We see footage of the American Wolves and MVP entering the building earlier in the day.
This cuts over to Eric Young and Abyss brawling in the back. These two are scheduled for a Monster’s Ball later tonight. Abyss slams EY into a table, then dumps the table on him. EY fights back and slams Abyss face-first into an equipment box. EY stomps Abyss down before continuing the assault on the stage. I guess this match is starting now.
MATCH 1-Monster’s Ball: Abyss vs. Eric Young
Abyss fights back with rights, knocking EY down the ramp. EY grabs a pipe and begins smacking Abyss with it. He nails a pipe shot to the gut, followed by another one to the back. Abyss comes back with a back body drop on the floor. He pulls a table from under the ring and sets it up at ringside. He calls for the chokeslam, but EY elbows his way out. Abyss knees him in the gut and rolls him in the ring before tossing a trashcan full of weapons into the ring. EY hits a baseball slide through the ropes and follows up with a suicide dive. EY goes after Abyss’ mask, trying to pull it off. Abyss rakes his eyes, but EY continues the attack. Abyss blocks a slam into the apron, then hits one of his own. He rolls into the ring and grabs a folding chair as EY climbs in. Abyss wedges the chair in the corner, and turns around into a dive off the top by EY. Abyss catches him with a goozle and goes for the chokeslam. EY fights out, but runs right into a clothesline. Abyss heads outside and grabs another chair, setting it down across EY’s chest. He goes for an Earthquake Drop, but EY turns the chair on its side, sending it right into Abyss’ crotch. EY comes back with rights, Flair Flips in the corner, goes up top on the other side and hits a seated missile dropkick for 2. Abyss reverses a corner whip, then sends EY face-first into the wedged chair. EY then gets hit with a chokeslam for 2. Abyss rolls to the floor and pulls out a bag of thumbtacks. He dumps them all over the ring and sets EY up for a superplex. EY fights him off before hitting a sunset-flip powerbomb right onto the thumbtacks. EY goes for the pin once more, getting 2. EY puts a handful in his mouth and spits them at EY before going up top for a flying elbow. Abyss gets to his feet and nails EY, knocking him to the floor and through the table that was set up earlier. Abyss rolls him back in the ring and goes for a pin, but EY gets his foot on the bottom rope at 2. Abyss heads out once more and pulls Janice out from under the ring. Abyss raises it over his head as EY climbs to his feet. He pulls Abyss’ mask off, revealing the man underneath to be Joseph Park (big surprise, of course). Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam and gets 3.
Bobby Roode enters Dixie Carter’s office with a contract with him vs. Magnus at Lockdown. Dixie doesn’t like being told what to sign, and says she can’t do this tonight. Things have changed around here. She knows that’s not his problem, and she also knows what she promised him. Roode held up his end of the deal, but she’s not in control like she was once before. Roode says it isn’t his problem, and she needs to sign the contract. She asks how she’s supposed to convince people Roode is worthy of a title match. Samoa Joe is the #1 contender, so she wants to book Roode/Joe, and if Roode wins, he gets the shot at Lockdown. She reminds him he defeated Sting in a cage, and he can beat Joe tonight. If he does that, he gets Magnus, and no one will question his position. Roode says fine, but if she’s setting him up, it will come back and bite her right in the ass.
MVP makes his way down to the ring. He makes a long introduction for himself. A lot of people have been wondering where he’s been in the last 2 or 3 years. He’s been living life, enjoying things on his terms. He got into trouble for that when he was younger, but he learned there are always consequences for your actions. There are people in TNA who think they are untouchable, and that’s going to change. Everyone is tired of seeing self-absorbed, egotistical, megalomaniacal owners doing what they want, to benefit only themselves. He loves pro wrestling, and because of that, he couldn’t stand by and watch the business get run down. He realized he couldn’t make change as only a talent. Fortunately, he’s made a comfortable income, and he invested that money. He found some people with the same idea, and they invested their money as well. It’s time for certain people to learn they can’t do what they want, and the time is now for change. TNA is a company that could be great. It has amazing talent and a great international fanbase. Mismanagement has been keeping TNA on the bottom. A fish rots from its head. That’s not going to happen anymore. His agenda here is simple…
Before he can say what it is, Rockstar Spud cuts him off. Spud starts to talk before MVP calls him a lapdog. He then apologizes for his comment, as he likes to be fair. Spud says that, in the interest of fairness, it would be fair for him to introduce himself to Madame Dixie Carter. Dixie is all about making star, and if you go to her dressing room, she will talk fairness with MVP. She will welcome him into her dressing room with outstretched arms. MVP will give Spud the benefit of the doubt, but at the end of his outstretched arms are fists he can use. Spud needs to watch himself, and when he goes back to Dixie, tell her that, with the blessing of the Board, he has scheduled a match: Magnus vs. Kurt Angle in a non-titled match. How’s that for his first day on the job?
