This week on TNA Impact Wrestling Samoa Joe faces Magnus for the World Championship.
We see the outside of TNA’s headquarters in Nashville, TN. Apparently, there was a meeting between Dixie Carter and Bully Ray, and we will see the video of that in a little bit.
MATCH 1: Ethan Carter III vs. Bobby Lashley
EC3 attacks Lashley at the opening bell, landing some forearms to the back. Lashley leapfrogs over him and clubs him across the back. EC3 gets whipped across the ring and blocks a corner clothesline. Lashley recovers and hits a back elbow. EC3 gets hit with a delayed vertical suplex and thrown back into the corner, where Lashley beats him down. Lashley beals EC3 across the ring, then signals for the spear. EC3 sees it coming and rolls to the floor. Lashley follows and receives a mule kick for his trouble. EC3 hits some forearms and slams Lashley face-first into the apron before hitting a knife-edge. Lashley has a brief comeback, but then gets kicked in the gut and rolled into the ring. EC3 goes up top, and Lashley tosses him back down to the mat. EC3 trips Lashley into the middle buckle on the opposite side, then lays in some forearms to the back. EC3 nails some mounted punches to Lashley’s chest and neck, then hits a double axe handle before applying a front chancery. He hits a few more forearms, then snaps some left jabs. Off the ropes, EC3 gets nailed with a spinebuster. He signals for the spear once more, but EC3 sees it coming yet again and drops to the floor. Lashley follows and nails him with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Lashley hits a running corner clothesline and stomps him down. Lashley sends EC3 into the corner, and he almost collides with the referee, but manages to put the breaks on. Lashley grabs EC3 in a waistlock, and EC3 hits one of the worst low blows I’ve ever seen before heading back to the floor. He starts to head up the ramp, but Willow comes from out of nowhere and nails him from behind, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Ethan Carter III.
Willow throws EC3 into the steps twice after the match, then a third time, knees-first. Willow pulls a chair and a ladder from underneath the ring and sets the ladder up at ringside. EC3 gets slammed face-first into the steps, and Willow takes the chair, Pillmanizing EC3’s leg with it. Willow drops an elbow, then climbs up the ladder. EC3 avoids any further damage by crawling under the ladder and up the ramp.
From earlier today: Bully Ray is with AI and says Dixie Carter called him for a meeting in TN, but claimed she was busy when she showed up. He says he’ll wait with no problem, for as long as it takes, because he’s got something to say and he will make sure he says it.
Samoa Joe is in MVP’s office, and he’s pissed. Joe says he’s frustrated with what MVP let happen at Lockdown. He’s frustrated that EY is on his way to the hospital as well. MVP is making sure EY is being taken care of. He wants Abyss neutralized as well, and he wants this match to go fairly. Joe just wants the title. MVP says he’ll find someone to be chained to Abyss, and he’ll fix this. Joe says every time MVP tries to fix things, they end up worse.
AI is in a dressing room with Angelina Love, asking if there will be a Beautiful People reunion. She knows she caught Velvet Sky off-guard last week, but she’s had plenty of time to think about that now, and tonight, Love wants to know where Sky stands.
EC3 enters Magnus’ locker room, asking where he was just a few minutes ago. Magnus cuts him off, and EC3 calls him an ass. Magnus accuses him of just being beaten up by a clown, then wants to know what EC3 wants. EC3 says their business relationship is terminated. Magnus already knew that, because he got everything he needed out of “aunt D”, so he’s kicked her to the curb and doesn’t need her anymore. He then says Abyss is the only person he needs, and everyone will find that out, so EC3 needs to take a seat and watch the title match later, since it will be standing room-only. EC3 wishes him good luck and leaves.
