January 21, 2005
Impact: Hardy goes into the Abyss
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
New year, new column, welcome to my first edition of the TNA Impact Recap. What do you get, when you put together Tables, Ladders and Chairs, NASCAR, Movie Star Wrestlers and the future of the business? Against All Odds, TNA's next PPV taking place in Orlando, FL, but before we can get there we have to stop off for NWA TNA Impact!
They start the show off with a recap of what was a phenomenal PPV this past Sunday. If you missed it, kick yourself, and then check out Jason Clevett's report on the show.
Don West and Mike Tenay blab a bit, then we to the footage of the Press Conference for Against All Odds, TNA's next PPV. Tenay introduces the match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, Jeff Jarrett vs. Kevin Nash. Jarrett talks about Nash having other things on his mind, including movie projects. Nash talks about the money being involved with being a champion. Tenay opens the floor for questions. Don West and other TNA officials, including DDP ask questions, with DDP getting the brunt of some heat from the guys for his wise remarks towards them. The tension builds and the two get into a shove fest before security breaks it up.
Match One- Buck Quatermain vs. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
Quatermain takes the heavy offense to Daniel, but when he goes for the middle rope leg drop, he finds no pool in the water. Daniels finishes off Quatermain in a 58 second squash match.
Winner via Pinfall- "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
POST MATCH- Daniels cuts a promo about favoritism in TNA, and then goes on to punk out AJ Styles. DAMN him! Styles comes out and says that he has held every title in the promotion. He goes on to say "Anytime, any place." Daniels wants the match on the spot, but Dusty Rhodes along with Traci Brooks and Trinity come out, and Dusty makes the announcement that tonight's Main Event would be Daniels vs. Styles for Daniels No. 1 Contender's spot to the X Division Title.
Match Two- Lex Lovett vs. Jeff Hardy
"The enigma" starts off battling back and forth with Lovett, until Hardy is able to hit the Downward Spiral. Twist of Fate, Swanton Bomb and a three count. I am not making this up, about a minute thirty seconds for this one.
Winner via Pinfall- Jeff Hardy
POST MATCH- Abyss runs out of nowhere and hits the Black Hole Slam on Hardy. Lovett is tossed out of the ring; Abyss grabs a table and props it up outside of the ring, only to toss Hardy out of the ring and through it. Whew, the post match antics have lasted longer than the matches. Glad to see Abyss back in TNA though.
We go to Shane Douglas who is standing with America's Most Wanted. Douglas calls them "the hunted". AMW say that they welcome the hunt. Dallas and Kid Kash interrupt, and at Against All Odds, it will be a Tag Title match between the two teams.
Match Three-The Naturals vs. Frankie "The Future" Kazarian and Michael Shane
Tenay says he was handed a note by Traci that said that the winners of this match, would be the one of the top contenders for the tag titles. In the mean times, The Naturals gain control of the match and deliver some knees and kicks to the face of "The Heartbreak Hot Shot" Michael Shane. Dallas and Kid Kash come out at the two minute eighteen second mark to beat on both teams. Americas Most Wanted hit the ring and it's a Fatal Four Way. No that was a shocker!
MATCH WAS RULED A NO CONTEST
Match Four- Cassidy Riley vs. Raven
Raven comes in and beats Cassidy Riley into the turnbuckles. Raven knees Riley in the back of the head, and then applies an ankle lock on Riley. Raven then picked him up, spun him around hit an Evenflow DDT on Riley for the one-two-Raven picks up the head, one-two-Raven picks up the head again, one-two-three.
Winner via Pinfall- Raven
POST MATCH- Raven starts breaking Riley's fingers, he goes out, grabs a chair, and when he attempts to hit Riley with it, and Dustin Rhodes came out and made the save. Rhodes pulled Riley out of the ring, while Raven stood there calling him into the ring.
Shane Douglas is backstage with 3 Live Kru as he asks them about their relationship with Jeff Hammond. They basically say that if you have a problem with Jeff Hammond, you have a problem with them.
Traci Brooks and Jeff Hammond have joined Tenay and West for the Main Event. Traci hands another note in, oh boy what a job! This note reads that at Against All Odds, it will be BG James and Jeff Hammond with Killings and Konnan in their corner, will be taking on Michael Shane and Frankie Kazarian.
They then recap what happened between Abyss and Jeff Hardy. Beat that pretty boy Abyss! Ummm ... let's go to the main event,
Match Five- No. 1 Contender's Match for a shot at the NWA TNA X Division Championship- "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
The match starts off with some nice mat based wrestling, which we have become accustomed to seeing by these two stars, who can not only fly, but can actually mat wrestle as well. Styles hits his famous dropkick sending Daniels to the outside, Styles follows by jumping out after him, only to be thrown into the guardrail and Rock Bottomed for lack of a better term, on Daniels' knee. As we come back from commercial break, Daniels is in firm control of AJ Styles, and if he can hold out the ten minutes or defeat AJ Styles, he is the No One Contender. Daniels hits a springboard moonsault on Styles and then locks in a Crossface type submission on Styles. Styles fights back, but a knee to the mid section stops the offensive flurry. Styles does come back with a kick to the face of Daniels and a few running lariats and a springboard forearm. Backflip DDT by Styles, but only a two count. Spinning sit out power bomb by Daniels, but like Styles earlier, he can only get a two count. To run out the clock Daniels rolls around the ring and hooks the ropes.
MATCH IS RULED A NO CONTEST
POST MATCH- Daniels grabs a mic and says that AJ's ten minutes have elapsed, and he wants his title shot. Dusty Rhodes and his secretaries come out to announce that their title match at the PPV will be contested under 30 Minute Iron Man Rules!
TNA has been doing well with their PPV product, but they really need to step up their TV product. They need a better time slot, more time and less squash matches. All in all, not bad for a one hour show, beats Sunday Night Heat, but still work needs to be done.
Matches Already Announced for Against All Odds:
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is happy to finally get TNA Impact on his cable TV.