Thanks for all of the well wishes towards Jeff throughout the day, #SocialMediaFamily! Happy to learn that his surgery went well tonight.— Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) April 30, 2015
Earlier today TNA President Dixie Carter learned Jeff Hardy, one half of the TNA Tag Team Champions alongside his brother Matt, broke his leg in a dirt bike accident.
Stay tuned to impactwrestling.com for updates.
Watch exclusive video of Jeff's accident. WARNING: The video contains scenes and language some viewers may find offensive
.@JEFFHARDYBRAND just suffered a broken leg in a dirt bike accident. Will provide more details once they are known.— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) April 28, 2015
Billy Corgan is one of the most celbrated minds in rock music so it comes without surprise that the Smashing Pumpkins mastermind send shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry this morning. With the news of his hiring at TNA Wrestling, Billy Corgan has already brought a massive amount of new eyes to professional wrestling. Check out the coverage of #BillyCorganTNA below and stay tuned for more news in the coming days!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 27, 2015) --- TNA Entertainment today announced Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins and creative icon, is joining TNA Wrestling as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development, effective immediately. In this position, Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcast Friday nights at 9/8c on Destination America, as well as other TNA programming.
“I’ve known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business. Billy is truly gifted and understands the emotion tied to the psychology of connecting with an audience. The more we talked, the more I realized his perspective has the potential to make a huge impact on our brand.”
“Saying I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true,” said Corgan. “What’s great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.”
Corgan joins a gifted group of creative writers led by TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John Gaburick. In addition to partnering with his creative colleagues in writing compelling and emotionally engaging story lines for TNA programming, Corgan will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster of world-class athletes including veterans such as TNA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim, as well as a fresh crop of Superstars led by Ethan Carter III, Bram, Rockstar Spud and more.
“As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse,” said Gaburick. “I also find him to be an ardent historian of professional wrestling and a true visionary. We knew Billy would bring a great viewpoint when we offered, and he graciously accepted, to attend a recent creative summit. During those meetings, Billy’s pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team.”
TNA programming, which features unparalleled professional wrestling entertainment through its innovative high-flying X-Division, the best women’s division on the planet in the TNA Knockouts, and incomparable Tag Team action, is seen by millions of viewers each week in more than 120 countries around the world.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
April 24, 2015 | TKO: Night of Knockouts
Kurt Angle invites Eric Young to the ring to discuss their scheduled championship match. Angle wants to know which version of Eric Young he’ll be facing – the “lunatic” or the man who won the title?
Young claims to have spiraled out of control – becoming more dangerous and unpredictable in recent months. He says Angle stopped the downward spiral and that he’ll face the best version of himself – the real Eric Young.
Austin Aries interrupts claiming to have an announcement everybody wants to hear. Aries says the real Eric Young turned on Bobby Roode. That he’s a ticking time bomb that shouldn’t be trusted. Aries says he’s cashing in his “Feast or Fired” briefcase – and that he and Angle will have one of the most epic World Championship matches in the history of professional wrestling.
Backstage: Taryn Terrell says she’s prepared to face an opponent like Kong, and that she’ll retain her title.
Number #1 Contender Match | Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love vs. Brooke vs. Madison Rayne
Madison Rayne attacks Brooke as she moves down the ramp. Gail and Angelina battle to the outside as well. The match officially gets underway and Brooke hangs Angelina and Madison up on the top rope. Gail Kim connects with a double dropkick to both women, which sends Brooke from the apron into the guardrail.
Gail alternates her offense between Angelina and Madison, but Angelina catches her with a clothesline. Madison joins her former partner in a double team effort against Gail. Gail counters Madison, while Brooke hops back onto the apron. Angelina drives Brooke face-first into the turnbuckle; Brooke’s again out of the equation.
Madison and Angelina resume their double team on Gail by slamming her to the mat. Angelina calls for a repeat, but she’s met with a kick to the face from Madision. Madison stalks Gail, but Gail surprises her as she takes control. Gail charges toward the corner, in what appears to be a crossbody attempt, but out of nowhere, Brooke intercepts Gail with a spear!
