March 22, 2013
TNA Impact: Challenger for Bully Ray is determined
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray's reign of terror has just begun, but Hulk Hogan has a plan to end that and bring the belt back to the TNA roster. Tonight on TNA Impact, Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, and Magnus compete for a shot to be a TNA hero and take the belt from the Aces and Eights. All that and more on this week's episode of TNA Impact!
We are on tape from Chicago, Ill. Todd Keneley, Mike Tenay, and Taz have the call.
Hulk Hogan makes his way out to the ring. Hogan says that he has seen a lot in the business, but he has never been fooled like he was with Aces and Eights. They fooled himself, his family, Sting, and everyone else involved with TNA. Hogan says he is prepared for a war with the gang. Hogan would like to extend some gratitude for four locker room leaders; Samoa Joe, Magnus, Kurt Angle, and Jeff Hardy all get thanks from Hogan. These men all join him inside the ring.
Hulk Hogan wants these four men to take out Aces and Eights and he also wants the TNA World Heavyweight Championship out of Aces and Eights. Hogan asks Hardy if he is ready for a rematch. Hardy says he is a little beat up, but he wants that shot. Hardy proposes a four-way contenders match between himself and the three men in the ring. Hogan agrees with the idea and it will be the main event for tonight.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray is shown in a video package explaining "Plan A." Bully Ray talks about how he dealt every dead man's hand personally, then recruited Bobby Roode to point the finger at "Cowboy" James Storm so Bully could win the Bound for Glory series. Bully gives Jeff Hardy credit for beating him at Bound for Glory, but he found an alternative plan that Hulk Hogan gave away to him.
Match One for the TNA Tag Team Championships: Bobby Roode & Austin Aries (c) vs. Hernandez & Chavo Guerrero
Match starts with Guerrero and Roode. Guerrero using speed to lock in an arm wrench on Roode. Roode twists and turns into a hammerlock of his own. More chain wrestling leads to Roode landing a right hand. Guerrero quickly takes control once again with a headscissors takeover. Hernandez in and he scoop slams Guerrero on top of Roode, then gets a splash for a nearfall.
Roode works Hernandez into his corner and brings in Austin Aries. Aries in with a flying back elbow. Aries works Hernandez down in his corner, boxing the ears and chopping the chest. Roode back in again and he lands a kick to the stomach. Aries back in again, but the champions get suplexed by Hernandez. Guerrero in and he dropkicks the champions to the outside as we break.
Aries sends Guerrero to the outside as we return. Roode works him into the steel steps, then Aries with an elbow smash. Aries inside for a nearfall. Aries asks Earl Hebner for another count as he puts his feet on the ropes, but Hebner admonishes him. Aries maintaining control as Roode is tagged in. Saito suplex for a nearfall from Roode. Side headlock applied on Guerrero, but he fights to his feet. Guerrero is placed up top, but he lands a tornado DDT to put both men down.
Aries and Hernandez in. Hernandez in and he begins to clean house, knocking the champions around with ease. Hernandez gorilla presses Aries into the air and drops him. Roode is put down as well and Hernandez runs up the ramp. Hernandez flies with a battering ram to knock down Roode and Aries. Roode attempts to put some strikes on Hernandez, but he is soon sent out. Hernandez catches an Aries crossbody and tries to set him up for a Doomsday Device, but Aries turns it into a hurricanrana to the outside.
Action goes back inside and Aries has Guerrero up. Guerrero counters into the Three Amigos. Guerrero up top, but Christopher Daniels runs out and pushes Guerrero down, catapulting him off the ropes. Aries with a rollup.
Winners by pinfall and still TNA Tag Team Championships: Bobby Roode & Austin Aries
Bad Influence attacks both teams after the match, staking their claim at a title shot.
New TNA X Division rules are set. There is a 230 lbs. weight limit and every match will be a three-way match. If a wrestler is pinned or submitted, they are cast out of the title picture.
TNA X Division Champion Kenny King is a bit upset backstage. He says this has been happening his whole life, but he will use this as an opportunity to shine even brighter than usual.
Match Two for the TNA X Division Championship: Kenny King (c) vs. Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt
Lots of flying action to start. Men exchanging strikes. The first significant offense comes from Dutt hitting a double hurricanrana that sends Ion and King outside. The two drag Dutt out. Dutt sent into the barricade by Ion. King takes out Ion. Running on the apron and corkscrew flip dive from King. Back inside, King grabs a nearfall on Ion.
King works Ion in the corner, choking him with the boot. Punch sends Dutt back to the floor. Snap suplex into mount for King, following up with strikes. Dutt again on the apron, but King gets a hangman's neckbreaker on him. Royal Flush attempt from King fails, but he catches Ion with a spinning kick to put him down. Dutt springboards inside with a missile dropkick on King. Dutt goes up top, but King pushes him out onto the ramp.
We focus on the action in the ring and King obliterates Ion with an enzuigiri. Dutt comes back in by skinning the cat into a hurricanrana on Ion that sends him outside. Dutt hits his moonsault to the outside on King and Ion.
Ion taken into the ring. Scoop slam from Dutt and he heads up top. King tries to hold him, but he kicks him into the barricade. Ion meets him up top, but Dutt with back elbows. Moonstomp on the stomach of Ion puts him out of commission. King on the apron and he hits a springboard neckbreaker to put an end to Sonjay Dutt's night.
Winner by pinfall and still TNA X Division Champion: Kenny King
Brooke Hogan is shown entering the arena. She doesn't want to talk about Bully Ray or her father and wants to focus on her position as Vice President of the Knockouts Division.
