January 5, 2007
Impact: Joe-Angle heats up even more
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
Samoa Joe can proudly lay claim to the title Mr. TNA, however, on this edition of Impact, Samoa Joe looks to lay claim to Kurt Angle's rear end. After Angle's actions on the last edition of Impact, Joe has guaranteed a fight and has warned Angle that he is going to get what's coming to him. How will "The Samoan Submission Machine" retaliate? Read on and find out!
The show began with a recap of the last edition of Impact where Kurt Angle held one of the TNA girls hostage in order to get his rematch with Samoa Joe. Again, bizarre way to get the rematch, but whatever.
Samoa Joe barged into Jim Cornette's office and told Cornette that he was ready to finish off Kurt Angle. Cornette told him that he couldn't give him the match and said that Joe needed to leave the Impact Zone. Joe stated that he wasn't around to hurt TNA or Jim Cornette, he was there to hurt Angle and he was going to achieve that goal. Minus some questionable portions like the one in the previous paragraph, this has been a rock solid feud.
Mike Tenay and Don West did the standard rundown which led into...
Match One - Robert Roode w/ Ms. Brooks vs. "The War Machine" Rhino
Some back and forth action here, before Ms. Brooks came down and tried to provide a distraction. Roode nearly ran into Brooks on the ring apron, causing him to lose his focus and fall victim to "The War Machine." Afterwards, Roode argued with Brooks as AJ Styles hit the ring and attacked Rhino. Rhino got the better of him until Roode intervened, allowing Styles to hit The Styles Clash on Rhino.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The War Machine" Rhino
Jeremy Borash was outside Jim Cornette's office when "Showtime" Eric Young popped in. He told Borash that his friend was having some problems with a girl who wanted to take him into the bedroom. Borash asked if it was Ms. Brooks he was talking about, but Young declined to answer. Ms. Brooks came in and told Young that he better have what she asked for by the next edition of Impact, or he was fired. Young then said that his friend was in some big trouble now. Ha, ha. Good segment to move things along.
Borash went into Samoa Joe's locker room. Joe said that Angle hurt someone that was very close to him, and promised that Angle would pay for it. Tenay then finally revealed that the girl that Angle put into the Ankle Lock was actually Samoa Joe's girlfriend; well, now it all makes sense.
VKM came out next wearing sombreros and panchos. They said that their trip to the WWE house show didn't go so well, but they were getting ready to issue another challenge, this time to HBK. They said that they were going to be in San Antonio, TX next Wednesday and said that if HBK wants to throw down, they'd be more than willing to do so. They also informed the Impact Zone that regardless the outcome, they would have the footage ready for the next edition of Impact. Why can't they go for the tag belts or something? they are such a great team and can be used so much better than this. Ugh.
The PCS Series continued with musical chairs. Kevin Nash provided the music by singing into a megaphone. Thanks to some help from Nash, Austin Starr picked up the win and moved into the first place position in the PCS Series with 18 points. Very funny stuff.
Jeremy Borash did a sit-down interview with Gail Kim that was interrupted by James Storm. Storm basically told Gail Kim that she needed to cooperate with him and be his manager or he would send her back where she came from. Interesting, adds new life to the same old Chris Harris/James Storm feud.
Match Two - Street Fight - Brother Runt vs. "The Notorious 187" Homicide w/ Hernandez and Konnan
Brother Runt jumped Homicide on his way out to the ring. Hitting him with a series of vicious punches. The two fought up and down the ramp and used ladders and chairs to whack one another. Runt got a nasty cut on the side of his head courtesy of a chair shot. The match eventually made its way back to the ring, with the ladder being set up in one of the corners. Runt had things going his way until Konnan distracted Earl Hebner and Hernandez hit the Border Toss on Runt onto the ladder. Afterwards LAX beat down on Runt until Team 3D made the rescue.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Notorious 187" Homicide
Mike Tenay pitched some footage that Father James Mitchell gave TNA where he brought Abyss back to a prison. Abyss stood there screaming as Mitchell said that Christian Cage and Tomko only knew part of his dirty secret. He said that he was going to tell the whole story if Abyss didn't listen to him. He warned Abyss to make him come back to the prison. Abyss finally had enough and tossed Mitchell into the fence.
Christian Cage and Tomko came out for Christian's match with Kurt Angle. Jim Cornette appeared on the TNA Tron and said that at Final Resolution, Tomko would be barred from ringside for the NWA Heavyweight Championship match. Kurt Angle was then introduced and attacked from behind by Samoa Joe. The two brawled up and down and into the crowd, but were finally seperated by security. Back from commercial break, Cornette came out and said that security can let them fight. They fought up and down the hallways, using plywood and all sorts of things. Joe even went outside and slammed Angle through a table. Back from another commercial break and the fight was still going. Cornette finally had enough and said that at Final Resolution, Kurt Angle would face Samoa Joe in a 30-minute Iron Man Match. Cage and Tomko attacked Angle from behind. Angle got some shots in on Cage, but Tomko took him down. The lights went out and when they came back on, Sting was in the ring. Sting and Angle cleaned house and stood tall. One of the best brawls in TNA history.
The traditional recap closed out this edition of Impact.
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wants to commend Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle for taking the typical TNA brawl and making it something special.