We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘Wizarding World of Dixie Carter’ Tenay and Taz.
Ric Flair is in the ring and he tells Hulk Hogan that he always plays with him. Hogan thinks that Flair is his pawn and in the scheme of things, Flair will always be below him. Flair doesn’t buy that. He doesn’t have to buy that because he is Ric . . . G-O-D . . . Flair.
Last week, Garett Bischoff and Hogan ran off one of the biggest names and established commodities out of the business. He is talking about Eric Bischoff. Flair says that he wants to talk to Hogan because he is pissed off. Flair says that you don’t want to piss off a guy who is wearing a thousand dollar shirt, two thousand dollar shoes, a five hundred dollar alligator belt, and two Hall of Fame rings.
You don’t piss off the wrestling God. He calls out Hogan to see what he’s got.
Flair says that Hogan won’t show up, but we see that Flair is not good with telling the truth because Hulk Hogan’s music plays and Hogan makes his way to the ring.
Flair says that this is good versus evil. Flair says that Hogan is good, beyond the shadow of a doubt but Flair says that he is the baddest man on the planet. He is sick of having Hogan running roughshod on him. Flair wonders if he has to take Dixie Carter back to the Hard Rock again.
Hogan tells Flair, brother, what the deal is. Hogan says that he is not here to fight Flair. Flair says that Hogan is here to boss him around. Hogan says that as the general manager here, it is his priority to step the game up at Impact Wrestling. When Flair talks about bad and evil, he said the wrong name. Flair should have said Eric Bischoff. Eric spread a lot of bad around the company, brother.
Hogan tells Flair that he is taking this seriously, dude, and that he even hung his boots up when the offer came along. Hogan says that there is a chance to make Impact Wrestling have one of the longest runs of any wrestling company and they are here to make it that way. Hogan tells Flair that he does work for him. Since he is Flair’s boss, he will ask Flair to be a judge on Gut Check to try to find the brand new talent that will shape the future of this business.
Hogan says that with Ric Flair in the lead position for Gut Check, they can live forever. They can live through the new talent. They can tell the talent what to do.
Flair says that Hogan is setting him up again.
Hogan tells Flair to do this for the fans. Flair asks who is Hogan talking about.
Hogan wants Flair to help find the up and coming wrestlers.
Flair says that Hogan is telling him, but Hogan says that he is asking him. Flair says that Hogan will force him if he says no. Flair agrees to do it.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we get comments from Velvet Sky and Brooke Tessmacher about getting their shot against Gail for the Knockouts Title. Velvet says that one of them will beat Gail for the title.
Match Number One: Brooke Tessmacher and Velvet Sky versus Gail Kim and Madison Rayne
Gail and Madison attack Brooke and Velvet when they turn their back. Gail sends Velvet into the turnbuckles and then knocks Brooke off the apron. Gail with a forearm but Velvet with a clothesline followed by a facebuster. Velvet with an arm drag out of a wheelbarrow position followed by a head scissors.
Madison hits Velvet from the apron and then Gail chokes Velvet while Madison enters the match. Madison with a choke and Gail tags back in. Gail sends Madison into the corner and then Madison sends Gail into Velvet with a cross body.
Gail with a forearm to Brooke that knocks her off the apron. Madison tags back in and Gail works on the knee followed by a leg lariat for Madison and she gets a near fall. Madison drives Velvet’s head into the mat. Madison with a forearm that knocks Brooke off the apron.
Velvet with a kick and chops but Madison with an eye rake. Gail tags in and connects with a forearm and running clothesline for a near fall. Gail with a forearm to Velvet and then she puts Velvet on the turnbuckles. Gail tries for a rana but Velvet holds on to the ropes. Velvet with a bulldog from the turnbuckles and both women are down.
Brooke tags in and connects with clotheslines and a drop kick. Brooke with a rana to Gail but Gail avoids a belly-to-back suplex and hits a clothesline to stop Brooke’s momentum.
Brooke blocks Eat Defeat. Madison tries to interfere but Velvet takes care of Madison. Gail grabs Brooke’s leg but Brooke hits Eat Defeat for the three count.
Winners: Brooke Tessmacher and Velvet Sky
Rob Van Dam walks through the back as we go to commercial.
We are back with a Tenth Anniversary moment from TNA. It is footage of Raven against Jeff Jarrett from April 2003 when a lot of former ECW guys tried to interfere but to no avail.
Rob Van Dam is in the ring and he has a mic. Rob says that everyone has been entertained by his amazing feats for years. He says that he doesn’t have to tell everyone how great of a wrestler he is, but he will. Rob says that he is Mr. Pay Per View and the man who will beat Bobby Roode to become the next TNA Heavyweight Champion. Rob says that he knows that he will beat Roode because he never lost the title in the first place.
