Date: June 6, 2013
Location: Gwinett Arena, Duluth, Georgia
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
We’re past Slammiversary now which means we have four and a half months before we get to Bound For Glory. The main story from Slammiversary is Ray retained the title with help from Aces and 8’s while Sting received no help at all. Tonight we’re likely to kick off the Bound for Glory Series which is a four month long competition to determine the #1 contender for the world title at the biggest show of the year. Let’s get to it.
We open with a recap of the end of Slammiversary’s main event with Ray hitting Sting in the head with a hammer to retain.
Here’s the world champion to open things up. Ray gets in Tenay’s face to talk trash about Sting with Tenay whining back at him about all the cheating. Ray talks about the fans being happy to see him because he’s from New York City and he’s the guy who beat Sting at Slammiversary. Sting hasn’t had good luck at Slammiversary as he was jumped last year at the show after the PPV. Then on Sunday, Ray beat Sting single handedly, which means Sting might retire.
Ray talks about beating all of TNA’s heroes and leaving no one left standing, meaning he should be in the Hall of Fame. Instead of getting Dixie like he wanted, Ray gets Hogan instead. Hulk talks about Ray beating Sting with the help of the Aces, but now he heard Ray say there’s no competition left. Hogan thinks there’s competition left and we’ll find out who that might be next week on the BFG Series Selection Show.
After a cheap pop (Hogan’s words) for mentioning Atlanta, Hogan announces Ray vs. Jeff Hardy for later tonight. Ray protests so Hogan makes it a ladder match for good measure. There’s going to be a hammer hanging above the ring as well and whoever gets to it first can use it. I guess that means you win by pin?
Video on the BFG Series.
Chavo and Hernandez say they’re friends but it’s every man for himself in the BFG Series.
Bound for Glory Series Qualifying Match: Chavo Guerrero vs. Hernandez
Hernandez runs him over to start so Chavo tries to go after the arm. Chavo dropkicks him down for two and stays on the arm, only to be slammed down with ease. Hernandez misses a splash so Chavo hooks another armbar, only to have Hernandez easily lift him up. SuperMex throws Chavo down with a suplex followed by the over the shoulder backbreaker to put the smaller guy in trouble. A corner splash misses and Chavo hits a pair of suplexes, only to have the frog splash hit knees. The Border Toss is countered into a sunset flip but Hernandez counters into a rollup for the pin at 4:56.
Rating: C-. The match wasn’t bad but it showed us one thing: absolutely no one cares about Chavo Guerrero. Whoever is about to say “I care”, sit down and shut up because you’re a very confused person. Hernandez is nothing great, but the fans actually respond to him a bit. Chavo is a living human and that’s about it as far as the fans are concerned.
Rampage is here.
Here’s D-Von with something to say. He wants Abyss to come out here and give him back the stolen TV Title. Instead D-Von gets Joseph Park who claims that D-Von robbed him on Sunday. Park says he’s going to do what he should have done on Sunday and takes D-Von down to pound away. D-Von comes back with right hands and sends Park into the post. He loads up a chair shot but gets cut off by Abyss’ music. There’s no Abyss so D-Von says he’s coming to find him. Park gets up and sees blood coming from his mouth. Joseph goes into Abyss mode and breathes a lot as we go to a break.
Here’s Robbie E claiming to be the MVP of the last two BFG Series. Last year he beat Jeff Hardy and got five points bro. Robbie doesn’t care who his opponent will be for the qualifying match tonight.
Bound for Glory Series Qualifying Match: Samoa Joe vs. Robbie E
Joe runs him over to start and pounds Robbie down like he’s not even there. Robbie gets in a single shot but misses a cross body, setting up the Muscle Buster and the Koquina Clutch for the tap out at 1:40.
Mickie James comes up to Velvet in the back to schill the new Impact Wrestling scratch off lottery ticket. Mickie makes excuses for why she can’t defend the title against Velvet tonight, claiming she has to defend the title against someone Velvet overlooked as champion.
We get the Kurt Angle HOF video.
Here’s Rampage Jackson in the arena for his big debut. Jackson talks about being a wrestling fan growing up and saying he needs to beat the best in order to be the best. This brings out Kurt Angle to say that if Rampage wants to be the best, he’ll have to go through Angle. Short and sweet.
Ray and Anderson are in the back and wondering where D’Lo has been. Anderson mentions that the VP spot is now opens but Ray wants to talk about the ladder match tonight. He doesn’t know why he has to climb a ladder to blast Jeff Hardy in the head with a hammer again. Anderson thinks Hogan doesn’t like Jeff but Ray wants to know why the Aces aren’t in the BFG Series. Anderson asks if Ray wants help in the ladder match tonight. Ray says a good VP would know what call to make.
