Written By: Bob Colling
Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
Date: January 14th, 2010
From: Orlando, Florida
Announcers: Mike Tenay and Tazz
A video going over all the happenings hat occurred last week is shown. Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy, Nasty Boys, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman are all highlighted. The segment with Bischoff, Hogan, Hall, Waltman and Nash all in the ring was also highlighted. The main event from last week is also briefly shown. Hogan telling Jeff Jarrett that he needs to prove himself is also shown. The attack on Foley at the end of the show and Hogan looking on ends the video.
Mike Tenay and Tazz welcome everyone TNA Impact. We get wrestling to open the show
Opening Contest: Generation Me defeated Motor City Machine Guns: In case you didn’t know, Generation Me are better known as the Young Bucks. This is their TNA debut. Sabin with the early advantage on Max. Double kick to the chest of Max and Jeremy suffers the same as he springs off the top rope. Split screen to see “The Band” entering the building. Max with a slice bread on Sabin and tags in Jeremy. Jeremy cleans house with several dropkicks and springboard X-Factor on Sabin from the apron! Sabin suffers a sucker kick from Max and double team backbreaker/neck breaker for a near fall. Sabin snap mares Max down and Shelley connects hitting a top rope thrust kick. Max hits Shelly with a spear and then they connect with a top rope splash/standing moonsault combo for a near fall on Shelley. Shelley with a STO on Max to the middle turnbuckle. MCMG hit a power slam/swinging neck breaker for a near fall on Max. Jeremy with a super kick on Shelley in the corner. Jeremy hits a 450 splash after a rolling fireman’s carry and Max hits a moonsault off the top for the win! ***
After the match, Generation Me celebrate their win as they head to the back.
Backstage, The Nasty Boys are in Team 3-D’s locker room which is now a mess with food all over the place and items turned over. Team 3-D are knocking on the door trying to get into the room but the Nasty Boys are mocking them. Knobbs and Saggs laugh as TNA goes to commercial
Hulk Hogan puts over AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. Hogan says that the fans deserve to see Kurt Angle/AJ Styles one last time, so they will compete at Genesis. Hogan says that Angle will have his last shot at Genesis. Hogan also hypes up another surprise for Genesis saying that fans will not believe who is coming TNA.
Kurt Angle’s music hits and a suit wearing Kurt Angle makes his way down to the ring with a microphone in hand. Angle gives AJ Styles credit for winning the TNA World Championship last September and for proving that it wasn’t a fluke. Angle also puts over Styles victory over Angle last week. Angle says that Styles was the better man… for that ONE night. Angle says at Genesis will get that last big win at Genesis and that is “real… that is damn real”. TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles music hits and the champion casually walks to the ring with the belt over his shoulder. Styles appreciates Angle taking his loss last week “like a man”. Styles agrees that if it was a series of matches, he would have won some and Angle would have won some. However, Styles says that at the end of the day he would still be the champion. Styles says that everyone wants to see them do it one more time. Styles reminds that it is his last shot for the title in 2010. Angle says that is good news because he is only going to need one more shot. They shake hands and Angle hugs Styles before leaving. Styles makes sure to not turn his back on Angle. Styles remains in the ring looking at his championship.
Mike Tenay and Tazz promote the TNA World Title match between AJ Styles and Kurt Angle.. That is until the masked man attacks AJ Styles and sends him into the guard railing. The masked man clotheslines Styles in the ring. The man takes his mask off to reveal that the mystery man is… Tomko! Tenay mentions that Tomko is a former tag team partner of AJ Styles. Tomko smiles as he heads to the back while Styles is left laying in the ring.
Footage from just moments ago is shown
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with “The Band”. Hemme introduces the members until Bubba the Love Sponge comes over and says the tough questions are his job. Bubba asks where Mick Foley is. Nash says the Band is back and that they have new material and they have Bischoff and Hogan in control. The Band refuse to tell him where Mick Foley are and instead say that “what happens in the band, stays in the band”.
Before the next match, Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne see Angelina Love in the crowd and embrace her. Lacey Von Erich appears to be indifferent about that situation. Angelina is smiling and cheering Sky and Rayne on.
