June 30, 2006
Impact: Cornette declares the new champ
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
Taking a page out of Vinny Mac's playbook, Impact comes to us with James E. Cornette promising a "firing." That's right, someone on the TNA roster could lose their job. Also a decision will be reached in the NWA World Heavyweight Title controversy. To find out what happened, read the report.
The show began with a recap of last week's events. The big one was "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner costing Samoa Joe the X Division Championship in an attempt to continue their feud, which has been pretty good.
Mike Tenay and Don West pimped out the show, while Christian Cage made his way to the ring. Cage called out Sting and told him that once he got the title from Cornette, he would give Sting a shot, all he had to do was ask for it. Sting questioned Cage, calling him "Jeff Jarrett." Cage fired back that he didn't look like an ass wearing white pants. Sting told Cage that he didn't go to Cornette's office for the title, he went to ask for a tag match on the next edition of Impact. Sting and Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett and "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner. Cage agreed with Sting and walked off. Good match, good promo and a good way to start the show.
In the back, TNA MVP, Jeremy Borash spoke with Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner. Steiner ran his mouth on Sting and Samoa Joe while Jarrett said that Cornette had no choice, but to crown him champion because he had him backed into a corner. Like him or hate him, Jarrett is a great wrestler and belongs in the main event. He needs to be there to put other guys over like he has done with AJ Styles, Christian Cage, etc.
Match One - Team Canada ("The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams and "Showtime" Eric Young) w/ "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode, A-1 and Coach Scott D'Amore vs. Chris Sabin and Jay Lethal
D'Amore came out wearing a neckbrace, selling an injury from his encounter with "The War Machine" Rhino. Eric Young played fair the entire match, as he was afraid of cheating, because he might get fired. Lethal built some momentum, nearly defeating Williams with a German suplex. Lethal and Sabin got tired of the constant interference and did something about it. They dove to the outside and cleaned house on A-1 and Roode. "Hotshot" Johnny Devine and Alex Shelley made their way down to the ring next and distracted Lethal, allowing Roode to knock him off the top rope and fall into a Canadian Destroyer by Williams. After the match, Young shook hands with the referee, but was slapped around by his teammates for doing so.
Winners Via Pinfall Team Canada ("The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams and "Showtime" Eric Young)
They showed clips of Shane Douglas working with The Naturals, getting them ready for another run in TNA.
Match Two - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown vs. "Screamin'" Norman Smiley
POOOOOOOOOOOOOUNNNNNNNNNNNCEEEEEEEEEE! Another squash.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown
Match Three - No DQ Match - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) w/ Gail Kim vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) w/ Brother Runt
Both teams brawled up and down the ramp and around ringside. Trashcans flew, tables were set up, Gail Kim was hit with a golf club in a womanly part of the body by Brother Runt. It was out and out mayhem. Storm and Harris argued over who could use a weapon on Brother Devon, leading to their downfall. Devon ducked Harris' trashcan shot, which caught Storm and set him up for the 3D.
Winners Via Pinfall - Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)
Post Match - The James Gang came out and introduced the baddest man in their family, telling them that they had two words for them, "Turn around." "The Monster" Abyss came out and took out Ray and Devon. Runt went for the Acid Drop, but was launched through a table on the outside. BG commentated the entire beatdown "JR Style."
Jim Cornette hit the ring as the entire TNA Roster surrounded the ring for their company meeting. Cornette first addressed LAX, telling them that if they didn't work, they weren't going to get a cheque. He went on to tell them that they were hiring at Jiffy Lube. Next up, Cornette informed Coach Scott D'Amore that his Team Canada was under individual contracts and that the team was to be disbanded permanently. He then informed AMW that at Victory Road, it would be a six person tag team match, putting them and Gail Kim against "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and Jamie D for the NWA World Tag Team Championships. Cornette called Earl Hebner, Larry Zybysko and Jeff Jarrett into the ring, they were accompanied by "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner. Cornette said that although he and Hebner were friends, he was firing him for his actions at Slammiversary. Hebner argued, but it did him no good, as Eric Young jumped around over the fact that he wasn't getting fired. Cornette then told Larry Zybysko that his contract stated that he must wrestle, so at Victory Road, it would be him vs. Raven in a Hair vs. Hair match. Cornette then addressed the NWA World Heavyweight Championship situation. He awarded the belt to Jarrett, but declared that at Victory Road there would be a tournament to determine the Number One Contender for Jarrett at that PPV. The contenders would be Sting, "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, Christian Cage and "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe. Cornette didn't put much faith in Jarrett's title run. Jarrett cut a promo on Sting and Cage and challenged them to fight. Sting and Cage hit the ring and began brawling with Steiner and Jarrett. As Steiner went to leave, he was caught from behind in the Kokina Clutch by Joe, ending this edition of Impact.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is very entertained by the antics of "Showtime" Eric Young.