A video package with a voiceover, going over what happened on last weeks edition of Impact Wrestling including James Storm’s return and Austin Aries’ decision to be made tonight.
From that we are LIVE in the Impact Wrestling Zone for this week’s edition of Impact Wrestling. We are reminded by Mike Tenay that tonight is Open Fight Night and Hulk Hogan comes out to open the show.
Hogan talks about change and making new friends and enemies. Hogan says that he has no clue who attacked Sting, but it will not be replied for publicity. Hogan hypes the Bound For Glory Series intercepting Open Fight Night tonight before calling out Austin Aries. Aries starts with the business part: Hogan offered him the chance to bypass the Bound For Glory Series and get a shot at the title, but first he has to relinquish the X Division Title and end the longest title reign in company history. To be the man, you have to be the World Champion, but on the other hand, the X Division Title is the one the company was built on, and some of the best wrestlers in the business have worked to make it what it is. He wants to make sure that the title is treated with respect if he hands it over, because he’s worried that it’ll lose meaning if he just hands it over. Hogan says Aries better have a good plan if he has a Plan C because he doesn’t want any games, but Aries says that he wants to set the standard and make it so that every year, whoever holds the X Division Title this time of year can turn it in for a shot at the World Title. Hogan likes Plan C, and says he’s in all the way. Hogan and Aries shake hands, but Bobby Roode comes out to ask if they’re kidding him. Roode asks Aries who the hell he thinks he is by trying to dictate what happens in his company, because the paper title he wears means nothing to him because the World Title is the only one that matters. Roode says Aries made the biggest mistake of his life, and if he wants to get into the main event and challenge for the World Title, then he’s got it, but Aries better know that he’s no X Division wrestler, he’s the longest reigning World Champion in company history and he’ll prove he’s the best at Destination X. Aries says that if Roode is so sure that he can embarrass Aries, and since this is Open Fight Night, why doesn’t he come on down to the ring right now? Roode rushes Aries and they get into a brawl at ringside before being pulled apart by TNA Officials. Ken Anderson comes out and says he would love to watch them pound the snot out of each other all night, and asks them to continue doing so once he finishes, but he wants them to know that whoever wins between them is going to face the winner of the Bound For Glory Series…MISTTERR….AANNNDDDERRRSSOOONNN…..AANNDEERRSSSOOONNN! ((Jarrett’s Jab – Great work from Austin Aries, not so much by Hogan and Roode. Roode’s line about Aries being a Paper Champion didn’t help the now vacant X Division Championship look any better. Hogan didn’t explain why Aries couldn’t be the World and X Division Champion when Kurt Angle held all the titles TNA had to offer by himself in 2007. I also didn’t think Hogan put over the X Division Championship as much as he should have when guys like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle are former X Division Champions. The X Division doesn’t need to look like the consolation prize in TNA and Aries seemed to be the only one trying to make it seem important.))
We take a look at a graphic explaining how the scoring works in the Bound For Glory Series, then we go back to Anderson as calls out a man who has tried to destory families…Christopher Danies.
Bound For Glory Series: Mister Anderson vs. Christopher Daniels
Daniels, who was sipping an appletini backstage, indignantly comes out to the ring and gets drilled in the face to start the match. Anderson stomps Daniels down in the corner as we see Joseph Park sitting out in the crowd. Anderson goes up top, but Daniels shakes the ropes and Anderson falls onto the top turnbuckle and tumbles into the ring. Daniels ties Anderson up in a Pepsi Twist and rams a couple of right hands into his ribs before converting it into an abdominal stretch. Anderson powers out of the hold and takes Daniels out with a clothesline. Tenay states that all of the BFG Series matches will have a ten minute time limit. Anderson and Daniels trade rights in the middle of the ring before Anderson comes out on top and lays Daniels out with a series of clotheslines and then hits a Finlay Roll. Daniels blocks the Mic Check and counters to a Blue Thunder Driver for two. Daniels sets up for the BME, but Anderson grabs his ankle and rolls him up for two. Anderson with a rolling neckbreaker and the Mic Check gets the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Mister Anderson (Gains 7 points, currently has 7 points)
Dixie Carter and AJ Styles are backstage and she asks if he’s ready and if they’re doing the right thing. AJ doesn’t care what Daniels or Kazarian think, but the more he thinks about it, the less sure he is. Dixie asks what other way he can think of to do this, but he’s not sure.
The Knockouts have gathered in Brooke Hogan’s office, and we’ll find out who challenges Brooke Tessmacher…next!
