Wrestling Flashback – The Aces And Eights

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“When you ride with Aces and Eights, you never walk alone!”

Many groups have came and gone in TNA but none of them were as consistently utilised and pushed for than the group of motorcyclists known as the Aces And Eights.

The group first made their way to TNA when they attacked Sting on Impact following his match with Bobby Roode at Slammiversary 2012. This was their way of asserting themselves in TNA by taking out the biggest dog in the yard and putting the rest of TNA on notice.

These attacks would continue on TNA talent as the TNA World Champion Austin Aries and General Manager Hulk Hogan were also targeted in these attacks. The big question was who was behind the attacks from these thugs and the first suspect that was mentioned was James Storm. The Aces and Eights started a pattern of attacking every member of the TNA locker room with one notable exception. Storm denied his involvement with the group and the group basically confirmed Storm’s innocence by attacking him on Impact.

Aries’ arm was attacked by the group and Aries wanted revenge. After taking an Aces and Eights member hostage (Yeah, this actually happened) Aries and Hogan tortured the poor fella for answers about who was running the deal. A deal was eventually made with TNA and Aces And Eights agreeing to a fight at No Surrender between Austin Aries and the “Arm Breaker” of Aces and Eights. Aries won the fight but the group made their mark that night by taking out Jeff Hardy. This led to Hogan locking out the Aces and Eights to prevent these attacks once and for all.

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However, this didn’t stop the group of bikers. They captured Joseph Park and eventually Hogan and Sting too, bringing them to their clubhouse. The leader of the group then began negotiations with Hogan and Sting for Joseph Park. The leader proposed a two on two match at Bound For Glory with two Aces and Eights members going up against Sting and a partner of his choosing. If the Aces and Eights won, they earned access to the Impact Zone. If they lost, they’d be gone for good. After the match, Park would be let go. Hogan agreed to the stipulation and the match was set.

What’s funny about this segment is that the leader’s voice was messed with by an audio mixer to prevent his identity from being revealed to the viewers. However, someone on YouTube actually messed with the audio of the segment to work out who was actually playing the leader in that segment. In this audio clip, it appeared that Eric Bischoff was actually playing the leader in this segment. However, a segment just a few months later would “reveal” Devon as the one that was taking to Hogan and Sting. It’s funny. Were TNA considering revealing Bischoff as the leader? I believe he was still signed to the company at the plan and it would have made sense because Hulk Hogan and Sting were the reasons why Bischoff was away from TNA in the storyline. I guess we’ll never know.

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Bully Ray volunteered himself to be Sting’s partner at Bound for Glory but Hogan was very sceptical. He didn’t trust Bully but Sting was all for Bully taking part. Hogan agreed to have Bully team with Sting, telling him that he was fighting for TNA. The tag team match saw Park break free and fight the Aces and Eights alongside Bully and Sting. Another member of the group put Bully through a table, giving the group the important win. An angry Hogan helped Sting and Bully take down and unmask the member that took out Bully. However, it was quite the shocker. The man was revealed to be Bully’s long time former tag team partner Devon.

It was a genuine shocker as Devon “revealed” on Twitter that he had left the company and he even vacated the TNA Television title. To see Devon was quite a stunner but it was a interesting plot twist considering Bully’s involvement in the fight against the group.

With full access, the group fought with the Impact roster more frequently and more members would soon be unmasked. D.O.C. (a.k.a. Luke Gallows) was the second man unmasked from Aces and Eights and took out Sting with a hammer to save his position within the club. Knux (a.k.a. Knux) was also revealed when Sting returned following the attack from D.O.C. Mr Anderson was also recruited to the club after they pointed out TNA’s negligence towards Anderson when the group took him out. Tazz was revealed as a member of the group during Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan’s wedding. Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff, two men that had been mentored by Kurt Angle, were also revealed to be associated with the group when they took out Kurt in a steel cage. The vice president of the Aces and Eights was revealed to be D-Lo Brown after he kicked Kurt Angle in the nuts. This left one member of the Aces and Eights still unmasked and one question left unanswered… just who was the leader? At Lockdown 2013, we got an answer.

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During Bully Ray’s TNA World title match against the champion Jeff Hardy, Aces and Eights found their way into the steel cage. Devon was armed with a hammer which he simply tossed to Bully. When Jeff’s back was turned, Bully smacked Jeff in the head with it. Bully pinned Jeff to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and he revealed himself as the president of Aces and Eights.

This was the culmination of a nine-month plan by Bully to become the TNA World Champion and it was actually one of the rare instances where TNA followed through with their long term planning. The reveals of each member was clearly well thought of by the writers with the big end game being Bully Ray winning the TNA World title. They had a plan and they stuck with it. A lot of the Aces and Eights stuff leading up to Lockdown was hard to deal with, I must admit. However, there weren’t a lot of plot holes with the story. Bully Ray addressed a lot of the plot holes fans might have pointed out over the course of the storyline in a great segment on Impact a few weeks later, when Bully revealed the whole plan.

