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Last Wednesday on IMPACT, former TNA World Champion Lashley was passed over for his World Title rematch by his good friend MVP. Although Roode defeated MVP and retained the TNA World Title, we understand Lashley has been furious all week and has promised to make his presence felt tonight on IMPACT.
Former partners have now turned bitter rivals. After turning on Gunner, Samuel Shaw has aligned himself with Brittany. Tonight on IMPACT, Gunner gets his chance for revenge as he battles Samuel Shaw one on one in a No Disqualification Match.
TNA X-Division Champion Samoa Joe was injured in the Tag Team Tournament Finals last week on Impact. We understand Joe will make a major announcement this week on IMPACT. What does Joe have to say? Find out tonight on Spike.
Last week on IMPACT, Eric Young came to the aid of Rockstar Spud. Tonight on Impact, it will be EY going one on one against EC3's massive bodyguard, Tyrus.
The Knockouts will be in action as well tonight on IMPACT. Taryn Terrell takes on Madison Rayne in a match the promises to have major implications on the Knockouts Title picture moving forward.
Last week, James Storm gave Davey Richards a one week ultimatum. Will Davey join James Storm's Revolution or will he stay loyal to his tag team partner Eddie Edwards? We'll find out tonight on IMPACT.
All this plus much more on tonight's IMPACT Wrestling. Don't miss it at 9/8c only on Spike!
In the finals of the Tag Team Tournament, Matt and Jeff Hardy defeated Low Ki and Samoa Joe. After the match, it was discovered that the current TNA X–Division Champion Samoa Joe had sustained an injury. In this exclusive footage to IMPACTWrestling.com, Samoa Joe is seen leaving the building on the way to the hospital.
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How do you measure greatness? Championships won? Incredible awe inspiring moments we will remember forever? Classic bouts we want to relive over and over on youtube?
Greatness, for Matt and Jeff Hardy in 2014 would be to win the TNA World Tag Team Titles. Clearly a team with nothing left to prove to anyone in this business, Matt and Jeff have something to prove to themselves. That is how you measure greatness. You measure it against yourself and your body of work. Successful people do not need outsiders to motivate them to be great, they put that pressure on themselves. They wake up and try to do something different and great every day. They want to top what they did last year, last month and last week.
Matt Hardy made that abundantly clear in a piece written here last week. Now, Matt and Jeff were able to get past a very tough contest in Low Ki and Samoa Joe last night on IMPACT and, now, the focus of The Hardys can be on The Wolves.
If The Hardys want to be measured against the best, there is no better test than The Wolves. Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards have been incredible representatives of the Tag Team Division, but now with James Storm attempting to sway Davey to the darkside and join his Revolution, can The Wolves focus? Are they primed for the picking?
One thing is for sure, this match will be a show stealer, it will be epic and will certainly answer all those questions at the beginning of this piece. It will define greatness.
MVP has been a valuable asset to Lashley, MVP has always been there when the now former TNA World Heavyweight Champion needed anything. MVP has been a model friend and ally to Lashley. So what happened last night?
It looked as if Lashley was getting ready to invoke his rematch clause against new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Roode last night when MVP made a claim of his own for the title. MVP even stated, “Lashley was only Champion because he stepped in for me when I hurt my knee.” An interesting take on the World Title situation, at least, from the point of view of MVP.
Did Kurt Angle, a savvy veteran of the ring wars see an opening to put a chink in the armor of the Lashley, MVP and Kenny King alliance? Kurt was quick to jump at the idea of MVP getting a title opportunity last night and Bobby Roode wants to be a fighting champion, so he had no issue with it. However, it appeared Lashley did.
We are not trying to TMZ this issue up at all. Just looking at the facts, MVP said what he said last night, Lashley looked very confused and upset at the beginning of IMPACT and then not helping MVP up at the conclusion spoke volumes. We all know that good friends, best friends and brothers argue and disagree at times, so perhaps this is nothing to worry about in regards to the friendship between Lashley and MVP or perhaps there is more to this situation. Only time will tell.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
November 5, 2014
IMPACT opens with a video recap of Bobby Roode defeating Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Kurt Angle is in the ring to introduce, “The ‘It’ Factor” Bobby Roode.
