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Tags: Alberto Del Rio, Announcer, Booker, Booker T, Dolph Ziggler, Edge, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Right Now, Uncrowned World Champion, Vickie Guerrero
Tags: Primo, Superstars, Trent Barreta, Tyler Reks, WGN, Woo Woo Guy, WWE, Zack Ryder
Tags: Brodus Clay, Daniel Bryan, NXT, Pros, R-Truth, Rookies, Ted Dibiase, WWE
Tags: Cody Rhodes, Edge, Miz, Orton, Rated RKO, Royal Rumble, Smackdown, WWE, Ziggler
Tags: Alberto Del Rio, Brodus Clay, Byron Saxton, Daniel Bryan, Derrick Bateman, Johnny Curtis, Ted Dibiase Jr.
Rookie gets new coach after winning a 4-way against the other rookies
The show opens with a Rookie Challenge called “Out Think Howard Finkel”. According to our correspondent, no one wins the challenge.
Ted DiBiase b. Champion Daniel Bryan
Backstage, Ted DiBiase is talking with Rookie Brodus Clay. Maryse speaks in French.
Fatal 4-Way match with the winner getting to swap Pros
Brodus Clay wins, beating Byron Saxton, Derrick Bateman and Johnny Curtis
Clay chooses Alberto Del Rio (the former Pro of eliminated Conor O’Brian) as his new Pro. He hits his finisher on Ted DiBiase to end the show
Tags: AJ, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Divas, Full Episode, Goldust, Kaitlyn, Kelly Kelly, Maxine, Naomi, NXT, NXT S03E08, Primo, Vickie Guerrero, WWE
Tags: Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, RVD, Scott Hall, Sting, TNA, TNA Wrestling, WCW
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Complete TNA Impact Results Report For March 8, 2010
The second Monday night show featured the debut of Rob Van Dam, the returns of Sting and Jeff Hardy, and Hulk Hogan pushing himself as saying tonight would be his final match.
It appeared his daughter actually believed him, which may make her the most naïve human being on the planet. It was a so-so show that only had two lengthy matches combined with some nonsensical stuff.
Hulk Hogan and Abyss came out to open the show. Brooke Hogan and Dixie Carter were shown at ringside. Hogan did all the talking and Abyss appeared as his tag-along, which is hardly the way to build a new star. Hogan did the same interview he’s done in recent weeks about how Ric Flair and A.J. Styles had changed the rules of the game. Hogan called them out, so we were supposedly getting the main event in the opening segment.
Abyss and Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair and A.J. Styles went to a no contest in 2:21. Abyss gave Styles a Manhattan Drop, and tagged in Flair, who threw some of his trademark chops. Abyss nearly killed Flair by barely getting him over for the backdrop. Hogan came in after Flair poked Abyss in the eyes, and Styles gave Hogan a Pele kick. It was a four-way brawl right away. Then the lights went out and Sting’s music played. Sting appeared in the ring with his baseball bat, and it appeared he was going to go after Styles and Flair. Then Sting hit Abyss in the midsection with the bat, and followed with another shot to Hogan. Abyss and Hogan juiced, and Sting then walked out with a cocky smirk on his face. Flair and Styles continued to lay the boots down, and Flair gave Hogan a safe chair shot over his head. Hogan got on the microphone and said that Styles and Flair would still have to wrestle him and Abyss tonight, and this time it would be a no DQ match. You know what the cliché is about those that don’t learn from history, and it’s not like Sting hasn’t already failed as a heel in this company. DUD
Sting went backstage, where Carter confronted him. Sting started to grab her around the throat, but it was clear Carter didn’t want anything too violent looking, so he gently pushed her against the wall. It looked so awkward. He told her he owed her nothing, then walked away. Carter is fun to look at, but she’s just not a wrestling character.
Hogan and Styles did an interview. Styles says there are no do-overs in wrestling, but would give Hogan and Abyss another match if they wanted one. Flair did his usual great promo about sending Hogan and Abyss out in the ambulance, and said that he always knew he owned Sting, so he’s happy he’s joined him in a battle against Hogan.
Abyss was shown backstage with blood all over his head screaming about Sting’s betrayal.
Brooke Hogan was backstage distraught over Hogan bleeding. His fiancé Jennifer, who looks like Linda Hogan at 33, was trying to console her. Brooke was surprisingly effective here.
Kazarian was in the ring saying he left the company two years ago. That deflated the crowd because you could tell no one was buying it. Kazarian did a speech trying to propel the X Division, which actually prompted a “X Division” chant. Daniels came out and proclaimed himself the king of the X Division, and bragged about being the longest reigning X Division champion of all time. That would have come off better if the current X Division champion hadn’t jobbed in 62 seconds just four days ago. Daniels did his new catchphrase of “I Am X.” Then the aforementioned X Division champion Doug Williams came out, which spawned a “USA” chant. Kazarian and Daniels continued to argue, and finally Eric Bischoff came out. He came out and put over the X Division strong, saying the group wasn’t the heart of TNA, it was the adrenaline of TNA. Bischoff ordered a three-way X Division title match between Williams, Daniels and Kazarian immediately.
