Impact Coverage by Bobby James
October 8, 2014
The “It Factor” Bobby Roode opens IMPACT Wrestling.
Roode says he will not give up on his dream to become the World Heavyweight Champion. Roode calls out Lashley, demanding a direct answer to his challenge for a rematch.
MVP and Kenny King answer the call. MVP says Roode doesn’t have the right to ask for a rematch and says the answer is no.
Roode says MVP and Kenny King are content being lackeys for Lashley. That neither man has what it takes to be World Heavyweight Champion. MVP says Roode can have his title opportunity – if he defeats him and Kenny King in a handicap elimination match. MVP stipulates that if Roode loses, he will never challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship for the rest of his career.
Roode accepts the challenge – and the stipulation.
Video: Recap of Gail Kim vs. Havok for the Knockout’s Championship.
No. 1 Contender’s Match for the Knockout’s Championship
Angelina Love vs. Taryn Terrell vs. Madison Rayne
Accompanied by Velvet Sky, Angelina Love enters the ring, followed by Taryn Terrell and Madison Rayne.
Before the bell, The Beautiful People begin double teaming Taryn Terrell. The bell sounds and Madison rushes into the ring, fending off Angelina Love. Angelina gets the upper hand, until Taryn Terrell hits her with a shoulder block.
Taryn and Madison hit Angelina with a double suplex before locking up with one another. Taryn makes a pin attempt; Angelina breaks the count. Madison and Taryn attempt to double team Angelina, but Velvet trips Madison, then pulls her to the outside. Angelina drops Taryn with a jawbreaker.
Angelina charges Taryn in the corner. Taryn sidesteps, causing Angelina to crash shoulder-first into the turnbuckle. Taryn takes the advantage and Madison makes her way back into the match. Taryn fends off Madison, then she climbs the ropes and connects a flying crossbody to both Madison and Angelina.
Angelina misses a Botox Injection and Taryn drops her with a neckbreaker. Madison sneaks in a roll-up and handful of tights for the win.
Winner: Madison Rayne
Post-match: Havok enters the IMPACT Zone. The Beautiful People and Madison Rayne abandon the ring. The Knockout’s Champoin attacks Taryn Terrell.
Backstage: MVP and Kenny King tell Lashley to have a “thank you” ready for them.
Video: Recap of Sanada’s transformation into “The Great” Sanada.
James Storm and Sanada w/ Manik vs. Low Ki and Tigre Uno
James Storm starts the match against Low Ki. Storm shows disinterest early and tags in “The Great” Sanada. Sanada and Low Ki lock up. Sanada targets Low Ki’s arm with a submission hold. The crowd chants for Low Ki and he begins to battle back. Low Ki tags Tigre Uno.
Tigre Uno gets a pin attempt, but a distraction allows Manik to sneak in a neckbreaker, allowing Sanada to make a tag to James Storm. Storm easily commands the match as he drags Tigre Uno to his corner. Storm tags Sanada.
Sanada maintains the advantage, until Tigre Uno catches him in the back of the head with a stiff kick. Tigre Uno brings in Low Ki who fights off Sanada and James Storm. Low Ki intensely attacks – connecting with a series of punches and a stomp to the gut.
Manik distracts Low Ki and Storm connects with a backbreaker! Storm attempts a cover, but Low Ki’s out a two. Storm hoists Low Ki into the air and unknown to Storm, Low Ki tags Tigre Uno. The final moments break down into a blur of bodies flying around the ring and Storm connects with a super kick to Tigre Uno. Storm makes the cover for three.
Winners: James Storm and Sanada
Backstage: Samuel Shaw says to Gunner: “I’m doing all of this for you!”
Samuel Shaw vs. Bram
Samuel Shaw and Bram collide as the opening bell sounds. Samuel shadows Bram after setting up a chair in the corner. Samuel whips Bram toward the chair, but Bram baseball slides out of the ring. Samuel gives chase, but Bram catches Samuel and drives him into the guardrail, then into the ring apron.
Samuel dodges an attack, and drives Bram headfirst into the ring post. Samuel pulls a chair out from beneath the ring. He stalks Bram around the ring and then begins his assault!
Samuel tosses a pile of chairs into the ring. When he turns, he’s met by Bram with a Singapore cane! Bram attempts a superplex onto the pile of chairs. Samuel counters with a rolling powerbomb!
