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The Recap for TNA Impact 6.30.2011, taped from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.

Last week, Sting introduced his new character, the BFG Series and X-Division contract matches continued, and TNA had a decent show to end their run of horrible shows.

Hogan and Steiner are backstage, discussing Steiner's decision to join Immortal. Hogan welcomes him to the club and they have a chat about how Hogan will "take care of business tonight." Steiner leaves but Sting's voice can be heard. Hogan sees the back of Sting's head on a nearby monitor, and Sting cuts a crazed promo in which he keeps referring to himself as 'Stinger.' The Monster is not under Terry's bed, because he's right here! He turns around and he has Joker face paint (impactwrestling.com). Now that we've established he's going to be ripping off that character, the facepaint is actually pretty cool.

Hogan heads to the ring and he gets a pretty big pop. How in the hell is Hogan a face? This Impact Zone crowd must be confused. He calls Sting a coward and says he'll take care of Sting in his own way once he's ready, presumable after he recovers from the latest knee surgery. He calls out Mr. Anderson and thanks him for gracing us with his presence. Hogan says Anderson should join Immortal because Hogan needs Anderson as much as Anderson needs Hogan. Anderson could face the lunatic one-on-one or he could have an army backing him up. Anderson will lose everything if he refuses this offer. Anderson has other ideas, however, one of which is calling himself "The Cock." Right then. Hogan reminds him that Anderson owes him, but before Anderson can show his displeasure, we cut backstage, where Sting is attacking some Immortal members with his baseball. He then gets the Undertaker treatment, as the lights go out and when they come back on, Sting's in the ring. Anderson bails, but Hogan's not as lucky. Sting smacks him the legs with the bat and says that the Impact where he will have his title shot will be called "Midsummer Night's Nightmare." Ugh. He screams "Red Hogan Yellow Hogan" in an attempt to "get through to Hogan." Sting wants the real Hulk Hogan to stand up, not the Hollywood version. He then cuddles up with Hogan in the corner, who keeps screaming that he can't breathe, and basically proceeds to drug-rape him with pills marked as "Vitamins." Sting drags him into the middle of the ring and teases the Deathlock, saying if he sat down, he could kill Hogan. Hogan's screaming about broken ribs at this point. Immortal head down to the ring, with Ray demanding that Sting get away from Hogan. Ray says that Sting's a nobody, and that their paths have never crossed before, but that changes tonight. "The one thing I don't like is bullies, because all they do is run their mouths!" That got me to laugh. Ray makes Steiner v Sting for tonight. Hogan promises that this is the last time Sting embarrasses him and vows to wipe the smile off his face. 1 for 1. It was longer than it needed to be and at times awkward, but it kept me interested. Now that TNA's not pretending that Sting's character is not a blatant ripoff, I can almost enjoy it, and even Sting seems to be putting in the effort to make it work.

Updated BFG Series Standings after a round of house show matches:
Crimson 17
Gunner, Morgan, Storm, Styles 14
Van Dam, Steiner, Bully Ray 7
Pope, Roode, Devon, Joe 0

Match 1: BFG Series: Devon v. Samoa Joe: Joe tries the Koquina Clutch right away, but Devon escapes. Joe takes over on offense and gets the facewash, but Devon catches him with a spear to bail himself. He rides the momentum with a flying headbutt and a clothesline for 2, but Joe stops that and catches him with a leg lariat. He doesn't want the pin, instead choosing to go for the submission for the extra points. It doesn't work, so Joe switches to a keylock, and then a hammerlock. Devon makes a brief comeback only to run into a snap-slam and the cross armbreaker, but he gets to the ropes again. Joe says to hell with this and tries to kill him with the Muscle Buster, but Devon fights out, only to get caught in the Clutch again. This time Devon reverses it into a spinebuster thing and it gets the pin in 6 minutes. 2 for 2. The story of the match worked for me, though I must question the decision of giving Devon the win.

The Pope is backstage with Devon's kids and excited for the win. Then he wonders where Devon's wife is. I thought TNA forgot about this feud.

Steiner yells at Bully Ray for not giving him prior notice about the match he has tonight with Sting. Ray yells back at him and they shout it out, but Steiner finally agrees. Ray gives him the chain and tells him to get the job done.

Kaz says he knows that Joe's better than that, and that he just wants to get the best out of Joe. Joe doesn't take too well to that, and they jaw with each other. Before they can come to blows, security steps in to separate them. 2 for 3. Apart from the Pope-Devon rehash, these were alright and not completely unnecessary. I just wish TNA would space these out better.

