TNA Impact! Wrestling: Main Event Mafia Splits, Aces and Eights Back in Control

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IINovember 7, 2013

Bully Ray standing with Brooke on Impact! Wrestling. (Photo credit: TNA Wrestling)
Bully Ray standing with Brooke on Impact! Wrestling. (Photo credit: TNA Wrestling)

The Thursday, November 7 edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling, which aired live from Cincinnati, OH, opened with NFL cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones making his return to the company by walking with Dixie Carter backstage. Carter introduced Jones to Mr. Anderson before a string of video packages aired.

The Main Event Mafia got things started on Impact! Wrestling by coming out to the ring. Sting went through the Main Event Mafia's accomplishments but announced that the group was dissolving for good. "The Icon" predicted very bright futures for Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Magnus before emotionally exiting the ring.

Joe followed Sting's speech by thanking all the members of the Main Event Mafia but warned them about why they are in the wrestling business. Magnus spoke next about becoming the next TNA World Heavyweight Champion and handed the microphone off to Kurt Angle.

After Angle spoke briefly, Bobby Roode interrupted the Olympic gold medalist by coming out to the ring. Roode reminded Angle of his recent string of loses. Angle quickly fired a punch to Roode and a brawl erupted before TNA referees and officials came out before a commercial break.    

Angle remained in the ring and called out Roode several times. A second brawl erupted between Angle and Roode before a storm of TNA officials and wrestlers broke up the fight. Quickly afterwards, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian got into a confrontation with DeQuin Evans and "Pacman" Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals. Daniels and Kazarian pushed Evans and Jones back into their seats before being body slammed in the ring.


Match No. 1: Velvet Sky vs. Brooke vs. ODB.

No contest match. 

TNA Knockouts champion Gail Kim and Lei'd Tapa came out to the ring and got involved by interfering in the match. After taking out both Sky and ODB, Kim issued an open challenge for any wrestler outside TNA to earn a No. 1 contender's spot for the Knockouts title. 

Meanwhile, the match itself was pretty good with plenty of action throughout the battle and a lively crowd behind it. So far early in the show, TNA appears to have a new sense of energy and different feel to the product without Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. This was a good first hour for Impact! Wrestling despite only one match.

Match Rating: 3/5.


Another WWE 2K14 video game aired during the commercial break.

Garrett Bischoff, who was standing in the ring with Mike Knux, invited Tazz and Bully Ray to the ring to vote on the future of Aces and Eights. Bischoff told Ray he has been all poison to Aces and Eights and demanded a vote to determine what will happen to the club. Mr. Anderson came out by ringside to watch the members of Aces and Eights vote.

Bischoff went first and told Ray he was finished with the group. Knux spoke next and voted to disband. After Ray voted to keep Aces and Eights alive, Tazz joined Bischoff and Knux and told Ray that the group should dissolve. However, in a shocking turn of events, Bischoff and Knux attacked Mr. Anderson and forced him inside the ring. Ray continued the attack on Mr. Anderson with a steel chain, thus reuniting Aces and Eights in the process.


Match No. 2: Ethan Carter III vs. Dewey Barnes.

Your winner via pin fall: Ethan Carter III.

Another week, same act for Carter III by defeating yet another local jobber. 

Match Rating: 0.5/5.


Match No. 3: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Eric Young and Joseph Park.

Your winners via pin fall: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.

Daniels' signature Green Apple Martini was the deciding factor in this match, as Kazarian was able to land the pin fall thanks to Park getting alcohol thrown on his face. Pretty basic tag team match used as a lead in to the main event of the night.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.


Angle again appeared at ringside and demanded Roode to come out. Instead, Austin Aries came out and challenged Angle to a match next week on Impact! Wrestling. Carter appeared backstage to spin the "Wheel of Dixie" to determine the match stipulation. The wheel eventually landed on a submission match between Aries and Angle. 

Afterwards, Roode began another brawl against Angle before TNA officials quickly broke it up.


Match No. 4: Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Saben.

Your winner via pin fall: Jeff Hardy.

Great full metal mayhem main event match. Hardy and Sabin brought their top performance to Impact! Wrestling with an entertaining and high-flying main event. Good way to end a pretty solid edition of Impact! Wrestling.

Match Rating: 4/5.