Roode says words can’t describe the moment – standing in the ring as the World Heavyweight Champion. He declares his love for pro wrestling – and says that besides his family, it’s all he has. Roode says being champion means he’s the best. He’s proud to be the champion.
Lashley, MVP and Kenny King interrupt.
MVP calls Bobby Roode a sorry excuse for a champion and says he’s manipulated the system to get a title shot. MVP accuses Kurt Angle of cheating Lashley out of the title. MVP says Lashley stepped in for him when he was injured, but that he’ll be happy to be the reason Roode loses the title.
Roode accepts MVP’s challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Lashley looks on with disbelief as Kurt Angle makes the match official. MVP leaves the ring as Lashley continues to look on.
Backstage: Low Ki and Samoa Joe talk about their match with The Hardys.
Tag Team Championship Tournament Final
The Hardys vs. Low Ki and Samoa Joe
Low Ki and Jeff Hardy start the match. Jeff works Low Ki’s arm, then tags out to Matt. Matt assumes control, but Low Ki breaks the hold and mounts some offense. Low Ki tags Samoa Joe.
Joe bursts into the ring with a series of hard rights that ground Matt. Joe tags Low Ki who continues the assault. Matt catches Low Ki with a forearm before driving him into his corner. The Hardys trade tags as they double team Low Ki.
Jeff catches Low Ki with a headscissor takedown. Then, Low Ki battles back with a a kick to the back of the head. Low Ki makes the tag to Joe. Jeff struggles to tag to Matt.
Joe catches Matt with a rear-naked choke. Jeff connects with a hold-breaking Swanton. Low Ki attempts a Ki Krusher on Jeff. Instead, Jeff dropkicks Low Ki and hits another Swanton.
Jeff launches himself over the top rope at Samoa Joe and Matt connects with a moonsault and the pin on Low Ki!
Winners: The Hardys
Backstage: James Storm says he’s giving Davey Richards one week to decide to join The Revolution.
Backstage: Bobby Roode vows to defeat MVP.
Video: Recap of Samuel Shaw and Gunner’s relationship and the entrance of Brittany.
In the ring, Samuel Shaw says the “vivacious vixen” Brittany helped him see the light. Brittany says that Gunner was never his friend; and that Christy Hemme could never appreciate the man that he is.
She says nobody can offer him the things that she can. That nobody can do the things that she can do. She licks his neck and face, then they embrace and fall to the mat.
Gunner interrupts; he says crazy attracts crazy – and that the two of them are nothing more than creepy bastards. Samuel throws a punch at Gunner. Gunner counters and he unloads. He dominates Samuel until Brittany jumps him from behind, allowing Samuel to deliver a low blow.
Samuel drives Gunner shoulder-first into the ring post. Brittany hands Samuel his signature gloves. He slides them on and locks in the Kata-Gatame choke hold until Gunner passes out. Samuel and Brittany stand beside the fallen warrior and make out before leaving the ring.
Video: The newest IMPACT Wrestling star, from India, Mahabali Shera is coming
Backstage: MVP thanks Kurt Angle for the title match and reminds him, “It’s all about me Kurt.”
Hardcore Rules Match
Magnus and Bram vs. Devon and Tommy Dreamer
Devon and Tommy Dreamer attack Bram and Magnus as they make their way to the ring. The bell sounds as Devon punishes Bram with a series of closed fists. Devon drags Bram up the ramp, then he and Dreamer double team Magnus in the ring.
Bram attempts to make the save, but Devon disposes of him with ease. As Devon continues his assault on Bram, Magnus counters Tommy Dreamer and drop him across the guardrail.
With Dreamer out momentarily, Bram and Magnus double team Devon. Dreamer battles his way into the ring with a trashcan lid. Dreamer leaves the ring for some weapons. Dreamer’s face is driven into a chair upon re-entry, then Bram and Magnus assault him with an array of weaponry including trash cans, chairs and cookie sheets.
