TNA Impact: Hogan quits upon Carter's offer
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Hulkamania may be no more. TNA President Dixie Carter has declared it her way or no way to the TNA Impact General Manager. Tonight on TNA Impact, Hogan makes the big decision on what his future will be like in TNA. Will he rule with Carter with an iron fist or does he have something else in mind? 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 Little Rock, Ark. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.
AJ Styles heads to the ring. Styles appreciates the effort of Hulk Hogan last week, but he isn't here to discuss Hogan or TNA President Dixie Carter. Styles wants to talk about TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray, who he promises to defeat at Bound for Glory. Styles is all in and he is hungry to get a taste of the belt once again. Bully Ray isn't the toughest guy in the building, according to Styles.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray and Brooke make their way out. Bully believes Carter is in the head of Styles so badly that he is beginning to doubt himself. Bully tells Styles not to worry about Carter, as he should be focused on him. Bully lists off all of his victims and asks Styles what he thinks he could have done to him if they get in the ring. Bully wants something more than the belt and that is to take Styles away from TNA.
Styles says Bully uses people and then discards of them, just like Carter. Bully says he takes it as a compliment to be compared to her and tells Styles that he better pray he makes it out alive at Bound for Glory. Styles says Bully to focus on his match tonight, but Bully doesn't have a match. Styles says Hogan has a match for Bully and that "Joe is gonna kill" him as he heads out.
Mike Tenay and Taz preview the rest of the show.
AJ Styles meets up with Dixie Carter. Carter says Styles only has one obligation left to TNA and she wants him out of the building, since he is not under contract anymore.
Austin Aries joins the commentary team.
Match Two: Jeff Hardy & Manik vs. Kenny King & Chris Sabin (w/Velvet Sky)
Chris Sabin steps in, but immediately tags out as Manik attempts to lockup. Kenny King walks Manik down into his corner, distracting him with Sabin to land some cheap shots from behind. King works Manik down in the corner and Sabin does a little work behind the back of the referee. Sabin returns and hits a body shot on Manik. More work in the corner on Manik and King back in. Back elbow from King scores a nearfall.
Sabin returns inside, but arm wrench from Manik as a counter. Manik using Sabin to mount the ropes and he hits a hurricanrana on King. Knee strike ends this surge for Manik, but he catches himself in between the ropes as Sabin tries to send him out. Sabin plays the bull to the matador and is sent out to the floor.
Jeff Hardy in and he works King down in the corner. Mule kick in the opposite corner from Hardy sends Kign away. Splash from the second rope gets a quick nearfall. Manik inside and he gets a headscissors into the octopus stretch. Backslide off the hold gets him a nearfall.
European Uppercut from Manik is all for nothing as Sabin distracts him from the ropes, allowing King to land a jumping hangman's neckbreaker to the floor. King with a little posturing to Aries outside before getting a nearfall. Sleeper in for King and Sabin brought in with a dropkick. Sabin stomping Manik down and hangs him in the tree of woe in the corner. Sabin using the groin of Manik to lace his boots and act as a boost to the top rope. The dirty offense garners a nearfall.
King back inside and he hits a snap suplex into some strikes from a mounted position. Right hand drops Manik and Sabin returns as the team keeps fresh. Sabin working Manik in the corner and attempts to send him to the corner, but he is met with a mule kick. Missile dropkick to the back of the head of Sabin.
King and Hardy in and Hardy coming in like a house on fire. Step-over kick drops Sabin and Hardy hits a facebuster on King for the nearfall that is broken by Sabin. Double-team attempt from the group sees Hardy plant them both with a clothesline. Twist of Fate is met with an enzuigiri to the back of the head by Sabin, followed by a Northern Lights suplex from King for a nearfall broken by Manik. Royal Flush attempt on Manik is countered and King is sent into Sabin, toppling him to the floor. Gutbuster from Manik and Swanton from Hardy.
Winners by pinfall: Jeff Hardy & Manik
Post-match, Chris Sabin takes out both men. Austin Aries hits the ring and chases Sabin off. Aries suggests a four-way match between himself, Manik, and Sabin. Hardy proposes an Ultimate X match and Manik will put up his TNA X Division Championship at the show.
Sting and Hogan discussing the future of TNA. The men are against the power-drunk Carter. A gift comes in from Carter and it is a retirement gift inside of a styled coffin case. Hogan believes that the games have begun prior to his decision tonight.
Mike Tenay and Taz discuss the recent battle between Magnus and the Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization. Clips from backstage last week show Sting and Magnus frustrated. Magnus says he will take on EGO in a gauntlet challenge.
Gaunlet Match Two: Magnus vs. Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization
Christopher Daniels is the first man to represent EGO. Magnus works him into the corner and unloads strikes. Daniels with elbows of his own, but he is taken out by a Magnus clothesline. More corner work from Magnus leads to a corkscrew for a nearfall.
Daniels attempts to call timeout and tries some sneaky offense, but Magnus with another clothesline. A cornered Daniels ducks to the apron to hit a hangman's neckbreaker. Running clothesline and a blatant choke follow up for Daniels. Snapmare into a nervehold keeps Daniels in control. Magnus fighting babck with body blows, but Daniels bulldogs him on the top rope. Headscissors choke is held illegally and Daniels uses it to get a nearfall.
Daniels with a head-and-arem choke. Again, Magnus fights out, but Daniels sets up Magnus up for Angel's Wings. Bodydrop out and clotheslines galore for Magnus. Daniels flips out of a Saito Suplex, but he is eventually dropped by a clothesline. Up top, Magnus is pulled down by Daniels and hit with an STO. Chokehold in for Daniels, but Magnus gets a rope break. BME attempt sees Daniels meet the boot of Magnus. Mag Daddy Driver plants Daniels.
