Written By: Bob Colling
Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
Date: January 21st, 2010
From: Orlando, Florida
Announcers: Mike Tenay and Tazz
A video highlighting what happened at TNA Genesis is shown. The heel turn by AJ Styles is highlighted at the end of the video. Styles and Flair appear to be together.
“AJ Styles… Whooo”
A limo pulls up to the building with several women coming out followed by Ric Flair and TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles.
TNA opening video
Mike Tenay and Tazz welcome everyone to TNA Impact! They wonder what will happen tonight as Ric Flair’s music hits.
Ric Flair makes his way down to the ring with two females on his arms. Flair says that some things in life never change. Flair says that he hates Hulk Hogan and that the life long feud with Hogan will never end until they finish it here in TNA. Flair says that people have asking who will be the next Natural Boy. Flair responded by saying “nobody”. That was until he tuned TNA on and saw Kurt Angle, but said no. He then saw Sting, but said no to him as well. Flair mentions that he saw AJ Styles competing a month ago and he knew that Styles was going to be the next Nature Boy. Flair tells a story about meeting a southern belle at a hotel and how quickly they went back to his hotel suite. Flair continues by saying that she could be heard saying slow down. Flair is making reference to Dixie Carter and signing his contract with the company. Flair introduces the TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles who also has a woman on his arm. Styles enters the ring and showcases his belt off. Styles asks if the fans have a problem with what they see in the ring. Styles says that it doesn’t matter id they do. Styles mentions that he has been in TNA for nearly eight years, but TNA isn’t known as the “house AJ Styles built”. Styles mentions that he is a original and that he is the first person to sign with the company. He is also the first grand slam champion. Styles isn’t going to take a backseat to guys like Sting, Samoa Joe, Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett anymore. Styles does the old limousine line by Flair. Kurt Angle makes his way out to the top of the entrance ramp to a pretty good reception. Hulk Hogan is behind Angle and they are both standing at the top of the ramp. Hogan sees the happy family standing in the ring. Hogan mentions that at Genesis he said Kurt Angle wouldn’t get a title shot after Genesis for the rest of the year. Hogan decided to change his mind because of what Flair did at Genesis. Styles and Flair are not happy to hear that news. Hogan says he is going to give Angle another title shot. Hogan says that he will gladly get involved if Flair decides to get involved in the match. Hogan tells Styles to get his game face on as Kurt Angle will face AJ Styles tonight for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Hogan says “This is real.. This is damn real!” to finish off the opening segment.
Backstage, Mick Foley arrives to the building and begins to break chairs and throw ladders down as well. Foley continues to say “Bischoff.. Bischoff”.
Mike Tenay and Tazz go over tonight’s show.
– Nasty Boys take on Kevin Nash and Eric Young.
– Interview with Mr. Anderson.
– AJ Styles faces Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Opening Contest: Matt Morgan/Hernandez defeated The British Invasion to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championships: Morgan and Williams start the match off. Williams with several right hands and chokes Morgan against the middle rope. Williams runs into a back elbow and Morgan follows up with several back elbows in the corner. Morgan with a big splash in the corner and simply drops Williams down instead of a side slam. Morgan leaps onto Williams and flips over to the floor. Williams with a dropkick through the ropes to control Morgan thanks to the distraction by Magnus. Williams with several knee drops to control Morgan and tagging in Magnus who hit’s a slingshot elbow drop for only a one count. Magnus rakes Morgan’s eyes avoiding a choke slam but runs into a discus clothesline. Williams gets the tag, as does Hernandez who hit’s a slingshot shoulder block and splashes both men. Hernandez with a sit down Dominator on Williams but only gets a two count. Hernandez catches Williams out of the corner but Williams goes behind and takes Hernandez down with a German suplex as Magnus also connects with a running big boot. Rob Terry throws the X-Division title briefcase into the ring but Magnus hits Williams on accident. Hernandez covers Williams and retains the championships! *¼
After the match, the British Invasion are not happy with the outcome. Magnus gets in Terry’s face until Mick Foley runs down with a chair and hits call three men with the chair. Foley DDT’s Williams onto the chair as well. Foley says “Eric Bischoff, schedule an appointment because I am coming to see you later tonight!”. Foley plays to the crowd before leaving the ring.
