The show opens with Magnus and Dixie in the back talking about being nervous about their plans working out tonight, and MVP’s challenge at Lockdown. Dixie is clearly more focused on Lockdown while MAgnus wants her to focus on tonight and what they are going to do to make sure he beats Gunner in the main event. Eventually, they make their way to the ring, where Magnus calls out MVP to give him their decision about his challenge at Lockdown. Magnus says he isn’t impressed or sacred of MVP, and if MVP gets in the way of him winning his World Title match, he will make an example out of MVP. MVP, says he doesn’t care about MAgnus’ insecurities about being a paper champion, and says he is only out there to get an answer for his challenge to Dixie at Lockdown. Magnus accepts the challenge, and says that unfortunately that he will be unable to captain Team Dixie in Lethal Lockdown, because he will be defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Samoa Joe, he continues saying that MVP should consider himself lucky, because if Magnus really wanted to he could make MVP his bitch. MVP attacks Magnus after that remark, but EC3 quickly hits the ring to come to the aide of Magnus. Spud is seen telling security to keep The Wolves back, as they try to get passed him to the ring. Storm eventually comes out to make the save, and EC3 and Magnus scatter up the ramp to get away from him. As they do they bump into The Wolves and Magnus uses EC3 to get away while The Wolves take out Carter.
Bobby Roode is seen entering the arena, they camera guy asks what he meant from the comments he made about wrestling last week, about needing time to figure things out. Roode says what he has to say he will tell everyone later tonight in the ring.
EC3 bursts into Magnus locker room. He is demanding answers from Magnus for abandoning him, so that The Wolves could beat him up. Magnus says he did what he had to do. HE tells EC3 to stop being so selfish and doo what was right for Aunt D and nor what’s wright for EC3.
Samoa Joe is in the ring and calls out anybody from Team Dixie can come get them some. The BroMans with DJ Zema Ion respond to the open challenge. Before they can get the jump on Joe and gets the numbers edge, Joe saud find we can just go three on one.
Samoa Joe vs. The BroMans with DJ Zema Ion: Tornado Tag handicap Match
Joe easily take all three men down quickly. He eventually tries to single out Zema Ion, but this leads to the BroMans being able to recuperate and attack Joe from behind. They all start trading turns hitting some high impact moves on Joe. The BroMans pick Joe up and hold him while IOn climbs the turnbuckles, it takes him to long though, as Joe reverses it and makes Ion hit his own tag-team partners. The BroMans and Ion try to regroup on the outside, but to no avail as Joe takes out both Robbie E and Jesse with a suicide dive to the outside. Joe gets IOn back in the ring to set up the Muscle Buster. Ion fights it off initially, but the second time’s the charm as Joe hits the buster this time, and locks in the Coquina Clutch for the win.
Winner: Samoa Joe
In the back Christie Hemme is changing out her mic, with someone on the technical crew. Samuel Shaw is lurking in the background. The tech makes a joke and Christie laughs, and walks away. Shaw swiftly sneaks up behind the tech and takes him out. Shaw then grabs Christie’s old mic and caresses it.
Bobby Roode is in the locker room of James Storm. Roode talks about how some of his best memories are of Beer Money. He apologizes to Storm for everything he has done over the past couple of years, and takes blame for all the bad blood. Before Roode can go too much further, James Storm cuts him off and tells him, that they both know the buisness is a grind and that Roode needs to stay the course. Roode tels Storm thank you, they hug it out, and Roode walks away.
Austin Aries is in MVP’s office. Aries asks MVP what he wants. MVP says he wants Aries as captain of Team MVP. Aries says he has been promised a lot of things form the people running TNA a lot of times and they haven’t ever followed through, and asks why he should believe MVP is any different. MVP tells him he can’t change the past, but can promise him a better TNA if Aries helps MVP secure control over TNA. Aries says he is flattered and will have to think about it.
Gail Kim with Lai’D Tapa vs. Madison Rayne (C): Non-Title Street Fight Match
Madison Rayne attacks Gail Kim as she makes her entrance. Rayne gets the early edge using a cookie sheet. Rayne keeps the momentum up until she lefts off for the shortest amount of time she uses to prop the cookie sheet in between the turnbuckles. Kim attack Rayne from behind and then finds a Kendo Stick, to choke the life out of Rayne. Rayne finally, hits a reversal and it’s straight into the propped up cookie sheet. Sending Kim to the floor. Rayne climbs off of the apron and hitting a move but Tapa was there intercept her. Tapa rams Rayne’s back into the edge of the ring before dropping her. Kim sets Rayne up for the corner figure four and locks in, after that she goe to get a chair st smash Rayne’s knee into the ringpost. Before Kim and swing the chair thought Rayne kicks it right back into her face. As Kim gets back into the ring Rayne is lying in wait to hit a huge spear. The Spear gets Tapa to climb into the ring. During the distraction Kim grabs the Knockout’s title and hits Rayne in the back of the head getting the pinfall for the win.
