February 5, 2006
Impact: Building A Mystery
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
On this edition of Impact, the mysterious triangle between Gail Kim, Jackie Gayda and Jeff Jarrett will unfold a bit more. A tournament of tag teams will collide to determine Number One Contenders and the X Division will be represented in a "Phenomenally Lethal" match. Don't forget the traditional squash matches either! All this and more on Impact.
Things begin with an intro before heading straight to the ring where Team 3D was prepared with a mic. Brother Ray announces that at Against All Odds, they would be facing Team Canada. This leaves the tag champs without a match as I alluded to earlier.
Match One - "The War Machine" Rhino vs. Kenny King
All I have to say about this one is, "GORE! GORE! GORE!"
Winner Via Pinfall - "The War Machine" Rhino
In his office, Terry Taylor was speaking with Larry Zybysko about Sting's retirement when Austin Aries, decked out with a jacket, beret and earrings, and Roderick Strong walked in. They began talking to Zybysko when The Naturals made an appearance. They demanded a shot at the tag team titles as well. Zybysko told them that they had been on the sidelines for too long, but he was going to make a four team tournament to be held over the next two weeks, with the winners becoming the new Number One Contenders to the Tag Team Champions. Yippee, so far that's two teams that make sense in the tournament, a good start.
Match Two - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles vs. Jay Lethal
Some good counter wrestling here, as Styles and Lethal are amongst the top X Division stars. Some high points included a vertical suplex that was reversed, smacking Lethal's back on the ring apron. Samoa Joe made an appearance during the match, watching from the ramp. The action continued with Lethal getting in a few shots on Styles, but the momentum swung right back into "The Phenomenal One's" favor, as he finished Lethal off with The Styles Clash. After the match was over, Styles helped Lethal to his feet as the two showed a sign of respect for one another.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
In the promo area, Terry Taylor stood by with Team Canada and their Coach Scott D'Amore. As the team was getting pumped for their tournament match, Gail Kim walked in with a tape recorder and began complaining to D'Amore that she didn't want to lose her job. She said she heard him, Jarrett, Zybysko and Raven on the tape. D'Amore promised her that he would take care of the problem, and instead of leading his team to the ring, he went with her to come up with a plan.
Match Three - SEMI-FINALS IN THE # 1 CONTENDERS TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT - Team Canada (Petey Williams and "Mr. Class" A-1) w/ Bobby Roode and "Showtime" Eric Young vs. Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt
Dutt and Williams decided to start things out, with Dutt getting the upper hand before Team Canada's cheating tactics got the better of him. After beating him down some more, Team Canada allowed Dutt to get fired up again, knocking the Canadians down with a couple of boots and making the hot tag to Chris Sabin. I still don't like his new look. Sabin hit some big moves, amongst which was a Tornado DDT. He saved himself from suffering a Canadian Destroyer, by reversing into an enseguri. He then caught Williams in the Cradle Shock position and planted him for the one-two-three.
Winners Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt
The Morphoplex Move of the Night - The Cradle Shock (Petey Williams makes his Morphoplex Move of the Night return, by taking The Cradle Shock.)
In the backstage area, AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels ran into one another and began arguing before getting into a full fledged fight, that was broken up by Terry Taylor and security.
Match Four - SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH - LAX (Konnan, Homicide and Apolo) vs. Frankie Capone, Ron Steele and Bruce Steele
Ouch! LAX absolutely demolished the trio, finishing them off when Homicide hit a top rope bulldog off the shoulders of Apolo. Konnan made the cover and LAX picked up the victory. After the match the assault continued until The James Gang came down and made the save, chasing off LAX.
Winners Via Pinfall - LAX (Konnan, Homicide and Apolo)
Next up they aired highlights from the Against All Odds Press Conference. Speakers included Dory Funk Jr., Jeff Jarrett and Christian Cage. Mike Tenay was the Master of Ceremonies. One of the "Members of the Press" asked Jarrett what the Jackie Gayda situation was all about. Jarrett snapped back, telling the guy to shut up as the crowd "Ohhhh'ed and Awwww'ed." Cage talked about the NWA World Heavyweight title being the most prestigious title around. Jarrett talked about all his victims including Kevin Nash, DDP and Rhino. Cage told Jarrett that he would walk out of Against All Odds the champion. The verbal war between Jarrett and Cage escalated and led to Jarrett throwing water at Cage and scuffling with him, before AMW, Rhino and others broke them up.
Match Five - SEMI-FINALS IN THE # 1 CONTENDERS TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT - Austin Aries and Roderick Strong w/ Alex Shelley vs. The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas)
Before the match got underway, Scott D'Amore and Gail Kim walked out and grabbed Alex Shelley, taking him to the back. The match got underway with Aries and Strong getting in some good offense, but The Naturals were holding their own. As the referee was distracted by Stevens, Douglas was getting double teamed in the corner by Aries and Strong. The onslaught continued until Aries missed a top rope leg drop that allowed The Naturals to make the tag. They sent Strong to the outside and were about to hit Aries with The Natural Disaster, when Aries slipped out and rolled up Stevens for the three count as Douglas and Strong fought on the outside.
Winners Via Pinfall - Austin Aries and Roderick Strong
Before things were wrapped up, we went outside where Jeff Jarrett, Scott D'Amore, Team Canada, America's Most Wanted and Gail Kim were all standing next to a car where Alex Shelley was. Terry Taylor tried to find out what was going on. Turns out that Jarrett and D'Amore wanted Shelley to use the Shelley Cam to pick up dirt on Jackie Gayda. Jarrett gave Shelley her phone number, her address and a list of places she goes. As Jarrett was talking, Eric Young kept trying to interrupt and tell him something, but he was told to be quiet by D'Amore. Jarrett told Shelley that if he didn't get the job done, he shouldn't come back. As Shelley left, they all argued over whether or not it would work, and stormed off. Young stayed behind and whispered to the camera that Sting wasn't gone.
I really like the way Impact ended, really gives people something to look forward to, and it was certainly played out well. TNA took this Sting angle and really put it in the right direction. When you look back at the failures of Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and DDP, it's refreshing that Sting appears to be far off from having the same TNA career that those men had.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is making a wild guess that Sting will reappear at Against All Odds.