This week’s TNA Wrestling Impact is a special “free PPV event” (screw you, Mike Tenay), that being No Surrender. We will see the finals of the BFG Series, as well as Bully Ray defending the World title against Mr. Anderson. Anderson’s contract with TNA is up shortly, so I’m sure he’ll win.
Bully Ray and Brooke Tessmacher make their way out to the ring. You know, these special “PPV” events are pointless when you can’t distinguish them from other episodes of Impact. Ray says things within the family haven’t been going right. He and his VP aren’t on the same page. But, he’s willing to forgive Anderson because, at the end of the day, all of their problems are because of one man, and that man is the piece of crap known as Hulk Hogan.
MATCH 1-BFG Series Semifinal Match: Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles
Man, the reaction to AJ was lukewarm. A lock-up starts the match, and they trade positions in the corner. Aries eventually gives a clean break, and the two go back to it. Aries goes into a hammerlock, and AJ counters into an arm wringer. Aries counters out into a side headlock, and the two crisscross. Aries puts on the breaks, avoids a fireman’s carry and hits a dropkick that sends AJ to the ramp on the outside. Aries comes off the top with a double axe handle before rolling AJ back in the ring. Aries goes up top once more, missing a missile dropkick. AJ pops up with a beautiful dropkick of his own, sending Aries to the floor this time. AJ misses a slingshot plancha, and Aries goes for a suicide dive. AJ sees it coming and nails Aries with a forearm through the ropes. In the ring, the two trade chops in the corner before AJ goes for a fireman’s carry once more. Aries fights out and goes for the brainbuster. AJ blocks it, then hits a forearm. Aries comes back with his own. Commercials.
Back from the break, Aries misses a corner charge. AJ once again goes for the fireman’s carry, and Aries escapes. AJ blocks the brainbuster again, and now they trade forearm and elbow strikes. Aries gets the best of it before getting blasted with a forearm. AJ goes for his series of strikes, but Aries avoids the spinning back fist and goes for a crucifix. AJ blocks the attempt and turns the move into a fireman’s carry backbreaker for 2. AJ calls for the Styles Clash, but Aries grabs the ropes. AJ dumps him to the apron, then knocks him to the floor with a forearm before hitting a slingshot cross-body. AJ rolls Aries back into the ring and looks for the Superman. Aries sees it coming and shoves AJ to the floor. Aries pulls AJ back up to the apron and tries to suplex him back in. AJ blocks it twice, then tries one himself. Aries blocks it and forearms AJ back down to the floor. Aries goes for the suicide dive, but AJ comes back in with the Superman for 2. As good as these two are, this match has had no flow, and these two look hesitant to do certain moves. Anyway, AJ goes for the Clash again, and Aries counters into a hurricanrana. AJ blocks a running corner dropkick, but gets nailed with one off the ropes. Aries goes for the brainbuster once more, but AJ blocks it and goes for a suplex into a neckbreaker. Aries blocks it and hits the brainbuster for 2, then immediately turns it into the Last Chancery. AJ elbows out of the hold, so Aries headbutts him before going up top. AJ cuts him off, and the two are now fighting on the buckles. Aries boxes AJ’s ears, knocking him back to the mat. He goes for the 450 splash, but misses. He lands on his feet and signals for a charge. AJ sees it coming and sends Aries to the corner, causing him to get caught on the top rope. AJ hits the Pele, then mounts the middle rope and hits a Styles Clash off the buckles for 3.
WINNER: AJ Styles. Not a bad match by any means, but I’ve definitely seen these two have better outings. Something was off here, and I’m not sure why.
Magnus is in the back with the Sting and Samoa Joe. Sting tells him they made an exception for him in the group because they think a lot of him. This is not about who Magnus is; it’s about who he’ll be. Magnus cuts him off and thanks him for everything. Sting has told everyone Magnus is the future, and he’s sick and tired of that. Tonight, the future is now.
Bobby Roode is out here, demanding Magnus come out here, as he’s not waiting any longer for his match.
