IMPACT Coverage: Dixie/AJ Face to Face, Jeff Hardy vs. Manik, new Champion crowned - PAGE 4
Check out coverage from Thursday's IMPACT on SpikeTV, featuring the face to face and confrontation between TNA President Dixie Carter and AJ Styles, plus Jeff Hardy vs. X Division Champion Manik, a new champion crowned in TNA, friction in the Aces and Eights and so much more!
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It was an Impact full of confrontations and revelations. With a spectacular X-Division match, a new Knockouts Champion, and more, it was a night of amazing in-ring action. But, when A.J. Styles confronted TNA President Dixie Carter to close out the evening, no one - especially A.J. - was prepared for her shocking response.
By James Guttman
Jeff Hardy defeated X-Division Champion Manik in a Non-Title Match
O.D.B. defeated Mickie James to become the new TNA Knockouts Champion
Eric Young defeated Robbie E.
Joseph Park defeated Robbie E.
Gunner defeated Hernandez
The Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization (Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian) defeated The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Samoa Joe, and Magnus)
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Impact opens with Magnus. The Main Event Mafia member laments his close loss in the Bound For Glory Series. Despite his unhappiness, he congratulates A.J. Styles on his victory. However, Styles isn't the reason for his appearance in the ring. The reason is Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian. E.G.O., as they're collectively known, jumped him in the parking lot. So now, let's do it fair. Let's do it one on one. Magnus lays down the challenge to any one member of the group.
Of course, he doesn't just get one. He gets all three. The Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization hit the ring a few seconds apart and tear into the popular star. The lopsided beating is short-lived, though. Sting and Samoa Joe dash out to save their partner and lay down a challenge. The Gentlemen agree and the match is made. Tonight - E.G.O. vs. The Main Event Mafia!
Last Thursday, when Manik asked General Manager Hulk Hogan for a match with Jeff Hardy, fans knew we'd have a pretty exciting match. No one was disappointed when the two finally squared off. The masked X-Division Champion utilized everything he had to outgun the Charismatic Enigma. But, in the end, it was the experience of Hardy that helped him Swanton his way to victory.
Following the disappointing loss, Manik appeared to have found a supporter. Chris Sabin, along with Velvet Sky, entered the ring to applaud the effort. Sabin raised the X-Division Champion's hand…before suddenly attacking him. Velvet appeared to be just as shocked as the crowd by all of this. Luckily, Jeff Hardy rushed back to the ring to chase the disgruntled former World Heavyweight Champion off. What the hail, Sabin?
After months of bragging about her superiority in the Knockouts Division, MIckie James finally met the three letters that could prove her wrong - O.D.B.. In a major clash of personalities, the bar brawler and Hardcore Country clashed with intense ferocity. But, when all was said and done, it was O.D.B. getting the 1, 2, 3, on Miss Mickie. We have ourselves a new Knockouts Champion and the start of One Dirty Championship Reign. Bam!
The big win sends Joseph Park and O.D.B.'s husband, Eric Young, to the ring to celebrate. The party ends early, though, when the Bromans showed up to talk smack. They insult the three in the ring and seem to be itching for a fight. Luckily, Eric was prepared to give them one. So Robbie E. steps up and we have ourselves a very quick match. The bell rings and almost immediately, Young scored a three count. End of story? Nope.
The freshly beaten Robbie still demands a fight, so he challenges Joseph Park. The bell ring and it goes exactly the same way as the last one. Exactly.
At this point, Robbie must have figured things couldn't get worse. But they could. He and fellow Broman Jesse Godderz jumped Young and Park from behind. In doing so, they busted open Joseph's lip and blood began to flow. We all know what happens when Joseph Park sees his blood begin to flow. He attacked and the results weren't pretty. The Bros were promptly flattened before the suit-wearing brother of Abyss snapped out of his haze.
We then get a look at the post-Anderson Aces and Eights. Bully Ray and his outlaw brothers take to the ring and the World Heavyweight Champion has something to say. He has to give thanks to the person responsible for his championship reign. Who is that person? Why…it's Brooke, of course.
As the President heaps praise onto his main squeeze, the club goes nuts. Wes Brisco can't contain his anger and Garrett Bischoff backs him up. That's who you thank? Brooke? He questions Bully's judgment and priorities. That's when Bully questions his questioning.
"I can appreciate your passion. I like the fact that you're a fighter and you speak your mind. And that's what I love you, Bisch. But I got to tell you. Don't you ever - and I mean ever - bow up to me again like that. Do you hear me? I made you. "
Think the tough love was exclusive to Garrett? Think again. The President turned to include Brisco in his rant.
