IMPACT Coverage: Hulk Hogan Says "I Quit!" - But TNA President Dixie Carter FIRES Him!
Check out coverage from Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV - featuring Hulk Hogan's answer to TNA President Dixie Carter, World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray vs. Samoa Joe, tag team action with Jeff Hardy and Manik vs. Chris Sabin and Kenny King, the debut of new TNA Knockout Lei'd Tapa and so much more!
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It was a night of redemption and rejection on TNA Impact. With Dixie Carter seeking an answer from Hulk Hogan on where his loyalties lie, Magnus's attempt at redemption, a brutal challenge to Bully Ray, and more, there was a lot of anticipation heading in. But by night's end, one moment would rock the company in a way that no one could have ever expected.
by James Guttman
- Jeff Hardy and Manik defeated Kenny King and Chris Sabin
- Magnus defeated Christopher Daniles
- Magnus defeated Kazarian
- Bobby Roode defeated Magnus
- Brooke Tessmacher vs. Velvet Sky ended in a no contest after Lei D'Tapa attacked
- Samoa Joe defeated World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray via disqualification
- Hulk Hogan gives Dixie Carter his shocking answer to her offer to join "Team Dixie"
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Impact kicks off with the Phenomenal A.J. Styles. The Bound For Glory Series Winner takes to the ring to address the issue at hand. It's not Hulk Hogan. It's not Dixie Carter. It's about the World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray and his eventual Bound For Glory downfall. Bully might be mighty, but on October 20th, AJ is going to reclaim his glory.
This brings the World Heavyweight Champion to the ring. Bully Ray has had a problem with people being disrespectful lately. First it was some of his own Aces and Eights Brothers. Now, it's Styles talking big. Ray doesn't sweat it though. As he explains to the Phenomenal One, the mental game is already won. Dixie Carter is more in his head than he even realizes. But Styles best forget all that Carter drama because come Bound For Glory, the Aces and Eights President is going to accomplish more than one goal. First, he's going to defend the World Heavyweight Championship successfully. Second, he's going to end the myth of A.J. Styles once and for all. When the audience chants A.J.'s name, Bully tells him to soak it in now.
"Smile all you want, kid, because after October 20th, they ain't gonna be chanting that no more."
A.J. counters. He tells Ray that he's just like Dixie Carter. After all, the TNA President throws away those who aren't useful to her, just like Bully did with most of his "brothers". That's when the World Heavyweight Champion goes off in a big way.
"I take that as a compliment! She's ruthless. I'm ruthless. She's a millionaire. I'm a millionaire. She's a somebody. I'm the World Heavyweight Champion. And you're an absolute zero who better hope and pray to whatever God you worship that you got a shot in hell of beating me!"
Bully Ray promises to send Styles home to his "miserable wife" and three kids. But that's when A.J. gets the last laugh. On orders from Hulk Hogan, Styles informs Bully that he has a match tonight. Just as Ray's taking that surprise announcement in, he gets another one. His match is against Samoa Joe of the Main Event Mafia. Needless to say, the World Heavyweight Champion is not pleased.
The night's in-ring action started off at a fever pitch as Jeff Hardy and X-Division Champion Manik took on Kenny King and Chris Sabin. While Hardy and Manik have squared off in the past, the two have never had much ill will for each other. King and Sabin, however, have some history. To their credit, they focused on the task at hand and genuinely gave the Charismatic Enigma and his masked partner a run for their money. In the end, it wasn't enough. After a spectacular bout, it was Jeff's Swanton Bomb that took down Kenny and kept him down for three.
After the victory, Jeff Hardy and Manik had their celebration cut short by a dejected Sabin. The former World Heavyweight Champion jumped both men and didn't seem ready to let up. Thankfully, Austin Aries was at the commentary table. The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived sprung from his seat and chased Chris away. Once he did, Aries grabbed the mic and announced his plans for Bound For Glory. Fatal Four Way Match - Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Manik. Let's do it. It would be perfect.
Actually, something would make it even more perfect. Hardy suggests they make it an Ultimate X Match. Just as everyone is roaring in approval, Manik agrees to put the X-Division Title on the line. With that, we get ourselves a future classic at Bound For Glory.
Up until very recently, Magnus of the Main Event Mafia had everything going for him. Then, suddenly, his momentum came to a crashing halt. Tonight was his chance to prove he was still the blue chipper we all knew him to be. To accomplish this, he put himself against unbeatable looking odds as he faced off against each member of the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization one at a time in a risky gauntlet match that left fans cheering for his success, but worried for his safety.
Right from the start, Magnus appeared to have all his bases covered. He took it to Christopher Daniels in the first outing. Daniels, sporting his Doctor Zhivago entrance glasses, started slow but soon seemed to hit his groove. But when he missed his suddenly ironically named Best Moonsault Ever, Christopher was in trouble. He was easy prey for an MDD and three seconds later, it was Kazarian's turn to lace up for Match #2.
Although physically worn, Magnus was still fresher than Kazarian was hoping for by the time the bell rang. Regardless, Kaz struck early and aggressively, wearing down the Main Event Mafia member. Much like Daniels before him, though, Kazarian underestimated his opponent's recovery ability. Just as the E.G.O. member was ready to end the match, he found himself trapped in a surprise Cloverleaf. After a few seconds of futile struggling, the Extraordinary Gentleman taps out. More than halfway home, Magnus stands tall and awaits Bobby Roode. But as he does, he suddenly finds his left knee clipped from behind and attacked by Kazarian. Before the bell even rings on Match #3, Mag is down one leg.
