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TNA champ Ethan Carter III, Drew Galloway are Bound for Glory

Ethan Carter III defends the TNA world championship against Drew Galloway and Matt Hardy in a triple threat match during TNA’s Bound for Glory, which begins 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 4 on pay-per-view and Flipps from the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C. Jeff Hardy will be the special guest referee.
Ethan Carter III defends the TNA world championship against Drew Galloway and Matt Hardy in a triple threat match during TNA’s Bound for Glory, which begins 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 4 on pay-per-view and Flipps from the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C. Jeff Hardy will be the special guest referee. Photo Courtesy TNA Entertainment

Two years ago Ethan Carter III officially arrived in TNA Impact Wrestling at Bound for Glory.

The win against Norv Fernum began an undefeated streak that continues today. Between his impressive victories over Hall of Famers and securing the TNA world championship, EC3 has become one of the company’s biggest success stories.

The 32-year-old is gearing up to main event TNA’s biggest show of the year with a title defense against Drew Galloway and Matt Hardy during TNA’s Bound for Glory, which starts 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 4 on pay-per-view and Flipps from the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.

Carter and Galloway participated in a media conference call on Tuesday, Sept. 29, leading to the marquee night. Hardy was added to their main event match at Bound for Glory by winning in a tag match on Impact Wrestling on Wednesday, Sept. 30 on Destination America.

During the conference call, Carter and Galloway exuded passion for their profession and are proud of the company they represent. They plan to showcase their talents to the best of their ability on an important night for TNA.

“I feel no pressure because I’m completely confident in my abilities and the abilities of my opponent to deliver a match for the ages and tear the house down,” EC3 said. “It’s our opportunity. It’s our company now. We are at the forefront. We are the guys who want it the most and deliver the best. You feel pressure, but I feel nothing but confidence.”

There is a mutual respect between champion and challenger.

“We are just a couple of guys who love this business,” Galloway added. “We wanted the opportunity. The past couple of years he has been given the ball. When I was gone from WWE and right out of the gates on the independent scene, I came to TNA. I was also given the ball and ran with it. They believed in us. That’s all we want. We don’t feel pressure. We feel opportunity. Trust me. We will deliver. We are both excited and fired up. This is the match of our lifetime. This is a big match for TNA.”

There is no doubt EC3’s character birthed with a lot of pomp and circumstance. The onscreen nephew of TNA president Dixie Carter evolved with every passing month. You can see the confidence grow as EC3 was given the platform to showcase what he was truly capable of doing. He appreciated the trust the company put in him, knowing where he had come from.

The 32-year-old spent years in WWE developmental before his release. Past experiences have served as motivation to excel. EC3 is now on another level receiving praise from fans and others in the business. This is why when he won the TNA world heavyweight championship against Kurt Angle, it felt right.

“Personally as the world heavyweight champion, there was an immediate sense of vindication,” EC3 said, “but upon that vindication, it immediately left me because I know now the hard work begins. Being chased is harder than the chase. Yes, there was vindication, but I can only rest on the success for a short time before moving on to the next thing. That’s becoming the greatest TNA champion of all time.”

The months that followed his initial win proved EC3 was up to the task. Galloway has even been impressed but wants his own career milestone. He is prepared for a competitive contest. His goal is to become the “first traveling world champion since Ric Flair.”

“[EC3] is the complete entertainer,” Galloway said. “In the ring, he can get it done as well. You don’t know what someone can truly do in the ring until you get in there with them. You can watch, assume and guess, especially if you are performer yourself, but until you get in the ring with them, you don’t know what someone can bring. He can bring it in the ring just as well as he can outside the ring.

“Coming into this match, I’ve been training hard the last couple of weeks. The past 10 days I’ve been in Australia, the U.K. and darting all over the place. I have been in some hard matches in preparation for the biggest match of my life. I’m coming in ready, and I know he is coming in ready. We guarantee one hell of a fight, never mind a wrestling match.”

In comparison to EC3, Galloway went further in WWE, debuting as Vince McMahon’s “Chosen One.” The 30-year-old won the Intercontinental championship, tag titles with Cody Rhodes and was a regular fixture on television as a member of the Three Man Band. However, he reached a plateau and wasn’t given much in the months leading to his release. Galloway is someone who thrives on wrestling, which he’s done in numerous promotions across the globe. With TNA in a rebuilding period, the Scottish performer was a welcome addition.

“I came in after speaking with ‘Big’ [TNA vice president John Gaburick],” Galloway said. “I had no goal of being back on American television so quickly. I had just been gone from WWE for about six or seven months. I was really making a name for myself on the underground. I was happy and didn’t want to be back on TV just yet. Then I spoke with Big. He made it clear there were some big things coming. They were going in the direction of giving younger guys opportunities. They were rebuilding, and I wanted to be part of that.

“I’ve known him since I was 22 and knew lads on the roster, like EC3, who I’ve been around over the years and knew it was a good bunch of guys. I thought, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ I came in and saw the locker room. I saw how dedicated everyone was and how passionate everyone was and how good everybody was.

“I knew right away this was a great place to work and a great environment to be around. It’s a great television show. The backstage staff is great. More importantly, on the wrestling show everybody gets it done in the ring. To be a focal point of that with EC3, someone I’ve known for so many years and knowing what we are like, trust me the rest of the roster is just like us. They are just as passionate and fired up. It’s a very cool environment to be a part of.”

- TNA Bound for Glory

- Ethan Carter III defends the TNA world title against Drew Galloway and Matt Hardy in the main event of TNA’s Bound for Glory, drop kicking off at 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 4 on pay-per-view and Flipps from the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C. Jeff Hardy is the special guest referee.

Gail Kim battles Awesome Kong for the TNA Knockouts championship.

Bobby Roode defends his King of the Mountain title against Bobby Lashley.

X-Division champ Tigre Uno vs. Andrew Everett vs. DJ Z vs. Manik.

Kurt Angle will make his triumphant return to the ring against Eric Young and more.

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