One of the biggest plot holes I can remember up until Lockdown was Kurt unmasking the vice president in a backstage segment (in a camera angle where the viewers couldn’t see who Kurt unmasked) and not saying a word about it until the next week when he did his segment with D-Lo. Right, because Kurt just kept this important information to himself for a week? It could have possibly been covered up with Kurt giving D-Lo a chance to reveal himself but this was never mentioned by any of the commentators.

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The Aces and Eights were riding high with Bully being the TNA World champion, Devon being the TV champion again and the rest of the group working their way through the roster. Bully ended up retaining against Jeff in a Full Metal Mayhem match and a No Holds Barred match with Sting, with the latter never getting another TNA title shot if he lost. D-Lo was also kicked out of the group during this time for losing a I Quit match to Kurt and a number of other botches which cost the group as well.

There was more dissension within the group as D.O.C. and Mr Anderson argued over who should replace D-Lo as the Vice President. This led to an all Aces and Eights battle royal which saw D.O.C. refuse to go over the top rope and let Mr Anderson win. Anderson was also elected Vice President but the storyline was never really followed up on, as D.O.C. was eventually released from the company.

Bully feuded with Chris Sabin, who had cashed in his X-Division title for a shot at the TNA World title. Sabin beat Bully for the TNA World title at Destination X but would drop the belt back to Bully in a cage match due to interference from the newest member of the group… Tito Ortiz.

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Yes, the MMA legend Tito Ortiz became a member of the group as part of TNA’s working relationship with Bellator MMA. It was really a cheap version of Mike Tyson joining DX which really put a sour taste in a lot of TNA fans’ mouths. Miss Tessmacher also became a member of the group as Bully’s new squeeze. These two new additions to the group was questioned by Anderson, but Bully just told Anderson off for doing so. In order to cause further dissension in the group, Hulk Hogan claimed that one of the members of Aces and Eights would get the title shot. Anderson was revealed as the number one contender and effectively left the group by costing Bully a match with Sting. However, Anderson was unable to capture the gold and Bully rolled onto Bound For Glory and a title defence against AJ Styles.

In case you were wondering, the whole Tito Ortiz/Aces and Eights deal came to close in just a few weeks when Bellator told TNA that they didn’t want MMA fighters appearing in TNA segments any more. Wes was also kicked out of the group by Bully Ray for losing a match and Devon was exiled from TNA after getting pinned in a five on five tag team match against the Main Event Mafia. It seemed that with a lot of the members leaving, the group was going to be finished real soon.

After Bully lost the title, Anderson returned for revenge on Bully for taking him out. Anderson also tried to cause further dissension from within the group but the group stayed united. In the end, Anderson beat Bully on November 21st 2013 to officially put an end to the group and this storyline.

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Overall, the Aces and Eights storyline was not a bad storyline. It was at least a storyline that the TNA writers stuck with and some of the long term planning paid off after Bully Ray was revealed as the president of the club. It seemed that it all the months of planning and swerves eventually came together. Like a lot of past stables in wrestling history, the biggest issue was the last few months for the group. It just seemed that there wasn’t any particular long term plans for the finish of the program, which really hurt it in the end. The suggestion that this was one of the worst stables in wrestling history is just absurd. There were far worse stables like the Corre and the New Blood that were treat far worse than these group of bikers. In the end it made Bully Ray a main event star, featured as much of the TNA roster as possible and did put TNA on the right track in terms of its storylines after the whole deal with Immortal. Here’s to you Aces and Eights. May you ride your mopeds to the shores of Valhalla…

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EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 4 – SLAMMIVERSARY

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Previously on TNA EWR….

TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles wrote the final chapter in his feud with Kurt Angle as they did battle in an ironman for the belt. I forgot to mention this in the last post, but a stipulation added to the match was that if Kurt lost, he would not get another shot at the title as long as AJ held the belt. In an epic clash, AJ defeated the Olympic Gold Medalist. This hereby barred Angle for the TNA World Title picture and opens up a spot for the number one contenders spot. See later on who in fact takes up that role.

Things are heating up in the tag team division. Deadly Sin reigned supreme in the tag team title feud with Beer Money after winning a Match of the Year candidate ladder match at Sacrifice! The 100% match quality classic seemingly put an end to things between those tag teams. However, Beer Money earned the right to fight the tag champions again on Impact after beating the Motor City Machine Guns in an elimination fatal four way match. The guns were not happy with this loss and took it upon themselves to cost Beer Money the tag title match a week later. Beer Money demanded the match against the Guns at Slammiversary which Hulk Hogan made official.

The tag champions Deadly Sin began targeting two powerful individuals in TNA… Majority Shareholder Mick Foley and TNA Founder Jeff Jarrett. After Jarrett and Foley were attacked in separate incidents, the two joined forces and were later granted a tag title match at the PPV.

Samoa Joe targeted Kurt Angle, seeing Kurt as an obstacle on his way to the top of TNA. The two traded attacks back and forth until Hogan had enough, and booked them in a singles match for Slammiversary.

