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We look back at last week when the friction between Bully Ray and Ken Anderson continued, AJ Styles addressed his status in TNA, and Hulk Hogan returned to Impact to announce tonight's Gauntlet match for 20 points in the Bound For Glory Series, as well as Sting getting one last shot at the TNA World Title when he faces Bully Ray tonight.
We see a video package of the participants in tonight's BFG Series Gauntlet Match talking about winning the 20 points tonight, then we go to the arena as Aces & Eights comes out in full strength so Bully Ray can tell everyone that they're in full control, then he says they're back on track after last week's dust up. He gives everyone in the group a hug, though he spends a lot more time telling Tito Ortiz how great he is, before telling Anderson that he always had a lot more love for him than he did for his brother Devon. Bubba says that Anderson is going to win the BFG Series, Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco are going to beat the World Tag Team Champions, and Knux will beat Chris Sabin right now. He tells the rest of the guys to head back to the locker room so he and his broad can take a seat with Taz to watch Knux beat Sabin.
Chris Sabin vs Knux
This is Sabin's first match since losing the TNA World Title to Bully Ray about a month ago, and Bully is not shy about trying to distract Sabin from the match at hand. Sabin uses his speed to avoid Knux getting ahold of him, then takes Knux's knee out and begins working th leg over. Knux catches Sabin (and everybody else watching) completely off guard by hitting a crossbody for 2, then uses all his body weight to choke Sabin on the bottom rope. Knux hits a legdrop off the second rope for 2, and Bubba gets right in Sabin's face and talks trash to him, but Sabin dodges a charge by Knux, who crotches himself on the middle rope. Sabin comes off the top rope with a missile dropkick as Taz hands Bully Ray a hammer, which he slides into the ring. Sabin gets to the hammer first and blatantly cracks Knux in the head with it in full view of the referee, who immediately calls for the bell.
Winner: Knux by DQ
I think that was actually Knux's first win ever in TNA, and he looked better here than he has in any other match in TNA so far.
We go backstage where Velvet Sky is frantically trying to calm down an irate Chris Sabin, who is livid that the hammer keeps getting involved and he got screwed even though he wasn't the one who brought it in there tonight. Velvet keeps trying to calm Sabin down, but he won't stop obsessing over how he should still be the World Champion and he's not because of that hammer. Sabin tells Velvet he's not mad at her, but this is a bunch of crap, and Velvet is left with no idea what to do.
Mickie James comes out to the ring and talks about a bunch of country music stuff, including how she wasn't invited to the VMAs, but she awarded herself an MJA, an award with her own picture on it. Mickie can't believe how everyone is getting all worked up over her friend Miley, but she says she can understand because she knows what it's like to be a huge breakout star and she knows that everyone is just jealous of the way they work it. ODB comes out and says that Mickie ought to worry about the bitch standing across the ring from her because she's going to take her Knocked Out Title. Mickie says that'll never happen because she's a star and ODB isn't, then she suckerpunches ODB. ODB fights back and takes the title belt, but Mickie grabs it back and heads for the hills after ODB tears her top off.
We take a look at the Bound For Glory Series Leaderboard, which currently has Magnus in first place with 39 points, Austin Aries in second with 35, Bobby Roode in third with 34, and Jeff Hardy in fourth with 31. Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Mr Anderson will all shoot right into first place if they win the match, knocking Jeff Hardy out in the process, while Joseph Park can get as high as second place if he wins, also knocking Hardy out in the process. Hernandez and Jay Bradley are both mathematically eliminated from qualifying, but can still act as a spoiler if either of them can walk away the winner.
This brings us to Jeremy Borash introducing Jay Bradley and Hernandez, who will start the match. Borash asks what they have to gain since neither of them can qualify at this point, and Bradley says they may not be able to win, but that doesn't mean they don't bring value since a particular organization offered him some nice money to do some business for them. He tells Hernandez that they may be opponents, but he wouldn't mind becoming his new business partner.
We see Sting backstage as he arrives at the arena for his match tonight against Bully Ray, then we're off to the ring to wrap up the regular season of this year's Bound For Glory Series...again!
Bound For Glory Series Gauntlet Match
Jay Bradley and Hernandez start it off as we found out in the last segment, but Bradley gets a microphone and asks Hernandez about his offer. He was offered big money to eliminate a certain someone at a certain point in the match, and asks if Hernandez would like him to help make his wallet fatter. Hernandez responds by attacking Bradley, running him over with a flying shoulderblock and a big backdrop as Joseph Park comes in at #3, accompanied to the ring by Eric Young. Bradley attacks Park as he enters the ring, but Park fights back and surprises Bradley with some big offense. Bradley dumps Park to the ring apron, but can't quit eliminate him, and Bradley nearly has his head taken off by a charging tackle from Hernandez as Mr Anderson comes in at #4 and goes right after Park as we go to commercial.
