A Great Legend: Muta Makes NYC Debut on Next IMPACT
Some professional athletes become legends. For one man, being “Great” has been the hallmark of a storied career.
With his undeniable mix of personality and athleticism, The Great Muta for decades has combined theatrics, psychology and skilled martial arts to captivate audiences around the world. From The Land of the Rising Sun, his ornate orient-inspired gear, entrancing entrance music, menacing mask and signature spray have made Muta a fan-favorite and one of the most memorable professional wrestlers of all time.
Before he became Muta, Keiji Muto was an amateur wrestler and judo competitor who made his professional wrestling debut in 1984. After nearly four years of working with promotions in Japan and Puerto Rico, Muto made his debut in the United States as part of World Class Championship Wrestling, where he feuded with Kevin Von Erich, who with his sons appeared at TNA’s Slammiversary XII. While with the National Wrestling Alliance, Muto earned top billings and was a main attraction for fans. In 1989 he was dubbed The Great Muta.
Muta went on to feud with legends such as Ric Flair and TNA Hall of Fame inductee Sting. After several years in the United States, Muta went back to Japan and continued mesmerizing audiences for decades.
Considered by many to have participated in the bloodiest professional wrestling match of all time, The Great Muta has a scale name after him that measures the violence and intensity of a match. (See where TNA’s bloodiest brawls rank on the Muta-Scale).
After nearly 25 years in professional wrestling, in July of 2013 Mutoh announced the formation of Wrestle-1, which has a continued partnership with TNA and IMPACT WRESTLING. Muta appeared at the 2014 Lockdown PPV in Miami where he introduced Sanada. Several cross-promotional events have occurred in the past year, including the current One Night Only event available on PPV. And, the tenth anniversary of Bound for Glory will take place in Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 12.
Despite touring the world and being one of the most well-known and decorated professional wrestlers in history, The Great Muta has never wrestled in New York City; that is until now.
See The Great Muta tomorrow in action on IMPACT at 9/8c on Spike TV!
Never has there been as been a more shocking a turn of events then Rhino’s new status as Dixie Carter’s “Hired Gun”. When you take into account the rich history he has shared with Bully Ray, Devon and Tommy Dreamer over the decades, it seems like a callous slap in the face to his supposed life-long friends. Rhino selling out this way seems to contradict the anti-establishment spirit he once shared with his brothers in arms.
With that being said, will his presence in next week’s Streetfight be enough to throw Team 3D and Dreamer off their game? Will he give Ethan Cater III and Rockstar Spud the advantage they need to prevail?
Will blood, sweat, tears and hard earned camaraderie triumph over cold hard cash? Will Dixie Carter have the last laugh, or will she face the threat of the table once more?
June 15th: TEAM 3D are announced as the next inductees into the TNA Hall Of Fame at Slammiversary XII live from Arlington, TX.
July 3rd: Rhino returns to TNA and attacks Bully Ray on behalf of Ethan Carter III
July 10th: Rhino arrives for a public face-to-face meeting with Bully Ray. Tommy Dreamer intercedes to stop another vicious attack by Rhino.
July 17th: Ethan Carter III and hired gun Rhino take on the team of Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer, winning only through Rockstar Spud’s meddlesome interference.Later that evening Devon returns to join Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer in the ring.
Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell are two great competitors in the Knockout Division and will square off this Thursday night in New York City for the Knockouts Championship. The former foes have a rich history of great matches but nothing tops the Last Knockout Standing match at Slammiversary in 2013. There, both fought through a difficult match but it was Taryn who ended up on top defeating Gail and earning her respect. Both competitors put their differences aside after the match and Gail has recently opened up about how tough of an opponent Taryn is.
A seasoned veteran who packs a powerful punch, Gail hasn’t forgotten her loss against Taryn and will fight this Sunday to keep herself on top of the Knockouts Division. Will Taryn end the reign of Gail or will Gail’s vengeance be too much for Taryn to handle as Gail defends the title belt?
Find out this Thursday when IMPACT WRESTLING airs on Spike TV at 9/8C.
By Gerry Strauss
You may not like his style. You might not support his decision to align with MVP. You might disapprove of his cold, business-like demeanor. Let’s face it: there are a million reasons to dislike the current TNA Heavyweight Champion Lashley.
Unfortunately, you have no choice to respect him… because he’s just that good.
Just ask anyone whom has watched him train. From his high school and college days to the present day, Lashley’s always been regarded as a freak athlete… a powerhouse whose agility is well beyond that of most competitors his size. It seems clear that the TNA World Champion was simply born with genetic physical gifts beyond that of most human beings, yet he’s never relied on them. Instead, his insane workout regimens suggest a desire to push himself well beyond his god-given capabilities. When an athlete is that good, but remains hungry to be that much better, he just might be unbeatable.
