Tonight’s episode kicks off with Jeff Hardy attacking Abyss in the back, “moments ago,” trying to get revenge for what Abyss did to RVD last week. Abyss and Hardy brawl all around the backstage and Abyss gets the better of Hardy and starts screaming at him. Abyss then tosses Hardy into a wall and then drags him into the Impact Zone. Abyss drags Hardy towards ringside where the fans are filing into the Impact Zone. Abyss grabs a broom stick and nails Hardy with it repeatedly. Abyss chases the cameraman away and then Hardy comes back and nails Abyss with the broom stick now. Abyss comes back again and tosses Hardy into the ring steps. Abyss throws Hardy into the guardrail and they continue to brawl. Hardy comes back and tosses Abyss into the steps and then kicks Abyss. Hardy and Abyss brawl back into the crowd and Hardy throws a chair at Abyss! Hardy slams Abyss in the head with right hands but Abyss comes back with a right hand to the ribs. Abyss throws Hardy into a wall and then starts choking him with an extension cord. Hardy and Abyss continue to go back and forth in the backstage area. They keep blurring Hardy’s back out for some reason, don’t know if his crack is showing or what (thank you TNA if that’s the case). They brawl back into where the fans are lined up outside and then security finally comes out (it’s the two idiots that are wannabe wrestlers) and they grab Hardy and drag him off.
We cut back to the arena as Eric Bischoff walks down to the ring (with no music). Bischoff says that he’s never in his 20 years in wrestling has he seen anything as horrific as what we saw last week on Impact at the end of the show. Bischoff says they hold Ric Flair completely responsible for the attack on EV2 and he doesn’t know what his motivation for doing this was but they will not stand for it. Bischoff looks over at Dixie Carter in the crowd and he apologizes to her and he assures her that they will hold Flair responsible. Bischoff says what Abyss did to RVD was barbaric and borderline homicidal. He says that he knows Hardy tried to get a little revenge earlier but Abyss has no idea what he has coming to him courtesy of himself and Hogan. Bischoff says he wants to update us on RVD’s condition before he goes. He says it’s worse than they thought and he just saw RVD in the hospital today. He says that Van Dam is being held together by stitches, staples, and pins. He says Bischoff has over 117 stitches from his neck all the way down to his ankle and his doctor feels that he may a punctured organ and he may have head trauma. Bischoff says that he wants Van Dam to know that if and when he is able to get back in the ring everyone in TNA will welcome him with open arms. He says RVD always has a home in TNA. Bischoff says that the sad fact is the show must go on and after meeting with RVD’s doctors, Dixie Carter, and Hogan they knew they had to make a decision. He says they were faced with no options but to vacate the TNA World Heavyweight Championship which gets a chorus of boos. Bischoff says they will hold a Tournament that will begin tonight and end at Bound for Glory and it will be made up of the 8 top contenders in the Top 10 Rankings. Bischoff says his thoughts and prayers are with RVD and they wish him the best but the show must go on and it will tonight.
TNA World Heavyweight Title Tournament
“The Freak” Rob Terry vs. “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy
Hardy is limping to the ring, selling his brawl with Abyss from earlier. Hardy gets right into the ring and looks to be taking his frustrations out on Terry as he nails Terry with several right hands as he gets in the ring. Hardy then hits the ropes and dropkicks Terry’s knee. Hardy hits the ropes again and goes for a Cross Body but Terry catches him and slams him to the mat with a Front Slam. Terry picks Hardy up and grabs Hardy by the throat and lifts Hardy up onto the middle rope. Terry then Chokeslams Hardy off the middle rope! Terry tosses Hardy into the corner and nails him with a shoulder blocks and then he whips Hardy into the opposite corner. Terry charges but Hardy sidesteps him and drop toe holds Terry into the corner. Hardy then hits the Hardyac Arrest on Terry in the corner. Hardy then hits the move for a second time and drags Terry to the center of the ring and gets a nearfall. Hardy climbs to the top and hit’s the Whisper in the Wind, 1…2…NO Terry kicks out. Hardy climbs up top again and dives off but eats a nasty clothesline in midair. Terry dares Hardy to get to his feet and then hits him with a Spinning Heel Kick as he does. It looked like he might have missed it so he picks Hardy up and hits him with another one. Terry picks Hardy up and goes for a Running Power Slam but Hardy blocks it and then shoves Terry into the corner. Hardy then hits the Twist of Fate and climbs up top. Hardy connects with the Swanton Bomb and gets the clean pin.
