Week of 10/3/2016 - 10/9/2016 (Thursday - Sunday)

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    Impact Wrestling
    Date: October 6, 2016
    Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
    Commentators: D'Angelo Dinero, Josh Matthews

    It's the start of a new era for TNA as we're straight off Bound For Glory with the big story being Lashley holding onto the TNA World Title. Other than that we have new Tag Team Champions with the Hardys defeating Decay in the Great War and the first ever Grand Champion in Aron Rex. Everything starts fresh tonight so let's get to it.

    We open with a montage from Bound For Glory.

    Here's Lashley to open the show with a smirk on his face. Lashley brags about how he beats everyone in the company and is the man around here because of this belt on his shoulder. No one can beat him but here's Aron Rex to interrupt. Rex used to be smart so he's going to try to do the math. Grand Champion sounds a lot better than World Champion so Rex sees himself as the man around here.

    A fight is teased but here's Gail Kim to interrupt. TNA would make her World Champion in a heartbeat so I shouldn't be surprised by this one. Gail says it's 2016 and the women are changing the game around here so she's the face of the company. This brings out Matt Hardy with Reby and Maxill (no Jeff and Matt has both belts) to say TNA is now a broken company. Preach it brother.

    Matt is always ready to delete (repeat five times) but here's DJZ to give us all the titles in one ring. DJZ mentions something called Team X Gold but Lashley cuts him off and says he's got a fight coming up and doesn't have time to waste with second rate title holders. Now it's Billy Corgan coming out with Aiden O'Shea (Remember him?) to congratulate all the champions.

    All of the champions will be in competition tonight (Matt: “WONDERFUL!”) and Lashley doesn't care who he's facing tonight. All the titles will be on the line tonight, except for DJZ because he helped to introduce Team X Gold. Wait are they having X-Division Tag Team Titles? For the love of all things good and holy, WHY??? Anyway Lashley is given three options to face tonight but first up it's Team X Gold.

    Trevor Lee/Andrew Everett/Marshe Rocket vs. DJZ/Mandrews/Braxton Sutter

    Everett and Mandrews start things off with Mandrews hitting a moonsault into a basement dropkick. Rocket, a good sized guy, comes in and kicks Mandrews in the face to take over. It's off to Lee vs. Sutter with Braxton getting in a kick to the face until Rocket comes back in with a powerslam. DJZ comes in for some clotheslines on Rocket but the champ gets kicked in the face. It's quickly off to Everett, who moonsaults into raised boots. A quick tag off to Mandrews sets up a shooting star press to pin Everett at 5:27.

    Normally I would ask if they had learned anything from WWE's mistakes in the cruiserweight division but of course they haven't because they think it's a good idea to have a full six man tag division when they can barely do a singles division. Rocket looked impressive here and has star power but this is just more stuff that doesn't solve the problems the X-Division already has (no stories, no characters etc.)

    One of Lashley's potential opponents is Moose, who says Lashley is scared of him.

    It's time for Fact of Life with Eli Drake and now he's got a set outside the ring. Drake brings out Ethan Carter III, who had a rocket shoved so far inside him you would think he'd spit out rocket fuel. Eli won't let Ethan talk as he comes up with ways to call Ethan a loser. Ethan says he lost at Bound For Glory and says his passion has been replaced by anger. If Drake pushes the button one more time, Ethan is going to eviscerate him and he even gets on his knees to beg Drake to hit it again.

    Drake shoves the button away and talks about getting into TNA because of something called the Rising. He's been hearing about how he's not in Ethan Carter's league because Carter has been handed every opportunity. That's it for the interview, which means we don't get an explanation for how Drake grew a full head of hair and a beard in four days.

    Maria Kanellis yells at Allie over screwing up on Sunday. Sienna and Laurel Van Ness talk Maria out of firing her because they need someone to carry their bags. Sienna will get the title back tonight and Allie better not mess it up.

    Eddie Edwards says Lashley sees him as the easy match so please pick him to give Lashley the easy title defense.

    Video on Gail Kim's Hall of Fame induction.

