Matt Hardy Posts His Mission Statement Posted by Steve Carrier on 09/01/2012
at 08:58 AM
- Matt Hardy posted the following on Facebook last night:
MY MISSION STATEMENT
My turbulent time in life is done. I will
not be negative again. I will not be stained by hate again. I will not use poor
judgment again. I will not be hypocritical, and I will always try to be brutally
honest with everyone I interact with. Without going into intricate details now,
last Thanksgiving I had a vision that led me to believe I have a purpose to
serve in this life. Everyday it becomes more of a reality. My body is slowly
becoming healthy again.. It's time for me to utilize it by realizing it's
current maximum potential and by being disciplined in doing so. I can make a
difference because of the experiences I've learned from my victories and my
failures. And I will. I refuse to let ANYONE or ANYTHING detour me from what the
future holds for me. This has caused changes in my life and may mean more.. But
if God and the bigger plan calls for it, then so be it. If you've believed in me
throughout my ups and downs, thank you so much for your support. If you believed
in me, and then I lost your faith, I understand. I hope you and any
non-believers or pessimistic skeptics will follow me in the future. I hope to
change your minds. Regardless, I have to do what I know is right-for me, for my
loved ones, and my true friends. I've been given SO much by SO many people, it's
my turn to give back by helping, sharing, and teaching. I know what I have to do
in my lifetime.. My name is Matt Hardy and I'm a small-town boy from Cameron, NC
with big-time dreams. I take pride in the truth of my own reality-and that
empowers me. It's now my time and job now to empower you. Godspeed everyone.
Ziggler Says He's Ready for the Main Event Scene Posted by Steve Carrier on 08/31/2012 at 12:53 PM
In an interview with Jan Murphy for the Kingston Whig-Standard publication, Dolph Ziggler said he feels like his character is about to reach main-event status after being on a "constant build, clawing or scratching for every inch" WWE has given him.
“Had I been handed it, it might not have worked out the same. I might not be as grateful for everything that’s slowly but surely coming my way. Bit man, I’ve been chomping at this main event scene for two, three years now, ready to go, and I think it’s going hit right at the peak of my career, right when I’m starting to figure out more and more. I’m learning every day. I think it’s just going to hit at the right time and it’s just going to blow up.”
Ziggler also mentioned about making it an "art form" to be the “bad guy who gets beat up."
"I go out there and I try to do it better than everyone else. Whether I’m a punching bag for 30 seconds or going out there and having a 30-minute classic, I find a way to stand out and do what I do better than everyone else.”
WWE NXT's Bray Wyatt Returning Next Month Posted by Steve Carrier on 08/30/2012 at 07:59 AM
- WWE NXT star Bray Wyatt, the former Husky Harris, suffered a torn pec back in June and it was reported that he would be out of action for around six months. Wyatt took to Twitter last night and announced that he will be returning to NXT at the September 20th tapings from Full Sail University.
Wyatt teases that he will be bringing some new faces with him:
"Do you believe? The wait is almost over........"
"September the 20th. Full sail university #returnOfWyatt"
"Time to change the world. I will no longer be alone, i want to introduce you to my family"
Drew McIntyre Talks About Revolution in WWE Posted by Steve Carrier on 08/30/2012 at 07:55 AM
- WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre took to Twitter last night to talk about a revolution in WWE. The pic that McIntyre mentioned in the last tweet is a photo of him and Bret Hart, taken when McIntyre was 22. Here's what he wrote:
"Sometimes in life, you got to step back and realize no matter what you have accomplished or you feel the world owes you. In reality, you're damn lucky to even be involved in WWE. I know you're all calling for a revolution....it's not time yet ;)"
"After all, no matter what the net says. Wrestlings future is ours!! The current generation have a chance to save our business, and if we don't wrestling as we know it is finished. Taker, hunter, Pat, Bret(this pic is for when I was 22)"
Gail Kim wants her and Madison Rayne to get a rematch
against Knockouts Tag Team Champions ODB and Eric young, who returned to Impact
last night. The two teams last met back in May. Kim tweeted last night:
"There has been an overwhelming response to wanting @MRayneTNA & I for
the next tag team champions.Tell @IMPACTWRESTLING !!! Rematch!!!"
- The Wrestling Observer reported earlier this week that Bully Ray was considered to be a probable re-sign for TNA, before Ray went on Twitter and hinted that he would be finishing up at Bound For Glory. It's interesting to note that the two were originally a package deal for TNA but it appears that has changed as Devon has already parted ways with the company.
Hey everyone! Once again, the Wrestleview Resident Teacher will be the "substitute", this time for my good friend Mike Tedesco. So what do teachers love to do at the end of the work week? Watch some professional wrestling, of course. Mike will return next week.
Then. Now. Forever. So it begins.
Tonight, Randy Orton will battle Dolph Ziggler sometime during the show. Also, is "The Game Over"?
Lillian Garcia welcomes Sheamus. Sheamus, the World Heavyweight Champion walks down to the ring and gets a nice reaction from the Green Bay audience. Sheamus begins his promo by acknowledging HHH as one of his toughest opponents. Sheamus said that HHH gave him his first WrestleMania loss, and he has the respect of him and the entire WWE Universe. He said that HHH has everything while Alberto Del Rio doesn't.
Enter Damien Sandow, wearing a blue and white rope and an unorthodox way to hold a microphone. Sandow begs for indulgence. Sandow is here to help all of us, particularly Sheamus. Sandow calls him ignorant. Sheamus talked about HHH, and on the 1000th episode DX (HHH and his gang) assaulted Sandow in the middle of the ring, in which Sheamus thought it was great. Sandow said that was a typical remark from a hooligan. Sandow said listening to Sheamus makes the WWE Universe inept. Sandow then said he brings a stereotype to the Irish. Sheamus said everyone has a life and does not have for him. Sheamus tells Sandow to shut up. Sandow talks about enrichment, and Sheamus wants him to enter the ring.
Sandow said Sheamus was unworthy of his time. Sandow saved Sheamus from thrashing him and says "You're Welcome". Well, Booker T, the Smackdown GM enters the ramp and agreed with Sandow. Booker T said we want a physical thrashing. Booker said we are in Green Bay, Wisconsin and for the first time we will see Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus. Sheamus is pleased with the verdict, while Sandow appears flabbergasted.
Rey Mysterio is walking backstage. He is next.
We see a Vince Lombardi statue and Lambeau Field.
Singles Match Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
Cole said that Mysterio is 100% after his concussion. Rhodes cuts a promo earlier about wrestlers in masks. Rhodes said they wear the masks because of panic and ugliness.
The match begins with them circling around until Rhodes takes Mysterio down. Mysterio counters with a hammerlock. Rhodes then takes it to the corner and takes him down with a punch. Mysterio applies a waistlock, but Rhodes breaks free. Mysterio with a kick to the ropes, but the 619 was averted. Mysterio chased Rhodes, but Rhodes counters and then slams Mysterio's face to the announce table.
We are back, and Rhodes ends a hope spot by Mysterio with a Twisting Suplex. Rhodes then wore Mysterio down in the middle of the ring. Rhodes then goes with the Front Suplex, then a stomp but still can't get the three count. Rhodes then keeps Mysterio down with a stomp to the abdominal region. Rhodes then snapmared Mysterio down and then applies a modified chinlock to keep control. Mysterio then gets up, and Rhodes goes for the mask. Mysterio pulls Rhodes to the corner and then hits a Seated Senton and begins his run and concluded it with a spin kick to Rhodes' head.
Rhodes hits the chinbreaker, then connects with a Shining Wizard for a two count. Rhodes misses on a back suplex. However, Mysterio misses the 619. Rhodes tried to pull Mysterio's mask, but Mysterio counters it with a rollup for the pinfall victory.
Winner via Pinfall: Rey Mysterio Grade: B-
After the match, Rhodes immediately goes after Mysterio. Rhodes now wants the mask again and Sin Cara runs in for the save. Mysterio pops up with a 619. Sin Cara then holds one of his masks and wraps it around Rhodes' face. Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio celebrate while Rhodes appears embarrassed.
The commentators agree that Rhodes needs to move on. Also, they talk about the anger management groups from Raw.
Last Monday, we see some group therapy sessions. Daniel Bryan said he is "fine". Then a kid with a goat mask enters and Bryan goes off. Bryan said he is handsome. The "doctor" said that it was his son and he was playing a goat in a school play.
Eve Torres makes her way to the ring as the Special Assistant to Booker T. Two weeks ago, Kaitlyn defeated Eve in a Diva Battle Royal to be the #1 Contender for the Divas Championship currently held by Layla. Eve is on commentary. Kaitlyn vs. Natalya is next.