Winner and advancing to the Semifinals: Hardy via pinfall (Swanton Bomb)
In the back Ric Flair arrives to the Impact Zone with Fortune.
A great video package highlighting the crazy beatdown from last week is shown.
In the back Hogan is talking to someone on the phone and talks about thinking about quitting TNA after what happened to Van Dam. He says he didn’t sign up for this and he says he was building TNA around RVD. He kind of mocks TNA doing a tournament and says you can’t replace RVD. Hogan says this is all about ‘they’re plan’ whoever they are and he again says he’s thinking about just walking away. He says he can’t take this anymore and he says he’ll sit outside for awhile but he doesn’t know if he can go back inside the Impact Zone right now.
TNA World Heavyweight Title Tournament
Jay Lethal vs. Mr. Anderson
Lethal and Anderson give each other a little fist bump and then they lockup in the center of the ring. Anderson grabs a side headlock on Lethal but Lethal then pushes him into the ropes only eat a shoulder block. Anderson hits the ropes and Lethal attempts to leapfrog Anderson but he catches Lethal on his shoulders! Anderson goes for the Green Bay Plunge but Lethal blocks it and then grabs a waistlock. Anderson gets to the ropes and tries to bump Lethal off but Lethal back handsprings away from Anderson instead. Lethal ducks a clothesline from Anderson and then goes for the Lethal Combination but Anderson blocks it with a back elbow to the head. Lethal tries to come back with a clothesline but Anderson counters into the Mic Check attempt, but Lethal counters with an armdrag! Lethal and Anderson stare each other down. They lockup again and this time Lethal grabs a side headlock. Anderson shoves Lethal into the ropes and then goes for a Hiptoss but Lethal counters into a hiptoss of his own and then he hits the Cartwheel Dropkick for a nearfall. Lethal attempts to whip Anderson into the corner but Lethal reverses it and Lethal tries to float up and over Anderson but Anderson catches him on his shoulders again. Anderson hits the Green Bay Plunge this time! 1…2…NO Lethal kicks out! Anderson nails Lethal with a couple of right hands and then he whips Lethal into the ropes and hits a big Back Elbow for another nearfall. Anderson locks in a Front Chancery on Lethal as the fans get behind Lethal. Lethal lifts Anderson up into the air and into an Atomic Drop as Anderson still had the hold on. Lethal hits the ropes but eats a clothesline from Lethal! 1…2…NO Lethal still kicks out! Anderson whips Lethal into the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Lethal ducks and then Lethal ducks a back hand attempt from Anderson. Lethal then back handsprings off the ropes into a Back Elbow! Lethal tosses Anderson into the corner and lights Anderson up with a Flair Chop. Lethal then whips Anderson into the opposite corner and charges but Anderson backdrops him up and over the top rope. Lethal lands on the apron and then nails Anderson with a Forearm. Lethal then goes for a Springboard Missile Dropkick but Anderson sidesteps it. Anderson then hits the Mic Check, 1…2…3 and Anderson moves into the Semifinals.
Winner and advancing to the Semifinals: Anderson via pinfall (Mic Check)
They put over how Anderson capitalized on Lethal’s mistake. After the match Anderson helps Lethal to his feet and then they shake hands.
