Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the return of Evolution, the first round of the tournament for the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship, the latest chapter in the John Cena – Wyatt Family feud, how Extreme Rules looks to be coming together, the Ultimate Warrior tribute, some other news and notes including Eric Young becoming the TNA World Champion along with your questions.
TNA returns tonight with a live edition of Impact Wrestling. The show will take place from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and will start at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. Here is as of right now will happen on the show.
-The return of Dixie Carter
-Bobby Lashley vs. Bully Ray vs. Gunner vs. Ethan Carter III vs. James Storm vs. Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young vs. Samoa Joe vs. Willow vs. Abyss in a ten-man gauntlet match for a TNA Title show at the Sacrifice pay-per-view
-Robbie E and Jessie Godderz vs. The Wolves for the TNA Tag Titles
-Gail Kim vs. Brittany vs. Angelina Love vs. ODB in a four-way to determine the No. 1 contender to the TNA Knockouts Title
TNA returns tonight with an edition of Impact Wrestling that will air at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. The show was taped on March 15th from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Here are the matches you will see on tonight’s show.
-Angelina Love and Velvet Sky vs. Brittany and Madison Rayne
-Samuel Shaw vs. Mr. Anderson in a straight jacket match
-Sanada vs. Tigre Uno for the X Division Championship
-MVP vs. Kenny King in an exhibition match
-Magnus vs. Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young vs. Abyss in a four-way for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
First Segment: The show opens with the entrance of MVP. We see a recap of last week’s main event. MVP says that he wanted to make sure there was a level playing field in TNA. He mentions Abyss’s actions and says that there must be an executive decision. Magnus’ music hits and he comes to the ring with Abyss. He reminds MVP that Abyss has a service contract with Magnus, not TNA. MVP says he’s fine with the details of the contract. MVP tells Abyss that if he puts his hands on him again, he’ll show him a different side of MVP. MVP asks Abyss if he wants more from wrestling and life. He asks Abyss if he wants a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Magnus is angry at this idea. MVP says that the match will show where Abyss’s alliance really lies. MVP announces that next week Magnus will defend the TNA title against Abyss and Samoa Joe in a triple threat match. Joe’s music hits and he comes to the ring. Joe tells MVP that he’s only asked him for one thing and that’s a chance to fight Magnus uninterrupted. Joe says that he’s upset that he’s been put in what he thinks is a handicap match. MVP and Joe argue. Joe blasts Magnus and a brawl breaks out. Eric Young hits the ring and attacks Abyss. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial where Eric Young, MVP, and Samoa Joe are still in the ring after the brawl. Eric Young says that he has a solution to MVP’s problem with Abyss. Young says that Abyss is his responsibility and that he should be added to the three-way title match next week to take Abyss out of the equation so that Joe can get the match he deserves. MVP says that he’s not sure if Young deserves that shot. Young lists a huge amount of accomplishments from his time at TNA. Joe tells Young that no one is doubting his accomplishments. Joe says that there’s a line and Young is not at the front. MVP changes his mind and puts Young in the match. Joe is not excited about this idea. Joe shoves Young and they start to brawl. MVP calls for referees to pull them apart. Joe gets up and yells at Young to fight him in a match. MVP says that he’ll agree to let the match happen.
Backstage, Bully Ray says that his Twitter machine is back. He then calls out Bobby Roode to the camera. In another area backstage, The Wolves ask MVP to put them in a match against Abyss and Magnus. MVP thinks about it and says that it should happen next. We then see a video of Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud searching for Willow in the woods. We head to commercial.
