March 20, 2009
Impact: Sting gets a refresher course on Hardcore History
By CHRIS & BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
Following an absolutely horrible Destination X pay-per-view, TNA returns to the Impact Zone for another edition of Impact. On tonight's episode, the main event players from Destination X will do battle in a tag match, as Kurt Angle and Sting team up to take on Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley. The TNA Knockouts will also be in action as well as Samoa Joe. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to Lockdown.
The show began with a recap of Destination X, which was definitely one of the worst TNA PPVs in recent history. Too bad, they had some strong momentum.
The Impact opener played next, as The Main Event Mafia made their way into the Impact Zone.
Scott Steiner was all wrapped up as a result of the beating that Samoa Joe gave him. Kurt Angle talked about how Sting screwed him at Destination X, by taking advantage after Jeff Jarrett hit him. Angle argued with Sting and told him that he had to explain himself. Sting fired back and said that he's been all about the Main Event Mafia since he joined. He said that he didn't owe anything to Angle, to which Kevin Nash agreed. Nash said that Sting did have something to prove to the rest of the Mafia though, considering Mick Foley raised his hand for two PPVs in a row. Sting offered up the Wolfpack sign, before questioning the Mafia on what it is he needed to do. Angle grabbed the mic and said that Sting had to team with him later on Impact to take on Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley. That brought out Jeff Jarrett, who informed Angle that he had no power to be making matches and that only members of TNA management could do so. Jarrett got into a verbal joust, as all sides agreed to want the match, but it was brought up that Mick Foley was on the inactive list. Cue Mick Foley. Foley came out and got right at Angle about kicking him below the belt the other night. He apologized to Sting for hitting him with the chair and said that he really isn't a special enforcer or a businessman, he is a wrestler that wants to wrestle. Foley agreed to the tag match, as Jarrett tried to talk some sense into him. Angle said that if Foley wanted it, he had it and that Jarrett was just afraid. Jarrett said there was a whole locker room full of guys that want the opportunity to beat up Angle. Angle told Jarrett that he just wanted him and after a brief pause, Jarrett accepted that request and said that the feud would end later on Impact.
Back from a commercial break, a recap of the the Main Event Mafia/Jeff Jarrett/Mick Foley segment was shown.
A package was shown highlighting Suicide.
Match One - The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) vs. Team No Limit (Yujiro and Naito) w/ Kiyoshi
This was a really good match as to be expected. The Motor City Machine Guns are just so talented. At least TNA can boast their strong tag team division. Team No Limit really turned up the heat and had the Motor City Machine Guns falling all over themselves. Naito was able to roll through a top rope huricanrana by Chris Sabin and get the surprise pinfall victory.
Winners Via Pinfall - Team No Limit (Yujiro and Naito)
After the match, Beer Money Inc. came out and took down Team No Limit with belt shots. Robert Roode grabbed the mic and called out Team 3D, who immediately responded. As Brother Ray went to talk, Roode stopped him. Roode said that Beer Money Inc. respected Team 3D and said that they themselves have proved what they can do, night in and night out, yet they are still heavily disrespected. Roode said that in order to get the respect they deserved, they were going to put their titles on the line against Team 3D once again in Philadelphia at Lockdown. Roode said by beating Team 3D there, they would finally be respected. Ray thanked Roode for the kind words and said that they would do it right, offering up their tag titles from Japan and saying that it was going to be winner-take-all for total tag team domination. Ray went on to say that at Lockdown, Team 3D would become 22 time tag team champions. That should be a really good match.
Jeremy Borash stood by with Mick Foley in his office. They talked about TNA Mobile, as Jeff Jarrett barged in and complained about Mick Foley accepting the match. Foley said that he didn't come to TNA to be a guest enforcer or to be in the board meetings, he came because he loves it. Foley talked about seeing so many great matches and missing it. He said that once he got a little taste, he could go back to being a happy executive shareholder. He hyped up the main event, saying that Sting is the current TNA Heavyweight Champion and that he, Kurt Angle and Jarrett are all former champions and that the main event would be epic. Foley said it was good for business and that it would make everyone happy in the end. Jarrett still looked a little bummed, as Mike Tenay and Don West discussed some animosity between Jarrett and Foley.
A recap was shown of the One Night with ODB finals from Destination X. Another disaster despite Shark Boy and Cody Deaner's best efforts to save it.
Match Two - Awesome Kong and Riesha Saeed vs. Taylor Wilde and ODB
Cody Deaner was shown in the crowd cheering on ODB. Awesome Kong just used sheer power to get the momentum swinging for her team. ODB used a little liquid courage to get back on her feet and get work done. Taylor Wilde was able to slip away from Kong's grasp and land a crucifix pin to get the victory.
Winners Via Pinfall - Taylor Wilde and ODB
After the match, Awesome Kong attacked Taylor Wilde and ODB, hitting the Implant Buster on ODB. Cody Deaner jumped the guardrail and stood up to Kong, who backed off as Deaner checked on his girlfriend.
