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TNA Impact: Bound for Glory Series takes shape
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


The Bound for Glory Series is a chance for any TNA star to come out of the woodwork and make their presence felt by earning a title shot. Tonight on TNA Impact, the series begins to take shape as qualifying matches continue. Additionally, what will "Rampage" Jackson and Kurt Angle have in store for each other after last week's confrontation? All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!

We are on tape from Atlanta, Ga. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.

Hulk Hogan makes his way to the ring. Hogan plays to the fans and says that TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray is lucky that he didn't literally bring the hammer down on his head last week. Hogan says that he has had to keep his daughter home for this week to avoid the potential drama of this situation.

Moving on, Hogan says tonight will provide more competitors for the Bound for Glory Series. Samoa Joe, Hernandez, Jay Bradley have already won their places in the series and now Hogan has two men to introduce into the competition.

Jeff Hardy makes his way out as Hogan's first selection. Hardy says he wants to win the Bound for Glory Series this year so he can win the title in San Diego and finally take the belt back to TNA.

Without announcement, Bobby Roode makes his way out. Roode says he was the longest-reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion and was the first Bound for Glory Series winner. Roode wants his spot.

Hogan says that there will be no conflict between the two and that the fans will decide next week via social media who gets the first call-out on Open Fight Night between the two. Roode isn't pleased with the vote being left to the fans and he and Hardy start squaring off.

Aces & Eights make their way through the crowd. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray is flanked by Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff. Bully wants to know why everyone is arguing because it doesn't matter who wins, as he will still hold the belt. Bully wants an Aces & Eights member in the series and Hogan says there will be a battle royal between the gang to determine who gets that spot. Bully says everyone is a target of the Aces & Eights and sics Bischoff and Brisco on Hardy and Roode. Roode and Hardy dispatch of the group, then Roode cheap shots Hardy and runs off.

Bad Influence backstage, prepared to take on TNA Tag Team Champions "Cowboy" James Storm and Gunner. The group is excited because the winning team gets a spot in the Bound for Glory Series.

(Commercials)

Match One: Bad Influence vs. "Cowboy" James Storm & Gunner

James Storm starts off with Christopher Daniels. Lockup leads to Storm pushing Daniels into the corner. Daniels wants a clean break and Storm gives it. Daniels tries a sucker punch and Storm blocks it. Hip toss from Storm followed up by a suplex and a knee drop.

Gunner in. Double-team attack gets a nearfall. Daniels with a kick to the knee and Kazarian brought in. Kazarian with some stomps, but Gunner hits a fallaway slam. Slam attempt is fought out of by Kazarian. Daniels trips Gunner and Kaz gets a springboard legdrop to the back of the head.

Daniels in and unloading strikes to the back of the head of Gunner. Kaz in again and a multitude of strikes on a double-team attack gets a nearfall. Daniels hits Storm on the apron and the referee is forced to stop Storm, allowing a double-team attack. Gunner still fights out with a double clothesline.

Storm in and he unloads on Kaz. Flying forearm smash and an atomic drop connect, followed by a neckbreaker. Kaz cornered and he eats an Alabama Slam. Storm with a nearfall broken up by Daniels. Gunner soon sends him out and takes on Kaz with a high knee. Torture Rack in on Kaz, but Daniels breaks it up and sends Gunner out. Bad Influence attempting to gang up, but Storm shoves Daniels into Kaz and hits him with a Closing Time. Kaz gets one of his own. Storm tuning up for the Last Call, but Kazarian ties up the ref. Daniels from behind with the belt and Kaz with the rollup.

Winners by pinfall: Bad Influence

Crimson backstage. Crimson says he hasn't been here for a year and he isn't just going to tell the cameraman why he's here.

(Commercials)

Crimson makes note of the numbers 470 and 12. Crimson says that his undefeated streak lasted the former and his time on the shelf equals the latter. Crimson says he is ready to make his way into the Bound for Glory Series tonight.

Match Two: Crimson vs. Joseph Park

Crimson opens up striking Joseph Park to the mat. Crimson toying with Park. Hip toss from Park infuriates Crimson and Crimson obliterates him with a clothesline. Park sent hard into the corner.

