Pro Wrestling Noah returned to Club Citta today to hold "NEW HOPE", which is part Kaito Kiyomiya produce and part SEM (a now defunct show in a bygone era in Noah which showcased the up and coming talent in Noah), Hisame's recap can be found here.
Noah bought the first event after the Yokohama Budokan to the cold winter countryside. It may have been cold outside, but the local people were treated to an intense show inside, which one of them said that you wouldn't get in the metropolitan area.
Event recap can be found here
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP: PRO WRESTLING NOAH 20TH ANNIVERSARY NOAH THE CHRONICLE VOL.4 (YOKOHAMA BUDOKAN, 21ST NOVEMBER 2020)
A title change, a surprising outcome, and earthquake made up Pro Wrestling Noah's first dramatic show at the Yokohama Budokan today. Hisame's report can be found here.
Coverage of a small indie Japanese promotion based out of Hiroshima and Osaka, Dove has started in the "International Wrestling" section with news of their J-STAGE participation. Article is here.
Noah today held the final event before the big Yokohama Budokan event on the 22nd November, and it was explosive for a show held in the provinces, and not in a big city like Tokyo or Osaka. You can read Hisame's event recap featuring corrupt referees, a cyborg losing in an unheard of manner and two different emotions behind two different title matches, here.
Noah's last Korakuen Hall (but not final event) before the massive Yokohama show on the 22nd November, took place today.
It was typically explosive, which makes you wonder just WHAT is going to happen on the day; we saw a title challenge, three announcements (one unexpected and involving a special guest), more trouble among the ever warring Noah juniors, and a young man given permission to carry on and do his best.
Hisame's event report can be found here.
Another show, another step towards what is shaping up to be Pro Wrestling Noah's big Yokohama event. There were fireworks enough today, even without a full roster, and a very fun fan meeting after the show. Hisame's event report can be found here.
If tonight we saw a new boy debut, a defection from Kongoh to the enemy, a champion kicked out of his unit, the complex story of Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya rearing its head again, a veteran showdown, and now all belts on the line at Noah's big event in Yokohama in November, just what is going to happen on the 22nd? Event report from a somehow still standing Korakuen Hall, can be found here.
"I am the GHC Champion! I AM NOAH!"
The fallout from the N-1 VICTORY begins in Nagoya today with a card dominated by title pre-matches. Hisame's report can be found here.
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP: MOHAMMED YONE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCE, "DISCO BALL" (KORAKUEN HALL, 18TH OCTOBER 2020)
Sunday Night Fever came to Korakuen Hall today as Mohammed Yone celebrated his 25th anniversary in wrestling with a few old friends from BattlArts, some old friends from Noah, and some masked "thugs" from THE LEAVE (not as threatening as it sounds, believe me). Hisame's event recap of a fun afternoon can be found here.
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ N-1 VICTORY 2020 ~ NOAH NUMBER ONE PRO-WRESTLING LEAGUE (11TH OCTOBER, EDION ARENA OSAKA 1ST STADIUM)
"Cause Hell's broke loose in Osaka,and the devil deals the cards...
And if you win, you get this shiny fiddle made of gold
But if you lose, the devil gets your soul"
Read Hisame's event report of the final night of Noah's N-1 VICTORY 2020 here
Pro Wrestling Noah held the explosive semi finals of the N-1 Victory at Korakuen Hall this evening. Event recap by Hisame can be found here.
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(NOAH) EVENT RECAP - N-1 VICTORY, NIGHT 6 (26TH SEPTEMBER 2020, BANDAIJIMA MULTIPURPOSE PLAZA LARGE KAMA, NIIGATA)
Pro Wrestling Noah returned to Niigata for an explosive N-1 VICTORY show, and more drama from the eternally feuding Noah juniors with a familiar face returning.
Hisame's event recap can be found here.
Impact Wrestling's Turning Point event is set to happen on November 14th at 8pm eastern time, exclusively on the Impact Plus App; So with that said, now would seem like to perfect time to go over what I believe are the top five moments to take place at Turning Point.
Some are good and some are bad but one thing is for certain: These moments have become iconic in annals of Impact Wrestling
5. The End Of Aces & Eights (Turning Point 2013)
The first Turning Point event to air for free on live TV, this special episode of Impact Wrestling had a few memorable mentions like Gail Kim wrestling future NXT superstar Candice LeRae and a backstage segment where Shark Boy could be seen eating a large amount of donuts before his match with EC3. However it's main event that took place at Turning Point 2013 that makes this list.
Aces & Eights is one of the most iconic or infamous (depending on who you ask) factions in TNA/Impact Wrestling who terrorized the roster with sneak attacks, cryptic messages and shocking twists, mostly notably Bully Ray revealing that he was the president of the biker gang after turning heel and winning the world title in the main event of that year's Lockdown PPV.
But just like the New World Order, Aces and Eights started to get way too many members in the stable and their momentum really began fizzle out' By late 2013, the beginning of the end came when Mr. Anderson (who was the Vice President of the group) turned on Bully Ray during Ray's no DQ match with Sting and in the process Anderson became a babyface who was looking to destroy the group once and for all.
