The show opens up with Eric Bischoff on his phone exiting his limo. Bischoff tells the person he’s talking to he’ll see them in a little while and then hangs up and says ‘let the games begin.’
Highlights from this Sunday’s great Against All Odds PPV are shown and then the usual Impact intro hits and then we cut to the press conference Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan held Monday. If you’ve been living under a rock, starting March 8th Impact will move permanently to Monday night’s and will be live every other week! The usual Imapct intro then hits and we are underway!
D’Angelo Dinero’s music hits and the TNA World Heavyweight #1 Contender makes his way out to the ring! Tenay and Taz put over Dinero’s performance this past Sunday. Dinero grabs the mic and says we’re having a party tonight in Orlando! Dinero says it could be because The Pope has arrived or it could be because Pope is pimpin’! I think the fans agree. Dinero goes over his wins at AAO and says he overcame the obstacles and stands in the ring tonight the #1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship! Dinero says the only thing standing between him and his biggest piece of bling (the belt) is one ?Arthur ‘I have no class’ Jackson? (AJ) and ?Dick Flair? (he said it). Pope says he accidentally said Dick Flair but that’s okay because ?Ric is a dick.? He says AJ & Flair may be styling and profiling but they will never, ever be the ?charismatic, pimptacular, hand clapping, foot tapping, pimp slapping, blinging attire, always on fire, Pope that is D’Angelo Dinero!? He says come Lockdown he will enter the cage as the challenger but after ‘all the money has fallen and Arthur is left crawling’ The Pope will be declared the World Heavyweight Champion! Boy, this guy is on fire! This causes Ric Flair’s music to hit and AJ walks out alongside Flair and the ladies. AJ has a tweaked look (for those that didn’t see the PPV) with blond streaks (thank God they didn’t die his hair bleach blond) and has some diamond earring in his ears. Also, he wore a new robe to the ring at the PPV which was a mix of AJ and Flair. It was the usual flamboyant robe with feathers that Flair was known for but also had a hood on it like AJ’s ring jackets always have had and said ?The Phenomenal One? on the back. Pope waves at the ladies as they enter the ring. Flair asks Pope if he assume that Pope can read or write. He then asks Pope what the label on his jacket reads as he holds it up. Flair says it says ?Armoni? and says Armoni is an Italian designer that makes clothes for him and then he tells the fans to shutup. Flair also reminds Dinero that his name is Ric Flair not Dick Flair. He says when Dinero was 6 years old Pope was praying to God to grow up and be just like Flair. Flair says that he was bling before there was a bling. Flair says he’s almost exhausted because he’s been with AJ and his ‘legion’ (the ladies) since last Sunday and he calls AJ a ?piece of work.? He says AJ is the greatest wrestling machine that he’s ever seen and then instructs one of the ladies to kiss AJ. He says AJ is custom made and he is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion which makes him the greatest athlete alive. Dinero says he will reiterate himself even though he doesn’t like to repeat himself, Flair’s name might be Ric but in the Pope’s eyes he’s still a dick. Pope says it doesn’t matter what type of piece of crap you’ve inherited, you can dress it up, put shades on it, and dye it’s hair but at the end of the day it’s still a piece of crap! Flair thinks he and Pope are having a failure to communicate. He calls Dinero a ‘street thug, hubcap stealing, lowride driving, son of a gun? that should know that AJ spent more money on his suit than Pope’s parents ever got in green stamps (food stamps?). Flair tells the ladies to ‘tell him’ but Dinero cuts him off and says that the ladies can’t say anything because their exhausted from riding the ‘soul train express’ all night long! Flair is none to happy about that statement and neither is AJ. AJ mocks Dinero and says that was real funny. He says that Pope is nothing going nowhere and AJ is the champ. Dinero says he is everywhere and in fact he’s on AJ right now like white on rice and then he punches AJ in the mouth! Pope is laying into AJ with body shots and then Flair tries to stop him but eats a big right from Pope! AJ attacks Dinero from behind and then Flair joins in and they start the beatdown on the #1 contender! Flair puts a knee into the groin of Pope and then stands Pope up and low blows him! Flair then holds Pope for AJ to lay into. AJ continues to beat on Pope as Flair is looking for something at ringside. AJ screams at Pope that he’s nobody and Flair brings a chair into the ring! Flair places Dinero’s foot into the chair and stomps on it repeatedly! AJ pulls Dinero to the center of the ring and puts him in the Figure Four!
