Senior Manager, Digital Content & Engagement
Department: Consumer Engagement
Reports directly to: Director of Consumer Engagement
TNA’s Senior Manager of Digital Content and Engagement must be a highly motivated, organized individual with experience and a passion for content creation, community engagement and campaign activation. A relationship builder, the employee will partner cross-functionally to develop and implement digital engagement strategies in support of TNA products and properties.
This position will serve as editor of TNA’s digital content calendar and will be accountable for overseeing the creation and dissemination of timely, dynamic, interactive and engaging content across owned and paid platforms, including impactwrestling.com and TNA’s social channels.
The employee will also develop strategies to grow and enhance engagement via TNA’s social media channels, including partnering with sponsors and talent.
As a leader within the Consumer Engagement Team, the employee will use strong communications skills to develop and pitch concepts, as well as share analysis to fellow team members and executives.
The employee will exude an enthusiasm for learning and experimenting with current and developing trends, technologies and methodologies to proactively cultivate loyalists and amplify advocates.
- Develop and implement content engagement strategies to exceed ratings and revenue goals.
- Manage the day-to-day activities of TNA’s digital platforms, including website and social channels.
- Partner with internal clients to understand business needs and develop solutions to boost consumer engagement and profitability.
- Oversee development and execution of daily content calendar, including plotting digital marketing campaign(s) activation and asset needs.
- Manage vendors and independent contractors in development of content and assets.
- Manage the performance and effectiveness of content, using analysis to inform future methodologies and approaches. Effectively use data to share a narrative, including trends, with fellow team members and partners.
- Capture and curate data to cultivate consumer relationships and exceed profitability goals; oversee database management and customer relationship management tools.
- Accountable for continuous learning – understanding best practices, trends, methodologies and technologies/platforms in an ever-changing landscape.
- Foster relationships and establish credibility among TNA team members and partners.
- Energetic, inquisitive and collaborative with a great attitude and high aptitude.
- Minimum four years demonstrated experience leading content strategy development and implementation on behalf of a brand.
- Results-oriented professional with documented digital marketing strategy development, implementation and analysis experience. Success is this position will rely, in part, on the ability to handle day-to-day operations, while also investing time in long-term strategic planning.
- Must have and retain great skill in data management and analysis.
- Strong written, oral and interpersonal communications skills. Excellent copy editing skills required.
- Extremely detail-oriented and driven to exceed goals.
- Ability to quickly assess business needs and make informed decisions.
- Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends
- Occasional travel.
TNA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons because of age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, gender, ethnic or national origin, or veteran status. TNA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
April 17, 2015 | Tag Team Gold
Qualifying Tag Team Contest | The Hardys vs. The Revolution
James Storm and Khoya attack The Hardys before the bell. The Hardys ground Khoya and send James Storm flying into the guardrail. Jeff leaps from the apron with a cross body to Storm; Matt jumps at Khoya. Khoya catches Matt and drives him into the steel steps.
Jeff rolls into the ring as Storm steals and uses a fan’s replica title belt to take a cheap shot on Matt. Storm and Khoya methodically isolate and double team Matt Hardy. Storm connects with a double knee facebreaker; Khoya follows it up with a clothesline.
Storm and Khoya exchange tags again as the crowd comes to life behind Matt. Matt counters Storm with a Side Effect before making the hot tag to Jeff. Jeff unleashes his fury on The Revolution. A distraction by Khoya allows Storm a cheap shot.
Jeff Hardy battles back with an attempted Twist of Fate to Storm – and Khoya. Both counter, but Jeff ducks and Storm nails Khoya with a Last Call! Matt Hardy finally scores a Twist of Fate that sets Khoya up for the Swanton and pin! The Hardys advance to Ultimate X for the TNA World Tag Team Championships.
Winners: The Hardys
Post-match: James Storm attacks Khoya. The Hardys vow to become tag team champions.
Backstage: Eric Young addresses Kurt Angle. He says he wants his title shot, now.
Eric Young plods toward the ring. He declares that he’s a man to be avoided, especially given his mood. He claims to be the number one contender – and says he doesn’t care how many people he has to hurt to get his shot.
Young reference his attack on Lashley following the three way title match last week. Kurt Angle interrupts. Eric Young goes on the offensive and says he sees a man that can be beat – a man that can be hurt.
Angle says Eric Young is blinded by the championship and has turned into a lunatic. Angle confirms the title match for next week and asks Eric Young which version of himself he wishes to be. Angle says he wants to face the old Eric Young.
Angle turns his back, providing Eric Young an opportunity to attack. Eric Young does not.
Backstage: Low Ki and Kenny King bully Rockstar Spud backstage. Mr. Anderson makes the save, but The BDC says Spud is on borrowed time.
Qualifying Tag Team Contest | The BDC vs. Rockstar Spud and Mr. Anderson
Representing The BDC – Low Ki and Kenny King attack Spud before the match officially begins. Capitalizing on their assault, The BDC isolates Spud to continue their demolition. Kenny King mocks Mr. Anderson while Low Ki takes a cheap shot on Spud.
