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Impact: Early brawling leads to tables match
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Impact Wrestling: Usually on this show, brawls tend to go on forever and ever and ever and actually do more harm than create interest. That wasn't the case tonight as Bobby Roode and Bully Ray brawled with James Storm and Jeff Hardy in two different segments, leading to the two sides colliding in a tables match in the main event.

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

We open up with Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray brawling backstage. Hardy is definitely getting the better or it and starts choking him with a broom handle. Ray runs away with Hardy giving chase. Hardy is just beating the snot out of him. Eventually the brawl out into the parking lot when a truck pulls up. In the truck is none other than Bobby Roode, who comes to Ray's aid and starts taking it to Hardy. Ray grabs a lead pipe and starts hitting Hardy with it and he follows that with dropping a wood pallet on him.

Now they are throwing him into the back of the truck when James Storm comes flying in and joins the melee. Ray is busted open. But the numbers game catches up to Storm with Hardy incapacitated and he gets beaten down. Now here comes Sting with a baseball bat and he hits both Roode and Ray with it and runs them off.

Match #1 - No. 1 Contender's Match - Velvet Sky (The Big Apple) vs. Tara (San Bernardino, Calif.) vs. Mickie James (Richmond, Va.)

Mickie starts to fire up but Velvet hits her with a head scissors takeover. Tara clotheslines Velvet and Mickie takes out Tara. Mickie goes to the top and goes for the Thesz Press. Tara ducks it so she gets Tara with it. Tara throws Velvet to the outside and Mickie catches her with a back kick for two when Tara gets her hand on the bottom rope. Mickie goes for the DDT but Velvet breaks it up with a face plant. Tara grabs Velvet and puts her on her shoulder and hits a side slam right on Mickie and pins Mickie.

Winner via pinfall: Tara

(Ads)

Here come Sting, Hardy and Storm to the ring. Sting calls out Roode and Ray come to the ring. They come down and the brawl continues. Sting tries to maintain some semblance of law and order and gets all four men in different corners. He puts each team together and says there's a line in the middle of the ring and not to cross it. Ray says, "screw you and your friction' line!" and the brawling starts again.

He breaks it up again and announces the two sides will face each other tonight. He gives Storm the mic and Ray questions why he's being allowed to talk. Storm says, "shut the hell up, fat boy!" and they start brawling again. The faces get the better of it and Storm requests Sting turns it into a tables match tonight. He agrees.

(Ads)

Match #2 - Zema Ion (The Philippines) vs. Alex Shelley (Detroit, Mich.)

Ion in control. He sends Shelley to the outside with a dropkick but Shelley comes back in and catches him with a knee and then a series of moves that culminates with a kick in the head. He drops him face-first into the middle turnbuckle and goes to the top, where he misses a double stomp. Ion springs up, grabs him and hits a DDT. Now Ion goes to the top but Shelley rolls out of the way of the 450. Shelley grabs him and hits Sliced Bread and that is it.

Winner via pinfall: Alex Shelley

(Ads)

Match #3 - Eric Young (Nashville, Tenn.) & ODB (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Winter (England) & Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario)

Some Young comedy to start with Winter. Love and ODB come in and ODB gives Love the Bronco Buster. Young enters the ring and lays down in the corner looking for one. Then he locks up with the referee. Winter grabs ODB from the behind and Love pulls her down but can't make the pin.

They hang ODB up in the Tree of Woe and put the boots to her. Winter takes over but ODB hits a jawbreaker and then grabs her flash and takes a big drink. This allows her to make her own comeback as Winter brings in Love. ODB gets rolling and hits a fallaway slam. Winter tries to come in but Young cuts her off and grabs her. ODB grabs Love and they do dual airplane spins. ODB turns her into the TKO and that's all she wrote.

Winners via pinfall: ODB & Eric Young

(Ads)

Match #4 - Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.)

Morgan with a big leg drop on the apron. He goes for the rapid-fire elbows but Joe slips up and onto his back and applies a choke. Morgan escapes. They start trading blows back-and-forth and Morgan is getting the better of it when Joe rakes the eyes. Joe comes off the ropes but runs into a back elbow. Morgan with a series of clotheslines and he follows with two big corner clotheslines. He scoops Joe up for a side slam for two.

Joe, though, reverses Morgan and hits a kick and a back splash for two. Joe goes for a submission for Morgan escpaes and hits a discus clothesline and that does it.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Morgan

After the match, Magnus immediately attacks Crimson and throws him into the steps. Joe chop blocks Morgan and Magnus comes in and hits the elbow.

(Ads)

AJ Styles is here. He's wondering what Kazarian has been doing lately. He says Christopher Daniels has been telling him what to do like a dog. And he wants to know why. So here come Daniels and Kazarian. Daniels says this is a familiar scene: Styles in the middle of the ring complaining when something doesn't go his way. And if he doesn't get his way, he starts a tantrum. Daniels says they aren't playing that game. He says Kazarian doesn't owe Styles anything.

Styles says there's other ways of getting answers and he starts to leave the ring until Daniels makes fun of him, saying that's what rednecks do. Styles then says he's going to get an answer by turning his back to Kazarian. Kazarian tries to leave when Daniels tells him to go attack him. Instead, it's Daniels who goes and he gets kicked in the head. Styles tells Kazarian he doesn't care what's going on, but make it right and get in the ring and shake his hand and all will be forgotten. Kazarian enters the ring and is about to shake his hand but Daniels says stop it right then and get out of the ring right now. Kazarian leaves.

Daniels says he wants Styles against Kazarian and orders Kazarian to go to Sting's office and ask for the match right now.

(Ads)

Match #5 - Tables Match - Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC) & James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.) vs. Bully Ray (New York City) & Bobby Roode (Toronto, Ontario)

The two teams pick right up where they left off, brawling all over the ringside area. Ray and Roode gain control. Ray brings the table in the ring and tries to back drop Hardy onto it, but Storm moves the table at the last second, so Hardy just hits the mat instead. Storm hits the Codebreaker on Ray but runs right into a Double R spinebuster. Roode goes to the outside and brings another table into the ring. He tells Ray to grab Hardy while he sets up the table. Roode drums Storm's head off the steel steps to quell any potential rebellion from him.

Now they focus on Hardy. Roode loads Hardy up and Ray goes to the middle turnbuckle but Storm kicks him off. Storm tries to go up but Roode cuts him off and looks for a superplex. As he does this, Hardy moves off the table. Storm kicks Roode off and Hardy hits him with the Twist of Fate. Hardy puts Roode on the table and calls for Storm to come off the top. Ray is nowhere to be found and Storm hits an elbow drop for the win.

Winners via pinfall: James Storm & Jeff Hardy

Ray comes in and starts hitting Storm and Hardy with a chair. He gets rid of Storm and brings another table in the ring. Roode is back up now and they combine for Ray to power bomb Hardy through the table from the top.

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!.