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October 7, 2015 | World Title Series

The Following 72 Hours

EC3 says he’s filed an injunction with the courts, citing a conspiracy to take away his World Title. The injunction prevents Matt Hardy, the newly crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion, from appearing on Impact Wrestling.

Hardy appears via satellite to say he’s relinquishing the TNA World Title, negating Carter’s injunction against him, Dixie Carter and TNA Wrestling. Hardy says fans deserve a fighting champion that’s able to be seen.

Dixie says Matt’s decision was unselfish and put TNA and the wrestling industry first, providing Impact with a unique opportunity – to present the World Title Series!

World Title Series Breakdown

Josh Mathews and Pope declare a total of 32 men and women, or eight groups of four, will compete to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

 World Title Series breakdown:

- Group Play: A round-robin style contest, where each opponent will face every member of their group in matches with 15-minute time limits. A victory earns 3 points, draws earn 1 point and losses earn 0.

- Round of 16: The top two competitors from each group move on to the Round of 16, where there are no time limits and single eliminations.

Introducing the first four groups:

            - Group UK: Bram, Rockstar Spud, Grado, Drew Galloway

            - Group Wildcard: Aiden O’Shea, Crazzy Steve, Kenny King, Mahabali Shera

            - Group Knockouts: Awesome Kong, Madison Rayne, Brooke, Gail Kim

            - Group Champions: Lashley, Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson, EC3

World Title Series: Group UK | Bram vs. Drew Galloway 

Bram takes it to Galloway; Galloway sends Bram outside. Bram pulls Galloway from the ring and swings him into the stairs. He drives Galloway’s head into the apron before rolling him into the ring for a headlock. Galloway is sent crashing into the turnbuckle before being caught in an intense fist trade. Bram is sent back to the outside.

With an assist from ringside fans, Galloway unloads a massive set of chops before smashing Bram’s face into the stairs nearly a dozen times. Galloway slams Bram onto the apron before delivering a running boot to earn the victory.

Result: Drew Galloway def. Bram (Galloway: 3, Bram: 0)

Backstage: Gail Kim says Impact Wrestling has always been a place where women could succeed. She asks if there’s anywhere else where women have the opportunity to be the World Heavyweight Champion.

World Title Series: Group Knockouts | Brooke vs. Gail Kim

Brooke holds her own against Gail until she’s sent crashing to the mat. Brooke counters a tilt-a-whirl headscissor with a pin attempt. Gail’s out but caught with a clothesline.

Brooke grounds Gail with a bridging chicken wing submission. Gail refuses to tap and counters with a submission of her own. Brooke won’t quit and deflects an Eat Defeat with a face-breaker.

Gail and Brooke come to blows. Brooke capitalizes with a facebuster from the second rope. Brooke misses an elbow drop from the top rope; Gail applies a ring post Figure Four.

Brooke counters a second Eat Defeat with an inside cradle for the upset.

Result: Brooke def. Gail Kim (Brooke: 3, Gail Kim: 0)

Backstage: EC3 says the World Title Series should be called the “EC3 Memorial Screwjob Series.” Carter vows to win, beginning with a victory over Austin Aries.

World Title Series: Group UK | Rockstar Spud vs. Grado

Grado dominates Spud for the early portion of the match. Spud connects with a series of running forearms; Grado misses a splash. Spud connects with a dropkick; Grado connects with a pedigree!  

Spud rolls through an ankle lock, countering with a splash, bulldog and his version of The Worm. Grado powers out of Spud’s pin attempt and drops The People’s Elbow. Spud counters a Styles Clash and lifts Grado for a chokeslam!

Grado’s out a two! Spud fires back with a stunner and the Underdog for the win.

Result: Rockstar Spud def. Grado (Rockstar Spud: 3, Grado: 0)

World Title Series: Group Champions | Ethan Carter III vs. Austin Aries

Aries makes his Impact return accompanied by Thea Trinidad.

Aries takes Carter down with a snapmare. A dropkick from Aries sends Carter through the ropes. Aries gains momentum and Carter retreats.  

Aries drills Carter with a series of rights before slamming his face onto the stairs. Tyrus closes in on Thea, bringing Aries from the top rope. Carter capitalizes by sending Aries into the barricade.

Carter applies a headlock and executes a neckbreaker. He reapplies the hold as the clock begins counting down from five minutes. Aries sends Carter over the top rope and drives him face-first into the turnbuckle. Aries drops him with neckbreaker on the second rope and connects with a suicide dive!