Sting was fired by Hogan at Sacrifice following his brutal attacks against Mr Anderson and Hogan injured. Sting had put Anderson on the shelf, but Anderson returned at the start of June demanding Sting be reinstated. Hogan refused, saying that Sting was a danger to the entire roster. Anderson said he relished danger and threatened Hogan to reinstate Sting. After Sting’s music cost Mr Anderson a number one contendership match for the World Title, Hogan finally made the decision to bring Sting back for a one-time deal at Slammiversary. It would be Sting and Anderson one last time… in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH!

 

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Pre-Show – Michelle McCool def. Tara (c) and Angelina Love to win the TNA Knockouts Championship

BETTER THAN DIVAS! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) BETTER THAN DIVAS! (Clap, clap, clap, clap clap) The three top knockouts square off in a triangle match for the Knockouts title… the irony. McCool and Love always ask for matches with each other for TV so I decided to shot them both in a Knockouts title match alongside the champion Tara. I feel like I’m going to use McCool a lot more than anybody else on the roster, so she was selected to win this match. A botched interference by Amazing Kong (who McCool was kinda feuding with) caused McCool to win the title. Not a bad rating for the knockouts.

 

Match 1 – Abyss and Bobby Lashley def. “Bad Influence” Christopher Daniels and Kaz in a hardcore tag team match

Abyss and Lashley go over in the tag feud PURELY because I see potential in booking Abyss and Lashley as a monster heel tag team! They’re both over and I could have them be like enforcers for AJ in the future. In fact, I might actually go with that for now! I feel AJ having a huge stable with him as the leader would do well to give him heat. Not like a huge nWo group. Just like him, Lashley, Abyss… and probably Nash maybe? Four or five guys would be a decent size for the group and I feel booking Abyss and Lashley strongly would work well for the eventual stable that will be formed. I’d say we could form Fortune, but everybody expect for AJ is a face! This is like the Styles Society or something. I dunno. If anybody reading can give me a name for a group involving AJ, Abyss, Lashley, Nash and somebody else, tweet at me @TomRobinson5199!

 

Match 2 – Jay Lethal (c) def. Homicide and Jerry Lynn to retain the TNA X-Division Championship

This is a tag team feud between Lethal/Lynn and LAX, but I really wanted the X-Division title to be involved. Lethal is the champion and if you don’t have the champion defend it regularly, the game just really downgrades the title. So Lethal defending the title against Lynn and Homicide could help the title and the feud along. I wish the match did a higher rating but at least the feud got PPV air time.

 

Match 3 – “Beer Money Inc” Bobby Roode and James Storm def. “Motor City Machine Guns” Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin

95% says this match was awesome! I remember when they were actually feuding in TNA around this time actually, they put together some quality matches. Beer Money got the first win here. I wanted Beer Money to start the feud off strong, especially after they just lost the tag team titles. So they win here. MCMG will probably win the next match on Impact or at Victory Road and we’ll see where we go from here. But excellent!

 

Match 4 – Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe went to a double decision

100% match quality! I’m really thrilled that it got the rating it did because this is one of my main feuds in TNA! But there was a problem which I’ll explain in the next match! The ending to this was that Joe had the choke locked in on Angle. Angle pushes back on Joe getting Joe’s shoulders on the mat. The ref goes to count down Joe but Angle taps to the choke at the same time, leading the match to end in a draw. After the two shook hands post-match, Joe cheap shots Angle frustrated that he could not actually beat him. 99% overall. Probably the biggest overall match rating I’ve ever gotten on this game. Not just in the TNA series, but in WCW as well. I shouldn’t have expected anything more from Joe and Angle! Awesome work guys!

 

Match 5 – Monty Brown (c) def. Brother Ray, Brother Devon and Kevin Nash in a fatal four way match to retain the TNA Global Championship

This is where I made a complete mess up of the timing of matches. This match suffered a lot because the match were so pumped up from the last one! I should have known that this was going to happen! Brown, Ray, Devon and Nash in a fatal four way sounded a lot better in my head than it did in the game! 66% rating for this shit-fest of a match! The knockouts match got a higher rating than this one! Well… Monty Brown retains!

 

Match 6 – Sting def. Mr Anderson in a Texas Death match

Looking back, I probably should have put Anderson over because he’s the one that’s actually a full-time wrestler unlike Sting, who just became a non-wrestler. However, I wanted to book this feud like this was Austin and Hart. Sting would just beat the crap out of Anderson the entire match but Anderson would just not give up. Anderson wouldn’t be turning or anything, but it’d make him look good despite beating beat. Anderson still got really over anywhere so I’m not too concerned about how it ended. However, Sting is the victor in the feud.

 

Match 7 – “Deadly Sin” Rhino and Raven def. Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley via DQ to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship

The DQ finish occurs when Jarrett simply blasts Raven with the guitar during the match. This sparks the total annihilation of the Deadly Sin tag team as Foley and Jarrett rips them apart post match. Foley does the elbow through the announce table on Rhino, Jarrett does the Stroke onto the chair etc. Jarrett and Foley lost, but that’s the furthest thing from their mind. They just want to punish Raven and Rhino. 93%! These old-timers sure know how to put on a hell of a match… even in 2010!