Brooke lifts Madison onto the ring post and connects with a facebreaker. Angelina gets back to her feet to trade punches with Brooke. Brooke nails a series of clotheslines and a flapjack. Madison clubs Brooke from behind, but Gail locks Madison in a headscissor. Angelina locks in a submission on Gail and finally Brooke puts Angelina a submission of her own.
Madison escapes the hold, but Brooke takes her down and heads to the top rope. She connects with an elbow drop! Gail hits Angelina with a missile dropkick and then Gail and Brooke connect with one another mid-air during crossbody attempts.
Angelina rises to drop Brooke with a facebreaker. Gail connects with an Eat Defeat to Angelina. Before she’s able to make the cover, she’s caught with a Rayne Drop! Madison charges Brooke, but she counters with a schoolgirl roll-up for two. Brooke finishes Madison with a Tess-Shocker to become the new No. 1 Contender!
Video: The Rising says this ends with The BDC falling while The Rising rises.
Grudge Match | (The BDC) vs. Mica (The Rising)
MVP says The Rising has engaged the crowd – that Galloway has made the fans “Stand Up.” He vows that this will be a one-on-one match. MVP dupes Mica into believing he’ll be representing The BDC. Kenny King takes a cheap shot and bell sounds.
King chokes Mica with a t-shirt as MVP taunts him (and The Rising) outside. Galloway trips Kenny King as he comes off the ropes. Earl Hebner catches him and ejects Eli Drake and Drew Galloway from ringside.
Mica delivers some offense, but a spinning roundhouse kick from King sends Mica over the top rope. Low Ki and MVP assault Mica while King distracts Hebner. King’s control resumes as he locks Mica in a chin lock. Mica counters with a back suplex.
King misses a second spin kick and Mica drops him with a slam. He makes the cover but MVP distracts Hebner again. Mica heads to the top rope and Low Ki interferes, allowing King to connect with another huge kick to the head.
Mica’s out at two, but King counters with another kick to the back of his head. King sprinboards off the top rope – Mica counters into a Samoan Drop for the three!
Post-match: MVP and Low Ki attack Mica. Galloway and Drake make the save, until Homicide comes to the aid of The BDC! The BDC’s numbers take over and MVP hands Low Ki a metal pipe. Low Ki drives it into Galloway’s stomach.
Backstage: Drew Galloway challenges Low Ki to a Steel Pipe on a Pole match at next week’s Hardcore Justice!
Debut | The Doll House (Jade and Marti Bell) vs. Laura Dennis (“Cherry Bomb”)
Jade sends Laura across the ring with a hip toss. The crowd chants “Cherry Bomb” as Laura plants a dropkick in Jade’s face. Laura catches Jade with a crucifix pin. Jade’s out at two. Jade screams, “I hate you!” as she throws Laura to the mat.
Jade argues with the referee before letting out a loud shriek and connecting with her version of a Shining Wizard. Jade repeats the Wizard and tosses Laura with a fall-away slam. While Laura recovers, Jade rushes over to Marti who feeds her – lets her lick – a jawbreaker?
Laura fires back at Jade until Marti Bell interferes. The referee ejects Marti from ringside while Jade mounts and punches Laura in the ring. Marti appears to be leaving, but she turns around and plants a knee in the referee’s back that sends him head-first into the ring post.
Marti climbs into the ring and together, The Doll House attacks Laura Dennis! Jade is disqualified, which sends The Doll House into a fit of rage. The Doll House attacks Christy Hemme. Christy is thrown into the steel stairs before Jade meets her with a dropkick. Marti shoves the jawbreaker into Christy’s mouth and The Doll House dances away.
Winner: Laura Dennis (via DQ)
Backstage: Angle approaches Eric Young. He says he knows Eric Young is the No. 1 Contender. Young says people keep stealing his opportunities. He says he’s done talking about it and that he needs to consider if he wants to be “here” anymore.
Mickie James’ Retirement
Magnus enters the ring to tell the fans how much he and his family appreciate their support over the past few months. Magnus says tonight isn’t about him though – it’s about his fiancée’s future in professional wrestling. He introduces Mickie James!
“Hardcore Country” draws a huge reaction from the crowd as they chant “Mickie!”
She thanks fans – and Magnus. Mickie says she’s shared the ring with the greatest women of our generation – and that she hasn’t just wrestled them, but that she’s beaten them all. She says her title reigns gave her purpose – and solidified that professional wrestling is what she was meant to do.