Aries catches Carter with a missile dropkick and discuss elbow for a two-count. Carter pulls Aries from the ropes with a TKO and a near-fall. Carter misses a splash; Aries sets up for the brainbuster. Carter counters with a series of shoulder blocks.

Aries battles out of a superplex with a 450 splash! Carter just kicks out as the crowd chants, “That was three!”

Tyrus interferes and Carter grabs Aries for a schoolboy that turns into a sit-out powerbomb and two count! Carter rakes Aries’ eyes; Thea grabs Carter’s ankle. Aries is there with a schoolboy that turns into the Last Chancery!

Chrisy Hemme announces one-minute remaining of the time limit as Carter reaches the ropes. Aries and Carter trade set-ups for brainbusters and One Percenters, but neither man scores. Aries is moments away from locking in a second Last Chancery when the time limit expires.

Result: Draw (Ethan Carter III: 1, Austin Aries: 1)

Post-match: The Impact Zone chants, “Let them fight!” Aries finally counters a One Percenter with a brainbuster.

Backstage: Austin Aries has words for Ethan Carter III.

World Title Series: Group Knockouts | Awesome Kong vs. Madison Rayne

Madison counters an early implant buster by Kong. Kong splashes her in the corner and tosses her across the ring. Madison rallies back with a series of rights, but Kong overpowers her, planting her on the mat.  

Madison leaps onto Kong with a rear-naked choke. Kong breaks the hold and applies a torture rack! Kong releases for a press slam, but misses a splash, earning Madison a two-count. Madison connects with a crossbody; Kong grabs the ropes.

Madison answers with an enziguri, big boot and missile dropkick. Kong’s out a two. She lands a back fist, followed by the implant buster for the win and three points.

Result: Awesome Kong def. Madison Rayne (Awesome Kong: 3, Madison Rayne: 0)

Backstage: Lashley says Mr. Anderson is “Victim #1.”

Exclusive Interview with Matt Hardy

Hardy describes what he felt after finally achieving his dream to become a World Heavyweight Champion. Hardy says the controversy surrounding his Bound For Glory match with Drew Galloway and EC3 opened the door for EC3’s injunction, leaving him no choice but to forfeit the title.

Hardy says the World Title Series provides him with an opportunity to prove he’s the best – and the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.

World Title Series: Group Champions | Mr. Anderson vs. Lashley

Lashley immobilizes Mr. Anderson at the opening bell; Anderson forces a break with the ropes. Lashley connects with a standing vertical suplex, but collides with the ring post after a missed shoulder block.

Anderson targets Lashley’s shoulder with an armbar. Lashley sends Anderson into the ropes; Anderson’s back with a shoulder tackle and standing dropkick. He reapplies the armbar.

Anderson drops over the top rope with Lashley’s arm. Anderson’s quickly back in the ring to take Lashley down with a single arm DDT. Lashley powers out of a third armbar and powers Anderson down with a spinebuster.

The clock begins counting down from five minutes. Anderson scores with two Green Bay Plunges and a version of the TKO – it’s good for a two-count. Lashley counters a Mic Check with a spear to claim the victory and three points!

Result: Lashley def. Mr. Anderson (Lashley: 3, Mr. Anderson: 0)

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Rob Gronkowski wants to be called "Robbie G" and it's not sitting well with Impact's own, Robbie E. TMZ just posted the following story.

Not many people have the balls to threaten Rob Gronkowski -- but TNA star Robbie E is going after the NFL star -- claiming Gronk stole his wrestling nickname and now he's gotta pay!!!

Robbie says he's frickin' livid over a wrestling-style promo Gronk made this week in which he calls himself, "Robbie G" -- accusing Rob of the worst thing anyone can be accused of ... blatant rip-offery. 

"I never thought an NFL player from the New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski would have to try and steal my name bro," Robbie says. 

"So here's the deal ... I'm gonna beat you worse than the Dallas Cowboys are gonna beat you bro."

Robbie says he's already locked up the perfect place for the two to throw down -- TNA's Impact Wrestling.

Read more and watch the videos at:

After the announcement by Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan regarding the future of the World Title, Josh Mathews breaks down what to expect for tonight's IMPACT WRESTLING On Destination America.


TNA President, Dixie Carter and TNA Executive, Billy Corgan have made it official. The World Title Series begins tonight. Every 30 minutes starting at 2:30PM EST on we will be releasing The fist half of the field. 16 athletes will find out when you do that they will be competing The First Ever World Title Series. Then don’t miss Impact Wrestling tonight to see how it all unfolds.