Samuel attempts a submission, but Bram counters, sending Samuel face first into the chair mounted in the corner! When Samuel turns, Bram drives a steel cable into his face, then he makes cover for the pin.
Post-match: Brittany comes to the ring to cradle Samuel Shaw.
Backstage: Bobby Roode hypes his match against MVP and Kenny King.
Backstage: Team 3D says The Wolves are crazy for making their final encounter a Full Metal Mayhem match. The Wolves interrupt. Eddie Edwards says, “To be the team – you gotta beat the team!”
Handicap Elimination Match
Bobby Roode vs. MVP and Kenny King
MVP and Kenny King start with a double team attack, then they circle and mock Bobby Roode. MVP whips Roode into a spin kick from Kenny King.
They whip Roode into the ropes, but Roode explodes with a double clothesline. Roode follows-up with a knee to MVP’s mid-section. Roode makes a cover; the count is broken by Kenny King. Roode is tossed from the ring and King and MVP maintain control.
MVP and Kenny King roll Roode into the ring. MVP holds Roode and King attempts to punch him. Roode ducks and King connects with MVP. King rushes toward Bobby Roode, but he’s tossed him from the ring. MVP connects with a running boot to the face.
While King recovers outside the ring, Roode battles back and scores a surprise pinfall on MVP! MVP is eliminated. King and Roode’s battle intensifies, but MVP provides interference and distraction at ringside.
Earl Hebner ejects MVP from ringside. Roode takes advantage in the match, but Kenny King catches Roode with a jawbreaker. King jumps to the top rope and as he flies, Roode catches him and connects with a Roode Bomb!
Lashley comes out of nowhere to attack Bobby Roode. Kenny King is disqualified and Lashley connects with a spear!
Winner: Bobby Roode
Backstage: Ethan Carter III says he’s willing to give Rockstar Spud one more chance to prove his loyalty.
EC3 enters the ring. He says he’s been in IMPACT Wrestling for one calendar year – and he’s undefeated. EC3 says he’s never been pinned or submitted.
EC3 says he’s vanquished all who’ve failed him. He demands the presence of Rockstar Spud. Spud emerges from the back. EC3 says Spud has failed him, but that he’ll give him an opportunity tonight.
Spud says he’s EC3’s best friend. EC3 says prove it.
Spud says EC3’s favorite color is green – that he likes maids to keep his hotel rooms below 71 degrees – and that he thinks he’s a very good wrestler. EC3 acknowledges Spud’s knowledge, but he says Spud still failed Dixie Carter. He calls Spud a loser – just like the rest of the people.
Spud says, “Sir, I’m not a loser. I’m Rockstar Spud!”
EC3 shoves Spud to the ground, then he repeatedly screams “LOSER!” while slapping Spud in the face. Spud retaliates! He slaps EC3! EC3 says, “You’ve got heart kid, I’ll give you that. That’s what makes this so much sweeter. Rockstar Spud – you’re fired.”
Backstage: MVP says everything worked out just fine. Kurt Angle interrupts and says MVP overstepped his bounds – and that it’ll never happen again. Angle says Roode will battle for the No. 1 Contender’s spot next week.
Tag Team Championship Match
Full Metal Mayhem
The Hardys vs. Team 3D vs. The Wolves (c)
The bell sounds and Full Metal Mayhem is mayhem to start! Taz and Mike Tenay mention that Davey Richards suffered a break in his leg – and they question whether or not he’ll be 100% in the match. They also note that Devon is competing with a tear in his groin.
Devon sets up two tables while Bully bounces a chair off of Jeff Hardy. Matt Hardy attempts to climb a ladder, but Bully pulls him from the ladder. Bully tries to climb, but he’s stopped by Davey Richards. Davey attempts to climb and Jeff Hardy makes the save. Devon rushes into the ring and drops Hardy. Devon attempts a go and Matt Hardy pulls him down.
Eddie Edwards introduces a chair into the ring, but Matt Hardy counters, sending Eddie face-first into the chair. The Wolves regroup and double team Matt Hardy. Davey Richards drops Matt Hardy neck first onto a chair!
The Wolves attempt to double team Jeff Hardy. They whip Jeff into the ropes and Bully takes the moment to send Davey Richards out of the ring. Bully catches Jeff, then he and Eddie Edwards trade blows. Matt Hardy powers through them both with a clothesline.
