Impact Wrestling opens up with highlights from last week focusing on Roode winning his shot at the belt this week.
Storm’s music hits and the World Champion makes his way down to the ring. Storm asks if there are any beer drinkers in the house tonight and then says growing up in the south you learn things growing up that turns you into a real man. Storm says in the south they say “yes mam” and “no sir” and treat everyone with respect, and no matter what if someone disses the red, white, and blue you beat the hell out of them. A big “USA” chant starts and Storm says you only get one go around in life. Storm says he was thinking about what they’ll put on his tombstone when he dies and he figured it out: “son, father, brother, beer drinker, and World Champion.” A “Cowboy” chant starts and Storm says he could stand there and talk about how he’s going to be a fighting champion and is going to defend his belt every day, but he drinks a little too much for that and he’s busy watching football on weekends. Storm says there has been one man that has been by his side this whole time and that’s Bobby Roode.
Roode makes his way down to the ring and Storm says a few weeks ago Roode asked Storm to bring everything he had in their match before BFG to help Bobby get ready for Kurt Angle. He says that everyone knows Bobby got screwed over at BFG and it’s fact. Storm tells Roode to bring everything he has tonight but he promised his daughter he’d bring that belt back home so his daughter can put it on. Roode says he’s had a chance to sit back and think about his career lately and he says he owes all of his success to Storm. Roode says a few years ago they were struggling as singles wrestlers but when they came together as Beer Money they became an overnight success. He says Beer Money became one of the greatest Tag Teams in the history of the business. He says it was Storm who came up with the name, the merchandise, and it was Storm that got them over. Roode thanks Storm for giving him a second chance in his career. He says that when Storm beat Kurt Angle 2 weeks ago he was the happiest man on the planet to be able to celebrate that moment with Storm. He says Storm has been his best friend for 4 years and tonight he has another opportunity and he knows that these opportunities don’t come around every day. He says he’s damn right he’ll bring it and he knows Storm will bring it too. Roode says they should do tonight what they’ve been doing the past 4 years, steal the show. Roode says they’re going to blow the roof off the building and have the match of their lives. He says no matter what after it’s all said and done the winner will be known as the better man.
Both Storm and Roode drop their microphones and do a fist bump and then raise each other’s hands.
Taz and Tenay run down the card for tonight which will feature Jeff Jarrett & Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy & Mr. Anderson, Ronnie from the Jersey Shore, and Bobby Roode vs. James Storm for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
In the back Eric Young is arriving with Ronnie.
TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships
Gail Kim & Madison Rayne w/Karen Jarrett & Traci Brooks vs. TNT (Tara & Brooke Tessmacher) (c’s)
Tara and Brooke are wearing matching gear now and have a team name, TNT (Tara N Tessmacher). Brooke and Madison will start this one off. They lockup and Tessmacher gets Madison in a wristlock. She twists Madison’s arm and then tags in Tara. Tara twists Madison’s arm but Madison reverses the hold on Tara. Tara cartwheels over and reverses the hold. Brooke tags right back in and hits an Armdrag followed by a 2nd one and she holds onto an Armbar. Tara tags back in and TNT hits a Double Front Suplex. Madison rolls over and tags in Gail. Gail gets in Tara’s face and Tara shoves her. Gail kicks Tara and then hits her with a forearm smash. Gail whips Tara into the ropes and then goes for a backdrop but Tara stops and kicks her. Tara then hits a clothesline followed by a 2nd one. Tara grabs Gail’s legs and lifts her up into the air and then hard to the mat. Tara whips Gail into the ropes and hits a Backdrop. Gail looks for a tag but Madison doesn’t want to come in so Karen makes her tag in. Tessmacher tags in as well. Tessmacher hits a series of clotheslines on Brooke and then a running dropkick. Tessmacher hits the Asstastic in the corner but Gail grabs her by the hair and pulls her down. Madison tags Gail back in and Gail slams Madison to the mat and then slaps her. Gail tosses Brooke into the corner and then hits a Neckbreaker. 1…2…NO Brooke kicks out! Gail locks in a Dragon Sleeper but Brooke breaks the hold with back elbows. Gail slams her to the mat again and then starts talking trash to her and slapping her. Gail tags Madison back in and then Madison sets up for something but Brooke kicks her in the face and then tags Tara back into the match. Tara hits a running clothesline followed by a 2nd one and then a Scoop Slam. Tara looks to be going for her Standing Moonsault but Gail comes out of nowhere with a Running Bulldog on Tara! Tessmacher Spears Gail! Gail and Tessmacher brawl to the floor. In the ring Tara goes for the Widow’s Peak on Madison and connects with it! Karen distracts the referee and Gail comes in and hits the Eat Defeat on Tara! She rolls Madison onto Tara and the referee turns around, 1…2…3!
