TNA Impact 5/17/2016
Impact opens up with another “Where Are You Cherry Bomb?” video package from Rosemary
-Immediately after the video ends we see a shot of the whole guerilla position area and the walkway behind it. Jesse Godderz is standing next to E-Li Drake and Rebel before they come out for commentary.
Godderz says: “I’ll tell you what…I know exactly where Cherry Bomb is, if ya know what I mean.” As he says this we see Pepper Parks walking by talking to Marshee Rocket. Parks yells “What the fuck did you say?” He runs and attacks Godderz as they start fighting. Drake takes a cheap on Parks and then M80 jumps in on Drake.
We see Raven walk up very calmly. Take his time, look backwards and yell for security. Raven and security break it up; Raven grabs Drake by the collar and presses him up against a wall. He tells Drake that he isn’t needed at the booth tonight.
-Raven’s music hits and then he walks down to the ring and sits down in the corner (VINTAGE YA’LL)
Raven addresses the world title match at Slammiversary and he announces that it will now be a three way dance between EC3, Lashley and James Storm. He also says that Tyrus is cashing in and facing the winner immediately after the match is over with. Raven then says if one single wrestler tries to interrupt him that they’ll be suspended without pay for a month.
He says that Matt Hardy can file a lawsuit all he wants because he’s calling his bluff and knows he’s full of shit. He says that he called Matt’s brother Jeff Hardy yesterday after Matt pulverized him with brass knuckles last week. Raven would say how he’s always been a man who motivates others, but Jeff had to convince him on this one. But, Jeff will be back and at Slammiversary it’s going to be Matt vs Jeff Full Metal Mayhem.
He then addresses Gail Kim; says Gail is the best women’s wrestler of all time. He states that due to respect she’s earned that he feels it’s a little disrespectful the way she’s been pushed aside. So, for one, she gets her match with Rosemary right here tonight. Raven then says Gail will also get her rematch against Jade at Slammiversary for the Knockout’s championship. He then says if Gail defeats Jade then the next Impact will be Gail vs Maria.
Raven then focuses on tonight. He says that KOTM title will be on the line at Slammiversary in the KOTM match and tonight there will be two qualifying matches in three way dance matches themselves. He says his partner Godderz rubs him the wrong way and thinks he’s an asshole. So tonight it’s Godderz against a guy who hates him in Mahabali Shera, and a guy who hates him even more in Pepper Parks. Then he states that the second will be Bram vs Robbie E vs Rockstar Spud. He says that even the champ Eli Drake will have a qualifying match of his own next week as he defends against a man who has beaten him twice already and is undefeated in TNA, Mr. M80.
But, tonight we will also see The Tribunal take on Zema Ion & Mark Andrews, and then tells The Pope that he is not going to be at the commentary booth tonight. He tells Pope to go get warmed up because tonight he gets what he wants and that’s his match fight against Tyrus and they’ll go ahead and take it to the streets and it’ll be a street fight.
Raven’s last announcement is that next week is pick your poison for the Slammiversary main events. EC3 will pick Lashley’s opponent, Lashley will pick one for Storm, and Storm will pick for Lashley. It’s going to be a night he calls May Mayhem. Raven says he is going to take his new seat and that’ll be in the commentary booth tonight. He tells the locker room to have the TV’s in the building on tonight because he’ll have a couple more PPV match announcements later tonight and he may lay the law down tonight so the wrestlers in the back are going to want to pay attention.
MATCH # 1:
THE TRIBUNAL DEF. MARK ANDREWS & ZEMA ION (AL SNOW INTERFERES & FORMS AN ALLIANCE WITH THE TRIBUNAL)
During this match Raven is doing commentary and says that there will be a surprise entrant in the KOTM match at Slammiversary.
He also mentions that he has heard Andrews & Zema talk about how the X Division gets no respect, well he’s gonna have the X Division represented in the KOTM match at Slammiversary. Next week at May Mayhem he is going to have an Ultimate X match for a contract and that Zema v Tigre Uno v Mandrews will be the contestants.
A plug for ONO: Victory Road
-Earl Hebner makes notice that he has half of the referees with him tonight for a meeting & for training. He tells them that today is to help them be more alert of their surroundings and how not to miss things. Camera fades out.
Eli Drake comes out with Rebel to sit down and do commentary with Raven & JB.
While Drake & Rebel are walking out Raven says that he is sick and tired of seeing Matt Hardy & his brand come out here every week just to talk the same old bullshit every single week. He says if they come out here tonight to talk and not be involved in the competition then they’ll be suspended without pay for a month…except for Matt Hardy because he’s facing his brother at the PPV regardless. He’ll just be fined money out of his checks.