1. Doug Williams defeated Daniels in a three-way match that also included Kazarian to retain the X Division title in 6:48. All three men traded near falls at the opening bell. Daniels gave Williams a leg lariat. Kazarian did a rolling reverse cradle. As Daniels tried to make the save, Kazarian gave him a northern lights suplex, pinning both men, but they both kicked out. Kazarian gave both Williams and Daniels a combination head scissors/sidemare takedown. Kazarian then followed with a somersault tope on both men to the floor. Daniels stayed on the floor for awhile after that one. Kazrian missed a somersault legdrop back into the ring, and Williams gave him a running knee to the jaw. Daniels returned with a slingshot elbow drop on Kazarian into the ring. Daniels gave Kazarian a quebrada and a death valley driver for near falls. Daniels and Williams started exchange stiff forearms and clotheslines, but Kazarian knocked them both down with a missile dropkick. Williams tried a chaos theory, but Daniels rolled both Williams and Kazarina up with a schoolboy cradle, but both men kicked out. Daniels delivered a uranage on Kazarian, but missed the moonsault ever. Daniels landed on his feet, but Williams came up from behind, sandwhiched Kazarian in the corner, and got the pin on Daniels with a chaos theory. Best match in several weeks, and it’s great to see the company actually gave solid workers some time to shine. ***
Shannon Moore, with his hair spiked like a punk rocker, did a run in and laid out Williams with a spin kick. Crowd didn’t appear to know who Moore was. Bischoff announced that Moore would face Williams at Destination X. Sure makes Williams look bad to get chased away by a guy who was never anything more than a prelim wrestler in WWE.
Carter did a promo, calling him “Steve.” She said Sting would face a surprise opponent tonight. She can’t deliver a promo either.
Mike Tenay announced that Awesome Kong and Hamada had been stripped of the titles because they had not been defended within a 30-day span. This was the first time since New Year’s Eve that the Knockouts tag team titles were referred to.
Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne won the vacant TNA Knockouts tag team titles in a three-way match over Tara and Angelina Love in a bout that also included Sarita and Taylor Wilde in 2:12. The Beautiful People actually did some double team moves, so it appears they could be a team for the long haul. Sarita and Taylor Wilde did stereo schoolgirl cradles on Tara and Angelina Love at the opening bell. Sarita tried a stratisfaction on Tara, but turned it into a diamond cutter, which was cool. Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky did a double side Russian leg sweep on Tara. Love ran in and gave Rayne a scissor kick. Finish came when Tara tried to give Rayne the widow’s peak, but Daffney ran in and hit Tara with the TNA Knockouts title, and Rayne got the pin. Finish was rushed, so it appeared they were told to go home early. ½*
Pope D’Angelo Dinero started to do a promo, but Desmond Wolfe attacked him backstage and attacked his already injured left leg. Wolfe took a chain and slammed Dinero’s knee against the steps. It was announced at the end of the show that the Dinero-Wolfe match set for tonight had been cancelled because of this angle.
The Beautiful People were backstage celebrating with Jeremy Borash, whose speech pattern resembles Gene Okerland more and more. Borash called for some champagne, and Sky grabbed the bottle and said things were ready to explode. When she said that, she popped the cork and champagne was supposed to come out. Instead, nothing came out, so in an unrehearsed moment Sky dumped the bottle on Borash and left him soaked. Pretty funny. It’s clear Sky is the life of the party away from the ring.
Sting came to the ring for a match with a surprise opponent. It turned out to be Rob Van Dam, who got a huge pop. His arrival in the company had been anticipated since the day he left WWE two years ago, so he got a monumental pop.
Rob Van Dam defeated Sting in :09. Van Dam ran through the crowd, then knocked Sting down before the bell with a rider kick. Van Dam then got the pin with rolling thunder. So Sting did one of those Kevin Nash/Lex Luger jobs where he loses in ten seconds to make it feel like a fluke. DUD
Crowd was on fire at this point, which made the following ten minutes all the more mind-boggling. As Van Dam posed in the corner, Sting knocked him down from behind with the baseball bat, and followed with several more shots to the knee and chest. Sting then clotheslined him with the bat and walked up the ramp as the referees ordered him to back off. Even though he was still laid out, the crowd was still chanting “RVD.” Sting then pushed down the ref on the ramp, then went back to the ring to resume his attack on Van Dam with several more bat shots. Sting finally got some heat at this point, but you could tell the crowd doesn’t want to boo him. The referees ordered Sting to leave, but he tagged two more refs with bat shots, and went back to the ring again. Crowd was begging Van Dam to make a comeback, but Hogan came out. It was amazing in 2010 that Van Dam, in his first match on national television in two years, could be the set up man for a 50-year-old and a 56-year old. It got worse when Bubba the Love Sponge came out to try to hold him back, along with security. As they did Sting hit Van Dam with the bat some more. Hogan finally got to the ring, but Sting hit him in the stomach with the bat. As security tried to carry Hogan away, Sting hit him with the bat. Hogan had to be helped to the back, and the deal was Hogan still had to wrestle tonight. What happened to Van Dam, you ask? I don’t know, because the camera was solely on Hogan. And they’ve dropped the ball on Van Dam ten minutes into his stint in the company. All for a Sting heel turn that has never gotten over anywhere else, and won’t this time.
Kevin Nash and Eric Young came out to the ring. Nash announced that he’s been granted a contract for one night only so that Scott Hall and Six-Pac (since they aren’t officially in the company) can wrestle Nash and Young in a tag team match at Destination X. Nash called out Hall and Six-Pac to accept. Hall and Six-Pac where shown walking backstage. As Nash and Young were waiting, crowd was chanting “Hall is crazy.” Hall and Young emerged from the back of the building. Tenay wondered how they’re able to get in the building every week when they supposed to be banned. That’s another loose end that should be tied up soon. Nash is usually very good in non-wrestling segments, but you can tell by looking at him he’s still tight with Hall. So it’s hard to take this program seriously. Hall appeared in better condition than January 4th. He said that he and Six-Pac wanted to be in TNA now that it was cool. It so weird hearing Hall say that in 2010, because he’s become a parody of himself. Hall said if he and Six-Pac went at Destination X, then they get TNA contracts. Bischoff appeared on screen and agreed, but announced that if Nash and Young win, Hall and Six-Pac leave town. Hall and Nash shook hands, but Six-Pac slapped Young, leading to another pull-apart. Bischoff ordered a match between Six-Pac and Young.