Spud reaches across the ring, but the rapid tags of The BDC never cease, nor does their double team assault. Spud kicks King in the face and crawls toward Mr. Anderson. King connects with a kick to the mid-section and drags Spud back across the ring. Low Ki gets his turn. He locks in a submission and series of strikes before bringing King back into the match.
Spud rolls through a slam from King and makes a pin attempt. Despite having a visual victory, the referee never sees the pin because he’s distracted by Low Ki and Mr. Anderson. When King finally kicks out, Spud connects with an enziguri! Spud almost has the tag when Low Ki rushes across the ring to knock Anderson from the apron!
The BDC is about to double team Spud again, when Anderson charges. He takes out Low Ki and Kenny King before tossing Spud to the corner. He climbs just outside the ropes and makes the official tag.
With a flurry of clotheslines and back elbows, Mr. Anderson takes control of the match. Anderson tags Spud and throws him at Low Ki! Spud connects with a hurricanrana that sends Low Ki flying to the outside! As Spud and Anderson look poised for a double team on King, a chair is slid into the ring.
Anderson ejects the chair, which distracts the referee. Spud connects with an Underdog to King! Spud makes the cover, but Low Ki lands on his back with the Warrior’s Way! King makes the pin and The BDC advances to the Ultimate X match.
Winners: The BDC
Backstage: Ethan Carter III says he’s undefeated; Bram says he’s unstoppable
Backstage: The BDC has a celebratory gathering. MVP says The Rising stood up to get beat down – and just like them, Spud and Anderson did the same. MVP says he wants Angle dealt with. Homicide pulls a razor blade from his mouth and goes off in search of Angle.
Qualifying Tag Team Contest | Tigre Uno and Jay Rios vs. EC3 w/ Tyrus and Bram
Immediately, Tigre Uno sends EC3 into retreat! Tigre Uno launches himself over the top rope, but he’s caught mid-air by Tyrus; Tyrus slams him onto the floor. EC3 gets in some offense before tagging, and unleashing, Bram.
Bram grounds the high flying lucha libre star. Bram and EC3 exchange tags and the methodical pace of the match continues. The crowd alternates between “Tigre Uno” and “EC3” chants.
Bram re-enters the match, missing an elbow drop that allows Tigre Uno to tag in Jay Rios. Rios exponentially increases the pace of the match as he flies from turnbuckles and tope ropes. Rios lands a kick to Bram’s knee and springboards off the ropes with a cutter/neckbreaker!
EC3 makes the save! As Rios comes off the ropes, EC3 uses his arm brace for a cheap shot. Bram connects with the Brighter Side of Suffering. EC3 tags in to make the pin! Ethan Carter III and Bram advance to Ultimate X.
Winners: Ethan Carter III and Bram
Post-match: Bram attempts to confront EC3 about the end of the match tag, but Tyrus steps between them.
Backstage: The Knockouts await a huge announcement.
Backstage: Kurt Angle addresses Eric Young and Homicide.
Christy Hemme says, “One of the big differences between TNA Wrestling and everyone else are the Knockouts.”
The Knockouts emerge, led by the reigning Knockout’s Champion, Taryn Terrell. Gail Kim, Brooke, Angelina Love and Madison Rayne are close behind. Hemme announces that next week will be “TKO,” an entire show dedicated to highlighting the Knockouts!
Angelina Love steals the microphone. She says that despite TKO sounding really exciting, it should really just be a night devoted to her. She reminds the world that she’s the record-setting six-time Knockout’s champion.
Gail interrupts Angelina. She says it’s not about any one Knockout, but about the fans. Madison interrupts Gail. First, Madison moves Angelina out of her way and asks Angelina how many times she’s lost the title to be a six-time champion.
Madison says they’re all forgetting that she’s queen of the division. Christy Hemme takes back her mic to announce a Four Way match to determine the number one contender. She announces the match will be Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne vs. Brooke.
Brooke announces her excitement. She says “three-time Knockout’s champion coming soon” – and that she’s bringing a Texas-sized ass kicking. Hemme asks her if she’s excited before going on to announce that next week will mark the debut of new Knockouts and a main event between Taryn Terrell and Awesome Kong for the Knockout’s Championship!
Taryn says she has passion and that she’ll prove why she’s reigning over the division.
Awesome Kong emerges. As she enters the ring, Taryn attacks. The rest of the Knockouts work to separate them. All hell breaks loose and Knockouts begin flying everywhere. Taryn scales the turnbuckle and takes out the entire division with a diving cross body.
Taryn returns to the ring and hoists her title high into the air.
Backstage: Jessie asks Robbie E to not mess up again. As Robbie E makes his way backstage, Aries and Roode – “The Dirty Heels” – confront him. They tell him he’s the better BroMan – that he more skill, a better body and better hair.
