4/25 IMPACT WRESTLING RECAP
Join the Starman as he covers tonight’s Impact Wrestling broadcast that takes place live from the Kovalchick Complex in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
A “Previously on Impact Wrestling” recap airs, which shows Aces & Eights dismantling the TNA roster and Hulk Hogan blaming Sting and sending him home. Bully Ray calling out Hogan tonight is also focused upon. We then see Aces & Eights being stopped at the arena by security, but they pose little threat to the group who just walk by.
We then head into the arena as James Storm’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring as we see footage of Storm tapping out to AJ Styles’ new submission move called the Calf Killer. Storm gets on a microphone and says Styles brought a fight last week as Storm spots Styles standing in the crowd. Storm admits that Styles was the better man last week before turning his attention to Aces & Eights. Storm challenges them to come out for a fight before being interrupted by Bad Influence.
Daniels and Kazarian come out and say that they were also victims of Aces & Eights and say that they are the answer to the Aces & Eights problem. Daniels says the magic number is four, and not just any four, but Fortune. Kazarian then turns his attention to Styles and says that they forgive him for the cheap shots last week and tell him to join them in the ring to reform Fortune. Storm then steps in tells Bad Influence to shut up but Kazarian calls him irrelevant as the three begin to trade blows.
Bad Influence leaves Storm lying in the ring with a low blow as Aces & Eights come out to pick up the scraps. Aces & Eights slides a table into the ring and set it up as Anderson picks him up for a powerbomb, however, Joseph Park runs out and stops it from happening. The numbers game catches up with Park, though, as the Aces & Eights beat him down. DOC and Knux set up for their double chokeslam but Ray tells them to stop. Ray and Devon then send Park through the table with a 3D. The group then celebrate in the ring as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the show to see Park being carted off on a stretcher. Ray gets on a microphone and says they aren’t screwing around and are responsible for taking out every single one of the heroes in TNA. Ray continues to say that last week he called one man out and his next victim, Hulk Hogan. Ray says Hogan has until the end of the show to answer his challenge before leaving the ring.
We join the announce team and we are informed that Hulk Hogan was present earlier but he left about an hour before the start of the show. They then hype tonight’s show that will feature Mickie James taking on Velvet Sky for the Knockouts Championship. A video package on Mickie James and how she earned a shot at the title is aired before we get ready for the first match of the night. Taryn Terrell makes her way to the ring for her match as we head into a commercial break.
We see Hulk Hogan arriving to the building but he refuses to talk to the cameraman.
Match 1: Taryn Terrell vs. Tara
Tara comes out to the ring by herself for this match, which is officiated by ODB. The two trade slaps before Taryn begins tossing Tara around the ring with her hair. Tara quickly recovers and begins toying with Taryn and locks in a submission hold before picking up a near fall. Tara then takes Taryn down with a choke slam and picks up another a couple more near falls. Tara then misses with a swinging leg drop over the top rope as Taryn uses it as an opening to hit Tara with a flurry of strikes. Taryn then heads to the top rope but misses with a cross body block. Tara begins to toy with Taryn a bit more and sets up for her standing moonsault but Taryn rolls Tara up and picks up the pin fall to win the match.
Robbie E. is backstage and is talking with Jessie Godderz and wants gives him a pep talk on how he can defeat Rob Terry and become one of the greatest bros in history. Godderz says he doesn’t need his help as we head into a commercial break.
Match 2: Rob Terry vs. Jessie Godderz
Robbie E. introduces Godderz for the match and joins him ringside for this match. Godderz poses as the match starts as Terry takes him down with a couple of clotheslines. Terry then tosses Godderz across the ring as Robbie E. distract Terry, which gives Godderz an opening. Godderz hits Terry with a few blows and goes for a cross body but Terry catches Godderz and slams him down to the mat. Robbie E. against distracts Terry as he heads out to the floor after him. Godderz tries to sneak behind but Terry grabs him and launches him at Robbie E. Terry then tosses Godderz back into the ring and slams him down to the mat to pick up the pin fall victory.
The announce team hype the upcoming match with Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez defending the TNA Tag Team Championship against Austin Aries & Bobby Roode. They also hype the new Knockouts website and we see Velvet Sky getting ready for her title match as we head into a commercial break.
Bad Influence meet up with Bobby Roode in the locker room and talk about reforming Fortune to take out Aces & Eights. Kazarian says they don’t need James Storm but Daniels thinks he can get AJ Styles on board with them. The two tell Roode to think about it and walk off. We then see Austin Aries smiling to himself nearby.
Video of the Full Metal Mayhem match from two weeks ago is aired as Mike Tenay tells us that there are rumors about Jeff Hardy walking away from wrestling after that match. A video package Chris Sabin’s is aired that focuses on his knee injury and his return to the ring, which will happen next week. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez make their way to the ring for their match as we head into a commercial break.
Austin Aries meets up with Bobby Roode and talks about him getting Fortune back together and says that’s his business, but wonders if they were such a great group, why did they just vanish. Aries then tells Roode that his sights are on the Tag Team Championships and hopes that his mind is on it as well. Bad Influence joins the announce team for the upcoming tag team match.
Match 3: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Austin Aries & Bobby Roode (TNA Tag Team Championship)
The match starts as Aries goes up against Chavo and go back and forth in the opening moments. Roode then turns his attention to Bad Influence as Aries tries to tag him in. Aries tags him in as Hernandez is tagged in and takes Roode down with a long vertical suplex. Aries then comes in but Hernandez takes him down with a press slam. Hernandez then runs down the ramp and leaps at both of them but they get out of the way as Hernandez crashes to the mat. Roode uses the opening to wear Hernandez down before tagging Aries into the match as Kazarian continues to try to recruit Roode for Fortune.