First Match: The Wolves vs. Abyss and Magnus
Magnus starts against Davey Richards. Magnus grabs Richards’ arm and Richards reverses with spins and flips. Magnus regains control. Richards flips out of a backdrop and tags in Edwards. The Wolves hit a double team on Magnus. The Wolves in control. The Wolves go for another double team on Magnus, but Abyss breaks it up. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial where Magnus has control of Edwards. Edwards fights back but is caught in a crossbody. Magnus turns it into a suplex. Magnus goes to a chinlock on Edwards. Edwards gets out of it but is grounded by Magnus again. Magnus runs into a boot from Edwards in the corner. Edwards hits a top rope hurricanrana on Magnus. Richards is tagged in. Richards takes Abyss off the apron and hits a series of moves on Magnus. Abyss gets back in the ring and Richards hits a double dropkick. The Wolves hit a double team and Abyss breaks up the pin attempt. The Wolves get caught in a double choke slam, but back-flip out of it. The Wolves hit stereo kicks on Abyss, which sends him out of the ring. Richards hits a suicide dive on Abyss. In the ring, Edwards rolls up Magnus and goes to a single-leg crab. Magnus taps out immediately.
Winner: The Wolves
After the match, Abyss grabs the TNA title and looks at it closely. Abyss approaches Magnus and then walks right by him holding Magnus’ title. We go to commercial.
Second In-Ring Segment: Back from commercial where Angelina Love is heading to the ring. She grabs a mic. Love says that Velvet Sky has not answered her calls all week. She tells Sky to come out and tell her what her problem is. Sky says she’s pissed off and calls Love out for attacking Madison Rayne last week. Sky says she did not sign up for this. Love says Sky is mediocre without her. She tells Sky that she’s lost her edge. Love says that no one messed with them when they were together. Love says she has a match with Rayne tonight. She tells Sky that by the end of that match, she had better pick a side. Love gets out of the ring and leaves. We see a video package showing the relationship between Gunner and James Storm. They will wrestle later tonight. We go to another video showing EC3 and Spud looking for Willow. We see Bully Ray getting ready to head out into the arena. Tenay says he’s up next and we go to a commercial break.
Back from commercial and EC3 is trying to get Spud to go into a barn. EC3 has decides that he’ll do it. He pretends to be attacked inside and scares Spud. They go inside and check it out. While EC3 isn’t looking, Willow grabs Spud and drags him away. EC3 looks around for him and hears Willow’s laugh in the distance. We move to another video detailing Gunner and James Storm’s rivalry.
Third In-Ring Segment:
Bully Ray makes his entrance. Ray gets into the ring and starts motioning for someone to come out to the ring. Random fans come to the ring with tables and set them up around the ring. Ray puts two in the corners of the ring and one set up on the mat near a corner. Ray asks the crowd if they know who he is. He says that he’s the guy that made sure Dixie Carter is no longer a part of TNA. Ray calls out Bobby Roode and says that if he’d won that match, he would have ended up just like her. Roode’s music hits and he comes out to the stage. Roode admits that the opportunity to become an owner of TNA blinded him. Roode reminds Ray that he’s the one the tricked Ray into going to the TNA offices in Nashville last week. Ray tells him to quit running his mouth and get into the ring to fight. Roode tells him that Ray doesn’t call the shots. Roode says he says when and where. Roode says no to a match. Bully chases him up the ramp and blasts him. Ray fights him back toward the ring and beats him down on the outside. Ray wants to drop an elbow off the apron onto Roode who’s laying on a table, but Roode moves and Ray holds up. Ray misses a punch and hits a table. Roode takes advantage and beats down Ray. Roode sets up a suplex to put Ray through a table, but Ray holds out. Roode ends up pushing Ray into the ring post. Roode continues to beat down Ray. They both get on the apron with a table set up on the floor. Ray kicks Roode in the gut and goes for a powerbomb. Roode flips Ray into the ring. Ray fights back. Roode leans up against a vertically set up table and Ray charges. Ray goes for a big boot, but Roode moves and Ray puts his leg through the table. Ray ends up going for a powerbomb again, but Roode gets out of it. Ray charges Roode again and Roode moves. Ray goes head first through a set up table in the corner. Roode gets out of the ring.
