We see Dixie Carter entering the building and she’s stopped by Sting. She ignores him and begins playing with her phone. Sting points this out and asks why she’s doing what she’s doing to AJ Styles. This isn’t the Dixie Carter he knows. She tells him not to worry about things because she has things under control.
This week’s episode of TNA Impact Wrestling is from Little Rock, AR. Manik defends the X-Division title against Chris Sabin, and the Main Event Mafia will be in action as well.
The Aces and Eights theme hits and Bully Ray comes out, along with Brooke Tessmacher. Ray says it’s not often when he’s at a loss of words, but Dixie Carter shocked the hell out of him. Did you hear the way she put AJ Styles in his place? It was awesome. It was great. Ever since AJ won the BFG Series, Ray has been up at night, thinking how he was going to beat AJ. He doesn’t have to worry about that more. Dixie is so inside of AJ’s head, it ain’t funny. He thinks everyone would agree that AJ should kiss the ground Dixie walks on. He doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with her, but she is the one that made AJ “phenomenal”. If it wasn’t for her, AJ couldn’t compete in this ring in front of all you morons. One more thing, do you know who he is?
[adinserter block=”1″]The rest of A and E come out, headed by Knux. He says they all know who Ray is, or at least what he’s supposed to be. Ray is supposed to be the president of A and E. Once again, he’s out here taking care of his own business. He’s more interested in protecting the belt than the men still in this club. He worries more about his ho than he does about his bros. Ray tells Knux to not call Brooke a ho ever again. Knux says not to worry about that too much. Tonight, against the MEM, they’re going to take care of club business. The three of them, without Bully Ray. Ray tells them all to stand in line before telling Garett Bischoff he’ll knock the smile off his face. They don’t make the rules. He’s the president, and their patches should all say, “LACKEY”. They saw what he did to D’Lo, Ken Anderson, and his own brother, Devon. What makes them think he won’t do the same to them? Fall in line. If they want to start making decisions without him, fine. However, if they lose the match tonight, it’s light’s out for one of them, which means they are out of his club.
We see Joseph Park shaving in the bathroom, singing “Sweet Caroline”. Eric Young walks in and takes the razor out of his hand, saying he could cut himself shaving. If Park bleeds, he turns into a monster. They can’t have that. Park doesn’t know what he’s talking about. EY says there’s a new rule that there is no shaving before a match.
MATCH 1-6-Person Tag Team Match: The Bro-Mans (Jesse & Robbie E) and Gail Kim vs. Knockouts Champion ODB, Joseph Park and Eric Young
ODB and Kim start the match, but Kim immediately tags out to E. Park then tags in. E shoves him a few times, so Park shoves back. E hits a shot to the gut and tries an Irish whip, but Park puts on the brakes and sends E in. E tries for a cross-body and bounces off Park. E tries a bodyslam, but can’t life Park up. Park hits one for a 1-count. E rakes the eye, but gets booted in the corner. Kim holds Joe’s foot, and E nails him in the corner. Jesse tags in, and they hit a double sternum-first corner whip on Joe. Jesse chokes Park on the middle rope before hitting a dropkick that knocks Park off his feet. Jesse tries for a sunset flip, but can’t pull Park down. Park tries a sit-down splash, but misses. E tags in and hits a clothesline from the middle rope. He mounts the middle once more and hits a forearm to the face for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. He breaks the hold and foot-chokes Park before hitting some mounted punches. E begins pie-facing Park then picks him up by the hair. Park breaks free and hits a Samoan drop. EY tags in, but the ref doesn’t see it. This allows the heels to triple-team Park illegally. Kim decides to be the legal person for her team and begins stomping and kicking Park. She slaps Park and E attacks him from behind. Jesse comes in and they try to double-team Park with a corner whip. He counters with a double clothesline. EY tags in and hits a double cross-body on the Bro-Mans from the top rope before hitting a flying forearm on E. Jesse gets a belly-to-belly suplex for 2, but Kim breaks the pin up. ODB throws her to the ramp on the outside, then gets in E’s face. She forces E to motorboat her, and Park clotheslines him to the floor. EY hits Jesse with a Death Valley driver, and Park follows up with the Closing Argument. EY comes off the top with a flying elbow, and ODB tags in to hit a running splash for the 3.
WINNERS: ODB, Joseph Park and Eric Young.
AI stops Austin Aries and asks what’s next for him after the BFG Series. Aries says that, instead of telling just AI right here, he’s going to walk out to the ring and tell everyone at once.
