Written by: Bob Colling
Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
From: Orlando, FL
Jeff Hardy makes his way out to the ring to start the show with a promo. Hardy says that he’s trying to figure out what’s going on with Mr. Anderson. Hardy proceeds to call out Anderson to the ring for Anderson to explain himself. Anderson comes out to confront Hardy. Anderson talks about confusing people by extending hands and giving assists. Anderson suggests that he dd that because he’s an asshole. Anderson describes how Hardy looks and mocks his dance during his entrance. Anderson believes that an old lady probably walks the street and sees Hardy as being an asshole. Anderson says that everyone is an asshole.
AJ Styles makes his way out to join the segment on the ramp. Styles has Ric Flair, Beer Money Inc. and Desmond Wolfe with him. Styles has a match with Anderson tonight. Styles says that Anderson doesn’t belong to be in the same ring as him. Styles says that Anderson requested a match against Styles and calls him a “butt munch”. Styles reminds them who he is as the phenomenal one. Anderson calls for his microphone from the rafters and reminds Styles that he’s Mr. Anderson. That ends the segment. They will wrestle tonight.
A video package highlighting the recent developments between Jesse Neal and Brother Ray.
Prior to the next match, Brother Ray appears to fist bump Jesse Neal to signify that their issues are resolved.
Opening Contest: TNA World Tag Team Champions The Band (Eric Young & Scott Hall) vs. Team 3D vs. Ink Inc.: Young and Moore kickoff the match. Young keeps wrist control on Moore and switches to a headlock. Young comes off the ropes with a shoulder block. Moore arm drags Young a few times followed by an atomic drop and right hand. Moore delivers a leg drop to Young on the mat for a near fall. Moore elbows Young in the corner and hits a wheelbarrow bulldog coming off the middle rope for a near fall. Neal tags into the match and Young is hip tossed by Ink Inc. Moore hip tosses Neal onto Young for a near fall. Neal boots Young in the corner and hits a twisting crossbody off the middle rope for a two count. Young eye rakes Neal and delivers strikes in the corner. Young scoop slams Neal, but Ray tags in and shoves Young away. Ray misses an elbow drop and Neal delivers forearms. Ray stops Neal with a clothesline and drops Neal with a right hand. Ray chops Neal in the corner and against the ropes. Ray clubs on Neal, but Devon tags into the contest. Devon shoves Neal into the corner to allow a tag to Moore.
Devon backs Moore into a corner, but Moore hammers away on Devon. Moore sunset flips Devon for a near fall. Moore heel kicks Devon into the corner. Neal returns to the bout and Ray tags in from behind to deliver a double clothesline from behind. Ray beats on Neal with several strikes and stomps. Ray overhand chops Neal in the corner and yells at Devon. Ray grabs a steel chair, but Devon pulls it back. Neal spears Ray and gets a three count as the Band hopped off the apron and walked away. (*1/2. I didn’t mind the angle advancement here between Ink Inc. and Team 3D. I’m not entirely sure why The Band had to be even involved in the segment, but that’s a minor gripe. TNA must be big on Neal for him to be getting so much heat on Ray. Team 3D just feels like it’s on their last legs at this point.)
Brother Ray gets on the microphone and asks if Devon has lost his mind. Ray says he’ll deal with Devon later. Ray issues a challenge to Jesse Neal at Slammiversary, which Neal accepts. That will take place on June 13th.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Frankie Kazarian. Kazarian is confident and more than he ever has been in his career. Ric Flair enters the scene and puts over Kazarian. Flair says he’s watching Kazarian and tells him that if he wants to earn his favor that he needs to defeat Jay Lethal tonight. Flair sees something different in Kazarian. AJ Styles enters the scene and asks what Flair is doing. Styles has been looking for Flair all day. Styles says they need to talk. Styles reminds Flair he has a match with Mr. Anderson tonight. Flair tells Styles that he’ll be fine. Flair discredits Lethal’s conditioning.
Backstage, TNA World Champion Rob Van Dam is taping his wrists and says he’s going to call out Sting tonight. RVD wants to settle this like men. RVD promises that Sting will not get a win over him.