    Knockouts Title: Sienna vs. Gail Kim

    Gail is defending and Madison Rayne is on commentary (with her husband Josh Matthews). Sienna knocks Allie into Gail to knock her off the apron before driving the champ back first into the apron. They head inside with Gail escaping the AK-47 but getting caught in a reverse powerbomb for two. Gail ducks the Pounce and rolls Sienna up to retain at 3:04.

    Maria and company come out to beat on Gail. With Sienna holding Gail, Maria says her rematch will take place next week in a No DQ match. Madison is downright annoyed over this. I mean, she's not going to do anything about it but it's certainly ruffled her feathers.

    Ethan Carter III is the third option and doesn't think Lashley will pick him. If Lashley wants a real fight though, pick him.

    Tag Team Titles: Hardys vs. Decay

    This is a Wolf Creek Cage Match, meaning a weapons cage match with a win by escape only and a name tied into one of Pop's shows. It's a brawl to start with Jeff stapling Abyss in various places. Steve climbs the cage and gets a grappling hook of all things to pull at Matt's mouth. A kendo stick shot to the back puts Matt down but the Hardys come back with shots of their own.

    Matt grabs a CHAINSAW to knock Steve down but Abyss cleans house again. Rosemary stops Jeff from escaping and we get another catfight on the floor. The video freezes for a few moments and comes back on a commercial. We come back from a break with the next segment and no mention of who won. According to TNA's Twitter, the Hardys won at we'll say about 9:00.

    Here are Cody and Brandi Rhodes for their big formal introduction. Cody talks about how the game is changing and lists off some things from Bound For Glory. He talks about the list (a list of things he wanted to do in wrestling) being his guiding light with names like Mike Bennett making him want to keep going.

    After a quick Brandi chant, Cody says maybe he should have put the TNA World Title on the list because that's the Queen's jewels and the Master Sword. This brings out Mike Bennett and Maria with Bennett not being pleased with Cody being handed a title shot. When Mike got here, he was told that people aren't just handed title shots so he was ready to earn it. Mike mentions the idea of fighting Cody and that's enough for the man without a last name. The brawl is on the Bennett bails in a hurry.

    Post break Cody says he wants Mike Bennett next week.

    O'Shea stops Maria from going into Corgan's office and calls her toots. Corgan has a message for her though: if she loses her title rematch next week, she's out of power in the Knockouts division.

    Grand Championship: Aron Rex vs. Baron Dax

    Rex is defending and we're back to three minute rounds. The champ gets a headlock to start but walks into a pair of neckbreakers. Josh calls this controlling the action because TNA likes to brand the simplest of things because WWE does it and that means it's a good idea. We hit the chinlock on Rex before Dax hammers away to end the first round. Baron wins the first round and he's in early control of the second as well. Rex elbows him down and grabs the Royal Arch (Edgecator, though it sounds like a big McDonald's sandwich) for the submission at 4:18.

    Rex says this is changing the business.

    Lashley and the three potential opponents come out for the main event. Lashley takes his time and goes over each opponent before picking......Eddie.

    TNA World Title: Lashley vs. Eddie Edwards

    Lashley is defending but misses a spear at the bell. A release German suplex flips Eddie over though and a delayed vertical suplex makes it even worse. Eddie's hurricanrana is countered with a powerbomb but he gets in a few kicks to the face. Now the hurricanrana brings Lashley off the middle rope and the champ is in trouble. The Boston Knee Party misses but Eddie sends him outside for the suicide dives, only to miss the third one and crash into the barricade. Back in and the Boston Knee Party out of nowhere gives Eddie the title at 7:50.

    Next up on Pop: Wolf Creek. Why do I have a feeling the choice for the title isn't a coincidence?

    DJZ/Mandrews/Braxton Sutter b. Trevor Lee/Andrew Everett/Marshe Rocket – Shooting star press to Everett
    Gail Kim b. Sienna – Rollup
    Hardys b. Decay – Hardys escaped the cage
    Aron Rex b. Baron Dax – Royal Arch
    Eddie Edwards b. Lashley – Boston Knee Party


    Becky Lynch is off No Mercy with a neck injury. There is no word on how long she will be out.


