TNA Impact Spoilers For March 15, 2010
AJ Styles and Ric Flair out. AJ calls Abyss a 6’8 scary looking but stupid monster. Did he really think a magical ring would help him? He recalls their classic battles and how the result was always the same. AJ Styles up, Abyss down. AJ doesn’t believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause or in magical rings. He does believe he’s the best wrestler and a gift from God and The Pope will learn that too. Flair shows the scars on his forehead which are deep and bloody. He says Abyss is a dead man and they’ll get Jeff Hardy too. Flair’s forehead is bleeding and covered half his face. Jeff Hardy comes out. AJ asks Hardy who he thinks he is. AJ says Hardy has done nothing here and proved nothing. AJ asks him if he wants the spotlight and it doesn’t get any bigger than on Styles and Flair.
AJ asks why don’t they get it done right here, right now. Hardy says it will be a breeze. Flair sayas a breeze is painting pictures backstage and getting high. Hardy says something about the drifters of the night, crowd pops, his music plays, lights go out, everybody leaves.
Backstage, Bischoff is mad at Foley for helping Jarrett. Foley apologizes and Bischoff says there’s no saving Foley. Bischoff says he’s bringing Foley to the ring to shave his beard, cut his hair and make him the executive he should be.
Brooke Hogan just came out and sat down ringside.
Backstage, The Nasty Boys beat up Jesse Neal at catering and powerbombed him through a table. It was supposed to be Team 3D and Jesse Neal vs. the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart but now it’s a handicap match because of what happened to Neal. Team 3D says it’s not a handicap match because they have a partner. Out comes Spike Dudley to make it a 6 man match. Jimmy Hart gets the pin on Bubba after Knobs hit him with Jimmy’s motorcycle helmet. Nastys set up a table to put Bubba through it but Jesse Neal runs out for the save. Saggs ends up getting 3Ded through the table.
Backstage Christy asks Angelina how she feels that the Beautiful People won the tag belts. She says it sucks and makes her mad. When she gets mad she does something about it and issues an open challenge to any of the Beautiful People, especially Velvet.
JB backstage with Scott Hall and Syxx-Pac. Syxx-Pac says they’ve been kicked out of better places than this. Hall says at Destination X Nash is getting what’s coming to them and then Monday they’ll see the new big money players. Nash and Young walk up and Nash offers Hall a big wad of cash for five minutes with him tonight. Hall accepts and that match happens later.
Mr. Anderson & Desmond Wolfe with Chelsea vs. Kurt Angle & “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero. Pope and Angle win after Pope got a small package on Wolfe. Afterwards Anderson gives Angle a Mic Check and then uses the dog tags on Angle’s head and busts him open. Anderson says this is just a preview of what he’s going to do to him on Sunday. He beats Angle down some more.
Backstage, there was a Beautiful Segment but it was inaudible to the live crowd.
Hardy and RVD are in Hogan’s office but it was also inaudible to the live crowd. Abyss is a special enforcer in one of their matches. Bischoff comes in after they leave and asks if they’re cool. Hogan says yeah but he has to keep some things secret like Bischoff kept the Foley ref thing a secret. Bischoff leaves and Hogan says that was weird.
Angelina Love vs. Daffney. Velvet said Daffney is a member of the Beautiful People for one night only. The Beautiful People are watching from the ramp. Daffney tried using a hammer but the referee stopped her. The Beautiful People interfere and crotch Angelina on the ring post. Daffney attacked Angelina outside and then leaves. The Beautiful People beat up on Angelina until Tara makes the save. Tara and Daffney have a stare down while Daffney backs away.
Scott Hall vs. Kevin Nash with a five minute time limit. Syxx-Pac runs in and takes out Nash’s knee. They then handcuff Nash to the ring and begin beating him down. Young tries to make the save but Hall and Pac are too much for him. Pac and Hall take the money and leave.
Hulk Hogan is out. He says what happened last week was more than a trainwreck. The one thing he can’t forget or let go of is when Abyss said “Why Sting, why?” Hogan calls Sting out and asks if the spotlight wasn’t enough or his star wasn’t big enough. Sting is seen walking in the rafters. He passes over the ring area and makes his way to ringside. RVD attacks Sting and they brawl as Hogan watches on. RVD tosses Hogan a bat and then throws Sting in. Before Hogan can use it, Bischoff runs down with security and says Hogan has to leave that side of him behind. He has security escort Sting safely away. Bischoff says he promised his daughter last week he was done with this type of thing. Brooke is ringside acting shocked and shaking her head at her dad. Hogan goes to ringside where Brooke is and they embrace. Hogan then leaves.
Hernandez and Jeff Jarrett are talking about getting it done tonight. Bischoff says no way this happens. He says Hernandez gets a handicap match against Beer Money. Bischoff says since Jarrett wants in so bad that he can be the referee in the match.
Hernandez vs. Beer Money, Inc. with Jeff Jarrett as special guest referee. Matt Morgan was going to go to the ring but joins Mike Tenay and Taz on commentary instead. Winner via Keg Stand, Beer Money Inc. After the match, Beer Money continue to beat down Hernandez. Jarrett tries to break it up he gets shoved away. Jarrett takes the ref shirt off and helps Hernandez clear the ring. Bischoff is shown backstage with a mirror and clippers. A barber chair is being set up in the ring. Bischoff is out. He says Jarrett’s ass is his next week. Right now he has a certain look for the company and for weeks he’s been trying to help Foley. He calls Foley out so he can take matters into his own hands and clean Foley up once and for all. Foley is out and takes a seat in the barber chair. Foley stips Bischoff from shaving him and instead gives him Mr. Socko. He then uses the clippers to shave Bischoff’s head.
They’re setting up for an Ultimate X Match but Tim is unsure if they’re doing one tonight. Dave Penzer just called the pay-per-view Degeneration X rather than Destination X.
Christy Hemme backstage with Shannon Moore. He says he’s not worried because he’s been studying the book of Demigoth (who knows what he actually said) and that he’s going to beat Williams for all his freaks.
