The third live Impact episode of TNA’s summer
series opened with a silent video on James Storm losing to Bobby Roode
at Lockdown in April. The sound came on for a recap of Storm leaving TNA
for two months, finding himself in nature, and then returning at
Slammiversary to end Crimson’s “streak.” The focus was on whether Storm
can complete his TNA Title quest now that he has returned.
Mike Tenay and Taz set the stage for the show, noting the show is
starting with Ultimate X for the X Division Title, the BFG Series is
returning, and Roode will defend the TNA World Title against Mr.
Anderson in the main event. Already in the ring for the Ultimate X match
were Chris Sabin and Zema Ion. X champ Austin Aries was then introduced
for his next title defense.
Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin (Ultimate X Match for X Division Title
the bell sounded, the announcers hyped Aries conquering Samoa Joe at
Slammiversary on Sunday. The match started with Sabin and Aries clearing
Ion from the ring before engaging in a mid-ring back-and-forth.
Ion then tried to sneak into the ring, but Sabin cut him off. Tenay
noted Sabin is the veteran of this match, claiming Sabin has appeared in
15 Ultimate X bouts. All three men became involved as the announcers
plugged the BFG Series starting tonight. Aries then cleared the ring and
Sabin sold a left knee injury, which isn’t good, even if he’s selling.
Aries followed with a double suicide dive, then ran around the ring to
celebrate as the ref chased him down to offer some instructions.
in the ring, Aries and Ion had a mid-ring exchange while Sabin
continued to sell ringside. Sabin then slid into the ring and hobbled
over to Aries to deck him before rolling out of the ring again. Sabin
disappeared ringside as Aries and Ion resumed an exchange on the top
turnbuckle, which led to Ion sliding down one of the trusses holding up
the structure. Ion recovered and tried to go after Aries again, but
Aries delivered a big huracanrana, followed by a snap brainbuster
center-ring. Aries then quickly scaled the cables, grabbed the title,
unhooked it after a few moments, and dropped to the mat with possession
of the title. Taz said it’s just another day at the office for Aries.
Aries celebrated his victory while Sabin was helped away from ringside.
They replayed Sabin’s mid-match injury before showing Aries’s victory
in impressive fashion. Aries then took the mic and said he walked into
TNA one year ago and made some hefty claims. He said he can beat anyone
in TNA and he’s pound-for-pound the most complete package in wrestling.
Aries said people thought that was a lot of hair at first, but then he
started knocking out home runs. Whether he’s first, fourth, or last
match, he’s always the main event. Aries said he’s not satisfied as X
champ and things moving at a snail’s pace.
Suddenly, Hulk Hogan’s
music played. Aries said he’s just the man he wants to see. Hogan stood
on-stage doing the Hogan Look into the crowd before they cut to break.
Back live, Hogan had made his way into the ring
to join Austin Aries. The camera focused on Hogan pacing around the ring
before addressing Aries that he’s making a big request to be in the
main event. Hogan shifted it to his career, saying that he’s already
been wherever Aries wants to go. Aries cut off Hogan, who kept talking
about his career. He said the one thing he’s never done is got the kind
of goosebumps he gets when Aries wrestles. Hogan said…wait for it…he can
take Aries to a whole ‘nother level. He then called Aries the greatest
thing he’s ever seen in this ring.
Hogan said he’s willing to book
Aries against the World Hvt. champion on one condition. He said he
cannot have one man as the champ of both divisions, so, Aries has to
give up the X Division Title. Aries let that sink in for a moment. Hogan
said Aries can challenge for the World Title at Destination X, but if
he loses, then he walks away with nothing. Aries thought it over before
Hogan said he thinks Aries can do it. Aries said he busted his tail for
the title, and he just wants him to hand over the title? Hogan said he
doesn’t want Aries to hand it over because he wants to see Aries get to
the next level as a true main-eventer. Hogan told Aries he has one week
to give him his decision. Aries called it fair enough before Hogan’s
Still to come: Sting talks about his TNA Hall of Fame induction, and, presumably, losing in the TNA World Title main event.
