8/2 LIVE IMPACT WRESTLING RECAP
Join the Starman as he covers Impact Wrestling live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.
We join Impact Wrestling with a brawl in progress and no sound. Sound returns as Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Kenny King and Zema Ion are all slugging it out on the entrance ramp and around the ring. These four are scheduled to be in a tag team match tonight and couldn’t wait to get it started. Roode sends King into the steel steps as Aries climbs to the top rope and takes Roode out with a double axe handle. The crowd starts an “Aries!” chant as the bell rings to get this match started.
Match 1: Austin Aries & Kenny King vs. Bobby Roode & Zema Ion
The match starts with Roode making a legal tag to Ion who gets in a few offensive moves but Roode refuses to tag back in and Aries turns the tide with a back drop. King is tagged in and the give Ion a double airplane spin before taking him down with a pair of chops. King picks up a near fall after hitting a springboard leg drop before tagging the World Champ back in. Aries continues on the attack and picks up a near fall after landing an elbow drop before tagging King back into the ring. King and Aries continue on the attack and using quick tags to wear down the X Division Champion while Roode watches from the corner. Roode finally kicks King in the back and gives Ion an opening, but he accidentally hits Roode. Roode then trips up King from the floor and Ion takes out King with a dive over the top rope.
Ion and Roode get in a few shots on King and work him over before rolling him back into the ring. Roode is finally tagged in and he works over King and powers him around the ring. Roode takes King down with a suplex and follows with a high knee drop for a near fall as Ion comes into the match. Ion continues to work over King as we head into a commercial break. We return to the action to see King push Ion off the ropes but Roode knocks King off the middle rope and onto the floor. Roode then enters the ring and continues to work King over with a flurry of stomps and strikes before tagging Ion into the match. King tries to fight to his corner and finally takes Ion down with a suplex and crawls to his corner to make the tag to Aries but Roode enters the ring to distract the referee and Earl Hebner doesn’t allow the tag.
Ion and Roode continue to work over King but King fights his way out of their corner and knocks Roode off the apron and nails Ion with a enziguri. King goes for a cover but Roode comes in and breaks it up. The match then breaks down and Aries takes out Roode on the floor. With Roode out, King slams Ion down to the mat and picks up the pin fall over Ion to pick up the victory for his team.
We see a recap from last week with the attacks from Aces & Eights. Roode accused James Storm being behind the attacks and eyebrows were raised when the gang attacked everyone but Storm. Sting is walking backstage and says he wants to hear from the horses mouth and is going to call someone out to the ring. He will be doing that just after the commercial break as he is on his way to the ring.
Sting’s music hits as the interim General Manager comes to the ring. Sting grabs a microphone and says there is a lot of questions and not enough answers with Aces & Eights and wants to call out James Storm to get the scoop. Storm comes out and Sting tells him that he didn’t believe Roode last week, but has some footage that is very compelling. The video is played that shows Aces & Eights refusing to touch Storm during their attack and again clearing the ring at the end of the show when Storm ran out to the ring. Sting wants Storm to convince everyone that he has nothing to do with Aces & Eights.
Storm says he has gotten that question a lot the past week, but what he sees is a bunch of cowards running from the ring when he came out to kick some ass. Storm says they have known each other for a long time and not once has he needed someone to fight his battles for him. He brings up being jumped from behind nine months ago by Kurt Angle and he didn’t complain about, but dusted himself off and beat him three out of four times – one of those times being for the TNA World Championship. Kurt Angle’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring to add his two cents.
Angle says Storm has been through a lot over the past year and has seen him rise to the top and almost leave wrestling. Angle says two weeks ago Storm challenged him to a match and Angle was attacked from behind, which benefit Storm. Angle then talks about what happened last week and wants to know Storm’s motives. Angle then begs Aces & Eights to interfere in his match tonight because he wants to kick their asses. Sting wants to join the party and says he will be ringside during the match himself. Angle then tells Storm that he will make him tap out tonight before leaving the ring.
The announce team talk about AJ Styles being in Australia and show a few of his tweets as we are treated to yet another video package of the AJ Styles/Claire Lynch saga. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian are in the locker room and discuss Styles running down under to get away from the drama. Daniels says they are going to treat Claire right and throw her a baby shower as we head into a commercial break.
The announce team talk about Hardcore Justice and the huge Bound for Glory Series matches that were announced that are going to be worth 20 points. AJ Styles/Kurt Angle/Christopher Daniels/Samoa Joe will be in a ladder match, Mr. Anderson/RVD/The Pope/Magnus will be in a falls count anywhere match, and Jeff Hardy/James Storm/Bully Ray/Robbie E. will battle in a tables match. The update BFG Series Leaderboard is aired and Samoa Joe is on top with 47, with James Storm sitting at 45 and Kurt Angle has 41. Bully Ray is sitting at tenth with 14 points and will be wrestling next.
