Nov 29, 2012 - by Jason Graening

Join the Starman as he covers tonight’s Championship Thursday edition of Impact Wrestling, live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.

A “Previously on Impact Wrestling” recap is aired, which focuses on Wes Brisco’s Gut Check match from last week. Aces and Eights attack on Eric Young is also touched upon as is Austin Aries confronting Brooke Hogan and her relationship with Bully Ray. We then head into the Impact Zone as the pyro goes off and Hulk Hogan’s music hits.

Hogan comes to the ring and says he runs Impact Wrestling, but he is also a father and his world almost imploded last week. Hogan says he wants to know the truth right now and calls out Bully Ray. Ray joins Hogan in the ring and says Hogan hasn’t trusted him since day one and now he wants answers. Ray then questions if Hogan really wants answers as Brooke’s music cuts them off.

Brooke joins the two in the ring as Hogan tries to get answers from her and she says she isn’t 18 anymore. Hogan says he doesn’t want to see her with a wrestler as Austin Aries appears on the big screen. Aries is with a few wrestlers in the office and says while he is worry about his daughter’s relationships, he has wrestlers waiting to be managed. Aries then lays down on Hogan’s desk and says he isn’t going to move until he comes and takes care of business. Hogan then leaves the ring and storms to the back.

The announce team hypes tonight’s Championship Thursday edition of Impact Wrestling and RVD will defend his X Division Championship tonight. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian will also take on AJ Styles & James Storm. Mickie James and Gail Kim are also seen warming up in the back and the two will take each other on after the commercial break.

Match 1: Gail Kim vs. Mickie James
Gail immediately goes for a quick roll up as the bell rings. Gail then works over Mickie with an armbar and a few strikes. Gail picks up another near fall after hitting Mickie with a reverse neckbreaker and continues to wear Mickie down with a leg scissors. Mickie then counters Gail and takes her down with a flapjack, however, Gail rolls out of the way from a high risk move and takes Mickie down with a dropkick. Gail then sets up for the Eat Defeat but Mickie counters and connects with a spin kick for a near fall. Mickie then hits Gail with a neckbreaker for another near fall. Gail counters out of a DDT but Mickie quickly comes back and hits a tornado DDT from the middle rope to pick up the pin fall.

James Storm is backstage and tells AJ Styles he has to live with the choices he made. Styles tells Storm to stop whining as he can’t have a shot at the World Championship for a year. Storm then tells Styles to concentrate on tonight’s match as Styles walks off and we head into a commercial break.

Hulk Hogan walks into his office where Austin Aries, Kid Kash, Kenny King, and Zema Ion are waiting for him. Hogan isn’t in a good mood after what went down and wants to know why any of them deserve a shot at the X Division Champion. Hogan makes a quick decision and tells King that he is out of the running and tells the rest of them to get out of his office.

Bobby Roode’s music hits as the #1 contender to the TNA World Championship makes his way down to the ring. Roode grabs a microphone and says he made a statement last week on Impact, which is that in 10 days he will become the new World Champion. Roode goes on to say that Jeff Hardy got called out last week by a nobody and almost lost to him, however, Roode laid him out with one punch. Roode says Hardy is a paper champion and will prove it at Final Resolution.

Roode goes on to tell Christian York that if he wants to make a statement, he should have called out the big dog in Roode instead of Hardy. York’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring where Roode says this is his time and nobody interrupts him. York then slaps Roode across the face and Roode rolls under the ropes and heads to the entrance ramp. York then calls out Roode as we head into a commercial break.

Match 2: Bobby Roode vs. Christian York
The bell rings as we come back and York takes Roode down with a series of shoulder blocks. Roode rolls out to the floor to regroup before pulling York out and sending him into the side of the ring. Roode tries to send York into the steps but York reverses and sends Roode into them. York then rolls Roode back in and heads to the top rope but Roode pushes the referee into the ropes, which knocks York down. Roode then levels York with a clothesline and heads to the middle rope, but York is able to connect with a boot to knock Roode down.

York fights his way back into the match with a series of strikes and slams Roode down to the mat. York again heads to the top rope and stomps on Roode’s back and picks up a near fall. York calls out for the Mood Swing but Roode counters and tries for the fisherman’s suplex but York counters with a small package for a very close near fall. Roode fights back and takes York down with a clubbing blow and locks York in a crossface to make him tap out. After the match, Roode goes out and grabs a chair but Jeff Hardy runs out and tries to take Roode down with a Twist of Fate but Roode escapes from the ring.

