Thursday’s special July 4 Independence Day IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV at 9/8c as TNA invades Las Vegas! 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!
There are just two episodes of TNA’s Impact Wrestling left before the Destination X edition of the show, and this Thursday’s broadcast will feature plenty of storyline development heading into the July 18 spectacular.
Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
When: Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. ET (Pre-Taped Episode)
Watch: Spike TV
While Destination X isn’t a pay-per-view this year, the fact that TNA is treating it like a special event despite it being just another episode is the right way to book for a company only putting on four major pay-per-views each year now. With some exciting storylines already taking shape in TNA Austin Aries winning the X Division title, Sting’s Main Event Mafia growing and the Bound for Glory Series kicking into gear this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling is destined to be excellent.
The “Bound For Glory Series” continues on Thursday night – featuring two HUGE matches with points up for grabs: “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy faces Joseph Park in a BFG Series bout, as well as AJ Styles taking on Kazarian in a BFG Series Match! Plus, what will be the fate of last week’s “Gut Check” competitors as they chase their dream of earning a TNA contract? The hopefuls face the judges on Thursday night and will learn their fate!
While many fans have been critical of the way TNA has booked its programming over the last several months, the swerve featuring Austin Aries becoming Suicide and winning the X Division title just weeks before he will likely cash it in for a world title shot is flat-out amazing.
This was a well-written storyline that has many fans excited for what could be next, but this angle was a success because of the man under the mask. If it wasn’t for Aries’ ability to sell the fans on his title win and his reveal as Suicide, the Destination X edition of Impact wouldn’t have the aura surrounding it that it currently does.
The roster in TNA is very talented, but Sting couldn’t have picked a worse time to reform a group of former world champions. Not only are major storylines taking up the biggest names in the company already, but the focus of others has shifted solely to the Bound for Glory Series.
- TNA News: Lineups For Weekend House Shows, Suicide Gets A Name Change, Match List For Impact (ownndemand.wordpress.com)
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- TNA Impact Wrestling results recap: Austin Aries unveiled as Suicide as he lifts mask on World title ambitions (mirror.co.uk)