TNA Impact Wrestling
Peoria, IL (Peoria Civic Center)
June 27, 2013
Commentators: Mike Tenay & Taz
Report by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Impact opens up with highlights from last week and then Tenay & Taz run the card for tonight down at ringside.
Main Event Mafia’s music hits and Sting heads out to the ring alone. I am not feeling the new MEM music at all. Sting says he told Bully Ray that Main Event Mafia would rise and it would grow, and he promised what Bully experienced last week is just a little touch of what is to come. Sting introduces Kurt Angle and he comes down to the ring to join his MEM brethren.
Angle says what we are looking at right now are two of the originals from the Main Event Mafia. He says the whole concept behind MEM was that each member had to be a former World Heavyweight Champion, and they fought for power and the title. He says they did what they wanted and when they wanted and nobody could stop them, but unfortunately that description seems to describe Aces & Eights. He says that Aces & Eights have been more violent and vicious than anyone in TNA has ever been, and because of A&8 Sting will never be able to wrestle for the World Title again. He says because of A&8 he was screwed out of the BFG Series among other things they did to him. Angle says real family stick together as he and Sting look at each other. He says this is the new and improved Main Event Mafia. He says that they are both Hall of Famers but that doesn’t mean a thing until they accomplish two goals: destroy A&8 and make sure Bully Ray losses the World Title! Angle says they will fight fire with fire and everyone will meet the newest member of the family.
A highlight package from the Ultimate X Match at Slammiversary is shown. Sabin says the X-Division Title is his ticket to the World Title which makes it mean more than anything he’s done in his career.
Sabin is shown walking backstage when DOC grabs him from behind. He drags Sabin over to Bully Ray and slams him against the wall. Bully tells Sabin to relax and says he just wants to wish him luck in his match tonight. He says he hopes that Sabin wins and does great, and then he hopes he does the right thing when he retains. Bully says the right thing is to NOT cash in his title for a shot at the World Title. Bully says Sabin is a “great little X-Division wrestler” but Bully is a bad person and Sabin doesn’t want any part of that. DOC & Mr. Anderson release Sabin and Bully wishes him luck and to be careful with “those knees.”
A massive guy is shown warming up backstage for Gut Check named Adam Ohriner. A video package hyping up is shown and he talks about is short experience in wrestling (less than 2 years). This guy is massive and I believe he is the “Big O” that was featured on Zack Ryder’s internet shows back a couple of years ago. I believe he was trained by former ECW World Champion Mikey Whipwreck.
TNA X-Division Championship
Triple Threat Match
Chris Sabin (c) vs. Suicide vs. Kenny King
This is a rematch from Slammiversary minus the Ultimate X setup. The trio surround each other but then King pokes Sabin in the eyes before kicking Suicide. King goes back and forth between hitting Suicide & King. He attempts to whip King into the corner but Suicide reverses it and then charges at King only to run into a back elbow. King kicks Sabin and then climbs up top and dives off right into a Double Dropkick from Suicide & Sabin! Sabin gets Suicide in a waisltock but Suicide counter into a side headlock. Sabin shoves Suicide into the corner but Suicide floats over into a Headscissors attempt, but Sabin blocks it and tosses Suicide over the top rope. Suicide lands on the apron and then King comes flying in with a Flying Knee that sends Sabin into Suicide knocking Suicide down to the floor! King covers Sabin and gets a nearfall. He then puts the boots to Sabin and then hits an Atomic Drop followed by a Spinning Enziguri! Suicide dives off the top with a Missile Dropkick to King! Suicide whips King into the ropes and King does Suicide’s spot where he goes through the ropes but hangs onto them hanging in the air. Suicide dropkicks King sending him to the floor and then he dives off the apron with a Somersault Senton onto King on the floor! Sabin then hits a Slingshot Dropkick through the ropes knocking Suicide into the guardrail. Sabin then dives over the top with a Slingshot Plancha onto both King & Suicide on the floor!
