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IMPACT Coverage by Bobby James
September 10, 2014

Emanating from New York City, IMPACT Wrestling opens with a performance of the national anthem by the New York City Joint Service Color Guard. “The Star Spangled Banner” gives way to the debut of Sergeant Chris Melendez, a US war veteran, on the eve of September 11. 

Chris Melendez vs. DJ Z

The crowd vocally supports the debuting Chris Melendez against his opponent, DJ Z.  Melendez gains commands an early advantage, drawing a loud “USA” chant from the crowd. From behind, DJ Z chop blocks Melendez’s leg.

DJ Z’s offense is short-lived, however, as Melendez valiantly fights back into the match, catching DJ Z with a Samoan drop to secure the victory in his debut match.

Winner:  Chris Melendez


“The It Factor,” Bobby Roode addresses the fans while praising Eric Young. Roode claims to be ready to reclaim his spot atop TNA.  MVP, Kenny King and Lashley interrupt. MVP says facing Lashley is a reality, not a movie that ends happily ever after.  He claims that the best Bobby Roode can hope for is a short hospital stay.

Roode says he knows Lashley could destroy him, but that his heart and passion are enough to overcome “The Destroyer.” MVP, Kenny King and Lashley attack Bobby Roode.  Samoa Joe and Eric Young clear the ring.  Joe issues a challenge to Roode’s assailants; they accept.



Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe and Eric Young vs. Lashley, MVP and Kenny King

Lashley, MVP and Kenny King stand grouped at the bottom of the ramp. Samoa Joe launches himself through the ropes with a suicide dive. Joe and Kenny King start the match, which the X-Division Champion dominates early.

King drops Joe’s throat across the top rope, then misses a springboard assault. Joe tags Eric Young as MVP enters the match. Young appears evenly matched against MVP, until Kenny King drops him with a cheap shot, allowing MVP to bring in the World Champion, Lashley.

Lashley proves to be a dominant opponent by keeping Eric Young grounded.  Lashley, Kenny King and MVP exchange tags, isolating Eric Young. Lashley locks in a cross armbreaker, which Eric Young counters into a powerbomb!

The powerbomb creates enough separation to allow MVP and Bobby Roode to be tagged into the match. MVP attempts a Drive By but Bobby Roode counters and secures the win after a Roode Bomb!

Winners:  Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe and Eric Young



Backstage: Brittany approaches Gunner, inquiring about Samuel Shaw’s relationship status.  

The BroMans and The Beautiful People enter the arena, to face off against The Menagerie. 

The BroMans and Velvet Sky vs. The Menagerie

Crazy Steve and Jessie start the match. Crazy Steve blows a kiss to Velvet, to the dismay of Robbie E. Robbie E tags himself into the match, but runs in circles, trying to escape the Menagerie’s crazed clown. 

Robbie E tags out to “Mr. Pectacular,” Jessie Godderz. Jessie poses in the ring and The Freak mockingly hops onto the apron. Crazy Steve jumps onto Jessie’s shoulders, biting Jessie in the head!  Jessie stumbles toward his corner and Robbie E nails a cheap shot.

Robbie E and Jessie double team Crazy Steve.  Crazy Steve counters a double suplex into a double DDT. Crazy Steve tags Rebel, who makes her in-ring debut. Rebel assumes control of Velvet Sky, but The BroMans interrupt her pin attempt.

Knux rushes into the ring and drops The BroMans with a cross-body. Crazy Steve stalks and grabs Velvet. Velvet screams, but she’s silenced by a kiss from the clown! Rebel takes advantage of a disoriented Velvet by slamming her down to the mat.  Rebel climbs the turnbuckle only to find herself distracted by Angelina Love.

Rebel kicks Angelina in the head, but the distraction allows Velvet to grab a handful of tights to secure the pin.   

Winners:  The BroMans and Velvet Sky

Backstage: Kurt Angle addresses EC3’s criticism.



