Samuel Shaw has been locked away in a psychiatric hospital after being defeated by Mr. Anderson at Sacrifice 2014 in a Committed Match. After being thrown into a padded van and being sent away, Samuel Shaw experienced solitary confinement.
As of recently, TNA Superstar Gunner has felt a personal connection with Samuel Shaw’s story and felt the need to intervene. Gunner is not the only one with one-on-one capabilities with Shaw. We gained exclusive access to the ward, and in hopes of gaining insight into this unique and rare situation, below is a recent interview IMPACTWRESTLING.com conducted with Samuel Shaw inside the psychiatric hospital.
IMPACT: Tell us about your time so far in the psychiatric ward.
Samuel Shaw: The very thought of being in the psychiatric ward was not a pleasant one. When I was thrown into the padded van, a deep sense of failure washed over me. Weakness for an impossible love ultimately landed me in a place I absolutely dreaded. The psychiatric ward is not an environment conducive to a creative mind. I was strapped tightly into a straitjacket and have been left alone with only my thoughts for hours at a time. When I thought all was lost, Gunner shows up. My straitjacket comes off, paper and pencils are in my hands once again and a new creative flame is ignited. I can deal with this now.
I: You mentioned Gunner has been visiting you while inside the ward. Can you tell us about your experience with him?
SS: At first I was reluctant to even look in his direction. I was so blinded by hate and disgust for the weakness I showed. Emotions were turned off at the idea of someone like Gunner helping me. But, this man understands that the only way to contain someone like me is to create. He is extremely busy, yet comes right off the road after a long weekend of live events and comes to listen and speak with me. We play cards, watch wrestling matches and even drink Bulletproof Coffee together. The doctors feel that he is helping me and I’ve shown positive signs of a recovery. I even get my smartphone at designated times, so I’m able to be apart of the bizarre social media world. His visits have been nothing but beneficial.
I: You have been allowed your pad and pencils while in the hospital. Have you had any inspirations for your sketches? And if so, what are they?
SS: The first doctor gave up after a week and said I was unreachable. He thought it was a bad sign when I was drawing scenes he deemed ‘violent in nature’. The second doctor they brought in told me it was ok to draw whatever I wanted. When if feel strongly about something, I usually have to release a certain energy. Whether it be a nightmare or something TNA-related, I NEED a release. I’ve had nightmares ever since I was a child. Unfortunately, since arriving at TNA, they have gotten worse. What has always helped me deal with it is releasing tension from my mind onto a piece of paper. I guess you could say nightmares have been an inspiration. Abyss is called a monster, but I don’t agree with these sentiments. Like me, he is misunderstood and isn’t out to brutalize for the sake of brutalization. He is an artist creating something spectacular and colorful and his work will be remembered forever.
I: What is it about drawing that helps you escape reality?
SS: It’s all about a release for me. I see certain things others don’t. When I see Jeff Hardy flying through the air, I see vivid colors flowing behind him. When he lands on top of his opponent it resembles an explosion of colors, almost like he splashed into a pool of fluorescent paint. For a long time, I didn’t understand why others could not see what I was seeing. Maybe this is why I felt needed to show this on paper. Maybe this is why I became a professional wrestler in the first place while the majority of society sits in a cubicle. Drawing and performing in front of a crowd are the greatest forms of expression to me. If I can’t draw or perform in an environment like TNA, I might as well not exist.
Below are some sketches Samuel Shaw has drawn during his time in the psych ward:
ImpactWrestling.com can report that TNA President Dixie Carter left the TNA Offices in Nashville on Monday to attend Sunday's Slammiversary event to attend a meeting with the Board of Directors in Dallas, the site of the annual Pay-Per-View event.
According to sources, Carter is meeting with the Board to discuss the future (and possible fate) of TNA Director of Wrestling Operations, MVP. At the end of last week's IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast, Dixie lashed out at MVP and his alliance for their treatment of her nephew EC3, promising all deals were off and that they should get ready for war!
MVP is competing in the main event for the World Heavyweight Championship against Eric Young this Sunday at Slammiversary in Dallas, but now he must possibly prepare for retribution from the TNA President as the event is held in her backyard of Dallas. If Dixie has her way, MVP might be walking into a hornet's nest this Sunday. He may have the numbers, but in Dallas, everyone knows Dixie calls the shots.