In the back Christy Hemme is with Angelina Love and she says that tonight Madison Rayne has invoked her rematch clause for the Knockouts Title. Angelina says it’s never a fair fight when it comes to Madison and she’ll obviously have her ‘bodyguard’ with her because she’s scared, as she should be. Angelina says she had to literally give the belt back to her last night but that won’t happen this time. She says that Madison is going to have to pry the belt out of her cold dead hands. Angelina begs Madison to bring her bodyguard because she’ll have backup of her own tonight.
Clips of Motor City Machine Guns celebrating their win last week are shown as well as highlights from the incredible 2/3 Falls Match are shown. A video package then airs highlighting the Guns feud with Beer Money and then asks what’s next for the Guns. Good video package hyping up the Guns and then they hype up that Guns will be in action next week.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Angelina Love (c) vs. Madison Rayne w/ mystery biker chick
Madison actually comes to the ring with the biker chick this week on the back of her motorcycle. Angelina stops on the entrance ramp and points up to the tunnel where Velvet Sky walks out! Madison goes ape sh*t as Velvet walks out. The biker chick starts to walk towards Angelina but Angelina blasts her and then shoves Madison down. Velvet starts talking trash to Madison and Madison grabs her and tosses her face first into the ring steps. Tenay points out that the bell still hasn’t rang. Angelina tosses the biker chick into the ring apron. Angelina then starts to pull off her helmet but Madison attacks her from behind. Madison slams Angelina into the ring apron and then rolls her into the ring. Madison puts the boots to Angelina and then starts pulling on her hair. Madison then hits the Headscissors Faceslam on Angelina and gets a nearfall. Madison covers Angelina again and gets another nearfall. Madison then hits a series of Knee Strikes to Angelina and then goes for a Spinning Neckbreaker but Angelina counters into a Jawbreaker. Angelina nails Madison with right hands and then she slams Madison to the mat and follows that up with a Front Slam. Angelina hits the ropes but the biker chick grabs her by the legs as Earl Hebner checks on Madison in the ring (who was faking an injury or something). Velvet runs over and attacks the biker chick. Angelina turns around and ducks a clothesline from Madison. Velvet then trips Madison up from the outside and Madison turns around right into the Botox Injection from Angelina for the pin.
Winner & STILL Knockouts Champ: Love via pinfall (Botox Injection)
After the match Velvet gets into the ring with Angelina and they hold each others arms up. Madison and the biker chick then attacks them from behind. They beatdown the original Beautiful People and then Madison taunts Angelina with the Knockouts Title.
In the back Fortune is walking backstage towards the Impact Zone.
Back from commercials Fortune is already in the ring. Flair asks if someone used the word power and he says, in the ring, is what you call impact with power. Flair says Kazarian, AJ, Beer Money, and the newest Fortune members Doug Williams and Matt Morgan. He calls Matt Morgan his “insurance policy” and says not to screw around with Ric Flair. He says Fortune IS TNA and he says everyone needs to learn to love it because it isn’t going anywhere soon. Flair calls EV2 a circus act and a bunch of undisciplined animals. He dares them to call themselves wrestlers and says they make him sick to his stomach. Flair says EV2 doesn’t even belong in the business and it’s a fact, not personal. He says the marquee says “Pro Wrestling” not garbage cans, tables, and kendo sticks. Flair says they can all do that too and in fact Flair can crash in an airline and still walk around and talk about (facts). Flair says until EV2 can do that they can kiss his a**. Flair hands the microphone to AJ and AJ says EV2 couldn’t leave well enough alone. He says they had to come into TNA and get that last bit of glory and had to be on TV one more time. AJ says they wanted a hardcore finale and that’s exactly what they got last week. AJ says no one has wrestled in a TNA ring more than him (fact) and he is TNA and TNA is AJ Styles. AJ says TNA is the house that AJ Styles built. Dixie Carter cuts AJ off!
She walks out and says AJ may have helped build TNA but he better make no mistake, she owns it and it’s her house. She then says if it’s her house then it’s they’re house and points at the tunnel. EV2 walks out! Tommy Dreamer, F.B.I., Mick Foley, Rhino, Stevie Richards, and Sabu are there.
