One of the most feared men in TNA Wrestling today, Lashley, is set to enter the Bellator MMA cage once again tonight, as he competes at Bellator 130 against the undefeated Karl Etherington.
Lashley looked incredibly dominate in his last fight, showing very little ring rust after a one-year break from MMA competition. He made quick work of the fight, controlling the pace before submitting his opponent via Rear Naked Choke early in Round 2. A highly respected wrestler, 6 of Lashley's 11 victories were finished by way of submission.
"The Destroyer" faces his toughest opponent yet inside the Bellator MMA cage this Friday as part of a card that features Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton defending his title against Linton Vassell in the main event, as well as the Bellator debut of famed Women's MMA enforcer Marloes Coenen.
Make sure you watch Bellator 130, live and free, on Friday, October 24 at 9/8c on Spike TV!
In the meantime, we leave you with photos from Lashley's Bellator debut earlier this year.
Kurt Angle, TNA's Executive Director, will oversee the contract signing between the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Lashley and Bobby Roode who go one-on-one for the TNA Title next next, Wednesday October 29th on IMPACT. Angle promises to make an announcement that will, “change the complexion of this match.” What is Angle’s announcement and how it will affect the upcoming TNA World Title Match? Don’t miss IMPACT on Spike to find out.
Last week, it was suppose to be Devon, one half of Team 3D, a TNA Hall of Famer in action against EC3. However, for reasons unbeknownst to anyone, Bram decided to blindside Devon and injure him in the process. Why did, “The New King of Hardcore” Bram assault Devon? This Wednesday on IMPACT, we hear from Bram himself. We understand Devon will also be in attendance. Will there be a confrontation between the two?
Eight Tag Teams will kickoff an exhilarating #1 Contender Tag Team Tournament tonight on IMPACT. So far, IMPACTWrestling.com has announced three teams in the tournament. First to enter was The Hardys and we now know that their match will open the broadcast; but who will their opponents be? EC3 and Tyrus announced that they would enter the tournament as well. Could this new duo be the ones to take it all? Who else will join the mix and who can stop the Wolves? We find out the answers this Wednesday on IMPACT!
It's IMPACT; every Wednesday at 9/8c on Spike TV. Don't miss it!
Last week, EC3 debuted his replacement for Rockstar Spud: Tyrus. Tyrus is a monster and has a background of providing extraordinary protection, formerly as a college football standbout and then an elite bodyguard to the stars, including four years protecting multi-platinum rapper Snoop Dogg. With a new enforcer in tow, EC3 is now in the hunt for TNA gold.
Ethan Carter III and Tyrus have just announced themselves for the TNA Tag Team Tournament. They join the Hardys as the first two teams revealed for the tournament, which kicks off tonight at 9/8c on Spike TV. Six more teams will join the hunt, with the winner becoming the new #1 contenders for The Wolves and their TNA World Tag Team Championships.
Who should be the next team to join the tournament? Which team has the best shot? Can anyone defeat the Wolves? Join the conversation on social media by using #TagTourney!
Don't miss the best tag team wrestling in the world as the TNA Tag Team Tournament kicks off tonight at 9/8c on IMPACT!
Each week, IMPACTwrestling.com also host a blog from Robbie E as he and Knockout Brooke journey across the globe on CBS’ The Amazing Race. You can follow their journey on Fridays at 8/7c on CBS and then come to IMPACTWrestling.com to get Robbie’s inside scoop! Here's Week 4:
It was an action packed episode of The Amazing Race this week!!! We started out in the Shetland Islands, mon (they say "mon" there, right?), where we learned to herd sheep and and speak Shetland! After a 13-hour ferry ride, we ended up in Denmark!! I never heard of it either, bro...
Anyway... We found our car and headed to Sweden, which is apparently different from Denmark, but whatever. Once in Sweden, we got our next clue and we chose to take a task that involved a bike ride. BRO, it was way harder than we thought... But, you know what? Brooke held the cake, Robbie did the driving... BRObbie tho!
After putting together a cake, we had a successful ride to deliver it and then we were off to memorize some orders at a restaurant -- which I have to say: "Thank you, my perfect memory!" I dominated. I delivered those orders like only Robbie E could. I am the best waiter (not waitress) in all of Sweden. Try me, bro!
