TNA returns to Spike TV tonight (Jan. 24, 2013) with its latest episode of Impact Wrestling, featuring Jeff Hardy defending the heavyweight championship against Christopher Daniels.
TNA Impact Wrestling comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 24, 2013) from the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida, featuring Jeff Hardy defending his heavyweight championship against Christopher Daniels.
This show was taped because the roster was traveling to the United Kingdom for its annual tour overseas, so if you're impatient and want to read spoilers you can do so by clicking here.
Remember to check back right here at 8 p.m. ET tonight to follow along with the live blog as it all goes down.
TNA IMPACT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 24
Broadcast is live.
Replay of the wedding last week and new footage of what happened after as everyone picked up the pieces. Brooke has a jacket on to cover her breasts. She looks like she's stifling laughter on her way out.
Come on, Brooke.
Keneley and Tenay are at the commentary desk alone but they left the third chair for added effect.
Aces and 8s are out first and Tazz looks so ridiculous. The short fat guy leading the charge? They also have like 50 members now, apparently, and they're all much bigger than Tazz. He looks like a little kid in there.
His explanation for joining the group? He wants to be a part of a group that is so elite. He wants to take direction and vision from a higher power.
Oh dear god, they're going with the higher power storyline.
He starts going after Brooke Hogan and tells her to shut up and says the wedding was just an opportunity for Aces and 8s to take themselves to another level, which they did.
Now he brings up Dixie Carter and says he signed a contract that says he's bulletproof. If anyone puts a hand on him, he'll own "this friggin' place. I'm teflon. I'm Teflon Tazz."
"We're driven to rule over you, and we will."
This is what they wanted with Tazz joining. He calls Brooke and Bully just victims and good luck to everyone trying to deal with them and the "higher power."
Hi, Eric Bischoff.
Promo from Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. He says he's not a creature, he's the feature. He says more and it was awesome.
Just wait for the video later.
Tazz joins the commentary desk for this next match. Interesting.
Velvet Sky vs. Tara
With Tazz on commentary, they're hardly calling the action. He's really heeling it up in the most annoying way possible. Keneley went after him for being a turncoat and Tazz rightly called him out for having been hired like an hour ago.
Meanwhile, Tara is giving Sky a great match with the Knockouts title on the line. Tenay is putting Tara over as a two-time WWE women's champion, and he used those words exactly.
Sky nearly wins the title but Jesse causes the distraction. Sky goes for another pin but misses and suddenly Tara hits a suplex that gets the pin.
Joseph Park comes down and he's breathing heavy and talking about finishing 18th in his Youth Olympics. He says he's realized his place isn't in a courtroom in front of a judge but RIGHT HERE as a member of the Impact roster.
He realizes he didn't win in his first official match -- or "get the W, as the boys would call it" -- but he wants to be the very best that he can be.
Next week, he'll be calling someone out. He says kayfabe but messes it up and his new character is awesome. His face is beat red and he's sweating profusely. I always worry the dude is going to fall out.
He says he's going to hold his court in the ring next week and he's going to get "the W."
This guy is great.
Zema Ion and Kenny King vs. Rob Van Dam and Christian York
Story was a fast paced bout that saw Ion capitalize on King's hard work with a pinfall stealing the spotlight, which Tenay put over while King yelled at Ion in the ring.
Feud coming? Certainly looks that way.
Not a bad match but nothing really special.
Samoa Joe backstage segment with Garrett Bischoff and Wes Briscoe.
The guys ask about Kurt Angle and whether or not he's okay. Joe tells them to ask him themselves and Angle comes walking up.
Angle says he's not 100-percent but he's good enough to go for tonight. He's ready to kick some ass.
We'll see what that means later, apparently.
Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan come out. Bully says he expected this from Devon but not from Tazz. He's a coward. Bully calls for him and conveniently enough, Tazz bailed from his commentary spot.
Ray's real problem here is that Tazz hurt everyone around him. His buddy and biggest supporter, Sting. The guy he's trying to win the acceptance of, Hulk Hogan. And, of course, the woman he was trying to marry, Brooke.
Bully is awesome here. He tells the camera to look into his eyes and tells Aces and 8s he absolutely won't stop until he makes every single one of them pay for what they've done.
The way he delivered this line, it wasn't cheesy. It's crazy how good Ray is these days.
Now he begs for Hogan to lift the suspension to go about getting his retribution.
Suddenly, Sting's music hits and he comes out giving hugs to everyone in the ring. He says he's going to do his very best to drive this thing all the way home.
The Stinger continues pleading for Hulk to lift the suspension. He says Hogan should make the announcement next week in the U.K. that Bully is reinstated.
Austin Aries and Bobby Roode pre-tape has the two arguing over who should face Hernandez. Both guys put each other over while trying to choose who faces Hernandez.
It's amazing. They're going against everything they said before in an attempt to get the other to face Hernandez.
Awesome. Again, wait for the video but the best thing about TNA right now are these two and Daniels and Kaz. Easily.
Bobby Roode vs. Hernandez
Obviously, they settled on Roode being the muscle and with that, he should go up against the big lug Hernandez.
They set up a spot where Hernandez is about to hit the suicide dive on Roode but Aries comes running down to make the save and push him out of the way. This leads to a shoving match between the two but it was effective in getting the victory because Roode ended up hitting a bulldog and getting the pin not long after.
They argue up the ramp after the match, both trying to take credit for the win.
Kurt Angle comes down and says he thought Aces and 8s would be a fad but they've managed to stick around somehow. And he's sick and tired of the way the group has been taking people out and launching sneak attacks.
So he calls out Mr. Anderson.
Anderson comes down to the ring from the Aces and 8s entrance wearing all Aces and 8s gear.
"You want to fight me next week, Kurt? You want to fight me next week, Kurt? You want to fight me next week, Kurt? YOU WANT TO FIGHT ME NEXT WEEK, KURT?"
He said it maybe eight more times.
Finally, he said he doesn't want to fight Angle next week because he wants to do it tonight. They brawl briefly and Angle eventually sends him out running away. This leads to Angle, who they keep calling Cyborg for some reason, telling Anderson they'll battle next week on Open Fight Night in a steel cage.
Up next is the main event.
Christopher Daniels vs. Jeff Hardy
Once again, during the match Tazz was putting over Aces and 8s. He spent quite a bit of time shitting on Jeff Hardy and saying he needs to get beat down.
The match itself was awesome. The two went back and forth with big moves that built to a bunch of near falls and a teased title change but ultimately, Hardy got the pin to retain his heavyweight championship.
Tazz came down and cut a promo on Hardy asking what he's going to do when Aces and 8s destroys everything around him. This was a distraction for a masked member to run down and blast him in the back of the leg before running out.
That was the big injury angle? Wow.