Second Contest: Hamada/Awesome Kong defeated Velvet Sky/Madison Rayne in a non-title match: Sky and Hamada start the match. Sky hanks Hamada down by the hair and chokes Hamada. Sky with a running splash in the corner and a running bulldog for a near fall. Rayne enters and rams her shoulder into the midsection of Rayne. Quick tags by Sky and Rayne. Hamada takes both opponents down and tags in Kong. Kong splashes both Sky and Rayne in the corner. Kong plants Rayne with a sit down power bomb to win the match. *
After the match, the championship celebrate the win as Angelina Love jumps the railing to check on her former stable mates. Angelina attacks Von Erich and mounts Sky with several right hands. Love kicks Sky to the floor and sends Sky into the guard railing. Sky is crying as she can’t believe Love would do this. Sky says “you didn’t think I could be back, huh?” Love didn’t touch Rayne.
Backstage, AJ Styles storms into Eric Bischoff’s office wanting to know where Hulk Hogan is. Bischoff says that Hogan is busy taking care of other business. Styles is livid about Tomko attacking him for several months. Bischoff wants to know what Styles wants him to do. Styles wants Tomko tonight. Bischoff says that he needs a main event. Bischoff proceeds to book AJ Styles versus Tomko for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship as he needed a main event for the show.
Jeremy Borash knocks on Eric Bischoff’s door and enters the room. Bischoff is on the phone talking to someone who has a bright future in TNA. Borash talks about Mick Foley and wants to know where Foley is tonight. Bischoff says what happened to Foley is on Borash because Borash let Foley into the building. Bischoff repeats that what happened to Foley is Borash’s responsibility. Bischoff suggests that Borash go look for Foley. Bischoff also tells Borash that if he does something to mess his show up again, he will be gone from TNA. Beer Money Inc. enter the office and tell Bischoff that they have a problem with Bischoff’s boys. They want Scott Hall and Kevin Nash at Genesis this Sunday on pay per view. Bischoff takes a swig of James Storm’s beer and says that he will get back to them on the challenge. Bischoff laughs and says “wow”.
Lethal Consequences make their way down to the ring but are attacked by Bobby Lashley. Lashley with a spine buster on Creed in the ring as Kristal applauds her man. Lashley with the Dominator as well on Creed in the ring. Kristal enters the ring with a microphone asking if they have Bischoff’s attention. Kristal has yet to have that meeting with Mr. Hogan. Kristal says that everyone involved in TNA are going to be taken out until they get the meeting. Kristal and Bobby leave the ring and head to the back. Team 3-D’s music hits as they were suppose to face Lethal and Creed.
Third Contest: Team 3-D defeated Lethal Consequences: Team 3-D simply hit Creed with the 3-D to win the match in literally five seconds. DUD
Team 3-D stand in the ring with a microphone. Brother Ray has a axe in his hand and says they were competing in Japan last week. Ray says that Japan media members asked them if they knew what happened last week. Ray says that they told him they messed up their locker room. Ray asks where the Nasty Boys have been for the past ten years. Ray talks about the Nasty’s riding the coat tails of Hogan for the past several years. Ray says they are coming back to get control of their locker room!
A camera follows Team 3-D as they break in the door with an axe. Ray simply kicks down the door, which seemed to be heavily gimmicked anyway. They enter and are attacked by the Nasty’s from behind. The Nasty Boys beat Team 3-D down with trash and cookie sheets. Nasty’s throw D-Von head first into the lockers. Saggs pours beer on D-Von and throws the can at Ray. Nasty’s simply leave the room as Team 3-D are left laying.
A video of Tomko cutting a promo on AJ Styles saying that he led the tag team in TNA history. Tomko believes that AJ Styles forgot all about that.
Sean Morley makes his way down with some cheesy music. Morley enters the ring with a microphone in hand. Morley says that he and TNA were made for each other. Morley mentions he made his money in a different type of TNA. Morley says that he is a new man. He is a producer and a director of some great films. He says that TNA was poised to “explode”. Morley says that TNA was missing one thing to get into that next level… that being a film division. “TNA presents a Sean Morley production” picture that. Morley says his films will be “works of art”. They will not be direct to DVD type of deal. Daniels cuts Morley off and heads to the ring with a big smile on his face. Daniels shakes Morley’s hand. Daniels welcomes Morley to “the new day in TNA”. Daniels loves the idea that Morley just mentioned. Daniels wants to pitch a idea to Morley. The pitch includes a hero who takes on a fast talking villain. Daniels says the best part is when the sleaze bag ends up in the gutter where he belongs. Daniels clotheslines Morley down and drives Morley down with a STO and connects with the Best Moonsault Ever. Daniels stands over Morley and says that Morley will not bring art into this company. Daniels tells Morley he offends him and that every word Morley says is trash. Daniels says he wasn’t fired from this company for a guy like Morley. Morley eventually gets up and blocks a right hand to clothesline Daniels over the top to the floor. Morley wants Daniels back in the ring. Why did he clothesline him to the floor then? Oh well.
