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Impact: Abyss loses battle, wins war
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on TNA Impact: Abyss continues his rampage over TNA. First, he causes all sorts of ruckus around ringside, terrorizing children in the area before being confronted by Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Jeff Hardy puts him in his place before he can attack the duo and does so again in the main event. But after, Abyss unleashes his fury yet again. Elsewhere, Dixie Carter is finally forced to do something about Sting. Should be a good one!

As always, tonight's taped show emanates from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.

Cold open after a video package and Abyss and throwing chairs into the ring, filling the ring with them. Then he starts stalking SoCal Val. She trips and falls and is given the "YOU" finger point when Hulk Hogan's music hits. He comes to the ring and starts moving chairs. Abyss starts climbing the ramp when Eric Bischoff comes down to the ring and is telling Hogan "this is nuts." Hogan takes Bischoff to the side and invites Abyss into the ring but security gets between them. Bischoff tries to talk to Abyss. He calls him an "ungrateful son of a bitch" and then slaps him. Abyss beats down the two security guards and gives Bischoff the "YOU" point. Hogan gives him two chair shots to the back which are no-sold when Jeff Hardy's music hits. He comes in, ducks a clothesline and gives Abyss the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb.

They go up the ramp and Abyss gets up and signals for Hardy to come back. He tries to but more security gets between them.

Tenay and Taz are opening the show when Abyss comes up to the broadcast position and gives Taz the fingerpoint. Taz slams down his headset but again, security runs in.

(Ads)

During the break, Abyss went on a rampage backstage.

Bischoff and Hogan are talking. They agree that Abyss has to go. He then asks Hardy if he can take care of Abyss. He says he can.

Match #1 - Shannon Moore (Whispering Pines, NC) & Jesse Neal (Orlando, Fla.) vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Detroit, Mich.)

Moore sends both of the Guns outside and then hits a flip onto them. But that momentum doesn't last long as the Guns go to work with double-team maneuvers. But Moore makes his own comeback with a springboard moonsault. Neal in and he is on fire with some punches and elbows. He drills Shelley with a spear but Sabin makes the save. All four men in the ring now. Sabin dumps Moore and turns around and runs right into a Black Hole Slam. Neal puts Shelley onto the top rope when Brother Ray comes out. He's cut off by Brother Devon, but it gives Sabin enough time to recover to come to the corner and they hit a Sliced Bread/power bomb combo off the top for the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Motor City Machine Guns

Tenay and Taz are talking about the return of The Pope tonight when Eric Bischoff comes out and announces that Abyss will face Jeff Hardy in the main event tonight with Rob Van Dam as the special guest referee.

(Ads)

Match #2 - AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.) vs. Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa)

This should be good.

Joe drops Styles with a slap and he rolls to the outside where Kazarian gives him a pep talk. Suffice to say, he doesn't respond to this. Joe running wild inside the ring, but Styles gets the edge with a thumb to the eye and a dropkick. It doesn't last too long, however, as Joe fires up with a slam but Styles goes low and hits a dropkick on Joe's left shin. Chinlock in for Styles but Joe rises up and elbows out. Huge forearm and two clotheslines and Styles is reeling. Inverted atomic drop, big boot and a running senton get two for Joe.

Joe loads Styles up for the Muscle Buster but Styles slips out. Joe with leg kicks but Styles catches one and whips him. Styles goes for the Figure Four but Joe grabs him as he turns around and locks in the Coquina Clutch and AJ has no choice but to tap.

Winner via submission: Samoa Joe

Ric Flair is in the ring and he isn't happy. Kazarian has a big smile on his face. Flair and Kazarian leave and then Styles grabs the mic and says he'd beat Kazarian like a little girl if they met in the ring. He challenges Kazarian to a match next week. He accepts.

(Ads)

Hogan and Bischoff are backstage talking with Dixie Carter about Sting. They say he's been a problem since they day they walked in. Dixie says this isn't the real Sting. They disagree. Dixie asks them what she should do. Hogan says if she doesn't fix it, the talent will abandon ship. Bischoff says Sting should be fired, suspended, something. Hogan says she can't let this one go by. She says she'll do something about it tonight. Dixie looking like a complete idiot here.

