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    IMPACT Coverage by Bobby James
    September 3, 2014

    TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley kicks off IMPACT Wrestling with MVP and Kenny King by his side. MVP claims there’s no one tougher than Lashley.

    X-Division Champion Samoa Joe interrupts MVP and contests the claim. Joe challenges Lashley to a one-on-one match. Kenny King cautions Joe, to which he responds with a punch to King’s face.

    MVP, Lashley and Kenny King attack Samoa Joe. Lashley accepts Joe’s challenge.

    Video: HAVOK has arrived.

    Video: A chronicle of Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell promotes their Knockout’s Championship match – tonight!


    MATCH #1:
    Knockout’s Championship
    Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim (c)

    Gail and Taryn lock up in the center of the ring. Their series is tied one and one; the two Knockouts are evenly matched until Taryn sends the champion flying across the ring. Gail reverses an attack from Taryn for a quick pin attempt. Taryn’s out a two.

    Gail and Taryn exchange offense and pin attempts until Taryn drops Gail with a hard neckbreaker, which she follows with a diving clothesline. Taryn attempts another high risk maneuver, but Gail counters with a frankensteiner and an armbar DDT!

    Gail launches herself toward Taryn, but Taryn sidesteps, sending Gail flying through the ropes and into the guardrail. Gail and Taryn fight on the apron. Gail drops Taryn on the steel steps with a devastating neckbreaker! Gail drops Taryn with an Eat Defeat, but Taryn kicks out just before the three!

    Gail attempts a second Eat Deafeat, but Taryn counters with a flying neckbreaker! Gail is out just before two! The crowd chants “This is awesome!” as Taryn climbs to the top rope again and connects with a flying crossbody! Gail rolls through to score the three-count and to retain her Knockout’s Championship!

    Winner: Gail Kim

    Post-match, Gail and Taryn display respect to one another.

    The mysterious and highly promoted HAVOK blazes into the arena and climbs into the ring with Gail and Taryn. She lets out a loud screech that echoes throughout the arena before assaulting both women! Havok plants Taryn first. Then she fends off Gail Kim, powering the Knockout’s Champion down with a hard chokeslam! She lifts Gail and plants her beside Taryn Terrell before stacking the women and standing over their bodies!

    Havok has arrived.

    Backstage: MVP tries to remind Eric Young of how Bobby Roode once acted toward him. MVP tells EY to “trust history” when it comes to Bobby Roode.


    Up on the Rooftop: DJ Z tells Robbie E and Jessie to reveal the Knockout they matched with on Tinder. Robbie E and Jessie argue of over which BroMan the mystery knockout belongs to.
    Ethan Carter III enters the IMPACT Zone claiming to be sickened by everyone who’s cheered for his Aunt D being put through a table. He says the “Carter Charity” ends and that his first victim was Rhino.

    EC3 says his violence will continue until his list of demands is met. He asks Rockstar Spud for his list of demands. Spud is empty-handed. He demands the immediate termination of Bully Ray, the banning of the words “Hardcore” and “Extreme“ and his final demand is for RESPECT!

    The crowd chants “You can’t wrestle.” He disagrees and says, “I’m a Carter and the world needs us.”

    Rhino hops the guardrail and attacks EC3. Rhino issues a challenge. EC3 accepts and says his opponent tonight is Rockstar Spud!

    Backstage: A mystery woman twirls her hair and looks on seductively as Gunner approaches Samuel Shaw.


    MATCH #2:
    Samuel Shaw & Gunner vs. Magnus & Bram

    Magnus and Samuel Shaw start the bout. Samuel and Magnus wrestle back and forth. Samuel takes a slight advantage and brings in his partner, Gunner, for a double team. Gunner tries to maintain control, but Magnus fights out and tags in Bram.

    Bram enrages Gunner. Gunner savagely drives Bram’s head into the turnbuckle repeatedly! Bram rakes Gunner’s eyes and he stumbles toward his corner. Samuel Shaw tags himself in, and a brief argument with Gunner allows Bram to take control.

    Bram tags Magnus and he and Samuel take one another down with a double clothesline. Both men tag out at the same time and Gunner overpowers Bram. Gunner tweaks his ankle, allowing Bram to capitalize and roll him up for a three-count. Unable to make the save, Samuel Shaw begins attacking the referee until Gunner breaks it up.

    Backstage: MVP tells Bobby Roode that Eric Young hasn’t forgotten the things he’s done.


    Up on the Rooftop: Robbie E and Jessie continue to argue over “BroMan” rules. Velvet Sky enters and walks toward Robbie E! Angelina Love follows, walking to Jessie! Angelina Love tells them that as long as the BroMans keep The Beautiful People happy, they’ll keep the BroMans happy. DJ Z says love is in the air.
    MATCH #3:
    TNA World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender’s Mach
    Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode

    EY and Roode lock up in the center of the ring. A split audience erupts into “Let’s go EY, Let’s go Bobby” chant as the two men ground one another with alternating headlocks.

