January 29, 2006
Impact: What are the Odds Sting stays retired?
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
It seems as though Sting is looking to steer clear of the Kevin Nash/Scott Hall route and make a long run in TNA. Doing a PPV and Impact taping is a good start, but will his high-end salary prevent TNA from using him as a long-term success? I guess we'll have to let that pan out. In the meantime, let's enjoy "The Stinger" for what he's worth and hope TNA makes the right decisions when it comes to handing out title shots.
Our evening kicked off with a video package announcing that Sting will indeed be appearing in the Impact Zone. Good deal.
Match One - Non Title Match - Jeff Jarrett w/ Gail Kim vs. Jay Lethal
Lethal has been impressive in his TNA outings thus far and doesn't disappoint here. Jackie Gayda made an appearance with a tape recorder. Jarrett did his best to separate Kim and Gayda from each other on the outside, telling Kim that the tape Gayda had was nothing. This allowed Lethal to take advantage of Jarrett, putting the champ on the defensive before he fired back with a Stroke for the victory.
Winner Via Pinfall - Jeff Jarrett
Morphoplex Move of the Night - The Stroke (Do you think Morphoplex has any relationship to Ico-Pro?)
Christian Cage cut short the brief celebration of Jarrett by entering the Impact Zone with a mic in hand. Cage informed Jarrett that Larry Zybysko and the Championship Committee have deemed that at Against All Odds, Christian Cage will be challenging for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Cage went on to assure victory because that's how he rolls. This is exactly what I meant when I said, "Making the right decisions when handing out title opportunities."
Match Two - Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) vs. Kenny King and Buck Quatermain
Sit back, don't think to hard and guess how this match went...okay time's up. Team 3D destroyed King and Quatermain, enough said.
Winners Via Pinfall - Team 3D
Afterwards Team 3D got on the mic and informed the fans that at Against All Odds, the fans had the power to decide their fate, as to whether they would be wrestling Team Canada or America's Most Wanted.
Next up they aired a video package highlighting the feud between Christopher Daniels, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. It was then announced that at Against All Odds, Christopher Daniels would be challenging for the X Division Championship, thus making the match a triple threat.
In the back, Roderick Strong, Alex Shelley and Austin Aries were complaining to Jerry Lynn about not getting any opportunities. Lynn tried calming the trio down, despite them posing a very valid question. At this point, Matt Bentley bounced his way into the picture and asked Lynn the same question, however he received a different answer. Lynn brought him aside and told him he was getting his opportunity next. As Bentley left he told the trio to watch his match, as they might learn a thing or two.
Match Three - Non Title Match - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. Matt Bentley w/ Traci Brooks
Alex Shelley, Roderick Strong, Austin Aries, Jerry Lynn and Dave Hebner, with notebook in hand, all watched the match from the ramps and ringside. Bentley put up some fight, but Joe overpowered him. Bentley snuck out of a Muscle Buster and attempted a superkick, but was caught with the rear naked choke, forcing a tap out victory.
Winner Via Submission - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe
Match Four - "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs. "The War Machine" Rhino
This was a total brawl, what you would expect from the two heavy hitters. The match started off in the ring, with both men exchanging blows and trying to choke out one another. The fight soon escalated to the floor, then throughout the arena before ending when Rhino Gored Abyss through the steel that surrounds the promo area. The referee called for the bell and stopped the match.
Winner - No Contest
As we came back from commercial break, Mike Tenay was standing in the middle of the ring as Sting came out to let his voice be heard. Tenay wasted no time in handing the mic over to "The Stinger" to hear what he had to say. Sting talked about his career and said that he thought his match with Ric Flair in 2001 was his last, but he was wrong. He went on to say that his match against Monty Brown and Jeff Jarrett with Christian Cage was going to be his last. The fans didn't want any of it, but Sting left. As he was being congratulated by AJ Styles, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt, Christian Cage came out and told him not to go, because he still had "it." Sting appreciated the compliments, but left anyway as Impact came to an end.
Don't worry, he'll be back. You can trust that Sting will play a role in the success of Christian Cage at Against All Odds. It's almost a given. This will send Sting back into his program with Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown, a program that certainly deserves the attention it has been getting.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wants to know if Sting will break Terry Funk's record in the number of times he retires.