Impact Coverage by Bobby James
October 1, 2014
Austin Aries kicks off IMPACT!
Aries mentions winning the New York City Gold Rush and says that last week, he won the right to challenge any champion in TNA. Aries teases an interactive experience. He asks if he should challenge Gail Kim for the Knockout’s Championship? Maybe he’ll challenge The Wolves in a 2-on-1 handicap match for the Tag Team Championships? Or maybe he’ll challenge Samoa Joe for the X-Division Championship.
Samoa Joe interrupts. Joe says that Aries should challenge him because he’s the most dominant champion in TNA. Aries accepts the challenge.
Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe (c)
Aries and Joe battle back and forth until Joe catches Aries with a running back elbow. Joe takes the advantage. He battles Aries into the corner and nails a series of hard rights. Joe hits an enziguri and then he attempts a muscle buster from the top rope, but Aries battles out. Aries attempts a missile dropkick, but Joe sidesteps, leaving Aries to crash.
Aries is able to mount enough offense to lock in a leg lock. Aries breaks the hold, and he continues to target Joe’s leg. He attempts a suicide dive, but Joe catches him with a stiff kick to the head.
Samoa Joe regains control and hooks Aries with a rear-naked choke. Aries drops to the mat, turning Joe’s hold into a jawbreaker. Joe kicks out of the pin attempt and Aries locks in the Last Chancery.
Aries breaks the hold. He and Joe begin a rapid-fire exchange that sees Joe drop Aries with an inverted atomic drop. Aries connects with a suicide dive and a top-rope missile dropkick. Aries connects with a brainbuster! Just before three, Joe kicks out!
Aries attempts a second Last Chancery, but Joe counters into a rear-naked choke! Aries begins to fade and eventually taps out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Backstage: Rockstar Spud approaches EC3. EC3 instructs Spud to follow him to the ring.
Backstage: The Wolves are backstage with Kurt Angle. Angle says he approves the stipulation for the final match of the Tag Team Title Series. Angle predicts it will be the match of the year!
EC3 and Rockstar Spud make their way to the ring.
EC3 asks Spud if he’s his best friend. Spud says yes, to which EC3 asks, “In what world are we friends?” EC3 says that Spud works for him, and that his friends have trust funds and own yachts. He says the fans don’t support Spud. The crowd erupts into a “Spud” chant.
Spud asks EC3 why he’s doing this. EC3 says because Spud was the last line of defense for his Aunt Dixie – and he failed. EC3 screams, “Cry for me spud!” He slaps Spud. Spud regains his balance with a frustrated look on his face.
Eric Young emerges from the back and encourages Spud to stand up for himself. EC3 attacks Eric Young!
EC3 vs. Eric Young
Eric Young takes down EC3 with a dropkick. EY counters an attack from EC3, sending him to the outside. Eric Young flies over the top rope and connects with a cross body.
Back in the ring, EC3 sends EY face-first into the turnbuckle. This allows the momentum to shift and for EC3 to gain control of the match. EY finds himself draped over the middle rope and Spud appears conflicted – should he take a cheap shot or not? Spud doesn’t.
EC3 locks in a standing armbar. EY counters with a suplex and a series of right hands. EY comes off the top rope with a flying elbow! He makes a pin attempt, but Spud pulls EC3’s foot onto the bottom rope, interrupting the count. EC3 screams at Spud to climb onto the apron. EY dropkicks EC3 into Spud. With the referee distracted, EC3 nails a low blow, which sets up the One Percenter and the three-count.
Post-match: EC3 forces Rockstar Spud to raise his hand.
Backstage: Chris Melendez thanks Mr. Anderson for his help after his match with Kenny King.
Video: Recap of Havok’s arrival.
Gail Kim (c) vs. Havok
Gail Kim makes her way to the ring, but Havok ambushes her from behind! Gail tries fighting back, but Havok sends her crashing headfirst into the ring post!
Gail sends Havok face-first into the steel steps, then she furiously unloads a series of rights. Havok overpowers Gail and drops her onto the guardrail! Gail comes back again, this time connecting with a big kick to the head. As Havok stumbles, Gail flies off the apron, catching Havok with a continued series of rights.
Havok lifts Gail and locks in a hybrid hold combining a bear hug with a Hammerlock. Havok rams Gail’s shoulder into the ring post before powering Gail onto the floor! Gail clutches her shoulder and writhes in pain.
Trainers emerge and help Gail to the back, while Havok admires her destruction. The match never started, making this scheduled match a no contest.