Bully Ray is in the back with a coffin, he says that, as he walks through the valley of the shadow of death, he takes a look at his life and realizes there’s nothing left. Ken Anderson, you took his family from him, and next week, when he sticks you in the coffin, he’ll take you from yours. Need proof? The next person Ray sees will go in the coffin and suffer the consequences while paying for your sins.
Chris Sabin is in a purple room somewhere. He says that, last week, Velvet Sky broke his heart, but he’s not willing to accept it. A woman like that is worth fighting for. This is a special room to both of them, and he wants to do something special here tonight.
Curry Man makes his way down to the ring, apparently for a match. His “tattoos” are gone, BTW. Before his opponent is introduced, however, Bully Ray comes down, pushing the coffin in front of him. Ray climbs into the ring and tells Curry he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Curry tries to speak to him in Japanese, then tries to get the crowd fired up. Ray drops him with a big boot. Curry then gets hit with a piledriver as Ray screams for Mr. Anderson. Curry then gets rolled to the floor in front of the coffin, and Ray dumps him inside. He then tells Anderson (via the camera) he’s going to end Anderson’s career.
Magnus is in Dixie’s office, complaining about his match tonight. Dixie tells him he’s got this, and he says she better hope so. Spud, who is also there, begins kissing her ass. EC3 enters the room and tries to eat the sashimi on the table, but Spud tells him no, that it’s for the investor. EC3 turns to Dixie and says that, before the investor comes in here, he needs to talk. She doesn’t have time for him, not even 30 seconds. She bitches about her problems, including her lipstick. EC3 is offended that she doesn’t have time for a relative. She apologizes and says they can talk in a week when things have simmered down a bit.
Austin Aries makes his way down to the ring. Big chant for him from the Glasgow crowd. He says he’s the greatest man that ever lived, as well as the X-Division Champion. He has said many times the title doesn’t make the man, the man makes the title. Within this company, he’s held every major title, including the World title. He’s also the man that created “option C”. “Option C” allowed him to cash in the X title for a shot at the World title, and he succeeded. He has every intention of repeating that once again. He is going to take the X title, and…
The Bromans decide to interrupt at this point. Aries starts to mock them, and that’s when Zema Ion nails him in the back of the head with his Feast or Fired briefcase. He grabs the mic and the belt and says he’s got the X title case, so get a referee out here. Christy Hemme, make the announcement: Ion is cashing in.
Hemme starts to make the announcement as the referee slides in. Ion immediately goes for the cover.
MATCH 2-World X-Division Championship: Austin Aries (Champion) vs. Zema Ion
The referee counts before the announcement is finished, but Aries manages to kick out at 2. Ion goes for the cover again, getting another 2-count. Ion argues with the referee, then throws Aries to the floor. Ion hits a baseball slide through the ropes, then goes for a whip into the steps. Aries reverses and hits a chop, but then gets sent into the guardrail. Ion rolls him back in and hits a tornado DDT through the ropes for 2. Ion goes for the pin again, getting another 2. He hits a stomp and goes up for a corkscrew moonsault, which misses. Aries nails the rolling elbow and follows up with a legbreaker. Aries nails a running corner dropkick, hits the brainbuster and gets 3.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: Austin Aries.
Dixie and Spud are waiting for the investor. Dixie tells him to calm down and says they can do this.
We see the Christy Hemme/Samuel Shaw crap from last week. This cuts over to video from earlier today when Hemme was putting her makeup on. Shaw comes up from behind, and Hemme says they need to talk about last week. He says he’s embarrassed. He likes to collect things of beauty, and maybe he went overboard. He also apparently likes to never change his clothes (which are also the same clothes he wrestles in). She asks about the mannequin in his house, and he won’t answer. She says he’s a great guy, a great wrestler and a great artist, but they need to keep things professional as co-workers. Shaw agrees after a second, then stares at her menacingly as she walks away.
