First off, before I go into the report I?ll talk about last week. Last week was the first time since I start writing the Impact recaps over a year ago that I actually missed the show completely (it’s been late a couple of weeks). I came down with the Swine Flu early last week and by Thursday I was completely out of it. There was just no way I was going to be able to cover the show that day or in the next few days. I?m cool this week, though, and it’s back to business as usual. Let’s cross the line!
The show opens up with the usual Impact Intro hits and then we get the opening pyro but as the pyro is going off ?The Monster? Abyss limps down to the ring while footage is shown of the violent beatdown Abyss suffered last week at the hands of Mick Foley. Abyss says that the doctors told him he can?t compete tonight but he needs answers from Mick Foley. He screams that Mick owes him some answers as the fans chant ?we want answers.? Foley’s music hits and the psychotic TNA shareholder makes his way down to the ring barbed wire bat in hand. Foley has two members of TNA security trailing him to the ring. He’s wearing a Dude Love-like tie-dye t-shirt under his flannel tonight. Foley asks Abyss if he just heard him say that he owed Abyss anything. Foley says that Abyss has taken everything in his career from Foley. Everything from his look to his persona is stolen from Mick Foley and he asks Abyss if he owes Abyss for the 20+ years he dedicated to this business or if he owes him for paving the way for guys like Abyss to make a living. He then asks Abyss if he owes him for giving him his flannel shirt to carry on his hardcore tradition. Foley says he doesn?t owe Abyss anything. Abyss says he wants to make one thing clear and that is he was only trying to save Foley from Nash because he didn?t know what Nash was willing to do to him. Abyss says the ?Twit-n-Tweak Connection? picture incident it was an accident and he accidentally knocked the picture over when he went into Foley’s office to get the barbed wire bat to save Foley. Foley says that Abyss didn?t have permission to enter Foley’s office or to take Foley’s bat. He says he didn?t say ?Hey, Chris Parks, come down and mess up my Legends Title shot!? Foley says that he didn?t need Abyss? help and he didn?t need to be saved. Abyss starts to put his head down but Foley screams at him to look at him. Foley asks Abyss if he needed any help when he was being hurled off of a 20-foot Hell In A Cell by the Undertaker or when his flesh was hanging on barbed wire in Japan or when half of his ear was ripped off his skull in Germany. Foley talks about speaking in German to the EMT’s telling them not to forget his ear. Foley says he didn?t need Abyss then and he doesn?t need him now. Abyss starts to say that Foley is his hero but stops and changes it to you WERE my hero. Abyss starts to become increasingly angry, screaming at Foley saying that he idolized Foley and wanted to be him. He says he got into the wrestling business because of Mick Foley and he can remember all the beatings he received from his father as a child and Mick Foley being the one getting him threw it by watching him spill his own blood for the fans. Abyss says Foley repays him and then takes the bandage of his stitches on his head and shows it to the camera. Pretty nasty cut from the Monster. Foley says that it has crossed his mind that his actions may have been a little extreme but he isn?t the only one hurting. He shows his hand which was injured in the beating last week. He has brought a peace offering which is Mick’s ?Twit-n-Tweak? painting but it’s actually a copy. Foley says it’s a ?cheap imitation, a ripoff? and if anybody should know what a cheap imitation or a ripoff is it’s Abyss. Foley says Abyss has stole his fair share of TNA PPV’s and even has a match, Monsters Ball, named after him, but when it comes to comparisons to him Abyss isn?t even in the same league. He says he’s a cheap, lowrate Mick Foley wannabe. Foley then blasts Abyss over the head with the picture, good lord. As Foley walks up the ramp Abyss gets to his feet and runs over him! Abyss starts destroying Foley’s security even throwing one off the stage! Abyss Chokeslams another on the stage and then chases Foley down the tunnel!