    No Mercy 2016
    Date: October 9, 2016
    Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
    Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, John Bradshaw Layfield, David Otunga

    It's the second Smackdown exclusive show and things have already been shaken up a bit. As announced by WWE.com, the Smackdown World Title match will open the show, presumably to avoid direct competition with the second US Presidential Debate. Why someone couldn't watch both at once isn't clear. Let's get to it.

    On the pre-show, Curt Hawkins comes out, says hello to San Francisco, and then leaves because he only said he was stepping in the ring. Ok that's funny. His first match is Tuesday.

    Pre-Show: American Alpha/Hype Bros vs. Ascension/Vaudevillains

    Bonus match and PLEASE let this be the only pre-show match. Gable and English get things going and it's already time for an NXT chant. Both Vaudevillains are thrown into the corner and English takes a double hiptoss. Viktor and Ryder come in and guess which one the fans like best. It's off to Mojo for some dancing and again, WHY DOES JBL LIKE HIM SO MUCH??? Ryder tags himself in and everything breaks down so a quadruple clothesline can put the bad guys on the floor.

    Back from a break with Ryder in trouble with English grabbing a chinlock. They head outside with Konor being sent into the barricade and then missing a charge into the post, allowing the hot tag to Jordan. Everything breaks down again and the Grand Amplitude ends English at 9:13.

    The opening video features a voice asking for mercy for the sins about to take place.

    Smackdown World Title: Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena vs. AJ Styles

    AJ is defending and the fans do not like Cena in northern California. For a change of pace, we get a recap video after all three guys have their entrances. Short version: AJ has beaten them both and we're having a triple threat because TRIPLE THREATS RULE! It's a big jawing session to start before all three fail at their finishers in the first minute. Ambrose takes over with some of his brawling and takes AJ outside for a few rams into the announcers' table.

    Cena follows them out but walks into a slingshot Phenomenal Forearm (that looked great). Back in and Cena German suplexes both of them at the same time (Mauro: “MAMA MIA!”) but AJ flips out of the AA and Pele's Cena down. AJ moonsaults into the reverse DDT on Ambrose and grabs a regular version on Cena for a bonus. Ambrose is tossed outside and hits the steps, leaving Cena to grab a Code Red for two on the champ.

    In something you don't often see in a triple threat, AJ and Cena trade sleepers but Ambrose comes in and grabs one of his own. That goes nowhere so Cena initiates his finishing sequence on Ambrose until Styles makes the save with another German suplex. The finishers don't work again so Ambrose and Styles suplex each other, leaving Cena to come in and pick up the pieces.

    A Ten Knuckle Shuffle doesn't appear to do much damage because it's just a fist drop so Cena goes with an AA and STF on Ambrose. Styles makes the save and gets two on Ambrose with the springboard 450. The Styles Clash takes Ambrose out but Cena grabs the STF on the champ. Ambrose saves that so Cena picks them both up for the AA at the same time. I know it's been done before and it's been done with bigger people but THAT IS NOT NORMAL!

    Neither guy gets flipped though as AJ escapes and Dean clotheslines Cena down. The Calf Crusher has Cena in trouble but Ambrose makes the save. Dean puts AJ in the Calf Crusher while Cena gets an STF, making AJ tap at 19:27. That doesn't count though because it's a double submission so the match continues. Dean gets two off Dirty Deeds with AJ pulling the referee out. Cena comes right back with the super AA but Styles blasts Cena with a chair to retain at 21:39.

    We recap Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton. Wyatt targeted Orton for whatever reason (like he has logical reasons) and they were scheduled to fight last month but Orton's injuries prevented it from happening. Their big showdown is tonight and there's a possibility that Sister Abigail is lurking.

    Carmella vs. Nikki Bella

    Standard “you're famous but I'm better than you” feud. Carmella goes right after her to start but gets thrown outside. Nikki follows her out and is tossed into the LED board to mess her neck up all over again. Back in and we hit the chinlock on Nikki, followed by the moonwalk into the Bronco Buster for two. Carmella cranks on the neck even more before just pulling on the hair.

