Impact: Roode, Storm boil over; Shaq helps Hogan
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Impact Wrestling: It's Open Fight Night and with NBA legend Shaq in the house, Hulk Hogan is on the lookout for Aces & Eights. On this night, James Storm calls out Bobby Roode and in the main event, Austin Aries wants a challenge and calls out the biggest and baddest: Bully Ray. Those plans, however, backfire. 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.
Hulk Hogan is backstage with none other than Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq promises to have Hogan's back should Aces & Eights confront tonight.
Match #1 - AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.) & Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. Chavo Guerrero (El Paso, Texas) & Hernandez (Houston, Texas)
Hernandez and Guerrero get off to a nice start, working over Angle, but Angle sends Guerrero flying with a belly-to-belly suplex.(Ads)
We're back and Styles is in against Guerrero and they are dueling. Hernandez gets the tag and hits a slingshot shoulder block and then pounces Styles, sending him across the ring. He wants the Border Toss but Angle kicks him in the gut. Angle and Styles want a double team but Hernandez responds with a double clothesline. Tag to Guerrero and he hits a missile dropkick on both men.
Guerrero wants Three Amigos but Styles slips out and hits a spinning heel kick. Angle gets the tag, hits some Germans and the straps come down. Ankle lock on Guerrero but it's quickly broken up by Hernandez. All four men in the ring now. Angle rolls through a sunset flip by Guerrero and he applies the ankle lock. Guerrero pushes out but pushes Angle right into a tag from Styles. Flying forearm connects but Hernandez hits Styles with a flapjack. Angle Slam connects to Hernandez, but Guerrero comes up and gives him two Amigos and then delivers all three to Styles.
Guerrero goes to the top rope. Angle cuts him off but Hernandez pulls him down and both men go over the top. Guerrero rises and goes for the Frog Splash but Styles moves. Pele hits for Styles and as he goes for the Styles Clash, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, who were watching on the ramp, hit the ring and start taking out both men.
This match is a no contest
As the champs gloat, Hulk Hogan's music hits. He declares that Daniels and Kazarian will defend their titles at Bound For Glory in a triple threat match against the other two teams. Daniels and Kazarian are, of course, indignant.
Match #2 - Evan Markopoulos (Worcester, Mass.) vs. Douglas Williams (The United Kingdom)
Williams in control and is going after it in a very physical nature with the 18-year old. Markopoulos briefly makes a run but Williams quickly puts him away with a stretch.
Winner via submission: Douglas Williams
James Storm is out and he calls out the coward Bobby Roode and challenges him to a fight here on Open Fight Night.
Roode's music hits and he comes out dressed in a suit. He's got a mic and says he's a little overdressed and not prepared to fight. But he wants to make it perfectly clear that Storm will never be as good as he is. No matter how hard he tries. And he says as long as he's around, Storm will never be world champion. Roode says he's done with Storm, it's over, so if Storm wants to fight, fight someone else.
Roode heads backstage and Hogan confronts him. They get into an argument. Hogan says Roode has three minutes to decide whether he wants to go out there or get suspended for the rest of the year without pay.
Match #3 - James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.) vs. Bobby Roode (Toronto, Ontario)
Roode comes back out and is slowly taking off his suit top and shirt on the ramp when Storm can't wait any longer, heading up the ramp to go after Roode.
They end up in the ring and the bell ring. But they quickly end up back on the outside and Storm is all over Roode. Roode briefly gets an edge but they continue to brawl on the floor and referee Brian Hebner's fingers apparently don't work, because he's not even considering counting.
Roode sends Storm into the post and goes for a chair shot but he only hits the post with it. Storm then asks some front row fans to put their feet on the barricade and runs Roode's head into them. Now Roode gets into it with a lady in the front row. She drops an F-bomb that has to be censored, adding that Storm has already kicked Roode's ass. Roode tells her to kiss his.
Now Roode suplexes Storm on the floor. They finally end up back in the ring and Roode shoves Hebner. They go back to the floor and Storm shoves Hebner. They continue to brawl and Hebner finally calls for the bell.
This match is a no contest
The ringing of the bell makes no difference to these two. They continue to brawl and head into the crowd. Storm throws Roode into a wall. Hebner tries to get between them and Roode throws him away. They head backstage, through a door and apparently the cameras can't go that far.
Tara is out and is here to defend her actions last week when she laid out Miss Tessmacher. She says her boyfriend who is a big star in Hollywood opened her eyes. Then, since it's Open Fight Night, she calls out Christy Hemme.
Tara accosts Hemme and is manhandling her when Tessmacher runs out and makes the save.
Hulk Hogan is out. He says Aces & Eights are holding Joseph Park hostage. He demands they release him right now in exchange for Hogan going to their clubhouse.
The leader comes on the screen and says Park was very good, judging by what they found on his computer. They destroy the computer and Park comes on and says he's got all that knowledge in his head. So they hit him in the head with a hammer.
Match #4 - Austin Aries (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Bully Ray (New York City)
This is an Open Fight Night challenge initiated by Aries.
Aries gets off to a big start, interrupting Ray's promo with a corkscrew dive to the floor, then putting Ray's hat on and beating on him on the rail.
We're back and Ray is in control. Total confront, in fact. He lands a big elbow that has Aries reeling. Ray starts getting in the face of referee Earl Hebner, who fights back. This allows Aries some much-needed time and he gets going. Roaring elbow and some chops, but Ray rakes the eyes to put a stop to that. Aries ducks two clotheslines and hits another roaring elbow and snaps Ray's neck on the top. He goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick for two.
Aries wants the brainbuster, but Ray with some punches to the ribs to escape. Ray wants a butt bomb but Aries moves. Ray with an Irish whip but he sends Aries right into Hebner. Aries with a dropkick to the knee and he applies the Last Chancery. Ray taps, but Hebner is down. Aries gives it up, but as he goes to get Hebner, Ray decks the charging Aries with his chain.
Aries is out. Hebner comes to, Ray turns Aries over, covers and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Bully Ray
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