Backstage, Abyss approaches Magnus with the TNA title. He gives Magnus the title. Abyss asks about Magnus tapping out so quickly. Magnus says he doesn’t care if the title is not on the line. Abyss says that he hates losing. Magnus reminds Abyss that he needs to lose to help him retain his title. He tells Abyss to not let MVP into his head. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial and we see James Storm and Gunner preparing in separate areas for their match. We see another video package with Knux.
Second Match: Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love
Rayne hits the ring quickly and starts to beat down Love. Love rolls out of the ring. Rayne chases her around the ring and back in. Rayne keeps control. Velvet Sky heads down to ringside. Rayne charges Love but Love pulls down the rope and Rayne hits the floor. Rayne comes back in and rolls up Love. They get up and Love takes back control. She dumps Rayne to the outside onto the floor. Love and Rayne exchange words on the outside. Love comes back in and gets a two-count of Rayne. Love chokes Rayne on the middle rope. Love throws Rayne to the ropes. They both go for the hair and go down. Rayne fights Love off when forearm shots. Rayne hits a northern lights suplex. Love is drop kicked out of the ring. Rayne hits a baseball slide of Love. Velvet Sky hits a ddt on Rayne on the floor out of nowhere. She throws Rayne back into the ring where Love pins her.
Winner: Angelina Love
The Beautiful People celebrate in the ring after the match. Backstage, Eric Young tells ODB that he’s ready for tonight. He says that people and Joe are going to find out that it isn’t smart to not believe in him. We go to commercial.
Third Match: Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young
Joe shoves Young and Young attacks. Young attacks with a flurry of strikes. Joe knees Young in the gut. Young hits a running forearm for a two-count. Young takes control on Joe in the corner. Young ends up on the apron after an irish whip to the corner, misses a shoulder block, and is hit by Joe. Joe takes control of EY in the middle of the ring. Joe drives Young’s head into the turnbuckle. Joe hits a splash in the corner followed by a big kick. Young kicks out of the pin at two. Young fights back with punches, but Joe headbutts him. Joe drops the knee on Young for a two-count.
The two hit the ropes and both go for clotheslines. Both men down. They get up at the same time and Young hits a spinning clotheslines and a series of moves. Young goes to the top rope and has to bail with Joe stalking. Joe slams Young after Young charged him. Joe charges Young in the corner and runs into a big boot. Young misses a moonsault. Joe gets up and tries to lock in the rear naked choke. Joe gets it locked in and Joe chokes Young out (During the choke, Joe’s shoulder’s were down on the mat, but the referee did not see). The Hebner’s discuss the call as they walk up the ramp and backstage.
Winner: Samoa Joe
We find out for next week Impact Wrestling Samuel Shaw will take on Mr. Anderson in a Straight Jacket Match, Bully Ray and Willow will take on Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III in a Tables Match and we will have a Fatal Four Way Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship pinning regining champ Magnus taking on Abyss, Samoa Joe and Eric Young.
Fourth Match: Unlocked Match
James Storm vs. Gunner
Gunner lays out Storm on the ramp and takes him to the ring steps. Gunner sets up a table on the outside, but Storm fights back. Gunner slams Storm’s head into the ring apron and throws a chair into the ring. Gunner suplexes Storm on the floor. Storm counters by throwing Gunner into the ring steps. Storm hits Gunner with right hands. Storm puts Gunner in the ring with his head on the apron and hits him with a huge boot. Storm hits a suplex on the ramp. Gunner fights back by the ring steps. Gunner grabs a chair and hits Storm in the gut. They get into the ring. Storm hits a ddt on Gunner from the second rope. We head to commercial break.
