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!
Robbie E and Brooke are headed to England for the next stop of the Amazing Race! Last week, #TheWrestlers started slow but finished the first leg in Fourth Place and now they hope to take things to the next level!
Now, IMPACTWrestling.com can exclusively deliver you a sneak preview of tonight's episode. As you can see here, Brooke and Robbie are struggling with a challenge. Will they get back on track or will their race end in Oxford?
Don't miss The Amazing Race, every Friday at 8/7c on CBS!
If you missed Episode 1, you can catch up by watching it here or checking out Robbie's blog here.
London (Sunday October 5, 2014): TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA Eurostore have teamed up to offer 20% off merchandise throughout October for all fans buying tickets for TNA’s January 2015 UK Tour events in Glasgow, Manchester and London.
TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour and Fan Interaction tickets can be purchased by going to www.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk, www.gigsandtours.com/go/tna2015gen, www.ticketmaster.co.uk/TNA-Wrestling-tickets/artist/1008830 or direct from the venues.
Anyone purchasing a ticket will then be sent a promotional code, which should be entered at the checkout when buying TNA merchandise from www.tnaeurostore.com
This special offer is also open to all those who already hold tickets for one or more of the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour events. Current ticket holders will have a promotional code sent to the email address they used when originally buying their tickets.
Among the many international wrestling stars already announced for the UK Tour are Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, MVP, Gail Kim, Taryn Terrell, Magnus, Samoa Joe and EC3.*
It has also been announced that the final show, on Saturday January 31 at London’s iconic SSE Arena Wembley, will be a double TV taping featuring an Ultimate X match.
Full details of the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour events are:
Thursday 29 January 2015 Glasgow The SSE Hydro www.thehydro.com
Friday 30 January 2015 Manchester Phones 4u Arena www.phones4uarena.co.uk
Saturday 31 January 2015 London SSE Arena Wembley www.ssearena.co.uk
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING is broadcast on Challenge in the UK and Ireland every Sunday night at 9pm, as well as on Spike TV in the USA and more than 120 other countries.
This offer is only valid on the www.tnaeurostore.com website and excludes Championship belts. The code can be used once per customer/ticketholder. Offer ends October 31.* Line-up subject to change.
KUALA LUMPUR (October 2, 2014): TNA IMPACT WRESTLING today announces new TV deals in Malaysia and Singapore.
Both TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA Xplosion will air on Channel 111 – SingTel mio Sports 1 across Singapore. IMPACT will air on Wednesday nights at 10pm with a repeat on Saturday mornings at 11am. Xplosion will premiere on Friday nights at 11pm, with a midday repeat on Sundays. Fans should check local listings for full details.
TNA Xplosion will also air on TV9 in Malaysia every Monday night at 11pm.
TNA President Dixie Carter said: “We are delighted that wrestling fans in Malaysia and Singapore can now join those in Japan, Thailand and 120 other countries around the world in enjoying the very best in professional wrestling each and every week.
“Asia is set to be a key growth market for our company over the next 12 months and, working with our partners across the continent, we hope to announce even more good news soon.”
Sherina Nordin, Group General Manager for TV3 & TV9, said: “TV9 is proud to screen TNA Xplosion, a new sports programme aired for the first time in Malaysia.
“This programme will attract modern and open-minded young fresh mass Malays who love wrestling. We are confident that this program, which is aired every Monday at 11pm, will reach a large number of viewers.”
Anurag Dahiya, Head of Content at SingTel mio TV, said: “We are delighted to bring TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA Xplosion to the fans in Singapore.
“TNA joins a world class SingTel mio TV sports line-up. Our customers can now catch TNA’s top-rated wrestling shows in addition to their favourite sporting action such as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League football games on mio Sports.”
Due to a separated shoulder suffered at the hands of new Knockouts Champion HAVOK, Gail Kim is out for an unspecified amount of time. First and foremost, we all wish Gail a speedy and full recovery as she heals and rehabs from her injury.
Gail not only separated her shoulder, but upon further review from her personal physician, Gail also tore a few ligaments and some cartilage. While there is no timetable for her return to action, the now former Knockouts Champion, sent us this text message an hour before publishing this piece.
