A video package is shown highlighting Hogan agreeing to fight Sting and Bobby Roode defeating his Fortune brothers in the past several weeks.
The World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle makes his entrance and immediately calls out Bobby Roode. Roode obliges and makes his entrance to the Beer Money theme. Angle congratulates him on winning the matches against Fortune, but asserts that he is the greatest wrestler to lace up a pair of boots. Angle puts over his achievements, which included his domination of TNA in the past five years. Angle promised him and all the idiots that in Philly he will prove why he is the greatest wrestler in the world. He extends his hand to Roode and Roode grabs a mic instead.
Roode says that they both know it takes heart to be a champion, and they could beat the hell out of each other, but it’ll be the man with the bigger heart to survive. Roode said in 96 in Atlanta, he had the heart to overcome a broken neck and win the Olympic Gold Medal and calls him a machine. Roode says all he wants to find out is who has the bigger heart to carry this company. Roode proposes that both Immortal and Fortune is banned from ringside in Philly and they fight one on one. Angle says it’s done and the two stare off before Angle walks away. Angle says that he forgot that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff booked him in a tune-up match tonight against Gunner…and Jeff Jarrett in a handicap match. He gives “Robert Roode” luck and walks to the back.
In the back RVD and AJ Styles are fighting with Jerry Lynn and Christopher Daniels (who will be facing off later tonight), although the focus isn’t on that long as Tenay informs us we need to take a commercial break.
We are back on iMPACT Wrestling and the Jerry Lynn and Christopher Daniels are brawling with AJ Styles and drags him to the ring and the bell sounds.
Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn vs. AJ Styles and Rob Van Dam
After a minute of a handicapped beatdown, RVD comes through the curtain to join in. RVD monkey flips Daniels and the ref admonishes him. AJ Styles takes it to Daniels, still in his shiny white entrance pants. RVD is tagged in and tries to kick Daniels, misses, but endes up rolling him up twice, receiving two each time. Tenay mentions the Full Metal Mayhem match between RVD and Jerry Lynn. RVD tolls outside and Lynn chokes him before throwing him back and Lynn officially tags in. A suplex for two by Lynn gets him two. RVD goes for the Split-Leg Moonsault but Lynn sees it coming and moves out of the way, getting a two count as a result. Lynn tags out to Daniels and RVD tags to AJ Styles now in his wrestling gear. Gutbuster and backbreaker by AJ leads to him missing the Springboard Reverse DDT. Lynn gets tagged in and hit by AJ’s dropkick, but Daniels breaks up the pin. RVD slingshots out to the floor on Daniels as Lynn hits a jawbreaker on AJ. Lynn baseball slides onto RVD and AJ dives onto all of them. Springboard forearm by Styles leads to a Styles Clash which Daniels gets out of. Daniels pushes Lynn toward Styles and he gets nailed with the Pele. AJ sets up for the Styles Clash on Lynn and begs Daniels to come in. He walks out and AJ hits the clash on Lynn and pins for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels
The Hulk Hogan and Sting Contract Signing is happening tonight, but be sure not to miss Roode taking on Immortal’s Gunner and Jeff Jarrett. And Samoa Joe clashes with Matt Morgan, and that’s here tonight!
Samoa Joe vs. Matt Morgan
Taz and Tenay did a nice job of hyping why they are having this match on commentary at the opening bell. Joe gets the offense early with rights, but gets his head slammed into the turnbuckle twice. Morgan gets a running knee lift on Morgan and jots the rapid fire elbows. Morgan charges, but gets knocked in the corner. Joe hits a sick kick and gets the advantage for a short time. Morgan tries to fight out to no avail. Joe hits a running knee and sets Morgan up for the Musclebuster. Morgan fights out and leaps over Joe. Joe ran right into the turnbuckle and Morgan rolled him up for three.
Winner by Pinfall: Matt Morgan
Joe starts the assault on the knees and locks in the heel hook while Morgan taps. Crimson limps to the ring with a chair and gets a good shot to the ribs with the chair before Joe ducks out.
Joe grabs a mic and talks about how Morgan and Crimson always save each other and proposes a triple threat match at Bound for Glory.
Bobby Roode’s last hurdle before headlining Bound for Glory comes as he faces Immortal’s Jeff Jarrett and Gunner is still to come tonight!
A video package plays with Hardy saying he finally grew up, and it was shown that it was an ad for his new DVD!
The TNA Tag Team Champions Mexican America talk about the two “mohawked midgets” trying to punk them out, and call them out. Ink Ink obliges. Neal talks about how Mexican America talk about America, and says “Don’t you live here?”Shannon Moore starts talking and says he thought of something that would make them, and everyone here in Knoxville happy, and that is for Mexican America to get out. Mexican America’s response to that was to jump Ink Inc. Some teal headed, mohawked woman came through the entrance ramp and went after Sarita and Rosita. Ink Inc try to reveal Anarquia’s tattoo, and Hernandez pulls him out. Neal grabs the mic as the Tag Champions retreat up the ramp and tells Mexican America to bring all the women they want at Bound for Glory, “we have ours.”