A voice recording from the Bubba the Love Sponge show where he called Jeff Jarrett a few times. Jarrett says that TNA was doing just fine before Hogan and company came to town.
Backstage, Hulk Hogan says that “Cactus Jack” needs to be taken care of. They mention some other thing, which Hogan says he will handle that. Kevin Nash comes into the office and Hogan says that his buddies need to stop messing around. Nash says that Hall and Waltman are like his brothers, while Eric Young is his friend but it isn’t the same. Hogan tells Nash to have the match with Young and to stop clowning around. Hogan says “the party is over, man”.
Before the next match, D’Angelo Dinero is standing next to Christy Hemme. Dinero feels really good about the match as he has been studying many tapes. Dinero refers to Jordan as “Whoopi Goldberg”. Dinero has a feeling that Jordan will be getting two pimp slaps. Pope has spoken.
Second Contest: Orlando Jordan defeated D’Angelo Dinero: Jordan has a puke green robe and is dancing his way down to the ring. This is Orlando Jordan’s TNA debut. Dinero’s left knee is heavily taped up following his match with Desmond Wolfe at Genesis. The crowd is heavily behind Dinero. Jordan takes Dinero down with a arm drag and cockily walks around the ring. Jordan with a back heel trip but Dinero goes behind Jordan backing Jordan into the ropes. Jordan slaps Dinero in the face which causes Dinero to take Jordan down and deliver several right hands. Dinero dives onto the back of Jordan who was hanging across the middle rope. Dinero uses his bad knee to deliver a knee lift. Jordan takes control with a dragon screw leg whip. Jordan quickly follows up with a Flatliner of sorts to pick up the win. *
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Kurt Angle. Angle says that they shouldn’t be seeing the match happened, but he can’t believe this new AJ Styles. Angle says that Styles is a grown man and that he is going to serve up some justice tonight.
– Angelina Love is seen stretching backstage as she will be making her TNA in ring return tonight.
Some more audio from the Bubba the Love Sponge show where Jarrett is yelling at Bubba for continuing to call him. Jarrett says that Hogan’s contract killed WCW and the mismanagement of Eric Bischoff.
Backstage, Eric Young asks Kevin Nash if Nash is with him or is with “them”. Nash says that he saw something in Young, but he didn’t know that Hall and Waltman would be coming back. Young wants to make history with Nash instead of reliving history. Nash and Young shake hands as Nash believes Young will fit in nicely.
A video highlighting the issues between the Beautiful People and how Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky turned on Angelina Love.
Angelina Love and Madison Rayne are seen walking backstage as they are going to be wrestling, next!
Another audio clip from the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show interviewing Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett doesn’t understand why he has to start from the bottom and work his way upwards. Jarrett wants Bischoff removed from a possible meeting with Hogan as “he feeds Hogan nothing but garbage”.
Backstage, Bobby Lashley is in Eric Bischoff’s office. Lashley believes that this has gone way to far. Lashley says enough of the fights and that he wants to wrestle for TNA. Lashley wants an opportunity to wrestle in TNA that is where his heart is. Bischoff says that Lashley is a man for knowing he made a mistake. Bischoff puts over the talent of Lashley. Bischoff tells Lashley that he will talk to Hogan and they will have an answer for Lashley next week. They shake hands and Bischoff has a smirk on his face as Lashley leaves.
Third Contest: Angelina Love defeated Madison Rayne: Love gets in Rayne’s face but the referee steps in which allows Rayne to deliver a cheap shot and works on Love with several right hands. Love with a hair pull to knock Rayne down and follows up with right hands and boots. Rayne misses a clothesline and Love nails Rayne with a bicycle kick to pick up the quick win. DUD
After the match, Love takes Rayne’s top off and begins to choke Rayne with the shirt. Lacey and Velvet Sky enter with the “ugly stick”. Love turns around and Sky stops in her tracks. Rayne clips the knee of Love and is beaten down by the Beautiful People. The Beautiful People stand tall in the ring.
Backstage, Bubba is with Scott Hall and Syxx-Pac. Bubba says that he looked up “screw ups” and both their pictures came up. Pac says what they did makes money. Hall believes that they proved themselves at Genesis. Hall says that at the end of the night they will be walking out with TNA contracts.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are making their way towards the ring.
