The last time that they met, Bobby Roode set the pace for his match with Lashley. He controlled the Destroyer in a way that no one had been able to do previously. He even became the first person to kick out of Lashley's punishing finisher, the spear. However, late in the match, Roode appeared to suffer an injury to his knee. He seemed to slow down and, when he went for the Roode Bomb, he couldn't support Lashley - or his own weight. It was there, Lashley smelled blood in the water and finished the fight - just as he did this past week at Bellator 130.
It's been a few weeks, but are we sure that Roode's knee has recovered? Yesterday, on the eve of Roode vs Lashley II, we caught up with The It Factor of Professional Wrestling to check on his health ahead of the big fight!
"You know, my body has been to war many times, as has every person who has made a career in this business. Walking around injured is part of life. Training injured, wrestling injured, we have to do it - it's in our DNA. When I met Lashley last time, my knee was not ready for the challenge. Picking him up, I could feel my knee giving... Hell, I could feel it shooting through the rest of my body. I don't know if my knee is 100%, but I do know it feels better today than it did that night in New York. I'm dedicated. I am here to win and be champion. My knee is going to be fine..."
Lashley, on the other hand, has his own health on his mind... Just four days ago, Lashley went to war inside the Bellator MMA cage. He came out on top with a stunning TKO finish, but one has to wonder if Lashley is coming into this fight at 100%? The focus, training and wear-and-tear of a rigorous MMA schedule is tough to do when it's your sole focus, but having to also carry the top Championship in another organization is even more difficult to balance.
Both men have a lot to prove in this match and we have no doubt that, tomorrow night, we will witness one of the most hard fought bouts this year.
It's Roode vs Lashley II and it all goes down on IMPACT tonight at 9/8c on Spike TV!
Since coming to TNA, The Wolves have been unstoppable. They've taken on all challengers, they've captured and held onto the TNA World Tag Team Championships for the better part of the year. They've even defeated two of the most legendary tag teams of all-time, The Hardys and Team 3D, in a best-of-3 series this summer. It seemed as if nothing could stop the run The Wolves are on....
Then, last week on IMPACT, we saw James Storm approach the Tag Team Champions and begin an attempt to recruit Davey Richards. In the end, Davey and Eddie left together, but a seed of doubt was planted. What exactly was Storm's intentions and why would Richards even listen enough to let him in?
We've seen a very strange and scary shift in Storm over the past several months. We've seen him lead The Great Sanada to turn on his mentor. We've seen him attack and transform Manik. Could Davey Richards be the next to "pledge to the Revolution"?
We caught up with Eddie Edwards, who had the following to say. "James Storm is crazy. It's easy for anyone to see. Davey and I have been partners for years. We've travelled the world together and proven ourselves to be the best team in the sport today. No one - and I do mean no one - can tame the Wolves. Storm may want to play his little mind games, but if he thinks he's going to mess with The Wolves, he's going to be the next one hunted down."
Unfortunately, IMPACTWrestling.com attempted to "hunt down" Edwards' tag team partner, but Davey Richards refused our repeated calls for comment. After numerous attempts, we decided to contact James Storm himself. The Cowboy was cryptic and only had a few words for us. What he said leads us to believe that this is far from over.
"There's always one room for one more...."
What will happen between The Wolves and James Storm? Find out tonight at 9/8c on Spike TV during a huge edition of IMPACT!
For the past several weeks, tensions have been building between Madison Rayne and Taryn Terrell. Things all started when the two met for the right to challenge HAVOK for the Knockouts Championship. Accusations of pulled tights and Madison walking out as HAVOK decimated Taryn left a lot of bad blood between the two. So, what led the two to team up this week?
"Madison and I have a lot of history. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt and try to move-on. What better way to do that then team up and prove that we're on the same page?" Taryn Terrell sounded very optimistic when IMPACTWrestling.com caught up with her last night. She continued, "Look, I would've stayed and helped Madison if the tables were turned, but I can definitely understand not wanting to go face-to-face with her, considering all the terrifying things she's done."