It's been an ongoing power struggle between the TNA President and the Director of Operations, even before MVP gained leverage by winning the Lethal Lockdown match at April's Lockdown event. After becoming Director of Wrestling Operations, MVP banned Dixie (along with Bully Ray) from IMPACT. It was a tactical move, as MVP wanted to consolidate and grow his power. First he "indefinitely suspended" Bobby Roode (who is still sitting at home). Then, he attacked Eric Young and gave himself a shot at the World Title! Then, MVP brought in trusted backups with Kenny King and Bobby Lashley, who helped him unleash a path of destruction.
However, Dixie was still TNA President, and came back to IMPACT to confront MVP about his abuse of power. Surprisingly, she offered him the chance to find middle ground and settle their issues - but MVP wanted none of it. Then, when Dixie's nephew EC3 cost MVP and his alliance the First Blood Match last week and attacked him backstage after the match, Dixie erupted and promised revenge.
Despite his World Title match this Sunday, MVP may realize he's in trouble. Samoa Joe made his return - and despite trying to eliminate the threat of Joe or Austin Aries by putting them in a "Contract vs. Contract" match, both are still a part of the roster. Bully Ray is still hellbent on revenge against MVP, along with World Tag Team Champions The Wolves and World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young. For all the abuse of power from MVP, he may be slowly losing the fight for total control - not winning it.
Which makes Sunday's event in Dallas even more intriguing, as TNA President Dixie Carter realizes this as well. If their Board of Directors were to back her, she could effectively launch an all-out assault on MVP and unseat him from any power. MVP may be walking into Dallas and Slammiversary this Sunday with a World Title shot as the Director of Operations, but now that Dixie has promised payback, who knows how he will leave. No doubt, MVP knows to maintain power he MUST win the World Heavyweight Championship - the biggest bargaining chip in TNA Wrestling. If he fails, so does his empire.
MVP comes to Dallas, Texas - home of the Carter Family - with full control of TNA this week, but come Sunday night in Dallas, we all know who runs Dixieland.
Throughout the rich history of TNA and IMPACT WRESTLING, there have been several historic and surprising World Heavyweight Championship victories - the most recent being Eric Young, who as the major underdog defeated Magnus to win the World Title (watch the video below). Now, ImpactWrestling.com takes a look back at some more unexpected and surprising World Heavyweight Title wins in the TNA record book!
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Bound For Glory 2005: "The War Machine" Rhino overcomes all odds
The very first "Bound For Glory" event was held in October 2005 and was regarded as the biggest night in TNA Wrestling history. The main event was originally scheduled to be Jeff Jarrett defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Kevin Nash, but an unexpected injury the night before the event cost Nash his chance at the gold. With Nash scratched from the event, Jarrett was in full celebration mode - but the TNA matchmakers had other plans and were determined to give the fans a World Title main event. As a result, it was announced that the Top 10 contenders would compete in a Gauntlet Match, with the winner earning a shot at Jarrett and the World Title later that night. The competitors consisted of: Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Abyss, Rhino, Monty Brown, Samoa Joe, Sabu, Lance Hoyt, Ron Killings and Kip James. Rhino emerged victorious in the battle, a major accomplishment considering he had already competed earlier in the night in the violent "Monster's Ball" match against Hardy, Sabu and Abyss! After the Gauntlet win, Rhino was given no time to rest and recuperate, as Jarrett's music played and the cocky champion hit the ring, taking full advantage of a beaten and battered Rhino. However, in a history-making moment proving that anything can - and will - happen in TNA (and with MMA star Tito Ortiz as special referee) Rhino pulled off one of the biggest upsets against all odds in TNA history by beating Jarrett to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
October 2011 - The World Title and the end of Beer Money
One of the most unexpected - and shocking - turn of events involving the World Heavyweight Championship took place over the course of a few weeks in October 2011. That summer prior, Bobby Roode survived the grueling "Bound For Glory Series" to earn a shot at the World Heavyweight Title at TNA's biggest event of the year - and gained the respect and admiration of millions of fans in the process. With momentum on his side (along with his Beer Money tag team partner James Storm), many assumed Roode would realize his lifelong dream and become the new champion by defeating Kurt Angle at BFG - but it wasn't meant to be as Angle beat Roode that night and retained the title. Just days later on IMPACT, Roode's "Beer Money" tag team partner James Storm got his own shot at the World Title against Angle - and instead of Roode making history, it was Storm that upended Angle and surprised the wrestling world by winning the championship! Out of respect to his partner and their friendship, Storm gave Roode his World Title rematch one week later - but it was a decision that Storm would regret and resulted in the end of Beer Money. During the bout, Roode used Storm's own beer bottle against him and smashed it over his head, allowing Roode to win the World Title against his tag team partner in the most underhanded and vile way possible. Roode stabbed his own friend in the back to win the gold and destroyed the legendary Beer Money tag team in the process. To this day, the tension persists between Roode and Storm based on what happened that night!
