1/30/14 Impact Recap; new investor revealed
Impact Wrestling opens with a video package covering the on-going saga between Dixie Carter and her new partner, TNA’s “Mystery Investor,” who will be revealed later tonight. We also see footage from after Impact Wrestling last week, showing Sting walking out of a TNA door for the final time.
We go backstage and we see a brawl going on between Magnus, Ethan Carter III, and Rockstar Spud and the duo of Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. Magnus’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with Rockstar Spud and Ethan Carter III.
Magnus mocks the crowd, who are all over him with a chorus of boos. Magnus says Sting fell to the reign of Magnus, and says just like Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles, all good things must come to an end. Magnus says he ended Sting and that Dixie Carter is thinning the herd in TNA. Magnus says he and Dixie decided to get rid of all the old dinosaurs in TNA and to make room for the new stars like The Bromans, Zema Ion, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, and himself. Magnus says that is why he eliminated Jeff Hardy, A.J. Styles, and Sting single-handedly. Carter interrupts and asks if Magnus just said ‘single-handedly.’ Magnus says yes, and there is animosity between them. Kurt Angle’s music hits and he and Samoa Joe hit the ring. Magnus, Spud, and Carter bail from the ring. Angle says it has not been a thinning of the herd, but a screwing of the herd. Angle says Magnus screwed Sting over and says Magnus will go down as nothing but a paper champion. Magnus tells Angle to watch his mouth before he says something he is going to regret. The crowd chants “Paper Champion!” as Angle says the only thing he regrets is allowing Magnus to become a member of the Main Event Mafia. Magnus says he is THE somebody in TNA. He is the World Heavyweight Champion. Joe says the only thing killing them is the fact that Magnus is walking around and breathing. He says they have come to Glasgow, Scotland to beat his ass. Magnus proposes a tag match: Joe and Angle vs. himself and EC3. Magnus says if he and EC3 win, Joe and Angle are gone from TNA for good. Joe and Angle counter-propose and Joe says if either he or Angle get the win, they automatically become the number one contender. Joe says he knows the stakes are a little too intense for a paper champion. Magnus accepts, but Dixie Carter comes out to say the match is not going to happen. Magnus asks her if she is trying to tell him what he can and cannot do. Dixie says she does not need to be worried about Magnus because there is already a lot going on tonight. She says the investor is on his way and she cannot take the chance of Magnus losing the title to Angle or Joe. Magnus turns to Angle and Joe, and says the match is still on as he leaves with both Carters and Spud.
We see a van pulling up to the arena as we head to a commercial break.
We’re back and we see Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, The Wolves, stepping out of the van. The cameraman tries to get a look at the investor, but they stop him. They say all of the questions will be answered later.
Match #1: Gail Kim and Lei’D Tapa vs. Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky
The brawl begins before the bell rings, and then Earl Hebner finally gets control as Gail and Rayne are the two legal women. Gail slams Rayne down to the mat and goes for the cover, but Rayne kicks out at two. Rayne gets free and tags in Velvet, who drops Gail with a series of clotheslines. Velvet connects with the bulldog on Gail and goes for the cover, but Gail kicks out at two. Tapa interferes and attacks Velvet from behind. Rayne takes Gail down with a Spear and then sends Tapa to the floor with a dropkick. Velvet takes advantage and slams Gail to the mat and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne.
After the match, Chris Sabin’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He tells Madison Rayne to get out of the ring. He asks Velvet what her deal is. He has called, texted, and Tweeted her for a week, and he has heard nothing. He says he is still her boyfriend, and she is supposed to support him and not cost him matches or championships. He says he doesn’t know what is wrong with her. He says she has one chance to apologize right now and life will go on. Velvet takes the microphone and screams at Sabin that they are done. She slams the microphone into his chest and then leaves the ring. Sabin goes crazy as Velvet walks up the ramp.
We go backstage and we see Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. Angle says they need to be focused tonight, and Joe says it doesn’t matter who wins as long as they take care of business. They walk in on Bobby Roode as we head to a commercial.
We’re back and Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe confronting Bobby Roode. They blame him for helping with the departures of A.J. Styles, Jeff Hardy, and Sting. Angle chokes him before Joe calms him down and they leave.