Match 2: X-Division Series: Low-Ki v Matt Bentley v Jimmy Yang: Yang is doing the Elvis gimmick. We start fast and furious with Yang taking it to both of them until Ki sends him flying. Bentley stops Yang's skinning the cat by tossing Ki into him and pins Ki for 2. Bentley grabs a sleeper but Ki fights out, only to get dumped. Yang wipes him out with a dive, however. He grabs an armlock on Ki but gets caught in a crucifix instead. Yang spinkicks him down, but Ki unleashes his own kicks and makes Yang AND Bentley into his little bitches. Bentley stops that with a DDT/Stunner combo that puts both Ki and Yang down and takes Ki's head off with a superkick for a close 2-count. Ooh. Bentley heads to the top, but jumps into a gutbuster instead. He be dead. Yang Time misses and the Warrior's Way ends Yang in 9 minutes. 3 for 4. Far better than last week. Even though it's a dressed-up spotfest, everyone got to shine, it had crowd heat, the spots made sense, and the right man won. Good stuff.

Madison Rayne is missing her lip gloss, which leads to an argument between her, Winter, and Angelina Love. Now if they really want continuity, they should say Sting stole it. Madison screeches some threats and leaves. Angelina, with no ill-effects of continued abuse of the Voodoo Juice, is glad that someone can appreciate her for who she is. There is no mention of the past lives. Winter promises to win the Knockouts title at Hardcore Justice.

Joe finds Kaz in a bar, and that, predictably, ends badly for Kaz. Joe tells us that this is his world.

Hogan is walking backstage, having apparently completely recovered from the broken ribs he suffered during the first segment, spewing threats to Sting. 3 for 5. Ugh. If I try to get into the logic of the Angie/Winter story, it'll make my head spin. The rest was unnecessary.

Match 3: Winter, Angelina Love, and Madison Rayne v Mickie James, Tara, and Ms. Tessmacher: Mickie starts with Winter and attempts to beat her with her own belt, but Love puts a stop to that. Tessmacher returns to catch Winter with the...ahem...Asstastic, but walks into a Norther Lights Suplex for the pin. Tara enters and beats up on Winter, catching her with the Tarantula. Rayne breaks that up, but Tara gets the standing moonsault for 2. Angelina and Winter hit the Botox Injection/Samoan Drop combo on her, allowing Madison to steal the pin and make it 3-on-1. James sneaks in with a spinkick to get rid of Rayne but Angie and Winter don't care as they kick her ass. Mickie makes a comeback, probably fueled by the anger she felt when Love called her "Mikey" in the pre-match promo, and tries the DDT on Angie, only for Winter to break it up. Angie and Winter get their act together and dominate James, allowing Angelina to hit that backbreaker of hers. She and Winter argue over who gets the pin, however, and James neckbreakers Angie to make it one-on-one. Winter tries rolling her up with the tights, but Mickie survives that and the Mickie-DT finishes this in 7 minutes. 3 for 6. It wasn't anything special, and the ref was definitely not enforcing the tag rules. Also, when did Mickie turn into TNA's female version of SuperCena?

Is it just me, or of the plethora of finishers Mickie has used in her career, the Long Kiss Goodnight is the best, both in terms of naming and in terms of the actual move?

Gunner says that tonight is the rubber match between him and AJ Styles, and that he'll prove that he belongs in the main event. Well, Gunner, mate, the crowd certainly isn't buying into you yet.

We have the contract-signing for the Daniels-Styles match at Destination X. Daniels is again in dress clothes, complete with a tie. Styles wants to know if Daniels is sure he wants to do this. Daniels responds by signing the contract and promises it won't be personal. "T'll shake the hand of my best friend after the match." How touching. Styles signs up. This might be the first non-violent contract-signing in wrestling history! Jerry Lynn interrupts to blow his own trumpet and say it's all about the fans, but RVD interrupts him to tell them to stop the damn love-fest. Thank you. He says he's the pioneer and whole f'n show. RVD says all the others are wannabees, trying to be him. Lynn takes exception, and it somehow leads to a four-corners match at the next Impact. Well, sign me up for that. 4 for 7. It was alright, and it set up next week's match, but there was so much verbal fellating going on there. Can't at least one of them be a heel?

Gunner attacks AJ Styles, and the match is on!
Match 4: BFG Series: Gunner v AJ Styles: AJ jumps him in the corner and dominates the early goings as this shapes up to be a brawl. Gunner takes over but his Powerbomb is stopped by the Pele! Nice spot. Styles dumps him and follows with the big dive and they're both out. Gunner gets the upper hand and tries the F5, but AJ stops that. AJ wants the springboard forearm, but Gunner pulls the ref in the way, and that distraction is enough to catch AJ with the F5 in 5 minutes. 4 for 8. No, no, no. Ok match, carried by AJ, completely wrong result. What's sad is that Gunner can't even get himself over with the Impact Zone, which is probably the easiest crowd in the industry.

