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Impact: BFG Series getting down to nitty gritty
By BLAINE VAN DER GRIEND - The Fight Network


Impact opens with a video package, containing highlights from last week’s episode, where we saw Mr. Anderson write himself out of the Bound for Glory Series with a pinfall victory over Bully Ray (he needed a submission), as well as the culmination of the AJ Styles/Claire Lynch pregnancy angle. The announcers then bring us up to speed on the confrontation between members of the TNA roster and Aces and 8s last week.

Austin Aries comes out to start the show, with his hand and arm taped up. Aries doesn’t waste any time addressing Aces and 8s. He says because of their attack last week, he has not been medically cleared to wrestle tonight, but he says he doesn’t need to be medically cleared to fight. He also says they made the mistake of injuring his right hand last week, because he is left-handed. Aries says he’s here to fight tonight and begs someone to come out to the ring and fight him, and he’ll stay in the ring, until someone answers his challenge. This brings out Hulk Hogan and Sting, with baseball bats in hand. Hogan requests for Aries to calm down, and says he’s officially back as general manager. Hogan adds that things are going to go the way he wants them to go from now on, and he has Sting to watch his back. Hogan goes on to say that if Aces and 8s wants a blood bath, they’re going to get one (is the Brood back?). Aries says he wants to get his hands on Aces and 8s and he wants one of them to fight him tonight one-on-one. The group in question then appears on the screen. The spokesman says the one thing Aces and 8s always does is they do things on their time and their terms. He goes on to say that they will be there a little later on, and everyone is going to find out exactly what Aces and 8s is all about.

ODB is on the phone backstage with Eric Young, and there is some eerie Addams Family music playing in the background. She gets his voicemail and tells Young she’s been waiting a long time for him to get back with her fried chicken and says if he’s not here next week, they’re done (I hope so), because she’s been needing some chicken and some loving (there must be at least one fried chicken vendor in that arena).

Match #1: Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm in a Bound for Glory Series match

Tenay notes that this will be Storm’s last match in the BFG Series, but also adds that Van Dam must win one of his last two matches in the series to make the final four. Also, the man who finishes with the most points by next week will get to select his opponent in the semi-finals of the series at No Surrender. Van Dam executes a belly-to-back suplex, trying to escape a side headlock, but it doesn’t work. Storm comes back with a flying forearm for two. RVD sends Storm to the floor and meets him out there with a plancha. Van Dam hits a windmill kick and follows up with a corner spin kick and then a springboard heel kick, followed by rolling thunder for two. Storm comes back and spikes Van Dam on his head with a jumping DDT for two. Storm connects with the eye of the storm for two. Van Dam responds with a rolling monkey flip and proceeds to taunt, as he rolls right into a last call super kick, giving Storm the win. Great finish!

Winner: James Storm by pinfall (73 points)

Christy Hemme catches up with Storm after the match. Storm says he did exactly what he said he was going to do. He guaranteed that he would win this thing and get back his World Heavyweight Championship.

Madison Rayne comes out to the ring for a match, and says that Brooke Hogan set this up. She says it’s about time that Brooke has come to her senses and granted Madison her rematch for the TNA Women’s Knockout Title. Much to Madison’s dismay, ODB comes out instead of Tessmacher. ODB says that Brooke Hogan called her too, and told her that she also has a match tonight. Madison instructs referee Taryn Terrell to keep ODB back, and ring the bell, so she can make the trailer park trash famous for a few minutes.

Match #2: Madison Rayne vs. ODB

ODB decides to make Madison infamous by spewing whatever was in her flask into Madison’s face and then dropping her with the BAM! (TKO) for the squash win.

Winner: ODB by pinfall

After the match, Eric Young’s music hits and he returns to the Impact Zone with the fried chicken (how stale must that be by now?) and he is wearing a suit. ODB asks where he’s been. Young says he’s been in Hollywood, as he’s a huge TV star now, but he has beer and fried chicken. ODB demands to know who Young is now. She says she wants the EY that she married and this is not him. Young says ODB’s right that this doesn’t look right, and then he starts stripping (great television as always). Young strips down to his underwear and then nips up, as ODB pounces on him with a big wet one, and then proceeds to chow down...on the chicken.

Up next is a video package, showing highlights from last week’s segment where AJ Styles was finally cleared of this whole pregnancy issue.

AJ Styles tells the Reaction crew that he’s glad it’s finally over, but he’s not finished with Daniels or Kazarian by a long shot (I thought he said he didn’t want anything to do with them last week). He says his only focus tonight is to make the final four at No Surrender, and to do that, he needs to get by Samoa Joe tonight.

The Gut Check judges are shown discussing the latest contestant Kris Lewie. Snow says he was very disappointed with Lewie’s performance last week. Pritchard says Lewie choked last week, and Taz agrees. Taz says the positive is that Lewie has an amazing back story (so what?). Pritchard says they need to keep an open mind and just think of the total package (what does Lex Luger have to do with this?). Taz says they’ll find out live next week (so another thing to NOT look forward to).

Sting and Hulk Hogan are talking in Hogan’s office, when they are interrupted by Daniels and Kazarian. Kaz says that they do have ironclad contracts, so they can’t be fired, as Daniels tries to butter them up. Hogan reads them the riot act and says AJ Styles deserves some payback and they’re just lucky that the Bound for Glory Series has given them some breathing room. He adds that they are the champions, and they are going to fight whenever Hogan tells them to. Sting tries to scare the hell out of them and Daniels is upset that he spilled his appletini (this man is hilarious).