AI 2 stopped Hulk Hogan when he entered the building earlier today, asking about Dixie Carter. He says he’s going to put a stop to this crap tonight.
Austin Aries makes his way out to the arena and everyone has been asking him what’s next now that the BFG Series is over. Last year at BFG, he headlined against Jeff Hardy for the World title. That won’t happen this year, but everyone knows that Aries is the main event every time he steps in the ring. He is the common denominator of greatness and his future is looking just fine.
Kenny King interrupts the promo. Yes, he still works here. He makes a stupid remark about his dumbass entrance theme. He loves having a live mic because it allows him to say what he wants whenever he wants. He’s not out here to step on anyone’s toes, but what Aries is saying is getting on his nerves a bit. Aries is talking about making headlines. Aries lives in his own little bubble, and everyone knows King was making headlines last year, rolling through the X-Division as champion. One day, the headlines said that Chris “Frail” Sabin stole the belt from him. He knew he’d whip Sabin to get the belt back, but someone wanted to play Halloween, climb into the dirty Manik costume and steal the belt. He calls Aries’ move genius, but that means he owes Aries one. Aries was out here talking about the future. 10 years ago, Aries was Generation Next. King is now the next generation of pro wrestling. He is the future. Aries cuts him off and says that what he sees in front of him is a guy full of bull. Aries wants to talk about right now. He’s got his gear tonight, so why doesn’t King stop talking and start the action. King makes a dumb joke about Hillary Clinton, says he’s not fighting Aries, then sucker-punches him. Aries gets back to his feet and chops King. King rolls to the outside, and Aries tells King to get a referee out here, because he wants a match right now. Brian Hebner stops King from walking the back and says the match is happening right now. Aries knocks King down with a double axe-handle from the top rope before hitting some mounted punches on the ramp. Commercials.
MATCH 2: Austin Aries vs. Kenny King
The match officially starts. Aries takes his pants off, and it turns out he had his gear on underneath his clothes. Aries whips him back into the ring, and we see that King is bleeding from the head. Aries nails some rights before hitting some mounted punches in the corner. King counters into a stun gun, sending Aries to the floor. King rolls him back in the ring and foot-chokes him in the corner. Snapmare by King, followed by a kick to the spine. He mounts Aries for some punches, then sends him into the corner for a flying a hip bump. King misses a springboard legdrop from the bottom rope, and Aries hits a series of chops. He sends King into the corner sternum-first, follows up with an inverted atomic drop and sends King into the ropes. King backdrops him to the outside, but Aries lands on his feet. He flips back into the ring, hits a complete shot onto the knee and follows up with a back-heel trip. Aries hits the Pendulum Elbow, then calls for the brainbuster. King escapes and hits a stiff right to the face. Aries comes back with some forearms and goes for the rolling elbow, but King ducks and hits a jumping roundhouse for 2. King goes for the Royal Flush, but Aries escapes to the apron and hits an inverted hotshot. He goes up top, and King crotches him before hitting a flipping kick to the head. King hits a head-and-arm superplex for 2. Aries pulls himself back to his feet in the corner and dodges a running dropkick. Aries hits one of his own and follows up with the brainbuster for 3.
WINNER: Austin Aries.
We get a video for Lei’D Tapa. Yep, she still works here, too.
We see Austin Aries in the back when he’s approached by Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky. Sabin congratulates him on the match, and it’s great to see Aries back in the X-Division, the division he built all by himself. Both of them are former World Champions, even though Sabin’s win was much more memorable. Aries reminds him the match was a fluke, and Sabin ignores that before saying he’s going to be a 7-time X-Division Champion tonight and greater than “the greatest man that ever lived”. As Sabin walks walks away, Aries says he’s going to test that theory tonight.
We see the three remaining members of the MEM in the back taping up for their match, and Magnus is pissed. He lists off everything that has gone wrong with him lately. Joe says all of the people responsible will get theirs, but tonight, it’s about A and E. Sting reminds Magnus why they reformed the MEM. They have almost driven A and E over the edge. Magnus needs to get all these thoughts out of his minds and move on. He’s better than this, and he knows it.