The Wolves enter the IMPACT Zone to reveal the stipulation they’ve chosen for their next encounter with Team 3D and The Hardys. Davey Richards says the final match in the Tag Team Championship Series will be…
Team 3D interrupts! Bully Ray says The Wolves don’t get it – that despite the praise they’ve received from Team 3D and The Hardys, they’ll never be as great as Team 3D. Bully says that The Wolves will never conquer tag team wrestling like Team 3D has for the last twenty years.
Bully Ray says The Wolves are good – but they’re not great. The Hardys interrupt. Matt Hardy says Team 3D is extraordinary and that The Hardys are excellent. Matt says The Wolves should step aside and let the tag team icons figure it out.
Davey Richards gets in Bully’s face and says that The Wolves’ time is now – and that they’re the tag team that will dominate the next twenty years. A brawl ensues.
Kurt Angle enters and demands to know what the final match in the Tag Team Title Series will be. Davey Richards declares it to be Full Metal Mayhem!
Backstage: Mr. Anderson and Chris Melendez run into MVP and Kenny King. Anderson challenges Kenny King to a match. MVP
Backstage: Kurt Angle approaches Gail Kim in the trainer’s room. The trainer says Gail shouldn’t compete tonight because she’s suffered a separated shoulder. Gail says she’s fighting Havok tonight – and she demands the trainer get her ready for the fight.
Manik w/ James Storm and Sanada vs. Shark Boy
Manik flies toward Shark Boy before the bell sounds, but Shark Boy counters and begins dominating James Storm’s protégé. Shark Boy mounts Manik in the corner and attempts a series of ten punches. Manik counters, sending Shark Boy face-first into the turnbuckle.
From that moment, Manik commands the match and finishes Shark Boy with a frog splash.
Backstage: Team 3D says they’re going into the TNA Hall of Fame as the 25-time Tag Team Champions!
MVP w/ Kenny King vs. Mr. Anderson w/ Chris Melendez
Anderson and MVP collide at an even pace, until MVP sends Mr. Anderson through the ropes to the outside. Chris Melendez checks on Mr. Anderson and MVP gets in his face. MVP slams Anderson’s arm onto the guardrail, then he locks in an armbar.
MVP tosses Anderson with a suplex before continuing to work Anderson’s weakened arm. MVP charges into the corner, but Anderson sidesteps and the two begin trading punches. Anderson charges MVP in the corner – he’s met with a boot to the face.
MVP hops onto the turnbuckle, but Anderson counters. He hoists MVP onto his shoulders and rolls through with a Green Bay Plunge for a two-count. Anderson attempts a Mic Check, but Kenny King provides a distraction. Chris Melendez rips King from the apron and MVP rolls Anderson up for the three.
Bobby Roode enters the ring. He mentions being the longest-reigning World Champion in TNA history. Then, he references the old saying, “You’re only as good as your last match.”
He mentions that he lost his last match against Lashley two weeks ago. That he failed to reclaim the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He invites Lashley to the ring. Lashley enters, with MVP and Kenny King in tow.
Roode says the World Championship means everything to him. He asks Lashley for one more chance. Lashley moves in for a handshake, but MVP interrupts, shoving Lashley out of the way. MVP says Lashley’s answer is no.
MVP, Lashley and Kenny King leave the IMPACT Zone.
Backstage: The trainer is taping up Gail’s shoulder for her next collision with Havok!
Gail Kim (c) vs. Havok
Gail enters the ring and grabs a mic. She yells, “Havok – you may have taken me down, but you haven’t taken me out!”
With Havok on the ramp, Gail attacks. Havok battles back with ease. Havok dominates the Knockout’s Champion. Again, Havok locks in a bear hug-Hammerlock. She rams Gail into two turnbuckles before tossing her into the hair!
Havok contorts Gail’s shoulder, but Gail doesn’t tap. Havok lifts Gail, only to drop her with shoulder breaker! Havok locks in another submission, but Gail fights out with a series of knees to Havok’s face. Gail charges Havok, but she’s taken down with a shoulder block.
Havok attempts a leg drop but Gail rolls out of the way and sends Havok face-first into the turnbuckle. Gail leaves the ring to lock in her signature figure four leg lock on the ring post! Havok screams!
Gail attempts Eat Defeat, but Havok counters and locks in another bear hug-Hammerlock combo. She powers Gail to the mat, before lifting her for a chokeslam! Havok covers Gail to become the new Knockout’s Champion!
Tonight on Impact Wrestling on Spike TV, MVP goes one on one with Mr. Anderson. Both athletes made it past their qualifiers last week in NYC Gold Rush that saw Austin Aries earn the victory, however tonight presents a more personal encounter between Anderson & MVP.
