December 8, 2006
Impact: Angle downs Joe again
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
Turning Point is approaching and TNA is looking to head into it on a strong note. In all reality they shouldn't have a problem doing so when their Impact Main Event features Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Christian Cage, Sting and Abyss. TNA has the right idea, but can they follow through on it with a great show? Read the report to find out.
The show began with a recap of Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe's encounter with LAX. Another big break for LAX and a well deserved one at that.
"The War Machine" Rhino was in the ring and called out "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels came out and tried to cool down the situation, but Styles can from behind and attacked Rhino leading to a pull apart brawl. Styles and Rhino could be really good, but it would need alot to top the Christian Cage/Rhino feud. If it were given the same time to build and flourish it has that potential.
They cut away from the brawl into the Impact opener and let Mike Tenay and Don West do their deal. They announced that Eric Young was working out hard in preparation for his Bikini Contest against Ms. Brooks at Turning Point. Young was shown jogging in the Impact Zone.
Match One - "The Notorious 187" Homicide vs. Petey Williams
Back and forth with a few reversals. Williams was able to escape the Cop Killa and score the Sunset Flip victory on Homicide.
Winner Via Pinfall - Petey Williams
Post Match - LAX came out and beat down Williams, covering him under the Mexican Flag. AMW and Gail Kim came out and chased them from the ring, with Kim tauting LAX. Will Kim be the newest memeber of LAX?
VKM was in a newsroom doing a special update on DX. They had "protestors" with signs that said "Two Words: Grow Up," and "Two Words: Please Stop." At the end, BG was shown to be wearing no pants. Ugh, WWE doesn't seem to care even a little about this, why does TNA persist? This angle has it's funny points, but overall it's been unsuccessful.
Christy Hemme hyped the main event while Eric Young asked if he looked fat. Ha ha.
A recap of the Christian Cage/Tomko/Abyss/Sting/Father James Mitchell feud came on. Abyss finally got what he deserved.
Eric Young was shown doing some more workouts in the Impact Zone.
Kevin Nash did an ink test with the X Division Stars. Excellent segment. When showing them the different smotherings of ink, Nash asked what they saw. Hysterical responses such as Alex Shelley's "My heart after you broke it." Nash was ready for all of them to compete, but had words with Sonjay Dutt, claiming he was on steroids. Good stuff.
In the back, Eric Young was interviewed. He said that he has to cut down his weight in order to look and feel like a woman. This should be a spectacle.
Match Two - Senshi vs. "Showtime" Eric Young
Young was attacked while doing push-ups. The match continued with Senshi not letting up on the attack. Young caught a break, but was distracted by Ms. Brooks on the ring apron taking off her robe. The distraction gave Senshi the opportunity to hit the Double Stomp and pick up the win.
Winner Via Pinfall - Senshi
LAX spoke backstage saying that they stand by the Mexican flag and it's values.
Christy Hemme once again came on to pump the Main Event.
TNA Turning Point is this Sunday, 12/10/06.
VKM did another news update, poking fun at The Marine. They are such a great tag team, give them something better to do.
Back in the ring, Jim Cornette announced that at Turning Point it would be LAX taking on AMW. Christian Cage and Tomko came out and said that Jim Cornette shouldn't be worried about them, he should be worried about Abyss. He said that he had a little story about Abyss that maybe Jim Cornette would like to hear. Before he could get to the story, Abyss and Father James Mitchell came down. Abyss began working over Cage and Tomko, before Tomko caught him with a big boot. Sting came down to make the save. Sting shook hands with Abyss, before getting hit with the Black Hole Slam.
A vignette for Raven's group came on. Again, something that can work if they do it right.
Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash did some plugs that lead into a Kurt Angle video package. Angle said that he was given a second chance in his quest to a Gold Medal, so he felt as though it was only fair to give Samoa Joe a second chance. Angle said that no matter what the outcome, this would be the last encounter between the two. It's destined to be another classic.
Christian Cage, Tomko and Samoa Joe were out for the Main Event. Rhino came out, but was attacked again by AJ Styles. The two brawled through the Impact Zone as the Main Event began...
Match Three - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage w/ Tomko vs. Sting vs. "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs. Kurt Angle
Good main event here. Lots of brawling. Sting, Cage and Abyss managed to take the fight to the floor and brawl on the outside. In the end, Angle and Joe were the last two in the ring. After asking Joe if he was "okay," Angle hit the Olympic Slam on him for the win.
Winner Via Pinfall - Kurt Angle
A music video played to hype Turning Point as Impact came to an end.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and finds it funny that the retired Chris Kanyon got more attention at a WWE house show than one of TNA's hottest tag teams. If that doesn't send a message, he doesn't know what will.