Impact: 3D and Hardys renew rivalry for one night
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Tables, ladders, and chairs will forever be synonymous with two teams: The Hardys and Team 3D. With both teams together again in TNA, the time seems right for one more match. Tonight on TNA Impact, the teams renew their rivalry nearly a decade and a half in the making in the main event. Plus, the TNA Knockouts Championship is on the line! All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!
Video package recaps Bully Ray putting TNA President Dixie Carter through a table.
We are on tape from New York City, N.Y. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.
Bully Ray kicks us off. Bully says this is the best feeling in the world. Bully kept his promise and himself and everyone in the wrestling world put TNA President Dixie Carter through a table. Bully wants to thank one person for all their help and invites out his brother. Devon makes his way to the ring. Devon says it feels great to be home and that New York City has the best fans in the world. Now that Carter is gone, Devon wants to get down to the business at hand.
The Hardys make their way to the ring. Matt Hardy with the mic. Matt says it has been 12 years since these teams shared a ring and they first congratulate Team 3D for their induction into the TNA Hall of Fame. Team 3D and The Hardys recall their history involving tables, ladders, and chairs. The fans call for one more time and Bully and Matt acknowledge them. Jeff has the mic and says he didn't paint his face for nothing. Devon makes it official and the two teams will square off tonight.
Video package takes a look at TNA X Division Champion Samoa Joe.
Samoa Joe says TNA Executive Director of Wrestling Operations Kurt Angle brought him in to reinvigorate the X Division and anyone who beats him will need to be the best in the world to take the title.
Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, and Rhino are shown making their way into the arena.
Eric Young, Bobby Roode, and Austin Aries shown watching Dixie Carter go through a table again. They all share a laugh and Aries greets all the former TNA World Heavyweight Champions. Aries says there are a lot of pieces of trash and when one leaves, another one comes. Tonight, they plan to take out trash against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley, Kenny King, and MVP.
X Division Elimination Scramble Match One: Low Ki vs. DJ Z vs. Tigre Uno vs. Manik vs. Homicide vs. Crazzy Steve
Tigre Uno starts with Crazzy Steve. Lockup sees Steve bite his way out of a waistlock and land a crossbody to the back off a drop toehold for a nearfall. Steve off the ropes and into a knee to the back from DJ Z. Steve bites DJ Z and gets held up, allowing Uno to hit a facebuster and a Sabertooth Splash that eliminates Steve.
Manik in and Uno with an arm drag. Both men leapfrogging, ducking, and flipping away from each other. Manik with double underhooks from behind and Uno out to hit a springboard headscissors takeover. Neckbreaker from Manik lands and both men exchange offense until Manik eliminates Uno with a double-knee gutbuster after a springboard missile dropkick to the back of the head. Low Ki and Homicide step in with Manik and Manik catches himself in between the ropes, allowing DJ Z to hit a springboard dropkick on both men. DJ Z sent into the corner and Manik charges, only for DJ Z to duck away and roll him up with his hand on the ropes to eliminate Manik.
Homicide and Low Ki double-team DJ Z and Homicide eliminates DJ Z with a Gringo Killer. Low Ki and Homicide left. Corner work shared between both of them. Low Ki mounts Homicide in the corner, but Homicide ducks under and shoves Low Ki to the floor. Corkscrew suicide dive lands for Homicide. Back inside, a reverse STO into the corner lands for Homicide. Running boot in the corner lands and Homicide nearly wins it.
Body shot lands in the corner for Homicide, but Low Ki reverses the whip and sends Homicide into the corner for a running forearm. Low Ki misses on the second time and Homicide works for the Gringo Killer. Low Ki turns out as Homicide drops and lands a dropkick. Ki Krusher lands for Low Ki.
Winner by pinfall: Low Ki
Crew members shown watching Dixie Carter go through a table. Ethan Carter III smacks the phone out of their hands and Rockstar Spud and Rhino buck at them as they make their way to the ring.
EC3, Rockstar Spud, and Rhino out. Spud with microphone and they want to have a moment of silence after the greatest travesty in the history of professional wrestling occurred when Dixie Carter went through a table. The crowd boos Spud as he asks for the moment and he goes off, leaving the mic to EC3. EC3 says a family member of his went through a table and all they can do is cheer. EC3 is here to demand the immediate termination of Bully Ray tonight and he will not leave the ring until it happens.
TNA Executive Director of Wrestling Operations Kurt Angle hits the ring. Angle tells Spud to shut up and Angle tells EC3 this isn't Nashville. Angle says the fans can do whatever they want and it is his job to provide the best wrestling show possible. EC3 is wasting his time and theirs. Angle demands EC3 leave the ring or wrestle tonight. EC3 spilled blood in the ring last week and he will not wrestle tonight. EC3 demands Angle terminate Bully Ray be terminated or there will be a problem. Angle says there is a problem because he gave two options. Angle calls for New York City's finest to get them out of the ring.