MATCH 2-BFG Series Semifinal Match: Bobby Roode vs. Magnus
Roode attacks Magnus at the bell, stomping him down in the corner before throwing him to the opposite side of the ring. Roode whips Magnus again, but Magnus rebounds with a clothesline before knocking Roode down with a European uppercut. Magnus avoids a dropkick and goes for the Texas clover-leaf. Roode escapes to the floor, then drags Magnus to the outside, ramming him into the apron before hitting a clothesline. Magnus gets thrown into the steps, then rolled back in the ring. Roode hits a pair of Venis kneelifts and a back suplex for 2. Roode floats over off a suplex for another 2, then chokes Magnus over the middle rope. Magnus comes back with some punches, but gets caught with a running kneelift and a clothesline for 2. Roode applies a rear chinlock, and Magnus eventually fights out. Roode ducks the misdirection clothesline and goes for a roll-up, but Magnus blocks it and hits a clothesline. Roode goes for the blockbuster, but Magnus catches him and hits an elevated northern lights bomb for 2. Magnus goes for the clover-leaf once more, and Roode rakes the eyes before hitting a spinebuster for 2. Roode sets Magnus on the top rope for a superplex, and Magnus counters into a gourdbuster. He immediately hits the flying elbow, but it only gets 2. Magnus goes for the MDD, and Roode counters into a roll-up for 2. Roode goes for the Bowflex, and Magnus counters into the clover-leaf, turning Roode over this time before dragging him to the middle of the ring. Roode begins to crawls to the ropes and manages to make it, breaking the hold. Roode rolls to the floor, and Magnus rolls him right back in. Roode cuts him off on the way back into the ring and goes for the Payoff. Magnus counters into a jackknife and gets the 3.
WINNER: Magnus. Honestly, pretty surprised TNA went this way. Not that it’s a bad thing, as I’m a big fan of the guy. Good match out of these two as well.
Roode is seen throwing a fit in the back, and Bad Influence tries to calm him down. Roode blames this all on Hulk Hogan. Hulk screwed him, and now it’s time for them to screw him back. If Roode can’t get to the finals, no one will.
Hulk is in the back with Manik. Hulk praises Manik, saying he’s having the best time of his career. Manik says that when he puts on his mask (he has it off, BTW), he becomes someone else, and he wants to test himself. He asks for Jeff Hardy tonight, and Hulk makes it happen. In walks Dixie Carter, who needs to speak to Hulk in “private”. She says she spoke to people at Bellator, and both Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson have been pulled from TNA until the Bellator PPV is over.
We see A and E in their little area. Ray can’t believe what is happening to the club, or how the VP is disrespecting him. He looks at Knux, Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff, telling them he gets the idea they’re happy with what’s happening. They’re happy about Anderson not giving Ray the hammer last week. They’re happy about him hitting Ray in the mouth. In the backs of their minds, maybe they want Anderson to be the President and champion. After everything Ray has done for them. He put the club together for them. That selfish bastard has done nothing. He made Anderson as one of them. They don’t want Anderson as President and Champion, and Ray knows they’ll do the right thing. They’re proud of him because he’s proud of them. He hopes they feel the same about him.
MATCH 3-Last Man Standing Match for the World Championship: Mr. Anderson vs. World Champion Bully Ray (w/Brooke Tessmacher)
Anderson meets Ray on the ramp, and they trade punches before Anderson throws Ray into the ring. Anderson continues attacking Ray in the corner, then sends him hard into the opposite corner, then hits some mounted punches before throwing Ray to the outside by the announce desk. Anderson slams Ray face-first into the announce desk before Ray uses Christy Hemme as a shield. He goes around to the other side of the ring, and Anderson follows, hitting some rights and slamming Ray face-first into the apron. Ray rakes the eyes, then hits a right to the head before throwing Anderson into the steps. He orders Brooke to get him a steel chair as he throws Anderson into the steps once more. Ray connects with a short-arm clothesline, then hits some more rights, followed by an elbow. Brooke comes back with the chair, but Anderson kicks Ray before he can use it, then grabs the chair himself, cracking Ray across the back. Anderson hits some forearms to the back, sending Ray back into the ring. Anderson follows with the chair, but gets decked in the face. Ray mounts the middle rope, and Anderson nails him in the junk before hitting a rolling fireman’s carry slam. Anderson yells at himself to get the table, then pulls one from underneath the ring and slides it in. Ray recovers and hits a big boot before grabbing the chair once more. He cracks Anderson across the back, then begins setting up the table, propping it in the corner. Commercials.
