We start off with a look back at Austin Aries winning the TNA World Title at Destination X, then go to a recap of some early matches in the Bound For Glory Series, as well as recent history in the Joseph Park-Bully Ray feud leading into tonight's match. Speaking of which, we go right to the ring for...
Anything Goes Streetfight: Bully Ray vs Joseph Park
Bubba holds up the contract for this match and reminds Park that Abyss can't get involved, and then Park takes his glasses off and stalls in the corner while Bubba challenges him to step up. Park finally comes out with his fists up and takes a swing, but Bubba easily ducks out of the way. Bubba dodges another couple of punches and slaps Park in the head before kicking him in the breadbasket. He keeps slapping and shoving Park before spitting right in his face. That's finally enough, and Park slaps Bubba in the face, but takes too long asking the fans if he should nail Bubba and gets suckerpunched from behind. Bubba pulls out his phone and tweets mid-match, then says that he's trending worldwide. Bubba pulls a trashcan full of plunder out from under the ring and brings it inside. Bubba grabs a chair from the can, but Park takes Bubba down with a double leg and drills him with repeated punches to the face. Park gets ahold of the chair and hesitantly approaches Bubba, but takes too long once again and gets nailed by Bubba. Bubba bashes Park over the back with a detour sign, then does the same with a trash can lid. Bubba continues beating on Park and lays him on top of the trash can lid. Bubba takes forever going for a splash and Park is able to move out of the way. Park is fired up now and pummels Bubba with right and left hands, but runs right into a big boot from Bubba and goes down yet again. Bubba gets a big black pouch from under the ring, and dumps out...THUMBTACKS! Bubba gets the microphone and tells Park that he's going to do to him what he should have done to his brother a long time ago, then asks everyone if they know who he is. Bubba comes at Park with a kendo stick, but Park catches Bubba through the uprights with a cheese grater, then takes the kendo stick and nails Bubba with it. He almost gets 3, but Bubba gets a back elbow and a clothesline. Bubba takes Park over to the thumbtacks, but Park suddenly grabs Bubba and chokeslams him onto the tacks. Park covers and gets 2, then Bubba crawls to the corner and grabs his chain. Park comes at bubba with the trash can, but Bubba drills him in the face with the chain and nails Park to get the 3 count.
Winner: Bully Ray
Park is busted open and the blood is running down his face, and Park sees the blood and suddenly goes into a trance, hitting Bubba with the Black Hole Slam and rocking himself in the ring the way Abyss does before suddenly going back to coward mode and scuttling out of the ring.
Sting is backstage with the playing cards the mystery guy gave Hogan last week and says he knows it's the Dead Man's Hand, and he'll see what that's about tonight.
We go backstage to Bully Ray, who wants to know who that was out there. He beat Joseph Park, but doesn't know who that was out there who did that to him after the match.
We look at the current standings in the Bound For Glory Series, and now the series continues!
Bound For Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs Rob Van Dam
Joe is currently leading the pack with 37 points. RVD dodges a charge and dropkicks Joe in the back, then drags him out to the middle of the ring and tries for a surfboard on Joe. Joe easily makes it to the ropes since it would be ridiculous to see RVD try that, then he takes RVD to the corner and they come out to the middle of the ring and pummel to try and lock hands around each other. Niether man gets an advantage, so they go to the corner where RVD hits a spinkick, but that just pisses Joe off and he runs RVD over with a clothesline that sends him out to the floor to take a breather. He comes back inside and fires a couple of kicks at Joe, who catches RVD's leg and hits a leg whip. RVD lures Joe into a kick exchange and catches Joe's boot, but Joe rolls through into a heel hook and RVD is forced to go to the ropes. RVD fires a few right hands and goes to the ropes, but walks right into a snap powerslam and then Joe goes to a cross armbreaker. RVD gets to the ropes again, and this time he dropkicks Joe's knee out from under him and hits a leg lariat. RVD with Rolling Thunder, but he's too worn out to capitalize and only gets 2 by the time he's able to crawl over and make a cover. RVD goes for a monkey flip, but Joe holds his ground and counters to a kneebreaker before locking RVD in a modified figure four. He's really got RVD trapped, but he voluntarily releases the hold. He tries to drag RVD back out to the middle of the ring to reapply the hold, but RVD rolls him into a small package for 3.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Joe looks really pissed off at getting caught, but he's still in first place while RVD is way down at 5th, tied with Brutus Magnus.
We go back to earlier today when Claire the crackhead shows up and the Mystery Cameraman runs up to harass her. She says she hasn't seen Dixie, and she'll say what she has to say later and tells them to leave her alone.
Hulk Hogan is backstage saying that if someone wants to show up and threaten him, he's here and Sting's here, so let's dance.
