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Impact: Cornette making presence felt
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


Hard Justice is right around the corner and things are heating up. LAX are establishing themselves as the next big faction in wrestling, Jay Lethal has put a great lift in his stock and the Christian Cage/Sting ordeal is taking some new and exciting turns. Will this continue? Check out the report to find out.

The show began with a recap that featured the Monty Brown/Rhino/Somoa Joe situation, as well as Christian Cage's confrontation with Sting. Sting and Cage should be a good matchup.

Jeremy Borash kicked off the show with some exciting news, Sting accepted Christian Cage's off, and "Captain Charisma" will be in the corner of Sting at Hard Justice. Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner jumped in to protest, Mark "Slick" Johnson also jumped in to let them know that Jim Cornette would be holding another meeting in the middle of the ring on Impact. Last one was entertaining, will the trend continue? Most likely, it's Cornette.

Mike Tenay opened up the show officially and was joined by Konnan on commentary for...

Match One - LAX ("The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez) vs. Chasyn Rance and Jerrelle Clark

Squash city, gotta love LAX.

Winners Via Pinfall - LAX ("The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez)

Post Match - "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles popped up on the trons. Styles was wearing a neckbrace thanks to Homicide's Cop Killa on the last edition on Impact. Daniels challenged Homicide to a match on the next edition of Impact, which was obviously accepted. Konnan rounded out the segment, promising that Tag gold would be going home with them after Hard Justice. They deserve it.

In the back, Jeremy Borash caught up with "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe, who basically said he was going to run down "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown and "The War Machine" Rhino. That'll be another good match.

On a hunt for Christian Cage, Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner bumped into Jay Lethal who they then assaulted and beat down. Glad Lethal is getting recognized more in TNA.

Another vignette for "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode came up. All the managers in TNA went crazy for him, wanting him to be their next client. Good stuff, Roode is really being built strong.

"The Franchise" Shane Douglas announced for the next match which was...

Match Two - The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) vs. America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) w/ Gail Kim

Clips from there Six Sides of Steel match in 2004 were shown. The Naturals had control for most of this one, with Douglas scoring the pinfall on Storm after he bumped into Harris.

Winners Via Pinfall - The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens)

Post Match - Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner hit the ring and cleaned house, with Jarrett demanding that Christian Cage come out. Shane Douglas came back out and checked on his team. After a commercial break, Larry Zybysko came out, wig and all and told AMW, Jarrett and Steiner that he got off the phone with Cornette and that he had orders that they had to comply with or they would be fired like Earl Hebner. Steiner was told that Cornette would meet with him in the ring. Jarrett was told to leave the Impact Zone immediately. His music played as AMW begged that he leave which he eventually did.

Mike Tenay went on about the Sting/Christian Cage situation. They played a sit-down interview that Sting did with Tenay. The same old stuff, Sting went on about moving Jarrett out of TNA and admitted that it would be great to do that and win the title at the same time. Interesting scenario, expect the Christian Cage heel turn, it's coming.

A Senshi promo came on where he hyped facing the winner of...

Match Three - Five Way Number One Contenders Match for a shot at the X Division Championship - Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams vs. Kazarian vs. Alex Shelley

Typical X Division action, which means it was entertaining. Lethal was already beat up from his encounter with Jarrett and Steiner. Williams hit his traditional moves. Kazarian got in some offense, nearly picking up the win off of Dutt, but in the end, a Canadian Destroyer on Jay Lethal was enough to score the victory and put Petey Williams as Senshi's opponent. This one should have been won by someone else, Williams is already an established X Division wrestler who has already been in the main picture many times, but either way, he will be facing the champ in a title match.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams

Jeremy Borash was in the parking lot as Jim Cornette arrived. "Showtime" Eric Young approached him and asked about his job, Cornette promised him a meeting, but he had some business to tend to. Christian Cage also got out of the car, Young talked to him, but couldn't get a real answer out of him. Interesting segment, Eric Young is hilarious.

Jim Cornette hit the ring and said that he wasn't on TV for the last few Impacts because he didn't want to take away from the wrestling. He announced that at Hard Justice there would be a Four Way Number One Contenders Match for a shot at the NWA Tag champs, it would feature, Kazarian and Matt Bentley, The James Gang, America's Most Wanted and The Naturals. "The Monster" Abyss vs. Brother Runt was also announced for Hard Justice. Monty Brown/Samoa Joe/Rhino was made into a Falls Count Anywhere Match at Hard Justice. He then asked Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine where Kevin Nash was. Since Nash didn't feel as though the meeting was important, on the next edition of Impact, it would be them and Nash vs. Jay Lethal, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt. He told them that Nash would be left with his tongue out trying to keep up with the X Division stars. The TNA roster was dismissed except for Christian Cage and Scott Steiner. Cornette stated that Christian vs. Scott Steiner would take place on the next edition of Impact, the two shared words and a staredown. Cage left the ring and was attacked by a masked fan, who turned out to be Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett and Steiner beat on Cage as Cornette was left in the ring, pissed. Good ending to Impact.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and likes Jim Cornette as the new commissioner of TNA.