This year’s Thanksgiving “Impact Wrestling” kicks off with clips of last week and then Kurt Angle’s music hits and the former World Champion makes his way down to the ring. Angle has been out since he lost his title to James Storm after BFG with a hamstring injury. Last week he returned and revealed that it was him who attacked Storm from behind before Turning Point and gave him a concussion.
An “Angle sucks” chant starts and he says as a man’s man, there is only one thing that he despises and that’s when someone accuses him of attacking them from behind. Angle says he didn’t attack Storm from behind…he just didn’t see him coming. Angle mockingly says he was just too fast for Storm to see him coming. Angle says Storm better not ever accuse him again of not looking a man in his eyes before kicking his ass because next time he might just take it personally. Storm’s music interrupts Angle and he makes his way down to the ring.
Storm says Angle talks about taking something personal and then asks if he would take it personally if he stuck his cowboy boot up his ass. Storm says it was personal when Angle came into TNA, it was personal when they used to travel together, and it was personal when their kids played together. He says now it’s business. Storm says he’s looking Angle in the eyes now so “jump, bitch!” Storm says he’s a real man and he doesn’t back down from nothing and he can take an ass whipping like no one he’s ever seen before. Storm tells Angle to break his ankle or his neck and he’ll jump right back up and kick Angle’s ass again.
Angle says Storm screwed him out of his title so he’s not a real man, and all he did was got sweet revenge when he screwed Strom out of his rematch with Roode. Storm says he’s sure the people are tired of hearing them talk so what he wants him to do is not take this ass whipping personally, it’s just business. Storm starts to approach Angle but Angle stops and says he didn’t come here to fight and says he’s a gentleman. Angle says he does know some people that want to fight and then Bully Ray, Jeff Jarrett, and Christopher Daniels walk down to the ring. Angle mockingly asks Storm what he’s going to do now and says he won’t do sh*t. Angle dares Storm to hit him now.
Storm says that last week Angle gave him a message to give his daughter (Angle told Storm to tell his daughter that it was him who gave Storm the concussion) and Storm says his daughter told him to give Kurt this message, and then Storm punches Angle in the face!
Storm bails out of the ring before any of the other guys can get a hold of him and grabs a chair from ringside! Mr. Anderson, RVD, and AJ Styles hit the ring and jump Ray, Jarrett, & Daniels! Storm and Angle try to get to each other but security is holding them back while the others brawl at ringside! All 6 men brawl all around the ring and ringside before Immortal and Daniels retreat. Tenay hypes up the Elimination Match for later.
Earlier today Eric Young drives around former TNA official Rudy Charles. EY says he’s pumped that Rudy is back. Rudy pulls out the turkey suit that TNA has made one unlucky person wear every Thanksgiving for years. EY says Robbie E. will look perfect in it.
The footage of Mexican America dropping the belts to Morgan & Crimson last week is shown. The rematch for the belts are up next.
TNA World Tag Team Championships
Mexican America w/Rosita & Sarita vs. Crimson & Matt Morgan (c)
Crimson & Morgan hit the ring and the fight starts right away. Hernandez takes a spill out to the floor and immediately grabs his knee. In the ring Morgan whips Anarquia into the corner and then nails him with a Corner Clothesline. Morgan then hits a Spinning Clothesline! Morgan tags in Crimson and he hits Anarquia with a Snake Eyes in the corner followed by a clothesline. Crimson lifts Anarquia up on his shoulder and hits a Fireman’s Carry Slam. Morgan tags back in and lifts Anarquia up on his shoulder and drops him with a Running Powerslam. As Hernandez tries to get in the ring Morgan nails him with a Running Boot to send him back to the floor! Morgan tags Crimson back in and both men destroy Anarquia with a Running Double Shoulder Block. Crimson and Morgan then hit a Double Clothesline on Anarquia! 1…2…3!
Winners & STILL Tag Champs: Crimson & Morgan via pinfall (Double Clothesline)
In the back EY and Rudy Charles approach Robbie E & Robbie T in the back. Robbie says EY is never getting a shot at the belt again, but EY says they have bigger turkeys to fry. EY says Sting has signed the Turkey Suit Challenge for tonight! Rudy explains to Robbie that if he loses he has to wear the suit in the ring. EY says that Sting said if Robbie doesn’t do the match then he’s stripped of his belt and he’s suspended. Robbie says this “aint happening, bro.” As they walk away Rudy asks EY if Sting said any of that and EY says “absolutely not.”
