Impact Wrestling kicks off with a video package. It shows the Wes Brisco Gut Check Challenge as Kurt Angle got him the try out. Wes won and we will find out tonight if he will get a contract. It switches to the Aces and 8s storyline as they took out Eric Young last week. Eric was their latest vicim. It then goes to Austin Aries as he talks to Brooke Hogan and how she is going with Bully Ray. Ray came out and Austin fled the scene. How will Hulk react to this though?
The video ends and the camera shows the Impact Zone. Fireworks explode above the ring and on the entrance stage. The crowd is hyped up for this live episode. Music plays and here comes Hulk Hogan! Hulk comes on the stage and fireworks explode. The crowd is going crazy. He walks down the ramp and gets in the ring. Hogan says there is a lot of energy in the Impact Zone tonight. His life almost exploded last week. He is in charge but he is also a father. The GM and father collided. Hulk needs to know what is going on though. He calls out Bully Ray to give him a straight answer. Bully Ray’s music plays. Here comes Ray. He gets in the ring with a flannel button shirt. He grabs a mic. Hulk tells him to give him the straight and real story. What is going on? Ray says Hulk doesn’t trust him, but he wants to know what is going on. Hulk did not trust Ray since day 1. He didn’t trust Ray when he teamed with Sting. Hulk knows it. Now he wants answers. Hogan tells him to cut the crap. What is going on between him and Brooke? Ray’s face looks surprised. He asks Hogan if he really wants answers? Does he really want to know who the #1 man is in his daughter’s life? Brooke’s music hits and here comes The Hulkster’s daughter. Brooke gets right in the ring. She pushes her dad back as he is right in the face of Ray. Hulk asks Brooke what is going on between them. Brooke says she is not 18 years old. Hulk doesn’t care how old she is. As long as Hulk is on this planet, he doesn’t want her with any wrestler. Not even Bully Ray. Brooke tells him that it’s not what you think. Just then, the titan tron shows Austin Aries on top of Hulk Hogan’s desk in his office. Other wrestlers are in the room like Kid Kash and Zema Ion as well as others. Austin tells Hulk that he should be in the back to manage the wrestlers in his wrestling company. Austin says he isn’t going anywhere because it is Championship Thursday. Austin is just going to lie on the desk and wait. He asks Brooke how she does it because it’s so uncomfortable. Maybe she is on her back when she does it. Brooke can’t believe it. Hulk is furious. He gets right out of the ring and marches up the ramp.
We see Todd Keneley, Taz and Mike Tenay as they welcome us to the show. They run down the line-up.
Mickie James is shown backstage as she is warming up for her match. Gail Kim is then shown as they fight each other next.
Christy Hemme is shown in the ring as she announces the first match. Gail Kim comes out and makes her way to the ring. As she does, we see footage from two weeks ago when Mickie James won the Knockout Battle Royal to be the #1 contender. After she is in the ring, Mickie James comes out with smiles. She skips down the ramp and slides in the ring. The crowd cheers.
Gail Kim vs. Mickie James
The bell sounds and both move around the ring. They lock-up, but Gail slides behind and does a roll-up. Mickie quickly kicks out. They lock-up again. Gail slides behind her and locks her arms around her waist. She then pounds on the back of Mickie. She falls to the mat. She gets up. Gail grabs her arm and starts twisting it. She works the arm and then grabs the hair and pulls Mickie down. Mickie slowly gets up. Gail goes right back on her as she puts her in the corner. Gail walks away. She turns and runs back. She smashes Mickie in the corner. She gets Mickie up and does a reverse neck breaker. She covers. Mickie kicks out. Gail slams Mickie’s head into the mat and then applies the scissor lock around Mickie’s neck. Gail twists up and then falls down planting Mickie’s face into the mat. It was a beautiful move. Gail covers but Mickie kicks out. Gail gets up and goes for the figure four leg lock, but Mickie pushes her away. Mickie gets up and is able to slam Gail’s face right down in the mat. Mickie climbs the corner. She jumps as Gail is on her feet facing her. Gail moves. Mickie lands on her feet, but Gail was able to attack her. Mickie is down. Gail gets her up, but Mickie is able to get away and then kick Gail right in the face. It looks to be the end. She covers but Gail’s leg is under the ropes. Mickie fixes that but Gail kicks out. Both get up. Mickie hits multiple closelines and then a neck breaker. She covers. Gail kicks out again. Both get up. Mickie kicks her in the gut and goes for the DDT, but Gail pushes her back into the corner. Gail runs to her, but Mickie lifts her legs up and Gail goes right into the turnbuckle. Mickie slides down as she grabs Gail’s head and hits the tornado DDT. She covers and wins.
