Fans were able to receive t-shirts autographed by Jeff Jarrett, Raven, AJ Styles and 3 Live Kru among others for being the loudest people in the soundstage. Jeremy Borash continued “the feud” that Nashville fans don’t care about and ask the fans to fill out the comment cards, not sure if they are doing the same in Nashville.
Match One, refereed by Billy “the Kid” Dalton: former IPW World champion “the Miami Pound Machine” Rod Steel vs. Amazing Red. This was a big contrast in styles. Steel is a natural heel and he showed it to the TNA fans. Shame the Orlando crowd doesn’t know Steel because he is a great worker. Red won after hitting a superkick after Steel blocked Red’s attempted power sunset flip.
Match Two, refereed by Billy “the Kid” Dalton: Mikey Batts and “Mr. 630” Jerrelle Clark vs. the NWA World tag team champions The Naturals(Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas) who came with new ring jackets and tights. The fans really love Clark and Batts and hate Douglas and Stevens. The Naturals won the match by hitting Batts with the Natural Disaster.
Match Three, refereed by Billy “the Kid” Dalton: Team Canada members Bobby Roode, “Hotshot” Johnny Devine and “Showtime Eric Young vs. 3 Live Kru. This seems to be the way TNA is running the pre-taping, show two good matches then give the fans a PPV style match. 3 Live Kru is super over with the crowd. Konnan and BJ James hit the mic with James doing a variation on the old New Age Outlaws pre-match mic ritual. BJ James got the win for the 3LK by pinning Young after a pump-handle slam.
Matches for TNA Impact to air on Friday August 6, 2004
Match Four, refereed by Rudy Charles: Antonio Banks and Sal Rinnauro vs. America’s Most Wanted. AMW did not show any rust from the “country whipping” match last night with Team Canada. AMW hit Rinnauro with the Death Sentence for the win but Team Canada members hit the ring but 3 Live Kru and XXX came out to fight them off as the Naturals stood atop the rampway watching the action. Roode lost his Canadian tanktop in the scuffle and BJ James tore it to shreds with help from James Storm.
Video package hyping Monty Brown plays for the fans.
Match Five, refereed by Mike Posey: “Alpha Male” Monty Brown vs. former NWA FL Heavyweight champion Bruce Steele. Somehow Brown has become a fan favorite with the Orlando crowd despite coming from the heel rampway. Brown is now billed as hailing from the Serengeti and finally lost the leopard spotted tights. Steele looked good in the ring with Brown who is as big as a Shane Twin. Brown hit the Pounce tackle to pin Steele. From out of nowhere came Raven and Sabu fighting around ringside as they went to commercial and continued to fight almost until the show came back for the next match. Rod Steel doubled as TNA security was punched out by Sabu. It seemed forever but Sabu jumped from the ring off a chair onto Raven who was in the crowd being held back by Rudy Charles.
Match Six, refereed by Mike Posey: Jason Cross vs. former NWA World X Division champion AJ Styles. Cross is no stranger to the X division having battled in TNA during 2002 and 2003. Cross missed what appeared to be an inverted 450 splash. Styles got the win with the Styles Clash. Dumbest thing the WWE ever did was not grabbing Styles when they had the chance.
Match Seven, refereed by Mike Posey: NWA Wildside’s Gabriel vs. Jeff Hardy. Fans in “the pit” area do not like Hardy but they are drowned out through the match but at one point chanted “we want Matt”. Hardy hit the Twist of Fate and the Swanton bomb to finish off Gabriel.
Jeff Hammond’s “Six Points of Impact” feature on the upcoming 20 man X Division gauntlet battle royal to break the co-championship held by Frankie Kazarian and Michael Shane. Don West and Mike Tenay did their standup to hype the September 6-7th “Gut Check” for the TNA Academy as well as the TNA Wrestling PPV. Jeff Jarrett came out to the ring calling out Jeff Hardy not wanting to wait for the TNA championship committee to announce the date. Hardy answered and beat on Jarrett until the Elite Guard (Onyx, Chad Collyer and Hotstuff Hernandez) came out and fought with Hardy until Jarrett got back to his feet and put Hardy in a figure four leg lock. This was broken up by Ron Killings who was followed to the ring by Vince Russo and Dusty Rhodes
Match Eight, refereed by Rudy Charles: NWA X division co-champions Frankie “’the Future” Kazarian and Michael Shane (w/Traci), Kid Kash (w/Dallas and Team Canada member Petey Williams (w/Scott D’amore) vs. XXX (Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels and “Primetime” Elix Skipper, Sonjay Dutt and “the Future” Chris Sabin. Just an observation there seems to be no babyface managers in TNA but Desire. Kazarian had his hair in braids. Daniels wore black and silver and Skipper wore black and gold tights, each had a big X on the side. This was a PPV style match that hopefully looks as good on TV as it did in person. TV might have gone to commercial during the match. I cannot describe what I saw because it would take me a while. Sonjay hit the Hindu Press on Shane but D’amore distracted Charles as Raven stopped the pin, Williams pinned Dutt with the Canadian destroyer. BJ James and Konnan charged the ring as the show ended so I am not sure how much of the brawling made the TV show but it went on for several minutes. During one part of the scuffle Daniels hit D’amore with the BME. Jerry Lynn signed autographs after the show.
The biggest crowd pops of the evening were for AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, the post main event brawl and anyone, namely Rick Santel, who gave the fans free t-shirts.
I saw the pilot for this show when I interviewed for a job writing it. It's almost exactly what you'd expect... think "I Love... Last Week". But between Jericho and my Modern Humorist bosses, it should be pretty entertaining.