In the back Abyss is going nuts while Lauren tries to calm him down. Abyss says Lauren doesn?t understand what’s happening and tells her to leave him alone and walks away. She follows after him and hands her microphone to the cameraman.
TNA X-Division Title #1 Contendership
Amazing Red vs. Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Kiyoshi vs. ?Black Machismo? Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed
Kiyoshi has new gear this week. He actually is wearing tights instead of the baggy pants he usually wears. He’s no longer wearing the Great Muta-like face paint either. Honestly it reminds me of the differences between Great Muta and his other persona Keiji Mutoh. If you recall Muta actually wears his paint and baggy pants when he wrestles as Muta and then wears actual tights with no face paint as Keiji Mutoh. Just something to keep in mind. The winner of this match earns a shot at the X-Division Title next week! Tenay points out that Kiyoshi & Bashir and Lethal Consequences can work together they?re tag teams while Amazing Red (who is also Puerto Rican, World Elite maybe?) is solo. The bell rings and Lethal Consequences go at with the World Elite members! Red decides to go ahead and grab a ladder on the outside and bring it in! Lethal with a big elbow to Kiyoshi and then he grabs Red and hits several jabs. Lethal comes off the ropes and goes for a hip toss but Red blocks it and swings around Lethal’s body and hits an armdrag! Red then comes off the ropes and Lethal leapfrogs him and then Red hits a big running back elbow followed by a Springboard Hurricanrana! Creed attacks Red from behind and whips him into the ropes and goes for a clothesline, but Red ducks and hits a dropkick! Bashir runs in and he and Kiyoshi double team Red. They whip Red into the ropes and go for a double clothesline but Red ducks and hits a Double Dropkick on Kiyoshi & Bashir! Red is on fire as he sets up the ladder in the ring! Red starts climbing the ladder but Lethal grabs his leg allowing Creed to hit a Springboard Bulldog off the ladder on Red! We see a shot off Abyss running around the backstage area screaming at people to tell him where Mick Foley is. Back in the ring Bashir nails Creed with that sick WMD Driver! Bashir goes for a clothesline but Lethal counters it into the Lethal Combination! Lethal sets the ladder back up and starts climbing up it but Red pushes the ladder over causing Lethal to snap his head back on the top rope. Kiyoshi attacks Red from behind and then Bashir comes in and they double team Red again. They whip Red into the corner and Kiyoshi charges but Red gets his boot up and then does a Spinning Enziguri actually using Kiyoshi’s back to roll through into the Enziguri to Bashir! Red then hits a Spinning Tornado DDT on Kiyoshi spinning all the around Kiyoshi’s body! Lethal goes for a clothesline on Red but he ducks and then springboards off the middle rope into the Red Eye! Red goes for a Roundhouse Kick on Creed but he ducks and Red spins right through into a Spinning Enziguri to the back of Creed’s head! Red then hits the Rana Driver! It actually looks like Creed vomited as his damn head hit the mat! Oh my god that is nasty! I feel your pain, Creed. They replay it and yes Creed vomited. I don?t know if he suffered a concussion during the match (see Tim Tebow last week) or if he was sick. Red climbs up the ladder and pulls down the contract!
Winner & NEW X-Division #1 Contender: Amazing Red via pulling down the contract
In the back we see Abyss still searching for Mick Foley knocking stuff over. We then cut back to ringside where Jeramy Borash approaches Amazing Red. Red says he’s not thinking about the match next week just yet, he’s going to enjoy his win right now. Jay Lethal runs up and tells ?Red Rooster? to hold up one second and says Red stole the win from them. Red and Lethal start shoving each other but Creed comes over and pulls Lethal away. Again we cut to a shot of Abyss still searching for Foley.