Back from commercials replays of what just went down between AJ & Flair beating on Dinero. Tenay then goes over the big announcement of Impact going to Monday’s March 8th! As Daffney is entering the ring Tenay says that there has been a rumor going around all day that a former TNA Champion would be returning tonight but neither he or Taz know who it is.
Daffney vs. Tara
Oh man Tara is back to the booty shorts for ring gear (YES!). Tara and Daffney lockup and the referee seperates them as they brawl into the ropes. Daffney goes for a clothesline but Tara ducks and then hits a big right hand followed by a series of rights and then a front kick. Tara grabs Daffney and hits the Spider’s Web for a nearfall. Tara puts Daffney in a wristlock but Daffney hits a Knee Strike to the gut followed by a forearm. Daffney then lights up Tara’s chest with a chop and follows it up with an attempt at an Irish Whip, but Tara reverses it and then goes for a clothesline. Daffney ducks but eats a backdrop from Tara. Tara charges at Daffney in the corner but Daffney levels her with a big spinning heel kick! Daffney grabs Tara and slams her to the mat by her hair and then hits a Snapmare using Tara’s hair to throw her down. Daffney hits the Hair Snapmare two more times and then kicks Tara in the face. Daffney puts the boots to Tara and kicks her out of the ring. Daffney grabs Tara and slams her into the guardrail. Daffney goes for a right hand but Tara blocks it and hits one of her own followed by a chop. Daffney reaches under the ring and grabs a tool box and blasts Tara with it! This obviously leads to a DQ.
Winner: Tara via DQ
After the match Daffney hits Tara with the tool box again and then talks trash to her as she drags Tara and slams her into the guardrail. Daffney screams at the referee and then throws her near the announce booth and slams the guardrail on her! Daffney grabs a chair and slams it into the guardrail that is laying over Tara repeatedly! Stevie Richards runs out and takes the chair from Daffney and then drags her to the back. Referees and officials come out to check on Tara.
In the back Mick Foley knocks on Bischoff’s office and then walks in. Foley says he was told Bischoff wanted to see him and Eric tells him that he wants to talk about AAO. Foley apologizes to Bischoff for not using the barbed wire bat at AAO (Bischoff made Foley-Abyss No DQ and said he wanted one of them to use the bat), but Bischoff cuts him off and says Foley has nothing to apologize about because Foley poured his heart into the match. Bischoff says he and Foley have their differences but he is a rational guy and he knows Foley put his 100% into it. There is a man sitting in a chair and woman beside him (they look like wardrobe people or something with tape measures and paper with them) and Bischoff says to show him his appreciation he wanted to have the people take Foley’s measurements so they could get Foley up to date in ring gear. Bischoff says he wants Foley looking fine representing TNA and they’re going to have a Mick Makeover. Foley agrees to it and he leaves with the designers. Bischoff grabs a phone and calls someone after Foley leaves. He tells the person on the phone to get Abyss in his office now.
In the back we see Kevin Nash arriving to the Impact Zone and he doesn’t look too happy.
