Live from the USF Sun Dome on the campus of the University of South Florida Impact Wrestling opens up with GM Hulk Hogan making his way down to the ring to a massive reaction from the Hulk’s hometown fans. Mike Tenay mentions that Hogan was trained here in Tampa by the legendary Hiro Matsuda. Hogan says it’s great to be home and he knew it would be special this week. Hogan says on the way over to the arena he made a stop at his restaurant and pounded a few at the bar with Shark Boy (boy is that random) and he knew from the atmosphere of the fans it would be crazy. He says the fans in Tampa are his family but the TNA wrestlers in the back are his family too. He says there is one guy that seems to have made a decision to cross over to Aces & Eights, AJ Styles. He says that he’s not going to dwell on that anymore and he’s going to talk about the family that sticks together. He says Sting has had his back from the get go and then introduces Stinger to the FL crowd.
Hogan says he has to let Sting know one more time that he appreciates what he’s doing for TNA, but the stipulation for the title match is unnecessary (if Sting losses he never gets another title shot). He says that he is the GM not Bully Ray so it doesn’t have to go down like that. Sting says he respects that but he doesn’t want anything changed because he is the one that told Hogan to trust Bully Ray. He says he is the one that has to take the title from Bully and take the power from him. He says he only needs one chance to get the job done and if he doesn’t get the job done then he doesn’t deserve to ever be champion again. Hogan says he doesn’t have to put that stipulation on the line because they already know how bad Sting wants this. Brooke Hogan’s music hits and she gets a mix of boos along with some cheers.
Brooke says she doesn’t want to see either Sting or Hogan taking the blame for her mistake. She says that Sting shouldn’t have to do this because she was dumb. She says that she drove a wedge between Sting & Hogan and even Hulk and herself. She says she’s sick of both of them taking the blame for everything that happened. She says she’s proud of the Knockouts and she loves being in TNA, but she can’t help but feel that she’s ruined everything. She says she feels that she has to step down in her role with the Knockouts. Hulk says she hasn’t ruined anything but before anything can be said Bully Ray walks out and interrupts the Hogan love fest.
Bully asks why the three of them are sitting out there taking the blame for everything. He says it isn’t either of their fault, it’s Bully’s fault. The fans tried to get to him with the “what” chants to no avail. He says that it’s Bully’s fault that Hulk doesn’t know how to run TNA, it’s his fault that he stabbed Sting in the back, and he’s the one that turned TNA upside down. Bully says that he runs the show in TNA but there is one person in the ring that he actually does blame. He says that person is Brooke and Brooke starts to go crazy. As Hulk holds her back Bully tells him to keep his hands off his wife. He says he blames Brooke for making him fall for her. He says every morning when he walks up he thinks of her and every night when he goes to bed he thinks of her. He says that they have a connection and she knows it. He says he still loves her and always will that’s why he will never take the ring off and holds his hand up showing the wedding ring.
Suicide’s return vignette hypes up his match tonight.
