...in-ring work as he's old school and they discuss if Pearce "can talk". They all say it's going to be a tough decision.

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Gut Check Deliberation: First Elimination

The Gut Check judges are with Adam Pearce and Magno backstage. After some brief comments Bruce Prichard eliminates Pearce from the competition. Pearce calls him a "damn fool" and walks off.

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STORYLINE RECAP: AJ Styles' Downward Spiral

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The mysterious interviewer catches up with Hulk Hogan backstage. Hogan says tonight is an important night with the TNA World Title on the line, but right now he's got business to attend to with AJ Styles. The interviewer asks Hogan about Sting, but he shrugs him off.

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We go outside where AJ Styles is asked by the mysterious interviewer about his decision. Styles shoves the camera out of his face and goes to leave but out comes Mr. Anderson. Anderson hands him another cut and tells him to consider it.

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-Commercial Break-

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MAIN EVENT HYPE VIDEO: Jeff Hardy is on a mission to take the World Title back and return it to TNA.

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AJ Styles Makes His Decision...Or Does He?

"Not Quite the nWo Theme" kicks up, bringing out GM Hulk Hogan to a loud reaction from the Corpus Christi crowd. Hogan gets into the ring and the music fades out to a "Hogan!" chant. Hogan says the TNA Impact Zone is on fire in Corpus Christi then makes a weird awkward laughing sound (HYEAH HEYAH HEYAH). Hogan cuts to the chase and calls out AJ Styles.

AJ Styles makes his way out in his jeans and leather jacket, carrying The Aces & Eights cut with him in his right hand. Styles gets into the ring and gets right into Hogan's face. Hogan gives Styles an ultimatum: he's either with TNA or he's with The Aces & Eights. Styles snatches the mic and says he doesn't respond well to ultimatums...

"SORRY! ABOUT YO' DAMN LUCK!"

James Storm makes his way out, mic already in hand. Storm says he's not out here to give Styles an ultimatum, see what side he's on, or even drink beer; what Storm is out here for is to fight Styles. Storm gets right in his face, but they are quickly interrupted by the music of Bad Influence. Christopher Daniels, appletini in hand, and Frankie Kazarian make their way out. Kazarian tells "Toby Keith" to step aside because this doesn't concern him. Kazarian says they aren't out here to throw fisticuffs; they are here to mend fences and because they see through all the "poop" going on in the ring. Kazarian says he and Daniels know the game that's being played; Hogan wants Styles to join TNA because his army is running out of soldiers and Aces & Eights want Styles because he used to be TNA's top soldier. Daniels takes the mic and tells Styles that the choice is lose-lose, but they've got a better proposition for them: they want Styles on their side.

Styles is in total disbelief at the suggestion as Daniels continues. Daniels says he knows the whole Claire Lynch thing was bad but it was worse when Dixie, Hulk, and the fans stopped believing in him. Daniels asks Styles to stand with his "brothers" instead of those strangers. Daniels says it would be great if it was Bad Influence and Styles against the world. Before he can respond, Storm grabs him and Styles shakes him off. Storm yells at Styles inaudibly as a "Hogan!" chant breaks out. Styles exits the ring, stops to stare at Bad Influence, then starts walking. Hogan stops him and says he's going to fight Storm on next week's show. Styles walks off in a huff as "Not Quite the nWo Theme" kicks back up.

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Joey Ryan is on his way to the ring. He faces a mystery opponent next!

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-Commercial Break-

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Kurt Angle cuts a promo backstage about Jeff Hardy changing the balance of power tonight by winning back the World Title, then hypes his handicap match next week against Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff which he asked for.

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Joey Ryan makes his way out for the next match of the evening as we see video of his "hands-on" approach to refereeing last week. His mystery opponent turns out to be Rob Terry and Ryan is shocked out of his mind as he makes his way to the ring.

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Match #3: Rob Terry Vs. Joey Ryan

Ryan tries to take Terry down with a running shoulderblock but he's the one that goes down instead. Terry follows up with