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Impact: Recapping the past year
By CHRIS & BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


It's a brand new year and with that thought, TNA takes this week's episode of Impact to look back on an incredible 2008. In addition to reliving some of the matches that made 2008 great, the main event will feature the first title defense of 2009, as Beer Money Inc. defend the tag belts against LAX.

Mike Tenay and Don West kick off the show on the entrance ramp and hype what's on tap for this reflection episode of Impact. They also tout the tag team championship main event match between Beer Money Inc. and LAX.

Match One - Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett - Guest Enforcer: Mick Foley

This match was from TNA's Bound For Glory 2008 PPV. This was Jeff Jarrett's return match to TNA, as well as Mick Foley's TNA PPV debut. The match itself was really good, going back and forth throughout. After a ref bump and a few chair shots from Kurt Angle, Foley got involved, unleashing Mr. Socko on the Olympic Gold Medalist and sending him into a guitar shot that earned Jarrett the victory.

Winner Via Pinfall - Jeff Jarrett

Back from the commercial break, a package was shown on the TNA Knockouts division, as well as the feud between Awesome Kong and Gail Kim.

Match Two - TNA Knockouts Championship Match - Awesome Kong w/ Riesha Saeed vs. Gail Kim (C)

This was from a January 2008 broadcast of TNA Impact. Gail Kim showed an incredible amount of fight in this match, but was subdued in the end by three straight Kong Bombs, that left her with a concussion. This was also the beginning of Kong's first reign as TNA Knockouts Champion.

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW TNA Knockouts Champion - Awesome Kong

Match Three - TNA Heavyweight Championship MMA Rules Six Sides of Steel Match - Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle (C)

This was from TNA's Lockdown 2008 PPV. For weeks leading up to the match, vignettes were shown of Samoa Joe training under MMA conditions for the MMA rules that the match was being contested under. This was an excellent match that was capped off with Samoa Joe landing a Muscle Buster on Kurt Angle and earning his first TNA Heavyweight Championship.

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW TNA Heavyweight Champion - Samoa Joe

Mike Tenay and Don West were shown in the ring, hyping the rest of the show and the TNA Tag Team Championship main event.

Match Four - TNA Heavyweight Championship Match - AJ Styles vs. Sting (C)

This was from TNA's Turning Point 2008 PPV. This match was built around the Main Event Mafia vs. Frontline feud which is currently still going on in TNA, making this an excellent selection to round out the recap portion of this Impact episode. After a hard fought match, Sting walked away with the victory and retained the TNA Heavyweight Championship.

Winner Via Pinfall and STILL TNA Heavyweight Champion - Sting

Back from another commercial break, a package was shown on TNA's tag team division, as well as Beer Money Inc's rising within the ranks and the return of LAX.

Mike Tenay and Don West hyped the TNA Tag Team Championship match, then pitched it to the ring for live action.

Match Five - TNA Tag Team Championship Match - LAX (Homicide and Hernandez) vs. Beer Money Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) w/ Jackie Moore (C)

LAX was hot out the gate and took the fight right to Beer Money Inc, with Homicide hitting a Tope Con Hilo, then reaching into the beer cooler to grab some refreshments. Back from the commercial break, Beer Money Inc. had things going their way, distracting referee, Earl Hebner, and forcing a tag to Hernandez to go unseen. Eventually, Homicide made the hot tag and the match broke down, with both teams scoring several near falls. LAX had the match won, but Jackie Moore distracted Hebner, allowing Robert Roode to send Homicide into a steel chair shot that knocked him, giving Beer Money Inc. the pinfall victory.

Winners Via Pinfall and STILL TNA Tag Team Champions - Beer Money Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode)

The show was concluded with a highlight package that featured TNA's greatest moments from 2008. All in all, a good episode that featured good match choices and served it's purpose.

Chris and Bryan Sokol are from Long Island, NY and want to send out their wishes for a happy and healthy new year.