They tell Robbie that if he beats either one of them, he could shoot to the top of the contender’s list for the World Title. Robbie E buys it and Aries and Roode go in search of Jessie.
Qualifying Tag Team Match |The BroMans vs. The Dirty Heels
Jessie and Robbie jockey for camera time before the match. Their dissention continues as they argue over who’ll start the match. Aries flies from the top of the turnbuckle and drops them both with a double clothesline of sorts.
Bobby Roode plants Robbie E with a front slam, then he and Aries double team Robbie. Jessie attempts to make the save, but he’s tossed from the ring for his efforts and the assault on Robbie E continues.
Roode comes off the ropes toward Robbie, but Jessie sweeps his legs from outside the ring. Robbie connects with a back elbow and Jessie forces himself into the match. He commands some offense before screaming to Robbie, “This is how you win a match you idiot!”
Robbie E forces a tag as Jessie turns his back.
Roode counters Robbie’s initial offense, but Robbie’s able to connect with a clothesline from the second rope. Robbie makes a pin attempt; Roode’s out a two. Robbie slaps on a headlock and yells, “That’s how Jessie!”
Robbie E connects with a neckbreaker. Jessie asks for the tag. The BroMans double team Bobby Roode, but their subsequent miscommunication costs them. Roode tags Aries. Aries unleashes on The BroMans until Jessie drops him with a high knee and incredible press slam!
Jessie screams, “This is my time!” as he and Robbie E attempt a BroDown! Roode pulls Robbie from the ring and Aries boxes Jessie’s ears. Aries connects with a discuss forearm. Jessie rolls to the outside and Aries connects with a suicide dive!
Jessie’s back in the ring and Roode whips Aries toward the corner. Aries connects with a running dropkick that flows into a spinebuster from Roode! Aries flies with a 450 splash and makes the pin. “The Dirty Heels,” Roode and Aries, advance to Ultimate X.
Winners: The Dirty Heels
Post-match: The BroMans implode! DJ Z attempts to make the save, but he’s shoved away for his efforts as Jessie and Robbie E leave separately.
Backstage: Homicide attacks Kurt Angle in the parking lot! Their brawl spills into the arena. Homicide holds a chair to Angle’s throat and drives the chair into the ring post. The crowd’s involved with a “Let’s Go Angle” chant that’s countered with a “BDC” chant.
Angle slaps on an ankle lock – and the rest of The BDC attacks. MVP delivers the Black Out Kick. The Rising (Drew Galloway, Eli Drake and Mica) come to Angle’s aid and leave Angle and MVP in the ring alone.
As MVP’s about to take the last shot with a chair, Eric Young intervenes. MVP backs down and Eric Young picks up the chair. When Angle rises, Young drops the chair and retreats.
Ultimate X Match | The Hardys vs. The BDC vs. EC3 and Bram vs. The Dirty Heels
The four teams brawl all over the ring at the opening bell. After disposing of their opponents, The Hardys and the Dirty Heels (Aries/Roode) come face-to-face. The Dirty Heels gain the advantage after Roode drops Jeff with a clothesline and Aries connects with a discuss forearm to Matt!
The BDC and EC3 & Bram make their way back into the match. The BDC takes control of the Hardys as EC3 and Bram square off with The Dirty Heels. When The Hardys and the Dirty Heels are taken out, The BDC meets EC3 and Bram!
The BDC is sent to the outside where Tyrus attacks. In the ring, Bram shoves EC3 and instructs him to climb the Ultimate X structure to retrieve the gold. EC3 references his arm brace, arguing that it prevents him from climbing. He withdraws a ladder from beneath the ring!
EC3 and Bram use the ladder to begin their ascent. The Hardys make the save and use the ladder as a weapon to dismantle EC3 and Bram, then Aries and Roode. The Hardys begin climbing the structure! The BDC joins them.
All four men scurry towards the Tag Team Championships, until Tyrus begins shaking the entire structure and one-by-one, they all fall down! Tyrus slides into the ring and wreaks havoc on the Hardys and The BDC! Tyrus allows EC3 to climb onto his shoulders. As he moves toward the center of the ring, Austin Aries connects with a missile dropkick to Tyrus’ face!
Bram drops Aries with a savage clothesline before mounting a ladder against the turnbuckle. He whips Aries toward the ladder, but Aries counters with a discuss forearm that sets Bram up for a diving neckbreaker from Roode!
The Dirty Heels send Bram crashing into the ladder! Aries connects with a running dropkick and Roode finishes him with a spinebuster. Roode climbs the structure and guides his hands along the wire, with his feet on Aries’ shoulders. Homicide interferes, taking out Roode and Aries!
Matt Hardy catches Homicide with a Side Effect, and then he and Kenny King begin climbing the ladder. They brawl atop the ladder, until Hardy tips the scales and connects with a Twist of Fate from the ladder!
