TNA Impact 3/22/2010
Written By: Bob Colling
Total Non-Stop Action presents Impact
Date: March 22nd, 2010
From: Orlando, Florida
Announcers: Mike Tenay and Tazz
Impact starts off with Eric Bischoff playing guitar in the middle of the ring. Bischoff grabs the microphone and thanks the fans for their support. “What you didn’t know about me” was the name of the song he was playing. Bischoff has a problem with Jeff Jarrett. Bischoff mentions that Jarrett uses his guitar for a silly prop or gimmick. Bischoff wonders if Jarrett can actually play the guitar. Bischoff calls Jarrett out to play his guitar as he wants to see if he can actually play. Jarrett makes his way down to the ring and Bischoff says they the fans want to hear Jarrett play the guitar. Bischoff didn’t think that Jarrett had the guts to play the guitar. Bischoff is really pushing Jarrett to start playing the guitar or even sing. Jarrett says that Bischoff is wrong to think he is going to be humiliated. Bischoff doesn’t believe that Jarrett has the guts to knock him out. Bischoff dares Jarrett to hit him. Jarrett yanks the guitar away from Bischoff and raises it in the air. Jarrett acts like he is going to hit Bischoff, while Bischoff is bracing for the hit. However, Jarrett shakes his head and stops. Jarrett says “you are not going to beat me at this game”. Jarrett leaves the ring and Bischoff says that he knew Jarrett didn’t have the stones to get the job done. Bischoff insults Jarrett, and Jarrett walks back and smashes the guitar over the head of Bischoff! The crowd is going nuts as Bischoff is left laying in the ring!
Backstage, Mick Foley is applauding Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett asks Foley if he has any idea how good that felt. Foley believes that he does. Foley says “well done” as we get a close up of Bischoff and head to commercial.
We get another replay of the guitar shot on Bischoff.
In the ring, Eric Bischoff is struggling to his feet but manages to get a microphone. Bischoff tells Jarrett that he has crossed the line. Bischoff also says that Mick Foley has crossed the line. Bischoff books a retirement match between Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett. The loser will be fired, while the winner will be his bitch.
Backstage, Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett aren’t happy with the announcement. Jarrett believes that it his fault. Foley tells Jarrett that it isn’t his fault but rather both of their faults. Foley also believes that this is a war they couldn’t have won.
Mike Tenay and Tazz talk about the Jarrett vs. Foley match.
Before the first contest, we see Daffney stealing Tara’s spider from last night pay per view.
Tara comes down to the ring before the bell and begs Daffney to not stomp on Poison (the spider). Daffney and the Beautiful People beat down on Tara until Taylor Wilde, Sarita and Angelina Love run down to save her. We go to commercial before the match officially starts.
Opening Contest: TNA Knockout Tag Team Champions Beautiful People/Daffney defeated TNA Knockouts Champion Tara/Taylor Wilde/Sarita/Angelina Love: Love with a clothesline on Rayne as we are back from commercial. Wilde with a double axe handle and a atomic drop on Rayne. Wilde with a neck breaker on Sky for a near fall. Sarita enters and taken down by Sky with a snap mare. Lacey enters and is taken down with a dropkick from Sarita. Rayne re-enters but is hit with a slingshot leg drop from Tara for a near fall. Daffney hits Tara as Tara comes off the ropes. Tara is slammed down by Daffney and her partners. Rayne gets a near fall following the move. Daffney holds the rat over Tara, but is grabbed by Tara. Sky tags in and stomps away on Tara. Tara with right hands on Sky. Rayne holds Tara. An all out brawl breaks out with all eight women going at it. Angelina with a Flatliner type move on Daffney. Sky with a DDT on Love but is taken down with a northern lights suplex by Wilde. Rayne attacks Wilde. Sarita with a double under hook power bomb on Rayne. Lacey with a choke slam on Sarita. Tara with the Widows Peak on Lacey and spots her spider in the corner. However, she is stopped by Daffney who takes Tara down with a neck breaker to pick up the win. **¼
After the match, Daffney once again holds Poison over the body of Tara, taunting the champion.
Outside the building, TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles is entering the arena, banged up with his injured manager Ric Flair who is in a wheelchair. Flair wants to know where Chelsea is.
Hulk Hogan’s major announcement concerning Lockdown is up next.
A video going over the Destination X pay per view from last night is shown. MCMG won the Ultimate X match, while AJ Styles retained the TNA World Championship when it was declared a no contest.