The mother and daughter team were arguing the whole time too, bro! It was distracting... And I thought Brooke was tough to deal with sometimes... Bottom line is... #TheWrestlers finished in 2nd place, bro!!! How do you say "We're the best, bro!" in Denmark? What about Swedish? BRObbie tho!
See you next week.... in Africa!!!
Check out Episode 4 of The Amazing Race NOW at CBS.com!
This Sunday, the hottest reality show in wrestling kicks off once again! Challenge TV will launch the much-anticipated British Boot Camp 2 at 9PM, the slot is usually home to IMPACT Wrestling in the UK. For the next 8 weeks, British Boot Camp 2 will be in the 9PM slot, with IMPACT following immediately after!
British Boot Camp 2 is a must-see for fans of British profesional wrestling and features the top stars from an island with a rich wrestling history! Boot Camp Judges Samoa Joe, Gail Kim and Al Snow will head to London, Manchester and Glasgow to audition the very best wrestlers in Britain. In each city, the judges will select semifinalists that will advance to the UK Finals in London.
From there, the Top 6 will be selected and then will travel to the United States to continue the competition until just 1 of them earns a full-time contract with TNA Wrestling. This is an opportunity of a lifetime!
British Boot Camp 2 builds on the success of the first season, which was a massive critical and ratings success and launched the career of the one and only Rockstar Spud!
UK fans, don't forget that British Boot Camp 2 will launch at 9PM this Sunday on Challenge TV. Throughout the series, IMPACT will air immediately following British Boot Camp 2!
Get a sneak peak of the new season NOW with early fan-favorite Grado at The Daily Mirror!
"When we reunited in the middle of that TNA ring in the Manhattan Center, we told the world that we would not stop until we were the TNA World Tag Team Champions... So, Wolves, here we come! Creatures, mount up!"
Jeff Hardy had those words to say when he revealed to IMPACTWrestling.com that The Hardys contacted Kurt Angle Thursday night to enter the TNA Tag Team Tournament, scheduled to kick off tonight on IMPACT. Just like that, the tournament is off to a good start; The Hardys being the first team to officially enter. There are 7 spots remaining and, tonight, 8 teams will collide with the hopes of becoming the next challengers for TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Wolves.
Matt Hardy echoed his brothers sentiments: "My brother and I are the best we've ever been and we intend to prove that in this tournament. The Hardys are ICONIC and, truly, one of the best tag teams to ever compete. The Wolves are a great team and they have proved that time and time again, but we aren't finished yet.... And we won't be until we're wearing TNA gold!"
The TNA Tag Team Tournament will kick off tonight at 9/8c on Spike TV!
The conclusion of the TNA Tag Title Series between The Wolves, The Hardys and Team 3D certainly answered many questions about all three teams. However, it raised a new question: can anyone beat The Wolves?
It is understood that Team 3D and The Hardys are two of the best tag teams to ever put on wrestling boots and get in the ring. By defeating not just one but both teams, The Wolves established their dominance - not just in TNA but in professional wrestling as a whole. Now, as the TNA Tag Team Champs like to say, the hunt is on... this time, however, it's to determine the next team to challenge for the Tag Team Championships.
This week on IMPACT, a tournament will kick-off and there is room for 8-teams. The tournament is open to anyone on the TNA roster; all you need is a partner! Over the coming days, TNA Superstars will be making deals with one another, partnering up and plotting to challenge the Wolves. Round one of the tournament will be held this Wednesday on IMPACT!
Who do you think has the best shot at finally slaying the Wolves? Will we see unlikely alliances form? Who do you want to see pair up? Sound off with your picks on social media using #TagTourney!
We expect teams to announce themselves in the coming days so stay tuned to IMPACTWrestling.com for the most up-to-date information!
IMPACT WRESTLING Coverage by Kristofor Long
October 15, 2014
Executive Director of Wrestling Operations Kurt Angle Kicks off IMPACT WRESTLING to settle the controversy between Bobby Roode and the World Champion, Lashley.
Kurt opens by addressing the situation that happened last week and calls out Lashley to address the issue between him and Bobby Roode.
Video: Recap of what happened last week between Bobby Roode and Lashley
Kurt Addresses Lashley about MVP and Kenny King manipulating the World Heavyweight Title picture and wants to know why he did not accept Roode’s request for a rematch. Lashley stated that he already had his shot and continued by extending a title shot to Angle. After a long staredown Angle said that one day they will fight and he’ll regret it, but not today. Angle set up a #1 Contender match between Eric Young, Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. Angle finished and wished them all luck.
