TNA IMPACT WRESTLING TO RETURN TO THE UK WITH MOST FAN FRIENDLY TOUR EVER
- TNA coming back to Manchester, London and Birmingham in January 2016
- Roster to include Kurt Angle, Lashley, Matt Hardy, Taryn Terrell and EC3
- Prices to suit all fans from discounted family deals to VIP ringside packages
London (Sunday May 17, 2015): TNA IMPACT WRESTLING today announces its most fan friendly tour ever – when some of the biggest names in professional wrestling return to the United Kingdom in January 2016 for the colossal MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour.
With huge live events set for Manchester, London and Birmingham, this year’s Tour is going back to its roots. Following direct fan feedback to make the shows the best experience ever, the MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour will feature family-friendly event timings and ticket packages, money off TNA merchandise and an all-new exclusive VIP Experience – as well as special giveaways and entertainment throughout the show itself.
The Tour will also feature all the elements fans love most about TNA – from the high-flying, no-limits X Division to the lovely and lethal Knockouts to the best tag team action on the planet. The fans themselves will play a big role in these incredible shows too, with the loudest rewarded with backstage passes and other treats.
TNA President Dixie Carter said: “The energy and passion of the crowds on the 2015 UK Tour earlier this year was off the charts. In direct response to talking with the fans about what they loved and how we could take their experience to another level when we come back to Manchester, Birmingham and London in January 2016, we will be making some exciting changes on the next tour.
“From more events leading up to the Tour to special ticket prices, to a brand new, unparalleled access VIP Experience and more, we are excited to make MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 the biggest and best UK Tour yet.”
TNA today also reveals a world-renowned initial roster for the MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour of Kurt Angle, Lashley, Matt Hardy, Eric Young, James Storm, Bobby Roode, EC3, Rockstar Spud, Taryn Terrell, Brooke, Robbie E, Bram and Mark Andrews*. Many more top TNA Superstars and Knockouts will be announced in the coming months.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday May 29 and will cost from just £17.50 (£20 for London), plus venue fees. Special family packages discount the cost further.
In a further bonus for TNA’s most loyal fans, all those who buy any ticket before Sunday June 7 will receive a code for 25% off full price TNA merchandise at www.tnaeurostore.com
MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour tickets and VIP experiences will be available via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk or direct from the tour venues. More information will be on www.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk
Full details of the UK events are:
Friday 29 January 2016 Manchester Arena www.eventim.co.uk
Saturday 30 January 2016 London The SSE Arena Wembley www.axs.com
Sunday 31 January 2016 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena www.theticketfactory.com
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING is broadcast on Challenge in the UK and Ireland every Sunday night at 9pm, as well as on Destination America in the US and more than 120 other countries.
There will be more exciting announcements and updates about the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 8 Tour throughout this year.
* Card subject to change.
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
May 15, 2015 | Hardcore War
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle greets the Impact Zone with Chris Melendez by his side.
Angle says he laces his boots and goes to war every week. He says he’s endured a war with Eric Young, who chose to align himself with The Beat Down Clan. Angle thanks Chris Melendez for having his back in that situation, adding that Melendez is a true hero, and a man every child should aspire to be.
Angle tells Melendez it would be his honor to have him on his team for the Hardcore War. Melendez agrees and shakes Angle’s hand. Angle references his additional support against The BDC; he brings out The Rising.
Angle thanks The Rising, calling them a breath of fresh air. Drew Galloway says no thanks are needed because everybody willing to fight for professional wrestling is The Rising. Galloway adds that because Angle is champion, he’s the best in the world, but he cautions that one day their paths will cross and he’ll emerge victorious.
Eric Young interrupts the moment, saying he’s earned his World Championship opportunity. Young claims to have been screwed out of his title shot. He claims to still be the number one contender and says he’s not going to quit until he’s reigning as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Angle says Young can have his rematch, in an “I Quit” Match – but that it’ll have to wait because for now, it’ll be Team Angle (Angle, Melendez and The Rising) vs. Team Young (Young and The BDC).
The teams collide ahead of the Hardcore War as Lashley makes his surprise return to clear the ring!