While Anderson was unsuccessful at defeating Bully at the No Surrender event, he did get another chance in the main event at Turning Point with the stipulations being that if Anderson won then Aces and Eights are force to disband but if Bully won then Mr. Anderson must leave the company.
Long story short, Anderson was able to hit his signature Mic Drop maneuver on Bully for the three count and as a result Aces and Eights were gone with heel commentator and member of the group, Tazz being forced to take off his cut at the request of Mike Tenay and a few wrestlers on the roster with the show ending with Anderson holding both Tazz and Bully Ray's cuts in his hands as the show fades to black.
Mr. Anderson Ends Aces & Eights:
The Funeral Of Aces & Eights:
4. Randy Savage's Final Wrestling Appearance (Turning Point 2004)
We go to the very first Turning Point event for this next entry as it sees one of the most influential names in professional wrestling from the 1980's and 1990's taking part in what would be his final appearance in major wrestling company. In the semi-main event of Turning Point 2004, Jeff Jarrett along with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash dressed in Elvis Presley inspired jumpsuits and referring to themselves as "The Kings of Wrestling" took on the team of Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and "The Macho Man" Randy Savage...Yes that Randy Savage.
For much of the match, Styles and Hardy had the disadvantage as it was unclear if Savage would take part in this match; Suddenly the Macho Man emerged from the back and came down to the ring dressed in all black clothing and processed to deliver a serious of punches before covering Double J to get the three count for his team.
Sadly the Macho Man's time in the company ended soon afterwards with rumors persisting that Savage disagreed with the booking to a proposed pay per view match involving himself and Jarrett for the NWA World Championship; Another story has it that Hulk Hogan was allegedly rumored to join Impact and as a result Savage bailed on the promotion.
Regardless if either story is true or not, the fact remains that Randy Savage did appear/wrestle for Impact Wrestling and following his tragic death from a heart attack while driving on the road back in 2011, Savage's time in TNA/Impact are seen as his last appearances for a major wrestling promotion...at least the company can say they had the Macho Man on their brand before died, so there's that.
Randy Savage At Turning Point 2004:
3. Samoa Joe's Shoot Promo (Turning Point 2007)
Samoa Joe is known for many things but being careful and timid with his words is most certainly not one of them as his scathing promo at Turning Point 2007 shows.In the scheduled main event match of that year's Turning Point pay per view we was suppose to see Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe take on the tag team champions of AJ Styles and Tomko as well as the world heavyweight champion, Kurt Angle in a six person tag team match.
However, Scott Hall did not make it to the event allegedly due to food poisoning and the company instructed Samoa Joe to cut a promo and introduce a new partner to take Hall's place in the match.
This is where things get controversial as Samoa Joe did indeed cut a promo like he was asked but the Samoan Machine Submission Machine said in that promo was not what the higher ups in Impact were expecting; For starters, Joe mentions how "The Bad Guy" punked him and the fans by no showing this event and even revealed that the company just gave him a live microphone on pay per view before cutting a shoot promo that would make CM Punk's 2011 pipebomb look weak by comparison.
Joe goes on to mention how names like the Motor City Machine Guns, Jay Lethal and himself among others were responsible for making the company into the success it is and brings up how passionate the fans are while also saying that "Superstars" only come to the company and profiteer from the promotion.
The former X Division champion goes even further and mentions how the "Superstars" think that the can do whatever they want while at the same screwing over the young wrestlers trying to make the company into something and even screwing over the fans who paid to see them despite their no longer being in their prime which leads to the camera men looking at both Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash during the "Superstar" part of the promo
Joe concludes by telling Scott Hall to kiss ass, looks at someone in the crowd and says "You mad, go ahead fire me I don't care" with many believing that someone Joe was talking to or referring to was Dixie Carter and reveals that the third man on his team was Eric Young.
The good guys won in case you care but what happened backstage was insane: Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash get into a heat argument which led to Big Sexy slapping Joe in the face, Dixie Carter getting pissed off and Joe being force to apologize for his comments.
Of course this being TNA when Vince Russo was the writer, the company decided to turn Samoa Joe's displeasure into a storyline which would be brought up again during Nash's time in the Main Event Mafia
Samoa Joe's Turning Point Promo:
2. Kurt Angle's Stage Dive (Turning Point 2008)
Turning Point 2008 is often seen as one of the greatest pay per views in company history and it's easy to see why as the show include things like Beer Money Inc. vs. the Motor City Machine Guns for the tag team titles, Christian Cage wrestling in his final match in TNA and the dominance of the Main Event Mafia throughout the event.
An example of the Mafia's dominance on this night came when the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle took the Monster, Abyss in a falls count anywhere match.
To say that this match was intense, amazing and all over the place (in all the right places) would be a complete understatement as this match is seen the best and at times underrated classic in careers of Angle and Abyss.
Undoubtedly the most iconic moment in this match would have to be the moment where Kurt Angle runs off the entrance ramp and jumps off doing a 450 senton onto the Monster.