Singles Match Natalya vs. Kaitlyn
They tie up immediately and Natalya then takes Kaitlyn down with a headlock. Kaitlyn applies a headlock, and then does a flying shoulder tackle. However, outside of the ring, Natalya throws Kaitlyn down and demands respect. They are inside of the ring and Natalya commands respect while applying the abdominal stretch. Natalya then pulls the right leg back while the hold remained intact.
Kaitlyn tosses Natalya off of her, then hits a dropkick. However, Natalya clobbers her with a Discus Clothesline. As she commanded respect, Kaitlyn rolls Natalya over and wins.
Winner via Pinfall: Kaitlyn Grade: D+ (leaned toward C-)
Matt Striker is with Booker T. Striker talks about Raw and we see a clip of Vickie Guerrero demanding the title of Raw General manager. AJ Lee then entered and attacked Vickie in retaliation. Booker T said that the pressure is getting to AJ and he criticized some of her decisions. Vickie Guerrero cuts Booker T off and said that little psychotic AJ should be taken off as GM of Raw. Vickie said that Booker "agreed" that AJ is CRAZY! Vickie spoke of "The Board of Directors" and they will take action. If they don't, Vickie will take action. Booker stares her down.
Up Next: NO RESPECT!
At Night of Champions: CM Punk vs. John Cena for Punk's WWE Championship
Raw Rebound: Punk beats Jerry Lawler and demands respect.
Anger Management Meeting #2: "Harold" talked about he does work and the boss gets all the credit. Daniel Bryan talks about his boss, who was his ex-fiancée who left him at the altar. The doctor welcomes his last patient, and it is Kane. Bryan does not want to believe it.
Next, Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow.
Singles Match (non-title) World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
They tie-up and Sandow demands that the ref relinquish Sheamus from the tie-up. Sheamus then grows tired and grabs Sandow by the beard. Sandow applies a headlock, Sheamus escapes and Sandow catches his breath outside of the ring.
Sandow uses the ref as a shield and applies another headlock. Sheamus powers out with a couple shoulder tackles and Sandow leaves. Sheamus is baited to an outside attack by Sandow. Sandow drills Sheamus to the steps and then takes his knee out on those steps as well. Sandow hoped to win by countout, but Sheamus enters back in. Sandow goes in on the attack instantly. Sandow kept Sheamus grounded with a chinlock in the middle of the ring.
Sheamus breaks the hold, but Sandow does the neckbreaker and flips up. However, he does not have time for the Elbow of Distain. Sheamus misses on a corner attack and Sandow hits the neckbreaker and follows it with clubbing blows to the chest. Sandow applies a chinlock, and Sheamus breaks the hold. Sheamus then begins his run with a back body drop, Irish Hammers and a knee to the face. Sandow avoids punishment, but Sheamus grabs hold and clubs him along the ropes. Sheamus enters the ring with a slingshot shoulder tackle. Sandow avoids an Irish Curse and leaves. Sandow avoids more of Sheamus' signature moves until Sandow had enough. Brave Sir Sandow Ran Away...
Winner via Countout: Sheamus Grade: C+
After the match, Sheamus celebrates with the title.
Later: Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler. Also, is it "Game Over" for HHH?
We see some Green Bay Packers jerseys. Green Bay Wide Receiver Donald Driver is in the crowd.
The Prime Time Players are dancing. Their match is now.
Tag Team Match
The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) vs. International Airstrike (Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel)
Last Week, the PTPers want the Tag Team Championship, but The Usos, Primo and Epico, and Gabriel and Kidd plead their cases to the Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth and a fight breaks out.
O'Neil and Kidd start the match off. O'Neil powers up to start. Gabriel is in and both connect with a nice double team dropkick on O'Neil. Young is tagged in (Meanwhile on Tout, The Usos think they should be the next tag team champions). Gabriel uses the armdrag, takes Young down and Kidd is tagged in for another combo move. Young pushes Kidd to their corner and O'Neil is in. Kidd tried to fight them off, but O'Neil clobbers Kidd down.
O'Neil then drops Kidd down hard, Young is in and Young is front suplexed on Kidd. Kidd escapes Young's offense and Gabriel is in. Gabriel uses kicks, then a spinning forearm. Gabriel then takes O'Neil down and hits the STO on Young. Kidd and O'Neil fight on. However, Young avoids the 450 Splash and hits his finisher, The Gut Check, for the pinfall victory.
Winners via Pinfall: The Prime Time Players (Young pins Gabriel) Grade: C-.
After the match, The Prime Time Players dance...horribly.
Anger Management Segment: Kane takes his mask off, and then runs down every single event of his life. If one has not seen this segment, it is a must see. You don't make characters like Kane anymore. Next Week: Anger Collage.
Bryan is going mad, and Kane and Harold have a moment.
Next: An Alberto Del Rio Exclusive Interview
Josh Mathews is in the ring and welcomes Alberto Del Rio. However, that was not good enough as Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Del Rio. Del Rio drives an Excaliber, which is more than over $100,000. At Night of Champions, Cole said that Sheamus will go up against Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Del Rio and Rodriguez are in the ring. Mathews runs down how he beat Orton last week, but Del Rio cuts him off and said that he made Orton tap out. (Clip of the "Tap Out") Del Rio said he will make Sheamus tap out and be the NEW World Heavyweight Champion. Mathews said that Del Rio was bested by Sheamus. Del Rio called him a weasel and then is about to go after Mathews until the PYRO hits. Kane enters the ring in a brisk pace. Del Rio and Rodriguez escape. Mathews flees in terror. Kane on the mic said that his therapist said he should apologize for Mathews. Kane is sorry, and thanks Mathews for being a part of his recovery program. Teddy Long enters and said Del Rio will be in a match with Kane...RIGHT NOW!
Singles Match (In Progress) Kane vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez)
Kane cornered Del Rio and backed off. Kane brushes off a couple of kicks but Kane punches away. (Meanwhile, Mathews does not trust Kane). Del Rio gets a kick in, but Kane delivers a right hand and Del Rio is down. Del Rio quickly grabs Kane's arm and drills it to the post. Kane approaches Del Rio with a Chokeslam, but Del Rio avoids it.
Kane delivers a boot, and follows it up with a Side Slam (Cole calls is a Sidewalk Slam). Kane goes up top and soars with a Top Rope Clothesline. Kane grabs hold of Rodriguez. Del Rio, the cunning aristocrat, hits the Backstabber and scores the pinfall victory.
Winner via Pinfall: Alberto Del Rio Grade: C-
Rodriguez celebrates by declaring Del Rio as the winner. Kane embraces his hate, runs toward Josh Mathews and throws him down. Kane said "I'm sorry, I am losing my temper". Kane chokeslams Mathews, and Mathews sells it like a champion. It looks like Michael Cole will go solo for the main event.
Replays of Del Rio's win and Kane's attack were featured. Kane walks slowly with his arm crossed.
Up Next: Game Over for HHH?
Michael Cole is alone. Moments ago, Mathews was taken for medical testing. Cole pleads to the GMs of the WWE that wrestlers should not attack commentators. Finally, Cole talks about HHH.
Last Monday: HHH talks about his loss to Brock Lesnar. He talks, he cries, the crowd chants "Tri-Ple-H".
Vickie Guerrero excuses herself and introduces Dolph Ziggler.
Singles Match Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Randy Orton
Last Week: Ziggler attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank Case, but Orton hit the RKO and put an end to it.
They tie-up, then Orton delivers a shoulder tackle. Ziggler manages a drop kick and poses a bit. Ziggler applies a headlock on Orton, and Orton follow suit. Orton then hits his own drop kick. After a pin attempt, Orton stomps away on Ziggler, then rakes his knee to Ziggler's face. Orton executes a great Slingshot Suplex and gets a two count.
Ziggler then gets a kick in and finishes with a neckbreaker. Ziggler grounds Orton with Elbow Drops and covers for a two count. Ziggler applies a chinlock. Orton gets up in a few seconds. They exchange punches, and Orton concludes that after a backbreaker. Ziggler avoids a corner attack and uses great force on his lariat to Orton. Orton escapes a Leaping Elbow by Ziggler, then Orton escapes the corner and begins his run. Orton snap slams Ziggler down and smiles to the crowd. Orton then goes to the ropes, but Ziggler snaps Orton's neck on the ropes.
Both go back and forth until Orton hits a Superplex on Ziggler. Ziggler kicks out at two and the match continues. Ziggler immediately goes for a DDT and hits it! Ziggler covers Orton for two and now both men are down. Ziggler is waiting for Orton to pop up, Orton catches Ziggler and plants him with the Orton DDT but can't score the victory (Vickie laughs it off). Orton throws Ziggler to the table, avoids the Zig Zag, and plants an RKO on Ziggler. Ziggler looks like he just died in the ring after the RKO, well done.
