TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT RESULTS 4/10: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Orlando Impact - new TNA World champion
Apr 10, 2014 - 10:00:02 PM
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TNA Impact Results
April 10, 2014
Semi-live in Orlando, Fla.
Aired on Spike TV
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
"In Memory of Warrior 1959 - 2014."
Impact opened with a backstage shot of Dixie Carter returning to TV in a towncar. Dixie told a roving camera that she has a lot to say, just not now.
Office: MVP spoke into a camera that Magnus successfully defended the TNA Title last week. Tonight, ten men will compete for a title shot at Sacrifice. Samoa Joe will not be one of those men. But, he found a replacement.
In-ring: James Storm's music played to bring out the first competitor in the #1 contender gauntlet match. Gunner's music then brought out the second competitor and they started brawling ringside before the match started. The bell sounded while they brawled on the floor...
1 -- 10-MAN GAUNTLET MATCH -- #1 contender to the TNA World Title
Storm and Gunner brawled into the ring. Bobby Roode then joined the party as the third competitor. Storm and Roode came face-to-face, then decided to work together putting the Beer Money boots to Gunner. Bully Ray was out fourth to even the odds of heels vs. faces. Bully and Magnus stood tall, then Ethan Carter III was introduced next to give the heels the advantage. ECIII was slow walking down the ramp, which Mike Tenay explained is because Kurt Angle has threatened to get ECIII tonight. Bully lit up Carter with hard chops to the chest, popping the crowd.
The countdown clock expired to bring out Bobby Lashley as the sixth competitor, evening the odds of heels and faces again. Still no eliminations, then Abyss was introduced as the seventh competitor to give the heels the advantage again. Abyss was about to be eliminated when Magnus's music interrupted to bring out the TNA World champion. Magnus headed to the announce table as Impact headed to break.
[Q2] [Commercial Break at 9:14]
Back from break, Eric Young was introduced as the ninth competitor, as X Division champion Sanada was introduced during the break. Sanada was not originally scheduled. Out last was Jeff Hardy/Willow as Magnus hyped the virtues of his monster bodyguard, Abyss. Hardy flew around the ring like a madman striking anyone in front of him. Suddenly, Rockstar Spud wheeled himself down to ringside in a wheelchair. Spud then "came to life" and yanked Hardy off the ring apron. Apparently that counts as an elimination. Willow chased Spud up the ramp to the back as the feed cut out.
Back to in-ring action, Abyss chokeslammed Sanada, then dumped him over the top rope for the second elimination. James Storm then superkicked Lashley into Roode, who dumped Lashley over the top rope for the third cut. Ray then big-booted Roode off the apron for the fourth elimination. Ray tried to eliminate ECIII, but Roode yanked Ray down from the floor and ECIII pushed Ray over the top for another elimination that apparently counts despite outside involvement.
The field was cut in-half at this point. Storm superkicked Gunner, then dumped him over the top rope. Final Four: Storm, Abyss, EY, and ECIII. The heels went after Young, working him over with right hand strikes. ECIII tossed Young over the top rope, but Young held onto the ropes, skinned the cat, and head-scissored ECIII over the top rope for the sixth elimination.
Abyss and Storm worked over EY for a while, but EY fought back. Young didn't see a Backstabber coming, though. Storm then measured EY for a swinging DDT off the second rope before measuring Young for a superkick, but Young moved and kicked Storm out of the ring to the floor. It was down to Abyss and EY.
On commentary, Magnus told Abyss to put this to bed, but Young held onto the top rope, absorbed right hand strikes, dangled above the floor without touching the floor, and returned to the ring. EY avoided elimination again, then delivered a top-rope missile dropkick. Young then clotheslined Abyss over the top rope, landed on Abyss's thigh, and Abyss's feet hit the floor, giving EY the win.
Post-match: Christy Hemme entered the ring to interview EY, who called out MVP to the ring. Young said he has a request.
WINNER: Eric Young at 26:08 to become #1 contender to the TNA Title and get a TNA Title shot at Sacrifice. This was transparently TNA's attempt to create a Daniel Bryan run for EY.
[Q3] [Commercial Break at 9:30]
Back from break, Eric Young was still in the ring waiting for MVP to meet him for a conversation. MVP walked out on-stage applauding EY, then asked Young for his request. Young said he's not a doctor and his right arm is messed up, but this is live TV. He said what MVP just saw is him win a shot at the TNA World Title at Sacrifice. But, he's feeling crazy tonight. Like he's already won once, everything is going his way, and he's been waiting long enough - 10 long years. He said he wants his title shot tonight. Magnus laughed to himself on commentary, then told MVP to go for it, not taking Young seriously.
MVP thought it over, then asked EY if he's sure he still wants to face Magnus tonight. Magnus chuckled and said they're going to have a live funeral tonight. EY played the Daniel Bryan role of leading the crowd in "Yes!" chants, then MVP booked the title match for tonight. Magnus stood up from commentary, then took the mic and introduced himself. Magnus said this is just fine with him because they know it's Magnus Rules.