Sting says it's the wrong place and the wrong time for Steiner.

Velvet Sky promises that she's done being bullied. Really? Who'd bully Velvet Sky? She refuses to take it anymore from ODB. She announces a handicap match with her against ODB and Jackie, and if Velvet wins, ODB and Jackie will be gone from TNA. I know who I'm pulling for.

Mexican America head to the ring, and Anarquia says that "the gringos" have pissed off "The President of Mexican America," which is apparently Hernandez. They complain about being the best team and having beaten all comers, yet not finding a place in the BFG series, even though Beer Money are there. They promise to wreak havoc, but the British Invasion are out to interrupt. Magnus points out that they're foreigners too, but they don't expect everything to be handed to them. For once, I agree with him. They are proud of where they're from, but they love America too! So a team named "The British Invasion" are now faces. The Brits challenge Mexican America to a #1-contender's match next week and Magnus gets in a line about leaving "los prostitutes" at home. Them's fighting words! Mexican America beat them down, but Rob Terry makes the save. 5 for 9. Decent enough, and it continues this show's trend of doing an unusually good job of setting up next week's show.

Backstage, Bully Ray motivates Immortal for the main event between Steiner and Sting, but Abyss's mask is missing, causing him to freak out.

Match 5: Scott Steiner v Sting: They're supposed to do the big-match intros, but Steiner jumps Sting before either can be announced. That's two weeks in a row that poor JB hasn't gotten to do his schtick. Steiner catches him with the belly-to-belly almost immediately and cuts off a Stinger Splash attempt to lock in his weak-ass Recliner. Sting, rightfully, doesn't sell it much and reverses into the Deathlock, but Steiner gets to the ropes. Steiner gets the Exploder but misses a charge and eats the Deathdrop for the pin in 5 minutes. 5 for 10. Weak main event, but you can't say you expected much better from this pairing. Postmatch, Sting wants to give Steiner his now-patented makeover, but Immortal make the save. Anderson takes advantage with the Mic Check on Sting and leaves. Immortal want Hogan to beat Sting's ass, but Kurt Angle makes the save and stares him down, and that's how we end it this week.

Wrestling Counter: 32 minutes.

The Score: 5 for 10: The limited-commercials gimmick did cause the show to feel faster, which helped. We had that excellent X-division series match, some nice build towards *both* Destination X and next week's Impact, which is a rare double for TNA. Some boneheaded booking decisions (Devon over Joe, Gunner over Styles) and the weak main event puts a bit of a damper on an otherwise good show.
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Goddamn is Joker-Sting embarrassing.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.82
I don't follow TNA well enough to know if this was actually mentioned once.

Didn't they have some story going where Eric & co. pissed on the X-division?
So why are they doing the X-division series and is the focus of the destination X ppv more about the X-stars?

Was it determined that they would get their one moment to convince Eric that htey did deserve to be there?





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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.38
Nope, they just kinda dropped it.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    Goddamn is Joker-Sting embarrassing.


Eh, I think it's not so bad once you get past the fact that it's a lazy and rather classless ripoff. Sting does seem to be making an effort, and I'm ok with that.

Joker-Sting is still better than the awful three weeks of AndersonSting (a.k.a. NotSting) that we had to endure.
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Well, Sting seems to be going for broke on the character. I do questions the idea of Joker Sting being the one to bring out Superman Hulk Hogan. It just doesn't feel right. Actually, that is TNA right now. Nothing feels right. I like the idea of the BFG tournament as well as doing them as house shows. TNA needs a reason to get people into those shows besides being the best fan experience out there. The KO division is in a good place even though I'd rather have Roxxie or Taylor back then 60 year old Jackie. Still, it doesn't have the must see factor it had in the past. The tag division is on life support without a healthy Beer Money and MCMG.

The X-Division stuff is good, but there is no reason why it is happening. They were better off having the former X-Division guys going after Immortal than saying these guys are back, because the network demanded it. It would at least maybe saved us from the Sting/Hogan/Anderson/Bischoff stuff. Speaking of Anderson, you know what lets not, because its going to lead down the same road that all the main event guys are on. That road leads to Hogan and Bischoff's home for lost wrestling pushes. Everyone who gets the title automatically has to deal with them. This is stupid. There is no need for Anderson to be in their feud with Sting or Kurt being shoe horned in there either. It should be Kurt/Anderson cutting promos on each other or at least acknowledge they will facing each other down the line.

