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TNA Impact: Hogan selects Hardy's opponent, returns to the ring
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


As we inch closer to TNA Lockdown, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy is still left without an opponent. Tonight on TNA Impact, Impact GM Hulk Hogan makes the call on who will be getting a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Also, in what is sure to be a special moment, Hulk Hogan makes his return to the ring to combat the thorn in his side that is the Aces and Eights. All of that and more on this week's episode of Impact.

Recap of the latest developments in TNA, including Jeff Hardy's injury at the hands of Aces and Eights.

We are on tape from London, UK. Todd Keneley, Mike Tenay, and Taz have the call.

Hulk Hogan makes his way down to the ring. After playing to the fans, Hogan begins to talk about last week's contenders matches that were supposed to determine Jeff Hardy's opponent at Lockdown. Hogan was interrupted by Aces and Eights last week, but he states that this gave him a week to think it all over. Hogan has decided that the top contender is his son-in-law, Bully Ray.

Bully Ray hits the ring. He is shocked, stating that he is still injured and that many men deserved this over him. Hogan calls him tough, but Bully Ray seems to shuck it off, still not accepting this as reality. Bully says the happiest day of his life was marrying Brooke Hogan and that he has nothing but respect for Hulk, but there is other business at hand. Bully suggests that there be a six-man tag between three members of Aces and Eights, himself, Sting, and Hulk Hogan. Hogan agrees and this will go down later tonight.

Austin Aries and Bobby Roode backstage, talking about how TNA is out to get them. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian come up to congratulate the team, stating that the team should follow their lead tonight. Roode and Aries act nice until they turn away, stating that they should take the lead. The two teams will square off against Hernandez, Chavo Guerrero, James Storm, and Joseph Park.

(Commercials)

Match One: Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian vs. Hernandez, Chavo Guerrero, James Storm, and Joseph Park

Daniels and Storm start off. Storm with a slap to the face after a Daniels shove. Daniels with a sidekick to the stomach and off the ropes for a shoulder block. Back bodydrop from Storm. Daniels stumbling and is sent to the floor. Bobby Roode hits the ring and tosses Storm out. Chaos reigns as every man enters the ring. Hernandez, Guerrero, Park, and Storm clean house and celebrate in the ring as we break.

(Commercials)

Guerrero in with Kaz as we return. Headscissors from Guerrero and he tags in Park. Park with a shot to the ribs. Parks works Kaz in the corner before the more experienced man fights back with strikes. Kaz off the ropes, but he falls to the floor after bumping off Park on a crossbody attempt. Daniels with a chop block to the knee and the dirty tactic puts Park down for a beating. Park in the enemy corner.

Aries and Roode tag Kazarian's hand simultaneously and hilarity ensues. The two get on the same page and try to suplex Park, but they end up fighting over who isn't shouldering the load. Daniels tags himself in to prevent Park tagging out. Daniels gets Park in the corner and unloads strikes. Daniels kicking the kneecaps of Park. Kazarian in and they use a double-team air assault. Daniels tags back in to keep Park grounded, working a chin lock. Daniels can't decide who to tag, so Aries tags himself in. Roode then tags Aries and the two teams bicker.

Park crawling for a tag, but Kaz and Daniels reach him. Park gets a double-clothesline and all men are down. Kaz and Daniels try to tag their partners, but Aries and Roode finally work together and head up the ramp, much to the surprise of their partners.

James Storm tagged in and he is cleaning house on Daniels and Kaz. Closing Time for both men. Hernandez in with a huge shoulder block. Chavo Guerrero up top and hits a Frog Splash on Daniels. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for Kaz. Storm puts Kaz down with a Last Call Superkick. Park is brought in and he goes up top. Splash from Park and Guerrero with the cover.

Winners by pinfall: Hernandez, Chavo Guerrero, James Storm, and Joseph Park

(Commercials)

Video package on British Bootcamp winner Rockstar Spud.

