TNA Impact Wrestling
July 10, 2014
Bethlehem Sandy Events Center
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We open with a video about how so many titles are on the line this week. Most of them were last week as well but it’s nice to see matches that matter twice in a row.
First In-Ring Segment:
Kurt Angle comes out and says tonight is a champions’ showcase, and he runs down the Tag Team, Knockouts and X Division Championship matches. He says the winner of a twenty man battle royal will also get a title shot against Lashley next week, and he wishes them all luck. Kurt calls Willow to the ring and says he knows why Willow was created, and it was because Dixie Carter took advantage of Jeff Hardy, and he went to a dark place. He is here to tell Willow that Dixie and MVP are gone, so he needs the most competitive guy there is, and he needs Jeff Hardy to come back, at least for the night. Kurt asks him to consider, but Willow shakes his hand and nods, then Kurt looks happy as he walks away.
Austin Aries says he’ll win the X-Division Title tonight.
First Match: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match
The Wolves (c) vs. Bram & Magnus
The Wolves are defending and it’s Davey vs. Magnus to get things going. A rolling enziguri puts Magnus down and the champions double team him in the corner. Bram comes in as well and gets kicked down just as quickly. It’s off to Bram legally but Davey rams him head first into Eddie ala the British Bulldogs. Magnus gets in a cheap shot from the apron to take over before getting Eddie off the apron so there’s no one for Davey to tag. The challengers take over and Magnus avoids a quick enziguri.
Another kick to the head connects and Bram can’t make a fast enough save. Edwards comes in with fast chops to cleans house before a top rope hurricanrana gets two on Bram. The Wolves sends the Brits to the floor for a double suicide dive. Back in and Davey misses the top rope double stomp but escapes a powerbomb into a backslide. The legal Eddie runs in and grabs Bram’s legs in a rollup for the pin.
Winner: Still TNA World Tag Team Champions The Wolves
Bobby Roode arrives to the arena and the interviewer asked him what his intentions for Kenny King tonight? Roode replied and said that he’s not here for Kenny King he’s for MVP. He gets fired up and says that he’s gonna call out MVP tonight on the show as Impact goes to commercial break.
Second In-Ring Segment:
Speaking of Roode, here he is in the arena. He talks about wanting something so much that you need it. For months, Dixie Carter made him sit at home and then MVP did the same. MVP sees him as a threat, but now this threat is in the middle of the ring. He wants to get his hands on MVP and doesn’t care about a doctor’s note. If MVP isn’t here by a count of ten, Roode is coming to the back and ripping MVP apart.
MVP’s music hits at about five and he comes out in a wheelchair and says Roode has made his knee injury even worse. It’s swollen so big that he can’t even get an MRI. He’s so upset that he won’t stand for this. Roode comes up the ramp anyway but has to dispatch Kenny King. MVP is sent down to the ring but King nails Roode with a chair. Eric Young comes out for the save but Lashley runs out to spear him down.
James Storm sits down with Sanada in the back and says Sanada will disgrace Japan and the Great Muta if he loses the title. Storm says Muta controls Sanada through the title, but Storm likes what he sees in Sanada. Interesting indeed.
Second Match: TNA X Division Championship Match
Sanada (c) vs. Austin Aries
Sanada is defending and quickly spins out of a wristlock into a headlock on the mat but Aries pops right out of it. A dropkick nails Aries but he’s right on his feet again for a standoff. They head to the mat for the Last Chancery from Aries but Sanada is quickly in the ropes. Sanada puts on a rolling cradle for two and Aries is dizzy. A running clothesline puts him on the floor and but he slides in before Sanada can dive. Back in and Aries shoves him off the top to break up a springboard attempt, allowing him to hit a top rope ax handle to the floor.
Back in and Aries goes up, only to get dropkicked out of the air. Sanada sends him to the floor for a running dive off the apron but Aries counters the tiger suplex. The running dropkick in the corner sets up the brainbuster but Sanada flips out and gets the tiger suplex for two. The moonsault connects for two but an Aries avoids a second. The brainbuster gets two and the 450 gives Aries the pin.
Winner: New TNA X Division Champion Austin Aries
Bully Ray was in the backstage area on the steps again.Ray doesn’t want to talk about Rhino and we go to a break very abruptly.
