Impact: Storm upsets Angle to claim first world title
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Impact Wrestling: It's all talk and almost no wrestling as we find out all the fallout from Sunday's Bound For Glory. In one of three matches on the show, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship is on the line as Kurt Angle defends his title, but not against Bobby Roode. Instead, Angle is forced to defend against Roode's tag team partner, James Storm.
Like usual, tonight's taped show emanates from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.
"The Icon" Sting is out to start the show, sans face paint. He says at Bound For Glory, he wanted to get the company back to Dixie Carter and bring back the real Hulk Hogan. He talks about Hogan a bit and then asks him to come out.
Hogan obliges and is back in red and yellow, brother. Hogan admits he's been wrong for the last year and blames himself for it. He says he became a follower instead of a leader, choosing to follow Eric Bischoff's lead. He says he now realizes how wrong Bischoff was. But he says now that he's back, there's only one person to thank and that's Sting. He asks everyone what they're gonna do when Hulk Hogan and the Stinger run wild on you. He says he'll never forget what Sting did for him.
Hogan exits and Sting asks Dixie Carter to come down to the ring.
Sting takes a few moments to gloat that he was right about the entire situation. He notes that Carter gave him a second chance when he thought he was done with wrestling and gave him a home with TNA. He notes that this is Carter's second chance.
She thanks him and admits that he was right and she didn't listen. She says her place isn't in the ring but she wants to make TNA the most successful wrestling company in the world. To do so, she's going to have to spend more time at headquarters, so she needs Sting to step in and help run the day-to-day wrestling operations of the company. She says she's giving him full authority. He accepts. They hug.
It looks like things are about done with when Kurt Angle comes down the ramp.
Angle says not only is there one superhero in the ring, but two. He says Carter lied to him, made him look like a jackass and made him join Immortal. He says he's going to do what he does best: Represent the company as world champion. Angle notes all the push they put behind Bobby Roode and in 30 minutes at Bound For Glory, he made him look like a loser. He says he dominated because he is the better man. This brings out Roode and he is not happy. He stops at the bottom of the ramp and composes himself.
Roode gets in Angle's face and asks him if he's going to take that victory. Angle nods yes and Roode calls him pathetic. He says what Angle did at Bound For Glory was absolute BS. Sting cuts in and notes that Roode did get screwed. Sting says tonight, in this ring, for the world title, it will be Angle against Roode. Roode and the crowd love this. Angle gets a sly smile on his face and notes that when they signed the contract, he had Hogan and Bischoff put a stipulation in the contract that Roode can only wrestle Angle once. He says they did that because Roode is a threat, he is the real deal. He admits he screwed him but he did what he had to do. He asks what the saying James Storm always says. Well, before he can say it, Storm himself says it and comes out on the stage.
Storm has made his way to the ring. He asks Angle if his contract bars him from wrestling Storm. He says when Angle screwed Roode, he screwed Storm as well. Storm says to Sting that these people want to see a world title match tonight, so why not with him. Angle says Storm needs to quit drinking on the job and there's 10 guys in front of him. Sting doesn't care and he books Angle to defend the title against Storm tonight.
If you're scoring at home, that's 47 minutes and four commercial breaks before the first match tonight.
Match #1 - TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship - (c ) Tara (San Bernadino, Calif.) & Brooke Tessmacher (Houston, Texas) vs. Winter (England) & Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario)
The challengers attack as the champions are making their entrance and we quickly go to Winter and Angelina isolating Tessmacher. Tessmacher gets the tag to Tara and she comes in and runs wild. Big clothesline drops Winter and then Tara uses her T-shirt to choke Winter with right in front of the referee. Sidewalk slam connects for Tara for two but Angelina makes the save. They try to double team her but she hits a double clothesline and gets the tag to Tessmacher, who comes down and hits a flying crossbody on Winter and gets the pin.
Winners via pinfall and STILL TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions: Brooke Tessmacher & Tara
The King and Queen of the Mountain are out. That's right, it's Jeff and Karen Jarrett. Double J has the mic and he calls out Jeff Hardy. He says one way or another, he's going to finish what he started Sunday at Bound For Glory. This is pretty much a repeat of Sunday's promo at this point. Jarrett says he's giving Hardy a choice: Drop his microphone, walk up the ramp and never been seen or heard of in TNA again, or he can suffer the consequences at the hands of the founder. It's his choice.