Karen Jarrett and Traci Brooks are shown walking backstage.
Back from the break clips of the Knockouts Gauntlet are shown.
Karen Jarrett, Traci Brooks, Madison Rayne, & Gail Kim make their way down to the ring. They make Traci hold the ropes open for them. Karen calls Velvet Sky, Tara, Angelina Love, Winter, & Brooke Tessmacher down to the ring. Karen says after all of her efforts to clean up the Knockouts division and bring dignity and class to it and trying to get them to “cover up”, the perverts still want to see their skin. Karen says she’s sure some of the girls won’t mind what she’s about to say because they go around flaunting themselves everyday, but some of the girls in the ring think they’re “real athletes” while looking at Tara. Karen says there is only one athlete in the division and that’s the Champion, Gail Kim. Tonight there will be the first ever Lingerie Ball, Tara did not like this. Karen says this will become a Thanksgiving tradition. Karen says Velvet can just go get the stuff she wears “while sliding down the pole and getting dollars thrown at you” and that if any of them refuse to do the match they can go ahead and leave.
Christy Hemme approaches Tara, Brooke, & Velvet in the back. Tara says she thought she left this crap behind her (in WWE), she says next it’ll be Pillow Fights and Bikini Matches. Tara says she’s not happy and there supposed to be wrestling. Brooke says she’s a model when she’s home, but when she’s here she’s here to wrestle. Velvet says this is especially degrading to her because she was just to Knockouts Champion. She calls Karen a monster and says she’s sick to death of her. Velvet says they’ll go out tonight and show they’ll do whatever they’re asked to and do it great.
Gail Kim says she never questions what Karen says but before she can say anything else Mickie James bursts into her locker room and says she needs to talk to her now. Mickie says she wants to talk to her in private and they walk into a room but the camera man sticks his camera into the crack of the door. Mickie is scolding Gail about what she’s been doing in TNA and what Karen just did. Mickie says Gail needs to put a stop to this, but Gail says if Mickie doesn’t like it she can give her notice right now. Mickie says if Gail wasn’t shoved 3 feet up Karen’s ass she might see what kind of hypocrite she’s being right now! Gail tries to attack Mickie from behind but Mickie blocks her and slams her into a wall! Madison stops Mickie and slams her into a locker. Gail then jumps on Mickie and starts beating the ever loving hell out of her while screaming at her. Gail then kicks over the camera man and continues to beat the crap out of Mickie while continuing to scream at her.
Thanksgiving Thong Thunder Match
Velvet Sky & TNT vs. Angelina Love, Winter, & Madison Rayne
What Angelina is wearing doesn’t show a hell of a lot more than her regular gear actually. Madison is wearing a red nightie or something. Tara most definitely looks the best here. Velvet is wearing a huge t-shirt covering herself up, and finally takes it off as all 6 of the girls pose to the crowd to get a reaction. What’s hilarious is the lingerie Velvet is wearing covers up FAR more than her regular wrestling attire. The heels attack the babyfaces as they get a better reaction. Winter chokes Tara on the ropes and then slams her into a corner. Winter nails her with a series of forearms and then whips her into the opposite corner followed by a Corner Splash for a nearfall.