    Eric Young takes Roode down with a flying clothesline and a missile dropkick to score a two-count. Roode storms the ring and hits EY with a high knee lift, a powerful clothesline and a giant diving neckbreaker!

    EY tries fighting back, but Roode powers him down with a spinebuster. EY is able to fight back, nailing a wheelbarrow slam and a moonsault from the rope. Roode kicks out at two and counters a follow-up assault by EY. Roode locks in a crossface! EY reverses into a pin-attempt. Roode kicks out, but he’s planted with a spike DDT!

    EY drives a diving elbow into the chest of Bobby Roode. Roode kicks out just before the three. EY motions for a piledriver, but Roode reverses and the two competitors trade numerous pin attempts. Roode turns one attempt into a Roode Bomb for the three! Bobby Roode is the new No. 1 Contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

    Winner: Bobby Roode

    Post-match, Roode and EY hug it out.


    Backstage: Bobby Roode and Lashley have stare-down.
    Backstage: Team 3D says they’ve chosen a “Tables Match” stipulation in their series against The Hardys and The Wolves. Bully Ray says Team 3D will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame as the World Tag Team Champions!

    MATCH #4:
    X-Division No. 1 Contender’s Match
    Tigre Uno vs. DJ Z vs. Crazy Steve vs. Manik vs. Homicide vs. Low Ki

    The crowd chants for Low Ki as the opening bell sounds. Low Ki and Tigre Uno start the match. Low Ki’s super aggressive and powerful style earns him an early two-count against Tigre Uno. The other competitors storm the ring to break the count.

    A series of rapid-fire tags ensues until Crazy Steve and DJ Z find themselves against one another. A double crossbody has both men reeling, which allows Manik and Low Ki to tag back into the match. Low Ki sends Manik flying with kick from the turnbuckle. Again, the other competitors storm the ring and chaos follows.

    Manik and Homicide find themselves alone in the ring. A great display of technical wrestling follows until Homicide drops Manik with a Gringo Killer for the win.

    Winner: Homicide

    Post-match, James Storm and “The Great” Sanada enter the arena. Sanada stalks Manik. Storm gives him a thumbs-down and Sanada delivers a Last Call kick. Together, Storm and Sanada drag Manik out of the arena.


    Austin Aries calls out “The Great” Sanada and James Storm.
    Storm and Sanada answer the call. Storm says Sanada’s a man who’s had an awakening. Storm says he’s instilled a sense of purpose in Sanada. He claims he’ll do the same to Manik.

    Aries says James Storm is liberally using the word “great.” He says when the fans think of “great,” they think of him. Aries claims Sanada and Storm have enraged him and all of Japan. Tajiri comes into the IMPACT Zone. He and Aries fight together, sending Sanada and Storm into retreat.

    Backstage: Rockstar Spud asks EC3 why he’s been placed in this match against Rhino. EC3 asks Spud what he’s done to defend Dixie Carter’s honor. Then he says, “If you don’t like it – there’s the door. But if you still want your job – there’s the ring.”


    Video: Chris Melendez’s hiring. His debut is next week!
    MATCH #5:
    Rockstar Spud w/ EC3 vs. Rhino

    The bell sounds. Spud tries for a quick escape, but Rhino powers him into the corner and drives a shoulder into Spud. Taz calls Spud a “feisty little rascal,” but Spud’s feistiness is no match for the dominant power of Rhino. Spud dodges a Gore and brings a trashcan into the match. Spud hoists the trashcan above his head, but as he turns, Rhino catches him with a Gore to end the match.

    Winner: Rhino

    EC3 turns his back on Spud and makes his exit.

    Backstage: Lashley heads toward the ring.


    Samoa Joe vs. Lashley

    Joe’s out first for the challenge, followed by “The Dominator,” Lashley.

    Samoa Joe jumps from the ring to initiate the attack, but Lashley powers Joe into the stairs. Joe begins fighting back and catches Lashley in the air, slamming him onto the floor.

    Joe lands a kick to the side of Lashley’s head before driving his boot into his face. Lashley whips Joe into the corner and drives a running shoulder into Joe’s gut. Joe counters a second shoulder with a choke, but Lashley reverses the choke, dropping Joe with a neckbreaker.

    Lashley brushes sweat from his brow and powers an elbow across the chest of Samoa Joe. Joe manages his way back into the match by powering Lashley down to the mat. Joe finds himself on top of the turnbuckle, but Lashley counters with a running power slam!

    Joe locks in a rear-naked choke, but a distraction from Kenny King causes the break. Lashley slams Joe to the mat, but the “Samoan Submission Machine” is out at two. Lashley breaks Joe in two with a powerful spear for the win.

    Lashley stands tall ahead of his Bellator bout this Friday!

    Winner: Lashley


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