According to a video that I've linked to below, Abyss talks about his history with Kurt Angle and how tremendous it was working with in a number of matches including this one here; Abyss mentions in the video that the scene involving Kurt Angle's stage dive was a completely unplanned spot, and we can only thank god that Angle didn't injured himself or Abyss upon that unexpected move.
Abyss Talks About Kurt Angle's Stage Dive:
1. Elix Skipper's Cage Walk (Turning Point 2004)
Y'all probably saw this one coming from a mile away...
December 5th 2004, the day that former professional wrestler, Elix Skipper cemented his legacy in front of thousands of cheering fans in attendance.
In the main event of the Inaugural Turning Point pay per view, "Wildcat" Chris Harris and "Cowboy" James Storm of America's Most Wanted took on their archrivals, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "Prime Time" Elix Skipper of Triple X inside the six sides of steel where the losing team would be forced to disband.
The match itself is an instant classic in every sense of the word but perhaps the most iconic moment of course would have to be moment where Chris Harris who was bleeding heavily and sitting on one side of the steel cage was meet by Elix Skipper on the top of the cage where Skipper did a tiptoe walk on top of the cage before hitting a thunderous hurrricarana off the cage onto Harris and sending the Wildcat crashing down in the middle of the ring to which every made man, women, child and smart mark lost their shit at the sight of this moment.
While AMW would go on to win this match and force Triple X to disband, the image of seeing Prime Time Elix Skipper walk the cage and deliver that hurricarana is simply iconic, breathtaking and truly to most defining moment in not just Elix Skipper's career but the truly one of the best Turning Point Moments in Impact Wrestling History.
Elix Skipper's Cage Walk:
Triple X vs. AMW (Turning Point 2004)
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Pro Wrestling Noah held an afternoon and an evening show today at Korakuen Hall, in which the junior division managed to not only completely eclipse their rivals, the heavyweights, but also distract attention from the N-1, an old team finally bit the dust which led to the return of an old beloved one. Hisame's report can be read here.
Recently Impact Wrestling Has announced that on Saturday October 2nd TNA Original and World Class Maniac, Eric Young with be defending his Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship against the former champion, Eddie Edwards in the main event of this year's Victory Road event which will be aired exclusively on the Impact Plus App.
So with that impending event coming soon, I've decided to list off (in my opinion) the ten greatest Victory Road Moments in TNA and Impact Wrestling History; For this list I'll be including key moments that have occurred at this event over with years with added inclusion that any TNA or Impact pay per view, one night only event or episode that bares the Victory Road title will be included.
10. Devon Wins The Television Championship (Victory Road 2012)
We kick off this list at Victory Road 2012 where reigning Television Champion, Robbie E issues an open challenge to anyone to face him for the his title. After much pantomiming and stalling someone does accepts Robbie E's title challenge in the form of multi time tag team champion, Brother Devon who had not been seen on Impact since his match with "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero at the Genesis PPV back in January of the same year.
Despite Robbie E's many attempts to hold off the match, referee Brian Hebner tells Robbie E that the match will indeed happen and tells the time keeper to ring the bell; The match itself doesn't go on for too long, in fact it only last for three minutes but by the end of it all Devon would win his very first single title and become the new TNA Television Champion.
This would led into a multi month feud with Robbie E being hellbent on regaining his title, which helped to make Devon as a single competitor and the belt itself feel credible in the process.
While many forgot how good the TNA/Impact T.V. title was as a mid card belt in the first few years of the 2010's, names like Robbie E, Douglas Williams, AJ Styles, Eric Young, Devon and others helped to legitimize the title and made it worth fighting for both on T.V. and pay per view.
Devon vs. Robbie E For The T.V. Championship (Victory Road 2012):
9. Raven Gives Larry Zbyszko A Haircut (Victory Road 2006)
After losing the NWA TNA World Championship to Jeff Jarrett and getting into a feud with TNA Director of Authority, Larry Zbyszko which saw the former ECW star losing his job with TNA after a match to Sean Waltman aka X-Pac at Final Resolution (per the match stipulation). Raven would make his return to TNA a few months later and he would continue his feud with the living legend Larry Zbyszko.
The issues between Raven and Zbyszko would culminated at Victory Road 2006 in a hair vs. hair match; The bout was nothing really to talk about as it barely lasted four minutes but it did end with Raven coming out victorious as he not only won the match but he got to shave Larry's head...well that was the case until Zbyszko attempted to walk out of the building following his defeat but he was literally carried back into the Impact Zone kicking and screaming as his being loaded into the barbers chair at which point Raven grabs some sheers and begins cutting.
While Raven continues to shave Zbyszko hair, TNA referee Slick Johnson decides to join in on the fun by holding up a mirror near Larry to show him how he looks and Slick immediately pays for it with the living legend kicking Referee Slick right in his downstairs arena or in this case his Johnson...sorry I had to say it.
8. oVe Win The Tag Team Titles (Victory Road 2017)
Before the negative attention that had surrounded Dave Crist following the #Speaking Out Movement of 2020, he and his brother Jake were a part of a very popular tag team in Impact called ohio Versus everything also known as oVe.