Back from the break Tara hits Winter with a series of clotheslines followed by a Scoop Slam and then the Standing Moonsault! 1…2…NO Winter kicks out! Tara tags Brooke and then she whips Winter into the corner. Tara hits a Running Clothesline on Winter and then Brooke hits her with the Asstastic. Brooke follows up with a series of armdrags and then she whips Winter into the ropes and connects with a dropkick. Winter falls back into her corner where Madison tags herself in. Madison slams Brooke into the corner and then chokes her with her boot. Madison then goes for a Running Hip Attack but Brooke moves out of the way. Brooke then attempts to whip Madison into the opposite corner but Madison reverses it and then charges Brooke in the corner. Madison catches her feet and swings them into the ropes hanging her up and then slams her to the mat. Madison chokes Brooke on the ropes and then slams her into the heel corner. Winter tags back in and hits Brooke with a Forearm and then connects with a Backbreaker. 1…2…NO Brooke kicks out! Winter taunts the babyfaces and then slams Brooke’s head into the mat before dragging her back to the heel corner and tagging Angelina in. Winter whips Brooke into the corner and then whips Angelina into a clothesline on Brooke in the corner. Angelina covers Brooke and gets a nearfall. Angelina hits an Elbow Drop and then blatantly chokes Brooke. Angelina goes to pick Brooke up but Brooke rolls her up! 1…2…NO Angelina kicks out and then puts the boots to her! Angelina rakes at Brooke’s eyes and then slams her knees into the back of Brooke. Angelina whips Brooke into the ropes and attempts a clothesline but Brooke ducks and then both girls slam each other to the mat by the hair. Both girls are down. Angelina tags out to Madison and Brooke tags out to Velvet! Velvet hits Madison with a series of clotheslines and then takes Angelina out with one followed by one for Winter! Madison eats another one and then Velvet connects with a Running Bulldog! Velvet follows up with the Pedigree attempt but Winter attacks her from behind! Tara comes in and tackles Winter! All 6 girls are in now and brawling. The heels attempt to whip the three babyfaces into each other but they all 3 stop in the middle of the ring before hitting and then turn around and clothesline the heels! Angelina and Winter roll out to the floor with Brooke & Tara giving chase. In the ring Madison hits Velvet from behind and connects with the Rayne Drop! Earl Hebner is trying to break the girls up at ringside as Madison rolls out to the floor and grabs her title. Madison sets up to hit Tara with it but Mickie James runs out and takes it from her! Mickie then snaps Madison off the ropes and she falls back into the In Yo Face (Sitout Pedigree) from Velvet! 1…2…3!
Winners: Velvet & TNT via pinfall (In Yo Face)
Mickie sells the injuries she suffered from Gail earlier but smiles as Velvet celebrates the win.
Jeff Hardy is shown walking backstage wearing his weird ass mask.
In the back Karen is arguing with the Knockouts. Karen is pissed because half of them are wearing more clothes than the usual gear they wear to the ring. Karen says she tells them to cover up and they take clothes off and then she tells them to take clothes off and they cover up. Karen says next week she’s providing the outfits they’ll be wearing in the ring. She tells them to remember who says what goes in the Knockouts Division. Karen says Velvet already lost the belt and now she’s going to take away every bit of dignity she has left.
Jeff Hardy’s music hits and the “Charismatic Weirdo” makes his way down to the ring with that weird mask on. He wore it to the ring at Turning Point. It looks like a cross between a Predator and Lord Zedd from Power Rangers (yeah I’m an 80’s baby) or something. He takes the mask off revealing it to be really Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett mocks the fans and Hardy saying “look at me! The Charismatic Enema!” Jarrett mocks the fans saying they love Hardy because he wears makeup like a circus clown and because he takes asinine chances that can paralyze him in the ring every week. Hardy calls the fans morons and says maybe they really love Hardy because they relate to him because he’s a lowlife, degenerate, pathetic, worthless, that has no business being in TNA. Jarrett says he wants every one of the kids that idolize him to grow up so maybe one day they can embarrasses the company they work for like Hardy did.
Hardy’s music hits and he runs down to the ring and jumps Jarrett before he could bail through the crowd! Hardy slams Jarrett into the guardrail and then tosses him back into the ring! Daniels and Bully Ray hit the ring and jump Hardy now! Jarrett joins in and they beat Hardy down until Anderson, RVD, and AJ run down and even the odds! Security finally runs down to separate the wrestlers as Bobby Roode is in now as well. Jarrett breaks through security and knocks Hardy off the apron down to the floor. Hardy then slams Hardy into the ring steps! Jarrett picks Hardy up again and slams him into the ring steps one more time! Jarrett screams at Hardy telling him to take that back to his family. The heels in the ring have laid out the other babyfaces as well.
A video history of the turkey suit is shown going all the way back to the year where AJ Styles threw a complete temper tantrum in the ring having to wear it.
EY grabs a microphone before the match and re-introduces Rudy Charles to the TNA fans. Taz mockingly asks if he’s going to get pyro since he gets an entrance.
