Impact Wrestling kicks off with highlights from last week and then the camera cuts to the back where Bully Ray is rallying the troops. He says the order of business for Aces & Eights tonight is AJ Styles and nothing else. D-Lo tells Mr. Anderson that he thought his idea to get AJ in the club would work and he’s sorry it didn’t work out. Bully seems pissed by this and stares D-Lo down and then Anderson before walking away. As D-Lo starts to walk away Anderson slams him into the wall and then beats him down! Anderson spits his gum on D-Lo and then walks away with the rest of Aces & Eights.
Team 3D make their way down to the ring and this is probably the first time those two have been in the ring together, both with gold and it not be a Tag Team Championship. Bully Ray says there are 3 days until Slammiversary when Devon will take out Joseph Park for good and Bully will defend his belt against Sting. Ray says Sting named the No Holds Barred stipulation and he asks if Sting really gave that thought. He says Sting is going to try and break his bones, poke out his eyes, or rip out his throat but it doesn’t matter. Bully says he isn’t taking anything away from Sting because he has beaten some of the greatest World Champions to become an “Icon.” Bully namedrops some of the people Sting has beat for World Titles including Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, and even Jeff Hardy. Ray mockingly says everyone loves Jeff Hardy and then says Ray didn’t just beat Hardy for the World Title, he took him out. Ray says he made sure the fans would never see him again. He says that he can’t wait for Slammiversary to make sure Sting never gets another shot at the World Title again, but for now he’ll just be patient. He says he doesn’t want to wait for the match with Sting & Park though so they need to get out to the ring and fight now!
Team 3D (Bully Ray & Devon) vs. “The Icon” Sting & Joseph Park
Sting & Park hit the ring and immediately Ray dumps Park out to the floor while Sting tosses Devon out as well. Sting slams Devon into the guardrail as Ray fights back at Ray! Sting tosses Devon all around ringside banging him off the ring steps and the guardrail again and again. Ray shoves Park into the ring post while Sting rakes Devon’s eyes. Devon is finally fighting back on Sting now as Ray hits Park with a chair. Devon hits Sting in the throat and Park hits Ray with a series of right hands. Devon and Sting are brawling on the entrance ramp now as a “we want tables” chant starts. Ray slams Park into the ring steps and Sting backdrops Devon over the top rope into the ring. Bully Ray slams Park’s hand down onto the ring steps repeatedly as Sting once again drags Devon back out to the floor. Sting slams Devon into the timekeepers table. Bully gets in the ring and dares Sting to join him. Sting obliges and Ray shoves him. Sting and Ray exchange right hands and then they both hit the ropes and collide into each other with clotheslines!
Back from the break Devon is beating Park up in the ring as things have finally settled into a tag match. Devon chokes Park in the ropes and then hits the ropes only to eat a hip toss from Park! Park Scoop Slams Devon and then climbs up top! Park sets up for the Closing Argument but Bully Ray kicks him off the top and then decks him before Devon clotheslines him. Devon chokes Park again and then tags Ray into the match. Devon holds Park as Ray clotheslines him. Ray taunts Park before laying into him with hard right hands. Ray knocks Sting off the apron and then goes back to assaulting Park. Ray hits an Elbow Drop for a nearfall and then tags Devon back into the match. Devon hits a Hulk Hogan style Leg Drop and then does a Hogan taunt to the crowd. Devon covers Park and gets another nearfall before putting Park in a chinlock. Park fights up to his feet and breaks the hold with elbows. Park hits the ropes but runs into a Corkscrew Elbow from Devon for another nearfall. Ray tags back into the match and then connects with a Running Dropkick and then drops down clubbing blows across the back of Park. Devon tags in and then they attempt a Double Clothesline, but Park ducks and they hit each other! Sting tags in and hits clotheslines and right hands on both Devon & Ray! Sting dropkicks Devon into Bully Ray and then kicks Devon’s legs out from under him! Sting puts Devon in the Scorpion Death Lock! Ray attempts to break it up but Park trips him and tries to put Ray in the Scorpion as well, but Sting tries to yell at him to get out of the ring. Ray kicks Park into Sting as Park was struggling to figure out how to put the Scorpion on him. Park goes flying out of the ring and then 3D whip Sting into the corner. Sting explodes out of the corner with a Double Clothesline and then a Stinger Splash on Devon! Stinger Splash attempt on Ray but he moves and they hit the Reverse 3D on Sting! Park rolls back in the ring but eats a Scoop Slam from Ray! Devon climbs up top and 3D sets up for the Wassup Diving Headbutt! Abyss’ music hits and Ray climbs out on the ramp waiting for Abyss. Sting tosses Devon off the top and hits the Scorpion Death Drop! Ray tries to get in the ring but Park stops him! 1…2…3!
