Impact Results - 1/14/10 Reported by Josh Boutwell of WrestleView.com
On Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:10 AM EST
Orlando, Florida (Impact Zone)
January 14, 2010
Report by: Josh Boutwell of WrestleView.com
The show kicks off with highlights from last week’s huge 3-hour live Monday Impact. Inside the arena we get the debut of the Young Bucks!
Generation Me (Max & Jeremy) vs. Motor City Machine Guns
For those that don’t know Generation Me is the team of Nick & Matt Jackson also known as the Young Bucks. A VERY popular tag team on the INDY scene here in American competing for such promotions as Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, PWG, and Dragon Gate USA. This is their first official match in TNA (they already had a tryout match). Matt is the dark haired one and Nick the blonde. Matt and Saban start the match off. They trade counters and reversals of wristlocks until Sabin connects with an arm drag and then a drop toe hold. Sabin tags in Shelley and puts a wristlock on Matt as he gets in the ring, but Matt breaks the hold and then attempts to whip Shelley into the ropes as Taz finally says that his name is Max and Nick is known as Jeremy. Okay that would’ve been nice to know before the match TNA. Shelley reverses the Irish Whip and Sabin comes in as well. They hit a Double Slam and then sandwich Max with double roundhouses to the head. Jeremy springboards into the ring with a dive attempt but they kick Jeremy in the gut in midair. The Guns then light Jeremy up with round kicks to and throw him to the floor. Sabin hits a Snapmare on Max and then throws him into Shelley’s boot and tags Shelley in. Shelley hits a Snapmare of his own and then locks in a Sleeper as the fans chant “Young Bucks” now. Max fights to his feet but gets lit up with a Knife Edge Chop as we see The Outsiders & Sean Waltman arriving to the arena. Max reverses a whip in the ring and kicks Shelley but then catches a boot from behind by Sabin. Sabin tags in and then The Guns whip Max into the corner and then Sabin whips Shelley at Max. Max backdrops Shelley over the top to the floor and then Sabin eats a boot as he charges at Max. Max follows up with an insane Springboard into a Twisting Diamond Cutter off the top on Sabin! Jeremy tags in and he hits a clothesline followed by a Springboard Dropkick to Shelley as he tried to get back into the ring! Jeremy hits a back elbow on Shelley and then a sliding dropkick to Shelley on the outside. He turns his attention back to Sabin and connects with an Atomic Drop and then quickly goes to the apron and hits a Standing Moonsault off the apron onto Shelley! Holy crap this guy isn’t fast, he’s damn sudden! Jeremy with a shoulder block to a charging Sabin and then a Slingshot X-Factor! 1…2…NO Sabin kicks out! Max tags back in now and they whip Sabin into the corner. Jeremy whips Max into Sabin but eats his boot and then Jeremy charges. Sabin gets his boot up but Jeremy catches it only to eat the other boot from Sabin with an Enziguri. Sabin grabs Jeremy and goes for a Running Bulldog but Max sends his teeth into about the 10th row with a nasty Superkick! Generation Me then hit a Double Backbreaker followed by an insane double team move! Jeremy held Sabin face down over his knee as Max ran the ropes and did a Twisting Neckbreaker on Sabin onto Jeremy’s damn knee! 1…2…NO Sabin still kicks out! Max holds Sabin as Jeremy comes off the ropes but Sabin gets a boot up on Jeremy and then hits an Armdrag on Max. Shelley tags back in and hits a Flying Back Kick off the top on Max! Shelley goes for a German Suplex but Max hits a back elbow and then comes off the ropes but Shelley is right behind him. Shelley goes for a clothesline but Max ducks and hits a Spear! Jeremy dives off the top with a Springboard Frog Splash as Max hits a Standing Moonsault at the same damn time! It’s like one fluid motion; these guys are so in sync! 1…2…NO Sabin breaks it up! Jeremy shoves Sabin out to the floor as Shelley drags himself up in the corner. Jeremy charges at him but Shelley gets his boot up and then catches Max as he charges in and hits a Reverse STO sending Max headfirst into the middle turnbuckle! Sabin then springboards off the top with the Springboard Flying Clothesline sending Jeremy out to the floor! Sabin with a Spinning Back Kick on Max and then Sabin lifts Max up and onto Shelley’s shoulders. Sabin comes off the ropes and hits the Thunder Express (Powerslam/Diamond Cutter combo)! 1…2…NO Jeremy breaks up it! Sabin grabs Jeremy and throws him back out to the floor! Sabin then goes for a Slingshot Cross Body over the top but Jeremy moves out of the way! In the ring Shelley goes for the Sliced Bread but Max blocks it. Shelley then grabs a waistlock on Max but Max turns around backs into the corner. Jeremy comes flying in and delivers a Superkick as Max ducks and Jeremy nails Shelley! Max lifts Shelley up and hits the Rolling Firemans Carry Slam and then Jeremy flies off the top with a 450 Splash and then Matt hit’s a Flying Moonsault! It’s the More Bang for Your Buck! 1…2…3 and Generation Me get the upset!
