TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT RESULTS 8/7: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Impact - new X Division champion, Dixie goes through a table, more
Aug 7, 2014 - 10:00:59 PM
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TNA Impact Results
August 7, 2014
Taped 6/26 in New York City
Aired on Spike TV
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Impact opened with Bully Ray, Brother Devon, and Tommy Dreamer backstage. Bully said he cannot wait to put Dixie Carter through a table tonight after "tearing the house down" in their Hardcore War match against Ethan Carter III's team.
Impact then transitioned to a video package announcing that Dixie Carter will go through a table tonight to try to entice viewers to watch to the end of the show.
Mike Tenay, right after TNA said Dixie Carter is going through a table, posed the question of whether Dixie will finally go through a table tonight.
In-ring: Abyss was introduced for the opening match. Bram was out next to face Abyss in a weapons-based match.
1 -- ABYSS vs. BRAM -- Monster's Ball match
Moments into the match, Tenay said fans are encouraged to call, text, or tweet that tonight is the night that Dixie Carter goes through a table. So, Tenay answered his question two minutes later. The match was a stuntbrawl with tacks, tables, Janice, barbed wire, blood, and other weapons. Magnus tried to get involved, but Abyss fended him off. But, Bram turned Janice on Abyss to score the pin and the win.
WINNER: Bram at 8:10. The freak show match for the night.
Backstage: Samoa Joe talked about the X Division. Low Ki then walked in for a confrontation ahead of their X TItle match tonight. Also involving Sanada. Ki talked in his deep, serious voice about their moment, but Joe told him he will be the new X Division champion.
[Q2] [Commercial Break at 9:14]
Backstage: Jeremy Borash was standing by with Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, Snitsky, Rhino, and Ezekiel Jackson to hype WWE and ECW. If you're an average, casual viewer, you have to be wondering if WWE bought out TNA and Impact is being used as a vehicle for WWE's owned ECW brand.
In-ring: TNA World champion Bobby Lashley came to the ring with MVP, Kenny King, and women for a promo. MVP did the talking hyping Lashley as the man who will devour your soul. MVP said when he was the Director of Wrestling Operations, he had numerous headaches dealing with talent while trying to control the TNA Title. Now, he has the title via Lashley and none of the headaches.
MVP spoke over a taunting crowd until Bobby Roode's music played. Roode spoke from the entrance ramp about Lashley being a destroyer. Roode continued to hype Lashley as a dominant World champion, then entered the ring to talk directly to Lashley, not his mouthpiece, MVP. Roode said he is the longest-reigning TNA champion in history, then reminded Lashley that MVP's plan was for him to be World champ, not Lashley, until MVP blew out his knee.
Roode noted he already took out MVP and Kenny King, but Lashley has not beaten him. So, he wants Lashley for the TNA Title. MVP gave the word and King blasted Roode from the side. MVP and King put the boots to Roode, then Eric Young's music played to bring out EY and Austin Aries charging the ring to clear the heel trio. From ringside, MVP said they aren't doing this tonight, then said over Roode's music what sounded like he was going to hang out with these "hos" right now.
Backstage: Gunner and Sam Shaw talked about teaming with Mr. Anderson tonight. Anderson then walked into the camera shot for a solo conversation with Gunner. "I don't friggin' like him," Anderson told Gunner, who told him to give him a chance.
[Q3] [Commercial Break at 9:30]
Backstage: A roving cameraman asked Bully Ray to reveal who their fourth partner is tonight. Bully said he's not talking, but this man has had his back since Day One.
In-ring: Bro-Mans were in the ring posing in bright-colored outfits. Mr. Anderson's music then played to bring out Anderson, Gunner, and Sam Shaw. Anderson did the mic drop routine introducing himself, Gunner, and "this friggin' guy," Shaw.
2 -- MR. ANDERSON & GUNNER & SAM SHAW vs. ROBBIE E. & JESSIE & D.J. ZEMA
Anderson tried to do things on his own, then found himself in a three-on-one situation. So, Shaw came in with awkward strikes clearing the ring as Anderson sat back and watched. Anderson then confronted Shaw and was suddenly rolled up from behind. Shaw acted like he was in quicksand unable to break up the pin, but it was because one of the Bro-Mans had a grip on Shaw's foot from the outside as Anderson took the loss. Afterward, Gunner pulled a frustrated Anderson off Shaw.
WINNERS: Bro-Mans at 4:42.
Backstage: Dixie Carter talked to King Mo about having her back tonight to make sure she doesn't go through a table.