Bully Ray and Matt Hardy superplex Eddie Edwards! Devon takes a piece of steel guardrail and creates a bridge between the ring and the steps. Devon attempts to suplex Davey Richards from the ring, but Davey counters with a headbut.
Devon falls back onto the guardrail. Davey howls, attempting to climb the turnbuckle. He’s going to fly onto Devon, but Bully interrupts. Bully powerbombs Davey out of the ring, onto the guardrail bridge!!!
Matt and Jeff double team Bully with a ladder. They attempt to do the same to Eddie Edwards, but Edwards tosses the ladder and it catches Jeff in the face! Devon drops Eddie with a spinebuster – then he fends off The Hardys. Devon attempts to climb the ladder, but Matt Hardy and Eddie Edwards attack him with chairs!
Jeff hits Bully with a Whisper in the Wind, then he follows up with a Swanton Bomb! Jeff nails Bully with a Twist of Fate just outside the ring. Jeff sets up a table bridge, metal end up. Jeff bounces Bully’s face off the steel steps and then he drapes Bully over the table. Jeff climbs the turnbuckle and leaps for a leg drop.
Bully movies and Jeff crashes through the table!!!
Bully rolls into the ring and starts to climb the ladder. Eddie Edwards positions another ladder and tries to climb, but Bully kicks him off the ladder. Matt Hardy does the same thing. Finally, Matt, Bully and Eddie all battle atop the ladder. Matt and Bully double team Eddie Edwards, sending him crashing to the floor!
Matt and Bully punch one another and both fall from their ladders. Davey reenters the ring. He tries climbing the ladder, but Matt Hardy is there to answer the call. Matt sets up a table before sending Davey Richards to the outside. He slams Davey’s face into the ringpost, then he lays Davey on a table. Matt climbs a ladder and connects with a leg drop, driving Davey Richards through the table!!!
Devon drives a ladder into the face of Eddie Edwards. He sets up a bigger ladder and starts to climb, but Eddie makes the save. Bully Ray comes into the ring. Team 3D attempts to double team Eddie Edwards. Devon climbs the turnbuckle, but Jeff shoves Devon from the top rope and Devon crashes through two tables on the outside!
Eddie Edwards begins climbing the ladder. He almost reaches the Tag Team Championships, but Bully tips the ladder and Eddie takes a huge fall and crashes into the guardrail!
Jeff Hardy takes out Bully. Bully gets laid across two tables on the outside. Jeff climbs to the top of the ladder and Davey Richards pushes it over – sending Jeff Hardy crashing onto Bully Ray!!!
Davey Richards and Matt Hardy meet atop the ladder. Matt connects with a series of punches. Just as Davey begins to fall, Eddie Edwards makes the save! He powerbombs Matt Hardy through a table while Davey Richards retrieves the titles!
Winners: The Wolves
Last week, IMPACTWrestling.com spoke to the current TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Wolves. Both Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards expressed that they need this victory Wednesday night on IMPACT to validate their place in tag team history.
The Wolves made the stipulation for the match and they decided to make it a match that has become synonymous with The Hardys and Team 3D over the years. So, while The Wolves know what's at stake, choosing the Full Metal Mayhem stipulation is nothing short of admirable.
Matt Hardy reached out to IMPACTWrestling.com and pulled no punches when discussing this epic match coming up Wednesday night.
"No tag team on Earth can compare to the Hardys, especially when it comes to navigating their way around a Full Metal Mayhem war zone full of tables, ladders & chairs. During our final tag title series match, you'll witness our expertise in the match WE put on the map."
Hardy went on to say, "Let's be honest, the wrestling fans in this industry recognize and respect our extreme expertise in this match - and TRUE wrestling fans want nothing more than us to win and become the new TNA World Tag Team Champs."
It is highly anticipated and something that has everybody buzzing. Wednesday is becoming Wrestling night in America for reasons like this: Full Metal Mayhem and the passion shown by our superstars. We will have more tomorrow leading into this incredible contest.
One day before Bound For Glory, Team 3D were inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. The most decorated tag team in history accepted the honors in-front of a huge crowd in Tokyo. Now, they turn their focus to their next matchup at TNA's biggest Pay-Per-View event of the year. For Team 3D, the stakes couldn't be higher. Obviously, the team would love to celebrate their Hall of Fame induction with a big win but, also, it is worth noting that Team 3D has never lost a match inside the country of Japan.
