Posted by Ric Santos
Impact Wrestling is back on Spike TV tomorrow night from St. Louis, MO with the fallout from last week’s No Surrender special. There’s heavy anticipation for the AJ Styles/ Dixie Carter confrontation, but we also have an interesting main event in TNA X-Division Champion Manik facing Jeff Hardy. Also on tomorrow’s program, what can we expect from Bully Ray and the Aces & 8′s? A look at the main points of tomorrow’s Impact Wrestling here on Prepare for Impact!
AJ STYLES CONFRONTS DIXIE CARTER
Before complete focus on Bound for Glory, AJ Styles has called out TNA President Dixie Carter in what could be a volatile confrontation. There’s alot of frustration on the part of AJ Styles that we are all aware of so it will be interesting to see how Dixie Carter responds, both verbally and possibly through action.
This situation is very reminiscent of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin versus Vince McMahon: The face of the company is frustrated at the authority and looks to make an impact for himself and the world title scene. It’s too soon to make the assumption that this will boil into a full blown Austin/ McMahon type feud, or that it will even be as intense; however, seeds have been planted for some sort of long term conflict between the two. AJ Styles is coming to his own with his “No One” persona, so this is actually a chance for Dixie Carter to step up and become a personality for the program herself. If done right, the fans will know who she is and will have an investment into future storylines involving Dixie, much like how fans grew to invest in the McMahon family drama that ensued in the WWE’s Attitude Era. Tomorrow’s broadcast will shed some light on what the future may hold for AJ Styles and Dixie Carter.
JEFF HARDY VS. TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPION MANIK
In what looks to be an exciting main event matchup, Jeff Hardy faces TNA X-Division Champion Manik. The premise of this bout is Manik’s desire to step up his game and elevate himself into a continually visible spot on Impact Wrestling. The obvious goal is also to be considered a player in the main event title scene in the near future.
The great thing about the Manik character now is that there appears to be stability. Along with the name change from Suicide to Manik, TJ Perkins is the man behind the mask and has been doing a great job in his role. The character of Manik is an interesting one and can lead to a deeper storyline for TJ Perkins should he continue to impress. In Jeff Hardy’s case, he can give Perkins the rub needed to be a staple in TNA. Remember when The Undertaker faced Jeff Hardy in the WWE and The Undertaker raised Hardy’s hand in the ring after their match? That moment cemented Hardy as a main event caliber competitor. Though not the legend The Undertaker is, Jeff Hardy can do the same for Perkins and present him with a stage to showcase his abilities and what he has to offer. This is Manik’s/ Perkin’s opportunity, so he needs to kick his game up a notch to hang with Jeff Hardy.
TNA ACTION AND DRAMA CONTINUES
Along with Styles/ Dixie and Hardy/ Manik, expect the Aces & 8′s to tout their dominance and further explain the situation with Mr. Anderson, as well as the loyalties of the group itself. Along with the goal of making Bully Ray out to be the dominating and vicious TNA Champion for his Bound for Glory match, Mr. Anderson now has an opportunity to return as the Mr. Anderson of old and begin his own journey towards a main event spot in TNA Wrestling.
Also, The TNA Knockouts Championship will be on the line as ODB will challenge against TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James. ODB is back on the scene and the Knockouts division certainly needs to return to the prominence it once held. As Gail Kim has stated in various tweets: patience.
All of this and more tomorrow night at 9/8c on Spike TV as we Prepare for Impact!
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