Back from the break Sabin puts King up on the top rope and then sidesteps a charging Suicide sending him crashing into the turnbuckles. Sabin then hangs King up in the tree of woe on top of Suicide. Sabin then hits the Hesitation Dropkick to both of them in the corner! Sabin covers King and gets another nearfall. Sabin goes for the Cradle Shock but Suicide pulls King off of Sabin’s shoulders and then sends Sabin into the turnbuckles with the Snapmare Driver! 1…2…NO Sabin kicks out! Suicide climbs up top but King crotches him up top and then climbs up with him. Sabin shoves King off the top and then goes for a Superplex on Suicide, but King stops him and then we have the TOWER OF DOOM! King covers Sabin, 1…2…NO he kicks out! King covers Sabin again and again only gets a nearfall. King goes for the Royal Flush but Sabin blocks it and then dropkicks Suicide out to the floor. Sabin goes for a rollup on King but he holds onto the ropes and then turns around and swings at Sabin. Sabin ducks and then hits an Enziguri! Sabin hits the Hail Sabin! 1…2…NO Suicide breaks it up with a dropkick and then tosses Sabin out to the floor. Suicide goes for his finish but King blocks it with back elbows and then hits the Cartwheel Kick! King chokes Suicide in the corner and then whips him into the opposite corner. King charges at him but Suicide floats up and over him and then connects with a Spinning Back Kick! Suicide rolls King up, 1…2…NO King kicks out! King comes back with a Jawbreaker and then a Front Kick. King goes for the Royal Flush but Suicide counters into a rollup! 1…2…3!
Winner & NEW X-Champ: Suicide via pinfall (rollup)
Sabin can’t believe it as Suicide celebrates with the title. The replay shows Suicide holding onto the ropes as the referee makes the 3 count.
Hulk Hogan’s music interrupts Suicides celebration and Hogan comes walking out with someone limping. That looks like TJ Perkins. Hogan confirms that it is in fact TJ Perkins and says he’s one of the toughest and hardest working guys in the back. Hogan says for years he’s busted his ass in the ring to put food on his table and he is the real Suicide until tonight when someone jumped him in the back and stole his gear. Hogan says he wants to know who’s under the mask right now, but Suicide bails out of the ring and through the crowd.
A replay of the confusion situation that just went down is shown. In the back Hogan says he doesn’t care who it was or where he went, he’s giving whoever it was until the end of the night to come out and show his face.
Backstage Ryan Howe is warming up. The video package hyping up is shown where he talks about being a musician and wrestler. He is the boyfriend of Jessie Belle Smothers (Tracy Smothers’ daughter) and I believe he was a part of WWE Tough Enough back in 2011. I saw him live last year at an Indy show and I must say I was less than impressed.
Gut Check Challenge
Ryan Howe vs. Adam Ohriner
Howe actually plays his guitar out to the ring. I don’t know if he was air guitaring it or not but it at least sounded and looked like he was really playing. Taz calls him Van Hammer, good lord. They lockup and the bigger Adam forces Howe into the corner before tossing him across the ring. Howe comes back with a rollup but Adam rolls through and then hits a Gutwrench Suplex for a one count. Adam whips Howe hard into the turnbuckles and then connects with a Powerslam for another nearfall. Adam beats on Howe with some sloppy right hands. Adam whips Howe into the corner and then charges at him but Howe catches him with a back elbow. Howe then springs to the top and dives off with a Flying Cross Body, but either Howe didn’t jump far enough or Adam was too far out because Howe landed almost squarely on Adam’s knees. That could have ended badly. 1…2…NO Adam kicks out and then Howe nails Adam with a series of forearms. Adam responds with a big clotheslines for a nearfall. Adam tosses Howe in the corner and hits a series of shoulder blocks and then goes for a Splash, but Howe moves out of the way and then hits a series of forearms followed by a Corkscrew Elbow. Howe hits a dropkick and then a heel kick for a nearfall. Howe goes for a suplex but Adam blocks it and shoves him into the ropes. Adam goes for a backdrop but Howe drops down to his knees and hits an uppercut. Howe hits the ropes but runs into a Powerslam for the pin to painfully end this match.
Winner: Ohriner via pinfall (Powerslam)
In the back Sting & Angle are discussing the new MEM member. They walk into a room as Sting says they’ll be better off this go around.
The BFG Series Standings are shown, no changes yet of course. Two BFG Series Matches are tonight though.
Backstage Bully Ray approaches TJ Perkins and tells him he’s a hell of a “little wrestler” and he has a bright future. Bully asks if Kurt & Sting put him up to this tonight but TJ says he doesn’t know what happened. Bully asks if TJ if he’s positive that Sting & Kurt didn’t put him up to this, but TJ says he’s been working on the opportunity of a lifetime and he got jumped and it taken away from him. TJ stands up and says he can assure Bully that it was very real. Bully says MEM are trying to play mind games but TJ says he doesn’t know who jumped him. TJ starts to walk away but Bully stops him and then says “NOW you can leave.”
A recap of the Velvet/Mickie feud is shown.
