TNA Impact Wrestling comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 20, 2012) from the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida, featuring Championship Thursday.
Three title matches are on tap for tonight's show, including Austin Aries challenging Jeff Hardy for the TNA heavyweight championship, Kurt Angle challenging Devon for the TV championship, and Tara defending the Knockouts championship against Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Miss Tessmacher, or ODB.
All that and more.
It all goes down tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET on Spike TV so remember to check back right here to follow along with the live blog as it all goes down.
TNA IMPACT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 20
Broadcast is live.
They open with a message addressing the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last week. Very classy and we send our condolences as well.
Recap of the past couple weeks.
Cameras show the arrivals of Hardy and Aries. Hardy looks like he wants to go get blitzed and be anywhere but the Impact Zone while Aries nods at a few females walking by before ogling them as they go.
Looks like we'll start with the TV title match.
Kurt Angle vs. Devon
We're all still waiting for Garrett Bischoff and Wes Briscoe to turn but it keeps not happening.
Brief generic promo from Angle before the Aces and 8s do their walkout. Some cool camera work for their entrance. None of these guys are stars but the production crew is doing a good job making them look like they are.
Angle doesn't like it that Devon has his cronies with him, so he brings out some back up of his own before the match starts.
It doesn't take long to do a spot where Devon gets sent to the outside and a big brawl breaks out between both sides. ONE REFEREE manages to break it up. That's one badass group of heels right there.
A long commercial break ends with the announcers telling us Devon has been in control since they left. Brian Hebner, the referee, apparently also sent both groups on the outside to the back so this stays a singles match.
For being such rulebreakers, the Aces and 8s sure do respect authority.
Angle, the big idiot he can be at times, decides to do a missile dropkick from the top rope, despite his bum leg.
Oh, here we go. Angle locks on the Ankle Lock and Aces and 8s come out to distract the referee so one of its members can sneak into the ring and club Angle with a bat.
The babyface TNA crew couldn't make the save, so Devon rolls to get the pin and retains the title.
Time for the backstage segments with the Knockouts title challenger being decided. Brooke Hogan says everyone deserves it but ODB needs to focus on her family first, and Eric Young is still laid up, so she needs to go take care of him.
She tells Brooke to kiss her ass as she walks out.
Now Brooke needs to do some more thinking before eliminating another Knockout.
Tag action next.
Joey Ryan & Matt Morgan vs. Kenny King & Rob Van Dam
They air a promo from King before entrances where he brags about beating RVD last week.So they're going with the feuding tag partners gimmick.
The match is fairly short and King ends up bailing on his partner, leading to Morgan hitting the Carbon Blueprint to get the pin on RVD.
RVD sells in the ring while King is on the ramp saying, "Damn, that looked like it hurt. Hey, how's your face?"
Good stuff, King.
Backstage interview with Kazarian, who is asked how he feels about AJ Styles walking away. He says AJ's boots were made for walking, so it's whatever.
What's important, though, is that Christmas is five days away and he wants to show his best friend how much he means to him.
Then he takes a call from someone named Nick and that's that.
Here comes Hulk Hogan.
The mark Orlando crowd chants his name as his music stops. "And it's still 2012, you've gotta be kidding me man. You guys make me feel like I'm 18-years-old again, brother!"
Please stop, Hulkafailia.
Now he's talking about how TNA was a teeny tiny company at the beginning of the year but now it's this big monster. There's also a super deep roster of talent in the back, so deep that they can't decide who the best is right now.
So the fans are going to get the chance to vote on it through the end of the year and on Jan. 3, we'll find out who wins.
This brings out Aces and 8s.
Devon starts talking but Hogan cuts him off and says if he's such a tough guy, he should come to the ring by himself. Devon's promo centers on 2012 being the year Aces and 8s was born. It was the year the group beat down every member of the TNA roster. Their club represents the truth and not the lies Hogan has been telling the fans.
Now, he's saying 2013 will be the year Aces and 8s will be revealed and gold will be taken. But Hogan won't be around to see any of it unfold. They surround the ring like they're going to attack and Bully Ray runs out to the ring to make the save. All seven or so members of Aces and 8s run away, presumably because Ray and Hogan together is such a badass team that the two of them could take the entire group out. But that's the stable that is going to take over in 2013.
The announcers put over Ray trying to earn Hogan's trust and respect but he walks away while making clear he still doesn't feel that way. Bully stands in the ring and asks, "what the hell do I have to do?"
Maybe just bone down with Brooke and forget about Hulk? I don't know.
Jeff Hardy promo and he's putting over Austin Aries as a guy who earned his respect at Bound for Glory. But he's no fan of his anymore because Aries paid Aces and 8s to take him out.
He beat him once and he'll beat him again.
Back to Brooke deliberating on the final three Knockouts and who should get the match with Tara tonight.
