Impact: In and out with battle royals
CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
Bound For Glory was a monumental turning point for TNA. They finally stepped over the threshold and delivered what was essentially an amazing PPV out of their Orlando home base. Well, the road trip is over and it's back to Orlando for Impact. Will the momentum carry over, or will TNA manage to send themselves back a couple of steps?
The show began with a recap of Bound For Glory. Check out the SLAM! Wrestling recap by clicking here.
Mike Tenay and Don West ran down what was to come on the show as Sting hit the ring with the NWA Heavyweight Championship in tow. When the lights came back on, Christian Cage was also in the ring with Sting. Christian said that he deserved an immediate title shot and shouldn't have to enter in the Battle Royal/Tournament to earn the opportunity. Sting told Cage that he would decide when Cage would get the shot. Cage got in Sting's grill before getting backed off with a baseball bat. Another Sting title reign, what can he possibly do?
Backstage Jeremy Borash hyped the fact that Kurt Angle would be in the Impact Zone to cut a promo later on. Samoa Joe came up behind Borash and asked if Angle was really in the building. Borash said he was and Joe told him that he would meet Angle there. This is going to be an intense feud, really good stuff.
Shane Douglas was in the ring and introduce the Newly Franchised Naturals...
Match One - NWA Tag Team Championship Match - LAX w/ Konnan vs. The Naturals w/ Shane Douglas
Clips were shown of Gail Kim taking a sick Border Toss. AMW jumped LAX on their way out. After a short melee, security was able to take AMW to the back. Match wise, this was all LAX, who dominated The Naturals, hitting a Cop Killa and a Border Toss for the win.
Winners Via Pinfall and STILL NWA Tag Team Champions - LAX
Post Match - LAX continued to beat down The Naturals. Shane Douglas got in the ring and berated them, only to get knocked on his ass by Andy Douglas. Shane got angry, but then smiled, perplexing Andy and Chase.
A pre-tape was shown with Alex Shelley and Kevin Nash talking to each other. Shelley was upset about Nash's new alliance with Austin Starr. Shelley asked if he was still tops in Nash's book, which Nash said he was. Austin Starr walked in and Nash went crazy for him, thus making Shelley more insecure.
Mike Tenay and Don West once again flaunted the World Series Program with AJ Pierzynski and TNA. Again, cool deal and great publicity.
Match Two - Fight For Your Right Stage 1 - REVERSE BATTLE ROYAL
One big cluster. Seven competitors have to fight from the floor and get into the ring to move on to stage two. Ugh. It looked like a mess.
Winners - AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Robert Roode, Chris Sabin, Abyss, Lace Hoyt and Ron "The Truth" Killings
Match Two - Fight For Your Right Stage 2 - REGULAR BATTLE ROYAL
This was a little more tame. The six losers from this will meet in the tournament to face the winner of this, who will fight them for the number one contendership to Sting's title. Confused yet? Regardless, Killings went out first, Sabin followed, Ms. Brooks grabbed Daniels' leg, sending him out next, Roode was next, followed by Styles. So apparently that seeds the tournament as, Killings vs. Sabin, Daniels vs. Roode and Styles vs. the loser of Abyss vs. Lance Hoyt.
Winners - Abyss and Lance Hoyt
Match Two - Fight For Your Right Stage 3 - "The Monster" Abyss vs. Lance Hoyt
Some back and forth action, with Hoyt getting in some slams on Abyss. Abyss came back and eventually hit the Black Hole Slam for the win.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Monster" Abyss
The much anticipated Jeff Jarrett interview was up next. Jeremy Borash had interviewed Jarrett after his loss at Bound For Glory. Jarrett was somber, claiming that he was going home to get himself back together. He told Sting that he was under a lot of pressure and that he had to carry the ball. He told Sting to be careful what he wished for. Excellent promo all in all.
Back to Mike Tenay and Don West who hyped the Kurt Angle promo next.
A recap of their encounter at Bound For Glory was shown. Kurt Angle then hit the ring and talked about how Samoa Joe was an intimidating force and how he was intimidated by him, but that's what he feeds off of and that's what makes him best. He talked about Joe getting busted up, which led to Joe hitting the ring and another brawl ensuing. Such awesome build up, TNA is doing it right.
A recap of the show was played as Impact came to an end.
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Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and was impressed with the report from Bob Kapur's bus trip to Bound For Glory. Lucky Bob.