 

Match 8 – AJ Styles (c) def. Jeff Hardy to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

If you have been a massive follower of the Armbar Express, you’ll know I’m not the biggest Jeff Hardy fan. However, with him being the top draw of merchandise right now and being super over… I have to push him. Even if I don’t like him, sometimes you have to do what’s best for business. However, he wouldn’t be walking out of this one as the TNA World Champion. AJ won by cheating but the feud will still continue onto Victory Road. I’m still not sure whether to have Jeff actually win the belt, but it would not be the worse idea in the world if he’s over. You’ll have to stay tuned to the next PPV to see how it plays out!

 

TNA Slammiversary 2013 Review – Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell Steal The Show In The Best PPV Of The Year

GAIL KIM AND TARYN TERRELL: What happens when you put Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell in a Last Knockouts Standing match? You get insanity!

GAIL KIM AND TARYN TERRELL: What happens when you put Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell in a Last Knockouts Standing match? You get insanity!

Evening wrestling fans, I’m The “King Of The Mountain” Tom Robinson here with a quick recap/review of Slammiversary last Sunday before Impact airs tonight.

I got to admit, it was a hell of a PPV. If all TNA PPVs delivered are going to be this good than this new four-PPV-per-year strategy may be a stroke of genius.

The show kicked off with the high-flying X-Division Championship Ultimate X match with Kenny King defending against Suicide and Chris Sabin. As usual, a quality Ultimate X Match with all 3 guys given plenty of time to showcase their skills. 15 minutes of high-impact, wham and bang stuff from the X-Division with Chris Sabin getting the Win. Hulk Hogan came out and re-assured Sabin that he’d get a chance to cash-in the X-Division title for a World title shot in the summer. It’s good to hear that the Destination-X Stipulation is still in tact despite Destination X not being around again. I think with that stipulation plus with the returning X-Division guys like Sabin, Suicide and Petey Williams, the X-Division is certainty on the right tracks and it can be a force to be reckoned with again.

We then got a segment with Hulk Hogan being confronted by Mr Anderson, Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff of the Aces And Eights which led to their match against Samoa Joe, Magnus and the returning Jeff Hardy. I loved Hogan’s segment with Aces And Eights, and him calling Garrett and his father Eric a bitch. Definitely giving the middle finger to any parental TV ratings that get in their way. XD Anyway, Team TNA won in an OK 6-Man Tag. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from it anyway but at least this got Jeff back in the ball game and into the fight with Aces And Eights. I just hope TNA don’t have Jeff dominate them like Kurt Angle did for a period after they got full access at Bound For Glory.

Incredibly short and not that special match between Jay Bradley and Sam Shaw followed which saw Bradley pick up the victory with his BOOMSTICK clothesline, which provoked me to shout at the top of my lungs….

Anyway, this victory meant tha#t Jay Bradley is now in the Bound For Glory series. It’ll be nice to see Bradley having more TV time with his Bound For Glory participation.

Up next was supposed to be Devon defending the TV Title against Joseph Park. However after Joseph was taken out by Aces And Eights backstage beforehand, Devon was awarded the victory. However, Devon was then given a 2nd opponent for the night…. THE MONSTER ABYSS! And typically enough, Abyss won the title without breaking a sweat! What a badass! I really hope this is the end for the Joseph Park thing. Just let Abyss come back full-time and defend his title like he should. Anyway, great that Abyss is the TV champion. Not a great night for Aces And Eights so far…

And in a pretty good 16 MINUTE fatal four way elimination tag team match we crowned NEW TNA Tag Team Champions! Yes, Chavo and Hernandez were eliminated shortly after Christopher Daniels and Kazarian were eliminated for getting DQ’d. Then it came down to the team of Austin Aires and Bobby Roode and team of Gunner and “The Cowboy” James Storm. In a really back and forth finish to the match, Gunner made Aires tap to the torture rack to win the titles for him and Storm. I loved the ending to this match. It kept you in suspense thinking which team would win, and it was a great exchange between all 4 teams to be honest. A great elimination 4 way tag match. Honestly shocked by the result of this. I figured this team was just booked in the match just to make the numbers. However, it appears that these two are getting a run at the tag titles, and it’ll be interesting to see how they are utilized. At least it gets James Storm doing something. XD

Now we get on to the match of the night… Taryn Terrell vs Gail Kim in a Last Knockout Standing match. If you haven’t watched the match yet, here’s a YouTube link (Sorry that it’s flipped horizontally. I’m assuming this guy uploaded it this way to prevent it being taken down for copyright)….

UNBELIEVABLE! 10 minutes of f’ing insanity! When was the last time you saw women wrestlers do these sorts of things and take them sorts of bumps? It was so… brutal! Chairs were involved! Gail Kim ran head first into a chair which got me marking out. The fans were so into this match. HOLY SHIT chants and THIS IS AWESOME chants just erupted in Boston. This crowd was amazing through-out the night! But they loved this match. Taryn’s little diamond cutter of the stage onto the floor was insane. I bet you about 75% of internet wrestling fans that was giving Taryn beef over her wrestling have changed their mind over her now. That was a gutsy performance from both of them. TMZ uploaded some of the photos of Taryn’s bruises after the match. Click here for the link. If one of your women’s matches gets covered by TMZ, you know you’re doing something right. That’s probably the greatest women’s match I’ve ever seen. And I’m not overselling it either. Crowd were great, the women were great. It was just incredible what I was watching thinking “OH MY GOD!” Insane!

