Impact: Hardy leaves TNA due to Carter frustration
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
A new king has been crowned in TNA. Magnus is the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion and the Carter regime is stronger than ever. However, because of that, much is up in the air when it comes to TNA. Tonight on TNA Impact, Jeff Hardy teams with Sting to take on Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. Is Hardy's head in the game after all the recent drama? Plus, what will the Carter administration have up their sleeve for the main event? All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!
Recap of all the latest events in TNA.
We are on tape from Orlando, Fla. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.
TNA Chief of Staff Rockstar Spud makes his way out. Spud introduces TNA President Dixie Carter and she makes her way out. Carter is thankful for the introduction and recaps last week. Carter believes TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus deserved the win and he is a role model to both fans and wrestlers. Carter has a big announcement planned for tonight and starts in.
Jeff Hardy interrupts the announcement and limps his way to the ring. Hardy wants to get something off his chest and tells Spud what he did last week will haunt him. Spud says this isn't on the schedule and cuts Hardy off, telling him to take his fans out with him when he leaves the rings. He promises he will consider giving him some time next week and gives a light slap. Hardy grabs Spud by the throat and tosses him into the corner. Hardy steps towards Carter and tells her it will only take a minute. Ethan Carter III blindsides Hardy and Carter wants to continue her announcement.
Sting makes his way out. Sting is tired of the entitlement EC3 and the rest of the Carter regime and he won't leave the ring until he gets his match. Sting then offers up a tag match between EC3 and Spud against himself and Hardy. Carter wants to make her announcement, but Sting wants to give the fans what they want. Carter then gives in and makes that match the main event slot tonight.
Carter is still in the ring and wants to make a historic announcement. She is cut off by Gunner this time. Gunner has something important to say. He is short on patience and wants to cash in his TNA World Heavyweight Championship shot tonight. Carter denies Gunner his shot, as Magnus is celebrating in England and he shoos him away. Gunner cuts Carter off one last time and informs her to tell Magnus that he is cashing in sooner rather than later. Carter continues with the announcement.
"Cowboy" James Storm is the latest to cut in. He apologizes for the interruption and tells Gunner that he owes him. Storm said Gunner ruined his match with Bobby Roode and cost him a shot at the belt. Gunner believes he did what was right. Storm wants to know how Roode knew he was at the bar the night before when Roode attacked him. Storm wants a match right now for the briefcase. Carter makes the match official and announces that we will have to wait for her announcement later tonight.
Match One: Gunner vs. "Cowboy" James Storm
Match starts off with a shoving contest. Lockup leads to a stalemate between the two men. James Storm gets the side headlock, but nothing comes of it off a second lockup. Both men exchanging counters and Gunner gets a side headlock of his own that leads to a shoulder bump for a nearfall.
Feeling out process over as Storm gets a side headlock takeover. Both men countering well. Gunner drops Storm with a back elbow for a quick nearfall. Mule kick from a cornered Storm leads to a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Corner work from both men connecting. Flying forearm from Storm gets another nearfall.
Storm muscled into the corner by Gunner. Chop across the chest drops Storm in the corner. More corner work from Gunner follows. Snapmare and knee drop counter from Storm is soon thwarted by a Gunner suplex for a brief nearfall. Sleeper locked in on Storm. Storm fights up, but Gunner works him into the corner for some grinding strikes. Both men exchanging now in the center of the ring. Storm on the ropes and Gunner spears Storm between the ropes. Both men outside and Storm bounces the head of Gunner off the steel steps as the count expires.
Both men brawling up the ramp as officials try to separate both men.
Brooke catches up with Bully Ray backstage. Brooke says Bully hasn't answered any of her calls, texts, or emails and she thought that she was his girl. Bully sits and silence and Brooke says she will do it his way and air all his dirty laundry in the ring. Bully tells her it isn't a good idea and Brooke shuffles out anyway.
Video package recaps the career of TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus.
Brooke makes her way out. Brooke says it has been weeks since she has seen or spoken to Bully Ray. Brooke understands she threw the hammer, but she wants Bully out here to tell the truth.
Bully Ray walks out in silence. Brooke says it is neither of their faults for the end of Aces & Eights and she wants to fix this. Bully turns his back to her and she is though of being his. Brooke says he has destroyed everything and he's now like a loner high schooler. She says she is not his possession and she isn't scared of him before walking away.
