February 8, 2013
Impact: Sting & Bully Ray battle with Aces and Eights
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
TNA Impact Wrestling's tour of the United Kingdom has brought plenty of action, but the change in location has brought little change. Most notably, the Aces and Eights gang has still been able to continue their reign of terror, especially when it was revealed last week that Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff are members of the gang. With the young bucks taking out their old mentor Kurt Angle, the group looks to continue dominating the TNA roster by taking out Sting & the newly-reinstated Bully Ray in this week's Impact main event!
Video package recaps the events that lead to tonight's tables match main event between Aces and Eights and the team of Sting and Bully Ray.
We are on tape from Manchester, U.K. Todd Keneley, Mike Tenay, and Taz have the call this week.
Aces and Eights makes their way to the ring, with their newest members in the pack. Devon says that 2013 will be the year for Aces and Eights and they have kicked in the proverbial door. Devon states that this will be the group that destroys TNA.
Video rolls, showing the betrayal of Kurt Angle by Brisco and Bischoff.
Bischoff has the mic, telling the crowd that he does not appreciate their disrespect and that he has found his new family now. Brisco now with the mic and he says that this choice was inspired by Hulk Hogan not returning his calls. Brisco tells Hogan that he would not be here today if Gerald Brisco had not given him his first pair of wrestling boots. Devon gives warning to both Hogan and Angle.
Tara and Jesse backstage, walking into the office of Brooke Hogan. The two complain about their conditions, talking about sitting coach and the lack of luxury in the arena. Brooke Hogan is not in the mood for this and promptly bans Jesse from ringside for Tara's match later tonight, then tells him to get her a coffee to keep busy. The couple walks out disgusted.
Match One for the TNA X Division Championship: Rob Van Dam (c) vs. Kenny King vs. Zema Ion
The match starts with King and Ion taking on RVD to start the match. RVD fights out and hits King with a springboard sidekick. Ion and RVD are sent outside. King with a corkscrew crosssbody to take out RVD. Ion then follows with a flip dive to take both men out.
Action moves back inside. Ion and King in the ring. King gets the better of the exchange and gets a single-leg crab in. RVD comes from behind with a kick to the back of the head. Ion moves outside. Offense is exchanged and RVD lands a spinning leg drop on King. RVD looking for Rolling Thunder, but Ion trips him up. Ion cornered and RVD gets a monkey flip. Kick from RVD takes out King, but Ion off the top with a tornado DDT for a nearfall.
King has Ion up for the Royal Flush, but Ion gets a schoolboy rollup for a nearfall. Huge neckbreaker by Ion, but he gets nothing out of it as he is sent outside by RVD. RVD tries to take advantage of the hurt King, but Ion is able to maneuver RVD outside. Neckbreaker from Ion gets a nearfall. King turning it around and gets a splash in the corner on Ion. RVD is back in, but King sends him back out. Ion with a rollup for a nearfall once again.
Ion stomping King into the mat. Springboard moonsault from Ion gets him a few knees in the chest. King hits a suplex on Ion, but RVD up top. Frog Splash lands on King and takes him out momentarily. RVD crawls over to Ion and gets the cover.
Winner by pinfall: Rob Van Dam
Austin Aries and Bobby Roode prepping for their TNA Tag Team Championships match later tonight.
Video package documents TNA and their interaction with fans in the United Kingdom.
Bruce Pritchard talking with D'Lo Brown. Pritchard is shocked with Bischoff and Brisco joining the group, saying that Kurt Angle will let Brisco know who got him a shot in this company when he returns.
Jesse out in the ring. He is not thrilled with being banned from ringside during Tara's match, but he figured that he'd give the fans a photo opportunity by posing in the middle of the ring. James Storm enters and says that no one wants any photos, but he will oblige the fans by putting a beating on Jesse and drinking some beer afterward.
Match Two: James Storm vs. Jesse
Storm working Jesse over in the corner, but Jesse comes back by gouging the eyes. European uppercuts and a boot choke from Jesse in another corner. Jesse using the second rope to choke Storm. Onslaught of elbows from Jesse keeps Storm down in the corner. Abdominal stretch by Jesse. Jesse off the ropes, but Storm with a big boot. Russian leg sweep lands and Storm follows with clotheslines. Inverted atomic drop and Storm takes control. Eye of the Storm connects. Closing Time soon follows. Finally, Last Call for Jesse as the superkick lands.
Winner by pinfall: James Storm
Match Three for the TNA Tag Team Championships: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez (c) vs. Bobby Roode & Austin Aries
Roode starts with Guerrero. Lockup leads to a side headlock and hammerlock from Roode. Guerrero grabs a side headlock of his own. Stalemate leads to Guerrero grabbing a headscissors takeover and a dropkick. Aries tags himself in and Hernandez is brought in. Aries gets a side headlock, but Hernandez carries him and sits him up top. Aries cartwheels out of a Hernandez attack.
The teams meet in the ring and Guerrero is brought in once the chaos clears. Guerrero goes off the ropes, but Roode trips him up and brings him outside. Roode holding Guerrero, but Aries hits a suicide dive on Roode as Guerrero ducks away. Roode in pain from hitting his back on the barricade as we break.
Hernandez is tagged in with Aries as we return. Splash in the corner gets Hernandez a nearfall. Guerrero brought back in with a running dropkick. Headlock in for Guerrero, but Aries turns him around and works him a bit in the corner. Guerrero reverses and levels Aries with uppercuts. Hernandez back in and he scoop slams Guerrero on top of Aries. Running splash by Hernandez is a nearfall after Roode breaks the pin.