Raven states that Matt Hardy can show his brand the way by wrestling Eddied Edwards tonight to show Trevor Lee how to beat him one on one without help because Lee will defend his X Division title against Eddie Edwards at Slammiversary.
MATCH # 2: KOTM QUALIFYING MATCH FOR SLAMMIVERSARY
BRAM DEFEATS ROCKSTAR SPUD (W/AIDEN O’SHEA) & ROBBIE EDGAR
During this match, Drake tells Raven that he hopes Matt Hardy gets rid of his brother Jeff for good and then that freak Jeff will never be able to come back after The King himself.
Drake would begin getting into it throughout the time at the booth with Raven about the mystery man in the KOTM match.
This will be the beginning of the Bram face turn as the interference from O’Shea will get Robbie eliminated first but then O’Shea will continue to get involved between Spud & Bram. Bram’s fighting them both off will spark the face turn.
- We get a backstage segment with Earl Hebner half all of the referees huddled up around him. Earl says he is giving his first tutorial about how refs need to think more before making vital calls. The first thing he shows is making three counts after their back has been turned, etc. Example: Roode smashes beer bottle on Storm’s head and glass in ring as he covers him.
MATCH # 3 KOTM QUALIFYING MATCH
JESSE GODDERZ DEFEATS BRAXTON SUTTER & MAHABALI SHERA
(During the match we get a picture-in-picture with Al Snow along with The Tribunal stating that he hates the X Division and that’s why he is behind the team of real wrestlers that he trained himself in The Tribunal)
The Decay comes out to start shit with Sutter which leads to him getting pinned by his rival Godderz. Shear then ends up getting involved with The Decay as well which leads to Godderz submitting him as well.
Raven announces that since Al Snow hates the X Division so much that he is going to add him to the KOTM qualifying Ultimate X match next week to help him prevent the X Division from getting exposure and a big opportunity.
- (Courtesy of a suggestion from Numero 47)
-Earl Hebner is shown with half of the referees in the back going over more obviously stupid spots in wrestling where the referee misses stupid things that cost wrestler’s matches.
-The Kingdom Of Miracles (Bennett, Maria & Jade) are headed to the ring with the women leading charge. Maria grabs the mic and starts berating Raven for the stipulation that he created for the Jade vs Gail Kim match at Slammiversary and how it isn’t fair. Raven refuses to budge and then Mike Bennett starts getting in his face until Galloway’s music hits.
Drew gets in Bennett’s face and tries to get Bennett to accept a match where Drew can win back his briefcase. Galloway offers to put his career on the line against Bennett for the briefcase. Bennett still refuses to give Galloway the match.
Bennett & the ladies start to walk away when Galloway grabs the mic and says: “I’ll put whatever you want on the line, you pussy!”
Bennett stops in the walkway and turns around. Bennett tells Galloway that ending his career does no favors because he won’t get to watch his misery. Bennett says that if Drew wants a rematch to win his briefcase back then he’ll give him his rematch. But, if Drew loses the match then he will become the court jester to this Kingdom Of Miracles. He’ll be the servant to himself, Maria, Jade and anyone else they find worthy enough to become a part of this Kingdom. Bennett also says that Galloway will also sign a contract extension for the next ten years in TNA just to become his servant on top of it. Galloway immediately accepts.
Raven then steps up from the announcers table and says that he’s adding a stipulation to this match since they’ve both agreed to do it. He states that it’ll be under Ravenz Rulz and that this will be No Holds Barred & Falls Count Anywhere in the building.
-Lashley cuts a promo backstage and announces that James Storm’s opponent next week will be Bram!
MATCH # 4:
Rosemary defeats Gail Kim (clean)
-James Storm is backstage cutting a promo and announces that EC3’s opponent next week will be The Decay
MATCH # 5:
Eddie Edwards defeats Matt Hardy
-EC3 cuts a backstage promo and announces that Lashley will face Drew Galloway next week, and then states he’s heading out to the ring to join the commentators.
MATCH # 6, MAIN EVENT: STREET FIGHT
The Pope defeats Tyrus (EC3 runs Aiden O’Shea out of the ringside area)
After the match is over with, Tyrus attacks Pope afterwards while he celebrates. Tyrus beats Pope up badly and the show ends with him looking strong.
Impact Wrestling 5/24/16: May Mahem
-Al Snow is in the back cutting a promo about why he hates the X Division. Snow states that what he and others did in ECW was innovative and they were the real innovators of this business, they were the lone revolution in pro wrestling. That was until the X Division came around and they were a new revolution, they were the new innovators and he hates them for stealing away the thunder that him and a small number of others created in ECW and he trains real wrestlers and brings in real wrestlers like The Tribunal because these X Division guys are not real wrestlers and don’t deserve to be considered the innovators that guys like Al Snow is.
