TNA iMPACT! – 08/03/2010

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TNA iMPACT! Report – 08/03/2010

Commentators: Mike Tenay & Taz

-WELCOME TNAMANIACS TO TNA’S TAKEOVER OF MONDAY NIGHTS~!

Okay, so that’s hyperbole. The WWE will probably double TNA’s rating tonight but that doesn’t mean TNA can’t put on a fun show…even if it isn’t really what they do. There’s just a few minutes to showtime, but if you’re new to me reviewing, you can find the rating system I use here. Surely there’ll be a bump or two since this is my first time doing Impact live but I’ll make things as smooth as possible.

Impact starts us off with a opening video. Complete with new music and new action shots.

Mike Tenay and Taz welcome us to the program. They hype the card, more specifically, HULK HOGAN’s return to action. Dixie Carter is seen in the crowd shots. Taz says the match is happening sooner than we think!

THE RED AND YELLOW IS HERE, BROTHER! Hogan and Abyss are out! Abyss has some red and yellow on his jacket. I still don’t like him. BROOKE HOGAN is in attendance too for those of you that care.

Hogan gets on the stick and says it’s time to cut the clowning. This is the biggest night in the history of TNA. Hogan says Spike has their back and it’s time to take care of all the business. Fans chant TNA. Hulk says there isn’t a reason to wait around and tells Styles and Flair to get ready right now. Hulk says he came to TNA to take it to infinity and beyond. AJ Styles and Flair have changed the rules and Hogan has no choice now. This is TNA’s Reckoning Day! He CALLS Styles and Flair out and says it’s time to meet the power of TNA and all of the Abyssamaniacs!

AJ Styles’ music plays and he’s out with Ric Flair. Tenay and Taz discuss Styles’ transformation and the ref rings the bell!

Match One

Hulk Hogan and Abyss v. AJ Styles and Ric Flair

Abyss and Styles start us off. Styles tries to take Abyss down with a bunch of kicks. He throws a chop and tries to whip Abyss. AByss doesn’t move and throws Styles against the ropes. That ends with Styles getting pressed to the mat. He tags in Flair. Abyss and Flair grapple. Flair takes Abyss in the corner and we see a bunch of chops. Abyss reverses momentum and throws his own chops. He sends Flair into the other corner and follows that up with a back body drop. Abyss tries to follow up but Naitch is there with a low blow. Styles chokes Abyss with the robe as Hogan gets the ref’s attention. Hogan beats down on Flair but Styles nails him with the Pele Kick. Styles kicks Hogan as Abyss gets hammered by Flair.

THE LIGHTS ARE OUT~!

It’s Stinger’s music!

He stands in the middle of the ring with his bat. The faces stare down with the heels for a while and STING NAILS ABYSS. HE HITS HOGAN!

WINNER: NO CONTEST- To be restarted later tonight.

I felt cheated out of Hulk Hogan’s return but all was forgiven when they made the rematch for later on in the evening. It was fine for the few seconds the match lasted. I just hope the nostalgia factor still exists when we see this match later on.


AJ grabs a steel chair and kills Abyss with it. He gives it to Flair and Flair kills Hogan with it. Sting leaves as Flair and Styles beat down on Abyss and Hogan. Both faces are bleeding now. Security eventually comes out and stops Flair and Styles from doing anymore damage.

Hogan gets on the microphone and says it isn’t over. They will finish it before the night is over. He says since Flair keeps changing the rules, he’s going to change the game. He makes their match a no disqualification match.

We return from commercial break with a recap of what just happened. Thank goodness because I almost forgot. Hogan + Old Age + Blood isn’t a winning combination.

We see Sting walking backstage. Dixie Carter walks up to him and he takes her into a corner. He tells her he owes her nothing and he leaves.

