TNA Impact Report – 1/12/16
We start off with a look back at last week when Ethan Carter III defeated Matt Hardy to win the World Title Series and regain the TNA World Title, as well as hype for tonight’s Kurt Angle-Drew Galloway main event. Speaking of Kurt Angle, we see clips of Kurt Angle arriving at the arena and posing for pictures with fans before going to the opening video package.
EC3 is in the locker room looking proud of himself, and Tyurs comes in to tell his boss it’s time. EC3 says that’s damn right and walks out, and Tyrus looks displeased as he follows him out.
Pope and Josh are still at ringside and run down tonight’s card, then we go to the ring as the new champion prepares to address his devoted followers. He says this isn’t a moment for celebration, but vindication because he is still unpinned, unsubmitted, unbeatable, and the two-time, undefeated TNA World Champion. The one man who never doubted him is Tyrus, and EC3 says that the fans see business, but it’s personal because they’d been through a lot together, and he can never thank Tyrus enough. He knows Tyrus has a shot at the title, and he’ll be happy to give him that title shot, but Tyrus leaving ringside last week was the best thing for him because he could beat Hardy on his own. Tyrus starts to say he never doubted Ethan, but EC3 yanks the mic out of his hand and goes back to putting himself over until Jeff Hardy interrupts. He’s in his regular ring gear, and I’m guessing we’re going to set up his annual injury angle to explain why he’s not on the UK tour. EC3 welcomes the man who cost EC3 the World Title to begin with, and asks him what he wants. Hardy says he still can’t stand the sound of Ethan’s voice, but Jeff is here to give him something he deserves. He used to think Ethan was a spoiled brat who needs help from everyone, but he didn’t need any help last week, he won fair and square, and he deserves to be the World Champion. Ethan can’t believe what he heard, and Jeff said he deserves it, but for everything Ethan put he and Matt through, tonight is about the Charismatic Enigma, and tonight is about him. He has something to share with Ethan, and pulls out a piece of paper that EC3 looks over before sternly looking at Jeff and folding the paper back up. EC3 says it’s a doctor’s note saying he’s cleared to wrestle, and Jeff says he’s here to go big or go home, and challenges EC3 to a title match. EC3 says he’s wanted a match with Jeff Hardy for all the marbles for a long time, but his request for a title match is denied. The fans turn on that, so EC3 says to hear him out, because Jeff can’t expect to come off the disabled list and walk right into a title shot. If Jeff wants a title shot, he needs to start at the bottom, so EC3 calls out to Bob Ryder to send out some young, hungry wrestler to take on Jeff Hardy right now. Someone in a mask and cape comes out, and EC3 calls for some entrance music for him, and sings lyrics for him along to the beat. He introduces himself as the Master of Motion, Shin-Ron, and tonight, he’s going to fly all over his boy, Jeff Hardy. EC3 eggs him on to say he’s going to beat and destroy Jeff Hardy, and EC3 says that dog has bite, yo! EC3 takes Tyrus and leaves, and a referee comes out to call our opening match.
Jeff Hardy vs The Master Of Motion, Shin-Ron
EC3 joins the comentary team as Shin-Ron does flippy stuff before playing to the crowd. He does some gymnastics stuff, but Jeff baseball slides him to the floor, then tries to dump him back in but Shin-Ron swings through the ropes and dropkicks Jeff in the face. Shin-Ron with some kind of springboard twisting senton, but Jeff gets the knees up, backdrops Shin-Ron to the apron, then avoids another flippy move. Jeff hits an overhead powerbomb, the Twist of Fate, and that’s all she wrote.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
The Master of Motion isn’t moving very much right now. EC3 says it’s a long road to the top, and gives Jeff a hand as he celebrates.
