TNA IMPACT Wrestling
Location: Orlando, FL
Date: December 2, 2015
Impact Coverage by Bobby James
World Title Series: The Round of 16
World Title Series – Elimination Match | DJ Z vs. Ethan Carter III w/ Tyrus
EC3 backs DJ Z into the corner early, but DJ Z offers a series of pin attempts. EC3’s poised to regain control when DJ Z delivers a standing dropkick. Carter retreats to ringside, but his opponent is through the ropes with a second dropkick!
DJ Z rolls EC3 into the ring, where he connects with a flying crossbody. Mid-submission, DJ Z is sent through the ropes and EC3 distracts the official as Tyrus delivers a running headbutt. Carter bounces DJ Z’s face off the apron before powering him into the ring post. He rolls DJ Z into the ring for a two-count.
EC3 applies a chin lock that DJ Z fights out of. Carter misses a splash in the corner, allowing DJ Z another dropkick, which sets up a neckbreaker. EC3 counters a springboard DDT, but DJ Z is back on the offensive with a DDT in the center of the ring.
Carter’s out a two and DJ Z answers with a hurricanrana! Before delivering a second hurricanrana, EC3 counters with a sit-out powerbomb and the One Percenter!
Result: Ethan Carter III def. DJ Z (EC3 advances to the Quarterfinals)
World Title Series – Elimination Match | Tigre Uno vs. Gail Kim
Tigre Uno pleads with Gail at the opening bell. He turns his back and Gail rushes in with a schoolgirl for a one-count. He continues pleading and Gail offers another pin attempt. She delivers a stiff kick to the ribs, forcing Tigre Uno to life. He applies a waist lock that turns into a front-face lock.
Gail backs him into the ropes. He whips her across the ring. Gail rolls beneath him on the return. Tigre Uno floors her with a shoulder block as a huge “Let’s Go Gail” chant erupts. Gail connects with a crossbody, but Tigre Uno rolls through for a two-count.
Gail’s back on her feet and attempting an Eat Defeat! Tigre Uno counters into a submission that Gail turns into a sunset flip! She wraps him in the Flying Dragon, but he reaches the ropes and dumps her over onto the apron!
Gail lands hard moments before Tigre Uno catches her with an over-the-top-rope crossbody! He rolls her back into the ring and climbs the turnbuckle. Gail picks his ankle delivers a hurricanrana from the top rope! She follows up with a running dropkick and body avalanche!
Tigre Uno falls to the mat and Gail pulls him onto the ring post for a figure four! She tries for a second Eat Defeat, but he counters again. She rolls through for another sunset flip, but Tigre Uno sits out and scores the three-count!
Result: Tigre Uno def. Gail Kim (Tigre Uno advances to the Quarterfinals)
Post-match: Tigre Uno shakes, kisses and raises Gail’s hand.
World Title Series – Elimination Match | Bram vs. Davey Richards
Bram overpowers Davey, dominating the early portion of the match. He sends Davey outside, but he’s quick to his feet, into and across the ring with a running dropkick! Davey presses Bram into the guardrail before unloading a series of rapid-fire kicks!
Davey mounts Bram in the corner with a series of rights. Bram powers out but is sent over the top rope. Davey stalks Bram with a kick but Bram counters, sending Davey face-first into the stairs. Davey’s driven into the apron and again into the stairs.
Bram charges toward Davey, but Davey counters with a drop toe-hold that forces Bram’s face into the steel. Davey howls from atop the stairs before connecting with a double stomp!
Davey connects with a missile dropkick and exploder suplex! He follows up with a second double stomp, from the turnbuckle. Bram’s out of the pin attempt and connects with a facebreaker. He sets up the Brighter Side of Suffering, but Davey rolls through with a three-count!
Result: Davey Richards def. Bram (Davey Richards advances to the Quarterfinals)
World Title Series – Elimination Match | Eli Drake vs. Mahabali Shera
Eli Drake backs Shera into the corner, but he’s overpowered with a huge clothesline! Shera delivers a second clothesline that sends Eli Drake over the top rope. Shera dances to the amusement of the crowd, but he pays for the distraction at the ropes.
Eli Drake drops Shera with a back suplex. Shera’s up and through him with a series of clotheslines and a back body drop. Eli Drake heads up the turnbuckle, but Shera catches him and sends him flying halfway across the ring. Shera delivers a Sky High to pick up the victory.
Result: Mahabali Shera def. Eli Drake (Mahabali Shera advances to the Quarterfinals)
World Title Series – Elimination Match | Bobby Roode vs. Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy controls the match early on from a psychological perspective. Roode becomes increasingly frustrated, resulting in Hardy gaining the advantage and Roode leaving the ring. Hardy charges Roode at the ring post, but Roode’s out of harm’s way, leaving Hardy to collide bicep-first with unforgiving steel.
