The “Immortal” Hulk Hogan whipped the crowd into a frenzy to kick off “Championship Thursday” in the IMPACT Zone. Once the “Hogan” chants subsided, the Hulkster announced that former tag team partners Bobby Roode and James Storm would take their ongoing feud into “Bound for Glory” in a “Street fight” match refereed by MMA Champion King Mo. Later with the “Icon” Sting by his side, Hogan declared that he would confront the elusive “Aces and 8s” in their own clubhouse.
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The evening’s first match gave fans a taste of the massive tag team “Triple Threat” match announced last week scheduled for “Bound for Glory.” Christopher Daniels, Kurt Angle, and Chavo Guerrero, Jr, each represented half of their respective tag teams, but it was Daniels who emerged victorious after a perfectly timed leg sweep and pin.
Knockout veterans Tara and ODB took to the ring next to decide which woman would be the number one contender to Miss Tessmacher’s title. After feigning an injury, Tara exploited the sympathetic ODB for an easy three count by Knockouts referee Taryn Terrell. ODB’s husband Eric Young and his beard were devastated by the trickery.
After careful deliberation, Hulk Hogan decided that Mr. Anderson and Samoa Joe most deserved the shot for the vacant Television Championship. The “Samoan Submission Machine” definitely earned his name after literally choking Mr. Anderson into unconscious submission for the Championship. The win puts Samoa Joe into rare company as only a handful of TNA superstars who have earned the Champions Grand Slam: World Heavyweight, Tag Team, X Division, and now Television.
As promised, Hulk Hogan and Sting took the “Aces and 8s” head on, but they surely didn’t expect their heads to be in bags beforehand. The relentless motorcycle gang abducted the men against their will, taking them to their clubhouse and demanding a deal: two “Aces and 8s” versus two IMPACT superstars at “Bound for Glory,” winner takes the IMPACT Zone for good.
After deliberation by the judges, unfortunately, Evan Markopoulous did not pass The TNA Gut Check and was not offered a spot on the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING Roster
The night’s final match pitted TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries and his “Bound for Glory” competitor Jeff Hardy against Bobby Roode and Bully Ray in a tag team match with endless angles. After all, Aries earned his title by defeating Roode, who isn’t allowed another title shot until Aries is defeated.
After landing painfully on his neck, the “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy managed to land a desperation “Twist of Fate,” allowing him time to tap Aries into the match. Aries tried to take matters into his own hands by fighting both competitors, but Hardy sealed the victory with a Swanton off the ropes onto Bobby Roode.
With Bound for Glory only weeks away, who will be chosen to represent the IMPACT superstars against the dreaded “Aces and 8s”? Tune in next week to IMPACT WRESTLING, live from Orlando, only on Spike TV!