Previously on Impact Wrestling
Kurt Angle proved that his body could still carry a couple of greenhorns to a good match, even if he couldn't quite overcome the numbers game represented by Aces and Eights.
It was a good night all around for the club, as Devon retained his Television title with help from the same crew who assisted Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff's victory over the Olympic hero. First, they took out Magnus before the match could begin, and then Samoa Joe met the same fate when he stepped up to the challenge.
And while AJ Styles didn't accept their offer of membership, he certainly didn't sign up with the competition. After defeating James Storm and leveling Bad Influence, he left all three to be picked clean by the vultures of Aces and Eights.
In addition to dancing around the fringes of the main story, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian remain entertaining in their games of one-up-manship with their fellow rivals for the tag team straps, the Dirty Heels duo of Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. While those four men provide the comedy, Churro Guerrero and Juan Hernandez (what? that's what Kaz called them) await the next official challenge for their championship.
Outside of club business, Mickie James is the new number one contender for the Knockouts title, and she may not care too much about being a fan favorite in her quest for the belt.
The X-Division continues to serve up frenetic three way action each and every week. Kenny King continues to come out on top, but returning veteran Petey Williams has been very impressive since his return.
Live from Indiana, PA, TNA World Champion and club president Bully Ray has called out Hulk Hogan for a face-to-face where he promises to explain why everything that has happened to TNA is all his father in-law's fault. Based on Bully's last "tie everything together" promo, dis gon b gud.
Is the champ right when he says there are "no more heroes" to defend the company from him and his cronies? Or does the Immortal One have a trick up his sleeve? Maybe something provided by his daughter's divorce lawyer, Joseph Park?
The Knockouts title is on the line as we learn more about Mickie's attitude when she faces former friend and current champ Velvet Sky.
Aries and Roode get another shot at Chavito and Super Mex. Having survived the "never partner again" stipulation last time, is it time for the babyfaces to drop the straps?
All that, and probably Kenny King and a couple of other guys with five minutes of spots that will make you miss the six-sided ring.
Expect to pop for:
Dirty Heels. TNA may be booking themselves in either circles or a corner with the tag division, but when you have four veterans at the top of their respective games, it doesn't really matter. The Latinos survived the challenge to their belts and their team in their own backward of Corpus Christi. A stip-free rematch in Western Pennsylvania may be just the place for a title change.
Bully Ray. He's more than proven himself worthy of carrying the belt. In previous head-to-head meetings with the Hulkster, as a face and a heel, he's proven himself capable of carrying the company. This period in between beating the previous champ in Jeff Hardy and awaiting a seemingly inevitable match with Styles might be his biggest challenge yet. Whether it's someone he's already faced or someone who hasn't been built up much recently, Bully's mojo right now is is up to the task of carrying a placeholder feud.
The heat is on:
AJ Styles. I'm a big fan of the former TNA champ, and I'm thrilled that he's getting a chance to really run with the
Sting anti-hero role in the Aces and Eights story. I just hope he has the charisma to pull it off. I'm not one to say that you can't repeat that WCW story; all stories have basically been told before. The little things will make the difference here, and so far those have been hit or miss. The broad strokes of the story and the character details are there. Not so sure about the haircut and the black and white clothes.
The Knockouts. Impact has been giving their women's division a nice chunk of programming time the past few weeks. WWE's Divas would kill for regular ten minute matches. Unfortunately, the product hasn't been spectacular and a lot of the focus has been on the referees instead of the wrestlers. This week, one of the best is back in James, but she's working with a champ more known for looks that workrate. On a week when TNA is hyping their new cheesecake website, can the division regain some of its former glory, or will it continue down the road to being Diva-licious?
TNA has been giving us a consistently good product lately.