Mickie says her life now has a new purpose – named Donovan. She says she couldn’t have asked for a greater career – but that, as of this moment, she’s going home to be a mom. She thanks the fans for their loyalty and hopes that they appreciate everything.
A loud “Thank you Mickie” chant erupts.
James Storm interrupts the chant. Storm says there’s no crying in wrestling – and that Mickie’s known him for a long time. He says when he looks at Mickie, he sees a woman who will stand up for something she believes in, no matter who she has to stand up to. He says he – and the fans don’t want to see Mickie go.
Magnus says he appreciates Storm’s kind words and that Mickie’s retirement has been a difficult decision for both of them. Storm says if a decision is difficult, it shouldn’t be made. He reiterates that the fans don’t want her to go – he says Mickie’s one of the greatest entertainers on the planet, not just in TNA.
Mickie says she’s made her decision – that being a full-time mom is the right decision. He says he understands that she loves her son and Magnus, but that “these people love Mickie James!”
Storm says he’s not asking her to reconsider fully – but that he and the fans are asking her for one more time. The fans chant “One more time!” Mickie agrees as Magnus looks on with disbelief.
Backstage: Magnus says they talked about it. Mickie apologizes and says she was caught up in the moment. She asks Magnus for his support; he agrees. Davey Richards approaches Magnus, cautioning him against James Storm. Magnus says its Mickie he’s worried about.
Singles Match | Davey Richards vs. Manik
Davey Richards and Manik lock-up. They break and a rapid exchange culminates in a dropkick from Richards. Manik rolls outside, but Richards catches him in the face with running kick from the apron.
Richards whips Manik across the ring and drives an elbow into his face. Manik turns a hurricanrana into a cross arm-breaker. Manik takes control, ultimately hyperextending Richards’ arm to send him to the outside. Manik regroups as Richards reels in pain in front of a “Magic Manik” sign.
Manik connects with a dropkick to Richards’ vulnerable arm, followed up by a snap suplex and a back suplex. Manik gets a two-count. Manik applies an armbar/crossface combination. Richards battles out of the hold, only to be hung up over the top rope by Manik.
Manik springboards off the ropes, but Richards counters with a stiff kick. Richards lands a huge series of kicks afterwards, followed by another big kick to Manik’s head. The lone wolf then connects with a German suplex. Manik kicks out a two!
Richards ascends the turnbuckle to release his primal howl. He flies toward Manik, who counters when he gets his feet up. Manik attempts an elevated double chickenwing, but Richards rolls through into a victory roll.
Manik is out two! Richards delivers the Creeping Death to secure the win.
Winner: Davey Richards
Post-match: Khoya and Abyss attack Davey Richards from behind! Abyss chokeslams Richards onto the apron! Abyss is about to deliver a second chokeslam onto the steel steps, but The Hardys make the save, ultimately delivering a “Check Fate” to Manik!
Backstage: Ethan Carter III teases an announcement and says it’ll have something to do with “#EC32015”.
Ethan Carter III begins his announcement: “Ask not what EC3 can do for you – but what you can do for EC3.”
EC3 says he stands before the fans – not as a man – but as an ideal. He declares this is a day that will live in infamy. The fans reject his notion. He says that people will see him as a unifier with “golden aspirations.”
He says he’ll unify the fans that chant, “You can’t wrestler” and “Yes he can.” He declares himself the next TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Tyrus waves around a poster reading “EC3 2015 for Champ.”
He claims that historians say the title makes the man – but that he’ll be the man that makes the title. He says he’s been undefeated (pinned or submitted) since October 2013. He says it’s been 20 months of perfection. In those months, he’s defeated every TNA Hall of Famer (Sting, Bully Ray and Kurt Angle). He says there’s no one better suited to take TNA into the future for the next four – or eight years.
EC3 says that as champion, unemployment will decrease by 79% - and that unmotivated children and lazy millennials will decrease by 67%. He says, “I love this speech too!”
He claims the United States will become “Carter Country,” led by the Hardcore American Icon. He says he’ll take the title worldwide – and into space, to be defended in orbit, on the moon and against Martians on Mars!
