September 1, 2006
Impact: Hope you like thumbtacks
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
Thumbtacks, thumbtacks and more thumbtacks. So is the trend with TNA and Abyss. The level of violence has increased yet again, as TNA introduces the first ever Ten Thousand Thumbtack Match on this edition of Impact. Also on tap, the public execution of the Sting/Jeff Jarrett contract. All that and more on Impact.
The show began with a recap of the last edition of Impact -- LAX finally getting what they deserve.
Speaking of LAX, they emerge from the curtain to begin Impact. Konnan touted their success, and thanked all of the wrestlers that made it possible for them to get where they are. They issued an open challenge, that was answered by "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles on the Impact Tron. Daniels and Styles admitted that they made a mistake playing by LAX's rules, which is why at No Surrender, they were evoking their rematch clause in the first ever Tag Team Championship Ultimate X Match. This should be interesting. They said it would take Konnan out of the equation; I don't understand that, but whatever.
Match One - Petey Williams and Senshi vs. Jay Lethal and Chris Sabin
Lethal and Sabin started out strong, putting Williams on the defensive early on. Sabin and Lethal nearly hit their finishers on several occasions, however they were avoided. A miscalculation between Williams and Senshi proved to be detrimental to their success, as Sabin hit a sit-out slam on Williams and made the pin as Senshi watched on. Senshi defends the X Division Championship against Williams at No Surrender.
Winners Via Pinfall - Jay Lethal and Chris Sabin
"The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode talked about being interviewed by Simon Diamond, "The Franchise" Shane Douglas and Father James Mitchell, but expressed no real interest in signing with any of them. The Bobby Roode sweepstakes was announced to find the next manager of Bobby Roode. Is D'Amore going to win the contest?
The TNA Knockouts DVD is now available. Funny, since they barely get any TV Time (So Cal Val, Traci, etc.)
Match Two - "Showtime" Eric Young vs. Shark Boy
Comical stuff here. Young hit the Shark Bite on Shark Boy and finished him off with a slam.
Winner Via Pinfall - "Showtime" Eric Young
Post Match - Larry Zbyszko had been watching the match at ringside. Earl Hebner hit the ring and grabbed Mark "Slick" Johnson. Hebner screamed to Zbyszko that he wasn't taking the fall alone and that he was going to expose his secret.
Jeremy Borash interviewed "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage in the back. Cage said he has been teaching a lot of lessons as of late. He talked about what he did to Sting and Rhino. Ron "The Truth" Killings stepped in and had some words with Cage. The two were broken up after brief joust. Killings vs. Cage was announced for the next edition of Impact.
TNA No Surrender comes to you on Sept 24.
Match Three - Ten Thousand Thumbtack Match - "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs. Brother Runt
Some more brutal stuff here, as this feud continues to increase in intensity. Back and forth action. Runt went for an Acid Drop on Abyss, but it was blocked, sending Runt back first onto the tack bed and allowing Abyss to get the win.
Winner Via Slamming Their Opponent Into The Tacks - "The Monster" Abyss
Post Match - Abyss went to slam Runt off the stage into a bed of tacks, but Raven came out and made the save, sending Abyss off the stage and through a table and tacks. He then picked up Runt and held him as though he had been crucified.
Jeff Jarrett was shown walking with masked men with rifles, as they headed to the ring for the contract execution.
Back from commercial, they showed a pre-taped Jeff Jarrett promo, that showed Jarrett talking about how he doesn't understand why the TNA listens to the fans. He was upset about wrestling Sting, but promised to put him out for good.
Jarrett came out with his henchmen. He talked about ending Sting's career. The phone on the commentators' table rang, Don West answered it and it was Jim Cornette, who told Jarrett that he was going to make him take a polygraph test on the next edition of Impact. If he passed, he wouldn't have to wrestle until Bound For Glory, but if he failed, the fans would get their revenge on Jarrett. Cornette asked Jarrett who he feared more, Sting or the fans of TNA. Jarrett looked pissed as this edition of Impact came to an end.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wants to know why a phone was randomly placed on the commentators table.