Last week it seemed that the two men let their personal animosity simmer and the focus was on winning an opportunity at championship gold, so a pass should be given. Not tonight however.
See Mr. Anderson hasn't forgotten about the disgusting way in which MVP & Kenny King treated Chris Melendez a couple of weeks ago and while Melendez handled his business in the ring by defeating Kenny King, it was Mr. Anderson who stopped what looked to be a heinous post match attack.
Whether or not Kenny King and MVP are jealous of Chris Melendez's overwhelmingly positive response from not only the TNA fans, but in mainstream media as well, still gives Mr. 305 and King no right to treat Melendez the way they have. Tonight, Mr. Anderson has an opportunity to teach MVP that lesson.
It's going down tonight on IMPACT Wrestling on Spike TV.
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Each week, IMPACTwrestling.com will host a blog from Robbie E as he and Knockout Brooke journey across the globe on CBS’ The Amazing Race. You can follow their journey on Fridays at 8/7c on CBS and then come to IMPACTWrestling.com to get Robbie’s inside scoop!
I must say, the first week of the Amazing Race has already been insanity! Starting in Times Square, in the middle of the night, not knowing where you are going next is CRAZY! Even for Robbie E… but not like Crazzy Steve, bro, that guy’s a creep.
Standing in Times Square in NYC surrounded by thousands of fans was a cool experience. BUT, when Phil Koeghan said it was go time, Brooke and I were all business. By the way, how cool is it that we’re #TheWrestlers, bro?? Anyway, we hopped in a cab and hurried to our next clue, which told us to get to the airport because we were heading to St. Thomas.
Once in St. Thomas, we had time to size up the other teams and realized that we’re the top dogs. When people hear we are wrestlers, they get scared bro! We are an intimidating force, bro, so they should be scared… Well, bro, we started in last place – that sucked, but Brooke and I killed it on the mountain climbing and cliff jumping. When we got to the beach, I found the Treasure Box faster than any team and we made it back up to a fourth place finish. It’s like I’m Christopher Columbus, bro!!! Not too shabby for a slow start.
Now, Brooke and I are more used to the race and how it works. We are going to continue to kill it and we will win that million dollars, bro! Daddy wants a new house!!!! BOOM!!!!
See ya this Friday!
Check out Episode 1 of the Amazing Race by clicking here!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2014) --- TNA Wrestling, in conjunction with Japanese-based promotion Wrestle-1, will produce and broadcast its biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory, outside of the United States. Emanating from the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Bound For Glory will be available exclusively on Pay-Per-View (PPV) Sunday, Oct. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
“Taking Bound For Glory, our company’s tent pole event, outside of the United States for the first time is the culmination of years of strategically introducing and growing the TNA brand and affiliated properties internationally,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “TNA has cultivated an incredible relationship with Wrestle-1, and we are proud to join forces in bringing wrestling fans what will be a historic and memorable evening of professional wrestling broadcast from one of the most legendary fighting venues in all the world.”
At Bound For Glory, arguably the most-recognized Japanese athlete in all of professional sports, The Great Muta, will join forces with “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri to face Muta’s former student, the “reborn” Great Sanada, who will be teamed with his new mentor and leader of the revolution, James Storm in a much anticipated grudge match.
The newest members of the TNA Hall of Fame, Team 3D - Bully Ray and Devon, will be inducted into the exclusive club at Bound For Glory. Bully and Devon will also be in action as Team 3D for the first time faces fellow hardcore legends, The Monster Abyss and Tommy Dreamer.
Bound For Glory will feature unique, one-time-only inter-promotional matches between TNA and Wrestle-1 Superstars including:
The unstoppable Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe defending his X-Division championship vs the awe-inspiring Low Ki vs former World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi
The undefeated EC3 vs former sumo wrestler Ryota Hama
The charismatic and devious MVP vs the global phenomenon Kazma Sakamoto
The masked, unpredictable Manik vs the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Minoru Tanaka
In addition the card for Bound For Glory will include a Knockouts battle between the destructive Havok and 2-time Knockouts Champion and 2015 TNA calendar cover-girl Velvet Sky.
Finally, Bound For Glory will feature a Wrestle-1 exclusive tag team matchup with Andy Wu & Hijo Del Pantera vs Kuroshio Ikemen Jiro & Yusuke Kodama.