James Storm’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Storm says he has an issue with Gunner. He says he was friends with Gunner long before Gunner came to TNA. He says then they were tag team partners, but somewhere along the way, something went wrong. Gunner makes his way to the ring with his Feast or Fired briefcase, which holds a TNA World Heavyweight Championship shot. Gunner says they both came to TNA to do one thing: to be great. Gunner says they did that when they were tag team partners. Gunner says Storm blew up when he won the briefcase. Gunner says he had to make a career decision that was going to affect him and his family. Gunner says they are friends, and Storm would have done the same thing. Gunner says he told Storm things that he hasn’t told anyone else. Gunner says they are friends and will always be friends. Storm says he is not mad at Gunner and he will always have Gunner’s back. Storm says he wants to shake Gunner’s hand and apologize. Gunner accepts the handshake, but Bad Influence’s music hits, and Christopher Daniels and Kazarian make an appearance. Kazarian calls Storm a “monkey fart,” and says nobody will believe a word that is coming out of his mouth. Kazarain says Storm wants beer, attention, and ugly, fat women, but he desires the TNA World Heavyweight Championship more than anything. Daniels makes a proposition: Bad Influence against Gunner and Storm, with Gunner’s briefcase on the line. Gunner and Storm begin a brawl with Bad Influence as we go to a commercial.
Match #2: Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) vs. Gunner and James Storm
We’re back from the commercial, and Storm tags Gunner into the match. Daniels and Kazarian take control of Gunner. Kazarian goes for the cover, but Storm breaks it up at two. Daniels continues to beat down Gunner. Gunner finally gets free and tags in Storm. Storm takes control of the match and drops Daniels with a cross-body. Storm goes for the cover, but Kazarian breaks it up. Kazarian takes Storm down with a missile dropkick, but Gunner drops Kazarian with a running knee lift. Gunner drops Kazarian again an goes to the top, and Storm takes Daniels off the apron. Gunner connects with the diving headbutt and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Gunner and James Storm.
We see Dixie Carter and Magnus arguing as we head to a commercial break.
We see a video package highlighting the history of Samoa Joe in TNA.
We see Dixie Carter on the phone backstage. Bobby Roode walks in and she asks if he has any information on the investor. He asks if she is kidding. He says he wants his TNA title shot in the main event at Lockdown. She says that is not going to happen, and he says it is. He says he has lived up to his end of the deal, and she is breaking her promise. He says he doesn’t want her money. He says she has one week to figure this out and until she figures it out, he isn’t doing any favors for her.
We see Eric Young and ODB backstage. She asks him if he is sure about teaming up with Abyss. He says he is sure and is a scientist. ODB says she is worried about him and walks away. Abyss emerges and Young asks him if he is ready. Abyss holds up a bag of tacks and walks away as Young smirks.
We see Rockstar Spud backstage. He says he is going to find out who the investor is and The Wolves are going to tell him as we head to a commercial.
We revisit footage from earlier tonight when the match with Magnus and Ethan Carter III vs. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe was made for later tonight.
Rockstar Spud’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Spud runs down Scotland for a few seconds and then says he is in the ring from orders from “Madame” Dixie Carter. He calls out Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards, The Wolves. Spud gets into their faces and asks them who the investor is. Spud rips off his jacket and says he is the guy that pushed Jeff Hardy off a ladder and beat Samoa Joe within an inch of his life. He tells them to talk and then they beat him down. Spud is informed that the investor is very interested in the main event, and that if anyone interferes in the main event, they will be fired.
We see footage of the saga of Eric Young trying to figure out who Joseph Park is.
Match #3: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Bromans (Jesse Godderz and Robbie E) (c) (w/DJ Zema) vs. Abyss and Eric Young
Young and Robbie start the match. Robbie beats down Young and then tags in Jesse. Jesse takes Young to the corner and drives his shoulder into Young’s midsection. Young fights back and slams Jesse down to the mat. Young goes for the cover, but Jesse kicks out at two. Abyss gets into the ring, but Jesse attacks Young from behind. Jesse tags in Robbie, but Abyss attacks them from behind. Young tells Abyss to go back to the apron, and Robbie chops his knee out from behind. Robbie beats Young down on the mat and then drops an elbow. Robbie tags in Jesse, who goes for the cover, but Young kicks out at two. DJ Zema chokes Young on the apron as the referee is distracted. Jesse goes for the cover, but Young kicks out at two. Jesse applies a headlock down on the mat, but Young fights to his feet. Jesse powers Young down again and tags in Robbie. Robbie gets Young in a headlock and tags Jesse back in. The Bromans double-team Young, but Young gets free and tags in Abyss. Abyss smashes them in the corner and then sends both of them out to the floor. DJ Zema gets on the top rope, but Abyss grabs him. Abyss lets him go and then hits the referee with the Shock Treatment.
Match Result: No Contest.
After the match, Abyss grabs Young and delivers a choke slam. Abyss leaves the ring, and Young gets to his feet. Young challenges him to a Monster’s Ball Match for next week’s Impact. Abyss smiles and says, “I’m gonna hurt you.”