Okay, we’re back and Brooke Hogan notices how much fun ODB is having with her flask, and asks each of them to explain why they deserve a title shot. They all go through their reasons: Mickie has held every major women’s title in the business, Madison is the longest reigining Knockouts Champion ever, ODB says she’s different, and Velvet never got her rematch. Brooke tells Madison she needs to get her head back into the game and she’s out of the running, and then we’ll come back later as Brooke eliminates another contender. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I don’t know if Velvet is that stupid, but she already got her damn rematch at Lock Down! I think TNA is trying to torture me with Velvet, Brooke and Garett in the company.))
Robbie E is in the ring with Robbie T, and E challenges anyone in the BFG Series to come and get punked out, Kurt Angle shrugs and makes his way up the ramp to accept the challenge.
Bound For Glory Series: Robbie E vs. Kurt Angle
Robbie jumps Angle before the bell, but Angle quickly goes behind and htis the rolling German suplexes, then quickly plants E with the Angle Slam. The straps come down, the anklelock is on with the leg grapevine, and Robbie taps.
Winner by Submission: Kurt Angle (Gains 10 points, currently has 10 points)
We meet Taeler Hendrix, the contestant in tonight’s edition of the Gut Check. She saw wrestling on TV and decided she was going to do that, but then she was diagnosed with cancer at 21. She wants to be the newest Knockout and hold all the Knockouts titles, and she won’t stop until she gets there.
Magnus comes out now and says that if only one man gets to win the Bound For Glory Series, he wants that to be him. He’s going to call someone out to wrestle him in the next match in the BFG Series, and we’ll find out who that is…NEXT!
We’re back, and Magnus chooses a man whose head is not in the game, and he knows how hard it is to concentrate on business since women are all over him everywhere he goes, but even he knows not to mess with another man’s wife, especially when she’s the one writing the paychecks.
Bound For Glory Series: Magnus vs. AJ Styles
They go toe to toe as soon as AJ is in the ring, Magnus runs into AJ’s boot on a corner charge and AJ hits a backbreaker. AJ takes forever to get to the top rope and Magnus catches him on a flying bodypress and turns it into a big bodyslam and an elbowdrop for 2. Magnus hits the ropes, but AJ catches him coming off with a dropkick. He goes for the Pelle kick, but Magnus sees it coming and steps out of the way, then catches AJ in a sleeper. AJ backs Magnus into the corner and nails him with elbowstrikes, then connects with a leaping forearm and goes for the Styles Clash. Magnus slips out of that, but AJ hits a leaping enziguiri and rolls out to the ring apron. He prepares for the springboard forearm, but gets distracted by Daniels and Kazarian coming out with yet another envelope. He stops just long enough to give Magnus the chances to scoop AJ up and hit the Michinoku Driver for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Magnus (Gains 7 points, currently has 7 points)
Taeler Hendrix is in the ring for TNA Gut Check and Tara is the opponent for the night. Taeler crosses herself before the match starts and extends her hand to Tara, which gets slapped away.
TNA Gut Check: Taeler Hendrix vs. Tara
Tara uses Taelers hair to yell at her. Tara does some more yelling and gets rolled-up for a two count. Tara uses the hair and cinches in a headlock from the top rope. She breaks on four only to lock in again. This time Taeler kicks her way out and flips her in the ring. Forearm by Taeler followed by a bulldog-like maneuver before giving Tara a taste of her medicine with the hair pulling. Tara gets up and hits the Widows Peak for a three count.
Winner by Pinfall: Tara
Tenay says that the fate of Taeler Hendrix will be decided next week. A shot of the Bound for Glory Series participants that haven’t competed tonight is shown as we head to commercial
Tara helps Taeler back to her feet, then we go to the back where we see the remaining competitors in the BFG Series. We’ll find out who gets called out next…NEXT!
Joseph Park is backstage freaking out over something, and bumps into Bully Ray. Ray says that he smells fear, but Park says Bubba was more scared when Abyss snatched him out of the ring last week. Bubba says he’s lucky he’s in the BFG Series, but if he sees Park or Abyss around anymore, it’ll be the last time anyone sees them.
Samoa Joe comes out and says that, since nobody in the back has the guts to say his name, he’ll call out James Storm. Since he’s been out petting horses and finding his smile, he hasn’t been tested yet since he’s came back. He got lucky last week, but now we’ll see how lucky he really is.
