iMPACT Wrestling Results – September 20, 2012
We start off with a video package looking back at all the grudges that have cropped up recently in TNA, and anyone can challenge anyone else tonight because it’s OPEN FIGHT NIGHT! Hulk Hogan bumps into Shaq backstage (I guess he just happened to be back there), and Shaq said he’ll be watching Hogan’s back tonight if Aces & Eights decides to get rowdy.
AJ Styles and Kurt Angle come out to say that they used to be champions, but got screwed by Daniels & Kazarian. They got screwed again at No Surrender, but last week, AJ defeated Kazarian to earn a title shot. However, Chavo Guerrero Jr defeated Christopher Daniels to earn a title shot for himself and Hernandez as well, so since it’s Open Fight Night and the fans want to know who the REAL #1 contenders are, they’re calling Chavo and Hernandez out to determine the one and only #1 contenders to the World Tag Team Title.
#1 Contender Match: AJ Styles & Kurt Angle vs Hernandez & The Man Who Invented Lying, Stealing And Cheating
AJ andChavo do a feeling out process to start, but neither man can get an advantage, so they tag out and Angle starts beating on Hernandezbefore the big man bowlsAngle over with a shoulderblock and covers for 1. Chavo tags in and does Eddy’s slingshot senton on Angle, Angle tries firing back but Chavo gets a drop toehold and goes to a side headlock as Taz talks about calling Angle’s matches with Eddy. Angle with a belly to back suplex and some European uppercuts, then pops Chavo into the next zip code with an overhead release suplex. Daniels & Kazarian show up at the top of the ramp and applaud the action as we go to commercial.
We’re back as AJ has Chavo down in a rear chinlock and we look back at AJ taking Chavo out with a dropkick during the commercial. Chavo escapes and backdrops AJ before finally making the hot tag to Hernandez, who slingshots in with a shoulderblock on AJ and then takes Angle out with a clothesline. Hernandez nearly Pounces AJ out of the ring, and Angle and AJ momentarily get an advantage and try a double clothesline, but Hernandez takes them out with a double clothesline instead. Chavo tags in and comes off the top with a dropkick on AJ before doing that shoulder shaking thing Eddy used to do. AJ knocks Chavo into next week with a spinkick to the face and then tags out to Angle, who German suplexes both members of LAX 3.0. Angle gets the anklelock on Chavo, Hernandez saves, and AJ takes Hernandez out with a leaping enziguiri. Chavo with a rolling front kick on AJ and tries a sunset flip on Angle, but Angle rolls through and gets an anklelock right in the middle of the ring. Chavo lasts longer than he’s ever survived in any submission hold and kicks Angle into AJ, who tags in and springboards into the ring to take Chavo out with a forearm. Hernandez gets a crazy slam on Angle, Angle hits the Angle Slam on Hernandez, then Chavo does Eddy’s Three Amigos move on both opponents before going up top to do the frogsplash he doesn’t do as well as Eddy. Hernandez clotheslines Angle and they both go over the top rope to the floor as Chavo misses the frogsplash he doesn’t do very well, then AJ takes him out with the Pelle Kick and goes for the Styles Clash. Daniels and Kazarian run in and attack both men to cause a cheap DQ finish.
Hernandez chases the champs off and we still don’t have a single #1 contender to the World Tag Team Title. Come on, we all know where this one’s going. Hulk Hogan’s music hits and he comes out with baseball bat in hand to have a word with the champs. He says he’s got 99 problems and Aces & Eights is the biggest one. He also tried to decide who would get the shot at Daniels & Kazarian at Bound For Glory, but the champs helped him make his decision as they will now defend against both teams.
The annoying cameraman is backstage asking Al Snow how long it’s been since he got a haircut. Snow said it’s been about 12 years and his wife didn’t like it, but he gives his thoughts on this week’s Gut Check contestant before moving on to Joey Ryan. He doesn’t feel like he crossed the line because he gave Ryan an opportunity and he backed down, but Snow’s getting called to the Principal’s office now, so we’ll see if he’s right.
