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Global Force Wrestling Stadium Tour Rolls North, TNA Talent to Appear and Address Jeff Jarrett

Global Force Wrestling continues to roll on through their ballpark tour.  This weekend (July 9, 10, and 11) are the final advertised live dates before the July 24 television taping at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  This weekend, they will be in Appleton, WI, Erie, PA, and Lake County, OH.

Former TNA World Champion Eric Young, who was in the Slammiversary King of the Mountain Match with Jarrett, has been added to these dates.  At the story on the Global Force Wrestling website, you can watch video of Young firing back at Jeff Jarrett and addressing that match.  He says “it’s just a warning” and that Jarrett “has something that is (his).”

I like that TNA and GFW are putting differences aside to give talents an opportunity to work some live events.  As it stands right now, TNA only has one or two live events on their calendar, while GFW is working a fairly aggressive tour for a new promotion.  Live events are where a lot of guys make their money, so obviously this is a good opportunity for Young.

IF YOU ARE ATTENDING ANY OF THESE OR OTHER GFW EVENTS:  We’d LOVE to hear from you with a show report, thoughts, and opinions.  Hit me up – bwentz@ring-rap.com.

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TNA “Slammiversary” Notes and Reactions for 6/28/2015 – Bram vs. Matt Morgan, King of the Mountain Match, Jeff Jarrett Returns, Ethan Carter III and Tyrus vs. Lashley and Mr. Anderson, More

This is an abbreviated “live coverage” series of notes and observations regarding TNA’s “Slammiversary” pay per view event that is taking place tonight live in Orlando, FL.  Refresh the page for updated opinions!

Show Open, Live from Universal Studios in Orlando, FL

They showed the King of the Mountain competitors arriving earlier.  They then rolled a video package that featured events in TNA’s history like Hulk Hogan’s arrival, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe brawling, Sting, and more.

Three man commentary booth tonight featuring Josh Mathews, D’Angelo Dinero, and Mike Tenay.  Nice to see Tenay come back to commentary.  Sadly he was the voice of a bad product for quite a while, but for this event it feels fresh.

Match #1 – Tigre Uno (c) vs. Manik vs. DJ Z; Elimination Match for the X-Division Championship

Uno eliminated Z at about 9 minutes in.  Manik hit Uno with a frogsplash for a good near fall, but Uno came back with a springboard backflip into a double leg drop to get the win.

Winner – Tigre Uno to retain the X-Division Championship

The effort was there, but these guys haven’t been handled that well on weekly TV, so it made it hard to care.  A small step in the right direction though for Uno, so let’s see where it goes.

Backstage, JB thanked fans and business partners, then interviewed Robbie E.  He spazzes, then talks in a calmer voice.  He said that Jesse tried to take him out.  He called Jesse nothing, and the fans don’t think he’s the man.  He says Jesse will always be his bitch.

A kind of a “meh” promo.  It didn’t make much sense to cut Jesse down before the match – I mean, if Robbie wins, then he beats a guy he called ‘nothing.’  If he loses, then he looks terrible.  Also, if Robbie E is changing characters, change the name too to drive home that “new man” point.

Jesse Godderz made his entrance and cut a promo.  “Look at me.  Look at the man that I am.”  He talked about being stuck with “the bro, the boy Robbie,” then insults the fans by calling them triple digit heart attacks.  He said that you can’t sit at a keyboard and drink coffee and look like he does.  Robbie’s music interrupts.

Match #2 – Robbie E. vs. Jesse Godderz:

Jesse controlled it early and posed quite a bit.  Robbie comes back with a boot to the head and a cross body looking move off the ropes.  Late, Robbie counters a press slam and hits what Josh called a reverse DDT for the win.

Winner – Robbie E

Robbie definitely isn’t connecting as a babyface.  Also, this match went on far longer than it needed to.

JB interviewed Matt Hardy backstage, and he said he will always be known as one of the greatest tag wrestlers in history.  He said tonight he has a chance to become known as one of the great singles competitors too.  He said King of the Mountain is important and he plans to add that title to his list of nicknames.

Matt Morgan and Bram made their entrances.  Morgan gets a mic and told the fans the reaction made him feel good.  He said he knows the fans want to see a fight, not wrestle.  He challenges Bram to a street fight.  Tenay said this plays into Bram’s hands.

