We start with a look back at last week as King Mo made his first appearance on Impact Wrestling and knocked Bobby Roode on his ass, and Hulk Hogan and Sting's announcement that Bully Ray would be Sting's pahtnah at Bound For Glory.
No time to mess around this week, we go right to the ring for a hell of an opening match!
World Champion Austin Aries vs James Storm
Aries takes Storm to the corner and breaks clean, then takes Storm to the mat with a side headlock. Storm quickly escapes and they go to a Greco-Roman knucklelock, leading to a quick sequence ending with Storm armdragging Aries out to the floor. Aries takes a short count and comes back in, leapfrogging Storm and taking him down with a shoulderblock. Aries hits the ropes and runs right into a double sledge from Storm that left him laying flat on his back. Aries dodges a charge and tries to dump Storm, Storm skins the cat in, Aries tries to baseball slide him in the face but Storm pulls himself back in, but Storm goes back to the outside looking for Aries, not realizing that he had already slipped back inside and was now coming through the ropes to take him out with a heat seeking missile. Aries gets a neckbreaker through the ropes and goes to a rear chinlock, but Storm hits a jawbreaker and starts firing away with right hands. Storm charges right into Aries' boot in the corner and Aries starts unloading with left hands. Storm absorbs several shots before returning the favor, and they go back and forth until Aries snapamres Storm and hits a second rope dropkick to the back of the neck for 2. Storm mounts Aries in the corner and goes for the ten punch count, Aries reverses and tries his own ten punch count, but Storm kicks him off and hits a Russian legsweep. Aries escapes the Eye of the Storm, then goes out to the apron and snaps Storm's throat across the top rope. Storm dodges a missile dropkick and goes for the Codebreaker, but Aries shoves him off and tries a brainbuster. Storm slips out the back and goes for an O'Connor Roll, they roll completely through and against the ropes, Aries gets a Judo throw to send Storm across the ring, and they collide head-to-head and Storm rolls out to the apron. Bobby Roode runs out of the back, rams Storm's skull into the ringpost, and Aries (who may or may not realize what happened) hits the brainbuster and gets the win.
Winner: Austin Aries
Wes Brisco is backstage asking Kurt Angle if he can tag along to Phoenix with him, and Angle says he'll make it happen. AJ Styles comes in and asks Angle if his head is in the game, then tells him not to bother coming if he cares so much about teaming with Sting. AJ the Jealous Girlfriend storms out of the room as Angle tells him not to let Daniels and Kazarian mess with his head.
Sting and Hulk Hogan are backstage, and they're...WALKING!
Hogan and Sting make their way out to the ring, and Hogan says he's not a good card player, but Aces & Eights backed him into a corner and now Sting is going to get in the ring while Hogan is forced to stand on the side and watch. Sting says he's also pissed off that Hogan can't get in the ring for this, but Bully Ray stepped up to the plate and now they have to run with it. They go back and forth repeating the same thing over and over until Daniels & Kazarian's music hits, and they come out to have a word with Hogan and Sting. Daniels says they're only days away from Bound For Glory, and he wants to know why Hogan picked the most untrustworthy guy in the locker room. They want to know why Hogan didn't pick his favorite tag team, the Tag Team Champions Of The World, and Kazarian tells Thunderlips that they came up with a solution: cancel the tag title match, tell Bully Ray thanks but no thanks, and call on the one man he knows can put an end to the Aces & Eights threat once and for all: Kurt Angle. Bully Ray's music hits, and the man himself comes powerwalking out to the ring to tell Daniels not to ever talk about his brother again. He says Angle would have been a great choice, but this isn't going to be a wrestling match, it's going to be a fight, and if you're getting in a wrestling match, you want the greatest wrestler alive, and that's Kurt Angle, but in a fight, they need the baddest mother trucker around. Bubba says he doesn't need to be Hogan or Sting's friend, he needs to have his back because the common business they have is getting rid of Aces & Eights. If he has to prove himself, he can do it tonight by getting Daniels & Kazarian to wrestling Bully Ray and Sting. Daniels and Kazarian are livid as Hogan says the match is made...TONIGHT.
Hernandez vs AJ Styles
AJ uses his speed to avoid Hernandez while throwing kicks at his knees, eventually kicking his legs right out from under him before going over to exchange words with Chavo. Hernandez tries to charge, AJ dodges out of the way and tries a sunset flip, but Hernandez yanks him up to his feet by the throat. AJ with a leaping enziguiri that knocks Hernandez silly, then AJ allows himself to get distracted by Chavo again. Hernandez dodges a leaping forearm into the corner and rams AJ hard into the opposite corner. Hernandez drags AJ off the mat BY THE HEAD and squashes him with a bearhug. AJ boxes his ears to escape, but Hernandez bowls right over him with a body tackle and then pops him over his shoulder for a powerslam. AJ slips out the back and connects with a sweet dropkick, and a second dropkick sends Hernandez tumbling out to the floor. AJ slingshots over the top rope with a forearm smash, then starts jawing with Chavo AGAIN. AJ springboards off the top rope, but Hernandez dodges the forearm and nearly drives AJ into next week with a Pounce and covers him for the win.