Second Contest: Jay Lethal vs. Kazarian: Kazarian clubs Lethal from behind and delivers a few right hands. Lethal kicks Kazarian followed by a dropkick. Kazarian dumps Lethal to the apron. Lethal hits a slingshot hurricanrana to send Kazarian to the floor. Lethal takes Kazarian out with a suicide dive leading to a near fall. Lethal dropkicks Kazarian in the corner as Flair makes his way down to the ring. Kazarian knee lifts Lethal from behind and pummels Lethal with right hands in the corner. Kazarian scoop slams Lethal and hits a springboard leg drop. Lethal chops Kazarian followed by right hands. Lethal connects with a flying forearm and clothesline. Lethal hits a moonasault for a two count. Kazarian stops Lethal with a jawbreaker. Lethal nails Kazarian with a kick to the side of the head. Lethal smirks at Flair and tease the figure four. Flair warns Lethal not to use the move. Lethal locks in the figure four in the middle of the ring and Flair flips out on the apron. Kazarian manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Lethal is distracted by Flair on the ramp. Lethal decks Flair off the apron. Kazarian has a rollup with a handful of tights to win the match. After the match, Flair stomps on Lethal. Flair chases the referee out of the ring and continues to beat on Lethal. Flair chops Lethal several times and taunts the crowd. Lethal fires back with strikes out of the corner. Lethal chops Flair several times followed by right hands. Lethal chops Flair and Flair flops down to the mat face first. Lethal backdrops Flair coming out of the corner. Lethal clotheslines Flair over the top to the floor. AJ Styles runs into the ring and attacks Lethal. Styles pummels Lethal with strikes on the mat. Kazarian and Styles can’t agree on who can beat on Styles. Lethal dropkicks both men through the ropes to the floor. Lethal stands tall to end the segment. Styles and Flair argue on the ramp briefly. (*1/2. I’m not surprised that Kazarian got a win over Lethal since he’s seemingly going to be associated with Flair and losing here would diminish the stable early on. Lethal made the heels look like morons in the aftermath, so maybe the stable is hurting already. The match was fine with some decent spots throughout.)
Backstage, Shannon Moore has been laid out with an ace of spades card on his back.
Third Contest: Abyss vs. Orlando Jordan: Abyss has his arm taped up from the glass bottle attack by Wolfe recently. Jordan tries to target the injury, but Abyss avoids the attack early on. Abyss gets wrist control on Jordan, but Jordan counters with elbow strikes. Abyss elbows Jordan coming off the ropes followed by a strike. Abyss rips off Jordan’s pasties. Abyss backdrops Jordan coming off the ropes. Abyss misses a splash in the corner and hits his injured arm. Jordan goes after the injured arm by biting Abyss and rips off the bandage. Jordan knee drops Abyss on the arm a few times followed by a stomp to the arm. Jordan continues to tear at the arm of Abyss, but doesn’t get a submission. Jordan climbs to the top rope and delivers an elbow strike to the shoulder of Abyss. Jordan can’t keep Abyss down on a cover attempt. Abyss avoids an elbow drop. Abyss big boots a charging Jordan in the corner. Abyss splashes Jordan in the corner and signals for a chokeslam. Jordan blocks it by hitting Abyss on the wound. Abyss drives Jordan down to the mat face first out of a wheelbarrow position. Abyss clotheslines Jordan over the top to the floor. Abyss tries for a slam, but Jordan shoves Abyss into Chelsea on the floor. Abyss seems concerned about doing that and sends Jordan into the ring post. Abyss goes to check on Chelsea. Desmond Wolfe comes out with a pipe and hits Abyss over the back. Wolfe and Jordan beat on Abyss in the ring as the match has been thrown out. Rob Terry makes his way out to make the save. Terry cleans house with clotheslines, but Wolfe bails to the floor. Terry plants Jordan with a spinebuster to end the segment. (1/2*. The feud between Abyss and Wolfe gets continued here. I’m thinking that Chelsea ends up with Abyss. The feud isn’t really connecting with me at all.)
TNA World Champion Rob Van Dam makes his way out to the ring to call out Sting, who he’ll be wrestling at Slammiversary on June 13th. RVD knows that Sting is here somewhere. RVD says that he’s well aware of Sting’s iconic status. RVD notes that he’s had a few accomplishments during his career. RVD says their paths are crossing now and at Slammiversary things aren’t going to go down the way Sting believes they will. Sting makes his way out to join the segment. Well, actually that’s not what happened. Instead, the big screen shows Sting attacking RVD back in March to seemingly play mind games with RVD. Sting appears in the rafters and says that RVD has experienced only a small taste of what will happen at Slammiversary. Sting promises to win the TNA World Championship on PPV.
Backstage, Hulk Hogan tells Mr. Anderson that everyone hates him and believes that Anderson will self destruct. Anderson knows that he’s an asshole and has said it before. Hogan thinks that Anderson is money. Anderson knows that nobody believes him when he extended his hand to Hardy. Anderson is turning over a new leaf.
There’s an ad promoting the Half Pint Brawlers show, which features Puppet. Puppet promotes the show on commentary.
Backstage, Christy Hemme interviews Roxxi. Roxxi says she’s excited to be back in TNA. Roxxi talks about breaking her ankle five months. Roxxi recalls her opportunity slipping through her fingers. She is ready for whatever TNA has for her. Hemme tells Roxxi will get a TNA Knockouts Championship match at Slammiversary against Madison Rayne. Roxxi is excited for the chance to compete for the gold.
Fourth Contest: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions Lacey Von Erich & Velvet Sky vs. Sarita & Taylor Wilde: Sky hip tosses Sarita to start the match, but Sarita gets a rollup for a two count. Sarita continues with a back elbow and tags in Wilde. Wilde hits a senton splash for a near fall. Wilde forearms Sky followed by a kick to the chest. Sarita tags in and elbow drops Sky. Sarita almost wins with a rollup. Wilde dropkicks Sky after a drop toe hold by Sarita. Wilde is clotheslined by Lacey on the apron. Wilde is rammed into the corner a few times by the champs. Lacey puts the claw on Wilde and slams her down to the mat for the clean win as Sarita did nothing to break the cover. (DUD. I really don’t think there needs to be a Knockouts Tag Championship.) After the match, Puppet makes his way into the ring and celebrates the win. Taz says that Puppet is drunk. Puppet spanks Sky as she gets out of the ring. Puppet is cornered and Rayne plants Puppet with a DDT. Puppet is beaten down while Lacey seemingly doesn’t agree with the attack. Lacey helps Puppet, but Puppet proceeds to kiss Lacey! Lacey seems to enjoy the kiss and they roll around the ring making out.
