TNA Impact MCMAHON'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 9/23: ECIII defends TNA Title, #1 contender match, Hardy "quits" servanthood, two more title matches, more; Overall Reax
Sep 23, 2015 - 10:55:53 PM
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TNA Impact Wrestling Report
September 23, 2015
Taped in Orlando, Fla.
Report by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonPW), PWTorch contributor
In-arena: Dixie Carter is in the ring as Drew Galloway enters the arena. The rest of the TNA roster is celebrating its victory over Global Force Wrestling at ringside. Dixie said Galloway led the team brilliantly, and she thanked the entire team of TNA wrestlers. Galloway said that wrestling is their passion, TNA is their platform, and these are “their fans.”
Galloway said he wasn’t trying to be a leader. He said everyone involved with TNA, including the fans, they’re all equals. Galloway said that whenever there is a fight, they would always overcome. He called them the “warriors of TNA.”
Dixie said that she owed the entire team something. She said that the World Heavyweight Title would be defended at Bound for Glory. She put all of Team TNA in a five-way match, and the winner would challenge Ethan Carter III for the World Title on that show.
Dixie Carter then called out Eric Young, who abandoned TNA for GFW last week. Young entered the ring with Chris Melendez’s prosthetic leg. Dixie said that he turned his back on her and the company, as well as every one of his fellow wrestlers. She said he left her with a very difficult decision. Young asked why she didn’t get rid of him when he got rid of Kurt Angle or took a hero’s leg. Young said he has an iron-clad contract. He said he hedged his bet with GFW. Young said there is nothing Dixie can do about it.
Dixie said that Young was right. But while she couldn’t do anything about it, the members of the TNA roster could. She said the person at the front of that line is Chris Melendez, who came to the ring on crutches. Dixie told Melendez that he’d get his chance tonight against Eric Young, and she said that every wrestler around the ring would make sure it’s a fair fight. She booked a lumberjack match for right now.
[Commercial Break at 9:10]
1 -- ERIC YOUNG vs. CHRIS MELENDEZ -- Lumberjack match
Back from the break, Melendez and Young were ready to start. Young gets the early advantage after jumping Melendez and tossing him to the outside. Back in the ring, Young hits a clothesline and then starts to choke Melendez. Young continues the assault with kicks to the back of Melendez’s head.
[Q2] Young scoops up Melendez and delivers a suplex. Melendez begins to fire back with some punches to the gut from his knees, but Young cuts him off with a boot. He then gets his knee inside Melendez’s right side and wrenches his neck.
Melendez counters into a neckbreaker, but his offense is short-lived. Young keeps the beat down going in the corner. Melendez starts to get some offense again with a series of clotheslines. Melendez then hits a full-nelson slam. Earl Hebner gets in the way and Melendez moves him. Young takes advantage and rakes his eyes.
Young then hits Melendez with his own prosthetic leg. Young sets up Melendez for the piledriver, but instead picks him up and places him on the top rope. Young climbs to the second rope and Melendez knocks him off with a stiff right. Melendez climbs to the top and hits a missile dropkick for the pinfall.
WINNER: Chris Melendez at 5:30. They kept Young strong despite him taking the pin. He dominated the entire match until the final few seconds. I’m just glad they gave Melendez his leg back so that this ridiculous storyline can finally go away.
Post-match, the TNA roster pours into the ring to celebrate with Melendez, as he raises his leg. “Sarge has his leg back!” Josh Mathews exclaimed. Pope said there is no better way to celebrate than with his peers, as he put his leg back on. Mathews then went to a video on the Dollhouse.
Backstage: ECIII gave Jeff Hardy a pep talk and told him to listen to what he says tonight in his match with Rockstar Spud. ECIII said he’d see Hardy out there, and if he didn’t do exactly as ECIII said, he’d be fired.
[Commercial Break at 9:25]
[Q3] Back from the break, Lashley was backstage talking about the match last week. He said it was huge in order to save everyone’s job. He said TNA had a “great squad” and tonight he’s starting to go after the TNA Title.
In-studio: Mathews and Pope ran down the show thus far, as well as previewed the main event No. 1 contender match as well as the TNA Title match between ECIII and Rockstar Spud.
2 -- TNA Knockouts champion GAIL KIM vs. JADE — Knockouts Title match
Mathews promoted a Knockouts Title match for Bound for Glory, where Gail Kim will defend against Awesome Kong. That’s assuming she retains here, of course, which Pope nicely acknowledged saying that Jade wanted to make someone in the graphics department really unhappy.
Jade attacks right at the opening bell. Jade hits a German Suplex into a bridge, but Gail kicks out at two. Jade starts chopping Gail Kim like crazy in the corner. Probably 15-20 chops, all in succession.
Gail’s back up and landing right forearm shots. She hits a tackle off the ropes and then a splash in the corner. She pulls Jade into the corner and wraps her in the figure-four around the ringpost. Gail then lands a kick on the outside of the ring before rolling her back into the ring.
