TNA Impact Wrestling
July 17, 2014
New York, New York
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First In-Ring Segment:
We open with a video on Hardy vs. Lashley, focusing on how Lashley is a destroyer and Hardy can be insane when need be.
Kurt Angle is in the crowd and welcomes us to the show. He shows us the six sided ring which makes its return tonight.
Taz cuts a promo in the balcony about how great it is to have Kurt Angle in charge, and they are here to wrestle. He says he was apart of one revolution, and he sees the same look in the eyes of this locker room as he did in that old one. Taz says they are about to turn a corner and this is a new day for them.
Tommy Dreamer and Bully Ray come out and Bully says they are going to grab the wrestling world by the balls. He says he guaranteed Dixie Carter will go through a table, and he will make good on that promise. Dreamer says they got their first national exposure in this same building in 1997, so he thanks them for staying with them, and this feels like a rebirth. EC3 and Rhino cut them off and Ethan says Dixie won’t go through a table, and it will happen over his dead body, and Rhino tells the fans to respect them or he’ll beat them down. Ethan says Bully and Dreamer embody what’s wrong with New York and calls it crap, then they get in the ring and Dreamer says he’s out of his element. Dreamer says he wants less talk and more action in wrestling, then they jump Rhino and Ethan as we go to a break.
First Match: Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer vs. Ethan Carter III & Rhino
Joined in progress after a break. Ray drops Carter with a neckbreaker for two. The camera seems to be lower than usual this week. It’s quickly off to Rhino to stomp away but Dreamer elbows him in the jaw. Carter comes in again and is easily dispatched by a double elbow to the jaw. Ray brings Rhino in as everything breaks down.
Spud comes out in a bright orange jacket for a distraction and Carter takes over on Dreamer in the corner. Rhino plants Tommy with a spinebuster for two but Carter gets sent face first into the middle buckle, allowing for the hot tag to Bully. Ray beats up both villains on his own and everything breaks down again with Rhino taking over. Dreamer grabs Spud in but gets rolled up by Carter for the pin.
Winner: Ethan Carter III & Rhino
Kurt Angle puts Austin Aries in a gauntlet match with the X-Division Title on the line and Aries gets to start.
James Storm slaps Sanada and dares him to fight, but says Sanada just does what Great Muta tells him. He calls Sanada a choke artist and leaves.
Second Match: Gaunlet Match for the TNA X Division Championship
Austin Aries (c) vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards vs. Tigre Uno vs. Sanada vs. DJ Zema Ion vs. Manik vs. Crazy Steve
This is over the top elimination until there are two left and it becomes a singles match. There are eight men in this with 90 second intervals and it’s champion Austin Aries vs. Eddie Edwards to start. Feeling out process to start until Aries takes him down by the leg and goes into the corner. That goes nowhere as Manik is in at #3. Aries is knocked to the floor through the ropes meaning he’s still in as Manik speeds things up. He goes to the middle rope but Gets caught by Eddie, only to have Aries run in and dropkick Manik in the face.
Aries misses an elbow drop and it’s Davey Richards in at #4. The Wolves of course team up with Davey taking Aries down with a backbreaker and Eddie adds a top rope knee to the chest. Aries and Manik are in trouble as DJZ is in at #5. Edwards nails DJZ, Aries elbows Edwards, Richards drops Aries and Manik dropkicks Edwards. A top rope hurricanrana from Manik takes DJZ out but Manik is eliminated as well as we take a break.
Back with Tigre Uno and Crazzy Steve added to the match and no one else having been eliminated. Sanada is in at #8 to complete the field and he cleans house to take over. Crazzy Steve starts spraying silly string and the blinded Tigre Uno is eliminated. Edwards dumps Steve but Sanada puts out both Wolves to give us a rematch from last week with Aries vs. Sanada in a regular singles match for the title.
Austin sends Sanada to the floor and hits a huge suicide dive to take him out. A slingshot hilo back inside sets up the Last Chancery but Sanada makes it to the ropes. Aries can’t suplex him over the ropes and back inside and Sanada shoulders him in the ribs and hits a springboard chop to the head. Sanada’s tiger suplex gets two but he misses the moonsault. Two discus forearms and the corner dropkick set up the brainbuster to retain Aries’ title.
Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Austin Aries
Eric Young and Bobby Roode have formed an alliance and want to get their hands on MVP.
James Storm calls Sanada a loser and beats the tar out of him. Sanada is left laying and Storm calls Muta a fraud.
Third Match: Bobby Roode & Eric Young vs. MVP & Kenny King
MVP can’t walk and says he has half a leg but is going to wrestle under protest. Eric starts and takes King into the corner for some right hands to the jaw. It’s quickly off to Roode who doesn’t have such great luck as King takes over. King tags in MVP who immediately bails to the floor when Roode gets to his feet.
MVP gets in and tags out to King so the match can continue. Young is taken down and MVP comes in for some actual contact with an elbow drop and something resembling a flapjack. Back to King for a legdrop but Young avoids an elbow drop. A quick cross body allows for the tag off to Roode, who dares MVP to come in. Everything breaks down and MVP hits Roode with a crutch for the DQ
MVP and King destroy both guys with the crutches.
Winner: Bobby Roode & Eric Young by DQ
The Great Muta will be on Impact Wrestling next week.
Fourth Match: No Disqualification Match
Brittany vs. Madison Rayne
No DQ and no countouts. They slug it out to start until Madison goes to the corner, only to get caught in an armbreaker over the ropes. Thankfully the referee doesn’t count or ask her to break it up. The fight goes outside with Brittany backdropping Madison on the ramp and kicking her in the ribs.
Back in and Brittany rams Madison’s head into the mat before getting two off a Russian legsweep. Madison is thrown back to the floor as the fans chant for Christy Hemme. Brittany tries a reverse DDT on the floor but gets suplexed instead. Back in and Madison hits a package DDT for the pin.
Winner: Madison Rayne
Dixie Carter says Bully is all bark but she’s all bite.
Austin Aries tells Angle that he created Option C for the respect he has for the X-Division Title. Next week he gets to turn in the title for a future shot.
Fifth Match: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
Lashley is defending. Hardy tries to hammer away to start but realizes he has to speed things up. He sends Lashley out to the floor and hits a big dive, only to have Lashley trip him up on the steps and send Jeff face first into the steel as we take a break.
Back with Lashley in control and choking Jeff on the middle rope. He puts Hardy in a torture rack but some right hands get Jeff free.
A running forearm drops Lashley and a dropkick does the same as the fans chant for CM Punk. Hardy’s headscissors out of the corner is caught in the powerslam but Jeff comes back with a Twisting Stunner and Twist of Fate. The Swanton get two and Jeff takes it back to the floor and rams Lashley’s head into the steps. Hardy goes up for a Swanton to the floor but lands on the steps. Jeff is done and the spear retains Lashley’s title.
Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley
Kurt Angle says Lashley is the man but stops Dixie from going to the ring. She says let go of her so she can go talk to her people.
Second In-Ring Segment:
Here are Dixie, Spud, Ethan and Rhino so Dixie can make fun of the New York fans. She goes on and on about how she humiliated Tommy Dreamer and how embarrassed she is for the people that cheer Bully Ray. She’s going to keep putting Ray through table after table until he understands that this is her company. Cue Bully and Dreamer with a table and Dixie’s cronies are quickly cleared out of the ring. The fans chant YES but Ethan hits Bully low for the save. Rhino and Spud get Dixie into the crowd but D-Von returns to help beat down Ethan. What’s Up sets up a 3D through the table to end the show.
Josh’s Grade for Impact Wrestling: 9/10
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