No titles changed hands during TNA’s No Surrender PPV Sunday night. Daniels & Kazarian retained the Tag Titles over Kurt Angle & A.J. Styles, Zema Ion retained the X Division Title over Sonjay Dutt, and Miss Tessmacher retained the Knockouts Title over Tara.
OTTUMWA, Iowa —
Police said two men have been charged with stealing a wrestling championship belt.
The theft of the TNA Enterprises heavyweight belt was reported in Ottumwa on Aug. 18.
The belt was valued at $6,000. A replica belt valued at $400 was also taken, police said.
Police said Joel Luke, 33, of Ottumwa, was charged with second-degree theft. Luke was released from the Wapello County Jail after posting bail of $5,000.
Forrest Jamison, 39, of Ottumwa, was charged with accessory after the fact in connection with the theft. Jamison was released from the Wapello County Jail after posting bail of $3,000.
Both belts were recovered.
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TNA wrestler Kurt Angle ripped WWE champion C.M. Punk on Twitter Monday night. Angle said he was insulted by Punk calling TNA an “indy league,” which was in reference to comments made by Punk during a Comic Con Q&A over the weekend. “Punk wants to Say Tna Is An Indy League? I Was On top in Wwe when You Were trying to Get a Job Anywhere. It Was My Choice to go to Tna,” Angle tweeted. “If I ever See You Punk, Hide Bitch!”
Event: TNA Hardcore Justice Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, August 12th, 2012 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The iMPACT! Zone in Orlando, FL
Results by TNAWrestlingNews.com
TNA Hardcore Justice Opener:
The show opens with a video package highlighting the Bound for Glory series, and the stipulation matches that will be taking place tonight.
The pyro hits and Mike Tenay welcomes us to the show. He immediately begins hyping tonight’s title matches, as well as the Bound for Glory series matches. Tenay is alongside Taz and they break down the stipulation of the World Title match, which states if Aries loses, he wont receive a rematch. They’re interrupted by the music of Kid Kash, as he makes his way out with his partner Gunner.
Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Kid Kash & Gunner
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez are out next, and they get a nice pop from the Impact Zone crowd.
Gunner and Kash jump Chavo and Hernandez and Hernandez is sent from the ring. Kash and Gunner team up on Chavo, but Chavo dropkicks Gunner, sending him from the ring, and he hits the three amigos on Kash. Chavo heads to the top but he’s pushed down by Gunner. Kash tags in Gunner and we get a bit of a double team, beat down including a couple of chops and a double shoulder block that puts Chavo down for two. Kash comes back in and kicks at Chavo before hitting him with clubbing blows to the face. Gunner gets in a couple of cheap shots and makes the illegal tag, slingshotting Chavo into the bottom rope before tagging in Kash and hitting a double slingshot suplex.
Kash goes for a cocky pin but doesn’t get three. Chavo begins to fight back with a headscissors out of nowhere, but he’s clotheslined by Gunner out of nowhere. Kash ties up Chavo’s legs in the ropes before being forced to break by the ref. Gunner tags in and blasts Chavo with another big clothesline but it’s only good enough for one. Gunner locks in a rear chin lock but Chavo is able to fight up and out of it. Gunner puts him down with a big back drop which is good for another near fall. Kash tags in and hits Chavo with a big right before distracting the ref and hitting Chavo with a low blow. He rakes Chavo’s chest before locking in an arm bar.
Gunner tags in and double teaming from Gunner and Kash stops any kind of momentum from Guerrero. Gunner chokes Guerrero against the bottom rope before Kash tags in. Guerrero tries to fight back but a big right hand from Kash stops him. Kash chops and kicks Chavo, but Chavo comes back with a big chop. Gunner takes Chavo down with a cheap shot and Kash follows up with a kick and a camel clutch. Chavo responds by standing up in an electric chair and drops Kash down to the mat.
Gunner tags in and stops Chavo from tagging out, stomping and punching away at Guerrero. Kash tags back in and chops away at Chavo. Chavo fights back with a big upper cut, but misses a dropkick. Kash slingshots Chavo into the corner, but Chavo hangs on and down a moonsault, landing on his feet. Both men hits clotheslines. Hernandez tags in and goes to work on both Kash and Gunner, launching both men with huge shoulderblocks. Hernandez takes Kash over with a giant hip toss and squashes him with a big splash before slamming him down to the mat hard. A pin is broken up by Gunner, but a double team attempt leads to a double clothesline from Hernandez. Gunner bails, so Hernandez leaps over the top to take him out. Chavo makes the tag out of nowhere. Hernandez hits the slingshot shoulderblock on Kash and Chavo follows up with the frog splash for the three count.
Winners: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
- After a BFG series video package, and a quick look at the leaderboard, it’s time for the first BFG series match. Rob Van Dam is the first man out to the ring, and he gets a nice reaction from the crowd.
D’Angelo Dinero’s music comes on, but he’s nowhere to be seen. They start the music over again, but still no sign of Pope. Backstage, he’s shown being assaulted by Aces and Eights. His arm is smashed in a gate and Pope is left screaming in pain.
20-Point Bound For Glory Series Falls Count Anywhere Match
– Rob Van Dam vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero
Moving right along, Magnus makes his way out to the ring and I guess we’re just going to act like nothing happened. Magnus is looking over his shoulder to make sure he’s not attacked next.
Mr. Anderson is the last man to make his way to the ring, for the now three way match. Anderson stops at the top of the ramp to call down the mic and do his thing. He says it looks like Aces and Eights just made this a three way dance. The crowd chants ‘A-hole’. Anderson says that’s one less b**** he’s got to worry about. 20 points on the line for the man from Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The bell rings and all three men are slow to start. RVD takes in the crowd, but his gloating leads to Magnus knocking him out to the floor. Magnus shoulder blocks Anderson, but he’s hip tossed and clotheslined for two. Anderson kicks Magnus in the shoulder, but Magnus comes back with a clothesline. RVD comes back in and takes Magnus into the corner, and Anderson into the opposite. He kicks Anderson and monkey flips Magnus before leg dropping Anderson and kicking Magnus, sending himself and Magnus crashing to the floor. RVD suplexes Magnus into the barricade and kicks Anderson in the head, but Anderson crashes into him and knocks him from the apron into the barricade. Magnus pulls Anderson from the ring and backs him into the apron hard.
Anderson turns things around, backing Magnus into the ring apron before sending him head first into the ring steps. Anderson goes for a pin and gets a two. Anderson smashes Magnus’ head into the barricade, but an Irish whip is reversed and Anderson is sent into the ring steps. Magnus grabs a chair and winds up, but Anderson ducks, kicks Magnus and kicks…
Magnus in the gut. Anderson teases a DDT on the chair, but Magnus pushes Anderson down on the chair hard. Magnus takes Anderson up toward the entrance way, punching him the whole way. He suplexes Anderson into the guard rail, but RVD throws a chair into Magnus’ back out of nowhere.
RVD comes off the entrance ramp and crashes down on top of Anderson, laid out across the barricade, with a big leg drop. He stops to gloat and Magnus takes him out from behind with a chop block to the knee. Magnus locks in a cloverleaf, and RVD holds on. Anderson breaks things up with a clothesline to the back of Magnus’ head. Anderson takes Magnus down to the ring and hits him with rights, but Magnus fights back with rights of his own. Both men go for, and connect with, clotheslines and both go down. RVD comes in and goes to the top, but Anderson hits the ropes and crotches RVD.
Anderson heads up after RVD. Magnus tries to get in on it, but Anderson tosses him from the ring. RVD fights Anderson off and hits the five star frog splash, but Magnus pulls him from the ring to break up the pin. Magnus hits a big suplex on the entrance ramp to lay out RVD. Magnus wants a chair, and gets into a bit with a chair for his, but doesn’t get it. Magnus eventually does track down a chair and he lays it down on the top of the entrance ramp. He picks up RVD, but RVD fights out. RVD grabs the chair and tosses it to Magnus, hitting a single leg drop kick to drive the chair into Magnus’ face. RVD gets the pin, and the three count.
Winner of 20 points in the BFG series: Rob Van Dam
JB is backstage and he talks about the uneasy feeling after the Aces and Eights attack earlier. Madison Rayne comes in and JB asks about Earl Hebner. Madison says she thinks JB has a crush on Hebner. She’s been champion before and she doesn’t need help to win the title. When the title’s on the line, Tessmacher can’t beat her. She blows a kiss to Hebner before walking off.
Devon vs. Kazarian
Kaz backs out to the apron and drops to the floor as soon as Devon hits the ring. Kaz is hesitant to get in the ring, so Devon brings him in the hard way over the ropes. Devon takes Kaz out with a back elbow before beating on him in the corner. Devon hip tosses Kaz, taking him over hard. Devon sends Kaz into the ropes and hits a Manhattan drop before sending Kaz into the corner so hard it launches him out to the floor. Kaz tries to get out through the crowd, but Devon stops him and hits him with a bottle of water before continuing to give chase and blast Kaz with right hands.
Kaz jumps up to the ring steps and leaps off with a cross body, but Devon catches him and body slams him on the floor. Both men head back into the ring and Kaz begs off. Devon shakes Kaz’s hand, but pulls him in for a short arm clothesline. Kaz heads into the corner, and Devon tries for a splash, but pulls up shots. Kaz rakes the eyes and hits Devon with a big clothesline. Kaz mounts Devon and rains down with punches.
Kaz chokes Devon in the ropes, the hits him with a back elbow when Devon tries to fight back. Kaz picks Devon back up and ducks a clothesline, hitting a springboard back elbow, then a springboard leg drop that’s good for a two count. Kaz hits Devon with a kick to the back before clamping on a rear chin lock. Devon fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but falls to a dropkick.
Kaz slaps at Devon’s head and then stomps away at the back of his head. Devon fights back with a couple of right hands and a series of chops. Kaz stops him with a poke to the eye and takes him into the corner for some punches, kicks, and forearms. Devon fights back with right hands, ducks a springboarding Kaz, and hits a big spear.
Devon hits a big clothesline, then another and a third. He takes Kaz out with a shoulder block, then a neckbreaker. A big head butt from Devon and he calls for Kaz to get up. He squashes Kaz with a splash, then another flying shoulder block. Kaz comes up with a jaw breaker out of nowhere. Kaz leaps up into the corner, but Devon pulls him down with a giant neck breaker from the second rope that’s good for a near fall. Devon tries for a backbreaker, but Kaz counters into a pin for two. Kaz tries for fade to black, but Devon gets out and plants Kaz with a spinebuster. He pins Kaz and gets the three count.
Winner and STILL TNA Television Champion: Devon
TNA Knockout Women’s Championship Match
Miss Tessmacher (c) vs. Madison Rayne
We get a video package showing the events that have led up to this match over the past few weeks, as well as the developing relationship between Rayne and referee Earl Hebner.
The bell rings and we get a lock up. Rayne pushes Brooke away. Another lock up and Brooke pushes Rayne away. A third lock up and Brooke pushes Rayne into the corner and breaks clean. Another lock up and Rayne backs Brooke into the corner. Brooke gets a roll up, then another. Brooke gets a backslide and Rayne rolls to the outside.
Rayne heads back up to the apron and slams Brooke’s head into the corner turnbuckle before taking her out with a big clothesline. She knees her in the stomach before smashing her head into the corner turnbuckle again and choking her with her boot. Rayne sends Brooke flying across the ring by her hair before chopping her. Brooke comes back with a kick, cross body a clothesline before being wiped out by a back elbow.
Rayne hits a Norther lights suplex before turning Brooke over for the scissors stomp. Rayne goes for the pin and gets one. Brooke connects with a chin breaker, and a big right. Brook follows with more rights and a couple of clotheslines. A big flying fist takes Rayne down again. Rayne blocks a suplex and shoves Brooke into the corner, but misses a backsplash. Brooke hits a facebuster and heads up to the top rope. Brooke hits an elbow drop, but Rayne gets her foot on the ropes to break the pin.
