This week on TNA Impact Wrestling AJ Styles faces Mr. Anderson faces AJ Styles in the main event on this “go-home” episode of Impact.
Speaking of Anderson, we see him in the back with the rest of Aces and Eights. Bully Ray is telling the club that their first, last and only order of business tonight is AJ. D’Lo Brown tells Anderson he thought the plan would work and is sorry that it didn’t. Ray stares D’Lo down before shrugging his shoulders at Anderson. As D’Lo is leaving, Anderson assaults him from behind and throws his gum in D’Lo’s face as Devon looks on.
Ray and Devon make their way out to the ring now, and the crowd is almost completely silent. Ray tells us that Slammiversary is in three days. On that day, Devon takes out Joseph Park for good, and in three days in the main event in Boston, Sting faces Ray for the World title. Sting, you called it. You named the stipulation, and Ray gave it to you: No Holds Barred. Did you really give it thought, Sting? You want to tear Ray apart? Go for it. He isn’t taken anything away from Sting, as Sting has beaten some of the greatest World Champions out there to become an icon. Sting has defeated Ric Flair. He has defeated Ray’s father-in-law, Hulk Hogan. Who else? There’s Kurt Angle, not to mention Jeff Hardy. Everybody loves Jeff Hardy. The only difference here is Ray has beaten Hardy for the title as well, and Ray is the one who put Hardy on the shelf. Sting, he can’t wait for Slammiversary in Boston. He can’t wait to beat Sting to make sure he never can wrestle for the title ever again. For now, he has to be patient. Right now, let’s make it Ray and Devon vs. Sting and Joseph Park. Let’s fight.
MATCH 1: Team 3-D (World Champion Bully Ray and World Television Champion Devon) vs. Joseph Park and Sting
Ray and Devon attack before the opening bell. Ray throws Park on the outside, and Sting manages to throw Devon out as well. Park begins to fight back, nailing Ray with rights. Sting slams Devon into the steps, then throws him into the guardrail. Ray begins chopping at Park as Sting throws Devon into another barricade. Ray whips Park into a ringpost. Sting rakes Devon’s eyes. Ray punches Park on the floor. Devon begins fighting back on Sting as Ray misses a chairshot on Park. Devon hits Sting in the throat with a chop. Park hits Ray with rights. Devon and Sting are now on the ramp, duking it out. How has no one been counted out yet? Sting backdrops Devon into the ring as Ray slams Park’s arm into the steps. Ray climbs into the ring and calls Sting in as well. They go nose-to-nose before Sting fires off some rights. Ray fights back, and they hit simultaneous clotheslines in the middle. Commercials.
Back from the break, Park and Devon are now legal, with Devon nailing Park with punches and elbows before choking him over the top rope. Park comes back with a hip toss and a bodyslam. Park mounts the middle rope for the Closing Argument, but Ray crotches him on the outside. Devon nails a clothesline, then chokes Park out. Ray tags in and hits a clothesline as Devon holds Park up. He punches Park down before nailing Sting on the apron, then hits a running elbow drop for 2. Devon in with an Atomic Legdrop before mocking Hulk Hogan. Devon goes for the pin, getting 2, and now he applies a rear chinlock. Park fights out, but runs into a spinning back elbow for 2. Ray tags in, and he hits a dropkick before clubbing Park down with some double axe handles. Devon in, and Team 3-D goes for a double clothesline, but Park ducks, causing them to collide. Sting tags in, hits a bunch of rights on both and knocks Devon down with a dropkick before applying the scorpion deathlock. Park comes in and tries the scorpion on Ray, but Ray kicks him off into Sting, causing Sting to break the hold. Double corner whip by the heels, but Sting rebounds with a double clothesline. Stinger Splash on Devon, but he misses it on Ray, and the heels capitalize with 3-D #2. Park comes in and gets bodyslammed by Ray. Ray calls for the Wassup?, but Abyss’ music hits, causing a distraction. Ray heads out to the ramp, and as Devon is distracted, Sting hits a Scorpion Death Drop on Devon for the 3.
WINNERS: Joseph Park and Sting. Park is looking confused, wondering where his “brother” is.
[adinserter block=”1″]Kurt Angle says it’s good AJ Styles didn’t join A and E, but he still doesn’t know what the hell is going on. They have a lot of history, but at Slammiversary, AJ has hell to pay, and tonight, Angle will watch his match closely. Literally.
