This week on TNA Impact, Gunner cashes in his Feast or Fired case against World Champion Magnus.
We see Magnus with Dixie Carter, Rockstar Spud and EC3 somewhere in the back. Magnus asks if she’s spoken to “him”, and she says it’s a done deal. She then says she won’t share the power in her company, and she needs Magnus to break the news. He agrees to do so, but says if she goes down, he’s not going down with her. He then turns his attention to EC3 and says that, even though they have issues, they need to be on the same page tonight. EC3 agrees, and Magnus then tells Spud to watch out for the Wolves.
Magnus and Dixie make their way down to the ring. Magnus wants MVP to come out to the ring so he can make an announcement, and he needs to the fans to be quiet while he does it. He needs to tell MVP something very, very important, so MVP needs to come down here now.
We get a video of the Bobby Roode/Dixie Carter story, ending with Roode being ejected from the building last week.
AI stops Roode as he enters the building tonight, asking about Roode’s future. He says that, anything he has to say, he’ll say to the entire world, then continues through the building.
EC3 storms into Magnus’ locker room, screaming about him throwing EC3 to the Wolves. Magnus has no words, then says it’s in the best interest of the Carters to have Magnus’ back, so he needs to settle down and do what’s right. EC3 walks away, screaming sarcastically that Magnus has a deal. Magnus calls him a tool.
Samoa Joe comes out and says he’s got the winner of tonight’s title match at Lockdown. Unfortunately, that means his dance card is empty tonight. He’s out here to correct that. He didn’t come here to see a title match; he came to Manchester, England to get into a fight. So, if any residents of “Dixieland” want to walk the aisle, come on down.
The Bromans and Zema Ion make their way down, and Joe just stares them down. They surround the ring, and Joe asks which one of them is it going to be, then challenges all 3.
MATCH 1-3-on-1 Handicap Match: Samoa Joe vs. World Tag Team Champions the Bromans (Jesse & Robbie E) and Zema Ion
Joe attacks all three before nailing E with a clothesline. Jesse gets a running knee. Ion lands a couple of punches, then misses a cross-body from the middle rope. Joe nails a running forearm in the corner and goes for the Muscle Buster, but the Bromans attack him from behind. Jesse nails a dropkick as the other two hold him up. E comes off the middle with an elbow, and Ion follows up with an Asai moonsault for 2. Joe begins fighting them off, but E stomps him down and sends him to the corner. Jesse comes in with a running clothesline. E follows up with a running shoulder thrust, and the trio hit a trio of knees to the head with Ion getting a 2-count. Ion goes up top and the Bromans hold Joe up. Joe pulls them into each other, causing Ion to nail them with a dropkick. He hits Ion with a running hip bump and spin kick in the corner, then hits the Bromans with a combination DDT and side-Russian legsweep. All 3 head to the floor, and Joe wipes them out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Joe hits Ion with a corner chop and sets him up with the Muscle Buster. Ion fights him off and goes for a tornado DDT. Joe blocks it and hits a standing uranage. He sets Ion up once more, nails the Muscle Buster and locks in the Kokina Clutch for the submission win.
WINNER: Samoa Joe.
We see Christy Hemme in the back with an audio tech, asking for a new mic pack. After he fixes it, she walks away, and Samuel Shaw chokes the tech from behind before throwing him into a metal shutter. Shaw then nails a boot to the head and walks up to where they were standing before. He picks up the old mic pack and begins stroking it.
Next week, Kurt Angle will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.
Bobby Roode is in the back with James Storm. He says they got into the business for the same reasons, but there are times when the business slaps you in the face or rips your heart out. He’s going through a lot right now, and since day 1, he’s never felt like he could trust anyone. Eventually, he pushed himself away from everything and he was alone in a locker room. It’s getting to be too much for him. Storm doesn’t understand. Roode reminds him of their history, then says the bad stuff is all on him. It’s his fault. He can’t erase what happened, but he can say that the good stuff that happened with them was special. Looking back, he knows that Storm was the only guy he’s ever been able to trust. Storm says he knows Roode and says if he’s going out there to do what Storm thinks he will do, don’t. He tells Roode to slap the business in the face if it slaps him in the face. We move on, and this business is dog-eat-dog. The only people responsible for their actions are them and no one else. They stand up and hug, and Roode thanks Storm.
MVP is on his phone in his office when Austin Aries walks in. MVP sits him down. Right now, it’s him and the Wolves at Lethal Lockdown, and he wants Aries as his 4th man. He says if his team wins, he can make good changes in this company. Aries says TNA hasn’t always been good to him, and he wants to make sure MVP puts his money where his mouth is. MVP promises he’ll make positive changes if he wins. Aries says he’ll think about it, and give him an answer in a while.
We get video of Madison Rayne and Gail Kim brawling in the back from a previous taping.
