June 9, 2006
Impact: One last mountain to climb
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
It's all come down to this, the final Qualifier in the King of the Mountain Match is set, Scott Steiner will take on Sting this week on Impact to decide who moves on to Slammiversary...and who still moves on to Slammiversary, but in a non-title match. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and delve into this week's Impact report!
The show kicked off with a recap of last week's edition, which saw a solid, Raven vs. Jeff Jarrett main event.
In the bowery of the Impact Zone, Sting cut a promo, telling Scott Steiner that this wasn't going to be his last match, further saying that he was going to take him out of the title equation.
Jeremy Borash stood in the back with Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner. Jarrett pumped Steiner up, telling him that he did his job already, now Steiner had to do his. Steiner seem prepared and stomped his way out of the lockeroom, promising to eliminate "The Stinger."
To catch those at home up, the King of the Mountain Match currently consists of, NWA Word Heavyweight Champion, Christian Cage, "The Monster" Abyss, Ron "The Truth" Killings and Jeff Jarrett.
Steiner and Sting are shown walking through the back as we head into...
Match One - King of the Mountain Qualifying Match - "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner w/ Gail Kim vs. Sting
Steiner came out of the gates swinging, lighting Sting up with a series of chops. Sting started to fire up, but was cut short with a low blow. LAX was shown still protesting their "unfair treatment." Back from the commercial break, and Steiner was still in control. Sting mounted another comeback, but caught referee, Earl Hebner with the Splash. Jarrett came out and hit Sting with the Stroke, Mark "Slick" Johnson ran out, but the three count wasn't there. Sting reversed Steiner and hit a Reverse DDT, but right before he could get the victory, Jarrett pulled Johnson out. Sting rolled up Steiner again and almost got the three from Hebner, but Jarrett came in, forcing the DQ. One of Steiner's better TNA matches.
Winner Via DQ - Sting
After Match - The beatdown on Sting ensued, until all of the other competitors from the King of the Mountain match came out and brawled, with Cage, Killings and Sting standing victorious.
Steiner got back in the ring and grabbed a mic, claiming that he should have won the match and he wasn't going anywhere. From there, Christy Hemme informed us that Steiner wasn't leaving, but Samoa Joe was coming out next. Chasyn Rance came down for his match with Joe, but Steiner chased him away. Joe finally came out and after getting shoved by Steiner, the two bigmen through fists. Potential match at Slammiversary?
TNA Slammiversary on PPV, June 18.
Straight from Paparazzi Productions, Alex Shelley delivered us a unique video, in which he and Kevin Nash plotted the downfall of Chris Sabin. Very, very entertaining.
Christy Hemme informed fans that we would be getting a special report from Team 3D who would be joining us from the ECW Arena.
Near the entrance tunnel, Jeremy Borash confronted Larry Zybysko about the Steiner/Joe situation. Zybysko said that he couldn't make a decision by the end of the broadcast. Mark "Slick" Johnson ran in and told Zybysko that their was no time to waste, the new face of TNA was going to make the decision for him. Johnson ran off as Zybysko followed, questioning what was going on.
Match Two - Sonjay Dutt vs. "Mr. 630" Jerelle Clarke
Konnan joined Mike Tenay and Don West on commentary for this one, basically putting over the fact that he feels mistreated. This was a back and forth match that featured several huricanrana takedown. Dutt was able to formulate a series of moves, that featured a Shining Wizard and Standing Moonsault, translating into a win for "The Original Playa from the Himalayas."
Winner Via Pinfall - Sonjay Dutt
Outside, Kevin Nash and Alex Shelley were shown walking into the Impact Zone.
Christy Hemme let us know that a decision on the Samoa Joe/Scott Steiner match was going to be made by the end of Impact.
From Philadelphia, PA, Team 3D joined us at the ECW Arena. They talked about their relationship with the building and how nobody will get away with downtalking it in front of them. They reissued their famous commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Mess with Team 3D," as they lit a fire spelling out the "3D." Great promo as usual from them.
Match Three - Six Man Tag Team Match - Team Canada ("The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode, "Showtime" Eric Young and A-1) w/ Coach D'Amore vs. Chris Sabin and The James Gang (BG and Kip James)
Prior to the match, The James Gang cut a promo on Team 3D, telling the Extreme stars that they were ready for them, but they were going to go through Team Canada first. Team Canada had control of this match for the most part, dominating Sabin as Shelley and Nash looked on from a cherry picker. Finally the hot tag was made and the match broke down. Roode tried to use the hockey stick, but "The War Machine" Rhino made the save. With A-1 all alone, Kip hit the Fameasser, made the tag and allowed Sabin to drop the leg from the top to pick up the win.
Winners Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin and The James Gang (BG and Kip James)
Christy Hemme came out and delivered Mike Tenay and Don West and envelope. West made the official announcement, that at Slammiversary, it would be, Scott Steiner vs. Samoa Joe. West and Tenay slapped hands like giddy schoolgirls as we closed the show with the traditional recap.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and celebrated his two year anniversary with SLAM! Wrestling.