Austin Aries wins the World Title at Destination X 2012
Another surprising and memorable World Heavyweight Title win came at the 2012 "Destination X" Pay-Per-View event, when Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode to become the new titleholder. What made the win so unique was the way the opportunity was presented to Aries - and even more memorable for how Aries revolutionized the X Division in the process with "Option C". In the weeks leading up to the Destination X event - which spotlights the no-limits superstars of the X Division - General Manager Hulk Hogan announced a career opportunity for the reigning X Division Champion, Austin Aries. He could face Bobby Roode at the PPV for a shot the World Heavyweight Title…but there was a catch. In order to get the shot, Aries has to "cash in" or give up his X Title reign. So Hulk presented Aries with two options: Remain the X Division and give up the World Title shot - or cash in the X Title for a shot at the World Title. Instead, Aries presented Hogan his own "Option C" - he would give up his X Title reign for a shot at the World Title, but under one condition - that every year going forward, whoever was the reigning X Division Champion would get the same World Title opportunity at Destination X! Hogan was impressed with Aries' vision and granted "Option C" - and Aries took full advantage by beating Roode at "Destination X" to capture the biggest title in TNA! Thanks to Aries, every reigning X Champion now has the same opportunity each year prior to Destination X - a privilege that Chris Sabin also capitalized on last year when he won the gold from Bully Ray!
Bully Ray shocks the world at Lockdown 2013
To fans around the world, Lockdown 2013 will always be regarded as one of the most shocking moments in TNA, as the night culminated in one of the most heinous acts in pro wrestling history that not only saw Bully Ray crowned World Heavyweight Champion, but the revelation that he was the mastermind behind the Aces and Eights! In the months leading up to Lockdown, the Aces held TNA hostage and unwashed assaults at their will, all backed by a mysterious figurehead. At the same time, General Manager Hulk Hogan had to determine who would face Jeff Hardy for a shot the World Title at the annual PPV event. Hogan announced he would select the contender via a series of matches on IMPACT involving top contenders, but that plan went up in flames when the Aces and Eights interrupted Hogan's final decision and surrounded him. As the Aces were about the annihilate Hogan, it was Sting and Bully Ray that came to Hogan's rescue. The next week, Hulk's daughter Brooke - then married to Bully but unaware of his sinister intentions - asked her father to give Bully the World Title shot as a reward for standing up to the Aces. Hogan obliged his daughter and gave Bully the shot at Hardy, but little did he know he and Brooke were just pawns in the entire scheme. At Lockdown, Bully turned his back on the fans, Hulk and his own wife Brooke when he revealed himself as the leader of the Aces and Eights. He beat Jeff Hardy with help from the Aces, then berated Hulk and Brooke from inside the steel cage - laughing at them and shoving the World Title in their faces as his entire scheme was revealed to the world!
Chris Sabin defeats Bully Ray for the World Title at Destination X 2013
Thanks to Austin Aries and the "Option C" stipulation, Chris Sabin was the next to cash in his X Division Championship at Destination X 2013 for a shot at the World Heavyweight Title. However, the odds against Sabin seemed insurmountable - the reigning World Champion was Bully Ray, who along the Aces and Eights gang left a path of destruction in TNA Wrestling. Up until that point, Bully Ray and his gang were unstoppable. No one dared cross them, and many expected Bully Ray to simply annihilate Sabin en route to retaining the World Title - and with the rest of the Aces and Eight backing Bully, it would take an army to help Sabin win….but that's exactly what happened that historic night at Destination X. With Sabin looking beaten and the Aces helping Bully at ringside, the Main Event Mafia hit the arena to even the odds for Sabin! Minutes later, Sabin used Bully's own weapon against him and pinned him to become the new World Heavyweight Champion! When all the odds were against Sabin battling an unstoppable biker gang, the Main Event Mafia stepped up to help Sabin make history!
Everyone in the world has the one thing that maybe you’re a little scared of, whether it is heights, spiders, ghosts or anything in between. Well, wrestlers are no different. You may think that their strong and chiseled exteriors, paired with their hard-hitting attitudes make them invulnerable, even to fear. However over the past several weeks, we have seen some wrestlers show us their kryptonite and what really gives them the chills. Take a look at some of TNA’s most popular wrestlers and the fears they don’t want you to see!
