Report: Vince Russo Back With TNA Wrestling

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You hear the name Vince Russo and wrestling, most wrestling fans cringe. It had seemed he was out of wrestling forever as we hadn’t seen him in a few years since he was last in TNA Wrestling.

PWInsider.com is reporting that Russo is back with the company in a consultant role. The report states that Russo provides ideas and does critiques of each show that TNA does.

The TNA Wrestling creative team is run by John Gaburick and his staff is David Lagana, Matt Conway and Christy Hemme (who works with the Knockouts division).

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results From April 17, 2014

1284_0bf5bc097f33c250825823673984474e_mImpact Wrestling April 17, 2014
Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida

First In-Ring Segment: Impact opens with the entrance of the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Eric Young. EY grabs a mic and says that the belt represents a lifetime of hard work. The crowd breaks into a “You deserve it,” chant. Young says that everything he’s done in his life has led him to this point. He says that he’s going to be a champion for the fans. Young says that being champion is his way of paying back the fans who supported him for so long. Dixie Carter’s music hits and she heads to the ring. Dixie congratulates Young and says that there’s only one person responsible for his title win. She says that it’s her. She says that she’s always seen his potential. Dixie says that she invented the beard. Young says that MVP is in charge and that they don’t need Dixie. She says he represents her since he is champion. Dixie says Young will go wherever she takes TNA. Young says that being around her all the time will make him sick. Dixie says that Young is distracting her belt and her company when speaking about her like that. Dixie says that she’s being professional, while Young is acting as a jester. Young says that he honors and obeys nobody. He says he’s his own man. Young tells her that she’s going to stop making fun of him and the fans. Dixie says that she’s going to give Young a makeover to make him more fit to be her champion. Young says that he’s going to give her one warning.

Bully Ray’s music hits and he heads to the ring. Bully Ray tells Dixie to shut her mouth. Ray tells Young that he’s a role model for every wrestler that’s ever been held down by a boss like Dixie. Ray puts over Young’s hard work to get to the top of TNA. Dixie brings up that fact the Ray double crossed her. Ray says that he did take her money for the double cross and spent it in a strip club. Ray reminds Dixie about last week when they were in the ring with a table. Ray says that according to wrestling history, everyone knows what happens to people like Dixie when Ray and a table are present. Ray starts a “na na na” chant and the crowd joins in as Dixie exits the ring. Ray says that Young is a guy you can be proud of. Ray says that he doesn’t endorse many people in the business, but that he respects Eric Young. Ray starts an “EY” chant. We head to commercial break.

First Match: Knockout Street Fight
Velvet Sky w/Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne

Rayne comes out of nowhere from behind and attacks the Beautiful People. She throws Sky in the ring. Sky attacks back and slams Rayne’s head into the mat. Sky beats down Rayne in the corner. Rayne counters with a clothesline. She runs Sky’s head into a pair of turnbuckles. Sky rolls out of the ring. Rayne grabs Love and Sky by the hair, but the two counter from the apron. Sky hits Rayne with a road sign multiple times and gets a two-count. Rayne is thrown out of the ring. Love kicks her on the ground. Sky tosses Rayne into the ring steps. Rayne is thrown into the ring. Love throws a trash can to Sky, but Rayne counters with a kick. Rayne crawls over and grabs the trash can. She hits Sky over the back with it multiple times. Love hits Rayne with a kendo stick. Rayne ducks Sky’s swing with the kendo stick and hits a spear for the the three-count.

Winner: Madison Rayne

Backstage, Eric Young thanks Bully Ray for the kind words. Ray says he meant it. Ray says he’s going to go spend more of Dixie’s money. Abyss approaches Young and tells him everything is as worse as it’s ever been. He asks Young to defend the title against him tonight on Impact, since Young said he’d defend the title whenever. Young says if they’re going to do it, they’re going to do it right. Young asks for a Monster’s Ball match. Abyss asks if he’s crazy. Young says he is and he’ll see him tonight. We head to break.

Back from break, where Rockstar Spud approaches Ethan Carter III. EC3 asks him if he’s scared of Willow. EC3 says he shouldn’t be scared of him. He reminds Spud that he pushed Hardy off the ladder months ago. EC3, pumps Spud up.