Madison Rayne refused to talk to IMPACTWrestling.com when we tried to reach her. For her partner's sake, let's hope she's on the same page as Taryn because the two ladies will face TNA's mean girls, The Beautiful People this Wednesday night.
Angelina Love commented, "Oh, blah, Taryn and Madison... Of course they don't like each other, no one likes either of them. The BP's aren't even thinking about them. On Wednesday, we go to IMPACT and we SLAY... Then we go on to bigger things... and by bigger, I mean HAVOK. I want MY title back." Not to be outdone, Velvet Sky had the following to say in closing: "The Beautiful People are the true queens of TNA. We've been here the longest and we're definitely the most beautiful. Everyone else in this division is beneath us."
While The Beautiful People always have a lot of attitude, they are also on the same page, which is more than Taryn and Madison can say at this point. One thing's for sure, sparks will fly when these four killer Knockouts meet on IMPACT tonight at 9/8c on Spike TV!
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Last week, Kurt Angle kicked off a Tag Team Tournament to showcase TNA's tremendous tag team division and crown new #1 Contenders for The Wolves. Of the 8 teams that entered, only four remain and the semi-finals will go down tonight on IMPACT!
The Hardys vs EC3 & Tyrus
The Hardys kicked off the tournament last week in impressive fashion, knocking out the Bro Mans, Jessie Godderz and DJZ, in the night's opening contest. When the Hardys reunited this summer in NYC, they vowed to capture the Tag Team Titles and they are clearly not stopping until they get another opportunity to do so! EC3 & Tyrus are a brand new pairing that is already causing chaos throughout the TNA locker room. The team, and so-called best friends, took out EC3's former best friend Rockstar Spud and Showtime Eric Young in the opening round of the contest.
You could say that the winners of this matchup are the favorites in the finals... but just look at who the other teams are:
Samoa Joe & Low Ki vs MVP & Kenny King
The pairing of Samoa Joe and Low Ki was a surprise to many, as the two have become fierce rivals in the X-Division. However, the two made themselves a powerhouse team and proved that they work well together by nabbing a big win in the first round of the tournament. MVP & Kenny King have been working together for a while now and looked unstoppable in their match against Chris Melendez & Mr. Anderson. Imagine the power (and boasting) of a faction that contains TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley and Tag Champs Kenny King & MVP? Depending on where your allegiances lie, that is either incredibly exciting... or terrifying.
These four teams will clash this Wednesday night at 9/8c on Spike TV and the two winning teams will move on to the finals, with one team earning a shot at The Wolves. Who is your pick to win it all? Can anyone tame The Wolves? Tell us what you think! Join the conversation on social media by using #TagTourney!
It all goes down tonight on Spike TV at 9/8c!
Tonight's IMPACT on Spike features a huge main event as Bobby Roode gets his rematch for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against "The Destroyer" Lashley. Since capturing the title in June, Lashley has been a dominant World Champion, but at No Surrender, Roode came closer than any other opponent to beating Lashley. Will the second time be the charm for Roode or will Lashley’s championship reign continue? Also, Kurt Angle will serve as special guest referee for this championship match to ensure both challenger and champion get a fair fight. How will this factor into IMPACT’s main event? Find out tonight on Spike.
Tonight will also feature both semifinal matches of the Tag Team Tournament to determine the new #1 Contenders for the TNA Tag Team Champions, The Wolves. Current X-Division Champion Samoa Joe and Low-Ki team up to face MVP and Kenny King, and The Hardys battle EC3 and his newly-appointed bodyguard Tyrus. Who will emerge victorious and advance to the Tag Tournament finals?
The beautiful and talented Knockouts will be in action on IMPACT. Taryn Terrell and Madison Rayne will team up to take on The Beautiful People. Taryn and Madison have had their issues in recent weeks. Will they be able to put their differences aside and get on the same page for their tag team match tonight?
With help from Magnus, the "New King of Hardcore” Bram defeated Devon on last week’s IMPACT. The boys from Britain will speak on this topic, but more importantly, how will Devon react? Find out tonight on Spike.
All this and much more on tonight's IMPACT airing on Spike TV at 9/8c.