Winners & NEW KO Tag Champs: Gail & Madison via pinfall (Eat Defeat)
After the match Gail & Madison celebrate with Karen.
In the back Garrett Bischoff says he knows his dad wants an apology and tonight he’ll give it to him. He says one of them has to be the bigger man and he’ll man up and do that tonight. He says he’ll apologize his way.
Back from commercials Garrett Bischoff is in the ring. Garrett says the last few weeks have been crazy and he never would have thought things would have happened the way they have. He says his dad wants an apology so he came here tonight to do just that. He asks Eric to come down to the ring so he can apologize to him face to face.
Eric Bischoff makes his way down to the ring and Garrett says he wants to apologize, he says that he’s sorry he hasn’t lived up to Eric’s expectations and he’s sorry that he let him down at BFG. A “you suck” chant erupts and Garrett says he’s really sorry that he hasn’t grown into the man that Eric wanted, but what he’s most sorry about is that he didn’t do this years ago and punches Eric in the mouth! Garrett jumps on Eric and beats the hell out of him! Ric Flair and Gunner runs down and chases Garrett off. Eric Bischoff loses it and starts screaming at his son.
In the back Samoa Joe approaches Sting and asks him if he’s good and needs any help. Joe thanks Sting for the shot next week but says if he thinks that’s going to shut him up then he’s sadly mistaken. Joe says he knows there’s a new sheriff in town but if he doesn’t treat him with the respect he deserves then people tend to get hurt. Sting says he gets it, if Sting isn’t good to Joe then Joe’s going to kill somebody, he gets it.
Bischoff approaches Sting and says he has a deal for Sting. Bischoff says they both know that if Sting could fire him he would and they both know that he can’t because Bischoff has an ironclad contract with TNA. Bischoff says Flair came up with a great idea, he wants a match. He says if Sting gives him that opportunity then he’ll give Eric a chance to restructure his contract. Sting says he’ll think about it but he wants to talk to Garrett first.
Christopher Daniels says that ever since he decided to put himself first he’s been on a winning streak beating AJ Styles. Hervey reminds Chris that he’s the one that quit at BFG but Daniels says again that it was a recording that AJ used, it wasn’t real. Daniels says he’s the one that walked out of that match on his feet not AJ. Daniels says he wants his title shot and says he even beat RVD last week but RVD walks up behind him. Daniels says he doesn’t need a screwdriver to beat AJ or RVD and RVD punches him in the mouth! RVD and Daniels brawl until Daniels throws him into the wall. RVD kicks Daniels and then tosses him into some chairs nearby. Daniels grabs some of the chairs and throws them on the floor between him and RVD and takes off running. RVD says, “catch ya’ at Turning Point.”
