Joseph Park is in the ring to start the show, and he said from day one that he is an attorney and not a wrestler, but after the civil violations commited upon him by Aces & Eights, he decided that it doesn’t matter if he’s a wrestler or attorney because he’s a man and he’s going to stand up for himself when his rights are violated. He asked Hulk Hogan for a match with Aces & Eights, but Hogan has yet to give him an answer, but through his own legal work, he discovered a loophole in Open Fight Night. So with that being said, he challenges any member of Aces & Eights to fight him right now. He kind of gets his wish, because four members of Aces & Eights come out and surround the ring. They climb into the ring and prepare to attack Park as Kurt Angle comes running out to intervene. Park cowers in the corner as Aces & Eights beat Angle down, but then Sting runs in as well and chases Aces & Eights off with a baseball bat. Sting and Angle ignore Park’s cowardice as Sting mentions how Devon said the masks mean everything to Aces & Eights, but says that someone is going to lose their mask tonight.
Tonight: ODB takes on Jesse from Big Brother, Devon battles Bully Ray, and Christian York comes back to TNA after a decade to try his luck in the Gut Check!
The Mystery Cameraman is backstage asking Magnus about Aces & Eights, and Magnus says he’s not concerned with them because he’s going to unmask someone else who is a fraud.
Jesse is backstage complaining to Tara about having to fight ODB, and he has her rub some hand sanitizer on him before he has to touch her.
Brutus Magnus comes out to the ring and says he’s calling Samoa Joe out for a TV Title match because, even though they have a long and storied history, he has an issue with Joe being the TV Champion since he’s not the image we’re looking for at Impact Wrestling for a TV Champion. He’s like Howard Stern because people like him, but he has a radio face, while Magnus does not. Joe’s music hits, and it looks like we have a (rem)atch.
TV Title Match: Samoa Joe vs Brutus Magnus
Joe goes right after Magnus, tears his shirt off, and then tears into him with chops. Joe whips Magnus into the corner and charges in with a forearm and connects with a leaping enziguiri. Magnus gets his boot up on a charge, but comes off the second rope right into an inverted atomic drop from Joe, who follows up with a running boot and a senton for 2. Magnus finally gets some offense by connecting with a flying knee, but Joe kicks out before even a 1 count. Magnus takes Joe’s head off with a hard clothesline and covers for 2, then we hit the chinlock. Joe escapes and they go toe to toe in the middle of the ring, Joe gets the Kokina Clutch, Magnus escapes and tries a charge, but runs into the STJoe and gets clotheslined out to the floor. Magnus looks under the ring apron and reaches for something, but Joe grabs him before he can get ahold of it and rams him into the ringpost. Magnus goes down, but this time he manages to get ahold of a wrench and he sneaks it back into the ring as Joe argues with the referee. Joe finally rolls back inside and goes after Magnus, who smashes him in the head with the wrench right in front of the referee, who immediately calls for the bell.
Winner: Samoa Joe by DQ
Magnus seems pleased with his handiwork and strolls off to the back as Joe is out cold in the ring.
Hulk Hogan is in his office with Sting and Joseph Park, but Kurt Angle barges in with Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff demanding Devon in the ring tonight. Hogan says Bully Ray has Devon tonight, but he can have whatever’s left at Turning Point. Angle says he still wants to fight tonight, and Sting says that since everyone’s ready to fight, that the four of them should go rip off some masks.
Samoa Joe is backstage icing the lump on his forehead, and screams that Magnus made a huge mistake, and that it’s time to throw out the rules and the DQs because Joe is gonna kill him.
We look back at last week when Austin Aries jumped Jeff Hardy, announced that he’s cashing in his rematch at Turning Point, and stole the original World Title belt. We then go backstage to an intense video of Jeff Hardy…painting his face as we are once again reading his thoughts. He says that since it’s Open Fight Night and anyone can call him out, he needs to stand out because Austin Aries is nothing but a thief and his overconfidence will kill him.
Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels come out to the ring and say that the biggest frauds around here aren’t Aces & Eights, it’s Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. They came out here last week and did what they always do by telling the truth and looking good doing it, but some folks in the back got muy caliente over it. They’re getting their rematch at Turning Point, but tonight is Open Fight Night, so they’re calling out two men who are fiercely proud of their heritage: a member of the famous Guerrero wrestling family, and the other is renowned for his size, so they call out…Hector Guerrero and Willie Urbina. They’re the Spanish announce team, in case you weren’t aware. We’ll see what happens after the commercial.
We’re back and Daniels & Kazarian are throwing all kinds of insults at Urbina and Guerrero, and Urbina is trying to calm Hector down until Daniels shoved Urbina down. Guerrero nails Daniels, but Kazarian blindsides him and they beat down the Spanish announce team until Chavo and Hernandez run in and make the save. Daniels and Kazarian beat a hasty retreat as Daniels gets a microphone and continues taunting them from the entry ramp.
We take another look at this month’s Gut Check contestant, Christian York, as he talks about how this may be his last chance to make something out of his career. We’ll see him in action next!
