IMPACT! is on the air as Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt look back at some of the greatest Thanksgiving moments in IMPACT/TNA Wrestling history.
Rhino def Alex Shelley & Sheik Abdul Bashir (2008)
In 2008, Rhino, Sheik Abdul Bashir and Alex Shelley competed in a three-way match where the winner would earn $25,000 – but the loser would be forced to wear the dreaded turkey suit. In the end, Rhino reigned supreme and an appearance from Mick Foley ensured that Shelley would face his punishment.
The Good Hands, Champagne Singh & Jai Vidal w/ Gisele Shaw & Savannah Evans vs Jake Something, Mike Bailey, Johnny Swinger & PCO – 2023 Thanksgiving Gravy Train Turkey Trot
It’s time for this year’s edition of the Thanksgiving Gravy Train Turkey Trot, an eight-man tag team match where whoever takes the pin must wear the turkey suit or be fired from IMPACT Wrestling. Vidal tries to tag out but all three of his partners drop down from the apron. Something clobbers Vidal with a right hand but The Good Hands break the pin. Something takes them out with a double clothesline, before trampling Singh with a running attack. Something soars over the top, colliding with everyone on the floor. In the ring, PCO Chokeslams Vidal, followed by the PCO Sault to win.
Jake Something, Mike Bailey, Johnny Swinger & PCO def The Good Hands, Champagne Singh & Jai Vidal w/ Gisele Shaw & Savannah Evans – 2023 Thanksgiving Gravy Train Turkey Trot
After the match, Gisele Shaw and Savannah Evans force Vidal to wear the turkey suit.
Robbie E vs Grado (2016)
In 2016, Robbie E locked up with Grado in the Turkey Suit Challenge. Enforcing the rules of the bout was the special enforcer, Aiden O’Shea. When the dust has settled, it was Robbie E who pinned Grado, forcing him to don the turkey suit. Unlike some other competitors, the fun-loving Grado embraced the turkey suit and danced around the ring.
Rockstar Spud’s Thanksgiving Dinner (2013)
In 2013, Rockstar Spud hosted a special Thanksgiving dinner with Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, Gail Kim, Lei’d Tapa, Chris Sabin and DJZ. They thanked Dixie Carter for their successful IMPACT Wrestling careers, but the festivities were crashed by Kurt Angle, Gunner, James Storm, Eric Young, ODB and Velvet Sky. A food fight ensued, leading to a wild brawl on Thanksgiving.
Chris Adonis, KM, El Hijo del Fantasma, Caleb Konley and Laurel Van Ness vs Garza Jr, Fallah Bahh, Eddie Edwards, Richard Justice & Allie (2017)
In 2017, Eli Drake hosted the first-ever Turkey Trot as Chris Adonis, KM, El Hijo del Fantasma, Caleb Konley and Laurel Van Ness battled Garza Jr, Fallah Bahh, Eddie Edwards, Richard Justice and Allie. In traditional Turkey Trot fashion, the loser would be forced to wear the turkey suit. The match broke down as everyone got in on action and Edwards would roll up Adonis to score the pinfall victory. Much to the chagrin of Drake, Adonis donned the turkey suit and inadvertently pied his own ally in the face.
Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles vs Chris Sabin (2007)
The finals of the 2007 Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl saw TNA veterans Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Chris Sabin vie for $25,000 – but of course, the loser of the match would be forced to wear the turkey suit. After Joe went crashing through a table, Styles almost had the match won with a Styles Clash to Sabin. But Joe would bounce back with a Muscle Buster on Styles, awarding him the victory and the check for $25,000. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the IMPACT Zone without a fight, and that’s exactly what happened when Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and Tomko brawled with Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to close out the festivities.
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Happy Thanksgiving from IMPACT Wrestling!