However, Tommy Dreamer and Abyss would love to crash the party in epic fasion. What better way to do so than by picking up a win over the newly-christened Hall of Famers. Take into account that both men, Dreamer especially, have a long and storied past with Team 3D make this a battle for the ages - and one that you can only see this Sunday on Pay-Per-View!
Celebrate the legacy of Team 3D with us and then watch them in-action at Bound For Glory! What better way to spend your Sunday than hearing one of the most feared sentences in professional wrestling: "Devon... GET THE TABLES!!!"
Oh my brothers, testify!
Check out the full Bound For Glory card and details here!
Tomorrow on IMPACT, it's going to be a blockbuster night! It's a must-see moment, set your DVR, but this is appointment viewing. The show will be headlined by Full Metal Mayhem!
The Tag Team Title series between The Hardys, The Wolves and Team 3D has been intense and violent, it has brought injuries and intrigue and it concludes tomorrow with Full Metal Mayhem. Anything goes and the team that climbs the ladder to secure the titles leaves with not only the gold, but the respect of the wrestling world as well.
Executive Director Kurt Angle announced earlier this week that HAVOK's next opponent will be determined tomorrow night on Spike TV. It's Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne vs. Taryn Terrell in a Triple Threat Match. Who will step up and go on to face HAVOK?
Bobby Roode continues to look for answers from Lashley in regards his World Title challenge. Will The Destroyer face Roode?
What is the future of EC3 and Spud's friendship? EC3 has demanded that Spud enter the ring for a face to face tomorrow and has made it clear that he's made a decision regarding Spud's fate... and future!
Plus, James Storm and The Great Sanada battle Low-Ki and Tigre Uno just four days away from their Bound For Glory main event tag team matchup against The Great Muta and Tajiri.
It's a loaded IMPACT Wrestling tomorrow night on Spike TV. Stay current with IMPACTWrestling.com for everything IMPACT!
Sunday night, TNA Wrestling takes Bound For Glory to the Land of the Rising Sun! Our biggest show of the year emanates from the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan and features an intense grudge match between a teacher and his former student. It will be The Great Muta and Tajiri facing off against the reborn Great Sanada and his new mentor, James Storm.
When The Great Sanada first came to TNA, he was simply known as Sanada - the very best student that The Great Muta had. He arrived in TNA with a hardworking attitude and quickly captured X-Division gold, a title that he would go on to hold for the better part of the 2014.
However, things took a turn when Sanada lost the X-Division Title and began to associate with James Storm. Storm was seen backstage, on multiple occasions, abusing Sanada and telling Sanda that he knew there was a more fierce side to the Japanese superstar that no one had seen.
Things all changed at the Manhattan Center. The Great Muta had come to New York City for a rare appearance to announce Bound For Glory in Japan and then decided to wrestle. After his match, James Storm and Sanada hit the ring, with the latter turning on his mentor and beating The Great Muta down with a chair.
Since that moment, we've seen a terrifying new version of the former X-Division Champion. With coaching from Storm, The Great Sanada was born - and has become a feared wrestler in-and-out of the ring. Sunday night, The Great Muta will meet the reborn Sanada for the first time as he and his long-time friend Tajiri take-on The Great Sanada and his mentor, James Storm.
Will The Great Muta exact revenge on the man who took his protege to the dark side or will The Great Sanada and James Storm engulf The Great Muta and Tajiri, leaving room for only one "Great" Japanese wrestler? We find out Sunday night on Pay-Per-View at Bound For Glory!
Find the full card for Bound For Glory by clicking here!
While Gail Kim still recovers from a separated shoulder, Kurt Angle has reached a decision in regards to the next Number 1 Contender for The Knockout's Championship.
Wednesday night on IMPACT, three Knockouts will compete in a Triple Threat Match with the winner going on to challenge HAVOK. It will be Angelina Love, Taryn Terrell and Madison Rayne this Wednesday night!
IMPACTWrestling.com reached out to the three Knockouts for their opinions on this forthcoming encounter.
Angelina Love: "It's time for me to break MY OWN record and become the 7-time TNA Knockouts Champion. Don't let this Beautiful People barbie doll exterior fool you, I've challenged and BEAT competitors of all shapes and sizes. Is HAVOK intimidating? Without a doubt. Do I want, need and DESERVE another opportunity at the Championship? Yes I do! And I'll start this Wednesday night when I face Madison Rayne and Taryn in a #1 Contenders match. I GOT THIS."