Robbie E – Clowns
When the Menagerie first came to the Impact Zone, the reaction for most fans was complete and utter confusion, but for Robbie E, it was complete and utter terror! The two-time tag team champion is comfortable dominating the ring, but if that ring is anywhere near the circus, count him out. Robbie E’s phobia of clowns originated when he requested a DJ for his 3rd grade birthday party, but got a clown instead. Ever since, he has been terrified of clowns, and especially Crazzy Steve of the Menagerie. Will this be the last we see of Robbie E until the carnival moves out of town?
Brittany – Rejection
The newest Knockout has made quite the splash since her debut in March 2014. After stating that Madison Rayne is one of her favorite female wrestlers and even calling her an idol, Brittany slowly started to take her love for Rayne to another level… a creepy level. After Rayne rejected Brittany’s offer to compete together in a tag match against The Beautiful People, a distraught Brittany professed her love for Rayne. She didn’t just want Rayne as her tag partner, but she “wanted to be with her.” Rayne quickly rejected the notion leaving Brittany alone. Now, all she wants to do is win Madison over, but has the ever-present fear of rejection hovering over her head.
Zema Ion – Heights
After being thrown off the very top of a ladder set up in the middle of the ring onto the hard cement ground, it would be hard not to be scared of heights! During a ladder match between the Bromans and The Wolves, Zema Ion stepped in to help his partners in crime win the match. It was clear that the Wolves had the match in the bag, so Zema hurried in to knock them off the ladders, but what he didn’t expect was for the Wolves to grab him by his little purple Mohawk and hurl him off! Now, rightfully so, he’s a little nervous to do the household chores that require a little lift.
Rockstar Spud – Dixie Carter
He may not necessarily have a phobia of the Queen of Wrestling, but he is definitely on pins and needles when in her presence. He never knows exactly what task Dixie Carter will give him next, but what he can be sure of, is that he probably won’t enjoy it. Carter is infamous for using Spud and her nephew EC3, to do her dirty work for her. Spud works to keep up a jolly demeanor and would never speak ill of “madam” in public, but as we saw in the infamous elevator incident was a look behind closed doors, and for Spud, it’s a scary sight.
Like the trailer for the 2011 psychological thriller movie, "The Roomate" says, "when you let someone into your life…how do you know they won't take it?"
When Brittany joined the Knockouts, she admitted she looked up to Madison Rayne & wanted to emulate her took her career. Madison under Britney under her wing and befriended her. Whether Brittany has misinterpreted Madison's kindness, it has become clear over the past several weeks that Brittany's infatuation with Madison Rayne boarders on being obsessive, and now has become creepy. We know it is uncomfortable, but is it dangerous?
Two weeks ago, when Brittany asked Madison to be her tag team partner for a match with the Beautiful People, Madison declined and told her that Brittany didn't have the experience to successfully compete with the Beautiful People and made Brittany promise that she wouldn't pursue the match.
Whether Brittany actually made the promise or not wasn't clear, but Madison certainly interpreted it that way. Brittany played on Gail Kim's hatred for Angelina and Velvet and recruited Gail to be her partner. Gail never even got in the ring and Brittany's inexperience against the veteran Knockout tag team proved Madison's advise was correct.
Last week, Brittany offered her assistance to Madison in her rematch with Angelia Love. Madison told Brittany, in no uncertain terms, not to get involved in her match versus Angelina. This time, Brittany kept her promise, and idly stood by ringside while Velvet Sky interfered, allowing Angelina to beat Madison.
How do you keep the danger out, when you have already let it in?
Everyone knows that TNA President Dixie Carter hails from Dallas, TX and is proud of it! This Sunday, TNA broadcasts live from Dallas for our annual Slammiversary pay-per-view and have special events planned in the area all weekend long. If you are coming, Dixie has compiled her very favorite things to do in Dallas. Check them out yourself while you’re in town – and tell them Dixie sent you!
Raised as a southern girl, it's no secret that you love good food! What are some of your favorite places to grab a bite while your in town?
Visiting my favorite Mexican restaurant when I am back in Dallas is a must! Mi Cocina is my absolute favorite! I love the location at Highland Park Village, because it is definitely glitzier than the one in North Dallas. As much as I love a good Mexican dinner, I love a great margarita even more. The Mambo Taxi rocks. It is a frozen margarita with a sangria twist… way too good.