Hardy looks at his microphone and says even if Jarrett doesn't want him here, the people do. He says Jarrett can't stand that he'll never what he has with the crowd. Jarrett attacks and they brawl. Security tries to break it up. I saw this on Sunday, too. Then D-Lo Brown and Al Snow start arguing and Hardy lunges in at Jarrett. Brown grabs Hardy and Jarrett breaks free and low blows him.
Match #2 - Gunner (Atlanta, Ga.) vs. Abyss (Parts Unknown)
Abyss is upset and on fire. He hits a big tree slam and Gunner is looking to be anywhere but there. Abyss punches him through the ropes and Gunner crawls up the ramp. Abyss grabs him and throws him into the steel steps. Crowd chants "one more time!" but Abyss throws Gunner back in the ring. Gunner rolls out the other side and through the crowd. He's outta here.
Winner via countout: Abyss
Abyss is rather angry. Seething, actually.
Velvet Sky is out. She says she's so proud to be here as the Knockouts Champion. She says she made it through the bullies and could not have done it without the fans. She's getting emotional when Karen Jarrett and Traci Brooks come out. Karen is not happy. She says if she tired Velvet and Brooks tonight, it'd be too easy. She says she is going to make Brooks' live a living hell. She says if they think they've seen her bad size, they haven't seen anything yet. She calls for security to come out and take Brooks away.
Karen says Velvet will respect her. She says she wants to see her physically put in her place and she knows the person to do it. She gives her one piece of advice: Keep eyes in the back of your head. Madison Rayne comes out. As Rayne slowly enters, none other than Gail Kim comes out and attacks Velvet from behind and she and Rayne put the boots to Velvet.
Immortal is out. Eric Bischoff has the mic and he says he's going to take care of his kid on his own time in his own way. He calls out Hulk Hogan because he's got something to say. Hogan comes out and tells Bischoff better spit out what he has to say. Bischoff says Hogan better pack a lunch because he has a lot to say.
Bischoff says Hogan turned his back on the guys who have been protecting him the last 18 months and then says that he made Hulkamania and if it wasn't for him, Hogan wouldn't be here. Then he says Hogan got between he and his son. Hogan says he's found out that Garrett Bischoff is one hell of a man, one that Eric could never be. Bischoff slaps Hogan and boy was that a mistake. Hogan gives him the finger point and then Immortal enters the ring and surrounds him. Sting comes out of nowhere with two baseball bats and runs Immortal off. Bischoff backs up the ramp when he backs into his son.
Bischoff pokes Garrett in the chest four times and rips his shirt off. He tells Garrett to back off and he never wants to see him again. Garrett responds by dropping Eric like a bad habit.
Match #3 - TNA World Heavyweight Championship - (c ) Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.)
The bell rings and neither man moves from their corner. They go to lock up but Angle kicks Storm in the gut and then punches away at him in the corner, barely breaking before the five count. He backs away and then does it again. Angle arguing with referee Brian Hebner and then goes in again, stomping Storm this time. Hebner gets in his face and Angle turns his back on Storm and practically tosses Hebner aside. Storm stands in the corner as Angle taunts the crowd and Angle turns right around into a Last Call Superkick. Storm covers … 1, 2, 3! New champ!
Winner via pinfall and NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion: James Storm
Bobby Roode hits the ring to celebrate and Storm heads into the crowd to celebrate with the people with the "Sorry About Your Damn Luck" sign. He sprays some beer before heading back into the ring where the rest of Fortune waits. They spray him with beer. It's a wild scene and the Impact Zone is going crazy.
Storm grabs a mic as the crowd chants "Cowboy!" He says he's been with TNA since day one and has seen people come and go, but the Cowboy is now here to stay. He says the win was a little bittersweet and says the belt belongs to Roode. Roode looks at it, grabs the mic and says the belt looks real nice, but he agrees with all the people that Storm deserves it. He wraps the title around Storm's waist.
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