Report by Stuart Carapola & PWinsider.com
TNA Impact Wrestling Results 3/7/13
Mar 7, 2013 - 11:35:26 PM
We open with a graphic in memory to the late Bill "Paul Bearer" Moody, then we have an opening video package looking back at last week when Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy teamed up just weeks before battling for the TNA World Title, the Lethal Lockdown teams came together, and Kurt Angle discovered who the VP of Aces & Eights is. The Mystery Cameraman catches up with Kurt Angle on his way to the ring, and Angle says he's shocked and pissed off over who the VP of Aces & Eights is, and that this is a problem that will have a rippling effect throughout TNA. He promises that we'll find out who the VP is later tonight.
Austin Aries comes out to the ring to kick off the final Impact in the Impact Zone, and says that him coming out is the best way to start the show, and he hasn't been able to get ahold of his tag team partner Bobby Roode, but he did just fine when he took out Hernandez by himself. After his win, Aries went and found Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy and gave them confidence for their match this weekend, but neither one of them appreciated it a damn bit. They disrespected him, so now it's a whole new game, and after Bubba told him that he'd never again be the World Champion, he's about to prove him wrong because he's calling out the World Champion Jeff Hardy, and he's challenging him to a match right here. If Hardy's the man he says he is, he'll come out and prove it. Jeff Hardy comes out to the ring, stopping to high five all the ringside fans, but Aries got the jump on him with a sneak attack dive through the ropes. Aries dumps Hardy into the ring, and we have an impromptu opening match!
TNA World Champion Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries
Aries keeps up the pressure on Hardy, drilling him with kneestrikes to the head and covering for 2. Aries chokes Hardy on the ropes and drags him into the middle of the ring to cover for 2. Hardy fights back and gets Aries in the corner for the ten punch count, he tries a leapfrog out of the opposite corner but gets caught and dumped out to the floor by Aries as we go to commercial.
We're back, and both men are trading blows in the middle of the ring until Hardy takes Aries down with a headscissors, Aries nips out and dropkicks Hardy in the face for 2. Aries mocks the crowd with a chant for Hardy and goes for the brainbuster, Hardy counters to a small package for 2, but Aries lays Hardy right back out with a clothesline for 2. Hardy knocks Aries into the corner and tries a charge, Aries moves out of the way and Hardy goes down, Aries goes to the second rope and mocks Hardy's convulsion dance thing before coming off with a second rope splash for 2. Aries argues with the referee about the count and gets rolled up for 2, then Hardy hits a sitout jawbreaker and connects with a running clothesline in the corner. Hardy with a flying clothesline, then comes off the second rope with a howling splash of his own for 2. Hardy unzips his shirt and goes for the Twist of Fate, Aries shoves him off into the corner, but charges right into a headscissors and Hardy leverages him out to the floor. Hardy comes off the apron with a crossbody that wipes Aries out, then rolls Aries inside the ring and goes to the top rope for the Swanton. Aries stops him and knocks Hardy back out to the apron, Aries tries to suplex him in, but Hardy slips out the back and hits a pair of Twists of Fate. The shirt comes off and Hardy's ready to party, but Matt Morgan comes into the ring out of nowhere and plants the Carbon Footprint down Hardy's throat.
Winner: Jeff Hardy by DQ
Morgan drags Hardy outside the ring and puts his head against the post and prepares for another Carbon Footprint that would destroy Hardy's head. Bully Ray runs out before Morgan can hit the move and chases him off with a chain, then goes to check on Hardy.
Sting is backstage and gives James Storm, Samoa Joe, Eric Young, and Brutus Magnus a pep talk going into this weekend's Lethal Lockdown match. Sting gives a really impassioned speech, and says he's going to kick the fun off tonight.
Kurt Angle is backstage, and he's...WALKING! Will we find out who the VP is after this commercial break?
The Mystery Cameraman catches up with Matt Morgan backstage and asks him to explain his actions, and Morgan said when he returned that he was going to tear through the roster. Bubba's the handpicked challenger, but Morgan's just getting started.
