July 18, 2008
Impact: Joe sends Booker for a ride
By CHRIS & BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
Victory Road is in the books and the TNA title is in limbo, as Booker T and Samoa Joe still have a score to settle. On this edition of Impact, Booker T sees action in a Stretcher Match against Consequences Creed. The Knockouts do battle to become the number one contender and Samoa Joe seeks revenge.
The show began with a recap of Victory Road.
Booker T and Sharmell were shown arriving in an Escalade. The two then made their way to the ring with the TNA Heavyweight Championship. Booker claimed to have beaten Joe at Victory Road, however, it was clear that the match ended in a No Contest. Jim Cornette came out and demanded that Booker T give the belt back to the real champion, Samoa Joe. Joe came out and a rematch was set for Hard Justice. Booker offered Joe the belt back, but Joe said that he didn't take hand outs from punks.
Backstage, Lauren spoke to Beer Money, who said that they were out for revenge.
Jeremy Borash spoke to Kaz, who said he let TNA down, but losing the World X Cup match.
Match One - TNA X Division Championship Match - Petey Williams w/ Rhaka Kahn (C) vs. Kaz
This was a solid opener. Lots of back and forth action and several near falls. Kaz almost had it won, but Petey Williams came back and rolled him up, hooking the tights to get the win.
Winner Via Pinfall and STILL TNA X Division Champion - Petey Williams
Jeremy Borash was shown waiting for Petey Williams, but instead, Eric Young stopped in and said that tonight was the first meeting of the Prince Justice Brotherhood, and JB had to keep it a secret.
Jeremy Borash then caught up with Samoa Joe and asked about Sting, but Kevin Nash stepped in and spoke to Joe. He told Joe not to doubt the fact that he can beat Booker T.
Beer Money was then shown beating people up.
Jeremy Borash saw a limo pull up and thought it was Sting. Instead, it was Kurt Angle and Team 3D in Sting masks. JB then looked over and saw Shark Boy, Super Eric and Curry Man congregating in the shadows.
Match Two - Matt Morgan vs. Jimmy Rave
Winner Via Pinfall - Matt Morgan
Match Three - Matt Morgan vs. Lance Rock w/ Christy Hemme
Christy Hemme tried to get involved, but Lance Rock ultimately got squashed.
Winner Via Pinfall - Matt Morgan
Jim Cornette was in a room full of TNA Knockouts. He announced a 10-woman match to become the number one contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship, for later on Impact.
It is announced that on the next edition of Impact, Karen Angle will be debuting her new talk show, Karen's Angle.
Beer Money was then shown in the amusement park, going after tourists and strapping security.
Kurt Angle and Team 3D were shown heading to the ring dressed as Sting as we went to commercial break. Back from commercial break, Angle and 3D said that they were welcoming Sting to their group, because he finally showed his real feelings. Angle said that Sting was mad that the fans weren't showing him his proper appreciation and he knows that, because he spoke to Sting. AJ Styles, Christian Cage and Rhino then came out. Styles said that only Sting knows why he did what he did, but he trusts Sting's motives. The two teams focused their attention on each other and verbally went at it. Brother Ray makes a challenge for a six-man tables match at Hard Justice. Cage responded by moving the match to the next edition of Impact and making it elimination style.
A package was shown to hype the TNA Knockouts.
Match Four - Ten Knockout Gauntlet Battle Royal to become Number One Contender to the TNA Knockout Championship - Gail Kim vs. Jackie Moore vs. Angelina Love vs. Salinas vs. Velvet Sky vs. Roxxi Laveaux vs. Rhaka Kahn vs. Traci Brooks vs. Christy Hemme vs. ODB
This was a typical battle royal, with the last two competitors taking each other on in a singles match. The last three wound up being the Beautiful People and Gail Kim. Kim was able to toss Angelina Love to the floor, but got rolled up from behind and pinned by Velvet Sky for the win.
Winner Via Pinfall and NEW Number One Contender to the TNA Knockout Championship - Velvet Sky
Editor's Note: Taking over for Chris is his brother, Bryan, for the second half of TNA Impact.
Backstage - Booker, Sharmell, Borash. They talk about how Booker has captured the belt. He then requests a match with Consequences Creed and says it will be a stretcher match.
A plug is shown for TNA Live.
Bound for Glory promo.
Backstage- Lethal, SoCal Val, Borash. They talk about Sonjay Dutt's betrayal of Lethal.
Match Five - 3-Way Match - Johnny Devine vs. Eric Young vs. Sonjay Dutt
They both take offense to Young. Devine rolls up Dutt for a two. Devine attacked Young and hit him with a knee. The cover, and a two. Devine stomped on Young. The offense changed from Devine to Young. Then Young to Devine. Young hit a death valley driver. While showboating Dutt rolled up Young for a three. Post match saw Lethal come down and attack Dutt. Dutt hit a chair off of the corner post and threw it to Lethal causing Val to yell at Lethal, thinking he went after Dutt with the chair.
Winner- "The Guru" Sonjay Dutt
Beer Money Inc. is shown walking around backstage.
Beer Money Inc. enter the Impact Zone. Roode is on the mic talking about how they were attacked at Victory Road. They pull a fan over the rail, put him in the ring, and begin to whip the fan until officials run in and get whipped as well. They look at Hector Guerrero, until Guerrero jumps over the guardrail and gets attacked. They begin to whip Guerrero. LAX enter and Beer Money Inc. leave.
Backstage- Angle, 3D, and Borash. They talk about next week's elimination tables match against Cage, Styles, and Rhino.
Backstage- Lauren and Creed. They talk about tonight's main event with Booker.
Match Six - Stretcher Match - Booker T. with Sharmell vs. Consequences Creed
Booker starts out on the offense. Creed fights back and is taking it to Booker, knocking him out. Booker is outside when we go to commercial. Creed is still on the offense until Booker kicks him in the face. A match is announced next week as it will be, The Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money Inc. in a strap match. Booker is now in control. Forearms by Booker. Creed fights back until Booker hits him with a kick. Booker knocks Creed onto the stretcher and Booker wins the match. Joe is in the ambulance and attacks Booker. Joe puts Booker into the ambulance, as black baseball bat is left on the ground.
Winner - Booker T
Where was Booker headed? Why was there a black baseball bat on the ground? Is Sting onto Joe? We will just have to wait until next week and see.
Chris and Bryan Sokol are brothers from Long Island, NY and enjoy working side-by-side each week for the Impact report.