Dixie Carter makes her way out to waste everyone’s time, not to mention a bunch of oxygen. She looks like hell. Sunday is a special night for TNA. It will be the 11th anniversary of TNA, and the company wouldn’t be here without the fans, so thank you. Over that time, the most amazing men and women have graced this ring. So, at Slammiversary, the next inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame will be announced. Last year, Sting became the first member, and Sting, best of luck to you in your title match. So…
The A and E theme music hits as Wes Brisco, Garett Bischoff and DOC come out through the crowd. Garett asks her where the love is for A and E. She isn’t telling Bully Ray good luck. He knows she’s excited about the big announcement, but he’s got news for her: it’s going to feel more like a funeral. Wes and DOC enter the ring and trio corners her. Samoa Joe and Magnus charge the ring as the trio immediately bail. Joe says that, for one month, he picked stitches out of his face, and he was seething to get at them. Tonight, that wait is over. Garett Bischoff, he doesn’t know who gave him permission to speak, but he gets really lippy around women. So, let’s see how lippy he gets when he faces Joe one-on-one right now. As Dixie leaves the ring, Garett hits the ring and attacks Joe from behind. The bell rings, so it looks like this match is happening.
MATCH 2: Garett Bischoff (w/Wes Brisco and DOC) vs. Samoa Joe (w/Magnus)
Garett attacks Joe with kicks and punches until Joe no-sells. Joe fires off some rights, sends Garett to the corner, hits a running hip bump and a spin kick to the head. Commercials.
Back from the break, Joe drops Garett with a running boot and goes for a senton, but DOC grabs his foot. Magnus comes around and fights both DOC and Wes off as Garett hits a chopblock on Joe. He goes outside and joins in on the assault on Magnus as the bell rings. So, this match is over?
WINNER: No contest? I don’t know. Anyway, Joe floors everyone in A and E with a suicide dive. He and Magnus climb into the ring, calling A and E cowards. He makes contingencies for cowards. Earlier today, he thought this might happen, so he got a match for Sunday. It’ll be Garett, Wes and DOC vs. Magnus, himself…and Jeff Hardy.
We see James Storm and Gunner in the back. Storm chose Gunner because he’s a beast. He’s killed for this country, and that’s what a brotherhood is all about. Gunner says they’re going to war.
Hulk Hogan is with Brooke in his office. He wants to know what happened with Bully Ray last week. Brooke says Ray is pulling at her heart strings with the things he says. Hulk says Ray wants to “rape, pillage and plunder”. Switching gears, they need to focus on things moving forward. Hulk believes in Sting, and is betting the farm on him.
MATCH 3: Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian), Austin Aries and Bobby Roode vs. James Storm, Gunner, and World Tag Team Champions Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
Gunner and Daniels start the match with a lock-up, with Gunner backing Daniels into the corner. Daniels slugs him, and Gunner comes back with a back elbow off the ropes. He assaults Daniels in the corner, whips him and hits a back body drop. Daniels bails to the floor, asking for a timeout. Back in, Daniels tags in Aries. Aries immediately tags out to Roode. Lock-up, and Roode applies a hammerlock. Gunner counters, and Roode fights out. He throws Gunner to the corner and hits some chops to the chest. Gunner blocks a charge and hits a running clothesline. Chavo tags in and hits some European uppercuts before beating Roode down. Bodyslam by Chavo, and Hernandez tags in. He slams Chavo onto Roode and hits a Warrior Splash for 2. Snapmare by Hernandez, and Chavo is back in with a botched seated dropkick. Roode hits a kneelift and an elbow to the back of the head. Chavo counters a suplex and goes into the 3 Amigos, connecting with all three. Up top, Chavo goes for the frog splash. He kicks both members of BI away, and Aries comes in to dropkick him to the floor. Back in the ring, Roode assaults Chavo and tags in Aries. The two hit the old Miz/Morrison combo for 2. Daniels tags in and stomps Chavo down. Kaz in, and he hits a flipping neckbreaker for 2. Roode back in, and he stomps Chavo down in the corner. Aries chokes Chavo behind the ref’s back. Kaz tags in, hits a snapmare and applies a rear chinlock. Chavo fights out until Kaz thumbs him in the eyes. He taunts the faces by spitting at them, and this allows a BI double-team. Chavo avoids a charge by Daniels and hits a dropkick on Kaz. Hernandez tags in, as does Roode. Hernandez hits most of the hot tag offense, followed by a slingshot shoulderblock. Warrior Press on Aries, followed by an over-the-shoulder backbreaker drop for 2 as BI breaks up the pin. Hernandez ducks a double clothesline and hits one of his own. Pounce for Daniels, and now Hernandez calls for the Border Toss. Kaz pulls Daniels to the outside, and Aries comes in with a running corner dropkick. He calls for the brainbuster, but Hernandez counters into a standing gourdbuster. Gunner tags in and gets hit with a rolling elbow. He no-sells it and hits a uranage into a backbreaker before applying an Argentinean backbreaker for the submission win.
