Kurt Angle battled Austin Aries in the main event on Impact! Wrestling.
The Thursday, November 14 edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling, which aired for the final time on the road in Cincinnati, OH before moving back to Orlando, FL, opened with Austin Aries and Kurt Angle entering the arena. A video package was shown next, hyping the TNA World Heavyweight title tournament match between Aries and Angle.
Bully Ray, Garrett Bischoff, Mike Knux and Brooke of the Aces and Eights group came out to the ring to get things started on Impact! Wrestling. Ray spoke first and focused his attention on Mr. Anderson. The former World Heavyweight champion accepted Mr. Anderson's challenge to fight him next week.
Mr. Anderson came out to the entrance way and offered to sweeten the pot by leaving TNA for good if he loses to Ray. Ray continued his trash talking by telling Mr. Anderson that he would pile drive his pregnant wife, which would then lead to a brawl inside the ring. After forcing every member of Aces and Eights outside the ring, Mr. Anderson challenged Knux to a match.
Match No. 1: Mr. Anderson vs. Mike Knux.
Your winner via pin fall: Mr. Anderson.
After the match, Mr. Anderson celebrated by declaring himself the winner. Strong opening match after a pretty decent promo to kick off Impact! Wrestling. All signs clearly point towards TNA ending the Aces and Eights faction.
Match Rating: 3/5.
On a posted video before Impact! Wrestling, Joseph Park challenged Christopher Daniels to a match. Backstage, Daniels accepted Park's challenge as Kazarian rooted him on.
Match No. 2: Christopher Daniels vs. Joseph Park.
Your winner via pin fall: Christopher Daniels.
Cheap victory for Daniels, as Park received a low blow when the referee was distracted. The crowd appeared quite silent and tired throughout the whole match. Decent match at best.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Backstage, Ray suddenly changed his angry tune and told Knux to not worry about his loss to Mr. Anderson and that he would take care of business next week. Afterwards, Ray invited Knux and Bischoff to a local strip club.
Match No. 3: Ethan Carter III vs. Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes.
Your winner via pin fall: Ethan Carter III.
Is Carter III suddenly becoming the next Goldberg with his current win streak? At this point, Crimson would be a better choice because he actually wrestled through the TNA roster. Meanwhile, it is becoming expected to see Carter III face local jobbers. The Carter III act is simply becoming old.
Match Rating: 1/5.
Footage was shown of AJ Styles' journey defending the former TNA World Heavyweight title in Mexico. TNA President Dixie Carter came out to the ring and spoke about Styles' recent matches defending the TNA World Heavyweight belt in Mexico. Carter promoted her title tournament creation and invited out Bobby Roode, James Storm, Samoa Joe and Magnus, who will be competing in matches next week on Impact! Wrestling.
After Carter announced the match stipulations, Storm told Carter he did not need to prove anything to the TNA President and confronted Roode. Joe took the microphone next and disagreed with Carter's decision to create a new tournament to crown a TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Carter shouted back at Joe and defended her business decisions. She would go on to wish them luck before exiting the ring.
Match No. 4: Gail Kim vs. Hannah Blossom.
Your winner via pin fall: Gail Kim.
Kim absolutely dominated this match as Blossom got very little offense in. The crowd seemed to have completely bottomed out during this match, as they looked uninterested and tired.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Park came out to the ring and and discussed attempting to find his brother Abyss. After failing to do so, Park issued an open challenge to Abyss for next week on Impact! Wrestling.
Match No. 5: Austin Aries vs. Kurt Angle.
Your winner via submission: Kurt Angle.
This was a very competitive main event match between Angle and Aries with plenty of impressive submission holds. Also, the crowd finally came to life after showing little interest since the opening of the show.
Quickly after the match, Mr. Anderson delivered a pile driver to Bischoff on the entrance way ramp to close out a lackluster edition Impact! Wrestling.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.