Orlando Jordan vs. ?Samoan Submission Machine? Samoa Joe
Jordan is accompanied to the ring by a woman and a very, um, how can I say this? ‘Flamboyant’ looking man. Joe is coming off of his loss to AJ Styles this past Sunday. In the back Bischoff is talking to Joe and asks Joe where that ?Samoan pride? he keeps hearing about and he says Joe didn’t get the job done against AJ. He asks what’s up with Joe and he dares Joe to impress him tonight. I have heard things on the internet this week that supposedly Jordan kissed the man on his way to the ring but thankfully that was NOT shown (maybe TNA thought better of it). Jordan attempts to jump Joe before the bell but Joe avoids him and throws repeated jabs at Jordan in the corner! Joe follows up with nasty rights and lefts and then stomps! Joe is fired up! Joe whips Jordan into the opposite corner and follows up with a running back elbow followed by a Leaping Enziguri! Joe grabs ahold of Jordan but Jordan pokes him in the eyes. Jordan comes off the ropes and Joe goes for a clothesline, but Jordan ducks only to eat a Flying Knee Strike from Joe! 1…2…NO Jordan kicks out! Joe looks unfocused now as he stares towards the back and mouths ?impress me?? before turning around and smacking Jordan again. Joe comes off the ropes but Jordan connects with a Spinebuster out of nowhere! Jordan follows up by putting the boots to Joe and then choking him on the top rope. Jordan hits a Swinging Neckbreaker on Joe and then hits a series of Elbow Drops. Jordan hits a Knee Drop and gets a nearfall. Jordan locks a rear chinlock on Joe but Joe gets to his feet and hits a series of back elbows. Joe whips Jordan into the ropes and hits a big clothesline followed by another one! Joe hits a third clothesline and then whips Jordan into the ropes and hits a backdrop. Joe hits a Running Knee Strike in the corner on Jordan and then puts him up on the top rope. Joe connects with a sereis of jabs and then rights and lefts and a big chop! Joe goes for another big right but Jordan avoids it and then connects with a Super Black Ice (Lung Blower)! 1…2….3 and Jordan gets the upset!
Winner: Jordan via pinfall (Super Black Ice)
Joe cannot believe he just got pinned as Jordan celebrates the win.
We then see Abyss approaching JB in the back. Abyss asks if he knows what Bischoff wants to see him about JB doesn’t know.
Back from commercials Abyss is in Bischoff’s office. Bischoff tells Abyss that he warned Abyss what he would do and he’s going to do it. He told Abyss that if the bat didn’t get used at AAO he would remove Abyss’ mask. Abyss apologizes and says that he didn’t want to hurt Mick but says he did use the thumbtacks, but Bischoff says he didn’t tell Abyss to use the tacks. Bischoff says it’s going to be his mask now and then he tells Abyss that Foley is on a shopping spree and Hogan is taking care of other business right now. Bischoff says his first order of business tonight is to get that mask off of Abyss. Abyss says the mask is who he is and Bischoff says what Abyss is is a whole new level of ugly and they’ll reveal it tonight. He tells Abyss not to even think about leaving because security is posted at every door.
Christy Hemme is in the locker room with Eric Young and she asks EY if he’s spoken to Nash tonight. EY says he has and Nash has a lot to say but he wants to talk to Scott Hall and Syxx-Pac directly and he’ll do that in the ring. EY looks at the camera and says that he knows Hall and Pac are there trying to find a way into the building and he hopes they do because nothing would make Nash happier than to be able to say what he has to say face-to-face.
More footage from the press conference Monday is shown.
In the back Bischoff approaches Jeff Jarrett holding the barbed wire bat. Jarrett asks Bischoff what he thinks he’s going to do with that bat. Bischoff says it’s not what he’s going to do with the bat but what Jeff is going to do. Bischoff says he wanted to see it used at AAO but was disappointed so tonight he wants Jeff to use it against Abyss! Bischoff tells Jeff to get the job done and if he does it right he may even get Bischoff a velvet painting of Jeff for the locker room wall so Jeff feels at home. Bischoff tells Jeff not to disappoint him.
