Impact: Brown shows his true colours
CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
It's going, going, gone! Turning Point that is, the mostly solid PPV offering that TNA pitched its fans last week. From top to bottom it was a card that shouldn't have disappointed. In some cases it didn't, in others it did. TNA takes the field this week on Impact, looking to steer clear of any costly errors.
The show opened with the typical PPV recap. If you didn't catch the PPV, check out Bob Kapur's report right here on SLAM! Wrestling.
As Mike Tenay and Don West were hyping the show, Jeff Jarrett made his way to the ring for his biweekly argument with Tenay. Jarrett did the same old "What is going on?" With Tenay basically responding that he had no idea. Jarrett eventually gave up and began walking to the back as Samoa Joe came out. The two stared each other down before...
Match One - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs Jay Lethal
The squash matches are becoming a little more intense, as Joe took a few hits from the debuting Lethal. Joe fired back with some kicks of his own, capping this one off with a Muscle Buster and the Rear Naked Choke. It was nice to see Lethal on TNA, hopefully they'll have him back.
Winner Via Submission - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe
Next up was the "Days of our Lives" portion of Impact, as Shane Douglas stood by with Konnan and Ron "The Truth" Killings. Konnan was very upset with the fact that BG James let Kip James into the family. Killings told Konnan that he was done being lost in the middle, and that the Kru was finished with. As Killings left, Konnan promised he would sort things out.
Match Two - Alex Shelly vs Matt Bentley w/ Traci Brooks
Shelly made sure to bring his trusty camera to ringside, in a match that saw a different side of Shelly. Normally he showcases his technical skills, however this one saw some eye gouging and cheap trickery on his part. Bentley was all over the map, using his quickness and agility to get the edge on Shelly. "The Prince of Punk" Shannon Moore showed up during the match with a sign that read, "X Division needs to get Punk'd." His presence didn't cause a disturbance in the action, Bentley attempted to mount some offense, but received a well place thumb to the eye before getting rolled up and pinned.
Winner Via Pinfall - Alex Shelly
Things were then pitched to Shane Douglas who stood in the back with Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett and Douglas pondered what was truly going on in TNA. America's Most Wanted made an appearance, followed by Gail Kim. Jarrett and Kim argued over Jackie Gayda for a little bit and then left to find "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown.
Back from a commercial break, Shane Douglas was once again standing by with some of TNA's heavy hitters -- this time, "The Monster" Abyss and Father James Mitchell. After catching a glimpse of the scar left on Abyss' arm, Douglas asked Mitchell if he thought Abyss was being overlooked for an NWA World Heavyweight Title shot. Mitchell agreed and went into one of his famous promos (the guy is a great talker). Team Canada's Coach Scott D'Amore walked in and told Mitchell he had a business proposal for him to discuss.
Match Three - "The Man Beast" Rhino vs Joe Doreing
To his credit, Doering showed a glimmer of offense in the midst of getting totally squashed. Belly to belly suplex, topped off with a Gore was enough to get Rhino the three count this time around.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Man Beast" Rhino
Rhino grabbed a mic and ran down Jarrett, as the crowd chanted "You got screwed." Rhino went on to address Team Canada, claiming that he would go through them all until he got his hands on Coach Scott D'Amore and broke him in half with a Gore.
Shane Douglas, Jeff Jarrett and company were once again shown roaming the backstage area looking for Monty Brown. Jarrett bumps into The Diamonds in the Rough and asks them if they are on his side. Diamond assures him that they are, but doesn't know where Brown is. Jarrett then wished them luck in their match against Team 3D. Gail Kim again brought up the Jackie Gayda situation and told Jarrett that they needed to talk immediately.
Back from another commercial break, Shane Douglas was shown with Larry Zybysko in Zybysko's office. Zybysko informed Douglas that TNA Management wanted the whole Raven saga put to an end. That's why at Final Resolution, Raven will be placed in a match with an opponent of his choosing, the stipulation being that if Raven wins, he gets a Heavyweight Title shot, but if he loses, he is gone from TNA. Can you say ... the ring return of Larry Zybysko?
Some clips were then shown of the Basebrawl match from Turning Point. Too bad Pete Rose wasn't available.
Match Four - The Diamonds in the Rough (David Young and "Primetime" Elix Skipper) w/ Simon Diamond vs Team 3D
Nice back and forth contest, Young is finally getting the push he deserves after the enormous losing streak of 2003. Diamond did his part, providing distractions to help give The Diamonds an advantage. At one point, Diamond attempted to hold Devon while Skipper charged out him, only for Devon to move out of the way, sending Diamond flying off the ring apron. Young breaks up a Doomsday attempt on Skipper, but finds himself on the receiving end of a 3D.
Winners Via Pinfall - Team 3D
In the locker room area, Jarrett was shown talking with D'Amore. D'Amore had talked to Brown earlier on and thinks that he and Jarrett are on the same page. D'Amore claimed that that was all he could muster out of Brown before he was threatened with a POOOOOUNNNCEEEE! Period. Jarrett then decided to go to the ring. He asked Kim what was wrong with her, and she responded by saying that Jarrett didn't care.
The Jarrett contingent made their way to the ring next. Jarrett, AMW, Team Canada, Abyss, James Mitchell and Gail Kim stood in the ring, all striving for the same goal. Jarrett requested that Monty Brown make his way to the ring to inform everyone of whose side he is on. Brown told Jarrett that he didn't like him, teasing a turn to the good guys side. In the end Brown showed his true colors, aligning himself with the champ. The lights then went out and when they came back on Sting's logo was plastered on the video screens, as Rhino, Team 3D and Christian Cage stood on the stage.
Sting's arrival would certainly do TNA a lot of good. Especially if they allow him to wrestle with the youngsters on the roster. On the same token, there's a good possibility of a Heavyweight title push, in which case Sting would lead the company as champion, something that a Monty Brown or Abyss should be doing.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and awaiting the arrival of The Stinger in TNA.