Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
Mike Tenay is in the ring to start the program and says that Samoa Joe must return the NWA World Championship by the end of the show. If Joe doesn’t then he’ll be removed from the roster.
Brother Runt, Raven and Abyss are brawling around ringside. Runt and Raven are slammed onto the announcers table. Abyss misses a chair shot and is met with a low blow by Runt Raven whacks Abyss with a chair shot over the head. Raven avoids the Acid Drop by ramming Runt into the ring post groin first. Raven and Abyss enter the ring where Raven drop toe holds Abyss onto the steel chair. Raven jabs Abyss a few times, but Abyss plants Raven with the Black Hole Slam.
The lights go out and we see Jake Roberts makes his way down to the ring. Roberts is smirking and has his snake with him. The crowd is going nuts as are the announcers. Roberts confronts Abyss in the ring and Father Mitchell is on the apron. Roberts gets the snake out and Abyss is unaware. Abyss falls down out of fear and bails to the floor. That’s the reaction of every heel since 1986. Brother Runt has entered the ring from behind and wants the snake back in the bag and demands Roberts out of his ring. Roberts puts the bag over Runt and delivers a DDT to leave Runt laying. Roberts gets a microphone and talks about wrestling for 32-years and how TNA asked if he wanted to be the referee for Monsters Ball. Roberts will be the special referee.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is waiting and a limo arrives. Borash backs off and it’s Kurt Angle! Angle asks if Borash is surprised. Angle told us it was real, damn real.
A vignette by Austin Starr saying that at BFG, TNA gets star struck.
Opening Contest: Christian Cage vs. Norman Smiley in a street fight: Smiley is wearing his famous football gear. Cage hammers away on Smiley and tries for a chair shot, but Smiley is wearing a helmet. Smiley drives Cage down with a swinging slam. Smiley tries for the Big Wiggle, but Cage low blows Smiley. Cage hits Smiley over the back with a chair and hits the Un-Prettier. Cage lays Smiley onto a chair and grabs another chair to smash Smiley’s head. Cage covers Smiley and wins the match easily. (1/2*. It was a cool thing to see Smiley return with his WCW attire, but they didn’t do much with it. This is fine to build for the street fight at the PPV.) After the match, Cage puts Smiley in a straight jacket, but Shark Boy slides into the ring to make the save. Cage beats Shark Boy down and grabs the helmet to smash Shark Boy in the face. Rhino slides into the ring and Cage bails to the floor to escape.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is by the limo. Eric Young is dressed in a trench coat and Borash tells him that he’s got a match with Larry Zbyszko where Young can get his job back if he beats Zbyszko and if Zbyszko loses then he’s gone. Young tells Borash that Samoa Joe is in the building and runs off.
Backstage, Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal are wearing bald caps and mocking Senshi. Jerry Lynn walks into the scene and asks where Chris Sabin is at. Lethal would rather play video games than have a match next. Senshi runs into the scene and attacks both men.
Second Contest: NWA X-Division Champion Senshi vs. Jay Lethal in a non-title match: Senshi is beating on Lethal during his entrance as they head towards the ringside area. Senshi rolls Lethal into the ring and stomps away on Lethal to legally control the contest. Senshi forearms Lethal to the mat and taunts him. Lethal dropkicks Senshi followed by a vertical suplex. Lethal goes to the top rope missing a diving headbutt. Senshi hits a handspring kick in the corner and hits the Ki Krusher for the win. (1/2*. A complete squash to put over Senshi. Bizarre to use Lethal in that spot, but whatever.) After the match, Chris Sabin makes the save hammering away on Senshi, but misses a dropkick. Senshi dropkicks Sabin into the ropes and hits a top rope double stomp to leave Sabin laying.
The Paparazzi Productions press conference is next and it took place a bar. Kevin Nash says the press conference is what is important and not Kurt Angle entering the company. Nash says there’s a good chance that his old partner might be in the battle royal. Monty Hall might be in the battle royal. Nash lists celebrities who are potentially involved in the battle royal.
Mike Tenay had a sit down interview with BG James and asks what was up with BG James’ reaction last week. BG assures us that everything is cool between him and Kip. BG says that Jeff Jarrett has had a reason to do everything he’s done. BG lived with Jarrett for six months because of his stupidity. BG thinks Tenay should get to know the man and not the wrestler. BG says that Jarrett is a good man and nobody should think otherwise.
Main Event: NWA Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels & James Gang vs. America’s Most Wanted & LAX: Styles and Daniels brawl with LAX while James Gang brawl with AMW. BG jabs Harris a few times. Kip tags in and keeps control. Daniels gets a drink thrown on him by a Spanish announce guy. Daniels handcuffs him to the cage. We go to commercial as the match feels disjointed.
Hernandez has Daniels over his shoulder and drops down with a backbreaker for a two count. Hernandez keeps a dragon sleeper on Daniels until BG knocks Hernandez down. Harris misses a clothesline and Styles hits a springboard forearm on Harris. Styles cleans house with strikes and hits a springboard reverse DDT on Homicide. Styles nails Harris with the pele kick. Storm superkicks Styles to prevent the Styles Clash. Homicide and Harris shove each other as they won’t let the other get a pin. Styles gets a rollup on Harris to win the match. (1/2*. These matches are short as hell and it’s frustrating that we don’t get longer matches.) After the match, AMW are arguing in the ring. Konnan and Gail Kim argue with Kim slapping Konnan. LAX go after AMW hitting them with slapjacks. Kim tries to get involved, but Hernandez ends up hitting the Border Toss on Kim. AMW and Kim are buried under flags.
Mike Tenay is in the ring with Earl Hebner, who has the official document. Tenay says we will find out if Samoa Joe will return the NWA World Championship or removed from the roster. Samoa Joe makes his way out to give an answer. The fans are chanting for Joe to keep the title. Joe opens the document and rips it in half. Joe tells Tenay that is his answer.
Kurt Angle’s music hits and makes his way down to the ring to an enormous reaction. Angle is staring down Joe upon entering the ring. Angle and Joe stand in the middle of the ring. Angle headbutts Joe and hits the Angle Slam! Angle holds the title up, but a bloody Joe stands up and nails Angle with a kick to the head. Angle and Joe are wrestling on the mat and Jeff Jarrett is able to regain possession of the title. Security is holding Angle and Joe apart in the ring. Angle and Joe brawl on the entrance way as the crowd is losing their mind.
For the most part, it’s a boring episode until the end. The final segment was done really well and I’m 100% into a feud between Angle and Joe. That is going to be a lot of fun to watch. I’d only watch the final five minutes or so as everything else is skippable.
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34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.