Jeremy Borash is backstage interviewing Awesome Kong and the Dollhouse, but Marti Bell cuts him off and says the Knockouts Division needed a shakeup, and they showed they are stronger than ever, and they have Kong to thank for that. Kong asks if everyone hates her, then says good, because these girls, this house, it’s his house, and she does what she wants with who she wants. She going to hurt Gail because she’s got something she wants, and…The Beautiful People come in to tell Kong not to worry about Gail, they should worry about the Beautiful People instead. Velvet wants to kick Kong’s ass, and Madison says they don’t need to attack anyone from behind, they can do it right now. Velvet and Madison attack, and get hammered 4-on-2 as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and Jade and Velvet are going at it on the ramp as Kong beats up Madison inside the ring. Guess we’re underway…
Streetfight: Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne vs Awesome Kong & Jade
Jade whips Velvet into the ring steps as Kong chokes Madison on the ropes inside the ring. Jade is tossing the usual array of hardcore stuff like kendo sticks and trash cans into the ring, so I guess this is no DQ. Jade wedges a chair in the corner and then slams a trash can lid into Madison’s back as Kong has her up in a choke. Madison avoids a Lionsault from Jade and a corner avalanche from Kong, and Velvet goes to work on Kong with the chair before laying Jade out with clotheslines. Velvet bulldogs Jade on the chair and then the BPs take Rebel and Marti out with kendo sticks when they try to get involved. They then turns the sticks on Kong, and Madison connects with a missile dropkick for 2. Madison flattens Madison with a cradle piledriver for the win.
Winners: Awesome Kong & Jade
Kurt Angle is backstage, and he’s…TALKING TO DIXIE CARTER! He’ll face Drew Galloway tonight!
We’re back, and Beer Money is headed to the ring where a couple of tables are set up with a load of beers. The crowd is going nuts for them, and Storm says he’s been drinking all damn day. Storm said that he had to make a hard decision on January 5th, and he decided to make a living for his family, and that meant the reunion of the greatest team in the history of wrestling, Beer Money. The crowd chants “welcome back” at them, and Roode says he’s been boozing a bit as well, not as much as Storm too, and he gets emotional when he drinks. He says what tore them apart was what brought them together in the first place: the desire to be the best. They’re cut from the same cloth, and it took Roode years later, when he won his second World Title the right way, he realized what he did to Storm and the fans was wrong, and he wants to say he’s sorry. The crowd chants to hug it out, so they do. Storm says he’s sorry too for kicking him all those times in his face, and he hands Roode a beer. Roode says he’s sorry he smashed a beer bottle over Storm’s head, so Storm pours a beer in a cup and hands it to him. Storm says he’s sorry for leaving Roode with all those bar tabs, and Roode says he’s sorry he puked in Storm’s cowboy hat and blamed it on his dog. Storm asks if he’s really sorry, and then says they’re good so he can make a toast to one of the greatest, if not the greatest tag team partner he’s ever had. Roode has proved that he is the best and the It Factor of professional wrestling, and Roode wants to make a toast to Storm for starting more barfights than anyone, and also for always having his back. Roode also wants to toast the fans all over the world, and Storm wants everyone to raise their drinking hands. Storm and Roode realize something’s not right, and Roode says a beer bash needs to gt loud and rowdy, so they lead the fans in BEER…MONEY! Eric Young’s music hits, and crazy Eric comes out with Bram to tell Roode he makes him sick for toasting to the fans and each other like they’re going to get married. Young hurt Storm in the World Title Series, and quitting was the smartest thing he ever did. He made a mistake by coming back and getting into Young’s business, and Roode knows what happens when he sticks his nose in Young’s business. Young doesn’t need or have friends, and he doesn’t even like Bram, but he likes the way he operates and thinks, and what Young does know is that they hate Beer Money’s guts. Storm says he done hurt their feelings, but Young says this has nothing to do with Storm because he’ll never forget what Roode did to him and that he would ruin Roode for the rest of his life. Roode has something that Young wants: he wants the King of the Mountain Title and wants it now. Roode tells Eric to shut his mouth, and if Young wants to jump him from behind and whine like a little bitch, then Roode wants to kick his ass like a little bitch in a title match right here and now. Young likes that idea, and it’ll be on after this commercial break!
King Of The Mountain Title Match: Bobby Roode vs Eric Young
We join the match in progress, and they jockey back and forth until Roode gets the advantage with a series of armdrags. Roode goes to the apron and snaps Young’s arm down on the top rope as Storm and Bram get into a confrontation at ringside. Young hits a neckbreaker for 2, then a running version for another 2 count. Young just barrels Roode into the ropes and hits a high angle back suplex. Roode comes back with a couple of clotheslines and a high backdrop, then rams a series of knees into the midsection of Young before popping him over with a Steiner suplex. Roode waits for Young to get to his feet, Young gets out of the Roode Bomb and hits a belly to belly suplex for 2. Young goes for the piledriver, but Roode picks his legs and gets the Sharpshooter. Young gets out and Roode converts to a crossface, then a crucifix for 2. Roode hits a spinebuster for 2, goes for a superplex, but Young bites Roode’s face to knock his momentum. Roode is back up and hits the Roode Bomb, but Bram pulls the referee out of the ring before he can complete the 3 count. Storm spits his beer in Bram’s face and dumps him into the ring where he and Roode double suplex Bram. They do BEER…MONEY! Well, they try because Young knocks Storm out, kicks Roode low, and hits a piledriver to steal the title.
