Report by Stuart Carapola @ PWInsider.com
TNA iMPACT Wrestling Results 8/16/12
Aug 16, 2012 - 10:52:21 PM
We start off by recapping the events of Hardcore Justice and last week's episode of Impact Wrestling, and then we're off to the Impact Zone! We run down tonight's Bound For Glory Series matches and then head to the ring as Austin Aries comes out to address the TNA fans following his win over Bobby Roode this past weekend. Aries says that Bobby Roode spent the last month calling him a fluke, but Aries proved that he is no fluke by beating Roode for the second straight time. Anybody who thought he was going to be a placeholder was wrong, he's the face of TNA now and nobody's going to tell him what to think, say, or do because he's running the show, and as long as he's running the show, it won't be held hostage. He says the BFG Series is close to an end, but no matter who wins or what Aces & Eights do, he's walking in and out of Bound For Glory with the World Title.
Jeff Hardy's music hits, and he comes out holding his back after the beating it took this past weekend. Aries says Hardy must have something important to say, and after saying hello to his creatures, he says that he's been chasing the title for the last year and wants to congratulate Aries on how great he's doing. Hardy says he's going to win the BFG Series and then he and Aries are going to tear it up, but Aces & Eights cost him 20 points this past weekend and he wants to call them out now.
Instead, Bully Ray comes out and gets in Hardy's face to tell him how stupid he is because James Storm is behind Aces & Eights. A&E said they were coming for Bubba at Hardcore Justice, but they didn't touch him because Storm superkicked him right in the jaw. Hardy says Bubba has a point, and Bubba continues by saying that Hardy had James Storm in trouble later and he was lucky enough to get the 20 points by putting Hardy through a table. Lucky or not, he's going to Bound For Glory and will become the new champion. Aries stops Calfzilla long enough to remind him that he tapped out to Aries, and he has a lot of aspirations and ambitions and maybe that means he's behind Aces & Eights. Bubba tells Aries to get the fact that Storm is behind Aces & Eights through his skull, and Aries says that he doesn't care who wins the series because nobody has managed to beat him yet.
Aces & Eights pop up on the screen to say that they're going to make their presence felt in a big way tonight.
We see a video package recapping the Bound For Glory Series matches from Hardcore Justice, then we look at the leaderboard where James Storm is back in first place with 66 points., Rob Van Dam in second with 55, and Samoa Joe right behind in third with 54. We go backstage to Brutus Magnus, who says that he studied Samoa Joe long before they were in the same company, and he and Joe know each other better than anyone. He also knows Samoa Joe the man, and if you can get in his head, you can beat him.
Bound For Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs Brutus Magnus
Quick back and forth sequence to start, Joe gets an inverted atomic drop and a running boot, then nearly gets him in the LeBell Lock, but Magnus escapes to the floor. He comes back in and Joe just drills him with a hard forearm and straight jabs in the corner, but Magnus big boots Joe square in the face and covers for 1. Joe comes off the ropes but Magnus outmaneuvers him and hits a hard clothesline for 2. Magnus picks Joe up in a bodyslam position, holds him up, and then hits a Snowplow for 2. Magnus with a European uppercut, but Joe hits a leaping enziguiri and goes for the Muscle Buster, Magnus kneestrikes his way out and knocks Joe into the ring, but Joe rolls out of the way of the elbowdrop. Magnus charges Joe in the corner and Joe hits an STJoe, then gets the Kokina Clutch. Magnus kicks off the top rope and rolls over Joe, but Joe quickly escapes and gets La Magistral cradle (!) for the win.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Joe is back in second place with this win, and he extends his hand to Magnus, but Magnus is in shock and doesn't shake his hand so Joe just pats him on the back and walks off. Magnus finally rolls out of the ring and gets a chair and swings it at Joe. Joe saw it coming and got his arm up, but the arm is hurt as Magnus hightails it.
Madison Rayne is backstage saying that she hasn't been the Knockouts Champion in almost a year and a half, with no help at all, because she's the greatest Knockouts Champion ever. A stagehand pops in to tell her that Brooke Hogan wants to see her in the ring, and she says it must be for her championshiop celebration and that she hopes Brooke remembered that she likes chocolate cake.
Madison comes out to the ring with her little tiara on and nearly gets booed out of the building and says that Brooke Hogan made a special request to see her because she obviously knows what an important occasion it is because the queen has regained her throne. She hopes Brooke brings cake, but behind every great woman is a great referee, and she wouldn't be where she is now without the man who was standing behind her every step of the way, and she asks Earl to come down to the ring and join her. He comes out to "you screwed Brooke" chants and gives Madison a big hug, but Balls Deep comes out to say that this is the kind of behavior she was talking about. She's known Earl her whole life and asks if there's been any kind of shady stuff going on, and Earl says that there hasn't, but she's going to make sure nothing shady happens because Earl isn't refereeing any more knockouts matches. Balls Deep is giving Brooke Tessmacher a rematch tonight, and there's going to be a special referee who will be revealed later. Madison says this is just like a Hogan and challenges her to get into the ring, but when Brooke obliges, Madison heads for the hills. Suddenly, two of Aces & Eights run in and they prepare to take Brooke out once and for all (becoming the biggest babyfaces in TNA history in the process), but Austin Aries, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, and Kurt Angle run in and they decide to get out of Dodge. James Storm slowly comes wandering out to ringside with a totally unreadable look on his face as we go to commercial.
