TNA IMPACT WRESTLING TAKES OVER THE SANDS BETHLEHEM EVENT CENTER JANUARY 5 - 9 FOR FIVE ACTION PACKED NIGHTS OF TV
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LIVE TELEVISION BROADCAST TO DEBUT ON POP ON TUESDAY, JAN. 5 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT
BETHLEHEM, PA (November 23, 2015) — Following the announcement IMPACT WRESTLING is moving to Pop beginning in 2016, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling today announced it will return to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center January 5 – 9 for five action-packed nights of television events, beginning with the LIVE broadcast debut of IMPACT WRESTLING on Pop on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9, will be One Night Only Pay-Per-View and international television tapings.
Tickets, which start at $10, are on sale starting this Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Viewers at home can find Pop’s channel number by visiting www.poptv.com.
A limited number of VIP packages, which include a front-row ringside seat and special meet and greet session with photo and autograph opportunities, are available now for $75 at shoptna.com.
A special pre-sale will begin this Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. ET, through Thursday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. For the exclusive pre-sale code, follow @TNADixie and @IMPACTWRESTLING on twitter.
IMPACT WRESTLING features some of the world’s greatest athletes, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Jeff and Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Ethan Carter III, Drew Galloway, Bobby Roode, Gail Kim and the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts, and the high-flying risk-taking X-Division including Tigre Uno.
For up-to-date information, go to impactwrestling.com/events.
EVENT DETAILS AT A GLANCE
IMPACT WRESTLING returns to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center for 5 nights of television events, including the LIVE broadcast debut of IMPACT WRESTLING on Pop.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 – Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
|Date||Start Time||Doors Open|
|Tue., Jan. 5||6:30 p.m.||6 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 6||6:30 p.m.||6 p.m.|
|Thur, Jan. 7||6:30 p.m.||6 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 8||7 p.m.||6 p.m.|
|Sat., Jan. 9||7 p.m.||6 p.m.|
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This Wednesday Group round action in the World Title Series concludes and the Round of 16 is filled in. Here are the matches scheduled for IMPACT WRESTLING this Wednesday at 9e/p on Destination America.
Check out the current standings in the World Title Series
TNA’s eagerly anticipated MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour of the UK just got even better – with the addition of one of Britain’s most exciting rock bands, Chasing Cadence.
The alternative rock quintet from Hertfordshire, England – who have been profiled by the BBC, Daily Mirror, Kerrang TechRadar and many of the UK’s top music blogs and websites – will play an acoustic set for fans before TNA’s January 2016 UK Tour events in Manchester (Jan 29), London (Jan 30) and Birmingham (Jan 31).
Their addition adds to the fan friendly nature of the TNA UK Tour, making sure of a festival atmosphere around the arenas before the wrestling begins.
Chasing Cadence will become the FIRST band to ever play at a TNA event in the UK and it will also be the group’s FIRST ever time performing acoustically.
They will perform unplugged versions of hits including Young and Dear Life, which is the theme tune for hit international wrestling television show TNA Xplosion. The band also promise some fun wrestling covers and even an appearance from a TNA Star.
Frontman Jack Harris said: “Growing up, I either wanted to be either a singer or a wrestler – and I speak for the whole band when I say these shows will combine both our boyhood dreams. We’ll be playing in the foyer area before each event, to greet fans coming in to the arenas and get them ready for what will be a truly memorable night of wrestling action.
“Rock music and wrestling are a perfect combination – and we hope to see all our current fans at the shows, as well as winning over some new ones.”
All three events on the annual TNA UK Tour will be double TV tapings, watched by millions of fans in more than 120 countries around the world, including on Challenge TV in the UK.
The roster for the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour includes Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle, Lashley, Matt Hardy, EC3, Eric Young, The Wolves, Tigre Uno and Gail Kim – as well as British favourites Drew Galloway, Grado, Rockstar Spud, Bram and Mandrews.*
Watch the Dear Life video by Chasing Cadence
TNA President Dixie Carter is excited about IMPACT WRESTLING's new home in 2016 - Pop TV.
In an impactwrestling.com exlusive, she talks with Josh Mathews about the move and IMPACT's future.
To find out where you can watch IMPACT on Pop, click here.
Josh Mathews and Pope discuss the series of matches in Week 8. Look forward to a triple-threat-tiebreaker featuring Tigre Uno, Manik and DJZ as well as eliminations matches for Group UK and Group Team Tag Specialists. Pope and Josh also speculate the outcome of the Main Event of Week 8 which will be Austin Aries vs Lashley of Group Champions. Things are heating up on the path to the Round of 16. Who will prove they have what it takes to be a champion?
Eli's first match was against another former member of The Rising, Micah. These two can't stand each other! It showed in their match as they put the points aside to pummel each other in the IMPACT Zone! But disregarding the points cost them both as they each earned only 1 point.
In Drake's second match, it was Jessie Godderz in a match that had the attention of everyone. These two athletes are very similar. It could have gone either way, but in the end, Eli secured the win and 3 points.
In the match that sent Eli to the Round of 16, Drake met Crimson one on one. Eli was on his game and earned 7 total points and now he has his sights set on the Round of 16!
