Hardcore Justice 2013 Part 2
to the review of TNA’s Hardcore Justice 2013 Part 2. After reading
through the comment section of my debut review, I noticed a trend.
Some of you said I needed to put more of my personal opinion into the
reviews while others liked the generic move by move play by play. I
decided to mix things up and mesh both together. Also, someone
suggested posting a little blurb about why I gave the match a certain
review. I will be adding that as well. Keep the comments coming as it
helps me get better as a writer and helps you as the reader get a
got offended by me saying that I don’t watch WWE. Maybe I should
clarify. I don’t watch WWE “in full”. I skim through episodes of
RAW and watch matches with talent that I enjoy like John Cena, Daniel
Bryan, Christian, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, The
Shield, CM Punk, Antonio Cesaro, Wade Barrett, and some others. I
watched a bit of Summerslam and LOVED Lesnar vs. Punk. I had it at
****3/4. It was slightly worse than Cena vs. Lesnar, which I gave the
full ***** to. If this was back in the 80’s, a Punk bladejob would
have been a given. Bryan vs. Cena was a great match, too. I had that
pegged at ****1/2. Cena really is one of the best workers in the
world and pulling out a near five star match with one arm proves it.
That match plus post-match scenario made Bryan a huge star. Well,
time for the review.
heading into Hardcore Justice Part 2:
-Bully Ray regained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Chris
Sabin last week inside of a steel cage with the help of Tito Ortiz
and Mr. Anderson.
-Tito Ortiz turned on “friend” Rampage Jackson by striking him
with the dreaded rubber hammer.
-The Extraordinary Gentleman’s Organization (EGO) members Bobby Roode
and Frankie Kazarian picked up 20 points in the Bound For Glory
Series with the help of their fourth member, appletini.
-Hardcore Justice continues tonight with a streetfight with the
remaining BFG Series competitors plus the main event of Aces and
Eights vs. Main Event Mafia with the loser of the fall gone from TNA.
-The BFG Series Leaderboard heading into tonight looks like this:
Magnus (39 points)
Bobby Roode (34 points)
Christopher Daniels (30 points)
Austin Aries (28 points)
Samoa Joe (26 points)
Jeff Hardy (24 points)
Mr. Anderson (24 points)
AJ Styles (22 points)
Kazarian (22 points)
Hernandez (7 points)
* Jay Bradley (0 points)
Park (-3 points)
to Norfolk, VA we go!
nice little recap video is shown airing footage of last week’s BFG
Series matches. Also, Main Event Mafia and there hunt for a fifth
partner for tonight. Highlights from the World Title cage match are
Champion Bully Ray arrives with Tito Ortiz. They run into Mr.
Anderson who whines like a Stage 5 clinger complaining that Bully
hasn’t answered his calls or texts. Bully informs him that Ortiz is
with him and with the Aces and Eights. Bully wants Anderson to be
concerned with “earning his stripes”.
is in the ring with Roode on the stick. They enforce that they have a
distinct advantage in winning the BFG Series because they make up 25%
of the field. They want Austin Aries to join them. The World Tag Team
Champions James Storm and Gunner appear on stage to argue about
trusting Bobby Roode. Storm knows best. Storm tells Roode he is going
to punch him in the mouth then he does it. We’ve got ourselves an
impromptu tag match playa.
James Storm and Gunner vs. Bobby Roode and Frankie Kazarian
match with all four in jeans. Earl Hebner calls for the bell and we
are underway. The four brawl to begin. Daniels runs to the floor.
Gunner clotheslines Kazarian to the floor. Gunner beats up Daniels in
the ring and throws him onto the ramp. Storm punches Roode on the
floor. Hebner sends Daniels to the back. Storm and Kazarian go at it
in the ring. Storm works the arm and tags in Gunner as we head to
we come back from break, Roode and Kazarian are on the offense. Chops
in the corner from Roode. Gunner isn’t having any of it. Fights back
with a back elbow that gets him a one count. Roode throws Gunner face
first into Kazarian’s boot. Kazarian is back in the ring with Gunner.
Spin kick pin attempt is broken up by Storm. Kazarian poses for the
crowd. Roode tags back in. Double team action in the corner. Roode
snaps the neck ala Mr. Perfect of Gunner. The crowd is trying to get
Gunner back to his feet. Suplex by Roode followed up by a knee drop
that gets him two again. Kazarian tags in with more double team
stomping. Leg drop by Kazarian. Kazarian slaps Gunner in his face.
Gunner rallies back with elbows but gets eye raked. Gunner catches
him with a backbreaker. Gunner is fired up. Tag into Storm. Storm
slugs with Roode. Forearm and atomic drop from Storm. Storm is
working over them both. Kick to the back of Kazarian’s head. Storm
hits an elbow drop from the top rope for two. Kazarian tossed back to
the floor. Roode gets caught with a lung blower to the front. Last
Call Superkick could be coming. Roode slides Hebner in front. Storm
kicks Kazarian. Low blow from Roode to Storm! That gets three!