Match #3 – Bram vs. Matt Morgan; Street Fight Rules:

Morgan got the early advantage by hitting some clotheslines.  Tenay pointed out Morgan’s basketball history in the NCAA Tournament.  The fight fell to ringside where Bram got out weapons.  He beat up on Morgan with a cookie sheet, trash can, and a can lid.

Back in the ring, Morgan caught Bram with a Carbon Footprint.  Bram took control back, but Morgan threw punches.  Bram fought him off with a knee.  In the end, Morgan hit a chokeslam for two, but Bram came back with a low blow and a DDT onto a chair to get the win.

Winner – Bram

This isn’t a shock to me.  Morgan has a great life outside of wrestling now and came back so his son could see him work.  I wonder if this was a payoff moment or if they’ll bring other guys back to face Bram next?

JB interviewed EC3 and Tyrus.  EC3 said he looks and feels like a champion but everyone will see him become a champion on Impact this coming Wednesday.  Tyrus told EC3 to worry about Kurt Angle, and he’ll worry about Lashley and Mr. Anderson.  Tyrus tugs at JB’s hair, and JB said it is real.

Match #4 – Austin Aries vs. Davey Richards; Winner picks stipulation for final “best of five” match for the vacant TNA Tag Team Championship

Aries focused his early offense on the left arm of Richards.  He stayed aggressive and picked up a couple two counts in the ring.  About ten minutes in, the two exchanged kicks, then Aries poked the eye.  Richards tossed him ringside then hit a suicide dive.  Back in the ring, Aries boxed the ears then hit a missile drop kick.  Aries hit a suplex then locked in Last Chancery but Richards broke it in the ropes.

Aries teased the Brainbuster, but Richards broke it with a knee to the head.  He followed with a running forearm, but Aries came back with a running drop kick.  Richards hit a gutbuster for two.  A brief “This is awesome” chant got started.

Aries pulled his elbow pad then the two exchanged shots mid-ring.  Richards popped up and Aries kicked him on the way down.  Richards went up top and howled before hitting a double stomp.  Bobby Roode comes out and stands on the ring apron.  Eddie Edwards came out and pulled Roode down, but the distraction allowed Aries to roll Richards up for the win.

Aries cracked that he challenged the Wolves to a bra and panties match, but then got serious and said the stipulation would be a 30-minute Iron Man Match.

Winner – Austin Aries

Liked the match, finish was lame.  They should have just had Aries go over strong rather than the distraction/roll-up finish.

Backstage, JB interviewed Eric Young about King of the Mountain.  Young said he’s ready to be the new King of the Mountain.  He said he will do whatever it takes and said he has held every title except the new KOTM belt.  He said he’s not afraid of anyone, but Jarrett should be.

They ran a video to hype the Knockouts match.

Match #5 – Taryn Terrell, Marti and Jade (the Dollhouse) vs. Awesome Kong and Brooke:

Taryn cut a promo about how the Dollhouse are the sexiest women on the planet.  Can’t argue it too much.  Brooke came out and bent over to show off her ass.  Yeah, well, that’s a statement-maker too.

Anyhow, late in this one Kong went for Taryn but Marti cut her off.  Marti took a chokeslam for her troubles.  Brooke hit a facebuster from the top on Jade to get the win.  Taryn cradled her Knockouts title, smiling, then scolded the other two.

Winner – Awesome Kong and Brooke

Probably a better match than we get on WWE main roster, but admittedly my lack of touch on the current storytelling made me pretty disinterested.

Backstage, JB interviewed Magnus who talked about it being the 13th anniversary of the little company with big dreams.  He talked about the stars being out tonight and that the smart money is that two of TNA’s biggest stars shine on pay per view for the last time.  He said people can say what they want about TNA, but it’s been  his home for six years and he’s proud of that.  He talks about the horrible angle where Storm shoved Mickie James in front of a train.  He said be doesn’t hate Storm though he wants to.  He said he loves his family and has to believe love is stronger than hate, even though he loves how hate feels.

Embrace the hate, Magnus.  Dude tried to kill your wife.

They aired a video package to recap the Magnus/James Storm/Mickie James story.

Match #6 – James Storm vs. Magnus

Storm got the early advantage.  He pulled out a wine bottle.  One of the announcers said he was going too far and Storm took exception.  That distraction let Magnus get control. A table got set up in the ring, and Magnus catapulted Storm into the bottom of it.  The two fought to the stage and around the back of it.  The video board messed up, but once they came back Magnus powerbombed Storm through the table in the ring.  Storm came back with a hanging DDT and got out another table.