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Bobby Roode Added to the World Title Series on IMPACT WRESTLING


~ Matt Hardy ~
The man who relinquished the title is in! Matt Hardy wants to be Champion, but wants to win it the right way. The World Title Series is the right way.



~ Crimson ~
He has been around TNA long enough to know that chances like this don’t come along often. Can Crimson take advantage?



~ Tigre Uno ~
The X Division Champion is poised for a breakout moment. Will that moment come in The World Title Series?



~ James Storm ~
He is a former World Champion and a unique athlete. Can James Storm make his way thru this tough field and become Champion again?



~ Davey Richards ~
One half of The World Tag Team Champions, Davey couldn’t pass this opportunity by and is in The World Title Series.



~ Eli Drake ~
His name is Eli Drake. He has a chance at The World Title. This is what Eli has been asking for, to be centerstage.



~ DJ Z ~
It’s all about that DJ tho!!! What a chance! Can DJZ get it done?



~ Abyss ~
The man who has been here since day one. The Man who has done it all. The Man that can be World Champion, if he survives.



~ Robbie E ~
He has accomplished a ton and wants more. He wants to be taken seriously as a wrestler, well here is your chance, Robbie E.


Micah Square

~ Micah ~
The bloodline, the pedigree and The DNA, but can Micah put it all together and win a World Title?


Eric Young Participant Card In The World Title Series

~ Eric Young ~
Call him bloodthirsty or deranged or a lunatic, but we might be calling him “Champ” at the end of The World Title Series.


Manik Participant Card In The World Title Series

~ Manik ~
2x X Division Champion and a lethal striker. Can Manik become World Champion?


Eddie Edwards Participant Card In The World Title Series

~ Eddie Edwards ~
Eddie Edwards: His partner is in and now so is Eddie. Imagine if it came down to The Wolves? That would be a hunt to see!


Jessie Godderz Participant Card In The World Title Series

~ Jessie Godderz ~
The Man! The Modern Day Adonis! All Jessie Godderz needs is gold… World Title Gold!


Jessie Godderz Participant Card In The World Title Series

~ Mandrews ~
The high flying X Division Star! The winner of British Bootcamp Season 2, can Mandrews win The World Title?


Jessie Godderz Participant Card In The World Title Series

~ Bobby Roode ~
The King of The Mountain Champion. The Purest. The Wrestlers Wrestler. An early favorite to cruise to victory. Bobby Roode. Enough said.




~ Ethan Carter III ~
The Man who filed an injuction and started all this chaos is officially in The World Title Series. Has EC3 finally got what he wants?



~ Lashley ~
The Destroyer is in. Everyone needs to watch out now, things just got very interesting.



~ Austin Aries ~
What??? How??? Who??? This man lost his TNA CAREER!!! How did he pull this off?



~ Mr. Anderson ~
He is a 2x World Champion and this chance might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Mr. Anderson.




~ Drew Galloway ~
The former #1 Contender for The World Title sees another opportunity at becoming Champion. Will Galloway finally be Champion?



~ Rockstar Spud ~
The Ultimate Underdog has accomplished so much in his career. Is The World Title his next major feat?



~ Bram ~
He is the most dangerous man on the roster, he may run roughshod over everyone en route to becoming World Champion.



~ Grado ~
If Austin Aries can find a way into the World Title Series after losing his career in TNA, Grado should be given a chance, right?


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~ Kenny King ~
The 2x X Division Champion has this opportunity to become World Champion for the first time in his career.



~ Crazzy Steve ~
From the circus to the World Title? Anything is possible in this World Title Series.



~ Aiden O'Shea ~
TNA Executives were impressed with the strength shown by this newcomer at Bound For Glory. A big chance for the heavy hitter from Chicago.



~ Mahabali Shera ~
This is no surprise, Shera has been a force since his debut and has been trending in a positive direction since dumping The Revolution.




~ Gail Kim ~
Yes. An elite group of Knockouts has been selected to compete for The World Title. Gail Kim, as Knockouts Champion has been selected.



~ Madison Rayne ~
She is a 5x Knockouts Champion and with The Beautiful People watching her back, can Madison Rayne become World Champion?



~ Awesome Kong ~
Fearless, powerful and ready to hoist gold above her head. Will it be World Title gold after The World Title Series?