    A quick Bella Buster and small package get two each on Carmella but she grabs the Code of Silence. Nikki isn't about to sell a neck hold though and powers up, followed by the big forearm. Another Code of Silence sends Nikki to the ropes and the Rack Attack 2.0 (TKO, which isn't a move out of a rack) is enough to pin Carmella at 8:05.

    Miz comes up to the bosses and says Daniel Bryan and Ziggler will have a lot in common after tonight. Miz: “Maryse, say adieu.” Maryse (looking insanely good here): “Adieu.”

    Tag Team Titles: Heath Slater/Rhyno vs. Usos

    Usos are challenging. Jimmy pops Slater in the face to start so the fans remind Jimmy that SLATER HAS KIDS. Jey comes in and lets us know that he has kids too. An early chinlock doesn't last long and it's off to Rhyno for a running shoulder to the ribs. The running Umaga attack puts Rhyno down for two as the fans aren't exactly thrilled with this so far. Rhyno fights out of a chinlock but gets dragged into the Uso corner to keep him in trouble. The twins keep taking turns on Rhyno until Jimmy runs into an elbow in the corner.

    That's enough for a hot tag as Slater comes in to clean house but the fans still aren't getting into it. Everything breaks down and the fans get behind the champs as Jimmy punches Slater in the face. Heath is right back up though and powerslams Jimmy off the top for two (cool little spot). It's time to go after Heath's leg but Rhyno breaks up the Tequila Sunrise. Rhyno Gores Jey to retain at 10:17 in what I'd call a big surprise.

    Bray Wyatt speaks in tongues before shifting to He's Got The Whole World In His Hands.

    Quick recap of Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger. Corbin lost to Swagger via submission but claimed he was reaching for the ropes instead of tapping out, which the video seems to back up. It's nice to have a rematch over something that makes sense instead of just having one after someone wins clean.

    Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger

    Corbin goes right after him to start and sends Swagger outside to crush his hand between the steps and the post. Back in and Swagger starts wrenching at the bad hand before getting two off a hard clothesline. Swagger drops him close to onto the post but the hand keeps Jack from following up. Something like a belly to belly plants Corbin, who comes right back with a Deep Six for two more. One heck of a clothesline drops Corbin and it's off to the Patriot Lock. This time Corbin makes the rope and pokes Swagger in the eyes, setting up End of Days for the pin at 7:27.

    We recap Ziggler vs. Miz. Ziggler has lost two straight title shots and is on a major losing streak. He has to win one big match though and is willing to put up his career for one more shot.

    Intercontinental Title: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

    Ziggler is challenging and has his career on the line. Dolph tries to take it to the mat to start but opts for a pair of dropkicks instead. Miz comes back with with a double underhook crank before doing Daniel Bryan's YES double knee stomp. The Reality Check gets two but Ziggler comes back with another dropkick. The Fameasser is countered into a slingshot sitout powerbomb and a rollup with a handful of tights gets two on Ziggler.

    Miz changes gears by going after the knee with a dropkick to the back of the leg. That means the Figure Four goes on and it's time for the long screaming session from Ziggler. A rope is grabbed and Ziggler comes back with a Rough Ryder of all things for two. The drama is really starting to take hold here and it's working way better than I was expecting.

    Ziggler is sent head first into an exposed buckle, setting up another slingshot sitout powerbomb for two. Miz is so furious that he gets caught in the Zig Zag for a VERY close near fall. The Skull Crushing Finale is countered into a rollup for two more so it's off to a sleeper on the champ. Miz gets the ropes and hits the Skull Crushing Finale, only to have Ziggler get his boot on the ropes.

    Miz rips Ziggler's boot off and walks into a superkick but Ziggler's injured leg delays the cover. Cue the Spirit Squad for a distraction so Ziggler superkicks Mikey down. The Skull Crushing Finale gets one of the closest near falls I've seen in a long time and Miz is ticked. The referee finally ejects everyone from ringside and it's a superkick from Ziggler for the pin and the title at 19:33.

    Randy Orton's reflection distorts in a mirror.

    Pre-Show recap.

    Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi

    Naomi is replacing an injured Becky Lynch, who will defend against Bliss on November 8 from Glasgow, Scotland. Bliss goes after her to start but gets dropped into the corner for the split legged moonsault. Naomi kicks Bliss away but gets her arm cranked to put Alexa in control. Bliss: “I DON'T LIKE YOU!” A dropkick knocks Bliss away and the Rear View gets two. Alexa grabs a cross armbreaker but gets rolled up for the completely clean pin at 5:01.

    Hell in a Cell ad.

    We recap Orton vs. Wyatt again, this time focusing on Wyatt tormenting Orton and playing mind games.

    Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt

    Bray laughs throughout Orton's entrance. An early lockup sends Bray outside for a bit before it's time to slug it out. The threat of Sister Abigail sends the fight outside again with Orton being thrown over the announcers' table. Bray sends him into the steps and does the Orton pose before taking him back in for the running backsplash.

    The slow beating continues with more clotheslines and a chinlock. Bray takes his sweet time going to the middle rope and misses the backsplash, which would have missed by two feet even if Orton hadn't rolled away. Some forearms don't have much effect for Orton so he goes with clotheslines because that's how you make comebacks in WWE.

    The snap powerslam gets two on Bray but the RKO is countered into Sister Abigail which is countered into a rollup for two more. Bray plants him with the release Rock Bottom and it's back to the floor, only to have Bray miss another backsplash onto the steps. A belly to back suplex onto the barricade sets up Orton's elevated DDT.....and there go the lights. Luke Harper shows up in the ring for a distraction and it's Sister Abigail for the pin on Orton at 15:37.

    AJ Styles b. John Cena and Dean Ambrose – Chair shot to Cena
    Nikki Bella b. Carmella – Rack Attack 2.0
    Heath Slater/Rhyno b. Usos – Gore to Jey
    Baron Corbin b. Jack Swagger – End of Days
    Dolph Ziggler b. The Miz – Superkick
    Naomi b. Alexa Bliss – Rollup
    Bray Wyatt b. Randy Orton – Sister Abigail

    Quick Results

    Monday Night Raw
    Brian Kendrick b. TJ Perkins – Captain's Hook
    Braun Strowman b. Chase Silver – Powerslam
    Sami Zayn b. Titus O'Neil – Helluva Kick
    Anderson and Gallows b. Golden Truth – Magic Killer to R-Truth
    New Day b. Kevin Owens/Chris Jericho – Midnight Hour to Jericho
    Tony Nese b. Rich Swann – Sitout pumphandle powerslam
    Cesaro/Sheamus b. Raul White/Mark Carradine – Brogue Kick to Carradine
    Sasha Banks b. Charlotte – Bank Statement

    Kane b. Bray Wyatt via countout
    Nikki Bella b. Alexa Bliss via DQ when Carmella interfered
    Alexa Bliss/Carmella b. Nikki Bella/Becky Lynch – Twisted Bliss to Lynch
    Hype Bros b. Vaudevillains – Hype Ryder to English
    Jason Jordan b. Jey Uso – Rollup
    Jack Swagger b. Baron Corbin – Patriot Lock

    Authors of Pain b. Bollywood Boyz – Last Chapter to Gurv
    Rich Swann b. Patrick Clark – Running moonsault
    Peyton Royce b. Danielle Kamela – Fisherman's suplex
    Revival b. Cedric Alexander/Andrade Cien Almas – Shatter Machine to Alexander

    Impact Wrestling
    DJZ/Mandrews/Braxton Sutter b. Trevor Lee/Andrew Everett/Marshe Rocket – Shooting star press to Everett
    Gail Kim b. Sienna – Rollup
    Hardys b. Decay – Hardys escaped the cage
    Aron Rex b. Baron Dax – Royal Arch
    Eddie Edwards b. Lashley – Boston Knee Party

    No Mercy 2016
    AJ Styles b. John Cena and Dean Ambrose – Chair shot to Cena
    Nikki Bella b. Carmella – Rack Attack 2.0
    Heath Slater/Rhyno b. Usos – Gore to Jey
    Baron Corbin b. Jack Swagger – End of Days
    Dolph Ziggler b. The Miz – Superkick
    Naomi b. Alexa Bliss – Rollup
    Bray Wyatt b. Randy Orton – Sister Abigail

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