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Impact: Team Roode and Team Angle clash on Thanksgiving
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


American Thanksgiving is here and TNA plans to do it right. In spirit of the holiday, a special main event is in order that will further heat an already simmering rivalry. Tonight on TNA Impact, Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode field teams in an eight man elimination matchup. Plus, the funeral for Aces & Eights is led by Mr. Anderson. All that and more on this week's edition of TNA Impact.

Recap of all the latest rvents in TNA.

We are on tape from Orlando, Fla. Mike Tenay and Taz have the call for this week.

Mr. Anderson teases the funeral of Aces & Eights.

TNA President Dixie Carter waltzes to the ring. Carter has been busy as of late and has decided that she needs to implement a a TNA Chief of Staff to handle affairs. Carter implores the fans to stand and applaud the newly-appointed official.

Rockstar Spud is the new TNA Chief of Staff. Spud thanks Carter for the opportunity and guiding him through TNA British Bootcamp. Spud warns the entire roster that he is all eyes and ears and declares Carter the American equivalent of a queen.

Carter announces that the Wheel of Dixie has determined the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament semifinals. Kurt Angle will take on Magnus in a last man standing match and Bobby Roode versus Jeff Hardy in a tables match. Carter says everyone tonight is competing for a Thanksgiving dinner. Carter now brings out another special guest.

Ethan Carter III makes his way out. EC3 says he was given the opportunity to fly out his opponent for tonight and he will continue his undefeated and unbeatable streak next.

(Commercials)

Match One: Ethan Carter III vs. Curry Man

Ethan Carter III attacks while Curry Man reintroduces himself on the microphone. Scoop slam connects for EC3. Snapmare and EC3 ramming the head of Curry Man into the mat. Stomps from EC3, but Curry Man fighting back with chops. This is stopped by a bodydrop from EC3, who follows up with some punches on the ground. Corner clothesline and a backdrop suplex connect. Curry Man stops another bodydrop with forearms and a splash in the corner. Up top, gorilla press puts Curry Man down and a huge clothesline leads to the One Percenter.

Winner by pinfall: Ethan Carter III

Recap of the "Cowboy" James Storm and Bobby Roode match from TNA Turning Point.

Kurt Angle meeting up with Gunner backstage. Angle thanks Gunner and Storm for being on his team tonight. Storm walks in and there is some tension between him and Gunner over last week, but Gunner tells him he only threw in the towel to help Storm.

(Commercials)

TNA Tag Team Champions The BroMans are backstage and now have Zema Ion as their DJ. Eric Young and ODB come up and Young declares that he is now the "High Chancellor of the Turkey Bowl." Young has two turkey suits ready for the team and places The BroMans in a match tonight with Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes. The BroMans say the team has to do the turkey dance when they lose later tonight.

Match Two: Velvet Sky vs. Lei'D Tapa (w/Gail Kim)

Lockup and Lei'D Tapa shoves Velvet Sky into the corner. Repeat of the same and Tapa charges into the corner. Sky ducks out and lands a series of leg kicks to down Tapa. Front facelock attempt is countered by Tapa running Sky into the corner with force. Forearm smash misses and Sky takes the back to lock in a sleeper. Tapa struggles, but snapmares Sky to the mat. Sky cornered once again and Tapa misses a kick that tangles her in the ropes. Leg kicks again come in for Sky.

Sky off the ropes and she is tripped up by TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim. The referee ejects Gail Kim and Tapa is set off. Shoulder bump and brutal strikes keeping the smaller Sky down. The head of Sky is bounced off the canvas like a basketball. Tapa tossing Sky from corner to corner before landing a splash. Choke hold applied to Sky, who is raised above her head. Sky fighting back in the center of the ring with kicks to the legs, body, and head Sky runs into a boot off the ropes and Tapa hits the TKO cutter.

Winner by pinfall: Lei'D Tapa

(Commercials)

DJ Zema Ion introduces the TNA Tag Team Champions.

Prior to the match, Robbie E and Jessie Godderz taunt their opposition and Dewey Barnes gets slapped in the face.

Turkey Bowl Match Three: The BroMans vs. Norv Fernum & Dewey Barnes

Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes fight back as The BroMans turn away from laughing with DJ Zema Ion. Right hands from both are followed by rollups for brief nearfalls. The BroMans toss Dewey Barnes out of the ring and the Bro Down bearhug and lariat combination nearly decapitates Norv Fernum.

Winners by pinfall: The BroMans

The BroMans demand the two put on the turkey suits and do the turkey dance. The BroMans leave frustrated as ODB and Eric Young join the two and the crowd enjoys the dancing.

(Commercials)

Video package shows AJ Styles defending the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in Mexico and Japan.

Dixie Carter backstage. Carter demands Styles return the TNA World Heavyweight Championship next week or she will get her team of lawyers involved.

Team Roode meeting backstage. Bad Influence and TNA X Division Champion Chris Sabin are part of the team. A few jokes are exchanged but Roode wants the team to know that the group can only be serious tonight as they will prove that Roode is better than Angle yet again.

(Commercials)

Rockstar Spud giving instructions for those preparing Thanksgiving dinners backstage.

Kurt Angle meeting up with Magnus. The two will team up tonight and go toe-to-toe next week. Both promise to bring it to each other next week, but agree to defeat Team Roode tonight.

Video package documents the rivalry between Mr. Anderson and Bully Ray that ended Aces & Eights.

The funeral for Aces & Eights features Samoa Joe, Magnus, Kurt Angle, Eric Young, and Mike Tenay attending as Mr. Anderson invites each man up to say a few words and bury an item. Bully Ray interrupts and tells Anderson to sleep with one eye open for himself and his family.

(Commercials)

Rockstar Spud taste testing the dinner for tonight and requesting that it be remade.

