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7/19 Impact Wrestling: Open Fight Night Report



Impact opens with a “previous on Impact Wrestling” video package, mainly focusing on the on-going storyline with A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Claire Lynch and the Aces and Eights group attacking Hulk Hogan and Sting.

We go into the arena and Mike Tenay and Taz talk about the situation with Aces and Eights, Hulk Hogan, and Sting and we see a replay video of the group attacking them last week. Tenay says Hogan recently underwent surgery and suffered a fractured pelvis. Tenay says the extent of Sting’s injuries is unknown and that both Hogan and Sting are not in the Impact Zone tonight.

We see the Impact Wrestling opening video and the pyrotechnics go off and Open Fight Night is underway from Orlando, Florida.

Match #1: Bound for Glory Series Match: James Storm vs. Kurt Angle
Before the match, Storm cuts a promo congratulating Austin Aries and says that winning the World Heavyweight Championship is business because he wants to carry TNA on his back. He mentions Bobby Roode and says he still wants to get his revenge on him. He then goes on to mention Aces and Eights and calls them all cowards. He sends a get well soon wish to Hulk Hogan. Lastly, he calls out Kurt Angle. Angle’s music plays, but he doesn’t come out. It stops and plays again, and he still doesn’t come out. Storm goes to look for him, but the referee holds him in the ring. We go backstage and we see the Aces and Eights attacking Angle and they leave him laying on the floor as we go to commercial. Match result: never took place.

We’re back from the commercial and we review what just happened before the break with the Aces and Eights attacking Kurt Angle.

Match #2: Bound for Glory Series Match: D’Angelo Dinero vs. Samoa Joe
They tie up and Joe backs Dinero into the corner. Joe connects with some right hands and pummels Dinero down into the corner, but Dinero comes back with rights of his own. Joe smashes Dinero in the corner and kicks him in the head. Dinero comes back with some quick hands and goes to work on Joe. Joe comes back but Dinero sends him to the outside. Dinero goes to the outside and kicks Joe in the head and tosses him back into the ring. Dinero knees Joe a few times in the corner, but Joe comes back for a bit. Dinero takes Joe down for a one count. Dinero keeps Joe on the mat and wrenches his arm. Dinero knees Joe and hits a big uppercut. Dinero drops comes elbows and hits Joe’s injured jaw with some rights, but Dinero gets caught in Joe’s arm-bar-like submission and he taps out. Winner: Samoa Joe. After the match, we see the updates list of points and Joe has moved into first place.

We go back to earlier today and someone asks Bobby Roode if he had something to do with Aces and Eights attacking Hulk Hogan. Bobby Roode says he has bigger things to worry about and gets pissed when the guy asks him about Austin Aries.

Match #3: Bound for Glory Series Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Robbie E
Robbie E blindsides Hardy before the match starts, but Hardy quickly takes control with a kick and a leg drop. Robbie T distracts Hardy, which allows Robbie E to take advantage, but not for long as Hardy comes back. Hardy kicks Robbie E in the corner, but Robbie T pulls Hardy off of the top rope. Hardy gets back into the ring and Robbie E gets a two count on a pin fall attempt. Hardy comes back with some elbows and hits the Whisper in the Wind from the top rope for a two count. Robbie E goes to the outside and Hardy dives over the top rope, but Robbie T pulls him out of the way. Hardy goes after Robbie T and punches him up the ramp and gets counted out. Winner: Robbie E. We are informed that Robbie E will receive five points, which puts him in eleventh place.

We go backstage and see this week’s TNA Gut Check contestant warming up. The Gut Check match is next.

We’re back and we see ODB on the phone asking Eric Young where he’s been for the past two months. He walks up and says he’s here and tells some story about guys giving him his own fishing show. Young says he can fix it and kisses her. She tells him to go get fried chicken and beer.

We see more review footage of the storyline with A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Claire Lynch. We go back live and a guy says Claire has proof and asks what Daniels and Kazarian knows about her proof. They tag on Styles and say he needs to man up.

Match #4: TNA Gut Check Match: Sam Shaw vs. ???
Shaw says he has worked for this all his life and will prove to everyone that he deserves a spot on the roster. Aces and Eights come out and attack Shaw and beat him down in the ring as we to to a commercial.

We’re back from the commercial and we see trainers, Al Snow, Bruce Prichard, and Taz helping Shaw out of the ring and we see a replay video of what just happened with Aces and Eights.

