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IMPACT WRESTLING TV Taping
Doors Open at 6:30 PM/Show Starts at 7:30 PM
Royal Palace Theatre
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

 

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING Brings Pay-Per-View to Roanoake Rapids, NC With One Night Only:  Rivals!

WHEN:
Saturday, September 6, 2014
7:30 p.m.

EVENT DETAILS:

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW at www.royalpalacetheatre.com and at 252.536.5577

See all of your favorite IMPACT WRESTLING Superstars for this amazing pay-per-view event including Jeff Hardy vs MVP, Mr. Anderson vs James Storm, Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell and more!  Come an hour early for photos and autographs at the Fist-Pumpin' Pre-Show Party hosted by Rockstar Spud and DJ Z, free with your ticket.  Fist-pump your way through the pre-show party and into the exciting in-ring action brought by the most dynamic and athletic wrestlers in the world.

VIDEO:  EXPERIENCE THE FIST-PUMPIN' PRE-SHOW PARTY

 

WHERE:

Royal Palace Theatre
500 Carolina Crossroads Parkway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

WHO:

Jeff Hardy vs Magnus

Bobby Roode vs MVP

Eric Young vs Abyss

EC3 vs Austin Aries

Mr. Anderson vs James Storm

Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell

Bram vs Gunner

Samoa Joe vs Sanada vs DJ Z vs Rockstar Spud

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*Superstars listed are subject to change

 

 

 

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Impact Coverage by Bobby James

July 17, 2014

From the Manhattan Center in New York City, IMPACT Wrestling opens with Kurt Angle reintroducing TNA’s iconic 6-sided ring!

Taz enters through the crowd and says he was part of the last wrestling revolution – the crowd chants “ECW!”  Taz declares that the locker room is full of men and women who will lead the next wrestling revolution – “The mood is about to change!”

Bully Ray and “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer enter the IMPACT Zone.  Bully praises NYC as the greatest wrestling city on the planet and promises tonight will take the wrestling world by storm!  He vows to make good on his promise to put TNA President Dixie Carter through a table!


The crowd chants “We want tables!” Tommy Dreamer takes the mike and reminisces about a special night in 1997 – when wrestlers like Bully Ray and himself were given national exposure for the first time.  He thanks fans for their continued support.

EC3 and Rhino interrupt.  EC3 says Bully is only putting his Aunt D through a table over his dead body.  Rhino threatens the crowd and says they should respect EC3 because he’s a Carter, to which they respond, “You sold out!”

As EC3 begins to talk, the crowd chants “You can’t wrestle,” to which EC3 replies, “I disagree – I’m very good!” Then he refers to NYC as “The big crap-ple!”

Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer attack! 

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MATCH #1:

BULLY RAY & TOMMY DREAMER vs. EC3 & RHINO

EC3 and Bully Ray are in the ring to start.  Bully, with a hot crowd behind him, keeps EC3 reeling in the corner with a series of punishing chops.  He tags Tommy Dreamer.  Dreamer hammers EC3 with his own series of chops before hitting a suplex.  Bully and Dreamer exchange tags, until EC3 makes the tag in Rhino, who rushes into the ring and dominates.

EC3 tags back into the bout, but misses a diving attack that allows Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer to shift the momentum.  Across the ring from one another, Bully and Tommy mount a series of punches on their opponents.  Rockstar Spud enters the IMPACT Zone to cause a distraction.

Following Spud’s intervention, Rhino changes the complexion of the match.  EC3 continues to build upon Rhino’s advantage, but Dreamer is able to make the tag to Bully.  Dreamer and Bully toss Rhino from the ring and double team EC3 for a two-count!  Rhino attacks Bully and Dreamer and then takes his assault on Bully to the outside. 

Spud hops onto the apron to provide another distraction, which EC3 uses to roll up Tommy Dreamer for the win. 

Winners:  EC3 & Rhino

Backstage:  Kurt Angle says the fans are ready for some X-Division action before announcing Austin Aries will compete in an 8-man gauntlet match for the X-Division Championship!

[PAGE BREAK]

Backstage:  James Storm confronts and slaps Sanada.  Storm says Sanada is too disciplined and that he’ll end up a loser and choke artist. 

 

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MATCH #2:

Gauntlet Match for the X-Division Championship

AUSTIN ARIES (c) vs. EDDIE EDWARDS / TBA

Austin Aries squares off against tag team champion Eddie Edwards.  Mike Tenay reminds fans that tonight’s contest is an over-the-top-rope elimination style match.  He says a new competitor will enter every 90 seconds!