Elimination Match Four: Team Angle vs. Team Roode

Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode start off exchanging blows. The two exchange attempts at signature maneuvers and it is a stalemate. Kazarian tags in and gets hip tossed. Christopher Daniels runs in to help his partner, but they are both taken out by a clothesline from Angle. Magnus in and he sends Kaz into the corner, but runs into a boot. Springboard crossbody by Kaz is caught by Magnus, who turns it into a driver. Kaz is pinballed by punches from Magnus and the rest of Team Angle.

"Cowboy" James Storm in and Kazarian rakes the eyes to tag out to Christopher Daniels. Storm immediately clobbers him with a clothesline. Hip toss connects and Gunner in. Nearfall for Gunner after a double-team maneuver by himself and Storm. Daniels knocks Gunner outside and Team Roode pummeling him outside.

Chris Sabin now in and double-elbow connects for a brief nearfall. Sabin choking Funner on the second rope and Daniels returns. Corner work from Daniels and Bad Influence attempt to work the double-team on Gunner, but he slugs Daniels and hits a fallaway slam on Kaz. James Storm returns to the match and he pummels Sabin and takes out Daniels with Closing Time. Closing Time on Sabin as well. Last Call Superkick dialed in, but Kaz steps in to take it. Rollup from behind by Chris Sabin.

"Cowboy" James Storm has been eliminated.

Magnus and Chris Sabin in now. Both men chasing and Magnus gets the clothesline. Daniels tagged in and he gets his chest chopped in the corner. Magnus runs into a boot in the corner and Kazarian in. Daniels hip tosses Kaz on top of Magnus for a nearfall.

Daniels with a phantom tag to work Magnus over with an elbow drop for a nearfall. Daniels doubling up on strikes to maintain control. Magnus slams Daniels down. Both men tag out and Kaz and Gunner join the match. The teams gather outside and Kaz is put in the Gun Rack backbreaker. Chris Sabin steps in and tangles the referee. Daniels with a leg kick and he clotheslines Gunner and Kaz sweeps the leg. Kaz with the cover.

Gunner has been eliminated.

Magnus now in and he works Kaz over in the corner. Gorilla press attempt fails and Magnus shoved into the Team Roode corner. Quick tags now being made and Daniels downs Magnus. Elbow to Angle on the apron leads to Magnus recovering to trade shots in the center of the ring. Daniels hip tossed down to the floor. Magnus moves to the apron and hits a flying clothesline, but comes down wrong on the knee. Magnus being examined by doctors as we break.

(Commercials)

We return and Kurt Angle is the only member left on his team. Chris Sabin keeping Angle down. Bad Influence and Sabin working on Angle. Daniels is the legal man now and Angle with a cradle, but the referee is tied up with Kaz and it only gets a brief nearfall. Clothesline from Daniels gets a nearfall itself. Kaz tags back in. The high-low attack connects for Bad Influence again.

Bobby Roode reenters the matchup. Roode puts Angle up for a fireman's carry, but Angle slips out and takes out Bad Influence from the apron. Sabin attempts to apprehend Angle, but he ducks out and Roode takes out his own partner. Clotheslines from Angle are followed by a belly-to-belly. Sabin gets one of his own. Trio of German suplexes for Roode and Daniels. Kaz now getting his own trio. Kaz grabs on Daniels, who is holding the ropes to stand. The referee kicks the hands off the ropes and a double German suplex for Bad Influence. Chris Sabin enters and gets an Angle Slam on Sabin. Bad Influence now locked in a double Ankle Lock. Roode from behind with a chair, but he misses and Roode eats an Angle Slam. Angle with chair in hand and he cracks Roode across the back.

Winners by disqualification: Team Roode

Every member of Team Roode is taken out with the chair and they limp back as Angle stands tall in the ring as we break.

(Commercials)

Recap of the elimination match.

Team Roode heads to the locker room. Roode tells the group to prepare for their feast tonight and to think about what they are thankful for. Roode declares he is thankful for being himself and beating Kurt Angle once again.

James Storm and Gunenr backstage. Storm is frustrated by Gunner sitting back and letting him get pinned. Gunner wants to know if they even have goals as a team and walks off.

Preview of the semifinals of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament.

Rockstar Spud, Dixie Carter, and Ethan Carter III backstage. The Carters plan on leaving to celebrate Thanksgiving on their own and Rockstar Spud is left in charge of the feast.

(Commercials)

All the winners of tonight's matches are invited out by Rockstar Spud. Roode asks Sabin what Velvet Sky is doing here, as she lost earlier in the night. Sabin gets fired up and tells Roode he is right and sends Sky backstage with a kiss. Zema Ion joins the group. Roode thanks Dixie Carter for their careers and this dinner. Roode asks everyone what they are thankful for.

Bad Influence states how thankful they are for their looks and intelligence, before stating how thankful they are for spending time with each other and Roode. Gail Kim is thankful for Lei'D Tapa and being the best-looking and most dominant TNA Knockout in history. Sabin is thankful for his hair, his TNA X Division Championship, and lastly, Velvet Sky. The BroMans are thankful for their title belts and not having to wear turkey suits. Finally, Roode states how thankful he is for the Canadian Thanksgiving and his dominance over Angle.

Kurt Angle makes his way out. Angle believes that there is a ring of turkeys and not winners. Roode challenges Angle to come take on every person at the table. Angle says he will come in with backup and out come Velvet Sky, ODB, Eric Young, Gunner, James Storm, Norv Fernum, and Dewey Barnes. Everyone is taken out and the BroMans are left slammed in the ring. Fernum and Barnes are flying turkeys when they splash the BroMans. The losers turn out to be the real winners and stand over the wreckage as the show closes.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments. Click here to follow Nolan on Twitter.