TNA Impact Wrestling: Bully Ray and Sting Take on Aces and Eights
On the final episode from the United Kingdom, the Thursday, Feb. 21 edition of TNA Impact Wrestling, which aired from London, England at the Wembley Arena, opened with a video package recapping the latest turn of events and Hulk Hogan coming out to the ring.
Hogan, who received another very strong reaction from the crowd, talked about how Aces and Eights distracted him from choosing his No. 1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Jeff Hardy at the Lockdown pay-per-view. In a shocking decision, Hogan introduced Bully Ray to the ring.
Ray grabbed the microphone and appeared to be in shock after Hogan's decision. He thanked Hogan and expressed his desire to become the TNA World Heavyweight champion. Ray proposed a six-man tag team match for the main event. After offering Hogan a spot to be in the match, the Impact Wrestling General Manager agreed, followed by a huge ovation from the audience.
Match No. 1: Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries vs. Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, Joseph Park and James Storm
Your winners via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, Joseph Park and James Storm. Although the match itself was confusing to watch, there was plenty of action inside the ring with some impressive spots by both tag teams. This was a solid opening match to get Impact Wrestling off on the right note.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Match No. 2: Robbie E vs. Rockstar Spud
Your winner via pinfall: Rockstar Spud. Since Robbie T refused to give into Robbie E's demands, it appears TNA is creating a new feud between the two. Spud had a few good moments in this match and showed signs of becoming a solid singles wrestler in the future. However, the match was just too short to showcase Spud's full potential.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Match No. 3: Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim vs. Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara for the TNA Knockouts Championship
Your winner via pinfall and new TNA Knockouts champion: Velvet Sky. It was only a matter of time before Sky would become the Knockouts champion after her late return in 2012 to TNA. This was an enjoyable four-way title match, as TNA did a nice job displaying the Knockouts division throughout the United Kingdom episodes.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Moments after her win @velvelholler told me, "My time has come, 2013 the year of Velvet Sky. Super proud to win it for my Pigeon Army."— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) February 22, 2013
Match No. 4: Garett Bischoff vs. Samoa Joe
No contest match. As Joe was about to go for the win, Wes Brisco stormed to the ring to save Bischoff. Kurt Angle ran to the ring to fend off both Bischoff and Brisco. Angle challenged Brisco to a match inside a cage at Lockdown. This was an unimpressive match that never took off, as the crowd was mainly silent throughout the battle.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Match No. 5: Kenny King vs. Rob Van Dam for the TNA X-Division Championship
Your winner via pinfall to retain the TNA X-Division Championship: Rob Van Dam. When at their best, King and Van Dam have the potential to put on an impressive match. On this edition of Impact Wrestling, Van Dam and King did not do anything spectacular but put on a good X-Division match to watch with no major outcome.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Match No. 6: Devon, Mr. Anderson and Doc vs. Sting, Bully Ray and Hulk Hogan
Should Hulk Hogan return to the ring to battle Aces and Eights in the future?
Your winners via pinfall: Devon, Mr. Anderson and Doc. Despite being hyped heavily throughout the show, Hogan did not participate in the match. Instead, Hogan and his daughter, Brooke, were shown being held by other members of Aces and Eights on the entrance way.
This was a decent main event that was somewhat disappointing after Hogan did not get involved in the match. Sting and Ray continue to perform well as a solid tag team, but TNA did right by having Aces and Eights come out with the victory.
Match Rating: 3/5.
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