Tag Team Match | The Dollhouse w/ Taryn Terrell vs. Brooke and Rebel
Jade and Marti Bell attack Brooke and Rebel before the opening bell. Jade sends Rebel face-first into the apron before rolling her into the ring for Marti Bell. Marti Bell dominates the returning Rebel until tagging out to Jade.
Jade continues the Dollhouse advantage with a series of stiff kicks. Despite her efforts to mount a comeback, Rebel remains grounded. Jade and Marti Bell exchange rapid tags, leaving Rebel reeling, reaching for the tag to Brooke.
Brooke enters the match after Jade misses a dropkick. Brooke capitalizes on her momentum and ultimately turns a powerbomb attempt from Jade into a facebreaker. Having regained her composure, Rebel wants back in; Brooke makes the tag while Jade is vulnerable.
Rebel misses a leg drop from the ropes and Marti Bell storms back into the ring. The Dollhouse double teams Brooke before putting Rebel away with a double chokeslam!
Winners: The Dollhouse
Post-match: The Knockout’s Champions, Taryn Terrell climbs into the ring and says that playtime with the Dollhouse isn’t always fun and games. Taryn says she’s had a little playtime of her own – with Gail Kim’s family. She tells Gail to stay tuned.
Backstage: The BDC plots against Team Angle. They note that Homicide won’t be available; Eric Young says he’s got a partner in mind.
Ethan Carter III makes his entrance with Tyrus. EC3 says that the button (“EC3 2015”) on his lapel represents on nation under EC3. He says that while he tries to remain conservative with his words and liberal with his fists, the Top 5 rankings are presenting him with a problem.
He demands to know why he’s not the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Mr. Anderson interrupts, wielding a chair. EC3 says they’re done. He thanks Mr. Anderson for coming and he and Tyrus leave the ring. Anderson challenges and taunts Tyrus on the stipulation that if he wins, he earns a match with EC3. Tryus demands a referee.
Singles Match | Mr. Anderson vs. Tyrus w/ EC3
As soon as Tyrus slides into the ring, Mr. Anderson’s attack is on. Tyrus battles back quickly, using his size advantage to power through Anderson with ease. Tyrus lands a furious set of punches before planting Anderson with a splash.
Tyrus drops a few elbows across Anderson’s throat before making his first pin attempt. Anderson’s quickly out, to which Tyrus responds with a back breaker of sorts and a second pin attempt. Again Anderson’s out and finds himself poised for a Mic Check, but Tyrus counters.
Tyrus powerbombs Mr. Anderson and when EC3 brings a chair into the ring, he’s ejected from ringside. The crowd chants “We want Ethan!” as Tyrus turns from the distraction into a Mic Check!
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Magnus takes to the ring, saying he refuses to apologize for attacking James Storm. Dressed to compete, he calls out the leader of The Revolution.
Storm’s music hits, but “The Monster,” Abyss answers the call instead, saying there are consequences for Magnus’ actions – and those consequences are coming from him.
BBQ Pitmasters Brawl | Magnus vs. Abyss
Magnus and Abyss collide ringside with Magnus commanding the early interaction. Abyss smashes a baking sheet across Magnus’ forehead, allowing him to take that advantage away.
Abyss tosses an assortment of BBQ related items into the ring including the BBQ Pitmasters grill, tongs, baking sheets and a tray stand. He smashes the stand across Magnus’ back, but for his efforts, he’s met in the groin by a pair of grill tongs! Abyss is reeling, hanging onto the ropes when Manik interferes.
Magnus catches the springboarding Manik and powers him to the mat with a slam. Then, using the top of the grill, Magnus pummels Abyss, first with a face-shot followed by body shots. Abyss is down when Khoya rushes into the ring to assault Magnus with his walking stick. Magnus falls to the mat and Manik mounts him for a series of rights.
Manik and Khoya double team Magnus, setting him up for a chokeslam from Abyss. The Revolution stands tall over Magnus.