Edwards and Aries are so evenly matched that before either can gain the advantage, Christy Hemme is counting down from ten and Manik enters the bout! Manik infuses the match with a substantial amount of electricity – the pace drastically quickens until Davey Richards is announced as the fourth competitor. 

The Wolves work together against Manik until Aries reenters the fray.  DJ Z is the fifth entrant into the match.  As soon as DJ Z enters the ring, he’s dropped to the canvas.  Bodies are flying everywhere when Manik leaps from the turnbuckle and catches DJ Z with a hurricanrana that sends both competitors to the arena floor.  Manik and DJ Z are eliminated. 

Crazy Steve and Tigre Uno have joined the match when IMPACT returns from the break.  Sanada is announced as the final competitor.  Sanada blitzes the ring and leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. 

Crazy Steve sprays Tigre Uno with silly string before eliminating him. The Wolves eliminate Crazy Steve!  Sanada then reverses the charges of The Wolves and eliminates the tag team champions.  Christy Hemme announces the match is now scheduled for one fall.

Aries sends Sanada flying from the ring, then drives Sanada into the barricade with a racing suicide dive!  After some back and forth action, Sanada hits Aries with a springboard clothesline and a bridging pin attempt.  Aries out at two!

Sanada attempts a moonsault, but Aries counters and attempts a knee breaker that Sanada reverses into a Tiger suplex!  Sanada misses another attempt at his moonsault and is caught by Aries with two discuss forearms and a brainbuster! 

Winner:  Austin Aries

Backstage:  Bobby Roode and Eric Young are backstage talking about teaming up.  They discuss MVP being their common enemy and their upcoming match against MVP and Kenny King.

Backstage:  James Storm greets Sanada backstage.  Storm calls him a loser then savagely attacks him before yelling, “Muta is a fraud, and so are you!”

Backstage:  Dixie Carter has arrived.

Backstage:  Jeff Hardy hypes his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Lashley. 

MVP says despite having a torn meniscus, he’s in the ring to compete.  Kenny King says he can beat Bobby Roode and Eric Young by himself.  MVP says he’ll still compete, but that he’ll do so “under protest.” 

 

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MATCH #3:

MVP & KENNY KING vs. BOBBY ROODE & ERIC YOUNG

Kenny King trash talks Eric Young to start the match, earning himself some aggressive offense from EY.  Eric Young dominates Kenny King and scores an impressive dropkick!  EY drags Kenny King to his corner and tags Booby Roode. 

King is able to shift the advantage and tag out to MVP.  While Kenny King holds Roode’s arms, MVP begins climbing into the ring.  Roode escapes the hold and MVP rushes back to the outside, allowing Roode and EY to double team Kenny King.   

MVP hits EY with a cheap shot, distracting the former champion long enough to be hung up on the top rope by Kenny King.  King and MVP capitalize and mount a series of double-team attacks.  King sets EY on the top rope, but he counters with a flying cross body, then tags Bobby Roode. 

Bobby Roode locks in a cross-face on MVP!  King breaks the hold.  EY sends King to the outside.  MVP assaults Bobby Roode with a crutch, earning the disqualification.  After the match, MVP and Kenny King continue their assault on EY and Bobby Roode with the crutches.

Winners:  Bobby Roode & Eric Young (via DQ)

 

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MATCH #4:

No Disqualification

BRITTANY vs. MADISON RAYNE

Madison Rayne jumps on Brittany with a Thez press as the bell sounds.  Madison dominates early-on with a series of clotheslines before driving Brittany face-first into several turnbuckles.


Brittany headbutts Madison, then flips to the outside.  Madison hits Brittany with a baseball slide then scores a flying cross-body.  Madison attempts a suplex on the ramp, but Brittany counters with a back drop. 

Brittany drives Madison hard into the apron, then rolls her into the ring.  Brittany attempts a pin following a side Russian leg sweep.  Madison begins fighting back, but all her efforts are thwarted by Brittany – who tosses Madison to the outside. 

Madison counters a DDT attempt with a suplex.  Madison rolls Brittany back into the ring and is finally able to mount some offense.  Madison hits Brittany in the side of the head with stiff kick, but Brittany powers out of the pin attempt.

Madison drops Brittany for the three-count.

Winner:  Madison Rayne

Backstage:  Dixie Carter says she’s in New York city because she owns TNA and because, unlike Bully Ray, she’s more bite than bark. 