Eric Young defeated Six-Pac in 1:12. Crowd was hot at the start of the match, but Young mistimed some spots that would have made them hotter. Finish came after Six-Pac missed the bronco buster and Young pinned him with a piledriver. Good heat. ¾*
An army humvee with several soldiers in camouflage pulled up in the back of the arena. They walked out to the ramp flanked to the sides, making way for Kurt Angle’s introduction. Angle did a great promo as the soldiers came out to surround the ring. He said the soldiers put their lives on the line every day for what he and Mr. Ken Anderson believe in. He said Anderson spit in the face of every one of those soldiers when he stole the dogtag from Angle. Anderson appeared on the big screen, and got some major heat when he referred to the troops as a bunch of high school dropouts. Angle then ran backstage and jumped Anderson, who’s head appeared to bump into the ramp. Angle then followed him to the ring, but Anderson hit him with the dog tag. As Anderson started to leave up the ramp, some of the soldiers stopped him. Anderson, feeling trapped, ran into a recovered Angle, who laid him out with punches. Angle then threw him out of the ring, where the soldiers put some poorly timed forearms and stomps to him. This cycle repeated several more times. To their credit, the troops all kept their game faces on. Angle finally ended the segment by giving Anderson the Olympic slam, then stood over Anderson with the American flag as all the troops hoisted Angle into the air. A good angle, though they still need to get Anderson’s heat back. Angle’s promo was so solid, Anderson really got some big time heat from the crowd.
Up to this point, the show had largely made sense. That changed quickly. Bubba was trying to talk Hogan out of wrestling again tonight. Didn’t we see 100 of these segments on Thursday? Then Earl Hebner walked in. The announcers never reminded us that Hebner had been suspended for screwing Angle in a match with Styles that hardly anyone remembers now. Hebner was begging for a second chance. At first, Hogan didn’t want to think about it. But Bubba talked Hogan into it. So Hogan arranged for Hebner to referee his match against Flair and Styles. Let’s just count the ways in how this doesn’t make sense. First of all, Hebner screwed Angle based on a payoff from Flair (since he’s Styles’ advisor). So how do we know Flair hasn’t paid him off again to screw Hogan? This reminded me of so many of Hogan’s angles in WCW that were the biggest booking clusterfucks ever. My favorite was the time in 1995 when Hogan booked himself as a face in a tag match against a heel Flair—in Charlotte. Amazing to watch the crowd totally against Hogan, and yet he had the arrogance to still pin Flair with the legdrop. The fans responded by throwing Hogan’s own planted merchandise at him.
The nonsense didn’t end there. Jeff Jarrett confronted James Storm backstage. Apparently, Bischoff arranged for Beer Money to face Jarrett tonight in a handicap match with Mick Foley as the special referee. None of this was brought up beforehand, and the match was treated like a time killer. That’s particularly amazing since Jarrett has headlined more TNA main events than anyone, and Beer Money might still be the most over act in the company. Jarrett wanted to know if Bischoff forced Beer Money to be in the match. Storm said they volunteered. Jarrett brought up the fact that he hand picked Storm to be among the original workers in TNA, and Storm even trained as a wrestler in Jerry Jarrett’s backyard ring. Storm responded it was all about him. It came off like Beer Money had turned heel again, thought they were faces the last time we saw them. Jarrett punched Storm, but Robert Roode jumped Jarrett from behind. Foley broke it up and told them to take it to the ring.
Beer Money defeated Jeff Jarrett in a handicap match in 3:41. I guess Beer Money are heels again, because that’s how they wrestled. Crowd seemed really confused at first, but picked up on it eventually and started booing. Good spot where Jarrett teased giving Storm the running knees to the back, but Roode cut him off with a spinebuster. Roode gave Jarrett a catapault into a Storm DDT. Jarrett made his comeback by throwing Roode out of the ring and backdropping Storm over, as well. Foley pulled out a barbed wire baseball bat and tried to hand it to Jarrett. Then referee Mark “Slick” Johnson, who refereed Thursday’s falls count anywhere match that Sean Morley won over Jarrett (and look how that propelled Morley in the company), grabbed the belt from Jarrett. Johnson must be a heel now, too. That allowed Storm to give Jarrett a low blow, and Roode got the pin after the DWI. *1/4
Brooke Hogan came into Hogan’s dressing room in tears, and it turned into another one of those endless segments where she begs Hogan not to wrestle again. This would have been better if it hadn’t already been done to death and back. Hogan promised his daughter this would be the final time he would wrestle again. Well, aside from the match they’re now teasing with Sting that ruined the RVD debut.