Winners: (No Contest)
Round #1 (Best of 5 Series) | The Wolves vs. The Dirty Heels
Bobby Roode and Davey Richards open the bout. Richards drags Roode to the mat for a scissor choke hold. Roode breaks the hold and both men reach their feet to square off again. Richards tags out to Eddie Edwards. Edwards and Roode lock up. Roode slaps on an arm lock and brings in Austin Aries.
Aries comes off the turnbuckle onto Edwards’ arm. Then he applies a hold of his own that Eddie Edwards rolls through into a scissor choke hold. Aries positions a headstand and kicks up to his feet. Edwards and Aries square off. The Wolves exchange rapid tags, while maintaining an arm lock.
Aries counters a whip from Richards into a headlock. Eddie Edwards tags himself into the match and when Aries comes off the ropes for Richards, he’s met with a drop toe hold and a knee to the back of the head.
Roode rushes into the ring only to suffer a similar fate. The Wolves charge at him with back-to-back elbow shots before sending him to the mat and out of the way. They refocus their hunt on Aries with a modified Force of Nature. Edwards makes the cover; Aries kicks out.
Edwards appears to be headed for the top rope when Roode takes a cheap shot, sending Edwards to the outside. Aries flies over the top rope and connects with a shot to Edwards that sets him up for offense from Roode. The Dirty Heels isolate and double team Eddie Edwards.
Roode distracts the referee, which in turn causes the tag between The Wolves to go unseen. The Dirty Heels continue their assault on Edwards, breaking only for a cheap shot that sends Davey Richards off the apron.
Roode whips Aries toward Eddie Edwards, but he counters with a boot to the mid-section. Then Edwards counters Roode with a back elbow to the face – and he finally makes the tag to Davey Richards! Richards furiously takes down both of The Dirty Heels. He throws Roode into Aries and then lands a dropkick that sees Aries inadvertently DDT Roode.
Richards and Aries trade forearm shots, but a high knee from Richards earns him a pin attempt. Aries is out quickly and Richards comes back with a spinning kick that Aries counters with a discuss forearm. Aries comes off the ropes only to be met by a Wolves double team.
The Wolves set up for the Force of Nature, but Roode pulls Richards from the ring and Aries counters a powerbomb into a hurricanrana, sending Edwards outside. Roode poses The Wolves in front of the guardrail and Austin Aries connects with a suicide dive! Roode rolls Davey Richards back into the ring, setting him up for a missile dropkick from Aries.
Roode whips Aries towards Richards in the corner. Aries lands a running dropkick. He sends Richards into Roode; Roode hoists him up for a powerbomb, but Davey Richards rolls through and gets a surprise three count! The Wolves take round one!
Winners: The Wolves (Best of Five Series: Wolves lead 1-0)
Backstage: Drew Galloway addresses his teammates in The Rising. He says that Kurt Angle’s team only has two spots and that he, as the leader will have one, as will Mica. He apologizes to Eli Drake, assuring him there are more battles to be had.
Backstage: The Dollhouse is situated on a bed, telling secrets. Taryn says “In the spirit of pillow talk,” she has a story for her friends. Marti Bell and Jade excitedly reply in unison, “Doll friends forever!”
Taryn says that while Gail Kim was working out in the ring, she spent some quality time with Gail’s stepdaughters. Then, more importantly she says, is what she plans on wearing later for Robert, Gail’s husband. Taryn vows to show the world.
Backstage: James Storm reprimands The Revolution for triple-teaming Magnus. Storm says he didn’t ask for that, telling them that this is between him and Mickie James.
The Dollhouse re-enters the Impact Zone for Taryn to talk about playtime with Gail Kim’s family. Taryn delivers her catchphrase, “This is our house, the Dollhouse.”
Taryn claims to know how much the fans love to be teased. She says the Dollhouse creates fantasies, but that it’s all they’ll ever be – a fantasy. Taryn claims to be more than a Knockout and a wrestler because she’s creating something special. Then, she invites the fans to take a look at something really special – pictures of her time with Gail’s stepdaughters.