Second In-Ring Segment:Back to the ring, MVP tells us about how much Eric Young did to become TNA Champion. MVP calls for an ovation for Young. He says that lost in the fray of celebration was Samoa Joe. MVP says that he’s a bit angry that Joe has made it clear that he isn’t going to be available. MVP says that they haven’t returned any calls to each other. He says that Joe is disgruntled and that they need to talk face-to-face. Austin Aries’ music hits and he heads to the ring. Aries says that he’s the most disgruntled man alive. He tells MVP that he’s paid no attention to him and forgotten about him. He states that he’s had nothing to do since Lockdown.

Aries says that he never needs motivation, but sitting home for so long has lit a fire underneath him. Aries says that he’s been left out for far too long. MVP says that he gave Aries a chance to be on the winning Lockdown team, but Aries turned on him. Aries asks if that’s the reason why MVP has ignored him. MVP says that it’s not about either of them, it’s about the fans. MVP says that he’s prepared to give Aries some participation right now. They yell at each other in the ring. Aries says they’ll go at it next week. Aries’ says he’ll wrestle MVP next week and show him why he’s the greatest man to ever live. We head to break.

Second Match: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match
The BroMans (c) w/Zema Ion vs. The American Wolves

The Wolves start the match by knocking the BroMans off the apron. The Wolves hit a double team on Robbie. Richards is tagged in and the Wolves hit another double team. Jesse breaks up the pin. Eventually, the Wolves dump the BroMans out of the ring and hit double suicide dives. Jesse shakes the top rope that both the Wolves were on. Robbie gets off the mat and takes advantage. Robbie in control of Davey. Jesse tags in and the BroMans hit a double team kick on Richards. Jesse goes to a chinlock on Richards.

Richards fights back but runs into a press slam. Robbie is tagged in and hits a top rope move. Jesse is tagged back in and beats down Richards. Robbie tags back in, but Davey counters a double team. Davey tags in Edwards, who cleans house. He hits a double hurricanrana. Edwards chops Jesse in the corner. Gets Robbie into the same corner and chops him as well. Edwards hits back elbows on both, leading into a double team on Jesse. The Wolves climb to the top rope and both hit double stomps. Edwards goes for the cover, but DJ Z comes in and breaks up the pin with his laptop. The match ends in disqualification.

Winner: The Wolves by DQ, but still your TNA World Tag Team Champions The BroMans

Third Match: Willow vs. Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud

The match begins with Willow holding off both men. Spud gets out of the ring. EC3 comes from behind and grounds Willow. EC3 drives Willow’s head into the turnbuckle. Willow fights back with a series of moves. Willow goes for the Twist of Fate, but EC3 gets out of it. Willow climbs to the top rope, but Spud pushes him off. EC3 takes control of Willow. EC3 punches Willow on the mat. Spud tags in. Willow grabs Spud’s leg and Spud immediately tags EC3. EC3 keeps Willow grounded with an elbow drop. EC3 goes to a chinlock. Willow fights back and rolls into a pin. EC3 kicks out. Willow rolls EC3 up again, but Spud breaks it up. EC3 takes back control on Willow. EC3 tags Spud back in. EC3 holds Willow while Spud slaps him. Willow counters both and hits the Twist of Fate on Spud with EC3 down. Willow gets the three-count.

Winner: Willow

EC3 attacks Willow after the match. EC3 grabs Willows leg, but Kurt Angle hits the ring. They face-off in the ring. Kurt hits a german suplex on EC3. EC3 bails out of the ring. Kurt Angle stands in the ring as we head to break.

Third In-Ring Segment:Back from break, where Kurt Angle is still in the ring. He has a mic. Angle says to EC3 that it looks like he’s seen a ghost. He says that he’s back. The crowd chants, “Welcome Back.” He tells EC3 that his career will end when he says, not when EC3 wants to end it. Angle reminds us of his Olympic awards. Angle says that EC3 will be in the ring soon and that it’ll just be them two. Angle says that EC3 will find out what Angle is all about. He says that he’s going to take his time picking apart EC3. Angle says that the fight will not end until EC3 is taken out of the ring in a body bag.

Backstage, Bobby Roode says that Ray took an opportunity away from him at Lockdown. He says that he’s taking tables away from Ray and that he’ll put him through one at Sacrifice. Roode says that he’s offering an open challenge to anyone except Bully Ray tonight. He tells Ray that he needs to watch the match. We head to break.

We return from commercial to a video package featuring Sanada. Back to the arena, where Kenny King comes out onto the stage with a mic. King asks the Impact Zone if they missed him. He says that he knows they did. He says that TNA is a very different place with MVP in power. He says he came out to talk about business sense. He say’s that he’s the Lebron James of wrestling and that he’s on the bench. He says that he’s not going to call out MVP for a match, but rather commentate on one. He says that the winner of the X Division series between Tigre Uno and Sanada will lay the belt at his feet. Tigre Uno heads out to the ring.

