Re: Global Force Wrestling - The TNA Re-Brand
New York City, New York
GFW TV opens up this week not with an opening recap video but with a shot of A.J. Styles and Bobby Roode talking amongst themselves backstage.
Styles and Roode both agree that they need to stop this new stable before it has a chance to fester and grow. They both agree that these types of factions were allowed to gain traction in TNA because nobody wanted to do anything about it when it first started but not now. This ends here tonight.
Cameras then transition to the ring area where Mike Tenay and Taz welcome everyone to another broadcast of GFW TV on CMT. They rundown the card for tonight which includes two more X Division championship tournament matches as well as the Hardy Boyz issuing an open challenge to any tag team in the business today to come and face them here tonight. Once they are finished, the music of A.J. Styles begins to play and A.J. and Bobby make their way down to the ring.
A.J. and Bobby waste no time in issuing a challenge to both EC3 and MVP to come down and face them right here, right now. The crowd is pumped but no sign of EC3 and MVP. A.J. and Bobby continue their attempt, but a minute or so goes by and no answer. A.J. and Bobby then say if they’re not going to come and face them right now in the ring, they’re going to come back there and find them and drag them out here. A.J. and Bobby make their way out of the ring when the lights once again, just like last week. Also just like last week, when the lights come back on, Lashley is standing right behind them, ready to strike. Lashley levels both of them with a powerful spear. Now that their opponents have been taken out, MVP and EC3 can now make their entrance. They rush down to the ring to join Lashley in once again beating up on A.J. and Bobby. Before they can do any further damage however, the music of the GFW World Champion Austin Aries hits.
The world champion, with belt in hand, rushes down to the ring area to help his friends. EC3, MVP, and Lashley quickly exit while Aries grabs a microphone.
Austin Aries says he too is sick and tired of the constant power struggles that seem to occur every six months or so and like A.J. and Bobby he’s not going to sit in the back and let it happen again. So he’s here with a challenge. Why not make the proposed match of A.J. and Bobby vs. MVP and EC3 into a six man match? A.J., Bobby Roode, and the world champion Austin Aries against MVP, EC3, and Lashley? MVP and EC3, upset that they weren’t able to take out A.J. and Bobby before Aries stepped in, quickly agrees to the match. Tonight’s main event is now set. The segment transitions away with a shot of all six men staring each other down.
Before the commercial break, cameras transition to the backstage area where the Beautiful People are standing by.
Both the Beautiful People agree that they let Rebel’s freak friends distract them and it cost them the match last week but not this week. Oh no, Velvet Sky vows that she’s not going to let those sideshow freaks distract her ever again. They set out to right a wrong and they’re going to do it!
Coming back from commercial we see Samuel Shaw calmly walking in the back when out of nowhere Bram comes in.
Bram sneaks up behind Samuel and hits him with what appears to be a taser, in retribution for what happened last week. With Samuel temporarily stunned, Bram pulls out what appears to be a rather strong and sturdy wheelchair from off camera. He picks up Shaw and straps him into the chair. With Shaw still out, Bram then begins to wheel him away.
Match #1: Rockstar Spud vs. Samoa Joe – Round 1/X Division Championship Tournament
Cutting away from the backstage area and the apparent kidnapping of Samuel Shaw by Bram, we see Rockstar Spud, dressed in his wrestling gear standing in the middle of the ring. Both Mike Tenay and Taz are still commenting on what happened earlier but are forced to quickly change gears when Spud starts speaking.
Spud says that now that Sir Ethan is back on top, he plans on making him proud by not only winning his match tonight but then going on to win the X Division championship, in honor of his fallen hero, Madam Dixie Carter.
Spud is then shocked when he hears the music of his opponent for tonight, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe blaring throughout the Manhattan Center. Frightened by still laser focused, Spud gets his game face and prepares to face Joe.
As you would expect, this was not much of a match. Spud goes right at Samoa Joe once the bell rings, hitting him with a series of rights and lefts and then even attempting to pick Joe up all while Joe stands there with his arms on his hips, waiting for Spud to tire himself out. After yet another failed attempt at picking Joe up, Spud appears to have hurt his back which gives Joe the opening he was waiting for. Joe picks Spud up, hits the muscle buster, and covers him for the 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Joe earns the victory in impressive fashion, moving on in the X Division tournament. Following the match, Joe simply laughs at Spud as he walks out of the ring. Spud, still trying to be a tough guy, ignores the orders of GFW medical personal and attempts to stand by himself but ultimately fails. The camera soon transitions away.
We see GFW interviewer Jeremy Borash standing by with the GFW World Tag Team Champions, Matt and Jeff Hardy.
