Sunday at 9PM on IMPACT WRESTLING, Scottish sensation GRADO makes his in-ring debut in-front of an international audience. However, all week he has made international headlines with his plea. Three words have been trending on social media for days now...
Now, Scottish Parliament has stepped in as well! So far, 12 Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have backed a motion supporting Grado's #SayYesMadonna campaign. Grado was a part of TNA's hit reality show British Boot Camp 2, becoming an instant fan-favorite and a thorn in the side of one of the show's judges, Al Snow.
Do you support Grado!? If so, sound off on Twitter using #SayYesMadonna and tune-in to IMPACT WRESTLING to watch Grado take-on wrestling legend Al Snow in his first match for TNA's IMPACT WRESTLING!
UK fans can watch this monumental debut on Sunday night at 9PM on Challenge TV. For all international listings, click here.
Glad to hear Scottish Parliament are dealing with a major issue of serious importance affecting the country..my entrance song #SayYesMadonna— GRADO (@gradowrestling) February 20, 2015
DMAX BRINGS IMPACT BACK TO GERMAN TV
Munich (Friday February 20, 2015): TNA IMPACT WRESTLING will return to German TV screens this month on DMAX.
Fans in Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be able to watch a one-hour version of flagship show IMPACT for free every Saturday night at 11.15pm on the channel, starting on Saturday February 28. There will be an initial run of eight episodes.
This new deal is a part of the new global multi-year partnership between TNA and Discovery Communications, the parent of DMAX.
TNA superstars including Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle, Jeff and Matt Hardy, Lashley, MVP, Bobby Roode, Eric Young and Gail Kim will be back in action on German TV, where IMPACT was previously the country’s highest-rated wrestling show.
Commentary on the breathtaking action inside the ring will once more come from the popular German commentary team of Nic Heldt and Mike Ritter.
Oliver Nowotny, VP Programming & Content Discovery Networks Deutschland, said: "Wrestling has a huge fan base in Germany. The deal between Discovery and TNA means we can now offer fans the very latest, most explosive feuds, produced to the highest standards.
“We are confident of winning new viewers for the sport, and are also looking forward to comparing notes on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.”
TNA Executive Vice President Andy Barton added: “TNA has a long and successful history on German TV, and a very close relationship with the fans there. So we are delighted to be back on screens in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
"Together TNA and Discovery Communications are already showing our commitment to bringing fans the very best in professional wrestling, both in America and across the globe.”
Tag Team Championship: The Revolution vs The Wolves (Jan 7, 2015)
Everything seemed to start between The Hardys and The Revolution on the debut episode of IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America. In a Tag Team Championship Match between The Revolution and The Wolves, The Hardys stood by and watched the match unfold into an uneven matchup that morphed into 4 members of The Revolution beating up The Wolves. The Hardys sick of what they were seeing came to the defense of the outnumbered Wolves, which may have been the moment The Revolution put a target on The Hardys.
Jeff Hardy Lays out a Challenge to the Monster Abyss (Jan 23, 15)
On January 23, 2015 in a one on one match between James Storm and Matt Hardy, things yet again became lopsided in the favor of The Revolution when James Storm ordered Abyss to gather up Janice and finish Matt Hardy. Jeff Hardy enters to stop and tired of seeing these events unfold he lays out a challenge to the Monster Abyss...
Monsters Ball: Jeff Hardy vs. Abyss (Jan. 30, 2015)
As expected during the Monsters Ball match things got out of hand when The Revolution joined Abyss in the one on one anything goes match. Matt came to help however him and Jeff were not enough to face them, it took The Wolves, who were helped my Matt and Jeff only weeks earlier, to put things back in order and allow Jeff to get the win over the Monster Abyss.
The Hardys face the Revolution at Lockdown (Feb. 6, 2015)
In one of the bloodiest and most brutal days of the year for IMPACT WRESTLING, Lockdown, The Hardy's faced off against the Revolution consisting of Abyss and James Storm. In predictable fashion Storm and Abyss were joined by Khoya (Mahabali Shera) and Manik who allowed for Storm to perform an act that put Jeff Hardy out of action to this date.
James Storm Interrupts Matt Hardy and Lays Out Two Options (Feb. 13, 2015)
Last week on IMPACT WRESTLING, Matt Hardy addressed the fans in Glasgow to give an update on the condition of his brother Jeff Hardy but was interrupted by James Storm and The Revolution who gave Matt an ultimatum to either join the revolution or join his brother Jeff in the hospital. Not to go down without a fight Matt chose the latter but vastly outnumbered things did not look good. Just when it seemed bleak, The Wolves, who seem to have made an unwritten alliance with the Hardys, came to the aid of Matt setting the stage for a fight between The Wolves with Hardy against The Revolution. Though given the history of The Revolution and their unfair tactics what are the chances of it continuing to be a fair fight? Tune in this week for IMPACT WRESTLING to find out.