Just ask anyone who coached, faced or witnessed him compete in an amateur wrestling match. From the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to the U.S. Army, Lashley was absolutely dominant within the amateur ranks. A surefire Olympic success story until a freak injury kept him out of the running, Lashley’s three national championships and countless other accolades serve as a reminder that he owned the mat well before he owned the ring.
Just ask anyone who stepped into the octagon with him. Enhancing his on-the-mat skills with submission and stand-up striking techniques, Lashley’s multifacteted offense and dominating power made him an instant force to be reckoned with upon entering the MMA cage in 2008. Accumulating an impressive 10-2 record over five years, his experience in MMA not only amplify his aggressive edge, but it gave him new weapons to unleash upon his challengers in the pro wrestling ranks. Preparation for his upcoming September 5th Bellator debut should only serve to sharpen his skills, and that's bad news for TNA's top contenders.
Finally, ask anyone who ever faced Lashley inside a professional wrestling ring just how good he is... how tough he is... how deceptively quick he is. Ask Samoa Joe. Ask Jeff Hardy. Heck, ask Eric Young, the man who Lashley decisively beat to claim the championship gold. They'll all tell you the same thing, which is that it doesn't matter who Lashley aligns himself with. It doesn't matter if he ever smiles or not. It doesn't matter if he's a nice guy. All that matters is that, until someone can actually beat him (and who knows if that's even possible), Lashley is your TNA World Champion... like it or not.
After rave reviews of last night’s edition of IMPACT from New York City’s Manhattan Center, we are elated that TNA is set to return to the Manhattan Center from August 5th – 7th. We are now able to announce that the first night, August 5th, will be a fan-favorite special event: HARDCORE JUSTICE!
Hardcore Justice is an annual event full of hardcore, hard-hitting wrestling. Extreme matches full of weapons, violence and carnage is to be expected. ImpactWrestling.com can confirm the return of the dangerous Six Sides of Steel on August 5th. More matches and participants will be announced soon for our August return to the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom.
If you cannot be in New York City to join us, Hardcore Justice will be broadcast FREE on Spike TV in the weeks to follow.
Who do you want to see at the big show? Tell us NOW on Twitter by using the hashtag #HardcoreJustice!
This Thursday on IMPACT WRESTLING will be an all out Street Fight between the newly reunited Team 3D with Tommy Dreamer and Team Carter with Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud and Rhino. Impactwrestling.com takes a look back at some of the best street fights in TNA History which saw everything from the bloody to the down right bizarre... who would have ever thought a fish could be used as a weapon?
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Bound for Glory 2006:
8 Mile Street Fight Christian Cage vs. Rhino
After a rivalry developed between Christian Cage and Rhino stemming from a beatdown on TNA iMPACT!, these two faced off at the No Surrender Pay-Per-View in which Cage won. A rematch was then scheduled for Bound for Glory 2006 in Detroit Michigan under 8 Mile Street Fight Rules. Anything goes so things started outside the arena before the street fight was brought inside with use of a Zamboni! Street signs, lamp posts and more!
Bound For Glory 2012
James Storm vs. Bobby Roode
Special enforcer King Mo of Bellator was brought in to keep things in order for this bout. After Beer Money’s friendship was shattered following Roode’s turn on his former tag team partner over the World Heavyweight Championship, things couldn’t be settled with traditional rules so things needed to be settled through a no disqualification, anything goes street fight. Thing’s were so heated that we saw the use of trash cans, announce tables, chairs, thumb tacks and more in what is probably one of the bloodiest street fights in TNA Wrestling history.
Destination x 2008:
Fish Market Street Fight
Curry Man and Shark Boy vs Team 3D
In probably one of the strangest matches you will ever see, the stipulation for this match that pitted Team 3D against Shark Boy and Curry Man, was that it would be not just a Street Fight… but a fish market street fight?!
Philly Street Fight
Team 3D vs Beer Money
The World Tag Team Champions Beer Money granted Team 3D A World Tag Team Championship match at Lockdown in Philadelphia under street fight rules. Team 3D were already the IWGP Tag Team champions and agreed at the chance and would put up their IWGP Tag Team Titles for the match making the winner of the match not only the new TNA World Tag Team Champions but also the IWGP Tag Team Champions!
