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Impact: Bully draws blood in war for TNA
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


MVP has turned everyone against him. Whether it be the wrestlers or Dixie Carter herself, MVP, Kenny King, and Bobby Lashley have waged a war for power. Tonight on TNA Impact, blood will be spilled as MVP and his crew team up with Ethan Carter III against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, and Austin Aries? Who will be the first to suffer the bloodshed? Plus, the TNA Knockouts Championship is on the line! All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!

Recap of all the latest events in TNA, including Samoa Joe's return.

We are on tape from Orlando, Fla. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.

Kenny King, Bobby Lashley, and TNA Director of Wrestling Operations MVP searching for Samoa Joe backstage.

Samoa Joe makes his way out to the ring. Joe wants to make it easy for MVP and his crew. He invites them to make the walk and head to the ring if they want to figure a few things out.

MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Kenny King make their way out. King takes the microphone and says this is getting old. King says there is always a tough guy out here each week trying to cause problems. Joe asks MVP if this is his mouthpiece and tells him the first thing his mouthpiece should have done was kiss his butt.

MVP tells Joe to stop wasting his time and his money. Joe calls MVP a scumbag and a tyrant. Joe trusted him. Joe says MVP was going to do something for the fans, but he is now corrupted. MVP needs to inform Joe of some changes since he "took his ball and went home." MVP mentions that he gave Joe a shot in the gauntlet match and Joe didn't do his job. Joe offers to do his job and beat all three of the men in the ring with him tonight.

Austin Aries makes his way out. Aries says MVP is stalling because he only fights when the deck is in his favor. MVP says this is strictly business because Joe is in breach of his contract. Aries tells MVP to untangle this problem as Director of Wrestling Operations. MVP offers Joe a full-time reinstatement if he wins against Austin Aries tonight. The loser of the match leaves TNA and MVP wishes them the best of luck.

Magnus with Bram in the locker room. Magnus asks if Bram is ready for tonight. Bram laughs and Magnus gives him some advice to not laugh, as Willow is even more reckless than Jeff Hardy and he became that person after Magnus beat him for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Bram says he was proud of Magnus during that time until he lost his edge. Bram wants him to pull the trigger again, and if he doesn't, it's more opportunity for him.

(Commercials)

Match One: Bram vs. Willow

Willow starts off with a single-leg and Bram kicks him away. Mule kick in the corner from Willow and strikes landing. Step-over heel kick connects and corners Bram for a handspring punch that sends Bram outside. Willow follows and gets swept face-first to the apron. Willow off the barricade and Bram with a nearfall inside.

Back elbow lands and Bram stomping away. Willow sent hard into the corner and he falls. Willow comes back with a jawbreaker and a dropkick that puts Bram down in the corner. Rope-assisted dropkick lands and Bram moves outside. Willow again follows and Bram plays possum to bounce the head of Willow off the steps. Back inside, Willow gets sent to the corner and floats over to a headscissors takeover that sends Bram outside. Slide kick lands for Willow.

Outside, Willow with a flying forearm off the apron. Using the steps, Willow lands a splash. Bram on the steps and Willow looking to slingshot out on Bram. Bram moves and Willow lands on his head. Bram brings in the crowbar.

Magnus hits the ring and steps in front of Bram. Magnus walks Bram back and takes the crowbar from him. Magnus cracks the body of Willow with the crowbar.

Winner by disqualification: Willow

Magnus knocks out Willow with a shot to the back of the head as Bram eggs him on. Magnus relentlessly beating Willow with the crowbar as him and Bram celebrate.

TNA Tag Team Champions The Wolves in the office of MVP. The Wolves thought this was the era of the wrestler and didn't think MVP would be a puppet master in the end. They dub him a sheep in wolf's clothing and MVP subsequently books them in a match against each other.

(Commercials)

Ken Anderson walking around backstage and doing an unflattering impersonation of "Cowboy" James Storm.

Match Two: Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards

Eddie Edwards gets the waistlock takedown and the two scramble to a stalemate. Test of strength sees Davey Richards get Edwards to the corner. Both now exchanging monkey flips and nearfalls off cradles.

Kenny King is at the top of the ramp and tells the two to quit the mat technique and fight. Lockup sees Edwards with the side headlock. Leapfrogging and ducking leads to Richards stretching Edwards and getting a nearfall. Edwards turns it around and returns the favor for a nearfall.

Both exchanging arm wrenches and wristlocks. Richards with a cross armbreaker and Edwards with a single-leg crab. Both men exchanging small packages and Edwards gets the rollup.