WINNER: Gail Kim at 4:22 to retain the Knockouts Title. Jade was impressive in this singles match. When the Dollhouse run is over, she could have a strong singles run. A good first title defense for Gail Kim as she heads into her match with Kong.
Post-match, Marti Bell and Rebel hit the ring almost immediately and start attacking Gail Kim. That brings out Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky to help clear the ring, and get the Dollhouse off Gail. The Beautiful People brawl up the stage with Jade and Marti while Gail is recovering in the ring. Then, Awesome Kong’s music hits. Kong enters the ring. She’s standing over Gail Kim and stares her down. Kim climbs back to her feet and there is a stare down as the show goes backstage to Rockstar Spud.
Backstage: Spud said that he has a lot going through his head. He said tonight is about the TNA World Title, and he knows Hardy has his problems, but he said tonight he wants to be the TNA World Champion more.
[Commercial Break at 9:40]
[Q4] Back from the break, Mathews again pumps up tonight’s five-way #1 contender main event.
The show crashes to an intro video on the X Division.
3 -- TNA X Division champion TIGRE UNO vs. KENNY KING -- X Division Title match
King overpowers Uno after the first two lock-ups. King sends Uno to the ropes and press slams him. King goes for another press slam but Uno lands a quick dropkick.
Uno is now in control, hitting a springboard corkscrew off the second rope to the outside. King uses his strength to continue gaining advantage over Uno. King sets up Uno on the top right and tries to execute a superplex, but Uno blocks it. Uno sends King to the mat and then lands a cross-body. King is throwing big, sweeping right hands. Uno rolls through King and goes for a cover but only gets two.
Chop by Uno, but King is very quickly back in control using his size. King goes for a double-knee splash, but Uno moves. Tilt-a-whirl DDT by Uno on King. Uno hits a springboard frog splash for the win.
WINNER: Tigre Uno retains the TNA X Division Title at 5:40. Uno has been a decent titleholder, but it would have been nice to see King re-establish himself in TNA with a win here. It was an interesting match, showcasing the difference between Uno’s speed and King’s strength.
Still to come: ECIII vs. Rockstar Spud for the TNA World Title.
[Commercial Break at 9:56]
4 -- TNA World Hvt. champion ETHAN CARTER III vs. ROCKSTAR SPUD -- TNA World Title match
Spud starts off like he’s short out of a cannon with a series of kicks in the corner. ECIII quickly takes back control, cranking on Spud’s neck. Spud reveres into a jawbreaker. Spud slips through ECIII’s legs and is throwing kicks at ECIII’s shins. ECIII misses a splash in the corner and Spud hits a splash with a forearm.
[Q5 -- second hour] ECIII goes flying over the top rope to the outside after rushing Spud, who ducked and pulled down the rope. Spud then hits a suicide dive to the outside. Spud shoves ECIII back into the ring to beat the ten count.
Spud goes to the top and hits a shoulder tackle. Spud goes for the Underdog, but ECIII reverses and hits a huge powerbomb. Spud kicks out.
ECIII is stalking Spud as he gets him. ECIII puts Spud in a side headlock to try to set up the One-Percenter, but Spud bites his hand to break out of it. Spud goes for a second Underdog, but ECIII again avoids it, then lands the One-Percenter for the pin.
WINNER: Ethan Carter III retained the TNA World Title at 4:15. Short match that seemed to be used as a vehicle to get to what happened next ...
Post-match, Jeff Hardy and Tyrus enter the ring. ECIII grabs the mic and tells Tyrus to heart punch Spud. Tyrus obliges. He then orders Tyrus to lift up Spud. ECIII then tells Hardy he wants him to end Spud’s career. ECIII says give him a Twist of Fate. ECIII again demands that Hardy end Spud’s career, but Hardy says no. ECIII said fine, and ordered Tyrus to end Jeff’s career. Tyrus closes in, but Matt Hardy rushes into the ring. Tyrus fights him off and then holds Hardy. ECIII said there was a change of plans, and demanded that Hardy hit his brother.
Instead, Matt Hardy hits a low blow with a kick on Tyrus. Jeff Hardy then throw a series of punches at ECIII, who bails out of the ring leaving Jeff and Matt Hardy together.
[Reax: So far, so good. The two most unrealistic things on the show - Eric Young stealing a leg and Jeff Hardy being a servant - seem to have ended on the same night.]
[Commercial Break at 10:09]
Backstage, ECIII said he hopes the Creatures are in the soup kitchens, because he’ll be firing Hardy later tonight.
In-ring: James Storm is in the ring with a microphone, along with the Revolution. He said he thought the Khoya situation would be taken care of, but there are too many people who didn’t get the job done.
[Q6] Storm again hinted that Abyss failed him. Abyss stole the mic and said he’s no longer one of Storm’s followers. He said that he stands in no man’s shadow from here on out. Storm said that without him, Abyss is worthless. Abyss said he’s a TNA original. He said he helped build TNA. by giving his all.
