Tonight, one of the most intimidating matches in TNA history goes down: FEAST or FIRED. 12 Superstars enter this match, 4 leave with briefcases. From those briefcases, 3 Superstars will earn title shots for TNA World Championships and one person will be fired. One person's career in TNA will be finished after tonight - for good.
All week, we've been speaking to the TNA Superstars entering the match and finding out why they would risk it all. One man with retribution on his mind is Gunner. The world watched as Gunner retrieved the World Heavyweight Championship briefcase and then watched as his former friend, James Storm, robbed him of the World Title. We caught up with Gunner this morning to get his final thoughts before tonight's match!
"Feast or Fired... Tonight. 2014 was, perhaps, the biggest year of my career so far. I earned a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship; the biggest prize in this industry. But I was robbed by a jealous cowboy, James Storm. Tonight, I will climb that mountain one more time and that World Title will be mine."
All week long, IMPACTWrestling.com has been reaching out to TNA Superstars to find out why they would risk their careers in this Friday's Feast or Fired Match on IMPACT. When we reached Samuel Shaw for comment, the oft-described Creepy Bastard responded in his own unique way. No words, no quotes, just this. Watch Samuel Shaw compete in Feast or Fired tonight at 9/8c on Destination America - only on Friday Night IMPACT! (Also, judging from this, we'd recommend that Robbie E keeps an eye on Shaw...)
Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell knows what it takes to compete at the highest level inside the ring. Taryn has now taken her in-ring skills to the big screen and it has become a trending topic this week. Taryn’s cheerleader character gets hit in the face with a basketball by none other than Will Ferrell for a scene in Ferrell’s upcoming “Daddy’s Home” motion picture. Which, according to IMDB, also stars Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini and Hannibal Buress.
The clip in which Ferrell’s character attempts a half-court shot at a New Orleans Pelicans game and instead smashes the ball off of Taryn’s face has been seen everywhere from Vine to Twitter to Instagram to Youtube. Makes one wonder if Taryn will attempt to exact revenge inside an IMPACT Wrestling ring in the near future?
We hope to have more from Taryn later today on IMPACTWrestling.com
This week, IMPACTWrestling.com has been talking to all of your favorite TNA Superstars about this Friday's Feast or Fired Match on Friday Night IMPACT! We caught up with The Wolves, who had the following to say:
This is what the Wolves are all about! It's all or nothing, every time we step foot in the ring. We've fought before and we’ll probably fight again. The Wolves are hungry for competition. But, you see, The Wolves have more to lose then anyone. Wolves move in packs – they rely on each other. Eddie and I are a pack, we hunt as a pack and, if one of us get’s fired, really, it’s like both of us do. Wolves don’t leave the pack.
The Wolves strive to be the best. We want to win every chance we can and, for us, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. That’s also the perfect summation of Feast or Fired. I fully support Davey and I know he supports me. Whatever happens, happens. The Wolves will always be united. Whether that’s a TNA World Title shot or someone pulling down the Fired briefcase. Whatever goes down, we will go through it together.
IMPACTWrestling.com caught up with "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived," Austin Aries, this morning to ask a simple question: "why would you risk it all to enter Feast or Fired?" Of course, Austin Aries may be TNA's greatest innovator -- as the creator of Option C -- but, tonight, one TNA Superstar will be FIRED and gone from the company for good. What does Aries think of his chances? Listen below! Then, watch Feast or Fired on this week's edition of Friday Night IMPACT at 9/8c on Destination America!
Sony Six was the most viewed sports television channel in India in 2014, according to the Multi Screen Media-owned broadcaster.
Quoting figures from media research group TAM, Sony Six says that it had an annual viewership of 181.3 million last year, placing it ahead of Star India’s Star Sports 1 on 172.3 million and Star Sports 3 on 169.2 million.
They are followed by the Ten Cricket and Ten Sports channels owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises, and then Star Sports 2, Star Sports 4 and Doordarshan Sports, the sports channel of the Indian state broadcaster.
Sony Six claims that 40 per cent of its viewership (74.1 million) is aged between 15 and 35 and 45 per cent (82 million) are female, higher than any other Indian sports channel.
Sony Six offered a wide variety of sport last year, including high-profile cricket in the shape of the Indian Premier League, the glamorous Twenty20 competition, and the Indian team’s tour of New Zealand, plus soccer’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Other popular sports included basketball’s NBA, mixed martial arts’ UFC and professional wrestling’s TNA.
Sony Six business head Prasana Krishnan said, "It is a proud moment for us, as 2014 has been a defining year for the channel. We have established ourselves as one of the leading sports broadcasters in the country just within two years of our launch. With an exciting line-up for 2015 we hope to carry forward the momentum and serve a diverse brand of sports programming, which has hitherto not been seen on Indian television."
The channel is kicking off this year with coverage of soccer’s Africa Cup of Nations, tennis’ Australian Open and the debut of Indian wrestler Mahabali Shera in TNA, and will also be showing the Super Bowl live and exclusive in India for the first time, on 1 February.
However, the highlight of its schedules will again be the IPL, the eighth edition of which is set to begin in early April.
