Hulk Hogan stunned the TNA world last week as he quit the company over his on-going argument with President Dixie Carter, caused by a disagreement on the future of AJ Styles.
Styles, who faces a World Title shot against Bully Ray at Bound for Glory on the 20th October, revealed several weeks ago that he was not under contract, and threatened that his championship match could be his last.
Carter responded by telling Styles that he would not be offered a contract, as he was no longer needed. Hogan attempted to go over his President’s head and successfully reached an agreement with AJ, only for Dixie to intervene again.
This proved to be the final straw for Hogan, who refused to “get in line” or “get on team Dixie”, and instead decided to walk away from TNA.
Elsewhere in an action-packed week, the line-up for Bound for Glory was completed, with the X Division and World Tag Team titles also defended in San Diego.
Manik will defend his X Division belt in an Ultimate X match against Chris Sabin, Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy.
This agreement was reached following a controversial tag team match between Manik and Hardy, against Sabin and Kenny King. The former pair won the match, with Hardy pinning King, only for Sabin to attack Manik (for the third week in a row) after the bell had sounded. Aries, who had been a guest in the commentary box for the match, rushed to intervene, and issued the challenge to Sabin.
It was another downturn in Sabin’s worsening reputation, a run which can be traced back to his World Title defeat against Bully Ray in August.
James Storm and Gunner will defend their tag team belt against the winner of a gauntlet match between Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, Jeff Hardy and Eric Young, Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero and the Bro Mans.
There will also be a special singles match between Main Event Mafia colleagues Sting and Magnus.
Magnus continued his feud with EGO this week as he issued a gauntlet challenge to the trio of Daniels, Kazarian and Bobby Roode. He defeated Daniels by pin and Kazarian by submission, but an attack from the latter after the bell, focused on the knee Magnus injured against the Aces & Eights a week earlier, left him in bad shape for his final match. He fought valiantly against Roode, but was eventually defeated by submission.
A distraught Magnus could not be consoled by Sting, calling himself a failure, but the Icon, instead of giving up on his young prodigy, instead decided to issue the Brit with a challenge, a match that would “put him on the map”.
In the final match of last week’s episode, Samoa Joe beat Bully Ray by disqualification – with Ray’s use of a steel chain deemed illegal. A furious Ray went to attack Joe again after the ruling had been made, but the Samoan was rescued by Styles, who jumped out of the crowd to intervene.
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