Recap for TNA Impact, 6.10.10, from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.
We open with a brief recap from last week, and then AJ Styles leads Des Wolfe, Beer Money, and Kazarian out to the ring. He says Flair is not here tonight so he's in charge. They have a 8-man tag tonight, but he has five people on his team. He says five just doesn't work. All great things come in fours - Fantastic Four, the Four Horsemen, the Beatles. Can't argue with his logic. He has a solution, though, which is to kick Kaz out. Nothing physical happens, they just bicker. Music heralds the entrance of the Nature Boy, Jay Lethal. WOO! He says AJ is not in charge because he's not the man and he will never be the man. Lethal says he's in charge. He says he'd be embarrassed to wear the suit that Styles has on right now. Lethal takes off his jacket and starts elbowing it! He says AJ is right about one thing - they have an 8-man tag tonight. He introduces his team - Abyss and Mr. Anderson. Styles rightly points out that there's only three of them, but Lethal counters by saying that Abyss counts for two. Ok, then. I guess he's inherited Flair's senility as well. The heels kick their asses for being idiots until Hardy makes the save. The faces stand tall to end the segment. Lethal as Flair = GOLD. 1 for 1.
- Brian Kendrick tells us that he's finally realized that his life's purpose is not to smoke up as much Mary J as he can, but rather to win the X-Division title because it has no limitations. Ok, I made that first part up. Homicide promises to bring the crazy "5150 street style." I have no idea what that is, but it sounds fairly crazy.
Match 1: Brian Kendrick over Homicide via Kick to the Face in 7 minutes. BK bumped well to make Homicide look very good, but this match with this much time should really have stolen the show. In that sense it was rather disappointing. The finish came with Homicide tried to nail (literally, like hammer and nail) Kendrick, but the ref took away the nail and the distraction allowed BK to hit his kick for the win. I guess that's what the 5150 street style is all about. 2 for 2.
Ink Inc. are in the ring to call out Brother Ray. Neal wants Ray to settle his problems like a man. He asks what the hell Ray was doing trying to take him out and laying cards on him, but Ray has no idea what he's talking about. Rey says he brought him into the business, and he can surely take him out. Neal says he's always looked up to Ray, but Ray doesn't need his approval. That was cold. Ray calls him a failure in the navy, and after Slammiversary, he's gonna be a failure in the wrestling business as well. Ray shifts his attention to Moore, who calls him a douche according to the book of Dilligaf. Devon is the voice of reason and gives Ink Inc. a pass. Ray attacks Neal from behind and gets the hell out of dodge. That was good promo work. The feud I'm not looking forward to, but I have to recognize this for what it was. 3 for 3.
Matt Morgan wants a partner for them. Bischoff tells them that their partner is waiting with Hogan at the entrance and they have a tag title match tonight.
Jeff Jarrett promises that he's gonna get Sting back for what he did to him at Sacrifice. He says Sting is possessed by some evil. Jarrett says he's not gonna be at Slammiversary but he's gonna get his answers.
Matt Morgan comes out for their match, but Hogan comes out to call them the biggest crybaby(ies?) he knows. He says the reason Morgan(s) are alone is because he's never seen anyone stab so many people in the back. Hogan has a partner for them, and it's Hernandez! Supermex goes absolutely nuts on him, choking him out with a shirt. I gotta mention that Hernandez looks in particularly good shape. He leaves Morgan for dead in the ring, as the EMTs come to tend to him. But wait, here comes the Band...
Match 2: TNA World Tag Titles: The Band (Eric Young and Scott Hall) over Matt Morgan via pin in 10 seconds. The segment before this was fun, though I can't see the point of this "match." But I'll give them the benefit. 4 for 4.
Christy Hemme and RVD are discussing Rob's strategy against Sting, which comprises of "if Sting wants the belt, he can come and get it." Masterful. Sting does just that, attacking from behind, and beating the crap out of Rob, then walks away with the belt. Oops.
Kurt Angle wants a practice match with an X-Division wrestler to prepare for his match with Kaz. He calls out Amazing Red, leading to...
Match 3: Kurt Angle over Amazing Red via Olympic Slam in 4 minutes. Impact Special~(tm)! Good stuff. 5 for 5.
Sting has written "deception" on the belt because that's what it represents. It's showtime!
They do a long Slammiversary promo and recap some of the big moments in TNA history.