8-Man X-Division Tag Team Match
Doug Williams, Motor City Machine Guns, & Brian Kendrick vs. Amazing Red, Generation Me, & Kazarian
It’s the return of Kaz! Red & Generation Me came out together and then Kaz’s music hit and he came out alone to great ovation. Apparently he’s going by Kazarian instead of just Kaz now. Tenay says this is obviously the former TNA Champion (he is a former TNA X-Division Champion) that they heard about. No more Suicide now? Kaz tells his partners that he’ll start the match but gets jumped from behind by Williams. Williams hits a forearm and then whips Kaz into the corner but Kaz floats over Williams as he charges in and connects with a beautiful Reverse X-Factor! Williams tags Kendrick in and Kaz flings him into the ring! Kaz connects with a dropkick on Kendrick and then whips him into the ropes and hits a backdrop. Kendrick attempts to tag out but Kaz grabs him by the ankle and pulls him to the babyface corner. There Kaz tags in Max. Both Generation Me members come in and they whip Kendrick into the ropes and connect with a Double Hiptoss. They they hit a Double Back handspring Basement Dropkick! Kendrick quickly tags in Shelley but Max hits a drop toe hold as he comes in the ring! He then goes for a La Magistral Cradle but Shelley grabs him by the leg and trips him. Shelley then rolls Max up in sort of an Oklahoma Roll but only gets a 2 count. Shelley then locks Max in a wristlock and tags in Sabin. Shelley slams Max to the mat and Sabin connects with a Slingshot Somersault Senton. Sabin then connects with a Backsplash Senton on Max as Shelley hits a Knee Drop at the same time! 1..2…NO Max kicks out! Sabin throws Max into the corner and then whips him into the opposite one. Sabin charges and Max gets his boot up but Sabin catches the boot. Sabin then spins him around and goes for a Back Suplex, but Max lands on his feet and tags in Red! Red with a shoulderblock through the ropes as Sabin charges at him and then slingshots into the ring rolling over the back of Sabin. Sabin turns around and Red goes for a Sunset Flip but Sabin rolls through. Sabin pretends Red’s head is a football as he goes for a Field Goal, but Red is able to avoid it and then rolls Sabin up! 1…2…no Sabin kicks out! Sabin quickly goes for a Lariat but Red is able to drop down to his back to avoid it and then nipup in an instant! Red hits a Spinning DDT! 1…2…NO Shelley breaks it up! Red then knocks Shelley off the apron only to eat a Running Knee Strike right to the ribs from Sabin. Williams tags back in and hits a series of headbutts and Euroepan Uppercuts. Williams whips Red into the corner and hits a Running Knee followed by a Snap Suplex! Williams climbs to the top but Red hits him with the Spinning Enziguri as Williams was standing on the top knocking Williams off! Red tags out to Kaz and he connects with a clothesline and then a spinning heel kick followed by a dropkick all to Williams! Kaz attempts to whip Williams into the ropes but he reverses it and goes for a clothesline, but Kaz catches his arm, spins around him, and hits a Spinning Neckbreaker! 1…2…NO Kendrick breaks it up! Jeremy runs in and dropkicks Kendrick sending him out to the floor! Now Max comes in with him and hits a gorgeous dropkick through the ropes knocking Kendrick into the guardrail! Max then hangs himself upside down and Jeremy hits a Somersault Plancha through the legs of Max over the top rope onto Kendrick on the floor! Are you kidding me?! Sabin destroys Max with a nasty dropkick as he was still hanging upside down! Kaz nails Sabin with forearms and then comes off the ropes but Shelley trips him! That allows Sabin to connect with the Field Goal kick this time! The Guns grab Kaz and whip him into the ropes. They go for a double clothesline but Kaz ducks and Red comes flying out of nowhere with a Double Missile Dropkick to the Guns! The Guns roll out to the floor but Red takes them out with a Somersault Plancha off the top onto the Guns on the floor! In the ring Kaz looks like he is setting up for something but Kendrick grabs him from the apron. Kaz lays him out with a forearm and then slingshots himself over the top onto the apron. Williams charges at him but Kaz hits a shoulder block through the ropes followed by the Slingshot Spike DDT! 1…2…3 and they get the win!
Winners: Kaz, Generation Me, & Amazing Red via pinfall (Slingshot DDT)
In the back Abyss tries to leave the arena but the door is locked and Slick Johnson approaches him and tells him that he is booked in a match next.