MATCH 2-Knockouts Street Fight: Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim (w/Lei’D Tapa; non-title)
Rayne immediately throws some weapons in the ring before Kim makes her way down. As Kim comes out, Rayne leaves the ring, armed with a cookie sheet and begins nailing Kim with it before telling Tapa to back off. Kim heads down to ringside, where Rayn rolls her in the ring. Inside, Rayne hits a couple of clotheslines, a forearm and a roundhouse before dropkicking a cookie sheet into Kim’s face for 2. She grabs the sheet and wedges it in the corner and launches Kim. Kim blocks and nails Rayne with a few kicks. She then chokes Rayne with a kendo stick before clotheslining her with it. Kim goes for a spinning toe hold, but Rayne boots her, sending her head-first into the cookie sheet from before. Rayne then nails a kick that sends Kim to the outside at Tapa’s feet. Rayne heads outside and goes for a cross-body on Tapa. Tapa catches her, then rams her back-first into the apron after swinging her around (causing Rayne to kick Kim in the process). Kim goes for the corner figure-4 and locks it in for a 5-count. Kim grabs a chair and tries to nail Rayne’s leg, but Rayne moves before kicking the chair into Kim’s face. Kim gets rolled into the ring and Rayne follows, limping in the process. She nails a running clothesline, and now Tapa has entered the ring. Rayne hits her in the gut with a cookie sheet, ducks a clothesline and nails a kendo stick shot to the back. She goes for a chair shot, but Kim nails Rayne from behind with the KO title belt and gets the 3.
WINNER: Gail Kim, who has a bloody nose from the chair shot. Tapa carries her to the back.
We see Christy Hemme in the back with Mr. Anderson, looking at photos of his kids. We see Samuel Shaw watching from a distance before walking away.
We now get a video package for Gunner, covering how he got into wrestling as well as his time in the Marine Corps.
Gunner is in the back warming up, when James Storm walks up and pulls him aside for a private chat.
AI approaches EC3 in his locker room, asking about ending Kurt Angle’s career. EC3 says no one can take away anything Angle has done, so out of respect, he’ll allow Angle to break “the news” next week at his ceremony. AI asks what that means, and EC3 says that patience is a virtue.
Gunner and Storm are in the back, and Storm tells Gunner tonight is his time, and being World Champion is the greatest feeling in the world. Tonight, all his hard work pays off. Gunner says this is for everyone who has ever wanted to achieve their dream. Storm tells him tonight is his moment, and he needs to live it for himself. Before Storm leaves, Gunner gives him the World Tag Team title briefcase. It’s his, and after Gunner wins the World title, they’ll snag the tag belts next.
Bobby Roode makes his way down to the ring. He says that, for the last 11 years, he’s been proud to call TNA his home. As small children, we all have dreams to be something big. For the last 17 years, he’s proudly lived his dream as a pro wrestler. To be able to put on a pair of boots, walk the aisle, get in the ring and perform in front of great fans like these…but with that being said, there’s a lot of things in his career he’s not proud of. He ruined friendships. He destroyed alliances. He can’t change those things, but he can change his future. That’s why he’s here tonight. Tonight is his last night as a pro wrestler. He can’t do it anymore. For the last few months, he’s looked at himself in the mirror and has seen nothing but hate. He hates himself. He’s sick of listening to Dixie and putting up with her crap. He has to walk away, and he’s sorry. Before he goes, he wants to do something he’s never done in his career, and that’s thank each and every fan in the building. Thank you!
As Roode leaves the ring, Dixie comes out. She says he doesn’t get to decide when he leaves. He has a TNA contract, and she’s the one who says when he can leave. Roode says he can’t do this anymore. He doesn’t want to be here anymore. She tells him he doesn’t get to make that call, then lists off the men who have left. She didn’t want them in her company. But, she needs Roode. TNA needs Roode. He asks if she needs him to protect her champion and receive broken promises. She apologizes for that, then lists off her problems. He doesn’t care about that, and doesn’t want to work for her anymore. She says wrestling is in his blood. Lockdown will be the most important night in TNA history, as well as in her professional career. TNA is on the line, and she needs a captain for her team that wants the victory as bad as she does. She wants him to captain her team. Roode asks why he should trust her for anything. She says this isn’t about a title match. He needs to have a vested interest in bringing the victory to her and himself. She offers him 10% ownership of the company if he’ll agree to do it. Roode goes over everything she just said, then asks why he should believe her. She says for him to get his lawyers to draw something up, and she swears she’ll sign anything they come up with. This can change everything for Roode, and he’s worked for this his whole career. Roode thinks about it, then tells her she has a deal. But, remember: if she thinks for one second she’ll screw him over, he’ll dedicate the rest of his life to destroying hers.
JB is standing by with Gut Check winner Bad Bones. Bones, says something in German as Christy Hemme and Mr. Anderson are still chatting. Before Bones gets too far, Samuel Shaw runs in and nails Anderson from behind, knocking Hemme down and out in the process. He then picks up Hemme and carries her off to his rape room or whatever.
