TNA Impact 2/21/2013
The number one contender is determined. A title changes hands. Bully Ray teams up with Sting and Hulk Hogan to take on the Aces & Eights in the main event.
TNA Impact Wrestling Results
London, England (Wembley Arena)
February 21, 2013
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz, & Todd Keneley
Report by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
The final edition of Impact Wrestling in the UK opens up with highlights from the past few weeks. Todd Keneley & Mike Tenay hype up the card for tonight and then Hulk Hogan’s music hits.
The TNA GM makes his way down to the ring and he says this feels like home for him tonight and he says that he had some tough choices to make while he was in the ring last time about the #1 contender, but things didn’t exactly pan out the way he thought they would when Aces & Eights interrupted. He says that out of everything really bad comes something really good and that gave him a whole week for him to think about all of the guys that poured their hearts out in the ring to try and get the Title shot. He says that after one long week thinking about it he decided that man stood out above everyone else and he rose to the occasion and made it clear he is the only man for the job. Hogan introduces the new #1 contender: Bully Ray!
Ray makes his way down to the ring looking confused as Taz complains about him being named #1 contender despite not wrestling last week. Ray acts like he’s at a loss for words and he asks Hogan if he knows he’s hurt right now and that he partially tore his quad muscle. Hogan calls Ray the toughest “S.O.B.” in TNA and Ray says he doesn’t know what to say except thank you. He says that there were so many other guys that wrestled last week that deserve this shot more than him, but all he ever wanted to do was make Hulk proud. He says all he ever wanted was his respect and the greatest day of his life was when he married Hulk’s daughter. He says he wants to make her happy and Hulk happy but he also wants to become the World Heavyweight Champion. Ray says they have bigger problems to take care of right now and he knows that Hogan is the GM so he suggests tonight in the Main Event Ray, Sting, & Hulk himself face Aces & Eights! Hogan agrees and makes the match!
In the back Austin Aries & Bobby Roode bitch about Hernandez & Chavo mocking them last week, and causing them to both get counted out. Bad Influence then walks up and asks what the matter with them is and congratulates them on winning the Tag Team Titles. Daniels says Bad Influence has had nothing but problems with Chavo & Hernandez cheating them, and they were going to overcome it but they’re glad to see Roode & Aries do it first. Daniels shakes Aries’ hand and then says they have a big 8-Man Tag Match tonight and if Roode & Aries just follow their lead everything will be fine. As Daniels & Kaz walk away Kaz flashes the Fortune symbol to Roode asks him if he remembers that to which Bobby laughs and says he does. Aries and Roode laugh about following their lead and then argue over whether Aries or Roode is going to lead. Aries says it doesn’t matter as long as Bad Influence follows their lead and Roode says “I know that’s what I said” while Aries responds with “I said it first.”
8-Man Tag Team Match
Bad Influence, “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode, & “A-Double” Austin Aries vs. “Mexican Warrior” Chavo Guerrero Jr., “Super Mex” Hernandez, “Cowboy” James Storm, & Joseph Park
Storm and Daniels will start this one off and Daniels gets in Storm’s face and shoves him. Storm answers with a slap to the face but Daniels then kicks him in the gut and locks in a side headlock. Storm shoves Daniels into the ropes and then eats a shoulder block from his former Fortune buddy. Daniels bounces on the ropes and Storm drops down so Daniels leaps over him and then off the ropes again only to get backdropped for his troubles by the Cowboy. Storm clotheslines Daniels over the top rope but then Roode quickly comes in and tosses Storm out to the floor as well. Roode spits at Hernandez and all hell breaks loose with everybody getting in the ring now. Roode & Aries set up for clotheslines on Hernandez & Chavo but Chavo catches Aries with a dropkick and Hernandez nails Roode with a shoulder block. Roode & Aries roll out to the floor and then Bad Influence slides back in and goes after the former Tag Champs. Hernandez & Chavo attempt to whip Bad Influence into each other but Park gets in the way and they slap into him. Chavo & Hernandez toss Bad Influence out to the floor as Park celebrates and Storm climbs back in the ring. The heels regroup and argue on the floor.
