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Impact: Mafia leaders collide
By CHRIS & BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Last week on Impact, Samoa Joe brought his Nation of Violence inside the Lethal Lockdown cage and finished off his longstanding feud with Kevin Nash. This week, Joe plans to bring to an end the antics of Mafia henchmen, Booker T and Scott Steiner, in two consecutive First Blood Matches. Also on tap, Mafia leaders collide in a King of the Mountain Qualifying match and Madison Rayne does battle with Tara in Knockouts action.

The show began with a package that focused on the Sting vs. Kurt Angle King of the Mountain qualifying match. We get it, there's tension between them, let's get to the point already.

The Impact opener aired, followed by the usual hype from Mike Tenay and Don West.

Mick Foley and the Main Event Mafia security entered the Impact Zone, with Foley grabbing the mic and complaining that Jeff Jarrett took his smile away from him. Foley was wearing a Jeff Jarrett t-shirt and called for the "King of the Mountain" himself to come out and face him. When Jarrett got in the ring, Foley talked about how he respected him, which was going to make his decision and even tougher one to make. Foley announced that for hitting referee Earl Hebner last week, Jarrett was going to be fined and suspended from TNA. Jarrett fired off on Foley and said that his comedy act was over. Jarrett went to leave, but Foley called him back. Foley told Jarrett that he's gone too far and that he could do it the easy way or the hard way, but one way or another, he was removing Jarrett from TNA. Jarrett told Foley that he was going to have to do it the hard way, which led to Mafia security attacking Jarrett as Foley made his exit. Jarrett fought back on the two goofy guards and laid them out with chairshots. Foley got back on the mic and said that he was going to remove Jarrett from the Impact Zone himself. Jarrett called him back to the ring, but Foley just mocked him.

Lauren spoke to Team 3D about the British Invasion. Brother Devon said that when you draw first blood with them, you'll drown in your own. Lauren looked over and saw Raven sitting by. Brother Ray told her that she should be worried about Raven, but that he wasn't going to do anything while they were there. 3D hyped their tag title match with Beer Money Inc. and walked off, as Lauren began running away from Raven. Two good angles promoted in one segment.

Jeremy Borash spoke to Jeff Jarrett about last week and Jarrett said that he's apologized to Earl Hebner for losing his temper and that he was going to leave on his own before Foley said what he said. Jarrett told Foley he was waiting for him.

Match One - Non-Title Match - Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal w/ Chris Sabin and Consequences Creed vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)

The British Invasion made their presence felt, with Doug Williams hitting Brother Devon in the head with one of the Feast or Fired briefcases, knocking him out and allowing the makeshift pairing of Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal to pick up the victory. Odd move to make giving this random team the win over the current tag champs, but it progressed the Invasion angle. Mike Tenay mentioned that Beer Money Inc. was nowhere to be found to help 3D either.

Winners Via Pinfall - Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal

Backstage, Mick Foley got the Main Event Mafia security, along with some TNA security, together and informed them that Jeff Jarrett could be armed and dangerous. Ha, ha.

Mick Foley and his security troops spotted Jeff Jarrett, who questioned Foley about what he said earlier. Foley told Jarrett to leave before he got hurt. Jarrett said he would go before he did something he was going to regret. Jarrett went on to tell Foley to re-evaluate his role in TNA before he finds out what it really is. Once Jarrett left, Foley said he knew his role, he was the TNA Heavyweight Champion.

Mike Tenay pushed the rest of the Impact card, which looks fairly good and includes the in-ring return of Shane Douglas and the in-ring debut of Victoria... err... Tara.

Jeremy Borash caught up with Booker T and Scott Steiner who cut an entertaining promo on Samoa Joe.

