Tonight is the night! Months of a bitter feud culminates in an epic TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Bobby Roode and "The Destroyer" Lashley.
Lashley has run through ever potential competitor he's faced with ease, but what will happen when he is faced with one of the most iconic names in TNA history? Bobby Roode, on the other hand, has a special place in the faction that is MVP, Kenny King and TNA World Champ Lashley. Early on, Roode sensed deceit when MVP arrived in TNA. Ultimately, he was sent home for nearly two months for challenging the then authority figure of IMPACT.
Making a surprise return after Lashley defeated Eric Young to win the TNA World Title, Roode stood tall multiple times but was unable to get his hands on Lashley. Tonight, he finally gets the moment he's been waiting for and, if he wins, he also captures the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for a 2nd time. Can the longest reigning Champ in TNA history do it all over again?
Whether it's MMA or TNA, Lashley has defeated all comers. Will he do it again? And, if he does, does that mean no one will be able to stop him?
Don't miss the epic showdown at 9/8c on Spike TV - TONIGHT!
The Hardys have evened the series, and the TNA World Tag Team Champions have fallen behind both legendary tag teams in the Tag Title Series. After Team 3D won Match #1 in the Tag Title Series, they announced the next match would be their signature: a tables match. However, it was Jeff Hardy who hit a swanton bomb outside of the ring to send Davey Richards through a table and win the contest. If you're keeping score at home, it's currently: Team 3D - 1, The Hardys - 1, The Wolves - 0.
To massive cheers from the New York City fans, The Hardys then ascended a ladder and announced that the next match, Match #3 in the series, would be the ladder match that the Hardys have made famous over the years!
The odd team out here is actually our champions, The Wolves. They are now trailing behind two iconic teams and their backs are against the wall. If The Wolves lose on tonight, they lose the belts. If either The Hardys or Team 3D prevail, we will have new TNA World Tag Team Champions.
Tonight, it all goes down. Match 3 of the Tag Title Series. The Hardys vs The Wolves vs Team 3D - in a ladder match!
Chris Melendez has an incredible story, which has been told across major media outlets and on our own IMPACT for the past few weeks. Now, it is time for Melendez to show what all the hype is about. That’s right, tomorrow night on Spike TV, “Sarge” will make his in-ring debut. The question is, who will step forward to challenge the American Hero?
Tune in to Spike TV tomorrow at 9/8c to find out. While you wait, learn about the Wounded Warrior who will make his debut:
Chris’ remarkable story begins as a kid growing up in Spanish Harlem. His grandmother introduced him to professional wrestling at a young age and, ever since, he has been hooked.
“The ability to captivate an audience without having to say any words is what got me hooked.”
Inspired by his father, a Vietnam Vet, and compelled by the events of September 11, Chris joined the U.S. Army at the young age of 17. At age 19, and with only 23 days of his Iraq deployment remaining, he sustained horrifying life-threatening injuries from an IED.
“When I was able to open my eyes after the explosion I looked across the battlefield to see what I thought was a fellow-soldier in need of help. I quickly realized it was my leg.”
After being resuscitated three times and enduring numerous emergency surgeries and procedures, Melendez’s long road of recovery took him to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Through pure grit and determination, cutting edge science and technology delivered via the VA, and support from friends, family and The Wounded Warrior Project, Melendez was walking with a prosthetic within 40 days.
In 2012, Melendez entered Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling in Florida where he trained day-in and day-out under the tutelage of Bully Ray and Devon. Now, TNA Wrestling can announce the signing of Chris Melendez to a multi-year contract.
Still known in the locker room as “Sarge”, Melendez is set to make his debut for the company during the August 5-7 tapings at New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center.
Best friends for life, if you ask Rockstar Spud about his relationship with EC3. Since the men arrived in TNA, they have been nearly inseparable – but the recent turn of events indicate that all might not be as friendly as Rockstar Spud would hope.
