After 3 thrilling X-Division triple threat matches this past Thursday at Destination X, fans everywhere have been reminded why the X-Division is the most exciting division in professional wrestling today. From those matches, 3 contenders emerged and this Thursday on Spike TV, a new X-Division Champion will be crowned!
Low Ki returned 2-weeks ago, making a huge splash by first knocking off DJ Z and then defeating both Z and Manik at Destination X. The two-time former champion and fan favorite wasted no time reminding us why he is one of the all-time greats in TNA history. This week, he plans to rise to the top of the division and become a 3-time X-Division Champion.
Sanada has proven to be one of the best international stars of wrestling since arriving in TNA earlier this year, as a protégé of iconic Japanese star The Great Muta. Sanada quickly captured the X-Division title and has reigned at the top of the division for a majority of 2014. Since losing the belt, we have seen a darker and more aggressive style from Sanada – which led to his betrayal of The Great Muta and alliance with “Cowboy” James Storm. Could this new bond with the “Cowboy” mean that Sanada returns to the top of the X-Division?
What could you not say about Samoa Joe? The Samoan Submission Machine is one of the all-time greats and one of the most recognizable stars in professional wrestling. As one of the most decorated superstars in the history of the company, Joe is a 5-time X-Division Champion and one of only a handful who has held every title in TNA. Last week, Kurt Angle announced that Samoa Joe was returning to the X-Division and he wasted no time raising the bar once again, defeating Homicide and Tigre Uno in an incredible match. As quickly as Samoa Joe returned to the X-Division, will he rise to the top and capture gold this Thursday?
One of these 3 men will be your new TNA X-Division Champion. Find out who tomorrow on Spike TV, as IMPACT airs at 9/8c.
Thursday on IMPACT, Bram and Abyss will attend the Monsters Ball at the Manhattan Center in NYC. The feud between the two has become increasingly barbaric and has become centered on Janice, Abyss’ secret weapon that Bram recently took control of.
A few weeks ago, Bram and Magnus teamed in a Monsters Ball match against Abyss and Willow in what turned out to be a wild brawl where tacks, barbed wired, chairs, trash cans and even a cheese grater came into play. At the end of the match, and incredibly bloody Bram took Janice and turned her against Abyss to put an end to the match.
This past week at Destination X, Abyss issued a challenge to Bram, which was quickly accepted and this Thursday the two men will meet one-on-one in what is sure to be a violent and devastating clash.
For years, Abyss has become known as IMPACT’s monster, a destructive force like none other. However, since debuting, Bram has proven to be a formidable opponent. This match is sure to raise the bar in violence.
Can the winner of this match make the claim that they are the TRUE monster of TNA? We think so…
Don’t miss the chaos this Thursday at 9/8c on Spike TV as IMPACT comes to you from the Manhattan Center in NYC!
Few are fortunate to work for a great leader. For the millions of others suffering from “I have the worst boss syndrome,” gritting the teeth and biting the tongue provide only a temporary fix to the daily agony of taking orders from a superior far less smart. To offer a solution to this global pandemic of frustration, TNA IMPACT WRESTLING (Spike TV, Thursdays 9/8c) is declaring this Thursday, Aug. 7, “Put Your Boss Through A Table Day.” Why keep slamming your head against the table when you can put your boss through it instead?
Between now and this Thursday night’s broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING (Spike TV, 9/8c) the aggravated and oppressed are encouraged to check the social media policy section in their employee handbook then go online to share why their boss (past or present) deserves be tossed through a table using #BossToss. Be creative using video or photos, and be sure to tag @impactwrestling on twitter, and IMPACT WRESTLING on Facebook and Instagram when publishing a post.
IMPACT will select the best #BossToss entries for a prominent impactwrestling.com feature, and one #BossToss Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $250 ShopTNA gift card and tickets to a future IMPACT WRESTLING event.