The Motor City Machine Guns are out. Chris Sabin says this Sunday at Destination X it will be a night to remember. Not only is it the return of Ultimate X, not only do the winners become #1 contenders but it will mark the rise of the Machine Guns. Sabin questions who Generation Me think they are to come into their company. Who have they ever beaten? Generation Me come out and say they have beaten the Guns when they first came in. Shelley says Generation Me is good but not great while MCMG are great. Generation Me are the Atari to the MCMG’s Xbox. Shelley says enough about that, let’s talk about the night we spent with your girlfriends.
A fight breaks out. Kendrick, Daniels, Amazing Red and Kazarian all run out to fight. A ladder is used during it. Amazing Red does a plancha off the top of the ladder onto the Motor City Machine Guns, Daniels and Kendrick. The segment ends with Kazarian on top of the ladder and Generation Me and Red posing around it.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with the special enforcer for the main event, Abyss. He says ever since Hogan gave him his ring, AJ and Flair have been trying to take it from him. He says at Destionation X he’s going to take the title from AJ and smack around Flair if he gets involved. He then asks WHATCHA GONNA DO FLAIR AND AJ WHEN ABYSS GOES CRAZY ON YOU!
Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles w/Ric Flair and Abyss as the special enforcer. AJ hit a slop drop that hit the referee too. AJ went to grab a chair but Abyss stopped him. AJ went for a springboard 450 and missed. Hardy hit a Swanton Bomb and Abyss slid in to count three. Flair hit Hardy and Abyss with a chair after and kept hitting him up the ramp until Abyss “hulked” up and chokeslammed him through the ramp! Abyss poses over the hold Flair went through and points at AJ who is cowering in the ring with his belt.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Flagship Series Will Air Live Every Other Week From Universal Studios In Orlando, Fl
New York, NY, February 16, 2010 – “TNA iMPACT!,” Spike TV’s highly-rated two-hour weekly series, is moving from Thursday nights to Monday nights beginning Monday, March 8 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT), it was announced today by TNA President Dixie Carter and legendary pop culture icon Hulk Hogan at a press conference at the “TNA iMPACT! Zone” at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
“TNA iMPACT!” will air live on March 8, with subsequent telecasts live every other week. The series features many of the biggest names in wrestling including Hogan, Ric Flair, Mick Foley and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, as well as the hottest young talent in the industry: TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe and “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan.
The first ever Monday live “TNA iMPACT” broadcast on Spike TV, ran as a three-hour special head-to-head against WWE RAW on Monday, January 4, 2010, and drew a franchise-record 2.2 million viewers. Two wrestling companies have not broadcast head-to-head weekly since the “Monday Night Wars” in the late 1990’s between WWE and WCW.
“On January 4 wrestling fans showed us they’re ready for a new professional wrestling alternative on Monday nights, and we’re answering that call. Bringing ‘iMPACT!’ to Mondays is our most exciting move yet in a year that’s already been filled with huge milestones for TNA” said Carter.
“Monday nights are now officially the best night of the week to be a fan of professional wrestling,” Hogan said. “My mantra has been ‘change is coming’ since partnering with Dixie Carter and TNA Wrestling. This change is great for the business and all fans of professional wrestling will benefit because of it.”
“TNA iMPACT! has emerged as one of cable’s top performers with young men, said Spike TV President Kevin Kay. “With NFL Football off the television schedule and with “TNA iMPACT’s” expanding roster of top wrestling talent, we see this as an opportunity to tap into the millions of wrestling fans on Monday nights.”
Since its founding in 2002, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling has become the world’s fastest growing professional wrestling company, currently airing in over 120 countries worldwide.
Folks have been very critical of TNA, myself included, but Hulk Hogan & Co. have been the talk of the wrestling town.
They have steadily increased its ratings, including their highest Thursday night rating last week. I only wish for a better product from TNA, but keep on truckin’, Hulkster.
Many of the champions are expected to compete tonight. Very nice. On with the show.
Brutus Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson (8-Card Stud Tournament Qualifying Match)
Before getting to the ring, Anderson self-introduces himself at the top of the ramp. He says he is the future of the four-sided ring. Repeats four-sided ring. He didn’t call himself the future, Hogan did, so it must be true.
Magnus is on the receiving end of a beatdown early on in the match. Anderson even trash talks as he works him over. After Anderson lowers his head for a back drop, Magnus is able to turn the tide with a couple kicks. Magnus has Anderson up for his finisher but Anderson gouges the eyes. Anderson then hits the Mic Check.
Winner: Mr. Anderson via pinfall
Opinion: A match that was pretty much by the book. The match was done before 9:10 p.m. and this was after the show’s opening video and the promo by Anderson. Rating: *1/2
Before the break, Mick Foley is shown arriving in a less-than-stunning car.
Kurt Angle is upset with Hogan. He’s blaming Hulk for allowing Scott Hall and Sean Waltman for attacking him last week. He warns Hulk to expect a visit later tonight.
Eric Bischoff says that Foley’s decision not to get on board with him last week is going to cost Foley dearly. Tires screech, BANG! BANG!. Foley makes his way to the ring. Crowd chants “Foley”. Foley tells Bischoff that he hates his “stinking guts”. Foley doesn’t like the fact that Bischoff came into the business as an outsider. Calls Bischoff the worst announcer ever. Taz quips that Foley must not have heard of Mike Adamle.
Foley shows us that he has Jeremy Borash’s and Abyss’ name written on his hand. He’s passionate as he protects his friends, JB and Abyss. Foley states that Bischoff hasn’t learned a thing after WCW’s demise. Foley won’t stand for EB treating the business like he is doing currently. Foley walks out but Bischoff stops him and tells Foley that he will be facing Kevin Nash tonight.
Backstage, Abyss and Borash are watching the monitor. Abyss wants to know if they will be okay. Borash says he’s just around to get his last check. He worked with Bischoff 10 years ago and has learned that no one is okay when they work for Bischoff.
