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Impact: Storm, Hardy electrify crowd; Aries gets best of Roode
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: It's the final show before Destination X and Bobby Roode and Austin Aries have their final confrontation prior to Sunday's pay-per-view extravaganza. In other action, Bully Ray is now on Twitter, so that's cool, and the X Division qualifying matches continue featuring none other than ROH World Tag Team Champion Kenny King. In the main event, Jeff Hardy and James Storm battle in BFG Series action. Should be a good one!

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

Bully Ray is out to start the show and he has a big announcement: Right now, he is going live on Twitter @RealBully5150. He talks about Joseph Park and calls him out. Park comes out and Ray announces that he accepts Park's challenge for a fight next week on Impact. Park says he has a legal lesson for Ray. There is precedent and he already beat Ray at Slammiversary. Ray says Park can take his precedent and shove it, but before he can complete it, Park yells at Ray to shut up. Park says everyone is sick of Bully Ray bullying people. Park says he's going to continue the precedent next week by beating Ray again.

Then Ray pulls out a piece of paper and says Park should be worried about this, which is a restraining order against Abyss. If Abyss sets foot in the Impact Zone next week, he'll be sent to jail. Then Ray cheap shots Park.

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Match #1 - TNA Television Championship - (c) Devon (New York City) vs. Crimson (Brooklyn, NY)

Crimson jumps Devon at the bell, but Devon makes a comeback and hits a big corner splash, but Crimson responds with a clothesline. Crimson gets in an argument with the referee and then runs right into a spinebuster and that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall and STILL TNA Television Champion: Devon

Madison Rayne comes down to the ring after the match and has her eyes on Devon. She shoves him aside and goes ride to Hebner, straddling him in the corner and starts making out with him. Earl Hebner is the crush! "It's probably been since 1915 that he's had a kiss like that," Taz quips.

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Chris Sabin is in the ring for his first comments since suffering another knee injury a few weeks back. He talks about how he talked to his family and they told him he shouldn't do this anymore and that he should retire. He says he saw the doctor and he told him the same thing. As he's gaining his composure to speak some more, Bobby Roode's music hits and he makes his way to the ring.

Roode says Sabin is pathetic right now. He says Sabin is pathetic like every other X Division wrestler in the company who complains about their injuries. He talks about Jesse Sorensen's neck, Sabin's two messed up knees. Roode says Austin Aries is the next to go down and have his career ended just like that. Then Roode kicks Sabin's crutch out from under him and puts the boots to Sabin's knee. Here comes Aries to make the save and he runs Roode off.

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Match #2 - X Division Qualifier - Dakota Darsow (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Flip Cassanova (Mt. Clemens, Mich.)

Cassanova hits a standing moonsault that ends with him flipping into a sitting position. Cassanova is all over Darsow here. He heads to the apron and devours Darsow with a spinning corkscrew moonsault. Wow. Darsow hits an elbow and his nose is busted open. Cassanova counters and goes to the top and hits a reverse bulldog. He goes back to the top and just about kills Darsow with whatever he was trying to do, which on replay, appears to be the spinning sit-down. Wow.

Winner via pinfall: Flip Cassanova

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Match #3 - Gail Kim (Toronto, Ontario) & Madison Rayne (Seattle, Wash.) vs. Miss Tessmacher (Houston, Texas) & Tara (Louisville, Ky.)

Kim misses a springboard crossbody and Tessmacher is able to bring in Tara while Kim brings in Rayne. Tara with two clotheslines and then a spinning side slam for two. She wants the Widow's Peak but Kim kicks her. Tara recovers and throws Rayne into Kim, sending Kim flying. Tara follows with the Widow's Peak and then brings Tessmacher in to finish Rayne off.

Winners via pinfall: Miss Tessmacher & Tara

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AJ Styles is in the ring. He says everything Christopher Daniels accused him of was false and so was his accusation that Styles is the father of Claire Lynch's baby. This brings Daniels and Kazarian out to the stage. Kazarian wastes no time in bringing out the heavy ammunition, saying Styles gets junkie whores pregnant. Styles says when he gets his hands on Kazarian, he's going to rip his head off.

Daniels says these aren't empty allegations. He says he's got proof. Styles yells at him to shut his mouth. Styles says this is about he and Daniels and Daniels proved himself as a jealous prick last year. He says Daniels isn't a man and at Destination X, he's going to prove it and shut Daniels up once and for all.

Backstage, some random guy comes and says this is for Hogan and says they aren't cowards. In the envelope as four playing cards: Two aces and two eights with a note saying, "See you next week."

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Match #4 - X Division Qualifier - Kenny King (Las Vegas, Nev.) vs. Lars Only (San Diego, Calif.)

Of course, you might know King as one-half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions the All Night Express.

Only dropkicks King to the outside and goes to hit the ropes, but King comes back in and kicks Only right in the face. King with a suplex attempt but Only knees his way out and gets a small package for two. King dispatches Only to the outside, throws him into the ring apron and hits a springboard cannon ball off the apron.

Back in the ring, King hits a cartwheel kick and Only barely kicks out. King goes for a springboard legdrop but Only moves. He hits some strikes and a head scissors takeover that sends King to the floor. Then he takes King out on the floor. In the ring, they counter each other and Only hits well, he hits something. Don't know what it was, but it was probably messed up. Taz buried it. It's all downhill for Only from there. King springs off the rope, hits a big kick and then finishes Only with a fireman's carry into a uranage, the Coronation, and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Kenny King

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Match #5 - Bound For Glory Series - James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.) vs. Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC)

After a back-and-forth first part of the match, Hardy gains the edge. He hits the legdrop but can't sustain the momentum as Storm hits him with a reverse DDT off the second rope for two. Storm lines Hardy up but Hardy backdrops him over the top rope. Hardy dropkicks Storm to the rail. He goes to slingshot out but Storm catches him with the Codebreaker as he comes out. Both men down on the floor.

They barely make the count back into the ring. Storm gets to his feet and then Hardy. Storm misses a change into the corner and Hardy hits a mule kick, then another kick and goes to the top for the Swanton Bomb, but Storm rolls out of the way. Storm goes to the top himself now and hits a top-rope elbow drop but Hardy kicks out at two. Storm wants the Last Call Superkick, but Hardy can barely stand. Storm goes to grab him, but Hardy catches him with the Twist of Fate and that does it.

Winner via pinfall (7 points): Jeff Hardy

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The GM is here and I bet he's not here to make a tag team match, playa. That's right, Hulk Hogan is out. He asks Austin Aries to come to the ring, but instead he gets the champ, Bobby Roode. He and Hogan immediately start arguing with Roode dropping a great, exaggerated, brothhhhhhheerrrrrr.

Roode says the only reason Aries has a chance is because Hogan is drinking his Kool-Aid. He says Aries' Option C is going to be a failure and Hogan has done nothing but give false promises to the X Division. He says he's going to end the career of Austin Aries and the blood of the entire division will be on Hogan's hands. This brings Aries out.

Aries says he'll let Roode bask in the fact he can interrupt people and the like for the next three days because after Sunday, he won't be able to do it anymore because he won't be champ. He says Roode has two options: Option A is Aries can tuck tail and run and hand the X Division title over to Hogan another time, or Option B, he can step into the ring, hand the title over to Hogan and say he'll wait to Sunday to tear into Roode. He says he isn't a fan of Options A or B, so he wants Option C, which means they finish what they started next week. Roode goes to walk away, but he turns back and wants to clock Aries with the title. Aries sees it coming, ducks and hits Roode with his belt.

We'll see you at Destination X on Sunday!

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