Jeremy Borash is in the back with Ric Flair and AJ Styles. Styles complains about the do-over and says him and Flair owned Hogan and Abyss. Flair says Sting has finally come to his senses. Flair says the beatdown of Hogan and Abyss isn’t over. Flair came out of retirement to make some noise around the world.

Abyss is screaming in the back. WHY STING WHY?

Some lady is seen comforting Brooke Hogan backstage. I think that’s Hulk’s girl. Brooke says Hulk isn’t okay, despite what everyone says. She cries.

Kaz is in the ring with no music and no entrance. He talks about his decision to “leave” TNA two years ago. He says he had doubt when he left but that doubt is gone. Kaz says he’s here to reignite the X Division. That gets the fans to chant X DIVISION. Kaz says if TNA is going to war, let the warriors of the X Division lead them into battle.

This brings out Christopher Daniels. He says he’s going to lead the X Division into battle. Daniels says he’s going to carry the X Division to the highest of heights because he is X.

Doug Williams is out now. He berates Daniels and Kaz for acting like superheroes. Fans chant USA now. He says the X Division is alive and well because he is the champion. Kaz says Williams has a point but Doug Williams wasn’t a pioneer seven years ago. Daniels asks why Kaz is using we and says Kaz hasn’t done anything he cares about. Kaz calls him a selfish prick and Eric Bischoff music plays.

He gets the music to stop and talks about Hogan’s decision to come into TNA. He said he was excited to come to TNA because of the X Division. He calls the division the adrenaline of TNA and wants it to run bigger and stronger. Bischoff moves Kaz’s title shot from Destination X to tonight. He throws in Daniels and makes the match now!

Kaz is in the ring with no music and no entrance. He talks about his decision to “leave” TNA two years ago. He says he had doubt when he left but that doubt is gone. Kaz says he’s here to reignite the X Division. That gets the fans to chant X DIVISION. Kaz says if TNA is going to war, let the warriors of the X Division lead them into battle.

This brings out Christopher Daniels. He says he’s going to lead the X Division into battle. Daniels says he’s going to carry the X Division to the highest of heights because he is X.

Doug Williams is out now. He berates Daniels and Kaz for acting like superheroes. Fans chant USA now. He says the X Division is alive and well because he is the champion. Kaz says Williams has a point but Doug Williams wasn’t a pioneer seven years ago. Daniels asks why Kaz is using we and says Kaz hasn’t done anything he cares about. Kaz calls him a selfish prick and Eric Bischoff music plays.

He gets the music to stop and talks about Hogan’s decision to come into TNA. He said he was excited to come to TNA because of the X Division. He calls the division the adrenaline of TNA and wants it to run bigger and stronger. Bischoff moves Kaz’s title shot from Destination X to tonight. He throws in Daniels and makes the match now!

Match One
Doug Williams (c) v. Kaz v. Christopher Daniels
X Divison Title Match

Ref reings the bell and we get two quick roll ups. Another rllup by Williams. Daniels tries Angels Wings but Kaz stops him. Williams tries to whip Daniels but Daniels reverses it into a leg lariat. Daniels sends Kaz into the ropes and misses a leg strike. Kaz nails Daniels in the face with punches. He turns his attention to Williams who nails Kaz with a quick. Uppercut from Williams to Kaz. Williams tires a suplex but Kaz turns that into a rollup. Daniels with a northern leg suplex and it gets two.

Kaz hits Daniels and sends Daniels into the corner. Daniels whips Kaz into the corner. Williams buts Kaz on Daniels but Kaz does a leg scissors to send both men to the outside. Williams and Daniels fight outside but Kaz comes in with a flip to take both men out.

Daniels tries to whip Kaz into the pole but Kaz reverses. Kaz climbs the apron and sweeps Williams to the mat with a leg sweep. Kaz misses a legdrop allowing Williams to kick him in the face. Williams applies a headlock and gets KAz in the corner. He throws a slap and then whips Kaz into the opposite corner. Pinfall gets two. We got a shot of Dixe in that little exchange.