Winner: Mickie James
James Storm is backstage. He says he makes his choices in his life. They could be good or bad, but he made them. You don’t talk about his family though. It went too far. AJ Styles is right there. He tells Chris that he is complaining too much. He tells Storm that he can’t get a title shot in around a year. Storm tells him to forget about that and move on. They are in a tag team match tonight and need to get on the same page. AJ leaves the scene. Storm tells him that he is just trying to look out for him.
Hulk Hogan bust his door open to his locker room. Everyone jumps. Even Austin Aries. Aries grabs his coat and goes to put it on. He goes to leave but Hogan tells everyone to stay and sit down. He brings up Kenny King. He is going with Austin in this whole invading the office. Why should he be fighting? Kenny gives his short explanation on how he is the X-Division. Kid Kash stands and says he is a 2X X-Division Champion. Austin interrupts and says he lost it 3 times then. That’s 3 more than Aries. Hulk tells Kenny to get out of the office. He is done tonight for Championship Thursday. He then tells Kash to leave. Kash is furious. He tells Hogan to remember the heirs of this family (As I think that is what he said. Austin closes the door.
Bobby Roode’s music hits and he slowly walks down to the ring. He gets in the ring and grabs a mic. Roode says he will be the next TNA World Champion in several weeks. Last week was Open Fight Night. Jeff almost lost to Christian York last week while Roode put the man down with one move. Jeff is a paper champion and Roode is going to prove that at Final Resolution. If you want to make a name for yourself, then you call out the longest reigning champion in history. You don’t call out a paper champion. Suddenly, Christian York’s music hits and he comes right down the ramp. He gets in the ring. Roode tells him to stop as this is his time. You don’t interrupt his time. He tells York and his hair to get out of the ring. York slaps Roode in the face and he falls to the mat. York bends over and yells at him. Roode slides out of the ring. He walks around to the ramp as he holds his face. York gets on the mic. Roode wanted him to call Roode out, so he is calling Roode out. Roode can’t believe it. He angrily takes off his shirt and throws it down. Roode says it’s on.
Bobby Roode vs. Christian York
They lock-up and Roode quickly works on the arm. He then applies the headlock. York pushes him into the ropes. Roode returns with a shoulder block. he runs in the ropes, but Roode jumps over his challenger. York pops up. He hits Roode with a hip toss. York continues the attack. Roode isn’t ready. He slides out of the ring and regroups. He goes on the apron. York goes to him, but Roode jumps down and pulls York out. He goes after him. He goes to whip him but York reverses it and Roode goes right into the steel steps. York gets him up and slides him in the ring. York climbs the corner, but Roode hits the ropes and York falls right down on the turnbuckle. He slowly gets down. Roode keeps him in the corner and kicks him in the gut. York slides down till he sits on the mat. Roode gets him up and whips him in the opposing corner. Roode runs, but York smashes his boot into Roode’s face. Roode stumbles. York goes after him, but Roode is able to counter. He has York down. He climbs the corner to the second rope. He jumps, but York lifts his leg and he catches Roode right in the chin. Roode falls. Both get up. Roode continues the attack, but York comes back. He knocks Roode down with a closeline and then a dropkick. He whips Roode in the ropes. He lifts him up and Roode falls chest first into the mat. York climbs the corner. Roode gets up and tries to knock him down again, but York is able to hit him and then hit the double stomp. Roode is down. York puts him in the corner. York runs to him and does a summersault right into Roode. He covers. Roode kicks out. Both get up. Roode tries to come back, but York does a inside cradle. Roode barely kicks out. Roode crawls to the ropes. York follows him on his feet. He grabs Roode, but Roode turns and closelines him down. He applies the cross face and York taps out.
Winner: Bobby Roode
Roode slides out of the ring. He grabs a steel chair and enters the ring again. He scares Hebner away. As he is about to take a swing, Jeff Hardy slides in the ring. He and Roode fight. Jeff kicks Roode in the gut and goes for the Twist of Fate, but Roode is able to get away. He slides out of the ring. He sits on the floor. He’s quite surprised how fast Jeff can turn the tide. Jeff stares at him and then checks on York.
