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.
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
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.
TNA has uploaded its weekly Impact in 60, highlighting all the happenings from the March 13, 2015 episode of Impact Wrestling on Destination America. The show featured Bobby Roode taking on Eric Young in a Last Man Standing match, a Hair v. Hair contest between Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud and Brooke taking on Robbie E.
TNA superstar Robbie E provided us with a look at the new Impact Wrestling logo for the company’s debut on Destination America. I personally really liked the current Impact Wrestling logo and this one feels a little “1990s Geocities” to me, but new is new.
Kurt Angle will stay in TNA, despite rumors that he might be returning to WWE for one more run, according to Vince Russo. The former WWE, WCW and TNA creative team member had Angle on his “The Swerve” podcast, where the news was confirmed.
While it would have been cool to see Angle back in the WWE for a short run – the pop when his music hit and a confrontation with Rusev would have been amazing – it didn’t really seem all that close to happening. Many were reporting that Angle wouldn’t be able to pass a WWE physical and there were concerns about how his body would hold up even if he did pass.
According to Angle, the relationship with he and Vince McMahon has been repaired, as the two are on speaking terms. He also went on to deny speculation of heat between he and Triple H, as well as rumors that Triple H was the one stopping a potential Angle return, saying that they had always gotten along and you can’t believe everything you hear.
Angle kept the door open to a WWE return, at least in a training or agent capacity. For now, though, he’s excited about the future of TNA with its new television partner, Destination America.
Here’s a preview of tonight’s episode of The Amazing Race, which features Brooke Tessmacher walking a tightrope suspended between two buildings. Safety harness or not, this is some scary stuff.
Brooke and fellow TNA performer Robbie E have been competing as a team on the CBS series, which airs Fridays at 8pm ET.
Adrian “Lionheart” McCallum, a British wrestler who was injured taking the “Styles Clash” finishing maneuver, posted an open letter to AJ Styles today on his Facebook page requesting that Styles stop using the move for the safety of his fellow wrestlers. Lionheart is one of several performers who have been injured at the hands of Styles while taking the finisher. He and one other suffered a broken neck.
Lionheart’s open letter is below and he makes a very strong argument. We’ve seen many wrestlers, as they age and evolve, modify their movesets. When the safety of your opponent comes into play, there’s really no reason to keep using a move that has proven to be very dangerous.
I’ll make the assumption he sees this somehow so please read and share… I’d like to openly address him…
Firstly, I hope things are well for you and family… I wanted to write you because I feel it’s important someone speak up in a more formal and diplomatic manner, as opposed to simply throwing abuse via anonymous social media ramblings…
Here’s the truth… The move is not directly dangerous… It’s a simple move in principle… Arms and legs locked, you fall forward, guy looks up/back, easy… The Styles Clash ‘on paper’ is a fairly safe and basic process…
That said, what is dangerous, is the instinctual reaction of your opponent… The wrestler taking the move, who like any wrestler taking any move, their safety and welfare is the priority…
Without ANY injuries, it could be argued that the mechanics of the move are unnatural, and injury could easily happen due to the physical restrictions and instinctual habits of the recipient… The numbers now are surely too great to even call it an argument?
I’m more than happy to be educated on my statistics, but there can be no move in wrestling history that carries more (documented) serious and potentially career threatening injuries than this… This, is what makes the move dangerous, whether indirectly or not…
Thus far, more specifically the last 12 months, several performers, actual experienced athletes, have been injured with this, 2 of them now with broken necks… The question I want to put to you honestly is, what does it take? What will it actually take for you to stop using this move, at the very least on an independent level, with people not necessarily exposed to the experience of working with you and taking the move semi regularly… How honestly will you feel the day you receive the news that the man you just wrestled has a broken neck and will never walk again? Statistically, that day is coming… It is a mathematical certainty…
I take this opportunity now, to openly and publicly beg you… Please, stop using the Styles Clash… You are unquestionably one of the greatest in ring performers of our time, I truly believe that… But the time is now, to put all pride, ego, blame aside, and acknowledge that irrelevant of fault, circumstance or anything else, the move is a direct risk and a danger to the safety and well being of your fellow wrestler…
All the best.
TNA will begin taping episodes of Impact Wrestling for broadcast on Destination America in January, according to the company. The Manhattan Center will host three consecutive nights of television tapings on January 7th through the 9th.
TNA has found a nice home away from home in the Manhattan Center, where the crowds are undoubtedly better than those at the Impact Zone. According to Dixie Carter, it was a no-brainer to return to New York City for TNA’s debut episodes with new television partner Destination America. “With the explosive sold-out crowds in New York City this past summer, returning to the Manhattan Center for three huge events as IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America was an easy decision,” she said in the company’s press release announcing the news.
The final first-run episode of Impact Wrestling aired on Spike TV last Wednesday. Ahead of the company’s move to Destination America in 2015, TNA has released details on the final four episodes of Impact, which will be compilation specials airing on the usual night and time of Wednesdays at 9pm ET.
“Best of Impact Wrestling 2014″ will air on December 3rd and 10th and “Countdown to the All-Time Best TNA Moment” will air on December 17th and 24th.
Tomorrow’s episode of Impact, “Thanksgiving Throwdown,” will air exclusively on TNA’s YouTube channel and will also be available on-demand through Black Friday. According to the company, the special will feature “the best Turkey Bowl matches in TNA history and offers viewers ShopTNA Black Friday deals, including a free replica TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt for one lucky shopper.”