Report by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Impact Wrestling opens up with Aces & Eights swarming Mike Tenay backstage. Taz says that Tenay turned his back on him and now he’s going to show him what that feels like. Taz will be doing commentary with JB tonight, oh joy.
Highlights from last week lead us into Aces & Eights leader Bully Ray making his way down to the ring accompanied by Taz and Mr. Anderson. Taz looks like such a goof wearing a biker vest and gym shorts. Taz and Anderson sit next to JB while Taz screams at JB saying that he’s sitting at Taz’s desk not JB or Tenay’s.
Bully Ray says he’s not in a very good move as everyone can tell and last week everyone saw the #August1st warning, Tito Ortiz. Bully says nobody does a surprise quite like him and he wasn’t impressed by Tito’s appearance. Bully gives Tito some advice, to stay out of his way or he will smack Tito in his “stupid face.” Ray says reason #2 he’s in a bad mood today is because they arrived today to find out he and Devon are scheduled to be in a tag team match against Chris Sabin and a mystery partner. Bully says he and Devon are the greatest tag team to ever live so it’s beyond disrespectful to not tell him who Sabin’s partner is.
Bully says it doesn’t even matter because next week at Hardcore Justice Sabin will be locked inside a steel cage with Bully which is bad news for Sabin. Bully tells Sabin to get out to the ring so they can get the contract signing over with.
The World Champion, Chris Sabin, makes his way down to the ring and Bully tells Sabin that his belt looks horrible around Sabin. He says he can tell Chris is scared right now. Sabin says that looks can be deceiving and if he remembers earlier this year Bully had the whole wrestling world deceived. Sabin says Bully is so full of crap his eyes are brown and his breath smells like feces. He says a month ago if you would have asked everyone in the back if he could beat Bully probably every one of them would have said no he can’t beat Bully except Sabin himself. Sabin says he did beat Bully and he reminds Bully that it was he and A&8 that brought the hammer into the ring, not Sabin. He says he just gave him a little taste of his own medicine and at Hardcore Justice it will be just he and Bully. Sabin says he WILL beat Bully again.
Bully mocks Sabin and tells him to stop running his mouth. Bully screams for Hogan to come out with the contract and Hogan comes out but not Hulk, Brooke walks down to the ring. Bully asks her what she’s doing and Brooke says she’s here because Hulk is out of town meeting with the board which receives a chorus of boos. Brooke says that they’ve been reviewing the contract for the title match and Bully’s contract as well. She says that Hulk e-mailed her and she’s about to read what he sent.
Brooke says that because of Bully trying to pull the legal stunt with the title TNA is going to hold Bully to the letter of the law with every contract. She says there was a special clause in the Destination X contract and at Hardcore Justice if Bully does not win the belt back he will never get another shot at it!
Bully calls it a load of crap and says he will not be bullied by Brooke, Sabin, or Hulk. He says it will be a cold day in hell when Bully gets bullied by a Hogan. Brooke asks Bully if he’s really going to let the whole world find out what she had to find out in their marriage that he’s all talk and little action. Bully gets pissed and signs the contract and then throws it at her.
Sabin signs the contract and Brooke raises it up as Bully talks trash to Brooke and Sabin.
Mr. Anderson & Taz get pissed at JB for being happy over what just transpired.
JB hypes up Samoa Joe vs. Hardy which is up next.
BFG Series Match
“Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (26) vs. “Charismatic Engima” Jeff Hardy (17)
Joe is sitting in 2nd place of the BFG Series while Hardy is sitting in the 5 spot. Interestingly Joe and Hardy have only faced each other a handful of times over the years so this should be a fun one. They lockup in the center of the ring with Joe getting the advantage on hardy with a wristlock but Hardy quickly gets to the ropes to break the hold. They lockup again and Joe forces Hardy into the corner. They break clean but then Joe catches Hardy with a body shot followed by a series of jabs. Joe whips Hardy into the opposite corner and then charges but Hardy floats up into a Spinning Headscissors that sends Joe crashing into the turnbuckles. Hardy follows up with a clothesline and Joe rolls out to the floor. Hardy hits a Slingshot Dropkick through the ropes and then dives off the apron with a Plancha onto Joe on the floor! Hardy tosses Joe back into the ring and then attempts to whip Joe into the corner but Joe reverses it right into a Forearm Smash! Joe lights Hardy up with a series of chops and then whips Hardy into the corner. Joe hits a Running Back Elbow followed by a Leaping Enziguri! Hardy falls through the ropes down to the floor and Joe follows him out with an Elbow Suicida through the ropes onto Hardy on the floor! The big man flies!
