TNA IMPACT 01 05 2016

TNA Impact Wrestling Results
January 5, 2016
Bethlehem, PA

Report By Joshua Lopez for

Dixie Carter & Ethan Carter III, Matt Hardy In-Ring Promo: 

Dixie Carter chose Pop TV as their new television home because the network is centered around the fans. Dixie says that TNA is committing to making 2016 their best year. Wrestling has always been a vital element to pop culture because of one thing the World Heavyweight Championship. EC3 and Tyrus come out to interrupt Dixie. EC3 says that it’s time for a Carter Family Reunion. EC3 says that he wants air his grievances.

1) EC3 defeated Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

2) EC3 defended the title valiantly

3) Dixie robbed her nephew of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

EC3 says that the TNA World Title Series will not end until he wins back his title. Dixie snatches the mic away from EC3. Dixie says that EC3 needs to take a big hard look in the mirror. Dixie says that Matt Hardy won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory fairly. Dixie ask EC3 how does he feel about robbing the title away from Matt and the fans. Matt Hardy comes out and calls EC3 boring. Hardy says that the only people that were robbed in this situation was the fans. Spoiler Alert (Matt Hardy will become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion) because it’s his destiny. Eric Young comes out and attacks Hardy from behind. EC3, Tyrus and Young proceed to beatdown Hardy. Bobby Lashley storms out to make the save for Matt Hardy. Lashley with a sleeper hold to Tyrus. Lashley gives Young a back body drop. Hardy sends EC3 and Young to the outside. Hardy dives onto EC3 and Lashley on the outside.

First Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Ethan Carter III w/Tyrus in a Semi-Final Match in the TNA World Title Series

Lashley and Carter lock up. Lashley sends EC3 to the corner and connects with a running clothesline. Lashley leapfrogs over EC3 and gives him another clothesline. EC3 goes for the %1 Percent, but Lashley coutners with a spear that send EC3 to the outside. Lashley with a belly to belly suplex and EC3 rolls out of the ring. EC3 with a jawbreaker to Lashley. EC3 connects with a double foot stomp to Lashley. EC3 sends Lashley to the outside. Tyrus bodyslams Lashley while EC3 is talking to Earl Hebner. EC3 sends Lashley face first to the steel ring post.

EC3 lands a series of right hands to the chest of Lashley. EC3 applies a chin lock. Lashley tries to regain momentum with right hands, but EC3 counters with a dropkick for a two count. Lashley with a suplex to EC3. Lashley brings EC3 to the corner and begins to drive his shoulders to the midsection of EC3. Lashley goes for the Dominator, but EC3 counters with a jawbreaker. EC3 connects with the TKO for a two count. EC3 goes for the %1 Percenter, but Lashley counters with elbows to the ribs of EC3. Lashley with a powerslam. Lashley goes for a Spear, but Tyrus holds onto Lashley ankles. Lashley knocks Tyrus off the ring apron. EC3 sends Lashley face first to the turnbuckle to pickup the victory.

Winner: Ethan Carter III Advances to the Final Round of the TNA World Title Series

Bobby Roode Promo: 

Roode will be having a open challenge for his TNA King of Mountain Championship. Roode quote’s a phrase from Kid Rock “It’s not being cocky if you back it up.” Roode says that he’s willing to wrestle any wrestler around the world or from any promotion. Roode says that it pays to be Roode.

Kurt Angle & Drew Galloway, Eli Drake and Jessie Godderz In-Ring Promo: 

Angle thanks the fans who are chanting “Thank You Angle.” Angle says that he’s very grateful to be in the spotlight for the last 20 years from winning a Olympic Gold Medal, to 13 World Heavyweight Championships. Every time Angle comes down to the ring and hear’s the roar of the crowd, he’s living his dream. Angle says that it’s a very exciting time for TNA. Angle said that he made it very public that he’s stepping down. Angle has faced some of the greatest performers of all time from Austin, Rock, Taker, Triple H, Hogan, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and EC3. Angle announces that he will be on a Farwell Tour. Angle said that he would like to face talents like Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards. Angle announces that the main event of next week’s Impact is Angle vs. Drew Galloway.

