TNA Executive Director Kurt Angle has just announced two incredible matches for #TNANYC next week (August 5-7). First on August 5, it will be Samoa Joe vs Low Ki as the two iconic X-Division performers square off one-on-one for the first time in years!
On August 6th, a tag team dream match is scheduled! In a triple threat match, it will be TNA World Tag Team Champions The Wolves facing The Hardys and Team 3D. Last night, The Wolves and The Hardys stole the show at Destination X. When Team 3D joins this battle, we expect a match for the ages!
Already announced for NYC, war hero Chris Melendez is set to make his debut. Japanese legend Tajiri will also be in action all 3 nights. Additionally, Hardcore Justice is scheduled to be taped and will feature the return of Six Sides of Steel!
Many more surprises are planned for these shows AND all fans who purchase tickets will be invited to stick around after each show for a FREE meet and greet with top TNA stars!
#TNANYC is going to be an amazing week for wrestling fans! Don’t miss it, get your tickets now!
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
July 31, 2014
Welcome to Destination X, emanating from New York City!
TNA President Dixie Carter appears to start the show. She’s accompanied by EC3, Rockstar Spud, Rhino and the two mystery men who appeared last week, Ryklon and Snitsky.
She says she makes the rules for the game – and every time the fans think they have it figured out, she changes the rules. Dixie says it’s okay for the fans to keep chanting “ECW,” but she wants them to know that the stars of ECW left and that the little company died. She says she’s given fans something better – a real star: EC3.
EC3 introduces his “Army of Extreme,” Ryklon, Snitsky and Rhino. EC3 challenges Tommy Dreamer and Team 3D to settle the war once and for all – and that when it’s done, his team will rebuild the “House the Carters built.”
Tag Team Championships
The Wolves (c) vs. The Hardy Boys
After the bell, Eddie Edwards and Matt Hardy lock up in the center of the ring as the crowd alternates between chants “Let’s go Hardys” and “Let’s go Wolves!” Edwards and Hardy make quick tags, bringing in Jeff Hardy and Davey Richards.
Jeff mounts enough offense to gain control of the match, then he and Matt exchange rapid tags and double team maneuvers. Matt maintains control over Davey while the crowd wildly chants for Eddie.
Davey Richards explodes from the corner with a clothesline to Jeff and makes the hot tag to Eddie Edwards, who bursts into the ring and takes out both Hardys. Eddie sends Matt and Jeff to the outside with a double hurricanrana, and then The Wolves fly through the ropes to ground their challengers.
Jeff is rolled into the ring and The Wolves execute a series of double team assaults – good for a near-fall. Matt attacks The Wolves from behind as they attempt another double team attack, tossing both from the ring. Jeff Hardy flies over the top rope!
Matt drops Eddie with a Side Effect and Jeff nails the Swanton! Davey Richards breaks up the count and throws Jeff from the ring. Matt tosses Davey out and nails Eddie with a moonsault! 1-2-Davey just breaks the count!
Matt and Jeff lock in double submissions. As The Hardys near a tap-out victory, Davey causes Jeff to fall backwards, inadvertently breaking both holds. The Wolves fight back ferociously, but Matt nails Davey with a Twist of Fate and goes for the cover – Davey kicks out just before the three!
A surprised Matt hoists Davey to the top rope and attempts a suplex, but Eddie Edwards hits Matt with a jumping kick, setting up the double team maneuver that puts the exclamation point on the match.
Winners: The Wolves
After the match, The Wolves and The Hardy Boys shake hands as the crowd chants “That was awesome!”
Video: Low Ki discusses his return to TNA.
DJ Z vs. Manik vs. Low Ki
The crowd is wild for Low Ki who immediately attacks DJ Z, sending him from the ring. Low Ki and Manik are evenly matched as they fly all around. DJ Z drops both with a springboard double drop-kick.
DJ Z and Low Ki trade blows until Manik breaks them apart and hits Low Ki with an uppercut. Manik sends DJ Z flying with a headscissor takedown and locks in a hanging octopus submission.
