June 26, 2009
Impact: Sting mugged by Mafia
By CHRIS & BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
There's a new member in the Main Event Mafia and his name is Samoa Joe. That's right, after months of standing by the Frontline's side, Joe turned his back on TNA and aligned himself with his own worst enemies. On tonight's episode of Impact, we will hear from the Mafia and see members, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner in action. Plus Brutus Magnus takes on Brother Ray in a Street Fight and Taylor Wilde battles Daffney in a 10,000 Thumbtacks match. This is Impact.
A recap of Slammiversary was shown.
The Impact opener aired, followed by the usual intro from Mike Tenay and Don West.
Match One - NYC Street Fight - Brother Ray vs. Brutus Magnus
Why does this have to be a NYC Street Fight? Their feud is just beginning really. Brother Ray jumped Brutus Magnus during his entrance and took the fight right to him. Doug Williams, Rob Terry, Sheik Abdul Bashir and Kiyoshi came out, allowing the Magnus to gain a five-on-one advantage, until Brother Devon ran out with a steel chair. 3D hit the 3D on Kiyoshi through a table, as the match was ruled a no contest.
Winner - No Contest
Lauren was shown trying to speak with Kurt Angle about Samoa Joe, who was arriving at the Impact Zone. Angle shook hands with the driver, before giving Joe a big hug. It should be interesting to see what happens with the whole "Nation of Violence" angle now.
Kurt Angle, Booker T, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Sharmell and Jenna Morasca made their way into the Impact Zone. Angle gloated about being the new TNA Heavyweight Champion. He then introduced the newest member of the Main Event Mafia, Samoa Joe, who came out with a whole new entrance. Joe hugged the members of the Mafia in the ring, while Angle boasted about his master plan. Angle said that he knew once Joe returned with the Nation of Violence that the Mafia needed to sign him and that it was Morasca's millions that came into play and bought Joe. Angle said that Nash, Steiner and Booker took a bullet for the team, but they would all be celebrating now that Angle had the title. Angle mentioned that he forgot to tell Sting, but what he didn't know, wouldn't hurt him. Mick Foley entered the Impact Zone, with Mafia security in tow. Foley told Angle that he didn't owe him an explanation, but he owed Sting one and that Joe owed AJ Styles one as well. Foley said that Angle owed him a rematch for the TNA Heavyweight Championship at Victory Road. Angle made fun of Foley for crying after Slammiversary and said that he was the champ now and that he got to choose his opponent for Victory Road. Foley told Angle that he pinned him at Slammiversary and that if it wasn't a King of the Mountain match, he would still be champion. Angle told Foley that if he wanted something, he would have to give him something back. The Olympic Gold Medalist told Foley that he would come up with a proposal and they would work out an agreement. Joe in the Mafia could be good, hopefully TNA books him sensibly.
Lauren was shown with AJ Styles, who asked Kip James where Samoa Joe was. James told Styles he was with the Main Event Mafia. Do something more with Kip please.
A recap was shown of the history between Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley.
Mike Tenay and Don West spoke to Jeff Jarrett on the phone. Jarrett said that he would be at the Impact Zone next week to solve the problems between he and Mick Foley.
A vignette was shown to hype the debut of Sarita aka Sarah Stock. She will be debuting in 3 weeks. She should be a good addition to the already stacked Knockouts division.
Kevin Nash was shown making his entrance into the Impact Zone.
Match Two - Kevin Nash vs. Abyss
The match started during a commercial break, so we joined it in progress, with Kevin Nash on top. The fight wound up hitting the floor, with Nash attempting to whack Abyss with a steel chair, only to connect with the ring post. Abyss then sent Nash into the steel steps. As the match continued, the referee got distracted as Nash went to use the steel chair again, allowing Dr. Stevie to sneak in and taser Abyss. With "The Monster" down, Nash made the cover and got the victory. At least TNA booking didn't just make this a taser match right off the bat. Apparently an NYC Street Fight and a 10,000 Thumbtack match were enough for this week's episode.
Winner Via Pinfall - Kevin Nash
After the match, Lauren came out and checked on Abyss.
Beer Money Inc. were shown backstage, making their way to the ring.
