Impact: Sting threatens his return
CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
Once again, the anticipation, the wait, it had to be getting to you. Alex
Shelley promised to return back to the Impact Zone with even more Sting
footage. Will it be any better, or will Shelley's directing days be cut short? You
decide, as Impact comes to us from beautiful Orlando.
The traditional recap kicks things off.
Match One - Eight Man Tag Team Match - Jeff Jarrett, America's Most Wanted
("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) and "The
Monster" Abyss w/ Gail Kim, Jackie Gayda and Father James Mitchell vs. Norman
Smiley, Cassidy Riley, Shark Boy and Buck Quatermain
Quatermain is a face all of sudden? Norman Smiley is in TNA? Whatever. I
suppose you readers out there know how this one wound up. Jarrett and company
dominated, with Abyss and AMW destroying the opposition, as Jarrett directed
traffic and took a few shots here and there. Smiley was able to pull off The
Big Wiggle, but received a Black Hole Slam and The Stroke for his troubles.
Winners Via Pinfall - Jeff Jarrett, America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris
Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) and "The Monster" Abyss
Post-match activities saw Alex Shelley make his way to the ring to deliver
Jeff Jarrett with the tape he caught of Sting. Shelley promises that this
footage shows that Sting is done with wrestling. Jarrett promises another viewing
party for later on. It gets more riveting each time.
In back, good ol' JB, Jeremy Borash stood by with Matt Bentley and Traci
Brooks. Bentley began ranting about Lance Hoyt and how he took him out, Jarrett
and company burst onto the scene and talked about the next viewing party.
They sent Jackie Gayda to deliver the news to the rest of his posse, but when
she refused, they reminded her of what they had. Reluctantly she went along, as
the rest of the crew searched for "Showtime" Eric Young. Shelley seemed a
bit nervous, was this a sign of things to come? Take a guess.
Match Two - "The Ticked-Off Texan" Lance Hoyt vs. Kenny King
King tried to get the upperhand on Hoyt, but it didn't quite work out for
him. Hoyt used his shear power to toss King all over the place, finishing him
off with the Texas Towerbomb. Poor Kenny King.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Ticked-Off Texan" Lance Hoyt
Destination X Update: "The Ticked-Off Texan" Lance Hoyt vs. Matt Bentley w/
Traci Brooks has been announced.
We switched gears to Konnan, Homicide and Machete who were shown beating on
BG James with a slapjack. Kip James came to his aid, but it appeared as
though the damage had been done. This was a well done feud so far, hopefully it
stays on the right track, does anyone smell a Slapjack on a Poll match?
Next up, TNA debuted "What's Up?" a new music video courtesy of Ron "The
Truth" Killings. I am sure he's been asking the question quite a bit since
leaving 3 Live Kru.
Match Three - Six Man Tag Team Match - Team Canada ("The Canadian Destroyer"
Petey Williams, "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode and "Showtime" Eric
Young) w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs. Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal
Eric Young reappeared with the Sting tape in his tights. The match went
along well, with the Canadians cheating whenever the opportunity presented
itself. Jarrett made his way down to the ring during the match, telling Young to
give him the tape back, but Young refused. While the two were bickering, Lethal
dove over the top rope and onto Young, knocking him out and allowing Jarrett
to take his tape back. As that was going on, the match continued on the
inside, with Williams hitting The Canadian Destroyer on Dutt for the win.
Winners Via Pinfall - Team Canada ("The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams,
"The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode and "Showtime" Eric Young)
They replayed footage from Against All Odds, of Christian Cage capturing the
NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Easily the Match of the Night. Great
outing from both Jarrett and Cage.
In the back, Jeremy Borash talked with "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage
about his title win and upcoming challenge from "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown.
"The Monster" Abyss and Father James Mitchell popped up, demanding a title
shot. Cage wasn't about to give in, claiming he was tired of people like them and
Monty Brown. On that note, Brown attacked Cage, bringing the fight out to
the Impact Zone. The two fought on the stage, with Brown hitting the
POOOOOOUNNNNNNNCEEEE! Knocking Cage of the stage and into the guardrails. "The War
Machine" Rhino came to Cage's aid, fending off Brown, Abyss and Mitchell. Cage
vs. Brown should be a show stealer at Destination X.
The viewing party version 3.0 was up next. Before it began, Jarrett talked
about how great a job Shelley was doing, all the while cutting Shelley off
from what he was trying to say. They began the tape, which showed Sting coaching
his son's football team, then playing golf. Shelley promised he would
confront Sting, but didn't get the chance, as Sting confronted him. He told Shelley
that he knew what Jarrett was up to, and that Sting wasn't going to be at
Destination X, but Steve Borden would be.
Match Four - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe and "The Prince of
Punk" Shannon Moore vs. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The
Phenomenal" AJ Styles
The Ultimate X Structure was up, previewing Destination X. Styles and
Daniels couldn't keep it together, causing a few miscommunications, which
ultimately led to their downfall. Joe and Moore worked as a solidified unit,
dominating the match and keeping the two X Division pioneers on the defensive. Styles
and Daniels mistakes proved to be costly, as Joe was able to capitalize on
Daniels, planting him with a clothesline that sent him spiraling.
Winners Via Pinfall - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe and "The
Prince of Punk" Shannon Moore
After the match, Styles stole the X Division belt and hung it up in the
middle of the Ultimate X. Joe was shaken and frustrated, will he be able to climb
his way to success, or will his limits prevent him from retaining the gold?
In the back, Jeff Jarrett and Coach Scott D'Amore were shown panicking over
the Sting situation. As D'Amore complained that they were "Screwed," Jarrett
excused himself to go make a phone call.
Impressive Impact, mainly because it showcased a little something from
everyone. Stars who aren't normally a part of Impact were used, stars who haven't
been to TNA were brought in, and it really came together, with a good all
around show being the end result.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is curious as to when Kenny King
will win a match on Impact. Place your bets at CJS137@aol.com.