We see a video package looking back at the history between Kurt Angle and Wes Brisco, then we go back out to the ring as Brisco comes out to get something off his chest before Angle reveals who the VP of Aces & Eights is. His dad and uncle are two of the greatest wrestlers ever, and they said that Angle is the best wrestler they've ever seen. Wes believe it, he studied Angle, and wanted to be him...until he got the chance to meet him and realized how worthless he really is. He got that tin metal around his neck for a sport the Olympics kicked out, and this weekend in the cage, Wes Brisco will be on top and will use Angle as a stepping stone because everyone knows that a Brisco is better than an Angle. Angle comes out to the top of the ramp with the VP's mask in hand, and says he remembers is differently. He remembered a little snot-nosed kid asking him all kinds of questions about the sport that's not good enough for the Olympics. Wes isn't like his dad and uncle because he doesn't respect wrestling, Angle made a mistake by trusting him, and it's a mistake he's going to correct. Angle says he's not going to wait for Lockdown because he's going to kick Brisco's ass right now, Brisco tries shooting on Angle's legs as he gets in the ring, but Angle gains control and they brawl out to the floor. Al Snow, Pat Kenney, and D-Lo Brown run in to break the fight up, and Angle starts yelling at Kenney and Snow that "IT'S HIM! IT'S HIM!" while pointing at D-Lo. D-Lo responds to this accusation by kicking Angle in the uprights before laying Kenney and Snow out, then picking up the mask Angle had in hand. D-Lo gets a microphone and says that he thought he'd come down and reclaim a little club property and spoil Angle's big surprise by revealing that D-Lo Brown is the VP of Aces & Eights. D-Lo tells Angle to recognize that, and we go to commercial.
Aces & Eights is backstage celebrating, and D-Lo says that when he joined Aces & Eights, he was told he'd never walk alone, and he trusts Aces & Eights with his life. He asks Sting if he can trust his teammates, and says that he doesn't think so.
Devon vs Sting
Sting attacks Devon as soon as he gets in the ring, but Devon spears Sting to shut down that momentum right away. Devon unloads with right hands in the corner, then waits for him to get to his feet and hits a clothesline for 2. Devon with a neck vice, Sting tries to fight his way out and gets his eyes gouged before Devon hits a neckbreaker for 2. Devon slams Sting and comes off the second rope with a headbutt, Sting moves out of the way and starts running Devon over with clotheslines. Sting with a Stinger Splash and then clotheslines Devon out to the floor. Sting goes after him and they brawl around ringside as Sting rams Devon back and forth between the barricades, the ring, and the steps. Some guy in the front row throws his drink in Sting's face, apparently disabling him enough that Devon rolls Sting inside and drills him with a big boot for the win.
Devon holds the TV Title belt high after scoring probably the biggest singles win of his career.
Last week's Gut Check contestants are backstage looking tense, and we'll find out their fate tonight!
Velvet Sky is backstage telling the Mystery Cameraman how great it feels to have the Knockouts Title back, but Gail Kim comes in and accuses Velvet of conspiring with Taryn Terrell to screw her out of the Knockouts Title. She says she beat Tara and she's beaten Velvet, too. Velvet ignores her, so Gail flips Velvet's hair to try and get her attention, so Velvet slaps her in the face and walks off while Gail seethes.
We go backstage to the Gut Check judges, and Bruce and Al announce that Taz will no longer be a aprt of Gut Check because they can't have a member of Aces & Eights deciding who gets a contract, then they introduce Danny Davis as his replacement. They say that this is an extremely tough decision and he even hesitates in announcing their decision, but Ivalisse Velez is eliminated and Lady T'apa will find out if she earned a contract later on tonight. Velez was clearly very disappointed, but graciously thanked the judges and left as the focus shifted back to Lady T'apa thanking the judges, who say not to thank them because she doesn't have a contract yet.
