Impact Wrestling 3/8/16…Kurt Angle Farewell Tour Concludes

Tonight, a very special episode of Impact Wrestling celebrates a man who has meant a lot to TNA.  Kurt Angle, for the final time faces Bobby Lashley.

Impact Wrestling is now.

We are in Birmingham, England.  Dixie Carter begins the show, with the wrestlers surrounding the ring.  Dixie brings out Kurt.

She tells him for the last 10 years, he has been a landmark for this company.  She remembers the time he came to TNA, the crowd was through the roof, and she was on the phone with him to let him hear that reaction.

Drew Galloway tells him he came to TNA to face the best in the ring, and he always wanted to be like Kurt Angle.  It was a dream to face him, and he thanks Kurt for everything he has done.

Kurt speaks now, and says he came to TNA to find himself.  Now he is a better man, a better father, a better husband, a better wrestler.  He thanks Dixie for giving him the opportunity to do this, and he thanks the fans for being there for him.  Kurt considers him the luckiest man on the planet.

Here comes Lashley.

Bobby tells Kurt this is a special night, and he thanks Kurt for everything he has done.  It’s a great night, but also a sad night, because of what he is going to do to Kurt.  The truth is Kurt just isn’t ready for Lashley.

Tonight, Kurt Vs Lashley.  We will also see Gail Kim Vs Jade for the Knockouts Title.  Beer Money will face The Wolves, for the Tag Team Titles, but now.  King of the Mountain Title match is set.

King of the Mountain match with Eric Young Vs Bram Vs Mark Andrews Vs Jimmy Havoc Vs Will Osprea Vs Gabo.

Eric Young retained his title.

Next week on a live Impact, it will be Young Vs a returning Jeff Hardy.

Kurt Angle’s TNA history is showing, the night he beat Samoa Joe at Genesis 2006.

Dixie is backstage, and runs into Maria.

Mike Bennett is going to call out Dixie, and ask a question.  Maria just wants Dixie to hear him out.  She wants to lead the Knockouts, but Dixie saw what she did to Gail, but she believes more in action, than words.

Still to come, Angle Vs Lashley.

The awesome Decay song is playing.  I am not a fan of Marilyn Manson, but I do like this song.

“The Miracle” Mike Bennett is in the ring.

Do we want to know what “The Miracle” is tonight?  The fans need him now more than ever.  Because let’s face it, arguably the best wrestler on the planet today, the one who cheap-shotted him, Kurt Angle is leaving, so Mike wants to be named the Number One Contender to the World Title.  So that he can go on to win the TNA World Title, and he can save professional wrestling, once and for all.

Drew Galloway comes to the ring.

Time after time, these two think things will be handed to them, but this is a wrestling company, not a charity.  If Bennett wants to be the World Champion, he suggests he does more fighting, and less bitching.  Speaking of which.

This irate “The Miracle”.

Drew knows all about charities.  Drew begged Kurt for another match, because he couldn’t get the job done.  Charity?  He wins a game show, picked up a briefcase, and TNA is handing you a Title shot.  So do yourself a favor, go get Dixie, and let the adults talk.

Drew fights Bennett, and Mike leaves the ring, telling him he ruined his moment.

Footage from Slammiversary 2007, when Kurt Angle became the TNA World Champion for the first time in King of the Mountain match.

The Wolves are with Kurt, thanking him for everything he had done.

Kurt is giving Davey his permission to use the Ankle Lock.

Still to come, The Wolves Vs Beer Money for Tag Titles.  But next, Knockouts Title match, Gail Kim Vs Jade.

Gail wins with a reverse roll up, a great match between these two.  Clearly 2 of the best women wrestlers in the business today.

Next, Tag Team Title match, Beer Money Vs The Wolves.

Live next week, Matt Hardy Vs EC3.

Hardy is irate over this decision.  He asked what he had to do to receive this title match.  But then he realized, EC3 can’t beat Matt Hardy.  Next week, he will beat EC3 for the third time.

Beer Money Vs The Wolves in a dream tag match, for the Tag Titles.

Beer Money become a 5-time Tag team Champions, nailing a DWI, pinning The Wolves.

Footage from Kurt Angle’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony from 2013.

Lashley approaches Galloway.  He heard what Drew said earlier, and after Lashley beats Kurt, he will be the new man in town, and Drew isn’t ready.

The fans sound off on Kurt.

Kurt is with Mike Bennett.

Mike is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and everything Lashley does to Kurt, he will deserve.  But he could have faced Mike.  Hall of Famer Vs a future Hall of Famer.  But if he ever gets the itch to come back, Mike will be waiting in TNA.

Kurt tells him he better wish Kurt never comes back, because it will be real, damn real.

Oh lord, here is Grado.

Grado has video proof, and he wants Kenny Smurf to show it, but Eli Drake shows up.

Grado has become more desperate to be begging for his job back.  But it looks like Eli Drake is going to nail him in the briefcase to shut him up once and for all.

Jessie Godderz tells Grado the two of them can beat him down, and show him the door, once and for all.

Here comes Sheara to help his new friend.

Grado finally gets the upper hand, and he runs away with Eli’s briefcase.

Angle Vs Lashley is next.

Impact Wrestling is live next week.  Jeff Hardy Vs Eric Young, and Matt Hardy Vs EC3 for the World Title.

A video tribute on Kurt Angle.

Thank you Kurt.

History in the making, Lashley Vs Angle.  Kurt’s final TNA match is now.

Lashley, with 3 spears pinned Kurt Angle.

After the match, Lashley hugs Kurt, riases his arm, then clotheslines Kurt.  Another spear, and throws the ref out of the ring.

Drew Galloway screams at Lashley, and Bobby spears Galloway.  Eddie Edwards comes out, greeted by a spear.  Lashley gives Kurt another spear, and here comes EC3.

The two go face-to-face, and Lashley smiles, walks away.

Next Tuesday on Impact, we will be live.  Jeff Hardy faces Eric Young.  Also “Iconic” Matt Hardy faces “The Ass Kicker” EC3.  All of this, and much more.

The show ends here.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

4 very good matches, and we have a completely new side of Lashley.  Somehow, someway, this man has to wear the gold again.

I want to thank Kurt Angle for an incredible TNA career, I have to think one day, he will show up in WWE to take his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, but this man earned the respect of any and all wrestling fans.  It’s funny, he was in WWE for 7 years, but has been in TNA, almost 10 years longer.  In many ways, if it wasn’t for Kurt, TNA might have had to fold many years ago.  If this is indeed his final TV match, thank you Kurt for everything.

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