Dixie says Hulk and Eric tried to tell her about Ric but she never listened and she gave Flair every benefit of the doubt since he came to TNA, but those days are over now. Dixie says Flair thought he saw these guys for the last time at Hardcore Justice but she’s going to clue him in. She says as of last Thursday they didn’t have contracts but as of tonight…Tommy Dreamer then pulls out of a stack of contracts from his back pocket and Dixie says they all do! Flair looks at Dixie and asks what on his resume says that he takes any crap from women. Dreamer says that Flair is the greatest wrestler of all time (and Flair screams “I KNOW IT!) but if it wasn’t for Dixie asking them not to EV2 would come down to the ring and kick everyone of Fortune’s a**es right now! Fortune dares them to come down. Dreamer says Dixie acknowledged the past but now it’s time to move forward and now it’s all about TNA. Flair says this is about Fortune not TNA. Mick Foley talks about a drunken phone call from Ric Flair on December 26th and that night Flair pissed and moaned about being down on his luck. Flair is going nuts as Foley tells the story and Morgan has to hold him back. Foley says he told Flair how great it was to be part of TNA and he told Flair to make the move to come to TNA. Foley says now he regrets even telling Flair to come to TNA. Flair tells Foley to come “roll in the thumbtacks again” with him. Foley then says he doesn’t work for Ric Flair, he works for Dixie Carter and TNA. Flair says that’s too bad because he works for himself and Fortune. Flair tells Foley to go home and get soft while Fortune kick a** and take names. Dreamer says they are a man of their words and they will do nothing, right NOW. Dreamer says what Abyss did to RVD affects them and TNA and they will get him back the only way they know how. Dreamer then turns his attention to AJ and agrees that 100% TNA is the house that AJ built and he has nothing but respect for AJ until last week. Dreamer says they are sore and beaten but tonight it will be Dreamer vs. AJ in AJ’s house and they will make it EXTREME! Flair “woo’s” at EV2 as the two factions scream at each other back and forth.
Back from commercials Angle talks about his match that he has with Douglas Williams tonight. He says that Williams is a great competitor and then Angle talks about going through the Top 10 being sped up now that they’re having the Tournament. He says he knows that if he loses it’s over but he’s also just 3 wins away from the title.
TNA World Heavyweight Title Tournament
Douglas Williams vs. “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle
Williams and Angle lockup and Angle forces Williams into the corner. The referee then separates them. They lockup again and this time Angle gets Williams in a side headlock and then Angle hits a side headlock takeover. Williams fights to his feet and then forces Angle into the corner. Williams fakes like he’s going to release clean but then swings at Angle, but Angle blocks it and decks Williams. Angle attempts to whip Williams into the opposite corner but Williams reverses it and charges. Angle gets his boot up but Williams catches his foot and then swings it into the ropes and kicks the thigh of Angle. Williams follows up with a clothesline and then he picks Angle up but Angle answers back with a series of right hands out of nowhere. Angle whips Williams into the ropes but Williams holds onto the ropes and then hits a Charging Headbutt into the chest of Angle. Williams then tosses Angle out to the floor and then he goes out to the floor and tosses Angle back in. Williams hits a Scoop Slam and then hits a series of Knee Drops on Angle for a nearfall. Williams picks Angle up and headbutts him again and then he hits a European Uppercut followed by a Gutwrench Suplex, 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! Williams locks Angle in a Cravate but Angle counters with an armdrag. Angle then hits a Back Elbow and whips Williams into the ropes and hits a big Back Bodydrop! Angle whips Williams into the corner and charges but Williams gets a boot up. Williams then charges at Angle but Angle catches him and hits the Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex! 1…2…NO Williams kicks out! Angle goes for the German but Williams counters it and tosses Angle into the corner. Williams hits a running Knee Strike and then tosses Angle back into the center of the ring. Williams climbs up top and dives off with the Diving Corkscrew European Uppercut! 1….2…NO Angle kicks out! Williams goes for a German Suplex but Angle reverses it into the Rolling German Suplexes! Angle hits a series of 3 of them! 1…2…NO Williams kicks out! Angle pulls the straps down and goes for the Angle Slam but Williams blocks it and shoves Angle into the corner. From there Williams goes for the Chaos Theory but Angle blocks it and grabs Williams’ ankle drop toe holds him and locks in the Ankle Lock! Damn that was an awesome counter! Williams fights the hold but Angle grapevines the leg and drops back onto his back and Williams taps!
