TNA Impact Wrestling
Orlando, Florida (Impact Zone)
March 8, 2012
Commentators: Mike Tenay & Taz
Report by: Josh Boutwell of

Impact opens up this week with clips of the Bischoff drama. Garett is shown arriving to the arena and he says he’s his own man and he doesn’t care about Flair’s warning last week. He says that he knows the target on his back is growing but he’s not going anywhere.

In the arena Flair’s music goes off and he along with Gunner and Eric Bischoff make their way down to the ring. Bischoff says there is just something about that music that warns his heart. He says tonight he will unfortunately have to handle family business in front of the world yet again and his son has pushed him so far that he had a meeting with Sting tonight. He asked Sting to allow Gunner to find a tag team partner to face Garett and a partner of his choosing so they can finally put an end to Garett. He says that before that happens he just wants to thank Ric Flair. He says they’ve been through some ups and downs together and he knows that last week Ric warned Garett and he knows that he was looking out for him and protect him by giving him great advice to not come back. He says he knows Ric did that out of love and respect. Garett is shown watching backstage as Eric continues to talk. He says that Garett will have a hard time finding a partner because no one in their right mind would want to tag with him while there is an entire locker room full of guys that would love to kick Garett’s ass. Kurt Angle’s music interrupts him as Eric smiles and acts as if it’s surprising.

Kurt walks down to the ring smiling and he hugs everyone in the ring. Eric says he doesn’t know what to say about this and Kurt grabs the microphone. Kurt says that he’s happy to give him his services to teach his disrespectful son a lesson. Kurt says he doesn’t like Garett as a big “Hardy” chant starts. He says he hates Garett and he hates him because he doesn’t respect his father. Kurt says when he was growing up he respected and listened to him, and look what happened to him; he became an Olympic Gold Medalist. Kurt says everyone hates ANYONE with the last name Bischoff, no disrespect to Eric. Kurt says he and Gunner are going to make Garett and his partner tap. Garett is shown watching in the back and shaking his head as Tenay says that Hulk Hogan is out of the country.

We cut to Sting acting like a nut job while looking in the mirror and painting his face. He says he may be unhinged right now but he feels so alive. Eric Young walks in and tries to find who the hell Sting is talking to. EY says he has to ask Sting something and he needs Sting’s permission to give ODB a big surprise in the ring tonight. Sting says what she really wants is gold, a shot at the Tag Titles! Sting freaks out again because he accidentally calls EY, Bobby. Sting says ODB is going to team with EY to face Gail Kim & Madison for the KO Tag Titles tonight, what the hell?! Sting puts paint all over EY’s face and says he needs to remember that he’s a warrior while EY looks freaked out.

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TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships
Gail Kim & Madison Rayne (c) vs. ODB & “Showtime” Eric Young

Tenay puts over how Gail will have defends her KO Title against Madison at Victory Road but they have to defend their KO Tag Titles here. EY will kick the match off with Gail and Gail starts shoving him around until ODB tags herself in. ODB clotheslines Gail and then whips her into the corner and hits a Corner Splash followed by the Bronco Muncher! She goes to pick Gail up but Gail kicks her in the gut and then nails her with a back elbow. Gail climbs up top but ODB cuts her off and then pulls her down and connects with a Fall Away Slam! ODB goes to pick her up again but this time Gail grabs ODB by the waist and tosses her into the corner. Gail tags in Madison and Madison starts choking her in the corner and then goes to charger at her but ODB gets her boot up. ODB then climbs up top and slams Madison’s head repeatedly into the top turnbuckle before diving off onto Madison! 1…2…NO Madison kicks out! ODB attempts to whip Madison into the corner but Madison reverses it and Gail grabs ODB’s hair as she hits the ropes and then hits her with a neckbreaker onto the top rope! Madison grabs ODB and slams her face into the mat and then tosses her out to the floor. Gail puts the boots to ODB while Madison distracts the referee and then she tosses ODB into the ring so Madison can get a nearfall. Gail tags back in and continues the beatdown on ODB before tagging Madison right back in. The heels whip ODB into the corner and then Gail whips Madison into a Running Hip Attack. Madison whips Gail into a Flying Body Splash on ODB in the corner as well! Madison hits a Facebuster and covers ODB for another nearfall. Madison hits the ropes but ODB catches her with a Spear out of nowhere! Both girls are down now! Madison tags in Gail and ODB tags in EY. Gail charges at EY but EY instead goes to lockup with the referee like the halfwit he is. EY then grabs Gail and puts her on the top rope. Madison charges after him but he moves and Madison nails Gail! EY lifts Madison up on his shoulders and then lifts Gail up on top of HER! DOUBLE AIRPLANE SPIN! He drops them and then all 3 stumble around dazed before he finally falls on top of Gail! 1…2…NO Madison breaks it up! Madison and Gail hit a series of BIG clotheslines on EY before ODB comes out of nowhere with a Double Clothesline on the heels! ODB drags Madison out to the floor and attempts to whip her into the steps but Madison reverses it! In the ring Gail nails EY with right hands which wakes EY up so he pulls his pants down to reveal his damn speedos. EY then grabs Gail but Madison comes from behind while the referee is checking on ODB and nails EY with the title belt! EY falls on top of Gail in a very, let’s just say suggestive, pin. 1…2…ODB drags Madison out to the floor…3! NEW CHAMPS!