Winner via Pinfall: Randy Orton Grade: C+
After match Vickie Guerrero declares Dolph Ziggler as the winner after grabbing the microphone from Lillian Garcia. However, Orton's music hits and we end the show.
X-Division wrestler Sonjay Dutt returned
to Impact Wrestling during last night's house show in Richmond Virginia last
night. There were previous
reports made by The Wrestling Observer that Dutt was done in TNA and had not
signed a contract shortly after his Destination X Pay Per View appearance.
Observer is reporting that Ric Flair is legally free from his TNA no-compete
contract as of September 10 2012. In just a mere 10 days, Flair is legally
entitled to seek job offers from other promotions including the WWE. It remains
to be seen however if the WWE is interested in Flair following the the TNA vs
WWE legal spat in which WWE lawyers specifically mentioned that the company had
no interest in signing Flair.
Flair has also rumored to be filing for
divorce from his latest wife, Jacqueline Beems. Flair has now been married and
divorced four times.
down the different scenarios leading up to the final two BFG Series league
The new standings after this week's Impact
The last 2 league matches are on
next week's Impact: Rob Van Dam vs Bully Ray and
Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe.
Here is the analysis
leading up to the final 2 league matches:
ANALYSIS:- (1) Samoa
Joe and James Storm are guaranteed in the top 4, whatever happens next
(2) If Bully Ray vs RVD ends in a draw, both will qualify for the
final 4, unless Hardy defeats Joe by submission(which is very unlikely).
However, it's interesting to note that if RVD vs
Bully Ray ends up in a draw, and Hardy defeats Samoa Joe by submission, then,
we'll have a tie at the 4th spot between Bully Ray and RVD.
(3) If RVD vs
Bully Ray ends in a DQ, and Joe defeats Hardy, then AJ Styles and the winner of
RVD vs Bully Ray will advance.
(4) If RVD vs Bully Ray doesn't end in a
draw or a DQ, the the winner of that match will advance, alongwith: (i) the
loser of that match, if Jeff Hardy either loses/draws against Samoa Joe, or gets
a win by countout/DQ. or (ii) Jeff Hardy, if Jeff Hardy defeats Samoa Joe by
either a pinfall or a submission.
(5) So, if it's given that Jeff Hardy
can't/doesn't win against Samoa Joe via submission, the best thing for Bully
Ray/RVD to do is to lay down in the ring for 15 minutes, and both of them will
be in the final 4.
So, there is still chance for AJ Styles to qualify,
And moreover, there is also a rare chance of having a tie at Top 4 position. The
fact that there still are so many possibilities with only two matches to go is
the final seven days of the BFG Series, eight of the twelve competitors still
have a chance to make the final four at No Surrender and main event Bound for
Glory in October. The BFG Series this year featured a round-robin tournament
between the twelve competitors battling to see who could accumulate the most
points. It wasn’t just if you won, but how you won. BFG
SERIES PREVIEW VIDEOS | JEFF HARDY VS. KURT
ANGLE | AJ STYLES VS. SAMOA
JOE | ROB VAN DAM VS. JAMES
Here are the final 5 matches that will take place
over the next two IMPACT broadcast 8/30
Impact James Storm vs. RVD Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles Jeff Hardy
vs. Kurt Angle 9/6 Impact Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa
Joe Rob Van Dam vs. Bully Ray With just five matches remaining in the
series, here are the standings. Mathematically
eliminated from the final four are Christopher Daniels, Magnus, Robbie and The
Pope. Some wrestlers control their own destiny, and some need a lot of help!
Here is how it breaks down for those eight still in play.
JEFF HARDY (42 Points)
Jeff Hardy has two matches
left in the series vs. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. Jeff needs to win both his
matches to even have a shot to make the final four. Two pinfall victories would
put him at 56 points and at 3rd place. Hardy is not known for submission but a
victory in one or both could help his cause as well. A loss to Kurt Angle this
week will eliminate Jeff from the final four at No Surrender and the BFG Series.
KEY WINS Defeating James Storm on the 7/5
Impact Defeating Bully Ray on 8/16 Impact KEY
LOSSES Losing the Tables Match at Hardcore Justice (worth 20
points) Losing to AJ Styles at Live Event in Brooklyn, NY 7/21
MR. ANDERSON (47 Points)
Mr. Anderson has no
matches left at the series and is sitting at 47 points. Mr. Anderson is all but
mathematically eliminated from the series. He would need a miracle to make the
This week he needs AJ Styles to lose by disqualification to
Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle to lose via disqualification against Jeff Hardy, RVD to
lose via disqualification to James Storm! Next week he needs Samoa Joe to defeat
Jeff Hardy! And Bully Ray to defeat RVD or go to a draw!
Mr. Anderson did not compete in opening gauntlet match for 20 points when he
waived that right and instead faced the World Champion at the time (Bobby Roode)
for the World Title that same night. He took a gamble that now looks to have
cost him! KEY WINS Defeated Bully Ray on 8/23
Impact Defeated AJ Styles on 7/19 Open Fight Night KEY
LOSSES No winning the Falls Count Anywhere match at Hardcore Justice
worth 20 points Losing to Kurt Angle on 7/12 Impact
KURT ANGLE (48 Points)
Kurt Angle is sitting at 48
points in the BFG Series with one match left vs. Jeff Hardy. He needs a win and
some help to make the final four! If Kurt Angle gets a submission vs. Jeff Hardy
he’ll be at 58 points and a pin gets him to 55 points.
With a submission
he’ll need James Storm to defeat RVD. Samoa Joe to beat AJ Styles or AJ Styles
to win via Pinfall over Samoa Joe, if AJ wins via submission then Kurt is out!
Plus Kurt would need a DRAW between RVD and Bully on the final week to lock it
up! If Kurt wins via pinfall over Jeff Hardy, he’ll need James Storm to beat
RVD, Samoa Joe to defeat AJ Styles. And Bully Ray to beat RVD. End result –
Kurt Angle needs to make Jeff Hardy to tap! KEY
WINS Defeating Bully Ray on Impact 7/26 Defeating Mr. Anderson on
Impact KEY LOSSES Losing to Samoa Joe via
Submission at Destination X Losing to James Storm via Pin on Impact
Losing the Ladder Match at Hardcore Justice (worth 20 points)
AJ STYLES (50 Points)
AJ Styles had a ton of
distraction during the BFG Series due to the mind games played by Christopher
Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. With one match remaining, AJ Styles is sitting at
50 points! To make the final four, he must win and get some help!
Styles pins Samoa Joe he’ll end with 57 points, if he can make Samoa Joe submit,
he’ll finish with 60 points. AJ needs James Storm to defeat RVD and for
Bully Ray to beat RVD next week to guarantee a spot in the final four even with
a victory. KEY WINS Won Ladder match at
Hardcore Justice for 20 points Defeated Christopher Daniels on Impact
8/16 KEY LOSSES To Kurt Angle on Impact
8/9 To Magnus on Open Fight Night 6/21
BULLY RAY (55
Bully Ray has one match remaining in the series on
the final week vs. RVD. Sitting at 55 points, he is in control of his own
destiny. Beat RVD next week and he’s in the final four!
Lose and he needs
help! If he loses to RVD, he’ll need AJ Styles to lose to Samoa Joe. He’ll need
Jeff Hardy to beat Kurt Angle but lose to Samoa Joe! He’ll need RVD to have lost
to James Storm as well! For Bully Ray, it’s win and you’re in! KEY WINS Winning the Tables Match at Hardcore Justice for
20 points Defeating AJ Styles on Xplosion KEY
LOSSES Losing to Samoa Joe via Submission on 6/28 Impact Losing
to Kurt Angle via pin on 7/26 Impact
ROB VAN DAM (55
RVD, sitting at 55 points, controls his own destiny
in the BFG Series. With two matches in hand, RVD needs to win one of his last
two matches to guarantee himself a spot in the final four.
A victory over
James Storm or Bully Ray gets him into the final four! Two loses, and he could
be on the outside looking in.
KEY WINS Won
Falls-Count-Anywhere match at Hardcore Justice for 20 points. Defeated Samoa
Joe on Impact 7/12 KEY LOSSES Lost to Jeff
Hardy on 6/21 Impact Lost to Christopher Daniels on Open Fight Night
SAMOA JOE (61 Points)
Joe burned out a big point total in the BFG Series with numerous submission
victories worth 10 points. Sitting at 61 points, he has two matches left vs. AJ
Styles and Jeff Hardy. Joe is out to be in first place and two victories will
get him there.
KEY WINS Defeated Kurt Angle
by Submission at Destination X Defeated Bully Ray by Submission on Impact
6/28 KEY LOSSES Lost to James Storm on Open
Fight Night 6/21 Lost to RVD on 7/12 Impact
STORM (66 Points)
James Storm had the most to prove in the
BFG Series coming off his loss to Bobby Roode at Lockdown. Refocused on his
career, James made his triumphant return to Impact Wrestling the week the BFG
Series kicked off. Winning the opening gauntlet, James jumped to an early lead.
