TNA Maximum Impact VI 2014: Results and Analysis from UK Tour
TNA is crossing the pond.
In its annual tour to the United Kingdom, the company will provide fans across the nation with a little bit of everything.
First, the TNA universe at National Stadium in Dublin will be treated to a house show featuring stars such as Kurt Angle, James Storm, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Bully Ray and others. Then over the next several days, there will be tapings of Impact Wrestling at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Manchester Arena and London's Wembley Arena, with the former serving as a live TV broadcast.
Finally, TNA moves to Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, where "TNA One Night Only: Jokers Wild 2," the first ever international pay-per-view, will be taped.
Let's take a look at the results as they play out from the UK.
January 29: Live Event from Dublin's National Stadium
Results (courtesy of WrestlingInc.com)
Joseph Park, Eric Young and Ivan Minnock defeat Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud.
TNA Knockouts champion Madison Rayne and ODB defeat Gail Kim and Lei'd Tapa with Velvet Sky as referee.
Gunner defeats Bobby Roode.
TNA X Division champion Austin Aries defeats Samoa Joe and Chris Sabin.
TNA tag team champions The BroMans defeat Bad Influence.
TNA world heavyweight champion Magnus defeats James Storm.
Mr. Anderson defeats Bully Ray in a Dublin Tables Match.
Reaction and Analysis
No real storyline development here, as it was a house show, but clearly the fans in attendance in Dublin were pleased with the entertaining event:
Unsurprisingly, the three-way match between Austin Aries, Samoa Joe and Chris Sabin was reportedly the best of the night. Also unsurprisingly, Joe received one of the bigger pops of the night even though it was Aries who came away with the win.
Afterward, Joe gave his thanks to the fans:
Thank You Dublin, off to Scotland powered by good brothers, sisters, and great fans. Show must go on.— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) January 29, 2014
Kurt Angle, who made the save when Bobby Roode attacked Gunner following their match, also had the crowd behind him, as did James Storm during his match.
As for the recipient of the most heat, it was undoubtedly Magnus—the England native—who certainly didn't have a whole lot of fans in Ireland. Things won't get any easier for the world heavyweight champ in Glasgow, but he should receive some big pops once the tour gets to England.
Dixie Carter, who made an appearance with Magnus, also received lots of boos.
Jan. 30: Impact Wrestling from Glasgow's Hydro
TNA world heavyweight champion Magnus is interrupted by Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle. Joe and Angle vs. Magnus and Ethan Carter III is announced. If Joe and Angle lose, they have to leave TNA.
Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky defeat Gail Kim and Lei'D Tapa.
James Storm and Gunner defeat Bad Influence.
Rockstar Spud makes fun of Scotland. The American Wolves come out and attack him.
Abyss and Eric Young vs. BroMans for the TNA Tag Team Championship ends in a no-contest when Abyss chokeslams the referee and attacks Young.
Bully Ray challenges Mr. Anderson to a coffin match. Anderson chases Ray away with a steel chair.
Joe and Angle defeat Magnus and Ethan. Joe chokes out Magnus for the win and becomes No. 1 contender.
MVP is revealed as the mystery investor.
Reaction and Analysis
The big news of the night was, of course, MVP being revealed as the investor. Ringside News gave a picture of the moment:
TNA referee Brian Stiffler was quick to tweet his excitement, as well as note just how incredible the live broadcasted show was overall:
Some may have preferred to see MVP return simply as a wrestler, but there's no doubt this was a moment that certainly piqued interest throughout the TNA universe. Even if you don't like the move, it's hard not to be intrigued by what will happen next.
The other big happening of the night was Samoa Joe becoming the No. 1 contender for Magnus' title, causing this fan to wonder if better things are on the horizon for The Samoan Submission Machine:
Dude... Samoa Joe is the #1 Contender! Could this be Joe's year? #impactlive— FTW Podcast (@ftwpodcast) January 31, 2014
Joe's talent in the ring is undeniable, and it will be compelling to see where this storyline goes from here.
Either way, it was an extremely entertaining show all around, and the UK tour is off to a tremendous start with two successful events.
Jan. 31 Double Impact Taping from Manchester
On the third night of TNA's UK Tour, the promotion stopped in Manchester at the Phones 4U Center. The show seems to have come gone over quite well.
Tom Johnson of ProWrestling.net was there, and he called it a really enjoyable show.
Here's the results he reported:
Samoa Joe defeated Zema Ion and Bro Mans in a three-on-one handicap match.
