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Impact: Flair back in action to face Morgan
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on TNA Impact: Ric Flair is in action. That's right, WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time world champion Ric Flair is in an unadvertised match when he faces Matt Morgan in a high-stakes match. If Morgan wins, he gets to choose the referee for his title match against Jeff Hardy at Final Resolution. If Flair wins, Morgan doesn't get the shot.

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

Ric Flair is out to start tonight's show. Flair is here to address Matt Morgan. He says Morgan made the mistake of not only punching out Fortune last week, but punching out him as well. He says Immortal has decided to appoint a special guest referee for Morgan's rematch with Hardy and it's Ric Flair. He then calls Morgan out so he can say it to his face.

Flair says he could have Fortune come out right now and beat up Morgan right now but instead, being Ric Flair, he says if Morgan doesn't like the referee decision, he has to beat Flair tonight. Morgan says wrestling Flair is No. 1 on his bucket list, so it's on.

(Ads)

Match #1 - Chris Sabin (Detroit, Mich.), Alex Shelley (Detroit, Mich.), Jay Lethal (Elizabeth, NJ) & Velvet Sky vs. Max Buck (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jeremy Buck (Los Angeles, Calif.), Robbie E. (Jersey Shore) & Cookie (Jersey Shore)

Shelley with a jawbreaker on Jeremy but he brings in Robbie E. Robbie eats a kick and he finally gets the tag to Lethal. Lethal brings in Robbie. Cookie comes in and tries to distract Lethal but it doesn't work. Lethal Combination connects. Then it all breaks down. Cookie comes in and tries to get to the Guns but Velvet takes her out. The Guns hit Skull & Bones but Gen Me breaks it up with the tanning spray to the face as the referee is distracted and that's enough to get the fall.

Winners via pinfall: Generation Me, Robbie E. & Cookie

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It's now time for the Double J Double M A Invitational. Jarrett has six students with him. He'll first demonstrate an armbar. Next he demonstrates a "Japanese kneebar" which is the move his "buddy" Frank Mir used to make "big Brock" tap. This is the best comedy ever seen on Impact. Next up he shows us the ankle lock her learned from Ken Shamrock as the crowd chants "boring." Next up is the rear-naked choke which was perfected by Royce Gracie. This brings Samoa Joe out. He says they should stop wasting everyone's time and says Jarrett should spar with him. Jarrett says he has two students left. If he gets through them, then Joe can have Jarrett in a submission match tonight.

Joe quickly submits one with a keylock. He then taps the second one quickly with what is supposed to be a head-and-arm choke.

So it's supposed to be time for the submission match, but Jarrett throws his students in front of Joe and then runs.

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Match #2 - Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC) vs. Raven (The Bowery)

Match goes outside early and Raven drills Hardy into the guard rail with a side Russian leg sweep. Back in the ring, Raven goes under the ring and grabs a chair. He props it up in the corner but Hardy whips him into it and Raven goes to the outside. In the ring, Hardy misses Whisper in the Wind and Raven hits a discus clothesline. Corner clothesline and a bulldog connects for Raven for two. He goes for the DDT but Hardy reverses him and hits the Twist of Hate and follows it up with the Swanton Bomb and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy

With the loss, that's it for Raven in TNA. EV2 comes out console Raven when Hulk Hogan's music hits. He's got a mic. He starts talking when Raven goes up the ramp. Stevie Richards cuts him off and Hogan officially fires him.

(Ads)

Tommy Dreamer is still in the ring and he calls Rhino out. Rhino complains about no one caring about his contract expiring after Turning Point. He says the one person that did care was Eric Bischoff. He says he was here longer than Rob Van Dam and Dreamer and when they came, they stole the spotlight and he became an afterthought. He says he doesn't take a backseat to anybody.

Dreamer says Rhino sold out for the almighty dollar. Rhino says from now on all he's going to think about is himself.

Dreamer says he quit on everyone and Rhino attacks him when RVD makes the save. Rhino puts the boots to him. RVD goes to check on Dreamer and Rhino recovers and gores him.

(Ads)

Match #3 - Casket Match - Shannon Moore (Whispering Pines, NC) vs. Abyss (Parts Unknown)

Abyss sends Moore to the outside and tries to put him in the casket but Moore punches Abyss. Abyss throws him into the ring and goes for an Avalanche but Moore moves. Moore to the top and hits a bulldog. He rolls Abyss toward the casket but Abyss recovers just in the nick of time. Abyss throws Moore to the outside. He recovers and smashes the lid of the casket onto Abyss. He then hits a moonsault onto Abyss. They battle around the casket and go back into the ring where Moore runs right into the Black Hole Slam. He goes to open the casket but The Pope is in it and attacks Abyss. Then the referee rings the bell. Yes, in a casket match.

Winner via disqualification: Abyss

Classic TNA here, everybody. A DQ in a casket match. Imagine all those legendary WWF casket matches, like Undertaker/Yokozuna from 1994 or Undertaker/Shawn Michaels from 1998. Now thing about how those matches would've went if the match was thrown out at the first sign of outside interference. The wrestling world would've changed forever!

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Match #4 - Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Mickie James (Richmond, Va.)

Lots of mutual respect early. Love gains control with a headlock. James flips out and Love misses the Botox Injection. James offers her hand in friendship again and Love turns on her. It's on now. Roll-up for Love gets two. Headscissors takeover for James followed by a neckbreaker for two. James to the top but she misses and runs right into the Botox Injection but Love is slow to cover and only gets two. James battles out of a move and hits the tornado DDT and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James

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Brother Ray is out to explain his actions. He talks about the 3D and all the people they beat with the move. He says Chris Sabin kicked out of 3D because Brother Devon was weak. He says Devon has always been the weak link. He calls Devon nothing more than a sidekick.

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Match #5 - Ric Flair (Charlotte, NC) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

Morgan gets rolling and hits the rapid fire elbows which induces a Flair Flop. Morgan goes for them again but Flair pushes Morgan into the referee and hits a low blow. Flair goes to work now. Morgan turns the tide on the outside and used some closed fists to bust Flair open. Then he bites it. Morgan with a sidewalk slam and calls for the choke slam. The referee is still down after a ton of time. Morgan hits the choke slam but Fortune runs in.

Douglas Williams doesn't participate and Styles says "let's go!" and grabs him and Williams decks him. He takes out Kazarian and James Storm when he's hit by Roode. Morgan takes care of Roode and dispatches of the rest. Flair tries to attack but it's not going anywhere. Flair off the ropes and Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint and gets the duke.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Morgan

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!.