Jesse Sorensen vs. “A-Double” Austin Aries
Aries looks to lockup with Sorensen but Jesse ducks underneath and rolls Aries up for a quick nearfall! Jesse then gets a Backslide in for another nearfall as Kid Kash comes in on commentary. Aries offers a handshake but punches Jesse in the face instead. Kash says he’s tired of the little punk (Sorensen) as Aries whips Jesse into the ropes and connects with a back elbow. Aries then hits an Elbow Drop for a nearfall of his own. Aries sets up for the Brainbuster but Jesse backdrops Aries over the top to the floor. Jesse then goes for the Slingshot Plancha but Aries sidesteps him and then slides back into the ring and hits the Heat Sinking Missile onto Jesse on the floor sending him into the guardrail. Aries rolls Jesse back into the ring and covers him for a nearfall. Aries locks in a chinlock on Jesse but Jesse breaks the hold with back elbows. Jesse attempts to get to the ropes but Aries pulls him back by the tights and then lifts him up into the air with a Kneebreaker followed by a clothesline and then the Pendulum Elbow Drop for another nearfall. Aries hits Jesse with some nasty chops in the corner and then he charges at him but Jesse gets his boot up. Jesse whips Aries into the ropes and connects with a Flying Knee Strike followed by a second one and then a dropkick! 1…2…NO Aries kicks out! Jesse climbs up top and dives off with a Frog Splash Cross Body, but Aries avoids it and then punts Jesse in the head. Aries hits a Running Dropkick on Jesse in the corner and then he hits it a second time. Aries sets up for the Brainbuster but wastes time taunting the crowd which leads to a rollup from Jesse! 1…2…3!
Winner: Sorensen via pinfall (rollup)
After the match Aries freaks out and then Aries and Kash talk about what just happened. Kash says, “I’m gonna’ go get my knife and cut that little bitch.”
Robbie E. and Rob Terry are getting ready for the showdown with Ronnie and Eric Young.
In the back James Storm points at the belt and says that’s his life and says that’s what he worked his whole life to get. He says Bobby is his brother but that belt is what it’s all about. Cut to Bobby Roode and says that he and Storm had talked about this before, “what if” they were able to face each other for the belt one day. He says this is their dream.
Robbie E. makes his way down to the ring with big Robbie T. (Rob Terry). Robbie calls Eric Young and Ronnie out and they don’t make The Shore wait very long. Ronnie is wearing the old World Title belt and Eric wearing his TV Title. This guy looks like a total tool. Robbie says he doesn’t know why Ronnie is hanging out with Grizzly Adams (Eric Young) and he doesn’t care, but he’s been waiting to come face to face with Ronnie for a long time. Robbie says his show (Jersey Shore) sucks (that’s true) and he sucks. Robbie says he’s not threatened by him (all the while standing behind Rob Terry) and he could kick his ass any time he wants. Ronnie says then he should do it right now. Robbie says they don’t thinks like that around here and he tells Ronnie to go to the back and pack his bags before he punks him like the Situation did (I have no idea what that means). Ronnie tackles Robbie! Terry punches Ronnie and then lays Eric out. Terry holds Ronnie while Robbie whips his back with a belt. The Shore leaves the ring and Young grabs the microphone and says that Robbie whipping Ronnie with his belt is just weird. EY says he just has to clear things up with his close personal friend, Sting, but how about EY & Ronnie vs. Big Robbie & Little Robbie next week! Robbie E. goes nuts and doesn’t want any part of that while Terry tries to chill him out.