Another week of The Amazing Race is in the books and #TheWrestlers are still wowing us! Brooke and Robbie finished this week's leg of the race in 5th place and will be continuing their race next Friday at 8/7c on CBS. Every week, Robbie provides exclusive recaps to IMPACTWrestling.com discussing what each leg of the race was like.
Now, we turn it over to Robbie to give you his take on this week's episode!
Marrakesh?? We're going to Marrakesh?? Where is that?? Did I spell it right?? More importantly, do they have gyms there?
Starting off in second place this leg was awesome, but then we got to the airport and had to wait on a flight so we were all dead even again. That sucks, bro. We were all very frustrated. Then, we made it to Africa and there tons of animals and bad smells from the animals... Why are animals so weird, bro?
We landed and we hit the market to do our first obstacle, which was build a food cart. One word. Gross!!!! It smelled so bad and the food looked so gross but, none the less, I was still hungry. Will anyone ever give me food???
After we finished that, Brooke had to scrape the hair off of dead animals' skin. BRO... What was that? Who does that? Brooke almost puked... but she powered through and killed that challenge. Next, we had to choose our detour and we chose Tea Time. First off, our outfits were horrible... But, I'm glad we chose that detour because the other one looked super hard. It involved dancing but, not like booty-popping, so we probably would've been bad at it and Brooke would've been stressed out.
BOOM! Just like you knew we would, Team BRO powered through and got the job done. We finished this leg in 5th place. Next week we'll do even better, but not too shabby bro!
#TheWrestlers are still here and we even have our own shirt now! Support us and we promise to make you proud as we race for that $1 Million, bro! (Get the official Team BRO t-shirt here!)
See you next week in Africa!
NOTE: Additionally, we look back at last week where #TheWrestlers were spotlighted heavily. Joel McHale even featured #TheWrestlers on a recent episode of E!'s The Soup, which can be viewed here (warning: strong language).
Last week, British Boot Camp 2 premiered on Challenge TV to all-time high ratings and buzz! UK mainstream press, worldwide social media trends and a great cast led to the show breaking records! This week, judges Al Snow, Samoa Joe and Gail Kim are now heading to Manchester for another round of auditions. Will they uncover the newest TNA superstar?
With the success of Nikki Storm and Kay Lee Ray at last week's Glasgow auditions, three more women attempt to advance in this week's competition. See how Gail Kim reacts to Heather Schofeild, Lana Austin and Melantie Price! It's British Boot Camp 2, Sundays at 9PM on Challenge TV!
Stay tuned to Challenge after Boot Camp, as IMPACT airs at a NEW time! Immediately following British Boot Camp 2, IMPACT will air at 10PM on Challenge TV!
Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BritishBootCamp2!
PLUS, every Monday morning, join us for Boot Camp Breakdown, starring Rockstar Spud and Christy Hemme, featuring your favorite wrestlers, celebrities and more talking about British Boot Camp 2! Episode 1 is available below!
TNA Wrestling would like to congratulate LASHLEY on his dominant performance inside the Bellator MMA cage tonight! Lashley picked up a strong victory over Karl Etherington at Bellator 130, quickly moving up the ranks in Bellator's competitive Heavyweight Division!
Lashley finished the fight in the first round, picking up a brutal TKO win and improving his MMA record to an impressive 12-2!
Now, Lashley turns his focus to Wednesday night and Bobby Roode. The TNA World Heavyweight Champion will face Roode in the main event, with special guest referee Kurt Angle, and TNA's most respected prize is on the line! A major question we have is: how quickly can Lashley's body recover from his rigorous training and fight at Bellator 130? Fighting at the highest level of two worlds is tough - fighting in Bellator on Friday and defending your TNA World Title on Wednesday? That's completely unheard of!
One thing is for sure, Lashley is The Destroyer and one of the toughest men in the world. He has run through all comers in both TNA and Bellator with relative ease. If anyone is up for the task, it is him.
Don't miss Lashley vs Roode II, this Wednesday night on IMPACT at 9/8c on Spike TV!
