The Thursday, June 27 edition of TNA Impact Wrestling, which was taped from Peoria, Ill., opened with a video package recapping the Bound For Glory Series and the Main Event Mafia's return to television last week.
Sting, who was dressed in a business attire, walked out to the ring and invited Kurt Angle to join him inside the ring. Angle discussed about the Main Event Mafia's philosophy and Aces & Eights' destruction on TNA Wrestling. Angle laid out two personal goals, which was to knock off the Aces & Eights and have Bully Ray lose the World Heavyweight title.
Backstage, members of Aces & Eights attacked Chris Saben, wishing the X-Division champion luck in his match. Ray approached Sabin, telling him to think smart and not challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Match No. 1: Suicide vs. Kenny King vs. Chris Saben for the X-Division Championship
Your winner via pin fall and new X-Division champion: Suicide.
After the match, Hulk Hogan brought out an individual named TJ. Hogan revealed that TJ had always been the real Suicide character. Quickly afterward, the fake Suicide ran through the crowd before a commercial break.
Well, that clearly explains why Sabin's title reign as X-Division champion was short lived. Entertaining opening match, as TNA did a good job creating some buzz with the fake Suicide character.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Match No. 2: Ryan Howe vs. Adam Ohriner
Your winner via pin fall: Adam Ohriner.
If granted a spot on the TNA roster, Ohriner has much potential to succeed. Ohriner has the character looks, personality and wrestling style to make a run one day at the World Heavyweight title. Although it is way to early to predict his future, TNA would be foolish to pass on this bright, young talent.
For Howe, the only impressing thing was his talented guitar skills at the entrance ramp.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Match No. 3: Velvet Sky vs. Mickie James for the TNA Knockouts Championship
Your winner via submission to retain the Knockouts title: Mickie James.
Another tough loss for Sky, as James worked on her injured knee throughout the match. After the match, Sky broke down and began crying in an interview with Christy Hemme. It appears James will be heading into the Bound For Glory pay-per-view as the Knockouts champion.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Match No. 4: Magnus vs. Bobby Roode
Your winner via pin fall: Magnus.
With the pin fall, Magnus picks up another seven points to extend his lead in the Bound For Glory Series. Great to see Magnus get what he deserves, as his hard work is beginning to ignite his career to a whole new level.
Match Rating: 3/5.
After a commercial break, James Storm and Gunner stand inside the ring. Storm further explained why he selected Gunner as his new tag team partner. Suddenly, Robbie E, Jesse Godderz and Tara interrupted and walked toward the ring.
Robbie E picked Godderz as his tag team partner. After Robbie E continued talking, Gunner knocked out Godderz.
Match No. 5: Mr. Anderson vs. Samoa Joe
Your winner via submission: Samoa Joe.
During the final moments of the match, Sting and Angle of the Main Event Mafia came out and took out two members of Aces & Eights. After the victory, Joe embraced Sting and Angle, signaling his return to the Main Event Mafia.
Pretty decent main event match, as Joe should remain atop on the Bound For Glory Series list. His addition to the Main Event Mafia provides another boost to the group.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Hogan arrived to the ring and vented his frustration about the X-Division Championship match. The Impact Wrestling GM called out the fake Suicide to the ring. Ray quickly interrupted and demanded the fake Suicide to reveal himself. Afterward, Austin Aries revealed himself as the fake Suicide and challenged Ray to a title shot for the World Heavyweight belt.
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