Mr. Anderson interrupts EC3. Anderson tells EC3 he has a bright future – just not as a world champion. Anderson says EC3 spews so much garbage that he’d be better suited for Washington, D.C. He suggests EC3 run for President.
Anderson even suggests a running mate for EC3…Anthony Weiner. He says the ticket can be “Little Weiner” and “Anthony Weiner.” Anderson screams that you don’t win titles by politicking – it’s done through blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice. EC3 and Anderson scuffle, sending EC3 to the back.
Knockout’s Championship | Awesome Kong vs. Taryn Terrell (c)
Taryn tells Kong this should be a match the fans deserve – a no disqualification match.
The bell sounds and Taryn quickly finds herself outside the ring. Kong’s domination is unwavering. Kong swings Taryn head-first into the guardrail! Kong withdraws two kendo sticks! Kong smacks Taryn with the sticks before slamming her into the apron.
Kong lifts Taryn for a powerbomb aimed for the steel steps! Taryn counters, driving Kong face-first onto the top step. She stands on Kong’s hair, but Kong moves quickly and Taryn falls hard onto the apron!
Taryn clutches her shoulder, but she’s able to avoid a splash from Kong! Taryn disorients Kong with a series of clotheslines. Taryn connects with a flying crossbody and Kong falls from her feet. The fans chant, “We want tables!” and Taryn slides one into the ring.
Taryn grabs a kendo stick and returns to the ring. She rams the kendo stick across Kong’s throat and begins to set up the table. The Doll House emerges to watch from the ramp. Taryn drags Kong’s head over the table and then she attempts the Taryn Cutter; Kong counters. She slams Taryn’s face onto the table!
With Taryn laid on the table, Kong climbs the turnbuckle. The Doll House grabs the kendo sticks – and they attack Kong! Kong slumps over the top turnbuckle. Taryn, with an assist from The Doll House powerbombs Kong through a table!!!
Taryn seductively crawls on top of Kong for the three-count.
Winner: Taryn Terrell
Post-match: Taryn grabs a mic as The Doll House brings her title into the ring. She says she’s putting everyone on notice. She says, “If you mess with me – you mess with my friends and we don’t play very nice.”
Taryn stuffs a jawbreaker into Kong’s mouth, then she says, “This is our house – The Doll House!”
Backstage: Aries says he’ll become the new champion. Eric Young is shown leaving the arena with his bags.
Backstage: Magnus asks the camera crew to keep watch over Mickie James.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship | Austin Aries vs. Kurt Angle (c)
Eric Young attacks Austin Aries from behind! Young grabs the briefcase and smashes it across Aries’ face! Aries is sent to the outside where Eric Young drops him with a piledriver! Young drags Aries onto the steel stairs and delivers a second piledriver onto the steps!
Aries’ body falls limp onto the floor and Kurt Angle rushes to his aid. Eric Young appears to be backing off, but when Angle checks on Aries, Young attacks!
He slams Angle’s face into the stairs before stomping on his head! Eric Young exposes Angle’s surgically repaired knee and then he smashes a chair across it! Young locks in a Figure Four and security and referees rush to stop the carnage as Impact goes off the air.
TNA SUPERSTAR ERIC YOUNG LEADS THUNDEROUS NASHVILLE PREDATORS CROWD IN NATIONAL ANTHEM AHEAD OF NHL PLAYOFF GAME 5 VICTORY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 23, 2015) --- Professional wrestler and Nashville Predators superfan Eric Young led a thunderous capacity crowd in the National Anthem before the NHL Playoffs game five opening puck drop, inspiring a crushing victory over the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at Bridgestone Arena and seen in homes across America on NBC Sports Network and locally on Fox Sports Tennessee.As a professional wrestler I’ve heard my fair share of loud crowds,” said Young. “The electricity and excitement of the Predators fans was insane tonight. Being on the ice and leading the crowd in the National Anthem ahead of such an important game is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.”
While the Predators make the run for the Stanley Cup, Young’s quest for Championship gold continues on the April 24 edition of IMPACT WRESTLING when he faces current TNA World Title holder and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle. IMPACT WRESTLING airs Fridays at 9/8c on Destination America.
