TNA Impact Wrestling (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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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

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TNA Impact Wrestling Partial Spoilers For Thursday March 20 And March 27, 2014

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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.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results From February 6, 2014

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Impact Wrestling
February 6, 2014
Glasgow, Scotland

The American Wolves and The Investor MVP was shown backstage walking to the start Impact.

1.) Monster Ball Match~ Eric Young vs. Abyss

Eric Young and Abyss start brawling in the backstage area. Eric Young gets the early advantage with banging Abyss head on the table and starts dragging the monster to the entrance ramp. Abyss starts landing a bunch of rights to Eric Young. Young gets back up with a pipe in his hand and starts hammering Abyss with it. Abyss hits a back body drop on Eric Young.

Abyss brings out a table and he tries to slam EY. Young countered and ran back into the ring and landed a suicide dive to the monster abyss. Abyss gets back up and slams Eric Young’s head across the ring apron. He gets back into the ring and grabs a steel chair. Abyss places the chair on Eric Youngs chest. Abyss trys to land a big splash on Young, but Young countered. Abyss hits a chokeslam on Eric Young and Young kicks out at 2.

Abyss goes under the ring and grabs a bag filled with thumb tacks. Abyss positioned Young on the top rope. Young goes over the top and power bombs Abyss to the thumb tacks, but Abyss kicks out at 2. Eric Young goes on the top, but Abyss punch sends Young through the table at ringside. Abyss sends Young back into the ring and goes under the ring to grab his signature weapon, Janice. Young grabs Abyss facemask and it comes off. Abyss hits Young with a vicious Black Hole Slam to pick up the victory.

After the match Abyss grabs a piece of glass and looks at it with a dazed look on his face.

Winner: Abyss

Dixie Carter was shown backstage with Bobby Roode who tells Carter that she needs to sign the contract to let him face Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Carter says that she has alot on her hands and she just can’t give Roode the title shot at this prior moment. She says Roode will have to face Samoa Joe tonight to determine the number 1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.R oode leaves the room and says this decision is going to bite her in the ass in the future.

In Ring Segment: MVP comes out and grabs a sign from the audience which says “I’m the new investor.” MVP tells the fans what he has been up to for the last three years. MVP says that their needs to be a change. MVP says he loves professional wrestling and he says he doesn’t want to see this business be run downed. He says the days of the owners disregarding the fans and mismanaging the talents is over.

MVP was going to mentions what his agenda in TNA was going to be, but he was interrupted by Rockstar Spud. Spud says would it be fair if MVP introduces himself to Dixie Carter. MVP tells Rockstar Spud to watch his step and please inform Dixie that MVP scheduled a match for tonight pinning  the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus against Kurt Angle.

Bully Ray was shown backstage doing his own interpretation of the I live through valley and the shadow of death metaphor. Bully Ray says he will put Mr. Anderson in the coffin during their Casket Match next week. He also says the next person he sees he will put them in a coffin.

2.) Curry Man vs. TBA

Bully Ray comes out and grabs a mic tells Curry Man he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Man trying to fire up the Scotland and starts charging towards Ray, but Bully lands a big boot that drops Curry Man. Ray pickups CMan and gives him a piledriver. Ray puts Curry Man in the coffin and then says “Mr. Anderson I will end your career next week.”

Dixie Carter was shown backstage with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus who tries to get out of the match with Kurt Angle tonight. Carter mentions its a non-title match so he will be fine. Ethan Carter III comes in and Dixie tells him she doesn’t have time for him right now because MVP is about to come in and talk to her, but she said that she will make time for her nephew next week.

In Ring Segment: TNA X Division Champion Austin Aries comes down to the ring. Aries says he is the greatest man that ever lived and the greatest X Division Champion of all time. Aries states that he will use his option C to get another chance at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The Bro Mans come out and distract Aries as DJ Zema Ion comes from behind and attacks Austin Aries. Zema Ion says he cashing in his Feast of Fired contract for a chance at the X Division Championship.