Hulk is now backstage on the phone with Joseph Park, who apparently has the evidence he was hoping for. He’s going to send a security escort out ot get him, and he wants Park to come right to him when he gets in.
Time for a Bound For Glory memory, and this time we go to 2008 when Samoa Joe made his insane dive down the stairs. We then take another look at the video package introducing this month’s Gut Check contestant, Evan Markopoulos.
Dixie Carter is backstage complaining to Bruce Prichard about how distracting this Aces & Eights thing has become, and they have to find out who they are. Prichard says they’re doing what they need to do for this, and then Dixie takes off so Prichard and Snow can watch this month’s Gut Check.
We go to the ring as Jeremy Borash introduces Evan Markopoulos and introduces his opponent…
Evan Markopoulos vs Doug Williams
Evan’s dad is at ringside to watch his son get torn apart by Williams. Williams takes Markopoulos down with a hammerlock and just lets him go and allows him back to his feet. Williams takes Markopoulos to the corner and slaps him in the face,and an irate Markopoulos takes Williams to the corner, Williams slaps him in the face but he slaps Williams back and gets kicked in the nuts for his trouble. Williams with a headbutt to the ribcage and a European uppercut, then grabs Markopoulos by the hair and yells at him to stay down. Markopoulos tries a sunset flip, but Williams rolls through and connects with a kneelift to the cheek and a slingshot kneedrop off the ropes. Markopoulos gets a dropkick and a crossbody, but doesn’t even get 1 before Williams kicks out and takes Markopoulos out with a clothesline. An angry Williams puts the boots to Markopoulos, who fires some weak right hands before getting nailed and taking a vertical suplex. Williams misses a charge in the corner and Markopoulos gets some right hands, but hesitates and gets beaten to hell by Williams, who kicks him in the nuts again, takes him over with a side headlock, and taps Markopoulos out to a modified Anaconda Vice.
Winner: Doug Williams
He showed some fire and a real desire to make a good impression, but I still think he looked way to green to be in there.
James Storm is backstage, and he’s…WALKING!
James Storm comes out to the ring and says he likes talking trash and is real good at it, but he backs it up. This thing with Roode has gone from being personal to him wanting to beat the crap out of Roode and have his blood on his hands. Storm wants Roode to know this isn’t going to be a wrestling match, it’s going to be him kicking a coward’s ass. Roode’s music hits, but he comes out to the ring in a suit and wants to make sure he heard Storm right about wanting him to come down to the ring and fight him. He’s a little overdressed and not ready to fight, but he wants Storm to know that no matter how hard he tries, he’s never going to be as good as Roode and will never duplicate his success. As long as the It Factor is around, Storm will never be a World Champion, but if Storm wants to fight him on Open Fight Night, he’s barking up the wrong tree because he’s not going to fight him. Roode considers this done and he’s never going to face Storm again, and says that if he wants to fight, he can fight someone else. Hulk Hogan catches Roode backstage and says Roode obviously doesn’t understand the concept of Open Fight Night, but if he wants the night off, he can have it…and the week, month, and year off and there will be no more money coming in. Roode’s got three minutes to decide if that’s what he wants.
We’re back from commercial and Storm is still calling Roode out, and here comes an exremely reluctant ex-champion. Roode slowly makes his way down the ramp and takes his shirt off, but Storm loses patience and goes after Roode, beating him down and choking him with his own shirt. They fight their way up onto the stage where Storm continues beating on Roode, ramming his face into a column and drilling him with a very loud right hand. They fight past the broadcast booth and Storm tries to jump off the stage with a double axhandle, but Roode nails Storm coming down and rams his face into the side of the stage. Roode batters Storm back to the ring and rams him into the barricade, then rolls him into the ring and the bell finally rings to start the match.