Rayne rolls up Brooke and uses the ropes for
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leverage, getting the three count.
Winner and NEW TNA Knockouts Champion: Madison Rayne
JB is backstage with Bully Ray. Ray calls JB over to him. He says he’s not stupid. He asks if JB saw what happened to Pope. He says the guys that laid out Pope are coming for him. No one is jumping him while he’s talking to JB. He went to his truck and sitting on the windshield wipers were playing cards. He knows he’s a tough guy, but when you have that many people, you can only do so much. Ray asks if Aces and Eights know who he is. He’s the baddest mofo you could put a target on. He’s the guy with the biggest calves, mouth and chain. They know where to find him. In that ring, picking up 20 points, putting people through tables. Then he’s going to Bound for Glory and he will become the TNA World Champion.
20-Point Bound For Glory Series Tables Match
– Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Robbie E
The bell rings and all four men stare at each other. Bully tries to appeal to Jeff to attack Storm. He says he’s the one behind Aces and Eights. Robbie shoves Bully and says no one cares. Bully lays in with a huge chop. Storm punches Robbie and Hardy kicks him. Hardy and Storm dump Robbie over the top. Bully attacks both men from behind. He tells Robbie he’s sorry and tells him to get the table while he attacks Storm and Hardy. Robbie slides the table in the ring and Bully sends Robbie flying from the ring apron with a big forearm.
Bully sets up a table in the middle of the ring. Hardy and Storm attack and go for a double suplex, putting Bully through part of the table, as Robbie moves it. The refs says it’s not the end of the match though, as it’s an obvious botch. Robbie attacks Storm and sends Ray from the ring. Robbie sets up another table in the middle of the ring before knocking Bully from the apron to the outside again. Robbie slams Storms head into the turnbuckle and punches Hardy, laying him across the table. He hits him with a couple of rights and heads up to the middle rope. Storm stops him with an enzugiri and an open hand chop.
Storm goes for a superplex, but Hardy breaks it up. Hardy goes for a powerbomb on Storm, and Storm and Robbie crash to the mat as Bully moves the table. Bully clotheslines Hardy and stomps at Robbie. Bully pulls the table to the middle of the ring and tries to back drop Hardy through it, but Storm moves the table and hits Bully with the code breaker. Storm props the table up in the corner and goes to Robbie E, stomping on his hand. Robbie tries to whip Storm into the table but Hardy stops him. Hardy hits Robbie with a front suplex.
Hardy heads to the outside and sets up a table on the floor. He smashes Robbie’s head into the ring apron and lays him on the table, pounding away at his back. Hardy heads in the ring and up to the top, but Robbie T is out to stop him. Hardy flies over the table and takes out Terry. Robbie E comes in from out of nowhere with a big blow to Hardy’s back before whipping him into the barricade. Robbie positions the table and lays Hardy across it. Robbie lays in with a couple of right hands before heading up to the middle rope. Robbie leaps off with an elbow drop, but Hardy moves and Robbie crashes through the table.
Bully sends Hardy into the steps before heading back into the ring. Storm meets him with a series of jabs and an enzugiri, but Ray takes Storm down with a clothesline. Ray takes Storm head first into the table in the corner. Members of Aces and Eights comes out and surround the ring, allowing Storm to hit the superkick. One of the members gives Storm the thumbs up. Storm calls them out, but they wont come in. Hardy flies in and takes Storm out from behind, hitting the dropkick in the corner.
Hardy positions the table in the middle of the ring and he and Storm slug it out. Hardy hits the whisper in the wind out of the corner. Hardy and Storm exchange rights. Hardy blocks the superkick and hits the twist of fate. Hardy rolls Storm on the table, and Aces and Eights come back to the ringside area. Storm hits the superkick and goes for the eye of the storm, but Ray boots Storm and tosses him out. Ray powerbombs Hardy through the table and immediately bails from the ring.
Winner of 20 points in the BFG series: Bully Ray
JB says they don’t know where Aces and Eights are coming from, or where they’ve gone. Austin Aries comes in and says there are more questions than answers, but he’s prepared for anything. JB asks why Aries gave up the rematch clause. Aries says Roode has shown him nothing but disrespect. He assured everyone he’ll beat Aries, but his main concern was a rematch clause. He’s not going to need one. His victory was not a fluke. He the greatest man that ever lived. And Roode is not at the AA level.
TNA X Division Championship Match
– Zema Ion vs. Kenny King
The bell rings and King and Ion circle each other. A lock up and Ion backs King into the corner. King shoves Ion out. King locks in a top wrist lock and takes Ion down to the mat. He brings his knee down on Ion’s shoulder before putting on an arm bar. Ion fights up and out of the hold by pushing King into the ropes. King clamps on a headlock, but Ion fights out. Ion hits a shoulder block, but King connects with a drop toe hold and floats into a side headlock. King rolls Ion up for a quick one count. A second and third roll up don’t get any more, but he locks on another side headlock. Ion takes him into the corner, but he misses a dive and catches a right hand to the face. King goes out to the apron but Ion pulls his feet out from under him. He sends him into the apron but King jump up to the apron and leaps off and into Ion.
King sends Ion back into the ring, but he’s stopped on his way back in. Ion hits a flipping dive over the top to ta ke out King. Ion rolls King back into
the ring. King punches Ion in the face, so Ion hot shots King and hits a big…
neckbreaker. Ion throws Kenny’s head back into the turnbuckle before stomping away at him. Ion chokes King in the rope before being forced to break. King doles out a couple of forearms to Ion, but he’s caught with a low knee that’s good for a near fall for Ion. Ion snap mare’s King over and locks in a rear chin lock. King fights up and out of it quickly, but eats a DDT for another two count.
Ion goes for a moonsault but lands on King’s knees. King hits a couple of big clotheslines and rights hands. King sends Ion into the ropes and hits a huge spinning kick that’s good for a two count. King charges into a back elbow, but launches Ion into the corner with a big suplex. Ion falls to the outside, so King jumps over the top with a twisting body press over the top. King sends Ion back into the ring and heads up to the apron. King hits a springboard blockbuster, but can’t keep Ion down for two. King shoulders Ion but Ion fights out. Ion backs King into the corner, but King fights out. King locks on a single leg Boston crab.
Ion fights out of it with a kick and charges into a big boot from King in the corner. King misses a spin kick, and Ion connects with a crazy facebuster across his own knee for another near fall. Ion positions King and heads up in the corner. King stops him with a big right. King heads up after Ion but is thrown off. King lands on his feet and kicks Ion in the back of the head for another two count. King hits Ion with an enzugiri and rolls Ion up for another two. King charges into Ion in the corner, but whatever he did is sloppily reversed by Ion. Amazingly, that’s the end of the match, as Ion gets the three.
Winner and STILL TNA X Division Champion: Zema Ion
JB is backstage with Samoa Joe. Joe says he’s ready, because tonight he seals his place in the final four. Tonight he’s one step closer to his goal, regaining his World Championship. And on a night when a lot of people are nervous, Joe isn’t nervous. If someone starts something with Joe, they go until one of them isn’t there anymore. Joe will beat up everyone, take the envelope, and the 20 points.
20-Point Bound For Glory Series Ladder Match
– AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
The bell rings and once again, everyone stares each other down. Styles jumps Daniels and beats him down in the corner, stomping away. Angle pulls him off only to stomp and choke him with his boot. Joe hits Daniels with Kawada kicks and all three men hit him with rights. Daniels kicks everyone, but misses a moonsault on Joe. Joe hits an atomic drop/big kick/senton combo. Joe beats on Styles in the corner before peppering Angle with rights. He splashes both men before hitting Angle with an enzugiri and face washing him with his boot. Daniels pulls Joe to the outside and slams his head into the apron. Daniels heads in and jumps over the top, but he’s caught by Joe. Styles jumps over the top and wipes out both men.
In the ring Styles beats on Angle, taking him from corner to corner. Styles heads out to the ring apron, but Daniels uses a ladder to take out Styles’ knee. Angle slides to the outside and Daniels sends him crashing into the guardrail. Daniels brings the ladder into the ring and uses it to hit Joe in the gut. He traps Joe in the corner and charges in with a running forearm. Daniels charges in again and Joe drives him down into the ladder. Joe sets up the ladder but Styles stops him. Styles hits Joe with a dropkick that sends Joe to the outside. Angle comes in and hits Styles with a couple of big right hands and upper cuts. Angle hits Styles with a tilt a whirl backbreaker, but Daniels uses the ladder to low blow Angle before tossing him to the outside.
Daniels begins to climb to the top, but Joe powerbombs him into the corner instead. Joe tosses AJ from the ring and heads up the ladder. Angle pushes the ladder down and launches Joe with a belly to belly suplex. Angle grabs the ladder and sets it up, but Styles attacks from behind. Both men trade rights. Angle chokes Styles in the ropes before hitting him with a cross face blow, them stomping away at him. Styles tosses Angle to the ladder and Kurt ducks it, but Styles pushes the ladder into Angle’s face. Styles hits Joe with a big Pele kick.
Styles stops Daniels from using the ladder as a weapon, and he mounts him in the corner, hitting him with repeated right hands. Styles hits Daniels with a big upper cut and a nasty chop. Joe comes back into the ring and hits both AJ and Daniels before back dropping Styles to the floor. Joe hits a suicide dive through the ropes to take out Styles. Joe charges Angle, but he’s caught and Angle hits a belly to belly suplex on the outside. Daniels DDTs Angle on the floor. Daniels sends Joe back into the ring. He tries to whip AJ into Joe but it’s reverses. AJ runs into a boot, then Joe hits a clothesline to Joe and Daniels before knocking Angle from the ring apron. Joe suplexes Daniels into the corner before running into double boots from AJ. Joe stops AJ from going to the top and tries for the muscle buster, but Angle stops by suplexing Joe, causing Styles to fall on his face.
Daniels takes Angle down with an STO and then sets up the ladder. Angle yanks him from the ladder and locks in the ankle lock. Daniels taps out but it doesn’t matter. Daniels fights out of the hold and sends Angle face first into the ladder. Styles hits a springboard clothesline to Daniels out of nowhere. Styles drags the ladder to the middle of the ring. Styles begins climbing, but Daniels pushes the ladder and Styles falls over the ropes to the outside. Daniels takes a bow and resets the ladder. Daniels climbs but Joe and Angle shove the ladder out of the way. Joe suplexes Daniels, then so does Angle. Joe hits a German suplex, then so does Angle.
Joe hits another suplex, so Angle hits the Angle slam. Angle sets up the ladder. Joe and Angle thread Daniels through the standing ladder. Joe…
kicks Daniels hard, then so does Angle. Joe and Angle fight it out until Angle low bridges Joe. Joe grabs another ladder and sets it up. Joe knocks Angle down with a head butt, but Styles comes out of nowhere and springboards onto the ladder, leaping up and grabbing the paper that represents the points, winning the match.
Winner of the 20 points in the BFG series: AJ Styles
JB is standing backstage and Bobby Roode comes in for an interview. A fan asks if Roode is afraid of Aries. Roode says he’s not afraid of anyone, most certainly not Aries. His victory last month was nothing more than an f-l-u-k-e, fluke. It’s time to become the World Champion again. Roode has been main-eventing shows for the last year an carrying the company. Aries’ dream comes to an end tonight and Roode will right the wrong, and walk into Bound for Glory as the World Champion.
TNA Championship Match
If Roode loses, he will not get a rematch.
– Austin Aries (c) vs. Bobby Roode
We get a video package detailing the history between Roode and Aries, including the events that led up to their match last month where Aries won the title.
After formal ring introductions from JB, we’re ready to begin the main event of the evening.
