Just when you think the rumors are over about WWE purchasing TNA, they start up all over again. Prior to Bound for Glory on October 2nd, there was a large group of people who assumed that if WWE didn’t bite the bullet and buy out TNA, the BFG PPV would have to be cancelled. Obviously, neither of those things ended up happening. Now, the rumor is that WWE is looking to buy out TNA’s video library. It’s said that it may be about to happen or has already happened and simply hasn’t been announced yet.
It’s no secret that Impact Wrestling has seen quite a few ups and downs over the years. It seems that the threat of running out of money and, to quote Matt Hardy, becoming obsolete is always hanging over their heads. It doesn’t help that Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe are a big part of NXT right now, involved in major storylines. Eric Young will be debuting soon, Austin Aries has been having stellar matches for months, and AJ Styles is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Those were five big names in TNA who are now wrestling with the enemy.
On the flipside of that, you could argue that TNA has been able to pick up some of WWE’s talent as well, which wouldn’t happen if they were truly circling the drain. WWE’s Brodus Clay made the jump to TNA after his release, debuting as Tyrus and being featured alongside Ethan Carter III as a bodyguard. He’s now solo and in a new gimmick as The Fixer. Damien Sandow was released after creating comedy gold as The Miz’s stunt double. He debuted on TNA as Aron Rex and is now the current and inaugural Impact Grand Champion. Cody Rhodes requested his release from WWE after growing tired of the Stardust gimmick, and his wife Brandi Rhodes (ring announcer Eden Stiles) followed suit. Now known as simply “Cody,” he made his TNA debut at Bound For Glory alongside his wife by confronting Mike Bennett and wife Maria to begin a feud between the couples.
TNA also currently has one of the most successful factions and greatest stories currently going on in any company. Jeff Hardy threw his brother Matt from a staircase in the Impact Zone and “broke” him. Matt returned as Broken Matt Hardy, a blond streak in his now frizzy hair, an insane accent, and aspirations to DELETE DELETE DELETE! We got The Final Deletion, Delete or Decay, and The Great War; three battles that are beyond epic, overly dramatic, and definite masterpieces. WWE has tried to capitalize on the success of the Broken Hardys by enlisting Bray Wyatt and company. They tried to recreate their version of The Final Deletion by pitting The Wyatt Family against The New Day in an outdoor brawl. Now they have Bray Wyatt torturing Randy Orton, who he is calling “damaged.” Try as they might, they can’t match the broken brilliance of the Hardys.
One thing that hurts TNA is their need to tape multiple shows within a very short period of time, then show those tapings over weeks or months. TNA reportedly has already finished filming enough to carry them to the end of the year. Thanks to the internet, I already know about a major title change, and I wasn’t even searching for anything related to that. There are us fans who avoid spoilers like the plague, and then there are those fans who adore being the first to know and try to share their “knowledge” with anyone who will listen. I’m still going to be tuning in every week, but I can understand how a casual fan would just say to hell with watching after finding out about this title change.
2017 could be TNA’s year though. With Billy Corgan edging out Dixie Carter as TNA President, big changes are in store. If WWE does buy out the library, that would give Corgan more money to use for improvements; new talent, more live tapings, and more opportunity to travel and play to different cities. There is also the idea of Corgan changing the company’s name, rebranding and starting fresh. No more TNA, no more Impact Zone. A name is just a name, but because “TNA” carries so much negativity to so many people (not to mention makes people think “tits and ass” instead of wrestling), a name change brings about a new beginning.
Even if you’re not a fan of TNA wrestling, preferring the company of others, its existence is important. WWE is top dog, but it doesn’t thrive without TNA, NJPW, ROH, AAA, the companies that were left in the past and those that will come in the future. Your favorite wrestlers don’t get to where they are now without the independent circuits, trials and failures in other companies, and competition. TNA needs these other companies, but they also need TNA. All rumors aside, I am cheering for TNA to succeed, and if you’re a true wrestling fan, then you should be too.
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker
Bound For Glory will be held in the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida and is the 12th TNA PPV under this name. Gail Kim will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, and we will see the debut of Cody [Rhodes]. If you are in the area, the VIP package costs a meager $129 per person, which is only slightly more than we paid for WWE PPV tickets; no VIP, second tier seats. Click HERE for a recap of the go-home episode this past Thursday. Let’s take a look at the BFG match card and make some predictions.
Moose vs Mike Bennett – Singles Match
Moose came into TNA as Mike Bennett’s muscle, but quickly got tired of Bennett’s underhanded tactics, lies, and selfish attitude. Now the two former friends will be facing off to put this beef to rest. We’re all but guaranteed to see Moose battle Lashley down the road, but he has to get through The Miracle first. Bennett broke EC3’s streak by pinning him for the first time, and is confident going into this match. He will likely try some underhanded tactics to get it done, but he won’t be able to outmuscle Moose.
F2H Prediction – Mike Bennett
Aron Rex vs Eddie Edwards – Inaugural Impact Grand Championship Match
Billy Corgan retired the King of the Mountain Championship and replaced it with the Impact Grand Championship. A tournament was held to determine the two final competitors, with judges scoring the matches and determining a winner unless one competitor gets a pinfall or submission. The title will be defended in matches with the same scoring system used in the tournament, which is an interesting departure from the norm. Aron Rex is my new favorite Impact guy, and I can’t wait to see him compete. Unfortunately, Drew Galloway was injured and had to forfeit his spot, but Eddie Edwards will be stepping up to take his place.
F2H Prediction – Aron Rex
Tyrus vs Robbie E vs Baron Dax vs Jesse Godderz vs Grado vs Rockstar Spud vs Mahabali Shera vs Braxton Sutter vs Basile Baraka vs Eli Drake – 10-Man Bound For Gold Gauntlet Match
The winner of this match will get a future title shot of their choosing. Last year, Tyrus won, but thanks to a conflict of interest, was not able to take full advantage. Cody was rumored online as a possible entrant, but I’m not sure if this would be the best option for Cody’s debut, competing with nine other men. This is a nice mix of athletes; different sizes and strengths, different tactics and alliances. It should be a good one to watch.
F2H Prediction – Braxton Sutter
Maria (c) vs Gail Kim – TNA Knockout Championship Match
After ordering Allie to lie down in the middle of the ring, Maria became our Knockouts champion. She did what I thought was impossible and made me sympathetic towards the shrill Allie. Gail Kim is my favorite female wrestler in TNA currently, and well deserving of another title run. Her induction into the Hall of Fame should tell you a great deal of how amazing she is. I’m excited to see her shut Maria up. Whether she wins or loses, she needs to put “the first lady of professional wrestling” in her place.
F2H Prediction – Gail Kim
Decay (c) vs The Broken Hardys – The Great War Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
I’m unsure exactly what is in store for us with this match. The Final Deletion and Delete Or Decay were both brilliant. Broken Matt Hardy started out as almost a joke for me, but it turned into wrestling gold. Now, with his broken brother and wife, he is battling Decay and trying to keep his son safe. I heard that most or all of this is pretaped, which is good for the at-home audience, but a shame for the live audience. I also heard that they will be doing a combination of pretaped and live action, which would be perfect. Either way, this match alone is worth the price of the PPV.
F2H Prediction – The Broken Hardys
Lashley (c) vs Ethan Carter III – No Holds Barred TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Lashley held the World, KOTM, and X Division titles at one point before throwing away the other two and agreeing to defend the World title at Bound for Glory. EC3 earned the right to challenge Lashley, but didn’t win the right to pick the stipulation. Naturally, Lashley picked no holds barred so he can wail on his opponent with no penalty. Thanks to the internet, I knew that EC3 would be facing Lashley well before it aired on POP, but it was still exciting to watch his journey. Lashley has a Bellator fight on October 21st, free on Spike TV, so he’s probably extra amped up for this fight with EC3 thanks to the MMA training. I can’t wait to see this main event!
F2H Prediction – Ethan Carter III
Bound for Glory will run you $50 on PPV. The preshow will begin at 7:30 pm EST with the main show kicking off at 8. @FaceToHeel will be live tweeting and providing instant feedback after the show, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for Bound for Glory news, contests, and other exciting content. The card is not very stacked so we are assuming there will be some surprises and a few impromptu bouts. Live tweet with us and we’ll see you tomorrow!