MVP said he would like to address that because they're switching the rules up tonight. He said if Magnus gets himself DQ'ed or counted out, he will forfeit the title. And he's not done. He said Abyss is banned from ringside. And he's not done. And if anyone else comes out from the locker room and gets involved, they will be fired on the spot. MVP said it's straight-up, one-on-one for the title tonight. "You can't do that," Magnus stammered. "I can and I did. Suit up," MVP told Magnus.
Back Room: Rockstar Spud was hiding in a room adorned with all kinds of balloons and party items. Dixie Carter walked in and Spud snuck up behind her, frightening Dixie. Spud noticed Dixie did not appreciate his tribute, then Dixie accused Spud of selling her down the river when MVP gained control. Poor Spud was left to contemplate matters, then he opened the door and found Willow ready to crash the party.
Backstage: Four-camera shot of the Knockouts preparing for a Knockouts Title #1 contender match up next.
[Commercial Break at 9:42]
[Q4] Back from break, ODB, Gail, and Brittany were in the ring with Gail's music wrapping up. The Beautiful People's music then brought out Angelina Love, accompanied by Velvet Sky.
2 -- ANGELINA LOVE (w/Velvet Sky) vs. GAIL KIM vs. ODB vs. BRITTANY -- four-way #1 contender match to the Knockouts Title
WINNER: Angelina at 4:30 with help from Velvet Sky to become #1 contender to Knockouts champion Madison Rayne at the Sacrifice PPV.
Backstage: Dixie Carter walked into MVP's office. MVP told Dixie to state her case before he has her thrown out of the building. Dixie mocked MVP's exhibition match last week, then mocked his M-V-P saying, calling it a massive violation of power. Dixie vowed to clear this up with the board and it's all because of one disgruntled wrestler. Dixie said she came here to take care of him, while also ask MVP to watch her chew up this person and spit him out because the same will be done to MVP. "You are next," she said.
[Commercial Break at 9:54]
Backstage: The Wolves walked into MVP's office. Davey Richards was sporting odd-colored hair this week and started whining as soon as he saw TNA tag champs Bro-Mans in MVP's office. Jessie and D.J. Zema claimed that Robbie E.'s flight was cancelled, so they're not defending the titles. MVP then realized Jessie was holding both title belts and said Robbie has until bell-time to show up, otherwise D.J. Zema will be defending the titles in Robbie's place.
[Q5 -- second hour] Earlier Tonight: Eric Young won a #1 contender battle royal and Magnus will defend against EY tonight.
Locker Room: Magnus said EY made a tactical error tonight and he will pay for it.
In-ring: Dixie Carter's music played to bring out the former heel authority figure to make someone feel her wrath. Dixie looked into the camera and called out Bully Ray. Bully came down to the ring pointing to the crowd as Dixie angrily stood her ground in the ring.
The crowd chanted "we don't like you" at Dixie, who ignored the crowd and told Bully to "get his ass over here." Ray encouraged the crowd, then Dixie told Ray that he got conned into coming to her office a few weeks ago to take a beat down from Roode. Dixie added that Roode put Bully through three tables. Ray said she has a point. Even he can appreciate being suckered in and he can appreciate Roode putting him through three tables, but he didn't get the job done because he's still standing here.
Dixie shouted back that she wants to know why Ray double-crossed her at Lockdown, costing her control of wrestling operations of her company. Ray said this is not Dixie's company, this has never been her company, this is "their" company. Ray said this company is for every TNA fan around the world. He said this is for every wrestler who breaks his back in the ring. Dixie said she's tired of this and now Ray thinks he's a spokesperson for the wrestlers.
Dixie then moved on to wanting her money back from Lockdown. Ray said it was a lot of money, but he spent most of it on a car and at a cabaret. Dixie, annoyed, slapped the mic out of Bully's hand and told Bully who she is. Dixie said she is still president and still in control of every single check that comes out of this company. She said she is still Bully's boss, then slapped him across the face. Bully stared down Dixie, then Bobby Roode blind-sided him from behind.
Roode put the boots to Bully before Dixie called for a table. Roode slid the table into the ring, then set it up in the corner. Roode measured Bully for a slam through the table, but Bully reversed and teased a Bully Bomb through the table, but Roode bailed and slid out of the ring. Ray then stalked Dixie and looked back at the table. Dixie stood her ground in the ring as Impact cut to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:11]
[Q6] Backstage: Magnus approached Dixie Carter, noting that Dixie blew right by him earlier tonight. Dixie said she's here on business and that doesn't pertain to him. Magnus said he's the World champion and everything pertains to him. Dixie told Magnus that he better have a plan on his own because she has her own plan to be driven to the airport, get drunk, and go home. Magnus then got to the bottom of the issue - Magnus got an insurance policy, Abyss, and dumped her to the curb. Magnus said that's what this is about. She sarcastically wished him good luck, then stomped off. Magnus said under his breath that he doesn't need her anyways.
In-ring: The Wolves were introduced the ring as challengers for the TNA Tag Titles. Bro-Mans's music played to bring out Jessie and D.J. Zema, who were set to defend the Tag Titles without Robbie's presence. At least not at bell time.
