TNA iMPACT Report – July 23rd, 2009
Report by PWInsider, Richard Trionfo
We start off tonight with a look back at Victory Road. We see Taz make his debut and he joined the Main Event Mafia. They have all the titles now.
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘New World’ Tenay and Don ‘Main Event’ West.
We start off with the man of few words from Victory Road as Taz makes his way to the ring. Taz gives a history lesson and he mentions that he wrestled for a little promotion called ECW and during his time, he sustained some career shortening injuries that prevented him from competing and performing in front of everyone as a wrestler. That was cut short for him and then he spent some time calling hundreds of matches in the WWE. Taz says that there was a little bit more that he could do. Taz says that he turned on TNA and he sees the raw and untapped force. Taz says that it took him back a decade. He saw the second coming of Taz. What he saw was Samoa Joe. He says that even though him and Joe had a lot in common, there is one difference between them. Joe would show remorse for his opponents while Taz says that he never showed remorse. Taz reached out to Samoa Joe and he told Joe that he would take him to the next level. Being over with the guys in the back does not make you money and give you titles. You don’t need to be Mr. Popular. Taz says that he became the teacher while Joe became the student. Then Joe got on everyone’s radar. The one man who pursued the most aggressive to secure Joe’s services was the thirteen time champion Kurt Angle. For that, Joe and him are forever indebted to Kurt Angle and the Main Event Mafia. Tonight Joe brings some loco to the Mafia because he will become the X Division Champion. Taz tells Homicide to beat Joe if he can, and survive if he lets you.
Joe comes to the ring for his match.
Match Number One: Samoa Joe versus Homicide for the X Division Title
Homicide tries for the leg and Joe with a kick. Joe with knees but Homicide with an arm drag but Joe responds with one of his own. Joe and Homicide each with leg sweeps but Joe misses a kick and Homicide goes to the floor. Homicide avoids the Suicide Dive and Homicide hits the tope con hilo that grazes Joe’s back. Homicide rolls Joe back into the ring and he punches Joe. Homicide tries for a monkey flip but Joe pushes Homicide off and then Joe with an STO. Joe punches Homicide and then Joe with the chop, kick, and knee drop combination. Homicide with a punch to Joe but Joe with a power slam for a near fall. Joe with the abdominal stretch to Homicide but Homicide with a punch as he escapes. Homicide tries for a clothesline but Joe stays on his feet. Homicide gets the same result for a second one but Homicide decides to try a jumping back elbow and he gets a near fall. Joe runs into an elbow and Homicide hits a tornado DDT for a two count. Joe with a head and arm Joeplex and then Joe with the face wash. Joe decides to punch the referee. Homicide tries for the Gringo Killer and Joe escapes the hold. Homicide tries for the Ace Cutter but Joe counters with the choke. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Homicide by disqualification
After the match, Taz signals and Joe continues the attack. Joe with a clothesline and the Fujiwara arm bar. Homicide taps and there is some strange music playing and Hernandez is back making his way to the ring. Joe stands like his mentor as he waits for Hernandez to enter the ring. Taz tells Joe to walk away.
Jeremy Borash is with Mick Foley in his office. Jeremy asks Mick where things stand with him and Kurt Angle. Mick says that he went to Nashville. He is still here and apparently Angle is the golden boy in the eyes of management.
The Main Event Mafia walks to the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back and the members of the Main Event Mafia who were not in the opening match come to the ring. Kurt Angle has the mic and he says that it was a bit comical when they came to the building tonight because everyone in the back was on their best behavior. He would feel the same way if their career was on the line. Kurt says that nobody is going to be fired. Kurt says that he is very compassionate and he cares. That is why the Main Event Mafia and the Board of Directors want to give everyone the best possible show. Angle says that everyone thought that they would go to Nashville with a list of demands. There were no demands because the front office worked with them. What would happen if the Main Event Mafia decided to leave TNA. He says that there would be a bunch of losers and it would be like the Titanic. Angle says that TNA needs the Main Event Mafia. Kurt says that they have a special present for the fans. Scott Steiner, Booker T, and Kevin Nash are willing to put their titles on the line. With Jeff Jarrett at home and Sting thousands of miles away licking his wounds, there is only one person left to deal with. That person is Mick Foley. Kurt wonders what does Mick Foley really do. He says that Mick is not the wrestler he once was and he is taking up too much space in the back. Angle says that those are the opinions of the front office and not him.
