TNA: NO SURRENDER
Impact starts with the top four of the Bound For Glory Series entering the arena. Everyone but AJ has luggage, I’m guessing he’s wearing his gear under his jeans. This was followed by a great promo package showing each man’s journey the top of the BFG table. WWE is untouchable when it comes to promos but this was the closest TNA have come to their level.
Bully Ray and his new Mrs. Brooke Tessmacher make their way to the ring, with Bully turning Brooke around to the camera can see her behind, and shouting ‘that belongs to me! it belongs to the president!’. Brilliantly arrogant and making full use of Brooke’s appearance.
He gets on the mic and says he is not happy, and mentions Hulk Hogan. Hulk makes his way out and gets a massive reaction. Bully says Anderson will do the right thing in their match later tonight, and he comes out (to the Aces & 8’s music) and doesn’t accept Hulks handshake. Bully wants an apology, Anderson decks him and shouts he’ll be the next World Heavyweight Champion, his face went bright red, cool visual.
BFG SEMI FINAL – AUSTIN ARIES VS AJ STYLES
This is a repeat match from not so long ago, which was excellent up to the ending, which left a lot of people disappointed. Hopefully they’ll fix that tonight. Really equal moves, each man attempting similar moves, some successfully, some reversed. The timing is a little off, AA is either too fast or AJ can’t keep up. This was obvious when AA went for a suicide dive, AJ quickly climbed to the apron and hit a springboard forearm, but AA had to slow to a halt mid run so AJ could hit him. Great spot with AA missing his corner dropkick, ending up laid across the top rope, AJ with a Pele kick, and a Styles Clash from the SECOND ROPE. Definitely made up for last time.
Backstage Segment – Sting hypes up Magnus, who fires back saying he’s sick of people saying he’s the future, because ‘the future is now’.
BFG SEMI FINAL – BOBBY ROODE VS MAGNUS
Roode jumped Magnus at the bell and wears him down for the first few minutes of the match, your standard Pro v Up-and-comer match. Magnus tries to fight back but ultimately gets shut down. The crowd are really behind Magnus, as he held Roode in a Texas Cloverleaf, hinting at a submission win. After Roode attempted a Fisherman’s Suplex, Magnus rolled him up for the 3 count. Kind of a weak ending when he’s supposed to be a contender for the World Title.
Backstage Segment – Roode is kicking off backstage, Daniels and Kazarian try calm him down, but then all decide to ‘screw Hulks plans’ for tonight.
Backstage Segment – Hulk is talking to Manik, and compares his mask to Hulking up…okay mate. Manik says he wants a challenge, and wants to fight Jeff Hardy. Hulk makes the match as they are interrupted by Dixie Carter. She says the Bellator lawyers have asked TNA to take Tito Ortiz and Rampage off the show, presumably so they can do some proper training for their real life fight.
Backstage Segment – Bully is talking to the THREE remaining members of Aces, saying he still loves them and he hopes they have his back. I did not realise they were down to so few already.
LAST MAN STANDING MATCH – BULLY RAY (C) VS MR. ANDERSON (WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP)
The two men brawl in the ring and to the outside, with Bully using Christy Hemme as a human shield, Hemme just looked awkward. Weirdly Anderson is still wearing the Aces vest and jeans, I think it’s pretty obvious that they’re not mates anymore. Anderson tells himself to get the tables, which I thought was brilliant, I really like the vocal side of Anderson, it suits him more than just being in the background. Bully gets the upper hand by using a chair, and backs Earl Hebner into a corner. Earl does the ‘not taking any more shit’ gimmick he’s done about a thousand times (it was good in 2001) but gets decked by Bully anyway. Anderson nails a Mic Check onto a chair but there’s no ref. After enough time to recover, Bully hits a cutter which was supposed to be onto a chair, but he landed on the whole thing. Aces come out and don’t do anything, giving Brooke enough time to sneak in and low blow Anderson. The Aces then hit a triple powerbomb on Anderson (copyright The Shield), but Anderson makes it up at 9. Bully hits him with a chain covered hand but he makes it up at 9 again. He then takes an absolutely massive spear through the table he gets in, and stays down for ten.
I saw a spoiler earlier this week that said if Anderson hadn’t signed his new contract, this would’ve been his send off match. This explained why EMT’s came to take Anderson away, put him on a stretcher and took him up the ramp. Bully tipped him out of it, and piledriven him on the stage. Really cool segment, especially ripping off the neck brace, made me cringe.
Backstage Segment – ODB quickly tells us she hasn’t been Knockout Champion for three years, but that is going to change soon.
Gunner and James Storm are in the ring as we come back from commercial. I let out an audible groan when saw them, I was really tempted to fast forward through it. He shouts about being drunk, beer, drinking beer and other people drinking beer before saying they don’t have any competition. Chavo and Hernandez come to the ring and challenge them, after Chavo sarcastically kissing their arses for a while. I realised Hernandez and Gunner were topless as their partners were fully dressed, and stopped actually listening to what they were saying.
BOUND FOR GLORY SERIES FINAL – MAGNUS VS AJ STYLES
Both men get great reactions from the crowd, and start the match with simple holds and whips. Back and forth action, which was really fair as both men are faces. Before the match could gain momentum, Roode, Daniels and Kazarian run to the ring and assault both men, with Daniels attacking AJ that little bit more, makes sense. Weirdly, the three of them then turn around and head back up the ramp. As we come back from commercial AJ and Magnus are back to fighting like they were before…what was the point then? Magnus steals Antonio Cesaro’s European Uppercut to hit a mid air AJ, before going for his Cloverleaf. AJ reversed that by using Undertakers Hells Gate/Gogoplatta, move theft is rampant tonight. After the two men fight on the second rope, AJ knocks Magnus off with super quick elbows and forearms and hits a Spiral Tap (YouTube it) and wins the match and the BFG Series.
The cameras show Magnus looking absolutely gutted as AJ celebrates. I think Magnus needed the win more than AJ did, but hopefully they’ll put him over as he came close as he could. AJ gets on the mic and says he has some mistakes to bring up, and will tell Dixie next week on Impact. I think this is going to be a rehash of when CM Punk was holding the WWE hostage as his contract ran out…interesting.
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