Bram and Magnus hit Dreamer with a double back body drop. Magnus leaps over the tope rope toward Devon, but he connects with a trashcan lid to the face. Devon uses the lid on Bram, then he places a trashcan on Bram’s groin – and smashes the can with a chair!
Magnus and Bram temporarily disable Devon and attempt a double superplex to Tommy Dreamer. Devon hooks their legs and executes a double powerbomb that simultaneously brings down his partner with a superplex!
The crowd chants for tables. Devon sets one up outside the ring, then he sends Bram crashing through! Magnus swings a Singapore cane into Devon’s face before using it to assault Dreamer. Dreamer counters Magnus with a low blow before sends him face-first into a trashcan. Dreamer smashes the Singapore cane into Magnus’ abdomen, then connects with a DDT for the win.
Winners: Tommy Dreamer and Devon
Backstage: Gail Kim warns Havok that she’s coming for the Knockout’s Championship.
JB’s in the ring to interview Rockstar Spud!
Spud says he’s been forced to do things he’s not proud of. That he enjoyed working for Madame Dixie and his best friend Ethan Carter III, until he was fired.
Spud calls Ethan Carter a “complete and utter WANKER!” The crowd chants, “He’s a wanker!”
EC3 enters with Tyrus in tow. EC3 says this is the most pathetic spectacle he’s ever seen. He calls JB the “maestro of this miscarriage,” and says that JB owes everything to the Carters. Like JB, he says, Spud owes everything he is or will be to him – then he demands an apology.
Spud refuses to apologize. Tyrus grabs Spud and again, EC3 demands an apology. Spud gives in – he says, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry you’re a big-nosed douchebag!”
EC3 slaps JB. Spud attacks! Tyrus and EC3 start double-teaming Spud until Eric Young makes the save.
Havok (c) vs. Gail Kim
Gail Kim attacks Havok during her entrance. Havok connects with a big boot that sends Gail rolling down the ramp. Havok drives Gail face-first into the ring apron. Then, she locks in a hammerlock and attempts to ram Gail into the ring post. Referee Brian Stiffler stops the assault by stepping in the way.
Havok threatens Stiffler and while she’s distracted, Gail Kim attacks. Havok fights her off, taking her to the ground with a hard kick. Havok drives Gail face-first into the ring post. Havok cackles and then she drags Gail up the ramp by her hair.
Gail attempts to fight back but Havok launches her from the stage. Brian Stiffler calls for help from the back. JB announces that upon the recommendation of Brian Stiffler and the medical staff, the match will not go on as scheduled. Gail steals the mic and says the match will go on!
Gail rushes into the ring, but she’s met by Havok. Havok locks in the hammerlock/bear hug and drives Gail into the turnbuckle. Then, she powers Gail to the mat! Gail dodges a stomp and elbow drop from Havok.
Gail rolls out of the ring. Havok attempts to squash her on the steel steps, but Gail moves and Havok crashes and burns. Gail climbs onto the apron and tries kicking Havok in the head. Havok pulls Gail from the apron onto her shoulders, and then she slams Gail face-first onto the steps!!!
Stiffler reaches a 9-count before Havok breaks the count. Havok screams, “I’m not done with you yet!”
Gail counters a bear hug from Havok, turning it into an Octopus hold. Havok drops to a knee before turning the hold into sidewalk slam. Havok attemps a full-nelson, but Gail counters the hold twice – and turns it into a bulldog!
Gail connects with a series of right hands and an armbar. She sidesteps Havok and leaps from the turnbuckle. Havok catches Gail, but Gail counters, sending Havok into the ropes. Gail rushes up the opposite turnbuckle and connects with a flying cross body. Gail attempts Eat Defeat, but Havok counters into a hammerlock bear hug – and again, she powers Gail down with authority! Gail just kicks out before three!
Gail counters a chokeslam attempt into Eat Defeat! Havok’s out at two. Gail climbs the turnbuckle – she flies – but Havok catches her with a chokeslam to claim the victory!
Backstage: Manik welcomes Mahabali Shera to IMPACT?
