4/18 IMPACT WRESTLING RECAP
Join the Starman as he covers tonight’s Impact Wrestling broadcast that was taped last week from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Impact Wrestling opens with a message saying the people of Boston are in their thoughts and prayers. A “Previously on Impact Wrestling” recap is then aired that focuses on what side AJ Styles stands. We then head into the American Bank Center as the announcers hype tonight’s show and recap what happened last week during the Full Metal Mayhem match between Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy. Footage of Hardy being carried out on a stretcher and into an ambulance is aired as Hulk Hogan has a look of concern on his face.
Devon is backstage with Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco and asks if they are ready for tonight. Bischoff says they will take care of business and Devon tells the two not to take Kurt Angle lightly and get the job done. Bischoff and Brisco act cocky about it but Devon tells them to just get the job done. A video package highlighting this feud is aired, which leads us into the first match of the night.
Match 1: Garett Bischoff & Wes Brisco vs. Kurt Angle (Handicap Match)
The match starts as Angle goes up against Brisco and beats him down in a corner with a series of strikes and stomps. Angle then tosses Brisco into his corner and Bischoff tags himself in. Angle does much of the same against Bischoff until we head into a commercial break. We return to the match to see Bischoff has taken control as Bischoff and Brisco double team Angle and pick up a near fall. Angle mounts a comeback and takes both Brisco and Bischoff down with a series of clotheslines and overhead suplexes. Angle then takes them both down with a double German suplex and picks up a near fall after hitting an Angle slam on Bischoff, but Brisco breaks it up. D’Lo Brown and Mr. Anderson come to the ringside area as Angle has Brisco locked in an ankle lock. With the referee distracted, Brown tosses a chain to Bischoff and he nails Angle with it. Bischoff then covers Angle to pick up the pin fall.
After then match, Brisco and Bischoff slam Angle down with a powerbomb. Anderson then grabs a microphone and says this is how things are going to go down from now on. Anderson says Sting has left, Jeff Hardy has been decimated and Angle is lying in shambles. Anderson then says Aces & Eights are rooting for AJ Styles before the four continue celebrating in the ring.
Footage of Petey Williams talking about his strategy in the three way X Division match tonight is aired. Zema Ion is also shown and he says he likes the idea that he doesn’t have to beat Kenny King to win the X Division Championship. The announce team hype the upcoming match between King, Ion and Williams, and that match is up after the break.
Match 2: Zema Ion vs. Petey Williams vs. Kenny King (X Division Championship)
The match starts as King goes right on the attack and dumps Ion out to the floor. We are then treated to the X Cam, which is worn in the head of the referee, which doesn’t look so great. Back to the action, Williams takes King down with a Canadian Destroyer and goes for the pin but Ion breaks it up. Williams then takes Ion down with a hurricanrana and picks up a one count. Ion then hangs Williams up on the ropes and takes Williams down with a neckbreaker for another near fall. Ion then puts Williams in a leg submission but Williams makes it to the ropes to break the hold.
Williams then hits a Russian leg sweep and picks up a near fall as King is seen finally getting up from off the floor. Williams then dives through the ropes and takes King out on the floor. Williams then comes back in and takes Ion down with a overhead suplex before taking King down again with a hurricanrana from the ring apron. Back in the ring, Williams sets up for the Canadian Destroyer but Ion counters into a pin attempt. Williams then counters and puts Ion into a sharpshooter as King comes in and kicks Williams in the face. King then rolls up Ion and picks up the pin fall to win the match and retain the X Division Championship. Ion has been eliminated from the next title match.
Magnus is backstage and says Aces & Eights are walking around talking about taking people out. Magnus says he is going to do some taking of his own by taking the Television Championship away from Devon as we head into a commercial break.
Footage from earlier in the day is aired where Brooke Hogan and Christy Hemme talk about the new Knockouts website that will be launching soon. Brooke then talks to Mickie James and Miss Tessmacher and wishes them luck tonight and wants to see who will be challenging for the Knockouts Championship. Tessmacher then says all of the Knockouts are there for Brooke in her time of need.
Knux and DOC try to jump Magnus as he makes his entrance for his match but Magnus is able to hold his own. Devon finally runs out and joins in as the numbers game catches up with Magnus. Devon then nails with a chain wrapped fist to the gut of Magnus as Knux and DOC double chokeslam Magnus on the ramp. Samoa Joe then runs out and gets the three to back off as referees come out to check on Magnus and we head into a commercial break.
A recap of what just happened with Magnus is aired. Samoa Joe is then seen backstage and calls Aces & Eights a bunch of cowards for what they just did. Joe says he was granted a match against Devon and says he will see him in the ring.
A video package on AJ Styles is aired which focuses on his past year. The announce team then hype his upcoming match against James Storm which will come later on tonight. A video package on Velvet Sky is aired which focuses on her being injured during her last match. She is seen talking with trainers after her match and says that she feels that her knee is going to blow up. This brings us into the next match of the night.
Match 3: Miss Tessmacher vs. Mickie James (#1 Contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship)
The two make their ring entrances and we head into a commercial break before the match starts. The bell sounds and ODB is the referee for this match as things get started. The two lock up a few times and Mickie seems to be a little more concerned with ODB than she is with Tessmacher. Tessmacher heads out to the floor to regroup and drags Mickie out as the two begin to trade blows until ODB goes out and breaks it up before telling them to get back into the ring. Back in the ring, Tessmacher hits Mickie with a series of strikes and hits her with a faceplant to pick up a near fall. Mickie fights back and takes Tessmacher down with a flapjack and hits a Lou Thesz Press from the top rope for a near fall. Mickie doesn’t like the count and gets in ODB face before both Mickie and Tessmacher take each other down with clotheslines. The two begin to fight from their knees as they get back to their feet. Mickie then goes for her DDT, but Tessmacher counters with a rollup, however, Mickie counters with another rollup and picks up the pin fall to earn a shot at the Knockouts Championship.