Backstage:  Team 3D vows to become 24-time World Tag Team Champions!

Kurt Angle calls out EC3. EC3 says Kurt Angle has blood on his hands. A loud chorus of boos and “You can’t wrestle!” chants drowns out the voice of EC3 as he vows to exact his vengeance.

Angle says he hasn’t forgotten what EC3 did to him. He vows to beat EC3 when the time is right. Angle says EC3 is a wrestler, he can wrestle or leave. EC3 claims he’s not ready; Angle says he won’t book him in a wrestling match tonight.

EC3 appears relieved, but then Kurt Angle announces a street fight against Rhino!

Street Fight
EC3 vs. Rhino

Rhino storms the ring and sends EC3 crashing into the guardrail. Rhino tosses an array of weaponry into the ring, but as he turns, EC3 meets him with a kick to the gut. EC3 throws Rhino into the guardrail.

Rhino delivers a suplex onto the ramp and then rolls EC3 into the ring.  Rhino assaults EC3 with a Singapore cane. Rhino picks up a chair, but a low-blow by EC3 allows the momentum to shift. EC3 slams a trashcan and its lid across Rhino’s head!

EC3 strips off his belt and uses it to lash Rhino! The crowd cringes with each thud. EC3 mounts a trashcan in the corner and then powers a chair down across Rhino’s back! EC3 drags Rhino to a trashcan and repeatedly slams his head into it.  The crowd begins alternating “EC3” and “Gore! Gore! Gore!” chants.

Rhino gains some semblance of control, but EC3 sidesteps a Gore attempt, sending Rhino crashing into the trashcan mounted in the corner!  “EC3” chants come again as he drops Rhino with a One Percenter on top of a chair in the center of the ring.  EC3 makes the cover for the three!

Winner:  EC3



The Knockouts surround JB in the ring while they await the announcement of which Knockout will grace the cover the 2015 TNA Knockouts Calendar! Angelina Love assumes she’s made the cover, but JB announces it’s Velvet Sky. 

Havok interrupts the celebration. On her way to the ring, Gail Kim seeks retribution for last week, but Havok fights her off and powers her into the guardrail. Havok climbs onto the apron, grabs and chokeslams Brittany! 

The other Knockouts look on cautiously as Havok takes possession of the Knockout’s Championship and leaves the IMPACT Zone!

Backstage:  James Storm interrogates Manik and asks, “Why do you wear a mask when your awakening is upon you?” Storm instructs the camera crew to leave as he tears Manik’s mask from his face. 



Video: Recap of Lashley’s fight on Bellator MMA last Friday.

Backstage: Gail Kim furiously storms through the arena calling for Havok.

James Storm and “The Great” Sanada make their way to the ring.

James Storm and Sanada vs. Austin Aries and Tajiri

“The Great” Sanada circles “The Japanese Buzzsaw,” Tajiri.  Sanada and Tajiri trade holds to get the match underway. Tajiri and Austin Aries exchange tags, allowing them to maintain control.

Storm breaks the hold Aries locks in on Sanada, but Aries regains control and soars with a suicide dive, catching both Storm and Sanada. Sanada distracts the referee, allowing James Storm to score a series of illegal chokes and shots to Aries.

Storm and Sanada change the pace and look of the match as they begin exchanging tags. James Storm tries for an Eye of the Storm, but Aries reverses, catching Storm with a discus forearm.  Aries brings in Tajiri.

Sanada tries for the green mist, but Tajiri ducks and locks in the Tarantula! James Storm breaks the hold by spitting beer into Tajiri’s eyes and allowing Sanada to score a kick to the head and a pin. 

Winners:  “The Great” Sanada and James Storm

Backstage:  The Hardys say they defeated Team 3D in the first Tables Match all those years ago and that tonight, history will be repeated.

Backstage:  Gail Kim finds Havok.  Gail attacks, but Havok dominates the Knockout’s Champion. 

