TNA Impact Wrestling Preview: Jeff Hardy vs. Daniels, Taz to Speak and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJanuary 24, 2013

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It’s Thursday again, and that mean TNA Wrestling presents a new episode of Impact Wrestling!

The first month of 2013 isn’t even over yet and a lot has happened in TNA Wrestling. With Genesis in the books, the journey down the Road to Lockdown has officially begun.

For this week’s episode, TNA has confirmed two titles matches, the fallout of the Bully Ray/Brooke Hogan wedding as well as another matchup. So let’s see what they have in store for the fans this week!


Rob Van Dam and Christian York vs. Kenny King and Zema Ion

The X-Division is starting to heat up for the first time since Austin Aries had the title, and it’s thanks to a few new faces.

When Rob Van Dam won the TNA X-Division Championship at Bound for Glory, it seemed like he would be an unstoppable force. A man who was “X-Division before there was an X-Division" was holding the title, and his experience would serve him quite well.

He has been able to keep the title since then, but he may have met his match in the form of former ROH World tag team champion Kenny King.

At Final Resolution last month, King would receive his first shot at X-Division gold. He came up short, but that didn’t stop him from keeping his sights set on it. He would defeat Van Dam in non-title matches while becoming a thorn in the champion’s side.

At Genesis, King went up against Christian York to determine the No. 1 contender for the title, and York would take home the victory. Post-match, though, King attacked him, which ultimately cost him the title. King seems to be making sure that nobody gets to the belt before he does.

Last week, King took some revenge over his loss when he defeated York, but this week, York looks to avenge everything with the X-Division champion by his side.

Who will come out victorious in this match? Can Kenny King get along with Zema Ion enough to win, or will York get some revenge? Could a victory for their respective teams lead to a title shot for York, King or Ion?


Tara vs. Velvet Sky: TNA Knockouts Championship

Tara has been the Knockouts champion since Bound for Glory. She has taken on all comers, and with former reality star Jessie Godderz by her side, the five-time champion has become a force to be reckoned with.

Fast forward to Genesis where there was a five-Knockout Gauntlet match to determine the No. 1 contender for the Knockouts Championship. Gail Kim would mow down Miss Tessmacher, ODB and Mickie James to make it to the final two. Gail would be no match for the fresh Velvet Sky, though.

Returning to TNA in December after a five-month absence, Velvet was now on her way to being the top Knockout once again.

Her title shot was put in jeopardy last week when Gail argued that her foot was under the ropes at Genesis, but Velvet shut her up when she once again defeated her. This week, Velvet gets her much-awaited title shot against Tara.

Can Velvet Sky become a two-time Knockouts champion here? Will Tara continue her dominance over the division? With Jessie Godderz no doubt being in Tara’s corner, could Velvet counter him with somebody in her corner?


The Human Suplex Machine: What Will Taz Have to Say After Joining the Aces & Eights?

The Aces & Eights have been around for seven months now. They have taken out many guys on the roster, including the likes of Sting, Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle, in their quest to take down TNA Wrestling. While most of the wrestlers they have attacked came back to rejoin the fight, the message is clear.

Since their debut, only three members of the massive group have been revealed. First was Devon, who was unmasked at Bound for Glory and revealed as the group’s Sgt. at Arms. On two episodes of Impact Wrestling, two former WWE Superstars in Luke Gallows, now DOC, and Mike Knox have also been unmasked.

Devon was certainly a shocking reveal and the group getting Mr. Anderson to join was surprising, but the Aces & Eights were about to throw a curveball.

During the wedding of Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan last week, Bully’s best man, Taz, stopped the wedding before the final line and took off his jacket. He slowly turned around to reveal an Aces & Eights vest, and that was the group’s cue to attack.

While DOC and Knox held Brooke, the Aces & Eights took out the wedding party of Bully Ray, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Spike Dudley and Tommy Dreamer. Mickie James, Christy Hemme and Miss Tessmacher, who were the bridesmaids, thankfully escaped, but the damage was done. Taz will certainly have a lot of explaining to do.

Why did Taz join the Aces & Eights? Was he a member since the start? Is he one of the leaders of the group? Could this lead to Taz’s in-ring return?


Jeff Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels: TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Jeff Hardy has gone from rock bottom to the top of the mountain. He went from appearing in no shape to compete at Victory Road 2011 to winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Gory 2012.

It was a bumpy road, but the Charismatic Enigma is the star of the show once again.

Since winning the title this past October, Hardy has had quite the fight to keep the title. He defeated Austin Aries in a Ladder match at Turning Point, Bobby Roode in singles competition at Final Resolution and both wrestlers in a Triple Threat Elimination match at Genesis.

Hardy overcame the odds, though, and is still the champion. Also at Genesis, there was a No. 1 Contender’s match between James Storm and Christopher Daniels. With a little help from Kazarian, Daniels received a shot at Hardy and the title.

Daniels is a whole different kind of opponent, and Hardy must defend his title against him this week.

Will TNA fans see a new champion in the form of the Fallen Angel? Will Jeff Hardy be able to beat the odds again, especially since Kazarian will most likely be at ringside?

This will be the final episode of Impact Wrestling before the show heads to England. This week’s show is certainly looking like it will be a good one, too. Will it be? Tune in to find out!


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