– Hogan and Bischoff are getting ready to make their entrance.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff make their way down to the ring. They get some pyro for their introduction as well. Hogan says they have some momentum and that the merchandize is moving quickly. Hogan says there are some things they need to address here tonight. Hogan is sick and tired of the clowns who do the rock, paper and scissors game. Hogan says they aren’t going to be fooling around here in TNA. Scott Hall, Syxx-Pac and Kevin Nash make their way out to the top of the entrance ramp. Hogan stops them in their tracks and says they are sick of their stuff. Hogan tells them they do not work here and that they need to get out of here. Hall and Pac make their way down to the ring but are stopped by security. Mick Foley comes out and says they have an appointment. Security stop Foley and Bischoff tells them to bring Foley to his office. Foley smiles as TNA goes to commercial.
Backstage, security is trying to get Hall and Pac out of the building. Kevin Nash tells them he will take care of it and “fix it”. Nash rubs his head and looks like he doesn’t know what to do.
Fourth Contest: Nasty Boys defeated Kevin Nash/TNA Global Champion Eric Young: This is the Nasty Boys in ring debut for TNA. Sags and Young start the match off. Young with a few right hands in the corner. Young is met with a back elbow by Sags who delivers several blows in the corner. Sags with a running clothesline in the corner and tags in Knobs. Double shoulder block on Young but Knobs misses a elbow drop and tags in Nash. Nash with several knee rams in the corner to control Knobs. Nash with several back elbows in the corner and connects with a running clothesline of his own. Knobs with a back elbow and tags in Sags who takes Nash down with a running clothesline for a near fall. Nash with a big boot to stop Sags. Young goes up top and connects with a elbow drop but only gets a two count. Knobs drives Nash head first into the ring post. Young suffers Pity City thanks to Knobs. Knobs with a running splash in the corner. Sags with a pump handle slam on Young and picks up the win. ½*
Backstage, Mr. Anderson is walking in the back making his way towards the ring.
During the commercial break, Team 3-D smashed chairs over the heads of the Nasty Boys and welcomed them back to pro wrestling.
A video highlighting the debut of Mr. Anderson in TNA and his win over Abyss at Genesis this past Sunday.
Mr. Anderson’s theme music hits and Anderson makes his way down to the ring. Anderson gets a microphone as it comes down from the ceiling. Anderson isn’t in TNA because of the twitters or the e-mails. Anderson is in TNA because Hulk Hogan called him up and said that he believes in Anderson. Anderson was also promised an opportunity in TNA. Anderson says that he could run his mouth but how great he is and how tough he is, but he will not do that. Anderson says that “actions speak louder than words”. Anderson mentions the actions he did at TNA Genesis saying that they were really loud. Abyss is standing behind Anderson and Anderson doesn’t know it. Anderson doesn’t appreciate the fans making noise. Anderson had seen pictures of Abyss and didn’t notice how tall Abyss is and how stupid, idiotic and moronic the guy was. Anderson points out that he beat Abyss one, two three in the ring. Anderson goes to repeat his name but Abyss nails Anderson with a few right hands and a splash in the corner. Anderson bails to the ramp way avoiding the Black Hole Slam.
– AJ Styles taking on Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship is coming up next.
Backstage, Abyss is apologizing to Eric Bischoff for what he did. Bischoff enters his office where Mick Foley is being held by security. Foley has something to say to Bischoff, but he wants the security guys to leave. Bischoff tells the security guys to leave the room. Bischoff is confident that he will be okay. Foley hates what Bischoff has done with his office and his company. Foley will stop Bischoff by force if he has to. Bischoff looks at the camera and tells them to leave the room. Bischoff closes the door with a smile as Foley screams “you have a lot of answering to do Bischoff!”.
