TNA Impact – 04/01/2010

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TNA iMPACT! Report – 04/01/2010

“Time for a change“

Commentators: Mike Tenay & Taz

Airdate: Monday, January 4th, 2010 (SpikeTV)
Location: Universal Studios Soundstage 21 in Orlando, FL
Results by Steve Gerweck

BREAKING! Jeff Hardy was just shown getting out of a car in the Impact Zone! The shots have been fired!

BREAKING! Jeff Hardy was just shown getting out of a car in the Impact Zone! The shots have been fired!

We start with a brief recap of TNA history, and hype for the new era featuring Styles, Daniels and Hogan.

TNA Wacky Title of the Week: Time For A Change.

Enough is enough?

The Impact Zone seems to be full of energy tonight. Taz is in orange. Tons of Hogan signs and shirts in the crowd.

The Bubba rumours are true as Taz and Tenay confirm him as the new member of the broadcast crew. We get clips of him interviewing fans about what they want and expect from pro wrestling. Damn, Bubba looks like a cross between Jerry Lawler and Shane Douglas.

Match 1: X-Division Steel Asylum Match – Chris Sabin v Alex Shelley v Homicide v Amazing Red v Suicide v Kiyoshi v Consequences Creed v “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal
God help me and my fingers. The Guns are out first. Homicide and Kiyoshi are representing the World Elite, Creed and Lethal are next. I’m guessing Red and Suicide are the other two? Well there’s Suicide. Not exactly a tough call. Yup, there’s the champ. No Shannon Moore, no Young Bucks. Brooke Hogan is front row ringside.

Hard to see through the red bars, and one side of the cage is VERY loose. Lethal Consequences hit the camel clutch/low dropkick combo. Kiyoshi and Lethal are fighting on the top rope. Red hits a spin kick on Suicide. Shelley is shimmying across the roof of the cage but Lethal cuts him off. Shelley grabs a headscisssors but Lethal breaks it. Homicide is climbing now as Lethal and Shelley exchange kicks on the top. Suicide Solution to Red. Shelley rolls through a sunset flip and kicks Lethal HARD. Creed with a gorilla press gutbuster on Kiyoshi! Paydirt by Red to Homicide!! Suicide is almost at the top but Red cuts him off. “X-Division!” – Front row. Suicide pushes Red off the top, he flips into a rana on Sabin! Sweet. Homicide has a baton and nails everyone with it, and we have a bell??? Oh FUCK no they rule it no contest. NO TNA NO! “This is bullshit!” – Orlando. Homicide is still trying to escape the cage and is looking pretty bad by failing so to do. Bad start. BAD. It looks like he might be stuck, Suicide climbs up to get him…and Homicide falls down. He tries to escape through the loose wall but gets the shit kicked out of him. JEFF HARDY!!!! Homicide attacks him and gets rammed into the cage and NAILED with a chair to the face. Twist of Fate on the ramp!
Winner: No Contest

Hardy climbs the Asylum and and poses, Ravenesque, on top of the cage. And yes, Orlando was singing along with “Modest”!

That had to be an audible once they talked Hardy into signing, no way was that the planned finish all along. Right?

Jeff is shown backstage with Shannon Moore. We now get clips of a motorcade with Hogan’s limo. Yeah I’m sure Hogan gets police escort.

Christy is with Nash. She says he’s been excited for a while, and he says it’s from standing next to her. It’s an epic night for TNA, great to have Hogan walk down the ramp. He says he learned from Hulk. He turns it back to money, and figures he’s going to make more money than ever. He also says Hulk is not alone.