TNA was stuck in neutral for the entire spring and after Slamiversary, they shifted into reverse. Anderson could be their new Austin or at least have a great matches with Kurt. The X-Division of all people could be the ones to stop Immortal instead of being EV2.5. The KO division could be interesting and a phone call to ROH could lead to Beer Money vs one of the hundred tag teams that company has. Instead they push Crismons like Goldberg and Gunner like Randy Orton Legend Killer. It would be fine if the fans actually gave a damn about these wrestlers, but they don't.

Punk's promo might as well have been a shot at wrestling in general. TNA has talent, has good story ideas, yet they made a deal with the dark lords of wrestling for one 2.0 rating in the last two years. TNA could be making millions, but some of their guys are on food stamps. ROH has great wrestling and could be a good show instead their owner sold them to one of the cheapest cable companies out there. Most of the guys on the roster will be working in the Indys or will continue to work in there. Wrestling is nuetral and minus a few bright spots here and there is treading towards reverse. I know people will dismiss this, but the PPV and ratings don't lie.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.71
    Originally posted by dMp
    Didn't they have some story going where Eric & co. pissed on the X-division?
    So why are they doing the X-division series and is the focus of the destination X ppv more about the X-stars?



The video promo for the X match mentioned how the division had been marginalized, but this PPV will feature them in the main event. The rest of the promo was made up of highlights and snippets of wrestler comments about how dangerous and exciting the match is.

I like Yang, and he looked pretty good, but Low Ki has a speed above almost everyone else, and he eclipsed the other two. It's stunning to watch him and remember the WWE didn't know what to do with him once he won NXT.

The guy imitating the recent movie Joker is pushing pills down people's throats? Did he forget how that actor died?



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.19
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    The guy imitating the recent movie Joker is pushing pills down people's throats? Did he forget how that actor died?


They're vitamins! He's forcing Hogan to take his vitamins! Next week he'll force him to say his prayers. And maybe then he'll make him train, if he's physically capable of doing so. He wants the red & yellow Hulk back, so he's forcing him back into relying on the Three Demandments! All he needs now is for some fat guy to attack Hogan during an interview!
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.23

    Originally posted by InVerse
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      The guy imitating the recent movie Joker is pushing pills down people's throats? Did he forget how that actor died?


    They're vitamins! He's forcing Hogan to take his vitamins! Next week he'll force him to say his prayers. And maybe then he'll make him train, if he's physically capable of doing so. He wants the red & yellow Hulk back, so he's forcing him back into relying on the Three Demandments! All he needs now is for some fat guy to attack Hogan during an interview!


Maybe it'll be just like The Goblin terrorizing Aunt May in Spider-Man.

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It can't be said enough...who are Crimson and Gunner blowing???

The points are bascially the complete reverse of what they should be with these two clowns at the top and Joe and Pope still with 0.

-I'm ordering the PPV just out of principle. If they are gonna offer a show like this, I'll support it. Must say I am a bit uneasy with Abyss being involved. I fully expect the show to end with him retaining and throwing the belt in a trash can all while Hogan and Bischoff rub baby oil on Crimson and Gunner.

-RVD and Lynn again. I'm a mark for this. Rooting for them to capture some of the old magic. And RVD was entertaining for the first time in months saying the X-Division was a bunch of guys trying to be RVD and nobody does that better than him.

-Joe's booking sheet for the next 10 Impacts: "Joe gets into a barfight with ________"

-Oh yes, I was dying for an old member of the British Invasion to save the day! Wait...Rob Terry????

-Say what you will about her booking, but I think Winter's music is pretty sweet.

-Dear TNA, we know you love aping WWE, so please give Joe a live mic at Destination X.
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#11 Posted on

    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    It can't be said enough...who are Crimson and Gunner blowing???



    -Say what you will about her booking, but I think Winter's music is pretty sweet.

    -Dear TNA, we know you love aping WWE, so please give Joe a live mic at Destination X.


Gunner and Crimson: Apparently there is a line in the office and they work their way down it.

Winter: agreed. She can wrestle and they barely let her. She is TNA's Gail Kim.

Joe: Too easy, repeat verbatim replacing WWE top names with TNA top names.Too bad ROH didn't sell to someone with real money/ a good TV timeslot on a real network as I think it would be hilarious if TNA held a PPV and nobody showed up to work it, then the next day they were all there at ROH.

BTW, ROH is having a 30% off sale this weekend, at rohstore.com use the coupon code fourth in the box marked "Discount coupon code" and click apply when your cart is full. I'm stocking up on some stuff I still don't have!



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