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TNA Impact: Styles confronts Aces & Eights, Dixie Carter
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


While AJ Styles has defied the odds time and time again to earn his shot against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray at Bound for Glory, the numbers are not on his side this time around. Tonight on TNA Impact, Styles has issues to settle with both Bully and his Aces & Eights and TNA President Dixie Carter. What is in store for Styles prior to Bound for Glory? All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact!

Recap of all the latest events in TNA.

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

TNA President Dixie Carter makes her way out. Carter says that we saw an egomaniac that will remain nameless in TNA from this point on last week. Carter believes she did Hogan a favor by giving him a job and no one needs to help her run the company. Carter claims to need no McMahon or Jarrett to run a wrestling promotion, as she is the best promoter of all-time. Styles now is focused on by Carter, who blasts him for sneaking back in last week to attack TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray. Carter says she has revamped security and Bully has free reign over Styles tonight.

Sting interrupts Carter. Carter tells Sting she is happy to see him out here, but begins to tell him that Styles will not be presenting her with a wake-up call and that everyone in the company should be wide awake as she is reviewing all talent. Sting is included in this review and Carter warns him that he could go the same way as Styles after Sting placed himself in a match with Magnus last week. Carter plans to have Magnus and him team up against Bad Influence tonight. Sting wants Carter to knock it off, but Carter continues by saying their Bound for Glory match depends on it.

Mike Tenay and Taz preview the rest of the show.

Austin Aries backstage before his match with Jeff Hardy. Aries says Hardy needs the spectacle of Ultimate X to distract from the fact that he is not a better wrestler and he plans to prove that tonight and at Bound for Glory.

(Commercials)

AJ Styles entering the arena. Styles is happy to not have to be concerned about security and he is also ready for anything Bully Ray has to throw at him. Styles plans to throw all of this back at Carter at Bound for Glory.

Match One: Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy

Lockup sees Jeff Hardy gain the advantage with an arm wrench. Snapmare into a leg drop converts on Austin Aries. Reset and Aries grabs the side headlock. Ankle pick leads to an amateur wrestling spin drill for Aries, topped off with an elbow drop. More mind games off the reset and Hardy with shoulder bumps into the corner. Whip sends Aries into the opposite corner, but back elbow converts. Aries up top, but he lands on an atomic drop. Leg drop to the groin is kicked away by Aries and he lands a pair of arm drags into an armbar. Headscissors counter from Hardy is met by an Aries dropkick for a nearfall.

Knee to the back and a corkscrew forearm to the neck from behind get Aries a quick nearfall. Aries working the upper body strikes in the corner. Hardy fights out, but he is nailed with a bulldog off a corner splash for another nearfall. Jumping elbow by Aries sees him cover the neck again for a nearfall.

Sleeper locked in for Aries. Hardy breaks the hold with a jawbreaker. Whip sends Hardy into the corner, but he floats over and sends Aries outside with a headscissors takeover. Baseball slide kick sends Aries into the broadcast table. From the apron, Hardy lands a flying clothesline and both men down as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Jeff Hardy in control over Austin Aries. Dropkick to the back of the neck by Hardy and Aries sent into the corner. Corner splash from Hardy misses. Knee drops from Aries connect for a quick nearfall.

Hardy fighting from his knees, but Aries boxes the ears. Hardy landing some shots and he heads off the ropes, but Aries flings him outside to send him crashing into the announce table. The referee's count nearing the end and Aries up top. Axhandle smash down to the floor on Hardy. Aries takes a celebratory lap and then does another for good measure.

Action moves back inside and Aries up top once again. Missile dropkick misses and Hardy with right hands and kicks. Flying forearm and atomic drop connect. Leg drop to the midsection and a dropkick nearly get Hardy the victory.

Corner work from Hardy on Aries. Hardy sent into the opposite corner and he floats over, but Aries tosses him to the apron. Shoulder ram to the stomach and a neckbreaker from Aries allow him to move up top. Missile dropkick is successful this time around. A cornered Hardy gets a mule kick to send Aries away and Hardy hits an alley-oop toss. Twist of Fate is kicked away by Aries, but Hardy lands Whisper in the Wind. Swanton attempt is thwarted by Aries crotching Hardy. Up top, Hardy hoisted into the air and Aries hits the Brainbuster.

Winner by pinfall: Austin Aries

Post-match, Samoa Joe congratulates Aries on the victory and Joe gives both men in the ring credit for setting up the Ultimate X match last week. Joe announces that he will be joining the four participants in the match.