When Roode comes out, he's not playing games. Showing his intense focus and ability to take advantage of the right situation, Bobby ripped into the MEM member with brutal rage. Perhaps not surprisingly, Magnus wouldn't stay down. He fought back with the type of intensity that he's known for. However, the weight of two previous matches, an attack by Kazarian, and a former World Heavyweight Champion opponent were all too much to handle. Eventually Roode locked in an ankle lock and Magnus had no choice but a heart-wrenching tap out. So close, yet so far. E.G.O. wins.
This loss brings out Magnus's Main Event Mafia partner Sting. The Stinger takes a microphone and reiterates what we all know. Magnus has the potential to be great. Losses here and there aren't what's important. This played-out line of reasoning does nothing to inspire the frustrated star. He tells Sting to save the pep talk. He knows that no matter how close he gets, it doesn't matter if he doesn't get the results. After all, Sting got results when he was in his prime. He tore the house down with Ric Flair. It's something that Magnus will never forget. He explains to the Icon what it meant to him.
"I saw it with my own eyes! I studied it over and over again because I studied you! I looked up to you from my first day in the business. I came one win away from the biggest show of the year. Now nothing. Flair put you on the map. Who's gonna put me on the map?"
Before Magnus could even take a breath, Sting screamed the answer that stunned us all.
"Me! Me at Bound For Glory!"
Even Taz and Mike Tenay are speechless as they confirm our latest addition to an already amazing night - Main Event Mafia vs. Main Event Mafia. Sting vs. Magnus at Bound For Glory.
When Brooke and Velvet Sky showed up next for their match, the introductions were barely over when a third theme song began to play. Familiar from her video last week Lei D'Tapa appeared on the ramp. Wild and incensed, this apparent newcomer to the Knockouts Division took to the ring and went on the attack. While Brooke managed to sneak away before it began, Velvet was left to catch a brutal beating. Even the referee was afraid to step in and Sky truly paid the price. With Lei D'Tapa in the mix, there are more than a few Knockouts who are on their way to some sleepless nights.
When the main event came around, Bully Ray was in the ring with the last person in the world you'd expect to be bullied, Samoa Joe. The Samoan Submission Machine was anything but intimidated by The World Heavyweight Champion's big talk and went toe-to-toe with everything he had. While Ray's Aces and Eights partner Taz on commentary tried to downplay Joe's legendary submission skills, Bully was fully aware of the dangerous hands he could find himself trapped in. He pulled some of his usual dirty tricks and underhanded tactics to stay a step ahead. Then, in a moment of poor timing that the challenger will no doubt always remember, referee Earl Hebner found himself knocked to the canvas…just moments before Joe locked Bully in a choke and got a tap out. But no referee means no submission victory.
That's when, in a moment of equally bad timing, Bully Ray plastered Joe in the head with a chain just as Earl started to regain his composure. He called for the bell and the World Heavyweight Champion is disqualified. It might not be a submission, but it's a moral victory.
After the bell, an irate Bully Ray went on the attack. He jumped Samoa Joe at ringside and pulled back the protective cover from the ringside floor. Then, just as he was setting Joe up for a piledriver, Bully found himself covered in A.J. Styles. The Phenomenal One, thought to have left the building earlier in the night, was here all along. He jumped the World Heavyweight Champion and left him laying. Security chased Styles into the crowd, where he took time to celebrate with the fans.
Then, it was time. It was time to find out Hulk Hogan's decision. Dixie Carter was the first one to arrive. She reminded the fans that she understands that they have no concept of business. How could she be mad about that? You're just reacting. You don't really know anything. Bless your hearts. And, on that note, let's bring out Hulk Hogan.
The Impact General Manager hits the ring and the boos turn to cheers. Clad in an Impact Wrestling shirt, the Hulkster takes a microphone of his own and listens to some of the nice things that Dixie has to say. She promises to take his career to the next level if he chooses to "take a ride on the Dixie Train." She tells him to make the right choice or else be the brunt of a bad decision that Carter herself will have to make. Hogan responds.
"Your offer. Wow. I've thought about everything I've done in my career. The 35 years I've put in, I mean, I've always dreamed of being a power couple in this business. Having a beautiful woman like you that has more power than anyone in this business. A the end of the day, with an offer like that - Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan. It's amazing how high we can get. But, at the end of the day, it's an amazing offer for somebody else. But not me. I quit."
That's right. He quit. Hulk tosses down the mic and turns to leave the ring. That's when finally, Dixie has to answer a variation of Hulk Hogan's legendary question. Whatcha gonna do, Dixie Carter, when Hulkamania quits TNA because of you?
Well, she chases him up the ramp, pleads, grabs on to Hogan's leg, and begs him not to go. That's right. It was a humiliating moment for a woman we've already learned doesn't handle embarrassment well. As he pull away, Dixie screams that he's "fired" anyway. This latest setback can't be a good things for the psyche of the TNA President. Dixie is enraged as Impact comes to a close.