Winners & NEW KO Tag Team Champs: EY & ODB via pinfall

After the match EY gets down on his knee and holds out a ring. Oh good lord another wrestling wedding, just what we need.

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Back from the break EY says they’re the tag team champions and they’re in love and this is the right time for him to do what he’s going to do. EY asks ODB if she will marry him and as the fans chant “say yes.” She grabs the ring and starts to walk off before stopping and finally she gets down on HER knee and asks HIM to marry her. He says “yes” and then starts celebrating. He runs around ringside slapping hands with the fans before getting back in the ring and jumping in ODB’s arms.

Earlier today some dude in a suit arrived to the Impact Zone to have a meeting with TNA officials. He says his name is Mr. Park.

Cut to Bully Ray earlier today and he reminds us that he kicked Storm’s head off last week and he says Storm will not make it to Lockdown and it’s because of him. He says that Sting WILL do the right thing tonight.

Austin Aries is shown walking backstage reading a text which is pissing him off. It’s a text from Sting saying that Aries has to face Zema for the X-Title TONIGHT. He says this is just another bad business decision from Sting because he’s going to beat him tonight and he won’t get a shot at the PPV. He says Sting’s plan will fail again and he’ll show him what “showtime” is about.

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TNA X-Division Championship
“A-Double” Austin Aries (c) vs. Zema Ion

I believe this is Zema’s first one-on-one X-Division Title shot. Zema tries to kick Aries at the bell but Aries blocks it and then slaps Zema. Aries locks in a side headlock and squeezes it on Zema. He attempts to shove Aries into the ropes but Aries holds onto Zema’s hair as Zema screams “NOT THE HAIR!” Aries then hits a Side Headlock Takeover but Zema quickly counters into a headscissors. Aries is able to counter out of it by going into a headstand into a dropkick! Aries rolls out to the floor and mocks Zema and bows to the crowd. Aries gets on the apron and hits a charging Zema with a shoulder block through the ropes followed by a Jawbreaker onto the top rope. Aries then hits a Slingshot Somersault Senton and then a Running Elbow Drop! 1…2…NO Zema kicks out! Zema retreats to the corner where Aries nails him with an elbow. Aries then whips him into the opposite corner and charges but Zema floats up and over him. Zema then quickly runs to the opposite corner and springs off the turnbuckles with a crazy Springboard Corkscrew Body Splash! 1…2…NO Aries kicks out! Zema dares Aries to get up and then he ducks an Aries clothesline and quickly slides out to the floor where he takes a turn mocking Aries. Aries reaches out and grabs Zema by the hair but Zema trips Aries and then pulls him out to the floor and slams him hard into the ring apron. Zema climbs up on the apron and then sets up for his Diving Moonsault out of the corner (which is the move that injured Jesse) but Aries rolls back into the ring and punches Zema. Aries climbs up to the top with Zema and slaps him hard on the back and then on the chest knocking Zema off the top to the floor. Aries then dives off the top with a Plancha but Zema moves out of the way and Aries crashes and burns on the guardrail! Zema rolls Aries back into the ring and covers him, 1…2…NO Aries kicks out! Zema climbs back up to the top and attempts the 450 Splash but Aries rolls out of the way and Zema hits nothing but canvas! Aries grabs Zema by the head and nails him with repeated wicked Forearm Smashes! Aries then goes to whip Zema into the ropes but Zema counters into a rake of the eyes! Zema goes to grab his hairspray and slips it in his trunks. Aries grabs Zema and nails him with a series of Knee Strikes and then goes for the Brianbuster, but Zema blocks it and goes for a German Suplex. Aries blocks IT and then backs Zema into the corner and dishes out a nasty Back Elbow. Aries goes to whip Zema into the opposite corner but Zema blocks it only to get kicked in the gut by Aries. Aries then tries to whip Zema back into the corner but the referee is standing there now. Zema puts the breaks on and Aries goes charging at Zema but both Zema and the referee were able to get out of the way causing Aries to nail the turnbuckles. As the referee hits the mat Zema attempts to spray Aries in the face with the hairspray but he ducks and then kicks Zema. Aries takes the can away and sprays Zema in the face as the referee gets up and sees it!