The Bro-Mans discussing their recent unlucky streak. Jessie Godderz is goaded by Robbie E for losing to TNA Knockouts Champion ODB, while Robbie E gets a little in return for losing to Eric Young and Joseph Park in mere seconds. Godderz is ready to step up and take care of their biggest problem.

(Commercials)

Jeremy Borash with Eric Young and Joseph Park. The two are beginning their road trip to San Diego for Bound for Glory. The two depart for two seconds or so before returning to watch ODB's match tonight.

The Bro-Mans in the ring. Jessie Godderz says they were embarrassed by ODB last week and now he wants his chance to embarrass her.

Match Two: Jessie Godderz (w/Robbie E) vs. ODB (w/Eric Young)

Jessie Godderz starts by getting right in the face of ODB. He goes to confer with Robbie E, but ODB unloads chops to the chest. Unorthodox offense from ODB as she smothers both of the Bro-Mans with her chest, then gives a more loving variation of the hold to Eric Young. Corner splash from Godderz misses and a rollup from ODB nearly gets the win.

Drop toehold from ODB. She heads off the ropes, but is tripped by Robbie E. Eric Young is soon there to brawl with Robbie E. The two brawl all the way to the back.

Lei'D Tapa makes a sudden appearance and heads to the ring. Tapa unloading on ODB as the referee ends the match.

Winner by disqualification: ODB

Tapa bouncing the head of ODB off the mat post-match. Huge kick to the head of ODB puts her out. TKO cutter from Tapa finishes the job as she poses with the TNA Knockouts Championship.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray making the rounds backstage, preparing for a revenge match which he intends to explain next.

(Commercials)

Garrett Bischoff and Knux confront Bully Ray. The two are upset that Aces & Eights have dwindled down to three. Bully places the blame on Mr. Anderson for not knowing his role and stepping up to him. Bully says that Bischoff and Knux are going to get the glory of keeping the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the club by beating down AJ Styles tonight.

Sting and Magnus discussing their showdown last week. Sting says things got heated last week and they are both ready for Bound for Glory..Magnus says all of that has to go on hold for now because that match hinges upon their success tonight.

Bad Influence are preparing for their EGO Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Bobby Roode next.

(Commercials)

Bad Influence makes their way out, with both men wearing full-colored tuxedos and top hats. Daniels says tonight marks a special occasion and everyone is welcome to the event, throwing some verbal jabs at the fans. Kazarian believes the TNA Hall of Fame is a fraud for not inducting Bad Influence into the halls and he introduces the inaugural inductee into the EGO Hall of Fame.

Bobby Roode makes his way out. Roode takes a seat in a throne as a portrait of him is unveiled. Kazarian presents a video package that touts the greatness of Roode. Daniels calls the presentation inspirational and discusses the lofty credentials Roode has to be the first inductee into the EGO Hall of Fame. The group asks the crowd to stand.

Roode takes the microphone and thanks everyone for the moment. Roode thanks Daniels and Kazarian for the ceremony and that this wouldn't be possible without them. Roode also would like to thank someone else who has heart, desire, and talent to draw the fans in to this ceremony. Roode thanks himself and believes that he is more worthy of a TNA Hall of Fame spot than Kurt Angle. Roode asks what Angle has ever done for TNA and where is he lately.

Kurt Angle makes his way out. Angle asks if Bad Influence are Roode's girlfriends. Angle then proceeds to take out Bad Influence with a series of suplexes. Roode narrowly escapes the Ankle Lock and Angle challenges him to a match at Bound for Glory.

Velvet Sky and Brooke are shown entering the building for their rematch tonight.

(Commercials)

Bobby Roode infuriated backstage. Roode is ready to take Angle on at Bound for Glory for ruining his night.

Knockouts Contender Match Three: Velvet Sky (w/Chris Sabin) vs. Brooke

Lockup and Velvet Sky takes the side headlock. Shoulder bump from Sky leads to a reset.in action. Brooke muscles Sky into the corner and works on the injured midsection of Sky. Sky turns it around to stomp Brooke down. Brooke bounced off the turnbuckle. Cornered, Brooke steps out of the way of a corner splash and unwraps the protective tape on Sky. The midsection of Sky now being worked over by Brooke.

Sky tossed outside and Brooke rams her into the apron before taking her back inside. Brooke taunting Sky, which allows the latter to work some offense. Flying clothesline series from Sky followed by a back elbow. Sky with a kick to the head and a bulldog for a nearfall.

Kick and a head kick are followed by a neckbreaker for a quick nearfall for Sky. Sabin calls Sky over for a strategy meeting and Brooke sneaks up from behind with a rollup.

Winner by pinfall: Brooke

(Commercials)

Video package hypes the debut of "EC3" Ethan Carter III.

