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TNA Impact: Sting, Morgan battle for a title shot
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Matt Morgan has been a thorn in the side of Hulk Hogan lately. Wherever Hogan makes a mistake, Morgan is there to call it. Tonight on TNA Impact, Matt Morgan is given his chance to back up the boasts by battling Sting in a match that will decide the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!

Recap of all the latest events in TNA.

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

Hulk Hogan makes his way to the squared circle. Hogan says that he knows the crowd loves the drama between him and Sting. Hogan wants to see what is going on with Sting.

Sting walks out to the ring. Hogan says that last week didn't end so well between them and wants to explain himself. He says that this stressful period in dealing with Aces & Eights has caused him to blend personal matters and business, with some friends caught in the crossfire. Hogan apologizes for pushing Sting away like he did.

The two men shake hands. Hogan says they should have been working together to defeat Aces & Eights. Sting says that all is good and he wants to battle it out with Aces & Eights next week in a six-man tag match. Hogan approves, but he wants to find out tonight who will take on TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bull Ray at Slammiversary.

Matt Morgan comes out to the ring. Morgan believes Hogan is making yet another mistake in potentially handing Sting a title shot. Hogan says Morgan talks too much. Hogan announces that, despite the interruption. it will be Sting vs. Morgan in the main event tonight.

Chris Sabin video package shows his recovery and return.

(Commercials)

Kurt Angle says he issued a challenge to any member of Aces & Eights tonight, stating that he will not be stopped.

Match One: Sonjay Dutt vs. Zema Ion vs. Chris Sabin

Zema Ion is sent out early. Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt run the ropes until Dutt lands a headscissors takeover. Dutt locks in the armbar, but releases to put Ion back on the floor from the apron. Dutt nearfall off a rollup. Enzuigiri gets Sabin a nearfall.

Dutt and Sabin trying to get the back, but Ion sunset flips in. Rollup on Sabin for a nearfall, who lands a German Suplex on Dutt because of the momentum. Ion working Sabin in the corner with stomps, choking him on the second rope. Running knee splash from Ion. Dutt dropped on the top rope by Ion. Sabin is up and chops the chest of Ion, but Ion yanks him down by his hair. Ion with an innovative double pin for two nearfalls.

Dutt with a running dropkick to the head of Ion. Sabin and Dutt exchange holds until Dutt lands a tornado DDT. Standing shooting star press earns Dutt a nearfall. Ion back up and he lands a DDT on Dutt for a nearfall.

Dutt and Ion exchanging position, but Dutt locks onto the rope off a rollup attempt and superkicks the head of Ion. All three men exchanging strikes, but Sabin puts Ion down with a lariat. Dutt going for a hurricana, but he gets powerbomed and eats a Death Valley Driver on top of Ion. Dutt put in the tree of woe in the corner by Sabin, who then back bodydrops Ion on top of Dutt. Ion put down with a fisherman's brainbuster.

Winner by pinfall: Chris Sabin

Robbie E and Jessie backstage, contemplating how to take on Rob Terry. Jessie scouted out Joey Ryan, who says that he will be "sleazy enough to make this easy."

(Commercials)

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray address Aces & Eights. The group chattering while Bully talks, but Bully is upset about Sting and Hogan mocking them earlier. Bully isn't worried about who wins the main event, but rather Kurt Angle. Bully wants Angle to be taken out tonight. D'Lo Brown takes the challenge.

Match Two: Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, and Joey Ryan vs. Rob Terry

Joey Ryan reluctantly starting the match. Rob Terry pummels him down, then lands a running elbow in the corner. Back bodydrop from Terry. The two teammates jump into the ring to buy Ryan some time, who lands a chop block to the knee.

Jessie Godderz in with a few strikes, then brings in Robbie E. Robbie E does the same before bringing Jessie back in. The two exchanging rapid tags before the action settles with Robbie E locking in the sleeper. Terry gets up and backs Robbie E into the corner. Terry misses a splash, which allows Robbie E to land shoulder blocks to the stomach.

Joey Ryan is tagged in and Jessie is not too impressed by being skipped over. Ryan is on the wrong end of a powerslam for a nearfall. The rest of the trifecta comes in, but Terry starts slinging them around, landing clothesline after clothesline. Double backdrop suplex on Jessie and Robbie E. Freakbuster lands on Ryan.

Winner by pinfall: Rob Terry

(Commercials)

Austin Aries and Bobby Roode make their way down the ramp. Roode is upset at Bad Influence for playing him for a fool last week, claiming that they are jealous. Aries said he didn't believe Kazarian & Christopher Daniels. Aries says that those two might be best friends, but him and Roode only agree on coming together to win.

Bad Influence enters. Christopher Daniels has the mic. He tells the team that they aren't even the best team in the ring right now. Daniels is confident that they will win next week's number one contender bout. Kazarian says these two are just "Bad Influence Light."

TNA Tag Team Champions Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez out. They have a surprise in store for both of these teams, as there will be a special referee for the number one contender matchup.

James Storm enters and shares a few beers with the titleholders.

Sting backstage, meeting up with Kurt Angle in the weight room to discuss some private matters.

(Commercials)

Tara and Gail Kim backstage. They are discussing their mutual hatred for Taryn Terrell, though they disagree who is the better wrestler between themselves. Tara is ready to go. Gail Kim says she will see her out there, then promises that she will make the pin tonight.

Chris Sabin discusses the adrenaline of his return earlier in the night.

(Commercials)

Prior to the match up, D'Lo Brown declares that he wants to make Kurt Angle quit in an "I Quit" match."

Match Three: D'Lo Brown vs. Kurt Angle

D'Lo Brown opens up with a cheap shot with a mic. Kurt Angle soon fights back, getting a clothesline. Brown tossed to the mat and Angle locks in an STF. The referee asking, but Brown does not want to quit.