Bully pulls her back and tells her she is done when he says she is. Bully doesn't blame her for anything because he doesn't think she is that smart. Bully kept her around because of certain urges that she wasn't even good at satisfying. Bully promises not to piledrive her, but he has one last use for her. He wants Brooke to tell everyone what is in store for them and that he is going to be even more sadistic and evil. Bully tells her to leave and she does so.
Joseph Park backstage. Park analyzing the barbed wire and thumbtacks. Park is distressed and wonders what Eric Young has gotten him into now.
Video package recaps TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus's time in Main Event Mafia.
Dixie Carter, Ethan Carter III, and Rockstar Spud meeting in the TNA President's office backstage. EC3 and Spud have reservations about their main event match tonight. Dixie reassures the two that she has them covered.
Video package recaps the feud between Bad Influence and Joseph Park.
Eric Young and Joseph Park backstage. Park tells Young he doesn't think he's ready, but Young hands him Janice and tells the production crew to hit Park's music. The music of Abyss hits and Young sends Park on his way.
Sting and Jeff Hardy preparing for their match backstage. Sting is ready to get his hands on both men. Sting informs Hardy he has always wanted to tag with him. Hardy's thoughts seem to be elsewhere, but Sting convinces him that he is ready to take care of business tonight.
Monster's Ball Match Two: Joseph Park vs. Bad Influence
Kazarian with a kendo stick and Christopher Daniels with a crutch. Joseph Park swinging the spiked plank known as Janice around awkwardly. The group knocks Janice to the floor and Bad Influence cracking Park with the crutch and cane. Bad Influence teaming up on Park and they bring in a slew of weapons.
Back inside, Daniels stomps Park down in the corner and Kaz chokes Park with the crutch. Trash can lid used by Kaz and Daniels choking Park with tape. Chair shot is stopped by Daniels, who tells Kaz they don't want Park bleeding. The two set the chair up in the corner and Park rises, taking both men out. Kendo stick in hand, Park looks to crack Daniels, but Kaz hits him from behind with a trash can.
Park tossed outside and the team stomping him down. Park sent into the steel steps and the team toys with Park before sending him back inside. Corner work from the team. Daniels whipped into Park, who back bodydrops him outside. Kaz is sent into the chair that was propped in the corner. Trash can lid on the stomach of Kazarian and Park splashes it in. Boston Crab in on Kaz, but Daniels soon breaks it with the crutch across the back.
Outside, Kazarian picks up Janice and brings it inside. Park moves outside and starts crawling up the ramp. Eric Young comes out and tries to motivate Park. Park asks for his help and Young looking to bust Park open, but Bad Influence come and take him out. Young sent into the ring post and now both men down. Kaz looking to take out Young with the kendo stick, but he ducks and Park cracked in the head with it. Young soon sent outside.
Inside, Park split open in a major way. Bad Influence cracks him with the kendo stick and steel chair, but to no avail. Park punches both weapons away and sends both men reeling. Kendo stick shots to the head of both men. Corner splash on Kaz leads to Shock Treatment. Black Hole Slam on Daniels connects.
Winner by pinfall: Joseph Park
Post-match, Eric Young gets in the ring and a transformed Park celebrates with Janice.
Knockouts readying for their matchup next.
Jeff Hardy discussing something important with his wife Beth over the phone. He promises to call her after he goes through with it tonight.
Video package recaps the Bound for Glory Series run for TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus.
Gail Kim discusses her humiliation at the hands of Madison Rayne prior to her bodyguard's match up with ODB. Gail Kim says that ODB sticking her nose in her business makes it Tapa's business and she needs to come out and receive her lesson.
Match Three: Lei'D Tapa (w/Gail Kim) vs. ODB
The ladies start exchanging forearm shots to the chest. ODB ducks and tries a scoop slam on Lei'D Tapa to no avail. Tapa works ODB in the corner, but ODB plays matador to send Tapa splashing into the corner. Strikes from ODB in the corner lead to a clothesline that fails to knock Tapa down. A few more running strike attempts fail to drop Tapa and ODB falters again on a slam attempt.
