Written by: Bob Colling
Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
NWA Tag Team Champions LAX make their way down to the ring with Konnan. Konnan says that you can’t stop a revolution and that LAX is leading by example. Konnan dedicates the tag titles to the legal and illegal latinos in America. Konnan talks about having to deal with discrimination in the business. Konnan promises that they hate the fans. Konnan promises to take care of anyone trying to stop their movement. Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles appear on the big screen. Daniels says they made a mistake playing by their rules. Daniels says they have exercised their rematch clause for No Surrender. They want a match to benefit them. At No Surrender they will be wrestling in a tag team Ultimate X match!
Opening Contest: NWA X-Division Champion Senshi & Petey Williams vs. Chris Sabin & Jay Lethal: Sabin and Williams start the tag match. Williams forearms Sabin in the corner and tries for a side Russian leg sweep, but Sabin avoids it. Lethal dropkicks Senshi from the top rope. Sabin dropkicks a seated Williams as we go to commercial. Senshi controls Lethal on the mat leading to a standoff. Lethal runs into a knee by Senshi and a kick over the back of his head. Senshi kicks Lethal several times to the chest. Williams puts Lethal in a tree of woe in the corner and stands on Lethal’s groin. Williams takes Lethal over with a snap suplex and locks in a chin lock. Lethal elbows free and runs into a spinning heel kick for a two count. Senshi tags into the match and stomps on Lethal. Senshi controls Lethal with a few chops. Lethal hip tosses Senshi followed by a dropkick to a seated Senshi. Sabin and Williams are tagged in with Sabin getting the advantage with strikes. Sabin forearms Williams, but Lethal enters to heel kick Senshi. Williams and Senshi are tied up in the corner allowing Sabin to hit a dropkick to Williams for a near fall. Senshi kicks Lethal on the floor. Sabin tries for a Cradle Shock on Williams, but Senshi made the save. Sabin heel kicks Senshi and sends Williams into Senshi. Sabin plants Williams down to the mat with a DDT out of a suplex and pins Williams as Senshi just stands there. (**. The finish fell flat with Senshi being annoyed by Williams bumping into him causing the eventual win for Sabin. The crowd didn’t seem to be invested all that much and the action wasn’t as exciting as you might expect or hope for from these four men.)
A vignette promoting Bobby Roode’s quest to find a manager is shown. They show pictures of Pat Riley and Joe Torre, which is not going to happen. Roode is bringing his search to Impact next week. He’s going to make someone a lot of money.
Second Contest: Eric Young vs. Shark Boy: They stall for a little bit to start the match. Boy drops Young face first over his knee and misses a splash in the corner. Young bites Boy’s butt sending Boy through the ropes to the floor. Boy shoulder rams Young from the apron and delivers a neckbreaker. Larry Zbyszko is at ringside watching the match. Boy boots Young in the corner and tries for the Dead Sea Drop. Young counters and hits a wheelbarrow neckbreaker for the win. (NR. Young is certainly over with the crowd and I like the finishing move.) After the match, Earl Hebner tries to attack Slick Johnson but is prevented. Hebner has something to tell the world but Larry Zbyszko escorts Hebner out of the arena.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Christian Cage questioning his motives. Cage has been giving lessons and did so for Sting and Rhino. Cage wants the guys to realize that he’s the top star and their meal ticket. Cage wants them to step up to him man to man. Ron Killings enters the scene and reminds Cage that he was a two time NWA World Champion before Cage got there. Killings doesn’t think Cage is man enough to handle Sting and Rhino. Killings is confident that Cage can’t handle him either. Cage tells Killings that he won’t be the first hip hop poser that he beats up. Killings tells Cage that he doesn’t imitate and proceeds to deck Cage leading to a pull apart brawl.
A vignette promoting “A Starr Is Born” at BFG on 10/22 is shown once again.
Main Event: Abyss vs. Brother Runt in a 10,000 thumbtacks match: Runt runs down to the ring and goes after Abyss with a headbutt to the gut. Runt hits the Acid Drop and goes to the pile to grab the bag of tacks. Runt hits Abyss with the bag several times to drop Abyss to the mat. Runt lays the tacks out on the mat. Runt leaps off the apron and is caught. Abyss rams Runt into the ring post back first. Abyss goes backstage to bring a table towards the stage. Abyss has a board of tacks and lays the tack board onto the table as we go to commercial. Abyss has grabbed a second board covered in tacks and lays it over a stacked table. Abyss sets Runt up for a powerbomb, but Runt fights free and punches Abyss several times as they head back towards the ring. Abyss knee lifts Runt several times before they return to the ring. Abyss looks to press Runt’s face into the tacks, but Runt avoids a stomp and tries to hit the Acid Drop, but Abyss slams Runt onto the tacks and wins the match. (*. There wasn’t much to this match, really.) After the match, Abyss drags Runt up the aisle. Abyss lifts Runt up into the air, but Raven comes out and jabs Abyss to make the save. Raven knee lifts Abyss off the stage and Abyss goes crashing through the two tack tables on the floor. Raven carries Runt away. We see guys with guns literally coming to the ring for the public execution.
NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett makes his way out to the ring for the public execution. There are three guys with funs and a noose hanging from the rafters. This is an insane visual. Jarrett wants security to remove someone from the crowd and they do. The fan tossed a bottle at Jarrett, apparently. Jarrett talks about executing criminals and how it makes an example of people who go against the law. Jarrett says that capital punishment is alive and well in Planet Jarrett. Jarrett notes the many ways that they could go about the execution. Jarrett signs the contract to be in the main event with Sting at Bound For Glory. Jarrett promises that Sting’s final match will take place at BFG. There’s a phone ringing sound and Don West answers the phone at the announcers table. It’s Jim Cornette and wants to know if Jarrett can hear him. Cornette isn’t in Orlando but is watching the satellite feed from the Nashville office. Cornette is sick of Jarrett whining and crying about everything. Cornette reveals they will put Jarrett on trial next week on Impac! Cornette is going to give Jarrett a polygraph test! If Jarrett passes the test then Jarrett can take a break and not enter the ring until Bound For Glory. However, if Jarrett were to lie then Cornette will give the fans a chance to get even with Jarrett. Cornette asks if Jarrett has more to fear from Sting or the fans outside the ring. Jarrett is stressing out with that revelation.
A weaker episode compared to the last several, but I’m interested to see how they go about the polygraph test with Jarrett next week.
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