Back from the break Joe hits an Atomic Drop on Hardy followed by the Backsplash Senton! 1…2…NO Hardy kicks out! Joe picks Hardy up and hits a Snapmare Takeover before locking in a rear chinlock. Hardy fights up to his feet and breaks the hold with back elbows but then Joe slams him to the mat by his head. Joe tosses Hardy into the corner but Hardy fights back with right hands. Joe rakes Hardy’s face and then lays into him with jabs in the corner. Joe nails Hardy with a Knife Edge Chop and then he hits the ropes. Hardy attempts a hurricanrana but Joe counters into a Powerbomb! 1…2…NO Hardy kicks out and Joe immediately rolls him over into an STF! Joe transitions into a Scissored Armbar! Hardy tries to roll Joe over but Joe rolls through into a Crucifix! 1…2…NO Hardy gets his feet in the ropes to break the count! Joe chops Hardy and then whips him into the corner but as he charges Hardy gets his feet up. Hardy kicks Joe again and then tosses him into the turnbuckles. Hardy hits a clothesline and then a back elbow. Hardy attempts to whip Joe into the ropes but Joe reverses it only to eat a Flying Forearm from Hardy! Hardy hits an Atomic Drop followed by a Leg Drop to the yam bag and then a seated dropkick for a nearfall. Hardy picks Joe up but Joe shoves him away and then tosses him into the corner. Joe charges at Hardy but Hardy nails him with an elbow and then springs to the top and dives off with the Whisper in the Wind! 1…2…NO Joe kicks out! Joe retreats to the corner and Hardy charges at him only to get caught with a Uranage Suplex! Joe lifts Hardy up to the top rope and goes for the Muscle Buster, but Hardy blocks it and then goes for the Twist of Fate! Joe counters into the Coquina Clutch! Hardy almost gets to the ropes but Joe pulls him back to the center of the ring! As it looks like Joe is going to drop down to his back and lock the hold in Mr. Anderson stands up at the announce table as if he’s going to do something. This distracts Joe long enough for Hardy to catch Joe with a Jawbreaker! Hardy stacks Joe up, 1…2…3!
Winner: Hardy via pinfall
Joe stares Anderson down at ringside.
Earlier today Daniels discusses the match with Kazarian tonight. He says he doesn’t understand why Frankie has to be so selfish right now and he says that Bad Influence was built over 15 years of friendship. He says there has to be a leader and a follower or a captain and his crew and the captain has always been Daniels. He says that he’s always been better and Frankie needs to understand that. He says he is 3-0 and Kaz is 0-3 and Daniels’ time is now, and Kaz needs to understand that.