Bully Ray & “Rey de Mexico” Jeff Jarrett vs. Mr. Anderson & “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy
Hardy and Anderson briefly teamed together last year, even facing Beer Money on PPV, going by the name Enigmatic Assholes. Ray and Hardy kick the match off and Ray tosses Hardy into the corner and beats him down there. Ray whips Hardy into the corner but Hardy floats up and into a Spinning Headscissors Takeover on the charging Bully Ray! Hardy trips Ray and then Leg Drops Ray in the groin followed by a Basement Dropkick for a nearfall. Hardy locks in a wristlock and starts twisting the arm of Ray but Ray slams him to the mat by the hair and tags Jarrett in. Jarrett punches Hardy in the face repeatedly and then attempts to whip him into the ropes but Hardy reverses it and then hits a clothesline followed by a Leaping Back Kick. Jarrett falls into the corner and Hardy hits a Corner Splash. Hardy attempts to whip Jarrett into the opposite corner but Jarrett reverses it only for Hardy to explode out of the corner with a clothesline. Hardy hits the ropes but Karen trips him as Ray distracted the referee. Jarrett puts the boots to Hardy and then tosses him into the boot of Bully Ray. Ray tags in and screams “hi, you freaking drug addict” and then continues to beat on Hardy. Ray hits a big Splash for a nearfall. Ray locks in a Chinlock and then drops an elbow onto Hardy’s head and tags Jarrett back in. Jarrett chokes Hardy on the middle rope and then hits the Body Guillotine on Hardy on the ropes. Hardy comes back with right hands on Hardy but Jarrett shoves him into the ropes and locks in a Sleeper. Hardy counters out of it with a Back Suplex! Both men are down now! Hardy rolls over and tags Anderson into the match and Jarrett tags in Ray! Anderson hits Ray with a series of right hands and then he attempts to whip him into the ropes, but Ray reverses it only to eat a clothesline from Anderson! Anderson hits a Back Elbow followed by a Spinning Neckbreaker! 1…2…NO Jarrett breaks it up! Hardy comes over and tosses Jarrett into the corner. Hardy then dives off the back of Anderson into a Splash on Jarrett in the corner! Hardy then dives off Anderson’s back into Poetry In Motion on Ray in the other corner! Hardy and Anderson climb up to opposite corners for dual Swanton Bombs! Scott Steiner runs down and crotches Anderson!
Winners: Anderson & Hardy via DQ
Steiner pulls the ropes down on Hardy as he charged at him and then tosses Hardy into the guardrail. Steiner nails Hardy with a chair as Ray blasts Anderson with his chain in the ring. Jarrett drags Hardy back in the ring and whips him into a shot from the chain by Ray. Ray hits the Bully Bomb on Anderson while Jarrett hits the Stroke on Hardy at the same time!
In the back Sting approaches Garrett Bischoff and tells him about Eric’s offer. Sting says he doesn’t think it’s the right thing to do but wants to know what Garrett thinks about it. Garrett agrees to it and says he’s good with it. Sting doesn’t like the idea because of what could happen but Garrett tells him to trust him and begs him to let it go down. Sting agrees and it’s on!
Matt Morgan makes his way down to the ring and calls Crimson down to the ring. Morgan says the past few months he and Crimson shared a common enemy in Samoa Joe and they had each other’s back, but in that time the most frequently asked question he gets is “when is Crimson finally going to take on the Blueprint?” Morgan says the fans also ask him if he can beat Crimson up and says that’s a stupid question. Morgan says he’s busted his ass over the past few years to cement his name as the top giant in the business and he says there isn’t another 7 footer in the business that can do what he does. Morgan says he gets off on competition so he says give the fans what they want, Crimson vs. Morgan! Crimson says fans have been blowing his twitter up about it too and it seems to be what the fans want. Crimson says it’s been in the back of his mind too because how can the winning streak be the real deal if he doesn’t take on everyone. Crimson says he’d be willing to bet his bank account that he’d beat Morgan, Crimson challenges Morgan to a match at Turning Point. Crimson says no one is ending his streak and then gets in Morgan’s face and says “not even you.”
