Impact: Joe upset, Angle challenges Styles
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on TNA Impact: As everyone gears up for Bound For Glory, some wrestlers are hitting on all cylinders and some aren't. Tonight, three titles are on the line as Kevin Nash defends the Legends Championship against Hernandez, Amazing Red challenges Samoa Joe for the X-Division Championship and Tara looks to reclaim the Knockouts Championship from ODB. Should be a good one!
And we are "TAPED!" from Orlando, Fla. Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts. This show is presented in TNAHD (TV-14,LV).
We open the show with Abyss in the ring, wrapping barbed wire around the ring ropes. This cannot possibly end well. Then he empties a sack of crushed glass and then one of thumb tacks, saying he's doing it so he can feel comfortable.
Abyss tells Mick Foley he might have bled on every continent, but he hasn't bled like he's going to make him bleed at Bound For Glory. Abyss then officially challenges Foley to a match at Bound For Glory. And it's not any match — it's a Monster's Ball match. Abyss says at Bound For Glory, Foley isn't going to have a nice day.
This is Foley's cue to come out. Abyss gets all up in his face and asks if he was a cheap knockoff when he main evented the first-ever Lockdown pay-per-view in 2004 with A.J. Styles? Was he a knockoff in 2005 when he competed with Sabu in a barbed wire match? Or in 2007 when he defeated Sting to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion? And that last one is interesting because Abyss has never held the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, nor did he beat Sting for it. Maybe he's referring to when he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Sting by disqualification in 2006?
Back to the promo, Abyss says he's hardcore and Foley used to be. Abyss says Foley is the knockoff because he's only half the man he used to be. Foley say Abyss will be a star in TNA for a long time to come and as executive shareholder, he is banning the $50,000 bounty. As for being half the man he used to be, Foley says they'll find out at Bound For Glory.
Foley goes to leave and then stops on the ramp, saying he is going to tweak the Monster's Ball. In this Monster's Ball, Abyss is banned from using thumbtacks. And this is a special Monster's Ball which requires a special referee — Dr. Stevie.
Stevie comes out and starts burying Abyss. Lauren runs out and drags Abyss away. Stevie tells him to go ahead and hide under the skirt of a $20 a night streetwalker. This brings Abyss back into the ring and he asks Stevie of what he said. So Stevie repeats himself right in Abyss's face. Abyss lifts him up for a choke slam but Daffney makes the save with a low blow. Foley comes back and they double team Abyss, grating Foley's barbed-wire baseball bat in Abyss's face until Matt Morgan runs out and dispatches Stevie after Foley bailed.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with the World Elite. Eric Young says the war is over and he is declaring a strong and decisive victory for the World Elite over the Main Event Mafia. Young says last week was the final straw and they will victimize the Mafia time and time again. Young moves on to say Hernandez is dead to the World Elite and that Hernandez isn't on his level.
Borash is now with Kurt Angle and the Main Event Mafia. Angle says no one declares victory over the Mafia. If Borash wants to see dominance, he'll show him dominance. He then puts a $30,000 hit on the head of Young to the Mafia members.
Match #1 - TNA Legends Championship - (c) Kevin Nash (Detroit, Mich.) vs. Hernandez (Houston, Texas)
This match will have a 10-minute time limit.
Collar-and-elbow tie-up. Nash with a series of knees in the corner. Nash hurts his hand punching Hernandez in the head. Nash with a boot to the midsection and he follows up by clotheslining Hernandez to the floor. Nash follows up but Hernandez slings him into the post. Hernandez is taking it to him outside and there is apparently no countouts because it was much longer than 10 seconds.
Back in the ring, Hernandez hits a slingshot shoulderblock and then Eric Young comes out and clips Hernandez and hits him with a piledriver.
Winner via disqualification: Hernandez
Matt Morgan is walking in the back and Abyss chases him down and says thank you, but he didn't want this match and wants to know if he can trust Morgan. For tonight and tonight only, Morgan says, yes, but they won't be buddies afterward. It's one night only.
Nash runs into Young backstage. Nash wants to know what that was out there. Young informs Nash of the hit Angle put out on him but Young says he'll double the offer if Nash returns the favor and they make Young's match with Hernandez a three-way at Bound For Glory for the Legends Championship. They team up and take out Hernandez and Nash keeps his title. They shake hands and Nash compliments Young's suit.
We keep it backstage with Lauren who is with Hernandez, who is being checked out by medical personnel. Hernandez jumps out of his chair and grabs the mic and tells Young this is the last time he screws him out of a title shot.
Match #2 - TNA X-Division Championship - (c) Samoa Joe (American Samoa) vs. Amazing Red (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Red doesn't even get an entrance for his title shot.
Joe with some kicks and then Bobby Lashley comes out to ringside and distracts Joe. Red hits a missile dropkick and a kick that stumbles Joe. Dropkick in the corner. He goes for another one but Joe catches him and drops him. Joe proceeds to stomp a mudhole in Red in the corner.
Earl Hebner tells Lashley to back off and Joe says he wants him now. Hebner invites Lashley into the ring for a confrontation. Joe starts kicking Lashley, but he gets to his feet and hits a full nelson slam. Red goes to the top and hits the twist followed by a standing shooting star press and pins Joe!
Winner via pinfall and NEW TNA X-Division Champion: Amazing Red
Joe cannot believe what happened.
So now Lashley has helped Santino Marella win the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a stunner and has done the same for Amazing Red.
Joe takes the mic from Lauren backstage and he is in a rage. Joe says Lashley is in his sights, this is a war and Lashley will not survive. By the end of tonight, he's going to leave just a little piece for him to execute at Bound For Glory.