A few stumbles during the series only forced him to work harder and now he sits
at number one.
James has one match left in the series vs. RVD. He win
and he locks up the number one spot in the BFG Series. KEY
WINS Winning opening Gauntlet for 20 points Defeated Kurt Angle
on Impact 8/2 KEY LOSSES Lost to Bully Ray on
Impact 8/9 Lost to Jeff Hardy on Impact 7/5 Who will be in the final four
at No Surrender? Who will main event Bound For Glory vs. the World Heavyweight
Champion in October in Phoenix, AZ? Tune into Impact Wrestling Live every
Thursday at 8/7c on Spike TV!
Hello everyone, and welcome to this week's WWE Superstars recap.
If you all are ready, then since Adelitas Way is playing the intro, let's get on with the show!
Ryback vs. Johnny Curtis
Crowd chants "Feed Me More" for Ryback as he backs Curtis into the corner. Curtis backs away, then Ryback again backs Curtis into the corner. Curtis with a right hand that incenses Ryback and the chase is on as Curtis goes to the outside with Ryback in hot pursuit. It was all a trap as Curtis with clubs and kicks to the back. Curtis with an uppercut, but Ryback catches him with a shoulder tackle. Ryback with a big hiptoss, but Curtis catches him with a back elbow. Curtis with a 2nd rope clothesline for a 1 count. Curtis with more clubs to the back, then hooks Ryback in a front chancery as the crowd wills Ryback on. Ryback tries to break free, but Curtis holds on. Ryback slams Curtis out of the hold, then hits a shoulder tackle. Ryback sends Curtis to the corner and hits a series of shoulders. Ryback with a standing backdrop, followed by a big boot to the chest. The crowd chants "Feed Me More" as Ryback drills Curtis with the Meathook.
Ryback yells "Finish It", lifts up Curtis while marching around and hits Shell Shocked for the victory.
Winner: Ryback by pinfall (Shell Shocked)
Ryback says "Feed me a Championship" as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see video of Triple H's speech from RAW before we go to another commercial.
Back from commercial, we are ready for the next match.
Epico & Primo w/Rosa Mendes vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
Epico & Jimmy will start things off. Epico with a waistlock, but Jimmy with a wristlock into a side headlock takedown. Epico with a headscissors, but Jimmy kips out. Epico with a side headlock takedown, Jimmy with a headscissors, but Epico is unable to kip out. Epico gets to the ropes, forcing Jimmy to break. Epico with an arm wrench, but Jimmy with a wristlock. Epico gets to the ropes and Jimmy breaks clean. Epico goes for a kick, but Jimmy with a right hand. Tag into Jey and the Usos with a double whip, double back elbow and a double elbowdrop for a 1 count. Jey with an "Uso" chant as he whips Epico, who slides under Jey's legs, but Jey shoos off a dropkick. Jey with another "Uso" chant while Primo tags in. Jey with a leg sweep on Primo, then Primo with one of his own, but neither man gets a fall. Primo with an arm wrench into an armbar. Jey whips out, sending Primo to the corner, but he runs into a boot by Primo. Primo with a corner whip, then does a headstand as Jey tries to backdrop him over the ropes. Primo goes for a headscissors, but Jey breaks free, sending Primo crashing to the mat below. Tag into Jimmy as the Uso with a double headbutt. Jimmy with a chop in the corner, then puts on the brakes off a corner whip and nails Primo with a double chop. Corner whip by Jimmy, but he runs into a boot by Primo.
Primo stomps away at Jimmy, then hits a snap suplex for a 1 count. Primo locks in a chinlock as Rosa talks trash from the outside. Jimmy tries to break free. but Primo drives him back down. Primo tries for a springboard corkscrew moonsault, but Jimmy moves out of the way. Tag into Jey, who hits a series of forearms to Primo. Jey with a savate kick to the gut, followed by catching Primo coming in with the twisting forearm. Epico comes in, but he is sent through the ropes and to the outside. Jimmy then comes off the apron with a flying shoulder tackle onto Epico. Primo goes to the outside, but is then met by a slingshot plancha by Jey. The Usos with another "Uso" chant while the cousins Colon try to regain their bearings as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Epico tries, but fails on a headbutt attempt. Jey does a little dance and nails Epico with a right hand. Corner whip by Jey, reversed by Epico, but he runs into a knee by Jey. Jey heads up to the middle rope and knocks off Primo from the apron who was trying to come in. However, the distraction allows Epico to throw Jey off the 2nd rope and to the outside.
Epico draws Jimmy into the ring, allowing Primo to drive Jey back first into the apron on the outside. Tag into Primo, who hits a slingshot senton on Jey. Primo with a chinlock with the body scissors applied as the crowd wills on Jey. Jey breaks free, but is unable to make the tag to Jimmy. Epico gets the tag and he nails Jey with a boot, followed by a face rake. Epico then with the inverted Three Amigos for a nearfall. Epico locks in a chinlock as the crowd again tries to will Jey on. Jey breaks free, then goes for a Sunset flip, but Epico is able to tag in Primo, who nails Jey with a dropkick to the ribs. Primo draws in Jimmy as he nails Jey with an overhand chop. Primo does a cartwheel to taunt the crowd, but then Jey fights back with right hands. However, Primo comes right back with a kick to the gut, followed by a corner whip. Jey, though, is able to move out of the way on Primo's charge in and Primo hangs himself up in the ropes.
Epico & Jimmy get the tags in as Jimmy with a series of strikes. Epico reverses a whip, but Jimmy nails him with a flying shoulder tackle. Jimmy with a clothesline, followed by a savate kick to the gut and finally a Samoan Drop. Jimmy with an "Uso" chant as Epico goes to the corner. Jimmy charges and connects with the Samoan Bulldozer Butt Smash, but Primo breaks up the pin attempt. Jey pulls down the top rope, sending Primo to the outside, but then Primo knocks Jey off the apron. Epico goes for the Backstabber, but Jimmy shoos him off. Jimmy with a superkick and then motions that he is heading up top. Jimmy hits the Samoan Splash, but Rosa hops up on the apron.
Then, while the referee is with Rosa, Primo comes in and nails Jimmy with the Backstabber, allowing Epico to steal the victory.
Winners: Epico & Primo by pinfall (Backstabber)
Epico, Primo & Rosa celebrate while the Usos are angry over the loss as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to this week's "RAW Rebound", with a look at the Steel Cage match between CM Punk & Jerry Lawler before the main event.
Main Event: Alex Riley vs. "The Punjabi Nightmare" Jinder Mahal
Crowd chants for Riley as he locks in a side headlock. Mahal backs Riley to the ropes and Riley breaks. Riley with a waistlock, but Mahal with a wristlock. Riley counters back into the side headlock and keeps hold when Mahal tries to whip out of it. Mahal is able to break free, followed by hitting a shoulder tackle. Riley comes back with his hiptoss into a suplex, followed by a side headlock takedown. Mahal backs Riley into the ropes again, then hits a kick to the knee. Mahal with a series of knees to the gut, but Riley comes back with a sliding gut shot. Riley with a running boot to the side of Mahal's head, but then Mahal reverses a corner whip. Riley goes up & over, but then Mahal hiptosses Riley into the corner.
Mahal stomps away at Riley and sends him to the outside. Mahal whips Riley into the barricade, then throws him back into the ring, where he gains a nearfall. Mahal continues to stomp away at Riley before locking in a chinlock. Riley tries to break free, but then Mahal with a back suplex for a nearfall. Mahal goes back to the chinlock as the crowd wills on Riley. Mahal switches to the half nelson face lock, followed by a knee to the gut when Riley tries to break free. Mahal goes for another back suplex, but Riley turns over in mid-air with a crossbody for a nearfall. Mahal goes for a slam, but Riley breaks free, then ducks under a clothesline and nails him with a dropkick.
Riley with a back elbow, followed by a pair of clotheslines. Riley runs into a boot by Mahal, but then catches him with a spinebuster. Riley hits an Implant DDT for a nearfall. Riley heads up top, but Mahal knocks him off the ropes and to the mat below. Mahal then hits a running knee to the head.
Mahal then locks in the Camel Clutch and Riley has no choice but to submit.
Winner: "The Punjabi Nightmare" Jinder Mahal by submission (Camel Clutch)
This week’s live TNA Impact opened with a video package recapping last week’s events, notably Tara pinning Miss Tessmacher, the latest Bound for Glory Series outcomes, and the end of A.J. Styles/Claire blackmail storyline.
Impact Zone: Mike Tenay introduced the show, focusing on the Aces & Eights group causing chaos last week. TNA then rolled video from last week when A&E arrived on motorcycles and picked a fight with Team Sting before injuring TNA World Hvt. champion Austin Aries.
