Written by: Bob Colling
National Wrestling Alliance/Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
Backstage, Jeremy Borash enters Jim Cornette’s office where Kurt Angle is freaking out on Cornette wanting a rematch with Joe. Angle doesn’t care about Cage and Sting. Angle wants a rematch with Joe. Cornette begs Angle to not disrupt the program. Angle is up for some year end awards. Angle promises to not mess things up, but tells Cornette that he’ll get his rematch one way or another.
Opening Contest: NWA X-Division Champion Christopher Daniels & Petey Williams vs. James Storm & Chris Sabin: Williams and Sabin kickoff the tag match with both men countering each other with wrist locks. Williams springboards to arm drag Sabin followed by a dropkick. Daniels tags in as does Storm. Storm shoulder blocks Daniels, but Daniels comes back with a hip toss. Storm kicks Daniels and runs into a heel kick. Daniels hip tosses Sabin and arm drags Storm to keep control of the contest. Sabin jabs Daniels in the corner a few times. Sabin dropkicks a seated Daniels managing a two count. Sabin kicks Daniels, but Daniels arm drags Sabin followed by a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Storm and Williams are tagged in. Williams hits a slingshot Codebreaker on Storm and a spinning heel kick to Sabin. Williams bulldogs Storm onto Sabin. Williams plants Storm with a side Russian leg sweep. Sabin kicks Williams to prevent the Destroyer. Sabin grabs a steel chair on the floor. Jerry Lynn stops Sabin with the chair and Daniels knocks Sabin to the floor. Sabin and Lynn are shoving each other. Daniels takes them both out with a suicide dive. Storm avoids the Destroyer and whacks Williams over the head with the steel chair to win the match. After the match, Daniels, Sabin and Lynn brawl on the floor! (**. I thought it was a fine tag match. I wasn’t surprised by Storm winning as he needs this kind of win to give him momentum in his new singles role as a heel. The aftermath was good, too.)
Backstage, Samoa Joe has arrived and he’s on crutches.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Father James Mitchell and NWA World Champion Abyss. Borash asks whose side Abyss is on. Mitchell doesn’t know because Abyss hasn’t told him. Mitchell wants to know where Abyss loyalty stands. Mitchell wants Abyss to beat Sting up with the nightstick. Mitchell is now threatening to reveal Abyss’ secret. Mitchell tells Abyss he’ll dig up all the bodies for everyone to see if Abyss disappoints him tonight.
Backstage, Leticia Cline is with Samoa Joe. Cline asks about Joe’s injury and Joe says he has no injury. Joe says that he will not be broken like Angle. Joe continues to deny Angle’s request to have another rematch. Joe notes he was undefeated for eighteen months and never got a title shot. Joe wants Angle to realize that he’s moved on.
Team 3D make their way down to the ring to cut a promo. Brother Ray says there aren’t any other teams left and says he doubts we’ll ever see the Naturals ever again. Ray notes that VKM is too busy feuding with.. well.. VKM. Ray says there is only one team left and that is LAX. Brother Runt comes out still wearing his Santa Claus outfit. Runt asks where they were when LAX was kicking his ass last week. Ray told Runt to behave and mind his business when they went on a vacation. Ray notes that Runt started a fight with Abyss. Runt will not apologize for being a fighter and being a man. Ray asks if Runt has been drinking and Runt shows his booze. Runt spits the booze into Ray’s face. Runt runs into a clothesline by Ray. Ray wants a table. Devon doesn’t want to use the table, so Ray gets the table himself. LAX come out and they attack Team 3D. Security comes out to pull them apart. After a commercial, Runt is hitting security with several chair shots. Runt smashes Hernandez over the head with a chair shot. Devon clotheslines Hernandez to the floor. Homicide is laid onto the table and Ray powerbombs Runt off the middle rope onto Homicide through the table.
Paparazzi Productions is next. They are doing a limbo competition. Lethal won the competition and leads with 14 points.