Winner: Zema via DQ (Aries retains)

It looks like Zema’s lip is busted open.

The guy in the suit walks into Velvet Sky’s locker room and introduces himself. He says that he’s sure she knows his brother, but she has no idea what he’s talking about. He says his brother is Chris…Chris Park aka Abyss. He asks her if she knows anything about his disappearance but she has no clue.

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Back from the break Bully Ray is in the ring and he says to the millions of TNA fans all over the world “Calfzilla” is here while showing his calves. He says that he’s the guy that took out James Storm last week and he’s the guy that kicked a steel chair into his face. He says that he’s the guy that scrambled Storm’s redneck brains and he’s the guy that really deserves to be the #1 contender. He calls Sting out to the ring so he can do the right thing and name him the new #1 Contender.

Sting’s music hits and the weirdo makes his way down to the ring. Sting says he feels so alive and he asks Bully Ray is kidding right now. Ray says he can do anything he wants to do so he just needs to make him the #1 contender right now. He says that he wants Bobby Roode and Sting says since Ray has the best calves in the whole wide world he’s going to give him Bobby Roode! Sting starts to leave but then he stops up the ramp and says that match is going to be right after the break!

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In the back Roode is PISSED as he approaches Sting and says he can’t defend his belt right now because he’s not ready. Sting says that he didn’t say anything about a title because he’s saving that for Lockdown. Roode calls Sting crazy and then walks out the tunnel.

Non-Title Match
Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray

Roode tries to convince Ray not to do this but Ray tells him to take the belt off and get ready to fight! Roode says that Sting is just messing with their heads as a “kick his ass” chant starts. Ray asks if he’s going to be a punk or fight him like a man and then Roode locks up with him! Ray forces Roode into the corner and teases punching him but backs away as the referee tries to separate them. Ray goes in for another lockup but Roode ducks underneath it and locks Ray in a Waistlock and then transitions into a side headlock before going into a Hammerlock. Roode then goes right back to the side headlock. Ray shoves Roode into the ropes and connects with a shoulder block followed by a big shove. Roode gets back to his feet and bitch slaps Ray! Roode kicks Ray in the gut and then starts beating on him in the corner with right hands, chops, and stomps. Roode whips Ray hard into the corner and then nails him with a right hand. Roode hits the ropes but Ray catches him with a backdrop followed by a Sidewalk Slam for a nearfall! Roode rolls out to the floor and Ray reaches out and pulls Roode up on the apron by the hair but Roode catches him with a Jawbreaker! Roode rolls back into the ring and hits an Elbow Drop and then chokes Ray on the ropes. Roode and Ray exchange right hands in the center of the ring now with Ray getting the better of it. Ray whips Roode into the corner and charges but Roode catches him with a back elbow and then climbs up top and hits a Diving Corkscrew Elbow! 1…2…NO Ray kicks out! Roode screams at Ray while slapping him in the face and taunting him. Ray answers with a NASTY chop! Roode comes right back with a right hand and then Ray answers with another chop. They continue to exchange STIFF shots until Ray gets the advantage with rights and lefts and then he whips Roode into the ropes and connects with a big backdrop! Roode follows up with a clothesline and then another one and finally a Running Splash in the corner! Roode charges again but this time Roode gets his boots up! Roode then charges at Ray but Ray catches him with a Rock Bottom! 1…2…NO Roode kicks out! Ray goes for the Running Mafia Kick but Roode ducks it and catches Ray with a Spear! 1…2…NO Ray kicks out! Roode goes out to the floor and grabs Ray’s chain and brings it back in the ring. Roode attempts to hit Ray with it but Ray kicks it into Roode’s face! Ray picks up the chain and teases hitting him with it but James Storm runs out and chases Ray off! Storm nails Roode with the Last Call!


Storm grabs the World Title and holds it over Roode and kisses it before laying it over Roode’s prone body.

