W-O reader Ian Hamilton attended the last set of TNA Impact tapings in London yesterday, held at Wembley’s SSE Arena. The company had a very successful tour with packed crowds across all three live events in Glasgow, Manchester, and now London.
TNA taped two sets of Impact shows at every stop which is around a month and a half worth of television shows for Destination America.
Below are the results and photos for the London shows. Report and photos by Ian Hamilton.
Announced ahead of time as an Ultimate X match to open the show, along with Spud vs. EC3 (hair vs hair), Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Lashley (for the TNA title) and Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young.
Before the show they had Grado and Mark Andrews (and most likely the rest of the British Bootcamp contestants) in the lobby doing photos and autographs. The Ultimate X rig was set up with the tag team titles up, so I guess that’s our opener! Just before show time they also brought out some plunder and stuffed it under the ring.
Crowd I would guess at 5,000 – a lot of the arena was curtained off, and there were a handful of empty seats from what was left. Crowd was loud pretty much all night though!
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The Wolves (c) vs DJ-Z and Jesse Godderz vs Manik and Sanada for the tag titles in Ultimate X – Wolves retained in a good opener. A few light “we want Velvet” chants, but nothing major.
Before the next match, they announced that Roode vs Young was a last man standing match, plus a three way knockouts title match between Taryn Terrell, Gail Kim and Awesome Kong.
Last man standing – Eric Young vs Bobby Roode – good match, with not too much reliance on plunder. Roode won after hitting the Roode Bomb off the apron and through a table on the floor, before beating the count.
Drew Galloway came out for a promo, threatening to take back wrestling. Not many people remember him until he spoke. Out came the BDC, leading to Galloway vs MVP and his Manchester United bodysuit… And chants of “M V Penis”. Match didn’t go long, as Drew went for a double arm DDT, Kenny King and Low Ki hit the ring for the DQ. Samoa Joe followed but didn’t take part in the beat down, watching from the aisle. Possible turn (already?) Joe stopped Low Li from kicking Galloway’s head, but instead gave Ki a pipe which was thrown in the general direction of Drew’s head. The BDC held up a bloody Galloway to end the segment…
Magnus vs Bram – crowd seemed confused as there was no clear face/heel (since both are British), mixture of silence and duelling chants. Mickie James came out during the match (people eventually recognised her) to lend support to Magnus. Does that mean she’s turning on him? If Russo is back, it does! Bram hit a donkey kick low blow for an intentional DQ…. Post match, Bram attacks Magnus with a chair as Mickie distracts the referee. Bram gets some cable ties and ties Magnus to the ropes as Mickie comes in to act as a human shield. She slaps Bram, but he gets hold of her and cuts a promo on Magnus, threatening to take away everything he loves…Unless he kisses his boot. Magnus plants his lips on the boot and Bram leaves to boos.
Brooke vs Robbie E – DJ Z, Angelina Love and Jessie were out with a bucket and stool a la a boxing match. They actually worked a man vs woman match… Lots of interference, Brook won with a jacknife cradle after Jessie missed a dropkick and accidentally hit Robbie E.
Spud vs EC3 – Hair vs Hair – Spud led the crowd in singing “God save the Queen” during his intro… Tyrus came out to give Spud a powerbomb on the floor but EC3 only got a two from it. Ken Anderson came out to neutralise Tyrus with a horrible looking Mic Check. Spud was busted open in this. Borash gave EC3 a low blow but Spud only got a two from a stunner. EC3 repeatedly rammed Spud’s bloody head into the mat, only for him to hulk up, but EC3 blocked a shiranui and hit a braced elbow shot for another two, before finally scoring the win with the 1%. Spud’s getting shaved… And after a swerve baby-faced promo, EC3 attacked Spud, put him in the tree of woe and shaved some of his hair off.
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After a change of mat, I guess we move into the second show (they didn’t differentiate between shows here)
Awesome Kong vs Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell (c) – decent match, Taryn retains after blocking the Eat Defeat from Gail and hitting a roll up. Kong dominated a lot of the match but was taken out by a Gail Kim dive…
Xplosion match – Dave Mastiff, Rampage Brown, Samuel Shaw and Madison Rayne vs Noam Dar, Mark Andrews, Crazzy Steve and Kay Lee Ray – “Mandrews” wins with a shooting star press in a fun eight man.
Borash announces that they’ll be airing a documentary in the UK about the British Bootcamp finalists – “British Bootcamp On Tour”. He then said that Challenge TV was their best TV partner in the world. Wonder how Destination America feels about that?
Magnus and Bram spilled out of the back, brawling into the ring. Magnus waffles Bram with a series of chair shots before refs break it up. Mickie James attacks Bram too, who tries to escape, only to get a powerbomb on the stage for his troubles.
Austin Aries out for a promo. Challenges BDC – namely Samoa Joe and Low Ki – to give him his feast or fired briefcase back. The pair come out with the briefcase, and Aries challenges Ki to a match for the briefcase and the X division title. Instead we get Joe vs Aries… The Crowd chant “briefcase wanker” at Low Ki (a nice reference to the Inbetweeners there!)
They were having a good match, but another disqualification finish – Aries hit a suicide dive to Joe, but got jumped by Low Ki as he tried to throw him back in. Aries grabbed his briefcase after Ki accidentally hit Joe with it, and Aries took out Ki before going to the back.
In the aisle, Aries passed Rocester Spud – with his own briefcase… Who cashed it in, hit a Shiranui and pinned Low Ki to become the new X Division champion!
James Storm (with the entire Revolution – Manik, Sanada, Abyss and Khoya) vs Matt Hardy – a hardcore match, plenty of interference but this struggled after Spud’s big win… Abyss brought out some thumb tacks, only for Hardy to block a superplex and shove Storm into them. A twist of fate followed up by a horribly botched ref count (so Abyss could pull him out) led to some more interference from the revolution, and a cow bell shot from Storm, plus a superkick for the win. It was what it was..
Post match, the Revolution threaten to take out Hardy, but he gets saved by Grado. I’m not a fan of Grado, but will admit that he got a good pop (possibly in the top three of the show), as the Wolves come out to help run off the heels. Grado and the Wolves danced a little, with Hardy returning to give Grado his Impact moment.
Main event – Lashley (c) vs Kurt Angle – the best match from the show, and definitely worth at least dvr’ing… plenty of rolling German suplexes in this one. A pretty good match, with Angle a slight crowd favourite. They kept this mostly on the mat, with plenty of near finishes, including a Lashley spinebuster and an Angle slam both getting near falls. Lashley ended up going to the top rope in frustration, and missed Angle off the top. Angle did connect with a flying cross body, but Lashley rolled through and applied an ankle lock. Kurt got the ropes, and scored another near fall with an angle slam. Lashley responded with a cross arm breaker, which was countered into another ankle lock, which eventually led to Lashley tapping out to give us a new TNA champion!