Impact Wrestling Results: Hardy Vs. Storm, Shelly Returns - Sound Off With Your Thoughts
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The show opens with a video recap of Roode retaining his title in questionable fashion at Genesis and last week's Impact, the later due to Bully Ray. We go to the Impact Zone and James Storm's music hits. He walks out, dressed in street clothes as Mike Tenay and Taz welcome us to the show. The crowd chants his name before he starts speaking. He asks how they're doing, and says that he is now the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He says he beat the best wrestler to ever step foot in a ring, Kurt Angle to become it. At Against All Odds, Storms says he's going to whoop Bobby Roode's ass and take his title. He starts to say Sorry 'bout your damn luck, but he's interrupted by Jeff Hardy's theme music. Hardy walks out in street clothes to a good pop. Once in the ring, Hardy says he's been screwed twice out of the championship. He says the Creatures have been screwed, and he tells Storm no one is getting a shot at Roode until he gets his final encounter. Storm says he got screwed a couple of months ago, and you'd think with all this screwing he's been doing, he should have a lot of child support to cover. Hardy agrees, and Bobby Roode's music plays.
He starts talking at the top of the ramp, and tells them to stop it. He asks why they can't all just get along, but says he's flattered that they're bickering over a shot at him. He tells Storm that Storm became the number one contender to the winner of Roode and Hardy's match last week, which were Sting's words. He says since there wasn't a finish, the number one contendership, is null and void. Roode turns his attention to Jeff and says he's fine with giving to the needy, but he gave Jeff two opportunities and he failed both times, so no more title shots for Hardy. The GM, Sting comes out next to a real good pop. Sting acknowledges that Roode found another loophole last week by having Ray interfere. Sting says we're going to fix that tonight with another number one contender's match for the World Title between who? The crowd chants for Hardy. He asks who opponent number two is, and they chant Cowboy. So he makes the match, James Storm vs Jeff Hardy, and it will be tonight. Sting leaves after a few heated words with Roode that are inaudible. The announcers plug the Steel Cage match later tonight between Madison Rayne and Mickie James, and we're off to the first commercial break.
Back from the break, we get a clip from earlier today about Angelina Love who says she's disgusted that Eric Young put his hands on her last week. She says that if Eric Young wants to "throw down" with her, then how about her against him tonight.
We go to the ring with Christy Hemme, who announces the first participant of this first contest, Gunner, who has Ric Flair with him in a managerial capacity. "The Phenomenal" A.J. Styles is his opponent, who gets a good pop, as he should.