Impact Preview: Wednesday, June 3rd
We Are MovingThis Wednesday night, Impact becomes Wednesday Night Impact on Destination America at 9/8c. We are certainly excited to get Impact a few days early and are even more excited for our permanent move to Wednesday nights! What is going to happen on this unprecedented evening? Here is what is on tap!
Last week, EC3 defeated Mr. Anderson in a fair, one on one match and as we found out Sunday on Impactwrestling.com EC3 is finally #1 on The Impact Top 5! EC3 is next in line to challenge Kurt Angle for The World Title and EC3 plans on celebrating, Carter style!
However, a cloud hovers over EC3’s plans as Rockstar Spud has a major decision to make! With Destination X taking place 7 nights after Wednesday, June 3rd, Spud, as X Division Champion, must decide by the end of Impact this week if he will indeed exercise Option C. Invented by Austin Aries, Spud has the right to forfeit his X Division Title in exchange for an opportunity at The World Championship currently owned by Kurt Angle! Will Spud risk it all? What will EC3 say?
Speaking of The World Title, both Lashley and Eric Young are former World Champions and the have a one-on-one encounter this Wednesday. This will be a physical encounter to say the least and each man wants to claim victory. Lashley will be out for redemption as it was Eric Young who took out The Destroyer with a savage attack several weeks ago. Does Lashley get his revenge? Find out this Wednesday on Impact Wrestling!
The have been on a collision course for months, they loathe each other. It is The Rising vs. The Beatdown Clan, It is Drew Galloway, Eli Drake and Micah vs. MVP, Loki and Kenny King. This will not be for the faint of heart and this will most likely not be a wrestling match. This will be an all out war.
This Wednesday on IMPACT WRESTLING, The Wolves have the opportunity to become the new Tag Team Champions in match 3 of the Best of 5 series against the the Dirty Heels, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries. Will new champions be crowned or will the Dirty Heels get their first victory in the series? Find out Wednesday on Destination America.
Don’t miss all the excitement, all the emotion and all the passion of Impact Wrestling, this Wednesday on Destination America at 9/8c on our brand new night!
The IMPACT Top 5 has been officially released naming Ethan Carter III as the #1 Contender to the TNA World Title.**Original Story**
After days, weeks, months and even years… Finally EC3 is Number 1 on The Impact Top 5. The news will break later today on impactwrestling.com, but EC3 has it on good authority that he will be number 1 come 6/5c this evening when the results are in.
EC3 is already planning a celebration fit for a Carter this Wednesday night on IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America at 9PM E/8PM C. Is EC3 responsible for our move to Wednesday nights? Could EC3 be that influential that he didn’t want his celebration to wait?
We reached out to EC3 and he has yet to respond to impactwrestling.com, but EC3 did text us and said the following, “if you miss the start of IMPACT WRESTLING, you are missing something special. This celebration is Carter worthy and you all can witness it.”
All this means that the start of Impact on Destination America this Wednesday is can’t miss. We will see you Wednesday night.**Update**
EC3 Tweeted to build up to his announcement...
Just about the BIGGEST & BESTEST news has surfaced from my "inside sources." Hate to not fact check this though. Stay tuned! #ec3forchamp— #ec3forCHAMP (@EthanCarterTNA) May 31, 2015
I know I'm not addressing the most "independent thinkers" (wrestling fans) so that's why I'm being vague about this HUGE news.— #ec3forCHAMP (@EthanCarterTNA) May 31, 2015
But if it is what I think it is (and it is what I think it is), I think it is GREAT, TRANSCENDENT, and HISTORICAL! #ec3forchamp— #ec3forCHAMP (@EthanCarterTNA) May 31, 2015
Finally the EC3 made the special announcement...
When Drew Galloway started in IMPACT WRESTLING, he had a simple message, to “#StandUp for Wrestling” now Drew has enlisted his fellow IMPACT Wrestlers, Knockouts and you the fans to #StandUp and #ShowYourIMPACT ! Drew will lead the charge, but everyone will be jumping on board. We need your support and we need your passion to #ShowYourIMPACT ! We will be seeing your faces and interacting with you like never before! Stay tuned for more.