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian come out ot the ring as we look back at the events of Destination X and the brutal Last Man Standing match between Daniels and AJ Styles. Kazarian congratulates Styles on his win this past weekend and says AJ probably think he's finally put an end to this whole thing, but he's only heard one verse and they haven't gotten to the chorus yet. Daniels says he hears the fans booing AJ Styles because his actions this weekend were reprehensible, but he knows AJ will do anything to hide the truth. Because of that, he'd like to ask Claire Lynch to come out to the ring to answer some questions and clear a few things up for the fans. Daniels says he sympathizes with Claire because she hit rock bottom and would grab any hole to drag her out, but in situations like that, mistakes can be made and accidents can happen. AJ's music hits, and he comes out with microhpone in hand to share his side of the story. He's surprised that Daniels is able to stand and speak after what he did to him this past weekend, but the story ended weeks ago. Daniels said he had a good talk with Claire and wants her to say what she told him, but AJ says this has nothing to do with her. Claire gets between them and says that Daniels is right and AJ is the father. Well, AJ looks pretty surprised at that one and even says "How is that possible?" Let's go to commercial while they discuss their situation.
We go backstage and the stupid f'ing Mystery Cameraman is chasing after him to ask about the bombshell that was just dropped, and AJ turns around and yells "I DON'T KNOW, OKAY?" before shoving his way out the back door. See, if he'd used the back door the first time around, then he'd...you know what, let me take the high road on this one.
Ken Anderson is getting ready for tonight and he says that his rivalry with Kurt Angle started off as a real negative thing, but he at least feels like there's more respect there now.
We go to a video package of Zema Ion and how he blew off Jesse Sorensen before going on to win the X Division Title, then we get backstage comments from Dakota Darsow, who was really pissed off at the way Zema Ion was thanking Jesse Sorensen for helping him get where he is. Ion shouldn't worry about Jesse Sorensen, because he's going to face Darsow tonight.
X Division Champion Zema Ion vs Dakota Darsow
Ion wises off to Darsow, so Darsow just manhandles Ion and beats the doody out of him in the corner. Darsow whips Ion hard to the corner and charges in with a clothesline, then comes off the ropes and turns Ion inside out with a running clothesline. Ion tries to hightail it to the back, but Darsow goes after him, nailing Ion on the rampway and herding him back to the ring. Darsow slingshots through the ropes with a spear, Ion tries to escape to the floor again, but Darsow goes after him and gets his neck snapped down over the top rope. Ion with a slingshot into a DDT on Darsow, then he hits a Gory Bomb for the win.
Winner: Zema Ion
Ion isn't done, and puts Darsow in a funky submission move, then leans back and appears to tear Darsow's shoulder out. Ion gets a microphone and says that if that crippled jackass Jesse Sorensen doesn't want to see any more of his friends get hurt, he should know that he's not just f'n pretty, he's pretty f'n dangerous.
Austin Aries comes out saying that he's had a great week, and it's awesome to wake up and be the new World Heavyweight Champion. This is a great personal accomplishment, and he proved everyone wrong because nobody ever thought he would get there, and this is a great moment not just for himself and the fans, but for the professional wrestling industry. The crowd starts chanting his name, so he tells them all to be quiet so he can hear himself talk. Wrestling runs in cycles between down periods and boom periods, and for the last year or so there's been a buzz and an energy around Impact Wrestling, and wrestling fans are ready for the next boom period. He's the man to lead the company there because his win at Destination X was bigger than this company. He got phone calls and text messages from people in movies, sports, and even "World Champions" from other companies, and he was asked in a recent interview how important titles were, and he says they're only as important as the man who holds it, so now the TNA World Title is the most important in professional wrestling because he's the best wrestler in the best wrestling company in the world. The crowd is really going nuts for this speech, but now Bobby Roode's music hits and...well, here he comes. Aries says he knows Roode is used to coming out here whenever he wants, but he's not the champion anymore, so what does he want? Roode comes down to the ring with a frantic look on his face and grabs a microphone, but can't seem to get his thoughts out because he's too angry to finish a sentence. Finally he's able to spit out a single word: fluke. Roode leaves in a huff, but Aries says he has three words for him: new World Champ.
Sting is backstage with Hulk Hogan saying that it's almost time for them to go old school, but Devon and Garett Bischoff come in to say they owe Hogan and they've got his back no matter what. All they have to do is let them know. Hogan and Sting say they appreciate it, but they have this one. Devon and Garett say they can trust them and leave, and Hogan says that it's different this time. Okay, then.
Kurt Angle gives his thoughts on his match tonight, saying that if he beats Anderson tonight, he knows he can win the entire Bound For Glory Series.
We look at last week when Madison Rayne laid one on Earl Hebner, and says it's a perfect fit because they both love wrestling, and they both keep their bodies in tip top shape.
Balls Deep comes out to join Mike and Taz at the broadcast booth for our next match...