TNA Knockouts Championship
“Hardcore Country” Mickie James (c) vs. Velvet Sky
Velvet is wearing houndstooth on her skirt, which gets a BIG Roll Tide from me! Before the match Mickie sarcastically apologizes to Velvet again, and she says the title can change people like it changed Velvet. She says that when Velvet was champion they were best friends and now that Mickie is champion they aren’t friends anymore which breaks her heart. She says that she still cares about Velvet and her health so she will give her one last chance to walk away. Mickie says the people don’t want to see her get hurt and Mickie definitely doesn’t want to see that. Mickie tells her to do the right thing and don’t be the “$3 stubborn pack mule” that she is. Velvet Spears Mickie and starts slamming her head into the mat repeatedly. ODB pulls her off but Velvet goes right back and slams Mickie’s face into the mat. Velvet then slams her into each turnbuckle before slamming her shoulder into Mickie’s gorgeous waist repeatedly. Mickie comes back with an uppercut and a series of kicks in the corner. Mickie tries to whip Velvet into the corner but Velvet counters into a Russian Leg Sweep for a nearfall. Mickie rolls out to the floor to catch a breather but then trips Velvet from the outside and pulls her knee out to the apron and slams it into the side of the apron. Mickie covers Velvet twice for a nearfall and then goes for a leg submission but Velvet kicks her off with the good leg. Mickie comes back and hits a Snapmare Takeover followed by a Sliding Dropkick for another nearfall. Mickie puts Velvet in a Kneelock but Velvet kicks her repeatedly with the other leg and then rolls her up! 1…2…NO Mickie kicks out and then slams Velvet into the corner. Velvet hits a series of shoulder blocks and then chops her. Velvet comes back with a kick to the face and then she goes for a Headscissors Kick out of the corner but Mickie swats her kick away and then locks a Kneelock in on the bad knee. Velvet kicks her away with the other leg and then hits a series of clotheslines and a back elbow. Velvet hits the ropes and kicks Mickie followed by a Bulldog! 1…2…NO Mickie kicks out! Velvet hits a Forearm Smash and then a chop and a kick. Velvet whips Mickie into the ropes but Mickie holds onto the ropes and slides out to the floor to escape Velvet. Velvet follows her out and connects with a Spinning Headscissors Takeover on the floor! Velvet then hits a Spear! Velvet punches and slaps Mickie repeatedly! Velvet tosses Mickie back in the ring but as she tries to get back in Mickie hits a Spinning Back Kick to Velvet’s injured knee and then hits a DDT! 1…2…NO Velvet kicks out! A “Let’s go Velvet” chant starts as Mickie goes for the Mickie-DT, but Velvet blocks it and kicks Mickie in the head and then hit’s a Neckbreaker! 1…2…NO Mickie kicks out! Velvet goes for the In Yo Face but Mickie shoves her into the corner. Velvet comes back with an attempt at the Spinning Headscissors again but Mickie blocks it and then knees Velvet in the injured leg. Mickie then puts Velvet in an inside Deathlock/Crossface at the same time in a modified Bow & Arrow. Velvet taps as she screams in pain.
Winner & STILL KO Champ: Mickie via submission (Deathlock/Crossface Bow & Arrow)
Christy Hemme interviews Velvet at ringside as the fans chant “you tapped out” at her. Velvet cries and says she thought her knee was okay and she fought so hard to finally get her rematch only to lose. She says she’s heartbroken and she can’t talk anymore.
In the back Hogan talks to the referee for the X-Division Match and asks him if he noticed anything different about Suicide that could tell him who it was under the mask. The referee says he couldn’t tell anything different at all.
