8/30 LIVE IMPACT WRESTLING RECAP
Join the Starman as he recaps Impact Wrestling live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.
Impact opens with a recap of last week’s Open Fight Night, the Bound for Glory Series, and the ending of the AJ Styles/Claire Lynch saga. We then head into the Impact Zone where the announce team recap last week’s events with Aces & Eights as we are treated to a video package of what went down at the end of last week’s show.
Austin Aries’ music then hits as the TNA World Champion makes his way down to the ring with his arm and hand wrapped up after last week’s attack from Aces & Eights. Aries grabs the microphone and says Aces & Eights pulled out all the stops last week by bringing 20 or so guys to the Impact Zone and smashed his arm with a steel chair. Aries says he is not medically cleared to wrestle, but he doesn’t need to be medically cleared to fight. On top of that, he’s is left handed and he they took out his right hand. Aries then calls out whoever is behind it to step in the ring and fight him.
Hulk Hogan’s music hits as he comes out of the tunnel along side Sting. Hogan says he is back as GM and from now on he will run the show as he wants to. As for Aces & Eights, if they want a bloodbath, they are here to have one. Hogan then tells Aries that he has his support and he will get whatever he wants. Aries says he wants the same thing everyone wants and that’s to get his hands on Aces & Eights. He wants a one-on-one match against one of them. Aces & Eights appear on the big screen and they say they are having a lot of fun but they do things on their own time. The mouthpiece asks if the group is ready for fun tonight and say they will be down in the Impact Zone later on tonight.
The announce team runs down the card tonight, which will feature three huge BFG Series matches. The first match will be after the break and it will be RVD taking on James Storm.
ODB is in the parking lot and is leaving a message for Eric Young stating that if he doesn’t call her back in 10 minutes she is going to leave him. After 10 minutes she doesn’t get a call back and keeps on extending the deadline and leaves another message saying that he has until next week and to bring her fried chicken.
The BFG Series Leaderboard is aired with James Storm and Samoa Joe in first and second place. Bully Ray and Rob Van Dam are tied in third place. A video package on the BFG Series is aired and hypes the upcoming match between RVD and James Storm.
Match 1: Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm (Bound for Glory Series Match)
The bell rings and Storm locks up RVD in a headlock as the announce team say the person on top of the BFG Series will earn the right to pick his opponent at No Surrender. Storm picks up a near fall after a slow, sloppy exchange and taking RVD down with a shoulder block. Storm continues on the attack but RVD is finally able to counter and sends Storm down to the floor after hitting a kick to the head. RVD then flies over the top rope and takes Storm out as we head to a commercial break.
We return to the action to see Storm take RVD down for a near fall. RVD fights back and takes Storm down with spin kick and follows with another kick to the chest. RVD then hits Rolling Thunder and goes for a cover but Storm kicks out. Storm comes back and hits a jumping DDT for a near fall of his own. Storm then takes RVD down with the Eye of the Storm and rolls him up for a two count as RVD refuses to give up. RVD then counters Storm’s offense and sends him flying across the ring with a monkey flip. RVD staggers to his feet and showboats to the crowd, which allows Storm time to recover and lays him out with a Last Call superkick for the pin fall and seven points.
Christy Hemme is awaiting Storm rindside to get a word from the BFG Series leader. Storm has solidified his spot in the final four and Storm says he is doing what he always said he would, win the series and win his title back. We then see Madison Rayne walking backstage and is heading towards the ring as we head into a commercial break.
Madison Rayne’s music hits as she makes her way to the ring. Madison says she received a phone call from Brooke Hogan telling her that she was having a match tonight. Madison says she must be getting her rematch for the TNA Knockouts Championship and wants Miss Tessmacher to come out. ODB’s music hits, though, as she makes her way down the ramp. ODB says she also got a phone call as well and was told that she was having a match tonight. Madison then orders Taryn Terrell to ring the bell so she can take care of this trailer park trash.