Mick Foley comes out and Kurt asks Mick how his ankle is. Mick says that everyone makes mistakes and he says that last week he said that Mick Foley was not going to tap, but Mick reminds Angle that he made Foley tap. Foley says that he wanted to go home and hide his head, but that was until Angle messed with the front office and conned them into thinking that the company needed the Main Event Mafia. Mick points out that everyone in the Main Event Mafia backed it up while the other people dropped the ball. Mick says that while he was kicking Angle’s ass around the ring, he was the man he used to be. Foley says that the Main Event Mafia being indispensable is a joke.
Angle says that Foley has been working the front office for ten months. Angle says that if it wasn’t for him and Joe outsmarting Foley in the King of the Mountain, Foley would still be working the front office like he has for years. Angle tells Foley to look him in the eye because he is the man and he says that he could kick Foley’s ass if he wanted to. Angle says that he is not going to do it because there is one more thing that he wants. Angle has a set of keys and they are the keys to Foley’s office. Angle says that they are going to put the keys on a pole and in order to get his office back along with some dignity, Foley has to climb the pole and grab the keys.
We go to commercial.
We are back with an Earlier Tonight Moment of Brutus Magnus announcing a union with the Main Event Mafia. Next week, the British Invasion faces Team 3D for the IWGP Titles.
We run through the card for tonight.
Match Number Two: Kevin Nash versus Amazing Red for the Legends Title
Nash lets Red get the first shot in and Red punches him in the head. Red with more punches but Nash with a knee. Nash with knees in the corner and then Nash poses. Nash with a biel that sends Red across the ring. Red with kicks to the leg and punches but Nash with a knee and it is jackknife power bomb time and then he thinks about a second one and takes Red to the mat for the three count.
Winner: Kevin Nash
Lauren is in the back with Hernandez and she welcomes him back. Hernandez talks about the changes in TNA while he was out. He tells Jarrett and Foley that he has their back. Hernandez says that he will be the new TNA Champion. Homicide stops by and wonders what Hernandez was doing out there. Hernandez says that he was saving Homicide’s life. Homicide has some words for Hernandez in Spanish and we go to commercial.
We are back and Mick Foley is in his office with Jeremy Borash and Jeremy is trying to tell Foley that he has no chance. Foley says that his ankle is moderately sprained. Jeremy asks Mick if he is going to put it all on the line tonight. Foley says that Angle can take his title and his dignity by making him tap. He can take his office, but he cannot take the picture. Foley says that we should settle everything with something on a pole. Foley’s security come in and they say that they are there for Foley. Foley tells them to take the ‘MEM’ off their shirts.
Booker, Steiner, and Sharmell are in the dressing room and while Booker is trying to do his best Mush Mouth imitation, Steiner says that they have their opponents. We go to commercial.
We are back and Lauren is with Traci Brooks in the back. Traci says that she has been in Hollywood and she has a huge project coming up in the future. Traci says that she heard about the battle royal and she wants her job back as Knockout Law to protect the girls from the Main Event Mafia.
Match Number Three: Booker T and Scott Steiner versus Mick Foley Security (Rocco and Sally Boy) for the TNA Tag Titles
Booker and Sally Boy start things off and they lock up and Booker with a knee on the break followed by punches and chops. Booker with a super kick and he tags in Steiner. Steiner with a kick to the ribs. Steiner with a belly-to-belly suplex followed by punches and then Steiner spits in Rocco’s face. Booker tags back in and he punches Sally in the ribs. Booker with a chop followed by a back heel kick and Rocco enters the ring to break up the cover. Steiner comes in and he chops Sally followed by a clothesline. Steiner with the flex elbow and push ups while the ref still counts. Steiner punches Sally but he charges into a boot and Rocco tags in. Rocco knocks Booker off the apron and then he hits a splash in the corner. Rocco with a slam and then he goes up top. Rocco hits the splash and Sharmell pulls the referee’s leg. Booker with a Bookend and then Steiner with the Flatline for the three count.
