Impact Wrestling Report for Nov. 22 - Open Fight Night
Blaine van der Griend / November 22, 2012 - 10:29pm
This week’s highlight package focuses on Aces and 8s’ most recent problem with Kurt Angle. We also get a reminder of how James Storm was baited into putting his number one contender status on the line against Bobby Roode, and lost that title shot in the same night.
Jeremy Borash is in the ring with Wes Brisco, who gets a great crowd reaction (can’t say that surprises me. These TNA fans will cheer for anything). Borash then introduces Brisco’s Gut Check challenge in the form of Garrett Bischoff (this looks like a sparring session already).
Match #1: Wes Brisco vs. Garrett Bischoff in a Gut Check Challenge
Brisco negotiates Bischoff to the ground with a fireman’s carry takedown, but is then grounded himself after an armdrag by Bischoff. There is a horribly botched shoulderblock spot, which got Brisco a two-count. The two rookies trade forearms back and forth, but Brisco ends the sequence with a swinging neckbreaker for two. Brisco then delivers a corkscrew crossbody, which looked terrible, but got him two. Bischoff comes back with a flapjack. Bischoff then misses a clothesline, allowing Brisco to deliver a worse version of Kofi Kingston’s SOS for the surprising win (was it surprising?).
Winner: Wes Brisco by pinfall
Al Snow is backstage with all of the Gut Check winners. He tells them that they have an opportunity to make names for themselves tonight on Open Fight Night, by calling anybody out that they want.
Kurt Angle is in the back with both Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff. He congratulates Brisco for winning his match. Brisco says he couldn’t have done it without Angle’s help. Angle tells Brisco that he’ll definitely be on the roster with that performance (well if they’ll hire Garrett Bischoff, they’ll pretty much hire anybody).
Joey Ryan comes out and says that he knows all about Gut Check, but says that he didn’t need to win it, in order to become the biggest star to come out of it. He says Hulk Hogan can’t stop Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan from becoming the Tag Team Champions. With that in mind, Ryan calls out Chavo Guerrero, just to prove himself.
Match #2: Joey Ryan vs. Chavo Guerrero
Ryan rushes Chavo as he climbs into the ring. Chavo quickly fights back and delivers a hip toss, followed by a rolling senton. Ryan comes back with a dropkick, before fondling himself against the ropes. Chavo delivers a dropkick of his own and then a tilt-a-whirl flying headscissors. Chavo is elevated to the apron, but takes Ryan down and comes back in with a hilo. Chavo then delivers the three amigos. As he heads up for the frog splash, Matt Morgan enters the ring and grabs Chavo by the throat, and then plants him with a chokeslam for the DQ.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero by disqualification
After the match, Morgan is still looking down on Chavo, until Hernandez runs out for the save.
Austin Aries tells the Reaction crew that the person he plans to call out tonight is going to make everyone stop and take notice. He says in the spirit of Thanksgiving, it will be a family affair.
Former Gut Check winner Sam Shaw comes out (remember him?). He says it’s an honor and a privilege to be a Gut Check winner. He says because it’s Open Fight Night, he’s going to call out the first Gut Check winner, Alex Silva.
Match #3: Sam Shaw vs. Alex Silva and his new beard
Silva immediately floors Shaw with a double-leg takedown, which gets him some boos. Silva then delivers a back body drop. He then applies a sleeper. Shaw fights free, but is unable to get anything going. Silva then turns to the crowd and yells ‘O Canada!’ trying to get some heat, which works very effectively. Shaw lands on his feet after an attempted back body drop and then spears Silva down. He follows up with a couple of dropkicks and then a Randy Orton-style inverted backbreaker. He then puts Silva away with a top rope guillotine leg drop.
Winner: Sam Shaw by pinfall
Eric Young and ODB barge into Hulk Hogan’s office, as Hogan is doing absolutely nothing. Young has a turkey suit with him, and asks if they can do a turkey suit challenge tonight, as it’s become a tradition in TNA. Hogan tells EY that it’s Open Fight Night, so he can call out whoever he wants.
