As the week nears its end, TNA Wrestling will be presenting another new episode of Impact Wrestling!
TNA has been on quite the roll lately and have been bringing their A-game all year. Now that the summer is here, the company will be stepping up their game even more as the annual Bound for Glory Series continues.
Also confirmed for this episode will be three additional matches, two of which will see titles on the line, and an update on Sting’s reforming of a stable. Let’s see what TNA Wrestling has in store for the fans this week!
Gut Check: Which Two Wrestlers Will Compete for a Contract?
In April 2012, TNA Wrestling debuted Gut Check. Over the next seven months, eight independent wrestlers competed against TNA wrestlers for the chance at a contract with the company.
Out of those eight people, five of them went on to gain contracts with TNA. Of this incarnation, those five are as follows: Alex Silva, Taeler Hendrix, Sam Shaw, Christian York and Wes Brisco.
This past January, the format was changed. Instead of one wrestler fighting a TNA guy, two independent wrestlers would now fight each other. The judges—Al Snow, Danny Davis and Bruce Pritchard—would then choose which of them were to be judged. Then it would be determined whether or not the one they chose got a contract.
Since the change, six wrestlers have competed. Both Jay Bradley and Lei’D Tapa gained contracts, but Magno would be the second guy to get a unanimous “no” from the judges. This week, two more independent wrestlers will fight it out for a contract as Gut Check returns.
Who will be wrestling? Could one of them impress enough to become a TNA wrestler?
Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky: TNA Knockouts Championship
A week before Slammiversary, Velvet Sky defended her TNA Knockouts Championship against Mickie James. After a hard-fought battle, Mickie took a short cut by going after Velvet’s injured knee. As a result, a new champion was crowned.
Over the next couple of weeks, Mickie would do everything she could to avoid giving Velvet her rematch. The injury to Velvet’s knee became her excuse, but it soon became obvious that Mickie just wanted nothing to do with the former champion.
Even when Velvet brought a note from her doctor saying she was cleared, Mickie still tried to duck her, including trying to injure her. She would go right after the knee and apply an STF to try to reinjure it.
Last week on Impact Wrestling, though, the executive in charge of the Knockouts division, Brooke Hogan, declared that she personally talked to Velvet’s doctor, who convinced her she was healthy. The rematch was booked for the following week, and that week has arrived.
Who will reign supreme as the top Knockout? Can Mickie retain her title, or will Velvet gain some vengeance by taking it back?
Chris Sabin vs. Kenny King vs. Suicide: TNA X Division Championship
At Slammiversary, Chris Sabin defeated Kenny King and Suicide in an Ultimate X match to become the new TNA X Division champion. After being out of action for a while with back-to-back knee surgeries, Sabin was back on top of the division he helped pioneer.
As he was celebrating, he was met on the stage by Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster revealed that Option C was still in affect and that Sabin had the opportunity to give up the title in July at Destination X for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
A few weeks ago, it was revealed that Destination X would be a special edition of Impact Wrestling that would take place on July 18, and that Sabin would indeed get the chance to cash in Option C if he chose to.
Before that, though, he must defend his title in a Triple Threat match against former champions King and Suicide.
Who will come out on top with the X Division Championship? Can Sabin retain and fulfill his dream of competing for the World Heavyweight Championship, or will somebody take that dream away from him?
Bound for Glory Series: Two Matches Set for the Show
Last week on Impact Wrestling, the annual Bound for Glory Series officially got underway. All 12 competitors fought it out to gain the first points, and with six former world champions in this year’s series, an unlikely leader started out with big points.
As of this writing, the standings for the 2013 series are as follows:
Magnus: 10 points
Austin Aries, Chris Daniels, Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson: seven points each
AJ Styles and Samoa Joe: two points each
Bobby Roode, Hernandez, Jay Bradley, Joseph Park and Kazarian: zero points each
Magnus topped the series last week by making Kazarian tap out, and this week, he’ll get the chance to remain the points leader as he faces Roode. The other match this week will see Anderson go one-on-one with Samoa Joe.
Which wrestler will walk away with points this week? Can Magnus stay on top, or will a submission victory for Anderson or Joe put them in the lead?
The Main Event Mafia: Who Will Sting Choose as the Next Member?
At TNA’s 11th anniversary event, Sting faced Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a No Holds Barred match. With the help of the entire Aces & Eights, Bully retained his title.
Despite being attacked by an entire gang, Sting saw nobody come out to help him. The roster that he saved on multiple occasions had abandoned him in his time of need. As a result, Sting knew that he needed a family. The Aces & Eights were a family, and he felt that he needed one of his own to combat them.
The Icon declared that he was reforming the Main Event Mafia and would take down the Aces & Eights once and for all.
Last week on Impact Wrestling, Sting confronted Bully for what happened at Slammiversary. He was looking for a bit of revenge and he got just that. As Sting revealed that Bully’s gang was taken out backstage, the champion left the ring and backed away from Sting. He was met by a tackle and ankle lock from somebody rejoining the Main Event Mafia, Kurt Angle.
With two of the group’s original members at the helm, who else will be joining the group? How will they target the Aces & Eights this week?
This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling is shaping up to be quite the episode. Will TNA pull it off? Tune in to find out!