Re: Bah Gawd - Good Ol' JR's Impact Wrestling
The show begins once again with no pyro, opening video, or anything special. The camera goes over the entire crowd eventually settling back down on the announce desk where Jeremy Borash and Mike Tenay welcome everyone to tonight’s broadcast. The two hype up the beginnings of the tag team and television championship tournament as well as tonight’s main event, a six man tag team match featuring all three members of E.G.O., Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian taking on the team of Bully Ray, Garrett Bischoff, and Wes Brisco. Once Mike and Jeremy finish the rundown, the music of “The Cowboy” James Storm begins to play.
James Storm, followed closely by his tag team partner Gunner, come racing down the ramp. Storm, who has been taunted the past couple weeks by flickering lights following his matches, appears determined to get to the bottom of the situation right here and now.
Storm and Gunner enter the ring and immediately Storm asks for a microphone. He wastes no time in calling out the man who has been taunting him for the past couple of weeks, saying there’s no need to hide behind anything, if he wants to fight then come and fight. Storm prepares himself to fight but no one comes. Storm tries getting the man to come out once again but still nothing. Storm and Gunner wait, and wait, and wait but nobody ever comes. Finally they give up. Right as they are turning around and preparing themselves for their upcoming match, the Bro-Mans (Jessie G. and Robbie E.), trying to take advantage of the situation with Storm and the mystery person, sneak up behind them and attempt a sneak attack. Luckily Gunner notices them in time and stops them.
Match #1: Bro-Mans vs. Gunner & James Storm – Round 1/Tag Team Championship Tournament
With the experience of being former tag team champions on their side, as well as having successfully stopped a sneak attack by the Bro-Mans, Storm and Gunner start the match off in very good position. They use their tag team know how to keep Jessie G. and Robbie E. away from each other for as long as they can. One would think that with Gunner and Storm’s size as well as their reputation for being tough and aggressive that they would easily walk over the less experienced Bro-Mans but Jessie and Robbie are actually holding their own fairly well, despite being constantly put into bad situations. Despite dominating the match, Storm and Gunner are unable to put the Bro-Man’s away and that failure to secure the victory starts to put a wedge between the two former champions. Storm and Gunner begin visibly arguing amongst each other. Luckily for them, at this point in the match the Bro-Mans have pretty much tired themselves out so they are not much of a threat to steal the victory but Storm and Gunner still continue arguing. Gunner, who decides he has had enough, tags himself in. With a look of determination on his face, and after a brief struggle, he gets Robbie E. up the Gun Rack in an attempt to finish him off. Robbie E. has no strength left anymore so he quickly taps out.
Winners via Submission: Gunner & James Storm
Gunner & Storm move on to the triple threat finals for a shot at regaining the tag team titles but they can’t feel good about how they got there. Following the match, there is still visible tension between the two. When Storm attempts to smooth things over by offering to shake Gunner’s hand, Gunner pauses for a moment and then walk off without shaking Storm’s hand. Storm can’t do anything at this point other than shake his head and start walking to the back.
Right before Impact Wrestling goes to commercial, the cameras go to the backstage parking lot area where Bully Ray (with Brooke right behind him), Garrett Bischoff, and Wes Brisco (still wearing the Leather Face-like mask) arrive to the arena together, all on motorcycles. An obvious sign of solidarity amongst the former Aces & Eights members as they prepare for their upcoming main event match.
Coming back from commercial, the Impact Wrestling cameras go right into the E.G.O. locker room where Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian all are.
Roode starts off by pacing nervously back and forth. Kazarian keeps repeating “what are we going to do, what are we going to do?” Roode can’t say much but “shut up, I’m thinking.” Daniels, who is wearing an unnecessarily large bandage on his head to sell the hammer shot from last week, steps in and says he’s got this. Roode and Kaz continue pacing nervously, reminding Daniels that Bully Ray has back up now. Daniels can’t stand it anymore, he gets right in both Roode’s and Kaz’s face and slaps both of them, telling them to calm down and that he does indeed got this. That seems to work as both Roode and Kaz calm down, following Daniels out the door as the camera cuts back to the ring area.
Match #2: Eric Young vs. Kenny King – Round 1/Television Championship Tournament
Christy Hemme begins introducing the two competitors. First out is “Showtime” Eric Young who is out to prove that he should be taken seriously. Secondly, the former X Division Champion Kenny King comes out to the ring. Just as they are about to start the match, the music of Chris Sabin hits. Chris, followed by his girlfriend Velvet, makes his way down to the ring to confused looks from both Eric Young and Kenny King. Once down to the ring, Chris sits himself and Velvet down right at ringside to get a firsthand look. Once they have been seated, the match can finally begin.
Kenny King, the younger and more flashy of the two competitors, takes the road of trying to simply out-athlete Eric Young. This lightning quick offensive strategy pays off for Kenny, at least in the first half or so of the match. Eric Young appears to have a hard time trying to do anything as he is always trying to keep an eye on King. Eventually though, Eric does manage to slow the match down, getting things to where he is most comfortable. With the match slowed way down, Kenny King finds it hard to get any sort of momentum back. He keeps trying but all he seems to do is wear himself out. What started off as promising now has turned disastrous for King. As quick paced as it began, the match ends. Eric manages to finish Kenny off when he hits his Youngblood Neckbreaker finish, following that up with a pin attempt and the 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Eric Young
Eric Young moves on to the triple threat finals match and Kenny King goes home. Following the match, as Eric Young is getting his hand raised by the referee; Chris Sabin gets up from his chair and enters the ring to congratulate him. Eric, like everyone else, is unsure of what to think of this. Chris extends his hand. Eric decides to not shake his hand and to just walk away. When he does this, on cue, Velvet gets up, picks up her chair, and slides it in to the ring. Sabin grabs it and calls for Eric to turn around.