Article by Mrs. Jamie Baker
It’s the go-home episode before this Sunday’s Bound For Glory pay-per-view. Before we get into tonight’s broadcast, let’s catch up on the week. It was rumored online that Vince McMahon and WWE are interested in purchasing the “desperate” TNA. And earlier today we discussed the epic saga of Broken Matt Hardy and how it’s currently one the best things in all of professional wrestling.
Jeremy Borash is in the ring and he brings out team captain Ethan Carter III. Crowd goes wild. Borash brings out the other team captain, current TNA World Champion, Bobby Lashley. JB asks them who their team members are for tonight’s Lethal Lockdown Match. Lashley chooses Drew Galloway as his first pick. EC3 chooses Aron Rex. Naturally, Lashley chooses The Miracle, Mike Bennett. EC3 listens to the crowd chant for Moose and that’s his next pick. Lashley’s third pick is Maria Kanellis-Bennett. EC3 picks Gail Kim. The two trade verbal barbs and Lashley cuts a really nice promo. EC3 challenges him to step in the lockdown cage one on one to start the match and Lashley agrees. First commercial break.
After the break, DJ Z is ready to defend his X-Division Championship against Eddie Edwards. Grappling to start the turns into Eddie chopping DJ Z against the ropes. Hurricanrana by DJ Z. ZDT attempt but Eddie blocks it and kicks him out of the ring. Eddie bounds off the ropes and dives out over the second rope to take DJ Z down. Both men on the ground outside the ring. Lots of offense by both men with a couple of near falls. Eddie removes his knee pad and runs to the ropes, but bounces off and heads towards DJ Z, but he counters and hits the ZDT for the pinfall! After the match the two shake hands and hug. From behind The Helms Dynasty run in and beat them both down. DJ Z is thrown shoulder first into the corner post and then they double team Eddie, planting him on the mat.
Backstage segment with Maria, Laurel and Allie. Maria makes Allie apologize for last week, then calls her stupid and loans her services out to Laurel. Commercial break. When we return, previously recorded segment with Josh Mathews interviewing Moose and Mike Bennett. Bennett says after Bound For Glory nobody will be doing Moose’s chant anymore. Moose says he’s going to get Bennett a one-way ticket to hell. Not really a strong segment for either guy. Anything pre-recorded like that, where you can re-shoot or edit to make it look good, should be on point and that was not.
Madison Rayne comes to the ring. Allie comes out and introduces Laurel Van Ness. Before the match starts, Laurel tries to get Madison to kiss her hand. Madison instead dropkicks her out of the ring. Laurel goes to Allie and has her powder her face. She gets back in the ring and Madison whips her into the corner. Laurel elbows Madison off the apron. She hops out and rolls her back in and suddenly Laurel is running the show. She pulls out some nice maneuvers. Madison rolls her up into a near fall. Bridge pin by Madison, but Laurel kicks out again. Laurel stomps Madison on the back of the neck, driving her to the mat. She rolls her over and covers. Pinfall victory for the newcomer, Laurel. Allie announces her the winner but calls her “Laurel Vaness” and Laurel ducks out of the ring and yells at her and she does it again with the proper pronunciation.
Lashley backstage with his team. He says if the team goes in and wins the match, he will give Bennett or Galloway a title shot. But they have to earn it by taking out EC3. And we head to commercial. When we return, Drew Galloway is in the ring with the Grand Championship on a pedestal. He calls out Aron Rex. Galloway says when he first came to Impact, they needed a savior. He tells everyone, “You’re welcome.” Aron immediately cuts in and tells Galloway to get his own tagline. He calls Galloway a piece of steaming crap. Galloway says Rex would make a very good stuntman, once again alluding to his time with WWE. The two play tug-of-war with the title and Galloway plants Aron Rex.
Reby Hardy takes on Rosemary next and the two just attack each other out of the gate. The two just wail on each other for several minutes as Matt and Jeff get the crowd to chant DELETE. Rosemary spits green mist into Reby’s eyes and the ref calls for a disqualification. Then everything just goes off the rails. Abyss and Matt attack each other, Jeff and Steve fight, Reby and Rosemary battle. Jeff chases Crazzy Steve up the stairs that Matt fell off to become broken. He throws a chair repeatedly against Steve’s back. Reby sets up a table but Rosemary counters and hits a Side Effect, driving Reby through the table on the outside. Rosemary gets on the mic and laughs as she says DECAY over and over. Before the commercial break, Mathews teases that the Hardy’s are still brawling and we’ll follow that after. Coin toss between Lashley and EC3. Lashley picks heads, and it goes heads-first. Lashley’s team gets the advantage for Lethal Lockdown.
On the return, we see Jeff Hardy and Crazzy Steve fighting backstage. Steve hits him with a chair and then gouges his eyes. We cut to Matt Hardy hitting Abyss with a ladder over and over again, each time yelling DELETE. Then Matt bites Abyss on the ear. Cut back to Jeff being beaten with a steel chair. Crazzy Steve puts it around Jeff’s neck and then rams him into a pole. Meanwhile, Abyss pulls a live wire from the wall and electrocutes Matt. Steve licks Jeff’s forehead and we get a split screen of all three Decay members. Same Cody (Rhodes) promo we saw last week after the Decay/Delete segment. Lots of backstage segments after this. Maria and Gail in pre-recorded interview. They are ready for their fight. Eli Drake tries to recreate Tyrus to no avail. EC3 firing up his team and they show unity.
The main event starts at 9:20 tonight. Ethan Carter III comes to the Lethal Lockdown cage, waiting to see who his opponent is. Should be Lashley, but we’ll see if the Destroyer is a man of his word. Naturally, Lashley doesn’t come down. Instead it’s Mike Bennett. EC3 stomps Bennett down. Terrific action for the first two competitors. The next entrant comes out and it’s Team Lashley. Drew Galloway runs in and he gets with Bennett to double team EC3. Galloway hits some vicious chops and we go to commercial. Aron Rex runs in after the break. He and EC3 beat Galloway and Miracle down in tandem for a few moments before Lashley runs in. He comes in and drops Rex, then EC3. He tells Galloway and Bennett to help him out. Galloway goes after Rex and Lashley and Bennett double team EC3. No weapons yet in the Lethal Lockdown, but plenty hang from the cage.
Moose’s turn to enter. He headbutts Galloway and Bennett and then punches Lashley to the mat. He splashes off the ropes and plants Bennett and Galloway. He squares up with Lashley and strikes him down again. Maria comes down but she doesn’t get in the cage. Bennett waves her in but she says she isn’t ready. Crowd starts a sloppy “Get in the ring!” chant. The war continues inside the ring. Bennett goes after Moose, EC3 goes after Lashley, Rex goes after Galloway. Things slow down as all six guys are visibly winded. EC3 chops Galloway to the mat and the final competitor comes down. Gail Kim chases Maria around the ring. She grabs her and tosses her in the cage. Gail follows and the cage is locked shut! Now we can go to pinfall or submission. Maria exits and runs out, Gail follows and they disappear into the back. The first weapon, a kendo stick, comes down from the cage and we go to commercial.
We return to Team Lashley beating the holy hell out of EC3 and comapny with kendo sticks, trash cans and chairs. Lashley, Bennett and Galloway surround EC3. He flips off Lashley and the trio start wailing on him with weapons. Aron Rex throws Galloway headfirst into a trash can. Moose takes down Lashley and now he has a steel chair. He hits Lashley in the guy as Aron Rex whacks him with a kendo stick. Team EC3 has rallied. Aron Rex gives EC3 a steel pipe. He goes to hit Lashley with it but Bennett counters it with a diamond cutter. Moose dropkicks a chair into Bennett’s face. Galloway turns him into a Futureshock DDT. Aron Rex hits Galloway with a chair, then Lashley spears Aron Rex. Too much action!
Everyone is down except EC3 and Lashley. They go after one another and EC3 hits a couple of clotheslines before throwing Lashley into the cage over and over. He lifts Lashley up and throws him over the top rope all the way down the cage. He picks up a kendo stick as Lashley is trapped in the ropes. He hits Lashley multiples times and the crowd is in a frenzy. Lashley recovers and puts EC3 in a submission. EC3 reaches the ropes but it doesn’t matter. Ref can’t break it in this type of match. Instead, EC3 passes out after his face turns red. Ref calls for the bell and Team Lashley wins via TKO. Bobby Lashley now gets to decide the stipulation at Bound For Glory. Lashley gets on the mic and says the stipulation is No Holds Barred and we fade out to Lashley’s music.
