iMPACT! Results - 7/6/06 (Steiner/Jarrett vs. Sting/Christian & more)
Reported by Ryan Droste of WrestleView.com
On Friday, July 7, 2006 at 2:44 AM EST
Full TNA iMPACT! Results – 7/6/06
Taped From: Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay & Don West
Report by: Ryan Droste (Droste@wrestleview.com) of WrestleView.com
-Borash is outside Sting's locker room awaiting his thoughts on tonight's main event. Christian walks into the picture. He asks Borash if he has a "man crush" on him or something. Christian says the match tonight was booked before the PPV match where he and Sting will be opponents. He says tonight they are teammates, at Victory Road they are opponents. He walks into Sting's locker room.
-Highlights are shown from last week.
-The Impact opening airs.
Sonjay Dutt vs. Homicide w/ LAX
Homicide goes right after Dutt. He ends up running into a hip toss and standing moonsault from Dutt. Homicide tosses Dutt over the ropes to the apron, then punches him knocking him down. Homicide goes for a twisting suicide dive to the outside but hits his partner Hernandez. Dutt then gets in the ring and executes a flip dive over the top to the outside on top of LAX. Dutt goes to springboard off the ropes, but Hernandez trips him. Homicide hits a running leg lariat for a 2 count. Homicide locks Dutt into a submission as Konnan pulls on his hands for extra leverage. Homicide sets Dutt up on the top rope. He climbs up top and nails a superplex. He hangs on and follows that up with a suplex slam for a 2 count. Homicide goes up top and comes off with a frog splash, but Dutt moves. Dutt nails a springboard drop kick. Dutt with an elbow and running clothesline. Dutt hits a spinebuster and follows that with a moonsault off the second rope. Homicide comes back with a diamond cutter out of nowhere. Dutt gets out of Homicide's finisher, the Killa, and hits his jumping reverse DDT. He goes for the pin, but Konnan distracts the ref as Hernandez gets in the ring and throws Dutt over his head to the mat. Homicide makes the cover and gets the 3 count. Ref Slick Johnson then runs down and yells at the other ref, telling him what happened. Tenay makes not that Johnson is trying to earn points with Cornette by doing what's right. It looks like they were going to restart the match, but LAX end up just beatind down Dutt and the bell rings trying to maintain order. I guess the match was restarted for 2 seconds, as Tenay says Dutt now has won the match by DQ. They bring a chair into the ring and are about to use it, but Killings runs out to make the save. He takes out LAX and cleans house.
Winner by DQ: Sonjay Dutt
-Larry Zbyszko is arguing with Slick Johnson. Slick teases Larry, telling him that he will look great bald. Slick says he is going to show him why, and he runs off up the ramp.
-A video package is shown, going over the fact that Jim Cornette disbanded Team Canada last week.
-West and Tenay talk at the announce position. Tenay says next week on Impact, there will be an "All or Nothing" tag team match which Cornette has made. It will be all 4 members of Team Canada vs. Team 3D, Rhino and Jay Lethal. If Team Canada wins, they will be allowed to stay together as a group. If they lose, they must disband. West says the wrestler who makes the pin in the match gets to have a title shot of his own choosing. Eric Young comes out. He's worried about losing his job again. Tenay tells him he's not going to be fired and it could be a win-win situation for him. Slick Johnson comes back out. Slick passes out some photoshop printouts he made of Larry Z bald. Young wants Slick to help him out. Slick says if he does something for him, he'll do something for him in return. He asks Young to help him pass out these bald Larry pictures, and he agrees to do so. Team Canada comes out and yells at Young as he passes the papers out to the crowd. Eventually he backs off and retreats up the ramp.
-A video package airs of Shane Douglas training the Naturals.
-A "Global Impact" video airs. It features Rhino at the old ECW Arena at the recent TNA house show there. It shows him making a speech in the ring about his heart being in TNA. Then there is more footage of him talking directly to the camera after the event. It has him bashing WWE, saying TNA doesn't hand him scripts and they won't fire him for knocking over a flower pot. He says the same person (well, he said mother f*cker) that fired him last year wanted to hire him this year. He says he's not in it for the money.
Monty Brown vs. Kenny King
Brown with a knee to the gut and hard punches right away. Brown tries to throw him into the corner, but King springs out of the corner. King with some offense of his own, kicks and punches. Brown comes back and nails a fallaway slam. Brown hits the Pounce and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Monty Brown
-Brown gets on the mic after the match. He says that hunting season has been officially opened. He says he won't pad his record against "gazelles" like Samoa Joe did. Brown says he came for the big game. He says people like Jarrrett, Christian, Steiner and Sting. He says they will all fall to him and the Pounce.
-Borash is backstage with Steiner and Jarrett. Jarrett said Sting preached for months about how it'd be the worst thing possible for TNA if Jarrett got the title back. Jarrett says Sting's worst nightmare has come true. Jarrett says it's clear that he and Sting can't co-exsist. He says that means one of them has to go, and Sting is as good as gone. He says tonight Sting will be taken out of the building and Steiner will take care of Christian Cage. Borash mentions if they both are taken out, it means it will be Steiner and Joe at Victory Road. Steiner says that is what he wants. Borash then mentions if Steiner beats Joe at the PPV like he says he will, it will be him versus Jarrett then. Jarrett tells him to shut-up, saying he's just like Cornette and trying to drive a wedge into their team.
-The newest "Paparazi Productions" video airs. Nash gives a lesson on "Humiliation 101." He says "it's in the bag." He gets out a big body bag, saying you put your opponent in this and it will symbolize the death of their career. Nash jokes they are going to pull something out tonight the fans haven't seen in...2 weeks. He asks Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine if they are with him. They clap, and a graphic comes on the screen saying "To Be Continued...Tonight in the Impact Zone."
