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Impact: Bound For Glory looking good
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: It's the final show before Bound For Glory this weekend in Philadelphia. Kurt Angle has once again stacked the deck on Bobby Roode, booking him in a handicap match against Jeff Jarrett and Gunner that features a surprising return. Hulk Hogan and Sting also put pen to paper to finalize their big match.

Tonight's taped show emanates from Knoxville, Tenn. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.

The champ is here. That's right, Kurt Angle is out to start the show. He doesn't waste any time in calling out the No. 1 contender, Bobby Roode. The crowd chants "next world champ" as he enters the ring. Angle said Roode passed the test of having to get through Fortune with flying colors. He notes, though, that he's not Kazarian, AJ Styles or James Storm. He says he's Kurt Angle, the greatest to ever lace up a pair of boots. Angle runs over his list of accomplishments and notes, for the last five years, he's dominated TNA with nobody back him up. He promises Roode that at Bound For Glory, that he is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is the greatest of all time.

Angle then offers his hand to Roode, who doesn't accept it. Good call. He grabs a mic instead. He tells Angle they could go 30, 40, 60 minutes at BFG, but it's going to be the man who has the bigger heart that's going to win. Roode says Angle had that at the Olympics and every night he's been a machine. Roode says at BFG, all he wants to know is who has the heart to take this company to the next level. Roode says at BFG, he wants no frills, no games. No Immortal, no Fortune. Just man-to-man and let's see who the better wrestler is that night. Angle accepts and offers his hand again and this time, Roode accepts it. No shenanigans. Wow.

Well, maybe I spoke too soon. As Angle walks up the ramp he says he forgot to tell Roode that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have booked him in another tune up match tonight. Against Gunner and Jeff Jarrett in a handicap match.

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Match #1 - AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.) & Rob Van Dam (Battle Creek, Mich.) vs. Jerry Lynn (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Christopher Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.)

These two teams were brawling in the back and brawled all the way out to the ring, except RVD had been laid out briefly in the back. Despite it being 2-on-1 in the ring, the referee calls for the bell anyway. What?

Thankfully, RVD isn't far behind and he and Styles quickly take over. RVD goes for the split-legged moonsault on Lynn, but Lynn gets his knees up and now he and Daniels go to work, isolating RVD in their corner. That doesn't last long, though, as RVD gets his feet up and is able to jump over to Styles. Styles in on Daniels but he bails pretty quickly to bring in Lynn. Styles hit a dropkick and goes for a pin, but Daniels breaks it up.

RVD takes care of Daniels and Lynn hits a jawbreaker on Styles and then goes after RVD, who is on Daniels, on the outside. Styles recovers and sees all three outside and hits a big flip dive onto all three. Daniels back in the ring but Styles comes in and hits the big springboard forearm. He goes for the Styles Clash but Daniels feeds Lynn to Styles. Styles sets him up for the Clash and asks Daniels to come in but Daniels bails out, Styles hits it on Lynn and looks right at Daniels the entire time as he pins Lynn.

Winners via pinfall: AJ Styles & Rob Van Dam

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Match #2 - Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

Morgan all over Joe from the bell. He hits a high knee and then the rapid fire elbows. He goes for a splash but Joe steps out and hits a drop-toe hold. Joe takes over. Running knee in the corner connects. Joe sets Morgan up on the top turnbuckle but Morgan knocks him off. Morgan leap frogs Joe as he charges and Joe goes flying into the turnbuckle. Morgan rolls him up and gets the three.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Morgan

Joe is not happy and goes after Morgan's leg after. He attacks Morgan until Crimson limps down with a chair and makes the save.

Joe grabs the mic and says why don't they do a triple threat match at Bound For Glory.

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Match #3 - Jesse Sorensen (Katy, Texas) & Brian Kendrick (Venice, Calif.) vs. Austin Aries (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Kid Kash (Nashville, Tenn.)

Aries and Kash quickly isolate Sorensen in their corner and bring the pain to the young rookie. Huge body slam backbreaker for Kash. He goes to the top and goes for the moonsault but Sorensen brings the knees up. Kash, though, went right into his corner for a tag. Aries gets on Sorensen but Sorensen kicks him off and tags Kendrick.