Match 2: Madison Rayne vs. ODB
The bells ring as ODB spits booze in Madison’s face while Taryn’s back is turned. ODB then hits the Bam! to pick up the pin fall victory.
After the match, Eric Young’s music hits as he comes out dressed in a suit and is carrying beer and fried chicken. ODB checks EY over for a moment before asking where he has been. EY says he has been in Hollywood and has a TV show going. ODB says she appreciates it and wants to know what happened to him and says he’s not the man she married. EY says he will fix it as he starts taking off his suit and strips down to his underwear. ODB then leaps in his arm and gives EY a kiss.
A video package on the AJ Styles/Claire Lynch saga is aired, which came to a close last week. Styles is backstage and says he’s glad it’s over and says he’s not done with Daniels or Kazarian, but for now he has to focus on Samoa Joe and make it into the final four of the Bound for Glory Series. A preview of the Gut Check judges is aired as we head into a commercial break.
The TNA Gut Check judges are seen talking to each other and talk about how Kris Lewie looked out of shape and unprepared. Taz says he has an interesting back story and how that might help them relate to the audience. Bruce Pritchard tells them to consider the entire package.
Hulk Hogan and Sting are talking to each other in the office as Christopher Daniels and Kazarian walks in. The two remind them that they have ironclad contracts and are the TNA Tag Team Champions and they can’t be fired. Hogan says they are what’s wrong with the business today and AJ Styles will get his revenge. Hogan says since they are the champions he will be putting them in a match and hopes they get their brains beat in as we head into a commercial break.
Match 3: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe(Bound for Glory Series Match)
The match starts as the two feel each other out for a moment until Styles ducks out of the way and retreats to the floor. Styles returns and the two counter each other’s offense until Styles is able to take Joe down with a dropkick. Joe rolls out to the floor to regroup and Styles flies over the ropes, but Joe is ready and kicks Styles in the midsection as Styles comes over the ropes. Joe rolls Styles in the ring and hits a knee drop for a two count. Joe follows with a snap slam for another near fall before putting Styles in a STF. Styles reaches for the ropes, but Joe answers back with another submission hold that holds Styles’ arms back. Styles manages to make it to the ropes with his legs to break the hold.
Joe continues on the attack but misses with a back splash. Both Styles and Joe are slow getting to their feet and Styles takes control of the match by hitting Joe with a flying forearm. Styles then hits Joe with a Pele kick and goes for an armbreaker but Joe gets his foot on the ropes to break the hold. Styles tries to continue the attack but Joe picks up Styles and drives him down to the mat. Joe then tries for a rear naked choke but Styles counters with a pin attempt. Joe kicks out and counters with a rear naked choke but Styles counters with another armbreaker. Joe then counters with a roll up and picks up the pin fall to earn seven more points in the BFG Series.
Footage from earlier in the show is aired where Austin Aries called out Aces & Eights. Kris Lewie is backstage and he will find his fate after the commercial break.
Kurt Angle is backstage and says his upcoming match will decide if he or Jeff Hardy are in the final four. Angle says he has to win and will make it to the main event at Bound for Glory.
Jeremy Borash is in the ring and introduces the TNA Gut Check judges before introducing Kris Lewie to the ring. Lewie comes to the ring and his family is shown seen watching ringside. Borash gives him a chance to speak and says he feels he gets better every day and want to hear what the judges have to say. Taz says he respects anybody who steps in the ring and says he has an interesting life, however, he thinks Impact Wrestling is a little above his head so his vote is no.
Bruce Prichard is next and he says he was given one shot to prove himself and says he knows his dream is to wrestle, but he needs to wake up from his dream, as his answer is no. Lewie will not be getting a contract and shakes the hands of the judges before leaving the ring. As the judges leave the ring, Joey Ryan appears with a megaphone and begins yelling that Gut Check is a farce. He then gets into it with Al Snow as Ryan runs through the crowd as Prichard has to hold Snow back.