?The Monster? Abyss vs. ?King of the Mountain? Jeff Jarrett
Jarrett still isn’t allowed any entrance music or pyro as he comes to the ring but he is carrying the barbed wire bat. Abyss and Jarrett lockup and Jarrett shoves him off but then eats a shoulder block from the Monster. Jarrett locks up with Abyss and gets shoved off again this time he connects with a kick to Abyss but then eats a clothesline from Abyss. They lockup again and Abyss forces him into the corner and then goes for a clothesline, but Jarrett ducks and then attempts to whip Abyss into the opposite corner. Abyss reverses it and Jarrett goes for the float over but Abyss saw it coming and then goes for the Shock Treatment, but Jarrett blocks it and hits an Enziguri! Jarrett then hits a Body Guillotine on Abyss as he was draped over the middle rope. Abyss attempts a clothesline but Jarrett ducks and connects with a dropkick. Abyss retreats to the corner but Jarrett follows and mounts him reigning down the 10 punches in the corner. Abyss grabs Jarrett and connects with an Atomic Drop. Jarrett comes back with an Uppercut and then a clothesline. Jarrett hits another clothesline that sends Abyss over the top to the floor! Jarrett throws Abyss into the guardrail repeatedly and then grabs a chair! He tries to slam Abyss’ head into the chair but Abyss blocks it and slams Jarrett’s head into it! Abyss grabs the chair and throws it into the ring. Abyss rolls back into the ring and wedges it between the top and middle turnbuckle. Abyss rolls Jarrett back into the ring and throws a big right hand at him. Abyss then attempts to whip Jarrett into the chair but Jarrett blocks it and then slams Abyss into the corner, but Abyss blocks it. Abyss then goes for a clothesline but Jarrett ducks and they clothesline each other at the same time. Bischoff walks out onto the stage looking on now.
Back from commercials Abyss hits a Sidewalk Slam for a nearfall as Bischoff is walking slowly towards the ring. Abyss charges at Abyss in the corner but Jeff gets his feet up and then climbs to the top. Jarrett dives off but Abyss catches him in midair and hits a Chokeslam! 1…2…NO Jarrett kicks out! Abyss goes for an Elbow Drop but Jarrett moves and then attempts to whip Abyss into the ropes, but Abyss reverses it. Abyss goes for a clothesline but Jarrett ducks and hits the Stroke! Jarrett then hits the Stroke again this time into the steel chair in the corner! Jarrett looks over at Bischoff who mouths ?do it now? to him. Jarrett grabs the bat and is getting ready to hit Abyss but he doesn’t as Bischoff screams ?do it damn it!? Jarrett throws the bat out to the floor and Bischoff grabs a microphone. Bischoff says he knew he couldn’t trust Jarrett to get the job done as Abyss jumps Jarrett in the ring. Bischoff looks to the back and says ?guys now!? and Homicide, Raven, Tomko, Rhino, & Desmond Wolfe run out and jump Jarrett & Abyss! Bischoff looks on as they destroy Abyss and Jarrett. The goons hold Abyss as Bischoff walks into the ring. Bischoff says he told Abyss what he was going to do and he didn’t believe him. Bischoff grabs the mask but Hogan’s music hits! Hogan walks out to the ring and doesn’t look happy. Hogan grabs the microphone from Bischoff and he tells Abyss to get his a** back to Hogan’s office. Abyss leaves the ring and then Hogan looks at Bischoff’s goons and shakes his head. Hogan then looks at Bischoff and walks out.
Winner: NO CONTEST
In the back we see security escorting Abyss to Hogan’s office.
Brutus Magnus & ?Big? Rob Terry vs. Beer Money Inc.
