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Impact: Samoa Joe takes the gauntlet
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Christian Cage is still the champion, defending the title successfully at Against All Odds. His defeat of Kurt Angle has left a major void in TNA, a new number one contender must be determined and determined it will be on this edition of Impact!

The show began with a recap of Against All Odds. For the SLAM! Wrestling recap, click this nifty link.

"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner made his way out to the ring, running down Kurt Angle and claiming that Angle took his position in the company when he and TNA were working out a big deal. Steiner said that Angle hasn't done anything that he hasn't. He said he beat Batista, John Cena and even Triple H. Steiner continued to berate Angle until the Olympic Gold Medalist came out to defend himself. Angle and Steiner argued a bit and things broke down into an all out brawl. Tomko and Christian Cage came out to help Steiner, but soon Samoa Joe and a hoard of faces came out to even the odds. Joe and Angle got into a staredown and Angle told Joe that if he wanted to be the new number one contender, he was going to have to go through him.

The Impact intro played, as Mike Tenay and Don West hyped the Elevation X set-up. Another interesting concept courtesty of TNA.

In the back, Jeremy Borash stood by with LAX and Konnan. Konnan said that LAX didn't win their match in controversial fashion. Konnan said that TNA was unhappy with what they were doing, yet TNA didn't do anything when Team 3D laid out Konnan a few weeks back. Konnan continued to put over LAX before Homicide did the machine gun and took off.

Christian Cage and company were in the back with Leticia. Cage said that the idea for the Gauntlet was that Steiner and Tomko should eliminate everyone and then jump over the top rope together, thus leaving no new number one contender for Cage to defend against. Steiner said the plan sucked and walked off. Cage got emotional with Tomko and said that Tomko was always like a son to him. Tomko told him "I've got a match, dad." I like the whole faction Cage has going for himself.

Match One - LAX ("The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez) w/ Konnan and Machete vs. Shark Boy and "Screamin'" Norman Smiley

Shark Boy and Norman Smiley score the huge upset... just kidding. Squash city.

Winners Via Pinfall - LAX ("The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez)

Post Match - Team 3D and Steve Shirippa from The Sopranos were shown on the TNA Tron. Team 3D challenged LAX to a Belting Pot Match on the next edition of Impact. Basically a different name for a lumberjack strap match. Konnan welcomed the challenge and promised that LAX would once again defeat Team 3D.

They recapped the Eric Young/Ms. Brooks/Robert Roode saga. In the back, Eric Young was with Ms. Brooks as Jeremy Borash stoody by to catch their interaction. Brooks said that she and Robert Roode played Eric Young for a fool. Robert Roode stormed in and said that Young should speak when spoken to. He told Young to take off the Don't Fire Eric shirt he was wearing because he works for him now. He told Young that his job tonight was to make sure Robert Roode became the new number one contender. After Roode and company walked off, Bob Backlund walked in and out.

The Chris Harris/James Storm/Jackie Moore/Gail Kim feud was recapped leading to...

Match Two - Arm Wrestling Match - Jackie Moore vs. Gail Kim

Nothing special here, as Kim defeated Moore. James Storm attacked her until Petey Williams made the save. Chris Harris also came out and chased away Storm and Moore.

Winner - Gail Kim

In the backstage area, Leticia caught up with Chris Sabin who was still doing his Jerry Lynn "impression." Bob Backlund came in and told Sabin that his jokes didn't go over very well down at the senior citizen's home and said that he was going to find someone to face him in a ladder match on the next edition of Impact.

We were then sent another Papparazzi Productions feature. This time Kevin Nash was mocking American Idol. Kevin Nash played the role of Simon Cowell, So Cal Val was Paula Abdul and The Big Fat Oily Guy was Randy Jackson. Sonjay Dutt failed in his audition, while Jay Lethal pulled off a great "Macho Man" Randy Savage impression to earn himself a white piece of looseleaf paper and the win. Ha, ha.

Ron "The Truth" Killings did a vignette for his version of Rocky. O...kay.

Match Three - 14 Man Gauntlet Match To Determine A New Number One Contender To The NWA Heavyweight Championship

Jim Cornette joined in on commentary for this one. Sting and AJ Styles started things off. Styles skated around Sting as "The War Machine" Rhino emerged from the back. Coming back from a commercial break, another Christopher Daniels promo was shown, he's still looking to find his meaning. Back to action, Kip James, Chris Sabin and James Storm entered while we were in commercial break. "The Monster" Abyss came out next. Abyss eliminated Sabin. Elimination One - Chris Sabin. Kurt Angle was the next entrant, tossing James Storm over and out. Elimination Two - James Storm. Tomko was the next one out, heading right for Sting. AJ Styles and Rhino were fighting towards the ropes when Tomko stepped in and threw them both over. Elimination Three - AJ Styles. Elimination Four - "The War Machine" Rhino. Samoa Joe was out next and wasted no time in tossing Kip James and a few others around. Kip fought back, but was ultimately flung out. Elimination Five - Kip James. During the break, Robert Roode, Eric Young and BG James entered. Scott Steiner came out next and immediately disposed of BG. Elimination Six - BG James. Tomko tried to eliminate Angle, but Steiner pulled him back in. Joe hit a nice kick on Abyss that sent him flying out. Elimination Seven - "The Monster" Abyss. From behind, Steiner took Angle and sent him over and out. Elimination Eight - Kurt Angle. Robert Roode was shown going to town on Sting, but Sting made a big comeback and hit a Stinger Splash before eliminating Roode. Elimination Nine - Robert Roode. Steiner in turn grabbed Sting and got rid of him. Elimination Ten - Sting. Out of nowhere, Tomko threw out the cult favorite Eric Young. Elimination Eleven - Eric Young. From there, Steiner and Tomko double teamed Joe, hitting a series of moves on Joe and wearing him down. Joe fired back with a hip toss to eliminate Steiner, bringing this to a one-on-one bout between Joe and Tomko. Elimination Twelve - Scott Steiner. Tomko and Joe went back and forth, with Joe catching Tomko with an elbow and a hard clothesline, finishing him off with a Muscle Buster for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW Number One Contender to the NWA Heavyweight Championship - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe

Post Match - Christian Cage came out to stare down Joe. Tomko and Steiner stood as his backup, until Kurt Angle came back out and stood behind Joe.

The Impact recap played to close out this edition of Impact.


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