Bound For Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs. James Storm
Storm goes after Joe as soon as he’s in the ring, but Joe flattens him with a back elbow and drills him with right hands and a leaping enziguiri in the corner. Joe gets a Fujiwara armbar, but Storm lands right next to the ropes and gets the break, so Joe wastes no time in targeting the arm he briefly had in the hold. Joe with a snapmare and a nerve hold, Storm gets out but walks right into a snap powerslam for 2. Joe with a Kimura lock, but Storm gets to the ropes again, so Joe with more strikes to Storm’s injured arm. Joe gets a crossface chickenwing, Storm fights his way out, and starts unloading with big right hands. Storm with a series of clotheslines, an inverted atomic drop, and a flying forearm. Joe blocks a monkey flip and sits Storm on the top rope, snapmares him onto the mat, and goes for the Kokina Clutch. Storm blocks and lays Joe out with the Last Call, and that’s all she wrote.
Winner by pinfall: James Storm (Gains 7 points, currently has 27 points)
Joe goes out to the floor and gets a beer bottle, and he comes back in and brandishes it in front of Storm for a moment while we wonder if he’s going to nail him, but then he hands Storm the beer and walks off.
We see a video package looking back at the history of the ‘affair’ between AJ Styles and Dixie Carter. From that, we go backstage where AJ is telling Dixie that he’s falling apart and they need to get this out in the open so they can get on with their lives.
We’re back to Brooke Hogan’s office where she says that Madison found out what smack talking gets you, and now she tells ODB that she’s too concerned with getting married and whether her husband is pulling his pants down in front of other women, so she’s out. ODB asks where Hulk’s office is, and Brooke said she’s standing in it. We’re down to Velvet and Mickie and we’ll check back in on them later. ((Jarrett’s Jab – If Velvet is picked I will seriously consider changing the channel. I’ve seen too much Brooke for one night.))
Bully Ray comes out to the ring and gloats about how Joseph Park is nowhere to be found, then asks who’s left in the back. He sees that we’re left with RVD, Jeff Hardy, and D’Angelo Dinero, so he decides that he’s going to take the easy route and since Pope has been out in Hollywood, he challenges Dinero so he can get his easy ten points.
Bound For Glory Series: Bully Ray vs. “The ‘Pope” D’Angelo Dinero
Ray nails Pope before the bell and whips him hard into the corner, causing Pope to collapse to the mat. Ray with a big clothesline and covers for two, then goes right back to another cover for another two count. ThePope tries to fire back on Ray, but Ray gouges his eyes and kicks him square in the grill. Ray launches Dinero into the corner again and drags him back to the middle of the ring for a big splash, but Pope moves out of the way. Dinero and Ray trade right hands in the middle of the ring, Pope comes out on top and ducks a big boot from Ray, then hits an inverted atomic drop and a flying shoulderblock. Dinero connects with some Dusty elbows and a double fist to the face, leaving Ray slumped over the middle rope. Dinero climbs up to the top rope but winds up getting crotched when Ray shakes the ropes. Ray with a big avalanche in the corner and he goes up top to punch Dinero in the face, but he freezes when he sees Abyss coming out of the crowd. Dinero hits the DDE while Ray has his back turned, and Ray sails out to the floor where Abyss makes a grab at him. Ray manages to escape from Abyss by rolling back into the ring, but is quickly flattened by a clothesline from Pope, who covers for three.
Winner by Pinfall: “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero (Gains 7 points, currently has 7 Points)
Bully Ray rolls out to the floor and runs for his life as Abyss chases him out through the crowd.
Hulk Hogan is backstage telling RVD and Jeff Hardy that neither of his two biggest stars were called out. That must mean they’re the two biggest threats in the BFG Series, and they’ll be his main event tonight. Hardy and RVD high five, apparently forgetting how Hardy viciously turned on RVD a couple of years ago.
Brooke Hogan is in her office checking out photos of Velvet Sky and Mickie James. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Little things like this piss me off. You’d think the Head of the Knockouts would be watching tapes of Mickie and Velvet wrestling to determine who gets the nod, not staring at pictures of them.))
We get a teaser of the new Montgomery Gentry video for “So Called Life ”featuring Velvet Sky, then Brooke Hogan has to choose whether Velvet or Mickie James will get tonight’s shot at the Knockouts Title. She tells them both how great they are and how Velvet got a great opportunity with the music video, but she’s giving Mickie the nod tonight. ((Jarrett’s Jab – If you want to see the video you can on montgomerygentry.com I don’t think it’s too bad of a song, but Velvet being in a country video feels too forced for my taste considering she doesn’t look the least bit country.))
