Last night, TNA Wrestling held two historic moments inside Tokyo's Korakuen Hall. First, Team 3D, the most decorated tag team in the history of wrestling, joined an elite group when they entered the TNA Hall of Fame. Team 3D now stand alongside Sting and Kurt Angle as the only members of this illustrious club and fans all over the world rejoiced as Team 3D received the highest of accolades!
Then, TNA Wrestling went on to hold their first-ever international pay-per-view, as Bound For Glory took over Korakuen Hall and gave fans 3-hours of the most exciting stars from TNA and Wrestle-1. We have selected 5 of our favorite moments, from fans who captured photos of the action at Bound For Glory. Tweet us using #BoundForGlory to give us your favorite moment!
5. "Excuse me, EC3, can I ASS you a few questions!?"
EC3 Year One has come to an end and, boy, what a year it was! Ethan Carter III ran through all competition in his first year with TNA, racking up an impressive undefeated streak. However, he faced his biggest challenge yet (literally) at Bound For Glory, where he faced off against sumo wrestler Ryota Hama. While Mr. Carter DID score another impressive victory, fans all over the world (including Rockstar Spud) loved the moment when EC3 came face-to-face with Hama's ... well... "ham."
4. Samoa Joe vs Kaz Hayashi vs Low Ki (X-Division Championship)
Heading into Bound For Glory, we knew that this was a match that could steal the show - and it certainly lived up to the hype! Joe, Ki and Hayashi flew all over Korakuen Hall in a fast-paced, hard-hitting matchup. This match was so insane that it got a traditionally quiet Japanese audience to start a "This Is Awesome!" chant. In the end, Samoa Joe stood tall and paid respects to the Japanese fans who have supported him for so many years. What a fight!
3. MVP Balls Out In Japan
It goes without saying that fans of IMPACT certainly have a harsh opinion of MVP - and with good reason! However, MVP has been a longstanding supporter of Japanese wrestling, even walking away from the money of American wrestling to go and compete in Japan for some time. At Bound For Glory, last night, it was clear that the Japanese fans have the same respect and admiration for MVP. After an incredible promo talking about what Japanese wrestling has meant to him, MVP put on a great match against Kazma Sakamoto and had the crowd at Korakuen Hall in the palm of his hand. Including when he dropped this elbow and the entire sold-out arena shouted his trademark "Ballin'" catchphrase!
2. The Great Muta and Tajiri Headline TNA's First Japanese Pay-Per-View
When you think of Japanese professional wrestling, two of the first names that come to mind are The Great Muta and the Japanese Buzzsaw, Tajiri. It was only fitting that the two teamed up in the main event of Bound For Glory to face-off against James Storm and The Great Sanada. Even better, watching the Japansese legends spray their iconic mists to kick off the bout was a moving moment for any fan of professional wrestling!
1. Team 3D Become The Newest Members of the TNA Hall of Fame
Team 3D are the most decorated tag team in wrestling history and it was only fitting that their TNA Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Japan - a country where Team 3D has never lost a match. Last night, during the Hall of Fame ceremony segment of Bound For Glory, #ThankYouTeam3D trended on social media with fans sharing their favorite moments of the storied careers of Bully Ray and Devon. What a night it was in Korakuen Hall - and what an honor it is to welcome Team 3D to the TNA Hall of Fame!
Whether you missed it the first time around or just want to relive an excellent night of wrestling, you can watch Bound For Glory NOW!
Ever wonder what HAVOK does before a match? Or how Angelina Love prepares for her day? We thought you might... This week, IMPACTWrestling.com will kick off a series spotlighting each of the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts.
Tomorrow, we will kick things off with reigning TNA Knockouts Champion HAVOK. Then, each of the next nine weeks will give fans uprecedented access to each of their favorite Knockouts, including never-before-seen photos and behind-the-scenes stories!
Needless to say, the next nine weeks will be the hottest of the year for IMPACTWrestling.com! Speaking of the Knockouts, you can make every day of 2015 hotter than the next by picking up a copy of the 2015 TNA Knockouts Calendar, which is on sale now at ShopTNA.com!
Because we know you can't wait for tomorrow, we'll leave you with this teaser!
The newest members of the TNA Hall of Fame, Team 3D - Bully Ray and Devon, were inducted into the exclusive club yesterday. Now, tonight at Bound For Glory, Bully and Devon will be in action as Team 3D faces fellow hardcore legends, The Monster Abyss and Tommy Dreamer.
Also, arguably the most-recognized Japanese athlete in all of professional sports, The Great Muta, will join forces with “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri to face Muta’s former student, the “reborn” Great Sanada, who will be teamed with his new mentor and leader of the revolution, James Storm in a much anticipated grudge match.