Match #5: Bound for Glory Series Match: A.J. Styles vs. Mr. Anderson
They tie up and Styles wrenches Anderson’s arm. Anderson turns it around and does the same to Styles. Anderson takes Styles down with a hip toss and an arm drag. Anderson works on Styles’ arm, but Styles reverses and traps Anderson’s head in his knees. Anderson turns it around and gets Styles in a headlock. Styles comes back and takes Anderson down to the mat, but Anderson rolls out and gets Styles in another headlock. Styles shoots him off and connects with a back elbow that sends Anderson to the outside. Styles comes back with a slingshot for a two count, but Anderson comes back with a pin cover for two of his own. It is a stalemate as we go to a commercial. We’re back and Anderson has styles in a headlock. Styles shoots him off and connects with a beautiful dropkick. Styles keeps control, but Anderson comes back with a neck breaker and gets a one count. Anderson wrenches Styles’ neck and takes him down to the mat. Styles gets back up and takes Anderson down, but Anderson rolls through and locks Styles’ head in a submission hold. Styles takes Anderson to the corner and escapes. Styles goes for a float-over, but Anderson catches him. Styles hits a spin kick and hits the flying forearm from the top rope for a two count. Anderson takes control and takes Styles down and gets a two count. Anderson goes for the Mic Check, but Styles connects with the Pele Kick. Styles goes up top, but Anderson stops him and goes for a suplex. He gets it and goes for the cover, but Styles kicks out at two. Styles rolls on top and gets a two count on Anderson as well. Styles hits another kick and goes for the Styles Clash, but Anderson fights out. Anderson rolls through and gets the three count. Winner: Mr. Anderson. After the match, Claire Lynch comes out and asks Styles if he remembered anything now. He says it all happened in her imagination. She calls his bluff and shows pictures of them in bed together. We go to a commercial.

We’re back from the commercial and we see a replay video of what just when down with A.J. Styles and Claire Lynch. Styles is backstage looking at the pictures and looks completely shocked.

Sean Wheelock, Bellator commentator, has joined Mike Tenay and Taz at the announce table.

Match #6: Bound for Glory Series Match: Christopher Daniels vs. Rob Van Dam
RVD takes Daniels down with some kicks and hangs him up in the corner and connects with a dropkick. RVD comes off the ropes, but Daniels counters with an elbow. RVD hits Daniels with a back suplex into a pin for two. RVD gets Daniels in an abdominal stretch, but Daniels gets out and goes to the outside. RVD goes out after him, but Daniels counters and takes him down. Daniels slams RVD’s head into the ring apron and tosses him into the ring. Daniels goes for a cover, but RVD kicks out at two. RVD comes back for a second, but Daniels takes control back and hits a neck breaker for a two count. Daniels chops RVD on the back and drops a knee. Daniels bows to the crowd, which allows RVD to come back for a little bit. Daniels takes control back and gets him in a submission. RVD fights out and they go back and forth with right hands. Daniels kicks RVD in the midsection, but RVD comes back and rolls Daniels up for a two. RVD takes Daniels down and hits the monkey flip out of the corner. RVD goes up top and goes for the Five-Star Frog Splash, but Daniels moves. RVD hits Daniels in the head with a kick and goes for Rolling Thunder, but Daniels moves. Daniels goes for the cover and uses the ropes for leverage for the pin fall. Winner: Christopher Daniels.

We go backstage and Austin Aries says he trumps everything Bobby Roode ever did. He finds the Aces and Eights cards and says he trumps that, too. He smirks and tosses the card away as we go to a commercial.

We’re back from the commercial and Brooke Hogan is on the phone. She says Hulk has been heavily sedated and she hasn’t been able to talk to the doctors. She says she doesn’t want to talk about it and quickly hangs up.

We see a replay from last Thursday when Bully Ray and Joseph Park went at it in an Anything Goes Match, when Park snapped and hit the Black Hole Slam. We see Park talking to Garett Bischoff backstage. Bischoff asks Park what him snapping was all about last week.  Park says that was all him and walks away.

Match #7: Bound for Glory Series Match: Bully Ray vs. Magnus
Magnus comes out first, but Ray comes from behind and attacks him. Magnus comes back and controls Ray on the outside and slams his head into the steel steps. Magnus tosses Ray into the ring and the bell rings. The match goes back and forth and Ray takes Magnus down with a big boot. Ray controls Magnus in the corner and slams him hard in the other corner. Ray chops Magnus and drops an elbow for a two count. Ray continues to control Magnus for a bit and slams him down to the mat. Ray runs off the ropes and goes for a splash, but Magnus rolls out of the way. Magnus comes back and they exchange rights and lefts. Magnus hits a back drop and gets a two count. Magnus comes off the ropes, but Ray takes him down with a big clotheslines. Ray goes for a boot, but Magnus moves and gets Ray in the Texas Cloverleaf. Ray gets to the ropes to force the break and Magnus slams him down and gets a two count. Magnus goes to the middle rope and jumps off, but Ray moves and hits the Cutter for the pin fall. Winner: Bully Ray, who finally moves onto the scoreboard with seven points, which puts him ina three-way tie for ninth  place.

