TNA Impact comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 29, 2013) from St. Louis, Missouri, featuring the No Surrender event that will feature the semifinals, and then final, in the Bound for Glory Series. The matches scheduled to determine as much are AJ Styles vs. Austin Aries and Magnus vs. Bobby Roode with the winners meeting in the finals.
Also set for the show is a heavyweight championship match pitting current titleholder Bully Ray against former Aces and 8's Vice President Mr. Anderson.
To 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 NO SURRENDER RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 12
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Holy hell, TNA just quoted F. Scott Fitzgerald in the opening sequence. That's a real thing that just happened. Amazing.
Bully Ray is out first with Brooke Tessmacher, whose ass is just exploding out of her shorts. Ray gets a mic and says he's in a bad mood, so it's in everybody's best interest not to piss him off and just let him say what he needs to say.
He starts calling Mr. Anderson "Ken", which is his real first name, and claims they can put their differences behind them if they can just focus on the real problem here: Hulk Hogan.
That actually prompts a loud "HOGAN" chant and while Bully is letting the crowd wear itself out, Hulk's music hits and he comes gimping on down.
Hogan calls Ray an idiot, acts like he's scared to death of him, then gets the cheap pop referring to the city they're in.
By the end of the night, we'll know the main event at Bound for Glory. But before all that, Hogan thinks Ray should be worried about defending the heavyweight championship against one of his own brothers.
Bully is confident Anderson will do the right thing. Hogan again states Ray should worry about Anderson. So he comes on down, where Ray tells him if he just apologizes, this whole thing can be over.
Anderson, by the way, refused to shake Hulk's hand on the way to the ring.
After a brief tease that Anderson would apologize, he says he can't wait to cross the line again tonight. Hogan reveals an added stipulation for the match: Last Man Standing.
AJ Styles vs. Austin Aries
The winner of this match goes on to face the winner of Bobby Roode vs. Magnus in the BFG Series finals.
Styles, by the way, is using a hybrid of his two entrance themes now.
Really good back-and-forth match featuring some great spots where each guy countered the other's signature moves. It really felt like they were equals all throughout instead of one clearly having the upper hand.
One sequence in particular was special. Aries hit the brainbuster but after only getting a two count, immediately jumped over for the Last Chancery. Neither got the finish, but it signaled the end was near.
Indeed, a 450 splash missed but Styles hit a pele to put Aries on the ropes and then hit the Styles Clash off the second rope. That was enough for the pinfall to advance to the Final.
Short but solid pre-tape featuring the Main Event Mafia -- now featuring only three members with Kurt Angle home after rehab and Rampage Jackson nowhere to be found -- giving Magnus a pep talk. Really, it was Sting saying they let Magnus in because while he's never been a world champion, they think he's good enough to win a title and he's the future of the business.
Magnus interrupts to say he's sick of people saying he's the future. Tonight, the future is now.
Sting likes the sound of that and continues pumping him up as they cut away.
Bobby Roode vs. Magnus
For some reason, Roode goes insane pre-match and shouts at Mike Tenay and Taz to bring Magnus out faster so he can kick the crap out of him, then beat on AJ Styles in the Final.
The match wasn't all that good. It was given much less time than Styles vs. Aries, and ended in Magnus rolling up Roode shortly after he broke out of the Texas Cloverleaf the Brit is now using as a submission finish.
So the final is set. Styles vs. Magnus, babyface vs. babyface. Not sure why or how that's supposed to sell but I suppose it makes sense considering how hard they pushed Magnus early and how Styles was pushed equally as hard late.
Roode is shown backstage absolutely snapping. He's throwing chairs and what not before Bad Influence show up. They agree that it was a screwjob and that Hogan is the one to be blamed for all this.
They're going to get Hogan back, Because if Roode can't win, no one will.
Another pre-tape shows Hogan telling T.J. Perkins that when he puts the mask on and becomes Manik, it reminds Hogan of Hulkamania when he was "hulking up". That's got to be the most unbelievable statement in history.
Perkins says he agrees, something just changes within him and now he wants to test himself by going up against Jeff Hardy. Hogan agrees and the match is booked, although no time is mentioned.
Dixie Carter suddenly interrupts and reveals she got a call from Bellator lawyers saying both Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz have been pulled from any future TNA Impact appearances to "protect the Nov. 2 pay-per-view".