In the back JB pushes the stupid TNA Mobile thing and then brings in Stevie and Daffney. He asks Stevie if he’s spoken to Mick lately, but Stevie says he’s had nothing to do with what’s gone down between Foley & Abyss. He says Foley just smartened up and finally realized who Abyss was. Stevie turns his attention to Kevin Nash and screams into the camera was that Nash stole his money. He says that the deal was $50,000 to end Abyss? career, not just beat him. He says Nash has his money and tonight he ends Nash’s career. JB says ?he’s mad? and Daffney says no, he’s angry, she’s mad!
Stevie Richards w/?Zombie Hot? Daffney vs. ?Big Sexy? Kevin Nash
That’s right I?m officially giving Daffney the ?Zombie Hot? nickname since Taz has coined the phrase. They show footage of Stevie tasing Nash last week. Stevie goes to the floor as the bell rings and makes Nash chase him and then Daffney hits the ring steps with the baton distracting Nash. This allows Stevie to attack Nash from behind kicking him in the knee repeatedly. Stevie throws Nash into the ring steps and then rolls Nash into the ring. Richards puts the boots to Nash and then mounts Nash and reigns down right hands on him. Stevie continues to put the boots to Nash and then he drops an Elbow Drop on Nash and gets a nearfall. Stevie headbutts Nash and then puts Nash in his General Anesthesia (Cobra Clutch) submission move! Nash gets to his feet and Stevie hangs onto Nash’s back but Nash backs into the corner slamming Stevie into it. Daffney hands Stevie the baton and he charges at Nash but east the Big Boot instead. Nash pulls the straps down and then nails the Jackknife Powerbomb! Nash covers Stevie with one foot?1?2?3!
Winner: Nash via pinfall (Jackknife Powerbomb)
In the back Eric Young is leading the World Elite in the backstage area walking towards the MEM lockerroom. JB asks EY where he’s going and EY says Angle owes him an apology. Homicide was hilarious while walking down the hall yelling things like ‘sucka? and snatching pictures off the wall and slamming them on the floor.
In the MEM lockerroom they are screaming at World Elite until Angle tells everybody to shutup and then tells Young has 5 seconds to say what he has to say. EY says that Angle owes ?his men? an apology but Angle says they should?ve known better than get in his face. EY says either Angle apologizes and it’s water under the bridge or he doesn?t and it’s a big problem. Before Angle can say anything else Booker gets in Young’s face and says what they think about his little problem the same thing they think about his little ?JC Penny suit? and says he’s about to get his a** whooped. Young holds his people back and says they need the MEM but not as bad as the Mafia needs them. He says they?re faster, stronger, younger, and hungrier. Young tells Booker to get back in line in his spot behind Kurt and behind him. Book tells Young to lead his a** out his face. Young asks Kurt if that’s how he handles his men. Young then says he has a match against Morgan tonight and he?ll show Angle how he should?ve handled him from the start and walks off. Angle says ?the foreigners? are on their hit list now as Booker says he tried to tell Angle about them.
Playboy Bunny Match
Traci Brooks vs. Christy Hemme
Both Traci and Christy come out wearing Playboy t-shirts (or at least part of a shirt) and bunny ears. Mike Tenay asks Taz if he?d seen Traci’s playboy pictures and Taz says he’s happily married. Tenay asks Taz what the hell being married has to do with looking at pictures, classic. Someone needs to ask Mr. V the same thing, ha (sorry Mr. V). Traci jumps Christy at the bell and throws her into the corner and putting the boots to Christy. Both ears came off pretty quick. Tracy lights up the beautiful chest of Christy Hemme with chops and then chokes her on the middle rope. Traci then hits a Double Knee Strike to the back of Christy’s head as she was draped over the middle rope for a nearfall. Traci then throws Christy across the ring by the hair. Traci then charges at Christy but she gets her boots up and hits a Facebuster! Christy then hits a Hook Kick! 1?2?NO Traci kicks out! Christy climbs to the top and goes for the FFG but Traci moves! Traci covers Christy, 1?2?NO Christy kicks out! Traci with more chops on Christy in the corner and then charges again but Christy lifts herself up and over Traci right into a rollup! 1?2?3!