Bobby Roode and Frankie
Rating: **3/4. Just a basic tag
match. All four worked well though. Good stuff to start off the show.
Aries is backstage talking about everyone wanting him to join their
group. By the end of the night, we will get Aries’ answer.
recap of last week’s World Title match and Tito’s “shocker”.
Update on Sabin tonight.
Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt
we’re back to singles matches allowed. Thanks for listening TNA.
Manik is surprisingly over. Match starts fast with a hip toss from
Manik. Headscissors into a submission that rolls into a pinfall for
two. Manik works over the arm. Headscissors from Dutt gets two. Seems
to be a common theme. Dutt moonsaults onto Manik for two. This stuff
is fast. A strange stretch from Dutt on Manik as the crowd cheers for
Manik. Elbow to the noggin’ by Dutt. Dutt goes back for a submission.
Manik wills his way back to his feet. Manik springboards off the
ropes and kicks Dutt in the face on the floor. Another springboard
dropkick this time to the back of Dutt gets a nearfall. Sit out
powerbomb from Manik gains him a close two count. Dutt kicks Manik
right in his face. Running knee. Springboard splash from Dutt garners
him two. Taz sings. Dutt goes to the top rope and misses the
moonsault double stomp. Samoan drop into a kick to the face by Manik.
Manik hits the underhook knees to the sternum to win the match.
Manik via pinfall
Rating: **. Basic X-Division
match. Crowd was into it though.
Aces and Eights are backstage with Anderson telling the troops to
focus on the job tonight. Devon looks pumped. The Aces are ready for
the big fight tonight. They are ready. Testify!
Fight for 20 Points in the Bound For Glory Series: Christopher
Daniels vs. Joseph Park vs. Jay Bradley vs. Hernandez
last of the three hardcore bouts for BFG Series points. The four men
pair off to start the match. Hernandez splashes Daniels in the corner
then tosses him over. Bradley gets punches in the face by Park. Elbow
by Bradley. Punches with elbows from Bradley to Hernandez is
countered with a clothesline. Roll up by Daniels gets a nearfall on
Hernandez. Backbreaker by Hernandez on Daniels. Two count. Bradley
hits Hernandez with a steel chair. Bradley sends Hernandez into the
corner with a chair wrapped around his neck. Ouch. More chair work
from Bradley. Elbow to the head from Park. Get off me by Hernandez to
Bradley. Hip toss to Daniels from Park. Looks like a tag match going
on almost. Hernandez and Park both splash the heels in the corner.
is still ongoing. Hernandez is with Daniels fighting on the ramp.
Kendo stick shots from Hernandez. Daniels back body drops him onto
the steel ramp. Park knocks down Bradley twice. Bradley gets a chair
again, but Park puts him into the Boston crab. Roode and Kazarian are
out beating up Park. Eric Young helps him. All four brawl on the
floor. Bradley big boots Daniels right in the forehead. Low blow to
Daniels’ privates. SMACK! Chair shot from Bradley. Back drops Daniels
right onto the chair. Kazarian and Roode turn their attention onto
Bradley. Air Mexico down the ramp by Hernandez onto Daniels. Get off
me again. Daniels falls off the Border Toss. Aries rolls into the
ring. What?! Aries high-tens the EGO members then hits the
Brainbuster on Daniels! He swerved them. Aries fights the EGO group
off. Brass knuckles from Bradley to the mouth of Park. Park is
bleeding. Ruh roh Scooby. He turns into “Abyss”. Park is going
bananas. Black Hole Slam on Bradley winst eh bout for Park.
and receives 20 Points in the
Bound For Glory Series, Joseph Park
Rating: ***. Fun match. Aries’
swerve was awesome. Bradley shined here.
and Young hug it out in the ring.
Mafia will step up tonight. They don’t need anyone to step up with
package of Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan’s “marriage” airs. Ugh.
World Champion Bully Ray and Cheeto Ortiz are in the ring to
celebrate. Bully is a happy man. Ortiz tells Rampage that he
should’ve known better. They promote the Bellator fight again. Crowd
chants “you sold out!” at Tito. No one does surprise like Bully
Ray. He will expose the secret of him and his girl. The whole world
should know about them. He tells Brooke to come down here right now.
Brooke Hogan’s music plays. She’s canned though? Campbell’s soup. Out
come BROOKE TESSMACHER! Crowd is dead. They must be shocked or asking
themselves “who?” Man. I wish I was that middle rope. Brooke’s
butt is looking extra firm tonight. Bully and Brooke lock lips.
Tongue involved as well. Bully has the best job in wrestling. Bully
has the “hot Brooke” with him now. Taz waives. Ha ha. There’s
only one thing left to do. Brooke takes off Bully’s wedding ring with
her tongue! Five stars!
Kim vs. ODB is next.
Kim vs. ODB
two have been going at it for weeks now. Singles Knockouts action
tonight. I don’t like the newer version of Gail’s theme. Bell sounds,
here we go. The two circle each other before locking it up. ODB
tosses Gail aside. Again. ODB’s butt knocks Gail over. Gail eats the
turnbuckle pad. ODB sizes her up. Splash in the corner with cleavage.