I’m also a HUGE fan of Bolsa in Oak Cliff. It has a great original menu and uses fresh, local ingredients, and the food is always unique, with so many new options to try. My whole family loves to meet there for brunch.
Always hard at work as a busy mother and wife, what are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas when you have free time to spend with your family?
I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since I was born. By the time I was in 1st grade, I could name every player, his number and position. Getting to go back to see a game is always such a treat. America's Team… and mine!!!
One of my favorite family outings with my kids is to go to Six Flags Over Texas. They love it as much as I did when I was young. Growing up, it was always a special trip for us to get to go there. I remember not being able to sleep the night before every time.
Another one of my favorite things to do is to go to the Mesquite Rodeo! I love cowboy boots as much as my Jimmy Choo’s. I’m a country girl at heart, and my kids love the rodeo too! I can still remember The Calf Race and being 4 or 5 years old, running around the arena trying to pull the bow off the calf’s tail! I’ve always loved good-looking cowboys too.... in cowboy hats and helmets!
We already know you love your country music, but what we really want to know is what's your favorite radio station to tune-in?
I love Nashville, but Dallas is the country music capital of the world. My favorite Dallas radio station is 96.3 KSCS. The Hawkeye and Dorsey in the Morning show is the best. The talented, funny and handsome Hawkeye is a long-time friend and their country music playlist is the best.
Let us in on your style secrets. Where are the best places to shop around town?
In my opinion, Dallas has some of the best shopping in the world, and North Park Mall is the best of the best! I try to find the time to shop there every chance I get. They still have the curved brick planters by the duck pond that I always loved sliding down when I was little, and it’s a blast to see my kids do the same thing. I really enjoy taking them there during the holiday season, because their eyes light up when they see Santa, the greatest Scrooge Puppet Show, the amazing Holiday Train Exhibit and so much more.
You have mentioned several things that you love about Dallas, but what's your all-time favorite, #1 thing to do in your hometown?
I’m so excited to have our Slammiversary celebration in Dallas this year; only the 2nd time ever TNA has brought cameras to the D/FW area. Having Kevin Von Erich return to Dallas to be a part of our pay-per-view (his first time back to Dallas in more than a decade) is a real honor for me. Can't tell you how proud I am to be the one to debut his talented sons on national TV! I'm also ready to put MVP and Bully Ray in their place with the support of my hometown! I'm bringing some back-up to make sure that happens. Stay tuned!!
Tickets are on sale at utatickets.com and I can’t wait to see y’all there!
Upon Samoa Joe’s return audiences had many questions going through their mind such as “where has he been?” or “Why is he so angry?”, but likely the one that is weighing heavy on the minds of viewers is “What are Samoa Joe’s Intentions?”.
Samoa Joe isn’t known for making a subtle comeback … In 2008 there was a war happening between “The Frontline” and the Main Event Mafia and in the process Joe suffered injuries brought on by the Main Event Mafia that sidelined him until he made a return sporting a new look. In January 2009 Joe returned a changed person with a message for the Main Event Mafia, He’s a new Joe and he’s going to unleash his “Nation of Violence”. He was a single man looking to inflict as much violence on the people that have wronged him. Though things weren’t as they seemed as it was revealed later that Joe had been taking orders from the Main Event Mafia all along to fool “The Frontline” and destroy them.
Later in 2009 at Final Resolution Samoa Joe took part in a Feast or Fired match where he acquired a briefcase with a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Though Joe didn’t take the opportunity right away, he opted to wait and strike when the current champion, AJ Styles, did not expect it. In February 2010 Joe made his return by attacking AJ Styles and made it known that he would be trading in his briefcase for a shot at the title at Against All Odds.
In December of 2010 it was announced that Joe’s contract had expired and Joe went on yet another brief hiatus before it was announced that he had resigned with the company. Joe made his return in January of 2011 apparently to expose “Pope” D’Angelo Dinero for who he really was and that he had lied to the world about his “charitable donation” which actually was spent at strip clubs.
In May of 2013 Joe returned after a month long hiatus, that finished with him being blindsided by the Aces and 8s, to help his former tag team partner Magnus against a beatdown from the Aces and 8s. His return eventually came back around to the reformation of the Main Event Mafia with the intention of destroying the Aces and 8s once and for all, which seemed to be what it took as the newly reformed Main Event Mafia managed to put an end to the 18 month reign of the Aces and 8s.