Samoa Joe was on his way to the Impact Zone next, ready for an encounter with Sheik Abdul Bashir.
In the Main Event Mafia locker room, Jeremy Borash spoke to Kurt Angle and said that he's been his best friend since he's come to TNA. Borash said at Destination X, he took some notes, which he went over with Angle. He talked about what Angle did to Jeff Jarrett, Mick Foley and Sting and said that Angle needed to think twice about why he actually lost the match. Angle said that he had to do what he had to do, because it was three-on-one against him. He said that later on they would find out whose side Sting was on and Sting would find out why he is the leader of the Mafia.
Match Three - Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe charged the ring and went right on the attack. Joe pummeled Bashir and whacked referee Rudy Charles with an uppercut for warning him about a closed fist. Joe threw Bashir to the floor and bounced him off the announce table, before taking him to the backstage area, like he did with Scott Steiner. The bell rang and that's another disqualification for Samoa Joe.
Winner Via Disqualification - Sheik Abdul Bashir
Lauren spoke to The Beautiful People and Madison Rayne. Lauren asked where Cute Kip was and Velvet Sky said he was on a probation period, learning that nobody is above the Beautiful People. Velvet Sky said that they were ready for the next step of Rayne's initiation into Mi Pi Sexy. Sky said that it wasn't about getting the one-two-three in her match with The Governor, it was about leaving a mark. Angelina Love said that this week it would be The Governor and next week it would be the beast.
A package was shown highlighting AJ Styles victory over Booker T at Destination X for the TNA Legends Championship.
Jim Cornette came to the ring and introduced the new TNA Legends Champion, AJ Styles. Cornette congratulated Styles on winning the match and getting the belt. Styles talked about how he was proud of what he accomplished and how the Main Event Mafia took so much away from the Frontline and that this was his opportunity to take something from them. Styles said the TNA Legends Championship would represent respect, faith and hope. Styles said that he would defend the belt anyplace and anytime against deserving opponents. Booker T and Sharmell came out and argued, saying that Styles may have the belt, but he doesn't have the title. Styles fired back at Booker T and Sharmell who went on to say that they would get the belt back on their own time.
Match Four - Madison Rayne w/ The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) vs. The Governor
The Beautiful People got involved, cheating their way through the match while the referee was distracted. Madison Rayne attempted a vertical suplex, but the Governor slipped out and executed a small package to get the win.
Winner Via Pinfall - The Governor
After the match, Madison Rayne and The Beautiful People attacked the Governor and cut off some of her hair.
A package was shown for Lockdown. The theme of the PPV is Bullet with Butterfly Wings by the Smashing Pumpkins.
Mike Tenay and Don West talked about the tag team main event and pitched it to the backstage area, where Samoa Joe had Sheik Abdul Bashir. Joe had Bashir hanging by his feet and told him that nobody wanted him in TNA. He said that anyone that crossed the Nation of Violence would have the same fate. He made Bashir hold the knife in his mouth and proceeded to beat him with a broomstick like a pinata. Bashir cried as Joe left him hanging upside down.
A Rough Cuts segment was shown on Brother Devon.
Jenna Morasca was shown in the crowd.
Match Five - Kurt Angle and Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley
This was pretty much a brawl, with Mick Foley getting taken out on the outside with a steel chair shot and an Angle Slam on the floor. The Main Event Mafia security got involved, which led to Team 3D coming out and evening the odds. The referee was accidentally taken out by a Jeff Jarrett clothesline. This allowed Angle to go to floor and get a steel chair of his own, but Jarrett kicked south of the border, forcing him to relinquish the weapon. Jarrett went to use his guitar, but Sting pulled it away from him. Foley grabbed the steel chair and looked at Angle, who bailed to the floor. Foley then took the chair and waffled Sting with it, before making the cover and getting the win. Jarrett stood by shocked as Foley smiled.
Winners Via Pinfall - Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley
Back from a commercial break, Sting was shown getting up as they replayed the chair shot that Mick Foley gave him. Sting said that if Foley wanted back in the game, all he had to do was ask. Sting said he's been inspired by the two chair shots and said that while Foley gave him credit for his career in Hardcore History, he is going to need to give him credit for ending his career. Sting said that at Lockdown it would be showtime inside the Six Sides of Steel.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash caught up with Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley. Foley said that Sting was his inspiration for doing what he did and that he was very proud of his actions. He said that he got beat up by Kurt Angle, but that was all part of the game. He said that he heard Sting telling Angle to just pin him and said that Sting was in no position to say when Foley had enough. Foley accepted the challenge for the Six Sides of Steel match with Sting at Lockdown and told him to "have a nice day," rounding out another edition of Impact.
Chris and Bryan Sokol are Long Island, NY and enjoy tag team reporting for SLAM! Wrestling.