Impact Wrestling opens up with Sting and Roode being shown arriving to the arena earlier today as tonight they will sign the contract for Victory Road. A video package then runs hyping up that match.
James Storm’s music hits and the Cowboy makes his way down to the ring. Storm says ever since November 3rd he’s been waiting for his one-on-one opportunity for the World Title and maybe a little bit of revenge. A big “it’s your time” chant starts as Storm says Roode is what he says he is, selfish. He says that Roode is the type of person who wants and takes which is what’s wrong with the world today: too many wanters and takers and not enough givers. Storm says that at Lockdown he’s going to be all 3 of those things because he’s going to GIVE Roode the ass whipping of his life, he WANTS that World Title, and he’ll TAKE it! He says he only one more thing left to say… SORRY ABOUT YO D…but then he stops and says he’s not going to say this time because Roode will need every bit of the luck he get at Lockdown. Bully Ray’s music cuts Storm off and the Bully makes his way down the ramp.
Ray mockingly says “wow” and Storm is fired up tonight. He says he can feel it, James Storm is ready, but unfortunately Ray says he’s not sure that Storm knows where he’s at right now. Ray says he’s the guy that kicked that steel chair into Storm’s head, but Storm says if he remembers right then HE is the guy that kicked Ray’s teeth down his throat to become the new #1 Contender. Storm then tells Ray to stop running his mouth and come into the ring right now so they can do what they do best and that’s beat the living hell out of each other. Ray tells Storm to kiss his calves and he’s not going to make it to Lockdown and he won’t be able to beat Roode because of Ray. Ray says in 3 days Storm has to face him at Victory Road and he’s going to take Storm out so he can’t make it to his “redneck backyard” to make his dreams come true.
Storm comes out of the ring and starts walking towards Ray and says they need to do this thing right now. Ray asks Storm if he wants to fight and Storm says emphatically yes. Ray says if that’s the case he has good news for him and bad news. The good news is he won’t be facing Ray but he’s going to face Gunner tonight! Gunner comes down the ramp and Ray says if he wants to fight someone so bad he can fight Gunner.
Gunner gets in Storm’s face and Storm says he hopes Gunner packed a lunch and then punches him in the mouth! Storm and Gunner brawl around ringside until agents and referees run out to separate them. Ray then sucker punches Storm as the agents were holding Storm back! He screams Storm “ain’t making it to Lockdown” again.
Gail Kim and Madison walk and argue backstage blaming each other for losing the KO Tag Titles until they walk up on Sting. Sting gives them a death stare and then tells them to shutup. He says that he has Roode on his mind tonight but then says Gail is going to face Mickie James and Madison is going to face Velvet Sky and that match is NEXT.
Another video package hyping Roode-Sting is shown. Roode trashes Sting for booking himself “in another Main Event” and says he will take Sting out at Victory Road and will do whatever it takes to get it down.
Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky
This is a battle of former Beautiful People members here. Velvet teases like she’s going to do her usual entrance but just as she’s about to start it she Spears Madison! Velvet slams Madison’s head into the mat repeatedly and then starts reigning down right hands. The referee pulls her off but then Velvet goes right back at Madison with kicks in the corner. She then hits a Corner Splash and then tosses Madison head first into the opposite corner. Velvet slams Madison’s head into the turnbuckles and then hits a series of shoulder blocks followed by a Snapmare Takeover. Velvet kicks Madison in the back and then hits a Sliding Dropkick for a nearfall. Velvet picks Madison up but Madison runs Velvet into the corner and then hits her with a shoulder block. Madison then charges at Velvet but Velvet gets her boot up. Madison goes to charge again and again Velvet gets her boot up, but this time Madison catches her feet and then flings them into the ropes. Madison grabs Velvet by the head and slams her to the mat as she was hanging in the ropes. Madison chokes Velvet on the ropes and then kicks her in the head. 1…2…NO Velvet kicks out! Madison locks in a Cravate on Velvet but Velvet fights out with back elbows and then she hits the ropes but Madison sidesteps her and shoves her through the ropes and to the floor. Velvet tries to get back in the ring but Madison kicks her and then hits her with a Neckbreaker as Velvet was hanging through the ropes! 1…2…NO Velvet kicks out! Madison covers Velvet again and again gets a nearfall. Madison locks in a headlock now but Velvet fights back up to her feet and breaks the hold with a Jawbreaker. Velvet kicks Madison in the gut and then nails her with a Forearm Smash. Velvet follows up with a series of Forearms and then shoves Madison into the ropes and hits a clothesline followed by a back elbow. Velvet hits the ropes and connects with a Running Bulldog and then she goes to lock in a Side Headlock. Madison knees Velvet in the gut and then attempts the Rayne Drop, but Velvet blocks it and then rolls Madison up! 1…2…NO Madison reverses the rollup and pulls the tights of Velvet! 1…2…3!