Footage plays of Aces and 8s as they attacked Sting a couple weeks ago. Then they attacked Eric Young last week with the ball peen hammer. Eric was taken away on a stretcher.
Aces and 8s are in their clubhouse. The main guy speaks. He says some people thing Aces and 8s go after people whoever they want. That is not the case though. He goes on to say that Doc will face Kurt Angle next week. Devon turns to the camera. He says he wants something that was stolen from him. He wants his Television Championship. He demands Hulk Hogan to give it back. If not, expect consequences.
Footage plays showing Bruce Prichard, Al Snow, and Taz backstage as they discuss Wes Brisco. Taz brings up Kurt Angle and how he recommended Wes. Bruce says that is great but people recommend others all the time. Taz thinks it is still something to consider since it is Kurt Angle.
James Storm makes his through the curtain. He gets on the stage and fireworks explode in the air. He walks down the ramp. As he does, footage from Turning Point is shown as James Storm won the #1 contender’s match. AJ Styles’ music plays and he walks through the sparks that fall from above. He comes down the ramp and gets right in the ring.
Daniels and Kazarian vs. James Storm and AJ Styles
AJ Styles is ready as he starts off the match. He calls one of them in as they are both on the apron. Kazarian enters. They walk around and then lock-up. AJ pushes Kaz back into the corner, but Kaz slides away and AJ goes right into the corner. He slaps it as Kaz got away. He turns and runs to Kaz, but Kaz trips him. AJ falls down. He gets up as Kaz applies a headlock. AJ pushes him in the ropes. AJ goes for the dropkick, but he misses. AJ gets up and is able to tag James. James gets in and puts Kaz right in the corner after doing multiple right hands. Kaz goes down. James talks to AJ and then turns around. Daniels enters as he and Kaz tag. James continues the attack with punches. James tags AJ is as he is ready to enter. They double team Daniels. James goes on the apron. AJ bounces off the ropes to do a knee drop, but Daniels moves. He hits AJ and then tags Kaz. Kaz enters and continues to go after AJ. AJ is able to tag James. James enters and stays in control. Kaz tags in Daniels. Daniels doesn’t last long though as James demolishes him. Daniels tags Kaz in. Kaz gets in and finally gets on the offense with James as they put him in their corner. He works on him. Daniels tags in and he stomps right on Storm. He tags Kaz. Daniels goes on the apron though and does a leg drop from the apron. Kaz jumps over the ropes too and hits a leg drop. Kaz continues as he whips James into the ropes. He knocks him down. He tags Daniels in. Both work on Storm again. They stand above him and they do the gangnam style dance. James is able to pop up and attack them. He squeezes through and tags AJ. AJ gets in and closelines both men down. He could finish it, but Kaz is able to knock AJ out of the ring. Both go out and double team AJ. AJ gets away and tags Storm. Storm is knocked down though as Daniels and Kaz attack him. They continue the double team move on AJ. AJ tries to fight back as he knocks Kaz out of the ring. Daniels grabs AJ and sets up for the Angel Wings, but Storm enters and does the Last Call Superkick. He covers and wins. That becomes the Direct Impact of the Night. AJ walks away from the ring as James Storm looks on. AJ doesn’t join in on the beer celebration that Storm has. Winners: James Storm and AJ Styles
A video package plays to announce the location of TNA Lockdown 2013. It shows footage from pasts Lockdowns. It will be in San Antonio, Texas for the first time ever on Sunday, March 10 in the Alamo Dome.
Austin Aries, Kid Kash, and Zema Ion are outside Hogan’s office. They say he is in a real nasty mood today. They go through his door as the second round is now. Zema says he is all about the hair gel as well as Hogan from Hogan Knows Best. He knows what it’s all about. Hogan tells Zema to sit down. He focuses on Kash. Kash says he fought RVD all around the world. They two can fight. They two know each other. Hogan now wants to hear Austin Aries. Aries promotes himself like non-other. Hogan says the only person who hates him (Aries) as much as Hulk is RVD. With that being said, Ion and Kash are eliminated and RVD is going to snap Austin tonight. Kash says he is getting tired of this. Hogan tells him that his day will come.
