2/21 IMPACT WRESTLING RECAP
Join the Starman as he covers tonight’s Impact Wrestling broadcast that was pre-taped in London, England.
A “Previously on Impact Wrestling” recap is aired, which focuses on Jeff Hardy being attacked by Aces & Eights. Four matches also took place last week to help Hulk Hogan decide who should be the next challenger for Hardy, but Aces & Eights interrupted before the announcement was made. We then head into the Wembley Arena in London, England, as the announce team hype tonight’s show that will feature two title matches.
Hulk Hogan’s music hits as he makes his way down to the ring. Hogan grabs a microphone and said things didn’t go as planned last week as Aces & Eights stuck their noses in TNA business once again. Now he has had a week to think things over and he has decided to pick a man that rose to the occasion and introduces Bully Ray. Ray’s music hits as Ray comes out with a surprised look on his face and joins his father-in-law in the ring.
Ray is at a loss for words and tells Hogan that he is hurt after tearing a muscle during the last table match he was in. Ray says there were many other guys more deserving but all he wants to do is earn Hogan’s respect and make him proud. Ray says he wants to make him happy, he wants to make Brooke happy, and he wants to win the TNA World Championship. Ray then suggests a six-man tag team match for tonight with three members of Aces & Eights against himself, Sting, and Hulk Hogan. Hogan agrees and says he has a deal and the two shake hands as Mike Tenay says Hogan hasn’t wrestled since Bound for Glory in 2011.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries are backstage and are interrupted by Bad Influence. The two teams talk about their upcoming eight-man tag team match as Daniels says everything will go well if they all follow his lead. Bad Influence leaves as Roode and Aries argue about whose lead the team should follow. The announce team hype the eight-man tag team match with these four going up against Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, James Storm and Joseph Park, which will come up after the commercial break.
Match 1: Bad Influence/Austin Aries/Bobby Roode vs. Hernandez/Chavo Guerrero/Joseph Park/James Storm
The bell rings as Storm and Daniels start things off but it quickly breaks down with everyone in the ring. The heels are then cleared from the ring as we head into a commercial break. We return to the match to see Chavo take Kazarian down with a head scissors before tagging Park into the match. Kazarian pokes Park in the eye but an attempt at a cross body block has no effect on Park. Kazarian then takes Park down with a chop block before isolating Park and turning things over to his partners.
Roode and Aries have problems getting Park up for a double suplex and begin to argue with each other until Daniels comes in and takes things over. Bad Influence double team Park while refusing to tag either Roode or Aries back into the match. The four begin to make blind tags on each other, which gives Park a chance to crawl towards his corner, but he is cut off by Bad Influence. Park takes them both down with clotheslines as Bad Influence tries to tag in Austin and Roode, but they both walk off and leave the ring.
Storm is finally tagged in and he takes down both members of Bad Influence before turing things over to Hernandez and Chavo. Everyone hits their signature spots before tagging Park into the match who hits a splash from the middle rope onto Kazarian. Chavo then covers Kazarian to pick up the pin fall.
A recap of Hulk Hogan naming Bully Ray as the number one contender is aired as the announce team hype Lockdown and tonight’s huge six-man tag team main event as we head into a commercial break.
A video package focusing on Rockstar Spud is aired. Spud talks about how winning TNA Boot Camp has changed his life and how he laid out Robbie E. a few weeks ago. This leads us to our next match of the night.
Match 2: Robbie E. vs. Rockstar Spud
Robbie T. accompanies Robbie E. to the ring for this match. The match starts and Robbie quickly takes Spud down and toys with him for a bit. Spud then uses his speed to hit Robbie with a dropkick but he follows by running into Robbie’s boot. Robbie begins to toy with Spud once again as Spud tries to fight back and takes Robbie down with a series of clotheslines before hitting a tornado DDT. Spud then heads to the top rope but misses with a top rope leg drop. Robbie E. then tries to grab his clipboard but Robbie T. won’t let him have it as Spud rolls up Robbie E. to pick up the surprise pin fall.