#ShowYourIMPACT Tweets Impact Wrestling is excited to move to Wednesday nights on Destination America starting Wednesday, June 3rd. Don’t miss a second of the action, every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central. This move will allow those suffering a midweek meltdown to channel their energy through the amazing athletes of IMPACT WRESTLING!
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
May 29, 2015 | May Mayhem
“May Mayhem” opens with special “Earlier Today” footage from when Eric Young arrived to Stage 20 on the Universal Studios backlot. Angle’s outside the soundstage – waiting – and a brawl ensues as Josh Mathews hypes the main event: Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young in an “I Quit” Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Knockout’s Championship: Six-Sides of Steel | Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell (c)
Gail Kim’s introduced first, followed by the Knockout’s Champion Taryn Terrell. Taryn’s accompanied by her Dollhouse playmates, Jade and Marti Bell.
Before the opening bell, Gail assaults Taryn at ringside, taking out the rest of the Dollhouse in the process. Taryn attempts an early escape, but Gail rips her from the cage and connects with a huge clothesline followed by a face-breaker.
Gail sends Taryn face-first into the cage sides before mounting her with a series of rights. As Gail’s offensive onslaught continues in the corner, Jade reaches through a camera hole in the cage, distracting Gail long enough for Taryn to connect with a clubbing blow from behind.
Taryn shifts the momentum as she sends Gail crashing into the cage! She rakes Gail’s face across the unforgiving steel, as Jade and Marti Bell reach in for handfuls of Gail’s hair, pulling her face harder against the steel. Taryn focuses her attack on Gail’s arm, slamming it repeatedly against a one of the cage posts! Gail reels in the center of the ring and she’s caught with a curb stomp from the champion! Taryn makes the cover for two.
Taryn drives Gail into the cage again, this time following up with a swinging neck breaker and suplex. Gail counters an attempted Taryn Cutter – and both women fall after a double clothesline. They reach their feet to trade blows until Gail furiously unloads a series of clotheslines followed by a knee breaker and flying crossbody.
Gail begins her ascent toward the top of the cage where she’s met by Jade and Marti Bell. Marti Bell sends Gail crashing back to the mat. Taryn connects with the Taryn Cutter for a three-count to retain her title.
Winner: Taryn Terrell
Post-match: Taryn instructs Jade and Marti Bell to lift Gail Kim. Referee Earl Hebner steps in, but he’s clotheslined for his efforts! Taryn pulls the cage door shut – as Awesome Kong’s music hits!
The Dollhouse locks the cage as Kong looks on. Taryn sits atop the turnbuckle, twirling the key as Jade and Marti Bell assault Gail. Taryn squats over a battered Gail Kim and says, “I told you - you were nothing compared to me!”
Kong tries valiantly to get into the ring by swinging a chair at the lock. Meanwhile, Taryn rips off Gail Kim’s wedding ring and holds it in her teeth as she slams and repeatedly stomps Gail’s left hand while screaming, “Put it back on your finger now Gail!”
In from the break, Josh Mathews and Al Snow report that Taryn Terrell broke Gail Kim’s finger and maintains possession of her wedding ring.
A “Hardcore Country” Address
Mickie James enters to a huge ovation, saying she’s agreed to come back for one more match. Mickie claims to be anxiously awaiting that match – declaring it will be one of the greatest of her career. She changes focus, highlighting her main purpose right now is to talk about friendships and family.
Mickie says Magnus is her fiancé – her best friend – the father of her child and the love of her life. She goes on to say that James Storm has been a dear friend for as long as she can remember. Mickie says the situation is difficult to balance because it’s friction between a dear friend and her heart.
James Storm emerges. Mickie offers him an apology for Magnus’ actions; Storm refuses, saying Mickie doesn’t owe him an apology. Storm says Magnus is jealous; Mickie interrupts. She defends Magnus by claiming he’s only trying to protect her – and their family.
Storm asks Mickie what she needs protecting against before listing all the gifts he’s bought for Mickie and Magnus’ family. They disagree on the humor found – or not found rather – in Storm’s gift for Magnus (a helmet). Storm and Mickie agree to disagree.