Mr. Anderson and crew hit ringside, but they call off the dogs once Brown gets out of the hold.

Angle distracted and gets hit with a cheap shot. Angle soon turns it around with a suplex and the action moves outside. Brown tosses Angle into the ring post. Hammer to the head misses, but Brown again tosses him into the post. Angle's arm slammed on the apron, then stretched across the ring post.

Action moves back inside. Snapmare from Brown leads to him stomping on the arm of Angle. Arm wrench in for Brown. Brown locks in the armbar, but Angle leans up and tries the Ankle Lock. Brown kicks him off and levels him with the clothesline. Cobra Clutch submission in and Angle is fading fast. Angle up and hits an arm drag. Angle nails seven German suplays in a row. Ankle Lock in again, but Brown does not quit and kicks Angle away.

Samoan Drop from D'Lo Brown puts both men down. Brown looking for a powerbomb, but Angle rolls through with an Ankle Lock. Brown tapping the mat, but no word from him. Brown mutters the losing phrase to end the hold.

Winner: Kurt Angle

Christy Hemme with Kurt Angle on the ramp. Angle just went through a war, but he now wants AJ Styles to meet him in the ring.

(Commercials)

AJ Styles meets Kurt Angle in the ring. Angle says that Styles doesn't look the same and it looks like he wants to put him down. Angle says he won't get fair, being in his territory of Western Pa. Angle says that he respects that Styles is going through a dark time, but he wants to know where Styles stands by next week when Angle and Sting take on Aces & Eights.

The announce team recaps the show.

Matt Morgan backstage. He promises to take the ball and run with it tonight.

(Commercials)

Match Four: Gail Kim & Tara vs. Taryn Terrell & Mickie James

A brawl starts off the match, leading to James and Terrell making Tara and Gail Kim have a meeting of the minds.

Match becomes official with Terrell and Gail Kim in the ring. Snapmare from Terrell and a blind tag from Mickie James. Running dropkick from Mickie James gets a nearfall.

Armbar in for James. Gail Kim gets to the ropes. The two ladies begin to exchange shots, which Gail Kim gets the better of. Enzuigiri from James earns a nearfall. Shoulder block from Gail Kim in the corner. James sent to the apron, where Gail Kim knocks her down into the barricade. Tara gets a few licks in before sending her back inside.

Gail Kim with a clothesline before tagging in Tara. The two stomp James down in the corner. Tara locking in a neckbreaker by the hair for a nearfall. Tara smacks Terrell, allowing Gail Kim and Tara to team up on James. Indian Deathlock from Tara, but Taryn Terrell breaks it up.

Gail Kim tagged in. Nearfall for her. James turns the tide with a monkey flip, but both collide on a crossbody attempt.

Tags made on both sides. Terrell knocking down Tara with clothesline after clothesline. Snap suplex and crossbody from the top earns a nearfall. Gail Kim broke the pin, but James sends her out with a spinning back kick. Tara knocks James down, but Terrell with a rollup from behind.

Winners by pinfall: Taryn Terrell & Mickie James

The losing team starts an attack on the winners. Mickie James and Tara brawl to the back, but Gail Kim handling Taryn Terrell in the ring. Eat Defeat and a figure-four across the ring post hurt the former TNA Knockouts referee.

(Commercials)

Bully Ray backstage with Aces & Eights. Bully Ray is upset at D'Lo Brown giving up, but he decides he will handle that next week. He decides himself, Devon, and Mr. Anderson will represent Aces & Eights in the six-man tag next week.

Bobby Roode and Austin Aries backstage. Roode says Kazarian and Christopher Daniels have never carried the company on their backs like they have and they will prove that next week.

Match Five: Matt Morgan vs. Sting

Lockup and Matt Morgan works Sting into the corner. Strikes follow, putting Sting down. Morgan choking Sting with his boot. Shoulder block from Morgan puts Sting down again. Morgan just pummeling Sting. Sting fighting back with right hands, but Morgan lands a chokeslam for a nearfall as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with both men brawling outside. Morgan landing strike after striker. Sting turns it around by slamming Morgan's head into the steel steps. Morgan with knees to the body to regain momentum as they return to the ring.

Morgan stepping on Sting's throat. Sting laid on the apron and Morgan lands a leg drop. Morgan goes to the well one too many times and misses. Sting takes it outside and runs Morgan into the barricade a few times. Morgan's head bounces off of the steel steps.

Back inside, Sting is sent into the corner off a reversal and Morgan lands a sidewalk slam for a nearfall. Blatant choke across the throat by Morgan. Morgan clubbing the back of Sting to keep him down. Another nearfall for Morgan.

Sting back up, but Morgan with a scoop slam. Morgan tries an elbow drop, but Sting moves out of the way. Morgan looks to splash Sting in the corner, but he again backs away. Right hands from Sting lead to a Stinger Splash in the corner. Morgan turns around and locks a choke in, working Sting in the corner. Sting comes out of it fired up and he sends Morgan into the corner. Sting charges right into the Carbon Footprint, but Morgan only gets a nearfall.

Carbon Footprint looking for a sequel, but Sting moves out of the way and Morgan jams his knee on the turnbuckle. Sting locks in the Scorpion Deathlock. Morgan having trouble, but he inches to the ropes. Morgan gets there. Sting promptly yanks him away from the ropes and locks it in once again. Morgan making his way to the ropes, but Sting sits down on it. Morgan stops moving and Earl Hebner checks the arm. It hits the mat limp.

Winner by submission: Sting

Aces & Eights hit the ring. The show closes with the group surrounding the ring and Bully Ray talking to Sting.

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