TNA Impact! Wrestling Recap: Bully Ray Explains Himself, Show Airs from Chicago
Fresh off their highly talked about Lockdown pay-per-view, TNA Impact! Wrestling aired live from the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
A video package opened Impact! Wrestling with a complete recap of the aftermath from Lockdown.
As Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez were about to compete for the TNA Tag Team Championship, Aces and Eights suddenly stormed to the ring.
After quickly beating down Guerrero and Hernandez, Devon took the microphone and told the audience to sit down and be quiet. He introduced the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray to the ring.
Ray introduced himself as the President of Aces and Eights and the world heavyweight champion. He explains about how he fooled everyone, from Hulk Hogan to the wrestling fans. While Ray was speaking, the large crowd at the arena began to chant Hogan's name. Ray begs for Hogan to come out to the ring and fire Aces and Eights from TNA.
Match No. 1: Gail Kim and Tara vs. Mickie James and Velvet Sky
Your winners via pin fall: Mickie James and Velvet Sky.
Solid opening match, as the crowd was very lively for this tag team battle. It appears TNA is starting a new feud between Kim and Knockouts referee Taryn Terrell, who shoved the former Knockouts champion outside the ring.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Match No. 2: Robbie E vs. Rob Terry
Your winner via pin fall: Rob Terry.
Terry completely manhandled Robbie E, who had absolutely no offense in this match. After the easy victory, the question remains as to whether TNA will have Terry move on to something better or keep his feud with Robbie E.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Backstage, Sting confronts Hogan in his office. Hogan immediately put the blame on Sting for trusting Ray. Despite Sting's plea to have a match with Ray, Hogan shows his frustration and tells “The Icon” to leave his office.
After TNA announcer Christy Hemme introduced AJ Styles to the ring, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian came out instead. While Kazarian and Daniels were speaking, James Storm interrupted their celebration in the ring. Storm challenges either Kazarian or Daniels to a match.
Match No. 3: James Storm vs. Christopher Daniels
Your winner via pin fall: James Storm.
As Storm was struggling to fend off Kazarian and Daniels after the match, Styles made his TNA return by coming out to the ring. Styles punched Kazarian first, before preceding to knock out Storm afterwards.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Joseph Park arrived to the ring, receiving a warm reaction from the crowd. Park begins to recap the recent success as a professional wrestler and goes through a list of the major accomplishments during his life. While Park was sharing his excitement for the future, Matt Morgan walked towards the ring.
Morgan tells Hogan the biggest mistake he has made in his TNA career was allowing Park to compete in the ring. After being advised to the leave the ring by Morgan, Park refuses to exit and challenges him to a match. As Park was being teased, Morgan stepped back into the ring and delivered a big boot.
Match No. 4: Austin Aries vs. Sting
No contest match.
As Sting was applying his signature leg lock, Aces and Eights came out from the ringside and interfered with the match. Ray continued to call Hogan out to the ring. Sting and Aries worked very well together in this main event match, as there was plenty of action both inside and outside the ring. Although getting higher in age, Sting continues to show that he has not lost a step in his wrestling career.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Finally, Hogan arrived to the entrance way to confront Aces and Eights. Hogan refuses to fire Aces and Eights and that every member of the TNA roster are allowed to battle the heel faction group. A massive brawl erupts inside the ring between Aces and Eights and TNA wrestlers.
However, Aces and Eights took control of the brawl. Ray steps outside the ring, approached Hogan and asked him what his next move would be as Impact! Wrestling fades to black.
Destroyed Chicago and the TNA roster @theacesand8s style.Now onto Corbin, Ky to defend my World Title and do WHATEVAH we want!!— Bully Ray (@REALBully5150) March 15, 2013
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