Storm says he’s been setting up important meetings on behalf of Mickie James – with country music megastars like Carrie Underwood and Big & Rich. He says Mickie looks conflicted, but that she should really consider it – and that no matter what she decides, he’s there for her. He hugs her and leaves the ring.
Mickie calls out to Storm, “Tell ‘em I’ll see ‘em in Nashville!” Storm smiles and leaves.
Backstage: Kenny King vows to win the X-Division Gauntlet match – because he has the advantage of entering last.
X-Division Championship: X-Division Gauntlet | Manik vs. Rocstar Spud vs. DJ Z vs. Mandrews vs. Argos vs. Crazzy Steve vs. Tigre Uno vs. Kenny King (c)
Representing The Revolution, Manik enters first. Josh Mathews describes the gauntlet as follows: Two men will begin the match. At timed intervals, additional competitors will enter. Eliminations occur when a challenger has been thrown over the top rope. When two competitors remain, the match officially begins for a single pinfall or submission. Rockstar Spud enters next.
The bells sounds and Spud connects with a flurry of offense, until Manik counters with an early elimination attempt. Spud stays alive, attempting an elimination of his own. Manik misses a springboard crossbody, but connects with a facebreaker from the top rope as DJ Z makes his way to the ring.
Upon his entrance, DJ Z and Manik collide. DJ Z sends Manik flying across the ring with a headscissor takedown, and then he and Rockstar Spud align for a double team assault. Manik rakes their eyes and sends Spud into DJ Z as Mandrews enters the fray.
Mandrews flips into the ring. He’s caught by DJ Z, but counters into what appears to be a bulldog set up. Instead, Mandrews releases his grip, opting for a hurricanrana to Manik! Mandrews fends off DJ Z before he and Spud team up against Manik. Mandrews executes a standing corkscrew and Spud attempts an elimination.
Manik again avoids being eliminated as DJ Z makes a play to eliminate Mandrews. Mexican sensation Argos enters the match, immediately catching Manik with a headscissor and following up with a springboard hurricanrana. Argos’ head connects with the mat and he’s down, which allows Mandrews an opportunity for a Shooting Star Press!
Manik dodges an incoming Mandrews and Mandrews lands on his feet. Manik sends Mandrews over the top rope and connects with a standing dropkick. He drives Mandrews head first into the ring post. Mandrews is eliminated.
Crazzy Steve and Tigre Uno are the next two participants. Manik quickly eliminates Tigre Uno moments before the X-Division Champion, Kenny King, becomes part of the chaos. King blows through the remaining five challengers.
Crazzy Steve is the first to his feet, but his attack on Kenny King is short lived. Crazzy Steve is eliminated. Across the ring, Argos is positioned against DJ Z on the top rope. Kenny King rushes over, connecting with an enziguri, to eliminate Argos.
Spud stalks the champion and jumps onto his back. King slams Spud to that mat before turning into a Thesz Press and facebreaker from DJ Z. King counters an Irish Whip attempt from DJ Z, using the momentum to catapult DJ Z over the top rope. DJ Z is eliminated.
Manik pleads with King for a double team on Spud. King agrees and Spud is nearly eliminated. Manik double crosses Kenny King and is eliminated for his efforts. Christy Hemme announces the match is now scheduled for one fall.
Kenny King unleashes a furious assault as the crowd chants, “Let’s go Spud!” King lands a stiff kick to the ribs. He hoists Spud onto his shoulders, but Spud rolls through for a surprise three-count to become the new X-Division champion!
Winner: Rockstar Spud
Round #2 (Best of 5 Series) | The Wolves vs. Dirty Heels
An agitated Austin Aries says The Wolves snuck a victory in their first outing. He says tonight they’ll even the score. The Wolves appear: Let the hunt begin!
Bobby Roode launches Aries into Eddie Edwards before the bell sounds. Davey Richards and Roode collide. Roode leaps over Richards who opts for a suicide dive onto Aries! As Roode moves for a dive of his own, Edwards sneaks in for a roll through and a quick two-count.
The Wolves alternate chops and kicks to Bobby Roode. The double team ends when Aries returns to the ring. He and Roode double team Davey Richards until finally order is restored. Richards tags out to Edwards; Aries maintains his advantage and tags out to Roode.
