We kick the show off with the leader of the reformed Main Event Mafia, Sting, coming out to the ring in his slick mobster suit. In other words, a suit. He told us the Main Event Mafia would rise and it would grow, and what happened to Bully Ray last week was just a touch of what we're going to get. He introduces Kurt Angle, who says that the requirement for membership in the MEM was to be a former World Champion, and nobody was able to stop them. Nowadays, that seems to be Aces & Eights, except that they stepped it up a level and made it so that Sting can never challenge for the World Title again, and Angle was screwed out of this year's Bound For Glory Series. This is the new and improved MEM, he and Sting are both former World Champions, but that doesn't mean anything unless they can destroy Aces & Eights and make sure Bully Ray loses the World Title, and we'll meet the newest member of the family tonight.
Tonight: Velvet Sky gets her rematch with Mickie James for the Knockouts Title, Samoa Joe faces Ken Anderson in the Bound For Glory Series, and Chris Sabin defends the X Division Title against Kenny King and Suicide! We see a video package of the recent match where Sabin won the title against the same two men he faces tonight, but before that match can happen, Aces & Eights grabs Sabin backstage so Bully Ray can wish him luck in his match tonight. He hopes Sabin wins his match tonight, and then he hopes he does the right thing and not cash in his shot at the World Title. Bully says he's a great little X Division wrestler who does X Division stuff, but Bubba's the World Champion, a bad person, and someone Sabin wants no part of. Bubba tells his guys to let him go, and tells him to be careful of the knees. Sabin leaves and Bubba tells Anderson and Doc that he thinks Sabin got the point.
We look at Adam Ohriner, one of the contestants in this edition of the Gut Check. He's a big, muscular guy from Long Island who is already here after only two years in the business, and he is going to do whatever he needs to do to win the contract.
X Division Title Match: Chris Sabin vs Kenny King vs Suicide
They go all out for a minute or so before Suicide gets dumped and King nails Sabin with a spinning enziguiri. Suicide nails King with a missile dropkick and dumps him out to the floor before wiping him out with a rolling senton off the apron. Sabin comes out as well and takes Suicide out, then rolls King back inside as we go to commercial.
We're back and they're still going back and forth hitting big spots. They all pile up in the corner and do a Tower of Doom spot, Sabin hits a Cradle Shock on King, Suicide breaks up the fall and dumps Sabin to the floor, then small packages King for 2. King goes for the Royal Flush, but Suicide slips out, rollks King up, and holds the ropes for the win.
Winner and NEW X Division Champion: Suicide
Well, that was a little unexpected. Suicide takes the belt, but then Hulk Hogan's music hits and he comes out to the top of the ramp with TJ Perkins, who apparently got his ass kicked backstage. Hogan says he's worked hard to put money on his family's table (or food, or whatever), but somebody beat him up backstage and took his place in the match. Hogan wants to know who's under that mask, but Suicide escapes through the crowd with the title belt as Hogan stares after him angrily.
Hulk Hogan is backstage after the commercial break and says that he doesn't care who is under the Suicide mask, they're going to show us who they are before the end of the night.
We see a video package for Ryan Howe, a legit musician who got into wrestling because some wrestlers noticed his build, musical ability, and charisma. He's always wanted to be a wrestler, and he's going to earn his TNA contract tonight.
Gut Check: Adam Ohriner vs Ryan Howe
Howe plays his guitar on the way to the ring and Taz makes a joke about Van Hammer being back and looking great for his age. There's definitely a strong resemblance there, but I'd go more with Maxx Payne since this guy can really play the guitar and plays his own entrance music. The entrance was cool, but the match itself left a bit to be desired. Ohriner controls Hower to start, easily outmaneuvering him and surprising me with some real wrestling ability and the obvious power spots. He hits a powerslam for 2, then just ground and pounds Howe. Howe fires back and tries a top rope crossbody, but falls short and tries to turn it into a forearm shot instead. Ohriner quickly recovers with a hard clothesline for 2, then rams shoulderblocks into Howe's ribs in the corner. Howe dodges a charge in the corner and hits a flying back elbow and a pair of sloppy dropkicks for 2. Ohriner catches Howe coming in with a powerslam and gets the win.