The bell rings and Aries and Roode walk out to the center of the ring. Roode yells at Aries. Aries shrugs and spits water in Roode’s face. Aries connects with a drop toe hold and tries to go right for the last chancery, but Roode bails to the floor. Roode heads back in and Aries locks in the last chancery. Roode makes it to the ropes, then heads to the floor. He’s slow to get back into the ring, composing himself and asking for Aries to be backed up. Roode finally gets back into the ring and the slides right back out.
Roode gets back into the ring and Aries catches him with a corner dropkick. Aries teases the brainbuster but Roode rolls right back out to the floor. Roode shrugs it off and begins walking up the ramp. Roode asks for a time out, but the ref says no. He breaks the count, and turns around to eat an Austin Aries plancha. Aries rolls Roode into the ring and Roode rolls through, so Aries heads out with a plancha over the other side. Aries rolls Roode in again and pounds on him in the corner. Aries hits a snap mare and a dropkick to the back from the middle rope. Aries picks up Roode and blasts him with a nasty chop.
Aries kicks Roode hard and Roode heads to the outside. Aries flies from the top rope, but Roode moves and Aries crashes into the barricade. Roode backs Aries into the apron hard before taking him around the ring and launching him into the barricade. Roode stomps away at Aries on the floor before bringing things back into the ring. Aries kicks at Roode’s back and side, stomping at him in the corner. Aries tries to fight back but Roode pokes him in the eye. Roode suplexes Aries across the top rope, and then brings him back into the ring with a suplex. Roode drops a knee across Aries’ chest and goes into a seated bear hug.
Aries fights up to his feet and out of the hold with a series of elbows. Roode backs Aries into the corner and Roode drives his shoulder into Aries’ midsection. Aries rolls up Roode out of nowhere for two. Aries tries for a crucifix, but Roode counters, shouldering Aries and dropping him into a gut buster for two. Roode stomps at Aries’ gut, then his ankle. Roode chops Aries in the corner, and lays him out with a big right hand.
Aries fights back with a couple of right hands, but runs right into a knee to the gut that’s good to get Roode a two count. Roode locks in a body scissors, clamping down to wear down Aries. Aries rolls Roode into a pin to try and counter but Roode kicks out and holds on to the hold. Aries fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but he gets caught in a cross body and Roode slams him into the corner into a tree of woe. Roode stomps away at Aries, wearing him down. Roode heads into the corner and Aries scores with a couple of kicks to the head and a stunner to get himself out of the tree of woe.
Both men are slow to get to their feet. Aries lays in with a couple of chops and left hands. Aries mounts Roode in the corner for a couple of punches, then drops down for an inverted atomic drop and a big clothesline that sends Roode to the floor. Roode sees a suicide dive coming and moves, so Aries heads to the top and comes off with a double sledge. Aries hits Roode with an awesome running dropkick when he’s seating in a chair in the ringside area. Aries rolls Roode back into the ring and locks in the last chancery. Roode teases tapping, but he rips at Aries’ face to break the hold. Aries takes Roode down into the crossface.
Aries cranks back but Roode is able to get to his feet and break the hold with a backbreaker. Roode takes Aries down into a crossface, but Aries doesn’t look like he’s going to give. Aries crawls toward the ropes, finally making it and forcing Roode to break the hold. Roode is frustrated, screaming at the ref. Roode hits Aries with a big forearm, then chops him hard in the corner. Aries turns things around with a big chop of his own. Aries and Roode trade lefts and rights. Roode tosses Aries to the apron. Aries hits a giant shoulderblock, then heads to the top for a huge missile dropkick.
Aries hits the corner dropkick, but Roode comes back with the spinebuster out of nowhere for two. Roode takes Aries into the corner and the two trade punches, with Roode getting the better of Aries. Roode seats Aries on the top turnbuckle and goes for the superplex, but Aries blocks it and chops Roode down to the canvas. Aries stands on the top turnbuckle and goes for the 450, but Roode gets his knees up. Roode runs in for a spear, but Aries moves and Roode wipes out the ref. Aries hits Roode with a series of right, but runs into a big spear.
Roode covers Aries and another ref comes down and counts two, Roode picks Aries up and tries for a fisherman…
buster, but Aries blocks it. Aries tries for the brainbuster, but Roode backs him into the corner and takes out the new ref. Aries connects with a kick to Roode’s head and hits the brainbuster. The first ref comes around and makes the count, counting two, but Roode kicks out!
Aries heads to the top, but Roode hits the ropes and crotches him. Roode heads up after Aries and tries for the superplex, connecting this time. Roode makes the pin and both men’s shoulders are on the mat. Both referees make the count, and both hold up either man’s hand.
There’s an argument between the two refs and Roode takes the belt and runs. Earl Hebner comes down and grab the belt from Roode. Earl consults with the refs in the ring. He hears differing reports from the refs. The match is going to restart with the original ref.
Aries dives out of the ring with the heat seeking missile, right into the belt that’s in the hands of Roode. Roode picks Aries up and drags Aries back into the ring. Roode rolls Aries into the ring and covers him but Aries still kicks out! Roode shoves the ref, but the ref shoves back. Roode picks up Aries, but Aries rolls him
TNA may not have seen the last of Velvet Sky yet, this according to a new report from PWInsider.
They claim that shortly after Velvet received her release paperwork from the company, she received a call from TNA President Dixie Carter, querying her as to what it would take to bring her back to TNA.
Although as of writing, Velvet has not signed a new deal, PWInsider says that there were people within TNA that were allegedly quite upset upon learning Sky had been officially released, citing the recent music video she had just shot through the company for Montgomery Gentry (“So Called Life”) and the time TNA had put into developing her as a personality for the company as examples.
Velvet has already accepted a number of independent bookings since her TNA release, including a match for Family Wrestling Entertainment in Brooklyn, NY, where she’ll reunite with her Beautiful People tag team partner Angelina Love, to take on Maria Kanellis and Winter.
Fans hoping to see Sarita back in TNA may have to hold out a while longer — she’s heading to Japan for two months.
I’m very excited to announce that in less than 2 weeks I’ll be leaving for a 2 month tour of Japan with STARDOM, and to compete in the 5 STAR GP2012 tournament. I’ll miss you, Mexico!
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that former WWE wrestlers Luke Gallows, Chris Masters, and Wes Brisco are believed to be part of the Aces and Eights group when they are revealed. Another two members are believed to be Mike Knox and Jay Bradley.
The leader of the group is going to be a bigger name, which WO thinks is going to be Jeff Jarrett.
Nick Dinsmore, who appeared as the beloved character “Eugene” for WWE for several years, competed in a dark match prior to Thursday’s live iMPACT! Wrestling broadcast on Spike TV. Under the Nick Dinsmore name, he lost to TNA Wrestling veteran talent Kazarian.
Dinsmore has ties to TNA as he works as a trainer and wrestler for developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling and also appeared as the character “Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore” for their Indian-based satellite promotion Ring Ka King last year.
Dinsmore’s appearance comes days after he “stood up for WWE” in response to negative media portrayals toward the Eugene character and the sports entertainment organization. Darien Times writer Joshua Fisher stated in an editorial last week blistering Linda McMahon’s United States Senate campaign that her job creation method included “making fun of retarded men” during her reign as WWE CEO, which spurred Colin McEnroe of the Hartford Courant to assert in an editorial that the Eugene character was “mentally retarded” and “unmistakably, played for laughs.”
WWE then issued a statement “setting the record straight” regarding its programming and storylines: “It is clear, based on Mr. McEnroe’s latest blog post, that he does not understand WWE’s programming. Like Hollywood movies and Broadway shows, it is an exciting blend of action, characters and fictional storylines of good versus evil that entertains millions weekly. His assertion that the Eugene character was “essentially a comic device” is inaccurate and lacks total perspective.”
In their statement, WWE enclosed a video of Dinsmore offering a “truthful portrayal” of Eugene where he argued that the character is an underdog who “always came out on top” and “overcame adversities.”
Here is the full article that we posted the other day here on the website:
WWE.com has posted a response on their website in which they responded to a negative blog written by Colin McEnroe of the Hartford Courant who slammed the company for the mentally challenged character Eugene, who appeared for the company from 2004 to 2007, and once in 2009.
Darien Times writer Joshua Fisher slammed Linda McMahon’s US Senate campaign that her job creation method including making fun of the mentally handicapped.
He then posted a video and wrote: “Eugene is a mentally retarded WWE character who is, unmistakably, played for laughs. In [the following video], we see him strolling a stadium corner, ogling a skin mag and sporting a huge “my name is Eugene” name tag. He walks into the women’s locker room and “hilarity” ensues. Entirely at his expense. In its latest “how dare you” letter to a Connecticut newspaper, the WWE argues that Eugene is an underdog who repeatedly triumphs. Maybe. That does not change the fact that his mental retardation is essentially a comic device.
If a video like the one above-linked or the one below surfaced in connection with any other campaign, the candidate would have some serious ‘splainin’ to do. Somehow, because she is associated with so many hundreds of dehumanizing videos, Linda McMahon is inoculated against the shame of any one of them. The thing to remember is that, solely on the strength of a career of spewing out this boorish dross, she claims to deserve one of this nation’s 100 Senate seats.”
He also posted another video of Eugene telling Diva Search contestant Carmella DeCesare “I want to see her boobies!” on a 2004 episode of RAW.
WWE responded: “It is clear, based on Mr. McEnroe’s latest blog post, that he does not understand WWE’s programming. Like Hollywood movies and Broadway shows, it is an exciting blend of action, characters and fictional storylines of good versus evil that entertains millions weekly. His assertion that the Eugene character was “essentially a comic device” is inaccurate and lacks total perspective.”
WWE then posted a video of Nick Dinsmore who offered a “truthful portrayal” of the character. The WWE added: “We will continue to implore the media to make accurate descriptions of our characters and storylines versus taking sound bites, scenes and footage out of context that mischaracterizes WWE’s content.”
Dinsmore said in the video:
Hi, my name is Nick Dinsmore, and for five years I had the privilege of playing a character on WWE television, Eugene.
The character Eugene was unique in the fact that he was a person with special needs. The WWE has and continues to showcase a wide variety of characters and a fictious WWE Universe. This WWE Universe comes to you each and every week and entertains millions and millions of fans.
When I was playing the role of Eugene, I wanted to display a character that had not only special needs, but incredible qualities; honesty, strength, very playful, quite naïve at times. But my favorite quality was his heart and desire. He went after his dreams and achieved at any cost and didn’t let anything stand in his way.
Once the fans started to see that he could live his dream, he was winning championships, he was meeting his idols, more and more people cheered for Eugene and wanted to see him succeed. No different than in the movie Forrest Gump when he started to do good for himself, everybody cheered him on, everybody wanted him to do better. Eugene’s no different and the people treated him the same way, they wanted to see him succeed. I’m proud that I got to portray a true hero.
Eugene had a lot of forces, a lot of “bad guys” against him. Probably the meanest, nastiest, dirtiest, devious of them all was the sinister character Mr. McMahon. But even with all those forces against him, Eugene always came out on top—even pinned Mr. McMahon one time.
I’m proud to have been a part of the WWE, an organization that has the commitment to individuals with special needs. WWE is a proud supporter of The Arc (the world’s largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities),
Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Special Olympics.
Nobody ever really came up to me and said, “Oh you’re doing a bad thing, oh, I can’t believe you did this.” If anything, I got a lot of positive affirmation. I met several people with special needs and without a doubt, they would always run to me and just want to hug me. That one instance for them to be able to meet what I hope would be their hero is a little bit indescribable and is an incredible feeling.
Characters like that have to overcome adversities and face everyday challenges, and they always come out on top.
It’s Hollywood, where the good guys always win!
Hogan posted the following tweets:
Now that everything is completely clear like it should have been from day one,I will release the following statement regarding NE Wrestling.
