TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT RESULTS 4/25 (Hour 2): Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Impact - Bully-Hogan, title matches
Apr 25, 2013 - 9:00:39 PM
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TNA Impact Results
April 25, 2013
Live in Indiana, Pa.
Episode #17 of 2013 airing on Spike TV
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Second Hour Results
3 -- TNA tag champions CHAVO GUERRERO & HERNANDEZ vs. AUSTIN ARIES & BOBBY ROODE -- TNA Tag Title match
As the bell sounded, Daniels told Taz that they can be on the same page and have peace if he will just tell Aces & Eights not to attack them. Taz said that's cool. Daniels & Kaz have been all over the place the last two shows with TNA trying to balance the intra-brand and inter-brand feuds. In the ring, the tag champs began working on Aries, but Aries regained control. Aries wanted to tag in Roode, but Roode was distracted. Roode then tagged in and walked into a bodyslam from Chavo.
Hernandez tagged in and wanted his trademark flying bodysplash, but both heels moved and AirMex crashed to the mat. The heels then began working on Hernandez. Roode and Aries temporarily put their issues aside to maintain control as the announce team discussed whether Aries is holding down Roode in the tag team. Daniels blamed Aries for the heels losing control, then Chavo cleaned house upon receiving a tag from Hernandez.
At 7:00, Roode re-asserted himself, but then walked into a DDT from Chavo for a close two count. All four men in the ring, then Hernandez clotheslined Aries to the outside. Suddenly, Daniels and Kaz hit the ring apron to create chaos. But, it back-fired, as Aries landed hard on the outside. Kaz again tried to create chaos, then Daniels entered the ring. Daniels tried to STO Hernandez, but Hernandez ducked and Roode ate the STO. Chavo then tagged in and frog-splashed Roode for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Chavo & Hernandez at 8:50 to retain the Tag Titles. A lot of chaos in this one. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with Aries and Roode apparently going their separate ways.
Still to come: Mickie vs. Sky for the Knockouts Title.
Weight Room: The roving cameraman found Matt Morgan trying to get a pump on. The man asked Morgan for his thoughts on Hulk Hogan facing Bully Ray in the ring tonight. Morgan instead said he has a solution for Hogan's problems and invited him to hear what he has to say next.
[Q6] Earlier This Week: Hulk Hogan held a press conference in Tampa, Fla. to promote Impact coming to Tampa next month.
Video package: Sting. TNA recapped Sting convincing Hulk Hogan to trust Bully Ray, who turned on everyone, then Hogan blamed Sting for everything going wrong in his life.
In-ring: Matt Morgan's music played to bring out Morgan with a bottle of water in-hand. Morgan took a swig, then slid into the ring and took a mic in exchange for the water. Morgan said that over the past year or so, his issues with TNA have all centered on one simple thing: mistakes made by one man, Hulk Hogan. After recapping all of Hogan's mistakes, Morgan paused for a "Hogan, Hogan" chant. Morgan said they can chant his name all night because he wants to talk to him right now. Morgan then called down Hogan to hear the ultimate solution to all of his problems.
After a pause, Hogan's music played to bring out Hulk Hogan on-stage to loud cheers. Hogan stopped to listen to the crowd before slowly making his way to the ring. Once Hogan hit the ring, Morgan said the reason why he called him out here is because Hogan is out of horses in the race. He said Hogan's ultimate solution is him, The Blueprint Matt Morgan. He said no one on this roster has been waiting for this shot more than him.
Morgan said no one else on the roster can do what needs to be done - eliminating Aces & Eights. He called himself Hogan's seven-foot knight in shining armor. And, if given the opportunity tonight, he will take Ray's baseball-sized head and Carbon-footprint it into the fifth row. ... For a small price, of course, Morgan added. Morgan said he will handle Hogan's problem, but only if he names Morgan the #1 contender and hands him a TNA Title shot at Slammiversary. The crowd seemed to like this, or they were just cheering Hogan. It wasn't clear what they were cheering for.
Hogan responded by saying Morgan brought him right up to the edge. He said Morgan probably could get the job done, but with his hopes at an all-time high, he thought Morgan would do the right thing. Hogan said he thought after all their back-and-forth, Morgan would finally get it and be ready to be The Guy, but Morgan is still trying to do it for the wrong reasons. Hogan said he knows TNA is in a lot of trouble, and he had a lot to do with it, but at the end of the day, he's going to step into the ring with Bully and take what needs to be taken. He said he's going to do it by himself.
Hogan added that Morgan isn't getting what he wants, prompting Morgan to rant and rave. Hogan then told Morgan that he never heard Andre the Giant come out here and whine like "a little b-----." Hogan emphatically dropped the mic and left the ring, leaving Morgan to be even more upset with Hogan.
