The newest members of the TNA Hall of Fame, Team 3D - Bully Ray and Devon, were inducted into the exclusive club yesterday. Now, tonight at Bound For Glory, Bully and Devon will be in action as Team 3D faces fellow hardcore legends, The Monster Abyss and Tommy Dreamer.
Also, arguably the most-recognized Japanese athlete in all of professional sports, The Great Muta, will join forces with “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri to face Muta’s former student, the “reborn” Great Sanada, who will be teamed with his new mentor and leader of the revolution, James Storm in a much anticipated grudge match.
Bound For Glory will feature, unique one-time-only promotional matches between TNA and Wrestle-1 Superstars including:
The unstoppable Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe defending his X Division Champion vs the awe-inspiring Low Ki vs former World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi
The undefeated EC3 vs famed sumo wrestler Ryota Hama
The charismatic and devious MVP vs the global phenomenon Kazma Sakamoto
The masked, unpredictable Manik vs the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Minoru Tanaka
In addition, the pay-per-view will include a Knockouts battle between the destructive HAVOK and 2x Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky.
Order TNA Bound For Glory, exclusively on pay-per-view tonight!
There is only one word to describe HAVOK’s time thus far as a roster member for TNA Wrestling…dominant. Like no other woman before her, HAVOK has plowed through the entire Knockouts Division in a span of weeks. IMPACT WRESTLING has allowed the entire world to see how truly destructive and lethal HAVOK has been.
Tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, she gets another spectacular stage to show off her wrestling prowess at Bound For Glory in the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Her opponent is none other than 2x Knockouts Champion and one half of the “Beautiful People” Velvet Sky. Velvet knows she has solidified herself as one of the best female wrestlers in TNA history, but will she be able to capitalize on this championship opportunity and reclaim her spot amongst the wrestling elite? Or Will HAVOK continue her string of dominance and squash all Velvet’s hopes of gold?
Order TNA Bound For Glory, exclusively on pay-per-view this Sunday!
What a week it was in the Shetland Islands, bro! Before I raced around the Shetland Islands, I had never even heard of them... Have you? Anyway...
#TheWrestlers are still here!!! Everyone continues to think we will die (or get lost) and that just won't happen, bro. Sure, Brooke sometimes thinks we will lose and gets negative. Lucky for her, she has a partner that never loses... even when he loses! You feel me, right, bro?? Robbie E is a winner - my mom always told me that and then I learned it was true! I know we have what it takes to make it through this race and win it. Seeing is believing, bro!
Starting this leg of the race was rough as we had a LONG travel day from England to Scotland by train and then taking an overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands. After the ferry arrived, we had a slight issue with everyone driving on the wrong side of the road, bro. WHAT. WAS. THAT???
When we got all our torch equipment, I knew this task would be hard but it's all about not giving up. Being a former X-Division, Television and Tag Team (twice, bro! BOOM!!!) Champion, I know about putting work in. I wasn't going to let those stupid Vikings beat me, bro! Now on to the sheep... I hate animals, bro, they're so weird! But, I must admit, dealing with those sheep was similar to dealing with my race partner.
Just let them get all crazy, then talk to them like babies and then they get focused and the rest is easy!!! BOOM!!! Robbie E - 1; Sheep - 0.
We finished 6th, which is fine. We're getting stronger each leg and we're still in it to win it!
Plus, the whole world got to see how fast I am... Spoiler alert: I'm so fast, bro!!!!
See you next week!
Twenty years ago, for the first time ever on U.S. Television, a memorable event treated fans to a night of wrestling featuring some then unknown wrestlers from Mexico that would later go on to change the face of an industry. This was a night that revolutionized pro wrestling.
Nearly 20 years later, TNA Wrestling is set to introduce another group of incredible foreign talent to the U.S. wrestling world. Bound For Glory offers incredible wrestling showcasing the amazing talents of Wrestle-1 and TNA in one action-packed show. Of course, many are familiar with names such as The Great Muta and Tajiri but what about the rest of the talent? Will we find the next international superstar?
Here’s a look at just a few of the foreign-born talent to watch Sunday night.
Hama is a 450-pound sumo wrestler and holder of multiple Japanese wrestling championships. The monstrous athlete is a dominant force to be reckoned with, holding over 230 professional victories in sumo competition. Hama moves around the ring with ease, despite being much larger than his competitors, which makes him even more of a threat. He is set to challenge EC3 and could potentially score the upset of the night. If he does, best believe the entire TNA locker room will be on high alert! This is a must-see match!
Tanaka is one of Japan's brightest stars and widely-recognized as one of the best technical wrestlers in the business. He's held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship a total of 4-times and the IWGP Tag Team Championships a whopping 5-times. Tanaka has also been the World Junior Heavyweight Champion and has earned titles and accolades in every major Japanese promotion. At Bound For Glory, Tanaka faces the newest member of James Storm's Revolution, Manik. For years, Manik has made a name for himself as an incredible (and high-flying) wrestler so we expect this match to be technically sound with a lightning fast pace!
