Happy Fourth of July, ladies and gentlemen! Tonight’s edition of Impact Wrestling promises to build on TNA’s three major storylines: the build towards Destination X, the slow reveal of the new Main Event Mafia, and the ongoing Bound For Glory Series. Below is the full rundown of advertised segments:
The countdown is on to the July 18 “Destination X” IMPACT special on SpikeTV, featuring TNA’s high-flying X Division Superstars! How will Hulk Hogan last week’s controversy involving Austin Aries hijacking the Suicide persona and capturing the X Division Championship? Will Aries cash in the title for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship? Or, does The Hulkster have other plans after what Aries did? Hogan will address Aries and his actions at the top of the broadcast!
Best Case Scenario: Aries has to prove himself honestly, facing T.J. Perkins and Chris Sabin in a triple threat match. Sabin looks strong, but Aries ultimately hits his Brainbuster on Perkins for the win. The Suicide character is put out to pasture once and for all.
Worst Case Scenario: These segments become all about Hogan playing middle school principal to the X Division roster. The storyline becomes another excuse to hype the drama between Hogan and Buly Ray rather than actually focusing on the X Division.
Dave Says: One of the things I’ve enjoyed about this angle is that it’s tangentially related to Aces & Eights (in that Ray is highly concerned about who might cash in against him), but it’s successfully floating on its own. Some might not like a title being swapped around through what could be called “over-booked shenanigans,” but the fact of the matter is that the events of last week elevated the X Division Title to seem more important than it has all year.