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Impact: Roode, Young escape cage at Hardcore Justice
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Hardcore Justice brings about some of the most extreme wrestling TNA has to offer. With the six-sided ring having returned, Hardcore Justice brings back something special in the main event. Tonight on the special Hardcore Justice edition of TNA Impact, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Gunner, Magnus, Austin Aries, and "Cowboy" James Storm battle in six sides of steel for a TNA title shot! Plus, the TNA X Division Championship is on the line! All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!

We are on tape from New York City, N.Y. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.

Stairway to Janice Match One: Bram vs. Abyss

The two start off trading shots and Abyss drops Bram with a back elbow and a clothesline. Bram comes back with a knee to the midsection and sets the ladder up in the corner. Whip reversed by Abyss and he eats a back elbow in the corner, only to land a belly-to-belly suplex to throw Bram on the ladder. Ladder set up and Abyss climbing. Bram slams his head into the ladder and knocks it down.

The brawl spills outside and the two trading. Abyss sent into the ring post on his shoulder and Bram cracks him over the head twice with a trashcan. Abyss comes back to throw Bram into the steel steps and brings out two barbed wire boards. Abyss setting up the boards in opposite corners as Bram crawls into the ring busted open. Abyss almost sent into the board, but he counters and tries a Chokeslam. Bram counters out to land a trashcan lid shot to the back of the head.

Ladder set up and Bram going to the top. Abyss up and he lands a Chokeslam to send Bram down. Outside, thumbtacks brought into the ring by Abyss. Another Chokeslam called for and Bram brawling back. Abyss drops him with one shot and Bram charges at Abyss, only to be slung into the barbed wire board in the corner. Abyss sets up the ladder and makes his way up as Bram crawls. The ladder is tipped and Abyss sent into the other board.

Ladder up and Bram claims Janice. Bram poised and Abyss catches him in a Chokeslam. Bram elbows out, only to run into a Black Hole Slam into the tacks. Abyss has Janice and he walks into a kick to the groin from Bram. Bram takes Janice and lands a shot to the midsection.

Winner by pinfall: Bram

Ethan Carter III meeting with Rhino and Rockstar Spud. EC3 is asked how jail was and he says it provided a moment of clarity for him. Ever since his aunt and TNA President Dixie Carter was put through a table, his life has been a whirlwind of misery. However, those who were accountable will be held accountable next.

(Commercials)

Bram met by Magnus backstage. The two celebrating and Magnus asks if Bram thinks he's going to outshine him tonight. Magnus plans to win the six sides of steel cage match tonight and get on track to win back the TNA World Heavyweight Championship that was once his tonight.

Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, and Rhino make their way to the ring. EC3 says two weeks ago was the most heinous incident in the professional wrestling industry. EC3 chides the fans for their cheering and recaps the group being arrested last week. EC3 thanks TNA Executive Director of Wrestling Operations Kurt Angle for having him arrested and the moment of clarity. EC3 promises swift justice for Bully Ray and he also realizes that the other man at fault is someone he paid handsomely and brought off the streets. EC3 turns to Rhino and tells him to look at him. EC3 says Rhino owes him his career and everything he has.

Rhino snatches the microphone and says he is looking at him right now and he sees a dead man if he doesn't stop talking. Rhino would rather be poor than listen to what EC3 is saying now and he tells him to stick his money. EC3 repeats Rhino and smacks him as Rockstar Spud tries to separate the two. EC3 knocks Rhino out of the ring and tosses him over and over into the barricade before punching him down inside. Spud tries to rip EC3 off and is shoved away as EC3 drops Rhino with a knee lift. Spud is left stunned in the ring with Rhino.

TNA X Division Champion Samoa Joe asked about his history with Low Ki. Joe says it is more than a history, but a legacy written in blood. Joe recaps their time fighting their way up. Tonight, Joe says Low Ki's supreme self-confidence will be used to his advantage as he walks out with the TNA X Division title.

(Commercials)

The Hardys backstage. The team still needs to prove that they are the best team alive. Them coming back together wasn't a ride off into the sunset and they plan to prove they are the best. The timing was strategic for their comeback and they promise to always be in the forefront of the tag team division.

Video package recaps the rivalry between Samoa Joe and Low Ki.

Match Two for the TNA X Division Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Low Ki

The two starting out looking for leg kicks. Samoa Joe works Low Ki into the corner and they break. Lockup sees Joe press Ki into the ropes and Ki climbs to lock in the cross armbreaker across the ropes. Ki moves outside and gets back in. Wristlock into a waistlock for Ki and Joe turns it into a wristlock. Ki kicks out and lands chops, only to be dropped by a back elbow from Joe. Jabs send Ki into the corner and a back splash followed by a corner enzugiri. Strikes land and a knee drop gets Joe the first nearfall of the contest.

