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 features the following card:
The Great Muta & Tajiri vs James Storm & The Great Sanada
Team 3D vs Abyss & Tommy Dreamer
Samoa Joe vs Low Ki vs Kaz Hayashi (X-Division Championship)
Ethan Carter III vs Ryota Hama
MVP vs Kazma Sakamoto
Manik vs Minoru Tanaka
HAVOK vs Velvet Sky (TNA Knockouts Championship)
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!
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When we last left you, Austin Aries defeated Knux in a very physical one on one encounter earning his way into the NYC Gold Rush Finale against four top TNA superstars. Aries used his wit, strength and endurance to overcome the odds and left TNA's summer in the city with a guaranteed championship opportunity. A chance to challenge for any title Aries sees fit.
So it begs the question, which champion will Aries challenge? Austin Aries has always done what he wants and can now dictate the future of TNA and IMPACT Wrestling. While challenging Lashley for The TNA World Heavyweight Championship seems likely, Aries may flip the script and go after another title.
We at IMPACTWrestling.com spoke to Aries via Skype last week and he echoed those exact words. All we know for certain is that Austin Aries has a championship match this week on Impact Wrestling.
Don't miss IMPACT Wrestling tonight at 9/8c on Spike TV to find out which champion Austin Aries challenges and if he is successful.
IMPACT Coverage by Bobby James
September 24, 2014
IMPACT Wrestling opens with the announcement of the “New York City Gold Rush.” In the series, MVP, Magnus, Austin Aries, Abyss and Robbie E will collide in singles bouts throughout the night, with mystery opponents. Winners of the five matches will advance to the Gold Rush main event. The victor of the Gold Rush five-way match will earn the right to challenge the champion of their choosing.
MVP is out first, claiming he’ll be victorious against his opponent…Low Ki!
Gold Rush Qualifier
MVP vs. Low Ki
The NYC crowd stands firmly behind Low Ki as he locks up with MVP in the middle of the ring. MVP takes an early advantage after a stiff elbow to the head. Low Ki battles back. He and MVP trade blows and MVP attempts a cover. Low Ki is out immediately.
Low Ki dodges a charging MVP and cuts in with a series of chops. MVP mockingly exposes his chest, to which Low Ki begins chopping away, drawing “Woo’s” from the crowd.
MVP sends Low Ki over the top rope with a blasting kick to the face. MVP launches himself over the top rope, connecting with Low Ki. MVP rolls Low Ki into the ring, maintaining his advantage. He taunts Low Ki using his own fighting stance.
Low Ki kicks MVP in the back of the head and changes the look of the match. MVP is sent outside and Low Ki leaps from the top rope, crashing down on MVP’s head. In the ring, Low Ki attempts a Ki Krusher, but MVP counters and manages a Drive By to advance to the NYC Gold Rush.
Backstage: The BroMans talk about The Beautiful People, the Gold Rush and Robbie E’s upcoming appearance on the Amazing Race with Brooke Tessmacher!
Gold Rush Qualifier
Robbie E vs. Tajiri
Robbie E says, “Let me ask you something. When you look at Robbie E, what do you see? You see perfectly threaded eyebrows, you see a dope BroMan tank top, you see a perfect tan and really big muscles…I’m ‘Inter-Bro-National!’”
The bell sounds and “The Japanese Buzzsaw” executes a series of strikes and kicks. Robbie E escapes to the outside and drives Tajiri’s back into the apron. Robbie E rolls Tajiri into the ring and mounts him, nailing a series of rights.
Robbie E thwarts Tajiri’s comeback until Tajiri lands a kick to the top of Robbie E’s head. Tajiri locks in the Tarantula. Tajiri misses a Buzzsaw kick and Robbie E catches him with a DDT!
Tajiri kicks out at two. Robbie E shoves Tajiri into the referee. While the ref is down, Tajiri sprays Robbie E with green mist and follows with a Buzzsaw kick for the win.
Backstage: Rockstar Spud addresses internet rumors about friction with EC3.
Backstage: Rockstar Spud takes a phone call from EC3 and says, “Ethan, you can’t talk to me…Yes sir, you can talk to me however you’d like…”
Gold Rush Qualifier
Austin Aries vs. Knux w/ The Menagerie
Austin Aries grabs an early headlock, but Knux fights out and sends Aries to the mat with a shoulder block. Knux and Aries take turns doing handstands and cartwheels. Finally, the competitors lock up once again. Aries takes him down with a wristlock, but Knux powers out and jumps to his feet.
Knux drops face-first onto the mat after Aries connects with a running dropkick to the knee. Aries sends Knux outside and attempts a suicide dive, but Knux gets his foot up to catch Aries in the face!
Knux connects with a standing dropkick, showing a further display of athleticism! Aries begins fighting back with a flurry of kicks and forearms. Knux rolls to the outside, and this time, Aries’ suicide dive connects with Crazy Steve and The Freak! Back in the ring, Knux powers Aries down with a side slam.