AJ Styles FINALLY got a new theme song as he made his down the ring to face Kurt Angle (who got inducted into the TNA Hall Of Fame. Good inductee, but a little bit early for him. I was hoping it’d be Jeff Jarrett). It was a really badass theme song too. I’ll post it down below. These two put on a good match. I’m not sure I agree with the decision to give Angle the victory. I think AJ needed to win if he was being built up to defeat Bully Ray and save TNA. A loss like this is not going to do AJ any good. Ended a little abruptly too, but it was still good. There was one really good sequence where Angle tried a top rope German Suplex on AJ, which saw AJ flipped and he ended up landing on his feet which I thought was incredible. It was a good match, but AJ should have won.

And finally, the TNA World Title match. Sting vs Bully Ray for the TNA World Title. It was a brutal no holds barred match. There was freaking piledrivers for gods sake. One of the most dangerous moves in wrestling which even Bully said wrestlers weren’t supposed to do. As you’d expect Aces And Eights got involved. And as you’d expect, they helped Bully win. Mr Anderson gave Bully the hammer, who smashed Sting in the head with it to retain the title. That means Sting is now out of the TNA World title picture… FOREVER! Muahahahahaha! Unless they pull out some bogus ruling that overturns the decision or something like that. And if they do that, TNA are a bunch of knobheads. XD Still a great match, to end a phenomenal PPV.

No doubt my favourite PPV of the year. There’s was a lot of action and some insane matches at Slammiversary. Really looking forward to what happens next in TNA. It’s a great way to begin the Road to Bound For Glory for TNA.

Oh and before I leave…. here’s AJ Styles’ new theme song. Pretty badass don’t you think?

TNA Slammiversary 2013 Predictions – Will Aces And Eights Steal The Show?

Evening wrestling fans, I am “The Alpha Male” Tom Robinson here with the Armbar Express. TNA Slammiversary predictions! Tonight’s the night. The 11th annual Slammiversary. Big matches, big announcements and big things expected for tonight’s Slammiversary. Lets run down the card…

Bound For Glory Series Qualifier – Jay Bradley vs Sam Shaw

Background: About a month ago, TNA made the announcement that 4 former Gut-Check winners would compete in a mini tournament to determine who the first confirmed entrant in the Bound For Glory Series would be. Gut Check Winner Christian York battled Gut Check Winner and Chiacgo-born Jay Bradley in a close encounter. However, it was Bradley’s Boomstick Clothesline that got him the victory that advanced him to the finals of the tournament at Slammiversary. The 2nd semi-final of the series was scheduled to be Alex Silva vs Sam Shaw. However, Aces And Eights took it upon themselves to take out Alex Silva backstage. This meant that Sam Shaw automatically advanced to the finals at Slammiversary. So it’s Bradley vs Shaw for the right to be in the Bound For Glory series. Will Double S Sam Shaw slide his way into the series, or will Bradley’s Boomstick put down Sam Shaw?

What Should Happen?: I’m honestly not bothered who wins. I’m happy already that one of these guys will finally get some spotlight now in TNA. Since winning Gut-Check, neither of these guys have done much in TNA. Being in the Bound For Glory series and picking up a couple of wins along the way can get them utilized a lot more in TNA. But if I had to pick someone, I’d pick Bradley, purely because I want to see his Boomstick clothesline and shout at the top of my voice….

What Will Happen?: It’s hard to call… errrmmm… Again, I think I’ll go with Bradley because I think with his “Boomstick” Bradley has got something marketable about it, and I think TNA would want to go with him because he’s only one out of the two competitors in this match that actually won a match to get to the qualifier. I don’t know. It’s hard to call this match, but I’m going with Bradley.

TNA Television Championship – Devon (c) vs (sighs) Joseph Park -.-

Background: Joseph Park’s feud with Aces And Eights began in the build up to Bound For Glory with Park being taken hostage by the group.  Park broke free from his captivity during The Aces And Eights match at Bound For Glory and assaulted members of the group. Joseph then competed against Aces And Eights member DOC at Turning Point, but lost. Park then attended wrestling school at OVW for a grand total of TWO WEEKS in order to get better prepared for Aces And Eights. He was then given the chance to fight Devon at Genesis, but was once again defeated. After Bully Ray betrayed TNA and Brooke Hogan at Lockdown, Park stepped in again trying to implement “Justice” by drawing up divorce papers. This didn’t sit too well with Bully Ray and Devon, who attacked Park. A couple of weeks later, Aces And Eights faced the wrath of Park’s brother Abyss who returned and whooped all kinds of Aces And Eights ass. After Abyss’ return, Devon promised to “take a piece out of his (Abyss) ass”. This angered Abyss’ brother Joseph who challenged Devon to a match. Devon told Park he had to earn his shot at him, and had him fight D’Lo Brown for his chance. Park won the match and a TV Title match at Slammiversary was set.

