7/5 Impact Wrestling Report
* Live from Orlando, FL
– We see a ‘previously on Impact’ recap
– BFG series tonight: James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy
– Bully Ray makes his way to the ring. His big announcement is that he is going live on Twitter, and he’ll be trending worldwide. He tells Joseph Park he doesn’t tell him what to do, he tells Park what to do. Bully Ray calls out Joseph Park. Out he comes to the ring. Bully Ray tells Park he accepts his challenge. Park points out that he already beat him at Slammiversary. Park said everyone is sick of Bully Ray bullying everyone around. Park tells Bully Ray he’ll beat him again live on Impact next week in an anything goes match. Bully Ray pulls out a restraining order against Abyss. If Abyss shows up, Bully Ray says he’ll be sen to jail. Bully Ray then cheap shots Park, and leaves the ring.
– Backstage, Hulk Hogan talks to Austin Aries. Hogan tells Aries he needs the X-Division title belt from him. Hogan tells Aries he must take them to the promise land at Destination X. Aries and Hogan shake hands.
– Tenay said AJ Styles is here tonight to address Daniels’ allegations
– We see Dixie, Al Snow, Bruce Pitchards talking about Gut Check, but she is asked about AJ and Claire. She cuts off the interviewer.
(1) Television title match: Devon vs. Crimson. As the bell ring, Crimson tried to sneak up on Devon for a quick pin, and then attempted to pin Devon with his feet on the ropes. Taz kidded that Bully Ray recently got off MySpace to move over to Twitter. Devon wins a quick at 2:03 to retain the Television title. After the match, Madison Rayne makes her way down to the ring. She gets into the ring and climbs all over Earl Hebner and kisses him. Hebner gives off a pleasant smile.
– Chris Sabin to discuss his future next.
– Sabin comes out on crutches to address the fans. Sabin said he has had a lot of time to think about things. He said his dream was always to be a wrestler. Sabin said his friends and family told him that maybe it was time for him to consider doing something besides wrestle. Sabin said his doctor told him that maybe it was time for him to retire and do something else with his life. Bobby Roode makes his way to the ring. Roode said its so said to see Sabin wearing the knee brace. Roode said its pathetic, just like every other X-division wrestler in the company. Roode said they risk it all, and in the end, they come away with no reward. Roode said Aries is relinquishing his X-division title to face him at Destination X. Roode said Aries will end up like Sabin. Roode trips Sabin and attacks him. Austin Aries runs out and makes the save.
Tenay noted that the Tessmacher vs. Kim title match has been delayed one week, and tonight, Tessmacher and Kim will be competing in a tag match tonight.
(2) X-division qualifier: Dakota Darsow vs. Flip Casanova. As noted, Darsow is the son of Demolition Smash (Barry Darsow). Darsow’s nose was busted open during the match. Casanova wins after flipping off the top rope. Casanova was bloody from Darsow’s nose. Casanova advances to Destination X.
– Backstage, Brooke Tessmacher said Gail Kim is ducking her, but she is happy to be teaming up with her friend Tara tonight.
– We relive Tealer Hendrix getting her contract last week.
(3) Gail Kim and Madison Rayne vs. Knockouts champion Miss Tessmacher and Tara. Before the match, Tessmacher is attacked by Madison. Madison tosses Tessmacher into the guard rail on the outside, and goes for an unsuccessful pin. Tessmacher pinned Rayne at 2:54. Next week, Gail Kim vs. Miss Tessmacher.
Next up, AJ Styles.
– Backstage, Storm is gearing up for Jeff Hardy.
– AJ styles makes his way to the ring. AJ said at first he was falsely accused of having an affair with the president of the company, Dixie Carter. Now he is being labeled the father of Claire’s unborn baby. Out comes Kazarian and Daniels. Kazarian said Styles just doesn’t get it. Daniels said he has proof, but AJ told him to shut his mouth. Styles said at least year’s Destination X, Daniels showed what a prick he was after he was beat by him. AJ said he is going to shut his mouth once and for all.
– Backstage, Hogan is asked about Destination X. A guy comes in and gives Hogan a note with playing cards on it. Hogan tells someone to get that guy.
– Jeff Hardy talked about waning to win the Bound for Glory series
(4) X-division qualifier: Kenny King vs. Lars Only. King kicked Only on the top of the head, and nearly got a pin fall victory. Backbreaker into a DDT by King seals the victory at 5:21. King qualifies for Destination X.
– After the match, Christy Hemme interviews King. King said he is here to be noticed. Kenny said a king will be crowned at Destination X.
– up next, Jeff Hardy vs. James Storm
– We see an Austin Aries training video. Aries said when he started out in the business, he weighed 150 lbs.
– Backstage, Aries congrats Kenny King. Aries said he will surrender the X-Division title tonight.
– BFG standings: (1) Storm with 36 pts, and Hardy is tied in sixth place with 7 points.
(5) Bound for Glory series match: James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy. The audience is split with a “lets go Hardy, lets go cowboy” chant. After a break, we see a series a near fall attempts. Hardy did a spot over the top rope onto Storm, but Storm appeared to get the better of it. Both men avoided being counted out. Fans started a “Hardy, Hardy” chant, but Storm hit a DDT on Hardy to silence the crowd. Hardy recovered, but missed a senton bomb. Storm hit the elbow from the top rope, but only a two count! Hardy avoids the last call and hits the twist of fate for win at 14:02.
Hardy is now tied for third place (with Magnus) with 14 pts. in the BFG series.
– They plug Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle at Destination X. Tenay and Taz run down the PPV card.
– Hulk Hogan is headed inside the Impact Zone. He is up next.
– Bound for Glory will be 10/14 in Phoenix, AZ
– Angle talks about Mr. Anderson in a pre-recorded interview. Anderson vs. Angle in a BFG series match, Bully Ray vs. Joseph Park, plus Miss Tessmacher defends the Knockouts title vs. Gail Kim next week.
– Hulk Hogan makes his way to the ring. Hogan appreciates the fans energy. He calls out Aries to relinquish the X-Division, but out comes Bobby Roode instead. Roode tells Hogan to shut up. He said he is the real heavyweight champion. Roode said Hogan drank Aries’ kool aid, and he is the reason Aries gets the title shot. Roode said Hogan has given the fan false hope. Roode said when Aries is beat on Sunday, the blame falls on Hogan. Aries comes out, and said he’ll be the next world champion on Sunday. Aries said we don’t have to wait til Sunday, because he isn’t scared of Roode. Aries takes his shirt off, but Roode walks away. Roode tries to sucker Aries, but Aries is wise. The show ends with Aries holding both the World title and X-division title belts.