TNA Impact Wrestling: The AJ Styles and Dixie Carter Showdown Closes out Show

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TNA Impact Wrestling: The AJ Styles and Dixie Carter Showdown Closes out Show
AJ Styles on the entrance ramp. (Photo credit: Impact! Wrestling)

The Thursday, September 19 edition of TNA Impact Wrestling, which aired a taped show from St. Louis, MO, opened with an introductory video package recapping last week's events. Main Event Mafia member Magnus came out to the ring to officially open the show and began to address a few issues regarding Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.

Kazarian, who was followed by Daniels and Roode, quickly took down Magnus. Suddenly, Sting and Samoa Joe came out for the save. Afterwards, Sting challenged Kazarian, Daniels and Roode to a six-man tag team match on Impact Wrestling.

 

Match No. 1: Jeff Hardy vs. Manik.

Your winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy.

Slightly disappointing match, as Hardy and Manik had much more to offer to open Impact Wrestling on the right note. Instead, this match did absolutely no favors for Manik, as TNA made the wrong choice to end this feature with Hardy early. After celebrating with Manik in the ring, Chris Sabin, who was ringside with Velvet Sky, attacked Manik. Hardy came back out for the save.

Match Rating: 2/5.

 

Match No. 2: ODB vs. Mickie James for the TNA Knockouts Championship.

Your winner via pinfall and new TNA Knockouts Champion: ODB.

Unfortunately for TNA, having James as their Knockouts Champion did not show its benefits. Instead, TNA changed things up by giving ODB a chance to shine in the spotlight. Hopefully, ODB can add some spark into the Knockouts division. Otherwise, this was a decent match at best.

Match Rating: 3/5.

Robbie E and Jesse Godderz interrupted the party by coming out towards the entrance way. After Robbie E made fun of the group celebrating in the ring, Eric Young took control of the conversation and challenged him to a match. 

 

Match No. 3: Eric Young vs. Robbie E.

Your winner via pinfall: Eric Young.

After Young defeated him in a matter of seconds, Robbie E said that he wasn't ready to face Young. Robbie E then went ahead and challenged Joseph Park to a match. Park quickly accepted and entered the ring before a commercial break.

 

Match No. 4: Joseph Park vs. Robbie E.

Your winner via pinfall: Joseph Park.

Just like Young, Park took down Robbie E extremely quickly. After a brawl inside the ring, Park transformed into his brother's Abyss character and forced Robbie E and Godderz outside the ring. 

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray came out to the ring with the rest of the Aces and Eights members. Ray thanked the members of Aces and Eights but gave all the credit to Brooke Tessmacher. Suddenly, Wes Brisco, Garett Bischoff and Mike Knox began to express their frustration against Ray. After Ray continued to criticize the rest of the group, Knox threatened to take down the World Heavyweight Champion. Ray quickly stepped outside the ring with Tessmacher and disappeared to the backstage area.

 

Match No. 5: Gunner vs. Hernandez.

Your winner via pinfall: Gunner.

Nothing spectacular about this match, as Gunner and Hernandez did some power displays. In a blink of an eye the match was over. TNA needs to find something new for James Storm because this new venture with Gunner and feud with Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez is a far cry from his previous success.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.

 

Match No. 6: Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Samoa Joe, Sting and Magnus.

Your winners via pinfall: Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.

Thanks to a distracted referee, Roode hit Magnus with a black bat to score the victory. This was easily the best match of the night, as the tag team action picked up heavily as time went on. Although The Main Event Mafia fever is beginning to fade, TNA has something special with Roode, Daniels and Kazarian.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

 

AJ Styles came out to the ring and immediately began to talk about TNA President Dixie Carter. Styles spoke about Carter's inexperience and how TNA has made poor decisions in terms of bringing in bigger name talents. The No. 1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship revealed that he is wrestling without a contract and says he will win the belt for the wrestling fans.

Carter joined Styles inside the ring and fired back, telling the former World Heavyweight Champion that his career is fading fast. The TNA President also told Styles that if it wasn't for her father's paycheck, he would be living in a trailer and finished with wrestling.

Carter closed out the show by ordering the production crew to shut off the lights.   

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