November 24, 2006
Impact: All the fallout from Genesis
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
There is some sense in TNA! "The Monster" Abyss has finally captured the ultimate prize, the NWA Heavyweight Championship, realizing what was a three-year quest. Genesis also provided a fantastic main event which saw the win streak of Samoa Joe cut short by the freight train known as Kurt Angle, and the shocking announcement that LAX would be forced to give up their gold. How will these variables affect this edition of Impact? Simply click the link to find out.
The Genesis PPV was recapped to kick off the show. A good PPV with a great Main Event. Sure it had its down points, including the New Flock taking on VKM and the DQ ending in the Heavyweight Title match, but overall it was a worthwhile PPV.
"The Monster" Abyss and Father James Mitchell opened the show in the ring, claiming that Sting finally realized that he is a dark soul. Mitchell claimed that Abyss brought out the evil inside Sting and that's what cost him the Heavyweight Championship. Mitchell's rant went on too long for "The Stinger," who emerged from the tunnel and swung away with a black baseball bat. When the lights came back on, it was revealed that the man who charged to the ring was not Sting, but Christian Cage in disguise. Cage was livid at the fact that he had to go to such great lengths to get a title shot and demanded he be shown the respect that he deserved. Sting came down from the rafters and cleared Cage of the ring, challenging him to a Number One Contenders Match for the NWA Heavyweight Championship. Cage accepted and the match was set. Interesting opening, good way to set up the match for later on.
The regular Impact opener aired as "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels made their way to the ring.
In the parking lot, Kurt Angle was shown arriving to the Impact Zone.
A package on Raven's new flock was shown. Just bizarre. This could work, but there are a lot of variables to consider.
Match One - The Naturals w/ "The Franchise" Shane Douglas vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
This match made no sense. The Naturals beat Team 3D, they beat Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt, they are on a roll and they get squashed? Okay. A Styles Frogsplash followed by the BME was enough to pick up the win and give the struggling tag team a victory. Afterwards Rhino hit the ring and got in between Daniels and Styles, as Styles fled to the back, past Jerry Lynn and company who was watching from the tunnel. Again, this was kind of messy and really killed The Naturals push a bit.
Winners Via Pinfall - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
"Showtime" Eric Young strutted past Mike Tenay and Don West decked out in a turkey outfit. Tenay and West played it up big, claiming that it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without Eric Young in a turkey costume. I am surprised Russo didn't have Eric Young take on the Gobbledy Gooker.
The Voodoo Kin Mafia was shown declaring war on Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels and "The Game" himself, Triple H. TNA's efforts to replicate the WWE/WCW war have been a failure thus far. However, it's still too early to judge how this will turn out, but all in all it looks as though this is just a poor attempt to recreate the magic of DX's attack on Ted Turner.
Jim Cornette came out to make a big announcement. He brought out Petey Williams to commend him on showing his true colors. Williams was gracious of the praise and talked about how he truly felt. He said that he wasn't going to let LAX commit the dastardly act of burning the flag. LAX came out with a lawyer who served Jim Cornette, telling him that he violated LAX's first amendment rights. Williams had heard enough from LAX and went at them. AMW and Gail Kim came down and joined in, leading to an all out brawl. Kurt Angle hit the ring and cleaned house on LAX, he was followed by Samoa Joe, leading to another confrontation between the two. Back from a commercial break, Samoa Joe asked Kurt Angle for a re-match. Angle said he would give him one at Turning Point, provided they watch each other's backs. Joe agreed and the match was set. Good segment all together, probably the best of the entire episode.
VKM was shown still searching for WWE Headquarters. Kip James put "The Target" in his GPS system and it led them to an actual Target store. BG James got mad and told Kip he was an idiot and that they needed to find the real target.
Eric Young was shown still strutting around his turkey outfit. He's a character and a half.
Jeremy Borash used the TNA Spotlight Segment to talk about TNA's most recent House Show and the brand new TNA DVDs.
Robert Roode and Ms. Brooks came out next, with Roode challenging Eric Young to a re-match from the Genesis pre-show, where Young pinned Roode. Young asked the Impact Zone what they thought and accepted the re-match with Roode.
Match Two - "Showtime" Eric Young vs. Robert Roode w/ Ms. Brooks
Roode has such a great thing going for him. His whole new attitude works so well. Roode was very aggressive, but it didn't necessairly pay off, as Young came up with the surprise roll-up, giving him his second straight win against the new Robert Roode. After the match, Roode brought Brooks into the ring and berated her, telling her she was good for nothing and that Eric Young could probably beat her in a Bikini Contest. Uh-Oh...Eric Young in a bikini?
Winner Via Pinfall - "Showtime" Eric Young
The X Division meeting was next. Kevin Nash told the X stars that he was going to be instituting a drug policy to make sure everything was on the up and up and that steroids weren't being used. Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt thought it was ridiculous and left the meeting as Nash called them juice heads. Ha Ha, pretty funny.
"Captain Charisma" Christian Cage came out for the Main Event and was jumped from behind by Sting, leading to...
Match Three - Number One Contenders Match - "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage vs. Sting
They brawled throughout the Impact Zone, up and down. Cage was getting tossed around like a rag doll until Sting missed a Stinger Splash and caught ref Andrew Thomas, knocking him out cold. Cage went for the Unprettier, but was reversed into a Scorpion Deathdrop, followed by the locking in of the Scorpion Deathlock. While the hold was being applied, a hooded individual hit the ring and clotheslined Sting down. That individual turned out to be none other than Tyson Tomko. Great surprise. Tomko took over the role of being Cage's bodyguard once again, by demolishing Sting as Imapct came to an end.
Winner - No Contest
Before Impact officially closed, VKM was shown standing in Stamford, wondering where they were. Kip realized the obvious and pointed ahead, BG smiled at the sight of WWE Headquarters, screaming the phrase, "We're back!" Good ending.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is really surprised that Eric Young just came out dressed in a turkey outfit, rather than hatching from a gigantic egg.