Check out coverage from Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV as the road to the June 2 "Slammiversary" Pay-Per-View event continues! Hulk Hogan and Sting are united, Sting battled Matt Morgan for a shot at the World Title, Chris Sabin returned and so much more!
Scroll down for footage and ringside photos from Thursday's broadcast!
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- Hulk Hogan kicked off the broadcast, calling out Sting to apologize to him and shake his hand over what has happened involving the Aces and Eights. Sting asked Hulk permission to put together a team to battle the Aces next week, which was made official! When Hogan brought up the next contender for the World Title Matt Morgan came out to demand it. Instead, Hogan made Sting vs. Matt Morgan for later, with the winner getting the shot!
- Chris Sabin made his triumphant return to TNA, winning a three-way X Division match against Sonjay Dutt and Zema Ion, after hitting the Cradle Shock on Ion for the win!
- In a handicap match, Rob Terry defeated Robbie E, Jessie Goderz and Joey Ryan after Terry pinned Ryan after his Beast Bomb finisher.
- It was announced that next week, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode will face Christopher Daniels and Kazarian (Bad Influence) to determine the number-one contenders, with "Cowboy" James Storm as special referee!
- D'Lo Brown of the Aces and Eights answered the open challenge by Kurt Angle, and wanted it to be an I Quit match! D'Lo put up a fight, but in the end he was no match for Angle's suplexes and was forced to tap to the Angle Lock submission! As D'Lo was beaten, his fellow Aces members - led by Mr. Anderson - left the ringside area. After the match, Angle called out AJ Styles and asked him to join Angle and Sting next week against the Aces. AJ still wouldn't answer!
- In Knockouts tag team action, Mickie James and Taryn Terrell beat Gail Kim and Tara after Terrell rolled up Tara for the pin and win! After the match, Gail snapped on Taryn and tired to injure her - smashing her face in the mat and putting her in a figure-four against the ringpost!
- In the IMPACT main event, "The Icon" Sting defeated "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan with the Scorpion Deathlock finisher to earn a shot at the World Title against Bully Ray at Slammiversary! Morgan passed out due to the pain, resulting in the referee awarding the bout to Sting! After the bout, World Champion Bully Ray and the Aces and Eights hit the arena to talk trash to Sting!
Next Thursday on IMPACT LIVE from Tupelo, MS: Sting, Kurt Angle and ??? vs. The Aces and Eights (World Champion Bully Ray, Devon and Mr. Anderson), plus Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) vs. Austin Aries and Bobby Roode for the #1 Contenders to the Tag Team Title, with "Cowboy" James Storm as special referee