two. James tries for a DDT, but Kim backs her into the corner and hits a running shoulder block. Kim heads to the apron, but James brings her back into the ring the hard way, hitting a reverse neckbreaker. James blasts Kim with a couple of forearms, then hits a big enzugiri. Mickie drops Kim with a flap jack, then she heads to the apron. Kim rolls to the outside, to Mickie follows, hitting a headscissors and taking Kim down to the floor. Mickie sends Kim back into the ring and she goes to the top, but Kim grabs the ref. James rolls up Kim, but Kim rolls through and is able to hook the tights for another three count.
Velvet Sky is the final competitor out to the ring, and Kim is hiding on the far side of the ring. Kim attacks Sky out of nowhere and takes her out on the floor. Sky is able to make it into the ring before the ten count. Kim puts a knee across Sky’s throat, getting a two count. Kim tries for two more pin attempts, but still can’t keep Sky down for thee. Sky is able to roll up Kim for a two count. Sky sends Kim into the corner, but she’s rolled up by Kim. The ref catches Gail trying to use the ropes to cheat again. Sky hits in your face and pins Kim, but Kim gets her foot under the ropes. The ref counts three, and Sky is proclaimed the winner.
Winner and #1 Contender to the Knockouts Championship: Velvet Sky
JB is backstage once more with Christopher Daniels. Daniels makes fun of Storm’s accent, saying they aren’t part of Storm’s demographic. Daniels is an inspiration, which is why Hogan has decided to give him a title shot when he wins. Daniels is going to finish his apple-tini, then he’s going to head to the ring and beat Storm. He’s sorry Storm won’t be able to get another shot at the World Title, but he does have permission to worship them now.
#1 Contender’s Match
Christopher Daniels vs. James Storm
The bell rings, and Kaz shows off his official manager’s license to the referee, allowing him to be ringside for this match. Both men lock up and Storm takes Daniels to the mat with a head lock takeover. Daniels fight up, but finds himself in the same situation all over again. Daniels fights up to his feet, then eats a shoulderblock, and a hip toss. Storm takes Daniels over into a headlock for a third time. Daniels tries to fight his way out of the hold, pinning Storm for two and causing him to break the hold. Storm lets Daniels get to his feet and he clotheslines him over the top rope and to the outside.
Storm follows to the outside, slamming Daniels into the barricade before running Kaz off. Storm seats Daniels on the ring steps and hits him with a series of right hands before bringing things back into the ring. Daniels begs off, but Storm doesn’t care, hitting Daniels with a big back drop and backing him into the corner with a series of rights. Daniels ties Stor up in the ropes and Kaz grabs on to him, distracting him and drawing him out to the apron. Daniels hits Storm and sends him crashing out to the barricade on the floor. Kaz attacks while Daniels distracts the ref.
Back in the ring, Daniels goes to work on Storm’s arm, wrapping it around the ropes and yanking hard. Daniels stomps away at Storm before going back to the arm, wrenching it and driving Storm down to the mat with a top wrist lock. Storm kicks away at Daniels, breaking the hold. Daniels pokes Storm in the eye and drops him to the mat. Daniels clamps on an arm bar, pushing Storm to the mat, then standing on his arm, and dropping an elbow down on top of it. Daniels goes for a submission, but Storm won’t quit.
Storm fights up to his feet, fighting his way out of the hold. Storm hits Daniels with a Russian leg sweep and both men are down. Both guys are slow to get to their feet, but when they do, they trade right hands in the middle of the ring. Storm hits the ropes and hits a big clothesline, then he drives Daniels head into his own knee. Kaz distracts Storm again, but not for long. Storm heads to the top and leaps off with a giant elbow drop that’s good for a two count. Storm tries for the closing time, but Daniels blocks it and goes right back to the arm.
Daniels heads to the top, but he’s stopped by Storm. Storm connects with the eye of the Storm, but he only gets a two count off of it. Storm sends Daniels into the corner and ends up backdropped to the apron. Storm kicks Daniels, then heads back into the ring and hits an Alabama slam. Storm hits the closing time, and calls for the last call superkick. Storm misses the superkick, and Daniels connects with an immediate angel’s wings, but it’s not enough to keep Storm down for three. Daniels tries for the BME, but Storm gets a boot up. Storm hits closing time again, then he blasts Kaz with the superkick. Daniels sends Storm to the mat off the distraction and pins him with his feet on the ropes. Daniels gets the three count.
Winner: Christopher Daniels
- We get a recap of Bully Ray proposing to Brooke Hogan this past Thursday on Impact. It’s pretty obvious from the giant sneer on his face that Hogan was not happy with this development.
In the Arena:
Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan make their way out to the ring next all dressed up, so it looks like we’re going to get an interview segment.
Bully grabs a mic and says first things first, Brooke looks hot tonight. Ray introduces himself and his fiancee, and says they are getting married this Thursday night in the Impact Zone on Spike TV. Ray asked Brooke who should be invited to the wedding. They have to invite the Rolling Stones and Lady Gaga… everyone. Brooke says they should invite all the fans in the Impact Zone. Bully pulls out his phone, calling it his fire breathing Twitter machine. Ray says he wants everyone on video saying whether or not they’re coming to the wedding.
Ray thanks Brooke for saying yes, and thanks the fans for having his back in this situation.... (Continues on next page)