Taryn says that she and the girls had a good time, but that it’s nothing compared to the time she’s going to have with Gail’s husband, Robert. She demands the lights be lowered, for a spotlight to shine and for the crew to hit the music. Taryn strips off her robe to reveal her seductive lingerie.
Taryn prances around the ring before taking center stage and demanding the music be cut. She goes back to her story, saying that what happens next will be …
Gail Kim interrupts! She says Taryn has made this personal and crossed the line. Marti Bell takes the mic and asks Gail why she’s so serious and why she’s interrupting the Dollhouse story time. She asks Gail if she wants to play.
Gail yells at Taryn, telling her to prove she’s the better Knockout and champion – in the ring. Taryn comes back with, “I think it’s time the whole World knows their little Gail is nothing compared to me – even your husband knows that.”
Gail slaps Taryn and takes on the Dollhouse. The Dollhouse retreats.
BroMan Bro-down | Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E
Jessie and Robbie E fist bump at the opening bell. They lock up and Robbie rolls through into a cradle to secure the win.
Winner: Robbie E
Post-match: Jessie grabs the mic and says nobody wants to see a five-second match. He asks Robbie to restart the match. Robbie agrees and that match restarts.
BroMan Bro-down, pt. 2 | Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E
The former tag partners fist bump again and lock up in the center of the ring. This time, Jessie powers Robbie to the mat. Jessie flexes – and when he moves back toward Robbie, Robbie kicks him in the knee and rolls him up for the pin.
Winner: Robbie E
Post-match: Jessie says Robbie beat a man who wasn’t ready. He says that his tights weren’t even tied – and that he wasn’t ready. Jessie says he needs one more chance, that the final contest will determine who the best BroMan was. Robbie agrees to a third match and Jessie ties his trunks.
BroMan Bro-down, pt. 3 | Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E
Jessie and Robbie lock up – except this time, there’s a loud counting coming from the fans. They’re counting the seconds in the match!!! Robbie E lands a flurry of offense, much to the surprise of Jessie. Jessie grabs Robbie’s tights and sends him face-first into the turnbuckle. He follows it up with a dropkick and an eye-rake. Jessie taunts the fans who counter his taunt with, “47...48…49…50”
Jessie moves in for a clothesline, but Robbie counters into a crucifix pin! Robbie E takes the third match in just under – or right at, one minute.
Winner: Robbie E
Post-match: Jessie screams that he’s not losing like that. He smashes the mic against Robbie’s face and screams, “Get up Robbie!”
Jessie throws the referee out of the ring and then he press slams Robbie E over the top rope! Jessie grabs a chair and places it around Robbie’s head. He screams “I’m the better BroMan” as he drives the chair into the ring post! Robbie collapses.
Backstage: Kurt Angle gives Team Angle a pep talk.
Backstage: Eric Young rushes up to The BDC with the fifth man of their team. Low Ki shoves the camera man to keep it a secret.
Backstage: Mr. Anderson has a friend constructing a confine for Tyrus.
Hardcore War | Team Young vs. Team Angle
The rules of Hardcore War: Two men from each team start the match; every 90-seconds, a new member of either team will enter. Once all ten competitors are in the match, the bell will sound and a single pinfall or submission earns the victory.
Low-Ki and Drew Galloway start the Hardcore War, each wielding a steel pipe. Galloway is disarmed, but dodges a swing from Low-Ki. They brawl to the outside, where Galloway commands the advantage by sending his opponent into the guardrail. Galloway drives in a series of chops before dropping Low-Ki onto the rail and then bouncing his face off the apron.
Galloway connects with a stiff right as Kenny King enters the match. King drops Galloway with a spinning kick that permits The BDC a numbers advantage and double team assault. Galloway does his best to fend them off, but Low-Ki and Kenny King prove too much as Mica rushes to ringside with a nightstick. Mica assaults King and leaves him lying ringside.
The Rising members dominate Low-Ki. When King re-enters the fray, The Rising divides to conquer. Galloway suplexes Low-Ki as Kenny King grabs a bar and begins choking Mica.
Galloway makes the save and Eric Young comes to the ring! Using a trashcan lid, Eric Young quells The Rising. Galloway’s hung upside-down from the turnbuckle. Young places Mica atop the turnbuckle holding Galloway and repeatedly smashes the lid across both men’s bodies.