Fourth Match: Best of Three Series For The TNA X Division Championship~ Sanada (c) vs. Tigre Uno

That match begins with a lock up. Sanada backs Uno into the ropes and they break. They lock up again, but this time Uno backs Sanada into the ropes. They break. The two trade off moves and end in a face-off. They go into a test of strength. Eventually, Sanada connects with a dropkick. They trade counters and Uno misses a moonsault. Sanada hits a huge chop off the top rope. Uno gets onto Sanada’s shoulders and hits a hurricanrana for a two-count. Sanada counters with the TKO, but only gets a two-count. Sanada goes to the top rope and backflips off onto his feet. Uno hits a T-bone suplex. Uno goes to the top rope and hits the Sabertooth 450 Splash. Uno gets the three-count to tie the series at one a piece.

Winner: Tigre Uno series tied 1-1

Backstage, Bully Ray is seen telling someone that he’s the best guy for the job. Ray tells him that he doesn’t care how he puts Bobby Roode through the table. We head to break.

Bobby Roode Open Table Challenge:Roode jumps Gunner to start the bout. Gunner fights back with a flurry of punches. Gunner beats down Roode in the corner. Roode counters an irish whip with a neckbreaker. Roode rolls out of the ring and grabs a table. He sets it on the apron, but Gunner baseball slides the table into him. Gunner grounds Roode on the entrance ramp. They try to ram each other into an upright table, but neither succeed. Gunner counters an irish whip on the outside and throws Roode into the ring steps. He throws Roode back into the ring. Gunner goes for the suplex on the apron, but Roode blocks it and dropkicks Gunner. Gunner lays on the apron. Roode sets up a table, leaned up against the turnbuckle. Roode slams Gunner’s head into the turnbuckle, but Gunner is immune. He picks Roode up and tries to run him into the set up table, but Roode gets out of it. Gunner charges him in the corner and runs into a boot. Roode comes off the rope and hits the blockbuster. 

Roode grabs the table and sets it up in the ring. Roode puts Gunner in position for the Roodebomb, but Gunner counters with a backdrop. Roode counters while on the apron, but Gunner grounds Roode. Gunner moves the table and Roode comes back with a spinebuster. Gunner counters a powerbomb attempt and Roode counters Hanger 18. Gunner hits a running knee on Roode in the corner. Gunner then hits the slingshot suplex. Gunner puts Roode onto the table and heads to the top rope. James Storm comes out and Gunner knocks him off the apron. Roode gets up and throws Gunner onto the table. The table doesn’t break and Gunner bounces off it, onto the mat. Roode grabs Gunner and hits the Roodebomb for the win.

Winner: Bobby Roode

Storm punches Gunner on the ground. Bully Ray hits the ring and runs Roode and Storm out of the ring. We see a video package of other TNA wrestlers giving their take on Eric Young’s title win. Backstage, Young looks at some weapons and laughs about his future tonight. He says that it was his idea and that he’s crazy. He says he’s going to show everyone how crazy he can be and why he’s the world champion. We head to break.

We come back from commercial break and it was announced for next week’s Impact Wrestling, Bully Ray and Gunner will take on Bobby Roode and James Storm.

Fifth Match: Monster Ball Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Eric Young (c) vs. Abyss

Young throws a trash can at Abyss from outside the ring and then hits him with a pan and trash can. Young hits a ton of punches on Abyss in the corner and then bites him. Abyss grabs EY for the chokeslam, but he counters. Abyss then throws EY out of the ring, over the top rope. Young is hurt on the outside. Abyss follows him out to the floor. Abyss strikes Young. He slams Young’s head into the ring apron and throws him back into the ring. Abyss grabs a trash can and Young baseball slides it back into him. Young goes for the suicide dive, but Abyss throws the trash can at him in mid air. We head to commercial break.

Back from our final commercial break, we see that Abyss has control of EY in the ring. Abyss grabs a chair and wedges it in the corner, between the top and middle ropes. He whips Young toward the corner with the chair, but EY slides on the mat to counter. EY gets up, hits the ropes, and hits a dropkick, which sends Abyss into the corner. Abyss charges Young, but runs into a back elbow. Abyss counters by taking Young down and catapulting him head first into the set up chair. Abyss goes to the outside and grabs a bag of thumbtacks from under the ring. Abyss gets into the ring and dumps the tacks on the mat, toward the corner. Young grabs Abyss by the groin. Young eventually hits a flying forearm. Young goes for the piledriver on the tacks, but Abyss counters with the backdrop. Abyss gets out of the ring and grabs Janice (the board with spikes through it).