Winner: Madison via pinfall (rollup)
Earlier today Crimson and Morgan were talking about their match last week. Morgan mockingly says “a hell of a team win there last week” but Crimson cuts him off and says they won and that’s all that matters. Crimson says this Sunday they have to be on the same page so they can get their titles back. Morgan asks Crimson if he’s here to win championships and make money and Crimson says of course. Morgan says he was just making sure and Crimson says to win championships you have to win lots of matches and if there’s anyone that knows about winning matches it’s him. Morgan laughs as Crimson calls himself “the undefeated one.” Morgan tells him he needs to worry about Joe tonight.
“Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe w/Magnus vs. Crimson w/Matt Morgan
Sunday Joe & Magnus will defend the Tag Titles against Crimson & Morgan Sunday at Victory Road. Crimson & Joe circle each other and then lockup with Joe forcing Crimson into the corner. Crimson turns it around and the referee separates them but Crimson kicks Joe in the gut and then follows up with a series of strikes. Joe grabs Crimson and tosses his him into the corner and then destroys him with a barrage of strikes. Joe whips Crimson into the opposite corner and follows up with a Running Back Elbow and then a Leaping Enziguri! Joe hits a Snapmare Takeover and then slaps the back of Crimson and then kicks him in the chest. Joe hits a Knee Drop and gets a nearfall. Joe picks Crimson up and hits him with an elbow and then Joe hits the ropes but Morgan grabs his boot. Magnus gets up on the apron to argue with the referee and Crimson hits Joe from behind. Crimson puts the boots to Joe and then comes off the ropes with a big Lariat. 1…NO Joe kicks out quickly! Crimson hits a Snapmare Takeover and then follows up with a Shining Wizard! 1…2…NO Joe kicks out! Crimson and Joe exchange rights and kicks before Crimson locks Joe in a Cravate and then follows up with a series of Knee Strikes and then a Neckbreaker for another nearfall! Crimson locks in a chinlock and then Joe fights to his feet and breaks the hold with back elbows. Joe whips Crimson into the corner and then charges but Crimson gets his boot up! Crimson climbs up the ropes and dives off but Joe catches him in midair with an Atomic Drop followed by a Running Mafia Kick! Joe follows up with a Backsplash Senton! 1…2…NO Crimson kicks out! Joe picks Crimson up but Crimson slaps Joe away and hits a Cross Chop. Crimson hits the ropes but Joe catches him with a Snap Powerslam! 1…2…NO Crimson kicks out again! Joe hits Crimson with a European Uppercut and then hits the ropes but Crimson nails him with a Spinebuster! 1…2…NO Joe kicks out! Crimson argues with the referee and then charges at Joe but Joe catches him with a Rock Bottom in midair! Joe grabs Crimson and puts him up on the top rope for the Muscle Buster! Morgan gets on the ropes to distract Joe until Magnus pulls him off the ropes! Morgan throws Magnus into the ring steps and then nails Joe with a Jawbreaker over the ropes as the referee was checking on Magnus! Joe then turns around and stumbles into a Spear from Crimson! 1…2…3!
Winner: Crimson via pinfall (Spear)
In the back Austin Aries is shown walking backstage with a bottle of champagne.
