Enjoy these exclusive World Title Series ringside photos shot by TNA photographer Lee South.
Moments ago in a tweet from TNA President Dixie Carter, she revelaed the World Title Series Semi-Finals will take place in Mumbai, India during the TNA Tour in December.
For more news on India stay connected to impactwrestling.com and follow Dixie on twitter. And, be sure to watch The World Title Series tonight at 9e/p on Destination America.
Impact Coverage | by Bobby James
November 11, 2015 | World Title Series
World Title Series: Group Knockouts | Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim
Gail and Madison exchange holds and pin attempts until Madison connects with a running elbow. She follows-up with a kick to Gail’s face from the apron. Gail counters with a facebreaker and clothesline before coming off the ropes with a crossbody.
Gail uses a headscissor to send Madison into the turnbuckle. Gail misses wildly with a crossbody, which sees her through the ropes, to the floor. Gail’s slow to recover and when the official reaches a 9-count, Madison steps between the ropes to stop the count. Gail pulls Madison from the apron, sending her face-first into the stairs!
Madison rolls back into the ring just before she’s counted out. Gail applies a sleeper hold that Madison counters with the Rayne Check and a near-fall. Madison catches Gail with a flurry of offense that includes an enziguri and crossbody. She attempts a second Rayne Check, but Gail counters with a roll-up for three!
Result: Gail Kim def. Madison Rayne (Gail Kim advances in the World Title Series).
Exclusive Interview | Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy is relieved to be the first participant moving into The Round of 16 in the World Title Series. He says the concept is innovative and that he’ll have an unblemished record in the series and go on to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Hardy says he doesn’t regret giving up the World Title because he never doubted he’d regain it. In his match tonight, he predicts Eddie Edwards will be just another victim to the “Matt Hardy Formula: Bell + Wrestle + Twist of Fate = Victory.”
Hardy says he’d like the poetic justice of facing Ethan Carter III in the finals of the World Title Series to reclaim the TNA World Title – and to end EC3’s undefeated streak.
World Title Series: Group Future 4| Eli Drake vs. Jessie Godderz
Jessie and Eli jockey for dominance in a stalemate. Their holds mimic one another’s until Jessie gains control with a thumb to the eye. He motions for a press slam, but his knee buckles and Eli falls onto his chest.
Eli Drake makes a calculated effort against the buckled knee, but Jessie responds with a high elbow that leads to a standing enziguri. They trade pin attempts with handfuls of tights. Unable to score a pinfall, Jessie takes the advantage with a shoulder tackle.
Eli recovers and positions Jessie on the turnbuckle. Jessie shoves him to the mat. Eli trips Jessie and uses the ropes for leverage to score a three-count. .
Result: Eli Drake def. Jessie Godderz (Eli Drake: 3 pts., Jessie Godderz: 0)
World Title Series: Group Tag Team Specialists | Matt Hardy vs. Eddie Edwards
Matt sends Eddie into the turnbuckle where he connects with a neckbreaker from the second rope. He follows with a series of clotheslines and running bulldog. Eddie sends Matt over the rope and dropkicks him to the arena floor.
Eddie connects with a suicide dive, but misses wildly with a chop that connects with the ring post instead! Matt uses Eddie’s misfortune to his advantage by slamming Eddie’s hand onto the stairs. He attempts a Side Effect onto the apron, but Eddie counters with an enziguri and DDT!
Eddie and Matt trade blows before colliding with a double clothesline. Eddie counters a tornado DDT; Matt counters a Chin Checker. Matt locks in a sleeper hold that drops into a neckbreaker – it’s good for a two-count.
Eddie counters a Twist of Fate and scores a two-count following the Chin Checker. Eddie follows-up with an impressive series of counters and near-falls. He heads up the turnbuckle, but Matt Hardy answers with a Twist of Fate from the top rope.
Result: Matt Hardy def. Eddie Edwards (Matt Hardy: 3, Eddie Edwards: 0)
World Title Series: Group X-Division | DJ Z vs. Mandrews
Mandrews sends DJ Z outside with an arm drag. He counters an Irish Whip into the stairs with a moonsault before returning to the ring only to deliver an over-the-top-rope senton.
DJ Z’s on the mat when Mandrews leaps for a standing moonsault. DJ Z counters mid-air and Mandrews lands hard on his neck! DJ Z capitalizes with a choke, using the bottom rope for leverage. DJ Z releases the hold to connect with a springboard back elbow.
Mandrews stumbles, but counters a springboard DDT with a hurricanrana to score a two-count. He delivers a Frankensteiner from the top rope followed by a series of quick pin attempts. DJ Z pulls Mandrews from the turnbuckle with a roll-up; Mandrews it out at two.
DJ Z connects with a Hostile Makeover. Mandrews just kicks out before three moments before launching himself into the air with a shooting star press! DJ Z lifts his knees and then rolls him up for the win.
Result: DJ Z def. Mandrews (DJ Z: 3, Mandrews: 0)
Backstage: Eric Young says he’s a dangerous man when he has options and that James Storm is in his way next week.
World Title Series: Group Future 4 | Crimson vs. Michah
Footage of an earlier match shows Crimson dominating much of the match until Micah scored a Samoan drop and diving headbutt for the win.
Result: Micah def. Crimson (Michah: 3, Crimson: 0)
World Title Series: Group Champions | Ethan Carter III w/ Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson
Mr. Anderson delivers a headbutt before backing EC3 into the corner where he unloads a series of chops. EC3 retreats, but Anderson’s crowding is only interrupted when he dropkicks Tyrus through the ropes – a preemptive measure.