Guerrero tagged in and goes up top with an axhandle smash. Roode is sent outside after he sneaks up on Guerrero and Guerrero knocks him down. Referee doesn't see the invisible tag, but Roode claps his hands to make him the legal man. Roode using some power offense before tagging out to Aries. Aries keeping Guerrero grounded before tagging Roode back in. The two exchange strikes, but Roode hits a clothesline for a nearfall.
Sleeper in for Roode. Aries brought in and he continues to keep Guerrero isolated in his team's corner. Roode drags Guerrero outside and ties him up while the referee has his back turned. Axhandle smash from Aries. He gets inside and gets caught with his feet on the ropes on the pin attempt. Roode in, but Guerrero attempting to fight out of the corner. Roode downs him and locks in a chinlock to prevent the tag.
Roode bucks at Hernandez, causing the referee to tie up Hernandez. Aries in off an invisible tag and locks in the chinlock as well. Aries cracking the back of Chavo by jumping up and down while in chinlock position. Guerrero with a bit of a low blow, prompting Roode to tag in. Roode works Guerrero in the corner with stomps. Guerrero fights back and tries a moonsault, which Roode ducks away from. Double clothesline puts both men down.
Hernandez and Aries in. Hernandez with a few shoulder blocks, then gorilla presses Aries on his partner. Running powerslam from Hernandez nearly gets win, but Roode breaks it up. Hernandez taking out Roode and gets Aries with a battering ram after Roode smartly ducks away. Hernandez with the huge shoulder block on Roode and brings in Guerrero. Two out of the Three Amigos convert, as Aries slips out. Guerrero shoves Aries into Roode and the two begin to bicker. Roode leaves in a fuss. Hernandez has Aries up, but Guerrero is pushed down by Roode. The group turns it around and Aries nails Hernandez with a low blow. Spinebuster by Roode on Guerrero is followed with a 450 splash from the top by Aries.
Winners by pinfall: Bobby Roode & Austin Aries
Bully Ray, Sting, and Brooke Hogan all hyping up for tonight's tables match. Hulk Hogan comes in and wants to speak to Bully alone. Hulk says that this tables match is tailor-made for him and that this is Bully's chance to finally prove himself as a "good guy." Bully takes umbrage, saying that he might not be a bad guy to Brooke, but he definitely is not a good guy in other aspects. The two are hyped up for later tonight after the pep talk.
Match Four: Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher
Tara looking for Jesse at ringside, but Miss Tessmacher with a rollup for a nearfall. Tara working a chin lock and calling for her boyfriend. Side headlock takeover by Tara. Tessmacher gets a trip and a dropkick to land. Unique rollup from Tessmacher gets her a nearfall. Stink face in the corner from Tessmacher and Tara moves out to the ramp.
Action outside is one-sided, as Tessmacher unloads forearms to bring Tara back in. Tessmacher up top, but Tara brings her down with a tilt-a-whirl slam for a nearfall. Tara tosses Tessmacher by her hair. Tara using more power and locks in a full nelson. Tessmacher gets out, but Tara drags her down by her hair. Tara mounts and uses a blatant choke. Tara gets a little cocky by doing a stink face of her own, giving Tessmacher a rollup nearfall.
Tara puts Tessmacher down immediately for a nearfall. Sleeper locked in for Tara. Tessmacher out and landing right hands. Clotheslines from Tessmacher, followed by a hurricanrana. Tessmacher is slammed out of the corner after some suggestive offense. Tara looking for Jesse, but Tessmacher follows up with a Tess-Shocker.
Winner by pinfall: Miss Tessmacher
TNA British Bootcamp winner Rockstar Spud is introduced by Jeremy Borash. Spud is happy to finally be in this ring, especially in front of all of his countrymen. Spud is happy to finally be a member of the TNA roster. Robbie E and Robbie T make their way to the ring. Robbie E calls Spud a "pizza-delivery boy," then promptly hides behind Robbie T. Robbie E points out that Robbie T will do whatever he wants him to do. Robbie T drops his clipboard "accidentally," allowing Spud to crack Robbie E.
Spud and Robbie T share a dance in the ring while Robbie E looks shocked.
Bully Ray and Sting ready to take on Aces and Eights. Brooke wishes her husband luck.
Recap of Jeff Hardy's injury at the hands of Aces and Eights.
Match Five: Sting & Bully Ray vs. Devon & D.O.C. of Aces and Eights
The match starts with Sting and Bully Ray just pummeling the gang around the ring. Bully handling Devon, while Sting works on D.O.C. The team then switches off. Both men wearing the proverbial "war paint." Double clothesline on D.O.C. Double back elbow for Devon. Both members of Aces and Eights in the corners. Stinger Splash by Bully on Devon. Sting gets one of his own in on Devon.
Bully moves outside, but he is soon back in. D.O.C. tossed into Devon in the corner and a Stinger Splash by Bully on both. Double clothesline from Sting fells both men as we go to break.
We return to more of the same. Bully handling D.O.C. on the outside. Sting with a few clotheslines and a scoop slam on Devon. Sting wishbones Devon and Bully Ray goes up top. Flying headbutt to the groin from Bully. The crowd and the team shout for some tables. Bully goes out to get one. Sting and Bully take too much time to set up the table, letting D.O.C. and Devon take them out. Sting about to be double-suplexed, but Bully moves the table away to prevent a loss. Bully is sent outside and Sting is put on the table.
Bully trips Devon out and clotheslines him to the arena floor. Sting trips up D.O.C. and looking to superplex him through the table. Mike Knox moves the table away, but Sting soon takes out Knox and hits a Scorpion Death Drop on D.O.C. Devon and Bully left. Devon slugging Bully, but Bully borrowing some family power to hulk up. Big boot from Bully and a chokeslam sends Devon through the table.
Winners: Sting & Bully Ray
Fade to black with the Hogans, Bully Ray, and Sting celebrating.