Hulk Hogan and Abyss defeated A.J. Styles and Ric Flair in 7:55. When Hogan was in, it was mainly punch and kick spots. Hogan and Flair move like two men their age move nowadays. Keep in mind, they had programs in 1996 that looked like old timers matches, so you can only imagine what it’s like now. Hogan got all the early offense on Flair, including brawling around ringside where Brooke was seated. Flair got rammed into the barricade and juiced buckets like he was facing Dusty Rhodes in the Greensboro Coliseum. Styles got the tag and went on offense after a low blow. Finally, Abyss got the hot tag and went one-on-one with Styles to set up the Destination X main event. Styles hit the springboard flying forearm and went for the cover, but Abyss kicked out. At that point, Hogan and Abyss started doing the Superman comeback simultaneously. It led to Abyss doing Hogan’s trademark comeback spots (five punches, big boot to the face) on Styles at the same time Hogan was doing them to Flair. Well, roughly the same time because they were off, which even Taz mentioned. Abyss pinned Styles with a black hole slam. Just like Saturday Night’s Main Event from the 80s. *1/2
Postmatch, Wolfe ran in and hit Abyss with a chair, and Flair cut off Hogan with a kick to the chest. Dinero ran down to go after Wolfe, but then he got beat down. This brought out Jeff Hardy, who ran in and gave Wolfe a gordbuster. Wolfe landed at a horrid angle. Hardy climbed the top rope and appeared to be going for a swanton on Styles. Just as he got to the top, the picture went to black and everything ended.
SUMMARY: Show had its high points and low points. It was better balanced, but pushing Hogan to this extinct is just a death knell because it brings the perception they can’t make new stars. Certainly a better show than Thursday, but it’s hard to compete when the WWE has A game going building toward Wrestlemania, which is largely the case right now. The treatment of Van Dam in his debut was wretched. Trying to turn Sting has been futile for years, and it was ironic that Flair was on hand for it tonight. On Flair’s shoot interview from 2008, he laughed about TNA trying to turn Sting heel during the Main Event Mafia days because it just doesn’t work with him. Yet he and Hogan were the two hardest pushed men on the show. The real story comes in a month to see where the ratings are then. I don’t imagine it will be pretty.
credit: Wrestling Observer
Tags: Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Edge, John Morrison, K-Kwick, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Straight Edge, The Undertaker
We are live on tape from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and your announcers are Todd ‘ What happened to Bobby Hebert’ Grisham and Matt ‘Why are people complaining about my Colts Jersey’ Striker.
Rey Mysterio versus CM Punk with Luke Gallows and Serena
Punk has something to say to Rey and then he pie faces Rey before locking up. Punk does it a second time but Rey slaps Punk and then Rey with forearms to Punk. Punk with an Irish whip but Rey with a drop kick and victory roll for a near fall. Rey kicks Punk in the leg and then he drops the knee into the mat and then puts Punk in a leg lace, but Punk makes it to the ropes and Rey releases the hold. They lock up with a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and Punk trips Rey and gets a near fall. Rey with a sunset flip and he gets a near fall. Rey returns to the leg and he kicks Punk some more. Rey with forearms in the corner but Punk with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Punk with a figure four head scissors. Rey punches the leg to get out of the hold. Punk with a snap mare and kick to the back for a near fall. Rey with a forearm but Punk with a knee and then he throws Rey under the bottom rope but Punk tries for a baseball slide and Rey slides under Punk as Rey returns to the ring. Luke and Serena come over to Punk and we go to commercial.
We are back and Punk with a shoulder tackle and leg lariat for a near fall while Punk continues to favor the leg. Rey with a kick but Punk sends him to the apron. Rey with a body scissors and he sends Punk over the top rope to the floor. Rey hits a seated splash from the apron. Punk with a belly-to-back suplex onto the ringside barrier. Punk rolls Rey into the ring and then Punk with a slingshot senton and then he gets a near fall. Rey is lying against the ring post and Punk with a baseball slide and Rey’s abdomen goes into the post. Rey gets up and relaxes against the ringside barrier. Punk with a clothesline to the back of the head and then he hits a short arm clothesline before rolling Rey back into the ring. Punk gets a near fall and then Punk puts Rey in a bow and arrow but Rey with a lateral press. Punk tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Rey counters with a lateral press for a near fall. Punk hits a back breaker for a near fall. Punk with a forearm to the back and gets a near fall. Punk works on Rey’s back as he stretches him and he continues to taunt Rey. Rey with kicks to the head to get out of the hold. Punk charges into the corner and Rey with a drop toe hold. Rey goes to the apron and Rey goes up top but Punk crotches him and Rey is in the tree of woe. Punk tries to take advantage of the situation and he tries for a baseball slide but Punk forgets that Rey is not really that tall and Rey pulls himself up a bit as Punk crotches himself in the ring post. Rey pulls himself up and goes up top and hits a seated splash and a springboard cross body for a near fall. Punk with a head butt to Rey’s midsection and he tries for a rollup but Rey rolls through and kicks Punk in the head and gets a near fall. Rey with a knee to Punk’s head but Punk with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot from Rey. Punk with a power slam for a near fall. Punk with the running knee into the corner and then he tries for the bulldog but Rey gets out of the hold. Rey with a drop kick to the knees and Punk falls ‘there’. Serena gets on the apron to stop Rey’s run into the 619. The referee yells at Serena and Luke gets on the apron on the other side but Rey drops Luke on the top rope. Punk charges and Rey with a drop toe hold and Punk falls you know where as Rey tries for the 619 but Punk sees it coming and he avoids the move. Punk gets Rey up for the Go To Sleep but Punk counters and hits a rana for the three count.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match, Luke Gallows attacks Rey and kicks him. Luke with a back breaker to Rey. Punk tells Luke what to do and he hits a splash into the corner that sends Rey to the mat. Luke picks up Rey and hits a short arm clothesline. Serena kicks Rey in the midsection and then Punk has something to say to Rey. Luke puts Rey on Punk’s shoulders and then Punk hits the Go To Sleep.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Rey’s victory over CM Punk and the post match beat down by the Straight Edge Society.