Winner: Adam Ohriner
Howe looked pretty sloppy here, could have been nerves but I don't think he made a great impression. Ohriner, on the other hand, looked great and I have a feeling he's going to get snapped up.
Sting and Kurt Angle are backstage and head into the club room. Who could they be talking to in there?
Bully Ray catches up with TJ Perkins backstage, tells him he's his friend and thinks he's a great wrestler with all that X Division stuff he does, and asks him if Sting and Angle put him up to this tonight, and if this is part of the Main Event Mafia playing headgames. TJ tells him all he knows is he had the opportunity of a lifetime tonight and it got taken away from him. He doesn't know who it was, but otherwise he told Bubba all he knows. TJ goes to leave and Bubba grabs his arm, pulls him back, and tells him that he's free to go now.
We see a video package looking back at Mickie James' heel turn and title victory, and then we're off to our second title match of the evening!
Knockouts Title Match: Mickie James vs Velvet Sky
Mickie gets the microphone before the match and says that they used to be real good friends when Velvet was the champion, and they're not such good friends now that Mickie has the title, but as Velvet's friend, she's going to give her one last chance to back out because she doesn't want to see Velvet get hurt and neither do the fans. Mickie tells Velvet to stop being the stubborn, three dollar mule she is, and that's enough for Velvet, who spears Mickie and goes about beating her from pillar to post. Mickie goes to the knee to turn the tide as Taz talks about Velvet's Zambuie Express boots (Taz is full of the references tonight!) and starts going to work on her bad wheel. Velvet turns it around and they go back out to the floor where Velvet hits a flying headscissors, but Mickie clips the knee again on the way back inside and hits a DDT for 2. Velvet blocks the implant DDT and hits a knockout kick and a running neckbreaker for 2, she tries the flying headscissors again but Mickie blocks, kicks Velvet's knee out from under her, and gets Velvet in the hangwoman's clutch and forces Velvet to tap out.
Winner: Mickie James
I love the new finisher. Mickie is all thrilled at retaining her title and feigns sadness over Velvet's misfortune. Christy Hemme catches up with Velvet on the way to the back and asks how she's feeling right now, and Velvet completely loses it, crying and saying that she thought her knee was okay and she fought so hard to get this rematch, and she's heartbroken right now. Velvet starts hobbling to the back, and the loud ovation she gets is cut short so we can see video packages about TJ Perkins and the Main Event Mafia.
Speaking of the MEM, Sting and Angle are in the garage, and out walks Bobby Roode. He stops for a moment to look purposefully into the distance, then walks off as Sting and Angle smile satisfactorily.
Hulk Hogan is backstage with the referee who officiated the X Division Title match earlier, asking him for any clues as to who was under that Suicide mask. The referee had no idea and says it looked just like Suicide, so Hogan tells him to find whoever it was and tell him that either he's unmasking by the end of the night, or he's stripping him of the X Division Title. The referee tells Hogan he's got it and zips off to find his quarry.
Bound For Glory Series: Bobby Roode vs Brutus Magnus
Magnus is currently leading the series thanks to his submission win last week, and he controls the early part of the match, causing Roode to take a breather on the floor. Magnus goes after him, but Roode gets the advantage as they come back inside and catapults Magnus into the bottom rope. Roode tries to ground Magnus with a chinlock, but Magnus mounts a comeback, catches Roode coming off the second rope, and powers him into a Michinoku Driver. Magnus hits the top rope elbow, but Roode kicks out at 2. Magnus charges Roode and runs right into a spinebuster, Roode goes for the PErfectplex but Magnus hits another Michinoku Driver and gets the win!
