eventually collapsed to the mat while locked in the hold, but refused to tap out. Daniels released, then landed elbows to the back of the head as they hit the 12:40 mark. No mention by the announcers yet of the 15-minute time limit, but Tenay slipped in a TNA house show tour plug.
At 13:00, Daniels mounted Styles for ten punches, which Styles blocked at five to score with a running powerbomb out of the corner. Daniels sold immense back pain as Styles collected himself face-down on the mat. At 14:00, both men reached their feet and Styles avoided a corner attack before springboarding onto Daniels and making his full comeback. Styles followed with a gutbuster, but only a nearfall. Still no mention of the time limit at 14:30. Styles then hit a suplex into a neckbreaker for a two count when Daniels got his foot on the bottom rope. Clearly, the announcers have been instructed not to mention the time limit.
At 15:00, Daniels dumped Styles over the top rope, so there should be a draw with the time limit expiring. But, the match kept going. On the floor, Daniels sent Styles back into the ring, but Styles sprung to his feet and flew over the top rope with a flip-dive on the outside. They hit 16:00 with Kazarian appearing underneath the ring as Daniels recovered on the outside. Styles then tried to suplex Daniels back into the ring, but Kaz held down Styles's feet as Daniels scored a three count. Ref Brian Hebner saw Kaz, though, and waved off his three count. Kaz and Daniels flipped out, then Styles smashed Daniels with a Pele kick. He covered Daniels for the win. Afterward, Styles put an exclamation mark on things with a Styles Clash to Daniels.
WINNER: Styles at 16:50 following 16:30 false finish after what should have been a draw at 15:00. Another solid Styles-Daniels match while setting up the next stage in the Styles-Claire-Daniels storyline. (**1/2)
Backstage: Sting was shown calling Hulk Hogan, who said he just saw what happened. Hogan vowed to appear on Impact next week to be right next to Sting when they call out Aces & Eights. Hogan said he's not ready to fight, but he has to be next to Sting against A&E. Hogan said he has Sting's back. Sting declared it's officially Showtime.
Locker Room: James Storm was shown re-arranging his gear. Jeff Hardy then walked up behind Storm and said he doesn't care what people are saying, just that Aces & Eights cost him 20 points at Hardcore Justice. Hardy said it's all shady. Storm turned around and said he's sick and tired of everyone accusing him and now Hardy is questioning him. Storm said he will be there next week to fight A&E. He then vowed to be ringside for Hardy's match against Bully Ray tonight to make sure the group doesn't show up. Storm walked off.
Backstage: Bobby Roode was shown calmly walking down the hallway straightening his suit tie. Tenay noted Roode has no more TNA Title shots, so Roode will address his situation next.
[Q6] Video package: Aries vs. Roode TNA Title feud.
Impact Zone: Bobby Roode's music played to bring out the former TNA World champion with no scheduled re-matches. Roode slowly walked out on-stage looking down at the ground before slowly, slowly making his way to the ring peering to his left and right to survey the crowd. Once in the ring, Roode took the mic and looked down at the mat selling inner conflict. Pause for a "You Suck" chant as tourists milled about in the background.
Roode began that last Sunday at Hardcore Justice, he had an opportunity to right the wrong and prove to the world that in fact what he's been saying is true that Austin Aries is a fluke. Roode said he proved it because he defeated Aries right here in the middle of the ring when the assigned referee Brian Hebner counted to three and raised his hand in victory. Of course, as everyone knows, one thing led to another with Earl Hebner re-starting the match, which Roode claimed he had already won. As a result, he's standing here empty-handed. Pause for "Looooser" chant. Roode said he should be standing here as World champ. Now, he doesn't get another re-match. Roode said that without the title - the fans don't get it - he's empty and when people think of World Hvt. champion, they think Bobby Roode.
Roode said he went home, looked in the mirror, and said there is only one person to blame for all of this. "And that's Austin Aries," he said. Well, and Sting, too. And, the refs. "Aries, Sting, the referees, and as a matter of fact, each and every one of you," Roode said, pointing to the crowd. Roode said he gives his all every week, but they disrespect him. "You're a loser" chant from the crowd. Roode said now he's faced with the question of "Now what, Bobby?" Roode said he's going to... Well, um... No wait... nope. Roode couldn't find the words, so he dropped the mic in the middle of the ring and wiped his mouth. Echoes of James Storm's "I'm walking away" speech after Lockdown in April.
Backstage: Madison Rayne and Miss Tessmacher were shown on a split-screen preparing for their Knockouts Title match tonight with a special referee.
[Q7] Gut Check: A tough-guy-looking guy was profiled in a video package. The man talked about his tough upbringing and becoming a wrestling fan. He said he got a call one day that his brother got shot and now he's wrestling for his brother. The man said it's a second chance at life for him. Next week, the man gets his Gut Check shot.
3 -- Knockouts champion MADISON RAYNE vs. MISS TESSMACHER -- Knockouts Title match -- special referee Taryn Terrell
Tessmacher was introduced first, followed by new KO champ Madison Rayne to set up the drama of the special referee announcement. Brooke Hogan walked out on-stage and said she is bringing a "phenomenal" ref to this match. She introduced Taryn Terrell, the former Tiffany in WWE, who the crowd didn't seem to recognize. The match boiled down to Madison arguing with Tiffany, who tried to call things... (Continues on next page)