TNA Impact comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 11, 2013) from Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring the continuation of the Bound for Glory Series in a Joker's Wild tag team gimmick, Sting, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and Magnus adding another member to the recently reformed Main Event Mafia, a number one contender Knockout's ladder match between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell, and much, much more.
Spoilers are readily available if you're the impatient type, and you can click here to read them.
But if you would rather wait and follow along with the live blog as it all goes down, come right back here at 9 p.m. ET to check for updates from the show set to air on Spike TV.
TNA IMPACT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 11
Broadcast is live.
Bully Ray pre-tape basically explaining away the Brooke Hogan engagement to Phil Costa, an issue TNA has been trying to figure out since Brooke went super public with it and it got so much mainstream press. Ray basically says she moves on only when he says she can move on.
Really, a pretty damn good promo from Ray and a good way to deal with the situation. Kudos to TNA.
We'll start with the Aces and 8s and Ray is out for a promo. He brings up Chris Sabin being the X-Division champion and how he's thinking of solidifying his decision to trade the title in for a shot at Bully's belt.
"Don't trade your title in. I've told you a million times, I'm a bad, bad man who does bad, bad things to little people like you."
Man, Bully is phenomenal.
Now, onto other business. Apparently, Aces and 8s will promote a new Vice President tonight. That's not revealed here, however. Ray moves on to the challenge laid down by the Main Event Mafia for a match between the two sides next week.
The answer is no.
This brings out the group, with only Kurt Angle and Sting in suits and Magnus and Samoa Joe wearing their wrestling gear.
Angle has the mic and he says they're going to kill two birds with one stone next week. Ray will lose his heavyweight title and when he does, for the first time since winning the belt, he's going to look around and be all alone.
Ray is pacing during this promo and Sting makes mention of that when he gets the mic. He keeps it short and sweet, at one point mocking Ray's accent, before saying they'll add their final member tonight before the evening is over.
I missed a couple Joker's wild tag team matches, but rest assured, it wasn't anything to write home about. The gimmick is that they're being picked out of a tumbler and matched randomly and the winners will advance to a Gauntlet match later on with 25 Bound for Glory Series points on the line.
So far, Mr. Anderson & Magnus def. Jay Bradley & Hernandez and Samoa Joe & AJ Styles def. Jeff Hardy & Joseph Park.
So there you go.
The gimmick they're doing for the last match is that they're booking mismatched partners.
Christopher Daniels & Austin Aries vs. Kazarian & Bobby Roode
The finish was done like Daniels stopped Kazarian from pinning Aries, then a sequence led to Kazarian rolling Daniels up after he tagged in on his own, though Kaz didn't realize it was Daniels because he couldn't see after a shot from Aries.
Bad Influence argued in the ring right after.
Bully Ray backstage tells us the Aces and 8s are going to get back to being themselves and that starts with naming a new Aces and 8s Vice President. Tazz bails from his commentary seat to help in the deliberations.
Maybe that means he's gone for the night.
Pre-tape backstage and Hulk Hogan wants to talk to his daughter, Brooke. She doesn't want to talk about it, she wants to focus on business and what's really important to her right now.
He says he knows Bully called. She admits to that but says she's handling it.
Ultimately, Hulk gets mad and says she needs to take care of business ... ALL of it.
Now we get the Aces and 8s pre-tape naming the new Vice President. Ray says they have been having problems lately, but they got rid of one and that's D-Lo Brown.
Now, onto the problem tonight. Mr. Anderson wants to be VP and so does Doc. They both vote for themselves. That leads to a vote from everyone else.
That gives the deciding vote to Knux. Doc steps forward and bumps beer bottles with Knux and right after, Knux votes Anderson and he's the new VP of the club.
There's a brief staredown between the two before the club walks out.
Time for the Knockout's number one contender ladder match. They're getting the good time slot.
Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim
Never mind on the Taz thing. He's already back at commentary shortly into this match, which has featured an RVD chant. Amazing what a jump to the other side will do.
Mike Tenay tried to play it off like they were chanting for the referee in the match, ODB. I suppose it's possible I misheard but I don't know why they would chant for her.
The match was as good as advertised. The finish saw Kim win by tying Terrell's long hair through the ropes and rushing up the ladder to grab the contract before Terrell could free herself and get to her. There was also a ladder set up on the other side to make it hard on her.
Terrell is selling a knee injury.
Pre-tape with Angle and Sting talking over how great things are going for the Main Event Mafia now. Magnus is number one in the BFG Series and Joe is number two. Things are going very, very well.
Oh, by the way, have you heard from the fifth member?
Oh, he's supposed to be calling any minute now.
Oh, he's calling right now.
So who is the "heavy hitter" joining the Mafia tonight.
WE'RE OUT OF TIME. WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEE....
Sorry. Reverted back to 1997 for a second.
Find out later tonight.
Time for the Gauntlet match.
It's basically a Royal Rumble match that turns into a singles encounter and Magnus and Roode are the last two left. Magnus wins and earns 25 points.
Hogan out for the main event segment, and he calls out Chris Sabin. This is the moment of truth, where he'll decide whether or not to cash in his X-Division title for a shot at Bully Ray's heavyweight title.
Sabin cuts a babyface promo and before he's done, Ray himself comes out.
"You tell your daughter, my wife, that we got unfinished business," he says to Hogan before moving to Sabin. "You must be living in a fantasy land. Do yourself a favor: Do not hand that title over."
Hogan reassures Sabin and Ray tells him not to because he's gotten everyone in trouble with Bully, including his daughter. As for Sabin, there's no way in hell a little boy like him could defeat a man, a President, a world champion like Ray.
"You know what, Bully, shut the hell up!"
Man, Sabin really does look way too small to be in there with Ray. He's so small and has such a small voice that doesn't project, it just seems off watching him try to stand to Bully. He's making good points, about having been the only guy to kick out of the 3D, the man who pinned Ray to end Team 3D, all that good stuff.
Sabin hands Hogan the X-Division title and it's now official.
"You just signed your death warrant, kid."
Ray says Sabin ain't just fighting Aces and 8s at Destination X, he's fighting his entire family. Aces and 8s music plays as they walk out but it gets cut off by the Main Event Mafia's music, as Sting, Angle, Magnus, and Joe all come out.
Time for the final member to be revealed.
It's Rampage Jackson.
He's wearing a Bellator shirt and looks genuinely imposing with the chain and howl. You gotta admit, he's made for this business.