The cops make their way to the ring and Rockstar Spud tells them he isn't going to take orders from a "Dunkin' Donuts eating" cop. Spud says he has diplomatic immunity from his British passport and the cops take him and Rhino down. EC3 tells the cops that he knows Donald Trump, Bernie Madoff, and Carmelo Anthony. EC3 knows the money in the town and he is the money. EC3 is Wall Street, the Wolf of Wall Street, and not much else as he is cut off after throwing money at the cop and all three are arrested.
Gunner with Samuel Shaw. Shaw says he feels terrible because it is all his fault. Gunner says what is going on between Mr. Anderson and him isn't Shaw's fault. Shaw calls last week an honest mistake, but he doesn't think Anderson will ever see it that way. Gunner says it will take time and himself and Anderson will handle their differences tonight.
EC3, Spud, and Rhino are shown being taken out of the building.
EC3 attempting to bribe the police into letting them go as the group calms down. The cops plan to take them to central booking and they raise a fuss as they are lead out of the bulding.
Match Two: Mr. Anderson vs. Gunner
The two start out arguging and shoving. Mr. Anderson gets a side headlock and a shoulder bump. Gunner gets a shoulder bump of his own and the two lockup once again, leading to a stalemate in a corner. Waistlock takedown into a front facelock from Gunner is countered into a hammerlock by Anderson. Back suplex gets Gunner out for a pin and the two exchanging shots. Gunner absorbing them and hyping up to exchange back.
Samuel Shaw steps into the ring and questions Anderson, only to get punched in the face. Shaw up and he hits a double-leg takedown.
Winner by disqualification: Mr. Anderson
Gunner has to pull Shaw off of Anderson post-match.
The Beautiful People backstage. Angelina Love asks if everything is good between the two and laments how TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim tried to drive a wedge between the two. Love wants to know if the two will be working together and if there are no issues. Velvet Sky tells her there are no issues and one of them will walk out with the TNA Knockouts Championship tonight. Love wants to talk more as Sky goes to prepare.
Exclusive video shows Bully Ray leading the crowd in a "Ding dong, the witch is dead" chant after putting Dixie Carter through a table. Dixie Carter injury update says she has a broken back and Mike Tenay will have an interview with her next week.
Four Way Match Three for the TNA Knockouts Championship: Gail Kim (c) vs. Taryn Terrell vs. Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky
The Beautiful People take control early. Gail Kim fights out of the corner with Velvet Sky, only to be caught by a sidewalk slam from Angelina Love and a neckbreaker from Sky. The Beautiful People focus on Taryn Terrell and overwhelm her with numbers. Corner clotheslines convert. Sky dragged out by Gail Kim and bounced off the apron. Love tossed out by Terrell as well and The Beautiful People left outside after Gail Kim slams them together and hits them with a crossbody from the apron. Terrell from the top with a crossbody that connects on all three.
Back inside, Terrell scores a nearfall on Love. Terrell ducks a clothesline and comes back with a pair of her own. Swinging neckbreaker from Terrell almost wins it as Gail Kim breaks the pin. Eat Defeat countered by Lights Out for Love on Gail Kim. Nearfall for Love and Sky tries to sneak in and cover Gail Kim. The Beautiful People arguing and Terrell bounces Sky off Love for a rollup that is broken by the latter. DDT on Terrell gets Love a nearfall and Sky pulls Love off for a nearfall of her own.
The Beautiful People again at odds and Gail Kim fires at them with forearms. Corner clothesline on Sky lands and a monkey flip attempt shoved off by Love. Sky looking for In Yo' Face and Love yanks her away. The two again face-to-face and Terrell takes them out with a clothesline. Terrell sent outside and Gail Kim hits Eat Defeat on Sky.
Winner by pinfall and still TNA Knockouts Champion: Gail Kim
MVP, Kenny King, and Lashley preparing. MVP says Dixie Carter going through a table is not of any interest to them. The chickens come to roost after the witch is dead and King says Carter is a rich woman who can go buy a million dollar wheelchair, but tonight himself and his team are focused. King says it is old news and MVP says they will be making headlines now.
Match Four: Lashley, MVP, & Kenny King vs. Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, & Eric Young
Bobby Roode starts out with Lashley. Kenny King steps in and levels Roode with a forearm and pummels him down. Roode fighhting back and and landing clotheslines. Crossface attempt moves King to the corner and Roode drags him back to the middle of the ring for an inverted atomic drop. Tag made to Aries and Roode slingshots King into an Aries forearm and corkscrew inside for a nearfall. Aries runs King into the boots of his teammates and beings Roode back in. Roode stomping King dow and working him in the corner.
Eric Young in and a double-back elbow gets a pin attempt on King. King sent into the corner and he floats over to hit a side kick. MVP in and landing punches, but Young comes back with a shot and Lashley brought back in. Young landing rights and Lashley firing back. Kick to the midsection stops Young and EY tries a piledriver, only to be back bodydropped out. Lashley sent outside and and MVP and King chased off. Aries with a double sledge from the top on Lashley outside.
