Sunday night, TNA Wrestling takes Bound For Glory to the Land of the Rising Sun! Our biggest show of the year emanates from the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan and features an intense grudge match between a teacher and his former student. It will be The Great Muta and Tajiri facing off against the reborn Great Sanada and his new mentor, James Storm.
When The Great Sanada first came to TNA, he was simply known as Sanada - the very best student that The Great Muta had. He arrived in TNA with a hardworking attitude and quickly captured X-Division gold, a title that he would go on to hold for the better part of the 2014.
However, things took a turn when Sanada lost the X-Division Title and began to associate with James Storm. Storm was seen backstage, on multiple occasions, abusing Sanada and telling Sanda that he knew there was a more fierce side to the Japanese superstar that no one had seen.
Things all changed at the Manhattan Center. The Great Muta had come to New York City for a rare appearance to announce Bound For Glory in Japan and then decided to wrestle. After his match, James Storm and Sanada hit the ring, with the latter turning on his mentor and beating The Great Muta down with a chair.
Since that moment, we've seen a terrifying new version of the former X-Division Champion. With coaching from Storm, The Great Sanada was born - and has become a feared wrestler in-and-out of the ring. Sunday night, The Great Muta will meet the reborn Sanada for the first time as he and his long-time friend Tajiri take-on The Great Sanada and his mentor, James Storm.
Will The Great Muta exact revenge on the man who took his protege to the dark side or will The Great Sanada and James Storm engulf The Great Muta and Tajiri, leaving room for only one "Great" Japanese wrestler? We find out Sunday night on Pay-Per-View at Bound For Glory!
Find the full card for Bound For Glory by clicking here!
While Gail Kim still recovers from a separated shoulder, Kurt Angle has reached a decision in regards to the next Number 1 Contender for The Knockout's Championship.
Wednesday night on IMPACT, three Knockouts will compete in a Triple Threat Match with the winner going on to challenge HAVOK. It will be Angelina Love, Taryn Terrell and Madison Rayne this Wednesday night!
IMPACTWrestling.com reached out to the three Knockouts for their opinions on this forthcoming encounter.
Angelina Love: "It's time for me to break MY OWN record and become the 7-time TNA Knockouts Champion. Don't let this Beautiful People barbie doll exterior fool you, I've challenged and BEAT competitors of all shapes and sizes. Is HAVOK intimidating? Without a doubt. Do I want, need and DESERVE another opportunity at the Championship? Yes I do! And I'll start this Wednesday night when I face Madison Rayne and Taryn in a #1 Contenders match. I GOT THIS."
Madison Rayne: "I've been waiting patiently for my opportunity to get a shot at the Knockouts Title for awhile now. When I lost the title earlier this year, it was to Angelina. The most recent #1 contenders match I had, I lost to Taryn. But I don't feel that I'm going into this match the underdog. I'm going into it to win. To get that match with HAVOK and to beat her. That title means I've accomplished something and not having it doesn't sit well with me. As for stepping in the ring with HAVOK, it wouldn't be my first time. I've been in the ring with her before and I can't think of a more intimidating opponent to have staring me down wanting to beat me, but I'm not afraid of her. The bigger they are, the harder they fall and the easier they stay down for the 1-2-3!"
Taryn had little to say, "I'm focused on this triple threat first and then I can think about HAVOK."
As you can see, it's going to be a very pivotal and important night Wednesday on Spike TV as Kurt Angle continues to make bold decisions. Angelina Love, Madison Rayne and Taryn Terrell compete in a Triple Threat Number One Contenders Match for the Knockouts Championship. A match HAVOK will be watching closely!
Last week on IMPACT, Bobby Roode made his intentions crystal clear. Roode wants The TNA World Heavyweight Championship at any cost and demanded that he get another shot one-on-one against The Destroyer, Lashley.
Roode felt he was close, very close to defeating Lashley in their last encounter and in that, Booby Roode thinks he's found the combination to unlocking the path to defeat Lashley. However, Lashley let MVP do the talking - and MVP turned down the challenge on behalf of the champion. This has people talking.
