Impact: No more Team Canada
CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
Team Canada no more? Possibly. This edition of Impact could be Team Canada's last as a group. They are set to do eight man battle with Rhino, Jay Lethal and Team 3D in the Main Event, with the stipulation being that if they lose, they must disband. Could it be the end of the road for D'Amore's troops or can they squeak out a victory to save their faction? Check out the report for the answers to those questions.
The show began with "The War Machine" Rhino standing in the center of the ring with what was supposedly the ECW Heavyweight Championship in a bag. Rhino challenged Vince McMahon to come to the Impact Zone and take the belt from him, before saying that he was going to do something he should have done a long time ago. He left the ring with the belt as Mike Tenay and Don West contemplated what Rhino could have meant. Ever since DX's attempt to invade Nitro, WWE has realized that popping up on other programs will only make the other program that much stronger. Despite the fact that a WWE appearance on the show would be great, it's just not going to happen. Rhino was then caught in the lockeroom, explaining how he, Shane Douglas, Raven and Team 3D were the life of ECW, but they were in TNA. He took the ECW title, threw it in a trash can and lit the can on fire as he screamed "Long live TNA." He laid out an extreme challenge, not caring if it came from a four sided ring, a six sided ring or an eight sided ring because the result was going to be the same, "Gore! Gore! Gore!"
The show officially began with Mike Tenay giving a run-down of what to expect on Impact.
Match One - "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs. Screamin' Norman Smiley
Squash alert! Since when did Norman Smiley become squash material again? Black Hole Slam does him in as Abyss picks up the not so big win.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Monster" Abyss
Post Match - The James Gang walked out and checked to make sure that Abyss was going to behave himself and work with the duo. Abyss went to hit BG, but was subdued by Mitchell. The James Gang taunted their new acquisition.
A video package aired with Sting talking about Samoa Joe and promising that after Victory Road, Jeff Jarrett wasn't going to be champion. Sting and Joe would be another perfect way to get Joe over. TNA has really transformed "The Samoan Submission Machine" and have made him into something even bigger than he already was in ROH. Kudos to that.
They played footage of Shane Douglas talking about how he was getting the Naturals back on track for Victory Road and how they were going to win back the NWA World Tag Team Championships. Things are picking back up for The Naturals.
Another video package aired with "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels talking about their new partner, Zerelda (formerly Jamie D of Border City Wrestling). She's actually a pretty good wrestler and will be a definite boost for TNA. If only they brought Traci Brooks back on TV and gave Christy Hemme some wrestling lessons, then they would have something.
Match Two - Senshi vs. Jerelle Clarke
Clarke got in a bit of offense, but nothing substantial as the double stomp finished him off.
Winner Via Pinfall - Senshi
A video package for "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner came on, that basically put over the fact that Steiner was looking to end the undefeated streak of Samoa Joe.
Christy Hemme put over the fact that "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels would be in action next.
Victory Road was then pushed. The PPV is this Sunday, July 16, so check it out.
A video package for Christian Cage came on next, with Cage talking about his upcoming shot to gain his title back from Jeff Jarrett. Cage has to be considered one of TNA's greatest assets, but despite having his title taken from him too soon, it's not right to give it right back, this is where Samoa Joe needs to step in and carry the company.
Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine got themselves pumped up for...
Match Three - The Paparazzis (Alex Shelley and "Hot Shot" Johnny Devine) vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels w/ Zerelda
The Paparazzis got in some decent offense, taking down Daniels. Konnan and Moody Jack Melendez were doing the Spanish commentary, but Homicide and Hernandez weren't allowed back out their due to a ruling from Jim Cornette. Styles got the tag from Daniels. As Daniels was cleaning house with Styles, Shelley tried to grab his tripod, but Zerelda grabbed it away. Styles hit the Styles Clash in the ring and got the three count. America's Most Wanted came down and handcuffed Daniels to the bottom rope and beat on Styles while Gail Kim and Zerelda went at it.
Winners Via Pinfall - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
Next up was a video package highlighting the Raven/Larry Zbyszko feud. Raven talked about getting scalped before, while Zbyszko called him a whiner. It's obvious Zbyszko is losing here. They also showed referee Mark "Slick" Johnson handing out pictures of what Zbyszko would look like bald, while Zbyszko kept trying to snatch them away.
A video package aired of Samoa Joe talking about Victory Road. Putting the title on Joe is again, probably the best move TNA can make in this situation.
Another video package came on with Jeff Jarrett talking about the title situation and Victory Road. Jarrett offered to take a lie detector test to prove that he wasn't influencing any decisions. Jarrett promised to retain his championship at Victory Road.
Jeremy Borash spoke with Team Canada about their upcoming match against Rhino, Jay Lethal and Team 3D. D'Amore prepped his soldiers, but told "Showtime" Eric Young that if didn't pull through, all of his nightmares would come true. Young looked on scared as Team Canada went to do battle.
Match Four - Eight Man Tag Team Match - Jay Lethal, "The War Machine" Rhino and Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) w/ Brother Runt vs. Team Canada ("The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams, "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode, "Showtime" Eric Young and A-1) w/ Coach Scott D'Amore
Lethal's team took the heavy offense to Team Canada, scoring several near falls throughout. D'Amore attempted to interfere with a hockey stick, but he was stopped by Brother Runt who planted him with the Runt Drop. Lethal's team cleaned house on the Canadian's, leaving it down to just A-1 in the ring. A-1 was hit with a Gore, followed by a diving headbutt from Lethal for the win. The ramifications of this decision being that Lethal gets to choose a title shot of his choice and Team Canada is no more. Young looked on in fear, clutched to West's leg as D'Amore and the rest of his troops stood stunned.
Winners Via Pinfall - Jay Lethal, "The War Machine" Rhino and Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)
They hyped Victory Road some more as Impact came to an end.
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Chris Sokol is from long Island, NY and wondeers if Greg Oliver plans on coming up with his own faction in TNA now that D'Amore doesnt have one. If so, will he make Jason Clevett or Jonathan Waldman the team Captain? Send your picks to Greg at email@example.com.