X-Division Contenders Triple Threat
Suicide vs. Joey Ryan vs. “Maple Leaf Muscle” Petey Williams
Kenny King is sitting ringside for this one. Zema Ion was originally scheduled for this one but his recent medical issues forced him to miss it so Joey Ryan is his replacement unfortunately. Suicide immediately catches Joey with a Running Dropkick as he climbs in the ring. Petey then hits Suicide with a big right and whips him into the ropes. Suicide catches Petey with a Spinning Headscissors into an Octopus hold! Suicide releases the hold and rolls Petey up for a nearfall. Suicide attempts to whip Petey into the corner but he reverses it. Suicide then does a headstand in the corner and attempts to fall into a Headscissors, but Petey blocks it and tosses Suicide over the top rope. Suicide lands on the apron and then slingshots himself back into the ring and into a Spinning Headscissors on Petey! Suicide charges at Petey but Petey drop toeholds him into the ropes. Petey then performs a Hesitation Dropkick to the back of Suicide as he hung over the middle rope. Suicide rolls out of the ring and then sets up for a dive but Joey slides back in the ring and goes for a dropkick, but Petey saw it coming and hangs onto the ropes causing Joey to catch nothing but air. Petey rolls Joey back to his feet and then attempts to whip him into the ropes, but Joe counters by sliding through Petey’s legs (while hanging onto Petey’s arm) and hitting a beautiful Pump Handle Suplex! In an awkward spot Joey sees Suicide climbing to the top but just ignores it so he can pick up his bottle of oil and lather himself up. Suicide then dives off the top with a Diving Hurricanrana! That could definitely be Amazing Red under that mask. Suicide hits Joey with a drop toe hold and then puts him in an Indian Death Lock. Petey comes over and swings at Suicide but he ducks and then puts Petey in an Abdominal Stretch while keeping the Deathlock on Joey at the same time! Petey breaks the stretch with a back elbow and then nails Suicide with the Canadian Legsweep causing Suicide to fall back on top of Joey! Petey calls for the Destroyer but Suicide blocks it and hits a Spinning Back Kick! Joey hits Suicide from behind and then whips him into the ropes and attempts a clothesline, but Suicide ducks and then flies through the ropes but holds onto them Puma-style hanging in air. That is definitely TJ Perkins aka Puma aka TJP. I do believe we have uncovered the identity of Suicide. Joey looks confused as that move so he charges at Suicide only to eat the air as Suicide drops down and Joey goes crashing through the ropes to the floor. Suicide then sets up for a dive but Petey rolls back into the ring messing up Suicide’s concentration. Suicide stops and swings at Petey but Petey ducks and then dives through the ropes onto Joey with a Suicide Dive! Suicide then flips over the ropes onto the apron and dives off the apron with a Somersault Plancha onto both Ryan & Williams! Suicide tosses Ryan back into the ring and sets up for a springboard move but Petey snatches him off the apron and then nails Joey with a Slingshot Codebreaker! Petey sets up for the Canadian Destroyer but Suicide trips him and drags him out to the floor. Suicide rolls back in and runs into a boot from Joey. Joey goes for a Powerbomb but Suicide reverses it into a rollup, 1…2…NO Petey breaks it up as I have just noticed that there is no X-Cam this week. Petey whips Suicide into the corner and then charges at him but Suicide gets his boots up knocking Petey to the mat. Suicide climbs up top and dives off with a Somersault Senton, but Petey rolls out of the way and then goes for the Destroyer again! Joey nails Petey with a nasty Mafia Kick! Joey charges at Suicide but he moves out of the way and then catches Joey with a Leaping Neckbreaker! Suicide grabs Joey in what looked he was going to attempt a Tiger Suplex but instead lifted Joey into the air and dropped him across Suicide’s own knees in only what I can describe as a Tiger Breaker! 1…2…3!
Winner: Suicide via pinfall (Tiger Suplex/Gutbuster)
In the back Chris Sabin approaches James Storm and shakes his hand. Sabin says he heard that Storm was looking for a tag team partner and Sabin says that the Motor City Machine Guns & Beer Money were the two greatest tag teams in TNA history. He says that Storm is looking for a partner and Sabin is looking to beat someone up and in fact he’s beaten Storm up a few times himself. Storm says he thinks he still has a couple of Sabin’s foot prints still on his face. Storm says as good as that sounds but Sabin has a chance to win the X-Division Title which later on he can trade in to become the World Champion possibly (well they just subtly reminded us that stipulation is still alive) so he can’t take that away from him (Sabin is already scheduled for the X-Division Title at Slammiversary). Storm says he’s glad Sabin has his back though and the favor will definitely be returned in the future. Sabin tells him that if he changes his mind to let him know. Interestingly enough Storm and Alex Shelley once defended the Tag Titles together as Beer Guns when Bobby Roode was hurt leading up to Slammiversary in 2011 and unable to defend the belts with Storm. Storm & Shelley even retained them that night, there’s your useless fact for the night.
In the back Brooke Hogan approaches Bully Ray and screams at him asking him what he means he still loves her. Bully says it means what he said, he still loves her.