Tara is with Christy Hemme. Tara mentions that she and Angelina Love weren’t the best of friends when Tara first arrived. However, since Love returned, she seems to have turned over a new leaf. Still, when they wrestle tonight for the Knockouts Championship, Tara will not be losing.
Team 3D vs. Hernandez and Matt Morgan (TNA Tag Team Championship match)
I’ll be expecting interference by the Nasty Boys.
Hernandez and Ray starts out the match. Hernandez uses a shoulder block that knocks the wind out of Ray. Hernandez goes up to the top rope but Ray gives him a slap to the chest and then tosses him off the turnbuckle. D-Von and Morgan in the ring, D-Von on the offensive until a discus clothesline by Morgan.
Hernandez hoists D-Von to the top rope and is going for a superplex. D-Von bites Hernandez in the head before leaping off and hitting a diving headbutt. Ray comes in and German suplexes Morgan. Fallaway slam to Hernandez. Team 3D is in control now. Before D-Von can hit the What’s Up? the interference comes, as expected. Ray walks into a Carbon Footprint.
After the match, the Boys hit the ring to finish off Team 3D. Hernandez and Morgan return to chase them to the back.
Winner: Hernandez and Matt Morgan via pinfall
Opinion: A nice tag team match. Team 3D appeared close to winning on a few occasions. The interference was expected and didn’t hurt the match. Rating: **1/2
Jessie Neal vs. Samoa Joe
Guess this is a match of two guys who have had nothing to do for weeks. Did they drop the Neal/Team 3D/Rhyno alliance?
Joe is running things from jumpstreet. Neal changes the momentum after gouging at Joe’s eyes. Neal goes to the top but when he jumps off, Joe drops him. Slaps to the face from Joe before sending Neal to the corner. Running knee into Neal’s gut. Muscle Buster.
Winner: Samoa Joe via pinfall
Opinion: Academic match, yet again. Joe made short work of Neal. Rating: *
Hogan tells Hemme that Angle is once again blaming him for something he didn’t do. He isn’t worried about Angle coming to find him. In fact, Hogan tells Hemme to tell Angle where he can find him.
D’Angelo Dinero vs. AJ Styles w/ Ric Flair
AJ starts with a chop to Pope’s chest in the corner. Styles celebrates and gets slapped. Pope hits Styles with some shots, jukes and jives, and knocks Styles to the mat. A back body drop by Dinero and Styles heads to the outside to regroup. Commercial.
Back from break and Styles is in control, hitting Pope with a few elbows. Commercial again. I hate that quick commercial break thing that TNA likes to do. Back…again. AJ hits Pope with a shoulder block and then does a Flair strut. Dropkick by Styles.
Styles is working on Pope’s neck. Snap suplex gets him a two count. Reversal by Pope into a sunset flip gets him a two. Styles back in control after a back elbow. Styles is stomping away. Lifts Pope up but it allows Dinero to mount a comeback. Pele kick drops Pope. Styles charges at Pope in the corner and Pope avoids. Pope goes for the Coronation but AJ moves. Styles goes for a suplex but Pope turns it into a small package.
Winner: D’Angelo Dinero via pinfall
Opinion: Why wasn’t this match the main event? I am not sure the main event will beat this. You put Dinero on my TV and I’m tuning in. These two men delivered with a good match for TV. I like Joe getting involved after the match. Does TNA grant Pope a title shot down the line? Rating: ****
After the match, Flair and Styles attack Pope. Samoa Joe hits the ring and begins to beat up Styles. Flair gets involved and when Joe focuses his attention on Flair, Styles chop blocks Joe. Pope is back up to stop the two on one. Security stops the melee.
We return from commercial with the security still in the ring with Joe and Pope. Flair is on the mic asking Joe if he wants to die tonight. Joe shuts him before he can say anymore. Joe calls Styles a scumbag. Styles sold everything for some overpriced suits and Flair’s hookers. At Against All Odds, Joe is coming after Styles. Joe and Pope head up the ramp to go after Flair and Styles
Angelina Love is sure that The Beautiful People will try to interfere in her match tonight. However, she taught TBP everything they know, but not everything SHE knows. Success is the best revenge and Love is awesome at revenge.
Cut to Kevin Nash and Eric Young. Bischoff comes in and wants to talk to Nash. Bischoff says that Young is another name he probably won’t remember in the morning. Then asks for Nash to mop the floor with Foley tonight. Nash wants to know about Hall and Waltman. Bischoff just wants Nash to take care of business tonight.
Before we get the segment, they show Foley’s attack on Nash two months ago. Foley is with Hemme and says that he will be lacing up his boots tonight. Foley recounts his issues with Nash. Abyss comes up and wants to know what Bischoff meant about Foley having to fall in line or Abyss loses his job. Foley warns Abyss to stay in the back during his match with Nash. Abyss agrees, reluctantly.
Tomko vs. Kurt Angle (8-Card Stud Tournament Qualifier match)
Tomko gets a shot to be in the title scene? Really?
Suplex by Angle right out the gate on Tomko. Tomko levels him with a kick but Angle gets up and gets right in Tomko’s face. They go outside the ring and when they come inside, Tomko hits Angle with a powerslam. Tomko launches Angle into the ringpost. Another powerslam leads to a two count for Tomko.
Tomko climbs the ropes and Angle bounds up the ropes to hit a top-rope belly-to-belly suplex. Double German suplex. Tomko elbows Angle to break the lock on the third German suplex attempt. Angle Slam gets a two count. Angle avoids a boot and locks in the Germans again, FIVE times. FIVE times! Five times! Five times! Five times! Ankle Lock and Tomko taps.
Winner: Kurt Angle via submission
Opinion: Man, Tomko’s back must hurt. He took seven Germans in that match. It wasn’t a bad match, but that’s probably because most of it was focused on Angle. Rating: **
TNA shows still pictures of TNA overseas.
Then there is a recap package to show the history of Foley and Nash.
Nash is with Hogan. Nash is pleading to Hogan to give Hall and Waltman another chance. Hogan says that those two continue to get chance after chance and screw up.
Video package to show off the issues between The Beautiful People and Angelina Love.