Winner: Gail Kim
In the back Anderson and Christie are hanging out as Anderson shows off baby pictures of his twins to Christie. Shaw is once again lurking and watching the interaction from a far, this time however, he sees the two and just walks away.
In the back the cameraman, is looking to get answer out of Ethan Carter the Third’s attack on Kurt Angle. EC3 says that everyone will just have to wait until Angle’s Hall of Fame induction next week.
gunner and James storm are in the locker room talking about Gunner;s title shot. Storm really works on putting over Gunner in every way as a pep talk. After the pep talk Gunner give Storm the briefcase with the world tag title shot, and says that it for Storm so they can have double gold.
Booby Roode heads to the ring and is in a very solemn tone. He says the being a pro wrestler was his dream and he has gotten to live it over the past 17 years, but even though he has been ruthless in the ring over the past couple, his attitude in the back was even worse making himself into a lone wolf in the locker room. He says that he is putting everything in the past, and working on making his future better, and to do that he needs to step away from pro wrestling. Hearing this Dixie Carter storms out to the ring irate, telling him that he has a contract, and that he cannot decide when he leaves TNA, only she does. Roode clearly doesn’t want to hear any of it. She tells him that she needs him as captain of Team Dixie at Lockdown. She even offers 10% of the company to him. Still believing it was too good to be true Roode gets her to agree that as long as Roode and his lawyers get to right up the contract that he wants. He eventually can’t turn down a shot a becoming part owner of the company, but he does give Dixie one last warning, saying if she tries screwing him at all he will make her life a living hell.
Jermey Borash is in the back with the German Gut Check winner. We see Anderson and Christie are still in the back. Before Borash can even really get the interview started Shaw attacks Anderson. He throws he into Christie, then into a garage door, knocking them both out. Shaw picks up Christie and carries her away.
Bad Influence are in the back with Roode. Daniel is stocked about having a member of E.G.O. becoming part owner of TNA and all the new opportunities they are going to have because of it. Roode cuts him off mid stream, saying that Lethal Lockdown is too important ot just let all his friends on the team, they would have to prove themselves in their match.
The Wolves vs. Bad Influence
Kaz and Edwards start the match with some good chain wrestling that ends when Daniels distracts Edwards so Kaz can get the advantage. Daniels is then quickly tagged in by Kaz, who continues to keep the early momentum on the side of Bad Influence, that is until he tries to sucker punch Richards. With that momentary lapse in concentration from Daniels, Edwards gets the upper hand as Richards enters the ring as the wolves take out both members of Bad Influence. They throw Kaz out fo the ring to work on Daniels, as Richards tries to climb up the turnbuckles, though, Kaz distracts him allowing Daniels to throw Richards all the way down to the floor, where Kaz can beat on him, with the ref distracted in the ring with Eddie Edwards. Back in the ring and daniels is pickup up where Kaz left up on Davey Richards, after a tag into Kaz he goes for a quick pin but only gets a two count. Kaz then swiftly puts Richards in a headlock. Richards fights out of it but a knockdown by Kaz allows him to tag out to Daniels. Bad Influence double teams Richards before Daniels goes for a pin, but only two. Daniels goes for another sucker punch, it doesn’t work this time though as The Wolves use it to take full advantage with Richards getting in the tag to Edwards. All four men hit the ring and The wolves quickly dispose of Kaz. Edwards hits the Chin Checker out of the corner while Richards lands a double foot stomp off the top rope, then another this time from Edwards, as he gets the pin and the win.
Winners: The Wolves
In the back Shaw has Christie and is laying her on a table. She starts to wake up and asks what happened. Shaw says to calm down and that everything will be alright. He notices the camera and starts charging towards it before the feed cuts.