After the video aired, Aries’s music played to bring out the World champ sporting a cast over his injured right arm. In the ring, Aries addressed A&E’s attack. He said they brought in 20 guys to create a diversion, then had six guys single him out to injure his arm. Aries said people are wondering if he will relinquish the title after the attack. But, that won’t be the case. He said he might not be medically cleared to wrestle tonight, but that doesn’t mean he can’t fight. Also, he’s left-handed, so his good hand is ready for some fighting. Aries called out the group and said he’ll sit in the ring all night until A&E answers his challenge.
After a pause, Hulk Hogan’s music played to bring out Hollywood Hogan and Sting, whom Tenay described as the “unified leaders” of TNA. On-stage, Hogan said he wants The Champ to calm down because they come in peace. Hogan said he just wants to let everyone know that he is back as GM. After thanking Sting for running the show, Hogan said things are going to run exactly how he wants them to go. He noted A&E messed with him, this business, his family, and wrestlers in the back. So, if they want a blood-bath, they’re here to have one. Hogan told Aries they’re here for support and Aries can have whatever he wants tonight.
Aries said he has a pretty long list of things he wants, but number one in his list is getting his hands on the group. He said he doesn’t care who it is, but he wants one of them to fight him tonight. Suddenly, the group appeared on the video screen. The spokesperson with the modulated voice said they do things on their terms and on their time. He mockingly asked Aries how his wing is doing. After the other members had a chuckle, the spokesperson said the group will let Aries and everyone else know what A&E is all about tonight. Back live, Aries acted annoyed by this development.
Still to come tonight: Joe vs. Styles, Angle vs. Hardy, and RVD vs. James Storm in BFG Series matches. They cut to shots of Van Dam and Storm warming up backstage ahead of their match up next.
Pre-taped Video: ODB was on the phone looking for her TV husband, Eric Young. ODB said in her voice-mail that they’re done if he doesn’t call back in 15 minutes. 15 minutes passed, but no call from EY. ODB said she misses EY, so she’ll extend the deadline to next week.
[Q2] After the announces reviewed the BFG Series standings, TNA rolled a video package on tonight’s matches continuing to build to the Final Four at No Surrender.
Impact Zone: Van Dam came out first and Tenay said he RVD needs to win one of his final two BFG Series matches to nail down a spot in the Final Four. James Storm, the current points-leader, was out next looking to solidify his spot in the Final Four in his last Series match.
1 — JAMES STORM vs. ROB VAN DAM — BFG Series match
After the bell sounded, Tenay passed along some news that the final #1 points-leader will be able to select his Final Four semi-final opponent at No Surrender. RVD and Storm looked a bit off in their exchanges early on before RVD knocked Storm to the outside. Van Dam followed with a plancha to the outside, which sent Impact to break.
Back live, Storm scored a close nearfall in the ring. RVD came back with a step-through kick to the face before charging Storm with a corner roundhouse kick. Next was Rolling Thunder for a two count. RVD was slow to follow up, allowing Storm to deliver an implant DDT for a two count. RVD sold being out cold as Storm dragged him to his feet to deliver Eye of the Storm for a close two count.
Storm followed up with right hand slaps before RVD reversed a corner whip and monkey-flipped Storm out of the corner. RVD continued to sell grogginess, then posed for the hard camera, which cost RVD the match, as he tried a somersault corner splash, but Storm intercepted him with a mid-air Last Call Superkick. Storm with the pin for the win to pad his first-place lead.
WINNER: Storm at 11:16 to earn 7 BFG Series points. The match just never clicked mixing a fighter/brawler like Storm with an overly-choreographed high-flyer like RVD.
[Q3] Ringside: Christy Hemme brought in James Storm for a post-match interview. Hemme made Storm’s arrival in the Final Four official before Storm excitedly said he did exactly what he said he was going to do when he came back to TNA – win the BFG Series and go on to win the TNA World Title.
Backstage: Former Knockouts champion Madison Rayne was shown making her way down the hallway. The announcers weren’t sure what she was coming out for, suggesting an in-ring segment next.
Impact Zone: Madison Rayne’s music played to bring out Rayne for a match announced by Hemme. Tenay recapped the Rayne/Earl Hebner storyline before Rayne took the mic. And, in the background was referee Taryn Terrell. In the ring, Hemme said she received a call from Brooke Hogan during the week letting her know that she would be getting her Knockouts Title re-match tonight. To further confuse things, ODB came out instead of Tessmacher. On-stage, ODB said she has some bad news for Rayne because she also got a phone call from Brooke, who told her she has a match tonight. Rayne said that’s not true. ODB ignored Tessmacher and said it’s the two of them tonight. But, Rayne wanted nothing to do with ODB, who hit the ring ready for a match.
2 — MADISON RAYNE vs. ODB — Taryn Terrell referee
After Madison insulted ODB as “trailer trash,” ODB spit liquid in Rayne’s face to officially start things. ODB then finished off Rayne in 30 seconds.
WINNER: ODB at 0:26.
After the match, Eric Young emerged on-stage dressed in a suit wearing shades and holding beer and chicken. EY hit the ring and presented his “wife” with presents before she tried to figure out this man was before him. ODB demanded to know where EY has been the past two months, and EY replied that he’s been in Hollywood filming a show. EY was ready to leave, but ODB wanted to know who he is. “Where is my husband that I married?” ODB said, saying EY isn’t who she married. EY said she’s right that this suit doesn’t look right. To begin addressing matters, EY started a slow clap before removing his suit jacket, dress shirt, and pants, revealing a U-S-A Speedo. This prompted a big smooch from ODB.
[Q4] Video package: The Styles/Claire story…must…continue. TNA recapped events last week when Claire Lynch’s attorney revealed Claire’s plot to work with Daniels and Kaz to blackmail Styles.
Backstage: Styles said he’s glad this whole thing is over. He said there’s a time and place to face Kaz and Daniels again, but right now he’s focused on entering the Final Four of the BFG Series. He vowed to go through Samoa Joe tonight to accomplish that.
Up Next: Prichard, Taz, and Al Snow talk Gut Check.
Gut Check last week: Al Snow said he was very disappointed by Kris Lewie last week. Prichard said if you’re going to come in for Gut Check, then be ready. Taz said Lewie choked. Prichard said there are some obvious negatives, but there are some positives. Taz focused on his back-story and sob story. Hey, there are 1,003,305 people out there with a sob story, so they should be able to do better than that. There were no other positives the judges could identify. Prichard told them to keep an open mind about Lewie. Taz said he thinks he’s made his decsion, but he’ll try to keep an open mind.
Backstage: Sting and Hogan talked about smelling blood. Sting wanted to blow a gasket, apparently on Aces & Eights, but Hogan told him to let the slow build-up take place. Then, Kaz and Daniels walked in to have a discussion with Hogan. Daniels told Kaz to speak first. Kaz reminded Sting and Hogan that they have iron-clad TNA contracts and they’re all friends. Hogan said they’re not friends and they hate Kaz and Daniels’s stinking guts. He then noted Styles isn’t done with them and he’ll get his revenge. And, his tag champions are going to fight. Hogan told them he’ll decide when and where, and he hopes they get their brains beat out. Daniels and Kaz tried to act calm before slowly walking away after the tongue-lashing.
Up Next: Styles vs. Joe in a BFG Series match.
Back from break, TNA aired a video package on Styles vs. Joe before the announcers reviewed each man’s place in the BFG Series standings. Just before the top of the hour, Christy Hemme introduced A.J. Styles.
[Q5 -- second hour] The announcers recapped Styles’s name being cleared of the Claire Lynch allegations before discussing Styles desperately needing points tonight to slip into the Final Four of the standings. Samoa Joe then came out to face Styles. Before the bell, TNA replayed Magnus blasting Joe’s forearm with a steel chair two weeks ago on Impact.
3 — A.J. STYLES vs. SAMOA JOE — BFG Series match
The two men felt each other out early on before Styles slipped to the floor to regroup. Back in the ring, Joe back-elbowed Styles into the ropes, but Styles came back with a kick to the knees to begin working on Joe’s lower body. Styles knocked Joe to the outside, then tried a plancha, but Joe kicked him in the gut to block. Back in the ring, Joe delivered a big snap powerslam for a two count. Tenay said that reminds him of K-1 kickboxing coming to Spike TV. Anyway, Joe followed with a modified cross-face into a bow & arrow looking for a submission victory, but Styles reached the bottom rope for a break.
At 5:30, Joe scooped up Styles for an atomic drop before delivering a big-boot to the face. But, Joe airballed a flying butt splash to give Styles an opening. Styles delivered right hand slaps and punches before going to the corner for a springboard forearm smash. Styles then Pele Kick’ed Joe’s bad arm and followed with a cross arm-breaker attempt. But, Joe escaped via rope break. Styles tried to follow in the corner, but Joe intercepted with an E. Honda frontslam.