Winners: Generation Me via pinfall (More Bang for Your Buck)
In the back the Nasty Boys are still in 3D’s lockerroom and are still trashing it. Someone knocks on the door and it’s 3D trying to get in. Nasty Boys taunt them from inside and Devon says the joke is over and let them in. They refuse to let 3D in as they continue to beat on it.
Back from commercials Hogan is talking about the insane match that Angle and AJ had last week and he says they need to know if AJ can do it again and follows up by saying Genesis will be Angle’s last shot at the TNA Title in 2010 if he doesn’t beat AJ. Hogan hypes up TNA further and talks about Genesis and he says they have attracted one of the ‘biggest names in wrestling’ and he will make a huge impact at Genesis. Wow, more?
Kurt Angle’s music hits inside the arena and Angle makes his way out to the ring fresh off by far the best match in Impact’s history (in my opinion) last week. Angle says he wants to give AJ his credit and he says that AJ proved he wasn’t a fluke. He says that he proved that Sting handed him nothing and that he has earned everything on his own. Angle says he gave everything he had last week and AJ was the better man but says that only for that one night. He says that when 2 great athletes get in the ring, ‘one win some, you lose some’ and the true champion is the man that can get that last big win. He says at Genesis it will be him. He says “It’s real, it’s damn real” and then AJ’s music and then World Champion makes his way out to the ring to a huge reaction from the crowd. AJ says he can appreciate Kurt taking his loss last week like a man and not making excuses. He says he does agree with Angle and says if they had a series of matches he would win some, and Kurt would win some, but after the war was over AJ would still be holding the belt. AJ says Hogan and everyone watching wants to see them do it one more time, but he reminds that Angle it will be Kurt’s last shot in 2010 if he loses. Angle says he’ll only need one more shot to win it and then they shake hands in the center of the ring and do a mini-hug. Angle leaves the ring leaving AJ holding the TNA Title up in the ring.
At ringside Taz and Tenay hype up Genesis further but then we see that masked man attacking AJ on the ramp! He throws AJ into the guardrail and then tosses AJ back into the ring. The masked man levels AJ with a Lariat and then he finally unmasks! It’s AJ’s former tag team partner, TOMKO! The fans boo Tomko as he taunts the crowd and then leaves the ring smiling at AJ.
Back from commercials they show a replay of what just went down with Tomko and AJ. In the back Christy Hemme is with the Outsiders and Waltman and she actually refers to Waltman as Syxx-Pac. I think that’s the first time I’ve heard him refereed by that name in 6 years. Bubba the Love Sponge interrupts Christy and tells her to go freshen up so he can ask the tough questions. Bubba says no one has seen or heard from Mick Foley since the attack last week and he asks if they know where he is. Nash says ‘The Band’ is back together and Bubba interrupts him and says he’s not giving him anything. Hall says “what happens in the band, happens in the band” and Bubba gets frustrating and sends it back to ringside. I do not like that guy.