A video promoting a rematch between Tara and TNA Knockouts Champion ODB taking place at Genesis in a best two out of three falls match.
Jeff Jarrett arrives to the building with someone in a suit.
Fourth Contest: Beer Money Inc. fought Matt Morgan/Hernandez to a no contest: Storm and Hernandez start the match and connects with a running reverse neck breaker for a near fall early on. Double suplex on Hernandez. Morgan enters and clotheslines both Roode and Storm. Morgan works on Roode in the corner with a series of back elbows in the corner. Morgan also delivers a running splash in the corner and a side slam for a near fall. Roode stops Morgan with a knee to the midsection and tags in Storm. Morgan attempts a double choke slam but Beer Money fight out. Hernandez tagged in and connects with a springboard clothesline on both men. Hernandez leaps over the top rope diving onto Roode and Storm on the floor. Rob Terry runs down and attacks Hernandez. The referee calls for the bell. Matt Morgan beats on Terry up the ramp way. *1/2
After the match, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall slowly enter the ring. Beer Money work on Waltman and Nash but the numbers advantage causes the Band to beat down Beer Money Inc. Security and referees run down to the ring to stop the attack. Eric Bischoff’s music hits and is at the top of the entrance ramp. Before he speaks, we go to commercial.
Mike Tenay shows us footage of the beat down we just witnessed.
We also get what Bischoff told Beer Money and that was “be careful what you ask for. The next round is on me”. Bischoff is now in the ring with the Band. Bischoff says first Mick Foley and now Beer Money, what is he going to do with them. Bischoff makes a match at Genesis which will see Kevin Nash and Scott Hall taking on Beer Money. The Band pose in the ring as Sting looks down in the rafters.
Another video of Tomko complaining about AJ Styles. Tomko says that he called Styles when he won the championship but never got a call back. Tomko is going to refreshen Styles memory.
Footage of Sting hanging out in the rafters. I could’ve have sworn we have seen the same thing… about fourteen years ago. But, I am not quite sure.
Fifth Contest: Desmond Wolfe defeated Samoa Joe: D’Angelo Dinero is on commentary for this match. Joe works on Wolfe in the corner early on with several jabs. Joe with a running back elbow and a leaping kick to knock Wolfe down. Wolfe with a uppercut but runs into a snap scoop slam from Joe for a near fall. Joe goes for the choke but Wolfe backs Joe in the corner and delivers a few elbows. Wolfe charges the corner but Joe slams Wolfe down. Wolfe with a arm drag and a super kick along with a spinning neck breaker, I believe. Running uppercut by Wolfe. Wolfe stops Joe on the top turnbuckle and attempts the Tower of London but Joe goes for the choke. Wolfe manages to fight out and hits the Tower of London as Joe was elevated on the top. Wolfe covers and picks up the clean win. **
After the match, Wolfe says that he is going to kill Dinero at Genesis.
A limo pulls up outside the building. Ric Flair steps out and makes his way towards the ring. Apparently, Flair will be on commentary for the main event tonight.
Another video of Tomko and his master plan to wear a mask. Tomko says that he even appeared a few weeks ago in a ten man tag team match. Finally, he will get his chance.
Jeff Jarrett walks into Hulk Hogan’s office and Hulk Hogan is talking to Eric Bischoff. Jarrett wants to talk about his company and says that this is between himself and Hogan. Jarrett says that he carried this company. Jarrett says those young guys don’t mean a damn and that it has always been about him. Jarrett tells Hogan that he was close to cross the line of defamation of character. Hogan wants to know what character Jarrett is. Bischoff stops Jarrett and says that he is sick of Jarrett talking about his company. Bischoff says that TNA would have been out of business in three weeks if it wasn’t for Dixie Carter. Bischoff says that Jarrett has conned everyone in the company. Bischoff says the company will turn around because of himself and Hulk Hogan and not Jarrett. Bischoff tells Jarrett to leave or lace up his boots. Jarrett asks if Hogan is going to just sit behind a desk. Hogan says that he was hired to run the company, but nothing was said about kicking his hillbilly ass. Jarrett backs off and leaves the room. Bischoff says that Jarrett needs an Attitude Adjustment.