For the third week in a row, TNA beats Raw, Smackdown, and NXT just on sheer creativity, excitement and overall booking. Another excellent episode by them and just a fantastic go-home pay-per-view show. Despite the rumors, financial and otherwise, TNA remains a strong product. If you aren’t watching, I’d have to wager you aren’t a real fan of professional wrestling. For those that tuned in, what did you think of tonight’s episode? Let us know in the comments below. See you on Sunday for Bound For Glory!
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
Earlier this year, Matt Hardy turned heel, winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Ethan Carter III in January. What started as a subtle, typical pro-wrestling story, evolved into an ever expanding universe of strange weirdness. After being injured (in kayfabe) by his brother Jeff in an I Quit Match soon after claiming the title, Matt was taken to the hospital. When Matt returned in May he at first was merely a Willow imposter, attacking Jeff from behind. This would crescendo into Matt Hardy becoming “broken” at the hands of his brother, and giving wrestling fans some of the most delightfully bizarre television we have ever seen.
As we reported back in July, the Broken Matt Hardy angle was one of the best things TNA has ever done. Period. Matt crept out of the gate with an odd accent and a white streak in his hair. It was weird and not well received by fans as they questioned just what in the hell Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan were thinking, or if they even were. But where WWE might have cut their losses and abandoned the gimmick, TNA battened down the hatches and ran with it, refusing to give up on Matt’s creation until it was completely exhausted. And things at TNA have been all the better because of it. Matt continued to groom and nurture the Broken gimmick, battling Jeff in every possible way until finally defeating him at his Cameron, North Carolina home in what was called The Final Deletion and awarded Broken Matt with the sole custodianship of “the Hardy Brand.”
The Final Deletion was glorious and that was even after the previous weeks featuring vignettes, Full Metal Mayhem, and Six Sides of Steel in the Impact Zone. It featured an outdoor match with a ring in the middle of the forest, Tiki-torches, fireworks (being shot at human beings) and things being set on fire. What we assumed was the apex of the entire Broken Matt Hardy saga, ended up being just the beginning! Soon after, Brother Nero became Obsolete Jeff. Then in an amazing twist, Matt caused Jeff to snap and now he too was broken!
Jeff began to come out to a new obsolete theme song, wearing solid white contact lenses and giving up his bread-and-butter “spotfest monkey” moves that were his claim to fame throughout his career. All the while, Broken Matt Hardy refined his gimmick coming up with new and clever accents, vignettes, and pre-taped video packages that helped strengthen and solidify TNA’s ratings. Every time it seems like the Broken Matt Hardy angle has worn out its welcome, he surprises everyone with something even more over the top and hilarious than he has ever done before.
Matt was recently on the Talk is Jericho podcast and said it was important for Impact Wrestling to find their own way and identity, claiming: “My broken universe is something different that has never been seen anywhere else before.” Even going so far as to say Vince McMahon would be scared of it and would never let Matt attempt it. He certainly has caught the attention of everyone across the pro-wrestling landscape, including Bray Wyatt. It’s now rumored that WWE is interested in signing Matt once his TNA contract is up in February. But why would he want to leave? TNA’s ratings are strong and he would never have this level of creative freedom on Monday Night Raw.
It just goes to show that if you commit to a concept and give everything you have towards it, people will embrace it. One could argue that Matt and Jeff are in the twilight of their careers and might be close to retirement. But then along comes this Broken Matt Hardy idea and they are now the most talked about segment, not just on Thursday nights but in all of pro-wrestling. Matt has to be commended for putting his entire being into this role, come hell or high water, and really helping to single-handedly put TNA back on the map. There’s even rumors of WWE buying them out now.
Featuring self-aware drones, mischievous gardeners, explosions, divine mystical beings in the lakes and woods, under water costume changes, pool fights, child abduction, a car-jacking, and pretty much everything but the kitchen sink, Matt Hardy’s Broken Saga has been truly groundbreaking. With even Billy Corgan teasing that perhaps this will all culminate with a Broken Matt Hardy movie. With Delete or Decay coming up at Bound For Glory, TNA has a real chance to continue building on the non-stop train that is Broken Matt and Jeff Hardy. If they can somehow defeat Decay and become Impact Wrestling’s Tag Team Champions, the story will once again evolve in another direction and give us yet another reason to tune into TNA’s product.
Tonight is the final show before Bound For Glory. Be sure to tune into #ImpactOnPOP and see what new antics Broken Matt has for us as we head into this weekend’s pay-per-view. And be sure to check out our friends over at the King of the Mountain podcast for complete TNA coverage.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
Catch up on last week’s episode HERE. This week’s show opens with a Grand Championship tournament match between Drew Galloway and Eddie Edwards. The winner goes on to fight for the title at Bound For Glory. Both men very aggressive in the first match, and the fight goes on both in and outside the ring. A whole lot of action for a three minute bout. Match goes to no contest and we go to the judges. Galloway goes up one after 29-28 voting. The two trade chops to start the second match. This one goes to no contest again. Eddie Edwards wins it 29-28 so it’s all tied up at one.
In the first minute, Galloway locks in the Iron Maiden submission. Edwards reverses it. Then the two trade hard chops again. Future Shock DDT plants Edwards and Galloway barely covers him, but he’s a second too late. Just as the ref is about to hit the three count the bell rings signalling the end of the three minute round. The judges give it to Drew Galloway and he advances to Bound for Glory. Those three rounds were the best matches we’ve seen so far in this tournament. Hats off to both guys. Great way for TNA to open the show. After the match Jeremy Borash interviews Galloway and asks him if there is any one person he wants to face at BFG. Instead, he gives a heated speech speaking out against TNA and their “system.” and how it is designed for certain people but not him. He calls out Ethan Carter III. EC3 comes to the ring and tells Galloway to tread lightly.
Galloway says somebody is looking out for Carter and things always find a way of working out for him. Maybe it’s a friendly ref or some family in Nashville. He says EC3 couldn’t go two rounds with him and walks out. Bobby Lashley’s music hits and as he is coming down the ramp, Mike Bennett runs in behind EC3 and takes him out at the legs. Lashley hops in the ring and the pair double team EC3, stomping him in the corner. The Miracle holds him up and Lashley spears him to the mat. Just then Moose’s music hits and he runs in. He takes down Bennett. Lashley pulls him off but Moose turns and throws him out of the ring. EC3 rolls out and Moose goes to attack Bennett, but he counters and Lashley scrambles in the ring and spears Moose. Both EC3 and Moose are writhing on the mat. Three paragraphs from me for the opening segment, TNA. Nicely done. Won’t see that for WWE anywhere. The show got off to a hot start. Hopefully it keeps going.
After the commercial, The Miracle is buzzing around Lashley in the back. He asks if he and Lashley are friends. Lashley shuts that down real fast saying they aren’t friends and there is no “we.” Bennett says maybe after Bound For Glory, Lashley will give him a title shot. Another Grand Championship tournament match up next with Eli Drake set to take on Aron Rex. Before the match the two trade verbal barbs in the ring, which is very funny. Headlock take down by Drake to start, followed by some minor grappling. Aron Rex quickly takes control and leads for most of the rest of the match which ends in no contest. Judges give it unanimously to Aron Rex.
Drake is much more aggressive to start the second match. He nearly gets a pinfall but Rex manages to grab the bottom rope. No contest again. This one seems obvious to go for Drake. The judges score it 2-1 to Drake. All tied up heading into the third match. Drake continues with violent aggression to start the final three minutes. He throws Rex off the ropes, but he spins and hits The Revelator, dropping Drake to the mat. He covers and gets the pinfall. Shitty, abrupt end to an otherwise good series of matches. Aron Rex advances and he will face Drew Galloway at Bound For Glory and one of them will be the first ever TNA Grand Champion.
Backstage segment with Decay talking about the great war coming at Bound For Glory. Vanguard 1 interrupts and we see a red hologram of Senor Benjamin holding the DELETE shovel and he laughs at them. Vanguard flies away as Abyss chases it down the hall. Aron Rex interviewed, asked how it feels to be in the tournament finals. Galloway comes up behind him and says he will be the one to win. Then a teaser vignette for Cody freaking Rhodes! Yes! He will be coming to Bound For Glory! So freaking excited!