Winners Sting & Park via pinfall (Scorpion Death Drop)
Dixie Carter is shown backstage.
Backstage Kurt Angle bitches about AJ Styles. Angle says AJ has done things to him that are unforgiveable. He says there may be some mutual respect still there but he is going to have to pay a price for what he did. Angle says tonight he’ll be watching AJ’s match “very closely…literally.”
AJ vs. Anderson in the Main Event is hyped up.
Dixie Carter walks down to the ring and she says Slammiversary is a very special night for TNA as they celebrate 11 years in business. She says TNA wouldn’t be here without the best fans in the world so she thanks them. Dixie says she’s seen some of the greatest men and women grace the TNA ring so she’s very proud to announce that at Slammiversary the 2nd inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame will be announced. She says last year it was Sting that became the first inductee and this Sunday Sting is in a big title match and she wishes him the best of luck. Aces & Eights music interrupts Dixie and then members DOC, Garett Bischoff, & Wes Brisco walk out.
Garett gets in the ring with Dixie and asks her where the love for them is. He asks where her love for Bully Ray is like she gave Sting. He says that he knows she’s real excited about the big celebration at Slammiversary but he has news for her because it’s going to feel more like a funeral. DOC & Wes get in the ring now to as Dixie starts to get nervous. They corner her in the ring but then Samoa Joe’s music hits as Samoa Joe & Magnus hit the ring. Aces & Eights bail out but Joe grabs a microphone. Joe says he sat at home picking stitches out of his face seething to get his hands on every member of Aces & Eights. Joe says that wait is over and then he says he doesn’t know who ever gave Garett permission to speak, but since he wants to get real lippy with Garett then he get in the ring and see just how lippy he gets as Joe beats him into the man that he will never be.
Aces & Eights huddle up and then Garett accepts!
Samoa Joe w/Magnus vs. Garett Bischoff w/Wes Brisco & DOC
Garett slides into the ring and attacks Joe as he talks to Magnus. Garett beats on Joe in the corner but Joe no sells it and then slaps the monkey crap out of Garett with a chop. Joe hits a series of jabs on Garett and then tosses him into the corner. Joe comes in like a bulldozer with a Running Back Elbow followed by a Leaping Enziguri!
Joe hits Garett with a Mafia Kick and then hits the ropes but DOC trips him. Magnus goes after DOC & Wes! Garett clotheslines Joe and then climbs out to the floor and helps the beating on Magnus. The referee throws the match out.
Joe dives through the ropes onto all the members of Aces & Eights! Joe calls them cowards and then he says that he made a contingency plan for cowards. Joe says he realized this might happen earlier today and that’s why this Sunday in Boston it will be Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, & DOC (who Joe calls a “big shaved ape” which gets a “big shaved ape” chant) vs. Samoa Joe, Magnus, and the returning…JEFF HARDY! Aces & Eights freak out at ringside as Joe and Magnus taunt them.
Footage of Gunner’s return last week is shown. Backstage James Storm says that people have asked him “why Gunner?” and then he says “look at him, he’s a beast!” Storm mentions Gunner’s military background and says “he’s killed people!” He says that Gunner has killed people for a country and he’ll kill for Storm too. Gunner says they have fought each other before so he knows what he’s getting himself into. He says they are going to go to war and Storm needs a warrior.
