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Impact: Flair, Sting meet for last time?
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: For decades now, Ric Flair and Sting have battled inside the ring. The two wrestled the final match in WCW and now they meet again here in 2011 with high stakes and quite possibly for the final time. If Flair wins, Sting must retire. If Sting prevails, he gets a match with Hulk Hogan at Bound For Glory. Should be a good one!

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

Well, well, well. "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair is out to start the show. He tells Sting he's going to talk to him for one last time, so come on out and meet your maker. Flair says the only way Sting gets to Hogan is over his dead body. And Sting says Flair is going to die tonight. He says he's the Stinger and he's going to put him in the Death Lock and the Death Drop and he's going to make his life a living hell starting now, so take the robe off. Sting disrobes and wants the match to happen now. They get in each other's faces but security runs in to break it up.

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Match #1 - Mexican America vs. Devon (New York City), The Pope (Harlem, NY), Brooke Tessmacher (Houston, Texas) & Tara (San Bernadino, Calif.)

Pope runs wild with a series of elbows to Anarquia and then a big double sledge. But Mexican America gets going with some underhanded tactics behind the referee's back. That holds up until Pope gets the tag to Devon, who comes in on Anarquia. All four men in the ring now. Pope and Devon clear out Hernandez and Anarquia but Sarita and Rosita come in from behind and try to low blow them, only to have their kicks caught. They call for Tara and Tessmacher, but Sarita and Rosita split and goes over and start hitting on Devon's sons in the front row. That distraction allows Hernandez and Anarquia to briefly gain control but again Rosita and Sarita get involved. Now Tessmacher and Tara get their hands on them.

Pope and Devon clothesline Hernandez and Anarquia over the top and Tara and Tessmacher both do moves on and pin Sarita and Rosita despite not being tagged in once during the match and not being the legal participant. I love TNA.

Winners via pinfall: Devon, The Pope, Brooke Tessmacher & Tara

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AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and James Storm are in the ring. Styles has the mic and wants to give a big introduction to the No. 1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Bobby Roode.

Styles says there's no doubt in his mind, no doubt in the fan's minds that Roode is going to become the next world champion. Daniels says Roode's win was just as inspiring as when he beat AJ Styles in Huntsville, Ala. Daniels says they all believe in Roode and so do the fans, but he has to believe. Kazarian says Fortune has done more to build this company this anybody else and he's proud to call Roode his friend. Storm talks about all they've been through together and how all the time Roode missed with his family and all the seedy hotels they stayed in all comes down to Bound For Glory with his match with Kurt Angle. He has one thing left to say: Kurt Angle, sorry about your damn luck.

They wrap it up and Angle comes out. Angle says what Roode did was awesome, but what's this "all for one, one for all" thing. Angle's here trying to cause dissension in Fortune, saying they'd all want to be in Roode's position. Angle says since Fortune won't tell Roode how they feel, he'll tell him. They're jealous. And because Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff's stroke rubbed off on him, he says Roode is going to have to face a Fortune member each week through Bound For Glory. They can lay down for Roode if they want, but then they'll be at the bottom of the totem pole. If they beat Roode, they'll be right at the top. And tonight, Kazarian's up.

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Match #2 - Knockouts Title Qualifier - Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Velvet Sky (The Big Apple)

Angelina in complete control, working over Velvet's neck region. Then she drills her with a big knee lift. Somehow Winter ends up on the apron and Angelina almost runs into her. Why? I don't know. But that allows Velvet to get moving with some clotheslines and a drop kick. Now Winter's back on the apron with her title belt and Angelina is holding Velvet. This is right in front of the referee. She swings, of course Velvet ducks and she cranks Angelina. A DDT later and it's over.

Winner via pinfall: Velvet Sky

OK, rant time. How does that many ANY sense whatsoever? Either Winter and Angelina are the two stupidest people in the world or well, I don't know what else it could be. How does it make sense, in a qualifying match, to hit someone in the head with the belt right in front of the referee? I mean, the level of stupidity here is just off the charts. Nice "creative."

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Match #3 - Submission Match - Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

Lots of brawling by both men. Joe has handprints on his chest. Discus clothesline for Morgan and he follows with a side slam. Sitout slam for Morgan. Morgan looks for a triangle armbar now. Joe escapes. Morgan goes for the Carbon Footprint but can't connect. The referee gets tied up in-between them, though, and Joe rakes Morgan's eyes, slams him and locks in a heel hook. Morgan has to tap.

Winner via submission: Samoa Joe

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Match #4 - Kazarian (Anaheim, Calif.) vs. Bobby Roode (Toronto, Ontario)

Kazarian goes for a tornado DDT but Roode counters him with a Northern Lights suplex with a bridge for two. Then Roode just cranks Kazarian over the top rope with a huge clothesline.

Back in the ring and Kazarian gains the edge with a side headlock. Roode out and he hits a clothesline and a big backdrop. He comes off the ropes with a neckbreaker for two. Kazarian goes for the reverse piledrive but Roode counters into the crossfire and Kazarian has to tap.

Winner via submission: Bobby Roode

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Match #5 - The Final Encounter - Ric Flair (Charlotte, NC) vs. Sting (Venice Beach, Calif.)

Sting trying to intimidate Flair early on. They start shoving each other and it's Sting who gets the upper hand with an uppercut, dropping Flair to the canvas.

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We're back and Flair goes to the top rope and of course, that's not going to end up going well. Sting grabs him and launches him into orbit before clotheslining Flair over the top rope and to the floor. Sting follows and drops Flair with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Sting going to work with fists in the corner but Flair gets a bit of an edge with a low blow. Sting recovers and goes for the Stinger Splash but Flair moves. Sting bounces out and Flair chop blocks Sting's knee.

Flair takes Sting down and locks in his signature Figure Four Leg Lock. Sting trying to fight it and now he turns the hold over on Flair but Flair rolls it back over and the hold is broken. Sting's leg is hurt, though. Flair goes back to work. He puts Sting in the corner and starts lighting him up with chops but Sting just walks right through them and then flexes in Flair's face. Flair rakes Sting's eyes and goes to the top again but Sting follows him up there and hits a superplex. Sting goes for the cover but Immortal hits the ring. Sting dispatches of most of them and Bully Ray slides in from behind with a chain but Mr. Anderson makes the save. Behind the referee's back, Hogan passes brass knuckles to Flair and Flair decks Sting. Sting is out.

Flair goes for the cover but Sting kicks out at the last moment. Flair is incensed. Flair's arm is hurt here. He's working with one arm. Flair tries a chop to no avail. Sting whips him into the corner and hits the Stinger Splash. Flair flops out of the corner. Sting locks in the Scorpion Death Lock and Flair taps.

Winner via submission: Sting

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!.