The standard recap video of last week’s events showed Hardy challenge Aries to a ladder match and all of the Aces and Eights segments from last week and Luke Gallows being unmasked.
Inside the Aces & Eights clubhouse, The Vice President is chewing Luke Gallows out for losing his mask, tells ‘Director of Chaos’ that he is a just a prospect and he only has one week to prove he still deserves to be in Aces & Eights. Devon has a plan, and he and Gallows are going to make it right tonight.
James Storm comes out to join JB and Todd on commentary for our opening match…
Bobby Roode vs. AJ Styles
Roode goes for the arm of AJ as the match starts, then Roode gets AJ in a side headlock. Roode gets sent to the ropes and AJ tries a charging forearm, but Roode catches him with a back elbow. Roode whips AJ across the ring and AJ leapfrogs over Roode and nails his picture-perfect dropkick, sending Roode out to the floor. AJ goes out after Roode and whips him into the ring steps, then rolls him back inside and hits a leaping kneedrop that gets two. Roode connects with a boot downstairs and some right hands in the corner, but AJ fires back with chops and backdrops Roode. Roode backs off to the corner and catches AJ off guard with a chop to the throat. AJ tries a leaping forearm into the corner, but Roode moves out of the way and takes AJ out with a clothesline as we go to commercial.
We are back LIVE on Impact Wrestling as AJ whips Roode into the corner and charges with a shoulderblock to the ribs. AJ tries to leapfrog Roode in the opposing corner, but Roode catches AJ and hotshots him on the top rope. Roode comes off the second rope with a Blockbuster and makes a cover, but only gets two. Roode nails an elbowdrop right into the heart of the Phenomenal One for another two count. AJ tries some right hands but Roode whips AJ into the corner and makes a quick cover for two. Roode connects a snapmare and then locks AJ in a neck vice before taking him down to the mat with a rear chinlock. AJ slips out of Roode’s grasp and nails a leaping enziguiri, then stalks Roode before connecting with a leaping forearm. AJ annihilates Roode in the corner and before dumping him to the apron. Roode drops AJ’s throat over the top rope, tries to go up top and gets caught by AJ, who hits a top rope Frankensteiner for two. AJ sets up for the Clash, but Roode ramms AJ into the corner to break the hold and flattens him with the Double R spinebuster. Roode tries a charge, but AJ moves and sends Roode crashing face first into the turnbuckle. AJ goes for the Styles Clash again, Roode escapes and then dodges the Pelé kick and hits the Payoff for a very close two. Roode goes out to ringside and gets a chair, and James Storm decides come to ringside to stop. The referee goes up to get Storm away from ringside as AJ takes Roode out with a dive. AJ yells at Storm to get outta there while Storm tells him that he’s just trying to help. AJ tries a springboard move from the apron, but the distraction by Storm gave Roode just enough time to recover and shake the rope, causing AJ crotch himself. Roode quickly cradles AJ and gets the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bobby Roode
Austin Aries bumps into Hulk Hogan backstage, and Hogan says he needs to stop walking around like he’s the champion because he’s not. He tells Aries to hand that belt back by the end of the night or he’ll find someone else to face Jeff Hardy at Turning Point.
((Jarrett’s Jab – Great opening match between two of the best wrestlers on the TNA roster. It’s a shame that one of them will not be getting a world title shot for a whole year.))
Kurt Angle is backstage giving Wes Brisco a lecture on how to be successful in the business, and Sting comes in and says that tonight, they are going to take care of Aces & Eights and they need shadows like Brisco to have eyes in the back of their heads.
