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TNA Impact: Bully Ray serves Hardcore Justice
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


It is time for Hardcore Justice. There will be tables, ladders, and one large cage. Tonight on TNA Impact, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Sabin again looks to defy the odds in defeating Bully Ray. Plus, more Bound for Glory Series matches! All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact.

We are LIVE from Norfolk, Va. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.

Bound for Glory Series Ladder Match One: Austin Aries vs. Kazarian vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy

All four men with their heads on swivels when the match begins. Kazarian exits the ring to grab a ladder, but all three men meet him as he tries to enter the ring. Austin Aries is on the attack with forearms and elbows for Kazarian. Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles battle inside. Kazarian and Aries in a tug o' war for the ladder. Aries lets go and Kazarian flies off the ramp. Aries up top for the axhandle smash on Kazarian before he is taken out by a Hardy baseball slide. Crossbody from Styles on Hardy puts everyone on the floor.

Kazarian with a ladder to the midsection of Styles as he heads in to set up the ladder. Hardy meets him there and whips him off the ropes, but Kazarian uses it to propel himself up. Aries yanks him down and crotches him on the ladder to send him out. Hardy and Aries now exchanging. Aries with a bevvy of forearms and punches after a Hardy attack. Hardy sends him out with a headscissors takeover.

Hardy all alone as he sets up the ladder, but Styles meets him there to take the ladder away. Styles goes for a suplex and Hardy counters into a Twist of Fate, but Styles tosses him outside. Styles inside now and looking to climb, but Kazarian on the apron gets a tornado DDT. Now Aries on the apron and he careens Kazarian into the falling ladder, sending him tumbling to the padded concrete outside.

Aries and Styles are the two men inside. Aries back bodydrops Styles out to the floor. Aries up the ladder and Hardy creeps his way into the ring to meet him. The two fighting for a shot at climbing the ladder. Styles and Kazarian are taken care of by Aries. The ring post is given a formal introduction to the head of Styles courtesy of Kazarian, who is then sent back to the floor by Aries. Hardy and Aries still jockeying for position on the ladder and Kazarian and Styles still putting up their dukes outside.

Aries and Hardy finally reach the top of the ladder on opposite sides and they strike each other at the same time. Styles and Kazarian left on the apron. The ladder topples and Aries and Hardy collide with the pair on the apron. Carnage and destruction send us to the break.

(Commercials)

We return with the same duo of Hardy and Aries fighting in the ring. Hardy is rid of, but Kazarian takes his place. The ladder is used as a weapon by Kazarian, running the head of Kazarian into the ladder. Styles now in and he drops the fatigued Aries with a right hand. Springboard forearm puts Aries rolling onto the ramp.

Styles making his way up the crooked ladder. Aries puts Styles down and Kazarian enters with a ladder to take everyone out. Kazarian now heading towards the title. Two ladders set up next to each other and all four men are fighting for the clipboard. Aries puts Hardy down with a sunset flip powerbomb. Styles and Kazarian remain. Suplex attempt from Kazarian fails.

All four men now down after some action. Styles corners a ladder, but Aries drives him into it with a missile dropkick. Aries heading to the top, but Styles picks him up and sets him in the Styles Clash. Up to his feet, Kazarian with the reverse STO to plant both men on the mat.

Every man reeling on the mat. Kazarian again makes his way up and Hardy meets him there. The two exchange strikes. In the corner, Aries is there with a missile dropkick to send the ladder and the men crashing to the mat.

Christopher Daniels and Bobby Roode make their presence felt by making their way down the ramp. AJ Styles leads out of the corner to get up the ladder. Aries and Styles are soon disposed of and Hardy takes out Kazarian. The lone wolf standing makes his way up. Roode enters the ring and yanks Hardy down, only to bet met with a step-over kick. Hardy again heading up. Bad Influence having a brief exchange on the apron and Kazarian meets Hardy at the top. Appletini right in the eyes of Hardy and he is clubbed to the floor.

Winner: Kazarian

The Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization celebrate up the ramp.