With his history it’s hard telling what Joe’s intensions could be but based on his return and his actions in the ring taking out MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley it could be a move to shift power back in the favor of the current champion in order to make for a fair match between Eric Young and MVP at Slammiversary.. or this could be a play to gain the trust of the champ and to sabotage Eric Young’s championship run. This could also come as an opportunity to expose MVP and his intentions, which aren’t so clear-cut.
With a “Rebel” Yell, Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Returns Home | To Make Wrestling Pay-Per-View Debut at TNA Slammiversary
Although she’s originally an Oklahoma girl, Tanea Brooks will always hold a special place in her heart for Texas. Brooks took Dallas by storm when she became the youngest female selected for the famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader squad and went on to become the cover girl for the team’s 2001 calendar. On Sunday night, June 15, she returns to her home away from home as part of TNA Wrestling’s globally televised Pay-Per-View event, Slammiversary, taking place in the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.
For Brooks, professional wrestling has always been a distant dream; yet entertaining was her lifelong calling from an early age.
“I knew early on in life I wanted to be an entertainer,” says Brooks. “I remember making up new dance routines and making my mom watch them as I performed in the middle of the living room.”
She started dancing at the age of 3, transitioned to cheerleading throughout her teens and eventually moved on to the University of Tulsa, where she joined the dance team and studied acting. Before long, the Cowboys came calling, and Brooks began her love affair with Dallas, Cowboys football and the rabid fans who quickly adopted her as one of their own.
After three seasons with “America’s Team”, Brooks moved to Los Angeles, where she pursued a wider variety of entertainment opportunities. She’s appeared on “America’s Got Talent”, MTV’s “Disaster Date”, VH1’s “Tool Academy” and music videos with the likes of Brooks & Dunn and Trace Adkins, where she was the lead dancer for the memorable “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” video.
A former two-time “Miss Sturgis”, she’s even called upon her experience alongside the Cowboys to play full-contact tackle football in the “Lingerie Bowl” – an opportunity that landed her a feature spread in Stuff Magazine.
Despite her newfound opportunities, Brooks’ love for dancing remained strong, leading her to eventually join the “Purrfect Angelz”, a stable of gorgeous & highly skilled dancers. One member of the “Angelz”, a fiery redhead named Christy Hemme, went on to become one of TNA Wrestling’s most popular “Knockouts” and a current ring announcer of TNA’s flagship show IMPACT WRESTLING airing Thursday nights at 9/8c on Spike TV. The connection with Hemme would spark the events that would eventually lead Brooks to her biggest opportunity to date: becoming a star in the world of professional wrestling.
“Many of my family members are athletes and competed in amateur wrestling, so I’ve always been connected to the sport,” said Brooks. “In high school I cheered for the wrestling team, and it was then I became more exposed to the world of professional wrestling. Ever since, I’ve had a dream of becoming a professional wrestler, and now thanks to TNA, this dream has become reality.”
Earlier this year Brooks made her television debut on “IMPACT” as part of the The Menagerie, a foursome of unseemly misfits who use their experience as carnival performers to create a visual and physical circus in the middle of the squared circle. Known as Rebel to wrestling fans, Brooks is surrounded by brutes like Knux, Crazzy Steve and The Freak.. Providing beauty alongside the beasts and freaks, Brooks’ on-screen identity seems to be a natural fit, and TNA fans have readily embraced her as one of the company’s bright new stars.
On June 15 at Slammiversary, TNA will celebrate 12 years of entertaining fans around the globe. For Tanea Brooks and her loyal fans in Dallas, that night may be even more important, as she not only gets to revisit her “Cowboy” past… she gets to make her Pay-Per-View debut, a milestone marking what is certain to be a bright future in professional wrestling.
TNA also recently announced that the third generation of the Von Erich family, brothers Marshall and Ross, will make their global television debut at Slammiversary, accompanied to the ring by their father, the legendary Kevin Von Erich.
Tickets to Slammiversary, which start at $12 in honor of TNA’s twelfth anniversary, are available now at www.utatickets.com or at the University of Texas at Arlington box office.
Graduation season is upon us, making this prime time for Yearbooks! Think about it: beyond the goofy pics and handwritten notes from friends lies this time-tested high school staple's REAL highlight... the superlatives.