Winner & advancing to the Semifinals: Angle via submission (Ankle Lock)
In the back Sting (white and black facepaint tonight) and Nash walk towards the Impact Zone.
In the back Mr. Anderson discusses the tournament and says he hopes RVD gets well, saying he’s been in that position before, but the show must go on and a win is a win.
Sting’s music hit and “The Icon” makes his way out to the ring with Kevin Nash right beside him. Big Kev gets on the microphone and says he’s known Sting for 20 years and they’ve had their disagreements but he can honestly say that there is no one in Wrestling that he respects more than Stinger. Nash says he’s been called a cancer before as well as a lot of other things, but after 20 years and 28 operations he’s not out there for just the damn money. He says he loves to do what he does and he’ll be damned if someone tells him that it’s his time to step aside. Nash says nobody tells him nothing, you ask him and if you want his spot then come take it. Nash says they’re ‘that’ close in TNA to turning the edge and really making it happen. Nash says the cancer in TNA isn’t in the ring right now it’s in the back. Nash says the smoke and mirrors, bullsh*t they’re doing it. Nash says that Sting told him he’s just wasting his time doing this but then turns to the fans and asks if they want to know what’s really going on with the truth around here.
Jeff Jarrett cuts him off from the ramp and says the truth is if anybody is full of BS tonight it’s Nash. Jarrett says he’s known Nash since day one and a leopard doesn’t change his spots. Jarrett says it’s always been about Kevin Nash and Nash never gave a damn about anybody and that won’t ever change. Jarrett says he can stand up on the stage tonight and open up Sting’s closet door and talk about all of Sting’s skeletons. He says they can talk about what kind of man Sting really is, but he won’t do that but he will tell Sting and Nash that there is a locker room full of guys sick and tired of the games Nash and Sting have been playing. Jarrett says that Sting and Nash know better than anyone that TNA is much better off with Hogan and Bischoff then they were before. Jarrett says he’s going to do something tonight in honor of Hogan and Bischoff and that thing is he’s going to walk down to the ring and grab a chair and beat both of Nash and Sting’s a**es! Hogan walks through the tunnel and says if that’s the case then Jarrett isn’t going by himself. Hogan walks out and says everybody knows who Sting and Nash really are. Hogan says Jarrett built TNA from the ground up and then he and Bischoff came into the company to help him finish the job. Hogan says the reason Nash and Sting are so jealous is because the spotlight is shining on the young guys now and not them. Hogan says he and Jarrett are both going to walk down there and end this thing and asks Sting for once in his life to put the bat to the side and do it like a real man. Sting looks right at him and throws the bat to the side. Jarrett and Hogan walk down to the ring where Sting and Nash are waiting. Jarrett goes to one side and Hogan to the other and they climb into the ring with Nash and Sting. The lights go out and when they come back on Fortune is standing in the ring!
AJ is beating on Nash in a corner while Hogan and Jarrett are laid out in the ring and the rest of Fortune is surrounding Sting! Sting fights back but Fortune beats him down! Fortune mug for the cameras holding up their new hand sign (which kind of looks like a gang sign actually) and they’re new music (which is actually pretty tight) plays.
In the back Dreamer is getting ready for his match with EV2 watching. Raven says they should’ve killed Fortune but Dreamer says he knows but Raven shouldn’t be telling him anything. He then says Dixie gave them contracts and they have to get with it. Dreamer says there is a bigger picture and Raven mocks him saying there is always a bigger picture with him. Stevie walks in and Dreamer and he continue to talk Raven into ‘waiting’ before they get Fortune like Dixie asked them.