“Put Your Boss Through A Table Day” shares August 7 with other well-known celebrations like “Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day,” “Sea Serpent Day” and “India Pale Ale Day,” and is inspired by TNA Superstar and Hall of Fame inductee Bully Ray, who for months has endured constant harassment and provocation from his boss, TNA President Dixie Carter. Bully has guaranteed on IMPACT WRESTLING this Thursday, Aug. 7, (watch a preview) he will slam Dixie through a table, with #ItHappens already trending on twitter.
"I know what it’s like to have a boss you don’t respect; to have a boss you want to toss because you know you can do a better job,” said Bully. “This Thursday on IMPACT I will keep my promise of putting Dixie through a table and you will not want to miss the moment #ItHappens.”
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
July 31, 2014
Welcome to Destination X, emanating from New York City!
TNA President Dixie Carter appears to start the show. She’s accompanied by EC3, Rockstar Spud, Rhino and the two mystery men who appeared last week, Ryklon and Snitsky.
She says she makes the rules for the game – and every time the fans think they have it figured out, she changes the rules. Dixie says it’s okay for the fans to keep chanting “ECW,” but she wants them to know that the stars of ECW left and that the little company died. She says she’s given fans something better – a real star: EC3.
EC3 introduces his “Army of Extreme,” Ryklon, Snitsky and Rhino. EC3 challenges Tommy Dreamer and Team 3D to settle the war once and for all – and that when it’s done, his team will rebuild the “House the Carters built.”
Tag Team Championships
The Wolves (c) vs. The Hardy Boys
After the bell, Eddie Edwards and Matt Hardy lock up in the center of the ring as the crowd alternates between chants “Let’s go Hardys” and “Let’s go Wolves!” Edwards and Hardy make quick tags, bringing in Jeff Hardy and Davey Richards.
Jeff mounts enough offense to gain control of the match, then he and Matt exchange rapid tags and double team maneuvers. Matt maintains control over Davey while the crowd wildly chants for Eddie.
Davey Richards explodes from the corner with a clothesline to Jeff and makes the hot tag to Eddie Edwards, who bursts into the ring and takes out both Hardys. Eddie sends Matt and Jeff to the outside with a double hurricanrana, and then The Wolves fly through the ropes to ground their challengers.
Jeff is rolled into the ring and The Wolves execute a series of double team assaults – good for a near-fall. Matt attacks The Wolves from behind as they attempt another double team attack, tossing both from the ring. Jeff Hardy flies over the top rope!
Matt drops Eddie with a Side Effect and Jeff nails the Swanton! Davey Richards breaks up the count and throws Jeff from the ring. Matt tosses Davey out and nails Eddie with a moonsault! 1-2-Davey just breaks the count!
Matt and Jeff lock in double submissions. As The Hardys near a tap-out victory, Davey causes Jeff to fall backwards, inadvertently breaking both holds. The Wolves fight back ferociously, but Matt nails Davey with a Twist of Fate and goes for the cover – Davey kicks out just before the three!
A surprised Matt hoists Davey to the top rope and attempts a suplex, but Eddie Edwards hits Matt with a jumping kick, setting up the double team maneuver that puts the exclamation point on the match.
Winners: The Wolves
After the match, The Wolves and The Hardy Boys shake hands as the crowd chants “That was awesome!”
Video: Low Ki discusses his return to TNA.
DJ Z vs. Manik vs. Low Ki
The crowd is wild for Low Ki who immediately attacks DJ Z, sending him from the ring. Low Ki and Manik are evenly matched as they fly all around. DJ Z drops both with a springboard double drop-kick.
DJ Z and Low Ki trade blows until Manik breaks them apart and hits Low Ki with an uppercut. Manik sends DJ Z flying with a headscissor takedown and locks in a hanging octopus submission.
Manik and Low Ki double team DJ Z, then Low Ki attempts to kick Manik, who counters with a northern lights suplex. The pace quickens as Low Ki sends DJ Z flying from the top rope to the outside. Manik is able to mount some offense, but the Ki Krusher seals the deal and the pin for the win.