Impactwrestling.com needs your help in selecting the Superstar Superlatives for the Class of 2014. Strike up some pomp and circumstance and vote for your favorite in each category. The results will be announced Sunday, June 15 as part of Slammiversary, celebrating 12 years of TNA.
IMPACT Coverage by Bobby James
June 5, 2014
IMPACT WRESTLING opens with a recap of Samoa Joe’s triumphant return last week. Kenny King, MVP and Bobby Lashley are shown searching for Joe backstage. Joe enters the IMPACT ZONE and demands the three come to the ring.
MVP obliges with Kenny King and Bobby Lashley in tow. The crowd erupts into a loud “Joe! Joe! Joe!” chant. King grabs the mic to remind Joe that MVP is the Director of Wrestling Operations. Joe proposes a match for later – himself vs. MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley. MVP asks Joe if he’s sure that’s what he wants, implying Joe couldn’t survive a handicap match.
Enter Austin Aries! A dismayed MVP books Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries in a Contract vs. Contract match.
Backstage: Magnus is with Bram warning him about the danger of underestimating the unpredictable and dangerous Willow.
MATCH 1: BRAM vs. WILLOW
In from the break, Christy Hemme introduces IMPACT’s kick-off match as Bram and Willow make their ways to the ring. Willow commands an early advantage until taking a hard fall to the outside. Bram capitalizes, mounts some offense and returns the action to the ring. The momentum shifts and Willow takes control of the match landing a series of kicks and a flying clothesline off the ring apron. The crowd’s into the match chanting Willow’s name and “This is awesome!”
Willow misses a big spot allowing Bram capitalize once more. Bram goes under the ring to retrieve a steel pry bar. As he moves in for the assault, Magnus intervenes. Magnus, who appears to be convincing Bram to not take the shot, takes the bar and attacks Willow. The bell sounds – Bram is disqualified, but the decimation of Willow continues by Magnus as Bram screams, “Finish him!”
Backstage: The Wolves tell MVP, “Last time I checked, this was supposed to be the era of the wrestler, not the puppet master.” MVP books Eddie Edwards against Davey Richards, next.
MATCH 2: EDDIE EDWARDS vs. DAVEY RICHARDS
The Tag Team Champions, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards collide with an impressive, athletic display of chain wrestling. Kenny King interrupts the match, demanding to see some “Wolves with teeth!”
Edwards and Richards trade submissions and pin attempts as King demands more aggression from the outside. Edwards scores a pin on Richards, earning King’s protest. King demands a fight from The Wolves, who attack and send King up the ramp and out of the IMPACT ZONE!
Backstage: Carter questions MVP’s decision to book Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries in a Contract vs. Contract Match. MVP assures Dixie that his decision-making abilities are superior to hers.
Out of the break, a recap of last week’s Knockout’s action played – detailing the events that transpired between Madison Rayne and Brittany.
Backstage: Brittany confronts Madison Rayne assuring her of her allegiance. Madison tells Brittany to keep her distance and do “nothing” in her Knockout’s Championship match against Angelina Love.
Backstage: Robbie E stresses about The Menagerie – and Crazy Steve as recalls a horrific birthday party involving a clown.
Backstage: MVP informs Brian Hebner a clear winner must be determined in the Contract vs. Contract match between Samoa Joe and Austin Aries. Cut to Samoa Joe addressing MVP. Aries confronts Joe, assuring him he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure he still has a job at the end of the night.
DJ Z introduces Robbie E and Jessie, The BroMans! A nervous Robbie E says, “It’s about The Menagerie, Bro! …and none of us speak French!”
Jessie reassures and encourages Robbie E as The Menagerie’s theme overtakes the IMPACT ZONE. Knux and Rebel enter with The Freak and Crazy Steve. In the ring, Jessie impersonates Ace Ventura as DJ Z and Crazy Steve engage in what Taz identifies as a “horn off.” The Freak, Knux, and Crazy Steve clear the ring as Rebel looks on laughing
Backstage: Eric Young and Bully Ray encourage Brian Hebner to “do the right thing.” Hebner exits as Bully Ray and Eric Young assure they’ll do what they have to do. The Contract vs. Contract match is next!
A video of Gunner and Samuel Shaw airs. They’re playing Go Fish in the asylum.
MATCH 3: Contract vs. Contract: Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries
Aries is out first for the match where the loser’s contract is terminated! His opponent, from the Isle of Samoa, “The Samoan Submission Machine,” Samoa Joe! The bell sounds and the two lock up in the middle of the ring, Joe and Aries trade blows and the advantage.
