TNA Impact Wrestling
Before Impact kicks off, Spike TV plays a video package highlighting the entirety of the Aces & Eights drama, leading up to Hogan shaking hands with the Bully last week after Impact's main event.
We go live to the Impact Zone and Mike Tenay welcomes us to the show! James Storm will challenge the World Heavyweight Champion, Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy will face Bobby Roode in tonight's main event.
(1) Austin Aries vs. James Storm
The match starts off with Aries getting the better of a lock up, but they take it into the ropes and the ref makes them break the hold. In a second lock-up, Aries hooks a headlock but Storm rolls out and the two stare each other down again. After another headlock attempt by Aries, Storm turns into a hold of his own, before sending the Champion rolling to the outside. The Impact Zone is white hot tonight, as the Austin Aries and James Storm battle it out going into their big matches at Bound for Glory this Sunday.
The Cowboy gets the better of another exchange, before throwing Aries into the corner. The Champ gets his legs up and Storm runs right into a big boot. Aries hammers away at Storm in the corner, but Storm swaps places and goes to work with right hands of his own. The two trade exchanges, and eventually take their blows to the center of the ring. Storm takes Aries up and looks for the Eye of the Storm, but he manages to wiggle out of it and guillotine Storm off the top rope. Aries goes up top for the missle dropkick but misses huge and goes crashing to the mat! The Cowboy is in the corner charging up for the superkick… He charges, but Aries rolls out of the way just in time!
Bobby Roode makes his way down to the ring while refereee Earl Hebner's back is turned. He pulls his BFG opponent out of the ring, sends him crashing into the ring post, and rolls his lifeless body back into the ring. Austin Aries plays it up like he doesn't know what happened, hits the Brainbuster and picks up the 3-count.
Winner: Austin Aries
-Kurt Angle is backstage talking to Wes Brisco, who wonders if there's any way he can "tag along" to Bound for Glory this weekend. AJ Styles walks in and Brisco makes his exit. Styles asks if Angle's head is in the game for this Sunday's tag title match, or whether he's more focussed on Aces & Eights. Styles tells Kurt not to even bother coming out to the ring, and walks off as Angle screams at Styles that he's being played by Kaz and Daniels.
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