With Young in the corner, Abyss charges and swings the weapon toward him. Young dodges it and the weapon gets stuck on the top turnbuckle. Abyss tries to free the weapon, but gives up and turns around. Young kicks him in the groin. Abyss drops to the mat. Young grabs Janice from the corner. Young tries to hit Abyss with it, but Abyss grabs him by the throat. Abyss chokeslams Young on the thumbtacks. Abyss goes for the pin and only gets two. Abyss rolls out of the ring again and gets a big flat board with barbed wire attached to it. He puts it in the ring and gets in, after shoving a camera man. Abyss walks toward Young and sets up the chokeslam. Young bites his hand to free himself. Young dropkicks Abyss onto the barbed wire board. Young climbs to the top rope and hits a huge elbow drop. He pins Abyss and gets the three-count to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young

Josh’s Grade for Impact Wrestling: 7.5/10

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WWE Raw Recap: Evolution is Back, Setup for Extreme Rules

evolutionbackBrian 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.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results From April 10, 2014

1262_1f12456c899fa7256e8f7626f2f12583_mTNA Impact Wrestling
April 10, 2014
Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida

The show opens with the arrival of Dixie Carter. She says that she has a lot to say, just not right now. MVP talks about the TNA title match from last week and announces the 10-man over the top rope gauntlet match to decide the number one contender for the TNA title. James Storm makes his entrance for the 10-man match. Gunner enters and attacks Storm on the ramp.

First Match: 10 Man Gaunlet Match to determine the Number 1 Contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Gunner vs. Bobby Roode vs. Ethan Carter III vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Abyss vs. Eric Young vs. Sanada vs. Willow

Gunner throws Storm in the ring and takes control. Storm fights back with kicks from the apron. Gunner catches him in a cross body and his the fall away slam. Gunner tries to eliminate Storm, but Storm fights back. Gunner clotheslines Storm in the corner. Gunner tries to eliminate Storm again, but fails. Storm fights back as Bobby Roode heads to the ring as the third entrant. Gunner meets Storm in the ring and the two go at it. Roode eventually grounds Gunner with a clothesline. Roode and Storm face off and decide to work together. They kick Gunner while he’s down. They throw Gunner into the corner and take their turns executing moves. They both go to eliminate Gunner. They almost do, but Bully Ray hits the ring as the fourth entrant. Ray comes in and cleans house. Roode ends up hitting Ray from behind. Roode and Storm hit a double suplex on Ray. Ray gets up though, and hits a double clothesline. Gunner gets up and he and Ray hit splashes on Roode and Storm in different corners. Ray and Gunner work together to beat down Roode. Ray holds Roode for the Wassup off the top rope, but Storm cuts them off.

Ethan Carter III heads out to the ring as the fifth man. EC3 ends up getting attacked by Ray in the corner. Roode goes after Ray and EC3 follows. Ray attacks EC3 in the corner. Gunner is down and Ray chops everyone else in the ring. Roode grounds Ray. EC3 and Storm double team Gunner in the corner. Roode goes for the elimination on Ray. Bobby Lashley comes to the ring as the next entrant. Lashley cleans house. Ray comes out of the corner and clotheslines EC3. Gunner works on eliminating Roode, but fails. Abyss comes to the ring as another entrant in the gauntlet. Abyss attacks Ray and then chokes Lashley. Abyss attacks everyone but EC3. Magnus’ music hits and he comes to the announce table, as he is not in the match. We head to commercial.

Back from commercial, where Eric Young makes his entrance into the match. During the break, Sanada entered the match. Young attacks Abyss in the corner. He throws Sanada into Abyss. Young goes for the elimination on Abyss, but is fought off. Wrestlers are randomly attacking each other and trying to make eliminations. Willow’s music hits and he runs to the ring. Willow hits the ring and hits everybody. He faces off with EC3 in the middle of the ring. They go at it while Spud wheels out to the ring in a wheel chair. On the apron, Willow goes for a suplex on EC3 out of the ring. EC3 blocks it and Spud comes up to pull Willow off the apron. Willow is eliminated and he chases Spud out of the Impact Zone. Abyss eliminates Sanada. Lashely hits a spear on Abyss. EC3 attacks Lashley. Lashley slams EC3. Roode eliminates Lashley.

