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-TNA Impact begins with an on-screen written acknowledgement of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
-It's Championship Thursday. Can Hulk Hogan trust Bully Ray? Tonight is Hardy-Aries 3. Who will leave as champion? We see Aries and Hardy arriving from earlier in the day.
TNA Television Championship: Devon (c) vs. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle limps to the ring. He grabs the mic and says he wants a title shot; the title that belongs to those sons of bit**es Aces & 8's. Devon leads his group to ringside. Angle says he has a pack of his own. Down come Samoa Joe, Wes Briscoe, and Garret Bischoff.
The bell rings and they lock up. Devon hits an early shoulderblock but Angle fights back. Angle moves and a charging Devon goes to the floor. The two factions mix it up at ringside. The ref gets them separated and throws Aces & 8's out from ringside. Devon takes out Angle's knee from behind in the ring as we go to break.
-We are told that Devon has been in control throughout the break as he works Angle's knee in the ring. Angle fights back with strikes to the head and a dropkick from the 2nd rope. Both men struggle on the mat to get up. Angle is up first with a series of clotheslines and a suplex for 2. Devon counters an Angle Slam and hits a spinebuster for 2. Angle hits a trifecta of German Suplexes. Angle locks in the Ankle Lock in the center of the ring as Aces & 8's come back to ringside. The ref gets distracted as Devon taps. Kurt's friends come back down to even up the numbers. One of the big masked men hits Angle in the back of the head with a lead pipe and Devon gets the win.
Winner by pin AND STILL TNA Television Champion: Devon
Wes, Joe, and Garett storm the ring as Aces & 8's flee and celebrate at ringside. Angle is helped up in the ring.
-Kenny King gives his thoughts in the back on his win against Rob Van Dam. He says he won, no matter what. He has no beef with RVD. TNA is where dreams come true and he got to face and defeat RVD, and now he gets to tag with him.
Rob Van Dam & Kenny King vs. Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan
Ryan and RVD start off. Ryan lands a kick and begins to mock RVD in a "karate" kind of way. He sounds like Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat. RVD hits a series of clotheslines and a back kick and standing moonsault for 2. RVD tags King who applies a side headlock on Ryan. Ryan counters with a go-behind but King hits an impressive Japanese Armdrag. Morgan tags in off the back of Ryan and hits a massive clothesline on King. Morgan glares at the camera; he looks like a Neanderthal. Morgan continues to dominate King and tags Ryan back in. Ryan puts a boot in the face of King in the corner and then delivers a shot to the face of RVD on the apron for good measure. Morgan drives King face-first into the turnbuckle from the apron behind the ref's back then tags in legally. Morgan drives King into the mat with a sideslam and tags Ryan who is drooling from the mouth as he poses for the camera in the ropes. King finally tags RVD who comes in with quick kicks to Ryan. King and RVD hit a double dropkick to Morgan on the apron. King takes out Ryan in the ring as Morgan enters. King flashes the peace sign and dips out of the ring. This leaves RVD wide open for a Carbon Footprint from Morgan. Ryan gets the pin.
Winners by pin: Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan
King asks RVD if he's OK from the ramp in a nonchalant manner and motions for him to get up. King laughs on the ramp and says, "Dam* that looks like it hurt. How's ya face?" We take a commercial break.
-We see a replay of AJ Styles' promo from last week. We go to the locker room where Kazarian says he has no feelings on AJ walking away and that his boots were meant for walking. He says Christmas is his favorite time of the year and everybody will see how gracious he is to his friend, Daniels. He pretends to get a call from Santa Claus.
-Hulk Hogan makes his way to the ring. He gets a nice chant in the ring. He says they make him feel like he's 18 years old. He puts over TNA's success. He tells fans to go to ImpactWrestling.com to vote for wrestler of the year. Aces & 8's music hits and they saunter out to the ring led by Devon. Hogan says if Devon's so tough then why doesn't he come out alone. Devon says Aces & 8's are the truth and 2013 will be the year for them. He says it will also be the year they will be revealed but Hogan won't be around to see it. They get on the apron and surround Hogan. Bully Ray runs out with a chain and they flee. Bully and Devon have words from a distance. Hogan and Bully have a stare-down and Hogan walks out of the ring. He looks back at Bully and shakes his head in a disgusted way. Bully mouths, "What do I have to do?" We go to commercial.
-Jeff Hardy talks to Austin Aries by himself in the mirror. He says he will beat Aries again.
-We go back to Brooke's office with Mickie James, Miss Tessmacher, and Velvet Sky. Tessmacher says she's been here the whole time and she deserves another shot. Velvet and Mickie say they both returned at the same and haven't gotten their time yet. Brooke decides to eliminate Tessmacher. Tessmacher wishes them luck and leaves.
-Kazarian is on his way to the ring with presents and singing.
-We return to a highlight package of AJ Styles' recent actions including the Claire storyline and his loss to Daniels and subsequent "walk-out."
-Daniels walks out and says not even these "ass goblins" can ruin his mood. There is a Santa's throne and a tree with presents in the ring. At the top is "two stars:" A picture of Daniels and Kazarian. Kaz introduces Daniels to the ring after much fanfare and calling him the face of Impact. Daniels comes down and is handed his martini. Kaz tells him to sit on the throne for now. Kaz continues to pour on the compliments. Kaz introduces a guy with the "biggest sack" he's ever seen, Santa Claus. A rather skinny Santa comes down to the ring with a bag.
Daniels lets Santa take a seat in his place. Daniels hands Santa a gift to open from under the tree and it's the tye-dye Zumba pants Daniels & Kazarian wore recently. Daniels takes a seat on Santa's lap for a picture. Santa asks if he's been a good boy this season. The crowd starts a "No!" chant. Daniels says he got rid of the biggest loser in history, AJ. Santa says he is going to grant his wish. Daniels says it's about what you give and not get. He asks Santa if he can give his wish to someone who needs it. He wants to give anything to AJ Styles' kids because he is such a loser he won't be able to get them anything. James Storm's music hits and he walks down the ramp. He says he's been watching them make a mockery of Christmas and that won't happen on his watch. Daniels says Storm is the reason AJ won't get another title shot for at least a year and needs to be put on the naughty list.
Storm enters the ring and says he will give them something to put him on the naughty list for. Storm turns the tree over and asks who in the blue hell the Santa is. He says he's Santa. Storm starts to air out his grievances for gifts he never received when he was a kid. Storm asks him what he asked for last year. Kaz and Daniels whisper, "Travis Tritt" in Santa's ear and he guesses, "a Travis Tritt CD." Storm says that he asks for a case of beer and hits the Last Call on Santa. Kaz and Daniels escape as Storm throws gifts and candy canes from Santa's sack to the crowd.
-We go to Austin Aries in the back who suddenly opens his eyes stares into the camera in a close-up shot. He asks if we got it. He says maybe his inner thoughts are on a whole different wave length for the cameras to pick-up. He says he will win the title tonight.
-Brooke Hogan walks toward the ring as we go to break.
-We return to a 1.3.13 Sting vignette. He says he is coming for Aces & 8's.
-Aces & 8's discuss what happened out there around a table cluttered with beer bottles and beer caps. VP tells Devon they need smart muscle. Devon says he may have someone who may just be pissed off enough. They have a vote and it's unanimous that they will bring this guy in.
-Brooke chooses Mickie James behind the curtain and tells Velvet Sky to watch Tara because she might be next. Velvet gives Mickie a half-as**d "best of luck" and rolls her eyes. Mickie comes though the curtain and enters the ring. Tara comes out with Jesse.
TNA Knockouts Championship: Tara (c) vs. Mickie James
They bell rings and Mickie gets a very early near fall. Tara powers her way up and they have a nice back-and-forth. Jesse grabs Mickie's foot from the floor and Mickie hits the mat face-first. Tara takes the advantage. Tara repeatedly drives Mickie's face into the mat. Tara whips her hard into the corner and gets 2. Mickie counters a Spider Web into a crucifix pin attempt but Taryn is way out of position due to Jesse, and Tara kicks out. Tara goes for a standing moonsault but Mickie gets her knees up. Mickie starts to mount some momentum and hits some kicks and clotheslines out of the corner. Mickie hits a neckbreaker for 2. Mickie counters out of a Widow's Peak and hits a DDT but Jesse pulls Tara out of the ring and tries to leave with her. Mickie tackles Jesse from the top turnbuckle to the floor and sends Tara back in. Jesse holds Mickie's foot from the floor which allows Tara to drop her for the win.
Winner by pin AND STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Tara
-Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy make their separate ways toward the ring.
-We return to more footage of Joseph Park at OVW, training. He gets chewed out by the trainer who calls him stupid. Other students laugh at ringside. Park gets injured in the corner and sees his blood. Park goes crazy on his sparring partner and snaps back to normal as we go back to live TV.
-Austin Aries makes his entrance followed by Jeff Hardy. JB does the formal introductions.
TNA World Championship: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Austin Aries
Hardy has stitches under his right eye. Aries takes control from a cheap shot off a separation. Hardy hits mounted strikes in the corner as the crowd counts along. Hardy knocks Aries to the floor and Aries motions for a timeout. Back in the ring, Aries lands kicks to Hardy and hits an elbow off the ropes for 2. Hardy clotheslines Aries to the floor and flies off the apron but Aries moves and Hardy kisses the steel security rail. We go to commercial.
-Back to action as Aries gets a near fall off a slingshot Senton into the ring from the apron. Aries lands a slingshot elbow in the ropes for a 2. Aries continues an onslaught. Hardy hits a head scissors in the corner and flies off the 2nd rope with a splash but Aries gets his knees up. Hardy counters a brain buster with a front suplex. Hardy hits a flurry as they both get up. Hardy lands the splash this time but Aries kicks out at 2. Aries hits a discus elbow in the corner and follows up with a dropkick for 2. Hardy hits a high impact over-the-head-release face plant. Aries avoids Whisper in the Wind in the corner and Hardy hits the mat. Hardy comes back and hits a Twist of Fate out of nowhere. Aries avoids another one and flies off the 2nd turnbuckle but Hardy counters and hits a double leg takedown. Aries kicks Hardy off and the ref is taken out in the process. Hardy checks on the ref as Aries hits a low-blow from behind and a brain buster to Hardy. Aries motions for another ref who runs down but is pulled back out by Bobby Roode. Roode enters the ring behind Aries' back and counts to 2. Aries turns around and Roode flips him the bird and hits a spinebuster and leaves the ring. The original ref slowly gets up and Hardy and Aries slowly get up also. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate and goes up top for the Swanton for the win.
Winner by pin AND STILL TNA World Champion: Jeff Hardy
-Hulk Hogan is asked in the parking lot about the World Title picture. He says it's a mess what he will get it straightened out for the new year. They ask him about Aces & 8's and the Brooke situation. He tells them not to worry about that crap. Hogan shouts, "Brooke!" as he looks down the parking lot and the camera zooms in. We see Bully push Brooke up against the back of a black SUV and kiss her passionately. Hogan gets in his car and leaves as we fade to Brooke and Bully kissing.
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