Hardcore Justice Results: Bully Ray regains the World Title! Tito Ortiz attacks Rampage Jackson!
It's one of the most dangerous nights in wrestling and when all was said and done at Hardcore Justice, the carnage told the tale. With ladders, tables, and more all before we even got to the big cage match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Chris Sabin and Bully Ray, viewer discretion was more than advised, it was demanded.
by James Guttman
- Bound For Glory Series: Kazarian defeated Austin Aries, A.J. Styles, and Jeff Hardy in a Ladder Match to earn 20 points
- O.D.B. defeated Gail Kim and Mickie James
- Bound For Glory Series: Bobby Roode defeated Magnus, Samoa Joe, and Mr. Anderson in a Tables Match to earn 20 points
- Cage Match: Bully Ray defeated Chris Sabin to win the World Heavyweight Championship after Tito Ortiz attacked Rampage Jackson
Check back for footage from Hardcore Justice and exclusive ringside photos!
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The ladders were out early tonight as Impact kicked off with an epic four way ladder match in the Bound For Glory Series. With 20 points hanging above the ring, it was four of TNA's finest battling for the advantage. All four brought their A-game and presented fans with a true classic. But while Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, and AJ Styles were prepared for the ladders, they weren't prepared for Kazarian's partners, Christopher Daniels and Bobby Roode. At the height of the action, they arrived and managed hand off a questionable "Appletini" to Kazarian. He threw the concoction in Jeff Hardy's face, knocked him down from the ladder, and reached up to grab the victory (not to mention the points). Considering Bad Influence has been touting the importance of numbers in the Bound For Glory Series, these 20 points seem like pretty solid proof.
The Main Event Mafia took to the ring next, only instead of Kurt Angle, they had TNA President Dixie Carter with them. Dixie announced that Kurt had entered a rehabilitation clinic two weeks ago. With the full support of TNA management, wrestlers, and fans, Angle's health is the most important priority for all of us. This does, however, leave a question mark on the scheduled match between Main Event Mafia and Aces and Eights next week.
Mr. Anderson doesn't like question marks. That's why he and his Aces and Eights brothers slowly walk to the ring to confront the Mafia. Anderson realizes that with one week to go until the tag match that sees the losing member leave TNA forever, the M.E.M. is down one member. He tells them to find a new one so they can get beat down fair and square next Thursday. This leads to a massive brawl but Aces and Eights, with the five on four advantage, lays the Main Eventers out in short order. It's almost definitely a preview of next weeks' Impact unless the Main Event Mafia can find a fifth member.
Since switching back from a wild and drinkin' referee back to a wild and drinkin' wrestler, O.D.B. has been on one dirty roll. Facing off against two of TNA's finest Knockouts, she showed that she can still brawl with the best of them. Mickie and Gail may have found weapons under the ring, O.D.B found one under her shirt. In a truly rare moment, the former ref removed her bra and used it as a weapon. It left many speechless. But when she took Gail Kim straight down onto a steel chair, it left Gail motionless. Three seconds later and the Bra-barian reigns supreme.
At this point, we head backstage. A crouching cameraman catches Bully Ray on the phone and that's when we hear this:
"Honey, I agree with you. This has not been the normal relationship. It's anything but normal…Well, I'm glad to hear you say that…Just so we're on the same page, tonight is about me. Next week is about us. Your man is gonna go out there and win his World Heavyweight Title and destroy that boy. Then, I'm coming home and we're celebrating. And you know exactly how Calvezilla likes to celebrate…Next week, we tell the world the truth. Alright. Me too…I love you too, Brooke."
It's been a night of frustration for the Main Event Mafia. With Kurt Angle out of the five on five match, the group has been searching for a new member without success. Rampage Jackson takes to the ring and, alongside Samoa Joe, presents an idea. What about Tito Ortiz? He has a lot in common with Jackson. As an MMA fighter, he knows what it's like to be called a "sell-out" by MMA fans for joining TNA. They don't know that professional wrestling is more than a hobby to him, it's a passion. Rampage is proud to be a part of TNA and the Main Event Mafia's family. Now it's time for Tito to be part of it too.
Tito Ortiz shows up and Rampage gets the elephant in the room out of the way. Everyone knows that Tito and Jackson are fighting on November 2nd at the Bellator MMA pay-per-view. But that's there and this here. Here, Rampage isn’t looking to throw hands with Tito. He's looking to shake hands with Tito. Rampage extends the offer to his MMA opponent, here in TNA, to be a part of the family and fight back Aces and Eights with the Main Event Mafia. Ortiz looks like he's seriously considering the offer. Then, just as he's about to give his response…
Bully Ray arrives with a microphone and smiles at this scene. Unfortunately, he has a title match tonight or else he'd be free to beat up both MMA superstars at once. Ray threatens to make Tito Ortiz his "Huntington Beach Bitch"if they ever cross paths. This sends Tito into a blind rage. He's held back by Joe and Rampage as Bully walks off .
Our second Bound For Glory Series bout was a table match with another 20 points on the line as Magnus, Mr. Anderson, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Roode faced off. At first glance, Roode appears to be the odd man out, with two Main Event Mafia Members and one member of their rival Aces and Eights in the match. But, appearances may be deceiving. Roode had a secret numbers advantage of his own. For the second time tonight, Bad Influence showed that they may have cracked the Bound For Glory Series numbers code. Kazarian and Daniels appear just as Magnus positions Bobby for a superplex. Bottoms up, buddy. They toss another Appletini into Mag's face and allow Roode to reverse him into a powerbomb through the table. Yup. It pays to be Roode and it pays to have friends. How much does it pay? 20 points in the Bound For Glory Series.
When the cage was lowered for the main event, the tension was at an all time high. Chris Sabin was no longer the underdog looking to upset a complacent champion. He's the World Heavyweight Champion with a seething, frustrated, and volatile former champion itching to make an example of him. While Sabin was valiant in his fight, Bully lived up to his name. He tore into Chris with a level of violence few can endure. Sabin held on and eventually took control from the arrogant outlaw. But when referee Brian Hebner got caught in the crossfire, the champ's night took a turn for the worse.
That's when Mr. Anderson arrived. The Aces and Eights Vice President stopped Sabin from exiting the cage and retaining the title. He held the door and prevented Chris from re-opening it. Luckily Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz were on hand. The two apparent partners rushed to the cage. Jackson tossed Anderson away from the door and Tito took out a hammer…
Which he used to bash Rampage Jackson in the back of the head!!!!
Yes. You read that right. Tito Ortiz laid out Rampage Jackson with a hammer to the head!!!
Rampage hit the floor and Bully took advantage of a shocked Chris Sabin. Bully Ray powerbombed the champion and, three seconds later, he wasn't the champion anymore.
Aces and Eights have a reason to celebrate. Their President is our new champion. Bully Ray holds aloft his World Heavyweight Championship and TNA's nightmare begins again!
For the second time in less than a month, Tito Ortiz shocks the wrestling world as Impact comes to a close.