Eric Young stomps Galloway’s midsection before climbing the ropes to execute a superplex to Mica. Mica tries fighting back, which brings The BDC members forward. Galloway sits up, grabs Young and releases him into a throw suplex from the turnbuckle! Mica is superplexed into The BDC in the process!
With all of the Hardcore War participants down, Kurt Angle makes his entrance. He takes out Eric Young and Low-Ki before dropping Kenny King with three German suplexes! Angle and Young meet ringside to continue their brawl.
MVP and Chris Melendez are the next entrants in the Hardcore War. Bodies fly everywhere in and around the ring until Bram makes his entrance as Team Young’s surprise competitor.
Bram plows through Drew Galloway and Mica before climbing into the ring to assist MVP with a double team on Angle. Bram then shifts focus to help Low-Ki assault Chris Melendez. They throw Melendez over the top rope and that’s when “The Destroyer” Lashley makes his in-ring return!
Lashley drives Bram into the ringpost as the opening bell officially sounds!
Eric Young attempts an assault from behind, but Lashley connects with an early spear! Kenny King becomes Lashley’s next victim when he’s powered down with a slam, but the numbers provide distraction. MVP attacks Lashley with a kendo stick. Lashley wrestles the kendo stick away from MVP, but MVP connects with a big boot and a pin attempt.
Lashley counter’s an Overdrive attempt from MVP with a close-range spear! Bram rushes up from behind to rake Lashley’s eyes and for the Brighter Side of Suffering! Mica connects with a running power slam to Bram, but he’s met with a springboard neckbreaker from Kenny King.
Drew Galloway nails a huge running kick to Kenny King before launching himself over the top rope into a cluster of men including Low-Ki, MVP, Eric Young and even Mica! Angle then launches himself off the top rope with a crossbody taking out an even larger, mixed-team group of men.
Eric Young and Chris Melendez meet in the ring. Young rakes his eyes, but Melendez powers through Young with a series of clotheslines and a big boot. Melendez attempts a back body drop, but Young counters with a piledriver for the win!
Winners: Team Young
Post-match: Eric Young attempts to rip off Chris Melendez’s prosthetic leg. The ref tries to intervene, but Young delivers a stiff right before removing Melendez’s leg! He appears ready to use the prosthetic against Melendez until Angle makes the save.
Young begins to retreat, but changes his mind, opting instead to assault Angle with the leg! He wraps the prosthetic around Angle’s throat and screams, “Say I quit!”
IMPACT WRESTLING MOVING TO WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 9/8C ON DESTINATION AMERICA BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3
Destination America’s IMPACT WRESTLING, will make a permanent move to Wednesday nights at 9/8c beginning Wednesday, June 3rd. The mid-week knockout premiere will kick off with stellar matches showcasing America’s favorite wrestlers.
The tag teams will head to epic battles with The Wolves and the Dirty Heels competing in match three of the Best of 5 Series on their quest to capture the vacated TNA Tag Team Title, and The Rising and the BDC are at war battling it out in a six-man tag team matchup. TNA World Champion Kurt Angle will compete in the main event and the Knockouts will be in action featuring the Dollhouse and Brooke.
Tonight, IMPACT WRESTLING continues its premieres with Hardcore War at 9/8c on Destination America.
While Kurt Angle defeated Eric Young to retain the TNA World Title last week, the feud continues as Young and Angle form teams to compete in a 10-man tag match where each participant can bring a weapon of choice to the ring. Austin Aries and Bobby Roode, the Dirty Heels, will face The Wolves, and a returning Eddie Edwards, in the first of a Best of 5 Series for the TNA Tag Team Titles. The Dollhouse, Marti Bell and Jade, take on Brooke and Rebel in tag team Knockouts action. Ethan Carter III also continues his “EC3 for Champ” campaign and the BroMans return to find out what the future has in store for Jessie, Robbie E and DJ Z.
IMPACT WRESTLING premieres Hardcore War tonight at 9/8c with the permanent switch to Wednesday nights starting June 3rd only on Destination America!