For now, make sure you congratulate Lashley on his Bellator MMA victory! You can find him on social media: @FightBobby!
Last week, EC3 introduced his new bodyguard to the world. His name is Tyrus. Tyrus has already established himself as a HUGE force, literally and figuratively, in TNA. Prior to coming to IMPACT, Tyrus was a high-profile bodyguard for celebrities and athletes, including Snoop Dogg, and before that was a stand-out college football star.
This week, we saw the team of ECTyrus team up and win their quarterfinal match in the Tag Team Tournament. In anticipation of next week's match, IMPACTWrestling.com caught up with Tyrus to learn more about this mammoth addition to EC3's entourage.
IMPACTWRESTLING.COM: Congratulations on winning your first-round match in the Tag Team Tournament! Being new to TNA and in a new partnership, do you have any concerns going into the semifinals next week?
Tyrus: Ha! Concerned for the well being of our opponents. That's about it. We're focused on domination. Spud was no challenge, he's a guppy in a big pond. We're the sharks and the whales... we're the big fish.
IMPACTWRESTLING.COM: Can you explain your relationship with EC3 and Dixie Carter?
Tyrus: Our relationship is simple. I can describe it in 3 words: Dollars-N-Sense.
IMPACTWRESTLING.COM: This isn't your first time protecting a high profile personality. Tell us about your previous bodyguard experience.
Tyrus: I have been the top bodyguard in the world for quite some time. I only work with mega-stars; people like Snoop or J-Lo, that level of clientele. They want the best. They want to feel safe and secure and I am the one who can provide that. Now, my services are being used by EC3 and the Carter family and I promise you, had I been in NYC this summer, Dixie Carter would not have gone though that table. Things are going to change in TNA now that I am here.
IMPACTWRESTLING.COM: What sort of IMPACT can we expect from Tyrus in TNA?
Tyrus: TNA is not my mission or concern, I don’t work for TNA. I work for the Carter Family and my mission is to keep EC3 safe and undefeated. I have no records, no goals… I simply want to cash the large checks from the Carters. I am here to beat, destroy, injure, intimidate and end careers, if necessary, if anyone stands in the way of any member of the Carter Family. The Carters pay me to do what I love: hate everybody - and I get paid well.
Make sure you catch Tyrus in action on Wednesday's IMPACT on Spike TV. He and EC3 have a semifinal match in the Tag Team Tournament and the show starts at 9/8c!
256 days. That is how long Bobby Roode sat at the top of TNA Wrestling. Bobby Roode walked into IMPACT and took the World Title from James Storm in October of 2011. He took on all comers for nearly a year, before losing the title in the Summer of 2012 to Austin Aries. Since the night he lost that title, Roode has been working hard - harder than ever before in his illustrious career. It takes a lot to call yourself the World Champion and he was determined to do so again.
Last month, he got a shot at the belt again when he faced off against Lashley in a thrilling main event at TNA's No Surrender in New York City. Roode gave Lashley all he could handle and vice-versa. For months, Lashley has run through all comers with relative ease - earning his nickname, The Destroyer, in the process. It seemed he may be untouchable. That was, until he met up with Bobby Roode.
In that match, Roode proved to be the toughest challenge yet for the TNA Champion. He even became the first man to kick-out of Lashley's deadly Spear. However, towards the end of the match, something went wrong. It appeared that Roode had injured his knee. As he limped on, he attempted a Roode Bomb and that's when his knee buckled. It was that moment that allowed Lashley to take advantage and put Roode away.
One month later, the stage is set for an epic second match between the two warriors. If Roode's knee is healed, how will he match up against Lashley this time? It seems hard to believe that anyone could defeat the Destroyer but, after watching his courageous effort in the face of injury, we believe that Roode could be the only man left that has a shot at conquering Lashley.
Whatever happens in the ring on Wednesday night, we are the clear winners. Watching two dangerous men like Bobby Roode and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley is a treat for all of us. This will be a night for the ages.
Wednesday, October 29th on Spike TV, IMPACT will be headlined by Lashley and Bobby Roode for the World Heavyweight Championship. Make sure you're watching!