The duo had arrived in Impact Wrestling in August of 2017 and soon afterwards were thrusted into a title match with the tag team champions of Santana and Ortiz of the Latin American Xchange (LAX); At the time, Santana and Ortiz were still new to Impact but they've managed run rough shot on every single tag team that stood in their way and were seen as unbeatable, so many people most likely thought that this new team would have no chance of beating LAX never mind win the belts in their first opportunity.
The match took place on a special episode of Impact titled 'Victory Road 2017' where both teams went back and effort with one another before the Crist Brothers shocked everyone in attendance by becoming the new Global Force/Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions after only appearing on Impact programming a few weeks ago.
The feud between oVe and LAX would continue as the both team would face off again for the tag team titles at Bound For Glory in a street fight which saw the Crist Brothers not only turn heel but also retain their titles thanks to help of a debuting Sami Callihan; By the end of the feud, Santana and Ortiz would win back the tag team titles and defeat Sami and the Crist Brothers in a six man tag team barbed wire massacre match.
oVe Wins The Tag Team Titles:
Sami Callihan's Impact Wrestling Debut (Bound For Glory 2017):
oVe vs. LAX In Barbed Wire Massacre 3 (January 18th 2018):
7. Brother Devon Gets His Revenge On Bully Ray (Victory Road 2011)
To many fans of Impact Wrestling, the mention of Victory Road 2011, almost sends a chill down their spine as the first image that comes to mind is that of the main event world title match between Jeff Hardy and Sting. While that match usually gets the spotlight for how bad that event was in addition to some other matches on the card, the match between Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer to start off the show is one of the better things about it.
A few months after attacking his former tag team partner and assaulting him and his two sons, Bully Ray would find himself in the cross hairs of ECW original and friend to Brother Devon, Tommy Dreamer (for whom Bully has a long and bloody history with).
A street fight was set to take place between Dreamer and Bully at Victory Road with both men using everything from blow-up dolls to steel chairs to kendo sticks to garbage cans to even a large pulse bumble bee toy...so basically a standard day in the office for both men, so to speak; The finish came after Bully Ray grabs a microphone and yells out to his former tag partner that what his about to do to Dreamer is for him but before Bully can act on his promise, Devon's sons: Terrance and Terrell come to the ring and distract Bully which gives their father, Devon enough time to sneak into the ring and with the help of Dreamer hit the '3D' signature move on Bully Ray through a table before Tommy goes for the pin and wins the match.
Devon's luck at Victory Road wouldn't end here as previously mentioned Devon would accept Robbie E's open challenge the next year at Victory Road and become the new Television Champion.
Devon And His Sons Get Their Payback (Victory Road 2011):
6. Alisha Edwards Gets A Contract With Impact (One Night Only: Victory Road-Knockouts Knockdown)
Today Impact Wrestling fans know Alisha Edwards for a couple of things: being a pro wrestler/ significance other to former world champion Eddie Edwards, those two times she repeatedly beat Moose and Ace Austin with a kendo stick and that time she, Eddie and Kenny the kendo Stick got into a three way of sorts in the middle of hotel hallway; However many fans may not know how Alisha got her spot on the Impact Wrestling roster, well for that you have to go back to 2017.
Back in 2017 at the final Knockout Knockdown event called 'One Night Only: Victory Road-Knockouts Knockdown' (that's a mouthful) Alisha Edwards along with other female competitors like Angelina Love, Rosemary, Laurel Van Ness, Diamante, Leva Bates, Santana Garrett and ODB would compete in a four on four tag team match which saw Alisha picking up the win for her team.
After the match, Alisha's husband, Jeremy Borash and authority figure, Karen Jarrett came to the ring and congratulated Alisha on her victory as well as her hard work in getting to this point in her career; Karen then presents a contract to Alisha Edwards which she signs and as a result she becomes the newest member of the Impact family.
Alisha would go on to join her husband in a mixed tag team match against Davey Richards and Angelina Love at Slammiversary 2017 and the rest as they say is history.
One Night Only: Victory Road-Knockouts Knockdown Main Event:
Alisha Goes Wild On Moose With A Kendo Stick:
5. Jay Lethal Defeats The Nature Boy (Victory Road 2010)
Victory Road 2010 is often seen as one of the more underappreciated pay per views in Impact which isn't surprising as the Victory Road pay per views that came before and after this one are genuinely seen as two of the worse PPV's in the company's history. Despite this, those who have seen this pay per view now that it's one of the best as the show is contains a lot of great and memorable matches case in point: Jay Lethal vs. Ric Flair.
The feud between Lethal and Flair started off in the Summer of 2010 after Lethal appeared on an episode of Impact doing an amazing impersonation of the nature boy which led to Flair coming to the ring and giving the former X Division Champion quite an earful as he slapped and humiliated Lethal until Jay slapped him back and even put the figure four leglock on Flair.
Following this, Lethal would drop his 'Black Machismo' gimmick and become a more serious with his personality while also picking up victories against names like Desmond Wolfe, Frankie Kazarian and AJ Styles.