Winner: Hemme via pinfall (rollup)
After the match Traci jumps Christy and hits a modified Jawbreaker.
We cut to footage of a sitdown interview Mike Tenay had with AJ Styles and Sting that will be shown after the break!
In the back Abyss has finally found Mick Foley but Foley blasts Abyss with the barbed wire bat repeatedly and asks Abyss if he still wants him to come out from hiding. Abyss reaches up and grabs Foley by the throat slams him into a table! Abyss then jumps on him and starts throwing right hand after right hand until security runs up and pulls Abyss off. Foley pulls himself up and jumps onto Abyss and security tries to keep both men apart. Abyss breaks away from security and hits a few more right hands on Foley before they finally pull him away again.
We finally cut to Tenay’s sitdown interview with AJ and Sting. Tenay asks AJ what went through his mind in the time between winning the belt and issuing the challenge to Sting for BFG. AJ says we all saw that Sting could have pinned Angle and whether or not AJ would have stopped the count is pointless because he can?t stop thinking about the possibility that Sting could?ve won the match. AJ says that’s why he issued the challenge because he has to know if he can beat Sting. Tenay turns to Sting and asks him why he decided to let AJ get the pin. Sting says that he’s been in the business for 23 years and he doesn?t even know how many times he’s been World Champion and he’s faced all the biggest stars in the business so he’s pretty much done it all. He says he needed to pass the torch and it is what it is. AJ interrupts Tenay and says he doesn?t mean to be disrespectful and says he gets the passing the torch thing but it could be taken one of two ways. AJ says there’s passing the torch and there’s just no wanting it anymore. He asks Sting if he’s ready Bound For Glory because if he’s not ready to go after the title then maybe Sting shouldn?t even lace them up and he says that with all respect. AJ leaves with Sting staring at AJ.
Tara makes her way down to the announce table as she will do guest commentary for the next match.
TNA Knockouts Championship
ODB (c) vs. Awesome Kong w/Raisha Saeed
They show footage of the brawl between Kong and Tara last week and the situation between ODB & Tara as well. ODB takes a swig of her flask as the fans chant for her and then Kong shoves ODB. ODB answers with a big forearm but Kong answers with one of her own. ODB hits a running forearm and then Kong grabs ODB by the hair, but ODB grabs Kong by her dreadlocks as well! Kong goes for a clothesline but ODB ducks and lights Kong up with chops. ODB hits a shoulder block and then hits a second, but when she went for a third Kong hits a shoulder block of her own knocking ODB across the ring. Kong goes for a Big Splash but ODB moves and hits the Bronco Buster in the corner! ODB attempts to whip Kong into the corner but Kong reverses it and charges at ODB. ODB rolls underneath Kong and then charges herself, but Kong moves and then hits a Corner Splash! Kong rubs ODB’s face in her pits! Now that was nasty! Kong hits a Scoop Slam followed by a Leg Drop! 1?2?NO ODB kicks out! Kong puts ODB in the Camel Clutch as Raisha Saeed approaches Tara at the announce table and shoves her. Tara takers her headset off and gets in Raisha’s face. Kong sees this and grabs Tara by the hair and pulls her up to the apron, but Tara hits a neckbreaker on the top rope allowing ODB to roll Kong up! 1?2?3 and ODB retains!
Winner & STILL Knockouts Champ: ODB via pinfall (rollup)
After the match Tara applauds ODB and says ?your welcome? to ODB but ODB isn?t thankful. They begin shoving each other back and forth and ODB nails Tara with a forearm and Tara answers back! They exchange forearms and right hands in the center of the ring until Kong comes in and levels both of them! Kong grabs ODB and hits the Implant Buster on her and then one on Tara!
In the back Kurt Angle is warming up in the MEM lockerroom up next will be Kurt Angle vs. Hernandez for the first time ever!