BFG Series Match
“The IT Factor” Bobby Roode vs. Magnus
I don’t believe these two have ever faced each other one-on-one but they were part of a great Beer Money-British Invasion feud several years ago. Roode and Magnus lockup and they brawl into the corner before breaking clean. They lockup again but this time Roode gets Magnus in a wristlock and transitions into a hammerlock. Magnus counters into a wristlock of his own but Roode counters right back and sweeps Magnus’ legs. Magnus counters into a Hammerlock but Roode is able to roll through and counter into a side headlock. Magnus shoves Magnus off but Roode runs him over with a shoulder block. Roode hits the ropes but runs into a High Knee from Magnus for a nearfall. Magnus goes for the Texas Cloverleaf but Roode quickly gets to the ropes and slides out of the ring. Roode trips Magnus and pulls him to the outside. Magnus decks Roode and then slams him into the apron before tossing him back into the ring. As Magnus rolls back in Roode kicks him and then slams him into the turnbuckles. Roode puts the boots to Magnus and then chops him hard. Roode hangs Magnus up in the ropes and then catapults him throat first into the middle rope! Roode rolls back to the floor and slams Magnus’ head into the apron. Roode then slams him elbow down across the throat of Magnus before rolling back in the ring and hitting a Hangman’s Neckbreaker for a nearfall. Roode gets a nearfall and then puts Magnus in a chinlock. Magnus fights back with body shots and then they exchange right hands. Magnus hits a Back Suplex and then connects with a series of clotheslines. Magnus whips Roode into the ropes and goes for a backdrop, but Roode kicks him and then hits the ropes but Magnus is right behind him with a Lariat! Magnus charges at Roode in the corner but he gets his boots up and then dives off the top with a Cross Body, but Magnus catches him in midair and transitions into the Tormentum! Magnus climbs up top but Roode catches him with a right hand and then climbs up with Magnus. Roode goes for a Superplex but Magnus shoves him off and then dives off with the Flying Elbow Drop! 1…2…NO Roode kicks out! Magnus attempts to whip Roode into the corner but Roode reverses it and then charges at the Brit. Magnus catches him with an elbow and then charges at Roode but runs into the Double-R Spinebuster! Roode talks trash to the crowd and then sets up for the Payoff but Magnus blocks it and hits the MDD! 1…2…3!
Winner: Magnus via pinfall (MDD)
Tenay puts over how big of an upset that was and calls it the biggest win of Magnus’ career.
Backstage Aces & Eights approach members of the TNA roster and interrogate them about being Suicide. Chavo, Robbie E, & Jesse say they aren’t Suicide and Bully says if he finds out it’s any of them they just committed “career suicide.” Bully tells Jesse he might want to lay off the carbs and Robbie says “he’s right bro.”
James Storm & Gunner are in the ring. Storm says that people claim that Tag Team Wrestling is a science but looking at he and Gunner they sure as hell don’t look like scientists. Storm says he has been called a chemist due to his mixing of liquids (alcohol). He says that one thing he’s learned from being a 12-time Tag Team Champion you don’t have to like your partner, as long as you show up to work and watch each other’s backs then you’re good to go which is why he chose Gunner to be his partner. Storm says he knows there are a lot of tough guys in the back but before he can say anything else The Shore’s music hits and they come down to the ring along with Tara.
Robbie says Gunner & Storm really think they’re tough but Robbie & Jesse are the two toughest guys in the locker room. Robbie says he knows Gunner has tattoos and drinks beers with Storm but picking him over Robbie was a “big mistake bro!” Robbie says it’s too late to look back because “this train has already sailed down the road” which causes Storm & Gunner to laugh about the analogy. Robbie says he & Jesse are the future of tag team wrestling and calls themselves “The Bromance.”
Storm laughs and asks him if he really just said “Bromance” and asks Robbie if they “are a thing now.” Robbie says he didn’t say that, he said they are the “Bro-Mans.” Jesse tells Storm to shutup and says they have a hot chick, Tara with them. Storm says Tara is what they call a “butter face” (everything is hot but her face). A “butter face” chant starts and Jesse attempts to defend her honor only to get knocked out by Gunner. Storm tells Gunner he didn’t have to knock the guy out as The Bromance leaves.
In the back Sting & Angle talk about the new member of MEM and says maybe they should go talk to the mystery man behind the Suicide mask too.
BFG Series Match
“Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa vs. Mr. Anderson
Anderson decides to go solo tonight without any A&8 backup. They lockup and Joe forces Anderson in the corner but releases clean before locking up again. Again they brawl into the corner but this time Anderson knees Joe in the gut and then nails him with a series of rights. Joe answers back with chops and jabs that send Anderson reeling to the corner. Joe beats Anderson down in the corner with nasty strikes. He then whips Anderson into the opposite corner and hits a Running Back Elbow followed by a Leaping Enziguri for a nearfall. Joe lights Anderson up with a chop and then he charges at Anderson but Anderson sidesteps Joe and drop toe holds him into the turnbuckles as a “Green Bay sucks” chant starts. Anderson tosses Joe out to the floor and kicks him in the ribs. Anderson slams Joe into the apron and then hits him with an uppercut before tossing him back into the ring for a nearfall. Anderson puts Joe in an armbar but Joe fights it off with forearms and then he tosses Anderson into the ropes. Joe goes for a clothesline but Anderson counters into a Swinging Neckbreaker for another nearfall. Anderson chops Joe and then attempts to whip him into the corner, but Joe reverses it and runs at Anderson only to run right into a boot. Anderson then climbs up top and dives off right into an Atomic Drop from Joe! Joe follows up with a Mafia Kick and then a Backsplash Senton! 1…2…NO Anderson kicks out! Joe lifts Anderson up in the air with a backdrop but then members of A&8 run out and surround the ring! The distraction allows Anderson to hit a DDT! 1…2…NO Joe kicks out! Anderson hits the ropes but Joe catches him with a Snap Powerslam! Sting and Angle run down and jump DOC & Knux! They chase A&8 off and in the ring Anderson attempts the Mic Check but Joe blocks it by holding onto the ropes and then locks in the Coquina Clutch for the submission!