Professional wrestler and TNA Superstar Eric Young leads a sold-out Nashville Predators crowd in a rousing rendition of the National Anthem ahead of game five of the NHL Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks. Young can be seen on IMPACT WRESTLING airing Fridays at 9/8c on Destination America.
Agree on all except last one good luck bud! https://t.co/T9VmAtqrEK— Eric Young (@TheEricYoung) April 23, 2015
@TheEricYoung good game. See ya Saturday.— Coach (@CMPunk) April 24, 2015
This Friday, Mickie James has asked for an opportunity to address the IMPACT WRESTLING fans and locker room. What does Mickie have in-store for her future – not just in TNA, but in professional wrestling?
Mickie returned to TNA back in January in support of her fiancé and father of her child Magnus. With the personal issue with Bram behind them, the timing of this announcement is curious. ImpactWrestling.com has reached out to Mickie James for a comment.
Mickie James is one of the most decorated female performers in the history of professional wrestling. She is the only wrestler to ever hold the TNA Knockouts Championship, Divas Championship and WWE Womens' Championship - every major title.
Could Mickie be announcing that she's going to make another run for the Knockouts Championship? Could she be hanging up her boots? Or, could it be something completely different? When you're talking about a woman as respected and accomplished as Mickie James, who could even venture a guess as to what she'll do next?
If you have an idea, sound off on Twitter using the hashtag #MickieAnnouncement! Then, don't miss Mickie James' big reveal this Friday on a special 'TKO: A Night of Knockouts' edition of IMPACT WRESTLING!
Senior Manager, Digital Content & Engagement
Department: Consumer Engagement
Reports directly to: Director of Consumer Engagement
TNA’s Senior Manager of Digital Content and Engagement must be a highly motivated, organized individual with experience and a passion for content creation, community engagement and campaign activation. A relationship builder, the employee will partner cross-functionally to develop and implement digital engagement strategies in support of TNA products and properties.
This position will serve as editor of TNA’s digital content calendar and will be accountable for overseeing the creation and dissemination of timely, dynamic, interactive and engaging content across owned and paid platforms, including impactwrestling.com and TNA’s social channels.
The employee will also develop strategies to grow and enhance engagement via TNA’s social media channels, including partnering with sponsors and talent.
As a leader within the Consumer Engagement Team, the employee will use strong communications skills to develop and pitch concepts, as well as share analysis to fellow team members and executives.
The employee will exude an enthusiasm for learning and experimenting with current and developing trends, technologies and methodologies to proactively cultivate loyalists and amplify advocates.
- Develop and implement content engagement strategies to exceed ratings and revenue goals.
- Manage the day-to-day activities of TNA’s digital platforms, including website and social channels.
- Partner with internal clients to understand business needs and develop solutions to boost consumer engagement and profitability.
- Oversee development and execution of daily content calendar, including plotting digital marketing campaign(s) activation and asset needs.
- Manage vendors and independent contractors in development of content and assets.
- Manage the performance and effectiveness of content, using analysis to inform future methodologies and approaches. Effectively use data to share a narrative, including trends, with fellow team members and partners.
- Capture and curate data to cultivate consumer relationships and exceed profitability goals; oversee database management and customer relationship management tools.
- Accountable for continuous learning – understanding best practices, trends, methodologies and technologies/platforms in an ever-changing landscape.
- Foster relationships and establish credibility among TNA team members and partners.
- Energetic, inquisitive and collaborative with a great attitude and high aptitude.
- Minimum four years demonstrated experience leading content strategy development and implementation on behalf of a brand.
- Results-oriented professional with documented digital marketing strategy development, implementation and analysis experience. Success is this position will rely, in part, on the ability to handle day-to-day operations, while also investing time in long-term strategic planning.
- Must have and retain great skill in data management and analysis.
- Strong written, oral and interpersonal communications skills. Excellent copy editing skills required.
- Extremely detail-oriented and driven to exceed goals.
- Ability to quickly assess business needs and make informed decisions.
- Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends
- Occasional travel.
TNA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons because of age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, gender, ethnic or national origin, or veteran status. TNA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
April 17, 2015 | Tag Team Gold
Qualifying Tag Team Contest | The Hardys vs. The Revolution
James Storm and Khoya attack The Hardys before the bell. The Hardys ground Khoya and send James Storm flying into the guardrail. Jeff leaps from the apron with a cross body to Storm; Matt jumps at Khoya. Khoya catches Matt and drives him into the steel steps.