Back inside, EY sent into the corner and he flips outside. Right hand lands for EY and he heads up top, only to be crotched by King on the top rope. Neckbreaker connects for Lashley and MVP brought back in. MVP smacking and landing punches for a pin attempt or two. Quick tags exchanged and Young dropped by Lashley. King and Aries brought in on hot tags and Aries landing whatever he wants. Senton inside from the apron by Aries. MVP and Lashley knocked off the apron and King attacks from behind. Aries ducks a King attack and hits a suicide dive outside on Lashley.
Inside again, Aries with a hangman's neckbreaker on King and a missile dropkick. Running dropkick into the corner caught by a boot from King and a clothesline knocks EY and Roode off the apron. Lashley in and a Spear turned into the Last Chancery. King knocks Aries off and lands a rolling wheel kick. Spinebuster from Roode on King. MVP drops Roode and EY with a piledriver. Running powerslam on EY and Aries almost gets one, but he gets a discus forearm. Running dropkick connects and Aries up top. MVP cracks Aries with the crutch while the referee is turned and Lashley with a Spear.
Winners by pinfall: Lashley, MVP, & Kenny King
Abyss shown making his way to the ring.
Video teases the TNA debut of Jessicka Havok.
TNA Tag Team Champions The Wolves backstage. The Wolves talk about their time traveling around the world and establishing themselves. They have done everything they can do and now is the time to establish their legacy. They offer Team 3D a shot at the belts anytime they want it. Where there were once fans, there are now hunters.
Abyss makes his way to the ring. Abyss says Bram has something that belongs to him and calls him out. Bram and Magnus make their way out with Janice. Abyss demands for Janice back. Bram has beaten Abyss twice with her and she does it for him. It drives Bram wild to drive Janice into the chest and torso of Abyss. Abyss asks if Bram wants to get extreme and he proposes one more match. Abyss wants tacks, barbed wire, and Janice hanging above the ring. Abyss plans to climb the ladder and get Janice back and tear Bram up.
Magnus steps into the ring and says it comes as no surprise to him that Abyss considers a piece of wood with nails his girlfriend. Janice has screwed Abyss twice, but Magnus thinks Abyss is lucky to have been screwed at all. Bram sent out and Magnus left in the ring with Abyss and Janice. Magnus cornered and Bram chop blocks Abyss to get Janice back. Abyss plans to show Bram a different side of his girlfriend at Stairway to Janice at Hardcore Justice.
"Cowboy" James Storm shown sitting on the porch of a shack. Storm says Sanada is weak, confused, and lost. Storm smacks Sanada and tells him to look at him. Storm says Sanada should see glory and salvation in his eyes. Storm will make him into The Great Sanada.
Video package previews Hardcore Justice.
Match Six: The Hardys vs. Team 3D
Matt Hardy starts with Devon and works the arm wrench. Devon reverses into one of his own and grabs a side headlock. Shoulder bump off the ropes by Devon and a back elbow from Matt. Jeff inside and a double-back elbow connects. Double-team offense lands for a nearfall for Jeff and Devon comes back with a corkscrew elbow. Bully Ray in and a sidewalk slam and leg drop combo lands for a nearfall for Team 3D as we break.
Jeff with a headscissors takeover on Bully and Matt tags in. Double-leg from Jeff followed by a leg drop from Matt for a pin attempt. Jeff returns and Matt on all fours after cornering Bully. Splash lands in the corner for Jeff and they try to do the same to Devon, only for Devon to yank Jeff down. Matt knocked down by Devon. Wishbone on Jeff lands and Devon working Jeff in the corner. Fist drop and a chinlock applied by Devon. Jeff fights out and gets up top, only to be knocked out of the air for a nearfall by Devon.
Bully in and keeping Jeff down. Elbow drops connecting for Bully and Devon back in. Fist drop converts for Devon and a neckbreaker follows for a pin attempt. Jeff off the ropes and he comes back with a kick, only to be hit with a neckbreaker from Team 3D for a nearfall. Bully applies a bear hug and keeping Jeff from making the tag. Jeff out, but he runs into a back bodydrop. Bully up top, but Matt distracts him and Jeff gets a hurricanrana for a nearfall.
Matt and Devon in. Matt with right hands and a clothesline. Corner clothesline and a bulldog get Matt a nearfall. Bully knocked off the apron and Side Effect from Matt nearly wins it. Moonsault on top of Devon again gets a pin that is broken by Bully. Bully sent out by the Hardys and Jeff goes for Whisper in the Wind, only to be crotched by Devon. Devon goes up top and Matt from behind. Doomsday Device set up and Jeff with Whisper in the Wind for a nearfall.
Devon set up top and both Hardys up. Bully flings Jeff across the ring and picks Matt up. Doomsday Device connects and Matt down for a nearfall. Jeff flapjacked on top of his brother and Matt slammed by Bully. Whassup? connects for Devon and the two head out to get the tables. Matt down on all fours and Jeff flies to crash into Team 3D outside. Devon rolled in to Matt and Twist of Fate lands. Swanton from Jeff lands and Devon kicks out as Jeff is swept outside. Bully charges in the ring as Matt is shoved off the ropes and 3D connects.
Winners by pinfall: Team 3D
The show closes with Team 3D and The Hardys celebrating in the ring and hugging it out.
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