We kick tonight's show off with a look back at this past weekend's Genesis PPV when Bobby Roode kicked the referee in the cajones to intentionally get himself disqualified and retain the World Title. Roode says he doesn't need friends or family as l,ong as he has the title, and Jeff Hardy says that he'll have something to say on Impact.
Speaking of Impact, we're off to the ring as the World Heavyweight Champion comes out to the ring to address his adoring fans. Roode says that after his dominating, one-sided title defense at Genesis, he has become the most dominant champion in the history of Impact and Sting can keep lining them up so he can keep knocking them down. He tells the fans to chant Hardy's name all night long because the way he turned his life around almost brings a tear to his eye, but he failed. He asks Hardy to come out and humbly accept his defeat and shake the hand of the World Champion. Instead, Sting's music hits and he comes out dressed like the Hamburglar. He's not sure why they have to keep doing this,but he reminds Roode that he's the boss while Roode is the employee. Roode says no, he's the World Heavyweight Champion, but Sting says he's the punk kid sitting in the back of the classroom disrupting class and he wants to spank him with a ruler. The crowd tells him to spank Roode's butt, and he says as much as he'd like to do that, he has business tonight. Sting says it was pretty stupid kicking the referee low to save his title, so he's going to defend against Hardy in a rematch tonight. Yes, they're giving away the PPV main event on the very next episode of Impact AGAIN. Oh, this company.
Matt Morgan is showing up at the Direct Auto Insurance office earlier today and he says that Morgan was right, they gave him a great deal. Matt continues by putting them over for the great policy they gave him and his wife, but reminds them that they have a match tonight against Robbie E and Robbie T. Crimson says it's time to destroy lives, and he'll see Morgan tonight. I'm having ICOPRO flashbacks.
World Tag Team Title Match: Matt Morgan & Crimson vs Robbie E & Robbie T
Rob Terry runs Crimson over with a shoulderblock and Robbie E comes in to try his luck as well, but Crimson flattens him with a shoulderblock, so Robbie T tags back in and again overpowers Crimson. Robbie E comes back in and is again manhandled by Crimson, who drops a big elbow as Morgan comes in and flattens Robbie T with a stiff (and very loud) clothesline before peppering Robbie E with the machine gun elbows and a clothesline in the corner. Morgan drives Robbie T off the apron with the Carbon Footprint, then Crimson hit a double spinebuster to easily retain the title.
Winners: Matt Morgan & Crimson
Samoa Joe and Brutus Magnus run in after the match and attack the champions, laying them out before hitting their double team finish on Crimson and taking the title belts.
Eric Bischoff is backstage, and he's...POWERWALKING!
We see a video package of Gunner talking about how when he was a kid and disrespected his father, his father dealt with him the same way Eric has to deal with Garett Bischoff now. We then go to a montage detailing the matches between the two men and Eric pulling back the ringside mats so Gunner could piledrive Garett on the concrete floor.
Eric comes out to the ring and says Garett thinks he's a wrestler because Sting handed him a pair of boots, and he doesn't blame him for dreaming, but the same way Slash and Eddie Van Halen make playing guitar look really easy, Garett grew up watching his dad reinvent the business and make millions of dollars and the way he made it look so easy. But in the process of doing all that, he scorched the earth behind him and destroyed everything that didn't benefit him, including people. Boy, ain't all that the damn truth. He says this is why Garett should give up his dreams, but Garett's music hits and he comes out to go face to face with the old man. He's not going to give up on his dreams because he hasn't burnt any bridges, he has friends, and he's not going anywhere. He's proud to be in the ring and in this building working with and learning from the great ones like Sting, Storm, Hardy, and Styles, and that's what he's going to continue to do and nothing Eric does will take that away from him. Eric tried, but Garett came back and Gunner could come down here and do it again, but he'll come back because that's what he does. Oh, and by the way, he has a new trainer and Eric will be shocked to find out who he is. Eric goes to grab his son and Garett grabs him by the collar and backs him to the corner and tells Eric not to put his hands on him ever again, then walks off and leaves a very shaken looking Eric in the ring looking...well, constipated.
Winter and Angelina Love are backstage discussing all the drama going on with the rest of the Knockouts division, but she's a two time former Knockouts Champion and tonight it's time to remind everyone else what she's about. Angelina says that all that's fine, but she's a FIVE time former champion and that's why she's coming out on top.