"And I made you. You were a nobody before I brought you into this club. As were you. So if you ever step out of line or if you ever step out line again, I will guarantee you that I will slap you both in the face."
Knux then spoke up. He questioned the rapidly shrinking numbers of the group. What happened, Champ? It's not Club Business anymore. It's Bully Ray Business. It's about Ray's wants and needs and that's not right. That's when he brings up that the group should follow the credo of Bros before…well, hoes.
Needless to say, The World Heavyweight Champion is not happy with his club member's words. The two nearly come to blows before deciding to go their separate ways and postponing this eventual powder keg explosion for another day.
After a lot of talk last week, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez seemed to have momentum going into tonight's Impact. But before the bell could be rung, Chavo announced that an "injury" will force him to sit this one out. Gunner doesn't care much about doctor talk. He cares about fighting talk. Seeing that Hernandez was still whole, he threw the singles challenge down. The tag team championship co-holder specializes in super challenges and SuperMex was right up his alley. With James Storm at ringside, Gunner showed why he was so confident. Despite a few tense moments, the Modern Day Viking managed to hit a devastating backbreaker and score a pinfall.
When it came time for Kazarian, Daniels, and Bobby Roode to square off against Samoa Joe, Sting, and Magnus, most were sure that the Main Event Mafia would come out on top. After all, mere weeks ago, the group had sent a member of Aces and Eights packing through a tag team match. On the flipside, the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization is still a fairly new trio with a lot to prove. When match time came, it was the Main Eventers who were upset by the amazing teamwork of Bobby Roode and his Bad Influence. Quick tags and underhanded tactics kept them in control for a good portion of the match. But in the final moments, we learned that it not only pays to be Roode, it pays to have a baseball bat. When Bobby slammed the bat into Magnus's back, the three count was academic. The Icon, The Future, and The Submission Machine fall and E.G.O. picks up their biggest victory to date.
Last week, he was the Bound For Glory Series winner. This week, A.J. Styles is provoking the office. Mid-ring, he talks about his history with TNA Wrestling and the brotherhood he shared. Until, as he puts it…
"Poof. It happened. Dixie Carter's daddy bought her a rasslin' company. No blood. No sweat. And no experience in wrestling at all. I mean, hey, she broke up the chemistry that made TNA what it was."
Styles then goes down a list of stars that Dixie traded in "for MMA stars and guys who needed a two year paid vacation to come to TNA, do nothing, and then go back where they belong." In the end, it cost people like Jay Lethal, Petey Williams, Alex Shelley, and others their jobs. To put it simply, this leaves A.J. "pissed off". The cheering crowd shows that he's not alone. Styles continues.
"Your biggest mistake is staring you right in the face. You see you've given me the opportunity to win your World Heavyweight Title and, despite what the Internet says, I don’t have a contract here. And believe you me when I say this, Dixie, there's not a contracted wrestler back there who has any respect for you anyway."
Forget burning bridges, A.J. burns down the whole village. He promises to win the World Heavyweight Title and make the TNA President pay. That's when Dixie Carter finally shows up to add some sanity to all of this.
"I've known you a long time, A.J. and I know honestly that for you to come out here and say these kind of things in this public way, that you mean them from the bottom of your heart. And I'm sorry. As President of this company, I have to be accountable. I hold myself accountable. I'm accountable to the investors, the professionals that work in this ring, my staff, these fans, and A.J., I am accountable to you and I owe you an apology. I'm sorry. "
See. Things are all okay…for about two seconds before she finished what she had to say.
"I am so, so sorry that I ever, ever allowed you to think you were important in this company! And I should have told you a long time ago that you have never been anything more than a little bit better than an average fish in any pond! And you hear what I mean? Any pond you may be in, A.J. And this Phenomenal stuff is an illusion - an illusion that I created. A marketing gimmick for all of those wonderful five star matches that you used to have. I say, "used to have" because I can't freakin' remember the last time you had one!"
The stunning tirade goes on and no one can believe it. Styles stands in shock as Dixie lets him have it with years of aggression. Even the boos of the crowd can't stop her from saying what she has to say.
"By the way, without my daddy's paycheck, you would still be in a trailer and this house that A.J. Styles built, that all these people talk about, guess what? Dixie Carter built that house. She owns it. And you are lucky, lucky, LUCKY, to have ever played in it!"
We have just lost cabin pressure. When the Phenomenal One tried to respond, the TNA President cuts his microphone and kills the cameras. Dixie Carter has hit her breaking point as Impact comes to a close.