Tonight is the Bound For Glory Series selection show, as we find out who will be participating in this year's event. Hulk Hogan comes out to start the show and talks about it took an act of God to keep him from smashing Bully Ray with the hammer, but after all the damage Bully Ray has done to his life and his family, he had to tell Brooke to stay home. But on to other matters, as tonight is the BFG Series selection show. Samoa Joe, Hernandez, and Jay Bradley have all earned their way in, and the last two winners of the BFG Series, Jeff Hardy and Bobby Roode, also get free passes into this year's series. Okay, everything sounds good so far. Hogan calls Hardy down to the ring, and Hardy says he's tired of hammers and Aces & Eights, and he's going to win the BFG Series again this year and take the title in San Diego. Bobby Roode joins Hogan and Hardy in the ring and says he was the most dominant World Champion in the history of the company. He's also the winner of the first BFG Series and never lost it, so this year, he wants to make it 2-for-2. Hogan says next week is Open Fight Night and he's going to let the fans decide which of them gets the first call out, and Roode says that's perfect because if the fans vote for him, he's going to call Jeff Hardy out and kick his ass. Hardy tells Roode to kick his ass now, but Bully Ray comes out of the back with a few of his flunkies in tow and asks why they're all so mad at each other. He says it doesn't matter who wins the Bound For Glory Series because whoever wins has to face him, but Bully wants to know why nobody in Aces & Eights is in the BFG Series. Hogan says he's been thinking of him all week long, and Hogan has a pretty good idea how he'll figure them in. They'll have one spot in the BFG Series, and Aces & Eights is going to have a battle royal where they fight each other to decide who gets that spot. Bubba says that's typical of Hogan, but he says that no matter who is in the BFG Series, they're a target of the Aces & Eights just like they're all targets right now. Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff rush the ring and Hardy and Roode fight them off, then Roode cheapshots Hardy from behind just so we don't get any crazy ideas about him being a good guy or anything.
Bad Influence is backstage saying that James Storm has had more partners than Taylor Swift and ought to get checked out, and Gunner's the real deal but he doesn't scare them. Daniels said it doesn't matter which of them wins the BFG Series because that guy will wind up with the title at Bound For Glory.
Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs TNA World Tag Team Champions James Storm & Gunner
Storm starts off with Daniels, Storm evades a cheapshot in the corner and cleans house on Daniels. Gunner tags in and the champs double team Daniels for 2, then Kazarian comes in to try his luck and only succeeds in getting tossed around by Gunner. Daniels manages to slow Gunner down by tripping him from the outside so Kazarian can catch him with a springboard legdrop, then Daniels and Kazarian swarm him with a fast series of double teams. Gunner quickly tags out to Storm, and he manages to counter everything Kazarian tries to throw at him before tagging Gunner back in again. I swear Gunner looks even bigger than he did before he left, but I guess his knees are just as vulnerable as before because Daniels takes his leg out with a clip, leaving Storm to fight both Daniels and Kazarian by himself. Storm still manages to clean house on both opponents, but Daniels nails Storm from the floor with one of the title belts and allows Kazarian to small package Storm for the win.
Winners: Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
So Bad Influence is in the BFG Series, and it looks like they might also be in line for a title shot. Good stuff.
Still to come: Sting addresses his future, and AJ Styles faces Kurt Angle in a rematch from Slammiversary!
The Mystery Cameraman catches Crimson on his way into the building and asks what he's doing here, and Crimson says it's been 12 months since he's been here and disappears into the dressing room. Hm, that was vague.
Velvet Sky is backstage with an envelope that she says is a present that is going to make Mickie James SO happy. She can't wait to come out and deliver the news and scampers off in delight.
Crimson comes out to the ring and says that he was undefeated for 470 days before finally being defeated 12 months ago. He wonders why he was punished by being sent home for 12 months, but he's not concerned with those numbers anymore because he has a chance to get into the Bound For Glory Series. He tells Joseph Park to come out and dance with the devil.
