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TNA Impact Wrestling results: #1 contender's gauntlet match w/Jeff Hardy, EC3, Matt Hardy, Lashley

Drew Galloway

Previously on TNA Impact:

Last week on Impact, Drew Galloway shocked everyone in the Impact Zone when he cashed in his Feast or Fired World Title contract and defeated Matt Hardy for the TNA World Title. This was after Hardy had defended the title against Ethan Carter III and Jeff Hardy in a tripe threat match. Also, “The Destroyer” Lashley bullied Josh Matthews around and then speared The Pope to cement his heel turn.

Tonight on Impact:

On tonight’s Impact, Drew Galloway makes his first appearance as the new TNA World Champion. Additionally, TNA World Tag Team Champions Beer Money issues an open challenge to any tag team from the past or present for the tag gold. 

Show Recap:

-We kick the night off with the new TNA World Champion Drew Galloway making his way to the ring. Josh Matthews and The Pope welcome us to the show and to the Impact Zone. The Pope is back at commentary after being taken out by “The Destroyer” Lashley last week.

Drew talks about the show last week and winning the world title. He makes a proclamation that he wants everyone to look at Impact and at the TNA world title differently. He paraphrases a quote from JFK and says, “don’t ask what the title can do for you, ask what you can do for the world title.” Drew promises to put TNA on the map again.

Matt Hardy, Reby, Tyrus and Rockstar Spud interrupt Drew. Matt’s furious over Drew “stealing” his world title. He says it’s such a crime he should have called the cops. Matt is demanding his return title match tonight. This brings out Matt’s brother, Jeff Hardy. Jeff feels that he deserves a title shot more than Matt. Jeff and Matt argue back and forth when suddenly, Eric Young and Bram attack Jeff outside the ring. Inside the ring, Matt, Tyrus and Spud jump Drew. Bram and EY set up a table on the outside. EY started to set up Jeff for the piledriver off the ring apron through the table and then we cut to commercial.

Back from commercial break, Jeff fights off EY and everyone brawls in the ring. EY sets up to piledrive Drew off the apron through the table when Ethan Carter III runs down and makes the save. EC3 also wants a world title shot. This brings out “Miracle” Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis. Surprise of the night, Mike Bennett also wants a world title shot. TNA President Dixie Carter comes out because there aren’t enough people in this segment. Dixie announces that everyone will participate in a number one contenders gauntlet match later.

-Backstage, Beer Money is walking to the ring trying to guess who will accept the open challenge tonight. They mention past teams from TNA including: L.A.X, Triple X and Pac-Man Jones and Truth. They laugh at the mention of the last team. Storm guesses America’s Most Wanted. Roode points out that’ll be impossible for Storm to face himself.

-Back from commercial, Jeremy Borash is backstage and discuses tonight’s gauntlet match. A tumbler is already set up backstage and J.B brings in Mike Bennett to choose his number for tonight’s gauntlet match.

-Back in the arena, Beer Money makes their way to the ring. Storm rides to the ring on the boozer cruiser again. Robbie E. and Jess Godderz reunite BroMans and accept the open challenge.

TNA Tag Team Champions Beer Money (James Storm & Bobby Roode) vs. BroMans (Jesse Godderz & Robbie E)

BroMans gets the advantage on Beer Money by isolating Storm. James makes the hot tag to Roode who runs wild. Jesse gets the Boston crab on Roode but Storm saves him with a super kick. Beer Money hits the DWI on Robbie E. for the pin and the win.

-Backstage, Decay cuts another creepy promo. Decay challenges Eddie to a street fight.

-Back from commercial and in the back, J.B welcomes us back but EY and Bram interrupt him. They pick their numbers and suddenly Willow (Jeff Hardy’s alter ego) appears and disappears. EY notices and freaks out.

-Eddie Edwards makes his way down to the ring and grabs the mic. He calls out any member of Decay for a fight.

Street Fight: Eddie Edwards vs. Crazy Steve w/Decay (Abyss and Rosemary)

As Decay make their way to the ring Eddie Edwards runs out and brawls with Crazy Steve on the ramp. Crazy Steve gets the advantage after tripping Eddie up on the steel steps. Steve and Rosemary throw several chairs into the ring. Steve sets up a chair in each corner of the ring. Eddie turns things around on Steve and ends up throwing him head first into each chair. Steve and Rosemary collide and Eddie rolls up Crazy Steve for the three count.

-Backstage, Maria Kanellis cuts a prom on Knockouts champ Gail Kim. She promise that the action she going to take next is going to change the Knockouts division.