Whispers are traveling through the locker room that perhaps Lashley doesn't want to face a hungry and determined Roode. Will those whispers turn to roars if Bobby Roode continues to make demands? Will Lashley quell those demands? Will others see this as an opportunity to take a shot at a distracted champion?
This is a shark tank and Lashley is the biggest shark here, but also wears the biggest target, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Frenemy: it's become a popular word in pop culture over the past couple of years. We all have them, frenemies, those we loathe, but still tolerate. Those we secretly wish ill on, but smile when they succeed. Those that think of us as a true friend or even a bestie, but who we disregard as tolerable.
Well, Rockstar Spud has always looked at Ethan Carter III as his best friend and EC3 has always looked at Spud as an "employee." EC3 said it best when he told Spud last Wednesday on IMPACT, "my friends have trust funds and go to yacht clubs."
EC3 even demanded Spud cry on the spot and laughed in Spud's face in a very uncomfortable scene.
All of us agreed with Eric Young that Spud should have punched EC3 on the spot, but what would Spud do after that? Where would the little guy go?
See, Spud truly loves EC3 like a brother and sadly that love isn't reciprocated. What will happen next between these two frenemies? Find out Wednesday night on Spike TV at 9/8c to see how far EC3 will go to embarrass or embrace Rockstar Spud.
EC3 is demanding Spud enter the ring and accept his fate and future. How will Spud respond? Either way a decision has been made.
Each week, IMPACTwrestling.com will host a blog from Robbie E as he and Knockout Brooke journey across the globe on CBS’ The Amazing Race. You can follow their journey on Fridays at 8/7c on CBS and then come to IMPACTWrestling.com to get Robbie’s inside scoop!
The race this past week was insane. All over London, bro!!! Just like when Maximum IMPACT 7 comes around in January. Here are my personal highlights from Episode 2.
- I don't speak British and never will. I can't understand that language, bro!
- Brooke needs more confidence, and I should not point a gun at her... That might help, bro! (see above)
- Traffic in London is terrible. Worse than the turpike, bro!! What's up with that?
- I'm terrible at marching (but great at picking on the dorks in marching bands).
- Punting isn't just for footballs. It's also some weird boating thing. And Robbie E is good at both. BOOM!!!
- I'm a really fast runner.
- NJ arms are nicely toned, bro.
We came from behind and made it to Winston Churchill's birthplace in 7th place. Not the best, but we never gave up when we were in last place and we're going to build on that in the next leg, bro.
Brooke killed it. Robbie killed it. Brobbie tho! See you next week!
Check out Episode 2 of The Amazing Race here!
Since the premiere of The Amazing Race this season, #TheWrestlers have been the hot talk on social media! Robbie E and Brooke are traveling around the world on the Emmy Award-winning hit show every Friday at 8/7c. Watch their journey and join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #TheWrestlers!
Robbie E and Brooke are headed to England for the next stop of the Amazing Race! Last week, #TheWrestlers started slow but finished the first leg in Fourth Place and now they hope to take things to the next level!
Now, IMPACTWrestling.com can exclusively deliver you a sneak preview of tonight's episode. As you can see here, Brooke and Robbie are struggling with a challenge. Will they get back on track or will their race end in Oxford?
Don't miss The Amazing Race, every Friday at 8/7c on CBS!
If you missed Episode 1, you can catch up by watching it here or checking out Robbie's blog here.
London (Sunday October 5, 2014): TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA Eurostore have teamed up to offer 20% off merchandise throughout October for all fans buying tickets for TNA’s January 2015 UK Tour events in Glasgow, Manchester and London.
TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour and Fan Interaction tickets can be purchased by going to www.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk, www.gigsandtours.com/go/tna2015gen, www.ticketmaster.co.uk/TNA-Wrestling-tickets/artist/1008830 or direct from the venues.