Bound For Glory will feature, unique one-time-only promotional matches between TNA and Wrestle-1 Superstars including:
The unstoppable Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe defending his X Division Champion vs the awe-inspiring Low Ki vs former World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi
The undefeated EC3 vs famed sumo wrestler Ryota Hama
The charismatic and devious MVP vs the global phenomenon Kazma Sakamoto
The masked, unpredictable Manik vs the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Minoru Tanaka
In addition, the pay-per-view will include a Knockouts battle between the destructive HAVOK and 2x Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky.
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There is only one word to describe HAVOK’s time thus far as a roster member for TNA Wrestling…dominant. Like no other woman before her, HAVOK has plowed through the entire Knockouts Division in a span of weeks. IMPACT WRESTLING has allowed the entire world to see how truly destructive and lethal HAVOK has been.
Tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, she gets another spectacular stage to show off her wrestling prowess at Bound For Glory in the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Her opponent is none other than 2x Knockouts Champion and one half of the “Beautiful People” Velvet Sky. Velvet knows she has solidified herself as one of the best female wrestlers in TNA history, but will she be able to capitalize on this championship opportunity and reclaim her spot amongst the wrestling elite? Or Will HAVOK continue her string of dominance and squash all Velvet’s hopes of gold?
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What a week it was in the Shetland Islands, bro! Before I raced around the Shetland Islands, I had never even heard of them... Have you? Anyway...
#TheWrestlers are still here!!! Everyone continues to think we will die (or get lost) and that just won't happen, bro. Sure, Brooke sometimes thinks we will lose and gets negative. Lucky for her, she has a partner that never loses... even when he loses! You feel me, right, bro?? Robbie E is a winner - my mom always told me that and then I learned it was true! I know we have what it takes to make it through this race and win it. Seeing is believing, bro!
Starting this leg of the race was rough as we had a LONG travel day from England to Scotland by train and then taking an overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands. After the ferry arrived, we had a slight issue with everyone driving on the wrong side of the road, bro. WHAT. WAS. THAT???
When we got all our torch equipment, I knew this task would be hard but it's all about not giving up. Being a former X-Division, Television and Tag Team (twice, bro! BOOM!!!) Champion, I know about putting work in. I wasn't going to let those stupid Vikings beat me, bro! Now on to the sheep... I hate animals, bro, they're so weird! But, I must admit, dealing with those sheep was similar to dealing with my race partner.
Just let them get all crazy, then talk to them like babies and then they get focused and the rest is easy!!! BOOM!!! Robbie E - 1; Sheep - 0.
We finished 6th, which is fine. We're getting stronger each leg and we're still in it to win it!
Plus, the whole world got to see how fast I am... Spoiler alert: I'm so fast, bro!!!!
See you next week!
Twenty years ago, for the first time ever on U.S. Television, a memorable event treated fans to a night of wrestling featuring some then unknown wrestlers from Mexico that would later go on to change the face of an industry. This was a night that revolutionized pro wrestling.
Nearly 20 years later, TNA Wrestling is set to introduce another group of incredible foreign talent to the U.S. wrestling world. Bound For Glory offers incredible wrestling showcasing the amazing talents of Wrestle-1 and TNA in one action-packed show. Of course, many are familiar with names such as The Great Muta and Tajiri but what about the rest of the talent? Will we find the next international superstar?
Here’s a look at just a few of the foreign-born talent to watch Sunday night.
Hama is a 450-pound sumo wrestler and holder of multiple Japanese wrestling championships. The monstrous athlete is a dominant force to be reckoned with, holding over 230 professional victories in sumo competition. Hama moves around the ring with ease, despite being much larger than his competitors, which makes him even more of a threat. He is set to challenge EC3 and could potentially score the upset of the night. If he does, best believe the entire TNA locker room will be on high alert! This is a must-see match!
Tanaka is one of Japan's brightest stars and widely-recognized as one of the best technical wrestlers in the business. He's held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship a total of 4-times and the IWGP Tag Team Championships a whopping 5-times. Tanaka has also been the World Junior Heavyweight Champion and has earned titles and accolades in every major Japanese promotion. At Bound For Glory, Tanaka faces the newest member of James Storm's Revolution, Manik. For years, Manik has made a name for himself as an incredible (and high-flying) wrestler so we expect this match to be technically sound with a lightning fast pace!
Trained by the legendary Taka Michonoku at the famed Kaientai Dojo, Kazma Sakamoto is finally poised to show off his wrestling skills to a U.S. audience. Despite having a well-known following in the States, most people truly don’t know how the extent of Sakamoto’s talent. Scheduled to face MVP, Sakamoto is going to have an extremely difficult challenge ahead of him in this contest. However, if he is victorious on such a grand stage, he could bypass other names in the hunt for a shot at TNA gold!