Winners: Scott Steiner and Booker T
Jeremy is in the back with Eric Young and Eric enters Mick’s office. Mick is staring at the invisible pole in his office. Eric says that it is important and Mick says that thinking about climbing a pole is more important. Eric says that he has been unprofessional and the personal issues between him and Jeff should never have been brought up. Eric says that he watched the pay per view and he saw Foley fighting for the life of TNA in the ring. Eric says that he was one of the TNA originals and he was a part of the Front Line. Eric says that he could lose everything and he is sorry and he is ready to go back to work. Foley asks Eric if he wants to be the ‘mystery’ member of the Originals.
We see Sarita walking in the back. Kong is also walking. More women are walking. We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Angelina Love beating Tara for the title, but Slick Johnson had some insects on him, and the spider too.
Tara is with Lauren and Lauren wonders why Tara is part of the Battle Royale because the winner represents the Main Event Mafia. Tara says that she could use the money to give to a charity. Tara says that she is here to be number one in the number one company. Tara says that the Main Event Mafia does not have enough for her to be a part of. Tara says that Slick can get some Poison free of charge.
Match Number Four: Women’s Battle Royal for $50,000 and a spot in the Main Event Mafia
The participants in this match are Tara, Angelina Love, Madison Rayne, Velvet Sky, Awesome Kong, Alyssa Flash, ODB, Sojo Bolt, Daffney, and Taylor Wilde.
They all pair up in the ring as Taylor tries to eliminate Daffney and she succeeds. Angelina kicks Tara in the corner while Kong presses Madison Rayne and slams her onto Daffney on the floor. Slick is out there to get some help for Madison. Wilde kicks Flash in the leg. ODB is sent over the top rope but Cody Deaner catches ODB and returns her to the ring. Slick Johnson sends Cody to the back for interfering. Bolt is sent to the apron by Wilde and then she is kicked to the floor. Flash and Sarita battle in the corner. Velvet charges at Tara and she is sent to the apron. Velvet is punched off the apron by Tara.
Kevin Nash comes out and he has the check.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Angelina Love is holding on to the ring. We see Taylor Wilde and Alyssa Flash get eliminated during the commercial. Angelina Love is eliminated from the match.
We are down to four as it is Kong, Sarita, ODB, and Tara. They all attack Kong but Kong fights back and she slams Sarita. Tara tries to eliminate Sarita but Sarita rolls back in. Tara sends Sarita into the turnbuckles. ODB is in the ropes and Kong eliminates her. Tara has Sarita in the ropes but Sarita gets back in the ring and she hits a drop kick. Kong eliminates Sarita.
We are down to our final two and it is Kong and Tara. Kong and Tara exchange punches and Tara with the advantage. Kong gets Tara on her back and Kong throws Tara to the ropes but Tara tries to pull Kong out by the hair. Traci Brooks helps eliminate Tara and Kong.
Winner: Traci Brooks
Meanwhile, we see Tara and Kong battling at ringside with security trying to separate them.
Tara wants to know what is going on and she is in the ring with Slick Johnson. Tara punches Slick and then hits a low blow. It is time for Tara to bring out Poison, but Slick gets out of the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Angelina, Velvet, and Madison are angry that they lost. Angelina says that they should be servicing the Main Event Mafia. Velvet talks about the obstacles they are facing. Lauren brings up the way they used the referees at Victory Road. Velvet has nasty things to say about ODB and from out of nowhere Cody Deaner arrives and he wants a fight to protect his woman’s honor. Angelina, Madison, and Velvet try to sweet talk Cody and Cody has bought into their comments. Velvet knees Cody in the solar plexus region and then they leave when ODB arrives.
It is time to talk about the ten man tag match later tonight and the Pole Match.
