Ethan Carter III is the New TNA Champion

It’s been a long time coming for Ethan Carter III. One of the best performers on TNA’s diminishing roster, EC3 has gotten better and better each week. His social media presence, mic skills and look have solidified him as a breakout star. With that, TNA decided it was time to give the kid the strap. Carter pinned Kurt Angle on last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

WWE Beast in the East Card

WWE’s Beast in the East will air live at 5am EST from Sumo Hall in Japan this Saturday, July 4th on WWE Network. WWE has been vague about the broadcast of the event, but Joey Styles mentioned on Twitter that the show is blocked for two hours in WWE Network’s programming lineup but will air in its entirety. The noteworthy show marks Brock Lesnar’s return to Japan, where he wrestled after leaving the WWE in 2004.

Let’s take a look at the advertised card:

NXT Championship Match
Finn Balor v. Kevin Owens

Brock Lesnar v. Kofi Kingston

Neville v. Chris Jericho

Divas Championship Triple Threat Match
Paige v. Naomi v. Nikki Bella

John Cena & Dolph Ziggler v. Kane & Wade Barrett

Lucha Dragons v. The New Day

Cesaro v. Diego

It’s a great idea for WWE to air what was originally a house show on WWE Network and I hope they do this more often moving forward, especially at “big event” house shows. The company’s annual December event at Madison Square Garden comes to mind since it usually features some big cameos.

Full Card for Tonight’s Destination X Episode of Impact

TNA presents a special Destination X episode of Impact Wrestling tonight at 9pm ET on Destination America. Josh Mathews previews the card, which features three title matches, in the video above.

This year’s Destination X special is certainly a packed show. Following disappointing ratings from last week’s first run on Wednesday nights, the company and network are both looking for improved numbers. A stacked card like this along with a second week in the new timeslot should help.

Here is a rundown of the card:

TNA Heavyweight Championship Match
Rockstar Spud v. Kurt Angle

TNA Heavyweight Championship Match
Austin Aries v. Winner of Rockstar Spud/Kurt Angle match

TNA Knockouts Championship Match
Awesome Kong v. Taryn Terrell

X Division Championship Qualifying Matches
(Winners of each match will face each other in a Triple Threat for the X Division Championship at a later date)
Kenny King v. Grado v. Cruz
DJ Z v. Mandrews v. Tigre Uno
Low Ki v. Manik v. Crazy Steve

Ring of Honor is Coming to Destination America

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Destination America announced via Twitter this afternoon that Ring of Honor wrestling will be televised by the network, beginning June 3rd at 8pm ET. That’s also the date that TNA’s Impact Wrestling moves to Wednesday nights.

The addition of ROH creates a two hour wrestling block for the Discovery-owned network, with ROH at 8 and TNA at 9. Wednesday nights have become a very crowded wrestling night, with NXT and Lucha Underground also airing.

Elimination Chamber Card Set Following Memorial Day Raw

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We’re only five days away from the WWE Network-exclusive “pay-per-view” (or is it “special event?”) Elimination Chamber and the card is filled out following the Memorial Day edition of Monday Night Raw.

Dean Ambrose was able to maintain his spot as challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship despite many hurdles put in front of him by the Authority – including an arrest – thanks to some help from a “YouTube video” and his ol’ buddy Roman Reigns.

The Neville-Bo Dallas feud will continue with a match between the former NXT Champions and a MizTV segment with special guest Daniel Bryan has been added to the pre-show. While there hasn’t been a lot of time to build up this card, WWE has certainly done a great job and it looks to be one of the more appealing shows of 2015.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Dean Ambrose v. Seth Rollins

Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber Match
Rusev v. Dolph Ziggler v. Ryback v. King Barrett v. R-Truth v. Sheamus

Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match
Los Matadores v. Lucha Dragons v. Kidd & Cesaro v. The Ascension v. The Prime Time Players v. The New Days

John Cena v. Kevin Owens

Neville v. Bo Dallas

Divas Championship Match
Paige v. Naomi v. Nikki Bella

Elimination Chamber Card is Pretty Good So Far

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The card for the impromptu, WWE Network exclusive pay-per-view, Elimination Chamber, looks pretty solid on paper. Following last night’s Raw – and only 13 days from the event – we have a clearer picture of what the matches will be on May 31st.

Dean Ambrose earned a one-on-one WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match with Seth Rollins, which has the potential to be really great but will probably be loaded with outside interference. NXT Champion Kevin Owens will square off with US Champion John Cena in a non-title bout. The Intercontinental and Tag Team Championship Chamber matches are also set. With Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt nowhere to be found, we’ll probably get a few more matches added to the card before next Sunday.

Here is the full breakdown:

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Dean Ambrose v. Seth Rollins

Intercontinental Championship Chamber Match
R-Truth v. King Barrett v. Sheamus v. Rusev v. Dolph Ziggler v. Ryback

Kevin Owens v. John Cena

Tag Team Championship Chamber Match
Los Matadores v. Kidd & Cesaro v. The Lucha Dragons v. The Ascension v. The Primetime Players v. The New Day

John Cena’s US Championship Open Challenge Continues to be the Best Thing About Raw

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It’s been said before but it’s worth repeating: John Cena’s US Championship Open Challenge has been the best thing about Raw for weeks now.

Since winning the US Title at WrestleMania, John Cena has defended the championship against Dean Ambrose, Stardust, Bad News Barrett, Kane, Heath Slater, Sami Zayn and Neville on Monday Night Raw.

Aside from the PPV-caliber matches he’s been having with almost all the people on that list, knowing there will be an open challenge answered every Monday creates an anticipation to at least part of each broadcast, which is needed especially during the “post-WrestleMania slump.” Now that we’re eight weeks into the Open Challenge, it creates an excitement and suspense of who will be next.

This week, the Twitterverse nearly cried in happiness when Kevin Owens answered the challenge, cut a promo on Cena, laid him out and stomped on the US Championship while raising the NXT Title high above his head.

Even without the match, it was the best segment on Raw.