April 9, 2006
Impact: One last Saturday night
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
With one last Slammin' Saturday Night appearance left in the tank, TNA looks to go out with a bang as they make their primetime move to the network's Thursday night lineup. Sting is once again the focal point of the broadcast, as we come to you from, where else, but Orlando, FL.
Things began with a recap of Abyss' attack on Christian Cage at Cage's home. Great way to get this feud over even more.
Match One - "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
Styles had things going his way early on, avoiding the jabs from "The Monster," and using his quickness to stay a step ahead. Abyss mounted a comeback, using his overwhelming power to ground "The Phenomenal One." Styles attempted a Styles Clash, but it was reversed into the Shock Treatment, which received a two count. Abyss got up in time to catch a Pele Kick, but before he could capitalize, Mitchell involved himself in the match once again. At this point, Christian Cage was shown arriving to the Impact Zone with a tire iron. He hit the ring and caught Abyss with a shot to the midsection that sent the big man scurrying to the back, as security restrained Christian.
Winner - NO CONTEST
Cage then grabbed a mic and told Abyss that at Lockdown, he better be prepared to die, because he was. Again, more fuel to a solid feud.
Jeremy Borash caught up with Team 3D in the back, who cut a very anti-Canadian promo, announcing that at Lockdown, they would be facing Team Canada in an Anthem Match.
Match Two - ARM WRESTLING MATCH - Konnan w/ Homicide vs. "Bullet" Bob Armstrong w/ The James Gang (Kip and BG James)
Before the lockup got underway, Rudy Charles sent all "Managers" to the back. Konnan tried to avoid "The Bullet," but they eventually locked up, with Armstrong getting the better of the exchange, until Hernandez made his return and hit Armstrong from behind with the slapjack. Konnan followed up with another slapjack shot, until the James Gang made the save and chased LAX off. This feud has landed itself on the "Boring List." Nothing to eventful going on, it's just plain uninteresting.
Winner - NO CONTEST
Jeremy Borash came to us once again from the back, this time in the office of TNA Commissioner, Larry Zybysko. Zybysko talked about the World X Cup coming up and announced that at Lockdown, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels would be taking on Jushin "Thunder" Liger. Zybysko went to go on, but he was interrupted by Mark "Slick" Johnson, who requested that he referee the X Division Championship match between Daniels and "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe on the next edition of Impact. Zybysko declined, with Johnson telling him that the new guy TNA Management was bringing in wasn't going to like his decision. TNA has been getting a ton of new talent.
Simon Diamond joined Tenay and West who gloated over the fact that Diamond was in all the press after getting hit with a steel chair by White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen. Before the match could get underway, Jeff Jarrett and his army came out, sending Diamond running to the back, while Jarrett's army destroyed all the wrestlers in the ring. Jarrett got on commentary and put over his guys, as Smiley took the brunt of the beating, getting put in the Steiner Recliner and hit with a steel chair (which broke off of impact with the guardrail). They replayed the beatdown after coming back from commercial break, and showed Smiley being stretchered off.
Winners - NO CONTEST
Match Four - WORLD X CUP QUALIFIER TO JOIN TEAM USA - Alex Shelley vs. Roderick Strong vs. Chase Stevens
Not sure why Chase Stevens made it into the mix, but okay. Shelley and Strong functioned as a unit for most of the match, with Stevens getting in spurs of offense here and there. In the end, Shelley found an opening, with Stevens down, Shelley hit Strong with an enseguri, followed by a Sliced Bread #2 for the win. Alex Shelley getting some real wrestling recognition? Tremendous.
Winner Via Pinfall - Alex Shelley
Sting came out next and talked about getting back in the swing of things and wanting to teach Jeff Jarrett a lesson. He told Jarrett it was a stupid move to announce all his teammates right away. Sting said he would wait for TNA's primetime debut to announce his teammates. Jarrett and his army came out, but they were cut short by the face brigade that hit the ring to protect Sting. Things are heating up, but what former WCW star has Sting's back? Luger?
Impact ended with a hype video, pumping up the current card for Lockdown.
Again, not a great edition of Impact as far as wrestling is concerned. More fluff than substance. Maybe they are saving up for their primetime debut. TNA has been developing some good feuds and with more new talent coming in, things could only get better for the company.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is happy that Alex Shelley is getting a wrestling push. He deserves it.