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TNA Impact results and live blog for Feb.14: Lockdown, No. 1 Contender

TNA returns to Spike TV tonight (Feb. 14, 2013) with its latest episode of "Impact Wrestling"; featuring eight contenders wrestling to impress Hulk Hogan in the hopes of facing Jeff Hardy as the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship on March 10th at "Lockdown". Be sure to tune in for the amazing crowds from England as Impact's annual trip to the U.K. continues.

TNA Impact Wrestling comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 14, 2013) on Spike TV, from Manchester, England, for the third of four shows that were taped in the United Kingdom on the company's annual trip overseas.

Tonight's show features eight contenders wrestling to impress Hulk Hogan in the hopes of facing Jeff Hardy as the number one contender for the TNA heavyweight championship on March 10 at Lockdown. Be sure to tune in for the amazing crowds from England as Impact's annual trip to the U.K continues.

These shows are almost always better simply because the crowds pay to get in and they act like they give a shit about the wrestlers, the angles, the matches, everything. It should be good.

Remember to check back right here at 8 p.m. ET tonight to follow along with the live blog as it all goes down.



Geno here.

Broadcast is up from England.

Happy Valentine's Day, ya'll!

We'll start with the General Manager himself, Hulk Hogan. This show looks so much better here in England like this in a bigger arena where Hogan is still a fairly big star, or at least a big enough name to get a legitimately big reaction from a hot crowd of passionate fans.

Looking back, this could be what makes him think he can go again. It has to be an intoxicating feeling, after all.

Hogan decides to put over the crowd, talking about how he heard a lot of noise when he was slamming Giants but this sounds pretty sweet to him.

Hulk announces a series of matches to determine the number one contender to Jeff Hardy's heavyweight title at Lockdown. They are:

Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm
Christopher Daniels vs. Magnus
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries

Hogan says he'll watch the matches, listen to the crowd, and come back at the end of the night to pick a number one contender. Not sure how that makes sense, but whatever.

Onto other business at hand and that's the Aces and 8s. They want an all out war at Lockdown and he's going to give them one, led by the man he announces as the greatest wrestler of all time -- Rex Ivanovic laughing the whole way -- none other than the Stinger himself.

Sting copies Hogan's crap and says he's going to find three killers on the TNA roster to take out Aces and 8s inside the cage at Lockdown.


The commentary sounds so muffled, like they recorded it later and are now piping it in. It's awful.

They run down the card for the evening before heading into a commercial.


Christopher Daniels vs. Magnus

Daniels actually got a nice reaction for his entrance, though it paled in comparison to Magnus.

As the two do work, the commentary team puts over what they need to do to impress Hogan to earn the heavyweight title shot. It's the reason we complain about TNA being Hulk's vanity project. You don't need to win to earn title shots around here, you need to impress Hogan.


Midway through the match, Kazarian gets thrown out by the referee, leaving Daniels with Magnus on his own. This allows him to steal the momentum and get the pin to a big pop.


Pre-tape with Bully Ray and his wifey, Brooke Hogan. Ray is laying his head in her lap and complaining about the fact that he suffered a quad injury that has him laid up and he's really upset because he never thought an injury would lay him up.

Yet it has.

He says he only ever had two things he wanted to do:

1. Marry her.
2. Win the TNA heavyweight championship.

Now, it looks like he won't get number two but instead of being down and out, he hops up and tells her he wants to take her out for Valentine's Day. She tries to get him to rest his leg and reminds him to wear his wedding ring, which he had left on the sink in the bathroom.



Magnus promo backstage after his victory over Daniels. He says he's no young pup and after being taken out by Aces and 8s, he has more fuel in his tank than anyone else in the industry.

He's a world class athlete who just proved in a world class arena that he has what it takes to be the heavyweight champion of the world.

So I guess that was his appeal to Hogan?


Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe

The two have a back and forth match, both giving as much as they're taking. They tease a few finishes but ultimately, Garett Bischoff and Wes Briscoe run in to cause the double disqualification.

Sadly enough, Bischoff and Briscoe are overcome and sent running while Tazz is putting over how great they were on commentary. That's ... yeah, I don't know about that.


British Boot Camp is put over and Party Marty and the Blossom Twins are out first for a match to "showcase their skills."

They will be taking on Gail Kim, Tara, and Jesse.

Marty and the Blossom Twins vs. Gail Kim, Tara and Jesse

Shockingly enough, this was a really great match. The crowd was hot for the British Boot Camp group and the heels put them over well enough before Kim pinned one of the Blossom twins.