Bobby Roode’s music plays and he makes his way up the ramp. Bobby tells Rob that he feels that Rob is a little overconfident. He says that he knows that Rob’s head is in the clouds most of the time and he has been on hiatus for a while so he wants to remind Rob who he is. Bobby says that he is the ‘It Factor’ of professional wrestling. He is the leader of the Selfish Generation. He is also Rob’s World Champion. He says that he is not any World Champion, he is the most dominant World Champion in the history of Impact Wrestling. He got there by beating guys like A.J. Styles, Jeff Hardy, Sting, and James Storm to name a few.
At Sacrifice, Rob Van Dam’s name will be added to that list. As for tonight, Hulk Hogan has issued a little plan for tonight. Rob gets to choose his opponent while he gets to choose Rob’s opponent.
Bobby wants to know who Rob picked.
Rob says that he thought of a guy Bobby knows well. It is a guy Bobby hit over the head with a beer bottle last month. He will face Ken Anderson.
Bobby says that he has someone in mind and is someone who Rob knows well. Bobby asks Rob if he knows the name Jeff Hardy because he is Rob’s opponent.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Devon versus Robbie T with Robbie E for the Impact Wrestling Television Title
Robbie hits Devon from behind before the bell rings and then he sends Devon into the turnbuckles. Rob with a short arm clothesline and then Rob poses. Rob slaps Devon in the head but Devon with punches and chops. Rob with a back elbow.
Rob with a power slam for a near fall. Rob waits for Devon to get to his feet but Devon with a back elbow and punch followed by a shoulder tackle but Rob stays on his feet. Devon with a flying shoulder tackle and then a splash into the corner and a flying shoulder tackle that finally takes Rob down.
Devon goes up top for a diving head butt and Devon gets a near fall. Devon brings Robbie E into the ring but Rob hits Devon from behind. Devon with a spear but Robbie E hits Devon with the clipboard and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Devon by disqualification
After the match Robbie E stands over Devon with the title belt.
Ric Flair tells Al Snow that he considers him to be a friend and that he is doing this for Hogan. Al says that he has a third judge and it is Bruce Pritchard.
We go to commercial.
We are back with footage from Alex Silva from last week and his match against Robbie E.
We go inside the Gut Check office and Bruce says that he is not sure if Alex’s match last week was his best since he has seen a number of his matches. Flair says that you cannot make chicken salad out of chicken s***. Flair says that he is a twig regardless of how handsome he is. Alex will never be the World Champion of anything. Al says that they are looking at potential. Flair says that Alex will not make any money.
Bruce says that he has seen Silva in different environments and he thrived. In this environment, it was not his best effort. Flair says that he knows that the kid was nervous. Flair says that he is not big enough and he is not going to get you a quarter hour. Bruce asks about the X Division since they aren’t the biggest guys. Flair says that the X Division guys in the company are some of the best athletes in the world and Ric says that he didn’t see that out of the kid.
Al says that he saw good things from Silva in the past, but he choked under pressure.
Bruce says that there were some people who said similar things about Flair until he could prove himself. Alex says that he had a tryout before. Al says that 63 percent of the people on Twitter liked him. Flair says that the fans do not run the business and dictate the business. He wants to know what the feedback is.
Al says that two of them need to say yes to give him a contract.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Hulk Hogan asks Ken Anderson who he hates most in Impact Wrestling. Anderson responds with Bobby Roode. Hogan tells Anderson that he has been handed a gift on a silver platter because Rob Van Dam set up a match between Anderson and Roode. Hogan says that Anderson gets to prove that he is the number one guy. Hogan says that he made it easy for Anderson because the match is now No Disqualification.
Match Number Three: Jeff Hardy versus Rob Van Dam in a Pick Your Poison Match
They lock up and Hardy with a side head lock and Hardy holds on when Van Dam tries to send Hardy off the ropes. Van Dam gets to a top wrist lock and he takes Hardy down with a body scissors and Hardy escapes.
They lock up and Van Dam with a waist lock but Hardy with a standing switch. Hardy with a standing switch again but Hardy with an elbow and a mule kick that sends Van Dam to the floor. Hardy with a kick that sends Van Dam into the guardrail. Hardy does a pelvic thrust before hitting a clothesline off the apron.
Hardy gets a near fall when Van Dam is rolled back into the ring. Van Dam with punches and Hardy punches back. Hardy with a leg drop and cover for a near fall. Hardy punches Van Dam in the corner. Van Dam with an Irish whip and monkey flip out of the corner. Van Dam with a running spin kick into the corner but Hardy with an elbow and then Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind for a near fall.
