After the standard recap video, we are (not so live) in Las Vegas for Impact!
Inside the Orleans Arena, the NEW X Division Champion Austin Aries comes out to address the fans. Aries states that some people love him, and some people love to boo me, but now you have to respect him. Aries says that he outsmarted people and created a buzz around Impact Wrestling. He created Option C last year, and last year he won the World Championship. Aries announces that he’s going to cash the X Division Championship at Destination X on Spike TV and calls out Hulk to make this official right now. Hulk obliges and comes out. Hulk informs everyone that he is the X Division Champion, “he took everything to a brand new high, and he took it to a brand new low.” Hulk called with Aries did a sin, and calls what he did Gimmick Infringement, to which Aries replies “I don’t steal gimmicks brother.” Hulk announces that Option C is going to happen at the end of the night. The reason is that the X Division Championship will be defended tonight against TJ Perkins (who Hulk Hogan renamed Manik) and Chris Sabin. “Manik” has the same suit that he wore as Suicide without any writing. Sabin calls Aries “The Greatest Scam that Ever lived” and says that he will be the X Division Champion again.
Backstage, the cameraman barges into the Bad Influence locker room. Daniels asks them what they want, and the guy wants Kazarian. Kazarian says that no one knows AJ better than them.
The Bound for Glory Series Leaderboard is shown. Magnus is sitting on top of the rankings with 24 points. Samoa Joe is in second place with 19 points. Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson, and Christopher Daniels all sit at third place with 7 points. AJ Styles has 2 Points, and the rest of the participants sit at zero.
Bad Influence comes out dressed up as Siegfried and Roy and proudly announces that this is once again Throwback Thursday complete with Daniels holding a plush kitten painted with sharpie to look like a tiger.
Bound for Glory Series: Kazarian (0 Points) vs. AJ Styles (2 Points)
AJ knocks Kazarian so hard his hairpiece falls off. AJ hits a basement dropkick before throwing Kazarian back in the ring. Kazarian gets a hurricanrana by AJ Styles followed by several splashes in the corner before getting caught. Kazarian hits the monkey flip and starts laying in with right hands. Leg Lariat by Kazarian gives him a one count. AJ hits the combination of strikes and clothesline before hitting the springboard forearm for two. Jawbreaker by Kazarian and he follows it with a big dropkick for two. AJ goes for a suplex, but Kazarian tries to counter. AJ goes for the Calf Killer, but Kazarian counters into a pin. AJ gets the Calf Killer and Kazarian has to tap.
Winner by Pinfall, Gaining 10 Points: AJ Styles (12 Points)
Backstage Chavo Guerrero is hyping up Hernandez, telling him he is a seven time tag team champion, but never been the World Champion and that he would be in his corner tonight.
Inside the ring, Mickie James is in the ring with a ladder. James tells everyone that they must be wondering what she is doing with the ladder. Mickie tells everyone a little story. To get to the top of the Knockouts Division, you have to crawl, scratch and fight to get there. Mickie hypes her own accomplishments including being a spokeswoman for Dr. Pepper, being a country music star and the Knockouts Champion. Despite all that, all she hears is the ladder match between Taryn and Gail Kim. Mickie tells them to break everything, but they’ll never be as great as her. Whoever wins, will be knocked off the ladder and have their head bashed on every rung on the way down.
((Jarrett’s Jab – Mickie James’ new character is one of the highlights of TNA. I haven’t been this entertained with Mickie since she did her psycho character back in 2006. It’s a fresh breath of air for James and for the Knockouts division. Now that Velvet is out of the title picture, hopefully a fresh face can help and have a great program with the Knockouts Champion.))
The Main Event Mafia is shown arriving at the arena. Kurt Angle says that we’ll find out who the fourth member is later on tonight.
Bound For Glory Series: Jay Bradley (0 Points) vs. Hernandez (0 Points)
Bradley uses his size advantage to take advantage, trading shoulderblocks before Bradley gets the advantage by taking out the leg. Bradley uses a rear chinlock to ground Hernandez before tossing him out to the ramp. Hernandez hits Air Mexico and then a charging clothesline in the corner and an over the shoulder backbreaker for two. Bradley rakes to the eyes, hits a backbreaker of his own. Chavo grabs Bradley’s leg before he can hit the Boomstick and Hernandez hits the POUNNNCEEEEE for the win and the seven points.
Winner by Pinfall, gaining 7 Points: Hernandez (7 Points)
((Jarrett’s Jab – Chavo is now a heel? I wonder if he can play a heel without relying on Eddie for a reaction. The match was what it was. And Bradley is the only Gut Check winner other than Wes Brisco that is currently on TV. That’s sad, isn’t it.))