Havok and Gail fight into the arena! Havok mounts Gail Kim and lands a series of hard rights!

Security enters and is finally able to separate Havok and Gail Kim, but Havok tosses one of the men with ease and chokeslams the other! The crowd erupts into a chorus of boos as Havok stands over another pile of bodies while Gail Kim is dragged to the back.



Tag Team Championship Series – Match #2
Tables Match
Team 3D vs. The Hardys vs. The Wolves

The Wolves enter following their iconic opponents, as Taz declares, “Let the hunt begin!”

All six men square off around the ring. Bodies fly and heads are bounced off of every surface including the ring apron, guardrail and steel steps. Matt Hardy and Bully Ray find themselves in the ring. Bully Ray commands the match and he and Devon nail “What’s up!” Bully and the crowd instruct Devon to “Get the tables!”

Team 3D pulls the first table from beneath the ring. The Wolves attempt a double suicide dive, but Team 3D dodges their assault and they use the table to clothesline the Tag Team Champions! As they turn, The Hardys dropkick the table into the faces of Team 3D!

The Hardys assume control by slamming Davey Richards’ throat across the leg of a table before dropping Eddie Edwards on the side of a table with a front suplex! Jeff positions the table, then he drapes Eddie on top of it. He climbs the turnbuckle, but Eddie counters with a superplex! Before Jeff crashes down, Devon moves the table to keep the match going.

The match breaks down into a chaotic scene as The Hardys gain control and a double-team advantage on Bully Ray. Bully moves just in time and Jeff Hardy drives his own feet through a table.

Team 3D sets up a table outside the ring and attempts to power Matt Hardy through it, but The Wolves fly with another suicide dive to prevent the attack.  Meanwhile, Jeff Hardy unfolds a table and positions it between the ring apron and the steel stairs he’s tipped to their side!

Eddie Edwards leaps from the turnbuckle to the floor, taking out Jeff Hardy with a huge cross-body! The Wolves double team Matt Hardy, but before they can mount further offense, Team 3D clears the ring.

Team 3D dismantles Jeff Hardy’s creation and they set up the table in the center of the ring. Team 3D stalks Matt Hardy, calling for a 3D! The Wolves fly from the turnbuckle, thwarting the attack.  They position Matt Hardy on the table and make the climb. 

Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy make the save. Matt Hardy drops Eddie Edwards with a Twist of Fate from the turnbuckle! Matt drags Eddie Edwards from the ring and drapes him across another table.  Jeff Hardy flies from the turnbuckle with a Swanton that sends Eddie crashing through the table – ending a spectacular encounter!

The Hardys take the second match and now choose the stipulation for the next match in the Tag Team Title Series!

Winners: The Hardys

Matt Hardy declares the next stipulation:  A Ladder Match!

 The Knockouts Division has been hotter than ever this summer! Some of the most impressive women’s wrestling in the world has taken place each week in the middle of the IMPACT Wrestling ring. Tonight will be no different, as we are set for two big moments for the KO Division.

The announcement of who will grace the cover of the 2015 TNA Knockouts Calendar. A winner was selected by popular vote from readers and will be announced tonight in front of a sold-out New York City crowd.

The X-Factor for the events planned tonight will be the newly debuted HAVOK. Last week, HAVOK hit the ring after Gail Kim successfully defended against Taryn Terrell and laid out both Knockouts in devastating fashion. What will HAVOK do this week? Better yet, how will Gail Kim respond?

Find out tonight on IMPACT! 



Preview tonight's huge IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on Spike at 9/8c! If you can't watch the action tonight, make sure to set your DVR!