Match Two: Robbie E vs. Rockstar Spud

Robbie E with a cheap shot to the stomach of Spud. Stomping on the smaller Spud. Running elbow from Robbie E. Spud sent off the ropes and slides under Robbie E, landing a dropkick. Robbie E cornered, but he gets a boot to the head of Spud. Fist drop from the top for Robbie E. Robbie E taunting his opponent, but Spud shows some fight. Spud sent into the corner, but Robbie E eats turnbuckle. Clotheslines and tilt-a-whirl DDT land for Spud. Spud up top, but he misses a leg drop.

Robbie E reaching for the clipboard of Robbie T. Robbie T holding onto "The List" and Robbie E is frustrated with his teammate. Spud comes up from behind and gets a sunset flip rollup.

Winner by pinfall: Rockstar Spud

Robbie E getting in the face of his bodyguard. He slaps the bigger man in the face and Robbie T is furious. The sweater comes off and he immediately sends Robbie E onto the apron off of a clothesline. Robbie T walking Robbie E down as they both exit.

Jesse Godderz and TNA Knockouts Champion Tara ready for the title defense later tonight.

(Commercials)

Intros for the Knockouts bout are show before we break.

(Commercials)

Match Three for the TNA Knockouts Championship: Tara (c) vs. Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky vs. Miss Tessmacher

Brooke Hogan and Jesse are at ringside, as expected. Jesse is immediately ejected by Taryn Terrell, as per Brooke Hogan's instructions.

Gail Kim is rolled up by Miss Tessmacher for a nearfall. Tessmacher rolled up by Tara. Tara rolled up by Sky. Tessmacher working with Tara, while Sky and Kim do battle. Electric chair from Tara to Tessmacher that sends her outside. Tara and Gail Kim working together to put the boots to Sky. Sky fights back briefly before the team again puts her down. Sky thrown into the corner and Tara with a crossbody. Gail with the running shoulder block. Tara using a tilt-a-whirl slam for a nearfall.

Gail Kim gets back in the ring, upset at Tara's sneaky tactics. The two exchange strikes before Tara gets a back bodydrop. Gail Kim cornered, but Tara misses a splash. Tessmacher takes Gail outside and bulldogs her into the floor. Tessmacher and Sky pinball Tara back and forth with strikes. Tara on the apron and Tessmacher hip tosses her back in. Tara in control and goes up top. Moonsault onto Tessmacher.

Sky hits the In Yo' Face on Tara. Gail Kim steals the pinfall and Tara is eliminated.

Tessmacher unloading with forearms on Gail Kim. Gail planted into the mat and Tessmacher goes up top, but Gail meets her. Sky gets under Gail to hit the powerbomb on her as she suplexes Tessmacher. Sky tries the pin on both ladies, but two nearfalls. In Yo' Face attempt on Gail is stopped by a Tessmacher rollup, but Tessmacher is flipped and Sky gets the pin. Tessmacher is eliminated.

Gail working Sky across the ring. Sky cornered, but Gail eats two boots. Sky running out of the corner with a few clotheslines. Headscissors takeover for Sky. Gail thwarts the bulldog and hits a dropkick. Gail rolls Sky up, but Terrell catches her with her hand on the rope. Gail working Sky in the corner, but Sky leapfrogs and tries a sunset flip. Gail holding the ropes, forcing Terrell to toss her to the mat. In Yo' Face hits.

Winner by pinfall and new TNA Knockouts Champion: Velvet Sky

Hogan, Sting, and Bully preparing for their encounter with Aces and Eights later tonight.

(Commercials)

Video package on AJ Styles gives us the news that they will be speaking to him next week.

Video package on the feud between Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff against Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe.

Match Four: Garrett Bischoff vs. Samoa Joe

Bischoff ducking under the attacks of Joe and dives outside to avoid the onslaught. Joe is not impressed and stalks him inside the ring. Bischoff staying outside and Joe goes after. Bischoff gets inside and pummels Joe upon his entry. Bischoff with some dirty offense that leads to a chop block to the knee of Joe. Elbow drop onto the left knee and leg lock from Bischoff. Bischoff working Joe in the corner, but Joe lands his signature jabs. Bischoff cornered, but he kicks the knee of Joe and slams his head to the mat. Blatant choke from Bischoff leads to more strikes to the leg. Joe with headbutts, but Bischoff rakes the eyes and drops Joe with a shoulder block for a nearfall.