Bobby Roode is talking to AI, saying tonight is stupid. It’s another hoop he has to jump through. How many times does he have to give Dixie favors? He said no more favors, but now he’s doing another one by facing Samoa Joe. Dixie owes him. Magnus walks up and tells him that, when Dixie tells a person to do something, it’s not a favor; it’s that person’s job. Roode reminds Magnus of how many times he’s saved the champ’s ass in recent weeks. Magnus calls that bull-crap. Roode wasn’t there when he beat Sting, or when he beat Jeff Hardy for the title. So, what he needs Roode to do is stop whining about favors and focus on Joe. Roode reminds Magnus Joe made Magnus tap out last week. Magnus says he’ll tap out any time the title is not on the line, because his pride is not bigger than the title. Roode calls that great, then says that he and Joe are going to beat the hell out of each other tonight for one reason, and that’s so one of them can take the title off Magnus at Lockdown. He then wishes Magnus good luck with Kurt Angle.
Dixie and Spud are still in Dixie’s office when MVP finally enters. They sit down after a handshake, and Dixie says MVP made quite an entrance. She’s sure he had a reason for staying anonymous for a bit, but that’s in the past. She’s about the future now. For starters, she wants to know something about him, starting with herself. She built this company from the ground up 11 years ago, and her hands turned TNA into a global entertainment empire. MVP calls that impressive, then asks how she did that. She says the roster is the most important thing. Everyone loves to work for her, as she’s a complete joy. She’s very fair. It doesn’t matter who works for her, whether it’s a curtain jerker or the World Champion. MVP calls that an interesting perspective, but thinks Sting, Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles would disagree with her. She calls them disgruntled employees, and they can bring a company down. One bad apple spoils the bunch. Enough of that. Back to her. She thinks MVP will get a great rub from working with her. She knows “carney language”. MVP says her reputation precedes her, and it fuels his desire to work with her. So, he’d like to start tonight, in the middle of the ring. Dixie has no problem dealing with her fans, but if MVP is going to do things by himself like the Magnus/Angle match, this won’t work. He points out that, in all fairness, he made it a non-title match before he walks off. Well, there’s five minutes of my life I can never get back.
MATCH 3: Kurt Angle vs. World Champion Magnus (non-title)
The two lock up,and Magnus applies an arm wringer. Angle counters. Magnus counters into a hammerlock, then into a side headlock. He shoulders Angle off the ropes before running into an overhead belly-to-belly. Angle begins peppering him with rights in the corner, but receives a thumb to the eye. Magnus nails some forearms, followed by a chop. Angle ducks a misdirection clothesline and goes for the Murder-Suicide. He connects with all three suplexes and goes for the Angle Slam. Magnus blocks it with a rake to the eye before hitting a modified scrapbuster for 2. Magnus goes up top for the elbow, but Angle cuts him off with a belly-to-belly superplex. Angle applies the ankle lock, but EC3 runs in and hits a chopblock.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Kurt Angle. EC3 dropkicks Angle in the same knee. He goes for an ankle lock, but Angle kicks him to the floor. They brawl on the outside, with Angle limping as he throws punches. EC3 rakes him in the eyes, then nails Angle in the knee with a chair. He follows up with another shot, and Angle then rolls back into the ring. EC3 then applies a leg grapevine, twisting the ankle in the process. He eventually breaks the hold and leaves the ring as the referee throws up the “X”. EMTs and trainers head to the ring to check on Angle as EC3 sits down on a chair and watches. Angle gets rolled onto a stretcher as EC3 finally leaves.
We see Samoa Joe in the back, checking on Angle. Joe notices the camera and says that Dixie sent one of her goons to take the best in this business out, ending with Angle. They think they’re taking Joe out next. They’ve started a war with the wrong man. He will stand alone, defiant, and he will win. Everyone will pay.
AI is in the back with Eric Young, asking what happened earlier. He said that was Abyss’ match. Everything is obvious now. Joseph Park and Abyss are one in the same. He took the mask off and showed the world who Abyss really was. Now, he doesn’t know what will happen.
