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TNA Impact: Devon takes the fall at Hardcore Justice
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


The first part of TNA Impact's special edition of Hardcore Justice brought about a shift back in power to Aces & Eights, as Bully Ray regained his TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Tonight on TNA Impact, the second part of Hardcore Justice sees either a Main Event Mafia or Aces & Eights member leaving the company forever. Plus, who will step up for Kurt Angle to combat Aces & Eights and even the odds? All that and more on this week's special Hardcore Justice edition of TNA Impact!

Recap of the latest events in TNA.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray and Tito Ortiz enter the building. Bully Ray talking to Brooke Hogan on the phone and talking about revealing the truth tonight. Mr. Anderson meets up with the two and gets introduced to Ortiz. Anderson says he had no idea about Ortiz because Bully hasn't returned his calls. Bully lashes out and tells Anderson to focus on earning his stripes in the club instead of calls and texts.

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

The Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization make their way to the ring. Bobby Roode congratulates Bully Ray for winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by "screwing the system" and finding another ally. Roode says Bully now has a target on his back and the three men in the ring will do anything to get that belt off of him. Roode says he quite literally set the tables last week to leap into third in the Bound for Glory Series.

Kazarian reminds the crowd who took home some points in a ladder match last week and Christopher Daniels promises that "the man with the rear that makes all the girls cheer" and the best fighter in TNA will make it three-for-three tonight. Roode announces that they want one more member and invites Austin Aries to join the group, as he can trust this now united stable.

TNA Tag Team Champions "Cowboy" James Storm and Gunner crash the party. Storm pokes fun at the group for even using the word "trust." Storm tells Bad Influence that it is only a matter of time before Roode turns on them. Roode says Storm has always been jealous of him. Storm warns Roode that he is going to put all of his stuff down in the corner and come back to pop Roode in the jaw. Roode doesn't believe he has the guts and Storm proves him wrong.

Match One: James Storm & Gunner vs. Bobby Roode & Kazarian

Referee Earl Hebner makes this impromptu match official.

James Storm and Kazarian are the legal men to start. Storm punching Kazarian around the ring and Gunner brought inside as we hit the break.

(Commercials)

We return with Bobby Roode in control of Gunner. Roode rams Gunner from corner-to-corner. Chops to the chest are soon countered by Gunner forearms. Gunner off the ropes, but he runs into a back elbow for a brief nearfall.

Kazarian brought inside with a spin kick for a nearfall. A forearm and Roode is brought back inside. Gunner being worked in the corner and Roode hits the running neckbreaaker. Gunner being ground into the mat. Front facelock and a suplex from Roode followed up by a knee drop for a nearfall.

Kazarian back in with a leg drop for another quick nearfall. Gunner being taunted by Kazarian and he fights back, only to have his eyes gouged. Back bodydrop countered with a boot to the head of Gunner, but he remains unaffected. A desperate Kazarian charges and runs right into a backbreaker across the knee of Gunner.

Both men tag out, bringing in Storm and Roode. Storm with right hands and a flying forearm. Inverted atomic drop to Roode followed by a hip toss on Kazarian. Roode off the ropes and Storm connects on a powerslam. Kazarian attempts to bodydrop Storm to the floor, but Storm lands on the apron with an enzuigiri to the back of the head. Up top, an elbow driven into the chest of Roode for a nearfall.

Kazarian broke the pin and he is disposed of by Gunner as they brawl on the floor. Inside, Roode looking for a Fisherman's Suplex, but Storm counters into Closing Time. Roode shoves the referee in the way, prompting Storm to bail on the kick. Kazarian in with the tag belt to clock Storm, but he eats a Last Call Superkick instead. The referee removing the belt from the ring and Roode from behind with a low blow.

Winners by pinfall: Bobby Roode & Kazarian

Austin Aries backstage discussing the numerous offers to join stables in the past few weeks. Aries believes the Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization might have robbed him of points last week, but he needs to trust who he surrounds himself with and he believes he will have a decision tonight.

(Commercials)

Recap of Bully Ray winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Match Two: Sonjay Dutt vs. Manik

Sonjay Dutt attempts a springboard attack as Manik nears the ring. Manik runs through to avoid the leap and hip tosses Dutt back inside to make the proceedings official.

Manik up top and he misses a flying attack. Rolling through, he ducks a Dutt clothesline and gets a tilt-a-whirl headscissors into an octopus hold. Manik drags Dutt to the mat for a rollup nearfall. Both men up to their feet and Manik hits an arm drag into an armbar. Dutt fights on and hits a hurricanrana for a nearfall.

Dutt in control with strikes. Manik attempting a rollup, but Dutt rolls through and misses a kick attempt. Standing moonsault from Dutt earns him his second nearfall. Dutt locks in an octopus hold of his own and turns it into a rollup for a nearfall.

