iMPACT! Results - 7/26/07 (Styles vs. Abyss - Roode vs. Sting & more)

Reported by Marcus Cygy of
On Friday, July 27, 2007 at 12:10 AM EST

Thursday, July 26, 2007 – Orlando, FL
By Marcus Cygy of

Opening tonight’s show was Christian Cage and his coalition backstage. The self proclaimed “champ” proclaimed that from now wherever he goes, so does his newly assigned “Cage Security.” Claiming to be a marked man, Cage said he had to back out of tonight’s competition so instead it will be Robert Roode and AJ Styles in action tonight instead of him.

The opening bout for the evening was Robert Roode of The Christian Coalition taking on “The Icon” Sting, former 2-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, in a No Disqualification Match. Midway through the match outside of the ring, Roode went to grab a chair after throwing his valet Ms. Brooks into the arms of Sting. Sting being the gentleman decided to turn his back and take the hit, using his body as a shield for the TNA Knockout. The end result saw Roode continue to annihilate Sting with the steel chair while Ms. Brooks looked on with laughter. Shortly thereafter though, Sting would regain his offensive position after Eric Young, sporting Sting face paint, stole the steel chair from Robert Roode, allowing Sting to execute the Scorpion Death Drop for the win.

Next we had Homicide and Hernandez of The Latin American Exchange defeat The Motor City Machine Guns, comprised of former 4-time TNA X-Division Champion, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley. The win came once Chris Sabin and Homicide were fighting on the turnbuckles, to where Hernandez managed to grasp Sabin on his own shoulders. From there, Homicide leaped off the top rope and hit the Gringo Cutter, allocating the win.

After the tag team match, Brother Ray and Devon of Team 3D came storming down to the ring demanding a face to face encounter with The Steiner Brothers, and in the process Ray told LAX that they were a bunch of “has beens,” since they already lost to them back at Lockdown in the Electrified Six Sides of Steel for the NWA World Tag Team Titles. Finally, both Scott and Rick Steiner made their entrance and were in the six-sided ring. While in the ring, Scott Steiner told Brother Ray to not say anything disrespectful about Puerto Ricans because they were the ones that saved his life when he suffered his injury in Puerto Rico. He was told that he only had five hours to live there, after he was kicked in throat by Apolo who was teaming with Jeff Jarrett in winning efforts against Scott Steiner and James Storm. Continuing his trend of disrespect, Brother Ray told Scott that he didn’t know whether to cry or throw up. He even went on to say that The Steiners never showed up at Slammiversary because they knew they were going to lose to Team 3D. Scott Steiner then proved his point by showing the massive scar he had across the side of his body from the surgery he had, and even thanked the Puerto Rican hospital workers publically. It was only a minor scratch in the mind of Brother Ray though, he said that himself and Devon would have never been down and out because of that, and that’s why they were multi-time ECW World Tag Team Champions. Scott immediately cut that claim to fame though by saying they were nothing but “Bingo Hall” Tag Team Champions, while he and Rick were World Tag Team Champions for a real company, WCW. The Steiner Brothers were in fact the very first WCW World Tag Team Champions, and Team 3D were the very first TNA World Tag Team Champions.

After arguing back and forth over their championship wins, finally The Voodoo Kin Mafia came out. Both BG and Kip James, multi-time WWF World Tag Team Champions, were there to say that they were the better team. However, Scott said that while they were at the top of the tag team scene in the WWF, they were on top of a “heap of crap,” while WCW was much harder competition, it was “where the big boys played,” and they beat WWF in the ratings during that time. VKM and The Steiners then brawled, with Team 3D helping BG and Kip. In the end though, it was LAX coming down to make the save and help The Steiners fend off VKM and Team 3D, and in the process they waved the Puerto Rican flag. Team 3D and The Steiner Brothers will finally face off in the ring at TNA Hard Justice on August 12, 2007!

The main event of the evening saw AJ Styles defeat “The Monster” Abyss, in a No Disqualification Match; however, you can barely call it a win for AJ. Towards the end of the match we saw Abyss mysteriously dragged under the ring while Sting came down to try and assist him from the beat down he had been receiving from both AJ and Tomko. That cost Sting some pain though because he would later be slammed in a pile of broken glass. At that point, we then saw Abyss emerge from under the ring all cut up and bloodied while Christian Cage and “Cage Security” was at the entrance way looking on with approval. The finishing touch came with AJ pouring a bag of thumbtacks overtop of the broken glass and Tomko slamming Abyss onto it. AJ Styles then scored the pin for the win, while the entire Christian Coalition celebrated thereafter to close the show. It was a gruesome scene seeing Abyss all bloodied and battered to end the program.

TNA Bound For Glory on Sunday, October 14, 2007 was announced to take place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Gwinnett Civic Center arena!

Quick Match Results:
• No Disqualification Match: Sting defeated Robert Roode.
• The Latin American Xchange (Homicide & Hernandez) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley).
• No Disqualification Match: AJ Styles defeated Abyss.