Knockouts Title Match: Brooke Tessmacher vs Gail Kim
Brooke goes right after Gail, beating her down in the corner and laying her out with a clothesline and a dropkick. Brooke with a flying headscissors that sends Gail out to the ring apron, and Brooke grabs her by the hair to try and drag her in. Gail snaps Brooke's arm down on the top rope and rams her shoulder first into the corner. Brooke fires back with some shots from her good arm, but another shot from Gail and Brooke goes down again. Gail with a hammerlock suplex and then rams Brooke's arm down across her knee. Gail with a short armscissors and bridges to put all her weight on the arm, then puts Brooke in Cattle Mutilation! Awesome. Brooke slips out androlls Gail up for 2, but Gail goes right back after the arm and Brooke is in trouble. Brooke reverses a whip into the corner and takes Gail out with a series of clotheslines, selling the bad arm all the way. Brooke with a springing facebuster out of the corner, but her arm is too badly hurt to go right for a cover. Brooke hits the Pepsi Twist, but still can't get over in time to catch Gail for 3. Gail rolls Brooke up with a handful of tights for 2, then sits her on the top rope and they trade blows on top ofr the corner. Gail goes for a top rope Sole Food, but Brooke holds her ground and comes off the top rope with a flying elbow (with the bad arm) for the win.
Winner: Brooke Tessmacher
Kurt Angle and Ken Anderson are backstage, and they're...WALKING!
Claire is backstage and the Mystery Cameraman is STILL chasing her around digging for dirt. Claire says we'll hear her proof soon enough, and tells AJ that she hopes he'll do the right thing since he knows more about her than anyone.
Open Fight Night returns next week, and Brutus Magnus says he's looking forward to getting another big win like last week when he detected a weakness and used it to get a win in the Bound For Glory Series. He'll also see James Storm this weekend at the house show.
Bound For Glory Series: Ken Anderson vs Kurt Angle
Kurt easily shoots in on Anderson and picks a single leg, then breaks clean to play mind games with Anderson. Angle takes Anderson down with a side headlock, Anderson makes it to his feet and shoots Angle to the ropes and gets a hiptoss and an armdrag, and now Anderson has Angle down on the mat. Angle regains his feet and backs Anderson to the corner and nails a couple of right hands before stomping Anderson down in the corner and choking him with his boot. Anderson with right hands and a clothesline, followed by a dropkick for 2. Anderson hits the ropes, but comes off right into an overhead release suplex from Angle as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Angle runs Anderson over with a shoulderblock and covers for 2...and we go right back to commercial. (??)
We're back as Anderson elbows his way out of a chinlock and hits a back suplex to catch a break. Anderson with clotheslines and back elbows, followed by a rolling neckbreaker, but Angle blocks the Mic Check and hits the triple rolling German suplexes. Anderson escapes the Hacker Slam and hits a Finlay roll for 2. Angle blocks Mic Check, Anderson blocks the anklelock, Angle hits the Hacker Slam for 2. Angle gets the anklelock, Anderson survives for like thirty seconds and eventually rolls through and catches Angle with the Mic Check...for 2. Anderson goes for another Mic Check, but Angle blocks and hits another Hacker Slam for the win.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Angle seems to have caught a shot to the mouth because he's got blood dripping out of his mouth as the referee raises his hand. That's pretty badass. Angle now moves up to third place behind Samoa Joe and James Storm.
Bobby Roode burts into Hulk Hogans office and has a tense staredown with Sting, then tells Hogan that they need to talk. This seems like a perfect time to take a commercial break!
Hogan tells Sting that he'll see him in the ring in five minutes, then says he knows Bobby Roode wants a rematch, and he'll get it at Hardcore Justice. Roode says he wants Aries sooner than that, and Hogan says that next week is Open Fight Night, and since we don't call out champions on Open Fight Night, Roode should call Aries out. Can't argue with that logic. Hogan says that if Roode beats Aries next week, then it should be easy pickings at Hardcore Justice.
We head out to the ring as Sting comes out to address the fans of TNA and this mysterious gang who kicked his ass a couple weeks ago. Sting says there's a crew out there who likes to play games, but this seems like a good time and place, and he didn't come alone, so he asks Hulk Hogan to come on out and join him in the ring. Hogan's music hits, but he doesn't show. Sting asks him again to come out for the people, and his music hits again but still no Hogan. Sting has an uneasy look on his face as he stares at the entranceway, but Hogan's music hits yet a third time, and goes right back off as we go to the back where a bloody Hogan is laying on the ground as Balls Deep yells at a bunch of gang members to get out of here. Hogan says they got his leg, and Sting starts to make his way up the rampway to help, but he doesn't get close to the entryway before another group of gang members come out of the crowd and beat Sting down like 7-on-1 as we wrap up.