Decay comes to the ring and Rosemary, Abyss and Crazzy Steve all act stranger than usual. They cryptically speak to The Hardy’s and all their fans. Matt Hardy appears in the crowd and they go wild. He says Decay exists in a Broken Universe. He says he is going to DELETE Decay’s Tag Team Championship reign. Jeff Hardy appears and says Decay will no longer be beautiful, Steve will no longer be crazy, and Rosemary just won’t be rosy anymore.
“You’ll wish you were broken, instead you’ll be obliterated!” says Jeff. Rosemary says there is three of them and only two Hardy’s. She says Matt and Jeff are Bound For Decay. The lights go out. When they come back up, Abyss and Steve are tied to the ring posts and Rosemary stands alone. Reby is behind her. Rosemary turns and takes a spear. Reby takes it to her. Rosemary rolls out of the ring as Matt and Jeff antagonize Steve and Abyss. Reby says after next week it will be Rosemary’s mother who will be without a child. Crowd chants delete as the camera pans out. The segment started off weak, but The Hardy’s warmed me to it.
X-Division Championship match up next. DJ Z defending the belt against Trevor Lee. Fast action to start as DJ Z looks amazing. He is a true X-Division champ. He has a great skill set, work rate, and is exciting to watch. Action is too fast paced to keep up with while typing. DJ Z hits his ZDT finisher and pins Trevor Lee to retain his title. Andrew Everett attacks DJ Z from behind. As he and Lee try to double team Z, Eddie Edwards runs in. Trevor and Andrew hightail it up the ramp. Edwards gets on the mic and politely asks DJ Z for a title shot next week. DJ Z accepts and says he can’t think of anyone more deserving.
Maria Kanellis-Bennett comes down to the ring, accompanied by Allie and Sienna. Maria drones on and on. This is some sort of “public workout” for Maria to prepare for Bound For Glory. Allie calls out some jobber who takes a beating from Maria after Sienna chokes her out when the ref is distracted. Maria wins the match via pinfall and retains her Knockouts Championship. Her second opponent comes out covered in black cloth from head to toe. She walks out to Asian music and doing a bunch of mocked karate moves. The opponent takes her hood off and it’s Gail Kim. She goes after Maria, but Sienna stops her. Gail hits Eat the Feet on Sienna as Maria makes her escape.
Tonight’s main event is The Miracle, Mike Bennett, teaming up with Bobby Lashley to take on Moose and Ethan Carter III in tag action. As soon as the bell rings, Bennett rolls out of the ring. EC3 and Moose double team Lashley. Bennett reaches in and pulls a downed Lashley out of the ring and we head to commercial break. When we return, Bennett is beating down EC3. He tags in Lashley and he attacks EC3’s taped midsection. EC3 gets Moose the hot tag and he makes easy work of Bennett. Lashley tags in and EC3 clotheslines him out of the ring. Bennett goes to slam EC3 but he reverses it into a quick rollup for the pinfall. Bennett rolls out of the ring and Moose attacks him. They fight up the ramp and into the back.
In the ring, Lashley attacks EC3 from behind. They start trading blows and a handful of security guards runs in to separate them. Lashley and EC3 start fighting the security and they clear the ring. EC3 takes down Lashley. The roster runs down and it takes a bunch of wrestlers to try and get them apart. Billy Corgan comes out. He says next week EC3 and Moose vs Lashley and Bennett will face off in Lethal Lockdown. The winner chooses the stipulation at Bound For Glory for the title match between EC3 and Lashley.
That was a really strong episode from TNA. They are in good shape heading into their biggest pay-per-view of the year. The matches set up so far and the addition of new talent makes the 2017 fiscal year for TNA look like it should provide a big upswing. Now more than ever I am proud to call myself a fan of TNA’s Impact Wrestling.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
The show starts with Matt Hardy trying to heal his brother with the help of the Seven Deities in the lake outside his compound. Matt yells, “Regenerate!” Along with some more nonsense. Matt throws Jeff in the water. He comes up wearing a tie and smoking a cigarette holding a funky blue belt. Matt dunks him again and he comes back as Broken Jeff. He yells, “Obsolete! Delete!” Matt goes off to try and track down the whereabouts of Vanguard 1.
Bobby Lashley comes to the ring. He says there will be no main event at Bound For Glory because of what he did to Ethan Carter III last week. He said the roster is a joke and anybody daring to come out and challenge Lashley would be a joke. Speaking of, Grado interrupts. He wants to prove to Lashley that he’s not a joke. He says Lashley attacked EC3 because he’s a coward. This obviously doesn’t sit well with Lashley. He elbows Grado in the head and then spears him in the corner. Another spear in the middle of the ring. Lashley says no one at Impact Wrestling can beat him. Moose’s music hits and he walks out. He enters the ring slowly. The two square off and Moose hits Lashley with a clothesline. Lashley rolls out of the ring. Moose says he’s going to whoop his ass. Aron Rex backstage promo. He says he will go through every man in the tournament to get at Drew Galloway.
Aron Rex having his debut match up next against Trevor Lee. This is in the Grand Championship Tournament. Aron Rex looks good in the first match, dominating Lee most of the way. First round is a no contest. We go to the judges. They give it to Aron Rex. After about two minutes in the second match, Aron Rex spins and elbows Lee in the face. He covers and we get a pinfall victory for the new guy. He advances. They have got to change his ring gear. It looks like he is just wearing a pair of whitey-tighteys.
Matt Hardy is in the woods screaming for Vanguard 1. He finds the little drone hanging in a tree. Matt starts to scream and cry as sad piano music plays. He says, “Don’t you do this to me! Don’t you dare!” He prays to the Seven Deities again and Vanguard 1’s memory sequence initiates showing footage of him helping Senor Benjmain with landscaping and playing chess against him. Matt watches as his propellers fire up and Vanguard 1 lifts off into the sky. It’s a miracle! He sends Vanguard 1 to find Senor Benjamin.
Maria Kanellis-Bennett wants to have Gail Kim’s Hall of Fame ceremony tonight instead of Bound For Glory, so that’s our next segment. She says she wants to mess with Bound For Glory. Allie is in the ring with her holding a gift bag. Maria calls out Gail, who comes to the ring. Maria has a “highlight package” for Gail Kim. It’s a video of all the times Maria has attacked Gail. She has Allie give her the present which is a framed photo of Maria holding the Knockouts Championship. Just when this segment can’t get any longer, Dixie Carter comes out. She says as long as Maria has the Knockouts title, it’s a conflict of interest for her to be the leader of the Knockouts division. As such, she has no decision making power. Dixie says Gail will get a proper ceremony at Bound For Glory. Dixie says Gail is in the Knockouts Gauntlet match later tonight for a shot at the title at Bound For Glory. I am so done with Maria. She isn’t a good heel, she’s just obnoxious.
After the break we have an Exposed Turnbuckle, Empty Arena match. Rockstar Spud is introduced and he comes out to no music. Braxton Sutter comes down and Spud meets him on the ramp. The bell rings as they start to brawl. Spud is thrown over the barricade. Sutter chokes him with his t-shirt. Sutter tosses Spud into a huge pile of chairs. Then he starts whipping him with a leather strap. They fight up into the bleachers. Sutter throws Spud against the fence. Spud spits on Sutter, who throws him after the barricade. Spud low-blows Sutter and then tosses him in the ring. Spud rams Sutter’s face on the exposed turnbuckle. Sutter mule-kicks Spud in the junk and then clocks him in the jaw. He whips Spud into a turnbuckle. Sutter throws Spud face first into the turnbuckles and Spud starts bleeding from the mouth. Sutter covers for the victory. Spud starts spitting out blood. Cool match, if a little one-sided.
Vanguard 1 is flying high above the tree line searching for his target, Senor Benjamin. He finds Senor Benjamin tied up in a barn with DECAY written on his face. He leads Matt to Benjamin. He sends Senor Benjamin home to prepare for war. Matt and Jeff are in the ring with Reby. Jeff has “obsolete” painted on his face. Matt says they will delete Decay at Bound For Glory. Decay’s music hits and the cameras search to find Rosemary out in the crowd. She says King Maxell needs a new family where he can embrace his decay. She says Decay will keep the tag titles. Abyss and Crazzy Steve speak as well, and Matt says he does not fear death. He challenges Decay to The Great War. Abyss accepts and Rosemary says after Bound For Glory it will be The Hardy’s that decay and Maxell will be able to join his real family. She calls Reby an unfit mother and she attacks Rosemary. All six people attack each other. Twist of Fates by everyone, even Reby on Rosemary! The crowd starts chanting, “Delete! Delete! Delete!”
