IMPACT Coverage: Results, Footage and Photos | Rampage Jackson joins The Main Event Mafia
Check out full coverage from Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV - featuring Rampage Jackson joining the Main Event Mafia, the acclaimed Knockouts Ladder match between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell, Chris Sabin cashing in his X Championship for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, the Aces and Eights name a new group VP and much more!
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(Featuring Taryn Terrell, Hulk Hogan and Mickie James)
TNA Wrestling invaded Las Vegas, Nevada and the Orleans Arena felt the Impact. Fans and wrestlers alike prepared for a night of unpredictable action as our Joker's Wild tag team tournament began. Add to that the announcement of our final Main Event Mafia member, an epic Knockout ladder match, Chris Sabin's possible title match cash-in, along with the big six man gauntlet for 25 Bound For Glory points, and you have an epic edition of Impact.
1. Joker's Wild Tag Team Match: A.J. Styles & Samoa Joe beat Jeff Hardy & Joseph Park
2. Joker's Wild Tag Team Match: Magnus & Mr. Anderson beat Hernandez & Bradley
3. Joker's Wild Tag Team Match: Kazarian & Bobby Roode beat Christopher Daniels & Austin Aries
4. #1 Contender Knockouts Ladder Match: Gail Kim defeated Taryn Terrell
5. Joker's Wild Gauntlet Final: Magnus pinned Bobby Roode to win 25 Bound For Glory Points
Right as our night began, Bully Ray and Aces and Eights made their presence known in Las Vegas. Ray directed his ire at Chris Sabin and warned the X-Division Champion not to cash in his title shot for Destination X next week. This brought out the Main Event Mafia, with Kurt Angle on the microphone. The Olympian warned Bully not to make too many long term plans for his group, since they might not last much longer. As that sunk in, Sting reminded us all that the final Main Event Mafioso will be revealed tonight.
From there, Joker's Wild Tournament took center-stage. With all 12 Bound For Glory entrants randomly paired and pitted in tag team matches, the winning six would then go on to face off in a gauntlet match. From there, the final victor is awarded the massive point winfall in our BFG series and inches closer to a possible World Heavyweight Title match.
Loners typically don't work well for matches like this. That's why everyone thought that AJ Style was going to have problems when his name was drawn to team with the Main Event Mafia's Samoa Joe against the team of Jeff Hardy and Joseph Park. Although most would expect the unlikely team of AJ and Joe to self destruct, the duo actually showed teamwork as they emerged victorious.
Fans eager to see teams who were unhappy with their partners weren't left disappointed, though, as our second Joker's Wild tag team contest featured Hernandez and Jay Bradley against the Main Event Mafia's Magnus and Aces and Eight's Mr. Anderson. These two members of opposing factions didn't have a chance to show any sort of teamwork at all as Anderson refused all tag attempts, leaving his "partner" to fend for himself. Despite his frustration, Magnus stayed the course and scored the pin all on his own - advancing not only himself to the six-man gauntlet later on in the show, but Anderson too.
As if Ken Anderson wasn't already sitting under a lucky star, he was also voted the new vice president of Aces and Eights. Despite causing some friction with second runner-up D.O.C., Anderson's new position seemed to sit well with the club.
With the four remaining Joker's Wild names belonging to two of TNA's most decorated tag teams, the odds were 50/50 that we'd see a tag match we were used to. But as any gambler in Vegas will attest to, the odds aren't usually in your favor. That's what all four men learned when Kazarian and Robert Roode wound up opposing Christopher Daniels and Austin Aries. Say what you will about Bad Influence, but their friendship runs deep. After Kaz and Roode took the victory, Daniels raised his usual partner's hand in an act of sportsmanship. With that, we had our gauntlet match set. But first…
It was time for The Knockout Ladder match that has everyone talking. For the right to be named #1 contender to the Knockouts championship, Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell presented not only one of the best matches in Knockout history, but one of the best in wrestling history. Shattering expectations, Gail and Taryn put their bodies on the line in an epic encounter that people will be talking about for years to come. Jaws were on the floor and even champion Mickie James, from ringside, had to applaud as Gail Kim captured the coveted contract. Words don't do this match justice. If you haven't seen it, see it. If you have seen it, see it again.
At this point, our night came full circle. All the winners from the Joker's Wild Tag Tournament hit the ring for an over the top rope elimination match that culminates in a one-on-one match between the last remaining two. When all was said and done, it was Main Event Magnus against Bobby Roode. Riding an amazing wave of momentum, Magnus once again proved his place among Impact Wrestling's elite by pinning Roode to capture 25 points in the Bound For Glory Series.
Following this stunning victory, Hulk Hogan paved the way for another. The General Manager of TNA Impact took to the ring and invited out the X-Division Champion, Chris Sabin to cash in his X-Divisoon belt for a shot at champion Bully Ray next week. But just as he's about to hand the belt to the Hulkster, he's cut off by Aces and Eights. The outlaws stand at ringside as their leader, Bully Ray, chastises Chris for even considering this. According to Bully, he's just going to get himself in trouble. But according to Sabin, he'll be doing something else…
"All I need is one chance. Just one shot to beat you and I know I can do it. July 18th, Destination X, I will beat you. I will stand over you. And I will ask you if you know who I am. I'm Chris Sabin, the TNA World Heavyweight Champion!"
With that, Sabin hands Hulk the belt and Bully Ray goes on the offensive. He warns his challenger that he's not just fighting a one on one match. This is gang warfare.
On this point, the Main Event Mafia agrees. They show up in the entranceway just in the nick of time to reveal their fifth and final member. It's a man that no one in Vegas had odds on. You may have heard his howl.
Yup. Rampage Jackson shows up and no one can believe their eyes as the MMA legend stands alongside TNA's defenders! Bully Ray is speechless for one of the first times in his life as we come to a close. Rampage Jackson is the final member of The Main Event Mafia!