Chavo Guerrero Jr, Hernandez & Velvet Sky vs Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Gail Kim
Daniels and Hernandez start us off, Daniels dances around Hernandez but tries an ill-advised bodyslam and gets tossed himself. Chavo and Hernandez tag in and out on Daniels and double team him, then Daniels and Kazarian try for a double clothesline of their own, but Hernandez breaks through and plows them both over. Chavo and Hernandez are in control on Daniels, but the heels draw Velvet into the ring to distract the referee so Kazarian can blindside Chavo with a clothesline from the apron. Kazarian comes in and hits a rolling neckbreaker on Chavo for 2, then Gail chokes Chavo from the floor while Daniels distracts the referee. Kazarian gets a chinlock, Chavo fights out, and Kazarian drills him with a dropkick to the face. Daniels makes the mistake of stopping to blow a kiss to Velvet and gets dropkicked by Chavo, who finally makes the (really) hot tag to Velvet, who comes in and cleans house on Gail. Velvet with a spear for 2, but Daniels drags Velvet off of Gail and gets slapped. Daniels grabs Velvet by the arm and gets Pounced into next week by Hernandez, who is then taken out by a missile dropkick from Kazarian. Chavo dropkicks Kazarian to the outside and goes after him, Daniels tries an Asai moonsault on the outside, Chavo moves and Daniels takes out Kazarian, then Hernandez takes them both out with a dive. Meanwhile in the ring, Gail hits Eat DaFeet for the win.
Winners: Gail Kim, Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels
Gail smugly tells Taryn Terrell to raise her hand in victory, then gives her a piece of her mind as Daniels and Kazarian do their Two Dudes With Attitudes pose.
Sting is backstage flipping out and smashing stuff over what happened with Devon and D-Lo Brown, then we do the requisite "I need to know where you're at" promo they do EVERY DAMN TIME Sting or Hogan is in a tag match with anyone. Everyone swears their loyalty, and Sting is happy again now that he knows where everyone's at.
The TNA Stalker Crew is still in Georgia, and they catch up with AJ Styles hanging out at some redneck bar. He grabs the cameraman by the shirt, slams him into their truck, and tells him to leave before turning around and shoving the camera out of his face.
Doc & Garett Bischoff vs Samoa Joe & Brutus Magnus
Joe and Garett start off as Joe goes after the arm, Garett goes to the eyes but Joe runs him over with a back elbow and tags Magnus in. They stop to argue and Garett goes to the eyes again and bails out to the floor where Doc cheapshots him. Garett unloads with double axhandles to Magnus, Magnus tries to fight back but Garett outpunches Magnus. Right. The crowd seems to agree with me since they're giving Garett the highly sought after "you can't wrestle" chant. Garett and Doc with a series of charging clotheslines in the corner before Doc unloads with hard right and left hands. We see a tweet from AJ Styles, who says that since TNA came to his house uninvited, he's coming to Chicago next week uninvited. That's right AJ, you get them to leave you alone by showing up for TV. Way to go. Magnus lays Doc out and tags in Joe, who nearly turns Bischoff inside out with clotheslines and a suplex before dealing out a series of double teams on Doc. Magnus flattens Garett with the Marufuji clothesline, then they hit their finish on Doc for the win.
Winners: Samoa Joe & Brutus Magnus
Joe and Magnus smile at each other and high five.
Kenny King is backstage and has said since he got here that he's the main event, and he's the star of the X Division. He took the belt from Rob Van Dam last week and never looked back, and it doesn't matter who he faces at Lockdown, because he'll do whatever it takes to hold onto that title now that he's won it.
Eric Young and James Storm are backstage as Sting walks in, and he says that he knows he's the funny guy, but there's nothing funny about what Aces & Eights did to him. They tried to take away what he loves the most, and Sting better not be waiting for a punchline because there isn't one. He's been in some wars and has met every challenge head on, and he wants the last match tonight. Sting says he appreciates that, but he's Sting's wildcard and Storm gets the match tonight.