Flair on the other hand would respond by beating up Jay Lethal's brother on T.V. which would ultimately led to Hulk Hogan making the match between Flair and Lethal official for Victory Road.
While many tend to malign Flair's run in TNA/Impact including his matches there, this match here is probably one of Flair's best following his Wrestlemania 24 "Retirement". The drama going into the bout was tense and the action was methodical with moments including both men going after each others legs for the figure four leglock, Hebner getting into a shoving match with flair mutliple times in this match and even a moment when Flair's trunks start slipping while Lethal attempts to do a sunset flip maneuver.
In the end, Lethal was able to make Flair submit to his own finishing move and pick the victory in moment that made Lethal feel as if he had accomplished a boyhood dream.
While Flair would defeat Lethal in a street fight a month later on Impact due to the interference of X champion Douglas Williams, it was Jay Lethal who got the last laugh as he would defeated Williams on the September 16th edition of Impact to become a four time X Division Champion.
Jay Lethal's Tribute To Ric Flair:
Jay Lethal & Ric Flair: Woo Off:
Ric Flair Attacks Jay Lethal's Brother:
Lethal Pulls Down Flairs Trunk's (Victory Road 2010):
4. Samoa Joe Becomes The X Division And Tag Team Champion (Victory Road 2007)
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe is arguably one of the best rivalries in company history as both men were able to bring out the best out of one another but at Victory Road 2007, both men attempted to put their issues to the side (sort of ) as they begrudgingly partnered up to take on the tag team champions of Brother Ray and Brother Devon in a tag team match where all of the gold was at stake including Joe's X Division championship and Angle's world heavyweight title.
The action in this match was impressive from beginning to end with the sense of urgency showing throughout as the miscommunications between Angle and Joe in certain parts of the match made many wonder if would not only cost them the match but their belts as well. On the other side of the coin, Team 3D were also having some problems with some cooperation in this match as both Ray and Devon realize that if either one of them win this match then only one of them would be walking out with the X Division and World title in addition to their half of the tag team titles.
In the end, it was thanks to the interference "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner wielding a steel pipe and Samoa Joe seizing an opportunity after attacking his partner's leg which allowed the Samoan Submission Machine to become the first man in company history to hold the X Division and tag team titles at the same time.
Due to the events Victory Road, a match was setup between Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle in the main event of the Hard Justice pay per view where once again all of the gold was on the line.
Kurt, thanks the unexpected help of his then wife Karen was able to defeat his nemesis and in the process become the first and only man in company history to hold all of the gold at the same time plus as an added bonus Kurt was IWPG Heavyweight champion as well making the first to hold the TNA and IWPG world titles also at the same time...oh it's real...it's damn real!
Samoa Joe Wins The TNA Tag Team Titles (Victory Road 2007):
3. The Return Of Triple X (Victory Road 2007)
''The Fallen Angel' Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki and "Primetime" Elix Skipper has been seen by some fans as three of the most underrated wrestlers of their day but at the same time three of the most talented to ever compete in the X Division so it shouldn't be a surprise when you put these three together as group you get one of the best factions in the early days of TNA Wrestling.
Known by the group name of 'Triple X', Daniels, Low-Ki and Skipper were involved in some of the best matches in early TNA history including a feud with America's Most Wanted which culminated in steel cage match where if the losing team lost they had to disband and sure enough AMW won and Triple X was no more or so were thought.
In the opening contest for Victory Road 2007, Daniels, Shark Boy, Puma (TJP), Kazarian, Senshi (Low-Ki), Sonjay Dutt, Elix Skipper, Jay Lethal, Homicide and Petey Williams competed in an Ultimate X Gauntlet match where two wrestlers would start out and every few minutes a new wrestler would enter and participates came be eliminated if their thrown over the top rope with both feet landing on the floor, this continues until all ten men have entered into the match and then you have to climb and grab the X in order to win.
To save some time on calling the action in this match beat for beat, I've put a link at the bottom of this entry if you are interested in seeing this bout.
Towards the end of this match Jay Lethal and Christopher Daniels are seen climbing the large structure to get to the X when Elix Skipper takes Lethal down and performs a double team maneuver on which allows the fallen angel to win the match.
Soon afterwards, Low-Ki and Skipper huddle around Daniels which gives the fans in attendance the idea that this could mean the return of Triple X and sure enough that's exactly what happened as the former three time tag team champion trio were reunited after four years of being separated.
The Triple X return of 2007 didn't last long as the group would be gone by the end of the year but their reunion did provide some amazing matches including a tag team ultimate X match with Homicide and Hernandez at Bound For Glory that same year.
Ultimate X Gauntlet Match (Victory Road 2007):
Triple X vs. LAX (Bound For Glory 2007):
2. The Motor City Machine Guns Win Their First Ever TNA Tag Team Championships (Victory Road 2010)
Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin also known as the Motor City Machine Guns one of the influential tag team in modern professional wrestling and that's no understatement; the pair have gone on to inspire legions of wrestlers to compete in the acrobatic, risk taking style of wrestling that have made them famous heck Generation Me aka The Young Bucks were became known to many wrestling fans to due in large part to their various matches with MCMG but anyway back to business...