Tag Team Tables Matchup Graphic, Wolves vs. Team 3D vs Hardys

Tajiri-AriesvStorm-Sanadaheader Chris Melendez In Ring Debut Graphic


The TNA Tag Team Title Series rolls on tonight on IMPACT. Team 3D won match 1 of the series, and has selected a TABLES MATCH for Match #2. Will Team 3D emerge victorious against The Hardys and The Wolves in their speciality match, and capture the TNA Tag Team Titles in the process? Join us for this gigantic main event this Wednesday on Spike.

Also tonight, you will see the in-ring wrestling debut of Sgt. Chris Melendez. This will kick off IMPACT's broadcast this week, and promises to be an event that you don't want to miss.

Now that Bobby Roode has emerged as the new #1 Contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, how will “The Destroyer” Lashley respond?

In tag team action tonight on Spike, it will be Austin Aries teaming up with Tajiri against "The Cowboy" James Storm and The Great Sanada.

In addition Kurt Angle, Eric Young, MVP, Kenny King, The Beautiful People, and many more will all appear on tonight's IMPACT WRESTLING. Don’t miss it at 9/8c only on Spike!



Tonight is the night! Months of a bitter feud culminates in an epic TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Bobby Roode and "The Destroyer" Lashley. 

Lashley has run through ever potential competitor he's faced with ease, but what will happen when he is faced with one of the most iconic names in TNA history? Bobby Roode, on the other hand, has a special place in the faction that is MVP, Kenny King and TNA World Champ Lashley. Early on, Roode sensed deceit when MVP arrived in TNA. Ultimately, he was sent home for nearly two months for challenging the then authority figure of IMPACT.

Making a surprise return after Lashley defeated Eric Young to win the TNA World Title, Roode stood tall multiple times but was unable to get his hands on Lashley. Tonight, he finally gets the moment he's been waiting for and, if he wins, he also captures the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for a 2nd time. Can the longest reigning Champ in TNA history do it all over again?

Whether it's MMA or TNA, Lashley has defeated all comers. Will he do it again? And, if he does, does that mean no one will be able to stop him?

Don't miss the epic showdown at 9/8c on Spike TV - TONIGHT! 

The Hardys have evened the series, and the TNA World Tag Team Champions have fallen behind both legendary tag teams in the Tag Title Series. After Team 3D won Match #1 in the Tag Title Series, they announced the next match would be their signature: a tables match. However, it was Jeff Hardy who hit a swanton bomb outside of the ring to send Davey Richards through a table and win the contest. If you're keeping score at home, it's currently: Team 3D - 1, The Hardys - 1, The Wolves - 0.

To massive cheers from the New York City fans, The Hardys then ascended a ladder and announced that the next match, Match #3 in the series, would be the ladder match that the Hardys have made famous over the years!

The odd team out here is actually our champions, The Wolves.  They are now trailing behind two iconic teams and their backs are against the wall. If The Wolves lose on  tonight, they lose the belts. If either The Hardys or Team 3D prevail, we will have new TNA World Tag Team Champions.

Tonight, it all goes down. Match 3 of the Tag Title Series. The Hardys vs The Wolves vs Team 3D - in a ladder match!


Chris Melendez has an incredible story, which has been told across major media outlets and on our own IMPACT for the past few weeks. Now, it is time for Melendez to show what all the hype is about. That’s right, tomorrow night on Spike TV, “Sarge” will make his in-ring debut. The question is, who will step forward to challenge the American Hero?

Tune in to Spike TV tomorrow at 9/8c to find out. While you wait, learn about the Wounded Warrior who will make his debut:


Chris’ remarkable story begins as a kid growing up in Spanish Harlem. His grandmother introduced him to professional wrestling at a young age and, ever since, he has been hooked.

“The ability to captivate an audience without having to say any words is what got me hooked.” 

Inspired by his father, a Vietnam Vet, and compelled by the events of September 11, Chris joined the U.S. Army at the young age of 17. At age 19, and with only 23 days of his Iraq deployment remaining, he sustained horrifying life-threatening injuries from an IED.