Bronco buster in the corner. Two count for ODB. ODB knocks down Gail
again while Taz argues that ODB should wrestle with men. Gail Kim
rolls to the floor to recover. ODB chases her. Arm bar from Kim. Gail
focuses on the arm of her opponent. The left arm is getting
destroyed. ODB kicks Gail in the stomach. Shoulder breaker from Gail
Kim. That looked nasty for two. Back to the shoulder work with a
hammer lock. ODB elbows out, well almost. ODB low blows Gail Kim? Taz
is baffled as to how that would hurt. ODB is battling back with
clotheslines. Gail Kim eats the turnbuckle pad ten times. Thesz press
gets two for the drunk woman. Gail goes to the top ropes. ODB knocks
her down. Superplex from ODB. Wow. Both are down. They both felt it.
ODB rolls over and gets two. Gail Kim crucifix’s ODB and wins out of
Raing: **1/4. Okay match.
Superplex was cool.
Mafia and Aces are coming to the ring for their fight.
Hardy BFG Series highlights from last year is shown. He wants to do
Aries can play mind games. He was smarter than EGO. Aries doesn’t
need anyone’s help. He doesn’t need to politic.
Sabin is very upset with what happened last week. The belt meant
everything to him. He will be back. Yeah, okay Chris.
of the Fall is Gone from TNA: Aces and Eights (Mr. Anderson, Garrett
Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Knux, Devon) vs. Main Event Mafia (Sting,
Magnus, Samoa Joe, Rampage Jackson) and AJ Styles
is on the ramp with Brooke and Tito. AJ comes down the ramp after the
Mafia then explodes into OLD AJ STYLES! Music and all! New pants! He
is back! I’m glad they dropped that useless loner gimmick. Back to
what brought you to the dance. Why would AJ risk his career though?
Let’s all hope Bischoff or Brisco takes the fall. Please. The crowd
has exploded! The fight begins. Brawls all over the place. AJ beats
up Anderson. Magnus and Devon swing. Wow. AJ punches Anderson. Crowd
is loving this. Styles poses for the crowd. Sting and Rampage send
Knux into the steps. Dropkick from AJ to Anderson. Magnus slams
Brisco. Pin him! The teams finally get on the apron. Magnus tags Joe
in to destroy Brisco with punches. Piston like. On paper, this is the
biggest mismatch in wrestling history. Kick to Brisco’s head. Brisco
fights his way out. In comes Bischoff. Pin him, too. Styles tags back
in. Bischoff tries to fight back. Backbreaker across the knee from
Styles. Break time.
and Bischoff are going at in the ring when we get back from break.
The heels take over. Knux slugs Magnus. Magnus isn’t having any of
it. Magnus gets caught with a Knux spear. Two count from Knux. Back
drop from Knux. Knux tags in Devon. Devon slams a forearm into
Magnus’ jaw. Choke on the rope from Devon. Devon tags in Bischoff.
Bischoff rakes Magnus’ face across the top rope. “Devon sucks!”
chant. Yeah, okay. Bischoff in the ring and they think Devon sucks?
Brisco gets two on Magnus, but Joe breaks it up. Anderson tags
himself in. Giant “Yes!” chant. Anderson pokes Magnus in the eye.
Devon tags back in. Snapmare to Magnus. Leg drop from Devon. Devon
goes after the neck of Magnus. Sting and Rampage both haven’t been in
yet. Magnus tries to fight back, but a spinning elbow from Devon puts
him back onto the mat. Knux comes in with a rib shot. Bodyslam from
Kunx. Knux connects with a middle rope leg drop for a nearfall.
Suplex attempt blocked. DDT from Magnus! Both men are down. Crowd
cheering and clapping. Magnus tags in Sting. Stinger Splash in the
corner on Knux. Another! All ten men are in. Fights everywhere again.
Most of them end up on the floor. Rampage is in the ring fighting off
the Aces. Bodyslam by Rampage on Brisco. Scorpion Deathlock on Knux.
Devon breaks it up. That was close. Knux covers Sting for two. Back
to the aprons the teams go. Devon works over Sting Bodyslam from
Devon. Devon goes to the middle rope but misses a headbutt. Both are
down in the ring. Sting tags in AJ. Crowd explodes again. Springboard
forearm Styles knocks the Aces off the apron. Kick to the head of
Devon. Devon kicks out, barely. Anderson in with shots to AJ. All ten
men are going at it for the third time. Styles hits the Pele onto
Bischoff. SPEAR KILLS AJ from Devon! Inside out. Styles battles back
Styles Clash connects on Devon! 1..2..3! Devon is gone from TNA!
Main Event Mafia. Devon is gone
***3/4. I really liked this
match. It was chaotic, but great.
is shocked on the ramp. He is very angry. The Mafia poses in the ring
celebrating their triumphant victory as the show closes. Me thinks we
are headed to a Styles vs. Bully BFG main event.
Rating: 7.0. It had nothing bad
at all on the show. Some stuff was just “there”, but everything
clicked together with a stellar main event.