JB opens up the interview by first congratulating the Hardyz on becoming the first GFW Tag Team Champions. He then transitions to this open challenge that the Hardyz have issued for tonight. Why issue the challenge at all? Matt takes the microphone and says that since reuniting, both he and Jeff have been thinking a lot about their legacy and about how they’ll be remembered when they are done wrestling. He says that they want to be remembered as the greatest tag team ever and the only way they do that is by facing as many great tag teams as possible, making GFW a destination for great tag teams the world over. Jeff then takes over the mic and simply says whoever is out there who thinks they are great step up and face the best.
Match #2: Rebel vs. Velvet Sky w/Angelina Love
Coming back from commercial, we see the GFW Knockouts Champion Rebel already standing in the middle of the ring. Oddly enough, no Menagerie members are with her. The Beautiful People then make their grand entrance, their confidence having been boosted by the site of no Menagerie members at ringside.
Velvet Sky goes immediately at Rebel, hitting her with a flurry of offense obviously aimed at trying to overwhelm the still green Knockout. The strategy for Velvet Sky works well, Rebel is unable to fight back, let alone string together enough moves to make it count. Things aren’t looking too good for the Knockouts champion and they don’t look to change, especially with no help on the outside. Velvet Sky appears to be on the verge of earning the victory when out of nowhere and with no entrance music, Crazzy Steve makes his way down to the ring. Steve, carrying a bouquet of large balloons, goes right up to Angelina Love and offers her the balloons. When Angelina refuses the offer, Steve gets sad. He takes out what appears to be some sort of pointy object from a shirt pocket and pops the large heart shaped balloon in the middle of the bouquet, heartbroken that Angelina turned him down. The popping of the balloon, although not that loud, appears to have startled Velvet Sky just enough to where she takes her eyes off Rebel for just a second. Just a second is all that Rebel needs however. Seizing the opportunity, she rolls Velvet Sky up, pinning her shoulders to the mat. Before Angelina Love can respond, the referee counts 1, 2, 3.
Once again, with a distraction from the outside by a member of the Menagerie, Rebel picks up a victory against the Beautiful People. Upset, Angelina Love attempts to attack Rebel from behind but before she can, she is stopped by Crazzy Steve who picks her up and carries her to the back, kicking and screaming. Velvet Sky soon follows, leaving only Rebel in the middle of the ring, laughing to herself as the camera transitions away.
Before the commercial break, we see a shot of “Mr. Intensity” Gunner, who has apparently just arrived at the Manhattan Center. He is followed closely behind by a rather large and tall man. Cameras cannot get a good look at the man as he stays in the shadows as the two walk. It appears that Gunner and this mystery man are the team answering the Hardyz’ call.
Match #3: The Hardy Boyz vs. ??? & ???
Back from commercial, the Hardyz make their entrance. The crowd erupts as Matt and Jeff make their way out to the ring to await what appears to be Gunner and a mystery partner. The Hardyz enter the ring and wait for their opponents. They don’t have to wait long however, as Gunner’s music starts to play right away. Alone, Gunner steps out of the entrance tunnel.
Gunner says that in the time he’s been in this company, he’s aligned himself with some rather sketchy characters (James Storm, Samuel Shaw, Mr. Anderson) to name a few. They’ve all had one thing in common, eventually they turned their backs on me and went on to different things. And for whatever reason, whenever he’s attempted to go at it on his own, things always seem to get in his way. So, deciding that he would be better off if he found someone who he knew he could 100% trust, he started searching and found the perfect tag team partner, this man…
After a brief pause, familiar music begins to play and the tall mystery man steps out of the entrance tunnel revealing himself to be Crimson! Gunner and Crimson then dash to the ring so the match can get underway.
Initially the referee struggles to separate the two teams but eventually he does, sending two men to their respective corners of the ring. Despite their years of experience together, the Hardyz are at a huge disadvantage here, having been obviously unprepared to face a team the size and strength of Gunner and Crimson. The Hardyz hold their own quite well however, using their bond as brothers as well as tag team wherewithal to try and stay in this match. It also helps that the crowd remains firmly behind them. Despite holding their own, the Hardyz aren’t able to mount much of an offense as they are constantly on the defensive. Although they are able to drag the match on for a while, the lack of offense as well as the determination of Gunner and Crimson work against them. The Hardyz can only do so much more. Eventually their will gives out. In impressive fashion, Crimson picks up Jeff Hardy and hits his spine buster finish on him, pressing his shoulders down to the mat as the referee counts 1, 2, 3.
