TNA Impact Wrestling Report – July 19th, 2012
We start off by looking back at last week when Sting and Hulk Hogan got laid out by Aces & Eights, with Hogan’s legit back surgery being written into storylines as a broken pelvis at the hands of Aces & Eights. Neither Hogan nor Sting is in the Impact Zone tonight, so who knows what is going to happen?
We start off looking at the Bound For Glory Series leaderboard, as James Storm has regained the top spot with 42 points to second place Samoa Joe’s 37. This brings us to the Impact Zone as James Storm comes out to congratulate Austin Aries, then points out that he’s still in first place in the BFG Series and is on the fast track to the main event of Bound For Glory. He also says he hasn’t forgotten about Bobby Roode, because winning the title is business, but kicking Roode’s ass is something personal he wants to do. He then says that Aces & Eights are a bunch of cowards, and he’s the sheriff around here and will never jump anyone from behind. He wishes Hulk Hogan a speedy recovery, then gets down to business and challenges the man he considers the best wrestler to ever come through TNA: Kurt Angle.
Kurt’s music hits, but he doesn’t come out to the ring and his music stops. It starts again a moment later, but still no Angle. Wait, this seems a lot like what happened at the end of last week’s episode. Music hits again, then goes back out with no appearance by Angle, so Storm tells the cameraman to go get him. The cameraman heads to the back and finds Aces & Eights stomping Angle and walking off as Angle is left in a crumpled mess backstage.
We go to commercial and come back to take a look at what happened Moments Ago, then it’s off to the ring for our new opening match! Samoa Joe comes out to the ring and says that since nobody in their right minds would call him out, he’ll make a challenge of his own to someone he’s always had a problem with…
Bound For Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs The Pope
Joe quickly takes Pope to the corner and drills him with right hands, but Pope turns the tables and pummels Joe with jabs of his own. Joe with a splash and leaping enziguiri in the corner, but Pope floors Joe with a quick flurry out of nowhere. Pope doesn’t let up, drilling Joe with more shots and outmaneuvering Joe, who tumbles face first into the corner and rolls out to the floor. He seems to have hurt his jaw, so Pope helpfully comes out and STOMPS him in the face, then rolls him back inside and continues unloading on Joe in the corner with kneelifts. Pope backs off long enough to give Joe an opening for more right hands, but Pope flattens Joe with an STO and gets him in the Rings of Saturn. Joe tries to escape and Pope rolls him into a crucifix for 2, and Joe again is favoring his jaw. Joe keeps trying more offense, but Pope kills him with a palmstrike to the jaw and then mounts Joe and rains down punches. Joe has the presence of mind to catch Pope’s arm and turn it into a cross armbreaker to force Pope to tap out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Great match, Pope looked better here than he has in a long time, and I like how all it took was Pope leaving himself open for an instant for Joe to catch him and pick up the big 10 points. Joe is now back in first place in the BFG Series.
The Mystery Cameraman is backstage hounding Bobby Roode about whether he was involved with Aces & Eights, but Roode says he has other things to worry about. The Douchebag asks him if he’s going to call out Austin Aries, and Roode loses his mind and says damn right he’s calling Aries out.
Jeff Hardy comes out to the ring and we’ll find out who he’s calling out…NEXT!
Okay, we’re back and Hardy is ready to call someone out, but Robbie E comes out with Robbie T to say that Hardy is ducking him, so he’s going to call Hardy out and there’s nothing he can do about it Hardy’s not on the list, bro.
Bound For Glory Series: Jeff Hardy vs Robbie E
E suckerpunches Hardy, but Hardy hits an inverted enziguiri and a slam followed by a legdrop. T grabs Hardy’s ankle from the floor to allow E to jump him from behind, and E continues unloading with hard forearms. Hardy with an inverted atomic drop and the double legdrop to the crotch, followed by the sitout dropkick for 2. E drives Hardy into the corner, but charges right into his boot. He distracts the referee while T grabs Hardy’s leg and yanks him down hard onto the floor, but Hardy rolls back inside and gets covered for 2. E with a three quarter nelson, then comes off the ropes right into a clothesline from Hardy. Hardy with the Whisper In The Wind for 2, and he goes for a dive over the ropes onto T, but T moves out of the way and Hardy hits the floor. Hardy pops up and goes after T, choking him out with his shirt and drilling him with right hands, but he spends too much time picking fights with people who aren’t his opponent that he gets counted out.
Winner: Robbie E by countout
Whoops! Robbie E finally gets on the board with 5 points. Meanwhile, Sam Shaw is backstage getting ready for the Gut Check and he’ll be up…NEXT!
ODB is backstage on the cell phone asking Eric Young where he is since he sent him for beer like two months ago, but EY just happens to be behind him. He explains that these guys pulled up in a van and offered him a TV show, and he meant to text ODB, but a shark ate his phone. He fixes this right now and lays one on her, and she says okay and to go get her friend chicken and beer.