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 20, 2012
I will be in Fishkill,N.Y.on Sept 22nd for a meet and greet only for Northeast Wrestling only if I have my doctors clearance,update soonHH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 20, 2012
This makes it clear Hogan didn’t know his own schedule and erroneously called the promotion deceptive. Hopefully he will fulfill his commitments and attend.
TNA authority figure Hulk Hogan accused the Northeast Wrestling promotion of being “deceptive” in advertising him for their September 22 show in New York. Hogan, who is listed as the headline act for the event, tweeted Thursday night, “Northeastwrestling on oww forums is very deceptive,I never signed to wrestle for any of these independents,won’t be there on Sept 22. HH.” Hogan’s tweet goes against the most-recent tweet from NEW on Wednesday, which reads: “Hulk Hogan’s surgery went well and he will be ready for Sept. 22nd in Fishkill, N.Y.”
NEW is now announcing adding Roddy Piper to the show.
On a personal note, this is disappointing, since I was planning on attending the event.
TNA announced today that they have signed former WWE wrestler and brother of Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero Jr to a contract. They released the following video of Chavo.
TNA Champion Bobby Roode vs Austin Aries
– X Division Championship Tournament: Four semifinal matches featuring Kid Kash, Zema Ion, Doug Williams, Kenny King, Flip Casanova (Flip Kendrick), Sonjay Dutt and Rashad Cameron, plus one more to be named later.
– Last Chance X-Division Match for final tournament slot: Last chance X-Division match for final tournament slot: Lars Only (Johnny Yuma), Rubix (Jigsaw), Dakota Darsow, and Mason Andrews (Scorpio Sky)
– X Division Championship Final – Ultimate X Match
– Last Man Standing Match: AJ Styles vs. TNA Tag Team champion Christopher Daniels
– Bound For Glory Series Match: Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe
Scott Steiner found himself officially served with his TNA lawsuit today. He has until July 19th to respond to the suit.
NashvilleCityPaper.com reported last month that TNA had taken legal action against former TNA wrestler Scott Steiner. This is following months of twitter rants against TNA, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and others associated with the company. TNA filed a “verified complaint” in Nashville Chancery Court on Monday seeking an injunction to prevent more disparaging remarks from Steiner. The company claims that Steiner breached a contract he signed in 2010 that says Steiner is “forbidden from making public statements, including tweeting, concerning TNA or any of its officials, wrestlers, or other individuals without prior approval.”
“In blatant disregard of the parties’ Agreement, Steiner has engaged in a concerted effort to disparage TNA, its wrestlers, and other talent and cast them in a negative light.”
Further notes on the TNA lawsuit against Scott Steiner are below:
* For Scott Steiner’s appearances, TNA paid him $2000 for events, $2500 for PPV, plus royalties to be paid 90 days later.
* TNA claims that Steiner violated the terms of that contract and is currently in breach for his online postings against the company. The company claimed that they contacted Steiner on May 10th of this year, asking him to cease the behavior but, “Steiner, however, has ignored TNA‘s demands and has continued to breach the agreement.”
* TNA has also asked that they be allowed to recover their damages as well as court and attorney’s fees. They further claim that the breach has caused the company “irreparable harm, which cannot be adequately measured by monetary relief.”
* TNA is also seeking a temporary and permanent injunction from the court to prevent Steiner from continuing to speak out against them.
* Steiner has not responded to the court at this time.
TNA Impact scored a 0.98 rating Thursday night, essentially the same as last week. More details to follow tonight.
Source: The Wrestling Observer
Tara has responded to allegations that she was having an affair with John Cena in 2007. As previously reported, Kenn Doane accused Cena of being involved with a Diva, who he said was married at the time and referred to the Diva as Cena’s “road girlfriend.” Due to the details Doane revealed, everything pointed to Tara, who was working as Victoria in WWE at the time.
Doane said the Diva was transferred from RAW to SmackDown in 2007 like him after being dumped by Cena. Two Divas transferred from RAW to SmackDown in the 2007 WWE Draft—and the entire year—Torrie Wilson and Varon. Wilson was in the process of divorcing Billy Kidman. Varon has been married to a man not affiliated with the professional wrestling industry since 1998, matching Doane’s claim.
Varon addressed Doane’s allegation in an interview with the Observer. She says, “KD said a Diva married to someone not in the business who moved from RAW to Smackdown in 2007 was sleeping with John Cena. Considering I had nothing to do with why he was whining on the internet, he sure gave enough details about someone he claims he wasn’t trying to involve. I was the only Diva married to someone not in the business who moved from RAW to Smackdown in 2007.”
Here are some more highlights from the interview:
On backstage politics in wrestling: “Professionally, you hear people talk about ‘backstage politics’ in wrestling. I’ll tell you what that means to me. Backstage politics is not some kind of psychological maneuvering. You work and travel with your wrestling co-workers more than you want to work and travel with anyone. The people who complain about backstage politics generally don’t have the ability to respectfully interact with others. I treat everyone with respect. Everyone. Ask the caterers, building security, wrestlers, executives, crew, fans, anyone, who I don’t treat with respect and they would be at a loss for words. And because you spend so much time with these people, you know a lot about the people who you travel with and work closely with. I found that the best way to not make waves is to keep my eyes and ears open, and my mouth shut when it comes to other people’s business. The people who complain that they were the victim of backstage politics often either don’t show people respect, or bud into other people’s business.”
On Doane’s allegation: “On a personal level, what KD said was mostly false, although there was a little truth. I have been with my husband for 20 years. He’s the best guy in the world. But like any 20 year relationship, we have some good times and we have had some bad times. And anyone who I traveled with knows that. Because you learn intimate details about each other whether you want to or not. We have separated a few times. One of those times that we were separated, I dated John for about a month. It was not in 2006 or 2007. It was in 2002. It was when we were both in Louisville. I was married but separated. John was single. I was never his ‘road girlfriend’. I know that when we were separated, my husband also dated a couple girls. That’s what happens when you are separated. In 2002, it was common knowledge that John and I dated. It fed the rumor mills for people who have nothing better to do than gossip like old ladies. So for KD to use bits of information that he was only able to pick up because he was allowed in the inner circle of WWE, and smear me, when I only treated KD with respect, over an incident that he is upset about from 5 years ago, tells me that he didn’t learn anything about ‘backstage politics’ and how it relates to being a decent human being.”
On moving forward from the allegations: “Moving forward, I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of girl. Only my glass isn’t half full. My glass is 99% full. I am blessed. And I’m done discussing the 1%.”
TNA has announced that all 12 Bound for Glory Series competitors will be in matches on this Thursday’s live Impact episode. There will be up to six matches on the show. TNA’s announcement reads: “All 12 Wresters in the BFG Series will be in action – 6 men make challenges, 6 men will be called out! Who will take the early advantage in the point standings?”
- Matt Morgan posted a cryptic reply when asked about whether he was going back to TNA. A fan asked him via Twitter:
Is it true your going back to wwe? Wouldn blame you cuz why aint you been champ 3 X by now @ Tna?
Morgan’s reply was:
TNA president Dixie Carter tweeted Friday morning that WWE Intercontinental champion Christian will be appearing at TNA’s Slammiversary PPV Sunday in Arlington, Texas. TNA featured Christian in a flashback video on Impact last month capturing his time in TNA during the mid-2000s. Christian appearing at the PPV appears to be part of an exchange with WWE related to Ric Flair appearing at WWE’s Hall of Fame two months ago while under TNA contract.
The latest on TNA’s legal proceedings against WWE and Brian Wittenstein is that a Temporary Injunction hearing has been set for July 12 at 9:30 a.m. following Monday’s status conference. TNA’s temporary restraining order against WWE and Wittenstein is still in effect until the July 12 hearing, which means WWE must continue to adhere to the original requirements to return and not destroy confidential information that TNA alleges Wittenstein used to benefit WWE and harm TNA. Depending on what occurs in July, the next step after a TI hearing is often-times a permanent injunction.
[ LINK: Latest details on the case be found at NashvilleChanceryInfo.org ]
TNA and Spike TV are advertising a six-man tag main event for Thursday’s live Impact Wrestling episode leading into Slammiversary – TNA World Hvt. champion Bobby Roode & TNA tag champions Daniels & Kazarian vs. Sting & A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle. The match will promote two of the top matches on the PPV.
Also advertised is Dixie Carter addressing the end of last week’s Impact with the latest from the A.J. Styles photo scandal storyline.
Velvet Sky announced on Twitter that she and Chris Sabin are accepting independent bookings together. They are available for shows, autograph signings and conventions. Those interested can reach her on Twitter. For those unaware, Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky have been dating in real-life for over a year now.
The much anticipated rivalry renewal between Melina and Mickie James is off. The former Diva rivals were scheduled to face off for the first time since their respective WWE departures at WWC’S Anniversario show in Puerto Rico. However, for reasons undisclosed, James seems to have been pulled from the line-up. Melina is being advertised to face James’ fellow TNA Knockout Velvet Sky at the event which takes place on June 30th at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Velvet and Melina did battle for the first time back in March.
Partial Source: Pwinsider.com
TNA has filed a lawsuit against WWE and former TNA and WWE employee Brian Wittenstein. The company filed the lawsuit yesterday in Nashville with charges of interference with existing contracts, conversion, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, unfair competition, and violation of the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Wittenstein is also being sued for breach of duty of loyalty.
The suit claims that Wittenstein, who worked for the company for three years from 2008 – 2011, gave WWE inside information on contracts and other details from his time working with the company and that WWE is trying to steal talent from the company via that information. Wittenstein was hired by WWE earlier this year but was let go in April, which TNA claims is after they were presented with the information. However, WWE did not inform TNA that they had been given that information for several weeks.
TNA claims that they were informed of the insider information on May 7th and that several days later, Ric Flair approached TNA trying to get out of his contract so he could go to WWE. The company says Flair hasn’t appeared at events since. Alex Shelley, who is rumored to be heading to WWE, was not mentioned in the lawsuit.
An injunction has been issued demanding that WWE and Wittenstein return whatever confidential material Wittenstein obtained from TNA and were specifically instructed not to destroy any of the material. A hearing is set for next month.
According to a source within TNA, a major issue which lead to tension between Ric Flair and TNA was the handling of the Gut Check segment on iMPACT! featuring Alex Silva.
Flair reportedly went off script when he chose Silva as the winner, which is now causing issues for TNA for two reasons. First of all Flair went into business for himself, which has upset people. Secondly, Silva is from Quebec, requiring TNA to spend more time and money getting him a US Visa if they want to use him regularly.
As noted several days ago, several TNA sources have now confirmed that Ric Flair has “quit” TNA Wrestling. According to three different TNA sources, Flair no-showed several TNA events last weekend and didn’t show up to the iMPACT! tapings last Monday and Tuesday. TNA is trying to smooth things over but as of now, he is done with the company. Flair and Dixie Carter have had talks over the past week. There are rumblings that Flair will be signing with WWE under a “Legends Deal” to help promote the WWE Network. Flair also has an energy drink and lottery endorsements which he’s making money from.
As we noted earlier, people close to Ric Flair and TNA have confirmed that the two sides are at a major impasse, as there is a ton of heat on Flair for conduct outside the ring. One TNA source described the situation as, “being at the point it’s not worth keeping Flair around.” There have reportedly been a number of incidents involving Flair at local establishments and bars in Orlando since coming to the company. Sources say that Flair was banned from drinking at the Hard Rock Cafe in Citiwalk due to an incident with him “acting inappropriate”, leading to venue management banishing him.
There have been reports from talent in TNA that Flair has not been able to cover bar tabs repeatedly, and company management getting a call from the hotel and/or bar seeking payment. The most recent incident at the hotel TNA utilizes for their wrestlers and staff, which the company has had a great relationship with for years. This was reportedly the last straw in the situation, as Flair was pulled from the Louisiana house shows and the final TV Tapings before Impact Wrestling goes live on May 31st.