Knux comes off the ropes, connecting with a crossbody for a two-count. Aries reverses a slam and connects with a dropkick and a discuss forearm. Aries hoists a disoriented Knux into the air for the brainbuster and the three count.
Winner: Austin Aries
Gold Rush Qualifier
Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson
Magnus attacks Anderson before the bell even sounds. Anderson comes back with a series of rights and an elbow to the face. Anderson attempts an early Mic Check, but Magnus slips out of the ring.
Anderson attempts a baseball slide, but Magnus pulls out and traps him in the apron. He nails Anderson in the head and tells the ref to count it. Anderson answers the count, but Magnus catches him with a second rope DDT before he’s back in the ring.
Magnus grounds Mr. Anderson with a headlock. Anderson fights out and flies off the ropes, but Magnus catches him with a hard series of clotheslines. Magnus whips Anderson into the corner, but somehow, Anderson comes rushing out and they catch one another with clotheslines.
They trade blows in the center of the ring and the momentum shifts in Anderson’s favor. Magnus rakes Anderson’s eyes and reverses another Mic Check attempt by powering Anderson down for a two count. Anderson’s foot reaches the bottom rope just before three.
Anderson reverses Magnus’ Spineshaker and finally catches him a Mic Check for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Mike Tenay and Taz preview the impending collision between Havok and Gail Kim.
Video: A recap of the havoc wreaked by Havok since her arrival in TNA. Havok and Gail Kim meet for the Knockout’s Champoinship next week!
Gold Rush Qualifier
Abyss vs. Samuel Shaw
As Taz says, both competitors are very odd and crazy. The bell sounds and Abyss overpowers Samuel Shaw twice before catching a few clubbing shots to the face. “The Monster” Abyss tries for an early chokeslam, but Samuel Shaw breaks free. Abyss catches him by the throat again and rolls him over the top rope to the floor.
Abyss slams Samuel into the guardrail and then fights him around the ring. Abyss throws a punch, but Samuel moves and Abyss catches the ring post! Samuel fights back until Abyss grabs a steel chair. Abyss swings – and again, he connects with the ring post.
Samuel wraps Abyss’ arm around the ring post twice before slamming it onto the steel stairs. Samuel continues his assault on the arm, but Abyss is overcome by either rage or power. Abyss scores a strong shoulder block and series of offense before powering Samuel down with a chokeslam!
Abyss pulls the referee out of the way in pursuit of Samuel Shaw. Samuel takes the opportunity to grab the steel chair and drive it into the head of Abyss. Samuel climbs into the ring and rushes into a Black Hole Slam. Abyss covers him for the win.
The New York City Gold Rush
MVP vs. Tajiri vs. Austin Aries vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss
MVP hops out of the ring, to be a spectator to the beginning action between the other four competitors. As the fight spills to the outside, MVP finds himself in the center of the ring, taunting the other wrestlers.
Abyss stalks him from behind and hits MVP with a right. MVP retreats and tags in Mr. Anderson. Abyss hits a few big rights before squashing Anderson in the corner. Anderson starts to mount some offense, but “The Japanese Buzzsaw” tags himself into the match.
Anderson takes down Tajiri with a shoulder block, then the two exchange a series of chops and punches in the middle of the ring. Tajiri sidesteps Anderson, who crashes shoulder first into the ring post. Tajiri attempts a pin – it’s good for two.
Aries tags Anderson and squares off against Tajiri. They shake hands before exchanging a series of submission holds. Aries connects with a dropkick, but Tajiri comes back with a round kick and a jumping back elbow.
Aries whips Tajiri into the corner, where Tajiri attempts a Tarantula. Aries counters, sending Tajiri to the floor. MVP nails Aries with a cheap shot and with Aries distracted, Tajiri sneaks in a kick to the head. Tajiri gets a two-count.
Mr. Anderson tags in, but Aries is able to fight back and maintain the advantage. Aries crawls toward MVP, who drops down from the apron. Abyss comes into the match and attempts a chokeslam. Aries counters and catches Abyss with a discuss forearm before taggin an unsuspecting MVP!
Abyss begins to dominate and MVP retreats, tagging in Tajiri! Abyss and Tajiri trade blows and when Abyss tries for a chokeslam, Tajiri sprays the mist! Mr. Anderson tags in, but he’s quickly locked into a Tarantula!
Anderson drops Tajiri from the top rope with a rolling slam and MVP tags himself in. MVP nails Anderson with a Drive By and Austin Aries breaks the count to make the save! Anderson drops to the outside as Aries fights MVP out of the ring. Aries flies, catching Abyss and MVP with a suicide dive.
Aries rolls MVP back into the ring, then he rolls Anderson into the ring on the other side. He tags Anderson and comes face to face with MVP. MVP attempts another Drive By, but Aries counters with a roll-up for the three!
Winner: Austin Aries