Van Dam with a jawbreaker followed by a jumping back kick and then Van Dam signals for Rolling Thunder but Hardy gets his knees up.
Bobby Roode comes to the ring with his title belt and the referee argues with him. Roode hits Hardy in the back with the belt and the referee did not see it. Van Dam with a super kick for the three count.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
After the match Roode shows his anger over the result.
Joseph Park is on the phone and he sees Bully Ray walk by. Park asks for answers from Bully Ray but Ray refuses. Joseph says that he knows that Bully Ray had something to do with his brother Chris.
Ray tells Joseph never to bow up on him. Ray says that Joseph knows what he does to people like him. He tells Joseph to ask his brother but we can’t find his brother. He says that if he gets too close, people might not find him.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at what happened to Eric Bischoff last week when he got to ride a port-a-potty.
Jeremy Borash says that he did what he did to Eric Bischoff last week was because they never got along during Xplosion. Bischoff took jabs at him on Facebook. It was about every single employee who has had to deal with that prick for the last two and a half years. It was not necessary. Jeremy says that he is going to step and say something about that.
Bully Ray comes into the room and he wants to hear everything Jeremy had to say about Eric Bischoff and how HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE took care of Eric. Ray tells Jeremy to come to the ring with him as he leads him by his mouth.
Ray brings Jeremy into the Impact Zone and he asks Jeremy how tough he is now. Ray tells Jeremy to get on his knees and then he says that Jeremy is so tough with what he did to Eric. Ray tells Borash to get into the ring. Ray asks Borash if he forgot what he did to Bischoff last week. Ray says that he is sick of hearing all of this anti-bullying stuff. He says that we should start a new campaign. He wants a Stop Being a Little B*tch and Stick Up for Yourself campaign. Ray says that Borash is the poster child for everyone people like him pick on.
Ray says that everyone wants to see Jeremy slap the taste out of his mouth for once in his life. Ray says that he walks over Borash because he can.
Austin Aries’ music plays and he comes out to the ring. He says that we know who Ray is. He is the man who picks on lawyers. Ray tells Aries not to step in the ring and Aries steps into the ring. He says that he doesn’t care about lawyers or Jeremy Borash. He only cares about him and Ray. Ray called him out and Ray picked on the one and only thing he could. He called him out on Austin’s size. Aries says that he believes that Ray has taken craps bigger than him and eaten wings bigger than him.
Aries reminds Ray that he was known as Blubber Ray for most of his career. Aries says that Ray was the pasty poster boy for all you can eat buffets and Type 2 Diabetes.
Ray tells Aries that play time is over and if Aries wants to talk crap, he will have to stand up for himself and do something about it. Ray says that at the end of the day, Aries is the champion for insignificant little men. Ray says that he is not all talk, Aries is the one who is all talk. Ray says that he is the one spitting in Austin’s face.
Aries with punches to Ray and then he kicsk him in the corner. Aries chokes Ray with his jacket and then he punches Ray. Aries with knees but security comes out and they hold Aries. That allows Ray to kick Aries in the A Doubles.
We go to locker room where Frankie Kazarian says that Hogan didn’t give them the opportunity to win the tag titles from Magnus and Joe, so they are going to take it at Sacrifice. Daniels says that it is time to show the world what they have on A.J.
Angle says that he doesn’t care about them. Angle says that all he cares about is making A.J. tap at Sacrifice and tonight.
Daniels and Kazarian wonder why Angle is so pissed off because he always wins matches.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bobby Roode says that he is not afraid to beat Ken Anderson again, but he wants to know why Hulk Hogan added the No Disqualification stipulation. The last authority figure who did this to him was Sting and look where he is now. If Hogan keeps this up, the same thing will happen to him.
At Sacrifice, if Rob Van Dam thinks he is going to win the title, he has another thing coming.
Match Number Four: Kurt Angle, Christopher Daniels, and Frankie Kazarian versus A.J. Styles, Magnus and Samoa Joe
Angle and Styles are left in the ring while the other four men battle to the floor. Angle and Styles with punches but Angle with a kick and European uppercut. Styles with a Phenomenal drop kick. Angle with a punch and Daniels attacks Styles and Angle pushes Daniels down.
Joe tags in and he punches Angle and he adds an elbow. Magnus is tagged in and Joe with a reverse atomic drop followed by a boot from Magnus and a back senton to Angle. Magnus with a near fall. Angle with an Irish whip but he runs into a knee. Angle with a clothesline after Kazarian drops Magnus on the top rope.
Angle spits at his partners and then he puts Magnus in a reverse chin lock. Angle with a kick to Magnus but Magnus with a rebound clothesline and both men are down. Styles and Kazarian tag in and he kicks Kazarian and hits a Death Valley neck breaker. Styles sets for the Styles Clash but Daniels with an enzuigiri. Joe chops Daniels and then Joe sends Daniels over the top rope to the floor.