What Should Happen?: Park gets taken out backstage beforehand by Aces And Eights. Abyss replaces his brother in the TV Title match. Wins The TV Title.

What Will Happen?: Devon wins. If TNA have Joseph Park beat Devon for the TV Title, I will do this to my table…

TNA Tag Team Championship – Chavo Guerrero (c) and Hernandez (c) vs Bobby Roode and Austin Aires vs Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs James Storm and Gunner in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Tag Team Match

Background: In April, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeated Bobby Roode and Austin Aires to become Tag Team Champions for a 2nd time. Aires and Roode then began a squabble with “Bad Influence” Christopher Daniels and Kazarian over who should have a crack at the new champions. A Number One Contendership Match took place between the two teams with James Storm serving as special referee (because apparently, Storm doesn’t have anything better to do). After both teams were getting under the ref’s skin, Storm delievered Last Call Super Kicks to Daniels and Aires, ending the match in a no contest. The next week, a fatal four way elimination match was made between 4 teams for the PPV – Daniels/Kazarian, Aires/Roode, Chavo/Hernandez and James Storm and a partner of his choosing. After the likes of Shark Boy and Robbie E offered their help to James, the returning Gunner was picked as his partner.

What should happen?: Not exactly a fan of Chavo and Hernandez as tag team champions to be honest. Then again, I don’t want the tag titles changing hands every couple of months. It’d damage the prestige if it kept swapping between the same teams over and over again. So, I want Chavo and Hernandez to win and hopefully feud with some other teams.

What will Happen?: Chavo and Hernandez win. The way I see it, I think TNA want a face tag team to hold the titles for now… so they can serve as transitional champions until Aces And Eights get the belts. I think Aces And Eights will get their hands on the belts. It’s just a matter of when and which two members. Tazz mentioned the possibility of Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff winning the titles, but I personally want DOC and Knux to get the gold.

TNA X-Division Championship – Kenny King (c) vs Suicide vs Chris Sabin in an Ultimate X Match

Background: The X-Division has seen a number of returns from a number of former champions. Petey Williams and his CANADIAN DESTROYER came back in April, Chris Sabin came back from two torn ACLs in May, and Suicide returned 2 weeks ago. Everyone has been gunning after the X-Division Champion Kenny King. Sabin was involved in a triple threat for the title about a month ago involving champ King as well Petey Williams. However, Sabin was unsuccessful in winning, but stayed in contention as Petey was the one who got pinned. Suicide won a X-Division title qualifier in his return match, defeating Joey Ryan and Petey to earn a chance for the title at Slammiversary. With the new format in the X-Division, Kenny is set defend the title at the PPV against Suicide and Chris Sabin but things have gotten cranked up… because they will all compete… in an Ultimate X Match!

What should happen?: I’d mark out if Suicide won the title. I’m not saying I’d be pissed if Sabin or King won, but I loved the Suicide character back in the day and the new guy (T.J. Perkins) donning the mask impresses me. Sure Sabin winning would make sense, and King winning would bring a lot of credibility to him as champion. However, Suicide was just a character that captivated me when he was around, and I loved the fact that everyone wanted a piece of them. Him winning the title would be a great way to rebuild his character.

What will happen?: I sense a new champion being crowned tonight. Either Suicide or Sabin will win the title I think. If I had to pick I’d say Sabin because it would be the sort of triumphant-return-from-injury and I think they want to reward Sabin for coming back from all of injuries and stuff.

Gail Kim vs “The Hot Mess” Taryn Terrell – Last Knockout Standing

Background: At Lockdown, Gail Kim wrestled Velvet Sky for the Knockouts Championship with Taryn Terrell as referee. However, when Gail got physical with Taryn, Taryn attacked Gail costing her the title. Due to her actions, Taryn was fired as the Knockouts Referee. However, Taryn was signed onto the Knockouts roster meaning she could get physical with anyone she wants. And on Open Fight Night, she wanted to… hehe get “physical” with Gail Kim…

Gail Kim go out of the match with Taryn by having Tara come out and help her, hehehe, double-team Taryn. Taryn retaliated by attacking Gail Kim backstage. The next week, Gail Kim regained the advantage over Taryn when she defeated Taryn in a tag team match. In their first singles match against one another, Taryn would gain an upset victory over Gail. This led to Gail Kim attacking Taryn post-match, applying the figure four leg lock on the ring-post. After it was announced that Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell would compete in a Last Knockout Standing match at the PPV, Taryn got revenge. She attacked Gail backstage 2 weeks ago. And in their final encounter before the PPV, Taryn teamed up with Chris Sabin to defeat Gail Kim and Kenny King, getting the crucial advantagebefore Slammiversary.

What Should Happen?: I just want to say, I’ve really gotten into this feud so far. We barely see a decent diva feud any more. The Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell anger story is seriously intriguing, as the animosity between the two has been building for months, and all that intensity will just blow up in the Last Knockout Standing match. Since Taryn won their match a month or two ago, I think Gail should get the victory here and level things up at 1-1.