Trained by the legendary Taka Michonoku at the famed Kaientai Dojo, Kazma Sakamoto is finally poised to show off his wrestling skills to a U.S. audience. Despite having a well-known following in the States, most people truly don’t know how the extent of Sakamoto’s talent. Scheduled to face MVP, Sakamoto is going to have an extremely difficult challenge ahead of him in this contest. However, if he is victorious on such a grand stage, he could bypass other names in the hunt for a shot at TNA gold!
Looking for an opportunity to breakout, Kodama is poised to take the next step in his career this Sunday at Bound For Glory. A relatively young newcomer, he has already been faced with tremendous challenges including matchups with Taka Michonoku, Ultimo Dragon, Tommy Dreamer and other international wrestling superstars. Interestingly enough, Kodama was trained by Tajiri and, after struggling in competition, recently turned on his mentor to take a more aggressive approach. Could we play witness to Kodama following in The Great Sanada's footsteps in attempting to eclipse the legacy of one of Japan's most respected wrestlers?
The world will be watching this Sunday!
Sunday night's Bound For Glory will be a truly special night in wrestling history. Seeing some of TNA's biggest stars travel to Japan and work with the best and brightest of Wrestle-1 is something that must be seen. We just broke down four of the top competitors on the card, and that is the tip of the iceberg. 10 Wrestle-1 competitors are set to take center stage on U.S. Television for the first time and you do not want to miss a new star being born!
Bound For Glory is only available on Pay-Per-View, this Sunday at 8/7c!
Sting. Kurt Angle. Bully Ray.
These are just a handful of names that Ethan Carter III has defeated enroute to his 1-year anniversary (and undefeated streak) in TNA. However, this Sunday in Tokyo, EC3 faces his biggest challenge yet -- literally! Ryota Hama tips the scales at 452-pounds and is a professional sumo wrestling superstar, accumulating more than 200 wins in his professional competition career.
Hama then transitioned to being one of Japan's elite professional wrestling superstars, holding multiple titles across the country. Now, for the first time on American television, Hama appears and it's against the undefeated EC3. The stakes of this contest are, quite literally, humungous!
As we've seen, EC3 does not back down from any challenge but, surely, the size of his opponent would be intimidating to anyone. How can EC3 find a weakness in Hama's game and capitalize on it? If he's victorious, EC3 will, most likely, make the argument that he is one of the most dominant performers in TNA and should be in line for a shot at TNA gold -- and who could blame him?
Then again, think about it from Hama's perspective. His first night in TNA, he is faced with the challenge of a dominant performer with a year-long unbeaten streak. Imagine what the landscape of TNA would look like if Hama is able to come in and, in one night, do what no superstar has been able to accomplish in one year - defeat Ethan Cater III.
We've reached out to TNA Executive Director Kurt Angle, who informed us that he will be watching the match closely and the results will have major ramifications for both men.
This Sunday is a once in a lifetime night of professional wrestling and this matchup is truly something to get excited about. Don't miss the spectacle as Bound For Glory goes to Tokyo, Japan and Ethan Carter III faces Ryota Hama!
This week's IMPACT not only capped the fantastic Tag Title Series, but also crowned a new #1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship. The "Queen of the Knockouts," Madison Rayne, out maneuvered Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell in a very entertaining Triple Threat Match - arguably using underhanded tactics to do so - and now she has the daunting task of facing off against HAVOK next week for the TNA Knockouts Championship!
Madison Rayne is a five-time Knockouts Champion and clearly has the pedigree to face go toe-to-toe with HAVOK. It will certainly be a tall order, however, as we've not yet seen one Knockout who can match the sheer power and brutality that HAVOK has displayed since arriving.
The other x-factor here is Bound For Glory. This Sunday in Tokyo, Velvet Sky is scheduled to face HAVOK. One has to imagine that Madison would prefer to see Velvet score an upset victory to set up a match between former Beautiful People allies. One thing is for sure, the Knockouts Division is heating up and we're going to have a BIG title match on Wednesday's IMPACT!
Last night, six of the very best wrestlers in the industry, simply, did something unbelievable. Team 3D, The Hardys and The Wolves lit the wrestling world on fire with Full Metal Mayhem. You can argue that it was match of the year. You can argue a lot of things... However, you cannot deny the heart and desire expressed by every man in that match.
Full Metal Mayhem was the perfect culmination to an incredible summer rivalry by some of the best tag teams in professional wrestling history. In the end, The Wolves remain standing as your TNA World Tag Team Champions.
Now the question is: where do the teams go from here? The Hardys have made it clear that they will be unrelenting in their pursuit of TNA Tag Team Gold. Team 3D is currently heading to Japan in order to receive one of the business' highest honors - induction into the TNA Hall of Fame. The Wolves are back on the hunt for new challengers.
It will certainly be interesting to see what happens next week on IMPACT and what direction each team heads next. In the meantime, let's relive the greatness that was last night's epic Full Metal Mayhem match!
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.