Back from commercial where Gunner hits the slingshot suplex. Gunner sets up a chair in the corner of the ring, between the turnbuckles. They exchange several shots to the head with trash can lids. Gunner hits a spear on Storm. Storm fights back and catapults Gunner into the set up chair. Gunner hits the big elbow drop from the top rope for a two-count. Storm gets out of the ring and grabs a beer bottle from under the ring. Storm gets onto the ring apron and Gunner spears him out to the floor through a table. Gunner pulls Storm into the ring. Gunner goes for the cover and only gets a two-count. Gunner grabs two chairs and sets ups chairs in the middle of the ring. He puts Storm on the top rope. Gunner superplexes Storm into the chairs in the ring. Gunner goes for the Gunrack but Storm reverses with two Last Call Super Kicks. Storm goes for the pin and only gets two. Storm grabs a beer bottle, but so does Gunner. Gunner hits Storm with the bottle and hits Hanger 18 for the three-count.
Josh’s Grade for Impact Wrestling: 8.5/10
Overall Thoughts: I thought the show was decent. I felt there was too much talking, but the matches we did have tonight were good and effective and thats all you can really ask for, so props out to TNA for putting on a really good this week.
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TNA taped an edition of Impact Wrestling on March 15th at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida that will air tonight on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Here are the matches you will see on tonight’s show.
-James Storm vs. Gunner in a no count out, no DQ, must be a winner match
-Magnus and Abyss vs. The Wolves
-Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love in a non-title match
-Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young
-Bully Ray and Willow vs. Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III in a tables match
TNA taped parts of Impact Wrestling at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. You can watch the shows on Thursday March 20 and March 27 on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET. Here is what took place at the tapings.
The following matches and segments were taped for the March 27 show
Angelina Love and Velvet Sky hugged. Angelina called out Madison Rayne, mocked her, and offered her spot back. Madison declined to be part of The Beautiful People.
-BroMans beat The Wolves, and Sanada & Tigre Uno in a non-title three-way tag.
Bully Ray cut a promo and brawled with Bobby Roode.
-Magnus defeated Samoa Joe to retain the TNA Title with Abyss and MVP handcuffed at ringside. Abyss threw a chair at Joe, allowing Magnus to hit his finisher for the win.
The following matches and segments were taped for the March 27 show
MVP announced Magnus vs. Samoa Joe vs. Abyss in a three-way for the TNA Title for the next show, then it appeared to become Magnus vs. Joe vs. Abyss vs. Eric Young in a four-way.
-Gunner beat James Storm in a no count out, no DQ match.
Angelina Love and Velvet Sky talked. Love talked down to Sky and said she would be facing Madison in a match later in the show.
-The Wolves beat Abyss and Magnus. Magnus tapped out, and Abyss left with the TNA Title.
TNA will be taping more segments for the editions of these shows tonight in Orlando.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
Sting was last seen in the ring in January for TNA. It has been widely assumed that Sting will not be returning to TNA. Speculation has also been that Sting will make that long awaited debut in the WWE in the not too distant future.
The TNA Hall of Famer took in a Q&A session in London and naturally he was asked by a fan if he will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 next year.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I can say that I would love for that to happen. I can tell you that, really, there’s only one more match that I would like to have,” Sting said. “Yes, Undertaker.”
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus talks about the company returning to Orlando this Thursday for a live edition of Impact and then TV tapings on Friday and Saturday night (find out more information at ImpactWrestling.com), the pressure that comes with being the champion, playing the bad guy, how he deals with scrutiny from fans, the youth movement in the company, the exclusive group he’s a part of and more.
You can read the entire interview with Magnus at The Orlando Sentinel.
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Brian and Steve talk WWE Raw from Monday night with Daniel Bryan finally getting his match against Triple H at WrestleMania and him “possibly” being added to the championship match on the show, other matches now official for WrestleMania including the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, other ideas for the big event and more. Plus they talk about the TNA Lockdown PPV and your questions.