Action moves outside. Park gets his face rammed into the apron after a few punches before moving back inside. Crimson ties the head and lands a few knees before landing a neckbreaker. Park fighting from his knees with punches, but Crimson hits a spinebuster. Park cornered and Crimson looking for a splash. Park ducks and gets a rollup.

Winner by pinfall: Joseph Park

TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James is prepared to see what Velvet Sky has to give to her tonight.

(Commercials)

Velvet Sky to the ring with an envelope in hand. Sky says that her friendship with Mickie James has been up in the air since she lost the belt to her and she has the solution to all of this. Sky invites her to the ring.

The TNA Knockouts Champion takes a stroll down the ramp to meet Sky in the ring. James says that Sky is just a giver. Sky says that the document is clearance from her doctor. James scoffs, saying that it still looks like Sky's knee is still hurt.

With a kick of the knee, James locks in an STF on Sky, who starts tapping in pain. Referees hit the ring to break the hold.

Matt Morgan backstage. Morgan is frustrated that he needs to qualify for Bound for Glory and that he will jump throw these hoops with ease, despite how many are placed in front of him.

(Commercials)

Match Three: Magnus vs. Rob Terry vs. Kenny King vs. Matt Morgan

This four-way contest will have tag rules.

Kenny King begins to start off with Matt Morgan, then quickly tags Rob Terry inside. Terry off the ropes, but Morgan isn't moved. Same process repeats for Terry. King hits Terry from behind and Morgan starts working Terry over in the corner.

King tags Morgan out. King trying to hurt Terry with strikes, but Terry not affected. King quickly tags Morgan back inside. Running boot to the face of the kneeling Terry. Morgan driving Terry into the mat.

Morgan hits the ropes and King tags him from behind. Springboard axhandle from King. Side headlock in, but Terry fights out and presses King into the clouds on a gorilla press.

Magnus sneaks himself in there with a tag. Running clotheslines are followed up by a running lariat. Magnus clears Terry and Morgan out. King up top with a crossbody, but Magnus catches him and plants him into the mat. Up top and the elbow drop converts for Magnus. Morgan breaks it with a nearfall.

Morgan and Terry clashing in the ring. King hits Magnus with a spinning kick. Terry plants Magnus with a slam, followed up by Morgan putting him out with a Carbon Footprint. Morgan goes after Magnus, but he pulls down the ropes. MDD connects on King.

Winner by pinfall: Magnus

(Commercials)

Eric Young says that he is going to take on Austin Aries tonight in a Bound for Glory Series qualifier tonight.

Video package hypes the second appearance of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson tonight.

Video package recaps why Sting is deliberating his future, showing his loss at Slammiversary to Bully Ray.

Sting says that, since being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame last year, it has been a rough year. Namely, he can't compete for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship ever again. Sting says he fought nearly all of the Aces & Eights and Bully Ray still won by the skin of his teeth. No wrestler came to help Sting when he was in a dire situation, but Sting still credits the fine-tuned machine that is Aces & Eights. Sting says they are like a family and Sting wants a new family to help him fight.

Sting wants a whole new Main Event Mafia. Aces & Eights will fall at the hands of the new Main Event Mafia.

(Commercials)

Match Four: Eric Young (w/ODB) vs. Austin Aries

Lockup and Austin Aries gets the hammerlock. Eirc Young reverses into a fireman's carry. Legscissors choke by Aries leads to a break. Another lockup leads to an Aries arm wrench. Young flips out into one of his own. Aries with a takedown from behind and spinning along the back.

Aries heads outside and ODB comes in. She lets Young take her down and do the signature Aries spin on her back, followed up by the seated corner pose from Young. Aries doesn't take too kindly to this as he returns to the ring.

Young slams the head of Aries into the turnbuckle. Clothesline and dropkick gets him a nearfall. Aries sent off the ropes, but he slides outside to yell at ODB. Young gets distracted and Aries gets a hangman's neckbreaker after an eye rake. Aries targeting the head of Young. Young draped across the second rope and he jumps outside in another variant of the hangman's neckbreaker. Swanton from the apron gets Aries a nearfall.

Aries cranking the neck of Young. The hold is relinquished and Young in the corner. He eats some hard chops. Young floats over in the opposite corner and gets some chops of his own. Young now in control. Aries sent to the floor and Young follows with a crossbody.