Mickie James approaches Velvet Sky in the locker room as Velvet wraps her knee up. Mickie suggests postponing the match until she’s healthy but Velvet says nothing would make Gail Kim happier than her sitting out tonight. Velvet says she’s a fighting champion and nothing is going to stop that. Mickie says she understands that but she wants to make sure that Velvet wants to do this and asks her again if she’s sure. Velvet says she’s sure and she’s ready for it. They hug and Mickie leaves as Velvet says she’ll see her out there.
BFG Series Gut Check Tournament
Sam Shaw vs. Alex Silva
Shaw has gone from wearing gym shorts to the ring to now wearing ridiculous rainbow colored checkered pants. Before Silva can come out Aces & Eights interrupts his music and Wes Brisco walks out and congratulates Shaw on winning this match and advancing to the next round of Gut Check Finals, but he should be thanking Wes because he just left Silva bloody and beating in the parking lot. Wes says what’s not fair is that Wes isn’t in the tournament because he IS Mr. Gut Check. Wes says he’s going to show just how lucky Sam is because Wes isn’t in the tournament. DOC and Garett Bischoff climb in the ring and Sam jumps at them but they beat him down and then Wes joins in on the beating.
Winner: Shaw via forfeit
Aces & Eights beat the hell out of Shaw before Wes hits a Neckbreaker over his knee. Magnus’ music hits and he takes off toward the ring! Aces & Eights bails out and Magnus stands tall in the ring. Magnus there is something about what Wes just said that doesn’t sit well with him and that’s Wes wanting to gang attack Sam Shaw who is a guy just like Magnus and Wes himself, a young guy trying to make it in wrestling. Magnus says he’s known Shaw since he first met him at Harley Race’s Wrestling Camp and now Wes just made things personal. Magnus tells Garett to wipe the small of his face before he smacks it off. He says they thought it was funny to ram his head against a forklift too but the reason that Wes isn’t in the tournament is because he doesn’t deserve it. He says what Wes does deserve is to get his teeth kicked down his throat right here tonight. Magnus says he’ll get his Gut Check tonight because he gets Magnus right here and right now! Wes hits the ring and it’s on!
Magnus vs. Wes Brisco w/Garett Bischoff & DOC
Wes hits the ring and Magnus hits him a series of right hands that staggers the 2nd generation star. Magnus whips Wes into the ropes and connects with a High Knee. Magnus then hits a Gutwrench Suplex and mounts Wes with a series of right hands. Wes rolls out of the ring and regroups with his buddies.
Back from the break Wes puts the boots to Magnus in the corner and then tosses him into another corner and continues the assault. Wes hits a back elbow followed by a Running Clothesline. Wes chokes Magnus in the ropes and then he distracts the referee as DOC decks Magnus. Wes covers Magnus for a nearfall and then puts him in a headlock. Wes hits a series of blows across the chest of Magnus and then Elbow Drops him for another nearfall. Wes picks Magnus up and slaps him before connecting with a knee. Wes whips Magnus into the ropes and connects with a back elbow before going back to the headlock. Magnus fights back up to his feet and breaks the hold with elbows, but Wes clubs him across the back and then hits a series of body shots. Wes taunts the crowd which allows Magnus time to recover and connect with a clothesline as Wes charges at him! Magnus whips Wes into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Wes kicks him and then bounces off the ropes, but Magnus is right behind him with a Lariat! Magnus charges at Wes but he gets his boot up and then climbs up top and dives off, but Magnus catches him in midair and lifts him into a Suplex! Magnus climbs up top himself but Wes cuts him off and then climbs up with Magnus. Wes goes for a Superplex but Magnus shoves him off and then DOC gets up on the apron. Magnus kicks him off and then Garett grabs him and knocks Magnus off the top.
Winner: Magnus via DQ
Aces & Eights beat Magnus down after the match but SAMOA JOE’S music hits and the fans go crazy as the crazy Samoan makes his return! Joe cleans house on Aces & Eights! Joe screams “I’M BACK!” at the camera as he helps Magnus up.