Aries works over Hernandez and picks up a near fall before tagging Roode back into the match. Roode continues on the attack and picks up a near fall after hitting a Russian leg sweep. Roode and Aries begin making quick tags to wear Hernandez down until Hernandez is able to turn the momentum and takes out both of his opponents. Chavo is tagged in and hits Aries with a couple of suplexes before taking Roode down with a tornado DDT for a near fall, but Aries breaks it up. Aries is knocked out to the floor as Chavo and Hernandez set up for a double team move, however, Kazarian distracts the referee as Aries knocks Chavo down. Bad Influence then get involved and Daniels tries to take out Hernandez, but he ducks out of the way and Daniels clotheslines Roode. Hernandez dumps Daniels out to the floor as Chavo hits a Frog Splash on Roode to pick up the pin fall and retain the TNA Tag Team Championship.
The announce team hype the new Knockouts website and the upcoming title match between Velvet Sky and Mickie James. Matt Morgan is backstage and says if Hulk Hogan goes out and faces Bully Ray tonight he will be making the biggest mistake of his career. Morgan says he is going to head out to the ring to give Hogan a solution to the problem. Morgan tells Hogan that he may want to pay attention as we head into a commercial break.
A video package on Sting getting Hulk Hogan to trust Bully Ray is aired. Sting being sent home and Matt Morgan confronting Hogan about making mistakes is also shown. Morgan’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone. Morgan talks about Hogan making mistakes and lists them all off. Morgan then calls out Hogan so he can present to him the ultimate solution. Hogan’s music hits as he comes out and joins Morgan in the ring and gets a loud “Hogan!” chant. Morgan says Hogan has no more backup and offers himself to help.
Morgan says he wants this more than anyone and is the only one that can take out the Aces & Eights. Morgan promises to Carbon Footprint Bully Ray’s head into the crowd, for a price. Morgan says he will have his back if Hogan names him the #1 contender and puts him in a World Championship match at Slammiversary. Hogan thinks it over a bit and says a lot of what Morgan said is true, and hopes that Morgan would finally be the guy they were all hoping for. However, Morgan is doing it for all the wrong reasons and says giving him a shot would be a bigger mistake. Hogan says he is going to step into the ring tonight with Ray by himself as he never heard Andre the Giant come out to the ring a whine like a bitch as Hogan storms off.
We see Mickie James and Velvet Sky walking backstage and their match for the TNA Knockouts Championship is up next.
Aces & Eights are backstage having a drink and celebrate putting Joseph Park through a table. Ray then says he can’t believe Hulk Hogan is going to go out by himself tonight. Ray then makes the group promise to not come out to the ring so he can take care of family business on his own. The announce team then hype the On the Clock vote, where you can vote for Rashad Cameron, Rockstar Spud or Suicide to be in the next X Division match.
Match 4: Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky (TNA Knockouts Championship)
The two shake hands before getting this match started with the two going for quick pin attempts in the opening moments. Velvet then takes Mickie down with a dropkick for another near fall but hurts her knee after leaping over Mickie. Mickie then tries to go for a couple covers before focusing on the knee as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match to see Mickie continuing to work over Velvet’s knee but Velvet makes it to the ropes. Velvet fights back on one leg but collapses to the canvas. Mickie then hits an enziguri before hitting a Lou Thesz Press from the top rope for another near fall. Mickie then tries for her DDT, but Velvet pushes her away, however, Mickie comes back with a dropkick to Velvet’s knee. Velvet then rolls up Mickie with a sloppy rollup in the ropes as ODB makes the pin fall and Velvet retains the Knockouts Championship.
Bully Ray and Devon are backstage and says they were the most successful tag team in history and now they are singles champions and are leading the toughest group of guys in wrestling. Ray says tonight he is going to put the final nail in the coffin of Hulkamania. Ray says they can’t be stopped as Devon testifies to that.
Brooke Hogan meets up with her father in the backstage area and wants him to reconsider meeting Ray in the ring. Hogan says it his job to fix it and wants to prove that he is a good man. Hogan says he will be right back and finishes taping up his wrists as we head into a commercial break.
Aces & Eights music hits as Bully Ray makes his way to the ring. Ray names off his list of victims in no particular order before saying there is only one more victim left and calls out Hulk Hogan. Hogan makes his way to the ring and stares down Ray as Ray says he sees fear in Hogan’s eyes. Ray says Hogan fears him because Ray remind Hogan of himself as he is the last of Hogan’s dying breed and will put an end to Hulkamania.
Hogan pipes up and says Hulkamania will never die as Ray spits in Hogan’s face. Hogan turns and wipes it off before ripping off his shirt. Ray swings at Hogan, but Hogan blocks it and nails Ray a few times before Ray bails from the ring. The Aces & Eights surround the ring and begin closing in until the lights go out in the Kovalchick Complex. The lights return and Sting is seen pointing a bat at Hogan in the corner before turning it to Ray. Sting then takes on the Aces & Eights with his bat as Hogan joins in to help clear the ring. Sting then points the bat at Hogan once more before leaving the ring as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– Taryn Terrell defeated Tara by pin fall.
– Rob Terry defeated Jessie Godderz by pin fall.
– Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez defeated Austin Aries & Bobby Roode by pin fall to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship.
– Velvet Sky defeated Mickie James by pin fall to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.