Gunner vs. Magnus(C): No Disqualification match for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
The match starts of slow and is a bit of stalemate. Eventually, Magnus sinches in on a headlock and controls it for a while. Refusing to let go until Gunner gets into a position to use the ropes to whip Magnus off of him, leading to a series a knockdowns from both men. Genner winds up with the edge a throws Magnus into the corner, and charges in for a splash only to get a boot to the face., and then a knee to the back sending Gunner out to the floor. Magnus takes this as an opportunity to try and call for help, but do Magnus’ dismay james Storm and The Wolves are the ones who emerge from the curtain. This give Gunner a short lived offensive flurry off of the distraction, but Magnus is able to slow down the match locking in a camel clutch on Gunner. Gunner gets to his feet breaking the clutch but is almost immediately caught in a sleeper hold. Which Gunner break with a back body drop. Both men take a while to get up, and start trading punches when they do. Gunner gets the better of Magnus and goes for a shoulder block off the ropes but runs into a knee instead. Magnus hit s an elbow drop off of the top turnbuckle, but only gets a two fall. Magnus then goes and grabs the belt to use a s a weapon, but he swings and misses, allowing Gunner the chance to set up Magnus for the Torture Rack, but Magnus fights out of it. the two both take each other out with a move off of the ropes. EC3 and The BroMans hit the ring, coming in throw the crowd to avoid The Wolves and Storm. Ec3 and The BroMans face off with Storm and The Wolves as all six men fight into the back of the arena. After the fight Gunner is the first man to his feet and hits a huge power bomb on Magnus, followed by diving head butt. He goes for the pin, but Rockstar Spud puts Manus’ foot on the ropes at two. Gunner starts chasing after Spud. The distraction is enough for Magnus to get the belt and this time connect with a shot to the head of Gunner, who still finds a way to kick out at two. Storm comes out again to try and keep Spud’s interference from happening again as Gunner clearly has all the momentum on his side now. Hitting a splash in the corner, followed by a slingshot suplex. Gunner then mounts the ropes to go for his headbutt again but Spud gets in between Gunner and Magnus, causing another distraction. Not for long this time though as Storm Comes in and tosses Spud out of the ring with ease. Storm now in the ring cheering on his partner, as Gunner jumps off the top rope into a Last Call Superkick from James Storm. Magnus not really sure what’s going on goes for the pinfall and gets the 1,2,3.
Winner and STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus
After the match both Spud and Magnus scurry up the ramp, leaving Storm in the ring standing tall over Gunner.
Overall another really solid episode of iMPACT. The Samuel Shaw story is great. there was some great in ring action and the stories are still really compelling. It was nice to see after year of being a bad guy Roode getting a face reaction from the crowd during his speech. Joe is still being booked like a unstoppable beast. Then the main event was shocking seeing James Storm turn heel on his partner they had tried to show as best of friends again. It really makes me want to see what’s going to happen next between the two, for the first time in this entire story. The knockouts match was great. Just nothing much to complain about in the entire episode.
The show opens with Eric Young and Abyss already brawling backstage. Abyss has the advantage and is using anything that he can get his hands on at this points. The keep battling and make there way to the stage, where the bell rings and the Monster’s Ball is officially underway.
Eric Young vs. Abyss: Monster’s Ball
There are trashcans filled with weapons already placed around the ring. Young grabs a pipe out of one of them and uses it to get his first real offence in the fight. He gets ride of the pipe and this gives Abyss the opening he needs to take back the momentum. Abyss gets a table out from under the ring and sets it up on the outside. He takes too long though and Young attempts to fight back. It’s no use, however, as Abyss just beats him down and throws him into the ring. Abyss throws some weapons into the ring giving Young time to recuperate, so that when Abyss tries to enter the ring Young can dropkick him off and send Abyss back to the floor. Young hits a suicide dive, and then tries to unmask Abyss. This fires up the monster as he takes control back. Back in the ring Abyss sets EY up for a splash with the chair on top of him. Young uses the chair to reverse the splash. He climbs the ropes and hits a missile dropkick, goes for the pin, but Abyss kicks out. Abyss throws EY into a corner with a chair wedge in between the turnbuckles. Chokeslam from Abyss, who goes for a pin, but only gets two. Abyss gets the taks and sets them up in the corner. He grabs EY and tries to superplex him onto the tacks, EY reverses and hits a float-over powerbomb onto the tacks, he tries for the pin but Abyss still kicks out. Young climbs the ropes, Abyss cuts him off and knocks him through the table that was set up on the outside. Abyss goes outside and throws Young back into the ring. Before reentering the ring himself, Abyss grabs “Janice”. Before Abyss can use the weapon however Young rips off his mask. This causes Abyss to drop it in the momentary shock, Abyss hits the black hole slam and gets the pinfall for the win.
