Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
The live TNA Impact episode opened with yet another recap of the A.J. Styles/Claire Lynch storyline. Will Styles do the right thing? Plus, Aces & Eights leadership speculation continued on last week's show.
Live in the Impact Zone, Mike Tenay introduced the show before Bully Ray came out for the first of three Bound for Glory Series matches tonight. Ray flashed his calves toward Tenay and Taz on commentary before Ray pulled out his phone to send out a tweet. Once in the ring, Ray demanded So Cal Val enter the ring to give him the mic, then sent her out of the ring. Ray introduced himself by asking the crowd if they know who he is. Ray called himself the leader of the Bully Nation and hyped his Twittah Machine. Ray said he doesn't go anywhere with it.
Ray turned his attention to Joseph Park, saying he learned something from him. That would be when there's enough evidence stacked up against someone, the person must be guilty. And, that person would be James Storm as leader of the Aces & Eights. Ray said he's going to prove that Storm is behind A&E, but he's going to beat Storm tonight for seven or maybe even ten points, then go on to Hardcore Justice and beat Storm, Robbie E., and Jeff Hardy to get 20 more points.
Ray began to rattle of the reasons why Storm is behind Aces & Eights, but Storm's music interrupted to cut off Ray. Storm came out not dressed to wrestle, but rather in street clothes and shades to cover his eyes. In the ring, Storm told Ray to shut up. He said all Ray did was sit out here and bore the people with no facts. Storm said he's tired of people accusing him of being behind the group, then pulled a Hulk Hogan line that he's sick and tired of being sick and tired. Storm said he had nothing to do with the attacks because he's more worried about winning the BFG Series to go win back his World Title.
Storm told Ray that he got this cowboy all wound up, so when two guys have an issue and when the other guy crosses a line, they have a fight. Storm drew an imaginary line, then told Bully he's going to give him until the count of three before he kicks the crap out of him. Bully turned his hat around and told Storm to start counting. Storm reached three and Bully quickly packed away to duck under the ropes. Storm said that's what he figured, but the line is still here for anyone else to come fight him.
Suddenly, a voice was heard in the arena. It was an Aces & Eights spokesperson in a leadership position with a manipulated voice to mask his identity. A man wearing "Prospect" on his jacket spoke while another man stood next to him. The man apparently said they're doing things on their terms. TNA cut back to the Impact Zone, where the crowd was completely quiet processing what was going on, then Bully began screaming at Storm that he's behind the group. Impact abruptly cut to break with Ray mid-rant.
Back live, Mike Tenay reset the show and said Sting granted the Aces & Eights access to the Impact Zone tonight. Tenay sent to a replay of the mystery man's modulated message to Sting that they will do things on their own terms.
[Q2] Tenay plugged the BFG Series matches on Sunday before going to a pre-recorded promo from The Pope talking about hoping to get 20 points at Hardcore Justice on Sunday. Tenay then reviewed the BFG Series Standings. TNA has some fuzzy math with Samoa Joe, who is listed for 53 points despite having 47 points and adding 7 points on Xplosion, which would put him at 54 points.
Mr. Anderson was shown on-commentary for the next match. He offered a few thoughts in a scattershot segment setting up the opening match. Rob Van Dam came out first, followed by Magnus. RVD was scheduled to face Pope tonight, but apparently they changed the match.
1 -- ROB VAN DAM vs. MAGNUS -- BFG Series match
Van Dam won with a top-rope frog splash after some basic back and forth while Anderson tried to act engaged on commentary.
WINNER: RVD at 3:21 to earn 7 BFG Series points. Anderson was a distraction during this match since his commentary was all over the place...