Looking for an opportunity to breakout, Kodama is poised to take the next step in his career this Sunday at Bound For Glory. A relatively young newcomer, he has already been faced with tremendous challenges including matchups with Taka Michonoku, Ultimo Dragon, Tommy Dreamer and other international wrestling superstars. Interestingly enough, Kodama was trained by Tajiri and, after struggling in competition, recently turned on his mentor to take a more aggressive approach. Could we play witness to Kodama following in The Great Sanada's footsteps in attempting to eclipse the legacy of one of Japan's most respected wrestlers?
The world will be watching this Sunday!
Sunday night's Bound For Glory will be a truly special night in wrestling history. Seeing some of TNA's biggest stars travel to Japan and work with the best and brightest of Wrestle-1 is something that must be seen. We just broke down four of the top competitors on the card, and that is the tip of the iceberg. 10 Wrestle-1 competitors are set to take center stage on U.S. Television for the first time and you do not want to miss a new star being born!
Bound For Glory is only available on Pay-Per-View, this Sunday at 8/7c!
Sting. Kurt Angle. Bully Ray.
These are just a handful of names that Ethan Carter III has defeated enroute to his 1-year anniversary (and undefeated streak) in TNA. However, this Sunday in Tokyo, EC3 faces his biggest challenge yet -- literally! Ryota Hama tips the scales at 452-pounds and is a professional sumo wrestling superstar, accumulating more than 200 wins in his professional competition career.
Hama then transitioned to being one of Japan's elite professional wrestling superstars, holding multiple titles across the country. Now, for the first time on American television, Hama appears and it's against the undefeated EC3. The stakes of this contest are, quite literally, humungous!
As we've seen, EC3 does not back down from any challenge but, surely, the size of his opponent would be intimidating to anyone. How can EC3 find a weakness in Hama's game and capitalize on it? If he's victorious, EC3 will, most likely, make the argument that he is one of the most dominant performers in TNA and should be in line for a shot at TNA gold -- and who could blame him?
Then again, think about it from Hama's perspective. His first night in TNA, he is faced with the challenge of a dominant performer with a year-long unbeaten streak. Imagine what the landscape of TNA would look like if Hama is able to come in and, in one night, do what no superstar has been able to accomplish in one year - defeat Ethan Cater III.
We've reached out to TNA Executive Director Kurt Angle, who informed us that he will be watching the match closely and the results will have major ramifications for both men.
This Sunday is a once in a lifetime night of professional wrestling and this matchup is truly something to get excited about. Don't miss the spectacle as Bound For Glory goes to Tokyo, Japan and Ethan Carter III faces Ryota Hama!
This week's IMPACT not only capped the fantastic Tag Title Series, but also crowned a new #1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship. The "Queen of the Knockouts," Madison Rayne, out maneuvered Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell in a very entertaining Triple Threat Match - arguably using underhanded tactics to do so - and now she has the daunting task of facing off against HAVOK next week for the TNA Knockouts Championship!
Madison Rayne is a five-time Knockouts Champion and clearly has the pedigree to face go toe-to-toe with HAVOK. It will certainly be a tall order, however, as we've not yet seen one Knockout who can match the sheer power and brutality that HAVOK has displayed since arriving.
The other x-factor here is Bound For Glory. This Sunday in Tokyo, Velvet Sky is scheduled to face HAVOK. One has to imagine that Madison would prefer to see Velvet score an upset victory to set up a match between former Beautiful People allies. One thing is for sure, the Knockouts Division is heating up and we're going to have a BIG title match on Wednesday's IMPACT!
Last night, six of the very best wrestlers in the industry, simply, did something unbelievable. Team 3D, The Hardys and The Wolves lit the wrestling world on fire with Full Metal Mayhem. You can argue that it was match of the year. You can argue a lot of things... However, you cannot deny the heart and desire expressed by every man in that match.
Full Metal Mayhem was the perfect culmination to an incredible summer rivalry by some of the best tag teams in professional wrestling history. In the end, The Wolves remain standing as your TNA World Tag Team Champions.
Now the question is: where do the teams go from here? The Hardys have made it clear that they will be unrelenting in their pursuit of TNA Tag Team Gold. Team 3D is currently heading to Japan in order to receive one of the business' highest honors - induction into the TNA Hall of Fame. The Wolves are back on the hunt for new challengers.
It will certainly be interesting to see what happens next week on IMPACT and what direction each team heads next. In the meantime, let's relive the greatness that was last night's epic Full Metal Mayhem match!