After the match, one of the weapons had some glass that was broken. Abyss grabs it and sees his unmasked self. Abyss looks confused and is in almost a state of shock as he looks at his reflection, and then sees his mask/wig on the ground, and it appears he is finally coming to the realization that Abyss and Joesph Park are one in the same.
Dixie Carter is in her office, and Bobby Roode comes in with his contract for a world title match at Lockdown against Magnus. She says that she doesn’t have the same amount of power she had when she made the promise to give him a title shot. Roode doesn’t care and feels that this is what he has earned by helping Magnus the past few weeks. She says the best she can do is put him in a Number One Contender’s match against Joe tonight. Roode doesn’t like the idea, but gives in and the match is set.
Back in the Arena M.V.P. is in the ring to give his first statements to the TNA audience. He says that in his past, he made mistakes and had to learn the hard way that every action has consequences. He goes on to say that there have been some people here in TNA that seem to have forgotten that, and he is here to remind them of it. He says that it is time for a change here in TNA, and that owners need to learn that they need to do what is good for the fans and for the wrestlers, and not just what strokes their own ego. He says that he found a group of people that share his vision and that they have the same view of a new TNA he does. This brings out Rockstar Spud to interrupt him. Spud says that Dixies would like to meet with MVP in her office so they can discuss the future of TNA and how that both MVP and her can work together. MVP says he will meet with her later, but first he made a match for tonight: Magnus vs. Kurt Angle in a non title match.
In the back Bully is standing with the coffin. He says that Anderson stole Bully’s family away from him, and next week he his going to steal Anderson away from his family, and that the next person Bully sees will be the next who has to pay for Anderson’s sins.
Chris Sabin is in what looks to be some sort of VIP area of a nightclub. He said that he is in a place that is near to both him and Velvet Skye’s hearts, and that after last week he knows that she is a woman worth fighting for.
Curry Man heads down the the ring for action. Before his opponent is introduced, though Bully Ray’s music hits and he wheels the coffin down to ringside. He tells Curry Man that he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Curry Man charges at Bully who lifts his leg and hits a big boot on Curry Man. He sets up Curry Man for the pile driver. Bully screams “Anderson” and nails hits the piledriver. He then puts Curry Man in the coffin, and says that he is going to end Anderson’s career as he closes the lid on Curry Man.
Magnus is in Dixie’s office complaining about his match with Angle. Dixie says that he has nothing to worry about since it’s non title. He says ok and walks away. Ethan Carter the Third walks in saying he needs to talk to her. She says he has no time for him and shews him away. He looks annoyed but leaves.
Austin Aries is in the ring talking about his plans for 2014. He says he plans to hold onto the X Division title and use it to become World Champion at Destination X. The Bro Mans music hits and they come out to the stage. During the distraction Zema Ion attacks Aries from behind. He then announces he is cashing in his Feast or Fired briefcase for an X Division Title shot. The bell rings and the match is started.
Zema Ion vs. Austin Aries(C): X Division Championship
Ion immediately goes for the pin on the downed Aries, but only get two, after a couple more quick yet unsuccessful pin attempts Ion rolls him out of the ring and hits a baseball slide dropkick. They fight on the outside for a moment before Ion rolls Aries back into the ring. Ion waits on Aries to get back up and hits a flying DDT from the apron, but once again can only get a two count. Ion climbs the ropes and attempts a spinning moonsault , but Aries rolls out of the way. Aries then hits the discuss clothesline and send Ion into the corner for the dropkick. Aries hits the brainbuster and gets the pinfall for the win.
Winner and Still X division Champion: Austin Aries
In the back Christie Hemme is in her dressing room. Samuel Shaw comes up to talk to here. She is freaked out a little and says they need to talk about what happened last week. He says he is just an avid collector of beautiful things, and he is sorry. She still doesn’t like it and freaks out a little about the mannequin. She says that they should keep their relationship professional, and just be co workers. Shaw say ok but has rage in his eyes as she walks away from him.
Roode is getting ready in the back. He in’t happy about having to face Joe for the title shot he feels is already his. Magnus stops by as he hears rude complaining. Magnus tells Roode, that the favors he has done over the past few weeks were really just part of his job and he should be expecting anything special for doing his job. Roode says the only good thing about beating Joe tonight, is that it means he gets his title shot a Lockdown.
MVP visits Dixie’s office. He asks her to tell him all about herself. She goes off on a tangent about TNA being all her work. How she has done everything for TNA to get it where it is today. Taking credit for everything. MVP is clearly not buying a word of it however. When they get to the point about talking about the future of TNA and how they need to work together to come up with a shared vision, MVP says that this is a conversation that fans need to a part of, and not just behind closed doors. They agree to meet in the ring later tonight.
