TNA Impact: Countdown to Lockdown
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
With TNA Lockdown coming up this Sunday, things have been coming to a boiling point in the company. Tonight on TNA Impact, we hit the final show before the pay-per-view on Sunday. Kurt Angle discovered who the masked leader of Aces and Eights was last week, so will he leak that information tonight? Also, we will find out what is in store for TNA Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy and challenger Bully Ray before they lock up. All of that and more on this week's show!
Video package recaps the latest developments in TNA.
Kurt Angle is backstage and he is fuming. Angle states that he will reveal who the VP of Aces and Eights really is, noting that no one in the company is safe after this discovery.
We are live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla. Todd Keneley, Mike Tenay, and Taz have the call this week.
TNA World Tag Team Champion Austin Aries makes his way to the ring. Aries says that he is the best way to start Impact, declaring that greatness follows him wherever he goes. Aries cannot find his partner Bobby Roode, but last week, he got the job done without him. Aries then talks about his words of confidence from last week to Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray, saying they disrespected him by not thanking him. Bully Ray told Aries he would never hold the TNA belt again, but Aries begs to differ and calls out Jeff Hardy.
Hardy obliges and it looks like we have a match. Aries goes right after Hardy on the outside, laying a few in before the bell officially rings.
Match One: Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries
Aries chokes Hardy with his t-shirt as they get inside. Strikes in the corner and a running back elbow gets Aries a nearfall. Knee drop to the head of Hardy gets yet another. Roundhouse kick to the stomach from Aries, working Hardy to the mat with strimes. Hardy hung on the bottom rope and Aries leaps over to the floor for a neckbreaker of sorts. Yet another nearfall for Aries.
Aries pushing Hardy into the corner, but Hardy fights out and mounts Aries in the opposite corner for ten punches to the head. Aries sends Hardy into the corner and Hardy attempts a float over, but Aries tosses him down to the floor as we break.
We return and Aries controlling the pace. Hardy fighting back and gets a sunset flip, but Aries rolls through with a dropkick for a nearfall. Hardy with a rollup for a nearfall and Aries hits him with a clothesline for a nearfall of his own. Aries boxes the ears of Hardy and chops him in the corner. Hardy fighting back and sends Aries into the corner. Hardy misses a splash and Aries goes up top. Frog Splash lands for a nearfall.
Aries in the face of referee Brian Hebner. Hardy with a rollup from behind for a nearfall. Step over kick from Hardy. Jawbreaker leads to a splash in the corner from Hardy. Clothesline from the resurgent Hardy. Splash from the second rope gets Hardy a nearfall. Aries counters a Twist of Fate and sends Hardy into the corner, but Hardy with a headscissors takeover to send Aries outside. Splash from the apron and we move inside.
Hardy heads up top, but Aries meets him. Aries goes for a suplex, but Hardy fights out and gets a Twist of Fate. Another one lands and Hardy is poised to go up top. Matt Morgan enters the ring and plants Hardy with a Carbon Footprint.
Winner by disqualification: Jeff Hardy
Morgan sends Hardy outside. Morgan looking to damage Hardy further and wraps him around the post. Bully Ray gets in front of Morgan with a chain in hand. Morgan heads back and Bully helps the fallen Hardy up.
Sting giving Team TNA a motivational speech, encouraging every man to perform their best. Sting is ready and wants to kick it off tonight.
Video package recaps Angle's showdown at the Aces and Eights clubhouse. Angle will be ready to reveal the identity of the VP next.
Video package recaps the betrayal of Kurt Angle by Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff.
Wes Brisco hits the ring. Brisco says that he would like to get something off of his chest before Kurt Angle reveals the VP of Aces and Eights. Brisco says his family always touted Angle as one of the best wrestlers they had ever seen, but that went out the window when he met him. Brisco says that he is ready for Sunday and will show that a Brisco is better than an Angle.
Kurt Angle makes his way out. Angle recalls Brisco calling him for advice weekly, begging to pick his brain about the sport. Angle says that he wants to handle things with Brisco before he reveals the identity of the Aces and Eights VP. Angle gets in and a brawl ensues. Angle mounting Brisco and unleashing strikes. Al Snow and D'Lo Brown come out to separate the two. Angle is infuriated and lashes out to get more of Brisco, but D'Lo knees Angle in the groin. D'Lo says that he has come to reclaim club property and announces that he is the VP of Aces and Eights.