Match 2: Bully Ray vs. Robbie E. (Bound for Glory Series Match)
Bully Ray tweets while he makes his way to the ring. He then grabs the microphone and says he has never trusted James Storm and he will be standing ringside during his match against Kurt Angle. Robbie T attacks Ray from behind while the referee’s back is turned, which gives Robbie E. an opening to get in a quick flurry of offense. Ray quickly comes back and takes Robbie E. down with a Bully Cutter to pick up the pin fall and seven points.
Earl Hebner is backstage and gives Madison Rayne some flowers and gifts. Gail Kim walks in and wants to know what’s going on and wonders if last week’s win was due to this. Madison says it has nothing to do with it and the best woman will win tonight’s four way match before she walks away and we head into a commercial break.
Match 3: Tara vs. Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim vs. Mickie James (#1 Contender’s Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship)
Miss Tessmacher joins the announce team for this four way Knockouts match, which is being refereed by Earl Hebner. The bell rings and all four Knockouts go at it with Tara going up against Tara and Mickie going against Madison. Tara takes a rough spill out to the floor while attacking Gail but quickly recovers and nails Gail and Madison with a series of strikes. Madison comes back and takes Tara down with a neckbreaker as Madison and Gail work together against Tara. Mickie pulls Gail out to the floor where Gail sends Mickie into the steel steps as Tara takes Madison down with a side slam. Tara goes for the cover but Gail runs into the ring to break it up. Gail then takes Tara down with a clothesline and Madison goes for the cover but Tara kicks out.
Gail and Madison again work together to wear down Tara until one wrong move sends Gail flying out to the floor. Mickie comes in and begins to nail Madison with a series of strikes as Tara rolls out to the floor. Mickie takes Madison down with a neckbreaker and goes for the cover but Gail breaks it up. Gail begins to work Mickie over and hits her with a backbreaker but Tara is able to stop Gail by hanging her up on the ropes. Tara follows with a leg drop for a near fall before slamming Gail down to the mat and climbs the ropes, but Madison trips Tara up. Mickie then takes Madison off the turnbuckle as Gail takes Tara off the top rope with a superplex. Gail crawls over a drapes her arm but Madison has Hebner distracted. Gail gets in Madison’s face before she is tossed out to the floor by Mickie. Mickie hits Madison with a series of forearms and heads to the top rope, but Gail knocks her down to the floor. Tara then kicks Gail in the midsection and hits the Widow’s Peak. Madison and Tara then tie up and Tara rolls her up as Hebner makes the pin count and awards the match to Madison.
Footage from earlier in the show is aired where Kurt Angle asked what James Storm’s motives are with Aces & Eights. Bobby Roode is backstage and talks about saying Storm was behind the attacks and how everyone finally believes him. Roode says if Sting and Bully Ray are standing ringside, he is going to be too. Austin Aries is standing nearby and says if Roode is going to be out there, so is the champ.
Sting is in the office with Brooke Hogan and wants to know how Hulk Hogan is doing. Brooke says for the first time in her life she has to take care of him and it has been hard. Sting promises her that he will get to the bottom of things and watch over her and wants to know if she will be able to handle all of the pressure. Brooke says she will try as a stagehand walks in with an envelope for Brooke. It is the Dead Man’s Hand as Brooke gets up and leaves.
Chavo Guerrero is warming up in the backstage area and his Impact Wrestling debut is coming up next after the commercial break.
ODB and Eric Young are in the parking lot and ODB tells him that Brooke Hogan has been on her ass for not defending the Knockouts Tag Team Championships in over two months and the fact that he is a man. EY plugs his show and says he has a plan by taking a belt and never having them together at the same time. EY then runs off and ODB goes off about not getting her fried chicken that she asked for.
Match 4: Kid Kash vs. Chavo Guerrero
Kid Kash comes out to the ring with Gunner for this match, while Hernandez accompanies Guerrero to the ring. Chavo’s grandma is also sitting in the crowd for his debut match. The bell rings and Kash takes Guerrero down and mocks Chavo before Guerrero takes him down and puts him in an armbar. Guerrero then lays Kash out with a couple of uppercuts but Kash comes back and levels Guerrero with a clothesline. Kash begins laying in fists to Guerrero’s head until the referee pulls Kash off. Kash continues on the attack and picks up a near fall after landing a backbreaker. Kash heads to the middle rope and goes for a moonsault but Guerrero gets his knees up to block it. Guerrero fights his way back into the match and takes Kash down with a hurricanrana and a dropkick for a near fall. Gunner gets up on the ring apron and causes a distraction as Kash nails Guerrero with a punch. Guerrero then counters Kash with the Three Amigos before heading to the top rope to hit the Frog Splash to pick up the pin fall victory.