Hulk Hogan’s music hit and Hulk Hogan makes his way down to the ring with Abyss. Hogan and Abyss play to the crowd for a few moments before Hogan grabs a microphone. Hogan says that Abyss has gotten TNA on fire. Hogan says that it got real personal with Ric Flair out here. Hogan says that Eric Bischoff was right when he said that Ric Flair knew how to push Hogan’s buttons. Hogan talks about being laid out in their own blood a couple of weeks ago. Hogan promises that he is going to get the company back on track and it starts at Lockdown. Hogan announces Abyss as the captain of Team Hogan. Team Hogan vs. Team Flair at Lockdown. Hogan believes that it will be Flair’s last hoorah at Lockdown. Abyss grabs the microphone and says he hopes that AJ Styles and Ric Flair decided to crash at the hotel room instead of showing up here. Abyss realized that when he had AJ lifted up that he as a pissed off monster Abyss. Abyss believes that he won his respect, even though he didn’t win the belt. Abyss says at Lockdown he is “coming to get you!”. Abyss says that Flair is going to need a mortician and not crutches. Abyss asks what will Flair do when he runs fatal over him. Ric Flair is wheeled out to ringside with a hobbling AJ Styles behind him. Flair talks about having pissed off eyes. Flair says that he is the cage match specialist and that Abyss will not be able to kill him and Styles off because they are wrestling Gods. Styles chimes in and says that he had Abyss beat until Hogan screwed everything up. Styles talks about Abyss nearly killing him last night. Flair announces that his team captain will be… Sting! Sting’s music hits and the lights go out. Sting shows up on the top turnbuckle, sitting. Hogan has been handcuffed to the top rope and Abyss is met with a crutch shot to the back from Styles. Styles is taunting Hogan to hit him. Styles beats down Abyss in the corner. That is until D’Angelo Dinero runs down and delivers several right hands and elbow shots. Hogan hits Styles with a big boot in the corner. Dinero with a running double knee attack in the corner and unlocks the handcuffs. Hogan raises the hands of Abyss and Dinero in the ring. Flair tries to wheel his way to the back, but Hogan catches up to him. Hogan sends Flair right into Abyss who clotheslines Flair out of the wheelchair. Dinero walks over and sticks money in Flair’s mouth to end the segment.
Backstage, Jeff Hardy, Shannon Moore and Rob Van Dam show up to the arena. Hardy says they are going to have fun at someone else’s expense.
Second Contest: Rob Terry defeated Tomko to retain the TNA Global Championship: Tomko with a few open hand chops but is met with a clothesline from Terry. Terry with a running clothesline in the corner. Terry runs into a back elbow but takes Tomko down with a front slam and a spin kick. Terry with a choke slam and picks up the win. DUD
During this match, it was announced that Beer Money will be special referees for the Jarrett/Foley match.
Mike Tenay and Tazz talk about the recent happenings between Jarrett, Foley and Bischoff.
Backstage, Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett are walking to the ring, separately. We also see Beer Money getting ready to referee the match.
A video going over the recent happenings between Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley is shown.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley. Foley talks about saying he will walk away from TNA on his own accord and not because of Eric Bischoff. Foley was thinking of ways to get rid of Eric Bischoff from TNA during all those lessons he took weeks ago. Jarrett says that they both have TNA pride and they both deserve to stay in TNA. Foley tells Jarrett that they owe it to the fans show how important the company is to them. Jarrett tells Foley that Foley stood by him several months ago when it looked like he was gone from TNA. Jarrett says he owes it to the fans, his family and to Mick Foley.
Third Contest: Jeff Jarrett defeated Mick Foley in a loser leaves TNA match: James Storm is the official in the ring while Robert Roode is on the floor. Foley and Jarrett shake hands to start. They lock up but nothing happens, just a clean break in the corner. Foley with a shoulder block but Jarrett quickly kicks out of a cover attempt. Jarrett with a side headlock but is taken down with a elbow from Foley. Jarrett with a sunset flip cover but only gets a two count. Foley with a backslide but Jarrett kicks out. Foley with a couple of right hands to control Jarrett. Foley goes for the Double arm DDT but Jarrett reverses into the Stroke but Foley shoves Jarrett into the ropes. Roode grabs the foot of Jarrett and this allows Foley to continue to work on Jarrett. Foley is delivering right hands to Jarrett on the floor. Eric Bischoff has made his way to the announcers table as we go to commercial. Back from break, Jarrett and Foley are brawling at the top of the ramp. Jarrett sends Foley down the ramp way. Jarrett with a snap suplex on the entrance ramp. Jarrett works on Foley in the ring with several right hands in the corner and gets a near fall. Jarrett with another right hand and gets another near fall. Jarrett covers and uses the ropes for leverage but Foley kicks out. Apparently this is a no disqualification match, now. That is what Tenay said, at least. Jarrett with a DDT but Foley kicks out again. Jarrett grabs a chair from a fan but isn’t able to hit Foley. Foley blocks and plants Jarrett with a double arm DDT getting a near fall as Jarrett got his foot on the bottom rope. Foley grabs Mr. Socko and shoves the sock down Jarrett’s throat. Jarrett drops down and Foley places the sock back in Jarrett’s mouth. Jarrett elbows out of the move and kicks the chair into the face of a charging Foley. Jarrett drives Foley down with the Stroke onto the chair and picks up the match. **
After the match, Foley tries to console Jarrett in the ring. Foley raises Jarrett’s arm while Beer Money is taunting both men. Jarrett raises Foley’s arm and they shake hands. Foley and Jarrett hug in the ring as Bischoff fake cries at the embrace. Foley leaves as the fans chant “thank you Mick”.