Austin Aries/Bobby Roode/Kenny King vs. Chris Sabin/Gunner/James Storm
Sabin starts with an armdrag to take King down before sending him into the champions’ corner. Everything breaks down in a hurry with Roode and company bailing to the floor. Sabin dives on all three of them at once to fire up the crowd. Back in and Roode suplexes Sabin down before getting two off a knee drop. Off to Storm for a Beer Money reunion with James cleaning house until Roode clotheslines him down to take over. Aries comes in with a slingshot splash for two.
King hits a slingshot legdrop for two of his own before it’s back to Roode for some double teaming. Storm sends Aries into Roode to get himself a breather and the hot tag off to the hometown boy Gunner. Everything breaks down and Roode hits the spinebuster on Gunner to take him down. Aries loads up the suicide dive but gets kicked in the head by Sabin. All Hail Sabin (the name for that piledriver kind of move Sabin has been using) pins King at 6:39.
Rating: C. This was your usual formula tag match but without enough time to really get anything going. Having all three new champions against their challengers is fine as you can combine both stories into a single match. This worked fine for what it was but hopefully they can do something new with the divisions instead of just doing the same stuff over and over again.
D-Von and Knux jump someone in the back, presumably Joseph Park.
Brooke Hogan congratulates Taryn on her win Sunday but won’t talk about her feelings for Bully.
Mickie James vs. Taeler Hendrix
Taeler takes her down with a wristdrag to start but Mickie seems amused. She even applauds Taeler before running her over. Taeler Matrixes away and dropkicks Mickie down for two. Hendrix kicks Mickie in the knee, sending Mickie begging to ODB for mercy. Of course she’s playing possum and kicks Taeler’s head off for the pin at 3:45.
Rating: D. This wasn’t much but Taeler didn’t look bad in more ways than one. The fans reacted to her which is the best thing that could happen to her at the moment so it was a good night for her. Mickie has slid right back into the heel role and is playing it perfectly which is nice to see for a change.
Someone attacks Knux in the back. It’s Abyss of course and D-Von is attacked as well.
We look at the card for next week and Angle vs. Jackson from earlier.
Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy
Non-title hammer above the ring ladder match here. Jeff dives on Ray during the champ’s entrance before taking him inside for some right hands in the corner. Back to the floor with Hardy diving off the apron to take the champ out before bringing out the ladder. We come back from a break with Ray splashing Jeff in the corner and posing a bit. Ray drops the ladder on Hardy before dropping an elbow for good measure.
A big boot stops a Hardy comeback attempt and the champ mocks Hogan. Jeff blocks the Bully Bomb and DDTs Ray down but can’t follow up. Back up and they slug it out with Jeff taking over. An atomic drop sets up the legdrop between the legs and the seated dropkick for good measure. Jeff goes up but jumps down before Ray can shove him off. Ray is sent into the corner where Jeff dropkicks the ladder into the champ’s crotch. Fans: “NO MORE BABIES!”
Jeff goes up but gets shoved into the top rope by the champ. Ray: “TAZ! MY BALLS!” Hardy comes back with a clothesline but gets shoved into the corner after he tries to climb again. The Whisper in the Wind puts Ray down but he gets up in time to pull the ladder out again, sending Hardy crashing to the mat.
Ray goes up and retrieves the ladder despite still feeling the effects of the low blow earlier. Jeff avoids the hammer shot and hits a Twisting Stunner to get the hammer for himself. Hardy misses a few swings of his own and Ray runs off to end the show. Jeff falls down on the ramp and is holding his hip or back. The match just ends at around 16:00.
Rating: B. No contest (and possible legit injury to Jeff aside) this was a pretty solid main event. Can you really ask for more than a Dudley against a Hardy in a ladder match on free TV? The crash landings here were scary stuff as Jeff’s bones are going to be like soup by the time he’s fifty. Good match though.
Hardy is helped out by a referee and is holding his hip.
Ray wants his belt in the back but Hulk is sneaking up on him with a hammer. Brooke shouts at him to stop and Ray escapes to end the show.
Overall Rating: C+. This wasn’t too bad coming off of Slammiversary although I wasn’t wild on throwing a ladder match with two top names out on free TV like this. Jackson vs. Angle should be AMAZING and will actually be a big time draw for TNA, unlike anything King Mo did (and by that I mean one thing). The BFG Series looks good so things are looking good for the future….in nearly five months.
Hernandez b. Chavo Guerrero – Rollup
Samoa Joe b. Robbie E – Koquina Clutch
Chris Sabin/James Storm/Gunner b. Kenny King/Austin Aries/Bobby Roode – All Hail Sabin to King
Mickie James b. Taeler Hendrix – Spinning kick to the head
Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy went to a no contest
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