“When I was able to open my eyes after the explosion I looked across the battlefield to see what I thought was a fellow-soldier in need of help. I quickly realized it was my leg.”

After being resuscitated three times and enduring numerous emergency surgeries and procedures, Melendez’s long road of recovery took him to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Through pure grit and determination, cutting edge science and technology delivered via the VA, and support from friends, family and The Wounded Warrior Project, Melendez was walking with a prosthetic within 40 days. 

In 2012, Melendez entered Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling in Florida where he trained day-in and day-out under the tutelage of Bully Ray and Devon. Now, TNA Wrestling can announce the signing of Chris Melendez to a multi-year contract. 

Still known in the locker room as “Sarge”, Melendez is set to make his debut for the company during the August 5-7 tapings at New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. 


Best friends for life, if you ask Rockstar Spud about his relationship with EC3. Since the men arrived in TNA, they have been nearly inseparable – but the recent turn of events indicate that all might not be as friendly as Rockstar Spud would hope. 

Obviously EC3 has been dealing with an unbelievable amount of stress, fighting for his Aunt Dixie’s safety against Bully Ray – a battle he ultimately lost once Bully Ray put precious Aunt D through a table. It is understandable that EC3 would lash out – however his victims seem to be mistargeted. Despite employing the hardcore icon Rhino to help his cause, EC3 blamed Rhino completely for the #BossToss that occurred on the August 7th edition of IMPACT. This is where the trouble really began.

EC3 unleashed a vicious attack on Rhino, which Spud tried to halt – before being tossed across the ring by his “best friend” and being issued a telling warning with a staredown/point combo that would teach a troubled puppy every lesson instantly. This wasn’t the end, however.

One week later, EC3 faced Rhino in a brutal match, which ended with EC3 being DQ’d while delivering a crushing beatdown of Rhino with a steel chair. Again, Rockstar Spud tried to calm his friend and stop the chaos — only to have the aggression turned towards himself again. EC3, already gigantic compared to Rockstar Spud, turned and nearly hit Spud with the chair as well – before Spud backed down and the attack on Rhino continued. 

That brings us to this week, where EC3 was challenged once again by Rhino. Even though EC3 has been a dominant force in recent weeks, what did he do? He volunteered Rockstar Spud to face Rhino in his place. Subsequently, EC3 watched along as Spud was decimated by the beastly Rhino.

In our attempts to speak to the men, Rockstar Spud has been elusive and defensive. “Sir is not upset with me. This is a tough time. I am his friend & I will be there for him.”

We hope, for Spud’s sake, he’s right but the facts do not seem to support his claims.

The one constant of Samuel Shaw is that, above all, he’s found ways each week to send shivers down your spine. Not-so-affectionately labeled TNA’s “Creepy Bastard,” Shaw has sent terror throughout the locker room since showing up on IMPACT. Attacks on backstage staff, wrestlers and an obvious stalking problem with the lovely Christy Hemme have plagued Shaw’s otherwise impressive in-ring skill. It seemed as though things were finally taking a turn for the better when Gunner stepped in to help Shaw adjust to his post-nut hut life. 

However, the past two weeks have shown that all may not be well inside the mind of Shaw, still yet. A week ago, Shaw was caught dressing himself up in Gunner’s military uniform. Then, Shaw had a severe breakdown after the duo lost their tag team match against the pair of Bram and Magnus this week as well. Even more, Shaw denied Gunner’s attempt to hook him up with Brittany, which may be smart considering the Knockout’s similarly troubled past, but what worried us was his declaration that Shaw already had his eye on someone on the roster.

Samuel Shaw is showing quite the weird attention towards Gunner and increasingly erratic behavior can’t help but make us wonder… Are we just around the corner from another terror spree from one of the most scary men in TNA today? Or is Samuel Shaw someone who is truly misunderstood — someone who needs even more of a helping hand to overcome his troubled past?

What do you think of Samuel Shaw?


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