Impact: Anderson and Angle clash in a steel cage
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Kurt Angle is fed up with Aces and Eights wreaking havoc inside the Impact Zone. Last week, he threw the proverbial gauntlet down and challenged the newly patched-in Mr. Anderson to a match inside a steel cage. Tonight on Impact, that match goes down with everyone wondering what Aces and Eights will have in store!
Recap of last week's events kicks off the show.
We are on tape from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, U.K. Mike Tenay, Todd Keneley, and Taz have the call.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, newly christened as Bad Influence, enter in Braveheart attire, complete in blue face paint and kilts. Kazarian notes that it is "Throwback Thursday" and they are paying homage to "the true warriors of the U.K., the Scots." He introduces his partner and hands the mic off to Daniels. Daniels says he understands the crowd is disappointed that he doesn't hold the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but once he gains the title, he promises to defend it in "this rotten country."
Magnus hits the ring to a roar from his home country crowd. Magnus digs at the team and seems to want to engage in fisticuffs. He puts out an offer and Daniels and Kaz begin to put a beating on Magnus. Magnus is able to fight them both off and send them out with a few clotheslines. Magnus decides to call out Devon for his Open Fight Night challenge.
Match One: Devon vs. Magnus
Magnus taking it to Devon early on. Power offense and he tosses Devon to the outside. Magnus follows and slams him into the barricade quite a few times. Magnus with a cup full of beer to the face of Devon. Magnus moves inside, but Devon gets him with a cheap shot. Devon now in control with offense to keep Magnus grounded. Snapmare and leg drop from Devon. Magnus throwing right hands and goes off the ropes, but Devon gets the corkscrew elbow. Devon choking Magnus in the corner.
Offense slows as Devon gets a nerve hold on the neck of Magnus. Magnus fights back to his feet and unloads rights to the stomach. Devon again counters with a clothesline. Scoop slam and Devon goes up top. Flying headbutt fails and Magnus with a bevvy of clotheslines. Flying knee by Magnus. Devon counter on a back bodydrop leads to a lariat from Magnus.
Driver by Magnus leads to Aces and Eights rushing the ring. Magnus quickly disposes of the group and celebrates in front of the crowd.
Winner by disqualification: Magnus
Joseph Park video package rolls and he will be up next for his Open Fight Night challenge.
Bully Ray, Sting, and Brooke Hogan on pins and needles in the locker room. Sting says that Hogan left him a voicemail saying he would be there tonight. Bully tries to contact Hogan one last time.
Joseph Park in the ring. He compliments the British crowd and admits that it was still a tough decision on who his opponent would be tonight.
Robbie E and Robbie T enter. Robbie E wants to know if this is a joke. Robbie E says that Park is a "hamster, just like everyone else in the U.K." Robbie T staring his own partner down, but Robbie E quickly tells him that he didn't mean him. Robbie E says that it is "Open Bro Night" and the challenge is accepted by Park.
Match Two: Robbie E vs. Joseph Park
Robbie E ducks under the clothesline from Park. Kick to the stomach from Robbie and he fails on an attempt to whip Park into the ropes. Robbie E bounces off the bigger man on a crossbody attempt. Robbie with a strike to the stomach and goes off the ropes. Hip toss and arm drag from Park. Failed splash after a scoop slam from Park.
Robbie E once again gains the momentum and lands a few strikes. Robbie E up top and lands a flying clothesline. Diving fist drop from Robbie E. Robbie crotches himself in the corner on a failed splash attempt. Park with a few shoulder bumps and a belly-to-belly suplex. Park on top and lands a huge splash.
Winner by pinfall: Joseph Park
Hulk Hogan is shown entering the building.
Austin Aries and Bobby Roode in the ring. Aries says that, ironically, the two most valuable members of the TNA roster continue to be robbed. Aries suggests that they are on the same page and they are going to capture each bit of gold in the company. Tonight, they will challenge for the TNA World Tag Team Championships. Roode says that they view Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez just like they view all of the fans, "just a bunch of wankers."
Chavo and Hernandez make their way out. Guerrero says to earn a shot, they must be a tag team. Aries says Hernandez lost to Roode fair and square. Aries proposes a singles match to determine if himself and Roode will get a shot at the belts.
Match Three: Chavo Guerrero vs. Austin Aries
Guerrero taking control in the beginning. Saito suplex from Guerrero. Aries manages a hotshot on the ropes. Aries attempt at a swanton lands on the knees of Chavo Guerrero. Guerrero on the apron and lands a flip dive to the inside.
Guerrero in control as we return. Aries scoots outside, but Guerrero with a baseball slide that sends Aries into Bobby Roode. Guerrero with a crossbody on Roode, but Aries hits the ring and lands a suicide dive on Guerrero. Nearfall on the inside from Aries. Aries working huge chops in the corner. Choking Guerrero with his boot. Snapmare and Aries goes up top with a European uppercut to the back of the head for a nearfall.
Aries still working Guerrero in the corner. Aries with a roundhouse to the head for a nearfall. The two exchange strikes before Aries hits a side headlock takeover. Side headlock in for Aries. Guerrero fighting back, but Aries hits a back bodydrop for a nearfall. Aries going up top and he misses a frog splash. Guerrero using this to get back into it. Dropkick and huge blows in the corner. Back bodydrop from Chavo Guerrero. Rolling Koppu kick from Guerrero downs Aries. Guerrero lands the Three Amigos. Going up top and lands the Frog Splash.
