A video package opens that hypes the upcoming King of the Mountain qualifying match between Sting and Kurt Angle. Only one member of the Main Event Mafia will advance to the King of the Mountain match and we will find out who it is tonight on Impact.
The Impact intro hits and the pyro goes off as we are welcomed to tonight’s show that will feature Samoa Joe against Booker T & Scott Steiner in a Nation of Violence First Blood match and the marquee King of the Mountain qualifier between Sting and Kurt Angle.
Mick Foley’s music hits as the TNA Champion comes down to the ring with his personal security. Foley gets on the microphone and says that Jeff Jarrett has taken away his smile and calls Jarrett out so he can make a hard decision. Jarrett comes out to the ring and Foley brings up that he assaulted a respected referee in Earl Hebner and Foley fines and suspends Jarrett from TNA.
Jarrett says Foley’s comedy act is done as starts to leave the ring but is stopped by Foley who says that he is not performing a comedy act. Foley says that Jarrett has crossed the line and gives Jarrett the option of doing it the easy way or the hard way, but either way he will be removed from TNA. Jarrett chooses the hard way and Foley’s security begins to beat him down as Foley slides in a chair. Jarrett begins to fight back, though, and cracks both Rocco and Sal over the head with the chair.
Foley tells Jarrett that once he regains his composure he will personally throw Jarrett out of the Impact Zone.
Lauren is with Team 3D and Brother Devon says that they have a problem with the British Invasion as they bit the hand that fed them. Raven is shown sitting in the corner as Brother Ray says that they have beaten respect into Beer Money before saying that they are the tag team of the future. For now, though, they are the greatest tag team and they will prove it at Slammiversary.
Jeremy Borash is in the locker room with Jeff Jarrett and says he understands Mick Foley’s actions and says that he has apologized to Earl Hebner. Jarrett says he made a mistake last week and wants Foley try to remove him from the building.
Match 1: Alex Shelley & Jay Lethal vs. Team 3D
The match starts and Alex Shelley uses his speed to his advantage and gets a quick two count on Brother Devon. Shelley also finds himself on the receiving end of a two count after a power slam by Devon. Brother Ray is tagged in and continues to work over Shelley but he makes it over to tag Jay Lethal into the match.
Lethal comes in and Ray works over his arm but Lethal fights back and nails Ray with a double axe handle from the top rope. Lethal isn’t able to do much more and Ray takes him down with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. The match then breaks down and Shelly and Lethal try for a double suicide dive but Team 3D moves out of the way and they hit their partners.
Back in the ring, Team 3D tries for a 3D on Lethal but he is able to hang onto the ropes and Chris Sabin causes a distraction that allows Shelley to hit a low blow on Ray. Lethal and Shelley take turns working over Ray and isolate him in their corner. Ray fights his way out, however, and tags Devon into the match who powers both of his opponents around the ring and nearly pins Shelley with a sidewalk slam.
The match breaks down and Ray tosses Lethal out to the floor as well as Chris Sabin and Consequences Creed, who try to interfere. Team 3D hit the flying head butt on Shelley and Ray calls for the tables as the British Invasion make their way to the ring to and cause a distraction as Doug Williams comes in from behind and knocks Devon out with the Feast or Fired case, which allows Shelley to pick up the pin fall.
Jeremy Borash is with Mick Foley who has more security around him. Foley tells his security that Jeff Jarrett is on the verge of cracking and says that he is probably armed and dangerous. Foley then leads the posse out of the office to go look for Jarrett.
After a commercial break we see Foley has caught Jarrett in the locker room. Jarrett says he thought Foley was going to do this single handedly. Foley asks Jarrett one more time to walk away before someone gets hurt. Jarrett says he is going to leave now before he does something he really will regret but wants Foley to re-evaluate his position in TNA and find out what his real role is. Foley says he knows his role, he is the World Champion.
We join the broadcast team who runs down tonight’s scheduled matches that will feature Madison Rayne against Tara, Shane Douglas against AJ Styles, plus Scott Steiner & Booker T vs. Samoa Joe in a Nation of Violence First Blood match.
Jeremy Borash is with Booker T and Scott Steiner in their locker room and Booker says Joe has threatened him and his family for the last time. Booker says Joe is going to get hurt. Steiner says Joe’s blood is not going to be enough for them as he is going to break his legs and begs Joe to bring his hidden friend with him.
Match 2: Scott Steiner & Booker T vs. Samoa Joe (Nation of Violence First Blood Match)
Scott Steiner is starting the match against Samoa Joe. If Joe busts Steiner open, he will face Booker T in a separate match. As Joe comes down to the ring, Steiner meets him on the ramp and this match starts. Steiner is able to send Joe into the guard railing and then clocks Joe with the ring bell. Joe isn’t busted open, though, as Steiner then sends him into the ring posts a couple of times.