Drew Galloway music hits and he comes down to the ring. Galloway says that he’s honored to be chosen to compete against Angle in the main event of Impact next week. Galloway fights for what he believes in. Galloway says that he’s not going to let this opportunity to slip away. Jessie Godderz comes out to interrupt Galloway and Angle. Godderz says with all due respect Godderz is the veteran on Network Television & Social Media. Eli Darke music hits and he stands on the stage. Drake tells Godderz that he sees small change cashing checks from his Big Brother days. Drake calls Angle a dinosaur and is surprised he doesn’t call the future of professional wrestling Eli Drake. Drake says that Galloway is a waste of space. Drake said that the only god walking this earth is Eli Drake. Drake tells Galloway to stand up and walk away. Angle says that Drake is all talk. Angle challenges Godderz & Drake to come down the ring. The brawl begins. Angle applies the Ankle Lock to Godderz and Galloway knocks Drake over the top rope.

Jeff Hardy Promo: 

Jeff says that his brother is a fighter. Jeff thanks Lashley for saving his brother. Jeff says that Matt is ready to go and he will not allow any doctor to get in his way of regaining the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Jeff says that he will be in his brother corner tonight.

Second Match: Matt Hardy vs. Eric Young in a Semi-Final Match in the TNA World Title Series 

Hardy back body drops Young on the ramp. Hardy brings Young back into the ring. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Young sends Hardy to the corner. Hardy with a boot to Young. Hardy goes up top, but Young gets Hardy legs trapped on the top rope. Young bounces Hardy head on the barricade at ringside. Young pulls off the mats at ringside. Young with a suplex to Hardy on the steel ring steps. Young irish whips Hardy to the top rope and Hardy falls down to the mat. Young sends Hardy face first to the top turnbuckle. Young with a neck breaker to Hardy for a two count. Young applies a chin lock.

Hardy charges towards Young, but Young counters with a big forearm. Young and Hardy exchange back and forth right hands. Hardy with a back elbow, a clothesline and a running bulldog to Young for a two count. Hardy with a elbow drop off the second rope. Hardy with the Side Effect to Young for a two count. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Young drives Hardy to the outside. Young connects with the Pile Driver on the exposed concrete on the outside. Jeff Hardy comes down to the ring to check on his brother. Young knocks Jeff down. Young rolls Matt back into the ring. Young dives off the top rope, but Hardy counters with the Twist of Fate to pickup the victory.

Winner: Matt Hardy Advances to the Finals of the TNA World Title Series

Third Match: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bram for the TNA King of the Mountain Championship 

Roode with right hands to Bram in the corner. Roode knocks Bram over the top rope. Bram is frustrated and throws chairs around at ringside. Roode rolls Bram back into the ring. Bram heads up to the ramp and Roode catches up with Bram with a clothesline to the back. Roode and Bram brawl on the outside. Roode connects with a massive clothesline. Roode goes for the Roode Bomb, but Bram escapes and drags Roode to the outside. Bram sends Roode back first to the barricade. Bram rolls Roode back into the ring. Roode with a boot to Bram. Roode goes for a Blockbuster, but Bram ducks out of the way. Bram with a spinning heel kick to Roode for a two count. Bram school boys Roode for a two count. Bram connects with a chokeslam for a two count.

Bram goes for the Brighter Side of Suffering, but Roode counters with the Roode Bomb to pickup the victory. After the match Eric Young comes out and attacks Roode from behind. Roode goes to Roode Bomb Young, but Bram connects with a low blow to Roode. Bram & Young put the boots to Roode. James Storm appears and spits beer in Bram face. Storm connects with the Last Call Superkick to Eric Young. Storm grabs the mic. Storm says that he left TNA because he wasn’t happy. Storm says that TNA didn’t make James Storm. Storm begins to talk to Roode. Storm says that he and Roode drank alot of beer and made alot of money. Storm said that it’s time to get back to fun. Storm offers Roode a beer. Roode grabs the beer and shouts money to the mic. Roode and Storm have a toast and Beer Money celebrates.

