It’s Thursday again and that means a new live episode of TNA Impact Wrestling!
TNA has been on quite the roll as 2012 continues to be a great year for them. For this week’s episode, the company has confirmed five matches, a debut and at least one segment.
Let’s see what TNA Wrestling has in store for the fans!
Chavo Guerrero Jr. to Make His TNA Debut
Chavo Guerrero Jr. has been wrestling for 18 years, but the business has been in his blood all his life. Wrestling all around the world, Guerrero has competed in Mexico, Japan and for WCW and WWE.
The son of Chavo Classic, and nephew of Eddie and Hector, was last seen on a national scale in the WWE, but after his release last year, Guerrero began to wrestle on the independent circuit.
In December, he debuted for TNA’s India promotion Ring Ka King, so it was only a matter of time before he made his way to TNA itself.
Last week, the company announced his signing and this week, the member of the legendary Guerrero family will be making his debut.
What brings Chavo Guerrero Jr. to TNA Wrestling?
Gut Check: Sam Shaw gets Another Chance
Last week, TNA presented their monthly Open Fight Night. As customary, an independent wrestler was given the opportunity to impress Taz, Al Snow and Bruce Pritchard in Gut Check.
Sam Shaw was last week’s contestant and he was ready no matter who his opponent was. Before his opponent could be revealed, though, Shaw was attacked by the Aces and 8s. The young superstar was left lying and his chance was ruined.
TNA won’t let the renegade group destroy his opportunity, so he will be getting another shot this week.
Who will Sam Shaw face off against? Can he impress the judges? Will the Aces and 8s make an appearance?
Mickie James and Tara vs. Gail Kim and Madison Rayne
With the Knockouts missing from last week’s Open Fight Night, TNA will be putting four of them in action this week. As neither Knockout is in contention for the title, this match very well could have championship implications.
The winner will no doubt be moving up the ladder as Knockouts champion Miss Tessmacher will need a new challenger for next month’s Hardcore Justice.
What will happen as these four former Knockouts champions meet in the ring? Could this match lead to one of them getting a shot at the TNA Knockouts Championship?
Zema Ion to Defend his TNA X-division Championship
At Destination X, Austin Aries gave up the TNA X-Division Championship for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Aries would win the title that night and the X-Division would see a new champion as well.
A tournament took place at the pay-per-view with the finals occurring in the Ultimate X Match. Zema Ion defeated Sonjay Dutt, Kenny King and Mason Andrews to win the title, which was his first reign with the championship.
Four days after the event, Zema defeated Dakota Darsow, but he didn’t appear last week on Open Fight Night.
This week, he will be defending his X-Division Championship, but against who? Which X-Division wrestler will get the chance at the title?
The Bound for Glory Series Continues
The Bound for Glory Series continues to heat up and this week will feature two matches in the series. Here are the current standings as of a live event on July 21:
- Samoa Joe: 47 points
- James Storm: 43 points
- Mr. Anderson: 30 points
- Jeff Hardy: 28 points
- Kurt Angle: 27 points
- Rob Van Dam: 21 points
- Christopher Daniels: 19 points
- Magnus: 14 points
- A.J. Styles: 14 points
- D’Angelo Dinero: 7 points
- Bully Ray: 7 points
- Robbie E: 5 points
Four wrestlers will be vying for points this week as ninth-place wrestler A.J. Styles takes on second-place wrestler James Storm and fifth-place wrestler Kurt Angle battles 11th-place wrestler Bully Ray.
Who will be walking away with the all-important points by the end of the night?
The Aces and 8s: Is Anybody Safe?
Four days after Slammiversary, a group of three masked men attacked Sting. Not much was heard of the group after that until three weeks ago when they named themselves the Aces and 8s and informed general manager Hulk Hogan that they would be returning.
Two weeks ago, the group did indeed return, but this time there were six of them instead of three. Not only did they attack Sting again, but they targeted Hogan as well.
Their rampage didn’t stop there, though. Without any authority figures around last week, the renegade group would attack Kurt Angle, Gut Check contestant Sam Shaw, Bobby Roode and TNA world heavyweight champion Austin Aries.
What is the agenda of the Aces and 8s? Why have they gone after the people they have attacked? Who are behind the masks and who is leading them?
This episode of Impact Wrestling is certainly shaping up to be another good one. Can TNA Wrestling continue to deliver? Tune in at 8 p.m. ET to find out!