On this week’s Impact Wrestling Hulk Hogan suspended Bully Ray and sent his daughter with him. According to the GM, Bully broke the “wrestler’s code” for canoodling with Brooke and cannot forgive them for going behind his back.
Aces & Eights thought they were prepared for Sting’s return and the big cage match main event, but things didn’t quite go to plan as the former Mike Knox was unmasked as one of the members of the club.
And Jeff Hardy who was named the best wrestler of 2012, sick of Aries and Roode’s bickering, suggested all 3 of them step in to the ring at Genesis.
- Jeff Hardy named Best Wrestler of 2012, sends Roode and Aries packing.
- James Storm def. Kaz.
- Aces & Eights recruit Mr. Anderson.
- Doc freaks out when Stung drops Devon’s missing bat from the rafters.
- Christian York def. Kid Kash, advancing to an X-Division Number One Contender’s match.
- Hernandez def. Joey Ryan via DQ, when Matt Morgan interfered.
- Hulk Hogan suspends Bully Ray.
- Joesph Park is making strides in OVW.
- Mickie James & Miss Tessmacher def. Tara & Gail Kim.
- Kurt Angle & Samoa Joe def. Devon and a Masked Member (STEEL CAGE). After the match Sting returns and unmasks Mike Knox.
Jeff Hardy named Best Wrestler of 2012:
The first Impact of the new year kicked off by looking back to 2012 and forward to 2013. Bully Ray, James Storm, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy were all in contention for the best Wrestler of 2012 award, and although Aries and Roode were both arrogant enough to think they’d be walking away with the trophy, it was the Charismatic Enigma that ultimately received the honor. Completely lacking honor themselves Aries and the It Factor jumped the World Champ. However it wasn’t long before their egos got the better of them, allowing Hardy to clear the ring and hit a Twist of Fate on Aries. Since they were so sure of their abilities, Hardy suggested all 3 of them get in the ring at the January 13th, Genesis PPV. Later in the night Hulk Hogan makes it official and to teach the two bickering egotists a lesson they’ll have to team up next week against Hardy and an opponent of his choosing.
James Storm def. Kaz:
Backstage Bad Influence used their best redneck accent to mock James Storm for not getting the best wrestler award, but the Cowboy wasn’t laughing. He said he’ll kick either of the two “dweebs” asses and made his way to the ring. It looked like Daniels had taken up the challenge, but it was just a cheap distraction to give Kaz the early advantage, and the pair would continue the number game throughout the match. It still wasn’t enough to keep the Cowboy down; in the closing seconds of the match he knocked Daniels off the apron, and caught Kaz with a devestating Last Call Superkick as he was coming off the second rope. Your winner, James Storm!
Christian York def. Kid Kash:
The no nonsense veteran Kid Kash had no time for the cocky Kenny King backstage, who proclaimed that it would be he and Kash battling for the X-Division number one contender’s match, when he beats Zema Ion next week, and Kash beats York tonight. Kash agreed that he’d be advancing in the mini tournament, but was not convinced about the rookie. Unfortunately the ECW original will not make it to the bout, because he’d be defeated by another ECW Original, Christian York. The fast-paced match was a constant dance of reversals and one-up-manship, but York gets the win with a Mood Swing out of nowhere.
Hernandez def. Joey Ryan via DQ:
The Tag Team Champions, Hernandez & Chavo Guerrero, showed no fear backstage and mocked Joey Ryan for always having to hide behind the big man Matt Morgan, but the King of Sleaze and the Blueprint are not interested in playing by the rules. Just minutes in to the singles match match Matt Morgan slithered in to the ring and hit a massive Discus Clothesline on Hernandez to end the match. As Chavo tried to make the save he was stopped dead with the Carbon Footprint. The Hispanic stars may not be scared of the odd-couple, but they may be naïve to their underhanded antics.
