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Impact: Angle meets RVD in main event
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: Mick Foley and Hulk Hogan met with the network last week. This week, we find out how that meeting went. In tonight's main event, former champions collide when Kurt Angle meets Rob Van Dam. Elsewhere, two titles are on the line tonight, as Abyss defends the X Division title against Brian Kendrick and Eric Young meets Gunner for the TV title.

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

Match #1 - Street Fight - Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, NY) & Bully Ray (New York City) vs. AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.) & Christopher Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.)

This one is really hard to follow. They are all over the place. Styles is still in his neck brace. Styles to the top of the mini-wall in the crowd and he comes down with a nice high cross onto Dreamer. He got some real good air on that.

In the ring, Daniels cranks Ray with a trash can lid. Five times in fact. Styles comes in and hits Ray with the Pele but it goes south for him rather quickly. They dispatch of Daniels and take turns hitting him with neckbreakers.

Daniels back in and things turn around. He sends Ray and Dreamer into each other and Styles hits Ray with a kendo stick. Styles picks Dreamer up and Daniels comes off the second rope for a spike piledriver. That does it.

Winners via pinfall: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels

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It's time for the Scorpion Sitdown and out comes Mr. Anderson dressed as old-school Sting. He brings out Disco Inferno. What. This is actually happening. I cannot believe this. Unfortunately, this is basically Anderson being obnoxious and unbearable. Disco tries to speak well of Sting but Anderson says he only brought Disco out to bury Sting. Disco says Anderson isn't an asshole, he's a dick. Anderson asks him to repeat himself, so he gets up, dances, brings down Anderson's mic and says "dick." Then Anderson attacks him and busts him open.

Here comes Sting to make the save and he chases Anderson off.

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Velvet Sky is out. She calls out ODB and wants to know what her problem is. ODB says Velvet is the one who got her fired last year. Velvet says she's tired of getting blamed for other people's problems. ODB claims she slept her way to the top and then attacks her. She goes to town on her until security breaks it up.

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Match #2 - Jeff Jarrett (Hendersonville, Tenn.) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

Ten seconds into this match, Jarrett goes to the top rope and hits a crossbody. Morgan comes back with the rapid fire elbows and a side slam. Morgan goes for a big knee in the corner but Jarrett moves and works some kicks. They hits the ropes and Jarrett goes for a crossbody but Morgan catches him and hits a fallaway slam.

Morgan is rolling but Karen Jarrett hands Jarrett her crutch. He shoves Earl Hebner, hits Morgan with it, followed with the Stroke but only gets two. Jarrett off the second rope but gets caught with an atomic drops and then the Carbon Footprint. He goes for the cover but Karen hits Hebner with her crutch. Somehow, this is not a DQ. Instead, he argues with her, allowing Scott Steiner to come in, hit Morgan with a flatliner. He pulls Jarrett on top and gets out of dodge.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Morgan

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Eric Bischoff is in the ring. He says Hulk Hogan convinced the network that Mick Foley couldn't get the job done at the big meeting last week and the leader of Impact Wrestling is this man Hulk Hogan. Hogan says all it took was a good old fashioned sit-down. Hogan says the network voted and there is only one man to sail the ship and that's him.

Hogan says they are back in the saddle and it's clear sailing ahead. Hogan says what Bischoff did last week was "off the chain." He says the way Bischoff wiped the X Division off the face of the planet was genius. Now Foley's music hits.

Foley says after Hogan walked out of the meeting, the only thing he succeeded in doing was pissing the network off. Foley says he took the network on a trip down memory lane in regards to the X Division. He says they could not have a company where wrestling mattered and not have the division. Foley says the division is going to be heading to new heights and in July, there will be Ultimate X.

Hogan suggests Foley do something to help the X Division and offers Foley the chance to fight for the X Division title against Abyss. Before he can answer, Brian Kendrick's music hits and he comes out with Amazing Red and Generation Me.

I have no idea what Kendrick is talking about here. He says he should be in the match with Abyss, not Foley. Hogan laughs and says he's got it.

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Match #3 - Winter (England) vs. Mickie James (Richmond, Va.)

Northern Lights suplex for Winter and she gets two. Jawbreaker for James followed by a dropkick to the face. Headscissors takeover for James followed by a flying forearm and a flapjack. She follows with the jumping DDT and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James

Angelina Love attacks Mickie as she's leaving the ring. Just going to town on her. She throws her into the steps.

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Match #4 - X Division Championship - (c) Abyss (Parts Unknown) vs. Brian Kendrick (Venice, Calif.)

Kendrick comes flying out of the ring onto Abyss. They get in the ring and Abyss starts getting the best of it. Kendrick into the corner and he takes the big splash. Kendrick tries to fire up with some punches to the gut but runs right into a bear hug.

Abyss goes for a press slam but Kendrick slips out and goes to work. Missile dropkick for two. Back to the top but he can't get at Abyss because referee Jackson James was in the way. Abyss hits the ropes, dropping Kendrick and he finishes him with the Black Hole Slam.

Winner via pinfall and STILL X Division Champion: Abyss

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Match #5 - World Television Championship - (c) Gunner (Atlanta, Ga.) vs. Eric Young (Nashville, Tenn.)

Last week, Gunner and Young got their belts mixed up. Earlier tonight, Young agreed to lay down for Gunner like Kevin Nash did for Hulk Hogan in 1999.

Gunner pokes Young. He goes down. Gunner goes for the cover but Young rolls him up and pins him.

Winner via pinfall and NEW World Television Champion: Eric Young

Wow.

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Match #6 - Rob Van Dam (Battle Creek, Mich.) vs. Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

RVD's mouth is bloody within 15 seconds of this match starting. RVD runs right into the belly-to-belly and goes flying. Snap suplex for Angle for two. Angle all over RVD. Chinlock with a knee to the back for Angle. RVD starts to fire back with punches. Spinning heel kick connects. Thrust kick from the top for RVD for two.

Big throw for Angle for two. He stalks RVD for the Angle Slam but RVD counters into a DDT. RVD goes to the top for the Five Star but Angle runs up the ropes and hits a big throw. Straps are down and the ankle lock is applied. RVD fighting it and spins and kicks his way out. He lands another kick and goes to the top but misses the Five Star. Angle with the Angle Slam and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Kurt Angle

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!.