The great Jarrett Cox has off tonight, so you poor fools are stuck with me. Ha ha ha! Ah… Now, let’s get straight to the action, shall we?
Before we get to the opening segment, the narrator gives us the rundown on the AJ Styles and Claire Lynch angle. We then flip to the threat from the Aces and Eights to Hulk Hogan and how the A&E group divided and conquered Hogan and Sting.
The show opens with a closeup of Taz and Mike Tenay talking about the Aces and Eights attacks on both Hulk Hogan and Sting from last week’s show. A picture of Hulk Hogan in the surgery room is shown and then staples are shown on some part of his body (Tenay suggests that this is the fix for Hogan’s broken pelvis). Tenay says everyone will trying to get an update on Sting and that neither man is in the iMPACT Zone tonight.
And we go to the opening montage… it’s Open Fight Night!
A bunch of pyro goes off and we explode onto the scene with an Open Fight Night-themed show featuring the Bound for Glory Series and Gut Check! James Storm is at the top of the BFG Series with Samoa Joe close behind and Kurt Angle bringing in the third place spot. After reviewing the standing for the series, “The Cowboy” makes his way to the ring.
Storm’s struts to the middle of the iMPACT Zone with Longnecks and Rednecks playing in the background. The first thing the Cowboy does is congratulate Austin Aries and mention that he’s still in first place in the BFG Series and heading for the main event of Bound for Glory. That aside, Storm isn’t forgetting about kicking the living crap out of Bobby Roode. Which brings him to the Aces and Eights. Storm says he has a set of balls and doesn’t jump anybody from behind; he then sends a quick shout out to Hulk Hogan and everyone hopes he gets well soon. Tonight, on “Open Fight Challenge,” Storm calls out the greatest wrestler to ever step in a ring – Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist’s music hits and… nothing. After Angle’s music plays through, it hits again and his video montage plays for a second time and then gets cut off. Storm tells someone on the outside of the ring to go in the back and get him. The crowd gets eerily quiet as we wait for some video from the back. And when the video hits from the backstage area, we see Kurt Angle getting beaten down by the Aces and Eights. As the attackers leave the scene, Mike Tenay says, “Now Kurt Angle?!”
During the commercial break, Aces and Eights tweets the following:
— Aces & Eights (@TheAcesAnd8s) July 20, 2012
Coming out of the commercial break we get a spot for Bound for Glory 2012 coming to Phoenix, Arizona.
Tenay and Taz talk about the Aces and Eights and how they just beat down Kurt Angle. Taz said this is a bad deal with this gang of thugs roaming around, beating down different people. He said that these guys aren’t playing games and Tenay adds that there are so many questions – who are these people?
Samoa Joe makes his way to the ring and says that since no one would want to fight him in the back, he’s going to call out a man that he’s always had a problem with – “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero! The Pope comes down to the squared circle and we’re ready for some Open Fight Night/BFG Series action!
Bound for Glory Series
Samoa Joe vs. D’Angelo Dinero
The wrestlers lock up and go to the corner where Joe takes the upper hand. However, Dinero battles back with some quick hands and then forces the Samoan into the corner. Joe rolls around to the outside and says that he’s hurt. Dinero goes to the outside and kicks him in the head. Joe goes into the corner and Dinero starts pounding him into the belt buckles. A quick retaliation by Joe and Dinero recovers with a front leg drop and a pin attempt. After a quick kickout, Dinero tries for a submission, but it gets broken up.
At this point in the match, the fighting begins to look pretty real. In fact, Earl Hebner looks to try to get Dinero off of Joe so he can check out his jaw, which he’s been babying since getting thrown out of the ring. Dinero doesn’t let up on Joe and the Samoan hooks in what looks to be a very hastily prepared arm bar submission and Pope taps out while standing up.
Winner by submission: Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe gives Dinero one hell of a nasty look after the match is over.
We jump to backstage video of Jason Hervey (from the Wonder Years) asking Bobby Roode if there is a something going on because he was the last man to be seen with Hulk Hogan before the Aces and Eights attacked him. Roode snaps that just because he was the last to be seen with Hogan doesn’t mean he had anything to do with the beat down. As the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion storms off, Hervey gives the camera a perplexed look.