Joseph Park was telling random people that he felt so at home in the
ring at Slammiversary. Everyone left when they spotted Bully Ray
off-camera. Park tried to back down from Ray, who demanded to know where
his brother is. Park said the last time he saw him, he was putting Ray
through a table. That didn’t sit well with Ray, who turned over the
table and vowed not to rest until he finds Abyss. Commercial Break.
Hernandez’s music played to bring out Hernandez for a TV Title
challenge fresh off his return victory over Kid Kash at Slammiversary.
Tenay said Hernandez impressed Hogan with his win at the PPV. TV champ
Devon was out next to defend the title as the announcers recapped
Devon’s tag victory over the Robbies at the PPV.
Devon vs. Hernandez for the TNA TV Title
Devon stood ringside waiting to make his entrance, Hernandez came
flying over the top rope with a supersplash. Hernandez then rolled Devon
into the ring, and, despite the unfair start, the ref called for the
bell and Hernandez made a quick cover for a two count. Hernandez then
settled into a bearhug trying to wear down Devon. After breaking free,
Devon came flying off the ropes with a big shoulder tackle center-ring.
two men traded bombs center-ring before Devon built momentum with
successive offense. Suddenly, Hernandez came running out of the corner
with a big shoulder tackle that sent Devon flying across the ring. It
was good for a two count only. Hernandez tried to set up a top-rope
move, but couldn’t find his balance as Devon stood on his feet waiting.
Hernandez eventually attempted a move off the top for a two count, then
Devon came back with his spinebuster finisher for the pin and the win.
Winnder: Devon at 3:34 to retain the TV Title. Good sequences during this match before the clunky finish.
Last Week Recap:
Daniels confronted TNA president Dixie Carter about allegedly finding a
suitable replacement for her husband in the form of A.J. Styles.
Backstage Earlier Today:
Dixie told Styles that she tried to everyone the truth last week, but
Daniels interrupted. Styles said they need to just get this out in the
open tonight. Dixie said she doesn’t want people to get hurt, but Styles
retorted that people are already getting hurt. Dixie told A.J. not to
get hurt during a match tonight, and she’ll figure out what to do.
Up Next: Bound for Glory Series begins with a 12-man gauntlet match. Commercial Break.
Earlier Today: World Hvt. champion Bobby Roode was shown arriving at the Impact Zone in anticipation of his title defense later tonight.
Tenay set the stage for the BFG Series 12-man gauntlet battle royal.
Out first was new TNA tag champion A.J. Styles as the first entrant in
the BFGS. Jeff Hardy was out next as the second entrant. Tenay noted the
winner of the BFG Series will challenge for the TNA World Title at
Bound for Glory. As for the gauntlet tonight, a new entrant will enter
the battle royal every 90 seconds before the last man standing takes 20
12-Man Gauntlet Battle Royal: BFG Series Match (20 Points at Stake)
some back-and-forth between Hardy and Styles, Rob Van Dam came out as
the third entrant. Van Dam executed trademark high-flying offense before
they cut to break with RVD posing in the ring. Commercial Break.
live, Bully Ray’s music was playing to bring out Ray as the fifth
entrant. During the break, Magnus entered as the fourth entrant, and
there were no eliminations. Ray eventually hit the ring and did some
damage before Kurt Angle entered as #6. Angle cleaned house before
focusing on Ray to stomp a mudhole in him in the corner. Still no
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero’s music played to bring
out a returning Pope as #7. Tenay said he’s been away doing TV and
movies. Pope cleaned house before Ray attacked him from behind to cut
off Pope’s momentum. Hardy, who had been selling an injury after the
break, was eliminated for the first cut of the evening. Suddenly, Abyss
appeared from under the ring and yanked Ray over the top rope as
everyone watched. Apparently that’s legal in TNA, so Hardy and Ray are
out. Chaos resumed leading to a break. Commercial Break.
live, Robbie E. was in the ring as the eighth entrant, and there were no
eliminations during the break. Suddenly, RVD was eliminated. Daniels
then came out as the ninth entrant. Daniels pointed to the crowd, walked
into the ring, and ate a springboard forearm smash from an angry
Styles. Styles suddenly and accidentally nailed Angle in the head with a
Pele kick when Daniels ducked, then Daniels tossed a distracted Styles
over the top rope. Moments later, Angle was eliminated at Styles’s feet,
ending the night for the new tag champs. Styles tried to give Angle
some aid leading to the top of the hour.