Mike Tenay announces that the 2nd induction into the TNA Hall of Fame will be announced at Slammiversary
Backstage Devon asks Bully Ray if he really just told Brooke Hogan that he loves her and Bully asks Devon if he saw the way she looked tonight. Ray says he doesn’t want to talk about his personal life and then says Magnus will never forget the name Wes Brisco after tonight. Anderson asks Bully what time AJ is getting here tonight and Bully says he’ll be there soon. Ray says despite some recent disappointments in the club and looks over at D-Lo Brown, AJ won’t let them down. Ray guarantees that.
Footage of Kurt Angle in New York City as a part of his “Save Olympic Wrestling” promotion. He was at the US-Iran, US-Russia amateur wrestling fights in NYC. Kurt talks about being disgusted when the Olympics said they would drop wrestling. He talks to a few kids that are in wrestling about what it does for their lives. I already was in support of this movement because getting rid of pretty much the original Olympic sport is just ridiculous in my opinion (especially considering some of the dumb sports that they are keeping) despite me not caring much for Olympic Wrestling, but Kurt has definitely sold me here to the point I’m going to buy one of those “Save Wrestling” t-shirts.
AJ Styles is shown arriving at the arena on his crazy bike. He actually drives the bike into the backstage area. Taz says AJ needs to trade that “toy bike” in once he joins the group.
“Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson
This is a renewal of a longtime rivalry here (much as AJ-Angle is) and these two have faced each other countless times including a very violent Cage Match at Lockdown 2010. Kurt gets a massive reaction. Angle gets Anderson in a side headlock as the match starts but Anderson shoves him into the ropes only to eat a shoulder block. Anderson fakes a lockup and kicks Angle instead. Anderson beats on Angle in the corner and then he attempts to whip Angle into the ropes, but Angle reverses it and connects with a back elbow. Angle puts the boots to Anderson and then knocks him into the corner. Angle beats Anderson down in the corner and then chokes him with his boot. Angle hits a Snap Suplex and covers Anderson for a nearfall. Angle hits a European Uppercut on Anderson and then hits him with a series of shoulder blocks before whipping him into the opposite corner. Angle charges at Anderson but he sidesteps him and Angle goes flying into the ring post. Anderson chokes Angle again and then whips him hard into the corner. Anderson covers Angle and gets another nearfall. Anderson puts Angle in a wristlock and continues to work on that shoulder slamming his own shoulder into Angle’s repeatedly. Anderson then hits a Hammerlock Back Suplex onto that shoulder! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! Anderson puts the boots to Angle’s arm and then bounces off the ropes and kicks Angle followed by a clothesline for another nearfall. Anderson covers Angle again and again only gets a nearfall. Anderson stomps on Angle’s hand and then puts Angle in an Armbar. Angle tries to get the crowd behind him as he gets pumped up and armdrags Anderson. Anderson charges at Angle but he kicks Anderson and then climbs up to the middle rope and dives off with a Missile Dropkick. As Angle hits the mat he sells the arm injury again. Angle clotheslines Anderson with the other arm and then whips him into the corner and charges but Anderson gets his foot up. Anderson runs at Angle but walks right into an Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex! 1…2…NO Anderson kicks out! Angle goes for the Olympic Slam but Anderson blocks it and counters into the Green Bay Plunge! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! Anderson swings at Angle but he ducks and then hits him with the Rolling German Suplexes! Angle grabs his arm after the 3rd one and then goes for the Angle Lock, but Anderson kicks him off and hits the Mic Check! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! Anderson climbs up top but Angle gets back up and quickly leaps to the top and tosses Anderson off with a Belly-to-Belly Superplex! AJ walks up to ringside and hugs Taz as Angle looks on. Angle is pissed and starts screaming at AJ. The referee looks over at AJ and Anderson low blows Angle! He rolls Angle up, 1…2…3!
Winner: Anderson via pinfall (rollup)
Anderson smiles at AJ as AJ nods his head and walks away.
James Storm is shown walking backstage.
Backstage Gail Kim talks about her match at Slammiversary and says she took out Taryn Terrell weeks ago so there shouldn’t even be a match. She says she should be getting the title shot, not Mickie but then Terrell jumps her and slams her into a nearby door! Terrell tosses Gail into the wall and then onto a table and jumps on top of her! Simon Diamond pulls Terrell off as Gail calls her crazy.