?Olympic Hero? Kurt Angle vs. ?Super Mex? Hernandez
This is the first time these two men have ever faced each other one-on-one. Hernandez and Angle lockup and Angle gets the advantage with a side headlock but Hernandez shoves him off and then levels Angel with a shoulder block! Hernandez picks Angle up and goes for the Delayed Suple x but Angle quickly counters it and nails Hernandez with a series of European Uppercuts! Angle comes off the ropes and gets destroyed with a huge Shoulder Block! Hernandez pulls his t-shirt off and wraps it around Angle’s neck going for that Biel Throw, but Angle blocks it and goes out to the apron and points at his head. Hernandez then grabs Angle from the apron and hits the Delayed Vertical Suplex! That guy is scary strong. Hernandez goes for a Corner Splash but Angle avoids it and follows up with a Release German Suplex! Both men are down now and they get to their feet about the same time. Angle hits a series of right hands and then starts putting the boots to the knee of Hernandez. Take the legs out from the big man. Hernandez shoves Angle off but he comes running back and kicking the leg and then he chop blocks him! Angle with more right hands but Hernandez begins answering with forearms. Angle comes back with a kick to the gut and then he climbs to the top rope and goes for a Flying Cross Body, but Hernandez catches him in midair and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb! 1?2?NO Angle kicks out! Hernandez picks Angle up and goes for the Border Toss but Angle bocks it and goes for another German Suplex, but Hernandez blocks it and hits that big Overhead Gutwrench Slam! 1?2?NO Angle kicks out again! Angle rolls out to the floor to try and get some space between he and Angle. Hernandez follows and lights Angle up with chops and then throws him into the apron. Hernandez and Angle continue to brawl as the referee counts them out!
Winner: DOUBLE COUNTOUT
Hernandez continues to beat down on Angle slamming him into the announce table but then the World Elite jump him from behind! They also attack Angle! Homicide and Bashir drag Angle to the back and then the Brits drag Hernandez as well! Homicide screams at Hernandez and Young kicks him in the nuts as the Brits hold Angle. Young goes to kick Angle as well but Samoa Joe storms into the room followed by the rest of the MEM throwing shots at the WE! Homicide was swinging a pole or something at everybody. Security runs in to try and keep the two factions apart!
They show a replay of what just happened between MEM, WE, and Hernandez. In the back So Cal Val is with the Machine Guns. Sabin says last week Mick Foley revealed to them a sad truth and that they have the worst theme music ever. He says that it’s the worst music ever is questionable because he still has nightmares of people chasing him down a dark alley with swords and axes all chanting ?Hail Sabin? (who remember that theme song he had? Haha classic, I remember some people actually thought it said ?Hail Satan?). Sabin says they are taking matters into their own hands and Shelley says that Sabin’s old music sounded like someone has a seizure ontop of a keyboard. Sabin says what Mick Foley lacks in style he makes up for in observation skills. He says they have auditioned artists to make their new theme music and next week they will debut the song over a special highlight video of the Guns.
The Beautiful People minus Angelina Love make their way out to the ring. Madison is looking mighty chesty tonight. Velvet says that everyone knows by know that due to contractual issues Angelina is no longer part of the Beautiful People and now that Angelina is gone they need to come clean. She says over the past year they are not proud of their actions (face turn?) and she says they were nasty, rude, disrespectful, and inconsiderate. Velvet says their behavior was largely due to Angelina and she hands the microphone to Madison. She says that Angelina turned them into monsters (sexy monsters) and she made them do things they didn?t want to do. She says they were afraid to go against Angelina because if they did it wasn?t worth the consequences. She says now that Angelina is gone they can show everyone their true colors. They apologize for every bad thing they did in the past and she says they want to start fresh with a clean state and then they invite Taylor Wilde & Sarita out to the ring. She says they want to wish them the best of luck in their Title defense against them at BFG. Sarita & Taylor come out to the ring with their titles in hand. Velvet says they want to apologize to them for their actions and they only ask them to forgive them so they can have the best possible match at BFG. BP offer a handshake to Sarita & Taylor and they accept it but as they turned around BP went for the attack! Taylor & Sarita come back and start laying into BP! A gorgeous young woman (and when I say gorgeous I mean DAMN!) hops the guardrail and gets into the ring! She slams Sarita down by her hair and then clotheslines Taylor! Tenay says that she is Lacey Von Erich! She puts the Claw on Sarita! She is the daughter of Kerry Von Erich and granddaughter of Fritz Von Erich! Velvet & Madison pull Lacey off of Sarita and then they celebrate in the ring!