Mr. Anderson (21) vs. Magnus (49)
Mr. Anderson leaves the announce table for the match. Anderson slaps Magnus instead of locking up which Magnus responds to in kind. They exchange slaps but then Anderson puts Magnus in a side headlock. Magnus shoves Anderson into the ropes only to get caught with a shoulder block. Anderson then hits the ropes again but runs into a back elbow from the Brit. Magnus tosses Anderson into the corner and then charges at Anderson but runs right into a boot from the A&8 VP. Anderson then charges back at Magnus but Magnus catches him with a Big Boot. Magnus whips Anderson into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Anderson kicks him. Anderson then hits the ropes and charges at Magnus but gets backdropped over the top to the floor! Magnus beats Anderson around ringside and then attempts to whip him into the ring steps but Anderson reverses it sending Magnus crashing into the steps! Anderson breaks the referee’s 10 count and then slams Magnus into the ring apron. Back in the ring Anderson hangs Magnus’ arm up in the ropes and twists it. He then hits a series of wristlock shoulder blocks. Magnus shoves Anderson into the corner and then charges at him but Anderson gets his boot up and then hits a shoulder block for a nearfall. Anderson puts Magnus in a Keylock submission. Magnus has a pretty nasty welt on his back from getting tossed into the ring steps. Magnus fights off the hold but Anderson hits him in the back and then goes for a Suplex. Magnus blocks it and reverses into a Vertical Suplex of his own, but Anderson responds with a Flying Armbar! 1…2…NO Magnus kicks out! Anderson and Magnus exchange right hands but Anderson hits Magnus in that arm that he just hit the Flying Armbar on repeatedly before putting him in a wristlock. Anderson slams Magnus to the mat by that arm and then stomps his hand. Anderson swings at Magnus but he ducks and nails Anderson with a Back Suplex! Magnus hits a series of clotheslines and then goes for a Scoop Slam, but Anderson blocks it and hits the ropes but Magnus is right behind him with a clothesline! Magnus whips Anderson into the ropes and goes for another clothesline, but Anderson ducks and then goes for a Cross Body Block. Magnus catches him in midair and hits the Tormentum! Magnus climbs up top but Anderson crotches him on the top rope. Anderson climbs up with Magnus and goes for a Superplex but Magnus knocks him off and then dives off with the Flying Elbow Drop but Anderson rolls out of the way! Anderson sets up for the Mic Check but Bobby Roode walks down with a chair and nails Anderson with it! Magnus looks stunned but then Roode pats him on the back and laughs before leaving as Magnus realizes Roode just cost him 10 points.
Winner: Anderson via DQ
Backstage Bobby Roode says what happened is just a continuation of what happened last week. He says he told everyone that things would change and he went back to the old Bobby Roode to get points on the board. He says he found out who he truly was and says he loves to be selfish. He says at BFG the World Title will be his again. He says he just changed the landscape of the BFG Series by taking 10 points away from the leader. He says there is more to come so stay tuned.
Backstage the referee of the last match is approached by Magnus who says Brian Hebner did what he had to do and he doesn’t hold anything against him. Magnus says things have a way of working themselves out and he’ll get those points back.
Jesse & Robbie E talk about “kicking Tara to the curb” because it’s “Bro-Mans over romance.” Mickie James interrupts them and she says that she needs them to focus tonight. She says they need to take care of Gunner & Storm and she’ll take care of ODB. Mickie says they can thank her later when her shining spotlight trickles onto their “shinny little bro faces.” Robbie asks Jesse “what does trickle even mean, bro?”
More footage of the Tito Ortiz reveal last week is shown.
Ortiz is shown arriving backstage.
Backstage Sting and Drunk…I mean Kurt Angle approach Chris Sabin backstage. Sabin thanks Sting and Angle for watching his back at Destination X. Sabin says he has a plan for the Main Event tonight but it requires some trust from them.
Tito Ortiz makes his way out to the ring and JB asks him what he’s doing in TNA. Ortiz says he knows everyone has lots of questions but he doesn’t have too many answers for them. Before he says anything else Kurt Angle’s music interrupts him. Angle walks out and gets in Tito’s face. Angle says he knows who Tito is and he respects his accomplishments but he has to understand that he is entering Angle’s world. He says this is his ring and he’s earned the right to be called the greatest wrestler alive. He says he’s an Olympic gold medalist and has won more titles than you can shake a stick at. He says he respects Tito and while he’s in TNA he’ll respect Tito’s space but he better respect Angle’s.
Bully Ray interrupts them and says they may respect each other but he doesn’t respect either one of them. Bully says he could come in the ring and double leg Tito and make him tap out and he’s been beating the hell out of Kurt for the past 10 years. Bully says Tito must of not heard him earlier tonight and he introduces himself to Tito. Bully says he is the guy that will smack Tito in his stupid face if he gets in his way. Bully says he’s done with the both of them.