When he does, Sabin lays him out with the steel chair. Once Eric is knocked out, Sabin quickly drops the chair and exits the ring as medical personal attend to Eric.
Before the commercial break, the cameras once again go to the backstage parking lot area where a car has just pulled up. Dressed in a nice fancy suit, out of the car steps Kurt Angle. Angle, who has promised to reveal what his big announcement is this week, quickly makes his way inside the Asylum as the show cuts to commercial.
Coming back from commercial, the Asylum is filled with the sound of Kurt Angle’s theme music. Coming up from under the entrance ramp, Kurt gets a massive ovation from the crowd. As he is making his way down to the ring, Kurt shows very little emotion on his face, providing no clue to what his pending announcement might be. Kurt then enters the ring and is immediately handed a microphone.
Kurt starts off by saying that he is once again thankful for all the support that his fans have given him. He says that these last few months, heck even the last year, has been extremely hard on him and has caused him to rethink his future. He said he turned down offers from the “other company” to go wrestle for them one last time because he ultimately wanted to end his career with Impact Wrestling and the end is fast approaching. Like he said before, he does not want to drag his career out and make a fool of himself; he wants to end it right. He knows that he still has quite a bit of good wrestling in him but he just can’t risk making a fool of himself. So, his announcement is that the next time he loses a match; he will retire forever from in-ring wrestling. He understands that other wrestling legends have done this and have ultimately come back, sometimes multiple times but he has too much respect for himself and for the wrestling business to do that. He’s also thought about who he wants his first, and potentially last, opponent on this “retirement tour” to be and there’s only one man he can think of, a man who he says still has some unfinished business with, and that man is “The King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett.
And with that, Kurt drops the microphone and starts exiting the ring. He does not demand Jeff meet him at anytime, he simply calls him out and says he wants to face him. The ball is now in his court.
The camera then goes back to the announce desk where Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash both comment on Kurt’s announcement that the next time he loses a match, he will retire from in-ring wrestling. They both agree that the wrestling world won’t be the same when he’s gone. They also comment on Kurt’s choice of Jeff Jarrett. It will be interesting to see if Jeff, who hasn’t wrestled in over a year, will say to his challenge. Once finished, the two quickly switch to hyping up the upcoming main event. The camera gives us a double shot of both E.G.O. and the former Aces & Eights members making their way to the ring. That match is next.
Match #3: Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, & Kazarian vs. Bully Ray w/ Brooke Tessmacher, Garrett Bischoff, & Wes Brisco
It is now main event time. It will be interesting to see which team can work together better and gain important momentum going in to their respective tag team and world title tournaments. First team out is E.G.O. Bobby Roode comes to the ring by himself, to his own music. The two members of Bad Influence follow him shortly after. Bully Ray, Brooke Tessmacher, Garrett Bischoff, and Wes Brisco all come to the ring together through the crowd like they used to do in their Aces & Eights days. Bully, Garrett, and Wes all enter the ring and they immediately get into E.G.O.’s face. It’s only a matter of time before something explodes.
And sure enough it did. Right as the referee is trying to separate the six men, they all immediately start attacking each other and things start getting out of hand. Bully and Roode square off in the middle of the ring while Garrett, Wes, and Daniels and Kaz spill out of the ring, on to the floor outside. No team has a distinct advantage in the early going. One minute it seems like the members of E.G.O. are about to take control then the roles reverse and it seems like Bully, Garrett, and Wes are about to take control. The chaos continues for quite some time until the referee manages to slowly but surely get each man onto the ring apron and in their correct spots. Now the match can actually begin. Even though the match is now back to normal, neither team still takes advantage. Bully is forced to do the heavy lifting for his team due to Garrett’s and Wes’ inexperience but this doesn’t seem to cause any problems, at least right away. After a brief strategy “get together” the members of E.G.O. quickly realize that fact and decide to take advantage of it. Rather than trying to out power Bully Ray, they decide to wear him down by hitting him with quick little strikes and then running away, repeating this strategy over and over again until they feel they have him right where they want him. Once they get Bully Ray sufficiently wore down, they move in for the kill. For whatever reason, despite having him wore down, they still can’t put him away. Each member of E.G.O. tries but each fails. They grow desperate which leaves the door open for Bully to strike. While the E.G.O. members are arguing with each other and while the referee has his back turned, Bully Ray has Garrett and Wes further distract the referee while Bully pulls out his steel chain, wrapping it around his fist. He taps Kaz on the shoulder and nails him right over the head with it, quickly tossing it out to Brooke before the ref can see. Bully follows that up with a cover. The referee notices and counts 1, 2, 3!
Winners: Bully Ray, Garrett Bischoff, & Wes Brisco
Bully Ray once again picks up the victory after having cheated to obtain it. Roode and Daniels continue arguing with the referee while Bully, Garrett, and Wes high tail it out of the ring and towards the back. The show fades to black with a shot of Roode and Daniels still arguing while Bully, Garrett, and Wes laugh.