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TNA Impact: Bully Ray, Hogan in a showdown
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Week in and week out, the Aces & Eights rip away at TNA. Lead by TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray, the gang does what they want when they want to anyone they want. Tonight on TNA Impact, Bully Ray wants Hulk Hogan. The Hogan family and Bully Ray have unfinished business, as Brooke Hogan is still married to the Aces & Eights president. All of that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact.

Recap of all the recent events in TNA.

Bully Ray and the rest of Aces & Eights try to make their way into the arena. The security is not having it, but Bully gives them until the count of three to move away. Of course, they promptly scatter as Aces & Eights make their way in.

We are LIVE from Indiana, Pa. Todd Keneley, Mike Tenay, and Taz have the call this week.

"Cowboy" James Storm makes his way to the ring. Storm gives credit to AJ Styles for bringing the fight last week. Styles looks on from the crowd. Storm says there is no use crying over spilled milk, as he is a beer drinker anyway. Storm is not so pleased about the Aces & Eights jumping him last week and calls them out, acknowledging that the odds are not in his favor.

Bad Influence makes their way out. Christopher Daniels wants to weigh in on this. He says Hulk Hogan has no answer for Aces & Eights, but they do and it lies in the hands of Fortune. Kazarian says that they forgive Styles for last week and invite Styles to the ring to reform Fortune.

Storm says that the crowd doesn't want to hear Bad Influence. Kazarian tells "Travis Tritt" that what he says and what the fans say don't matter. Storm starts to brawl, but Bad Influence puts him down and promptly leave.

Aces & Eights make their way into the ring. A table is brought inside the ring and Mr. Anderson has Storm ready for a powerbomb.

Wes Brisco abruptly leaves the ring to attack an entering Joseph Park. Park puts him down with a shoulder block. Unfortunately, he is beaten down by the gang. Bully Ray is in and tells the group to back off. Devon and himself go old-school and put Park through the table with a 3D as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Joseph Park being taken out on a stretcher. Bully Ray tells the crowd that he isn't screwing around. Bully tells the crowd that the group is responsible for taking out all the heroes in TNA. Bully called out Hulk Hogan last week and gives him until the end of the night to answer the challenge.

The announce team previews the night, including a video package on TNA Knockouts Championship contender Mickie James.

(Commercials)

Hulk Hogan is shown reentering the building, being hassled by questions. Hogan tells the cameraman to "let it go."

Match One: Taryn Terrell vs. Tara

ODB is the referee for this contest.

Terrell with a slap to the face and some forearms after Tara mouthed off for a bit too long. Splash in the corner is followed by a neckbreaker. Terrell using Tara's hair to snapmare her around the ring. Terrell bringing a vicious attack into the corner, but Tara flapjacks her on the top rope. Tara rams Terrell's head into the mat, then slings her around the ring before slingshotting Terreell into the corner. Tara locks in the Indian Deathlock, prompting her to get a few nearfalls.

Terrell off the ropes and she lands a boot to the face of Tara. Tara with a chokebomb, then clubbing the back of Terrell for another set of nearfalls. Terrell under the rope and she is on the bad end of another slingshot. Another series of overconfident nearfalls from Tara.

Scoop slam by Tara. She moves to the apron for a senton leg drop, but nothing doing. Terrell with a back elbow out of the corner and a series of clotheslines. Snap suplex from Terrell. Terrell up top, but Tara steps away from the flying attack to send Terrell to the mat. Spider's Web lands, but Tara doesn't go for the cover. Standing moonsault attempt is countered by a Terrell rollup.

Winner by pinfall: Taryn Terrell

Robbie E backstage. He brings Jessie over, prepping him for his match with Rob Terry tonight. Robbie E promises to be in his corner tonight to have his back.

(Commercials)

Match Two: Rob Terry vs. Jessie

Terry with a series of clotheslines. Jessie sent into the corner and Terry looking for a powerslam, but Robbie E gets up on the apron for the distraction. Terry turns around and chokes Jessie, launching him across the ring. Robbie E again with the distraction, allowing Jessie to get in a few cheap shots from behind. Jessie tries to put Terry in the corner, but Terry turns it around. Jessie with some dirty offense that leads to a nearfall.

Jessie up top. Terry catches him and puts him down with a powerslam for a nearfall, as Robbie E puts Jessie's leg on the ropes. Terry moves outside to confront his former partner. Jessie attempts a sneaky attack yet again, but Terry launches him into Robbie E.

Jessie gorilla pressed back into the ring. Terry has him up and brings him down, landing the Freakbuster.

Winner by pinfall: Rob Terry

(Commercials)

Bad Influence talking to Bobby Roode backstage. They immediately start recruiting Roode to reunite Fortune. Roode asks if Austin Aries can join,but Bad Influence wants nothing to do with him and ask him to consider it. Aries lurks in the background as the group leaves.

Recap of the Full Metal Mayhem match between Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray two weeks ago.

Video package previews the return of Chris Sabin next week.

(Commercials)

Backstage, Austin Aries confronts Bobby Roode about Fortune. Aries is very reluctant to have Roode split, decrying the success of the group and giving him a warning.

Bad Influence is joining commentary for this match.

Match Three for the TNA Tag Team Championships: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez (c) vs. Bobby Roode & Austin Aries

Austin Aries starts with Chavo Guerrero. Grappling exchange leads to Guerrero grabbing a quick nearfall. Another grappling exchange sees Aries get the advantage, but Guerrero puts him down with a dropkick. Aries getting worked around the ring. Saito Suplex gets Guerrero a nearfall.

