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
In Ring Segment: Dixie Carter, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus made their entrance. Dixie Carter said she wasn’t worried about MVP. She was making a joke about having a bad hair day and said she has MVP never could, TNA World Champion Magnus. Ethan Carter III grabbed the mic and said Dixie Carter also has the man who ended the career of Kurt Angle.
TNA World Champion Magnus grabbed the mic and got a huge “You Sold Out” chant. Magnus took shots at the Manchester crowd and said he isn’t a paper champion. Magnus started to put over Dixie Carter which started to crowd to chant “Boring” towards Magnus and Dixie Carter. Magnus change the subject towards the new investor MVP. Magnus said he doesn’t know what jail cell MVP crawled out of, but there needs to be a understanding. Magnus said he’s at the top of the pecking order in TNA and MVP couldn’t buy him because he never sold out.
MVP came out with the number 1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Samoa Joe. MVP announced that at the LockDown Pay-Per-View, Magnus will defend his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against the “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe. Gunner’s music hit and he came on the ramp with his Feast or Fired briefcase. Gunner teased cashing in his breifcase at a opportunity for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship tonight, but told Magnus he will give him a week to prepare for their match and the winner of that match will fight Samoa Joe at the LockDown PPV.
Dixie Carter grabbed the mic from Magnus and told Gunner that he might not have the breifcase by next week. She said he would have to face her nephew EC3 with his case on the line. MVP said that since Gunner has to defend his breifcase against Dixie Carter nephew tonight, EC3 should put his Feast or Fired briefcase on the line as well. MVP and Dixie Carter agree to make the match between Gunner and EC3 a Ladder Match for both Gunner’s and EC3′s Feast or Fired breifcases. MVP said that if anybody try to interfere in this match, he would have to “level the playing field.”
1.) Ladder Match for Ethan Carter III and Gunner’s Feast or Fired Briefcases
Ethan Carter III vs. Gunner
Gunner went on the ladder early and Ethan Carter hit a dropkick from the apron. He yelled “Ow” after landing. He put the ladder in the ring and Gunner stopped him. Gunner took the first ladder bump via a drop toe hold, but he hit a powerbomb off the ladder on Ethan Carter . Magnus ran in and attacked Gunner until James Storm made the save.
Result: Ethan Carter fought Gunner to a No Contest
After the match MVP came out and announced since Ethan Carter III and Magnus didn’t follow MVP rules they will be put in a tag team match with Gunner and James Storm. MVP announce that the briefcases will still be on the line in this match.
2.) Tag Team Ladder Match for Ethan Carter III and Gunner’s Feast or Fired Briefcases
Ethan Carter III and Magnus vs. James Storm and Gunner
Ethan Carter III and Magnus start arguing with each other on the floor as the match started as the show went to commercial break. Coming back from commercial break Ethan Carter and Magnus were in control of the match. They launched James Storm and then hit a splash on Gunner on the ladder. Ethan Carter attempted to climb up the ladder, but Magnus stopped him. Ethan Carter and Magnus start to argue which allowed James Storm and Gunner to recover. James Storm and Gunner hit a double hip toss on Ethan Carter, but the match started break down and Gunner slamed Ethan Carter on the ring apron and followed up with a diving head butt. Gunner climbed up the ladder and grabbed the breifcases to pickup the victory.
Winners: James Storm and Gunner
After the match Mike Tenay and Tazz hype the Casket Match for tonight featuring Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson. Mr. Anderson was shown backstage cutting a promo on tonight match with Bully Ray. Mr. Anderson said that this match has nothing to do with the Ace’s and 8′s and said it was about something Bully Ray didn’t have, a family.
Back from commercial break and The BroMans and DJ Zema Ion was shown backstage walking into Dixie Carter’s office to complain to Rockstar Spud about not being informed that James Storm and Gunner were given the opportunity for another TNA Tag Team Championship without the BroMans permission. The BroMans told Rockstar Spud that Dixie Carter needs to fix this situation right now and Rockstar Spud said Dixie Carter has everything under control.
MVP came up from behind them an announced that the BroMans and DJ Zema Ion shouldn’t be worrying about James Storm and Gunner they should worry about the match they are going to be in next with The American Wolves and a myster partner.
