Written By: Bob Colling
Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
Date: March 8th, 2010
From: Orlando, Florida
Announcers: Mike Tenay and Tazz
The new TNA opening video airs
Impact kicks off with pyro and all that jazz. Tenay and Tazz hype up the show. Dixie Carter is seen being pumped up for the show.
Hulk Hogan’s music hits and Hogan comes out with Abyss. Abyss is back to wearing all black. Hogan and Abyss play to the crowd, who are going nuts for these two. “Hogan” chant starts up as Hogan begins to speak. Hogan tells Abyss that this is the biggest night for TNA. “TNA” chant starts up as well. Hogan tell Flair and Styles to get ready right now for their match later tonight. Hogan talks about leading TNA to greatness and talks about being left in a pool of blood thanks to Styles and Flair in front of his family. Hogan calls out Styles and Flair to compete in a match right now!
AJ Styles and Ric Flair make their way out to the ring.
Opening Contest: Hulk Hogan/Abyss defeated TNA World Champion AJ Styles/Ric Flair by DQ: Styles and Abyss start the contest. Abyss lifts Styles up and drops Styles down to the mat gut first. Flair tags in and locks up with abyss. Flair with several chops in the corner but Abyss comes back with open hand chops of his own. Abyss with a backdrop on Flair. Flair with a low blow to stop Abyss’s offense. Styles gets a cheap shot on Abyss and hits Hogan with a pele kick as he tried to help Abyss. Flair is working on Abyss as Styles is working on Hogan. The lights go out and Sting’s music hits. Sting is standing in the ring. Sting ends up turning on Hogan and Abyss by hitting Hogan and Abyss with the bat which causes the DQ. *
After the match, Sting gets a chuckle out of what he is doing. Styles and Flair enter. Sting with a baseball shot to Abyss and Styles hits Abyss with a chair. Hogan stumbles up and is met with a chair shot from Flair. Flair and Styles continue to beat down Hogan and Abyss as Sting leaves ringside. Hogan has been busted wide open. Security run down as they attempted to break up the beating. Hogan protects Abyss. Abyss is also busted open thanks to the chair shot from Styles. Hogan grabs a microphone and says that this isn’t over. Hogan promises to finish this before the night is over. Hogan books a no disqualification match between them for later tonight.
Mike Tenay and Tazz go over what just happened.
Backstage, Sting is walking where he is cut off by Dixie Carter. Sting backs Carter against the wall and tells her he owes her nothing. Carter walks away upset.
Mike Tenay and Tazz continue to hype up the shocking events of Sting turning heel.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with AJ Styles and Ric Flair. Jeremy wants to know where Sting stands in all of this. Styles says that do over’s do not happen in wrestling. Styles tells JB that they own them and they will beat their ass again. Flair says that he hasn’t even started and says that he always knew that Sting had that side in him. Flair says that Hogan and Abyss are leaving in a ambulance.
Backstage, Abyss is screaming “Why Sting Why?” several times.
Backstage, Brooke Hogan is being consoled by Hogan’s girlfriend Jennifer. Brooke says that Hogan is hiding the fact that he is hurt.
In the ring, Kazarian is in the ring. Kazarian talks about walking away two years ago because he had a lot of doubt. Now, the doubt is gone. Kazarian says that he came back to reignite the flame in the X-Division! Kazarian says that if TNA is going into the war, then the warriors of the X-Division should lead them. Daniels cuts Kazarian off and says that if anyone is going to lead them into battle it is going to be him and no one else. Daniels puts himself over as the longest reigning X-Division champion ever. Daniels announces that he will carry the X-Division to the highest of heights. The TNA X-Division Champion Doug Williams comes out and calls both men old geezers. Williams assure them that the X-Division is alive and well. Kazarian brings up seven years ago taking about being a pioneer in the business. Daniels cuts Kazarian off asking what has he done in this business. Kazarian calls Daniels a selfish prick. Eric Bischoff makes his way out to the top of the ramp way. Bischoff says that he was really excited to work for TNA because of the X-Division. Bischoff announces that tonight their will be a three way dance for the TNA X-Division Championship right now!