Joseph Park is with Hulk Hogan and Sting in the office. Park says he can help Hogan and how the Aces & Eights are in violation of most of the roster’s civil rights. Hogan says he would like the help if he can give it to them. The BFG Series Leaderboard is aired once again as we see another video hyping the upcoming match between Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy. Angle and Hardy are in sixth and eighth place and it’s do or die time for the both of them.
Match 4: Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle (Bound for Glory Series Match)
Jeremy Borash handles the introductions for tonight’s main event. The bell rings and the two go back and forth in the opening moments as the crowd supports both Hardy and Angle. Hardy manages to counter Angle’s offense and sends him out to the floor. Hardy nails Angle on the floor before rolling him back in the ring to continue on the attack. Angle turns the tide and levels Hardy with a clothesline as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match to see Hardy in control and hits Angle with a patented leg drop. Hardy then hits a seated dropkick and goes for the cover but Angle kicks out. Hardy tries for the Twist of Fate but Angle counters and hits Hardy with a series of German suplexes. Angle then sets up for the Angle Slam but Hardy counters and hits Angle with the Twist of Fate for a near fall. Hardy then hits the Whisper in the Wind for another near fall. Angle makes a comeback and hits Hardy with an overhead suplex and follows with an Angle Slam but Hardy kicks out of the pin attempt.
Angle tries to put Hardy in an ankle lock but Hardy kicks out of it and takes Angle down with another Twist of Fate. Hardy then heads to the top rope and hits a Swanton Bomb but Angle manages to get his shoulder up at the very last second. Angle then puts Hardy in another ankle lock but Hardy kicks him off. Hardy again goes to the top rope and hits a second Swanton Bomb to pick up the pin fall to earn seven points in the series. With the loss, Angle has been eliminated from the BFG Series. Angle has a look of disappointment in his eyes before finally leaving the ring.
Jeremy Borash enters the ring and introduces the final five in the Bound for Glory Series. Borash introduces Hardy, Rob Van Dam, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, and James Storm. The wrestlers make their way to the ring as Borash says one of the five of them will be eliminated and the final four will move on to No Surrender. Next week, Jeff Hardy will take on Samoa Joe and RVD will take on Bully Ray. We then see Austin Aries walking backstage and towards the ring as we head into a commercial break.
Austin Aries heads out to the ring a grabs a microphone as he heads into the ring. Aries calls out the Aces & Eights and tells them to come out and get their ass kicked. Aries paces around the ring for a moment until Hulk Hogan’s music hits. Hogan comes out with Sting, Bully Ray, James Storm, Jeff Hardy, RVD, AJ Styles, and Samoa Joe. Hogan says he wants to see all of the faces of Aces & Eights and wants a bloodbath.
Aces & Eights make their way out from the crowd as Aries tells one of them to get in the ring. Hogan also says they are here to settle the score and they wants to see what they are made of. Hogan says their finest is in the ring and wants to see their finest step in the ring against him. One of the bigger men steps in the ring and begins going at it with Aries.
The big masked man takes Aries down but Aries quickly returns and takes him down. Aces & Eights begin making their way into the ring and they are met by the TNA roster. A brawl ensues around the ring as Aries takes the big man down with a dropkick. Aries begins trying to take the mask off as it looks like some random man comes in while putting on a mask and takes Aries out with a flapjack. He then pulls the big man out of the ring as Bully Ray tells everyone what happened to Aries. Aries is left knocked out on the mat as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– James Storm defeated Rob Van Dam by pin fall to earn seven points in the Bound for Glory Series.
– ODB defeated Madison Rayne by pin fall.
– Samoa Joe defeated AJ Styles by pin fall to earn seven points in the Bound for Glory Series.
– Jeff Hardy defeated Kurt Angle by pin fall to earn seven points in the Bound for Glory Series.