Match 2: TNA Knockouts Title Match: Tara © vs. ODB
ODB gets a kick to the gut before the bell, then chokes Tara with her own shirt. Tara catches her coming in twice then levels her with a clothesline out of the corner. They exchange rights, Tara wins the exchange and ends it with an enziguiri. Scoop and a slam by Tara and the standing moonsault gets 2. ODB reverses a whip, she charges but Tara locks in the Tarantula in the corner! Shades of Tajiri! Slingshot legdrop by Tara! 1…2…no. ODB backs Tara to the corner and tries a TKO, Tara escapes out the back and tries the Widow’s Peak! ODB out the back, schoolgirl! TIGHTS! 1…2…3!
Winner, and NEW Knockouts champion: ODB via pinfall

Tara hits the Widow’s Peak post-match and then puts the spider on ODB!

The limo pulls up, guess its time for the Hulkster….WTF!! FLAIR! FLAIR IS HERE! RIC FLAIR IS IN TNA!!! He shakes hands with fans and wrestlers as he walks into the arena. He enters AJ Styles’ locker-room.

Christy Hemme is shown with fans earlier in the day and gets their thoughts about tonight’s show when Mick Foley walks by. Foley says he got the memo about him being barred and has a response of his own. Foley says he doesn’t want to be a disruptive influence on tonight’s show and says he will be on his best behavior. Security won’t let him past the gates, though.

Bobby and Kristal Lashley come out to the ring as the fans start a big “Bobby” chant. Kristal says that her husband wants to give Hulk Hogan a message by saying that he is a huge star in pro wrestling and MMA. Kristal says that unlike MMA, wrestling is filled with toothless degenerates and that he wants his immediate release from TNA since they have better things to do.

Velvet Sky is backstage and brings the cameraman into their room where the Beautiful People are playing poker. They all seem to problems grasping the concept of poker and since they don’t have any chips, they decide to play strip poker and promise to be playing all night.

They show Hogan’s motorcade again.

Scott Hall and Sean Waltman are seen outside of the Impact Zone but security won’t let them in. They begin choking out the security but more security come out to pull them off. At the announce table, Mike Tenay says that ‘TNA’ is the top trending topic on Twitter. Hulk Hogan’s motorcade is just a few blocks away and his arrival is up next as we go to another commercial break.

After the break, the motorcade has stopped and a second limo pulls up as a shadowy figure climbs in Hogan’s limo. The announce team is confused as to what just happened as Scott Hall and Sean Waltman are inside the Impact Zone to crash the party as we head into yet another commercial break.

Quick Results
– Steel Asylum match went to a no-contest.
– ODB defeated Tara by pin fall to win the Knockout Championship.

A familiar NWO-style music hits as Hulk Hogan makes his TNA Impact debut. Fireworks go off and Hogan comes out wearing a black shirt, black jeans and black bandana over his head, looking like the Hollywood Hogan of old. Hogan’s daughter, Brooke, is also seen standing in the audience.

Hogan steps into the six-sided ring as the fans start a loud ‘TNA’ chant. Hogan says TNA and the maniacs are making history tonight and puts over the young talent in TNA and says along with the veterans, TNA will be the number one company in the world. Waltman and Hall begin walking towards the ring and Hogan allows them to come into the ring.

Hall and Waltman enter the ring and Hogan says if they have something to say, say it right now. Hall says that they had to come tonight as Hogan, Bischoff and Nash were around and that means big paychecks. Hogan says it doesn’t work that way anymore and says it will be totally different this time around as Hogan wants to do the right thing for the business.

Hall doesn’t like that as an answer and say things are going to change anyway with or without Hogan. Nash’s music hits as he comes down to the ring and he tells Hall and Waltman that he has a role to play tonight. Hogan butts in and says it’s not a role but Nash says he doesn’t remember that being part of their discussions. Hogan says it is a different time and even though they are 4-life, this is for real.

Eric Bischoff comes out to the ring and reflects on their past but the times have changed and there has been a breakdown in communication. Bischoff says that everyone has to earn their position in TNA. Nash says he hears him loud and clear as the trio leaves the ring. Hogan goes on to say he doesn’t care about past relationships or who has been on a role, but everything changes this instant.