Against All Odds 2007:
Little Italy Street Fight
Team 3D vs Latin American Xchange
At Against All Odds 2007 Live from Orlando, FL, Team 3D faced LAX in a non-title bout under Little Italy Street Fight Rules.. What does that mean? Well we do know that anything goes and with things starting in what seems to be an Italian restaurant everything from pizza cutters, to tables and flags comes into play.
TNA Entertains With Fist-Pumpin' Family Fun at the IMPACT WRESTLING 2014 World Tour Coming to Roanoke Rapids, NC!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW at www.royalpalacetheatre.com and at 252.536.5577
Experience the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING 2014 World Tour featuring the all new “Fist-Pumpin’ Pre-Show Party” starting one hour before bell time and free with your ticket. Join TNA President Dixie Carter’s Chief of Staff Rockstar Spud as he entertains the crowd and parties with world-renowned DJ Z while he spins popular music throughout the “Fist-Pumpin’ Pre-Show Party." TNA offers fans unprecedented interaction with autograph sessions, photo opportunities and meet and greets with the Superstars of IMPACT WRESTLING. Fist-pump your way through the pre-show party and into the exciting in-ring action brought by the most dynamic and athletic wrestlers in the world.
Royal Palace Theatre
500 Carolina Crossroads Parkway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
*Superstars listed are subject to change
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
July 17, 2014
From the Manhattan Center in New York City, IMPACT Wrestling opens with Kurt Angle reintroducing TNA’s iconic 6-sided ring!
Taz enters through the crowd and says he was part of the last wrestling revolution – the crowd chants “ECW!” Taz declares that the locker room is full of men and women who will lead the next wrestling revolution – “The mood is about to change!”
Bully Ray and “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer enter the IMPACT Zone. Bully praises NYC as the greatest wrestling city on the planet and promises tonight will take the wrestling world by storm! He vows to make good on his promise to put TNA President Dixie Carter through a table!
The crowd chants “We want tables!” Tommy Dreamer takes the mike and reminisces about a special night in 1997 – when wrestlers like Bully Ray and himself were given national exposure for the first time. He thanks fans for their continued support.
EC3 and Rhino interrupt. EC3 says Bully is only putting his Aunt D through a table over his dead body. Rhino threatens the crowd and says they should respect EC3 because he’s a Carter, to which they respond, “You sold out!”
As EC3 begins to talk, the crowd chants “You can’t wrestle,” to which EC3 replies, “I disagree – I’m very good!” Then he refers to NYC as “The big crap-ple!”
Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer attack!
BULLY RAY & TOMMY DREAMER vs. EC3 & RHINO
EC3 and Bully Ray are in the ring to start. Bully, with a hot crowd behind him, keeps EC3 reeling in the corner with a series of punishing chops. He tags Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer hammers EC3 with his own series of chops before hitting a suplex. Bully and Dreamer exchange tags, until EC3 makes the tag in Rhino, who rushes into the ring and dominates.
EC3 tags back into the bout, but misses a diving attack that allows Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer to shift the momentum. Across the ring from one another, Bully and Tommy mount a series of punches on their opponents. Rockstar Spud enters the IMPACT Zone to cause a distraction.
Following Spud’s intervention, Rhino changes the complexion of the match. EC3 continues to build upon Rhino’s advantage, but Dreamer is able to make the tag to Bully. Dreamer and Bully toss Rhino from the ring and double team EC3 for a two-count! Rhino attacks Bully and Dreamer and then takes his assault on Bully to the outside.
Spud hops onto the apron to provide another distraction, which EC3 uses to roll up Tommy Dreamer for the win.
Winners: EC3 & Rhino
Backstage: Kurt Angle says the fans are ready for some X-Division action before announcing Austin Aries will compete in an 8-man gauntlet match for the X-Division Championship!
Backstage: James Storm confronts and slaps Sanada. Storm says Sanada is too disciplined and that he’ll end up a loser and choke artist.
Gauntlet Match for the X-Division Championship
AUSTIN ARIES (c) vs. EDDIE EDWARDS / TBA
Austin Aries squares off against tag team champion Eddie Edwards. Mike Tenay reminds fans that tonight’s contest is an over-the-top-rope elimination style match. He says a new competitor will enter every 90 seconds!
Edwards and Aries are so evenly matched that before either can gain the advantage, Christy Hemme is counting down from ten and Manik enters the bout! Manik infuses the match with a substantial amount of electricity – the pace drastically quickens until Davey Richards is announced as the fourth competitor.
The Wolves work together against Manik until Aries reenters the fray. DJ Z is the fifth entrant into the match. As soon as DJ Z enters the ring, he’s dropped to the canvas. Bodies are flying everywhere when Manik leaps from the turnbuckle and catches DJ Z with a hurricanrana that sends both competitors to the arena floor. Manik and DJ Z are eliminated.
