TNA taped the February 14th episode of Impact Wrestling last month in the UK. Thanks to WrestlingINC.com reader Paul Davis for sending in these spoilers:
- Seats spare throughout the arena, not a sell out.
- Jeremy Borash introduces Christy Hemme to the audience and continues to mention Manchester taping results and the crowd heats up to the mention of Manchester. He also mentions the debut of the three British Boot Camp winners to be tonight.
- Dixie Carter is introduced and talks of the 2014 tour in the UK and puts over the UK fans as some of the best in the world.
Kenny King Vs. Zema Ion - Steel Cage Match
Kenny King comes out to a respectable - babyface - reception having followed Zima's entrance to a sea of heat. They utilized the cage pretty well making a number of attempts to escape and for leverage on the ropes to perform high risk moves. Kenny King eventually exits the cage by quickly springing to the corner and climbing out of the cage to the floor.
Winner: Kenny King
- Jeremy Borash hypes the crowd up with the mention of a 'special quest' to kick off the first iMPACT taping.
TNA iMPACT WRESTLING 2/14/13
- Hulk Hogan starts the show off to a standing ovation and also puts over the UK fans. Does his usual hand-to-ear gesture to the crowd and takes an obvious liking to the fans directly opposite of the hard camera. Hogan quickly announces a number one contendership tournament to consider an opponent to face Jeff Hardy at Lockdown and announces the following four matches: RVD vs. James Storm, Christopher Daniels vs. Magnus, Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe and Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode. The crowd pop to the announcement of Angle vs Joe and the mention of home country talent, Magnus. Sting then makes an appearance to an equally impressive ovation to Hogans and proceeds to also put the UK fans over and announce his Lethal Lockdown team-mates against Aces and 8's to be three outstanding performers of the #1 contenders match.
Magnus vs Christopher Daniels
Daniels, who is in good favor with the UK fans, comes out with Kazarian who both make numerous attempts to divert the refs attention to cheap shot Magnus. Magnus, looking bigger than ever, comes out to a big home country reception after his break out promo still fresh in the memory of the fans from just a year before in the same building. Daniels had the upper hand for the first few minutes of the match with the help of Kazarian but it soon turned when Kazarian was ejected from ringside by the referee allowing Magnus to take control of the match with some high impact maneuvers that ultimately leads to the top rope elbow drop from Magnus for the win.
Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
Both have separate entrances and the crowd is split about 60/40 in favor of Austin Aries. They both get on the mic to complain about already being screwed as Tag-Team Champions after just a week of holding them by being put in against each other. The match starts and it is worked as brilliant constructed comedy match by having both attempting the 'finger poke of doom' and not laying down for each other. Aries jumps on the mic and says he'll lay down for Roode and does so but Aries, the two count, roles up Roode who kicks out. From here own they go back and forth until the ref takes a bump and Roode brings in a steal chair and attempts and Eddie Guerrero style fake chair shot, however, Aries does the same thing and the crowd is eating it up as great comedy. Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero make and entrance, who get some heat for interrupting, and cause a double count out DQ.
Winner: Double Count-Out.
Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe
Both Angle and Joe get huge receptions and the crowd reminded before the match that these two have had a heated sequence of matches in the past, crowd lifts in excitement. They lock up and the crowd are split 50/50 with no clear attachment to one wrestler. Angle looked as though he was wrestling hurt, more so than usual, with a taped hamstring and a winces of pain in his face with every german suplex delivered to Joe. Angle applies the Ankle Lock to Joe and attempts the Angle Slam twice whilst Joe almost manages to lock in the Coquina Clutch to Angle. The match was building very nicely with near falls and stiff moves from both parties, as expected. The match ends in a no-contest with Wes Briscoe and Garett Bischoff entering the ring from the same corner the Ace's and 8's are known for in the iMPACT ZONE, security attempts to stop them. Angle and Joe push them aside quickly.
Match up made for Lockdown: Kurt Angle vs. Wes Briscoe.
Winner: No Contest.
Gail Kim, Tara and Jess vs. The Blossom Twins (Hannah and Holly) and Marty Scurll
Jesse and Scrull start things off with Marty starting a crowd clap. The match takes shape when one of the Blossom Twins is cornered for the majority of the match by Tara and Gail Kim, good 'tag-team tactics' that tend to set the two teams apart. Gail Kim attempts the 'Eat Defeat' finish to no avail whilst Tara misses a standing moonsault to allow a, one of the Blossom Twins (hard to tell), to tag the other and the match breaks down from here. Marty Scurll attempts a suicide dive to the outside of the ring to Jesse who seemed to be out of position and Marty takes a nasty bump to the concrete, referees and trainers run to ringside, as well as Bruce Pritchard - he walks off with a bit of glazed over face after the match. Tara picks up the victory with a moonsault from the top.
Winners: Gail Kim, Tara and Jesse
After the above match Gail Kim gets on the mic and demands a match with Tara for the knockouts title. Brooke Hogan comes out and gives her the match but with added stipulation that Brooke Tessmacher and Velvet Sky would be added to the match on the following weeks show.
James Storm vs. Rob Van Dam
Very solid match which utilises almost every signature move in both performers arsenal. RVD plays up to the crowd a few times before attempting moves like the rolling thunder and the monkey flip in the corner. The only move not attempted by RVD is the frog splash but instead, late in the match, RVD attempts the Van Terminator coast-to-coast that Storm moves out the way of. Storm heats up the crowd for a Last Call Superkick that he hits for the win.
Winner: James Storm
- Hulk Hogan hits the ring for the second time in the show and begins to announce the number one contender for the TNA World Championship Match against Jeff Hardy at Lockdown. All members of Ace's and 8's surround the ring and retreat as soon as Bully Ray and Sting hit the ring (with three baseball bats). When back in the crowd Ken Anderson was the only one trying to mess with crowd, taking interest in anyone trying to give him some heat, which was a clever move since it worked for him.
Paul Davis contributed to this article.