Many have compared this to the situation on the European tour last year, where TNA’s Craig Jenkins, after several days of fronting Flair money to cover a bar tab, refused to do so again. Flair then screamed at Jenkins in front of the entire crew and refusing to get on the TNA tour bus to head to the next date, and was then left behind. Publicly, Flair blamed the matter on the company not giving him “advances” like he would get when touring for WWE, citing that he was “used” to that treatment.
Many forces within the company have been against having him as a regular since he came into the company, noting that while he carries a high price tag, he hasn’t translated into drawing money or ratings for the company. And now with these issues, it seems, as all they are getting is “Ric Flair level behavior,” not “Ric Flair level performances.”
Others within the company feel that Flair and WWE put them in a “no win situation” when Flair was announced for the WWE Hall of Fame, noting that the company had no choice but to allow him to go in, or else they would look like they were denying Flair and the fans. Flair reportedly did not know that he was getting inducted but he publicly told fans he would be there “on stage” before a deal was signed that would allow him to appear.
Spike TV sources also note that there have also been a number of requests from the network end to keep Flair dressed and not have him near nude/in his wrestling gear and bleeding on TV at his age. There was even an order of arrest out for him if Flair did not pay the agreed settlement by a certain date. That order was issued because Flair had missed several agreed dates for payment of the settlement. The money was eventually paid and the NWA World title belt, which Highspots.com was holding as collateral, was seen displayed at WWE AXXESS this year. Most believe that WWE paid the debt and acquired the belt for their archive.
Unfortunately since leaving WWE, Flair has had several issues. He signed for a number of appearances with Ring of Honor, and then pulled out citing his relationship with WWE. Most feel that Flair realized ROH weren’t going to use Reid Flair following a drug arrest. When Flair didn’t pay back an advance given to him, ROH filed a lawsuit against him Flair also had issues with Highspots.com over money owed to them.
Another source reports that Alex Shelley has quit the company as well. We can’t confirm that as of this writing. As noted earlier, WWE is looking at doing a “cruiserweight” show on the WWE Network and they are said to be interested in Shelley.
Several TNA sources have now confirmed that Ric Flair has “quit” TNA Wrestling. According to three different TNA sources, Flair no-showed several TNA events last weekend and didn’t show up to the iMPACT! tapings last Monday and Tuesday. TNA is trying to smooth things over but as of now, he is done with the company. Flair and Dixie Carter have had talks over the past week. There are rumblings that Flair will be signing with WWE under a “Legends Deal” to help promote the WWE Network. Flair also has an energy drink and lottery endorsements which he’s making money from. As we noted earlier, people close to Ric Flair and TNA have confirmed that the two sides are at a major impasse, as there is a ton of heat on Flair for conduct outside the ring. One TNA source described the situation as, “being at the point it’s not worth keeping Flair around.” There have reportedly been a number of incidents involving Flair at local establishments and bars in Orlando since coming to the company. Sources say that Flair was banned from drinking at the Hard Rock Cafe in Citiwalk due to an incident with him “acting inappropriate”, leading to venue management banishing him. There have been reports from talent in TNA that Flair has not been able to cover bar tabs repeatedly, and company management getting a call from the hotel and/or bar seeking payment. The most recent incident at the hotel TNA utilizes for their wrestlers and staff, which the company has had a great relationship with for years. This was reportedly the last straw in the situation, as Flair was pulled from the Louisiana house shows and the final TV Tapings before Impact Wrestling goes live on May 31st. Many have compared this to the situation on the European tour last year, where TNA’s Craig Jenkins, after several days of fronting Flair money to cover a bar tab, refused to do so again. Flair then screamed at Jenkins in front of the entire crew and refusing to get on the TNA tour bus to head to the next date, and was then left behind. Publicly, Flair blamed the matter on the company not giving him “advances” like he would get when touring for WWE, citing that he was “used” to that treatment.
Many forces within the company have been against having him as a regular since he came into the company, noting that while he carries a high price tag, he hasn’t translated into drawing money or ratings for the company. And now with these issues, it seems, as all they are getting is “Ric Flair level behavior,” not “Ric Flair level performances.”
Others within the company feel that Flair and WWE put them in a “no win situation” when Flair was announced for the WWE Hall of Fame, noting that the company had no choice but to allow him to go in, or else they would look like they were denying Flair and the fans. Flair reportedly did not know that he was getting inducted but he publicly told fans he would be there “on stage” before a deal was signed that would allow him to appear. Spike TV sources also note that there have also been a number of requests from the network end to keep Flair dressed and not have him near nude/in his wrestling gear and bleeding on TV at his age. There was even an order of arrest out for him if Flair did not pay the agreed settlement by a certain date. That order was issued because Flair had missed several agreed dates for payment of the settlement. The money was eventually paid and the NWA World title belt, which Highspots.com was holding as collateral, was seen displayed at WWE AXXESS this year. Most believe that WWE paid the debt and acquired the belt for their archive. Unfortunately since leaving WWE, Flair has had several issues. He signed for a number of appearances with Ring of Honor, and then pulled out citing his relationship with WWE. Most feel that Flair realized ROH weren’t going to use Reid Flair following a drug arrest. When Flair didn’t pay back an advance given to him, ROH filed a lawsuit against him Flair also had issues with Highspots.com over money owed to them.
Another source reports that Alex Shelley has quit the company as well. We can’t confirm that as of this writing. As noted earlier, WWE is looking at doing a “cruiserweight” show on the WWE Network and they are said to be interested in Shelley.
TNA Wrestling announced Thursday that Brooke Hogan, daughter of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, has joined the organization. Beginning with the May 31 episode of IMPACT WRESTLING on Spike TV, she will serve as the Executive in Charge of the Knockouts division. The following press release was issued:
BROOKE HOGAN TO JOIN TNA’S “IMPACT WRESTLING” ON SPIKE TV STARTING THURSDAY, MAY 31
New York, NY, May 17, 2012 – Television personality and recording artist Brooke Hogan is joining the cast of the highly-rated weekly wrestling program, TNA’s “IMPACT WRESTLING” starting Thursday, May 31 on Spike TV. Brooke’s role will be as the Executive in Charge of the female wrestling division, The Knockouts.
Brooke will join a star-studded cast of the biggest names in professional wrestling, including her father, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan. TNA’s flagship series, “IMPACT WRESLTING,” telecasts on Spike TV and is one of the network’s top-rated series on Thursday nights with young men and currently ranks among the top shows on cable in its timeslot with Men 18-34.
In addition to overseeing the traditional duties of the Knockouts Division, Brooke will bring a new energy and direction to the role working with the girls in a variety of capacities.
“I have really gotten to know Brooke by working with her on her music career this past year and a half,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling. “When we did talk wrestling, I not only loved her passion and knowledge of it, but the fresh, creative ideas she would come up with. She is very savvy. I asked if she would consider teaming up with me in this capacity while she also worked on her music, and I was thrilled when she said ‘yes.’ A big personality runs in her genes, obviously, and I know she is going to take an already exciting division of Impact Wrestling to another level.”
Brooke is heading to New York next week for a media tour to promote her addition to the IMPACT WRESTLING team. Brooke will also promote “IMPACT WRESTLING’s” move to 8 PM and that the series will telecast LIVE for the summer starting Thursday, May 31. TNA’s 10th anniversary SLAMMIVERSARY pay-per-view-event is set for June 10th in Dallas, Texas.
The TNA roster features many of the top names in wrestling including the aforementioned Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Rob Van Dam, and the lovely and lethal Knockouts.
Brooke Hogan, a native of Tampa, Fl, is a successful television personality, singer and songwriter. Brooke starred in two acclaimed non-scripted shows on Spike’s sister network, VH1, including “Hogan Knows Best” and the spinoff, “Brooke Knows Best.” Both were #1 rated shows for the network. Brooke has also released two albums, “Undiscovered” in 2006 which peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “The Redemption” in 2009. Her song, “Everything To Me,” peaked at #1 twice on Billboard’s Top Single Chart. Hogan’s film credits include “Little Hercules in 3D,” “Sand Sharks,” and “Devour.”
WWE and TNA announced major TV changes simultaneously Thursday afternoon – Raw is moving to three-hours permanently beginning July 23 and Impact Wrestling is going live this summer starting May 31 (which includes a timeslot change to 8:00 p.m. EST). Read details and analysis on the two landscape-shifting announcements that could make or break the wrestling industry…
Tara stated Tuesday via Twitter that she is featured in the latest issue of Penthouse. To add further details, she and Brooke Tessmacher were interviewed for a piece on the Knockouts Division. The adult magazine contains no photographs of the duo disrobed. Rather, the featured images are from TNA Wrestling events.
TNA iMPACT! (Airing This Thursday): Bobby Roode comes out and brags about his victory over RVD at Sacrifice. Because he is going to be the longest World Champion in TNA history he wants a celebration party. He calls out Hogan to confirm. Hogan declines it then later announces that at next week’s Open Fight Night, the World Title will be defended. There will be a series of matches (Bully Ray vs RVD, Anderson vs Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe vs Kurt Angle and a Battle Royal) with the winners facing off next week in a Fatal 4-Way. The winner of that match will face Roode later in the night for the World Heavyweight Title.
In the first match, Bully Ray defeated Rob Van Dam to advance to next week’s 4-Way.
AJ Styles won a 10-Man Battle Royal (also included Austin Aries, Robbie E and Robbie T, Devon, Garett Bischoff, Crimson, Magnus, Eric Young and Gunner). After the match, Hogan congratulated AJ.
AJ stood in the ring to explain the Dixie Carter scandal. Before he could thoroughly explain it, Daniels and Kazarian came out interrupting him. Daniels and Kazarian then show a video of AJ on their IPAD of of Dixie Carter and AJ Styles at a hotel. They end up going into a hotel room together. Daniels and Kazarian trash talk AJ. AJ goes after the tag champions but eventually leaves the ring.
Gail Kim defeated Velvet Sky and Brooke Tessmacher when she stole a pin from Velvet Sky to retain the Knockouts Title.
Jeff Hardy defeated Mr. Anderson to advance to next week’s 4-Way.
Kurt Angle defeated Samoa Joe to advance to the 4-Way by reversing the Musclebuster into a rollup. Bobby Roode (who was on commentary) had a few words with Angle after the match. Eventually Hardy came to ringside followed by Bully Ray and AJ Styles on the stage. Roode had a staredown with his four potential challengers.
TNA Xplosion: Eric Young defeated Gunner
Event: TNA Sacrifice Results Pay-Per-View Airdate: Sunday, May 13th, 2012 (Pay-Per-View) Location: The iMPACT! Zone in Orlando, FL Results by TNAWrestlingNews.com
TNA Sacrifice Opener:
The 2012 TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view opens up with Earl Hebner trying to get Bobby Roode’s World Heavyweight Title belt so he can hang it high for the Ladder Match tonight. Roode rants on Hulk Hogan and says to tell Hogan he will be getting that belt back tonight. Roode tells Hebner to get out and we go to the Sacrifice opening video.
The pyro hits and Mike Tenay welcomes us to the PPV. Tenay immediately begins hyping the main event that will see RVD take on Bobby Roode in a ladder match. He then throws it to the ring where the World Tag Team Championship match will open the show.
TNA Tag Team Championship Match – Samoa Joe & Magnus (c) vs. Daniels & Kazarian
Kazarian and Christopher Daniels are out first to a fair bit of heat from the crowd. Joe and Magnus are out next to a big pop from the crowd.