Third In-Ring Segment:
We get the full version of the interview after we get back, with Ray shouting at the interviewer about how he’s going to talk to Rhino face to face.
Ethan Carter III says Rhino is going to reveal the real Bully.
Bully comes out to the ring and says when he was starting out, Bam Bam Bigelow gave him some advice: by the time he was established, he could count the number of true friends he had on one hand. That brings Ray to Rhino, who he wants out here right now, face to face. He gets Rhino but also gets Spud and Ethan Carter III. Bully demands answers from Rhino but Rhino says this is about the two of them. When Rhino was watching Team 3D being announced for the Hall of Fame, Rhino realized that Bully was a con man.
Ray has conned Paul Heyman and Dixie Carter. Bully says that’s a cop out and says Rhino has been brainwashed. This is just jealousy and Ray is in the Hall of Fame because the people say he should be. Rhino is responsible for his own career and is the only reason he got fired from WWE and TNA. He was hardcore at one point but now he’s just a coward. Ethan says he paid off Rhino because Rhino needs the money. Ray says he’s going to rip Carter apart but gets Gored. The beatdown ensues but Tommy Dreamer makes the save with a kendo stick.
The Beautiful People complain about how their flirting didn’t get them anywhere. Angelina says she’s going to win the title back tonight.
Third Match: Fatal Four Way Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship
Gail Kim (c) vs. Brittany vs. Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne
Gail is defending. Brittany jumps Madison on the way to the ring but Gail comes out for the save. Things settle down with Gail faceplanting Madison but Angelina pulls the champion out to the floor. Angelina and Brittany double team Madison with Love playing on Brittany’s inexperience to get a quick near fall. Madison hits a kind of suplex jawbreaker to put Brittany down but walks into the Botox Injection from Angelina. Eat Defeat to Love is enough to retain Gail’s title.
Winner: Still TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim
Before we start, there’s a promo from Austin Aries and then the announcement that Destination X is live on July 31st.
The winner of the Battle Royal faces Bobby Lashley next week for the TNA Heavyweight Championship. There a Lashley promo and then the competitors start coming to the ring.
Fourth Match: 20 Man Battle Royal to determine the Number One Contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Hardy vs. Rockstar Spud vs. Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Manik vs. Tigre Uno vs. DJ Zema Ion vs. Magnus vs. Eric Young vs. Ethan Carter III vs. Bram vs. Kenny King vs. The Freak vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jesse Godderz vs. Crazy Steve vs. Gunner vs. Knux vs. Sanada vs. Mr. Anderson
The winner gets a title shot next week. Roode is now in long tights. Hardy comes out as Jeff Hardy for the first time in a few months. I think I’ve got everyone in the match but it’s always hard to tell. Jesse quickly dropkicks Crazy Steve out for the first elimination but the Freak puts him out a few seconds later. DJZ goes after the two remaining members of the Menagerie and is quickly eliminated. Bram and Magnus put the Freak out and Knux misses a big boot, allowing them to dump him as well. Storm knocks Hardy to the apron and bites Hardy’s fingers but can’t get an elimination.
Bram forearms Tigre Uno out as the ring is clearing a bit. Sanada is tossed as well before Roode clotheslines Magnus to the floor. Storm does the same to Anderson and tosses Gunner as well. Hardy gets rid of Bram, bringing out Abyss to hammer Bram to the back. Kenny King misses a charge at Manik and is able to eliminate him from the apron. Roode and Storm have the required showdown as we go to a break.
Back with Roode dumping Storm, getting us down to a final group of Spud, Carter, Ray, Young, King, Hardy and Roode. Spud tries to chop Ray and gets grabbed low for his efforts.
Ray knocks out Spud and Ethan but eliminates himself in the process. Down to four now. Young is down in the corner as Roode spinebusts King, only to have MVP get in a cheap shot to Bobby with his crutch for an elimination.
Young dumps King and we’re down to Hardy vs. Eric. They shake hands and we’re ready to go. A quick belly to belly attempt sends Hardy to the apron but he comes back in with a jawbreaker. Young is sent over the corner for a Flair Flip so of course he struts along the apron. Hardy is nice enough to not nail him but a dropkick knocks Young out.
Jeff says he won, bad hair and all. He’s the next World Champion and is doing it for the creatures. Lashley comes out and holds up the belt to end the show.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Josh’s Grade for TNA Impact Wrestling: 9/10
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