Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
Backstage, Konnan and NWA Tag Team Champions LAX are interviewed. Konnan knows that TNA is trying to screw them out of the titles. Konnan promises that Petey Williams will find out thug life is all about. Kurt Angle is going to find out, as well. The interviewer was Leticia Cline, which I think this is her debut in such role.
Christian Cage makes his way down to the ring with Tomko to cut a promo. Cage introduces the only man that he truly trusts in the wrestling business, Tomko. Cage puts him over as being a killer and Sting found that out last week. Cage wants to get to some business. Cage claims that TNA is trying to put the screws to him by having him compete in a triple threat match at Turning Point. Cage reminds us that he’s undefeated and is the biggest star in the company. Cage plans to take out both his opponents tonight. Cage says they have a little something for NWA World Champion, Abyss. Cage says that Tomko knows Abyss. Cage calls out Abyss to have a chat.
NWA World Champion Abyss and Father James Mitchell make their way out to the aisle. Mitchell stops Abyss from going to the ring and says he controls Abyss. Cage continues to taunt Abyss until Sting’s music hits. Sting comes down from the rafters. Well, it’s not Sting and it’s instead a dummy. Sting comes in from behind and scares Cage and Tomko from the ring with his baseball bat. Sting wants to talk to Abyss man to man tonight. Sting wants Abyss to come alone.
Voodoo Kin Mafia are continuing their war on the WWE. They are begging the WWE to stop the DX nonsense.
Backstage, James Storm was attacked by LAX and left bleeding from the mouth.
Opening Contest: Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Chris Sabin in a number one contenders match: NWA X-Division Champion Christopher Daniels is on commentary. Chris Harris comes over and says he’s going to find LAX. Sabin works over Lethal with strikes. Dutt and Lethal hammer away on Sabin. Lethal kicks Sabin and they hit dropkicks. Lethal hits a standing moonsault onto Sabin, though he completely missed it. Dutt avoids a backbreaker and Sabin is sent over the top to the floor. Dutt tries to get a rollup on Lethal, managing a two count. Lethal dropkicks a seated Dutt. Lethal hits a backbreaker and STO on Sabin for a two count. Dutt hits a standing Slice Bread for a near fall on Lethal. Lethal hits a dragon suplex on Dutt after avoiding a springboard. Sabin runs over and pins Dutt to become the number one contender. (*. I’m really not a fan of these quick matches and I feel like I’ve seen someone stealing the pin a few too many times in recent months. Sabin is the obvious choice to win, so that was no surprise.) After the match, Sabin confronts Daniels at the announcers table. Daniels tries to go after Sabin, but Jerry Lynn comes out and stops that from happening.
Backstage, LAX has beaten down Chris Harris as Harris was tied to a railing and left laying as Gail Kim came over to help.
Another video of VKM continuing their war against the WWE.
Mike Tenay had a sit down interview with AJ Styles. Styles doesn’t know wha Tenay is talking about with his on and off friendship with Daniels. Styles says that friends argue, but they will figure it out. Styles doesn’t know what Rhino’s issues are thinks that Rhino wants something from him. Styles tells Tenay that he doesn’t know him. Styles talks about living in a trailer and having a black and white television. Styles is offended that Tenay would suggest he was embarrassed. Tenay wants to help Styles, but Styles dismisses that saying he doesn’t need help. Styles tells Tenay he doesn’t need help. Rhino enters the scene to confront Styles. Rhino tells Styles to not have the attitude he has. Rhino doesn’t want Styles to go down the same street he went down. Rhino doesn’t want Styles to make the same mistakes. Styles wonders how they keep showing up at the same place and the same time. Styles tells Rhino if it happens again there will be problems. Rhino smirks and Styles walks off.
Paparazzi Productions segment is next for the drug test. Kevin Nash dismisses them because there are no steroids. Alex Shelley has the clap and he’s disappointed in that news. Nash wants Shelley and Starr to make him proud tonight. The PCS starts on December 10th.
