Originally written November 16, 2012 on Wrestling Truth:
Fresh off Turning Point, does Austin Aries have more for Hardy? what does the future hold for an unlucky AJ Styles? How will new Title Contender James Storm handle his victory? And who will Aces & Eights target next? Bobby Roode baits James Storm to put his title shot on the line: The Cowboy hits the ring and recaps his road to the title shot. The “It Factor” Bobby Roode soon interrupts. He has some beers and wants to toast his former partner. Roode congratulates Storm for “beating AJ Styles” not him. Roode says Storm is going to fail once again in his quest for the belt and that his daughter will have to watch as he takes his ball and goes home empty handed. This was a good way to stack the odds against the Cowboy. Roode says cheers and clanks Storm’s beer out of his hand. The Cowboy doesn’t wait to talk trash and sends Roode packing. Bobby refuses a fight unless Storm is “man enough” to put the contendership on the line. At first Storm is reluctant, but Roode hits a nerve when he tells Storm to get his daughter to give him a call when she’s 18 to see “what a real man is all about”. The Cowboy falls for the bait. The match is set for tonight! In a bit of an annoying flaw in logic the announcers immediately announce the match as the main event. Shouldn’t Hogan okay it first backstage or something? Since when can wrestlers book their own card? Speaking of the announcers we now have a permanent 3-man team instead of switching it up midway through the show. AJ Styles has to wait a year for another title shot: Backstage Hulk Hogan gives his views on AJ Styles having to wait a year before getting another World title shot. This will be an interesting storyline as it develops over the months. Will Styles turn heel? Or will he slowly fight his way back up the ladder for a hero’s win next year? Doc has to wait for the club’s vote: The Director of Chaos bludgeoned Sting last week and defeated Joseph Park at Turning Point, but the Aces & Eights MC leader makes him take off his jacket and wait until later to see if the club vote him in as permanent member. Devon throws a dart at a board of TNA wrestlers. We don’t see who it hits. Who will be their next target? Despite two good hooks for tonight’s show, there’s another gap in logic here. There still hasn’t been an explanation as to why on a live show we somehow get footage of an outlaw motorcycle gang in their clubhouse. Did they buy airtime from Spike TV? RVD def. Kid Kash: Coming off a lackluster PPV victory over Joey Ryan, X-Division champion RVD takes on Kid Kash. Mike Tenay added an interesting dynamic by claiming Kash had confided in him that he knows a flaw in RVDs offense due to their time in ECW. A solid fast-paced match with a couple of neat high-risk spots. RVD gets the win with the 5 Star Frog Splash. Currently no response from RVD about being attacked by Matt Morgan after his match on Sunday, and no sign of Morgan or Ryan tonight. ODB & Eric Young backstage: Eric Young talks about some crazy fish and shark catching before switching his focus to his match with Jesse later tonight. ODB said she’ll take care of the Knockouts in the #1 contender battle royal. The duo make out some more. Angle wants a partner: In the locker room Kurt Angle is talking to the two rookies Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco. He needs a partner for his match against Aces & Eights later tonight. Brisco gives a clichéd “blood sweat and tears” promo, but the Olympian chooses Garrett. Jesse def. Eric Young: Time to see if Jesse can go at in a singles match without too much comedy. He showed an impressive mean-streak at the PPV and continues to impress tonight. He has bucket-loads of charisma and is doing well at playing the heel to the crowd. Things are obviously still very choreographed but he hasn’t missed a beat and is more than capable of athletic maneuvers. Jesse locks in the abdominal stretch to give EY the babyface fire. Young hulks up and removes his shorts to take control of the match. Tara then interferes but ODB spears her out of the ring. This distracts Young who is sent in to the guard-rail. Tara rolls him back in and Jesse hits a one-handed Stone Cold Stunner for the win. Seems like Eirc Young is doing the job on his way out of the company. Joseph Park wants another round with Aces & Eights: Joseph Park is in Hulk Hogan’s office pleading for another shot at the Aces & Eights. Hulk says he can’t continue to put him at risk because he’s had no training. Park gets the wrong end of the stick and skips off to get trained. A good way to logically get Park in the ring and continue his endearing underdog story. It seems although he showed sahdes of Abyss at Turning Point, the payoff will be held-off for many weeks. Magnus vs Samoa Joe is pre-empted by the Aces & Eights: I was waiting for a Magus to get a longer bout with Joe after being given the opener at the PPV, but Aces & Eights attack the Brit before the match. Devon takes out his knee with a bat and then Doc takes his leg apart with the hammer. It seems Magus was the next wrestler on the list. It may be that he’s due to take time off for some winter acting and stage gigs. Before Devon can hit Magnus square in the eyes Bully Ray runs the gang off. It would have made more sense if Ray had some help because he cannot realistically take down 5 or so members of a bad-ass biker gang equipped with weapons. It made them look weak. Magnus is taken away in an ambulance. Austin Aries bumps in to Jeff Hardy: On one hand we had TNA’s top notch technique of using a TMZ style reporter to logically capture a backstage segment, but on the other hand a really goofy Jeff Hardy segment where we hear his thoughts out loud. Austin Aries is cornered headed in for a massage backstage and asked about his Turning Point loss. He says he’s not done with Jeff Hardy and bumps in to him getting a