Samoa Joe’s music played
at the top of the hour to bring out entrant #10. Joe walked right up to
Robbie and eliminated him, then lit up Magnus with a chop. The former
tag champs had a staredown center-ring, then traded blows before Magnus
landed a big boot. But, Joe pulled down the top rope and Magnus went
flying to the outside for another elimination. Joe, Daniels, and Pope
were left in the ring.
The final entrant (#11) was James Storm,
who eliminated Pope right away, then teed off on Daniels as Joe sold in
the corner. Storm eliminated Pope, leaving Joe and Storm. Tenay then
passed along a word that whoever does not win the TNA World Title match
later tonight will be the 12th man in the BFG Series. Joe and Storm
battled on the ring apron, then Storm landed a Last Call Superkick to
send Joe off the ring apron to the floor and win. Storm gets 20 points.
Storm to win 20 points in the BFG Series. Plenty of interesting
developments sprinkled throughout this match to set the stage for the
three-month BFG Series. Overall, a nice quality, lengthy match to bridge
the gap from the first to second hour.
Storm celebrated with a few beers before taking the mic. Storm said the
last time he was on Impact, he talked about thinking his luck ran out.
He said for the last two months, he’s been spending time with his family
contemplating his wrestling career. Storm said his daughter asked him a
tough question about whether he’s returning to wrestling, and he found
out how much it means to his little girl. Storm said at Slammiversary
and even tonight, he realized how much he means to the fans. Storm said
he made a promise to his little girl and he will make a promise to
everyone watching that he came back to become World Hvt. champion.
“Welcome Back” chant from the crowd. “And, if I didn’t make myself
clear, ‘The Cowboy’ James Storm is back!” he shouted. Storm told Bobby
Roode that he wants him to listen because he hopes and prays that Roode
will be World champ after the BFG Series is over with because that’s
just going to be a bonus on whooping his ass.
Bobby Roode was shown in the hallway selling determination. A mystery
interviewer asked Roode if he’s nervous about Storm returning to TNA.
Roode claimed Storm is jealous of him, just like everyone else in
wrestling. Roode said he has no problem facing Storm again, but, as for
tonight, he has bigger fish to fry in the form of an a-hole.
to break, they faded to a graphic on Open Fight Night Open Call-Out. No
voices provided info on the graphic. Commercial Break.
Following the battle royal, Angle and Styles were shown in the locker
room area. Angle wanted to know what’s up with Styles, telling him to
get this deal with Dixie straightened out. Angle shouted at Styles to
get this “s—” out of his head because he’s screwing up and could cost
them the Tag Titles. Styles vowed to get this straight.
Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne (Non-title match)
in the Impact Zone, Rayne came out first to face the new Knockouts
champion fresh off her title victory at Slammiversary. Rayne quickly
took control of the match, then Tessmacher came back with successive
offense. Rayne cut off Tessmacher, but Tessmacher hit a legsweep
finisher for the pin and the win.
Tessmacher at 2:50. Fine start to Tessmacher’s title reign trying to
establish some credibility with a clean victory using her finish.
Brooke Hogan was shown talking to Gail Kim about Gail wanting to get
her Knockouts Title re-match. Brooke informed her that the Knockouts
Title will be defended on Open Fight Night next week, and she has four
Knockouts in mind, but Gail isn’t one of them. Of note, TNA used three
or four different camera angles to “capture Brooke’s reactions” as the
discussion with Gail became more contentious. Brooke eventually walked
off, leaving Gail frustrated not included in the match next week.
Mr. Anderson was shown talking into a camera about not forgetting Bobby
Roode’s beer bottle shot over the head a few months ago. Anderson said
he doesn’t need to resort to those tactics to get his revenge because
he’ll spin Roode around, introduce himself, and beat him.
