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The recap for TNA Impact 8.8.13, from somewhere not worth mentioning.

The show starts with Taz ranting against a cornered Mike Tenay and kicking him out of the arena as Mr. Anderson and Bully Ray look on.

The three of them come out, with Taz and Anderson heading towards the announce table. Taz gives Borash a piece of his mind while Bully screams "abuse him!" Taz: "Let me talk, brother!" Eventually, Taz and Anderson join Borash on commentary while Bully talks about how he's not in a good mood. He's amazed at the gall of TNA management for forcing him and Devon into a tag match against Sabin and a mystery partner from the MEM tonight. Bully says no one does surprises like him, and he's not impressed with Tito Ortiz. Ray wants Ortiz to stay out of his way lest he wants to get slapped across his face. Bully's actually out here for a contract signing, and calls for someone to bring out the contract so he can sign it.

Chris Sabin is out to join us now, wearing the World Title across his shoulder and chest. Ray rightly points out that it looks horrible, but Sabin calls him out for being a deceitful asshole. Sabin: "You're so full of crap, your eyes are brown and your breath smells like feces." That was horrible, Chris. Sabin points out that he didn't bring the hammer to the ring at Destination X, Aces and Eights did. Sabin promises to beat him again next week at Hardcore Justice, but Bully's had enough of this talk and wants to get this contract signing over with, so he calls out Hogan.

Brooke Hogan answers because Hulk is out of town, and she has the contract in hand. Because Bully's made a legal brouhaha, Brook's had a chance to go over the contract and the upshot is that if Bully loses at Hardcore Justice, he'll never receive a title shot again. Bully refuses to be bullied by Brooke, but she keeps calling him "Mark" and talks about his lack of sexual prowess. Chris Sabin makes "oooh SNAP!" faces in the background. Finally, Bully gives up and signs the damn thing, and Sabin signs it as well, and we're all set for next week. 0 for 1. Pretty terrible opening segment as it dragged on for too long. Sabin was missing his usual intensity and Brooke's right up there with Stephanie as one of the worst actors in wrestling history.

Match 1: BFG Series: Samoa Joe (26) v Jeff Hardy (17)
Anderson is still on commentary. Joe works the arm to start but gives him a clean break. Joe beats up on him in the corner, but Hardy comes back with a clothesline and dumps him. He follows with a dive off the apron, but Joe takes over back inside. Enzuigiri in the corner sends Hardy outside, allowing Joe to follow up with the elbow suicada as we head to a break. Back from the commercial, Joe gets an atomic drop and a senton for 2. Joe works the chinlock, but Hardy fights out until Joe rakes the eyes and brings him back down. Jeff keeps coming but his rana is caught with a powerbomb and Joe transitions to an STF and then the Rings of Saturn before rolling him up for 2. Cool little sequence, that. Jeff suddenly comes back with a flying forearm, setting up a legdrop and a low dropkick for 2. Joe misses a corner charge and eats Whisper in the Wind, and that gets 2. Hardy follows him in the other corner but runs right into the uranage, and Joe sets up for the Muscle Buster. Hardy escapes that but Joe counters the Twist of Fate into a sleeper. He looks to transition to the Koquina Clutch, but now Anderson stands up to have a stretch and that distracts Joe long enough for Hardy to roll him up in 12 minutes. 1 for 2. Crappy finish aside, this was the usual good match from these two.

The Disembodied Interviewer catches up with Christopher Daniels to discuss tonight's match pitting Bad Influence against each other. Daniels rails about how Kaz is being selfish, and how he doesn't realize that every team has a captain, a leader, and that leader is Daniels. Tonight is about Daniels, not Bad Influence, and he's going to make Kaz understand once they are in the ring.

Match 2: BFG Series: Magnus (49) v Mr. Anderson (21)
Magnus kicks his ass for the better part of the early goings, and they head outside. Anderson gets himself some respite by sending Magnus into the steps, and Magnus's got a pretty brutal bruise to show for it. Anderson slams him into the guardrail and works the arm back inside. Magnus's comeback ends with a big boot. They fight over a suplex and Magnus wins that, but runs into a falling armbreaker for 2. They slug it out and Anderson gets the worse of that, allowing Magnus to come back with an overhead suplex and clotheslines. The rebound clothesline hits and Magnus heads to the top, but they fight over the turnbuckle and Anderson gets dropped. Magnus misses the flying elbow, however, so Anderson sets up for the Mic Check. Bobby Roode wanders out with a chair now and both competitors get distracted. Roode teases hitting Magnus but wipes out Anderson instead, giving him the DQ win in 6 minutes and costing Magnus ten points. 1 for 3. I get the idea of trying to close the distance between the top guy and the rest, but Magnus is so far ahead of the pack that he's a virtual guarantee to be at the PPV. Remember that the top four guys advance to the semis - Roode would've been far better off doing this in the match between Joe and Hardy to give himself a realistic chance of catching up.

Backstage, Roode explains his motivation, reiterating what he said last week. He says he loves being selfish, and the only thing he loves more is the World Title, and he wants it to be his again. This is just the beginning. Stay tuned.