Second Contest: Austin Starr & Alex Shelley vs. Lance Hoyt & Ron Killings: Shelley and Starr go on the attack early on, but Hoyt and Killings come back with strikes. Starr stomps on Hoyt’s knee over the middle rope. Killings drives Shelley down to the mat. Hoyt nails Starr with a big boot. Killings hits a crossbody to the floor. Hoyt misses a boot in the corner and Starr dropkicks Hoyt in the corner. Starr heads to the top rope and Shelley tags himself in. Killings pulls Starr to the floor. Shelley gets a rollup on Hoyt and uses the tights for leverage to win the match. After the match, Starr shows the referee the footage of Shelley cheating from Shelley’s own camera and the referee reverses the decision. (1/2*. I didn’t really enjoy the match nor the finish. Shelley and Starr are entertaining as a unit and Shelley is really standing out as being very entertaining in this role. Hoyt and Killings are coming across like they are two guys that TNA kind of like, but don’t want to completely ruin for some reason. I still think Hoyt should have a better spot in the company.)
Backstage, Ms. Brooks is with Eric Young and issued a challenge to him. Brooks says if Young doesn’t accept the challenge then he’s fired. Young reveals that Brooks challenged him to a bikini contest.
A video package promoting Serotinin is shown. They will be coming soon.
Another video of VKM’s declaration of war against the WWE is shown.
Sting makes his way down to the ring to cut a promo. Sting has a chair in the ring and wants NWA World Champion Abyss to come out by himself. Sting wants Abyss to sit on the chair, but he doesn’t. Sting talks about seeing Abyss hurting himself with various weapons and that led to him winning the NWA World Championship. Sting puts over Abyss for being a champion and a great athlete. Sting says that Abyss allowed Father James Mitchell to lead him like a puppy. Why is Abyss Mitchell’s puppet? Sting wonders if Abyss is looking for an escape from the torture. Abyss sits down and seems impacted by Sting’s words. Sting asks if that is what it’s about… Chris? Abyss looks up at Sting and Mitchell appears on the big screen. Mitchell says that Sting is wasting his time because Abyss is a monster. Mitchell wants Sting to look in the mirror and tell him what he sees. Mitchell suggests Sting save himself. Sting tells Abyss to worry about himself because he makes his own choices. Sting leaves the ing as Abyss remains in the ring thinking about what Sting just said to him. That is until Tomko and Christian Cage attack Abyss from behind. Tomko his the reverse TKO on Abyss. Sting slides back into the ring to run them off. Sting offers his hand to Abyss, but Father James Mitchell comes out and gets in Sting’s face delivering a slap. Mitchell and Abyss leave together.
Backstage, LAX attack Petey Williams before he can do his promo. Konnan gets a microphone and asks Kurt Angle how he’s going to do in the ring with it being just him now.
Main Event: NWA Tag Team Champions LAX vs. Kurt Angle in a non-title match: Hernandez and Angle start the match with Angle slapping Hernandez in the corner to taunt the champion. Hernandez kicks Angle and is sent into the ropes. Hernandez shoulder blocks Angle, but Angle hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Homicide is tagged into the match. Homicide hammers away on Angle and ducks a clothesline. Angle plants Homicide a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Angle tries for the Angle Slam, but Hernandez chop blocks Angle’s knee. Homicide keeps control with elbow drops to the knee. Hernandez tags in and Samoa Joe makes his way down to the ring to help Angle. Hernandez tosses Angle overhead to get a near fall. Joe is standing on the apron to be Angle’s partner. Hernandez keeps a sleeper on Angle. Angle fights out with elbow strikes and hits the Angle Slam. Joe gets the crowd behind Angle. Angle tags in Joe.
Joe cleans house with forearms on both members of LAX. Joe nails Homicide with a kick to the head. Joe atomic drops Hernandez followed by a running boot and a senton splash to Hernandez. Joe plants Homicide with a snap powerslam. Homicide tries for a cutter, but Joe counters with a rear naked choke. Angle has the ankle lock on Hernandez. Jim Cornette has come out to ring the bell. The match appears to be thrown out. Samoa Joe was not legally part of the match and thus it’s a no contest. After the match, Angle shakes hands with Joe to finally show respect to Joe as the show comes to an end. (**. The action was okay. I’m actually surprised that Joe and Angle weren’t given the tag titles as that is an often over done angle in pro wrestling. I’m glad they didn’t do that because LAX should have a long reign with the titles as they’ve been great heels in the tag division.)
I wasn’t a fan of the Sting/Abyss segment where Sting is trying to make Abyss into a more human character. It just felt unnecessary. The Angle/Joe stuff is fine, but I’m thinking one of them turns on the other before the PPV. The VKM segments are annoying and repetitive. I’m also not a fan of AJ Styles developments where he’s suddenly impacted by his upbringing. It’s just out of nowhere and doesn’t help him at all. I think there was far more bad this week than anything good, so this gets a thumbs down from me.
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