Match #3 - Daniels (City of Angels) & Suicide vs. Homicide (Brooklyn, N.Y.) & D'Angelo Dinero (Harlem, N.Y.)
I'm going to feel robbed if I don't get a promo from The Pope tonight.
Homicide and Pope work over Suicide early. Dinero with a fist from the middle turnbuckle. Suicide clotheslines both Homicide and Pope and gets the tag to Daniels, who goes to work on Pope.
Dinero on the middle turnbuckle, but Daniels picks him up and hits a death valley driver but Homicide makes the save on the fall attempt. Suicide kicks Homicide out of the ring and then he goes strolling up to the Spanish announce table. He smacks the headset off Willie Urbina before Suicide makes the save. Homicide is going crazy on the outside.
Inside the ring, Daniels goes for the BME, but Homicide distracts him, allowing the Pope to come from behind and hit the DDE.
Winner via pinfall: D'Angelo Dinero & Homicide
Tenay speculates that Homicide attacked Urbina because he is the snitch.
Borash is backstage with Angle and Nash. Angle wants to know why Young is still walking. Nash says because Young offered him double. Angle says no more side deals.
Match #4 - Elimination Match - Velvet Sky (The Big Apple), Madison Rayne (Seattle, Wash.), Alissa Flash (San Francisco, Calif.) & Traci Brooks (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Sarita (Mexico City, Mexico), Taylor Wilde (Toronto, Ontario), Christy Hemme (Los Angeles, Calif.) & Hamada (Tokyo, Japan)
Brooks hits a jawbreaker on Hemme and that's good enough to send her to the showers. Hemme eliminated.
Flash gets the tag and stretches Wilde and then drops her right on her face. Wilde reverses a suplex into a backcracker. Hamada in and she and Flash go at it. Hamada kicks Flash through the ropes. Hamada follows up and they start brawling on the outside. The Tazz begs Tenay to say "catfight!" a la Joey Styles. Well, they got counted out. Flash and Hamada eliminated.
In the ring, Sarita is hitting snapmare after snapmare on Velvet. Wilde in and hits a real nice suplex. Wilde comes out of the corner and turns right into a DDT. Wilde eliminated.
Sarita is the only face left and she immediately hits Brooks with a belly-to-belly. Brooks eliminated.
Now the Beautiful People double-team Sarita. Rayne backs off and Velvet goes to work but Sarita gets on a roll and rolls up Velvet. Sky eliminated.
Rayne immediately jumps on Sarita and almost gets small packaged. Rayne runs into a school boy for two. Rayne with a kick and then Flash comes strolling back and referee Andrew Thomas jumps out of the ring to inform her she's been counted out. With Thomas distracted, Lacey Von Erich comes out. Sarita hits a double-underhook sit-down powerbomb on Rayne, but Von Erich slithers in and kicks Sarita and hits her with a chokeslam. Rayne covers and it's academic. Sarita eliminated.
Sole survivor: Madison Rayne
Angle is backstage in Foley's office. Angle wants Foley to promise him no games - no socks, cheap pops, bang bangs, etc. Foley promises him no games.
The No. 1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Sting, makes his way to the ring. He says he thought long and hard about what A.J. Styles told him last week about passing the torch or not wanting it.
Sting says he'll be bringing his best at Bound For Glory.
Sting is about to take off when Kurt Angle comes out on the ramp. Angle calls what Sting and Styles pulled at No Surrender a scam. Angle says that with the way Sting and Styles have been going, maybe they should change the name of the show from TNA Impact to The View. Angle says he wants his rematch. Angle says Sting should do everyone a favor and retire before Bound For Glory so a real champion can step up and not some washed up has-been.
Sting challenges Angle to retire him right now and shoves Angle. Security comes in and breaks them apart. Angle backs off but then attacks Sting from behind and applies the ankle lock. Styles runs in to make the save. Angle challenges Styles for the title next week. Styles accepts.
The Motor City Machine Guns are debuting their new music when Samoa Joe attacks them and comes to the ring screaming for Lashley. Lashley comes out and they meet on the ramp and start brawling. They go up to the Spanish announce booth and brawl some more. Joe gets the best of it and puts Lashley through the table with a flying elbow from a platform.
Match #5 - TNA Knockouts Championship - (c) ODB (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Tara (State of California)
Tara knocks the flask out of ODB's hand and it's on. They trade delayed vertical suplex attempts, neither hitting. Fallaway slam for ODB for one and then Awesome Kong makes her way to the ring. Kong distracts Tara but she walks right into the TKO and that's all she wrote.
Winner via pinfall and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: ODB
Match #6 - Mick Foley (Long Island, N.Y.) & Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. Abyss (Parts Unknown) & Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)
Angle quickly locks in the ankle lock on Abyss. He pushes out and goes to run the ropes but Foley hits him in the back with the barbed wire baseball bat. Foley gets the tag and lays in some punches. More punches by Foley but Abyss fires back and Foley stumbles back and hits a DROP TOE HOLD and tags Angle. Angle lines him up and goes for the Angle Slam but Abyss counters and hits the Shock Treatment backbreaker. Abyss gets the tag to Morgan and he's on fire. Side slam on Angle but Foley attacks as he celebrates. But Foley runs into a discus clothesline for two. Morgan goes for the choke slam but Foley kicks his way out of it. as Angle goes flying out of the ring. Foley goes to reach in his flannel pocket while Abyss grabs the bat. Foley's got Socko but sees Abyss with the bat and turns right into the Carbon Footprint and that's all.
Winners via pinfall: Matt Morgan & Abyss
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