After a successful edition of Destination X, this week’s Impact Wrestling will feature the culmination of the four-month feud between TNA President Dixie Carter and former world champion Bully Ray.
Thursday’s episode will feature Carter going through a table.
It even looks like Bully got a hold of Dixie's Twitter account now:
If the much-anticipated table spot wasn’t enough to get wrestling fans excited, there will be a hardcore war between Team Bully Ray and Team Dixie, a Monsters Ball match between Abyss and Bram and an X-Division Championship contest featuring Samoa Joe, Low Ki and Sanada.
Here is all the vital viewing information and a full preview of Thursday’s episode.
Where: Manhattan Center, New York City
When: Thursday, August 7, at 9 p.m. ET (pre-taped)
Watch: Spike TV
Dixie Carter has become one of the most universally despised heels in professional wrestling, and on Thursday, she will get what has been coming to her for months. When Bully Ray gets his hands on Carter this week, #ItHappens, as ImpactWrestling.com says.
The dysfunctional boss-employee relationship dates back to March 9 of this year, when Carter hired Bully Ray as the special guest referee for Eight-Man Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown and he double-crossed her to give MVP the win.
Bully began a short feud with Bobby Roode, but when the two men had a tables match at the Sacrifice pay-per-view, it was Carter who interfered with the match and threw Bully Ray off the top rope and through several tables.
Question on everybody's mind: Will this be the end for Dixie Carter’s character?
Since Dixie got involved in Bully’s match, he has been on a mission to put her through a table. He has been close on several occasions, but has been thwarted by the likes of Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, Rhino and others.
This feud may have been drawn out, but with segments in the TNA offices and in Carter’s home, there have been plenty of memorable moments along the way. While everyone wants to see Dixie go through the table, this storyline has helped build other wrestlers along the way.
When Carter goes through the table, it will likely be the end of her on-screen character for awhile. To sell the devastation of the move and the impact it had on her, Dixie should leave television for the foreseeable future. With Ethan Carter III positioned to take over as one of the company's top heels, this angle has been executed to perfection.
Hype Meter: 4-out-of-5 for well-integrated storylines
For wrestling fans who have forgotten what good storytelling is in wrestling, TNA is putting on a clinic with the Bully vs. Dixie angle. While the tale has been that of boss vs. employee the whole time, the feud has included a steady stream of different wrestlers getting a rub from the top program.
It will be sad to see Dixie go after she had such a memorable run as a top heel, but it’s time for change in Impact Wrestling. The timing of the culmination of this story was perfect, and fans are legitimately excited to see the TNA president get her just desserts.
TNA News: Impact Wrestling ratings from last week via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.
Hardcore War, Monsters Ball, New X-Division Champion and more
Before Bully Ray gets to finish his business with Dixie, he must take part in an eight-man hardcore tag team match to settle the score once and for all. ECIII will be leading Dixie’s team featuring Rhino, Snitsky and Ryklon Stephens, and Bully will team with Devon and Tommy Dreamer.
So who will be Team Bully’s fourth man?
There are many who could be the final piece to the puzzle, but this would be the perfect spot for a one-night-only return. This will be the end of this long-term storyline, so bringing in a wrestler like Spike Dudley to be the fourth man would result in a nostalgia pop and several exciting spots. Regardless of who the final member of the team is, Bully Ray’s team will be victorious.
Question on everybody's mind: Will Bram take Abyss to Hell?
One of the bouts on this week’s card not getting the mainstream attention it deserves is the Monsters Ball match between Abyss and Bram. The two men have crossed paths several times since Bram made his debut, but the battle became a war when Bram struck Abyss in the gut with his weapon of choice, Janice.
The two men are in for a physical match that should feature enough hardcore elements to satisfy even the most jaded wrestling fans. From Kendo sticks to tables to barbed wire, if you want blood, this bout would likely be the place to find it.
Hype Meter: 4-out-of-5 for Samoa Joe's title reign
As if that wasn’t enough, the culmination of the X-Division tournament takes place on Thursday when Samoa Joe, Low Ki and Sanada fight for the title in a triple threat match. As great as Low Ki has been since returning and how well the heel turn is working out for Sanada, the stage is set for Joe to take the title.
Samoa Joe is one of the most underutilized talents in all of wrestling, and a run with the championship is what he needs right now to stay in the upper echelon. Each week, he will come out as champion and cut top-notch promos. Unlike many other wrestlers, though, Joe will follow his promos up with unforgettable matches.
A run with the X-Division title could be a precursor to Joe becoming TNA world champion again.
TNA Rumors: Updates on Destination Attendance and in-ring improvements per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Wrestling Inc.
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