Backstage:  Kurt Angle and Austin Aries discuss “Option C.”

 

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MAIN EVENT:

TNA World Heavyweight Championship

JEFF HARDY vs. BOBBY LASHLEY (c)

Christy Hemme introduces “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy first.  Hardy’s followed by the World Heavyweight Champion, Lashley. 

The crowd is vocally behind Jeff Hardy as the opening bell sounds.  Lashley dominates early with a hard clothesline and a spear into the turnbuckle.  As Lashley attempts another turnbuckle assault, Hardy counters, sending the champion flying across the ring. 

Lashley rolls out of the ring and Jeff Hardy flies over the top rope with a cross-body.  Hardy positions the steel steps – in an effort to mount some kind of offense.  Lashley counters, sending Hardy crashing down shoulder and face-first onto the unforgiving steel.

Lashley whips Hardy back-first into the steps before returning the action to the ring.  Lashley chokes Hardy on the middle rope and continues his in-ring dominance.  Hardy fights out of a torture rack and shifts the momentum in his direction.

Hardy battles back with a series of offensive moves including a dropkick and the Whisper in the Wind.  Lashley hoists Hardy up for a slam, but Hardy reverses and nails the Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs the turnbuckle and comes crashing down with a Swanton Bomb!  He covers, but Lashley powers out at two. 

Hardy takes the action outside and slams Lashley face-first onto the steel steps.  As Lashley lies motionless on the stairs, Hardy climbs the turnbuckle and attempts a second Swanton, but Lashley moves and Hardy crashes hard on the steel! 

Capitalizing on Hardy’s misfortune, Lashley tosses his challenger into the ring and stalks him until tearing Hardy in half with a massive spear!


Winner:  Bobby Lashley

Backstage:  Kurt Angle says Bobby Lashley has proven that he’s the champion, when Dixie Carter passes by and says she’s going to the ring to talk to her people. 

Backstage:  MVP, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King are celebrating, when Kurt Angle walks in and books MVP vs. Bobby Roode in a Falls Count Anywhere match next week!

 

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In the ring, Rockstar Spud introduces “The only flower in the Big Apple” and “The most influential woman in all of professional wrestling…” Madame Dixie Carter!

Dixie is escorted to the ring by EC3 and Rhino.  She begins by insulting the New York City crowd.  She says she appreciates the love they feel for her, but that she doesn’t feel the same about them.  She calls NYC a dump and says, “I had to wear extra sparkles tonight, guys – just to give a little shine to this place.”

She refers to NYC as a classless place and that they’re all like Tommy Dreamer.  She says Dreamer came back begging her to fix professional wrestling – but you don’t fix what’s already perfect. 

Her focus then shifts to Bully Ray, who she says she’ll continue to put through table after table. 

Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer enter the IMPACT Zone carrying a table with “DIXIE” painted on it.  Bully and Dreamer attack Rhino, EC3 and Spud.  Bully climbs the turnbuckle and as Dreamer begins hoisting Dixie up to Bully Ray, her henchmen make the save.  Dixie and Co. retreat, but Devon returns and tosses EC3 back into the ring. 

The crowd chants “Tables! Tables! Tables!”  Team 3D sends EC3 crashing through a table and they celebrate as IMPACT goes off the air.

We are excited to announce that TNA World Heavyweight Champion LASHLEY has signed a deal with Bellator MMA and is set to make his debut on September 5th at Bellator 123. Lashley (10-2) will face Josh Burns (8-7) in a heavyweight clash.

The Bellator 123 card will be headlined by a Featherweight Title fight between Pat Curran and Patricio Pitbull. TNA and Bellator superstar King Mo will also compete on the card, making this a can’t miss event for any TNA or MMA fan!

Bellator 123 takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on September 5th and will be broadcast LIVE and FREE on Spike TV!

 

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 Team3D

TNA Hall of Famers and the most decorated tag team in the history of professional wrestling, Team 3D certainly have an argument as being the very best tag team of all time. At Slammiversary, the wrestling world was shocked to see the return of Devon to TNA and the announcement that the duo had been selected to join the exclusive ranks of the TNA Hall of Fame.

Fans were surprised yet again when Devon emerged this past Thursday on IMPACT to clean house and help Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer in their battle against EC3 and Rhino.

Team 3D has faced off against the very best teams all over the world and here we look back at some of their greatest feuds.