Storm shoved Earl Hebner because he can, and Magnus took back control of the match.  He ran Storm face first to the ring post, then put Storm on the table.  Magnus hit an elbow drop from the top, but Storm moved and Magnus crashed and burned.  “Holy Shit” chants ensued.  Storm pulled out powder but Magnus shoved his hand and it blinded Storm and Hebner instead.  Magnus had a visual pin but Hebner was blind still.  Storm somehow hits Last Call, and suddenly Earl can see.  Magnus kicked out on two.

Storm grabbed a bullrope.  Magnus stopped him from using it once but not the second time.  He followed with Last Call for two.  Storm goes back under the ring for a guardrail section.  He set it up on chairs, but Magnus superplexed Storm onto the guardrail.  Production went to a replay so you never got a sense for the near fall that happened.

Both men grabbed beer bottles, then simultaneously hit each other.  Storm fell on Magnus and got the pin.

Winner – James Storm

This was a memorable brawl, for sure. There’s rumors flying that both men are leaving the company, so if this was their last match in TNA, then they went out on a good one.  They worked hard.

Backstage, JB interviewed Drew Galloway about the final battle between The Rising and Beat Down Clan.  He then moves to talking about the KOTM match.  Galloway said it’s his first Slammiversary, first TNA pay per view, and first main event.  He called it the biggest night of his career and said he will be the King of the Mountain.

Back to the announcers, Josh said “uh” then they show crew members cleaning up in the ring, then the sound cut out.  Mathews asked if the power went out and if it had something to do with what happened during the Magnus/Storm match.  He stopped talking and we continued to watch the clean-up crew.  Mathews acknowledged the difficulties as music played and we looked at the ring.  He asked if we were back but the music played on.  Finally, order is restored and we’re ready for the next match.

Match #7 – Ethan Carter III and Tyrus vs. Lashley and Mr. Anderson

Anderson tried to do his self-intro but the mic failed.  Early in this one Anderson impressively got Tyrus up on his shoulders but EC3 tripped him.  Lashley hit a couple of good suplexes on EC3 and powerslammed him for two.

Later, Tyrus hit a clunky double suplex on both opponents.  Lashley hit a spear on Tyrus, and EC3 hit One Percenter on Lashley in follow up and pinned him.  After, he held up a replica TNA title belt.

Winner – EC3 and Tyrus

A bit of a strange call there, regardless of what happens this Wednesday (we know, and spoilers are posted…).  You would have thought they would protect Lashley since he seems to be a logical challenger to whoever wins on Wednesday.

The announcers discussed the King of the Mountain Match.  Mathews said that Jarrett represents Global Force Wrestling, and will be fighting four men from TNA who won’t let him win.

Backstage, JB said that if someone told him seven days ago he would be interviewing his next guests he would have said they were nuts.  He welcomes in Jeff and Karen Jarrett.  Jeff said the wrestling world is buzzing, and it’s all about this moment and the KOTM match.  Jarrett told JB “one last promo.”  He said he is about to take one last walk down the aisle, and if he can pull this off then the championship will go to ” a whole other global level.”

Main event time.  Mathews explains the rules of KOTM.

Match #8 – Jeff Jarrett (w/Karen Jarrett) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew Galloway vs. Eric Young; King of the Mountain Match for the King of the Mountain Championship

Jarrett brought his trademark guitar with him.  JB handled the ring introductions, and the audio was pretty sketchy.  The fans chanted “thank you Jarrett” and Karen motioned for them to continue.

Early, the four TNA guys battled while Jarrett watched.  The fans chanted for him  and told him he still had it.  Roode rolled him up and pinned him though, making Roode eligible to win the match by hanging the belt.  Jarrett went to the penalty box.  Young then pinned Jarrett to become eligible, and Jarrett went back into the penalty box.

Young made a play up the ladder with the belt, but Hardy shoved the ladder over.  Hardy pinned Roode and Galloway pinned Young, so both men became eligible to win and Roode and Young are in the box.  Hardy tried for the Twist of Fate around ten minutes, but Jarrett countered to The Stroke.  Hardy is down, but Galloway broke the pin up.

Tenay explained that Hardy went for a finish because it would send Jarrett to the box for two minutes.  Good announce work there.  Roode and Young conspired together in the box, and paid tribute to Team Canada.  No reaction other than from Tenay.  Young turned on Roode.  About 12 minutes in, Galloway and Hardy got pinned by Roode and Young.  Galloway and Hardy went to the box, leaving Jarrett to face the heels.  Pope threw out a comment that Jarrett had a 33 percent chance of winning.  Roode and Young team up on Jarrett, who fired back with chops of his own.