Aries tries a bodydrop, but Guerrero lands a boot to the head. Headscissors attempt for Guerrero fails as Aries slams him to the mat.

Austin Aries forces the tag to Bobby Roode, who is distracted with contemplating about Fortune, apparently. Guerrero with a hip toss and Hernandez is in. Hernandz slams Guerrero on top of Roode. Splash from Hernandez gets a nearfall.

Hernandez stops a Roode suplex and gets a delayed vertical of his own. Aries comes in and chops Hernandez, but Hernandez gorilla presses him up and down. Hernandez to the ramp, but battering ram misses as the team moves away. Roode gets only nearfalls after the missed attack.

Hernandez cornered and Roode unloading right hands. Roode choking Hernandez with his boot. Aries in with a senton splash for an nearfall. Aries boxes the ears after some strikes to keep Hernandez grounded.

Roode back in, but Hernandez fighting back. Roode puts him down again and lands running knees to the stomach. Russian Legsweep from Roode earns him another nearfall.

Aries in with a flying stomp. Front headlock in for Aries. He sends Guerrero to the floor and brings in Roode. Hernandez sent into the corner, but he catches Aries off the crossbody. Aries shoves him into Roode accidentally, then charges to some snake eyes in the corner courtesy of Hernandez.

Guerrero brought in and he cleans house. Suplex on Aries. Rolling kick on Aries to put him down again. Tornado DDT on Roode for a nearfall. Kazarian on the apron to save Roode, However, Aries and Roode shoot themselves in the foot off the cheap offense. Christopher Daniels in and he tries to sneak an attack on Hernandez, but he levels Aries by accident. Frog Splash on Roode after all of this hilarity.

Winners by pinfall and still TNA Tag Team Champions: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez

Matt Morgan in the gym. Morgan says that he has all of the solutions for TNA and he will announce them in the ring next. He invites Hulk Hogan to join him to take his advice.

(Commercials)

Recap of the problems between Hulk Hogan, Sting, Bully Ray, and Matt Morgan.

Morgan makes his way to the ring. Morgan says that mistakes from Hulk Hogan have brought TNA down. Morgan cites Bully Ray infiltrating the Hogan family and taking the contender spot he deserved as a huge mistake. Morgan also cites the ejection of Sting and injury of Hardy as faults of Hogan.

Morgan invites Hulk Hogan out and he gets his wish. Morgan says Hogan has no backup anymore and Aces & Eights will beat him down tonight. Morgan offers himself up as the solution to this problem on the condition he becomes the top contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Hulk Hogan says that he believed in Morgan, despite all of the abuse he put him through. Hogan says that he doesn't want to do this with a price tag attached and he will confront the gang by himself tonight.

(Commercials)

Bully Ray sharing a few beers with Aces & Eights backstage. Bully says that he is ready to take care of family business tonight.

Match Four for the TNA Knockouts Championship: Velvet Sky (c) vs. Mickie James

Grappling exchange leads to a James nearfall. Another grappling exchange leads to a Sky nearfall. Stalemate here to start. Lockup and Sky gets the side headlock. James with some kidney shots. Shoulder block from Sky. Running dropkick from Sky earns a nearfall.

Forearms and strikes in the corner from Sky. Sky sent into the corner, but she floats over. She lands on her bum knee and James tries to captialize with a few nearfalls. Leg lock in for James as we head to break.

(Commercials)

James still working a leg lock as we return. Sky in major pain, but refusing to quit. Heel kicks from Sky lead to her rolling through for a leg lock of her own. James trips her and locks in an STF. Sky inches and grabs the ropes. Sky in the corner, fighting off a relentless James. Clotheslines for Sky lead to chops to the chest. Sky looking for an Irish Whip, but James reverses it and Sky further tweaks the knee. Sky bumps off a rollup and gets a Russian Legsweep for a nearfall.

James opens up with a leg kick and an enzuigiri. Sky down and James goes up top. Thesz Press for a nearfall for the challenger. Sky with a kick to the abdomen, looking for her finisher. James with a back bodydrop and she tries to get her finisher, but Sky shucks her off. James with a kick to the knee. Sky down and out in the corner. James attacks her, but gets rolled up.

Winner by pinfall and still TNA Knockouts Champion: Velvet Sky

Bully Ray and Devon discussing what will be coming up next. Bully says that Aces & Eights will not be stopped and he will put the nail in the coffin of Hulkamania tonight.

Brooke Hogan catches up with Hulk Hogan. Brooke doesn't want Hulk to do this tonight, but Hulk needs to do it for the company and for his family. Hulk says she can't stop him tonight.

(Commercials)

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray makes his way to the ring. He lists off all the men he has taken out with the Aces & Eights. Bully only has one victim left and he invites him out.

Hulk Hogan makes his way to the ring. The two lock eyes in a staredown. Bully asks Hogan how his knee is doing. Bully says that he knows Hogan is ready to throw down, but he can't fool him. He sees the fear in his eyes. Bully threatens to put the nail in the coffin tonight. Hogan says Hulkamania will never die. Bully Ray turns his cap back and spits in the face of Hogan.

The fight is on. Hogan landing punches, but Bully Ray moves outside. Aces & Eights come out and surround the ring, but the arena goes black.

Sting appears, holding his bat at Hulk Hogan. Sting then turns to Bully Ray, knocking his cap off with the bat. A brawl breaks out and Hogan and Sting clean house.

Sting holds the bat in the face of Hogan before he walks out. Hogan puzzled, but safe for now as the show fades to back.

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