Well, that was a bit of an upset!
We go to the Aces & Eights clubhouse where the Vice President (who really should be preparing for his debate instead of screwing around at TNA) says that Joseph Park is doing fine (as we see by him greedily wolfing down a tray of Chinese food one of the goons hands him), and that Bully Ray joining up with Sting certainly came as a surprise, but not a surprise they can't overcome.
Zema Ion comes out to the ring and says that being humble got him nowhere, and he became the X Division Champion by breaking necks, and now he doesn't have an opponent for Bound For Glory because he's taken out the entire X Division. Rob Van Dam comes out to the ring and says that the most dangerous thing Ion has ever done is run his mouth within earshot of RVD. RVD doesn't have a match either, and Hulk Hogan said he can wrestle anyone he wants, so it'll be RVD vs Zema Ion at Bound For Glory. Ion shoves RVD, and RVD spinkicks the X Division Title into Ion's face.
Hogan and Sting are backstage arguing, and Bully Ray comes in to ask Sting if he's ready for tonight, and Hogan says he's watched Bully running his con for two years and he doesn't trust him. Bully says he'll prove it tonight, Hogan says not to let him down, and Sting says he better not let anyone down.
Brooke Hogan is backstage with Taryn Terrell making sure she's ready for this Sunday, and Tara walks in and hands Brooke a list of things her Hollywood boyfriend said she should be doing to prepare for this Sunday when he'll be there. Brooke tears it up because Tara's not the champion yet, and Tara walks off indignantly.
World Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs Bully Ray & Sting
Daniels and Bubba start us off, with Bubba just manhandling Daniels and repeatedly headbutting him in the chest in the corner. Bubba charges at Kazarian, but stops short and goes back to beating up Daniels. Bubba works over the arm of Daniels and then rallies the fans into a Sting chant before tagging him into the match to unload on Daniels with right hands. Kazarian tags in, Sting and Bubba double hiptoss him and Bubba gets a big backdrop for 2. The champions are getting literally no offense as Sting and Bubba keep tagging in and out and working them over. Sting hits a Stinger Splash on Kazarian, but Daniels pulls him out of the way of a seconds Stinger Splash and Sting crashes hard into the corner, then Daniels crotches him on the ringpost. Sting rolls out to the floor, groin in hand, and the champs come put the boots to him until Bubba chases them both off with a chair. Daniels goes back to working Sting over in the ring and then champs hit a slingshot elbow/slingshot legdrop combo on Sting before Kazarian ties Sting up in a straitjacket hold. Sting fights his way free, but Kazarian hits a quick leg lariat and tags out to Daniels, who promptly gets slammed off the top rope. Daniels and Sting wipe each other out with a double clothesline, and Sting finally makes the hot tag to Bubba, who comes in and cleans house on both men, nearly backdropping them both into the lights. Bubba with a Samoan Drop on Kazarian, but Daniels makes the save at 2. All four men are in the ring now fighting it out, and Bubba sees Daniels going after Sting with the belt and shoves him out of the way to boot Daniels in the face. Bubba sticks his hand out and Sting shakes it, then tells Bubba to get the tables. Bubba obliges as Sting hits the Scorpion Deathdrop on Kazarian, then Sting elevates Daniels so Bubba can hit the super bomb...and get themselves disqualified. Great move, guys.
Winner: Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian by DQ
Sting and Bubba are ready for war!
After an Aries-Hardy video package, Hardy says that he's been chasing the World Title for over a year and winning it will be the final step in his redemption.
We go to a video package of the Al Snow-Joey Ryan feud, with Snow saying he's looking forward to being legally able to do whatever he wants to Ryan, while Ryan says he was tricked into signing the contract, but they're going to be on the west coast where he's from and he has the home field advantage.
The Mystery Cameraman catches up with Samoa Joe backstage to ask him for his thoughts on his match at Bound For Glory, but Brutus Magnus comes in and says that Joe isn't a champion, and to take care of the belt because he's taking it this weekend at Bound For Glory. Joe says they can do it right now and Magnus says he's not going to do it because he's a businessman and wants to make millions of people pay to watch him fight Joe, and Joe asks if "businessman" is what they're calling cowards these days.
Knockouts Champion Brooke Tessmacher vs Gail Kim
Kim absolutely kicks the crap out of Brooke before she has a chance to react, tearing her apart in the corner with kicks and punches, but Tessmacher gets a flying headscissors and goes for the stinkface, but Gail slips out to the floor. Brooke with a baseball slide that sends Gail to the outside, but Gail drops Brooke's throat across the middle rope and connects with a basement dropkick for 2. Gail chokes Brooke on the second rope with her knee and runs through Brooke with a clothesline for 2. Gail with a side backbreaker and hits a running crossbody in the corner, Brooke tries fighting back but Gail unloads with another hard kick. Gail tries a Shining Wizard, but Brooke catches her legs and catapults her into the corner. Now Brooke starts making a comeback, nailing several right hands and a side bulldog looking thing. Brooke with a crucifix for 2, but Gail counters a Frankensteiner attempt to a really ugly looking powerbomb, but comes off the top rope and hits nothing. Brooke with an atomic pancake and that's all she wrote.
Winner: Brooke Tessmacher
Tara runs in to attack Brooke, but Brooke turns the table and gives her the atomic pancake, standing tall over the broken forms of both her adversaries.
Bobby Roode starts to cut a promo on Jeff Hardy, but James Storm comes in and they have words until a brawl breaks out and King Mo is forced to come in and separate them, telling them to save it for this weekend.
Jeff Hardy's favorite Bound For Glory memory is in 2005, when he dove 30 feet off the stage at the Impact Zone to hit a Swanton Bomb through a table. Also, Sting is going to be inducted to the TNA Hall Of Fame this weekend at Bound For Glory!
Mike and Taz run down the card for this weekend's Bound For Glory PPV, and then it's main event time!
Bobby Roode vs Jeff Hardy
Roode jumps Hardy at ringside during his entrance and rams him into the guardrail a couple of times, then rolls him into the ring as the bell rings to officially start the match. Roode unloads on Hardy with right hands in the corner before stopping to ask the fans who the man is. Haryd starts firing back with right hands of his own, gets an inverted atomic drop, the double legdrop to the yambag, and basement dropkick for 2. Hardy clotheslines Roode out to the floor, mule kicks Roode into the barricade, a baseball slide drives Roode into the rail a second time, then Hardy comes over the top rope with a dive and both men are down on the floor. Hardy rolls Roode back inside and gets his head taken off with a big clothesline. Roode chokes Hardy out with a boot to the throat and then skee balls him out to the floor. Roode goes outside and tries a suplex, but Hardy reverses to a suplex of his own as we go to commercial.
We're back as Roode is grinding Hardy with a nasty chinlock/crossface combo before converting to a front facelock. Hardy fights his way free but runs into a back elbow from Roode, who goes to the second rope and comes off with a Blockbuster for 2. Hardy tries to catch a break by rolling out to the floor, but Roode goes after him and rams him into the steps. Back in we go as Roode gets a 2 count off a hanging neckbreaker, then goes to a conventional sleeperhold. Hardy hangs on and tries to elbow his way free, but Roode holds on until Hardy runs forward to ram Roode's face into the top turnbuckle, then hits the Whisper In The Wind. Hardy with an inverted enziguiri for 2, then comes off the second rope with a howling splash for 2. Roode with a spinebuster out of nowhere for 2, but Hardy shoves Roode off during a suplerplex attempt and goes for a Swanton. Roode rolls out of the way and Hardy crashes hard, and Roode gets a spear for 2. Roode goes for a Perfectplex, but Hardy counters to the Twist of Fate, but Roode counters a second attempt with a low blow and gets disqualified.
Winner: Jeff Hardy by DQ
Roode goes after Hardy with a chair, but the referee yanks the chair out of his hands and argues with Roode until Hardy recovers and hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy's music hits, but Aries comes out to say that tonight's show isn't going to end with Hardy sitting in the middle of his ring because he has some things to say. He throws away the lines somebody backstage wrote for him, and says he's sick of TNA telling Aries how to think and who he needs to be as the World Champion, and that crap ends right now. Aries has been painted out as being jealous of Hardy, but that's not true: he's not jealous of Hardy's rap sheet, he's not jealous that he's too crippled to play with his little girl, and the only thing he's jealous of is the way the fans go nuts for him. He's been asking for new music and a new entrance for months, but they're too busy making Jeff Hardy videos and he's sick of the way everyone caters to Hardy. He's not a failure, but Hardy is going to see a failure when he looks in the mirror and paints his face. Hardy says he's going to end Aries' cocky ass this weekend, but Aries just tells Hardy to go ahead and bask in the fans' glory one last time. Hardy waves to the crowd, then Aries tells Hardy to get out of his ring so he can bask in the glory he deserves. Hardy goes to leave, but Aries kicks the middle rope into Hardy's groin and gives him a brainbuster before yelling to the fans that this is what they wanted.
Thanks for reading this week's Impact Wrestling Report, I'll be back tomorrow to discuss Impact and more with Dave Scherer on the Stu & Pid Show!