Backstage Bully Ray states that he’s got to hand it to Aries for finding a way into the title picture, but the winner of tonight’s match gets to face him for the title. DOC asks Bully’s preference and Bully states that it would be great if no one was able to face him. The group toasts to that.
The BroMans (Robbie E and Jessie) vs. TNA World Tag Team Champions Gunner and James Storm
The Bro Mans come out to Rob Terry’s old dancing music. Both BroMans jump Gunner and keep him in the corner with right hands and Jessie hitting a dropkick. Robbie E tags in and hit a double elbow and an uppercut for two. Robbie uses the second rope to choke Gunner and then Tara slaps Gunner. Jessie is tagged in but Gunner fights back with a fallway slam on Robbie E and now Storm is tagged in Storm cleans house on Jessie and a big backbody drop on Robbie E. Gunner is tagged in and the two use Robbie as a battery ram to send into Jessie. Gunner charges at Jessie, but Jessie gets the elbow up. Gunner tries a sunset flip, but Robbie holds him. Last Call superkick to Robbie and now Gunner holds Jessie on his shoulder. Storm runs and hits a cutter for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: TNA World Tag Team Champions Gunner and James Storm
The Main Event Mafia is shown walking backstage. We will find out the newest member…NEXT!
((Jarrett’s Jab – Gunner and Storm are showing great teamwork in their first tag match since Slammiversary, and the BroMans could be a great comedic heel team.))
Jeff Hardy says that Joesph Park is impressive, and if he has Abyss’s dark side, he will be dangerous.
The Main Event Mafia comes out to the ring with their original music (not the remix they’ve used the past two weeks.) Kurt Angle announces that the Main Event Mafia is back and they are back for two reasons: to destroy Aces and Eights and to make sure Bully Ray loses the World Title. Sting yells and tells the fans that the previous Main Event Mafia had all former World Champions, but they wanted to do something different and introduce Samoa Joe (who ironically is a former World Heavyweight Champion). Joe comes out to his own music and in a suit. Joe hugs Angle and Sting before telling everyone in Sin City that once again, the Mafia runs this two. For the past twelve months, he’s been on his own. He’s noticed there have been a strength in numbers (referring to the “cowards” in Aces and Eights) and that even he can’t beat up that many cowards. He announces that he will win the BFG Series and choke out Bully Ray to win the World Championship. Angle proudly declares that he picked Joe because all the matches they had, respect turned into loyalty “plus he’s the baddest SOB I’ve ever been in the ring with.” Angle states that Joe gave him the idea of the fourth member, “the here and now of Impact Wrestling” Magnus. Magnus comes out to his own music in a suit. Magnus bows down before getting in the ring and hugs the other three members. “What’s the requirement to get in the new Mafia, look good on GQ?” Magnus tells everyone that when he was approached to be in the most prestigious group in wrestling, he had to think for only a split second before accepting. Magnus touts that he is at the top of the Bound for Glory leaderboard and goes on to hype up the other three mafia members. Sting assures everyone that tonight, there will be a winner in the main event.
((Jarrett’s Jab – Magnus gets a big boost for being involved in the Main Event Mafia. And apparently only the fans can remember Joe was a member of the original Main Event Mafia and a former World Champion.))
Bound for Glory Series: Jeff Hardy (7 Points) vs. Joseph Park (0 Points)
Par and Hardy tieup and Park powers Hardy to the corner. Park breaks clean and backs to the other side of the ring. Hardy applies a side headlock, but Park powers out. Hardy tries to shoulderblock Park, but Park doesn’t budge. Hardy cinches in another side headlock and Hardy connects with a mule kick and a crossbody in the corner. Headscissor by Hardy and Hardy hits the Twist of Fate Stunner. Park moves out of the way of the Swanton. Park powers Hardy in the corner and hits a body shot. Park hesitates before whipping Hardy hard to the other side of the ring. A Hardy chant starts and Park whips Hardy to the other side of the ring to the turnbuckle again. Park hits a big splash in the corner and Hardy falls limp. Park continues to hesitate before picking Hardy up by the hair, snapmaring him and applies a chinlock. Hardy gets to his feet and elbows out. This time the shoulderblock works and Hardy hits the legdrop to the crotch. Hardy gets a two count from that and hypes himself in the corner. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate and Park counters into a Samoan Drop. Park signals at the turnbuckle and climbs up for the Closing Argument. Park nails it and just gets two. Whisper in the Wind connects by Hardy and Park sees blood. Park throws up the Abyss signal. The referee tries to restrain Park, but gets hit with the Blackhole Slam. Hardy asks Park what’s he doing and then park snaps out of it. He looks around in surprise when the bell is rung.