[Commercial Break at 9:43]
[Q4] Backstage: Mr. Anderson and Gunner yelled at each other about what happened with Sam Shaw. Gunner said all he asked was for Anderson to give him a chance. Shaw then barged in telling them to stop. Maybe Anderson's right - it was his fault. Argh! Anderson shouted, not wanting to hear that from Shaw.
In-ring: Ethan Carter III's music played to for the hardcore eight-man tag match happening without advanced notice. Tenay said there was a coin toss involved in this. Apparently the deal is it's War Games rules with staggered ring introductions. Tommy Dreamer came out next to face ECIII. Meanwhile, Dixie Carter and King Mo were shown sitting in the balcony. Tenay said no fall can happen until all eight men are in the ring.
3 -- TEAM 3D vs. TEAM CARTER -- eight-man match
Dreamer dominated ECIII in the first session while sending a message to Dixie in the balcony. Rhino then came out with a trashcan lid to smash Dreamer in the face. Brother Devon was out next to even the odds and put Team 3D in control heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 9:55]
Impact returned with Snitsky now in the ring helping give Team Carter control. TNA then cut to Rhino making weird facial expressions and noises as he worked on a neck vice.
[Q5 -- second hour] Bully Ray was introduced at the top of the hour to blast the heels with trashcan shots. ECIII came up bleeding from the forehead during the activity. Out last for Team Carter was Ezekiel Jackson, who brought a chair into the ring. Jackson helped Team Carter regain control as the announcers wondered who Bully's mystery partner is.
At 13:40, the clock expired for a dramatic light show that produced agent Al Snow. The crowd just so happened to have mannequin heads to wave in the air as Snow made his way to the ring. Snow helped Team 3D regain control of the match, then Rockstar Spud entered the ring with a kendo stick and smacked Dreamer across the back. Dreamer no-sold, then Team 3D took liberties with Spud. Rhino then took a 3D from Bully and Devon for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Team 3D at 17:30.
Post-match: Dixie sold concern over the match outcome as ECIII shook in anger ringside. Bully, Devon, Dreamer, and Rhino posed in the ring as Tenay declared that Team Bully Ray won the war. Bully then took the mic to ask where Dixie Carter is. Bully said Dixie is surrounded by a bunch of crazy people. He noted Dixie's troops have all been beaten down and she is left alone. Tick, tock, tick, tock. King Mo waved him off, saying he's got Dixie's back. Bully then vowed to put Dixie through a table tonight.
From the balcony, Dixie shouted back that she is not going through a table. She shrieked about her own promise - that King Mo will knock out Bully Ray tonight.
Backstage: The Beautiful People ran down Taryn Terrell, then Angelina Love said she is owed her one-on-one Knockouts Title re-match.
[Commercial Break at 10:10]
[Q6] Moments Ago: Team Bully Ray got the best of Team Carter. Bully then vowed to put Dixie Carter through a table, but Dixie retorted that King Mo will KO Bully.
Backstage: Ethan Carter III was cleaning himself up. Carter said "they" failed tonight and failed his aunt. He said everyone must continue to protect Dixie Carter because he guarantees that Dixie Carter will not go through a table.
Still to come: Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Sanada for the vacant X Division Title.
In-ring: The Beautiful People came to the ring for a promo. Angelina Love demanded her KO Title re-match, then Taryn Terrell entered the ring to retort, saying she wants the KO TItle for the first time. Angelina claimed to be better than every KO on the roster and better-looking than everyone (while standing next to her tag partner), which brought out KO champion Gail Kim. Gail bragged about principal Kurt Angle allowing her to pick her opponent for her next title match. She said it will be Angelina Love, but also Taryn and Velvet, who Gail tried to pit against Angelina by bringing up Angelina's previous comment. The fight was on and Gail and Taryn cleared the BPs from the ring to stand tall.
Backstage: James Storm talked to Sanada about doing things for him. Storm slapped Sanada across the face, then told him he showed him the light. Storm told Sanada to win the X Title, then forced him to bow to him.
Up Next: X Title match.
[Commercial Break at 10:23]
Warning: HxyzK is coming. Havok.
Next Thursday: TNA had clips ready showing Team 3D vs. The Hardys and the four-way Knockouts Title match just set up. Plus, an X Division Scramble match as TNA continues to acknowledge these shows are pre-taped.
Backstage: Bully Ray was asked about being challenged to a fight by King Mo. Bully name-dropped ECW PPV names, then excitedly talked about taking out Team Carter. He closed by vowing to knock out King Mo himself before putting Dixie Carter through a table.
