Report By Stuart Carapola @ PWInsider.com
TNA Impact Wrestling Results - August 30, 2012
Aug 30, 2012 - 10:13:40 PM
We start off by looking back at last week's wild episode when Claire Lynch sent her attorney to reveal Daniels' sinister blackmail plan, Robbie E pinned Rob Van Dam to earn points in the Bound For Glory Series, and Aces & Eights tried to break the arm of TNA World Champion Austin Aries.
Speaking of Aries, he kicks us off this week and says he gives credit where it's due, and recognizes that Aces & Eights pulled out all the stops last week by creating the diversion so they could attack him. People have asked if he's going to have to forfeit the World Title, and while he hasn't been medically cleared to wrestle tonight, he doesn't need to be medically cleared to fight. Also, he's left handed and they smashed his right hand, so he's going to challenge whoever is behind Aces & Eights to come out to the ring and fight him, and he'll sit in the ring until someone answers his challenge. Hulk Hogan's music hits,and out he comes with Sting and a pair of baseball bats. Hogan says he's back as GM and thanks Sting for holding down the fort while he was gone, but now things are going Hogan's way, and since Aces & Eights have messed with him, his business, his family, and the boys in the back, he's here to give them the bloodbath they want. Hogan tells Aries that they're only there for support, and whatever the champ wants, Hogan's there for him, BROTHER. Aries says he wants to get his hands on Aces & Eights, and it doesn't matter if it's the leader, the biggest one, or whoever, he wants someone one on one in the ring to fight him. Aces & Eights pops up on screen and they thank Hogan and Sting for making their job easy, then the leader says they'll be down there a little later tonight so everyone can see what Aces & Eights is all about.
Rob Van Dam and James Storm are backstage, and they're...STRETCHING!
We look back at last week as ODB, like many a wife before her, repeatedly called her husband Eric Young to find out where he was even though he never calls her back. ODB finally says he'd better be at Impact next week, which is tonight.
After a look at the Bound For Glory Series leaderboard to see who is above and below the dreaded Red Line Of Death, we're off to the ring for a match that will practically ensure that the winner will be in the semifinals...
Bound For Glory Series: James Storm vs Rob Van Dam
They tie up and go back and forth with some chain wrestling as Mike Tenay reveals that whoever is in first place when we get to No Surrender gets to choose who their semifinal opponent will be. Storm and RVD are at a complete stalemate as they dodge each other's best moves until Storm finally gets a hard clothesline and unloads with right hands. RVD returns fire with right hands of his own, then dumps Storm out to the apron and high kicks him to the floor. RVD slingshots over the top rope and takes Storm out with a dive as we go to commercial.
We're back as Storm gets a running clothesline for 2 on RVD, but RVD counters a kick to the gut with the stepover leg lariat. RVD with a charging leg lariat in the corner and slingshot thrust kick, followed by Rolling Thunder. RVD takes too long to cover and only gets 2, and Storm has recovered enough to hit a kick to the gut and come off the ropes with a really nasty looking spike DDT and cradle RVD up for a very close 2. RVD is dead weight as Storm picks him up, but Storm manages to get RVD up and hit the Eye of the Storm, but RVD somehow kicks out again at 2. RVD is still holding his head, he might have gotten dinged for real on that DDT. RVD recovers and whips Storm to the corner and hits the monkey flip, but then he goes for another monkey flip and leaps right into the Last Call, and Storm cradles him up and gets 3.
Winner: James Storm
Storm maintains his first place standing in the BFG Series, and Christy Hemme catches up with him on his way to the back to congratulate him and get his thoughts. Storm says he did exactly what he said he was going to do, which was win the BFG Series and the World Heavyweight Championship. Well, he MIGHT do that, but he hasn't exactly done it yet.
Madison Rayne is backstage, and she's...PREENING!
We go to commercial, and Taryn Terrell is in the ring when we come back as Madison Rayne makes her entrance. Madison says she got an email from the "almighty Brooke Hogan" that she would have a match otnight on Impact, and obviously Brooke has come to her senses and will get her rematch for the Knockouts Title that SOMEONE cost her a few weeks ago. So without any further ado, Madison would like the champion to come out here so she can take back what's rightfully hers. ODB comes out, but stops in the aisle and tells Madison that she's got some bad news: she got an email from Brooke Hogan too, so it looks like it's going to be them tonight and the BITCH IS BACK BOOOOOOM!! Madison wants to hold on for a second because she's not ready for this yet. She tells Hot Pants (Terrell) to get ODB back and ring the bell so she can make this trailer park trash famous for a few minutes. ODB spits her drink in Madison's face, Terrell rings the bell, and we're off...
ODB vs Madison Rayne
ODB runs over Madison with a series of clotheslines and hits the BAM, and that's all she wrote.