3.) TNA X Division Championship Match Zema Ion continues on the attack on Austin Aries and hits a DDT, but Aries kicks out at 2. Ion goes on the top rope to hit a moonsault, but Aries ducks out of the way. Austin Aries hits the Brian Buster on Zema Ion to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Autin Aries

Back from commercial break Dixie Carter welcomes MVP to her office. Dixie Carter says she made TNA into a global entertainment empire. She starts throwing jabs at MVP for setting up the match between Magnus and Kurt Angle without her permission. She told MVP she will handle this situation with him in the ring later on tonight.

4.) Magnus vs. Kurt Angle

A very short match as Ethan Carter came down to the ring and attack Angle behind his knee. He seemed to be in very bad shape and referee Brain Hebner was giving the “X” sign to signal the doctors to come in the ring and to help Angle back to the locker room. Ethan Carter was outside having a big smirk on his face as he was staring at the EMT’s.

Winner: Kurt Angle by DQ

A highlight package of the break up between Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky was shown. Sabin was shown backstage inside the room where had their first kiss. Sabin he gets down on his knee and “proposes” to Velvet. She get’s emotional and open the box and nothing was in the box.Sabin says he is done with her.

5.) Number 1 Contendership Match~ Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode

Roode sends Joe outside early on and follows with a neckbreaker for a near fall, then he chops Joe but Joe chops him back and charges him in the corner. Roode kicks him in the face and takes him down with a snapmare, then Joe fights out of a headlock and hits an atomic drop. Joe misses a backsplash but also avoids a kneedrop, then he hits Roode a few times before walking into a spinebuster.

Roode taunts the crowd but Joe responds with a quick powerslam. Joe sets up a Muscle Buster but Roode blocks it and hits a clothesline to the back of the head. Joe counters a Roode Bomb and calls for the Coquina Clutch, then Roode shoves him in the corner and goes for a running clothesline. Joe catches him and hits a Uranage slam, then he connects with a Muscle Buster and makes Roode tap out to the Coquina Clutch.

Winner: Samoa Joe

In Ring Segmet: Dixie Carter and MVP Summit

Dixie Carter and MVP come to the ring for their ‘summit’. Dixie puts Magnus over as being a champion with dignity, and says they should stick together. Dixie talks about what a great job she’s done so far and wants to talk about new ideas, but MVP stops her and says she has some ideas of his own. MVP says he’s discovered they only agree to disagree, and her mismanagement has nearly crippled this company by making it an uneven playing field. He says he won’t stand idly and her reign of terror is over, so he will take any action to show her that the party is over.

JPOV: Lackluster show in my opinion. Too much Dixie Carter on the screen and too many in ring promos tonight. I enjoy the Monster Ball Match with Eric Young and Abyss. This MVP investor is not going to work in my opinion. There so much potential with this company with the roster they have. The focus is on WWE mid carders that got fired and if they expect that they are going to bring in revenue, its not going to happen.

Josh’s Grade for IMPACT: 6/10

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Tonight’s Show, New Investor Comes Out

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TNA taped tonight’s edition of Impact Wrestling at The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. You can watch the show tonight on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET. Here is what took place at the tapings.

-Magnus and Rockstar Spud headed to the ring for a promo. Magnus got some great heel heat. Though it could be that he’s English. He said he saw off Sting like he did Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles. He spoke about “thinning of the herd” by Dixie, ridding TNA of the dinosaurs to make way for the new stars like Bro-Mans, Zema Ion, Spud, and Magnus. He said he singlehandedly eliminated the above faces. EC3 took exception to that.

-They were interrupted by Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle. Angle and Joe came out to huge reception. The heels exited. Angle was super over. He said they were there to avenge the “screwing of the herd”. He said Magnus is a paper champion. Loud “paper champion” chant. He said he regrets accepting Magnus into the Main Event Mafia.