Mickie James and Velvet Sky agree they came back at the same time and it was awkward timing, leading to neither of the two getting a shot.
That leaves Miss Tessmacher on the outside looking in. She says she knew it was coming but she respects the decision.
It's down to James and Sky. Gee, I wonder who is going to get the shot.
Kazarian is shown walking to the ring with his presents. That's next.
It feels like this show has been going forever.
Kazarian is out and telling the crowd "not even you ass goblins can ruin the festive mood I'm in."
There's a big ass king's throne chair in the ring, as well as a Christmas tree with a picture of Kazarian and Christopher Daniels on top of it. Kazarian puts over Daniels really big in introductions and Tazz says what we're all thinking by wondering why Kazarian is speaking so glowingly of his tag partner. A little too glowingly.
Oh dear god, this is getting awful. Kazarian talks up Daniels some more and then introduces Santa by saying "this guy has the biggest sack I've ever seen."
Good one, Kaz.
Daniels sits on Santa's lap and when he's asked if he's been good, he says he got rid of Styles, who everyone hates. So he's been great. Santa says he'll grant his wish then, and Daniels wants to use his wish for someone who really needs it.
"That's special, Chris," Santa says.
Daniels asks Santa to give Styles' kids some gifts because AJ is such a loser, he won't be able to get anything for them.
This brings out James Storm, whose entrance theme gets NO reaction.
He's upset that they're bagging on Christmas. He literally says they can make fun of AJ Styles but when they go after Christmas, that's crossing the line and it won't be happening on his watch.
Oh man, this isn't even campy fun. This is just dumb.
Storm now has a bone to pick with Santa. He didn't get what he wanted when he was a kid and he's pissed about it.
This is so bad.
"If you're the real Santa Claus then answer this -- last year, what did I ask for Christmas?"
That's what Storm just asked. Santa guesses he asked for a country CD. Storm says he was close but he asked for a case of beer. Then he proceeds to superkick Santa out of his chair.
"Put that in your pipe and smoke it!"
Aries promo time to save us from that atrocity.
He sits there for a second and says nothing. "Did you get it? No? I guess my mind is on a different level than your cameras and I'll have to say this out loud."
Oh, that's good. Taking a shot at those dumb Hardy segments where we can hear his thoughts is perfect for Aries.
The rest is generic. He'll beat Hardy, win the belt, blah blah.
Brooke is walking through the halls, so it looks like the decision on the Knockouts title challenger is coming.
Oh wow, TNA just gave away the mysterious 1.3.13 promo by actually having Sting show up in the promo and say he's going to come to get his bat back and destroy Aces and 8s. He's going to start with Doc, too.
Cut to the crew in their clubhouse and they're having another meeting. This entire deal is one big ripoff of Sons of Anarchy and no one gets it. If they do, they don't care.
Devon says he might have a guy to talk to and he wants to sit down with him next week. They take a vote and everyone agrees to let Devon reach out to someone.
Brooke gives the shot to Mickie and tells Velvet to watch the match because her shot will be coming soon.
Mickie James vs. Tara
Mickie's wearing a skirt that keeps flying up for every move. It's very distracting.
Story so far is Tara was getting overwhelmed before Jesse helped her by tripping James and switching the momentum. Tara killed the match quick by going for three consecutive pinfall attempts in a row.
Mickie made her big comeback and was close to winning but Jesse grabbed her up and tried to take off. James splashed him on the outside and smacked him but he was able to grab her leg and keep her from getting back in the ring long enough to give Tara time to recover and hit an atomic drop to get the pin.
Main event up next, it seems. Still a half hour to go too.
We get clips of Joseph Park training in OVW. The trainers are really riding him hard, from the looks of it.
Park takes a hard shot from someone, sees the blood from a cut opened up and starts dominating the dude. He quickly comes out of it and everyone asks if he's okay.
I guess they're still playing the Abyss angle? Or not?
Okay, now it's time for the main event.
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries
They're going long in a big back and forth. They're having to pace at a level we're not used to seeing from these two, even in their longer matches. Aries in control for most of the match so far.
The crowd is awful. They're barely reacting to anything, save for a brief chant tell Aries he sucks.
Hardy teasing comebacks but always getting snuffed out.
Now we get a ref bump and it's just before Aries hits the brainbuster. He calls for a ref, who comes running down to count the pin. Bobby Roode is right behind him and he takes the referee out before counting to two and abruptly stopping.
Aries turns around and Roode hits a spinebuster. Conveniently enough, the original ref is up and good to go.
Hardy hits a Twist of Fate and then a Swanton bomb behind it.
That gets the pin and the win to retain the title.
Hogan is asked about the heavyweight title picture on his way out of the ring.
He's also asked about Brooke and Bully. He doesn't say anything but looks over and sees Brooke making out with Bully.
He gets in his car and drives away.
Well, that's that.
Fade to black.