Bobby Roode was shown walking down a hallway preparing for his TNA
World Title defense. Anderson was then shown walking down a hallway.
Tenay said the title match is next. Commercial Break.
Back live, Mr. Anderson’s music played to bring out the new #1
contender to the TNA Title. Anderson stood on-stage and bypassed the mic
drop to sell the seriousness of the match tonight.
made his way to the ring with purpose, the Champ’s music played to
bring out Bobby Roode on-stage for his latest title defense. Once
everyone was assembled in the ring, Jeremy Borash was shown in the ring
to handle formal ring intros. Anderson was cheered loudly and Roode was
booed heavily, as expected. Roode quickly handed over the title belt and
the ref quickly handed it off to ringside before calling for the bell,
making it seem like they’re pressed for time.
Bobby Roode vs. Mr. Anderson (World Heavyweight Championship)
quickly took it to Roode, who did not bail from the ring as he did at
Slammiversary. Roode then turned the tables and knocked Anderson to the
floor, but airballed a plancha attempt. Anderson ran Roode into the ring
steps and taunted him ringside leading to break. Commercial Break.
live, Roode had Anderson in a headlock center-ring. Roode continued to
apply pressure to Anderson, who tried to fight out with elbow strikes
before executing a backslide for a two count. Roode then elbowed
Anderson in the back of the head before landing a neckbreaker for a
nearfall. So, Roode went to work on the back of the head/neck looking to
exploit Anderson’s past concussion issues. Anderson absorbed the
attack, then made a comeback with successive offense before landing a
spinwheel kick to the head. Anderson set up for the Mic Check, but Roode
ducked and slapped on a Crossface submission center-ring. Anderson
escaped, then scored a series of close nearfalls before Roode rolled to
the ring apron.
From the ring apron, Roode yanked Anderson’s left
shoulder across the top rope. Roode followed with a whip into the top
turnbuckle before slapping on the Crossface again. Anderson fought the
hold as Taz noted he must be in a lot of pain at this point. Anderson
tried to get to the bottom rope, but had no choice but to tap out. Taz
quickly covered for Anderson, saying there’s no shame in tapping in that
situation. Anderson was shown recovering in the corner with a stern
look on his face as Roode celebrated the win by standing tall in the
Winner: Roode via submission.
Dixie Carter was shown talking to A.J. Styles in the hallway again. She
said they have to get “this” cleared up next week. Styles said it’s
affecting him – in the ring, with Kurt, at home. Dixie tried to calm him
down and convince him they’ll get this cleared up next week. They
hugged it out.
Slammiversary Highlight: Dixie was
shown inducting Sting in the TNA Hall of Fame at the PPV… Backstage:
Sting was shown walking down the hallway. He’ll be in the main event
The Sting Hall of Fame celebration highlights were shown. Sting was shown walking backstage.
of the gauntlet earlier in the night were shown, with the word “Live”
in the corner during the highlights of action an hour ago.
Tenay and Taz hyped Open Fight Night as part of the Bound for Glory
Series and also Gut Check. They reviewed more highlights of the Ultimate
X match and Hogan’s ultimatum towards Aries.
recapped the TNA Hall of Fame Announcement and threw it to the Sting
video package from Slammiversary. Borash then introduced Sting, who came
to the ring in a t-shirt, facepaint and his wrestling gear.
took the microphone and said it is obvious that Slammiversary will go
down in history as one of the greatest nights he has ever experienced in
pro wrestling. He said that for the two week leading up to
Slammiversary, all he wanted to do was take a chunk out of Roode’s hind,
and he did.
He said that to be the first inductee into the Hall
of Fame means a lot to him. He said that up on that stage, there were
many others that deserved the honor. He thanked Jerry and Jeff Jarrett
for starting TNA. He then tried to thank Dixie Carter.
masked men ran into the ring and attacked Sting. He tried to escape, but
couldn’t get away. The crowd chanted for Hogan as they put the boots to
Sting. The show went off the air with Sting being beaten.
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