We start off with an awesome video package looking at the final five competitors in the Bound For Glory Series, and we’ll have the final two regular season matches tonight…starting right now!
Bound For Glory Series: Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe
The crowd is going nuts tonight. They tie up and trade wristlocks, Hardy goes to the ropes to force a break and then gets a headlock, Joe escapesand goes to the ropes and runs Hardy over with a running shoulderblock that sends Hardy out to the floor. Hardy takes a breather for a moment before coming back in and quickly gets pummeled in the corner with right jabs. Joe dumps Hardy back out to the floor, then follows him out and drives a straight knee right into Hardy’s grill. Joe tries to ram Hardy into the steps, but Hardy blocks and rams Joe into the steps instead, then springboards off the steps to hit Poetry In Motion against the guardrail. Both men are down on the floor as we go to commercial.
We’re back as Joe takes Hardy out with a double sledge in the middle of the ring that gets 2. Joe with a headbutt and then takes Hardy back to the corner for more right hands, then hits a charging elbow and a leaping enziguiri for 2. Joe picks Hardy up and fires off a hard forearm, and Hardy tries coming off the ropes but walks right into a snap powerslam for 2. Hardy finally starts a comeback with clotheslines, the double legdrop to the crotch, and basement dropkick for 2. Hardy hitsa jawbreaker and goes to the top rope, Joe tries to grab him but Hardy leaps into the ring and Joe catches him in the Kokina clutch. Hardy runs forward and rams him into the turnbuckle, hits a crappy Whisper In The Wind that barely grazes Joe’s arm, then hits the Twist of Fate, hiptosses Joe, and locks him in a modified version of the Anaconda Vice until Joe taps out.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hardy win a match by submission before, though I think most people expected him to win. Looks like whoever loses RVD vs Bully Ray later is out of the series.
We see a video package of last week’s incident where Aces & Eights tried to take Austin Aries out, then we go backstage where Aries is asking Hulk Hogan how much longer this is going to go on. Hogan says the guy who attacked him last week was someone who was hired as part of the TV crew, but Hogan has him back this week and he’ll be at Aries’ disposal. Aries asks if Hogan actually thinks he’ll be able to get any info out of him, but Hogan says it’s okay to break his legs to get him to talk.
We go to Christy Hemme, who wants to get comments from Samoa Joe following his loss to Hardy. Joe barely gets a word out before Brutus Magnus comes out to explain why he lost his temper on Joe a few weeks ago. He said they were good as a team…he was great,but the team was good until Joe got slefish and threw it all away. Magnus is over it, and he just wants Joe to know he’s over it and he just wants to wish Joe the best. Joe turns around to continue the interview, but Magnus runs back out and hits Joe from behind in the bad arm before taking off.
We go to Hulk Hogan, who has the four teams in contention for tonight’s title shot in his office to plead their case. Robbie E says they’re the youngest and they want an opportunity, then Kid Kash and Chavo Guerrero go back and forth until AJ Styles comes in saying he deserves revenge on Daniels & Kazarian. Hogan says the first elimination is easy, and AJ is out because he can’t have two tag belts on one guy.
Speaking of Hogans, Brooke puts Tara overfor answering Brooke Tessmacher’s challenge on Open Fight Night, and says she’s glad she brought Taryn Terrell to ensure there won’t be any shady booking. Gail Kim comes in and protests being shoved aside, and Hogan says that if she wants the spotlight, she can wrestle Tara tonight.
Taryn Terrell is in the ring, and we’re ready for tonight’s Knockouts match!
Gail Kim vs Tara
They tie up and Gail takes a side headlock, then armdrags Tara and catches her in the face with a standing dropkick. Tara gives her a right hand and an armdrag, then sends Gail to the ropes for a big backdrop. Gail quickly grabs Tara’s arm and hits a divorce court, then whips her hard to the corner and hits a running crossbody in the corner before springboarding off the ropes with a stomp to the head for 2. Gail stands over Tara to play to the crowd and gets caught in a sunset flip for 2, but Gail takes her headoff with a kick and makes a cover, and Terrell takes a bit of time to get down and count and Gail only gets 2. Tara capitalizes and gets a powerslam for 2, then starts running Gail over with clotheslines and gets a delayed vertical suplex for 2. Tara plants her boot in Gail’s chest to step over her, but Gail grabs the ankle and drops Tara onto the second rope. Gail goes up top but gets caught by Tara, who picks Gail off the corner and hits the Widow’s Peak for the win.
