Impact: Casket match ends the feud of Anderson and Bully Ray
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
It all comes down to this. Since the end of Aces & Eights, Mr. Anderson has been relentless stalked by the obsessed Bully Ray, who claims Anderson took it all away from him. Tonight on TNA Impact, the two meet in a casket match to bury the feud between them. Plus, what will MVP have in store for TNA President Dixie Carter as the business rivalry becomes even more personal? 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 Manchester, England. Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash have the call for this week.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus, Ethan Carter III, TNA Chief of Staff Rockstar Spud, and TNA President Dixie Carter make their way out. Dixie Carter tells the crowd she didn't lose a bit of sleep over MVP's threats against her. Dixie doesn't plan on losing control of her company and she has something he doesn't have in Magnus.
Ethan Carter III takes the microphone and calls himself "equally stunning." EC3 claims to have ended the career of Kurt Angle before Dixie Carter hands over the microphone to Magnus. Magnus introduces himself and takes a shot at Manchester, happy to not have to return there for another year. Magnus declares that he is not a paper champion and sees himself as a man of opportunity. Pointing at Dixie Carter, he says Carter is from the land of opportunity and tells how Carter changed his life forever after seeing him in a magazine. Magnus finally turns to discussing the new investor, saying he doesn't care what jail MVP came from. The pecking order according to Magnus is Dixie, himself, everyone else, and then him. Magnus tells MVP that he will never sell out to the likes of him.
MVP makes his way out with Samoa Joe. MVP doesn't believe that Magnus says he couldn't be bought, then tells him that he hopes he got a discount for excessive damage if he bought Dixie. MVP introduces Samoa Joe as the TNA World Heavyweight Championship number one contender and announces that Magnus will defend his belt against Joe at TNA Lockdown.
Gunner steps out with his Feast or Fired briefcase. Gunner tells Magnus that the crowd is tired of him and he is pretty sick of carrying around the briefcase. Gunner gives Magnus a week to ready himself for when he cashes in the case to face Samoa Joe at Lockdown.
Dixie Carter cuts him off to inform him that he is facing EC3 tonight with his briefcase up for grabs. MVP is down for playing Dixie's game and declares that it will be a ladder match with EC3's TNA Tag Team Championship shot on the line in a winner take all match. MVP promises to be ready to level the playing field if necessary.
Ladder Match One: Ethan Carter III vs. Gunner
Ethan Carter III immediately ducks outside to avoid Gunner. Cat and mouse game to start and EC3 attacks Gunner as he reenters the ring. Gunner counters with a running knee lift and an axhandle smash to the chest. Fallaway slam from Gunner connects.
Gunner moves outside to grab the ladder. EC3 meets him with a missile dropkick off the apron and takes the ladder inside for himself. He is soon met by Gunner, who yanks him down and bounces him from corner to corner. Ladder to the midsection before it is propped in the corner. EC3 fighting back, but he is sent into the ladder. The two fighting around the ladder and Gunner steps back to charge, but he is sent into the ladder by EC3.
Ladder is up and EC3 begins to climb, but Gunner meets him. Powerbomb off the ladder from Gunner and he heads up. Magnus makes his way out and knocks the ladder down. Magnus now pummeling Gunner and "Cowboy" James Storm charges the ring to make the save. Magnus and EC3 are sent out.
MVP makes his way out. MVP is surprised Magnus and EC3 tried to defy his orders and turns it into a tag match for the cases as we break.
We return with James Storm bringing Magnus into the ring. Gunner and Storm send Magnus out and clothesline Ethan Carter III with the ladder. Gunner making his way up, but Magnus drags him down and sends him into the ladder. Ladder used as a battering ram to the back and chest of Gunner. EC3 lays Gunner on the ladder that is propped on the ropes and splashes him from the top as Magnus lifts. Both men front suplexing Gunner across the ladder and the ladder rammed into the head of Gunner/
Gunner sent out and the ladder up. EC3 goes up to get the cases, but Magnus wants to do it. The two yanking each other down and this gives Storm time to recover and send both out. Double hip toss puts EC3 on the ladder. Magnus saves EC3 from the Gun Rack and EC3 left as the only man left in the ring. Gunner on the apron and gets an STO on EC3. Gunner climbs to the top and pulls the chain down with him as he gets the cases.