Joseph Park is in the ring, and he says his experiences with Aces & Eights taught him two things: that the human body is not meant to go through a table, and that it felt good to pull that mask off of the member of Aces & Eights. His partners at Park, Park, Park & Park have begged him to get out of this wrestling thing, but it’s not about wrestling, it’s about being a man and facing Aces & Eights, and the only man who can make that happen is Hulk Hogan. He’s out here pleading with Hogan one last time to give him a match with Aces & Eights. Hogan’s music hits, and he comes out to tell Park how proud he is of everything Park has done for them, especially when he pulled the mask off the member of Aces & Eights. Hogan says that sometimes it’s good to be good and sometimes it’s good to be lucky, and he was lucky last week. Park isn’t a wrestler, he shouldn’t be in the ring, but he can’t have TNA held liable for what would happen if Park got hurt in the ring. Bully Ray comes out to interrupt and say that he knows Hogan is going to tell Park no because he’s been telling Ray no for months. Ray’s sticking up for Park because he’s got heart and guts, and he’s a pretty tough son of a bitch who has a lot to prove against Aces & Eights. He just wants Hogan to listen to him for one second, because he believes in Park and the fans believe in Park, and these are Hogan’s fans and Hulkamaniacs and he shouldn’t say no when it feels so good to just say yes. The crowd starts a YES chant as Park begs Hogan again, and Hogan tells Park that he’ll allow it, but just this one time.
Tara is backstage with Jesse Godderz, who is asking her if she saw him hit all his super lucha moves last week, but ODB comes in and says he didn’t hit her with any of that crap, so since EY still isn’t around, she’ll fight them both tonight.
((Jarrett’s Jab – Eric Young is hinting that he’s leaving TNA. Is TNA already trying to be ahead of the curve by making an equally annoying comedy couple that makes the veteran lose wrestling skills fast? Ugh…))
AJ Styles is backstage complaining to the cameraman about Storm getting involved in the match and who said he could even come out. Storm comes in and says that he ok’ed him coming out and that they’ve been in TNA the same amount of time, but AJ is somehow the face of Impact Wrestling. This Sunday, he’s going to ram his boot into the face of Impact Wrestling.
ODB vs Tara & Jesse Godderz
ODB rushes in and gets double teamed before turning the tables by running through Tara and Jesse by herself. Jesse whips ODB to the corner, but she rolls out of the way of his charge and nails him with a forearm before giving Tara a drop toehold into his crotch. She comes in with a bronco buster on both Tara and Jesse, then spears Tara and rolls her up for two.
Winner by Pinfall: ODB
Jesse sneaks up behind ODB and she catches him, but Tara nails ODB from behind and hits the Widow’s Peak. Tara pours what looks like red wine from ODB’s flask on her.
ODB is backstage on the phone yelling at EY and telling him that he has to be there this Sunday so they can take on Tara and Jesse at Turning Point.
We look back at last week’s Gut Check, and then we go to the judges as they discuss whether Christian York deserves a contract. Taz thinks it’s a no-brainer, but the questions are whether he can hang as a singles guy after spending most of his career in a tag team, and why he never got any further than he did after all his years in the business.
Kurt Angle & Sting vs Devon & Doc
Sting and Angle jump Doc & Devon on their way to the ring, and all four men brawl at ringside. Sting rolls Doc inside and the bell rings to officially start the match. Sting dodges a charge and hits a DDT on Doc for two, but Devon grabs Sting from the outside and allows Doc to take his head off with a lariat. Devon tags in and connects with a diving headbutt for two, and then he unloads on Sting with right hands in the corner. Devon tags out to Doc and they nail Sting with a double shoulderblock and then a series of elbowdrops from Doc gets two on Sting. Doc with a snap suplex on Sting for another two, then cinches a rear chinlock in. Devon comes in and hits a legdrop on Sting, but yells at the crowd rather than go for a pin. Devon sucker-punches Angle and goes back to pummeling Sting with right hands, then Doc hits some punches of his own before hitting a big splash for two. Sting tries to fight back, but gets beaten back down by Doc, who then distracts the referee so Devon can choke Sting with his boot. Devon comes in with a flying back elbow for two on Sting, but then Doc comes in and he and Sting wipe each other out with a double clothesline. Sting makes the tag to Angle, and he comes in to clean house on both Doc and Devon. Angle nails a second rope dropkick to Doc, connects with release German suplexes to both men, and then he hits Devon with the Angle Slam for two. Sting hits the Scorpion Deathdrop and then the Scorpion Deathlock on Doc, but Devon gets ahold of a baseball bat and nails both Angle and Sting.