Back from the break Austin Aries is standing in the ring and he says it’s a great day to be great and it’s an even better day to break records. He says he’s usually not one to pay attention to numbers and statistics but here are some numbers to pay attention to. He says there has been 50 X-Division Title reigns held by 25 different wrestlers. He says not only is he the greatest man to ever live but he is officially the greatest X-Division and longest reigning champion in X-Division history beating the previous record of 182 days (held by Daniels I believe). Aries says he wants to celebrate with all of the fans and then he introduces a video package highlighting his X-Division Title reign. It’s set to a song by Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly in which Aries (and Alex Shelley) is the star of the music video for called “The Real McCoy.” Aries thanks himself but says he also needs to thank some of the very good X-Division wrestlers out there that he beat because without them he couldn’t have accomplished them. He says they are good but not great and then toasts himself, the greatest man to ever live. Zema Ion’s music interrupts Aries and then he walks down to the ring.
Aries says he didn’t send Zema an invitation to be out here but he understands that Zema just wants to stand in the spotlight of Aries. Aries says that last week Zema beat him at his own game and he can appreciate that. Zema says he didn’t beat Aries at his own game, he beat Aries at HIS game. He says that he embarrassed Aries last week and he proved that he isn’t as smart as he thought he was. He says that if he was smart he would hand over the X-Division Title right now because this Sunday what happened to Jesse Sorensen could easily happen to Aries. Aries mockingly laughs and then says Zema must have put on his “big boys drawers” but he can appreciate Zema acting like he’s got some hair on his nuts for once. Aries says since Zema is so on fire he should do the toast for him. Zema says “here’s to Austin Aries and your spectacular title reign which unfortunately ends this Sunday.” Zema says if Aries still doesn’t take him seriously then he needs to remember he’s not just “F’ing pretty, I’m pretty f’ing dangerous” and then tosses the wine into Aries’ face. Aries kicks Zema and then starts spraying the wine into Zema’s face before tossing him out of the ring. Zema flips out as Aries takes a few swigs of the wine.
Back from the break Joseph Park approaches Gunner and asks him about Abyss. Gunner says he can’t help him because he has a match and then walks away.
Footage of EY asking ODB to marry him last week is shown and then ODB & EY are shown talking about the wedding in the back. EY makes a bunch of suggestions and he suggests the ring (oh joy). He says they’re going to get married on Impact and she agrees.
Kurt Angle says he hates when young punks like Garett Bischoff think they belong in this business and then calls him “Garett Bitchoff” and says he caused him to lose last week. Angle says tonight it’ll be him and Garett in a 5-Minute Challenge but he talked to Garett’s wife and she said he couldn’t last 3 minutes. He says that Victory Road may very well be Jeff Hardy’s last match because he HATES Jeff.
Another vignette hyping Roode-Sting is shown with clips and photos of Sting in the past and he says he may have to be a little “Crowish” and stoop down to Roode’s level this Sunday to take out Roode.
Mickie James vs. Gail Kim
Gail & Mickie lock up and then Gail gets Mickie in a side headlock and then a side headlock takeover. Mickie counters with a headscissors and then Gail is able to counter out and flip over into a bridging pin. 1…2…NO Mickie bridges up and into a Backslide attempt but Gail blocks it. Mickie then hits a Snapmare Takeover followed by a sliding dropkick! 1…2…NO Gail kicks out! Gail gets back to her feet and runs Mickie into the corner. Gail hits a series of strikes and then goes for a Running Body Splash but Mickie rolls out of the way and Gail spills out to the floor. Gail grabs the KO Title and goes to get back in the ring but Mickie hits her with a knee on the apron and then tosses Gail back over the top rope into the ring. Mickie hits a series of forearm smashes and then attempts to whip Gail into the corner, but Gail reverses it and then charges at Mickie. Mickie hits a back elbow and then goes for the Mickiecanrana but Gail counters with a nice Kneebreaker! Gail then grabs Mickie’s leg and elbow drops it repeatedly. Gail takes Mickie’s leg and slams that injured knee into the mat and then starts stomping and kicking it. Gail hangs that knee up in the ropes and starts pulling on it and twisting it. Mickie tries to fight out with forearms but Gail kicks the knee again and then hangs it up in the ropes and drops down on it with a Cannonball. Gail locks in a weird modified Kneelock, but Mickie fights out with right hand sand kick with the good leg. Mickie then tries to kick her again but Gail catches her leg and sweeps the bad leg. Mickie then pretty much DDT’s the injured leg into the mat. Gail locks in her over the shoulder Half Crab on that injured leg. Mickie counters into a rollup! 1…2…NO Gail kicks out and then goes for a running kick but Mickie blocks it and counters into a Neckbreaker! Both girls are down now as Mickie sells the knee. Mickie gets back up to her feet and then back kicks Gail and climbs up top! Mickie dives off with a Diving Thesz Press! 1…2…NO Gail kicks out! Gail rolls out to the apron and Mickie hits a Baseball Slide Dropkick that sends Gail to the floor! Gail grabs the KO Title and then Mickie reaches out and grabs Gail by the hair. The referee tries to pull Mickie off of Gail and as he was doing that Gail nails Mickie with the title belt! Gail slides back in the ring and stacks Mickie up, 1…2…3!