Bound for Glory card is previewed.

Match Four: Bad Influence vs. Main Event Mafia

Magnus starts off with Christopher Daniels. Daniels starting off with forearms, but Magnus counters back. Rake of the eyes allows Daniels to get the side headlock. Daniels off the ropes, but he is caught for a driver by Magnus. Sting brought in and a double-back elbow lands for the team. Daniels gets the upperhand and brings in Kazarian. Magnus again brought in and there is some failed communication as Bad Influence gets control when the break hits.

(Commercials)

We return with Magnus being worked by Bad Influence. Kazarian chokes Magnus with the knee. Running dropkick from Kazarian gets a quick nearfall. Action from the commercial break shows Bad Influence double-teaming Magnus. Front headlock in for Kazarian. Elbow stops a comeback from Magnus. Daniels in and he stomps the chest from the top by driving Magnus down. Nearfall after some taunting to Sting from Daniels.

Sleeper locked in for Daniels. Fading fast, Magnus struggles back to his feet. Body shots connect for Magnus and the hold is broken, but Daniels with a shoulder ram to stop a comeback. Snapmare from Daniels lets him tag in Kazarian for a flying leg drop nearfall.

Kazarian taunts Sting and the referee prevents any confrontation, allowing Daniels to step in on a phantom tag. Corner work from Daniels on Magnus allows him to throw Magnus to the floor. More taunting between Bad Influence and Sting allows Kazarian to ram Magnus into the apron outside. Nearfall inside is broken by Daniels blatantly using the ropes.

Head and arm choke in for Daniels. Magnus breaks the hold and the two exchange punches in the middle of the ring. Jawbreaker from Daniels allows him to hit the ropes, but Magnus is right behind him for the catch up clothesline. Tags made for both teams. Sting lighting Kazarian up with a chop and a dropkick. Bulldog plants Kazarian for a nearfall. Daniels tries to break it with an elbow drop, but he lands on Kaz. Daniels sent out. Magnus in and he hits the elbow drop. Magnus playing to the crowd as he locks in the Cloverleaf against the wishes of Sting. Daniels from behind breaks the hold. Sting tags himself back in and hits the Scorpion Splash and Scorpion Death Drop.

Winners by pinfall: Main Event Mafia

Post-match, Magnus looks frustrated at Sting over the perceived slight from that tag. The two in the ring and Sting trying to explain what happened to Magnus. The two begrudgingly celebrate as they head out.

Dixie Carter meets up with AJ Styles backstage. Carter offers Styles a check to step out of the handicap match tonight and the Bully Ray match at Bound for Glory. Carter rips up the check and throws it in Carter's face after her demeaning words that came with the offer.

(Commercials)

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray kicks Mike Tenay out of the booth and joins Taz with Brooke on his lap.

Handicap Match Five: Aces & Eights (w/Bully Ray & Brooke) vs. AJ Styles

AJ Styles opens up on both men with some sneak offense. Garrett Bischoff is the legal man and he fights back, but Styles corners him to hit a corner splash. Snapmare and a knee drop follow for Styles. Bischoff on the wrong end of some corner work before being dropped by an elbow. Styles stomping Bischoff down. Bischoff rakes the eyes and heads off the ropes, only to be knocked down by a clothesline.

Knux with the blind tag in. Big strikes from behind by Knux and he works Styles over in the corner. Styles on the shoulders of Knux and he is dropped across the top rope. Slingshot in between the ropes from Knux gets a nearfall.

Right hand from Knux brings in Bischoff. Styles being stomped down in the corner and Bischoff plays to the crowd. Styles fighting back briefly before being on the wrong end of a double-underhook suplex for a nearfall.

Knux back in and he is keeping Styles grounded. Up top, Knux misses a leg drop and tags Bischiff back in. Styles ducks Bischoff and takes Knux out of commission. Flurry of right hands and a clothesline on Bischoff are punctuated by a spinning hook kick. Another right hand on Bischoff. Styles sent to the apron after a corner splash attempt, but he rocks Bischoff with a right. Flying clothesline on Knux converts. Bischoff from behind with a full nelson to tie Styles up for a Knux punch. Styles ducks away and Bischoff is out cold off the punch. Pele cracks Knux and Styles with a cradle rollup on Bischoff.

Winner by pinfall: AJ Styles

Bully Ray in the ring post-match with chain in hand. Bully whips Styles across the back with the chain as he tells Aces & Eights to stay in the corner. Bully continues to crack the chain across the back of Styles. Bully lets up and lays against the ropes to bait Styles in. Backdrop to the apron thuds Styles. The show closes with Bully Ray mounting Styles and taunting him.