Joe, fired up, stalked Styles for the rear-naked choke, but Styles countered with a quick roll-up for a two count. Then, Joe came back with the rear-naked choke, but Styles countered into an armbar. Joe didn’t tap, though, before shifting his weight on top of Styles to pin A.J.’s shoulders to the mat for a three count. Post-match: Styles sold dejection in the ring as the announcers noted submission wrestling is not Styles’s style, but he needed the 10 points.
WINNER: Joe at 8:09 to earn 7 BFG Series points. Great start to the second hour after a poor first hour. Also, an excellent example of what a fluid, compelling big-man vs. high-flyer match looks like, unlike the Storm vs. RVD match earlier.
Backstage: Lewie was shown preparing for his Gut Check evaluation up next.
[Q6] Backstage: Kurt Angle was shown talking about the importance of his match against Jeff Hardy tonight to determine who advances to the Final Four. Angle hyped his credentials and said he can’t let Hardy beat him tonight. Angle vowed to win the World Title at Bound for Glory.
Impact Zone: JB was in the ring with Taz, Bruce Prichard, and Al Snow. After formally introducing each judge, JB welcomed out Kris Lewie for his evaluation. Lewie came to the ring and JB asked him if he gave his best last week. Lewie nervously said he gets better every week. JB the formal Gut Check intro before asking Taz for his thoughts. Taz said he respects anyone who tries to make a career as a pro wrestler and comes out on national television to compete, but, quite frankly, Impact Wrestling is above his head. So, it’s a no. Prichard spoke next. He said he doesn’t like JB’s Gut Check intro, then did his own rendition that drew silence. Prichard talked about Lewie having a great story, but said Lewie needs to wake up from the dream because this business is not for him. TNA cut to a shot of his wife and child ringside. JB said that’s two no’s, so his Gut Check is over.
Suddenly, Joey Ryan was heard on a megaphone yelling at the judges. Ryan, on the front row, cut a promo on Al Snow, calling him a corporate stooge. Snow and Ryan had an exchange, then Ryan grabbed a cup from a ringside “fan” and threw a liquid in Snow’s face. Prichard held Snow back as Snow tried to hop the guardrail, then Snow broke through the guardrail and chased after Joey Ryan while Prichard jogged after him.
Up next: Angle vs. Hardy in the main event.
Backstage: Joseph Park is back. Park was shown addressing Hulk Hogan and Sting in the GM office. He said Aces & Eights has violated several laws and he thinks he might be able to get them on racketeering. Park wanted to be allowed to investigate the group and determine what they’re up to. Sting, going back several weeks ago, told Park to “kayfab” this conversation.
Ringside: MMA fighters were shown ringside promoting Bellator.
[Q7] Impact Zone: Jeff Hardy came out first for the TV main event for a “must-win match,” according to Tenay, who also noted Hardy faces Samoa Joe next week on Impact. The other match remaining after tonight is RVD vs. Bully Ray, who has not appeared on the show yet. Once Hardy and Angle settled into the ring, JB handled formal ring intros for tonight’s main event. Of note, JB slipped in a plug that Wrangler’s Jeans is sponsoring the main event.
4 — KURT ANGLE vs. JEFF HARDY — BFG Series match
Angle started things off with mat-based submissions trying to get a quick ten points, but Hardy cut him off with high-flying. Hardy corkscrewed Angle to the floor, then landed a double-foot dropkick through the ropes. Hardy followed with a flying splash on the outside. Back in the ring, Angle cut off Hardy to slow down the pace leading to break.
Back live, Hardy unloaded on Angle with a series of high-flying moves, but could only score a two count. Hardy teased the Twist of Fate, but Angle blocked and nailed a German Suplex. He wasn’t done, though, and ripped off two more. Angle then stalked Hardy for the Angle Slam, but Hardy easily escaped and hit the Twist of Fate. Hardy covered Angle, but Angle escaped just before three, stunning Hardy. Hardy came back with Whisper in the Wind and scored a near, near, nearfall.
At 9:00, Hardy measured Angle for a clothesline, but Angle belly-to-belly suplexed him, then dropped the straps. Angle wanted the Angle Slam and connected this time. He covered, but Hardy kicked out of Angle’s finisher, going tit-for-tat. Angle then teased the Anklelock, but Hardy countered into a pin for a two count. Hardy then hit a second Twist of Fate before climbing up top. Hardy wanted the Swanton Bomb, and he connected. Hardy covered, but Angle popped his shoulder just before three again. The pro-Hardy crowd shrieked, thinking Hardy got the win
[Q8] Hardy went back to the well, but Angle cut him off up-top. Hardy blocked Angle, though, and shoved him down to the mat. Hardy followed with a second Swanton Bomb and this one was good for the pin and the win as the Impact Zone went nuts for Hardy. Post-match: Angle sold with tears, realizing his journey back to the World Title was over. Hardy sold the effects of the match before TNA replayed the high points from the match. Back live, Angle was shown looking down at the mat contemplating his future.
WINNER: Hardy at 11:16 to earn 7 BFG Series points. This was the best piece of television TNA has produced in a while with a hot crowd, great wrestling action, announcers having something compelling to invest in, and the thrill of victory and agony of defeat on full-display.
Impact Zone: After Angle cleared out, JB entered the ring to introduce the Final Five of the BFG Series. JB introduced Hardy, who was still selling in the ring, then James Storm, Samoa Joe, RVD, and Bully Ray. JB announced that next week, one of these five will be eliminated when the final two BFG Series matches occur. JB noted Storm has already guaranteed a spot in the Final Four, then he plugged Ray vs. RVD and Hardy vs. Joe in the final two matches next week. Fireworks shot off as Bully and RVD got in each other’s faces to promote their match next week. Tenay said it’s high-stakes and high-pressure next week on Impact.
Backstage: Austin Aries was shown walking down the hallway. He’s up next to see what Aces & Eights has in-store for him.
Impact Zone: Back live, Austin Aries’s music played to bring out the TNA Champ for the second time tonight. Aries marched to the ring with possession of his title belt, then quickly ripped off his suit jacket and entered the ring with purpose to call out Aces & Eights for a fight. Aries paced the ring awaiting a response, but no sign of the group. And, like at the top of the show, Hogan’s music answered instead. After a pause, Hogan emerged on-stage, followed by Sting, Storm, Bully Ray, and other top stars. Hogan called out Aces & Eights for a blood bath, which Aries echoed from inside the ring.
A few members emerged through the back entrance of the Impact Zone and Aries called out the ugly one. Hogan and Co. slowly made their way down the entrance ramp to back up Aries before Hogan implored Aces & Eights to send their finest into the ring to fight Aries. One dude entered through the guardrail for an Aries vs. faceless man fight. The faceless man landed a right hand, but Aries tackled him. Then, Aces & Eights hit the ring, so the TNA roster hit the ring to start a brawl. After everyone cleared out of the ring, Aries dropkicked the faceless man.
Suddenly, a random man entered the ring with his face exposed. The random man put a cover over his face, then popped Aries in the head with an illegal object. The man left as Ray chased him away. Ray shouted, “flapjack,” as Aries remained KO’ed ringside. There was a commotion off-camera as the fight apparently continued ringside, but the camera stayed in the ring. The scattershot filming of this segment concluded with Aries KO’ed in the ring as Ray sold concern, Sting paced around, Storm paced around, and Hogan remained standing ringside.
Devon, whose contract with TNA Wrestling is reportedly set to expire this week, suggested on Twitter Wednesday evening that he's parting ways with the organization effective immediately.
The TNA Television Champion wrote, "I would like to thank the tna fans for making the last seven years fun . im sure we will see each other again down the road real soon.
"im ready to see where god bring me to next. i cant wait . i see big thing on the way
"o and HELL NO IM NOT RETIRING."
It would appear that his departure is due to both parties being unable to reach an agreement for a new contract. He re-tweeted a message stating, "I'll say this you boys deserve what ever you're asking for plus 25%."
Bully Ray, whose contract will also expire this week, suggested on Twitter that he will part ways with the organization in October at Bound For Glory, which takes place in Phoenix, Arizona.
"Dont mattah where ya start..mattahs where ya finish. See ya in Phoenix!! STRONGEST THE LONGEST. #BULLYNATION" he wrote. [/quote]
Mason Andrews, who was one of the many featured on TNA's X Division spotlight, played "Harold" in the anger management skits between WWE Stars Daniel Bryan and Kane on Raw.
Sky commented on his role later that night on Twitter. "I'm laughin' straight to the bank with this. Ha ha ha ha haaaa,"
Sky was last seen on TNA televison about a month ago participating under the ring name Mason Andrews. It was reported earlier that Sky did not sign with TNA, and wanted to explore his options with the WWE.