We come back and all the TNA wrestlers are still in the ring, and now Sting has joined them to say that he promised Hulk Hogan that Brooke would be protected, and they will be. If Aces & Eights want to run like a pack, they have a pack right now with Angle, Hardy, Aries, and himself with the list growing by the hour. Everyone has called them out, so he wants to make it nice and easy: next week at Open Fight Night, he wants ACes & Eights to meet them right at 8pm so they can have it out.
We go backstage to Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, who are admiring the issue of Amazing Spider Man that they're on the back cover of. Kazarian makes more jokes about AJ and Claire, but AJ Styles comes in and says he's tired of this, so since they're convinced that AJ is the baby, he'll accept that he's the father if Daniels wins tonight, but if AJ wins, then he wants a paternity test. Well wait a minute, don't they need Claire's consent to do something like that?
Bound For Glory Series/Paternity Test Match: Christopher Daniels vs AJ Styles
The referee kicks Kazarian out from ringside, and the match immediately turns into a footrace with AJ chasing Daniels. Daniels rolls AJ up and puts his feet on the ropes, but the referee catches him and AJ unloads with hard hitting chops and right hands. AJ off the ropes with the big fancy kneedrop and then he chokes Daniels on the bottom rope. Daniels yells at the referee to DQ him, but AJ simply puts the boots to AJ. Daniels throws some weak punches at AJ, but AJ unloads with more punches and they go out to the floor. Daniels rolls back inside and tries to nail AJ coming back in, but AJ continues destroying Daniels, and Daniels tries begging for mercy, but AJ just takes Daniels' head off with a hard clothesline for 2 as we go to commercial.
We're back as AJ fights to escape a side headlock from Daniels, which he finally does before drilling Daniels with a dropkick for 2. AJ with a bridging Muta Lock to try for the submission, but Daniels refuses to submit, so AJ gets a seated half crab instead before going back to the Muta Lock. Daniels finally bites AJ's hand to get him to break and hotshots him onto the top rope before drilling him with a northern lariat for a pair of 2 counts. Daniels kicks AJ out to the floor and tells the referee to count him out. AJ makes it back in, so Daniels rams AJ hard into the corner and then punts him in the ribs. Daniels with a backdrop suplex for 1 and then a side neckbreaker for 2. Daniels tries yet again to put his feet on the ropes for a pinfall, but the referee catches him, so Daniels tosses AJ back out to the floor for another attempt at the countout. AJ tries getting back in, but Daniels charges and knocks AJ off the apron and onto the guardrail. AJ finally manages to sunset flip in and goes for the Styles Clash, Daniels goes to the eyes and tries for a uranage, AJ blocks that and Daniels goes to a standing version of the Koji Clutch. AJ starts to fade out and collapses to the mat, but avoids defeat by biting Daniels' thumb. Daniels breaks the hold, but rams a pair of nasty elbows into the back of AJ's head and then takes him ot the corner for the 10 punch count. AJ blocks midway through the count and powerbombs Daniels into the middle of the ring. AJ with a gutbuster and a hard clothesline for 2, a suplex into a neckbreaker for another 2. AJ charges Daniels, but Daniels pulls down the top rope and AJ once again sails to the floor. Daniels goes out after AJ, but AJ heads back inside and quickly wipes Daniels out with a dive. Kazarian sneaks back out to ringside and hooks AJ's ankle as he tries to suplex Daniels back in, allowing Daniels to fall on top for 3.
Winner: Christopher Daniels
Wait a minute, the referee sees Kazarian and realizes that he interfered, so he restarts the match and AJ quickly pins Daniels with a Pelle kick.
Real Winner: AJ Styles
AJ hits another Styles Clash for good measure and has now picked up a big 7 points.
Sting is backstage listening to Hogan on the phone saying that he's going to be there next week when Sting has it out with Aces & Eights, and he's going to have Sting's back. We then go to the locker room where Jeff Hardy comes up behind James Storm and says that he doesn't care what people are saying, but he does care that Aces & Eights cost him 20 points and helped Storm twice. Storm says he's sick of being accused by everyone else and is surprised that Hardy would fall in with that, then says he'll be at ringside for Hardy's match tonight to make sure that Aces & Eights don't get involved.