We see a video package for TNA’s newest signee, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. He will debut next week.

Bobby Roode makes his way out with a microphone in hand. He says, “One word: fluke.” He calls Austin Aries out as we go to a commercial.

Match #8: Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
Roode charges at Aries, but Aries tosses him in the corner. Roode takes Aries down with a shoulder block and then wrenches his arm. Aries shoots Roode off the ropes and takes him down. Aries gets Roode in a headlock, but Roode gets to the ropes. Aries grabs Roode, but Roode takes him into the corner. Roode takes Aries down and stomps him in the ropes. Roode charges, but Aries hits a shoulder block and a diving elbow. Aries hits a dropkick and and flying forearm to take Roode down on the outside as we go to a commercial. We’re back and Aries tosses Roode back into the ring, but Roode connects with a shot that sends Aries to the floor as we go to another quick commercial. We’re back again and Roode is in control. Aries comes back with a couple of right hands, but Roode takes him down and gets a two count. Roode kicks Aries and chops him in the corner. Roode charges at Aries in the corner, but Aries gets the boots up. Aries charges Roode, but Roode hits him with a spine buster for a two count. Roode keeps control and hits a suplex takeover and then drops a knee for a two count. Roode gets Aries in a rear-chin lock, but Aries fights back to no avail as Roode takes him down again. Roode kicks Aries and picks him up. Aries fights back and they exchange blows in the center of the ring. Aries goes for the spinning clothesline, but Roode counters. Aries goes for the Last Chancery and locks it on Roode in the middle of the ring. Roode rakes Aries’ eye to break the hold and hits a Spear for a two count. Roode grabs Aries and takes him to the corner. Roode puts Aries on the top rope and goes for a superplex. Aries counters with some knees to Roode’s head and he knocks him down to the mat. Aries hits the dropkick from the top rope and hits another dropkick in the corner. Aries goes for the Brain Buster, but Roode counters into the crossface. Aries squirms toward the ropes, but Roode pulls him back. Aries rolls into a cover, but Roode kicks out. Aries hits the discus forearm and a clothesline and takes him down to the floor. Aries dives over the top rope and takes Roode down. Aces and Eights come out and attack Aries. The referee calls for the bell. Winner: Austin Aries. Aces and Eights beat down Aries as Roode looks on from the other corner. Aces and Eights turn towards Roode and he claps for them. They attack him as well and beat him down. Impact closes with the attack still going on.

Quick Results:
1. Bound for Glory Series Match: James Storm vs. Kurt Angle (Never got started)
2. Bound for Glory Series Match: Samoa Joe def. D’Angelo Dinero
3. Bound for Glory Series Match: Robbie E def. Jeff Hardy (via Countout)
4. TNA Gut Check Match: Sam Shaw’s match never got started
5. Bound for Glory Series Match: Mr. Anderson def. A.J. Styles
6. Bound for Glory Series Match: Christopher Daniels def. Rob Van Dam
7. Bound for Glory Series Match: Bully Ray def. Magnus
8. Austin Aries def. Bobby Roode (via Disqualification)

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24 Responses

  1. Big Dave says:

    Why does tna make rob eckos have such a rediculous gimmick

  2. Big Dave says:

    I sont wanna sound like im bashing tna but holy hell, Such a boring Impact… It’s times like these I wish I had direct tv

  3. frank says:

    as red foxx would say:you big dummy. then BIG DAVE dont watch it…..
    we should be happy their going to have atleast 6 matches. impact usually averages like 6 matches

  4. frank says:

    eeeer i mean 4 matches….glad to see their pushing samoa joe again

  5. Big Dave says:

    I’m just sayin

  6. Paul says:

    When is the feud between A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels going to end? If you ask me, it’s gone of for far too long; it just seems to go on and on and on like a cheesey soap opera plot.

  7. Big Dave says:

    Amen @paul and @frank, just be honest, u know it sucked

  8. -J- says:

    aries as champ is one step forward…everything else is russo, he might as well have stayed in charge.