“I can confidently say this will be the most intriguing and captivating three hours of professional wrestling action all year,” said John Gaburick, TNA’s executive vice-president, talent relations and creative. “With an incredible card pitting the best professional wrestling athletes against one another in never-before-seen matches, Bound For Glory will once again set the standard for the best wresting in the world.”
Since bursting onto the scene at IMPACT, HAVOK has been that and then some in shaking up the Knockouts Division. So much so that comparisons have been drawn between HAVOK and Awesome Kong. Very high praise considering Kong was a former 2-time Knockouts Champion.
HAVOK has the intimidation factor down & has ran roughshod over the Knockouts Division since her debut. However, has HAVOK sparked something inside current and reigning Knockouts Champion Gail Kim?
We've witnessed the two brawl inside the arena and now tonight on IMPACT they'll go one on one for the first time ever. Can Gail withstand the punishment of the powerful HAVOK? Can HAVOK continue to dominate the Knockouts? Imagine the reign as champion HAVOK could have. Is she unbeatable?
Neither Havok or Gail responded to IMPACTWrestling.com when questions were sent for this article. Further drawing intrigue into this match up. One thing is for certain, the fate and future of the Knockouts Division is hanging in the balance tonight on Spike TV.
The saga began over a month ago, when IMPACT viewers began to see videos teasing something coming. The warnings reverberated throughout the wrestling world and speculation ran rampant as to who -- or what -- this could be. Each week, another letter in the name was revealed next to the terrifying, spiked gas which covered HAVOK's face.
Finally, on September 9th, after an incredible championship bout between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell, HAVOK appeared. A pulsing song filled the Manhattan Center, a fitting soundtrack to the destruction that occurred moments later. HAVOK absolutely destroyed two of the top Knockouts and fans knew instantly that HAVOK was not here for fun, she had come to conquer.
The following week, the entire Knockouts roster gathered in the ring to here who would grace the cover of the 2015 Knockouts Calendar. After Velvet Sky was announced as the winner, HAVOK appeared once again, leveling Gail Kim and leaving with her Knockouts Championship!
Finally, it was time for HAVOK to make her in-ring debut. On September 17, HAVOK ran through top Knockouts on her way to winning a #1 Contender's Battle Royal. This made it official, we would finally get to see Gail Kim and HAVOK go one-on-one in a match, and it would be for Knockouts Gold!
Now, it's all set! Wednesday night on IMPACT, it will be Gail Kim facing her toughest challenge yet: HAVOK. IMPACT cameras caught up with Gail to get her thoughts on what is set to be a monstrous collision of two incredible Knockouts!
Preview Wednesday's huge IMPACT Wrestling broadcast on Spike at 9/8c! If you can't watch the action on Wednesday, make sure to set your DVR!
This past Wednesday, Austin Aries outlasted 9 other competitors to win the inaugural NYC Gold Rush event; earning a title shot at any TNA Championship of his choosing. Aries is not wasting any time and will announce his choice of championship matches at 9/8c this Wednesday to start our broadcast! Who will Aries face? We will find out when IMPACT kicks off this Wednesday night.
The TNA Knockouts Title will be on the line on IMPACT as champion Gail Kim defends against HAVOK. Since her debut, HAVOK has dominated the entire Knockouts division and is now the undisputed #1 Contender. Gail Kim has stated she's not afraid of this challenge and won't back down. What will happen this Wednesday when HAVOK meets Gail Kim in their first match ever with the gold on the line?
The TNA Tag Team Title Series has been nothing short of phenomenal. The Wolves, The Hardys, and Team 3D have all secured 1 victory apiece. Now, The Wolves get to decide what the final match of the series will be. We will find out what match The Wolves will select this Wednesday on Impact.
Also on Wednesday, a challenge has been issued over an incident two weeks ago at No Surrender. Kenny King and MVP disrespected and tried to embarrass the American War Hero Chris Melendez. Mr. Anderson, Melendez's mentor, got involved and stopped the incident from going any further. This week, Anderson has challenged MVP to face him one on one.
Two weeks ago at No Surrender, TNA World Champion Lashley barely defeated Bobby Roode in an instant classic. This Wednesday night, Bobby Roode has requested the opportunity to speak his mind on IMPACT. What does Roode have to say? Find out this Wednesday night on IMPACT.
All this plus much more on this Wednesday's IMPACT Wrestling. Don't miss it at 9/8c only on Spike!
On October 12, 2014, TNA will invade the Land of the Rising Sun and is set to host its biggest pay-per-view of the year, Bound for Glory, in Tokyo, Japan at the acclaimed Korakuen Hall. This marks the first time in TNA’s history that a pay-per-view will be held outside of North America. In collaboration with Wrestle-1, the world-renowned wrestling promotion founded by The Great Muta, TNA will host its fourth and final pay-per-view event of 2014.