Winner: Gail Kim via pinfall
Earlier today Mr. Anderson says he admits it’s a little weird that he’s associating himself with AJ and AJ is associating himself with an asshole. Kaz & Daniels walk up and Daniels says his & Kaz’s situation with AJ has nothing to do with Anderson. Daniels asks why in the hell Anderson would pick AJ’s side over them two because they’re assholes too. Kaz says he knows how this movie is going to end: poorly like Anderson’s movies.
“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Mr. Anderson
This is Mr. Anderson’s first match in SEVERAL months. Anderson says he missed the hell out of the assholes and then does his usual entrance. Daniels attacks Anderson as he gets into the ring and then stomps him out in the corner. Daniels rips Anderson’s shirt off of him and then whips him into the ropes and goes for a backdrop, but Anderson stops and kicks Daniels. Anderson then hits a series of right hands and then throws the shirt at Daniels before whipping him into the corner. Anderson hits a Running Clothesline and then goes for the Mic Check but Daniels blocks it and then quickly rolls out of the ring. Anderson follows up and Daniels has a cut under his eye. Anderson hits Daniels with a series of right hands and then tosses Daniels into the guardrail. Anderson rolls Daniels back into the ring and Daniels immediately hits the ropes only to eat a Hip Toss followed by a 2nd one. Anderson sets up for an Elbow Drop but stops as Daniels rolls away and then he drops down onto Daniels when he stops with an Elbow Drop. 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out. Anderson lights Daniels up with chops in the corner and then whips him into the opposite corner and charges at him, but Daniels moves out of the way and hits a Running Knee Strike. Daniels puts the boots to Anderson in the corner and then whips him into the ropes and hits a Running Knee. 1…2…NO Anderson kicks out! Daniels picks Anderson up and whips him into the ropes and goes for another knee strike but Anderson avoids it and rolls Daniels up! 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out and then walks into a series of rights from Anderson. Anderson attempts to whip Daniels into the ropes but Daniels reverses it and then hits a Shoulder Block followed by a Bridging Northern Lights Suplex! 1…2…NO Anderson kicks out! Daniels follows up with a Scoop Slam and then goes for the Split Legged Moonsault, but Anderson gets his knees up! Daniels and Anderson exchange right hands in the center of the ring and then Anderson ducks a clothesline and attempts to whip Daniels into the ropes but Daniels reverses it. Anderson explodes off the ropes with a clothesline and then a Running Back Elbow and a Swinging Neckbreaker for a nearfall! Anderson goes for the Green Bay Plunge, but Daniels blocks it. Daniels swings at Anderson but he ducks and then attempts a Roundhouse Kick only to have Daniels duck it. Anderson swings his leg completely around and catches Daniels with an Enziguri! 1…2…NO Daniels gets his foot on the bottom rope! Daniels then runs Anderson into the corner and attempts to whip him into opposite corner, but Anderson reverses it. Anderson charges at Daniels and Daniels attempts to float up and over him but Anderson catches him on his shoulders and hits the Green Bay Plunge! Daniels grabs the ropes as Anderson went for the pin. Kazarian walks down to the ring and gets up on the apron but AJ Styles runs out and pulls Kaz down! AJ and Kaz brawl up the ramp and in the ring Daniels walks into the Mic Check! 1…2…3!