Winner and New King Of The Mountain Champion: Eric Young
Well, I bet that didn’t turn out the way Roode expected. Young has scored a LOT of wins over Roode, by the way.
Ken Anderson is backstage with a microphone that he says has brought him great success and a lot of trouble, but tonight, it’s going to help him debut his new talk show. Tonight’s guest is Matt Hardy, and they’re going to talk about how Hardy choked in the biggest match of his career.
Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis find EC3 and congratulate him on regaining the title. Bennett makes his in-ring debut next week, but congratulates him again. EC3 says he heard what Bennett said last week and tries to walk away, but Bennett says he’s just trying to be nice. EC3 says he’s the champ and doesn’t have time for this, and they need to stay out of each other’s way. Bennett says that’s fine because the title looks good on EC3…for now.
We see a video package looking at the history of Matt Hardy and EC3, then we go the ring for Ken Anderson’s new interview segment, HUH?!?! Yes, that’s its name. Anderson says a lot of people have accused him of being an asshole, and asks if there are any other assholes in the building tonight. He says his guests tonight aren’t assholes, they’re a very nice family: Matt Hardy, his wife Reby, and their baby son. Anderson lets Reby and the boy sit on his couch, but makes Matt sit on a folding chair because he spares no expense. Anderson asks Matt how he’s doing, then says they’ve known each other for a long time, done some stuff they shouldn’t talk about in front of the fans or Matt’s family, then says they should cut to the chase. Matt was the World Champion, then he lost it, then he had a chance to regain it, and Anderson doesn’t know how else to say it other than he choked. Matt asked if he choked when he won the title at Bound For Glory, he was the only guy who didn’t lose through the entire tournament, and he thought he had EC3 beat last week. But EC3 didn’t beat him, Eric Young gave him a piledriver on the concrete. Anderson doesn’t buy that, and says it just sounds like an excuse for him. Matt doesn’t make excuses, he holds himself accountable for everything he does, and asks if Anderson’s trying to get him to apologize for letting his fans down or something. Matt says you only fail when you quit trying, but he’ll never quit until he’s the World Champion. Jeff came out tonight to lay it down, and asks if Jeff was doing his dirty work for him. Matt says if Anderson wants to get him to share his heart, he admits he loves his wife and son more than anything, but tonight, he’ll make EC3 an offer he can’t refuse. He needs one more match to fulfill his destiny and regain the title because he has EC3’s number. Anderson again seems dubious, and makes sure he’s not quitting or getting Jeff to do his dirty work, and Matt says he’s Matt freakin’ Hardy, and he won’t ever quit because Matt Hardy WILL NOT DIE. Anderson says that’s the Matt he likes, but the Hardys get up and leave, and Anderson says this is awkward, but insists that they were totally into the conversation. Reby gives Anderson her trademark dirty look before heading to the back, and that’s it for Anderson’s debut talk show.
We see another Kurt Angle video package as he arrives at the building and gets ready for tonight’s match, then Christy Hemme is in the crowd with Drew Galloway to ask him how he feels about his match with Kurt tonight. Drew says when he was 15, he had his first wrestling lesson, and he hoped he would one day get to wrestle Kurt Angle, and he’s doing that tonight in the main event. He guarantees each of the fans that they’ll see a spectacle tonight. Drew is at his peak, Angle’s been at his peak his entire life, and Angle has to win to prove to himself that he’s the greatest, and if he wants to prove to himself that he’s the best, Drew also has to 100% win tonight.
Eric Young and Bram are backstage agreeing that nobody’s crazy enough to stop them and that they can do anything they want, and there’s nothing Beer Moeny can do about it.
Tigre Uno & The Wolves vs DJ Z, Eli Drake & Jessie Godderz
DJ Z and Tigre Uno start us off, and they do flippy dippy. The championship team tags in and out on DJ Z, then Jessie tags in and gets beat up as well. Jessie finally drills Eddie with a dropkick, then press slams him as Eli blind tags himself in. The heel team works Eddie over for a bit, then Eddie hot tags to Davey, who cleans house on Jessie and catches him in a trailer hitch, then anklelocks DJ Z when he tries to help. Eli finally breaks that up, but Tigre Uno clears him out, Jessie gets the Adonis Crab on Eddie, but DJ Z superkicks his own partner and then the Wolves hit Jessie with Chasing The Dragon for the win.