Karen slapped Young, who grabbed the guitar and chased her off.  Young brought the guitar in but took a low blow from Jarrett.  Jarrett hit Roode with the guitar and pinned him.  Roode off to the box, everyone in the ring is able to win.

They had a spot where Hardy and Galloway tugged on the belt and Jarrett shoved a ladder over that landed between the two men.  The fans chanted “TNA” at that point.  Young hit a piledriver on Jarrett  off the apron onto a ladder set up on the barriacade.  Galloway hit a flip from the top and landed on everyone at ringside.

Galloway up the ladder with the belt, and Hardy met him there with a Twist of Fate off the ladder.  Hardy made a play, but Roode stopped him and hit a powerbomb.  Jarrett hit Young with The Stroke off the ladder, grabbed the belt, and hung it from the hook to win.

Winner – Jeff Jarrett to win the King of the Mountain Championship (?)

Afterward, the announcers asked what this meant for the KOTM Championship.  Jarrett celebrated with the belt, then had Karen and his kids join him in the ring as the show ended.

This was pretty much a clusterfuck of a match, despite the fact that everyone tried really hard.  This is just a bad concept of a match – something I’ve never been a fan of.  The title belt never mattered at all, and now they repurposed it and introduced it into this match so I’m betting no one cared, despite the surrounding drama around Jarrett, the head of Global Force Wrestling, winning it.

This was a really inconsequential pay per view.  The talent worked hard, in most cases, but nothing felt like it mattered and I watched a lot of this show on “fast forward” getting to the end of it.  Hate to say it, but for the good things TNA has been doing on weekly television, it didn’t feel like it carried over into this pay per view event.  I certainly don’t recommend paying for a replay.

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TNA Impact Results for 07/08/15 (Spoilers)

TNA taped a round of matches for some upcoming episodes of the program.  Below are the spoilers for the show airing on July 8th, 2015, plus some additional dates.  There are some major spoilers in this update, so please do not read on if you do not want to read spoilers.

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TNA Impact Wrestling: 05/29/15 – Angle vs. Young in an I Quit match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Kim vs. Terrell Six Sides of Steel, plus more!

We are back with a new episode of TNA Impact.  After the holiday replay of Slammiversary last Friday, it’s time to jump in to the last Friday night episode of 2015, before TNA changes nights.

Angle and Young have had good interactions in the past.  Let’s see if this one turns into another overbooked mess, or a clean finish.

Let’s go!

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TNA Impact Wrestling 05/15/15 – Team Angle vs. Team Young in a 10-Man Hardcore War, The Wolves vs. Dirty Heels, plus more!

Tonight on Impact, Kurt Angle and Eric Young pull together teams of five to square off in a “Hardcore War.”  Oh boy.  More weapons.

I really don’t have much else to say aside from that.  Might as well get started.

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TNA Impact Wrestling 05/08/15 – Live Episode, Featuring Angle vs. Young for the TNA Heavyweight Championship, Kong & Kim vs. Dollhouse, EC3 vs. Anderson, plus more!

It’s time for a LIVE episode of TNA Impact Wrestling!  It’s been a long while since we’ve gone live for Impact, and they’re in Orlando, Florida.  Lots of big matches on the card tonight too, including Eric Young vs. Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, plus Gail Kim and Awesome Kong teaming up to take on The Dollhouse.  Also, EC3 will face Mr. Anderson in a yet-to-be-named match.  Is it an arm wrestling match?  Or a Falls Count Anywhere Match?  The fans decide!

We go straight to the arena, with Eric Young in the middle of the ring, mic in hand.  He’s demanding to know who the special guest referee is for his match against Angle later tonight.  He says he’s been the number one contender for weeks, and he deserves to know.  He’s going to beat Kurt Angle, and… well he’s cut off by Bully Ray!

Ray makes his return to the Impact zone, and he’s wearing a referee shirt under his leather vest.  A “Welcome Back” chant breaks out.  He asks Young “Do you know who I am?”  He makes it official: he’s the guest referee.

A video package introduces the major feuds and matches for the night, then goes to Josh Mathews, who is flying solo tonight.

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TNA Impact 05/01/15 – Hardcore Justice, featuring Angle vs. Young Stretcher Match, X Divsion Ladder Match, Pipe on a Pole Match, plus more!