Straitjacket choke in on Manik. Shoulder bump in the corner on Manik and Dutt sends him off the ropes. Manik catches himself in between the ropes and rolls out of the way to send Dutt tumbling to the floor. Springboard dropkick to the outside from Manik. Inside, springboard dropkick to the back of Dutt for a nearfall.

Manik looking to finish this match, but Dutt elbows his way out. Dutt with a kick that is caught and transitioned into a powerbomb from Manik for a nearfall. Cornered, Dutt ducks out of the way of a Manik splash and hits him with a running boot. T-bone suplex and a springboard splash from the apron gets Dutt a nearfall.

Front slam and Dutt looking for the Moonstomp. No dice and Manik hoists him on his shoulders to land a facebuster across the sole of his boots. Double-knee gutbuster puts Dutt down.

Winner by pinfall: Manik

Aces & Eights meeting backstage. Devon wants to know what Mr. Anderson was told by president Bully Ray. Anderson tells him that Bully wants them to get the job done tonight and the group believes no one will be willing to step up to them tonight.

(Commercials)

Main Event Mafia pondering their partner for tonight.

Bound for Glory Series Street Fight Match Three: Jay Bradley vs. Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Joseph Park (w/Eric Young)

Jay Bradley working on Joseph Park to start. Hernandez in control of Christopher Daniels with a corner splash and a belly-to-belly suplex. Park ducks out of a corner splash and starts unloading fists, only to be hit with a back elbow. Bradley now going after Hernandez with right hands, but Hernandez sends him outside. Rollup from behind by Daniels for a series of nearfalls.

Daniels chopping the chest and slapping the face of Hernandez. Backbreaker on Daniels takes him out for a nearfall. Bradley inside with a chair and he works on Hernandez. Hernandez fighting off Bradley, allowing himself and Park to work together on Daniels and Bradley. The two sandwiched in the corner and a double splash as we hit break.

(Commercials)

Kazarian and Roode make their way ringside in a brief sneak peek.

(Commercials)

We return with Daniels attempting to hit Hernandez with a kendo stick outside. Hernandez boots him away and cracks Daniels across the head and back. Border Toss attempt on the ramp is countered by Daniels, bodydropping Hernandez with a thud onto the ramp.

Inside, Bradley misses a running boot in the corner on Park. Shoulder bumps from Park are stopped by a rake of the eyes .Bradley with a chair, but double-leg takedown from Park into a Boston Crab. Kazarian and Roode get on the apron to force Park to come after them. They drag him out and beat him down. Eric Young attempts to get involved, but he gets the same treatment.

Bradley muscles Daniels into the corner. Running boot and a huge hip toss by Bradley. Daniels cornered and gets a boot up, but Bradley wraps it across the second rope to punt the groin of Daniels. Chair in hand, Bradley smacks it across the back of Daniels. Side slam onto the chair and Bradley now looking for The Boomstick. Kazarian and Roode drag him out to the floor and pummel him as well.

Air Mexico takes lift off from the apron on Daniels. Huge series of clotheslines and a corner splash by Hernandez. Daniels cuts him off with a low knee shot. Get Off Me shoulder block leads to a failed Border Toss.

Austin Aries in the ring now and he distracts Hernandez to let Daniels hit an STO. Aries celebrating with the Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization, only to hit Daniels with a Brainbuster and draw Roode and Kazarian in a chase backstage.

Bradley inside and he busts the lip of Park with a pair of brass knuckles. Park sees his blood and starts punishing everyone within sight. Black Hole Slam on Bradley converts.

Winner by pinfall: Joseph Park

(Commercials)

Main Event Mafia meeting backstage. Sting fired up about tonight, listing off the failures of the group the past few weeks. Magnus doesn't buy into it and believes they are elite enough to fight off the group on their own.

Recap of the relationship between Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray and Tito Ortiz make their way out. Bully jokingly says everyone here tonight is happy to see him and asks the crowd how it feels to be suckered in again. Bully asks the crowd if they know who he is and lists off the many hats he wears before he talks up Tito Ortiz.

Ortiz says Rampage Jackson should have known when he signed up to fight him that there would be no change, whether it be ring or cage. Bully says no one does shock like him and invites the love of his life to join him in the ring.

Brooke Hogan's music hits and Brooke Tessmacher makes her way down to the ring. The two exchange a sloppy kiss and asks if it is even a doubt in anyone's mind if he can be stopped. Bully only has one thing left to do. Tessmacher bits the ring off of Bully's hand and spits it out as the new partnership celebrates.

(Commercials)

Match Four: Gail Kim vs. ODB

Lockup and Gail Kim is tossed to the mat by ODB. Repeat of the same process before Gail Kim gets the back of ODB. Bumped away and sent to the apron, Gail Kim meets the ring post courtesy of ODB. Corner splash on ODB is followed up by a Bronco Buster for a nearfall.