They finally reveal that Terry won the Global Championship on their UK tour and they even show photos of it. Well, finally we get some Beer Money on TV! Storm and Brutus will kick this match off. They lockup and Brutus immediately locks Storm in a side headlock but not for long as Storm shoves him off into the ropes. Brutus connects with a shoulder block, though, and then goes for a clothesline, but Storm ducks it. Brutus grabs Storm and throws him into the ropes and then goes for a leapfrog, but Storm stops and connects with a big right hand. Storm attempts to whip Brutus into the corner but Brutus reverses it and then charges at Storm only to eat Storm’s left foot! Terry then connects with a clothesline on Storm from the apron and the Brits put the beat down on Storm as Roode tries to get in and help his buddy but the referee holds him back. Terry remains in the ring (no tag) and hits a Running Powerslam! Terry then tags in Brutus as he begs for the tag. Brutus covers Storm but only gets a two count and then he tags in Terry. Terry whips Storm into the corner and hits a Corner Splash and then Brutus blind tags himself back in. Brutus goes for a Scoop Slam but Storm blocks it and hits a Jawbreaker and then tags in Roode. Roode hits a Flying Forearm followed by a clothesline. Roode whips Magnus into the ropes and hits a gorgeous Spinebuster! Terry comes in and goes for a clothesline but Roode ducks and Beer Money hit their Beer Money Double Suplex on him! Beer Money clotheslines Terry over the top rope to the floor and then Roode lifts Storm up and into a Plancha over the top onto Terry on the floor! In the ring Brutus grabs Roode from behind and attempts a Back Suplex but Roode lands on his feet and then shoves Brutus into the corner. Storm connects with a Leaping Enziguri from the apron to the back of Brutus’ head! Beer Money then hits the DWI! 1…2…3 and Beer Money get the win!
Winners: Beer Money via pinfall (DWI)
After the match Terry grabs a microphone and hands it to Brutus. Brutus yells at Terry that he can’t do anything right! Brutus says the Title belt has obviously cut the circulation off to his brain. He says that Terry is an embarrassment to the British Invasion and Terry tries to walk off, but Brutus stops him and tells him not to turn his back on him. Brutus says that he’s Terry’s superior and then he slaps him. Brutus grabs the Global Championship and says that it’s obvious the belt should belong to him. He then tells Terry to get out of the ring but Terry lays Brutus out with a clothesline! Terry then holds the belt up over Brutus’ prone body.
In the back Kevin Nash is pacing around in his locker room.
Hogan walks into his office as Abyss is freaking out. Hogan says he’s done with Abyss crap and yells at him to sit down. Bischoff started to walk in but Hogan told him to get out. Hogan says he’s sick and tired of seeing Abyss shake and chase his own tail and be afraid of his own shadow. He tells Abyss it stops right now. Hogan says Superman has his cape that makes him powerful and Popeye has his can of spinach and he wants to know if Abyss is really a monster. Abyss says he is but Hogan says he’s not as big of a monster as he is and the monster that he is is called Hulkamania. Hogan says it’s bigger than he’ll understand! Hogan says that Abyss will never cower again and never shake. He then takes off his Hall of Fame ring and asks Abyss if he knows what it is. He says that is his life and it’s the only thing that has never left him. He says he destroyed his body for 30 years to earn that ring. He says he’s so crippled from earning that ring that he can barely get out of the bed in the morning. He asks Abyss if he understands that it’s his life and Hogan says he does. Hogan tells Abyss to put his hand out and he hands it to Abyss and says it’s his now. Hogan says it will give Abyss the strongest man on the earth and it will protect him. He says it will make him the ‘God of wrestling.’ He says Abyss will be 10 times stronger than he ever was and that is his mission. Hogan says it’s his destiny to be bigger than anything to ever get in the ring and Abyss says he won’t let Hulk down. Hogan leaves and Abyss puts it on his hand and says he feels it. Abyss screams and then laughs hysterically. That was…odd.
?Fallen Angel? Christopher Daniels vs. ?Olympic Hero? Kurt Angle
Photos of Anderson disrespecting Angle this past Sunday are shown as Angle comes to the ring. Daniels charges Angle at the bell and throws rights and lefts at him in the corner. Daniels puts the boots to Angle and his really taking I tot him. Finally the referee pulls him away which allows Angle to come back with rights of his own but Daniels answers right back with a big uppercut. Daniels covers Angle and gets a nearfall. Daniels comes off the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Angle ducks and locks in a waistlock. Daniels fights out of it with back elbows and comes off the ropes again and goes for a Sunset Flip, but Angle blocks it and grabs the ankle and locks in the Ankle Lock! Daniels fights it but Angle drops down and scissors the leg and Daniels taps.