Ki strikes back and Joe with a headbutt and inverted atomic drop. Big boot leads to a back splash that gets Joe a pin attempt. Ki sat in the corner and Joe looking for the Muscle Buster. Ki counters with an elbow and a roundhouse kick to the chest. Joe in between the ropes and Ki with a double-foot stomp to the back. Elbows and cltoheslines land for Ki and a springboard attempt misses. Back elbow from Joe out of the corner is returned to him by a Ki dropkick for a nearfall.

Ki Krusher attempt is unsuccessful and turned into a powerbomb for Joe that gets a pin. Boston Crab into an STF for Joe that forces Ki to get the rope break. Facewash in the corner from Joe are countered by a flying forearm from Ki. Clothesline return turns Ki around in the air and Joe lands knees. Ki to the top and he lands on a flying kick that nearly wins it. Ki Krusher attempt nearly the corner is countered by a Joe headbutt. Muscle Buster attempt is kicked away by Ki, but he is crotched up top and the Muscle Buster lands.

Winner by pinfall and still TNA X Division Champion: Samoa Joe

The Hardys shown entering the locker room of Team 3D.

Jeremy Borash with Mr. Anderson. Anderson is tired of hearing about Samuel Shaw and calls him a "creepy bastard." Anderson trashes Gunner for getting Shaw out and Shaw interrupts to tell Anderson to apologize to Gunner. The two start brawling and Shaw sent into a barricade backstage as we break.

(Commercials)

"I Quit" Match Three: Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw

Mr. Anderson drives a chair into the back of Samuel Shaw as the two make their way down the ramp. Anderson with a production cable and Shaw takes it from him to choke Anderson. The referee asking if Anderson wants to quit and Anderson fights up to land a rolling senton slam.

Gunner makes his way out and shares some words of Anderson. Anderson walks into a drop toehold on the ramp by Shaw. Shaw brawling with Anderson and slamming him off the barricade and the steel steps. Shaw asks if Anderson quits and Anderson taunts him. They move inside and Shaw lands punch after punch in the mount position. Shaw sends Anderson into the corner and he falls from the impact. Shaw repeats the process and a third time sees Anderson come back with a clothesline. Anderson clubbed down and Shaw applies a camel clutch. Referee gets no response from Anderson on whether he quits.

Anderson fights up and lands clotheslines and back elbows. Spinning neckbreaker plants Shaw in the mat and Anderson hoists Shaw up, only to be pushed in the corner. Shaw charges in and lands in the corner on his shoulder. Armbreaker from Anderson lands and an armbar applied by Anderson. Shaw refusing to quit and Anderson torquing it. Gunner steps in and Shaw quits.

Winner: Mr. Anderson

Post-match, Gunner pulls Mr. Anderson off Shaw and exchanges a few words before he attends to Shaw.

The Hardys shown leaving the locker room of Team 3D and they are asked about what they talked about with the Hardys. Bully Ray says it is an idea that could put some life into tag team wrestling. There's one more piece of the puzzle and Bully Ray and Devon are headed to the ring to find out if they are in.

(Commercials)

Footage from last week shows TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim discussing her mentality on defending the title. Angelina Love sneak attacks her from behind and demands a rematch. The two brawl and they are separated by officials. Kurt Angle asked about the fight and he says it disgusts him. Gail Kim asked for the match and he granted it, so Angelina Love will get her wish in a Last Knockout Standing match for the title.

Bobby Roode shown earlier today. For sixteen years, Roode has known nothing but professional wrestling and trying to be the best in it. The title signifies that you are the best and he knows what that is about as the longest-reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Being suspended and unable to compete made him sick and tonight, he has an opportunity in the six sides of steel. Six men will enter and one will leave and Roode says he will be the one that leaves as the number one contender for the TNA title.

The Hardys make their way to the ring. The Hardys say they came back when the time was right and because the fans wanted them back together. When you think about tag teams, you think about the Hardy name. The past few weeks, The Hardys have had great matches with great teams, but they want to do better and take tag team wrestling to the next level.

Team 3D are invited out and they make their way to the ring. Team 3D says they are happy to be back in the ring with them and they have an answer for them. First, Bully asks if everyone knows who they are and they introduce themselves as the people who tabled Dixie Carter. Team 3D recalls the history between the teams and say they want to be TNA Tag Team Champions just as bad as The Hardys, but they need the champions to come out here to get the plane done.

TNA Tag Team Champions The Wolves hit the ring. They declare Team 3D and The Hardys two of the best teams in the history of the business. The Wolves want to be a part of that conversation and they accept the challenge anytime, anywhere.

Mike Tenay interview with Dixie Carter from her home in Nashville, Tenn. Carter asked about being put through a table. Carter says she knew something was wrong as soon as she went through the table and experienced pain. Carter went to the ER the next morning to find out she had broken her back and a rib. Carter went back and watched the footage once and it made he recall the pain of the moment. Bully Ray came through with his promise and won the war, so Carter will focus on business outside of the ring. Carter says a Carter never forgets and that there will be a sign of EC3 we've never seen before as she declares the interview over.

