Footage is shown of last night's TNA Hall of Fame induction of Sting. Footage is shown of Lex Lugar speaking, and Hulk Hogan, and Dixie Carter telling stories. We also get a snippet of Sting's acceptance speech. It all looks pretty nice.
Tag Team Match
If Hogan and Sting's team wins, Aces & 8s are gone from TNA forever; If Aces & 8s win, they will have access to the Impact Zone
- Sting & Bully Ray vs. Aces & 8s
After a video package detailing the stakes of the next match, we're ready for the match that will decide the fate of Aces and 8's.
Sting and Bully Ray are the first team to make his way out for the No DQ tag match. Ray turns around and he's got his face painted up, more like a Road Warrior than Sting, but I guess it's the thought that counts.
Aces and 8's are introduced next, and a couple of guys make their way out through the crowd dragging a beat up Joseph Parks with them. They bring Parks to the ringside area and handcuff him to the barricade.
Sting and Bully make their way out to attack. They take the members of Aces and 8's around the ringside area, slamming them into the ring steps and barricade. Sting slams one of the members through part of the remaining table from Roode/Storm earlier. Ray catches a couple of punches from the guy he's fighting, getting his head slammed into the ring steps. Sting ends up slammed head first into the announcer's table.
Sting is able to fight back and hold one of the members of Aces and 8's up, allowing Bully to hit a flying axe handle smash from the ring steps. Bully picks up part of the table and smashes it over one of the guys' heads. Bully tries to whip one of the guys into the ring steps, but it's reversed and Bully eats the steps. Sting tries for a splash, but the guy moves and Sting crashes into the guardrail. Aces and 8's bring things back into the ring where they slam Sting down to the mat. I'm just going to call them #1 and #2. #1 hits a short arm clothesline and pins Sting for a two count.
#2 tags in and launches #1 into Sting in the corner before hitting a big clothesline for a two count. #2 hits a big boot to take Sting to the mat for another two count. #1 tags back into the match and slams Sting down to the mat hard before trying for an elbow drop. He misses and Sting comes back, locking in the scorpion death lock. #2 breaks it up, and #1 tries for a suplex, Sting lands on his feet and hits the scorpion death drop.
Both men make the tag and Bully goes to twon on #2, hitting him with a series of strikes and kicks before hitting him with a neck breaker and a big shoulder block. Bully eats a knee to the back from the outside, and Aces and 8's double team Bully until he connects with a double clothesline and a big splash to #2 for a two count. #1 is in and he blasts Ray with a couple of punches to the face while #2 fights with Sting on the outside. #1 grabs a chair and brings it into the ring, but he runs into a big boot from Bully. Another one of the Aces and 8's comes in and low blows Bully from behind.
#3 spits at Parks, and Parks freaks out, breaking the handcuffs and making his way into the ring. He chases #3 up the entrance ramp, beating him all the way toward the back. Back in the ring, Bully and Sting are distracted and they're taken out by both members of Aces and 8's. Ray tosses #2 from the ring and gets #1 on his shoulders, setting Sting up to hit the doomsday device clothesline. Ray and Sting send #2 across the ring and Ray and Sting both splash him.
Ray bails to the outside to grab a table and the crowd goes nuts. Bully brings the table back into the ring and sets it up right in the middle of the ring. Bully picks up #2, but #1 pulls Sting from the ring and drives him into the barricade. Another member of Aces and 8's makes his way into the ring and drives Ray down through the table. #2 makes the pin, and gets the three count.
Winners: Aces and 8's
More members of Aces and 8's head into the ring following the match, and Hogan's music hits.
Hogan heads down to the ring, laying out members of Aces and 8's on his way to the ring with right hands. #4 tries to beat down Hogan, but he shakes everything off and points at #4. He hits him with a series of rights and tries to his the big boot, hitting him somewhere around the belly button. Hogan asks the crowd if they want him to pull off the mask. Hogan pulls it off and pulls off the bandana as well, revealing Devon. Devon smiles and laughs before simply walking out of the ring, saying it was always him.
Ray, Hogan and Sting are in shock in the ring as the audience boos and Tenay and Taz talk about how shocked they are. Tenay reminds everyone that this means that Aces and 8's has full access to TNA now.
JB is standing backstage with Austin Aries. Aries says every time he says something, he says something he's not supposed to. Hardy has been working toward this for a long time, and needs this for his redemption. The problem is he's got to go through the greatest man who ever lived. Tonight, he's going to do things with anger, like he did on Thursday. This is not Hardy's redemption song, it's just another chapter in Aries' story.
This leads us into a video package that highlights Hardy's road to this match, and Aries' defiance at being part of Hardy's 'road to redemption'.