After three months (and several dozen hiccups) we find out the winner of the Bound For Glory series. Also, Aces and Eights explodes (!) as the President battles the Vice-President. Away we go…
Live from St Louis, MO. – Sept. 13, 2013
Today’s announcers: Mike Tenay and Taz
Show opens with a great hype video featuring comments from AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Magnus as they hype the important of the Bound For Glory Series. We then get a video telling the story of the Bully Ray and Mr. Anderson break up and they even use a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald to explain the hatred between the two. I really liked both videos and TNA made this seem like an important event right from the start.
Bully Ray kicks off the show being accompanied by Brooke Tessmacher, who shows off her ass to the camera during the entrance. I appreciated that. Ray says he’s in a bad mood and advises everyone not to piss him off and listen to what he has to say. He says things haven’t been going right in the Aces and Eights and that he and Mr. Anderson are not on the same page. A loud “you suck” chant starts up. He adds that he’s willing to forgive Anderson and blames the whole mess on Hulk Hogan.
This brings out Hogan, who is wearing a blue Impact Wrestling t-shirt. He goes for a few cheap pops and tells Ray he should be worried about facing Anderson. Ray says Hogan is the reason why there’s problems in the Aces and Eights and that Anderson will do the right thing. Hogan repeated an earlier line here to Ray, which confused the crowd. Ray says he wants Anderson to come out and challenge him to his face. This brings out Anderson, who refuses to shake Hogan’s hand and enters the ring. Ray tells Anderson that their colours are stronger than Hogan and that all Anderson has to do is apologize for being out of line and this will all be over. Anderson agrees that he was out of line and can’t wait to get out of line again and attacks Ray. Anderson says he will be the new champ and repeats his name, while Hogan says brother a few times and announces that their match will be a last man standing match.
Match #1: Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles – Bound For Glory Series semi-final
They lock up and the crowd is hot for this match with chants for both guys. A dropkick by Aries sends Styles to the outside and Aries hits Styles with an axehandle to the outside. He tosses Styles back in but misses with a missile dropkick and Styles dropkicks Aries to the outside. Styles misses a slingshot crossbody and Aries runs back into the ring and attempts a suicide dive but Styles hits him with a forearm. They exchange kicks and punches but the crowd is dead and these two just aren’t connecting tonight. Styles puts Aries on his shoulders but Aries fights out of it and then attempts to suplex Styles but Styles escapes and hits Aries with a forearm as we go to break.
We return from break and they do the same spot as before with Aries breaking out of a fireman’s carry and Styles blocking a suplex. Styles hits a backbreaker for two and a “this is awesome” chant breaks out. Totally undeserved as this match has been pretty sloppy and awkward. Styles teases a Styles Clash but Aries reaches the ropes and Styles throws Aries to the outside. Styles hits a slingshot crossbody to the outside as a “TNA” chant starts. Styles attempts a slingshot but Aries stops him. Aries then gets a suplex attempt blocked for about the 12th time this match and just tosses Styles to the outside. Aries goes for a suicide dive but Styles hits a slingshot flying forearm as Aries is in mid move in the ring. Sounds good and the announcers played it up huge but it wasn’t that great – Aries basically stopped. Styles goes for the clash again but Aries hooks his arm and then hits Styles with a hurricanrana. Aries goes for a dropkick in the corner but Styles sticks his boot up and then Aries replies with a stiff looking dropkick. Aries attempts a brainbuster but Styles reverses, Aries lands on his feet and then finally hits the brainbuster for a two count. Aries then locks on the last chancery but then lets go of it for some reason and goes to the top rope. Styles stops him and they fight on the top with Aries eventually shoving Styles off. He goes for the 450 splash but Styles rolls out of the way and Aries lands on his feet. Aries attempts a cross body but lands on the top turnbuckle and Styles hits the Pele. He then sets up Aries in the super styles clash off the second rope and gets the pin. Great finish but this match wasn’t that great. Their earlier match was much better and this was slow, awkward and a little sloppy for my taste.
Winner: AJ Styles at 14:37 via pinfall
Magnus is in the back and is approached by Sting. Sting says the Main Event Mafia is made up of all former champions but they made an exception in his case. He adds that Magnus will be champion. Magnus thanks MEM for all they’ve done but Magnus says he’s sick and tired of being called the future and tonight the future is now.