(Commercials)

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Sabin backstage. Sabin knows that Devon and Bully Ray are vicious men and he won't underestimate him, but he says that goes both ways. Sabin is ready to defy the odds once again.

TNA President Dixie Carter joins Main Event Mafia in the ring to announce the absence of Kurt Angle due to his current stint in rehab. Carter gives her support and encourages fans to do the same.

Aces & Eights make their way out. Mr. Anderson tells the group that they have one week to find a replacement and he will look forward to ending the careers of every man in the Main Event Mafia.

Magnus takes the microphone and tells Anderson to think of his immediate future because he plans to hurt Anderson soon enough. Magnus knows that the search for a replacement will be hard, but that someone will be willing to join up with Main Event Mafia to give away a pink slip to Aces & Eights.

The groups start to brawl with Aces & Eights taking advantage of the numbers game. The group quickly disposes of the Main Event Mafia and stand triumphant over their fallen opposition.

(Commercials)

Hardcore Match Two: Mickie James vs. Gail Kim vs. ODB

ODB shoulder bumps Mickie James as she heads down the ramp. Gail Kim and ODB go at it and ODB using her power to her advantage. Splashes in the corner on both ladies. Gail Kim and Mickie James start to double-team ODB. James brings a chair into the ring and her and Gail Kim proceed to fight over it. ODB kicks it in the face of Gail Kim, but she is soon overwhelmed with a double-team attack again that results in a nearfall with both ladies on the pin.

James and Gail Kim now going at it, exchanging strikes in the middle of the ring. Spinning back kick to the stomach of Gail Kim sends her out to the floor. ODB and James now slugging it out, but Gail Kim drags ODB to the floor and flapjacks her on the mat. Gail Kim taken out from behind by James.

Back inside, James with a kendo stick. The weapon is cracked across the back of ODB and then used to choke. ODB grabs a hold of the weapon and takes out both women. ODB now unhooking her bra and she uses it to sling James and choke Gail Kim. Gail Kim sent outside and James saves her with a kick to the back of ODB's head.

Gail Kim locks in the figure-four with ODB's legs wrapped around the ring post and James joins in working the arms. The two ladies again begin to argue as ODB takes out her flask to spit into the face of James. Gail Kim on the wrong end of a clothesline and ODB begins to take out James. Kendo stick shot to the midsection by Gail Kim on ODB. ODB fights out and gets Gail Kim on her shoulders for Bam right on top of the steel chair.

Winner by pinfall: ODB

Backstage, the Main Event Mafia is heated and want to find their replacement. Sting knows he isn't the most popular choice, but he wants to talk to Austin Aries because the group needs him.

(Commercials)

Sting and Austin Aries in the locker room. After the small talk, Sting believes that Aries has been screwed over by Aces & Eights. Sting knows Aries hates the group and offers him a chance to join them to dismantle the gang. Aries seems interested in the offer and Sting says they don't have to be friends to unite against a common enemy. Aries still pondering as the discussion ends.

Recap of the ladder match from earlier in the night.

Bobby Roode backstage. Roode says timing is everything and his alignment with Bad Influence means the plan is coming together. Roode plans to take home a win tonight and move into second place in the Bound for Glory Series.

Magnus, Samoa Joe, and Rampage Jackson discussing the potential of Austin Aries in the group. Sting comes in to inform them that Aries has rejected the group. Rampage suggests a different plan and he heads to the ring to discuss the issue.

(Commercials)

Rampage and Samoa Joe are shown heading to the ring.

(Commercials)

Video package previews the matchup between Bully Ray and Chris Sabin for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Bully Ray on the phone with Brooke Hogan. Bully acknowledges that their relationship isn't the most normal partnership, but tonight is about him and getting the belt back. Bully agrees that next week will be a night where the truth comes out about the marriage and closes the call with loving wishes and a smile on his face.

Rampage Jackson and Samoa Joe head down the ramp. Rampage says that he needs the support of the fans because mixed martial arts fans called him a sellout for joining TNA. Rampage believes that the Main Event Mafia has made him a family member and he feels accepted here, but he has to call out an old friend and training partner to offer him some help.