Manik and Low Ki double team DJ Z, then Low Ki attempts to kick Manik, who counters with a northern lights suplex. The pace quickens as Low Ki sends DJ Z flying from the top rope to the outside. Manik is able to mount some offense, but the Ki Krusher seals the deal and the pin for the win.
Winner: Low Ki
Video: Recap of Sanada’s actions.
In the ring, “The Cowboy” James Storm says he’s a legend – and the leader of a new revolution. He claims to be Sanada’s new mentor and friend and introduces “The man who destroyed The Great Muta,” Sanada.
Sanada vs. Brian Cage vs. Crazy Steve
Brian Cage dominates Crazy Steve and Sanada as soon as the bell has sounded. Sanada tries fighting back but he’s powered down with ease by Brian Cage. Cage tosses both men across the ring.
Cage throws Sanada over the top rope and attempts a high vertical suplex on Crazy Steve. Steve reverses and drops Brian Cage with a rolling powerbomb. Sanada breaks up the count. Steve fights off Sanada but is met by the raw power of Brian Cage, who misses a moonsault attempt.
Sanada rushes up behind Crazy Steve and scores the win with a tiger suplex.
Backstage: Bully Ray says they have an answer to EC3’s challenge.
Backstage: Austin Aries and Bobby Roode discuss “Option C,” then Roode offers encouragement to Aries, who vows to win the championship from Lashley.
Team 3D and Tommy Dreamer enter the IMPACT Zone.
Devon says EC3 must be “stuck on stupid” and that he, Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer know how to finish the war EC3 started. Dreamer says this is about something bigger than EC3 – it’s about a work ethic and passion for the business.
EC3 enters the arena and says the war will take place – “on Carter time” – next week.
Bully Ray says nobody wants to go to war next week. He threatens to start a riot, before agreeing to have the match next week. Bully says since EC3 has named the time, he names the stipulation: it’ll be an 8-man Hardcore War!
Bully Ray gives his word to fans – and the wrestling world – that next week Dixie Carter is going through a table! Devon screams, “Oh my brother…testify!”
Backstage: Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe have an intense (inaudible) conversation. Angle claims Destination X is about to have no limits.
Backstage: EC3 says Bully Ray has threatened his aunt too many times – and that next week, the war ends.
Backstage: The Beautiful People are interviewed about breaking up Gail-Taryn III. Angelina claims Taryn has been back for a minute and that she should be the focus of the Knockout’s division. She says despite Kurt Angle blocking her rematch, she has a major announcement next week.
Samoa Joe says tonight’s about reinvigorating the X-Division and he’ll be the next X-Division Champion.
Samoa Joe vs. Tigre Uno vs. Homicide
Homicide gains a very early advantage by sending both Tigre Uno and Samoa Joe out of the ring. Homicide launches himself and sends his competitors’ bodies crashing back to the floor.
When the action returns to the ring, Tigre Uno flies from the top rope and takes out Samoa Joe and Homicide with a double dropkick. Homicide and Joe double team Tigre Uno and temporarily eliminate him from the equation. Joe and Homicide trade kicks and the advantage.
After gaining the full advantage and dragging Homicide to the center of the ring, Samoa Joe is met with a dropkick to the face by Tigre Uno. Tigre Uno leaps from the top turnbuckle and crashes down on Homicide.
Joe disposes of Tigre Uno and sets Homicide on top of the turnbuckle. Homicide thwarts Joe’s attempted muscle buster – and Tigre Uno rushes back into the ring. While attempting to send Homicide crashing down, he’s distracted by Samoa Joe. Tigre Uno leaps toward Joe, but misses and allows Joe to drop Homicide with a muscle buster for the win.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Next week, Samoa Joe will face off against Low Ki and Sanada to determine the new X-Division Champion!
Backstage: “The Monster” Abyss says Bram took things to a whole new level when he hit him with Janice and that next week, he’s got two tickets to The Monster’s Ball!
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Austin Aries
Christy Hemme announces the main event as the competitors make their way to the ring.
Aries and Lashley lock up, but Lashley powers Aries down to the mat. Aries uses his speed to land a series of kicks to the hamstring of Lashley. Aries drapes Lashley’s leg on the second rope and unleashes an onslaught of kicks and knees!