"In all my years of being in this business, I have never experienced the pure evil of someone like HAVOK. To be the target for the title, that I'm used to but to have someone try to put me out indefinitely and end my career...
I have one message for HAVOK. I have overcome a lot in all these years. This will not be the end. Anyone who knows Gail Kim knows that I don't back down from anyone. ANYONE. Now you have the target on your back. You know what they say, the bigger they are, the harder they fall and I will be the one to bring you down."
HAVOK said her piece earlier, but this now begs the question who will step up and challenge HAVOK for the Knockouts Championship.
IMPACTWrestling.com spoke to Kurt Angle earlier today and Angle said he has a plan in place, but revealed he'll break that news via his Twitter account on Monday morning. As always, we will follow up with what Kurt Angle does as it becomes available.
Again, best of luck to Gail Kim in her recovery process. Can any woman on earth stop HAVOK?
Last night on IMPACT, HAVOK anointed herself the most dominate Knockout in TNA and did so in controversial fashion. The Knockouts Championship match was suppose to take place early in the evening, but HAVOK decided to take matters into her own hands and attacked Gail Kim before their match was officially underway.
If you go back and watch, the bell never rang when HAVOK blindsided Gail during her entrance last night. If you think about it, HAVOK picked a pretty brilliant place to gain an advantage over Gail Kim. Then the brutality in which HAVOK took out Gail all but assured us Gail would not be able to compete last night.
Point in fact, we later learned Gail’s shoulder was separated by the attack from HAVOK. Against the trainers advice, Gail insisted upon competing. A separated shoulder is nothing to mess with, most athletes take 12 weeks to recover from such an injury. That is 12 weeks off and extensive rehabilitation. Gail could have done more damage by competing, but that is the heart and desire of the now former Knockouts Champion.
When asked if she has any remorse for her actions last night on IMPACT, HAVOK laughed and said, “No! I show no remorse for what I have done to Gail. She has been my target of destruction since I got to TNA. I broke her down and ripped her apart just like I said I would do. I took away what every Knockout wants, the title.”
While the timetable for Gail’s return is in question, it is now HAVOK's time in TNA and it appears that no one in TNA can stop her. Whether you agree with HAVOK's strategy doesn’t really matter, she is the Knockouts Champion and the future looks dark for every other Knockout in TNA.
We hope to have an update later this week on Gail Kim’s health status as well as the update on who might be the first to challenge HAVOK for the Knockouts Championship.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
October 1, 2014
Austin Aries kicks off IMPACT!
Aries mentions winning the New York City Gold Rush and says that last week, he won the right to challenge any champion in TNA. Aries teases an interactive experience. He asks if he should challenge Gail Kim for the Knockout’s Championship? Maybe he’ll challenge The Wolves in a 2-on-1 handicap match for the Tag Team Championships? Or maybe he’ll challenge Samoa Joe for the X-Division Championship.
Samoa Joe interrupts. Joe says that Aries should challenge him because he’s the most dominant champion in TNA. Aries accepts the challenge.
Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe (c)
Aries and Joe battle back and forth until Joe catches Aries with a running back elbow. Joe takes the advantage. He battles Aries into the corner and nails a series of hard rights. Joe hits an enziguri and then he attempts a muscle buster from the top rope, but Aries battles out. Aries attempts a missile dropkick, but Joe sidesteps, leaving Aries to crash.
Aries is able to mount enough offense to lock in a leg lock. Aries breaks the hold, and he continues to target Joe’s leg. He attempts a suicide dive, but Joe catches him with a stiff kick to the head.
Samoa Joe regains control and hooks Aries with a rear-naked choke. Aries drops to the mat, turning Joe’s hold into a jawbreaker. Joe kicks out of the pin attempt and Aries locks in the Last Chancery.
Aries breaks the hold. He and Joe begin a rapid-fire exchange that sees Joe drop Aries with an inverted atomic drop. Aries connects with a suicide dive and a top-rope missile dropkick. Aries connects with a brainbuster! Just before three, Joe kicks out!