Back in the iMPACT Zone “The Charismatic Engima” Jeff Hardy is heading down the ramp to the ring for the next BFG Series match… after this word from our [TNA’s] sponsors!
After the commercials are over, Hardy says hello to his creatures and says that he has someone that he wants to call out. As he begins to talk, Robbie E. and Robbie T. make their way down the ramp with Robbie E. saying that he’s calling out Hardy because, “OH! You’re not on the list, bro!”
After Robbie E. gets a quick shot in on Hardy, the Enigma fights back. Robbie T. trips up Hardy before Robbie E. begins to take back control in the ring. Robbie E. pushes Hardy into the corner and Hardy counters with a kick. While the referee’s back is turned, Robbie T. tosses Hardy off the ropes and into the steel barricade. Robbie E. goes for a quick cover and Hardy kicks out. A few moments later and Hardy has the upper hand again.
Robbie E. crawls out of the ring and into Robbie T.’s arms. Robbie T. moves Robbie E. out of the way of a Hardy flying cross body block to the arena floor. Hardy gets pissed and starts attacking Robbie T. on the outside. As Hardy beats Robbie T. back up the ramp, the referee counts the Enigma out and Robbie E. scores 5 points for a count out victory.
Winner by count out: Robbie E.
The Robbies celebrate their victory as Hardy stares them down.
In the backstage area, Sam Shaw is getting ready for his chance on tonight’s Gut Check.
During the commercial break, Aces and Eights tweets the following:
For the record, they’re following Hulk Hogan, Sting, Kurt Angle, and TNA Gut Check (something tells me Sam Shaw is getting an ass-whipping tonight).
Back from commercial break, ODB is yelling in the phone at her husband Eric Young. She said she’s been looking for him for two months – where is he?! Young (who is behind ODB), says that he got pulled into some van and something about sharks or who knows what. ODB complains that he does all this and doesn’t tell his wife? Young says he can make this right and lays the lips on ODB. After a few seconds of some smooching, ODB says that everything is okay and to go get her the beer and fried chicken she’s been looking for over the last two months.
A video package is shown of Claire Lynch’s history with AJ Styles in the iMPACT Zone. After the package is over, Daniels and Kazarian are in the back saying that they’re not surprised about Styles acting holier than thou about the whole event. They keep referring to him as a scumbag.
In the ring we have Jeremy Borash saying that it’s time, once again, for TNA Gut Check. Borash introduces Sam Shaw, who comes storming down the ramp and is all amped up and ready to go! Tenay comments that he knows “Judge Taz” is always watching. Shaw says that he deserves a spot on the iMPACT Wrestling roster because he’s wanted to be a wrestler his whole life. He’s been knocking on these doors and he’s finally got a chance to prove why he’s on the iMPACT Wrestling roster!
Borash begins to ask a second question and the Aces and Eights storms the ring and attacks Shaw. The video feed abruptly cuts to commercials.
Back from commercial break and the Gut Check judges are checking on Sam Shaw.
Mr. Anderson comes down to the ring and challenges “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles to a BFG Series match!
Bound for Glory Series
Mr. Anderson vs. AJ Styles
Anderson takes control of the match early on with an arm bar on Styles. During the match, Tenay reminds everyone that there is no law and order in tonight’s iMPACT Zone with Hogan and Sting both out and Dixie Carter up north at meetings with officials from Spike TV. Styles fights back from the arm bar and Anderson slaps on a headlock. Styles fights back again and gets a wrist lock on Anderson and takes him down to the mat.
Anderson retains control and Styles hip checks the asshole out of the ring. Anderson comes back at Styles and the Phenomenal one gets a quick 2-count pin attempt before we head to commercial break.
Back from commercial break and that headlock is still slapped on Styles. AJ breaks free and hits an explosive dropkick on the asshole. Anderson escapes a quick pin attempt and Styles drops a massive knee. Another quick two count and Styles catches a few punches to the gut from Anderson. After a missed pin attempt, Anderson maintains control and this match is turning into a mat-based wrestling contest. Styles nearly botches a head scissors take down and Styles hits the spring board flying forearm from the outside. Anderson kicks out after two and Styles is getting annoyed. Styles tries for the Styles Clash and winds up getting a roll-through pin attempt. Anderson recovers quickly and hits the over the head body drop for a two count.
