May 15, 2009
Impact: Sometimes you can't go home
By CHRIS & BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
Last week on Impact, Sting became the third competitor to enter into the Ultimate Sacrifice match at Sacrifice. This week, two of his fellow Main Event Mafia members will be in action, as Kevin Nash competes in a Handicap match against Team No Limit and Booker T takes on Jethro Holliday in an I Quit match. So without further ado, onto the Impact report.
The show began with a recap of all the sacrifices that were made by Mick Foley, Kurt Angle and Sting to get into the Ultimate Sacrifice match.
The Impact opener played, as Mick Foley made his way into the Impact Zone.
Foley entered the ring, as Mike Tenay talked about an incident that happened earlier in the day between Foley and Jeff Jarrett. Foley mentioned the Ultimate Sacrifice match and spoke about Jeff Jarrett's "King of the Mountain" DVD set. Foley said that Jarrett may have made many contributions to TNA, but he wouldn't be making any on tonight's Impact. Foley said there were rumors that there was a DVD of an incident that took place in Nashville and he said the rumors were true. He pulled out the DVD and said that while it may be difficult to watch, he would be showing it later on. Foley promised to show the various chapters of the DVD throughout the course of the night and said while his thoughts would be on the TNA Heavyweight Championship May 24, tonight his thoughts were on Jarrett.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash stood by with the Main Event Mafia, minus Kurt Angle and Sting. Scott Steiner said that Angle was away shooting a movie in Hollywood and that he was in charge for the night. Kevin Nash talked about getting Jenna Morasca to back the Mafia financially, but said that Morasca wanted Sharmell out of the group. Booker T got angry and the two started arguing, until Steiner stepped in between them and promised to take care of the "domestic issue." Steiner left, as Nash and Booker calmed themselves down.
After a commercial break, Jeremy Borash found himself in Mick Foley's office. Foley was taking down a framed picture of Jeff Jarrett, as Borash questioned his actions. Foley asked Borash to teach him how to do the crazy eyes he does. The two went back and forth, talking about Mr. Furley from Three's Company, before Eric Young barged in and demanded another opportunity. Foley told him that he earned himself a match with Samoa Joe later on, before throwing Young out of the room.
A recap was shown of Lethal Consequences accusing Daniels of being Suicide last week on Impact.
Match One - Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley vs. Daniels
Pretty good match here. These two X Division grapplers went back and forth, until Daniels hit Chris Sabin with a Uranage and pulled off a BME for the win.
Winners Via Pinfall - Daniels
Back in Mick Foley's office, Jeremy Borash watched as Foley spoke to TNA referees, Mark "Slick" Johnson, Rudy Charles and Earl Hebner. Foley asked Johnson about being friends with Foley, which Johnson said he was, before Foley dismissed him. Foley then asked Charles if he was the senior official of TNA, to which he said he was. Foley asked if Charles felt he has a reputation to uphold, to which Charles said he did, before Foley dismissed him. Foley then told Hebner there was something shady about him and said that he would be officiating the Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young match. Foley told Hebner not to disqualify Joe for any reason, before sending him off.
Jeremy Borash and Scott Steiner approached Jenna Morasca in the backstage area. Steiner told her that her feud with Sharmell needed to end and that Sharmell apologized and said it was her fault. He told Morasca that later on he would moderate a meeting between the two. Borash corrected Steiner, saying he meant "mediate." Steiner flipped and then corrected himself. Morasca agreed to the meeting and said she just wanted it to be done.
Mike Tenay and Don West then ran down the rest of the card for tonight's Impact.
Backstage, Lauren spoke to Angelina Love, who said she called in the only man she could trust to take care of Awesome Kong. Cute Kip walked in and vowed to take care of Kong later on.
Next up was footage of Jeff Jarrett with one of his daughters jet-skiing and getting the mail. Jarrett talked about having to pick the other daughters up from school and said that it was a typical day in the Jarrett household. Jarrett also threw in a couple of jabs at Foley while talking to his daughter.
Match Two - Eric Young vs. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe went right on the attack and took the heavy offense to Eric Young. Joe threw a chair at Young, before eventually locking in the rear naked choke and choking him out. Referee, Earl Hebner dropped Young's arm three times and called for the bell to end the match.
Winner Via Knockout - Samoa Joe
After the match, Samoa Joe carried Eric Young outside the Impact Zone. Following a commercial break, footage was shown of Joe throwing Young into the trunk of car and the car speeding away.
Mike Tenay did a sit-down interview with Sting, where Sting talked about wanting to be more than just another name on the TNA Roster. He said that at Sacrifice it was all or nothing for him and that it was either going to be the dawning of a new day or the last day of his career.
Don West hyped the upcoming house shows and also promoted Slammiversary, which will take place on June 21.
Footage was shown of Lauren and Taylor Wilde on the blind date. After a waiter took their drink order, Daffney showed up and revealed herself as the secret admirer. Daffney attacked Wilde, knocking the glasses off the table. Daffney proceed to beat on her and choke her on the railing of the stairway, before Lauren made the save, chasing Daffney off with a broken piece of glass.
More Jeff Jarrett footage was shown of him picking up his other two daughters at school. Jarrett continued to take pokes at Foley while asking his children how their day went.