Beer Money Inc. entered the Impact Zone, as Robert Roode declared their greatness. They credited Team 3D for being legends and said that they would grant them a rematch anytime and anywhere. Booker T and Scott Steiner interrupted them, with Booker grabbing the mic and asking them if they've ever heard of Harlem Heat or The Steiner Brothers. They announced that the Main Event Mafia was calling the shots now and that the deal was done. At Victory Road, Mick Foley will get his TNA Heavyweight Championship title shot, Kevin Nash will get a shot at the TNA Legends Championship and Steiner and Booker will get a shot at the TNA Tag Team titles. James Storm joked about the Mafia, while Booker informed him that later on there would be two singles matches between the two teams. Team 3D came out and said that they were getting their rematch at Victory Road. Steiner rebutted and said that the Mafia was getting the match. Brother Ray said that he and Brother Devon were going to Mick Foley with an offer he couldn't refuse. TNA's tag team division is hot. Booker and Steiner feuding with Beer Money Inc, while Team 3D battles The British Invaision should be good.
The Beautiful People were shown by their thrown backstage.
Match Three - 10,000 Thumbtacks Match - Taylor Wilde vs. Daffney
Again, why do this on Impact? Daffney just went into thumbtacks at Slammiversary. Whatever. Daffney eats the tacks again, as Taylor Wilde picks up another victory on her.
Winner Via Putting Her Opponent Into The Thumbtacks - Taylor Wilde
Lauren spoke to The Beautiful People about Tara which is short for Tarantula. As they were speaking a Tarantula appeared on the shoulder of Madison Rayne, causing The Beautiful People to scatter.
Back in his office, Mick Foley talked to Team 3D, who were upset about not getting their TNA Tag Team Championship rematch at Victory Road. Foley made a match between them and Scott Steiner and Booker T, where the winning team would take on Beer Money Inc. at Victory Road. Foley begged them to accept the match, which Brother Devon eventually did. Jeremy Borash asked Foley how Kurt Angle would feel about this and Foley said he didn't care.
Match Four - Scott Steiner vs. Robert Roode
This was a back and forth match that saw Scott Steiner get the win with a backslide.
Winner Via Pinfall - Scott Steiner
Jeremy Borash caught up with Kurt Angle and talked to him about Mick Foley. Angle talked about crossing the boss and said that he was the Godfather of the Main Event Mafia, not Sting. Borash said that Sting was on his way. Angle told Borash he didn't answer to anybody, not even Sting.
Jeremy Borash spoke to Mick Foley, who said that he was willing to reconcile with Jeff Jarrett. If Jarrett was willing to apologize, he would be open for it. Foley went on to tell the Main Event Mafia security to cover up the Mafia logo on their shirts. Foley then panicked about Angle being mad at him and told Borash he needed to be alone.
Lauren talked to Eric Young, who went on a rant about being TNA's court jester. Rhino came up to Young looking for an explanation for his actions. Young told Rhino they would settle things next week, only to headbutt him seconds later. Jesse Neal came in and told Rhino they would do things on their time. An irate Rhino shoved Neal into the wall. Young is doing well with this new persona. Hopefully TNA can elevate him up the card.
Lauren interviewed Booker T, who said that he was a 14 time tag team champion with four different partners. As he was talking, Sharmell came in with a letter that said she would be taking on Jenna Morasca at Victory Road. Why, oh why?
Match Five - Booker T w/ Sharmell vs. James Storm
After James Storm avoided getting hit with the Axe Kick, Sharmell handed Booker T his beer bottle, which Booker used to smack him over the head with, causing the disqualification.
Winner Via Disqualification - James Storm
Sting was shown walking through the halls.
AJ Styles entered the ring and called out Samoa Joe. Styles expressed his anger with Joe and asked what's gotten into his head. Joe said he could ask him at Victory Road and when Joe turned his back, Styles attacked. Matt Morgan came out and went on the attack of Styles, as Daniels ran to his rescue. The rest of the Main Event Mafia ran to the aid of Joe and Morgan as Sting's music hit. Sting hit the ring as the Mafia retreated. Sting grabbed the mic and said that he expected this from Kurt Angle, but not from Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and Booker T. Sting said that Samoa Joe was the reason they started the Main Event Mafia. Angle told Sting he had nothing to do with Matt Morgan helping them, but Morgan called him out on it and said that he did have something to do with it. Sting ran down the Mafia members, all the way up until Nash, who said that he thought the idea of Morgan taking out Sting was a good one. Sting offered Nash his bat and told him to take him out. Nash teased going after the Mafia, but when he went to hit Sting, Sting caught him off guard with another bat. Sting laid out the rest of the Mafia, except for Joe, who hit Sting with Nash's bat. The rest of the Mafia joined in on a beating of Sting, rounding out another episode of Impact.
Chris and Bryan Sokol are from Long Island, NY and enjoy tag team reporting for SLAM!