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Impact: Live from Wembley Arena
Feb 17, 2013 at 06:00 PM

Hulk Hogan was the first out this week to make an important announcement about the World Heavyweight Championship: on this very night, eight contenders would face off in four matches, after which the Hulkster himself would choose a number one contender to face Jeff Hardy at Lockdown.

The matches would pit Rob Van Dam against James Storm; Christopher Daniels against Magnus; Kurt Angle against Samoa Joe; and Austin Aries against Bobby Roode.

Also at Lockdown, Sting would captain Team TNA in a battle against the Aces and Eights.  Sting himself appeared to accept the Aces and Eights’ challenge.

hristopher Daniels entered with Kazarian to compete against Magnus.  Magnus got predictably amazing levels of pop from the London crowd.  Daniels’ speed helped him hold his own against the strong Brit, and Kazarian’s inevitable interference from ringside certainly helped – right until he was thrown out of the arena. 

After that it was all Magnus’ way, and with a piledriver and a flying elbow he easily took the pin.

Backstage, newlyweds Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray commiserated over the quad injury which prevented Bully from competing for the number one contender spot.  Bully declared that instead he’d take Brooke out for some shoe shopping and dinner.

A post-match Magnus spoke to Annoying Interview Guy, declaring he’d just proved he was worthy of the number one contender spot.

Next up, allies Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle faced each other.  A voice-over from Kurt expressed his dismay at the recent IOC decision to remove wrestling from the Olympics. 

Kurt and Joe were both fully on the attack, friendship notwithstanding.  Angle Slams, Coquina Clutches and German suplexes were heavily dealt out, and victory could have been either man’s when they took each other out with a double clothesline.

Instead, traitorous whelps Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff stormed the ring and ruined the finish.

Backstage, TNA President Dixie Carter gave a pep-talk to the three runners-up of British Boot Camp, Party Marty and the adorable Blossom Twins.  Though they didn’t win the Boot Camp, they still had an opportunity to shine in the Impact Zone.

Party Marty and the Blossom Twins then appeared in a seriously good match which gave them a genuine opportunity to shine:  facing Gail Kim, Tara, and Tara’s boo Jessie in a mixed tag team match.

The Twins had very good - possibly predictably good – chemistry in the ring and some great tag moves.  On the other side, Gail Kim did a fantastic job of working with her tag team partners, despite – possibly because of - being in a bit of a bad mood.

Gail quickly wrapped up the match with Eat Defeat, but the attention of the crowd was definitely not in the ring.

Grabbing a mic, Gail declared herself to be the “most dominant” Knockout in TNA, and demanded that Brooke Hogan give her a title match against Tara.

Brooke appeared, probably annoyed to be dragged away from her shoe shopping, and agreed.  Gail Kim would face Tara for the Knockouts Championship … and so would Miss Tessmacher … and so would Velvet Sky.  And Brooke promised that she herself would be ringside just to make sure it all went down cleanly.

Dixie Carter then had a catch-up with the good folks at Bellator, announcing that Jeff Hardy had been signed to a long-term contract.

Backstage, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode prepared for their match, firm that they wouldn’t let their quest for all the TNA gold be derailed.  They also agree that it will be Bobby who challenges for the Knockouts title.  This I must see.

Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm was next in the line-up of seriously good matches Hulk Hogan had arranged.  The two were very good-natured with each other, but serious, and demonstrated a lot of very nice technique. 

Van Dam seemed to have an edge early on, but took himself out with a top-rope corner missile drop kick which Storm rolled out of.  Storm tied things up with a Last Call superkick for the pin.

Joseph Park talked to Hulk backstage – he’d been set up by his fellow wrestlers who assured him he needed to “politic” with the GM to get a shot at the world title.  Hulk gently sent him on his way.

Brooke confronted her father to advocate for Bully to get a shot at the world title, despite his injury.  The Hulkster was as unimpressed by her as he had been by Park.

Before their number one contender’s match, Roode and Aries took to the microphone to declare that Hulk Hogan wouldn’t spoil their plans, nor turn them against each other.  The ref rang the bell, and the Great Poke Fight of 2013 commenced.  Unfortunately, neither man was willing to lie down and be pinned by the other … until Aries softened … only to turn Roode’s pin attempt into a backslide.

Then it was all on, in a fantastic match which included a terrifying attempt at a vertical suplex from the top rope and Aries smoothly countering a Roode spear into the Last Chancery submission hold.  Everything broke down, every move was countered, and of course, the ref was taken out of the equation.

Bobby Roode went for the chair first, but noting the ref’s back was turned, faked a chair-hit on himself to get Aries disqualified.  Aries faked a chair-hit right back at him.  A confused referee tried to sort everything out – while the contenders stamped their feet like angry toddlers – and it was only decided when Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez arrived on the scene, sporting very fashionable Aries and Roode T-shirts.

Aries and Roode were sufficiently distracted to get themselves counted out as they confronted the former tag champs.

Hulk came back out to wrap up the night by announcing who would face Jeff Hardy at Lockdown, based on the night’s events.  Unfortunately for him, the Aces and Eights interrupted everything and surrounded him in the ring.  Unfortunately for them, Bully Ray appeared – now in ring gear – and Sting followed, wielding not one, but two baseball bats, and a cricket bat for good measure.

The Aces and Eights left; but the curtain fell with the big question unanswered: who is the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship?

Impact Wrestling Results:

  • Magnus def. Christopher Daniels
  • No Contest: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
  • Gail Kim, Jessie & Tara def. The Blossom Twins & Party Marty
  • James Storm def. Rob Van Dam
  • Double Count Out: Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
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