We see a video recap of the brutal attacks that have happened over the past three weeks at the hands of Aces and Eights. The attacks on Sting, Magnus and Eric Young are shown and are told that we will hear from ODB later on tonight. We then join Aces and Eights in their clubhouse as the VP says it’s time to be festive and are getting an early present as DOC takes on Kurt Angle next week. Devon speaks up and says he wants his Television Title back and sends a message to Hulk Hogan and wants a match with Samoa Joe next week. If he gets it, they won’t take anyone out this week.

We then see footage of the Gut Check judges talking about Wes Brisco as we head into a commercial break. We return to Impact to see footage of Brisco’s match last week against Garett Bischoff. More footage of the judges talking is aired and Taz brings up the fact that he was the first one to win his match, however, Bruce Prichard thinks he was going too fast and making mistakes. Taz says Kurt Angle has also given his seal of approval and says it’s time to go and give their opinion.

We then see Bruce Prichard talking to a stagehand as Kurt Angle walks up and makes his case for Wes Brisco. Prichard says his decision has been made and is currently looking for Al Snow, who is MIA. D’Lo Brown is backstage and says he will go out looking for him.

Christopher Daniels and Kazarian make their way to the ring and Kazarian thinks it’s ironic that AJ Styles and James Storm are teaming together as he is sorry about Styles’ damn luck. Kazarian says Daniels will defeat Styles in 10 days and forever be known as the better man as we head into a commercial break.

Match 3: Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. James Storm & AJ Styles
The bell rings and Kazarian starts out strong against Styles until he makes the tag to Storm. Storm comes in and takes Kazarian down with a neckbreaker and gives Styles a few words. Daniels is tagged in and Storm takes him down before tagging Styles back into the match. Styles misses with a knee drop as Daniels and Kazarian begin to work over Styles once again. Styles makes another tag to Storm, who comes in and regains control of the match and takes Kazarian down with an enziguri. Storm tries for a back cracker but Daniels holds his partner to block the hold.

The two then begin to work over Storm with quick tags and double team moves and pick up a couple of near falls in the process. Daniels and Kazarian do a couple of Gangnam style dances as Storm makes the hot tag to Styles. Styles comes in and takes out Daniels and goes over the top rope to take out Kazarian but he misses. The two roll Styles into the ring and hit him with a double team move for a near fall. The two go for another double team move but Styles counters and Storm drags Kazarian out to the floor and sends him into the steel steps. Storm then tags himself into the match and takes Daniels down with a Last Call superkick to pick up the pin fall.

After the match, Storm celebrates with a beer as Styles walks away with a disappointed look on his face. The announce team then hypes the rest of tonight’s show with RVD defending the X Division Championship and learning the fate of Wes Brisco. A video package is then aired which reveals that Lockdown will take place this year at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

Austin Aries, Zema Ion and Kid Kash go back into Hulk Hogan’s office where he tells the three that he needs someone to shake things up tonight. Kid Kash says he is one of the toughest guys in the company and he has beaten RVD in the past. Kash says he deserves to have one last shot and Aries says he is the stick that Hogan needs to stir things up. Hogan says he has had enough and eliminates Kash and Ion from the running and gives Aries a shot at the X Division Championship as we head into a commercial break.

Samoa Joe is backstage and says he heard about Devon’s challenge. Joe says Devon wasn’t beaten for the belt, but Devon abandoned it because he couldn’t handle it. Joe tells Devon to come get his belt next week and Joe will beat him.

Match 4: Doug Williams vs. Matt Morgan
Joey Ryan comes out before the match and introduces Matt Morgan for his match, who comes out wearing Hulk Hogan’s robe. The bell rings and Morgan quickly levels Williams with a clothesline. Morgan continues on his methodical attack and drives Williams down with a chokeslam. Morgan then connects with the Carbon Footprint to pick up the pin fall victory.

Bruce Prichard is still looking for Al Snow and D’Lo Brown hasn’t found him either. D’Lo says he judges live event Gut Checks and can step in if he needs to and Prichard thinks it’s a good idea as we head into a commercial break.