Winner by pinfall: Eddie Edwards

Kenny King hits the ring. King says no one got punched and no one got kicked. King says the belts are going to be taken away and The Wolves hit a double-team on King to send him away.

MVP is met by TNA President Dixie Carter backstage. Carter doesn't know if MVP has it under control since he booked Aries vs. Joe. MVP tells Carter to grab her popcorn and some wine and watch someone get fired tonight.

(Commercials)

Video package recaps Brittany's confession to Madison Rayne.

Madison Rayne preparing for her match for the TNA Knockouts Championship tonight. Brittany apologizes for last week and promises to be there for her tonight. Rayne wants her to do nothing and not get involved tonight.

DJ Z and Jessie Godderz backstage. Robbie E comes in and he is worried about The Menagerie. Robbie E is frightened by Crazy Steve and relives some childhood memories as Godderz and Z try to comfort him.

MVP meets with referee Brian Hebner backstage. MVP wants there to be a clear-cut winner tonight.

Joe backstage. Joe says MVP has kept him away from the title, giving him matches to earn a shot and never delivering. Joe regrets trusting him through that time and that's why he went home. Austin Aries steps in and says the two are men of honor. Aries said he was sent home by MVP for seeing what he was. Neither man likes the situation, but both will do whatever it takes tonight.

(Commercials)

DJ Z with The BroMans in the ring. DJ Z introduces The BroMans with air horn effects. Robbie E asked what he is worrying about and Robbie E is worried about The Menagerie. Godderz and J tell them it is just a clown and The Menagerie don't know what they're messing with.

The Menagerie are introduced and they enter with their carnival theatrics. Robbie E stands up to Knux. Knux says The Menagerie are just like The BroMans, except they have Rebel. Crazy Steve and DJ Z have a horn-off and the group takes out The BroMans and DJ Z.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young and Bully Ray meeting with Brian Hebner backstage. They want Hebner to do the best he can. Hebner says he has a family to feed like anyone else and they need to leave refereeing to him.

(Commercials)

Gunner with Samuel Shaw in a padded room. The two are playing go fish. Gunner making small talk and Shaw seems distant as they continue to play.

Loser Leaves TNA Match Three: Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe

Lockup sees Austin Aries get the side headlock. Shoulder bump stalemate between the two. Aries with a side headlock takeover and Samoa Joe counters his way out. Inverted atomic drop and a big boot land for Joe. Back splash misses and Aries working Joe in the corner. Joe equalizes it with some corner work of his own. Aries moves outside to regroup.

Back inside, Joe with a chop in the corner. Aries gets the boot up as Joe charges him in the corner. Aries sat up top and Joe gets a Musclebuster set up. Victory roll gets Aries a nearfall.

Both men trading shots. Aries goes for the discus forearm and Joe snatches the Coquina Clutch. Aries backs him into the corner and works the elbows. Brainbuster attempt on Joe is countered by a front suplex. Aries cornered and Joe with a rocket kick. Joe again going for the Musclebuster and Aries counters with a hangman's neckbreaker. Forearms and a chop from Aries. STJoe attempt countered into an arm drag by Aries and Last Chancery applied.

Eric Young comes down and yanks Brian Hebner out of the ring. Joe applies the Coquina Clutch. Young again yanks Hebner out of the ring and Bully Ray is forced to knock him out.

No Contest

Young and Bully apologize, but Young says this is bigger than everyone and it is about the families of Joe and Aries. MVP and his crew come out and asks if Bully thinks this is a game. Bully says MVP is running roughshod and ruining TNA. Bully challenges MVP and his crew plus Ethan Carter III to a eight-man first blood match against himself, Young, Aries, and Joe. Kenny King speaks up and accepts the match to the chagrin of MVP.

Mr. Anderson playing the role of a drunk sheriff as he heads to the ring.

(Commercials)

Mr. Anderson makes his way down to the ring. Anderson playing the fool and shouting about how much he likes beer while insulting "Cowboy" James Storm. Storm steps out. Storm asks if Anderson thinks any of this is funny. Anderson says all he did was beat Storm at his own game. Storm wants to go another round with Anderson. Anderson asks if he wants it now and Storm says he is closed for business.

Anderson steps out of the ring and the brawl begins. Anderson beating Storm up on the apron and the barricade. Storm grabs a beer from the crowd and splashes Anderson. Storm bouncing the head of Anderson off the steps and chokes him with the apron skirt. Inside, Storm lays Anderson out with a Last Call Superkick. Storm challenges Anderson to a match at Slammiversary.