An excellent video package hyping up Roode vs. Storm is shown.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
“Cowboy” James Storm vs. Bobby Roode
Boxing style intros for the Main Event here. According to Roode’s entrance video (and his t-shirt) he’s “off the chain.” Storm has a new long, camo ring jacket. Storm pours beer in a fan’s mouth as he makes his entrance. A few smattering of boos for Roode when his hometown is announced (they’re in the south after all). Storm and Roode shake hands and then lockup with Storm getting Roode in a waistlock. Roode counters into one of his own and then transitions into a Snapmare Takeover. Roode locks in a headlock but Storm fights to his feet and counters into a Hammerlock. Storm transitions into a side headlock takeover. Both men get to their feet and Roode hits a Side Headlock Takeover of his own. He holds onto the side headlock on the mat but Storm uses his legs to grab Roode in a head scissors and then both men get to their feet again. They stare each other down and then smile. They lockup again and Storm gets Roode in a side headlock. Roode shoves Storm into the ropes but eats a shoulder block from Storm. Storm hits the ropes but Roode catches him with a back elbow and then a Scoop Slam. Roode goes for a Knee Drop but Storm rolls out of the way and hits a Scoop Slam of his own. Storm then goes for a Knee Drop as well and Roode rolls out of the way. Tenay talks about the two men’s familiarity with each other. Storm sweeps Roode’s legs and gets a nearfall and then Roode sweeps Storm’s legs and gets a nearfall of his own. They stare each other down again and then go in for a Knucklelock lockup. Roode gets the advantage and transitions into a wristlock, but Storm counters into one of his own. Roode counters right back and hits an Armdrag. The two stare each other down and then get in each other’s face as we go to a break.
Back from the break Storm is hitting Roode with repeated shoulder blocks in the corner. Roode and Storm exchange shots in the corner with big right hands and chops. Things are getting physical now. Roode hits a Snapmare out of the corner and then goes for his Rolling Necksnap but Storm avoids it. Storm then hits the ropes and connects with a Running Knee Lift. 1…2…NO Roode kicks out! Storm whips Roode into the corner and then connects with a Clothesline in the corner. Storm then hits a series of repeated hard clotheslines to Roode in the corner! Storm whips Roode into the opposite corner but Roode explodes out with a clothesline of his own! Roode climbs up top but Storm catches him with an uppercut! Storm climbs up with Roode and Superplexes Roode off the top! Both men are down now! They both get to their feet right before the 10 count from the referee and they exchange right hands in the center of the ring! Storm attempts to whip Roode into the ropes but Roode reverses it only to have Storm explode off the ropes with a Flying Forearm! Storm hits a series of clotheslines and then he whips Roode into the ropes and lifts Roode up into the air with a backdrop! Storm then charges Roode in the corner but Roode gets his boots up and climbs up top and hits the Blockbuster! 1…2…NO Storm kicks out! Roode attempts to whip Storm into the corner but Storm reverses it. Storm charges Roode in the corner but Roode backdrops Storm over the top! Storm lands on the apron and connects with a Leaping Enziguri on Roode from the apron! Storm climbs up top and dives off with a Flying Cross Body, but Roode rolls through! 1…2…NO Storm kicks out! Roode grabs Storm and goes for the Payoff, but Storm blocks it and then ducks a clothesline from Roode and connects with the Backstabber! 1…2…NO Roode kicks out! Storm picks Roode up and hits Roode in the back repeatedly and then calls for the Eye of the Storm! Storm picks Roode up for it but Roode lands on his feet and hits the Double-R Spinebuster! 1…2…NO Storm kicks out again! Roode grabs Storm but Storm catches him with a Jawbreaker out of nowhere and then clotheslines him over the top to the floor! Both men spill out to the outside. Both men get to their feet and roll back into the ring as the referee almost gets to the 10 count! Storm grabs Roode as he went to climb back in the ring and sets up for the Hanging DDT, but Roode counters into the Crossface! Roode almost botched it as he slipped during that sequence but was able to hold onto Storm’s arm and save it. Storm fights the hold as Roode screams “TAP!” Storm inches his way to the ropes and as he reaches out for the ropes, Roode grabs that arm and locks in a kind of Chicken Wing at the same time! Strom is able to inch to the ropes with his feet though and gets his foot on the bottom rope! Roode showing some frustration now. Roode grabs Storm and lifts him up onto the top rope. Roode attempts a Superplex but Strom blocks it and shoves Roode off! Storm dives off the top with a Flying Elbow Drop! 1…2…NO Roode kicks out still! Storm says it’s time for the Last Call! Storm goes for it but Roode blocks it and goes for the Payoff! Storm blocks it and counters into an Irish Whip attempt but Roode counters his counter and sends Strom into the corner! Storm almost runs into the referee but stops himself just in time! Roode charges at Storm but Storm sidesteps him and the referee dives through the ropes to the floor to avoid it, Roode slams into the turnbuckles! Storm hits the Facebreaker as the referee sells his leg like he hurt it diving to the floor! Roode rolls out to the floor as Storm recovers in the ring. Roode looks over and sees the beer bottle and then looks at the referee. Roode looks back at the bottle and grabs it! Storm grabs Roode’s hair and Roode blasts him with the bottle! Roode screams at the referee to come back in, 1…2…..3! NEW CHAMP!