Footage of James Storm’s many tag title reigns with America’s Most Wanted and Beer Money are shown.
Chavo & Hernandez are at the announce table.
James Storm makes his way down to the ring to announce who his partner at Slammiversary will be. Storm says he can see that there are a lot of beer drinkers in Tampa. He says that last week he was granted the opportunity to wrestle at Slammiversary for the Tag Titles with a partner of his choosing, and being in TNA he has had a chance to be a part of two of the greatest tag teams in wrestling history: Americas Most Wanted & Beer Money. Storm says there hasn’t been a place he hasn’t gone that he didn’t have a chance to drink beer, have fun, and entertain the fans. He says women love a good tag team so it’s time to form another great tag team, but then Bobby Roode & Austin Aries walk out to interrupt him.
Roode says Storm wants to come out and talk about the glory days and tag team wrestling, but he’s looking at the King of Tag Team Wrestling right now which Storm should know. He says the 4 years that he was Storm’s tag team partner was the worst 4 years of his entire life but Storm says it’s not his fault he can’t hang drinking with the Cowboy. Roode says at the same time the night he smashed a beer bottle over Storm’s head to win the World Title made him the proudest man walking God’s earth. He says that moment will go down in history and probably one Storm will remember for the rest of his life. Roode says Storm needs to go ahead and inform everyone who the joke of a partner Storm is going to have will be.
Before Storm can say anything Bad Influence’s music hits and they walk out onto the stage. Daniels asks if someone just said joke and in this joke of a town he can definitely tell a joke. Daniels asks Kazarian if he “heard the one about the 3 teams: the dumps, the humps, and the lumps” that thought they were better than Bad Influence. Daniels says 2 weeks ago they proved the Dirty Heels couldn’t beat them and Chavo/Hernandez have been the luckiest team in all of Mexico. Kaz says they offered Storm a spot in Bad Influence and “like a dumb dummy” he turned them down which offended them. Kaz says he knows a lot of people around there have claimed to be “offended” and then looks dead at Austin Aries as he says it (damn he really did just make a joke about the Christy Hemme thing, there is going to be some pissed off mouth breathers tonight!). Kaz says Bad Influence are the only ones with a legit reason to be offended. He says it doesn’t matter who Storm picks because that person can’t live up to the standard set by the bset tag team in the business. Storm calls them “stupid and stupider” and says if they would just let him get to his point and tell them who his partner is, but then Shark Boy’s music interrupts everyone.
Shark Boy walks through the tunnel and comes down to the ring as Storm looks on. Yep, this is random. Chavo says it looks like he and Hernandez are definitely holding onto their belts. Shark Boy says a little “fishy” told him that Storm was looking for a tag team partner which is why ole Shark Boy swam all the way to Tampa Bay. Shark Boy says he and Storm have a lot in common and yes he’s doing the Stone Cold impression still. He says that he and Storm love fishing, drinking beer, and kicking some “bass.” He asks the fans if they want to see Shark Boy team with Storm then give him a “Shell Yeah.” Robbie E then walks out to the ring as Storm looks confused.
Robbie E grabs the microphone and Storm just shakes his head. Robbie E says that Storm doesn’t want to team with a loser like Shark Boy, he wants to team with someone that will help make him a champion and that someone is Robbie E (insert massive boos). Robbie says he carried Rob Terry for two years so he can carry Storm. He says he even has a team name for them and then pulls out a list. He says “who needs Beer money when you got Beer Bro and who needs Americas Most Wanted when you have Americas Most Bro” which gets a “strike two” from Shark Boy. He then suggests “GTBB: Gym, Tan, Beer, Bro.” He goes through a few more and think starts singing their theme “Hair Spray & Drink All Day.” Shark Boy shoves Robbie and then Gunner slides into the ring from nowhere. Gunner clotheslines Robbie & Shark Boy and then Sharky with a nasty Backbreaker and then puts Robbie in a Torture Rack! Gunner gets in Storm’s face while Roode tells Storm to pick Shark Boy. Storm tells Gunner he’ll see him at Slammiversary and then shakes his hand. I don’t know what was more random, Gunner or Shark Boy.