Perfecting timing, since WWE just had Extreme Rules, eh?

It’s TNA’s Hardcore PPV, and we’re not talking Triple X here folks.  Hardcore Justice!  Everything is ultra-violent tonight!  There’s a ladder match for the X-Division Title, Low Ki vs. Drew Galloway in a Pipe on a Pole match, Eric Young vs. Kurt Angle in a Stretcher Match, plus more!

We join our opening contest in progress – Davey Richards & The Hardys vs. The Revolution (Khoya & Abyss & Manik).  It’s chaos at ringside.

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TNA Impact Wrestling 04/24/15: Knockouts Themed Episode featuring Taryn Terrell vs. Awesome Kong for the Knockouts Title, Four-Way for the Number One Contendership, Mickie James, Angle vs. Young, plus more!

Our show opens up with Josh Mathews flying solo again.  Kurt Angle heads out to the ring.  He talks about being scheduled to defend the TNA Heavyweight Title against Eric Young.  He says what he’s about to do is necessary, and he calls Young to the ring.  He obliges.

Angle talks about his plea for the return of the old Eric Young, and last week he got a glimpse of him.  He asks Young tonight, who is he going to fight.  Young says people have been calling him crazy his whole life, but that crazy took a weird turn when he became World Heavyweight Champion.  He said it was taken away from him, and people got in his ear, telling him things about different people.  He says it spiraled out of control and was near impossible, but Kurt Angle stopped it when he turned his back on him, and Young didn’t jump Angle from behind.  He says he stopped himself from smashing him with a steel chair – he did the right thing.  Young says tonight, Angle will be wrestling the best Eric Young – the real Eric Young.

Austin Aries comes out, briefcase in hand.  He interrupts and says he has something he thinks everyone will want to hear.  He says the real Eric Young is the one that turned his back on his best friend and left him laying.  Aries says he wants to cash in his briefcase, and essentially kicks Eric Young to the curb.  He says tonight he’s going to walk out as the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.  Eric Young doesn’t look amused.  Neither does Kurt.

I’m sure this will lead to Young snapping more than he already has, somehow.  I was looking forward to Angle vs. Young, too.

Taryn Terrell cuts a promo backstage and says tonight she proves herself against Awesome Kong.

But first… our Four Way #1 Contendership Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship

Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love vs.  Brooke vs. Madison Rayne to become the #1 Contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship

Madison Rayne runs out during Brooke’s intro and attacks her from behind.  All four start brawling outside the ring as we go to break.

We return to the action in progress.  After a little bit of chaos, Gail Kim clears the ring and hits a splash in the corner on Madison Rayne, but Angelina Love hits a spin kick.  Rayne and Love team up on Kim.  It doesn’t take long for Madison Rayne to kick Love and go on the offense on her own.  She misses a dropkick off the second rope, giving Gail Kim a chance to recover.  As Kim charges Rayne, Brooke tackles her.  She attacks Rayne with a face buster and a near fall.  Brook and Love fight it out now.  Kim locks in a submission on Rayne.  Love chains on a submission on Gail Kim.  Now it’s Brooke’s turn, trying to submit Love.  Rayne breaks free and kicks Brooke.

Brooke hits a neckbreaker on Rayne, then goes for a top rope elbow.  Love breaks up the pin.  All ladies are laid out.  One by one, they start coming to their feet, hitting their finishers.  Brooke ultimately hits her finisher on Rayne and gets the three count.

Winner: Brooke to become the #1 Contender

A solid four-way match with some very good action.  I haven’t seen enough of Brooke as a serious competitor to weigh in fully here, but I like that they’re giving her the chance.

Drew Galloway cuts a promo with The Rising, thanking the fans for standing up for pro wrestling.  Myka and Eli Drake challenge The BDC.  Myke is representing The Rising.  Who will the BDC choose?

Eric Young is approached backstage.  He’s asked what his thoughts are about Austin Aries cashing in.  He asks the cameraman how he would feel, and says he couldn’t possibly understand.

The BDC come out, and The Rising shortly thereafter.  MVP addresses them, and says he’s been thinking about The Rising’s message, and says tonight it’ll be a one on one match.  He implies it’s MVP that’ll be wrestling, but Kenny King attacks from behind.

Myka (w/ The Rising) vs. Kenny King

The bell rings, and King has the advantage.  Galloway is pissed, and yanks King’s legs out from under him, and the ref catches it.  He ejects both Galloway and Drake from ringside.