-Magnus said he’s a somebody and Kurt can’t accept that he’s champion. Joe said they’ve come to Glasgow to fight, and a tag match was set with Angle and Joe vs. Magnus and EC3. Magnus issued the challenge. If heels win, then Angle and Joe are gone! Joe suggests that whoever pins Magnus gets a title shot. Hot opening.

-Hold on. Dixie Carter the match isn’t happening. Magnus wasn’t happy. Dixie said there’s too much going on with the investor arriving and she can’t risk him losing the title to Angle or Joe. Magnus made the match anyway. That seemed a bit confusing.

-We can hear but not see what’s happening backstage. That was a mess. Something about the Wolves waiting for the investor to arrive?

-Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne beat Gail Kim and Lei’D Tapa. Velvet pinned Gail clean. Very short match.

-Chris Sabin came out berating Velvet, saying he hadn’t heard from her since last week. He suggested she’s gone crazy due to PMS. He demanded an apology and a massage. Loud no chants! Velvet said, “We’re done!”.

-Ugh. The video screen seems screwed. Audio but no visual. Kurt was threatening someone not to interfere tonight. Sounded like Bobby Roode.

-James Storm was super over. He detailed his history with Gunner before it fell apart and called him out so he could put an end to it. Gunner said they both had a goal to be great, and they achieved that as a team and that when he won the briefcase something changed. He said he had to make a decision for his family, and Storm would have done the same. He said he learned in the Marines that you don’t fight for the government, you fight for the man standing beside you. Storm said he knows Gunner is a great man and a hell of a wrestler. He said his kids are most important thing, and his daughter asked him why he’s mad at Gunner. He said he has Gunner’s back. They shook hands.

-Bad Influence came out to cause trouble. Daniels said James Storm is a liar who wants beer, attention, and ugly fat women. And the TNA title. He challenged them to a tag match with the briefcase at stake.

-James Storm and Gunner defeated Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. Gunner pinned Kaz clean and it looked like he and Gunner are an item again.

-There was more backstage footage that we couldn’t see. Dixie sounded upset with Spud and demanded that he find out who the investor is.

-You Me At Six are at ringside. I don’t know who they are, but seemingly they have the no. 1 album in the UK… With the top tier curtained off, this is a full house for the tickets they did sell. Very impressive. I don’t know how much that tier holds, but I’d guess we’re talking in the ball park of somewhere between 4,000-8,000 attendance.

-Very long break here. Wish I’d gone to the bar! Spud came out to break the monotony. I never thought I’d say that. He heeled up the Scotland-England rivalry, which got the crowd going. He said he was there to find out who the investor is. He called out the Wolves. Spud complimented them on wearing their dad’s best suits and then asked who the investor is. Silence. He interrogated them “like Magnum PI” and reminded them that he’s Dixie’s Chief of Staff. Spud was actually hilarious. Spud slapped one of them as he went crazy. The suit jackets came off and the Wolves attacked Spud. They told Spud to tell Dixie that she’ll find out who the investor is later. They said that the investor is very interested in the main event, and any wrestler who interferes will be fired.

-Video screen is finally working! EY/Abyss recap.

-Bro-Mans beat Abyss and Eric Young by DQ to retain the TNA Tag Titles. I hate both these acts, but the crowd loved Abyss. Abyss was DQ’d for attacking the referee. He chokeslammed EY after the match. The whole match was basically telling the story of EY’s struggle to control Abyss. EY said they have one experiment left – they’re going to get crazy. “I invented crazy!” Monsters Ball next week.

-Backstage the Wolves were standing by a people carrier. I guess the investor is here. Someone was shown pushing a coffin. It appeared to be Bully Ray.

-There was a video detailing some kind of encounter between Sam Shaw and Christy at his home. I think he pulled a strand of her hair then disappeared into a darkened room while she got them some wine. The lights were turned on and it was some sort of shrine to Christy with photographs everywhere.

