Impact: Sting is champion again
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Impact Wrestling: After weeks of tormenting Immortal, Sting finally gets his rematch against World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson. To counter Immortal's numbers, Sting has enlisted the help of a series of clowns to help take Immortal out throughout the show, helping Sting regain the 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.
Immortal is out to start the show and they have some ladies and all are dressed in tuxedos with bow ties. This is something else, folks. A card table is in the ring. Eric Bischoff says they are there to gamble with some people's careers. He says tonight they are going to throw Mr. Anderson a party he'll never forget because he is now part of Immortal. He brings him out.
Anderson comes out in an extremely classy cam tux. Hulk Hogan says he and Anderson might've had their differences, but they always strived to be the best and he wants to formally welcome him into the family. Anderson says they might not always see eye-to-eye going forward, but this is a gamble he's willing to take.
At that point, the lights go out and Sting shows up sitting in the chair at the card table. Bischoff says tonight Anderson is going to take the cancer out once and for all. Sting asks Bischoff if he wants to bet on it. He sees things ending up differently, and that involves him becoming champ once again and kicking off his crusade to bring the company back to its rightful owner, Dixie Carter.
Hogan gets a bit angry and says not only is Sting going down tonight. He's going out on a stretcher tonight. Sting says Hogan is wrong because he's not a whole bunch of aces in the hole. He says he knows the network told Hogan and Bischoff they were in thin ice. He says tonight he's going to win the title and he has his own magic bullet aces. He points to the rafters and there's four clowns with bats up there. Keeping with the gambling references, he says he's all in. Then he flips the table, the lights go out and he vanishes.
Match #1 - Bound For Glory Seires - The Pope (Harlem, NY) vs. Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa) vs. Bobby Roode (Wall Street)
Huge scoop slam lands for Joe on Roode. He goes for an armbar on Roode but Pope breaks it up. Pope takes over from there and goes to work on Roode's injured shoulder. Drop down shot floors Roode but he kicks out at two. Big DDT lands for Pope but Roode again kicks out at two. Fist drop from the second rope for Pope for two. Pope goes for the DDE but Roode moves and fires up with clotheslines. Roode comes off the second rope with a neckbreaker for two.
Pope goes for a superplex but Joe breaks it up. He loads Pope up for the Musclebuster but Roode kicks him in the gut and hits a Perfect Plex on Joe, but Pope breaks up the bridge. Joe clasps on the Coquina Clutch on Roode. Roode kicks Pope off the apron in an effort to get out, but Roode rolls through and referee Earl Hebner counts Joe's shoulders down and hits three right before Roode taps.
Winner via pinfall: Bobby Roode
Match #2 - Shannon Moore (Whispering Pines, NC) vs. Austin Aries (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Two float-overs by Aries. He goes for a third but Moore rolls him up for two. Moore goes for a backslide but Aries flips him over and clubs him in the back. Moore reverses a suplex. Aries ends up on the floor and Moore comes over the top with a flip. Aries grabs Moore's Book of DILLIGAF and Moore grabs it back. As referee Brian Hebner dispatches of it, Aries grabs the chain that was with it, belts Moore with it and then hits a slingshot twisting splash for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Austin Aries
Match #3 - Madison Rayne (Seattle, Wash.) vs. Tara (San Bernardino, Calif.)
Tara has a gift for Madison but doesn't let her open it.
The bell rings and Madison prompts Tara to lay down. When she doesn't, she starts screaming at her. Tara belts her and goes to town. Punches all over and then a standing moonsault. Tara goes to pick her up but Madison hits a jawbreaker and again starts yelling at her. Tara responds with a clothesline and a spinning side slam. Looks like she's going for the Widow's Peak but Madison back drops her and kicks her. She kicks Tara off the apron and they go to work on the floor where Madison sends Tara into the steel steps.
With Tara down, Madison goes over to the box and opens it. Inside in Poison, the pet tarantula. Madison freaks out as Tara reenters the ring. She turns her around, kicks her and hits the Widow's Peak. Good night.
Winner via pinfall: Tara
Kurt Angle's in the ring and he notes he is the No. 1 contender and will get his title shot in the main event of Hardcore Justice next month. He goes over his history with Anderson and Sting. He says no matter what happens in the main event tonight, he's going to be walking out of Hardcore Justice as the champion.
Backstage, Jeff and Karen Jarrett are leaving the building when a clown attacks Jarrett. Karen runs off.
Match #4 - No. 1 Contenders Match - Mexican America vs. British Invasion
The Brits get off to a hot start but that ends when Hernandez delivers a knee to the back of Douglas Williams as he hit the ropes. Hernandez in with a flying shoulder block and now Mexican America is in full control. Williams fires up out of the corner with a boot and a European uppercut to Hernandez and an elbow to Anarquia and he brings in Magnus.
Magnus running wild on Anarquia. Sitout slam connects. Now the Brits hit a high knee/elbow drop combo but Hernandez makes the save on the fall attempt. Williams with a flying European uppercut off the top as Magnus holds Anarquia. He hits it, but the referee is distracted by Rosita. This allows Hernandez to crack Magnus and put Anarquia on Magnus and that's it.
Winners via pinfall: Mexican America
Match #5 - TNA World Heavyweight Championship - (c) Mr. Anderson (Green Bay, Wisc.) vs. Sting (Venice Beach, Calif.)
Anderson in control, working on Sting's left knee. Then he locks in the Scorpion Death Lock, Sting's own move, on him. Sting, though, crawls to the ropes to get the break. Anderson with a single leg crab but Sting rolls it over and kicks Anderson off. Now Sting looks to get going. Punches and clotheslines connect. Sting drops Anderson onto the top rope and catches him with his own move, the Mic Check, but Anderson kicks out at two.
Anderson gets up and kicks Sting. He loads Sting up for the Plunge but as he turns him around, Sting's feet catch referee Brian Hebner in the head, staggering him. Then Sting escapes and pushes Anderson away and he goes right into Hebner, sending him to the floor. Sting takes advantage and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock. Anderson taps but there is no referee. Then Bully Ray sneaks out and attacks Sting from behind. Ray tells Anderson to hold Sting so he can hit him with his chain. As he goes to do it, the lights go out and another clown is in the ring. The clown lays out Bully Ray with a bat and then the lights go out again and Anderson is all alone in the ring.
The clown is on the ramp. Sting comes in and attacks Anderson and hits the Scorpion Death Drop. Hebner crawls into the ring to make the count. It's over!
Winner via pinfall and NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Sting
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