  9. Matt says:

    Excellent impact episode once again.
    There is no pleasing you WWE Marks !
    7 Wrestling matches and you are complaining?
    Non Stop Action-and you are complaining?

    Angles that make you want to tune in each week to find out what is going to happen next and you are complaining…

    Yet you will watch Hornswoggle kick a ring announcer in the ankle and run around like a little child and call it wrestling!

    Pffft!!

  10. -J- says:

    yes i gotta know is AJ the baby daddy! I GOTTA KNOW!!!!!

  11. jon says:

    Matt: why do you call people wwe marks? wouldnt that make you a TNA mark? i mean seriously. Hornswoggle is there for comedy purposes. is claire there for comedy purposes too? you realize that this impact revolved around claire( who the heck is that) and a group of former wwe wrestlers who are called aces an eights? like… do you see the irony in your post there now? wwe marks?

  12. Matt says:

    @ Jon

    Because no matter what TNA does the same people are just never ever happy. But no matter how pathetic and crappy WWE is (which i have LONG TIME WWE fans telling me) they are the very first ones to praise the WWE…
    You do realize that there was 7 matches tonight and only one segment with Claire? And one segment with AJ looking at the photos?

    You also do realize that this angle is a very real life situation yes? Meaning something like this can happen in real life.. It is not anything that stretches ones imagination…
    As far as your comment about Aces and Eights…

    When the WWE did Nexus …it was the next best thing to everyone …

    I use to watch WWE..I have autographs from those you probably do not remember..I use to follow them everywhere…

    When Bret Hart ended up in the Allentown General Hospital after a Wrestling show.. I was there trying to get in the hospital..

    I knew shane Mcmahon when he was security for the WWWF before he became a referee..

    I been watching the product for years but now it is so lame…to concentrated on entertainment instead of wrestling ..that i can not even tolerate it any more…

  13. AJ Starr says:

    Jon… the reason he’s calling them WWE marks, is like you, you’re trying to put down something with THOUGHT put into it, whether good or bad… compared to WWE’s “Even though we spent 3 years building this up, let’s just make the effing leprechaun the guy who did it. Why bother THINKING?”

    So to be honest… the true term should be “sports-entertainment smark.”

  14. jon says:

    Matt: just want to add you call people wwe marks? You wanna know who the biggest WWE MARKS are? TNA management.

    dont believe me, look at the roster.

  15. T says:

    @Jon – yes because having the end to a lengthy Anonymous GM storyline should in end comedy. *rolls eyes*

    Also I’ll take having an Impact with Aces and Eights over Raw being revolved around The Muppets.

  16. Grapplin' Glenn says:

    I grew up watching WWE since WWWF tiomes(yes, I’m older, I remember a youger Vince McMahn interviewing The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Freddie Blassie, and Lou Albano and their clients himself during intermittions), there were some classic moments w/o a doubt. Now WWE plays up to the simple minded; ones that can’t hold their attention for more than five minutes when the wrestlers are in the ring, Most of the outcomes of the matches are predictable at this point. I still watch it but it is not as entertaining as TNA to me in my opinion

  17. Jay S. says:

    During the 1st attack on Angle,you could clearly hear Scott Steiner’s voice. He was the one directing the others. This is clearly a Ring Ka King invasion.

  18. Bob Barker says:

    I don’t think we can really call Hornswoggle a successful comedy act, just like we can’t call claire a successful drama enhancement. I guess we can call that failures at both companies. The new faction can be interesting, and it is neccesary to have them show dominance throughout at least one episode. It can easily be related to Nexus. However, Nexus made a much bigger impact when they “debued”. TNA has to make sure not to do the same mistake the WWE did with this angle: Don’t let it drag/fizzle out. It has potential to change things, so hopefully they’ll make it work.

    tl;dr: Both companies have flaws and TNA has to make sure to treat the angles correctly to keep up their good trend

  19. P. Jay says:

    Jay S. I’m glad SOMEBODY else noticed STEINER’S VOICE!

  20. -J- says:

    Steiner? Well that could be something, let’s hope so…gotta love how TNA topics ALWAYS breakdown into a “WWE marks” vs. “TNA Marks” clusterhump.

    Does anyone REALLY take this sh*t THAT seriously????? That could be the saddest thing of all.

  21. deathedge says:

    @AJ Starr

    To be honest, I think they assumed that everyone stopped caring, so they just played darts and it landed on Hornswaggle.