After the match, Robbie E. begins yelling at Robbie T. for what just happened and slaps him in the face. Robbie T. begins to stare down Robbie E. as he quickly leaves the ring and backs down. The two then stare at each other until Robbie E. bolts down the ramp. The announce team then hype the upcoming six-man tag team match and a four-way match for the Knockouts Championship with Tara defending against Velvet Sky, Gail Kim, and Miss Tessmacher, which is coming up next.
Match 3: Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim vs. Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara (TNA Knockouts Championship)
Jessie accompanies Tara to the ring for this title match. Brooke Hogan also watches the match from the ringside area and whispers in Taryn Terrell’s ear. The match starts as Taryn tells Jessie to leave the ringside area. All four go at it as this is an elimination match and there are a few quick pin attempts to start things off. Tessmacher is sent out to the floor as Gail and Tara team up against Velvet. Tara then slams Velvet down to the mat and goes for the cover but Gail breaks it up for some reason. The two begin to argue before turning on each other as Tara takes Gail down with a back drop.
Tessmacher then pulls Gail out to the floor and bulldogs her on the floor before joining the other two in the ring. Velvet and Tessmacher team up against Tara but she manages to hang both Velvet and Tessmacher on the ropes. Tara slams Tessmacher down and hits a top rope moonsault but Velvet comes in and hits Tara with the In Yo Face. Gail then runs in and tosses Velvet out to the floor and picks up the pin fall over Tara. Tara has been eliminated from the match and we will see a new champion crowned tonight.
The match continues as Tessmacher takes Gail down and heads to the top rope, but Gail cuts her off. The two fight on the turnbuckle as Velvet comes in and sends them both crashing to the mat, which gets a loud “TNA!” chant started from the London crowd. Velvet tries to pick up covers on both Gail and Tessmacher but the both kick out. Tessmacher then tries to counter an attempt at In Yo Face but Velvet rolls through and picks up a pin fall to eliminate Tessmacher from the match.
Gail and Velvet are the final two Knockouts in the ring and Velvet takes Gail down with a series of clotheslines and a head scissors takedown. Gail comes back with a dropkick and goes for a pin fall while using the ropes for leverage but Taryn catches it. Gail then gets in Taryn’s face and Velvet comes in and hits Gail with the In Yo Face to pick up the pin fall and win the TNA Knockouts Championship. Velvet then poses with the Knockouts Championship to celebrate her victory.
A recap of the start of tonight’s show is aired where Bully Ray suggested to Hogan and six-man tag team main event. We then see Sting and Hulk Hogan getting ready for the match and Sting says he is excited to see Hogan get back into the ring. Sting then catches up with Ray who says it is a thrill to be tagging with both Hogan and Sting. The announce team then hype the main event as we head into a commercial break.
The announce team talk about AJ Styles and how he hasn’t been seen for two months. A camera crew has been sent to his hometown and that footage will air next week on Impact. We then see a video package on how Aces & Eights targeted Kurt Angle and the setup with Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff.
Match 4: Garett Bischoff vs. Samoa Joe
The bell sounds as the crowd begins a “Joe’s gonna kill you!” chant. Bischoff runs around the ring and dodges Joe in the early going and heads out to the floor. Joe follows him out as Bischoff runs into the ring and attacks Joe as he enters the ring. Bischoff then pokes Joe in the eyes before taking Joe down with a chop block. Bischoff begins to focus on Joe’s leg before choking Joe in full view of the referee. Bischoff then hits Joe with a shoulder block and picks up a one count before putting Joe in a headlock. Joe fights out and takes Bischoff down with a series of clotheslines and a big boot to the face. Joe follows with a senton backsplash before setting him up for a muscle buster, however, Wes Brisco runs in and interferes and causes a disqualification. Bischoff and Brisco attack Joe for a bit until Kurt Angle runs out and chases them from the ring.
