April 18, 2008
Impact: New champs and nonsense
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling

With Lockdown in the books, TNA looks forward towards Sacrifice. On this edition of Impact, three titles will be put on the line, as Jay Lethal defends his X Division belt against Johnny Devine, AJ Styles and Tomko put the tag belts up for grabs in a Three Way Dance and The Awesome Kong defends the Knockouts strap against the "Queen of the Cage" Roxxi Laveaux. All this, plus "Lockdown Revenge" on Impact!

The show began with a recap of Lockdown and hyped the theme of Impact, "Lockdown Revenge."

Mike Tenay and Don West plugged the three title defenses, as Samoa Joe made his way into the Impact Zone. Joe grabbed the mic and thanked the fans for supporting him. He dedicated his first TNA title run to them. During Joe's "acceptance speech," he was interrupted by Scott Steiner, Petey Williams and Rhakka Kahn. Steiner grabbed the mic and presented Williams with the X Division title shot case. He then turned his attention to Samoa Joe and made it clear that he was cashing in his case at Lockdown. Kurt Angle then came out and informed Steiner that he would not be facing Joe at Sacrifice, because he was enacting his rematch clause on the next edition of Impact. Angle laughed as Joe stared him down and Steiner looked on confused.

In the back, Lauren caught up with Rhino and Christian Cage, who were approached by Team 3D. The two teams exchanged words with one another, as Robert Roode, James Storm, Kip James and Jackie Moore got behind Team 3D and attacked Cage and Rhino. Eventually, security ran in and broke things up.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash spoke with Jay Lethal, who was waiting for So Cal Val outside the women's bathroom. After a little bit, she emerged, followed by Sonjay Dutt. Lethal questioned the situation and hauled Val off to the ring. Borash stopped Dutt and asked him what was going on, and he explained that he and Val were simply friends.

Hermie Sadler joined Mike Tenay and Don West on commentary for the X Division championship match.

Match One - TNA X Division Championship Match - Jay Lethal w/ So Val Val (C) vs. Johnny Devine

Johnny Devine charged Jay Lethal and just beat on him. He threw Lethal inside and outside the ring and completely destroyed him. Lethal was able to fight back and hit the Lethal Injection, followed by a top rope elbow drop for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall and STILL TNA X Division Champion - Jay Lethal

After the match, Petey Williams ran down with his case and cracked Lethal. He then DDT'ed Lethal on the case and stomped his head in with it. He grabbed the mic and said that he was cashing in his case right then and there.

Match Two - TNA X Division Championship Match - Jay Lethal w/ So Cal Val (C) vs. Petey Williams w/ Rhakka Kahn

Canadian Destroyer is enough to do Lethal in and crown a new TNA X Division Champion.

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW TNA X Division Champion - Petey Williams

In the back, Lauren spoke with LAX and Salinas, who said that they were going to capture the TNA Tag Team Championships.

Matt Morgan then hit the ring and talked about making an Impact in TNA and showing that he is a dominant giant.

Don West hyped some upcoming TNA Live Events and then pitched it to the back, where Lauren was standing by with Samoa Joe. Joe talked about defending his belt with pride and keeping it for the long run. Kevin Nash was shown standing behind Joe throughout the promo, and afterwards, he walked out with Joe.

Match Three - TNA Tag Team Championship Three Way Dance - AJ Styles and Tomko (C) vs. Eric Young and Kaz vs. LAX (Homicide and Hernandez) w/ Salinas

This was a good match, with AJ Styles and Tomko taking a majority of the beating. Eric Young left halfway through the match, only to return as Super Eric, hitting a Northern Lights Suplex on Styles and capturing the TNA Tag Team Championships.

Winners Via Pinfall and NEW TNA Tag Team Champions - Super Eric and Kaz

Back from a commercial break, Mike Tenay pitched us to the back, where there was some controversy over the TNA Tag Team Championship match. Jeremy Borash was shown sitting in with Jim Cornette, as AJ Styles and Tomko complained about Super Eric. They said that he and Eric Young claim to be different people and therefore, Super Eric's participation in the match should be counted as interference. They told Cornette to ask Eric Young if he was Super Eric and when he said "no," they wanted their titles back. Cornette obliged.

Match Four - Lockdown Revenge Match - Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) vs. Christian Cage and Rhino

This was a solid back and forth match. The end came when Rhino accidentally Gored Christian Cage and Brother Devon accidentally clotheslined Brother Ray. Rhino then rolled up Devon and got the win. After the match, all four competitors argued for each one messing up. Brother Devon and Brother Ray got in each other's face, finger pointed and slapped until security ran out and got in between them.

Winners Via Pinfall - Christian Cage and Rhino

Backstage, Jim Cornette and Jeremy Borash found Eric Young playing with army figures. He questioned him about Super Eric and got nowhere in his investigation.

The Knockouts were then shown arguing in their locker room, when Jim Cornette approached them and told them that he had it a lot harder than they did. He said that he was tired of the pissing and moaning from them.

Back from a commercial break, Jim Cornette was shown in the ring with AJ Styles and Tomko. Cornette said that they were going to get the bottom of the Tag Title situation, so he called out Eric Young and Kaz. Kaz walked out carrying both belts, as Cornette gave Young a three count to come out. At the count of three, Super Eric came out from the back. Cornette asked Super Eric about the tag titles, but he wouldn't give him an answer. Instead, he acted completely oblivious to the situation. Kaz then told Super Eric to admit he was Eric Young so that they could celebrate. Super Eric said that he couldn't do that, because he wasn't Eric Young. Tomko then kicked Kaz as Cornette stripped Kaz and Super Eric of the tag team titles. Styles and Tomko tried to leave with the belts, but Cornette took them away and said he would bring them to his office and figure out what to do.

In the back, Lauren spoke with Kip James, Robert Roode, James Storm and Jackie Moore who said that they were going to get revenge on Sting, BG James and Booker T.

Match Five - TNA Knockouts Championship Match - Awesome Kong (C) w/ Raisha Saeed vs. Roxxi Laveaux

Awesome Kong continued to show her power and dominance, and finished off Laveaux with an Awesome Bomb to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.

Winner Via Pinfall and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion - Awesome Kong

Backstage, Kurt Angle was shown banging on a door, saying that he was trying to get into his locker room. Jeremy Borash informed him that it was a storage closet. Angle said that since he's no longer the champion, he doesn't get the special treatment. He told Joe to enjoy his title reign, because he was going to make it real short.

Match Six - Six Man Tag Team Lockdown Revenge Match - Kip James, James Storm and Robert Roode w/ Jackie Moore vs. BG James, Booker T and Sting

This was a good main event, that broke down when Matt Morgan got involved and pulled a beer bottle away from James Storm. He then hit him with a bicycle kick. This allowed Booker T to gather his bearings and hit an Axe Kick on a dazed Storm for the win.

Winners Via Pinfall - BG James, Booker T and Sting

After the match, Matt Morgan hopped into the ring to celebrate, but Booker T didn't like that. Sting tried to get in between Booker and Morgan. Booker grabbed the mic and said that he didn't need Morgan's help. He told Sting not to back Morgan and said that if Morgan wanted some, he could come get it.

A package was then shown to hype the TNA Heavyweight Championship match between Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe on the next edition of Impact.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and just had his car cleaned and waxed.


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