 

Team 3D vs Beer Money

 

Double championship belts on the line in this classic feud between Team 3D and Beer Money. Taken from Lockdown 2009, this was a wild and raucous match between two iconic tag teams with both the TNA and IWGP Tag Team Titles on the line.

 

 

Team 3D vs The Steiner Brothers

 

A 2-Out-Of-3 Tables Match from Bound For Glory 2007, Team 3D and The Steiner Brothers went all out in this battle of legendary proportions. The Steiner Brothers, much like 3D, are widely considered one of the best tag teams in history. A little help from the Motor City Machine Guns gave The Steiner Brothers the win here — but this would not be the last team these two iconic teams would meet!

Team 3D vs Motor City Machine Guns

Team 3D also had a legendary feud with the Motor City Machine Guns, that is still talked about as one of the most important tag team feuds in TNA history. Several matches took place in this feud and this one shows off the incredible chemistry the two teams had during a 2010 Xplosion taping!

 

Team 3D vs LAX

 

One of the most shocking, literally, feuds in TNA history was none other than Team 3D and LAX. This feud was brutal, even leading to an electrified steel cage match between the two teams.

With Team 3D back in TNA, the entire tag team division must be on high alert — don’t miss this Thursday’s IMPACT to see what happens when Team 3D arrive in their hometown of NYC! 9/8c on Spike TV!

 

Last night, a severe beatdown was taking place and it was Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer at the brunt of the attack. It seemed as though the Carters had really taken figured out a way to get rid of Bully and Dreamer. Then things all changed with a very unforgettable “WHASSSSUP” over the PA system.

To the surprise of fans throughout New York City, Devon emerged and took to the ring to make the save of his longtime friends. That’s right, the Hall of Fame tag team, Team 3D, is back together and looking for a fight. As Dixie Carter bragged about her plans and seeming victory over Bully and Dreamer, the odds seem to have now swung back into the favor of Bully Ray.

We’re told that Kurt Angle is wasting no time and will be announcing plans for Devon’s in-ring return soon. What will happen next, as all hell breaks loose? Don’t miss IMPACT next Thursday at 9/8c on Spike TV!

 

Last night on Twitter, Dixie Carter announced her intentions to appear on this Thursday’s episode of IMPACT on Spike TV at 9/8c. The show will feature her nephew Ethan Carter III and hired gun Rhino taking on the team of Dixie’s most intense foes, Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer. Dixie bravely announced “nothing could keep me away from NYC,” but the question remains: what happens when she arrives?

We all know that Bully is on the hunt for Dixie and has promised fans for weeks that he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on Carter and put her through a table. It certainly seems as though Carter is not afraid of coming into Bully Ray’s hometown — and that could be because, thus far, it has been the Carters who put Bully Ray through not 1, not 2, but 3 tables!

Plus, with the recent hiring and shocking return of Rhino, it seems like Dixie may have ensured her protection. However, the thing all IMPACT fans know is that you can never count out Bully Ray or Tommy Dreamer. These two kings of extreme always manage to find a way to overcome the odds… Will they do it again!?

Don’t miss IMPACT this Thursday on Spike TV at 9/8c!

 

 

Kurt Angle insists that Willow allow Jeff Hardy to returnIt’s an absolute understatement to say that Thursday night has been highly-anticipated by wrestling fans for months. For the first time ever, IMPACT WRESTLING  will be broadcast from the world-famous Manhattan Center in New York City. The arena will be packed, the atmosphere electric and history will be made… a fact not lost on TNA’s new Executive Director, Kurt Angle.

As one of pro wrestling’s greatest competitors, Angle understands the need to seize a special moment, and there’s no better way to do that than with a World Title match. He already has a special Champion – love him or hate him, Lashley’s combination of power, speed and brutality makes him the most physically-dominant TNA titleholder in years. However, this special moment would also require a special challenger, and the Olympic Gold Medalist knew just who to call: Jeff Hardy.

There was just one problem - the man who answers to that name had been absent from TNA for months. In his place was an unhinged, maniacal, suspiciously similar-looking masked man named Willow.  While dangerous in his own right, Willow’s motivations were clearly not steeped in winning, losing or anything else based in reality.  He was a warrior, for sure…  but he wasn’t a winner. He wasn’t a champion.

On last week’s IMPACT, Angle focused his efforts on convincing Willow to “step aside” to allow for the return of Jeff Hardy. Angle believed that he could persuade Hardy to seize this special moment, but he needed a testing ground. That came in the form of a 20-man battle royal, with the winner receiving the upcoming title shot. In the end, Hardy returned with the renewed focus that Angle was looking for, leading to a victory, a celebration, and a one-way trip to the biggest title match of the year.