There was an awful spot during the match when Marty went to the outside on a suicide dive and Jesse completely whiffed on catching him, leading to Marty hitting his head on the floor on the outside. He also hit the barrier.

The replay looked awful.


After the match, Kim tells Tara she wants her TNA Knockouts title back. She calls out Brooke Hogan and says she wants to be the one who gets the championship match next week.

So here comes Brooke.

She says Kim will get her shot but she'll also be wrestling Miss Tessmacher, who gets an entrance after that announcement.

But wait, Brooke isn't done yet.

Velvet Sky is also in the match and she gets an entrance of her own while Tazz complains on commentary.

Brooke books the four-way elimination match and says she'll be sitting ringside watching to ensure there are no shenanigans.


Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm

The crowd was insane for this match and Van Dam got a huge reaction for his big spots. He won via pinfall after a solid back-and-forth encounter.


Joseph Park hits up Hulk Hogan to ask about something but I was distracted here at home, admittedly enough. I did here Hulk say he's not a "baby back rib" and that's not what the term "rib" means and Park needs to go "ask the boys" what it means.

So they're sticking with this awesome new quirk to the Park character. If there's a way to go insider with pro wrestling storylines on TV, this is it.

Loved what I saw.


Pre-tape with Brooke telling Hulk he should let Bully Ray have the next shot at the heavyweight championship at Lockdown. Hulk is resistant but Brooke is pushing hard saying she learned so much about her hubby in the past few days since they've been over in England, and Bully just wants to be like Hulk.

Oh, come on with this.

Hogan admits he wants to have a son who is world heavyweight champion but he has to remain objective. Me thinks that's not going to happen.


Time for the best on the TNA roster.

Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries

Before they wrestler, Roode grabs a mic and says Hogan is already trying to screw them but they plan on winning all the gold in the entire company and they'll bring prestige and honor back to each and every title.

Aries gets his turn and says the plan is transparent. He can't even finish talking before the crowd chants his name and he has to heel it up a bit to get them to stop.

Aries says the plan won't work and he's on the same page with Roode. They're going to take care of this real easy.

The bell rings and they both try the Fingerpoke of Doom. Except neither of the two wants to lay down. Aries grabs a mic and says they had a little miscommunication before explaining what is supposed to happen.

This is so good.

Aries agrees to lay down for the three count and the ref goes to slap the mat three times. Before he gets there, though, Aries tries a reversal and gets a two count of his own before Roode can kick out.

Now they're both really pissed going into a commercial break.

Fantastic stuff.

Once back from break, the two actually have a match and it consists of the same thing it always did before. They go back and forth with all the heel tactics they can bust out. These two have awesome chemistry and it's always great fun to watch them work off each other.

The finish was a ref bump that Roode used as the chance to do the old Eddie Guerrero trick of hitting a chair on the mat and selling like Aries hit him with it once the ref got back up. Except Aries sold right along with it and the referee acted so comically confused by this that I'm literally dying with how great this all has been.

With perfect timing, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez come out to distract both guys wearing their own merchandise. While they're on the outside, the referee starts counting them out. The crowd kicks in with a chant at the perfect time, right around the count of seven. Roode and Aries tried to rush back to the ring while holding the other back but neither guy made it in time and they were both counted out.



Pre-tape with Hogan talking with Sting about the decision he's about to make on who should be given the shot at Jeff Hardy at Lockdown for the TNA heavyweight championship. He brings up Brooke's pleas and Sting tells him he knows he'll make the right decision.


Hogan leaves but goes the wrong way, only to have Sting point him in the right direction. Not sure what the point was of leaving that in seeing as this was taped weeks ago but whatever.

Big decision in the main event slot is up next.

Hogan puts over the eight guys who wrestled tonight for the shot and he's got a big decision to make with his decision. Before he gets the chance, the Aces and 8s come rushing through the crowd and they surround the ring. Tazz says it's Hulk's fault because he never gave anyone a chance from the group.

Before the attack, Bully Ray walks out with a chain. "Walks" is being nice about it. He limps out and once he's in the ring, the NINE members of Aces and 8s bail out, like one injured guy with a chain and a 70-year-old with a broken back is enough to hold them off.

But wait, here comes a 60-year-old guy, Sting, to really drive them away!

Hogan never makes the announcement on who will get the shot at Hardy at Lockdown.


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