TNA World Heavyweight Title Tournament
“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero
This past weekend was the 1 year anniversary of Pope being in TNA. Pope and Morgan circle each other and Morgan goes for a clothesline but Pope ducks and nails Morgan with a forearm. Pope taunts Morgan and gets the fans behind him. Morgan goes for another clothesline and again Pope ducks and nails him with a Forearm. Morgan swings a right and left and each time Pope ducks them and then fakes a right which causes Morgan to flinch and Pope laughs at him. Morgan grabs Pope by the throat and tosses him into the corner. Morgan swings at him but Pope sidesteps him and then starts laying into Morgan with rights and lefts and bodyshots and then he puts the boots to Morgan. Pope then this the Outer Limitz Elbow! 1…2..NO Morgan kicks out. Pope climbs up top and dives off but Morgan catches him by the throat on the way down and goes for a Chokeslam. Pope blocks it and then comes off the ropes but eats a Spinning Clothesline. Morgan chokes Pope in the corner with his boot and then nails him with those back elbows. Morgan then hits a Corner Splash and picks him up for a Sidewalk Slam but just drops him again and taunts the crowd. Morgan whips Pope into the corner and charges but Pope gets a boot up and then climbs up top and dives off with a Diving Sunset Flip! Morgan blocks it and then grabs Pope by the throat and lifts him up into a modified Chokeslam. Morgan again talks trash to Pope and slaps him repeatedly in the face. Morgan puts the boots to Pope and then chokes him on the top rope. Morgan then hits the Body Guillotine on Pope as he was draped over the top rope. Morgan drags Pope to the floor and slams him into the apron. Pope was leaned against the ring post and Morgan went for the Carbon Footprint that injured Hernandez but Pope moves out of the way and Morgan gets crotched on the ring post! Pope then hits a nasty DDE on the floor sending Morgan into the ring post! Pope drags Morgan into the ring and gets the pin!
Winner & advancing to Semifinals: Pope via pinfall (DDE)
They show a graphic of the graphics which show Hardy vs. Angle and Anderson vs. Pope for No Surrender.
Back from commercials Foley talks about what happened to EV2 last week. Foley says he wants to make it clear that he is part of EV2 and he will have vengeance. Foley says he has to decide whether to step back and let the other guys take charge or he will stand beside them and charge in because his doctor says he is several weeks away from being cleared to go.
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer
AJ talks trash to Dreamer and then he kicks Dreamer in the knee with a leg kick and taunts him somemore. AJ goes for another leg kick but Dreamer catches the leg and decks AJ. Dreamer attempts to whip AJ into the ropes but AJ reverses it. Dreamer holds onto the ropes and AJ charges but Dreamer backdrops him over the top rope to the floor! Dreamer climbs to the apron and hits a Somersault Cannonball onto AJ on the floor off the apron! Dreamer throws AJ into the guardrail and then he Scoop Slams AJ onto the floor. Dreamer rolls AJ back into the ring but AJ nails him with a right hand as Dreamer was crawling back into the ring. AJ lights Dreamer up with chops and then he attempts to whip Dreamer into the corner but Dreamer reverses it. AJ attempts to float up and over Dreamer but Dreamer catches him on his shoulders and hits a Powerslam! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Dreamer pushes AJ into the corner and lights him up with chops. Dreamer then hits a Pump Handle Suplex! 1…2…NO AJ gets his foot on the bottom rope. Dreamer nails AJ with a series of big rights on the mat and then he picks AJ up but AJ nails him with a cross chop to the throat and then a Leaping Enziguri out of nowhere! AJ beats on Dreamer on the mat now and opens up Dreamer’s cut on the forehead. AJ hits a Scoop Slam and then he hits a Knee Drop. AJ chokes Dreamer on the middle rope and screams “I’ll kill him” at the camera. AJ whips Dreamer into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Dreamer tumbles over AJ into a Sunset Flip! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! AJ then hits a dropkick as Dreamer gets to his feet! AJ locks Dreamer in a Rear Chinlock and taunts Dreamer more. Dreamer fights to his feet and counters AJ with a Back Suplex. Dreamer tries to pick AJ up but AJ sends a knee into Dreamer’s gut and then hits the Pele! AJ rolls out to the apron and goes for the Springboard Flying Forearm but Dreamer catches him with an Atomic Drop out of nowhere! Dreamer then hits the Dreamer DDT! Dreamer crawls towards AJ as Fortune runs out but EV2 comes from out of nowhere and jumps Fortune! The brawl is on! In the ring Dreamer and AJ are both fighting to get to their. Abyss then comes from out from under the ring and attacks Dreamer as the referee is watching the brawl! Abyss hits the Blackhole Slam on Dreamer! AJ covers Dreamer and the referee turns around, 1…2…3!