So after some controversy regarding Scott Hall being unable to show up to an event (as he tended to do during his run), The Bad Guy (Hall) and Sean Waltman were stripped of their titles and the TNA World Tag Team Championships were now vacated until the decision was made to have the current number one contenders for the belts, which were the guns take on the team of James Storm and Bobby Roode of Beer Money Inc. at Victory Road 2010.
Both Beer Money and the Machine Guns were no strangers to each other in the ring as they both wrestled each other for the tag team titles back at the Turning Point pay per view in 2008, where Beer Money was able to win thanks to Storm's sneaky use of his alcoholic beverage; So now the guns were looking at another shot at the gold as well as another chance to get even with their rivals.
In the final moments of this match senior referee, Earl Hebner came to ring to be the new official for the tag title match after his son Brian had beer spat into his eyes. Both members of Beer Money and MCMG had another member of the opposing team laid out in the ring for the three count but when the count was made both Earl and Brian Hebner had counted three at the same time unaware the pinning predicament happening on the other side which led to both teams thinking that they had won the match.
After a few minutes of deliberation, the decision was made to restart the match and thus the action continued; within less than two minutes after resuming the bout, the guns were able to capitalize and hit their finishing maneuver on Roode for the 1..2..3 and just like that Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley became TNA World Tag Team Champions for the very time in their careers.
But while the guns had won the battle and tag team titles at Victory Road on this night, the war had just begun, as Sabin and Shelley would continue their feud with Beer Money in a critically acclaimed best of five series of the tag team titles.
MCMG Win Tag Team Titles (Victory Road 2010):
1. Sting Attacks Samoa Joe (Victory Road 2008)
The Samoan Submission Machine gets two spots on this list as the final entry would be seen as the starting point for a serious of events that would change the landscape of TNA Wrestling.
After former WCW champion, Booker T claimed that Samoa Joe didn't beat him in the main event of the previous months Slammiversary event especially due to the interference of Kevin Nash (who was an ally of Samoa Joe at the time);
This ultimately led to the main event of Victory Road 2008 being Samoa Joe defending his TNA world heavyweight championship against Booker T.
To say that the match was brutal and bloody might be downplaying how violent it was as both men tried to beat down the other however it was Joe who would end up dishing out a 'Grade A' asskicking to Booker as the former WCW and WWE wrestler was bleeding almost as bad as the world champion in this match plus a few security guards, the referee and even a relative of Booker T's who was attending the show were not safe from the nation of violence that was the Samoan Submission Machine.
Despite the pleads from Booker's wife Sharmell, Joe continued with his assault until he was confronted by former NWA and TNA world heavyweight champion, Sting who attempted to calm down Samoa Joe but it proved to be in vain as Joe responded by giving Sting a big middle finger right to his face.
Sting not happy with this, proceeds to beat down Joe with a baseball bat before Booker T covers Joe and Sharmell makes the three count even though she wasn't the referee; Both Booker and Sharmell attempted to walk out of the building with the world title as the match was declared a no contest but the biggest story surrounding the match was Sting's decision to involve himself in the match and what would be the fallout from everything in the match.
In the weeks and months to come the answers to these questions would be revealed and the end result lead to one of greatest factions in company history, The Main Event Mafia.
Booker T vs. Samoa Joe For The TNA World Title Part 1 (Victory Road 2008):
Booker T vs. Samoa Joe For The TNA World Title Part 2 (Victory Road 2008):
Booker T vs. Samoa Joe For The TNA World Title Part 3 (Victory Road 2008):
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Hisame's report of the N-1 VICTORY, which is building up momentum and making it very hard to predict just who will win, can be found here.
Pro Wrestling Noah drove about an hour and a half outside of Tokyo, up to Takasaki, Gunma to hold a rare event outside of the metropolitan area.
The N-1 VICTORY continued with a rookie giving it his all and coming very close to defeating a senior who was almost helpless against him, a plan backfired, and the champion erupted. The juniors too refused to take a backseat to the hated heavyweights, and had their own drama.
The recap of tonight's show in Gunma can be read here
Hisame's report of the opening night of the N-1 VICTORY league can be found here
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ THE REVIVAL -RECONSTRUCTION- (SEPTEMBER 13TH, ISHIKAWA INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION HALL NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 13TH 2020)
Pro Wrestling Noah held their final show before the explosive N-1 Victory begins this Friday. Full event report by Hisame can be found here.
Throughout it's history, Impact Wrestling has been the number place for women's wrestling in the United States as they continue to redefine what is possible for female wrestlers to do in this sport and in the process they've turned relative unknowns or underutilized athletes into the next big thing or future legends in wrestling
Nowadays the independent wrestling scene (Before COVID) is loaded with talent female athletes who are looking to get their break into the big leagues and Impact is certain the place to be for that big break.
So with that said, here are Eight Female Athletes That Impact Wrestling Should Consider Signing.