Match Three - Stretcher Match - Cute Kip w/ Angelina Love vs. Awesome Kong w/ Riesha Saeed
Cute Kip had the advantage, until Riesha Saeed slid in the ring behind referee, Rudy Charles' back and hit Kip with a low blow. Kong proceeded to use a chair on Kip, splashing him twice, while his head was wedged underneath it. Kong then rolled Kip onto the stretcher, as Charles made the ten count and security carried him away.
Winner Via Putting Their Opponent on a Stretcher for a Ten Count - Awesome Kong
Backstage, Jeremy Borash and Scott Steiner approached Sharmell and asked her to meet with Jenna Morasca later on. Steiner said that Morasca apologized and it was all her fault. Sharmell said that she would meet with her, as long as Morasca took the blame. Borash then asked Steiner what was going to happen now, as Steiner stood by quietly.
Lauren spoke to Team 3D, who said they loved TNA, because of all the competition. As they were talking, The British Invasion came in and attacked them with LAX's briefcases. After the attack, Sheik Abdul Bashir and Kiyoshi walked by the survey the damage.
Following a commercial break, footage was shown of Jeff Jarrett going out on the town in Nashville. As Jarrett was getting ready to head home, he ran into Jeremy Borash outside a nude karaoke bar. Borash asked Jarrett for money, but Jarrett left him high and dry, saying he needed to get home and rest for Impact the next day.
Match Four - Team 3D Tag Team Invitational Semi-Final Match - The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams) w/ Rob Terry vs. Suicide and Amazing Red
This was another good match. Suicide had things under control, while referee, Mark "Slick" Johnson was preoccupied with Amazing Red and Doug Williams on the outside. This allowed Brutus Magnus to hit him with a low blow and throw him from the top rope where he was seated. The Motor City Machine Guns came out and hit Suicide with a double superkick, before Magnus landed a top rope knee drop for the win.
Winners Via Pinfall - The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
After the match, The Motor City Machine Guns got in the ring and laid out Amazing Red. They cornered Suicide, as Lethal Consequences entered the Impact Zone. Back from a commercial break, Jay Lethal had the mic and vowed to unmask Suicide and expose him as Daniels. Suicide tried to run, but a four-on-one assault ensued. Just as he was about to be unmasked, Daniels made the save and together, the two disposed of the Guns and Lethal Consequences. Daniels and Suicide shook hands, as Daniels told him that he owed him one.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash and Scott Steiner hosted a meeting between Sharmell and Jenna Morasca, which just broke down into a fight when they each realized that the other hadn't apologized. Steiner got in between them and sent Borash to get Booker T for help.
Match Five - Handicap Match - Team No Limit (Yujiro and Naito) vs. Kevin Nash
Team No Limit double teamed Kevin Nash early on, but "Big Sexy" fought back and hit Naito with a Jacknife powerbomb to pick up the victory.
Winner Via Pinfall - Kevin Nash
After the match, Kevin Nash grabbed the mic and called out Samoa Joe and his Nation of Violence. Nash promised violence at Sacrifice and said it wouldn't be in Joe's name, but his.
Back in his office, Mick Foley was watching his DVD on his laptop and talking to someone off camera, saying that if it was too violent, they should turn away. He then revealed that it was Mr. Socko.
Lauren spoke to AJ Styles, who talked about his I Quit match at Sacrifice against Booker T for the TNA Legends Championship. Styles vowed that he would not let the words "I Quit" cross his lips at Sacrifice.
Match Six - I Quit Match - Jethro Holliday vs. Booker T w/ Sharmell
Booker T put a beating on Jethro Holliday here. The first time Holliday was asked if he quit, he replied with "Your Momma." The second time, he told Booker T, "Sharmell looks good naked." Booker then continued to pour on the offense, as Holliday attempted to fight back. Sharmell eventually slid Booker a chair and distracted referee, Rudy Charles, allowing Booker to lay out Holliday with the weapon and hit an Axe Kick to take him down. Booker mounted Holliday and threatened to punch him, but Holliday quit, ending the match.
Winner Via Submission - Booker T
Mick Foley was shown handing his DVD over to the production people in the production truck. Foley told them to play it on cue and if they didn't, they would be fired.
Back from a commercial break, Mick Foley entered the Impact Zone, as Mike Tenay speculated that if the footage was what he thought it was, they would regret sending the camera crew to follow Jeff Jarrett. Foley told squeamish people to look away and called for the footage to be played. Jeff Jarrett was shown walking around "The Asylum," where TNA started. Jarrett talked about all the fond memories he had of the place, before he was attacked from behind and choked with cords by Foley. Foley proceeded to throw Jarrett around and talk about how he didn't like his father. Foley talked about starving and getting $25 paydays. Foley then took a steel chair to Jarrett's injured hamstring and left him laying, saying that he had to go to the Impact Zone. Foley left "The Asylum" in a joyful mood and said the place was a dump. Back at the Impact Zone, Foley said he was partially responsible for what happened and said that Jarrett learned a valuable lesson. "Sometimes you can't go home." Foley left with his head held high, as Mike Tenay hyped the return of Jeff Jarrett next week on Impact.
Chris and Bryan Sokol are from Long Island, NY and enjoy tag team reporting for SLAM! Bryan will be joining Greg Oliver this weekend at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, NY. The Sokols would also like to extend congratulations to all of the inductees.