Angle & Tito shake hands before Kurt walks away.
6-Man Tag Team Match
Bro-Mans & Mickie James vs. Gunner, “Cowboy” James Storm, & ODB
Jesse & Robbie’s music is atrocious, but Mickie’s short shorts make up for it though. Storm and Robbie will start the match off. Storm gets Robbie in a side headlock but Robbie shoves him into the ropes only to get hit with a shoulder block. Storm hits the ropes and Robbie leapfrogs him and then goes for a Hip Toss, but Storm counters into one of his own tossing Robbie violently across the ring! Storm charges at Robbie in the corner but Robbie backdrops him over the top rope. Storm lands on the apron and nails Robbie in the back with a Leaping Enziguri! Storm follows up with a Leaping Neckbreaker and then he mounts Robbie and lays into him with right hands. Jesse hits him from behind and then Robbie puts the boots to Storm. Robbie tags Jesse in and then hits Storm with a uppercut followed by a clothesline from Robbie for a nearfall. Jesse hits a Standing Dropkick but as he grabs Storm he eats a back kick to the gut. Storm then follows up with a DDT and both men are down. They both get back to their feet and Jesse shoves Storm into the corner. Jesse charges at Storm but Storm gets his boots up. Storm then grabs Jesse but Jesse runs him into the turnbuckles and hits a series of shoulder blocks. Jesse follows up with several clotheslines and then lays into Storm with stomps showing some aggression. Jesse tags Robbie back in and they exchange elbows on Storm. Robbie hits the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Storm kicks his arm away and hits him with the Backstabber! Storm tags in Gunner and he clotheslines Robbie and then knocks Jesse off the apron. Gunner hits a Uranage Backbreaker! Gunner sets up for the Gun Rack but Mickie runs in and jumps on his back! ODB pulls Mickie off and slams her to the mat! ODB shoulder blocks Mickie and then Gunner locks Robbie in the Gun Rack! Jesse breaks it up and then Bro-Mans set up for a double team move but James Storm rearranges Jesse’s face with the Last Call! Robbie dives off the top but Gunner catches him in midair and he hits a Powerslam while Storm hits Robbie with a Neckbreaker at the same time! 1…2…3!
Winners: Storm, Gunner, & ODB via pinfall (Neckbreaker/Powerslam combo)
Gail Kim attacks ODB from behind after the match! As the referee pulls Gail away Mickie then hits ODB from behind as well. Mickie tries to get a high five from Gail but she doesn’t oblige her.
Backstage Kazarian reminds us that last week that Daniels called him “poor Frankie” and over the last year or so they’ve been teaming Daniels has forgotten than Kaz is a 5-time X-Division Champion and that he’s beaten Daniels many times over the last 11 years. He says tonight isn’t about Bad Influence, it’s about him and about winning the BFG Series. He says tonight its “poor Chris.” Kaz is wearing one of his old school “Kaz” jackets rather than a Bad Influence jacket.
Backstage Team 3D bitch about Sabin making them wait to find out who his partner is. They argue over whether they’re 23 or 24 time Tag Team Champions but Bully settles on “a lot of times Tag Team Champions.” He says he’s going to give Sabin a taste of what he will get in the cage next week and Devon says he’s going to send a message to the MEM.
