October 2, 2005
Impact: A hot debut on Spike
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
The time has come, TNA has found a new home on Spike TV! After dealing with Fox Sports Net, then hosting the show on their website, TNA has made the move back to national TV, and things couldn't be any better. All the top stars of TNA will be in attendance as Impact makes its Spike debut!
The show opened with a video packaging that hyped "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, The Naturals and "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett.
Match One - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles vs Roderick Strong
Mike Tenay and Don West then gave us a rundown of what was still to come, including the main event of Rhino vs Jeff Hardy, as well as footage of the "Canadian Controversy."
Next, a video package of "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown was played, with comments from Mike Tenay, Larry Zybysko and others.
"The Franchise" Shane Douglas caught up with "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown who did his usual spiel, telling his opponent that he was about to be "Pooounnnceeed!!" As Douglas was about to send it back to the ring, he was informed of a commotion in the back, which was revealed to be Raven cracking security guards in the heads with a garbage can, before being stopped by more security and Zybysko.
Match Two - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown vs Lex Lovett
They played a video package to hype Bound For Glory, TNA's next PPV of which the first 30 minutes are free due to a special 7:30 pm start time. This was followed by a video package that talked about the X Division.
Match Three - Three Way X Division Match - Petey Williams vs Alex Shelly vs Chris Sabin
Backstage, Shane Douglas was questioning Larry Zybysko as to what the big surprise was going to be. Thats when Tito Ortiz made an appearence, walking into Zybysko's office as Zybysko turned to Douglas and said, "Surprise!"
TNA shilled their Best of DVDs, available in stores on October 4 (but available in our SLAM! Wrestling store now!). This was backed up by a video package that discussed the 3 Live Kru.
Match Four - "The Man Beast" Rhino vs "The Charasmatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy
They showed clips from the Border City Wrestling Show, International Incident, where Jeff Jarrett, with the help of America's Most Wanted, defeated Raven to capture the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. It was also revealed in the video clips that Team Canada Coach Scott D'Amore was in on the whole thing. Jarrett and AMW made their way to the ring next, gloating of the title win and then introducing D'Amore. D'Amore told Jarrett to remember the deal, that if D'Amore needed anything, it would get done. On that note, 3 Live Kru made their presence felt, getting into a verbal altercation with the champ, leading to a brawl. Team Canada made the save, and the Kru was outnumbered. Team 3D (Dudleys) was out next, clearing ring and delivering up 3Ds to both memebers of AMW. Jarrett recieved a few punches and bailed, but as he was about to leave, Kevin Nash appeared and chased him back to the ring, where he was met with a "Waaasssup Headbutt" and a Jackknife Powerbomb. Nash grabbed the mic and challenged Jarrett to a title match at Bound For Glory, as Team 3D challenged AMW for a tag match on next week's Impact.
Impact was red hot and rock solid once again. This show was a great way for the company to make its debut on Spike. They were able to introduce their own talent, show their star power and provide fans with some great action. TNA is on the fast track to success, and they show no signs of stopping.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is glad that Impact is back and now on Spike TV.