We start off by looking back at last week when Taz ruined Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan's wedding, leading Aces & Eights in an attack on Bubba, Hulk, Tommy Dreamer, and Brother Runt before Sting made the save. We then see scenes from after the show as Hulk and Bubba are both helped to the back.
We go out to the broadcast booth as Todd Kenealy and Mike Tenay welcome us to the show and address the absence of Taz. Tenay has never been more shocked than he was last week when Taz joined Aces & Eights, but Taz will explain his actions a little later tonight and Tenay can't wait to hear what he has to say.
We don't have to wait long, as Taz comes out with the entire Aces & Eights group and says that life is about opportunity, and he couldn't pass up the opportunity to be part of a group that had an agenda to get revenge and redemption. He also couldn't pass up the chance to be a part of the vision of a higher power, and the opportunity to stand on Hogan and Bubba's faces and make a statement. Dixie and everyone else in the TNA office needs to read his contract a little closer because he's bulletproof, and if anyone puts their hands on him, he'll own the place. Taz says that TNA can deal with the carnage that Aces & Eights will deal out, and that Bubba and Brooke were just collateral damage.
Jesse Godderz is backstage giving Tara a pep talk as she prepares to defend the Knockouts Title against Velvet Sky. That match is up...next!
We see a video package looking at Christopher Daniels' history in TNA and hyping this up as his first shot at the TNA World Title (which I don't believe it is), then we go to Daniels' locker room as we find out that Kazarian has secured a manager's license for the evening.
Taz joins Mike and Todd at the broadcast booth, then it's time for our first match!
Knockouts Title Match: Tara vs Velvet Sky
Velvet is very aggressive at the start, going after Tara as the bell rings and going for several pinfall attempts. Velvet misses a shoulderblock, but follows up with several clotheslines and a Russian legsweep. Tara rolls out to the floor to catch a break, but Velvet grabs her by the hair and drags her back inside before taking Tara out with a basement dropkick to the chest and another kick that sends Tara to the floor. We're at commercial.
We're back, and Velvet is still on the offensive as she rams shoulderblocks into Tara's midsection in the corner. Velvet goes for a monkey flip, but Tara holds onto the corner ropes and Velvet crashes hard. Tara tries a cover for 2, then rams Velvet's face into the mat and follows up with a snap suplex for 2. Tara gets a rear chinlock, then picks Velvet up and tosses her across the ring by the hair. Tara goes up top, but takes too long and Velvet is able to get up and toss her off the corner. Now they're on their knees trading right hands, then they get up and Velvet connects with several clotheslines and a flying headscissors. Velvet with a rolling facebuster, but Jesse distracts the referee as Velvet tries a cover. Velvet goes after Jesse, Tara tries to backjump her, but Velvet moves and rolls her up for 2. Velvet tries a suplex, but Jesse trips Velvet from the floor and holds onto her ankle while Tara pins Velvet with her feet on the ropes.
Open Fight Night returns next week, and for the first time, will be coming to you from the United Kingdom! Plus, Sting is backstage and has nothing to say to CameraDork! He'll say all he has to say in the ring tonight.
Kenny King is backstage admiring himself in the mirror, then he tells Zema Ion that it's all about the X Division Title and looking good, and to just hang out on the apron and let him do his thing.
Joseph Park comes out to the ring and says that contrary to popular belief, he's not the most graceful person in the world. He tells us about his athletic past in third grade at Catholic school, then says he finally realized that his place isn't in a courtroom, it's here as a member of the Impact roster. He knows his debut match didn't go quite as he had hoped, he fought hard and lost, but it made him realize that he is here to be the best that he can be. Next week, Impact Wrestling emanates from Manchester, and it's Open Fight Night, so being that he's as committed as he is, he's ready to go to Manchester and compete in his first Open Fight Night. The only question is who to choose as his first opponent, and he doesn't want to kay-fab everyone, but he's going to take a week to deliberate, and he'll render his verdict next week in Manchester. The one thing he can tell us is that next week, the US, the UK, and the world will witness the debut of Joseph Park. He's going to hold his court, and he's going to get that W.