Ray eliminates Bobby Roode. Ray is eliminated by Roode, outside of the ring, and EC3. EC3 and Gunner go at it, but Gunner hypes up and fights off Carter. Storm comes out of nowhere with the Last Call Superkick on Gunner and then eliminates him. Eric Young is left with Storm, EC3, and Abyss. All three beat down Young. EY fights back and is thrown over the top rope by EC3. Young holds on and eliminates EC3 with a head scissors. Abyss and Storm beat down Young in the ring. They’re the last three in the match. Young fights them off and hits a backdrop on Storm. Abyss comes after him, but he gounds him and hits a elbow drop from the top rope. Storm comes in and grounds Young. Storm ddt’s Young. Storm measures Young for the Superkick but misses. young eliminates Storm. Abyss immediately hits a huge move on Young.Abyss clotheslines Young over the rope, but Young holds on. Young slides back in the ring and ends up on the apron again. Young hits a missile dropkick. Young charges Abyss and clotheslines Abyss out of the ring for the elimination.

Winner: Eric Young

Christy Hemme interviews Young in the ring. Young says to MVP that the number one contender has a request. We head to commercial break.

First In-Ring Segment:Back from commercial, where Young awaits MVP. We see a replay of EY winning the match. Young repeats his callout of MVP. MVP’s music hits and he heads out onto the stage. Young says that his right arm is really messed up, but it’s live TV and anything can happen. Young says he’s feeling crazy tonight. He says he’s already won once and he’s been waiting ten long years. He says he wants his title shot tonight. MVP asks him if he’s understanding him correctly. The crowd chants “Yes.” MVP looks at Magnus over at the announce table and tells him that the TNA title match will happen tonight. Magnus grabs a mic. Magnus says that it’s just fine. He says it’s Magnus rules anyway. MVP tells him that there’s no Magnus rules and that if he’s counted out or DQ’d, he’ll lose the TNA title. MVP says that Abyss is banned from ringside as well. MVP then says that any interference in the match will result in a firing.

Backstage, Spud waits for Dixie in a decorated room. She walks in and Spud surprises her. Dixie says that she’s got to go find MVP. She leaves and Willow comes in and attacks Spud. Up next is four-way Knockouts match. We head to break.

Second Match: Fatal Four Way Match to determine the Number 1 Contender to the TNA Knockouts Championship
Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim vs. Brittany vs. ODB

Kim goes after Britney and ODB controls Love in the corner. Britney and ODB trade punches in the ring. They hit each other with clotheslines at the same time. Kim attack Britney on the ground. Love and Kim work together until the pin opportunity arises. Love and Kim fight, but Britney takes advantage. Britney hits Kim in the corner and Love takes her out. Love slams Britney. ODB gets back in the ring and attacks Love. She keeps control of both Kim and Love. ODB hits a fallaway slam on Kim. ODB hits the Bronco Buster on Love. Kim takes ODB down from behind. Love comes in and grounds Britney. Kim kicks her and takes her down with a clothesline and backbreaker. Love is rolled up by Kim and Love kicks out. Velvet Sky is able to spray Kim in the face with a bottle and Love hits a huge kick to the head for the three-count.

Winner: Angelina Love

Backstage, MVP is on the phone. Dixie walks into his office. Dixie reminds him that she’s still President of the company. She tells him he’s a joke. MVP threatens to have her removed by security. She makes fun of his plan to run TNA. She says he’s abused his power. Dixie says that Ray is the only reason he’s in power. She invites MVP to watch her confront Bully Ray. We head to break

Back from break, where the Wolves walk into MVP’s office. DJ Z and Jesse have explained that Robbie’s flight was cancelled and the match can’t happen. MVP asks Jesse why he has both tag titles. MVP says he has an idea. He says that Robbie has until bell time to arrive. He says that if Robbie is not here by bell time, then DJ Z will compete. Backstage, Magnus says that Eric Young made a mistake by calling in a match tonight.

Second In-Ring Segment: Dixie Carter’s music hits and she heads to the ring. Dixie calls out Bully Ray. Ray’s music hits and he heads to the ring. Ray makes reference to the crowd’s anti-Dixie chants. Ray says that he’s shocked she’s talking to him face-to-face. He reminds her of the last time when she didn’t show up in Nashville. She calls him dumb for falling for the trap. She reminds him of the outcome of Ray and Roode’s table match from last week. He says that neither her nor Roode got the job done and he’s still standing. She asks him why he double-crossed her at Lockdown. Ray calls her selfish for calling it her company. He says that it’s the fan’s company.