3.) The American Wolves and Samoa Joe vs. DJ Zema Ion, Jesse Godderz, and Robbie E
Samoa Joe starts running towards the ring and starts throwing some punches, then Davey Richards kicks Jesse Godderz in the corner and Eddie Edwards elbows him in the head. Robbie E tags in and runs right into a hurricanrana, then Eddie chops him and knees him in the face for a near fall. Davey Richards gets back in the match and hits a spinebuster, then he hits the ropes but Zema Ion knees him in the back and starts taunting him. Davey Richards grabs Zema Ion, and Robbie E elbows him from behind and sends him into the corner.
Davey Richards fighs back with some right hands but Zema Ion whips him into the turnbuckles, then he and the BroMans all start kneeing Davey Richards in the head. Jessie Godderz tags in the match and press slams Davey Richards applies a headlock, then Davey Richards comes back with a dropkick that knocks both Jessie Godderz and Robbie E down. Samoa Joe tags in and hits Zema Ion with an atomic drop and a back splash, then he knees him a few times and connects with a spinning powerslam for two. The Bro Mans break it up but the Wolves send them outside, hitting suicide dives in stereo before Samoa Joe drops Zema Ion with a Uranage slam and makes him tap to the Coquina Clutch.
Winner: The American Wolves and Samoa Joe
Velvet Sky asked Dixie Carter to cancel her match with Chris Sabin. Dixie Carter said her colleague taught her you can’t just sit on your backside and she couldn’t cancel the match, MVP was sitting there and took offense to her blaming him. Dixie Carter said she wished MVP was still wrestling so she could put someone against him. Rockstar Spud volunteered and MVP accepted…
In Ring Segment: Abyss made his ring entrance, sand mask. He apologized for the way things had played out, but his buddy Eric Young wanted to prove Abyss and Joe Park were one and the same. He demanded Eric Young to come out and see what he had created. Eric Young made a tentative entrance and stopped short of the ring. Eric Young said he was just trying to help. Abyss asked why Eric Young wouldn’t come closer. Eric Young slid in the ring and they stood face to face.
Eric Young said he didn’t understand why he was upset. He said Park asked him to help him find Abyss and he did. Abyss held up his mask and said this was the reality of the situation. He said he proved Park was Abyss. Eric Young said he loved Abyss just like the people did. Eric Young said when he pulled the mask off he proved who Abyss was. Abyss screamed at him “Who am I? Better yet, who the hell are you?”
Abyss said he had carved his body to bits and destroyed lives and careers. Abyss said the scars on his arms tell the story. He calmed down and sounded like Joesph Park. He said he couldn’t be Abyss anymore with the conscious he now had. He said he couldn’t be violent anymore and he needed help. Eric Young said they would finish this together and he could help.
Abyss said he didn’t want or need his help. He said they were done. Abyss said he needed to go away and fix Eric Young’s mistake by finding someone who truly understand him. He dropped the mic, threw the mask down, and left…
MVP was shown heading towards the ring as he will take on Rockstar Spud next on Impact Wrestling.
4.) MVP vs. Rockstar Spud
A very short match MVP all of his traditional signature moves and hit a running kick to head of Rockstar Spud to pick up the victory.
Bobby Roode was shown backstage entering the arena furious looking for Dixie Carter.
Back from commercial Bobby Roode was shown backstage with Dixie Carter. Bobby Roode told Dixie Carter that he is tired of all the games she playing with him. Bobby Roode said Dixie Carter own him a title shot and Dixie Carter said that she didn’t owe him anything. Bobby Roode got even more furious with Dixie Carter and said he is the last person Dixie Carter wants to make a enemy out of then Booby Roode stormed out of the room.
5.) Velvet Sky vs. Chris Sabin
Chris Sabin started the match by taunting and insulting Velvet Sky in the ring, and offered to give her a free shot at him to start the match. Velvet Sky refused until he ripped at her some more, before hitting him with a low blow. Chris Sabin laughed and pulled a cup out, mocking her for not thinking he’d have taken precautions. With the cup out, Velvet hit him with the low blow again and started wailing away at him. A large, heavily built woman then ran down and proceeded to assault Velvet Sky, leaving her laid out in the ring. She then mounted Chris Sabin on her shoulders allowing him to celebrate in the ring, before carrying him to the back as if they were a couple. Velvet Sky was then helped to the back by officials.