Backstage, Leticia Cline is with Christian Cage and Tomko. Cage knows that Leticia’s greatest moment in her life was being on camera with him. Cage will tell the secret when he wants everyone to know it. Cage knows that he is an instant classic and knows that they are out to get him.
A video promoting VKM is shown once again with BG and Kip amongst the fans at a live event. They are telling the fans when to watch their show. ‘
Backstage, Ms Brooks backs Eric Young into the bathroom to talk.
Second Contest: Lance Hoyt vs. Robert Roode: Hoyt showed off some impressive breakdancing before the match started. Hoyt elbows Roode to the mat and hits a backdrop. Hoyt tries for a chokeslam, but Roode breaks free and chop blocks Hoyt. Roode elbow drops Hoyt on the knee several times. Roode goes to the top rope and is met with a chokeslam in midair. Ms. Brooks comes out and distracts Hoyt. Roode hits a top rope German suplex and pins Hoyt. (1/2*. That was an impressive finishing move. That’s about all.)
Backstage, Jeremy Borash meets up with Eric Young on the bathroom floor. Young has kiss marks on his face and he feels different. Young is going to lose control and walks off.
Main Event: NWA World Champion Abyss vs. Sting vs. Christian Cage in a nightstick on a pole match: Cage tries to get the nightstick, but is slammed off by Abyss. Sting delivers a right hand and Cage is being double teamed to start the bout. Sting splashes Cage in the corner. Abyss splashes Cage in the corner. Sting takes Cage down to the mat and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock, but Abyss climbs only to be stopped by Sting. Cage drop toe holds Abyss through the ropes to the floor. Sting tries for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Cage avoids it. Cage slams Sting and hits a leaping headbutt. Cage tries to get the nightstick and is stopped by Sting. Sting hooks Cage for a superplex and they crash to the mat. Abyss tries to climb to get the nightstick, but Tomko pulls Abyss to the floor. Tomko sends Abyss into the guard railing. Sting kicks Tomko away, but Tomko hits a fallaway slam out of a press slam position. Tomko tries to get the nightstick, but Sting catapults Cage into Tomko. Tomko drops the nightstick and Sting has it. Cage tries to leave, but Sting low blows Cage over the middle rope and uses the nightstick on Cage to win the match. After the match, Tomko beats on Sting with right hands. Abyss returns to the ring and saves Sting from further punishment. Sting hands Abyss the nightstick and walks off. (*1/2. At least there was a finish and they did so without having to have a pin involved. There wasn’t much going on here as it was just continued angle advancement.)
A video package promoting the Rhino vs. AJ Styles feud is shown. They will be wrestling again at Final Resolution in a last man standing match.
AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels won tag team of the year. Angle vs. Joe won feud of the year. Tag Team Ultimate X won match of the year. Christy Hemme won Knockout of the Year. Eric Young won most inspirational. Kurt Angle making his debut is the most memorable. Samoa Joe won X-Division wrestler of the year. Canadian Destroyer by Petey Williams is the finisher of the year. Kurt Angle is the man to watch in 2007.
Mike Tenay and Jim Cornette are in the ring to award Mr. TNA 2006. Cornette first announces a three way elimination match between Abyss, Sting and Christian Cage at Final Resolution. AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Sting and Samoa Joe are the finalists for Mr. TNA. The winner of the award is Samoa Joe.
Joe makes his way out to the ring to accept the award. Joe says it is an honor to win the award. Kurt Angle comes out with the girl that was with Joe earlier in the night. Angle threatens Joe that he better give him a rematch or he’ll break her ankle. Joe calls Angle a gutless coward. Joe demands that Angle let her go. Angle proceeds to put the ankle lock on the woman and Joe gives Angle a rematch. Angle lets go and says this wasn’t personal. Angle changes his mind and puts the ankle lock on her again. Joe limps up the aisle, but Angle leaves and she says her ankle is broken to end the program.
The final segment was done well and it was a strong reason for Angle to get a rematch with Joe. The show as a whole was mostly average, again. I think they need to take the NWA World Championship off of Abyss and honestly just drop this secret nonsense. I don’t see it ending well.
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