Bobby Roode comes out to the ring to address the fans and say that he had an opportunity to come out here and right a wrong and prove to the world that what he said about Aries getting a fluke victory was true. He did prove that because he defeated Austin Aries right in the middle of the ring when the referee counted three and raised his hand in victory. But then one thing led to another, the match he already won was restarted, and now he's standing there emptyhanded. The crowd starts chanting "loser" at him as Roode says he should be the World Champion, but he'll never get a rematch as long as Aries is the champion. The World Title meant everything of him because he's what people think of when they think World Heavyweight Champion, but he looked in the mirror and realized that there's only one person to blame...and that's Austin Aries. And Sting. And the referees. And all the TNA fans. He comes out and gives the fans everything he has, but they treat him with disrespect and call him a loser and say he sucks. The big question has been what's next for Roode, and he starts to say what's next but stops because, apparently, he has no idea. He drops the microphone and walks off.
Madison Rayne and Brooke Tessmacher are backstage, and they're...STRETCHING!
We see a video of the guy in this month's Gut Check who will be showing up next week, and he's got a great backstory about being from a really bad area in Mississippi where he saw someone murdered for the first time when he was six and how his brother was shot and he dedicates his career to him because he was such a huge wrestling fan. I wish they'd told us who this wrestler is because his backstory is already solid!
Brooke Hogan comes out to introduce the referee for the next match...Taryn Terrell! Tiffany from WWECW, for those who don't know.
Knockouts Title Match: Madison Rayne vs Brooke Tessmacher
Brooke and Madison go at it right from the start, and Taryn tries to keep control as best she can. Madison lays Brooke out with a clothesline and chokes her in the corner with her boot, then tosses Brooke across the ring by the hair. Madison with a northern lights suplex for 2, then rolls Brooke up with a handful of tights. Terrell sees and refuses to count, and Brooke gets a big spear out of nowhere. Brooke with a series of great clotheslines and a dropkick, then a victory bulldog gets 2. Madison gets a back elbow and whips Brooke hard into the corner, but charges right into her boot. Madison dodges a second rope crossbody and tries to pin Brooke with her feet on the ropes, but Terrell sees and again refuses to count. Madison gets right in Terrell's face and argues with her just long enough for Brooke to recover and hit the atomic flapjack to regain the title.
Winner: Brooke Tessmacher
I think this makes Madison the shortest reigning Knockouts Champion in history.
Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy are backstage, and they're...WALKING!
After a look back at the events of earlier tonight, we go to Aces & Eights, who say that this is the invitation they've been waiting for and that Sting had better watch what he asks for since they're showing up in full force. One of the A&E guys adds that they do have a little unfinished business to take care of tonight.
It's main event time!
Bound For Glory Series: Bully Ray vs Jeff Hardy
Boy, have these guys faced off a million times, or what? They barely have a chance to make contact before James Storm comes out to ringside. Bubba asks him where his boys are at, but Storm just stands at ringside minding his own business as Bubba begins to beat Hardy down. Bubba rams Hardy into the corner and drills him in the face with right hands before going out to the floor to get in Storm's face. Bubba shoves Storm, but Hardy comes under the bottom rope with a baseball slide before Storm can retaliate. Hardy wipes Bubba out with another dive off the apron as we go to commercial.
We're back and Bubba is furiously trying to catch a fall on Hardy but can't get more than a two count. Bubba gets a running clothesline in the corner and tries to tear Hardy's hair out before dropping an elbow for 2. Bubba legscissors the head of Hardy, but Hardy makes it to the ropes. bubba with a vertical suplex for 2, but misses a big splash and they end up going toe to toe. Hardy comes out on top and takes Bubba out with a series of clotheslines, the double legdrop to the crotch, and the seated dropkick for 2. Bubba with a uranage for 2, but Hardy blocks the Bubba Bomb and lays Bubba out with another clothesline. Hardy takes the shirt off and goes up top, hitting the Swanton for 2. Bubba rolls out to the floor and lands right next to Storm, and Storm doesn't touch Bubba, but Bubba pulls Storm in front as Hardy dove over the ropes and Hardy lands on Storm. Bubba and Hardy go back inside where Hardy hits the Whisper In The Wind. Aces & Eights come into the ring and prepare to attack the TNA guys, but Austin Aries, Sting, and Kurt Angle run out to chase them out through the crowd. Bubba looks off after them briefly before picking Hardy up, but Hardy hits the Twist of Fate and rolls Bubba up for 3.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Bubba lays Hardy out with a clothesline and grabs his chain, but stops and turns to Storm to again accuse him of being behind Aces & Eights. Storm gets in the ring and goes face to face with Bubba, Bubba shoves Storm and Storm tries to retaliate with the Last Call, but Bubba ducks out of the way and Storm accidentally nails Hardy. Aces & Eights comes back into the ring as Storm checks on Hardy and applaud him, then they lay him out and put the boots to him as we go off the air.
Report by Stuart Carapola @ PWInsider.com