We go to a video package looking at the blossoming romance between Eric Young and ODB, and it's truly heartwarming to see how ODB couldn't help herself and fell for the wily charms of EY, but then we go backstage as ODB says to relax because it was one kiss because she was hot and horny (yes, she said that), and she walks off while Young ponders on the possibility that she's moving too fast, but then ODB comes back, grabs his ass, and leads him off camera. Winter vs ODB
ODB backs Winter to the ropes, but Winter with a go behind and ODB bumps her off with her ass. Winter shoves her, so ODB chest bumps her into the corner and goes for the Bronco Buster and Winter moves, so ODB crashes onto the bottom turnbuckle and grimaces as she holds her imaginary nuts. Winter hangs ODB in the Tree of Woe, then EY goes after Angelina on the floor as Winter cradles ODB for 2. Winter with a sleeper, but ODB breaks free and runs over Winter with a series of shoulderblocks and then a running avalanche in the corner followed by the Bronco Buster, which she hits successfully this time. ODB with a fallaway slam and a kip up, Angelina tries to sneak in and jump ODB but Eric Young slides in and gives her an Airplane Spin. Angelina tumbles out of the ring and then Eric stumbles around and falls out as ODB hits the BAM (otherwise known as the TKO) and covers for the win.
ODB takes a swig from her flask, then hands it to Eric so he can take a hit of the ol' bird.
AJ Styles comes out to the ring to address Frankie Kazarian, who he demands come out to the ring right now. Kazarian comes out still not looking happy about his decision to turn on AJ, and slowly makes his way into the ring to face his former best friend. AJ tells Kazarian he caught him by surprise, because he was the one guy he didn't expect to turn his back on him. He was the most levelheaded guy of the bunch and has always been the voice of reason, and he asks if this sounded familiar because he had the same conversation with Christopher Daniels when he turned on AJ earlier this year. Kazarian says he can't tell AJ why, but then Daniels comes out and says he can, and right now he's going to shed a little light on the subject. He's the newest star in Impact Wrestling and the biggest star in the ring and he'll solve this mystery for AJ. Kazarian sees AJ for what he is: a lost cause, because he's seen AJ lose match after match after match, and he wondered why he was hanging with a loser like AJ when he could hang out with a winner like Daniels. Kazarian is done carrying AJ's ass, and Kazarian spins him around and tells him to cut it out, but Daniels tells (actually orders) Kazarian to get out of the ring, but he turns his back on AJ and AJ whips the microphone at Daniels' back and attacks him. Kazarian drags Daniels out to the floor and walks him to the back as he looks back at AJ and says it's not like that.
James Storm is backstage, and he's...SPITTING!
We see a quick recap of the Bully Ray-Abyss match at Genesis, and then we go backstage to Bully Ray proudly going on to Bobby Roode about how he's trending on Twitter. Roode is still in shock that Sting is making him defend the title against Hardy, and Bubba goes "Yeah, he's not even trending on Twitter!" Bubba asks Roode if he's on Twitter, then Roode says it's not about Twitter, it's about going out there and retaining the title. Bubba says he's got Roode's back, then asks if he's going to get a shot at the title and Roode gives him the old "Sure buddy, whatever you want!"
We go out to the ring where James Storm says he doesn't stand out here talking if he has something to say, he calls them out to settle things, so he calls Kurt Angle out to the ring right now. Angle's music hits and, after several seconds, Angle finally comes out with a big smile on his face as he apparently wonders what the problem is. Angle starts to talk and Storm tells him to shut up, but Angle keeps talking so Storm slaps the microphone out of his hand and says he wouldn't expect Angle to do anything but take the low road because he's an opportunist or, what his six year old daughter would call him, a cheater. Angle can cheat as much as he wants because the record books still show he beat Angle to win the World Title, and also set a record by beating Angle in about 30 seconds. He wants Angle to help him set another record by going to the back and putting his tights on so he can kick Angle's teeth down his throat. He hands the microphone to Angle, and Angle says tonight's supposed to be his night off and he just came here to see his buddies and celebrate because there's no way in hell he's getting a rematch. He proved he's the better man at Genesis, and now he's on to regaining the World Title. Yep, you knew this was coming: the Hamburglar's music hits and he comes out to interject in our little dinner conversation. He first has a message for Bobby Roode that he'll lose the title if he intentionally gets himself disqualified, then says that Storm and Angle each have one win over the other and they'll face each other tonight with the winner facing the winner of Roode and Hardy. Angle says he's not supposed to wrestle tonight, but Sting says he'd better get ready because he's wrestling right after the next commercial break, which happens...NOW.
We're back and Angle's music starts for his introduction, then stops. The referee rings the bell and starts counting, and Angle comes running out as he finishes pulling his kneepads on and Storm waylays him on his way into the ring.
#1 Contender Match: James Storm vs Kurt Angle
Storm continues pummeling Angle in the corner, Angle breaks free and tries a charge but Storm sidesteps andAngle crashes shoulder first into the ringpost. Storm gets a divorce court on the injured shoulder for 2, then slams Angle's arm into the mat and stomps on his hand. Storm dumps Angle out to the floor and continues firing right hands at Angle as he's slumped against the guardrail, then slams Angle's head into the ring steps before tearing at his mouth with both hands. Angle rolls into the ring to try and get away from Storm, then goes back out to the floor and kicks Storm low when he comes after him. Angle now rams Storm's head into the steps and rolls him back inside and puts the boots to him, but Storm comes off the ropes and lays Angle out with a running elbow and again they head out to the floor. Angle hits an overhead release suplex on Storm on the floor as we go to commercial.