Side headlock in for Bischoff, but Joe elbows the body. Bischoff again rakes the eyes, but Joe with clotheslines and an inverted atomic drop. Big boot and senton splash from the bigger Joe. Joe rubbing the boot into the face of Bischoff, then delivers a running boot. Joe puts Bischoff up top, but Wes Brisco makes his way to the ring.

Match is called and the team begins to beat Joe down. Joe down and the group puts the boots to him.

Winner by disqualification: Samoa Joe

Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring and both Aces and Eights members get out of dodge. Kurt Angle says that he will be taking Brisco on at Lockdown in a steel cage.

(Commercials)

Match Five for the TNA X Division Championship: Rob Van Dam (c) vs, Kenny King

King opens with a dropkick that sends RVD to the outside. King follows him and slams RVD's face into the floor and ring post. King grates the face of RVD across the steel barricade before sending him back inside. Nearfall for King as they get back inside the ring.

King with a leg drop attempt that RVD manages to scoot away from. King is sent into the corner and RVD hits a flip. Shoulder block runs King through. King fights back and corners RVD. King charging RVD, but the martial artist gets his boots up swiftly. RVD goes up top, but King yanks him back down to the mat. King taunting his opponent and goes for a cover, getting a nearfall. Kick from King garners yet another nearfall.

RVD with a kick to the head after King attempts to wear RVD down. King still recovers and works a joint lock focused on the shoulder. RVD gets up, but King corners him. King tastes the bottom of RVD's boots. RVD exploding with spectacular offense, using clotheslines and a sidekick to the head to put King down. RVD again tries a monkey flip, but King lands on his feet and hits the Royal Flush for a nearfall. RVD cornered, but King misses a kick attempt and the momentum turns in RVD's favor. It all culminates to a Rolling Thunder, followed by a Frog Splash.

Winner by pinfall and still TNA X Division Champion: Rob Van Dam

Backstage, Brooke Hogan is worried about her father's chances inside the ring tonight. Hulk says that this has to be done and Brooke wishes him luck in tonight's main event.

(Commercials)

Video package hyping the return of TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy.

Match Six: Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Bully Ray vs. Aces and Eights

Hogan's music hits twice, but Hogan does not come out. D.O.C., Mr. Anderson, and Devon use this as an opportunity to attack Bully Ray and Sting. Bully and Sting fight back and Stinger Splash lands as the group takes control before the break.

(Commercials)

We return and Anderson has a headlock in on Bully. D.O.C. tagged in and he clubs the chest of Bully repeatedly. D.O.C. keeping Bully grounded with stomps and strikes for a nearfall. Blatant fishhooks in the mouth of Bully. Devon is tagged in and lands a strike to the ribs. Devon with punches that put Bully down. Mr. Anderson once again made legal and he works Bully in his own corner. Bully fighting back, but he is soon worked back into the corner.

D.O.C. again in with a few punches, then Devon in with a snapmare. Chin lock from Devon. Bully fights out and stifles Devon's offense, but Devon grabs the leg lock before Bully can tag. Mr. Anderson in and continuing the beating of Bully Ray. D.O.C. again in and the quick-tag strategy seems to be paying off. The two begin a hoss fight in the corner and Bully getting the better of the strikes. Knee to the stomach of Bully hurts him again.

Devon once again in and unloading a right hand. Devon off the ropes, but spear from Bully turns it around. Bully looking for the tag to Sting and gets it as D.O.C. is in. Anderson in as well and Sting just taking on all comers with strikes. Aces and Eights is put down by the legend. Sting ducks a D.O.C. clothesline that knocks Devon down. Scorpion Death Drop on D.O.C. grabs a nearfall.

Anderson in and he gets wishboned by Sting. Bully up top. Hulk Hogan and Brooke Hogan are brought out in pain by Mike Knox, Garrett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, and the masked leader. Bully leaves the ring to tend to his family and Sting is taken out.

Winners by pinfall: Aces and Eights

The show fades to black with Aces and Eights standing triumphantly over the fallen Sting.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments. Click here to follow Nolan on Twitter.