Angelina Love vs. Tara© (TNA Knockout Championship match)
Does the video package prior to the match ensure a finish involving the ladies of TBP?
The ladies jostle for position early on and it becomes a theme throughout the match. We get a knuckle lock that is seen through two separate commercial breaks. Seems as if there is some kind of wardrobe malfunction for Tara. They blur her chest region for the last half of the match. Widow’s Peak is countered with a roll through by Love. Tara turns the tables and gets the pin on Love.
After the match, TBP hit the ring and beat down Love. Tara takes a few moments before deciding to help Love.
Winner: Tara via pinfall
Opinion: A nice match but I didn’t care for the slow down with the knuckle lock.
Seems Angle finally found Hogan. Angle barges into Hogan’s office and wants explanation about last week’s attack. Hogan asks Angle why he would send Hall and Waltman after him when he fired Hall and Waltman. Hogan tells Angle that he needs to watch his temper. Angle tells Hogan he won’t be screwed with the same way Hogan has screwed with others. This is Hogan’s final warning.
Mick Foley vs. Kevin Nash (No-DQ match)
Foley comes to the ring with Barbie (barbed-wire bat). Nash comes to the ring with a garbage can filled with “toys”. The bell sounds and Nash is immediately playing defense as Foley swings the bat. A shot with the hockey stick takes Foley down and gives Nash the chance to grate Foley’s face with Barbie. Mule kick by Foley stops Nash. They brawl on the outside. Foley goes back in the ring and grabs a picture from the trash can. He hesitates and eats a big boot from Nash. (The picture was the drawing of Foley and Abyss.)
Winner: Kevin Nash via pinfall
Opinion: That was the main event? Really? Come on. A no-DQ match and we see no blood. What is this, WWE? The match was really sorry. Rating: 1/2*
Post match, Hall and Waltman hit the ring. They take out Nash and get a few shots in on Foley as well. Show ends with Hall and Waltman posing.
Things were up and down tonight. The tag match was good, the Angle/Tomko match was decent, and the whole segment involving AJ Styles (match and post-match) was awesome.
Speaking of Styles, when did Samoa Joe become a face? TNA has guys switching sides without warning. Granted, it was nice to see Joe come out there and all, but there are always multiple changes in TNA when it comes to heels and faces.
I wasn’t a fan of the main event and I’m not feeling the Hall and Waltman involvement. Granted, things might have became interesting with them turning on Nash, but Hall and Waltman on my TV isn’t what I call must-see TV.
Where were the X Division guys? Is TNA done with the Knockouts Tag Team Championship or what?
Eric Young called himself the leader of The World Elite. Is that group actually still intact?
Has TNA made clear the fact that Rob Terry defeated Young overseas?
Overall, this show did a better job than last week’s.
TNA Impact results for 01/28/2010
On a night that features Jeff Jarrett’s first match in seven months, all questions from last week’s Orlando screwjob are answered and Samoa Joe’s face is all over this week’s milk carton.
The fans in the Impact zone are still waiting for answers after last week’s reenactment of the Montreal screwjob, which I’m sure many of us thought was put to rest, but then along comes TNA to make us relive it.
Hogan and Bischoff come out to start the show per the usual format. Hogan doesn’t waste any time and calls out Mick Foley. Foley answers the call and Hogan says he wants to nip this issue between Foley and Bischoff in the bud and move on. He gives Foley an ultimatum to either work it out or leave. Bischoff says there is no situation between him and Mick and whatever issue existed between the two of them was resolved last week when he fired him. Hogan tries to play mediator and says they have a chance here to turn Mick Foley into an asset for TNA, as Hogan still considers him valuable. Bischoff takes exception to that, saying that Foley beat him half to death last week and tried to hospitalize him. Foley says he would have loved nothing more than to get his hands on Bischoff, but it never happened. He then brings everyone’s attention to the absence of abrasions on Bischoff’s face, which looks in perfect condition and says if he had done what he wanted to do, Bischoff would be covered in scars. Hogan then turns to Bischoff and says he’s not saying that he doesn’t believe him, but they need to work this out and that is up to Bischoff.
Jeff Jarrett is seen arriving to the arena with Bubba the Love Sponge (this can’t be good). He tells Bubba to trust him, as he has everything under control.
Christy Hemme is standing by with Mr. Anderson, however, she introduces him by his full name of Ken Anderson, which he takes exception to, saying that even though the two of them go way back, they were never friends, so she should show a little more respect. Anderson says since he doesn’t have a match tonight, it’s clear that he has to do everything himself. He says he has to announce himself and now he has to book himself (which doesn’t surprise me in TNA). Anderson says he’s issuing an open challenge to anyone on the TNA roster to come out and face him tonight and he doesn’t care who it is. He runs down the list of names and says he hopes and prays that it’s Abyss, but it really doesn’t matter, because by the end of the night, the only name anyone will remember is MRRRRRRRRRRRR. ANDERSON!!!! (It doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as KENNNNNNEDDDDDDDYYYYY!!!!!)
Announced for TNA’s next pay per view Against All Odds is a tournament called the 8-Card Stud, which doesn’t make sense. But nevertheless, the winner receives a future world title shot, which will replace the world title shot that Bobby Lashley won a few months ago (well they didn’t say that, but that’s essentially what’s happening. Samoa Joe must be an angry man right now). This tournament could actually be great if booked right.
Match #1: Desmond Wolfe vs. Sean Morley in a Super 8 Card qualifying match
It’s announced in this match that the young lady escorting Wolfe is named Chelsea, which is completely insignificant and doesn’t do anything for his character at all. Morley comes to the ring and just tosses the dirty towel he’s wearing to a “lucky” woman in the front row (how flattering). Wolfe reverses a hammerlock in the early going but actually forces Morley into the ropes, which wasn’t a bright move. He redeems himself though with a hammerlock DDT and then starts emulating Stretch Armstrong by holding Morley in place with a hammerlock and then arching back into the free arm of Morley, who is able to escape the punishment. I believe Wolfe may have been a medieval dungeon master in a previous life. Wolfe then delivers a snapping arm ringer, but Morley fights back with a half Nelson suplex. He tries the money shot, but Wolfe crotches him on the top rope and delivers the tower of London for the win.
