TNA Impact Wrestling
August 20, 2014
New York, New York
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First Match: Stairway to Janice Match
Bram vs. Abyss
Stairway to Janice match, which means Janice is hanging above the ring but you win by pin. It’s a brawl to start and Bram is quickly suplexes onto a ladder in the corner. They head outside with Bram getting punched in the face a few times but he comes back with some trashcan shots to take over. Abyss posts him and pulls out a few barbed wire boards for some fun in the ring. Bram is already busted open.
The greedy fans want fire but get Abyss trying a chokeslam onto the wire board. Bram elbows out of it and nails Abyss in the head with a trashcan lid. Abyss stops an attempt at Janice with a chokeslam and it’s time for the tacks. Bram fights back again but misses a charge and goes flying through one of the wire boards in the corner.
The masked man goes up but Bram shoves the ladder over, sending Abyss through the other board. Janice is pulled down but Bram clears out some of the weapons before going after Abyss. Another chokeslam is countered but Abyss nails the Black Hole Slam to put him into the tacks. Bram somehow pops up and hits Abyss in the ribs with Janice for the pin.
Ethan Carter III didn’t like being in jail and says those responsible will pay.
Magnus and Bram meet in the back and Magnus says he’s going to outshine Bram tonight.
First In-Ring Segment:
Here are Ethan, Spud and Rhino with something to say. Ethan rants about Dixie being put through the table before moving to last week. Angle had the three of them arrested but Ethan says thank you for that. The night made him realize that justice against Bully Ray must be swift and severe, but that’s not the end of his problems. Ethan hired someone from the streets and paid him handsomely, but that mercenary failed him.
Rhino looks around with a goofy blank look on his face. Ethan yells at him but Rhino shouts him down and says he’d rather be poor than listen to Ethan’s nonsense. Carter doesn’t like being spoken to like that and slaps Rhino in the face. The beatdown is on and it’s actually Ethan getting the better of it. Ethan even shoves Spud down and glares Rhino down.
The Hardys are back together to prove that they’re still the best team in the world today.
Joe says he and Low Ki have a legacy written in blood and they’ll go at it again next.
Second Match: TNA X Division Championship Match
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Low Ki
Joe is defending and the fans are split over who to cheer for. The champion takes him into the corner but gets caught in a cross armbreaker over the ropes to slow him down. They chop it out until Joe runs him over with an elbow to the jaw. Joe chops him down for two but Low Ki comes back with kicks of his own. They don’t do much other than sound good though as Joe kicks him in the face and gets two off the backsplash.
Joe tries to load up the MuscleBuster but gets kicked in the face and nailed with a top rope double stomp to the back. Low Ki scores with a running dropkick in the corner for two and the fans think this is awesome. We get Joe’s transitioning submission sequence but Low Ki makes the ropes to break the STF. Joe blasts Low Ki with a clothesline and fires off some knees to the chest. Ko comes back with an enziguri out of the corner for two of his own. Joe blocks the Ki Crusher and plants him with the MuscleBuster for the pin to retain.
Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Samoa Joe
The Hardys go to see Team 3D.
Samuel Shaw and Mr. Anderson brawl in the back before their I Quit match begins.
Third Match: “I Quit” Match
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
This is an I Quit match for no apparent reason and they start at the entrance with Shawn choking with a cord. Anderson slams him into the ramp to escape but Gunner comes out to stare him down. Shaw sends Anderson into the steps and grabs the mic from the referee. Shaw: “SAY YOU QUIT!” Anderson: “YOU QUIT!” They head inside with Anderson scoring with a clothesline but Shaw stays on him. Off to a camel clutch on Mr. but he fights up and sends Shaw shoulder first into the post. An armbar makes Shaw quit.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Team 3D says the Hardys have an idea and need to see if the third piece is in.
Gail Kim was talking about defending against any number of Knockouts when Angelina Love attacked her.
Angle makes Kim vs. Angelina in a last Knockout standing match.
Roode is standing outside a cage and talks about being stuck out of the title hunt for six weeks. Tonight he’ll win the cage match and become #1 contender.
Second In-Ring Segment:
Here are the Hardys to talk about wanting to become the top team in tag team wrestling again. They’re back because the fans want them to be, but they need Team 3D out here right now. Bully asks if the Hardys know who they are and the fans want to see them fight one more time. Ray knows both teams want to be Tag Team Champions, meaning they need the Wolves out here right now. Cue the Wolves for the required “we respect you” speech. They’re willing to put up the titles anytime and anywhere.
Mike Tenay is at Dixie Carter’s house. Dixie says she has a broken back and rib from going through the table. She says she lost the war to Ray and says she’s going to focus her efforts on business outside the ring. We haven’t seen the last of the Carters and they never forget.
Fourth Match: Last Knockout Standing Match for the TNA X Division Championship
Gail Kim (c) vs. Angelina Love w/Velvet Sky
Gail chases her around to start and lays her out with a clothesline on the floor. They head inside where a clothesline in the corner rocks Angelina, only to have her come back with a Downward Spiral. Gail is right back up as Velvet hands Angelina something made of metal.
A dropkick knocks Angelina to the floor before she can nail Kim, but Sky gets in a shot to the champ’s back to put her down. Gail ducks a charge to send Love into the apron but both are up at six. Sky interferes again to break up a DDT on the steps, sending Gail face first into them instead. Back in and Gail blocks a suplex and puts on a Hartbreaker on the post.
Velvet interferes AGAIN and Hebner has no issue with any of this. Gail whips Angelina into the barricade but falls down herself. She picks up a chair but goes after Velvet, allowing Angelina to hit the Botox Injection to drive the chair into Kim’s face. Back inside and Velvet tries to interfere again, only to get sent to the floor. They head to the ropes and Gail hits a super Samoan drop onto the chair to retain.
Winner: Still TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim
Angle makes a Tag Team Title series between Team 3D, the Wolves and the Hardys. The first team to gain two wins is the Tag Team Champions and whoever wins the match gets to pick the next stipulation. It starts next week.
MVP talks about Lashley replacing him at Slammiversary. Lashley has run through a bunch of challengers already, so whoever wins this #1 contenders match doesn’t really matter.
Fifth Match: Six Sides of Steel Cage Match to determine the Number One Contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Roode vs. Gunner vs. Eric Young vs. Austin Aries vs. James Storm vs. Magnus
“Austin Aries” chants kick in early and the action is fast and furious. Aries and Storm settle into a spirited brawl and the crowd begins to show their appreciation for Bobby Roode. TNA moves into a break but things will surely heat up from here.The match is re-joined in progress. Storm hangs just outside the cage and Roode yanks him back in as Tazz struggles to articulate what’s transpiring inside the cage. Aries heads up next and Gunner grabs him and prevents his exit. Young slaps the sharpshooter on Magnus and Bobby puts a submission hold on Storm but abandons it when he sees Aries climbing the cage again.
Aries comes off the top turnbuckle with a missile dropkick on Roode but Bobby regroups and responds with a spinebuster. Stoorm lays a superkick off into EY’s face and more action follows. For about a half-second, everybody is down and Gunner comes up first to try getting out again. Storm finally knocks out Gunner with a running kick. The wily Aries heads up the side again, making it all the way to the top with Magnus in hot pursuit. On either side of the cage, EY and Roode both set up for a “Jacob’s Ladder”-style power-bomb and then they both race up the cage. It looks too close to call as both guys hit the floor at about the same time and the show ends with the decision up in the air.
Winner: Split Decision Bobby Roode & Eric Young
osh’s Grade for TNA Hardcore Justice: 9/10
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