Eric Bischoff grabs a microphone and suggests that Beer Money give Jeff Jarrett some taste of their medicine. Beer Money attack Jarrett and Roode sends Jarrett head first into a chair in the corner. Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam run down to run off Beer Money. RVD has a microphone. RVD reminds Beer Money who he is along with who Jeff Hardy is. RVD says they are looking for some fun tonight. RVD issues a challenge to face Beer Money tonight! Beer Money accept the challenge.
Replay of the finish of Jarrett/Foley is shown.
Backstage, Mick Foley is leaving as several baby face wrestlers are their to embrace Foley. Bubba the Love Sponge cuts Foley off before he leaves. Bubba wants to talk about it being his last match. Bubba tells Foley to not have the door hit him on the ass as he leaves. Foley punches Bubba and says “Bang, Bang”.
Backstage, Eric Bischoff enters Hulk Hogan’s office. Bischoff says that he got rid of the distraction of Foley. Hogan was thinking that Foley could have been a asset to the company as he kept on coming back despite all the things Bischoff was doing. Hogan wants Bischoff to lay off Jarrett now. Bischoff tells Hogan that he will lay off Jarrett and that it is a new day, fresh start. Bischoff asks Hogan if he set up RVD/Hardy taking on Beer Money but just leaves before he gets a answer.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is wit Beer Money Inc. Roode says that they love to be kept busy as they have had a long time to sit around. James Storm doesn’t care about the stupid people here unlike Jeff Hardy. Storm finishes off by saying “sorry about your damn luck” while doing the RVD finger taunt.
Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan is coming up next. Battle of tag team champions.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam. Hardy is busy putting paint on his face. Hardy mentions that he knows a thing or two about tag team wrestling. RVD tells JB they know what they are doing. RVD says he and Hardy will take care of Beer Money, basically.
A video going over the recent happenings between TNA World Tag Team Champions Matt Morgan and Hernandez. Morgan hit Hernandez with the Carbon Footprint last night.
Fourth Contest: Matt Morgan defeated Hernandez via referee stoppage: Hernandez attacks Matt Morgan during his entrance, and actually does his own pyro taunt before following up on the attack. Hernandez with a running shoulder block and Morgan rolls to the floor. Hernandez works on Morgan on the floor sending Morgan into the apron and ring steps. Hernandez sends Morgan back first into the apron before sending Morgan into the ring. Morgan begs off in the ring. Hernandez doesn’t give in and kicks Morgan in the midsection. Hernandez uses his shirt to toss Morgan across the ring, twice. Hernandez with a big splash in the corner and choke slams Morgan. Morgan backdrops Hernandez over the top to the floor. Hernandez misses a clothesline on the floor and hits the ring post. Morgan with the Carbon Footprint which rams Hernandez head first into the ring post. The referee calls out for medics and ends the contest. **
After the match, Homicide has come out with several medics to check on Hernandez. TNA does a close up on a couple of fans who look worried for Hernandez as we go to commercial.
A replay of what happened to Hernandez moments ago is shown.
Backstage, we see Hulk Hogan checking on Hernandez as he placed in ambulance. Shannon Moore was also in the area checking on Hernandez.
Mike Tenay and Tazz are “distraught” over what just happened.
A video highlighting the heel turn by Kevin Nash on Eric Young is shown. Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Syxx-Pac have reformed the Wolfpac.