Back from the break Chavo attempts to whip Kaz into the ropes but he reverses it and then goes for a clothesline, but Chavo ducks and hits a Spinning Headscissors on Kaz! Park tags in for the first time and he punches Kaz in the ribs as Chavo holds him. Park chops Kaz in the corner but Kaz responds with a poke to the eyes. He then tries to whip Park into the ropes but Park reverses it and goes for a clothesline, but Kaz ducks and attempts a Cross Body Block. Park just shrugs Kaz off but then Daniels comes in and chop blocks Park’s knee. Kaz picks Park up and slams him into the heel corner where he slaps Park repeatedly and then goes for a tag but both Aries & Roode tag him at the same time. Roode & Aries argue over who should be in the match while kicking Park together. Aries & Roode go for a Double Suplex but Park blocks it and they argue again until Daniels blind tags himself in and puts the boots to Park. Daniels slams Park into the corner and hits him with several leg kicks followed by an uppercut. Daniels kicks away at the much larger Park’s legs and then tags Kaz back in and follows up with a Slingshot Elbow Drop from the apron and a Slingshot Guillotine Leg Drop from Kaz. Kaz spits at the babyfaces and then stomps away at Park. Roode & Aries want a tag but Kaz ignores both of them and tags Daniels back in. Daniels stomps on Park and then puts him in a chinlock. Daniels stands on Park’s face and then punches him in the head repeatedly. Daniels refuses a tag from Aries or Roode but when Park punches him in the stomach Aries blind tags his back. Roode then blind tags Aries and Kaz blind tags him! The heels argue with each other as Park almost reaches his corner for a tag, but Bad Influence catches him and tosses him into a corner. They charge at Park but both eat a Double Clothesline! Park then falls to the mat as the fans try to rally behind him. Kaz reaches for a tag to Aries & Roode but they bail on Bad Influence and walk up the ramp! Park makes the hot tag to Storm and he cleans house on Bad Influence! Storm hits a Flying Forearm on Kaz and then an Atomic Drop to Daniels followed by a Falling Neckbreaker! Kaz swings at Storm but he blocks it with his foot and then hits a Russian Leg Sweep followed by a Backstabber! Storm then hits the Closing Time on Daniels! Hernandez tags in and nails Daniels with the Get Off Me Shoulder Block! Chavo dives off the top with the Frog Splash! Kaz comes back in and eats a Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker from Chavo and then the Last Call from Storm! Park climbs up top and dives off with a Splash! 1…2…3!
Winners: Chavo, Hernandez, Storm, & Park via pinfall (Diving Splash)
A vignette highlighting Rockstar Spud is shown, focusing on the beef with Robbie E a couple of weeks ago.
Rockstar Spud vs. Robbie E w/Robbie T
Spud gets right in Robbie’s face causing Robbie to retreat to the corner, but when the referee gets between them Robbie kicks Spud and then puts the boots to him. Robbie whips Spud into the ropes and connects with a Back Elbow and then taunts Spud as he puts the boots to him. Robbie whips Spud into the ropes again but this time Spud slides through Robbie’s legs and then connects with a dropkick! Spud charges at Robbie in the corner but runs into a boot and then Robbie climbs up top and dives off with the Fist Pump Drop! Robbie continues to taunt Spud as he slaps him and tells him that he doesn’t deserve to be in TNA. Spud fights back but Robbie cuts him off again with a knee to the gut. Robbie whipped Spud into the corner and then charges but Spud gets out of the way and then clotheslines Robbie! Spud hits another clothesline and then a Tilt-a-Whirl DDT! Spud climbs up top and dives off with the Guillotine Leg Drop attempt, but Robbie rolls out of the way and then Robbie tries to take the clipboard from Bigger Rob (presumable to hit Spud with it). Robbie T refuses to hand it over which allows Spud to catch an unsuspecting Robbie with a Wheelbarrow Rollup! 1…2…3!