8. Alexia Nicole
The first of many Canadian wrestlers to appear on this list, Alexia Nicole also known as "The Bubblegum Princess" has had few recurring appearances in Impact Wrestling under the Scott D'Amore/ Don Callis regime where she's been in the ring with names like Madison Rayne, Rosemary, Taya Valkyrie and Jordynne Grace (the latter of which has up to 14 million views on Impact's YouTube page making it the most viewed wrestling match/video to star the young Canadian pro wrestler.
She's also managed to let some of her personality show on Impact television as she along with Jordynne Grace, Tessa Blanchard and Jessicka Havok appeared on a special episode of Impact on November 26th 2019 where the four came out as "The Rough Riders" (a group based off of the Four Horsemen) where the members would wear dark sunglasses and sometimes made some sexual innuendos in their promos.
Much like a lot of Canadian wrestlers who've performed recently in Impact Wrestling, many fans want see Alexia Nicole to be given a bigger stage to show what see can do in the ring, plus considering she's appeared in promotions like Border City Wrestling (the same promotion that Impact Executive Scott D'Amore owns and operates) she could be the next home grown talent for the promotion if she's given the oppertunity.
Rough Riders Promo:
Alexia Nicole vs. Sienna GreekTown Wrestling:
You might recognize AQA as she participated in a fatal four way match with Tessa Blanchard, Hyan and Jessicka Havok at the exclusive Twitch cross promotion event between Impact Wrestling and Booker T's promotion, Reality Of Wrestling; In fact it was the former five time WCW World Champion who discovered and trained her to be the wrestler she is today.
Wrestling in some of the most well known female promotions in the U.S. like SHIMMER and RISE while also taking on names like Shotzi Blackheart, Kiera Hogan and Kylie Rae, Angela "Queen" Arnold aka AQA is another hot prospect who has a bright future in pro wrestling.
If AQA was to get signed by Impact Wrestling it's not to hard to imagine her joining forces with the likes of the aforementioned Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz to form some kind of faction that could pose a threat to the knockouts in the locker room while also acquiring championship gold in the process.
AQA vs. Rok-C:
Kylie Rae vs. AQA vs. Hyan:
6. Jody Threat
Speaking of Threats to the Knockouts Division, Jody Threat definitely stands out from some of the others on this list thanks in large part to her long red hair, skateboard that brands her last name and exuding a brash but rebellious demeanor inside the ring.
Known as the "Wild Child" of pro wrestling, Threat has wrestled in a number of promotions both in and outside her home country of Canada like Divine Pro Wrestling , CLASH, Limitless Wrestling and AAW.
One of Jody's stand out moves is her riding her skateboard and hitting a hurricanrana on her opponent outside of the ring; She's also a hard hitting style of wrestler which makes sense as Jody Threat looks like the type of women you could see being at home wrestling in street fights or in Impact's case, Monster's Ball or Last Knockout Standing Matches.
In short, Jody Threat is just the kind of person that Impact wrestling would need if they want a female wrestler who can not only stand out from the rest of the locker room but also put on a good match inside the ring.
Kris Statlander vs. Jody Threat (Limitless Wrestling):
5. Lana Austin
We head to England for this next entry as Manchester's own Lana Austin is also someone who has also appeared in Impact Wrestling during the D'Amore/Callis regime and she also made quite an impression on many fans in the UK and in the United States during her seven years as a pro.
Most Impact fans remember her for her against former Knockouts Champion, Su Yung at the 2018 Mediacon event where the two ladies had an impressive bout that was as physical as you can possibly imagine.
In addition to her expertise as a wrestler, Lana Austin is also known for having some sexual moments in her matches whether it's rapidly kissing former WWE wrestler Melina Perez or showing off her...assets before many of her matches, Lana certainty isn't afraid to show off what she's got but once starts wrestling in the ring she proves that she's more that just a pretty face.
Impact would need some like Lana Austin on their roster as she's a good wrestler who likes to show off some TNA in her matches much like Katie Forbes or the Beautiful People but her involvement in Impact could get her a larger following in the states and it could help Impact to get back more of a foothold in the United Kingdom and help to revive the British Wrestling scene that has been hit with tremendous amount of scandals and shut downs over the last couple of years.
Footage of Lana Austin vs. Su Yung From Mediacon 2018:
Kat Von Kaige vs. Lana Austin:
4. KC Spinelli
Yet another Canadian who's had some recent experience in Impact, KC Spinelli has had some range in regards to her appearances in Impact and she looks like the type of person who would be perfect for the company to sign.
Like Alexia Nicole, Spinelli also wrestled in various Canadian promotions like Border City Wrestling and she's also taken on names like Courtney Rush (aka Rosemary in Impact), Tessa Blanchard and Allie; Meanwhile in Impact she's wrestled names like Rosemary, Laurel Van Ness, Hania The Huntress and Sienna putting on some performances that have manage to increase her stock and reputation in wrestling.
However when she isn't wrestling as herself in Impact she's also play the role of one of Su Yung's many bridesmaid as the Undead Maid of Honor which is stark difference from the persona KC shows in her preivous apperances.
