Impact: Angle gets his rematch against Mr. TNA
CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
The move to primetime, the debut of Kurt Angle, the rise of Abyss -- from beginning to end, 2006 saw some major leaps for TNA. With so many key players to consider, it's going to be tough to determine a Mr. TNA for 2006, but the job must be done. Impact will feature the crowning that man, as well as a Nightstick on a Pole match between Sting, "The Monster" Abyss and Christian Cage.
The show began with a recap of the last edition of Impact. It is also said that Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle will be speaking their minds later on.
Jeremy Borash was backstage when he caught Kurt Angle and Jim Cornette going at it. Angle demanded a rematch with Samoa Joe. Cornette told Angle not to disrupt anything. Angle said he wouldn't and told Cornette that he would get his rematch one way or another. Cornette told him that he understood. Angle is such a great heel, this feud has been golden so far.
Mike Tenay ran down the card and sent us to the ring for...
Match One - Chris Sabin and James Storm vs. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and Petey Williams
Sabin and Daniels had some back and forth action. Williams and Daniels showed great teamwork throughout. Daniels was able to take out Storm. Williams came in to hit the Destroyer, but Sabin broke up that attempt. Sabin tried to bring a chair into play, but he was stopped by Jerry Lynn. Lynn and Sabin went at it, Daniels hit a dive onto them. Lynn, Daniels and Sabin brawled on the outside, while Storm used the chair on Williams and picked up the win.
Winners Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin and James Storm
Samoa Joe was shown hobbling around on crutches.
Ron "The Truth" Killings did an anti-smoking PSA.
Borash was in the back again with Father James Mitchell and "The Monster" Abyss. Borash wanted to know whose side Abyss was on. Mitchell said he didn't know, but he told Abyss that he better destroy Sting in the Nightstick on a Pole match, or he would reveal Abyss' dirty secret himself. Great James Mitchell promo as usual.
Mike Tenay and Don West spoke on Abyss and then sent it over to Leticia who was with Samoa Joe.
Joe said that he has set his sights on the NWA Heavyweight Championship and has moved on from Kurt Angle. As for a rematch, the answer is still "No." Joe was undefeated, but never received a title shot. He feels as though he deserves one and will continue to pursue it. He told Angle that he couldn't beat him and he needed to move on.
Team 3D came out and called out LAX. Brother Runt came out and asked them where they were when LAX beat him down. Brother Ray told him that he told him to mind his business. Runt got into it with Ray and the two went at it. Ray told Brother Devon to get the table, but he wouldn't, so Ray went to get it himself. LAX attacked and security swarmed. This could be another potentially good feud if done right.
Back from the commercial break and Team 3D and LAX were still going at it. Runt took out security with a steel chair and pounded on Hernandez. They set up Homicide on a table, Devon put Runt on Ray's shoulders and Ray powerbombed him onto Homicide, through the table. Good segment to get this thing going.
The PCS was up next. Kevin Nash told the competitors that they were doing the Bob Backlund limbo with a Lanny Poffo pole. Ha ha. Sonjay Dutt got a "Juice" chant when he went up, while Senshi jumped over the pole. Nash told Senshi it was okay because it was a leaping limbo. It came down to Lethal and Shelley going under together. Lethal picked up the win and was nearly kissed by Kevin Nash. Lethal gets a few points added to his ranking.
Leticia asked Christian Cage and Tomko what the Abyss secret was. Cage didn't get into that, but said that there was something amuck in the Nightstick match, and said that if Abyss and Sting try to team up against "Captain Charisma," he had his problem solver right behind him.
Another VKM skit was shown. They were outside a WWE house show. BG James was shown making fun of Triple H's chops, while Kip James ran into his baby momma. Ugh, such a waste.
Ms. Brooks was shown shoving Eric Young into the men's room backstage, while Robert Roode walked to the ring and Ron Killings joined Mike Tenay and Don West for...
Match Two - Robert Roode vs. Lance Hoyt w/ Ron "The Truth" Killings
Killings talked about quitting smoking, going after the NWA Heavyweight Championship and pursuing a career in Hollywood. Killings said that Hoyt was very supportive of him and his endeavors. Hoyt had things going in his favor until Ms. Brooks came out and prevented him from hitting the moonsault. She rubbed his leg while Roode gathered his bearings and hit an overhead suplex from the top rope and picked up the win.
Winner Via Pinfall - Robert Roode
Borash found Eric Young in the bathroom with his belt loose and lipstick marks on his face. Young said his resolution for 2007 is to lose control.
Christian Cage, Tomko and Sting were shown walking out for...
Match Three - Nightstick on a Pole - "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs. "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage vs. Sting
This was a brawl-like match, with all three competitors dishing out a great deal of punishment. Tomko came in to interject and save Cage from further beating. Tomko eventually got the nightstick in his hands, but Sting hit a slingshot on Cage into Tomko, knocking the nightstick out of his hands and using it on Cage to pick up the win. Afterwards, Tomko attacked Sting, as Cage swung the stick at Abyss. Abyss ducked and cleaned house as Mitchell yelled at him from the outside. Sting picked up the stick and gave it to Abyss before walking off.
Winner - Sting
They showed clips of ther Rhino/AJ Styles feud as well as promos from both. Rhino said that the match at Final Resolution was going to be a Last Man Standing match. Both men claimed that they would be the last man standing. This should be another solid match on the card.
The awards were announced next and came out as follows:
Tag Team of the Year: "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
Feud of the Year: Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle
Match of the Year: The Ultimate X Match from No Surrender
Knockout of the Year: Christy Hemme
Most Inspirational: Eric Young
Moment of the Year: The announcement that Kurt Angle was joining TNA.
Mr. X Division: Samoa Joe
Finisher of the Year: The Canadian Destroyer
Who to Watch in 2007: Kurt Angle
Jim Cornette and Mike Tenay were in the ring with the trophy for Mr. TNA 2006. Before the announcement was made, Cornette said that the NWA Heavyweight Championship would be defended at Final Resolution in a Three Way Elimination Match, as Abyss defended against Sting and Christian Cage. AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Sting, Samoa Joe and Jeff Jarrett were the nominees for Mr. TNA. Samoa Joe was announced as the winner and receieved a kiss from a girl backstage. Joe came out and was doing his acceptance speech when Kurt Angle came out dragging the girl behind him. Angle said that if Joe didn't accept his challenge for a rematch, he was going to break the girl's ankle. Joe said he was on crutches and told Angle to be a man and come down to the ring and settle this. Angle declined and locked in the Ankle Lock as Joe pleaded for him to stop and accepted the challenge. Angle released and said it wasn't personal, he then re-thought and said it actually was, proceeding to lock the Ankle Lock back in on the helpless girl as Joe hobbled up the ramp and chased off Angle. Weird way to finally get the rematch, but oh well.
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Impact ended with a recap of 2006. Good job TNA and Happy Holidays!
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