3 -- TNA tag champs BRO-MANS (JESSIE & D.J. ZEMA) vs. THE WOLVES (EDDIE EDWARDS & DAVEY RICHARDS) -- TNA Tag Title match
Davey had D.J. pinned when Robbie E. suddenly showed up ringside and yanked the ref out of the ring, causing a DQ. Bro-Mans then regrouped on the outside with the belts while the Wolves sold anger in the ring.
WINNERS: Wolves via DQ at 3:39; Bro-Mans retain the Tag Titles.
Still to come: Magnus vs. Eric Young for the TNA Title.
Earlier Today: Christy Hemme said she's made a decision about Sam Shaw. Christy sent a message through the camera that she wants to talk to Shaw about commitment.
[Commercial Break at 10:25]
In-ring: Christy Hemme was standing by, but not to announce the next match. Christy instead requested Sam Shaw's presence in the ring. Shaw then slowly walked out on-stage and smiled as he walked into the ring. Christy calmly talked to Shaw that their thing is complicated, but she's had a change of heart. She said Shaw is just misunderstood.
[Q7] Shaw replied that he's so happy that Christy has seen the light. Christy then got near Shaw and asked if he trusts her. Christy rubbed her hand all over Shaw's face, then asked Shaw if he would go anywhere she asks him to go. Christy proceeded to remove Shaw's glove with her teeth, sending Shaw into outer space. Christy asked Shaw to close his eyes and feel her. Christy walked around Shaw, rubbed his shoulders, and TNA cut to a shot of a psychiatric truck arriving in the parking garage. Out came Mr. Anderson.
Anderson slowly walked into the ring, then Christy backed away and told Shaw to slowly turn around. Shaw opened his eyes to find Mr. Anderson, who dropped Shaw with Mic Check. Anderson, who shaved his goatee and was clean-shaven, then held Shaw in his arms and said Shaw has been committed to the funny farm. He told Shaw that he's going to take a ride, then tossed Shaw out of the ring. Shaw crawled after Christy, but she backed away as Anderson kicked him up the entrance ramp to the backstage area. Then, to the psychiatric truck waiting in the parking garage. But, Shaw escaped out the back of the truck and ran away before Anderson could get his hands on him. Shaw is on the loose.
Backstage: Magnus and EY were shown walking down the hallway on a split-screen ahead of the title match up next.
[Commercial Break at 10:35]
Somewhere: Jeff Hardy/Willow talked in riddles about Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. Willow said he doesn't care about winning, just revenge. He challenged Spud and ECIII to a handicap match next week.
Announcement: TNA Impact is coming to New York City's Manhattan Center on June 25, 26, and 27.
In-ring: Eric Young was introduced to the ring for the main event title match. EY was shown favoring his arm on the way to the ring. After a review of EY winning the #1 contender gauntlet match at the top of the show, Magnus was introduced to defend the title. Tenay said Magnus's entire support system is falling apart, so he's at it alone tonight.
[Commercial Break at 10:43]
4 -- TNA World Hvt. champion MAGNUS vs. ERIC YOUNG -- TNA World Title match
The bell sounded back from break. Magnus got in EY's face, so Young punched him to start the match. Magnus fought back, then kneed EY over the top rope to the floor. Magnus continued to work on Young as Taz did the deal saying EY is probably thinking he should have waited for Sacrifice and trained for the match. Then, Young fought back, surprising Taz. But, Magnus ran Young into the ring steps on the outside. Impact cut to break with Magnus in control.
[Commercial Break at 10:50]
Impact returned seven minutes before the top of the hour with Magnus still controlling the action. Meanwhile, the announcers tried to sell EY as a credible title challenger, saying he can be crazy in the ring, but he's also an effective in-ring competitor. Magnus put Young in a Camel Clutch, wearing down Young. But, Young reversed into an Electric Chair to break free.
At 10:00, Young reached his feet and landed right hand strikes before clotheslining Magnus. Young then nailed a top-rope elbow for a two count. Magnus, desperate, left the ring and grabbed the title belt. Ref Brian Hebner yanked the belt away, then Magnus low-blowed Young from behind. Magnus covered, but Young kicked out before three.
Magnus tried to follow up, but Young pinned him for a close two count. Young followed with a piledriver, then covered Magnus and scored the pin for the win. Tenay and Taz freaked out as EY received the TNA Title belt from Hebner. Young sat stunned on his knees as Hebner tried to check him for signs of life. Jeremy Borash then formally introduced EY as new TNA World champion. Young stood stunned in the ring as Tenay listed the date for Young crowned TNA World champion to sign off.
WINNER: Young at 13:03 to capture the TNA World Title. This is a case of TNA not willing to put in the work and time to make this mean something, just hot-shotting a title match and title change trying to tap into Daniel Bryan as WWE champ. It felt like an upper-management call to shake things up with TV ratings below 1.0 for two months. Unfortunately for Magnus, he was never given a chance in his first TNA Title reign, unlike Bobby Roode, who was given a solid nine months from 2011-2012 to develop into a credible champion despite internal calls to end his reign early on.
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