Crazy Steve and Tigre Uno have joined the match when IMPACT returns from the break. Sanada is announced as the final competitor. Sanada blitzes the ring and leaves a trail of bodies in his wake.
Crazy Steve sprays Tigre Uno with silly string before eliminating him. The Wolves eliminate Crazy Steve! Sanada then reverses the charges of The Wolves and eliminates the tag team champions. Christy Hemme announces the match is now scheduled for one fall.
Aries sends Sanada flying from the ring, then drives Sanada into the barricade with a racing suicide dive! After some back and forth action, Sanada hits Aries with a springboard clothesline and a bridging pin attempt. Aries out at two!
Sanada attempts a moonsault, but Aries counters and attempts a knee breaker that Sanada reverses into a Tiger suplex! Sanada misses another attempt at his moonsault and is caught by Aries with two discuss forearms and a brainbuster!
Winner: Austin Aries
Backstage: Bobby Roode and Eric Young are backstage talking about teaming up. They discuss MVP being their common enemy and their upcoming match against MVP and Kenny King.
Backstage: James Storm greets Sanada backstage. Storm calls him a loser then savagely attacks him before yelling, “Muta is a fraud, and so are you!”
Backstage: Dixie Carter has arrived.
Backstage: Jeff Hardy hypes his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Lashley.
MVP says despite having a torn meniscus, he’s in the ring to compete. Kenny King says he can beat Bobby Roode and Eric Young by himself. MVP says he’ll still compete, but that he’ll do so “under protest.”
MVP & KENNY KING vs. BOBBY ROODE & ERIC YOUNG
Kenny King trash talks Eric Young to start the match, earning himself some aggressive offense from EY. Eric Young dominates Kenny King and scores an impressive dropkick! EY drags Kenny King to his corner and tags Booby Roode.
King is able to shift the advantage and tag out to MVP. While Kenny King holds Roode’s arms, MVP begins climbing into the ring. Roode escapes the hold and MVP rushes back to the outside, allowing Roode and EY to double team Kenny King.
MVP hits EY with a cheap shot, distracting the former champion long enough to be hung up on the top rope by Kenny King. King and MVP capitalize and mount a series of double-team attacks. King sets EY on the top rope, but he counters with a flying cross body, then tags Bobby Roode.
Bobby Roode locks in a cross-face on MVP! King breaks the hold. EY sends King to the outside. MVP assaults Bobby Roode with a crutch, earning the disqualification. After the match, MVP and Kenny King continue their assault on EY and Bobby Roode with the crutches.Winners: Bobby Roode & Eric Young (via DQ)
BRITTANY vs. MADISON RAYNE
Madison Rayne jumps on Brittany with a Thez press as the bell sounds. Madison dominates early-on with a series of clotheslines before driving Brittany face-first into several turnbuckles.
Brittany headbutts Madison, then flips to the outside. Madison hits Brittany with a baseball slide then scores a flying cross-body. Madison attempts a suplex on the ramp, but Brittany counters with a back drop.
Brittany drives Madison hard into the apron, then rolls her into the ring. Brittany attempts a pin following a side Russian leg sweep. Madison begins fighting back, but all her efforts are thwarted by Brittany – who tosses Madison to the outside.
Madison counters a DDT attempt with a suplex. Madison rolls Brittany back into the ring and is finally able to mount some offense. Madison hits Brittany in the side of the head with stiff kick, but Brittany powers out of the pin attempt.
Madison drops Brittany for the three-count.
Winner: Madison Rayne
Backstage: Dixie Carter says she’s in New York city because she owns TNA and because, unlike Bully Ray, she’s more bite than bark.Backstage: Kurt Angle and Austin Aries discuss “Option C.”
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
JEFF HARDY vs. BOBBY LASHLEY (c)
Christy Hemme introduces “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy first. Hardy’s followed by the World Heavyweight Champion, Lashley.
The crowd is vocally behind Jeff Hardy as the opening bell sounds. Lashley dominates early with a hard clothesline and a spear into the turnbuckle. As Lashley attempts another turnbuckle assault, Hardy counters, sending the champion flying across the ring.
Lashley rolls out of the ring and Jeff Hardy flies over the top rope with a cross-body. Hardy positions the steel steps – in an effort to mount some kind of offense. Lashley counters, sending Hardy crashing down shoulder and face-first onto the unforgiving steel.
Lashley whips Hardy back-first into the steps before returning the action to the ring. Lashley chokes Hardy on the middle rope and continues his in-ring dominance. Hardy fights out of a torture rack and shifts the momentum in his direction.