Loser Wears the Turkey Suit Match
Robbie E. w/Robbie T. vs. “Showtime” Eric Young
I wonder if that’s the same suit from the first time they did this? Dumb question. Robbie tries to attack EY but EY hits him with the turkey suit! Robbie then clotheslines EY from behind and rolls him back into the ring. Robbie actually starts stomping on the turkey suit and hits a Fist Drop on it! Robbie whips EY into the ropes and nails him with a Russian Leg Sweep for a nearfall. Robbie climbs up top and dives off with a Flying Fist Drop and this fool Rudy Charles actually makes the nearfall count with the turkey head on his hand. Robbie argues with the ref which allows EY to roll him up! 1…2…NO Robbie kicks out and then hits EY with a Back Elbow. Robbie and EY exchange right hands and EY gets the advantage. EY whips Robbie into the ropes and connects with a Flying Forearm followed by a clothesline. EY attempts to whip Robbie into the corner but Robbie reverses it and charges. EY catches him with a back elbow and then climbs up top. Robbie attempts to charge at EY but EY leaps off the top over him and then and then connects with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex! EY celebrates and gets the fans going as Robbie T. hands Robbie E something! He blasts EY in the head with it as the referee was turned around doing something with the turkey suit. 1…2…3! Robbie tucks the thing under his arm but as the referee raised his arm it fell out and he sees it! Rudy Charles restarts the match! Robbie shoves the referee repeatedly but Rudy shoves him back! Robbie charges at him but Rudy ducks and Robbie slams himself into the corner and then stumbles into a Spike Piledriver from EY! 1…2…3!
Winner: Young via pinfall (Piledriver)
EY says everyone knows Thanksgiving is a time to give and he loves to give. EY says he has two pieces of information to give right now. 1st, he says it doesn’t look like Robbie is going to be able to put on the suit because he’s out after the Piledriver. 2nd, he thinks they can find a replacement. EY points at Robbie T. and Rudy says that if Robbie T doesn’t put it on then Robbie E will get stripped of the TV Title. He finally grabs the stupid suit and puts it on! That’s one big ass turkey. Robbie T. chases EY to the back.
In the back the two teams for the Elimination Match prepare for it.
In the parking lot EY and Rudy talk about what happened. Rudy says he was happy to do it and it was a fun time. EY wishes the fans a great Thanksgiving and then starts “training for next year.” Rudy follows EY on a bicycle but the halfwit runs into a nearby trailer.
Team Cowboy (AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, Jeff Hardy, & Rob Van Dam) w/James Storm vs. Team Angle (Jeff Jarrett, Bully Ray, Bobby Roode, & Christopher Daniels) w/Kurt Angle
Hardy isn’t with Team Cowboy after the attack from Jarrett earlier. Roode isn’t with Team Angle either as they come to the ring, but comes to the ring alone with his own entrance. Storm stares Roode down as he makes his entrance but Roode stops and actually comes to the announce table instead of coming to the ring. Roode says he’s not quite loose enough to get in the ring. AJ and Daniels will kick this match off and lockup. Daniels forces AJ into the corner and then nails him with repeated shoulder blocks and then a big uppercut. Daniels whips AJ into the opposite corner but AJ floats up and over the charging Daniels. AJ hits Daniels with a series of right hands and then puts the boots to Daniels in the corner. AJ hits a Snapmare Takeover on Daniels and kicks him in the back. AJ follows up with a Knee Drop and then connects with another right hand. AJ picks Daniels up but Daniels knees him in the gut and tags Jarrett in. Jarrett charges at AJ but eats a Hip Toss from AJ! Anderson tags in now and hits Jarrett with body shots as Roode tells Taz to stop kissing his butt. Anderson whips Jarrett into the ropes and connects with a series of Hip Tosses and then drops an Elbow Drop on him for a nearfall. Jarrett pokes Anderson in the eyes and tags Ray into the match. Ray grabs Anderson and hits a Vertical Suplex and gets a nearfall of his own. Ray tags Daniels in and he puts the boots to Anderson. Daniels whips Anderson into the ropes and connects with a back heel kick for another nearfall. Daniels picks Anderson up and hits him with a Knee to the gut. Daniels then attempts to whip Anderson into the ropes but Anderson counters into the Green Bay Plunge! 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out! Anderson tags RVD in and he hits Daniels with forearms and kicks, and then a Stepover Heel Kick! RVD gets a nearfall and then picks Daniels up but Daniels runs RVD into the heel corner where they triple team him. Jarrett tags back in and slams RVD hard into the turnbuckles and then tags Ray back in. Ray hits RVD with an elbow and then a Scoop Slam. Ray then hits a big Splash! 