Tenay says he just noticed Tito Ortiz and Rampage are not here and wonders what’s going on. I’m wondering how he realized they’re not here from sitting at the desk.
Match #2: Bobby Roode vs. Magnus – Bound For Glory Series semi-final
Roode is impatient and wants the match to start. Tenay identifies the St. Louis Rams in the crowd. By the Rams, he means two players. He also calls the Rams “undefeated” – he fails to mention it’s after one week of the regular season, 14 other teams are also undefeated.
Roode attacks Magnus to start but Magnus fights back with a clothesline and a European uppercut, which sends Roode to the outside. Magnus is definitely over in St. Louis. Roode drags him to the outside, runs him into the apron, hits a clothesline and throws him into the steps. Roode throws him back in and hits two suplexes in a row that both get two counts. He chokes Magnus on the ropes and Magnus fights back only to get hit with a high knee and clothesline for a two count. Roode applies a headlock and Magnus eventually frees himself from it and hits a clothesline. Crowd is really behind Magnus here. Roode goes off the top and Magnus catches him and slams him. Roode fights back with a spinebuster for two and then sets up Magnus on the top rope for a superplex. Magnus fights out of it and shoves Roode off the top rope and nails him with an elbow drop. Roode then rolls up Magnus for two and locks on the crossface but Magnus breaks free and turns it into the cloverleaf. Roode gets the ropes and runs to the outside, Magnus chases him and as Magnus re-enters the ring, Roode kicks the ropes. Roode then goes for the fisherman’s suplex but Magnus reverses it into a pin and gets the win. Nice pop and big win for Magnus. Pretty good match too.
Winner: Magnus at 6:57 via pinfall
Roode is freaking out in the back as Kazarian and Daniels try to calm him down. Roode says it’s all Hogan’s fault and that they will get Hogan back tonight. If they aren’t in the finals there will be no finals.
Hogan is in the back with Manik and says that Manik has been on fire lately (I don’t think he’s wrestled in a month). He says when Manik puts on the mask it’s like Hulkamania. Manik agrees and says when he puts on the mask he goes to a whole new level. Manik says he wants Jeff Hardy tonight (probably meant next week as we never got this, production flub). Hogan says Hardy could be in trouble. Dixie Carter walks in and tells Manik to leave. She tells Hogan she got a call from Bellator attorneys and that they’ve pulled Tito and Rampage off the show because things have escalated more than they expected to and they need to protect the pay per view on Nov. 2. Hogan says he’s fine with that and he’s done with Tito’s drama. He says Tito will be fed to Rampage on Nov. 2. Interesting promoting of Bellator there.
Aces and Eights are in the back and Ray begins questioning Brisco, Bischoff and Knux about their loyalty. He calls Anderson a selfish bastard and wonders why he would attack him after everything he’s done for him. He says he’s proud of all of them, he loves them and they will do the right thing. Brisco, Bischoff and Knux stand there drinking beer and not reacting. Some of the best work from that trio in months.
Match #3: Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson – Last Man Standing match for the TNA World title
Anderson attacks Ray on the ramp to start and tosses him into the ring. He throws Ray to the outside and slams him onto the announcer’s table. Ray hides behind Christy Hemme and runs away but Anderson catches him and slams him on the apron. Ray comes back with an eye rake and tosses Anderson into the steel steps. He tells Brooke to get a chair and Ray hits Anderson with a clothesline and continues beating on him. Ray attempts to use the chair on Anderson but is kicked and Anderson grabs the chair and hits Ray in the back with it. He tosses Ray into the ring and then delivers the forward roll slam to Ray. Crowd is into this match. Anderson grabs a table to a big pop but Ray hits a big boot as the table is carried into the ring. Ray grabs the chair and nails it with Anderson as we go to break.