Tito Ortiz is called upon and he makes his entrance. Rampage says everyone knows they are going to fight in November, but MMA is different than pro wrestling. Main Event Mafia needs help taking out Aces & Eights and Rampage wants Ortiz to join them. Ortiz seems puzzled by the offer and says he came to the company to make headlines.

Bully Ray interrupts the group. Bully says that if he didn't have a title match tonight, he'd beat Ortiz and Rampage down by himself and ruin Bellator's pay-per-view plan. Bully believes he has Rampage's number and he threatens Ortiz, who has to be held back by Joe and Rampage.

(Commercials)

Bound for Glory Series Table Match Three: Samoa Joe vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Magnus vs. Bobby Roode

Magnus meets Bobby Roode on the apron as he makes his entrance. The two slugging it out down the ramp with Magnus in firm control. Samoa Joe and Mr. Anderson fighting on the outside.

Action moves to the ring between Magnus and Roode. Both working each other over in the corners. Magnus charges into a mule kick from Roode, who moves outside to take out Anderson and Joe. Table brought inside by Roode. Stomps in the corner on Magnus. Roode stacks the table in the corner and goes back to work with chops.

Joe inside and he bumps Magnus out of the way as he is whipped towards the table. Powerslam on Roode connects as Mr. Anderson sneaks inside to attack Joe from behind. Anderson unloading strikes and has Joe up on his shoulders, but Magnus connects with a running boot. Magnus now goes to work on Anderson and hits a clothesline.

Roode enters once again and starts stomping Magnus down in the corner. The table is set up in the ring now by Roode and Magnus uses this opportunity to exchange with Roode. The Main Event Mafia now uses this to team up on Roode and Anderson. Roode and Anderson fight back to take control. Both men working on the Main Event Mafia members in the corner.

Action moves outside. Magnus and Anderson slugging it out. The head of Anderson is bounced off of the table. Joe takes the ring bell and uses the hammer to ring it across the groin of Roode. In this time, Anderson has a table set up near the ramp and is looking to put Magnus through with a Mic Check. Elbows and knees get Magnus out and he looks for a piledriver. Anderson with a low blow to get out.

Joe and Roode continue to fight it out by the announce table. Joe rings the bells of Roode with the bell once again and unloads a nasty chop across the chest of Roode. Joe heads to help out Magnus and seats Anderson on a chair. Running boot through the barricade rocks Anderson.

Inside, Magnus and Roode fighting close to a cornered table. Roode is able to counter into the Double R Spinebuster and regain control of the match. More corner work from Roode and Anderson works Joe in the opposite corner. The two attempt to run Main Event Mafia into each other, but Joe with a furious clothesline that knocks Roode down. Anderson tries to work on Joe, but Joe heads outside to land a suicide dive into the barricade on Roode.

Two men left inside. Anderson off the ropes, but Magnus catches him for a driver. Looking to follow up with more offense, Anderson counters with a Mic Check. Joe is soon in for reinforcement and tries to Musclebuster Anderson through the table, but Roode picks the table up out of the way. Magnus laid out on a table and Roode tries to get up top. Joe fighting him off with chops, but Kazarian is here and he rips Joe from the apron while taking a beating in turn.

Roode posturing on the top rope and looking to fly. Magnus meets him to try and get a superplex, but Christopher Daniels is here again with an appletini to the face. Roode scoots inside to powerbomb Magnus right through the table.

Winner: Bobby Roode

Again, the Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization celebrates their victory up the ramp.

(Commercials)

The cage being assembled for the main event.

Sting is asked about Tito Ortiz backstage. Sting believes Ortiz will be an asset for anyone, but there is the tension between him and Rampage because of their fight in November. Still, Sting's gut is telling him to find Ortiz a spot in the Main Event Mafia.

TNA No Surrender edition of Impact preview.

Bully and Anderson are backstage. Anderson expresses some doubt as to Bully beating Chris Sabin tonight. The two going at each other and Anderson promises help from the club, stating he isn't Bully's enemy. Bully remarks that he doesn't look like an ally as he heads off.