Backstage, Jeff Hardy says that he’s never wrestled Desmond Wolfe and says he’s in for a surprise tonight.
Kurt Angle makes his way out and joins the commentary table. Angle is there to scout his future opponents.
Fifth Contest: Jeff Hardy vs. Desmond Wolfe: Wolfe delivers a strike to the midsection and an uppercut to drop Hardy to the mat. Hardy counters a monkey flip with a leg drop cover for a two count. Wolfe kicks Hardy out of the corner and continues with uppercuts. Hardy misses a splash in the corner and Wolfe delivers a forearm strike to the chest. Hardy kicks Wolfe into the corner and delivers a dropkick to send Wolfe to the floor. Hardy baseball slide dropkicks Wolfe followed by a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Wolfe elbows Hardy from behind to gain the advantage outside the ring. Wolfe rolls Hardy into the ring and gets a two count. Wolfe knee lifts Hardy, but Hardy comes back with a neckbreaker. Hardy tries for the Twist of Fate, but Wolfe yanks Hardy down to the mat. Wolfe sits Hardy on the top rope, but Hardy avoids the Tower of London. Wolfe nails Hardy with a running uppercut in the corner. Wolfe plants Hardy with a hammerlock DDT for a near fall. Hardy head scissors Wolfe out of the corner followed by a clothesline. Hardy leaps off the top, but accidentally hits the referee with Whisper In The Wind. Hardy connects with the Twist of Fate, but there’s no referee. Wolfe goes into his trunks and nails Hardy with a slapjack of sorts. Wolfe has the cover and pins Hardy to win the match. (*1/2. Even with the usage of a weapon, I was stunned to see Wolfe get a pin on Hardy. This is a huge win for Wolfe. I thought the match okay with some god offense from both men.)
Matt Morgan is in the ring to cut a promo. Morgan reminds us that he got jumped by Samoa Joe two weeks ago and got robbed of the tag titles. Morgan keeps saying “we” despite only being him. Morgan doesn’t like that he needs to find a new partner. Morgan is going to turn this negative into a positive. Morgan has an open invite for anyone wanting to be tag champs with him at Slammiversary. Morgan points at Kurt Angle on commentary and wants Angle to join him in the ring. Angle leaves the commentary table and goes to the ring. Morgan tells security to leave as he wants a partner. Angle tells Morgan that he’s not a little bald guy. Angle reminds Morgan that he pinned Morgan last time they were in the ring. Morgan laughs wanting that kind of humor. Morgan forearms Angle and goes to the apron to avoid strikes. Morgan taunts Angle while security holds Angle back. Samoa Joe’s music hits and Joe comes down to the ring. Morgan bails to the floor to avoid Joe. Morgan leaves accepting not getting the answer he wanted. Joe stares down Angle with security in the ring. Angle walks off without issue.
Main Event: AJ Styles vs. Mr. Anderson: They lockup but neither man gets a clear advantage causing a break in the corner. Anderson keeps a headlock on Styles for the early control. Anderson counters a back suplex with a headlock on the mat. Anderson counters a head scissors back to a headlock. Styles breaks free with a head scissors and puts a headlock on Anderson. Anderson breaks free and they begin to trade strikes. Anderson runs the ropes and Styles hits a dropkick for a near fall. Anderson plants Styles with a rolling fireman’s carry for a near fall. Styles nails Anderson with a kick to the head for a near fall. Styles keeps Anderson down with a chin lock. Anderson fires back with right hands followed by a crossbody, but Styles rolls through and holds the ropes for leverage to earn a cheap victory. (*1/2. As you can see, they didn’t get a ton of time, but I enjoyed the action provided. I wouldn’t mind seeing these guys wrestle an extended match on PPV or given more time on TV in the future. They seemed to click well in this brief showcase.)
Mr. Anderson calls for his microphone and tells Styles that he got him tonight. Anderson says that Styles got him at his own game. Styles denies using tights for leverage. Anderson asks the fans if Styles pulled his trunks and they say he did. Anderson decks Styles with a right hand and stomps on Styles. Robert Roode and James Storm run into the ring to attack Anderson and save Styles. Jeff Hardy’s music hits and Hardy runs down with a chair to make the save for Anderson. Anderson and Hardy back into each other, but don’t come to blows. Hardy extends his hand and Anderson shakes hands with Hardy.
It’s just a show that happened, but there’s nothing here that I’d say it stood out as entertaining. Slammiversary isn’t shaping up to be a pay per view with interesting matches to invest the fans into purchasing at this point.
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