Myka picks up some steam, until King crotches him on the ropes, and sends him to the outside.  The BDC attacks Myka while the referee is distracted.

King has control until Myka hits a nice back suplex.  He hits a powerslam, and goes for a cover, but naturally MVP distracts the referee.  Low Ki gets involved, and Kenny King hits a nice kick to the head for a very near fall.

Myka lands a Samoan Drop and the ref is clear for the count.  He gets the pin and the victory.

Winner: Myka

Almost immediately, the BDC attacks.  The Rising comes out to even it up, until Homicide comes out with a baton, attacking anyone in black and yellow.  They focus on Galloway as MVP gets a pipe from under the ring.  Low Ki nails him in the cut.  The BDC poses amongst the chaos as we go to break.

I think it’s fair to say I’ve had enough of the BDC at this point.  Every match from them is the same.  I’m done.

Backstage, Galloway says he started this with a pipe, Low Ki evened the odds, but next week he wants him in a steel pipe on a pole match.  Dear lord.

Doll House make their debut.  Jade and Marti Belle skip and play their way to the ring.  It’s… weird.  They correct Christy Hemme for saying something wrong.

Jade vs. Laura Dennis (aka Cherry Bomb)

Cherry Bomb has quite a following on the indy scene.  She gets the better of Jade early on, but Jade hits a suplex and starts freaking out.  She makes a few pin attempts with no luck.  Belle starts licking a jawbreaker or something or other and Jade licks it too, before going back on the offence.  Jade turns her back on Dennis, and she gets the advantage.  Meanwhile, the referee sends Marti Bell packing, but she chooses to attack the referee and subsequently heads into the ring to attack Dennis too.

Winner: Laura Dennis via DQ

Dollhouse didn’t like the verdict and surround Hemme.  They attack Hemme and throw her into the steps, then put the jawbreaker into her mouth and skip away.

TNA has a pretty straight forward women’s division.  This feels extremely out of place.

Backstage, Kurt Angle approaches Eric Young.  He doesn’t know what to say, and says he should have the match.  Young says it keeps happening time and time again.  He tells Angle he respects what he’s done and he respects that he came to him to talk about it, but he’s done talking.  Young says he doesn’t even know if he wants to be there anymore, and he walks away.

Magnus stands in the middle of the ring and thanks the fans for their support this year.  He says tonight isn’t about him – it’s about his fiance, and he introduces “one of the greatest female supporters of all time” Mickie James.

James comes out and thanks the fans and Magnus.  She talks about returning to support Magnus, and thanks the fans. She talks about being in the ring with the greatest women in wrestling (and beaten them).  Holding the title gives purpose, but now she has a different purpose – her son Donovan.  She says as of tonight, she’s going to go home and be a mom.  She chokes up as she starts to say this, while the fans chant “Thank you Mickie.”

James Storm comes out to the ring.  He tells her there’s no crying in wrestling.  He says he’s known her a long time, and the people know him as a guy that drinks beer, loves hot women and drives fast cars.  He talks about Mickie being the girl that wears cowboy boots instead of heels and drinks wine out of boxes instead of fancy cups.  He gets the fans riled up in a “Mickie” chant.  He says he doesn’t want to see her go and he’s sure the people don’t want to see her go either.

Magnus says he appreciates what he’s doing, but it’s been a difficult decision. James says that’s the problem, because if it’s a difficult decision it shouldn’t be made.  Mickie says she’s made her decision and she feels it’s the right one. Storm says he understands but all he’s asking for is “one more time.”  She gets caught up in the moment and agrees.  “One more time!”  Storm is very excited and leaves the ring.  Magnus doesn’t look terribly pleased.

This is somewhat confusing, because this Storm is very likeable and fits him more than his Revolution gimmick.  I get that’s the point – he’s being someone he’s not to get what he wants, and this is going somewhere, but for my tastes, I’d much rather see THIS James Storm on a regular basis.

As far as Mickie goes, well I figured something would be up, as I doubt they would put her retirement on a pre-taped episode of Impact.

Backstage, Magnus and James have words, and he’s upset.  She says she got caught up in the moment and says just one more match isn’t a bad idea.  He says he supports her.  Davey Richards approaches Magnus and asks for a moment of his time, says he should watch out for James Storm because he’s the devil.

A short segment but it felt like a very natural conversation.  I like things like this.