Dixie Carter is seen standing in the crowd applauding as Bischoff asks to see a format of the show. Bischoff tears it all up and says they are going to start over and he hands SoCal Val a new format as they are going to turn the company upside down. Hogan’s music hits as the camera man catches a glimpse of Sting standing up in the rafters.

Match 3: Awesome Kong & Hamada vs. Taylor Wilde & Sarita (Knockouts Tag Team Championship)
Hamada and Sarita go back and forth in the opening moments of the match before Sarita tags in Taylor. We cut in to the back where we see Jeremy Borash in the back calling for help as the Motorcity Machine Guns are laid out. Back to the match, the match has broken down as Kong nearly pins Sarita after slamming her on the canvas. The champions regroup and send Kong out to the floor with a double dropkick and dive out of the ring and onto the challengers as we head into a commercial break.

We return to the match to see Kong and Hamada double teaming Taylor. Hamada takes Taylor down with a couple of head butts and taunts Sarita before tagging in Kong. Kong continues on the attack but Taylor uses her quickness to her advantage to connect with a jawbreaker before tagging in Sarita.

Sarita comes in and tries to go after both of them but Kong is able to catch her and squash her with a splash. The pin fall is broken up by Taylor to keep the match going, however, Kong is unaffected. Hamada takes out Taylor outside before Kong and Hamada connect with a double team missile dropkick. Kong covers for the pin fall to win the Knockouts Tag Team Championships.

Winners and NEW TNA Knockouts Tag-Team Champions: Awesome Kong & Hamada

We head to the Beautiful People’s poker room as Val Venis joins them. Velvet Sky nearly says his name but Venis tells them that he doesn’t want to get caught up with old names. Velvet then tells him he isn’t welcome to play their game but Venis convinces them to let him play as he is only wearing a towel.

Mick Foley is seen talking to security and is still trying to get inside the Impact Zone and this time he is talking to security guards, Rocco and Big Sal. They let Foley through by turning a blind eye but they will not let the Nasty Boys in.

Match 4: Raven & Dr. Stevie vs. Matt Morgan & Hernandez
Hernandez beats on Raven for a bit before Morgan and Stevie are tagged in. Morgan takes Stevie down with a Carbon Footprint and picks up the quick victory.

Winners: Matt Morgan & Hernandez

Christy is backstage with D’Angelo Dinero who says that he has been selected by Hulk Hogan to be in a match tonight. The Pope is going up against Desmond Wolfe and he promises to knock his wanker butt down the mountain top as he is interrupted by Orlando Jordan, who is looking for Hogan. Pope tells Jordan to get steppin’ before he walks away.

Match 5: Desmond Wolfe vs. D’Angelo Dinero
The match starts and Wolfe begins working on Dinero’s arm and takes him down with the hammerlock DDT. Wolfe continues to work over the arm while Dinero gets in a few flurries of offense. Wolfe goes for the Tower of London but Dinero counters with a rollup and scores the pin fall.

Winner: D’Angelo Dinero

Jeff Jarrett is seen walking in the backstage area as the announce team wonders what he is up to before we head into a commercial break.

Jeremy Borash is backstage as Rhino is laid out in the back. Bubba the Love Sponge walks in and takes over on the announcement and says that he will get to the bottom of it. The announce team recaps the huge show that has gone down thus far before revisiting Hogan’s debut. Jarrett is seen walking around the back once again and he is on his way to the Impact Zone and it’s up after the commercial break.

Jeremy Borash is in the locker room with AJ Styles who says he has been in TNA for seven years and has never experienced this amount of excitement. Borash brings up Styles’ match at Genesis against Kurt Angle and he wants to show that he is the best wrestler in the world. Eric Bischoff walks in and has some good and bad news for him. Bischoff says that the bad news is that he will not be defending against Angle at Genesis. The good news is that the match will take place tonight as the main event. Styles smiles and says he hopes Angle is ready, because he is.