Roode drops Edwards with a facebreaker and then he knocks Richards off the apron. Richards attempts to exact his revenge, but the distraction allows the Dirty Heels to isolate Eddie Edwards. Aries makes a pin attempt, but Richards makes the save.
Edwards sends Aries into Roode, setting up the double team! The Wolves quicken the pace as they shift focus from Roode to Aries. Aries is sent to the outside and Roode becomes the isolated target. The Wolves exchange rapid tags as Aries makes his way back onto the apron. Richards locks Roode into a reverse Figure Four!
Unable to make the tag, Roode rolls through, reversing the pressure of the hold. Richards breaks the hold and The Wolves pull through with a double team and a pin attempt that Aries interrupts. Roode counters a hold from Richards and powers out of the corner with an explosive clothesline to Edwards.
Roode makes the tag to Austin Aries! Aries and Davey Richards trade blows. The Wolves find themselves tangled up in the ropes and on the receiving end of neckbreakers from Aries. Aries connects with a missile dropkick to Edwards and the Last Chancery to Richards!
As Edwards is about to break the hold, Roode comes into the ring and catches him with a crossface! The Wolves struggle toward the ropes; Richards forces a break. Richards counters a brainbuster from Aries. Aries connects with a discuss forearm.
Davey Richards lifts Aries for a Michinoku Driver and Edwards delivers a kick to Aries’ skull before the drop! It’s good for a near-fall. The Wolves climb to the top ropes. The Dirty Heels collide with them; Richards falls to the mat.
Roode whips Aries toward Eddie Edwards; he connects with a dropkick to the face. Aries follows up with a 450 splash! Davey Richards interrupts the count! Richards thwarts a Dirty Heels double team attempt. The Wolves are poised to deliver a Force of Nature following a Pop-up, but Aries rolls through into the Last Chancery while Roode holds Richards against the ring post!
Richards breaks free and comes down on Aries with a Hammer of the Gods to break the hold! The Wolves connect with the Force of Nature – and Eddie Edwards makes the pin!!!
Winners: The Wolves (Best of Five Series: Wolves lead 2-0).
Backstage: Angelina Love says she’s going to “handle” Velvet Sky.
Backstage: Kenny King repeatedly tries to get MVP on the phone.
Angelina Love confronts Velvet Sky (“Darth Velvet”), who’s standing behind the barricade with the fans. Angelina says Velvet is where she belongs – with all the other losers. She says she’ll deal with Velvet by using her friends. She brings out a group of men, hired to be “Love’s Security.”
Angelina gets in Velvet’s face to say she’ll be hauled away if she touches her again. She says Velvet no longer works in TNA because she was fired (Fired – you freak!”). Angelina taunts her former best friend.
When Angelina turns her back, Velvet jumps the guardrail and attacks! Love’s Security separates the two, but Velvet attacks the two guards and goes after Angelina again. Finally, Angelina’s security team is able to take control by handcuffing Velvet Sky.
Backstage: Mr. Anderson unveils a cage for Tyrus.
Singles Match | EC3 w/ Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson
EC3 says that despite what Mr. Anderson thinks, Tyrus will not be held in a cage. Then he plugs, “#EC3ForChamp.”
The bell sounds and Mr. Anderson attacks Tyrus instead, attempting to put EC3’s bodyguard in the cage. EC3 uses the distraction to command an early advantage. EC3 dominates the match with repeated facebreakers.
EC3 sends Mr. Anderson into the ropes and Tyrus takes a cheap shot. EC3 connects with a shoulder block and two-count. Anderson sends EC3 into Tyrus. Then, he grabs a chair and beats Tryus into the cage! He locks the cage and rushes back into the ring where he meets EC3 with a series of rights, clotheslines and a neckbreaker.
Mr. Anderson powerslams EC3; EC3 kicks out a two. Mr. Anderson gets hung up on the top rope and EC3 powers him down to the mat. Anderson’s out a two. EC3 attempts the One Percenter, but Mr. Anderson rolls through into a Green Bay Plunge and then he connects with a Swanton!