James Storm vs Bobby Roode
Roode briefly gets some offense, but Storm nails him and they go right back out to the floor. Storm grabs Roode and rolls him back inside, but takes a charge and gets backdropped out to the floor. Now Roode goes after Storm on the floor and unloads with right hands, but Storm reverses an Irish Whip and sends Roode crashing into the ring steps. Roode blocks when Storm tries to ram him into the steps again and instead sends Storm crashing into the barricade, then whips him across the ringside area into the opposite side of the rail. Roode grabs Storm’s beer out from under the ring and goes after Storm with it, but Storm nails him, takes the beer, and pours it down a fan’s throat. Roode rams Storm into the post and tries to hit him with a chair, but Storm moves and Roode cracks the post with the chair. A bunch of fansput their feet up on the rail, so Storm obliges by ramming Roode’s face into their feet. A bunch of ringside fans yell the F word at Roode over and over until Storm grabs Roode and rams him into those fans’ boots again. Storm tries to suplex Roode on the floor, but Roode blocks and suplexes Storm instead. They finally go back into the ring where Roode takes Storm out with a clothesline, then shoves the ref when he tries to admonish Roode about all the violence. Roode dumps Storm back out to the floor and goes after him, but now Storm shoves the ref away and goes back after Roode, and the referee finally throws the match out.
So let me get this straight: the referee doesn’t mind them spending 90% of the match on the floor, but giving him a couple of light shoves constitutes an actionable offense? Regardless, Storm and Roode go through the rail and fight through the crowd. Storm rams Roode into a wall, and the ref gets shoved out of the way again as he tries to get betwen them. Storm smashes Roode into the door and I guess they’re headed outside.
Hulk Hogan is backstage talking to the security guy, and he’s concerned as Joseph Park has apparently not made it into the building yet. His cell phone rings and it’s the guys from Aces & Eights, who appear to have taken Park captive. Hogan says he’ll play with them, then says he’ll think over some proposition they apparently made him.
Austin Aries comes up to Jeff Hardy to have a word with him, and says he’ll take his sunglasses off if Hardy opens his eyes. He feels like everybody’s looking at it like Hardy is coming for what he has, but Hardy actually has something Aries wants. They’re around the same age, but Hardy has accomplished way more than he ever has, and he wants the mindless sheep to follow him, he wants the money, and he wants the fame, and the way he’s going to do that is by beating Hardy at Bound For Glory. It’s not about Hardy chasing him, it’s about Aries chasing Hardy and everything that he’s accomplished. He tells Hardy he can close his eyes again since he looked so peaceful.
Tara comes out to the ring and asks for a microphone and says he’s heard everyone asking why he did what he did to Miss Tessmacher Everyone used her so they could hold up their signs and get themselves on TV, and it took someone really special (her new boyfriend who lives in Hollywood where he’s a huge star) to open her eyes and remind her that she’s the best female wrestler there is. Brooke used her too so she could get at the Knockouts Title, so since it’s Open Fight Night, she’s going to call out her opponent tonight…Christy Hemme. Christy looks surprised, but Tara says she can challenge anyone and wants Christy to get her ass in the ring now and not let her fans down. Christy tries to explain that she’s not a wrestler and asks her not to do this, but Tara tells Christy that she needs to show some respect. She asks Christy who her favorite Knockout it, and Christy says it’s Miss Tessmacher. Tara grabs her by the hair and asks who her favorite Knockout is now, and Brooke comes running in and Tara bails. Brooke calls Tara a lying bitch and Tara makes angry faces at her before backpedaling up the ramp.
Hulk Hogan is backstage walking!
Brooke Hogan is backstage asking Tara what just happened out there, and Tara said she just wanted to teach Miss Tessmacher some respect. Brooke says she’s disappointed in Tara, and there will be repercussions next week.
Rob Van Dam’s favorite Bound For Glory memory is when he faced Abyss at one Bound For Glory, but then there was also his match with Jerry Lynn from last year’s show because the big shows are the only place we’re going to see a Van Terminator.