The match finally makes it to the ring and Joe is able to turn the tide as he slams Steiner down to the mat. Steiner is able to come back and exposes the turnbuckle but Joe is able to send Steiner into the corner head first. Steiner is able to make it out to the floor and brings out a lead pipe but Joe takes him down with a suicide dive. Joe then begins hitting Steiner with a trash can and then begins to crush the can with the lead pipe. The referee takes the lid off as Steiner is busted open and is pouring down his head.
Booker T is up next and he slowly makes his way down to the ring. The two begin to fight on the entrance ramp and sends Booker into the ring post. Booker begins to fight back and sends Joe into the post but it isn’t enough to break Joe open. Joe comes back and sends Booker into the guard railing but the towel is still clean when Rudy Charles checks.
Booker tries to mount another comeback and Joe nails Booker in the gut with the lead pipe and Booker begins to spit up blood and the match is over. Joe looks into the camera and says that there is three down and Kurt Angle is next.
After a commercial break we see trainer attending to Steiner and Booker as Raven is seen watching from afar. Back at the broadcast table, Mike Tenay says Joe’s sights are now set on Kurt Angle. Don West wonders how Angle will be able to focus during his match against Sting with his mind on Joe.
Match 3: Shane Douglas vs. AJ Styles
Douglas is able to control the tempo of the match after locking Styles in a headlock but Styles comes back and uses his speed to hit Daniels with a dropkick. Douglas goes out to the floor and Styles hits him with a dive over the ropes. Douglas, however, is able to follow that up with by sending Styles into the guard railing.
Douglas continues to work over Styles on the floor before sending him back into the ring. Douglas methodically works Styles over as the two then come to blows and Styles takes Douglas down with the Pele. Styles tries to go for the cover but Douglas is able to drape his leg over the bottom rope. Styles then applies the flying arm bar and Douglas taps out to pick up the victory.
After the match, Douglas attacks Styles from behind and takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Daniels comes down to help Styles and begins to lay the boots to Daniels before Douglas hits Daniels with a pair of handcuffs before cuffing him to the ropes. Douglas then goes back to Styles as Samoa Joe comes out and chases Douglas away as Daniels threatens to break Douglas’s neck.
Lauren is seen running down the stairs and runs into the bathroom as Raven is seen following her. Raven sits outside of the bathroom as we hear Lauren being attacked behind the door. Daffney then comes out of the bathroom and walks away.
After a break we see Taylor Wilde in the back who is looking for Daffney. Wilde finds her as Daffney fights back and begins to choke Taylor out. Dr. Stevie and Raven are watching and Stevie goes over and stops the attack. He then tells Wilde that her time is up for the week.
Jeremy Borash is with the Beautiful People and Angelina Love is pissed that their Beautiful People set is missing. Angelina and Velvet Sky say that they are the Knockout Division and they don’t want ho’s coming in and trying to take over their turf. Madison Rayne says that she is going to peel the skin off of the “diva” tonight.
Another video package that shows ODB training Cody Deaner is aired. Deaner tries to catch a duck with his bare hands and does some more work outs with paint cans and kegs. ODB then tosses Deaner into a river when he tries to light up a cigarette.
Jeremy Borash tracks down Kurt Angle in the hallway and Angle says if Joe wants him, he can have him. Angle says it doesn’t matter if it’s tonight, next week or at the King of the Mountain he wants Joe to bring it because he has something for him. Angle then goes into his dressing room and ignores the rest of Borash’s questions.
Match 4: Madison Rayne vs. Tara
The match starts and Tara takes control and works over Madison’s arm. Madison runs to the floor to regroup but Tara goes after her and rolls her back into the ring and then connects with a slingshot leg drop but Madison is able to kick out of the pin attempt. Angelina Love causes a brief distraction and allows Madison to take control of the match.
Tara is able to kick out of some pin attempts from Madison who then climbs to the top and misses with a high risk move. Tara hits a standing moonsault but Madison is able to kick out. Tara then hits the Widow’s Peak and picks up the pin fall as the rest of the Beautiful People look on.
Jeremy Borash is with Eric Young and JB wonders what has gotten into EY. Young says he is sick of being taken advantage of by Jeff Jarrett, TNA, the fans, and even Borash himself. Young finishes the interview by slapping Borash across the face.
Since both JB and Lauren have been taken out, SoCal Val has been asked to interview Daniels who comes in and takes the microphone away from Val. Daniels talks into the camera and challenges Shane Douglas to a match at Slammiversary and says if he wins, he can have his TNA roster spot, however, if he loses he has to get his ratty ass out of TNA.