We come back as Angle drops an elbow on Storm for 2, then goes to the corner and unloads with right hands before stomping at Storm's knee. Angle holds the ropes while driving his boot into the back of Storm's head, Storm tries to fight back but Angle again flattens him with a back elbow before stopping to play to the crowd. Storm ducks a clothesline and comes off the ropes and both men go for cross body blocks, but wipe each other out and both men are down. The referee starts the count and they haul themselves to their feet where Storm gets the advantage with a series of punches and clotheslines. Storm with a lungblower and cradles Angle for 2, then hits a side backbreaker and comes off the second rope, Angle tries to get his boot up but Storm lands on his feet, catches Angle's boot, and cranks on the ankle lock. Angle nearly taps out, but kicks Storm off and hits the Angle Slam for 2. Angle goes back to stomping on Storm and then mounts him and just repeatedly drills him in the skull with right hands. Angle goes to the outside and grabs Storm's beer bottle, takes a mouthful, and then spits it in Storm's face when the referee takes the bottle and turns his back to get rid of it. Angle with his crappy superkick on Storm for 2, then slaps Storm around and says some things that get bleeped before Storm hits a Codebreaker and the Last Call out of nowhere to get the win.
Winner: James Storm
Storm is now the #1 contender to the World Title, and he'll challenge the winner of tonight's main event at the next PPV.
Jeff Hardy is backstage saying that he didn't come out of Genesis with the World Title, but tonight, he's going to beat Roode and take the title and that's all there is to it.
We see a promo package of Brooke Adams, who you TNA fans might know better as Brooke Tessmacher, as she hopes to win the Hooters Dream Girl contest. We then go backstage where Madison Rayne comes up to Sting backstage and says she knows they got off on the wrong foot, but she would like him to officially declare her the VP of the Knockouts Division. Sting says he can't do that since she's done such an abysmal job for as long as she had it, but Madison deserves bigger things, so he's booking her to face Mickie James in a cage match next week.
It's main event time!
World Title Match: Bobby Roode vs Jeff Hardy
Roode stands on the ramp during introductions and slowly makes his way down to the ring after they've finished, but Hardy baseball slides him through the ropes before he even gets into the ring and begins destroying him on the floor, ramming him into guardrails and chairs set up at ringside, then the ringpost, then the ring steps as we see Dixie Carter and the guy who owns the MMA company who did guest commentary a few weeks ago. Hardy catapults Roode into the ringpost, then goes for the Twist of Fate and Roode shoves him off, so Hardy just runs him over with a clothesline before finally rolling Roode into the ring so the referee can ring the bell and officially start the match. Hardy puts the boots to Roode in the corner, then hits a running forearm for 2. Hardy with a sitout gourdbuster for 2, then kicks Roode in the face on a backdrop attempt and clotheslines him out to the floor as we go to commercial.
We're back and Hardy is back to beating Roode up at ringside and rams him knees-first into the ring steps. Hardy sets up the ring steps to try and use to hit Poetry In Motion on Roode as he's slumped against the barricade, but Roode moves and Hardy nearly kills himself hitting the barricade and tumbling backward onto the floor. They actually show several replays, the last one featuring the fans in the front row with their jaws on the floor at what Hardy just did to himself. Hardy just barely beat the count and Roode goes right after him and locks in a rear chinlock. Hardy gets out of the hold so Roode comes off the second rope with a Blockbuster for 2, then puts the boots to Hardy while yelling at the fans that this is their hero. Hardy gets a jawbreaker and a Russian legsweep and then the falling leg cradle for 2. Hardy with a double leg takedown, the double legdrop to the grapefruits, then the diving dropkick for 2. Hardy gets his elbow up on Roode as he charges him in the corner, then hits the Whisper In The Wind for 2. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Roode shoves Hardy off into the ropes and hits the spinebuster, then picks Hardy up and goes for the Perfectplex, but Hardy blocks and hits the Twist of Fate. He goes up for the Swanton, but Roode moves and Hardy crashes and burns. Roode quickly makes a cover and hooks both legs, but only gets 2. Roode yells at Hardy to get up as he goes to the second rope, but comes off right into a boot to the gut, Hardy with two Twists of Fate, tears his shirt off, then comes off the top with the Swanton, but Bully Ray comes out to ringside and pulls the referee out to the floor before he can count 3. Hardy comes over the top rope and wipes Bubba out with a crossbody, then he gets back inside and looks angry as his music hits for some reason. Okay, guess we can call this...