In the back Matt Morgan is with So Cal Val. Morgan says he could care less about the ?lovers quarrel? between MEM and World Elite and all he cares about is hurting people. He says tonight he?ll hurt EY and at BFG he?ll destroy Kurt Angle. Morgan says the old saying is don?t awaken the sleeping giant but not only have they woke him but they pissed him off too!
In the back Val is with the new incarnation of the Beautiful People. Velvet snatches the microphone from Val and introduces us to wrestling royalty: Lacey Von Erich. She says that Lacey will be picking up right where Angelina left off. Lacey says she would like to take the time to thank the Knockouts for giving her the chance to work with BP and take the ugly out of TNA.
?Showtime? Eric Young vs. ?The Blueprint? Matt Morgan
They show footage of what went down between Angle & Young against Morgan & Hernandez in the tag team match. Young gets in Morgan’s face at the bell and Morgan pie faces him. Young then charges at Morgan but he grabs him by the throat! EY hits several back elbows and then attempts to whip Morgan into the ropes but Morgan blocks it and then flings EY into the corner! Morgan then hits those nasty back elbows to Young in the corner. Morgan hits a Corner Splash and then follows up with the Sidewalk Slam. Morgan whips EY into the corner and EY flips upside up and over the top rope and lands on his feet on the apron ala Ric Flair. Young then climbs to the top rope but Morgan grabs him! Young pokes Morgan in the eyes and follows up with a Missile Dropkick! Young follows up with Elbow Smashes and then climbs up top and dives off, but Morgan gets his boot up and grabs Young by the back of the neck. He picks EY up and slams EY’s head into the top turnbuckle and then hits a disgusting Discuss Clothesline! Morgan then chokes EY on the top rope and hits the Body Guillotine on Young! Morgan celebrated at ringside but then a fan dressed as Abyss slammed a chair into Morgan’s face! The fan pulls the mask off and reveals its actually Kurt Angle!
Winner: Morgan via DQ
Angle smashes the chair over Morgan’s head again and then MEM runs down and puts the beatdown on EY in the ring! The World Elite runs out and to make the save for Young! The two factions battle in the ring while Homicide and Angle fight at ringside! Security finally runs out to try and separate the two factions!
They cut in during the commercials to show the brawl is still going down!
Finally, back from commercials the brawl is STILL going strong with security trying and failing to separate the two groups! Angle is throwing stiff rights at Doug Williams while Booker T. and Homicide roll out of the ring brawling. Young blasts Joe with a big right hand at ringside! Joe answering back on Young now all hell has broken loose!
In the back JB is with Team 3D & Lashley. Bubba says 3D & The Boss together for the first time tonight and he says they have a big score to settle with the Brits and Rhino. Bubba says they should?ve never trusted Rhino and says he had no reason to Gore him last week and tonight he takes it out on Rhino. He says he’s going to reach down Rhino’s throat and pull out his heart and feed it to ?that big fairy? Rob Terry. Bubba says the Brits stole the IWGP Tag Titles from them and costed them the TNA Tag Titles. Bubba says 3D & Lashley will get the job done. Devon starts to say his catchphrase but Lashley grabs the mic and says ?TESTIFY!?
