Impact: Main Event Mafia takes the lead on Victory Road
CHRIS & BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Impact, former Main Event Mafia leader Sting takes on current Main Event Mafia leader Kurt Angle within the confines of the dreaded Six Sides of Steel. Plus "TNA Knockout" Sarita makes her debut, while Mafia members Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner square off against AJ Styles and Beer Money Inc. in a Six Man Tag Team Elimination match.
A recap of last week's Impact was shown, with the Main Event Mafia dominating.
The TNA Impact opener aired, as Mike Tenay did the introduction.
Mick Foley entered the Impact Zone and said that he was going to do whatever it takes at Victory Road to come home with the TNA Heavyweight Championship. Foley said that it was the title holder that dictated the direction of the company. Foley called out Kurt Angle and told him that he didn't tap last week and he won't tap at Victory Road. Foley admitted that he would have to be better than he has ever been to beat Angle on Sunday, but he would get the job done. Foley requested that Angle leave the Main Event Mafia out of the match on Sunday. Angle went on to talk about how he leads the Mafia and that he and Foley believe in the same things. Sting interrupted the banter and called out Angle. "The Icon" asked Foley for match with Angle, to which Angle replied "Mick says yes." The match was then made a Six Sides of Steel match. It feels like every month Impact shows at least one ladder match and one cage match.
Backstage, Samoa Joe was shown beating on The Amazing Red.
After a commercial break, Joe was shown still beating up Red, before tossing him into the ring for their match.
Match One - The Amazing Red vs. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe hit TNA referee, Rudy Charles causing the disqualification, as TNA security hit the ring to subdue him, but Joe left on his own accord. This was necessary why?
Winner Via Disqualification - The Amazing Red
Lauren spoke to the debuting Sarita backstage about her match later on Impact.
A package was shown highlighting the feud between Sharmell and Jenna Morasca.
Don West hosted a debate of sorts between the two women. Sharmell was on one side with Sojournor Bolt, while Jenna Morasca was on the other side with Awesome Kong and Riesha Saeed. The debate eventually broke down and the women were separated as West provoked them to fight. West is great.
Jeremy Borash caught up with Kurt Angle backstage and asked him why he would agree to a Six Sides of Steel match with Sting tonight, when he has a match with Mick Foley at Victory Road for the TNA Heavyweight Championship. Angle said that he was the real "Icon" and that after the Main Event Mafia wins all the gold at Victory Road, he will be running things. They don't have members going after the X Division and Knockouts titles. Just saying.
Match Two - Suicide vs. Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley
Alex Shelley was distraction, but not a big enough one to keep Suicide from winning. Suicide hit the Suicide Solution on Sabin to get the pinfall.
Winner Via Pinfall - Suicide
After the match, The Motor City Machine Guns attacked Suicide and attempted to pull of his mask. Oh, forgot about that angle. Homicide ran out before the mask could be yanked off and cashed in his Feast or Fired briefcase. Another angle that is only brought up when it's convenient.
Match Three - TNA X Division Championship Match - Suicide (C) vs. Homicide
Homicide hit the Gringo Killer on the already beaten Suicide and got the pin. Good move putting the X Division title on Homicide. Hopefully the X Division heats up again.
Winner Via Pinfall and NEW TNA X Division Champion - Homicide
The Beautiful People were shown walking backstage. Angelina Love was wearing a pink and white beekeeper suit. Ha, ha.
Lauren interviewed Homicide, who talked about winning the TNA X Division Championship. He also hit on Lauren a bit. Homicide as X Division champion should be a fun run.
The Beautiful People made their way into the Impact Zone. Angelina Love is absolutely hysterical. Love talked about how her match with Tara last week didn't count and that there would be a rematch at Victory Road. Tara came out to defend herself and said that she is the TNA Knockouts champion. She also told Love that she put her tarantula in the beekeeper suit. Love freaked out, as Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne ran from the ring. Tara came down and caught Love with the Widow's Peak, leaving her laying.