The Beautiful People w/Lacey Von Erich vs. Awesome Kong & Hamada
Velvet & Madison see Angelina Love in the front row! Angelina is back! Velvet & Madison run over and hug her and then Lacey comes over and sarcastically shakes her hand. They wave at Angelina and then get back in the ring. This is a non-title match. Velvet and Hamada start the match off and Velvet mocks Hamada before the lockup. Hamada forces Velvet into the ropes and we get a clean break but when Hamada turns around to walk off Velvet grabs her by the hair and slams her to the mat and then reigns down rights on her. Velvet whips Hamada into the corner and then hits a Corner Splash followed by a Running Bulldog for a nearfall. Velvet slams Hamada into the corner and then tags in Madison. Madison hits a series of shoulder blocks in the corner and then tags Velvet back in. Velvet chokes Hamada and then BP together grab Hamada and taunt Kong by holding Hamada in the center of the ring. Hamada slips underneath them and then leg sweeps both and tags in Kong! Kong comes in and slams both BP by their hair to the mat. Kong whips Velvet into the corner and then whips Madison into her and follows up with the Corner Splash! Kong hits the Awesome Bomb on Madison! You could count to 100 on that one, Kong & Hamada get the win.
Winners: Hamada & Kong via pinfall (Awesome Bomb)
Velvet and Lacey check on Madison in the ring after the match and then Angelina jumps the guardrail and gets into the ring as well! Angelina checks on Madison but then turns around and slams Lacey to the mat hard! God, I have been waiting for someone to do that for a long time. Angelina then Spears Velvet and starts nailing her with rights and lefts and puts the boots her kicking her out of the ring! Angelina tosses Velvet into the guardrail! Angelina screams ‘you didn’t think I’d be back did you’ at Velvet.
In the back AJ bursts into Bischoff’s office and wants to know where Hogan is. Bischoff tells AJ to settle down and then says Hogan is taking care of some other business. AJ says he wants to take care of Tomko and Bischoff says he understands that. He says he doesn’t blame AJ but he asks what he proposes he do about it. AJ says he wants Tomko tonight and Bischoff can’t believe that AJ would do that with his match with Angle only 3 days away. Bischoff says he needs a Main Event tonight and if he really wants this match then he’ll put his title on the line tonight in the Main Event against Tomko and AJ tells him to ‘book it!’ They shake hands and it’s on!
During the commercials Beer Money were looking for Bischoff. Back from commercials JB walks into Bischoff’s office and he’s on the phone with someone who he says has a ‘bright future in TNA.’ JB wants to know where Mick is and Bischoff says it was JB who let Mick in last week. He says what happened to Mick is on JB. Bischoff tells JB to take responsibility for his actions and if he wants to know where Mick is then he should find him because he doesn’t know and doesn’t care. He tells JB if he ever disobeys him again it’ll be the last breath he takes in the Impact Zone. Beer Money finally find Bischoff and Roode says they don’t have a problem with he or Hogan, but they do have a problem with his boy (Outsiders & Waltman). Bischoff asks what makes them think their his boys. Storm says they are the best tag team in TNA and they don’t appreciate being jumped behind in a company they helped build. Storm demands a match with the Outsiders at Genesis! Bischoff asks Storm what he’s drinking and Storm hands him the bottle. Bischoff takes a swig of Storm’s beer and Storm and Roode can’t believe he just did that (you can’t touch Storm’s beer!). Bischoff says he’ll get back to them on the match for Genesis and then says thanks for the beer.
Lethal Consequences vs. Team 3D
Lethal Consequences are making their way out to the ring for a tag match when Bobby Lashley runs out and jumps them from behind! He tosses Lethal into the ring steps and then hits a Spinebuster on Creed in the ring as Kristal looks on from the outside. Bobby hits the Dominator on Creed as Tenay & Taz talk about Lashley wanting out of his TNA contract. Kristal gets into the ring with a microphone and asks if they have Bischoff’s attention yet. She says they still haven’t had their meeting with Hogan and until they do every member of TNA’s roster will be destroyed one by one. She says this is just the beginning.
Team 3D’s music hits (they were supposed to face Lethal Consequences) and they make their way out to the ring with an axe in hand. Bubba lays Lethal out at ringside and then they hit the 3D on Creed in the ring for the pin. Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed burial complete.
