Earlier in the day, we see Sting entering the building in a 3-piece suit, sans face paint.
This week TNA Wrestling Impact is in Peoria, IL, and OFN returns. In the ring, we see 10 of the 12 men in the BFG Series, with only Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy missing. Hulk Hogan makes his way out. Hulk has a mic and stops on the stage. He welcomes everyone to the kickoff of the BFG Series, brothers. It’s also OFN, and these ten have already qualified for the BFG Series. There’s two more men that have pre-qualified, based on winning the series in the past. He first introduces the 2011 winner, and the longest-reigning World Champion in company history, Bobby Roode. Roode heads down to the ring before Hulk introduces the 2012 winner, and a former champion as well, Jeff Hardy, brothers. Hardy joins the rest of this year’s competitors in the ring, and Hulk says tonight is the kickoff of the series. All 12 men in the ring will have their first match in the series because it’s OFN. The guy that gets the first call-out will be the winner of the fan vote on the website between Hardy and Roode. We see the results, and Hardy won the vote 68% to 32%. Hulk asks who he’s calling out, but before he can answer, Austin Aries cuts him off. He says he’d love to be the man, but we know that won’t happen. As popular as Hardy is, there’s another man that gets his name chanted everywhere, and that’s Austin Aries. Hardy doesn’t want to deal with that tonight. Christopher Daniels tells Aries he has a point, but one thing Hardy shouldn’t do is call out either member of Bad Influence, that being himself or Kazarian. If he did, he’d start off the series with the most demoralizing defeat of his career. Hardy calls them all great, but someone made it personal last week, that being Roode. Hardy is calling Roode out tonight. Roode shoves Hardy, and now all twelve members start brawling. Commercials.
Mr. Anderson comes down to the ring, and he says that being that it’s OFN and the start of the BFG Series, he gets to call someone out. This assh*le has a guaranteed “dub”, so come out, Joseph Park.
MATCH 1-BFG Series: Mr. Anderson vs. Joseph Park
Anderson goes into a side headlock and turns it into a hammerlock before smacking Park in the back of the head. Anderson offers a free shot to Park, and Park applies a side headlock. Anderson counters and lands a double-leg takedown, sending Park to the mat on his face. He offers another headlock, and Anderson counters into a hammerlock. Park counters into a waistlock takedown. Anderson gets back up and dropkicks Park in the knee before hitting some crossface punches. In the corner, Anderson tees off on Park before beating him down. Park gets sent into the opposite corner, misses a charge and rolls Anderson up for 2. Anderson comes back with a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Anderson applies a rear chinlock, but Park fights his way out. Anderson pulls him down by his neck, then goes to the top rope. He misses the Kenton Bomb, And Park fires off some rights before hitting a back body drop. Park hits a clothesline, but misses an avalanche. Anderson picks him up for the rolling fireman’s carry, but Park escapes and applies a Boston crab. DOC runs down to distract the referee, and Park gets distracted as well. Anderson rolls him up for 2, and Park knocks him down with a pair of shoulders before hitting a bodyslam. He calls for the Closing Argument, but Anderson gets back up. He distracts the referee, and DOC comes down and nails Park with a kick. Anderson hits the Mic Check on Park and gets the 3.
WINNER: Mr. Anderson, who picks up 7 points.
We see Aces and Eights celebrating in the back after the match, and Anderson calls himself the next VP. DOC interjects and says he’s the reason Anderson won, and he should be VP. Bully Ray interjects and says they need to fight TNA, not each other. The VP thing will be put to a vote, but for now, there’s other business to tend to, and it involves his wife.
Jay Bradley is in the ring, and he’s going to make this short and simple. The chip on his shoulder isn’t getting any smaller. He’s calling out the guy who has champion during the BFG Series last year. Austin Aries, get out here and get “Boomsticked”.