Davey Richards vs. Manik

They lock up.  Richards flips and rolls his way out of a wrist lock.  Manick has some fancy moves of his own, and this is the furst time I’ve seen Manik given an opportunity to go since TNA’s debut on Destination America.

Richards catches Manik with a kick to the face, sending him outside.  They head back into the ring.  Manik locks in a submission, with Richards breaking on the ropes.  The action heads outside again, but not for long.  Back in the ring, Manik has control and works the arm.  He hits a series of suplexes for one.  Manik locks Richards in an armbar over the ropes.  After the hold is broken, Richards catches him with a kick to the gut.  He lays into Manik with a flurry of kicks.  Richards get a near fall. He heads up top for a stomp.  Manik catches him with a pair of feet to the face.  Richards with a roll-up for two.

Richards pops Manik into the air for a kick to the face, followed by a spin kick for the win.

Winner: Davey Richards

A very entertaining match.  I always enjoy watching these two work when given the time.

Khoya and Abyss attack Davey Richards after the match, slamming him onto the apron. Abyss sets him up for a choke slam onto the steps.  The Hardys run out for the save.  They send Khoya into the steps, send Abyss to the floor, and clear Manik from the ring as well.  They tend to Davey Richards.  He’s good.

Backstage, Ethan Carter III and Tyrus get all fancy.  Tyrus is holding balloons.  EC3 says he has a big announcement about his new campaign – #EC32015.  He refuses to give the interviewer details beyond that.  After the break, EC3 and Tyrus head to the ring.  Trouble Trouble Trouble.  Tyrus has the balloons.  He looks ridiculous.  There’s a podium in the ring, and EC3 speaks.  He says “Ask not what EC3 can do for you, but what you can do for EC3.  He says he stands before us as an ideal, and today is a day that will live in infamy.  He says he is a unifier with golden aspirations as he unifies those who chant “You can’t wrestle” and those that chant “Yes he can.”  He’s declaring himself as the next TNA World Heavyweight Champion.  Officially.  He talks about his undefeated streak for 20 months, and touts his pinfalls.  He says he’s going to take the company in the right direction over the next four eight years.  He shows us a graphic titles #EC3FORCHAMP, and it shows unemployment rates going down by 79%, and “Unmotivated Children and Lazy Millenials” down by 67%.  Hilarious!  He says “I love this speech too.”  He says the entire US will become “Carter Country” with “One Star to represent 50.”  He talks about taking the title worldwide, and into outerspace.  “I will take this title, shoot it into space with myself.”  He says he will defend it in orbit, on the Moon, or on Mars.  “Martians take notice, I’m coming for ya!”  He concludes by saying “God bless TNA Wrestling, and God bless EC3.”

Mr. Anderson heads out to the ring to interrupt.  EC3 says he’s not invited.  Anderson tells him he’s got a hell of a future.  EC3 says he’s endorsing him as next champion, but Anderson cuts him off.  He talks about the BS he spews and thinks he’d be a great candidate for President, and makes an “Anthony Weiner” joke.  Tyrus steps up.  Anderson tells him he can’t do it alone, and that championships aren’t won by politicking or with goons, but by blood and sweat and hard work.  Anderson says he broke his body for 11 years before he won his first championship.  EC3 takes off his jacket and the two start going at it.  Anderson clears Tyrus out and EC3 bails out before Anderson can hit the Mic Check.  Smart move, boy.

EC3 continues to be absolutely fantastic in everything he does.  Seriously, if you aren’t watching TNA Impact, and you are looking for a reason, here’s your reason right here.  Anderson was just fine, penis joke aside.  He’s a good promo, but he relies too much on sophomoric humor.

We get a video package about Taryn Terrell winning the TNA Knockouts Championship.  Epic music, quotes, the works.  The vignette moves to Awesome Kong’s path of destruction.

Awesome Kong vs. Taryn Terrell (c) for the TNA Knockouts Championship

No in-ring intros here, which disappoints me.  Terrell takes the mic before the match.  She tells Kong they should give the Impact Zone the match they deserve and make it a No Disqualification match.  I have no idea if Kong agreed or not.  She just stood there.

So there it is.  It’s a No DQ match.

Kong quickly tosses Terrell out of the ring.  Terrell literally runs at Kong and bounces off like a rubber ball.  Kong swings her into the guard rail.  Ouch.  She grabs a pair of kendo sticks and thwacks Terrell.  Powerbomb to the steps fails and Terrell stands on Kong’s hair.  Kong knocks her off into the ring.