Winner: Desmond Wolfe by pinfall
Jeff Jarrett casually walks into the Hogan/Bischoff office and Bischoff sarcastically asks where his attorney is. Jarrett says he’s done with all that nonsense and he’s ready to do business. Hogan says in this business, trust is the most important thing (and Hogan’s an expert on trust). He says if Jarrett’s coming back, he needs to be the old Jeff Jarrett, because they need help to turn this company around (and what a job they’ve done so far). Bischoff adds that they actually need immediate help, because as it turns out, Mr. Anderson doesn’t have an opponent as yet (I thought it was an open challenge). Jarrett is shocked and starts complaining that he hasn’t been in the ring in seven months. Bischoff says if he wants an opportunity, it’s waiting for him in the main event tonight. Jarrett reluctantly accepts and Hogan wishes him good luck.
On the other side of the building, AJ Styles is trying to pick out a suit from Ric Flair’s collection, to take with him on his vacation, as he’s surrounded by an orchestra of ladies and says since this tournament will decide on a number one contender, there’s really no reason for him to be here. Flair and AJ then start the woooos.
Match #2: Daniels vs. Hernandez in a Super 8 card qualifying match
Daniels sneak attacks the big man to kick things off, but Hernandez shifts the momentum in his favour with a standing vertical suplex, shades of the late British Bulldog. Hernandez then counters a sunset flip attempt and crackerjacks Daniels across the ring. Daniels responds with an STO, followed by a standing moonsault for two. Hernandez counters the angels wings with a back body drop and then delivers a slingshot shoulderblock and uses his shirt to launch the fallen angel halfway back to heaven with another crackerjack. Hernandez avoids a superplex, but misses a big splash. Daniels goes on the offensife with a schoolboy, using the ropes, but Hernandez kicks out anyway and delivers a running shoulderblock, followed by the dominator for the win.
Winner: Hernandez by pinfall
Up next is the much anticipated (and I use that term loosely) face off between the Nasty Boys and Team 3D. Brother Ray brings us all up to date with a run down of the Nasty’s antics as of late and says they’ve been attacking them from behind and they got a taste of that last week, when they were both laid out with chairs. Brother Ray asks where they’ve been for the last 10 years (obviously not the gym). Sags says they were born nasty and they’ve always been nasty and they’ll die nasty. D-Von says that while the two of them were sitting on their asses, 3D have been winning titles left and right. He says they’ve been champions in every company that they’ve worked for, which makes them the greatest team in the history of the business. The Nasty Boys then run down their accomplishments and all the legendary teams they’ve faced. They say Team 3D is next on the chopping block on Valentines Day, because at Against All Odds on February 14, they’re going to get a beating. Brother Ray says on behalf of his team “see you there!”
Christy Hemme interviews The Beautiful People about their match tonight. Velvet says she’s tired of everyone talking about Angelina and now Angelina’s back where she belongs, in the shadows. Madison adds that Angelina Love is so 2009 and TBP have moved on to better things since then. They say that tonight is their time to prove that they deserve to be champions, when they beat all the women that currently have gold in TNA.
Jeff Jarrett is shown in his locker room, getting ready for his first match in months.
Match #3: The Beautiful People vs. Tara, Hamada and Awesome Kong
Hamada grabs hold of Madison’s arm in the early going and looks like she’s about to deliver old school ala The Undertaker, but turns it into a lucha libre style armdrag. TBP answer back with a series of arm ringers on the lady from the Orient, who quickly tags in Tara. Tara delivers a standing moonsault on Madison for two and then her and Madison have the same idea and end up utilizing a faceplant on each other mid-ring. Kong tags in and just cleans house on TBP and then Hamada tags back in with a Mafia kick to Madison, a front kick to Lacey and a spin kick to Velvet, knocking TBP down like a stack of dominoes. She then hits a moonsault on Madison, but Lacey breaks it up and all six women get involved, as Madison nails Hamada with the ugly stick for the win.
Winners: The Beautiful People by pinfall
After the match, TBP attack Tara with the ugly stick, as Kong has chased Velvet to the back, but Angelina Love comes out to a huge ovation and takes down both Lacey and Madison.
Hulk Hogan is having a conference in his office with referee Earl Hebner, asking him why he did what he did last week. Hogan badgers Hebner to the point where he admits that 12 years ago, he alone screwed Bret Hart and last week, he did the same to Kurt Angle, saying he did it for the money. He said Flair paid him off and he had to do what he had to do. Hogan was speechless and put on one of the worst acting jobs I’ve ever seen in my life, telling Hebner he doesn’t know what to do with him and for him to just leave. He says it was unacceptable what he did and until he figures out what to do, Hebner is suspended. Hebner leaves and Hogan looks like he’s about to cry (he must have watched last week’s show again).
Kurt Angle comes out to the ring, despite quitting last week, and says the match he had with AJ Styles at Genesis is a match he’ll never forget. He says it was one of the greatest matches in his career, but by the end of it, he was pissed off. He says AJ came out and shook hands with him and told him it would determine who was the greatest in the world. He says in a matter of seconds, AJ went from being a hero to a punk. He tells AJ that Flair doesn’t care about him and he’s just using him and is stripping AJ of his innocence. He says Hulk Hogan personally apologized to him for last week and even gave him a spot in the Super 8 Card tournament. Angle says when he wins that tournament, it’s going to be him and AJ one more time and he will prove once and for all that he’s the greatest wrestler that ever lived. Hogan comes out to ruin the moment and says Angle accused him of something he wasn’t guilty of. He says it’s not necessary to bring lawyers and lawsuits into this and as the leader of TNA, he does everything from now on, on a business level. Hogan says Angle spit in his face last week and if that ever happens again, Kurt will be unemployed. Angle apologizes to Hogan and says he wants to let bygones be bygones. He then extends his hand, which Hogan gladly shakes. Just as we thought it was over, Scott Hall and 6-Pac come out of nowhere with a sneak attack on Angle and we cut to break.