We see a video package looking back at Joey Ryan’s appearance in the Gut Check that resulted in him not getting a contract, then last week’s appearance where he got into it with Al Snow, who needed to be held back by Bruce Prichard.
Speaking of Snow, he’s backstage, and he’s…WALKING!
We come back from commercial, and Al Snow is in the ring saying that if Joey Ryan wants his attention, he’s got it. He knows Ryan is here because security saw him, so he can come out to the ring so Snow can talk to him. He asks what Ryan would like to say, and Ryan says he’s here and he’s bringing sleazy back. Snow says this is it, he’s just got to go through Gut Check one more time, but with no judges, he wins and he gets a contract. Snow takes his jacket off and rolls his sleeves up, and he says if Ryan wants a contract, he’s going to need to earn it by going through him. Ryan says it’s not the 90s and nobody wants to see Snow in spandex, then Snow says he’ll whip his ass in jeans and smacks Ryan in the face. Ryan leaves through the crowd threatening to sue Snow.
Bully Ray catches up with Joseph Park last week saying they both want to know about Aces & Eights, and wants to know if he found anything. Park says he’s not going to violate attorney/client privileges and he’ll report back to Hogan, and Bubba just warns him to watch himself because he knows people like this.
A security guard throws the handcuffed member of Aces & Eights into a broom closet where Austin Aries gets ready to “question” him.
We go back to Hogan and the tag teams, and Kid Kash & Gunner are eliminated because the animosity with Chavo & Hernandez is too personal. Okay.
Bound For Glory Series: Rob Van Dam vs Bully Ray
They have a staredown and yellback and forth trying to psych each other out, but Bubba shows off his calves and RVD responds by kicking him in the leg. Bubba with a kick to the gut and he starts unloading with right hands and forearms, then catches RVD with a back elbow. Bubba unloads with more right hands and RVD gets quick rollup for 2, then they’re back to a stalemate. RVD gets a side headlock, Bubba uses RVD’s ponytail to send him to the ropes but RVD gets a back kick and then rolls through a hiptoss to superkick Bubba for 2. Bubba rolls out to the floor to take a quick break, but RVD takes him out again with a baseball slide and then a somersault dive. RVD rolls Bubba back inside and goes to the top, but Bubba shakes the ropes and RVD gets crotched on the top rope. Bubba tries to drag RVD into the ring, but RVD’s leg gets caught in the ropes so Bubba starts pounding on the leg while RVD is totally unable to protect himself. Bubba puts a grapevine on the leg and cranks on it to further soften the knee up, then drives right hands into the knee until RVD is desperate enough to go to the eyes to force the break. Bubba continues with the heavy right hands and then gets into it with the referee, a distraction that lasts just long enough for RVD to hit a leg lariat. That turns the tide, and now RVD gets right hands of his own and a series of clotheslines and the stepover leg lariat. RVD with Rolling Thunder for 2 followed by the rolling monkey flip out of the corner. RVD with a second rope crossbody for 2, but Bubba dodges a springboard thrust kick and big boots RVD in the face for 2. Bubba misses the Vader Bomb, but rolls out of the way of the split-legged moonsault, so RVD hits the springboard thrust kick and comes off the top with the five star…oh wait, Bubba pops up and hits the Bubba Cutter for the win!
Winner: Bully Ray
We go backstage to Aries interrogating the Aces & Eights guy, saying that he’s got all of “Mike’s” information and Aces & Eights doesn’t care about him anymore. He wants to find out who everyone in the group is, and Mike can do it the easy way by telling Aries what he wants to know, or they can do it the hard way. Aries takes his jacket off and slaps Mike in the face, then threatens him with a pair of pliers. Aries sticks the pliers down his throat and tries to rip his tongue out, but Hogan comes in and says Aries can’t do this to the guy…because he wants some too. Hogan slaps the taste out of his mouth for cornering his daughter, but his cell phone rings before he can take the guy out and it’s the VP of Aces & Eights. Hogan makes a deal where they’ll give Mike back if they send the guy who broke Aries’ arm down to the ring alone before the end of the night, and then he wants the armbreaker to face Aries at No Surrender. The Aces & Eights VP agrees, and Hogan takes one more free shot on Mike before telling Aries to let him live for now.