TNA Wrestling’s Davey Richards talks about this Sunday’s Lockdown PPV where he will be a part of Tean MVP with Eddie Edwards, MVP and Jeff Hardy against Team Dixie which includes Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and the BroMans in a Lethal Lockdown cage match, what the last few months have been like for him, why TNA Wrestling was the place for him and Edwards right now, his tryout with the WWE and why they didn’t end up there, his nasty breakup from Ring of Honor, why he is forever tied to Japan and thinks he will die there, coming close to retiring, the perception from some that he is a jerk, stay in shape on the road eating squid jerky and more.
You can read the entire interview at The Orlando Sentinel. Follow Davey on Twitter @RichardsWesley, on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/daveyrichardsTNA and on his Instagram at Instagram.com/richardswesley.
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The last time that Montel Vontavious Porter – better known as MVP – wrestled in south Florida, it was four years ago and with a different company. Now, the Miami-based wrestler is finally making his return as part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Lockdown event this Sunday which airs live on pay-per-view.
“It’s not just coming home to Miami, it’s coming home to Miami with a new company, a new attitude and the fact that we’re at BankUnited Center which is in Coral Gables where the University of Miami Hurricanes play,” said MVP (Hassan Assad). “As a matter of fact, I’m going to wear a Hurricanes jersey out to the ring. I’m going to wear my orange, green and white Hurricane ring gear with a jersey on top because it’s all about The U. And The U invented swag and in professional wrestling, nobody has more swag than MVP.”
The last time he wrestled in the United States, it was in 2010 with World Wrestling Entertainment. After a successful five years with the company, he decided it was time for a change.
To read the rest of the story, go to The Orlando Sentinel.
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TNA stars Magnus and Samoa Joe did a conference call with the media discussing their match for the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at the Lockdown pay-per-view, the show returning to the all-cage match format, headlining a three-hour show which TNA does not do as often now, their reactions from the audience in the UK, their roles with the company and trying to help it grow, where the company should be looking for more talent and the youth movement there, separating their characters from who they really are, working with Sting, going from the past regime to the current one and more.
Jeff Jarrett Talks About His Departure From TNA And Answers Whether Leaving Was His Toughest Decision
Jeff Jarrett has been releasing videos discussing what is next in his career. Jarrett announced in December that he was leaving TNA and officially was out of the company. It has been rumored that the former WWE and TNA will be starting up a new promotion in the near future.
Jarrett released a video today with his wife Karen discussed the departure from TNA, whether leaving the company was the hardest decision he has ever made, discussed what’s next, change, the future of professional wrestling, and a number of other topics.
TNA Impact Wrestling
February 20, 2014
A video package highlighting Gunner’s life and career in TNA opens the show, hyping tonight’s World Championship Match. Dixie Carter, Magnus, EC3 and Rockstar Spud are shown from the backstage area. Carter tells everyone to stop second guessing her. Magnus gives a pep talk to the Dixieland stable, but EC3 is noticeably ignoring it. Magnus tells Carter that they need to get on the same page and they shake hands.
First Segment: We cut “live” to the arena, and Magnus and Dixie walk down to the ring. MVP makes his way to the ring to a massive reaction from the UK crowd. The champ tells him that if he ever got in the ring with him, “nine years” would be nothing compared to how long it would take to recover. Shots fired at his past criminal life.
The crowd chants “paper champion” and MVP tells Magnus a real champion wouldn’t have to tell people every chance they got. We get down to business, as MVP wants an answer for his Lethal Lockdown challenge. Magnus says they accept, but he will not be captaining his team because he has to defend the world title against Samoa Joe. He calls MVP a “bitch” and the two start brawling. Ethan Carter III hits the ring and attacks MVP from behind. The Wolves are shown attacking security backstage, and Gunner evens the odds. Magnus bails as his challenger hits the ring, and the four men stare each other down.
First Match: 3 on 1 Handicap Match Samoa Joe vs. The Bro-Mans and DJ Zema Ion
Joe clothesline the tag team champions and just walks away as Zema dives off the top rope. Zema got caught by the numbers game. The heels hit a trio of knees in the corner, and pick up Joe for a top rope attack, but Joe moves out of the way. Double legsweep to the champs, followed by Joe going suicide dive to the outside, taking out everyone. Back in the ring, Zema rakes the eyes to escape the Muscle Buster, but gets caught with an S-T-F. Muscle Buster connects, and Joe locks in the rear naked choke for the submission to pick up the victory.