We’re back with Chris Sabin in his purple room. He thanks the camera and audio guys for being here, as they will witness something special. This is the room where he and Velvet Sky had their first kiss several years ago. Tonight, something special will happen, and he can’t wait for the world to see it. He then pulls a ring box out of his pocket and Sky enters the room. He asks her to sit down so they can talk. She calls this awkward, and Sabin reminds her of what this room means. Every relationship has ups and downs, but when she told him it was all over, that was the worst moment of his life. She broke his heart, but at the same time, he felt like he was awake. He began to think more clearly than he ever has, and he knew then what he needed to do. He has something to ask her, then presents her with the ring box while on bended knee. She opens the box, and it’s empty. Sabin then asks if she will get out of his life. He’s so sick of her and hearing her name. When he was the World Champion, all he ever heard about was her. He’s so sick that it makes him want to vomit, and this is how he’s going to deal with it. He’s going to prove to everyone he was always the real superstar in this relationship, and they’re going to deal with this like real wrestlers would. Next week, he’ll be in the ring in his gear, and he’s going to take her on in a one-on-one match. If she has the guts, he’ll see her out there. If not, then she proves to the world she’s just a coward while he’s the real superstar. Oh, and he decides when things are over, so they are now through. Sky then does a sh*tty job pretending to cry.
MATCH 4-Winner becomes the #1 contender for the World Championship: Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe
The two lock up, and Roode goes into a waistlock. Joe counters. Roode breaks free, misses a clothesline and gets hit with a snap jab. Roode ducks a lock-up, and they trade kicks to the leg until Joe knocks Roode off his feet. Joe hits a snapmare, a chop to the back, a kick to the chest and a jumping kneedrop. Roode recovers and sends Joe in for a corner whip. Joe reverses, hits a running hip bump and a spin kick to the head. He goes for the Face Wash, but Roode stops the running kick with a back elbow, knocking Joe to the apron. Roode goes for a suplex, but Joe blocks it and tries for one himself. Roode blocks that and dropkicks Joe to the floor. Outside, Roode rolls Joe back in and applies a front chancery before turning it into a neckbreaker for 2. They trade chops before Roode hits a boot out of the corner and a second-rope blockbuster for 2. Roode follows up with a snapmare and a rear chinlock. Joe manages to get a rope-break, and now they trade punches. Roode hits another back elbow, then gets hit with one himself before landing a big boot. Joe comes back with an inverted atomic drop and a running boot. He misses the running senton, and Roode follows up by missing a jumping kneedrop. Joe hits a series of slaps, but then gets hit with a spinebuster. He no-sells the move, pops back up to his feet and snaps off a powerslam. Joe sets Roode up for the Muscle Buster, but Roode escapes and hits an enziguri. He follows up with a Northern Lariat for 2. Roode goes for the Roode Bomb, but Joe escapes and locks in the Kokina Clutch. Roode sees it coming and manages to break free before hitting a chop in the corner. He charges in, running right into a standing uranage. Joe sets him up for the Muscle Buster yet again, hitting the move this time. Joe cinches in the Kokina Clutch all the way on the second try and Roode quickly taps out.
WINNER AND STILL #1 CONTENDER: Samoa Joe.
MVP joins these two in the ring. I miss his old entrance theme by Silkk Tha Shocker. Dixie welcomes him to TNA, and he says it’s an honor to be here in her regal presence. She says that flattery will get him everywhere, but they have a lot of business to talk about tonight. She compliments him on his idea to do this in the ring, then says it’s important that they start at the top, that being the World Champion, Magnus. He, in a very short amount of time, has accomplished everything everyone hoped he would. Every time Magnus gets in the ring, he sets a path everyone should follow. He sets the bar very high for his peers and fans. Her company, her great nation, and all the little nations around the world should try to emulate Magnus in his greatness. Where do we go from here? The answer is that if everyone follows Dixie’s lead, then everyone will be very successful. IN her 11 years here, she’s dealt with all kinds of investors and partners. Some were good, and others were not. She hopes she and MVP can make everyone never forget this new team. She then wants to talk about changes, but MVP would like to handle this one. After meeting her, talking to her, learning about her and all of the things she’s accomplished, he’s discovered they agree on so many things. Okay, he’s lying. The only thing they agree on is disagreeing. Dixie doesn’t know a headlock from a padlock. It would seem her mismanagement has single-handedly brought this organization to its knees. She has created a playing field only her and her minions can play on. If she thinks MVP came here to be a butler at a Paula Deen party, she’s sadly mistaken. As a matter of fact, Dixie’s reign of terror is over. He’s not a hands-off investor. Changes will take effect very soon, and the party is over.
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