TNA Wrestling's Greatest Matches
Last night on IMPACT Wrestling's debut on Destination America, Bobby Roode defended his title against "The Destroyer" Lashley. When Samoa Joe, Low Ki and MVP charged the ring, the one person who came to even the odds became the most shocking betrayal. Eric Young sabatoged Bobby Roode's World Heavyweight Title defense costing him TNA gold. After IMPACT Wrestling went off the air. Roode sat down with IMPACTWrestling.com cameras for an exclusive interview.
Roode commented on on their relationship "15 years I knew that guy, one of my best friends in the world," Roode continued "He knew how much that World Heavyweight Championship meant to me."
"In this business there is nothing more important to me than the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, and Eric Young took it away from me tonight!" Watch the video to see how Roode plans to handle the situation with Eric Young.
TNA President Dixie Carter and TNA Superstars Mr. Anderson and Chris Melendez appeared today on the Discovery Communications panel at the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA. to promote flagship show IMPACT WRESTLING'S move to Destination America.
Various topics were discussed, such as where IMPACT WRESTLING is headed for 2015, along with opportunities that the Discovery Communications brand has opened up for TNA, including new programming.
Via the press release below, TNA will have two new shows, IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED and TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES. Premiere schedule is included.
DESTINATION AMERICA RINGS IN 2015 WITH BRAND-NEW KNOCKOUT PREMIERES
OF IMPACT WRESTLING
(Pasadena, Cal.) – Destination America is bracing for impact and entering the ring in 2015 as the new home for TNA’s (Total Nonstop Action) IMPACT WRESTLING. As announced in November, Discovery Communications and TNA Entertainment signed an exclusive broadcast deal to bring all-new U.S premieres of IMPACT WRESTLING to Destination America, the only network dedicated to all-American entertainment, celebrating the people, places and stories of the United States. IMPACT WRESTLING will follow the intense, epic matches between the world’s most-gifted and entertaining wrestlers including Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode and Mr. Anderson. Bringing non-stop action and explosive entertainment to its millions of voracious fans, IMPACT WRESTLING premieres on Destination America on Friday, January 16th at 9PM ET.
“We are giving our viewers what they crave with a combination of action-packed entertainment and weekly rope operas featuring classic American characters, true underdogs fighting to achieve their dream of being the top contender in the ring.” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “IMPACT WRESTLING goes beyond the action weaving together gritty story lines featuring heroes and villains and good versus evil showcasing these iconic American athletes battling it out to be the best.”
“We are starting the New Year with a bang on our new home, Destination America,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “Everyone on the Destination America team is incredibly enthusiastic of our partnership and is doing a remarkable job of using the entire Discovery family of platforms to promote IMPACT WRESTLING and our two other new programs, IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED and TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES. Marc and his team clearly understand the unyielding appetite for captivating characters, compelling stories and quality in-ring action, and that is exactly what TNA and IMPACT WRESTLING will deliver week in and week out.”
Destination America will offer wrestling fans from coast to coast and all across America brand-new weekly premieres of IMPACT WRESTLING beginning in its regular time slot on the network on Friday nights from 9-11 PM ET starting January 16, immediately followed by an encore from 11 PM-1 AM ET. After each week’s premiere, Destination America will also debut the new series IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED airing on Saturdays from 10 AM-12 PM ET beginning January 17, offering a never-before-seen viewing experience to the fans featuring extra content and incredible behind the scenes footage from the previous week’s IMPACT WRESTLING.
Destination America also will launch the U.S. premiere of TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches, debutingwith a three-episode mini-marathon on Saturday, January 10 beginning at 10 AM ET, presenting the most remarkable and memorable contests of TNA’s Superstars. TNA WRESTLING’S GREATEST MATCHES will continue to premiere in its regular time slot starting January 17 on Saturdays at 12PM.
January Premiere Schedule of TNA Wrestling includes:
Saturday, January 10
- 10 AM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Sting
- 11 AM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Kurt Angle
- 12 PM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Kurt Angle Part 2
Friday, January 16
- 9 AM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Rob Van Dam
- 10 AM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Mr. Anderson
- 9 PM ET: IMPACT Wrestling
Saturday, January 17
- 10AM ET: IMPACT Wrestling: Unlocked
- 12 PM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Jeff Hardy
Friday, January 23
- 1 PM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of The Knockouts
- 9 PM ET: IMPACT Wrestling
Saturday, January 24
- 10AM ET: IMPACT Wrestling: Unlocked
- 12 PM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Samoa Joe
Friday, January 30
- 9 PM ET: IMPACT Wrestling
Saturday, January 31
- 10AM ET: IMPACT Wrestling: Unlocked
- 12 PM ET: TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches: Best of Bully Ray
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
January 7, 2015
Welcome to IMPACT Wrestling, broadcasting live on Destination America.