Jeff rolls into the ring as Storm steals and uses a fan’s replica title belt to take a cheap shot on Matt. Storm and Khoya methodically isolate and double team Matt Hardy. Storm connects with a double knee facebreaker; Khoya follows it up with a clothesline.
Storm and Khoya exchange tags again as the crowd comes to life behind Matt. Matt counters Storm with a Side Effect before making the hot tag to Jeff. Jeff unleashes his fury on The Revolution. A distraction by Khoya allows Storm a cheap shot.
Jeff Hardy battles back with an attempted Twist of Fate to Storm – and Khoya. Both counter, but Jeff ducks and Storm nails Khoya with a Last Call! Matt Hardy finally scores a Twist of Fate that sets Khoya up for the Swanton and pin! The Hardys advance to Ultimate X for the TNA World Tag Team Championships.
Winners: The Hardys
Post-match: James Storm attacks Khoya. The Hardys vow to become tag team champions.
Backstage: Eric Young addresses Kurt Angle. He says he wants his title shot, now.
Eric Young plods toward the ring. He declares that he’s a man to be avoided, especially given his mood. He claims to be the number one contender – and says he doesn’t care how many people he has to hurt to get his shot.
Young reference his attack on Lashley following the three way title match last week. Kurt Angle interrupts. Eric Young goes on the offensive and says he sees a man that can be beat – a man that can be hurt.
Angle says Eric Young is blinded by the championship and has turned into a lunatic. Angle confirms the title match for next week and asks Eric Young which version of himself he wishes to be. Angle says he wants to face the old Eric Young.
Angle turns his back, providing Eric Young an opportunity to attack. Eric Young does not.
Backstage: Low Ki and Kenny King bully Rockstar Spud backstage. Mr. Anderson makes the save, but The BDC says Spud is on borrowed time.
Qualifying Tag Team Contest | The BDC vs. Rockstar Spud and Mr. Anderson
Representing The BDC – Low Ki and Kenny King attack Spud before the match officially begins. Capitalizing on their assault, The BDC isolates Spud to continue their demolition. Kenny King mocks Mr. Anderson while Low Ki takes a cheap shot on Spud.
Spud reaches across the ring, but the rapid tags of The BDC never cease, nor does their double team assault. Spud kicks King in the face and crawls toward Mr. Anderson. King connects with a kick to the mid-section and drags Spud back across the ring. Low Ki gets his turn. He locks in a submission and series of strikes before bringing King back into the match.
Spud rolls through a slam from King and makes a pin attempt. Despite having a visual victory, the referee never sees the pin because he’s distracted by Low Ki and Mr. Anderson. When King finally kicks out, Spud connects with an enziguri! Spud almost has the tag when Low Ki rushes across the ring to knock Anderson from the apron!
The BDC is about to double team Spud again, when Anderson charges. He takes out Low Ki and Kenny King before tossing Spud to the corner. He climbs just outside the ropes and makes the official tag.
With a flurry of clotheslines and back elbows, Mr. Anderson takes control of the match. Anderson tags Spud and throws him at Low Ki! Spud connects with a hurricanrana that sends Low Ki flying to the outside! As Spud and Anderson look poised for a double team on King, a chair is slid into the ring.
Anderson ejects the chair, which distracts the referee. Spud connects with an Underdog to King! Spud makes the cover, but Low Ki lands on his back with the Warrior’s Way! King makes the pin and The BDC advances to the Ultimate X match.
Winners: The BDC
Backstage: Ethan Carter III says he’s undefeated; Bram says he’s unstoppable
Backstage: The BDC has a celebratory gathering. MVP says The Rising stood up to get beat down – and just like them, Spud and Anderson did the same. MVP says he wants Angle dealt with. Homicide pulls a razor blade from his mouth and goes off in search of Angle.
Qualifying Tag Team Contest | Tigre Uno and Jay Rios vs. EC3 w/ Tyrus and Bram
Immediately, Tigre Uno sends EC3 into retreat! Tigre Uno launches himself over the top rope, but he’s caught mid-air by Tyrus; Tyrus slams him onto the floor. EC3 gets in some offense before tagging, and unleashing, Bram.