We're back, Samoa Joe entered during the commercial break and we come back just as AJ Styles enters at #6 and immediately clotheslines Park over the top rope, barely avoiding eliminating himself after throwing a little too much momentum into that clothesline. AJ turns his attention to Bradley and Hernandez next, then lays into Anderson as Kazarian comes in at #7 and goes right after AJ. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster on Anderson, and Anderson fights his way out of that, but Joe eliminates him anyway after knocking him off the top rope with a leaping enziguiri. Christopher Daniels comes in next at #8 and joins right in with his partner in a 2-on-1 beatdown on AJ Styles before turning their attention to Joe. Joe runs both Daniels and Kazarian over with a double clothesline and nearly eliminates Daniels, but Kazarian saves him and they go right after Hernandez and eliminate him. We're finally ready for the top four in the Series, starting with Jeff Hardy coming out at #9 as we go to another commercial.
We come back as Bobby Roode enters at #10 and goes right after Hardy. Bradley tries to toss AJ over the top, but AJ catches himself on the apron and pulls Bradley out to the floor to eliminate him. AJ drills Kazarian with a sweet dropkick as Austin Aries comes in at #11, sprinting down the ramp and flying over the top rope with a double clothesline that takes out both Daniels and Kazarian. Roode, Daniels, and Kazarian immediately mob Aries, but are unable to eliminate him, so Daniels goes after AJ instead as those two longtime rivals go at it before Joe comes over to help AJ work Daniels over in a revisit of their famous 2005-06 three way feud. Kazarian saves his partner, and Daniels drills Joe with a dropkick as Brutus Magnus comes in at #12, catchea Daniels off a crossbody attempt, and plants him with a Snowplow. Daniels and Kazarian try to double team Magnus, and Joe saves his partner, but ends up getting tossed outy by Daniels and Kazarian.
Seven men remain as Hardy tries to toss Kazarian, but Kazarian holds on and Roode comes from behind and dumps Hardy out to the floor to eliminate him. Hardy now needs Magnus, Roode, or Aries to win to stay in the running. Kazarian has AJ down near the ropes and crouches over him to talk some smack, but AJ kicks his feet up and monkey flips Kazarian over the top rope and to the rampway, which counts as an elimination for Kazarian. Magnus tries to Tombstone Roode, but Daniels nails Magnus from behind and the two of them toss Magnus out of the ring to eliminate him and guarantee a new first place board leader once this match ends.
We're down to the final four: Christopher Daniels, Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, and Austin Aries. Daniels and Roode lay AJ out with a double back elbow, but Aries ducks a clothesline from Daniels, who instead nails Roode. Roode catches Aries on an IED attempt and dumps him out to the apron, and AJ charges Aries and knocks him to the floor with a forearm to eliminate him, then ducks a charge from Roode and sends him sailing out to the rampway to eliminate him as well.
We're down to AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels, with the winner walking out the new leader in the Bound For Glory Series. They trade blows in hte middle of the ring, Daniels backdrops AJ to the apron, but AJ springboards back in with a forearm and pummels Daniels with a series of kicks and a fireman's carry into a neckbreaker over the knee. Daniels escapes the Styles Clash, but AJ nails him with the Pelle Kick and clotheslines him to the floor to win the Gauntlet.
Winner: AJ Styles
AJ Styles picks up a big 20 points with this win, finally knocking Magnus out of the top spot to take the lead with 49 points. Magnus drops to second with 39 points, Aries is in third with 35 points, and Roode is in fourth with 34 points. By virtue of finishing the BFG Series in first place, AJ Styles gets to choose his opponent for next week's semifinals, and we'll get that decision later on tonight.
We go to the Aces & Eights clubhouse wher eBully Ray is giving Ken Anderson a tongue lashing, saying he's disgusted with him for failing to win the Gauntlet match. He asks Anderson what he's done for the club lately, and Anderson finally loses it and yells back at Bubba, telling him that he's been busting his ass lately, and he just went and put everything on the line out there. Bubba says that he is the President of Aces & Eights, and that puts him above Anderson. Anderson saw what Bubba did to his own brother, and what makes Anderson think that he won't tear that patch off his chest, set it on fire, and piss on it? He tells Anderson to fall in line and to never question him again...VICE PRESIDENT.
AJ Styles is backstage saying that he just picked up 20 points and that makes him the leader of the BFG Series. He's going to win the BFG Series and then he's going to beat Bully Ray for the TNA World Title.
