Dolph Ziggler was let go by WWE after almost 20 years under contract (Picture: TNA)
TNA Wrestling promised a special night at Hard To Kill and they delivered as Dolph Ziggler and Dana Brooke made surprise appearances.
The former champions – who both held gold in WWE before their shock releases in September 2023 – showed up during Saturday nights show, with Ziggler going by his real name Nic Nemeth, and Brooke now known as Ash by Elegance.
Former 24/7 champ Brooke was the first to appear during Hard To Kill, which marked the company’s official return to the iconic TNA Wrestling branding.
A mystery woman was shown arriving at the venue in Las Vegas and getting out of a limo, but fans had to wait until later to discover her identity.
She emerged under her new persona to get a front row sea for the TNA Knockouts Championship bout between Trinity and Jordynne Grace.
The latter beat the reigning champ – who is rumoured to be WWE-bound – in the penultimate match of the night.
It wasn’t the only surprised to come, with the next bout – which saw Alex Shelley lose the TNA World Title to Moose – making sure the show ended on a shocking note.
The System – made up of Brian Myers and Eddie and Alisha Edwards – came out to celebrate Moose’s win, before some ’80s style music blared out.
Ziggler – now Nic Nemeth – appeared in the ring and rocked the new champ with a huge Superkick and Zig Zag, before making a quick escape into the crowd.
Hugging fans as the show went off air, he ripped his shirt and revealed a TNA one underneath, nailing his colours to the mast.
Ziggler is making waves since his WWE exit (Picture: WWE)
Brooke is a former 24/7 Champion (Picture: WWE)
Elsewhere during the show, it was confirmed that TNA Wrestling president Scott D’Amore has inked a major partnership with Mexican promotion AAA Lucha Libre, with the company truly entering an exciting new era.
The main card kicked off with Gisele Shaw winning the Knockouts Ultimate X match, making her the number one contender to Jordynne’s crown, while Decay (Havok and Rosemary_ became the Knockouts World Tag Team Champions.
The night also saw ABC (Ace Austin and Chris Bey) and Chris Sabin retain the TNA World Tag Team and X-Division Championships respectively.
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