He says that the fans and wrestlers respect him. She says she wants the money back that she gave him to help at the Lockdown match. Ray tells her that he’s spent most of the money, as he’s trying to make her angry. Ray goes to say something, but Dixie slaps the mic out of his hand. She says she’s still President of TNA and that she’s still his boss. She slaps Ray across the face. Ray walks toward her slowly. Bobby Roode blast Ray from behind. Dixie tells him to get a table. Roode grabs a table and puts it in the ring. He sets it up near the corner in the ring. Ray fights off Roode and goes for the Bullybomb. Roode gets out of it and rolls out of the ring. Ray stares Dixie down in the ring. We head to commercial.

Back from commercial, where Magnus approaches Dixie backstage. He asks why she hasn’t said hello to him yet. He asks why she hasn’t wished him good luck. She says that she’s going to drink wine and fly home. Magnus says, “typical woman.” She says he’s ungrateful. Dixie says she’s angry that he has Abyss with him now. He says he doesn’t need her and he walks away.

Third Match: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match
DJ Zema Ion and Jesse Godderz (c) vs. The Wolves

Jesse starts with Edwards. Davey tags in on an irish whip and they hit double team moves on DJ Z and Jesse. Jesse hits a dropkick on Davey. DJ Z tags in and they fail to double suplex Davey. They dump them out and the Wolves hit a double suicide dive. Edwards tags in and they hit a double team on DJ Z. Edwards chops Z but is hit with a knee by Jesse when hitting the ropes. Jesse tags in and Edwards counters a double backdrop attempt. Davey is tagged in and he cleans house. Davey hits the handspring kick. Davey charges Jesse in the corner and hits a forearm. He then comes off the top rope with the missile drop kick. He gets a two-count and then dumps DJ Z out of the ring. Jesse elbows Davey but the Wolves double team him. Robbie comes out of nowhere and pulls the referee out of the ring. The BroMans are disqualified.

Winner: The Wolves by DQ

Backstage, Christy Hemme says she’s made a decision. Hemme says that she wants to meet Samuel Shaw in the ring to talk about commitment. We head to break.

Third In-Ring Segment:Back from break, where Christy Hemme is in the ring. She asks Shaw to come to the ring. Shaw’s music hits and he heads to the ring. The announcers make reference to a tweet that Hemme sent out saying to Shaw that they needed to speak and that her actions may be shocking. Shaw gets into the ring. Hemme tries to quiet the crowds chants. She says that the things between them have been complicated and that she’s had a change of heart. She says that Shaw is misunderstood. Shaw says that he’s happy she’s finally seen the light. He says not to listen to the fans because he’s simply the love of her life. She asks Shaw if he trusts her. She asks if he’ll do anything that she asks or go anywhere she asked. She pulls his glove off with her teeth. She tells him to close his eyes. On the screen, Mr. Anderson hops out of a van and heads to the arena. Anderson hits the ring. Hemme says to turn around with his eyes closed. She says to open his eyes. Anderson hits the Mic Check on Shaw. Anderson grabs the mic and says that the commitment Hemme was talking about was the commitment of Shaw into an Insane Asylum. Anderson throws Shaw out of the ring. Shaw crawls up the ramp toward Christy, while Anderson kicks him. Anderson pulls Shaw outside and into the van. Shaw escapes from the van and runs away.

Fourth Match: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Magnus (c) vs. Eric Young

They face off in the ring to start the match. Young attacks Magnus, but Magnus takes control. Magnus slams Young’s head into the turnbuckles. Young counter and irish whip and hits a dropkick. Magnus runs into an elbow from Young. Young missed a moonsault from the top rope. Magnus hits a running knee on Young and he ends up out of the ring. Magnus runs Young into the side of the ring. He tosses him back in and gets a two-count. Magnus goes to a hold. Young dumps Magnus out of the ring. Young goes for a dive, but Magnus counters with a forearm and then throws him into the ring steps. Magnus puts the boots to Young on the outside. We head to commercial.