-Bully Ray came to the ring while pushing the coffin down the ramp. He outlined his past as President of Aces and Eights and TNA champion, and spoke about how Anderson took it all away. He said he tried to break Anderson’s neck, but he keeps coming back. Ray challenged Anderson to a coffin match. Anderson walked down to the coffin. Bully Ray had left the ring and they both stood over it. Anderson asked him what happens after Ray puts him in the coffin. “Maybe I’ll piledrive your wife and kids.” Man! Anderson said he is sick of Bully’s talking; says he’ll do the fans a favour and shut his mouth. “By the way, my wife and kids say hi.” Anderson attacked Bully. They went to the ring and Anderson had a chair. Bully chickened out and left.

-There was some backstage tension between Magnus and EC3. Magnus said he’s not thrilled about tagging with a green rookie in such a big match. Magnus told him to go and cry to aunt Dixie. Dixie walked in and Magnus changed his tune.

-Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle defeated Magnus and Ethan Carter III. Joe made Magnus tap, meaning Joe is the No. 1 contender for the TNA Title per the match stipulations. Another clean finish! Is this really TNA?! Favourite insult of the night from a Glaswegian to Magnus: “Away back to Gladiators, Magnus!” Another interjects: “You were a shite Gladiator!”

-Dixie went ballistic. Joe reminded Magnus that he is now number one contender. There was a loud “you tapped out” chant. “Shine my belt son, cause Joe’s gonna kill you!” Angle said that nights like these make the pain worthwhile. Kurt hyped his HOF induction for London.

Dixie demanded the investor show his face. The arena went dark and…It’s MVP! It appears the show goes off the air here.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

2013 Heel of the Year

For all that is good in professional wrestling, our heroes would have nothing to fight about if not for the heel characters that cause anguish at every turn.  It’s classic booking 101: the babyface chases the heel, and crowds pay good money to see him or her get their revenge. Not every bad-guy in 2013 was worth writing home about, but a few stood out above the rest. [Read more...]

TNA Impact Wrestling Rating Dips Slightly, Viewership Rises

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TNA aired a themed edition of Impact Wrestling on Thursday night called Turning Point. When the company runs these pay-per-view themed editions of Impact, it usually gets an uptick in the ratings.

Impact drew a 0.95 rating with an average of 1.19 million viewers. The rating is slightly down from last week’s 0.96 rating, but there was a rise in viewership as last week’s average was 1.1 million viewers.

The highlights of the show were the TNA world title tournament matches featuring Samoa Joe vs Magnus and James Storm vs Bobby Roode. The main event featured Mr. Anderson vs Bully Ray in a no disqualification match in where if Anderson won, Aces and Eights had to disband. If Ray won, then Anderson had to leave TNA. Anderson ended up winning and the Aces and Eights are no more.

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Dixie Carter Not Happy With Spike TV Executives Over Airing Of AJ Styles Commericials

AJ Styles left TNA after his defeated Bully Ray in a rematch to retain the TNA world heavyweight title on the October 24 edition of Impact Wrestling. Styles then quit the company in an angle with TNA President Dixie Carter over his refusal to sign a new contract. Ever since then Styles hasn’t been seen on the show and commercials have aired on television that have been paid for by Styles.

To further the angle, TNA released a video of Carter meeting with Spike TV voicing her displeasure with the Styles commercials airing on Impact.

Do you like what TNA has done so far with the angle?

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday November 14, 2013

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TNA aired a live edition of Impact Wrestling last night in Cincinnati, Ohio. After the live edition ended, TNA taped an edition of Impact that will air next Thursday on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Here is what will air next week on the show.

- Aces and Eights started it off with an in-ring promo. It was more of the same as we’ve heard all along. A match between Mr Anderson and Bully Ray was set for the November 21 Turning Point edition of Impact. If Anderson loses, he leaves TNA. If Ray loses, Aces and Eights must disband. Anderson said he wanted to face a member of Aces and Eights right away. This led to the first match.