ODB is backstage telling Eric Young to get to the Impact Zone because she’s fighting Jesse, and that he better not forget the fried chicken.
Christian York comes out to the ring and looks like a million bucks, then Jeremy Borash introduces his Gut Check…
Gut Check: Christian York vs Zema Ion
York takes Ion’s spray can and throws it out to the crowd, then unloads on Ion like a huse of fire. Ion tries a flying headscissors, but York cartwheels through and nails Ion. York gets the boot up on a charge by Ion and catches him with a forward rolling kick and a half nelson suplex. York with a charging cannonball in the corner and then goes to the top, but Ion rolls out to the apron. York gets him by the hair and Ion snaps York’s throat down on the top rope, then he floats between the ropes into a tornado DDT. Ion starts putting the boots to York and goes to his eyes, but tries a springboard moonsault and comes down right onto York’s knees. York takes Ion’s head off with a clothesline and hits the Mood Swing for a very close 2. Ion goes to the floor and dodges a baseball slide, but York rebounds off the ropes and catches Ion with a tornado DDT. Ion kicks the middle rope into York’s groin on his way back into the ring and then gets York in Submission Impossible and York calls it quits.
Winner: Zema Ion
I have not seen anyone come through the Gut Check who looked like they deserved the contract more than Christian York, he came in looking to be in great shape, and he worked his ass off and did terrific.
The Mystery Cameraman asks Austin Aries about taking the title belt, and Aries says he still considers himself the champion and not a guy who hides behind facepaint like Jeff Hardy. He’s all about being the face of the company, and he excuses himself to step into Robbie E and Robbie T’s locker room to discuss some business.
Garett Bischoff comes up to Bully Ray and says that Devon stabbed him in the back like he did everyone else, and if Bubba needs anything, he’s there. Bubba says he appreciates it and shakes his hand, but…wait a second, Aces & Eights is outside and we need to go fight. Bubba and Garett go out into the parking lot and fight five of the masked men as Devon taunts Bubba into chasing him away. The brawl continues as Sting yells that the night is still young and someone is losing their mask tonight.
ODB vs Jesse Godderz
Jesse tries to get the jump on ODB with a clothesline, but she ducks and starts unloading on him until he bails out to the floor. Tara comforts him until he gets back in the ring…and continues getting beat up. Jesse holds onto the rope as ODB tries to whip him across the ring, but she kicks him in the gut and goes up for some right hands until Jesse shoves her off. He stops to pose and tries an elbowdrop, but ODB rolls out of the way and Jesse connects with nothing. He tries to escape to the outside again, but ODB chases Jesse and Tara around the ring and back inside where she flattens Jesse with a wheelbarrow into a faceplant. Jesse whips ODB to the corner and tries a charge, but ODB gets her boot up and sits on the top rope and repeatedly rams Jesse’s face into her crotch. She tries a double flying knee out of the corner, but Jesse collapses out of her way out of sheer luck, then goes to get a kiss for good luck from Tara. Jesse with a slam and he stops to pose for the crowd and make out with Tara, giving ODB plenty of time to get up, nail Jesse, and put him over her knee to spank him. Tara gets onto the ring apron and ODB goes after her, but Jesse rolls ODB up from behind and gets the win.
Winner: Jesse Godderz
ODB looks pissed off, and I can’t blame her since her husband and co-Knockouts Tag Team Champion Eric Young wasn’t there to watch her back.
Mike Tenay takes over for Todd as we enter Hour Two, and they wish the folks in the Northeast (like Taz) the best in dealing with the damage that resulted from Hurricane Sandy. Yep, it’s a mess up here! Tenay and JB discuss the battle we’re going to see tonight between Devon and Bully Ray, but first, we’ve got more action going on in the ring!
Robbie E and Robbie T come out to the ring, and E says that the most memorable part of this year’s Bound For Glory Series was him beating Jeff Hardy, so he’s calling out the World Champion tonight so he can get beat a second time.
World Champion Jeff Hardy vs Robbie E
E jumps Hardy on his way into the ring, but Hardy barely breaks a sweat turning the momentum around and pummeling E. Hardy comes off the second rope with a splash for 2, and E rolls out to the floor to try and catch a break. He pulls Hardy under the bottom rope, but Hardy nails E and whips him into the ring steps. Hardy springboard off the steps and hits Poetry In Motion against the guardrail, then rolls E back into the ring. Hardy tries to follow him back in, but T grabs him from behind and slams him into the barricade as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and E is still in control of Hardy, standing over him and calling him a loser as Hardy is down on the mat. That doesn’t last long, as Hardy fires back at E, catches T with a surprise baseball slide, but E escapes the Twist of Fate and hits an implant DDT for 2. Hardy quickly comes back and hits a gourdbuster, the Twist of Fate, then he comes off the top with the Swanton for 3.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Austin Aries comes out to the ring with his title belt in hand to congratulate him on his win. He says the difference between the two of them is three seconds, and other than three seconds at Bound For Glory, he’s been the most dominant man in the company. He worked his way up the ladder and Hardy managed to knock him off, but he’s going to be back at the top of the heap at Turning Point when he regains his World Championship. Hardy gets a microphone and says that if Aries wants to do it at Turning Point, they ought to do it right. He pulls a ladder out from under the ring, sets it up, and climbs to the top as Aries says he only meant climbing the ladder as a metaphor. Hardy says they ought to do it for real and says that Hardy-Aries II is going to be a ladder match.