Winner: Spud via pinfall (rollup)
Robbie E and Bigger Rob argue after the match and Robbie shoves Bigger Rob repeatedly and then slaps the hell out of him! Rob Terry looks like he’s about to commit a homicide and then takes off his pink sweater and throws it at Robbie. Robbie then damn near has a seizure as he tries to get away from Bigger Rob just as fast as possible.
Jesse tries to hype Tara up backstage.
TNA Knockouts Championship
4-Corners Elimination Match
Tara (c) w/Jesse vs. Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky vs. Miss Tessmacher
Brooke Hogan comes out and sits ringside for this one and has Taryn Terrell ban Jesse from ringside.
The bell rings and all four ladies go at it right off the bat! Tessmacher and Gail pair up and Velvet goes after Tara. Tessmacher catches Gail with a Victory Roll but she kicks out at two and then Tara rolls up Tessmacher but only gets a 2 count as well. Gail then immediately rolls up Tara and also gets just a two count. Tessmacher goes for a Victory Roll on Tara but she blocks it into an Electric Chair Drop! Gail & Tara put the boots to Velvet and then they taunt her before continuing to assault the babyface. Velvet fights back with Forearm Smashes but the numbers advantage gets the better of her. Tara & Gail whip Velvet into the corner and then Tara hits a Splash followed by a Flying Cross Body from Gail. Tara hits the Spider’s Web on Velvet! 1…2…NO Velvet kicks out and at the same time Gail kicks Tara and argues with her about who gets to pin Velvet. They exchange shoves and then forearms and slaps. Tara whips Gail into the ropes and lifts Gail way up into the lights with a backdrop. Tara chokes Gail in the corner and then goes for a Splash but Gail avoids her. Tessmacher grabs her boot from the outside and tries to pull her down but Gail kicks her and then tries to slam her crotch first into the ring post, but Tessmacher kicks away from the ring post and nails Gail with a Bulldog on the floor! Tessmacher slides back in the ring and she and Velvet take turns hitting Tara with forearms and clotheslines! Tara rolls out to the apron and as Velvet tries to pull her back in Tara nails her with a Jawbreaker onto the top rope. Tessmacher flips Tara back into the ring and then goes to pick her up but Tara pulls her into the ropes. Tara then slams Tessmacher to the mat and follows up with a Scoop Slam. Tara climbs up top and dives off with a Moonsault! Velvet then comes over and hits the In Yo Face on Tara! Gail then tosses Velvet out to the floor and covers Tara! 1…2…3 and TARA IS ELIMINATED! We are guaranteed a new champion now! A dejected Tara walks to the back as Tessmacher hits Gail with a series of clotheslines and then a Reverse Bulldog. Tessmacher climbs up top but Gail crotches her on the top and climbs up with her. Gail sets up for a Superplex but Velvet runs in and Superbombs Gail as she Superplexes Tessmacher in the Tower of Doom! Velvet covers Gail, 1…2…NO she kicks out! Velvet then covers Tessmacher, 1…2…NO and Tessmacher kicks out as well! Velvet goes for In Yo Face on Gail but Tessmacher rolls her up! Velvet rolls through and hooks Tessmacher’s legs! 1…2…3! TESSMACHER IS ELIMINATED! Gail hits Velvet from behind and puts the boots to her. Gail hits Velvet with a Forearm Smash and then whips her into the corner and charges only to eat a boot from Velvet. Velvet hits a series of clotheslines and then hits the ropes and catches Gail with a Spinning Headscissors Takeover! Velvet goes for a Running Bulldog but Gail shoves her off and then dropkicks her! Gail covers Velvet and uses the ropes for leverage, 1…2…NO the referee sees it and stops counting. Gail argues with her and then kicks Velvet and shoves her into the corner where she connects with a series of shoulder blocks. Gail then backs up and charges at Velvet but Velvet lifts herself up over the charging Kim and then attempts a rollup! Gail holds onto the ropes to block it but Terrell pulls her arms off causing Gail to fall back to the mat. Velvet then quickly grabs Gail and hits the In Yo Face! 1…2…3!