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
May 8, 2015 | Live
Eric Young kicks off Impact Wrestling Live!
He demands to know the identity of the special guest referee for his match against Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Bully Ray surprises the Impact Zone by declaring himself to be the man for the job!
Falls Count Anywhere or Arm Wrestling | EC3 w/ Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson
EC3 says he’s confident the fans have chosen the right stipulation against Mr. Anderson – an arm wrestling contest. Mr. Anderson charges into the arena as the stipulation is revealed: 85% of the vote is for Falls Count Anywhere.
Anderson immediately clears the ring of EC3 and Tyrus. Just as Anderson begins to further his momentum, Tyrus pulls him from the ring. Anderson thwarts Tyrus’ assault by delivering a Mic Check that sends EC3’s accomplice face-first into the ring post. Anderson gives chase to EC3, bouncing his head off of the guardrails and ring apron, before connecting with a low-blow and making a pin attempt.
Anderson pulls a pile of chairs from beneath the ring. He attempts a Mic Check to EC3 onto the chairs, but EC3 counters by sending Anderson crashing onto the ramp with a back body drop. Adding insult to injury, EC3 slaps Anderson and spits in his face!
An enraged Anderson drives EC3 onto the pile of chairs with a Green Bay Plunge. He connects with a second Green Bay Plunge in the ring. Tyrus pays dividends in its wake by destroying Anderson and allowing EC3 to pick up the win – 554 days undefeated.
Winner: Ethan Carter III
Backstage: Kurt Angle asks Bully Ray if he’ll call the match down the middle.
Backstage: Gail Kim asks Kong if she’s in against the Dollhouse.
MVP leads the Beat Down Clan to the ring. The BDC wears masks honoring their absent fourth member – Homicide. MVP says Homicide was injured earlier this week and must undergo shoulder surgery. He assigns the blame to Drew Galloway and The Rising.
Galloway leads Mica and Eli Drake toward the ring. Galloway says the streets aren’t his playground, but that the ring is. MVP says, “I don’t give a damn about pro wrestling. All I care about is the money, the prestige and the power that comes with being a champion!”
MVP says the lifestyle that comes with being champion is more important than wrestling fans or people cheering his name. He blames Galloway for not being the current World Champion. He instructs Galloway to collect his beat down so that he can decapitate The Rising.
The Rising storms the ring to collide with The BDC.
Singles Match | MVP vs. Drew Galloway
MVP commands an early advantage against Galloway. His relentless assault includes a massive arm breaker in the center of the ring. Eventually, Galloway counters an Irish Whip from MVP with a kick to the face. MVP immediately returns a big boot, but Galloway returns another huge kick to the face.
MVP rolls from the ring. When Galloway tries to pursue, MVP trips him, bouncing the back of Galloway’s head off the apron. MVP swings Galloway into the guardrail. Galloway grips his shoulder and MVP shoves him hard into the ring post! MVP rolls the leader of The Rising back into the ring and makes a series of near falls.
Out of nowhere, Galloway connects with a Future Shock DDT to secure the win!
Winner: Drew Galloway
Post-match: Eric Young assaults The Rising with a chair! The BDC joins Young in the beat down, leaving the BDC standing tall.
Backstage: James Storm says he has a special gift for a very special friend.
From the ring, James Storm introduces Mickie James!
Mickie enters to a tremendous ovation. Storm says he knows Mickie’s transitioning in her life – and that everyone can respect that – but he reminds her that she promised the fans one more match. He says that tonight, he wants to celebrate Mickie’s music because she’s an amazing singer, an amazing entertainer and above all – an amazing friend.
Storm holds up a gift and has the fans chant, “Open it!”
Mickie opens the box to reveal a custom-made guitar. She celebrates with Storm by taking selfies until Magnus enters the arena to confront him. Magnus shoves Storm and tells Mickie to get out of the ring and leave the guitar.
Storm says he’s got one final gift – for Mickie and Magnus’ son, Donovan. Magnus rushes back to the ring and smashes the guitar over Storm’s head!
