I FFWDed past the ECW stuff, mostly, but I'll try and fill in the gaps.
Dreamer and Raven are out. They're probably upset at each other. Abyss comes out to help Raven and Rob Van Dam is out to help Dreamer. RVD and Abyss fight while Raven DDTs Dreamer on the ramp. Mick Foley is out and hits Raven with the Barb Wire Bat. Apparently Foley is the guest ref for Raven vs. Dreamer at Hardcore Justice (This Sunday on PPV!) but I think he should be stripped of that due to his obvious prejudice as shown here.
The Beautiful People vs. Taylor Wilde & Hamada: Random! Apparently Wilde got a tag title shot somehow and then recruited Hamada (to whom the Impact Zone chants "WELCOME BACK!" which is sweet of them).
Nice spot at the beginning where Wilde asks Lacey Von Erich to twirl so Wilde can check out her outfit; Lacey obliges and Wilde immediately rolls her up. No pin, unfortunately. If Lacey continues to improve at this rate, she'll be almost as good as Rhaka Khan by 2012 or so.
The Biker comes out and now her catsuit has a strategic opening to show her cleavage. Classy! At least the mystery of her identity is solved -- it's Power Girl. Madison Rayne is also out, at the top of the ramp. The Biker hands Lacey a chair, which Wilde kicks into Lacey's face -- there's the pin. NEW KNOCKOUT TAG CHAMPS! Rayne is aghast. I wonder if the Biker gave the chair intending for Lacey to use it successfully, or if she knew that Lacey would screw it up somehow.
Rob Terry vs. AJ Styles: Here's Terry's contractually obligated rematch for the TV Title. This was taped before Styles got his new giant tattoo. Offense is all Rob here -- AJ tries a few things but nothin' doin'. Finally he sneaks in a low blow -- Pelé -- springboard 450° finishes it and Styles retains. Terry's kind of a glass cannon, apparently.
Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne are fighting in back, while Lacey tries to keep peace -- Sky shoves Lacey into some road cases and knocks her out. I suppose this is leading to Rayne vs. Sky vs. Von Erich down the road.
Beer Money vs. Motor City Machine Guns: This is the 4th match in the Best of Five series, and it's Ultimate X. Another blast of a match here with some cool stuff. There's a spot where Beer Money try to get to the X with Robert Roode hanging from the cables and standing on James Storm's shoulders -- MCMG break this up and Roode ends up falling on Storm. There's a sweet Sliced Bread #2 on the apron. There's a top rope Huracanrana by Sabin -- who was hanging from the cables -- on Storm.
And the finish. Roode decides he's clever and he tightropes the cable, hanging onto the metal support structure above him. Sabin scampers out to the middle and they meet there -- Sabin's hanging from the cable by both hands and ankles, and he starts to kick Roode's feet out from under him. Roode loses his grip on the support and CROTCHES HIMSELF ON THE CABLE, and then drops to the mat. Sabin grabs the X and that's it.
Tremendous. Next week: BEST 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS. Watch it.
Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan (and Miss Tessmacher) come out to announce the lineup of next week's "Whole F'n Show."
“THE WHOLE F’N SHOW” ROB VAN DAM vs. ABYSS (TNA WORLD TITLE MATCH)
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST KURT ANGLE vs. “THE PHENOMENAL” AJ STYLES
ANGELINA LOVE vs. MADISON RAYNE (TNA KNOCKOUTS TITLE MATCH)
“THE CHARISMATIC ENGIMA” [sic] JEFF HARDY’S OPEN CHALLENGE
“THE POPE” D’ANGELO DINERO vs. “THE BLUEPRINT” MATT MORGAN vs. MR. ANDERSON
BEER MONEY vs. MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS (TNA WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES MATCH)
(C&P from TNAwrestling.com)
Kevin Nash is put to complain that he's not on the card. Hogan says maybe Nash hasn't noticed, but Hogan's "stepped back, Jeff Jarrett's stepped back -- you need to step back, because our time is over." Wow. Hulk says that it's "Jay Lethal, AJ Styles, the Guns, Beer Money" that will carry TNA forward. This would be inspiring if I believed it.
Nash shoves down Bischoff and goes after Hogan. Jarrett comes out to help Hogan, and Sting comes out (in his red Wolfpack facepaint!) to help Nash. Heels win the beatdown!
Orlando Jordan vs. D'Angelo Dinero: Jordan is starting to exploit his sexuality, sucking on his finger and trying to give the Pope a wet willie in the beginning, then grinding and squirming against Dinero to get him to release a waistlock, leading to Dinero pimpslapping Jordan. "I know you don't want him behind you!" cracks Taz. Uncomfortable.
Eric Young, crazy-go-nuts, runs out and starts scooping up the Dinero Dollars, distracting Jordan. This allows Pope to take control -- DDE in the corner, smoothly transitioned into an Edge-o-Matic -- nice variation! That's it.
Matt Morgan is out to attack Dinero, and Mr. Anderson's out for the save. Morgan bails, and the Security Team, Murphy and Gunnar, come out to yell at Anderson for a while.
Jay Lethal vs. Ric Flair: This is a Streetfight, and it was pretty cool at first to see Flair wrestling in the suit, complete with handkerchief -- it's been a while! But by the end, he was stripped down to his underpants and one shoe, and he nearly lost his briefs, too, resulting in liberal pixelization. Earl Hebner got behind Flair to help him tug his underpants back up -- one of the most pathetic sights I've ever seen. Horrible.