Playing host to Bound for Glory this year is the world-famous Korakuen Hall, which has hosted several mixed martial arts, boxing and professional wrestling contests since its construction in 1962. Often considered the “Madison Square Garden” of puroresu, the predominant style of professional wrestling that has developed in Japan, Korakuen Hall is part of Tokyo Dome City, one of Tokyo’s biggest attractions. Simply called “Hall” to the people of Japan, Korakuen Hall was host to the 1964 boxing events for the Summer Olympics.
Bound For Glory set to play out in historic Korakuen Hall will go down in the history books, so be sure to check your local cable provider to view the biggest pay-per-view event of the year. In the coming days, matches and other information will be announced! Stay informed with IMPACTWrestling.com!
The Amazing Race enters it's 25th season this year, an incredible feat for any television show. The competition-based reality show is an Emmy Award Winner and one of the most popular reality television shows in the country. This year, two of TNA's own have packed their bags and are taking a journey across the globe in hopes of winning the show's 1-million dollar prize!
Robbie E and Brooke Adams, dubbed by The Amazing Race as #TheWrestlers, will be competing against 10 other teams and you can witness their journey (arguments, celebrations and everything in between) every Friday night on CBS at 8/7c. Before leaving, IMPACTWrestling.com caught up with Brooke and Robbie to get their thoughts.
What made you want to be on the Amazing Race? How did it all come about?
Brooke: I was contacted by a casting director. After I mentioned my relationship with Robbie E as well as us both being professional wrestlers they were ecstatic! We had many interviews afterwards obviously ending with them falling absolutely in love with "The Wrestlers". Rob and I thought this would be an adventure of a lifetime, could bring us closer in our relationship, and truly put us to the test.
Robbie: Brooke and I checked out the show and both thought "WOW, we are crazy enough to do all these things!" Plus, bro, did you know you could win a million dollars? What other professional wrestlers would they have wanted besides us??? It was a win/win for all involved!
Did being a professional athelete help you? Did it also put a target on your back from the other teams?
Brooke: I truly thought being a professional wrestler and athlete was going to help a lot more than it did. In the end, being strategic and also having luck on your side is really what keeps you in the race. I think, at first, because of our appearance teams wanted to target us. We are pretty, loud, and all around amazing. I would want to target us as well. But, most then realized that Rob and I were directionally challenged and not the brightest of the bunch and forgot a lot about us as a threat. However, sometimes that can be a strategy too!
Robbie: Like Brooke said, it did to an extent but not as much as you'd think, bro. There really is no proper way to prepare. You never know what is coming at you next. I think hearing us say we are pro wrestlers made other teams scared but that doesn't mean we know where to go, we just know what to do when we get there!
How was it being that close to each other at all times? Were there a lot of fights?
Brooke: Rob and I are very, very close. We naturally spend a lot of time together. We are best friends and share it all. As close as we are, it was still a challenge for the both of us. You get so stressed because everything has to be so rushed. Then you get short and annoyed so easily without noticing; causing unnecessary fighting. It's impossible for a couple to go on this show and not fight. You will have to watch and see how bad (or good) it can get!
Robbie: When you're together, legitimately, 24/7, any couple would fight! Brooke and I love each other very much, no matter how we act. In the long run, fighting and getting over the fights brings you closer together.
What can TNA fans expect to see from you on the show?
Brooke: TNA fans can expect to see a whole different side of Brooke and Robbie E. From the dramatic craziness to the fun, playful, loving couple we are. Watching us try and figure out the race is a show in it's own. Fans have never seen the way Rob and I interact. I think fans who know us from TNA are going to love seeing the realtionship between us in a new way. The realism, the chemistry, you definitely see something different here!
Robbie: BroFans are going to see a totally different side of Robbie E! I did things that I never thought I would do in my entire life and didn't think I was capable of. Overcoming fears, bro! I HATE ANIMALS, BRO!
When you get back from The Amazing Race, what's next?
Brooke: Running the race really tested me as a person and athlete. After the Amazing Race, you can 100% expect Brooke chasing the Knockouts Championship and winning my 3rd title! And maybe a few Brobbies running around in the future....
Robbie: What she said, bro! I am very pleased with my wrestling career but, when I get back, it's time for fans to appreciate my ability more. I've held every title in TNA except for one - the World Heavyweight Championship. I'm heading in that direction next!