Anderson tries for the Mic Check and Styles counters with a kick to the back of the head. Styles climbs to the third rope and Anderson slaps him around up there before slamming Mr. Phenomenal down for a superplex. A two count for Anderson and Styles kicks out. A two count for Styles and Anderson kicks out. Styles tries for another Styles Clash and Anderson fights it off. The two men scrap around for a little bit and Anderson catches Styles with a cradle for the win and seven points in the BFG Series.
Winner by pinfall: Mr. Anderson
Claire Lynch comes storming to ringside with photos of her and AJ Styles in bed together. Styles is dumbfounded by the pictures and doesn’t say a word in retaliation as we head to commercial break.
After the commercial break AJ Styles is in the back looking over the pictures that Lynch gave him. Taz said that it’s really, really tough to deny the proof that Claire just presented to Styles…
We're all in disbelief as well. Looks like the proof is against AJ Styles. (pic) http://t.co/F0NGQOp0
— IMPACT WRESTLING (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 20, 2012
Sean Wheelock from Bellator Fighting Championship joins Taz and Tenay at the announcer’s booth to call the next match.
Rob Van Dam twists and turns his way down the ramp to the squared circle and Tenay mentions that Van Dam is back in the BFG Series game! RVD says he’s tickled pink to be here for Open Fight Night because he feels like fighting. Right now he says that there’s no one else he’d rather fight than that “fallen scumbag” Christopher Daniels. One half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions comes down to the ring to face off against R! V! D!
Bound for Glory Series
Rob Van Dam vs. Christopher Daniels
RVD takes Daniels down with a clothesline and then quickly hangs Daniels to the tree of woe. A slide into Daniels’ head and RVD gets the crowd excited. Daniels turns the tide with a back elbow, but RVD hits an overhead suplex into a pin for a two count. Up next is the abdominal stretch and Daniels gets to the ropes and the hold is broken. On commentary, Wheelock mentions that he’s afraid Aces and Eights will invade BFC! Outside of the ring now we have Daniels beating down RVD into the thin black padding. A headbutt and a few head slams into the ring apron and Daniels is firmly in control of this match.
Slingshot into the ring with an elbow and Daniels gets a two count on RVD. Van Dam begins to fight back, but Daniels slams him down for another two count. After some quick interaction, Daniels locks in a chin lock, but RVD fights out and delivers a few big punches. He then goes to pin Daniels with a body scissors off the ropes and gets a two count. RVD monkey flips Daniels into the middle of the ring and attempts the frog splash. Daniels rolls out of the way and RVD tries for rolling thunder. Again, Daniels moves out of the way, but catches RVD and the ropes for a quick three count and seven BFG Series points.
Winner by pinfall: Christopher Daniels
Backstage the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries mocks Bobby Roode’s claim that his victory was a fluke. He said that Roode’s victory at Lockdown was a fluke. Aries looks down and picks up a set of Aces and Eights cards. Aries says he trumps that and walks out of the locker room.
During the commercial break, Aces and Eights posts the following on Twitter:
— Aces & Eights (@TheAcesAnd8s) July 20, 2012
Back from commercial break and Brooke Hogan gives a brief update on her Father, Hulk Hogan. He’s heavily sedated and she thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
Backstage, Garett Bischoff (remember him?) is talking to Joseph Park, Esq. He asks Park what that was that we saw last week with the blood on his face, the look in his eyes, the Black Hole Slam out of nowhere. Park says he’s imagining things and that he just lost control.
The next BFG Series match is Bully Ray and Brutus Magnus.
