TNA IMPACT Wrestling – Hardcore Justice
Location: New York, NY
Date: August 20, 2014
Commentators: Mike Tenay and Taz
“Hardcore Justice” opens up as we kick off with Stairway to Janice.
Stairway to Janice Ladder Match
Bram vs. “The Monster” Abyss
Bram comes out alone without Magnus. Footage over the last few months of Bram using Janice on Abyss is shown as Abyss comes to the ring. Abyss meets Bram in the ring and they exchange right hands with each other until Bram knees Abyss in the gut. Bram hits the ropes but eats a big back elbow from Abyss. Abyss lays Bram out again and then picks Bram up only to eat another knee. Bram and Abyss exchange reversals attempting to whip each other into a ladder until Abyss tosses Bram into a corner. Abyss charges into an elbow from Bram and then Bram charges into a Belly-to-Belly Overhead Suplex from Abyss onto the ladder! Abyss sets the ladder up under Janice and starts to climb but Bram slams his head into the ladder. Abyss falls out to the floor and Bram follows and continues to beat on Abyss. Bram slams Abyss into the ring post and grabs a trashcan and slams it into Abyss repeatedly. Bram attempts to whip Abyss into the ring steps but Abyss reverses it and then pulls out a board wrapped in barbed wire. Abyss puts the board in the ring and grabs yet a second board wrapped in barbed wire tossing it in the ring. Bram is already busted open. Abyss sets both barbed wire boards up in opposite corners. Bram rolls into the ring and Abyss headbutts him before going for a Powerslam into one of the boards! Bram blocks it and Abyss goes for a Chokeslam, but Bram counters with a big elbow to the side of the head. Bram slams the trashcan lid into Abyss and starts to climb up the ladder. Abyss punches Bram in the gut and Chokeslams him off the ladder! Abyss goes to the floor and pulls out his bag of tacks from under the ring. Abyss pours the tacks out on the mat and then places the ladder in a corner. Abyss goes for another Chokeslam but Bram fights him off with a series of big rights. Bram then charges at Abyss full force but Abyss sidesteps him and Bram goes flying through the first board wrapped in barbed wire! Abyss climbs up the ladder but Bram shoves the ladder over slamming Abyss into the other board wrapped in barbed wire! A massive “TNA” chant breaks out as Abyss convulses lying in the barbed wire. There is blood all over the back of Bram. Bram climbs up the ladder and pulls Janice down, now he can use it but he must still pin Abyss. Bram tosses the ladder out of the ring and attempts to hit Abyss with Janice. Abyss grabs Bram by the throat for a Chokeslam but Bram fights it off with elbows to the head. Bram hits the ropes but eats the Black Hole Slam right into the tacks! Abyss grabs Janice and goes to hit Bram with it, but Bram low blows him and grabs Janice again. Bram hits Abyss with Janice yet again and covers him, 1…2…3!
Winner: Bram via pinfall
Bram picks up Janice and looks at it, but then smiles and drops it in the ring realizing that he has soundly defeated the Monster.
In the back EC3 is meeting with Spud and Rhino. EC3 bitches about getting arrested last week but says that his time in jail provided him with a moment of clarity. He says that those that are truly accountable will be held accountable next.
In the back Magnus approaches Bram and congratulates him for beating Abyss. Magnus asks Bram if he thinks this makes him better than Magnus and says that no one outshines him. Magnus says he will go through five other men and become #1 Contender so he can get back his championship. Bram smiles and pats him on the back as Magnus smirks and tells Bram that he had a good match. Bram tells Magnus to get back his title.
EC3 comes down to the ring along with Spud and Rhino. EC3 says that two weeks ago the most heinous thing to ever happen in this industry took place when Bully Ray put his aunt through a table. EC3 says all the NYC fans love to see innocent women get driven through a table. He says he demanded that Kurt Angle terminate Bully Ray but instead he had EC3 and his boys arrested. EC3 says for that he must thank Angle because after spending a night in jail he had his moment of clarity. He realized that not just Bully Ray was responsible for what happened but someone else is to blame as well. EC3 says this man is a man that he hired and paid handsomely to be his mercenary that failed miserably.