We go to a video package looking at the opening of Hulk Hogan’s Beach Shop as Matt Morgan pushes his way to the front of the crowd to tell Hogan that he’s finished with his excuses, but he may be missing one thing. Hogan says to stop and not to touch his memorabilia, but Morgan takes the robe he wore at Shea Stadium and says to watch the history he makes with it. Hogan says not to take it, but Morgan says he just did and walks off.
We then go to the back as Hogan watches a monitor and says he finally got it, but James Storm comes in and says that he got his head straight after finishing matters with Bobby Roode and wants a chance. Hogan says he might have an idea for Storm and he walks off as Storm looks confused.
Bobby Roode comes out to the ring with microphone in hand and says that it is Open Fight Night, but he’s not here to fight, he’s here to state the fact that he is getting screwed once again. Hulk Hogan had four contenders in his office looking for a shot at the World Title, but the contract stating he couldn’t get a rematch for the title as long as Austin Aries was champion is no longer applicable, so he thinks he should have been the guy challenging for the title last week. He says he and Hogan both know he would have kicked Hardy’s ass and won the title if that happened, but Roode’s monologue is cut short as AJ Styles comes out to the ring to say that he should be the World Champion, and asks if Roode forgets how he held the title longer than anyone in history, and says to stop complaining because that’s a major accomplishment. During that year, he was dealing with other people’s issues where he was being framed for all kinds of stuff he didn’t do, but all people care about is who is going to be the #1 contender for the World Title. Talking isn’t going to get either of them any closer to that title shot, but fighting will, so he’s calling Roode out right now. Roode says he’s not here to fight and that the answer is no, and Roode turns to leave but then turns back around and suckerpunches AJ. AJ slugs him back and clotheslines him out to the floor as Hulk Hogan comes out with James Storm in tow and says he hears them loud and clear and agrees that they both deserve title shots. He makes a match between AJ, Roode, and Storm at Turning Point where the winner gets a title shot and the loser can’t get a title shot until at least next year’s Bound For Glory.
Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan are backstage, and they’re…WALKING!
Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan come out to the ring, and Morgan says he was tired of being ignored by TNA management, so he took the ball in his own hands and started attacking wrestlers at house shows to get Hogan’s attention. It still wasn’t good enough, so since Hogan made a lot of history in the robe he wore to Shea Stadium, he’s going to make even more history with it and will now eat through the entire roster one by one until he owns the World Title. He hands the microphone to Ryan, who says that he’s normally good at avoiding VDs, but tonight he’s calling out RVD to prove that the X Division Title can be X rated.
X Division Champion Rob Van Dam vs Joey Ryan
RVD gets in the ring and starts unloading on Ryan, but allows himself to be distracted by Morgan and Ryan dumps him out to the floor. RVD pops back up on the apron and spinkicks Ryan in the face, then comes inside and continues destroying Ryan with kicks and shoulderblocks in the corner. Ryan is literally getting no offense as RVD hits Rolling Thunder and goes for the Five Star Frogsplash, but Morgan reaches into the ring and pulls Ryan out of the way, allowing Ryan to get a rolling cradle and pin RVD with his feet on the ropes.
Winner: Joey Ryan
RVD goes after Ryan after the match, but Morgan gets in the ring and takes RVD’s head off with the Carbon Footprint.
Devon is backstage with Aces & Eights, and he’s…SCOWLING!
We’re told that AJ Styles will wrestle Bobby Roode in singles action next week, and then Bully Ray comes out to the ring to tell all the fans in the northeast to stay hardcore, then he demands that Devon come out to the ring so he can kick his ass. Devon takes his time taking his jacket off and getting in the ring, but then he bails out to the floor before making contact. Bubba goes after him and pulls a table out from under the ring, he brings the table into the ring and sets it up in the corner, then yells at Devon to get in the ring and fight him. Devon slowly gets back on the ring apron, but drops back to the floor when Bubba charges him. The rest of Aces & Eights comes out to the ring, and it looks like the entire gang is thereas they all get in the ring and back Bubba into the corner. Bubba grabs his chain and dares the gang to make a move, but then Sting, Angle, Storm, AJ, Chavo, and Hernandez come out to the ring and another huge brawl breaks out. The bell never rang, so I guess there’s no match. The fight spills out to the floor as Devon and Bubba are left alone in the ring, Devon takes a swing at Bubba, but Bubba blocks and lays Devon out with a right hand as the crowd chants for the table. One of the members of Aces & Eights comes in and nails Bubba from behind, but Joseph Park runs in and goes face to face with the guy, who punches him in the gut and unloads on him with right hands before putting the boots to him. Park gets to his feet and pulls his mask off, and it’s Luke Gallows! Gallows chokeslams Park through the table, then heads for the hills as Sting and Angle chase him off, and that’s it for this week.