Backstage Hulk Hogan talks to Brooke and he says he needs to know what happened last week with Bully. Brooke says it’s hard when you see your husband and he says he still loves you. Hulk says he’s just trying to destroy everything and Brooke says she knows, but it’s just hard because she thought he was once a good guy. Brooke says she can’t focus on the Knockouts with Bully running around but Hulk says he believes Sting can get the job done and he’d bet the farm on it.
8-Man Tag Team Match
Bad Influence & Dirty Heels vs. Gunner, “Cowboy” James Storm, “Super Mex” Hernandez, & “Mexican Warrior” Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Daniels & Gunner will start the match off. Daniels talks trash to the bigger Gunner and then they lockup with Gunner forcing Daniels into the corner. Gunner breaks clean but Daniels chops him. Gunner shrugs it off and kicks Daniels. Gunner whips Daniels into the ropes and connects with a back elbow. Gunner beats on Daniels in the corner and then whips him into the opposite corner and follows up with a backdrop. Daniels slides out of the ring to catch a breather where his hetero life-mate Kaz joins him. Daniels slides back in the ring and surprises Aries with a tag which gets an “Aries” chant started. Aries acts like he’s fired up but then turns around and blind tags Roode into the match. Aries cheers for Roode from the floor as Roode reluctantly locks up with Gunner. Roode puts Gunner in a hammerlock but Gunner reverses it only to eat a back elbow. Roode slams Gunner into the turnbuckles and then connects with a series of punches and chops. Roode whips Gunner into the opposite corner and charges at him but Gunner gets his boot up and then clotheslines Roode! Gunner tosses Roode into the babyface corner and tags Chavo into the match. Chavo hits a series of European Uppercuts and then old school stomps him down in the corner. Chavo hits a Scoop Slam and then tags Hernandez into the match and Hernandez Scoop Slams Chavo on top of Roode followed by a Splash! Mex hits Roode with a snapmare and then tags Chavo in and he connects with a sliding dropkick. Chavo picks Roode up but eats a knee from Roode followed by an elbow. Roode then goes for a Scoop Slam but Chavo blocks it and hits the Three Amigos! Chavo climbs up top and Kaz runs over to stop him but gets kicked off the apron. Daniels then runs over as well but gets kicked too. Aries then runs in and dropkicks Chavo off the top to the floor! They babyfaces regroup on the floor and then Roode runs out and tosses Chavo back into the ring as the other heels distracted the faces. Roode beats on Chavo and then tags Aries in. Roode catapults Chavo into a Forearm Smash from Aries on the apron. Chavo falls back onto the knees of Roode and then Aries slingshots himself into a Corkscrew Elbow on Chavo! 1…2…NO Chavo kicks out! Daniels tags in and puts the boots to Chavo. Kaz tags in and then Bad Influence whips Chavo into the ropes and Daniels hits him in the ribs. Kaz then connects with a Rolling Neckbreaker for a nearfall. Roode tags in and puts the boots to Chavo as Daniels holds him. Aries chokes Chavo as Roode distracts the referee. Kaz tags himself back in as he slaps the back of Roode and then hits a Snapmare Takeover and locks Chavo in a headlock. Kaz puts the boots to Chavo and then ALL the heels do the same as Kaz distracts the referee. Bad Influence whips Chavo into the opposite corner and then Daniels charges at him but Chavo ducks and Kaz goes flying into the turnbuckles! Chavo dropkicks Kaz and then tags Mex in as Kaz tags in Roode. Hernandez clotheslines Roode repeatedly and then takes a charging Aries out with the Get Off Me! Hernandez charges at Roode in the corner but Roode backdrops him over the top. Hernandez lands on the apron and then nails Roode with a shoulderblock through the ropes followed by a Slingshot Shoulderblock! Aries runs at him but Hernandez Press Slams him way in the air! Hernandez then lifts Roode up in a Backbreaker (over the shoulder style)! 1…2…NO Bad Influence breaks it up! They whip Hernandez into the ropes and attempt a double clothesline but Hernandez runs through it and attempts one of his own. He hits Kaz but Daniels ducks and then hits Hernandez with a back kick. Daniels hits the ropes but runs right into the Get Off Me! Hernandez goes for the Border Toss but Kaz pulls Daniels down and drags him to the floor. Aries then comes flying out of nowhere with the IED on Hernandez! Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Hernandez counters into a crazy throw! Gunner tags back in and swings at Aries but Aries ducks and connects with a nasty Roaring Elbow! Aries goes for another one but Gunner ducks and hits a nasty Backbreaker! Gunner then puts Aries in the Torture Rack and Aries taps!