Bram grounds the high flying lucha libre star. Bram and EC3 exchange tags and the methodical pace of the match continues. The crowd alternates between “Tigre Uno” and “EC3” chants.
Bram re-enters the match, missing an elbow drop that allows Tigre Uno to tag in Jay Rios. Rios exponentially increases the pace of the match as he flies from turnbuckles and tope ropes. Rios lands a kick to Bram’s knee and springboards off the ropes with a cutter/neckbreaker!
EC3 makes the save! As Rios comes off the ropes, EC3 uses his arm brace for a cheap shot. Bram connects with the Brighter Side of Suffering. EC3 tags in to make the pin! Ethan Carter III and Bram advance to Ultimate X.
Winners: Ethan Carter III and Bram
Post-match: Bram attempts to confront EC3 about the end of the match tag, but Tyrus steps between them.
Backstage: The Knockouts await a huge announcement.
Backstage: Kurt Angle addresses Eric Young and Homicide.
Christy Hemme says, “One of the big differences between TNA Wrestling and everyone else are the Knockouts.”
The Knockouts emerge, led by the reigning Knockout’s Champion, Taryn Terrell. Gail Kim, Brooke, Angelina Love and Madison Rayne are close behind. Hemme announces that next week will be “TKO,” an entire show dedicated to highlighting the Knockouts!
Angelina Love steals the microphone. She says that despite TKO sounding really exciting, it should really just be a night devoted to her. She reminds the world that she’s the record-setting six-time Knockout’s champion.
Gail interrupts Angelina. She says it’s not about any one Knockout, but about the fans. Madison interrupts Gail. First, Madison moves Angelina out of her way and asks Angelina how many times she’s lost the title to be a six-time champion.
Madison says they’re all forgetting that she’s queen of the division. Christy Hemme takes back her mic to announce a Four Way match to determine the number one contender. She announces the match will be Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne vs. Brooke.
Brooke announces her excitement. She says “three-time Knockout’s champion coming soon” – and that she’s bringing a Texas-sized ass kicking. Hemme asks her if she’s excited before going on to announce that next week will mark the debut of new Knockouts and a main event between Taryn Terrell and Awesome Kong for the Knockout’s Championship!
Taryn says she has passion and that she’ll prove why she’s reigning over the division.
Awesome Kong emerges. As she enters the ring, Taryn attacks. The rest of the Knockouts work to separate them. All hell breaks loose and Knockouts begin flying everywhere. Taryn scales the turnbuckle and takes out the entire division with a diving cross body.
Taryn returns to the ring and hoists her title high into the air.
Backstage: Jessie asks Robbie E to not mess up again. As Robbie E makes his way backstage, Aries and Roode – “The Dirty Heels” – confront him. They tell him he’s the better BroMan – that he more skill, a better body and better hair.
They tell Robbie that if he beats either one of them, he could shoot to the top of the contender’s list for the World Title. Robbie E buys it and Aries and Roode go in search of Jessie.
Qualifying Tag Team Match |The BroMans vs. The Dirty Heels
Jessie and Robbie jockey for camera time before the match. Their dissention continues as they argue over who’ll start the match. Aries flies from the top of the turnbuckle and drops them both with a double clothesline of sorts.
Bobby Roode plants Robbie E with a front slam, then he and Aries double team Robbie. Jessie attempts to make the save, but he’s tossed from the ring for his efforts and the assault on Robbie E continues.
Roode comes off the ropes toward Robbie, but Jessie sweeps his legs from outside the ring. Robbie connects with a back elbow and Jessie forces himself into the match. He commands some offense before screaming to Robbie, “This is how you win a match you idiot!”
Robbie E forces a tag as Jessie turns his back.
Roode counters Robbie’s initial offense, but Robbie’s able to connect with a clothesline from the second rope. Robbie makes a pin attempt; Roode’s out a two. Robbie slaps on a headlock and yells, “That’s how Jessie!”
Robbie E connects with a neckbreaker. Jessie asks for the tag. The BroMans double team Bobby Roode, but their subsequent miscommunication costs them. Roode tags Aries. Aries unleashes on The BroMans until Jessie drops him with a high knee and incredible press slam!