In the back Joseph Park talks to Sting and his title shot at Slammiversary against Devon. Park says some of the boys have been talking about Park “getting the strap” which sounds painful to him, but Sting tells him that’s a good thing because he wants the strap which is the title belt. Park says he hopes Sting beats up Ray and that reminds Sting about something. Sting says next week Hogan has put him and a partner of his choosing in a match against Team 3D and he was hoping that Park’s brother Abyss would come back and team with him. Sting says he thinks Park can set that up but Park says he won’t even talk to him and reminds him that he’s kind of crazy. Sting says he guesses Park is going to “kayfab” him all the way to the end here and if it can’t be Abyss then he wants it to be someone close to Abyss. Sting asks how hell could justice be served and Park says he’s right and he shakes Sting’s hand. Park says they’ll take Aces & Eights out.
The announcers remind us that Impact goes back to 9 PM (eastern) and then they hype up the Slammiversary card. Only updates here are that Gail-Terrell has been made a Last Knockouts Standing Match.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky (c)
Mickie and Velvet shake hands and then they lockup. Velvet gets Mickie in a wristlock and twists her arm before Mickie counters with a cartwheel into an armdrag for a nearfall. Mickie holds onto the wristlock but as she lifts Velvet up Velvet counters with an armdrag of her own for a nearfall. Velvet puts Mickie in an armlock but Mickie tries to toss Velvet into the ropes only for Velvet to reverse it. Velvet goes for a kick but Mickie slides between her legs (boy does that sound fun) and connects with a Snapmare Takeover. Mickie then goes for a Sliding Dropkick but Velvet trips her and then hits a Sliding Dropkick of her own for a nearfall. Velvet picks Mickie up but Mickie slaps her and Velvet answers with a forearm. They exchange Forearm Smashes and then Velvet goes for a clothesline, but Mickie counters into a Full Nelson Slam. Mickie holds onto the Full Nelson on the mat and then slams her knee into Velvet’s back as she maintains the hold.
Back from the break Mickie keeps the pressure on Velvet with a Snapmare Takeover and then a Keylock. Velvet fights up to her feet and counters with an armdrag. Velvet hits a series of forearms and then Mickie gets hung up in the ropes as she tried to bounce back. She then goes for a clothesline but Velvet ducks and hits a clothesline of her own. Velvet then hits another clothesline and a Back Elbow. Velvet kicks and chops Mickie as she limps a bit now. Velvet attempts to whip Mickie into the ropes but Mickie reverses it only for Velvet to catch Mickie in a Spinning Headscissors. Mickie blocks it and shoves Velvet. Mickie then goes for a Neckbreaker but Velvet counters into a Russian Legsweep for a nearfall. That was a really clunky spot there. Velvet charges at Mickie but runs into an elbow and then Mickie goes for the Mickiecanrana but Velvet blocks it. She charges at Mickie but Mickie sidesteps her and then hits a big body kick followed by a series of shoulder blocks and slaps. Mickie then charges at Velvet but Velvet gets her boots up and then gets Mickie in a headscissors and kicks her away. Velvet then connects with the Spinning Headscissors Takeover this time! As she lands she grabs her knee and starts screaming. Mickie gets back up and chop blocks the knee! Mickie starts smiling devilishly and then DDTs Velvet! 1…2…3!
Winner & NEW Knockouts Champ: Mickie via pinfall (DDT)
Velvet continues to sell the knee after the match as Mickie ignores her and celebrates the win. Mickie finally looks down at Velvet and smiles before leaving.
A video package recapping the AJ Styles drama airs.
In the back Bully asks D-Lo if he got their beer and washed their bikes which D-Lo affirms. Bully toasts to Anderson beating Angle and then toasts to AJ as well. He says “here’s to our boy…AJ Styles.”