Kendrick in and goes for a cover on Aries but Kash comes in to break it up with an elbow but Kendrick moves. He goes for Sliced Bread No. 2 on both Aries and Kash but they just shove him hard into the corner. Now they are fighting from the elbow. All the while, Sorensen comes charging in, Aries moves and Sorensen tackles Kash to the floor. While the referee is checking on them, Aries grabs his title and goes hit Kendrick with it as the referee turns around, but Kendrick ducks, counters and hits Sliced Bread onto the title and gets the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Brian Kendrick & Jesse Sorensen

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Velvet Sky, Mickie James, Winter and Angelina Love are out. They are followed by Karen Jarrett, Madison Rayne and Traci Brooks. Jarrett takes the mic and says she expects them to go out there and make her proud Sunday night at Bound For Glory. She says she had to fight to even get them on the card. She says BFG is for the high class, not the five and dime streetwalking crowd, which brings her to Velvet. She says Velvet draws the bottom of the barrel losers. While Jarrett draws the high class. Velvet says there will be a time when Jarrett respects her because she will be the next Knockouts Champion. Karen says over her dead body. Then Brooks ducks down under Jarrett and Velvet pushes her over. This sets off a big brawl in the ring between the four women who will compete for the title. Fun times.

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Match #4 - Scott Steiner (Detroit, Mich.) vs. Mr. Anderson (Green Bay, Wisc.)

Bully Ray is your special enforcer for this match.

Anderson can't even get his shirt off before Steiner jumps him. "Big Poppa Pump" is all over him. He hits the elbow drop and pushups before telling someone in the front row to shut up. Huge belly-to-belly suplex connects for Steiner. Anderson is just helpless at this point. Anderson, though, hits a neckbreaker and then a Mic Check but Steiner gets his hand on the rope. Anderson slides to the floor and clotheslines Bully Ray. He goes back into the ring and Steiner greets him with a low blow right in front of the referee.

Now Abyss comes to the ring with a chain. Steiner holds Anderson and Abyss goes to hit him but Anderson ducks and he hits Steiner. Anderson dispatches of Abyss and pins Steiner.

Winner via pinfall: Scott Steiner

After the match, Immortal beats down Abyss.

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Match #5 - Jeff Jarrett (Hendersonville, Tenn.) & Gunner (Atlanta, Ga.) vs. Bobby Roode (Toronto, Ontario)

The numbers game quickly catches up to Roode. Gunner and Jarrett hit a double team suplex and mock the Beer Money taunt and this fires Roode up. He flips them both off and hits a double clothesline. Snap neckbreaker on Jarrett but Gunner breaks up the pin. Roode clotheslines Gunner over the top but Jarrett comes up behind him and goes for the Stroke but Roode pushes him off and hits the Double R Spinebuster. Roode locks in the Crossface but Gunner comes flying in. Roode let go of Jarrett and catches Gunner with the hold and Gunner taps.

Winner via submission: Bobby Roode

Immortal hits the ring and the beatdown is on. Here comes James Storm but the numbers quickly catch up to him. Now here comes Kurt Angle. Angle goes for a big punch but Jeff Hardy's music hits and out he comes. He goes wild on Immortal, especially beating down Bully Ray in the corner and then a Twist of Fate for Jarrett. Everyone recovers and Roode shakes Hardy's hand after Storm refused. Hardy goes to leave the ring but Storm won't let him. But that's because they want to raise him hand.

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Our master of ceremonies, Jeremy Borash, welcomes both Hulk Hogan and Sting to the ring for our Bound For Glory contract signing.

The Insane Icon has the pen first and he has signed. Hogan hems and haws and signs the contract. Sting is one happy camper while Hogan sits there. Borash asks them if they have any final words before Sunday. Neither of them take the mic but Hogan stands up and flips the table. Now he's going to talk.

Hogan tells Sting he's watched him dance around him for 30 years. He says for Sting to come to TNA, with Hogan in the twilight of his career to make things right and get the company back on track, something Sting couldn't get done, he dug down as low as he could go, hid and then at the 11th hour, he came after him. He tells Sting he's got the real Hulk Hogan now. Hogan says this is going to be the fight of Sting's life. No games, no interference, no pieces of the puzzle he can't figure out. It's going to be man-on-man, and Sting's got his word on it, brother.

Then Eric Bischoff comes out and says there's one more piece of business. He says since Sting laid his hands on him last week… well, this was just a distraction because Hogan hits Sting from behind with a chair and lays him out.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.