Mike Tenay announces that the main event for Hard Justice will be Kurt Angle versus Sting versus either Matt Morgan or A.J. Styles in a two-out-of-three match series.
Lauren is with the TNA Original team and she asks A.J. about the recent announcement. A.J. says that this is not about Matt Morgan because they all dropped the ball at Victory Road. They are on the same page tonight and they take back TNA.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Big Rob Terry, Doug Williams, Brutus Magnus, Kiyoshi, and Sheik Abdul Bashir versus A.J. Styles, Robert Roode, James Storm, Eric Young, and Daniels
Young and Bashir start things off and they each work on the arm and then they alternate waist locks. Storm tags in and he punches Bashir. Storm with a flying forearm and Roode is tagged in and they hit a double suplex. Time to remember their team name. They send Kiyoshi into Bashir and then they throw him out of the ring. Styles tags in and he kicks and slams Bashir followed by a phenomenal knee drop. Daniels tags in and he gets Bashir up for a belly-to-back suplex and Styles makes it a spike maneuver. Daniels with an Arabian press to Bashir. Daniels with punches to Bashir and Rob with a punch and Kiyoshi tags in. Kiyoshi chokes Daniels in the ropes and then he works on the back and hits a clothesline. Rob tags in and he biels Daniels across the ring. Rob with a clothesline. Daniels punches Terry and he barely budges. Daniels tries for a cross body and he bounces off Terry and Rob poses. Magnus and Williams tag in and they hit a double clothesline and then they do their pose in the middle of the match. Magnus with a slam and Williams is tagged back in. Williams with a knee in the corner and then Williams sends Daniels into a boot from Magnus. Williams with a knee from the turnbuckles. Daniels sends Williams into Terry on the apron and Daniels with an enzuigiri and Styles and Magnus are in. Styles with clotheslines to everyone and then Styles with a phenomenal forearm for a near fall. All ten men are in the ring and Young sends Magnus into Styles. Young hits Styles from behind and then he piledrives Styles to allow Magnus to get the three count.
Winner: British Invasion, Kiyoshi, and Sheik Abdul Bashir
After the match, they celebrate with Eric Young.
We go to Mick Foley in the locker room and he is not happy as we go to commercial.
We are back and the winners of the last match are still celebrating. Eric Young tells Jeremy to shut up. Eric says that they are the World Elite and everything in TNA is going to change forever. Foley goes after Eric Young and security has to separate them.
Match Number Six: Kurt Angle versus Mick Foley in a Keys on a Pole Match
Angle punches Foley but Foley punches back. Foley sends Angle into the turnbuckles and then he punches Angle. Angle punches Foley and then he kicks Foley before returning to the punches. Foley punches back and he hits a series of punches in the corner. Foley with a running knee in the corner and Angle is down. Foley starts to climb the pole but Angle pulls Foley back to the mat and punches Foley. Foley sends Angle out of the ring with a clothesline and he climbs the pole. Angle pulls Foley off. Angle punches Foley and then Angle decides to go for the pole. Foley punches Angle and then Foley tries for a superplex and hits it. We go to commercial.
We are back and Foley with a kick and the double arm DDT. Foley points to the sock and he has it. Foley puts Angle in the mandible claw. Angle tries to fight out of the hold but Foley reapplies it. Angle is down in the center of the ring and he goes to the pole one more time.
Joe runs to the ring and he is followed by Scott Steiner and the rest of the group. The referee calls for the bell.
After the match, everyone attacks Foley. Angle gets on the mic and he says that Victory Road and tonight was not enough. Foley’s next card will be his last card.
Music plays and it is Bobby Lashley. The Main Event Mafia is happy to see Lashley come to the ring. Lashley is slapping hands with the fans so he must be part of the Main Event Mafia because that is what Jenna did on Sunday. Lashley hugs the members of the Main Event Mafia and then Angle gives Lashley the thumbs down. Lashley gets ready to punch Foley but Lashley turns around and punches Angle. Lashley hits Steiner, Joe, and Booker. Foley punches Nash and Lashley is in Foley’s corner.