As ODB and EY are walking through the halls, talking about the turkey suit challenge, they are interrupted by the Robbies. Robbie E. reminds EY that the last time that match happened, Young made big Robbie wear the turkey suit and it ruined his life (that, among other things). They are then interrupted by Jesse Godderz, who tells Young that he really enjoyed beating him last week. Young says that he might just call out both Robbie E. and Jesse tonight for the ultimate turkey suit challenge.
Up next is a video package, focusing on all the carnage that Aces and 8s has caused in the last few months. The funniest part of this was hearing Mike Tenay refer to DOC/Luke Gallows as one of the biggest names in the business.
Back to live action (or taped action), Devon presents his Aces and 8s brothers with a turkey, as they all enjoy their beer. He says they have some strippers for dessert. The VP of the group then throws another dart at the board, as they all have a good laugh.
Up next is a video package to remind us who Christian York is.
York comes out to the ring for the next segment. He says he feels like the luckiest son of a bitch in the world (his words, not mine. Although how lucky can he possibly be, if he ended up in TNA?). He says that he has all the luck in the world on his side, and he thinks he’s going to get luckier. With that in mind, York calls out the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy.
Match #4: Christian York vs. Jeff Hardy in a non-title match
I don’t know why, but Hardy is still wearing both title belts. York holds his own in the early going, but catches a back elbow as he bounces off the ropes. York delivers a couple of kicks and then a dropkick. Hardy misses the whisper in the wind, allowing York to get a two-count. York delivers a short-arm clothesline for two, and then catches Hardy on the button with a flying knee to the face for another two-count. Hardy fires back with a spinning reverse mule kick, sending York into the buckle. York comes back with a half nelson suplex and then a cannonball in the corner for two. Hardy tries the twist of fate, but York spins through and delivers his own twist of fate for two. York goes for the swinging neckbreaker, which he calls the mood swing, but Hardy counters and delivers a modified gourdbuster. Hardy then delivers a sunset powerbomb off the top rope. He then finally connects with the twist of fate and nails the swanton for the win.
Winner: Jeff Hardy by pinfall
Hardy and York shake hands after the match, but then Bobby Roode sneaks in with a double R spinebuster to York. Roode then spears Hardy and poses with Hardy’s title. He yells that the World Title is coming back home at Final Resolution.
Up next is a video package, focusing on the first female Gut Check contestant Taelor Hendricks.
Brooke Hogan then approaches Hendricks backstage, and basically wishes her luck (I usually tune myself out whenever Brooke speaks).
Hendricks comes out to the ring and calls out TNA Knockouts Champion Tara.
Match #5: Tara vs. Taelor Hendricks in a non-title match
Tara tosses Hendricks around by the hair like a rag doll in the early going. Hendricks fights back with a dropkick, sending Tara into her boyfriend Jesse on the apron. Tara comes back with a facebuster, and then a haymaker, which nearly knocks Hendricks into tomorrow. She then plants Hendricks with the widow’s peak for the win.
Winner: Tara by pinfall
Eric Young, ODB and the turkey suit come out for the next segment. They are immediately joined by Robbie E. and Jesse Godderz (wasn’t he just out there?).
Match #6: Eric Young vs. Jesse Godderz vs. Robbie E. in a turkey suit challenge
The two heels double team EY in the early going, with Jesse delivering a dropkick and Robbie following that up with a back elbow. The heels let their egos get in the way of their partnership, which allows Young to take Jesse down with a missile dropkick. He then plants Robbie with a belly-to-belly suplex, but Jesse breaks the pin at two (why?). Tara comes into the ring, only to get taken down by ODB, and they pile on top of the referee as they roll around. Young sends little Robbie into big Robbie and then rolls Jesse up for the win.
