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Impact: Bullying pays off
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


Time is short for Hulk Hogan and Sting to comprise a team for the upcoming Bound for Glory match against Aces & 8s, so tonight's show has everyone in audition mode. Also, Al Snow is forced to make amends with Joey Ryan, two championships matches adorn the card, and King Mo plays the enforcer role ... showing right away that he has a favourite between Bobby Roode and James Storm.

Sting is in Hulk Hogan’s office, probably having just watched the same replay footage from last week that we were treated to, before Sting heads off to watch all of the matches tonight and pick his partner.

Match #1 – Mr. Anderson vs. Gunner (w/ Kid Kash)

Gunner’s strength advantage has him holding an early advantage until a Mic Check shuts him up, seemingly impressing Sting as he watches on the backstage monitor.

Winner via pinfall Mr. Anderson

Kash jumps in the ring right after the bell for a sneak attack, but he also gets his sound system evaluated. Elsewhere backstage, Gail Kim drops in on Tara to warn her that if she gets the Knockouts Championship from Miss Tessmacher, she’ll be gunning for her.

Match #2 – Tara & Gail Kim vs. Miss Tessmacher & ODB

It’s ODB and Kim to start, with Kim getting roughed up pretty handily with an avalanche, but Kim’s speed levels the field and both teams tag for the Knockouts Championship match preview. Tessmacher is doing fine until Kim comes in to break up a pin, only to have Tara shove her into Tessmacher to set up a Widow’s Peak for the win.

Winners via pinfall: Tara & Gail Kim

After the break, out comes Al Snow and he hesitantly introduces Joey Ryan. He apologizes for striking Ryan those several weeks ago, offering a handshake that Ryan flatly refuses. However, Ryan happily accepts the contract that Snow produces as a settlement. Seriously, does he not see how this opens the door for trouble?

With the ink not even dried yet, Snow starts smirking and reveals the fine print: the contract is for one night only, at Bound for Glory, against Snow for the chance to permanently join the roster.

Backstage again, Sting hears first from Kurt Angle, then from Bully Ray, each wanting to partner up at BFG; he seems to be kind of leaning towards the bully, too.

Match #3 – Rob Van Dam vs. Samoe Joe (champion) – for the TNA Television Championship

Joe has some swagger to him as he uses clotheslines in the ring and steel steps outside. Van Dam gets a new life with a springboard heel kick and Rolling Thunder. As he climbs the ropes, though, Joe pops up off the mat and lifts Van Dam onto his shoulders, dropping him with a Muscle Buster

Winner via pinfall and STILL TNA Television Champion: Samoa Joe

Another sequence of backstage moments: Kazarian and Christopher Daniels pass on the news to A.J. Styles that Angle is campaigning to be Sting’s partner, alleging that his focus is not on the tag match; we see King Mo walking into the arena from earlier in the evening; Bully Ray finds Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy and wants a match against the two of them to impress Sting.

Match #4 – Chavo Guerrero (w/ Hernandez) vs. Kurt Angle (w/ A.J. Styles

Guerrero shows off a little submission wrestling before a big back-drop derails him. He tries for Three Amigos but it turns out that Angle’s consecutive German Suplexes win that little contest. Guerrero escapes the ankle lock and gets Three Amigos after all. Angle rolls away from the Frog Splash, but Hernandez jumps on the apron to steal his attention, allowing Guerrero to roll Angle up from behind.

Winner via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero

Styles and Hernandez get in the ring, and the tag champs appear at the top of the ramp very pleased with how all four men are losing their cool.

Match #5 – Douglas Williams vs. Zema Ion – for the TNA X-Division Championship

Williams gets one good clothesline on Ion, but an aggressive arm-bar forces the challenger to submit.

Winner via submission and STILL TNA X-Division Champion: Zema Ion

Ion refuses to release the hold despite the ref’s admonishments, and therefore a reversal of decision is in order.

Winner via referee’s decision: Douglas Williams (Ion is STILL TNA X-Division Champion)

The champ then grabs a mic and announces that he’s not interested in being Sting’s partner, although he’s certain he’s number one on the list.

James Storm has some words, too, and comes to the ring after the break to promise that the match against Bobby Roode at BFG will be worth the year’s build-up. Roode pops out to agree that it will be a bloody affair, but he couldn’t care less about the attention King Mo is getting as the enforcer.

Well, Mo takes exception to that and steps out, gets in Roode’s face, and shoves him to the ground. Roode wants nothing to do with him, so Mo joins Storm in the ring for a beer. In Hogan’s office, Hulk has apparently made his choice but will hold off for Sting to see the final match.

Match #6 – Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray vs. Austin Aries

No lengthy disappearance for anybody in this Triple Threat, as all three men have a moment to shine. As Aries and Hardy continue their bickering, Ray clotheslines the two of them simultaneously. As he thinks about clocking Aries with the championship belt, Hardy tries to come to the rescue but Ray runs him into Aries, followed by the Bully Bomb on the champ.

Winner via pinfall: Bully Ray

Uh-oh, it’s a big misunderstanding between Aries and Hardy. They both solicit the crowd for support and part ways peacefully.

Last up tonight, Sting and Hogan are in the ring, and they agree upon Mr. Anderson and call him to the ring. His video package starts, but then it cuts to a shot of Anderson knocked out amongst some wooden skids and the Aces & 8s dispersing.

Bully Ray heads to the ring and says that Sting and Hogan don’t have to like him, but they have to see how he’s the right man for this job. Reluctantly, the dynamic duo agrees and hands are shaken, sealing the partnership (at least for this week).

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and wonders if this whole Aces & 8s thing is just miscommunication, with Sting and Bully Ray actually set to play the gang in poker at Bound for Glory.