Drew McIntyre comes to the ring to some snazzy new entrance music and he has something to say. Drew says that when he was informed that he would be competing in a match tonight, he stopped them and said that it doesn’t matter who his opponent is because he is the undefeated Intercontinental Champion. Drew says that he is unstoppable. His opponent, Kane, comes to the ring and as Kane enters the ring, Drew says that on second thought he doesn’t have anything to prove tonight and especially not to Kane. Drew says that he dropped Kane last week. Drew tells Kane that he can have a match next week, but not tonight. Despite Drew’s comments, the referee calls for the bell and the match starts.
Drew McIntyre versus Kane
Kane with a kick to an unsuspecting McIntyre and Drew goes to the floor. Kane follows after him and he punches Drew. Drew is returned to the ring and Kane with punches to Drew but Drew with a forearm and punch. Kane with a clothesline and he goes up top but Drew rolls out of the ring to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with an arm bar as we see footage from the commercial break when Kane was sent to the ringside barrier from the apron to allow Drew to gain the advantage. Kane punches McIntyre but Drew with kicks to the leg and head. Drew with a clothesline and a near fall. Drew with an elbow to the top of the head. Kane with an Irish whip but Drew comes out of the corner and Kane hits a clothesline. Kane with punches to Drew followed by an Irish whip and running clothesline. He tries again but Kane runs into an elbow from McIntyre. Kane hits the side slam for a near fall. Kane goes to the turnbuckles and he goes up top and hits the clothesline. Kane sets for the choke slam but Drew with kicks to the leg and then Drew tries for the double underhook DDT. Kane gets out of that and tries for another choke slam. Kane and Drew both go over the top rope to the floor and the referee starts his count. Kane and Drew exchange punches and Kane pulls Drew off the apron and then sends Drew into the ringside barrier. The referee makes the ten count.
Double Count Out
After the match, Kane sends McIntyre into the ring and Drew hits a running boot and then he punches Kane. McIntyre takes his title belt and he returns to the ring but Kane grabs Drew by the throat and hits a choke slam. Kane picks up the title belt and then puts it across Drew’s chest. Who wants some pyro from the turnbuckles?
We go to the back where Mickie James is getting something to eat. That is a good thing because the only other two people in the area are Michelle McCool and Layla who comment on the shock that Mickie is eating. Mickie says that it is over between them. Layla and Michelle say that Mickie doesn’t belong here and then Michelle says that it isn’t over until she gets her title belt back. Michelle has some cottage cheese in her hands but Mickie knocks it away and we see that it hit Vickie Guerrero. Mickie apologizes but it doesn’t matter because Vickie yells. Michelle and Layla suck up to Vickie as we go to commercial.
Mickie James versus Layla with her dance partner Michelle McCool
They lock up and Layla with a knee but Mickie with forearms and a snap mare. Mickie with a drop kick and Layla backs into the corner.
Vickie Guerrero comes out, still wearing the cottage cheese and she throws out her usual excuse mes. Vickie says that this is going to be an Epsenhart Special with Michelle McCool on Layla’s team.
Michelle takes off her boots and enters the ring and Mickie with forearms and knees. Michelle with a kick and Layla hits her too. Mickie kicks Michelle and slams her head into the mat. Mickie with a Thesz Press on Layla and punches. Mickie with a jack knife cover but Layla breaks it up. Mickie with a forearm to Layla and then she trips Mickie. Michelle with a back breaker for a two count. Michelle with a running knee to the head in the corner and then Mickie sends Layla to the apron. Layla grabs Mickie by the hair as she tries for the head scissors but Mickie kicks Michelle away and then kicks Layla off the apron. Michelle with a kick to Mickie’s head and then she hits the McCool Clash for the three count.
Winners: Michelle McCool and Layla
Batista is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back with a recap of Part II of Bret vs. Vince and Batista’s involvement. We then see Batista’s instant classic non match with CM Punk.
It is time to get Batista’s explanation for why he attacked John Cena after Raw and Josh Mathews is the man to do it since he is standing in the ring waiting for Batista to come out.
The spotlight stays on Batista during the interview and Josh asks Batista what provoked his actions against John Cena, why he walked out of the match with CM Punk last week for a shot at the Elimination Chamber, and his refusal to confront John Cena on Raw. Batista thinks about his answer and then he takes the mic and looks at Josh Mathews and that look forces Josh to leave the ring in fear.
Batista continues to ponder his thoughts while the crowd chants for Cena. Batista then gets in some cardio by walking around the ring and then he sits on the top turnbuckle before returning to the mat. Batista then leaves the ring and walks around the ring. Batista stops in front of a fan with a John Cena t-shirt and the fan does the ‘you can’t see me’ gesture to Batista. Batista sees that and then he walks into the ring again. Batista then drops the microphone before he can say anything. Batista leaves the ring and walks to the back, but he stops and due to the fans chanting ‘you suck’ Batista rhetorically asks if they want an explanation.
Batista returns to the ring and picks up the mic again. However, he drops it one more time and kicks it out of the ring. Batista puts on his sunglasses because the spotlight is too bright and he walks to the back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Still Know that there are a lot of photos seen on WWE.com?
Teddy Long comes out and he has something to say on the stage. Teddy tells everyone that Batista refused to compete in his Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match. Tonight, Batista refused to give an explanation for his recent actions. Teddy says that since Batista doesn’t like talking, he will compete against the winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble, Edge.
Matt Hardy comes to the ring with his dancing Indian friends, Great Khali and Runjin Singh and Matt has something to say. Matt wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day in advance. He says that his partner is the Punjabi Playboy, but Matt says that he will have the best Valentine’s Day ever. Matt brings out his special valentine and it is Maria, who comes to the ring.