Winners: Storm, Gunner, Chavo, & Hernandez via submission (Torture Rack)
AJ Styles is shown arriving in the backstage driving his bike into the backstage area.
Bully Ray tries to rally the troops backstage again. Ray says that AJ had the nerve to turn them down so Anderson better take care of him tonight. Devon says Joseph Park is his responsibility and if Abyss even thinks about showing up then his ass belongs to him. Ray freaks out about Jeff Hardy coming back and says he shouldn’t even be walking after what he did to Hardy. He tells DOC, Garett, & Wes that they better take care of Joe, Magnus, & Hardy. Ray tells KNUX that he has a job for him too. Ray says Hogan is always throwing the word “war” around well tonight they are declaring war on TNA so he wants a lot of victims tonight! He says if he doesn’t get victims then one or even all of them might end up like D-Lo. Ray looks at Devon and says “even you” could end up like that.
Mickie James is shown with her new Knockouts Title backstage.
A great video package announcing the location for Bound for Glory is shown with several of TNA’s wrestlers saying why they will steal the show. San Diego, CA will be the home to the 2013 BFG!
Clips of Mickie’s win last week are shown and then she comes out for her title celebration. That skirt Mickie is wearing has to be the shortest skirt in the history of skirts…I’m not complaining either. Mickie says it feels good to be champ and she just wanted to come out and thank the fans that have supported her. She says this year has been a crazy year for her with her album coming out and now the Knockouts Title. She holds up the belt and says it’s been almost 2 years since she’s held that belt. She says that it’s been a long time coming and for her fans that have stood by her she loves them, but there have been a handful of people that doubted the way she won the title. Mickie says it’s not fair because she deserves the belt so she would like to address that situation right now. Mickie calls out her “dear friend” Velvet Sky.
Velvet comes down to the ring with her knee taped up. Velvet’s skirt is definitely competing with Mickie’s for that “Shortest Ever Title.” Mickie says there has been some negativity towards her because she came to Velvet BEFORE the match to make sure that she wanted to do the match or wait. Mickie says Velvet said “yes” to the match and that’s why she loves her because she was a fighting champion. Mickie says it was sad because Velvet’s knee “went out” and then Mickie won the belt, she sounds extremely condescending during this entire thing.
Velvet takes the microphone and says she can’t tell her what all the support from Mickie & the fans mean to her. Velvet says business is business and she wants her rematch and Mickie says she can have it anytime she wants, but they should wait until she’s healthy. Velvet says she would like her rematch at Slammiversary and Mickie says she would LOVE to do that but Brooke already booked Gail & Terrell at Slammiversary so they can’t have their match. Gail Kim’s music interrupts them.
Gail says she appreciates the love and festivities going on but they need to get one thing straight Mickie would have never won that title without Gail’s help (messing up Velvet’s knee). Gail says she almost destroyed Velvet’s leg and lately she’s been so frustrated to the point that she even took out her own partner Tara. Gail says she’s going to finish what she started and take Terrell out at Slammiversary and make sure that she’s the last Knockout standing. Gail says after that she’s going after what is rightfully hers, the Knockouts Title. Velvet reminds Gail that she’s the first in line for a shot. Gail then kicks Velvet’s knee and drags her to the ring post again, but Terrell runs out and chases her off. Mickie just watched the entire time. Mickie just shrugged as Terrell looked up at her.