Winner: Low Ki
Video: Recap of Sanada’s actions.
In the ring, “The Cowboy” James Storm says he’s a legend – and the leader of a new revolution. He claims to be Sanada’s new mentor and friend and introduces “The man who destroyed The Great Muta,” Sanada.
Sanada vs. Brian Cage vs. Crazy Steve
Brian Cage dominates Crazy Steve and Sanada as soon as the bell has sounded. Sanada tries fighting back but he’s powered down with ease by Brian Cage. Cage tosses both men across the ring.
Cage throws Sanada over the top rope and attempts a high vertical suplex on Crazy Steve. Steve reverses and drops Brian Cage with a rolling powerbomb. Sanada breaks up the count. Steve fights off Sanada but is met by the raw power of Brian Cage, who misses a moonsault attempt.
Sanada rushes up behind Crazy Steve and scores the win with a tiger suplex.
Backstage: Bully Ray says they have an answer to EC3’s challenge.
Backstage: Austin Aries and Bobby Roode discuss “Option C,” then Roode offers encouragement to Aries, who vows to win the championship from Lashley.
Team 3D and Tommy Dreamer enter the IMPACT Zone.
Devon says EC3 must be “stuck on stupid” and that he, Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer know how to finish the war EC3 started. Dreamer says this is about something bigger than EC3 – it’s about a work ethic and passion for the business.
EC3 enters the arena and says the war will take place – “on Carter time” – next week.
Bully Ray says nobody wants to go to war next week. He threatens to start a riot, before agreeing to have the match next week. Bully says since EC3 has named the time, he names the stipulation: it’ll be an 8-man Hardcore War!
Bully Ray gives his word to fans – and the wrestling world – that next week Dixie Carter is going through a table! Devon screams, “Oh my brother…testify!”
Backstage: Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe have an intense (inaudible) conversation. Angle claims Destination X is about to have no limits.
Backstage: EC3 says Bully Ray has threatened his aunt too many times – and that next week, the war ends.
Backstage: The Beautiful People are interviewed about breaking up Gail-Taryn III. Angelina claims Taryn has been back for a minute and that she should be the focus of the Knockout’s division. She says despite Kurt Angle blocking her rematch, she has a major announcement next week.
Samoa Joe says tonight’s about reinvigorating the X-Division and he’ll be the next X-Division Champion.
Samoa Joe vs. Tigre Uno vs. Homicide
Homicide gains a very early advantage by sending both Tigre Uno and Samoa Joe out of the ring. Homicide launches himself and sends his competitors’ bodies crashing back to the floor.
When the action returns to the ring, Tigre Uno flies from the top rope and takes out Samoa Joe and Homicide with a double dropkick. Homicide and Joe double team Tigre Uno and temporarily eliminate him from the equation. Joe and Homicide trade kicks and the advantage.
After gaining the full advantage and dragging Homicide to the center of the ring, Samoa Joe is met with a dropkick to the face by Tigre Uno. Tigre Uno leaps from the top turnbuckle and crashes down on Homicide.
Joe disposes of Tigre Uno and sets Homicide on top of the turnbuckle. Homicide thwarts Joe’s attempted muscle buster – and Tigre Uno rushes back into the ring. While attempting to send Homicide crashing down, he’s distracted by Samoa Joe. Tigre Uno leaps toward Joe, but misses and allows Joe to drop Homicide with a muscle buster for the win.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Next week, Samoa Joe will face off against Low Ki and Sanada to determine the new X-Division Champion!
Backstage: “The Monster” Abyss says Bram took things to a whole new level when he hit him with Janice and that next week, he’s got two tickets to The Monster’s Ball!
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Austin Aries
Christy Hemme announces the main event as the competitors make their way to the ring.
Aries and Lashley lock up, but Lashley powers Aries down to the mat. Aries uses his speed to land a series of kicks to the hamstring of Lashley. Aries drapes Lashley’s leg on the second rope and unleashes an onslaught of kicks and knees!