Beer Money Inc. makes their way out to the ring and they are going to handle guest commentary for the match. Storm hands Taz a beer.
6-Man Tag Team Match
British Invasion & ?War Machine? Rhino w/Rob Terry vs. Team 3D & ?The Boss? Bobby Lashley
TNA’s resident Ninja Turtle, Bobby Lashley, still doesn?t have a proper entrance video. It still just shows the motorcycle revving up and then the words ?Bobby Lashley? on the screen. Brutus jumps Bubba from behind at the bell and then he whips Bubba into the ropes and hits a Flying Corkscrew Elbow. Brutus then comes off the ropes again but this time Bubba answers with a clothesline followed by a Scoop Slam. Bubba then drops an Elbow Drop on Brutus for a nearfall. Devon tags in and they whip Brutus into the ropes and hit a big Hot Shot on Brutus! Brutus comes back by poking Devon in the eyes and tags in Williams. Williams whips Devon into the ropes but Devon comes back with a Flying Shoulder Block followed by a Scoop Slam. Devon hits a Leg Drop and gets another nearfall and says that TNA has given referee Earl Hebner the authority to suspend anyone that attempts to get involved in this match. Devon tags in Lashley and he throws several forearms at Williams. Williams is able to force Lashley into the corner and hit a knee strike. Williams then attempts to whip Lashley into the opposite corner but Lashley reverses it and hits a big backdrop! Lashley then puts Williams up on his back and hits a Rack Backbreaker and clotheslines Williams out to the floor! The Brits & Rhino regroup at ringside and Williams gets back in the ring and tags in Rhino. He tags out to Devon and they tie up right off the bat, but Rhino kicks Devon and then throws him into the Brits corner. Devon with back elbows to the Brits and then gets his boot up as Rhino charged at him. Rob Terry then trips Devon as Rhino distracts Hebner and he pulls Devon crotch first into the ring post. Storm on commentary simply said ?that?ll hurt your balls.? Rhino puts the boots to Devon and then tags in Brutus. Brutus puts the boots to Devon and tags in Williams and they hit the Double Straightjacket Slam. That scores them a nearfall and then Brutus tags back in and hits a Scoop Slam on Devon for a nearfall. Brutus puts Devon in a Sleeper but Devon gets to his feet and fights it off with back elbows. Devon then comes off the ropes but Brutus hits a back elbow. Brutus then knocks Bubba off the apron and Lashley swings a right hand at Brutus but he avoids it and taunts Lashley. Brutus then turns around and eats a Spinebuster from Devon! Brutus tags out to Williams and Devon tags out to Lashley! Lashley with a clothesline to Williams and then he knocks Rhino off the apron and hip tosses Brutus across the ring. Scoop Slam on Williams and then a hip toss on Rhino as he gets in the ring. Lashley charges Brutus in the corner and hits a huge Corner Clothesline followed by one on Williams and then a running Spear on Rhino in the other corner! Lashley whips Williams into the corner and Williams attempts to float up and over a charging Lashley but he catches Williams on his shoulder in midair and hits a Running Powerslam! 1?2?NO Brutus & Rhino break it up! 3D in now and they take it to Rhino & the Brits! Bubba hits a Scoop Slam on Rhino and both Bubba & Lashley grab a leg each and Devon his the Wassup Headbutt to Rhino! Bubba tells Devon to get the tables but the Brits come in and eat double clotheslines from Lashley. They hit the Reverse 3D on Rhino and then Lashley hits a Half Nelson Slam! Lashley then puts Williams in the Dragon Sleeper and he taps out!
Winner: Lashley & 3D via submission (Dragon Sleeper)
After the match Lashley starts to walk up the ramp (as 3D already had) but Samoa Joe runs up from behind him and puts Lashley in the Coquina Clutch! Joe chokes Lashley out on the ramp and his eyes roll back into his head as he’s choking Lashley out!