The moment Matt Hardy’s hands touch the titles, Low Ki flies from out of nowhere onto the ladder! He battles both of the Hardys. He alternates between punching Matt and swinging from the wires, kicking toward Jeff who’s walking on top of the wires! A well-placed kick sends Matt flying off the ladder, but Matt comes off the ropes and shoves the ladder away.
Like Jeff, Low Ki hangs from the ropes! Jeff kicks Low Ki and he loses his grip. Low Ki crashes onto the mat. Jeff hangs on until Matt replaces the ladder and joins his brother at the top to claim the TNA World Tag Team Championships for the first time in their careers!
Winners: The Hardys
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
April 10, 2015 | The Rising
TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle addresses the controversy surrounding the finish of last week’s main event. Angle invites Lashley to the ring.
Lashley introduces footage depicting his shoulder off the mat. Lashley tells Angle that he didn’t win before asking if Angle was satisfied with that victory.
Angle says he won’t back down from a title defense – and that the outcome will remain the same. Angle proposes the match for later on Impact!
Eric Young interrupts, claiming to be the new number one contender, based on the weekly rankings. Young says he earned the spot by defeating Bobby Roode. Lashley tells Young to earn it again. Young rakes Lashley’s eyes and hits Angle with a low-blow! Lashley charges toward Young, but the spear connects with Angle instead.
An enraged Kurt Angle challenges both Lashley and Eric Young.
Video: A package chronicles the history between Gail Kim and Awesome Kong; as well as Kong’s return to TNA.
Number One Contender’s Match | Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong
Gail and Kong trade punches when the bell sounds, but Kong’s size advantage takes hold as Kong hurls Gail across the ring. Gail mounts some offense, but for her efforts, she’s squashed!
The pace slows incredibly as Kong locks in a camel clutch. Gail escapes the hold, but she’s quickly powered back to the mat. Kong chokeslams Gail! She kicks out at two!
A loud “Let’s go Gail” chant erupts as Kong tries to expose a steel turnbuckle. Gail launches herself with a crossbody. She bounces off, finding herself on the mat again. Kong rips off the turnbuckle padding and Gail flies onto Kong, locking in a version of a dragon sleeper.
Kong makes the break by ramming Gail into the turnbuckle before sending her to the outside. Gail connects with a running dropkick which sends Kong crashing into the guardrail! Both women struggle to get back into the ring.
Gail lands a series of strikes, ultimately backing Kong into the corner. Gail connects with a diving crossbody from the ropes; Kong powers out at two!
Gail attempts to make Kong Eat Defeat, but she powers out! Kong charges toward Gail. She sidesteps and Kong connects head-first with the exposed turnbuckle! Gail makes a cover; Kong again powers out at two!
Gail connects with the second Eat Defeat, but again, Kong powers out! Gail counters a chokeslam by Kong into a headscissor submission hold. Kong turns the hold into a sit-out powerbomb and three-count to become the new number one contender for Taryn Terrell’s Knockout’s Championship.
Winner: Awesome Kong
Backstage: Mickie James thanks James Storm for intervening last week against Bram. Manik passes Mickie on her way out and inquires about her. Storm tells Manik to never question him.
The Revolution fills the ring. James Storm says he’s brought Manik, Khoya and Abyss into the ring to make a statement. He declares that each of them has failed him – and that they’re all at risk of being cut, like Sanada.
Storm says that in The Revolution, there can always be room for one more, but that now there can always be room for one less. Storm demands a referee, declaring that the winner will be his tag team partner in the tag team tournament for the titles.
Three Way Match | Manik vs. Khoya vs. Abyss
Storm leaves his staff lying in the center of the ring. As the bell sounds, Manik is tossed from the ring and Khoya and Abyss collide. Khoya’s sent from the ring as Manik re-enters with a chair.
Manik attacks Abyss, but “The Monster” quickly powers out, sending the high-flying Manik back to the arena floor. Abyss gains the advantage against Khoya, until Manik connects with a missile dropkick that sends Abyss falling backwards.
Abyss attempts a chokeslam; Manik counters with a submission in the center of ring. Outside, Storm slaps Khoya as if to provide him with motivation. Khoya rushes into the ring and grab’s Storm’s staff.
Khoya uses the staff to assault his Revolution mates before powering Manik to the mat with a huge powerbomb.
Backstage: Mike Tenay interviews Low Ki about the beginning of TNA and his wrestling career.
Drew Galloway enters with “The Rising.”
Galloway tells the fans all he’s ever wanted to do was be a professional wrestler. He thanks them for their continued support and says the reason he came to TNA was to change professional wrestling with the “#StandUp” movement.
Galloway turns the mic. over so that his teammates may introduce themselves. First, Myka, son of the legendary Haku, introduces himself and assures the fans that wrestling is pumping through his veins.
Eli Drake introduces himself next. Drake says he – and his comrades are not “robots cut out in a factory,” that they’re not “Superstars,” but rather, they’re three professional wrestlers with something to prove.
