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TNA Impact: Bound for Glory Series finalists set
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


It has all come down to this for four men in the Bound for Glory Series. Tonight on TNA Impact, a last chance gauntlet battle royal will determine who makes it into the final four for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Who will make it? Plus, what member of Aces & Eights will defy the brotherhood to have a shot at Bully Ray next week? 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 Cleveland, Ohio. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.

Bound for Glory Series gauntlet match participants discuss their participation in tonight's "last chance" match.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray and Brooke Tessmacher come out flanked by Tito Ortiz and the rest of Aces & Eights. Bully tells the audience that Aces & Eights are in control and that he is proud of every member of the group for making him who he is today. Bully knows last week was harsh, but he believes everything is behind them. Bully goes down the line hugging each member, before stopping at Ortiz to make sure he knows that the crowd only boos out of envy. Bully stops at Anderson to tell him that he is the best vice president he could ask for and gives him a hug. Bully details the night Aces & Eights has in store, match by match. Bully says Hulk Hogan is right where he wants him and he plans to beat Sting badly. Bully tells the group to head out, while he will sit ringside with Tessmacher to watch Knux's match.

(Commercials)

Match One: Chris Sabin vs. Knux

Match starts with Chris Sabin ducking a lockup attempt from Knux. Sabin using his speed to grab the side headlock, but he is sent off the ropes and runs into a shoulder bump from Knux. Reset in the action sees Sabin call for the test of strength. Knux falls for it and eats a kick to the kneecap while Sabin naps a side headlock. Sabin again off the ropes and he lands a series of dropkicks to the left knee. Sabin cornering Knux and working the left knee before locking in a half Boston Crab. Strikes to the leg and chops from Sabin connect, but Knux catches him running the ropes with a crossbody for a nearfall.

Knux stomping his opponent into the mat. Sabin is pulled into a pair of lariats by Knux for a nearfall. Body shots from Sabin provide a temporary resurgence, only to be thwarted by a big boot from Knux. Sabin dropped on the top rope by Knux, who continues to use power offense. Slingshot into the bottom rope by Knux gets a nearfall.

Neck crank submission in for Knux. Sabin struggling to break the hold, but he gets out after a series of strikes. Knux pulls him back by his hair and converts on a Saito Suplex. Up top, Knux connects with a leg drop across the throat of Sabin for another nearfall.

Bully Ray taunting from outside as Sabin is draped on the second rope. A charging Knux misses as Sabin ducks, crotching himself between the ropes. Sabin moves to the apron and connects with a dragon screw across the ropes. Sabin heading up top and a missile dropkick connects. Bully Ray rushing the hammer to Knux. Poised to strike, Knux eats a dropkick to the knee and the hammer falls to the mat. Both men scramble to get it, with Sabin grabbing it and smashing it on the back of the head of Knux.

Winner by disqualification: Knux

Sabin in a fit of fury inside the ring as Knux is carried back by his Aces & Eights stablemates.

TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James will have something to say tonight, as she is shown making the rounds backstage.

(Commercials)

Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky backstage. Sabin is frustrated about the hammer and believes changes need to be made. Velvet Sky doing her best to console her boyfriend, who finally calms down to walk away and leaves Sky confused.

TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James makes her way to the ring. James is excited to be in Cleveland and had a whole performance planned, but she thought better of it because of the recent music award ceremonies snubbing her. No matter, as James made her own little trophy. James takes umbrage with the crowd and the media picking on her "friend" Miley Cyrus, but she knows how hard it is to be one of the biggest stars in a field.

ODB interrupts James, ignoring the Cyrus issue to give James warning about her TNA Knockouts Championship. James puts on a look of disgust, saying that there's no way ODB can match her star power. James with a forearm to the back of the head and some followup strikes. James taunting ODB, who fights back and takes the belt in a victory pose. James yanks it from ODB, who rips off the shirt of the champion to much embarassment. James runs backstage as ODB stands tall in the center of the ring.

Jeremy Borash runs down the Bound for Glory Series before introducing Jay Bradley and Hernandez. Both are mathematically eliminated, but they will start the gauntlet match tonight. Bradley says that a win could increase his value here and asks Hernandez if he would like to be a business partner tonight.

(Commercials)

Sting shown entering the arena earlier today.

Bound for Glory Series Gauntlet Battle Royal Match Two

Hernandez and Jay Bradley start the match. Bradley asks about his offer, saying a group has offered him money to eliminate someone in this match. Hernandez answers the deal with a series of strikes. Chops and a huge clothesline connect for Hernandez. Back bodydrop puts Bradley down.

Joseph Park makes his way to the ring with Eric Young. Park and Bradley square up, but Bradley with a punch to the knee. Bradley opening up, but Park out of the corner with huge shoulder bumps. Park runs right into a back elbow from Bradley. On the apron, Park on the edge of being eliminated. Bradley striking away, but Hernandez lays him out with a Get Off Me. Hernandez looking to eliminate Bradley.

