Here’s what you missed on an all-new IMPACT WRESTLING, live from Orlando - scroll down for exclusive ringside photos from the event, plus the IMPACT online Post Show!
IMPACT WRESTLING’s newest superstar King Mo made his royal debut by immediately putting the loudmouth Bobby Roode in his place. As special enforcer at “Bound for Glory,” King Mo’s presence will be undeniable as the “Cowboy” James Storm takes on Bobby Roode in the biggest grudge match in TNA history.
With “Bound for Glory” less than two weeks away, Hulk Hogan and Sting face a monumental decision: who should represent the IMPACT superstars against the “Aces and 8s” in the winner takes all match in Phoenix? As Sting watched carefully backstage, Mr. Anderson became an early favorite by taking down Gunner with a monster “Mic Check” just minutes into the evening’s first match.
Knockout Champion Miss Tessmacher teamed with fan-favorite ODB in a tag team match against Tara and Gail Kim. Flask in hand, ODB threw her weight around early, but a devastating “Widow’s Peak” from Tara left her former friend Miss Tessmacher down for an easy three-count by Knockouts referee Taryn Terrell.
After weeks of controversy, TNA executive Al Snow took to the ring to make amends with the pompous wannabe wrestler Joey Ryan. As a token of good faith, Al Snow offered Ryan a legitimate TNA contract, but not a permanent contract. Instead of reading the fine print, Joey Ryan unknowingly signed himself up for a match against Al Snow himself at “Bound for Glory!”
TNA Television Champion and newest Grand Slam Champion Samoa Joe faced RVD with the title on the line. RVD’s high-kicks weren’t enough to faze the “Samoan Submission Machine,” who claimed his first TNA Television title defense with a devastating “Muscle Buster” and pin.
Sheer power was on display in Kurt Angle and Chavo Guerrero, Jr’s with “Bound for Glory” momentum on the line. A missed frog splash left Guerrero, Jr., vulnerable, but Angle got distracted while tearing off his singlet, leaving himself open to a quick reversal and pinfall by the Mexican warrior.
IMPACT fans were expecting another championship match, but TNA X Division Champion Zema Ion had other plans. Just moments into his title defense against Doug Williams, Zema Ion tried to illegally injure his opponent, leading to a quick disqualification. Afterwards, Ion told Hulk, Sting, and the crowd that he is too pretty to face the “Aces and 8s” at “Bound for Glory,” then definitively walked out with the X Division Championship.
In an unprecedented showcasing of talent, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries faced both the “Bound for Glory Series” winner and runner-up, Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray. Aries and Hardy brought the crowd to their feet, but Bully Ray competed like a man possessed as he tried to prove his worth to Sting and Hogan. A massive “Bubba Bomb” left Hardy unable to kick out, and also secured Bully Ray’s spot as Sting’s partner against the dreaded “Aces and 8s!”
“Bound for Glory” is just days away, but questions still remain. Will the “Aces and 8s” make a move against Sting or Bully Ray before their match? Tune in next week to IMPACT WRESTLING on Spike TV, and don’t forget to order the biggest Pay-Per-View of them all, “Bound for Glory,” on October 14th live from Phoenix!