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens with a look back at CM Punk and John Cena from last week where Cena issued the challenge for Night of Champions. We see Punk’s attack on Jerry Lawler.
- After the RAW intro video, we’re live from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW and he’s joined by Jerry Lawler. Cole talks about CM Punk attacking Lawler. Lawler takes off his headset and enters the ring.
Lawler talks about what he said at the end of RAW 1000 about Punk. Lawler says he misspoke. Lawler says he apologized to Punk last week but this week, he’s the one who wants the apology. Lawler waits as the crowd chants for Punk. The music finally hits and out comes the WWE Champion.
Punk can’t believe that Lawler wants the WWE Champion to apologize for doing his job. Punk says he didn’t turn his back on anybody and beat the crap out of The Rock because he deserved it. Punk says Lawler turned his back on WWE when he slandered the champion. Punk says he kicked Lawler in his stupid head last week because of his lack of respect. Punk says that’s what he does. He will put down anyone who disrespects him. Punk says he is sorry. He’s sorry that all it takes to get into the WWE Hall of Fame is to beat a bunch of nobodies from Memphis and get in a slapstick with a Hollywood comedian. Punk rips into Lawler some more. Punk says Lawler is jealous because he’s never been WWE Champion. Punk says Lawler finally got his WrestleMania moment and couldn’t beat Michael Cole. Punk goes on and says he’s sorry about the man Lawler has become.
Punk taunts Lawler now and asks him if he wants to fight. Punk says Lawler is just a commentator while he’s the best in the world. Punk says he would embarrass Lawler. Lawler says he came out here for an apology, not a fight. Punk taunts him some more. Punk promises one thing – Lawler will leave embarrassed tonight, either because Punk does it or because he backed down from a fight. Punk tells Lawler to think about it and leaves the ring talking about respect. Lawler says he will think about it and heads back to the announce table. We go to commercial.
Ryback vs. Jack Swagger
Back from the break and Jack Swagger waits in the ring. Out next comes his opponent Ryback.
The bell rings and they go at it. Ryback with a big boot and down goes Swagger. Ryback slams his head on the mat a few times and then slams him on his face. Swagger drop toe holds Ryback and takes him down with a shoulder. Swagger slams Ryback and yells at him. Ryback blocks the Swagger Bomb in the corner and the ankle lock. Ryback takes Swagger to the corner and unloads on him. Ryback drops Swagger on top of his head and works him over on the mat.
Ryback starts the “Feed Me More” chants and hits a big clothesline. Ryback scoops Swagger for Shellshocked and the win.
- Cole speculates on Triple H, who will speak later tonight. Also tonight, John Cena vs. The Miz in singles action. Lawler says he’s still thinking about facing Punk as we go back to commercial.
Natalya vs. Layla
Back from the break and Natalya waits in the ring as WWE Divas Champion Layla makes her way out for a non-title match.
We get a look back at last week where Kaitlyn became the new #1 contender. Before the match can begin, Vickie Guerrero comes out. She says the match needs to be over quickly because she has an important announcement. The bell rings and here we go as Vickie screams some more. They lock up and go to the mat while Vickie watches from the steel steps.
More back and forth action. 2 count for Layla. Layla with a crossbody from the corner for another pin attempt. Layla slams Natalya on the back of her head and hits her with the butt bump. Natalya goes to the floor and catches Layla’s dropkick with the apron. Layla gets tangled in the apron and Natalya works her over. They come back in and she knocks Layla with a shot from behind. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but it’s blocked. Natalya comes back in and they go at it. Layla with another roll up. Layla with the kick to the back of the head for the win.
- After the match, Vickie comes in the ring and tells Layla to be gone. Layla stares her down before exiting the ring. Vickie talks about AJ Lee making the Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler match at last week’s RAW where Jericho had his contract terminated. Vickie isn’t happy about the stipulation of Ziggler’s contract being on the line. Vickie calls it an abuse of power and says it’s unfair. She says nobody on the roster has the guts to speak up to the General Manager except her. Vickie tells the Board of Directors that it’s time to put RAW back in the hands of an adult, someone like her. Not some mentally deranged child like AJ, she says. AJ’s music hits and out she comes.
AJ is all smiles until she smacks Vickie out of nowhere. AJ tackles Vickie and they go at it. Vickie escapes and runs away while AJ looks on and goes back to smiling.
- Cole and Lawler go back to talking about Triple H. We get a video package of Triple H’s days with DX.
- Back from the break and we see footage from last week where Daniel Bryan is in an anger management class. Bryan raises his hand and says he doesn’t have issues like the rest of the losers here. A little kid comes in wearing a goat mask and Bryan gets upset. Bryan says he is handsome and wonders who set this up. Bryan calls the kid a brat and yells at him to take the mask off. It turns out the kid is the teachers kid and is playing a goat in his school play.
- Cole looks at some tweets from actor Dominic Monaghan, tonight’s Social Media Ambassador and star of WWE Studios’ The Day. Cole also shows a tweet from CM Punk where he says he will let Lawler have the first punch if he agrees to fight him. Cole asks Lawler what his decision is. Lawler stands on top of the announcers table and gets a small chant from the crowd. Lawler says the nobodies he beat in Memphis include names like Jesse Ventura, Superstar Billy Graham, Dutch Mantell, Harley Race and others. Lawler goes on and brings up Andy Kaufman. Lawler says he knows he’s not the best in the world but he doesn’t think Punk is either. Lawler says he’s never backed down and he’s not going to start tonight. Lawler says damn right he will fight Punk tonight and the crowd pops. Lawler heads to the back to get ready as we go back to commercial.
John Cena vs. The Miz
Back from the break and out comes John Cena to the ring. Out next comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz.
Cole is by himself on this one as Lawler is backstage getting ready. The bell rings and they lock up. Miz takes Cena to the mat with a headlock. Cena turns it around and takes Miz to the mat now. More back and forth action as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Miz is in control of Cena. Josh Mathews is now on commentary. Miz avoids an Attitude Adjustment and comes back in to miss a clothesline. Cena runs the ropes and hits the bulldog for a 2 count. Miz makes a quick comeback for another pin attempt. Miz hits the clothesline in the corner and goes to the top for an ax handle shot for 2. Miz with another headlock on the mat.
Cena takes back control but Miz comes back with the neckbreaker for a 2 count. Miz kicks Cena in the face and covers for another pin attempt. Miz with another kick to the face and another 2 count. Miz runs the ropes and Cena catches him in the STF. Miz crawls to the bottom rope and breaks the hold. Miz comes back with another kick and a big DDT for 2. Cena blocks the Skull Crushing Finale but Miz blocks the AA and slams Cena for another 2 count. Cena ducks a clothesline and comes back with shoulder blocks and the big slam. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and then the Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Winner: John Cena
- Cole reveals that AJ Lee is letting fans pick the kind of match for Punk vs. Lawler tonight. The Twitter hashtags are #WWETables for Tables Match, #WWECage for Cage Match or WWENoDQ for No DQ Match. We go back to another Triple H video.
- Back from the break. Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio is announced for later tonight.
- More anger management class with Daniel Bryan. A man shares a story about his boss and Bryan is asked to react. He rants about AJ Lee. The teacher gets a text and the last patient is here. In walks Kane, wearing both of his masks. Kane sits down and that’s about it.
Heath Slater vs. Santino Marella
We go back to the arena and out comes Heath Slater. We see Slater’s Tout talking about how he beat Sin Cara on SmackDown and has a winning streak going now. Out comes his opponent Santino Marella.
Santino does some comedy to start the match. They tangle on the mat and trade air guitar moves. Slater knocks Santino down and takes control of the match. 2 count for Slater. Slater with elbows and knees to the back. More offense and pin attempt from Slater. Slater goes to the second rope but Santino keeps moving. Slater comes over and Santino rolls him up for 2. Santino makes a comeback and drops a headbutt. Santino pulls out the Cobra but Aksana’s music hits and out she comes, distracting the Cobra. Slater tries to sneak up but gets hit by the Cobra for the win.
Winner: Santino Marella
- More hype for Triple H as we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and they plug WWE’s new app and the Twitter poll for Cole vs. Lawler.
Brodus Clay and Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes.
We go to the ring and out comes Brodus Clay with Naomi and Cameron. His partner Sin Cara is out next. Damien Sandow is the next man out. Sandow says he has finally found someone he can partner with and out comes Cody Rhodes. Cody comes out and insults Clay and Cara. We go to commercial.