Roode rolls Hardy into the ring and delivers a single-arm DDT. He screams, “That’s why I’m the ‘It Factor’!”
Hardy rises, motioning for a Twist of Fate, but Roode has it scouted and offers up a crossface. Hardy forces a break at the ropes. Hardy ducks under a clothesline and connects with a Side Effect; it’s good for a two-count.
Hardy delivers a bulldog for another two-count. He motions for a second Twist of Fate. Roode rolls through with a schoolboy. Hardy’s out at two but quickly caught with a second crossface! Hardy rolls into a pin attempt; Roode’s out and breaks the hold.
Roode mocks Hardy – but then Hardy catches him with a Twist of Fate!
Result: Matt Hardy def. Bobby Roode (Matt Hardy advances to the Quarterfinals)
World Title Series – Elimination Match | Jessie Godderz vs. Awesome Kong
Before the bell, Jessie says, “I know you’re not out here to wrestle…you just want to touch this body. What more would you want than a kiss from the man?”
Jessie poses for a kiss, but Kong offers a shot to the jaw instead. She unloads a series of chops and a hip toss before planting the “Modern Day Adonis” with a shoulder block! She continues running through Jessie and splashes him in the corner!
Kong delivers a trio of body slams before Jessie rolls outside. He tries walking away from the match, but Kong sends him into the ring post! She delivers a beat down near the apron. He attempts escape by climbing back into the ring, but Kong pulls him back under the ropes to resume her beating!
Jessie thumbs Kong in the eye before charging her at the stairs. She moves, sending him up and over the stairs and into the guardrail! Kong powers Jessie back into the ring where she misses a splash that Jessie rolls through. With a handful of tights, Jessie claims the upset victory.
Result: Jessie Godderz def. Awesome Kong (Jessie Godderz advances to the Quarterfinals)
World Title Series – Elimination Match | Eric Young vs. Kenny King
Kenny King catches Eric Young with an exciting flurry of offense early on, but Young slows the pace with a knee to the gut. King catches Young with a drop toe-hold that he rolls into a chin lock. Young escapes but is offered a dropkick and high back elbow instead.
King and Young meet on the apron. King crashes and burns and Young steps through the ropes, instructing the official to make the count. King’s through the ropes at six, but is quickly sent through them on the other side.
King catches Young with a handstand sidekick from the apron and then he scales the post. Young answers with a huge right that sends King to the floor before using the apron for a choke. He instructs the official to make another count, but this time, when the official reaches five, King reaches the apron and catapults Young over the ropes!
King launches himself over the ropes with a corkscrew crossbody! He rolls Young into the ring to receive a springboard crossbody followed by and atomic drop and spin kick to the back of the head. Young rakes King’s eyes before coming off the ropes. King answers with a spinebuster and two-count!
Young uses the referee to shield himself before ducking under a clothesline and delivering a piledriver for the win!
Result: Eric Young def. Kenny King (Eric Young advances to the Quarterfinals)
World Title Series – Elimination Match | Drew Galloway vs. Lashley
Galloway and Lashley lock up. Lashley’s out with the advantage and a rear naked choke! Galloway forces the break with his foot on the rope. Lashley forces Galloway down, offering a single leg choke near the apron.
Lashley whips Galloway into the corner, but he comes out swinging. Lashley begins to appear unstoppable as he hurls Galloway into the turnbuckle! Galloway counters a charge before climbing the turnbuckle to deliver a flying clothesline.
Galloway sends Lashley over the top rope, but Lashley powers his way back into the advantage by sending Galloway into the stairs. He rolls Galloway into the ring and drives him hard into the corner with a huge running shoulder block.
Lashley delivers a standing vertical suplex before setting Galloway up to receive a series of crossface shots on the middle rope. The official interrupts the onslaught moments before Galloway sends Lashley over the ropes, onto the apron. He kicks out Lashley’s knee and rams him shoulder-first into the ring post.
Galloway delivers an armbreaker on the floor before rolling Lashley in under the ropes. Galloway grabs Lashley’s favored arm and heads up the turnbuckle. Lashley answers with a slam followed by a German and belly-to-belly suplex combination.
Lashley plants Galloway with a running powerslam before pulling him to his feet for a clothesline. Galloway counters with neckbreaker and then sets up for the Claymore. Lashley counters with a spear and the victory!
Result: Lashley def. Drew Galloway (Lashley advances to the Quarterfinals)
“Round of 8” | Quarterfinal Lineup
Ethan Carter III vs. Davey Richards
Lashley vs. Mahabali Shera
Tigre Uno vs. Eric Young
Jessie Godderz vs. Matt Hardy