Together, they address The Beat Down Clan, warning them not to mess with The Rising. Galloway says MVP – and The BDC – doesn’t run Impact anymore. They vow a war.
The BDC arrives on the scene. MVP advises The Rising not to try making their names off The Beat Down Clan. MVP assures The Rising will have a most tragic fall. Galloway counts down from three. At one, The BDC and The Rising collide! They battle all around the ring until order is restored and Galloway requests a referee.
Six Man Tag Match | The Rising vs. The Beat Down Clan
Eli Drake and Kenny King start the match.
Kenny King slaps on a side headlock and attempts a shoulder block. King catches Drake with a back elbow against the ropes. Drake then catches King with a scoop powerslam before tagging out to Myka.
Myka comes face-to-face MVP. MVP shoves Myka – and Myka explodes with a series of rights. Myka follows up with a standing dropkick and neckbreaker. Myka scales the turnbuckle and Low Ki distracts the ref.
Kenny King shoves Myka from the top rope. Myka appears to have tweaked his knee with the fall to the outside. MVP brings forth Low Ki who commands the match and taunts The Rising.
Kenny King tags into the match and capitalizes on the existing advantage. MVP quickly makes the tag and taunts Galloway and Drake as he drops Myka with a huge boot to the face.
Myka counters a Black Out Kick with a Samoan drop! He and MVP make their respective tags! Galloway mows over Low Ki with a big kick before knocking King from the apron. Galloway powers Low Ki into the corner.
Drake and Galloway clear the ring and Myka flies from the turnbuckle with a crossbody that connects with the all three members of The BDC! With their attention focused beyond the ring, a masked man enters with a steel pipe to attack The Rising!
The man removes his mask as the bell sounds repeatedly! Homicide has returned to The Beat Down Clan!
Winners: The Rising (via DQ)
Backstage: Eric Young attacks Kurt Angle!
Backstage: Angle assures the trainer that he’s fine – and that the match is still a go.
X-Division Match | DJ Z vs. Davey Richards
Davey Richards displays incredible athleticism against DJ Z in the early goings of the match. Richards uses a bridge to kick DJ Z in the head. Richards follows-up with a shoulder block and dropkick.
DJ Z rolls to the outside, but Richards catches him with a punt on the apron!
DJ Z rakes Richards’ eyes and sends him crashing into the guardrail with a dropkick from the apron. DJ Z rolls the former tag team champion into the ring, as the crowd chants “DJ Reject!”
Richards is floored with a flapjack, but then DJ Z misses a corkscrew moonsault! Richards and DJ Z trade blows once again; Richards takes advantage as he sends DJ Z over the top rope. The lone wolf dives, and connects with a crazy suicide dive that violently sends DJ Z into the guardrail!
Richards rolls DJ Z into the ring and connects with a huge missile dropkick! He follows up with a kick to the DJ Z’s temple – it’s good for a two!
DJ Z connects with a jawbreaker and a clothesline in the corner. As DJ Z climbs the ropes, attempting a superplex, the crowd chants, “Kill the peacock!”
Richards battles out, sending DJ Z to the mat with a headbutt! Richards howls and misses a top rope stomp! Richards counters with a huge kick and the Creepy Death! Peacock dead.
Winner: Davey Richards
Backstage: The Beat Down Clan re-introduces Homicide. They say, “We do what we do because we can.”
Video: A promo airs, introducing Jade and Marti Bell, “A Dollhouse Production.” Coming soon!
The Hardys enter to a massive ovation.
Jeff gets the crowd to chant “Hardy’s revenge,” while declaring The Hardys intention to become the new TNA Tag Team Champions. Matt says he and Jeff are going to do the one thing they’ve never done in this business – become tag title holders in TNA!
Matt’s interrupted by Ethan Carter III and Tyrus. EC3 describes The Hardys career as “fairly adequate” before describing his own 19-month undefeated streak in TNA. EC3 says that despite being undefeated, title shots have evaded him – that he’s never gotten a just shot at the World Heavyweight Championship – or any gold.
EC3 says he’s making himself eligible for a championship opportunity. He vows to win the tag team title tournament with his new partner – Bram!
Bram says he’s in a bad mood – and that the thought of teaming with anyone makes his skin crawl. He claims to hate everybody, but says he hates EC3 the least. Bram says he only cares about battering The Hardys and everyone in the locker room.
The arena goes dark and Mr. Anderson appears.
Anderson introduces his tag team partner – Rockstar Spud!
Austin Aries tells them all to wait a second – that despite having a “Feast or Fired” briefcase with a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, he’s feeling greedy. He says next week, he’ll be in the tag team tournament with his partner – Bobby Roode!
TNA World Heavyweight Championship | Eric Young vs. Lashley vs. Kurt Angle (c)
Eric Young leaves the ring at the opening bell, leaving Lashley and Angle to do battle while he stretches outside.