Knockouts Gauntlet match next. Jade comes out first. Allie comes out but Maria stops her. Instead she introduces a new Knockout, Laurel Vanness. Crowd starts an “Allie is better!” chant as the bell rings. After a few minutes of limited action, Sienna comes down. Laurel and Sienna double team Jade. Gail Kim enters to even things up. She goes after Sienna as Jade and Laurel fight. Marty Bell is next. She goes right for Gail. Raquel comes down as the next entrant. Marty and Laurel go at her, but Raquel puts them both down. Madison Rayne comes down next. I feel like the entries are coming a little too fast for this. Feels rushed. No one has been eliminated yet as Rayne delivers several kicks to Sienna, as we head to a commercial break. Jade and Marty Bell are taken out and continue fighting outside the ring. Raquel is thrown out by Sienna. Gail Kim eliminates Laurel. We get a ref now as there are two ladies left, Gail and Sienna. Gail hits Eat The Feet and pins Sienna to head to face Maria at Bound For Glory.
Another first round Grand Championship tournament match up next. Mahabali Shera taking on Eddie Edwards. The two are pretty evenly matched to start. No contest for the first match. The judges score it in Eddie Edwards’ favor. Shera completely dominates the second match as Eddie clutches his ribs and writhes in pain. The judges give the second match to Shera. In the third round, Eddie gets more aggressive. He drops Shera into a submission and makes him tap. Eddie advances.
Moose comes to the ring. Lashley comes out and makes fun of Moose and says he isn’t going to fight him. Lashley says he will fight Moose at Bound For Glory because that’s where the money is. Moose says he isn’t waiting. Moose violently attacks Lashley and they trade blows outside of the ring. Lashley takes Moose down and then spears him into the corner twice. He tries for a third time and Moose uppercuts him. He picks him up and puts Lashley on the top rope. The Miracle runs out and attacks Moose from behind. Moose makes easy work of him until Miracle rakes his eyes. He turns around and Lashley spears him. The Miracle and Lashley stomp Moose. EC3’s music hits. He runs in and clotheslines The Miracle and then goes right for Lashley. Miracle gets him off Lashley. Miracle and Lashley try to tag team him but EC3 double clotheslines them and that’s the end of the broadcast.
An okay episode of TNA. The Hardy stuff was great and I’m really excited to see Lashley and Moose. But the Grand Championship matches are kind of weird and too fast to really get into. The entire tournament seems hastily thrown together. Also, how obvious is it that Gail Kim is going to win the Knockouts Championship the same night she gets in the Hall of Fame? I felt like creatively TNA can do better than this. The low points tonight weren’t terribly low, but there was a lot of boring television in their two hour broadcast. Also that ending was abrupt and sort of weird. What did you think of the show? Let us know in the comments below.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
Catch up before we review tonight’s newest episode with a recap of TNA last week. Others may disagree, but Face To Heel believes that Dixie Carter, despite her flaws, has actually been putting out a good product lately. For us, Impact Wrestling has progressively been getting better by leaps and bounds. Especially with their title matches, new roster signees, and the dichotomy between Jeff and Matt Hardy during this whole Broken Hardy saga. TNA is doing a lot of things well. Hopefully tonight continues that trend. Let’s review.
The show starts with the entire Hardy brand singing Jeff Hardy’s new “Obsolete” theme song. It is by far one the funniest things I have ever seen. I laughed so hard I had tears. Especially when King Maxell came in on a small piano. Matt and Jeff leave the Cameron compound to come to the Zone of Impact.
At the arena, The Miracle, Mike Bennett comes down with Maria Kanellis-Bennett. Bennett asks Moose to come to the ring. Instead, Bobby Lashley comes down and says Moose isn’t coming. Lashley suggests they throw out the rules and make their match for the world title tonight no disqualification. Moose comes down. Moose is angry at both guys and he lets them know that in the main event he will decide who walks out with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Crazzy Steve comes down to the ring, ready to take on Broken Matt Hardy. As you might expect, this one starts off with insanity. Steve drools all over his own chest while Matt chomps his teeth together at his face. They spill outside of the ring and Matt slams Steve’s head around as the crowd chants “Delete! Delete! Delete!” Back in the ring Matt tries to cover and Crazzy Steve kicks out. Matt tosses Steve out of the ring and distracts the ref as Jeff beats Steve with a boot. He rolls him back in the ring, Twist of Fate, and Broken Matt Hardy wins. After the match, Crazzy Steve gets on the mic and laughs at Matt Hardy. He says, “I may have come here alone, but Decay is everywhere. Including the Hardy Estate.” He says King Maxell is now Rosemary’s baby!
After the commercial break, Ultimate X Gauntlet Match to find a new X-Division champion. Trevor Lee and DJ Z start the match. Great action at the beginning. DJ Z is the first one to attempt to climb up towards the title, but Lee pulls him down from the ropes. Andrew Everett gets in the match. DJ Z quickly takes both men down. Moments later, Trevor Lee whacks him with a big boot off the apron. Lee and Everett double team DJ Z. Everett puts Lee on his shoulders. As he goes for the title, Mandrews runs in. Doesn’t take long for him to get some offense. He hits a hurricanrana off the cables and then a Shooting Star Press taking down both Lee and Everett. Commercial break.
Braxton Sutter entered the match during the break. A few seconds after we come back, Rockstar Spud gets in. He immediately runs in and starts going across the wire to the title. Sutter shuts that down, slamming Spud to the mat. Exciting action from all competitors for several moments. Braxton Sutter pulls out every trick in his playback taking everyone down with amazing moves. As Sutter climbs across and nearly grabs the title, Rockstar Spud runs in with a chair, hits him off, and gives him several shots on the mat. Mandrews dropkicks the chair in Spud’s face. Lee and Everett climb opposite sides of the cables. They reach the title at the same time. They play tug-of-war with it and DJ Z jumps up and snatches it away! He is the new X-Division Champion!
Drew Galloway mopes his way down to the ring. He gets on the mic and spins a story about being pissed at Aron Rex because the crowd cheered for him. Billy Corgan walks out wearing sunglasses and chewing something. Sigh. Corgan says he considered suspending Galloway. Corgan brings out Aron Rex. He runs in and Galloway meets him half way down the ramp. They trade punches. Rex throws Galloway into the steel steps twice. He picks up a steel chair and goes to hit Galloway but security runs out and stops him. The two fight off and on until a bunch of guys from the locker room have to run out and separate them.
Eli Drake and Ethan Carter III square off after the commercial break. Strong style to start, neither man pulling any punches. EC3 clotheslines Drake to the floor. Drake takes a sip of water and pretends to quit and walk out. EC3 grabs him but when Drake spins around, he spits water in Carter’s eyes. They get back in the ring and Drake takes control. EC3 fights back, hits a lateral press and covers Drake for the pinfall. Sorry I didn’t type a bunch for this match. I was enthralled by it and just couldn’t look away long enough to type. Awesome match.
Allie comes to the ring carrying balloons to have her celebration for being the new Knockouts Champion. Sienna interrupts, storming down to the ring. Maria stops her and sends her to the back. Maria yells at Allie, calling her worthless. She says the celebration isn’t for Allie, it’s for her opponent. Maria calls a ref out and orders Allie to lay down so she can pin her. Allie lays down and Maria orders the ref to ring the bell. He does. Maria covers Allie, three count, and the bell rings. Maria then makes Allie get up and announce Maria’s victory. Maria walks out with the Knockouts title.
Tonight’s main even is Mike Bennett challenging Lashley for the world title in a no disqualification match. Lashley hammers Bennett in the corner to start. Huge vertical suplex leaves Bennett writhing. Moose comes out carrying a metal pipe as we head to commercial break. When we come back, Bennett is in control. Lashley picks up Bennett for a slam, but Maria runs in and hits him in the back with a foreign object. Bennett hits an elbow and tries for a cover. No dice. Outside of the ring, Maria runs up with the Knockouts title and floors Lashley. Moose picks the champ up and rolls him into the ring. Cover by Bennett, but Lashley kicks out. As Lashley gains some offense, Maria grabs his ankle for a distraction and Bennett hits a hard neckbreaker. Cover, but Lashley kicks out.
