12/6 LIVE IMPACT WRESTLING RECAP
Join the Starman as he covers tonight’s edition of Impact Wrestling live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.
A “Previously on Impact Wrestling” recap is aired, which covers Wes Brisco getting a TNA contract during Gut Check and Hulk Hogan wanting to get answers about Brooke and Bully Ray’s relationship. The pyro goes off as we head into the Impact Zone as Bobby Roode’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring along with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.
Kazarian grabs a microphone and says it’s Throwback Thursday as the are the best part of the group that was once called Fortune. Kazarian goes on to say that victory is in their future as Roode steps in and makes a guarantee to become the TNA World Champion in three days at Final Resolution. Daniels comes in and guarantees one last match against AJ Styles and wants to say one thing to Styles face to face as he calls him out to the ring.
Styles comes out to the ring and says Daniels has been jealous of him since day one and always will be. Styles goes on to say that Daniels couldn’t beat him on his worst day. Daniels fires back and says Styles has been racking up the losses over the past year and it’s because he is a loser. Daniels says his worst nightmare becomes a reality as Daniels will finally prove that he is better than Styles. Styles then clocks Daniels as the other two join in until Jeff Hardy and James Storm run out to chase them off. The six of these men will be in a six-man tag team match later on tonight.
We head to the announce team where they hype tonight’s big tag match and we are treated to footage of what happened last week with Austin Aries, Bully Ray, and Hulk Hogan. Austin Aries is backstage and says him calling out Brooke and Ray wasn’t about them, but to get revenge on Hulk Hogan. Aries says Hogan set him up to fail when he was the TNA World Champion, but things have gotten personal between he and Ray as Aries challenges Ray to a match at Final Resolution and wants Hogan to make it happen.
Samoa Joe is seen walking backstage as he will be defending the TV Championship against Devon after the commercial break.
Match 1: Devon vs. Samoa Joe (TNA Television Championship)
The bell rings and Joe rings Devon’s bell with a flurry of offense until Devon is able to lower the top rope and Joe falls to the outside. Devon sends Joe into the steps before rolling him back into the ring for a two count. Devon continues on the attack and picks up a few near falls until Joe rolls out of the way of a flying head butt. This gives Joe an opening to take Devon down and picks up a near fall after hitting a senton splash. Joe then locks in the rear naked choke, however, a scantly dressed woman runs onto the apron to cause a distraction as D.O.C. runs in from behind and nails him from behind with a hammer. Devon then makes the cover and picks up the pin fall to become the new TNA Television Champion. After the match, D.O.C. celebrates with a few groupies as Devon joins in with the TV Title.
Brooke Hogan is backstage talking on the phone and is happy that the contract has been finished. She then tells the person on the other line to call her when she gets to the Impact Zone as we head into a commercial break.
D’Lo Brown is backstage talking to Al Snow, who says he doesn’t remember what happened as he was going out to eat on Wednesday night and then he woke up in the hospital. Brown says he’s glad Snow’s back and that they will get to the bottom of what happened to him.
Mickie James makes her way to the ring and thanks her family, friends, and fans after going through her surgery. While sitting at home, she had time to reflect and has made it her goal to become the TNA Knockouts Champion. Mickie is then cut off by Tara and gets in her face for a bit before they are cut off by Velvet Sky’s music. Velvet comes out to the ring and takes the microphone away from Tara and thanks Brooke Hogan for bringing her back to Impact Wrestling before wishing both Tara and Mickie the best of luck on Sunday, but says 2013 will be the year she will be the Knockouts Champion.
Robbie E. is backstage with his iPad trying to pay his insurance and Robbie T. shows him how it works. The two are going to be in a tag team match after the commercial break. An promo for reckoning and being paid in blood is aired that ends with 1.3.13.