Jeremy Borash is in the ring along with Taz, Bruce Prichard and D’Lo Brown. Wes Brisco is called down to the ring to face the judges for Gut Check. Prichard takes the microphone and says Al Snow didn’t show up today and nobody has heard from him. Prichard says the show must go on and D’Lo is taking his place tonight as they need a third judge for Gut Check.

Prichard switches gears and says he has known Brisco since he was a little kid and has traveled the world with his father. Prichard says they have a lot of history, however, his Gut Check match last week wasn’t great. Judging strictly on his match last week, his vote would be different, but he knows Brisco is capable of more and gives Brisco a yes vote.

Taz is next and says Kurt Angle has gone to bat for him, which means a lot to him. Taz thinks his match last week wasn’t the greatest, and although he knows Brisco can do better, his vote is no. Brisco is given a chance to sway the final vote and says all he has ever dreamed of is becoming a professional wrestling. Brisco says he is doing it for his fans, family and especially his uncle Jack. All he wants is a chance to prove himself.

D’Lo is given the microphone and says Brisco’s match last week left him feeling conflicted. Part of him says he is not ready to be on the roster, but if his in ring work is good enough for Bruce Prichard and Kurt Angle, then it’s good enough for him and gives Brisco a yes vote. Angle and Garett Bischoff come out to congratulate Brisco on earning a contract as Brisco sheds some tears.

Hulk Hogan runs into Bully Ray in the backstage area and asks Hogan why he didn’t send him after Aries if he wanted to see him get his head kicked in. Ray says Hogan is confusing business with personal. Hogan says it’s Ray that is confusing business with personal before walking away and we head into a commercial break.

A preview of Jeff Hardy getting tattooed on Spike’s show Ink Masters is aired. We then see ODB talking about how she wasn’t able to get ahold of her husband for months and now he is sitting in a hospital with a shattered ankle. ODB then walks off saying she can’t do this. The announce team then hype the Final Resolution card, which takes place in 10 days.

Austin Aries is talking to Hulk Hogan in the backstage area and says Hogan fell for his plan. Aries says he just wants to X Division Championship is to cash it in for another shot at the TNA World Championship. Audio problems occur but Hogan says something about how Aries is going to need dental work after RVD kicks his teeth in.

Match 5: Austin Aries vs. Rob Van Dam (X Division Championship)
Jeremy Borash handles the formal introductions for tonight’s main event. The bell rings and the two trade punches and kicks in the opening moments. RVD is able to counter Aries and goes for a Rolling Thunder but Aries rolls out to the floor. RVD then leaps over the top rope and takes out Aries on the floor as we head into a commercial break.

We return the match to see Aries knock RVD off the apron and onto the floor. Aries then goes for a baseball slide and hits RVD as he is coming onto the apron, and it looks like Aries took the worst of that exchange. RVD then props Aries up on the guard railing and goes for a leg drop but Aries moves out of the way and RVD connects with the railing. Aries then hits a neckbreaker onto the railing before rolling RVD into the match to pick up a series of near falls. RVD comes back and catches Aries with a kick to the face, but Aries is able to come back and takes RVD down with a DDT for another near fall.

Aries then mocks RVD and hits his own version of the Rolling Thunder for another near fall. Aries then heads to the top rope and does the RVD thumbs before missing with a Five Star Frog Splash. RVD then comes back with a springboard kick to the face of Aries before hitting Rolling Thunder. RVD then hits with a split leg moonsault and goes for the pin but Aries is able to get his foot on the rope. RVD then takes down Aries with a dropkick and heads to the top rope but Aries springs to his feet and pushes RVD off the top rope and onto the floor.

Aries goes out and rolls RVD into the ring before grabbing a microphone. Aries says RVD has just crashed and burned. Aries says he is all sweaty, out of breath, and his hair is all messed up, which makes him look like Brooke Hogan. Bully Ray then runs out to the ring and attacks Aries as the referee calls for the bell. Aries yells at Ray and says he cost him the match as Hulk Hogan walks out and stares down Bully Ray as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.

Quick Results
– Mickie James defeated Gail Kim by pin fall.
– Bobby Roode defeated Christian York by submission.
– James Storm & AJ Styles defeated Christopher Daniels & Kazarian by pin fall.
– Matt Morgan defeated Doug Williams by pin fall.
– Austin Aries and Rob Van Dam fought to a no contest.

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