Obviously EC3 has been dealing with an unbelievable amount of stress, fighting for his Aunt Dixie’s safety against Bully Ray – a battle he ultimately lost once Bully Ray put precious Aunt D through a table. It is understandable that EC3 would lash out – however his victims seem to be mistargeted. Despite employing the hardcore icon Rhino to help his cause, EC3 blamed Rhino completely for the #BossToss that occurred on the August 7th edition of IMPACT. This is where the trouble really began.
EC3 unleashed a vicious attack on Rhino, which Spud tried to halt – before being tossed across the ring by his “best friend” and being issued a telling warning with a staredown/point combo that would teach a troubled puppy every lesson instantly. This wasn’t the end, however.
One week later, EC3 faced Rhino in a brutal match, which ended with EC3 being DQ’d while delivering a crushing beatdown of Rhino with a steel chair. Again, Rockstar Spud tried to calm his friend and stop the chaos — only to have the aggression turned towards himself again. EC3, already gigantic compared to Rockstar Spud, turned and nearly hit Spud with the chair as well – before Spud backed down and the attack on Rhino continued.
That brings us to this week, where EC3 was challenged once again by Rhino. Even though EC3 has been a dominant force in recent weeks, what did he do? He volunteered Rockstar Spud to face Rhino in his place. Subsequently, EC3 watched along as Spud was decimated by the beastly Rhino.
In our attempts to speak to the men, Rockstar Spud has been elusive and defensive. “Sir is not upset with me. This is a tough time. I am his friend & I will be there for him.”
We hope, for Spud’s sake, he’s right but the facts do not seem to support his claims.
The one constant of Samuel Shaw is that, above all, he’s found ways each week to send shivers down your spine. Not-so-affectionately labeled TNA’s “Creepy Bastard,” Shaw has sent terror throughout the locker room since showing up on IMPACT. Attacks on backstage staff, wrestlers and an obvious stalking problem with the lovely Christy Hemme have plagued Shaw’s otherwise impressive in-ring skill. It seemed as though things were finally taking a turn for the better when Gunner stepped in to help Shaw adjust to his post-nut hut life.
However, the past two weeks have shown that all may not be well inside the mind of Shaw, still yet. A week ago, Shaw was caught dressing himself up in Gunner’s military uniform. Then, Shaw had a severe breakdown after the duo lost their tag team match against the pair of Bram and Magnus this week as well. Even more, Shaw denied Gunner’s attempt to hook him up with Brittany, which may be smart considering the Knockout’s similarly troubled past, but what worried us was his declaration that Shaw already had his eye on someone on the roster.
Samuel Shaw is showing quite the weird attention towards Gunner and increasingly erratic behavior can’t help but make us wonder… Are we just around the corner from another terror spree from one of the most scary men in TNA today? Or is Samuel Shaw someone who is truly misunderstood — someone who needs even more of a helping hand to overcome his troubled past?What do you think of Samuel Shaw?
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Everyone knows that the BroMans have been on the lookout for love for the past few weeks. The former tag team champs put a dating video online, began scouting lovely ladies on social media and even challenged each other across dating platforms like Tinder. Last week, however, something big happened when both Bro Men matched profiles with TNA Knockouts. Robbie and Jessie were tight lipped about who the Knockouts were, but planned a double date.
This week on IMPACT, we finally found out who the beautiful women were… stressing the word “BEAUTIFUL”. It was none other than Angelina Love and Velvet Sky, The Beautiful People. TNA fans were shocked but, at the same time, it makes sense that the Bros and the Beauties would fall for one another. After all, birds of a tanned, well-kempt feather flock together!
From what we’ve heard, the date went very well and the Beautiful Bros may very well make an in-ring debut this coming week on IMPACT!
The question on everyone’s mind is: what will happen with DJ Z? Will the Beautiful People be onboard with having their own personal DJ? Or will DJ Z be on the hunt for a Knockout of his own to even the odds with his fellow Bro Men?
Don’t miss IMPACT on Wednesday night to see more TNA’s hottest new power couples!