We see Bad Influence in the back with Bobby Roode, celebrating Roode captaining Team Dixie. They then offer their services to Roode for the Lethal Lockdown match. Roode says he knows what they’re capable of, but he needs the best team in that match. He can’t just pick his friends, so they need to go out for their match right now and prove they are worthy.
MATCH 3: The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) vs. Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian)
Edwards and Kaz start with a lock-up. Edwards goes into a waistlock, then hits Kaz with a hip throw. Kaz escapes and does his own. Edwards escapes and we get an indy standoff. Kaz nails Edwards from behind off a Daniels distraction, and Daniels tags in. He applies a side headlock, nails a shoulder off the ropes, then knocks Richards off the apron. Edwards comes back with a chop and tags in Richards. The Wolves hit a double Japanese armdrag. Kaz comes off the top and misses a move before getting hit with a drop-toehold/seated dropkick combo. Daniels receives a forearm from Richards and a kick from Edwards for 2. Richards hits a bodyslam and goes up top. Kaz tries to cut him off, and Richards kicks him away. Daniels nails Richards from behind on the apron, knocking him to the floor. Kaz rolls Ricards into the ring after ramming him back-first into the apron. He tags in, and Daniels hiptosses Kaz onto Ricards, with Kaz landing in a legdrop for 2. Kaz applies a modified cravat, but Richards elbows out. Kaz recovers and hits a spinning heel kick for 2. Richards is thrown to the corner, and Daniels gets tagged in, hitting an elevated stomp from the middle rope for 2. Edwards gets knocked off the apron, and while the ref holds him back, BI double-team Richards. Kaz and Daniels switch places before Daniels tags back in. Richards avoids a double clothesline, shoves Kaz into Daniels and nails Kaz with an enziguri. Edwards makes the hot tag before kicking Kaz off the apron and to the floor. He hits a series of chops on Daniels in the corner, Daniels blocks a charge and mounts the middle rope. Richards nails a kick to the head and picks Daniels up for a running backpack stunner. It gets 2, but Kaz breaks up the pin. Richards throws Kaz to the outside, then gets nailed from behind by Daniels. Daniels hits a standing uranage on Edwards and goes for the BME. Edwards moves out of the way, and Daniels lands on his feet. Richards back in, and the Wolves hit a double-team version of the Alarm Clock. Richards nails Kaz on the outside with a running apron kick as Edwards comes off the top with a double stomp to Daniels’ back. Richards hits a double stomp off the top rope on Daniels, and Edwards covers him for 3.
WINNERS: The Wolves. Richards’ mouth appears to be busted open.
Samuel Shaw sets Christy Hemme on a table in the back, where she regains consciousness. She’s asking what happened to Anderson, and Shaw tells her he’s got everything under control. Shaw sees the cameraman, and the shot then cuts away.
A video for Willow airs. I never thought I could hate Jeff Hardy more than I already did. This gimmick is already proving to me that I have plenty of hate left.
Next week, Bobby Roode will face MVP in a one-on-one match, Team Captain vs. Team Captain.
MATCH 4-“Magnus’ Rules” Match for the World Championship: Gunner vs. Magnus (Champion)
Dale Oliver is one of the worst composers I’ve ever heard. I have never been able to get past how generic nearly every single TNA entrance them is. As Gunner gets his formal introduction, the cameraman zooms in on a fan wearing a Dolph Ziggler t-shirt. Brilliant. Anyway, Tenay informs us this match will be under “Magnus’ Rules”, which apparently means No Holds Barred. L. Ron Hubbard forbid we don’t get a championship match that isn’t a total clusterf*ck, which is already where things are heading even though the bell just rang. Magnus immediately drops to the floor, then taunts some fans. Back in the ring, the two lock up, and Gunner applies a waistlock. Magnus counters into a wristlock. Gunner counters into an arm wringer. Magnus rolls through and counters into an arm wringer of his own. He turns it into a side headlock, then grinds Gunner down to the mat. Gunner counters with a back suplex, but Magnus keeps the hold locked in. Gunner tries to break it, and Magnus hangs on with the assistance of a handful of hair. Gunner goes for the back suplex again, and Magnus counters into a hip throw. Gunner counters into a pin for 2, and Magnus rolls right back into the headlock. Wow. This is so exciting. I’m beside myself. Magnus finally breaks the hold off the ropes and hits a shoulderblock. Gunner comes back with a back elbow and a clothesline. He hits another elbow out of the corner, then assaults Magnus on the opposite side before corner-whipping him. Magnus blocks a charge, then knocks Gunner to the floor with a running knee to the back. Magnus signals for someone to come out, but instead of his crew, it’s the Wolves and James Storm. Commercials.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: Magnus.
Storm stands over Gunner as the show goes off the air.
End of show.
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