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Home arrow Television arrow 2013 Stories arrow Impact: Open Fight Night goes bad
Impact: Open Fight Night goes bad
Feb 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM

Bad Influence kicked off Impact Wrestling – coming to you live from the UK – by dressing as inappropriately as they possibly could: as extras from Braveheart.  They praised the Scots as the only true warriors of the UK, promised that Daniels would take the World Heavyweight Championship, and explained his previous loss to Jeff Hardy as being due to an allergic reaction to Hardy’s facepaint.

Once the crowd were suitably wound up, Bad Influence were interrupted by the return of Magnus, who called them muppets, threw them out of the ring, and called out Devon for a grudge match.

Devon agreed.

Magnus quickly took the fight to Devon, throwing him against every available guardrail, but Devon took control back once the action got back into the ring.  As soon as Magnus looked to be regaining the upper hand, the inevitable run-on of Aces and Eights goons occurred, and Magnus was given victory by disqualification.

Meanwhile, Bully Ray, Brooke Hogan, and Sting awaited word from Hulk Hogan, not knowing if he would even show up at the arena.

Joseph Park was in the ring next, having assessed all his options and watched a lot of tape.  We were not, however, to find out whom he had decided to challenge, as Robbie E interrupted him, accompanied by big Robbie T.

Despite Park’s protestations that Robbie E was not the opponent he wanted to face, Robbie E taunted him – and the entire United Kingdom – but backed down when he saw the expression on big, Welsh, Robbie T’s face.  Nevertheless, the challenge was laid, and Joseph Park accepted.

Park seemed willing but unable to really put moves together, and Robbie E seemed unable to do any real damage to the big lawyer.  Eventually, Park went to that strange place he goes to, hulked out, and splashed Robbie E into the ground for a pin.

Hulk arrived at the arena, looking pouty.

Austin Aries and Bobby Roode now appeared in the ring, to declare they had a new goal for a new era:  take all the gold.  Including, apparently, the Knockouts Championship, which could be interesting to watch.  But first, they wanted to start with the easiest championship – the tag belts.  And no, not the Knockouts’ tag belts.

Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez objected to this characterisation of their titles, and the teams agreed that Aries and Chavo would face off: and if Aries won, he and Roode would get a tag title shot.

Chavo looked set to clinch the victory with the Three Amigos suplexes and a frogsplash, but Roode, ringside, was quick enough to spoil the pin.  As Hernandez tried to get Roode out of the way, Aries capitalised with a brainbuster and took the victory.  From his interactions with Roode afterwards, though, this is clearly not going to be the most stable campaign for the tag belts.

In the locker room, Kurt prepared for his cage match against Mr Anderson with Samoa Joe, Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff.  Joe promised to ensure that it would only be Angle and Anderson in the match – and didn’t seem to think Bischoff or Brisco were required.

Brooke and Bully entered the ring, and asked Sting to come out to ask Hulk to come out.  It took a little while, but after sufficient chants of “Hogan!” the Hulkster appeared, and declared that Bully Ray was reinstated.  More than that, Hogan made a match:  Sting and Bully Ray against two Aces and Eights … and it was a tables match.

Velvet Sky entered and called out two people – Tara and Jessie.  But she didn’t want a handicap match against the power couple:  she’d found her own partner, the Cowboy James Storm.

This match very much went Velvet’s way.  Jessie was unable to stand up to the cowboy, and Tara got too distracted trying to defend her boo – so Velvet was able to tag in, deliver an In Yo Face on the Knockouts Champion, and take the pin.

We then found that Samoa Joe had mysteriously been taken out by assailants unknown.  Garett promised to stay with him, and Wes accompanied Kurt to the ring.

Three times Mr Anderson tried to escape via climbing out of the ring, and three times Kurt Angle managed to stop him and smash him into the ground.  On the third time, Kurt powerbombed Anderson from the top rope and applied the trusty ankle lock.  Trapped in the middle of the ring with nowhere to go, Anderson was forced to tap.

But that wasn’t the end of things.  An unknown Aces & Eights member appeared and scaled the cage.  Wes quickly unlocked the door to offer Angle an out, but Angle beckoned him in and told him to lock the cage again.

Things looked dire for the invader, but he peeled back his mask and revealed the face of none other than Garett Bischoff.  Kurt started towards him after the initial shock wore off, only to be attacked from behind by Wes, who shook off his jacket to unveil yet another Aces and Eights vest.

Kurt took a heck of a beating.

Impact Wrestling Results:

  • Magnus def. Devon via disqualification
  • Joseph Park def. Robbie E w/ Robbie T
  • Austin Aries def. Chavo Guerrero
  • Velvet Sky & James Storm def. Tara & Jessie
  • Steel Cage Match:
    Kurt Angle def. Mr Anderson


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