AJ Styles is backstage as Bad Influence walks behind him and begin singing “We’re the three best friends.” The announce team again hype tonight’s main event with Styles taking on James Storm. We then see Joseph Park walking backstage and Devon stops him to tell him to stop sticking his nose in their business. Bully Ray then nails Park from behind and tells him to stay out of their family business. Devon then tosses him against a shower wall and turns the water on as the two leave while laughing.
Mickie James is backstage and says she is happy to be the #1 contender and it has been too long since she has held the Knockouts Championship. Mickie says she feels bad for Velvet Sky being injured, but they don’t have off days in wrestling. Mickie then talks about being pushed to the wayside and it’s about time for her to shine. We then see James Storm in the locker room and talks about trying to get through to AJ Styles over the past month but now it’s time to knock some sense into with a Last Call superkick. Next, footage of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez winning the TNA Tag Team Championship last week is aired.
Bad Influence makes their way to the ring and grab a microphone. Christopher Daniels says they are close to getting AJ Styles to agree to join the band one more time. Kazarian says they even have a Bad Influence shirt for him before turning their attention to the new Tag Team Champions. Kazarian says once they decide to give them a title shot, they will become the new champions. Austin Aries’ music hits as he and Bobby Roode come out with a microphone. Roode says he is the bearer of bad news as Bad Influence is not the #1 contenders to the Tag Team Championship. Roode says Chavo and Hernandez had a fluke victory last week and they will be getting a title shot first. The two sides go back and forth and trade insults until Bad Influence backs off. However, Chavo and Hernandez snuck in from the other side and send Roode and Aries out to the floor. Chavo says they are better than both teams as they hold the belts.
The main event is hyped some more, but first Samoa Joe will take on Devon for the TNA Television Championship and that match is up after the commercial break.
TNA wrestlers are talking about Aces & Eights taking out members of the TNA roster. Kenny King, Bobby Roode, and Gail Kim talk about guys getting hurt and how Aces & Eights are in control since Hulk Hogan and Dixie Carter can’t do anything to stop them. We then see footage of Aces & Eights taking out Magnus earlier in the show. Matt Morgan is backstage and says Hulk Hogan’s mistakes are starting to mount up and Jeff Hardy was his most recent one.
Match 4: Devon vs. Samoa Joe (TNA Television Championship)
The match starts and Devon goes right on the attack but Joe quickly takes control and picks up an early near fall. Joe then goes for a coquina clutch but Devon counters and regains control. Devon wears down Joe with a headlock but Joe comes back and takes Devon down with a kick to the head. Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff run to the ringside area and distract the referee as Mr. Anderson comes in and nails Joe with some brass knuckles as he was going for a muscle buster. Devon then covers Joe to pick up the pin fall and retain the TNA Television Championship. After the match, Bischoff and Brisco hold Joe as Anderson nails him once again in the face with the knuckles.
AJ Styles and James Storm are seen walking backstage and their match is coming up after the commercial break.
The announce team hype Mickie James taking on Velvet Sky for the TNA Knockouts Championship and Austin Aries & Bobby Roode getting their rematch against Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez for the TNA Tag Team Championship, both of which take place live next week on Impact Wrestling.
Match 5: James Storm vs. AJ Styles
Styles walks down to the ring but turns around and begins walking back until Storm runs out and attacks him from behind. Storm then knocks Styles into the ring as the bell sounds to get this match officially started. Storm takes Styles down with a knee to the face but Styles fires back with a clothesline as we head into a commercial break. We return to the match to see Styles still in control and takes Storm down with a suplex. Storm then begins trading blows with Styles and takes him down with a clothesline, followed by a back drop. Storm then hits a modified neckbreaker for a near fall before placing Styles on the top turnbuckle. Storm then tries for a superplex but Styles escapes a pushes Storm down before hitting a hesitation dropkick a la Chris Sabin.
Bad Influence are seen walking towards the ring as Storm makes a comeback and hits Styles with a back cracker before clotheslining Styles over the top rope and onto the floor. Out on the floor, Styles sends Storm into the guard railing and sends Storm back into the ring. Styles then charges at Storm, who hits Closing Time and goes for a Last Call superkick, but Styles counters and rolls Storm into a leg submission and makes him tap out. After the match, Bad Influence joins Styles in the ring to celebrate. Styles smiles before taking both Daniels and Kazarian out. Styles then stares down Storm as Aces & Eights charge into the ring and attacks Storm from behind as Styles leaves the ring and slowly walks up the ramp. The group also sets their sites on Bad Influence and take out all three.
Bully Ray grabs a microphone and say they are the men responsible for destroying all of the heroes of TNA. Ray says he took out Jeff Hardy and his brothers took out the three pieces of trash in the ring. Ray says there are no more heroes left and it can all be blamed on Hulk Hogan. Ray then says he will call out Hogan next week and tell him that he is the reason why the heroes are becoming victims. Aces & Eights then stand tall in the ring as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– Garett Bischoff & Wes Brisco defeated Kurt Angle by pin fall in a handicap match.
– Kenny King defeated Zema Ion and Petey Williams by pin fall to retain the X Division Championship.
– Mickie James defeated Miss Tessmacher by pin fall to earn a shot at the Knockouts Championship.
– Devon defeated Samoa Joe by pin fall to retain the TNA Television Championship.
– AJ Styles defeated James Storm by submission.