Winner: Brutus Magnus
Wow, there's probably the biggest win of Magnus' singles career! The crowd loved that one, and he now is even further in the lead with 17 points. Meanwhile, BFG Series 2011 winner Bobby Roode starts off 0-2 in this year's competition.
Bully Ray and Doc burst into the locker room and asks a bunch of prelim guys if any of them is Suicide, and says that if any of them are, it's going to be career suicide.
James Storm and Gunner are in the ring, and Storm says that tag team wrestling is a science, and they may not look like a couple of scientists, but he has been called a chemist because booze and girls equals a good time. But having held the TNA World Tag Team Title 12 times, he knows that you don't have to like or get along with your partner, as long as you're both there to watch each other's back, that's all that counts. That's why he chose Gunner to be his partner, and now we're looking at the new World Tag Team Champions. Robbie E's music interrupts Storm, and Robbie comes out with Tara and Jessie Godderz to tell Storm that they're looking at the two toughest guys in the locker room, and Storm made a big mistake choosing Gunner over him to be his partner. Robbie says they're looking at the future of tag team wrestling...Robbie E and Jessie Godderz, the BROMANCE! Storm asks him if they're a thing now, and Robbie says he didn't mean they are a bromance, but Robbie swears they said "Bromans" and not "Bromance" even though I heard Bromance. Jessie says besides, they have a hot chick, but Storm tells Gunner that's what we call a butterface, causing the crowd to chant butterface at Tara. Jessie takes a swing and Gunner lays him out, so Robbie and Tara powder out while Storm says he's sorry about their damn luck.
The Dumbass Cameraman is backstage asking Sting and Angle about the fake Suicide, and they say they should go talk to the mystery man right now.
It's main event time!
Bound For Glory Series: Ken Anderson vs Samoa Joe
Well, this is the last segment, so that obviously means that Samoa Joe will be revealed as Suicide. Okay, maybe not, but that doesn't stop him from pounding Anderson into a greasy spot on the mat as soon as the match starts. Joe unmercifully unloads on Anderson, but Anderson drop toeholds Joe into the corner and then takes him to the outside to dish out more punishment. They come back inside and Joe gets the advantage, but Aces & Eights comes out to ringside to distract Joe and allow Anderson to hit a DDT for 2. Sting and Kurt Angle run out to attack Aces & Eights, allowing Joe to get the Kokina Clutch and tap Anderson out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
And Joe's submission strategy returns to this year's BFG Series to net him some more big points. Sting and Angle come into the ring, hug Joe, and raise his hands as he's revealed as the third member of the Main Event Mafia.
We come back from commercial and the Main Event Mafia is backstage congratulating Joe on his win and awarding him his honorary suit. Joe says that if they're planning to find out who's running things around here, he's in.
Hulk Hogan comes out and says that tonight was supposed to be about the X Division Title and who would face Bully Ray, but instead we wound up with the mystery of who is under the Suicide mask. Hogan calls Suicide out and tells him to pull that mask off, but Suicide shakes his head no. Hogan says if that's the way he wants it, then...oh wait, Bully Ray comes out to the ring and says that for the first time in a long time, he and Dad are on the same page because they both want to know who's under the mask. Bubba tells him to take the mask off now, Suicide shakes his head no, and Bubba says it doesn't matter because it's all about what he does with that title shot. The only reason he won the title is because he put the fear of God...no, the fear of Bully Ray in Chris Sabin, and he tells Suicide to do himself a favor and walk away. Hogan also says he's sick of the crap, and tells Suicide to take the mask off now. Suicide says he was in darkness and felt the pain, and we're given choices and he can do either the easy thing or the right thing. Bubba asks the fans if they know who he is, but the real question is if Bubba knows who he is. Bubba doesn't seem to care, so Suicide says he's the man who beat him once before, then he pulls off the mask to reveal that Austin Aries was under the mask! He says he's the man who started Option C and he's the man who used it to win the World Title last year, and now he's the man who's going to do it again! Wow, great finish and I did not see that coming!
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