TNA Impact! Wrestling: The Final Stop Before Bound for Glory
With TNA Bound For Glory arriving this Sunday, Impact! Wrestling put heavy focus on its biggest pay-per-view of the year.
The Thursday, October 11 edition of Impact! Wrestling immediately opened with a singles match.
Match No. 1: James Storm vs. Austin Aries.
Your winner via pin fall: Austin Aries. During the final moments of the match, Bobby Roode distracted Storm, allowing Aries to capitalize for the victory. This was a solid opening match to Impact! Wrestling, with fast-paced action in the ring. Aries is beginning to receive his fair share of boos, possibly teasing a potential heel turn.
Match Rating: 4/5
Hulk Hogan and Sting came out to the ring. Hogan recapped the deal he made with Aces and Eights. As Hogan continued to talk, TNA Tag Team champions Kazarian and Christopher Daniels suddenly interrupted. Daniels told Hogan he picked the most untrusted wrestler in Bully Ray, and questions why Hulk didn't pick the Tag Team champions.
As Kazarian briefly talked, Bully Ray stormed to the ring. Ray told Daniels and Kazarian that he was the right choice because at Bound For Glory, it will be a fight instead of a match. Ray proposed a match pitting himself and Sting against Kazarian and Daniels. Hogan agreed, and the match is now set for Impact! Wrestling.
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Match No. 2: Hernandez vs. AJ Styles.
Your winner via pin fall: Hernandez. A quicker match that saw Hernandez simply overpower Styles for the majority.
Match Rating: 3/5
One of the main leaders of Aces and Eights sent Hogan a message backstage, telling Hulk they will see him at Bound For Glory.
TNA X-Division champion Zion Ion arrived in the ring. He bragged about his success as the X-Division champion. Ion said he doesn't have a match at Bound For Glory because there is no X-Division. Suddenly, Rob Van Dam erupted into the ring.
Van Dam told Ion he received special permission from Hogan to face Ion for the X-Division championship at Bound For Glory. Afterwards, Van Dam attacked Ion in the ring.
Backstage, Hogan confronted Ray and told him that he doesn't trust him. Hogan also told Ray that he has one test run to prove himself.
Match No. 3: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Bully Ray and Sting.
Your winners via disqualification: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. This was a terrific tag team match that saw Ray and Sting really click together before Bound For Glory.
Match Rating: 4.5/5
Match No. 4: Gail Kim vs. Miss Tessmacher in a non-title match.
Your winner via pin fall: Miss Tessmacher. After the match, Tara attacked Miss Tessmacher in the ring. However, Miss Tessmacher quickly fought back. A decent match, but it didn't draw much response from the crowd.
Match Rating: 2.5/5
Before the main event, Impact! Wrestling announcers Mike Tenay and Taz went through the final lineup card for TNA Bound For Glory.
Match No. 5: Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy.
Your winner via disqualification: Jeff Hardy. After the match, Roode attempted to hit Hardy with a steel chair, but the referee pulled it away. Hardy took the opportunity and hit the Twist of Fate on Roode.
Aries came into the ring right before Hardy was about to leave, attacking him to close out Impact! Wrestling.
Match Rating: 4/5
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