Jawbreaker from Kaz to Williams. Kaz tries to run off the ropes but Daniels stops him. Daniels hits Williams with a boot. He does the same to Kaz. Daniels applies his boot to Kaz’s neck. STO from Daniels to Kaz. That’s followed up with a lionsault. Two count. Daniels sends Williams to the outside. He motions at Kaz and launches himself with a running forearm. Death Valley Driver from Daniels to Kaz. Two count. Williams stuns Daniels and climbs the ropes. Daniels reaches him and sends him to the mat. They trade clotheslines until Kaz comes in with a double dropkick. All men down. Ref starts his count. All three get up. Clothesline from Kaz to Williams. Kaz sends Daniels to the mat. Dropkick sends Williams to the outside. Kaz sends Daniels down with an elbow. Springboard legdrop. Two count.

Kaz lifts Daniels onto the turnbuckle. Daniels shrugs him off and tries Angel’s Wings. Williams stops it with an Uppercut form up top. Williams tries a Chaos Theory but Daniels reversed it into a rollup for two. Daniels sends Williams to the outside. Inverted atomic drop from Kaz to Daniels. Spinning neckbreaker is followed by a pinfall. Two count again. Daniels uses Kaz to drop Williams to the floow. He sends KAz to the mat and tries the BME. Williams with the Chaos Theory on Daniels. Ballgame.

WINNER: Doug Williams

Definitely the best match since I’ve started recapping TNA. I’d recommend.


THE PRINCE OF PUNK IS OUT! Shannon Moore takes Williams to the mat with a swinging leg scissors. Bischoff lets Williams know that Moore is Williams’ opponent at Destination X.

We get sent to the back with Dixie Carter and Jeremy Borash. She starts off by calling Sting Steve. She says the Stinger is in a match later tonight. JB asks against who and she says he’ll find out when everyone else does. HMM.

We see the Beautiful People in the back prepping. Tenay lets us know three teams will compete for the Knockouts Tag Titles.

Awesome Kong and Hamada were stripped because they didn’t defend the title in the last thirty days. Sarita is out first with her partner, Taylor Wilde. The Beautiful People follow them. The final team consists of Tara and Angelina Love.

Match Two
Taylor Wilde and Sarita v. The Beautiful People v. Angelina Love and Tara
TNA Knockouts Tag Title Match

Quick rollup from Taylor Wilde and Sarita. Both Tara and Love kick out. Kick from Wilde to Tara. Wilde runs off the ropes but Tara just drops her to the mat. Wilde tags in Sarita. She kicks Tara. That’s followed up with a springboard jawbreaker. Velvet Sky tags herself in and gets a two count on Tara. Madison Rayne gets tagged in and they beat down Tara in the corner. Rayne kicks Tara in the back and covers – one count.

Rayne holds Tara and lets Sky slap her. Love tries to come in but just distracts the ref, allowing The Beautiful People to strike with a double russian legsweep. Sarita and Wilde come in and try to gather some momentum. Von Erich drags them to the outside but Angelina Love comes in and kicks both Rayne and Sky. Tara lifts Rayne for the Widow’s Peak but Daffney comes in out of nowhere with the Knockouts Title Belt. She nails Tara and Rayne covers for the win.

WINNERS: Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne.

Nothing exciting at all. I guess they at least furthered a ton of storyllines.


Christy Hemme is in the back with D’Angelo Dinero. We learn he has a match with Desmond Wolfe tonight. He starts talking trash but Desmond Wolfe attacks him out of nowhere. He works over the ankle. He takes off the boot and takes out a chain. He whips Pope’s ankle with the chain.

Sting is walking in the back. Tenay asks who his opponent is. Taz asks Tenay what he was doing at 4:20 in the afternoon.