Video: Hightlights from Team 3D’s Hall of fame induction this past weekend in Japan.
Backstage: Matt Hardy is asked about his brothers match but is interrupted by Magnus who taunts him to the point of that made Matt extend a challenge, to which Magnus accepts
Knockouts Championship Match
Madison Rayne vs. HAVOK
While Madison enters for her match against HAVOK a video is shown of her commenting on the previous week between her and Taryn and that she did no wrong and Taryn will get over it.
Video is played during Havok’s entrance recapping her successful title defense this past Sunday at Bound for Glory.
The match starts with the two locking up and HAVOK displaying dominance over Madison from the offiset. Madison managed to gain some momentum at which point HAVOK regained her composure out side the ring. Rayne could not wait but it was to her detriment to go on the offense as HAVOK gained the upper hand immediately after a failed dive.
Havok made a number of attempted submission attempts that, while not successful, wore down Rayne who continued her onslaught of submission attempts and hits. HAVOK threw Rayne outside of the ring and HAVOK followed, but her offense was stopped by the referee. While HAVOK was arguing with the ref, Madison managed to turn things around back in her favor.
Rayne continued with a series of offenses and after a missile dropkick went for the pin attempt but was unsuccessful. Madison couldn’t regain the upperhand, HAVOK put her finishing Harlot Slayer on Rayne and was able to pick up the pin.
Backstage: Kurt Congrats Devon on the TNA Hall of Fame, Devon was thankful but wanted to let him know he is still committed to do what he has to for the roster.
Backstage: Eric Young weighs in on the match tonight and his odds of winning the title.
Magnus vs. Matt Hardy
The two lock up but the immediately start exchanging a series of offenses leading to Hardy attempting to pin. Hardy continues but an obviously flustered Magnus leaves the ring to catch his composure. Hardy follows but Magnus is ready, first smashing his spine into the ring post then the edge of the ring.
Magnus dominates back inside the ring with more pin attempts. Matt manages to pull the match back in his favor for a short period but Magnus was able to regain and continue his domination of the match. Magnus puts Hardy into a submission hold, Hardy attempts to get out of it but is responded to with a series of offenses that were unsuccessful and control returned in Hardy's favor.
Continuing the series of offenses Hardy does a moonsault into a near pinfall. Magnus makes pin attempts using the ropes for leverage but is caught by the referee. While distracted Matt managed to pull off a twist of fate on Magnus and pick up the pin for the win.
Video: Ethan Carter III while in Japan talks about his firing of Rockstar Spud and his imminent firing. Carter alludes to his replacements debut tonight.
Winner: Matt Hardy
Angelina Love, DJ Z and Jessie Godderz accompanied by Velvet Sky
vs. Knux, Rebel and Crazzy Steve
Angelina Love and Rebel Kick things off but Rebel is immediately distracted and things start in the favor the Love and the BroMans. Knux made his way in and took DJ Z to task for a spanking! Crazzy Steve came in to wear down DJ Z who immediately was able to tag in Godderz. Favor was now leaning to the BroMans and Love who picked up a near fall.
Godderz tagged in DJ Z who continued to wear down Crazzy Steve to pick up another near fall. DJ Z tagged in Godderz to continue the offense. This led to Love and Rebel being tagged and Love nearly picked up a pin. Both were obviously worn down and tagged in Crazzy Steve and Godderz.
Crazzy Steve nearly picked up the win but Love interfered and Crazzy Steve made an attempt to kiss Love but was stopped by Godderz. Godderz attempted to take out Crazzy Steve but unable to put in any offense Crazzy Steve was able to pick up the pin fall for the win.
Winner: Crazzy Steve, Rebel and Knux
Backstage: Roode comments on his #1 Contender match, Aries comes in and talks about what tonight is about. It’s not luck, it’s determination. When the bell rings the mutual respect is out the window.
EC3 Enters and is followed by his new huge body guard. EC3 introduces his new body guard who is called Tyrus. EC3 addresses Rockstar Spud, who he says he’ll never see again then moves on. EC3 moves on to address the main reason he’s there which is to hold Bully Ray accountable for his actions and be removed from the Hall of Fame. EC3 touches on how he is undefeated and how nobody will ever defeat him…
Devon comes out after hearing this and confronts EC3 for all of his talk. Devon makes him aware of the fact that he hasn’t beat him. Devon challenges EC3 to a match but before he even made it to the rign Bram beats Devon with a metal lid and continues the attack before leaving the arena.