It looks like Daniels and Magnus will be kicking things off for their respective teams. We get a lock up and Daniels goes into a headlock before working over Magnus’ arm. Magnus is able to turn things around, taking Daniels down to the mat with a side headlock. Daniels fights to his feet, but goes back down to a shoulder block and a big body slam. Daniels catches Magnus with a kick to the gut, then a couple of shoulders to the midsection in the corner before stomping away. Magnus comes back with a series of uppercuts, before hitting a crazy vertical suplex.
Magnus and Joe each get in a couple of shots on Daniels before Joe heads into the ring and takes it to Daniels with a series of rights that seats him in the corner. Joe face washs Daniels in the corner, but he turns his back and Kaz pulls Daniels from the ring.
Daniels heads back into the ring and tags out to Kaz who runs right into a big running back elbow. Magnus tags back in and a double team Manhattan drop/running boot/back senton combo puts Kaz down for a two count. Magnus hits Kaz with a huge back body drop before telling him to get up. Magnus blocks a punch from Kaz but he’s caught with a cheap shot from Daniels, he knocks Daniels from the apron, but Daniels trips him up and Kaz hits a leg drop to the back of the head. Kaz mounts Magnus with a series of rights before tagging in Daniels who comes in and stomps at Magnus before mocking Joe.
Quick tags as Kaz comes in with a slingshot legdrop for two, and then Daniels tags back in and hits a snap mare before grinding his forearm into Magnus’ face. Kaz tags back in and Daniels hip tosses him into a prone Magnus. Kaz locks on a front face lock and Magnus is able to fight up to his feet. Daniels hits Joe to anger the big man and force a distraction, allowing Kaz to soccer kick Magnus in the ribs. Daniels tags in illegally and works over Magnus’ neck.
Joseph Park is shown sitting in the crowd. Daniels puts Magnus into his own corner and tags in Kaz who comes in with a sharp kick, then a snap mare and another kick to the back. Kaz locks up Magnus’ arms and rears back, putting pressure on the Brit’s shoulders.
Magnus fights out of the hold and takes Kaz out with a huge clothesline and both men are down. Magnus and Kaz both crawl to their corners and make the tags. Joe comes in with a series of clotheslines on Daniels before simply walking away from an asai moonsault out of the corner from Daniels. Joe catches Kaz with a snap slam before taking Daniels down to the mat hard with a huge urunage.
Magnus tags in and Joe eats a big boot from Daniels and a DDT from Kaz to take him out of the match. Magnus ends up being taken down neck first on the top rope by Kaz and taken to the mat with an STO to Magnus for two. Daniels misses the BME and falls victim to the Magnus/Joe combo, but the pin is broken up by Kaz. Magnus and Daniels end up in the ring, but Kaz takes out Magnus with a chop block, and a high low double team leads to a three count, and new tag team champions.
Winners and NEW TNA Tag Team Champions: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian
- After some serious social media shilling from Tenay and Taz, plugging their facebook and twitter, it’s time to set up the next match with a video package that details the recent history between Brooke Tessmacher and Gail Kim.
TNA Women’s Knockout Championship Match – Gail Kim (c) vs. Brooke Tessmacher
Brooke and Gail get right in each other’s face and Gail attacks with a big forearm. Gail takes Brooke into the corner and beats on her before taking her out with a snap mare and a kick to the chest. Kim picks Brooke up and sends her into the ropes, getting a monkey flip and hurricanrana from Brooke for her troubles. Brooke tries for Eat Defeat, but Kim rolls to the outside. Kim gets back to the apron and is brought into the ring the hard way and hits with a big dropkick. Kim sends Brooke into the corner and Brooke comes out with a leaping clothesline from the second. Brooke tries for Eat Defeat again, but Kim rolls to the apron and catches Brooke with a leg drop to the back of the head on the middle rope.
Gail continues to wear out Brooke with a big clothesline that’s good for two. Brooke tries to fight back, but Kim stifles her again with a shot to the face. Kim sends Brooke into the corner and whips herself in afterwards. Kim gloats before choking Brooke with her boot. Kim picks up Brooke and hits her with a backbreaker, stretching her across her knee.
Brooke fights out with a couple of knees, but Kim picks her up and hits a short arm clothesline to take her right back down. Kim rubs her bottom in Brooke’s face before choking her with her boot again. Kim hits Brooke with a big forearm before sending her into the ropes. Brooke comes out with a flying forearm and both women are down.
Brooke in the corner and eats a boot to the gut. Brooke hits a series of clotheslines before sending Kim into the corner and hitting a nice facebuster. Brooke heads up to the top rope, leaping off with a sort of elbow drop that’s good for a two count. Both women are slow to get to their feet. Brooke tries for a suplex, but Gail fights it off. Gail tries for Eat Defeat, but Brook fights it off and hits one of her own. Gail falls to the outside.
Brooke heads out and sends Gail right back into the ring, going for the pin, but Gail kicks out at two. Brooke charges Gail, but Gail rolls her up and puts her feet on the ropes for a three count.
Winner and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Gail Kim
JB is standing backstage, and he’s quick to remind the fans about the social media they can use to participate in tonight’s events. He welcomes the new TNA Tag Team Champions. Kaz says now the whole world knows how AJ Styles got his spot, by whistling Dixie. Daniels says if you eliminate Dixie Carter, you level the playing field, and the proof is these belts. Daniels says a picture is worth 1000 words, and AJ’s nightmare is just beginning. Daniels gives the world permission to worship him and Kaz before they walk off.
TNA TV Championship Triple Threat Match – Devon (c) vs. Robbie T vs. Robbie E
The bell rings and Devon attacks both of his opponents right off the back. The numbers catch up to him though as Terry catches him from behind. Devon avoids a splash in the corner from Terry and hits E. with a clothesline before sending Terry over the top rope with a big clothesline. Devon finds himself in the ring with Robbie E. and he catches him with a series of rights in the corner. Devon catches Robbie E. with a Thesz press before popping up and knocking Terry from the apron. Devon plants Robbie with a urunage for two.
Devon is tripped and pulled to the outside by Terry. Terry beats on Devon for a bit before rolling Devon back into the ring and following. Robbie E. attacks, mounting Devon and hitting a series of rights. Robbie takes Devon into the corner, and when Devon fights back, Terry steps in to save E. Robbie says he’s got this, but he and Terry take turns wearing Devon out with non-stop offense.
Terry hits a big side slam to Devon and Robbie follows up with an elbow drop from the second rope for two. Robbie and Terry taunt Devon before sending him into the ropes. Devon catches Robbie with a kick and Terry with a spear. Devon continues to work over Robbie, hitting a big shoulder block, splash in the corner, and another shoulder block that sends Robbie from the ring. Terry attacks Devon from behind with a big clubbing blow. Terry shoulders Devon and hits a running powerslam, but Robbie prevents the ref from counting to three.
Robbie explains to Terry what’s going to happen, but it looks like Terry isn’t too happy about it. Devon catches Terry with a splash to the back that knocks him into Robbie. Devon rolls up Terry for a three count.
Winner and STILL TNA TV Champion: Devon
After the match, Devon celebrates with his title on the way to the back as Robbie E. freaks out in the ring. Robbie backs up into Terry, who looks pretty unhappy about what just happened. Robbie tries to explain things to Terry before giving him a big hug. Terry pushes Robbie’s arms away, then grabs him around the neck and gives him a noogie. Robbie looks incredibly relieved, giving Terry another hug.
- We get a video package looking at the recent issues between Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson, stemming from the argument about who deserves to be the #1 contender to the TNA World Championship more.
Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
The bell rings, and both men slap hands quickly before circling each other and locking up. Anderson backs Hardy into the corner and breaks clean. Another lock up and Anderson goes right into a headlock. Hardy fights out of the hold, but gets hit with a shoulderblock. Hardy comes right back with a hip toss. He blocks a hip toss from Anderson and hits a series of arm drags and goes right into an arm bar.
Anderson turns things around, going to work on Hardy’s arm, but it doesn’t last too long as Hardy reverses things again. Anderson back Hardy into the corner and catches him with a couple of shots before whipping him across the ring and running into a head scissors. Anderson goes to the outside and Hardy catches him with a dropkick through the ropes. Hardy follows Anderson to the outside and sends him head first into the ring apron and the steel ring steps. Hardy pulls the steps out from the ring and uses them to launch himself. Anderson moves, but Hardy doesn’t crash into the guard rail, catching himself, then hitting Anderson with a clothesline and sending him into the ring. Hardy follows, and Anderson hits a nasty kick to Hardy’s ribs.
Hardy hits a jawbreaker and a Russian leg sweep before rolling Anderson up for two. Hardy splashes Anderson in the corner, seating him. Hardy goes for the corner dropkick, but Anderson kicks him away with a boot to the gut. Anderson hits a running clothesline and tries for a couple of pin attempts, but Hardy wont stay down for three. Anderson twists Hardy’s arm driving his shoulder into Hardy’s. Anderson arm drags Hardy to the mat and drives his knee into Hardy’s shoulder repeatedly. Anderson goes into a keylock, but Hardy fights right up to his feet. Anderson punches at Hardy’s arm and takes him down for two with a flying arm bar.
Hardy rolls to the apron, and hits Anderson with a couple of shoulders to the gut, but Anderson counters with a rope assisted neck breaker, taking Hardy down for another two count. Anderson pulls Hardy to the middle of the ring and locks in an Arm bar, positioning himself above Hardy and twisting and grinding down on Hardy’s shoulder.
Hardy fights out of the hold, and takes Anderson down to the mat with a mic check, although it looks like…
Anderson doesn’t do too well with taking his own move. Anderson gets to his feet first and takes Hardy to the corner, only to be blocked. Hardy fights back, sending Anderson into the ropes, but he’s caught with a kick to the shoulder. Hardy comes back with a couple of clotheslines, an elbow, and a big flying clothesline. Anderson hits Hardy with a back elbow and sends him into the corner. Anderson avoids the poetry in motion. Anderson hits the twist of fate and covers Hardy for two.
Anderson goes for a swanton, but Hardy is able to get his knees up. Hardy goes up and goes for the swanton, hitting it and pinning Anderson for another two count.
Anderson and Hardy trade right hands on their knees, then they fight up to their feet, trading blows the entire time. Hardy hits an inverted atomic drop, then tries for his low dropkick, but it’s blocked by Anderson. Anderson rolls up Hardy, and it’s a really weird three count, but the bell rings, and apparently Anderson won the match. Anderson looks confused, and the fans don’t seem happy.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
We get a replay of the pinfall and it looks like Hardy clearly kicked out of the pin. The result seems like it will stand though and Hardy looks amicable to the decision. Anderson makes his way up the ramp, not looking too happy about the victory. Taz and Tenay discuss between themselves whether or not Hardy actually kicked out.
Christy Hemme is backstage with Austin Aries where she’ll be asking questions from Twitter. Someone wants to know if Aries is intimidated by Ray. Aries says no. His whole life people have tried to intimidate him, but it’s not in his nature, no matter how big or tough someone is. He says Ray has disrespected him, and tonight he gets that respect tonight. Ray thinks bigger is better. Aries thinks better is better. He says tonight this little man will pick up all 280 pounds of Ray and drop him on his head, and defeat him. He’ll look big when Ray is on his back after Aries has won.
In the Arena:
JB interviews Joseph Park in the crowd. Park says he rode all the rides at Universal Studios, except the ones he couldn’t fit on. Park says that he’s made a lot of new friends tonight, and he’s happy to be here. Park says he didn’t see Abyss’ return because of Bully Ray’s attack. He says that he knows his brother Chris is close, and he wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up tonight. He says in the meantime, he’s going to sit back and watch Austin Aries kick Bully Ray’s a-, but he stops himself.
In the Arena:
Apparently this is turning into an episode of Impact as Crimson makes his way out to the ring to grab a mic. He says everyone know what he’s capable of. Everyone saw it on Thursday when he put down Matt Morgan without even breaking a sweat. He says all he does is win and that’s what he’ll continue to do. He says no one in the back wants to fight him, and no one in the crowd wants to fight him. He went around to everyone in the back and issued an open challenge.
