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Impact: Williams, Styles put on another clinic for TV title
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on TNA Impact: Not a bad little show here just a few days before Christmas. Three titles are on the line as we get the finale of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship tournament, Douglas Williams defends the TV title against AJ Styles in a 15-Minute Iron Man Match and in the main event, Team Motor City Machine Guns takes on Team Beer Money with the tag titles on the line.

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

Immortal is out to start the show. This is becoming like 2009 Impact where a Main Event Mafia promo seemingly opened every show. There are two scales in the ring for the weigh-in for the No. 1 contender match. Before that, though, Ric Flair takes the mic and talks about Rob Terry, who is with them in the ring. He says Terry has the opportunity to show Immortal and Fortune that he can be their bodyguard. Eric Bischoff starts talking when he is interrupted by "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan. Bischoff is not happy about being interrupted.

Morgan says this whole weigh-in is a sham and everybody knows it. Morgan says the whole Mr. Anderson thing is not right. Bischoff says he has two doctors here to certify that Morgan and Anderson can compete. He invites Morgan to step in the scale. Morgan suggests he take Flair's temperature with his size 18 up his rear. After he says this, Mick Foley of all people makes his way to the ring. He tells Morgan to let him handle this. Foley talks about how he's not the man he used to be because of all the concussions he suffered. He talks about what they've learned recently about concussions. Foley says as long as he is breathing, the match between Morgan and Anderson isn't taking place.

Flair asks Foley if he is done and then takes off his jacket. Flair calls him a whiny, pathetic human being. Flair says Foley is the reason kids are in hospitals. Foley says he knows he's been part of the problem, but he wants to be part of solution. Flair says the solution is to kiss his ass. They go at it verbally. Foley says he's not going to let Anderson make the mistakes he made. Foley flat out says he's not going to let the match take place. Bischoff says Foley has convinced him and he sees everything much clearer. He says Foley is out here because he can't wrestle anymore, nobody is buying his books and no one is going to his stand-up comedy. He says Foley is living off the corpses of the people who tried to be him and Foley is not going to stop any match in this company, so hit his music.

Very good opening segment.

(Ads)

It's time for my favorite part of the show, the Double J Double M A Open Challenge. Jarrett grabs the mic and says he is very disappointed in everybody because it's painfully obvious that nobody can make him tap. He says because of this, he's going to open it up to the professionals. He says this guy caught his eye last week and that guy is Amazing Red. He calls Red out.

$100,000 Double J Double M A Open Challenge - Jeff Jarrett (Hendersonville, Tenn.) vs. Amazing Red (Brooklyn, NY)

Red gets Vasoline in his eyes during the prep for the bout and is immediately at a disadvantage. He goes to town on Red with knees and then punches. He locks in the ankle lock. Red tries to fight it but eventually has to tap.

Winner: Double J

Jarrett helps him to his feet and asks him if he has any brothers or sisters to challenge. Red says he has a little brother, so Jarrett says to bring him next week.

(Ads)

Match #1 - No. 1 Contenders Match for the TNA X Division Championship - Jeremy Buck (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. Max Buck (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. Robbie E. (Seaside Heights, NJ) vs. Kazarian (Anaheim, Calif.)

You have to tag in and out in this one. So it ends up with Generation Me in. They have a flexing contest. Then Robbie starts to fist-pump on the apron and it tagged in by Jeremy. Max off the ropes and Cookie grabs his leg and Robbie takes over. Bucks trade places and then double team Robbie. He looks for a tag from Kazarian but Kaz just hits him. GenMe now double teaming Robbie. Kazarian in now off a blind tag and he dispatches of Robbie, Max and then hits Jeremy with a reverse tombstone and gets the fall.

Winner via pinfall and NEW No. 1 Contender for the X Division Championship: Kazarian

(Ads)

Sarita and Velvet Sky are, you're never gonna believe this, brawling backstage. There is a belt involved. Sigh. This went on FOREVER.

Bischoff is backstage with Immortal saying how Dixie Carter has them in checkmate and they need to win all the titles.

(Ads)

Match #2 - TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship - Madison Rayne (Seattle, Wash.) & Tara (State of California) vs. Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario) & Velvet Sky

Sky is not out for the match due to the beatdown she received at the hands of Sarita backstage earlier.

Love getting some brief hope early but then Rayne takes over. She brings Tara in, who is working with one arm. She shoves Love down and brings Rayne back in. Rayne hits her head scissors deal into the canvas. Love gets going with some boots to Rayne in the corner, but Rayne takes the ref and Tara clocks Love with her elbow brace. Then, Winter comes to the ring and gets on the apron. Love tags her and I guess she's in the match. She goes to town on Rayne. Tara comes in for a brace shot but Winter ducks it and kicks her in the crotch. She scoops up Rayne and hits her with a Boss Man Slam and that's it.