Hulk Hogan makes his way out. He makes some odd comment about Little Rock. The roar of the crowd makes him feel powerful, and he knows how powerful Hulkamania is. There is a situation in TNA that he needs to “dig up some power, brother.” He’s been in TNA for about 4 years now, and he’s always had his opinion of Dixie Carter. For nearly 2 years, she has let him be GM of TNA. That means he’s in charge of the day-to-day operations of the show to make sure it runs smooth, brother. In his 35 years in the sport, he’s seen things blow up, blood shed and the roof torn off the place. Airing your dirty laundry to the public is something that should never happen in this business. How many Hulkamaniacs in this building want to see AJ Styles stay with this company? He then repeats himself to try and get a louder reaction from the crowd. He knows AJ is in the back, and he wants AJ to hear the love and respect the fans have for him. The crowd hollers, and Hulk now wants to cut the crap. He’s going to talk to both AJ and Dixie and settle everything. He wants AJ out in the ring later tonight for starters, and he wants the deal with AJ working for TNA settled.
We get a video for the return of Kurt Angle, who is coming back at Bound For Glory for his Hall of Fame ceremony.
We see a video for a new wrestler called Ethan, and the video simply says, “Ethan is coming”. Why do I get the feeling this will be TNA’s version of Fandango?
AI stops AJ Styles in the back to ask if he heard what Hulk Hogan just said. AJ says he heard it. He has no problem hearing Hogan out later tonight, and he’ll see him out in the ring.
MATCH 3-World X-Division Championship: Chris Sabin (w/Velvet Sky) vs. Manik (Champion)
Manik immediately knocks Sabin down. Sabin ducks a clothesline and hits a kneelift. Manik ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard cross-body. Sabin tries to escape to the floor, but Manik pulls him back in. Sabin rakes the eyes, avoids a corner charge, then feigns a knee injury. He rolls to the outside and begins limping around the ring. Manik goes out to check on him, and Sabin shoves Sky into him before climbing up on the apron and hitting a running kick to the chest. He rolls Manik back in the ring, who pulls Sabin into the turnbuckles with a hurricanrana. Sabin throws Manik to the outside, and Manik lands on the apron. He gets back in the ring and applies what looks like a modified scorpion deathlock. He breaks the hold, and Sabin comes back with some elbow drops and a legdrop for 2. He throws Manik to the corner and sets him up top for a superplex. Manik blocks it and hits a gourdbuster from the top. Manik gets to his feet on the middle buckle and hits a missile dropkick to the side of the head. He ducks a clothesline and hits a series of punches and kicks before hitting a standing hilo for 2. Sabin gets tripped into the middle rope, and Manik hits an inside-out seated dropkick. Back in the ring, Sabin tries for a quick roll-up for 2, then looks for a powerbomb. Manik counters into a catapult in the corner, then goes back to the submission hold he used earlier. Sabin grabs Sky’s hand on the outside and pulls her into the ring to break the hold before putting her in front of him. Manik comes in and Sabin tries to quickly roll him up for 3. Manik counters into his own roll-up and gets the pin.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: Manik. After the match, Sabin stomps Manik down before foot-choking him. Austin Aries comes down, and Sabin once again puts Sky in front of him before bailing to the outside.
For being a Chris Sabin match, this one sucked. These two had no flow here.
Wes Brisco, Knux and Garett Bischoff are in the back, wondering what the hell is going on with their club. Knux says they can’t afford to lose another member tonight. Garett corrects him and says they can’t afford to lose another brother.
We see the members of EGO complaining about Kurt Angle going into the Hall of Fame. They’ve done more TNA in the last month and a half than Angle did his entire TNA career. Christopher Daniels begins complaining about the MEM, and Kazarian calls Magnus a good loser and he should do it again tonight. He makes an EGO pun and Daniels joins him in a fake evil laugh. Bobby Roode just stares at both of them before walking off.
MATCH 4: Aces and Eights (Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco and Knux) vs. The Main Event Mafia (Magnus, Samoa Joe and Sting)
Magnus and Knux start the match by trading punches. Magnus ducks one and hits a series of body blows before stomping Knux in the corner. Kunx shoves him away, but Magnus retaliates with a punch. Wes tags in and receives an elevated northern lights bomb. Garett in now, and he eats a clothesline. He blocks a corner charge and comes off the middle rope with a double axe handle, but Magnus catches him and turns it into a scrapbuster for 2. A and E come into break up the pin, and that results in all four of the non-legal men brawling on the outside. Magnus goes up top for an elbow, and EGO come down to knock him to the floor before stomping him on the outside. Of course, the referee didn’t see any of this. Magnus is now selling a knee injury, so A and E pull Sting in and triple team him. Apparently, he’s now the legal man. Commercials.
Back from the break, Garett is grinding Sting’s face across the top rope. Knux tags in. Commercials.