Dixie Carter is backstage and tells the cameraman and says it is way past time for AJ Styles to step up and set the record straight. We then see Christopher Daniels and Kazarian walking backstage with a bunch of baby shower gifts in their hands as we head into a commercial break.
Kurt Angle is backstage with Wes Brisco, who says he wants to be a pro wrestler like his father. Brisco asks Angle to put in a word for him to Hulk Hogan. Devon and Garett Bischoff come out and Devon says he doesn’t want to see a lot of clowns coming in and messing up what they built. Devon and Bischoff tell him that they will be out their for his match tonight.
We head to the ring where Christopher Daniels and Kazarian are in the ring for a baby shower. Kazarian says since AJ Styles is down under probably getting a girl pregnant, they have taken it upon themselves to throw Claire Lynch a baby shower. Claire comes out and she takes a seat in the ring as Daniels tells her that she deserves to be surrounded by people who love and support her. The two of them can’t stand how Styles has been treating her and want to give her some gifts for her and her baby on their behalf. The hand her a gift that has AJ Styles action figures, t-shirts and photos. One gift is a baby doll dressed in AJ Styles ring gear. Claire then looks into the camera and tells Styles to do the right thing for their baby as the crowd gives her a “please shut up!” chant.
Kurt Angle and James Storm are seen backstage getting ready for their match, which is coming up after the commercial break.
Joseph Park is backstage and says his firm has been contracted by a few Impact Wrestlers. He then bumps into Sting and asks if he needs any representation but Sting says he is already set. Sting then asks Park to explain the Black Hole Slam he did on Bully Ray a few weeks ago but Park quickly changes the subject by taking a picture with Sting. The announce team runs down the BFG Series Leaderboard and we see that RVD will take on the Pope, AJ Styles takes on Kurt Angle and Bully Ray will go up against James Storm in the BFG Series.
Match 5: James Storm vs. Kurt Angle (Bound for Glory Series Match)
The bell rings as we see Wes Brisco sitting ringside during this match. Angle and Storm go back and forth and feel each other out in opening moments of the match. Sting makes his way to the ringside area as Storm takes Angle down with a hip toss and follows with an armbar. Devon and Garett Bischoff are the next ones out as Storm takes Angle down and hits Angle with a series of strikes. Angle quickly gets to his feet and takes Storm down with a clothesline and stomps on him in the corner. Angle then sends Storm flying with an overhead suplex as Bully Ray comes down to the ringside area. Ray stares down Devon a bit before we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match to see Storm in control as Angle rolls out to the floor. Storm brings Angle back in to the ring with a Randy Orton DDT as Bobby Roode makes his way to the ringside area and is followed by Austin Aries. Back in the ring, Storm hangs Angle up on the top rope and nails in the head with a kick, but Angle soon counters with a series of German suplexes. Angle then goes for the Angle Slam but Storm is able to escape. Angle and Storm then have a sloppy exchange as Angle goes for an ankle lock but Storm counters and hits Angle with an Angle Slam for a near fall. Angle is able to recover and puts Storm in an ankle lock in the middle of the ring. Storm is on the verge of tapping out and almost makes it to the ropes but Angle drags him back into the middle of the ring. Storm refuses to tap out, though, and manages to turn around and kick Angle in the head with his free leg. Storm then connects with a Last Call Superkick to pick up the pin fall and earn seven points in the Bound for Glory Series.
After the match, the wrestlers around the ring are looking around for Aces & Eights as James Storm is helped to his feet by the referee. After the match, Angle gets up and hugs Storm before raising his arm. Storm then grabs a microphone and tells Aces & Eights that the gang is all hear and calls them out. Nobody comes out though, as Roode grabs a microphone and says it’s odd that there is no Aces & Eights and claims that he didn’t need them tonight as he beat Angle on his own. Roode says he is guilty as Ray enters the ring and grabs Storm’s arm. Storm turns ands decks Ray and get into it, as does Aries and Roode as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– Austin Aries & Kenny King defeated Bobby Roode & Zema Ion by pin fall.
– Bully Ray defeated Robbie E. by pin fall to earn seven points in the Bound for Glory Series.
– Madison Rayne defeated Tara, Gail Kim and Mickie James in a four way match to become the #1 Contender to the TNA Knockouts Championship.
– Chavo Guerrero defeated Kid Kash by pin fall.
– James Storm defeated Kurt Angle by pin fall to earn seven points in the Bound for Glory Series.