Anyway, Doug Williams screws over Lethal and Flair gets the clearly undeserved win.
Christy Hemme is in back with RVD, who says that after tonight, he'll focus on his title match at Hardcore Justice. JERRY LYNN pops his head in to say, "that'll be great since you're facing ME!" RVD is all like "wubba huh?"
RVD & Tommy Dreamer vs. Abyss & Raven: It's kinda nice seeing Abyss and Raven hanging out but otherwise I can't care. Dreamer DDTs Raven and the RVD 5 Stars him for the pin.
Afterward, Abyss attacks RVD and Dreamer, bringing out Stevie Richards, Rhino, and Team 3D. Raven and Abyss take them down, and then the lights go out...when they come back, THE SANDMAN is in the ring and he kendo sticks Abyss and Raven and we're out.
I really hope these ECW guys all take Hogan's advice and "Step Back" after Hardcore Justice. THEY ALL BORE ME SO MUCH
(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 6.8.10 0349) Last 5 movies seen: A Prophet ***1/2 - Kick-Ass *** - Clash of the Titans (2010) **1/2 - The Runaways ** - Terribly Happy ****
Tag match may have been the best so far, and saved the show for me.
It is interesting to hear the old guys are stepping up so the young guys can carry TNA when: 1. Lethal loses in embarrassing fashion to the oldest of old guys, and is now feuding with Williams (who I am not crazy about). Not exactly vaulting to the main event, but maybe Jay can salvage the X title. 2. Anderson continues to feud with security.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
They're really gonna do RVD vs. Lynn again? This isn't the Whole F'N Show. It's the Same Old Show.
The ending video montage of ECW veterans discussing their careers was pretty good, and Sandman's return was a nice moment, but none of this is enough to make me spend $30 for an ECW show. Not at this point in their careers.
RVD looks ten years younger than all the other ECW guys out there. The camera angle for his frogsplash was nice as was him twisting in midair to hit Raven properly.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
When you remove Giving A Shit - Caring Whatsoever About Anyone Or Anything - if you take that entirely out of the equation, you can find perverse enjoyment from this show.
Therefore, I laughed my ass off at bloody Ric Flair fighting in his underpants and showing his bare ass to the TNA castmembers. Also at his pre-match promo when he called Jay Lethal "my smallest black brother" and ended with "Jay Letha! Tonight, you die!" Plus Flair won the fight! He's still got it!
I lost it at Raven's promo to Dreamer while the TNA castmembers regaled him with "Uncle Scotty!" chants. He STILL hates Tommy for stealing Beulah away when they were 10. "Uncle Scotty?! They should be calling me Daddy! They should be MY kids!" That ECW continuity was fucking hilarious.
While Taylor Wilde has appropriated Christy Hemme's outfits and her mannerisms... LACEY VON ERICH IS A WRESTLING GODDESS!
I'm afraid I'll never not pop for The Sandman.
(edited by John Orquiola on 6.8.10 0812) @BackoftheHead
Originally posted by Amos CochranI pray to GOD they're not gonna switch the title to Abyss so Hogan can go for it at Bond For Glory.
Sadly, when Bischoff announced himself as the special guest referee that's *exactly* what I thought of.
I thought that Impact has been pretty solid the last two shows but tonight, with the exception of MCMG/Beer Money, it just seemed more like a Monday night show then anything.
I don't need to see Ric Flair, in 2010, in a Tuxedo match. I don't need to see Hogan, Bischoff, and the WCW guys in the ring for a segment which I could care less about, and I've never been a fan of hardcore wrestling so the ECW stuff is just "meh" to me.
Outside of Raven's promo and The Awesome Ultimate X Match this was an awful show. The Knockouts match was horrendous. I dunno whose bright idea it was for Lacey to be in there the vast majority of the match. It took her forever to hit the fall away slam and man she took that German suplex like a pro. Don't forget about worst referee ever Slick Johnson being put in a coma by a slap and ignoring the chair(which Taz even pointed out ) Horrendous booking horrendous match. Flair-Lethal was a pathetic joke. Did they really have to have Hebner get distracted so Williams can interfere? Street fights have no dq he can do whatever he wants. I prefer Williams to Lethal so I hope he keeps the title. Rob Terry is awful and it says a lot about TNA's confidence in his ability to work when they put him in there with Styles and give the match two minutes. Following the MCMG- Beer Money match with The 90's stars like Wolfpack-Hogan-Jarrett says a lot. I suspect we get Jarrett-Hogan Vs Sting-Nash at BFG. Please get Jordan and Young off my TV. Main Event wasn't bad just short. Next weeks show looks really strong hope they don't mess it up.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaAlso at his pre-match promo when he called Jay Lethal "my smallest black brother" and ended with "Jay Letha! Tonight, you die!" Plus Flair won the fight! He's still got it!
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
what a mess of a show. The tag match was the only thing really on tonight and the rest ranged from dissapointing to outright pathetic. As much as I love the Knockouts and how cool it was to actually see Hamada, that match just continued to bury a barely surviving division. This company just needs to die already so the t.v. time can be given to ROH.
I'm not entirely too sure what led to Benoit's push, but I'm pretty sure that Eddie's push was the result of Smackdown being the top rated cable show among Latinos. That also explains why Rey Misterio is heavily pushed.