Winner: Chris Sabin
Bully Ray was shown in the backstage area looking through Mr. Anderson’s luggage and found Mr. Anderson phone. The phone started rining and it was Mr. Anderson wife, Bully Ray picked up the phone and said that the next time Mrs. Anderson sees her husband he will be in a coffin. Bully Ray also said to tell Mr. Anderson children that “Daddy says Goodbye.”
6.) Casket Match
Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson
Mr. Anderson and Bully Ray strat brawling and Mr. Anderson rips off the jersey Bully Ray was wearing. Mr. Anderson sends Bully Ray on the floor and Mr. Anderson starts playing to the crowd which allowed Bully Ray to get back in the ring and attack Mr. Anderson from behind as this Casket Match heads into a commercial break.
We get back to see Bully Ray kick a chair into Mr. Anderson’s face, but Mr. Anderson comes back with a chair shot of his own before going under the ring for a table. He sets it up but Bully kicks him in the head, and Anderson is busted open so Bully Ray wipes the blood on his own face.
Bully Ray slides the casket in the ring and hits Mr. Anderson with a chair, then he connects with a superplex and tries to put him in the casket. Bully Ray puts him in it and tries to seal it, but Mr. Anderson kicks the lid away so Bully Ray hits him in the face with it. Bully Ray winds up with a chair but Mr. Anderson punches him in the balls, then he climbs out of the casket but Bully Ray hits him with the chair. He powerbombs Mr. Anderson through a table and screams about Mr. Anderson’s family, then he tries to piledrive Mr. Anderson in the casket but Mr. Anderson connects with a Mic Check and closes the lid.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Dixie Carter finds MVP backstage and says she’s cutting to the chase, and she wants to buy his shares in TNA because he is causing problems. She hands him a contract and says she is offering a significant amount, then MVP reads it and says it’s alot but he’s not sure he can do it. Dixie Carter says she is a business woman and knows this the right choice, but MVP says he came to make a difference and the deal won’t happen. MVP throws the contract in the garbage and makes a challenge, for Lethal Lockdown with all TNA shares on the line. Dixie initially says no, but MVP goads her a bit and Dixie finally agrees, and says it’s not going to be the result he wanted.
JPOV: Okay edition of TNA Impact Wrestling. It was great to see The Wolves wrestling on Impact tonight even tho match was very short. I really enjoyed the Casket Match between Bully Ray and Mr. Anderson. With that saying there wasn’t much to take away from this show and that seems to be the common theme I take away whenever I’m watching TNA Impact Wrestling each week.
Josh Grade for TNA Impact Wrestling: 6.5/10
Hope you enjoy the play by play coverage of tonights TNA Impact Wrestling. Josh will be back tomorrow with the coverage of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
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.
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
Thanks for joining me for another edition of play by play coverage here on Between The Ropes. I’ll be back tomorrow with coverage of WWE Friday Night SmackDown. Make sure to check out The Flagship Show that took place today with Brian and Michael on the Google Hangout. Also make sure to check out the most recent interview Brian conducted with Jim Cornette. Have a great night everybody and want to get in contact with me just follow me on Twitter @JoshLopezCSR.
Over the weekend, TNA taped more editions for Impact Wrestling at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. TNA taped the December 12 edition of Impact Wrestling.
- There was a segment with Bad Influence where they revealed that Joseph Park has not been an attorney for ten years as he claimed. They attacked Park until Eric Young made the save, which set up a tag match.
- EC3 defeated Earl Hebner.
- Austin Aries defeated Chris Sabin (w/Velvet Sky) to win the X Division Title.
- Gail Kim came out for her open challenge. ODB came out and wanted to fight Lei’D Tapa. The heels got the better of ODB until the returning Madison Rayne made the save.
- Joseph Park and Eric Young defeated Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.
- EC3, Gunner, Zema Ion, and Chavo Guerrero secured briefcases in a feast of famine match. The briefcases, which contain contracts for a TNA Title shot, a tag title shot, an X Division title shot, and a firing) will be opened at a later date.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.