Impact: Is Sting really done?
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Impact Wrestling: Several days back, Sting sent out simply stating, "I'm done." We find out now if he really is done as he and world champion Bobby Roode meet in the ring at the end of the show. In the main event, Bully Ray's confrontation with New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs comes back to haunt him when he teams with Kurt Angle to face Jeff Hardy and James Storm.
Tonight's taped show emanates from the Impact Zone in Orlando. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.
The TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode is out to start the show. He addresses Sting's tweet when he said, "I'm done," following last week's edition of the show. Roode says Sting will be in this ring later tonight and will inform the world he is indeed done.
He says he and Sting should put all their hard feelings aside and when he comes out tonight to say his goodbyes, he should remember one thing: Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Match #1 - TNA World Tag Team Championship - (c) Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa) & Magnus (Norfolk, England) vs. Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.) & Crimson (Brooklyn, NY)
Challengers attack the champions before the bell and take control.
We're back and the champs are in control until Joe runs right into a spinebuster from Crimson. Both men make tags and Morgan is on fire. He hits a knee lift on Magnus and a discus clothesline on Joe. Then he clotheslines them both. He's rolling. Morgan charges to the corner but Magnus boots him. Morgan, though, comes back with a swinging side slam but Joe breaks up the pin. Crimson in now and he elbows Joe and boots Joe. Joe gets up and both Crimson and Morgan charge him. Joe ducks and Crimson clotheslines Morgan as he goes for the Carbon Footprint. The champs dispatch of Crimson and Joe hits splash/kick in the corner before snap marring Morgan right into the silky-smooth elbow from Magnus.
Winners via pinfall and STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Samoa Joe & Magnus
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is out. He's actually not a bad promo at all. Better than John Morrison. Jacobs recounts the events of last week. He says he's here to tell Bully Ray that he's in his backyard one more time and they have some unfinished business one-on-one in this ring. He calls Ray to the ring.
Ray notes they are both champions. Jacobs is a two-time champ while Ray is a 23-time champ. The crowd chants for Jacobs and Ray responds by saying there's nothing he'd like to do more than beat the crap out of a Super Bowl champion, but he's not going to waste his time on a guy who only got 59 yards in the Super Bowl because he's got a big tag team match tonight. Ray says he's staying put, so Jacobs says he'll come to Ray. Jacobs chases Ray to the back.
Match #2 - Zema Ion (The Philippines) vs. Alex Shelley (Detroit, Mich.)
Shelley destroys Ion with a suicide dive. Shelley rolls Ion back in the ring and goes to the top but Ion rolls out of the way to the stomp. Shelley wants Sliced Bread but the referee is in the way. As the ref composes himself from the near death experience, Ion sprays Shelley with the hairspray and that leads to the win.
Winner via pinfall: Zema Ion
Match #3 - ODB (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Gail Kim (Toronto, Ontario)
ODB in control when Eric Young briefly rolls into the ring for no reason. Kim gets a bit of offense in off the distraction, but ODB hits the fallaway slam. Kim gets in the ropes for a bit and kicks ODB as she tries to get her out. Now Young is up on the apron seeking a tag. Kim hits the corner crossbody block which gets a two count.
Kim locks in what Tenay calls "an Octopus-style submission move" but ODB slams her way out of it. Kim regains control, but Madison Rayne comes out to the ramp and that distracts Kim. As she's bothered by Rayne, Young feeds ODB some liquid from the flask and she starts rolling. She goes for the Bam! but Kim slides out and hits Eat Defeat and that's it.
Winner via pinfall: Gail Kim
Match #4 - TNA World Television Championship - (c) Robbie E (Seaside Heights, NJ) vs. AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.)
Styles hits the Pele and Robbie appears to be in trouble. But then Christopher Daniels and Kazarian come out and Kazarian pulls Styles off the apron as he was about to attempt the 450 and then throws him into the post. That'll do it.
Winner via disqualification: AJ Styles
Match #5 - Bully Ray (New York City) & Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC) & James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.)
Brandon Jacobs is at ringside for the match.
The two teams battle back-and-forth and it breaks down basically into a four-way and complete anarchy. Ray drops Hardy with a big boot and Angle hits a belly-to-belly throw on Storm and Ray tells Angle to help him get the table. That doesn't last, though, as they as thwarted by the opposition, who decide to set the table up.
Storm hits Angle with the Last Call Superkick but Ray knocks him down. Now Jacobs comes in the ring and he and Ray stare each other down. Ray asks Jacobs if he wants to fight and he's all for it. Brian Hebner just stands there and watches. Ray goes into a three-point stance but Storm pulls him out of it and hits him right into the waiting arms of Jacobs, who choke slams him through the table. Storm makes the cover. This was not a DQ.
Winners via pinfall: James Storm & Jeff Hardy
Here comes Sting. He says he's done. There's too much for him to handle and he's been pushed over the edge because of Bobby Roode, so he's done. He only gets to spit that out before Roode's music hits. He apologizes for interrupting the speech, but he had to be here to hear Sting say that Roode is the better man. Sting tells Roode he didn't win any way, any battle, as a matter of fact, he says Roode helped him out, woke him up. He throws some face paint on and goes into insane Sting mode. Roode has no idea what to do.
Sting thanks Roode from the bottom of his heart. He says there will be no more halfway, no more Mr. Nice Guy. He says he's going to put on his boots, his tights and at Victory Road, he's going to kick the living crap out of Roode. Roode goes to kick Sting low, but Sting sees it coming and catches it. He puts Roode's leg down and winds up and kicks him low, delving a taste of his own medicine.
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