Main Event: AJ Styles defeated Kurt Angle to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair is not at Styles side for the match at least not in the beginning of the match. Styles attacks Angle before the bell with right hands. Angle with a clothesline and a few right hands of his own. Angle also delivers several uppercuts. Styles with a knee to the gut a right hand. Angle with a backdrop that causes Styles to bail to the floor. Styles works on Angle as he rolls into the ring with boots and right hands. Angle takes Styles down with a tilt a whirl backbreaker for a near fall. Angle with a snap suplex for another near fall. Angle stomps away on Styles in the corner. Angle comes out of the corner taking Styles down with a clothesline. Styles low blows Angle as he goes for a German suplex. The low blow was behind the referees back. Styles is in control as TNA goes to commercial. A quick cut in sees Styles connecting with a dropkick to continue his offense on Angle. Angle and Styles are trading right hands until Angle gets the advantage. Styles is backed into a corner and pokes Angle in the eyes. Styles runs out of the corner and delivers a chop block to the right knee of Angle. Styles locks in the figure four leg lock in the middle of the ring. Angle manages to reach the bottom rope after a few moments. Angle with a few right hands and clotheslines. Angle takes Styles over with a overhead belly to belly suplex. Styles reverses the Angle Slam with a arm drag. Angle takes Styles down with a series of German suplexs with the last one having Styles land on his midsection. Angle goes for the cover but only gets a near fall. Styles avoids the Angle Slam again and manages to hit Angle with the Pele Kick. Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Angle battles out and locks in the ankle lock. Styles is trying to reach the bottom rope but Angle pulls Styles back to the center of the ring. Styles reverses and locks in the ankle lock of his own. Earl Hebner calls for the bell and awards the match to Styles. This looks like a screw job angle. **¼
After the match, Angle is standing in the ring and he is furious over what is going on. Hulk Hogan comes down to ringside and wants to know who rang the bell. Angle says “I don’t need this shit and that I can go back to the WWE. I quit, I quit”. Angle proceeds to spit in Hogan’s face. The crowd is chanting “Thank you Angle”.
During the break, Kurt Angle continued to curse in the ring. Angle went over to the commentary table and began to destroy a part of the set up and threw the chair.
Eric Bischoff comes out and is bleeding from the forehead. Bischoff slowly makes his way down to the ring and grabs a microphone. Bischoff says “Mick Foley… you are fired!”.
End of show
My Take: I at first didn’t really think AJ Styles could pull off the whole Nature Boy attitude, but I think the more he is given the character and a chance to work with Flair himself, he will be able to do well with it. I don’t like having Styles/Angle main event again. It has happened way to much for my liking. I’m starting to think that Hogan/Bischoff may not think they have any other creditable main event guys. By the sounds of it, Flair was hinting towards a Hogan/Flair match in TNA. Not sure if anyone would be interested in that. I mean, I am pretty sure Flair has not cleanly beaten Hogan, ever. It is nice to see a heel AJ Styles once again, and not a comedy heel either.
The tag team title match wasn’t anything special considering how quick it went. Wouldn’t expect any kind of title change to happen. I just hope they don’t take the British Invasion off television as I believe they are one of the better tag teams in TNA.
I have never seen anything in Orlando Jordan that would result in a good push for him. His robe is disgusting and I think it is a horrible decision to have someone who is really over in Dinero, to lose to a lower mid-card talent in Orlando Jordan.
Love/Rayne was a quick squash that had a decent aftermath. Love seems like she could be a good baby face.
Nasty Boys/Nash/Young match was horrible. Brian Knobs looked horrible once he had to work. He looked like a pig, I mean that literally. Sags looked to be in some decent shape. It is a shame that Eric Young had to eat the pin fall as I believe Eric Young is better than having to job out to the Nasty Boys.
I have zero interest in a Anderson/Abyss match, considering their match at Genesis was rather horrible.
The main event was nowhere near that Styles/Angle have produced. I don’t know why they are running a angle that is very, very similar to what happened at Survivor Series 1997. Come up with your own material and stop making TNA come across as something that would be seen in 1997.
Desmond Wolfe, MCMG, Samoa Joe, Daniels, Tomko, Raven, Jay Lethal, Amazing Red, Brian Kendrick, and Tara. All were people who weren’t discussed on the show. That shows that TNA are focusing way to much time on Hogan, Bischoff and the Band. I would prefer to see any of the above people in place of Nash, Hall and Pac. TNA should be showcasing the younger/better talent as compared to the older/washed up talent they are currently focusing their television around.
Overall: A bad show this week. The matches weren’t given enough time to really get going or like the main event, was just lacking. Give me some wrestling, and more than five matches. Also, how about giving me fresh match ups and not the same main event on two Impacts and a pay per view for once? People complain about the WWE being repetitive. TNA is doing the same thing, and that is not good.
Hopefully next week produces a better show and we aren’t subjected to having to see Hogan, Bischoff and the Band too much.
Thanks for reading.