Back from commercial, where Magnus is in control of Young. Magnus hits a gut-wrench and gets a two-countMagnus locks in a sleeper hold. Young down to a knee. Young counters with jaw breaker. Young charges Magnus but runs into a backdrop. Magnus locks in the camel clutch. Young counters by lifting Magnus and hitting an electric chair drop. They get up and trade punches. Young wins the battle and eventually hits a forearm and clothesline. Young hits a cutter and then hits the elbow drop from the top rope. He gets a two count on Magnus. Magnus hits a huge clothesline on EY. Magnus hits a slam and gets a two-count. Magnus rolls out and grabs the TNA title belt. He brings it in the ring. The ref takes it away from him. Magnus low blows Young with the ref’s back turned. He only gets two. Young rolls up Magnus for two. Eric Young hits a piledriver on Magnus and gets the three-count.

Winner: NEW TNA WORLD CHAMPION Eric Young

Josh’s Grade for Impact: 8/10

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TNA Champ Magnus Talks Return to Orlando, Heroes and Being the Bad Guy

magnusTNA 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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TNA’s Davey Richards on Lockdown, Dying in Japan and Squid Jerky

richardstnaTNA 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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TNA Wrestling’s MVP returning home for Lockdown Event

courtesy of TNA Wrestling

courtesy of TNA Wrestling

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 Wresters Magnus and Samoa Joe Talk Lockdown PPV

lockdown1TNA 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.

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D’Lo Brown Talks Return to Ring After Four Year Hiatus, His Love Affair for Japan

dlobrownwideshotD’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!

You can follow D’Lo Brown on Twitter @dlobrown75 and check out his line of t-shirts available at ProWrestlingtees.com.

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Jim Cornette on Keeping Busy with Projects, Says Good for CM Punk on Leaving WWE

jimmycornetteJim Cornette talks about his upcoming tour of the UK February 17 – 25, flying over there after not being on a plane in over a decade, the Kickstarter program to make that tour into a documentary, keeping busy with various projects and everything on his plate right now, now working directly with a wrestling promotion, if he misses being part of a creative team, if there is any comparison between his working for TNA Wrestling and Ring of Honor, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards going to TNA, what he wants to see on the WWE Network, if he would ever attend WrestleMania or the WWE Hall of Fame, his place in wrestling history, if he has any regrets, why he praises CM Punk for walking out on the WWE, the developmental system there, why certain stereotypes still exist for wrestlers and more.

Go to JimCornette.com to keep up on Jim and find out more about his upcoming projects and appearances and follow him on Twitter @TheJimCornette.

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WWE Raw Recap, Daniel Bryan Gets Win Over Randy Orton, More on CM Punk

rawbryanortonfacekickBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw including a fantastic main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to go along with the rest of the lackluster show, more on CM Punk, Sting’s status with TNA and whether or not he will be joining WWE, Kurt Angle look more and more like he wants to be in WWE than TNA, Stacy Keibler talking with Stephanie McMahon about a return and more.

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Batista is Back on WWE Raw and the Royal Rumble is Coming

batistabombBrian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night which saw the return of Batista, the buildup for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV including John Cena and Randy Orton as they get set to square off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Daniel Bryan’s explanation for being with the Wyatt Family, more matches for the Rumble show, the entrants right now for the Royal Rumble match itself and others that could be added, more on Hulk Hogan, Sting, the American Wolves debut in TNA Wrestling and your questions.

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Jason Powell Talks Wrestling in 2013 and the Year to Come

Brian Fritz talks with Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net about wrestling in 2013, if it was a good year overall or not and what stood out either in a positive or negative way.  Plus, they talk about certain business decisions made, WrestleMania 30, the upcoming WWE Network and the challenges with it, the WWE’s new TV rights deal, where TNA stands heading into the new year and plenty more.

You can follow Jason on Twitter @prowrestlingnet and sign up to the subscription section of ProWrestling.net right now for just $1 for one month using the code ROYALSALE.

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Daniel Bryan Joins the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar Returns on Final WWE Raw of 2013

RAW_1075_Photo_234Brian and Steve discuss the final WWE Raw of 2013 including Daniel Bryan in a shocking turn of events joining the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar making his return alongside Paul Heyman, The Shield coming closer to breaking up, Batista returning to the WWE and the talk of his “stealing” someone’s spot, possible plans leading up to and through WrestleMania 30, The Rock announcing his plans for that show, Jeff Jarrett leaving TNA Wrestling, AJ Styles working for Ring of Honor and his future with TNA and more.

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AJ Styles Gives Statement on Contract Status, Leaving TNA Wrestling

AJ-Styles-HeaderFor the first time since the company began, AJ Styles is officially no longer and employee of TNA Wrestling.