Winners: 3D via pinfall (3D)
Bubba grabs the microphone and says last week they were in Japan wrestling and says that reporters in Japan asked them about the Nasty Boys showing up in TNA and calling 3D out. Bubba asks where the hell the Nasty Boys have been for the last 10 years (hilarious) and he says so Hogan comes to TNA so the Nasty Boys ride his coattails right through the front door. Bubba questions how Hogan could walk with Knobbs and Saggs ‘fat a**es sitting on his coattails’ (potting calling the kettle black there). He says they had to dress in the hallway like a couple of ‘young boys’ tonight but now they are going to go back and take their lockerroom back while holding up the axe. They leave and walk to the back! Bubba and Devon walk to the door and Bubba destroys the door with the axe. When they get in Devon asks what the smell is. The Nasty Boys then jump them from behind! The Nasty’s put the beatdown on 3D beating them with everything just about that was in the room. They then slam Devon into the lockers and Knobbs welcomes them to ‘Nastyville.’ Saggs pours a drink on Devon and then throws it at Bubba.
Back from commercials Tomko talks about them tagging together a few years ago and claims that he led the team and taught Styles everything he knows. He says AJ forgot about him.
Sean Morley (formerly Val Venis) makes his way out to the ring. Tenay says Abyss vs. Lashley at Genesis has just been added to Genesis. Morley tells the ladies he’s arrived and he says he and TNA were made for each other (get it?). He says he used to make a living with a different type of T&A but he says he’s a brand new man. He says he’s now a director, producer, and online distributor of some of the most creative and dramatic films ever made. Sean says that last week when he walked into TNA that’s when everything fell into place for him and he says he knew TNA was poised to explode, but they were missing one crucial element and that element is a film division. He says that’s where he comes in. He says his films will be works of art but Christopher Daniels music hits and he makes his way out to the ring. Daniels shakes Sean’s hand and then says he didn’t want to interrupt him but he wanted to be the first to welcome him in TNA. Daniels says he loves his idea and he wants to pitch a screenplay to Morley. Daniels pitches an idea about a hero doing business with a slick talking sleazebag and it has a bunch of twist and turns but he says the best part is the end when the sleazebag ends up in the gutter where he belongs. Daniels then hits an STO on Morley out of nowhere! Daniels puts the boots to Morley and then hits a Rock Bottom on him followed by the BME! Daniels tells the fans to shutup and then he says Morley will bring his ‘art’ to TNA over his dead body. Daniels says he doesn’t know how Morley got there but he can take his ‘brand of crap’ and get out of TNA. He says everything out of Morley’s mouth makes him sick and then says he didn’t fight his way back into this company to bring his filth to TNA. He is beating on Morley the whole time he’s talking trash but Morley is able to get in a right hand on Daniels and then a clothesline sending Daniels out to the floor! Morley tells Daniels to get back in the ring but he decides against it.
They show a vignette of Tara and ODB talking about their match just signed for Genesis with Tara saying that ODB cheated to win last week. It’s going to be a 2/3 Falls Match! Jeff Jarrett arrives to Impact with somebody in a suit.
“Super Mex” Hernandez & “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs. Beer Money Inc.
Tenay says this Sunday Hernandez & Morgan get a shot at the Brits for the Tag Titles! Okay can someone explain to me why L.A.X. was broken up if they were just going to have Hernandez be put right back into a tag team? They keep referring to Outsiders & Syxx as “The Band”, is that what they are actually calling themselves? Storm and Hernandez will start this match off and they lockup in the ring but Hernandez quickly slams Storm into the mat. Hernandez then charges at Storm but he ducks and nails him with a big Uppercut! Storm then charges at Hernandez but he backdrops Storm over the top only to eat a Leaping Enziguri from the apron followed by a Neckbreark from Storm! 1…2…NO Hernandez kicks out! Roode tags back in and Beer Money hits the Beer Money Double Suplex! As they did their taunt Hernandez tagged in Morgan and he hit a Double Clothesline on them! Morgan hits a series of knees and back elbows on Roode in the corner and then hits a Corner Splash followed by a Sidewalk Slam. Roode comes back with a knee to the gut on Morgan and he tags in Storm. They whip Morgan into the ropes and go for a double clothesline but Morgan runs through it and then grabs Beer Money by their throats! They block the Double Chokeslam only to eat a Slingshot Double Clothesline from the apron by Hernandez! Morgan tosses Storm out to the floor and Roode is coming back on Hernandez with chops but he eats a nasty Shoulder Block that sends Roode out to the floor too! Hernandez takes to the air with the Super Mex Dive over the top onto Beer Money! Rob Terry jumps Hernandez on the outside causing the DQ!