Second Contest: Doug Williams defeated Daniels and Kazarian in a three way to retain the TNA X-Division Championship: Daniels sneaks a pin on Williams but Kazarian breaks up with a pin attempt of his own. Daniels backdrops Kazarian down as he attempts the Angels Wings on Williams. Daniels with a spinning heel kick. Kazarian avoids a dropkick by hanging onto the ropes. Kazarian is met with uppercut from Williams. Kazarian with a northern light suplex on Daniels and a roll up on Williams getting a double near fall. Kazarian takes both Williams and Daniels down with a head lock and a head scissors. Kazarian takes both men out with a somersault dive on the floor! Daniels is sent by Kazarian into the ring post. Kazarian missed a slingshot leg drop and is met with a running knee from Williams. Williams with a running high knee in the corner and gets a near fall. Kazarian with a jaw breaker but is tripped by Daniels coming off the ropes. Daniels with a slingshot elbow on Kazarian and knocks Williams down as well. Daniels with a DTO and a springboard moonsault on Kazarian getting a near fall. Daniels knees Williams off the apron. Running forearm by Daniels on Kaz and follows up with a death valley driver for a near fall. Williams goes up top but is stopped by Daniels. Williams and Daniels trade right hands and go for clotheslines but are taken down by a double dropkick by Kazarian off the top rope. Kazarian with a springboard back elbow on Daniels and a springboard twisting leg drop getting a near fall. Kazarian also had knocked Williams to the floor. Daniels goes for the Angels Wings but is met with a uppercut off the top rope from Williams. Daniels rolls both men up and gets a near fall. Kazarian with a atomic drop, a yakuza kick and a swinging neck breaker on Daniels getting a near fall. Williams is knocked off the apron. Daniels slams Kazarian down and goes for the BME but Kazarian moves. Williams with the Chaos Theory on Daniels and picks up the three to retain the title! ***
After the match, Shannon Moore runs down and takes Williams down with a head scissors and a spin kick. Eric Bischoff arrives and introduces Shannon Moore as his opponent at Destination X.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Dixie Carter. Carter is thrilled that Sting signed his TNA contract. Carter says that Sting is going to be in a match tonight. She says that JB will find out who along with everyone else.
– Beautiful People are talking backstage as they will be in a three way tag match for the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships
Third Contest: Beautiful People defeated TNA Knockouts Champion Tara/Angelina Love and Taylor Wilde/Sarita to win the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships: Wilde and Tara start the contest. Wilde with a spinning heel kick on Tara. Tara slams Wilde down. Sarita with a slingshot stunner on Tara. Sky gets the tag on Sarita and covers Tara only getting a near fall. Beautiful People double team Tara. Madison Rayne enters and works on Tara briefly. Double leg sweep on Tara by the BP. Wilde and Sarita are tripped by Lacey. Rayne and Sky with a double dropkick. Love gets the tag and takes the BP out with a super kick. Tara goes for the Widows Peak on Madison. However, Daffney enters and hits Tara with the Knockouts Championship. Rayne covers Tara and picks up the win. *
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with D’Angelo Dinero. Hemme mentions that Dinero is facing Desmond Wolfe tonight! Dinero cracks a joke saying he would like to be a pendant on Hemme’s chest. Dinero is attack by Wolfe who works on Dinero’s injured left ankle. Wolfe has a chain and whips the chain down across the ankle of Dinero.
Backstage, Sting is walking to the ring. Tazz asks “Mike, what were you doing at 4:20 this afternoon”
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with the Beautiful People who are celebrating their win. Lacey asks if she is a champion as well, which Rayne says she is. Sky tells Lacey that they couldn’t have done it without her. JB gets some champagne. Sky pops open the bottle and dumps it over JB.
Mike Tenay and Tazz talk about Sting and show the footage of what happened earlier today where Sting turned on Hogan and Abyss. They also discuss what Sting did to Carter by putting his hands on Carter.
Sting makes his way out to the ring and awaits his opponent tonight. After a few moments… “RVD” shows up on the screen. The crowd explodes. RVD comes from behind and attacks Sting by leaping off the top rope with a kick.