Joe with a suicide flying forearm to Daniels. Angle trips Styles and applies an ankle lock when A.J. wants to hit a flip dive.
Kazarian tags himself in and Daniels and Angle argue. Joe knocks Daniels into Angle. Magnus allows Styles to escape Fade to Black and Styles gets the three count with a Styles Clash.
Winners: A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, and Magnus
After the match, Angle yells at Daniels and Kazarian for the loss. Angle pushes Daniels and backs him into the corner. Angle yells at Daniels.
Daniels gets on the mic and he says that he was going to let A.J. squirm for weeks, but he is going to end this next week. Daniels says that A.J. has seen the photographs. Either A.J. tells the world his secret or Daniels and Kazarian will tell everyone A.J.’s secret.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the Gut Check Judges are in the ring. Al welcomes everyone and he says that we saw Alex Silva come out last week to have an audition match on Impact Wrestling. We will find out if Alex Silva achieves his dream and becomes a permanent member of the Impact Wrestling roster.
Alex makes his way to the ring. Al tells Alex that they have spent a lot of time deliberating.
Ric tells Alex that he likes his attitude, but he tells Alex what he tells a lot of women. He tells him to come back when he grows up as a girl because he is living in a paper doll world.
Bruce says that Alex came down the aisle like he already had a job. He saw what Alex did in Ohio Valley Wrestling and last week might not have been his best performance, but we need young talent.
Al says that he has dealt with him in OVW. He knows that Alex has the passion and desire to be an addition on Impact.
Al says that the decision is up to all of us. He needs two of the three judges to get on the roster.
Flair thinks about it and Silva throws out a wooo. That is not enough to get Flair to give him a yes vote. Al says that his vote is a yes. Bruce is the deciding vote, but Al gives Alex thirty seconds to sell himself.
Alex addresses Bruce, Al, and Ric before looking up to the heavens to tell his dad that this is it. We are here after all of those years. After all of those years. He was thirteen years old and he was poor. He became poorer and poorer with one dream. Flair tells Alex to stop talking to the marks and to start again.
Alex says thirty seconds to sell him to Ric Flair and Al Snow. He stands up for himself every night. He came out of Canada with no money to make his dream. He did everything with his father so he could get this contract.
Flair changes his vote to a yes.
Bruce says that had they not given him that opportunity, he would have said no. It was based on Alex’s performance last week. He says that nerves got to him last week. Alex got a second shot and he says yes.
Match Number Five: Ken Anderson versus Bobby Roode in a Pick Your Poison No Disqualification Match
They start the match on the floor and Anderson sends Roode into the guardrails. Anderson tries to send Roode’s head into the ring steps but Roode with a side Russian leg sweep into the ring apron. Anderson catapults Roode face first into the ring post. Anderson with the running fireman’s carry slam and we go to commercial.
We are back and the action has moved into the ring. Roode pulls the referee into the way and then Anderson pushes the referee out of the way. Roode with a low blow to Anderson. Roode with a boot to the solar plexus and Anderson rolls to the floor. Roode with a rake of the back and then he punches Anderson. Roode rolls Anderson into the ring and he gets a near fall.
Roode punches Anderson in the head and then he kicks Anderson in the shoulder. Roode with a suplex and then he hits a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Anderson with punches and chops but Roode with a back elbow.
Roode goes to the floor and he grabs a chair and brings it into the ring. Roode wedges it into the corner and he punches Anderson as he sets Anderson up for the chair. Anderson sends Roode head first into the steel chair.
Roode and Anderson exchange punches as the fans alternate booing and cheering. Anderson with a clothesline and back elbow followed by a swinging neck breaker. Roode with a kick to the chest. Anderson misses a spin kick but hits an enzuigiri for a near fall. Anderson waits for Roode to get to his feet for the Mic Check but Roode with elbows.
Anderson with an Irish whip but Roode with a knee. Roode goes up top but Anderson stops him. Roode with a spinebuster for a near fall. Roode puts the chair in the center of the ring and he kicks Anderson. Roode sets for the fisherman’s buster on Anderson.
Jeff Hardy comes out and attacks Roode with a mule kick. Anderson with a mic check to Hardy and then Roode hits Anderson a few times with a chair and then hits a fisherman’s suplex for the three count.
Winner: Bobby Roode
After the match, Roode hits Anderson and Hardy with the chair and he alternates shots to the back. Van Dam makes his way to the ring at his own pace and Roode leaves the ring. Van Dam checks on Hardy and Roode returns to the ring and hits Van Dam in the back with the chair and then he hits a DDT onto the chair.
We go to credits.