Terrell sells the shoulder as Kong rolls her over.  She misses a splash to the mat.  Both ladies to their feet at the same time.  They trade blows.  Terrell gets the best of Kong with a dropkick.  She goes up top and lands a cross-body for two.  The fans chant for tables.  Terrell obliges.  The table goes into the ring.  They continue to fight as The Dollhouse makes their way to the ring.  Terrell sets up the table in the corner and tries to do a cutter on Kong through the table.  Kong slams her head first instead, and goes up for a splash.  As she sets up, Dollhouse starts hitting Kong with the Kendo Sticks.  Terrell doesn’t bat an eyelash, sets Kong up for a powerbomb through the table (which is successful) and gets the pinfall victory.

Winner: Taryn Terrell to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship

After the match, Jade and Marti Bell enter the ring.  Terrell says everyone thought she couldn’t beat Kong, but she wanted to prove them all wrong.  She says if you mess with her, you mess with her friends.  She places a jawbreaker into Kong’s mouth and says “This is our house.  This is Dollhouse.”

Terrell’s demeanor changed completely once she hit the powerbomb, and while she did a great job of slipping into a heel persona, it really, truly, came out of nowhere.  I’m excited to see Terrell in a role that is a little more substantial, as her current character seemed very one-dimensional and, well, boring.  She looks like she’s going to have fun with this and I completely applaud that.  However, there was no explanation, reasoning, or foreshadowing.  It felt very much like it was hot-shotted, and I’m not a fan of that.

Backstage, Austin Aries heads to the ring.  He’s asked why he’s cashing in tonight.  He says he’s the one that sets the bar here, the measuring stick.  He has to beat Kurt Angle – no games, no bullshit.  He starts to head away and is stopped by Eric Young, who gives him a death stare.  Young leaves with a suitcase in tow.

After a break, Josh Mathews resets the show, recapping what just happened in the Knockouts match.  We see a backstage hidden cam, and Magnus asks some of the producers/camera men to keep an eye on Mickie James for a little while.  They leave to go follow her, apparently.

With five minutes left in the show, Austin Aries music hits for the title match.  I suspect he’s not going to even have a match tonight.

Looks like I’m right – Eric Young attacks Aries from behind, takes his briefcase, nails him with it, then piledrives him on the floor outside the ring.  One security guy runs out.  He gets decked.  Young sets Aries up with a second piledriver – on the steel steps – and nails it.  Kurt Angle runs out and pulls Young off of him.  He pushes him away.  Angle turns to tend to Aries and Young attacks him as well.  He stomps Angle’s head into the steps, then takes Angle’s knee brace off of his leg.  Angle comes up bleeding.  Young locks in a Figure Four Leglock outside the ring.  Josh Mathews yells “Eric Young’s crazy” as the show comes to an end.

Not an unexpected ending to the night, but somewhat disappointing to see not one but two advertised title matches didn’t happen – Young vs. Angle advertised since last week, and Aries vs. Angle as advertised throughout the show.  That said, it’s the way to go.  Young has a legit claim to a title match and his reaction fits his character.

The rest of the show was good, but failed to live up to the advertising.  They marketed this as a special Knockouts episode, but if special means getting three ladies matches instead of one, well then I guess it was successful.  Otherwise it was business as usual.

What did you think of the show?  Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @RingRap!

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TNA Impact Wrestling 04/17/15: Tournament for the World Tag Team Championships Leading to an Ultimate X Match

Just a few weeks ago, The Wolves handed in their tag team championships, forfeiting the titles after Eddie Edwards suffered a serious ankle injury in the ring.  This week?  8 teams fight for the chance to enter an Ultimate X match for the titles.  This episode is all about Tag Team Gold.  Let’s get started!

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TNA Impact Wrestling 04/10/15 – Angle vs. Lashley vs. Young, Kong vs. Kim, The Rising vs. The BDC, and more!

TNA Impact is coming at us from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.  There’s heavy focus on The Rising and the BDC in the opening montage, which seems to indicate they will be a main focus of the evening.  We’ll see.

The opening segment of Impact seemed like a forced way to get Eric Young into the title picture.  While Bobby Lashley has a legitimate complaint, Eric Young’s case for being a contender is a little… flawed.  Hear me out now – he has won a number of matches lately, but they’re all against the same person.  To me, they should have him win against other opponents, but then again, being a heel, well he’s looking for any way into the title picture.

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