We look back at last week when Christopher Daniels got Crack Ho Claire to admit that AJ Styles is the father of her baby, as well as the Mystery Douchebag backstage harassing Claire for proof of her allegations. The Mystery Douchebag catches up with Daniels and Kazarian backstage asking what proof they have of AJ being the father, and they say that he’s just putting on this ridiculous face because he refuses to admit to his mistakes, and they call him a scumbag.
We head out to the ring as Jeremy Borash introduces Sam Shaw, who talks about how he’s wanted to get to the big time his entire life and this is his chance to prove he belongs here. JB asks what sets him apart from everyone else, but before poor Shaw can answer, Aces & Eights come out of the crowd and beat him down 6-on-1 as we rush to commercial.
We come back as the Gut Check judges and TNA security are in the ring checking on Sam Shaw. They help him to the back as Mike Tenay bemoans the anarchy we face with no authority figure on hand to keep order.
Ken Anderson comes out to the ring to say that speaking of douchebags, he called out one of the biggest douchebags TNA has to offer last month in Christopher Daniels, but this month he wants to call out someone he respects and considers a friend: AJ Styles.
Bound For Glory Series: Ken Anderson vs AJ Styles
They shake hands, and then we’re off as they tie up, AJ goes to a wristlock but Anderson reverses to one of his own. AJ sends Anderson to the ropes and tries a hiptoss, but Anderson reverses to one of his own and starts working over AJ’s arm with kneedrops. AJ gets Anderson in a headscissors, Anderson rolls out and gets a side headlock, and AJ tries unsuccessfully to tilt Anderson onto his back for a pinfall attempt. They fight over a top wristlock and AJ trips Anderson to his back, then goes out to the apron and slingshots over the top into a crossbody for 2. Anderson hits a back suplex for 2 as we go to commercial.
We’re back as Anderson has AJ in a rear chinlock, AJ escapes and hits a sweet dropkick for 2, then comes off the ropes with a leaping kneedrop for 2. Anderson fights back with some right hands and a back elbow, then hits a rolling neckbreaker for 2. Anderson goes to a three quarter nelson, AJ tries to slam his way out, but Anderson hangs onto the three quarter nelson. He escapes again and tries to leapfrog Anderson, but Anderson catches him in the nelson again as he comes down. AJ quickly gets out a third time and unloads with spinkicks, AJ gets backdropped to the apron but comes in with a springboard forearm smash for 2. They jockey back and forth until AJ gets an O’Connor Roll for 2. Anderson hits a Finlay roll out of nowhere for 2 and goes for the Mic Check, but AJ knocks him silly with a Pelle Kick out of nowhere. AJ goes up top and Anderson nails him and hits a superplex for 2. AJ goes for the Styles Clash, Anderson fights his way out and cradles AJ for 3.
Winner: Ken Anderson
Solid win and a nice finish. Claire comes out of the crowd with a microphone and a handful of papers and tells AJ to come down there and talk to her since she has been calling him all week, and if he’s not going to return her calls then they’ll do this right here. Claire reminds him of some night when she was in a rough way and had a few drinks, and he came over and had a few as well and knocked her up. She pulls out some photos of AJ barely conscious as Claire is all over his nakedness taking pictures with a bottle of booze in her other hand. AJ is stunned because he apparently doesn’t remember this, but Claire shoves the pictures at his chest and says to see if he can try and jog his memory.
We come back from commercial and AJ Styles is backstage looking at the photos and seeming really upset with this revalation.
The announcer for Bellator is with Tenay and Taz saying what a hardcore fan he is because he went to one of their house shows, then we go back out to the ring as Rob Van Dam makes his way out to issue…A CHALLENGE. He’s happy to be here for Open Fight Night because he’s in the mood for fighting, and there’s nobody he’d rather beat up than that fallen scumbag Christopher Daniels. Daniels comes out with martini in hand as we continue the BFG Series with…
Bound For Glory Series: Bob Van Dam vs Christopher Daniels
Daniels tries to sneak attack BVD with a kick, but BVD catches his foot and lays Daniels out with a flurry. Daniels catches BVD with a back elbow, but BVD rolls over Daniels on a backdrop attempt and hits a northern lights suplex for 2. BVD with an abominable stretch, then rolls backward and wishbones Daniels. Daniels makes the ropes and goes outside, then lays BVD out when he goes out after him. Daniels rolls BVD back inside and hits a slingshot elbow for 2, then an inverted bulldog for another 2. This Bellator guy does appear to know something about wrestling since he’s pulling out some old Kansas City names, but tries a little too hard to correlate what we’re watching to stuff in MMA. RVD and Daniels go toe to toe in the middle of the ring, which you would never see in MMA, but BVD hits a nice superkick followed by the rolling monkey flip. BVD goes to the top rope and misses the Five Star Notebook Splash, but hits a quick leg lariat. Daniels dodges Rolling Thunder and pins BVD with his feet on the ropes.