Crimson calls a ref into the ring. He says he came here tonight, to have a fight, and to win. He asks the ref if he knows what that’s like. The ref says no. Crimson tells the ref to ring the bell, count to ten, and call Crimson the winner. The bell rings, and the ref begins the count.
The ref makes it to eight before he’s interrupted by the music of the Knockouts Tag Team Champions. ODB and EY make their way out to the entrance ramp. ODB has a mic. She says if he wants to throw down an open challenge, she’s beaten bigger broads than his undefeated ass. EY says these people know where she’s going. He says they’re married and in love. Her problems are EY’s problems, if Crimson is good enough for ODB, he’s good enough for him. EY charges into the ring and lock up with the ref.
Crimson vs. Eric Young
Crimson attacks EY, taking him into the corner. EY does a headstand in the corner and takes Crimson down with a big head scissors. EY continues the assault and sends Crimson to the outside. Crimson heads back into the ring, and after a bit of trouble from EY, he manages to toss him over the top rope and to the outside. Crimson follows and mounts EY with a series of punches. ODB gets involved, and Crimson backs her off. Crimson rolls EY back into the ring and goes for the pin and gets a two count. Crimson hits a falcon arrow for another two count before locking in a cravat.
EY fights out of the hold, but he eats an elbow and a big exploder suplex from Crimson. Crimson waits for EY to get to his feet, and he’s caught from behind by ODB. Crimson shoves ODB down hard. EY isn’t happy, pulling down his pants to reveal American flag trunks. EY takes Crimson down with some big clotheslines before taking him to the mat with a body slam. EY hits a flying elbow drop before going to check on ODB. Crimson attacks and knocks EY into ODB, sending ODB crashing to the mat. Crimson hits the Red Sky, and gets the three count.
JB is backstage with Bully Ray and more Twitter questions. The question is how can Ray compete with a much younger and faster Austin Aries. Ray asks if JB knows who he is. JB says he’s well aware. Ray says he doesn’t do Twitter, and when he does, he trends on Twitter. Ray goes oldschool, throwing out a Myspace URL. Ray says he saw fear in Aries’ eyes. He’s the most legit bada– Aries has been in the ring with. Ray says Aries can’t get him up in the brainbuster because he’s not man enough or big enough. He says he doesn’t care how big Aries’ heart is, because tonight he’s going to break it.
- We get a video package that highlights the history between Bully and Aries over the past few weeks, stemming from Ray making fun of Aries height and size.
Austin Aries vs. Bully Ray
The bell rings and Ray and Aries stare at each other from across the ring. Aries walks straight up to Ray in the middle of the ring.
and looks at him. Ray talks a little trash, so Aries backs up and props himself up in the corner, laying across the top rope. Aries gets in Ray’s face, yelling back at him. Both men begin to circle each other. Ray goes into the ropes to prevent a lock up. Ray tells the ref to calm Aries down.
Ray continues to avoid a lockup, going into the ropes and out to the apron a second time. Ray walks out to the ring steps. Rey tells the ref to tell the fans to shut up. Ray gets back into the ring, and avoids a third lock up, but on his way out, Aries kicks the second rope into Ray’s crotch. Aries beats on Ray in the corner, then catches him with a big boot. Aries launches himself off the second rope, but Ray catches him and slams him down. Ray spits in Aries’ face, so Aries slaps Ray and beats on him with repeated rights in the corner. Aries charges right into a back elbow and is laid out. Ray goes for a stomp, but Aries avoids it and bites the calf. Aries is back dropped to the apron, but he snaps Ray’s neck across the top. Aries goes up to the top, but Ray catches him with a huge boot that sends him sailing to the outside and crashing into the barricade.
Aries back has immediately started welting up and bruising. Aries is slow to make his way back into the ring, and when he does, Ray turns his attention right to Aries’ back. Ray lays in with some huge clubbing blows to Aries’ back, slowing down the pace greatly. Ray stomps away at Aries in the corner before gloating to the crowd. Ray picks Aries up and slams him down to the mat hard. Aries pulls himself up to his feet and finds himself trapped in a bear hug from Ray. Aries fights out of the hold, and runs right into a big back body drop.
Ray catches Aries with a big chop to the chest, but Aries pops up and asks for more. Ray hits another chop, but Aries it up again, hitting him with a big right hand, and a series of forearms. Ray comes back with another chop and tells Aries to stay down. Aries refuses, getting back up and hitting a couple of chops of his own. Ray rakes Aries’ eyes, then hits an elbow to the top of the head. Aries hits Ray with a shoulder to the gut and a couple of elbows to the top of the head of his own. Aries drags Ray’s face across the top rope, leaps over the big man, and takes him into the corner. Aries runs into a big boot and eats a urunage from Ray, but it’s not enough to keep Aries down for three.
Aries counters out of something and kicks away at Ray, but he ends up eating a pop-up ace crusher, but it’s still not enough to keep Aries down for three and Ray is livid. Ray grabs a chain, but Joseph Park runs to the front, saying Ray can’t do that. Ray pulls Park into the ringside area and grabs a chair, but Aries hits Ray with the heat seeking missile. Ray stumbles back into the ring, and turns around into a top rope missile dropkick. Aries charges in with a dropkick in the corner before hitting a big brainbuster. Aries goes for the pin, but Ray kicks out at two.
Ray tries for a powerbomb, but Aries counters out and locks in the last chancery, forcing Ray to tap out.
Winner: Austin Aries
- We get another Impact recap where we see Daniels and Kazarian accusing AJ Styles of having some sort of affair with Dixie Carter to achieve his status in the company.
JB is backstage with AJ Styles. Styles says this isn’t the first time he’s wrestled Kurt Angle, and if he’s not 100% focused on Angle, he doesn’t stand a chance. He’s not here to talk about photos, or Kaz or Daniels or Dixie. He’s here to wrestle Kurt Angle.
This leads into a video package that details the events between Kurt Angle and AJ Styles, as well as Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, that led directly to this match.
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
The bell rings and both men begin circling. Styles goes for Angle’s leg, and the two wrestle down to the mat. Neither man gain an advantage before Styles rolls out of the hold. Kurt takes AJ down to the mat and the two wrestle for a bit before Styles bails to the outside.
Styles drops his knee pad and tells Styles to go for it. Angle drops to his knees and Styles kicks him in the chest. Styles beats on Angle in the corner. Styles tries for a suplex but Angle counters. Angle tries for a belly to belly suplex, but Styles fights out and rolls up Angle. Styles tries for the Styles clash, but Angle counters, trying for the ankle lock. Styles kicks him away, and the fans cheer.
Another lock up and Angle puts on a headlock. Styles fights out of it, but falls to a shoulder block and finds himself on the mat in another side headlock. Styles fights up to his feet and out of the hold, sending Angle into the corner, but he runs into a back elbow and is taken down with another side headlock.
Styles fights to his feet, sending Angle into the ropes and he follows it up with a beautiful dropkick. Styles picks up Angle and slams him to the mat before following with a knee drop that’s good for a two count. Styles tries for the Styles clash but Angle fights it off, so AJ hits a powerbomb instead. Styles pins Angle for two, then goes right into a rear chin lock.
Angle fights off the hold, but ends up sent out to the arena floor by AJ. Styles goes over the top, but Angle avoids it and catches him. Styles counters a German suplex on the floor by landing on his feet and hitting Angle with a right. Back in the ring, Styles misses a splash and Angle hits a belly to belly suplex to send Styles across the ring. Kurt lays in with a big right hand and a nasty set of boots.
Angle chokes Styles in the ropes before the ref forces a break. Angle snap mares AJ and locks in a seated bear hug, squeezing AJ’s back and midsection. Styles fights up to his feet, but runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker that’s good for another two count. Angle goes right into a body scissors, putting more pressure on Styles’ gut.
Styles fights out of the hold and kicks Angle in
the chest, but he runs right into a back drop from Angle. Angle goes for another pin but Styles kicks out at one. Angle locks in another side headlock, rearing back on the mat.
Styles fights out of the hold and both men miss dropkicks, but connect with simultaneous cross body blocks. Both men crash to the mat.
Styles catches Angle with a big kick, but misses a springboard move. Styles comes right back with a nasty across the knee neckbreaker that’s good for another two count. Styles hits a springboard forearm to Angle’s face for another near fall. Styles tries for the Styles clash, but Angle blocks it with a back body drop. Angle charges, but Styles side-steps him and Angle crashes to the outside. Styles springboards to the outside with a flying forearm shot to Angle.
Styles sends Angle back into the ring, but on his way in, he’s caught with a huge kick to the ribs. Angle brings Styles in with a big suplex and he goes for the pin, but is only able to get a two count. Angle picks Styles up and seats him on the top rope. Angle goes up after AJ, but Styles fights him off. Angle runs right back in and up the ropes, sending AJ flying with a huge belly to belly superplex. Angle pins Styles but it’s still not enough for three. Angle tries for the Angle slam, but Styles counters out and hits the Pele. Styles hits the Styles clash and goes for the pin but Angle kicks out at two!
Styles tries for a German suplex, but Angle counters with a German suplex of his own. Both men are slow to get to their feet, fighting on their knees, then on their feet in the middle of the ring. Angle hits an uppercut, but runs into an uppercut. Angle avoids the moonsault DDT, but AJ avoids a suplex from angle. AJ rolls up Angle, but Angle kicks out and comes right back with the Angle slam, but AJ is able to kick out at two.
Angle picks Styles up and teases the Styles clash. Styles fights it off with a back body drop. Angle goes for the ankle lock instead, but AJ kicks it off and tries for a hurricanrana. Angle blocks and hits the Styles clash, putting Styles down for another two count. Styles rolls AJ to his back and heads up to the top. Angle tries for the moonsault, but way overshoots it and Styles moves. Styles hits a springboard flipping senton, but it’s still not enough to keep Angle down for three.
Angle heads to the top. Kaz and Daniels are down and cause a distraction, taking out Styles legs. Angle hits the Angle slam, but Styles still wont stay down. Angle locks in the ankle lock, and grapevines the leg, and Styles is forced to tap out.
Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match, Daniels and Kaz leap into the ring and attack Styles. Angle is quick to fend of Styles’ attackers though, sending both Kaz and Daniels from the ring. Angle offers his hand to AJ and helps him to his feet. AJ and Styles hug in the middle of the ring, and Angle raises Styles arm.
- In an attempt to kill more time, we get a recap of the Lockdown match between Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson that saw Angle go for a ridiculous moonsault of the top of the cage, and go on to win the match.
After some more time-killing from Taz and Tenay, they send it to the back to JB who says that according to a poll, 76% of fans expect to see RVD win the title tonight. Bobby Roode says something doesn’t feel right, and that’s the fact that he’s talking to JB without his title around his waist. He says the stipulation tonight is a ladder match, and his pride and joy is hanging over the ring. He says RVD thinks he’s going to outsmart him tonight, but he’s dead wrong. Hogan can try to stack the deck, but RVD’s plan wont work and no one can stop him. After he climbs the ladder and retains tonight, he’ll climb into the history books because in ten days he’ll go down as the longest reigning World Champion in Impact Wrestling History, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
- We get a promo video for tonight’s main event.
TNA Championship Ladder Match – Bobby Roode (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
After running down the Tale of the Tape, and going over how RVD made it into this match, which I’m pretty sure they’ve already explained several times tonight, RVD is the first man to make his way out to the ring. Van Dam gets a good reaction from the crowd as he makes his way out to challenge for the title that he never lost. Bobby Roode is out next, and the champ gets a bit of a mixed reaction, and it sounds like a couple of fans are chanting for him.
After formal ring introductions from JB, I think we’re finally done with all of the stalling, and ready to get this match underway.