Match 2: Robbie E. & Robbie T. vs. Hernandez & Chavo Guerrero
The match starts and Chavo and Hernandez start out strong against Robbie E. in the opening moments with quick tags in and out of the ring. Interference from Robbie T. turns the tide of the match as Robbie T. is tagged into the match. Robbie T. powers Chavo around the ring for a moment before turning things over to Robbie E., who picks up a near fall on Chavo. Guerrero is able to counter Robbie’s offense and tags in Hernandez, ho uses his strength advantage on Robbie E. The match breaks down and Robbie T. is dumped to the floor and Hernandez takes Robbie E. down with a shoulder block. Chavo is tagged in and hits the Frog Splash to pick up the pin fall.
Joey Ryan comes out after the match and starts telling Chavo and Hernandez that they will meet in three days as Matt Morgan runs in and takes them down from behind. Ryan then holds up one of the belts and holds it over the tag team champs.
We head into the Aces & Eights clubhouse where some of the girls are dancing around a pole and Devon is celebrating his victory. Devon wants to throw another dart but the leader says they already have a hit in place as money talks as he pulls out a stack of money and stuffs some down one of the girl’s bras.
Footage of last week’s Gut Check judging is aired. Kurt Angle is in the locker room with Wes Brisco and congratulates Brisco. Angle goes on to say he is taking on D.O.C. tonight and both Brisco and Garett Bischoff tell Angle that they have his back. We then head into the backstage area where Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez say Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan has gotten their attention. Chavo says they won’t attack them from behind, but they will knock them down while they are looking them in the eyes. Chavo then gets cut off as Angle’s music hits, then quits, then starts again as we head into a commercial break.
Match 3: Kurt Angle vs. D.O.C.
Angle goes right on the attack as D.O.C. makes his way into the ring. Angle focuses on D.O.C.’s knee until D.O.C. levels Angle with a clothesline. D.O.C. continues to pick apart Angle and clotheslines Angle over the top rope. D.O.C. goes out to the floor and tosses Angle into the steel steps before rolling him back into the ring. Angle manages to comeback and takes D.O.C. down with a dropkick from the middle rope. Angle follows with a series of German suplexes but D.O.C. counters the Angle Slam and takes Angle down with a big boot.
Angle quickly comes back and puts D.O.C. in an ankle lock but D.O.C. fights Angle off, however, Angle hits D.O.C. with a couple more suplexes but D.O.C. counters a third one with a mule kick. Angle then goes for another ankle lock but D.O.C. fights him off and hits Angle with a chokeslam for a near fall. Angle then hits an Angle Slam out of nowhere and goes for a third ankle lock, however, a member of Aces & Eights runs into the ring and attacks Angle, causing a disqualification. A few members of Aces & Eights surround the ring until Wes Brisco, Garett Bischoff, and Samoa Joe run out and chase them away. Angle then issues a challenge to any four members of Aces & Eights against the four of them at Final Resolution.
The announce team then hypes tonight’s six-man tag team main event as we then see Hulk Hogan in the office and is on the phone. Hogan is talking to Joseph Park and tells him to keep training at OVW as Bully Ray walks in. Ray tells Hogan that he wants a match against Austin Aries as Hogan begins to laugh. Hogan says the wrestling universe doesn’t revolve around the two of them and tells Ray the answer is no. Ray says he is going to make sure he gets what he wants tonight and promises to take over Hogan’s show as we head into a commercial break.
James Storm and Jeff Hardy are backstage and Storm tells Hardy that he has his back and warns Hardy of Roode and how he will do anything it takes to get the TNA World Championship back. Storm walks away and Hardy begins to think to himself and his thoughts say that he knows what Roode can do and that it’s him against the world.
Match 4: Kenny King vs. Kid Kash vs. Zema Ion (#1 Contender to X Division Championship)
The winner of this match will take on RVD on Sunday for the X Division Championship. The bell rings and there is quick action in the early going until Kid Kash is sent out to the floor. Ion and King turn their attention to each other and go back and forth until Kash trips up Ion and pulls him out to the floor. King then knocks Kash off the apron and is about to do a high risk dive, but Ion runs into the ring and takes him down with a clothesline. Kash comes back in and takes Ion down but King takes Kash down and picks up a near fall after hitting a springboard leg drop. King then takes Ion down for a pin attempt but Kash breaks it up.