A dropkick from Aries sends Lashley crashing out onto the arena floor. Aries flies from the turnbuckle – Lashley catches him and tosses him with a release suplex. In the ring, Lashley drives his shoulder into the abdomen of Aries repeatedly.
A running shoulder block sends Aries crashing to the floor and rolling out of the ring. In pursuit, Lashley hoists Aries into the air and drives him into the ring post before tossing him back into the ring.
Lashley is fully in control as he locks in two submissions and drops Aries to the mat with ease. Aries reverses Lashley’s next attack and connects with a discus forearm and a series of strikes. Aries sidesteps a charging Lashley, sending him out of the ring. Aries jumps from the turnbuckle – this time connecting!
Aries sends Lashley into the corner with a missile dropkick. Aries charges, Lashley catches him and powers Aries down with a running power slam. Lashley attempts a spear, but Aries reverses and locks in the last chance submission!
Lashley manages to escape the hold and attempts another spear. Aries sidesteps Lashley, sending him crashing into the ring post. Aries hoists Lashley into the air and connects with a brainbuster! Lashley’s out at two!
Aries climbs the turnbuckle, but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Aries runs across the ring and misses Lashley with a suicide dive, connecting with the metal guardrail instead. Lashley rolls Aries into the ring and nails a spear for the win.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Just before IMPACT goes off the air, footage is shown of Bully Ray’s attempts to put Dixie Carter through a table, and then a big, bold hashtag appears: #ItHappens.
Just announced by Executive Vice President John Gaburick, TNA Wrestling is happy to announce the re-signing of DJ Z! The former X-Division Champion and incredible talent, both in and outside of the ring, signed a new multi-year deal effective immediately!
On Monday, August 4th, catch DJ Z as the special guest DJ on Sirius XM’s popular “Sway In The Morning” show on Shade 45!
Tonight, watch as DJ Z competes in a 3-way match against Manik and Low Ki during Destination X! The broadcast begins at 9/8c on Spike TV!
TNA Wrestling is happy to announce the signing of a true American hero! Chris Melendez is a former Army Sergeant, who served his country in Afghanistan and was awarded a Purple Heart. Because of injuries suffered in combat, the brave soldier returned home a single leg amputee. Melendez, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, had another dream to realize when he returned home. He dreamed of becoming a pro wrestler.
Chris’ remarkable story begins as a kid growing up in Spanish Harlem. His grandmother introduced him to professional wrestling at a young age and, ever since, he has been hooked.
“The ability to captivate an audience without having to say any words is what got me hooked.”
Inspired by his father, a Vietnam Vet, and compelled by the events of September 11, Chris joined the U.S. Army at the young age of 17. At age 19, and with only 23 days of his Iraq deployment remaining, he sustained horrifying life-threatening injuries from an IED.
“When I was able to open my eyes after the explosion I looked across the battlefield to see what I thought was a fellow-soldier in need of help. I quickly realized it was my leg.”
After being resuscitated three times and enduring numerous emergency surgeries and procedures, Melendez’s long road of recovery took him to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Through pure grit and determination, cutting edge science and technology delivered via the VA, and support from friends, family and The Wounded Warrior Project, Melendez was walking with a prosthetic within 40 days.
In 2012, Melendez entered Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling in Florida where he trained day-in and day-out under the tutelage of Bully Ray and Devon. Now, TNA Wrestling can announce the signing of Chris Melendez to a multi-year contract.
Still known in the locker room as “Sarge”, Melendez is set to make his debut for the company during the August 5-7 tapings at New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center.
Next week, TNA returns to NYC for another set of amazing IMPACT tapings at the Manhattan Center. Already announced for the trip is the filming of Hardcore Justice on night 1 (August 5th). Other major surprises will be announced soon, but a special treat for fans in NYC can now be revealed.
After each show (August 5th-7th), a FREE meet and greet will be held for ALL ticket holders! That’s right, cap off your night meeting some of the top stars of IMPACT, who will be signing autographs and posing for photos! All you have to do is order tickets NOW!
It has been a sizzling summer of IMPACT so far, thanks to the NYC crowds and we forward to raising the bar even higher next week at the Manhattan Center!