It's Presidents Day in the United States so, naturally, we are celebrating our beloved president - Dixie Carter! Love her or hate her, Dixie Carter is responsible for some of the most notorious moments in TNA history. So we celebrate our President with a playlist of some of the biggest moments of Dixie Carter in IMPACT WRESTLING!
The Top 5 this week will get the advantage in this coming week's 20 man gauntlet match by being the last 5 entrants. The Injury to Bobby Roode, at the hands of Eric Young, took him out of the Top 5 for this week.
#5 EC3 - Still unpinned and unsubmitted.
#4 Samoa Joe - Who was victorious this past week with MVP against Lashley and Kurt Angle.
#3 Low Ki - Unbeaten as X Division Champion allowing the BDC to lock up another slot
#2 MVP - Moved back up the ranking after pinning Lashley in the tag team matc
#1 Kurt Angle - Made his intentions clear that his focus is on the World Title moving him up the rankings to Number 1
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
February 13, 2015
Emanating from Glasgow, Scotland – Kurt Angle kicks off Impact Wrestling!
Angle thanks Austin Aries and Gunner for joining him to defeat The BDC last week. He says The BDC wants to control the World Heavyweight title, but that control of the title should belong to the best wrestler in the world. Angle invites Lashley to the ring.
Angle thanks Lashley for aiding Team Angle at Lockdown. Lashley says he came to the ring to get his hands on MVP. Angle counters by saying it’s time for him to be the champion again. He proposes Lashley vs. Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
MVP and The BDC interrupt the moment. MVP says Team Angle never won because Lashley wasn’t sanctioned in the match last week. MVP challenges either Lashley or Angle. Lashley accepts, but proposes a tag team match – against any two members of The BDC. Then, he selects Kurt Angle as his partner.
Backstage: Bobby Roode and Austin Aries run into one another before their match.
Backstage: ECIII says he wants to scalp Rockstar Spud, tonight! He challenges Jeremy Borash, Rockstar Spud and Mandrews to a handicap match – against himself and Tyrus.
Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
Aries and Roode lock up in the center of the ring. They exchange hammerlocks before grounding one another with submission holds, including a Last Chancery from Austin Aries. Roode comes back with a Roode Bomb attempt, but Aries counters, sending Roode to the outside.
Aries leaps from the turnbuckle and connects with Roode at ringside. As Roode struggles to get back into the ring, Aries climbs the ropes. Aries flies, but Roode jumps – countering with a standing dropkick.
Roode grounds Aries with a spinebuster. Aries uses the ropes to reach his feet again, before being powered into the corner and pummeled with a series of shoulder blocks. Aries scores a series of punches, but Roode counters with a diving neckbreaker.
Roode attempts another Roode Bomb, but Aries counters. Aries connects with a missile dropkick and tries for a brainbuster. Roode counters, going for another Roode Bomb. Aries counters again, sending Roode outside with a discus elbow. Aries dives to the outside, but Roode moves and Aries crashes head first into the guardrail!
Roode tosses Aries into the ring and locks in a cross-face to earn a submission victory!
Winner: Bobby Roode
Post-match: Bobby Roode grabs a mic and says, “Now that was pro wrestling!” He shakes Austin Aries’ hand and says Aries is one of the best wrestlers he’s ever shared the ring with.
Roode says it’s time for him to get his championship back. He says Roode vs. Lashley 3 never happened and that he deserves a rematch. He vows to win back the World Title.
Eric Young rushes into the ring and attacks Bobby Roode from behind. Young plants Roode with a piledriver in the center of the ring. As medics help Roode to the back, Young attacks again and connects with a second piledriver, on the ramp!
Al Snow addresses Grado, a contestant from season two of British Boot Camp.
Al Snow says beyond the ring, he’s trained some of the best and brightest wrestlers the industry has ever seen. Snow mocks the fans – and says none of them can do what he can do. He says Grado is just like all of them and that he’ll give Grado one more chance to leave the sport of professional wrestling.
He calls out Grado. Grado comes face-to-face with Al Snow. Snow says Grado hasn’t got the heart or passion to succeed in professional wrestling. He says Grado doesn’t have his respect – and that he should leave.
Grado interrupts Al Snow. Snow confronts Grado’s mother in the audience and says she should be ashamed of her useless son. She slaps Al Snow! He shoves Grado’s mom and Grado attacks from behind. Al Snow says he’ll meet Grado in a match next week.
Crazy Steve vs. Bram
Bram charges Crazy Steve, who tumbles out of the way. Steve charges Bram, but Bram powers him into the corner. Steve tries to escape by jumping onto the turnbuckle. Bram sweeps his legs and Crazy Steve smacks his head on the top turnbuckle before crashing to the mat with a nasty fall!
