeated Bully Ray||Tables match||13:42|
|8||Eric Young (c) defeated Magnus||Singles match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship||15:50|
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