James Storm comes out to the ring to say that 2012 has been a year of highs and lows because the way he lost at Lockdown made him doubt himself and whether he still wanted to be a wrestler, but after spending time with his family and drinking with his friends, he realized that something was missing because he loved hearing the crowd go crazy. He came back at Slammiversary, ended Crimson’s undefeated streak, and got into the BFG Series, and as the competition got stiffer, he got just a bit better. He knows there’s three more guys standing in his way from him becoming World Champion again, so he wants them to come out so he can pick his semifinal opponent. He selects Bully Ray as his first opponent, and he wants Bubba to come down to the ring because he has something to say to his face. He says Bubba was pointing his finger at him as the leader of Aces & Eights and Storm proved him wrong, and after Bubba ended his run in the BFG Series last year, he’s going to end Bubba’s run this year before winning the title back.
Mike is backstage, and he’s…BEING HELD HOSTAGE! And Daniels and Kazarian are…LOOKING CONSTERNATED!
Christy Hemme catches up with Rob Van Dam backstage toask for his thoughts on being eliminated from the BFG Series, but Magnus butts in again to say that RVD is devastated because the old RVD wouldn’t fall at the final hurdle. Magnus grew up watching him and RVD set the bar so high, and maybe he just can’t reach the bar anymore and isn’t hte man he once was. RVD punches Magnus in the face and they start fighting until Al Snow and D-Lo Brown run in to separate them.
World Tag Team Title Match: Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hernandez
The champions jump Chavo & Hernandez on their way into the ring, but the challengers clear them out quickly and all four men go outside and brawl on the floor. They head back in where Hernandez slams Daniels and tags in Chavo, who comes over the top rope with a rolling senton. Hernandez is back in with a bearhug on Daniels, then htis an overhead release suplex. Chavo is back in with a basement dropkick for 2, then beats Daniels down in the corner with right hands. Hernandez slams Chavo onto Daniels for 2, Daniels finally makes the tag out, but Kazarian walks right into a hiptoss and then an elbowdrop from Hernandez. Daniels tags in and tries a side suplex, but Chavo gets a headscissors and then tags in Hernandez, who hits an over the shoulder backbreaker on Kazarian. Hernandez with a delayed vertical suplex on Kazarian while Chavo hits the Three Amigos on Daniels. The champions appear totally overmatched as we go to commercial.
We’re back and the champions finally get an advantage when Kazarian drops Chavo throat first across the top rope and Daniels follows up with an STO. He dumps Chavo out to the floor so Kazarian can get some cheapshots in, then he rolls Chavo back in where Daniels hits a side bulldog for 2. Daniels hiptosses Kazarian onto Chavo for 2, then Kazarian goes to a double chickenwing. Chavo gets away and tags in Hernandez, who comes over the top rope with a flying shoulderblock on Hernandez and then cleans house on both men. Hernandez shoudler tackles Daniels into next week, then catches Kazarian coming off the ropes and muscles him into a sitout powerbomb for 2. Daniels comes in and they double team Hernandez, but Hernandez obots Daniels to the floor, skins the cat onto the top rope, and he fights with Kazarian until Chavo yanks Kazarian off the ropes and headscissors Hernandez onto Kazarian. Hernandez makes a cover, but Daniels comes in and jumps on the referee to break the count. Chavo and Kazarian brawl out to the floor, Daniels goes for a springboard moonsault but Chavo moves and he takes Kazarian out. Hernandez wipes both champions out with a dive, then they go inside where Hernandez hits a splash in the corner. Daniels backdrops Chavo out to the floor and then uses one of the title belts to hit Hernandez in the ribs so Kazarian can roll him up for the win.
Winners: Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
Hulk Hogan’s music hits and he comes out to interrupt the celebration, congratulating them on their win and saying that AJ Styles is backstage saying he can beat both of them by himself. Hogan disagrees with that, so Daniels & Kazarian are going to give Styles and Kurt Angle their rematch this weekend at No Surrender.
Austin Aries is backstage herding his hostage out to the ring, and we’ll see if Aces & Eights answers the challenge next!
Okay, Aries is in the ring with Mike and he says that Aces & Eights obviously wants him back because he was ready to beat the truth out of him, but he obviously holds some value to the group, so he’ll trade him back without doing any more damage as long as tghe man who broke his arm comes down to accept a fight with Aries, not a match, but a fight with Aries this Sunday. Nobody shows up, so Aries asks if his mic is working because he’s tired of waiting and is ready to call the deal off if nobody comes out. Aries picks Mike up and drags him to the corner and starts slapping him around, but finally the bigdude from Aces & Eights comes out of the crowd and pulls Mike to the floor…and knocks him out with a hammer. Aries comes out of the ring with a dive, and they go into the ring and keep brawling as we go off the air.
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