massage himself. Aries told Hardy that the pair had one hell of a match, but that it was Hardy’s specialty and the deck was stacked against him. Although he conceded that Hardy raised his game to a level that very few guys reach, Aries said it was only because he forced him to. “I’m the litmus test…I make men raise their game to a level they don’t even know they have.” He says it’s not over, but that Jeff needs the massage more than him after the beating he gave him at Turning Point. And here’s where it got reallllly goofy. All of a sudden the camera slowed down and we hear Hardy narrating his inner thoughts. What in the hell is this garbage? TNA have done so well with logical production methods and have just thrown it all out of the window. Very silly. Kurt Angle & Garrett Bischoff def. Devon & Mystery Member: Angle angrily gets on the mic and says “nobody threatens” him. “We’re hear and we’re waiting.” I dig the Aces & Eights entrance with the camera pan backstage. A 4 minute brawl. Things break-down quickly with Aces & Eights members at ringside, so Wes Brisco hits the ring with a bat to even the odds. Kurt rolls up the unknown prospect for the win. This Aces & Eights storyline is not quite what it used to be. We need something big soon before it fizzles out. Tara Confronts Brooke Hogan: Backstage Tara and Jesse debate who should knock on Brooke Hogan’s door. Mehhh they barge in to see Brooke sitting with Bully Ray. Bully quickly scarpers. Did TNA just insinuate Bully Ray was banging Brooke? Tara starts ******** about having to find out about the #1 Contender Knockout’s Battle Royal through Twitter. Brooke said it would be nice if people knocked on the door before entering her office. Tara said if she wanted privacy she should lock the door. She-Hulk then wraps her cardigan around her looking vulnerable. It’s been said many times, but Brooke cannot act, not even wrestler act, and god knows what storyline is developing here. Dixie Carter discusses AJ Styles’ loss at Turning Point: Backstage a TMZ style reporter is talking with Dixie Carter about AJ Styles’ loss at the PPV and his change in attitude. Dixie said she’s never seen him this unfocused before and that his recent behavior is not the way to turn things around for his distracted career. Mickie James def. Miss Tessmacher, Madison Rayne, ODB and Gail Kim: Although Madison Rayne was making her return as well, the focus was on Mickie James who reportedly was out having a “benign mass” removed. The hype she got pretty much gave away the match ending. Still its good to see all the women back doing what they do best, even if there was a bit too much crotch thrusting. Tessmacher was eliminated first after standing in the corner ten punch position and vibrating her nether regions in to the face of Gail Kim. Madison Rayne was next, followed by ODB. Mickie got the win with an impressive looking back-wheel kick. AJ Styles saunters past James Storm: Backstage James Storm talked about all the stakes being on the line tonight and that he’s fully aware that he may end up losing his title shot. A rough looking AJ Styles then walks past, headed to the gorilla position. Did Doc earn his stripes: Backstage the leader of Aces & Eights tells Doc not to let the door hit him on the way out…Huh? What more could he have done? He took out Sting, Magnus and defeated Joseph Park…oh wait he’s in. As he leaves his members jacket is being held outside the door. They had me there! AJ Styles addresses TNA fans: A depressed and rough-looking Styles recaps his crappy year. He’s been accused of having an affair with Dixie Carter, having a baby with a “crackhead” and “the worst part” is “some people doubted him”. With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the unphenomenal one says he isn’t very thankful. Daniels and Kazarian interrupt and mock AJ’s pessimism. Kaz says that Styles “ain’t nothing but a hounddog crying all the time”. Daniels then told AJ that the only person to blame for his bad luck is himself. He calls him “a complete and utter failure.” Styles finds some fire and reminds Daniels that he’s beat him way more times. Styles suggests he does it one more time, but Kaz brushes him off saying he’s stale and that Daniels doesn’t need to prove anything. Daniels however was more receptive. The match is on! In my opinion if anyone is stale right not its Kaz and Daniels. Kaz in particular has never interested me, despite his often impressive in-ring work. There’s just something off about his look and the way he carries himself. Austin Aries has something up his sleeve: Aries says he likes to sit back and watch people. His favorite class in college was on nonverbal communication because he learned how to spot a liar and push people’s buttons. Aries told the fans not to miss Open Fight Night next week. What does he have up his sleeve? Angle wants Brisco to get a chance: Following his save of Kurt Angle and Garrett Bischoff earlier in the night Kurt pleads with the Gutcheck Judges to give Wes Brisco a shot next week. Good couple of sells for next week’s show. Boody Roode def. James Storm to become #1 Contender: Storm got the upper-hand early, but Roode gained control by taking the Cowboy to the outside. Back in the ring the It Factor exposes a metal turnbuckle, but can’t quite use it against Storm. After some back and forth action and a few near falls, Roode finally gets his dirty victory. He pulls the ref in the way of a Superkick, and although it didn’t connect, the distraction allowed Roode to use the turnbuckle to his advantage. 1…2…3 He cheated to win here, leaving the storyline open for next week. If Aries calls out Hardy at Open Fight Night and wins, and Roode illegitimately got the victory tonight, are we in-line for a Fatal Four Way at the next PPV? Expect some combination of those two things to take place in the coming weeks.
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