- Mr Anderson defeated Knux by Mic Check. Just one huge brawl.

- EC3 defeated Dewey Barnes and Norv Fernum in a handicap match.

- Christopher Daniels defeated Joseph Park. Daniels got the win with a low blow and a pinfall.

- Gail Kim won a squash match. I couldn’t catch the name of her opponent.

- Dixie Carter came out for an in-ring promo, the vast majority of which I never heard. Literally, the crowd was that loud. I caught enough to know that the tournament match on 11/21 will be a No DQ match.

- Kurt Angle defeated Austin Aries in a submission match as part of the TNA Title tournament. Angle won with a crossface. This was very good. Chris Shore wondered whether the crowd would compare for the two main event matches. I didn’t hear anyone saying they liked Full Metal Mayhem better, but it’s a fair perception. Cincinnati didn’t necessarily sit on its hands for this, though.

- After the match Mr. Anderson came out and asked if the crowd if they wanted another match, then offered to piledrive Garrett Bischoff onto the stage. He did so to some reaction. Bischoff did the stretcher job going into the post-Impact Xplosion match and about half the crowd left.

Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

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TNA Bound Main Event Rematch Takes Place Thursday on Impact Wrestling

TNA President Dixie Carter announced that the TNA world champion AJ Styles will defend his title against former TNA world champion Bully Ray in a rematch this Thursday on Impact Wrestling.

Carter made the announcement in the video above after the Bound For Glory pay-per-view on Sunday after Styles defeated Ray for the title.

Impact Wrestling will take place on Thursday from Salt Lake City, Utah starting at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Podcast: You’re Not the One – October 22, 2013

Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the buildup to Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV, the finishing segment with the Triple H promo, who looks to be upset about something he said, getting back to a formula on Raw, why Norv Fernum should have been on the show and much more.  Plus, they talk about TNA going with a rematch between AJ Styles and Bully on Impact this week and the entire angle.

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Between The Ropes Video – TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Recap

Brian, Michael and Steve recap the wacky, overbooked TNA Bound for Glory 2013 PPV including the main event between Bully Ray and AJ Styles for the heavyweight championship, the Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode match as well as Sting vs. Magnus.  Plus, the talk about where the company is right where, Hulk Hogan who was not on the show and more.

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Report: TNA To Take Impact Wrestling Back To Orlando

It seems like TNA will be heading back home to film Impact Wrestling. WrestlingObserver.com is reporting that TNA will be taping numerous episodes in Orlando starting in late November.

The article also states that TNA has cancelled tapings in Baltimore on 11/21, Chattanooga on 12/5 and Arlington, TX on 12/19. Impact Wrestling will also be according to the article tape most of the Impact shows in Orlando.

TNA started taking Impact Wrestling on the road in June with initial success, but attendance has been dwindling in the last few months.

TNA presents their biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory tomorrow night in San Diego, California with the main event of Bully Ray defending the TNA heavyweight title against AJ Styles. We will also see the return of Kurt Angle facing Bobby Roode and Sting battling Magnus.

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Between The Ropes Video: TNA Bound for Glory 2013, Hell in a Cell Matches

Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman are back with the weekly video talking about his Sunday’s TNA Bound for Glory 2013 PPV headlined by Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles for the TNA World Championship and the poll on the greatest Hell in a Cell match of all time.  (We apologize for the audio for Fritz as something was set incorrectly which is why the audio is a lower quality.)

TNA Impact Wrestling (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

TNA returns tonight with an edition of Impact Wrestling. The episode that will tonight was taped last week from Tulsa, Oklahoma and we posted the spoilers last Friday. If you don’t want to read the spoilers, here is what will take place tonight.

- Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Eric Young vs. Robbie E in a four corners match

- Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin

- AJ Styles promo

- Gunner vs. Knux

- Kurt Angle promo

- TNA Champion Bully Ray vs. Magnus

- Bully Ray and A.J. Styles contract signing for the TNA Title match at Bound For Glory

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TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Lineup

BoundforGlory2013This Sunday it’s the TNA Bound for Glory PPV from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.

Here is the lineup for the show:

-  TNA World Heavyweight Championship:  Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles

-  Sting vs. Magnus

-  Ultimate X Match for the X Division Title:  Austin Aries vs. Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe

-  TNA Tag Titles:  James Storm and Gunner vs. the winner of the pre-show gauntlet match

-  Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode

-  TNA Knockouts Title:  ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher

-  Pre-show Gauntlet match:  Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Joseph Park and Eric Young vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Robbie E and Jessie.

Yes, even though TNA has gone out of their way to talk about a weight limit for the X Division they have added Samoa Joe to that match.  But that’s TNA right there.

And Kurt Angle has been added to a match which was a bit of a surprise.  The belief was that he was going to be on the show just to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, especially coming off of his recent stint in rehab.

Here is the 30-minute Before the Bell video preview for Bound for Glory.  These pieces are always some of the best features that the company does.

TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday October 17, 2013

TNA aired a live edition of Impact Wrestling last night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the live edition had ended, TNA taped their show for next week. Here is what happened for next week’s edition of Impact Wrestling.

- The show opened with AJ Styles saying that Bully Ray can’t keep him down. It was hard to hear what he was saying, the audio was poor.

- Robbie E defeated Christopher Daniels, Hernandez and Eric Young in a fatal four way after Robbie E pinned Daniels.

- TNA President Dixie Carter President said that there would be a World title match contract signing tonight. Bully Ray came out and said that for 50K, he’d ride the Dixie train all night. Magnus comes out and challenges Dixie’s change of heart and challenges Ray to a match tonight. Bully says that Magnus is nothing but disappointing and Magnus knocked him down.

- Samoa Joe defeated Chris Sabin via submission. After the match, Austin Aries attacked Joe, and then Jeff Hardy hit the ring and attacked Aries. Hardy brought out a ladder, but was stopped by Sabin. Manik ran out and attacked Sabin and AA off a ladder.

- AJ Styles cut a promo about becoming the new Champion. Aces & 8′s hit the ring to attack AJ, but Gunner and James Storm made the save.

- Gunner defeated Knux via pinfall.

- Kurt Angle cut a promo. E.G.O. came out and Bobby Roode said that he used to idolize Angle, but Angle ruined his Hall of Fame moment. E.G.O. then attacked Angle and left him laying.

- TNA World Champion Bully Ray defeated Magnus. Bully was about to use a chain when Sting came out. Sting grabbed his hand and held it so the referee could see it, but as the ref was distracted, Bully low-blow kicked Magnus and got the win. Magnus and Sting argued after the match.

- A contract signing between Bully Ray and AJ Styles. They argued for a bit before signing the contracts. Bully then attacked AJ, and both men started to brawl. AJ then cut a promo on Dixie and said that he was giving her a gift from everyone, and proceeded to pull his middle finger out of his pocket.

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TNA Impact Wrestling TV Draws Highest Rating Since January

Well it looks a themed pay-per-view that aired on free television could be the boost that TNA needed.

Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling scored 1.16 rating with an average of 1.494 million viewers. Last week’s show scored a 0.99 rating with an average of 1.190 million viewers.

The show was a Destination X theme with some solid matches especially the opening bout between Austin Aries and Bobby Roode and the main event where Chris Sabin defeated Bully Ray to become the TNA heavyweight champion.

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Revisiting TNA’s Destination X 2013

destination xThis is the final part in a ongoing series, looking TNA’s product from a non-fan perspective. Check out Week One and Week Two.