A dropkick from Aries sends Lashley crashing out onto the arena floor. Aries flies from the turnbuckle – Lashley catches him and tosses him with a release suplex. In the ring, Lashley drives his shoulder into the abdomen of Aries repeatedly.
A running shoulder block sends Aries crashing to the floor and rolling out of the ring. In pursuit, Lashley hoists Aries into the air and drives him into the ring post before tossing him back into the ring.
Lashley is fully in control as he locks in two submissions and drops Aries to the mat with ease. Aries reverses Lashley’s next attack and connects with a discus forearm and a series of strikes. Aries sidesteps a charging Lashley, sending him out of the ring. Aries jumps from the turnbuckle – this time connecting!
Aries sends Lashley into the corner with a missile dropkick. Aries charges, Lashley catches him and powers Aries down with a running power slam. Lashley attempts a spear, but Aries reverses and locks in the last chance submission!
Lashley manages to escape the hold and attempts another spear. Aries sidesteps Lashley, sending him crashing into the ring post. Aries hoists Lashley into the air and connects with a brainbuster! Lashley’s out at two!
Aries climbs the turnbuckle, but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Aries runs across the ring and misses Lashley with a suicide dive, connecting with the metal guardrail instead. Lashley rolls Aries into the ring and nails a spear for the win.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Just before IMPACT goes off the air, footage is shown of Bully Ray’s attempts to put Dixie Carter through a table, and then a big, bold hashtag appears: #ItHappens.
Just announced by Executive Vice President John Gaburick, TNA Wrestling is happy to announce the re-signing of DJ Z! The former X-Division Champion and incredible talent, both in and outside of the ring, signed a new multi-year deal effective immediately!
On Monday, August 4th, catch DJ Z as the special guest DJ on Sirius XM’s popular “Sway In The Morning” show on Shade 45!
Tonight, watch as DJ Z competes in a 3-way match against Manik and Low Ki during Destination X! The broadcast begins at 9/8c on Spike TV!
TNA Wrestling is happy to announce the signing of a true American hero! Chris Melendez is a former Army Sergeant, who served his country in Afghanistan and was awarded a Purple Heart. Because of injuries suffered in combat, the brave soldier returned home a single leg amputee. Melendez, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, had another dream to realize when he returned home. He dreamed of becoming a pro wrestler.
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.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
July 24, 2014
Video: IMPACT Wrestling opens with a recap of Bully Ray’s quest to put TNA President Dixie Carter through a table!
Christy Hemme announces the first contest:
Falls Count Anywhere
BOBBY ROODE vs. MVP w/
“The It Factor” Bobby Roode enters the IMPACT Zone to kick-off the show, but MVP no-shows his introduction.
Backstage, MVP argues with Kurt Angle about having a match, claiming his torn meniscus prevents him from competing. Bobby Roode rushes to the back and attacks MVP. They fight throughout the backstage area of the Manhattan Center before the brawl spills into the arena and Roode hits MVP with a trash can.
Roode clears an area of fans out of harm’s way – then sends MVP flying into a cluster of folding chairs! MVP throws a drink into Roode’s eyes before hitting him with a chair. Roode and MVP fight around the ring until Roode sends MVP crashing onto the ramp with a suplex.
Kenny King surprise attacks Roode from behind, but Eric Young rushes in to make the save. MVP slams Roode into the steel stairs, and then rolls him into the ring. The crowd chants for Bobby Roode as MVP repeatedly assaults him with a steel chair.
Roode regains his advantage and slams the chair into MVP’s knee, leaving MVP reeling on the mat. After repeated assaults with the chair on MVP’s knee, Roode locks in a sharp shooter and forces the former director of wrestling operations to tap!
Winner: Bobby Roode
Backstage: Dixie Carter says she’s here to support EC3 tonight and that by the end of the show, she’ll be standing over Bully Ray’s dead body.