~ Brooke ~
She never received her Knockouts Title rematch, so how about a chance at The World Title for The Houston, TX native?



 The World Title Series has begun.

NASHVILLE (Wed., October 7, 2015): Following days of shocking events and litigation that led to the vacating of the TNA World Title, TNA executives today announced an unprecedented World Title Series that will begin tonight on IMPACT WRESTLING at 9e/p on Destination America to crown a new undisputed World Champion. 

The Events Leading Up To Today’s Announcement

The signature event every year for TNA Wrestling is Bound For Glory, which took place live on Pay-Per-View this past Sunday in Charlotte, NC, and ended with Matt Hardy achieving a lifelong dream of becoming the TNA World Champion for the first time. Yet, Matt’s victory was mired in controversy given many believe the actions of his brother, Jeff Hardy, who was serving as guest referee, led to Matt’s victory and crowning as the new TNA World Champion.

On Monday, the man who lost the TNA World Title at Bound For Glory, former champion Ethan Carter III (EC3) filed an injunction preventing the new TNA World Champion Matt Hardy from appearing on television until the controversy was settled. Matt Hardy, learning that the first court date for the injunction would not be until December, refused to let this become a political affair and relinquished the title just two days after winning it at Bound For Glory. This left TNA executives with a decision to make regarding the future of the World Championship.

The Crowning of A New Undisputed TNA World Champion

TNA President Dixie Carter met with her senior staff, including Senior Producer Billy Corgan, to determine a resolution to the situation. Today they announced that they have accepted Matt Hardy’s request to relinquish the Title, which nullifies the injunction filed by EC3. 

“Although we were prepared to fight the injunction, we understood the process would hold up the World Title for weeks, if not months. We respect the honorable decision that Matt Hardy made not only for IMPACT WRESTLING, but for this business itself,” said Carter. “His unselfish act led us to create an opportunity to do something truly special.” 

The World Title Series Begins Tonight

TNA announced that on tonight’s Destination America broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING, the World Title Series will begin to crown a new undisputed World Champion.   

“We don’t have a champion right now, so we worked strategically and creatively to turn this misfortune into an exciting new format that allows us a true, fair way to determine who is the best of the best,” said Corgan. “We believe this World Title Series will bring the prestige and legitimacy of the Championship to another level.” 

The World Title Series will feature a format very similar to soccer’s World Cup, with thirty-two members of the IMPACT WRESTLING roster competing for the TNA World Championship. The wrestlers will be divided into eight groups to begin round-robin group play. Winners receive three points, a draw receives one point and a loss earns zero points. The top two point-getters from each group will advance to the field of 16 and a single elimination tournament where the competitor who wins advances and the loser goes home. The ultimate winner of the World Title Series will have survived the most grueling test in the history of wrestling and will be crowned the true and undisputed TNA World Champion. 

The complete World Title Series will broadcast weekly on Wednesdays on Destination America at 9e/p. The show will feature advancements in the presentation of professional wrestling offering new features like a virtual set where hosts Josh Mathews and Pope will update viewers on the World Title Series leaderboard, incorporate social media interactions from fans and wrestlers, and make predictions. After the matches, cameras are waiting backstage to capture instant reactions from the competitors leaving the ring.



Josh Mathews takes a look at what we know so far going into tonight's IMPACT WRESTLING and what may be in store for the future.  He also lets us know when we will hear an update of the final decision from the executives in charge. 

Moments ago during the Bound For Glory broadcast on Challenge TV in the UK and Ireland, TNA President Dixie Carter revealed the three dates on the January 2016 TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour in Manchester, London and Birmingham will be double IMPACT WRESTLING tapings.
Nine additional Stars and Knockouts have also been added to the Tour, including British favorite Grado, Tag Team Champions The Wolves - Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, former TNA World Champion Mr. Anderson, X-Division Champion Tigre Uno, India’s Mahabali Shera and Knockouts Champion Gail Kim, Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne.
The 2016 TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour includes stops in:
Manchester on January 29
London on January 30
Birmingham on January 31

PosterWeb has been providing updates on the EC3/Matt Hardy Injunction story throughout the day - PREVIOUS STORY UPDATES
TNA and Matt Hardy were informed within the last two hours that the first available court date in this case would be in December.  

After a flurry of phone calls between Matt, Dixie and various TNA executives, we received the following video statement from Matt Hardy.


TNA officials have promised to make a statement tomorrow about the future of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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