Samoa Joe is backstage. He is facing the camera. Joe says he heard Devon’s challenge. Devon is the guy who is suppose to go around attacking people, but all he hears is words. He tells Devon that he could get it. If he tries to get the belt next week, he will get beat.
Christy Hemme is in the ring as she introduces this next match. Douglass Williams comes out and gets in the ring. After him, Joey Ryan comes out. He stands on the stage all dressed with white. He has this so he tells Christy Hemme to leave the ring and make a sandwich. He asks the Impact Zone how they are doing and then says hi to Todd Keneley. He is going to show why size does matter. He introduces Matt Morgan. Matt comes out wearing Hogan’s cape. He raises his arms and fireworks explode on the stage. They walk down the ramp and get in the ring. Matt shows off his muscle body in the ring as he takes off his cape.
Douglass Williams vs. Matt Morgan
Williams goes after him, but Matt pushes him down. Williams gets up and goes after him again, but Matt slams him down on the mat. Williams slowly gets up in the corner holding his shoulder. Matt grabs him and throws him in the corner. He raises his foot and chokes Williams. He whips Williams in the opposing corner. Williams comes out and Matt lifts him up for a huge side walk slam. Matt stands and has a scary look on his face. Doug slowly gets up and tries to fight back. He jumps up but Matt grabs his throat and does a huge chokeslam. He steps back. Williams slowly gets up. Matt does The Carbon Footprint. He covers and wins. Joey gets in and celebrates with the no-emotion Matt.
Winner: Matt Morgan
Bruce Prichard is backstage on the phone. D-Lo Brown walks up to him. He says he has to go and hangs up. He tells D-Lo that it was Al’s wife. She doesn’t know where he is at either. Bruce is getting worried. Gut Check is coming up and they can’t have two judges. What if one says yes and one says no. It will be ruined. D-Lo says he can stand in as he watches all of the Gut Checks and did watch Wes’ match. Bruce says that is a good idea as Al is not around.
Next week will be Devon vs. Samoa Joe for the Television Title as well as Kurt Angle vs. Doc. It will also bee Roode, Kaz, and Daniels vs. Storm, Styles, and Hardy.
Jeremy Borash is in the ring with the Gut Check judges. He introduces Wes Brisco. Wes walks down the ramp. He is smiling and is pumped. He gets in the ring as the crowd is behind him. Bruce asks Jeremy if he can borrow the mic. Bruce says Al Snow did not come today. They don’t know where he is at, but they will inform us if they find anything. The show must go on though. D-Lo will take his place. Bruce will now start. He knew Wes since he was a child. He traveled the world with his father and beat his father a couple times internationally. He watched Wes grow. He says his Gut Check match wasn’t great. He won, but it wasn’t his best. If he judges what his match was like last week, his vote would be different. He knows he is capable of more and wants to see him in Impact Wrestling. Bruce votes yes! Taz gets the mic. Taz knew Wes’ father. He also knows Kurt Angle as Kurt lobbied for this to happen. He respects both, but with his match last week, he has to vote no. Jeremy gives Wes the mic for 30 seconds. He thanks Bruce for the support and respects Taz for his decision. He dreamed about standing in this ring since he was a little child. This is all he wanted to do. It makes him think of his family and, of course, Uncle Jack. Give him the chance. D-Lo gets the mic. The crowd is cheering “Yes, yes, yes” like it’s Daniel Bryan. D-Lo thanks Taz and Bruce for this opportunity and will take it seriously. He says Wes had some powerful words. He doesn’t know if he is ready, but he respects Taz and Bruce and since Kurt is behind Wes, he knows he is something special. He votes yes! Wes falls to his knees as he can’t believe it. Kurt Angle comes out and celebrates with Wes. They hug. Garett Bischoff comes out and joins in the celebration.
Hulk Hogan walks out of his office. The camera man asks Hogan what the reason was behind the double elimination. Hogan tells him that he is not himself today. Hogan walks away but Bully Ray is right there. He asks if Austin Aries offended him. He asks if Aries offended his daughter. He asks if Austin offended himself (Bully). Yes, yes, yes. If he wanted Aries face kicked in, Ray could have done it. Ray tells Hogan that he is putting personal problems in his job. Hogan says the same thing about Ray. Hogan walks away. Bully stares at the wall. He is staring at a poster of Hulk Hogan.
