It’s Thursday again, and that means a new episode of TNA Impact Wrestling!
This past Sunday, TNA presented one of its four big pay-per-view events of 2013 with Genesis and began to pave the way to Lockdown in March. For this week’s episode, TNA Wrestling has confirmed only three things: a wedding, a Gut Check segment and the fallout from Sunday’s event.
Due to the fallout from Genesis, though, that’s still plenty to think about. So here’s what’s on tap for this week’s TNA Impact Wrestling!
Gut Check: Which Wrestler Will Receive a TNA Contract?
Last week on Impact Wrestling saw a new format get introduced for Gut Check. Instead of one independent wrestler getting the chance to fight a member of the TNA roster, two wrestlers from the independent scene would now fight each other.
The goal remained the same, though, which was to impress the judges Taz, Al Snow and Bruce Pritchard.
On last week’s show, Jay Bradley and Brian Cage went one-on-one in the ring, with Bradley coming out victorious. It was a hard-fought battle, but Cage was the one left with the short end of the stick. This week, the judges will evaluate and let the wrestlers know which one of them earned the contract.
Will Jay Bradley’s victory lead to a contract with the company? Could Brian Cage receive the contract due to the fight he put up? Could both of them receive a contract, or maybe even both be denied?
Tag Team Gold: Who Will Step Up to Challenge Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez Now?
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez have been the TNA World Tag Team champions since October’s Bound for Glory. They defeated Bad Influence and the team of AJ Styles and Kurt Angle that night, and since then, they have added Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan to the list of teams they have beaten.
In terms of Morgan and Ryan, Genesis would mark the second time Guerrero and Hernandez have defeated them, having taken them down at December’s Final Resolution as well.
At Genesis, it seemed like the Blueprint and the sleazy wrestler had the titles in the bag, but Ryan’s showboating and some overall miscommunication was the challenger’s downfall.
Morgan didn’t seem too happy with the way Ryan presented himself in the ring, and he was even angrier that it was Ryan that took the pinfall. With Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan seemingly out of the title picture, who will challenge for the TNA Tag Team Championship next?
Could a new team form or an old team return to TNA? How about the Aces & Eights? Could they want to add more gold to their gang?
The Whole F’N Show: Can Anyone Take the X-Division Championship Away From Rob Van Dam?
At Bound for Glory, Rob Van Dam would defeat Zema Ion to win the TNA X-Division Championship. The ECW legend has been unstoppable since then, having beaten Joey Ryan at Turning Point in November and Kenny King at Final Resolution the following month.
At Genesis this past Sunday, Van Dam was at a disadvantage. A tournament would determine his challenger, but that tournament wouldn’t end until moments before his scheduled title defense. The champion would know who his challenger was the same time the fans did, which gave him no time to properly prepare.
The finals of the tournament saw Christian York defeat Kenny King, and RVD’s opponent was set. Moments before the match, though, King would attack York, which made Van Dam’s defense an easy one.
While York put up a fight, he was no match for the fresh champion. With Christian York now added to the list of defeated challengers, who will step up to the plate?
Could York receive a rematch due to the attack from Kenny King? Will King weasel his way into the No. 1 contender spot? Could somebody else appear to try and take down the Whole F’N Show?
The Pigeons Are Loose: When Will Velvet Sky Receive Her Shot at the TNA Knockouts Championship?
Since her debut in TNA in 2007, Velvet Sky has become one of the most popular Knockouts in the company. It didn’t matter if she was a champion, all she needed to do was show up for people to cheer for her. Being a champion mattered to her, though.
After her reign as Knockouts champion ended abruptly in November 2011, and after failing to regain the title at Lockdown five months later, Velvet left TNA in July of 2012. A lot of fans were disappointed that the pigeons were now locked away in TNA, but they were let loose once again in December when she made her return.
Vowing to make 2013 the year of Velvet Sky, she set her eyes once again on the TNA Knockouts Championship.
At Genesis, a five-Knockout Gauntlet match took place to determine the No. 1 contender for Tara’s title. Former champion Gail Kim managed to survive all the way to the end, but she was no match for the fresher Velvet. Now the No. 1 contender, fans are wondering when her title shot will be.