Winner: Eric Young by pinfall
After the match, the referee hands over the suit to Jesse, who complains, but eventually puts it on. As Tara and Jesse leave, Aces and 8s surround Eric Young, who sends ODB out to the floor, as he tries to fight them off. He does a decent job, but eventually gets dropped with the baseball bat, courtesy of Devon. Devon then instructs the other members to hold Young in place, as DOC hits Young in the ankle with the hammer. ODB is looking on in tears, as she is handcuffed to the bottom rope. Eventually, TNA Officials run out to check on Young, as Aces and 8s rush back to their hideout.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian come out to the ring. Daniels reminds everyone that he challenged AJ Styles to one last match last week (wasn’t it AJ who made that challenge?). Kazarian says he’d like to thank AJ Styles for proving the two of them right, and he then invites AJ down to the ring to receive an ass kicking.
Match #7: Kazarian vs. AJ Styles
AJ looks like he just crawled out of bed. Daniels voluntarily heads to the back, much to AJ’s surprise. There are plenty of near falls in the early going here. AJ comes out of nowhere with the explosive dropkick. He then catapults himself over the ropes with a headscissor takedown on Kazarian. Kaz gains the advantage with a thumb to the eye. He then delivers a gut wrench suplex for two. Kaz drapes AJ on the top rope with a gourbuster/reverse suplex and then plants a swift kick to AJ’s face. Kazarian then delivers a slingshot DDT, before getting in Referee Earl Hebner’s face. AJ capitalizes on the distraction and hits the Pele for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles by pinfall
Austin Aries is walking around backstage and is still excited about the person he’s going to call out tonight. He says something about how this is going to open Pandora ’s Box.
Austin Aries comes out for the final segment of the evening. He says he hasn’t been treated fairly in the last few weeks, and he says there is one person to blame for that. Aries continues that that person’s name is Hogan. He says Hogan is the root of all his problems. With that, Aries calls out Brooke Hogan. He goes on that he realizes that Brooke is not a wrestler, but he is just sick and tired of the name Hogan. Aries says Brooke must just be as sick of the name Hogan as he is. He tells Brooke that she must be dreaming of the day that she finally gets to walk down the aisle and get rid of the name Hogan forever. Aries then tells her that maybe one day, she’ll be Mrs. Bully Ray. Brooke seems surprised by this, so Aries presents some footage. He shows footage from two weeks ago of Brooke talking to Bully Ray backstage. Brooke is still in denial about whatever that was, so then Aries shows footage from last week, when Tara and Jesse caught Bully Ray and Brooke behind closed doors. Aries then says something about how Brooke shouldn’t settle for the turkey, when Aries can give her all the stuffing that she needs. Hulk Hogan then comes out slowly, but Bully Ray rushes past both Hulk and Brooke, and chases Aries out of the ring. Hogan yells that Aries is a dead man if he says another word. Meanwhile, Ray mouths the words “I’m sorry,’ to Brooke, which confuses The Hulkster. Brooke then mouths ‘It’s not what you think,’ to her father (I hope it’s not what I think).
I found this show to be very annoying. I really didn’t think they did much with the Gut Check winners. Christian York looked alright in his match with Jeff Hardy, but it’s almost like they used him just to set up the post-match angle with Roode. None of the other Gut Check performances impressed me at all, and I think they’ll all be forgotten until the next time they’re here; but who knows how long that will be? Wes Brisco having to beat Garrett Bischoff to earn a contract was a complete joke, considering that Garrett only started wrestling less than a year ago. I have had my fill of these love affair angles, and I really hope that this Brooke and Bully Ray thing is just a swerve. And why is Ray suddenly feuding with Aries? I thought the big program was the one with Devon? The turkey suit gimmick is one that should be done away with forever. I really don’t understand why James Storm wasn’t on this show. The guy just lost his title opportunity last week. You’d think fans would rather hear from him than see random Gut Check matches this week. Even AJ versus Kaz could have been good, but they had no time to do anything great. 3 out of 10.