We see The Wolves outside by the van. They tell the cameraman to settle down and we will see the investor very soon.
We see Bully Ray pushing a casket towards the ring as we head to a commercial.
We’re back and we see footage of Samuel Shaw and Christy Hemme on a date from earlier this week. He is shown taking her on a tour of his home. We see that he has a room which is a shrine for Christy, complete with a mannequin that looks like her.
Bully Ray’s music hits and he pushes a casket to ringside. Ray begins with his “Do you know who I am?” line and then says he used to be the President of the Aces and Eights and the man who used to be the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He says one man took all of that away from him, and that man is Mr. Anderson. Ray says that no matter that he does to Anderson, Anderson keeps coming back into his now miserable life. Ray challenges Anderson to a Coffin Match. Anderson’s music hits and he comes to ringside. Ray leaves the ring and they stare each other down on either side of the coffin. Anderson says what is Ray going to do after he puts him in the coffin? Ray says maybe he will pile-drive Anderson’s wife and kids. Anderson asks Ray if that is so, and Ray says he would love to pile-drive Anderson’s wife. Anderson says he and all of the people are tired of Ray running his mouth. Anderson says Ray is not going to put him in the coffin, but he is going to do the people a favor and shut Ray’s mouth. Anderson says he wife and kids say hi, and he hits Ray with the microphone. Anderson grabs a chair and tosses it and Ray into the ring. Ray counters with a back-elbow, but Anderson punches Ray in the mid-section and then plants him with the Plunge. Anderson grabs the chair and destroys Ray with it. Ray escapes and walks up the ramp and collapses as Anderson stares him down from the ring.
We see a video package highlighting the TNA career of Kurt Angle.
Ethan Carter III walks up to Magnus backstage and asks him if he is ready. Magnus says he is ready and insults Carter a few times. Magnus says he is not thrilled about having a ‘green rookie’ as his tag team partner. Magnus says Carter can go cry to Aunt D if he wants to, but Dixie walks in. She asks them if they are ready, and they both say yes. Dixie escorts Magnus to the ring and leaves Ethan in the locker room as we head to a commercial.
Match #4: Ethan Carter III and Magnus vs. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe
Angle and Carter start the match. Angle goes behind Carter, but Carter counters into a side headlock. Carter takes Angle down to the mat. Carter comes off the ropes, but Angle takes him down with an arm-drag. Angle keeps control and then tags in Joe. Joe backs Carter into the corner and delivers rapid fire rights and lefts. Joe backs away and charges and smashes Carter in the corner. Joe connects with a quick kick to Carter’s head and then tosses him to the middle of the ring. Angle and Joe send Carter down with a double-shoulder block, and Angle is the legal man again. Angle stomps away on Carter in the corner and then goes for the cover, but Carter kicks out at two. Angle backs Carter into the corner and stomps away on him again. Angle whips Carter into the opposite corner and charges, but Carter moves and Angle goes shoulder-first into the ring post. We see The Wolves standing guard around the van backstage. We then see the investor step out of the van as we head to a commercial break.
We’re back and Carter is in control of Angle. Carter connects with a suplex and goes for the cover, but Angle kicks out at two. Carter gets Angle in a rear chin-lock down on the mat, but Angle fights to his feet. Angle comes off the ropes, but Carter drops him with a clothesline. Carter goes for the cover, but Angle kicks out at one. Carter tags Magnus into the match and Angle tags Joe. Joe takes control of Magnus and powers him down with a power slam. Joe goes for the cross arm-breaker submission, but Carter makes the save. Joe sends Carter to the outside, and Angle delivers a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch on Magnus and Magnus taps out.
Winners: Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle.
After the match, Dixie Carter drags Rockstar Spud to ringside. Dixie says that she told Magnus that this could happen. Joe grabs a microphone and says he and Angle are staying in TNA for a long time. He tells Magnus to look at him, because he is the number one contender. Angle tells Magnus to not even blame this on Carter, because everyone saw him tap out. Joe tells Magnus that he is going to kill him. Angle says it is nights like these that make him proud to be in the business and thanks the fans for their support. Angle says he has done it all in TNA, but his two victories these past two weeks have proved to him that Kurt Angle is back. Angle tells Dixie to bring her checkbook because it is time for Angle to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Dixie screams that she is sick and tired of hearing about this investor and wants him or her to show their face right now.
The lights go out in the arena and we hear a clock ticking. The Wolves are standing on the stage and then MVP emerges from the back and stands in between them. MVP raises his fist into the air and Mike Tenay goes crazy as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.