Matt Hardy and Great Khali with Dancing Runjin Singh versus David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd with Natalya
Smith and Khali start off but Smith tags Kidd in and Kidd is bieled into the ring by Khali. Hardy tags in and he punches Kidd. Hardy with a running clothesline into the corner but Smith distracts Hardy before he can hit the bulldog. Hardy with a forearm to Smith but Kidd with a drop kick to the back of Hardy’s head. Smith tags in and he kicks Hardy and then hits a delayed vertical suplex and gets a near fall. Smith sends Hardy into the turnbuckles and kicks him before tagging Kidd back in. Kidd with a drop kick to the back of the head and gets a near fall. Kidd with a reverse chin lock on Hardy as he continues to work on the neck. Hardy with punches but Kidd with a back heel kick. Hardy with a Side Effect and then he tries for the Twist of Fate but Kidd counters and sends Hardy into the ropes and Natalya trips Hardy while the referee is distracted by Smith. Maria with a Thesz Press to Maria. Kidd tries for a rollup while Hardy is watching the catfight on the floor. Hardy counters and gets the three count with a rollup of his own.
Winners: Great Khali and Matt Hardy
After the match, Smith and Kidd have to hold Natalya back so she doesn’t get into the ring to go after Maria.
We go to the Ted DiBiase Hall of Fame video package.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
It is time to run through the Elimination Chamber card.
We have an earlier tonight moment of Rey Mysterio’s victory over CM Punk and the post match beat down.
R Truth versus John Morrison
They shake hands and then they lock up with Morrison getting a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Morrison rolls over Truth’s back and he lands awkwardly on his ankle and goes down to the mat. The referee checks on Morrison and then he keeps Truth away and then the referee calls for the bell due to Morrison’s injury. Truth helps Morrison take off his boot and the medical staff checks on Morrison.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Tony Chimel introduces the 2010 Royal Rumble winner, Edge.
Edge says that he is out here to talk about the benefits of winning the Royal Rumble and it is something that a lot of people don’t realize. The winner of the Royal Rumble does not have to compete in one of the most brutal and career shortening matches, the Elimination Chamber. That is a match that mixes luck, skill, and the ability to endure pain. Edge says that he will choose whoever survives that match, whether it be the WWE Champion or the World Champion. Edge says that he could face his Rated RKO buddy Randy Orton. He could also face the man he wrestled at last year’s Wrestlemania John Cena. He could also face Rey Mysterio or the love child of Brutus Beefcake and Charles Manson, CM Punk. He could face one of twelve different superstars in his match at Wrestlemania. There is one guy who stands out from the pack. There are a few people who have main evented and won at Wrestlemania. There is only one guy who is undefeated at Wrestlemania and is 17-0 at Wrestlemania. That man is the Undertaker. Edge says that it is out of his hands but there is one match that will take place. Next week, he will face Batista. Edge tells Big Dave that there isn’t a man he would like to . . .
Hold that thought because Chris Jericho’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Jericho tells Edge that he finds it a little ironic and doesn’t know if it is stupidity or arrogance that Edge never mentions him as a potential opponent at Wrestlemania. Jericho points out that he is a bad luck charm for Edge. Jericho reminds Edge that he was there when Edge injured his Achilles Tendon. He was also there when Edge made his return. Jericho says that he doesn’t know what it is like to make a triumphant return from injury because he doesn’t get injured. He just wins titles and continues to be the best in the world at what he does. Jericho tells Edge that he should save himself some grief and have a fighting chance at Wrestlemania by choosing the winner of the Raw Elimination Chamber match because Jericho says that he is going to be the winner of the Elimination Chamber match. Jericho says that if Edge continues to provoke and antagonize him, bad things are going to happen to Edge. Jericho tells Edge that he should watch what Jericho does to the ‘dead man’ when he beats the man who Edge lost to two years ago at Wrestlemania.
Chris Jericho versus the Undertaker in a No Disqualification Match
Jericho goes to the floor to avoid Taker as the bell rings but Taker follows after him. Jericho tries for an elbow when Taker tries to come back into the ring. Taker with punches to Jericho and then he kicks Jericho in the head. Taker with the leg drop on the apron and Jericho falls to the floor. Taker runs Jericho into the ringside barrier and then Taker looks at Edge who is still at the announce table. They return to the ring and Taker with kicks to Jericho. Taker works on the arm as he gets ready for Old School. Taker with a leg drop to the arm and gets a near fall. Taker goes to the turnbuckles for Old School but Jericho crotches Taker. Jericho with a forearm to Taker as they fight on the turnbuckles. Jericho tries for a superplex and he hits it. Jericho gets a near fall. Jericho with a kick to the head and then he chokes Taker. Jericho with a chin lock on Taker but Taker with a series of punches to the head to get out of the hold. Jericho punches Taker but Taker punches back. We get more punches between the two men as Taker gains control of the situation. Taker with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Taker with an Irish whip followed by Snake Eyes and a running big boot and leg drop for a near fall. Taker has the arm up for the choke slam but Jericho leaves the ring. Jericho goes to the announce table and Jericho has something to say to Edge and that allows Taker to hit Jericho from behind. Taker looks at Edge and then Taker tries to throw Jericho over the announce table into Edge, but Edge moves and Jericho hits the chair and goes into the ringside barrier.
Edge gets in Taker’s face and Taker walks past Edge as he remembers that he is wrestling a match. Taker rolls Jericho back into the ring and then Taker with a big boot to Edge.
Jericho with a DDT when Taker returns to the ring and gets a near fall. Jericho with punches and then he removes the turnbuckle pad. Jericho avoids a choke slam and gets a rollup but Taker kicks out and Jericho hits the exposed turnbuckle and Taker sets for the Last Ride and hits it. Edge comes into the ring and hits a spear on Taker. Edge leaves the ring and heads to the back.
