The Aces & Eights now have just three members remaining after Wes Brisco was ejected from the TNA wrestling company, thanks to stipulations laid down by his own club President – Bully Ray.
Heavyweight World Champion Ray has been visibly struggling with his colleagues in recent weeks – a situation not helped by the loss of his former tag team partner Devon last month, and his clash with Vice-President Ken Anderson a fortnight ago.
At the start of the night he informed his remaining cohorts – Brisco, Garrett Bischoff and Knux – that if they lost their three-on-three match with the Main Event Mafia trio of Sting, Samoa Joe and Magnus, that the wrestler responsible for the defeat would lose their place in the Aces & Eights.
And sure enough, when Brisco tapped out to a submission hold from Joe, he was set upon by Bully before having his club jacked torn off of his back. Knux and Bischoff both looked visibly shaken by the experience, and the realisation of the turmoil in which the Aces & Eights are in, but neither attempted to intervene as their President attacked their friend and former team-mate.
What should have been a successful night for the Main Event Mafia, who were also buoyed by the news that Kurt Angle will return to TNA next week, was somewhat spoiled by a controversial injury to Magnus.
The damage was done once again by EGO – Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian – who attacked the Brit mid-way through the fight, rendering him unable to continue. But Sting and Joe fought on alone, the former occupying Bischoff and Knux while the latter secured victory.
Elsewhere, on a busy night for TNA, the controversy continued over AJ Styles contract negotiations. The Bound for Glory Series winner revealed last week that he was not currently under contract, and that was mainly due to the influence of company President Dixie Carter.
This week, he was offered a new contract by General Manager Hulk Hogan, which he signed, only for Carter to come to the ring and rip it to shreds in front of his eyes. There is now a real possibility that Styles last ever match as part of TNA will be the World Title match against Bully Ray later this month.
Meanwhile, Manik successfully defended his X Division title against six-time holder Chris Sabin. But it was a match laced with controversy as Sabin’s underhand tactics – faking injury and using girlfriend Velvet Sky as a human shield – came close to stealing victory for the former World Champion.
At the conclusion of the match, Sabin continued to disgrace his ever-worsening image as he attacked the victorious Manik, striking him repeatedly to the head and neck, before Austin Aries rushed from back stage to intervene.
Aries had just finished his own match, an impromptu fight against the returning Kenny King, which he won in style with his iconic brain-buster move.
There was also a win for Eric Young, Joseph Park and Knockout’s Champion ODB, as they won a three-on-three tag team match against the Bro Mans and Gail Kim – ODB getting the match-winning pin.
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