Who will Eli face next? Will Drake prove his dominance over his peers? Find out as The World Title Series heats up!
FANDOM LIKE NO OTHER…
POP AND IMPACT WRESTLING PARTNER TO BRING FANS RINGSIDE FOR WEEKLY EVENT BROADCAST PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Nov. 19, 2015 – Get ready for #ImpactOnPop. Pop, a network that celebrates the excitement of being a fan, will soon become the exclusive U.S. television home of IMPACT WRESTLING, the hard-hitting, high-flying global sports sensation enjoyed by millions of fans around the world.
Pop will premiere IMPACT WRESTLING with a live two-hour, action-packed broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, and the show will continue to air every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM, ET/PT. The show features some of the biggest stars in professional wrestling, including Jeff and Matt Hardy, EC3, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley, The Wolves, Eric Young, Tigre Uno and Gail Kim.
“Wrestling has been a fan-fueled staple since the ‘50s, and continues to be some of the most-watched appointment television today. The die-hard fandom and extraordinary passion surrounding IMPACT WRESTLING captures the spirit of Pop as a network that celebrates fan-driven entertainment and excitement,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “We’re committed to this new partnership and psyched to bring the show’s loyal fans a dedicated night to watch their favorite show on Pop every week.”
IMPACT WRESTLING is a strong global brand seen on networks in more than 120 countries around the world and broadcast in 17 languages. Its fans are some of the most devoted and socially active in sports, with more than 15 million aggregated social media followers and nearly 700 million video views on YouTube, making it the seventh-most-viewed sports channel, ahead of MLB®, NHL®, MLS® and FIFATV®.
“Pop’s enthusiasm for our partnership and the network’s fan focus is a perfect fit for our company,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “Wresting has always been at the forefront of pop culture with the most passionate, loyal fan base. We’re thrilled to be in business with Pop and to bring IMPACT WRESTLING to more than 80 million homes."
To find IMPACT WRESTLING on Pop, go to http://poptv.com.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
November 18, 2015 | World Title Series
World Title Series: Group Knockouts | Brooke vs. Awesome Kong
Brooke evades and taunts Kong at the opening bell; Kong sends her flying across the ring. Kong focuses on Brooke’s taped hand, bending it to her will. Her targeted assault continues as she sends Brooke through the ropes.
Brooke rolls back into the ring at the official’s 7-count. Kong misses a splash in the corner, setting her up to receive a series of kicks. Brooke flies with a crossbody, but Kong counters with a body slam and then motions for the Implant Buster! Brooke counters, driving Kong into the corner.
Kong’s caught with a drop toe hold as she charges Brooke. Brooke rolls through into a bridging headlock that she releases for a pin attempt. Kong powers out, but turns into the Butterface Maker. She powers out at another two-count, which sends Brooke to the top rope. Kong clubs her and connects with a huge slam.
Kong misses a splash and Brooke delivers a Butterface Maker from the ropes! Unable to secure the victory, Brooke motions for a back suplex. Kong falls on top of her and then rises with a chokeslam to claim her win.
Result: Awesome Kong def. Brooke (Awesome Kong advances in the World Title Series)
Exclusive Interview | Matt Hardy and Ethan Carter III
Josh Mathews interviews Matt Hardy and Ethan Carter III via satellite.
Hardy says advancing to the Round of 16 undefeated was no accident. He says despite being part of the most technically sound group, everyone fell victim to the Matt Hardy formula: Bell + Wrestle + Twist of Fate = Victory. He predicts his time is now and that his dominance will continue through the Round of 16 – to the Round of 8 – and past the final 4 to the Finals.
EC3 congratulates Hardy on going through “Group Tag Team Specialists,” but says that if Hardy were a true champion, he’d have been in Group Champions. He refers to Hardy as a fad – a façade. Carter says the World Title Series isn’t over until he wins.
Hardy vows to win the World Heavyweight Championship while ending EC3’s undefeated streak.
Backstage: Eric Young sends a message to James Storm: If you show up tonight, you’re going to get hurt. He says Storm is a shadow of his former self – that now, he’s a nothing – a no one.
World Title Series: Group X-Division | Tigre Uno vs. Manik
Tigre Uno sends Manik outside before launching himself over the top rope with a senton. He springboards off the ropes, but Manik answers by picking the ankle and sending Tigre Uno face-first onto the apron.
Manik delivers a suplex onto the ramp and then climbs back into the ring. Tigre Uno makes it through the ropes at the official’s 7-count and Manik is in quick with a flurry of offense. Tigre Uno battles back as Manik attempts to remove his mask; Manik counters and settles into a chin lock before raking the eyes.
Manik sends Tigre Uno over his shoulder with a back body drop and begins to work him over with a series of submission holds. Tigre Uno counters an Irish whip and scores with a facebreaker followed by a kick to the skull.
Tigre Uno jumps to the top rope, where Manik meets him with an armdrag. Manik flies with a frog splash but Tigre Uno’s out of the way. Manik’s quickly back on the offense though with a double chickenwing gutbuster. Manik covers; Tigre Uno’s out at two!
