Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, returns to finally bring you more TNA action. After a two month hiatus, TNA Impact finally returns to TV on Destination America with their new TV deal. TNA seems legitimately happy with their new network so far, as it appeared Spike TV just wanted nothing to do with TNA or even just wrestling in general. So here we go, a new network, a new beginning and a new year for TNA. TNA's first show kicked off at their home base, the Manhattan Center in New York City. Let's get to the recap.
- Impact kicks off as we see TNA wrestlers arriving to the arena, MVP says "there's no time to waste making a statement" and a huge brawl breaks out. The brawl goes through the arena and through the crowd as TNA Security try to gain control.
- "Street Fight Match": Kurt Angle vs. MVP: MVP tries to back out, but gains early control. Angle lands three german suplexes and goes for the "Angle Slam". MVP counters into a leg submission. MVP lands a chair shot, but gets a power bomb countered as Angle applies the "Ankle Lock". MVP rolls under but Angle lands punches and reapplies the "Ankle Lock". MVP counters again and sends Angle into the turn buckle. MVP goes for the "Drive By", but Angle counters with the "Angle Slam". Angle covers and scores the pinfall. It looked like MVP got the shoulder up at two and argues about it after the match.
- Backstage, MVP yells at Kenny King for not having his back against Angle. King didn't know the match was going on, cause he was hanging out with the girls backstage. MVP leaves to look for Bobby Lashley so he can remind Lashley about who helped him during his first TNA World Title run.
- Backstage, Ethan Carter III and Tyrus announce they're coming after Rockstar Spud tonight. ECIII is holding hair clippers and says he's taking Spud's hair too.
- Backstage, MVP finds Bobby Lashley and yells at him for not helping in his match with Kurt Angle and takes credit for Lashley's world title run and MMA career. Lashley shoves MVP into a wall and says it's all about Lashley tonight and getting back his world title.
- "TNA X Division Championship Match": Low Ki (c) vs. Austin Aries: Both men trade chops. Aries hits a suicide dive on Ki. Aries lands a missile drop kick, an IED and goes for the brain buster. Ki counters with the "Bite of the Dragon" submission. Aries gets to the ropes to break the hold. Aries and Ki fight on the ropes until Aries knocks Ki off. Aries hits the brain buster and scores the pinfall. Austin Aries is the NEW TNA X-Division Champion.
- "TNA Knockouts Championship Battle Royal": (Taryn Terrell is the current champion). Angelina Love, Gail Kim, Havok and Taryn Terrell are the final four: Terrell flips Love over the ropes then clotheslines her off the apron to the floor for the elimination. Havok takes control of both remaining ladies and traps Kim in the corner. Havok chokes Kim in the corner and Kim tries to hurricanrana Havok over the ropes. Terrell runs over and flips both Havok and Kim over the top rope and to the floor to win and retain the TNA Knockouts Championship. After the match, Havok viciously attacks Terrell. Havok chokes Terrell, kicks Terrell in the stomach then hits a spine buster on Terrell. The lights in the arena go out and pop back on a few seconds later. Inside the ring stands the returning Awesome Kong. Kong gets right in Havok's face as TNA Officials hit the ring and keep both of them separated. Kong ends up choke slamming one of the referees on the way out.
- "TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match": Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bobby Lashley: Both guys trade blows and go to the floor early. Lashley takes control as we see backstage footage of MVP, Kenny King and two masked men roaming the halls. Roode unloads clotheslines on Lashley, comes off the top rope then hits a neck breaker on Lashley for a near fall. Roode hits a spine buster for another near fall then Roode calls for the "Roode Bomb". Lashley counters with a power slam for a near fall. Lashley with a fireman's carry on Roode then goes for the spear. Roode dodges and hits Lashley with his own spear for a near fall. Roode locks in the crossface submission as MVP, King and the two masked men arrive. Lashley powers out but Roode hits the "Roode Bomb" on Lashley for a near fall. Roode applies the crossface again but King pulls the referee out of the ring. Kurt Angle runs down to help but gets the four on one beat down by MVP and friends. The two masked men take off their masks and reveal themselves to be Samoa Joe and Low Ki (HEEL TURN). Eric Young hits the ring with a steel chair and makes the save for Roode, chasing everyone off. Next we get.........ANOTHER HEEL TURN!! Eric Young blasts Bobby Roode right in the head with the steel chair which opens the door for Lashley to hit the spear. Lashley covers and scores the pinfall and we have a NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Young walks up the ramp with the typical "I just screwed you, pissed off, heel turn look on his face" as Lashley doesn't quite get why or what just happened as Impact closes.
And that wraps up this weeks TNA Impact, till next time, tap or snap.