MATCH 2-BFG Series: Jay Bradley vs. Austin Aries
Bradley tries to attack from behind, but Aries sees him coming and sends him to the floor. Aries follows up with a double axe handle from the top rope, then rolls Bradley back in the ring. He hits a tope con hilo, then looks for the Last Chancery. Bradley fights out, and Aries hits a hotshot from the apron. Aries goes up top, and Bradley boots him to the floor. Bradley biels Aries back into the ring from the apron, then hits a jumping kneedrop for 2. Bradley drops a series of elbows for another 2, then begins attacking Aries in the corner. He biels him out of the corner across the ring, then calls for a big boot. Aries ducks, and Bradley gets tangled in the ropes. Aries fires off some punches and kicks, then hits a running knee to the gut. Up top, Aries hits a missile dropkick, sending Bradley to the corner. He calls for the running dropkick, but Bradely blocks it with a kick. Aries blocks the Boomstick with a forearm to the face, then boots him down. Aries comes off the ropes, and Bradley catches him with a backbreaker. He calls for the Boomstick once more, and Aries counters into a crucifix slam. Aries hits the running corner dropkick, then hits the brainbuster for 3.
WINNER: Austin Aries, who gets 7 points.
We get a video for Sting announcing he’s reforming the Main Event Mafia, and I die a little inside.
AI stops Sting in the back. Sting says he’s about to have a little sit-down. The Mafia will rise, and tonight, it grows.
After a quick commercial, we see Sting somewhere in the building, asking someone off-camera if he’s all in. This person shakes his hand.
Chavo Guerrero is in the back with Hernandez, trying to pump him up for the BFG Series. Hernandez makes his way out, and now it’s time for him to issue a challenge. He says that, out of all the people in the series, there’s one loudmouth who pisses him off. Christopher Daniels, come on down so he can kick your ass. I’m amazed I could translate that marble-mouthed promo.
MATCH 3-BFG Series: Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels
Daniels immediately hits a dropkick to the knee, then attacks Hernandez in the corner. He climbs up for some punches, but Hernandez shoves him down and hits a kick. Hernandez hits an avalanche and a double-choke suplex. Daniels escapes a suplex and takes Hernandez down with elbows to the neck. Hernandez no-sells a kick and hits a Warrior Press. Hernandez hits a shoulderblock, a clothesline, a double chop and a corner whip. Daniels blocks a charge, but Hernandez lands on his feet outside and shoulders Daniels. Hernandez hits Air Mexico from the ramp, and his mouth is bleeding. Daniels blocks a corner charge back in the ring and goes to the middle rope. Hernandez catches him and goes for a fall-away slam. Daniels lands on his feet and low-blows Hernandez out of the ref’s view. He hits the Best Moonsault Ever and gets the 3.
WINNER: Christopher Daniels, who gets 7 points.
We see Brooke Hogan in the back. Apparently, there will be a “State of the Knockouts Division Address” tonight.
Kazarian in the ring, and he says we just witnessed the beginning of the BI dominance of the BFG Series. He’s going to keep it going and call out a guy who has been called the future of TNA. Magnus, come on down, mate.
MATCH 4-BFG Series: Kazarian vs. Magnus
Magnus fires off some rights before clotheslining Kaz to the floor. Kaz drags him outside, then rams him into the apron. Back in the ring, Kaz stomps Magnus down and applies an arm wringer before hitting a pair of kicks and an elbow to the back for 2. Kaz applies a cravat, but Magnus fights out. Kaz knees him in the face and hits a swinging neckbreaker. He holds onto the move and turns it into a dragon sleeper. Magnus knees him in the face to break the hold, hits a pair of clotheslines and a misdirection clothesline. Kaz ducks another clothesline and goes for a springboard cross-body. Magnus catches him and hits an elevated northern lights bomb for 2 as Kaz gets his foot on the ropes. Kaz crawls to the buckles, where he dodges a charge. Kaz goes up for a dropkick, and Magnus blocks it and applies a Texas clover-leaf. Kaz holds off for a moment before tapping out.
WINNER: Magnus, who picks up 10 points and automatically takes the 1st place spot as a result.
We see Hulk on his cellphone in the back, and I’m not sure who he’s talking to. Bully walks up behind him with a hammer, and Hulk slams him into a wall before telling him to give it his best shot. Ray says he’s not going to do that; he just wants to talk to Brooke. Hulk tells him he and “Book” are done. Ray says if that’s true, how come she stopped Hulk from hitting him with a hammer. Ask yourself that, dad.