Bound For Glory Qualifier: Crimson vs Joseph Park
Crimson easily takes Park down and unloads on him with forearms, but Park fires up and tosses Crimson across the ring. Crimson just gets pissed off by that, takes Park's head off with a clothesline, then launches him into the corner. They go out to the floor where Crimson continues the assault before bringing Park back inside and beating him up some more. Crimson easily pops Park up and drills him into the mat with a spinebuster, but misses a charge and Park catches Crimson with a schoolboy rollup for the win.
Winner: Joseph Park
Crimson is in shock that he just lost as an ecstatic Park hugs the referee in the aisle.
Mickie James is backstage wondering what Velvet has for her, but thinks it's sweet that the former champ has a present for the current champ.
Velvet Sky comes out to the ring and says that she feels like her friendship with Mickie James has gotten a little strained lately, but she wants Mickie to come out to the ring so she can give her a present. Mickie comes out and says Velvet is sweet and she should give her a present too. Velvet opens the envelope and produces a certified doctor's note saying that she is cleared to wrestle and she wants her rematch. Mickie says that you can get fake doctor's notes on the internet, and Velvet says there is nothing fake about this, but Mickie says this doctor's note is dated yesterday and, as far as she can tell, her knee is injured again today. Mickie suddenly takes Velvet's knee out and ties her up in a modified version of the hangman's clutch. Nice! Referees come out to pull Mickie off, and she heads to the back with a crazed look on her face while Velvet clutches her knee in pain.
Matt Morgan is backstage and says it's typical of Hogan to make him qualify for the BFG Series after even Sting couldn't make him submit, but none of these chumps can beat him and he's going to qualify, win the BFG Series, and become the World Champion.
Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Matt Morgan vs Brutus Magnus vs Kenny King vs Rob Terry
First pinfall wins this one. King starts with Morgan, but tags out to Terry before making contact. They go face to face, shove each other, trade shoulderblocks, then Terry gets distracted from the floor and allows Morgan to swoop in and start unloading the heavy offense. Morgan is dominant as he continues pounding on Terry, but Magnus tags in and cleans house, catches King in a crossbody attempt, and hits a Snowplow. Magnus goes to the top and hits the flying elbowdrop, but Morgan breaks the cover at 2. Terry goes back after Morgan, King takes Magnus' head off with a leg lariat, Terry chokeslams King, Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint on Terry, but Magnus dodges a charge and Morgan sails out to the ramp. Magnus hits the Michinoku Driver on King and gets the win.
Winner: Brutus Magnus
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH, Morgan's gonna be mad!
Eric Young is backstage, and he's got a shot at getting into the BFG Series tonight when he faces Austin Aries. He says not to tell anyone because he's got to prepare, then goes into a closet, locks it behind him, and starts...huffing and puffing. Okay.
We see a video package looking at Rampage Jackson, and he's here on Impact tonight! We also see a video package looking back at Sting's loss to Bully Ray at Slammiversary, then Sting comes out to the ring to address his future. He says Slammiversary was when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, but this year was a different story because he failed to beat Bully Ray and will now never be able to challenge for the TNA World Title again. Sting was overwhelmed by wave after wave of Aces & Eights members, but the part he will never forget is that nobody came out to help him when he was in dire straits. That's okay, he doesn't mind at all, because Aces & Eights may be a fine tuned machine and are just like family. Just...like...family. Sting's in a place he never thought he'd be again, one where he has to create his own family he can trust and who can trust him. His own new family or, perhaps more accurately, his own new Main Event Mafia. Very soon, the new Main Event Mafia will rise and Aces & Eights will fall.