In the back Garett Bischoff says he’s familiar with Gunner but Kurt Angle is another animal. Garett says he’s confident in who he’s asked to be his partner but he’s not saying who it is yet.

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In the back Crimson & Morgan are talking when Mr. Park walks up to them and introduces himself. Morgan laughs at the thought of him being Abyss’ brother but then both say they have no idea what happened to him. Mr. Park walks away and then Crimson & Morgan talk about losing their belts. Crimson says it doesn’t matter that Morgan cost them the match but they need to move forward and get another shot at those belts. Morgan agrees and they walk away.

TNA Tag Team Titles #1 Contenders Match
The Shore (Robbie E. & Robbie T.) vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan & Crimson

Robbie E. and Crimson will start this one out. Robbie taunts Crimson and then eats a clothesline for his troubles. Crimson charges Robbie in the corner but Robbie catches him with a back elbow and then climbs up top. Robbie dives off but Crimson catches him in midair and tosses him with a T-Bone Suplex! Robbie quickly tags in the bigger Terry. Terry and Crimson lockup and Terry nails Crimson with a knee to the gut and then a sledge to the back. Terry follows up with a scoop slam and then continues to beat on Crimson’s back. Crimson answers back with right hands but then Terry grabs him by the throat. Crimson slaps his arm away and connects with a jawbreaker until Robbie hits him from behind! Terry picks Crimson up and Robbie blind tags himself in as Terry hits a Sidewalk Slam. Robbie hits the Fist Pump Drop off the top and gets a nearfall. Robbie beats on Crimson in the corner and Terry tags back in and then whips Robbie into a Running Shoulder Block on Crimson in the corner. Terry follows up with a running Splash on Crimson followed up by a Front Slam for another nearfall. Terry beats on Crimson and then taunts the crowd. This allows Crimson to come back with a big Spinebuster! Both men tag out and Morgan nails Robbie with a series of shoulder blocks, elbows, and clotheslines! Morgan then hits a Running Knee on Robbie and then a clothesline on Terry! Morgan whips Terry into Robbie in the corner and then he Splashes Robbie in the corner! Morgan clotheslines Terry over the top and then nails Robbie with the Carbon Footprint! Crimson blind tags Morgan and steals the pin!

Winners & NEW #1 Contenders: Crimson & Morgan via pinfall (Carbon Footprint)

Earlier today AJ talks about the drama with Daniels & Kaz and he says that he’s figured out how to handle them and they won’t like it at all.

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Back from the break Gunner and Angle talk about their match tonight. Angle says Garett doesn’t listen and it doesn’t matter who his partner is tonight because they’re both going to the hospital.

A video package highlighting the drama with the former Fortune members is shown.

AJ’s music hits and the Phenomenal One makes his way down to the ring. AJ says in a couple of months the fans can chant “10th anniversary” and he can’t be more proud to be a part of TNA and it’s because of the fans. A big “TNA” chant starts and AJ says he thinks about all of the great memories and matches he’s had and the allies and enemies he’s made. AJ talks about some of the memories he wishes he could forget but Daniels cuts him off and he and Kaz walk onto the stage.

Daniels says as the new face of Impact Wrestling he feels compelled to clarify his position in all of this. Daniels says he WAS AJ’s closes ally and he even came back to TNA to stand by AJ’s side. He says Daniels friendship helped AJ gain fortune and fame while AJ’s friendship to Daniels only got him reprimanded, punished, and ultimately fired. Daniels says that’s why he decided to put himself first and that’s why he pushed Kazarian to do the same. AJ says Daniels being fired is one of his better memories about Daniels.

Kaz asks AJ if he really wants to know why everyone turns their backs on him. He says AJ is transparent and gullible and he trusts people with things he really shouldn’t trust them with. Kaz says that’s just one of his terrible qualities and he asks AJ if he’s ever stopped and thought about maybe the problem with all of the people that have turned their backs on AJ is actually WITH AJ and not them. Kaz says AJ is just a disease that needs to be cured but AJ never wants to think about that because he’s not to be blamed for ANYTHING. He says that’s why AJ doesn’t have any friends. AJ says all he sees right now is some lying, backstabbing pricks. AJ says they are the very reason he won’t associate himself with friends anymore, he’s going to associate himself with a real… and then Mr. Anderson screams ASSHOLE!

Anderson walks down the ramp and AJ and Anderson start brawling with Daniels & Kaz! They drag Daniels & Kaz into the ring and the fight is on! Kaz bails out of the ring and then they toss Daniels out as the babyfaces stand tall! Kazarian is flipping out as Daniels tries to hold him back!