-Tenay and West talk about the video. They talk about Nash and his feud with the X Division. Nash, Shelley and Devine come out with a body bag with somebody in it. They get in the ring with the bag. Nash says he has "hot news" tonight. Nash says, "Ladies and Gentlement, President Bush....Osama Bin Laden!" as he points at the body bag. Nash jokes they are 25 million dollars richer. He jokes 6 million will go to Shelley and 6 to Devine, the rest is his. They open the bag and it's Chris Sabin. Nash says, "It's Osama Bin Sabin!" Nash orders his boys to put the boots to him. Nash says, "This is humiliating!" Jay Lethal runs out. Nash bails out of the ring as Lethal takes out Devin and Shelley.
-Borash is in the back with Samoa Joe. He asks him about the 4 way match at Victory Road. Joe talks about the scenario laid out in the Steiner/Jarrett promo. He says he hates to think anyone would be foolish enough to believe Steiner will win. He says Sting was the man, but now he is the man. Joe says all the whining in the world won't save Christian from him. He says if Steiner thinks he forgot what Steiner did to him, he's out of his mind. Joe says he wants revenge for what Steiner has taken from him. He says it's not about beating him, he says it's about hurting and humiliating him. He says he will make Steiner's kids cry, because he won't be able to hold them anymore. Joe says he will choke out his opponents.
NWA World Champ Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner vs. Sting & Christian Cage
Jarrett and Steiner make their entrance and we go to commercial...
Christian and Sting make their entrances and here we go. All 4 men fight on the outside right away. Sting and Steiner pair off while Christian and Jarrett go at it. Christian and Sting gain the upper hand. Sting puts on Steiner's chain headwear and hits him. Back in the ring now, Sting and Steiner start off. Sting gives him a boot in the corner. Sting with a dropkick. Sting hits a running clothesline. He tags in Christian. They nail double back elbows on Steiner. Steiner pokes him in the eye to gain advantage. Steiner with a knee to the gut and he tags in Jarrett. Jarrett works over Christian shortly, but Christian gets in an elbow and sunset flip out of the corner. Jarrett goes for a huracanrana, but Christian slams him down with a powerbomb. Christian with punches in the corner. Steiner distracts him, and Jarrett is able to toss Chrisitian to the floor below. Christian took a helluva bump here, as he flipped in the air on the way to falling flat on his back on the floor.
Jarrett is working over Christian. He smashes his neck across the middle rope and chokes him. Steiner is tagged back in. He quickly hits a big clothesline followed by an elbow drop. Steiner with a belly to belly suplex for a near fall. Jarrett is tagged back in. Jarrett locks on a sleeper hold, but Christian pushes him off to break the hold. Christian puts on a sleeper of his own. Jarrett then slams him on his back. Both men are down. Steiner is tagged in as Christian tries crawling to his corner, but Steiner cuts him off. Steiner gets in a few shots and tags Jarrett back in. Christian flips out of a double team attempt and nails a double reverse DDT on both opponents. Christian makes the tag to Sting. Sting with punches to both of his opponents. He pushes Steiner into one corner, then nails a Stinger Splash on Jarrett in the other. Sting throws Steiner into the corner with Jarrett and hits a Stinger Splash on both of them stacked up. Sting goes to put the Scorpion Death Lock on Jarrett, but Steiner comes over and Sting lets go. Sting hits an atomic drop on Steiner and then clotheslines him out of the ring. Sting turns around into a low blow from Jarrett. Jarrett hits the Stroke on Sting. He makes the cover, but Christian pulls the ref out of the ring. Christian throws Steiner into the ring post. Jarrett and Christian are up on the top turnbuckle. Cage bites Jarrett. Jarrett comes off the top rope back to the mat. Sting then nails the Scorpion Death Drop and Christian comes off the top with a frog splash. Sting makes the cover to get the pinfall.
Winners: Sting & Christian Cage
-Sting and Christian hug after the match. They celebrate shortly, but Steiner comes into the ring and takes out them both with the NWA World Title belt. Steiner puts the Steiner Recliner on Christian. Samoa Joe runs out and takes out Steiner. Jarrett quickly bails out of the ring. Sting follows Jarrett and throws him into the guard rail. They fight through the crowd. Joe continues to work over Steiner on the ramp. Steiner throws Joe into the wall. Sting throws Jarrett into the wall in the crowd. Joe and Steiner brawl down in the tunnel as security tries to break it up. Sting screams at Jarrett, "You are garbage! You are cancer! And I will remove you Jarrett!" Sting puts on the Scorpion Death Lock. Christian is in the ring looking at the title belt by himself.
-A video package airs building up the 8 man tag team match next week.
Closing Thoughts: A slightly above average show this week. Nothing that really stood out as being memorable, but it was an overall entertaining show. No real breakout matches, which brings up a point I've been saying the past couple of weeks. I'd really like to see these shows cut down on the talking and give some more time to the matches. It sometimes seems as though there are way too many backstage interviews with Jeremy Borash for a one hour TV show.
I had read earlier this week that the match with Homicide and Dutt really gave Homicide the chance he's been wanting for to let his skills show. It didn't come off that way to me on TV. He needed more time to really do something. It wasn't a bad match, far from it, but I didn't think it showcased what the guy can do like he's been wanting to show TNA officials. If they had the time, I know that Dutt and Homicide could really do something. When you have a Monty Brown squash, and only 2 other matches (counting this one), there's no reason they shouldn't be given at least 10 minutes.
The main event was about the level of a typical WWE TV main event. Nothing too memorable or great about the match itself, but I thought the brawling afterwards was really good and added more heat to the four way match at Victory Road nicely. The intensity from all four, and then Joe afterwards, was great.