Bennett asks Moose for the pipe. Moose pretends to give it to him then shakes his head and backs away. When Bennett turns back to the match, Lashley hits Bennett with a spear. Cover, and pinfall win. Lashley retains. After the match, Bennett gets on the mic. He calls Moose a big, stupid animal and tells him to get in the ring. He screams at Moose and then slaps him. Moose smiles and then clobbers Bennett. Crowd starts chanting for Moose as we fade out. Teaser trailer after showing more insanity from the Hardy’s next Thursday as they battle Decay at the Cameron compound. See you next week!
This was a fantastic TNA broadcast. Each segment was good, every match was on point, and the comedy was off the charts. Great action, solid commentary, and the audience in attendance was lively. This is everything you could ask for from a two hour wrestling show. I am very pleased to have watched it. Dixie Carter and company are definitely trying, pulling out all the stops on the creative writing side. Bound For Glory is actually going to be damn good this year. What did you think of tonight’s show? Let us know in the comments below!
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Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
I’ve been slacking off on wrestling this week; I slept through both Raw and NXT (thank you, fibromyalgia) but I’m wide awake for this week’s episode of Impact. The night starts off with our TNA Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Lashley. Last week, he attempted to unify the three titles he held, but was stonewalled by Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan. He walks out with only the one title and makes his way to commentary with Josh Mathews.
Lashley is ringside to watch a Battle Royal to determine an opponent for his title. The Bromans, Eli Drake, The Tribunal, Grado, Mahabali Shera, Mike Bennett, Moose, and Eddie Edwards will be competing. Eli Drake immediately rolls out of the ring and jumps on commentary to tell Lashley to watch him. Shera, Moose and Grado are looking strong in the beginning, in a match that Lashley calls “complete chaos.” Baron Dax is the first to be eliminated, and he is arguing the point and yelling at Baraka. Shera and Moose face off in the middle of the ring, but Moose wins out and eliminates Shera.
Robbie E goes out next, eliminated by Baraka. As he celebrates, Moose approaches and throws him out of the ring with ease. Grado tries to hang onto the top rope, but can’t quite manage and is eliminated. Eli Drake is nearly knocked out, but he catches himself with his feet, only to be thrown out by Edwards a few seconds later. Impressive show by Drake. YEAH. Moose attacks Godderz and Bennett attacks Edwards to try and eliminate the pair. Moose takes Godderz out in his second attempt, and now Edwards is outnumbered. Moose goes to eliminate Edwards, and Bennett sees his advantage and pushes Moose over the rope as well! Shady. Lashley promises that The Miracle will be done.
Broken Matt Hardy enters the arena now, contract in hand. He calls the contract “a majestic key that unlocks destiny! And that destiny is the Tag Team Titles Of The World!” Brother Nero’s music hits and he slowly walks out, pink circles on his cheeks and glitter all over his face. Matt says that his presence isn’t required, but Nero/Jeff says that he is here to win for himself and for the creatures! Rosemary of Decay interrupts, calling them so full of worry of what others think of them.
This has turned into a contest of who has the best face paint. Abyss says they will take great joy in destroying what is left of the Hardy legacy. Crazzy Steve chimes in, telling them that this is not a game. Matt is not broken, but Decay will shatter him and everything he has built. Matt Hardy promises to eat Decay. This is like a strange independent horror film you find at 3am by accident. Abyss calls out Jeff Hardy, and Jeff responds with a dropkick to the face. The match is made official, and Abyss looks like he is trying to break Jeff’s neck.
Matt grabs a microphone and orders Jeff to DA-LETE! Jeff gets control of the match and delivers more kicks to Abyss before trying for a cover. Jeff hits Twist of Fate and the crowd starts chanting DELETE! DELETE! DELETE! Jeff goes to the top rope, but Matt tells him to stop being a spot monkey and fight with HO-NAH! He doesn’t listen and dives after Crazzy Steve. Jeff hits a low blow on Abyss and nearly gets the win. Abyss hits a choke slam, and Steve tries to spit on Jeff but hits Abyss instead. Matt says that his premonition was about Steve, and starts eating his face. Rosemary spits in Jeff’s face as he is on the top rope, and Abyss is able to slam Jeff to the mat and win the match. Matt promises that Decay’s day of deletion will come by his hand. He then orders Jeff to embrace his brokenness.
Backstage, Maria Kanellis is yelling at Allie for not informing her of Sienna’s title match tonight. Billy Corgan steps in and says that he made the match. Maria says that he should have come to her because they are equals, and Corgan reminds her that they are not, as he is now President. Corgan is so awkwardly awkward.
Sienna will be defending her title against Marti Bell, Madison Rayne, Jade and Allie in a No Disqualifications match. Allie screeches and screams, Jade and Bell attack each other, and Sienna takes on Rayne. Sienna turns her sights to Bell, as Allie chirps and bounces around like an idiot. She kicks Bell upon instruction by Sienna, then tries to help Sienna and ends up accidentally helping Bell instead. Please shut Allie up. Jade hits an impressive springboard moonsault but comes up empty. Bell grabs her baton, but Allie interferes and Sienna ends up getting hit. Bell throws Allie on top of a knocked out Rayne, and while distracted, the ref begins the count and Allie wins the Knockouts Title. Allie. Won the title. Please excuse me while I cuss loudly.
Now we’re moving on to Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway, who are taking shots and hashing things out. Galloway’s issue is that EC3 has cost him the title three times. Galloway didn’t ask for his help, and while it may have been an accident, if he didn’t try to help, these accidents would never have happened. EC3 says that the reason Galloway isn’t champ is because he lost, not because of EC3. Galloway says that this match will be on a different level. They toast to their friendship and to the future EC3 time world champion. And to their cats. But EC3 had to get the last word in, and Galloway shoves him in the pool.
Up next, Eli Drake brings us the Fact of Life. He has the X Division in the ring with him and calls the Battle Royal earlier in the night a total waste of time. He calls management a bunch of dummies for not bringing his King of the Mountain title back to him. He then asks who has zero chance of winning the X Division champ. Rockstar Spud starts yelling at Braxton Sutter, who calls Spud a little crybaby. Spud calls everyone losers and promises to win the title next week. DJ Z tells Drake that he doesn’t know a thing about the X Division, and he won’t let anyone disrespect it. My dog starts barking right as everyone in the ring starts fighting, and DJ Z is alone with Drake in the ring. He ends the segment with title in hand. I hope he wins it.
Time for our main event, with special guest referee Aron Rex! EC3 and Galloway are facing off for the final time to determine who will go to Bound for Glory to face Lashley. Aron Rex is an awesome referee, just in case you were wondering. This match is high energy, neither man giving the other an inch. You can tell that they both respect each other, but Galloway isn’t holding back and hits EC3 with a cheap shot. Galloway gets EC3 up on his shoulders and delivers a Celtic Cross on the steel steps that had to hurt both men. They barely beat the count back in the ring, where Galloway starts stomping on EC3’s head and arms. EC3 gets to his feet and hits two clotheslines, but Galloway is able to hit a belly to belly suplex and regain control. EC3 hits Galloway with a side Russian leg sweep, throwing Galloway into the ring post. He hits two powerbombs, but Galloway kicks out. He refuses to stay down, regardless of what EC3 throws at him. Galloway hits a powerbomb of his own, but EC3 kicks free. The two start trading chops back and forth, then EC3 tries for the One Percenter, but Galloway hits a Claymore Kick. He covers EC3 but he gets his foot on the rope in time. Galloway hits a Tombstone Piledriver, but somehow EC3 kicks out again. EC3 comes out on top though, finally pinning Galloway for the three count and putting this all to rest. We hope.
As Aron Rex calls for the crowd to congratulate Galloway for a fight well fought, he attacks Rex out of nowhere, throwing him outside of the ring. He slams Rex into the ring apron again and again. Can we please not injure him before he even gets started??!? Galloway goes to the steel stairs, throwing Rex head first into them. He then starts slamming Rex’s head into the steps, then steps on him on his way out of the arena. This was one hell of a show, and I’m really excited to see this new feud between Galloway and Rex. Not so thrilled about our new Knockouts champion, but they can’t all be winners. We’ll see you all next Thursday!