Ray continues to beat on Anderson with the chair as we return from break. Ray then gets in Earl Hebner’s face, followed by Hebner getting back into Ray’s face to a big pop. Hebner then turns around and Ray shoves him into the corner (ha). Big heat for that. Ray goes for a big boot but Anderson ducks and delivers a mic check to Ray onto the chair. The ref is still out (that must have been some shove) and Anderson tries to revive the ref but gives up. He then picks up Ray but walks into the bubba cutter. Both guys are out and here comes the rest of the Aces and Eights. They tease helping Anderson but then Tessmacher comes in and nails Anderson with a low blow. Brisco, Bischoff and Knux then hit a triple power bomb on Anderson (take that Shield) and the ref is no awake but Anderson gets up at a nine count to a big pop. Ray hits him with a clothesline and then grabs a chain. He wraps the chain around his fist and nails Anderson in the face. Anderson is now busted wide open but again gets up at nine. Ray then spears Anderson through the table (!) and the crowd chants “holy shit”. The table is destroyed and Anderson is down for the 10 count. Great match, best from Anderson in years. I enjoyed this much more than I should have.
Winner: Bully Ray via 10 count at 17:25
Post match, Anderson is put on a stretcher but Ray stops the medical team and dumps Anderson onto the ramp. Ray grabs Anderson’s cut off him and whips him with it and then hits him with a piledriver (!) onto the ramp. Great beatdown here and it made the Aces and Eights seem more important than they have in months. Could be used as a way to write off Anderson too. Loved the match and this beat down.
They announce that next week it’s Mickie James vs. ODB for the Knockouts title. They cut to ODB who says a lot has happened in the last while, she got married, she started using coasters but she hasn’t won the Knockouts title in three years. She says James needs to take her seriously and forget the music career. She’s been training hard for this match and she will see James next week.
Gunner and Storm are in the ring and Storm gets a cheap pop and talks about how drunk he is. He says he and Gunner were just going to watch Bound For Glory in the back and drink beer but Gunner wants to fight. Storm says they can do both and challenges any team to a match at BFG (great build). Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez come out and he points out that he and Hernandez won the tag titles at BFG last year. He says Storm is a great tag team wrestler and one half of one of the greatest teams of all time (America’s Most Wanted??) but that the greatest team is any one with Chavo. He tells Gunner that he is one of the strongest men in TNA but Hernandez is the strongest. Chavo points out they’ve been on a losing streak lately (always good to have the champions lose) and he challenges them to a match. Gunner grabs the mic and says he likes to fight and agrees to give them a non-title match next week, if they win they can get a title shot. He then tells them that if they get their nose in he and Storm’s business again that he will bash their skulls with his title belt – which receives a big pop.
Match #4: AJ Styles vs. Magnus: Bound For Glory Series final
Styles is selling a leg injur y from before as both guys lock up. Styles applies a headlock as they spend the first few minutes fighting in and out of it. Crowd is into this and Tenay and Taz are doing a good job selling the importance of this match. Magnus breaks the headlock with a suplex for a one count. Magnus runs at Styles, who hits a drop toe hold on Magnus into the turnbuckle and the two continue to trade moves. Back body drop by Magnus gets another one count and Styles rolls up Magnus for a two. Kazarian, Daniels and Roode come out and beat down both guys. They eventually leave as we go to break.
We return and I guess the match is restarted? They trade punches and Styles hits an insiguri. Double clothesline spot has both guys down. Styles takes control and goes for a springboard flying forearm but Magnus stops him in mid-air with a European uppercut in a nice looking Ceasaro-esque spot. Magnus hits a michinoku driver for two and then goes for the cloverleaf but Styles turns it into the gogoplata in another nice spot. Styles then goes for a victory roll for a two count and then the Pele also gets two. Styles rolls into the calf killer but Magnus refuses to tap and reaches the ropes. Flying forearm by Styles but he’s caught by Magnus and slams him for two. Magnus sets Styles on the top rope and they fight on the top for a while before Styles eventually shoves Magnus off and then hits the spinal tap (!) for the win. I would have liked to see Magnus go over here but this was a great match.
Winner: AJ Styles at 15:08 via pinfall
Magnus is devastated post match as Styles celebrates. Styles grabs the mic and says he told everyone he was going to do it. He thanks the fans for their support and that he got a lot of response from his interview a few weeks back but not a single tweet from Dixie Carter. He tells Dixie to show up next week because it will be her wake up call. Another weird promo from Styles and he should be talking about winning the TNA title not Dixie Carter.
Overall though, this was one of the best episodes of Impact in a long time.
Best in Show: Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson
Worst in Show: Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles
Outstanding Perfomer: Bully Ray
Next week: Mickie James vs. ODB, Gunner/Storm vs. Chavo/Hernandez, Mannik vs. Jeff Hardy and another “shoot” promo from AJ Styles!H