EC3 turns to Rhino and says that what happened to Dixie is all his fault. EC3 says that Rhino owes him but Rhino cuts him off and screams at him that he is looking at a dead man if he keeps talking to Rhino like that. Rhino says he would rather be dirt poor than listen to another word come out of his mouth. Rhino tells EC3 to shove his money up his ass as Spud tries to keep the peace. Rhino calls EC3 a bitch and then EC3 asks if a bitch would do this before slapping Rhino! EC3 then jumps on Rhino and throws him through the ropes. EC3 slams Rhino into the guardrail over and over! He tosses Rhino back in the ring all the while Spud is trying to stop him. EC3 beats the hell out of Rhino and EC3 even shoves Spud down. EC3 hits a running knee to the side of Rhino’s head as Spud can’t believe what EC3 just did.
In the back Samoa Joe says that he and Low-Ki have more than history together. He says that they have a legacy written in blood. He says that when he first came to the east coast to wrestle he wanted to face the best and they told him that it was Low-Ki. He says that they rumbled but tonight Ki is at a disadvantage. He says that Ki is supremely self-confident that he can beat Joe, but a lot of wrestlers just like Ki have brought their confidence to the ring only for Joe to keep that belt.
An anti-smoking ad featuring Mr. Anderson airs.
In the back the Hardyz say that they are still looking to prove they are still one of the greatest tag teams. Matt says they want to prove that they are still the best tag team in the world. Jeff says the Hardyz are better than ever and Matt says that they have calculated this return together. He says that they are going to be at the forefront of the return of the tag division.
A terrific hype video for Ki-Joe is shown with clips of their previous matches in TNA shown.
TNA X-Division Championship
TNA X Division champion “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. Low-Ki
This is the reigniting of what was one of the greatest rivalries in the history of Indy wrestling. Low-Ki actually took the X-Division Title away from Joe back in 2006 in a 3-Way Match. Ki is wearing traditional tights for this match rather than the bodysuit he has been wearing. Joe and Ki circle each other with Ki sending some leg kicks at Joe. Joe tries to answer with a leg kick of his own but Ki catches it and backs Joe into the corner. Joe and Ki stalemate and back away from each other. They lockup and Joe forces Ki into the ropes where Ki actually walks up the ropes and then latches onto Joe’s arm and falls back over the top rope locking in the Hanging Armbar! Joe is able to free his arm but Ki lands on his feet on the outside as Joe stares him down. Ki slides back in the ring and gets Joe in a waistlock, but Joe counters into a wristlock. Ki rolls through and kicks Joe away. Ki lights Joe up with some chops followed by some roundhouse kicks! Ki hits the ropes but gets absolutely decapitated with a back elbow! The fans are already losing their shit for this match. Joe lays into Ki with jabs and then tosses Ki into the corner. Joe hits a Running Back Elbow followed by a Leaping Enziguri! Joe’s chest shows the imprint of Ki. Joe hits a Snapmare followed by a slap to the back and then a round kick to the chest! Joe hits a Knee Drop for the first near fall of the match. Joe and Ki exchange nasty chops until Joe cuts Ki off with a headbutt. Joe then hits the ropes and as Ki attempts a leapfrog Joe stops and catches Ki in an atomic drop! Joe hits a Mafia Kick followed by the Backsplash Senton! 1…2…NO Ki kicks out! Joe lifts Ki up to the top rope for the Muscle Buster but Ki blocks it and kicks the dog shit out of him! Joe falls between the ropes and Ki dives off with the Warriors Way to the back of Joe! Ki follows up with a series of Flying Forearms, a Spinning Back Kick, and a hook kick! Ki attempts the Tidal Wave but Joe ducks and nails Ki with a Running Back Elbow. Ki answers right back with a Running Dropkick sending Joe into the corner! 1…2…NO Joe kicks out! Ki attempts the Ki Krusher but Joe blocks it and counters into a vicious Powerbomb! 1…2…NO Ki kicks out and Joe transitions right into the Boston Crab! Joe then transitions right into an STF! Ki fights the hold and drags himself to the ropes to break the hold. Joe facewashes Ki in the corner and then sets up for his Running Facewash but Ki catches him with a Flying Forearm! Joe answers with an absolutely disgusting Lariat! Joe hits a series of knees and tosses Ki into the corner but Ki leaps to the top and hits the Tidal Wave! 1…2…NO Joe kicks out! Ki goes for the Ki Krusher again and again Joe blocks it and counters with a headbutt. Joe lifts Ki up to the top rope for the Muscle Buster but Ki nails him with a series of elbows. Ki sets up for Warriors Way but Joe roundhouse kicks the legs of Ki and then hits the Muscle Buster! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL X-Division Champ: Joe via pinfall (Muscle Buster)
In the back The Hardyz come to Team 3D’s locker room to talk about something.