1…2…NO RVD kicks out! Ray locks in a headlock on RVD but RVD fights to his feet and attempts to break the hold but Ray slams him to the mat by his hair. Daniels tags back in and puts the boots to RVD. Daniels slams RVD into the corner again and tags Jarrett right back in. Jarrett hits RVD with a Snap Suplex and then tags Ray back in. Ray picks RVD up and slams him into Daniels’ boot. Daniels tags back in and slams RVD into the turnbuckles. Daniels whips RVD into the opposite corner and charges but RVD moves out of the way! RVD tags in Anderson and Daniels tags in Ray! Anderson catches Ray with right hands and then attempts to whip him into the ropes but Ray reverses it only to eat a clothesline and then a back elbow! Anderson follows up with a Swinging Neckbreaker! 1…2…NO Ray kicks out! Anderson grabs Ray and goes for the Green Bay Plunge but Ray blocks it and hits a clothesline! Ray then hits a Rock Bottom as Roode finally starts to make his way to the ring. Roode jumps up on the apron and tags Ray! Roode covers Anderson and pins him! MR. ANDERSON IS ELIMIANTED! Roode walks into a series of right hands from AJ! AJ whips Roode into the ropes and nails him with a Backdrop! AJ whips Roode into the corner and connects with a Splash followed by a HUGE clothesline! Roode tries to roll out of the ring but AJ stops him and drags him back in the ring! Roode BLATANTLY low blows AJ! The referee DQs Roode! ROODE IS ELIMINATED! Jarrett puts the boots to AJ and then whips him into the ropes and connects with a back elbow before tagging Daniels back in.
Back from the break Daniels connects with a clothesline on AJ for a nearfall. Daniels tags Jarrett back in and he puts the boots to AJ as Daniels holds him. Ray comes in and they hit a Double Vertical Suplex on AJ! Ray tags himself in and shoves AJ into the corner. Ray lights AJ up with chops! Ray then takes a play out of the Mr. Niebla of CMLL (in Mexico) playbook by spitting up into the air, but instead of catching it in his mouth he catches it on his palm and then licks it off (yeah pretty gross). Ray grabs AJ but AJ fights back with body shots and right hands to the head. AJ then attempts to leap to his corner but Ray catches him and flings him back to the heel corner. Daniels tags in and goes for the Angels Wings but AJ counters into a gorgeous hurricanrana! Daniels quickly gets back to his feet and attempts a clothesline but AJ ducks and hits the Pele! Both men are down! AJ is able to crawl to his corner and tag in RVD! RVD with a clothesline and then a Superkick to Daniels! Jarrett runs in but eats a spinning heel kick from RVD! RVD then knocks Ray off the apron! RVD follows up with a Springboard Back Kick followed by Rolling Thunder on Daniels! RVD springs to the top and sets up for the 5-Star Frog Splash but as Ray distracts the referee Kurt Angle shoves RVD off the top! RVD lands on the top rope stomach first! Storm and Angle start brawling at ringside now! Daniels rolls RVD up! 1…2…3! RVD IS ELIMINATED! AJ rolls back into the ring as Daniels looks like he’s bleeding from the lip or tongue. The heels jump AJ and beat on him in the corner. Ray stands on AJ’s chest as the referee attempts to regain control. Daniels grabs AJ and whips him into the ropes and connects with a clothesline. Daniels chokes AJ in the ropes and then as both Jarrett & Ray hold their boots up on the top rope Daniels slams AJ into them. Ray tags in now and AJ attempts to fight back but Ray hits a BIG backdrop! Ray tags in Daniels and he hits a Rock Bottom and then follows up with an attempt at the BME, but AJ gets his boot up! Jarrett and Ray come in and surround AJ. As AJ gets to his feet Ray and Jarrett to sandwich AJ with a clothesline from the front and back, but AJ ducks down and they clothesline each other! AJ then hits Ray with a Leaping Enziguri! Everyone is down now! Jeff Hardy’s music hits! Hardy limps down to the ring as Karen freaks out. Hardy begs for a tag from AJ and AJ leaps over and tags him! Hardy comes in with a clothesline on Daniels! Hardy then hits a Leaping Back Kick! Twist of Fate! 1…2…3! DANIELS IS ELIMINATED! Jarrett comes in and Hardy immediately attempts the Twist of Fate! Jarrett blocks but Hardy spins around into a rollup! 1…2…3! JARRETT IS ELIMINATED! Ray comes in and absolutely obliterates Hardy with a Big Boot! 1…2…NO Hardy kicks out! Ray and Jarrett double team Hardy even though Jarrett was just eliminated! They whip Hardy into the ropes and go for a double clothesline, but Hardy ducks it and as Hardy hits the ropes again AJ blind tags him! Hardy connects with a Double Clothesline on Jarrett & Ray! AJ hits a Springboard Flying Forearm on Ray! 1…2…3! RAY IS ELIMINATED!