Mike Tenay and Tazz run down the Genesis Card:
TNA X-Division Champion Amazing Red vs. a mystery opponent
D’Angelo Dinero vs. Desmond Wolfe
Abyss vs. Bobby Lashley
Tara vs. TNA Knockouts Champion ODB in a best two out of three falls match
Hernandez/Morgan vs. TNA World Tag Team Champions British Invasion
Beer Money vs. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall
TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle
A new talent will debut at the event as well.
Ric Flair’s music hits and Ric Flair makes his way out to the top of the entrance ramp.
Main Event: AJ Styles defeated Tomko to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: The main event gets a boxing type of introduction, giving the match a important feel. However, Styles cuts Borash off by attacking Tomko in the corner. Styles with several kicks and punches as they brawl to the floor. Styles slams Tomko’s hand against the ring steps and ring post. Styles continues to work on Tomko in the corner. Kurt Angle walks out to the top of the entrance ramp and walks down to ringside. Styles with a dropkick to the face of Tomko. Tomko sends Styles to the floor to stop Styles. Angle makes his way over Flair at the broadcast table and hugs Flair. Tomko with a running power slam for a near fall. Tomko with a chop in the corner but Styles battles back with right hands. Styles runs right into a big boot which gets Tomko a near fall as we go commercial. Tomko has a headlock on Styles before cutting to another commercial. Tomko with a suplex for a near fall as we comeback from the break. Styles with a kick to the head and follows up with the Pele kick to retain the title. *1/4
After the match, Tomko beats down Styles until Kurt Angle runs down and knocks Tomko to the floor. Angle hands Styles the TNA World Championship and wants to shake his hand, but Styles blows him off. Ric Flair is seen smiling that Styles blew him off. Angle is left confused as Styles just walks to the back.
A video promoting the AJ Styles/Kurt Angle TNA World Heavyweight Championship match. Angle and Styles do the type of interviews you would see on a UFC broadcast. Angle is out to prove he is still the best. Styles says this is the PPV to see in all of 2010 because of the title match. Video ends with Angle staring at Styles in the middle of the ring.
End of show
NOTE: Right after the show, Mick Foley hosts TNA Epics. To think people on Impact where wondering where Foley was throughout the show. Thought that was kind of funny.
My Take: Opening contest was very fast and had zero rest holds. A good start in terms of wrestling for the show. The match wasn’t more than five minutes long, but was a decent encounter. Jeremy is very quick and was impressive with how quickly he can go from move to move.
I’m thinking that the Nasty Boys/Team 3-D feud is centering around the Nasty Boys being in Team 3-D’s locker room and being childish. Nasty Boys are coming across as jokes in my opinion and not the feared tag team they were back when they were somewhat feared or entertaining. The storyline just comes across stupid to me and pointless.
Angle/Styles segment was alright for what it was. I do not see Kurt Angle going the whole year without getting a title shot. I would think that he may win just based on the stipulation.
Glad to see Angelina Love back and as a baby face. I can only assume she will be the Knockouts Champion soon.
I don’t care about Sean Morley. I actually haven’t cared about him since I’d say 1999. I really, really hope that Daniels doesn’t end up jobbing to Morley. Daniels is a star waiting to break out and he can’t afford to lose to people that the fans mostly do not care for.
Beer Money Inc vs. Scott Hall/Kevin Nash would have been good.. If Hall and Nash were fifteen years younger. Nash looks like he can hardly move in the ring. I don’t know who would want to pay to see that.
I like the clean win for Desmond Wolfe over Samoa Joe. Now, Wolfe taking on Dinero at Genesis gives that a important feel to it. Looks like TNA is developing some top tier talent in Wolfe and Dinero. I like the sounds of that, for sure.
Nice to see Jarrett cut the promo he was suppose to cut last week, this week. The promo makes a lot of sense and I would hope makes Jarrett a heel. Jarrett, in my opinion is a far better heel than a baby face.
The main event this week was very bland, I thought. I thought it was interesting to reveal Tomko as the attacker this week and already have videos of Tomko saying why he did it. I would have revealed Tomko next week and have their match the week after that. That whole feud seemed to be rushed as three weeks of things happened in the matter of forty five minutes.
Overall: Good opener, but the show in terms of wresting went down as the show continued. Also, way too much of “The Band”. This is starting to feel like WCW 1997, and that is not a good thing.
Thanks for reading.