Ethan Carter III and Tyrus still in the ring chalk it up as a win for EC3 and claims that he beat Devon.
EC3 not wanting to leave has set up a match for Tyrus to continue the fun they are having. He reveals that Sharkboy is his legendary opponent. Sharkboy’s music begins to play however he is nowhere to be seen.
Backstage: An agent looking for Sharkboy finds him in the back eating donuts and sends him on his way to the ring.
Shark Boy vs Tyrus
Shark Boy starts of but is obiviously very out of shape and the match is extremely shortlived with Tyrus not even breaking a sweat. Tyrus unleashes an offense and Sharkboy couldn’t swim away and Tyrus defeats him with ease.
Video: Recap of Bound for Glory this past Sunday on Pay-Per-View
Backstage: Jeff Hardy weighs in on jumping back into the title scene, Creatures Mount up!
Video: Recap of the Tag Team Series leading the the Wolves being victorious
Video: A cryptic message from the Wolves to challenge any team who wants a shot at the titles. But warns them to be careful.
#1 Contendership for the World Title
Eric Young vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
The match kicks off with Aries taking the fight to Hardy right at the offset. Aries and Hardy end up outside the ring and Young and Roode lock up in the ring. Aries makes his way back in but both Aries and Roode end up getting knocked outside the ring and Young faces off against Hardy. As Hardy attempts to go high risk Aries stops him and they fight on the ropes. As Aries attempts to go high risk against Hardy, Roode stops him and ends up pushing him off the top rope onto the mat leaving Young and Aries to face off which leads to Young making a dive on Roode to the outside of the ring.
Hardy managed to take out Roode and Young through jumping off the back of Aries onto the floor but this is promptly followed by Aries taking out all 3 with a dive. A countout is initiated but Young managed to slide in and stop the count. All men exchange blows, though between the four of them though none of them manage to take the advantage and no eliminations happen. Young was able to land a DDT on Hardy but could not get the 3 count. Young was able to unleash a series of offenses and went to the top rope, but was stopped by Roode, however this ended up leading to an amazing double suplex from Hardy, however, he could not pick up an elimination from this.
The first elimination finally happened in what seemed to be an unlikely situation where Roode gave Young a Roode Bomb into the pin attempt while at the same time Aries goes for a Brainbuster on Hardy into a pin resulting in the referee counting them both for a double elimination!
Roode and Aries are facing starting out with a flurry of exchanges and dominance changes in true contender fashion. Roode and Aries exchange submission holds trying to make the other tap. Aries was able to gain dominance for a time but in the end Roode was able to get Aries into position for a Roode Bomb, which allowed him to get the pin on Aries for the win and become the new #1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship Title.
Winner: Bobby Roode
Ahead of tonight's IMPACT, TNA Executive Director Kurt Angle has announced the final competitors in the World Heavyweight Title #1 Contender Match. Previously, we knew Bobby Roode would be in the match and now we can reveal that these will be the men joining him:
- Jeff Hardy: The Charismatic Enigma will be looking for another shot at The Destroyer after their close encounter earlier this summer! Hardy is a 3x TNA World Champion and one of the most popular wrestlers in the world today. Surely fans will be excited to see Jeff back in the hunt for TNA gold!
- Eric Young: "EY!" chants have dominated IMPACT for the greater part of this year, and with good reason! EY captured his first World Championship earlier this year and has experienced his greatest successes yet in 2014. No doubt, he will be looking to become a two-time champion and that all starts with tomorrow's #1 Contender Match!
- Austin Aries: The Greatest Man That Ever Lived is certainly a deserving fourth, and final, addition to the match! A former World Champion himself, Aries is known as one of the most innovative men in TNA. He laid it all on the line this summer, trading his X-Division Championship for a shot at Lashley which came up short. Aries will certainly have vengeance on his mind as he enters IMPACT tomorrow night on Spike!
Now that the competitors have been announced, keep the conversation going! Tell us on social media who you think will win this match and challenge Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Use #WorldTitleShot and don't miss IMPACT tonight at 9/8c on Spike TV!