Back from the break, Ray cracks Anderson with the chair once more. Ray begins trashing referee Earl Hebner, backing him into the corner. Hebner throws a fit and begins screaming, so Ray shoves him face-first into the middle turnbuckle. Ray calls for another big boot, but Anderson ducks and hits a Mic Check on the chair. Anderson tries to wake Hebner up to make the count, but to no avail. He then tries to pick Ray up for another Mic Check, but Ray counters with a Bully Cutter. Wes, Knux and Brisco walk down the ramp and stand at ringside before climbing in the ring. They surround Anderson, and he tries to crawl away. Garett and Knux pick him up, and that’s when Brooke comes in and low-blows him before hugging Ray in the corner. He orders Knux to take Anderson out, and Knux picks him up for a powerbomb. Anderson tries to fight out, but Wes and Garett stop him, turning the move into a triple powerbomb. Anderson manages to pull himself up at 9, and Ray tells him he should’ve stayed down. Anderson fights back with rights, but Ray drops him with a clothesline. Ray grabs his oversized wallet chain and wraps it around his right fist, decking Anderson with it. Anderson is busted open, but still makes it to his feet at 9. He stumbles around the ring until Ray spears him through the table in the corner. Hebner counts to 10, and this match is over.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: Bully Ray. After the match, two trainers get in the ring, slap a neck brace on Anderson and tie him to a back board. Neither one of them know what they are doing, as they try to put him on a stretcher through the ropes. Eventually, they realize how stupid they are and slide him under the bottom rope to put him on. Ray scares them off, pulls the stretcher to the stage and talks some trash before dumping Anderson off and hitting him with the back board. Ray rips off the neck brace, pulls off the A and E vest from Anderson and begins whipping him with it. He tells Anderson he’s going to teach him a lesson and proceeds to piledrive him on the stage.
We see ODB in the back, saying a lot of things have changed recently. She hasn’t been the “Knocked Up” Champion in 3 years. She’s been training hard for this match, and even considered giving up drinking. Just kidding. See you next week, Mickie.
James Storm and Gunner are in the ring. Apparently, Gunner is now “The Modern-Day Viking”, according to Storm. Storm says that, holding his beer bottle, he can’t help but think there’s a lot of beer drinkers in this place tonight. He and Gunner were talking about sitting in the back to watch the BFG finals. Speaking of the finals, as much as he’d like to drink beer all night, Gunner wants to fight. Storm suggested they do both. Now, all they need are some opponents. It doesn’t matters if it’s the Bro-Mans, EGO or the “Aces and Idiots”. There’s guys in the back running their “bottle suckers”, and what they need to do is shut up, man up and drink up.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez come out. Oh, yeah. They’re a team, huh? Chavo says they know BFG. Last year, they first won the World Tag Team titles at BFG. He calls Storm a great tag team wrestler and was part of one of the greatest teams of all time. Not THE greatest, because that honor goes to whatever team Chavo is part of. As for Gunner, he’s jacked and one of the strongest guys in TNA. Not THE strongest, as that is Hernandez. All due respect, as of late, the champs have been on a losing streak. Chavo proposes a title match between the two teams, saying the losing streak will continue because he and Hernandez are the better team, period. Gunner says his partner likes to drink and likes Johnny Cash. Gunner likes to fight. He makes a match for next week and if the challengers win, they get a title match. If Chavo and Hernandez stick their nose in the champs’ business again, Gunner will break their faces with his title belt.
MATCH 4-BFG Series Final Match: Magnus vs. AJ Styles
The two lock-up, and Magnus shoves AJ away. Another lock-up, and Magnus backs AJ into the corner, giving a clean break. AJ goes into a waistlock, then turns it into a side headlock. Magnus tries to counter into a back suplex, but AJ counters that into a hip throw before going back to the standing side headlock. AJ hits another hip throw out of the corner, then tries it again, but gets hit with a back suplex for 1 by Magnus. Magnus applies a rear chinlock, but AJ fights out. Magnus catches AJ with a back body drop off the ropes, then sends him into the corner. AJ drop-toeholds Magnus into the middle turnbuckle, follows up with a snapmare and a kick to the spine. AJ throws Magnus into the adjacent corner for some shoulder thrusts, then pulls him back to middle. Magnus punches him off, hits a boot off the ropes and then gets caught with a back elbow. AJ hits another snapmare, but misses a jumping kneedrop. Magnus hits a bodyslam and misses an elbow. AJ rolls him up in a small package for 2 when Bad Influence hit the ring and attack both men. Bobby Roode enters shortly thereafter and hits Magnus with a spinebuster. AJ gets hit with an Angel’s Wings by Christopher Daniels. Two more referees enter the ring and try to eject all three members of EGO, eventually getting them out. Commercials.
WINNER: AJ Styles. After the match, AJ says he told everyone he was going to do it, and he did it right here in St. Louis. He couldn’t have done it without Magnus or the fans. He got a lot of response on what he said a couple of weeks ago, but he never got a response from one person in particular. He didn’t get a call, text or tweet, and Dixie Carter, we all know how much you like to tweet. AJ tells Dixie to tell her secretary to remind her to show up next week. If Dixie thought he pointed out a lot of mistakes a couple of weeks ago, he’s going to point out the biggest one she ever made next week. This is her wake-up call.
End of show.
Great main event tonight, and AJ/Magnus definitely stole the show in my opinion.
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