October 13, 2006
Impact: Joe's still No. 1
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
TNA officially adds some Olympic Gold to their roster as Kurt Angle makes his long awaited "debut" on Impact, addressing his status in wrestling and more importantly in TNA. Will Angle burn any bridges? Of course, this is wrestling, but exactly whose bridge is going down in flames? Read the report and find out.
The show began with a recap of Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe doing battle over the NWA Heavyweight Championship. This title situation is probably at the best it's been in quite a while.
Jeremy Borash was positioned outside of Jim Cornette's office when Jeff Jarrett came out and told him that he's not fighting to get his title back anymore.
Speaking of the Heavyweight Title, Samoa Joe was in the ring to officially start in the show. He held the belt tightly and spoke on how the belt has been degraded by paper champions. He said that he would hand the belt to the winner of the Heavyweight Title Match at Bound For Glory, under the condition that he gets the first title shot. Christian Cage came out and ran down Joe for his comments, he proposed a ladder match for later on in the show, the winner would get possession of the belt and would be declared the better man of the two. Interesting, great main event.
Mike Tenay and Don West went to shillville before sending it back to JB who was standing by with LAX.
LAX cut a great promo about how they were "Going hunting for Gringos." They called out AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels, who promptly jumped in and began kicking the tar out of LAX, as they cut to a commercial break. Back from commercial break and the fight had made its way to the Impact Zone, where Styles and Daniels were in firm control. Konnan made the save and LAX proceeded to dismantle them as security swarmed in.
Ron "The Truth" Killings cut a promo talking about the Sting and Jeff Jarrett match at Bound For Glory. Rhino didn't want to do the same, instead he felt like talking about his concussion. Well this Sting/Jarrett match better deliver with all this hype.
The Bobby Roode Sweepstakes was recapped, with Roode talking to an unknown female who turned out to be none other than Traci Brooks. He told Brooks that he made the right choice. Good way to build up Brooks as a manager while building up Roode as the next big thing.
Jerry Lynn walked in on the X Division guys and proceeded to give them a good tongue lashing, letting them know that the fans think they are a bunch of Jackasses. Well, not necessarily, whoever booked that is a jackass. Regardless, Lynn sent them to the ring, but Sabin stayed behind to let Lynn know he was over the hill before joining his cohorts on their way to the ring.
Match One - Senshi, Petey Williams and Paparazzi Productions (Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine) vs. Chris Sabin, Shark Boy, Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal
Basic tag that turned into a brawl, with Sabin rolling up Senshi for the pin.
Winners Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin, Shark Boy, Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal
Post Match - Kevin Nash popped up on the screen and announced that on the next edition of Impact, he would be holding a press conference to talk about his X Division Invitational at Bound For Glory.
AJ Styles cut a promo on the Sting/Jarrett match, while just like Rhino, Christain Cage opted not to talk about it.
Another Sting hype video played. Maybe they should have renamed the show "Sting-Pact."
Match Two - The Diamonds in the Rough (Elix Skipper and David Young) w/ Simon Diamond vs. Ron "The Truth" Killings and Lance Hoyt
The match was interrupted by Raven, Abyss and Brother Runt backstage complaining about how Joe disrespected them by hyping the title match at Bound For Glory and not their match. Back to the match, The Diamonds had the early advantage as they jumped Killings and Hoyt, however, they rebounded and pulled off the win.
Winners Via Pinfall - Ron "The Truth" Killings and Lance Hoyt
Post Match - Simon Diamond complained and threw his jacket at Skipper before storming off. Young and Skipper argued, Killings pulled Skipper over and embraced him. Okay? Whatever that was all about.
Shane Douglas talked about the Sting/Jarrett match. Kip and BG James also talked, with Kip making some wise remarks about Jarrett and BG calling him an ass and walking off. Again, what was that?
The Kurt Angle interview was hyped and delivered. Angle talked about wanting to joining TNA and talked about how WWE put him down, saying that his Gold Medal didn't mean anything. Angle said he came to TNA to prove something to them and that was exactly what he was going to do.
Match Three - Ladder Challenge - "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage vs. "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe
Joe hung the belt up and immediately went to town on Cage. They fought back and forth, with Joe hitting the Muscle Buster on Cage. He went to get the belt, but Abyss came down and broke up his opportunity. Raven and Brother Runt followed. Rhino also came down. Cage was able to avoid all the twists and turns and grab the belt, but Joe also got his hands on it. They fought over it as Rhino shoved the ladder down on both of them with Joe retaining the belt. Rhino and Joe stared one another down, but Rhino ended up Goring Cage and fighting him to the back, as Joe stood victorious with the belt in the ring.
Winner Via Grabbing the Belt - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe
The show ended with a recap and Team 3D claiming they were hungry for NWA Tag Team Gold. Decent show, TNA has done better.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and recalls his trip to NYC for Ringside Fest 2005 where Kurt Angle was an attendee, however his contract was a bit different back then.