Joe attempts an early muscle-buster from the top rope, which Aries reverses into a pin attempt. The match continues back and forth until Joe attempts a second muscle-buster and Aries jumps from the ring, hanging Joe up on the top rope.
Aries locks in a bridge submission. Eric Young interferes, pulling Brian Hebner from the ring before Joe can submit. Hebner returns to the ring as Joe locks in a rear-naked choke. Before Aries can submit, Hebner is again pulled from the ring and attacked by Bully Ray. Eric Young tells Hebner, “This is bigger than you and this is bigger than me – we had to do what we had to do brother.”
MVP enters, threatening the careers of Bully Ray and the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Eric Young. Bully Ray claims MVP is “ruining this place!” Bully Ray suggests the he, the World Champion EY, Austin Aries, and Samoa Joe face MVP, Kenny King, Bobby Lashley, and EC3 in an 8-man first-blood match, tonight! Kenny King accepts!
Match Result: No Contest.
Backstage: An eccentric Mr. Anderson wanders about – on his way into the IMPACT ZONE.
Christy Hemme welcomes “The Cowboy” James Storm to the ring. Out comes Mr. Anderson (“Cowboy Ken”), “the new sheriff in town – a drunk, redneck hillbilly from Tennessee.”
Cowboy Ken apologizes to Christy about his “damn breath.” James Storm interrupts! Anderson and Storm exchange words. Storm approaches the ring and threatens Anderson with “one more round,” not of the drinking kind. Anderson and Storm collide! Just when Anderson takes the advantage, Storm throws a drink into Anderson’s eyes and mounts an intense attack outside the ring before dropping Anderson in the middle of the ring with The Last Call!
Storm grabs a mic to remind Anderson to bring his cowboy boots to Slammiversary on June 15, to “dance with the devil.”
Video: Gunner returns to Samuel Shaw with his sketchbook. Gunner wants to see inside. “Okay,” says an uncertain Samuel Shaw as IMPACT fades into a commercial.
Video: IMPACT returns as Gunner and Samuel explore the sketch book. Inside, Gunner reminisces about his mother’s cooking and feeling like Christy Hemme’s shadow. There’s an unfinished picture, but the show cuts to “The Killer Queen,” Madison Rayne as she enters the IMPACT ZONE to challenge for the Knockout’s Title!
MATCH 4: Knockout’s Championship Match: Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love (c) w/ Velvet Sky
The Beautiful people enter as Mike Tenay remind viewers that Love is a record-setting six-time Knockout’s Champion. Madison Rayne aggressively pursues Angelina Love and goes right on the offense. Velvet Sky interferes and Brittany rushes to ringside.
Distracted by Brittany, Angelina Love capitalizes and lands a hard knee to the side of Madison’s head. After Angelina herself is distracted by Brittany, Madison scores a series of pin attempts. Velvet Sky returns to the apron, blinding Madison with hairspray, allowing Angelina Love to score the pinfall to retain her Knockout’s Championship.
Winner: Angelina Love
Backstage: MVP, Kenny King, and Bobby Lashley tell EC3 to not “mess this up.” EC3 reminds MVP that he’s undefeated.
Backstage: Madison Rayne confronts Brittany backstage, questioning why Brittany let Velvet Sky spray her in the face – Brittany says she did “nothing,” as she was told and walks away.
MAIN EVENT: First-Blood 8-Man Tag Team Match: EC3, MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, Bully Ray, and the World Heavyweght Champion, Eric Young
EC3 makes his entrance for IMPACT’s main event. MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley are out next, followed by their opponents.
Austin Aries and Kenny King start that match. The match becomes a series of quick tags as the crowd chants, “We want tables!” As the match progresses, EC3, MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley increase their rapid-fire tags and isolate the World Heavyweight Champion, Eric Young, while focusing their attacks on the champion’s face.
Finally, Eric Young is able to make the hot tag to Samoa Joe who begins to dominate EC3. The match breaks down as all the wrestlers flood the ring with a series of signature moves. Austin Aries and Bully Ray double-team Kenny King, before Aries flies to the outside. EC3 attacks Bully Ray, but misses an attack in the corner, allowing Bully Ray to grab a chain and win the match by striking EC3 and drawing first blood!
Winners: Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries and Eric Young
IMPACT Wrestling goes off the air with MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley attacking EC3. Dixie Carter rushes to EC3’s defense assuring MVP that he’s started a war and he should “Get ready to bleed!”