Winner & NEW World Champ: Roode via pinfall
Roode shoves the referee away and grabs the title belt as the fans are crapping all over Roode! Roode smiles at the fans and holds up the belt. Roode then spits on Storm and puts his boot on Storm and holds the belt up! Tenay says, “that’s how you treat a brother? That’s bullsh!t!”
I really enjoyed tonight’s show minus a few segments. The atmosphere and overall feel that being outside of Orlando always helps these shows as well.
The opening promo between Beer Money was excellent and really set up the Main Event nicely as did the other short promo they cut backstage and the video package.
The Knockouts Tag match was decent when everyone but Tessmacher was in the match. I have no problem with Madison & Gail getting the belts, but they really need to establish some new teams.
I still could care less about the Bischoff drama but at least they did acknowledge the reason while Bischoff is still around. Now, they need to do it with Karen as well.
I’m interested to see where they go with Joe now following the little threat to Sting.
The teased Christopher Daniels vs. RVD at Turning Point and that feud could be interested when they finally get through AJ-Daniels which will be next week I believe.
Jesse-Aries was a good match but I want to see Kid Kash get into this thing somehow and it looks like that’s where they’re going.
Decent tag match between Immortal and Enigmatic Assholes, that dual Swanton would have been a cool visual if they would have hit it.
The Jersey Shore stuff sucks and as I said on Twitter, I just don’t get wrestling’s fascination with the Jersey Shore. It’s not entertaining at all, just stop it.
Morgan and Crimson’s promo was just kind of there.
Roode vs. Storm was excellent, really well done. Both guys worked their asses off and I loved the finish regardless of it being a screwy finish. Someone needed to be established as a heel and this got the job done. I loved the little subtleties in Roode’s facial expressions as he saw the beer bottle, then saw the referee down, and then back to the beer bottle. Nice camera work there. Roode has been saying for months that he would do anything for that belt, he saw his opening, and took it. Automatic heel turn and then spitting on Storm after the match and Tenay’s reaction helped with it (which is a chance because usually Tenay undersells everything but he oversold this). I’m looking forward to how all of this plays out.
1) TNA KO Tag Team Titles: Gail Kim & Madison Rayne def. TNT (c) to win the titles!
2) Jesse Sorensen def. Austin Aries via DQ
3) Mr. Anderson & Jeff Hardy def. Jeff Jarrett & Bully Ray via DQ
4) TNA World Title: Bobby Roode def. James Storm (c) to win the title!
–Promo/Segment of the Night: Storm/Roode opening
–Match of the Night: Roode vs. Storm (****)
–Overall Grade: B +
Scheduled for Next Week:
– Eric Young & Ronnie vs. Robbie E. & Robbie T.
– Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, & TBA vs. Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, & Bully Ray
– AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels
– TNA KO Tag Team Titles: Gail Kim & Madison Rayne (c) vs. Mickie James & Velvet Sky
– Garrett Bischoff vs. TBA
Turning Point Lineup:
– Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett
– No DQ Match: RVD vs. Christopher Daniels
– TNA Knockouts Title: Velvet Sky (c) vs. Gail Kim
– Crimson vs. Matt Morgan
– TNA Tag Team Titles: Mexican America (c) & Sarita vs. Ink, Inc. & Toxxin