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Impact: Brown mars Joe-Rhino brawl
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


Another PPV quality match on Impact? No surprise there. Since jumping over to Spike TV, TNA has been pumping out some high quality match-ups on Impact. On this edition of Impact, Samoa Joe did battle with Rhino. Who came out victorious? Read on.

Things began with a recap of the the last edition of Impact, that saw Jay Lethal get screwed out of his title opportunity with Jeff Jarrett thanks to "Big Poppa Pump." Great match though.

In the back, BG and Kip James spoke with "Showtime" Eric Young. BG and Kip set up a plan for Young, who was still worried about getting fired. They admitted that they had been fired plenty of times and know what it's like. They brought Young in to be their partner against America's Most Wanted and their mystery partner and said Young would provide great entertainment.

"The Monster" Abyss was set to make his way to the ring with Father James Mitchell when he was attacked by Brother Runt, who fought "The Monster" all the way out to the center of the Impact Zone. Abyss stopped Runt with a Black Hole Slam as Raven watched on. Runt going back to his ECW gimmick? Good idea.

Jeremy Borash spoke with "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown, who ran down "The War Machine" Rhino and "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe. He threatened to beat Rhino from pillar to post and called Joe a "Hippofant." Hippofant = elephant and a hippopotamus. He promised to leave his mark and leave them on the receiving end of the POOOOOOOOUNNNNNNCEEEEE! Period.

Match One - "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Shark Boy vs. "Hot Shot" Johnny Devine

Hot and heavy X Division action like usual. Devine and Williams did battle with both competitors showing a great knowledge of one another's style, considering they were former tag team partners. Dutt got in a good amount of offense, but in the end a Canadian Destroyer on Shark Boy was enough to put this one in the bag.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams

Next up was a video package that featured Jerry Lynn pumping up Chris Sabin and giving him tips on how to beat Kevin Nash at Hard Justice. The winner of that match would move on to get an X Division Championship match. Really good feud between the two from top to bottom.

Christy Hemme made the pitch and it happened, "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage made his way to the Impact Zone to apologize to Sting. He said that he was selfish and missed Sting's point, and for that he was sorry. He said that he went to Jim Cornette and requested to be in Sting's corner at Hard Justice. Cornette told Cage that it could happen, but only if Sting accepted. Sting came out and said that all he was there to do was to perform surgery and remove the cancer from TNA. Sting pointed out that TNA was number one before he came to town, he was just there to clean it up and make it healthy once again. Cage is going to turn on Sting, or so it seems. Sting is going to give Cage a definite answer on the next edition of Impact.

In a pre-taped segment, Jeff Jarrett cut a promo on Sting, saying that it was in the good interest of TNA to get rid of Sting.

They showed an LAX promo where they said they were taking over. Give them belts!

Match Two - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) and A-1 Ralphz w/ Gail Kim vs. "Showtime" Eric Young and The James Gang (BG and Kip James)

Eric Young is red hot in TNA. Seems he can do no wrong. Not sure what the deal is with The James Gang. Are they good, bad, indifferent? What exactly is their deal? A-1 and company tried their best to cheat, but Young was able to score a pinfall on a schoolboy attempt, sending A-1 into a frenzy.

Winners Via Pinfall - "Showtime" Eric Young and The James Gang (BG and Kip James)

Paparazzi Productions sent out another piece of work, where "Hot Shot" Johnny Devine and Alex Shelley got Kevin Nash all ready for his match against Chris Sabin. More entertaining stuff from the group. What else is new? Great decision to put them together. Funny, plain and simple.

A Bobby Roode vignette came on next. Roode will be an excellent singles competitor again, if used properly that is. He was on a good run, but without his teammates, there is nothing that should prevent him from going even higher.

Match Three - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. "The War Machine" Rhino

Another brawl, apparently Rhino is trying to rekindle that old ECW fire. The fight spilled to the entrance ramp, with a table being brought out for good measure. Rhino went to Gore Joe through the table, but "The Alpha Male' Monty Brown attacked from behind. Joe locked in the Kokina Clutch on Brown, allowing Rhino to Gore both competitors through the table.

Winner - No Contest

A recap of Impact rounded out another good show. Great work.


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  • Christy Hemme Shoot Interview DVD-R

    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and supports the Eric Young campaign.