JB is in the back with The Beautiful People. They’re celebrating after their win. Rayne and Sky give props to Von Erich for helping them win the titles. They say it’s time to celebrate BP style. JB asks for the bubbly and champaigne is brought out by a stagehand. Sky says things are about to explode. She then pours some champaigne all over Jeremy Borash.

Taz and Tenay talk about Sting some more. Taz says he was shocked by Sting’s actions as we see a replay of what went down earlier. This brings out STING. It appears his match is next. Guy with a Really Awful Wrestling sign in the front row. PLANT. Sting is getting cheered by pretty much everyone except Tenay and Taz.

Fans chant RVD. Sting’s music stops and RVD is out for the next match!

Match Three

Rob Van Dam v. Sting

RVD comes off the rop with a kick. ROLLING THUNDER. Cover and that’s all.

WINNER: Rob Van Dam

Really?


Sting strikes with the bat after. It ends after he whips RVD off the ropes and strikes him in the throat with the bat. Fans chant RVD some more.

BUT STING ISN’T DONE!

He comes in and blocks an RVD punch. He hits with the bat. RVD tries to attack again but Sting is there with the bat…again. Bat to the back of RVD. Sting pushes some refs as he makes his exit. Ref tries to get in his business some more so Sting strikes him in the gut with the bat. Another one tries so Sting nails him. Sting decides RVD hasn’t had enough and goes back in side the ring. He hits and RVD and we hear the music of Hulk Hogan!

HULK HOGAN IS OUT! Stupid Bubba the Love Sponge stops him from getting into the ring. Taz says let them go and I agree. Hogan and Sting share finger points. Sting hits RVD again for fun. He continues the assault with the bat, taunting the Hulkster. Hogan gets to the ring and is at the apron. Stupid security holds him back. Sting decides to hit RVD again. He turns his attention to the Hulkster and nails him in the gut with the bat. Hogan is helped to the back by the security. RIP RVD and Hulk Hogan.

Sting gives chase to Hogan and security. He takes out two members of security and Hogan falls to the floor. Sting finally goes to the back. Taz and Tenay speculate on Hogan’s health.

Kevin Nash’s music plays. Him and Eric Young are out now. Nash with a piece of paper. Nash grabs a mic and lets Hall and Waltman know he has a contract for them. The paper says Hall and Waltman have a one-shot deal to fight for TNA against Nash and Young at Destination X. He calls them out to the ring to accept the challenge. Tenay asks if they’re even there and we get sent to a commercial.

Hall and Syxx Pac are seen entering through a door in the back. Tenay lets us know the confrontation is coming up next. After some more commercials.

We’re back on Impact with Nash and Young in the ring. Nash calls out the bad guy. Tenay asks how they get into the bulding each week. Hall and Waltman are in the crowd doing a bunch of poses. Security climbs into the ring and Tenay says it’s for security. Hall gets a microphone. HEY YO! Not enough marking from the fans. Hall says two-thirds of the legendary Wolfpac are in the building. Hall talks about the contract and says Hogan isn’t running the “shizzow.” Hall and Pac want in on TNA because it’s starting to be cool. Hall says he wants a part of the cut. They want contracts. Nash says Hogan says the match is on and Hall asks if Easy E wants in on this. Bischoff appears on the TNA-tron and says if Hall and Pac win, they’ll get their contracts. If they don’t win, they’re no longer allowed at the Impact Zone. Hall and Pac accept and Nash says he’ll see them at the PPV. Hall says he’ll be the one that looks like Elvis. Waltman slaps Young and we get a brawl between Pac and Young. Security is quick to break it up. Bischoff tells security to get rid of Nash and Hall and let Pac and Young go at it.

Match Four
Eric Young v. Syxx Pac

Young gets advantage early with a punch of punches but Wlaltman strikes with a kick. Clothesline from Eric Young. Young whips Waltman against the ropes and takes him out with a back body drop. Young rams Waltman’s skull into the mat. Young tries to lift Pac but Pac slithers out and kicks Young. Waltman tries the Bronco Buster in the corner but Young moves out of the way. Piledriver from Young to Pac ends it.