Manik moves to the top rope for a second frog splash attempt, but Tigre Uno catches him with an enziguri and a split-legged moonsault for the win.
Result: Tigre Uno def. Manik (Tigre Uno: 3, Manik: 0)
Post-Match: Josh Mathews announces a 3-way tie in Group X-Division, noting DJ Z, Manik and Tigre Uno are each tied with six points. Mathews announces a play-off to determine which two competitors will advance in the World Title Series.
A triple threat match is announced for next week between the three. Josh Mathews says whichever two wrestlers score a pinfall or submission will advance.
World Title Series: Group TNA Originals | James Storm vs. Eric Young
Eric Young assaults James Storm before the bell and from then on, it’s Young dominance. “The Bearded Terror” sends Storm outside and into the guardrail. Young gets Storm back into the ring, where he delivers a few more stiff shots before tossing Storm back through the ropes.
Young taunts the crowd before rolling Storm back into the ring. He applies a chin lock. Storm escapes to deliver an inverted atomic drop and a clothesline. Storm kicks Young in the back of the head, setting him up to receive a neckbreaker and a double knee facebreaker.
Storm misses the Last Call and is set up for a piledriver. Storm counters, offering The Eye of the Storm instead! Young’s out at two and in with a pin attempt, using the ropes for an assist. Storm kicks out just before three and nails a facebreaker into a backstabber!
Storm motions for The Last Call, but Eric Young pulls Earl Hebner into the way. Storm stops, but is then sent into Hebner as Young delivers a low blow and the piledriver for the win.
Result: Eric Young def. James Storm (Eric Young advances in the World Title Series)
Exclusive Interview | Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy says the feud between himself and Ethan Carter III is beyond personal – that he believes Carter is afraid that he’ll be the man to end his undefeated streak. Hardy says he’s confident he’ll reclaim the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, which is why he relinquished the belt so easily.
World Title Series: Group Wildcard | Aiden O’Shea vs. Mahabali Shera
O’Shea backs Shera into the corner early, but Shera capitalizes with a side headlock. O’Shea breaks the hold using the bottom rope and then he unloads a series of closed rights and a rake of the eyes. O’Shea taunts the crowd and heads up the turnbuckle.
Shera pulls O’Shea from the ropes and delivers the Sky High to sweep Group Wildcard.
Result: Mahabali Shera def. Aiden O’Shea (Mahabali Shera advances in the World Title Series)
Backstage: Eric Young says, “I’m never going to stop. I will win…”
World Title Series: Group Future 4 | Crimson vs. Eli Drake
Crimson controls Eli Drake after the bell. Drake attempts shifting momentum with a thumb to the eye, but Crimson is back on him and in control with a high back suplex. He charges toward Drake, but he’s sent overhead to the ring post and onto the apron.
As Crimson is reentering the ring, Eli Drake sends him shoulder-fist into the post, setting up a pin attempt. Crimson’s out at two, but Drake answers with a single arm DDT and shoulder lock.
EC3’s satellite feed interrupts the match and he tells Josh Mathews that he’s ready for his interview now. Mathews declines and redirects attention to the match, which sees Crimson delivering a series of clotheslines and a suplex amid a sea of “Let’s go Crimson” chants!
Crimson scores a T-bone suplex, which sends Drake under the ropes, onto the apron. Drake pulls Crimson’s arm over the top rope and hones in on Crimson’s shoulder. He delivers a shoulder breaker and an armbar to force the tap out.
Result: Eli Drake def. Crimson (Eli Drake advances in the World Title Series)
Exclusive Interview | Ethan Carter III
EC3 says the collusion in TNA stripped him of his life’s work and that he’s angry. He adds that he defeated greats to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and that he’s anticipating the moment when he and Matt Hardy come face-to-face in the World Title Series.
EC3 says he’s obsessed with defeating Matt Hardy and making sure he never wrestles again.
World Title Series: Group TNA Originals | Abyss vs. Bobby Roode
Abyss and Roode pose off against one another. Roode breaks with a series of rights, but Abyss powers out of the corner with a big clothesline. Abyss motions for an early chokeslam; Roode counters. Abyss regains control, powering Roode down with a sidewalk slam.
Abyss sends Roode over the top rope and into the stairs. He intimidates a small girl in the front row before sending Roode back into the ring and grabbing a chair. He mounts the chair in the corner and as Earl Hebner works to dislodge it, Roode catches him with a schoolboy to earn a very lengthy two-count.
Roode battles out of a chin lock as the five-minute warning flashes on the screen. He takes “The Monster” Abyss to the mat with a huge flying clothesline, followed with a Blockbuster from the top rope. He sends Abyss into the chair wedged in the corner.
Roode motions for a chokeslam of his own, but Abyss counters. Roode counters and offers up the crossface. Abyss forces the break with the ropes and then he counters a Roode Bomb with a chokeslam. Roode just kicks out before three, which sends Abyss to retrieve Janice from beneath the ring.
Hebner puts distance between himself and Abyss as Janice is driven into the corner padding. Roode catches Abyss with a spinebuster to secure the victory.
Result: Bobby Roode def. Abyss (Bobby Roode advances in the World Title Series)