Gunner makes his way down to the ring, and he’s proud of the fact that, at Lockdown, he went to war with James Storm and came out victorious. He’s proud that he served his country, and the people who served with him. He’s proud of the veterans in this crowd. As a marine, he was trained to fight for everything he wants, and without that and the support of everyone, he wouldn’t be here today. He then thanks his father, who is sitting in the front row. He says that, when he first started in wrestling, he promised everyone he would be World Champion one day. The two then hug, and that’s when James Storm comes out, his new music only slightly less worse than his old music. He says he hates to break up this family reunion, but he finds it rude of Gunner to bring his dad here and not introduce them. Storm made Gunner a star, and he then introduces himself to Gunner Sr. He knows he’s Gunner’s dad, then makes fun of him crying about his son’s success. Storm then tells Sr. that his dad is looking down from Heaven on Gunner Jr., and is thanking L. Ron Hubbard that he’s dead, that he’s not here to see his son and grandson become huge disappointments. Gunner attacks Storm and begins nailing him with rights until Storm “hits” a Last Call, in reality missing by about four feet. Storm then pulls out a pair of handcuffs and cuffs Gunner to the middle rope. He then grabs Gunner Sr. over the guardrail and forces him to his knees in front of Jr. Sr. is making a futile attempt to get his son out of the cuffs, and that’s when Storm breaks a beer bottle over the back of Sr.’s head. Man, that beer bottle must way 10 pounds, the way Sr. just got knocked out. At the same time, while Gunner Jr. is trying to look worried, he appears to be attempting to hide a smile.
Gail Kim is in the back and says she is the benchmark of the Knockouts division. She brought in Lei’D Tapa, and what happened? Tapa cost her the title, then cost her more matches. Tonight, they go one-on-one, and if Tapa can’t beat Kim, Kim is done with her, and Tapa is done with TNA.
We see the Bromans and DJ Z enter the building, talking about some club they went to. Jesse then tells DJ Z to find Sanada and Tigre Uno about their match tonight. Instead, they find Sanada and Uno, and Z spits some crap about ending the match early so they can get poontang. Z incorrectly translates everything Sanada and Uno are saying, and now all three of them are rambling on. They fist each other, then leave. I’m so glad that wasn’t a waste of time.
MATCH 2-If Lei’D Tapa loses, she leaves TNA: Lei’D Tapa vs. Gail Kim
Kim screams at Tapa, then tries a slap. Tapa grabs her wrist and brings her to her knees before throwing her into the corner. Kim then goes chest-first into the opposite set of buckles before receiving a Northern Lariat. Tapa hits a few headbutts, then misses a clothesline. Kim hits a few kicks and a couple of shoulders. Off a third rope bounce, Kim runs right into a tree slam. Tapa picks Kim up on her shoulders, and Kim twists herself into a Dragon Clutch. She brings Tapa to one knee, but she gets back up and snaps Kim off her back. Kim slumps to the corner, where she dodges a running boot. Kim begins kicking Tapa in the leg before hitting a leg stunner. Kim comes off the ropes and gets pancaked for her troubles. The fans do not give a single sh*t about Tapa as she gets a 2-count. Tapa goozles Kim, but Kim breaks it with more kicks before hitting a dropkick to the knee and a kick to the face. Kim hits a forearm and another kick in the corner. Tapa recovers and picks her up for the Godsmack. Kim escapes and kicks Tapa in the back of the leg before hitting Eat Defeat. Kim goes for the pin and gets 3.
WINNER: Gail Kim. Apparently, Tapa really is done with TNA. Glad TNA spent so much time building her up only to release her less than a year later. Granted, she’s still green as goose sh*t in the ring, but based on that, TNA shouldn’t have built her up in the first place.
MVP is up high in the backstage area with Willow. He has seen what Willow did to EC3 and Rockstar Spud, and if he agrees to replace EY tonight in the main event, he can get some revenge on Magnus as well. Willow says a bunch of stupid crap about the ills of the world, and he has no interest in playing games. Everyone has their issues, but none of those issues involve him. He’ll strike when it’s his time. This gimmick sucks so much.
