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.
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)