Angle and Lashley lock up in the middle of the ring. After trading holds, Lashley powers through Angle. Young trips Lashley as he comes off the ropes. Angle uses the distraction to his advantage and tosses Lashley with a belly-to-belly suplex.
Angle pummels Lashley with an uppercut and series of strikes. Young trips Angle next. Lashley and Angle agree to a double team on Eric Young. Young is powered to the arena floor when Angle whips him into a clothesline from Lashley.
In the ring, Angle clotheslines Young and then Lashley. Lashley rolls over the top rope and Angle asserts his dominance until Young counters with a piledriver! Young makes a cover; Lashley breaks the count!
Lashley tosses Young from the ring before powering through Angle with a running power slam. Lashley lifts Angle for a hanging vertical suplex. When Angle rises, Lashley connects with a spear! Lashley makes a cover; Young just makes the save!
Kurt Angle delivers three German suplexes to each of his opponents before locking in an ankle lock on Lashley! Lashley writhes in pain, but manages to roll through, sending Angle to the outside.
Young takes advantage of Lashley as he sinks into a figure four leg lock. Lashley reaches the ropes!
Eric Young, unbeknownst to referee Brian Hebner, mounts a chair in the turnbuckle! Lashley catches Young with a long standing vertical suplex, but when he charges for the spear, Young sidesteps and Lashley connects with the chair!
Angle rushes up behind Eric Young to score an Angle slam! Then, he delivers one to Lashley that’s followed with a moonsault! Angle scores the three-count!
Winner: Kurt Angle
Post-match: Eric Young swings a chair into the injured leg of Lashley! Young then locks Lashley’s ankle in the chair before crushing it! Young, with a metal shin guard, applies a figure four! When the hold breaks, Lashley scrambles in pain and Young gives a satisfied grin.
Last Friday, IMPACT WRESTLING ended in extreme controversy. Kurt Angle and Lashley put on an epic main event bout for the TNA World Title but, as Angle had Lashley pinned, referee Brian Hebner was out of place to make the final count. Video confirms that, despite being counted out, Lashley had a shoulder up and the match should not have ended.
Now, Kurt Angle is coming to IMPACT WRESTLING to address the controversy. Lashley has also promised he’d come to IMPACT with his side of the story. What will happen to the TNA World Title? Find out Friday night at 9/8c on Destination America!
Drew Galloway shocked the BDC two weeks ago when two men hopped the barricade and joined Galloway by “Standing Up” to the BDC. The men have dubbed themselves The Rising and are coming to IMPACT this week to speak for the first time. What does The Rising have in-store for TNA and how will the BDC respond? Find out Friday on IMPACT, 9/8c on Destination America.
Taryn Terrell is ready for a new challenger and, this Friday, one will emerge. One of the most decorated women in all of professional wrestling, Gail Kim, will face the destructive force known as Awesome Kong. The two will collide and the winner will become the new #1 contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship! Who will move on to challenge Taryn Terrell? Find out Friday at 9/8c on Destination America.
Also, in an X-Division showdown, DJZ and Davey Richards will go one-on-one. Last week, Davey and his tag team partner, Eddie Edwards, were forced to forfeit the TNA World Tag Team Titles due to Edwards’ injury. Until Edwards is back on the mend, it looks as though Davey Richards will stay busy in one of TNA’s most prestigious divisions. Don’t miss the impressive X-Division this Friday at 9/8c!
All of this and so much more when IMPACT WRESTLING comes to Destination America, this Friday at 9/8c!
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
April 3, 2015 | “Bell To Bell”
Submission Match | Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young
Eric Young addresses his final match with Bobby Roode, saying it will be the last of Roode’s “pathetic career.” Eric Young vows to bend Bobby Roode to his will, forcing him into submission.
Roode charges into the ring; he and Eric Young collide. They brawl to the outside. Roode uses the guardrail to his advantage, until Eric Young rakes the eyes. In the ring, Roode attempts a crossface, but Young escapes, retreating beyond the ring.
Roode clubs Young from behind and locks in a crossface on the ramp!
Brian Hebner directs the action to be taken back into the ring. Roode tweaks his knee, but is still able to manage with a diving neckbreaker and spinebuster. Roode mounts Young in the corner and drills him with a series of rights.
Young shoves Roode from the ropes – and capitalizes on the injured leg with a leg bar. Roode reaches the bottom rope and Hebner breaks the hold. Roode escapes to the outside, but Young rushes up from behind and takes out the knee.
Young continues targeting Roode’s knee, using the ring post for leverage. Young rolls Roode into the ring and then he misses a dropkick. Roode attempts a Boston Crab. Young counters and charges toward Roode. Roode catches him with a crossface!
Young reaches the rope. Roode ducks a clothesline and sinks into a Boston Crab. Again, Eric Young reaches the ropes and Roode is sent to the outside. Young slams Roode face, then knee first into the steps.