Whip into the corner on Gail Kim sees her float over and caught by ODB. Shoulder block follow and ODB is firmly in control. Fallaway slam converts and Gail Kim moves outside to regroup. ODB takes chase and is lead right into an armbreaker inside. The left arm is now targeted by Gail Kim, sending ODB into the corner on her shoulder. ODB fighting back with kicks and she heads up top, but Gail Kim puts her on her shoulders. Shoulderbreaker for a nearfall by Gail Kim.

Hammerlock torquing the arm of ODB now. Gail Kim moving to the apron and draping the arm of ODB across the second rope. Attempting a hangman's armbreaker, ODB gets the arm up to turn it into a low blow. Gail Kim brought in by her hair and ODB working shoulder bumps and clotheslines. Cornered, ODB kicks Gail Kim away and smashes her head into the turnbuckle. Lou Thesz PRess from the top gets a nearfall.

Cheap shot on the shoulder of ODB allows Gail Kim to move up top, but ODB crotches her with a shake of the ropes. Superplex converts for a close nearfall. ODB lifts Gail Kim, but she wraps around and takes the back. Crucifix rollup from Gail Kim.

Winner by pinfall: Gail Kim

(Commercials)

Video package hypes Jeff Hardy.

Austin Aries backstage. Aries says they asked him a question and he gave them an answer. Aries has gotten to the top playing these mind games and Roode needs to find his own help. Aries believes the only thing he needs is his own abilities.

(Commercials)

Main event combatants are shown entering the ring.

(Commercials)

Bully Ray enters with Brooke Tessmacher on his lap and Tito Ortiz by his side. Mr. Anderson with the mic and he offers the Main Event Mafia to pick someone to lay down for them. Sting says no one in the group would ever lay down and they will go down fighting.

Match Five: Main Event Mafia & AJ Styles vs. Aces & Eights

An all-out melee starts the matchup. Both teams fighting outside and the Main Event Mafia in control. AJ Styles taking care of Mr. Anderson. Those two in the ring and Styles plants Anderson with a dropkick.

Magnus and Wes Brisco are the first legal men inside. Driver from Magnus connects and he brings in Samoa Joe. Joe with jabs in the corner and he puts Brisco down with his punch combinations. Corner splash an enzuigiri convert and earn Joe a nearfall.

Brisco rakes the eyes and brings in Garrett Bischoff. Elbow from Joe drops him and AJ Styles brought in. Bischoff with some forearms, but Styles has him up and puts him down on his knee with a backbreaker as we hit the commercial break.

(Commercials)

We return with Garrett Bischoff in control on Magnus. Knux working Magnus in the corner with strikes, but Magnus fighting back. Aces & Eights with cheap shots from behind and Magnus focuses on them. Clothesline from Knux plants Magnus for a nearfall.

Saito Suplex from Knux brings in Devon. Elbow drop to the face of Magnus and Devon using some dirty offense, using the second rope to choke out Magnus. Garrett Bischoff back in and smacking Magnus around. Magnus again showing some fight with a flurry of right hands, but Bischoff with a flapjack for a nearfall.

Wes Brisco brought in and a double-team attack leads to a clothesline that plants Magnus for a nearfall broken by Samoa Joe. Aces & Eights still working the quick tag game by bringing in Mr. Anderson. Anderson with a few stomps and strikes for a nearfall.

Anderson off the ropes, but he is caught by Magnus. Rake of the eyes gets him out of the grips and he brings in Devon. Snapmare followed up by a leg drop. Devon now working a neck crank on Magnus. Up to his feet, a few shots to the body get Magnus out of the hold, but he runs into a corkscrew elbow.

Knux back in with a scoop slam and second-rope leg drop for a series of nearfalls. Suplex attempt is countered by Magnus and he lands a desperation DDT to put both men on the mat.

Sting off the tag. Dropkick puts Knux in the corner, where he is on the receiving end of a pair of Stinger Splashes. Sweep of the leg allows Sting to go for the Scorpion Deathlock, only to lead to an all-out brawl between the two teams.

Action spills outside and Rampage Jackson in the only one left in the ring. Right hands and clotheslines for every member of the Aces & Eights. Bodyslam to Wes Brisco, but Knux from behind. Sting with the Scorpion Deathdrop and now the Scorpion Deathlock. Devon in from behind with a low blow as the referee clears the carnage outside. Close nearfall after the illegal shot.

Devon inside and landing right hand after right hand in the corner on Sting. Scoop slam and he heads to the top, only to miss the diving headbutt.

AJ Styles tagged in and he takes out each member of Aces & Eights. Springboard clothesline and spinning backfist are followed up by an enzuigiri on Devon for a close nearfall. Mr. Anderson and the rest of Aces & Eights get inside, soon followed by Main Event Mafia. Styles looking for Styles Clash, but he hits Bischoff with a Pele Kick off the attempted interference. Devon with a brutal spear and he picks Styles up, but Styles with a kick to the abdomen. Styles Clash connects on Devon.

Winners by pinfall: Main Event Mafia & AJ Styles

The winners stand triumphant and Aces & Eights are in a fit at ringside. Devon is gone and Main Event Mafia celebrates as the show closes.

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