Hulk Hogan suspends Bully Ray:
All he ever wanted was Hulk Hogan’s respect and trust, but Bully threw it all away two weeks ago when Hulk Hogan caught him playing tonsil-hockey with his daughter Brooke in the parking lot of the Impact Zone. The GM “cut the crap” and got right to the point. Ray broke the unwritten “wrestler’s code” by being dishonest, and since he’s chosen not to play by the old school rules, the corporate world will have to take over. Although he took full responsibility for his actions, it was too late, an incensed Hulkster suspended Bully and sent his Knockouts GM daughter with him!
Joesph Park is making strides in OVW:
Initially OVW chief Danny Davis saw nothing in the out of shape lawyer Joesph Park, but after channeling his brother Abyss at the sight of his own blood, the portly geek has managed to turn things around. Park wants to be a “student of the game” and Davis thinks he might just make it. Still he has a long way to go before the Hulkster will accept the liability of putting him back in the ring.
Mickie James & Miss Tessmacher def. Tara & Gail Kim:
This match was anyone’s for the taking, but despite the cheer-leading from Jesse on the outside, it couldn’t match the the whole Impact Zone rooting for the good guys. In the final seconds of the match Tessmacher risked her body and launched off the top rope to take Tara and Jesse out of the equation. This allowed Mickie to focus on Gail Kim, who ultimately fell victim to Hardcore Country’s patented DDT.
Kurt Angle & Samoa Joe def. Devon & A Masked Club Member (STEEL CAGE MATCH):
While Aces and Eights made sure they were well manned tonight, going to the extent of recruiting Mr. Kennedy, who appeared to be wooed by the club’s extra-curricular perks, Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle boldly but blindly told Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff to stay in the back. After all what can go wrong in a Steel Cage Match? It turns out a lot. Before Kurt Angle could even join his partner in the ring Doc attacked him with the cage door and dragged him to the outside, leaving Joe caged with two opponents. Nonetheless the Samoan Submission Machine put up a tough effort and did not look particularly out of his depth early on. In the end the odds played out and Kurt made a second attempt at getting in to the ring by claiming the cage. Doc cut him off but in the ensuing brawl he managed to get the key to allow himself in to the match. As the Olympian went to remove the mask of the club member, Doc once again attacked him by swinging the cage door, this time busting Kurt wide open. It was not enough whoever as Joe and Kurt got a second wind and the victory was won with the Angle Slam.
Sting returns and Mike Knox is unmasked:
One factor left to play out was the return of Sting. Doc had hoped to do away with him earlier in the night, but instead was freaked out when Devon’s missing bat fell from the rafters. Before Joe and Kurt could unmask their opponent or even celebrate the victory the whole Outlaw Club piled in to the cage to deliver a beat down, but now the Sting factor came in to play. Out of nowhere the legend hit the ring and sent everyone packing with the Baseball Bat. One member of the club was left behind and we soon found out this member was the former Mike Knox!
Not a bad show this week, although it’s not really clear where the Hulk Hogan/Bully Ray storyline is going. It was one thing when Austin Aries was in the mix, because he acted as the voice of the fans, mocking the ridiculous situation and allowing the drama to at least play out in the ring when he faced Bully Ray. But now Aries is back in the title picture, all we have is a crippled old dude that cannot realistically wrestle a payoff match, and an ECW original gone soft. If I was writing the show Aries would have secretly been working with Brooke to mess with Hogan and the pair would have completely heeled it up, mocking Bully for thinking he had a chance with Brooke, and taking out Hogan to usher in a McMahon/Helmsley style era of Aries and Brooke. Aries could then have abused his power through Brooke to get the title from Hardy and ultimately ditched her, because he was just using her as well.
It’s good to see the Aces & Eights storyline finally progressing with another unmasking. Unfortunately Mike Knox, like Doc, is not exactly a shocking reveal. If this is to have any “Impact” on the history books they need to secretly get a major name. A Batista, a Chris Jericho, somebody with star power that is no longer with WWE. If it just turns out to be Eric Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Mat Morgan and some nobodies, it’s really going to be an anti-climax.
Speaking of anti-climax Sting simply walking to the ring in a T-Shirt did not really fill me with excitement. At least have him come down from the rafters in his Trench Coat, or if that’s too much trouble, through the ring like the Undertaker has done in the past.