The show opens with video of Jeff Hardy entering the arena. Samoa Joe, is then shown, followed by James Storm and Bully Ray, also coming into the arena. They then cut to a video package that highlights the finals of the Bound for Glory series that will be taking place over the course of the PPV.
The pyro hits and Mike Tenay welcomes us to the show. He hypes the title matches that will be taking place tonight, as well as Aries’ fight against the leader of Aces and Eights. We’ll also get to find out who will go on to face the World Champion at Bound for Glory. This leads us into our first match of the evening as Jeff Hardy’s music hits, and the Charismatic Enigma makes his way out to the ring to a big pop from the crowd.
Samoa Joe is the next man to make his way out to the Impact Zone. He doesn’t get the same reaction as Hardy, but it’s clear he has his supporters as well.
Bound for Glory Semi-Final Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe
The bell rings and both men are slow to start. We get a lock up and Hardy goes for the arm. Joe turns things around into a hammer lock but it’s reversed into a headlock. Joe sends Hardy into the ropes and takes him out with a quick shoulder block. Hardy falls to the outside as Joe sells his injured arm a bit.
Hardy makes his way back into the ring and get the crowd behind him before locking up and being backed up into the corner by Joe. Hardy ducks a clothesline and kicks away at Joe in the corner. Joe sends Hardy across the ring, but Hardy headscissors Joe out of the ring. Hardy tries for a dropkick through the ropes, but Joe catches him and pulls him out, slamming his head into the apron a couple of times. Joe tries to slam Hardy’s head into the ring steps, but Hardy turns it around. He pulls the rings steps out and tries for a leaping move, but Joe moves out of the way. Hardy quickly heads up to the apron and executes a leaping body press to Joe out on the floor.
Jeff takes things back into the ring where Joe fights back with a couple of rights and an atomic drop/big boot/back senton combo that’s good for two. Joe picks Hardy up and takes him into the corner with a big back splash and huge enzugiri that’s good for another near fall. Joe picks Hardy up for a snap mare before clamping on a rear chin lock, and then a nerve hold. Hardy fights up to his feet, but he’s taken right back down to the mat by Joe. Joe drops a knee into Hardy’s spine before locking in another rear chin lock.
Hardy is able to fight his way out of the hold, but he runs straight into a huge powerslam from Joe that’s good for another two count. Hardy pulls himself to the corner, but he’s followed in by Joe. Joe picks him up to his feet and the two begin trading rights. Hardy starts to get the upper hand, but Joe tosses him to the outside and leaps through the ropes with an elbow suicida.
Joe picks Hardy up to his feet and tosses him back into the ring, rolling in after him. He goes for the pin, but Hardy is still able to kick out at two. Joe stomps away at Hardy before picking him back up to his feet. He head butts Hardy hard in the side of the head. He takes Hardy into the corner with a series of rights. Hardy fights back with kicks and strikes, then a big mule kick. Hardy hits an inverted atomic drop, but Joe kicks him away. Hardy leaps up and takes Joe out with a huge leaping clothesline.
Both men are slow to get to their feet, but Hardy scores with a clothesline and a couple of rights. Joe stops Hardy, but misses the backsplash. Hardy hits the double leg dropkick and follows up with a pin for two. Hardy tries for the twist of fate, but he’s pushed away, only to connect with the whisper in the wind for another near fall.
Joe catches Hardy running in the corner and puts him down to the mat with a huge STO. Joe signals for the muscle buster. He takes Hardy into the corner and seats him on the top rope. Hardy attempts to fight back with a tornado DDT, but comes up with a twist of fate instead. Hardy goes to the top, but he’s crotched by Joe. Joe sets Hardy up and tries for the muscle buster. Hardy reverses into a roll up for two. Hardy locks in the same submission he won with on Impact but Joe refuses to tap. Joe fights out into a pin for two, but he’s rolled up by Hardy for a three count.
Winner and moving on to the Bound for Glory Series Finals: Jeff Hardy
Tenay and Taz talk about how great the Bound for Glory Series has been, and how great the preceding match was. They hype the upcoming match between Bully Ray and James Storm, who will go on to face Jeff Hardy in the finals.