    As for TNA storylines… I wouldn’t call any of these storylines very engaging. Styles and Claire… bleh. I don’t care if it’s a real life situation. You know what else is a real life situation? Having an illegitiment son. That turned out to suck. Having your son betray you? That stinks when not done right. Losing your wife to a co-worker? Didn’t TNa pull that crap a few years ago, and it really got old quick.

    As for the rest of the card, the EY, ODB stuff seemed pointless. Open Fight Night was a pretty decent concept. Aces & 8s, I’m not going to lie, if it’s a Ring Ka King invasion, I’ll be very dissapointed. I’m hoping that it’s more new names then just the same old ones, and if it’s Steiner leading the charge and is supposed to be the big main eventer for the duration of this angle then, I’m sorry, but it’s a step backwards. Still, right now the angle is a pretty nice one, and though I’m not on the edge of my seat yet, it could turn into a very interesting angle.

    That being said, the wrestling product is TOP KNOTCH. Aside from trying to insist that Garrett Bischoff is a future superstar, I don’t see any real mistakes that TNA is doing in terms of who they are pushing to what spots, and I love the fact thaat A Double and Bobby Roode’s feud is a very wrestling based feud, having almost an NWA-esque feel to it. That’s somthing that I’ve hated about the WWE product for sometime now, whenever they have a wrestling feud, they have to “jazz it up” by adding some sort of stupid crap to it (see Jericho-Punk)

    So all in all, I see why TNA fans are buzzing. There is no doubt that the TNA is product is, in fact, improving. The wrestling that they offer, on TV I might add as well as PPVs, is something WWE rarely offers, even on their PPVs. Could TNA become a legitment threat? WELL… only by word of mouth. As long as they are on Spike TV, they will lack the ratings, and more then likely the buyrates, to be legit. If people spread the word enough though and get more and more people watching Spike, buying the PPVs, and of course the merch, then who knows what could happen in a few years.

  22. Tommy B. says:

    The AJ/Claire storyline makes kinda glad Viacom forced me to miss the last 2 episodes

  23. Tommy B. says:

    *me

  24. ILMH says:

    Man, all the defense of TNA by making reference to WWE…. it speaks volumes.

    I’m going to voice my thoughts on this without talking about WWE.

    First Aces & Eights is a decent idea, but it’s just another faction in TNA dominating everything and being everywhere. Fortune, Immortal, Main Event Mafia now Aces and Eights. I love a good faction, but they shouldn’t overwhelm everything because they just get annoying. See: Planet Jarrett, WolfPac,and the previous ones. It really weighs this show down because it’s SO GLARINGLY OVERPLAYED.

    I love that Joe is in first in the BFG series. And the series has more planning behind it this year than it did last year. I just don’t want to see it fail to deliver a new champion again. That hurt the credibility of it as a whole and I am just now getting reinvested.

    Good match with Joe/Dinero.

    Jeff Hardy vs. Robbie E, I can’t comment. I don’t like either of these guys. Any match they have is skewed by my bias. My friends can’t really give me an opinion either, as I’m the only person I know who watches Impact.

    ODB and EY??? Awesome. Way to address the knockout tag champs and the fact that they haven’t been seen (or have defended the belts) in two months. At least Eric Young is still a champion.

    Gut Check time. I really liked the realism and kayfabe feel of Gut Check. Incorporating it into Aces And Eights completely kills the realism of it as it’s being used as a tool to build the already omnipresent angle. It’s just… just… ARGH.

    Styles vs. Anderson. I REALLY appreciate this finishing clean. Good match, I’m always a mark for Styles. Again, good work on presentation of the importance of the BFG Series.

    Clair Lynch is the worst angle going in wrestling. They’re treading water and it shows. The whole thing is unbelievably forced and terrible. Even Aces and Eights didn’t want to interrupt to beat a pregnant woman because they didn’t want to be associated with this abortion. This is what the Joe Being Kidnapped By Ninjas program would have been had they carried that through. Take the hint, TNA, END THIS PROGRAM.

    Magnus/Bully was my favorite match of the night. Simple, straight to the point, no outside interference and just a good match that didn;t drag or really hurt either guy. Fantastic job.

    Roode/Aries was very good too. I am not a fan of Furious Roode as it’s more of a tantrum than anything. But the match was very solid until Aces and Eights came out. Again. For what felt like the ninth time.

    Impact was a fluctuating episode. It is getting better, but still has it’s fair share of things that need MAJOR improvement. I am happy with the progression, and I hope that Clair Lynch and Aces and Eights don’t take them 20 steps back. (Although I can almost guarantee they’ll be merged into one SUPERBAD angle.)

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