Winners via pinfall and NEW TNA Knockout Tag Team Champions: Angelina Love & Winter

Angelina is trying to figure out what happened and Madison and Tara are angry and confused.

(Ads)

Match #3 - 15 Minute Iron Man Match for the TNA World Television Championship - (c ) Douglas Williams (The United Kingdom) vs. AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.)

They mat wrestle early and Williams easily is getting the best of it. Williams with a knee that sends AJ to the corner. He follows it up with a running knee in the corner that has the challenger reeling.

(Ads)

We're back and apparently Styles took a fall during the break with the Styles Clash. At least they replayed it. AJ takes a walk to the outside now and says "I'm winning, I've got all the time in the world!" Williams gets close to the ropes and Styles pulls him out and throws him into the steps, killing more time. But, in a classic TNA moment, there's no clock on the screen for an Iron Man Match. Great. As I type that, Tenay says there's four minutes left. I wish I was timing this.

Styles wearing Williams down with a chinlock. Williams to a vertical base and hits a back drop. AJ takes another walk. Williams after him this time. AJ tries to attack him as he comes in but takes a shoulder. Williams going for all sorts of pins now, sunset flip, back slide and crucifix but none get a fall. Styles backdropped to the apron. He springboards in but Williams catches him and hits an exploder suplex. "About a minute and a half left," Tenay says. Thanks.

Both men down and now back up. Williams is pushing. One minute left. Styles dumps a charging Williams to the outside, but Williams slides right back in as Styles gloats. He grabs him from the back and hits the rolling Chaos Theory Suplex and gets the fall with 30 seconds left! The rest of the time expires.

Some confusion now as to whether this is a draw or not. Styles yells at Williams and says he wants five more minutes. Williams yells back that he only needs one. Earl Hebner says this match has been given a five-minute overtime.

(Ads)

We're back and overtime has just started. Styles comes springboarding in with the flying forearm for two. Williams with a slam for two. Williams tries to punch but Styles blocks them and hits the Pele for two. One minute left in overtime. Snapmare for Styles. He goes to the top but is cut off by Williams. Punch by Williams spins Styles. Williams goes to the top with 15 seconds left. Williams looking for a suplex and hits a side suplex off the top with two seconds left. Time expires. More confusion.

This match is a DRAW, therefore STILL TNA World Television Champion: Douglas Williams

Styles grabs a mic and tells Williams these people want a winner. He challenges Williams to a match at Genesis. Williams says Styles had his rematch and blew it, so no. Styles flips his lid. He questions Williams' manhood. But it's the line about not being a fighting champion that gives Styles his rematch. Williams, though, asks what's in it for him? Williams suggest that if he wins, Styles walks away from Fortune forever. Styles says forget it, come up with something else. Then Bischoff comes out on the ramp and says the two will meet at Genesis and if Styles doesn't bring the title back to Immortal, there won't be a spot left for Styles in Immortal, Fortune, or anywhere else. Ruh roh.

(Ads)

Match #4 - Eight-Man Tag Team Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship: Robert Roode (Wall Street), James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.), Abyss (Parts Unknown) & Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC) vs. (c )Alex Shelley (Detroit, Mich.), Chris Sabin (Detroit, Mich.), Rob Van Dam (Battle Creek, Mich.) & Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

If Team Machine Guns wins, the Motor City Machine Guns retain the titles. If Team Beer Money wins, Beer Money are your new champions.

Back-and-forth match to start, but Immortal takes over when Abyss gets in the ring. He steamrolls Shelley. Hardy in. He's taunting RVD. Crotch leg drop connects for Hardy. Hardy brings Abyss back in behind the refs back. Shelley tries to punch Abyss in the gut but is cut off by a clubbing blow to the back. Roode in now, looking quite tan. He keeps the heat on Shelley and brings in his partner, Storm. Storm eats an enziguri. Shelley crawling to his corner but Hardy gets the tag and cuts him off. Jeff Hardy with a headlock now, everybody. Hardy looks for the Twist of Hate but Shelley ducks and goes through his legs and tags RVD. He's in and Hardy scurries to his corner and tags Roode, wanting no part of RVD.

RVD running wild. Spinning heel kick followed by Rolling Thunder on Roode for a near fall. Beer Money team up on RVD so Sabin makes a blind tag. He's immediately taken out by Storm. It's all breaking down. Carbon Footprint for Abyss and then a Twist of Hate for Morgan. All that's left is RVD and Hardy. RVD comes in but before he can get to Hardy, Roode steps in and uncorks a Double R Spinebuster on him. He tosses RVD to the mat, right to the feet of Hardy, but Shelley comes in and takes down both out. Roode hits a flapjack on Shelley, but Sabin comes in and hits a springboard tornado DDT and that's it.

Winners via pinfall and STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Matt Morgan & Rob Van Dam

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!.