They cut backstage where JB is standing alongside the Cowboy James Storm. JB says Storm’s journey has been well over a year, and he got to pick his opponent. He says last year it came down to he and Bully, and he didn’t get it done, but he’s going to right the wrong. It’s written in the stars, it’s his destiny. And after he beats Bully, he’ll move on to Jeff Hardy. And Hardy has beaten him, but he’s lived and learned, and he’s going to win the BFG series. Sorry about your d*** luck.
Bully Ray makes his way out to the match, and we’ll see who is the better of these two men, as they fight to make their way into the BFG series Finals.
James Storm is out next, and the points leader in the BFG series gets a great reaction from the crowd on his way down to the ring.
Bound for Glory Semi-Final Match
Bully Ray vs. James Storm
The bell rings and Ray and Storm stare each other down. Ray heads out to the apron to jaw with the fans before coming into the ring and reminding Storm about last year. Storm spits at Bully, and Bully isn’t happy, complaining to the ref and bailing to the outside. Bully grabs a fans sign and hits it against the ring steps before tossing a chair. Bully heads back into the ring and we get out first lock up of the match. Ray backs Storm into the corner and slaps his chest, but Storm responds with a slap to the face.
Ray isn’t happy about this and he continues to jaw with the fans and complain to the referee. Another lock up and another slap to the face from Storm. Storm chases Bully into the corner and lays in with a series of rights before launching him into the corner. Bully bails to the outside again and kills some time.
Another lock up and Ray takes Storm into the corner yet again. Ray hits Storm low and hits him with an elbow to the back of the head. Ray follows with a right and a slap to Storm’s face, but Storm is quick to respond with a slap that sends Bully across the ring. Storm chases and mounts him in the corner for a series of rights. Storm sends Ray across the ring hard, then follows and stomps on Ray’s hand. Ray rakes Storm’s eyes to stop his momentum. He slams Storm’s head into the corner turnbuckle, and takes him around the ring, doing in again. Storm is able to reverse and Irish whip and score with a back drop, and a big clothesline for two.
Ray heads to the outside and Storm follows, slamming Ray’s head face first into the ring steps. Storm brings things back into the ring and he tries for a superkick in the corner, but Bully moves and Storm connects with the turnbuckle. Bully kicks out Storm’s other leg. Storm tries to climb up using the ropes but Bully is there with big clubbing blows to the back. Ray clamps on a big bear hug and Storm screams in pain. Storm is able to fight his way out of the hold, but he runs straight into a big boot from Bully that’s good for another near fall.
When both men get to their feet, Bully hits a big suplex that’s good for another two. Storm stumbles into the corner and Bully hits him with a punch to the gut. He takes Storm down with a series of overhand rights. Bully gets into an argument with Hebner, but Earl gets right back in Ray’s face. Bully heads back to the corner with a big right hand before mounting the Cowboy in the corner for a series of punches. Storm head butts Bully low and takes him out of the corner with a big powerbomb for two.
Bully and Storm trade punches on their knees. Storm gets back dropped to the apron but he’s quick to hit Bully with a kick to the back of the head. He heads to the top and leaps off with a cross body for two. Bully comes right back with a sidewalk slam, but it’s not enough to keep Storm down for three. Storm rolls up Bully but he only gets two. Storm blocks a big boot and kicks Bully in the back of the head. Storm tries for a splash but Bully moves and Storm connects with the ref. Ray uses the distraction to nail the Bully bomb. Another ref is down and he counts the pin, but Storm is able to kick out at two. Ray heads up to the second rope and tries for a senton, but Storm moves.
Storm tries for a flying forearm and Ray moves and the replacement ref is taken out.
Storm tries to revive Hebner. He ducks a clothesline from Bully and connects with the codebreaker. This sends Bully crashing into the ref. Storm hits the superkick, but there’s no ref. Bobby Roode comes in from out of nowhere with a beer bottle. He smashes it over Storm’s head, and pulls Bully over for a cover. Hebner wakes up to count the three.
Winner and moving on to the Bound for Glory series Finals: Bully Ray
Backstage JB says we now know it’ll be Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy in the BFG series Finals and they want to know who the fans think will win on Twitter. JB brings in Miss Tessmacher. Tessmacher says her match tonight with Tara is important because she taught her everything she knows and she wouldn’t be the champion without her guidance. She says she called out Tara earlier this month, and Brooke Hogan wanted this match, and she wants it too, to prove it to herself, why she’s the champion.