Mixed Tag Team Match
Kenny King & Gail Kim vs. Chris Sabin & Taryn Terrell
OBD is going to referee this one. Terrell goes after Gail and trips her before slamming her head into the mat repeatedly. Terrell hits a series of forearms and then a sloppy clothesline. Terrell hits a Rolling Neckbreaker and then slams her into the turnbuckles. Terrell hits a series of forearms and then ODB pulls her off. Terrell charges at Gail but Gail slides through the ropes. Terrell stops and clotheslines Gail on the apron. Terrell suplexes Gail over the top back into the ring! Terrell climbs up top and dives off with a Flying Cross Body! 1…2…NO Gail kicks out! Terrell goes to kick Gail but she rolls out of the way and King tags in. Sabin tags in as well and then he swings at Sabin, but he ducks and chops away at King. Sabin attempts to whip King into the ropes, but King reverses it only to eat an armdrag from Sabin. Sabin hits another armdrag and locks in an armbar. Sabin taunts King by slapping King’s hand as the fans clap with him. Sabin then picks King up, still holding on the arm, and puts him in a hammerlock. King reverses it and then tries to shove Sabin into Terrell, but Sabin stops only to eat a clothesline to the back. King puts the boots to Sabin and then hits the ropes and ducks a clothesline followed up with a Cartwheel Kick to Sabin! King taunts Terrell and then covers Sabin for a nearfall. King puts Sabin in a submission but Sabin fights it off and breaks the hold with a Hip Toss. Sabin then hits the ropes but Gail kicks him in the back from the apron and King hits a Spinning Heel Kick as well! King covers Sabin but ODB was holding Terrell back. Finally she covers over for the pin but Sabin kicks out. King hits a Scoop Slam and then attempts a Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop, but Sabin moves out of the way and hits a series of clotheslines and forearms. Sabin whips King into the corner and hits a Running Clothesline and then tosses King back to the center of the ring and hits a Spinning Back Kick. Sabin lifts King up in what looks like Powerbomb but switches in mid move into a Gutwrench Front Slam! 1…2…NO King kicks out! Sabin sets up for something but Gail grabs him by the hair allowing King to attack him from behind. Terrell chases Gail around the ring until King gets between them. Sabin hits King from behind and Gail tries to kick Sabin but he catches her foot. Sabin spins her around into a Spear from Terrell! Sabin then ducks a Spin Kick from King and hits an Enziguri! Sabin hits that Cradle Michinoku Driver! 1…2…3!
Winners: Sabin & Terrell via pinfall (Cradle Michinoku Driver)
Sabin says this Sunday at Slammiversary, after 2 years of surgery and rehab he gets his redemption. King attacks Sabin from behind and talks trash before setting up for the Royal Flush! Suicide runs down and pulls Sabin off King’s shoulders, and then hits that crazy Tiger Breaker he hit last week! Suicide picks up the X-Division Title and then looks at Sabin and they both look down at the belt.
AJ Styles is shown walking backstage.
Tickets go on sale next week for BFG.
A video package highlighting Sting’s past World Title reigns. Great stuff here with Sting talking about his first World Title win over Ric Flair at Great American Bash ’90. He puts over how much he worked to get to that spot and what a World Title means. He says Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, and Hogan are his favorite World Title opponents and puts over the Starrcade match as a massive moment in his career. He says this match is about taking the power away from Bully Ray and stripping Aces & Eights power, and this is will be his one chance to drive the stake through Bully’s heart.
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Mr. Anderson
As AJ climbs in the ring Anderson jumps him. AJ fights back as a huge “let’s go AJ” chant starts. AJ chops away at Anderson in the corner. AJ then slams Anderson into the turnbuckles and then hits a leg kick. Anderson answers with a series of right hands, but AJ fights back with his own rights. Anderson gets AJ in a side headlock but AJ shoves him into the ropes only to eat a shoulder block. Anderson taunts AJ and then hits the ropes but AJ quickly grabs his leg and trips him. AJ kicks Anderson in the ribs and then hits a Scoop Slam followed by an Elbow Drop. Looks like AJ’s shirt says “NO ONE” on it. AJ hits a Vertical Suplex for a nearfall. AJ whips Anderson into the corner and then lays into Anderson with a series of forearms. Anderson fights back with punches and kicks. He stomps AJ down in the corner and then chokes him with his boot. AJ rolls out to the apron and catches Anderson with a Jawbreaker onto the top rope. Anderson rolls away and out to the opposite apron. AJ grabs Anderson and pulls him back in and then tosses Anderson out to the floor. AJ tosses his shirt to the side and then hits a Flying Dropkick through the ropes sending Anderson into the announce table!