Bram leaves the ring and grabs a microphone. He verbally taunts Magnus as he continues his assault on Crazy Steve. Steve mounts some offense – and even bites Bram in the face – but Bram finishes him with ease using a huge DDT!
Bram pins Crazy Steve then screams, “Fight me!”
Backstage: Rockstar Spud gives Mandrews and JB a pep talk. He says they’re lions and tigers – and the he’s got back-up.
Backstage: Gunner thanks Kurt Angle for believing in him. He questions Angle about teaming with Lashley.
3-on-2 Handicap Match
ECIII & Tyrus vs. Rockstar Spud, Mandrews & JB
Spud throws his jacket into Tyrus’ face before the opening bell. Spud immediately comes face-to-face with ECIII, who tags in Tyrus. Spud attacks, but Tyrus counters, punching Spud in the throat and sending him flying across the ring.
Mandrews tags himself in, but he’s no match for Tyrus. Finally, JB tags himself into the match. ECIII tags himself into the match and JB goes crazy, connecting with a series of knees! ECIII creates enough separation to gain the advantage. He beats JB into the corner. JB tags Mandrews, who catches ECIII with a front dropkick!
Tyrus reenters the match and Mandrews is powered down hard. ECIII tags himself back in. He isolates Mandrews and tosses him into the corner. Tyrus attacks Mandrews while ECIII taunts Spud and JB.
Spud screams for Mandrews. Mandrews catches ECIII with a jawbreaker and an enziguri before making the tag to Rockstar Spud. Spud goes wild! He gets ECIII crowded in the corner, but Tyrus attacks with a cheap shot.
Tyrus charges Spud, but he side-steps, sending Tyrus crashing into ECIII! Spud connects with a cutter on Tyrus, sending him to the outside. Then, JB leaps from the top rope, onto Tyrus at ringside!
While Spud’s distracted by the action the outside, ECIII connects with a One Percenter for the win!
Winners: ECIII & Tyrus
Post-match: ECIII is about to shave Spud’s head when the arena goes dark. Mr. Anderson attacks ECIII and Tyrus!
Backstage: Kenny King and Low Ki attack Gunner.
Madison Rayne vs. Awesome Kong
Madison says to the fans, “You guys love me – and I don’t care. Story of my life.”
Madison says she’s the queen of the Knockout’s Division – and the greatest Knockout of all time. She says not a single woman in the back can defeat her in the ring. Awesome Kong makes her presence known.
Madison tries hiding behind Earl Hebner. The bell sounds – and when Madison charges Kong, she’s deflected with ease. Kong smashes her against the turnbuckle before slamming her down onto the mat.
Kong misses a splash and Madison scores a series of rights. Kong is up quickly and simply rushes through Madison before connecting with an Implant Buster!
Winner: Awesome Kong
Backstage: Angle tells Aries he’s in his seat. Angle says he heard Aries tapped out to Bobby Roode. Aries says if Angle wins the title, he’ll have a big bullseye on his back.
Matt Hardy enters the arena to offer an update on his brother’s condition. A video recaps Jeff Hardy’s crash onto the steel steps last week.
Matt says that because Jeff loves the business so much, he’s taken incredible risks to create iconic moments. Matt said that after those moments, he’s used to a thumbs up – or a gleam in his brother’s eyes, to let him know that everything would be okay.
He says that following that fall from the cage, he didn’t get a thumbs up – and all he saw was emptiness – a broken Jeff Hardy.
James Storm, with the rest of The Revolution, interrupts. Storm said he did what the likes of Edge & Christian, Team 3D, Lashley – even The Undertaker couldn’t do. He says he put down Jeff Hardy, because in his story – heroes never win.
Storm says Matt Hardy has two options – to join The Revolution, or to be set up in a bed next to his brother.
Matt attacks! He’s easily overpowered by The Revolution 4-on-1. Storm says it’s an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth. He says in this case, they’ll just take Matt Hardy’s arm. Storm instructs The Revolution to lift him up, but The Wolves make the save!
Backstage: The Beat Down Clan assaults Austin Aries. They throw him out of the arena.
Kurt Angle & Lashley vs. The BDC
Angle and Lashley enter the ring, awaiting their opponents. It’s revealed that MVP and Samoa Joe will represent The Beat Down Clan. Low Ki and Kenny King are at ringside.
Angle and Samoa Joe start against one another. The two heavyweights trade arm submissions early. Angle takes Joe down with an arm drag. Lashley tags himself in and Joe shifts the momentum in his favor, until Lashley connects with a hard shoulder block into the corner.
