July 23, 2010
Impact: Styles wins gold, Beer Money takes 2-0 lead
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on TNA Impact: On a wrestling-heavy edition of TNA Impact, the best-of-five series for the TNA World Tag Tea Championship continues in a street fight. Elsewhere, AJ Styles challenges Rob Terry for the TNA Global Championship and Tommy Dreamer speaks on Impact for the first time. 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.
Match #1 - TNA Global Championship - (c) Rob Terry (Cardiff, Wales) vs. AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.)
Terry bench presses Styles and then hits the gorilla press slam. Terry with a spin kick but Kazarian distracts the referee. Kazarian gets on the apron again and Terry knocks him off. Terry goes for a suplex but Kazarian grabs Terry's leg and pulls him down. He holds on as Styles covers. The referee does not see it and counts three.
Winner via pinfall and NEW TNA Legends Champion: AJ Styles
Match #2 - Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario) & Taylor Wilde (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Madison Rayne (Columbus, Ohio) & Sarita (Mexico City, Mexico)
Earl Hebner has a mic and says the Board of Directors has awarded the TNA Knockouts Championship back to Madison Rayne based on them having no proof about who was on the motorcycle.
Wilde takes out Sarita on the outside and on the inside, Love drops Rayne and picks up the fall.
Winners via pinfall: Angelina Love & Taylor Wilde
The motorcycle woman comes to ringside following the match and helps the heels beat up Love and Wilde.
Match #3 - Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. Hernandez (Houston, Texas)
Hernandez flattens Angle and locks him up in a backbreaker. Hernandez to the top. Angle jumps up for the belly-to-belly but Hernandez shoves him off. Angle tries again and gets it. Hernandez hits a Dominator for two. Hernandez goes for the Border Toss but Angle slips out and hits the Angle Slam for two. Hernandez with a delayed vertical suplex, but Hernandez delays it too long as Angle slips out right into the ankle lock complete with grapevine. Hernandez has to tap.
Winner via pinfall: Kurt Angle
Kevin Nash comes out and he calls out Jeff Jarrett. He basically calls Jarrett a selfish prick.
Match #4 - Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa) vs. Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC)
Joe with chops in the corner and a kick to the head. Joe completely dominating the match. He locks in an STF but Hardy gets the ropes. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Joe pushes him off. Instead, Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind. They brawl away and the bell rings.
This match is a time limit draw
They get into some post-match shenanigans.
Match #5 - Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.) vs. Mr. Anderson (Green Bay, Wisc.)
Morgan puts the boots to Anderson in the corner. He goes to another corner and hits the rapid-fire elbows and a splash. Side slam connects. But Anderson turns the match around in rapid fashion and finishes Morgan with a Mic Check.
Winner via pinfall: Mr. Anderson
After the match, Morgan beats Anderson down, hitting him with his own mic.
Match # 6 - Match No. 2 in the Best-of-Five Series for the TNA World Tag Team Championship - Street Fight - Beer Money Inc. vs. Motor City Machine Guns
Hot start for the Guns as they work offense on the ramp. Inside the ring, Sabin hits a chair-assisted dropkick on Roode. He goes for another move but Storm saves Roode with the beer spit. Double R spinebuster gets two. Shelley comes back and hits both Roode and Storm with a kendo stick. And then we get another ref bump. And then the referee outside the ring takes a bump. God bless TNA.
In the ring, the Guns hit the combination Sliced Bread and power bomb, but Storm comes in and busts Shelley, who was pinning Roode, with the beer bottle. He hits Sabin with the Last Call Superkick. He puts Roode on Shelley and drags the referee over to count.
Winners via pinfall: Beer Money Inc. (lead best-of-five series 2-0)
Dixie Carter is out to explain the ECW situation. She says she listens to the fans and the fans want more hardcore wrestling. She then brings out Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, Raven, Stevie Richards and Mick Foley. She says they do what they do because they love the business. She thanks them, but Foley says they should be thanking her for another chance. Then they give Tommy Dreamer the chance to speak.
Dreamer says he's been watching TNA since the beginning and that he's seen so many similarities over the years between TNA and the original ECW. He says at Slammiversary, he got to feel TNA and that's when the connection really took hold. He says when ECW came back, he got to see his friends come back only to get destroyed and fired. He says this isn't an ECW invasion, but it's to make sure their legacy isn't destroyed. He wants one night to show the world what they have for their legacy to live forever.
Dixie says she has one stipulation if she gives it to them: They have to do it themselves, no TNA involvement, to make sure its authentic. Dreamer accepts by saying, "Impact Zone, we're going extreme." He and Carter hug as the show goes off the air.
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