Styles and the company could not come to terms on a new contract.  Now, the former TNA World Champion is officially a free agent.

Styles issued the following statement regarding his contract status and leaving TNA Wrestling.

MY STATEMENT ON TNA CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS 12/16/13

Today for the first time in 11 years, AJ Styles awakes to find himself without a professional wrestling contract. I can’t help but think how did I get here, what must I have done wrong, did I not deliver in the ring, etc. All of those are pertinent questions that any man or woman who finds himself or herself unemployed would ask.

I have always prided myself in being the wrestler that stays away from the things in this business that could easily destroy myself, my family, my marriage, and even my career. A wrestler who goes above and beyond to give the fans what they paid to see.

I move forward not bitter, but better for the blessings and memories that I have been a part of since TNA’s inception.

When this contract renegotiation journey started several months ago, my wife and I began praying for God to close doors that needed to be closed and to open the doors that He wanted us to walk through. We asked him to prepare us for this journey and to help us to have the faith to be obedient to what He would have us to do. I am assured by the name Immanuel in Matthews 1:23 that I will never be alone. Hebrews 13.5, says He will never leave us or forsake us. There is a lot in this world that I am unsure of, especially in this moment, but there is one thing that I am certain. Contracts may expire, but the promise of Immanuel will never expire.

As my family and I move forward with my wrestling career, we will turn to Jabez’s prayer found in 1 Chronicles 4:10.

Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil.

My family and I are both grateful for the platform that TNA has allowed me to experience. TNA has been a blessing to our family for many years. We have made many friendships and many more memories. While you may not be seeing AJ Styles in TNA, you can be sure that he will be traveling the world and delivering many more Phenomenal matches. Visit AJStyles.org for a complete list of bookings.

Sincerely,

AJ Styles

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WWE Network is Coming, WWE TLC 2013, Slammys and AJ Styles Possibly Done with TNA Wrestling

WwenetworklogoThe Flagship is back as Brian, Steve and Michael first get into a heated discussion about our college teams and Steve finally pays up on a bet. Then the guys talk about some promotions within the WWE which are leading to the impending launch of the WWE Network, how exactly the network could work and the many possibilities, Triple H now in charge of the creative team along with Vince McMahon, the WWE TLC 2013 pay-per-view which is less than two weeks away, their disappointment in WWE storylines and if they see that changing anytime soon, the Slammys coming to Raw on Monday and also the possibility of TNA Wrestling original AJ Styles leaving the company.

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The Flapship: Big Show and Triple H on Raw, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and TNA Wrestling Fooling Fans

Brian, Michael and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the feud between Triple H and The Big Show and a mini dressed as a bull trying to hump a woman on live TV(!), Rey Mysterio’s return,WWE reverting back to big guys on the top, TNA Wrestling’s latest ruse to fans, if the company is for sale or not and much more.

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Latest WTF Moment in TNA Wrestling as Returning Former Champ Revealed

There have been many moments in TNA Wrestling history that have left many people befuddled and confused over the years.  Choose between booking decisions, strange gimmick matches and especially on big promises coming up flat.

Here is an example of the latter of those choices.

On Tuesday, TNA President Dixie Cater shot a video saying that a former world title holder was returning “home” to Impact Wrestling this Thursday night in Cincinnati.

All of us fool hearted suckers on the Internet fell for it hook, line and sinker.  Mission accomplished TNA.  People online were speculating who it could be.  Ken Shamrock?  Maybe Raven?  How about Ric Flair?  Hulk Hogan”  Did he re-sign?

Even Steve and I discussed it on our Tuesday podcast wondering who exactly TNA was bringing back fold.  Some big name that would bring viewers to Impact Wrestling even for one night.

Dixie later tweeting that if a tweet of hers got 150 retweets she would reveal this mystery person that was making the big return.  That was no problem as she got the 150 retweets.  As promised, she gave up the name of the former champ coming home in the video below.  Pay close attention to the look to the reaction from both Jeremy Borash and Dave Lagana.

Yep, that’s right – the big reveal is former TNA tag-team champion and current Cincinnati Bengals player Adam “Pacman” Jones!  Whoop-ed-e-do!

Of course it was.  We all should have known better.  And Dixie is just being that crooked woman running the people that people love to hate.  She’s a heel folks!  And she got us.

Borash and Lagana weren’t the only ones to have a confused look when they found out it was Pacman “make in rain all up in here” Jones as the mystery man.  Here is the reaction from others once they saw the big reveal.

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And this sums it up.