The bell rings and RVD and Roode jaw with each other. Roode scores a kick to the gut, sending RVD into the ropes. RVD comes back with a series of kicks, taking Roode to the mat with a kick to the side of the head. RVD sends Roode to the outside over the top rope. RVD follows out and looks under the ring before going to grab a ladder. Roode catches RVD with a boot and sends him into the barricade. RVD avoids being sent into the ring post and sends Roode into the barricade instead. RVD suplexes Roode over the guard rail and heads up to the apron, hitting a big leg drop across Roode’s back.
Van Dam grab a ladder and sets it up against the ring post. RVD heads back into the ring, but Roode kicks the middle rope into RVD’s crotch on the way in. Roode hits a DDT and lay out RVD. Roode heads to the outside and grabs a ladder, but when he goes to bring it in, RVD dropkicks the ladder into his face. Van Dam launches himself over the top, crashing down into Roode.
RVD brings the ladder into the ring and goes to climb it, but Roode stops him and sends Van Dam crashing into the ladder. Roode sets up the ladder in the corner before stomping away at RVD. Roode chops and punches RVD, but RVD reverses an Irish whip and sends Roode crashing into the ladder in the corner. RVD props the ladder in between the second and…
third rope. RVD ducks being thrown into the ladder, but Roode is able to catapult RVD into the ladder head first.
Roode grabs the ladder and drives it into RVD’s back before propping it up on the middle rope. Roode tries to suplex RVD on the ladder, but RVD is able to reverse it before hitting a lionsault while Roode is still laid across the ladder.
Roode catches RVD with a boot to the stomach, but he runs into a back elbow and eats a springboard kick before RVD sends Roode crashing into the ladder in the corner with a crazy flying body scissors. Van Dam picks up the ladder and props it up against Roode before going to the outside and grabbing a chair. RVD runs around the ring and drives the chair into the ladder, into Roode.
RVD grabs another ladder and sets it up in the middle of the ring. RVD begins the climb, but Roode is up right after him. Roode rakes the eyes and forces RVD to fall, but RVD tips over the ladder. Aries catches RVD with a huge clothesline.
Roode sets a ladder down in the middle of the ring and hits a huge spinebuster, planting RVD on the ladder. Roode picks up the ladder and tosses it aside. Roode tries for something, but RVD counters and monkey flips Roode into the ladder propped in the corner. RVD follows it up with rolling thunder while Roode is still laid out on the ladder. RVD sets up the ladder and kicks away at Roode before slamming the ladder down. RVD misses a kick, but a second attempt and RVD connects, laying Roode out on the ladder. RVD heads to the top and tries for the five star frog splash, but Roode moves and RVD crashes into the ladder.
Roode picks up the ladder and uses it to send Van Dam crashing out to the floor and into the barricade. Roode sets up the ladder and begins climbing to the top. RVD tries to leap into the ladder, but he botches it badly and RVD looks to mangle his own leg. Roode climbs up the ladder, and RVD tries to climb after him, but Roode pushes him down head first into the mat and chair, and RVD’s leg is twisted in the ladder again. Roode grabs the title, and falls to the mat as RVD kicks at the ladder.
Winner and Still TNA World Champion: Bobby Roode
TNA wrestler Kurt Angle says he hurt his knee during his match with A.J. Styles at the Sacrifice PPV Sunday night. Angle did not indicate the degree of injury in a Twitter post after the PPV. He made the comment in response to a Twitter follower asking who won the matches at the PPV. Angle incorrectly listed Jeff Hardy as winning his match (Hardy lost to Mr. Anderson). Angle tweeted, “I think Hardy, Roode, Aries, Daniels and Kaz, and Me! (won matches). Yayyyyye! I hurt Knee. Gonna Ice and Go to Sleep!”
TNA wrestler Matt Morgan has run through all of his contracted dates with TNA Wrestling, which is why the company ran an injury angle on Impact Thursday night.
As noted earlier here on the site, WWE is said to be very interested in Morgan once his contract expires later this year.
In an interview with the pro wrestling torch last month, Morgan said he wouldn’t rule out a return to the company.
World Heavyweight Championship Match (Ladder Match): Rob Van Dam vs. Bobby Roode (c
TNA World Tag Team Championship Match: Daniels and Kazarian vs. Magnus and Samoa Joe (c)
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
Austin Aries vs. Bully Ray
TNA Television Championship Match: Devon (c) vs. Robbie E and Robbie T
TNA Women’s Knockout Championship Match: Brooke Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim (c)
MMA fighter “King Mo” Lawal will sign with TNA and the Bellator MMA promotion, according to Sherdog.com. As part of Spike TV’s partnership with TNA and Bellator, Lawal is expected to perform simultaneously for the organizations. His debut is unknown at this point, as Lawal is currently recovering from knee surgery.
[ LINK: Report at Sherdog.com ]
According to property records, Hulk Hogan and his new wife, Jennifer, have bought a new $3.3 million Florida mansion in Clearwater Beach. Hogan, who recently sold his “Hogan Knows Best” mansion for $6.2 million, bought a 5,000-square-foot home built in 2009 that includes “an elevator, fireplace, pool, and two spas” that “looks out on an open expanse of secluded gulf beachfront.”
[ LINK: Report at TampaBay.com ]
Hulk Hogan spoke with the New York Post about Vince McMahon and WWE being concerned about where he’s at in TNA, the TNA brand vs. WWE and more. Check out the highlights:
On the TNA brand vs. the WWE brand: “The only way I could explain it to you (building up TNA‘s brand) is if I talked about John Cena. WWE has taken about ten years to build up John Cena to that Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock-type level. TNA is the same way, we’ve only been around for 10 years. It’s a very young company and to even say that it is competitive and that WWE has a little less of a presence, that’s a major statement.”
On working with Spike TV: “Spike understands the business. They know what to expect and are well aware as to how the business works. They’re supportive and are believing in us more and more every day and as we keep rolling forward you’ll see more support. They’re team players and it will help both of us to be open and take that leap of faith.”
On quick fixes: “If you wanted a quick fix, right now, you would put the belt on Jeff Hardy. That would fix a bunch of stuff right now, but that is not working backwards from where we need to be. Right now, to work to that point, the belt needs to stay with Bobby Roode. He’s a guy who we are bringing up and is a constant. As we build him up it’s like a volcano that ready to explode.”
On WWE is worried about his role in TNA: “I remember the last time this build-up happened. Vince McMahon had Shawn Michaels dress up as Hulk Hogan with a walker and say ‘You’re getting old brother.’ Then we came with the NWO idea and I feel the same thing now. (WWE) is banging me on TV again, having The Three Stooges dressing up as me, showing footage of Brock Lesnar beating me last week. They’re worried about something.”
Scott Steiner, who parted ways with TNA Wrestling last month, has continued to fire off messages on Twitter trashing his former employer. In his latest series of messages, “Big Poppa Pump” rips Thursday’s episode of iMPACT! Wrestling and urges fans to voice their complaints to TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter. He wrote:
“Lets keep the momentum going to save Tna and turn rhe channel when u see a hogan or bitchoff
Segment wait 5 mins n turn it back,also keep tweeting Dixie that its time to save Tna
How appropiate the show ended with shit
Im glad everybody is agreeing with what i said last wk about open fight night
Brillant booking by the 3 assholes what a waste of airtime on the indy wrestler..wtf really
Is everybody believing me now that pritchard was just a go’fer in the WWE,how many bad shows
Do the Tna fans have to suffer thru b4 Tna n spike tv officials realize he is lying
Keep tweeting @tnadixie to voice yur opinon to save Tna from the same fate as WCW
How stupid fake n out of date did hogans backstage promos look,like i said if hogan isnt sayin
His catchphrases he sounds like a FF’n idiot
Its clear that nobody cares about eric or garrett bitchoff bcuz their segments draw low ratings
So u would think that with him “leaving” having another segment on him would be the last thing
They would do….but of course they had 4-5 segments on him
Which was brutal n hard to watch,how fake did it look when garrett took eric to the port o john and
Then put him in..thus ending with a SHIT shot on a SHIT show”
Hulk Hogan, through his attorney, is threatening a lawsuit against TheDirty.com following publication of photos from Hogan’s alleged sex tape made several years ago. According to a TMZ report, Hogan’s attorney has sent a cease & desist letter to the website editor formally requesting the photos be removed. Otherwise, they may proceed with a lawsuit.
The lawyer wrote to the editor, “As you know, should a sex tape or photographs of Mr. Bollea exist, they were taken without his consent and therefore the same would constitute a felony in the State of Florida.” According to TMZ, the website has no intentions of removing the photos, which could lead to Hogan’s side taking legal action.
[ LINK: Report at TMZ.com ]
Hulk Hogan, the storyline “General Manager” of TNA, went on his Twitter to talk about what would TNA’s product.
A fan asked him about iMPACT! Wrestling going live, and he said it “would solve 75% of the issues, but they need money to do it. He also says he has “been beating that drum for the last 2yrs.”
He said: “Getting my head really wrapped around the fan business requests and how to transition Impact Wrestling beyond the Mania, Attitude era, nWo era. Not just grow in a black beard or just switch a title or just verbally say were changing, I’m talking about really changing [the] foundation to put wrestling in a whole new era. I know I came up with the idea, I’m gonna really flush it out before I drop the bomb on you Maniacs.”
Speaking of Hulk Hogan, he is scheduled for an autograph signing this Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Forked River House in Forked River, New Jersey.
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Kurt Angle posted on Twitter that he will meet AJ Styles at TNA’s next PPV Sacrifice.
It will be a rematch from a bout on this week’s iMPACT! Wrestling episode. Angle said he “banged up” his already-injured knee during the match at the TV taping.
Kurt Angle recently tweeted his opponent for the next TNA Pay Per View, Sacrifice, on May 13th. Hit continue reading to see the tweet.
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Traci Brooks has been removed from the roster of Knockouts on TNA’s website.
This usually happens for two reasons: contract expiration or storyline. As Brooks is not really involved in any major way in a storyline currently, that is probably not the reason for the removal.
There has not been any official comment from TNA on the matter yet.
Brooks was an original Knockout, but has left the company previously. She rejoined TNA last year.
No word yet on any future plans she might have.
The Flyers did win the game.
However, Hogan did a similar video earlier this season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyer’s opponents in their first round series.
Anything for a buck, right Hulk?
Kurt Angle says his injured knee “held up” during the featured match with Jeff Hardy at TNA’s Lockdown PPV Sunday night. Angle added in a series of Twitter posts that he’s now “okay with pulling out of the Olympics” because his job is to “entertain all of you,” referring to wrestling fans. Angle noted he is scheduled for a break – “not a long break” – after Lockdown and will be at the next PPV in May.
Hogan – Flair showdown. This is new and exciting.
Devon successfully defends Television Championship.
Robbie E and Bigger Rob beat down Devon after the match – seemingly set up to continue the feud.
The tag team champions retain their titles at Lockdown.
Garrett pinned Eric after a guitar shot to the head.
As is customary, all Lockdown matches are contested inside a steel cage.
Storm vs Roode – World Heavyweight Championship
Lethal Lockdown – Team Eric Bischoff vs Team Garrett Bischoff
Jeff Hardy vs Kurt Angle
Motor City MachineGuns vs Magnus & Samoa Joe – Tag Team Championship
Velvet Sky vs Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship
Robbie E vs Devon – Television Championship
Morgan vs Crimson
TNA top star Jeff Hardy teased a cage-jump of sorts at Lockdown Sunday night in an interview with the Tennessean newspaper promoting the PPV in Nashville. “I made my career jumping off of cages and ladders,” Hardy said. “That’s my territory.” Hardy is scheduled to face Kurt Angle in one of the top matches of the PPV.
[ LINK: Local news coverage at Tennessean.com ]