Winners: Team Storm via AJ & Hardy being the lone survivors
AJ and Hardy celebrate the win but Roode comes in and takes out both Hardy & AJ with the title belt! Roode poses over the prone body of AJ Styles with the title belt. Roode screams at AJ that he can’t beat him.
First off, I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everybody out there, hope everyone had a great one, and ROLL TIDE!
Tonight’s show started off very slow but picked up late.
The opening promo between Storm & Angle was solid but not either’s best.
Mexican America was completely buried in that rematch and it looks one of those “out the door” types of squash matches. That’s the type of matches Crimson should have been having during his streak of wins to begin with.
I don’t mind seeing any of the Knockouts in lingerie but it was beyond comical that most of them were wearing equal or more than what they usually wear, but that was part of the story since Karen acknowledged it. She is playing the evil role fairly well but they need to address why she is allowed to still do it and why Sting hasn’t intervened at all.
The match itself was solid in-ring action for the most part, really nothing bad in it.
I loved the Jarrett parody of Hardy, there were some pissed off kids and freaks in that crowd. Perfect way to get Jarrett some real heat back after he was completely owned by Hardy at the PPV (only to get owned by him again in the Elimination Match).
The Turkey suit thing is a tradition that I don’t mind at all and it’s fairly funny and a lighthearted thing to do for Thanksgiving. Seeing Rob Terry’s big ass in the turkey suit was pretty funny but nothing will touch AJ’s fit after being forced to wear it or Shelley’s sulking.
The Elimination Match was absolutely excellent with all the guys telling a good story. Roode playing the complete d*ckhead and wanting nothing to do with the other heels, and even stealing a pin from Ray only to intentionally DQ himself so he didn’t have to face AJ. He said on commentary the only thing he cares about is the title so he obviously didn’t care about being DQ’d. AJ took a beating for a long time and the heels really worked him over and did the quick tag thing only for AJ to stay alive long enough for Hardy to make his return. Excellent action.
1) TNA Tag Team Titles: Crimson & Matt Morgan (c) def. Mexican America to retain the titles!
2) Thanksgiving Thong Thunder Match: Velvet Sky, Tara, & Brooke Tessmacher def. Madison Rayne, Winter, & Angelina Love
3) Loser Wears Turkey Suit: Eric Young def. Robbie E.
4) Elimination Match: AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, & RVD def. Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Jeff Jarrett, & Christopher Daniels
– Promo/Segment of the Night: Jarrett’s parody of Hardy
– Match of the Night: Elimination Match (***1/2)
– Overall Grade: B+
Scheduled for Next Week:
– TNA TV Title: Robbie E. (c) vs. RVD
– TNA Tag Titles #1 Contenders 3-Way: Mexican America vs. Ink, Inc. vs. Devon & The Pope
Final Resolution Lineup:
– TNA World Title 30-Minute Ironman Match: Bobby Roode (c) vs. AJ Styles
– TNA Knockouts Title: Gail Kim (c) vs. Mickie James