(Commercials)

Video package from last week plays and teases the premiere of The Great Sanada next week.

Last Knockout Standing Match Four for the TNA Knockouts Championship: Gail Kim (c) vs. Angelina Love (w/Velvet Sky)

Gail Kim immediately storms the ring and chases Angelina Love around ringside. Gail Kim landing strikes and stops herself from being whipped into the ring post to land a clothesline. Back inside, Gail Kim stomping Love down in the corner. Corner clothesline lands and Love counters with a flapjack in the corner. STO from Love lands and the referee begins the count. Gail Kim makes her way out and gets hit with a stunner that nearly wins it.

Cooking sheet brought in by Love and Gail Kim landing strikes. The sheet dropkicked back in the face of Love. Love tumbles outside as the referee makes his count. Gail Kim moves up top and gets cracked across the back by Sky with the sheet. Gail Kim tumbles outside as Sky implores the count. Love stepping towards Gail Kim and gets sent into the apron. Both ladies struggle to their feet and exchange. The two crawl up the steps and Gail Kim setting up for a DDT, but Sky sweeps the legs and Gail Kim lands on her head on the steps. Referee begins his count and Gail Kim barely beats it.

Suplex attempts to bring Gail Kim inside fail by Love and Gail Kim kicks Love away. Figure-four around the ring post locked in on Love and Sky breaks it with a kick to the head. Love moves out and picks up Gail Kim, only to be whipped into the barricade. Both women struggle up and Gail Kim gets a chair as Love crawls up the ramp. Sky tries to rip the chair away and is kicked away. Loves comes back with a Botox Injection that ricochets the chair into Gail Kim's face.

Love moves to the ring as Gail Kim gets up with a second to spare and is sent in by Sky. Sky setting up Gail Kim for In Yo' Face on the chair, but she is sent into the corner and crotches Love up top. Sky sent outside and Gail Kim meets Love up top. Love laid across the shoulder of Gail Kim and Gail Kim falls back on top of the chair. Both women down and Gail Kim uses the ropes to get back up as Love is knocked out.

Winner and still TNA Knockouts Champion: Gail Kim

(Commercials)

Kurt Angle has an announcement about the match between The Wolves, The Hardys, and Team 3D. Angle declares it a series where the first team to win two matches wins the TNA Tag Team Championships. If a team wins, they get to pick the stipulation of the next match.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley, Kenny King, and MVP make their way out. MVP says he was supposed to wrestle against Eric Young at Slammiversary for the title before he got injured. However, Lashley stepped up for him and got the gold. Young was the first one to go down at the hands of Lashley and MVP recaps the fates of him, Jeff Hardy, and Austin Aries. MVP says the six sides of steel determines the number one contender and asks if they look worried. Whoever wins the cage match has already lost because Lashley is at the top of the food chain and is more food for the beast. MVP tells everyone to bow down for Lashley as the rules of the main event.

TNA World Heavyweight Contender Six Sides of Steel Cage Match Five: Austin Aries vs. Eric Young vs. "Cowboy" James Storm vs. Gunner vs. Magnus vs. Bobby Roode

Everyone starts out brawling and "Cowboy" James Storm and Magnus are the first to attempt to scale the cage. Storm pinballed between Gunner and Bobby Roode while Magnus is pinballed between Eric Young and Austin Aries. Both sent into the cage and EY and Aries go at it while Roode and Gunner do the same. Storm and Magnus back up and in control. Storm and Magnus climbing and are met by EY and Roode as we break.

(Commercials)

We return to Storm being dragged back to the inside of the cage by Roode. Aries and Gunner fighting in their own corner as Young is down. Roode set for Eye of the Storm and he fights out to lock in a Crossface. Young locks in a Sharpshooter on Magnus and Aries applies a Last Chancery on Gunner. Aries lets go and moves up the corner to try and escape. Aries kick Young away and drops him. Roode hit with a missile dropkick out of the corner by Aries, only to run into a Spinebuster.

Last Call Superkick lays out EY and Gunner is left standing after everyone takes each other out. Gunner banging his head in the corner and climbing. Aries grabs a leg and trying to pull him down. Storm comes in as Aries is kicked away and lands a head kick. Aries moves him down and begins to cllimb, where he is met by Magnus.

Gunner making his way back up once again and Aries makes his way up. Magnus meets him in the corner and powerbomb and suplex combinations out of both corners lay everyone out. Eric Young and Bobby Roode are left scaling the cage. Both men make their way up and out.

Winners: Eric Young and Bobby Roode

The referees and wrestlers arguing up the ramp about who gets the TNA World Heavyweight Championship shot as the show closes.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments.