TNA Impact! Wrestling: Aces and Eights Make Deal with Hulk Hogan and Sting
The road to TNA Bound For Glory continues, as the Thursday, September 27th edition of Impact! Wrestling opened with a video package.
Impact! Wrestling began with Hollywood Hulk Hogan coming out to the ring. Hogan, who brought out a black baseball bat, told Aces and Eights they have a date tonight. Hogan reminded people that Bound For Glory is just three weeks away and began to talk about the TNA Television title. Hogan announced that James Storm and Bobby Roode will square off at Bound For Glory in a street fight.
Hogan talked again about Aces and Eights, saying he will go to their clubhouse. Sting, who had been off TNA television for a few weeks, came out to the ring. Sting grabbed a microphone and told Hogan he will join him against Aces and Eights.
Kurt Angle vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Christopher Daniels in a Triple Threat match.
Your winner via pin fall: Christopher Daniels. A decent opening match that had Daniels overcome the odds with the victory. Nothing too spectacular about this potentially solid match; if only there were more time added to it.
Match Rating: 3/5
Backstage: Hogan with Garrett Bischoff, Magnus, Samoa Joe and Mr. Anderson. All wrestlers made their case on why they should compete for the Television title. Hogan told Magnus he has been eliminated from the Television title picture.
Did Evan Markopoulos earn a sport on the TNA roster?
Tara vs. ODB in a No. 1 contenders match for the TNA Knockouts title.
Your winner via pin fall: Tara. A mastermind victory by Tara, as she sold a knee injury and was able to catch ODB by shock with the quick pin fall.
Match Rating: 2.5/5
Backstage, Al Snow, Bruce Prichard and Tazz discussed Evan Markopoulos' chances to earn a spot on the TNA roster. In another location backstage, Hogan eliminated Bischoff and selected Mr. Anderson and Joe to fight each other in a match for the Television title.
Samoa Joe vs. Mr. Anderson for the TNA Television title.
Your winner via submission and new Television champion: Samoa Joe. Good selection by TNA to have the Television title on Joe. The crowd was extremely silent during the final moments of the match when Joe had his signature submission hold, but the finish told the good story of just how much fight Mr. Anderson had left before losing. This was a pretty decent but short match, as the Television title has brand new life with Joe as the champion.
Match Rating: 3/5
Sting and Hogan talked backstage about their plan against Aces and Eights. Out of nowhere, both were attacked by Aces and Eights and put into a van by members of the group.
In the ring, TNA announcer Jeremy Borash introduced the Gut Check judges. Borash invited Markopoulos to the ring. Tazz went first and voted "yes" to Markopoulos. After Prichard voted against Markopoulos, Snow took the microphone, telling Evan he is not ready just yet to make the TNA roster.
Backstage at the Aces and Eights clubhouse, a member of the group told Hogan and Sting that they were having fun until things grew more serious. The member offered a deal to Hogan. Aces and Eights and Hogan must select two of their best wrestlers to compete in a match. If Aces and Eights win at Bound For Glory, they get full access of the Impact! Zone. If Hogan's team wins, Aces and Eights will go away from TNA. Hogan accepted the offer.
Bobby Roode and Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries in a tag team match.
Your winner via pin fall: Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries. Impressive main event that saw some tensions rise between Aries and Hardy towards the tail end of the match. There were plenty of bright spots during this tag team match.
Match Rating: 3.5/5
After the match, Sting and Hogan were released backstage at the Impact! Zone. Sting yelled at Aces and Eights as they left in their van to close out Impact! Wrestling.
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