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker
Last week, we saw Jeff Hardy finally break in a similar fashion as his brother, Matt, and the fallout from this has got to be crazy. Bobby Lashley won yet another championship last week and now holds three titles. The night starts off with a look at Lashley as he get right in the face of Aron Rex for a brief moment, possibly making future intentions known.
James Storm walks out to the ring, sadly without his title thanks to Lashley. Storm calls from Brian Hebner to come out to the ring, and says that last week, someone fucked up. He demands an explanation from Hebner because the audience saw him pin Lashley. He then shows Hebner the replay, to which Hebner replies that he did nothing wrong. Storm demands a rematch against Lashley, but Billy Corgan interrupts. Corgan says that the referee’s decision is final, then offers a tired sports quote as an explanation. The crowd is chanting for a rematch, and Corgan calls Storm out for begging and accuses him of being unable to win the big one.
Storm exits the ring to retrieve a toolbox. He tells Corgan that he helped build this damn company and he will tear this son of a bitch apart limb by limb. Corgan is nothing but a stupid rockstar to him. Security rushes out to the ring to protect Corgan from the beer drinking, hammer wielding Storm. He says that AJ Styles and Bobby Roode left and he stayed, then calls Corgan a stupid son of a bitch before knocking down security. This is awesome!! Storm says that if he ever crosses paths with Corgan again, he will “smash his pumpkin.” Corgan retaliates with an indefinite suspension. What a brilliant segment this was!
Our first match will be Eddie Edwards versus Moose. Ever since debuting in TNA, Moose has been dead set on ruining any momentum Edwards has. Moose comes to the ring along with Mike Bennett, and he strong arms Edwards into the corner as soon as the bell rings. This is speed against strength; agility against power. Edwards is able to get Moose outside of the ring to gain the advantage, but Bennett interferes and allows Moose to land a kick, then a powerbomb into the apron. Edwards manages to escape a headlock, but Moose lands a kick so hard, we see something that is hopefully not a tooth fly from Edwards’ face. Edwards gains the advantage, but Bennett distracts the referee so he is unable to get the win. Edwards hits a beautiful hurricanrana on Moose, then takes out Bennett outside the ring. Sadly for Edwards, Moose hits a vicious powerbomb and pins Edwards for the win. Great work by both men.
Our next match is a battle between Gail Kim and Jade. Maria Kanellis tells Jade that if she loses tonight, she will never get a shot at the Knockouts title again. This is a can’t lose situation for both women, at least as long as Maria is in charge of the Knockouts division. The two women are friends, but neither is holding back tonight or showing any signs of weakness. Every time one woman gains the advantage, the other turns it around. Kim sends Jade outside of the ring and hits Jade with a swinging kick. She tries to take Jade down, but she catches her in the air to counter. This is what women’s wrestling should be across all companies. Kim pins Jade for what looks like a three count, but the ref counts two and the audience chants “that was three!” Kim hits Eat Defeat, but Sienna rushes out to the ring and attacks Kim. The referee calls for a disqualification and Sienna hits the AK47 on Kim before taking down Jade. Maria comes out to call Gail Kim a failure and states that she will never have a chance at the Knockouts title again, even though she won the match via DQ. Makes no sense.
DJ Z, Mandrews, Braxton Sutter and Rockstar Spud are up now in a match to prove they are worthy for the X Division Title. The pins are coming fast, but consistently broken up by other competitors. Spud has brand new braces that he seems very concerned with protecting. DJ Z flies out of the ring to take down Sutter and Mandrews, and the audience goes wild. Spud teases a jump, but holds back to attack DJ Z on the apron. Sutter slaps DJ Z across the face, then hits a powerslam for the pin, but Mandrews breaks it up. DJ Z hits a ZDT to pin Mandrews for the win. Very athletic match and great performances by all.
Backstage, Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan discuss the suspension of James Storm and the situation of Bobby Lashley holding all the titles. They promise each other that they will address the Lashley situation immediately. Back in the ring, Ethan Carter III addresses Drew Galloway’s challenge. He invites Galloway to the ring, and EC3 accepts his challenge! But, hold on! Aron Rex interrupts!! Rex says that for the last few months, the entire universe has been watching Impact because they have been making waves, making noise, and changing the game. And that is why Rex is here. I love that he still holds the microphone like Damien Sandow. Rex is excited to see EC3 versus Galloway, and he wants to see a clear winner, so he will be the special guest referee for their match. SWEET!
Oh dear god, Jeff Hardy is wearing black lipstick and white-out contacts. And he’s wearing the same Hot Topic robe as Matt. I am dying. Jeff Hardy has a robot voice! Before we get to our main event, we have Eli Drake in the ring. Drake says he was robbed of his rematch for the King of the Mountain championship. He tells Lashley that he doesn’t have the balls to face him. Mahabali Shera decides to come out to address Drake, telling him to shut up and mocking the DUMMY, YEAH chant. The ref rings the bell to make a match official between the two, and Shera is a powerhouse. Shera is tossing Drake around with ease, and it’s great to see him being used in this capacity. Drake is able to hit Blunt Force Trauma though to put Shera down and win the match.
Bobby Lashley is ready to make his announcement, accompanied by two assistants to help carry his titles. Lashley says he has been pro wrestling for over 13 years and has fought his entire life. The best of the best hold golds, and he has them all. He calls Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan to the ring. He tells them that he holds all the power. He plans to unify all three titles and declares himself the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Professional Wrestling. Corgan isn’t having any of it and says that he calls the shots. Lashley says the KOTM title is garbage without him, and throws it to the floor. He says that he ripped the heart out of the X Division, and that title also means nothing. Lashley leaves the ring, saying he’ll see Carter and Corgan at Bound for Glory. They yell after him, saying he doesn’t dictate the rules and will defend his titles before Bound for Glory. Next week, there will be an open invitation Battle Royal for Lashley’s title.
It’s time for our main event. The Bromans (Robbie E and Jesse Godderz) versus The Tribunal (Basile Baraka and Baron Dax) versus Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett versus The Broken Hardy Brothers (Matt and Jeff) in an Ascension to Hell match. Jeff Hardy comes out last, water spilling out of his mouth as he sings along to his new theme song. Hashtag Obsolete Mule. As soon as the match starts though, they break for commercial. As we return, the crowd is chanting for Brother Nero, who grabs a ladder to try for the contract but The Tribunal stops him. Matt Hardy is outside of the ring, refusing to involve himself in the match until The Tribunal come out of the ring to attack him. The Bromans try for a ladder but are immediately stopped. They are able to clear out the ring and grab another ladder, but the Everett and Lee go on the offensive. Finally, Matt gets in the ring, crushes Lee with a ladder and bites Everett. He’s biting everything! He smashes the Bromans’ heads together, then acts like he’s auditioning to be an extra for Walking Dead. The Bromans finally take Matt down and try once again to get the contract. The Tribunal stops their climb while Matt continues to bite people outside of the ring. Robbie E goes face first into a ladder, then Godderz takes a ladder shot of his own. Lee and Matt are in the ring, and Matt hits a Side Effect, putting Lee right into a ladder. Jeff goes to the top rope and knocks Everett off the ladder, allowing Matt to climb the ladder and grab the contract! The broken brothers have done it! At least if Matt doesn’t eat the contract before they can use it.
Next week, Drew Galloway and Ethan Carter III will face off for the opportunity to headline Bound for Glory, and Aron Rex will serve as their special guest referee. We should also see more of the fallout over Lashley’s disrespectful actions towards the X Division and KOTM titles. Broken Matt and Brother Nero are on the path to be our next Tag Team champs. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for next Thursday!
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker
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Tonight’s broadcast is LIVE, and I’m excited. Aaron Haddad, also known as WWE’s Damien Sandow, has signed with TNA and is said to be debuting tonight, and I can’t wait to see him. Tonight, James Storm and Bobby Lashley will face off in Storm’s first shot at the World Heavyweight title in five years. Ethan Carter III kicks off our night; he won the Bound for Glory playoffs, securing himself a spot in the main event. He is a fantastic heel, a perfect babyface; he wins at everything he does. The crowd gives him a “next world champ” chant as he addresses his accomplishments in TNA. He is on a quest to be the best, to borrow his words.