X Division Champion Rob Van Dam & Christian York vs Kenny King & Zema Ion
RVD and Ion start off, and RVD casually disassembles Ion before tagging York in to lay in some punishment as well. RVD comes back in and give Ion such a huge monkey flip that he does a full rotation and nearly lands on his face. RVD follows that up with a running kick in the corner, then takes a swipe at King on the apron and gets hung up on the top rope. Now King tags himself in and snap suplexes RVD into a mount and does ground and pound before covering for 2. Ion whips RVD hard into the corner and comes off the top with a 450 splash, but RVD moves out of the way and Ion hits hard. Ion still manages to grab RVD's ankle before he can make a tag, but RVD nails him with an inverted enziguiri and tags out to York. York comes in and tears through Ion, then catches King with a flying kneestrike for 2. York clotheslines King to the floor and goes out after him as RVD goes for a split legged moonsault, but King rams York into the post and trips RVD as he goes for the move. King goes for a suplex, RVD fights King off, but Ion knocks RVD off the top rope and to the floor. Ion tags himself in and tries to catch York with a tornado DDT, York shoves him off and then gets caught with a Blockbuster from King, but Ion steals the pin on York.
Winners: Zema Ion & Kenny King
King doesn't look pleased at having his spotlight stolen as we go out to the parking lot where Brooke and Bubba are just arriving at the Impact Zone. The CameraDork tries to ask them about the wedding, but Bubba tells him to get the camera out of his face right now as they walk past him.
Samoa Joe is getting into an argument with Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff backstage about who gets to be Kurt Angle's biggest fans, but Angle comes back and says he's not 100%, but he knows what he has to do as a man. He's happy to see his crew, and we'll find out what's on his mind a little later.
We look back at last week's wedding angle again, then Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan come out to the ring to talk about how the greatest night of their lives was ruined. He didn't expect that from Taz, he calls Taz a coward, and he says that the only man who trusted him this whole time, Sting, got hurt. The man he's been trying to get to trust him, Hulk Hogan, also got hurt. But the one who got hurt the worst was the woman he loves, and how dare Taz ruins their biggest day. The things he is going to do to Devon, Taz, and every other member of Aces & Eights are things he can't even say on national television. Aces & Eights better sleep with one eye open because he guarantees that he won't sleep one wink until he kicks every one of their MFing asses. He can't do any of that unless Hulk lifts his suspension, and he knows that Hulk is home resting up, but he begs Hulk to lift his suspension. Sting comes out to the ring and says that everyone knows Hulk Hogan doesn't do anything halfway, but he knows Hulk is watching and he says that Hulk has only come halfway because he walked his daughter down the aisle and gave her to his new son-in-law Bully Ray. Now it's time for Hulk to go all the way because he's the best of all time, and next week in the UK, he believes that Hulk will announce to the world that Bully Ray will be reinstated.
Last Thursday, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries got into it with Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hernandez, and we go backstage to Aries and Roode as they decide which of them is going to take on Hernandez. Roode says Aries is so good, he ought to take on Hernandez. Aries can't disagree with how good he is, but Roode is the power guy on their team and he ought to go against the champs' power guy since he's such a better wrestler than Hernandez. Roode says that Aries beat him, and Aries says he beat him twice, but since Roode says it was a fluke, he'll admit that Roode's the better man and should take on Hernandez.
We see a video package looking at Jeff Hardy talking about what the TNA World Title means to him and what he thinks of Christopher Daniels, then we head back to the ring for...