Winners: Crimson & Gunner
The newly formed team of Crimson and Gunner earn an impressive victory in their first match together, putting them in good position to earn a future tag team title shot. The camera transitions away as Crimson and Gunner exit the ring.
Going backstage, the camera focuses in on the locker room area of Ethan Carter III as he prepares for his upcoming match. EC3 is talking on the phone as Kenny King enters.
Before Kenny King can interrupt, we overhear EC3 telling whoever he’s talking to on the phone how he’s going to be needing help pretty soon and he wants to know if he’ll be able to count on help? The person must have said yes as it appears that EC3 was happy with what he hears. He hangs up on the phone to attend to Kenny King. Kenny simply asks EC3 if he can count on having some help for his upcoming match. EC3, who seems upset by the notion, responds by saying that Kenny’s a big boy and he can take care of himself, they have bigger fish to fry. Frustrated at being shot down, Kenny King then storms out the door as the show goes to commercial.
Match #4: Eddie Edwards vs. Kenny King – Round 1/X Division Championship Tournament
Coming back from commercial, it is now time for match #4 of the night and match #4 as well of the X Division Championship tournament. This match features former tag team champion Eddie Edwards against former X Division champion Kenny King, who apparently won’t be receiving any help from his friends for this match. Eddie Edwards is first out to the ring, in his first match since losing the tag team titles. Kenny King then follows visibly upset that EC3 turned him down earlier.
A classic X Division style match between the two. Kenny King goes the route of trying to out-quick Eddie Edwards while Eddie simply lies in wait and uses his slight size advantage to his benefit. The crowd is firmly behind Eddie Edwards but this doesn’t seem to bother Kenny King at all, at least at first. As the match drags on however, the combination of the crowd cheering Eddie on as well as still focused on no help from his friends starts to wear on Kenny King. He starts to miss little moves here and there which allows Eddie to start building up a lead. Little by little Eddie builds up his lead which only worsens Kenny’s mood. The final blow occurs when Eddie hits what appears to just be a regular moonsault. The move must have hit harder than Eddie expected as when he covered Kenny King he was able to get the 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Eddie Edwards
Eddie moves on while Kenny King is forced to reconsider a lot. In a show of good sportsmanship, Eddie attempts to help Kenny up off the mat but still frustrated Kenny refuses. He gets up and staggers to the back by himself as the camera cuts away.
Cutting to the broadcast table, Mike Tenay and Taz switch gears. In keeping with their new global wrestling initiative, not only will GFW traveling to foreign countries and entering business deals with foreign promotions, but they also plan to be bringing in several new foreign talent over the next months starting with next week when the son of the famous Damien 666, Bestia 666 debuts in GFW, taking on GFW’s DJ Z. A brief video for Bestia 666 is shown before the show cuts to commercial.
Match #5: A.J. Styles, Austin Aries, & Bobby Roode vs. Ethan Carter III, Lashley, & MVP
It’s main event time! Before the match can begin, a video is shown of what happened last week between the two former enemy stables where EC3 approached MVP with an offer that he eventually accepted which resulted in the attack on A.J. and Bobby last week. Once the video finishes up, the entrances can begin. EC3 is the first man to make his entrance, followed by MVP and Lashley. In a show of solidarity, A.J., Austin, and Bobby all come out to the ring together.
Starting the match, the strategy of Styles, Aries, and Roode appears to be driving a wedge between EC3 and MVP as much as they can while keeping Lashley on the sidelines. EC3 and MVP, to their credit, see right through this strategy and work together as best they can. The one thing that they can’t seem to do no matter what however is tag Lashley in. Every time they try, one of their opponents ends up pulling them back in the match. EC3 and MVP then decide to give up on trying to get Lashley in the match for now and focus in on their opponents. This works for a little bit but not enough to do much damage, the numbers game catches up with them pretty quickly. They soon realize that their only hope for winning this match is getting Lashley involved. They come up with a distraction plan. MVP throws himself at A.J. and Bobby who are standing outside the ropes. This temporarily knocks them off the ring which allows EC3 to escape Aries and tag Lashley in. Lashley soon unloads on Aries, the man who beat him for the world title at Bound for Glory. Sensing he needs to get out of there, Aries tags in Bobby Roode. Unfortunately for Bobby, he is immediately met with a spear by Lashley. Lashley then picks Roode up and gets him in position for his finishing move, the Dominator. Aries and Styles attempt to intervene but they are stopped by EC3 and MVP. Lashley hits his move and covers his opponent, 1, 2, 3.
Winners: Ethan Carter III, Lashley, & MVP
A similar scene to last week plays out following the match. All three men stand over Bobby Roode as Aries and Styles look on. Aries clutches the world title close as Lashley stares him down.