Winner: Samoa Joe
The announce team hyped Kurt Angle’s Hall of Fame induction next week. Backstage, Bobby Roode spoke with James Storm. Roode said he had a hard time trusting people and it reached a point where he was a man alone in the locker room. He said it had gotten to be to much. Storm asked him what he was saying. Roode said they had some good stuff and bad stuff and the bad was on him and he could’t change it. He said the good stuff they had was special and Storm was the only guy he could trust and he screwed that up. Storm told Roode to chill. He said they knew when they got in the business it was hard. He said if the business was slapping Roode in the face then he needed to slap it back. He said it was a dog eat dog world. In the divided office, MVP asked Austin Aries to be on his Lethal Lockdown team. Aries said he would think about it and they shook hands. A video seemed to be about the UK tour, but it turned into a cellphone video of Gail Kim and Madison Rayne brawling backstage, which lead to Madison making her entrance for a street fight.
Second Match: Street Fight Match Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim w/Lei’D Tapa
Madison grabbed a cookie sheet and attacked Kim during her entrance to start the match. Tapa stood there and watched her attack and didn’t do anything at all about it even though this is a street fight and therefore there are no rules. I guess TNA has just given up on logic completely at this point. Madison continued her assault and tossed Kim to the floor. Tapa stood between them and Madison jumped off the apron onto Tapa. Tapa caught her, but accidentally spun her around to hit Kim before slamming her into the apron.
Kim put the figure four leg lock around the post on Madison for a while and then went for a chair. She tried to hit Madison in the leg, but Madison moved her leg and kicked the chair into Kim’s face. Kim bled from the nose afterward. Back in the ring, Tapa climbed into the ring and Madison hit her with a cookie sheet and a kendo stick. She wound up with a chair, but Kim hit Madison with the belt and covered her for the win.
Winner: Gail Kim
Backstage, Hemme was looking at photos of Anderson’s kids with him. Shaw walked into frame, looked pissed, and walked away. Another Gunner hype video aired. It even showed his wife and family. Bobby Roode was shown walking backstage. Ethan Carter III is preparing for a match, and says that he won’t take anything away from the career of Kurt Angle, but claims he more or less ended his career.
Bobby Roode makes his way out to the ring and talks about having a dream as a kid of wanting to be a pro wrestler. He says he’s done things he’s not proud of, and he’s ruined friendships because of his attitude. He announces that tonight will be his last night as a professional wrestler. Dixie Carter comes out and says she needs Roode to be her captain for the Lethal Lockdown match. Carter tells Roode that if Team Dixie wins this match, Roode will get 10% ownership of Impact Wrestling.
Third Match: The American Wolves vs. Kazarian and Christopher Daniels
Daniels locks up with Davey Richards, but knocks Eddie off the apron. Davey chops the hell out of Daniels and the Wolves hit him with a double team hip toss. Bad Influence takes control over Eddie, tagging in and out quickly to keep their team fresh, while the referee keeps Davey in check. Eddie dropkicks Kaz off the apron and goes to work with rapid fire chops in the corner. Daniels tries for the BME but Richards hits the ring and kicks him out of the air. Eddie with a double foot stomp, Davey with a double foot stomp, the Wolves pick up the win.
Winner: The Wolves
Fourth Match: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Magnus (c) vs. Gunner
Just announced, this match has no disqualifications or count-outs. Slow match to start with a feeling out process that ends with Magnus dropping into a side headlock. Gunner breaks free and hits a series of clotheslines, Magnus calls to the back for help, but James Storm comes out with the Wolves to stand on the entrance ramp as we go to commercial. When Impact comes back, Magnus is in control. He hits the Falon Arrow and heads up to the top rope, coming down with the elbow drop for a two-count. Magnus whiffs a shot with the title belt and the two collide in the air – both men down.
