Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s IMPACT Wrestling recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get to the show!
Coming in a little late to the party due to a short power outage in my area. When I got to the show, TNA Champion Austin Aries was talking to Hulk Hogan & Sting on the entrance ramp. They were then interrupted by Aces & 8s on the video wall, who thank Hogan & Sting for letting them say their peace tonight and that they are making their job easy for them as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see ODB on the phone trying to get a hold of her husband Eric Young. ODB says if he doesn’t call back in 10 minutes, they’re through. 10 minutes later, she calls him back and extends the deadline for 5 more minutes. We go to an hour after that and she says he is giving him til next week.
We see the updated BFG Series standings on a graphic, then we go to video looking at the 1st of 3 BFG Series matches up………..NEXT!
BFG Series Match: “The Whole F’n Show” Rob Van Dam (4th Place) vs. “The Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm (1st Place)
RVD with a waistlock, but Storm breaks free. Storm with a side headlock takedown. RVD tries for a few pin attempts out of it, but Storm maintains his grip. RVD tries to whip out, but Storm keeps the hold applied. RVD then hits a back suplex, but Storm still has the hold applied. Storm with a shoulder tackle, RVD with a split, then misses a kick and Storm with a running forearm for a nearfall. Dueling chants for both men as Storm unloads with right hands and stomps in the corner. RVD catches Storm with a forearm and hits some right hands of his own. Storm lands on his feet off a backdrop to the apron, but RVD with a kick that knocks him off the apron. RVD then hits a slingshot plancha on Storm as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Storm with a running neckbreaker for a nearfall. We see that during the break RVD had hit Storm with a slingshot leg drop. Back to live action as RVD has regained momentum. RVD with a spin kick in the corner, followed by the springboard one-legged thrust kick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder for a nearfall. Storm with a spinning back kick to the gut, then hits a running DDT, spiking RVD on his head, but RVD kicks out just barely and Storm can’t believe it. Crowd chants for RVD as Storm hits the Eye of the Storm for yet another close nearfall. Storm is now frustrated as the crowd chants for him. Storm with a right hand, but RVD reverses a corner whip. RVD then with the forward roll into the monkey flip as the crowd now chants for him.
RVD with a thumb point, then goes for another monkey flip, but Storm catches him coming in with the Last Call for the victory.
Winner and earning 7 points in the BFG Series: “The Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm by pinfall (Last Call)
Storm celebrates with some beer after his win as Christy Hemme is gonna have a post-match interview with him. With the win, Storm was made it to the Final 4 in the BFG Series. Storm says he said he was gonna win the BFG Series and win back his World Title and he will do just that. We hear that if Storm stays at 1st place til the end of the BFG Series, he gets to pick his opponent at No Surrender.
We then see Madison Rayne walking backstage as it looks like she is heading to the ring as we go to commercial.
Before the next match, Madison Rayne wants a mic as she says that earlier this week, she received a call from the almighty Brooke Hogan, informing her that tonight, she would have a match. Obviously, Brooke has come to her senses and that tonight, Madison gets her re-match for her title that SOMEONE (Taryn Terrell) cost her a few weeks ago.
However, it isn’t the champ, its the O.D.B!!!!
O.D.B says that she got a phone call too and that she has a match tonight, so I guess its with Madison. So you can kiss your honeymoon goodbye, cuz the B***H is BACK, BAMMMMM!!!!!!
Madison says she isn’t ready, so she wants Knockouts referee Taryn Terrell to ring the bell so she can make this trailer park trash famous. ODB then spits out liquid from her flask, leading to……..
“The Queen Bee” Madison Rayne vs. TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion O.D.B.
O.D.B. with a series of clotheslines, then lifts up Madison and hits the BAMMMMMMMM!!!!! for the victory.
Winner: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion O.D.B. by pinfall (BAMMMMMM!!!!!)
After the match, we hear the music of Eric Young, who makes his way to the ring, dressed to the nines in a suit and sunglasses, along with a bucket of fried chicken. O.D.B is confused as to Eric’s appearance and asks where he has been, she asked for the beer and chicken months ago. Young says that he has been in Hollywood, he has a show on Animal Planet, he’s very successful now. But, he has beer and fried chicken for his love, so let’s get outta here. O.D.B stops him and says who the hell are you? Where is the husband that I married? This is not who I married. Young says she’s right, it doesn’t feel right. Young then starts to remove his suit and pants, stripping down to his underwear. O.D.B then embraces Young and eats a piece of fried chicken.
We go to a video looking at the AJ Styles-Daniels-Kazarian-Crack Ho Claire saga.