Mr. Anderson talks to JB in the back about his match with Samuel Shaw. He says that he is sick and tired of hearing about Shaw. He says that he sent him up the river already but now he’s back because of Gunner. He asks Gunner if he is an idiot but then Shaw walks up and says that is real great that Anderson will talk crap about his friend. Shaw tells Anderson to apologize to Gunner and they start brawling! Anderson tosses Shaw into a guardrail and bends it.
I Quit Match
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
Anderson and Shaw brawl into the arena where Anderson beats the hell out of Shaw with a chair. Anderson grabs some cables but Shaw punches him and takes the cables. Shaw wraps them around Anderson’s neck and chokes him with them. The referee asks Anderson if he wants to quit but he refuses and catches Shaw with the Green Bay Plunge on the ramp! Gunner walks onto the ramp and tries to talk some sense to Anderson but he refuses. Anderson walks into a Drop Toehold on the ramp by Shaw. Shaw slams Anderson into the guardrail and then the ring steps repeatedly. Shaw takes the microphone from the referee and screams at Anderson to apologize to Gunner and to quit. Anderson refuses and Shaw nails him with a series of nasty crossfaces. Shaw tosses Anderson in the ring and continues to beat on him with right hands and stomps. Shaw whips Anderson into the corner hard and then does it a second time. Shaw does it a third time but Anderson rebounds out of the corner with a clothesline. Shaw comes back with a stomp to the back. Shaw puts Anderson in a Camel Clutch but Anderson still refuses to submit. Anderson fights the hold off and actually breaks it with a series of rights. Anderson clotheslines Shaw and follows up with a back elbow and then another clothesline and another back elbow. Anderson hits a Spinning Neckbreaker and goes for the Green Bay Plunge, but Shaw blocks it shoving Anderson into the turnbuckles. Shaw charges at Anderson but Anderson moves and Shaw hits shoulder first into the posts. Anderson hits a Flying Armbar and locks in an Armbar! Shaw refuses to submit initially but finally he submits.
Winner: Anderson via verbal submission
After the match Gunner shoves Anderson off of Shaw and then gets in his face.
The Hardyz are shown leaving Team 3D’s locker room, and Bully says that the Hardyz had a hell of an idea. He says that idea will breathe new life into tag team wrestling. Bully says that there is one more piece to the puzzle and it’s time to find out if they are in or not.
Footage of the brawl backstage between Gail and Angelina is shown.
Kurt Angle says that Angelina doesn’t deserve a title shot with the way she has acted but Gail came to him wanting this match so she is going to grant it to her. Kurt tells Angelina to be careful what she wishes for.
Earlier today Roode is shown looking the cage over, talking about the match tonight. He says that from the moment he stepped foot in a wrestling ring the only thing that ever mattered to him was becoming the best. He said that what signifies being the best is holding the World Title. He says he knows what that feels like and he was the most dominant World Champion in the history of TNA. He says that when he sat at home for seven weeks it made him sick. Not being able to compete for something he wants so bad made him sick. He says that he gets that opportunity back tonight. He says that you are looking at the man that will leave tonight as the #1 Contender.
The Hardy Boyz come down to the ring and Jeff says that the time and place was right for a Hardy Boyz reunion. He says that they didn’t get back together because the company wanted them to get back together but because the fans wanted it. He says that when you talk about tag team wrestling you have to think about the Hardyz. He says that they have had some great matches the last few weeks against some great teams but they have to do better. He says that they will do better and they have an idea that will take their legacy to the next level. Jeff asks Team 3D to come out so they can break their vision down.