Jeff Hardy says Kurt Angle and the people asked to see him back, but that fans haven’t seen the end of Willow. The crowd thanks Jeff for his continued efforts. Jeff says there’s one person he wants in TNA with him – then he introduces his brother Matt Hardy!
Matt talks about growing up with Jeff – and about having a dream to be a great professional wrestling tag team. He says he thinks they’ve accomplished that. Matt says he had to step away for a couple years to get healthy and that he feels like he’s let his brother, and the fans, down. Matt says actions speak louder than words – so he proposes that The Hardy Boys challenge The Wolves at Destination X for the World Tag Team Championships!
The Wolves enter and Eddie Edwards says he and Davey Richards want to be the best tag team – and in order to do that, they have to beat The Hardy Boys. They accept the challenge for Destination X!
Backstage: Austin Aries says he’s made a decision regarding “Option C.” He says he wants to “change the equation.”
“The BroMans are back in NYC!” Robbie E says they’re back and better than ever! Jessie says Robbie E is no longer afraid of clowns. DJ Z says he’s better than the entire X-Division and everybody in New York City!
DJ Z vs. LOW KI
Low Ki enters the ring as the bell sounds! The returning Low Ki unleashes an onslaught of speeding offense – which includes a series of stiff, running/flying kicks before planting DJ Z with a Ki Krusher!
Winner: Low Ki
Backstage: Gunner and Samuel Shaw are talking, when Mr. Anderson walks up and mentions the tag match he has with Gunner. He tells Gunner’s “pet project” [Samuel Shaw] to stay in the back and not get involved.
Backstage: EC3, Rhino, and Rockstar Spud discuss their street fight tonight. Dixie, with King Mo, walks up and orders them to take out Bully Ray! They vow to leave just enough for Dixie.
MAGNUS & BRAM vs. MR. ANDERSON & GUNNER
Magnus and Gunner start the match and trade running clotheslines. Magnus tags Bram, who immediately tries to overpower Gunner. Bram’s offense enrages Gunner, who sends Bram to the mat with a high knee.
After butting heads, each man tags out – sending Mr. Anderson and Magnus to battle in the middle of the ring. Mr. Anderson dominates Magnus and attempts a Mic Check. Magnus reverses and flees the ring, allowing Bram to hit Mr. Anderson from behind. Bram rolls a stunned Anderson into the ring, which allows Magnus to finish him off for the three.
Winners: Magnus and Bram
Bram and Magnus attack Mr. Anderson and Gunner after the match. Bram retrieves a weapon from beneath the ring, but Samuel Shaw rushes into the ring and stands in defense of Gunner. Bram attacks Samuel and tosses him from the ring, which brings out “The Monster” Abyss, who finally stops Bram’s onslaught by sending him over the top rope.
Does Mr. Anderson Still not trust Samuel Shaw? Find out Friday, July 25 at 2PM CST!
Backstage: Bully Ray tells Tommy Dreamer and Devon that he can’t sleep at night – because he wants to put Dixie Carter through a table and rid the wrestling business of her once and for all!
Video: A package recaps Austin Aries creating “Option C.”
Kurt Angle promotes Destination X next week and invites the reigning X-Division Champion, Austin Aries, to the ring. Aries enters with his title in tow. Angle says that since Aries created “Option C,” every person who’s cashed in has become the World Heavyweight Champion.
Angle asks Aries if he wants to cash in for his World Title opportunity. Before Aries can answer, he’s interrupted by Bobby Lashley and MVP. MVP says that Lashley is physically superior, and that Aries should keep his X-Division title and to stick to what he knows.
Aries says he knows what it takes to be World Champion and that he has unfinished business with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Aries hands the X-Division Championship to Kurt Angle and challenges Bobby Lashley for the World Title at Destination X!
Aries says after he wins, he’ll create “Option D,” which would guarantee the reigning X-Division Champion a World Championship opportunity, any time – any place.
Video: The Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell rivalry is revisited, ahead of their Knockout’s Championship match.