This past Friday was the premiere of Friday Night IMPACT on Destination America.. and what a night it was! Now, you can re-live the chaos from beginning to end... all in 60 seconds! Join us on IMPACTWrestling.com every Monday for IMPACT IN 60, where you can see the Total Nonstop Action of the previous week's show! Then, don't miss Friday Night IMPACT on Destination America, every Friday at 9/8c!
This week on UNLOCKED, the first-ever IMPACT TOP 5 was unveiled by "The Professor" Mike Tenay. The IMPACT TOP 5 is a new ranking system for the Heavyweights in TNA. Who topped the first poll? Watch to find out! Then, watch the Superstars of TNA battle it out to move up this ranking each week on IMPACT - every Friday at 9/8c on Destination America!
TNA Superstars have already begun taking to Twitter to react:
I think it’s bogus that I wasn’t a part of the top 5 list @IMPACTWRESTLING this week!!— Robbie E (@RobbieEImpact) January 21, 2015
I'm not in the IMPACT Top 5 this week... But I guarantee that I am coming for that title no matter who is in the way. http://t.co/yoFrY18j4q— Ken Anderson (@mrkenanderson) January 21, 2015
Impact Wrestling (coverage) by Bobby James
January 16, 2015
The network season premier of Impact Wrestling on Destination America emanates from New York City. The show’s new format is front and center with focused, cinematic lighting and a much more intimate look at the wrestlers and Knockouts.
MVP enters with his “family,” Kenny King, Samoa Joe and Low Ki. MVP dubs his “family” the Beat Down Clan – or “BDC” – or “The Clan.” He introduces Eric Young, the man who betrayed his best friend Bobby Roode.
Before EY takes the mic, it’s announced that Eric Young and Bobby Roode will compete in a no disqualification match in the main event.
Eric Young says that as champion, he took care of Bobby Roode and that he made sure his “brother” got a title shot. EY asks where his shot was during Roode’s title reign. He asks where Roode’s concern was when he was injured. Young says he’ll exact his revenge in their match tonight!
MVP introduces Lashley. Kurt Angle answers instead! Angle condemns the actions of the Beat Down Clan and Eric Young. Angle says he can make everyone in the ring tap out. Samoa Joe gets in Angle’s face; they collide. Angle challenges Joe to a match.
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Joe dominates Angle throughout the beginning of the match, but Angle catches Joe with three German suplexes to create a moment of separation. Joe battles back quickly with a stiff kick to the side of Angle’s head.
Joe finds himself in an ankle lock, but he powers out and drops angle Angle onto his surgically repaired neck. Angle comes back once again – an is able to catch Joe with another ankle lock. Joe refuses to tap before rolling through, sending Angle into the referee.
Joe seizes the moment and catches Angle with a low-blow and the rear naked choke. Angle taps!
Winner: Samoa Joe
Post-Match: The rest of the Beat Down Clan begins to assault Kurt Angle. Bobby Roode, with a chair in hand makes the save!
Bobby Roode says he was screwed out of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He questions why Eric Young would throw away a 15 year friendship. Roode says the title is the only thing in this business that he loves. He says the ring is his home and that he lives for professional wrestling.
Roode says that tonight’s not about professional wrestling – it’s about payback. He vows to have his revenge against Eric Young.
Backstage: Rockstar Spud apologizes to Jeremy Borash for what happened last week. JB says EC3 will get exactly what he has coming to him.
James Storm’s whistle echoes throughout the arena as The Revolution enters to witness which team will become their new championship challengers.
No. 1 Contender’s Match for the World Tag Team Championships:
The Hardys vs. The Wolves
Matt Hardy and Eddie Edwards begin the match. Matt controls Edwards early and tags out to Jeff. The Hardys exchange in their strategy to isolate Eddie Edwards. Davey Richards sneaks in a tag unbeknownst to The Hardys.
Matt and Jeff again exchange rapid tags to isolate Davey Richards. Jeff takes a cheap shot on Eddie Edwards, sending him into the guardrail. The Wolves furiously battle back and isolate Matt Hardy in the process.
Matt stumbles around the ring and Davey Richards catches him with a huge right forearm. Matt’s laid out in the center of the ring as Davey flies off the top rope. Matt rolls out of the way and catches Richards with a Side Effect.
Both men crawl to their corners and Jeff Hardy and Eddie Edwards infuse the match with a quickened pace! Matt Hardy slows the pace by catching both members of The Wolves with a DDT to the arena floor! As The Wolves rise, Jeff Hardy runs along then flies from the top rope!
The Hardys double team Eddie Edwards until Edwards raises his knees to counter a Swanton from Jeff Hardy. Matt breaks the count, but Davey Richards is able to counter Matt. The Wolves attempt a double team to Jeff, but Matt rushes back onto the apron and makes the blind tag to Jeff.
Matt catches Eddie Edwards with another Side Effect before attempting a Twist of Fate. Edwards counters, sending Matt into Jeff, who’s poised on the top rope. Eddie Edwards stalks Matt Hardy and connects with a Twist of Fate of his own! He makes the cover – but Jeff interrupts the count with a Swanton!