Kurt Angle vs. Magnus: Non Title Match
The match goes back and forth with wrestling holds to start off with. Angle sends Magnus off the ropes and hits a belly-to-belly slam on Magnus to take control of the match, but before Angle can get too much momentum built up Magnus goes to the eyes to cut of his offence. Angle come roaring back with the three german suplex’s though before Magnus can take much advantage. Angle goes for the Olympic Slam, but once again Magnus goes to the eyes to cut angle off. Magnus then goes to climb the ropes, but Angle cuts him off with a suplex of the turnbuckle and immediately locks in the ankle lock. Before Magnus can tap out EC3 hits the ring to cause the DQ.
Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match EC3 continues to attack Angle, centering his attack on the knee. EC3 shows a side of viciousness we have yet to see and he uses everything he can to make sure he takes out Angle knee for good. When EC3 finally relents he just takes a knee at ringside to watch as the medical staff strap Angle to the stretcher and wheel him to the back. Once in the back Samoa Joe is back there waiting, telling Angle everything will be alright. He says that if Dixie tries any of her tricks in his match tonight they won’t work. That it doesn’t matter how long it takes that he will win the war against Dixie and her minions and get vengeance for all the guys in the back.
Eric Young is in his locker room. He says that Monster’s Ball went the way it needed to go, because he had to show Joesph Park who he really is, and that he did that tonight when he unmasked Abyss. The only problem now is that for the first time he doesn’t know what will happen next.
Sabin is still in the VIP room from earlier. He says that this is the place he and velvet shared their first kiss and tonight something special is going to happen, as he pulls a ring box out of his pocket. Velvet enters the room and Sabin tells her they need to talk. He says that last week after she broke up with him he realized something. That for the first time in a long time he has been seeing things clearly. He gets down on a knee and pulls of the box from his pocket. Velvet looks shocked as he hands her the box and says he has something to ask her. She opens the box to reveal it to be empty, and Sabin asks here to get out of his life. He says he is tired of only hearing about Velvet. That everything even when he was World Champion was about her and he is sick of it, and they should settle it like wrestlers in the ring.
Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe: Number One Contender’s Match
The match beings with the two trading kicks back and forth. Joe gets the advantage and sends Roode into the corner. Joe washes Roodes face which only serves to fire him up. Roode hits a back elbow sending joe to the apron, where he hits a standing dropkick knock Joe to the floor. Joe gets right back in the ring and the two trade chops. Roode hits a neckbreaker off of the middle rope, and gets a one count. He locks in the reverse headlock. Joe fights it off and hits the quick jabs on Roode once he gets to his feet. Joe hits the big boot, then goes for the backsplash, but Roode moves out of the way. Roode goes for the knee drop but Joe gets out of the way. Roode sends Joe off of the ropes and hits the Double R Spinebuster. Joe gets right up and powerslams Roode. He tries to set up the Muscle Buster, but Roode escapes. Roode tries to lift Joe up for the Roode Bomb, but Joe slips away. Joe tries to lock in the Coquina Clutch, but Roode fights it off and sends Joe to the corner. Roode charges in but gets caught by the STJoe. Joe sets up the Muscle Buster, and locks in the Clutch for the submission victory.
Winner and Number one contender: Samoa Joe
Dixie comes out the ring and tries flatter MVP with his introduction. MVP comes to the ring. They say they are here to talk about the future of TNA. Dixie starts talking about Magnus as a champion that they can be proud of. MVP is clearly not buying what Dixie is selling. When Dixie says that there are some things that need to be changed to make TNA better, MVP takes over. He says that the biggest problem in TNA has been mismanagement from Dixie. He tells her that the party is over, and that she now has somebody to hold her responsible for her actions and that he is not going to work with her and that he is here to stay.
A decent episode, a really strong start, and MVP worked the mic really well in his new position. The monster’s ball match was great as was the number one contender’s match. Everything seemed to have a purpose, and move forward. Ethan Carter is seemingly being groomed for a face turn with Dixie scorning him over the past couple of weeks. The wolves still haven’t had a match and weren’t even in this episode which is kind of disappointing. There wasn’t too much bad in the episode, there wasn’t as much in ring action, and there was a large part of the first hour that was all talk, and slowed the episode down. Overall a pretty good episode, not as good last week and hopefully next week with the casket match it will keep up the momentum.