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Impact: Thanksgiving theme no turkey
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


It's Thanksgiving which means only one thing -- it's time for the first annual TNA Turkey Bowl! Nine TNA stars will battle it out to advance for a spot in the first ever Turkey Bowl match, with the winner receieving $25,000 and the loser being forced to wear a Turkey suit. Oh, and the Angles are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, too. Sweet. Let's get on to the festivities.

The show began with highlights of the last edition of Impact, as well as a package on the first ever Turkey Bowl. Karen and Kurt Angle were then shown at Thanksgiving Dinner dressed as pilgrims, along with AJ Styles and Tomko. The Angles yelled at their kid for being a brat. The turkeys were decked out with gold medals, ha ha. Jeremy Borash walked in to join them, and a setting was shown for Christian Cage who was not there yet. Mike Tenay and Don West did some hype and then pitched it to the first of three Turkey Bowl Qualifier matches.

Match One - $25,000 Turkey Bowl Qualifying Match - Chris Sabin vs. Brother Devon vs. Abyss

Brother Devon brought the X Division belt out with him. Black Reign and Rellik came out to attack Abyss, who was saved by Rhino. After some back and forth action, Sabin was able to roll up Devon for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin

Kevin Nash and Scott Hall showed up to crash the Angles' Thanksgiving party. Robert Roode, Ms. Brooks, James Storm, Jackie Moore and Chris Harris all made their way to the bash. Eric Young showed up and was forced to sit at the kiddie table with Angle's kid.

Match Two - $25,000 Turkey Bowl Qualifier Match - Samoa Joe vs. Johnny Devine vs. Kip James with BG James and Roxxie Laveaux

Samoa Joe was dominant. BG James tried to get invovled, but to no avail. Joe hit the Muscle Buster on Devine and that was enough to secure the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - Samoa Joe

Shark Boy, Petey Williams and Sonjay Dutt arrived at the Angle dinner. Johnny Devine brought some takeout. Kurt Angle spit food into Dutt's donation tray, as James Storm and Eric Young had a beer drinking contest. AJ Styles then left to go prepare for his match.

Match Three - $25,000 Turkey Bowl Qualifier Match - AJ Styles vs. Jay Lethal vs. Christian Cage

This was a real good match. Christian Cage didn't come out at first, so AJ Styles and Jay Lethal went at it, one-on-one. When Cage came out he chased Styles around and Styles ran away, leaving it to Lethal vs. Cage one-on-one. The end came when Lethal hit the Lethal Combination on Cage and went to drop the elbow. Styles knocked Lethal off the ropes and allowed Cage to hit the Unprettier. Styles then splashed Lethal and laid on top of him as he tapped Cage to make the pin, unknowingly making the pin himself and winning the match. Styles then apologized to Cage and ran off.

Winner Via Pinfall - AJ Styles

Back at the dinner, Black Reign and Rellik arrived, as Reign threw Misty on the table and freaked the entire dinner party out. Back from a commercial break, Jay Lethal and So Cal Val were shown arriving. Lethal was acting very nice towards Val.

Match Four - Velvet Sky vs. Angelina Love vs. ODB

Velvet Sky and Angelina Love went at it quite a bit, but ODB just overpowered both of them and dominated. ODB hit a second rope Lou Thesz press on Sky for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - ODB

Back at the Angle dinner, The Awesome Kong arrived and ate the fake fruit. Christopher Daniels cut a promo with Elix Skipper and Senshi by his side, talking about doing whatever it takes to succeed at his will. Team 3D then showed up at the dinner and started a bit of a food fight with the X Division stars. The Angles say that they weren't invited and the entire party leaves as the Angles are stuck with Team 3D who eat the leftovers and sit with Angles' kid who says they suck. Good stuff.

Match Five - $25,000 Turkey Bowl Match - AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin

This was an excellent Main Event. Tons of back and forth action and a true example of how good TNA can really be. The end came after several reversals and near falls, Chris Sabin was taken out of the equation as Samoa Joe and AJ Styles did battle. Styles charged at Joe and was taken down with an STJoe and finished off with a Muscle Buster for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall and Turkey Bowl Champion - Samoa Joe

Back at the Angle dinner, Kurt Angle and Tomko are mad and go to the ring. In the ring, the referees tell AJ Styles that he has to wear the Turkey suit. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall show up at the dinner to crash the dessert buffet, throwing pies at Karen Angle. The Awesome Kong catches a turkey leg in mid air and eats it up. Styles finally puts the suit on as Kurt Angle and Tomko come out and complain. Angle is stilled dressed as a pilgrim and complains about what they are doing to Styles. Samoa Joe and The Outsiders then came out to poke fun at the Angle Alliance leading to a huge brawl, that was capped off with Eric Young running out and stuffing Kurt's mouth with a turkey leg. The Impact Recap then played to round out another edition of Impact.

Chris Sokol did his annual run to the Tanger Outlets for Midnight Madness shopping before writing this recap. He would also like to extend a Happy Holiday's to all the Slammer's out there and hopes you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.