As a former three-time TNA World Champion, we know that Hardy is good enough to hold the gold, but is he mentally ready for this match? Consider this: the emotionally-charged “charismatic enigma” slid into the shadows months ago due to conflicts with then-TNA President Dixie Carter.  With Dixie no longer in power, Jeff hardy and Lashley Face off at the end of IMPACT WRESTLINGHardy has returned of his own accord with the sense of freedom that he’s always thrived in. 

When in the right mindset, Hardy is no longer the reckless daredevil he was pegged as in his early days.  With a more well-rounded life, ring strategy and overall approach to life, Hardy has allowed himself to grow, evolve and become a much more complete wrestler than he was even a fewy ears ago, and that’s a good thing.  From his recent times behind the mask, we know that he still has those urges, but imagine if he can harness that instinct? If he’s found the balance to control his wild side and unleash it when the time is right, there’s absolutely no telling how high he can fly… possibly all the way to a championship victory on Thursday night.

Let’s also remember that Hardy may have the most passionate, supportive fans in all of TNA. He truly thrives off of that relationship, and his return to New York, the site of some of his most memorable career moments, will undoubtedly produce a dynamic atmosphere like no other.  When he walks through that curtain, expect to feel the earth rumble all the way to your living rooms, and that energy could push Hardy to near-unbeatable territory.

Credit Kurt Angle with recognizing this special moment, but now, it’s up to Jeff Hardy. Can he make IMPACT WRESTLING’s NYC debut the most special night of his career?

 

Former World Champion Eric Young is known for being “Just Crazy Enough” (Eric Young's "Just Crazy Enough" t-shirt at ShopTNA.com).  He is never afraid to take on any challenge. He even made a TV show about doing the craziest things imaginable because his wrestling career wasn’t difficult enough. Needless to say, TNA fans can appreciate a certain amount of crazy thanks to Young’s wild side…

However, for the past few weeks, a type of crazy has been rearing its head that is uncomfortable – especially for the beautiful Madison Rayne, who has been the target of the crazy.

Newcomer Brittany said that Madison was her wrestling idol and went out of her way to get close to the Knockout, often times at the expense of Rayne. Brittany would cost Madison matches, be lurking around every corner backstage and showing signs that she might be a little too fascinated with the former Knockouts Champion. However, most accepted it as trying to impress her role model and trying to make new friends in a difficult environment.

That all began to change over the last couple of weeks. First, Brittany stood by as the Beautiful People cheated to pick up a victory over Madison. Then, it all became clear. Brittany called Madison to the ring, feigned an apology and then savagely attacked her former hero before uttering the phrase “Never meet your idols… they ALWAYS let you down.”

Now, Madison Rayne has revenge on her mind and has demanded a match against Brittany. Kurt Angle obliged and even added a special stipulation fitting of these unusual circumstances… Madison Rayne will get a shot at Brittany and it will be a No Disqualification Match.

One of two things can be expected here: first, if Brittany can shine and defeat the former Knockouts Champion, it should skyrocket her value and potentially even put her in line for a KO Title shot. OR, Madison Rayne will have the opportunity to show Brittany what the Knockouts Division is all about — hopefully putting an end to the chaos that Brittany has brought with her.

Do not miss this incredible Knockouts action this Thursday at 9/8c on Spike TV!

 

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This week on IMPACT, Bobby Roode and Eric Young are set to team up against MVP and Kenny King. Since MVP arrived, the biggest thorn in his side has been the It Factor of Professional Wrestling and that certainly shows no signs of slowing down now that Roode has been reinstated by Executive Director Kurt Angle.

Roode has made his intent clear. He wants to personally conquer MVP, Kenny King and Lashley for the weeks of suspensions, beat downs and more that he has been forced to deal with. Finally getting his hands on MVP will certainly be exciting for Roode — and something you will not want to miss, when it airs on Spike TV at 9/8c in New York City’s Manhattan Center!

Here, we look back at the problems Bobby Roode has been forced to overcome.

 

 

The first sign that things weren’t quite right with MVP’s reign as Director of Wrestling Operations came when he suspended Bobby Roode from IMPACT. After a blow-up between the two, Roode was sent home to “cool off” and was kept at home for over a month – even being forced to miss Slammiversary.