To start the show, the entire Impact roster breaks out into a brawl and chaos ensues as bodies fall around the arena. Kurt Angle calls for security. Angle says all champions will defend their titles tonight!
MVP confronts angle – and the raucous New York audience gets censored for a deafening “Shut the ---- up” chant! Angle says he’s no longer the Director of Operations and that, as of a short time ago, he’s signed on to become an active wrestler on the Impact roster.
Angle announces himself versus MVP, to start the show.
Kurt Angle vs. MVP
Angle commands the match and catches MVP with a German suplex. MVP rolls through a pin attempt and puts on a wrist lock. Angle counters and scores with three more German suplexes.
Angle attempts an early Angle Slam, but MVP counters and locks in an ankle lock. MVP wraps Angles leg around the ring post. Then he slams the knee into the steel steps before catching Angle’s knee with a steel chair!
MVP rolls Angle back into the ring and attempts a powerbomb, which Angle turns into an ankle lock. MVP counters once more and sends Angle face-first into the turnbuckle. Angle counters MVP’s assault, catching him with an Angle Slam for the win.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Backstage: MVP argues with Kenny King, asking him where he was for the match.
Backstage: Taz and Josh Mathews are introduced as the commentators for tonight’s broadcast.
Backstage: EC3 and Tyrus threaten Rockstar Spud!
Backstage: Taz and Josh Mathews introduce Mike Tenay in his new role, as a backstage interviewer and correspondent. Mike Tenay interviews “The Cowboy” James Storm about The Revolution.
Tag Team Championships
The Revolution (c) vs. The Wolves
The champions, James Storm and Abyss, make their way to the ring, accompanied by Manik and Sanada. Their opponents, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards – The Wolves are out next.
Before the match begins, The Hardys enter the arena – to the surprise of everyone.
Richards and Storm start the match and The Wolves send The Revolution reeling. Edwards and Richards launch themselves out of ring with four suicide dives! Storm is rolled into the ring and Edwards makes a pin attempt. Storm is out at two.
Abyss interrupts a double team attempt, allowing James Storm to change the complexion of the match. Storm mounts some offense against Richards, but Richards rolls, making a tag to Edwards.
The Wolves double team Storm, but Abyss makes the save again. Abyss slings Edwards into a DDT by Storm. Manik and Sanada interfere, but The Hardys make the save. Jeff inadvertently hits Eddie Edwards, setting him up for Storm’s Last Call.
Winners: The Revolution
Backstage: MVP yells at Lashley. He says that without him, Lashley would have never been champion or an MMA star.
Ethan Carter III graces the Impact Zone with his presence!
EC3 declares 2015 “the year of our Lord of wrestling: E-C-3,” and the year that he’ll become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He says before his quest begins, he has some business to attend to. The defiant crowd irks EC3 and he calls them a “rowdy bunch.”
EC3 calls out Rockstar Spud. The crowd chants “We want Spud!” Tyrus carries Spud from the back and then slams him to the floor. Tyrus tosses Spud into the ring. Jeremy Borash tries intervening, but EC3 screams at JB – and JB retaliates! He slaps EC3! Tyrus squashes him and then EC3 shaves his head, while Tyrus forces Spud to watch.
Backstage: Kenny King and MVP conspire against Lashley
Low Ki (c) vs. Austin Aries
Low Ki and Aries lock up in the center of the ring and rush one another between turnbuckles. They break. Aries catches Low Ki with a wrist lock, but Low Ki breaks the hold with a well placed kick.
Aries turns a headlock into an arm drag. Low Ki reverses with a headscissor, but Aries counters with a headstand that he turns into a dropkick! Low Ki rolls through and nails a mule kick off the turnbuckle. Low Ki is sent to the floor, but he catches Aries with a kick to face on an attempted suicide dive!
Low Ki misses a springboard assault. Aries sends him outside again and connects with a suicide dive that sends Low Ki crashing through the guardrail. The pace of the match quickens, until Aries attempts a brainbuster that Low Ki counters into a dragon sleeper.
Aries breaks the hold and the two battle back and forth atop the turnbuckle. Low Ki connects with a kick that sends Aries falling to that mat. Aries recovers quickly and catches Low Ki with a brainbuster and a three-count!