Winner: Angle via submission (Ankle Lock)
Angle grabs the microphone and says there is a few things he has to say to Mr. Anderson. He says he is man enough to accept it when he’s been beaten and Anderson beat him this Sunday, but the way he did it is another story. Angle says Anderson winning isn’t what pissed him off but what pissed him off is what he did to his dog tag as he holds it up. Angle says in the military they are a little bit smaller and explains how the military puts the soldiers names on them so if the solider dies the military can send the tags back to the family. A big ?USA? chant starts. Angle says he wants to tell us why it means so much to him. He says he had a real tough 2009, he went through a difficult divorce, he shamed his kids by getting arrested (he makes sure to mention that he was falsely accused which he was but says he was arrested nonetheless). Angle starts to break down as the fans get behind him. Angle says he sat in a jail cell and he didn’t know why it was happening to him. He says he got on his knees and prayed to god. He said after he posted bail he had an appearance at Ft. Hood, Texas. He says he met some amazing people down there and it changed his life. Angle says he met soldiers and family members of soldiers that died in battle. He says that he had a soldier come up to him and tell him that he heard about Angle in the news and read the stuff on the internet about his arrest and he told Angle that he believed in him. He then handed Angle the dog tag he was holding in his hand and the man told Angle that he wanted to give it to him so he would always remember who he is. Angle reads the inscription on the back that says, ?It’s called warrior. Out of every 100 men, ten shouldn’t even be there, 80 are just targets, and 9 are the real fighters. We are lucky to have all of them, for they make the battle, but the 1. 1 is the warrior and he will bring the others back.? That’s pretty cool. The fans chant ?USA? again as Angle nods his head. Angle says when Anderson cut him with that tag this past Sunday he didn’t just make him bleed, he made those soldiers bleed. Angle says he made the citizens of this country bleed by doing that, and what makes matters worse is that after he won he dropped the tag on Angle’s chest and then spit on it. Angle says he didn’t spit on him, he spit on the soldiers and on the United States. Angle says for that he will make Anderson suffer. He says he will make Anderson bleed until every drop is out of his body. He says when you go down that road with Kurt Angle there is no coming back! He says, ?Ken Anderson, I’ll see you in hell.? Anderson’s music hits and he walks out onto the ramp as we go to break.
Back from commercials Anderson mocks Angle with fake tears and says ?I’m very touched and moved Kurt.? He then says he’s very amazed at Kurt’s ability to suck up to the people. Anderson says Kurt just wants a little pat on the back and mocks Angle somemore. Anderson says he sees that hunk of garbage around Angle’s neck (the dog tag) as nothing more than a utensil to carve him up. Anderson says sometimes he likes to make people bleed and if Angle has a problem with that then maybe he should come and do something about it. Angle walks through the ropes and as Angle got closer Anderson swung at him, but Angle blocked it and blasts Anderson! Angle with repeated right hands but Anderson connects with a knee to the gut and then he connects with rights of his own. Anderson grabs his microphone and blasts Angle with it and then says ?welcome, Kurt, to Total Nonstop Anderson!? right in Angle’s face.
In the parking lot JB approaches Samoa Joe and asks him what’s going on with him, but Joe just walks off. Then a van speeds up and almost hits Joe! Joe is pissed and throws his towel at the van as people climb out and grab Joe and throw him in the van and drive off! They were all wearing black hoods!