Brooke Hogan makes her way down to the ring, and there’s a podium set up. She says she’s proud of the KO division, then tells the fans to clap for it. The knockouts are “kicking you know what and taking names”. If the past few months are any indication, TNA is in for a pretty hot summer. However, there are some issues she would like to address, and she asks the knockouts to come to the ring. ODB and Eric Young come out first, and they remembered to bring their title belts with them this time. Gail Kim, Velvet Sky and Taryn Terrell are out next, and apparently this is the entire division. Brooke gives champion Mickie James a special introduction, as she apparently demanded it. James comes out and thanks Brooke for allowing her to speak on the division. She is proud to represent the ladies on red carpets, award shows and her own music video. Now, she is the spokeswoman for a nation commercial. It’s a full-time job being her, but carrying this division on her shoulder is not as hard as it is on Sky’s knee. Brooke moves onto the first order of business and asks EY if he remembers the conversation they had a year-and-a-half ago. EY remembers and says they’re all human. They make mistakes. Technically, he’s not a woman. The truth is, he’s the toughest dude in the ring right now. Technically, they were never Knockouts Tag Team Champions, so he hands the belts over before making out with ODB. If there was a point to that, don’t tell me what it was. Those two leave, and Brooke directs her attention to Sky, saying she’s proud of what she’s done. She knows Sky wants her rematch, but James makes some stupid pigeon remark about how Sky isn’t cleared. Brooke says her memory is like a “steel strap”, then says she spoke to Sky’s doctor and Sky has a clean bill of health, which means they’ll have their match next week. Kim interjects and says she wants her rematch now. Brooke says everyone has been talking about her match with Taryn Terrell, and she will get her rematch in Las Vegas, in a rematch…with Taryn.
Hulk stops Brooke in the back and tells her she did a great job, but she needs to leave, because he doesn’t want anymore drama with Bully Ray. She begrudgingly gets in the back of an SUV and leaves.
Apparently, Samoa Joe is facing AJ Styles next. I guess they forgot each match tonight was supposed to be an open challenge?
AJ Styles’ new entrance music is terrible. He gets a mic and says this isn’t about A and E or TNA; this is about him. It’s about him becoming the next World Heavyweight Champion. Not for the fame, not for the glory; for the money. Everybody’s looking for a hero. If he’s learned one thing in the past 11 years, this is no place for a hero. In case you missed it the first time, he is sick and tired of doing the right thing. He’s doing his own thing.
MATCH 5-BFG Series: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
Joe fires off some rights and backs AJ into the corner. AJ ducks a chop and hits an uppercut before applying a side headlock. AJ grinds him down after he tries to break free. Joe tries to counter with a waistlock takedown, but AJ continues to hold on before getting back to a vertical base. Joe goes for a back suplex, but AJ counters into a takedown. Joe counters with a headscissors before missing a charge into the ropes. Joe gets tangled, and AJ hits him with some chops and forearms. Joe counters a corner charge before running into a boot. AJ drops him with a clothesline out of the corner, then hits a back suplex. AJ hits a couple kicks to the chest, but Joe comes back with punches before sending AJ into the corner. AJ avoids the charge and lands on the apron, where Joe hits a spin kick to the head, knocking AJ to the floor. Joe goes for a suicide dive, but AJ sees it coming and dives back into the ring. Joe lands on his feet on the outside, where AJ telegraphs a plancha. AJ lands on the apron, and Joe kicks his legs out from underneath, sending him face-first into the apron. AJ rolls back into the ring as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Joe hits several strikes and a jumping kneedrop for 2. Joe hits some forearm strikes and a back elbow. Joe picks AJ up and hits some headbutts and chops before running into a dropkick that sends him to the floor. AJ follows up with a baseball slide, sending Joe into the announce table. Christy Hemme announces there are five minutes left in the match. AJ rolls Joe back in the ring and hits Superman for 2. AJ goes for a suplex, but Joe blocks it and goes for his own. AJ escapes and hits a running neckbreaker (think Curtis Axel’s finisher) for 2. AJ goes up top and goes for a dive. Joe sees him coming and moves out of the way. AJ lands on his feet and runs right into a powerslam for 2. Joe immediately turns the pin into a jujigatame, but AJ rolls onto his stomach and gets his foot into the ropes. Joe sets AJ on the top rope for the Muscle Buster, but AJ punches his way out. Joe nails a knife-edge chop, then climbs up for a superplex. AJ floats over mid-move and turns the move into a cross-body. Both men are down now, and referee Brian Hebner is counting them both out. AJ gets up at 8, breaking the count. He hits several strikes before Joe lands a straight punch to the face. Joe starts hitting some kneelifts in the corner, but AJ blocks him and rolls through into the Calf Killer. Joe counters into the Kokina Clutch, and AJ rolls on top, nearly getting 3. 1 minute left in the match, and both men are back to their feet. AJ hits some stiff rights to the head, and Joe comes back with his own. They’re trading shots in the corner until Joe tackles AJ in the middle of the ring. Joe tries to turn AJ over as the match goes to a time-limit draw.