Winner: Austin Aries (new champion)
Knockout’s Championship Battle Royal
Taryn Terrell (c) vs. Gail Kim vs. Havok vs. Velvet Sky vs. Angelina Love vs. Rebel vs. Madison Rayne
Knockout chaos ensues at the sound of the bell. The Beautiful People eliminate Rebel with a Botox Injection! Havok eliminates Madison Rayne.
In the center of the ring, Gail Kim connects with an Eat Defeat on Velvet Sky. Havok and Gail battle at the far end of the ring, while Taryn Terrell works to eliminate Angelina Love, despite Jessie’s interference!
Gail and Taryn unite in an effort to eliminate Havok, but Havo proves too powerful. Gail and Taryn launch themselves at Havok with a double missile dropkick! Velvet Sky catches Gail and Taryn with a double clothesline.
Brooke Tessmacher attacks Robbie E at ringside, distracting Velvet Sky, who’s then eliminated. Havok eliminates Gail Kim and Taryn creeps up from behind and eliminates Havok to retain her title!
Winner: Taryn Terrell
Post-match: Havok attacks Taryn Terrell. The arena goes dark – it’s AWESOME KONG! Havok backs down and Kong slays the referee!
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Lashley (c) vs. Bobby Roode
Roode wastes no time starting the action. He attacks Lashley before the opening bell, but Lashley asserts his dominance, powering Roode to the mat.
Roode is able to mount enough offense to attempt a cross-face. Lashley reaches the rope. Roode breaks the hold and then quickly applies another cross-face! Again, Lashley reaches the rope.
Lashley rolls to the outside, but Roode gives chase and continues to assault Lashley. Again, Lashley tries to create separation – but Roode is hungry for another run with the title.
Backstage, MVP and Kenny King enter the arena with two masked men. The distraction allows Lashley to gain the advantage. Lashley rolls Roode into the ring and mockingly slaps him in the face. An enraged Roode attacks, but Lashley sends him crashing down to the mat before catching him with several shoulder blocks in the corner.
The crowd gets behind Bobby Roode when Lashley locks in and holds a chokehold. Roode makes it to his feet, but Lashley turns into a bear hug. Roode catches Lashley with several elbows to the back of the head, but Lashley’s hold is unyielding.
Roode again makes it to his feet, this time, breaking the hold. Roode knocks Lashley to the mat after three clotheslines. He follows up with a running clothesline into the corner and a neckbreaker. Roode gets a two-count!
Lashley catches Roode as he’s coming off the ropes and plants him with running power slam! He lifts Roode to the top rope and attempts a superplex. Roode counters into running sit-out powerbomb. Lashley kicks out at two – and then he connects with a Roode Bomb to Bobby Roode!
Roode’s just out at two! Lashley misses a spear, but Roode connects with one! Lashley’s out just before three. Roode locks in a crossface as MVP, Kenny King and the two masked men emerge from the back.
Lashley battles out of the hold, but Roode connects with Roode Bomb! Lashley kicks out and Roode locks in another crossface!
Kenny King attacks referee Brian Hebner and Kurt Angle emerges from the back. MVP and his cronies attack Angle. MVP’s masked men reveal their faces – it’s Low Ki and Samoa Joe!!! Eric Young rushes into the ring with a steel chair to make the save.
…but then, he attacks Bobby Roode with the chair! Lashley connects with a spear and makes the cover to retain his championship!
2014 was the year that saw tag team wrestling as the spotlight on IMPACT and it was flanked by two incredible teams. The reunited Hardys, Matt and Jeff, proved that they hadn't lost a step and continued to build on their incredible legacy as one of the best tag teams of all-time. The Wolves, newcomers in TNA, were the other team to elevate tag team wrestling to a new peak and the two held the TNA World Tag Team Championships for a majority of 2014.
Now, kicking 2015 off with a bang, it's going to be The Hardys vs The Wolves on Thursday in New York City! Tickets for this must-see tag team clash are available here!
To get you primed for this Thursday's matchup, you can relive the first meeting between these two ICONIC teams below! Let us know your pick for this matchup on Twitter using #HardysVsWolves!
One of the greatest matches of 2014 was the first epic clash between Bobby Roode and Lashley.
Then, a moment that TNA fans around the world celebrated, Roode vs Lashley II saw Bobby Roode capture his second TNA World Title.
What will happen in #RoodeVsLashleyIII? Don't miss it LIVE on Wednesday at 9/8c on Destination America!