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Impact: Taking over primetime
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


To quote the overly excited Don West, "You have got to be kidding me!" TNA in primetime? You bet your bottom dollar. With a Heavyweight Title Match, an Ultimate X Match, the ultra exciting X Division stars and hot women, it's almost a given that TNA will generate some excitement, but will it be enough to score TNA a full primetime position down the line? You be the judge.

The show began with a recap video, chronicling some of the strong points in TNA history. The new production team has done nothing but good for TNA, and it really adds that extra touch of professionalism to the product.

Match One -- "The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy, Lance Hoyt and "The Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal" Sabu vs. The Diamonds In The Rough (Simon Diamond, David Young and "Primetime" Elix Skipper)

A unique combination with Hardy, Hoyt and Sabu, but I guess the shock value for non-regular viewers is there. Hoyt and Hardy kept the Diamonds from getting anything started, but the tag to Sabu changed all that. Thanks in part to a little double teaming, Young and Skipper were able to ground and pound Sabu. The match broke down to a six man brawl with Hardy landing a Swanton Bomb on Young. Post match, Sabu tried to limp out of the ring, but Abyss came in and hit him with a Black Hole Slam. Hardy and Hoyt chased him and Father James Mitchell away as they checked on their fallen comrade.

Winners Via Pinfall -- "The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy, Lance Hoyt and "The Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal" Sabu

Backstage, "The Franchise" Shane Douglas stood by with "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett, who cut a promo on getting the NWA World Heavyweight Championship back from "The Man Beast" Rhino. "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown came in and told Jarrett that he wanted the winner of the match, and that he hoped Jarrett won, so that he could beat him for the title. Oh, and if you didn't know how he was going to win, he said he was going to use the "POOOOOOOUNNNNCEEE! Period."

Match Two -- "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown vs. Brian Gamble

This was the king of TNA squash matches. Gamble, a former American Gladiator, was destroyed after getting thrown all over the ring and then taken out with not one, not two, but three "POOOOOOUNCEES!" Period.

Winner Via Pinfall -- "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown

Next up was a video package that highlighted "The Man Beast" Rhino. Rhino was a good addition to TNA, he really has come out of his shell again.

That was followed by a video package that highlighted the X Division. Tons of cool stuff that showcased why the X Division is where it's at.

Match Three -- "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Alex Shelly and "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries, "The Original Playa From The Himalayas" Sonjay Dutt and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

Shelly and Aries displayed some incredible mat based wrestling to start this one off, a different side of the X Division. While fans may spotlight the high flying moves, these guys are also tremendous when it comes to wrestling on the mat. Dutt made the tag in, and after getting in a little offence, was met with a few stiff kicks courtesy of Samoa Joe. Joe went to give Dutt the Facewash, but Daniels made the tag in and lost the momentum that his team was building. After getting into a whirlwind of trouble, Joe tagged the back of Daniels, making himself the legal man again. All six men got involved, with the heels getting caught in all sorts of submission moves. Aries dove through the middle rope to the floor on Daniels and Shelly, but when he went to get back into the ring, he was caught with a boot to the face from Joe, that sent him flying back into the guardrail. All six men got involved and there was way too much action to call. Constant mis-communications between Daniels and Joe caused their demise, with Shelly getting hit and pinned via the Styles Clash. This was an interesting match that had the crowd solidly backing it.

Winners Via Pinfall -- Austin Aries, "The Original Playa From The Himalayas" Sonjay Dutt and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

A video package aired pumping up the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and King of the Mountain, Jeff Jarrett.

Shane Douglas, a mic and Rhino was the segway to a promo that featured the appearance of Raven. The two men faced off, until "The Living Legend" Larry Zybysko and a band of security guards came in and carted him away, as Rhino yelled, "Who's the champion Raven?" Rhino then said that Jarrett would be Gored. Gore! Gore! Gore!

We were treated to a video package, hyping the Team 3D vs. Team Canada match. Should be good to see Team Canada face someone different.

Match Four -- Team Canada ("Showtime" Eric Young" and Bobby Roode) w/ A-1 and Coach Scott D'Amore vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Devon)

It was all Team 3D out of the gates, with Roode and Young getting absolutely no offence in. Team 3D went for their "Wasssup Headbutt", but Roode broke that up and Young capitalized on the distraction. As we came back from commercial break, Team Canada was in firm control, distracting the ref, causing him to miss Devon's tag to Brother Ray. When Devon finally got both members of Team Canada down with a double clothesline, the tag was once again made to Brother Ray who cleaned house. Modified 3D on Roode. A-1 tried to get involved, but the 3 Live Crew made the save. Young found himself in a bad way, as he was reversed in mid-motion and disposed of with a huge 3D. Team Canada is another talented group of guys who can seemingly work with anyone TNA throws in front of them. Granted the status of Team 3D, that is still a major compliment.