Winner & NEW Knockouts Champion: Velvet via pinfall (In Yo Face)
In the back Hogan talks to Sting and he asks Sting to have eyes in the back of his head tonight. Sting walks away and talks to Ray. Ray says it’s cool to be tagging with both Sting & Hogan. Sting says tonight they’ll take care of Aces & Eights and they won’t even need the Lethal Lockdown Match.
Clips of all the drama from AJ Styles in 2012 are shown and then Mike Tenay talks about it being over 2 months since the last time we saw him. He says that TNA cameras have been sent to Gainesville, GA and we’ll see that footage next week.
A vignette highlighting the history between Angle, Joe, Brisco, & Bischoff is shown.
“Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. Garett Bischoff
Joe stares daggers into Garett from the minute he walks through the tunnel. A “Joe’s gonna’ kill you” chant starts and I do believe I will agree with the Brits on this one. Joe goes for a roundhouse kick but Garett ducks and then Joe swings wildly at Garett and again he ducks and decides that he’d rather run as he dives through the ropes to the floor to get away from the pissed off Samoan. Joe follows Garett out and stalks him around the ring and then Garett slides back in the ring and Joe follows. Garett kicks Joe and hits him with a series of knees and punches, but Joe just shrugs them off and chops the holy hell out of Garett! Garett pokes him in the eyes and then takes Joe’s knee out with a chop block! Garett kicks the knee again and then drops an elbow on it. Garett gets Joe in a Knee Lock and punches it repeatedly. Garett releases the hold and then beats on him in the corner, but it just pisses Joe off and he slaps the taste out of Garett’s mouth before leveling him with a series of jabs! Garett kicks the knee again and then connects with a running clothesline before choking Joe! Garett continues to kick Joe’s knee but Joe answers with a series of headbutts. Garett again pokes Joe in the eyes and then bounces off the ropes with a Flying Shoulder Block for a one count. Garett puts Joe in a headlock but Joe breaks it with elbows and then a nasty Back Elbow. Joe hits a series of clotheslines and then an Atomic Drop followed by a Running Mafia Kick and then the Senton Backsplash! Joe destroys Garett in the corner with the Face Wash and then hits the Running Kick to the face to cap it off! Joe lifts Garett to the top and sets up for the Muscle Buster but Wes Brisco runs out only to get destroyed by Joe as well!
Winner: Joe via DQ
Garett chop blocks Joe’s knee and Wes joins in as they stomp on Joe and beat him down. Kurt Angle runs out and chases the Aces & Eights members off. Angle asks if they thought he forgot about them and then he says he’s the one that Wes his shot in TNA. He says he’s glad he did too because the pain he’s going to inflict on Wes now is 100% legal. Kurt says at Lockdown it will be Brisco vs. Angle one-on-one in a Steel Cage!
TNA X-Division Championship
“Whole F’N Show” Rob Van Dam (c) vs. Kenny King
King dropkicks RVD out of the ring even before the bell rings and then follows RVD out to the floor and puts the boots to the champ! RVD slams RVD into the ring post and then hits a Front Slam on the floor. King rolls back into to break the 10 count and then rolls back out and chokes RVD on the guardrail while talking trash to the British crowd. King tosses RVD back into the ring and covers him for a nearfall. King hits a Scoop Slam and then follows up with a Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop attempt but RVD rolls out of the way and connects with a Forearm Smash and then a Spinning Back Kick that sends King crashing into the corner! RVD hits a series of shoulder blocks on King in the corner and then a series of Forearm Smashes. RVD attempts to whip King into the opposite corner but King reverses it and charges at the champ. RVD catches King with a back elbow and then he climbs up top. King quickly turns around and snatches RVD off the top by pulling his leg. King mocks RVD by putting his ass in RVD’s face and pointing at it with his thumbs while screaming “R-V-D!” before getting a nearfall. King whips RVD into the ropes and connects with a Spinning Heel Kick and then he covers Van Dam for another nearfall. King puts RVD in a chinlock but RVD is able to break the hold only to get slammed back to the mat by his hair. King covers RVD and gets another nearfall and then hits a Snap Suplex and rolls through into a mount and reigns down right hands. King covers RVD for a nearfall but RVD kicks out and then kicks King. King comes back and rakes RVD’s eyes and then locks in another submission hold. RVD fights him off but King punches him in the back and then whips RVD into the corner. King charges at RVD but RVD catches him with a Spinning Dropkick! RVD hits King with a series of forearms and then slams King into the corner repeatedly. RVD kicks King and then hits a series of clotheslines and then a Superkick! RVD hits the Rolling Monkey Flip but King lands on his feet and then quickly catches RVD with a Flying Knee Attack that sends RVD into the corner! King hits the Royal Flush, 1…2…NO RVD kicks out! King pulls his knee pads down and then goes for the Double Knees again but this time RVD moves and King crash and burns! RVD hits a Springboard Back Kick and then hits Rolling Thunder! RVD springs to the top and dives off with the 5-Star Frog Splash! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL X-Division Champ: RVD via pinfall (5-Star Frog Splash)
In the back Brooke tries to convince Hulk to not get in the ring again but he says he’s sick of Aces & Eights so he’s got to do this plus he has Sting & Ray with him.