Ion rolls out to the floor and Kash takes him down with a hurricanrana out on the floor. King then dives off the top rope and takes Kash out. Ion then rolls into the ring and dives over the top rope and takes them both out. The three end up back in the ring and the hit a Tower of Doom. Kash then locks King into a Boston crab, but Ion breaks it up. King then takes Ion down with a hard spin kick and goes for a cover but Kash breaks it up. Kash then takes King out to the floor with a hurricanrana and takes Ion down for another near fall. Kash then goes for a high risk move, but Ion pushes him out to the floor. King then takes Ion down with the Royal Flush to pick up the pin fall and earns a title shot against RVD this Sunday.
Bully Ray is backstage talking on the phone and is saying Hulk Hogan is stubborn and how he is going to take over the show until he gets what he wants as we head into a commercial break.
A video package of what has gone down in recent weeks between Austin Aries and Bully Ray is aired. Bully Ray’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring with a chair. Ray says he isn’t going anywhere until he gets what he wants, and that is a match against Austin Aries. Ray says the two want to fight each other and the fans want to see it, but Hulk Hogan won’t let it happen. Ray sits in the chair as Aries comes out with a chair of his own. Aries says the last time they fought he made him submit as Ray challenges him to get into the ring to fight right now. Aries sits down on the entrance ramp and says he is going to take over the show himself.
Hulk Hogan’s music hits as he comes down to the ring and says he is going to fix all of the business right now. Hogan tells Ray and Aries that he isn’t going to be pushed into making a match. Hogan tells Ray to get out of the ring or he will fire or kick his ass. Ray gets up and gets in Hogan’s face as Aries tries to get the two to fight. Brooke Hogan comes out and steps between the two and says maybe Mark, er, Bully Ray is right and he is making it personal. Hogan says they are the ones who made it personal and books the match for Final Resolution.
The announce team hypes the Final Resolution card and are treated to a video package on the main event match of Bobby Roode against Jeff Hardy. Roode says it has been five long months without having the TNA World Championship and it’s time for him to get it back.
Match 5: Bobby Roode/Bad Influence vs. Jeff Hardy/AJ Styles/James Storm
Since it is Throwback Thursday, both Kazarian and Daniels come out to the ring wearing Zubaz. Jeremy Borash handles the formal introductions for tonight’s event. The match starts and Storm takes Kazarian down and hits him with a flurry of punches. Hardy is tagged in and continues on the attack until Daniels is tagged into the match. Hardy takes Daniels down with a head scissors and he tags Styles in as Daniels runs to his corner and tags Kazarian back into the match. Styles works over Kazarian before tagging Hardy back into the match and Hardy uses Styles as a springboard for some Poetry in Motion as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match to see Kazarian is in control over Hardy. Kazarian, Daniels and Roode use quick tags and double team moves to work over Hardy as they isolate Hardy to their side of the ring. Hardy takes the brunt of the punishment for several minutes as Bad Influence and Roode take every shortcut in the book when an opportunity arises. Hardy finally catches Roode with a kick to the midsection and connects with a Twist of Fate. Hardy makes a hot tag to Styles, who takes out everyone as this match breaks down. Storm takes Daniels out to the floor, as Styles takes out Kazarian and Roode with a double DDT.
Daniels comes back into the ring and knocks Styles off the rope as he is going for a springboard. Styles and Storm seem to be arguing for a moment as Hardy tags himself in and takes Kazarian down with a Twist of Fate to pick up the pin fall for his team. Hardy celebrates his victory as Aces & Eights storm the ring and take Hardy out. Storm comes back in with a chair and chases six guys out as Roode is seen smiling from the entrance ramp and is clapping his hands. Roode says it pays to be Roode as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– Devon defeated Samoa Joe by pin fall to win the TNA Television Championship.
– Hernandez & Chavo Guerrero defeated Robbie E. & Robbie T. by pin fall.
– Kurt Angle defeated D.O.C. by disqualification.
– Kenny King defeated Zema Ion and Kid Kash by pin fall to become the #1 Contender to the X Division Championship.
– Jeff Hardy/AJ Styles/James Storm defeated Bobby Roode/Bad Influence by pin fall.