Hulk Hogan’s worst fears are confirmed on this week’s Impact Wrestling when he catches Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan in the act! But with the Hulkster unable to realistically compete how are they going to deliver the payoff? Austin Aries costs himself the title match after failing to address the It Factor in his master plan. And Aces & Eights look outside the club for extra muscle as Sting prepares for his return.
Also tonight Kenny King cements his heel turn by leaving RVD the victim of a Carbon Footprint, and jealousy seeps through Velvet Sky as Mickie James is given a shot at Tara.
TV Champion Devon def. Kurt Angle:
Kurt Angle’s body may be banged up but his mind is crystal clear; he immediately calls out Devon to open tonight’s Championship Thursday. Angle wants to send Aces & Eights a message by walking away with the Television title. While the Olympian quickly out-wrestled the biker thug, it was never going to be a clean-cut wrestling match. Only minutes in, a brawl erupts on the outside between Aces & Eights and Angle’s backup: Samoa Joe, Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco. Although the referee sends both armies to the back, the distraction allows Devon to work over Kurt’s injured lower body.
With the crowd on his side Kurt fights through the pain and ultimately manages to slap on the Ankle Lock, but the Motorcycle Gang return, distracting the referee and allowing one of the members to take out Angle with a lead pipe. Devon cheats his way to victory.
While fans could see the outcome from a mile off, Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs are scoundrels so at least logic was on their side.
Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan def. RVD & Kenny King:
Kenny King showed no remorse for his underhanded antics against RVD last week. In fact he’s enthusiastic about having to team with him tonight.
RVD and Joey Ryan kick things off with the King of Sleaze mocking the ECW Original. Trash talk doesn’t win matches however and Ryan soon ate his words. A tag to Kenny King gives the rookie a chance to demonstrate his high-flying arsenal, but when Ryan tags in Morgan the only thing flying around the ring is King’s lifeless body thanks to the raw power of the big man. King soon finds himself the victim of some double-team offense, but luckily he has the veteran in his corner.
RVD is there for his partner, evening the odds, but when he needs the favor returned, Kenny King brushes him off, leaving him helpless to the Carbon Footprint.
King has certainly put his name on the TNA map, but it’s now time for RVD to teach him a lesson and get his heat back. The champ has barely said two words in weeks.
Hulk Hogan’s worst fears come true:
With all the crap going on recently in the life of Hulk Hogan, the TNA GM decided to start the Christmas period in a positive frame of mind. Perhaps fooling only himself the Hulkster claimed that over 2012 TNA has grown in to something special (other than the ratings which remain the same). He said that there’s so much talent in the back it’s hard to decide who the best is. That’s why fans are going to get to vote TNA’s 2012 Wrestler of the Year, to be announced on the January 3rd Impact.
Back in reality the party is soon crashed by the Aces & Eights. Devon says the only thing special about 2012 was the dominance displayed by the MC. 2013 claims Devon will be a year of reveals and goals, but unfortunately “Hulk Hogan won’t be there to see it”. Like a pack of hyenas the club surround the ring, but suddenly out of nowhere Bully Ray makes the save.
In the back, frustrated about being unable to eliminate Hogan, the club decide they need more muscle. Putting it to a vote it’s revealed that next week Devon will be approaching somebody “big” who can get the job done. If I were Hogan I’d keep my eyes peeled for Matt Morgan.
By the end of the show the Hulkster appears to have given Bully Ray the benefit of the doubt. All he’s ever tried to do is win Hulk’s trust, having his back at every turn with the Aces & Eights and protecting him from a savage beating tonight. Finally putting business before personal issues Hogan tells TNA’s roving reporter not to “worry about that crap”, but as the camera pans to the parking lot his inner fears are all but confirmed.
Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan are seen going at it like dogs! Trust is the least of what’s coming Bully’s way.
With Hogan unable to compete in the ring, it’s unlikely that this conflict can be built toward a one on one match. Instead they’ll have to bring somebody else in to the fold to work on Hulk’s behalf. In that sense it may be worth turning Hulk heel and having him stack the odds against Bully much like Austin Aries perceives has been done against him.
As for Aces & Eights their New Year might not quite go to plan as Sting returns on January 3rd!