Joe fights back with a headbut before being floored by a clothesline from Lashley. MVP distracts Lashley long enough for Joe to capitalize, then he tags into the match. MVP drives his boot into Lashley’s face and then he makes an early cover.
Lashley kicks out and Samoa Joe reenters the match. He plants a kick into Lashley’s face before exchanging tags with Joe. Joe and MVP double-team Lashley. Then, MVP distracts the referee while the other members of The BDC choke Lashley on the bottom rope.
Joe connects with a big uppercut to the champion. Lashley counters an Irish Whip, and then he drops Joe with a neckbreaker! Angle tags into the match. He hits Joe with a suplex before connecting with the Angle Slam. MVP breaks up the count.
MVP drives Angle shoulder-first into the turnbuckle! Angle and MVP brawl in the center of the ring until MVP connects with a clothesline. Low Ki chokes Angle again on the bottom rope while MVP gets in Lashley’s face.
Joe tags back into the fight. He drops Angle with a hard right and attempts a submission maneuver, but Angle battles out before it’s locked in. Angle delivers a dropkick from the second rope to Joe. Lashley makes the tag!
Lashley pummels MVP. He spears MVP into the corner before planting him a delayed vertical suplex. Lashley connects with a huge spinebuster, but Joe breaks up the count. Lashley gets distracted by Angle, who’s locked Samoa Joe in an ankle lock - and MVP rolls up Lashley for the pin.
Winners: The BDC
Post-match: Lashley and Angle confront one another.
- More than four million viewers tune in during first four weeks of premieres-
Earlier today, Destination America distributed the following press release:
To read the release in its entirety, visit the Discovery News site.
(Silver Spring, MD) – Destination America recorded its best January ever in Prime HH delivery with premieres of IMPACT WRESTLING. The all-new season kicked off on Wednesday, January 7th, with IMPACT WRESTLING LIVE, ranking as Destination America’s best Wednesday evening in network history for delivery of M25-54. The show also ranked as the 6th most social television program for the evening with #DestinationIMPACT reaching a collective 73M impressions on Twitter.
Premieres of IMPACT WRESTLING settled into their regular Destination America timeslot on Fridays beginning Friday, January 16th. For the month of January, IMPACT WRESTLING ranked as the #9 series in ad-supported cable for delivery of M25-54 on Friday nights. On Friday, January 23rd, the network garnered its highest rated and most watched Friday evening in network history for delivery of P25-54 and M25-54, ranking as the #3 sports telecast in cable (behind only NBA Basketball and the X Games on ESPN) and out-delivering networks including A&E, NGC, ESPN2, TNT and FXX among M25-54.
Throughout January, IMPACT WRESTLING posted record-breaking numbers, delivering an average of 276K viewers among P25-54.
Austin Aries and Bobby Roode are two of the most decorated performers in TNA history - and they have a very storied past. This week on Friday Night IMPACT, the two do battle for supremacy in the IMPACT Top 5. Aries, currently ranked #3, and Roode, ranked #1, will each enter the 20 Man Gauntlet Match next week to determine Lashley's next challenger for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the IMPACT Top 5 will have an advantage, entering the Gauntlet in the five final spots.
However, that is not at all the only story going into this match. Do you remember the TNA World Tag Team Championship reign that these two men shared together as the "Dirty Heels"? Or how about Destination X in 2010 when Aries created Option C and took the TNA World Title from Bobby Roode - ending his reign (and the longest reign ever in the history of the championship?
Fans will debate which is the better man and who will prevail this Friday, however looking at the feats listed above, there is no doubt that these two men personify what TNA is all about. Two of the greatest superstars in TNA history do battle this Friday night on Destination America and there are championship implications at play -- what could be better!?
Don't miss Friday Night IMPACT, tomorrow at 9/8c, on Destination America!
TNA Superstars come from all walks of life and with all different experiences. The stars of IMPACT WRESTLING have backgrounds ranging from military veterans to professional stunt women. Davey Richards is certainly best known as a ring technician, but did you know that he is also a firefighter and Critical Care Flight Paramedic?
The former TNA World Tag Team Champion headed to the UK in-order to practice one of those skill sets during the Maximum IMPACT Tour but had to use more by the time the trip was over. The Wolves boarded their return flight from the UK when a medical emergency occurred and Richards sprung to action!
Richards responded to the pilot's call for any trained medical personnel and successfully treated an elderly woman experiencing heart problems. Richards was commended by the flight staff, the patient and the patient's family.
After hearing about the story, IMPACTWRESTLING.com reached Davey for comment:
"I feel it's my personal duty to put good in the world. Whether inspiring people to chase their dreams and keep fighting as one half of the Wolves or helping people in their time of need. I want to be there to help and lead by example."
Put that down as your feel good story of the day! Way to go, Davey!