Winner: AJ Styles via pinfall
The brawl continues at ringside after the match as Abyss watches from the crowd. Security is out and tries to break the brawl up. Everybody is still brawling as the show goes off the air.
Coming off the heels of “The Whole F’N Show” I thought tonight was solid (not near as good as last weeks but still solid). We got a lot of storyline progression going on.
The opening segment with Hardy and Abyss brawling wasn’t a very good brawl honestly as we’ve seen that type of brawl a million times before in TNA.
The promo from Bischoff was actually pretty solid and he came off sincere for once. I don’t like moving into the Tournament because I HATE seeing a Champion drop the belt without being beaten. For those that don’t know, RVD isn’t done with TNA. He has a certain amount of dates a year on his contract and TNA was burning through them too quickly (because he’d been doing ALL house shows since he started with TNA) so he’s taking time off before he comes back.
The opening match with Terry and Hardy wasn’t very good as expected. Hardy looked to be going through the motions and Terry sucks but at least Hardy won it.
Lethal and Anderson had a really fun short match but Lethal’s push seems to be pretty much over.
The Knockouts Match was okay but like always was too short. They need to just reveal the mystery chick and move on because I think a Beautiful People vs. Beautiful People feud with Angelina & Velvet against Madison and that mystery person it’s rumored to be (I’m not going to say the name) would be great as long as they keep Lacey out of it as much as possible.
Angle-Williams was about as good as it gets for a 5 minute match. Angle put over Williams without losing which he does so well.
Pope-Morgan had an OK match with an awesome finish.
The Fortune promo was great and they gave their explanations and all through the night Taz really put over, very well, the hatred that Fortune seems to have for EV2 being brought into TNA. I don’t know how much Fortune can get out of this feud but the answer is they definitely have to go over.
As for the Tournament I think the fact that we have 4 babyfaces in it is kind of interesting to how they play this out on the PPV. Pope and Angle seems like a great Finals but I would imagine they would go for Anderson vs. Angle since it was such a great feud earlier this year. We all know Angle isn’t going to lose because of the “if I lose, I’ll retire” stipulation which I hate that they added because it really makes it obvious.
–Promo/Segment of the Night: Fortune/EV2 promo
–Match of the Night: Williams vs. Angle (***)
–Overall Grade: B
TNA World Heavyweight Title Tournament
– Quarterfinals: Jeff Hardy def. Rob Terry
– Quarterfinals: Mr. Anderson def. Jay Lethal
– Quarterfinals: Kurt Angle def. Douglas Williams
– Quarterfinals: The Pope vs. Matt Morgan
– Semifinals: Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle (No Surrender)
– Semifinals: The Pope vs. Mr. Anderson (No Surrender)
– Finals: TBA vs. TBA (Bound for Glory)
Scheduled for Next Week:
-Motor City Machine Guns in action
No Surrender Lineup:
– TNA World Title Tourney Semifinals: Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle
– TNA World Title Tourney Semifinals: The Pope vs. Mr. Anderson