Winners: "Cowboy" James Storm & Gunner
Mr. Anderson backstage preparing for his casket match with Bully Ray. Anderson doesn't believe this is about Aces & Eights or anything of the sort. Anderson says it is about family and shows a picture of his newborn twins.
TNA Tag Team Champions The BroMans and Zema Ion step into the office of Dixie Carter, where they find Rockstar Spud dividing the room with yellow tape. The team is upset Gunner and Storm won the Feast or Fired cases because they had an agreement with EC3. MVP cuts in and tells them not to take stock in any promise Dixie Carter has, declaring her power to be dwindling. MVP soon runs them out by telling them they have a match with The Wolves and a mystery partner tonight.
Recap of the Monster's Ball match from last week. Abyss will be talking unmasked tonight.
Match Two: The BroMans & Zema Ion vs. The Wolves & Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe charges to the ring as the mystery partner. Zema Ion immediately thrown out and the match starts with Jessie Godderz and Davey Richards. Richards stomping Godderz down and hits an enzugiri. Quick tags exchanged by The Wolves and they take turns running the head of Godderz into their own. Richards with a nearfall.
Eddie Edwards now in. Godderz rakes the eyes and tags to Robbie E, who immediately is caught by a headscissors takeover. Chops from Edwards connect and he follows that up with a side kick. Shining wizard gets a brief nearfall and Richards returns. Double team attack gets a nearfall.
The BroMans with some dirty offense. Zema Ion pays for some dirty offense with the knee to the back on the apron, but Robbie E attacks Richards off the distraction. Choked in the corner, Richards being beat down by Ion. Right hands getting Richards back into it, but Ion knees him and whips him into the second turnbuckle on his head. Knees from all three connect.
Godderz tags in and gorilla presses Richards. Robbie E tags in and heads up top to land a splash for a quick nearfall. Sleeper in on Richards, but body blows get him out. He runs into a Robbie E back elbow that gets a nearfall. Robbie E attacks Samoa Joe and Edwards, allowing Godderz to sneak in. Double team attack fails as Richards tosses them into each other and lands a dropkick.
Joe brought in on Ion. Clotheslines and a back elbow compounded by an atomic drop. Big boot and back splash crush Ion. Knee after knee connecting for Joe. Ion with one of his own, but he runs into a powerslam. Cover and Joe breaks for a nearfall to allow The Bromans to land elbow drops on their own teammate. The Wolves send The BroMans out and hit a double suicide dive.
Back inside, Joe runs into the boot of Ion. Ion charges Joe in the corner, but he runs into the STJoe. Joe sneaks behind Ion and locks in the Coquina Clutch.
Winners by submission: The Wolves & Samoa Joe
Abyss seen walking backstage and accosting a stagehand with a choke. He will make his way out next.
The split office of MVP and Dixie Carter is invaded by Velvet Sky. Sky wants Carter to call off the match tonight between herself and Chris Sabin. Carter knows she built the Knockouts division, but MVP taught her that you can't sit on your backside. The match is still on. MVP takes umbrage with this and Carter wishes MVP was still active so she could have someone sit him on his backside. Rockstar Spud steps in and says he's washed up and his time in jail cost him a few years. MVP plans to call the board of TNA to make sure that he is able to face Rockstar Spud next. Spud pleads to Carter, who instructs him to get his gear.
Recap of the Monster's Ball match and the recent problems between Abyss and Eric Young.
Abyss lumbers out with no mask. Abyss asks for dim lights and he never wanted things to be this way, but Eric Young wanted to prove that Abyss and Joseph Park were the same. Abyss invites Young to come see what he has done.
Eric Young slowly walks to the ring. Young claims that he only wanted to help. Abyss asks why Young won't get closer to him, asking if he's afraid. Young runs in and gets right in front of him. Young proved last week he isn't afraid and he doesn't understand what's going on with Abyss. Abyss pulls out the mask and calls it the reality of what he did. Abyss claims that Young was proved right. Young claims to have proved that he loves his friend and proved who he is. Abyss asks who he is and who Young is because he hasn't been there. Abyss talks about the pain of his scars and the carnage he has left behind. Abyss doesn't want to be that anymore. Abyss doesn't want to be Abyss.
Young offers help after Abyss asks for it. Abyss then lashes out and doesn't want Young's help. Abyss wants to go away and fix Young's mistake. Abyss wants to look for someone who truly understands him and fix this. Abyss drops the mask in front of Young and walks off.