We look back at last week when Hulk Hogan made the Bully Ray-Sting match, then we go to Sting backstage telling Rampage Jackson how he just wants to get his hands on Bully Ray. He has people who have his back tonight, and he has one more shot at Bully Ray and he's going to take him out tonight.
TNA World Tag Team Champions James Storm & Gunner vs Garett Bischoff & Wes Brisco
Brisco and Bischoff jump Storm and Gunner on their way to the ring, then they get into the ring just long enough to officially start the match before spilling back out to the floor to continue the brawl. They go back inside where Storm and Gunner hit a series of double teams on Bischoff, but Storm gets caught in the wrong corner and takes a brief beating before breaking away and tagging in Gunner to clean house. Gunner catapults Bischoff into a DDT from Storm, but Bischoff somehow manages to kick out at 2. Briscoe drags Storm out to the floor and rams him into the ringpost, then nails Gunner so Bischoff can roll him up with a handful of tights for 2. Brisco tries bringing one of the tag title belts into the ring and the referee stops him, but it's just a distraction so Bischoff can pull out a chain, knock Gunner out with it, and cover him for the win.
Winners: Garett Bischoff & Wes Brisco
Poor Gunner STILL can't get a damn win over Bischoff, and now Aces & Eights has a win over the World Tag Team Champions.
AJ Styles is backstage, and...that's right...he's WALKING! We'll find out who he chooses for his semifinal opponent in the BFG Series after this commercial!
Jeremy Borash is in the ring with Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, and Brutus Magnus, then introduces AJ Styles, who finished the regular season of the BFG Series at the top of the leader board. Borash tells AJ that he gets to choose his opponent for next week's semifinals, and he tells Aries that he is the biggest blemish on his record and the one man he didn't want to lose to. Aries reminds him that he did, so AJ says that's why he's the first man he's going to go through on his way to winning the BFG Series. Aries says that he's not big on predictions, but he is confident that when they face off next week, the fans are going to be the winners. Borash then says that the other semifinal will be Magnus and Roode, and Roode says he loves when a plan comes together, and this is the reason the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Club came together: to get one of them into the final four. Magnus may have beaten him early on in the series, but he's a changed man and he considers himself to be facing the weak link. Magnus says that Roode got points at his expense, but he's going to go through Roode, he'll go through Aries, and he'll go through AJ to become the World Champion for the first time in his life.
It's main event time!
TNA World Champion Bully Ray vs Sting
Bully Ray gets a microphone and confirms what I thought: this is a non-title match. He says that was the deal when he beat Sting at Slammiversary, so screw him and screw his best buddy Hulk Hogan. This brings Hogan out to the top of the ramp to remind Bubba that he runs the show around here, and since Bubba's been taking things from him for months now, he's going to return the favor and have Tito Ortiz escorted out of ringside. Atlas Security surrounds Ortiz and herd him out through the crowd as Bubba asks Hogan who he thinks he is. Hogan says Bubba knows who he is, and he's got one more for Bubba: this just became a no DQ match! The bell rings and Sting nails Bubba with a Stinger Splash, stomps on his fingers, and dumps him out to the floor and nails him with a chair as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Sting is still working Bubba over with a chair, literally bending it over Bubba's back. They go inside the ring and Bubba hits a low blow then splashes Sting for 2 before threatening the referee with the chair. Bubba nails Sting with the chair, then slams him onto the chair before going out to the floor, having an uneasy staredown with Anderson before using a box cutter Taz handed him to cut off the ring covering and pull up a corner of the mat. Bubba copmes in and nails Sting with the chair again before peeling the layers of covering back from the floor to expose the boards underneath. Bubba goes to pick Bubba up, but Sting picks his legs and catches him in the Scorpion Deathlock. Ken Anderson comes into the ring and nails Sting, followed by the rest of Aces & Eights, but the Main Event Mafia runs down to the ring and brawls with Aces & Eights, clearing the ring and brawling up the ramp as Sting misses a Stinger Splash. Bubba tries to piledrive Sting onto the exposed boards, but Sting backdrops Bubba, goes for the Scorpion Deathdrop, but Bubba holds onto the top rope and Sting crashes to the mat. Sting ducks a big boot, gets Bubba back in the Scorpion Deathlock, and cranks on the pressure. Anderson is right in front of Bubba and the champion yells to Anderson to toss him the hammer, and Anderson takes a good long time to get it out, but "accidentally" tosses it across the ring from where Bubba is and the champion is forced to tap out.
Anderson gets right in Bubba's face and points out that he couldn't do it on his own after all, then gets right on top of the fallen Bubba and asks "Prez" if he knows who he is, and says that he's the man who is going to beat him for the title next week and that his name is Mr Anderson...Anderson. Taz says that Anderson's just dug his own grave as we call it a week