[Q7] In-ring: James Storm's music played to begin the X Division Title match scenario. Storm sauntered down to the ring drinking a beer, then squatted in the short entrance ramp to announce himself as the legend James Storm. He said it's his honor to introduce the man who ended Great Muta's career, Sanada. Sanada took final instructions from a demanding Storm, then entered the ring. Low Ki was out next, followed by Samoa Joe.
[Commercial Break at 10:32]
4 -- SAMOA JOE vs. LOW KI vs. SANADA (w/James Storm) -- three-way match for vacant X Division Title
The match built to Joe and Ki coming face-to-face for a mid-ring confrontation. Joe got the best of Ki, then tried a Musclebuster, but Ki slipped around Joe to apply a modified Dragon Sleeper. Sanada broke it up, then tried a bridge pin on Joe, but Joe flipped Sanada onto his back for a rear-naked choke. Before Ki could re-enter the ring to break up the submission, Sanada tapped out to give Joe the win.
WINNER: Joe via submission at 6:50 to capture the X Division Title.
[Q8] Backstage: Dixie Carter shouted at King Mo to take out Bully Ray tonight.
[Commercial Break at 10:46]
Video Package: How Dixie Carter avoided going through a table at the hands of Bully Ray for the past four months.
Impact returned to the ring eight minutes before the top of the hour with Dixie Carter's music playing. Dixie came down to ringside on King Mo's arm as Taz answered his question of why Dixie would put herself in harm's way. Dixie and Mo were flanked by ECIII, Rockstar Spud, Rhino, Snitsky, and Ezekiel Jackson to re-visit the top-of-the-hour match.
Dixie dressed down her troops for losing earlier, then called Zeke and Snitsky worthless. She said they do not deserve to be here, then fired them. Dixie yelled at a lady on the front row that she's fired, too. She told everyone to get out of her building. Suddenly, Bully Ray's music played.
Brother Devon led out the troops holding a table, which the camera revealed was Dixie Carter's personalized table. King Mo stood in front of Dixie, who backed away to the corner to stand behind her protection. Dixie told the people to shut up with "tables" chants, then Bully noted his promise that Dixie - the most-hated woman in the history of pro wrestling - will go through a table. That's a presumptuous comment when only a portion of the wrestling audience watches Impact.
Dreamer took the mic to give one of his emotional speeches about what's wrong with the business, but King Mo didn't want to hear it and smashed Dreamer in the face. The fight was on, then Dixie found herself alone in the ring with Team 3D, but Spud pulled Dixie out of the ring. Spud said she will never go through a table, but a group of babyfaces spilled out to corner Dixie. Roode, EY, and Gail Kim led the face group, who forced Dixie back into the ring.
Dreamer rolled Dixie into the ring, Devon lifted Dixie in the air and placed her on Ray's shoulders, and Ray jumped off the top rope with a super table smash through the "Dixie" table. He didn't go light on the powerbomb. Ray had a euphoric look on his face as Dixie crumpled to the mat. Taz excitedly said Dixie is finally done after Bully fulfilled his promise. TNA went to several replays, which showed the trick of Bully actually going through the table with his butt and Dixie landing on the mat. She still took quite a ride off the top, as Bully had to jump far to get his butt through the table first. Tenay hyped this as a huge moment as Impact signed off.
CALDWELL'S ANALYSIS: Sad, but kind of fitting for TNA. They booked this out where they believed the only pay-off was Dixie Carter going through a table, but it's unfortunate it happened, coincidentally capturing one of the big negatives from the ECW era - glorified violence against women to satisfy bloodthirsty fans.
Also worth introducing is Dixie Carter's quote on the table spot to reporter Donald Wood of Ring Rust Radio: "We have taken man-on-female violence I would say even more seriously from Day One than even a chair shot. That has been banned from the beginning and it took us a while, but chair shots are not right and going to be handled either. It’s very important to our network that this happened. It’s why we have done my character a certain way. It’s why we’ve treated this with the “Boss Toss” and we’ve tried to take it more tongue in cheek. And we also have a disclaimer before this show saying it’s not something that we condone. It’s a spot and it’s an end to a four-month story of something that I have continuously put myself in this position, and we’ve tried to make it as light as possible."
There is nothing tongue-in-cheek or "light" about a babyface's glorified violence against women, even a heel authority figure, once you get past a certain adolescent stage. For the WWE equivalent, it wouldn't be right for Daniel Bryan to put Stephanie McMahon through a table or slap her back when Steph slapped him during their feud or for Zeb Colter to slap Lana back during their current feud. The unfortunate thing is Dixie seems to have been led down this path of being convinced by self-interested individuals behind-the-scenes that it was the right pay-off to the story. And, those who continue to live out their younger years by re-visiting the ECW brand as the central theme of the show 15 years later.
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