The Thursday, Aug. 30 edition of Impact! Wrestling opened with a video package recapping last week's show.
TNA World Heavyweight champion Austin Aries comes out to the ring. As he walks to the ring, Aries shows his right hand wrapped up after last week's attack by Aces and Eights. Aries says he cannot compete in the ring, but he is ready to take on Aces and Eights. Aries issues a challenge to take on one member of Aces and Eights.
Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Sting come out on the entrance way. Hogan says he is back as the general manager of Impact! Wrestling and thanks Sting for taking charge in his absence. Hogan tells Aces and Eights that they are messing with the wrong person and offers support for Aries.
A video appears on the screen with all the members of Aces and Eights.
Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm in a Bound for Glory Series Match
Your winner via pinfall: James Storm.
A pretty solid opening match to Impact! Wrestling. With the victory, Storm officially makes it in the final four in the Bound for Glory Series.
Match Rating: 3.5/5
Backstage, Madison Rayne is shown walking toward the entrance way before a commercial break.
Madison Rayne vs. ODB in a Knockouts Single Match
Your winner via pinfall: ODB.
A very quick and satisfying victory for ODB on her return to the ring. After the match, Eric Young comes out to the ring with a bucket full of fried chicken and a small beer keg. ODB questions on who Young really is. Young begins to take off his dress suit in the ring. ODB kisses Young as they celebrate in the ring.
Match Rating: 2.5/5
A video package airs recapping the AJ Styles and Claire Lynch storyline. Backstage, the TNA Gut Check judges, which consists of Taz, Bruce Prichard and Al Snow, discuss Kris Lewie's chances to join the roster.
Afterward, Hollywood Hogan and Sting invite Christopher Daniels and Kazarian into their office. Hogan talks to Daniels and Kazarian about what is wrong in professional wrestling and that they will soon defend their TNA Tag Team titles.
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe in a Bound for Glory Series Match
Your winner via pinfall: Samoa Joe.
This was a match full of submission holds, signifying just how important it is to gain more points. It gave the Bound for Glory Series an importance for viewers watching. Overall, this was a pretty decent match.
Match Rating: 3/5
After a commercial break, TNA announcer Jeremy Borash introduces the Gut Check judges. Lewie comes out to the ring for his TNA Gut Check. Tazz takes the microphone first and says he was not good enough to earn a spot on the roster. Prichard says Lewie had a terrific story but that the wrestling business is not for him.
As Lewie leaves the ring, Joey Ryan once again appears in the crowd. As Ryan is talking to Snow, he throws a cup full of water in his face. As Ryan leaves, Snow goes through the crowd to chase Ryan.
Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle in a Bound for Glory Series Match
Your winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy.
A very entertaining main-event match. There were lots of back-and-forth finishers by both Hardy and Angle. With the loss, Angle is now out of the Bound for Glory series.
Match Rating: 4/5
After the match, Borash enters the ring and announces the final five left in the Bound for Glory Series standings. They are Hardy, Van Dam, Storm, Joe and Bully Ray. Borash announces next week's Bound for Glory Series matches, which will be Hardy versus Joe and Ray against Van Dam.
Aries heads to the ring and tells Aces and Eights to come out. Instead, Hollywood Hogan, Sting, Storm, Hardy, Van Dam, Bully Ray and Joe come out. Hogan says he wants to see the faces of Aces and Eights.
Aces and Eights comes out by ringside and sends its finest member to the ring to face Aries. The masked man takes early control but once Aries gets tackled down, Aces and Eights come storming into the ring. A massive brawl between the TNA roster and Aces and Eights breaks out.
An unidentified man hits Aries in the back with a flapjack and knocks him out cold. Aces and Eights escapes the Impact! Zone as Hogan looks on at ringside in concern.
Overall Impact! Wrestling Rating: 3.5/5
My Take on Impact! Wrestling
This was yet another expected quality show by TNA. Yes, expected should be the word to use when it comes to watching TNA, as Impact! Wrestling continues to be a solid product to watch.
Impact! was heavily focused on the Bound for Glory Series, as the three matches that took place were very meaningful and entertaining to watch. Before the show's end, TNA did a nice job promoting next week's Bound for Glory Series matches and their importance.
The show also ended with another brawl. It showed that Aces and Eights are clearly after Aries and intent on putting him on the sidelines. With Bobby Roode suddenly off TNA television and not helping the roster take on the group, it makes viewers wonder as to whether he is the person behind the group.
Impact! Wrestling is heading into its most important stages with the Bound for Glory pay-per-view coming up in October. At the course it is sticking in, there is plenty of interest as to who will win the Bound for Glory Series and what will happen next with Aces and Eights.