Fourth Contest: Rob Van Dam defeated Sting: RVD with the rolling thunder and picks up the win in a matter of three seconds. NR
After the match, Sting gets up and hits RVD with a bat right in the midsection several times. Sting jams the bat right in the throat of RVD. Sting leaves the ring as RVD is left laying in the ring. RVD is holding his leg as Sting comes back to the ring. Sting continues to beat down RVD with the bat. Sting hits RVD across the back. Sting proceeds to beat down two referees as he heads backstage. Sting again walks down to the ring and hits RVD across the back one more time. Hulk Hogan’s music hits and Hogan comes out pointing at Sting. Bubba the Love Sponge cuts Hogan off preventing him from moving to the ring. Security has also come out to stop Hogan. Sting is still beating down RVD with his baseball bat while looking at Hogan. Hogan almost gets into the ring but is stopped by security. Sting continues to hit RVD with the baseball bat. Hogan is being held so Sting hits Hogan with the bat in the midsection. Sting walks up the ramp and takes out some security and hits Hogan again with the bat! Hogan is helped to the backstage area.
Mike Tenay and Tazz talk about the actions of Sting tonight.
Kevin Nash and Eric Young make their way down to the ring to discuss the Band. Nash says that for the last month Hall and Waltman have found way into the building. Nash has a contract that says that Hall and Waltman will allowed into the Impact Zone to face Kevin Nash and Eric Young at Destination X. Nash calls out Scott Hall and Sean Waltman.
We go to commercial first, though.
– We see Scott Hall and Sean Waltman entering the arena during the commercial.
Back from the commercial, Nash and Young are waiting for the Band to come down. Hall and Waltman make their way down through the crowd. Security enters the ring to prevent any sort of brawl form happening. Waltman and Hall enter the ring. Hall does the “Hey Yo” bit and mentions that two thirds of the Wolfpac are in the building. Hall calls Nash a Big Sellout. Hall believes that Nash is a stooge to Hogan. Hall tells Nash that Hogan isn’t running the show. Hall wants to be in TNA because it is starting to be cool. Hall wants their cut to become rich. Hall wants some fat money contracts from Dixie Carter. Nash tells Hall that Hogan says they could have the match. Eric Bischoff shows up on the screen. Bischoff tells Hall that if they beat Nash and Young he will get them their fat contract. Bischoff says if they lose they do their stuff somewhere other than TNA. Hall and Waltman say it is a deal. Nash and Hall shake hands. Waltman slaps Young and they brawl for a short time before it is broken up. Bischoff books a Eric Young vs. Sean Waltman match with Hall and Nash barred from ringside.
Fifth Contest: Eric Young defeated Sean Waltman: Young with a series of right hands and a running clothesline out of the corner. Young with a backdrop as well and rams Waltman head against the canvas several times. Waltman with a standing spin kick avoiding a power slam. Waltman misses the Bronco Buster in the corner. Young with the pile driver and picks up the win. NR
Backstage, the US army shows up to the building and make their way into the building.
US Army line up on the entrance ramp as Kurt Angle makes his way out. Angle is standing in the ring as the US Army stand around ringside. Angle tells Mr. Anderson that he brought some of his friends out with him. Angle puts over the fact that the US Army put everything on the line to protect the country. Angle talks about all the sacrifices the men and women willingly take to protect himself and Anderson. Angle tells Anderson he has spit on them. Angle says that winning a gold medal is nothing compared to what the men and women around ringside have done. Angle continues by saying that he has learned that you do not mess with a US solider. Angle also says that he is going to beat Mr. Anderson up at Destination X all over the Impact Zone. Mr. Anderson shows up on the screen and is cutting a promo, but is attacked by Angle who knew where Anderson was (he was at the interview set). Angle tosses Anderson into the ring and is met with a shot with the warrior medal from Anderson. Anderson goes to leave but is topped by four soldiers. Angle tosses Anderson back into the ring and throws him to the floor. Anderson is attacked by the soldiers. Angle does it again and Anderson is beaten down once again. Angle throws Anderson out a third time and Anderson is beaten down once again. Angle connects with the Angle Slam in the middle of the ring. Angle gets the US flag and is lifted up on the shoulders of the soldiers to end the segment.