Winners: Morgan & Hernandez via DQ
Morgan and Hernandez beat on Terry up the ramp and through the tunnel as Beer Money is pissed in the ring at what just went down. Now The Band is walking down to the ring! Pac is the first in the ring and he jumps Storm but they take him out and Nash comes in now to even up the odds! Hall is and he gives The Band the advantage. The Band starts beating on Beer Money! Roode makes a mini comeback but they take him out again. Security finally comes out to break everything up and then Bischoff’s music hits and he makes his way out to the ramp!
Back from commercials they show replays of the beating The Band just put on Beer Money and then we see footage of Bischoff talking to Beer Money. He tells them to be careful for what you wish for. Back ‘live’ Bischoff is in the ring now with The Band. Bischoff says he doesn’t know what to do with them, last week it was Foley and this wee it’s Beer Money. Pac says he thought that’s what Bischoff wanted but he says no that’s not true. Bischoff says the only thing that makes sense to him is to make a match, and Hall interrupts him and says “where I drink all that guys beer”. Wow, Scott really? Bischoff says the match he’s making is Hall & Nash vs. Beer Money for Genesis! We get a shot of Sting looking down on The Band again.
Backstage Tomko talks about when he suffered a shoulder injury while he sat home with AJ’s star starting to rise. He says he called AJ and he never called him back when AJ won the belt. Tomko says he feels that AJ was saying that he didn’t need him so that’s when he decided to make AJ remember what his role in TNA really is.
Back from commercials they show more shots of Sting in the rafters again.
Desmond Wolfe vs. “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe
D’Angelo Dinero is at ringside on commentary and Tenay says they will have a rematch at Genesis. I guarantee certain people on the internet will talk about TNA is already forgetting about Joe’s title shot because he doesn’t bring the briefcase to the ring with him (despite Tenay and Taz talking about it everything he’s on TV). Joe and Wolfe lockup and Joe throws Wolfe into the corner and starts throwing a series of nasty jabs, body shots, and kicks! Joe whips Wolfe into the corner and hits a Running Back Elbow followed by a Leaping Enziguri! Joe then stomps on Wolfe in the corner but Wolfe comes back with an elbow to the gut and then a European Uppercut and a forearm smash. Wolfe comes off the ropes but eats a Snap Powerslam from Joe! Joe slams Wolfe into the top turnbuckle and then lights him up with a chop and then locks in the Coquina Clutch but Wolfe quickly backs Joe into the corner and hits a back elbow. Wolfe then goes for a Running Clothesline but Joe hits a Standing Rock Bottom in midair! Joe picks Wolfe up and hits a headbutt and then a jab and follows up with an Irish Whip into the corner, but Wolfe boots his boot up in the corner stopping his momentum. Joe goes for a clothesline but Wolfe rolls underneath it and charges at Joe again. Joe again counters with the Rock Bottom in mid air but this time Wolfe counters it into a Side Headlock Takeover! Wolfe then hits a Superkick followed by the Hammerlock DDT! Wolfe hits the Running European Uppercut on Joe in the corner and then charges again but Joe hits a back elbow and then front kick. Joe climbs to the top but Wolfe quickly runs over and punches him in the gut. Wolfe goes for the Tower of London but Joe blocks it and locks in the Coquina Clutch on the top rope! Wolfe fights the hold and is able to reverse into the Tower of London! 1…2…3 and Wolfe gets the clean pin!