Kevin Nash and Eric Yong walk out to the ring together now. Nash looks dead in the camera and says that he doesn’t remember where or when but it was about 18 years ago, but for some reason he picked Sean Waltman & Scott Hall to be his friends. Nash says he also bought a black suit about 10 years ago because he knew that he would be putting one of them in the dirt real soon (wow that one has to sting for real). Nash says he doesn’t know whats worse in this business, the broken bones or the broken hearts. The torn tendons or the torn relationship between friends and families. He says for 3 weeks Scott Hall & Sean Waltman have found their way into this building. Nash said he has done everything he could over the years to keep them employed and he carried them on his back for the last time. Nash says they need to do themselves a favor tonight and find their way down to the ring to him. Nash says this business chews people up and spits them out but he’s still standing. He says that he’ll be waiting and he’s the ‘big gray haired son of a b*tch in the ring.’ We see Hall and Pac walking through the crowd and Nash calls them ?b*tches? and says it’s nice to see they could make it. Pac and Hall talk trash to Nash as they get closer to the ring. Finally Hall starts to get in the ring and all of a sudden Young slides out of the ring and jumps Pac! Syxx and Young brawl around ringside as Hall climbs into the ring. Hall tosses his toothpick at Nash and eats a forearm from Nash! Nash begs Hall to get up as security runs out to get between them! Nash and Hall are going nuts tossing security guys around! Hogan walks out of the tunnel and stares at what’s going on in the ring. Nash says next week it’s on!
Well, tonight was a crazy show! First, I have to speak on the big announcement about Impact moving to Monday’s. TNA is definitely going all in on this one and this could go one of two ways. Either a) it is on! And we have Monday Night Wars II or b) the WWE will eat TNA alive and this is the beginning of the end of the company that I’ve been following since it’s inception. Either way, as Jim Ross would say, business is about to pick up!
Now, before I go onto the show itself I have to speak on this Orlando Jordan business. I have heard a lot of stuff about the ‘incident’ that was NOT shown tonight. Personally I have no problem with those people that choose that lifestyle, I mean no disrespect, but I myself do not want to see that on my TV. If Orlando wants to do that in his personal life, more power to you, but I would rather it kept off TV. Now let’s get to the show.
The opening segment was absolutely knocked right out of the park. The Pope just oozes charisma and is as good on the mic as he is in the ring. Flair complimented him perfectly too as they traded shots while AJ just looked on mainly and acted like an a** (which is good). When he need speak it was short and to the point. I love that we have nearly 2 whole months to build towards their match and it’s exciting that TNA will headlining one of their biggest PPV’s of the year with two young guys.
Tara and Daffney was decent while it lasted and it’s going to be interesting to see where they go with Daffney’s character in the future.
I did not like seeing Joe getting pinned clean in under 5 minutes to Orlando Jordan coming off of a TNA World Title match. With that said I think where they are going with this angle with Joe could be good. Especially after he was kidnapped. I have no idea where they are going with this.
The X-Division 8-Man Tag was a great showcase match and I really think they can jumpstart this division right back with this Destination X PPV. Also it was nice to see Kaz back as Kaz but I have to admit that I wanted them to at least do something where Suicide had the mask removed. Either way Kaz got a nice reaction so the fans hadn’t forgotten about him.
Abyss and Jarrett had a pretty decent match but the segment afterwards was good. I think Bischoff having his own set of goons or stable going against Hogan could be cool.
Good to see Beer Money back on TV and back winning. I agree with Brutus that he should have the belt instead of Terry too. Looks like Brutus & Doug are splitting from Terry. I just hope that Hogan hasn’t fallen in love with Terry’s look and now they are going to give him a huge push. The guy has little to no actual wrestling ability.
The Hogan-Abyss stuff was just weird. It was like they stole a script from the WWF circa 1988 or something. Abyss needs some new life back in him but I don’t know if that’s it. Just all around weird though I did like Hogan’s emotion in it.
Daniels got completely buried tonight and it looks like he is now a certified jobber.
The following segment with Angle and Anderson was great. I loved the emotion that Angle showed and if that story is true it makes it that much more awesome and makes Anderson look that much more like a dick which he does a great job at anyway.
Great segment between Nash & Young-Hall & Pac and I loved Nash’s promo. Looks like we’re heading closer to an eventual Pac & Hall vs. Nash & Young match, maybe at Lockdown.
– Promo/Segment of the Night: AJ & Ric/Dinero
– Match of the Night: X-Division 8-Man Tag (**1/2)
– Overall Grade: B +
Nothing announced for next week yet.
Destination X Lineup:
– Ultimate X: TBA