Back form the break and Rhodes is in control of Cara, going for his mask. Sandow comes in for a bit of double teaming and drops a big elbow for a 2 count. Sandow works Cara over and tags Cody back in. Cara and Cody both go down at the same time. Clay comes in and runs over Cody. Clay with a splash in the corner. Clay with a running powerslam for a 2 count as Sandow breaks the pin. Sandow goes after Clay’s knee. Cara dumps Sandow to the floor. Cara leaps onto the rope and takes Sandow down on the floor. Clay knocks Cody out of the air with a headbutt and splashes him for the win.
Winners: Sin Cara and Brodus Clay
- After the match, Clay dances with Cara, Cameron, Naomi and a bunch of kids in the ring.
- More anger management classes with Daniel Bryan and now Kane. He removes the bigger mask after the teacher asks him to. Kane says he’s the devil’s favorite demon. Bryan says this is a bad idea. Kane tells the story about how he and Undertaker grew up. He talks about some of the infamous stuff he’s done in WWE. The teacher says they should call it a day and for next week, he wants them to make an anger collage. Bryan asks if this is therapy or arts and crafts. Everyone leaves but Kane and one man. He thanks Kane for sharing and tries to hug him. Kane grabs him by his shirt and tells him no problem.
- Bryan is shown walking backstage for a match against R-Truth.
- More hype for Triple H as we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get another career highlight video for Triple H.
R-Truth vs. Daniel Bryan
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. Out next comes Daniel Bryan.
The bell rings and Bryan is trying to play nice and keep his temper in check. They lock up and go to the mat before getting back up. Kofi is on commentary. They lock up again and Bryan takes it to the corner and beats Truth down. Bryan runs into a boot and a clothesline. Truth with a kick to the face and right hands. Truth with a pin attempt now. Truth dumps Bryan out to the floor and comes out after him. Truth grabs the mic and talks to Lil’ Jimmy. Bryan ends up getting into a shouting match with a fan at ringside and counted out.
Winner by Count Out: R-Truth
- After the match, Bryan loses it at ringside and kicks the ring steps. He goes in the ring and throws a fit.
- We go right to a look back at Brock Lesnar defeating Triple H at SummerSlam. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and they plug the Twitter poll for Punk vs. Lawler some more.
- Justin Roberts is in the ring and he introduces Triple H. The Game comes out in a suit with his arm in a cast.
There are some chants in the crowd and a few minutes before Triple H speaks. He says everyone wants to know if he’s going to retire. The crowd chants no. Triple H says the one thing he has learned in WWE is to never say never. He says when he started his career he wanted to do two tings – do stuff people wouldn’t forget and to retire before all of this before all of this retired him. He chokes up for a second and says everyone comes to a crossroad in their career. He says you ask yourself if it’s time. He says he never wanted to be the guy who was just hanging out, the guy who hung on too long waiting for the nostalgia pop. He didn’t want to be the guy who was too beat up or crippled inside to hold his own kids. He says Lesnar has made him ask the question, is he done? Triple H says the answer is he doesn’t know. He’s beat up and more tired than he’s ever been.
Triple H gets hype and says he wants to say that he’s coming back to kick Brock Lesnar’s ass because that’s what he does. That’s what he wants to do but he can’t. He says the truth is he doesn’t know if he can. Triple H wonders if he’s answered his own question. The crowd chants “you can do it.” Triple H says one thing he can do is thank the fans. Triple H talks about how all the Superstars are here working hard for our entertainment. Triple H goes on and says the fans have got him through everything. He thanks them from the bottom of his heart. Triple H tears up and thanks the fans for letting him play the game. Triple H says he will never forget any of us and gives thanks again before dropping the mic. The crowd stands and applauds him. There’s a “Thank you Hunter” chant that breaks out. Triple H does one last pose, with one arm raised, before walking off. He stops at the top of the ramp and the crowd pops. We go to commercial.
Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton and Sheamus
Back from the break and we see Dolph Ziggler beating Chris Jericho last week. We go to the arena now and Jericho’s music hits as the light go out. Dolph Ziggler appears instead and mocks Jericho. Ziggler says we will never, ever see Jericho again thanks to him. Ricardo Rodriguez does the introduction for Alberto Del Rio next as he comes in driving a 1963 Mercedes. Randy Orton is out first for his team followed by World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.
Orton and Ziggler start things out locking up. Orton drops Ziggler with a shoulder and then clotheslines him. Orton with a slingshot suplex. Del Rio comes in but Orton tosses him to the floor. Sheamus leaps from the apron and takes Del Rio down with a shoulder. Orton connects with a powerslam on Ziggler. Ziggler rolls out to the floor as Sheamus and Orton stand tall in the ring. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Ziggler is in control of Orton. Orton fights back but Ziggler drops him with a knee to the gut for another pin attempt. Del Rio tags in for a bit of double teaming and another pin attempt. Del Rio charges in the corner and Orton moves. Orton with a 2 count roll up. Orton back drops Del Rio over the top and to the floor. Ricardo helps Del Rio back in the ring and he tags in Ziggler as Sheamus comes in. Sheamus unloads on Ziggler and hits a big knee to the face. Sheamus knocks Del Rio off the apron. Ziggler kicks Sheamus in the face and knocks Orton off the apron. Sheamus goes for White Noise but Ziggler rolls him up. Sheamus hits Irish Curse but Ziggler kicks out at 2 as Del Rio breaks the pin. Ziggler goes to use his briefcase after Ricardo slides it in but Orton catches him in the backbreaker. Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Ziggler for the win.
Winners: Randy Orton and Sheamus
- Lawler is backstage talking with John Cena about his match against CM Punk. Lawler doesn’t want Cena’s help because Punk will throw it in his face. Lawler says he is facing Punk for himself. Cena wishes him good luck and walks off. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see Kane attacking Josh Mathews backstage at SummerSlam.
Zack Ryder vs. David Otunga
Kane comes to ringside and Mathews gets up from commentary and runs off. Apparently Kane is doing commentary with Cole here. Zack Ryder comes out first followed by David Otunga.
The bell rings and Otunga strikes first. Otunga takes Ryder from corner to corner and beats him around. Otunga with a big clothesline and a running shoulder for a 2 count. Kane still hasn’t said anything on commentary. Ryder starts to make a comeback but Otunga pulls him from the second rope. Ryder hits the Ruff Ryder for the win.
Winner: Zack Ryder
- After the match, Kane goes into the ring and grabs Ryder for a chokeslam. Kane hesitates and lets Ryder go. He then grabs Otunga and lays him out with a chokeslam.
- Punk is shown backstage getting ready for tonight’s main event. Another plug for the Twitter poll before we go back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Orton vs. Ziggler is announced for SmackDown.
- Josh Mathews is in the ring to announce the stipulation for Punk vs. Lawler. The fans have chosen a steel cage match. AJ Lee comes out and says regardless of tonight’s outcome, Punk will defend the WWE Title at Night of Champions against her choice – John Cena. The steel cage is lowered over the ring. We see Lawler backstage walking as we go back to commercial.
Steel Cage Match: Jerry Lawler vs. CM Punk
Back from the break and Jerry Lawler makes his way out to the cage. WWE Champion CM Punk is out next.
Punk starts the match and wants to give Lawler the first punch. Lawler knocks Punk to the mat with a big right hand and shocks him. Punk takes control and hits a neckbreaker before taking Lawler to the mat. Punk continues to beat Lawler up. Punk goes to climb the cage and takes his time. Punk comes down from the top and splashes Lawler in the corner. Punk with a dropkick and more offense on Lawler.
Punk climbs back to the top but Lawler knocks him off. Lawler tries to escape out of the cage door but Punk pulls him back in and drops a series of elbows. Lawler blocks a neckbreaker and shoves Punk into the cage. Lawler makes a comeback and unloads on Punk. Lawler goes to the second rope and pulls his strap down. Lawler connects with the big right hand but Punk kicks out at 2. Lawler goes to escape but Punk stops him. Punk hits the knee in the corner and they both go down. Punk gets up and calls for GTS. Punk instead slams Lawler and applies the Anaconda Vice for the win.
Winner: CM Punk
- Punk is busted open and bleeding. It takes him a few second to break the hold on Lawler. Punk grabs a mic and then a toolbox from under the ring. Punk empties it out and brings a chain in the ring. He chains the cage door shut with he and Lawler inside of it. Punk grabs Lawler and wants him to say that Punk is the best in the world. Lawler says hell no and Punk hits him with a bunch of elbows. Punk declares he is the best wrestler in the world and wants Lawler to say it. Punk mounts him with right hands when John Cena runs out. Cena tries to get in the cage and tells the crew to raise the cage up. Cena yells at Punk that he’s crossed the line and Lawler has had enough. Punk drops knees on Lawler as Cena looks on. The cage starts to raise and Punk rolls out with the WWE Title as Cena checks on Lawler. The crowd boos Punk as he heads up the ramp with his hand in the air. Punk walks to the back and RAW goes off the air with trainers checking on Lawler in the ring.
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