Jeff Jarrett’s music hits as he comes down to the ring with a microphone in his hand. Jarrett says it feels great to be back in the Impact Zone, in the same organization that he started seven years ago with his hard earned money. Now, seven years later he proved the critics wrong and is on live television on Monday night.

Jarrett goes on to say that he has done both great and bad things, but the most rewarding of all is giving the younger guys a start, such as Beer Money, the Motorcity Machine Guns, Samoa Joe, Daniels and AJ Styles. In closing, though, Jarrett says the fans haven’t seen anything as with Hogan, Dixie and himself working side-by-side, anything can happen in TNA.

Hogan appears on the big screen and says that nobody cares about what he says. Hogan gives Jarrett credit for starting TNA, he also ran TNA into the ground before it was resurrected by Dixie. Hogan goes on to say that TNA was restructured and he is now Dixie’s partner, not Jarrett. Hogan promises to give the young guys the spotlight and is going to take TNA to the top. Hogan goes on to tell Jarrett to get in line and prove himself as he is no different than anybody else in his mind.

Christy is with Daniels who says he has faith in his ability as Jeremy Borash interrupts. Borash says that Foley is outside and he wants to be let in. Borash opens a door and Foley barges in and he says he has a bone to pick with Hogan and he doesn’t care who he has to go through to get to him.

Jeff Hardy is shown painting in the locker room with Shannon Moore and they are on their way to talk to “the big man” as they leave the locker room.

Match 6: Abyss vs. Samoa Joe
This match has been changed as it was supposed to be against Rhino, but instead it has been changed to be the first ever meeting between Abyss against Samoa Joe as requested by Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. The bell rings and Joe goes right on the attack with a series of punches and takes Abyss down with a solid kick to the head. Abyss, though, comes back with a big boot as Joe rolls out to the floor.

Abyss follows as Joe swings a chair but misses and hits the ring post instead. Abyss then sends Joe into the steps before rolling him back into the ring. Joe regains control of the match and takes Abyss down with a kick before hitting a backsplash for a two count. Sting is seen in some unknown location in the Impact Zone as Abyss connects with a clothesline on Joe. Abyss follows with a side slam but is only able to pick up a two count.

Joe begins to mount a comeback and connects with a series of kicks before being caught by Abyss after trying a high risk move. Abyss hits a choke slam but Joe is able to kick out of the pin attempt and again rolls to the outside. Joe then hits Abyss with a chair without the referee seeing and locks Abyss in the rear naked choke. Abyss beings to reach for the ropes but isn’t able to reach before finally tapping out.

Winner: Samoa Joe

Eric Bischoff is with one of the producers and is making changes to the show while Kristal Lashley comes over to him. She says that she wants to know what Hulk Hogan has to say about Lashley’s request and Bischoff blows her off and tell her to stand in line like everyone else. Kristal responds by saying Bobby won’t be happy to hear that and that TNA will be losing it’s biggest star.

Bubba the Love Sponge is backstage where Beer Money has been laid out. Bubba says he has an idea of who did this and will get back to us with the full details as we head into another commercial break.

The Nasty Boys are still trying to get in but security will still not let them in. Bubba the Love Sponge says they must be on the list and takes a walk with the security guard, thus allowing Knobbs and Sags into the building.

Jeremy Borash is with Kurt Angle who says he lost his TNA World Championship to a talented wrestler in AJ Styles. He lost it in a 4-way match and has never gotten a one-on-one rematch and it is time for Angle to reclaim his TNA Championship.

Jeff Hardy and Shannon Moore are walking in the parking lot with envelops in their hands as a bunch of screaming girls run up to them. Hardy gives them the painting he made as both he and Moore leave in Hardy’s sports car.

The Nasty Boys are seen walking around and walk into Team 3D’s locker room as they are gone wrestling in Japan. Security comes in and apologizes for the mix-up and they demolish Team 3D’s locker room and spray paint ‘Nasty Boy’ over a photo of Brother Devon.