Knockouts Title Match: Miss Tessmacher vs. Mickie James
Mickie takes Tessmacher to the corner and doesn’t break too clean, getting reprimanded by referee Earl Hebner. Mickie takes Tessmacher down with a hammerlock and then floats over to a front facelock. Tessmacher reverses to a hammerlock of her own, but Mickie slips through and takes Tessmacher down with a firewoman’s carry, then goes back to Tessmacher’s arm. Tessmacher gets out and hits a pair of dropkicks and gets a waistlock from behind, but Mickie runs to the ropes and cheapshots Brooke with an elbow to the jaw when Tessmacher went to break clean. Mickie gets a couple of two counts, then snapmares Tessmacher and comes off the ropes with a diving dropkick for two. Mickie rams Tessmacher face first into the mat just to be mean, then chokes her on the ropes and fires a forearm at her kidneys. Mickie takes Tessmacher to the mat and steps over her with a top wristlock, Tessmacher fights her way out of the hold and boots Mickie in the face, but walks right into a flapjack. Mickie’s ready to go for the kill and she heads up top, but Tessmacher ducks under whatever she was trying and connects with a series of clotheslines. Tessmacher with a facebuster out of the corner for two, but Mickie shoves Tessmacher off to the ropes and connects with a savate kick for two. Mickie stops to question the referee about the count and then goes for the implant DDT, but Tessmacher rolls through and cradles Mickie for three.
Winner by Pinfall and STILL Knockouts Champion: Miss Tessmacher
Mickie lookes pissed off, but we step away from her to see RVD and Jeff Hardy backstage, as they’re…WALKING!
Bound For Glory Series: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy
RVD and Hardy exchange a series of quick rollup attempts, but neither man gets an advantage. RVD tries the split legged duck under, but Hardy knows his playbook and hits a legdrop to the back of the head and a double jump baseball slide in the corner. RVD rolls out to the floor and sweeps Hardy’s legs, then comes off the top rope with a flying thrust kick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder for two, then follows up with a split-legged moonsault for another two count. Hardy comes back with a bulldog and a reverse enziguiri, followed by a sitout gourdbuster. Hardy takes his shirt off for the amusement of the women, and comes off the top rope with the Swanton. RVD is able to move out of the way and heads up top himself. RVD takes too long doing his signature chant before missing a 450. Hardy hits a sick looking DDT for two. Hardy quickly follows up with another DDT and that’s all she wrote for RVD.
Winner by Pinfall: Jeff Hardy (Gains 7 points, currently has 7 points)
AJ Styles and Dixie Carter are backstage, and they’re…POWERWALKING!
With all of tonight’s BFG Series matches in the book, we look at the leader board as James Storm is comfortably in the lead with 27 points, with Kurt Angle a distant second at 10 and everyone else with either 7 or 0.
Now it’s time for the moment we’ve all been waiting for, as Dixie Carter and AJ styles come out arm in arm to face the music in front of the Impact Zone fans. Dixie says that this has been going on for a long time and these situations never have a positive outcome. People are hurt, lives and families are destroyed, and…uh…AJ takes the microphone and tells Dixie that they can leave right now and they don’t have to tell anyone anything.
Dixie hesitates as AJ leads Dixie to the ropes, but some girl walks down the ramp acting really upset and comes into the ring. She introduced herself as Claire. Claire says that Dixie and Styles (I’m paraphrasing here) are some of the best people she knows and were there when she needed them. She’s here to tell everyone the truth, and that’s that Dixie and AJ aren’t having an affair, but she’s an addict who’s trying to get clean. She drinks, she does pills, and it got so bad that she took money from her family and couldn’t go to them for help, she wakes up in hotels with strangers, and that’s when she went to Dixie and AJ for help and they were there. AJ took her to rehab, they were there for her, and that’s when Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian got in the way. The hotel room they went in was hers, Dixie and AJ were just trying to protect her, and Daniels is a liar. Backstage Daniels and Kazarian looking really pissed backstage looking at a monitor. Daniels yells that he didn’t know she was here and runs up to and down the ramp. Daniels looks like he’s about to charge at Claire, but AJ gets in front of Clair and Dixie. AJ snaps as he runs through both of them. AJ nails a sick looking powerbomb on before taking Daniels out with a Pelé Kick. AJ starts whaling on Daniels with right hands as we cut to credit.
((Jarrett’s Jab – That was different. I didn’t expect them to reveal there was no affair this soon, and I didn’t like AJ getting the better of both of them when they are the number one contenders to the Tag Titles. Nothing too memorable about this show tonight, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode shined, but nothing too notable on tonight’s show. Be sure to check back next week as Christopher Daniels and Kazarian challenge AJ Styles and Kurt Angle for the Tag Team Championships!))