Match Two - Nation of Violence Handicap First Blood Match - Scott Steiner and Booker T w/ Sharmell vs. Samoa Joe

This match was gauntlet style. Scott Steiner entered first and thought he had things going his way, when he grabbed a lead pipe from under the ring, but Joe fought him off. During the match, Don West talked about getting an interview with Joe next week and promising to find out who his adviser was. Joe eventually got a trash can over Steiner's head and beat it with a lead pipe until Steiner bled, thus ending that portion of the match. Booker T came out next and kissed Sharmell before heading to the ring, where he got in some offense on Joe, until "The Samoan Submission Machine" grabbed the lead pipe and whacked him in the ribs, causing internal bleeding and ending the match completely.

Winner Via Drawing First Blood on both Opponents - Samoa Joe

Mike Tenay and Don West showed replays of the Samoa Joe/Scott Steiner and Booker T match. Joe's coming along strong.

Lauren stood by as the trainers, Sting and Kurt Angle looked over the beaten and battered Scott Steiner and Booker T. Lauren said that she would provide updates, but ran away again as Raven was shown sitting in the corner. Again, the Raven/Stevie Richards/Daffney faction gunning for Abyss is tremendous.

Match Three - AJ Styles vs. Shane Douglas

Shane Douglas had the farmer's tan going on. A couple days in the Orlando sun should take care of that. Match wasn't up to par with what either AJ Styles or Douglas are capable of. Styles got the win here, locking in an armbar and forcing Douglas to submit.

Winner Via Submission - AJ Styles

After the match, Douglas attacked Styles from behind and laid him out. Daniels ran down to make the save, but Douglas hit him with a towel that was loaded with handcuffs. Douglas proceeded to handcuff Daniels to the ropes, as Samoa Joe ran out and chased him off.

A package was shown to hype Slammiversary.

Backstage, Lauren was running away from Raven while on the phone talking to Abyss. She ran into a women's bathroom, as Raven sat outside and listened to her get beat. Daffney emerged from the bathroom and Lauren was found on the floor inside.

Mike Tenay pitched it to the backstage area, where Taylor Wilde was chasing Daffney with a lead pipe. Dr. Stevie and Raven watched along, as Daffney got the better of Wilde and put her down. Stevie stopped the beating and told Wilde that was all the time they had for this week. Another great segment to move this angle along smoothly.

Jeremy Borash interviewed the Beautiful People who talked about Tara.

Another training video of ODB and Cody Deaner was shown. It should be interesting to see where this goes.

Jeremy Borash was with Kurt Angle, who commended Samoa Joe for doing what he did to Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and Booker T. He then told Joe to bring it and slammed the door on his locker room. Borash asked him about Sting through to door.

Match Four - Madison Rayne w/ Angelina Love and Velvet Sky vs. Tara

Tara should add a lot to the already strong Knockouts division. Speaking of which, where has Traci Brooks been? Wasn't she supposed to be the referee of the Knockouts division or something? Either way, Tara got the win here after hitting Madison Rayne with the Widows Peak.

Winner Via Pinfall - Tara

Eric Young complained to Jeremy Borash about everyone taking advantage of him. Borash told him to stop feeling sorry for himself and got slapped as a result.

So Cal Val made her interviewing debut, as Daniels talked about Shane Douglas. Daniels told Douglas he would give him his spot on the roster if he could beat him at Slammiversary. On the flip side, if Daniels won, Douglas had to get out. Hopefully Douglas will be ready to go for Slammiversary.

Match Five - King of the Mountain Qualifying Match - Kurt Angle vs. Sting

This was a back and forth match. Matt Morgan came out and distracted the referee while Sting was pinning Kurt Angle. Morgan jumped off the apron before Sting could get to him, but got involved again later on, clotheslining Sting from behind while the referee was with Angle. Angle proceeded to hit the Angle Slam and get the victory, moving into the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary. It's good that they are pushing Matt Morgan through the Main Event Mafia.

Winner Via Pinfall and Advancing into the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary - Kurt Angle

After the match, Matt Morgan congratulated Kurt Angle, who realized what happened and shoved him. Morgan shoved back, knocking him to the mat, as referees got in between them, rounding out another episode of Impact.

Chris and Bryan Sokol are from Long Island, NY and enjoy tag team reporting for SLAM! Wrestling.