Eric Young gains the upper hand in a striking exchange by sending Roode to the mat. Young locks in a figure four leg lock! Roode reverses the hold, but it’s broken. Young is sent crashing into Hebner, and then Roode locks in another crossface!
Eric Young taps, but the referee never sees it. Young takes Roode down again before locking in a second figure four! Bobby Roode taps out!
Winner: Eric Young
The Wolves enter the Impact Zone. Davey Richards carries both tag team championships as Eddie Edwards emerges on crutches.
Edwards tells Jeremy Borash that wrestling is a dangerous sport. He recalls landing wrong outside the ring and knowing immediately that something was wrong. He confirms having a fractured heel.
Edwards says his injury will sideline him for an indefinite amount of time – and that The Wolves are unable to defend the World Tag Team Championships. Borash asks Richards if there is anyone to fill Edwards’ spot in the interim.
Davey Richards declines, saying that without Eddie Edwards, there will be no Wolves. He says The Wolves will relinquish that tag titles. Richards vows that The Wolves will hunt down the championships when Edwards is healthy.
Richards concludes by saying, “This hunt never dies!”
Backstage: Christy Hemme interviews Lashley about his rematch against Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Knockout’s Match | Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim
Angelina says she’s been blessed with great looks, but that she’s also a great competitor. She mentions being a six-time Knockout’s Champion - and says that she’s just as good, if not better, than Gail Kim.
She drops the mic. and takes a cheap shot on Gail. The bell sounds. Angelina grounds Gail and follows up with a crossbody. Gail counters a hip toss and clothesline and sends Angelina flying into the corner with a dropkick.
Angelina counters a submission hold with a backbreaker that she follows up with a second, more painful looking backbreaker. Angelina trips Gail on the ropes and connects with a running dropkick before delivering a neckbreaker from the middle rope.
Angelina tosses Gail from the ring and drives her into the apron with a shoulder block. She follows up by tossing Gail into the stairs. Angelina attempts to send Gail into the steps again, but Gail counters with a Side Russian Leg Sweep that sends Angelina into the apron!
Both women climb back into the ring at the referee’s 9-count. Gail unleashes a flurry of offense that culminates with a missile dropkick from the top rope. Gail earns a two-count. She attempts the Eat Defeat, but Angelina counters.
Gail grabs Angelina’s arm and attempts to scale the ropes for a hurricanrana. Angelina counters by pulling Gail from the ropes; Gail crashes! Angelina connects with the Botox Injection. At the two-count, Gail gets her foot on the rope.
Angelina misses a second Botox Injection, allowing Gail to connect with Eat Defeat and the pin.
Winner: Gail Kim
Falls Count Anywhere | Bram vs. Magnus
Magnus and Bram brawl in the center of the ring. Bram’s sent to the outside, where Magnus lands a stiff kick to the face. Magnus drives Bram into the guardrail and ring apron. Bram tries creating separation, but Magnus’ retribution won’t be denied.
Magnus battles Bram to the top of the ramp and drops him onto the stage. Magnus attempts a powerbomb that Bram counters with a low blow and a body slam of his own. Bram changes the complexion of the match by driving Magnus face-first into the guardrail and ring apron.
Magnus is rolled back into the ring. Bram charges toward Magnus, but he counters with a diving dropkick. Unable to capitalize, Bram connects with a jumping spin kick and scores a two-count. Bram retrieves a chair from outside the ring and his assault begins.
Magnus rolls to the arena floor. Bram gives chase and is driven into the ring post for his efforts. Magnus reaches for Bram, but with a handful of tights, Bram sends Magnus face-first into the stairs. Bram smashes Magnus’ face into the stairs again before rolling him back into the ring.
Bram whips Magnus across the ring; Magnus counters with a clothesline. Magnus and Bram trade blows with Magnus positioned on the top rope. Magnus grabs a handful of Bram’s beard, using the leverage to score a tornado DDT.
With both men down, Mickie James rushes to ringside. When Magnus sees her, he pleads with her to leave. She refuses, and the distraction allows Bram to launch an assault with the chair.
Bram unfolds the chair and places it around Magnus’ neck. He drives Magnus into the ring post. Magnus collapses. Bram drapes Magnus over the ring stairs. He appears poised to smash the chair across the back of Magnus’ head, but he becomes distracted with threatening Mickie James.
As he approaches, Mickie retreats into the ring. Bram backs her into the corner. James Storm rushes from backstage to stand between them. He screams to Bram, “You don’t hit a woman!”
Storm escorts Mickie out of harm’s way, by which time Magnus is back in the ring, poised to furiously unload on Bram. Magnus scores a near fall. Bram reaches a chair and smashes it into Magnus’ face.
Mickie James returns to ringside as Bram connects with the Brighter Side of Suffering onto the chair! Mickie cheers Magnus on, and he battles back, connecting with three powerbombs!
Backstage: Kurt Angle says there’s no one better than him.