Anyone purchasing a ticket will then be sent a promotional code, which should be entered at the checkout when buying TNA merchandise from www.tnaeurostore.com
This special offer is also open to all those who already hold tickets for one or more of the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour events. Current ticket holders will have a promotional code sent to the email address they used when originally buying their tickets.
Among the many international wrestling stars already announced for the UK Tour are Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, MVP, Gail Kim, Taryn Terrell, Magnus, Samoa Joe and EC3.*
It has also been announced that the final show, on Saturday January 31 at London’s iconic SSE Arena Wembley, will be a double TV taping featuring an Ultimate X match.
Full details of the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT 7 Tour events are:
Thursday 29 January 2015 Glasgow The SSE Hydro www.thehydro.com
Friday 30 January 2015 Manchester Phones 4u Arena www.phones4uarena.co.uk
Saturday 31 January 2015 London SSE Arena Wembley www.ssearena.co.uk
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING is broadcast on Challenge in the UK and Ireland every Sunday night at 9pm, as well as on Spike TV in the USA and more than 120 other countries.
This offer is only valid on the www.tnaeurostore.com website and excludes Championship belts. The code can be used once per customer/ticketholder. Offer ends October 31.* Line-up subject to change.
KUALA LUMPUR (October 2, 2014): TNA IMPACT WRESTLING today announces new TV deals in Malaysia and Singapore.
Both TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA Xplosion will air on Channel 111 – SingTel mio Sports 1 across Singapore. IMPACT will air on Wednesday nights at 10pm with a repeat on Saturday mornings at 11am. Xplosion will premiere on Friday nights at 11pm, with a midday repeat on Sundays. Fans should check local listings for full details.
TNA Xplosion will also air on TV9 in Malaysia every Monday night at 11pm.
TNA President Dixie Carter said: “We are delighted that wrestling fans in Malaysia and Singapore can now join those in Japan, Thailand and 120 other countries around the world in enjoying the very best in professional wrestling each and every week.
“Asia is set to be a key growth market for our company over the next 12 months and, working with our partners across the continent, we hope to announce even more good news soon.”
Sherina Nordin, Group General Manager for TV3 & TV9, said: “TV9 is proud to screen TNA Xplosion, a new sports programme aired for the first time in Malaysia.
“This programme will attract modern and open-minded young fresh mass Malays who love wrestling. We are confident that this program, which is aired every Monday at 11pm, will reach a large number of viewers.”
Anurag Dahiya, Head of Content at SingTel mio TV, said: “We are delighted to bring TNA IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA Xplosion to the fans in Singapore.
“TNA joins a world class SingTel mio TV sports line-up. Our customers can now catch TNA’s top-rated wrestling shows in addition to their favourite sporting action such as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League football games on mio Sports.”
Due to a separated shoulder suffered at the hands of new Knockouts Champion HAVOK, Gail Kim is out for an unspecified amount of time. First and foremost, we all wish Gail a speedy and full recovery as she heals and rehabs from her injury.
Gail not only separated her shoulder, but upon further review from her personal physician, Gail also tore a few ligaments and some cartilage. While there is no timetable for her return to action, the now former Knockouts Champion, sent us this text message an hour before publishing this piece.
"In all my years of being in this business, I have never experienced the pure evil of someone like HAVOK. To be the target for the title, that I'm used to but to have someone try to put me out indefinitely and end my career...
I have one message for HAVOK. I have overcome a lot in all these years. This will not be the end. Anyone who knows Gail Kim knows that I don't back down from anyone. ANYONE. Now you have the target on your back. You know what they say, the bigger they are, the harder they fall and I will be the one to bring you down."
HAVOK said her piece earlier, but this now begs the question who will step up and challenge HAVOK for the Knockouts Championship.
IMPACTWrestling.com spoke to Kurt Angle earlier today and Angle said he has a plan in place, but revealed he'll break that news via his Twitter account on Monday morning. As always, we will follow up with what Kurt Angle does as it becomes available.
Again, best of luck to Gail Kim in her recovery process. Can any woman on earth stop HAVOK?