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TNA Impact/Reaction: One show can't contain Angle, Hardy
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on TNA Impact/Reaction: It's been two weeks since the last editions of Impact and Reaction and tonight, Impact just couldn't hold the rematch between Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy, as the company used the first 15 minutes of Reaction for the match and its resolution, potentially leaving those who only record Impact out in the cold.

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

Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy are in the ring. Of course, they had a 30 minute draw at No Surrender. Eric Bischoff is out next. Bischoff first congratulates Mr. Anderson for advancing to the finals at Bound For Glory. Bischoff says in 24 years in the business, he's never seen a match as intense as the one they had at No Surrender. Bischoff says he's been talking with Hulk Hogan and they have a solution that everybody will like and that's a three-way dance at Bound For Glory. His music plays when Dixie Carter comes out. She says she came out to say something to Angle and Hardy. She says they should be proud of the match but nobody can be happy with the outcome. She says that she's going to steal a page out of Hogan's playbook from a few weeks back and overturn Bischoff's decision. She wants Angle and Hardy to battle it out tonight in a no time limit match to determine who faces Anderson at Bound For Glory.

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Match #1 - Kevin Nash (Detroit, Mich.) vs. Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa)

Joe gets rolling but Nash takes an advantage on the outside of the ring. Joe gets the upper-hand and goes to throw Nash into the steel steps, but Sting attacks him. Of course, this being TNA, they just fight on. Eventually, Jeff Jarrett comes to Joe's aid and takes Nash. Joe pastes Sting's head into the steps, which he just no sells. They continue to brawl until the referee hits 10.

This match is a double countout

They continue to brawl as the bell rings impotently. Security also is extremely impotent when trying to break things up. Sting is choking Jarrett as security tries to hold Jarrett back. This is just comically bad. Finally they cut to the back with Madison Rayne, Tara and Lacey Von Erich.

Rayne says she and Von Erich have a Knockouts Tag Team Title match tonight. Von Erich says she still hasn't made her decision. Rayne tells her she's not the one who laid her out a few weeks ago. Von Erich says that was an accident. Rayne continues to strong-arm her as we go to break.

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Match #2 - TNA X Division Championship - (c) Douglas Williams (The United Kingdom) vs. Jay Lethal (Elizabeth, NJ)

Williams in control. He goes to the top rope and comes down by Lethal knocks him out of mid air with a dropkick. Lethal with punches and chops. He goes for the handspring but Williams stops him. Lethal blocks the Chaos Theory suplex and hits the Lethal Combination for two. Lethal goes to the top rope and goes for the big elbow but takes far too much time and Williams moves. Williams goes for the tornado DDT but Lethal throws him off and hits the Lethal Injection. Cover. 1, 2, 3.

Winner via pinfall and NEW TNA X Division Champion: Jay Lethal

Confetti drops from the ceiling to celebrate Lethal's win. He goes into the crowd to celebrate with the fans.

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Match #3 - TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship - ( ) Taylor Wilde (Toronto, Ontario) & Hamada (Tokyo, Japan) vs. Madison Rayne (Columbus, Ohio) & Lacey Von Erich (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Things don't go well for Von Erich, so Rayne aggressively tags herself in. She knocks Hamada down and then slaps Von Erich's hand to tag her back in. She hits her back handspring elbow. Rayne tells her to do it again but this time Hamada moves. Hamada slams her and hits a picture perfect moonsault but Von Erich gets her shoulder up at two. Wilde in and she hits a flying crossbody for two. Wilde goes off the ropes but Rayne grabs her hair which sends her to the mat. Rayne in now and she drops Wilde with a clothesline as the crowd chants "Taylor." Double team suplex and Von Erich back in. But Wilde brings in Hamada and she's running wild. Wilde back in and she runs right over and drills Rayne. Hamada lifts Von Erich up on her shoulders and Wilde comes off the ropes with a neckbreaker as Hamada drops Von Erich. That'll do it.

Winners via pinfall and STILL TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions: Taylor Wilde & Hamada

Rayne reads Von Erich the Riot Act and Von Erich pushes her right on her bum. Then Tara comes and hits Von Erich from behind with the motorcycle helmet. The beatdown is on briefly until Angelina Love and Velvet Sky makes the save.

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Tommy Dreamer is out. He is growing quite the beard. Dreamer says he's here by himself and wants all of Fortune to come out. Dreamer says EV2 is home and he's sick of seeing his friends hurt, so he wants to call a truce. He says Fortune is the future of the company. Dreamer says this is the place that AJ Styles built but he's just looking for a place to call home.

Dreamer goes on to put over all members of Fortune and, well, he brings up WWE a lot. Like how Kazarian isn't there anymore. Or Matt Morgan. Or Robert Roode. He gets to Styles and says he wants to shake his hand because he is better than Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer extends his hand but Styles wants the mic instead.