Winner: Anderson via pinfall (Mic Check)
In the back Jeff Hardy says Kurt Angle is the main reason that Hardy isn’t he World Champion and he’s made it personal between them.
“Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle vs. Garett Bischoff
Angle attacks Garett at the bell and beats on him ruthlessly in the corner. Angle stomps on and kicks the leg of Garett repeatedly and then kicks him in the face. Angle looks at the clock and then hits a Snap Suplex! 1…2…NO Angle pulls him up. Angle then locks in a headlock and then continues to beat Garett down. Angle chokes Garett and then taunts the fans before walking into a series of right hands from Garett. Angle nails Garett with a big right and then a VICIOUS crossface punch before going back to stomping on Garett and then choking him. Angle tosses Garett out to the floor and it looks like Garett’s lip is busted open. Garett tries to fight back but Angle just shrugs it off and then Suplexes him on the floor! Angle rolls Garett back into the ring and covers him, 1…NO Angle pulls him up again. Angle chokes Garett with his knee and then he grabs Garett and screams at him to fight back. Angle hits a Belly-to-Belly Overhead Suplex! 1…2…NO Angle pulls him up yet again and laughs. Angle picks Garett up again and knocks him down yet again. Angle puts the boots to Garett and then hits a Leg Drop. Angle pulls the straps down and then goes for the Angle Slam but Garett blocks it and sidesteps a charging Angle! Angle goes flying through the ropes and crashes on the floor! Angle rolls back into the ring with 10 seconds left and charges at Garett but Garett gets a boot up! Garett goes for a clothesline but Angle ducks and then hits the Angle Slam but time runs out!
Winner: Garett via surviving the 5 minutes
Angle goes nuts after the match and bitch slaps the referee! Angle grabs Garett and continues to beat the hell out of him and then locks in the Ankle Lock! Angle screams at Garett and then Garett screams in pain while trying to tap out! Jeff Hardy runs down and jumps on Angle! Angle rolls out of the ring and Jeff Hardy stares him down with Garett rolling around in the ring screaming in pain.
In the back Robbie E. and Robbie T. complain about their lack of merchandise and then it’s announced that Robbie is making an Open Invitational Challenge for Victory Road for his belt. He says he’s beaten everyone and there is no one else for him.
Gunner w/Bully Ray vs. “Cowboy” James Storm
Gunner and Storm exchange right hands with Storm getting the best of Gunner at the beginning but then Gunner pokes him in the eyes. Gunner whips Storm into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Storm kicks him and then hits a clothesline! Gunner rolls out to the floor and Storm follows and he slaps Gunner and then slams him into the guardrail! Storm rolls Gunner back into the ring and then gets kicked in the head by Gunner as he came back into the ring. Gunner swings at Storm in the corner but Storm blocks it and hits a series of right hands before Storm grabs him by the hair and slams him to the mat. Gunner takes Storm down and gets a nearfall. He locks in a chinlock on Storm but Storm fights back to his feet and breaks the hold before Gunner hits him in the back again and locks in another chinlock. Gunner hits a series of crossfaces and then covers Storm for another nearfall. Gunner goes back to the chinlock and Storm fights to his feet and breaks the hold with back elbows and then a big right hand. Storm explodes off the ropes with a clothesline and both guys are down. Storm hits Gunner with a series of rights and then whips him into the ropes and hits another clothesline followed by a back elbow. Storm hits the ropes and connects with a Flying Forearm and then whips Gunner back into the ropes and hits a Backdrop! Storm follows up with the Closing Time and then sets up for the Last Call and connects! 1…2…3!
Winner: Storm via pinfall (Last Call)
Ray talks trash to Storm and then runs to the ring but stops before getting in and walks away. He says in 3 days he’ll take Storm out.
Another vignette hyping Sting-Roode is shown.