Match 5: Kurt Angle vs. Sting (King of the Mountain Qualifier)
The bell rings and the two shake hands before locking up and the two spend the first few minutes trying to feel each other out and get the upper hand but they are at a stand still. Angle finally takes Sting down with a shoulder block but Sting comes back and takes Angle down with a shoulder block of his own. Angle then rolls out to the floor as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match to see Angle take Sting down with a suplex and gets a two count. Sting fights back and clotheslines Angle out to the floor and then goes out for the attack around the ring. The fight goes back in the ring and Sting misses with a Stinger Splash and Angle follows with a back body drop but it isn’t enough to keep Sting down. Angle then tries to wear Sting down with a head lock and then takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Angle puts Sting in a waist lock as we head into another commercial break.
We return to the match to see the two take each other down with a clothesline. The two recover and begin going at each other with rights before Sting connects with a series of clotheslines. Sting hits a pair of Stinger Splashes and he nearly picks up the pin fall but Angle is able to kick out.
Angle quickly recovers and hits a trio of German suplexes and tries for an Angle Slam but Sting counters and tries for the Scorpion Death Lock but Angle counters again with an ankle lock. Sting is able to roll out of the submission hold and drives Angle down with a powerbomb and comes within a fraction of putting Angle away.
Sting tries for a Scorpion Death Drop but Angle powers Sting into a corner. Angle then charges at Sting but he moves and Angle ends up hitting the ring post with his shoulder. Matt Morgan makes his way to the ring and causes a distraction as Sting delivers the Scorpion Death Drop to Angle. The distraction gets Sting to lose focus of the match and Morgan is able to hit Sting from behind as Angle follows with the Angle Slam and picks up the pin fall.
Matt Morgan comes into the ring after the match as Angle looks at Morgan with a puzzled look on his face. Morgan tries to raise Angle’s hand but Angle wants no part of it and Morgan pushes Angle down to the floor. The two get into a heated argument as Impact comes to a close.
- Alex Shelley & Jay Lethal defeated Team 3D by pin fall.
- Samoa Joe defeated Scott Steiner and Booker T in a Nation of Violence First Blood match.
- AJ Styles defeated Shane Douglas by submission.
- Tara defeated Madison Rayne by pin fall.
- Kurt Angle defeated Sting by pin fall to advance to the King of the Mountain match.
I really enjoyed tonight’s edition of Impact, mostly due to the fact that there was a focus on wrestling and there ended up being a few good matches as well. Surprisingly, the shortest match was probably around the five minute mark, which had been about as long as most matches would usually go during the broadcast. I’m not going to get my hopes up just yet, but I would like to see TNA continue down this path with more emphasis being put on the in ring product instead of the backstage antics.
The opening segment with Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett was well done, however, I didn’t particularly enjoy how the angle ended. Jarrett said he wanted Foley to toss him out himself and Foley instead rounded up a group of security guards to do his dirty work. Then Jarrett just decides to leave on his own. To me, the whole thing fizzled at the end and I feel it would have been better had Foley tried to at least force Jarrett from the Impact Zone even if the end was the same with Jarrett leaving on his own.
The opening contest was a nice surprise between Team 3D and Shelley & Lethal. It was given plenty of time to work with and everyone involved worked great together. A lot of the tension that was built last week between Lethal Consequences and the Motorcity Machine Guns was lost, but the match set up a decent future feud between Team 3D and the British Invasion.
Samoa Joe’s Nation of Violence First Blood match was done exactly the way it should have. Booker and Steiner do look a bit weak but Joe looks like a complete badass, which is what should be done with him. I will say that the ending with Booker coughing up blood was lame, but at least Joe won a decisive victory over both of them.
The main event was also decent although the ending was a tad predictable. I was a little surprised on Kurt Angle’s reaction to Matt Morgan’s interference which leads me to believe that Angle and Morgan are actually working together and Angle just to swerve Sting in the long run.
Not every match on tonight’s show was great, though. For starters, the Shane Douglas/AJ Styles match was almost painful to watch. Douglas looked out of shape and rusty to the point that Styles himself couldn’t even save the match. Douglas is also in dire need of a tan as the farmer’s tan look may work well for the likes of Cody Deaner and Jethro Holliday, but not so much for the Franchise.
Since I am on the topic of ring rust, maybe it was just me, but it appeared that Tara was having some ring issues as well. Maybe it was the new environment but she didn’t quite have the fluid ability she had when she was with the WWE. Make no mistake about it, Tara is a great worker and I am looking forward to her being a part of the Knockout Division, I just hope she is able to quickly shake off the rust and get back into the swing of things before too long.
At any rate, tonight’s show was refreshing to watch and I hope it is a trend that continues with TNA and Impact.