iMPACT! Results - 1/28/06 (Rhino vs. Abyss & Sting gives his farewell)
Reported by Ryan Droste of WrestleView.com
On Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 4:56 PM EST
Full TNA iMPACT! Results – 1/28/06 (taped 1/17)
Taped From: Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay & Don West
Report by: Ryan Droste of WrestleView.com
-Highlights recapping Sting related events the past couple of weeks in TNA airs building up for his big announcement tonight.
-The Impact opening airs.
NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett w/ Gail Kim vs. Jay Lethal
Jarrett attacks Lethal from behind at the beginning, sending him to the outside. Jarrett throws him into the ringside steel guard rails. Jarrett throws him stomach first across the rail. Jackie Gayda comes out. She hands a tape recorder to Gail Kim as Jarrett tells Kim "No, it's nothing." Kim takes the tape recorder and walks away. Back in the ring, Jarrett stomps on Lethal as Kim walks up the aisle with the tape recorder. Lethal comes back with some chops. Lethal with a big leg lariat. Lethal springboards for a dropkick. Lethal goes up top and comes off with a flying headbutt that connects. 2 count. Jarrett throws Lethal up into the air and he lands face first on the mat. Jarrett nails the Stroke for the pinfall. Pretty solid opening match. Very short as usual, but it was nice to see Lethal allowed to get in some good offense.
Winner: Jeff Jarrett
-Christian Cage comes out after the match. Christian says he didn't come out with any comedy or jokes, much to the fans dismay. He says he came out with a promise. The promise is from Larry and the championship committee. On February 12 at Against All Odds, it will be Jarrett vs. Christian. He promises he will save the TNA fans from Jarrett and he will fulfill his destiny. He promises he will win the NWA World Heaveyweight Championship because that's how he rolls.
Team 3D (Brother Ray and Devon) vs. Kenny King & Buck Quartermain
Devon takes down King with a clothesline. Devon throws him into the corner and nails some right hands. Devon stands on King's head. Brother Ray is tagged in. He works over King with right hands. Brother Ray nails a suplex. 2 count. Brother Ray with another suplex and pinfall attempt. King dodges a back body attempt and kicks Brother Ray in the head. Buck is tagged in. He receives a release suplex followed by the 3D as Team 3D makes the cover and gets the pinfall. Typical squash.
Winners: Team 3D
-Brother Ray is holding their TNA Tag Team of the Year Award. Brother Ray says thank you to all the fans. He talks about only being in TNA for 3 months, but he thanks the fans for all the respect they have for them. He says they have their answer for Larry. Their answer is they can't choose. Going after AMW or Team Canada is among the toughest decisions they've ever had to make. He says since the fans voted them tag team of the year, he's going to leave this decision up to the fans. He asks them first if they want to see them face AMW. Then he asks them about Team Canada. Brother Ray says to go to tnawrestling.com to vote. He says no matter who the people vote on, it's going to be a very bad day for whoever it is. Devon gets in his testify line.
-A video package recapping the AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels feud airs. Very well done video.
-Shane Douglas is backstage with Jerry Lynn, Austin Aries, Alex Shelley and Roderick Strong. They talk about how they got some victories like Lynn said. They want their oppurtunity to shine. Matt Bentley comes in. He says he wants to give these kids some advice. He tells them to stop running around complaining and begging for an oppurtunity. He says they need to make an impact themselves. He says he doesn't think they've been in TNA long enough to even sweep the ring. Bentley then talks directly to Lynn. He says the people love him, and mentions the Bentley Bounce. He asks Lynn when he gets his oppurtunity. Lynn says right now, he's up next. Bentley tells the trio to watch him.
-Tenay and West talk at ringside. They mention the X Division title match at Against All Odds is now a 3 way with Daniels vs. Joe vs. Styles. They also mention the Christian vs. Jarrett World Title match. West then talks about Sting speaking on Impact later tonight. Tenay mentions it's the first time Sting has spoken on a national television wrestling show in 5 years.
Matt Bentley w/ Traci vs. X Division Champion Samoa Joe
Bentley runs right into an overhead suplex. Joe with some kicks and a knee lift. Dave Hebner is shown watching on from the crowd. Joe with more knees. Bentley fights back with some right hands and chops. Bentley with a boot to the face in the corner. Bentley comes off the ropes with a dropkick, but Joe just walks away. Joe with a backsplash. Lynn, Strong, Aries, and Shelley are watching on at ringside now. Joe with an elbow to Bentley as he was coming off the ropes. Joe with a forearm. Bentley nails a modified bulldog. Bentley with a clothesline and a forearm. Bentley with a huracanrana for a 2 count. Bentley mounts Joe in the corner for punches. Bentley charges in, but Joe moves and then nails a knee to Bentley's head. Joe sets him up on the top rope and goes for the muscle buster. Bentley slips out. Bentley goes for the superkick, but Joe blocks it. Bentley goes for a move, but Joe hangs on and falls to his back to lock on the Kokino Clutch for the submission. Best match of the show so far.