Angelina Love comes out and says she hasn’t heard anything from Velvet Sky in a week and now she wants answers. Do they move forward together or separately? She then asks Sky to come out. Sky does, and TNA needs to maybe not have them come out to the exact same song. Sky tells Love this is hard for her. When she first came to TNA, Love was her mentor and taught her everything. In her first year, she wanted to go home, but Love wouldn’t let her. Love believed in her, and she’s grateful for that. However, there were also times Sky felt like she was subservient of Love, and Love was holding her back. Love calls that all “wrestler talk”. If she was looked at as the leader of the Beautiful People, it’s because she was the veteran, and she’s sorry. When she left, Sky accomplished a lot on her own. But they both know 1 is a lonely number, and they each need someone to watch their backs. She wants this to happen, she knows Sky does, and she knows the fans do as well. Sky calls her the big sister she never had, but after everything with Chris Sabin, she knows there are few people she can trust. In regards to Love, they’ve had their ups and downs…but the Beautiful People are back. They hug and celebrate for a moment, but then Love cuts off the music and says they are missing a third piece to this puzzle, that being Madison Rayne.
Rayne makes her way out, and Love says they’re on a role here. Rayne was part of the Beautiful People at one point, and Love wants to extend the offer to her as well. Rayne asks Love to repeat herself, and Love does, both times, showing no enthusiasm for Rayne. Rayne says Love is talking to her like she’s beneath Love, like she’s a lost little girl. Times have changed, and that’s not how things are anymore. Love makes a comment about paying dues, and Rayne asks if being treated like crap is paying dues. Her dues are paid, and she’s the Knockouts Champion now. So, while she appreciates the offer, she’s not interested. Ugh. On a close-up shot, she looks worse than ever. Same goes for Love.
AI is in the back with Magnus, asking if he’s concerned. He is, but Joe is more concerned about looking for a friend. Magnus doesn’t need a friend, because he’s got Abyss. Abyss reacts to the same thing everyone else does, and that’s money. Joe walks up and tells Magnus he’s tapping Magnus out and gets in his face. Al Snow enters and splits them up before they can come to blows.
MATCH 3-3-Way Match for the World Tag Team Championship: The Bromans (Champions, w/DJ Z) vs. World X-Division Champion Sanada and Tigre Uno vs. The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards)
Before the Wolves come out, E tells Sanada and Uno that they need to make this quick, so the challengers need to lay down for them. The challengers won’t do it, so Jesse starts screaming. Uno simply says “no”, and now the two teams are brawling. Sanada and Uno knock the champs to the floor, and the champs tell them they’re leaving. That’s when the Wolves come out. The champs try to run up the ramp, but the Wolves beat them up and throw them into a pair of baseball slides by Sanada and Uno. Commercials.
Back from the break, the Wolves are in control of E in the ring. They hit their drop toehold/dropkick combo, and now Sanada and Uno hit Jesse with a series of double teams, ending in a double seated dropkick. Now both challenging teams are brawling, with the Wolves in control of Sanada. Richards gets 2 off a jackknife and tags in Edwards. They take turns nailing Sanada with kicks and chops, but they are then tripped by Uno. Sanada takes them both out with a double dropkick, and Uno comes in with a cross-body to their backs. E tags himself in off Sanada and runs into an Edwards hiptoss. Richards tags in and nails a forearm in the corner. Edwards hits a back elbow, and the Wolves follow up a combination drop toehold/jumping elbow. Uno tags himself in off Richards, and hits a couple of chops. E comes back with some strikes and tags in Jesse. The champs hit a double pancake and a double knee strike in the corner. Jesse presses Uno over his head as E tags in. Jesse drops Uno in a Warrior Press, and E comes off the middle with a fist drop for 2. Uno comes back with a body scissors into a bulldog. Jesse and Sanada tag in. Sanada nails some elbows and a hurricanrana. He hits a front slam and goes up top for the moonsault, but stops when he sees Z taking pictures with the X title. Uno tags in, and Sanada floors Z with an axe handle from the top. In the ring, Uno hits a spinning headscissors into a dropkick to the back of Jesse. Richards tags in and Uno hits him with a springboard hurricanrana. Edwards comes in illegally, and the Wolves hit a combination powerbomb/backcracker. Richards goes for the pin, but Jesse breaks it up at 2. E is in as well, and Edwards throws him to the outside. Jesse gets dumped by Richards, and now Richards is heading up top for the double stomp. Edwards is up as well, and as the ref is checking on Sanada, the Bromans knock the Wolves off the ropes. The champs hit the Bro-Down on Uno and Jesse gets the 3.