Match #4: Brian Kendrick and The Motor City Machine Guns vs. Amazing Red and Generation ME
Apparently, there is now more than one Brian Kendrick, as he’s no longer known as The Brian Kendrick. Kendrick Pearl Harbors Red to kick things off, but Red is quick to respond with a flurry of offense. Both Guns tag in simultaneously and the ref is having a hard time deciding on a legal man. Red flips over Shelley with a spinning front kick on Sabin and then the newcomers enter the fray, as Max elevates Jeremy, who comes down with a dropkick on Shelley. Max then delivers a flipping neckbreaker, which lands Sabin on the knee of Jeremy, which was a very cool spot. The Guns fire back (no pun intended) as Shelley applies a reverse camel clutch, while Sabin deliver a low dropkick to Max. Red tries the flipping powerbomb on Sabin, but catches a superkick from Shelley and Kendrick tags himself in and delivers a running boot to Red to steal the victory.
Winners: Brian Kendrick and The Motor City Machine Guns by pinfall
After the match, The British Invasion comes out and Big Rob delivers a chokeslam to Red and then indicates that he’s cashing in his feast or fired case, but Magnus argues that he should give the case to Williams.
Match #5: Doug Williams vs. Amazing Red for the X-Division title
This match doesn’t last long, as Williams quickly transitions from a roll-up to a bridging German suplex for the win and Big Rob does not look pleased.
Winner and NEW X-Division champion: Doug Williams by pinfall
Cameras pan to the back, where Jeff Jarrett is still getting ready for his match.
Bischoff is shown talking to Foley in his office. He says that Hogan says they need to work it out. Foley starts with a story of his son Dewey dropping a deuce in a play area at a local children’s entertainment venue, which was so disgusting that nobody wanted to clean up. He says eventually someone had to do it. He then says he would rather be that guy who had to clean that dirty human excrement from the play area than ever work for Eric Bischoff. Bischoff says he understands that he and Foley have a history together, but they need to move past it. He says while Foley may not care to work for Bischoff, there are two people he does care about that could be out of a job, which are Jeremy Borash and Abyss. Foley takes exception to this news and begins to reconsider. Bischoff then leads the camera crew to AJ Styles’ locker room and tells the champ that he shouldn’t be planning any vacations just yet. He says everybody is under a close watch with this new regime. He then looks at Flair, saying he and Hogan are stuck with him (I believe it’s the other way around), because apparently Flair knows people in high places. He then reminds AJ to rethink his travel plans, which leaves the champion on edge.
Match #6: Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Jarrett
Anderson cuts his usual promo with a reintroduction of himself. Jarrett comes to the ring without any music or anything (I guess he’s really starting at the bottom). Jarrett goes on the attack early with a series of shoulderblocks and hiptosses, followed by a dropkick and a clothesline, knocking Anderson to the floor as we head to commercial. Back from break, Anderson takes control with a hammerlock belly-to-back suplex for two, followed by a single-arm DDT for two. Anderson misses the Kenton bomb and Jarrett counters the mic check into the stroke, which Anderson counters with a low blow and then secures an inside cradle for the win.
Winner: Mr. Anderson by pinfall
Bischoff is shown laughing backstage. Anderson isn’t done yet though, as he attacks Jarrett after the match and finishes him off with the mic check, which leaves Bischoff grinning from ear to ear and he ends the show with the line “it’s a long, hard climb to the top of my mountain.”
This wasn’t a great show, but at least much better than last week. They were however missing some key stars such as Beer Money, Pope Dinero, Abyss, Sting and where the hell is Samoa Joe? This is getting ridiculous. I enjoyed the 6 man tag match and I really liked the kickoff of the tournament. I think Daniels should have qualified but I have no problem with Hernandez going over. I don’t think they did that great a job to get Anderson over and they need to let him talk a lot more and end up in a major feud with someone. 6 out of 10 this week.
Tonight’s Impact opens with a recap of TNA Genesis, highlighting the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match that saw AJ Styles retain due to interference by Ric Flair, and Styles’ subsequent heel turn
Ric Flair, AJ Styles, and 3 bimbos – er, women of questionable repute, get out of an arriving limo and head to the ring.
Flair comes out to the ring with two of the bimbos from the limo and cuts a promo. He says there are three reasons he came to TNA. His hatred of Hulk Hogan, to work with AJ Styles whom he says he will work with until he’s done with the business, and Dixie Carter, who he alleges he slept with. He then introduces Styles, who comes out with the third bimbo. AJ cuts a heel promo saying no matter what he’s done TNA has never been known as the house that Styles built. He goes on to point out he’s one of the originals and the only grand slam champ ever, but guys like Foley, Sting, Joe, and Jarrett get the credit. The whole promo is very much in the style of Flair and not half-bad. Angle interrupts the promo and comes out with the Hulkster himself. He recounts that he said Angle’s last shot was at Genesis, but because of Flair’s assistance Hulk decided to “change his mind” and makes a match between AJ and Kurt for the TNA Title. If Flair interferes, Angle will become champion. Hogan ends by saying ”This is real, this is damn real!”
We come back from commercial to Mick Foley smashing various objects backstage, repeatedly saying “Bischoff!” He legitimately looks crazy.
Matt Morgan & Hernandez (c) vs. The British Invasion – TNA Tag Team Championships
Our first match is a return match from Genesis, the British Invasion vs. Matt Morgan and Hernandez for the TNA Tag Team championships. The Brits jump Morgan and Hernandez from behind, with Morgan and Williams starting as the legal men. Morgan quickly regains control and hits a variety of offensive maneuvers, including a side slam, but then falls prey to illegal help from Magnus. Magnus is tagged in and works over Morgan, who manages to hit a clothesline and hot-tag Hernandez who cleans house. Hernandez hits a Complete Dust-type maneuver on Williams for a 2-count. The Invasion come back and hit a kick/german suplex combo for a near-fall. Rob Terry comes out and throws his briefcase in to Magnus, who accidentally nails Williams with it, allowing Morgan and Hernandez to pick up the victory. After the match, Mick Foley comes out with a steel chair and lays out the entire Invasion with chair shots and a double arm DDT. Foley looks into the camera and tells Eric Bischoff to schedule an appointment for him later tonight, because Mick is coming to see him.