Gunner back in the padded room with Samuel Shaw. Gunner brings in Shaw's sketchbook. Gunner asks if he can look at some of the drawings Shaw made. Shaw agrees to it as we break.

(Commercials)

Gunner asking about various pictures until he comes across a half-finished sketch of himself. Shaw takes it from him and says he isn't finished with it yet. Gunner asks if Shaw will finish it for him. Shaw agrees.

Match Four for the TNA Knockouts Championship: Angelina Love (c) (w/Velvet Sky) vs. Madison Rayne

Angelina Love and Velvet Sky outside to regroup as soon as the match starts. Madison Rayne takes chase and catches up to Love in the ring. Rayne landing shots and bouncing the head of Love from turnbuckle to turnbuckle. Running dropkick lands, but Rayne runs into the back elbow. Drop toehold gets Rayne a nearfall.

Rayne Drop connects and Sky moves to the apron. Love dropkicks Rayne and she tumbles out. Brittany comes out and tries to help Rayne. Rayne gets the better of Love and puts her inside before admonishing Brittany. Love with a knee and a slam that gets a nearfall.

Love taunting Brittany outside and Rayne with a rollup that nearly steals the match. Love with a clothesline and Rayne ducks it for another rollup. Love sends Rayne into the corner and runs into an elbow and a boot. Forearms and clotheslines from Rayne connecting. Northern Lights Suplex nearly gets Rayne the title.

Sky on the apron as Brittany looks on. Rayne goes to attack and gets sprayed with hairspray as Brittany looks shocked. Rollup from Love.

Winner by pinfall and still TNA Knockouts Champion: Angelina Love

MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Kenny King meet with Ethan Carter III backstage. They warn him not to blow it for them and have him lead them to the ring.

(Commercials)

Madison Rayne catches up with Brittany. Rayne asks what Brittany was doing when Sky grabbed the hairspray. Brittany said she did nothing, just as Rayne had asked.

First Blood Match Five: MVP, Bobby Lashley, Kenny King, & Ethan Carter III vs. Eric Young, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, & Austin Aries

Austin Aries starts out with Kenny King. King in the face of Aries and Aries with a chop. Last Chancery applied by Aries as he ducks a King enzuigiri. Ethan Carter III steps in and gets facelocked. Eric Young in and he gets the side headlock and lands punches on EC3. Both men throwing punches and Young with a headbutt after bouncing the head of EC3 off the turnbuckles.

Bully Ray tagged in and EC3 moves out of the ring. MVP steps in and the two exchanging shots. Clotheslines not budging either of them. Bully challenges him to charge him and ducks to land a big boot. MVP gets control again and brings in King. Bodydrop and brawling offense from Bully.

Samoa Joe in and works King into the corner. King rakes the eyes and brings in Bobby Lashley as we break.

(Commercials)

Samoa Joe with the rocket kick in the corner and EY rejoins the match. Double-team elbow followed by an elbow drop from Young. Punches from Young connect and Lashley counters with a backdrop. MVP brought in as they work Young in the corner. MVP landing punches from the mount after dropping EY.

Lashley returns with crossface shots and using the boot across the face of Young. EC3 in with some offense and King in with a flying elbow in the corner. Elbows from King land. Running kick from MVP and MVP continuing to work the sharp strikes to the head of Young.

Lashley inside right a right hand. EC3 in and driving the head of Young into the canvas. EC3 digs at the forehead in a sleeper. Young gets out and EC3 reapplies the hold, only for EY to hit a backdrop suplex.

Samoa Joe steps in and landing shots on EC3. Inverted atomic drop and a big boot by Joe followed by a back splash. Lashley in with a spear and every man trading finisher for finisher now. King sent into a combo and a bionic elbow from Bully. Aries takes out King and MVP.

Inside, EC3 with a spinebuster. Bully cornered and EC3 misses on a splash and lands on the turnbuckle. Bully unwraps the chain and lands a punch on EC3. Hairline cut opens up for EC3.

Winners: Eric Young, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, & Austin Aries

Backstage, King, Lashley, and MVP mauling EC3. Dixie Carter steps in and says MVP has now made it personal. They attacked her flesh and blood and now Carter declares war. MVP says power was never seized without some bloodshed and Carter tells MVP to prepare to bleed.

The show closes with a preview of next week's show.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments. Click here to follow Nolan on Twitter.