Team 3D comes out and Bully says that it is always great to be back in the ring with the Hardyz. Bully says before they get to business he has to do something and then reminds the fans that they put Dixie through a table. Bully says that they and the Hardyz have created history together and that they are two of the greatest tag teams ever. A “one more time” chant starts up. Bully says that the Hardyz want to be the TNA Tag Team Champions and 3D want that as well because they want to get inducted into the Hall of Fame as Tag Champions. He says that the Hardyz had a hell of an idea earlier and says that they need to have the champions out here to get this done.
The Wolves come out to the ring immediately and Eddie says that it is time to get down to business. He says that the Hardyz and 3D are two of the greatest tag teams in the history of the business. Eddie says that is what they want themselves and they want to be a part of that conversation. Davey says that if 3D and the Hardyz want a shot at the belts then they can have a shot any time, any place.
Mike Tenay’s sit down interview with Dixie is shown. She is in the bed with a brace around her midsection. Dixie says that she knew as soon as she went through the table something was seriously wrong. She says that she met with an orthopedic surgeon and that she has broken her back and fractured her ribs. Dixie says that it takes a tremendous amount of trauma to break the vertebrae she broke and that she watched the footage of her going through the table just once. She says she can’t watch it again and she went to war with Bully coming out with a broken back. She says that she is going to take her time now to focus on business outside of the ring for TNA but you haven’t seen the last of Dixie Carter and definitely you haven’t seen the last of EC3. She says that Carter’s never forget. Tenay asks Dixie what that means and she says it means that the interview is over.
The video of James Storm retraining Sanada is shown again and then a graphic claiming “The Great Sanada will be revealed next week” is shown.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Last Knockout Standing Match
TNA Knockouts champion Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love w/Velvet Sky
Gail hits the ring and goes after Angelina but she bails out of the ring. Gail chases her and tries to toss her into the ring post, but Angelina reverses it only for Gail to block it with her foot. Gail clotheslines Angelina and argues with Velvet. Gail tosses Angelina into the ring and puts the boots her in the corner. Gail hits a Flying Forearm in the corner and then charges at Angelina again only to get Flapjacked onto the top turnbuckle. Angelina hits Lights Out and Gail gets up at the five count. Angelina hits a Jawbreaker and Gail gets up at seven. Velvet hands Angelina a cookie sheet and she swings and misses Gail. Gail hits a series of leg kicks followed by a Running Dropkick sending the cookie sheet into Angelina’s face and sending her to the floor. Gail climbs up top but Velvet hits her with the cookie sheet knocking her off the top rope. Both Gail and Angelina get to their feet before the ten count and Angelina tries to grab Gail but Gail drop toeholds her into the ring apron! Both girls get up again and they exchange forearms. Gail slams Angelina into the apron again and some fan still living in 1997 tells Earl Hebner that he screwed Bret. Gail goes for a DDT on the ring steps but Velvet pulls her leg out from under her slamming her into the steps! Gail gets back to her feet at eight and Angelina pulls her back up to the apron by her hair. Angelina tries to Suplex her back into the ring but Gail blocks it and kicks her in the head. Gail drags Angelina to the ring post and puts her in a Hanging Figure Four! Velvet kicks her in the face to break the hold! Angelina tries to whip Gail into the guardrail but Gail reverses it and both girls are down again. Gail grabs a chair as Angelina crawls up the ramp. Gail goes to hit Angelina with the chair but Velvet grabs it. Gail kicks Velvet away and Angelina hits the Botox Injection sending the chair into Gail’s face! A “better than divas” chant starts and Gail gets back to her feet at nine! Velvet tosses Gail back in the ring as Angelina climbs to the top rope. Velvet places a chair in the ring and sets up for the In Yo Face on it but Gail shoves Velvet into Angelina causing Angelina to crotch on the top! Gail tosses Velvet to the floor and then climbs up with Angelina and they exchange forearms on the top. Gail hits a series of elbows and then hits a Super Kryptonite Krunch onto the chair! Gail gets up to her feet at nine and Angelina is counted out!
Winner & STILL KO Champ: Gail via KO
In the back Kurt Angle says that responding to the Hardyz challenge earlier he has made the match for next week. Hardyz vs. 3D vs. Wolves but he is raising the stakes. Instead of just one match it will be Best of Series. The winning team of each match picks the stipulation of the next match and the firs team to win two matches is the Tag Team Champions.