WINNER: Eric Young

Great thing that Young went over. Solid squash match but that’s all it was. A squash.


We see guys from the Army pull in. They all get out of the truck and walk.

Patriotic music plays and the US Army make their way into the Impact Zone. They assemble on the ramp for Kurt Angle’s entrance. Tenay discusses Angle’s moment at Ft. Hood that turned his life around. Angle walks into the ring and the soldiers surround the ring. Angle puts over the soldiers for their sacrifices and all of that. He tells Mr. Anderson that he spit on the soldiers when he spit on the warrior medal. Angle says winning a gold medal is nothing compared to what the soldiers do. Angle says it’s his duty to protect the soldiers when people like Ken Anderson degrade him.

Angle tries to end his promo and Mr. Anderson pops up on the TNA-tron. He says it isn’t about the soldiers, it’s about Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson. Kurt Angle somehow pops up in the back and blasts Anderson in the face. Angle brings Anderson into the fan area and into the ring. Anderson nails Kurt with the warrior medal and tries to leave. A group of soldiers make a wall on the ramp stopping Anderson. Angle takes Anderson back into the ring and beats him up. He throws Anderson to the outside and the soldiers beat him up. They roll him back inside and Angle feeds Anderson to soldiers on another side of the ring. He lets the soldiers on a third corner beat Anderson up. They roll him back in and he destroys Anderson with the Angle Slam. Someone gives Kurt a flag and he spits on Anderson. He raises the flag in victory and the soldiers get in the ring and raise Kurt on their soldiers.

So those guys are Bubba’s Army, huh? Really corny stuff, by the way.

Bubba and Hogan are in the back. Bubba tells Hogan to look at himself in the mirror and stop it. Hogan says this is the last shot and can’t turn back. He doesn’t want to go back there but he has to. Earl Hebner is in and asks for a second chance. Bubba says everyone deserves a second chance and suggest Earl get his. Hogan tells Bubba to let “it” go and then tells Hebner to stop the match if it gets out of control. Earl says he promises that and shares a handshake with the Hulkster.

Destination X hype from Taz and Tenay.

Jeff Jarrett and James Storm discuss a match they have coming up. Jarrett says he was forced into the match and Storm says he volunteered for the next match. Jarrett berates him for doing so. Storm says Jeff hasn’t done anything for him so Jarrett slaps him. Robert Roode attacks Jarrett and Mick Foley tells them to take it to the ring.

We return to Impact with a beatdown on Jeff Jarrett by Beer Money. Announcers let us know it’s a handicap match and Foley is the ref.

Match Five
Jeff Jarrett v. Beer Money Inc.

Storm and Roode work over Jarrett in the corner. Foley gets the bell rung as Beer Money continue their assault. They whip Jarrett into the other corner. Storm eats a Jarrett boot. Clotheline to Roode. Jarrett gets Storm stuck on the ropes but Roode takes him out. Roode slingshots Jarrett into a James Storm DDT. Roode and Storm take turns punching Jeff Jarrett in the head. Storm lifts Jarrett and takes him to the mat with the Eye of the Storm. Roode holds Jarrett as Storm takes a sip of beer. Storm tries to spray it but Jarrett ducks. Low blow to storm is followed up by a bunch of punches from Jarrett to Roode. Jarrett clotheslines Roode to the outside. Storm charges Jarrett but Jeff flips him to the outside. Jarrett goes to the outside and slams their heads against one another. Jarrett punches Roode and puts him back inside. He slams Storm’s head against the steel. Jarrett tries to get back in but Storm holds him. Roode charges him causing Jarrett to fall into the steel barricade. Foley goes to the outside and gives Jarrett the barbed wire bat. Jarrett gets inside with the bat but Slick Johnson runs in and steals the bat. Low Blow by Roode to Jarrett. Double team Powerbomb by Beer Money ends the match,

WINNER: Beer Money

Weird match that felt awkward but was good compared to a lot of the stuff we’ve seen tonight.