Eric Young's music hits, and out he comes in a suit and sunglasses, with a bucket of fried chicken, and a personal keg of Heineken. ODB takes a piece of chicken as the fans chant for EY, and she asks where the hell he's been because she sent him for chicken and beer months ago. He said he's been in Hollywood and is a huge success now, but he got beer and chicken for his love, and they're outta here. ODB asks who the hell he is with all this fancy crap, and wants to know where the husband she married is. EY says she's right because this doesn't look or feel right, he starts the fans clapping and begins stripping in the ring. ODB looks dumbfounded as he tears his clothes off to reveal USA underwear and does a kip up, after which ODB jumps on him for a big, hot makeout and chicken session.
We see a video package looking at the history of the Claire Lynch storyline, culminating in her attorney showing up last week to reveal that the whole Lynch thing was blackmail and that she wasn't really pregnant. AJ is glad it's over and all this is behind him (he's not the only one), so now he's got to get into the top four of the BFG Series, which is no easy task because he's up against Samoa Joe tonight.
We see the Gut Check judges backstage discussing last week's edition of the Gut Check, and we'll find out their decision tonight!
Bruce Prichard, Al Snow, and Taz are in the office discussing the merits or lack thereof regarding this month's lucky contestant in the Gut Check, then we go to Hulk Hogan and Sting talking about how they smell blood tonight and we might see a little Hollywood tonight. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian to tell the Hulkster and "Heath" that they have ironclad contracts and they can't be fired, plus they're the tag champions and they're all friends. Hogan gets in their faces to tell them that they're not friends, he can't stand them, and AJ Styles wants to get ahold of them. By the way, they're the champions and they need to do their job, and Hogan's going to make them defend those titles and they had better be ready.
Time for the next match in the BFG Series!
Bound For Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles
I'd actually consider Raw watchable if these two wrestled on it each week. They very carefully feel each other out before Joe nails him and hits the ropes, but Styles slides out to the floor to break his momentum. Styles takes his time getting back inside and again is very cautious about getting too close to Joe. Styles finally goes to a side headlock, but Joe fires him into the ropes and gets a shoulderblock. Styles pops off his back and headscissors Joe into the corner, but Joe keeps a low bum when AJ tries a vertical suplex, then Joe nails AJ with a back elbow when he hits the ropes. Joe tries a charge, but Styles dodges and ties Joe's leg in the ropes, fires a few kicks at Joe's knee, then dropkicks him out to the floor. Styles tries to slingshot himself over the top rope, but Joe sees him coming and drives a BADASS kick into AJ's ribs on the way down. Joe rolls AJ into the ring and hits the chop/kick/kneedrop combo for a short 2. AJ tries to get away, but walks right into Joe's snap powerslam for 2, then they wind up trading forearms in the middle of the ring until Joe chops AJ into next week. AJ tries the headscissors from his backagain, but Joe blocks this time, swings AJ's legs away from him, then drops on top and traps AJ in an STF. AJ reaches for the ropes, so Joe catches his arm and turns it into the Rings of Saturn. AJ fights like hell and finally gets his foot over the bottom rope to force the break, so Joe hits an inverted atomic drop, running boot to the face, and tries to finish with a senton, but AJ moves out of the way and Joe hits the mat. Now AJ fires off right hands at Joe, then goes out to the apron and hits the slingshot forearm backinside. AJ measures Joe and goes for a fireman's carry, Joe slips out the back, but AJ hits the Pelle kick to Joe's injured arm and rolls him into a cross armbreaker. Joe locks his hands and gets his foot over the bottom rope, but AJ keeps up the pressure with a leaping forearm in the corner. AJ tries another one, but gets planted with the STJoe. Joe tries the Kokina Clutch, AJ reverses to a victory roll, Joe kicks out, AJ tries an O'Connor Roll, Joe rolls him through it and gets the Kokina Clutch, AJ reverses and this time gets the cross armbreaker, but Joe simply shifts his weight, circles AJ's head, and cradles AJ to his back to catch the three count.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Great match and an awesome finish! These guys are gold together, awesome stuff.
We look back at tonight's opening promo, then we see Kris Lewie backstage getting ready to hear the judges' decision. We'll get that next!
Kurt Angle is backstage talking about what a great athlete Jeff Hardy is, but he's been in situations like this before and he has to win to stay in the BFG Series.
We go to the ring as Jeremy Borash introduces our Gut Check judges: Taz, Bruce Prichard, and Al Snow, and then introduces this month's contestant in the Gut Check: Kris Lewie. Lewie's wife and child are at ringside as JB asks him if he felt like he put forth his best effort in the Gut Check, and he said he did but he gets better every day. We go to the judges, and Taz says he respects anybody who tries to make a career as a wrestler and comes out here on worldwide TV to take on Gunner, he has an interesting life that he exposed to the world, but he doesn't think he's quite ready for Impact Wrestling. Bruce Prichard says that everyone understands what this is, and it's Gut Check, and you have to dig down deep and get one shot to prove to not just the judges, but everyone watching, that they belong here. Prichard appreciates his backstory, and he knows it was his dream to get to TNA, but it's time to wake up from the dream because the answer is no. Borash tells Lewie that he's sorry, but there will be no contract with Impact Wrestling. The judges go to leave the ring, but Joey Ryan is at ringside with a megaphone shouting at them for playing with peoples' careers. He throws his drink on Al Snow, and Prichard tries to hold him back, but Snow goes over the rail and chases Ryan to the back, with Prichard trailing behind.
Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy are backstage, and they're...WALKING!
Joseph Park pops in on Hulk and Sting to say that Aces & Eights have committed multiple criminal offenses and asks for permission to look into the group. Hogan says anything he can do to help them would be great, and Sting says kayfabe to Park. We then look at the BFG Series leaderboard one more time, then we're off to the ring for our final BFG Series match of the night!
Bound For Glory Series: Kurt Angle vs Jeff Hardy
Angle with a go behind and a takedown right off the bat, Hardy tries to get away but Angle keeps ahold of him. Hardy sends Angle to the ropes, but Angle counters a hiptoss to a fireman's carry and bars the arm. Hardy sends Angle to the ropes again and Angle gets a shoulderblock, but then Hardy gets an armdrag and tries to keep Angle down with an armbar of his own. Angle easily gets to his feet and takes Hardy to the corner and unloads with kicks and punches, he whips Hardy to the corner and charges in, but Hardy leapfrogs and catches Angle by the head, headscissoring him into the corner and dumping him out to the floor. Hardy comes over the ropes with a dive and wipes Angle out, then sends him back inside and unloads with punches and kicks of his own in the corner. The referee backs Hardy up, but he shoves past him and hits a charging forearm, but whips Angle across the ring and Angle uses the momentum to come out of the corner and take Hardy out with a clothesline as we go to commercial.
We're back as Hardy hits a clothesline on Angle and then keeps the pressure up with a running forearm, inverted atomic drop, double legdrop to the crotch, and diving dropkick for 2. Hardy sets up for the Twist of Fate, Angle shoves him off into the ropes, and hits a trio of rolling German suplexes. Angle waits for Hardy to get to his feet and goes for the Angle Slam, but Hardy slips out the back and hits the Twist of Fate for 2. Hardy comes off the top rope with the Whisper In The Wind for 2, but hits the ropes and runs right into an overhead release suplexby Angle. Angle hits the Angle Slam for 2, then goes to the anklelock but Hardy counters to a cradle for 2. Hardy hits another Twist of Fate and goes up top, but the Swanton only gets 2. Very close count there. Angle gets the anklelock again out of nowhere, Hardy kicks him off and hits the inverted enziguiri, Angle tries to stop Hardy from going to the top again, but Hardy shoves him off and hits a second Swanton (dropping all his weight right on Angle's ribs) and covers for 3.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
This was Angle's last BFG Series match, so he's completely out of the running. Angle looks stunned that he's lost and takes a good long time to wrap his head around it before rolling under the bottom rope and heading to the back. Jeremy Borash introduces us to the Final Five: James Storm, Samoa Joe, Rob Van Dam, Bully Ray, and Jeff Hardy. One of them will be eliminated next week because, while James Storm is already in the Final Four, next week will see Jeff Hardy take on Samoa Joe and Bully Ray face Rob Van Dam and one of those four men will not be going to Bound For Glory.
Austin Aries is backstage, and he's...WALKING! We'll find out if Aces & Eights will answer his challenge next!
Austin Aries tears his jacket off as he comes down to the ring, handing the jacket and belt to a ringside attendant, then gets in the ring to tell Aces & Eights that if they're done swilling beer and having a good time, to come down to the ring and get their ass kicked. Nobody responds, so Hogan's music hits and the Hulkster comes out with Sting and the Final Five from the BFG Series. Hogan repeats that they're just there for support because they're all in it together in the Impact Zone, so if Aces & Eights are what they say they are, he wants to see what they're all about and see all their faces. Aces & Eights comes out through the crowd, and Hogan says they're here to settle the score and their finest is in the ring right now, so let's see what they've got by sending their best into the ring to face him. Two skinny members open the guardrail as a big dude gets into the ring to go toe to toe with Aries. The A&E guy gets a big right hand and knocks Aries on his butt, but Aries double leg tackles him and starts unloading. Aces & Eights rush the ring, but the TNA crew flies down the rampway and neutralizes them as Aries hits a missile dropkick in the corner on the guy he was fighting and tries to pull his mask off. Before he can, someone else jumps out of the crowd, pulls a mask over his face, and hits Aries in the back of the head with...A SLAPJACK? STEVIE RAY LIVES!!! Aces & Eights heads for the hills as Bully Ray comes in to check on Aries and tell everyone else what just happened
Report by Stuart Carapola @ PWInsider.com