Tickets are on-sale here!
For months, Bully Ray has been on a quest… and his goal simple. Bully Ray promised to put Dixie Carter through a table. We’ve all seen Bully keep his word. Over and over again, his opponents have fallen (often times through tables). However, week after week, Dixie Carter has found new ways to get the upper hand. Hell, Dixie Carter has even put Bully through tables herself on multiple occasions. Now, with the appearance of King Mo, Snitsky and Ryklon Stephens, it appears that Bully’s promise, unlike the table with Dixie’s name on it, may be broken.
The war has been escalated each week, new parties taking sides and TNA’s President has come close on a few occasions, but the job has not been finished. If anything, after the past two weeks of surprises, it seems like the odds of Dixie finding a table are at an all time low. Team 3D reformed and brought back Tommy Dreamer. However, Dixie has surrounded herself with EC3, Rockstar Spud, Rhino, King Mo, Snitsky and Ryklon Stephens — her self-proclaimed hardcore dream team. In sheer size, the odds favor Dixie.
We’ve already been told that Dixie and her army will be at Destination X tomorrow night and now we know that Bully Ray, backed by Tommy Dreamer and Devon, will also be in the house to address what has happened. Surely Bully can’t be happy about this situation playing out in-front of his hometown crowd in NYC but, if we know anything about Bully Ray, we know that he never backs down from a challenge. What could he have in-store for #TeamDixie?
Don’t miss tomorrow’s IMPACT on Spike TV at 9/8c to find out!
Will Option C Lead Aries To Second Reign as TNA World Champ?
Thursday night, The Greatest Man That Ever Lived gets his shot at TNA gold as he cashes in Option C to challenge Lashley for the TNA World Heaveyweight Title. Austin Aries made his decision last week, handing over the title to Kurt Angle in order to headline Destination X this Thursday on Spike TV at 9/8c.
Aries is no stranger to this scenario. In fact, he created Option C two years ago before successfully capturing his first TNA World Title from Bobby Roode. Surely emerging victorious this week would further cement Aries’ nickname and prove to all fans and critics alike that he is the Common Denominator of Greatness.
Lashley, however, will not be a pushover of an opponent. He is a powerhouse unlike any other in recent memory. Lashley has mowed through the competition with relative ease and, to this point, has not relied on the help of his friends, MVP or Kenny King, despite obvious opportunities for such meddling. No, Lashley has proven his nickname to be true, the Destroyer has been a force inside the TNA ring since his return.
This Thursday night, legacies can be defined. One thing we know for sure, is that whoever emerges from this bout as Champion will do so by overcoming their greatest challenge yet – each other. Lashley. Aries. Thursday.
This Thursday’s edition of IMPACT WRESTLING is TNA’s annual Destination X special event! Always a fan favorite this show emanates from New York City’s Manhattan Center and features a thrilling night of high-energy wrestling!
In a huge main event, Austin Aries will use Option C and will hand over the X Division Title to face The Destroyer, Lashley, for the World Heavyweight Championship. Will history repeat itself and Aries walk out of Destination X as a 2-time World Champion? Find out this Thursday!
A tag team dream match has been signed for Destination X as well. Matt and Jeff, The Hardys, will reunite to team together for the first time in over three years on IMPACT as they take on TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Wolves. Who will walk away as champions after this epic tag team battle?
There will be three qualifying matches to determine the new X Division Champion. In Match 1, it will be the returning Low Ki vs. Manik vs. DJ Z. Match 2 will feature Sanada vs. Brian Cage vs. Crazzy Steve. Finally, Samoa Joe makes his return to the X Division facing Tigre Uno and the returning Homicide in the final qualifier. The three winners will advance to a match on next week’s IMPACT that will determine the new X Division Champion.
Plus, Dixie Carter will be in attendance with EC3, Rockstar Spud, Rhino and her two new hired guns…Snitsky and Ryklon Stephens. How will Bully Ray, Devon and Tommy Dreamer react to the brutal attack that ended last week’s IMPACT?
All this and so much more this Thursday when IMPACT airs on Spike TV at 9/8c!