Hardy battles back with a series of offensive moves including a dropkick and the Whisper in the Wind. Lashley hoists Hardy up for a slam, but Hardy reverses and nails the Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs the turnbuckle and comes crashing down with a Swanton Bomb! He covers, but Lashley powers out at two.
Hardy takes the action outside and slams Lashley face-first onto the steel steps. As Lashley lies motionless on the stairs, Hardy climbs the turnbuckle and attempts a second Swanton, but Lashley moves and Hardy crashes hard on the steel!
Capitalizing on Hardy’s misfortune, Lashley tosses his challenger into the ring and stalks him until tearing Hardy in half with a massive spear!
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Backstage: Kurt Angle says Bobby Lashley has proven that he’s the champion, when Dixie Carter passes by and says she’s going to the ring to talk to her people.
Backstage: MVP, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King are celebrating, when Kurt Angle walks in and books MVP vs. Bobby Roode in a Falls Count Anywhere match next week!
In the ring, Rockstar Spud introduces “The only flower in the Big Apple” and “The most influential woman in all of professional wrestling…” Madame Dixie Carter!
Dixie is escorted to the ring by EC3 and Rhino. She begins by insulting the New York City crowd. She says she appreciates the love they feel for her, but that she doesn’t feel the same about them. She calls NYC a dump and says, “I had to wear extra sparkles tonight, guys – just to give a little shine to this place.”
She refers to NYC as a classless place and that they’re all like Tommy Dreamer. She says Dreamer came back begging her to fix professional wrestling – but you don’t fix what’s already perfect.
Her focus then shifts to Bully Ray, who she says she’ll continue to put through table after table.
Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer enter the IMPACT Zone carrying a table with “DIXIE” painted on it. Bully and Dreamer attack Rhino, EC3 and Spud. Bully climbs the turnbuckle and as Dreamer begins hoisting Dixie up to Bully Ray, her henchmen make the save. Dixie and Co. retreat, but Devon returns and tosses EC3 back into the ring.The crowd chants “Tables! Tables! Tables!” Team 3D sends EC3 crashing through a table and they celebrate as IMPACT goes off the air.
We are excited to announce that TNA World Heavyweight Champion LASHLEY has signed a deal with Bellator MMA and is set to make his debut on September 5th at Bellator 123. Lashley (10-2) will face Josh Burns (8-7) in a heavyweight clash.
The Bellator 123 card will be headlined by a Featherweight Title fight between Pat Curran and Patricio Pitbull. TNA and Bellator superstar King Mo will also compete on the card, making this a can’t miss event for any TNA or MMA fan!
Bellator 123 takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on September 5th and will be broadcast LIVE and FREE on Spike TV!
TNA Hall of Famers and the most decorated tag team in the history of professional wrestling, Team 3D certainly have an argument as being the very best tag team of all time. At Slammiversary, the wrestling world was shocked to see the return of Devon to TNA and the announcement that the duo had been selected to join the exclusive ranks of the TNA Hall of Fame.
Fans were surprised yet again when Devon emerged this past Thursday on IMPACT to clean house and help Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer in their battle against EC3 and Rhino.
Team 3D has faced off against the very best teams all over the world and here we look back at some of their greatest feuds.
Team 3D vs Beer Money
Double championship belts on the line in this classic feud between Team 3D and Beer Money. Taken from Lockdown 2009, this was a wild and raucous match between two iconic tag teams with both the TNA and IWGP Tag Team Titles on the line.
Team 3D vs The Steiner Brothers
A 2-Out-Of-3 Tables Match from Bound For Glory 2007, Team 3D and The Steiner Brothers went all out in this battle of legendary proportions. The Steiner Brothers, much like 3D, are widely considered one of the best tag teams in history. A little help from the Motor City Machine Guns gave The Steiner Brothers the win here — but this would not be the last team these two iconic teams would meet!
Team 3D vs Motor City Machine Guns
Team 3D also had a legendary feud with the Motor City Machine Guns, that is still talked about as one of the most important tag team feuds in TNA history. Several matches took place in this feud and this one shows off the incredible chemistry the two teams had during a 2010 Xplosion taping!
Team 3D vs LAX
One of the most shocking, literally, feuds in TNA history was none other than Team 3D and LAX. This feud was brutal, even leading to an electrified steel cage match between the two teams.
With Team 3D back in TNA, the entire tag team division must be on high alert — don’t miss this Thursday’s IMPACT to see what happens when Team 3D arrive in their hometown of NYC! 9/8c on Spike TV!