It's Gut Check time! Jeremy Borash introduces the judges, then brings Lady T'apa out to face the music. Borash asks her if she felt like the judges saw her best last week in this ring, and as the fans chant "NO" at her, she says she showed the judges and the fans (who she yells at to be quiet) her best, and she may have lost that match last week, but she got here in less than two years and she'd show them what else she can do as her career continues if she got that contract. Davis says the fans are chanting no, but she sees a future for her and he votes yes. Prichard starts off by saying we lost a member of our family a few years ago, and the fans applaud as he tells Paul Bearer/Percy Pringle that he will be missed. The fans chant "rest in peace" as Prichard gets back to the matter at hand, and he says that Lady T'apa has all the tools, she looks like she belongs here, but he agrees with the fans and the answer is no. Borash gives her 30 seconds to convince Al Snow that she deserves the shot, and she says she started her career two years ago, and she came here last week to show what she's capable of doing, and she knows what she can do in the future to help TNA and bring to the Knockouts division. Kind of an underwhelming promo, but the decision rests on Al's shoulders in that hideous leisure suit jacket. Al says he knows her pedigree, he sees a lot of things in her like how she evokes a reaction from the crowd, so his answer is yes, Lady T'apa earns the contract and is the newest member of the TNA roster!
Robbie E is backstage saying that Robbie T violated the rules in the Book of Bro, and he'll never be on the list again.
Ken Anderson vs James Storm
The teams are one a piece, and this will determine who gets the one man advantage in Lethal Lockdown. Storm hip tosses Anderson into the ropes, but gets thumbed in the eye and clotheslined. Anderson beats Storm down in the corner and whips him hard into the opposite corner and covers for 1. Anderson kicks and punches and covers for 2, then bars Storm's arm. Storm gets out and they trade punches, then Storm hits a bulldog and hits a leaping enziguiri and a running neckbreaker. Storm charges Anderson and gets backdropped out of the ring, he skins the cat back in and hits Closing Time as the rest of Aces & Eights comes out of their secret entrance. Storm is distracted, Team TNA comes out to even the odds, but Storm spent so much time gawking at everyone on the floor that he gave Anderson time to recover and hit the Mic Check for the win.
Winner: Ken Anderson
Aces & Eights will now have the advantage in Lethal Lockdown.
Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan are backstage, and they're...KISSING!
It's time for Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy's final face-to-face meeting before Lockdown this weekend. They both come out to the ring (Bubba brings Brooke with him), and Bubba says that it's only three days until Lockdown, and the word on the street is that this will be the biggest TNA PPV of all time. Three days until they do what they do best: make professional wrestling history. They've done it before and they'll do it again, and he'll tell Hardy something he's never said before: holding that title is a big deal, but Hardy battling back from all those personal demons is an even bigger deal, and he speaks for the fans and himself when he tells Jeff that he's proud of him. The crowd chants for Hardy, who says that he's been through wars with all his challengers, but he's still the champion. He knows Bubba will beat the hell out of him this weekend, but he's not sure it'll be enough. Regardless of who wins, he wants Bubba to know he's proud of him too for everything he's done. Bubba says he's proud of his accomplishments and the history they've made, but he's not proud of himself. He expected to be the greatest of all time, and the only way he can do that and be proud of himself is to beat Hardy. He's not going over the top of the cage or through the door, he's pinning Hardy in the middle of the ring, taking the title, and holding it up high as he declares that he's the World Heavyweight Champion. Hulk Hogan's music hits and he comes hobbling out on crutches to say that Hardy and Bubba are two of the best, and this little company became a good little company, and now everyone in TNA is looking for the next leader, the one who's going to lead them into the future. If he has to crawl to Lockdown, he's going to find out who the World Champion will be after Lockdown. Hardy's been a great champion the last six months, Bubba's been like family to him, and at the end of the day, may the best man win. Hardy and Bubba shake hands, but Bubba suddenly hustles Brooke out of the ring as Aces & Eights rushes the ring and attacks both men. Team TNA runs out to even the odds, and a huge brawl erupts in the ring as we call it a week.
Report by Stuart Carapola & PWinsider.com