Backstage: Low Ki discusses his time in Japan with Mike Tenay.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship | Lashley vs. Kurt Angle (c)
Lashley and Angle shake hands at the bell.
Lashley powers Angle to the mat, but Angle hooks in a side headlock. Angle breaks the hold and comes off the ropes, only to be overpowered by Lashley. Lashley grounds Angle with a headlock of his own. Angle escapes, to the outside to regroup.
Angle and Lashley exchange holds again. Lashley again overpowers Angle, but Angle evades any holds and turns the grounding into a hammerlock. Both men reach their feet again and lock up in the center of the ring.
Angle drops Lashley with a belly-to-belly suplex that he follows up with a German suplex. Lashley stumbles backwards and Angle charges with a clothesline that sends Lashley to the outside.
Lashley drags Angle outside and uses the ring apron to his advantage. He rolls Angle into the ring and drives him into the turnbuckle with a spear. Lashley locks in a bear hug. Angle battles out – but he’s grounded by a knee to the gut.
Lashley locks in another bear hug, before dropping a knee to Angle’s spine and slapping on the hold again. Angle breaks the hold, but he’s grounded again with a boot to the face. Lashley backs Angle up to the ropes and drills him with a series of kicks and elbow shots to the head.
Coming off the opposite ropes, Lashley charges Angle, but he’s sent over the top rope. Lashley re-enters the ring and a trade of shots ensues. Angle drops Lashley with a German suplex, but Lashley counters a second suplex with a spinebuster!
Lashley makes a cover; Angle’s out at two. Lashley misses a shot to the face and Angle comes up with two more German suplexes. Using the ropes for leverage, Lashley breaks Angle’s hold and power slams the Olympic gold medalist.
Lashley attempts a spear, which Angle side-steps. Angle connects with another belly-to-belly suplex and three more German suplexes and an Angle Slam! Angle covers Lashley for a very near fall!
Angle slaps on an ankle lock! Lashly crawls, reaching for the bottom rope. Just before he can reach, Angle drags him back to the center of the ring! Lashley rolls through the hold, sending Angle to the outside.
Lashley sends Angle crashing into the steel stairs, where he repeatedly smashes Angle’s face. Lashley drops Angle throat-first onto the guardrail! He rolls Angle back inside. Lashley prepares for a spear – that connects!
Angle just gets his shoulder up before three! Lashley ascends the ropes, but Angle catches him at the top. Lashley falls, straddling the ropes. Angle capitalizes and connects with an Angle Slam from the second rope!
Angle heads up the turnbuckle; he misses a moonsault. Lashley locks in an ankle lock of his own! Angle rolls through, sending Lashley into the turnbuckle. Lashley stumbles backwards and Angle rolls him up for the win.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Post-match: A video replay shows that Lashley’s shoulders weren’t pinned to the mat.
Pain, suffering, agony, these words mean nothing to the fearless men who strive for gold under the most physically challenging conditions that defy reason. Join the stars of TNA Wrestling as they prove once again, why they are simply the best when it comes to putting life and limb on the line. TNA Wrestling presents ONE NIGHT ONLY: HARDCORE JUSTICE 2015 premiering Wednesday April 1, 8/7c on Pay-Per-View.
- The Wolves vs. The Revolution “Ladder Match”
- Kenny King vs. Drew Galloway ”Pipe On A Pole Match”
- Eric Young vs. Gunner “Tables Match”
- Havok vs. Gail Kim “Last Woman Standing Match”
- Abyss vs. Matt Hardy “Monsters Ball”
- “Hardcore Over The Top Gauntlet Match”: Chris Melendez, Crazzy Steve, Crimson, DJZ, James Storm, Jesse Godderz, Khoya, Knux, Mr. Anderson, Robbie E, Samuel Shaw, Tyrus.
- EC3 with Tyrus vs. Spud “1st Blood”
- Bobby Roode vs. Lashley “Last Man Standing”
- Bram vs. Dreamer “Steel Cage Match”
In a major piece of breaking news, IMPACTWRESTLING.com has learned that one-half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions, Eddie Edwards, has sustained a serious injury. The Wolves currently hold the top prize in all of tag team wrestling, so Edwards' injury will obviously be a hot topic.
The Wolves, specifically Davey Richards, have a tough decision to make. Will Richards choose a new partner to defend the TNA World Tag Team Titles with until Edwards returns? If so, who would that partner be? We caught up with Davey who had the following to say.
"This is obviously a very difficult decision. Eddie and I have been thinking about what to do since we learned just how serious his injury is. I don't know what that answer is yet. We will issue a statement this Friday on what's next. Until then, send your best to Eddie!"
One thing is for sure, the TNA tag team division will certainly be in for an interesting turn of events over the next few days. IMPACTWRESTLING.com would like to send our thoughts to Eddie and wish him a speedy recover. In the meantime, don't miss IMPACT WRESTLING this Friday at 9/8c to find out what is next for The Wolves and the TNA World Tag Team Championships!