Another Roode-Sting vignette airs with Sting saying he hasn’t been unfair to Roode while Roode says Sting has it out for him. At the end of the video we cut to the ring where Sting and Roode are already at the table for the contract signing. Both guys sign the contract and then Roode snatches the microphone away from JB and says he remembers like yesterday when he won the World Title on November 3rd. He says that was the day he became the it factor and the leader of the selfish generation. He says since that day Sting has been nothing more than a pain in his ass and for months he’s tried to figure out why Sting has so much hated towards him. He says he thinks he’s finally found the answer, Sting is jealous of Roode. He asks Sting if he remembers 22 long years ago when Sting defeated Ric Flair for his first World Championship. He says he remembers it very well because he was a fan watching it. He says Sting had it all and he wanted to be just like him but 22 years later Sting now looks at Roode and sees himself in Roode. He says Roode possesses all of the same traits that Sting once had except he’s just that much better than Sting was because he’s bigger, stronger, faster, smarter, and better looking and just simply a better World Champion than Sting ever was. A big “Bobby sucks” chant starts and then Bobby says Sting’s one of those guys who continuously hangs around the business to steal the young guys spotlight. He tells Sting to let it go and step away from the spotlight and asks if he’s just scared of people forgetting his legacy, but says the business has passed Sting by and this Sunday he will step in the ring with the World Champ. Roode says when Sting gets up in the morning he doesn’t get up as quick as he used to and when he walks around he doesn’t get around as good as he once did. He gets in Sting’s face and says that stupid facepaint he puts on doesn’t scare him and the reason he puts that paint on is because when he looks into the mirror he has to mask himself because he knows when he looks himself in the eyes he doesn’t have what it takes anymore. Roode says this Sunday he will expose Sting for who he really is and that’s nothing more than a washed out has been that should have left the business a long time ago. Roode asks Sting what’s wrong as he stares down and Roode says for the first time in Sting’s career he has nothing to say. He asks Sting if the truth hurts and then he drops the microphone and picks his title up.
Sting flips the table over and kicks his chair over before pulling out the facepaint. Sting wipes it on his face and then Roode says he told him that paint doesn’t scare him. Sting wipes it on Roode’s face and then Sting nails Roode! Sting beats on Roode in the corner and then wipes more paint on him and then he continues to beat on the champ. Sting clotheslines Roode over the top and then picks up a chair from the ring and tosses it at him! Sting screams at Roode and beats his chest as Roode recovers on the outside.
Things weren’t great in the ring tonight again but the promos were pretty good most of the night.
The opening promo with Storm and Ray was excellent and the match with Storm-Gunner was okay but nothing special just there to give Storm some steam going into the PPV.
I like the idea of adding another layer to the Fortune drama but Mr. Anderson is obviously just there because they needed to get him back on TV although the idea of AJ saying he’s going to get the help of an “asshole” since everyone else stabs him in the back makes sense (the asshole will stab you in the front).
Both Knockouts matches were pretty good especially Gail-Mickie except for the finish.
Anderson-Daniels worked well together and Anderson looked pretty good in his return.
Joe and Crimson had a fun match with Crimson looking to be more and more going the route of heel which seems like it might fit him better.
The ass beating Angle put on Garett was nice to watch and I have to give Garett respect because Angle hit him with more than one pretty stiff shot in that match.
The final promo by Roode was really well done and Sting’s reaction with him just looking down really worked well and then finally it seeming like he snapped and went after Roode. The added No Holds Barred stipulation should make this match interesting. They really hyped that match up well all night with the vignettes as well.
1) Madison Rayne def. Velvet Sky
2) Crimson def. Samoa Joe
3) Gail Kim def. Mickie James
4) Mr. Anderson def. Daniels
5) 5-Minute Challenge: Garett Bischoff def. Kurt Angle via surviving
6) James Storm def. Gunner
– Promo/Segment of the Night: Roode/Sting
– Match of the Night: Anderson vs. Daniels (**)
– Overall Grade: C+
Scheduled for Next Week:
Victory Road Lineup:
– No Holds Barred: Sting vs. Bobby Roode
– Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle
– Bully Ray vs. James Storm
– TNA X-Division Title: Austin Aries (c) vs. Zema Ion
– TNA Knockouts Title: Gail Kim (c) vs. Madison Rayne
– TNA Tag Titles: Samoa Joe & Magnus (c) vs. Matt Morgan & Crimson
– Kazarian & Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles & Mr. Anderson
– TNA TV Title: Robbie E. (c) vs. TBA