The Disembodied Interviewer wants a word with referee Brian Hebner, ostensibly to explain his DQ decision. I thought it was pretty straightforward. Magnus interrupts to tell Hebner he bears him no grudge, because things have a way of sorting themselves out.

Robbie E and Jesse Godderz discuss throwing Tara out of their little group due to the Bro Code, but Mickie James interrupts their "Broment," shushing Robbie ever-so-condescendingly in the process, to ensure that they are focused on the 6-person mixed tag tonight against Storm, Gunner, and ODB.

Jeremy Borash introduces "Bellator MMA Superstar" Tito Ortiz and wants him to explain his actions from last week, but Kurt Angle interrupts before he can get very far. Angle points out that he's the greatest wrestler alive and he's earned the right to call it his ring. He respects Ortiz for his achievements and will respect his space, provided Ortiz do the same for him. They seem to be coming to an agreement when Bully Ray interrupts. Bully clarifies that he doesn't respect either one of them, and has a half a mind to come to the ring and kick both their asses (Actually, tap Tito out, to be precise). Bully Ray promises to be 2-time World Champion come next week and repeats his earlier warning to Ortiz: stay out of Ray's way or prepare to get hit in the face. Ray leaves, and Angle and Ortiz shake hands. 2 for 4. Short and to the point, correctly allowing Angle and Bully to carry the mic work.

Match 3: Mixed Tag Match: TNA Tag Champions Gunner and James Storm & ODB v Bro Mans & TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James
Storm starts with Robbie E and hiptosses him into the ropes. He gets a beautiful running neckbreaker and controls until the heels lure ODB in, allowing them to conduct shenanigans and take over. Jesse comes in with a dropkick on Storm but runs into a DDT and both guys are down. They slug it out and Storm wins, but Jesse slams him in the corner and stomps an absolute mudhole in him. Damn, the random intensity! Robbie comes in off the tag and talks trash, but runs into a boot and a lung blower for 2. Gunner gets the hot tag and cleans house, nailing Jesse with the Irish Curse. Mickie James runs interference by jumping onto him, but ODB yanks her off and dumps her outside. Gunner traps Robbie in the Gun Rack, but Jesse breaks that up. Storm retaliates by taking HIS HEAD OFF with the Last Call, and they nail Robbie with their unnamed but awesome powerslam/running neckbreaker combo for the win in 4 minutes. 2 for 5. For an Impact Special, that wasn't bad, but it needed more time. Postmatch, Gail Kim comes out to get her hands on ODB but the referees manage to pull her off. Mickie gets in a final cheapshot, because that's how she rolls.

We head backstage to get Kaz's opinion about his match with Daniels tonight. He points out that while Bad Influence has been a lot of fun, tonight it's time to get serious. He wants to remind Daniels that he's a five-time X-Division Champion and tonight is all about him. Kaz has defeated Daniels more than once, and tonight he'll do it again, because it's his time to shine.

Chris Sabin meets up with Kurt Angle and Sting. He's got a plan, but he needs the Mafia to trust him.

Bully Ray is still incensed about the disrespect shown to the Dudley Boys, 23-time World Tag Champions. Devon interrupts him to remind him that they're 24-time tag champs, and they argue a bit, but the point remains the same. Bully promises to beat respect into Sabin tonight, and steals Devon's line! Devon's less that pleased. Wiki tells me Devon was right about the title count - 8 ECW tag titles, 1 Hustle Super tag title, 2 IWGP tag titles, 1 NWA World tag title, 2 TNA World tag titles, 1 WWE tag title, 1 WCW World tag title, and 8 World tag titles.

Match 4: BFG Series: Kazarian (0) v Christopher Daniels (21)
They keep locking up and breaking off until Kaz takes it to the mat and they fight over a wristlock. Daniels goes after the arm, but Kaz turns it into a side headlock and rolls him up for 2. They keep it on the mat where Kaz blocks Daniels' pin attempt and nails him with a back elbow and a shoulderblock. That causes Daniels to get in Kaz's face with some choice words, only to get shoved back down. They look like they're about to *really* get it on, but decide that trolling the crowd is a better idea and head outside for a double countout in 4 minutes. Sneaky bastards. Hurrah for Bad Influence, though. This was like the first four minutes of a twenty-minute match.

Robert Roode joins us postmatch with his chair, but Daniels and Kaz are very welcoming. The three of them head to the ring and Roode says that among all the chaos caused by the A&E and Main Event Mafia, people have forgotten about the three men in the ring. They form a fourth of the field in the BFG Series, and there is strength in numbers. Roode hails this as the birth of a new force, and promises that one of them will win the BFG Series and go on to become the next TNA World Champion. Well, Daniels was doing just fine on his own. 3 for 6 for the whole thing. Roode's logic is off, but I don't question the entertainment value of this little triad.