When will Velvet Sky receive her Knockouts Championship match against Tara? Could it be tonight, or will she have to wait until Lockdown in March?
TNA vs. Aces & Eights: What’s Next in the War Between TNA and the Aces & Eights?
At Genesis, the Aces & Eights were featured in three matches. The first saw Samoa Joe look to avenge the attack on Kurt Angle by taking on the mysterious Mr. Anderson. While Anderson's true allegiance with the group of masked men is unknown, Joe is convinced that he is working with them. His anger wasn't enough to defeat the crafty Anderson, and TNA's resident A-hole came out victorious.
The first saw Joseph Park look for vengeance against the group by going up against its Sgt. at Arms, Devon. After training with Danny Davis at Ohio Valley Wrestling, Park felt that he was ready for the match. The lawyer turned wrestler put up a good fight, including a burst of offense reminiscent of Abyss, but Devon was standing tall at the end of the contest.
Later on in the night, Sting looked for revenge on DOC after the former Luke Gallows attacked him with a hammer in November. This was the Icon’s first match on PPV since then, and it was a successful return. While he didn’t take him out, the Stinger got some revenge by pinning DOC’s shoulders to the mat.
Disaster almost happened afterward when the group surrounded the ring, but Bully Ray prevented Sting from getting taken out once again.
What will happen this week between the TNA roster and the group of masked men? Will Samoa Joe keep Mr. Anderson in his sights? Will Sting look to finish off DOC once and for all before moving onto other members? Could Joseph Park be looking for a rematch? Will the Aces & Eights take someone out?
The Main Event Scene: What’s Next for Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and James Storm while Jeff Hardy prepares for his New Challenger in Christopher Daniels?
The main event scene in TNA got some major attention at Genesis. Not only did Jeff Hardy defend his TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Elimination match against Bobby Roode and Austin Aries, a No. 1 Contender's match between James Storm and Christopher Daniels took place as well.
The first match to occur was Storm and Daniels fighting over the title shot. It was a hard-fought battle between the two, but in the end, the Fallen Angel received his much-deserved shot at the World Heavyweight title with some help from his Bad Influence partner, Kazarian.
In the main event, Hardy was truly put to the test. Having to deal with Roode and Aries teaming up against him in an attempt to eliminate him, Hardy withstood move after move from the two former champions.
Hardy proved to be a resilient champ and took advantage when Roode and Aries turned on each other. When the bell rang, the Charismatic Enigma was standing tall as the champion. Now four days removed from the event, fans will see the fallout from these two matches.
What will Jeff Hardy have to say to his new No. 1 contender? Will Christopher Daniels confront the champion a week before their match? How will Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and James Storm respond to their losses, and what’s next for them?
Wedding Bells Are Ringing: Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan Tie the Knot
Late last year, Brooke Hogan had been seen hanging out with Bully Ray. Her father, Hulk Hogan, became very suspicious over the matter and wanted answers. Taking the name “Bully” Ray to heart, the Hulkster didn’t want him anywhere near his beloved daughter.
Despite Bully and Brooke assuring him that nothing was going on, Hulk would catch them making out in the parking lot as he was leaving the Impact Zone. That was the final straw for Hulk, so he soon suspended the Bully indefinitely and without pay.
Last week, the Aces & Eights took an extreme measure to stop Sting from taking out Mike Knox when they held Brooke hostage. It didn’t take long for Bully Ray to appear and run after the group, who quickly set her free.
Hulk would show up and get told by Bully that he loved his daughter. The once big bully of TNA then got down on one knee and proposed to Brooke, much to the dismay of poppa Hulk. Brooke accepted the ring and the wedding was set for the following week, which is tonight.
What will happen during the Bully Ray/Brooke Hogan wedding? Will Hulk Hogan try to stop it? Could the Aces & Eights cause some chaos? Will this professional wrestling wedding actually finish with the words “I now pronounce you man and wife” instead of an interruption or attack?
With the fallout of Genesis occurring this week, this episode of Impact Wrestling looks to be a good one, but if you add in the wedding, it makes this week’s show quite interesting as well. How will everything turn out? Tune in to find out!
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