Aces and Eights celebrating backstage. Devon will be in action and D'Lo tells him to do the club proud. D'Lo says that since he joined the club, he has always had people behind him and that he is a member of Aces and Eights for life.
Match Two: Sting vs. Devon
Devon tries a sneak attack as Sting is posing in the corner, but Sting gets the back elbow. Devon off the ropes with a shoulder block and this match turns into a brawl. Devon beating Sting down in the corner with right hands. Clothesline from Devon gets a nearfall. Neck crank from Devon is locked in. Sting fights out, but Devon takes control with strikes. Neckbreaker earns Devon another nearfall.
Devon choking Sting on the second rope, followed up by a scoop slam. Devon misses a diving headbutt and Sting gets a little fire under him. Clotheslines and a Stinger Splash put Devon on jelly legs. Sting takes the action outside and bounces Devon off anything he can find. Apron, barricade, and steps all get introduced to Devon. Sting starts working Devon, but a fan tosses beer into the face of Sting. Sting sent hard into the post and he is bloodied.
Inside, Devon with the cover.
Winner by pinfall: Devon
TNA Gut Check competitors Ivelisse Velez and Lei'd Tapa will find out their fates tonight.
TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky talking about the importance of her title. Gail Kim comes up to rudely remind Velvet of their matchup on Sunday, flipping the hair of her opposition. Sky slaps her in the face and these two are ready for Sunday.
TNA Gut Check judges Al Snow and Bruce Prichard introduce "Nightmare" Danny Davis as their new judge, showing their deliberation. Fast-forward to the live broadcast and the judges have made their decision. Velez is gone and Tapa goes through for now.
Match Three: Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, & Velvet Sky vs. Bad Influence & Gail Kim
Kazarian starts with Hernandez. Dirty tactics and quickness gives Kaz the upper hand. Christopher Daniels comes in and works Hernandez over in the corner, only to be on the wrong end of a scoop slam. Guerrero in and he hits a running dropkick. Hernandez back in and locks up a bear hug on Daniels. Delayed vertical from Hernandez is interrupted by Kaz, but Hernandez clotheslines both members of Bad Influence. Guerrero once again in and he hits a splash as Daniels is bent over the knees of Hernandez. Dirty tactics used by both teams, as Gail Kim trips Guerrero as he runs the ropes. Velvet Sky gives Daniels the same treatment. Kazarian drops Guerrero from the apron while referee Taryn Terrell is tied up with Velvet Sky.
Kazarian in and a double-team gets a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Daniels brought back in and stomping Guerrero down. Daniels locking up with Terrell while Gail Kim and Kaz use some dirty offense. Kaz tags in and hits a leg drop from the apron to the inside for a nearfall. Kaz locking in a choke, but Guerrero fights out. Guerrero sends Kaz into the ropes and Kaz comes back with a dropkick.
Daniels in off an invisible tag and locking in the sleeper on Guerrero. Daniels knocks Hernandez down and blows a kiss to Sky, ultimately leading to a Guerrero dropkick. The ladies tag in and Sky is in control with clotheslines. Headscissors takedown on Gail Kim leads to a spear. Daniels picks Sky up to break the pin and Sky slaps him. Daniels looking to fight about, but he is hit with the Get Off Me shoulder bump from Hernandez. Hernandez taken out by a Kaz missile dropkick. Kaz is back dropped to the outside by Guerrero and the two brawl outside. Daniels tries to break them up with a springboard moonsault, but he takes out his own partner. Hernandez flies and knocks the team down.
Inside, Gail Kim hits the Eat Defeat.
Winners by pinfall: Bad Influence & Gail Kim
Recap of Team TNA's struggle with Aces and Eights.
Team TNA backstage and Sting is furious. Samoa Joe and Magnus are ready to fight, but trust between the two seems to be strained. Either way, they are ready to roll against Aces and Eights tonight.
AJ Styles update shows him assaulting the camera crew, wanting nothing to do with the situation.