Winner: Samoa Joe
-A video package highlighting the Rhino and Abyss feud airs.
Abyss w/ James Mitchell vs. Rhino
They exchange right hands right away. Then slaps to the chest. Rhino with rapid fire right hands. Rhino with a shoulder smash to Abyss in the corner. Rhino with a elbow to a charging in Abyss. Rhino with a belly to belly suplex. Rhino goes for the Gore, but Abyss slips away to the outside.
Ya know, I have to say something about those Morphoplex commercials that always air during Impact. Why is it that a multi-million dollar company that had the resources to attempt to buy TNA has commercials that look like they were filmed with a low grade camcorder? Anyways, back to the match. Rhino is still on the offensive. Abyss goes for a choke slam, but Rhino gives him some elbows. Rhino runs right into a big boot. Abyss makes a cover for a 2 count. Hebner is shown looking on again, this time from the top of the ramp. Tenay mentions he is associated with TNA management somehow, but they aren't sure how. Abyss continues to work over Rhino. He chokes Rhino across the middle rope. Abyss charges into the corner to nail a big splash. Rhino comes back with a big spinebuster. Rhino goes for the Gore again, but Abyss grabs him and throws him over the top to the outside. Abyss grabs a chair and smashes it across Rhino's back. He does it again. Rhino fights back with right hands. They fight up the aisle. Rhino nails a trash can across Abyss' head. Rhino grabs a chair and smashes it across Abyss' head. Rhino grabs the trash can again and nails Abyss with it. Rhino gives Abyss the Gore right through the wall just to the left of the entranceway, down on the ground. The ref throws the match out as both men lay on the ground motionless. Good match from two big men. I'd say the best match on Impact this week.
Winner: No Contest
-Paramedics check on both men after the match.
-Tenay is in the ring with a microphone. He calls January 15th at Final Resolution when Sting came back one of the very select magical moments he has been apart of in this sport. He calls out Sting for his interview. The lights go out and Sting makes his entrance. Tenay gives Sting the microphone and the spotlight. The fans chant "welcome back." Sting yells his trademark "owwww" and says "Stinger in the house." Sting talks about March of 2001 when he wrestled what he thought was his last match against Flair in Panama City. He says as he wrestled that match, his whole career went before his eyes and he had memories of the Baltimore Arena where he won the title for the first time against Flair, the first Clash of the Champions in Greensboro against Flair, repelling out of the United Center in Chicago, repelling out of a hellicopter in Panama City. He says most of all he remembered the fans. The roar of the crowd and the electricity. One thing that happened that night in 2001 was he was unable to say goodbye to the fans. Sting says he has had alot of fans say over the years to him that they never had the chance to say goodbye to him, and they would say wrestling wasn't the same without him. He felt the same way as the fans. He missed the smell of the arenas and the roar of the crowds. When TNA management called him up and said they had just landed SpikeTV and they wanted to know if he would be apart of it. Sting says he started to tune in and see guys like AJ Styles, Abyss, Samoa Joe and a whole bunch of them that are the future and future world champions. He says when he saw them, he thought to himself this is his brand. The fans chant TNA. Sting says he agrees, TNA is awesome. Sting says when he had the offer, he couldn't refuse it. It was either now or never after 5 years had gone by. He says he came to Final Resolution and wrestled the first match in 5 years. The fans chant "you still got it." Sting says when he walked through the tunnel and when he heard the fans chant that the red blood cells were moving through his veins like never before. He says all the fans roars and in the bigger arenas didn't match up to those roars right there in Orlando at Final Resolution. Sting says those are not idle words, he means what he says. Sting says the one thing that was missing 5 years ago was the idea that he couldn't say goodbye the way he wanted to. He says Final Resolution was just that, it was his Final Resolution. He says he wants to take this oppurtunity to say thanks to TNA Management, Dixie Carter and the Carter family, and most of all he wants to say thank you to the fans in attendance and those watching. The fans chant "thank you Sting." He says he has to do this, it was a memory he doesn't want to forget and he doesn't want it tainted by anything. He says for the fans here and those in TV land. He wants to take this oppurtunity to say goodbye and thank you. The fans chant "please don't go." Sting says "I love you guys. Thank you for the memories. I love each and every one of you. But I'm saying goodbye." Sting drops his bat in the middle of the ring and exits the ring. He walks up the ramp as AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt, and Christian come out. They all thank him. Christian asks him why? Sting says he doesn't want anything to mess that up. Christian says "You still got it." Sting tells him he loves him like a brother and walks away.