WINNERS: Chavo Guerrero, Gunner, Hernandez and James Storm. Storm had exactly zero offense in this match.
We see AJ Styles arriving at to the building. He has no gym bag with him, yet I guarantee he will miraculously have gear come match time.
Cut to A and E. Ray says TNA thinks they’ve got A and E where they want them. They don’t. AJ Styles has the nerve to turn this club down. Anderson better take care of him tonight. Devon tells Ray not to worry about Joseph Park. He’ll take care of Park at Slammiversary, and if Abyss shows up, his ass belongs to Devon. Ray then turns his attention to Jeff Hardy. Hardy shouldn’t even be walking, and now, he’s coming back. At Slammiversary, DOC, Wes and Garett better take care of their opponents. As for Knux, Ray has a job for him, too. Hulk Hogan likes to say they’re going to war. Tonight, A and E is officially declaring war. As the president of the club, he wants victims laid out all over the place. If he doesn’t get them, one or all of the other members of A and E might end up like D’Lo Brown.
Video package for Bound For Glory.
Mickie James comes out, apparently to celebrate winning the Knockouts title once more. She says it feels good to be champ, and she wanted to come out here to say thank you to everyone who has supported her. This year has been crazy, first with the release of her new album, and now, being the new Knockouts Champion. It’s been almost two years since she was last champion, and this has been a long time coming. She loves her fans that have stood by her, but there have been a handful of the fans who have doubted how she won the title. It hurts her heart, and it’s not fair. She deserves this, and she’d like to address things right now. So, she’d like to call out Velvet Sky. Sky comes out and hugs James. James calls her amazing, then says there has been some negativity and it’s been hurtful. She felt like she came to Sky before the match and asked if Sky was ready for that match, and was willing to wait until Sky was physically ready. Sky said she was fine, and that’s why James loves her. It’s just sad because Sky’s knee gave out last week, and James became champion. It’s just weird how those things happen. She tells the fans to applaud her. Sky says that means a lot, but at the end of the day, business is business, and she wants her rematch. James agrees and says let’s wait until Sky’s knee is ready. Sky says she wants her rematch at Slammiversary. James would love that, but she already talked to Brooke, and Brooke already has a KO match at Slammiversary, that being Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell.
God, kill me. This promo is excrutiating. Gail Kim comes out and says something needs to be set straight. James wouldn’t have won the title without Kim’s help. Kim destroyed her leg weeks ago. She’s been so frustrated, she took out her own partner in Tara, not to mention Taryn and Sky. She’s going to take Taryn to school at Slammiversary, and she will be the last knockout standing. After that, she’s going after the title. Sky says she’s first in line for a rematch. Kim shoves Sky down, then drags her towards the ringpost as James just looks on. Taryn runs down and steps in before Kim can apply the posted figure-4. James shrugs her shoulders and leaves as Taryn continues to check on Sky.