BFG Series Match
“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels (21) vs. Kazarian (0)
Kaz and Daniels are wearing different tights tonight deciding to go with their various singles looks. Daniels with angles wings on his tights and Kaz with bright green and black tights with his name across the back like he used to wear. They lockup repeatedly but stalemate each time. Kaz catches Daniels with a Fireman’s Carry and then puts him in a keylock, but Daniels reverses it into a wristlock and climbs up to his feet. Kaz grabs the ropes and flips forward to reverse the hold on Daniels before going for an Irish Whip. Daniels reverses it and connects with an armdrag. Daniels holds onto the armbar and taunts Kaz by rubbing his head. Kaz fights up to his feet and shoves Daniels into the ropes. As Kaz drops down in front of Daniels, Daniels cartwheels over him and then catches Kaz with another armdrag. He holds onto the armlock but Kaz counters with a headscissors. Daniels breaks the hold but as he gets to his feet Kaz catches him with a Drop Toe Hold and locks in a side headlock. Daniels fights up to his feet and shoves Kaz into the ropes. Daniels leapfrogs Kaz but as Daniels lands Kaz quickly rolls him up! 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out! Kaz hits a Side Headlock Takeover and holds onto the headlock but Daniels rolls him over into a pin for a nearfall. Kaz rolls back over and keeps the headlock on. Daniels rolls him over and gets another nearfall. Daniels fights up to his feet but Kaz transitions into a wristlock and then goes for a whip, but Daniels counters into a Backslide! 1…2…NO Kaz kicks out and then trips Daniels and floats over into a jackknife for a nearfall of his own. Daniels tries to kick Kaz but Kaz catches his foot and then goes for a kick of his own. Daniels catches his foot as well and then spins him around and into an attempt at Back Suplex. Kaz lands on his feet and then goes for a German Suplex but Daniels blocks it and then locks Kaz in a waistlock. Kaz breaks it with a back elbow and then explodes off the ropes with a shoulder block. Daniels gets pissed and shoves Kaz so Kaz answers back. They get into each other’s face and Kaz shoves him down. They circle each other and then they both leave the ring and turn around back at the referee. They just watch as Earl Hebner counts them both out. Kaz & Daniels hug and count along with him.
Winner: DRAW via double countout
Daniels & Kaz raise each other’s arms and both celebrate the win.
Bobby Roode’s music interrupts their celebration and he walks out with a steel chair again. Roode acts like he’s going to attack them with the chair but then drops it and smiles at them. They allow Roode to get into the ring and Roode tells them to climb in with him.
Roode says for the past several months everyone has been paying attention to the Aces & Eights and the reformation of the Main Event Mafia, and the arrival of Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz. Roode says while everyone has been paying attention to that they’ve forgotten about the 3 man standing before everyone now. Roode says they are the 3 men that compromise 25% of the BFG Series landscape and says there is strength in numbers. Roode says they are a new force in TNA and he says one of them will walk into the BFG as the winner of the BFG Series. He says that he told the world the game would change and now it has. He tells the fans to take a long hard look at the men standing in the ring because one of the 3 will be the next World Heavyweight Champion.
Backstage Tito Ortiz says he’ll be at Hardcore Justice and his hands may be all over the show.
A video package highlighting the MEM/A&8 rivalry is shown.
Chris Sabin reveals his partner as Sting and 3D goes nuts in the ring. As Sting & Sabin get ready to climb in the ring Kurt Angle attacks 3D from behind as he’s the real partner!
Chris Sabin & “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle vs. Team 3D
Sabin and Angle beat on 3D in separate corners with Sabin going after Bully and Angle after Devon. Angle drags Devon out to the floor as Sabin hits a series of round kicks to the back of Bully. Angle slams Devon into the ring steps and Sabin chokes Bully with his boot. Sabin hits more round kicks as Angle rolls Devon back into the ring. Sabin and Kurt whip 3D into each other and then Angle clotheslines Devon and Sabin hits a Bulldog on Ray! A big “USA” chant erupts directed at Angle. Sabin goes out to the apron and Bully does as well. Angle hits a Vertical Suplex on Devon for a nearfall. Devon begs for a timeout and then pokes Angle in the eyes. Ray tags in and he swings at Angle, but Angle ducks and catches Ray with an armdrag! Ray fights up to his feet but Angle twists his arm and then tags Sabin in. Angle holds Ray’s arm out and Sabin dives off the top with a Flying Axe Handle. Sabin attacks the arm of Bully relentlessly and then hangs it up in the ropes and pulls on it. Sabin kicks the arm and then tags Angel back in. Sabin holds the arm while Angle chops it. Angle puts the boots to Ray in the corner and Ray tires to fight out but Angle cuts him off. Angle whips Ray into the corner hard and then knocks Devon off the ropes. As Angle turns around Ray trips him and then stomps on Angle’s leg before tagging Devon in. Devon hits a Forearm Drop and then whips Angle into the corner but Angle explodes out with a clothesline! Angle tags Sabin back in and he hits a series of forearms. Devon pokes Sabin in the eyes and tags Ray back in. Ray hits a Big Boot and then elbow drops Sabin’s previously injured knee. Ray shoves Angle off the apron and then hits a Scoop Slam on Ray followed by the Wassup Headbutt off the top from Devon!