Back inside, belly-to-belly suplex by Young for a nearfall. Young heading up top, but Aries rocks the top rope. Running dropkick in the corner on Young. Brainbuster connects.

Winner by pinfall: Austin Aries

Aces & Eights discussing club business over a few adult beverages. The group has plans that are unanimously agreed upon for the battle royal later tonight, but D.O.C. seems a bit hesitant.

(Commercials)

Video package hypes TNA Destination X, which will be broadcast on an episode of Impact later on down the road.

Match Five: Battle Royal

Every member of Aces & Eights that is patched in is involved. The men circle around until Mr. Anderson steps to the center of the circle. Mr. Anderson pantomimes a gun shot that sends Wes Brisco over the top rope. Garrett Bischoff sent out next, followed by Knux. Devon is asked to get the tables and he goes for it over the top.

Mr. Anderson and D.O.C. left in the ring. D.O.C. isn't playing the games that Mr. Anderson wants him to play. He steps halfway over the top, then decides that he isn't going out like that. Mr. Anderson is berating D.O.C. and D.O.C. snaps, beating Anderson down. Anderson with a knee to the groin and he sends D.O.C. out.

Winner: Mr. Anderson

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson meets up with Kurt Angle. He wants to know what Angle meant last week and Angle says that Jackson is a world-classs athlete, but he needs to learn the ropes in the wrestling ring before challenging him. The two wish each other luck in their next bouts.

(Commercials)

Aces & Eights backstage. Bully Ray says that D.O.C. should have stuck with the plan and it isn't going to fly when the group is fighting among each other. D.O.C. says that he's going to make it up to the gang by taking out AJ Styles tonight.

Match Six: Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles

Lockup leads to Kurt Angle working AJ Styles into the corner. The men in a chain wrestling exchange that leads to a Styles side headlock. Angle sent off the ropes and he is met with a dropkick. Styles with a kick across the back and an elbow to the shoulder. Splash in the corner from Styles converts. Backbreaker across the knee from Styles. Strikes in the corner continue the assault. Angle now fighting back with right hands and stomps in the corner. Styles smacks Angle and hits a snap suplex. Styles wants it again, but Angle breaks out with strikes. Styles regains the headlock and suplexes Angle into the corner.

"Rampage" looking on in the back as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Styles working a chinlock on Angle. Angle struggles to his feet, but Styles nails him with a strike that sends him outside. Running dropkick through the ropes by Styles are followed up by punches on the outside. Styles looks for a crossbody to the floor, but Angle moves away. Styles runs right into a belly-to-belly on the floor.

Back inside, Angle hits a backbreaker for a nearfall. Knee in the back and a neck crank applied. Styles working his way up and out. Right hands and Styles goes off the ropes right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Bear hug from the back by Angle. Back elbows from Styles leads to the two exchanging strikes in the center of the ring. Styles with a spinning backfist and a huge lariat that puts both men down.

Both men make their way up before the referee finishes the count. Styles with clotheslines and a kick right to the side of the head. Angle cornered, but he bodydrops Styles to the apron. Styles catches himself and hits a springboard forearm for a nearfall.

Angle gets up and takes the back. A trio of German suplexes bounce Styles off the canvas like a basketball. Angle Slam up, but Styles switches it up for a DDT that plants Angle. Nearfall.

Angle cornered. Styles looks for the splash, but Angle ducks and hits the Angle Slam. Close nearfall and Angle has the straps down. Ankle Lock in and Styles attempting to fight out. He rolls through and puts in a Calf Killer. Angle spits the mouthpiece out, but rolls through and reapplies the Ankle Lock. Styles inching to the ropes, but he kicks Angle into the second turnbuckle. Styles heading up top, but Angle meets him there. Styles turned in moonsault position and Angle attempts a German suplex, but Styles flips out! DDT in the corner puts Angle limp.

Mr. Anderson distracting the referee. D.O.C. and Knux head inside and attempt to take out Styles, but it plays out badly for them as Styles gets the rollup on Angle.

Winner by pinfall: AJ Styles

Aces & Eights begin to gang up on Angle. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson out with chain in hand. The group scatters and D.O.C. narrowly escapes danger. The show closes with Angle and Jackson back-to-back in fighting stance against the gang.

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