Apologies for skipping last-week’s IMPACT WRESTLING (see, you have to bold it like that because it artificially makes the product more exciting). Some stuff happened, sure, but none of it felt terribly important. I know, I know… Rampage Jackson joined the Main Event Mafia last week. Big news. Should have covered it. So here’s my week-late article:

Rampage Jackson was announced last-night as the 5th wrestler celebrity of the NWO Main-Event Mafia. Because out of all the talent on the TNA roster to recruit from, Sting, Samoa Joe, and Kurt Angle felt it best to pick somebody who has never wrestled before to join their Main-Event level squad.

In the words of Damien Sandow: You’re Welcome.

Of course, I made that comment about Rampage Jackson before TNA fired about half of their personnel in series of cost-cutting moves (read: Hulkamania is expensive). So maybe I should cut TNA a little slack.

Last night on Twitter, I was told that Rampage Jackson is the “muscle” of the group, which is why he doesn’t have to wear a suit like everybody else. I can buy that logic. But I don’t understand the booking logic in advertising Destination X as the pay-per-view event of the summer, and then delivering with a series of qualifying matches for next week’s Impact Wrestling.

Right, because it makes the most sense to hold the popular Ultimate X match until the week AFTER your pay-per-view show, which is supposed to highlight the X Division. Of course, when a show in the year 2013 opens up with Hulk Hogan, Bully Ray, and Brooke Hogan, you know that TNA Creative doesn’t quite have its priorities in check. Not that I don’t love me some Bully Ray (his heel schtick never gets old), but at least let him kick off the show with somebody NOT named Hogan Bollea.

Speaking of “kick off the show,” did anybody else notice Taz was missing at commentary? Me either. Moving on…

What was on display was just alright. The Ultimate X triple-threat qualifying matches proved entertaining. Even more entertaining? Listening to me attempt to pronounce Trent Barreta’s real name after a few glasses of wine… (“no, I got it this time – MAR-Soup-E-uhl. Huh? A Kangaroo?”)

The Main Event Mafia at least delivered on their promise to fight Aces and Eights. Or, at least, they tried. Sting, Angle, Joe, Mangus and Rampage all puffed up their chests and called out Bully Ray’s rag-tag Son’s of Anarchy knockoffs. But surprisingly, In one of the most realistic creative decisions in the entire history of professional wrestling, Aces and Eights just refused. Like, “nah, we don’t want to fight. Nevermind.” So what did the Main Event Mafia do? Run backstage, and let professional wrestling’s only Olympic Gold Medalist get kidnapped in the back of a cheap pickup truck. That’ll teach ‘em!

 

 

Don’t worry, Angle was back in about 15 minutes with ZERO explanation of what went down. I’m guessing he just hopped out. I mean, pickup truck beds are wide open – Bully Ray didn’t think through that one very well, did he? Also, is anybody else bothered by the fact that TNA REGULARLY uses kidnapping as a plot device? This is a serious issue. Apparently, backstage security must absolutely suck at all TNA events. If you have an average of one kidnapping plot per year, effectively carried out on high-level athletes all IN THE SAME WRESTLING ORGANIZATION, isn’t it time to do something about it? Maybe look at the guy who walks around as a “lone wolf,” regularly wearing a hoodie and acting depressed. Oh, right, sorry Dixie, forgot about the cost-cutting measures…

Bully Ray and Sabin put together a fun show. Most fun was the unanticipated arrival of Aces and Eights, the Main Event Mafia, the Four Horsemen, Immortal, S.C.U.M., the J.O.B. squad, and the cast of Happy Days. I’m not sure why, but with a smaller wrestling ring and less space around the outside, TNA feels the need to crowd as many people out there as possible.

But in the end, Sabin finally won, and captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Mike Tenay said it was “poetic justice.” I think the hammer in Sabin’s hands probably had something to do with it.

If these past few weeks have taught me anything, it’s that I’m a lot more bitter towards TNA’s product than I realized. Either that, or this sarcasm is a normal reaction that every TNA fan has. I can only imagine how much more entertaining Impact Wrestling would be with the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the front row…

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