Angle grabs a microphone and says he was the one who got him a Gut Check match and he is glad he is in TNA. Angle says all of the pain he will inflict upon him will be 100% legal as he has a contract and challenges Brisco to a steel cage match at Lockdown. The announce team then discuss what just went down and hype Rob Van Dam defending the X Division Championship against Kenny King, which will come up after the break.
Match 5: Kenny King vs. Rob Van Dam (X Division Championship)
King takes RVD down with a dropkick that sends RVD out to the floor before the bell rings. The referee starts the match as King works over RVD on the floor before rolling him into the ring for a near fall. King continues on the attack but misses with a springboard leg drop as RVD begins hitting King with a flurry of offense. King then pulls RVD off the middle rope and sends him crashing to the mat and picks up another near fall. King then levels RVD with a spin kick for another near fall.
King methodically begins to wear down RVD until RVD finally counters with a spin kick. RVD tries to send King across the ring with a monkey flip but King lands on his feet and hits RVD with a Royal Flush but RVD is able to get out of the pin attempt. RVD then counters King and hits the Rolling Thunder before heading to the top rope and hitting a Five Star Frog Splash to pick up the pin fall and retain the X Division Championship.
Brooke Hogan is backstage and pleading with her dad to think about going out and competing tonight. Hogan says he has had enough of Aces & Eights pushing him around and has to this for himself and for his family. Brooke tells him to be careful and the announce team hype the main event, which will be coming up next.
Highlights of Aces & Eights attacking Jeff Hardy is aired. Hardy is interviewed and says the doctors told him he was good to go and will be on Impact next week. Hardy then talks about having to face Bully Ray at Lockdown and says they both want the TNA World Championship so it may end up being the best steel cage match of all time. The announce team then hype Jeff Hardy returning to Impact next week.
Match 6: Aces & Eights (Devon/Mr. Anderson/DOC) vs. Sting/Bully Ray/Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan’s music hits but he doesn’t come out for the match. Hogan’s music starts once again as Taz calls Hogan yellow for not wanting to come out and faces Aces & Eights. The group then attacks Ray and Sting as they were distracted to get this match started. DOC works over Sting as Anderson and Devon double team Ray. Ray and Sting turn the tide into their favor as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match and see Aces & Eights are in control and Hogan is still nowhere to be found. DOC picks up a near fall over Ray before turning things over to Devon. The two former partners exchange blows in the ring before Devon drags Ray to their corner and turns it over to Anderson. The group takes turns working over Ray with quick tags until Ray takes Devon down with a desperation suplex. Devon, though, keeps Ray from making it to his corner and tags Anderson into the match. Aces & Eights continue working Ray over with quick tags as Sting tries to rally the crowd behind Ray.
Ray finally takes Devon down with a spear but his leg is in too much pain to make it to his corner. Ray is finally able to leap to his corner and make the hot tag as Sting comes in and takes out all three members of Aces & Eights. DOC accidentally nails Devon with a clothesline and Sting follows with a Scorpion Death Drop on DOC and goes for a cover but Anderson breaks it up. Sting then takes Anderson down with a slam and sets him up for a head butt from Ray, but other members of Aces & Eights are seen carrying Brooke and Hulk Hogan around the ringside area. Hogan yells about his knee hurting as Ray runs out after them. Sting puts a Scorpion Death Lock on Anderson but DOC levels Sting with a big boot to the face and covers Sting to pick up the pin fall.
After the match, the three continue beating down Sting as more members of Aces & Eights join in the ring. Ray and Brooke are seen checking on Hogan as Aces & Eights hold up their arms in the ring and Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– Hernandez/Chavo Guerrero/Joseph Park/James Storm defeated Bad Influence/Austin Aries/Bobby Roode by pin fall.
– Rockstar Spud defeated Robbie E. by pin fall.
– Velvet Sky defeated Tara, Gail Kim and Miss Tessmacher in a four-way elimination match to win the TNA Knockouts Championship.
– Samoa Joe defeated Garett Bischoff by disqualification.
– Rob Van Dam defeated Kenny King by pin fall to retain the X Division Championship.
– Aces & Eights defeated Sting & Bully Ray by pin fall.