Bobby Roode vs Hernandez
Roode tries unsuccessfully to match power with Hernandez, so he tries instead to kick Hernandez in the breakbasket and unload with forearms. Hernandez shrugs that off, then nearly backdrops Roode to the moon before holding him in a vertical suplex for about thirty seconds before dropping him. Roode takes Hernandez down and tries a cover, but gets bench pressed off during the kickout, so he snapmares Hernandez and hits the Perfect Necksnap instead. Roode connects with a back elbow and coers for 2, then drops a pair of elbows and a knee for 2. Roode gets a rear chinlock, Hernandez gets out and gets backdropped to the apron, but comes back in with a slingshot shoulderblock and hits an over-the-shoulder backbreaker. Hernandez wipes Roode out with a Pounce that sends Roode to the floor, but Aries runs out of the back and saves Roode from a dive. Roode doesn't appreciate the help and argues with Aries, but then Aries and Chavo get in a brawl at ringside as Roode comes back in and bulldogs Hernandez for the win.
Winner: Bobby Roode
Kurt Angle is backstage, and he's...WALKING!
We see a video package looking at Kurt Angle getting laid out by Aces & Eights and the situation with Ken Anderson, then we go back out to the Impact Zone as Angle returns to share his latest musings. He says he thought Aces & Eights would be a short lived thing, but they've stuck around and he's tired of them. He calls Anderson out to the ring, so Anderson comes out and asks Kurt if he wants to fight him next week. Anderson doesn't want to fight Angle next week...because he wants to do it now. Anderson suckerpunches Angle and unloads with right hands, but Angle lays him out with a clothesline and goes for the anklelock. Anderson quickly slides out to the floor, so Angle tells Anderson to keep running because there won't be any cheapshots next week. It'll be one on one, Angle vs Anderson, one more time, in a steel cage!
We go to the Aces & Eights clubhouse where Devon is telling Ken Anderson to relax and not worry about next week, and to just enjoy life in the clubhouse with the...uh, ladies.
Don't forget that Open Fight Night is next week! Oh yeah, and it's main event time!
World Title Match: Jeff Hardy vs Christopher Daniels
Daniels takes Hardy to the corner, but breaks clean. Daniels whips Hardy back to the corner, but Hardy catches him coming in with a flying headscissors, then dumps him in the corner and goes for the springboard basement dropkick. Daniels rolls out of the way and Hardy hits nothing, then Daniels quickly slides back in and tosses Hardy out to the floor. Kazarian comes in the ring to celebrate with Daniels as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Daniels is back in control after Kazarian interfered on his behalf during the break. Daniels gets a back suplex and an elbowdrop for 2, then he ground and pounds Hardy before just putting the boots to him. Daniels puts Hardy in a Tazmission, but Hardy gets out and begins his comeback with the usual. Hardy comes off the second rope with a howling splash for 2, but Daniels catches Hardy on another attempt at a headscissors and counters to a death valley driver for 2. Daniels gets Hardy in the Koji Clutch, but Hardy makes the ropes so Daniels takes him back to the corner and puts him on top, hits the palmstrike, and goes for a top rope Frankensteiner. Hardy fights Daniels off and hits a top rope gourdbuster, then makes a cover but Daniels gets his foot on the bottom rope at 2. Daniels blocks the Twist of Fate and hits Angel's Wings, but Hardy kicks out at 2. Daniels drags Hardy into position and goes for the BME, Hardy moves, Daniels lands on his feet and charges into Hardy's elbow, Hardy goes for the Whisper In The Wind, but Daniels moves out of the way and Hardy crashes and burns. Daniels cradles Hardy and stacks him right up on his shoulders, but Hardy still kicks out at 2. Daniels goes for another Angel's Wings, but Hardy counters to a headscissors, hits a Twist of Fate that sends Daniels stumbling into Kazarian and knocking him off the apron, Hardy hits a second Twist of Fate, and finishes Daniels off with the Swanton.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Excellent match! Taz gets up from the broadcast booth and congratulates Hardy for retaining his title, then asks him what's going to happen when Aces & Eights destroys everything around him and takes his title away. Hardy is focused on Taz and doesn't see a member of Aces & Eights come out of the crowd and take his knee out with a tire iron. Hardy is down on the mat holding his knee as we call it a week.
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!