Match #3 - Desmond Wolfe (London, England) vs. Brian Kendrick (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Best part of this match is Douglas Williams on commentary saying, "Just because (Kendrick) watches The Ultimate Fighter and learned one submission hold, he thinks he's some sort of expert."

Wolfe in control throughout the match but he gets distracted by Chelsea walking off on him after being verbally abused enough. This allows Kendrick to slap on the Cobra Clutch and Wolfe is forced to tap.

Winner via submission: Brian Kendrick

(Ads)

The Pope D'Angelo Dinero is back. He's been out a few months since suffering a shoulder injury. He says he's about 80 percent but can still be the Pope of this congregation. He's just about finished when Kurt Angle's music hits. Of course, Pope is ranked No. 8 in the contender rankings and that's the next number for Angle to take out.

Angle shakes Pope's hand and tells him "may the best man win." Pope agrees and Angle tells him that he must be victorious.

(Ads)

Match #4 - Jay Lethal (Elizabeth, NJ) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

Morgan gets in a cheap shot early and hits the rapid-fire elbows and a side slam Kane would be proud of. Morgan in complete control. He goes for the Carbon Footprint but Lethal ducks and Morgan crotches himself on the top rope. Lethal with chops and kicks. He knocks Morgan down with a running shoulder block. Dropkick gets a two count. Lethal springboards off the top rope but Morgan catches him by the throat and dumps him to the floor. While the referee is checking on Lethal, Hernandez comes in and low blows Morgan. Lethal comes back in and hits a springboard dropkick and gets the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Jay Lethal

(Ads)

Match #5 -Taylor Wilde (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Madison Rayne (Columbus, Ohio)

They double clothesline each other when Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Stevie Richards and now Rhino enter the Impact Zone.

In the ring, Wilde misses a crossbody and Rayne follows up with the Rayne Drop and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Madison Rayne

Rayne's party doesn't last long as Angelina Love hits the ring and hits Rayne in the midsection with a chair. She goes to hit the DDT on the chair but Rayne escapes.

(Ads)

Backstage, Sarita is beating the tar out of Taylor Wilde. After about two minutes, security finally shows up to break them up. One of them grabs Wilde, so Sarita plays cool and then goes around the one assigned to her and might have literally slapped the taste out of Wilde's mouth. This was a full-on "what did the five fingers say to the face" slap.

Dixie Carter has made he way to the rafters and is confronting Sting. She explains the conversation she had with Bischoff and Hogan earlier. She then suspends him for 30 days without pay. Sting tells her she's been conned. He says he's been saying it all along and Dixie hasn't been listening. He says he'll talk in child-like terms. Then Bischoff comes in and tells security to take Sting away, that it was enough. Sting tells Dixie to forget about the 30 days and make it indefinite. Bischoff tells Dixie that Sting is dangerous and she needs a bodyguard with her 24/7.

(Ads)

Match #6 - Abyss (Parts Unknown) vs. Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC)

Hardy goes right to work, attacking Abyss before the bell. He hits a slingshot crossbody. He goes for the Twist of Fate on the outside but Abyss pushes him into the ring post.

Back in the ring, Abyss hits a side slam for two. Abyss goes to the outside and grabs a chair from the crowd. He brings it into the ring when RVD takes it away. Hardy rolls up the distracted Abyss and gets two. He hits the double legdrop to the midsection and then grabs the chair and sets it up to hit Poetry in Motion. He then hits the Whisper in the Wind. But Abyss hits a big boot and a big splash for two. Abyss goes for the Shock Treatment but Hardy slips out and hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy goes to the top for the Swanton but Abyss crotches him. Abyss goes to the second rope and slaps on the choke looking for the slam. Hardy fights out and knocks Abyss down and hits the Swanton and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy

Abyss is back up and starts beating on Hardy. RVD pulls him off only to run right into a Black Hole Slam. Before any further damage can be done, Mr. Anderson comes out and hits Abyss with a chair. He goes for a third but Abyss ducks and Anderson hits Hardy in the back. As Anderson stares at the wake, Abyss grabs him and gives him the Shock Treatment.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. And if you're interested in mixed martial arts, check out Matt's weekly podcast -- Lights Out Radio. Should be a good one!.