In the back Garett walks into his partner’s locker room and asks if he’s ready.

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Main Event
Garett Bischoff & “Charismatic Engima” Jeff Hardy vs. Gunner & “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle

Neither Angle or Gunner are happy about Garett’s partner, especially Kurt. Boxing style intros as usual for the Main Event. Angle and Gunner attack the babyfaces and toss Garettt out to the floor before double teaming Hardy in the corner. Angle grabs Hardy and nails him with right hands and then puts the boots to Hardy. Angle chokes Hardy on the ropes and then he distracts the referee while Gunner chokes him from the outside. Angle follows up with a Snap Suplex for a nearfall. Angle locks in a Front Facelock but Hardy fights to his feet and breaks the hold with back elbows. Hardy hits the ropes and nails Angle with a clothesline and then goes to tag in Garett but Gunner runs in and knocks Garett off the apron. Angle then drags Hardy into the heel corner and tags Gunner in. Gunner beats on Hardy and then covers him for a nearfall. Gunner tosses Hardy into the corner and then chokes him on the ropes and then he goes for a Scoop Slam, but Hardy blocks it and nails Gunner with right hands. Gunner cuts Hardy off and runs him into the corner before tagging Angle back in.

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Back from the break Angle has Hardy in a headlock. Hardy fights to his feet and breaks the hold but then runs right into a Belly-to-Belly Overhead Suplex! Angle knocks Garett off the apron again and then tags Gunner back in. Gunner nails Hardy with a Forearm Smash and then whips him into the ropes and connects with a Back Elbow for a nearfall. Gunner tags Angle back in and he puts the boots to Hardy. Hardy comes back and whips Angle into the corner and charges but Angle gets his boot up and then tosses Hardy under the ropes to the floor! Angle taunts Garett while Gunner whips Hardy into the guardrail on the outside. Gunner chokes Hardy and then tosses him back into the ring where Angle locks in the Ankle Lock! Hardy is able to grab the ropes immediately. Angle starts stomping on Hardy’s ankles and then tags Gunner back in. Gunner hits a Vertical Suplex for another nearfall and then he tags Angle back in. Angle puts the boots to Hardy and then hits a Scoop Slam and then Hardy comes back with a rollup out of nowhere while Gunner had the referee distracted. He finally turns around but Angle kicks out at two and then starts choking Hardy and tags in Gunner. Gunner whips Hardy into the ropes and locks in the Sleeper! Gunner whips Hardy into the corner and charges but Hardy catches him with a back elbow and then springs off the top with the Whisper In The Wind! Angle baits Garett on the outside so Hardy can’t tag in. Gunner grapevines Hardy’s leg and then drags him to the heel corner so Angle can tag back in. Angle stomps on Hardy and then goes for a right hand but Hardy blocks it and then goes for a kick, but Angle catches his foot. Angle then hits a Back Kick with the other foot! Hardy tags in Garett! Garett with a clothesline on Angel and then he knocks Gunner off the apron! A clothesline and then a back elbow followed by a Flapjack on Angle! Garett dropkicks Gunner off the apron and then hits a weird modified Diamond Cutter! 1…2…NO Gunner breaks it up! Gunner & Angle whip Garett into the ropes where Hardy blind tags himself back in! Garett ducks a Double Clothesline from the heels and then hits one on both of them! Hardy climbs up top and hits the Swanton Bomb on Angle! 1…2…3!

Winners: Hardy & Bischoff via pinfall (Swanton Bomb)

1) TNA KO Tag Team Titles: ODB & Eric Young def. Gail Kim & Madison Rayne (c) to win the titles!
2) TNA X-Division Title: Zema Ion def. Austin Aries (c) via DQ (Aries retains)
3) Bully Ray fought Bobby Roode to a NO CONTEST
4) TNA Tag Titles #1 Contenders Match: Matt Morgan & Crimson def. The Shore
5) Garett Bischoff & Jeff Hardy def. Kurt Angle & Gunner

Promo/Segment of the Night: AJ/Anderson/Daniels/Kaz
Match of the Night: Ray vs. Roode (**1/2)
Overall Grade: C+

Scheduled for Next Week:
– Roode/Sting Contract Signing
– Mr. Anderson vs. Christopher Daniels
– Crimson vs. Samoa Joe

Victory Road Lineup:
– Sting vs. Bobby Roode
– Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle
– 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