We come back from commercial and see a recap of a JJ interview on Bubba The Love Sponge. After his controversial comments about Haiti, I hope we see a lot less of Bubba, like none of him at all. (P.S. GO KONG!)
Hogan and Bischoff are shown in an office and talk about keeping “Cactus Jack” under control. Kevin Nash walks in and is beseeched by Hulk to keep Hall and Waltman in line, and to “nail it” in his match with Eric Young against The Nasty Boys.
Backstage, Christy Hemme interviews The Pope, who repeatedly refers to his opponent Orlando Jordan as “Whoopi” and sees two pimp slaps in his future.
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero vs. Orlando Jordan
The crowd is behind Dinero big time. The match starts off with some chain wrestling, then turns into a slugfest after Jordan slaps Dinero. Dinero takes control and lands on Jordan, who is strung across the bottom rope. Jordan gets the last laugh as he dragon screws Pope back in to the ring, hurting the same leg that was brutalized by Desmond Wolfe at Genesis. OJ hits a flatliner on Dinero for a big win in his TNA debut.
Kurt Angle is interviewed by Christy Hemme. Angle says justice was served by Hulk Hogan when Hogan gave him a rematch for the title, and that he will serve up some justice of his own tonight on AJ Styles.
Back from commercial, Eric Young asks Kevin Nash if he’s with Young, or if he’s with Waltman and Hall. Nash says Young will fit right in with them.
A history of The Beautiful People and Angelina Love is shown. Angelina vs. Madison Rayne is scheduled for later tonight.
More Bubba the Love Sponge/Jarrett interview. They end up setting up a meeting between Jarrett and Hogan.
Bobby Lashley walks into Eric Bischoff’s office and says he just wants to wrestle and is done with letting his wife talk for him. Bischoff says it takes a big man to admit his mistakes, and that he’ll talk to Hogan and have an answer for Lashley next week.
Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love
Angelina dominates initially and just pummels Madison. Angelina hits a bicycle kick for the win in about 2 minutes. Angelina then strangles Madison Rayne with her own top she had ripped off. The Beautiful People come out and eventually beat down Angelina with the ugly stick.
Bubba is backstage with Hall and Waltman. Waltman sounds blazed, which Hall of all people points out by saying “take another hit cheech.” Hall then goes on to say he believes tonight, he and Waltman will earn TNA contracts.
Back from commercial, Hogan and Bischoff comes out to the ring. Hulk says TNA has a lot of momentum, but he’s sick of the “rock, paper, and scissors” clowns running around TNA. He says he wants to see them wrestle! That makes one of us. Nash, Hall and Waltman come out and get berated by Hogan. Hogan kicks Hall and Waltman out of the building. Mick Foley comes down and tries to get at Bischoff, but is stopped by security. Bischoff tells security to get Foley back to his office and that they’ll talk.
The Nasty Boys vs. Kevin Nash & Eric Young
The Nasties didn’t actually look too horrible in this one. Typical Nasty Boy-type brawling throughout most of the match. Big Sexy got thrown into the steps on the outside by Knobbs, allowing Sags to hit a Pumphandle Drop on Young for the win. During the commercial break, the Nasty Boys were assaulted by Team 3D.
Mr. Anderson comes to the ring and cuts a promo saying actions speak louder than words. He then brags about beating Abyss, who is standing right behind him silently. He continues to berate Abyss, who eventually gets a few good shots in before Mr. Anderson escapes.
Eric Bischoff and a restrained-by-security Mick Foley are shown in Bischoff’s office. A confident Bischoff asks for some privacy, and to be left alone with Mick Foley. Foley says he hates what Bischoff has done to his company, and will stop what he’s doing by force if necessary. Bischoff then orders the cameramen out of his office.
A.J. Styles (c) vs. Kurt Angle – TNA Heavyweight Championship
Early on, Angle hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near-fall, then hits a snap suplex. Angle is very aggressive and absolutely works AJ over. Angle with another near fall after a vicious clothesline. AJ turns the tables on Angle after a mule kick low blow.
Back from commercial, Styles hits a wicked chop block on Angle. AJ then slaps on a figure-four, a la his new mentor. Angle eventually makes it to the ropes. Angle fights his way back with punches and a clothesline and then hits a belly-to-belly suplex followed by a triple german suplex. AJ escapes an Angle Slam and hits a Pele kick. AJ then goes for the Styles Clash, but Angle reverses and locks in an ankle lock. AJ rolls through and slaps on an ankle lock. In what could only be described as the Orlando Screwjob, Earl Hebner immediately calls for the bell. Angle is in disbelief. Hogan comes out to try to sort things out, but Angle thinks Hogan is in on it and says “I Quit!” He then spits in Hulk Hogan’s face. Angle is dropping F-bombs left and right, I assume to make everything look like it’s legitimate.
Back from the break, Eric Bischoff stumbles out to the ring, bleeding profusely from his forehead. To close out the show, Bischoff screams “Mick Foley, you’re fired!”
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff appeared on Bubba The Love Sponge’s radio show today to give their “State of TNA” address. Below are the highlights:
Hogan said he’s heard Spike TV wants TNA to go live again on March 1, then another Monday special a few months later, then another. He said he wants to continue pushing the product so Spike is forced to put them on Monday nights.
Eric Bischoff on “The Orlando Screwjob”: “Is it a shot (at WWE)? Yeah, maybe kinda sorta. It’s great entertainment. We knew it would get people bitching about the product or loving it. It got people talking. You haven’t seen the story yet. You’ve seen a couple pages of the story.”
Hogan said one of the major selling points for doing the recreation of the “Montreal Screwjob” was that they have Earl Hebner working for them.