Winner by pinfall: Magnus
Kazarian is next and Magnus tosses Kazarian into the ring after beating him down on the ramp as he consults with Daniels. Kazarian moves outside as we break.
We return with Magnus pressing Kazarian into the air, but Kazarian rakes the eyes to hit a dropkick. Front headlock from Kazarian in as action from the commercial break shows Magnus in control outside. Kazarian placed up top and he avoids the Magnus attack to hit an enzuigiri for a nearfall.
Chops to the chest of Magnus in the corner. Snapmare and kick to the back earn Kazarian a nearfall. Kazarian taking shots in the corner and talking some smack, allowing Magnus to counter back. Crossbody attempt is caught and a driver from Magnus is followed by an elbow drop from the top for a nearfall that is ended by a rope break.
MDD attempt from Magnus is fought out of by Kazarian. Magnus up top and Kazarian lands an enzugiri and looks for the Fade to Black. Magnus rolls out and locks in the Cloverleaf.
Winner by submission: Magnus
Bobby Roode is the final challenge for Magnus. Roode taking his time to get to the ramp and Kazarian with a chop block from behind that is followed by a kneebreaker. Roode stomping on the injured left leg as we break.
We return with Roode stomping Magnus down to the mat. Commercial break action shows Roode wrapping the knee around the ring post. Roode now working a leg lock. Magnus fighting back with body shots, but Roode ends this with a knee lift and clothesline combo. Roode continuing to methodically work the leg. Figure-four attempt by Roode sees Magnus kick him into the turnbuckle. MDD barely converts for Magnus as a counter for a close nearfall.
Cloverleaf being worked for and it is locked in on Roode. Roode punches the back of the left leg to break the hold. Cornered Magnus sends Roode away with an uppercut. Headed up top, Magnus is met by Roode and Roode is shoved down. Elbow drop misses. Crossface applied for Roode and Magnus gets to the ropes. Ankle lock in for Roode as he drags it back to the center of the ring.
Winners by submission: Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization
Post-match, Magnus unable to get himself to the back on his leg. Sting comes out to help console Magnus. Visibly frustrated, Sting wants to talk to Magnus in the back. Magnus doesn't want it that way and he says he doesn't have it in him compared to the other members of Main Event Mafia. Sting attempts to talk Magnus up, but he doesn't want another pep talk Sting believes Magnus will get nowhere by pouting and he will give him a shot to put himself on the map against him at Bound for Glory.
Austin Aries enters the office of Hulk Hogan. Aries gives Hogan a bottle of vegan vitamins and, though they haven't seen eye-to-eye, he wants Hogan to make the best decision possible tonight. Hogan gets what Aries has to say and he contemplates further.
The history of Hulk Hogan in TNA is recapped.
Chris Sabin backstage. Sabin will not be joining his girlfriend at ringside because he needs to focus on himself.
Recap of the gauntlet match between Magnus and EGO. EGO celebrating in their locker room and the group plans to induct Bobby Roode into the EGO Hall of Fame.
The match between Brooke and Velvet Sky doesn't happen as Lei'D Tapa makes her reappearance and decimates Velvet Sky as Brooke gets out of dodge.
Video package hypes the debut of Ethan.
Video package documents the TNA Tag Team Champions "Cowboy" James Storm and Gunner.
TNA Bound for Glory card rundown by Mike Tenay and Taz.
Video package sets the stage for the TNA Hall of Fame induction ceremony of Kurt Angle.
Match Three: Bully Ray (w/Brooke) vs. Samoa Joe
Arm wrench from Samoa Joe on Bully Ray. Bully counters into a side headlock on Joe. Bully sent off the ropes and the two stalemate on a shoulder bump. Bully challenges Joe to bump him again and he hits a cheap back elbow. Bully taunts a cornered Joe and Joe shoves him across the ring.
Reset sees Joe opening up with jabs and unleashing a flurry of punches. Splash is followed by a pendulum kick in the corner by Joe. Snapmare leads to a missed knee drop. Coquina Clutch snuck in on Bully, but he runs Joe into the corner. Chain taken away from Bully as he tries to use it and he hits Joe with a low blow with the referee disposing of the chain as we break.
We return with Bully working Joe over in the corner. Kick attempt from Joe is caught and he is swept to the mat. Elbow drop attempt misses after Bully spends too much time taunting. The two men up and they trade right hands. Joe gets control with a back elbow and clotheslines. Inverted atomic drop to a back splash convert for Joe. Boot in the corner is followed up by a flying kick from the top by Joe for a nearfall.
Back elbow from a cornered Bully Ray. The referee squashed as Bully sends Joe into the corner. Coquina Clutch in and Bully tapping, but the referee is still out. Bully gets the chain and is placed up top by Joe. Joe checks on the referee and walks into a chained fist drop, which is seen by the awakening referee.
Winner by disqualification: Samoa Joe
Post-match, Bully tosses Earl Hebner to the ground out of frustration and goes to work on Joe outside. Mat being stripped from the floor and Joe in a bad way. AJ Styles makes his way through the crowd and hits a flying forearm. Styles escapes back to the crowd to avoid security.
TNA President Dixie Carter makes her way to the ring. Carter says the fans simply don't know business and she can't be mad at them for not knowing what is what. However, she has some other business to attend to and invites Hulk Hogan out.
Hulk Hogan makes his way to the ring. Carter says that Hogan can have his career raised to the next level with her and she asks what it will be for him. Hogan thanks her for the watch. Hogan loves the opportunity to be at the highest level with Carter by his side, but he decides that it is for someone else and he quits.
The show closes with Hulk Hogan walking up the ramp and Carter begging him on her knees to stay.
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