The ninth live Impact of TNA's summer series opened with a video package on last week's events, focusing on Claire producing photos of her in bed with A.J. Styles and Aces & Eights taking out the roster. The voice-over man wondered aloud who is behind these attacks.
Impact Zone: After a pyro and fireworks entrance, Mike Tenay excitedly introduced the show and plugged the Knockouts in tag action and BFG Series matches. Meanwhile, the camera focused on an "87%" sign in the crowd, which goes against Joey Ryan's attempt to make his anti-TNA angle seem like a shoot when the promotion acknowledges his "movement."
Suddenly, Sting's music played to bring out Sting. Sting said Dixie Carter has placed him in-charge of TNA while Hulk Hogan is in the hospital. Sting called out the Aces & Eights, noting he is just one man. Austin Aries's music then played to bring out the TNA champion. In the ring, Aries said he admires Sting's courage, but as everyone else knows, it's about a numbers game. Aries said A&E didn't just jump Hogan and Sting, but the World champ. Aries looked into the camera and vowed to make a statement jumping on A&E if they show up tonight.
Then, Kurt Angle's music played to bring out Angle, who was jumped backstage prior to his Bound for Glory Series match last week. In the ring, Angle said A&E tried to hurt him physically and tried to take away his chance to fight for the World Title, so he wants to fight them, too. Angle turned to look toward the entrance ramp, but was interrupted by Bobby Roode's theme music. Out came Roode dressed in a suit telling everyone to relax. Roode waited out boos and said he's not here to fight anyone or have their backs. He said he's out here to point out the obvious. Roode claimed to know who the man is behind the attacks. Roode's mic cut out, which prompted Aries to say that's what happens when you're not the champ.
Roode continued that he knows the man is a man who has been jealous of him for a very long time. And, he was scheduled to face Angle last week. Of course, he's talking about "Cowboy" James Storm. The fans booed and the faces laughed him off in the ring. Roode said he's known this man for over four years and he's seen him manipulate people. "The man is a piece of crap," Roode said, which brought on Storm to attack Roode from behind. Storm and Roode brought their fight into the ring and "intense physicality" ensued, according to Tenay. Sting held Angle and Aries back to just let Storm and Roode beat each other up. Angle eventually stepped in to pull Storm away from Roode, who high-tailed it out of the ring. Roode then shouted at Sting that the truth hurts. "I told you," he said.
Back live: TNA showed a clip of Tara talking about how excited she is that Chavo Guerero has come to TNA. Kid Kash said their paths crossed in the past and he hopes they cross here. Kurt Angle said he's had amazing matches with Chavo's family and he believes Chavo is one of the best wrestlers today.
Backstage: A random man (yet to be identified as Jason Hervey) caught up with Bobby Roode in the hallway. Roode said he's leaving the building and his claims are true that Storm is behind the attacks even if no one wants to believe him.
1 -- MICKIE JAMES & TARA vs. GAIL KIM & MADISON RAYNE
Christy Hemme waited for her cue to announce the opening match spotlighting the Knockouts division. As Madison Rayne and Gail Kim came to the ring, TNA rolled footage from three weeks ago when Madison made her love interest known smooching Earl Hebner. And, Earl is referee for this match as well, which brings up an obvious conflict of interest. Mickie and Tara then came out next to face the heel duo. The heels isolated Mickie early on, then Tara took a hot tag. Earl's conflict of interest became the story, "missing" pinfall attempts by the faces. Mickie eventually scored the fall, but Earl decided to reverse the pin and award Madison and Gail the match, which did not sit well with Mickie and Tara.
WINNERS: Madison & Gail at 3:50. A joke angle focused on a non-wrestler referee that holds no water. Is 2011 Impact trying to return from the ashes?
Backstage: Austin Aries and Sting were shown hanging out in the office area. Sting noted the X Division wrestlers are looking for some direction and guidance right now, so he wants Aries to make some cuts and handle business. Sting said he trusts Aries to handle it. Aries took a deep breath and walked into the X Division office to address them.
Video package: Sam Shaw wants to win Gut Check and prove himself.
Video: Hernandez talked about Chavo Guerrero joining TNA. He said he has one word. "Increible." Gunner then talked tough, saying Chavo needs to prove himself because no one is tougher than him. Bully Ray told the random cameraman not to bother him. He said Chavo is just another Guerrero for him to beat up and push around.
Impact Zone: Jeremy Borash was in the ring with Sam Shaw, who was still dressed in his board shorts and skater shoes. JB said this is Shaw's opponent. Out came Douglas Williams to test Shaw in the ring.
2 -- DOUGLAS WILLIAMS vs. SAM SHAW -- Gut Check match
The "87%" signs stood out in the background facing the hard camera. Shaw showed off athleticism early on before delivering a scoop slam and teasing a top-rope move. Shaw played to the crowd too much, though, and then gave away that something was going to happen ringside.
[Q3] Suddenly, Al Snow hit the ringside area, apparently having spotted Joey Ryan. Ryan then punched Snow in the face, prompting Snow to run into the crowd. After that distraction, Williams regained control and began working on Shaw.... (Continues on next page)