Bound For Glory Qualifier: Eric Young vs Austin Aries
We see a video looking at ODB showing up on Eric Young's fishing show where she reminds us that they haven't defended the Knockouts Tag Team Title for like six months. I think it's actually been even longer than that, but I don't think we're going to see a title defense anytime soon. They do some basic mat wrestling to start, then go all Memphis with comedy spots before Aries snaps Young's neck down on the top rope and starts putting the boots to him. EY manages to maneuver around Aries and mount a comeback, driving Aries to the floor where he wipes him out with a slingshot crossbody. Young hits a belly to belly suplex for 2, stops to kiss ODB as he climbs the corner, but takes too long and gets nailed by Aries. Aries hits the IED and the brainbuster, and that's all she wrote.
Winner: Austin Aries
Bully Ray is backstage with Aces & Eights and talks about Hogan making them fight each other for the spot in the BFG Series. Apparently they have a plan and he goes to each of the members one by one to ask if they agree. They all agree wholeheartedly except for Doc, who hesitates before reluctantly agreeing.
Chris Sabin is backstage saying that his history these last two years is well documented, but he can't help but think about what if he hadn't torn the second ACL, had won the X Division Title last year, and was able to cash it in for a World Title shot. He's the X Division Champion now and he has to decide whether he wants to keep the title or give it up for a shot at something bigger.
Bounf For Glory Qualifier Battle Royal: Devon vs Doc vs Ken Anderson vs Knux vs Wes Brisco vs Garett Bischoff
The bell rings and they circle one another until Anderson steps into the center of the circle and starts gesturing at people to eliminate them. Wes, Garett, Knux, and Devon all gladly step out, but Doc starts to leave before coming back in and going face to face with Anderson. They end up fighting and Anderson eliminates him anyway.
Winner: Ken Anderson
That's a dangerous little self-motivated streat Anderson was showing there, and I think the rest of the gang noticed because of the way they reacted.
Rampage Jackson comes into Kurt Angle's locker room and asks what he meant by Angle facing Jackson "when he's ready", and Angle said not to worry about it because they're both world class athletes. They make up and Jackson wishes Angle luck against AJ Styles tonight.
We go back to the Aces & Eights clubhouse where they're all asking doc what the hell he was doing out there. Bully Ray says he appreciates the spirit Doc showed, but they had a plan and he should have stuck to it. Doc says it's always been about stepping up and says it was his bad out there, but someone else stepped up recently when AJ Styles attacked him with their hammer after they offered him a cut. He wants to take AJ out tonight, and Bully Ray tells him to get the job done.
It's main event time!
Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles
They do a feeling out process to start until AJ drills Angle with a perfect dropkick out of nowhere. Now AJ opens up with the stiff shots and a nice backbreaker, Angle fires back with right hands and stomps AJ down in the corner. AJ snaps Angle over with a suplex, Angle blocks a second one but AJ nails him and hits the snap suplex into the corner as we go to commercial.
We're back as the match finds its way out to the floor, AJ tries a dive and Angle moves, AJ lands on his feet but Angle grabs AJ and hits an overhead release suplex on the floor before rolling him back inside. Angle starts working over AJ's back, but AJ fires up and just straight up knocks the crap out of Angle with a flurry of strikes. AJ hits the springboard forearm for 2, Angle hits the rolling German suplexes, AJ counters the Hacker Slam to a DDT for 2. Angle hits the Hacker Slam on a second attempt and only gets 2, AJ gets Angle in his Indian Deathlock variation, Angle counters to the anklelock, AJ escapes and takes AJ out with a spinkick. AJ goes to the top, Angle runs up the corner and German suplexes AJ, AJ lands on his feet and DRILLS Angle with a DDT into the corner. AJ drags Angle to his feet as Ken Anderson distracts the referee so Aces & Eights can run in and attack AJ. AJ fights them off so Anderson comes into the ring and goes after Angle, allowing AJ to roll him up and get the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
AJ walks off and leaves Angle to get beaten down 3-on-1 until Rampage Jackson comes out to the ring and clears Aces & Eights out with his chain. Jackson and Angle go back to back staring Aces & Eights down and daring them to get in the ring as we call it a week.
That's it for this week, thanks for reading and I'll be back tomorrow to discuss Impact and more with Dave Scherer on the Stu & Pid Show!
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