Christy Hemme is shown entering the arena earlier tonight. Samuel Shaw appears to carry the bags of Hemme and he agrees to keep things professional between the two. They shake hands and Shaw heads back into the darkness.
Match Three: Rockstar Spud vs. MVP
Rockstar Spud spending a lot of time outside, afraid to enter the ring. MVP chases him and Spud attacks him as he reenters the ring. Spud with strikes and a side headlock. Slap across the face and MVP presses him into the air and drops him. Chop to the chest and a facebreaker across the knee are followed by an MVP elbow drop. Drive-By Kick connects.
Winner by pinfall: MVP
Bobby Roode in a rage backstage looking for Dixie Carter.
Video package hypes the debut of Willow.
Bobby Roode finds Dixie Carter backstage. Roode wants his title shot from Carter, who calls him a sore loser since he lost his title shot. Carter claims to owe Roode nothing. Roode tells Carter to make sure that he isn't her enemy.
Chris Sabin offers Velvet Sky the first shot. Sky seems hesitant, but Sabin calls her a skank, saying he didn't know what he ever saw in her. Sky kicks the knee and Sabin asks why she kicked him there. Sky punts him in the groin and Sabin is shaken, but recovers with a laugh. Sabin calls her trash and pulls out a cup. He turns his back and Sabin is hit with a low blow. Sky mounts him and starts punching relentlessly.
An unknown woman of massive size comes and muscles Sky around. Big boot and Sky being ragdolled around in a full nelson. Sabin dances a jig and covers her. The bodyguard counts the pin, but no official bell to signify the beginning or end of the match.
Sabin rides around on the shoulders of the unknown woman, celebrating the victory.
Bully Ray lurking backstage. Bully enters the locker room of Mr. Anderson. Bully encounters the phone of Anderson and calls his wife. Bully tells Mrs. Anderson that this is the call she has been dreading and tells her to have the twins say goodbye to their father.
Bobby Roode in the locker room. Roode says he lost it on Carter and claims that he needs to get everything together. Roode calls it over and seems hesitant about his future as security comes to escort him out of the arena.
Recap of the feud between Mr. Anderson and Bully Ray.
Casket Match Four: Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson
Bully Ray takes off his hoodie to reveal a Liverpool jersey, much to the disdain of the crowd. Mr. Anderson immediately taking it to Bully Ray. Takedown and strikes followed up by a swinging neckbreaker. Anderson strips the jersey off and chokes Bully with it. Throw on Bully and Anderson stomps the jersey into the mat to the delight of the crowd.
Action moves outside and Anderson brawling with Bully. Anderson teasing the crowd about where he is going to throw his t-shirt and Bully attacks him from behind as we break.
We return with Anderson going after Bully with a chair. Bully kicks it right back into the face of Anderson. Chair in hand, Bully stalks Anderson, but he has it swung into his own face courtesy of another chair from Anderson.
Action from the break shows Anderson nearly getting Bully into the casket. Table brought in by Anderson. Set up by the ropes, Bully lurks in the corner and gets a big boot. Punches from Bully put Anderson down on the mat. Bully moves out to set up the casket. Bully brings it inside and Anderson climbs up top, but Bully crotches him up top. Chair shot across the neck and back from Bully is followed by a superplex.
Anderson rolled into the casket. Bully grabs the lid and trying to close it, but Anderson fighting back. The edge of the lid driven into the face of Anderson and Bully grabs a chair. The chair is hoisted over the head, but Anderson pops him with a right hand to the groin. Anderson crawling out, but Bully with a shot to the stomach with the chair. Anderson up for a powerbomb and he lands a few shots, but Bully drives him through the table.
A limp Anderson is dragged to the coffin by Bully. Bully wants to finish and he goes for the piledriver, but Anderson spins out and hits the Mic Check into the casket. Crawling, Anderson grabs the Liverpool jersey and buries Bully.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Dixie Carter meets with MVP in their office. Carter cuts right to business and has a proposal for MVP. Carter wants to buy MVP's shares. Carter hands MVP the contract and MVP is impressed by the amount of money. MVP came here to make TNA a better company. Carter thinks MVP is crazy.
The show closes with MVP proposing a Lethal Lockdown matchup. Team MVP vs. Team Carter to determine who controls the wrestling operations of the company. Carter seems swayed, but the future of TNA remains up in the air as the show closes.
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