Match 5: Aces and Eights (Bully Ray and Devon) v TNA World Champion Chris Sabin and Sting Kurt Angle
Sting comes out ostensibly as the mystery partner, in gear, facepaint, and ready to go, but it's a bit of smoke and mirrors as Angle attacks from behind. The faces run the table for several minutes while the crowd chants "USA." Well, then. Devon creates separation from Angle and tags Bully in, but he runs into a double team and Sabin works his arm. Angle comes back in and they fight in the corner and Angle slams him but takes too long fighting off Devon, allowing Ray to take him down and work the knee. Devon comes in and squanders the advantage, but Sabin runs right into a Bully boot as they both come in off tags. Angle gets dumped and the Dudleyz hit Sabin with the Wassup Drop and we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Devon kicks Sabin's ass, complete with a legdrop and some posing. Bully comes in and continues working him over, reversing an enzuigiri and slamming Sabin's knee to the mat. Devon comes in and jumps into a boot, however, allowing Sabin an opening. Hot tag to Angle, and he suplexes anything that moves. Overhead suplex for Devon! German for Bully! Angle Slam on Bully gets only 2, so Angle TAKES DOWN THE STRAPS~, but Devon cuts him off. Angle takes care of HIM but runs into a massive uranage for a close 2-count. Angle rolls into an Ankle Lock and Devon breaks that up but eats a German suplex for his troubles. Bully drops Angle with a big boot but Sabin blind tags in with a missile dropkick. Heel Miscommunication(tm) sees Bully clothesline Devon and Sabin rolls him up for 2. Sabin misses a charge and gets dumped outside, going knee-first on the ramp. The Dudleyz wipe Angle out with the 3D, and it's time to get the tables! Bully sets it up in the corner but his charge misses Sabin and he careers through the table! Sabin evades a Devon charge, sending him outside, and finishes Bully with a flying crossbody in 16 minutes. 4 for 7. Fun formula stuff aided by that energetic finish. Sabin got to look good and scored a vital pin. And that's how we're ending the show today.

Wrestling Counter: 42 minutes.

Another solid episode of Impact, delivering some quality wrestling. It started off very slow, but that was the low point of the show and it got better as it went. The main event was fun and continues the streak of good work for Bully Ray and gets Chris Sabin a crucial main-event win. There was decent (if not always logical) storyline advancement, and I for one am intrigued with the Roode/Daniels/Kaz story. BFG Series continues to roll on and deliver some good matches. Not much more you can ask for.

(edited by used2bcool on 9.8.13 0949)
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Interesting opening to the show. Aces and Eights hogging the commentator's spot made for a fresh take on the voices of TNA. I wonder if Hogan was responsible for all of Taz's absences.

Chris Sabin did not take heed of Dixie's 2010 mistake and failed to read the contract he signed. My guess is that we'll get the Brooke turn next week.

Glad they addressed the Tara situation. A Cookie mention there would have been apt.

Interesting how neither Daniels, Kaz, nor Roode mentioned the name Fortune.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.39
    Originally posted by Dionysus
    Interesting opening to the show. Aces and Eights hogging the commentator's spot made for a fresh take on the voices of TNA. I wonder if Hogan was responsible for all of Taz's absences.


I liked it the first time when I saw it in 1997.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.12
    Originally posted by wannaberockstar
      Originally posted by Dionysus
      Interesting opening to the show. Aces and Eights hogging the commentator's spot made for a fresh take on the voices of TNA. I wonder if Hogan was responsible for all of Taz's absences.


    I liked it the first time when I saw it in 1997.


The same could be said for Bryan/Vince ie Austin/Vince in 1998. Nothing is original in wrestling.



The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97
    Originally posted by lotjx
      Originally posted by wannaberockstar
        Originally posted by Dionysus
        Interesting opening to the show. Aces and Eights hogging the commentator's spot made for a fresh take on the voices of TNA. I wonder if Hogan was responsible for all of Taz's absences.


      I liked it the first time when I saw it in 1997.


    The same could be said for Bryan/Vince ie Austin/Vince in 1998. Nothing is original in wrestling.

Right. You could basically say "I liked it the first time when I saw it in___" to anything we have seen in wresting in any company in the last, what, 10 years?
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Yeah, but with this one you don't even have to go back to 1997. Chet Lemon and Black Snow, anyone?
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.38
    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    Yeah, but with this one you don't even have to go back to 1997. Chet Lemon and Black Snow, anyone?


True, but this had a very different vibe. With Chet Lemon and Black Snow, they were forcibly taking over the commentary desk and a big deal was made of how the faction was "taking over the show." This was much more low-key, more like Taz reclaiming his place, threatening Borash for about five minutes and then everyone getting on with their jobs and the show. Anderson was only on commentary until his match, so the majority of the show was Taz and Borash and they called it the same way they would call any other show.

I'm glad someone remembers Chet Lemon and Black Snow, though. That stuff was fantabulous.
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Why the Hell they don't have Nash on commentary for SmackDown is beyond me. The eventual "heel taunts aging color guy until he snaps" feud would be amazing, too.
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Okay, I was a little surprised Astin decided to take the punishment. I thought for sure he would try to spin this on the WWE. 10 years is a light sentence, probably will get out early on good time.
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