WINNERS AND STILL CHAMPIONS: The Bromans.
We see the Beautiful People in their dressing room, and Angelina Love is upset about what Madison Rayne, especially because there was a lot of truth behind what Rayne said. She’s not that person anymore, and Velvet Sky suggests they talk one-on-one. Love decides to give it a go.
We get another video for “The King of the Night” Kenny King.
Love storms into Rayne’s locker room and wants to talk. Rayne says she already said everything she wanted to out in the ring, and Love says she didn’t. She knows sorry isn’t good enough, but when they first met, she was a different person and it was all about her. She can’t be blamed for that, since it’s every person for themselves. Rayne will give her that since she went through the same thing with Gail Kim. Rayne says she’ll think about it, hugs Love and starts to walk away. Love grabs her by the hair and slams her face-first into the wall before hitting a knee to the gut. Love tells her to never do that again, and as far as the Beautiful People go, it’s just her and Sky.
MVP approaches Samoa Joe in the back and asks if Joe wants to know who’s watching his back. He only has to look out for Magnus, and the guy who will be chained to Abyss is MVP is himself. Joe was right, and MVP wants to redeem himself. Given the circumstances, he’s forced to participate and lead by example like a good boss should. Joe needs to focus on the title, and MVP will take care of the rest.
We get a video for Knux, who is apparently still employed by TNA. Apparently, they’re going to try to push him, because it’s worked out so well for every other company he’s worked for. He rambles on about an ex-girlfriend, then talks about his family, who are literally carnies. His dad doesn’t agree with him wrestling, and they don’t talk as a result. To be continued…
We’re back to Bully Ray at Dixie Carter’s office. He storms in and lays into her, saying no one in the business likes her. Dixie has her back turned to him as he continues to tear her down. Dramatic music is playing the entire time, as you would expect. Ray says Dixie doesn’t like him because she can’t control him. She came to his home and tried to give him a lot of money to make sure Bobby Roode’s team won at Lockdown. When Mr. Anderson Mic Checked him into a casket, his career flashed before him. He didn’t want to go out like that and didn’t want to be remembered like that. After the day she showed up at his home and tried to control him, that moment solidified his decision at Lockdown. She doesn’t have his respect, fans’ respect…she’s nothing and a nobody in his industry, and he’ll be damned if he’s going to sit here and talk to the back of a chair any longer. Ray turns the chair around, and there’s no one there. Bobby Roode comes in and attacks him from behind. Ray’s face gets slammed into a wall and into the desk. Roode takes a framed Sacrifice poster off the wall and hits Ray across the back, then tells him he screwed the wrong man. Dixie didn’t invite Ray here today; Roode did. You don’t screw with Bobby Roode. Surprise!
We see Magnus with Abyss, and Abyss says he’s got something special for the main event. But it’s not for Magnus; it’s for Joe and MVP. Abyss then dumps a handful of thumbtacks on the floor and begins laughing.
Next week: Storm/Gunner 2-Unlocked! No, really. That’s how they’re promoting it.
MATCH 4-World Championship (MVP and Abyss are chained together at ringside): Samoa Joe (w/MVP) vs. Magnus (Champion, w/Abyss)
Magnus attacks Joe before the opening bell and begins assaulting him in the corner. Joe gets thrown face-first into the adjacent corner and Magnus hits a European uppercut. Joe comes back with snap jabs, a snapmare out of the corner, a double chop to the back, a kick to the chest and a jumping kneedrop. Magnus rolls to the floor. Magnus pulls Joe to the floor and rams him back-first into the apron. He follows up with a European uppercut and rolls Joe back into the ring. Magnus hits another uppercut and a chop in the corner. Joe comes back with more jabs, so Magnus rakes him in the eyes. He hits another chop, ducks a clothesline, ducks a back elbow, and gets hit with a second back elbow. Joe snaps off more jabs in the corner and sends Magnus across the ring. He hits a running hip bump and a jumping spin kick to the head. Commercials.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: Magnus.
End of show.
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