TNA Impact! Wrestling: Aces and Eights Play Mind Games with Hulk Hogan

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IISeptember 21, 2012

Austin Aries watches Jeff Hardy with the TNA World Heavyweight title. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)
Austin Aries watches Jeff Hardy with the TNA World Heavyweight title. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)

The Thursday, September 20 Open Fight Night edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling begins with a video package recapping last week's episode. 

Backstage, Hollywood Hulk Hogan greets retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal says he has Hogan's back and will protect him against Aces and Eights. After fireworks go off inside the Impact! Zone, Kurt Angle and AJ Styles head towards the ring. Angle calls out Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez.


Kurt Angle and AJ Styles vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez in a tag team match.

After a long battle, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian go to the ring and attack Styles and Guerrero. Hollywood Hogan comes out with a black baseball bat. Hogan announces a Daniels and Kazarian versus Angle and Styles versus Guerrero and Hernandez match for the TNA Tag Team titles at Bound For Glory. A very solid, opening tag match.

Match Rating: 3.5/5


Evan Markopoulos vs. Douglas Williams in a TNA Gut Check match.

Your winner via submission: Douglas WIlliams. Markopoulos stood tough in the ring but just isn't ready to be on TNA television yet. He has plenty of room to grow and did decently in this match but needs more time in development.

Match Rating: 2.5/5


James Storm comes out to the ring and calls out Bobby Roode. However, Roode arrives dressed in a suit and asks Storm if he really wants to fight him. Roode tells Storm he will never be as good as him. After leaving to the backstage area, Roode gets into an argument with Hollywood Hogan. Hogan tells Roode he has three minutes to either fight or be sent home.


Bobby Roode vs. James Storm in a singles match.

It was another "no contest" match after Storm and Roode both shoved the referee and kept fighting outside the ring. After the match was thrown out, Roode and Storm continued to brawl throughout the Impact! Zone. A pretty wild match with most of the action happening outside the ring. Storm and Roode did a good job telling the story of their broken friendship and dislike towards each other.

Match Rating: 3/5


Backstage, Hollywood Hogan is shown asking a man where Joseph Park is. Suddenly, Hogan receives a phone call from Aces and Eights and tells them he will get back to the group. After a commercial break, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy talk backstage. Aries tells Hardy he wants all the success in the world.

Tara heads to the ring and tells the crowd they disgust her. She reminds everyone tonight is Open Fight Night and calls out TNA ring announcer Christie Hemme. Tara begins to demand respect and asks Hemme who her favorite Knockout wrestler is. Hemme tells Tara it is Miss Tessmacher. After Tara grabs Hemme's hair, Miss Tessmacher comes out for the save.

After a commercial break, Hollywood Hogan comes to the ring. Hogan, who is again holding a black baseball bat, tells Aces and Eights to let Park go after he was taken hostage. On the video screen at the entrance way, Aces and Eights is shown destroying Park's computer. They then proceed to knock him unconscious.


Austin Aries vs. Bully Ray in a non-title singles match.

Your winner via pin fall: Bully Ray. A classic victory by Bully Ray after knocking out Aries with a steel chain. After the match, Ray tried to attack Aries with the Heavyweight title but Hardy came out for the save. A solid main event with plenty of in-ring action to close out Impact! Wrestling.

Match Rating: 4/5