Here’s what you missed on Thursday’s live IMPACT WRESTLING on Spike TV from Orlando: It was Total Nonstop Anarchy in the IMPACT Zone on what was supposed to be a competitive Open Fight Night. Last Thursday, the elusive “Aces and Eights” gang put Hulk Hogan in the hospital with a fractured pelvis and jumped Sting from behind, but it turns out their reign of terror had just begun. This week, the gang targeted three other unsuspecting victims, leaving the wrestling world wondering who they are and what their motives could be.
The Bound for Glory series points leader “Cowboy” James Storm called out Kurt Angle in the evening’s first bout on Open Fight Night. Angle, however, never surfaced; instead he was left reeling on the floor backstage after a vicious attack from the “Aces and Eights” gang.
Samoa Joe challenged the “Pope” D’Angelo Dinero with BFG series points on the line. The “Samoan Submission Machine” once again earned his name with a perfectly executed arm bar submission victory and ten more points in the BFG series.
Robbie E and his bodyguard interrupted the “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy during his entrance, demanding an opportunity to earn some BFG series points. Hardy gladly accepted and looked to be on the cusp of victory before Robbie E’s bodyguard stepped in as a diversion. A rattled Hardy left the ring to deal with the intruder, eventually succumbing to a count-out, resulting in a five point victory for Robbie E.
TNA “Gut Check” hopeful Sam Shaw showed encouraging energy and charisma in his pre-tryout interview with Jeremy Borash; but the “Aces and Eights” gang ruined his moment before it even began with another beating.
Mr. Anderson claimed another seven points toward the BFG series after a superplex from the top rope and eventual pin against AJ Styles. The pain was just beginning for Styles, however, as his alleged lover Claire produced photo evidence of their affair after the match.
Rob Van Dam missed his signature Rolling Thunder against competitor Christopher Daniels, leaving him vulnerable to an easy pinfall against the ropes for Daniels and seven points toward the BFG series.
Magnus and Bully Ray squared off in a brutal match with BFG series implications on the line. Magnus seemed in control until Bully Ray landed a running reverse drop for the “Direct Impact of the Night” and eventual pin.
The evening’s main event pitted reigning World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries against his nemesis Bobby Roode in a violent match with vengeful undertones. Punches, body shots, and elbows punctuated an incredibly physical fight. With Aries seemingly moments away from finishing Roode, the “Aces and Eights” gang intervened for the third time, taking down Aries as a smiling Roode watched from the corner of the ring. Roode extended a friendly hand to the gang, all but solidifying his involvement in the ordeal, but the gang turned on Roode as well with more kicks and punches to his already beaten body.
Who is the “Aces and Eights” gang, and what do they want? Tune in next time to IMPACT WRESTLING to find out!