Tapa works ODB into the corner and pulls her into the mat by her hair. Tapa muscling ODB around. Powerbomb attempt fails for Tapa and she is cornered by ODB. Clubbing blows by ODB are countered by a big boot that knocks ODB down. Tapa up top, but a splash attempt misses and ODB on the offensive. Shoulder bump wobbles Tapa and a dropkick leads to Tapa being cornered. Corner splash and ODB lifts Tapa. The referee busy tossing ODB's rag outside and Gail Kim pulls Tapa down on top of ODB to block the slam. Tongan Death Grip into a TKO cutter connect.
Winner by pinfall: Lei'D Tapa
Backstage, Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky getting cozy. The two had a good holiday season together and they have had bumps along the road. Sabin has a rematch with TNA X Division Champion Austin Aries next week and wants Sky to do whatever he says. Sky says she can't interfere and Sabin says he might need to find a girl who can.
Sting attempting to get Jeff Hardy's head into their match backstage.
Video package discusses TNA President Dixie Carter's influence on the career of TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus.
Prior to their matchup, TNA President Dixie Carter has two announcements. First, she will hold a coronation for TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus next week. Finally, she neglected to announce that TNA World Tag Team Champions The BroMans will be partners of Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud in this handicap match.
Match Four: Jeff Hardy & Sting vs. The BroMans (w/DJ Zema Ion), Ethan Carter III, & Rockstar Spud
Ethan Carter III looks to start with Sting, but he tags in Rockstar Spud. Spud wants nothing to do with Sting, so he brings in Jessie Godderz in turn. Lockup sees Godderz work Sting to the ropes. Godderz sent off the ropes and Sting with a hip toss. Zema Ion grabs the foot of Sting and Godderz goes on the offensive with a suplex.
EC3 brought in temporarily before tagging in Robbie E. Robbie E with strikes before he is knocked down by a clothesline. Jeff Hardy in and he works Robbie E in the corner. Mule kick from Hardy as he is sent off into the corner allows him to get a splash on Robbie E for a nearfall.
Robbie E charging a rocked Hardy on the ropes, but he is sent out. Godderz holding onto Hardy on the apron and EC3 charges, but he spears Godderz as Hardy sidesteps and all three men down and out on the floor now. Sting on all fours and Hardy uses Sting as a launching pad to take out all three and Ion on the floor. Back inside, Hardy is taken advantage of by the numbers and the group beating Hardy down outside. Robbie E with a nearfall inside as we break.
We return with Jessie Godderz getting a nearfall inside on Hardy. Keylock on the left arm of Jeff Hardy is countered, but he runs into a powerslam from Godderz that gets a brief nearfall. Ethan Carter III in with a snap suplex. Sting steps in and the for-man team with some cheap offense. Quick tags exchanged between the four men and Robbie E in. Hardy down, but he fights back with shots from his knees. Robbie E sends Hardy into the corner hard with some velocity for a nearfall.
Sting again being baited into the ring, allowing for more cheap offense. Godderz back inside and he works a single-leg Boston Crab on Hardy. Hardy gets to the ropes, but Robbie E kicks him away as Ion distracts the referee. Robbie E then knocks Sting off the apron and all four men get in to pummel Hardy and a nearfall for Godderz.
EC3 back in and he gets a Saito Suplex on Hardy. Hardy sent into the corner and EC3 tries a Stinger Splash, but Hardy sidesteps to land a jawbreaker. Tag attempt fails for Hardy as EC3 grabs the leg. Step kick from Hardy brings Sting in. Spud jumps on the back of Sting and Sting using Spud as a weapon. Sting cleaning house with Stinger Splashes on both of the BroMans. EC3 from behind with a rollup and a handful of tights.
Winners by pinfall: The BroMans, Ethan Carter III, and Rockstar Spud
Post-match, Jeff Hardy has the mic. Hardy apologizes for last week and tonight. Hardy reveals Sting is one of the reasons he got into wrestling. Hardy goes on to recall last week, saying Dixie Carter doesn't own him and he's sick and tired of her actions. Sting informs Hardy not to say what he thinks he's gonna say. Hardy says he has no more fight left in him and he leaves TNA.
The show closes with Hardy tossing his signature ring jacket and him walking up the ramp with the crowd chanting his name.
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