(Commercials)

Steel Cage Match Five for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs. Bully Ray

Jeremy Borash with the formal introduction prior to the matchup.

Match starts with a lockup and Bully Ray hits a scoop slam on Chris Sabin. Sabin shoving Bully to tell him that isn't enough. Lockup leads to a repeat of the prior sequence. The two still looking position and Bully once again gets a bodyslam. Bully looks for a chop in the corner, but Sabin hits a pair of arm drags. Dropkick corners Bully and Sabin lands a pair of forearms. Bully down in the corner and he receives a dropkick for his troubles.

Action back up to the feet and Sabin off the ropes. He attempts to leapfrog Bully, who actually catapults Sabin to the wall. Sabin catches himself and tries to get out of the cage, but Bully sweeps the leg from behind. On the top rope, Sabin propels himself into a crossbody on Bully for a nearfall.

Volume striking from Sabin is followed up by a dropkick to the knee. Sabin looking again to climb over the top, but Bully rocks the top rope to crotch Sabin. Chops and Bully uses his boot to ramp the head of Sabin into the cage. Gorilla press on Sabin sends him careening into the cage. Champion out on the mat as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Bully going for another gorilla press. Sabin is again launched into the cage and he falls limp to the mat. Bully taking the fight out of Sabin. Bully standing over Sabin and yelling at him to hit him. Sabin tries his hardest, but a headbutt drops him back to the mat. Running elbow drop from the challenger with pinpoint accuracy gets a nearfall.

Calling out to Taz, Bully calls his shot by landing the crossface over and over. A cornered Sabin is again invited to hit Bully. This time, he does pack a punch with a pair of forearms. Sabin looking to lift Bully, but after some maneuvering, he settles on a backslide for a nearfall.

Bully not enjoying the persistence of Sabin and he shows it with a lariat. Handful of hair and a bevvy of right hands to the side of the head of Sabin. Bear hug submission locked in. Sabin strikes with the right elbow and he gets out. Off the ropes, Sabin runs into a back bodydrop. Bully looking for a powerbomb, but Sabin scoots himself around to lock in the sleeper hold. The bigger man teetering, but he runs Sabin into the corner to release the hold. Bully charges right into a mule kick and a tornado DDT. Both men down and the referee begins his count.

Action returns to the feet and an exchange of strikes btween Bully's chops and Sabin's forearms is won by the latter. Spinning back kick to the gut of Bully leads to a driver that leaves Bully staring at the lights. The jacket of Bully is ripped off his back and Sabin using the leather to whip Bully. Sabin posing with the jacket and he gets leveled with a boot. Elbow drop from Bully for a nearfall.

Samoan Drop connects for Bully and he makes a slow climb to the top of the cage. Sabin meets him on the top rope as Bully is in the corner. Sabin using swift strikes and he is able to get Bully down with a headscissors takeover. Bully writhing in pain on the mat. Sabin looking to finish the match, but Bully counters the Hail Sabin with a snap suplex.

Referee Brian Hebner is instructed by Bully to open the door. Sabin is able to catch Bully before he leaves and attempts a crawl of his own to no avail. Sabin hoisted onto Bully's shoulders and is spun, catching Hebner in the process. Hebner up to his feet between the ropes, but Bully accidentally splashes him into the cage.

The referee is down and Sabin connects with an enzuigiri. Bully has his head kicked into the cage. Missile dropkick out of the corner by Sabin. Pinfall attempt is not counted and Sabin inches to the door, but Mr. Anderson slams the door against Sabin.

Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson to the rescue, as Rampage disposes of Anderson. Ortiz stands behind and whips out the trusty hammer, cracking Rampage in the back of the head with it. Bully runs Sabin into the cage and hits the Bully Bomb. Sabin stacked.

Winner by pinfall and new TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Bully Ray

Tito Ortiz and Bully Ray celebrate in the cage. Taz soon joins in and Bully Ray embraces everyone in the ring. The show closes with Aces & Eights reveling in their regained success.

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