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Impact: Sting wants Hogan
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: Coming off of Victory Road, Bobby Roode has some explaining to do after accosting Dixie Carter after beating Sting. The show starts with Dixie Carter about to make a decision, but she is interrupted by the Stinger, who has a few different ideas for the future of TNA and Roode.

Tonight's taped show emanates from the Impact Zone in Orlando. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.

Dixie Carter is out to start the show. She says Bobby Roode disgraced the company with his actions at Victory Road. She says she's spent all week talking to her legal team and he has only given her one option. Before she can relay this one option to us, Sting comes out.

He says as much as he wants to say firing Roode is the answer, he thinks its letting him get off easy. They won't get the right kind of revenge, James Storm doesn't get the right kind of the revenge and neither do the fans. He says he needs to talk to her about the GM position he holds because it's just not working.

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Sting says he's done the very best he could, but at Victory Road, the company came alive. He also can alive and realized he can't be part-time wrestler and part-time GM. He can't do both. He says he needs to go home and rest due to a concussion, but he's going to come back better than ever. He's going to put his boots on and fight when he comes back. Sting says he's got someone in mind for a replacement, though. Someone who can take it to the top. He's talking about the greatest of all time, someone who can devote 100 percent of his time to it. She needs to let him give the keys to the car to the real Hulk Hogan.

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Match #1 - Four-Way Match for the TNA X Division Championship - (c) Austin Aries (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Zema Ion (The Philippines) vs. Kid Kash (Nashville, Tenn.) vs. Anthony Nese (Long Island, NY)

This match is a mess, as you would expect. Everyone hits dives to the outside, capped by Nese doing a back-flip over the top rope onto the other three. Then we get a four-way Tower of Doom spot. Yikes. And here comes Bully Ray out to ruin the party. He beats the brakes off Kash, Nese and Ion. Aries gets up and asks him what he's doing and Ray boots him in the face.

This match is a no contest

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Match #2 - TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship - (c) Eric Young (Nashville, Tenn.) & ODB (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Sarita (Mexico City, Mexico) & Rosita (Long Island, NY)

Hey, nice to see someone found Sarita and Rosita. You can take 'em off the milk carton now.

Sarita and Rosita control ODB until she tags in Young, who does some cartwheels around the ring and then strips down to his underwear. Now Sarita and Rosita try to seduce Young. ODB sees this and decks Rosita and then sends Sarita out of the ring. She picks up Rosita and hits the TKO. Now ODB starts yelling at him and then kisses him and throws him on Sarita.

Winners via pinfall and STILL TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions: Eric Young & ODB

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James Storm is out. He rants about things like football, gasoline and, oh yeah, Bobby Roode. He says it's wrong what he did at Victory Road. He says at Lockdown, he's going to be the next world champion and he's going to right all Roode's wrongs. He calls Roode out.

Roode's music plays but instead it's a man in a suit and tie. This is apparently William Kelly and he is Roode's legal advisor. He's here to read a prepared statement. The statement says Roode will remain in his home for the foreseeable future due to an unsafe working environment and his only obligation is against Storm at Lockdown. The statement says if Storm is looking for a fight, both Christopher Daniels and Kazarian have volunteered to face Storm and he can choose who he wants to face.

Storm says he'll make it easy and fight both of them so he doesn't have to worry about it next week. Then he gives the lawyer the Last Call Superkick.

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Match #3 - Three-Minute Challenge - Garett Bischoff (Clearwater Beach, Fla.) vs. Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

More than a minute expires before Bischoff starts any sort of offense. He goes wild and hits a modified Stunner, but Angle kicks out. He tries it again, but Angle throws him over the top rope. The clock's ticking and now Bischoff is standing on the outside, just avoiding him. Gunner, though, comes out and throws Bischoff in the ring and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Garett Bischoff

The beatdown doesn't last for long as Jeff Hardy makes the save.

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Match #4 - TNA World Tag Team Championship - (c) Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa) & Magnus (Norfolk, England) vs. Mexican America

Hernandez and Anarquia in control of Magnus. Magnus, though, is able to fight through it and bring in Joe. He's on fire. Hernandez in but Joe hits him with a uranage out of the corner. Joe grabs Anarquia and locks in the Coquina Clutch but Sarita and Rosita jump on the apron, only to have the guy from Repo Games come repossess them. Hernandez breaks the Clutch but eats a big boot from Magnus.

This sets it up. Joe with the corner kick on Anarquia and he follows that with the snap mare into the elbow from Magnus and that's it.

Winners via pinfall and STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Samoa Joe & Magnus

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Match #4 - James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.) vs. Kazarian (Anaheim, Calif.) & Christopher Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.)

This is straight up 2-on-1 with no tags, so obviously it's not going well for Storm. Until when, out of nowhere, he drills Kazarian with the Last Call. And then does the same to Daniels. That's it.

Winner via pinfall: James Storm

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Sting is back out. He asks Dixie Carter to come back out. Sting tells Dixie that he trusts Hulk Hogan and he asks Dixie to trust Hogan as well. Dixie says Sting has never steered her wrong, so if he believes in Hogan, she believes in him, so let's do it. Sting asks Hogan to come out. We are left with a cliffhanger with Sting getting the crowd to chant for Hogan before any decision made.

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!.