WINNER: Time-limit draw, which gives both men 2 points. AJ tackles Joe after the bell, and the referee eventually pulls them apart. AJ looks like he might have a bloody nose.
We see Bully Ray on the phone, apparently talking to Brooke. He says he needed to see her tonight, then tells her to come back to the building. He hangs up and says she is coming back. He tells Devon to jump on the bikes with DOC and Knux and make sure she gets back to the building. Everyone else needs to watch his back tonight.
Hardy/Roode is up next.
We see Hulk Hogan talking to Chris Sabin, Suicide and Kenny King, saying they have a match next week. If Sabin comes out on top next week, he’ll get the choice of whether or not he wants to vacate the belt and move on to face Bully Ray for the World title.
MATCH 6-BFG Series: Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy
Roode attacks Hardy on the apron, but Hardy fights back and tosses Roode into the ring. The bell rings, and Hardy stays on offense with punches and kicks. He hits a flying forearm and an avalanche in the corner. Roode counters a whip, but gets hit with a spinning headscissors. Hardy hits an inverted atomic drop and goes for a double legdrop, but Roode counters into the Bowflex. Hardy gets a rope break, and Roode stomps him down. Roode slingshots Hardy throat-first into the middle rope, and Hardy falls outside to the floor. Roode goes outside, where he slams Hardy face-first into the apron before rolling him back inside. Roode hits a suplex, then follows up with a jumping kneedrop for 2. Roode throws Hardy to the corner, then hits some shots to the ribs and chest. Hardy gets corner-whipped, and Roode follows up with an avalanche. Roode hits a chop and sends Hardy into the opposite corner, but Hardy blocks him, then hits a middle rope splash for 2. Hardy goes for another headscissors out of the corner, but Roode catches him with a firearman’s carry. Hardy escapes, hits an inverted atomic drop, a double legdrop and a low seated dropkick for 2. He calls for the Twist of Fate, but Roode shoves him off and hits a spinebuster for 2. Roode signals for the Payoff, but Hardy counters into a sit-out Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up top for the senton bomb, but Roode moves out of the way. Roode applies the Bowflex once more, and Hardy rolls onto his back, turning the move into a pin for 2. Roode goes for it once more, but Hardy rolls through and hits the Twist of Fate for 3.
WINNER: Jeff Hardy, who gets 7 points. Here are the BFG Series standings after week 1: 1st-Magnus (10), 2nd-Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson, Christopher Daniels and Jeff Hardy (4-way tie, 7), 3rd-Samoa Joe and AJ Styles (tie, 2), 4th-Jay Bradley, Hernandez, Kazarian, Joseph Park and Bobby Roode (4-way tie, 0)
We see Bully Ray heading out to the ring. Elsewhere, Sting is spotted, and he says he has “family business” to take care of.
Instead, we here the Main Event Mafia’s new entrance music. It’s better than the last one, at least. Of course, that’s not saying much, and the new one is still terrible. Just less so. Anyway, Sting says that no one corporate would pierce the heart of Aces and Eights, so he had to go back to his family. Ray says no one cares about family, and he’s the guy who beat Sting single-handedly. He’s the reason why Sting will never get a title match again. Sting says that’s true, but he can still get some retribution, and he can do that tonight. Ray says Sting has nothing left in his tank as Sting drops his mic and begins taking his tie off. Ray says he just has to snap his fingers, and his family comes out right now. Sting continues to take his suit off with his back turned. Sting turns around as Ray continues to talk trash, all the while still taking his suit off. Ray says this is his choice, and he snaps his fingers. After calling them a couple times, no one from A and E comes out. Sting throws his shirt at Ray’s head, then points at the screen. We see every member of A and E still here laid out in the back. Sting knocks Ray out of the ring with a punch, and Ray begins backpedaling up the ramp. He turns around, and Kurt Angle is there in a suit. Big surprise. Angle applies an ankle lock on Ray as Sting screams in his face.
End of show.
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