Up Next: Mickie James challenges Sky for the Knockouts Title.
[Q7] Backstage: Aces & Eights were shown celebrating taking out Joseph Park at the start of the show. Bully Ray then turned his attention to Hulk Hogan, asking how he's going to go out there by himself with him. Ray asked them to give him their word that they will not come to the ring while he handles family business with "father-in-law" Hulk.
Graphic: Keneley plugged TNA's "On the Clock" X Division deal. The names on the screen were (A) Rashad Cameron, (B) Rockstar Spud, or (C) Suicide, which if viewers did not have the audio on, would be very jarring. Keneley said one will be a future X Division Title contender.
In-ring: Mickie James, then Velvet Sky were introduced to the ring for the Knockouts Title match. The crowd sounded fired up as Keneley recapped Sky's recent knee injury before the bell sounded.
4 -- Knockouts champion VELVET SKY vs. MICKIE JAMES -- Knockouts Title match -- ODB referee
The Knockouts adhered to the Code of Honor before locking up. Mickie quickly targeted the knee, though, and worked it over leading to commercial.
Back from break, Mickie was still in control of the action and in control of Velvet's knee. Sky tried to make a comeback, but her knee "buckled." Mickie wanted to follow up, but ODB kept holding her back to make sure Sky could continue. Sky then inside-cradled Mickie for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Sky at 10:58 to retain the Knockouts Title. Good set-up for Mickie to eventually turn by saying she's tired of playing nice because it got her nowhere and cost her the title match.
[Q8] TNA abruptly cut backstage to Bully Ray talking to Devon. Ray talked about Brooke Hogan, then said Jeff Hardy might be done, and said he will put the final nail in Hulk Hogan's coffin. "We can't be stopped," Ray declared twice.
Hogan's Office: Hulk Hogan was about to tape his wrists, but Brooke Hogan walked in and took the tape away. Hogan said he loves her, but he has to deal with the mess he put them all in. He said it's up to him to fix it. Hogan then asked for the tape back and told her not to worry. "I'll be right back," Hogan said as Brooke cried. They hugged, Brooke walked off, and Hogan talked to himself about being unsure of what he's doing.
Back from break 8 minutes before the top of the hour, Aces & Eights's music played to bring out TNA World champ Bully Ray, who promptly hit the ring and rattled off the list of A&E's victims. He said there is only one victim left: Hulk Hogan. Ray demanded Hogan come down to the ring right now.
Hogan's music played to bring out Hogan with taped fists and purpose in his steps. Hogan came face-to-face with Bully Ray center-ring, then Ray asked "dad" how his knee is doing. Pause for "Hogan, Hogan" chant. Ray dressed down Hogan, mocking him that he can't wait to get with the big boot and legdrop. Ray said it ain't going to happen, though, because Hogan will never fool him like he did all these people. Hogan said he sees one thing and one thing only looking into his eyes: pure fear. "Hulk Hogan fears Bully Ray," Ray declared. He said it's because he reminds Hogan of himself. Pause for another "Hogan, Hogan" chant.
Bully got back in Hogan's face and said he is the last of Hogan's dying breed. Bully asked if he knows who he is, then listed his accomplishments. "I am your son-in-law!" Ray said. "I'm the guy who's going to put an end to Hulkamania."
Hogan responded that Ray can't put an end to Hulkamania because it will never die, brother. Hogan dropped the mic and got in a fighting stance, then Ray tossed aside his mic. "Hogan's crazy," Taz said on commentary before telling him to go after the knee. Ray turned his cap around, then spit in Hogan's face. Hogan wiped it off, turned around and looked down to the mat, then ripped off his shirt. Hogan started to Hulk Up, then Hogan did the Youuuu point, but Ray wasn't intimidated. Ray pointed back at Hogan, but Hogan delivered a few right hands. Ray sold, then hit the ring ropes and bailed from the ring.
In the ring, Hogan bounced around in the ring, his flabby skin visible, as Ray retreated to the outside with help from Aces & Eights. A&E then surrounded the ring to attack Hogan, but the lights went down and the crowd freaked. The lights came back on and Sting was in the middle of the ring with bat in-hand. Sting silently pointed his bat at Hogan as Ray celebrated next to Sting. Sting then pointed the bat at Ray and knocked his cap off before easily clearing the ring of Aces & Eights, flashing back to the pre-Bully Ray Aces & Eights era.
Sting and Hogan were left alone in the ring for an uneasy moment. Sting pointed his bat at Hogan in 1997 flashback, then Sting's music played and Sting bailed from the ring. The announcers said things are still uneasy between Hogan and Sting, who kept on walking. Hogan was left alone in the ring trying to sort through what happened as Impact signed off.
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