Winner by Disqualification, Gaining 3 Points: Jeff Hardy (10 Points)
Ryan Howe is shown backstage, he will find out his fate…NEXT!
((Jarrett’s Jab – I enjoyed that match a whole lot more than I thought I would, and all of the credit goes to Joseph Park. After Jerry Lynn kept getting RVD disqualified in 2011, we haven’t really seen a story in the BFG Series involving the disqualification’s and this should be an interesting use of Park for the summer.))
It’s Gut Check time. Howe says that he gave his best effort. Al Snow states that he gave Howe this Gut Check opportunity, praises his musical ability, and says no. Howe gets the chance to “Kickout.” Howe says that it takes a lot of years to become a pro wrestler, and him being in this ring shows that he’s doing something. Danny Davis says that his mind was made up when he came out there, but the fans changed it. He didn’t get flustered when the fans were booing the hell out of him, so Davis’ answer is yes. Prichard says no.
Backstage, Bully Ray tells the club it’s time to watch nobody win. DOC asks about the Mafia’s challenge and states that he can take them all out single handedly. Anderson asks DOC if he’s running for governor. Anderson states that there will be a vote next week, and whoever wins will be the VP. Bully tells the two if they spent as much time trying to take out the Main Event Mafia as they have finding new ways to stab each other in the back, the Mafia would have been taken care of already.
X Division Championship: Austin Aries (c) vs. Manik vs. Chris Sabin
Manik and Sabin go straight for Austin Aries, taking turns of beating Aries down. Sabin sticks Aries in the tree of woe and Manik hits the dropkick. Sabin hits one of his own after throwing Manik into the turnbuckle. Manik is sent headfirst in the turnbuckle after showing Aces and Eights in the crowd. Sabin gets a sunset flip, but Manik kicks out at two. Aries is sent out of the ring. Manik gets the octopus hold and then covers for two when Aries breaks up the fall. Manik is positioned on the top rope and Sabin cuts Aries off. Manik is thrown into the turnbuckle and catches himself. Sabin tries to take out Manik, but he moves and Sabin goes to the outside. Droptoe hold for Aries, but Aries moves and now Manik is on the outside. Aries goes to the top rope, but Sabin comes in from behind and cuts him off. Sabin wrings the arm, but Aries quickly gets control with a missile dropkick to the back of Sabin’s head for two. Aries is almost back bodydropped to the ramp and Aries comes off the top rope with a axe handle. Aries goes for the Brainbuster on the ramp, but Sabin counters. Aces and Eights come through the guardrail. Manik comes off the rope, but he’s grabbed by Knux. Manik Comes off the top rope, but DOC catches him and hits a big powerbomb. The referee finally sees Aces and Eights and out comes the Main Event Mafia.
As we come back from the break, Manik is shown being carried out on a stretcher. After a replay of the suplex, Aries hits a modified brainbuster on the apron and tries to take the count out win. Sabin rolls in at nine and Aries tries three pinfall attempts, all getting him two counts. The Mafia is shown at ringside to keep Aces and Eights from taking anyone else out. Rude Awaking by Aries using the second rope gains him another two count. Aries tries to get Sting off the apron, but he doesn’t. Aries slaps Sabin and Sabin gets fired up, unloading with chops and kicks. Sick enzeguri by Sabin and he follows it with a dropkick for two. Sabin goes for CradleShock, but Aries slides out with elbow shots and a chip. Aries goes for IED, but runs right into a big boot. Sabin goes for the kick in the corner, but Aries hits the left leg in the ropes. Missile dropkick and the IED connects. Aries goes for the brainbuster, but Sabin gets the small package for two. Aries hits the Brainbuster, but Sabin kicks out of it. Aries goes up top for the 450, but Sabin rolls out of the way. Powerbomb gives Sabin two, and Sabin hits the Cradleshock for two. Sabin goes for Cradleshock again, but Aries counters into a pinning predicament for two. Both men are down and the referee starts counting. At six Aries gets to his feet. The two start trading right hands and Sabin gets a kick to the gut, but Aries connects with a kick to the back of Sabin’s head. Sabin is positioned on the top rope, and Sabin hits the Cradleshock from the top rope for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and NEW X Division Champion: Chris Sabin
((Jarrett’s Jab – A win-win for TNA. Sabin got a huge win against a former World Champion and the Suicide character is dead. Wish they let TJ Perkins be TJ Perkins since they already showed who he was, but you win some and you lose some.))