Back from the break AJ continues to beat on Anderson. AJ attempts to Suplex Anderson back into the ring, but Anderson blocks it and then attempts to suplex AJ to the outside! AJ blocks it and lands on the apron. AJ kicks Anderson and then connects with a series of right hands. The referee tries to get them back in the ring but AJ shoves him away. Anderson pokes AJ in the eyes and then DDT’s him on the apron! Anderson slams AJ into the apron and then rolls him back into the ring where Anderson gets a nearfall. Anderson continues to stomp AJ as a “let’s go AJ” chant starts. AJ tries fighting back but Anderson backdrops AJ way up in the lights! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Anderson puts AJ in a Keylock and then a Body Scissors at the same time. AJ rolls over and then gets to his feet and breaks the hold with body shots. AJ ducks a clothesline and then sidesteps a Knee Lift from Anderson and rolls him up quickly! 1…2…NO Anderson kicks out and then runs over AJ with a shoulder bock. Anderson gets a nearfall and then slams his knee into AJ’s arm repeatedly. Anderson puts AJ’s arm in an Armbar as it seems like Anderson has decided to go after the arm. AJ fights him off with punches from the other arm and then he nails Anderson with a series of shoulder blocks in the corner. AJ and Anderson exchange right hands and then AJ unleashes a series of wicked strikes. He hit a looping right followed by a left hook, a leg kick, and then a Spinning Back Fist! AJ caps it off with a nasty Lariat! AJ then hits a Roundhouse Kick and a clothesline followed by a Spinebuster. AJ hits a Splash, 1…2…NO Anderson kicks out! AJ lifts Anderson up to his shoulders but Anderson blocks whatever he was attempting and goes for a German Suplex, but AJ runs into the corner and uses the momentum to slam Anderson into the turnbuckles. AJ climbs up top and screams “screw Aces & Eights” as he goes for a Tornado DDT. Anderson blocks it and slaps AJ. Anderson then lifts AJ up in the Green Bay Plunge! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Anderson goes for the Mic Check but AJ blocks it and hits a series of elbows. Anderson wings at AJ but he ducks and then lifts Anderson up to the top rope crotching him on the top. AJ then pulls Anderson back hanging him upside down in the tree of woe in the corner! AJ then hits a nasty Hesitation Dropkick! Kurt Angle runs down to the ring and nails AJ!
Winner: AJ via DQ
Angle beats on AJ until AJ kicks him in the knee. Aces & Eights then run down and jump AJ! Samoa Joe, Magnus, Joseph Park, & Sting hit the ring! A huge brawl has erupted! AJ and Angle go back to fighting as the rest of the TNA guys and Aces & Eights fight. Finally the ring clears leaving just Sting & Bully in the ring! They get face to face and exchange blows! Sting explodes on Bully with rights and lefts and then trips him and locks in the Scorpion! Devon slides in the ring and hits Sting from behind! They hit the 3D! The rest of Aces & Eights hit the ring and celebrate over the fallen Sting.
“Final Impact” thoughts on tonight’s show will be up tomorrow.
1) Sting & Joseph Park def. Team 3D
2) Samoa Joe fought Garett Bischoff to a NO CONTEST
3) Chavo Guerrero Jr., Hernandez, James Storm, & Gunner def. Bad Influence & Dirty Heels
4) Chris Sabin & Taryn Terrell def. Kenny King & Gail Kim
5) AJ Styles def. Kurt Angle via DQ
Scheduled for Next Week:
– 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
– Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, & Magnus vs. Aces & Eights (DOC, Garett Bischoff, & Wes Brisco)
– 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 BFG Series Tournament Finals: Jay Bradley vs. Sam Shaw
– Last Knockout Standing: Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
– TNA TV Title: Devon (c) vs. Joseph Park
Until next week… PEACE!
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