Of course, Bobby Lashley comes out to give his two cents. Lashley tells EC3 that Bound for Glory is months away, and he is NOT the best; Lashley is the best because of the two titles he currently holds. EC3 acknowledges Lashley’s accomplishments and successes. As Lashley begins at rant about how great he is, James Storm interrupts. wondering why we’re discussing Bound for Glory when we’re broadcasting live and it is him that has a match tonight for the title. Good promo, but the mic issues put a damper on things. Storm baits Lashley, who comes down the ramp, and the two begin fighting. As they go backstage, Mike Bennett and Moose appear and start pummeling EC3. Thankfully, Eddie Edwards comes to the rescue, and the four men fight over the two discarded titles in the middle of the ring. Edwards calls for a ref, moving their tag match to right now.
The bell rings before anyone is in the ring, and we cut to commercial. After the break, EC3 and Bennett are in the ring. EC3 quickly isolates Bennett in his corner before tagging Edwards in. Edwards and EC3 (or EddiEc3, as Edwards called them) are working perfectly together. Bennett is finally able to crawl to Moose, who wastes time getting the crowd chanting his name, allowing Edwards to gain the upper hand. Moose hits a killer drop kick to throw Edwards from the ring. Edwards is able to hit Moose with a DDT, then tag in EC3. He mocks Moose’s chant, then tells him to suck it before delivering clotheslines and taking the big man down. Bennett tries to assist, but EC3 throws him on top of Moose. EC3 and Edwards do the wolves howl and dive from the ring to knock their opponents out. Edwards hits a hurricanrana from the top rope, but Bennett breaks up the pin. This is a fantastic match! Moose pins Edwards for the win, but Bennett sneaks in a tag and pins Edwards, officially winning the match. Moose looks thrown off, but a win is a win.
Right before the break, a black and white screen says “he is doing it his way,” and then music breaks through. Hallelujah! I just started clapping and cheering in my living room! WWE made a huge mistake letting this talent go. When we come back, the Hallelujah plays before breaking into a different beat with flashing lights. Aron Rex, formerly known as Damien Sandow, comes out looking happy, healthy, and appreciative of the welcome from TNA! He says “Impact Wrestling has done what too many people were scared to do; give me a microphone on live TV!” He takes a shot at Ryback’s “glass ceilings” comment, takes a very clear shot at WWE, then says that this is all about the fans and for the fans. He says he’s been labeled “too entertaining” to get a world title shot, but no matter what any majority shareholder or authority figure believes, anyone in the ring directly works for the fans. If you haven’t watched this, stop reading right now and look this promo up because it is genius. The crowd starts chanting “you’re a genius!” What a welcome for Aron Rex!
Backstage, Gail Kim is speaking to Maria Kanellis about a match tonight, when Marti Bell comes out of nowhere to attack her. Their match tonight will be no disqualification. Edwards moves to confront Bennett and Moose about the way they ruin all his opportunities, setting up a match between Edwards and Moose for next week. But now, our Knockouts match between Bell and Kim. Before Kim can even get to the ring, Bell is on the attack. Maria and Allie come to the ring, and Allie starts squeaking and abusing my ear drums. The bell finally rings as Bell straddles Kim and lands punch after punch. Bell hits a side Russian leg sweep to take Kim down before kicking her in the back over and over. With Allie’s interference and no disqualifications, this match is stacked against Kim. Kim is able to hit a couple of clotheslines and tries for a pin. Maria hops on the apron to knock Kim from the top rope before ordering Allie to get in the ring. Even three against one, Kim is able to pick up the win, but is immediately attacked by Bell. Thankfully, Jade runs out to even the numbers and save Kim. She then turns her attention to Allie, knocking the screechy woman down. Maria, angry about the outcome, makes a match for next week; Jade versus Gail Kim.
Outside a watering hole, Matt Hardy visits his Obsolete Mule, accompanied by his drone. King Maxel has nearly been kidnapped! The drone will protect King Maxel and Rebecca with his life! The Mule and Matt Hardy are on their way to the Zone of Impact now. I’ll be honest; it is exhausting to type the way he talks. I can’t imagine how he does this week after week.
Anyway, back in the ring we go. Broken Matt Hardy says something, but I can’t recall because I’m laughing so hard at the way he just said “condition.” Con-dee-shion? It was amazing. He address Decay and talks about his “pre-me-neeesion” that Decay tried to kidnap Maxel. Matt promises to take the tag titles from Decay with the help of “Ob-So-LEEEET” Brother Nero. How is Jeff Hardy keeping a straight face??? Jeff asks Matt why he ate a guy’s face last week, and Matt says it’s because ants aren’t allowed to touch Gods. Matt says Jeff owes him because of his broken leg last year. Jeff wants the Hardys to go back to how they were, but Matt says the Hardys are OVAH! The Tribunal interrupts, and Al Snow mocks Matt and calls Jeff a loser. Snow says that if Matt wants the titles, he needs to do what he did and go to France to find real competitors. Baron Dax and Basile Baraka enter the ring to compete in a “tag” match against Matt and Jeff, only I’m pretty sure it’ll be Jeff against the two alone. Just as the match starts, we break for commercial.
As we return, Al Snow is kicking Jeff, who lays outside of the ring. Jeff tries to tag in Matt, but he refuses. Outside the ring, Matt gets in a fan’s face and says DELETE DELETE DELETE, causing the fan to rip up his “Jeff Hardy Is Not Obsolete” sign and start chanting DELETE! He then bites Al Snow. Broken Matt Hardy is fantastic. Matt takes off his boot and uses it to beat Dax in the head. In the ring, Jeff hits Twist of Fate to pin Baraka for the win! Jeff then takes out his anger on poor Dax and Baraka, knocking them out over and over before then taking down Snow. Matt is laughing as Jeff goes for the tables. Jeff throws Snow from the ring, rolls him onto a table, then dives onto Snow, breaking the table beneath them. Jeff says “the only person who punishes me is me” before putting himself through a table. Glorious. Maniacal laughter from both brothers now. What am I watching??!? Jeff starts yelling BROTHER NERO! I AM BROTHER NERO!
Rosemary tells us that no one is ever in control with Decay, and Bram learned that the hard way. Abyss says that Decay is what makes him beautiful. Bram’s destruction was a lesson to all the other fools who dare to challenge Decay. Back in the ring, Drew Galloway walks out looking all business. Galloway addresses the fact that EC3 has cost him his shot at the title during the Bound for Glory playoffs three different times. He says one time is an accident, but three times? EC3 is a snake in the grass and is green with envy, jealous of Galloway and trying to sabotage his career. He proposes a match; EC3 versus Galloway for the main event of Bound for Glory.
Time for our main event; James Storm versus Bobby Lashley. The winner will walk away with all three titles; World Heavyweight, King of the Mountain, and X Division. James Storm is announced as the challenger, and Lashley takes that as his cue to attack Storm. The bell is rung and the match is officially on. Storm quickly turns the match in his favor, attacking Lashley outside of the ring and taking the big man to his knees. Lashley tries to counter with a kick, but Storm hits a clothesline. Lashley grabs something off the announcer’s table to use as a weapon, but Storm doesn’t allow it. After the break, Lashley is in control of this match; Storm is down on the mat and hurting. Lashley delivers a powerful bodyslam, and Storm looks like he is in trouble. He hits Storm with a vertical suplex, then tries for the spear but Storm dodges and knocks him down. Storm lands a kick to the back of the head, but Lashley hits a crossbody and goes for a pin. Lashley finally hits Storm with the spear and nearly wins the match, but Storm is out at the last possible moment. Storm hits TWO last calls, but it still isn’t enough to get Lashley down for the three count. Lashley hits a final spear and pins Storm for the win! Lashley now has THREE titles. Count them!
As Lashley celebrates, Aron Rex walks out to quietly watch out champion. His intentions are clear and I can’t wait to see what he has in store. Rex is an incredible addition to Impact Wrestling, and I guarantee Vince McMahon is kicking himself for the decision to release him. Next week is the Ascension to Hell, where tag teams will compete for a title shot opportunity. Tonight was a fantastic night of wrestling. Please leave your thoughts below, and follow us on Twitter at facetoheel for more coverage. See you all next week!
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker