We start off with a look at last week when Jeff Hardy earned a rematch against Bully Ray for the TNA World Title, and then Hardy starts us off by coming to the ring to say he's still not 100%, but he is the #1 contender. It's Open Fight Night, and he's gonna call someone out. Before he says who, Bully Ray comes out through the crowd with Aces & Eights and tells the fans to sit down and shut their mouths. He's tired of hearing Jeff Hardy's voice and hearing him bitch and moan, then asks if we know who they are. He tells Hardy that they are the Aces & Eights, and asks Jeff if he was getting ready to call him out because they're facing each other in Corpus Christi, and says he wouldn't want to see anything happen to him here in front of his creatures of the night. Ken Anderson asks Bubba if Hardy's getting another second chance, then asks if they ever got second and third chances even though they didn't need them. Hardy can keep burning down houses as long as he keeps selling the merch, because the rules don't apply to him. Hardy's been bringing us disappointment after disappointment, like when he lost the title to Bubba, then says that Hardy will disappoint again in Corpus Christi. Hardy knocks Anderson off the ring apron, so the entire Aces & Eights gang attacks Hardy and holds him up so Anderson can beat the crap out of him. Bubba grabs the chain, but the TNA inner circle of Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Brutus Magnus, and Eric Young run out to make the save. Aces & Eights retreats through the crowd as Hardy says he's challenging Anderson tonight. Bubba smiles at Hardy and says he's not going to make it to Corpus Christi.
We look back at last week when Daniels and Kazarian attacked Roode and Aries, then we see Chavo and Hernandez backstage wondering how they lost last night. Hernandez says that Hulk Hogan told them there's a lot riding on tonight, and Chavo says not to worry because tonight is OPEN FIGHT NIGHT, SON! They come out to the ring, and we'll find out who they're calling out...NEXT!
We're back, and Chavo's asking the crowd how they're doing tonight. He doesn't want to cry over spilled milk, but they were robbed last night and cheated out of the title, not by Roode and Aries, but by another team. That's cool, because tonight's about payback SOOOOONNNNNNN. It's Open Fight Night, homes, and Hogan said the winner of this match is the #1 contender to the TNA World Tag Team Title, so they're going to Kick Kazarian and Daniels' butts all over Jonesboro, ESSE!
#1 Contender Match: Chavo Guerrero, Jr & Hernandez vs Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels
Kazarian came out wearing a Kazmania t-shirt (guess what that looks like), then takes it off to reveal a t-shirt for Bad Influence: The Movie. These guys are awesome, but Kazarian winds up on the receiving end of a one-sided beating at the beginning of the match. Daniels comes in and doesn't have any better luck, as Chavo and Hernandez hit a series of double teams and knock him out of the ring where he hits his head on the steps on the way down. Kazarian cheapshots Chavo out side the ring and then double team Hernandez, but that doesn't last long because Chavo gets back in and cleans house, then runs up the rampway with Hernandez so they can hit stereo sprinting shoulderblocks over the ropes. Kazarian breaks up the Three Amigos and traps him in the Bad Influence corner as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Chavo is still getting his ass kicked. Kazarian dances while putting the boots to Chavo before putting him in a top wristlock, but Chavo fights his way out and hits a flying headscissors. Daniels tags in and cuts Chavo off from the tag, but heel miscommunication leads to Kazarian accidentally nailing Daniels out, and Chavo makes the tag. Hernandez comes in and goes to town, taking out both members of Bad Influence with power moves. Hernandez picks Kazarian up for an over the shoulder backbreaker, Chavo suplexes Daniels onto the other shoulder, and Hernandez drops them both. Daniels rolls out to the apron and Hernandez tries to suplex him back in, Kazarian trips him and holds the ankle to allow Daniels to get the pin, but the referee sees and stops counting. Daniels tries pinning Hernandez with his feet on the rope, but the ref catches him again and they get into a shouting match. Daniels goes for a crossbody, Hernandez catches him and counters to a sitout powerbomb, and Chavo goes up top for his uncle's frogsplash. Kazarian knocks Chavo into the ring and Daniels rolls him up for 2, but Hernandez pounces Kazarian off the ring apron and to the floor. Hernandez slingshots in with a shoulderblock, Chavo hits the frogsplash, and that's all she wrote.
Winners: Chavo Guerrero, Jr & Hernandez
Taryn Terrell pops out of the women's locker room to tell the Mystery Cameraman that she's excited to be making her debut as a Knockout. She knows what she's going to wear, and she also has a good idea who she's going to call out.
We look back at last week when Brooke Hogan fired Taryn Terrell as a referee before rehiring her as a Knockout, and then Terrell comes out to the ring to tell us how excited she is to have her first official night as a Knockout. Brooke said she can get physical with whoever she wants, and since it's Open Fight Night, there's a girl who has ridiculed her, physically assaulted her, and cost her her job as a referee. No secret here, she's calling out Gail Kim. Gail comes out looking as if she's not taking this too seriously, takes a microphone from the back of So Cal Val's head, and tells Terrell that she's making a rookie mistake by calling out the greatgest female wrestler who ever lived. She doesn't think Terrell wants to embarrass herself like that on national television, but she's not the only one Terrell has rubbed the wrong way. There's someone else who wanted to call Terrell night, someone who happens to be a former Knockouts Champion, and she asks Tara to come down to the ring. Gail suckerpunches Terrell during Tara's entrance, and the two of them lay a beating on Terrell until Velvet Sky's music hits and she runs out with her Bruiser Brody boots on to make the save. Tara and Gail backpedal and yell angrily at Velvet and Terrell on their way out.
Velvet and Taryn Terrell are backstage and talking about what just happened out in the ring, but Terrell sees Gail and Tara walking by and attacks them, tossing them a beating until Velvet drags her off. Taz asks if she's got anger problems or something.
We look at a video package of past Gut Check winners, then Jeremy Borash introduces the contestants in next week's edition: 17 year veteran Adam Pearce, and 13 year veteran Magno. They failed to mention that Pearce is a former NWA World Champion, which by the way, was TNA's top title for five years, but I guess the NWA is kind of like the winter flu of professional wrestling these days because nobody wants to be anywhere near it, so I guess it's not that surprising in the grand scheme of things.
Sting tries to get into Hulk Hogan's office, but Atlas Security is there blocking his way. Sting says he's going to need to try a different approach, because he's GOING TO GET TO THIS PLACE!
Hulk Hogan is in the office with Jeff Hardy and says that his rematch is the chance for Hardy to right everything Hogan did wrong, and Hogan says this is his chance to prove that he really is the one to lead the company. Hogan says he made the mistake of handpicking Bully Ray and they stole the title, but Hardy says it's no big deal because he's getting the title back in Corpus Christi. Hogan says that since he handpicked Bully, Hardy can handpick the stipulation. Sting's music hits, and Hogan gets up to go see what's going on since he's not supposed to be here.
Indeed Sting is in the ring, saying that Bully Ray swerved everyone and convinced him to tell Hogan that he could trust him. He has to fix this problem, but the only way to do that is to get on the same page with a man he's tried and failed twice to get on the same page with. Now since it's Open Fight Night, Sting is CALLING HOGAN OUT!! Hogan's music hits and he comes out to face the music. Sting says this is his third attempt at apologizing, and if Hogan doesn't accept, things might get a little nuclear tonight. Hogan says Sting started off softshoeing the situation and Hogan should have listened to his gut, but as people like Sting and Dixie Carter said that Bully Ray had changed, and acted like they wanted to save Hogan's relationship with his daughter, then said they needed him to fight Aces & Eights, and because of Sting, he didn't listen to his gut and made a decision that messed up the entire company and IT'S BECAUSE OF YOU STING. Sting said that Hogan's right, he made the decision, and he's made a career out of pointing the fingers at other people, but it's time to take responsibility and be a man about it. Hogan said he'ss take accountability for all the mistakes he made, and as the General Manager, he's tired of hearing crap about Bully Ray and his decision, he's tired of Sting getting in his face, and as the General Manager, he's telling Sting to get the hell out of his ring, BROTHER. Sting starts to leave, then turns back to Hogan and says to make ihm. Hogan tears the shirt open and they're ready to have Geriatric Match II when Atlas Security comes in to separate them. They tell Sting that he has to go, so Sting obliges as Hogan forgets he's supposed to need crutches and walks to the ropes to point at Sting as he leaves. Sting walks to the backstage area as the camera follows him, and we go to commercial.
During the break, Sting is walking out through the garage as Matt Morgan walks in and says "another Hogan mistake." Sting stops in his tracks for a moment, then keeps walking.
James Storm comes out to the ring to talk about AJ Styles' big return two weeks ago, and also last week when he tried to talk to AJ Styles and AJ just walked off. Storm said that since it's Open Fight Night, he decided to call out AJ Styles. AJ comes out through the crowd and Storm says he knows where AJ is right now, he lost the big match and he went home, but he picked himself up and went on and that's what AJ Styles needs to do too. They're both men from the south, so they can handle it two ways: share a beer and talk about it, or they can just fight about it. Storm's okay with either option, so the choice is AJ's. Doc, Garett Bischoff, and Wes Brisco run in before AJ can answer and they beat Storm down as AJ walks off and leaves Storm alone to get his ass kicked. Eric Young runs in to make the save, but ends up getting laid out himself and beaten into oblivion by Doc. Kurt Angle runs out next and has better luck, running Doc, Brisco, and Bischoff off. Angle asks where they're going, and says that there's three of each of them, so how about we make this a good, old fashioned six man tag in Jonesboro?
Kurt Angle, Eric Young & James Storm vs Doc, Garett Bischoff & Wes Brisco
Storm and Bischoff start us off, and Storm easily beats the hell out of Garett. Eric Young comes in and winds up in trouble, getting beat down in the Aces & Eights corner and triple teamed. EY comes back with some offense on Brisco and nails him with a flying forearm that gets 2. Angle tags in and unloads on his former protege, then tags EY back in so he can dish out more punishment to Brisco. Brisco catches Young with a clothesline and then Bischoff tags back in to dish out more punishment as we go to commercial.
We're back and Young is still in trouble, as Brisco has him in a chinlock, but he gets free and tags in Storm...who almost immediately gets himself in trouble in the wrong corner. Doc tags in and splashes Storm in the courner and chokes him on the middle rope, then hits a double underhook suplex for 2. Bischoff is in and putting the boots to Storm, then catches him with a back elbow for 2. Brisco comes in and hits a snap suplex on Storm for 2 and goes back to the chinlock. Doc tags in and unloads with a series of jabs to the ribs, but Storm nails him with a running forearm out of nowhere and makes the hot tag to Angle, who comes in with clotheslines and suplexes for everyone. D-Lo Brown runs out to distract Angle to give Brisco a chance to try and knock Angle out with a set of knucks, Angle sees him coming and ducks the shot, putting Bischoff in the anklelock, but Brisco slips in and catches Angle with a schoolboy rollup for 2.
Winners: Aces & Eights
Aces & Eights looks really pleased with themselves as they head back to their satellite clubhouse, and remind us that when you walk with Aces & Eights, you never walk alone.
Back in the clubhouse, Bully Ray leads Devon and Anderson in a toast to Wes Brisco for a job well done. Bully tells Anderson that he can't believe the set of balls on Hardy for calling him out. Hardy thinks he can call Anderson out and Hogan thinks he can let Hardy pick the stipulations for their match in Corpus Christi, but Anderson says he won't make it to Corpus Christi because HE'S GOING TO LOSE HIS MIND TONIGHT! Anderson starts bashing a hammer on the tale and asks Bubba and Devon if that's okay with them, and they turn out to actually be pretty pleased with Anderson's attitude.
We look back at last week's announcement of the rule changes to the X Division and how Sonjay is out of the title picture after losing the fall. We go backstage to Jeremy Borash, who tells Sonjay that since he lost the fall in last week's three way, he'll have to win a three way match to get back into title contention. The other two men are Mason Andrews (aka Scorpio Sky), and a man who's been away for four years, Petey Williams. That's funny, I was just wondering what he's up to the other day.
We see a video package hyping the Hardy-Bully title rematch in two weeks in Corpus Christi, then we see the setup for Hardy-Anderson that happened at the top of the show, and then it's MAIN EVENT TIME!
Jeff Hardy vs Ken Anderson
They go at it as soon as Anderson gets in the ring, Hardy knocks Anderson out to the floor and takes him out with a running clothesline off the apron. He rams Anderson's face into the ring apron and does his convulsion dance, but gets rammed into the steps by Anderson. They head up onto the rampway and Anderson charges, but Hardy backdrops Anderson into the ring as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Anderson's working over Hardy's arm. They trade blows in the middle of the ring and one-armed Hardy comes out on top. He hits a combination of moves for 2, then comes off the second rope with a splash for 2. Anderson hits a Finlay Roll for 2, Haryd goes for the Whisper In The Wind and Anderson moves out of the way, then covers Hardy for a series of 2 counts. Looks like the referee gets bumped, Anderson grabs a hammer from Bischoff and goes after Hardy with it, Hardy ducks and grabs the hammer out of Anderson's hand, then hits him in the cajones with it. The referee recovered just in time to see that and calls for the DQ.
Winner: Ken Anderson by DQ
Hardy sets up a chair on the rampway and uses it to hit Poetry In Motion and send Anderwson tumbling into the ring. Hardy brings a table in the ring, grabs a ladder for good measure. Anderson nails Hardy and tries to suplex him onto the table, but Hardy counters to the Twist of Fate, rolls Anderson onto the table, then climbs the ladder as I wonder what the stipulation he has in mind for the Bubba match. Speaking of Bubba, he runs out and pulls Anderson to safety as Hardy says that their match will be Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 6...FULL METAL MAYHEM!
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