Backstage: Lashley’s packing his bag; MVP asks Lashley where he’s going.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Roode (c) vs. MVP
MVP nails Roode with a double underhook suplex early on and goes for a quick pin attempt. Roode kicks out. He hits MVP with an elbow and a knee to the gut. Roode goes for a cover, but MVP powers out a two.
MVP thumbs Roode’s eye before catching him with a blow to the back of the head. Roode rolls from the ring and MVP rushes up with a clothesline to the back of the head. MVP drives Roode into the guardrail and the steel steps. MVP gets a two-count.
Roode fights back, but MVP drives him face-first into his knee. MVP connects with an elbow drop and locking in an armbar. Roode feeds off of the crowd and gets to his feet, but MVP drops him with a shot to the back.
Roode connects with a huge surprise spinebuster! Roode hoists MVP onto the top rope, then he connects with a superplex. It’s good for two! Roode attempts a Roode Bomb, but MVP counters with a series of elbows to the face.
MVP hits Roode with repeated kicks to the face. He makes the cover; Roode’s out at two. Roode rolls MVP up for two. Roode attempts another Roode Bomb, but MVP again counters and nails a huge boot to the face. MVP attempts a Playmaker, but Roode counters and finally connects with a Roode Bomb for the win!
Winner: Bobby Roode
Post-match: Lashley spears Bobby Roode. Then, he walks out on MVP!
FANS IN AUSTRALIA: TNA IMPACT WRESTLING is moving.
IMPACT will now be broadcast each Saturday night on Main Event, starting this Saturday (November 8).
Main Event is already the home of TNA PPVs in Australia.
IMPACT will usually be broadcst at 8.30pm, but the time may change if a TNA PPV or other big event is also being broadcast on Main Event that Saturday evening.
Please check http://www.mainevent.com.au/news/article.aspx?id=215 and/or local listings for more information.
One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown was one of the most popular One Night Only events TNA debuted last year. This Friday, Novemebr 7, it returns as One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown 2014 debuts on Pay-Per-View! This year, the special event features TNA Knockouts facing off against some of the best women in the world who are not on the roster. Each day this week, we will showcase the women you will see inside a TNA ring for the first-time! Don't miss One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown 2014 beginning THIS Friday, November 7, on Pay-Per-View!
Party girl Scarlett made her wrestling debut in 2012. No stranger to the stage, she went to college majoring in musical theater as an accomplished and talented singer. In Knockouts Knockdown, sexy Scarlett takes on the ultimate bad girl Angelina Love but, with their similar style, we have to question whether they may actually come out friends in the end? You will just have to see for yourself!
MEET MIA YIM:
Mia Yim is the definition of hard work and dedication. She has traveled the world investing time and focus into her craft and doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon. Residing in Orlando, FL, Yim began her wrestling career in 2009. With her sights set on a spot in the Knockouts Division, we will let you decide for yourself, do you want more Mia Yim in IMPACT Wrestling?
Tonight on IMPACT, winners will emerge from what has been a highly entertaining Tag Team Tournament to crown new Number One Contenders for The Wolves' championships. Many were surprised when Low Ki decided to select Samoa Joe as his tag team partner.
First and foremost, simply because Joe is the reigning X-Division Champion, a title that Low Ki would love to have back some day. Also, they are fierce rivals who have had many competitive matches throughout their careers.
However, now those doubters might be lining up at the betting window putting their money on Joe & Low Ki to not only win the tournament, but to eventually go on to defeat The Wolves for the TNA World Tag Team Titles. It won't be an easy task for Low Ki & Samoa Joe to get past The Hardy's and then defeat The Wolves, but this team is gelling right now.
We caught up with Low Ki today to get his thoughts on what it's like to work with Samoa Joe in this capacity:
Easy. I came to win. Our styles are too much for most others to handle individually, let alone collectively. The Hardys are one of the greatest tag teams in history. But that won't mean anything to us when the bell rings.
It's all about peaking at the right time and, by the looks of things, Joe & 'Ki are coming together at just the right time and add a new element to an already outstanding tag team division. The question is can they rule the land as Tag Team Champions?