That makes sense.
Hogan says they'll just book a match between the two after Nov. 2, which sounds beyond dumb.
Yet another pre-tape gives us Bully Ray cutting a huge promo on what's left of the Aces and 8s, which is only Knux, Wes Brisco, and Garett Bischoff. I guess Taz, but he's only an announcer. That's pretty incredible, even though the group only lost Doc, Devon, and D-Lo Brown.
Well, and Mr. Anderson.
The gist of Ray's promo is that he thinks the remaining crew members want Anderson to win the title and they believe he's a better leader. Or some shit like that.
That match is next.
Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson
They brawl early, in what amounts to a hardcore match. Anderson beats on Bully so bad that Ray grabs Christy Hemme and uses her as a human shield. Naturally, Bully comes back from this to take the advantage.
Later, referee Earl Hebner gets into it with Ray, taking a header into a turnbuckle. Right after, Anderson hits Ray with the Mic Check on a chair. He tries to revive Hebner but he's down for the count.
Until the convenient moment, of course.
Anderson lifts Ray long enough for an Ace Crusher. That leads to Bischoff, Brisco, and Knux coming down to the ring. Taz tells us they're here to support Ray. And they surround Anderson, picking him up and paving the way for Tessmacher to climb in the ring and nail the old Ric Flair low blow.
Knux, Bischoff, and Brisco hit a triple powerbomb at Bully's prompting. Ray revives Hebner, who starts the count. Hebner is still selling -- he's overselling, actually -- and you can't even tell what the count is at.
Anderson gets up anyway. Ray runs him down verbally, they brawl a little more, then Bully breaks out the chain. He hits Anderson with it, and we get a blade job.
Still, Anderson gets back up and Tenay and Taz make it like he's out of this world for getting up again.
Ray spears him through a table that was set up in the corner in response to this and the crowd chants "Holy shit" at this. Finally, Hebner gets to 10 and Ray retains the heavyweight title.
They do a stretcher job for Anderson. Before he gets to the back, Ray pushes him off and physically takes his vest off before beating him with it. Then he hits a piledriver on the stage set up and poses with the strap over Anderson's prone body.
James Storm and Gunner in the ring after a commercial break with a microphone in hand. Storm starts yelling about "The Cowboy" and "The Modern Day Viking" being in the right place in St. Louis because, hell, he's drunk as shit right now and it looks like everyone else is drinking too.
Storm promotes beer drinking some more and says that's what he wants to do but Gunner wants to fight. So why not do both in one night? They just need some opponents.
It doesn't matter if it's the Bro Mans, or Roode & Kazarian & Daniels, or even the Aces and Idiots. They all need to shut up, man up, and drink up.
Oh dear god, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez hit the scene. I guess this is the feud we're getting. Sure enough, Chavo starts yakking at Storm, saying he's one half of one of the greatest tag teams in history. Then he starts yakking at Gunner, saying he's one of the strongest guys in TNA.
But Chavo is the best tag team wrestler and Hernandez is the strongest guy in TNA.
Gunner takes the mic in response to a challenge from Guerrero and Hernandez. He proposes a match between the two next week and if the heels can win, they'll earn a shot at the tag titles.
Main event time up next.
AJ Styles vs. Magnus
It's a stock match until about eight minutes in when E.G.O. show up to wreak havoc on both guys in the ring. Three referees run down to try to put a stop to it, and I wonder if those three referees are the only ones who are currently employed by the company.
Anyway, Roode, Kaz, and Daniels do their thing but end up leaving during a commercial break. They just left and when the break was over, the match was going on as if nothing had happened.
Styles would go on to win after hitting Spinal Tap shortly after fighting off Magnus in the corner. The crowd popped big for the finish and treated Styles like the hero they want challenging for the heavyweight title at Bound for Glory.
Styles grabs a mic: "I said I was gonna do it and I did it right here in St. Louis. And I couldn't have done it without you, without you, sir, without you, and there ain't no way I'm doing it without you guys."
That's the crowd, y'all.
He goes on to say he didn't get a response from Dixie Carter after his shoot style promo the other week but he's giving her a wake up call because he'll bust out the biggest bombshell next week.