MATCH 4: Mixed Tag Team Match: Gail Kim and World X-Division Champion Kenny King vs. Taryn Terrell and Chris Sabin
Taryn tackles Kim and slams her head into the mat before hitting some forearms to the face and a jumping clothesline. Flipping neckbreaker by Taryn, and she begins assaulting Kim in the corner. Kim avoids a charge, but gets clotheslined on the apron. Taryn suplexes her back in, then goes up top, connecting with a cross-body for 2. Kim avoids a spear and tags in King, forcing Sabin to come in as well. Sabin ducks a clothesline and hits some rights. King sends him into the ropes, but Sabin counters with a pair of armdrags into an armbar. King counters into a hammerlock, shoves Sabin into Taryn, then knocks him down from behind. King ducks a clothesline and hits a Ghetto Blaster for 2. A modified abdominal stretch is applied, and Sabin fights out, hitting a hip toss. Kim kicks Sabin in the back, and King follows up with a jumping roundhouse for 2. Bodyslam by King, but he misses a springboard legdrop. Sabin hits a clothesline, a running forearm and a corner whip. Corner clothesline connects, followed by a snapmare, a mule kick, and a powerbomb into a DDT for 2. Kim grabs Sabin by the hair, and the distraction allows King to nail Sabin. Taryn tackls Kim on the outside before distracting King. Sabin takes King down, and Taryn hits a spear on the incoming Kim. Sabin hits a step-up enziguri and follows up with a sit-out Y2K Bomb for 3.
WINNERS: Chris Sabin and Taryn Terrell. Chris Sabin says that, this Sunday, after two torn ACLs and 2 years in rehabilitation, he gets redemption and becomes a 5-time X-Division Champion. King attacks Sabin from behind, then goes for the Royal Flush. Suicide comes in, breaks the move, and hits King with a double-underhook into a lungblower. Suicide grabs the title belt and stares Sabin down.
Video package for Sting, talking about his career as a World Champion, leading into his match with Bully Ray this Sunday.
MATCH 5: Mr. Anderson vs. AJ Styles
Sure enough, AJ miraculously has gear. Anderson assaults AJ before the bell, beating him down in the corner. AJ fights back with rights, then throws Anderson into the corner. Anderson fights back with punches this time before applying a side headlock. He shoulders AJ down off the ropes, but AJ trips him on a second attempt, then stomps him in the head. Bodyslam by AJ, followed by a power-drive elbow. Suplex connects for 1. AJ sends Anderson into the corner, then hits some forearms to the face. Anderson fights back with rights, sending AJ into the opposite corner. Anderson stomps him down, and AJ rolls to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Anderson rolls to the apron now, but AJ pulls him back in, only to throw him to the floor. AJ connects with a baseball slide, sending Anderson into the announce desk. Commercials.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from the break, AJ is still in control, stomping Anderson in the ring. Anderson rolls to the apron, and AJ tries to suplex him back in. Anderson blocks and goes for a suplex of his own. AJ lands on the apron and fires off some rights. Anderson thumbs him in the eye and hits a DDT onto the apron. The replay shows just how sloppy Anderson was with that move. Anderson rams AJ into the apron before rolling him back in the ring, where he gets a 1-count. Anderson continues the assault with kicks and punches. AJ begins to fight back before running into a back body drop for 2. Anderson applies top wristlock and combines it with a bodyscissors. AJ gets back to a standing position, fights out, then counters a kitchen sink into a sunset flip for 2. Anderson pops back up with a shoulderblock for 2. Anderson drops some knees to AJ’s left shoulder, then applies an armbar. AJ rams Anderson into the corner to break the hold, and Anderson fights him off with forearms to the back. They trade punches now, but AJ stops that by firing off several strikes, a spinning back-fist and a sweep. AJ hits a kick to the face, a clothesline, a standing spinebuster and a jumping splash for 2. Anderson escapes a fireman’s carry and counters into a waistlock. AJ breaks it by ramming Anderson head-first into the top buckle. He goes for a tornado DDT, but Anderson counters by spinning through and placing AJ back on the top rope. He nails an uppercut and hits a rolling fireman’s carry slam for 2. He calls for the Mic Check, but AJ fights out, ducks a clothesline and crotches Anderson on the top rope. Anderson falls into a tree of woe, and AJ hits a big seated dropkick to the face. Kurt Angle runs down and assaults AJ, causing the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: AJ Styles. Angle continues the attack until AJ goes after his bad knee. The rest of A and E hit the ring and assault both Angle and AJ until Sting, Joe, Magnus and Park hit the ring. AJ and Angle continue to brawl while the other two groups fight each other. The last two remaining in the ring are Sting and Ray. They trade rights. Sting no-sells a clothesline and fires off some more rights before going for the scorpion deathlock. He locks it in, but Devon breaks it by attacking Sting from behind. Ray and Devon call for the 3-D, which connects. The rest of A and E head back to the ring and raise their arms in celebration over Sting as the rest of the TNA guys are laid out around the ring.
End of show.
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