Ethan Carter III and the BroMans storm the ring, but are immediately attacked by the Wolves and James Storm. The six of them fight up the ramp as Gunner hits a powerbomb on Magnus. He then climbs to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving headbutt to the champion. Rockstar Spud puts the champ’s leg on the bottom rope to save the match. Gunner goes after Spud but gets blasted by the title belt from behind. Somehow the challenger kicks out, and James Storm comes back to ringside to chase off Spud. Gunner builds up a head of steam and takes it to the champion with rights and lefts. A slingshot suplex connects and Gunner pounds his chest, signalling for the end. Sit-down backbreaker connects, and Gunner heads to the top rope one more time. Spud gets in the ring and Storm tosses him out. Gunner leaps off the top rope, but Storm superkicks him in the face. 1.2.3.
Josh’s Grade for Impact: 5/10
TNA released a video yesterday with Dixie Carter being mad at MVP for announcing the return of Jeff Hardy to the Lockdown pay-per-view next month. Carter made the announcement in the video above that Lockdown will be returning to old format, that every match will be held inside a steel cage.
Up until last year’s show, every Lockdown show had the steel cage concept.
TNA Lockdown takes place on Sunday, March 9 from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Matches for the show include Team Dixie (Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and The BroMans vs. Team M.V.P. (MVP, Jeff Hardy and The Wolves). Also scheduled for the show is Kurt Angle vs Ethan Carter III, Magnus vs Samoa Joe, James Storm vs Gunner and The Great Muta and Seiya Sanada vs. Bad Influence.
D’Lo Brown talks about returning to the ring after a four year break, his time both in and out of the ring with TNA Wrestling, if he was interested in wrestling again when asked, his released from TNA, if he would be open to working there or the WWE again, wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling and his love affair for Japanese wrestling, why he doesn’t wrestle indies in the United States much, getting back in shape, the WWE Network and more from the former Between The Ropes co-host!
The last time we saw Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the cage, he had made his Bellator debut and scored a first round knockout over Joey Beltran in November. The former UFC light heavyweight champion returns to the cage at the end of the month as he is competing in the Bellator light heavyweight tournament and will face Christian M’Pumbu in the first round.
Jackson is also apart of TNA Impact Wrestling, but we haven’t seen him on the show since last year. “Rampage” sat down with MMAMania.com and was discussing injuries that occur in wrestling, how tough it really is and how much he respects the industry.
“People don’t understand how tough it is,” Jackson said. “It hurts, it hurts hitting the ropes. Getting slammed, all that stuff hurts. It’s like being a live stunt man.”
“You have to keep going. I saw a guy get hurt. I saw it with my own two eyes. The guy got hurt and he still had to keep going. He got hurt for real and then later they put him back stage and took him to the hospital. You have to trust the other guy not to hurt you. I’m second-guessing, what if that shit happened to me and then I have to go fight?”
After expressing some of his injury concerns, the pro wrestling novice said there are definitely moves he “wouldn’t mind doing,” like getting hit with a chair. However, he’s not getting much crazier than that saying flying through tables from the top turnbuckle is “crazy.”
“I really respect those guys,” Jackson said. “A lot of people hate on pro wrestling. They say ‘that’s fake.’ It’s not really fake. It’s entertainment. It’s not really fake, but if they want to hate on pro wrestlers and call it fake then they shouldn’t watch any action movies at all. Action movies are the fakest things.”
It is unknown when Jackson will return to TNA.
This week on the BTR Flagship Brian and Michael talk about the latest regarding CM Punk, Rob Van Dam possibly returning to WWE by WrestleMania 30, Raw from Monday night, the lack of star power, possible changes to the WrestleMania 30 lineup, Sting possibly coming into the company, MVP joining TNA Wrestling and more including your questions.