Match 4: 8-Man Tag: AJ Styles, Des Wolfe, and Beer Money over Jeff Hardy, Jay Lethal, Mr. Anderson, and Abyss via pin (Styles on Lethal - Styles Clash) in 11 minutes. The best main event I've seen on TNA in a long, long time. It was energetic and appropriately chaotic. And most importantly, it got time! Can't go wrong with that. 6 for 6.
Sting is out in the arena somewhere, saying it's all about deception. He says Rob's getting warmer. Eventually Sting gets a hold of him and lays in more of an ass-whooping. They brawl out into the ring, where RVD gets the upper hand until getting countered and eating chair. Sting says this is deception and the belt will be Van Dam's only until Sunday. End show. I didn't particularly like this brawl because I didn't feel the intensity at all. 6 for 7.
Wrestling Counter: 22 minutes.
The Score: 6 for 7: This was a fantastic go-home show. They kept it simple, they kept the focus, and they kept it moving. Recipe for success. I don't know if it could persuade you to BUY the PPV, but I get TNA PPV's for free and this show definitely made me excited for it.
Btw, no Knockouts tonight. At all. Strange.
Forfeit the game, before somebody else takes you outta the game, and puts your name to shame Cover up your face, you can't run the race The pace is too fast, you just won't last - "Points Of Authority" - Linkin Park
He's healthy. He's been wrestling in AAA during his absence. With a little bit of help from Konnan being one of the chief writers, they've been treating him like a big deal and it feels like they're planning to have him around even while he's back in TNA.
I missed the show as I was at The Mets game. Sounds like it was a strong show. I looked for it earlier on You Tube and only saw The very entertaining opening segment so far as nothing else from the show was put up.
I thought this episode was sort of a mixed bag for me - I liked the last two weeks of Impact but thought this one just seemed a bit off.
Homicide vs. Kendrick was great but I didn't enjoy the finish. I just thought it was very random and it didn't really do anything to make me believe that Kendrick would be believable against WIlliams on Sunday.
Ink Inc and Team 3D was very well done - Bubba's promo was excellent. Shannon Moore is still kind of "eh" but Jessie Neal is growing on me.
The Hernandez/Morgan segment was great (though I could live without Hogan on commentary). The segment that followed with the Band was awful. Sorry - I just don't see what Nash, Hall, and Young contribute to TNA. The more I see of them, the more worried I get that the inevitable MCMG vs. The Band will just end with a squash.
Side note. Why did security play the role of the medical staff during the stretcher job and WHY did they drop Morgan and leave him on a stretcher when the Band came out? Isn't the point of security to break apart things like that - especially when just last month they made a huge deal about Sting attacking Jarrett on the stretcher.
I also didn't like how they replayed the entire Sting/Jarrett segment from Sacrifice and then aired another Jarrett "interview" segment right after that. It just seemed like it made Impact stall for me especially since Jarrett won't even be on the PPV.
It would have made more sense to have a Knockouts match since, you know, Madison Rayne is facing Roxxi for the title.
Angle vs. Red was great and I dug the main event (though with the heels getting the win tonight, I'm worried that Abyss will end up going over on the Pay-per-view). Speaking of, Abyss vs. Wolfe in a Monster's Ball match seems so randomly thrown together especially since the match doesn't even suit the Abyss character anymore (wasn't it three weeks ago that he shyed away from Wolfe when he was threatening him with a glass bottle?).
Since I didn't see it anywhere, Dixie tweeted this the other day:
"It's 6:30 am. Been up for hours. So excited I can't sleep. TNA's about to change forever. Can't wait to share it w/you, my staff, the talent."
Considering they've had a couple of these "change TNA forever" moments, make of it what you will.
Originally posted by wannaberockstarThe more I see of them, the more worried I get that the inevitable MCMG vs. The Band will just end with a squash.
I'm prepared to eat a lot of crow on this but... remember last thread where we all had an excuse to go YouTube the PCS? Coach Nash helped develop Shelley into more than just the X Division guy with the baseball eyeliner and I've no reason to believe he won't make the guns look awesome or at least lose even if somewhat protecting his heat.
Damn- WWE became succesful back in the day because they took steps to become more than a sideshow, but TNA is burying themselves as a sideshow- When you're already practically just another attraction at Universal Studios- ITS TIME TO WAKE UP!