-Back from commercial, Dixie Carter is talking to “The Destroyer” Lashley backstage. She mentions that Lashley is lucky to only get a fine for attacking Josh Matthews. She gives Lashley what he wants but neither mention exactly that is.

-Jeff Hardy and EC3 both cut a promo setting up tonight’s main event. They both pick their numbers and seem happy with what they chose.

TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim vs. “The First Lady of Professional Wrestling” Maria Kanellis

This match doesn't end up happening. Gail Kim and Maria Kanellis make their way to the ring. Maria grabs the mic and brings out The Dollhouse. Maria tells The Dollhouse that they all have so much potential but lacked the proper leadership. She tells them to break up The Dollhouse and become women. Maria went to TNA management and asked them if she could give her title shot to a member of The Dollhouse. Maria orders The Dollhouse to compete in a triple threat. They argue with Maria as we cut to commercial.

Jade vs. Marti Bell vs. Rebel

Back from commercial and the match is in progress. Maria joins Josh and The Pope on commentary. She’s giving up her title shot at Gail Kim to the winner of this match. Apparently, The Dollhouse is no more and breaking up. The crowd is a bit dead for this match. Jade and Marti double-team Rebel. Both try to pin her and use a double submission on her. They argue about who should beat Rebel. Rebel makes a come back against both.

On commentary, Maria promises to change the Knockouts Division. Pope mentions that he has Maria’s Playboy. Marti powerbombs Rebel, who hits a superplex on Jade off the top rope. Jade pins both Marti Bell and Rebel to win the match to become the number one contender for the TNA title. 

-In the back, Matt Hardy, Tyrus and Spud choose their numbers for the main event. Matt went first and didn’t like his number. Matt then looked at Spud’s number and switched with Spud.

-Back from commercial, Grado and Mahabali Shera discuss the party they’re going to have next week to celebrate Grado getting his job back with TNA. Shera mentions that Odarg The Great owes him fifty dollars. Grado says Odarg owes him fifty-five dollars. Apparently, Shera is the only person not to know Grado and Odarg are the same person despite being Grado/Odarg’s only friend.

-Next we get a flashback from last week of the closing moments of the triple threat title match and Drew Galloway winning the World title.

-TNA World Champion Drew Galloway comes down to the ring again. He mentions that there’s going to be “no more talking” and more action from now on. “The Destroyer” Lashley makes his way down to the ring. Lashley has a brief stare down with The Pope. Josh thanks Pope for saving him last week. Lashley takes the mic and the crowd chants, “no more talking”. They argue and Lashley announces that Dixie has agreed to put him in the gauntlet match. Drew is tired of the talking and wants to fight Lashley. Suddenly, the lights go out and EC3 is the second entrant in the match.

Gauntlet Match: "The Destroyer" Lashley, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, "Miracle" Mike Bennett, Eric Young, Tyrus, Bram, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy

The match has the same format as The Royal Rumble. EC3 and Lashley are the first two entrants and start the match off. Number 3 is Rockstar Spud and EC3 beats him all over the ring. Lashley attacks EC3 from behind. Spud and Lashley double-team EC3. Number 4 is Mike Bennett. Lashley stares down Bennett but Spud convinces Lashley that all three should work together which they do. The next entrant is Eric Young who attacks everyone. Tyrus is the next entrant and as he makes his way to the ring, EC3 tosses Spud out of the ring for the first elimination.

Back from commercial, Bram is now in the match as Lashley runs wild and knocks everyone down. Lashley eliminates Tyrus after hitting the spear. EY and Bram try to double team Lashley but Lashley is able to eliminate both. As Lashley poses, The Pope leaves commentary and eliminates Lashley. The Pope and Lashley fight to the back. Matt Hardy is the next entrant and he exchanges shots with EC3 right away. Matt and Bennett double-team EC3. Jeff Hardy is the final entrant and runs wild attacking everyone in sight.

We’re down to the final four, which are EC3, Mike Bennett, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy. Bennett charges EC3 who drops down and Bennett goes to the outside for the elimination. Bennett then helps Matt Hardy eliminate EC3. The final two are Matt and Jeff Hardy. They exchange shots back and forth. The crowd is solidly behind Jeff. Matt tosses Jeff over the top but he hangs on. Jeff then back drops Matt over the top rope and to the outside to win the match.

Post match, Jeff celebrates in the ring and TNA Champion Drew Galloway stands on the ramp. They have a stare down to end the show.

Next Week on Impact:

Next week, Drew Galloway has his firs title defense against “The Enigma” Jeff Hardy.