Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
Backstage, Kurt Angle is looking for Samoa Joe, but runs into Jeremy Borash. Angle presses Borash against the wall and tells Borash to let Joe know he’s looking for him.
Robert Roode is in the ring with Ms. Brooks to cut a promo. Roode says he’s not a happy man. Roode says when he’s not happy that nobody is happy. Roode focuses on Eric Young and knows that Young is here. Roode calls out Young to come down to the ring. Roode has an offer for Young that he can’t refuse. Kurt Angle makes his way down to the ring. Angle tells Roode to get out of his ring and Roode leaves with Brooks. Angle says that for three straight days he’s been thinking about the Turning Point match with Samoa Joe. Angle says that he’s not someone who taps out. Angle can’t stand the fact that Joe beat him at the PPV. Angle mentions he gave Joe a rematch for redemption. Angle wants a rematch, too. Angle wants Joe to come out to the ring and give him the rematch. Samoa Joe appears on the big screen. Joe talks about how Turning Point would be their final match. They both have their sighs on the NWA World Championship. Joe says that Angle has been broken. Joe tells Angle that they are done and there will be no rematch. Angle goes to the announcers table and confronts Don West. Angle tosses West to the ground and locks in the ankle lock! Tenay is screaming for help! Angle sits down and keeps the ankle lock on West is screaming that his ankle is broken as the segment ends.
Opening Contest: NWA World Champion Abyss vs. Ron Killings in a non-title match: Killings hammers away on Abyss, but is sent into the ropes. Killings tries to send Abyss into the ropes, but Abyss blocks it. Killings kicks Abyss into the ropes and clotheslines Abyss to the floor. Killings hits a somersault dive over the top to the floor. Sting is seen watching the match in the rafters. We go to commercial.
Abyss sends Killings into the ring steps shoulder first and taunts the camera. Abyss hammers away on Killings in the corner. Abyss chokes Killings over the middle rope. Abyss tries for the Shock Treatment, but Killings breaks free to hit a flying forearm smash. Killings misses a scissors kick. Abyss tries for a chokeslam, but Killings elbows free. Killings ducks a clothesline and heel kicks Abyss. Killings delivers a headbutt to Abyss’ groin for a two count. Abyss crawls to the floor to regroup. Killings fakes a baseball slide and decks Abyss with a right hand. Killings goes after Father James Mitchell, but runs into the Black Hole Slam to give Abyss the win. (*. The finish makes Killings look kind of dumb. Killings feels like a jobber to the bigger names at this point.)
Jim Cornette has joined Mike Tenay at the commentary table. Konnan will be locked inside a cage for the main event.
Backstage. Leticia Cline is with Christian Cage and Tomko. Cage says that Abyss owes him a singles match for the NWA World Championship. Cage is giving Abyss until the end of the night or Abyss will have his secret revealed. Ms. Brooks tries to get Eric Young to sign a contract, but Kurt Angle comes over looking for Samoa Joe and uppercuts Young.
Paparazzi Productions have the second round of the PCS. They are doing pushups and Nash believes Dutt is still on steroids. Dutt puts his ass in Starr’s ass. Dutt doesn’t do the same to Senshi because he doesn’t want to get murdered. Nash awards Jay Lethal the pushups contest. Senshi leads with 8pts and Lethal has 7pts.
Second Contest: NWA X-Division Champion Christopher Daniels vs. Petey Williams in a non-title match: Daniels keeps wrist control on Williams, but Williams gets a head scissors on the mat. Williams switches to a headlock, but Daniels breaks free quickly. Williams am drags Daniels and follows up with a head scissors to send Daniels to the floor. Williams slingshots back into the ring and they avoid each other a few times. Williams dropkicks Daniels followed by a spinning heel kick. Williams nearly wins with a standing hurricanrana. Daniels misses a splash in the corner and Williams delivers a few chops in the corner. Daniels clotheslines Williams and knee strikes Williams into the corner. Daniels slams Williams and delivers a knee to the back. Daniels elbow drops Williams for a two count. Williams kicks Daniels and is met with a slam by Daniels. Daniels goes for a split legged moonsault, but Williams goes his knees up. Williams hits a slingshot Codebreaker. Chris Sabin grabs the championship and Jerry Lynn runs Sabin out of the ring. Daniels hits Lynn with a kick to the head. Williams gets a rollup from behind on Daniels to win the match. (*1/2. They need to develop better finishes than constantly using distractions. I’d assume this is going to lead to Williams getting a title shot and Lynn vs. Sabin happens at the next PPV.)