Winner: Joe via submission (Coquina Clutch)
After the match Sting & Angle hug Joe and it looks like we have a new MEM member! Joe holds up the “M” symbol as the MEM music hits!
In the back Angle & Sting welcome Joe into the MEM and present him with a suit. Angle says “you’re gonna like the way you look” and Sting replies with “and I guarantee it.” Nice Men’s Warehouse reference.
Hulk Hogan comes out to the ring and he says tonight was supposed to be about who the X-Division Champion is and if they would roll the dice in a World Title shot, but now they have a mystery to solve. Hogan says whoever is under the Suicide mask need to get out here right now or he’s going to strip him of the belt.
The fake Suicide comes down to the ring and Hogan says he understands when opportunities come your way you take advantage of them, but this thing isn’t about cheating. He says he wants to know who is under the mask right now. Suicide refuses to take the mask off and Hogan starts to strip him of the belt but Bully Ray comes down to the ring to interrupt them.
Ray says for the first time in a long time they are actually on the same page about something. Ray says he wants to know who’s under that mask too and he tells Suicide to take the mask off now. A “Take it off” chant starts but again Suicide just shakes his head. Ray says that doesn’t even matter and he says the only thing that matters is if he cashes in that belt for a shot at the World Title. Ray says the only reason he even won the X-Division Title was because he put the fear of God in Chris Sabin. Ray tells Suicide to do himself a favor and walk away because he doesn’t want any piece of him because he is a bad person that does bad things. He tells Suicide to put his tail between his legs and leave.
Hogan tells Suicide to take the mask off now but Suicide finally speaks and says he was in darkness and he felt the pain. Whoever it is behind the mask is disguising his voice somehow. He says in life we are given choices or options, the easy thing or the right thing and raises the X-Division Title up. Suicide says Bully Ray always comes out and asks the people if they know who he is, but the real question is does Bully know who Suicide is. He says he should because he is a man that has beaten him once again. He pulls the mask off revealing it to be AUSTIN ARIES! Aries says he’s the man that cashed in that belt and won the World Title before and he’s the man that is going to do it again! Bully Ray looks like he’s seen a ghost as Aries smiles!
“Final Thoughts” will be up tomorrow morning.
1) TNA X-Division Title 3-Way: Suicide def. Kenny King & Chris Sabin (c) to win the title!
2) Gut Check: Adam Ohriner def. Ryan Howe
3) TNA Knockouts Title: Mickie James (c) def. Velvet Sky to retain the title!
4) BFG Series: Magnus def. Bobby Roode via pinfall (7 points)
5) BFG Series: Samoa Joe def. Mr. Anderson via submission (10 points)
BFG Series Standings
1) Magnus (17 points)
2) Samoa Joe (12 points)
3) Mr. Anderson (7 points)
Austin Aries (7 points)
Jeff Hardy (7 points)
Christopher Daniels (7 points)
4) AJ Styles (2 points)
5) Kazarian (0 points)
Jay Bradley (0 points)
Hernandez (0 points)
Joseph Park (0 points)
Bobby Roode (0 points)
Scheduled for Next Week:
-Ladder Match: Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
One Night Only: Hardcore Justice 2 Lineup:
– Street Fight: Disciples of The New Church vs. L.A.X.
– No DQ Match: Jackie Moore vs. ODB
– Ladder Match: Generation Me vs. Bad Influence
– Hardcore Gauntlet Battle Royal: 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Little Guido vs. Crowbar vs. Sam Shaw vs. Shark Boy vs. Gunner vs. Crimson vs. Johnny Swinger
– Elimination Match: Aces & Eights (DOC, Knux, & Wes Brisco) vs. Hardcore Holly, James Storm, & Magnus
– Monsters Ball: Judas Mesias vs. Joseph Park
– Tables Match: Jeff Hardy & Brother Runt vs. Team 3D
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