Styles says what Dreamer said about Fortune is commendable. He says Dreamer is all heart. Styles says he has his respect and he will shake his hand. They shake and hug as Flair looks on with a stone look on his face. Styles says off mic that "it's done." Then Styles says he doesn't need Dreamer's praise and "I don't need you." Then Styles attacks Dreamer and all of Fortune joins in, sans Flair. Then Brian Kendrick comes down and tries to cover Dreamer up but he just ends up being beat on, too.

Styles plasters Dreamer with a huge right hand and security comes down and tries to protect Dreamer and Kendrick. Styles grabs the mic and says, "You wanted a truce Dreamer? Now you got it."

Fortune walks off and Kendrick grabs the mic. He asks if any of them are bold enough to fight him now.

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Match #4 - Brian Kendrick (Venice, Calif.) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

Match in progress and Morgan, in dress clothes and sunglasses, drills Kendrick with a big clothesline. Rapid fire elbows and an avalanche connect for Morgan. Fallaway slam hits and Morgan pulls Kendrick up from the pin attempt. Morgan is gloating when Kendrick gets up and hits him with a big kick and pins him.

Winner via pinfall: Brian Kendrick

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Tenay and Taz are now speaking with former TNA Champion Rob Van Dam via telephone. Except they kept the music bed playing and I can't hear a single thing RVD is saying. I do gather, however, that he says he'll be in the Impact Zone next week.

And here's Generation Me strolling down to the ring. They say it's all about them. They say they always get what they want. They want Chris Sabin to come to the ring and hand them the TNA World Tag Team Championship. This brings Sabin out and he is walking very fast and he just attacks the Bucks. This, of course, does not last long. Gen Me hits the draping top rope DDT and take Sabin's belt.

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Match #5 - TNA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal - Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC) vs. Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Hardy puts Angle on the ropes and charges at him but Angle sidesteps him and Hardy goes flying to the floor. Then Angle, with a dislocated rib, comes flying over the top rope with ah crossbody block. Mr. Anderson comes to join commentary as we head to…

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Belly-to-belly connects for Angle for two. Angle goes for the Angle Slam but Hardy slips out and hits a modified Twist of Fate for two. Hardy goes to the top but Hardy jumps over a charging Angle. Angle jumps to the second turnbuckle and hits a moonsault for two. Ankle lock now for Angle and Angle is bleeding. Hardy tries to kick out of it but Angle keeps the hold. He tries again and breaks it. Hardy kicks Angle and goes for the Swanton Bomb and connects but Angle kicks out at two. Hardy goes for Whisper in the Wind but he hits the referee. As Hardy checks on the referee, Angle hits the Angle Slam and Earl Hebner comes in and counts two.

Another Angle Slam hits for another two count. Angle puts Hardy in the corner and hits three right hands at which time Tenay says, "We're out of time on Impact, but don't go anywhere, we're going to stay with Hardy and Angle on Reaction, it's up next." Yep, that's right. A match that spans programs.

Now I'm recapping two shows, I suppose. I wonder if I get paid for two shows. Hmmmm… (just kidding!). Angle has Hardy locked in a body scissors. Headlock now for Angle. Hardy elbows out and goes off the ropes but Angle knees him in the gut. Hardy, though, fires up and hits the double corner kick and clotheslines Angle over the top rope. Hardy sends Angle twice into the side of the ring. He bangs Angle's head into the guard rail. Now into the steps. Back in the ring, Angle regains control and hits five straight German suplexes. Crowd chanting for both. Angle to the top. He goes for a frog splash but Hardy moves. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Angle pulls him down to the mat and locks in the ankle lock. Now Brian Hebner is getting back into the ring. Angle sits down into an MMA-style leglock and Hardy locks one in on Angle. Then both men's shoulders go to the mat and they try to crack their respective holds. With a Hebner on each side of the ring, they both start counting. Brian counts Hardy down while Earl does the same to Angle. Of course, this is in perfect harmony. Now we've got controversy. Angle wants to know what's going on. Earl declares Angle the winner. Dixie Carter is shown in the audience looking like Dixie Carter does.

Here comes Bischoff. But not before we go to some…

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If you're counting at home (and I am), we are now 15 minutes into Reaction's time slot.

Bischoff talks to Carter briefly and goes to the ring. He says Angle and Hardy have nothing left to prove to anybody. He says they both have proven they deserve to be in the match at Bound For Glory. Dixie does not appear to be happy with this decision and gives Bischoff the death stare as he walks off. She mutters "are you serious?" I think that describes everybody's reaction to this. This is where I cease recapping Reaction.

Where's Tony Schiavone to yell, "Folks, we're outta time!" when you need him? Although I am sure this was the greatest night in the history of our sport. Although I'm sure Tony never had to tell fans that a real big main event match was going to continue on Thunder. I'm sure that would've gone over well. Imagine July 6, 1998. Hollywood Hogan vs. Goldberg at the Georgia Dome for the WCW Title. Goldberg's lining Hogan up for the spear and Schiavone tells everybody to catch the conclusion of the match on Thunder. That would've gone over well. This was pretty absurd.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.