It’s Thursday again, and that means TNA Wrestling will be presenting a brand new episode of Impact Wrestling, live from Corpus Christi, Texas.
Since taking the show on the road, TNA has been on quite the roll. They look to keep it going this week with this huge episode. The company has confirmed three matches, two of which will be title matches, and two other segments.
As TNA Wrestling continues down The Road to Slammiversary, let’s see what they have in store for fans this week!
Gut Check: Which Wrestler Will Be Selected for Judgment?
Last week on Impact Wrestling, Gut Check made its monthly return with two new independent wrestlers fighting it out to impress judges Al Snow, Bruce Prichard and Danny Davis.
April’s Gut Check featured five-time NWA World champion Adam Pearce and masked man Magno going one-on-one.
Pearce would win the match, but he did something no other Gut Check contestant has done before. To win the contest, Pearce rolled up Magno and grabbed the ropes for leverage. The former NWA champion cheated to win, but it was still a victory nonetheless.
Which wrestler will the judges choose for the final stage? Will they look at Adam Pearce cheating negatively or as him having a “win at all costs” attitude? Could his cheating ways lead to Magno getting a contract?
Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
When Gail Kim was looking to become the No. 1 contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship, she started to butt heads with Knockouts referee Taryn Terrell. Velvet Sky would defeat Gail and ultimately win the title, and she blamed Taryn for what was happening.
She began to verbally abuse her, and even put her hands on Taryn a few times. Taryn finally had enough late last month when she attacked Gail during a match. Gail attacking and provoking a TNA official went unpunished, or so she thought.
Taryn would be fired from her refereeing job much to the glee of Gail Kim, but her attitude soon changed when the executive in charge of the Knockouts, Brooke Hogan, revealed that Taryn was TNA’s newest member of the Knockouts wrestling roster.
Last week saw Taryn get some revenge when she and Velvet defeated Gail and Tara in a tag team match, but this week, Taryn will be looking to settle the score one-on-one.
Can Taryn Terrell win her first singles match in TNA and shut Gail Kim up in the process? Will Gail’s experience be too much for Taryn?
Austin Aries and Bobby Roode vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez: 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship; If Guerrero and Hernandez lose, they can never team in TNA again
Earlier this year, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode declared that they were the greatest wrestlers and champions in TNA Wrestling. To prove it, they set out on a mission to win all of the gold in the company.
On the Feb. 7 edition of Impact Wrestling from the United Kingdom, Aries and Roode got one step closer to their goal when they defeated Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
They went on to not only defeat them in their rematch, but also at Lockdown in a Triple Threat match with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian of Bad Influence included. As they approach 80 days as champions, Aries and Roode seem unstoppable. Guerrero and Hernandez won’t give up, though.
Last week on Impact Wrestling, the two teams had a contract signing for this match, but each team added their own stipulations before pen was put to paper. The challengers put the 2-out-of-3 Falls stipulation in, while Aries and Roode made it so that if Guerrero and Hernandez lost, they could never team up in TNA again.
The champions agreed to the match, and despite Hernandez’s reluctance to agree to a possible forced breakup, Guerrero assured him victory and accepted it.
Who will walk out of this match with the TNA World Tag Team Championship? Will it be a clean sweep, or will it come down to the third fall? Could this be the final time fans see Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez as a team?
TNA or Aces & Eights: AJ Styles Makes His Decision
At Turning Point last November, AJ Styles was pinned in a Triple Threat match where the winner became the No. 1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As per the stipulation, though, Styles is unable to have a title shot until Bound for Glory 2013 due to being pinned.
The following month at Final Resolution, he was defeated once again in a “One Final Match” scenario by Christopher Daniels. After the horrid 2012 that he had, which also included false accusations of an affair, Styles packed up and left TNA Wrestling.
It wouldn’t be until March that TNA sent cameras to Styles’ home for an update. He didn’t want to talk and would avoid the cameras at all costs. He would eventually find his way back inside a TNA ring, and he became a hot commodity in the process.
The Aces & Eights offered him a spot in the group and even gave him a week to think it over, but TNA general manager Hulk Hogan has been trying to convince him to fight for TNA. Last week, the Hulkster told Styles that he had a week to make a decision, and now that week is up.
What will AJ Styles’ decision be? Will he join the Aces & Eights, or will he help lead the TNA army?
Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy: Full Metal Mayhem for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
At Lockdown, every member of the Aces & Eights had been revealed but one. The president of the gang was still masked, but things were about to change. While Team TNA defeated the Aces & Eights inside Lethal Lockdown, the group dealt the final blow by the end of the show.
In the main event, Jeff Hardy was defending his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Bully Ray inside the steel cage. As Hulk and Brooke Hogan came down to ringside to cheer him on, the Aces & Eights climbed over the cage. It seemed like they would attack both wrestlers, but Devon soon tossed his brother Bully Ray the hammer.
Bully knocked Hardy out and pinned him to win the title. He then revealed himself as the president of the Aces & Eights. After explaining why he did what he did, Hulk started a mission to take the title off of Bully Ray.
He set up a Fatal 4-Way match to determine Bully’s next challenger, and the end result saw Hardy earning his rematch. The Hulkster wasn’t done quite yet, though. He wanted Bully Ray to suffer for the pain he had caused his family and TNA, so he allowed the Charismatic Enigma to choose a stipulation for the title match.
Surrounded by tables, ladders and chairs two week ago, Hardy declared that their rematch would be Full Metal Mayhem. Hardy was a part of the very first Full Metal Mayhem match against Abyss in 2005, so he not only knows all about the match, but he was also the one that helped bring it to TNA.
Who will walk away with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship? Will Bully Ray’s grip on the company stay tight, or can Jeff Hardy get TNA closer to eliminating the Aces & Eights?
This episode of Impact Wrestling is certainly going to be a big one. Excitement is in the air as TNA continues the journey to Slammiversary. How will this episode turn out? Tune in to find out!