Winners by Disqualification: Sting & Kurt Angle
Bully Ray runs in and clotheslines Devon, then gets a table out from under the ring. He goes to grab Devon, but Devon heads for the hills and Ray chases him to the back. In the meantime, Doc goes at it with Sting until a couple other members of Aces & Eights run in. One guy hits Sting with a ball-peen hammer and Doc chokeslams him through the table as the other guy throws Angle out of the ring. Doc takes the hammer and absolutely destroys Sting with it, repeatedly hitting him in back of the neck the ribs and smashing both hands before Samoa Joe, Hernandez, and Chavo Guerrero Jr finally run in to chase Aces & Eights off.
((Jarrett’s Jab – An absolutely brutal assault with that ball-peen hammer on TNA’s first Hall of Famer: Sting. He sold the attack like a champ, but segments like this really make me question why they didn’t just use a pipe, at least that doesn’t sound so out of the park for wrestling. And could they have picked a worse name for Luke Gallows? When I think of Doc, I think of Doc Hudson from Cars. Director of Chaos? Where do I apply for that job and how much does it pay an hour?))
It’s time to find out the fate of this month’s Gut Check contestant, Christian York. JB introduces the judges and asks York if he gave his best effort, and he says that he and everybody here knows he put forth his absolute best effort. We start off with Taz, who says he thought York did a great job last week and he’s been doing it a while, and he thinks York has that It Factor, so Taz says yes without a doubt. We go to Bruce Prichard, who says York has to asks himself why he never broke through after 16 years in the business and whether he really has IT. Prichard asked himself that question, and his answer is that he just hasn’t had a chance, so the answer is yes, he is the newest member of the Impact Wrestling roster. York is ecstatic and he says this is exactly what he’s worked 16 years for, and he tells the fans at home not to let anyone pull their dreams away from them, because if your go out there and do it, dreams can come true. I’m really happy to see this, York worked his ass off and 100% deserves this.
Austin Aries is wandering around backstage talking on his cell phone, demanding whoever it is to find a loophole and walks past Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan arguing about something, and they see Aries coming and stop, then walk off in different directions as Aries casually continues his conversation. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Without a doubt, Christian York should have been the man to win his Gut check match, he had an opponent who isn’t taken seriously by anybody and no doubt weight at least 50 pounds less. Just keep him away from a microphone and York could be a power player in TNA.))
We see a video package of Austin Aries saying he doesn’t think Jeff Hardy will be able to pull out another lucky win against him this Sunday, Mike and Taz run down the card for this weekend’s Turning Point event, and then Hogan comes into his office and is confronted by Joey Ryan, who says he knows Hogan is a big fan of his work and wants to congratulate him on winning the X Division Title. Hogan says he’s not doing that, and then goes over to his desk where Matt Morgan is sitting in his chair, and tells Morgan that he’s not going to be allowed in Ryan’s corner this weekend. Morgan gets in his face and tells Hogan that he still doesn’t know who he’s dealing with. Morgan and Ryan leave, and Hogan turns around with a smirk on his face and says he does.
Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs Samoa Joe, Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hernandez
Joe, Chavo and Hernandez rush the ring and start brawling with the heels, who all go out to the floor. Chavo goes out and brings Daniels back in, and they pinball Daniels back and forth with right hands and Chavo gets a two count from it. Chavo fires Daniels backfirst into the corner and Daniels tags Kazarian, who quickly gets hiptossed. Hernandez tags in, slams Chavo onto Kazarian, and comes off the ropes with a splash for two. Magnus tags in, Joe tags in as well, and Magnus slides out to the floor and runs! He must not want Joe to kill him. He catches Joe coming back into the ring, and now the number one contender team get frequent tags and triple team Samoa Joe in the corner. Chavo and Hernandez come in to even the odds and Daniels is back in trouble as Joe catches him with a charging elbow in the corner and a leaping enziguiri. Joe with the snapmare/chop to the back/kick to the chest/kneedrop combo for two, then tags in Chavo, who comes in with a plancha on Daniels. Hernandez comes in and bearhugs Daniels before dumping him in an overhead release suplex. Daniels takes an absolute beating from Joe’s team, but Chavo winds up in the Daniels’ cornerand gets dragged out to the floor where he takes a 2-on-1 beating from Daniels and Kazarian. Chavo continues to be isolated for several minutes before catching Kazarian with a flying headscissors and making the hot tag to Hernandez, who comes over the top rope with a shoulderblock to Kazarian and flatlines everyone clotheslines and forearms. Hernandez pounces Daniels out of his boots and goes for the Border Toss on Kazarian, Daniels blocks that and they try to double suplex Hernandez, but he blocks and double suplexes both of them. Magnus dodges a senton from Joe, but walks right into a snap powerslam. Magnus tries another charge and gets planted with the STJoe. Daniels breaks up Joe’s cover at two and tosses Joe out to the floor, and all hell breaks loose until Hernandez takes Daniels out with a dive to the floor. Chavo goes to the top rope to try and frog splash Magnus, but Kazarian takes him out and we’re back to Joe and Magnus. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster, Daniels stops him and Joe gets Daniels in the choke, Kazarian breaks that up and they double goozle Joe and set him up for a top rope elbowdrop from Magnus that puts Joe down for three.
Winners by Pinfall: Magnus, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
((Jarrett’s Jab – Chaotic main event match that everyone got their spots in and the number one contenders for the World Tag Team and Television Champions came out on top. Finally Magnus actually gets a win and this guy could be a world champion this time next year if TNA plays their cards right. Speaking of guys that should be a World Champion, Daniels continues to impress at every opportunity, especially yelling “That’s my jive!” while dancing to his new theme music.))
Bobby Roode is backstage and is thrilled that he beat AJ Styles earlier tonight and got him and Storm at each other’s throat, and it’ll make it that much easier for him to win his World Title back.
Mike and Taz take us back to the brutal attack on Sting earlier tonight by Doc of Aces & Eights, then we go to the ring where Austin Aries comes out to the ring with the original TNA World Title belt. A ladder is set up in the middle of the ring as Aries says that Hardy has been calling himself the best wrestler on planet Earth, but the whole Best in the World thing is overplayed because he’s the best professional wrestler in the universe, and three seconds at Bound For Glory did not change that. The fact that he has to wrestle Hardy in a ladder match means Hardy and everyone else knows that Hardy can’t beat him again in a wrestling match. A lot of people say Hardy’s career has been defined by the ladder, and he’s arguably the greatest daredevil the business has ever seen, and he’s climbed to the highest of highs and taken some of the greatest falls man has ever done. This Sunday at Turning Point, Aries is going to make sure this is the fall he doesn’t get up from because he’s walking into Turning Point and is going to beat Hardy at his own game, then he’s going to take both belts and melt Hardy’s down to make it into a belt buckle so he can wear Hardy’s face by his crotch. To make all that happen, he has to hand the original belt back over right now since that’s what Hogan told him to do, but he’s not going to do it because if Hardy wants the belt, he can come down like a man and take it from him. Aries drops the belt and takes his jacket off, and Hardy comes down the ramp with his belt and goes at it with Aries. Aries tries for a brainbuster, but Hardy slips out the back and lays Aries out with a Twist of Fate that ends up more like a stunner, then picks up both belts and hangs them from the hook they’ll be hanging from this Sunday. The belts are raised above the ring and Hardy climbs the ladder to wave at the crowd or whatever, but Aries comes back in and kicks the ladder out from under Hardy and he lands pretty awkwardly. Aries puts the boots to Hardy and then puts the ladder over him and climbs up to pull the belts back down as Tenay talks about that being a visual Aries hopes to repeat this weekend at Turning Point.
((Jarrett’s Jab – Aries isn’t really clicking as a character, but I hope that he wins at Turning Point, I think that Hardy winning at Bound for Glory did more harm than good since TNA tried to get lightning in a bottle when Aries won in the first place. He lost with only one successful title defense. This episode of Impact Wrestling ended up selling Turning Point a lot better than TNA sold Bound for Glory, which could be a good or a bad thing, depending on the viewpoint. ))