What Will Happen?: I think Gail will win to even up the score. I don’t think they’d have Taryn beat Gail again, especially in a match like the “Last Knockout Standing” match.

 

Magnus, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy vs The Aces And Eights (Wes Brisco, Garrett Bischoff and Mr Anderson)

Background: Jeff Hardy faced Bully Ray in a rematch from their World Title match on Lockdown in April. The match was Full Metal Mayhem, and was won Bully after he hit Jeff in the HEAD with a HAMMER and fell threw the table. Last week on Impact, it was announced by the newly-reunited Samoa Joe and Magnus that the Aces And Eights would take on Joe, Magnus and the returning Jeff Hardy in a 6 man tag team match.

What Should Happen?: As much as I hate to admit, Jeff Hardy’s team should win. While this would be a huge boost for Aces And Eights, it’d make zero sense for Jeff to make his return and lose in his return match. Then again, it doesn’t make sense to have Jeff fully recover from getting hit in the head with a hammer in less than 2 months. Surely a shot like that would at least paralyse Jeff or even kill him. And people call John Cena “Super Cena”.

What will happen?: Jeff Hardy’s team wins.

 

Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles

Background: AJ Styles returned to TNA in March, right after Lockdown. On his return, he decked James Storm with a clothesline. AJ became a man of few words, taking a more darker approach than before. AJ acted as a lone wolf rather than joining any team. This would include AJ watching superstars like James Storm and Kurt Angle getting beatdown by Aces And Eights. AJ refused declare what side he was on in TNA’s war with Aces And Eights, which irritated Kurt Angle, who brawled with AJ about 4 weeks ago. This led to people believing that AJ would joining Aces And Eights, and Mr Anderson even announced that AJ would be patched in to Aces And Eights. It was also announced that Kurt and AJ would settle their differences at Slammiversary 1 on 1. 2 Weeks ago, AJ attacked Kurt Angle as well as members of Aces And Eights with a hammer, making it clear that he wasn’t affiliated with anyone. He was going to be doing his own thing.

What should happen?: AJ Styles wins. You have NO IDEA how much I’d rage if Angle won.

What will happen?: AJ Styles wins. If TNA has any common sense.

 

TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Bully Ray (c) vs Sting in a No Holds Barred match. If Bully Ray wins, Sting can never compete for the TNA World Title again

Background: At Lockdown, Bully Ray shocked the world by winning the World Title and announcing that he was the President of Aces And Eights. General Manager Hulk Hogan blamed Sting for convincing Hulk to pick Bully Ray as the number one contender for the World Title in the first place. The two traded words for weeks, and this led to Hulk Hogan telling Sting to “get the hell out of my ring”. After a couple of weeks, Sting came back two aid Hogan in the fight with Aces And Eights. Hogan booked a number one contendership match between Sting and Matt Morgan, not wanting to make the same mistake of picking a number one conteder. Sting won the match and the match was set for Slammiversary. During a contract signing between the two, Sting asked Bully for a No Holds Barred match at the PPV. Bully agreed, on the condition that Sting promised never to wrestle for the TNA World Title again if he lost. Sting agreed to the stipulation and the stage is set for the showdown at Slammiversary. Will Sting take away a great deal of power from Aces And Eights, or is this the last time we see Sting compete for the World Title?

What Should happen?: Bully Ray wins.

What Will happen?: Bully Ray wins. I don’t think they’ll have Bully drop the title this early.

 

And finally….

Who Will Be The 2nd Inductee Into The TNA Hall Of Fame?

Who It Should Be?: Jeff Jarrett. Come on… he FOUNDED the god-damn company.

Who It Will Be?: I’m going to say Jeff Jarrett, but I would not be surprised if TNA pulled off the Dick Move of having Hulk Hogan be the 2nd inductee.

 

That’s it. The stage is set. Predictions done! Enjoy Slammiversary. I know I will.

16/05/2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Review: Big Matches And Stipulations Added, As The Road To Slammiversary Takes A New Direction

BULLY RAY AND STING: Face To Face ahead of their encounter at Slammiversary

BULLY RAY AND STING: Face To Face ahead of their encounter at Slammiversary

Evening Wrestling fans, I am the “Phenomenal” Tom Robinson with another TNA Impact review for you as Slammiversary draws near.

We started off the show with Hulk Hogan announcing Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles for Slammiversary and wanting to say thanks to “The Monster” Abyss. And we got a Park alright. Unfortunately…

Joseph Park showed up instead. Urrrrgghhh. Really TNA? REALLY? Surely the Joseph Park character has surely had its day by now. Just please get him off TV and have Abyss back full-time. Anyway, Hogan’s had enough of Park’s crap and demands to know where Abyss is. This draws out the “Sergeant Of Arms” of Aces And Eights Devon and fellow member D-Lo Brown who was demoted to “prospect” level last week, which is the lowest of the low if you’re a part of Aces And Eights. Devon said he wanted to, and I quote, “take a piece out off his ass”. LOL. I might actually incorporate that line into my daily vocabulary. What a line. I’m really starting to like Devon on the mic. Anyway, Joseph got mad at Devon, and challenged him to a match. However, Devon said Joseph had to prove himself and D’Lo stepped up to the plate. So Hogan set up the match between Joseph Park and D’Lo Brown, and if Joseph wins, he gets a match with Devon. And if D’Lo loses, well… he’s in the shit.