Hulk Hogan comes out to the ring and says it’s getting so red hot in here that he’s going to break the spraypaint out and paint everyone…uh…TNA dead. Okay. Hogan informs us that Aces & Eights has taken Joseph “Parks” hostage, and as long as he knows the rules, he doesn’t mind playing. If Aces & Eights wants him to step into their world and go to their clubhouse next week, he’ll play their game, brother. Even though they’re bottom feeders, they stick to their word, and he wants them to release Joseph Parks now that he’s agreed to step into their clubhouse. Aces & Eights comes up on screen to thank Hogan for accepting their invitation, but he wants to warn him that when he comes to their clubhouse, it’s clubhouse rules. Joseph Park is just doing his job, but it’s bringing him a little too close to Aces & Eights business, so they decided to bring him for a visit at the clubhouse. They took a look at his computer and decided to do some computer work of their own, and one of them smashes his laptop with a hammer. Joseph Park (bloodied and covered in sweat) says they just destroyed weeks of work, but he’s still got it all in his head. They say they’ll fix that right now,and another one of the goons knocks Park out with a hammer.
We see a video package of Jeff Hardy talking about how huge winning the Bound For Glory Series was, and how winning the World Title will be the final chapter of his redemption.
Austin Aries comes out to the ring and gets a microphone, saying that was a nice video package we just saw of Jeff Hardy, and it’s nice of the producers to put that on right before he came out. Everyone’s focused on Jeff Hardy and that’s fine, but he’s the hunter at Bound For Glory and Hardy’s the target. He also wants to prove that anything Hardy can do, he can do better, and one thing Hardy’s done twice in the last month is beat a big, bad bully…the same bully who said that both of them beating him was nothing but luck. Aries calls Bully Ray out because he’s about to learn that it’s not luck, it’s skill, so he wants Bully to bring his calves out to the ring right now. Bully can’t seem to believe that he just heard his name called out, but he comes out and asks if he’scorrect about Aries calling him out. Bully says not to be smart because he beat him up once, and he’ll do it again. Aries says that might be, but he’ll have to. Bully says you don’t just call him out like that because people don’t call him out, hecalls people out. He stops to have words with a fan at ringside, Aries makes fun of him too,but then cuts off Bully’s yammering by wiping him out with a dive through the ropes. Aries puts on Bubba’s hatt and puts the boots to him at ringside and drills him with repeated left hands. Aries rolls Bubba inside, and we’re off!
World Champion Austin Aries vs Bully Ray
Aries just destroys Bubba with a flurry of punches and kicks and goes up top, but Bubba shakes the ropes to knock Aries down to the apron, and then Bubba boots him into the guardrail as we go to commercial.
We’re back as Bubba is gouging at the face of Aries while yelling at him for calling him out. Bubba puts Aries in a modified surfboard, but Aries escapes with a questionable kick to the inner thigh/groin area. Bubba quickly lays Aries back out and hits a big splash for 2, then slams Aries for another 2. Bubb with a big elbowdrop for 2 and then drops elbowsmashes to the head of Aries before dropping another big elbow and proclaiming “Damn, that was TIGHT!” Bubba covers for 2, then yells at the referee about how much he sucks as a referee because he’s old and he sucks. Earl Hebner starts yelling back at Bubba as Aries hits a couple of chops and some forearms, but a big right hand from Bubba floors Aries. Aries pops up and goes after Bubba again, but another shot from Bubba drops Aries. Aries pops up and goes back after Bubba, rocking him with a roaring elbow, he charges Bubba and gets backdropped to the apron, but snaps bubba’s neck over the top rope and comes off the top with a missile dropkick for 2. Aries tries a sunset flip, Bubba tries to counter by dropping his posterior on Aries’ chest, but Aries moves and goes back after Bubba. Aries tries an Irish whip, Bubba reverses and Aries crashes into the referee and knocks him out. Aries dropkicks Bubba’s knee out from under him and gets the Last Chancery, but the referee’s out. Bubba gets his chain and wraps it around his fist as Aries check on the referee, then uses it to knock Aries out as he comes in for the IED. The referee revives as Bubba covers Aries and gets 3.
Winner: Bully Ray
Bubba is so happy that he crawls on top of Earl Hebner and hugs him while telling him what a great ref he is. Aries is out as Bubba is on cloud nine because he just beat the champ. Bubba gets Aries’ title belt and holds it up in the air, but Jeff Hardy comes in and takes Bubba out before he can knock Aries out with it. Now Hardy picks the belt up and holds it in the air before Aries snatches it back and shoves Hardy, and they go face to face as we call it a week.