Fans overwhelmingly responded with a #BringBackBobby campaign on Social Media, but it seemed we were doomed to MVP’s tyrannical rules and reign. Until…

MVP’s crusade became clear with Roode out of the picture, he wanted the perfect opportunity to seize the World Title. After suffering a serious knee injury, MVP was taken out of the mix but the stars did align for his faction when Lashley unleashed his wrath on Eric Young and won the World Title at IMPACT, live in Bethlehem, PA.

The beatdown that followed was unnecessary, but led to Roode’s shocking return – charing through the packed crowd, hopping the railing and saving his longtime friend from further harm.

After many weeks of clearly abusing his power, change began to come. This started when officials from TNA’s Board of Directors arrived at IMPACT and revealed that they too were unhappy with MVP’s behavior and removed him from power. This paved the way for the Board of Directors to announce their choice as the new Executive Director of TNA: Kurt Angle. Angle made known his intentions to right the wrongs of both MVP and Dixie Carter and that started with the immediate reinstatement of Bobby Roode.

The reinstatement hasn’t been easy for Roode thus far, however. Facing beatdowns from Team MVP seemingly out of nowhere, Roode had his work cut out for him. This led to wild brawls and a match against Kenny King that saw the two fight all throughout the arena. Ultimately, Roode picked up the win against King and went into the Battle Royal to determine a new #1 Contender for Lashley as a big favorite.

However, more funny business from MVP and Kenny King led to Roode being eliminated. Now, with weeks of pent up rage, Roode will finally get his hands on MVP for the first time this Thursday. Joining Roode in his fight is another man who has dealt with his fair share of injustice due to Team MVP: former World Champion Eric Young.

One has to assume that these two former partners and longtime friends will do whatever it takes to make MVP and Kenny King pay for the chaos they’ve caused. Plus, with MVP milking his injury, it will be interesting to see just how hurt he really is when he steps back into the ring for the first time in over a month!

Don’t miss IMPACT this Thursday on Spike TV at 9/8c.

By Gerry Strauss
@gerrystrauss

Nearly two decades ago, the landscape of professional wrestling was changed forever by a ragtag group of unpolished, untamed animals cutting their teeth in a dirty, sweaty bingo hall in South Philadelphia. The wrestling world watched in awe as these unorthodox warriors beat each other to their physical limits, all in the spirit of violence, aggression and the u broken bonds of respect and brotherhood that came with it. They weren't all friends, and in time, they'd all eventually go their separate ways in the industry. However, without a word being spoken, the understanding remained that they were a fraternity for life. Would they battle? Absolutely, but more importantly, they'd all remain loyal to the rebellious, anti-establishment spirit that they once shared.

Rhino Gores Bully Ray upon his return to IMPACT WRESTLINGTwo weeks ago on Impact, Bully Ray found himself in a familiar situation. For months, his one-man crusade against Dixie Carter has been his singular focus, and in typicaly Bully Ray fashion, he's been anything but shy about his ultimate goal: to put the divine Ms Carter through a table in vicious fashion.  On this night, as Bully was doing battle with Carter's nephew, ECIII, fellow hardcore alumni Rhino appeared, presumably to help his brother-in-arms even the odds against Carter's cronies. Instead, the "War Machine" did the unthinkable, turning his attention towards Bully and flattening him with his unstoppable "Gore". 

Just as he'd begun to turn the corner in his war against Dixie, Bully Ray had been betrayed - not just by a former friend, but by a brother.

Last week, an enraged Bully Ray demanded answers... and boy, did he get them when Rhino arrived for a public face-to-face meeting and made it very clear that hisRhino Beats up on Bully Ray with EC3 Looking on allegiances were with Dixie Carter. He hypocritically accused Bully of stabbing his friends in the back, while Bully shot back that he needed to take responsibility for getting fired from every major company he'd worked for over the past decade. Clearl;y, Rhino's treachery was still a shock to Bully, who uncharacteristically left himself susceptible for yet abother thunderous "Gore"... only to be saved by a fellow "extremist" who truly values the ideals of brotherhood,  Tommy Dreamer.  

Now, the long-raging war has expanded, and the battle lines are clearly drawn. Oe one side stands the defiant Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer, two men whom have proven that they can rely on one another through thick and thin. On the other side stands Dixie Carter, her family, her lackeys, and - most importantly, her money, and those whom will sell their soul for it. Will Rhino’s decision make him a rich man – or a target? More importantly, what other tricks does a desperate Dixie have up her sleeve, and can two “Innovators of Violence” survive the onslaught alone… or will their hardcore legacy finally come to an end at the hands of the Carter family?