James Storm ruins Kaz & Daniels Christmas celebration:
Hot off the heels of being crowned the better man against AJ Styles, Daniels has another treat coming his way at the hands of his good friend Kazarian. The two egos decided to take a chunk out of the Impact schedule to have a circle-jerk with Santa Claus. There’s nothing creepier than seeing slimy baldo Daniels sitting on the Jolly One’s lap in the middle of a wrestling ring!
Rather than the good tidings Santa usually brings, he was more than happy to join in the mocking of AJ Styles. Santa agrees that he should probably get AJ Styles’ kids something considering their dad is a loser.
Sick of the trio ruining Christmas, the Cowboy James Storm hits the ring to investigate whether Santa really has chosen to drink Martinis with Bad Influence, or if he’s an imposter. Ticked off that he didn’t get his BB gun when he was 6 nor a truck when he was 16, James Storm had one question for St. Nick. “What did I ask for last year?” No Santa it was a country album, it was beer!
Imposter exposed, Storm hits the Superkick and empty’s Santa’s sack to the audience.
AJ Styles was nowhere to be seen. I guess his new philosophy of doing what he wants doesn’t involve goofing around with a fat man in a costume, two metrosexuals and a Cowboy.
Knockout’s Champion Tara def. Mickie James:
It’s Championship Thursday and Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Miss Tessmacher and ODB are all vying for a title shot. ODB is the first to go, after Brooke Hogan suggests she needs to be at home caring for Eric Young. While Miss Tessmacher claims it’s unfair that Velvet Sky (who’s been away from the company) could immediately be given a shot, Sky reminds Brooke that she’s been a staple of the Division for 5 years. Ultimately Brooke sees the most interest in Mickie James and Velvet who both returned at the same time and both want the spotlight. It could go either way, but this week Mickie James is given the opportunity and a streak of jealousy can be seen in the eyes of Velvet. Has she really changed her tune, or is she the ***** she always was?
Opportunity doesn’t guarantee victory however and Mickie James ends having to deal with both Tara and Jesse. Although she put up a fight in the end his distraction costs her the match.
No doubt Mickie deserves another shot, but it’s not going to happen without protest from the other equally deserving women.
Joseph Park continues to train at OVW:
The underdog story of Joesph Park continues down in OVW as he puts on a pitiful training exercise with Danny Davis and OVW talent. It looks like the big man is about ready to quit until his nose gets busted open. The sight of his own blood causes the over-sized lawyer to snap, and clear house with a Black Hole Slam, something he no doubt picked up from his “brother” Abyss.
World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy def. Austin Aries:
Despite the perceived injustices and stereotypes put forth by Austin Aries, Jeff Hardy said he respects Aries’ in-ring skill going in to his World title defense tonight. What he doesn’t respect is Aries paying off Aces & Eights to do his dirty work.
Aries doesn’t buy Hardy’s “ridiculous persona” and tells it to him straight, without having to utilize some hipster inner-thought video editing. “This is going to be a wrestling match, not a ladder match…my specialty!”
However despite claiming to be the better wrestler, Hardy was the one in control out of the gate. Aries can only fight back after taking an obnoxious time out, and still he doesn’t remain in the driver’s seat long. This time Hardy forces him to take a breather by Clotheslining him to the outside.
As Hardy takes a dive and eats the steel guard rail, one can’t help but take a second look at Aries theory, you wouldn’t catch the master manipulator risking his body like that. Finally getting the advantage he drags Hardy back in to the ring and methodically tears him apart limb by limb.
Aries thinks it’s time to put the Champ away but Hardy reverses the Brainbuster in to a Front-Suplex. He missed the first attempt, but a second splash gets Hardy a close 2 count. He’s not so lucky with the Twist of Fate though and winds up on the receiving end of a Running Dropkick in the corner. The back and forth action counties until Hardy once again crashes and burns with a risky high-flying maneuver.
Neck and neck, Aries sees an opening when the referee is inadvertently knocked out, but instead of cheating his way to victory with the low-blow, Bobby Roode races in to the ring and Spinebusters his way to revenge. Aries will think twice before outbidding the It Factor.
Aries unable to recover, Hardy seals the victory with a Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb.
Aries has pushed one to many buttons and ironically only has himself to blame for the loss.