Back from the break again, Wes tags in Garett, who hits a bodyslam. Knux is in, and they trade punches. Knux forearms Joe on the apron then hits Sting with a big boot before choking him. I notice Magnus is gone from the match as Knux gets a 2-count. Wes tags in and hits a running corner clothesline for 2. He applies a rear chinlock, but Sting elbows out. Wes hits him with a kneelift, then chokes him over the middle rope for 2. Wes sets Sting against the ropes for some punches before missing a dropkick. Sting nails a clothesline. Joe tags in, and he drops Wes with a clothesline before hitting an inverted atomic drop, a running boot and a running senton for 2. He snaps off a powerslam for 2, and Garett breaks up the pin. Sting comes in, sends Garett into the corner, then sends Knux into Garett, hitting both of them with Stinger Splashes. Wes gets one as well, and now Joe applies the Kokina Clutch. Wes taps out.
WINNERS: The Main Event Mafia. As a result of Wes Brisco losing the fall, he is now out of Aces and Eights.
After the match, Bully Ray and Brooke Tessmacher make their way down to the ring. Ray waits for Wes to turn around and calls for a mic. Ray told him if any one of them lost, it would be lights out. Wes lost. He tapped out. He’s a disgrace to his “colors”, and it’s time to hand over his “cut”. Wes shakes his head no, and Ray demands the vest once more. Wes once again tells him no. Ray says that’s fine, then tells Knux and Garett to take the vest off of him. He doesn’t pay them to think. They do what he tells them to do, and right now, that’s take off Wes’ vest. Neither one of them budge, so Ray levels Wes with a clothesline. He begins screaming at Knux and Garett, then nails Wes with a piledriver. The theme music begins to play, but Ray orders it to be shut off. He demands Knux and Garett get the vest, or he’s going to hit Wes with another piledriver. Knux holds him up as Garett takes the vest off, and Ray order Knux to hand the vest over. Knux shoves the vest into Ray’s chest after a couple of minutes.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from commercials, Hulk Hogan is in the ring. He says it’s time to take care of business, “TNA stylez”. There has been a lot of bad blood between AJ and Dixie, but right now, he wants to get down to business and bring out the man who won the BFG Series and will face Bully Ray at the “T for TNA. Ha-ha!” I don’t know what it means, either. AJ makes his way out and Hulk says he’s been around the block a few times with Hulkamania. This segues into AJ going onto BFG for the World title match, and he has a new contract for AJ to sign, because TNA can’t have a champion that isn’t under contract, and he knows AJ will win the title. Hulk says everyone is betting on AJ to bring the belt home, and everyone loves him. AJ signs the contract, and that’s when Dixie comes out. She apologizes for the interruption and says she doesn’t mean to be rude. She’s been clear why she brought Hulk into TNA, and that was to open doors for the company. Hulk has done that, and she appreciates that. Hulk has taught her so much about the business, and she’s grateful for that. But guess what? Hulk is just an employee. They both know he is capable of more than that, and she’s here to make him the best he can be. As for AJ, she mocks his southern accent and says she would only get down on her knees and beg in his dreams. The reality is staring him in the face at BFG. Hulk may see some value in the “Phenomenally Marginal One”, but she doesn’t. She then rips up AJ’s new contract. AJ tells her she just made the biggest mistake of her life. She responds by saying she doesn’t mean to be rude, but he needs to get out of her ring. AJ drops his mic and leaves and Dixie says she gets it. People aren’t happy with her, and Hulk must not be, either. The fact is, these people just don’t understand. 99% of the people in this world have never had to live in Dixie’s world. They don’t know what it’s like, all the decision, obstacles and heart-wrenching decisions she has to make. All the 99% who have contacted her, criticizing her and putting her down need her. It’s the 1% that create all of our worlds that we get to live. She, on the other hand, has to suffer the burden. Obviously, this is not a popularity contest. She has gone down that road for 11 years, and look where it’s gotten her? She’s not going to say what Hulk did earlier in the ring was a mistake, but she would have appreciated it if he had run it by her first. She calls it a lapse in judgment and a life lesson, because Hulk, we know what it will take to take this company to another level. They have to make the hard decisions that have to be made, and Hulk now has a decision. Is he going to get in line and get on Team Dixie, or is he going to be like AJ and watch from the sidelines? She is going to give Hulk a week to think about it, and she knows he’ll make the right decision.
End of show.
Wow, and here I thought, after Dixie’s promo last week, it was the worst possible promo she could ever cut. She absolutely outdid herself this week. I’d even go as far as to say this was not only her worst promo ever, but maybe, just maybe, one of the worst promos in history.
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