Backstage, Bubba the Love Sponge is trying to Hulk Hogan to stop doing what he is doing. Hogan tells Bubba that this is the last shot. Hogan has to do this and he has to go out there. Earl Hebner comes into the room and says that he needs a second chance. Bubba tells Hogan that everyone gets second chances. Bubba wants Hogan to give Hebner a second chance. Hogan wants Bubba to get out of his business. Hogan needs Earl to do something for him. Hogan wants Hebner to stop the match if it gets too bad. Hebner promises he will and leaves with Bubba.
Mike Tenay and Tazz run down the Destination X pay per view
– Generation Me vs. MCMG in a Ultimate X match
– The Band vs. Kevin Nash/Eric Young
– Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson
– AJ Styles defends the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Abyss
Backstage, Jeff Jarrett walks by Mick Foley. Jeff Jarrett tells James Storm that he was forced into the match. James Storm tells Jarrett that he and Bobby Roode volunteered to be in the match. Storm tells Jarrett that he hasn’t done anything for him. Beer Money Inc proceed to beat down Jarrett until Foley comes over and simply tells them “do it in the ring”.
Sixth Contest: Beer Money Inc. defeated Jeff Jarrett in a handicap match: Beer Money Inc are beating down Jeff Jarrett on the floor. Jarrett is dropped across the guard railing. Mick Foley is apparently the referee for this match. Jarrett is double teamed in the corner. Storm runs into a double boot from Jarrett. Jarrett clotheslines Roode down. Jarrett places Storm on the middle rope but is dropped by Roode with a spine buster. Roode with a catapult into Storm who plants Jarrett with a DDT! Jarrett is met with several right hands from both Storm and Roode. Storm with the Eye of the Storm and Beer Money plays to the crowd. Storm has a beer bottle and drinks out of it. Storm spit’s the beer into the face of Roode on accident. Jarrett takes both men down and clotheslines Roode over the top to the floor. Jarrett backdrops Storm over to the floor as well. Jarrett sends Beer Money into each other on the floor. Jarrett tries to enter the ring but is stopped by Storm. Roode sends Jarrett off the apron into the guard railing. Foley grabs a barbed wire bat and passes it over to Jarrett. Jarrett slides into the ring and goes to hit Roode but is stopped by Slick Johnson. Jarrett is met with a low blow from Roode and they hit the DWI to pick up the win. *½
Backstage, Abyss and Hulk Hogan and talking. That is until Brooke Hogan enters the room and is crying. Brooke says that it is really hard to see her father out there hurt. Hulk tells Brooke that this is his second chance. Hulk tells Brooke that he will be okay and that he has Abyss on his side. Brooke wants Hulk to promise this is the last time he does this. Hulk promises Brooke this is will be the last time. Hulk hugs Brooke to end the segment.
– Ric Flair is getting AJ Styles pumped up for the main event tonight.
We get the introductions of the main event and we go to commercial
Main Event: Hulk Hogan/Abyss defeated TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles/Ric Flair in a no disqualification match: Flair and Hogan start the match off. Flair chops away on Hogan in the corner and delivers several punches. Hogan with a backdrop and delivers several rights as well. Hogan sends Flair head first into the guard railing. Fair is busted open from that and is choked by Hogan’s bandanna. Hogan bites Flair and continues to deliver right hands. Abyss and Styles are doing nothing. Flair with chops and several punches which Hogan doesn’t sell. Hogan just continues to deliver several right hands on a bloody Flair. Flair flops down on the entrance ramp. Abyss gets a few shots on Flair on the entrance ramp. Abyss sends Flair into the ring where he is whipped by Hogan with his weight belt. Hogan chokes Flair in the corner. Flair low blows Styles to stop the momentum. Styles tags in and works on the left knee of Hogan. Styles sends Hogan to the floor. Brooke is trying to help her father as Styles sends Hogan into the ring post. Hogan’s wound from earlier is opened up. Flair, who is really bleeding heavily, works on Hogan for a moment. Styles re-enters and takes Hogan down with a right hand. Styles and Flair double team Hogan for a few moments. Flair climbs up top but is slammed down by Hogan. Hogan reaches to tag Abyss and does so as Flair tags in Styles. Abyss cleans house with several right hands. Abyss grabs both men and goes for a double choke slam but is unable to. Abyss with a double clothesline and a splashes both Styles and Flair in the corner. Abyss with a choke slam on Styles and on Flair. Abyss showcases the ring to the fans as he is met with a right hand from Styles. Hogan and Flair are brawling on the floor. Abyss backdrops Styles to the apron. Styles with a flying forearm on Abyss for a near fall. All four men are in the ring. Hogan and Abyss deliver big boots to Styles and Flair. Abyss plants Styles with the Black Hole Slam to pick up the win. **
After the match, Hogan and Abyss celebrate the win in the ring. Desmond Wolfe enters the ring from behind and hits Abyss with a chair. Hogan blocks the chair shot but is met with a chop block from Flair. D’Angelo Dinero limps down to the ring and knocks Wolfe, Flair and Styles with right hands. However, Styles clips Dinero’s leg. Jeff Hardy’s music hits and Hardy runs down to the ring to clean house on the heels. Hardy with a inverted front slam on Wolfe and the Twist of Fate on Styles. Hardy goes up top and apparently goes for the Swanton, but TNA goes to black…
End of show
My Take: The opening contest was clearly just a way to actually promote the main event, which is fine. Apparently, Bischoff and Hogan haven’t remembered the failed heel runs by Sting back in 1999 in WCW and the whole Main Event Mafia deal in TNA. Sting never gives his all in the heel role, or the fans just do not want to hate him. I doubt this one will be any different. Though, having Sting put his hands on Dixie was a good way to try to get it across he is a bad ass.
I enjoyed the interview segment with Daniels, Kazarian and Williams. Their match was also a good television match, I thought. A very good fast pace match that really showcased what the X-division should be. Shannon Moore getting a title shot doesn’t interest me. I mean, he hasn’t done anything in TNA to actually earn the shot. I was looking forward to Williams vs. Kazarian. Not looking forward to Moore vs. Williams.
The Beauitful People winning the Knockout Tag Team Championships is the right move. They are obviously the most over womens tag team in TNA. It makes sense. Their was zero mention to the fact that Awesome Kong and Hamada were stripped of the titles. Daffney screwing over Tara confirms a upcoming match at Destination X, I would think.
Well, I really don’t think a RVD/Sting match should have happended if RVD was going to just beat Sting in three seconds. Should have just had a pull apart brawl between the two. The beat down afterwards seemed to kill the crowd as RVD had a pretty good reaction going until he was brutally beaten.
Wasn’t a fan of the Nash/Young/Hall/Waltman segment. The whole angle hasn’t been interesting to me at all. For some reason, I am thinking that Nash screws Young over and this was all a indepth ploy to get his buddies contracts. I did like Young going over Waltman, though. Just another really quick match.
Angle/Anderson was just another brawl, really. Same thing for what seems a month. Angle needs to win at Destination X, in my opinion.
Well, Beer Money Inc are now heels. I guess that is a fine change. I was worried that they were going to lose to Jarrett, which wouldn’t have made any sense. Their was also ZERO mention of the TNA World Tag Team Champions. I thought that was rather odd.
The main event was fine for what it was. Just another brawl with Hogan and Flair doing the same spots they have been doing for twenty years. Surprised that Flair didn’t take the pin with Hogan pinning him. Abyss getting the win over the champ makes him look like a legitamite threat and makes it seem like perhaps he could win the title at Destination X.
Kind of disappointing that they cut away before the Jeff Hardy swanton bomb. But, oh well. It’s not like I have never seen the move or anything.
Brooke Hogan is a rather bad actress though. All the segments she was in, just came across really phony as she wasn’t really able to fake cry all that well.
Overall, I enjoyed the show. I actually found myself interested in what was going on. Not as much Bischoff this week as previous weeks, which is a good thing. Now, time to cut Hogan’s onair involvment and push younger guys who can bring something to the table.
Good way to start the Monday Night Wars pt. II.
Thanks for reading.