This week’s “Impact Wrestling” opens up with highlights from Bobby Roode’s World Title win last week, absolutely excellent opening video. Roode says, “I made it happen all by myself” and screams “it’s mine!” while holding up the World Title to the camera. Storm is shown flipping over tables and talking about he and Roode being brothers, he says shoves the camera away and tells him to get out of his face.
In the arena Bobby Roode’s music hits and the NEW World Heavyweight Champion makes his way down to the ring to a chorus of boos. Bobby asks the fans why they’re booing him and then asks if they are booing him or if they’re chanting “ROODE” because that’s what all of the “morons” were doing last week when they were cheering him on. Roode asks why they hate him and asks if it’s because he killed Beer Money or if it’s because he did exactly what every one of the Georgia “hillbillies” in the crowd would have done given the chance. Roode says this is a new generation, a generation of selfishness, and he is the leader of the new generation. He says doing things the right way in today’s society gets you nothing and gets you nowhere. He says it’s a dog eat dog world and last week he ate James Storm for lunch. He calls Storm a “stupid, sorry son of a b*tch” and says he didn’t even see it coming. Storm is shown watching backstage on a monitor. Roode says it’s not his fault that he didn’t see it coming and it’s on James. Storm tries to get to the ring but security holds him back. A “Cowboy” chant starts but Roode says after 13 long years and he realized that opportunities like the one he had at BFG don’t come along very often so he took advantage of another opportunity last week. Storm punches a security guard and walks through the entrance ramp. More security gets between him and the ring but Strom takes them out!
Storm hits the ring and Roode bails! Al Snow, Simon Diamond, and D-Lo Brown along with more security hold Storm back but then Sting’s music hits! Sting walks out as Storm is going nuts in the ring. Sting asks Bobby where he’s going and says he never would have thought Roode would take the shortcut he did last week. Sting says tonight Roode talks about being in the new generation, the selfish generation, but Sting says he prefers to help others tonight and tonight he’s going to help James Storm because tonight he gets his rematch with Roode for the belt! Sting says, “sorry about your damn luck” as Roode goes nuts and Storm stares Roode down. Roode holds up the belt and screams “it’s mine Storm.”
Tenay and Taz run down the card for tonight which features AJ vs. Daniels, Velvet & Mickie vs. Gail Kim & Rayne for the KO Tag Titles, Robbie E & Robbie T vs. Ronnie & EY, plus Roode vs. Storm for the big gold belt!
In the back Ronnie and EY are walking backstage with EY’s belts.
In the back Dixie Carter is talking with the CEO of Bellator Fighting.
A video package hyping up the match between Crimson and Matt Morgan at Turning Point is shown. That video package was far more entertaining than the match itself will be I’m sure.
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero vs. Crimson
This our first time seeing Pope in a few weeks. Thankfully the angle with Devon seems to have been dropped, but Pope looks to be nothing more than Crimson food here. By the way footage of Pope’s appearance on “Ghost Hunters” (on SyFy) a few years ago was shown on last night’s new episode. Pope and Crimson lockup and Pope gets Crimson in a wristlock but Crimson quickly reverses it. Pope rolls through it and transition into a hammerlock and then a side headlock. Crimson shoves Pope into the ropes and then connects with a shoulder block. Crimson and Pope lockup again and Pope gets Crimson in a Waistlock but again Crimson quickly reverses into a headlock. Pope counters into a side headlock of his own but Crimson shoves him into the ropes again. Crimson goes for a clothesline but Pope ducks and connects with a Spike DDT! 1…2…NO Crimson kicks out! Pope follows up with a Fist Drop and then he climbs up top. Pope dives off the top with the Flying Fist Drop for another nearfall. Pope grabs Crimson in a Front Chancery, but Crimson fights it off and connects with a series of strikes. He then grabs Pope in a Cravate and connects with a series of Knee Strikes and then goes for the Neckbreaker, but Pope counters into the 4-Uppercut! Pope climbs back up to the top and dives off but Crimson catches him in midair with a NASTY Red Sky! 1…2…3!
Winner: Crimson via pinfall (Red Sky)
In the back Gunner says if he disrespected his father he was dealt with appropriately and tonight he’ll deal with Garrett Bischoff courtesy of Eric Bischoff tonight.
Gunner w/Eric Bischoff & Ric Flair vs. Garrett Bischoff
Garrett comes to the ring with no music and wears a wife beater and sweat pants to the ring. Gunner gets in Garrett’s face but Garrett catches him by surprise with an armdrag! Gunner charges at Garrett and Garrett catches him with another armdrag and then a hip toss! Garrett whips Gunner into the ropes and lifts him high up into the air with a backdrop! Garrett whips Gunner into the ropes and Gunner bails out to the floor. Flair comes into the ring and knocks the referee and tries to go after Garrett but Garrett bails.
Winner: Garrett Bischoff via DQ
Garrett backs up the ramp as Immortal looks like they’re going to absolutely lose it. Eric throws a tantrum in the ring.
In the back Robbie E & T want to get in Ronnie’s locker room but security won’t allow it. Finally EY and Ronnie walk out and Robbie tells them to just forfeit and save embarrassment. Ronnie piefaces Robbie but security gets between them.
In the back James Storm is discovered beaten and bloody, slumped against the wall. He’s unconscious as medics come to help. Storm comes to but is dazed and doesn’t know where he is.
Zema Ion vs. Jesse Sorensen
We haven’t seen Zema in over a month. Jesse hits Zema with a hip toss and then a series of armdrags as the match starts. Jesse locks in an armbar but Zema gets to his feet and counters out with a knee to the gut. Zema whips Jesse into the ropes but Jesse slides underneath Zema’s legs and then connects with a dropkick. Zema rolls out to the floor and then Jesse dives over the top with a Slingshot Plancha onto Zema on the floor! Back in the ring Jesse whips Zema into the corner but Zema floats up and over a charging Jesse and then ducks a clothesline attempt. Zema springs to the top and dives off with an INSANE Corkscrew Cross Body! Dude had like 3 complete rotations in midair! 1…2…NO Jesse kicks out! Zema swings at Jesse but Jesse blocks it and then goes for a Back Suplex, but Zema lands on his feet and then hits the Hostile Makeover (a Back Suplex into a Facebreaker)! Zema climbs up top after celebrating. Zema goes for the 450-Splash but Jesse rolls out of the way and then connects with the Rolling Cutter for the pin.
Winner: Sorensen via pinfall (Rolling Cutter)
Kid Kash walks out to the ring and mockingly congratulates Jesse on the win. He says Jesse is running around his company thinking he can do whatever he wants but he’s been in the business for 20 years. Kash says he’s done it all and he’ll keep doing it all. He says no one ever gave him a damn thing but he’ll give Jesse something. Kash is holding a contract and he says he and Aries are going to give Jesse an X-Division Title shot, Aries vs. Jesse Sorensen vs. Kid Kash in a 3-Way Dance. Kash holds up the contract and says it’s only missing one signature. He calls Jesse “superstar” mockingly and slams the contract into his chest and tells him to sign it. Jesse signs the contract and Kash says he just made the biggest mistake in his “10 days in the business.” Kash tells Jesse to tell his mother “thank you” for him and Jesse punches him in the mouth! Aries runs out and nails Jesse with the title belt. Kash and Aries beat Jesse down and Kash nails Jesse with a NASTY Money Maker! Jesse sold it like death.
In the back Karen talks to Gail Kim and Madison. Karen says tonight is Gail’s chance to beat down Velvet and then she starts screaming at Traci. Gail says she’s just going to live a little bit of Velvet left tonight for Turning Point.
TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships
Velvet Sky & Mickie James vs. Gail Kim & Madison Rayne (c) w/Karen Jarrett & Traci Brooks
Velvet Spears Madison before the bell and slams her head into the mat repeatedly. Velvet puts the boots to Madison and then picks her up but Gail hits her from behind. Madison then whips Velvet into the ropes where Mickie blind tags herself in. Velvet kicks Madison as Madison went for a backdrop and then Mickie comes in and connects with a sliding dropkick. Mickie knocks Gail off the apron and then hits a Hot Shot on Madison! Mickie climbs up top but Gail shoves her off the top! Madison then drags Mickie to the heel corner and tags Gail in. They whip Mickie into the corner and then Gail whips Madison into a Running Hip Attack on Mickie in the corner. Madison then whips Gail into a Corner Splash on Mickie. Gail taunts the crowd and then picks Mickie up and hits a Shortarm Clothesline. Gail hits Mickie with repeated right hands and then locks in a Front Facelock. Mickie fights to her feet and breaks the hold with body shots and then connects with a Forearm Smash. Mickie attempts to get to her corner but Gail grabs her by the hair and slams her to the mat. Gail goes for another Shortarm Clothesline but Mickie ducks it and connects with a Hangman’s Neckbreaker! Mickie tags in Velvet. Velvet connects with a series of clotheslines and then a series of Facebreakers followed by a Running Bulldog! Velvet hits a sloppy Skyliner. 1…2…NO Madison breaks it up! Velvet comes back with a Jawbreaker on Madison and then Mickie dives off the top with the Flying Thesz Press on Madison! Velvet goes for the In Yo Face but Karen gets on the apron to distract her. Madison turns her around but Velvet blocks a kick and hits the In Yo Face (Sitout Pedigree)! Gail grabs Velvet and connects with the Eat Defeat for the pin!
Winners: Gail & Madison via pinfall (Eat Defeat)
In the back the doctors are checking on James Storm. Sting asks Storm who did it and he says he doesn’t know. Storm says he’s fine but Sting says he’s obviously not. Storm attempts to stand up to say something to Sting but stumbles back down into his chair. Storm screams, “I’m fine!” but can’t tell Sting what city they’re in.
Video of the drama between the Shore and EY.
Ronnie & “Showtime” Eric Young vs. The Shore (Robbie E. & Rob Terry)
Ronnie will start the match off against Robbie but Robbie tags in big Rob Terry before they could go. EY tags in and then he runs at Rob but just bounces off him. EY then decides to lockup with the referee but realizes who it is and then turns around in time to duck a clothesline from Terry. EY then dropkicks Terry into the corner and climbs up in the corner to reign down right hands. Terry then lifts Terry in the air but EY bites him! EY then hits the ropes but Terry lifts him high up into the lights with a backdrop. Robbie tags in and puts the boots to EY. Robbie whips EY into the ropes and connects with a Running Back Elbow. Robbie taunts Ronnie and then hits EY with a knee to the gut and slams him into the corner. Terry tags back in and chops away at EY in the corner. Terry hits a Vertical Suplex on EY and tags Robbie back in. Robbie climbs up top and Terry lifts EY up onto his knee as Robbie dives off the top with a Flying Knee Drop! 1…2…NO EY kicks out! Robbie spits at Ronnie and then EY comes back on Robbie with right hands. EY attempts to whip Robbie into the corner but Robbie reverses it and then charges at EY but EY avoids him and then hits a Belly-to-Belly Suplex! EY tags Ronnie in! Ronnie hits a clothesline on Robbie! Ronnie hits a Scoop Slam! EY climbs up top and connects with the Flying Elbow Drop! Ronnie with a Splash! EY knocks Terry off the apron and Ronnie covers Robbie!
Winners: Robbie & EY via pinfall (Splash)
How the hell did EY end up in a speedo? What the hell?
In the back Jeff Jarrett, Bully Ray, and Steiner talk trash about Anderson and Hardy. Ray says it was a flute at BFG and says Steiner is just pissed off period. Steiner tells them to go find another one of their skinny ass friends and they’ll beat his skinny ass too. Steiner then walks into the bathroom and says he’s going to go take an Anderson and a Hardy right now. Ray tells him not to forget a courtesy flush.
Mexican America approaches Ink, Inc. in catering and Hernandez snatches Moore’s brownie and eats it. They start brawling all over the cafeteria and destroying perfectly good food. Mexican America retreats and Sarita says they’ll see them on Sunday. Neal tells them to bring the belts because they’re going to be theirs.
Bellator’s CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is on commentary for this one. They talk about Viacom buying Bellator and what’s going on in Bellator.
“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles
Footage of the feud is shown as the two men come to the ring. AJ gets the hometown boy reaction. AJ and Daniels lockup and Daniels forces AJ into the corner. Daniels hits AJ with repeated shoulder blocks and puts the boots to AJ. AJ comes back with right hands and he stomps Daniels down in the corner now. Daniels comes back with a kick and then a side headlock. AJ shoves Daniels into the ropes but Daniels comes back with a shoulder block. Daniels hits the ropes but AJ grabs his feet and trips him up. AJ hits Daniels with right hands and chops. AJ attempts to whip Daniels into the corner but Daniels reverses it and then AJ attempts to float up and over Daniels, but Daniels stops in his tracks and then clotheslines the hell out of AJ. Daniels locks in a side headlock but AJ shoves him into the ropes and then leapfrogs Daniels and attempts the Phenomenal Dropkick as Daniels comes back off the ropes. Daniels grabs the ropes to stop his momentum and AJ hits nothing but air. Daniels points to his head and then hits the ropes but AJ catches him with the Phenomenal Dropkick out of nowhere! AJ follows up with a Knee Drop and then he charges at Daniels, but Daniels backdrops him over the top. AJ lands on the apron and punches Daniels and then springs to the top but Daniels takes his legs out from under him! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Daniels hits AJ with kicks and then whips him into the ropes and connects with a running knee. Daniels follows up with a scoop slam and then follows up with the Split Legged Moonsault off the ropes for a nearfall. Daniels locks in a Body Scissors and AJ fights the hold and breaks it with elbows. Daniels goes to pick AJ back up but AJ catches him with the Nipup Hurricanrana out of nowhere! We haven’t seen that one in awhile. AJ charges at Daniels but Daniels sidesteps him sending AJ into the corner and then rolls him up! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Daniels attempt to use his feet on the ropes for leverage. Daniels kicks AJ and then goes for the Angels Wings but AJ counters with a backdrop. AJ hits Daniels with a back elbow and then hits the Phenomenon out of the corner! AJ nails Daniels with a big clothesline and then a back elbow followed by a leg kick and an Enziguri! Daniels stumbles into the corner where AJ follows him with a Flying Clothesline in the corner! AJ hits the Springboard Flying Forearm! AJ follows up with an attempt at Styles Clash but Daniels shoves him off and goes for a clothesline, but AJ ducks and hits the Pele! 1…2…NO Daniels gets his foot on the ropes! Daniels rolls out to the floor and looks for something under the ring but AJ catches him with a sliding dropkick. AJ then goes for a dive but Daniels moves out of the way and AJ is able to catch himself on the apron. AJ then dives off the apron with an attempt at a Flying Clothesline, but Daniels catches him in midair and drives him into the guardrail and then hits him with a Rock Bottom on the floor! Daniels pulls the toolbox from under the ring and then rolls AJ back in. Daniels pulls out the screwdriver but RVD runs down and pulls it out of Daniels’ hand! Daniels gets pissed but then walks right into a Fireman’s Carry into a Neckbreaker over his knee followed by the Styles Clash! 1…2…3!
Winner: Styles via pinfall (Styles Clash)
RVD and AJ shake hands after the match and then RVD talks trash to Daniels.
Back from the break Tenay & Taz run down the card for Turning Point.
6-Man Tag Team Match
Immortal (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, & Bully Ray) w/Karen Jarrett vs. Mr. Anderson, Jeff Hardy, & Abyss
Immortal’s collective heads were about to explode as Abyss was announced. Abyss bypasses his partners and goes right after Immortal but they bail out of the ring. Tenay points out that this is 3 current members of Immortal against 3 former members of Immortal. Jarrett shoves Hardy from the apron and then ducks a lockup attempt from Abyss and taunts him. Jeff tags in and goes after Jarrett but he tags in Steiner. Hardy and Steiner lockup and Steiner forces Hardy into the corner and nails him with knees and chops. Steiner hits a Hip Toss on Hardy and then whips him into the corner. Hardy attempts to float up and over Steiner out of the corner but Steiner catches him on his shoulder and attempts to toss him into the corner. Hardy counters it and shoves Steiner into the corner and then hits a Leaping Back Kick. Hardy tags in Anderson but Steiner pokes Anderson in the eyes as he comes in. Jarrett tags in and attempts to whip Anderson into the ropes but Anderson reverses it and catches Jarrett with a back elbow. Anderson then hits a Swinging Neckbreaker for a nearfall. Anderson attempts to whip Jarrett into the ropes but Jarrett reverses it and Ray hits Anderson from behind with a back elbow from the apron. Jarrett then hits a clothesline and tags Ray into the match. Ray hits a series of Elbow Drops and gets a nearfall. Ray tags in Steiner and holds Anderson while Steiner puts the boots to him. Steiner whips Anderson into the ropes and connects with the Steinerline followed by the Steiner Elbow. Steiner mocks Anderson by doing pushups and then he goes for a Scoop Slam but Anderson blocks it and connects with a clothesline. Anderson tags in Hardy and Steiner tags in Ray! Hardy and Ray exchange right hands and then Ray whips Hardy into the ropes only to eat a Flying Forearm from Hardy! Hardy knocks Jarrett and Steiner off the apron and then kicks Ray and connects with a Flying Leg Drop off the top! Hardy climbs back up top but Jarrett crotches him! Steiner then climbs up with Hardy and hits a Super Samoan Drop! Ray covers Hardy and gets a nearfall. Ray locks in a Body Scissors on Hardy. Jeff breaks the hold with back elbows but as he reaches for a tag Ray elbow drops him and then tags Jarrett back in. Jarrett tosses Hardy into the corner and then whips him into the opposite corner. Jarrett charges at Hardy but Hardy catches him with an elbow and then springs to the top and hits the Whisper In The Wind! Both men are down. Hardy reaches out and tags in Abyss and Jarrett tags in Steiner! Abyss goes nuts with clothesline on all of Immortal! Corner Splash on Ray and then a Big Boot on Steiner! Abyss grabs Jarrett but Jarrett kicks in the nuts and goes for the Stroke but Abyss blocks it and hits the Shock Treatment! Abyss gets to his feet but Ray clotheslines him over the top to the floor! Hardy catches Ray with the Twist of Fate! Hardy up top, Swanton Bomb! Jarrett catches Hardy with the Stroke! Anderson comes in, Mic Check on Jarrett! Steiner grabs Anderson and hits the Belly-to-Belly Overhead Suplex! Steiner locks in the Steiner Recliner! Abyss comes in and Steiner goes after him, but Abyss catches him with the Black Hole Slam! 1…2…3!
Winners: Hardy, Anderson, & Abyss via pinfall (Black Hole Slam)
Tenay and Taz argue over who was responsible for attacking James Storm.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Roode (c) vs. “Cowboy” James Storm
Storm’s entrance music runs through completely once without him walking out and then it hits a 2nd time and this time he finally stumbles through the entrance tunnel. Blood running down his face and Storm staggering down the ramp. Roode smiles and laughs and starts telling Strom to come after him. Strom slides into the ring and spears Roode! Storm lights Roode up with right hands and clotheslines! Storm whips Roode into the corner and then hits a backdrop! The fans are going nuts! Storm gets fired up and then staggers and then falls to the mat. Roode smiles as the referee holds up the “X” for an injury. The doctor runs out and he says he tried to get Storm not to come out, and he needs to go to the hospital. Roode feigns a worried look now and watches as the doctor checks on him. Roode tells the doctor that he’ll help. Roode tells the doctor to call the ambulance and then starts to help the referee pick Storm up and then Roode looks at the referee and says, “you rang the bell right? The match is over” but he says no so Roode rolls Storm up! He screams at the referee to count, he reluctantly does! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL World Champ: Roode via pinfall (rollup)
Kaz and AJ run out and chase Roode off. Roode celebrates on the ramp and acts like he just did something great but Sting walks out and looks at Roode and shoves him. Sting walks into the ring and AJ grabs a microphone. AJ screams at Roode and asks him what’s wrong with him and asks who he is. AJ says he’s a piece of trash and then says he’s not laying down bleeding so why don’t he come down and get some of him right now! AJ says he has a better idea and he tells Sting he wants Roode at Turning Point! Roode’s eyes get big and AJ says “I want that prick!” Sting says AJ wants it and he has it!
Tonight starting off with a ton of rapid fire matches and segments thrown at us very quickly and then slowed down in the 2nd hour with more lengthy matches/segments. Overall pretty solid show, with some decent build for Turning Point.
The opening with Roode and Storm was really well done and Roode was the asshole he needed to be in his first promo back as a heel.
Crimson-Pope was just kind of there and makes no sense for Pope to get in as much offense as he did if Crimson is billed as a monster. Pope continues to be unbelievably misused.
I continue to not care whatsoever about the Bischoff nonsense and it doesn’t seem anyone else does either.
I also could care less about the Jersey Shore stuff, just dumb.
The Knockouts Tag Match was solid when Gail and Mickie where in the match but both Velvet and Madison were really sloppy. Gail has been AWESOME as a heel.
Zema-Sorensen was a fun but short match was really just there to give Sorensen a solid win. Zema is beyond athletic, we need to see way more of this guy.
AJ-Daniels was excellent and a nice little cap to this version of the feud but they have also left it open for them to (hopefully) return to this feud down the line.
6-Man Tag was really hot, the fans really, really got into during the finishers sequence. Good match.
I liked what they did with Storm and Roode with the beatdown before hand and Storm looking like the badass that wants to continue to go despite the injury and Roode looks like the asshole he needs to be not only probably due to the attack on him but even worse taking advantage of it in the match. AJ cut a nice, short promo at the end and that match COULD have been excellent. If you haven’t heard AJ injured his ankle in a house show match last week and the picture he posted on his Twitter was pretty gruesome. It’s supposed to be a high ankle sprain and I just don’t see how less than two weeks from it AJ is going to be able to work that match with Roode. I’m guessing we’ll likely see a injury angle at the beginning of the PPV and then they work a short match with Roode going after the ankle and AJ selling it. That’s one of the problems with taping shows a couple weeks in advance. You never know what can happen at these live events in between. They’re working this thing with Storm as if he has a “concussion” which means they’ll likely have him sit out awhile and then come back for the hot feud with Roode.
1) Crimson def. The Pope
2) Garrett Bischoff def. Gunner via DQ
3) Jesse Sorensen def. Zema Ion
4) TNA KO Tag Team Titles: Gail Kim & Madison Rayne (c) def. Velvet Sky & Mickie James to retain the titles!
5) Ronnie & Eric Young def. Robbie E. & Rob Terry
6) AJ Styles def. Daniels
7) Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, & Abyss def. Immortal
8) TNA World Title: Bobby Roode (c) def. James Storm to retain the title!
– Promo/Segment of the Night: Storm/Roode opening
– Match of the Night: AJ vs. Daniels (***1/2)
– Overall Grade: B –
Turning Point Lineup:
– TNA World Title: Bobby Roode (c) vs. AJ Styles
– Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett
– No DQ Match: RVD vs. Christopher Daniels
– TNA X-Division Title 3-Way Dance: Austin Aries (c) vs. Kid Kash vs. Jesse Sorensen
– TNA Knockouts Title: Velvet Sky (c) vs. Gail Kim
– Crimson vs. Matt Morgan
– TNA Tag Team Titles: Mexican America (c) & Sarita vs. Ink, Inc. & Toxxin
– Scott Steiner & Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson & Abyss
– TNA TV Title: Robbie E. vs. Eric Young (c)
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