Mr. Anderson next inside and he lays out Hernandez before turning his attention to Park. Right hand after right hand, but Park still hanging on for dear life as we hit the break.

(Commercials)

Samoa Joe is shown entering and taking out all comers.

(Commercials)

We return with an entrance from AJ Styles. Styles immediately clotheslines a reeling Park to the floor, almost eliminating himself. Joseph Park is the first man eliminated.

Mr. Anderson working on Samoa Joe and Styles going to work on Hernandez. Joe and Styles whip their opponents into the same corner, with Styles now turning his attention to Bradley. Joe and Anderson slugging it out. Anderson on the apron, but he fights Joe off to get back inside. Hernandez with a back bodydrop on Styles. All men tied up as Bradley takes a breather in the corner.

Kazarian is next up. Kazarian immediately going to work on AJ Styles. Bradley working on Hernandez. Joe chopping Anderson down in a major way in the corner. Anderson counters with a headbutt, but Joe pops him with an enzuigiri as he sits up top. Anderson crumbles to the floor with a hard landing. Mr. Anderson is the second man eliminated.

Kazarian tied up with Styles and Joe working on Bradley. Saito Suplex from Kazarian puts Styles down.

Christopher Daniels making his way inside and joins in with Bradley on Joe. Kazarian and Daniels now teaming up on AJ Styles. Bad Influence teaming up on Styles and Joe to temporarily put both men down. Joe off the ropes and he hits a double clotheslines on both men. Kazarian rushes to save Daniels from elimination. Bad Influence double-teaming Hernandez and they send him over the top. Hernandez has been eliminated.

Jeff Hardy joins the action. Hardy coming out swinging and takes control as we hit the break.

(Commercials)

Chaos still ensuing in the ring as Bobby Roode makes his way out. Roode immediately taking out Hardy and stomping him into the mat. Bradley sending Styles onto the apron and tries a Boom Stick, but Styles reverses it and uses the momentum to pull Bradley to the floor. Jay Bradley has been eliminated.

Joe beating Daniels down in the corner as Roode and Kazarian working Hardy over. Styles making the save, but he is soon taken out by the overwhelming numbers of the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization. Styles fighting tooth and nail to stay inside and plants Kazarian with a dropkick.

Austin Aries darts to the ring and takes out Bad Influence with a suicide dive inside. Aries immediately in control, but the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization soon plays the number game. Hardy and Styles hep to even things out as Joe is downed in the corner. Hardy and Roode both in trouble on the apron. Kazarian gets the back raked by Aries. Daniels nails Joe with a dropkick.

Magnus is the next entrant. Magnus using a powerful right hand to his advantage, landing a suplex on Daniels. The ring becoming crowed as Samoa Joe works on both members of Bad Influence. Daniels pulls down the rope and Joe falls over, being bumped to the floor by Kazarian. Samoa Joe has been eliminated.

The Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization playing the numbers game. Hardy is able to take advantage and toss Kazarian to the apron, but Kazarian clings on the ropes like his life depends on it. Roode from behind to help his partner. Jeff Hardy has been eliminated.

Kazarian working on Styles while Magnus pummels Roode in the corner. Kazarian talking trash with his hand on the rope. Styles kicks him and ally-oops him to the ramp.. Kazarian has been eliminated.

Magnus in control on Roode. Looking to deposit him over the top, Roode is yanked out of the grasp of Magnus by Daniels. Daniels using the momentum to toss Magnus out. Magnus has been eliminated.

The final four remaining are Roode, Styles, Daniels, and Aries. Double-team attack from Roode and Daniels. Roode pinning Aries to keep him still while Daniels fires a clothesline, but Aires doesn't cooperate and Daniels connects with a forearm to Roode, Aries on the apron after charging at a cornered Roode. Shoulder bump to the stomach of Roode puts him down. Styles charges and uses Roode as a launching pad to land the forearm on Aries, who tumbles to the floor. Austin Aries has been eliminated.

Styles hanging by the ropes. Roode tries to get an advantage, but Styles pulls down the rope as Roode charges. Bobby Roode has been eliminated.

The two remaining men exchanging blows in the center of the ring. Styles floats over to the apron after charging Daniels, but he lands a few strikes en route to a springboard forearm. Clotheslines a wheel kick from Styles are followed up by a vicious backbreaker. Styles looking for the Styles Clash, but Daniels turns out. Styles with a Pele and Daniels staggering along the ropes. Clothesline sends Daniels outside.

Winner: AJ Styles

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray taunting Mr. Anderson backstage, upset over his loss. Anderson says he has been putting it all on the line for the club. Bully says he is the president of the club and he has no qualms with teaching Anderson a lesson if he doesn't fall back.