Taker sits up and he looks at the Titantron before trying to finish off Jericho. Jericho with a Codebreaker for the three count.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Tags: AJ Styles, Desmond Wolfe, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, NWO, Ric Flair, Scott Hall, TNA, X-Pac
The plot thickens this week on iMPACT!
The show starts off with a video package about Foley and The Band. Tonight’s episode is called “Hulk’s Moment of Truth” I agree naming the episodes is wack. The Immortal One comes to the ring off the top on iMPACT!
Does Hulk even know what “Crackalackin’” really means? I think not. Whatchyou know bout “Swagger” Hogan?
So Hulk says he has heightened security tonight and locked down the iMPACT! Zone tonight to keep Hall and Pac out.
“If you gotta go to the washroom you better hold it” ? That’s what the man said. How about the fans just piss all over you Hulkster? Hogan threatens to put on the red and yellow to deal with Hall and Pac.
Then the World Eliteless Eric Young interrupts Hulk and says he wants Pac and Hall back in TNA so he can whoop their ass. Hogan’s no “Johnny Come Lately” and puts Young in his place and tells him if he wants Hall and Pac to take it off the property. Where Hulk, miles away? The iMPACT! Zone’s at Universal Studios in Disney World.
TNA 8 Card Stud Qualifying Match – Orlando Jordan vs. D’Angelo “The Pope” Dinero
I must admit The Pope is growing on me more and more every week. Dude is defiantly doin better in TNA than he was in WWE. I’m starting to like his swag. Taz is killing me tho’, he doesn’t even know the refs names.
Orlando was classic blessing Pope before the match started. Pope takes it to Jordan coming off his win last week over Styles. Somebody shave Jordan’s head for Christ’s sake. Orlando turns the tide for a bit till Pope hits the Coronation and Orlando kicks out.The Pope takes this one after hitting Jordan with the Deangelo Dinero Express.
Double J is in Eric Bishoff’s office or is it Hogan’s office. Either way they have a convo that has overtones of sarcasm each way. Jarrett tries to get in the 8 Card Stud Tournament, but Easy E shuts him down. Everyone seems to want to fall in line all off a sudden. Fight the power fellas!
TNA 8 Card Stud Qualifying Match – Suicide vs Matt Morgan
Morgan “The DNA of TNA” runs over suicide like a train. Suicide mounts a comeback on the big man till he catches a Carbon Footprint to the face and this oooooveer. You didn’t really expect Suicide to win did you?
Now, Foley is in the office with Eric making nice with the boss. Foley pleads for Abyss and JB’s jobs.
Eric makes the match of Foley vs. Abyss in the 8 Card Stud Tournament at Against All Odds and Eric says if Foley messes around that he will unmask Abyss next week. This is a Kane moment for sure. Bad move if that goes down.
Anderson and Angle are gonna team up to face in the main event on iMPACT! This week.
Seeing this interview felt like watching WWE.
Miiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeer ……ah you know the rest. Angle threatens Anderson then goes and tells Young to stay inside and let him deal with Hall and Pac.
X Division Championship Match – Doug Williams vs. Amazing Red
Red’s pretty damn quick and gives Doug a run for his money. Taz again says some stupid shit “Doug is from European” and “Doug would be good in the X Division” Dude he’s the X Division Champ. Does that not put him in the X Division?
Red gets Amazing with nuff high flyalazz….spin kick to Doug from Red and he almost gets him for the pin. This Brooklyn native brings the heat but gets caught in a Rolling German Suplex from Doug Williams and the BI member retains his X Division Championship.
The Beautiful People vs. Angelina Love & Tara
I love Velvet’s ass, damn did you catch that pum pum printa shot?
Beautiful People I love you! See with the ramp you can’t run around the ring. Not a good look. Velvet chokes Love with her own hair. Hmmm…
Is a sunset flip between two women not softcore porn? Anyway Tara and Angelina run tings off the start of the match but the BP get the numbers game working for them. Ugly stick behind the refs back and the BP get the win!
After the match it’s an Ugly Stick beat down on Tara. I can think of a few things to do with that stick and those three ladies!
Hernandez & Desmond Wolfe vs. Mr. Anderson & Kurt Angle
I keep waiting for Anderson to mess up and say Kennedy! Here we got two teams where the members don’t like each other at all. That’s a recipe for disaster. Anderson and Super Mex start it off. Angle had Wolfe tapping in the Angle Lock right in the centre of the ring but the ref never saw it. This match was truly ever man for himself as Angle proved by attacking Anderson during the match. Anderson tosses Angle out the ring to get the pin on Wolfe. Stealing Angle’s victory.
Samoa Joe comes to the ring and calls out AJ Styles. I’m waiting for AJ to dye his hair blonde like Flair. I doubt Styles will lose the strap at Against All Odds. Joe gives Styles a lecture….Flair talks about respect and AJ goes on a conceited rant. Woooooo!! Joe calls Flair AJ’s sugar daddy and gets AJ hot as hell and rushes the ring and catches a beatdown. Enter Flair and it gets ugly for Joe. Security comes to Joe’s rescue. Hey Tuff Guy Wooooooo!!!
AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe for the TNA Championship this Sunday at Against All Odds! Backstage, Bischoff informs AJ that he will be the guest ref in his title match at Against All Odds. See ya Champ!
Hulkster leaves a door open for Hall and Pac to confront Angle.
Angle hits the ring and calls out Hall and Pac, who promptly rush the ring and bring it to Angle. The brass knucks come out and Angle gets a beat down Band style. Out comes Hogan. Hogan’s not part of the Band but still using the NWO theme music. The Band give s Hulk the too sweet sign. Hall and Pac give Hulk the knucks to clock Angle with as they hold him but the Hulkster clocks Hall, then Pac. Can Angle trust Hogan now? I highly doubt it.