EC3 counters a Mic Check and drives Anderson through the ropes. Carter rolls into the ring, feigning an ankle injury which allows Tyrus an opportunity to attack. Anderson’s fed to Carter, who stalks him for a One Percenter. Carter’s position shifts and instead, he delivers a sit-out front suplex.
EC3 applies a chin lock as the five-minute warning flashes. Anderson fights out of the submission before both men collide with a double clothesline. Anderson follows a swinging neckbreaker with the Lambeau Leap and a swanton from the turnbuckle!
Anderson preps for a Mic Check that Carter counters. He lifts Anderson onto the turnbuckle and motions for a One Percenter! Anderson counters with a Lambeau Leap from the top rope! Anderson makes the cover and just before three, Tyrus pulls EC3 from the ring!
Earl Hebner is arguing with Tyrus when the two-minute warning flashes. Anderson fends off Tyrus with a chair before returning his sights to EC3. While Hebner works to get rid of the chair, EC3 delivers a low blow. Anderson counters a One Percenter with a Mic Check that EC3 counters into a jackknife pin for the victory.
Result: Ethan Carter III def. Mr. Anderson (EC3 advances in the World Title Series)
Josh Mathews does the math ahead of Wedneday's World Title Series. Who will move on to the Round of 16 and who will go home?
See all the current standings in the World Title Series and watch IMPACT WRESTLING this Wednesday at 9e/p on Destination America.
Matt Hardy has not lost in Group Play, he is 2-0 and a victory against Eddie Edwards will send Matt into the Round of 16 with a ton of momentum.
Eddie Edwards has just 1 point. He lost to Robbie E and went to a time limit draw in a great match against his partner Davey Richards. Eddie needs this win to stay alive.
Group Tag Team Specialists has been a lot of fun to watch, but only two can advance to the Round of 16. Will Matt Hardy twist his fate to a perfect record in Group Play? Or can Eddie Edwards pull off the upset, defeat Matt and see how the other match left in this Group plays out to find out if will advance to the Round of 16?
It all goes down to night as the World Title Series continues on Destination America at 9e/p.
The TNA Office was on the receiving end of a surprise visit yesterday from none other than EC3. The former World Champion was in a foul mood & you'll never believe what happened. Watch EC3's arrival below & see the full altercation this Wednesday night on IMPACT WRESTLING at 9e/p on Destination America.
Two of the very best in The Knockouts Division will go one on one this week on Impact. Both are 5 time Knockouts Champions and both have a lot to prove. Both also have 3 points and this is their last match in Group Play. So for Gail Kim and Madison Rayne, it is win or go home. Win and advance to the Round of 16 and make history. Lose and go home quietly to watch and see how it plays out.
The World Title Series is wrestling history happening every week on Impact and these girls know what’s at stake. A legacy. The stage is set. One will move on and the other won’t. It really is that simple.
Who wants it more on Wednesday? Gail Kim or Madison Rayne.
Join us this Wednesday night for another intense week in The World Title Series and the first World Title Series Awards.
Candidates have been carefully selected and we can’t wait to see who goes home with the hardware! It has been an incredible Series thus far and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate The World Title Series than by handing out awards.
World Title Series MVP
It is the most standard of all award shows and it is given out at the end of every sports season. While it may be trite, it still carries the most amount of weight. Who is The Most Valuable Player? Who has thrived in The World Title Series? Who is the best at this point? We find out Wednesday.
Match of The World Title Series
It is the match that makes you scream, “did you see that!?!?!” It had you talking to your friends and hashtagging about Impact Wrestling and The World Title Series and has stood out above the rest. It still lives on your DVR and you can’t wait to watch it again and again.
32 were given this opportunity and while only 1 can become World Champion, it is a chance to show the world what you have and what you can do inside the six-sided ring. Who has stood out amongst their peers? Who has made you say, “I think this athlete has a chance to go all the way?” We have a few that we think can pull off the major upset, but what do you think?
Now is not the time to be sensitive. Now is the time to be honest. Who has looked flat? Who hasn’t performed to the best of their natural ability? This is going to spark a lot of debate and we can’t wait to see who sends defensive tweets after The World Title Series Awards are handed out Wednesday night.
Biggest Match Still To Come
We still have plenty more to come! The matches only get more and more meaningful as we get closer to eliminations and must win situations. We have witnessed so much and there is still so much more to look forward to. Which matches do we have circled? Which match will be the best and most compelling at the end of The World Title Series?
Don’t miss The World Title Series Awards this Wednesday night on IMPACT WRESTLING! Plus, exciting action takes place inside the six-sided ring and we get closer to the Round of 16.
With no chance of advancing to the Round of 16 you’d think Mr. Anderson would be emotionally out of his match against EC3 this Wednesday in the World Title Series. However, it is quite different. Mr. Anderson knows that if he can pick up a victory against EC3, he can ruin EC3’s chances of advancing. For Mr. Anderson it is quite an appealing opportunity.
Mr. Anderson and EC3 had quite the rivalry in 2015 and all Anderson wanted EC3 to do was to prove he could win, without Tyrus or by using nefarious means. EC3 did eventually defeat Mr. Anderson, and when Anderson offered a handshake, EC3 laughed and walked away.
That moment has not sat well with Anderson ever since. Now, in The World Title Series, Mr. Anderson can play spoiler and send EC3 home, preventing him from advancing to the Round of 16 and ending his chances of regaining the TNA World Title.
What will happen is anyone’s guess, but it certainly will be intriguing when these two bulls go one on one on IMPACT WRESTLING.