Match #3: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe in a Bound for Glory Series match

Before the action begins, the announcers remind us of Magnus turning his back on Joe two weeks ago. Tenay notes that Joe has two matches left in the series, while AJ has to win this match by submission to make the final four. AJ executes a headscissor takedown from his back, which sends Joe face-first into the buckle. Joe misses a boot, and AJ starts working over his knee and then sends him to the floor. AJ tries a plancha, but Joe meets him with a vicious front kick to the chest on the way down. Joe delivers a snap powerslam for two. AJ once again tries the headscissors from his back, but Joe catches him and counters into an STF. Joe then switches to a rings of Saturn, but AJ eventually reaches the ropes with his foot. Joe delivers a mafia kick, but misses a senton backsplash, allowing AJ to catch his breath. AJ connects with a springboard flying forearm. Joe fights out of a fireman’s carry, but AJ rebounds with the Pele, which connects with Joe’s forearm, that was previously attacked by Magnus. AJ then utilizes a flying armbar, but Joe reaches the rope. Joe fires back with a urinage out of the corner and tries the Coquina clutch, which AJ counters into a victory roll for two. AJ then tries a roll up, but Joe pulls him into the Coquina clutch. AJ counters into a cross arm breaker, but Joe shifts his weight on top of Styles for the pinfall.

Winner: Samoa Joe by pinfall (68 points)

Kurt Angle tells the Reaction crew that Jeff Hardy is a great athlete, but he can’t allow Hardy to stand in his way of once again becoming the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and Angle guarantees victory tonight and in the Bound for Glory Series.

Up next is the Gut Check segment with all the judges in the ring. Kris Lewie is then brought out to face them, as his wife and child are seen at ringside. Lewie says last week, he put forth his best effort, but he’s getting better every day (if that was his best effort, get rid of him now). Taz says he respects what Lewie is trying to do and understands what he’s been through, but from a professional standpoint, Impact is a little above his head, so it’s a ‘No’ from him. Pritchard says this is Gut Check, which means that Lewie had to reach deep into his guts and show them what he has, so Pritchard’s answer is no. Without going to Al Snow, JB says with two judges saying no, there will be no contract for Lewie in Impact Wrestling. Joey Ryan is then shown at ringside, taunting Al Snow with a megaphone. Pritchard is stepping between them, as Ryan keeps yelling that Snow is a corporate stooge. Ryan then throws a drink in Snow’s face, and Snow then chases him through the crowd, as Pritchard tries to hold him back.

Joseph Park is with Sting and Hogan in Hogan’s office and is just thrilled to be in their presence. Park says he can help them out with Aces and 8s, who are in clear violation of several policies. Hogan says if there’s something that Park can do to help them, he needs to go do it.

Match #4: Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle in a Bound for Glory Series match

Tenay announces that Hardy has two matches left in the series, including this match against Angle. He says that Hardy meets Samoa Joe next week and needs to win both matches to get into the final four. Tenay adds that Angle also must win this match to make the final four. Angle blocks a hiptoss and counters into a fireman’s carry takedown and goes right into a standard armbar. Hardy comes back with an armdrag, but Angle regains the advantage with some heavy right hands. Hardy headscissors Angle out of the corner and the former Olympian ends up on the floor, where Hardy meets him with a plancha. Hardy delivers a double-footed legdrop and then a low dropkick for two. He then tries the twist of fate, but Angle blocks it and delivers the rolling German suplexes. Angle goes for the Angle slam, but Hardy avoids it and delivers the twist of fate for two. Hardy connects with the whisper in the wind for two. Angle responds with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then drives home an Angle slam, but Hardy kicks out at two. Angle applies the ankle lock, but Hardy counters into a victory roll for two. Hardy delivers another twist of fate and follows up with the swanton bomb for two and about seven-eighths. Angle goes back to the ankle lock, but Hardy kicks off and delivers a spinning reverse mule kick. Hardy goes up top, and Angle tries to meet him with the belly-to-belly throw, but Hardy shoves Angle off and delivers one more swanton bomb for the win. Angle is now out of the series and looks like he’s having a tough time accepting this loss.

Winner: Jeff Hardy by pinfall

After the match, JB introduces the final five in the Bound for Glory Series. With Hardy in the ring already, he brings out Rob Van Dam, Samoa Joe, Bully Ray and James Storm. JB notes that Storm is already guaranteed to be in the final four. He says next week’s matches will be Jeff Hardy against Samoa Joe and Bully Ray against Rob Van Dam, and one man will be eliminated from contention next week.

Austin Aries comes out for the final segment. Aries immediately invites Aces and 8s to come to the ring and get their asses kicked. Instead of Aces and 8s, Hogan comes out with Sting and some members of the TNA roster, including Bully Ray, James Storm and Jeff Hardy among others. Hogan says they have Aries’ back and adds that he wants to see the faces of Aces and 8s right now. The group starts making their way through the crowd. Hogan says if they want a bloodbath, their finest is in the ring right now, and if this group wants to prove what they’re made of, they should send their finest into the ring right now. One of the masked men takes Hogan up on that challenge and he is much larger than Aries. The big men takes the early advantage, but then Aries negotiates a double-leg takedown and starts beating this man down to size. The rest of the group then swarms the ring, which brings the TNA guys into the ring as well. There is a huge brawl on the outside. Meanwhile, Aries dropkicks the guy in the corner and tries to unmask him, when an already unmasked man comes into the ring and puts a mask on his face (why? I have no idea). This guy then drops Aries with a foreign object and gets his buddy out of there as well, as everyone is confused by this, and the show ends here.