Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
Footage filmed for TNA’s website is shown. Chris Sabin talks about how people are doubting him and that includes Jerry Lynn. Sabin doesn’t appreciate Lynn doubting him and being champion proves that Lynn is wrong. AJ Styles enters the scene and tells Sabin to show some respect. Sabin calls Styles a punk and Styles goes after Sabin. An hour later, Sabin cuts into Styles interview and says that he’ll put the championship on the line tonight.
Opening Contest: NWA X-Division Champion Chris Sabin vs. AJ Styles in the Fight For The Right Tournament: Styles takes Sabin down to the mat and they roll to the floor only to slide back in. Sabin arm drags Styles and delivers a kick to the midsection. Styles plants Sabin with a backbreaker for a two count. Styles presses his knee into Sabin’s back to maintain control of the contest. Sabin gets a backslide for a two count and dropkicks Styles on the knee. Sabin delivers a kick to the back for a near fall. Sabin keeps a chin lock on Styles, but doesn’t get a submission. Sabin pulls Styles down to the mat to keep control. Sabin delivers a quick leg drop for a near fall. Styles elbows free and drops Sabin with clotheslines followed by a spin kick. Sabin dumps Styles to the apron where Styles hits a springboard forearm for a two count. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Sabin breaks free and kicks Styles. Sabin hits a springboard tornado DDT for a near fall. Sabin misses a clothesline and Styles hits the pele kick. Styles elbows Sabin in the corner and tries for a springboard reverse DDT, but Sabin counters. Sabin tries for the Cradle Shock, but Styles counters with an inside cradle to win the match and title. (**1/2. It’s a solid match, but I hate that Styles won the title. There’s just no reason to take it off Sabin here. Having Sabin lose here doesn’t help him and diminishes him a little bit. If Sabin were to have won here, it would elevate him and continue to stick it to Lynn.)
A video package promoting new NWA World Champion Sting is shown. Sting thought the same thing about Jarrett that Jarrett thought about him. Sting only recently found out that Jarrett is dealing with some serious personal issues. Sting says the championship previously represented lust and greed. But, it will now represent honor and dignity. Sting will give credit to his maker and says that without God he’s nothing.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Lance Hoyt and Ron Killings. Killings cuts a promo saying that any time an opportunity comes up he takes it. Killings tells Hoyt this is all about business and hopes Hoyt is ready. Hoyt notes that Killings has been champion before, but now it’s his time to become champion. Hoyt tells Killings after they are done they can be cool again. Eric Young pops up from behind and asks if Borash has seen Jarrett. Young is looking for Jarrett.
Second Contest: Lance Hoyt vs. Ron Killings in the Fight For The Right Tournament: They show respect for each other before the match starts. Killings almost wins with a few rollup attempts. Hoyt shoulder blocks Killings and delivers a big boot for a two count. Hoyt drives Killings down with a side slam for a two count. Hoyt misses a clothesline and Killings hit a heel kick. Hoyt misses another clothesline and Killings misses a scissors kick. Killings hits a leaping forearm smash. Killings connects with a scissors kick for the clean win. (1/2*. Well, that sucked. Hoyt has a promising showing and then gets jobbed out quickly. I hate the booking here.) After the match, the James Gang enter the ring and BG has something to say. BG apologizes to the guys in the ring. BG talks about getting hired ten years ago to get guys over. BG says the people couldn’t be fooled and they are the real champions. BG brings up the 3LK and how marketable is was. However, TNA dropped the ball with that idea. BG says the people in the back are still standing with their thumbs in their asses. BG quits the company, but Kip chimes in and asks when did BG become so soft. Kip tells TNA and Spike TV… well they cut his microphone. Kip goes on the headset and that gets cutoff, too. The show goes to commercial before Kip can say what he wanted to say.
Third Contest: Robert Roode vs. Christopher Daniels in the Fight For The Right Tournament: Ms. Brooks gets on the apron to distract Daniels and Roode delivers a few strikes in the corner followed by stomps. Daniels fights back with right hands followed by a kick. Roode forearms Daniels and delivers a knee drop. Roode digs at Daniels forehead to maintain control of the match. Roode twists Daniels neck, but Daniels fights out with elbows. Daniels ducks a strike and hits an STO. Daniels forearms and clotheslines Roode. Daniels backdrops Roode and delivers a kick to the head. Roode bails to the floor to regroup. Daniels hits a moonsault to the floor. Brooks stops Daniels on the apron and is shoved away. Daniels hits a crossbody on Roode, but the referee is distracted leading to a near fall. Roode avoids a knee in the corner and hits a full nelson slam for a two count. Roode tries for a powerbomb, but Daniels counters with a Death Valley Driver. Daniels slams Roode and hits the Best Moonsault Ever. Brooks distracts the referee. Daniels is pissed and Roode misses a clothesline. Brooks distracts Daniels allowing Roode to hit the Payoff to win the match. (*1/2. I’m fine with Roode winning the match since he’s getting a push. The constant distraction was a bit annoying, but I get why they did it to protect Daniels.) After the match, Daniels seems to be a little upset with Styles since he’s got a singles title now.
Main Event: Christian Cage vs. Rhino in a four corner pole match: Rhino attacks Cage on the aisle from behind with right hands. Rhino sends Cage into the railing a few times. Rhino mounts Cage with right hands. Rhino chokes Cage with his ring jacket. Rhino clotheslines Cage with the jacket. Rhino rams Cage into the corner a few times. Rhino tries to unhook a chair from the pole, but Cage prevents it. Rhino backdrops Cage and continues with a chin lock. Cage kicks Rhino in the midsection and is stopped by a clothesline. Cage eye rakes Rhino and climbs the pole trying to get the key for the cage. Rhino knocks Cage off the top onto the railing. Rhino yanks the key off as we go to commercial.
Rhino press slammed Cage to the floor during the commercial and got the straight jacket off the pole. Rhino hits a belly to belly suplex and waits for Cage to get up. Rhino tries for the GORE, but Cage counters with a dropkick. Cage avoids Rhino in the corner and goes to the top rope looking to get bolt cutters. Cage gets the cutters and looks to use them on Rhino. Rhino tackles Cage and delivers right hands on the mat. Matt Bentley enters the ring and attacks Rhino for some reason. Cage gets a chair from the other pole. Rhino stops Bentley with a spinebuster and nails Cage with the GORE. The bell sounded already when Cage got the last weapon. Rhino has the straightjacket and puts it on Cage. Cage is trapped in the jacket and Rhino has a steel chair. Kazarian comes in and distracts Rhino. Bentley and Kazarian double team Rhino in the corner. Cage escaped up the ramp with the straightjacket still on. Rhino GORES Bentley and GORE Kazarian through the table in the corner to end the segment. (*1/2. I’m not sure what they are doing with Kazarian and Bentley, but I’m interested to see how this new look may change their careers.)
I wasn’t a fan of some of the booking of this show. Hopefully Sabin gets the title back sooner rather than later. In-ring action wasn’t awful, but the angle development was a major concern this week.
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