Bobby Roode hits the ring to distract the referee and is chased off by Hernandez. Hernandez gets tangled up with the referee and Roode heads up top, but Guerrero puts him down. Aries runs up from behind with a huge running dropkick in the corner. Aries has Guerrero locked in and he sends him up for the Brainbuster. Guerrero brought down hard on the head.
Winner by pinfall: Austin Aries
Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan headed to the ring next.
Kurt Angle backstage warming up when his proteges Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco come in to offer assistance to Angle tonight. Angle appreciates it, but he is ready to go it alone later tonight.
Video package rolls detailing the drama between the Hogan family and Bully Ray.
Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray have made it to the ring. Bully says that his love for Brooke has gotten him suspended. Bully tells Hulk Hogan that they are family now and they have a common enemy in Aces and Eights. Bully says the only person who can get it through to Hulk Hogan is Sting. The crowd chants for Sting.
Sting obliges the crowd and hits the ring. He encourages the crowd to try to bring out Hulk Hogan and the crowd begins to chant for the legend to make his way out to the ring.
Hulk Hogan enters. Sting says that it is a war zone in TNA as of late and that he can't think of a better place to bury the hatchet than right here. Hogan says that, in the end, he always does the right thing. He walked his daughter down the aisle and, when it comes to family, he will always do the right thing. Hogan finally agrees to reinstate Bully Ray. Hogan says he so often confuses business and family. Next week, he will put his new son-in-law and Sting against two members of Aces and Eights in a tables match.
Bully and Hulk shake hands.
Velvet Sky will make her way out to the ring next.
Dixie Carter announces that TNA will now be on the road permanently, starting on March 14.
Velvet Sky enters the ring. She calls out Tara and Jessie. Velvet Sky tells the two that she does not want a handicap match and invites out her partner for the night. James Storm makes his way to the ring.
Match Four: Velvet Sky & James Storm vs. Tara & Jessie
The men start the match. Jessie works Storm into a corner, but Storm immediately goes on offense. Shoulder block and a hip toss by Storm. Snake eyes in the corner and a huge right hand from Storm. Tara distracts Storm and Jessie works Storm over in the corner with elbows. Nearfall by Jessie. Jessie working a keylock and hits a leg drop for another nearfall.
Storm gets control with Closing Time and both men are down. Tags bring the women in and Sky with a few clotheslines. Headscissors takeover from Sky. Russian legsweep earns Sky a nearfall. Sky pushes Tara into her boyfriend and gets a rollup for a nearfall. Storm takes out Jessie with a Closing Time. Sky hits In Yo' Face on Tara.
Winners by pinfall: James Storm & Velvet Sky
Recap of Jeff Hardy being taken out by Aces and Eights last week, followed by a recap of tonight's announcement by Hulk Hogan that set up Aces and Eights vs. Sting & Bully Ray. Footage rolls of Hulk Hogan being complimentary of Bully Ray in a backstage interview.
Video package details the history of Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson inside steel cages.
Backstage, Samoa Joe has been taken out and Angle tells his pupils to send for the paramedics.
Match Five: Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson in a Steel Cage match
Wes Brisco joins Angle cageside.
Anderson immediately goes on the offensive. Anderson chokes Angle in the corner and whips him hard into the corner for a nearfall. Strikes follow from Anderson. Suplex blocked by Angle, but he eats an elbow for another Anderson nearfall. Angle whipped into the corner, but he gets a back elbow. Angle with a missile dropkick from the top to turn the tide. Clotheslines from Angle. Anderson counters with a big boot. German suplex from Angle. Angle Slam fails and Anderson gets a fireman's carry roll for a nearfall.
Angle sent into the cage twice. Anderson goes to the well one too many times and Angle tosses him into the cage. Angle Slam follows for a nearfall.
Angle in control as we return from break. Anderson with a clothesline to put both men down. The referee begins a count, but Anderson is up and begins to scale the cage. Angle is able to catch up to him and they stand on the top rope. The men exchanging strikes. Anderson drops down and yanks Angle, crotching him on the top rope. Nearfall for Anderson.
Anderson using power offense and again begins to scale the cage. Angle meets him in the corner and stifles the motion of Anderson. Angle gets him in his clutches and hits the Angle Slam from the top rope. Nearfall for Angle. Anderson counters some offense from Angle and hits a Mic Check for a nearfall. Anderson once again hooks the leg, but still only grabs a nearfall.
Anderson once again climbing the corner of the cage. Angle is able to get over to him and slam him down with a powerbomb. Angle grabs the leg and puts in the Ankle Lock. Anderson squirming in pain and is finally forced to tap.
Winner by submission: Kurt Angle
A member of Aces and Eights climbs the cage and Wes Brisco makes his way inside. Angle instructs Brisco to lock the door and he does so. The member of Aces and Eights unmasks himself, revealing himself as Garrett Bischoff. Brisco and Angle look shocked. Angle moves in on Bischoff, but Brisco hits an knee block with his shoulder. The two beat Angle down.
The young members of Aces and Eights stand triumphant over a broken Angle as we fade to black.
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