Abyss and Hogan are coming up with a strategy for tonight. Brooke Hogan comes in crying and says it was hard watching Hogan earlier. Hogan says the fans called him and he has to go out there. He tells Brooke that Abyss has his back. Brooke asks Hulk to promise her that this is his last match. Hogan says that this is the last one and the Hogans share a hug.

AJ Styles and Ric Flair are prepping in the back. Mike Tenay lets us know the big main event is next!

AJ Styles and Ric Flair are out to Naitch’s music now. Tenay says the attack by Sting earlier was one of the most shocking moments in TNA history. Hulk Hogan’s music plays and the duo of Hulk and Abyss are out for our No-DQ main event.

Which is after the final break of the evening. Tenay lets us know they’ll be with the match until the end.

Match Six
Hulk Hogan and Abyss v. Ric Flair and AJ Styles
No Disqualification

Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan starts us off. They grapple. Flair gets Hogan in the corner and we see some Vintage Flair chops. Flair tries to whip Hulk but Hulk reverses. Back body drop from Hulk to Flair. Hogan works over Naitch in the ropes with some punches. He goes the the outside and puts his bandana in Flair’s mouth. He slams Flair’s face into the steel barricade. Flair is bleeding now. The Hulkster is now choking Flair with the bandana. After some punches, he decides to bite Flair in the bloody area. A bunch of punches from the Hulkster to Flair. Chop from Flair to Hogan. He attacks with more but Hogan delivers chops of his own. Hogan again slams Flair’s face against the barricade. More punches to Flair. Hogan gets back in the ring as Flair looks dead on the ramp. Abyss goes after Flair and gives Flair a ton of punches that Flair seems to almost no-sell. Abyss throws Flair back inside as the Hulkster takes off his belt. Hogan beats Flair with the belt for a while. He then decides to kick the downed Flair with his boot. Low blow from Flair to Hogan.

Flair is really bloody right now.

Flair tags in AJ Styles who comes in with a ton of kicks to the back of Hogan. Brooke is seen concerned. Hogan goes outside in front of Brooke but Styles just beats him down there. Styles tosses Hulk’s shoulder into the steel post. Styles rips off Hogan’s bandaid and tosses him in the ring. Flair comes in now and boots Hogan in the head. Flair taunts Abyss. Flair knees Hulk in the midsection. Styles comes back in and works over Hulk with a ton of punches. Styles tags Flair back in and holds Hogan for a Flair boot. Chop from Flair to Hogan. Hogan falls to the mat so Flair decides to climb the turnbuckle. Hogan tosses him and tries to tag in Abyss. Styles tagged in. Abyss tagged in.

Abyss comes in with punches to both Styles and Flair. He tries a double chokeslam but they break free. They trie a double clothesline but Abyss avoids. Abyss clotheslines both men in the corner and follows that up by delivering a chokeslam to both men.

Abyss raises the ring in the air but that lets Styles punch him. Flair and Hogan attack each other in the outside. Styles tries to attack Abyss in the corner but Abyss reverses momentum. Styles tries a sprinboard assault and it hits! Pinfall gets a two count.

Hulk Hogan and Abyss both Hulk up. Blocked punches everywhere! Big Boots by both Hogan and Abyss. Hogan whips Styles into Abyss for a black hole slam. Pinfall gets a three count.

WINNERS: Hogan and Abyss


Desmond Wolfe is out. He attacks Abyss with a steel chair. Hogan stops the attack but Flair attacks him. Out comes D’Angelo Dinero. He evens things up until Styles hits him. Modest to the Top plays and Jeff Hardy is out! He has a punch for each of the heels. Twist of Fate from Hardy to Styles ends TNA’s first show on Monday Nights.

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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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