Aries attempts a second Last Chancery, but Joe counters into a rear-naked choke! Aries begins to fade and eventually taps out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Backstage: Rockstar Spud approaches EC3. EC3 instructs Spud to follow him to the ring.
Backstage: The Wolves are backstage with Kurt Angle. Angle says he approves the stipulation for the final match of the Tag Team Title Series. Angle predicts it will be the match of the year!
EC3 and Rockstar Spud make their way to the ring.
EC3 asks Spud if he’s his best friend. Spud says yes, to which EC3 asks, “In what world are we friends?” EC3 says that Spud works for him, and that his friends have trust funds and own yachts. He says the fans don’t support Spud. The crowd erupts into a “Spud” chant.
Spud asks EC3 why he’s doing this. EC3 says because Spud was the last line of defense for his Aunt Dixie – and he failed. EC3 screams, “Cry for me spud!” He slaps Spud. Spud regains his balance with a frustrated look on his face.
Eric Young emerges from the back and encourages Spud to stand up for himself. EC3 attacks Eric Young!
EC3 vs. Eric Young
Eric Young takes down EC3 with a dropkick. EY counters an attack from EC3, sending him to the outside. Eric Young flies over the top rope and connects with a cross body.
Back in the ring, EC3 sends EY face-first into the turnbuckle. This allows the momentum to shift and for EC3 to gain control of the match. EY finds himself draped over the middle rope and Spud appears conflicted – should he take a cheap shot or not? Spud doesn’t.
EC3 locks in a standing armbar. EY counters with a suplex and a series of right hands. EY comes off the top rope with a flying elbow! He makes a pin attempt, but Spud pulls EC3’s foot onto the bottom rope, interrupting the count. EC3 screams at Spud to climb onto the apron. EY dropkicks EC3 into Spud. With the referee distracted, EC3 nails a low blow, which sets up the One Percenter and the three-count.
Post-match: EC3 forces Rockstar Spud to raise his hand.
Backstage: Chris Melendez thanks Mr. Anderson for his help after his match with Kenny King.
Video: Recap of Havok’s arrival.
Gail Kim (c) vs. Havok
Gail Kim makes her way to the ring, but Havok ambushes her from behind! Gail tries fighting back, but Havok sends her crashing headfirst into the ring post!
Gail sends Havok face-first into the steel steps, then she furiously unloads a series of rights. Havok overpowers Gail and drops her onto the guardrail! Gail comes back again, this time connecting with a big kick to the head. As Havok stumbles, Gail flies off the apron, catching Havok with a continued series of rights.
Havok lifts Gail and locks in a hybrid hold combining a bear hug with a Hammerlock. Havok rams Gail’s shoulder into the ring post before powering Gail onto the floor! Gail clutches her shoulder and writhes in pain.
Trainers emerge and help Gail to the back, while Havok admires her destruction. The match never started, making this scheduled match a no contest.
The Wolves enter the IMPACT Zone to reveal the stipulation they’ve chosen for their next encounter with Team 3D and The Hardys. Davey Richards says the final match in the Tag Team Championship Series will be…
Team 3D interrupts! Bully Ray says The Wolves don’t get it – that despite the praise they’ve received from Team 3D and The Hardys, they’ll never be as great as Team 3D. Bully says that The Wolves will never conquer tag team wrestling like Team 3D has for the last twenty years.
Bully Ray says The Wolves are good – but they’re not great. The Hardys interrupt. Matt Hardy says Team 3D is extraordinary and that The Hardys are excellent. Matt says The Wolves should step aside and let the tag team icons figure it out.
Davey Richards gets in Bully’s face and says that The Wolves’ time is now – and that they’re the tag team that will dominate the next twenty years. A brawl ensues.
Kurt Angle enters and demands to know what the final match in the Tag Team Title Series will be. Davey Richards declares it to be Full Metal Mayhem!
Backstage: Mr. Anderson and Chris Melendez run into MVP and Kenny King. Anderson challenges Kenny King to a match. MVP
Backstage: Kurt Angle approaches Gail Kim in the trainer’s room. The trainer says Gail shouldn’t compete tonight because she’s suffered a separated shoulder. Gail says she’s fighting Havok tonight – and she demands the trainer get her ready for the fight.