Backstage: MVP asks Eric Young why he intervened. Young says he wants the World Title – and that the last time he worked with the BDC, the title changed hands. He wants to do business again, claiming MVP owes him.
Video: Taryn Terrell invades an event and gets close to Gail Kim’s step-daughters.
3-on-2 Handicap Match | Dollhouse vs. Gail Kim and Awesome Kong
Jade attacks Gail Kim before the bell sounds. Gail’s quick to change the complexion of the match with a hurricanrana. Gail tags Kong, who takes down Jade. Gail quickly tags herself back into the match, spurring an argument with Kong.
Kong and Gail see Jade arguing with Marti Bell – and together, the legendary Knockouts take down two of the three members of Dollhouse. Marti Bell shifts the momentum and with a rapid tag to Jade, Gail Kim is in trouble.
Jade lands a stiff kick to the back of Gail’s head before tossing her across the ring. Taryn takes a cheap shot, allowing Jade and Marti Bell to connect with a double team assault. Dollhouse attempts another double team, but Gail counters and locks Jade into a submission.
Taryn breaks the hold and Marti Bell finds herself back in control. Marti Bell taunts Kong and attempts to shove her from the apron. Gail connects with a clothesline! Gail tags Kong!
Kong tears down the Dollhouse! She attempts an Implant Buster to Taryn, but Jade and Marti Bell make the save. Gail tags herself in and connects with a missile dropkick and a near-fall. Marti Bell interrupts the count as Kong delivers an Implant Buster to Jade!
Gail Kim sets up Marti Bell for an Eat Defeat, but Taryn rolls her up and grabs the tights to secure the win!
Post-match: Marti Bell taunts Gail Kim, but she’s stalked by Kong. Marti Bell turns into an Eat Defeat from Gail Kim and then Kong puts the exclamation point on the moment with an Implant Buster!
Video: A recap shows The Hardys capturing their first-ever TNA Tag Team Championships – but news breaks the Jeff Hardy suffered a broken leg while riding a dirt bike.
Backstage: Matt Hardy heads toward the ring with the tag titles.
Backstage: Mickie James confronts Magnus. He says James Storm disrespected him. Mickie says Magnus has now disrespected her.
Jeremy Borash sets up the interview with Matt Hardy.
Matt says he and Jeff proved that they’re still the best tag team in the world. He says Jeff is a daredevil 24/7 and that Jeff is hurt – meaning The Hardys must vacate the World Tag Team Championships. He says he’s going home to figure out what’s next.
Matt Hardy leaves the Impact Zone as the Dirty Heels (Austin Aries and Bobby Roode) enter.
Aries first vows revenge against Eric Young before saying his sights are now set on different gold. He says that the tag team titles seem cursed – noting that both sets of previous champions have been forced to vacate the championships.
Bobby Roode says the titles don’t deserve to be forfeited – but that they deserve to be defended. He claims that the titles deserve to be around the waist of the best tag team in the world.
Davey Richards interrupts, saying the titles do deserve to be around the waists of the best tag team in the world. He says that title belongs to The Wolves! Eddie Edwards makes his return and The Wolves are reunited!
The crowd delivers a huge “Welcome back” chant as Eddie Edwards says he’s been cleared to wrestle. He says the Dirty Heels might believe they’re the best tag team in the world – but that The Wolves know they’re the best. Edwards suggests The Wolves and the Dirty Heels meet in a Best of Five Series!
The Dirty Heels accept.
Backstage: Matt’s on his way out of the arena when Drew Galloway stops him. Galloway says he and Matt are a lot alike, with similar beliefs and principles.
Angelina Love addresses social media interactions. She says she doesn’t care about The BroMans breakup, the Dollhouse or the teaming of Gail Kim and Kong. She says she’s the record-breaking, six-time Knockout’s Champion – the most beautiful person in existence and the greatest Knockout ever.
Velvet Sky makes a surprise return through the audience.
Angelina says Velvet’s new look is interesting and daring. She says Velvet seems mad and then she apologizes for not getting in touch with Velvet – because she was too busy having a life. She claims Velvet has returned to once again steal her spotlight.