Winner: Wolfe via pinfall (Tower of London)
After the match Wolfe screams at Pope and says if he can beat Joe think about what he can do to him. He says he will destroy Pope but this Sunday he’ll get ‘funky like a donkey’ and drops a coupled of expletives on Wolfe.
Outside the arena we see Ric Flair arrive in a limo!
Back from commercials Tomko talks about the attacks on AJ and says he even teamed with AJ a few weeks ago in a 10-Man Tag to fool everybody. He says now there’s no more masks its just him and AJ and he finally gets a title shot.
Jarrett and the guy he brought with him bursts into Hogan & Bischoff’s office where we see Hogan for the first time tonight. Jarrett says they need to talk but Hogan tries to tell him he’s busy and Jarrett responds by shoving everything off Hogan’s desk and saying that he’s doing the talking! Jarrett says he wants to talk about HIS company, the one he founded and put on his back. Jarrett then tells Bischoff to go take a seat because it doesn’t have anything to do with him. Jarrett says that last week Hogan said Dixie Carter gave the young guys in TNA a chance but none of them are worth a damn, never have been and never will be! Jarrett says there isn’t enough talent in TNA to fill a coffee cup. He says it’s him and it’s always been him. Jarrett says that’s why he has his attorney and he wants every word that’s said tonight and what was said last week. He says that Hogan is close to defamation of character but Hogan asks what character Jarrett has. Jarrett says he has a ton of character and Hogan knows it. He says he founded TNA and Bischoff cuts him off and says he is so sick of him saying how he founded TNA and put his blood and sweat into it. Bischoff says if he wants to hear facts and he says that the facts are that TNA would’ve been out of business in 3 weeks if it wasn’t for Dixie Carter. He says Jarrett conned Dixie and every wrestler that’s been in TNA into believing that he had some magic potion to turn everything around. Bischoff says TNA will turn around but it’ll turn around because of he and Hogan, not because of Jarrett. He tells Jarrett to take his con up the street or he can lace up his boots and compete like everybody /*. Jarrett tells Bischoff to sit down and shutup again. Jarrett asks Hogan if he’s going to sit behind that desk and let Bischoff run this company and he gets up and says that he signed a contract to run TNA but nothing in it says he can’t kick Jarrett’s “hillbilly a**.” Hogan suggests that Jarrett gets to stepping and he and his lawyer back out of Hogan’s office, but Jarrett says they haven’t heard the last of him. Bischoff says Jarrett needs an attitude adjustment and Hogan says they’ll help that out.
At ringside Tenay and Taz hype up Genesis. The card will be Amazing Red defending his X-Division Title against a mystery opponent, Wolfe vs. Pope, Lashley vs. Abyss, The Outsiders vs. Beer Money, ODb vs. Tara in a 2/3 Falls Match, Morgan & Hernandez against the Brits, and finally AJ-Angle the rematch if AJ retains the title tonight! Also a major talent acquisition will be revealed.
Ric Flair’s music hits and he comes out to a huge ovation!
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles (c) vs. Tomko
Flair is at ringside on commentary for this match. Flair says he had never met AJ before so he just wanted to meet him last week and that’s all it was: the greatest World Champion ever meeting the World Champion now. AJ was pacing back and forth as JB starting the usual boxing-style intros and he just couldn’t wait anymore and jumps Tomko before the first introduction can be made! AJ throws several rights at Tomko followed by knees as well until Tomko shoves him off. Tomko goes for a clothesline but AJ ducks and throws more rights and kicks forcing Tomko to bail out to the floor. AJ follows him out and slams Tomko’s hand down on the ringsteps and then slams it into the post. Back in the ring AJ throws more rights at Tomko in the corner and then a series of knees as we see Kurt Angle walking out towards the ring as AJ chokes Tomko in the corner. AJ then hits a Running Dropkick and then notices Angle walking toward the ring. This allows Tomko to come back and throw AJ out to the ring. Angle walks up to the announce table and gives a handshake and a hug to Flair. Tomko drags AJ back into the ring and hits a Running Powerslam for a nearfall. Tomko with rights and chops on AJ in the corner and then AJ comes back with a body shot followed by more rights to the head. AJ comes off the ropes and ducks a clothesline but then eats a Big Boot from Tomko for another nearfall.