((Jarrett’s Jab – Things went down the second they gave Shannon Moore a mic. To me he just comes off as fake on the mic, especially when he tried at the end to get a cheap pop by talking in a Southern Accent. Not to excited about the new woman in Ink Inc.’s act because I don’t care enough about Ink Inc to care ))
Jesse Sorensen and Brian Kendrick vs. Kid Kash and Austin Aries
‘The Wizard of Odd’ dives over the X Division Champion Austin Aries and Kid Kash. Sorensen hits a swinging neckbreaker at the bell on Kid Kash for two. Aries kicks the back of Sorensen so Kash gets the advantage. Aries gets the tag and throws Kash into Sorensen. Aries hits an elbow and Sorensen powers out at two. Sorensen gets a faceful of Kash’s boot and Kash gets the tag. Kash gets Sorensen down and Aries comes over the ropes with a slingshot elbow for two. Kash gets tagged in and goes for a corkscrew moonsault and gets Sorensen’s boot. Aries tags himself in and fails at preventing Sorensen to tag Kendrick. Kendrick clears house of the two heels and rolls over as Kash ends up elbowing Aries. Kendrick goes for Sliced Bread on Kash and Aries, which Taz called ‘Two Slices of Bread,’ but they slam Kendrick into the turnbuckle. Aries and Kash get into a shoving match and Sorensen spears Kash out of the ring. The ref checks on those two while Aries shushes the crowd and tries to hit Kendrick with the X Division Title Belt. Kendrick ducks and hits Sliced Bread #2 on Aries on the belt. Kendrick covers and gets three.
Winner by Pinfall: Jesse Sorensen and Brian Kendrick
Velvet Sky comes out to the ring in street clothes and Taz mentions she’s toned down her entrance. Mickie James came out as well in a blue jean top and a pair of jeans. Taz calls Mickie a favorite in the match at BFG. Winter now makes her entrance in her wrestling gear with Angelina Love. Tenay points out that Karen Jarrett did her no favors with the Four-Way match. Karen Jarrett comes out with Madison Rayne arm-in-arm. Karen grabs a mic, insults the knockouts, and tells them to make the most of their match because no one wanted them on the card. She points out her class and the others are five-and-dime streetwalking hoes. Karen notes that mostly applies to Velvet and Velvet immediately starts yelling. Karen answers her by saying it’ll be over when she says it’s over. The two start a yelling match and Traci Brooks gets on her hands and knees behind Karen. Velvet pushes Karen, she falls over Traci, and starts yelling. Madison goes right after Velvet for pushing Karen and Winter joins in. Mickie jumps in the fight going after Winter and Angelina trying to come to her aid. Security comes out to separate the fight as the Knoxville crowd voices their anger. Karen and Traci are on the ramp and Karen tells her she is going to pay for that by scrubbing toilets for the rest of her career.
AJ is in the parking lot and he talks about Daniels being selfish by wanting one more match. He mentions how he doesn’t quit and Tommy Dreamer almost lost an eye. Daniels blindsides him as he is about to get in his truck. Daniels chokes him with his necklace and tells him he’s topping because he wants the world to hear him say ‘I Quit.’ ((Jarrett’s Jab – I find it ridiculous that this is the first I’ve heard on TV of this I Quit Match. This is a match type that ended feuds and headlined major shows, and it’s been lost in the shuffle on the Bound for Glory card.))
Scott Steiner vs. Ken Anderson (Featuring Bully Ray as the Special Enforcer)
The Mic during Anderson’s mic drop lands about a foot in front of him and he steps up to make his entrance. Bully Ray jumps to the outside to distract Anderson so Steiner can get an early advantage with a Belly-to-Belly suplex and a two count. Steiner starts the push-ups and Anderson tries to get a roll-up and Steiner starts hitting Anderson with right hands. Anderson gets hit with another Belly-to-Belly suplex and steps on him to get a one count. Bully Ray taunts Anderson from the outside. Anderson finally gets the advantage with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Bully Ray pulls Anderson to the floor and he gets clotheslined for that. Steiner hits a lowblow when Anderson gets back in the ring and an atomic drop. Abyss comes to ringside and grabs Ray’s chain. Steiner holds Anderson, but Steiner ends up getting hit and gets three. Ray is steaming on the outside, not being able to break up the count. Ray starts yelling at Abyss, and the rest of Immortal comes out to confront Abyss. After a minute of yelling and shoving, Abyss throttles Ray and he gets ganged up on by Immortal. Ray gets a table as Gunner chokes out Abyss with a chain. Anderson comes back in the ring to save Abyss, but gets clothesline by Ray. Anderson gets Bubba Bombed into the table and Ray yells ‘Three Days’ at the downed Anderson.