Velvet spears Angelina before choking her using her own hair! A group of officials separate the former Beautiful People as the crowd chants, “Let them fight!”
Backstage: Eric Young confronts Bully Ray. Young asks Bully if he’s going to stab him in the back. Bully says he’s only been called to ref the match.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship | Eric Young vs. Kurt Angle (c)
The special guest referee, Bully Ray, is introduced first, ahead of the challenger Eric Young and champion Kurt Angle.
Bully Ray hoists the TNA World Heavyweight Championship into the air just before the opening bell sounds. Kurt Angle takes down Eric Young with an arm drag, but the tenacious challenger battles back by stomping Angle’s head onto the mat!
Angle counters Young’s charge with a belly-to-belly suplex. Eric Young is quickly back to his feet and in the champion’s face with a series of rights and back elbows. Angle and Young trade blows and ultimately, Angle connects with a suplex from the top rope!
Young rolls out of the ring and when Angle gives chase, Young connects with a clothesline! The BDC enters the Impact Zone to stand atop the ramp!
Eric Young connects with a neckbreaker as the BDC moves closer to ringside. Young targets Angle’s neck, locking him into a headlock. Angle fights out of the hold, then he and Young trade a huge series of rights. Angle ends the exchange with a back body drop and five German suplexes.
Eric Young rolls through an Angle Slam into a pin attempt. Angle counters the pin into an Ankle Lock! Young again rolls through, sending Angle into BDC territory! Young low-blows Bully Ray and the BDC attacks!
Chris Melendez and The Rising race into the Impact Zone to fend off the BDC! Eric Young attempts a piledriver to Bully Ray, but Bully counters, setting Young up for an Angle Slam!
Eric Young somehow kicks out at two and turns Angle’s next Ankle Lock attempt into a piledriver! Angle surprises by kicking out at two and locking in a final Ankle Lock that forces Eric Young to submit!
Winner: Kurt Angle
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Update 5/7/15 5:26 PM ET: IMPACT WRESTLING has confirmed through multiple sources the returning former TNA World Champ who will be the guest referee for Angle vs EY this Friday night is not a current roster member.
Following the announcement of the return of a former World Champ to referee this Friday's World Title main event, many decided to weight in on it on social media.
There have only been 16 TNA Champs and 2 of them are in the match...— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) May 6, 2015
Some of the others decided to weigh in on things as well.
Fans Also decided to weigh in..
@IMPACTWRESTLING This should be interesting..it can be anybody— champlife (@champlife) May 6, 2015
Their history is well documented. They have been archrivals for years. They have taken years off of each other’s careers They have battled over titles and sought to take each other down time and time again. Gail Kim and Awesome Kong HATE each other! So why would the two team up? Why would both former Knockouts Champions stand next to each other and fight for the same purpose? Simple, to rid IMPACT WRESTLING of the Dollhouse.
Led by Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell, the Dollhouse, Jade and Marti Bell, have been terrorizing IMPACT for weeks. In a shocking turn of events Jade and Marti Bell assisted Taryn in putting Kong thru a table, allowing Taryn to retain The Knockouts Title.
Taryn assumed her reign of terror would last forever, that is until Gail changed the game and unveiled her alliance with Awesome Kong. Now, things are very interesting.
What will happen LIVE on IMPACT WRESTLING this Friday night when Awesome Kong and Gail Kim team up and face the Dollhouse? Find out on Destination America at 9/8c.
Impactwrestling.com has just learned a former TNA World Champion will return to be the Special Guest Referee for The TNA World Championship match between Champion Kurt Angle and challenger Eric Young this Friday night in a live broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America at 9/8c.
Which former champ will return to serve as Special Guest Referee? Impactwrestling.com has been unable to confirm the identity, though we have learned the identity of the returning champion will be unveiled within the first five minutes of IMPACT WRESTLING this Friday night.
What does this mean for the World Title? What do Kurt Angle and Eric Young think about this sudden change?
The excitement and anticipation continues to build as we get ready to go live this Friday night on Destination America at 9/8c.