Not a bad iMPACT! Overall. Things slowly seem more organized and some direction is starting to form here.
This week we got some X Division action finally and it was a good mix. There may be some hope here after all.
Tags: Christian, Cryme Tyme, Dolph Ziggler, ECW, JTG, Raw, Santino Marella, Smackdown, Zack Swagger
Santino looks for revenge on Jack Swagger, Christian locks up with Zack Ryder in ECW’s final Superstars match, and JTG is in singles action against Dolph Ziggler in tonight’s main event
Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger
Santino has a message for Jack Swagger. He says Swagger jumped him from behind and intentionally tried to take him out of action. That’s a makin him a so mad. He’s going to teach Swagger a lesson so good he’ll call him professioray. Swagger grabs a side headlock at the outset, and hits the ropes delivering a shoulderblock. Swagger does some pushups, and Santino screams at him “don’t do that again!” Swagger takes Santino over with a side headlock, but Santino is able to reverse into one of his own. Santino hits the ropes and delivers a shoulderblock and dropkick sending Swagger to the floor allowing Santino to do some pushups of his own. Swagger comes back in and immediately regains control with a right hand. Swagger hits a belly to belly suplex, and whips Santino into the corner. Swagger delivers a Vader Bomb for two, and hammers Santino down in the corner. Swagger drives Santino into the top buckle, but that only serves to rile up Santino who starts to Marella Up. Santino delivers a series of right hands, and hits a hiptoss. Santino delivers a flying headbutt for two, and calls for the cobra which of course misses. Swagger delivers a clothesline, and finishes with the gutwrench powerbomb at 4:39. Pretty standard Santino match post face turn, and a strong showing for Swagger who needs a little momentum.
Winner: Jack Swagger (Pinfall-Gutwrench Powerbomb **)
Zack Ryder (w. Rosa Mendez) vs. Christian
Josh Mathews tells us this is indeed the final ECW match ever on Superstars. Zack pushes Christian into the corner off the lockup, but after a shove gets a smack in the face. Christian schoolboys Ryder for two, and grabs a side headlock. Ryder counters out of that with a back suplex picking up a two count, but then gets hit with a flapjack from Christian off the ropes. Christian delivers a clothesline sending Ryder to the apron, and a dropkick sends him all the way to the floor. Christian threatens a crossbody from the second rope, but Zack bails for cover down the aisle. Christian goes out after him, and brings back ramming him into the apron. Ryder catches Christian though and DDT’s him on the apron which sends us to break. We return with Zack still in control taking down Christian with a back heel trip for two, and locking in a chinlock. Ryder delivers a standing legdrop for two, but gets caught coming in to the corner with a back elbow. Christian goes for a sunset flip off the second rope, but Ryder rolls through and turns it into a slingshot under the bottom rope for two. Ryder goes to the second rope, but his dive meets the feet of Christian. Christian hits the ropes delivering a forearm, and then stands on the back of the neck of Ryder who’s throat sits across the second rope. Christian hits a missile dropkick for two, but Ryder comes back with a kick. Ryder goes for the Ruff-Ryder leg lariat, but Christian counters into a powerbomb for two. Ryder rolls the apron, and they fight over a suplex which Christian turns into a backdrop bringing Ryder back inside. Christian goes to the top rope for a crossbody which misses, and Ryder connects with the leg lariat for two. Christian comes back to go for the killswitch, but that is countered into a rollup from Ryder for two. Christian comes back with the bicycle kick in the corner, and hits a back elbow off the top rope. A second killswitch attempt this time connects and picks up the fall at 10:00. Fantastic match that really makes me hope that Ryder continues to get a chance to shine in the post ECW era. Christian should be fine, but I could see big things for Ryder if given the opportunity. Christian meanwhile continues to be arguably the most consistently good performer in the entire company.
Winner: Christian (Pinfall-Killswitch ***1/2)
Dolph Ziggler vs. JTG
Ziggler bails to the corner avoiding a lockup at the outset, and comes back with a body slam. JTG answers with a slam of his own, and the exchange ends in a standoff. Ziggler again bails to the ropes, and comes back inside where JTG hits a back elbow for two. Ziggler suckers JTG in with an offer of a test of strength, and gets a cheap shot kick in. Ziggler connects with a back elbow, but JTG answers with a flapjack. JTG hits a blockbuster off the ropes sending Ziggler to the floor as we head to break. We return with Ziggler in control of the match with a rear chinlock. JTG fights to his feet only to get taken back down by Ziggler for a one count. Ziggler delivers an elbow drop for a one count, and locks in reverse chinlock. JTG elbows free of that, but Ziggler comes right back with a Rocker Dropper for two. Ziggler hits a snap mare, and follows up with a Mr. Perfect style neck snap for two. Ziggler goes back to the chinlock, and then goes for a Stinger Splash which comes up empty. JTG comes back with what Stryker calls The Box Cutter, and that leads to Ziggler and JTG trading blows. JTG gets the better of it and delivers a shoulderblock and dropkick. JTG hits a mugshot out of the corner for two, but an attempted back suplex is countered by Ziggler into a rollup for two. JTG hits a leg lariat off the second rope a two count when Ziggler gets a foot on the bottom rope. JTG charges into the corner, but misses and that allows Ziggler to hit the Zig Zag to win at 13:04. This match was really slow and just didn’t seem to click for me. It wasn’t terrible, but just kind of underwhelming.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (Pinfall-Zig Zag **)