Meanwhile, in the tag team division, the tag team champions Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez going up against Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels respectably. In Chavo vs Roode, Chavo got disqualified because James Storm came out and spit beer in Roode’s face. And in Daniels vs Hernandez, Hernandez defeated Daniels off a James Storm distraction. After the Daniels vs Hernandez match, James Storm announced that it would be a fatal four way match for the TNA Tag Team Titles at Slammiversary. Chavo and Hernandez will be defending the gold against Daniels and Kaz, Roode and Aires, and James Storm, who will pick his own partner for Slammiversary. As much as I don’t like seeing the same old teams competing for the gold, James Storm being brought into play is a good way to mix it up. I’d mark out if James Storm chose “The Wildcat” Chris Harris for his partner at Slammiversary! America’s Most Wanted reunited would be a legendary moment that I’m sure true TNA fans will love.

Kurt Angle called out his Slammiversary opponent AJ Styles. However, he gets everyone’s favourite asshole… MISTEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ANDERSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Anyway, Mr Anderson cuts a decent promo and basically says that next week will be the “patching-in” of AJ Styles as a member of Aces And Eights, and dares Angle to come. However, Angle doesn’t want to wait and takes down Anderson. This brings out AJ, who takes down Angle with a kick. Nice segment. I really wonder what’s gonna go down next week with the “Patching-in”. And I’m looking forward to AJ vs Angle at the PPV.

Also, 4 former Gut-Check winners started off a mini-tournament to determine who gets a spot in the Bound For Glory series. In a match between two former Gut Check winners, Jay Bradley defeated Christian York in a quick match to earn the right to go to Slammiversary to try and earn a spot in the Bound For Glory series. Personally, I think Christian York should really be the one getting a spot in the Bound For Glory series. I’m not saying Jay Bradley isn’t worthy enough or isn’t talented enough. It would just make a lot more sense if the guy that’s actually been active in TNA since getting his contract would be rewarded for his work over guys like Jay Bradley who have only showed up once in a blue moon. HOWEVER, competing in the Bound For Glory series can give whoever wins the mini-tournament some much needed exposure and can give him a lot more air-time post BFG-Series. Who knows? For all we know, TNA may have them win it!

Gail Kim lost a non-title match to Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky via a roll-up (is it me or is too many women’s matches in TNA ending in roll ups?). It was a decent TV Women’s match, which included Gail attacking Velvet post-match in similar fashion to how she attacked Tara and Taryn Terrell in the last couple of weeks – figure four leg lock on the ring-post. Anyway, Mickie James was also given a Knockouts Tag Title match with Velvet next week so I hope to hell this match was much better than their match about a month ago.

Kenny King retained the X-Division Championship in a sound triple threat title match also involving Chris Sabin and Petey Williams. Petey got the wrong end of the stick and was the one that got pinned. This means that Petey is out of the title picture for a while and has to earn his way back in under the new X-Division rules. It’s a shame because I’m a big fan of Petey. It was also announced that at Slammiversary, Kenny King will defend the X-Division Title against Chris Sabin and the returning Suicide… in the Ultimate X Match. That will be an enjoyable match if TNA give them a lot of time at Slammiversary. I’m sure Sabin, King and whoever takes on the mantle of Suicide (likely Kiyoshi) can pull a terrific match together if given enough time.

Joseph Park defeated D’Lo Brown… unfortunately. Same old stuff with Joseph Park. D’Lo Brown kicks his ass for a bit. Makes him bleed. Park turns into Abyss. Blackhole Slam. And got the win. -.- However, I will admit. D’Lo looked very slick in the ring for someone who has barely wrestled in the last couple of years. I’m surprised how well he could move for someone his size and age. But because Joseph Park won, D’Lo will likely be in the shittest of shit with Aces And Eights. Nice seeing you D’Lo.

Contract Signing for the TNA World Title match between Sting and champion Bully Ray at Slammiversary. Jeremy Borash introduces Bully Ray who comes out and pushes Jeremy out the ring and calls out Sting and Hulk Hogan (Bully wanted Hogan to watch the contract singing go down). Sting proposes a stipulation for their match at the PPV… NO HOLDS BARRED! Oooooooooooooooooooooo. Bully Ray agrees to Sting’s stipulation as long as Sting agrees to Bully’s stipulation. If Bully Ray wins at Slammiversary… Sting can NEVER compete for the TNA World Title again!

Sting agrees to the match and a brawl between Bully and Sting breaks out to end the show.

A very interesting night indeed. It’s nice that some PPV matches are getting announced and the card is starting to take shape. Next week with the “patching-in” of AJ Styles at Aces And Eights, D’Lo Brown facing the fury of Bully Ray, the return of Suicide and the Knockouts Title match is going to be a hell of a show to build on the foundations set on this one. Anyway, that’s my TNA weekly review done. And I’ll see you with the Extreme Rules predictions later on today!