Back from commercials Devon is beating on Sabin in the corner. He then drags him to the center of the ring and hits an elbow drop for a nearfall. Devon puts Sabin in a chinlock and then slams him to the mat. Devon hits a Scoop Slam and then a Leg Drop as he mocks Hulk Hogan. Devon drags Sabin to the 3D corner and tags Ray back into the match. Ray taunts Sabin as he stomps on his hand and then hits a series of crossfaces. Ray taunts Sabin and then chops the hell out of Sabin’s chest! Ray whips Sabin into the ropes and then goes for a backdrop but Sabin goes for a Sunset Flip! Ray blocks it and then attempts to punch Sabin in the head, but Sabin avoids it and Ray hits the canvas. Sabin goes for an Enziguri but Ray ducks it and then grabs Sabin’s leg and slams his knee hard into the mat! Ray slams the leg into the mat again and then tags Devon into the match. Ray beats on Sabin some more and then Devon hangs Sabin’s leg up in the rope and cannonballs down across it. Devon climbs up top and dives off but Sabin gets his good leg up! Both men are down. The fans get behind Sabin as he crawls towards the corner and makes the hot tag! Devon tags out as well. Angle clotheslines Ray and then nails Devon with one. He hits another set of clothesline son 3D and then whips Devon into the corner. Angle charges at Devon but gets met with an elbow. Devon then charges at Angle but Angle catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Overhead Suplex! Angle ducks a clothesline from Ray and hits him with a German Suplex! 1…2…NO Devon breaks it up! Devon shoves Angle into the ropes but eats a Forearm Smash and then Angle hits the Olympic Slam on Ray! 1…2….NO Ray kicks out! Ray sets up for the Angle Lock but Devon hits him from behind. Devon whips Angle into the ropes and then goes for a backdrop but Angle kicks him and then clotheslines him. Angle goes for a clothesline on Ray but Ray catches him with a Rock Bottom! 1…2….NO Angle kicks out! Bully goes for the Bully Bomb but Angle counters into the Angle Lock! Devon tries to break it up with a clothesline but Angle ducks it and hits a German Suplex on him! Ray catches Angle with a huge Big Boot as he gets to his feet! Ray sells the ankle as he lands and then charges at Angle but eats an elbow. Sabin blind tags Angle and climbs up top! Sabin dives off with a Missile Dropkick to Bully followed by a Spinning Back Kick to Devon! Sabin hits a Running back Elbow to Devon sending him into the corner! Sabin hits a Flying Forearm on Bully in one corner and then a Running Back Elbow to Devon in the other corner! Sabin charges at Bully again but gets caught with an elbow from Bully this time. Bully goes for a clothesline but Sabin ducks and Bully nails Devon as he charges! Sabin hits an Enziguri on Bully! 1…2…NO Devon breaks it up! Angle hits Devon and starts beating on him and then Sabin charges at Bully but Bully hip tosses him over the top rope and he lands HARD on the ramp! Angle attempts to whip Devon into the ropes but Devon reverses it and then Team 3D catches Angle with the 3D! Ray tells Devon to get a table! Ray then drags Sabin back into the ring as Devon sets up the table in the ring in a corner! Devon sets Sabin up in front of the table and then Ray comes charging in with a Spear attempt but Sabin jumps out of the way and Ray goes crashing through it! Devon charges at Sabin but he pulls the ropes down and Devon goes flying over the top! Sabin dives off the top with a Flying Cross Body! 1…2…3!
Winners: Sabin & Angle via pinfall (Flying Cross Body)