Bully Ray leads the rest of Aces & Eights out to the ring. Bully reminds us who they are and then says they do what they want when they want and no one member is any more important than another. He says they are an equal unit and the strongest unit that runs TNA. Bully says when someone in the club screws up they pay for it and that’s exactly what happened to D-Lo Brown. He says that D-Lo was a disappointment and as much of as a disappointment he was there was another guy that stepped up. He says that guy is Ken Anderson and he is proud to call Anderson his brother. He says tonight isn’t about him or even about the rest of them, it’s about the one guy they are about to initiate into the club and the brotherhood. Ray calls AJ Styles out.
AJ comes down to the ring, even doing the Aces & Eights entrance through the crowd. Devon holds the ropes open for AJ and Ray says that is the biggest show of respect that his brother could show AJ. He says it’s a big night for AJ and for the club. Ray says everyone wanted AJ and Fortune even wanted to reform but he knew better because AJ knows where the power lies in TNA. Ray says he wants AJ to do something for him that he probably never expected and he hands AJ a beer. Ray says it’s no secret that Aj doesn’t drink and he’s probably never had a sip of liquor in his life. He says he wants AJ to put his beer up and toast with him. He says AJ can give his heart to Jesus but his soul belongs to the club. AJ toasts with Ray and downs the beer! Ray gets excited and laughs because AJ downed the whole beer. Ray tells Anderson to give the brother his colors and he hands the cut over to AJ. A “you sold out” chant starts as AJ grabs the cut and looks at it.
AJ asks Anderson to put it on him and Anderson obliges as Ray announces AJ as the newest member, but then Angle’s music hits and he walks out before the cut is put on AJ’s back. Angle says he knew this day was going to come but he needed to see it with his own eyes because AJ’s legacy in TNA just went down the crapper. Angle if this makes AJ feel important and he disgusts him right now. He tells AJ to put the cut own and be a part of the scum bag group in the ring. Angle says AJ is going to see him at Slammiversary anyway and asks if this is really what he wants. Ray cuts him off and says this is exactly what AJ wants but Angle says he isn’t talking to Bully right now. Ray says he’s talking to one of his brothers and then screams at AJ to put the cut on. AJ puts the jacket on and smiles at Angle. AJ then huts Ray as Tenay calls AJ a sellout. AJ hugs the rest of Aces & Eights and then Ray holds his hands up and DOC hits Angle from behind. The rest of Aces & Eights beat Angle down as AJ smiles and looks on. Ray tells AJ to grab the hammer and fulfill his destiny. AJ grabs the hammer and nails Angle in the knee with it! AJ kicks Angle out of the ring and then holds up the Aces & Eights sign.
The rest of Aces & Eights turn around and do the same to the other side of the arena, but then AJ stops and looks down. AJ then slams the hammer into DOC! Oh damn! AJ beats the shit out of Knux & Garett with the hammer and as the rest of Aces turns around AJ bails out and throws the jacket back at them! AJ holds his hands up making the P1 sign with his gloves as Tenay says AJ just made a statement that he has no allegiance to anyone! Bully Ray & Anderson lose their mind in the ring. Damn, that was well done.
“Final Impact” thoughts on tonight’s show will be up tomorrow.
1) X-Division Contenders 3-Way: Suicide def. Petey Williams & Joey Ryan via pinning Ryan
2) BFG Series Gut Check Tourney: Sam Shaw def. Alex Silva via forfeit
3) Magnus def. Wes Brisco via DQ
4) Mr. Anderson def. Kurt Angle
5) TNA Knockouts Title: Mickie James def. Velvet Sky (c) to win the title!
Scheduled for Next Week:
-Sting & Joseph Park vs. Team 3D
- TNA World Title No Holds Barred: Bully Ray (c) vs. Sting (if Sting losses he never gets a World Title shot again)
- AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle
- TNA Tag Titles 4-Corners Elimination: Hernandez & Chavo Guerrero Jr. (c) vs. Dirty Heels vs. Bad Influence vs. James Storm & Gunner
- TNA X-Division Title Ultimate X: Kenny King (c) vs. Chris Sabin vs. Suicide
- Gut Check Contenders Tournament Finals: Jay Bradley vs. Sam Shaw
- Last Knockout Standing: Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
- TNA TV Title: Devon (c) vs. Joseph Park
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