Manik w/ James Storm and Sanada vs. Shark Boy
Manik flies toward Shark Boy before the bell sounds, but Shark Boy counters and begins dominating James Storm’s protégé. Shark Boy mounts Manik in the corner and attempts a series of ten punches. Manik counters, sending Shark Boy face-first into the turnbuckle.
From that moment, Manik commands the match and finishes Shark Boy with a frog splash.
Backstage: Team 3D says they’re going into the TNA Hall of Fame as the 25-time Tag Team Champions!
MVP w/ Kenny King vs. Mr. Anderson w/ Chris Melendez
Anderson and MVP collide at an even pace, until MVP sends Mr. Anderson through the ropes to the outside. Chris Melendez checks on Mr. Anderson and MVP gets in his face. MVP slams Anderson’s arm onto the guardrail, then he locks in an armbar.
MVP tosses Anderson with a suplex before continuing to work Anderson’s weakened arm. MVP charges into the corner, but Anderson sidesteps and the two begin trading punches. Anderson charges MVP in the corner – he’s met with a boot to the face.
MVP hops onto the turnbuckle, but Anderson counters. He hoists MVP onto his shoulders and rolls through with a Green Bay Plunge for a two-count. Anderson attempts a Mic Check, but Kenny King provides a distraction. Chris Melendez rips King from the apron and MVP rolls Anderson up for the three.
Bobby Roode enters the ring. He mentions being the longest-reigning World Champion in TNA history. Then, he references the old saying, “You’re only as good as your last match.”
He mentions that he lost his last match against Lashley two weeks ago. That he failed to reclaim the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He invites Lashley to the ring. Lashley enters, with MVP and Kenny King in tow.
Roode says the World Championship means everything to him. He asks Lashley for one more chance. Lashley moves in for a handshake, but MVP interrupts, shoving Lashley out of the way. MVP says Lashley’s answer is no.
MVP, Lashley and Kenny King leave the IMPACT Zone.
Backstage: The trainer is taping up Gail’s shoulder for her next collision with Havok!
Gail Kim (c) vs. Havok
Gail enters the ring and grabs a mic. She yells, “Havok – you may have taken me down, but you haven’t taken me out!”
With Havok on the ramp, Gail attacks. Havok battles back with ease. Havok dominates the Knockout’s Champion. Again, Havok locks in a bear hug-Hammerlock. She rams Gail into two turnbuckles before tossing her into the hair!
Havok contorts Gail’s shoulder, but Gail doesn’t tap. Havok lifts Gail, only to drop her with shoulder breaker! Havok locks in another submission, but Gail fights out with a series of knees to Havok’s face. Gail charges Havok, but she’s taken down with a shoulder block.
Havok attempts a leg drop but Gail rolls out of the way and sends Havok face-first into the turnbuckle. Gail leaves the ring to lock in her signature figure four leg lock on the ring post! Havok screams!
Gail attempts Eat Defeat, but Havok counters and locks in another bear hug-Hammerlock combo. She powers Gail to the mat, before lifting her for a chokeslam! Havok covers Gail to become the new Knockout’s Champion!
Tonight on Impact Wrestling on Spike TV, MVP goes one on one with Mr. Anderson. Both athletes made it past their qualifiers last week in NYC Gold Rush that saw Austin Aries earn the victory, however tonight presents a more personal encounter between Anderson & MVP.
Last week it seemed that the two men let their personal animosity simmer and the focus was on winning an opportunity at championship gold, so a pass should be given. Not tonight however.
See Mr. Anderson hasn't forgotten about the disgusting way in which MVP & Kenny King treated Chris Melendez a couple of weeks ago and while Melendez handled his business in the ring by defeating Kenny King, it was Mr. Anderson who stopped what looked to be a heinous post match attack.
Whether or not Kenny King and MVP are jealous of Chris Melendez's overwhelmingly positive response from not only the TNA fans, but in mainstream media as well, still gives Mr. 305 and King no right to treat Melendez the way they have. Tonight, Mr. Anderson has an opportunity to teach MVP that lesson.
It's going down tonight on IMPACT Wrestling on Spike TV.