Winner: Christopher Daniels
Bob Van Dam looks a little stunned at losing this one, and Daniels is jumping up and down like he just won the World Title.
We go backstage to Austin Aries as the Mystery Asshole asks Aries about Bobby Roode. Aries says that dropping someone on their head and pinning them 1-2-3 isn’t a fluke, and he starts showing off his nice threads when a hand of Aces & Eights falls out of his cape. Aries doesn’t seem worried, and says he trumps them too.
We go to Mike Tenay and Taz as they talk on the phone with Brooke Hogan, who only knows that Hulk is sedated and in a lot of pain. Taz asks Brooke to give Hulk their best, and she thanks them and says it means a lot.
We look at last week when Bully Ray beat Joseph Park, and then Park is backstage chit chatting with Garett Bischoff, who wants to know what was up with the look in Park’s eye and the Black Hole Slam out of nowhere last week. Park no-sells him and walks off.
Time for the last BFG Series match of the evening between the two remaining compatitors…
Bound For Glory Series: Bully Ray vs Brutus Magnus
Bubba jumps Magnus on his way to the ring, but Magnus turns the tide and begins unloading on Bubba with right hands and slams him face first into the stairs. They head into the ring and Magnus rips Bubba’s head off with a clothesline, but another attempt and he runs right into a big boot from Bubba. Bubba fires right hands at Magnus and gouges his eyes in the corner, then whips him hard across the ring and Magnus goes down to the mat. Bubba with a hard chop to the chest of Magnus followed by a bodyslam, but Magnus dodges a big splash and they wind up going toe to toe in the middle of the ring. Magnus ducks a punch and hits a back suplex for 2, then picks Bubba’s legs and turns him over into a Texas Cloverleaf. Bubba’s caught right in the middle of the ring, but somehow manages to get to the ropes. Magnus with a Michinoku Driver for 2, but misses the second rope elbow and Bubba hits a Bubba Cutter for the win.
Winner: Bully Ray
Bubba is finally on the board, the last to score their first points, but Samoa Joe is in first with 47, James Storm in second with 43, and Kurt Angle in third with 27.
We go to a video package hyping the debut of Chavo Guerrero Jr, which will happen next week on Impact, and then Bobby Roode comes out to the ring to reiterate that Aries’ win was a fluke and that he’s calling him out. Roode vs Aries is up…NEXT!
We’re back, and Roode is…still calling Aries out and calling his title win a fluke. He tells Aries to get his ass out here right now, and here comes the champ!
TNA World Champion Austin Aries vs Bobby Roode
They start brawling right off the bat, Roode gets 1 off a shoulderblock and slaps Aries in the head while calling him a fluke. Aries takes him down with an armdrag, slaps his head around, and tries for the Last Chancery, but Roode makes it to the ropes, so Aries headbutts him in the back until the referee forces the break. Roode counters a roaring elbow attempt and goes for the Crippler Crossface, but Aries gets to the ropes before the move is completed and goes to the floor. He shoulderblocks Roode through the ropes, comes over the top rope with a rolling senton, and comes off the ropes with a pumping elbow. Roode goes out to the floor to try and get some space, but Aries comes off the apron with a double axhandle as we go to commercial.
Okay, we’re back again and Roode is choking Aries in the corner with his boot. Roode with a backbreaker for 2, then whips Aries into the corner and charges right into his boots. Now Aries charges Roode, but gets caught in a spinebuster for 2. Aries tries the ropes again, but Roode with a back elbow and he motions that he’s taking his title back. Aries starts to fire back on Roode and they trade chops in the middle of the ring, then forearms, then Roode again counters the roaring elbow to a Crippler Crossface attempt, but this time Aries slips out of that and catches Roode in the Last Chancery. Roode with a big clothesline for 2 and then he sets Aries on the top rope and picks him up for a superplex, but Aries hits knees to the head to force Roode to set him back down, then he boxes Roode’s ears to send him tumbling backward into the ring and comes off the top rope with a missile dropkick. IED in the corner and he goes for the brainbuster, but Roode blocks and counters to the Crippler Crossface and he has Aries trapped right in the middle of the ring. Aries rolls Roode to his back for 2, then hits the roaring elbow and tries to clothesline Roode to the floor, but Roode doesn’t make it quite over, so Aries just gets a running start and dumps Roode outside before following him with a heat seeking missile through the ropes. Aces & Eights come out and jump Aries, and the match is over.
Winner: Austin Aries by DQ
Roode is sitting in the corner looking as confused as anyone, then gets up with a big smile on his face as he sees Aries getting stomped out in the corner. He thinks he’s got some new friends and sticks his hand out, but the leader decks Roode in the face and the group stomps him down as well. Roode and Aries are both taking a vicious gang beating as we go off the air, and it seems the mystery will continue for at least another week.
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