Although The Honky Tonk Man’s official web site recently claimed he has been talking with TNA about a dea since December, Bischoff said he would rather “drive a rusty ice pick through my eye than work a day with him…This guy couldn’t draw flies if you rolled him in cow s#$%. He’s negotiating with himself. No truth to that at all.”
Both men said they’d been contacted by WWE wrestlers coming toward the end of their contracts about possibly working with TNA, but they did not say who. However, they expressed great interest in Randy Orton and John Cena, as well as Chris Jericho. In terms of The Big Show, Bischoff called him “lazy,” while Hogan said Show has never been used right, and put over his work ethic.
Bischoff said he hopes TNA can attract the 18-34 demographic, which WWE may be losing now that they’re trying to appeal more to kids.
Hogan said he would love to bring Randy Savage into TNA to manage “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal.
Hogan called Sting a great talent, who he loved to death, but Sting’s “personal issue” might cause them to switch gears on what type of role they use him in. Bischoff added that if Sting wasn’t willing to put TNA as the number one priority over most things, then it probably wouldn’t work out.
In terms of Desmond Wolfe, Bischoff said he was high on him, and Hogan said he wants to do a James Bond-type character with him.
Bischoff called “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero one of his favorite characters. Hogan said he’s tired of seeing Pope getting beaten week after week, and they plan to give him “life after death.”
Hogan called Abyss his favorite wrestler of all, and called him “my next John Cena.” Bischoff said: “He’s magic. It’s a matter of time.”
TNA Impact Spoilers for Jan. 21: Flair and AJ Styles Talk Partnership
TNA Wrestling was back in action less than 24 hours after wrapping their Genesis PPV to tape the January 21 episode of Impact.
Hernandez and Matt Morgan defeated The British Invasion to retain their newly won TNA Tag Team Titles.
After the match, Mick Foley made his return to television and attacked Rob Terry.
In the next segment, Ric Flair came out to the ring and said that while he hates Hulk Hogan, he loves TNA. Saying that he was in the company to find the next “Nature Boy” Flair brought out AJ Styles who was dressed in a suit and accompanied by a valet. Styles then cut a promo a la Flair.
Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle had the ring to themselves for the next segment. Hogan gives Angle another title shot at Styles because “it’s his show.” The title match will take place tonight.
Orlando Jordan defeated “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero in the next match.
The returning Angelina Love defeated Madison Rayne in a Knockouts match. Post match, Love continued to pound on her until Velvet Sky and Lacey Von Erich ran out to make the save.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff to confront the band. Hogan informs them that because they don’t have contracts, they don’t work for TNA and has them escorted out of the building by security.
The Nasty Boys defeated Kevin Nash and Eric Young.
Mr. Anderson makes his TNA Impact debut and talks about his victory at Genesis until Abyss attacks him.
AJ Styles retained the TNA Title by defeating Kurt Angle. It was a reenactment of “The Montreal Screwjob” right down down Earl Hebner screwing over Angle. Hulk Hogan came out after the match and Angle spit on him before throwing a temper tantrum.
Eric Bischoff appeared with blood running down his forehead and announced that Mick Foley was fired.
hulk hogan on tna impact thursday night on spike tv @ 8pm ct
“Hulkamania” is back!
The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, is joining Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling (TNA), the fastest rising wrestling organization in the world and home to one of cable television’s highest rated shows for young men, TNA iMPACT! The announcement was made today by TNA Wrestling in conjunction with Spike TV at a press conference held in New York City.
“Hulk Hogan is one of the world’s top pop culture icons and the biggest superstar in the history of professional wrestling. We are truly excited to welcome him into the TNA family,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling. “Our goal is to become the world’s biggest professional wrestling company. Hulk defines professional wrestling and we look forward to partnering with him in a variety of ways as we continue to grow TNA globally.”
“I’m thrilled to be jumping back into the world of professional wrestling,” said Hogan. “My fans have been asking me to return to the business for many years on a full time basis, but the timing or the opportunity has never been right until now. TNA Wrestling is a great company with an already excellent fan base, business and broadcast partner. I firmly believe now is the time for some change at TNA as they are positioned to jump to the next level in their development and I’m here to work with Dixie to help make that a reality.”
will he wrestle? -
The legendary Hulk Hogan is coming out of retirement to join a new cable TV wrestling show.
TNA Wrestling, a fledgling wrestling group, has announced that the former WWE wrestler will join the organization, which produces the weekly “TNA Impact” for the Spike TV cable network.
Hogan’s role has not been defined but he issued a statement saying that “my fans have been asking me to return to the business for many years on a full-time basis, but the timing or the opportunity has never been right until now.”
He said: “TNA Wrestling is a great company with an already excellent fan base and business.”
Hogan, 59, who has had hip replacement surgery, could become a ringside commentator and not have to actually take a body-slam again.
Hogan left the WWE to become a VH1 reality star (“Hogan Knows Best”) and was host of the now-canceled “American Gladiators.”
TNA officials say he will be involved in developing “new programming
eric bischoff’s role with tna-
Update on Eric Bischoff’s Role with TNA, Monday Night Rumors
It is not confirmed that Eric Bischoff will have an on-air role with Hulk Hogan in TNA and some sources are indicating he won’t be appearing on TV right away, if at all. While he may appear on-air at some point and may help out with creative some, he will be working more behind the scenes with the company. Bischoff is partnering with TNA through his entertainment company, Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment.
Bischoff was a key player in Hogan signing with TNA and will be working with TNA on creating a new TV show and securing new TV deals. There are already rumors floating around that TNA is considering a Monday night show, still keeping iMPACT on Thursday nights.
what about the australian tour?-
Following the extraordinary excitement generated by the Hulkamania – Let The Battle Begin Australian Tour, Hulk Hogan has announced that he is joining TNA in America.
CSEG and Eric Bischoff stress that the only opportunity to see Hulk Hogan wrestle in Australia will be at
Hulkamania – Let The Battle Begin in November.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this legend take on the only opponent worthy of him – The Nature Boy, Ric Flair.