Backstage, Kurt Angle has the ankle lock on Slick Johnson and is yelling that he wants Samoa Joe.
Another video package for VKM is shown. They wonder how it was okay when they were part in the WWE, but now it’s not okay. They have put one million dollars on the line to wrestle Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Kurt Angle makes his way down to the ring and grabs So Cal Val. Angle drags Val into the ring. Angle is standing on Val’s hair and asks Joe if it has come to this. Angle will break her ankle. Jim Cornette gets up from the announcers table and is trying to talk sense into Angle. Cornette tells Angle he’s better than this. Angle steps off of Val’s hair. Cornette wants Angle to have a rematch. Cornette read the contract and he can’t force Joe to have a singles match. Joe tag team matches aren’t covered in the contract. Cornette can put them in a tag match. Angle asks how is that going to convince Joe to have a singles match. Cornette says that Angle can change Joe’s mind olympic style. Cornette promises a tag match for Angle against Joe. Angle says that if he doesn’t get Joe in a tag match than Cornette’s ass is his.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with AMW and Gail Kim. Chris Harris has a patch over his right eye saying that they let a lot of people down on Sunday. Harris had his integrity questioned by James Storm, but they are past that after having a heart to heart talk. Harris says they are here as a unit and united. Harris says there’s nothing stopping them from getting the gold back for LAX. Storm apologized to Harris and Kim and is sorry the fans listened to the Mexican national anthem. Storm says they will disband over his dead body.
Main Event: NWA Tag Team Champions LAX vs. America’s Most Wanted in a losing team must split match: All four men are brawling around ringside with Harris brawling with Hernandez and Storm works over Homicide. Harris taunts Konnan inside a steel cage at ringside. We go to commercial.
Harris gets a knee to the back by Homicide and clotheslined by Hernandez. Homicide tags into the match and dropkicks Harris while Hernandez had a chin lock locked in. Homicide elbows Storm on the apron and Harris continues to be worked over. Hernandez has Harris on his shoulders, but Harris fights off and slams Homicide off the top onto Hernandez. Storm tags in, but the referee didn’t see it. Storm slams Homicide followed by a kick to the head. Storm dropkicks Hernandez followed by a superkick. Storm is escorted out of the ring. Harris tries to tag in Storm, but Homicide pulls Harris back. Storm has a beer bottle and scares Homicide from the ring. Storm remains in the ring and smashes Harris in the eye with the bottle! Gail Kim is shocked by this development. Homicide crawls in and pins Harris to win the match. (*. It’s a fitting time to end AMW as the act has been a little played out and there’s just nothing left for them to do. It’s a new era in the tag division and I think both Storm and Harris could play a good part in the midcard scene for TNA.)
After the match, Petey Williams briefly confronted Storm on the aisle and backstage.
Christian Cage and Tomko make their way down to the ring to cut a promo. Cage says that Abyss had until the end of the show to accept his challenge. Cage says that Abyss is headed towards embarrassment. Abyss is about to find out about his dark past. Abyss makes his way down to the ring with Father James Mitchell. Abyss clotheslines Tomko over the top to the floor. Cage decks Abyss from behind, but Abyss no sells it. Abyss slams Cage to the mat gut first. Abyss tosses Cage into the corner to deliver right hands. Tomko clotheslines Abyss to gain control. Tomko pummels Abyss and Cage gets a few shots in. Abyss gets up and chokes Cage against the ropes. Tomko pulls Cage to the floor. Abyss decks Earl Hebner with a right hand. Abyss grabs Rudy Charles and hits the Shock Treatment. Abyss grabs Andrew Thomas to hit the Black Hole Slam. Abyss goes to chokeslam Cornette, but the lights go out. Sting is in the ring and is trying to talk sense into Abyss. Abyss grabs Father James Mitchell. Abyss lets go and stares at Sting, who has the NWA World Championship. Abyss is losing his mind.
If they burn through three Angle vs. Joe matches in the span of three months, that is a little alarming. They should have been dragged out a little bit. It’s the end of an era for AMW as a tag team, so it will be interesting to see how they continue their careers. It’s a decent episode, but the show continues to lack quality in-ring in recent episodes.
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