TNA Impact! Wrestling: The Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray Confrontation

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IIApril 26, 2013

Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray in the ring. (Photo credit:
Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray in the ring. (Photo credit:

The Thursday, April 25 edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling, which aired live from Indiana, Penn. opened with a video package recapping the latest events around Aces and Eights.

James Storm began Impact! Wrestling by coming forward to the ring and confronted A.J. Styles. As Storm was speaking to Styles, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian of Bad Influence interrupted by making their way to the ring.

Daniels and Kazarian continued their attempt to persuade Styles to join them and reform the Fortune group. However, Storm attacked Daniels and Kazarian first before being knocked out inside the ring. Suddenly, Aces and Eights emerged from the crowd.

As Mr. Anderson was about to power bomb Storm, Joseph Park rushed towards the ring but was quickly taken out by Aces and Eights. Bully Ray, who stood ringside, came inside the ring and helped Devon slam Park through a table.

After a commercial break, Ray took control of the microphone and praised Aces and Eights for destroying TNA's biggest stars from Samoa Joe to Kurt Angle. Ray told Hulk Hogan he had until the end of the program to confront him. 


Match No. 1: Taryn Terrell vs. Tara.

Your winner via pin fall: Taryn Terrell. TNA went with displaying a longer Knockouts match that unfortunately did not gain much steam, as there were many pin attempts on the part of Tara. Meanwhile, Terrell struggled to gain any sort of offense and scored the victory with a sneaky pin fall on Tara. Terrell is still fresh into her TNA run and needs more development inside the ring. 

Match Rating: 2.5/5.


Match No. 2: Rob Terry vs. Jesse Godderz.

Your winner via pin fall: Rob Terry. Although it appears Terry is receiving a strong push, TNA picked the wrong opponent with Godderz. Despite Godderz's physical look, Terry needs better and more accomplished opponents in the future to make a true statement.

Match Rating: 2/5.


Backstage, Daniels and Kazarian attempted to recruit Bobby Roode by revealing their plans to reform Fortune.


Match No. 3: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Austin Aries and Bobby Roode for the TNA Tag Team titles.

Your winners via pin fall to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. A solid tag team match until the very end, when Daniels and Kazarian cost Roode and Aries the chance to reclaim the Tag Team belts. With the loss, the future of Aries and Roode becomes questionable, as TNA is planting the seeds towards Fortune coming together again on television.

Match Rating: 3/5.


Matt Morgan came out to the ring and quickly discussed the recent mistakes that Hogan has made involving Ray. He continues to list the problems that Hogan has created in TNA. Morgan calls out Hogan to the ring. 

Hogan, who received a strong reaction from the crowd, walked towards the ring to confront Morgan. Morgan told Hogan that he wants the opportunity to eliminate Aces and Eights. However, Morgan demanded a match with Bully Ray at the Slammiversary pay-per-view for the TNA World Heavyweight title.

After thinking of Morgan's proposal, Hogan began to talk about TNA's issues against Aces and Eights. Hogan quickly denied Morgan his chance to become the new No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight belt and left the ring.


Match No. 4: Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky for the TNA Knockouts Championship.

Your winner via pin fall to retain the Knockouts title: Velvet Sky. Unfortunately, this Knockouts title match never took off and James' top spot was taken away with a loss. In the end, it was simply not the right time to have a Knockouts Championship match and TNA should have saved this for its upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.


After a final commercial break, Ray erupted towards the ring and read a list of names on the TNA roster that have been taken out by Aces and Eights. Ray demands Hogan to come out. Hogan answered to Ray's demand and approached him in the ring. 

Ray spoke louder on the microphone and announced his plans to end Hulkamania for good. Hogan fired back and told Ray that Hulkamania will never fade away. 

Suddenly, Ray spit into the face of Hogan. Hogan, who turned around in disappointment, attacked Ray in the middle of the ring. As Hogan was surrounded by Aces and Eights, the lights faded inside the arena and Sting made his return by forcing the group members outside the ring.

Afterwards, Sting turned around and pointed the black bat at Hogan as Impact! Wrestling faded to black.