-We open after this with another “Where are you Cherry Bomb? Video”
Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis Bennett come out to the ring and join Raven & JB at the announce table.
-MATCH # 1 ULTIMATE X MATCH FOR THE CONTRACT FOR THE KOTM TITLE MATCH AT SLAMMIVERSARY
Tigre Uno defeats Al Snow, Zema Ion and Mark Andrews (Tribunal attacks Ion & Andrews towards the end leaving just Al Snow & Tigre Uno where Tigre Uno gets the win & contract)
-We see Tigre walking backstage yelling in happiness and celebrating and he comes across Marti, he grabs her and kisses her.
-We see Raven at the announce table talking on a cell phone and then ends the conversation. Raven then says that he just got off of the phone with Cherry Bomb, and she won’t be 100% but she will be close enough to it and she wants Rosemary at Slammiversary and she is getting Rosemary at Slammiversary.
-MATCH # 2
Robbie E & Mahabali Shera defeat Aiden O’Shea & Rockstar Spud via DQ after Decay attack Shera & Robbie due to bad blood not an alliance with Hardy Brand.
(Prior to this match, it was originally scheduled to be Tyrus with his partner O’Shea who had Spud take his place because he wrestled last week and needs to stay fresh for Slammiversary when he uses his title shot)
During this match Raven announces that the tag titles will be defended in a six sides/six teams elimination match at Slammiversary, and that all five challengers will be announced later.
MATCH # 3
James Storm defeats Bram in a match given the time this match should deserve for TV. This would be a very good match that would help elevate the fans getting behind Bram and gaining momentum even in defeat.
-Earl Hebner has the other half of the referees on the TNA roster with him as he trains them on the same stuff as last week with the other referees it just shows different examples.
MATCH # 4
The Decay defeat EC3 via DQ; this is a very fast match as after a short feeling out process, EC3 proves to be the smartest man around, and goes outside and beats The Decay with a couple of chair shots before Storm comes out with the cowbell on the rope and EC3 flees to avoid the 4 on 1.
MATCH # 5 KOTM CHAMPIONSHIP
Eli Drake defeats Marshee Rockett via countout. Rockett would be climbing back in but his foot is held onto by someone under the ring apron allowing him to get counted out. It would turn out to be Crazzy Steve who was still there from the past match. Steve’s vendetta is because of Rockett’s association with their enemy Braxton Sutter.
---Raven announces that next week to shake things up there will be a Knockouts title match elimination rules as Jade will defend against Rosemary, Gail, and Madison Rayne.
The tag team title participants are announced for Slammiversary; Decay will defend against Robbie Edgar & Mahabali Shera; The Tribunal; Mark Andrews & Zema Ion; Andrew Everett & Kaleb Konley and the final team of Braxton Sutter & Marshee Rockett.
He has added one more participant to the KOTM match at Slammiversary, it will be the winner of next weeks match between friends and half-time tag partners Aiden O’Shea and Rockstar Spud...and there will still be a mystery opponent.
MATCH # 6
Lashley defeats Drew Galloway; These guys are given the amount of time necessary to have the great match they put on at Slammiversary. Lashley wins clean.
TNA Impact Wrestling 5/31/16
-The Pope is alone at the commentary booth and out comes Josh Matthews for the first time. Matthews comes to the ring instead of the booth. Matthews gives a speech to try and convince The Pope to return to the ring full time because he still has it. He would say that six years ago Pope was the hottest up & comer in TNA and that he was destined to be the world champion and a mega star but he was held back and held down by management’s politics from a regime that is no longer here and only damaged the company and so forth…but Pope tells Josh no, and that he is staying in the booth, and that Tyrus was his final opponent.
James Storm comes out to ringside this week and will join Josh & Pope at the booth.
Raven will not be on the commentary team the next two weeks heading in to Slammiversary!
-Earl Hebner has the first half of the referees in for the second phase of training, which is eliminating referee distractions.
-MATCH # 1, FINAL KOTM QUALIFYING MATCH
Aiden O’Shea defeats Rockstar Spud when Spud lays down and lets O’Shea pin him.
-Immediately after this match is over with the entire Matt Hardy Brand (minus Tyrus) is out for a promo by Matt Hardy who talks about how Raven leaving ringside to actually do his job these next two weeks finally allows him to speak. Hardy says that Raven tried to start ruining his ‘Brand’ by having two members fight with a big stipulation but he’s one step ahead of him, and that Spud knows his role and purpose at Slammiversary, and that’s making sure that the entire Matt Hardy Brand ends the night victorious and will be in all of their corners.
