Impact: Sting stuns Roode, Daniels gets closer to truth
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Impact Wrestling: It's the first live edition of Impact in quite some time and TNA is rolling into Slammiversary. The show opens with a lumberjack match between Bobby Roode and Sting and ends with Christopher Daniels getting a little bit closer to the truth about AJ Styles and Dixie Carter after his match with Styles. Should be a good one!
Tonight's show emanates LIVE! from the Impact Zone in Orlando. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.
Match #1 - Lumberjack Match - Bobby Roode (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Sting (Venice Beach, Calif.)
Sting all over Roode in the early going. Inverted atomic drop lands and Sting goes for the Stinger Splash but Roode moves. Roode throws Sting to the outside and all the heels attack him until the faces break it up. Roode goes to work with a grounded rear waistlock. Sting powers out but runs right into a big boot. Roode dumps Sting to the outside and the heels again go to work on Sting until Sting starts firing back at them.
We're back and Roode is in control. Roode again sends Sting out to the floor and they put the fists to him again. Roode with some chops and punches but Sting walks through them and fires up. Now he hits the Stinger Splash. He sends Roode off the ropes but Roode hangs on and slips out into friendly territory, in between all the heels. Well, Sting sees this and hits a slingshot plancha onto all the heels. Awesome. He throws Roode back in himself and goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, but Roode counters it, grabbing Sting in the crossface. Sting moves his way and gets his arm on the bottom rope. Roode goes for the PerfectPlex, but Sting floats over and hits the Scorpion Deathdrop and follows with the Deathlock right in the centre of the ring and Roode taps!
Winner via submission: Sting
As Sting is celebrating, Hulk Hogan's music hits and the GM of Impact makes his way out. He says he's going to make headline news right now: In the main event of Slammiversary, Sting will challenge Roode for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Bully Ray is in the ring. He's here looking for one person and that is Joseph Park, who is in the crowd with popcorn and a pop. He shows the footage from last week when he beat Park down. He tells Park he wants to fight him right now and to get in the ring. Park makes his way to the ring with the overwhelming support of the fans.
Park comes to the rail and tells Ray he doesn't want to fight. Ray tells Park that Park is a coward, and not only that his mother, father and brother Chris are cowards, too. This sets Park off and he goes to go over the rail but security cuts him off. Ray says to let him go and he'll take any responsibility. Park comes in the ring and Ray tells Park to fight him right now. Crowd chanting "fight!" like it's high school. Park says he doesn't want to fight and goes to leave, but Ray says he'd like to change his plea to guilty.
Guilty as charged, he says. Guilty of leaving his brother Abyss for dead. Park snaps and grabs Ray by the throat. He then cocks a fist back. Ray tells Park if he hits him, he'll sue. Park backs off and says he won't stoop to Ray's level. Ray says Park is just like his brother: Nothing but a coward. And Ray takes off.
Park grabs the mic and asks Ray if he wants to fight, then let's do it right now. Park starts taking his suit and glasses off. Ray goads him, asking him if he wants to fight, but tells him they'll fight at Slammiversary.
Match #2 - TNA X Division Championship - (c) Austin Aries (Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Chris Sabin (Detroit, Mich.)
Back-and-forth they go early. Sabin with a kick to the gut, but he ends up on the apron and Aries kicks him off to the floor and hits the suicide dive. Sabin puts Aries in the corner and goes for a hesitation dropkick but Aries pulls himself up and then hits a missile dropkick of his own. These two just all over the place. Sabin hits a springboard crossbody to the outside and then a hangman's neckbreaker for two. Sabin with a fireman's carry but Aries rolls it through and rolls Sabin up and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall and STILL TNA X Division Champion: Austin Aries
Taz is the new Gut Check judge with Ric Flair gone. He is here with Bruce Prichard and Al Snow to discuss Joey Ryan. They talk about his merits and the like and it sounds like he's not looking too good right now. He'll get a chance to cut a promo later in the show.
The boss is here. TNA president Dixie Carter is out. She says at Slammiversary, they will announce the very first TNA Hall of Fame inductee. Now she moves on to talking about the new executive in charge of the Knockouts division and that's Brooke Hogan. They try to get over the fact that this wasn't nepotism, but rather just an innocent deal made by Carter and Hogan without the knowledge of the Hulkster.
Brooke notes she has some big yellow boots to fill, but she's going to work her butt off.
Match #3 - TNA Television Championship - (c) Devon (New York City) vs. Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC)
Hardy with a head-scissors, but Devon leaps right up and drills Hardy with a nasty lariat. Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind for two. Hardy leaps into the corner but Devon catches him and hits a neckbreaker. Hardy, though, takes down Devon and goes for the Swanton Bomb but Robbie E and Robbie T hit the ring and start beating up both men.
This match is a no contest
Of course, the Robbies get run off afterwards.
It's time for the Gut Check with Joey Ryan. He asks the judges if they know who he is, quotes Anchorman and such. That'll great over with Taz. Bruce Prichard says after 10 years in the business, Ryan still hasn't got it, so his vote is no. Al Snow says he doesn't like the way Ryan does a lot of things, but it's not about whether he likes or dislikes him, but whether or not he has potential to be a star, so his vote is yes.
It comes down to Taz now. I don't like his chances. Ryan gets one more chance to talk and he tells Prichard his contract should be questioned for saying no. Taz gets the mic and he's hot. He asks Ryan if that was the promo to save his life, then he's out of his frickin' mind. He gets in Ryan's face and tells him no. It gets heated between the two. Ryan tells Taz he's lucky. Taz almost laughs at this. He tells Ryan to prove him wrong, keep working the road and come back and prove him wrong. Ryan is rather upset.
Match #4 - Christopher Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. AJ Styles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Stiff start to the match with both men really laying it in to each other, but Daniels takes over. Works a neck crank with a knee in the gut. Styles reaches a vertical base and tries to get going with punches and chops but Daniels holds him off only to run into a heel kick. Styles gets moving now and locks in a Torture Rack into a power bomb for two.
Styles hits the springboard flying forearm and then kips up. He hits an elbow and goes for the inverted DDT but Daniels counters with a snap mare. Daniels to the apron and tries to grab Styles but Styles hits the Pele. He goes for the Styles Clash but Kazarian hits the ring. Styles dispatches of him. Daniels with a roll-up but Styles kicks out and hits that jumping inverted DDT and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: AJ Styles
Kazarian is right on Styles after the decision until Kurt Angle comes running to the ring. He sends Kazarian into orbit with a German suplex and locks in the ankle lock until Daniels low blows him and then they hit the Total Elimination on him. Kazarian goes to the outside and grabs zip ties and tie Angle's arms to the ropes. Styles tries to stop them but Kazarian drills him with the belt. Angle tries to fight back so Daniels hits him with the belt.
Daniels grabs the mic and says they've showed the fans pictures and video but they still don't believe them, so they've got further evidence and play a phone call between Carter and Styles. As it's going on, Carter runs to the announce booth and yells at anybody and everybody to turn it off. As the show goes off the air, we hear her telling someone they're finished.
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