Winners Via Pinfall -- Team 3D (Brother Ray and Devon)

*SPOLIER ALERT* TNA in all its infamous wisdom decided to run a commercial at this point in the show hyping their Genesis PPV. While that is all fine and dandy, in the ad, it states that Jarrett is the World Champion. Funny thing is, his World title rematch hasn't even happened yet. Might want to make sure that doesn't happen anymore.

A video package hyping the Ultimate X Match is shown. Definitely one of the more unique matches in professional wrestling.

Match Five -- Ultimate X Match For The Number One Contenders Spot to the X Division Championship -- "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs. Chris Sabin vs. Matt Bentley w/ Traci Brooks

First and foremost, I hate the Bentley Bounce. It's horrible. Now that I Tony Schiavone'd myself by clearly stating an extreme dislike for something that seems to be so popular, we can move on. The steel beams were utilized early on, not for climbing at first, as Williams was dropkicked, smacking his head on one. As Williams fell to the floor, he went after Traci Brooks, who climbed up one the beams to get away. Bentley made the save, allowing Sabin to gather his bearings. Williams did his version of the Canadian National Anthem, all the while crushing the manhood of his opposition. Coming back from commercial break, Williams was ascending the beam and on his way to getting the X, until he was dropkicked off by Sabin. Bentley was the next one to touch the X, but instead of taking it down, he came crashing down off of a Williams' power bomb. Bentley again climbed on the wires, Sabin went after him, but Bentley curled up. Williams went up on the shoulders of Sabin to try and grab Bentley, but he got kicked in the face for his troubles, knocking him backward to hit a huricanrana on Sabin. Sabin took out Bentley with a Cradle Shock, and went to get the X, but his arm hurt so much that Williams was able to bring him down, and take him out with a Canadian Destroyer. Bentley tried to get across the wires, D'Amore hit the ring, followed by Traci, and there was a Catfight! Williams took this time to get on the wire and meet Bentley at the center. With both men close to the X, Williams kicked Bentley with a low blow and retrieved the X to win the match and the number one contendership to the X Division championship.

Winner via retrieving the X and NEW Number One Contender to the X Division Championship -- "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams

Morphoplex Move of the Night -- The Canadian Destroyer

In the parking lot area, the other members of Team Canada were shown dismantling the 3 Live Crew.

Match Six -- NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match -- "The Man Beast" Rhino vs. "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett was able to take down the champ a few times early on, but when he slapped the back of Rhino's head and did his signature strut, Rhino fired up and began his beat down on "The Chosen One." The fight spilled into the crowd, with Rhino just pounding on Jarrett. A fan held up a steel chair, which Rhino has no problem throwing Jarrett's head into. Rhino even used the steel guardrail to choke out Jarrett. Rhino took time to set up a table, but he could not put it to use. Jarrett tried to mount a comeback, but it wasn't until Gail Kim came out and provided the distraction that Jarrett could really do so. With Rhino on the floor and the ref distracted by Jarrett, Kim took the opportunity to get a cheap shot in on Rhino. Jarrett locked in the Figure Four, Rhino reversed, Kim went to break it up, but Rhino moved out of the way and she landed on her backside. Rhino grabbed Kim by the hair, allowing Jarrett to roll "The Man Beast" up, but only for a two count. Rhino went for the Gore but missed, he then went for a clothesline and caught the referee, Jarrett went for the guitar shot, but instead was Gored, but there was no referee. America's Most Wanted came down and hit The Death Sentence on Rhino through a table, Jarrett with The Stroke for the one ... two ... three. After the match, we go out to the parking lot where there is broken glass and blood covering Team 3D who are both handcuffed to a guardrail. Mike Tenay says that it was all AMW and that AMW and Jarrett now had the control.

Winner via Pinfall and NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion -- "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett

Overall, it wasn't a bad Impact! Too bad TNA had to give away the ending to their Main Event in one of the promos, but I guess you have to roll with the punches. Other than that, this was another solid show, that surprisingly didn't end in an all out brawl. Hopefully this gives TNA a little more of a push towards a better regular time slot.


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