Back from commercials Tomko hits a Snap Powerslam, 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Tomko chokes AJ in the ring repeatedly as the referee tries to pull him off. AJ comes back with rights and lefts but Tomko cuts him off with a knee and then goes for a Powerslam but AJ blocks it and hits an Enziguri followed by the Pele out of nowhere! 1…2…3 and AJ retains!
Winner & STILL World Champ: Styles via pinfall (Pele)
After the match AJ continues to beat on Tomko but when he turned to grab his belt Tomko jumps him! Angle runs in the ring and chases Tomko off! Angle picks up AJ’s belt and hands it back to him. Flair takes off his headset and looks at AJ. AJ looks back at Flair as Angle offers a handshake and AJ walks away from Angle. Flair smiles at that and nods his head as AJ walks up the ramp. Angle looks on at what just went down as Flair looks back.
A hype video for AJ-Angle is shown to end Impact and it was pretty good with both AJ and Angle talking about the match. A lot like the Beyond the Glory stuff they did for Bound for Glory. Just a note that from here forth TNA Epics will be following Impact every week. It’s a best of kind of show that shows some of the best matches in TNA’s history. Tonight’s is based around Kurt Angle (featuring his bout with Jeff Jarrett, his Last Man Standing against AJ in 2008, and his first PPV match against Joe). All the matches are introduced with both competitors in the match talking about it. Final Thoughts
Pretty good follow up from last week’s show. Some things were followed up but some things like Jeff Hardy weren’t. I’m kind of thinking that Hardy will be the mystery opponent for Red (only to get screwed by Homicide).
This stuff with The Band (not sure how I feel about that name yet) is interesting because you can kind of get the feeling that Hogan wants no part of it while Bischoff is pulling the strings there. I think we may be in the store for a swerve there, or maybe not. One thing that’s confusing is the best worker of the 3 (Waltman) won’t be wrestling at Genesis while Hall and Nash will be.
They did a great job of hyping up the show setting up several feuds (that hadn’t already been establishing) and furthering others. I’m really just not wanting to speak about certain stuff because it’s so early and so many different things could happen from here.
As far as the matches go we had some solid wrestling tonight. Generation Me-Guns was GREAT and what a debut for the Bucks. Tomko-AJ was good but very anti-climatic and I get the feeling that the new regime doesn’t want to see AJ-Tomko in a feud so they hotshotted this match. Maybe I’m wrong and will continue on, though. The Ric Flair and Sting scenarios right now are very interesting. Is Sting after Hogan or is he after The Band? Or is it Bischoff? Is Flair trying to help AJ or is he just trying to get to the belt?
The Daniels/Morley thing was kind of weird but I actually liked it. I think guys like Morley (a name that’s decent in the ring) can come into TNA and really help further guys like Daniels in the midcard by putting them over. Daniels setup for the attack was great too.
One thing I absolutely hate is the idea of the Nasty Boys vs. 3D. That could be the worst match imaginative right now, it actually makes me cringe to think about that match. The Nasty Boys need to be nowhere near TNA right now.
Joe-Wolfe was a very good TV match but I didn’t like Joe losing clean at all, especially with a title shot coming. Beer Money-Hernandez/Morgan was solid while it lasted. I just don’t know how well this Outsiders-Beer Money match is going to come off. Hall was always the one that could carry their team but he is far from the same guy he was 10-12 years ago. I guess we’ll just have to see.
- Promo/Segment of the Night: Daniels-Morley
- Match of the Night: Guns vs. Generation Me (***)
- Overall Grade: B
- Sean Morley vs. Daniels
- Desmond Wolfe vs. D’Angelo Dinero
- TNA X-Division Title: Amazing Red (c) vs. TBA (mystery opponent)
- TNA Knockouts Title 2/3 Falls: ODB (c) vs. Tara
- TNA Tag Titles: British Invasion (c) vs. Matt Morgan & Hernandez
- Abyss vs. Lashley
- The Outsiders vs. Beer Money Inc.
- TNA World Title: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kurt Angle
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