Hardy puts over O’Shea winning the KOTM title, Everett & Konley the tag, Trevor Lee retaining and Tyrus beating the winner of the world title match and becoming champion, and the world title will be right where it belongs and the Matt Hardy Brand will have all of the power again. Matt then talks about Jeff and how stupid he is to return, and there’s no way he will be 100% against the guy who knows him better than anyone else by a lot. Matt ends to do Jeff what his dirt bike didn’t and cripple him and end his career. Matt says he will also cease with his lawsuit and rematch clause because he will be world champion two weeks from now anyways.
-Eli Drake barges into Raven’s office and berates him demanding to know who the mystery opponent in the KOTM title match is going to be. Raven refuses to crack and tell Drake, and even goes as far as telling Drake he doesn’t even know who it is yet. Raven then tells Drake that he needs to learn boundaries, and to help teach him boundaries, he has now changed his eight man tag match tonight into a Hardcore War!
Drake tries to argue and storms out mad; Raven goes to slam the door but sees Thug Life & Spud. He congratulates O’Shea and Spud for being so smart. Raven said his goal was to reward them for thinking so outside the box and helping Tyrus last week but also punish them for crossing the commissioner. But, congrats again on tonight but they need to head back out to the ring because they’re teaming up tonight against two of Aiden’s opponents at Slammiversary in Bram & Tigre Uno.
MATCH # 2
Bram & Tigre Uno defeat Aiden O’Shea & Rockstar Spud after Bram pins Spud.
MATCH # 3:
Kaleb Konely defeats Eddie Edwards after distractions & interference by Helms & Everett.
-Galloway is backstage with his friend Mark Andrews and his partner DJ Z talking about how he appreciates EC3 giving him a shot at Lashley but that it did him no favors at all seeing Bennett in the ring so soon, and that he wonders if EC3 did it to make sure Galloway doesn’t get that briefcase back because he doesn’t want to face him. EC3 just so happens to walk by right afterwards and start talking about their match soon, and is there to discuss game plan.
-Eddie Edwards barges in to the room where Hebner is training the other referees and starts bitching them out for continuing to allow this type of stuff and not focusing on the matches. Earl steps up and asks Eddie to calm down and this is what he is training them on right now.
MATCH # 4, 8 MAN TAG, SINGLE PIN TO A FINISH RULES
Mike Bennett comes to the ring side area before this and joins the guys at the booth and kicks Matthews off leaving it Storm, Pope & Bennett.
EC3, Drew Galloway, DJ Z & Mark Andrews defeat Lashley, Tyrus & The Tribunal
The first time someone goes to tag Tyrus he hops down off of the apron and abandons his team. Galloway scores the pinfall on Baraka in the end. Galloway & Bennett have words after the match is over with.
-We see Hebner sending the refs out of his office and says remember guys there going to be fines every single time someone misses something that they we’ve been over on our training. Raven is outside the door and approaches Earl. He tells Hebner that he is calling him out of retirement already and that he needs Earl to officiate the title matches only at Slammiversary. Earl backtracks a little bit but then he accepts.
MATCH # 5, HARDCORE WAR
Robbie Edgar, Mahabali Shera, Braxton Sutter & Marshee Rockett defeat The Decay, Eli Drake & Jesse Godderz. Sutter gets the pinfall on his recent nemesis in Godderz.
-Matt Hardy asks the entire brand to leave the room and leave him and Tyrus alone to talk. Matt Hardy talks to Tyrus and is checking to make sure that they’re on the same page and that after Tyrus beats whomever the champion is at Slammiversary he is to lay down in the middle of the ring and make sure that the TNA Championship goes back to Matt Hardy.
Tyrus tells him that it is not his intentions and that he’s keeping the title after he wins the belt, and that the belt will still be back in the Matt Hardy Brand where it belongs. The two do some slight arguing but nothing extreme. Hardy tells Tyrus to really think long and hard about it and that he can leave now but regardless the plan is still intact and Tyrus leaves Slammiversary as TNA Champion.
MATCH # 6
4 CORNERS ELIMINATION MATCH FOR THE KNOCKOUTS TITLE:
Rosemary defeats Jade, Gail Kim and Madison Rayne to become new Knockouts Champion in a very big surprise. Rosemary pins fellow heel champion Jade as the last two. Maria gets involved which leads to the defeats of both Madison & Gail.
Steve & Abyss come out to the ring to celebrate with the new champ. The video projector then plays the latest “Where Are You, Cherry Bomb?” video but the audio and video keeps glitching and cutting out but then a different voice starts talking, and a new face appears and then we see Cherry Bomb in wrestling gear clearly on the screen and she says “I’m almost there, Rosemary!”
The show ends like that