EC3 is out a two. He counters a Mic Check from Anderson, but a second Mic Check connects for a very near fall! EC3 turns another Mic Check attempt into a Once Percenter for the victory!
Post-match: Mr. Anderson extends his hand; EC3 slaps it away.
Backstage: Rockstar Spud says winning the X-Division Championship for the second time has cemented his legacy. He says he’s now one of the best. When Destination X and “Option C” are mentioned, Spud says that maybe he needs a new goal (then, he compares himself to Disney/Pixar’s Nemo in that he just keeps swimming).
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: “I Quit” | Eric Young vs. Kurt Angle (c)
Both challenger and champion are escorted to the ring by security.
Kurt Angle attacks Eric Young before Jeremy Borash finishes the introductions. Security separates the two until Brian Hebner signals for the bell. Angle and Young collide!
Eric Young escapes to ringside, where he uses the guardrail to his advantage. When they meet back in the ring, a huge exchange takes place. Young rakes Angle’s eyes to create separation, but Angle recovers quick enough to land five German suplexes!
Angle lifts Young deliver five more German suplexes! Angle reaches for Eric Young, but he’s sent to the outside. Young uses his protective shin guard against Angle and then he locks in a Figure Four! Angle refuses to quit and then he reverses the submission!
Young releases his hold. He attempts an Angle Slam! Angle counters, but Young drops him shoulder first to the mat. Young locks in an ankle lock! Again, Angle refuses to quit! He rolls over and tries kicking out of the hold, but Young doesn’t relinquish his grasp.
Angle turns Young’s ankle lock into a Figure Four of his own. The crowd chants for Eric Young to “Quit! Quit! Quit!” Young pulls himself to the ropes, breaking the hold! Young climbs the turnbuckle. Angle tries to stop him, but Young bites Angle in the face, then shoves him to the mat.
Young flies from the top rope with a missile dropkick, but he doesn’t connect and Angle rolls him into an ankle lock! Eric Young taps out but doesn’t say “I Quit;” Angle breaks the hold by mistake and catches a low blow.
Eric Young capitalizes with a piledriver – but Angle utters a no; he doesn’t quit! Young tells Angle to quit – or he’ll break his neck. Angle refuses and then rolls through a second piledriver attempt into an ankle lock. He sits on Young’s ankle and squeezes harder, forcing Eric Young to say, “I Quit!”
Winner: Kurt Angle
Before we move to Wednesdays on Destination America starting Wednesday, June 3, join us for “May Mayhem” this Friday at 9/8c on Destination America. All TNA Titles will be affected Friday night and the show is jam-packed with action and excitement.
In the Main Event, Kurt Angle defends his TNA World Championship against Eric Young in a grueling “I Quit” Match. The only way to win is to get your opponent to utter the humiliating words “I Quit!” Who will leave as Champion? Who will be humiliated? Find out Friday at 9/8c on Destination America.
It is Match #2 in The Best of 5 Series for The TNA World Tag Team Titles with The Wolves against The Dirty Heels. With The Wolves up 1-0 can The Dirty Heels draw even? Will The Wolves take a commanding 2-0 advantage? Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards feel very confident, but former World Champions, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode will be looking to even the score.
The Knockouts Championship will be defended inside Six Sides of Steel and Taryn Terrell looks to show just how vicious she can be at the expense of Gail Kim. With the Dollhouse watching from ringside, does Gail Kim stand a chance?
Plus, The X Division Championship will be defended in a Gauntlet Match! Can Kenny King retain his title against 7 hungry X Division athletes? Kenny has the advantage of entering this match last, but what will happen when we are down to the final 2 and it becomes a traditional one-on-one match? Who will leave as X Division Champion?
Don’t miss a moment of the emotion and passion this Friday on a special episode of Impact, and remember after Friday we are heading to Wednesday nights at 9/8c on Destination America!
Drew Galloway spent the day at the TNA Wrestling offices where he skyped a lucky fan and participated in a a Twitter Q&A at @GallowaySpeaks using the Hashtag #ShowYourIMPACT.
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Keep your eyes on the Twitter. Big things going down and I'll be discussing it all soon here at @IMPACTWRESTLING HQ— Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks) May 27, 2015
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