A video preview plays that shows Jeff Hardy on Ink Master. He will be on Tuesday night at 10 PM EDT.
ODB is backstage as she expresses how she feels. Eric was out for quite sometime, but came back and it was great between them. But, it all ended when he was attacked. ODB knows Eric is in the hospital. She can’t finish the segment. She walks away.
The commentators give the updated line-up for Final Resolution.
Austin Aries and Hulk Hogan is backstage. Aries asks Hogan if he knows what this is all about. Aries is going to get the title as it will be his ticket to the TNA World Championship. As Hogan talks back, audio is played over his voice. He thanks Aries for letting him know, but it’s time for Aries to get some dental work. Aries walks away as his music plays. He comes out and gets in the ring. After him, Rob Van Dam walks out with the X-Division Championship in his hand. He goes halfway down the ramp, raises his arms, and fireworks explode. He continues. Jeremy Borash introduces these two as it is the main event.
Austin Aries vs. Rob Van Dam for the X-Division Title
Both move around the ring and then try to lock-up, but RVD moves forward while Austin moves back into the corner. RVD backs up. Austin meets him in the middle of the ring. RVD goes for his taunt, but Aries kicks him in the gut. RVD comes back with a punch. He works the arm of Austin and then snaps his head back. Austin falls on the mat. He gets up and grabs the hair of RVD and snaps him down on the mat. RVD gets up and pushes Aries into the corner. Both let go. They come out and RVD is able to put Austin in another corner with a whip. He does multiple shoulder shots in the gut. He takes Aries out and whips him in the ropes. RVD goes for a dropkick, but Aries holds the ropes. Aries keeps him down and then goes on the apron. He jumps over for a rolling thunder type move, but RVD puts his knees up. Austin rolls away. RVD gets up and goes for rolling thunder, but Aries rolls out of the ring. RVD is right at the ropes and does a small dropkick. It pushes Aries back into the guard rail. RVD gets up and jumps over the ropes. He lands right on Aries.
RVD whips Austin in the ropes. Austin holds onto the ropes so he doesn’t bounces back. RVD runs after him, but Austin lifts him up over the ropes. RVD lands on the apron. Aries hits him with an elbow and RVD falls. Austin runs in the ropes. He comes back for a suicide dive but RVD jumps on the apron and stops him. RVD gets him out of the ring. He lifts him up and plants him gut first on the guard rail. RVD goes on the apron. He tries to his the one leg drop across Austin’s back, but he pops up and RVD’s leg gets stuck on the guard rail. He is screaming in pain. Austin brings the leg down and then grabs RVD’s head for the neck breaker on the railing. RVD flip flops over into the crowd. Austin hops over. He gets RVD up and slides him in. He covers. RVD kicks out. Austin gets him up and goes to plant him in the corner, but RVD fights back. He kicks Austin in the face and goes for several punches, but Austin comes back to hit a DDT. He covers. RVD kicks out. Austin gets up and climbs the corner. He jumps and lands on Rob. He slowly gets Rob up, but Rob jumps on the ropes and flies back for a kick to the face. RVD hits the rolling thunder and then the split legged moonsault. He covers. Austin barely kicks out. Both get up. Austin is able to come back with a closeline. He has RVD down. He starts to mock Rob with his taunts. RVD is up. Austin turns around. RVD has him and whips him in the ropes. He comes back. RVD throws him in the air and then hits a dropkick. He goes to the corner for the five star frog splash. Austin gets up and pushes RVD down. He lands right on the guard rail. He is down and out. Austin gets out. He brings RVD in the ring. He grabs a mic. He enters the ring and says RVD is a mess. His hair is messed up and he’s sweaty. He looks like Brooke Hogan while Austin will look like the X-Division Champion. He puts the mic away. He goes to finish RVD, but Bully Ray runs down the ramp. He slides in the ring. Austin tries to run away, but Bully grabs him. The bell sounds. As Ray tries to hurt him, Austin gets away. He walks backwards up the ramp as he stares at Ray. Hulk Hogan walks on stage now. The crowd roars. Austin wonders why. He turns around and sees Hogan. Austin stops in his tracks. He finds his way to get away. Ray gets out of the ring. He is at the bottom of the ramp. Hogan’s eyes are fixed on Ray. Ray knows Hogan still doesn’t trust him. They stare at each other as the show fades.
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