The Franchise Players come down to the ring and MVP says that at Slammiversary he was supposed to face EY for the World Title, but two weeks before he had an unfortunate injury knocking him out of the match. MVP says without hesitation his friend Lashley stepped up and took the championship. MVP says there have been three challengers up and three challengers have gone down. MVP runs down the victims of Lashley thus far and after this Cage Match upcoming there will be one more victim. MVP tells the camera man to zoom in on Lashley and asks if anyone sees any worry on his face. MVP says whoever wins this match has already lost because Lashley is at the top of the food chain in TNA. MVP says that whoever wins is just more food for the beast himself. MVP tells the fans to bow down and give props to the true King of NYC, Lashley!
TNA World Title #1 Contenders
Six Sides of Steel Xscape Match
“The IT Factor” Bobby Roode vs. “A-Double” Austin Aries vs. “Showtime” Eric Young vs. Magnus vs. Gunner vs. “Cowboy” James Storm
Roode, Aries, EY, Magnus, and Storm have all been World Champions. Gunner is the only man to never hold the title. This is the return of Six Sides of Steel, we haven’t seen it since 2010 I believe. As the bell rings all six men go at it, remember the first man to escape the cage wins it. Storm and Magnus both immediately try to escape but are pulled down. Roode and Gunner knock Storm around while EY and Aries knock Magnus around. EY and Aries toss Magnus into the side of the cage while Gunner and Roode do the same to Storm. Now the babyfaces square off. Roode hits the Blockbuster on Gunner but then walks into the Roaring Elbow from Aries! EY hits a Flying Forearm on Aries and Magnus lays EY out with a Lariat! Storm and Aries exchange some stiff shots in the corner and then Storm tries to escape the cage but Aries stops him while Roode climbs up with Storm.
Back from the break Storm is almost over the cage but Roode pulls him back in and they fight on the top rope. Aries climbs to the top of the cage but Gunner cuts him off and pulls him down. Storm slams Roode into the cage and then goes for a Sunset Flip Bomb, but Roode blocks it and tries to climb up the cage again. Storm stops him and goes for the Eye of the Storm, but Roode counters into the Crossface! Storm taps but that doesn’t matter in this match. EY puts Magnus in a Sharpshooter and Aries locks Gunner in the Last Chancery! Aries sees the other submissions and decides to drop it and try to climb the cage. Roode and EY drop their submissions to stop Aries. EY climbs up with Aries but Aries knocks him off and then hits a Missile Dropkick on Roode! Aries goes for the IED on Roode but Roode counters into the Double R Spinebuster! Magnus hits the Spineshaker on Roode but then EY goes for the Spike Piledriver only to eat a Last Call from Storm! Gunner hits a Double Clothesline on Storm and Magnus! Gunner tries to escape the cage but Aries stops him and Storm comes over and blasts Gunner repeatedly before nailing a Leaping Enziguri! Aries pulls Gunner down and then climbs up top only for Magnus to knock him down. Aries hits the Roaring Elbow on Magnus and climbs back to the top of the cage! Magnus grabs him and pulls him back over into the cage. Magnus and Aries fight on one top rope while Gunner and Storm fight on the other side on the top rope. At the same time EY hits a Tower of Doom on Aries and Magnus, Roode hits one on Storm and Gunner! The fans lose their collective minds on that spot! Roode and EY both begin climbing up the cage at the same time, they look back and see each other and begin racing to the top! They both jump down and it looks like they land at the same time! One referee raises the arm of Roode while the other raises the arm of EY! It looks like Roode was able to get out a hair sooner than EY as the referee’s argue over who won.
Winner: DRAW between EY and Roode
“Final Thoughts” will be up later tonight.
1) Stairway to Janice Ladder Match: Bram def. Abyss
2) TNA X-Division Title: Samoa Joe (c) def. Low-Ki to retain the title!
3) I Quit Match: Mr. Anderson def. Samuel Shaw
4) TNA Knockouts Title Last Knockout Standing Match: Gail Kim (c) def. Angelina Love to retain the title!
5) TNA World Title #1 Contenders Six Sides of Steel Xscape Match: Bobby Roode and Eric Young draw over Gunner, James Storm, Magnus, & Austin Aries
Scheduled for Next Week:
-TNA Tag Titles Best of Series Match #1: The Wolves (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Team 3D