Match 7: Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles (TNA World Championship)
There is only 24 minutes before the end of the show, but this main event championship match is given a 60-minute time limit. The bell rings and the fans are loud in cheering for their favorites. Styles connects with a dropkick and Angle heads out to the floor. Styles then kicks Angle off the ring apron and flies over the top rope and connects with a suicide dive.

A masked man runs out and tries to attack Styles but Angle clotheslines him over the top rope. Security takes the man to the back as the match continues. The distraction allows Angle to gain control of the match as he hits Styles with a running powerbomb into the turnbuckle and we head into a commercial break.

We return to see Angle wearing down Styles with a headlock. Styles fights his way out and comes back with a couple of blows before hitting a backbreaker. Styles then tries for the forearm but Angle catches him and hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Angle tries for the Angle Slam but Styles counters and nails Angle with a clothesline. Styles looks to go for the Styles Clash but Angle counters and hits a series of German suplexes.

Angle goes for another Angle Slam but Styles gets out of it and tries for the Pele kick but Angle ducks out of the way and puts on the ankle lock. Styles rolls out of that and nearly pins Angle and comes with a Pele that connects but Angle is able to count out at two. Angle makes a comeback with an Angle Slam but that isn’t enough to keep Styles down.

Angle tries to backdrop Styles over the ropes but Styles stays on the apron and connects with a forearm. Styles climbs to the top rope but Angle gets up and tosses Styles down to the mat and picks up a near fall. Angle then heads to the top and misses with a frog splash and Styles comes back with a Styles Clash but Angle kicks out.

Styles sets Angle up on the turnbuckle but Angle fights out and connects with a frog splash but Styles kicks out before the count of three. Angle goes for another Angle Slam but Styles counters with a DDT and Angle again kicks out as the crowd begins chanting “who needs Bret?” Angle then is able to counter a sunset flip with an ankle lock but Styles kicks out before Angle hits with another overhead suplex.

Angle tosses Styles in the corner and Styles dodges a charge and counters with an inverted DDT but Angle again kicks out. The two then begin trading blows with Styles on the turnbuckle and Angle hits an Angle Slam from the top rope but Styles again kicks out. Angle then locks Styles in the ankle lock but Styles rolls through and connects with a kick to the head. Styles then hits the Styles Clash once again but Angle kicks out once again.

Styles tries for a third Styles Clash but Angle counters with an ankle lock and lays down with it. Ric Flair comes out of the tunnel to watch the match as Styles is able to kick his way out of the hold. Mike Tenay informs us that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff has made a deal with SpikeTV to stay with this match until the end as Styles begins to climb the ropes and a springboard dive but Angle again kicks out and we head into a commercial break.

We return to the match to see Angle has Styles locked in a submission but Styles counters into a Styles Clash but Angle counters into ankle lock. Ric Flair walks away as Styles hits yet another Styles Clash in the middle of the ring. Instead of covering, Styles heads to the apron and hits a springboard 450 splash to finally put Angle away to retain the TNA World Championship.

Winner: AJ Styles

Match highlights are aired as Dixie Carter is also shown applauding the match from within the crowd. Afterwards, Angle embraces Styles and raises his arm in victory as Hulk Hogan comes out of the entrance tunnel with a microphone. Hogan says Angle and Styles are the two greatest wrestlers in the business today and has nothing but respect for them and says that Styles has raised the TNA bar to a whole other level.

Just then a security guard whispers in Hogan’s ear as Hogan abruptly leaves and the cameras follow Mick Foley in the back. Foley busts in on the poker game and demands to know where Hogan is. Venis tells where Hogan’s office is but Eric Bischoff is sitting in the chair. Bischoff says has lost his stake in the company and tells him to put the boots on and fight for his spot.

Foley says he would never work for him again and says he will give him a reason to be fired. Hall, Nash and Waltman then attack Foley from behind as Hogan looks on with what just happened and looks at everyone in the room without saying a word.

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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