Clips of the attack on Jeff Hardy a few weeks ago is shown and Jeff talks about his injury. He says that he’s healed up and next week he will be good to go. Jeff talks about Bully Ray and he says that the creatures will reemerge next week.
6-Man Tag Team Match
Bully Ray, “The Icon” Sting, & Hulk Hogan vs. Aces & Eights (Devon, Mr. Anderson, & DOC)
Hogan’s music plays but he doesn’t come out as Sting & Ray await him in the ring. The music starts up again and again Hogan is nowhere to be found. Aces & Eights jumps Sting & Ray in the ring. They beat down the babyfaces in the ring as the announcers question where Hogan is. Ray is able to catch Devon & Anderson with a double clothesline and then Sting hits DOC with the Stinger Splash and then a clothesline from Ray!
Back from the break Anderson beats on Ray and tags DOC into the match. DOC hits Ray with a series of clubbing blows and then he covers him for a nearfall. DOC fish hooks Ray and then kicks him in the back and nails him with a knee to the head. Devon tags in and nails Ray with a shot to the ribs. Devon taunts Ray and lays into him with a series of rights and then a Diving Headbutt. Anderson tags back in and puts the boots to Ray in the corner. Ray tries to fight his way out of the corner but Anderson slams him into the turnbuckles and tags DOC back in. DOC hits a series of body shots and then an uppercut and tags Devon back in. Devon hits a Snapmare Takeover and he locks in a chinlock on Ray. Ray is able to come back and catch Devon with a Back Suplex! Ray reaches out almost gets the tag but Devon pulls him back and tags Anderson in. Anderson hits an Elbow Drop and then he mocks Ray before hitting him with a series of right hands. Anderson spits at Sting and then he and DOC choke Ray in the ropes. Anderson tags in DOC and holds Ray as DOC puts the boots to him. Ray fights back with a chop but DOC cuts him off and nails Ray with big uppercuts and right hands. Ray keeps trying to fight back but everytime DOC cuts him off. Devon tags back in and lays into his former partner with right hand after right hand. Devon hits the ropes but he runs right into a Spear from Ray! Ray tags out and DOC tags in as well! Sting is a house afire and lays into everyone with rights and lefts. DOC goes for a clothesline on Sting but he ducks and DOC nails Devon! Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop on DOC! 1…2…NO Anderson breaks it up! Sting hits a Scoop Slam on Anderson and then holds Anderson in place as Ray climbs up top for the Wassup Headbutt! Other Aces & Eights members come out with a beaten down Hogan in hand as well as KNOX & Brisco with Brooke! Ray bails on Sting and goes after Brooke and Aces & Eights bails. Hogan screams “my knee” as Ray comes to him. In the ring Sting puts Anderson in the Scorpion Death Lock but DOC hits him with a Big Boot! 1…2…3!
Winners: Aces & Eights via pinfall (Big Boot)
After the match Aces & Eights continues to beat Sting down in the ring!