Jessie screams, “This is my time!” as he and Robbie E attempt a BroDown! Roode pulls Robbie from the ring and Aries boxes Jessie’s ears. Aries connects with a discuss forearm. Jessie rolls to the outside and Aries connects with a suicide dive!
Jessie’s back in the ring and Roode whips Aries toward the corner. Aries connects with a running dropkick that flows into a spinebuster from Roode! Aries flies with a 450 splash and makes the pin. “The Dirty Heels,” Roode and Aries, advance to Ultimate X.
Winners: The Dirty Heels
Post-match: The BroMans implode! DJ Z attempts to make the save, but he’s shoved away for his efforts as Jessie and Robbie E leave separately.
Backstage: Homicide attacks Kurt Angle in the parking lot! Their brawl spills into the arena. Homicide holds a chair to Angle’s throat and drives the chair into the ring post. The crowd’s involved with a “Let’s Go Angle” chant that’s countered with a “BDC” chant.
Angle slaps on an ankle lock – and the rest of The BDC attacks. MVP delivers the Black Out Kick. The Rising (Drew Galloway, Eli Drake and Mica) come to Angle’s aid and leave Angle and MVP in the ring alone.
As MVP’s about to take the last shot with a chair, Eric Young intervenes. MVP backs down and Eric Young picks up the chair. When Angle rises, Young drops the chair and retreats.
Ultimate X Match | The Hardys vs. The BDC vs. EC3 and Bram vs. The Dirty Heels
The four teams brawl all over the ring at the opening bell. After disposing of their opponents, The Hardys and the Dirty Heels (Aries/Roode) come face-to-face. The Dirty Heels gain the advantage after Roode drops Jeff with a clothesline and Aries connects with a discuss forearm to Matt!
The BDC and EC3 & Bram make their way back into the match. The BDC takes control of the Hardys as EC3 and Bram square off with The Dirty Heels. When The Hardys and the Dirty Heels are taken out, The BDC meets EC3 and Bram!
The BDC is sent to the outside where Tyrus attacks. In the ring, Bram shoves EC3 and instructs him to climb the Ultimate X structure to retrieve the gold. EC3 references his arm brace, arguing that it prevents him from climbing. He withdraws a ladder from beneath the ring!
EC3 and Bram use the ladder to begin their ascent. The Hardys make the save and use the ladder as a weapon to dismantle EC3 and Bram, then Aries and Roode. The Hardys begin climbing the structure! The BDC joins them.
All four men scurry towards the Tag Team Championships, until Tyrus begins shaking the entire structure and one-by-one, they all fall down! Tyrus slides into the ring and wreaks havoc on the Hardys and The BDC! Tyrus allows EC3 to climb onto his shoulders. As he moves toward the center of the ring, Austin Aries connects with a missile dropkick to Tyrus’ face!
Bram drops Aries with a savage clothesline before mounting a ladder against the turnbuckle. He whips Aries toward the ladder, but Aries counters with a discuss forearm that sets Bram up for a diving neckbreaker from Roode!
The Dirty Heels send Bram crashing into the ladder! Aries connects with a running dropkick and Roode finishes him with a spinebuster. Roode climbs the structure and guides his hands along the wire, with his feet on Aries’ shoulders. Homicide interferes, taking out Roode and Aries!
Matt Hardy catches Homicide with a Side Effect, and then he and Kenny King begin climbing the ladder. They brawl atop the ladder, until Hardy tips the scales and connects with a Twist of Fate from the ladder!
The moment Matt Hardy’s hands touch the titles, Low Ki flies from out of nowhere onto the ladder! He battles both of the Hardys. He alternates between punching Matt and swinging from the wires, kicking toward Jeff who’s walking on top of the wires! A well-placed kick sends Matt flying off the ladder, but Matt comes off the ropes and shoves the ladder away.
Like Jeff, Low Ki hangs from the ropes! Jeff kicks Low Ki and he loses his grip. Low Ki crashes onto the mat. Jeff hangs on until Matt replaces the ladder and joins his brother at the top to claim the TNA World Tag Team Championships for the first time in their careers!
Winners: The Hardys