Main Event: Rob Van Dam/Jeff Hardy defeated Beer Money Inc.: Tenay mentions they Spike TV will stick with the match until the finish. Storm works on Hardy with right hands to gain control of the contest. Hardy slides to the floor and takes Roode out. Hardy manages to backdrop Storm over the top onto Roode on the floor. Hardy sets up a ladder between the apron and guard railing as we go to commercial. Back from break, RVD and Roode are going at it. Roode runs into a back elbow and is met with a springboard cross body from RVD for a near fall. Beer Money work on RVD until RVD takes Storm out with a spinning heel kick. Hardy tags in and takes Storm down with a inverted atomic drop and a double leg drop. Hardy with a front suplex and gets a near fall as Roode breaks up the count. RVD sends Roode to the floor. Roode clips Hardy on the leg as he goes up top. Roode chokes Hardy in the corner and drives Hardy down with a neck breaker for a near fall. Beer Money choke Hardy in their corner. Hardy tries to make the tag, but isn’t able to. Hardy is sent down to the mat by Storm who tags in Roode. Roode taunts RVD and chokes Hardy as the referee is distracted. Brian Hebner is the referee for this match, first appearance was last night. Hardy with a jaw breaker on Roode but is driven down by Roode with a spine buster who gets a two count. Storm works on Hardy with a sleeper hold while taunting RVD. Double cross body in the middle of the ring and both Hardy and Storm are down. Referee doesn’t see Hardy tag in RVD as Roode distracts him. The referee doesn’t see Roode tag in seconds later but allows it? Roode quickly tags out anyway and Storm goes for the Eye of the Storm but Hardy gets out and takes Storm out with the Whisper in the Wind. RVD and Roode get the tag with RVD cleaning house on Roode with several clotheslines and a super kick. RVD with a monkey flip and goes up top connecting with a leaping side kick but only gets a near fall. RVD with a front slam on Storm and hits the split legged moonsault but Storm isn’t the legal man. Roode with a clothesline on RVD. Storm with a kick on Hardy and Beer Money take Hardy down with a double super kick. Storm catapults RVD into Roode who plants RVD with a DDT but only gets a near fall. Hardy comes back with the Twist of Fate on Roode but is dragged out by Storm. Hardy sends the ladder into the face of Storm on the floor. Back in the ring, RVD hits the rolling thunder. Hardy with the Swanton Bomb and RVD connects with the Five Star Frog Splash on Roode and covers Roode to pick up the win. ***½
After the match, Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam celebrate their win. Eric Young slides into the ring and grabs a microphone and says that next week their will be a six man tag match next week. Young says it will be the Wolfpac against Eric Young, Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam! Young, Hardy and RVD stand with their arms raised to end the show.
End of show
My Take: Weird opening with Eric Bischoff playing the guitar. The segment didn’t seem to be all that interesting until Jarrett hit Bischoff with the guitar, finally. The fans really liked that part, and so did I. It seemed like a rather good shot. Jarrett vs. Foley in a career match is a fine match, I guess. But, you can’t expect anything all that great from it.
Knockouts match was actually pretty decent. They seemed to try to get as much stuff as they could. Thus, it was rather a fast paced contest which is always a good thing. Daffney winning over Tara clearly means this is far from over. I must say, feuding over the spider is stupid. We have a powerful ring and a powerful spider? Whatever.
I liked the next segment with Hogan, Abyss, Flair, Styles, Dinero and Sting. It sets up Lethal Lockdown well and Dinero/Styles for the main event at Lockdown. A fine segment here.
Rob Terry squash appears to be a weekly thing. I have a feeling that Terry is going to be jammed down our throats. Well, he actually already kind of has been. Just because you are big, doesn’t make you good.
Thankfully, Foley lost the match. It was a fine brawl for what it was but it wasn’t anything all that great. I didn’t even know it was a no disqualification match until halfway through the contest when Tenay said it was. Way to go TNA. Anyway, Bischoff will still be messing around with Jarrett I sure. I’m thinking Bischoff is going to force Jarrett to be on Sting’s team for Lethal Lockdown.
Morgan/Hernandez match was a solid encounter I thought. You may think “that the injury thing with Hernandez was fake” but you would be surprised. A buddy of mine actually sent me a message wondering if he was actually hurt. People still fall for it. It sets up Morgan/Hernandez for Lockdown I would assume and it gives me a reason to want to see Hernandez get his revenge. I’d suspect that Russo is thinking of a tag title tournament to get new champions or something.
The main event was a very good match. I’d be willing to say that this weeks main event was the best Impact match since Hogan and Bischoff took over. Beer Money looked great and so did RVD and Hardy. If TNA needed to see whether or not Beer Money could be singles stars or if they had “it” they need to realize they can. I really hope we just witnessed a match between four guys who are either in the main event scene (RVD/Hardy) or will soon be in that scene (Beer Money). Wake up and realize that you have talent under the age of forty who can produce great matches and segments.
Eric Young coming into the ring after the match was just a way to tell the fans “Hey, Eric Young is cool too!” I would have to think. Personally, I would have just let RVD and Hardy close down the show. But, they announced the big main event for next week so it makes sense, I guess.
Overall, most of the show seemed to be lackluster to me. Once we got to Hernandez/Morgan segment it turned around for the better. The main event was a great way to end the show and personally may have been a show saver. If that match wasn’t the main event, this show would have been horrible in my opinion.
Next week, The Wolfpac take on RVD, Jeff Hardy and Eric Young. Also, Tara defends the TNA Knockouts Championship against Daffney in a first blood match!
Thanks for reading.