Spinelli is also quite the athlete as she's had participated in numerous sports like gymnastics, hockey, Karate and amateur wrestling among many others. She's also done a couple of interviews with Josh Matthews on Around The Ring that has allowed fans to get to know her better while also showing off more her personality.
Overall, she is a talented in many trades and although rumors of WWE being interested in her haven't really lead to anything, Impact could seize the moment and sign KC Spinelli to an exclusive contract.
KC Spinelli vs. Tessa Blanchard (SMASH Wrestling):
Around The Ring With Josh Matthews (Special Guest KC Spinelli Part 1):
Around The Ring With Josh Matthews (Special Guest KC Spinelli Part 2):
One of the most recognizable names in the independent wrestling scene, Lufisto has been wrestling longer than most modern fans and wrestlers have been alive.
Wrestling since late 1990's at the age of 17, Lufisto has wrestled in numerous promotions with most popular being CZW, Shimmer and Shine Wrestling where she's wrestled both women and men during her career and achieved many accolades.
Despite this, she hasn't been seen in a major capacity when to comes to the bigger stages of the wrestling world. Given that the Knockouts Division has always prided itself by having some of the best unsigned talent outside of the WWE machine, it's shocking that Lufisto hasn't been seen on Impact Wrestling.
While health issues did indeed slow her progression, she has reportedly made a recovery; Not to mention that even Impact fans have been clamoring on social media for the company to sign her already. Whether the company has any interest in her remains unknown but her participation as seasoned veteran who can help to grow the future stars of women's wrestling couldn't hurt.
Lufisto vs. Jordynne Grace:
Lufisto vs. Shotzi Blackheart:
2. Lacey Ryan
Before the year went completely off the rails with the COVID-19 pandemic, Impact fans were introduced to Theresa Serrano aka Lacey Ryan in during the Las Vegas tapings where she was seen in a backstage segment with Madison Rayne and Kiera Hogan.
From there she wrestled two times in Impact, once against "Thick Mama Pump" Jordynne Grace for the Knockouts Championship and then one week later against Kiera Hogan; Despite losing both of those matches, many fans were amazed at how she was able to keep up with some of the Knockouts.
Outside of her brief time in Impact, Lacey has wrestled names like Heather Monroe and Tessa Blanchard while winning championship gold in the process
Since her two matches on Impact, many fans have been asking the higher ups in Impact Wrestling to not only give her another shot but give her a contract with the promotion as well and if her tweets and videos on social media is any indication, she wants to be signed by a major promotion as soon as possible.
If Impact Wrestling is smart then they wouldn't let this talented female slip pass their fingers.
Lacey Ryan vs. Jordynne Grace For The Knockouts Championship:
Lacey Ryan vs. Kiera Hogan:
1. Killer Kelly
If you took the badassery of Samoa Joe and Shayna Baszler and combined it with the intensity of Low-Ki in a Portuguese wrestler, then you might get Killer Kelly.
Known more in the independent scene, Killer Kelly's work has seen her win championship like the wXw women's championship and has face off against many wrestlers like Toni Storm, Dakota Kai, Valkyrie (not Taya Valkyrie), Lufisto and more.
Her biggest exposure in mainstream wrestling say her take part in the Mae Young Classic Tournament and WWE's The United Kingdom Tournament in 2018, however she's didn't do much in her time in the WWE as she left the promotion in January of this year.
So why should Impact management consider on signing Killer Kelly? For starters she has a look that screams "Cool Factor" in addition to her technical and smash mouth style of wrestling; Furthermore her presence onscreen and the company's experience in introducing new stars has been second to none as of late could get fans interested in seeing her wrestle in Impact and that's not even to take into a count the number of dream matches she could have with names like Taya Valkyrie, Kylie Rae, Deonna Purrazzo, Rosemary, Su Yung and the list goes on
Plus could you imagine the crowd constantly chanting "Kelly's Gonna Kill You!" in all of her matches and the company could make a pretty awesome t-shirt or hoodie designs with that phrase on the front or back...so yeah you'd have an impressive female athlete on your roster, a built in chant that the fans will say every time she comes out and the chance of making some profit off of t-shirt and hoodie merch is right their for the pickings.
Killer Kelly Vs. Valkyrie (PWU Celtic Cup 2018):
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There is only a short time now remaining before Noah's 2020 explosive N-1 Victory heavyweight league begins and we saw an intense preview of it today as former partners went to war, Kenoh is again at Kiyomiya, and two veterans faced off ahead of their match. In the juniors, Kongoh became a force to be reckoned with as Tadasuke has found his place.
Today's report by Hisame can be found here.
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"The times are torn asunder
the half-moon of the past,
the moon of summer."
Noah held their traditional end of summer show in Kawasaki today, and it did not disappoint. Fortune's Wheel has once again turned and the balance of power shifted again in Noah - a new unit is arising to be dominant, a champion finds that being one is a very lonely position, another team continue their dominance and former friends draw up new alliances.
Hisame's report can be read here.