Tonight was really crazy but in a fun way! Things were out of control all over the place and eventually to me it seems like Dixie Carter will have to come in and name a new authority figure to keep things in order.
Boy, are they really pushing the hell out of the World Elite and Hernandez both or what? World Elite looked really strong tonight with their brawls with MEM, TNA did a nice job of having them really hang with MEM in the brawl.
Hernandez came out looking very strong in his match with Angle and I love that they are slowly building him up. Giving him quality wins and making him look strong in matches with guys like Angle and Sting without squashing those guys as well.
The Ladder Match was extremely fun but there was no question that it was the Amazing Red show. I don?t know if Creed was sick or what but that was just nasty when he started blowing chunks. Red looked extremely strong and I am all for that as long as they don?t just feed him to Joe next week. It kind of looks like they are building towards Lashley vs. Joe for BFG and if that is so they could have Lashley cost Joe the X-Division Title next week and allow Red to continue to elevate that belt. Red getting a win over Joe no matter how it came will be huge and he can have a great feud with pretty much anybody in the division but what would likely happen would them have an Elimination X Match at BFG for the belt. TNA just revealed on their website that Joe and Lashley will face off at BFG in a Submission Match!
Foley and Abyss is getting really, really good. The whole Foley being mad about the picture thing is stupid but everything is spot on. People have called Abyss a Mick Foley wannabe in the past and this is just perfect and they even namedropped Monsters Ball during their promo. Both guys are intense and TNA just announced on their website that they would go at it in the Monsters Ball at BFG!
Nash and Stevie was surprisingly not bad. Stevie didn?t get totally squashed and Nash still looked really strong. I?m just not sure where they are going to go with Nash at this point unless he’s going to defend against one of the World Elite guys. Right now everybody else has feuds or starting feuds. MEM has been going back and forth with the Brits and Beer Money for quite some time, Joe is starting up with Lashley, Morgan and Angle are going at it. Nash needs something to start soon unless they continue to thing with Stevie but I just don?t see that happening unless he brings in someone to feud with Nash.
I loved the segment between AJ and Sting and it looks like they?ll go with Sting going out of his way to prove that he is ready and is going to go hard for the title at BFG between now and then. All the reports online point to Sting sticking around after BFG so I don?t they?ll go the Title vs. Career route unless Sting does finally say BFG will be his last match.
The Knockouts looked strong again tonight. ODB vs. Tara vs. Kong has tons of potential and could be really special if given time. Lacey Von Erich was freaking gorgeous and she even brought out the Iron Claw (somewhere Hunter Golden marked out like a little kid).
Right now I?m really feeling all the stuff going on in TNA, they are really building up multiple feuds so they?re not just standing on one match to sell the PPV.
Remember ?Global iMPACT! 2? is next week following Impact on Spike TV.
– Match of the Night: Ladder Match (**1/2)
– Promo/Segment of the Night: Foley/Abyss
– Overall Grade: A
Scheduled for Next Week:
– Kurt Angle & Mick Foley vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss
– TNA Legends Title: Kevin Nash (c) vs. Hernandez
– TNA Knockouts Title: ODB (c) vs. Tara
Scheduled for Global iMPACT! 2 next week:
– IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Titles: No Limit (c) vs. Motor City Machine Guns
– IWGP World Tag Titles: Toru Yano & Toki Makabe (c) vs. Team 3D
– 8-Man Tag Match: Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Masahiro Chono, & Riki Choshu vs. Karl Anderson, Giant Bernard, Takashi Iizuka, & Tomohiro Ishii
Bound for Glory V Lineup so far:
– TNA World Title: AJ Styles (c) vs. Sting
– Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan
– Submission Match: Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Lashley
– Monsters Ball: Mick Foley vs. Abyss
– Ultimate X: Suicide vs. Daniels vs. D?Angelo Dinero vs. Homicide
– TNA Knockouts Tag Titles: Taylor Wilde & Sarita (c) vs. Beautiful People