February 23, 2007
Impact: Ladders and a Belting Pot
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling

TNA has come up with many unique concepts; this time it is the the debut of the Belting Pot match. While the name is catchy, it's essentially a lumberjack strap match with Steve Schirripa and some "mobsters" thrown into the mix. How can you go wrong with something like that? Read on and find out.

The show began with the usual recap and some hype for the impending five-way ladder match to determine Chris Sabin's newest challenger to the X Division Championship.

"The Phenomenal" AJ Styles made his way into the Impact Zone cocky as ever. Styles proceeded to climb the Elevation X structure and say that he invented the match and he was going to give someone the chance to become famous by facing him in it. "The War Machine" Rhino came out and chased Styles off the structure. Rhino stood atop the Elevation X and accepted his challenge for an Elevation X match at Destination X.

In the back, Jeremy Borash stood by with Team 3D and Steve Schirripa, who promised to finish off LAX and Konnan once and for all. With the additions of Johnny Damon, David Eckstein, AJ Pierzynski and now Steve Schirripa, TNA is certainly showing some outside star power. While this was going on, LAX and the Latino Nation made their way to ringside for...

Match One - Belting Pot Match - LAX ("The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez) w/ Konnan and The Latino Nation vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) w/ Steve Schirripa and The Family

This is something that should have been reserved for a PPV. This is something they could have built up to. Instead it had to be rushed to fit into their Spike TV programming. For what it was worth it wasn't bad. The Family took their shots on LAX while The Latino Nation took their shots on Team 3D. Pretty basic with Team 3D hitting the 3D on Hernandez for the win. After the match, the Family celebrated with Team 3D.

Winners Via Pinfall - Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)

The Sting/Abyss feud was recapped. Promos were then shown from both stars. Sting was shown lying in a casket. He challenged Abyss to a Last Rites match, where in order to win he was going to have to place Abyss in the casket and raise him up. He asked Abyss what he was going to do now that Father James Mitchell isn't around anymore. Jeremy Borash caught up with Abyss for a response, but didn't get one. Instead Abyss grabbed Borash and flung him into the wall. That was pretty cool.

Match Two - Robert Roode, Eric Young and James Storm w/ Ms. Brooks and Jackie Moore vs. VKM (BG and Kip James) and Lance Hoyt

Nice to have VKM back in action. Back and forth contest that broke down. Hoyt had things going his way until he was tripped up as Robert Roode distracted Earl Hebner. With Hoyt down, Storm capitalized and rolled him up for the win. Afterwards, Chris Harris jumped the guardrail and chased Storm to the back.

Winners Via Pinfall - Robert Roode, Eric Young and James Storm

Another Christopher Daniels promo came on as he continues to try and find himself.

Don West got in the ring with former football star Andre Rison to chat about Pros vs. Joes. Rison went on a bit until "The Monster" Abyss came out. Rison went to shake his hand, but was pulled in and hit with the Black Hole Slam. Good deal.

A poster was shown for Rambuck Killings, another Ron Killings movie. Ugh.

They recapped Rison getting the Black Hole Slam. Nice segment to get Abyss over as being frustrated and lost.

Another Papparazzi Idol segment was shown. Jay Lethal did another Randy Savage impersonation. Kevin Nash brought Lethal over to the side and told him to play the "race card." Lethal then proceeded to put on a black cowboy hat and thanking Nash for giving it to him. Ha, ha.

Jim Cornette came out for the Kurt Angle/Scott Steiner contract signing. Cornette announced that both Samoa Joe and Christian Cage were in preparation for their match and not at the Impact Zone. Scott Steiner and Kurt Angle came out and argued a bit, with Steiner saying that he was going to beat Angle and melt his gold medals so he could make some money. Angle told Cornette that he came to TNA to make TNA better and not for the money. He told Steiner that he better try and make all the money he can off this match because it was going to be his last. Steiner then hit Angle with a headbutt, busting him open. Tomko came out followed by Christian Cage who mocked Cornette for believing that he wasn't there. The trio beat down Angle and shoved the contract in his face. The trio then celebrated over the beaten Angle.

Samoa Joe cut a promo in which he promised to show Christian Cage why he is called "The Samoan Submission Machine."

Match Three - Number One Contender's Ladder Match for a shot at the X Division Championship - Jerry Lynn vs. The Austin Starr vs. Senshi vs. Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt

This was a pretty entertaining main event. Starr and Senshi went at it, while Lynn and his proteges mixed it up a bit. Senshi, Starr, Lethal and Dutt all used the ladders as weapons, tossing one another into them. In the end, Lynn was able to fight off the other competitors and grab the suspended X to become the new number one contender to the X Division championship. Bob Backlund then came out and congratulated Lynn. Starr complained and wiped his sweat on Backlund, only to be put in the Crossface Chickenwing again.

Winner Via Retrieving The X and NEW Number One Contender to the X Division Championship - Jerry Lynn

The Impact Recap played as this edition of Impact came to an end.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wonders what other Sopranos will be brought in to help Team 3D defeat LAX. (Wouldn't Cecilia Bartoli add a touch of class to Spike TV?) Send your guesses to, CJS137@aol.com.


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