Bound for Glory Series
Brutus Magnus vs. Bully Ray
Ray sneaks up behind Magnus as he walks down to the ring and the brawling begins. A few minutes into the match and the two men exchange fists leading Magnus to go for a pin and get a two count. Ray launches Magnus into the mat with a huge clothesline, but Magnus counters with a Texas Cloverleaf. Ray powers over to the ropes while Magnus revs up the crowd. Another quick two count on Ray and Magnus goes for an elbow off the top rope. He misses, but Ray hits a cutter out of nowhere and picks up the pin and seven BFG Series points.
Winner by pinfall: Bully Ray
The cutter is tonight’s Direct Impact of the night. After tonight’s matches, Samoa Joe takes the lead in the BFG Series with Storm only four points behind him in second place.
Somewhere around this time of the show we gave away an autographed 8×10 glossy picture of the former TNA Knockouts Champion, Winter! What? You didn’t know? You must not be following us on Twitter… @IWHeadlines!
We cut to a video package of Chavo Guerrero, Jr. who will be debuting next week on iMPACT Wrestling.
Taz says he loves Chavito and can’t wait to see him again! Bobby Roode comes out from the back and says, “One word – fluke!” He then calls out Austin Aries for tonight’s Open Fight Night main event.
We return from that commercial interlude and Roode is in the ring hollering that he’s not waiting any longer. He demands Aries get out to the ring right now. And with that the TNA World Heavyweight Champion comes down the ramp and jumps into the ring.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries
Roode launches himself at Aries and gets a quick shoulder block into a cover. Aries kicks out and after a quick arm bar, Aries takes control with a front chin lock. Roode grabs the bottom rope and the champ breaks the hold. Roode forces Aries into the corner and then hooks in a crossface. Aries gets to the bottom rope and after a flurry of offensive moves he hits a flying elbow drop and gets a two count.
Outside of the ring, the champ flies into Roode and dumps him into the steel barricade. And we’re back to the commercials! [Really?]
Back from break and it’s Bobby Roode in the ring with Austin Aries on the ground outside. And… we’re back to a commercial break? What?
After that random, quick commercial break we’re back to the iMPACT Zone with Bobby Roode stalking Auries. Aires fights out of the corner and Roode hits a spinning back body drop for a quick two count. Roode yells “fluke” at Aries as Tenay wonders whether Roode has a connection to th Aces and Eights group. With Aries in the corner, Roode runs and catches a boot in the face. The champ rushes out of hte corner and gets slammed to the mat with Roode getting yet another two count. Roode assaults Aries with a boot ot hte head and then picks him up for a suplex in the middle of the ring. Roode measures a knee drop on Aries and gets another near fall two count on the champ. The former champ slaps in a headlock in the middle of the ring.
Aries gets to his feet and delivers a few shots to Roode’s midsection, but the former champ levels Aries with an elbow. Roode gets some boos from the crowd by signaling that he’s getting the belt back and delivers a few kicks to the current champion. The two men trade punches and slaps in the middle of the ring with Roode catching one of Aries’ punches with a crossface, but Aries turns it into a pin attempt and Roode kicks out. Out of nowhere, Aries slaps in a submission hold with himself in a bridge, but Roode rakes his eyes to escape.
Roode gets a two count and the two men catch their breath for a moment. Roode picks up Aries and gives him a few aggressive shoulders in the corner of hte ring before placing him on the third rope. Roode picks up the champ for a superplex, but Aries hits a few knees to the head and tosses Roode into the middle of the ring. A-Double hits a missile dropkick and then a dropkick in the middle of the ring. Aries goes for the brainbuster and Roode throws in the crossface again. Taz thinks that Aries may have no choice but to tap out and Roode rolls Aries back into the middle of the ring.
Aries misses a clothesline to get Roode over the top rope, but then tosses him out of the ring anyway. He hits a suicide dive on the former champ on the outside of the ring and Aces and Eights storm the ring to destroy Austin Aries. Bobby Roode smiles in the corner of the ring and then congratulates the Aces and Eights. He walks over the to them and extends his hand for a handshake, but gets a beat down from the group as well.
Winner by disqualification: Austin Aries
Taz says this is Total Nonstop Anarchy (I wonder how long a writer has been sitting on that one) as we fade to black.
Stick around for next week’s iMPACT Wrestling report because Jarrett Cox will be back and better than ever!