Backstage, AJ Styles says he is glad the whole thing with Claire is over with, and there will be a time that he deals with Daniels & Kazarian, but tonight, he wants to make the Final 4 and the only way to do that is to beat Samoa Joe.
We see a teaser for the Gut Check deliberations on Kris Lewie because that is……….NEXT!
Back from commercial as we see the Gut Check Deliberation of Kris Lewie. Snow, Taz & Pritchard say that there are a lot of negatives to him, but he has a relatable backstory and they have to look at the total package.
We go backstage with Hogan & Sting. Sting smells blood and wants to take care of Aces and 8s, but Hogan says to hold off. Daniels & Kazarian come in and say before they make their decision, Hogan & Sting can’t fire them because they have ironclad contracts and they are the Tag Team Champions. Hogan reads them the riot act and says for now, they have breathing room cuz of the BFG Series, so they won’t have to deal with AJ Styles just yet, but tonight, they have a match and Hogan hopes they get their brains beat out. Sting scares them away while Sting & Hogan go back and forth, saying each other’s catchphrases.
A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe in the 2nd BFG Series match tonight is……..NEXT!!!
Back from commercial as we see video looking at the 2nd BFG Series match tonight and a look at the updated BFG Series standings before we go to the ring.
BFG Series Match: “The Phenomenal” A.J. Styles (5th Place) vs. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (2nd Place)
Joe with a missed kick attempt, then breaks off Styles, who goes for the arm. Joe with a knee to the gut, but then Styles evades Joe and rolls out to the outside. Tenay mentions that Joe has another BFG match next week while James Storm, who is in place right now, is finished with his matches. Styles with a side headlock, but Joe with a shoulder tackle. Styles sends Joe into the corner and hits a series of shoulders. Styles goes for a suplex, but Joe blocks it. Joe with a back elbow, but Styles catches Joe’s leg and traps it in the ropes. Styles kicks away at the leg, then hits a dropkick as Joe rolls out to the outside. Styles goes for a slingshot plancha, but Joe nails him on the way down with a soccer kick to the ribs.
Back in the ring, Joe with the chop/kick/kneedrop combo for a nearfall. Crowd chants for AJ as he fights back with forearms, but Joe catches him with the snap slam for another nearfall. Both men exchange forearms until Joe knocks him down. Joe locks in the STF to try and earn 10 points. Styles tries to reach the ropes, but Joe switches to a version of the Rings of Saturn. Styles, though, is able to get his foot on the bottom rope, forcing Joe to break. Joe with an inverted atomic drop, a big boot, but then AJ moves off the back senton attempt.
AJ with a right hand and a back elbow, then nails Joe with boots in the corner. AJ hits the springboard forearm, then lifts up Joe, but Joe breaks off. However, AJ hits the Pele Kick to the bad arm of Joe. AJ locks in a flying armbar, but Joe gets his foot on the rope. AJ with a leaping forearm in the corner, but goes to the well one time too many as Joe catches him, hitting the ST-Joe. Joe goes for the Kokina Clutch, but AJ with a roll-up for a nearfall. AJ tries for an O’Connor Roll, but Joe hooks him back in the clutch.
AJ counters back into the armbar, but Joe maneuvers over and pins Styles for the victory.
Winner and earning 7 points in the BFG Series: “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe by pinfall (Lateral Press)
AJ is dejected over the loss since he is now eliminated from the BFG Series. We see what happened earlier involving TNA Champion Austin Aries, who wanted a piece of Aces and 8s. Hulk Hogan & Sting say they have Aries’s back while Aries says he wants one of them in a fight tonight.
We see Kris Lewie, who will find out if his dream will come true in the TNA Gutcheck……..NEXT!!!!!
Back from commercial, we go to comments from Kurt Angle backstage, who talks about his match tonight with Jeff Hardy in the 3rd and final BFG Series match tonight.
We go to the ring as Jeremy Borash is there with the Gutcheck judges Taz, Al Snow & Bruce Pritchard as Kris Lewie is about to face his Gutcheck. Lewie makes his way to the ring to little reaction as we see his wife and young child in the front row. Borash asks Lewie if he put forth his best effort. Lewie says yes, but he gets himself better everyday. Taz says he respects Lewie and he has an interesting backstory, but IMPACT Wrestling is above his head right now so it will be a NO from him. We go to Pritchard, who says this is GUTCHECKKKKKKKKKKK, where you get 1 shot to come out and prove yourself not just to the judges, but to all the fans. Pritchard says he can appreciate his story, but his answer is NO, the business is not for him.
Lewie shakes the judge’s hand as he leaves the ring, but then we hear a bullhorn as Joey Ryan is in the front row. Pritchard tries to back Snow away, but Ryan throws a drink in Snow’s face. Snow has to be restrained by Pritchard while Ryan runs away.
Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy are shown backstage walking to the ring, because their BFG Series match is……..NEXT!!!!!
Back from commercial as Joseph Park is with Hogan & Sting backstage. Park offers his services to help Hogan & Sting investigate Aces & 8s, then leaves as Hogan considers his offer.
We see video looking at the 3rd and final BFG Series match tonight, along with the updated BFG Series standings before the next match.
Main Event in a BFG Series Match: “The Olympic Gold Medalist” Kurt Angle (6th Place) vs. “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy (8th Place)
Tenay mentions that Hardy must win his final 2 matches to even have a shot to make the final 4. He loses, he is out of the BFG Series. If Angle loses, he is out of the BFG Series. Jeremy Borash does the pre-match ring intros before the bell. Big reactions for both men. Angle with an amateur takedown, but Hardy with a hammerlock. Angle counters into a side headlock, then hits a shoulder tackle. Angle blocks a hiptoss and hits a fireman’s carry takeover into an armbar. Hardy whips out, but Angle with another shoulder tackle. Hardy then with an armdrag into an armbar. Angle backs Hardy into the corner, then hits a forearm. Angle with a pair of right hands, then stomps away at Hardy. Corner whip by Angle, but Hardy with a headscissors takeover that sends Angle to the outside. Hardy with a baseball slide dropkick, followed by a crossbody off the apron. Back in the ring, Hardy peppers Angle with right hands & stomps. Hardy with a corner whip, but Angle explodes out of the corner with a clothesline as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Angle with a chinlock. Hardy tries to break free, but Angle nails him back down. Hardy comes back with a series of flying forearms, an inverted atomic drop, legdrop to the abdomen, and finally a basement dropkick for a nearfall. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Angle counters and hits the hat trick of German Suplexes. Angle measures Hardy for the Angle Slam, but Hardy counters and this time hits the Twist of Fate for a close nearfall. Hardy can’t believe it as he catches Angle with a back elbow, followed by the Whisper in the Wind, but again Angle barely kicks out. Hardy again can’t believe it as the crowd chants his name. Hardy goes off the ropes, but Angle catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex. The straps come down as this time Angle hits the Angle Slam, but its Hardy who now kicks out. Angle goes for the Ankle Lock, but Hardy counters with a roll-up for a nearfall. Hardy hits another Twist of Fate, the shirt comes off as he heads up top, hitting the Swanton Bomb, but just barely Angle kicks out. Angle goes back to the Ankle Lock, but Hardy kicks him off. Hardy with a kick to knock Angle down, then heads up top. Angle tries to run up the ropes, but Hardy knocks him down.
Hardy then hits another Swanton Bomb to get the victory.
Winner and earning 7 Points in the BFG Series: “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy by pinfall (Swanton Bomb)
Angle is upset about the loss because now, he is eliminated from the BFG Series. Hardy claps for Angle, who is still upset.
Borash gets in the ring as he announces the Final 5 in the BFG Series. It is Jeff Hardy, RVD, Samoa Joe, Bully Ray & James Storm. The other 4 come out to the ring as Borash says next week, 1 of the 5 will be eliminated and the other 4 will go on to No Surrender. Next week, James Storm is guaranteed to be in the Final 4. Jeff Hardy will face Samoa Joe and Bully Ray will face RVD. The final 5 stare each other down as we see TNA Champion Austin Aries makes his way to the ring while we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as we hear the familiar music of the TNA Champion Austin Aries, who makes his way to the ring with a purpose. Aries has a mic and says Aces and 8s, if you faceless cowards are done having a good time, come out here and get your ass kicked. We hear Hulk Hogan’s music as he comes out to the entrance ramp with Sting, Bully Ray, James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles & Rob Van Dam. Hogan says they have Aries’ back and that he wants a bloodbath so he wants to see all of Aces and 8s faces. Aces and 8s make their way to the ring from the crowd as Aries says he wants the ugly one, so they can decide. Hogan says we are here to settle the score as men. Hogan says they have their finest in the ring, Hogan wants Aces and 8s finest to face Aries. The bigger guy comes in the ring to face Aries. Aries takes control, but the Aces and 8s guy gains the advantage. Aries takes down the big guy and then the rest of Aces and 8s come in. The TNA guys come in and the Pier 6 brawl is on. Aries continues to hammer away at the big member of Aces and 8s in the ring. Aries with the IED dropkick, then goes for the hood. However, someone who puts his shirt over his mouth comes in and nails Aries in the back of the head with something. Bully mentions that he had a flapjack as Aries is unconscious in the ring. The TNA guys check on a fallen Aries as we go to credits.
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