A Sarita video was shown.
Match Four - Sarita vs. Alissa Flash
Alissa Flash (aka Cheerleader Melissa) told David Penzer to introduce her as a "Future Legend." Good match that showed exactly why the Knockouts division is so strong. Sarita got the pin on a roll through.
Winner Via Pinfall - Sarita
After the match, Sarita went for a handshake, but Alissa Flash hit her with a Michinoku Driver instead.
Lauren spoke to AJ Styles, who said that with Kevin Nash it's all about the money, but that's not how it is for him. Styles said that Nash would be cashing his last TNA check at Victory Road.
Match Five - Six Man Tag Team Elimination Match - Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner w/ Sharmell and Jenna Morasca vs. AJ Styles and Beer Money Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode)
AJ Styles looked as though he was going to eliminate Kevin Nash early on with a springboard elbow, but Booker T and Scott Steiner broke up the pinfall attempt. Nash hit a powerbomb on Styles and that was the first elimination.
Elimination One Via Pinfall - AJ Styles (by Kevin Nash)
The Main Event Mafia took over on Robert Roode, who eventually made the tag to James Storm. Storm had things well at hand, but the experience factor came into play and Steiner was able to put Storm down for the count.
Elimination Two Via Pinfall - James Storm (by Scott Steiner)
Robert Roode and Booker T went at it, with Booker hitting the Book End on Roode. Booker had the pin, but pulled Roode up before the three. This would come back to haunt him when Nash entered the ring, as Roode was able to catch him with a low blow and cover him for the pinfall and the elimination.
Elimination Three Via Pinfall - Kevin Nash (by Robert Roode)
Kevin Nash stayed at ringside, as James Storm made his way down with a steel chair. Matt Morgan came and attacked Storm from behind. In the ring, Roode hit the Payoff on Booker T, but Sharmell distracted the referee from making the count. This allowed Steiner to re-enter the ring and help Booker execute a double team leg lariat/heart attack style move to put Roode down for the pin.
Elimination Four Via Pinfall - James Storm (by Booker T)
Winners Via Pinfall - Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner
After the match, Sharmell and Jenna Morasca got into it.
Jeremy Borash talked to Team 3D, who mentioned how the British Invasion don't have any respect. 3D said that they have the same problem Beer Money Inc. did before they took them to school. The British Invasion walked in and said that Mick Foley made their match at Victory Road for the New Japan Tag Team titles. Upon hearing this, Team 3D went on the attack and a brawl ensued.
Mike Tenay and Don West ran down the card for Victory Road.
Lauren spoke to Abyss, who stuck himself with thumbtacks and talked about how he didn't need therapy with Dr. Stevie anymore.
Jeff Jarrett was shown walking backstage.
Jeff Jarrett entered the Impact Zone and joined Mike Tenay and Don West for commentary.
Match Six - Six Sides of Steel Match - Kurt Angle vs. Sting
This was a good back and forth match between "The Icon" and the Olympic Gold Medalist. Jeff Jarrett pushed both competitors on the commentary. Sting looked to have the match won, when he locked in the Scorpion Deathlock, but Samoa Joe ran out, attacked Jarrett and threw referee Rudy Charles into the steel steps, before grabbing the key and entering the cage. Sting caught Joe as he hit the ring and locked him in a Scorpion Deathlock as well. As this was happening, the "Taz" music hit and his video played, as the lights went out in the Impact Zone. When the lights came back on, Joe had Sting in a rear naked choke. Jarrett and Mick Foley tried entering the cage, but Angle kept them at bay, as blood started to trickle from Sting's mouth. The rest of the Main Event Mafia came down and beat on Jarrett and Foley as Angle stood tall. Taz at Victory Road? Think so.
Winner - No Contest
Chris and Bryan Sokol are from Long Island, NY and enjoy tag team reporting for SLAM! Wrestling.