TNA Impact! Wrestling: New Main Event Mafia Member, Saben Challenges Ray
The Thursday, July 11 edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling, which was taped from Las Vegas, Nevada, opened with a video package recapping the three-way X-Division Championship match and the Main Event Mafia's role on last week's program.
Bully Ray is shown backstage talking about Brooke Hogan and expressed frustration about her recent engagement.
Quickly afterwards, Ray, Devon and the rest of the Aces and Eights group made their way to the ring. Ray spoke first and discussed Chris Sabin's X-Division Championship victory last week on Impact! Wrestling. The World Heavyweight champion demanded that Sabin hold on to the X-Division belt instead of cashing it in for a title shot.
Ray continued to speak on the microphone and talked about naming a new vice president to the club. Suddenly, members of the Main Event Mafia arrived. Kurt Angle spoke for the family first, telling Ray that members of the Main Event Mafia will take out Aces and Eights. Sting took control of the microphone next and teased a new Main Event Mafia member.
Match No. 1: Jeff Hardy and Joseph Park vs. AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.
Your winner via submission: AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.
Interesting tag team match to open Impact! Wrestling, as only a wild-card show would feature Hardy with Park as his partner. This was a pretty standard tag team match.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Match No. 2: Jay Bradley and Hernandez vs. Mr. Anderson and Magnus.
Your winner via pinfall: Mr. Anderson and Magnus.
TNA is pulling the unpredictability card by having Mr. Anderson and Magnus team together. As expected, Mr. Anderson was completely no help, bailing on Magnus on multiple occasions. However, Magnus was able to pull away with the victory with a quick pinfall on Hernandez.
It was a slightly better but subpar tag team match that saw Magnus look even stronger heading into the main event.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Match No. 3: Christopher Daniels and Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode and Kazarian.
Your winner via pinfall: Bobby Roode and Kazarian.
Very fun and entertaining match, as Kazarian accidentally pinned Daniels for the victory. There was plenty of action both inside and outside the ring, and this match was easily the best out of the three tag team battles featured on Impact! Wrestling.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Backstage, Mr. Anderson was voted in as the vice president of Aces and Eights.
Match No. 4: Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell.
Your winner and new No. 1 contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship: Gail Kim.
Kim and Terrell proved why the TNA Knockouts are the best women's division in professional wrestling. This was a very athletic and impressive pay-per-view-quality match. If viewers missed this match, it is definitely recommended. The Knockouts division truly shone once more.
Match Rating: 4.5/5.
Match No. 5: AJ Styles vs. Magnus vs. Kazarian vs. Samoa Joe vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Bobby Roode.
Your winner via pinfall: Magnus.
This was a massive victory for Magnus. The win earns him 25 points in the Bound for Glory Series.
TNA is really pushing Magnus to all-time heights in his career thus far. Based on Magnus' recent performance, look for TNA to have the British wrestler remain at the top of the card throughout the Bound for Glory Series.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
After the main event match, Hulk Hogan came out to the ring. Hogan quickly promoted the X-Division-themed show for next week on Impact! Wrestling and introduced Chris Sabin to the ring. As Sabin was about to cash in the X-Division belt for his title shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, Ray interrupted by coming out to the ring.
Ray poked fun at Sabin first, then demanded that the X-Division Champion not cash in his title shot. Sabin fired back at Ray and handed the X-Division title over to Hogan.
As Aces and Eights came out at ringside, the Main Event Mafia arrived once more at the entrance. Sting introduced Rampage Jackson as the fifth member of the Main Event Mafia as Impact! Wrestling faded to black.
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