The Wolves defeated Kazarian and Christopher Daniels
Magnus defeated Gunner in the main event to retain World Heavyweight Title.
TNA Xplosion Match
EC3 defeated Eric Young
How it happened
At the start of the Impact taping Dixie Carter, Ethan Carter III are in the ring with Rockstar Spud. Magnus comes out to speak, but gets interrupted by the new investor, MVP.
This sets up a Team MVP vs. Team Dixie four-on-four match at Lockdown. Some of the participants in that match are revealed later in the taping. Here's what we know thus far:
Dixie's Proposition to Roode
With Roode's contract supposedly coming to an end, Carter offers him 10 percent ownership of TNA if he'll stay and captain her team in the Lockdown Match.
Gunner Cashes in his Briefcase, But Still Loses to Magnus
Gunner took his shot at the champion, but he was betrayed by James Storm and came out on the losing end. He went for his signature diving headbutt, but Storm caught him with a super kick that set Magnus up for the win.
The Bro Mans Stock Falling Fast
Despite their standing as the TNA tag-team champions, Bro Mans keeps finding themselves in handicap matches. This time teamed with Zema Ion, the trio couldn't defeat Samoa Joe.
Not a good look for the best tag-team in the promotion.
Feb. 1 Impact Taping from London
This episode of Impact won't air until Feb. 27. The results come from Mike Killam of WrestleZone, per Pro Wrestling Mania.
Some of the results don't appear in the order they will on the telecast.
Here are the results:
The new investor MVP starts the show with some mic work. He hypes the Team Dixie vs. Team MVP match scheduled for the Lockdown pay-per-view.
It goes over without incident. It’s clear MVP is set to play an enormous role with the promotion.
Triple Threat Tag Match - The BroMans def. The Wolves / Bad Influence
A triple threat tag match between Bro Mans, The Wolves and Bad Influence is the first match. Finally BroMans come out on top. The UK hadn’t been good to them thus far, but they shined in this battle.
Ethan Carter III def. Douglas Williams
Williams got a nice pop from the English crowd, but he still lost the match.
Samoa Joe def. Bad Bones
Joe has been on fire in the UK. After defeating Bro Mans and Zema Ion in a three-on-one handicap match. Staying on his hot streak, Joe sends Bad Bones home unhappy.
Kurt Angle came out to accept his induction into the TNA Hall of Fame. EC3 interrupted the honor and set up a match with Angle at Lockdown. the pay-per-view is coming together nicely.
Special Guest Referee - Austin Aries Bobby Roode def. MVP.
Roode is getting major love from TNA’s bookers. He knocked off the investor, but Aries turned on him after the match. Some interesting angles being worked with Roode when you include the “10 percent” promise from Dixie in the Manchester show.
Lei'D Tapa & Alpha Female def. Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky
A nice Knockouts tag match, but nothing too special by most online accounts. Lei’D Tapa and Alpha Female pick up the win.
Feb. 2 Joker's Wild 2 PPV Taping
Results (Courtesy of Wrestling Inc)
The British Invasion (Douglas Williams and Magnus) Defeated Chris Sabin and Gunner
Samoa Joe and Bad Bones Defeated Daniels and Robbie E
Rockstar Spud and Bully Ray Defeated Mr. Anderson and Austin Aries
Kazarian and Ethan Carter III Defeated Curry Man and Eric Young
The Wolves Defeated Beer Money (James Storm and Bobby Roode)
Sam Shaw and Abyss Defeated Zema Ion and Jessie Godderz
Ethan Carter III Wins Joker's Wild Gauntlet Battle Royal
Reaction and Analysis
After a lackluster showing by TNA in the 2013 pay-per-view department, Joker's Wild certainly turned things around for the company.
Tag teams were randomly formed for phase one of the event, which saw several stars advance for a chance at £100,000 in the main event—a gauntlet Battle Royal.
No star was bigger than Rockstar Spud, who was in the presence of his hometown fans:
Many expected Spud to win the whole thing, especially when he was clearly so hyped for the event:
Today is my childhood dream come true as I get to wrestle in my hometown at NIA Birmingham...Your Chief Of Staff is coming home!— Rockstar Spud (@RockstarSpud) February 2, 2014
Another favorite to win was Magnus, who was also at home in front of his fans. But TNA's monster heel was actually booed and played his villain role well.
The reported best match of the night—to nobody's surprise—was when James Storm and Bobby Roode were randomly reunited as Beer Money and lost to The Wolves.
In the end, it was Ethan Carter III who took home the top prize as the last man standing in the Battle Royal. Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement about the event: