Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total-Nonstop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
Rhino is in the ring with a bag and he says that he had a decision he had to make. He says that Vince McMahon wanted to give him a job, but Rhino told him to kiss his ass because he’s loyal to TNA. Rhino says that McMahon wanted to start ECW again and says you can’t start the company without the last ever ECW World and TV Champion. Rhino plays to the crowd. Rhino is the only man to unify the championships. Rhino has had the championship in his cellar for the past five years. Rhino would pull the championship out of the bag, but McMahon would send his lawyers. Rhino notes that McMahon has requested the championship be return and Rhino has refused. Rhino stands before them as the War Machine. Rhino is going to do something he should have done five years ago. Rhino heads out of the arena. Outside the arena, Rhino says he’s tired of people trying to resurrect something that is dead. Rhino drops the championship into a trash can and he’s not done. Rhino sets the trash can on fire. Rhino offers a challenge to anyone to face him. The result is always the same… GORE, GORE, GORE!
Opening Contest: Abyss vs. Norman Smiley: Smiley ducks a clothesline to put a headlock on Abyss. Abyss shoulder blocks Smiley, but Smiley gets up and dances for the crowd. Abyss drops Smiley with a big boot. Abyss splashes Smiley in the corner. Abyss finishes Smiley off with the Black Hole Slam for the win.
The James Gang make their way out to talk with Abyss and James Mitchell. BG says they are here to find out if what happened two weeks was a fluke or if they can count on Abyss. BG says he’s going to do something he told his mother he’d never do. BG is going to make a deal with the devil. Mitchell shakes hands with BG. Abyss taunts BG causing him to backoff. BG says this has become their personal highway to hell.
A video promoting Sting is aired with Sting saying he’s not going to backoff and he’s not running away from Jarrett or Steiner. Sting wouldn’t mind wrestling Samoa Joe and says that Christian Cage has nothing to prove. Sting promises it will be Showtime at Victory Road this Sunday.
A video promoting Shane Douglas training the Naturals is aired. Douglas says they are a different team already. Naturals will wrestle Diamond in the Rough this Sunday.
A video promoting AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels finally winning the NWA Tag Team Championships when they found Sirelda to take care of Gail Kim. At Victory Road, it’s AMW’s final chance for the titles.
Second Contest: NWA X-Division Champion Senshi vs. Jerrelle Clark: Clark head scissors Senshi to start the match, but Senshi comes back with a gut buster for a two count. Senshi kicks Clark in the chest and delivers a few more strikes. Clark forearms Senshi and hits a springboard crossbody for a near fall. Senshi knee lifts Clark followed by a kick to the chest. Senshi kicks Clark in the midsection followed by another kick to the head for a two count. Clark rams Senshi into the corner face first. Senshi delivers another kick and a running dropkick. Senshi heads to the top rope hitting a double stomp for the win.
Scott Steiner cuts a promo on Christian Cage, Sting and Samoa Joe. Steiner declares that Joe’s undefeated streak will come to an end at Victory Road and he’ll be the next World Champion.
Christian Cage cuts a promo asking what does it do for him when Jim Cornette allowed Jeff Jarrett to retain the NWA World Championship. Cage recalls the King of the Mountain match where he felt that Sting knew he was the better man. Cage will have no problem beating Sting if that’s what he has to do at Victory Road.
A video by the Paparazzi Productions is aired where Shelley needs a production assistant and that is where Johnny Devine comes in. They will be wrestling AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in a non-title match. They have an agenda tonight to make Kevin Nash proud.
Third Contest: NWA Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels & AJ Styles vs. Alex Shelley & Johnny Devine in a non-title match: Styles and Shelley start the match with Shelley delivering a knee lift. Shelley shoulder blocks Styles and neither man budge. Shelley eye rakes Styles and keeps arm control. Styles counters and tags in Daniels. Daniels delivers a kick to the arm of Shelley to gain the advantage. Daniels kicks Shelley into the corner and is dropped over Daniels knees. Daniels misses a heel kick after Devine held Shelley. Shelley drops Daniels with a heel kick of his own. Devine tags in and stomps on Daniels followed by right hands in the corner. Shelley returns to the match and nails Daniels with a double knee strike in the corner. Devine delivers a knee strike as well. Devine takes Daniels over with a snap suplex for a two count. Daniels hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker on Devine. Styles gets the hot tag and clotheslines both men. Styles heel kicks Devine and plants Devine with a sit out wheelbarrow facebuster for a two count. Shelley kicks Styles to help avoid the Styles Clash. Shelley has his tripod, but Sirelda comes out and distracts Shelley. Styles hits a leaping clothesline as Daniels hit a back suplex on Devine. Shelley is sent to the floor and Styles plants Devine with the Styles Clash to win the match. (**. A standard match with the Paparazzi not really getting a lot of time to shine. It was solid action and good extended squash for the champs.) After the match, Gail Kim and America’s Most Wanted run into the ring and attack the champions. Daniels has been handcuffed to the bottom rope and Style is laid out in the middle of the ring.
A video promoting the hair vs. hair match between Raven and Larry Zbyszko is aired. We also see Slick Johnson still passing the bald photoshopped pictures out and Zbyszko continues to chase him.
A video package by Samoa Joe is aired as he promotes the four way match at Victory Road. He calls Christian Cage a whiner and he’s focused on beating up Scott Steiner. He’s here to be the man and to be the champion.
A video package by NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett who says he’ll take a test to prove he’s not lying about not having anything to do with Earl Hebner. Jarrett says he can’t trust anyone when he’s at the top of the mountain. Jarrett always wins when he’s backed into a corner.
Backstage, Team Canada is interviewed by Jeremy Borash. Scott D’Amore hypes up his men as being winners and they have the chance to remain together. D’Amore tells Eric Young to get his head in the game or his darkest fears will take place tonight. Roode wants them shove it to Jim Cornette.
Main Event: Team Canada (Petey Williams, Eric Young, Bobby Roode & A-1) vs. Team 3D, Jay Lethal & Rhino: D-Von and Roode start the match with Roode delivering a few right hands and a back elbow. D-Von ducks a clothesline to hit a leaping clothesline and scoop slam. D-Von delivers a falling headbutt for a two count. Bubba tags in and hits a side slam as D-Von hit a leg drop. Williams tags in and hammers away on Bubba. Bubba crotches Petey on the top rope and puts him in a tree of woe. Bubba drops Roode with a right hand. Lethal tags in and axe handles Petey from the top rope. Williams sends Lethal into the corner, but Lethal fights off and Williams hits a neckbreaker as we go to commercial.
Roode tries for a back suplex, but Lethal connects with a kick to the head. Lethal tags in Rhino and Rhino cleans house on all Team Canada. Rhino hits a shoulder ram on A-1 followed by a belly to belly suplex for a two count. Lethal hits a springboard crossbody and all eight men are brawling around the ring. Williams tries for a Canadian Destroyer, but D-Von counters and they hit the 3D! Eric Young enters and D-Von hits a lifting reverse DDT. Roode hits a slam on D-Von, but Bubba hits the Bubba Bomb. A-1 drops Bubba with a spinebuster. Lethal nearly gets A-1 with a rollup. Lethal hip tosses A-1 followed by a dropkick. Scott D’Amore hits Lethal with a hockey stick. Brother Runt hits the Acid Drop on D’Amore and dives onto Team Canada on teh floor. Rhino waits in the corner and GORES A-1. Lethal hits a top rope diving headbutt and pins A-1! Team Canada is broken up! (**1/2. They kept a good pace and I like that Lethal won the match and as a result gets a title match against any champion. I’d imagine this leads to an X-Division shot. Team Canada breaking up is a good move and should allow those guys to branch out into the next step of their careers.)
A solid episode this week as they continued to advance things in the right direction and I can’t hate on that mindset. I enjoyed the episode despite there not being a lot of high entertaining action in the ring.
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