TNA Knockout’s Championship
TARYN TERRELL vs. GAIL KIM (c)
Taryn Terrell makes her way to the ring to challenge Gail Kim in the “rubber match,” to determine who the best Knockout is. The proud champion, Gail Kim enters the IMPACT Zone holding her title high into the air.
Gail and Taryn lock up in the center of the ring and push each other against the ropes. Gail locks in a headlock and mounts some early offense, but Taryn is able to fight back and scores two near-falls before launching Gail Kim across the ring.
Taryn leaps from the second rope and takes the champion down with a flying clothesline. When she returns to the turnbuckle for another high-risk attempt, Gail sends her crashing down to the mat with a suplex – it’s good for a two-count!
Taryn is able to mount a flurry of offense and appears to be closing in on her first championship reign when The Beautiful People interfere and leave Gail and Taryn laying in the center of the ring.
Winner: Gail Kim (via disqualification)
Backstage: Dixie Carter has a mystery person on the phone. She says she’ll call on them later.
THE GREAT MUTA vs. ROBBIE E
Jeremy Borash introduces The Great Muta. Just as The Great Muta enters the ring, Robbie E interrupts and asks, “Is this a joke, bro?”
Robbie E asks “Where’s my match? Where’s my grand entrance?” He says, “Me – you – match – now!” The bell sounds.
Robbie E’s impromptu challenge earns him a spray of green mist, which allows The Great Muta to drop Robbie E with a Shining Wizard for the three-count!
Winner: The Great Muta
James Storm says all he sees is a wannabe legend – a fraud – a has-been! Storm says, “In this damn company, I’m the legend!” Storm says where he’s from they don’t spit mist, and then he takes a swig of beer and spits it into the face of The Great Muta!
Sanada storms the ring with a chair; Storm retreats. The Great Muta rises and spits mist into the air, just before he’s met with a chair to the back – from Sanada! Sanada spits his own mist and attacks The Great Muta with a moonsault before leaving the IMPACT Zone with James Storm!
See why James Storm did what he did Saturday July 26 at 2PM CST!
Jeremy Borash is in the balcony with King Mo and Dixie Carter. Dixie says she’s feeling good and that she’s here to watch Bully Ray and his posse go down for good. Dixie calls Tommy Dreamer and his group has-beens of a dead memory.
New York City Street Fight
EC3, RHINO & ROCKSTAR SPUD vs. TOMMY DREAMER & TEAM 3D
The fight ensues and Spud is immediately tossed from the ring by Dreamer as Team 3D makes easy work of EC3 and Rhino! Spud attempts a top-rope assault, but he’s caught and thrown from the ring with ease.
Bully Ray calls for Devon and Tommy to fill the ring with weapons, and then he drags a cheese grater across the chest of EC3! The crowd chants, “We want blood!”
Rhino regroups and mounts just enough offense to allow Rockstar Spud to get back into the match. Spud mounts Devon in the corner, but is sent crashing to the mat by Team 3D! Tommy Dreamer dropkicks a trashcan into the face of EC3, then Team 3D and Dreamer triple team Rhino!
A fan(?) attacks Devon. Bully drags the mystery man over the guardrail as Tommy Dreamer spikes Spud with a piledriver! Just as Dreamer’s about to finish the match against EC3, another mystery man rushes into the ring. EC3 drops Tommy Dreamer face-first onto a chair with the One Percenter for the three-count!
Winners: EC3, RHINO & ROCKSTAR SPUD
After the match, the two mystery men assist with a further beat-down of Team 3D and Tommy Dreamer, while Dixie Carter stands tall.
In a tweet from Executive Vice President John Gaburick, it was announced that TNA has resigned 3 top wrestlers with new contracts. Multi-year deals were signed with both Brooke and Samuel Shaw and a 1-year deal was inked with Sanada.
TNA Wrestling is proud of these three incredible performers, as well as our fantastic roster featuring the best wrestlers from around the globe. Stay tuned for more announcements as we have them!