It’s Thursday again, and that means TNA Wrestling will be presenting a new episode of Impact Wrestling!
With the 12 competitors chosen for the Bound for Glory series, the annual summer tournament can finally get under way. This year, its official start happens to land on an edition of Open Fight Night.
Also confirmed for this episode will be an update on Sting’s big announcement from last week, and an address from Knockouts executive Brooke Hogan. Let’s see what TNA Wrestling has in store for the fans this week!
The State of the Knockouts Address: What Will Brooke Hogan Have to Say About the Division?
Last summer saw the TNA debut of general manager Hulk Hogan’s daughter, Brooke. She was to be the executive in charge of the Knockouts division, and she spent the remainder of 2012 doing just that.
When she developed a relationship with, married and was eventually betrayed by, Bully Ray, her job started to take a backseat, and chaos ensued within the Knockouts division. One of the biggest issues came when Gail Kim began to target and injure the other women of the division.
Adopting a figure-four leglock to her arsenal, she would apply it to the ring post to take out the people who got in her way. She would take out Taryn Terrell, Tara and the woman who took the TNA Knockouts Championship away from her, Velvet Sky, all with that very move.
The violence finally got Brooke to pay attention, and that resulted in the Last Knockout Standing match between Gail and Taryn at Slammiversary. After Mickie James took the title from Velvet with some dirty tactics, Brooke is taking notice. This week on Impact Wrestling, she will deliver the State of the Knockouts Division Address.
What will Brooke have to say? Will there be repercussions for certain actions? Will she simply just name a No. 1 contender?
A Family: Who Will Sting Choose for His New Main Event Mafia?
In 2008, TNA Wrestling was taken over by the Main Event Mafia. Consisting of Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner, the Main Event Mafia held TNA hostage by holding all of the gold.
Both Sting and Angle would hold the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Booker T would introduce what is now the Television Championship, Nash would hold that title as well, while Booker and Steiner were tag team champions. At one point, Samoa Joe joined the group as well, and that added the X Division Championship to their ranks.
As 2009 was coming to a close, the group began to dissolve, and all members went their separate ways.
In 2012, the Aces & Eights made their debut and did what the Main Event Mafia did four years earlier, which was take over TNA. For an entire year, the gang waged war with Sting and the roster, and at Slammiversary, the Icon had the chance to end the Aces & Eights for good by taking the TNA World Heavyweight Championship away from president Bully Ray.
While the whole gang would help Bully, nobody came out to help Sting. Last week on Impact Wrestling, Sting declared that he needed a family to help combat the Aces & Eights (h/t Wrestling News World). He then announced that he was reforming the Main Event Mafia.
This week on the show, Sting updates fans on his big announcement. Who will Sting choose for the new Mafia? Could Kurt Angle return to the group? Will he bring in any new or old faces?
Bound for Glory Series: All 12 Wrestlers Will Compete
At Slammiversary, the first competitor of the 2013 Bound for Glory Series was determined when two Gut Check winners battled it out for a spot. Over the last two weeks, general manager Hulk Hogan held qualifying matches to determine nine more competitors while two wrestlers got a bye into the series due to winning previously.
The 2013 Bound for Glory Series competitors are as follows:
- Bobby Roode
- Jeff Hardy
- AJ Styles
- Samoa Joe
- Austin Aries
- Christopher Daniels
- Mr. Anderson
- Joseph Park
- Jay Bradley
Much like the last two years, all 12 wrestlers will be fighting it out for points. A competitor can earn anywhere from two to 10 points depending on how they win, and a wrestler can even lose points if they get disqualified. The man with the most points at the end of the series gets a guaranteed shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory in October.
This week on Impact Wrestling, the series officially gets underway with Open Fight Night. Six of the competitors will get to call out somebody else from the series, and either Bobby Roode or Jeff Hardy will get the first call-out of the night.
Will Roode or Hardy get the first call-out? Who will challenge who? Which competitors will start out the series strong with victories?
Also expect updates in the Mickie James/Velvet Sky feud over the TNA Knockouts Championship, Chris Sabin’s decision about cashing in his TNA X Division Championship for a world title shot next month and possible challengers for Tag Team champions James Storm and Gunner.
This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling is shaping up to be an exciting show. Will TNA Wrestling pull it off? Tune in to find out!