Winners: Tigre Uno & The Wolves
The cameras are still following Kurt as he gets ready backstage.
Jeff Hardy finds Matt backstage and tells him that he’s still at the top level and can do this with EC3, and Matt says he knows everyone believes in him, and that’s why he is going to give EC3 an offer he can’t refuse. Reby comes in and tells Matt she needs to talk to him, and drags him away as Jeff looks after them puzzled.
EC3 comes out to the ring again and says if Matt has an offer, let’s hear it. Matt comes out and says he came from nothing in this business, and everything he has, he earned through his blood, sweat, and tears. EC3 got in because his last name is Carter, but they’ll forever be linked as career-long rivals. Matt says he uses the word fate a lot, and offers EC3 the ability to control his fate. EC3 says he got hit with the Twist of Fate, but he kicked out and tells Matt to continue. Matt will put his career on the line for one last shot at the TNA World Title, and if he can’t beat him, he’ll leave Impact Wrestling forever. If he can’t beat EC3, then it’s time for him to go home. EC3 says Matt really wants this match, and he was really close last week, but he doesn’t respect Matt, his legend, his family name, or anything about him because he’s beaten him time and time again, and Matt CAN NOT BEAT HIM. EC3 says if they do this, they do it on his terms, and it’s the last time they dance. Matt says let’s do this, so EC3 considers for a minute before saying he doesn’t want to pin Matt, make him submit, knock him off a ladder, he wants to stand over Matt as he lays there beaten, defeated, and with his legacy thrown away. EC3 says next week, for the TNA World Title, a Last Man Standing match. He asks if they have a deal and extends his hand to Matt, and Matt shakes and says it’s a deal.
It’s main event time!
Drew Galloway vs Kurt Angle
Drew immediately establishes his power advantage, plowing over Kurt with a shoulderblock. He then displays his speed going behind Kurt with a waistlock and then taking the former champ down with another shoulderblock. Kurt suddenly pops Drew over (see what I did there?) with a big backdrop, but Drew nearly tears his head off with a hard clothesline. Kurt tosses Drew with an overhead release suplex for 2, then locks the big man down with a chinlock. Drew unloads with big right hands, then they wipe each other out with a double clothesline as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and Drew is still hammering Angle with hard shots and a charging forearm in the corner. Drew comes off the top with a clothesline, then sets up for the Claymore. Angle dodges and hits the rolling German suplexes and then hits the Hacker Slam for 2. The straps come down and Angle gets the ankle lock, and Drew is caught right in the middle of the ring. He rolls forward and sends Angle careening into the corner, but Angle quickly catches a backslide for 2. Drew quickly hits the Future Shock DDT, but Angle kicks out at 2. Drew goes for a running powerslam, Angle slips out and goes for the anklelock, but Drew reverses to the Border City Stretch, and again has Angle right in the middle of the ring. Angle tries to get to the ropes, Drew drags him back to the middle, but breaks just long enough for Angle to catch the anklelock again. Drew rolls through again, and htis time sends Angle tumbling to the floor. Drew charges Angle and gets caught in an overhead release suplex, but Drew more sort of crashes headfirst into the guardrail. Angle quickly capitalizes by dumping Drew back into the ring and making a cover, but Drew kicks out at 2. Drew hits a jawbreaker and, despite a bad wheel, hits the Claymore and JUST barely misses getting a three count. Drew sets to hit it again, and he connects, but Kurt kicks out again. Drew puts Angle on the top rope, but Angle knocks Drew down and hangs him in the Tree of Woe. Drew actually sits up and suplexes Angle in an impressive spot for a guy his size, and now they go toe to toe in the middle of the ring. Drew plows over Angle with another big clothesline, smacks his leg to bring it back to life, and charges…and misses. Angle hits another Hacker Slam, but Drew is out at 2 again. Angle picks Drew up, but Drew knocks Angle into next week with a headbutt, heads back to the top rope, Angle runs over and hammers Drew with right hands, climbs up after him, and hits a super Hacker Slam for the win.
Winner: Kurt Angle
AWESOME AWESOME MATCH!! I think Drew should have gone over, but they still have a bit of time. This was completely all kinds of awesome and one you need to go out of your way to see.