(Commercials)

Styles backstage. Styles says that he is a winner and this match only proved him right. Styles believes he he will be contending for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the near future.

Previewing Sting vs. Bully tonight.

Sting says that Bully is due for some thanks because he realized that he needed backup after losing to him. Sting doesn't want the title, but he promises to make the most of his opportunity.

Match Three: James Storm & Gunner vs. Wes Brisco & Garrett Bischoff

Aces & Eights start out with a sneak attack before the match. Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff in control for a moment, as James Storm is able to regroup to gain the upperhand. Inside, Storm with a bulldog on Bischoff after a Gunner splash for a nearfall.

Scoop slam by Storm is followed up by a knee drop for a quick nearfall. Suplex attempt from Storm is blocked after Brisco enters the ring and attacks Storm from behind. Shoulder bumps from Bischoff in the corner. Brisco in with a clothesline on Storm for a nearfall.

Aces & Eights using dirty offense to maintain control. Wes Brisco with an armbar over the ropes on Storm and the group keeping a steady, methodical pace. Brisco looking for more offense, but Storm with the Closing Time and both men are down in the center of the ring.

Bischoff and Gunner in. Gunner with clotheslines and a giant headbutt. Running knee to the abdomen in the corner is followed up by a brutal backbreaker for a nearfall that is broken by Brisco. Storm takes out Brisco and double-teams Bischoff. Slingshot right into a DDT from the champions gets a close nearfall on Bischoff.

Gunner has Bischoff up and Storm heads off the ropes, only to be dragged to the floor by Brisco. Storm sent into the ring post and Brisco with some cheap offense from the apron. Bischoff with a handful of tights on the rollup attempt is barely kicked out of by Gunner.

Brisco attempting to get the title belt involved and the referee locks up with him. Bischoff has a chain wrapped around his hand and he clocks Gunner from behind with the steel.

Winners by pinfall: Wes Brisco & Garrett Bischoff

AJ Styles ready to make the announcement about who he will face next week.

(Commercials)

Jeremy Borash with finalists Bobby Roode, Magnus, and Austin Aries in the ring. AJ Styles makes his way out to decide his semifinals opponent. Styles walking down every man and getting in their faces. Styles says Aries is the biggest blemish on his record and he picks him. Aries promises that the fans will be the real winners when they collide.

Magnus vs. Bobby Roode is announced for next week. Roode says he loves when a plan comes together and talks about how his alignment with the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization got him here. Roode believes he has found the weak link and he has a stepping stone back to the championship. Magnus says he has gotten this far all by himself and the odds will be fair next week as he runs through the competition next week.

(Commercials)

Jeremy Borash with the introductions and Bully Ray takes the microphone away. Bully reminds Sting this is a non-title match after what happened at Slammiversary, paying no mind to Hulk Hogan's ruling.

Hulk Hogan makes his way out. Hogan says he runs the show and bans Tito Ortiz from ringside. Hogan also makes this a no disqualification match.

Match Four: Bully Ray (w/Brooke Tessmacher, Tito Ortiz, and Mr. Anderson) vs. Sting

Stinger Splash starts the match off and Sting unloading as he tosses Bully Ray to the floor as we take a quick break.

(Commercials)

We return with Sting driving a steel chair across the back of Bully Ray. Sting beating him from pillar to post with the chair. Action returns to the ring and Bully Ray with a low blow as Sting is in the middle of a swing. Bully Ray with a splash on top of the downed Sting for a nearfall.

Chair in hand for Bully Ray and he begins to unload on Sting. Scoop slam right on top of the chair. Bully Ray heads outside and gets a box cutter from Taz and he goes to work on the ring mat. The mat being stripped from the ring. Bully back inside and he drives the chair across the back before exposing the boards of the ring. Bully read to drive Sting into the mat, but a double-leg from Sting allows him to lock in the Scorpion Deathlock.

Aces & Eights quickly make their way down to make the save and the group begins their mugging of Sting. Main Event Mafia soon comes in for backup and everything returns to normal inside the ring. Sting looking for the Stinger Splash, but he misses. Piledriver attempt from Bully is countered by Sting with a back bodydrop. Splash from Bully misses and a Scorpion Deathdrop attempt is stopped by Bully holding the ropes. Sting falls on the boards and Bully looking for a big boot. Sting ducks it and reapplies the Scorpion Deathlock. Anderson outside wielding the hammer. Anderson holding it just out of reach before he tosses it right to referee Earl Hebner. Bully is forced to tap.

Winner by submission: Sting

Mr. Anderson enters the ring and asks Bully why he couldn't do it on his own. Anderson mocking Bully, asking if he knows who he is. Anderson then answers that he is the man who will challenge him next week for the title. The show closes with Bully and Tessmacher licking their wounds on the mat with Anderson holding the belt above his head.

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