TNA Impact! Wrestling: Aces and Eights Create an Invasion, Open Fight Night

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IIJuly 20, 2012

Credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling
Credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling

The Thursday, July 19 live edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling opens with James Storm, in the ring, talking about Austin Aries, his Bound For Glory Series standing and Aces and Eights. Storm wishes Hogan to get well soon and calls out Kurt Angle to a match.

However, Angle does not come out the first time. The second times passes and there is still no sign of Angle. Storm sends the camera man to search for Angle. 

Backstage, Aces and Eights take out Angle. Back from the commercial break, announcers Mike Tenay and Tazz keep wondering who these masked men are. Samoa Joe enters the ring to issue his Open Fight Night challenge.

Match No.1: Samoa Joe versus The Pope D'Angelo Dinero

Your winner via submission, Samoa Joe. With the win, Joe picks up 10 points in the Bound For Glory Series.

Match Rating: 3/5

(My quick take: A decent opening match. It seemed Dinero hit Joe on the jaw that knocked him out ringside for a few seconds before recovering. I like how Joe's strategy to win is to make people tap out and he is obviously having a much better run than his previous in the Bound For Glory Series.)

Jeff Hardy is out to the ring and welcomes fans to Open Fight Night. He makes his next call out and Robbie E and Robbie T come out before Hardy can make his next challenge.

Match No.2: Jeff Hardy versus Robbie E

Your winner via count out, Robbie E.

Match Rating: 3/5

(This match, while it lasted in the ring, was pretty solid. Lots of good in ring work and plenty of offense on the part of Hardy and a few shots by Robbie E. I was not a fan of the count out and at least it made sense with Robbie T building up Hardy's frustration. Another decent match.)

A video package of the AJ Styles and Claire father situation. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian are backstage discussing about Styles. 

Jeremy Borash is in the ring and introduces Gut Check contestant Sam Shaw. Shaw talks about why he deserves a shot to be on the TNA roster. Suddenly, Aces and Eights group attack Shaw in the middle of the ring. 

Back from commercial break, Shaw is shown walking slowly with TNA agents to the backstage area. Mr. Anderson comes out to the ring.

Match No.3: Mr. Anderson versus AJ Styles

Your winner via pin fall, Mr. Anderson. Anderson adds even points. Claire is at ringside and asks for Styles' attention. She demands they talk. Claire shows pictures of Styles and her in the hotel room.

Match Rating: 3.5/5

(Some certain spots seemed a bit off, but the match told a story of how important a win in the Bound For Glory Series is. This was an above average match despite certain segments seeming to be slightly off. Also, I am hoping this story line with Styles concludes sooner than later, but it feels like this might be a build up for Bound For Glory.)

Rob Van Dam comes out and issues his challenge to Christopher Daniels.

Match No.4: Rob Van Dam versus Christopher Daniels

Your winner via pin fall, Christopher Daniels. With the win, Daniels adds seven points.

Match Rating: 3.5/5

(Rob Van Dam and Daniels made this match enjoyable to watch. I felt this was an above average match and had some very good spots.)

Match No.5: Magnus versus Bully Ray

Your winner via pinfall, Bully Ray. Ray finally picks up seven points and makes the score board on the Bound For Glory Series.

Match Rating: 4/5

(That match was very entertaining to watch. Ray and Magnus have very good chemistry in the ring and was given plenty of time to make the match worth its potential.)

Match No.6: Bobby Roode versus Austin Aries in a non-title match

No contest match. After, Aces and Eights attack Aries in the ring. Roode teases that he is joining the group, but gets attacked as Impact! closes.

Match Rating: 4/5

Overall Impact! Rating: 3.5/5

This edition of Impact! Wrestling was a better show than last week. Most of the matches were pretty solid, especially the final three. There was plenty of wrestling and the major build up of Aces and Eights made it feel like a show invasion.

On the other hand, the story line of Styles and Claire is taking another turn. Although I am growing tired of it, TNA has been very steady and not backed down from it. It is very complex but certainly not the most popular story. 

Overall, this was a satisfying Impact! Wrestling. It was above average because of the wrestling action and TNA did a nice job to really build this new Aces and Eights group. Some would argue they were over exposed, but it is better to put this group on television more to create a true invasion scene.