Bully Ray in another video package. This time around, he explains "Plan B." Bully Ray says that this was an attempt to make a fool of Hogan. Joseph Park was bait in this scheme and Devon played an integral part, as Hogan turned his back on Bully's brother. Bully used this to position himself as TNA hero. Bully details how he weaseled into Hogan's good faith slowly.
Sting is seen walking around backstage, apparently looking for Hulk Hogan.
Sting meets up with Hulk Hogan in his office. He wants a shot at Bully Ray, but Hogan says that he should go do like he always did and sit up in the rafters when things got rough. Hogan tells Sting to get out.
Recap of Gail Kim's feud with referee Taryn Terrell.
Taryn Terrell makes her way to the ring. She grabs the mic and explains her situation. She knows she's on probation, but when Gail Kim laid her hands on her, she had to take action. She is ready to face the music. Unfortunately, that music comes in the form of Gail Kim's entrance. Gail Kim hits the ring and tells Terrell she is proud of her for learning not to mess with her. Gail Kim says she is a pioneer in women's wrestling and she is ready to see Terrell get fired.
Brooke Hogan makes her way out. Hogan says that this was a hard decision, but she has to be fair. Terrell is terminated as a referee of the Knockouts Division. Hogan says that she has some good news, announcing that Taryn Terrell is now a member of the Knockouts roster. Terrell hits a giant spear on Gail Kim and chases her off.
Bully Ray makes his way to the ring and meets Brooke Hogan on the ramp. He holds his ring obnoxiously in Hogan's face and they have a bit of a spat as Hogan walks off.
Another Bully Ray video package. He details how the current lineup of Aces and Eights came to be, explaining how Garrett Bischoff and Devon felt wronged by Hogan. Bully Ray also mentions how Mr. Anderson felt unappreciated by Hulk Hogan. Bully Ray reveals that he was the one who put the hammer to the knee of Jeff Hardy and describes how the group targets their victims.
Kurt Angle being interviewed. He wants to gain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship en route to bringing down Aces and Eights.
Match Three: Matt Morgan vs. Joseph Park
Morgan toying with Park, shoving him to the mat with ease. He shoves him into the ropes. Park tries a punch, but Morgan steps away and shoves him against the ropes again. Park in the corner and Morgan bucks at him. Park wants to fight and Morgan obliges him, beating him from pillar to post. Clothesline to the back of the head of Park. Morgan misses a splash in the corner and Park uses this to unload body shots. Off the ropes, but Morgan gets a huge discus clothesline. Morgan just toying with Park, working a submission with him between the ropes. Carbon Footprint misses and Morgan is crotched on the top rope.
Park now sensing the momentum shift. Punch combo leads to a shoulder block by Park. Park up top and going for the Closing Argument splash. Morgan moves away and is done playing. Carbon Footprint lands.
Winner by pinfall: Matt Morgan
Recap of AJ Styles' return last week and he will be interviewed next.
Jeff Hardy backstage. He is ready to take back the title, but as long as it is for TNA, he is okay with a loss to any of the other three men if it is their time to shine. Hardy says not to count him out.
Mike Tenay in the ring and he calls down AJ Styles. Tenay wants to know what is going on with Styles, but Styles remains stone-faced. Tenay wants to know about the alleged drug and alcohol use. Taz takes over and invites Styles to join the Aces and Eights. Styles again remains silent. James Storm hits the ring and taunts Styles, seemingly not impressed with the new AJ Styles. He invites Styles to take a sucker punch at him this time, as he'll punch his teeth down his throat. Styles steps out of the ring and heads back.
A final Bully Ray video package gets us up to date, detailing all of the betrayals and plans that lead to his shocking reveal at TNA Lockdown. Bully said he had to take his lumps to convince Hulk Hogan of his sincerity, in addition to handing out beatings to his fellow club members. This lead to Brooke Hogan getting her father to get him a title shot. Bully Ray is proud to have pulled off the biggest con in professional wrestling history.
Match Four: Samoa Joe vs. Magnus vs. Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy
Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle match up, while Magnus takes on Jeff Hardy. Hardy and Angle are put down by the former tag team. Hardy fights back, but nothing doing after a Samoa Joe clothesline. Magnus and Jeff Hardy are sent to the outside as Joe and Angle work at each other. Samoa Joe lands the enzuigiri in the corner. Knee drop from Joe gets a nearfall.
Outside, Hardy has the advantage. Angle is now sent outside and Joe wants to fly. Giant suicide dive by Samoa Joe puts down all of his opponents. Joe is the only man standing as we break.
Joe and Magnus exchanging in the middle of the ring. Angle jumps in and gets an inverted atomic drop from Joe, a big boot from Magnus, and a back splash from Joe. Magnus gets the nearfall. Joe and Hardy are now down and Magnus is taking care of Angle. Hardy up top and comes down, but Magnus catches him and lands a brainbuster. Multiple elbow drops from Magnus get a nearfall.
Sleeper in on Hardy from Magnus. Hardy getting back to his feet, but Magnus pulls him to the mat by his hair. Angle and Joe are shown brawling on the outside. Magnus lands an elbow drop to the back of Hardy and prevents Joe and Angle from getting back in the ring. Joe gets into the ring and lays Magnus down with a running forearm. Headbutts from Joe, but Magnus gets a driver on Joe.
Hardy back to his feet. He is on fire and lands a Twist of Fate on every man in the ring. Hardy up top, but Angle meets him. Angle is sent down, but Magnus crotches Hardy. Angle now in control, landing a belly-to-belly on Magnus and a German suplex on Joe. Ankle Lock in for Angle, but Joe kicks him off and Angle takes out Magnus on the way down. Hardy up top. Swanton lands.
Winner by pinfall: Jeff Hardy
Show closes with Hardy receiving respect from everyone in the ring as he celebrates.