Jeff Hardy tosses Davey Richards over the top rope and then connects with a Twist of Fate on Eddie Edwards! Matt hoists Edwards onto his shoulders and The Hardys connect with a double Twist of Fate for the three count!
Winners: The Hardys
Backstage: Bram gives his thoughts on next week’s Feast or Fired show! Bram says he and Magnus will each walk out with a briefcase.
Backstage: MVP and Kenny King say they control the World Heavyweight Championship now that Lashley’s champion again.
No Disqualification Match:
Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode
“The “It” Factor” Bobby Roode clashes with Eric Young on the entrance ramp. Immediately, Roode launches Young face-first into the steel guardrail. Roode’s assault continues until EY catches Roode with a hard right fist. EY sends Bobby Roode into the guardrail.
Roode is rolled into the ring. Eric Young finds a steel chair beneath the ring – and from there, his assault is ferocious. EY attempts to piledrive Bobby Roode onto a chair, but Roode counters. Roode catches Young with an elbow to the face and a well-timed spinebuster by Roode shifts the momentum.
Roode attempts a Roode Bomb onto the chair, but Eric Young counters with an eye rake before sending Roode face-first into a steel chair. As Roode stumbles backwards, Eric Young catches him and piledrives Roode onto a chair!!!
Winner: Eric Young
Eric Young sends Bobby Roode face-first into a steel chair
Backstage: Austin Aries says he’ll defend his X-Division Championship against Low Ki.
Backstage: EC3 searches for Jeremy Borash.
Knockout’s Tag Team Match:
Brooke and Taryn Terrell vs. The Beautiful People
The Beautiful People are accompanied by The BroMans and DJ Z. At the opening bell, Brooke chases after Robbie E. Angelina Love catches her with a stiff clothesline. Brooke unleashes her fury, sending Angelina retreating to her corner, where she makes the tag to Velvet Sky.
Brooke tags the Knockout’s Champion, Taryn Terrell. Taryn catches Velvet with a swinging neckbreaker. Taryn and Brooke connect with a double dropkick, sending The Beautiful People to the outside. Taryn flies from the top rope to take out The BroMans and The Beautiful People.
Taryn leaps from the ropes and connects with a flying clothesline to Velvey Sky. Taryn tags, who’s immediately distracted by Robbie E. Velvet rolls her up for the win.
Winners: The Beautiful People
Post-Match: Awesome Kong enters the ring! She clotheslines Angelina Love and shoulder checks Velvet Sky. Kong delivers an Implant Buster to Angelina and a chokeslam to DJ Z! Havok rushes from the back to confront Kong!!! Security separates Kong and Havok.
Backstage: EC3 confronts Jeremy Borash. EC3 asks if they’re match is on for next week. JB says he’s not a wrestler. EC3 antagonizes JB until he agrees to a fight next week.
Low Ki w/ The BDC vs. Austin Aries (c)
Low Ki catches Aries off guard with a kick to the sternum. Aries attempts to battle back, but the speed of Low Ki is too much, until Aries catches Low Ki off guard. Aries counters a charging Low Ki, sending him into the air. Low Ki gets hung up on the top rope and takes a nasty fall to the outside!
Aries locks in a Last Chancery, but Low Ki’s too close to ropes. Aries again sends Low Ki to the outside with another spill over the top rope. MVP whispers into Low Ki’s ear. Aries attempts a brainbuster but Low Ki counters and sends Aries to the outside.
MVP steps over Aries and throws his hands up into the air. Aries and Low Ki battle back and forth until Aries locks in a Last Chancery in the middle of the ring! Before Low Ki can tap, MVP and Samoa Joe distract the referee. Low Ki taps – but it’s unseen by the referee!
Aries knocks Joe and MVP from the apron. Across the ring, Kenny King jumps up – only to be taken down by Aries. Aries rushes across the ring and launches himself through the ropes with a suicide dive that connects with MVP and Samoa Joe.
As Aries climbs back into the ring, he’s caught with Ki Krusher and a three count! Low Ki is the new X-Division Champion!
Winner: Low Ki
Backstage: Lashley makes his way toward the ring.
The Beat Down Clan is in the center of the ring. MVP says that tonight they’ve gotten everyone’s attention. He says the World Heavyweight Championship has come home – then, he introduces “The Destroyer,” Lashley.
MVP points to Lashley and says the fans should worship and respect him because he made him. MVP says the title belongs to every member of the Beat Down Clan. Lashley disagrees, saying he’s the champ – and that the title is his.
MVP says the title is theirs – that Lashley owes it to them all because they put it on him. Lashley turns his back on the Beat Down Clan and tensions rise as MVP says he’ll be merciful as they go their separate ways. The Beat Down Clan assaults Lashley.
MVP smashes the title across Lashley’s face before hoisting it into the air. The assault continues and Impact ends with blood trickling from Lashley’s head as MVP leaves the arena with title saying, “The World Heavyweight Championship doesn’t belong to you Lashley – it belongs to the Beat Down Clan!’