Winner: Still TNA King of the Mountain Champion Bobby Roode

The Beautiful People Backstage Interview: 

Jeremy Borash is backstage with the Beautiful People, and Angelina Love says that she’s obviously not wrestling tonight since she’s seven months pregnant. Velvet and Madison aren’t scared, and they’re going to take out the pathetic Beautiful People wannabes tonight. Love says they get to pick a third partner tonight, and they have someone who hates the Dollhouse almost as much as they do.

Fourth Match: The Dollhouse (Marti Bell, Jade and Rebel) vs. The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne) & Gail Kim 

Gail and Jade start us off, then Velvet and Marti tag in, and it’s all Gail and the Beautiful People. Madison tags in and drills Marti with a dropkick, then Rebel tags in and Madison goes to town on her too. Rebel gets Madison in a pretty unique surfboard-style stretch, then Jade tags in just as Madison tags out to Gail. Gail cleans house on Jade and hits a tornado DDT for a two count, then all the girls come in and hit one move after another until it boils down to Gail and Jade. Jade nearly pins Gail on a couple of spots, but Gail gets an O’Connor roll for the win. After the match The Dollhouse attacks Gail and the Beautiful People after the match, but then Awesome Kong comes out, teases that she’s going to attack the Dollhouse, thenlays the Beautiful People out before flattening Gail with the Implant Buster. Kong stands tall with the Dollhouse.

Winner: The Beautiful People & Gail Kim

Maria Kanellis & “The Miracle” Mike Bennett In-Ring Promo: 

Maria Kanellis appears on the stage. Kanellis says welcome to her place of worship. She is the First Lady of Professional Wrestling. She sees our pain. Her hoping and praying that our wishes come true. That someone will save professional wrestling. Well today, is your most blessed day. Because what we really want- is a miracle. Do you believe in miracles? And his name is Mike Bennett.

Bennett says for those who don’t know who he is. Bennett is a International Superstar, a real life Superhero, the bad ass mofo on the show, and your Pro Wrestling Jesus. Pro Wrestling needs a miracle, it was fun and exciting and it was mainstream. But it’s filled with washed up regurgitated people that call themselves pro wrestlers. Later on tonight speaking of washed up, Matt Hardy will battle EC3. The miracle is gonna be when the TNA World Title is in his hands! And when Mike Bennett is the World Champion they will announce Do you believe in miracles? The crowd will chant yes we do.

Fifth Match: Ethan Carter III w/Tyrus vs. Matt Hardy in the Finals of the TNA World Title Series for the Vacated TNA World Heavyweight Championship 

EC3 and Hardy back and forth right hands. Hardy sends EC3 to the outside. Hardy irish whips EC3 over the Steel Ring Steps. Hardy launches EC3 over the announce table. EC3 with a shoulder tackle to Hardy. EC3 with right hands to the back of the head of Hardy. EC3 with chops to the chest of Hardy. EC3 irish whips Hardy to the corner and goes for the EC3 Splash. Hardy ducks out of the way and connects with a running clothesline. EC3 with a neck breaker to Hardy. EC3 with the Falcon Arrow for a two count. EC3 continues to dominate Hardy with a running neck breaker.

Hardy goes for a Side Effect on the steel steps, but both men fell awkwardly to the outside. Hardy with a Moonsault to EC3 for a two count. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but EC3 blocks Hardy attempt. Hardy connects on three Side Effects, but EC3 kicks out at the count of two. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but EC3 holds on the top rope. Carter connects with two TKO’s to Hardy. EC3 goes for another TKO, but Hardy counters with the Twist of Fate. Hardy fails to capitalize. EC3 with a dropkick and a 1% Percenter to Hardy for a two count. EC3 tries to pick up Hardy, but EC3 eats a Twist of Fate for a two count. Hardy puts EC3 on the top rope. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate off the top rope, but Hardy falls on the top rope. EC3 connects with the 1% Percenter off the top rope to pickup the victory.

Winner: New TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III 

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