Madison Rayne: "I've been waiting patiently for my opportunity to get a shot at the Knockouts Title for awhile now. When I lost the title earlier this year, it was to Angelina. The most recent #1 contenders match I had, I lost to Taryn. But I don't feel that I'm going into this match the underdog. I'm going into it to win. To get that match with HAVOK and to beat her. That title means I've accomplished something and not having it doesn't sit well with me. As for stepping in the ring with HAVOK, it wouldn't be my first time. I've been in the ring with her before and I can't think of a more intimidating opponent to have staring me down wanting to beat me, but I'm not afraid of her. The bigger they are, the harder they fall and the easier they stay down for the 1-2-3!"
Taryn had little to say, "I'm focused on this triple threat first and then I can think about HAVOK."
As you can see, it's going to be a very pivotal and important night Wednesday on Spike TV as Kurt Angle continues to make bold decisions. Angelina Love, Madison Rayne and Taryn Terrell compete in a Triple Threat Number One Contenders Match for the Knockouts Championship. A match HAVOK will be watching closely!
Last week on IMPACT, Bobby Roode made his intentions crystal clear. Roode wants The TNA World Heavyweight Championship at any cost and demanded that he get another shot one-on-one against The Destroyer, Lashley.
Roode felt he was close, very close to defeating Lashley in their last encounter and in that, Booby Roode thinks he's found the combination to unlocking the path to defeat Lashley. However, Lashley let MVP do the talking - and MVP turned down the challenge on behalf of the champion. This has people talking.
Whispers are traveling through the locker room that perhaps Lashley doesn't want to face a hungry and determined Roode. Will those whispers turn to roars if Bobby Roode continues to make demands? Will Lashley quell those demands? Will others see this as an opportunity to take a shot at a distracted champion?
This is a shark tank and Lashley is the biggest shark here, but also wears the biggest target, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Frenemy: it's become a popular word in pop culture over the past couple of years. We all have them, frenemies, those we loathe, but still tolerate. Those we secretly wish ill on, but smile when they succeed. Those that think of us as a true friend or even a bestie, but who we disregard as tolerable.
Well, Rockstar Spud has always looked at Ethan Carter III as his best friend and EC3 has always looked at Spud as an "employee." EC3 said it best when he told Spud last Wednesday on IMPACT, "my friends have trust funds and go to yacht clubs."
EC3 even demanded Spud cry on the spot and laughed in Spud's face in a very uncomfortable scene.
All of us agreed with Eric Young that Spud should have punched EC3 on the spot, but what would Spud do after that? Where would the little guy go?
See, Spud truly loves EC3 like a brother and sadly that love isn't reciprocated. What will happen next between these two frenemies? Find out Wednesday night on Spike TV at 9/8c to see how far EC3 will go to embarrass or embrace Rockstar Spud.
EC3 is demanding Spud enter the ring and accept his fate and future. How will Spud respond? Either way a decision has been made.
Each week, IMPACTwrestling.com will 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!
The race this past week was insane. All over London, bro!!! Just like when Maximum IMPACT 7 comes around in January. Here are my personal highlights from Episode 2.
- I don't speak British and never will. I can't understand that language, bro!
- Brooke needs more confidence, and I should not point a gun at her... That might help, bro! (see above)
- Traffic in London is terrible. Worse than the turpike, bro!! What's up with that?
- I'm terrible at marching (but great at picking on the dorks in marching bands).
- Punting isn't just for footballs. It's also some weird boating thing. And Robbie E is good at both. BOOM!!!
- I'm a really fast runner.
- NJ arms are nicely toned, bro.
We came from behind and made it to Winston Churchill's birthplace in 7th place. Not the best, but we never gave up when we were in last place and we're going to build on that in the next leg, bro.
Brooke killed it. Robbie killed it. Brobbie tho! See you next week!
Check out Episode 2 of The Amazing Race here!
Since the premiere of The Amazing Race this season, #TheWrestlers have been the hot talk on social media! Robbie E and Brooke are traveling around the world on the Emmy Award-winning hit show every Friday at 8/7c. Watch their journey and join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #TheWrestlers!