Match Four: D.O.C. & Garrett Bischoff vs. Samoa Joe & Magnus
Match starts with Samoa Joe and Garrett Bischoff. Joe working submissions, grabbing the arm wringer on Bischoff. Joe muscles Bischoff into the corner, but Bischoff rakes the eyes. Joe comes back with a clothesline anyway. Joe slaps the chest of Magnus and the two have a bit of spat. Bischoff tries to take advantage of the situation, but he is sent outside. Magnus follows, but he is taken out from behind by D.O.C.
Action moves back inside and Bischoff brawling to keep Magnus hurt. Bischoff drags the face of Magnus across the ropes and tags D.O.C. in. D.O.C. tosses Bischoff into Magnus and he follows with a splash. Strikes landed on Magnus are followed by a splash for a nearfall. D.O.C. puts in the sleeper and Magnus fights out. Magnus fights out of a chokeslam and both men are downed after a double clothesline.
Samoa Joe is in and he cleans house. Bischoff is disposes off, leaving D.O.C. to fend for himself. D.O.C. cornered and Joe gets a pendulum kick in the corner, followed by a Magnus elbow drop from the top rope.
Winners by pinfall: Samoa Joe & Magnus
New TNA X Division Champion Kenny King is ready for all challengers, as he believes he is the future of TNA. King warns that people don't want to see what he'll do to keep the belt compared to what he did to earn it.
James Storm and Eric Young standing with ODB. Sting comes up bloodied and Eric Young immediately informs Sting that he is ready to go tonight. People think he's a funny guy, but he wants Sting to know there isn't a punchline and there's nothing funny about what Aces and Eights did to him. Sting appreciates it, but he wants James Storm to compete tonight.
Lei'd Tapa's Gut Check evaluation begins with Jeremy Borash introducing each judge. Borash asks if Tapa gave her best performance last week. Tapa says that she showed her true character and what she is capable of doing in TNA. Danny Davis is first up and gives Tapa his vote. Bruce Prichard first pays homage to the recently departed William "Paul Bearer" Moody, then continues to the business at hand. Prichard does not give Tapa his vote. Tapa is given a chance to impress Al Snow. She says that she may have lost last week, but given time, she can dominate and show what she is capable of. Al Snow gives her the vote she needs and Tapa gets the contract.
Match Five: James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson
Lockup and Storm hits a shoulder block. Hip toss by Storm. Anderson pokes the eyes and hits a clothesline. Storm being worked in the corner by strikes. Anderson whips Storm into the corner hard for a nearfall. Anderson continuing to work punches and stomps. Arm wrench and shoulder bumps from Anderson, but Storm gets another hip toss. Shoulder block puts Storm down for a nearfall.
Anderson locks the armbar in, but Storm follows with right hands. The two trade and Storm gets a clothesline and inverted atomic drop out of it. Bulldog follows. Storm put on the apron and gets an enzuigiri. Neckbreaker from Storm. Anderson attempts to send him outside, but Storm skins the cat and gets a big boot. Closing Time lands and Last Call is about to be called.
Aces and Eights heads out to make their presence felt, but Team TNA scurries out to join them. Inside, Anderson lands the Mic Check on an unsuspecting James Storm to put him down.
Face-off between TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray coming up next.
Winner by pinfall: Mr. Anderson
Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan make their way down the ramp, soon followed by Jeff Hardy.
Bully says that in three days, they will do what they do best at what is supposed to be the biggest TNA pay-per-view in history. Bully says they have made history before and they will do it again. Bully says Hardy's title is a big deal, but it is an even bigger deal that Hardy has battled back from personal demons to reach this level. Bully says that he is proud of him.
Hardy says that many men have beaten him down, but he still holds the strap in the end. Hardy says he knows that Bully will bring the fight, but he wonders if it will be enough. Hardy expresses pride in Bully's accomplishments as well, no matter what happens on Sunday.
Bully says that he has never looked at his own accomplishments and taken pride in his achievements. Bully says that he will not be looking to escape the cage in any fashion on Sunday. He wants to win the old-fashioned way and he says that he will beat Hardy with his best move.
Hulk Hogan hits the ramp on crutches. Hogan says that this is as big as it gets and that Bully and Hardy are the best of the best. Hogan says the company is poised for greatness and they are looking for a new leader into that future. Hogan promises to make it to Lockdown. He compliments both men and is ready for the best man to win on Sunday.
Aces and Eights hits the ring to take out both men. Team TNA rapidly hits the ring and the show ends with a brawl between both sides.
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