Kurt Angle stands behind James Storm and tries to talk him into turning on Roode. James Storm says no. That was the gist of the segment.
Jeff Jarrett and Gunner are being interviewed and Jarrett predicts that Roode won’t win tonight because he is facing Immoral tonight.
Taz and Tenay ran down the Bound for Glory card. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I’m glad they are doing this, although they should have done it more than just three days before the PPV.))
A video package plays highlighting the Bobby Roode and Kurt Angle feud, showing personal videos and interviews. ((Jarrett’s Jab – These videos keep outdoing themselves. I love that they highlighted Angle too because if they make him look strong going in, it makes Roode’s victory that much sweeter.))
Jeff Jarrett and Gunner make their entrance for the Main Event Handicap Match which will start…right after this commercial break!
Bobby Roode makes his entrance and grabs a chair, which was taken away from Brian Hebner.
Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Jarrett and Gunner
Roode takes it to Jeff Jarrett with right hands and he rolls out and Gunner gets some rights before he blocks a crossface attempt. Jarrett grabs the boot of Roode and the double teaming begins. Gunner starts hitting right hands and Jarrett sends Roode headfirst into the turnbuckle. Jarrett chokes Roode off the middle rope, hits him with a right hand and Gunner covers for two as Jarrett watches. Team Immortal hits a suplex and mock the Beer Money chant. They turn around to see Roode flip them off and run through them with clotheslines and knife-edged chops. Neckbreaker by Roode on Jarrett gets him two as Karen Jarrett is shown at ringside. Gunner gets taken outside and Jarrett goes for the stroke. Roode hits the Double A Spinebuster and locks in the crossface on Jarrett. Gunner tries to break it up, but ends up in the crossface himself. Gunner taps while Karen tries to revive Jeff.
Winner by Submission: Bobby Roode
Immortal runs to the ring and Ray hits a lowblow on Roode. Steiner hits rights and Ray elbows Roode below the border. James Storm comes out and ends up taking a beating himself to try and save Roode. Angle makes his entrance as Storm gets nailed with the Mexican Heavyweight Championship. Immortal holds Roode and Angle prepare to start clocking him when they are cut off by Jeff Hardy’s old theme. Jeff Hardy runs through Immortal like James Storm couldn’t do and takes off his shirt before starting to protect Beer Money. James Storm is pissed off with Hardy and Hardy begs off to Storm and then Roode. Hardy extends his hand to Roode and Storm slaps it away. Hardy tries again to Roode and Roode does despite Storm trying to talk him out of it. Hardy tries to leave and Storm blocks his way. The crowd starts booing and Beer Money ends up raising Hardy’s hand and they hug it out. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Hardy’s involvement sickens me because as soon as he came out, he took the spotlight from Roode and kept it for the remainder of the segment. I felt that Hardy could have been better used to endorse Roode since the crowd in Knoxville loves him, but instead Beer Money is raising his hand. I also don’t like Hardy being able to single-handedly take out Immortal when Storm couldn’t do it and he didn’t have his entrance theme play.))
Jeff Hardy is backstage talking about asking for forgiveness and laying out Eric Bischoff last week and saving the future World Champion this week. Jeff Jarrett comes up to Hardy and tells him he’s about to throw up listening to Hardy apologize. Jarrett says that not many people know about their friendship, and that Jarrett was there since day one, and was there when Hardy first came in TNA. Jarrett tells Hardy that he is a friend that is saying he is out of chances. Jarrett hypes Bound for Glory and tells Hardy he doesn’t want to see him there. Jarrett tells Hardy not to walk away and Hardy says he’s going to buy a ticket for Philly.
Hogan and Sting make their entrances and sign the contract to make their ‘fight’ official. Jeremy Borash asks for final words and Hogan stands up and tosses the table over. Hogan says that he has something to say: He’s seen Sting dance over Hogan for thirty years. He says for Sting to come to TNA in the twilight of his career to get this company back on track when Sting and the TNA Originals couldn’t do. Hogan says that when his career was over, Sting dropped his down card ‘with the big scary face on it,’ he is going to get the real Hulk Hogan. Hogan stressed that his wrestling career is over, but this will not be a match: it will be a fight. Hogan states that Sting has his word that there will be no shenanigans, no missing pieces, man-on-man. Eric Bischoff comes out to interrupt and says that two weeks ago, Sting laid his hands on him. Bischoff goes on the record of saying that when Hogan was done with him, Bischoff wants him. Hogan hits him in the back with a chair as Bischoff laughs to close the show. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Anti-climatic ending with one chair shot, I figured Hogan would at least pose. Still was the best wrestling show I’ve seen all week thus far and a pretty good road toward TNA’s Biggest Pay-Per-View of the year Bound for Glory. With so many big matches and what insures to have pure wrestling, street fighting, noglistia, women, weapons, and a match that is seven years in the making. Be sure to catch Bound for Glory and to come back to TNAStars for all of the latest TNA news.))