Abyss said Storm didn’t make him, he said that he made himself. He said if he ever lays a hand on him again, he’d send Storm back to Tennessee. Abyss then said he quit the Revolution. As Abyss went to leave, Storm yelled for him to get back because he wasn’t done with him. Abyss just walked up the ramp and left, though.
Storm said everyone wants to stand beside him. He then again called out Khoya. Manik interrupted and said his name is Mahabali Shera. Storm then attacked Manik, twice. Storm then yelled that he made Manik. Storm went to punch Manik, but he blocked it.
Manik said that he didn’t make Shera, and he didn’t make him either. Manik then pulled off his mask to reveal his face. Manik then walked out as Shera’s music hit. Shera walked to the ring and grabbed a mic. He said the Revolution was over. Shera said that he’d fight Storm right now. Storm said no, he’d fight on his own time, and left the ring.
[Reax: It keeps getting better! Hardy’s servanthood ended, the ridiculous prosthetic leg angle seemingly ended, and now, it appears that Revolution members will go on trial.]
Backstage: Drew Galloway and The Wolves were shown talking about tonight’s main event. Galloway said it was an honor to fight alongside them. Richards said that tonight all of them are opponents. Richards said all bets are off tonight. Galloway wished them both luck.
Still to come: The five-way match to determine No. 1 contender.
Back from the break, Mathews announced an Ultimate X match for the X Division Title at Bound for Glory, but the graphic only showed Uno.
Backstage: Jeff Hardy said he’s not sure how much longer he can endure this. Matt said he has a family to support, he needs to think about that.
[Commercial Break at 10:22]
5 -- DREW GALLOWAY vs. LASHLEY vs. BRAM vs. TNA tag champion EDDIE EDWARDS vs. TNA tag champion DAVEY RICHARDS -- #1 contender match to TNA Hvt. Title
Back from the break, the match was underway. Mathews said that Bram has already been eliminated. Nice edit. Lashley hits a vertical suplex on Richards, but Galloway breaks it up. Edwards counters a Lashley spear into a double-team move with Richards.
The Wolves have a Texas Cloverleaf on both Gallloway and Lashley at the same time. They start to celebrate, but Edwards abruptly chops Galloway. Lashley with a spear to Richards, then Galloway hits Future Shock on Edwards, and The the Wolves are simultaneously eliminated.
It's down to Lashley vs. Galloway. Galloway hits a flying clothesline off the top. Galloway celebrates briefly and Lashley runs in with a clothesline. Two count for Lashley.
[Q8] Lashley pulls Galloway up and is pounding down Galloway in the corner. Lashley hits a snap suplex, then cranks on Galloway’s neck with a headlock. Back to their feet, Lashley powerslams Galloway, who gets a shoulder up at the referee’s count of two.
Lashley with a forearm to Galloway’s head. Lashley hits a German Suplex on Galloway, and then another. Lashley goes for a spear, but Galloway sidesteps it and goes for a schoolboy. Running boot by Galloway and that’s good for the pin.
WINNER: Drew Galloway to challenge ECIII for the TNA Title at Bound for Glory. Makes perfect sense. Galloway was the one that seemed most primed for the big push out of the match with GFW, especially where he was the team's leader.
Post-match: Galloway celebrated, then Lashley came to his feet and extended his hand. Galloway accepted and Lashley raised Galloway's hand.
Backstage: ECIII said he’s headed to the ring to fire Jeff Hardy.
[Commercial Break at 10:47]
Back from the break, ECIII and Tyrus were waiting for Hardy. ECIII asked Jeff if he has anything to say. Jeff said that he lives to inspire. He said that the TNA roster lives to create. Hardy said he’s not afraid to be fired.
ECIII said that if he fires Hardy, he has no source of income and no way to support his family. ECIII said the only thing keeping Hardy employed is him. ECIII said that Hardy needed to beg for his position back. Meanwhile, Hardy just stared around the ring.
Hardy took one knee and ECIII demanded that he recite an oath. Hardy grabbed the mic as ECIII demanded that he kiss the TNA Title. Hardy said that ECIII can’t fire him, because he quits. Hardy told ECIII to “take this job and shove it.”
Hardy then climbed out of the ring and went to leave. ECIII said that the fans can’t cheer for him anymore, because he’s fired. ECIII demanded the camera focus only on him as he yelled that the show was over. The program then quickly cut off the air.
Next week: Dixie Carter will announce a special referee for Galloway vs. ECIII at Bound for Glory. TNA also teased what's next for The Revolution.
[Final Thoughts: Good show that hit the reset button for TNA, quickly taking the focus off GFW vs. TNA and setting up Bound for Glory. TNA transitioned really well by ending some feuds and resetting much of the TV product after they were somewhat unified against a common opponent the last several weeks.]
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