TNA iMPACT Report – January 21st, 2010
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We being with a look back at Genesis and we are told that change is coming. We see some highlights from the pay per view and Bobby Lashley.
We see a limo arrive and A.J. Styles and Ric Flair emerge from the back. They are accompanied by a few women. They walk to the Impact Zone.
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘Cast Member since 2002’ Tenay and Taz.
Ric Flair comes out to the ring with two of the women he was in the limo with upon arrival at the Impact Zone. Taz and Tenay debate A.J.’s actions on Sunday night.
Flair asks if everyone noticed that some things in life never change. Flair woos and he says that he thinks he loves TNA, but he wants to get down to business. There are three reasons why he came to TNA and he will talk about them briefly and as fast as possible. First, he hates Hulk Hogan and the feud will never be resolved until it is taken care of in TNA. Flair says that he will not let Hogan get away from him. Second, people have asked him for the last twenty years who the next Nature Boy will be. The answer was nobody until six months ago when he started watching TNA and saw the great TNA and saw Kurt Angle, the greatest wrestling technician. He saw Sting and he says that Sting is great, but he isn’t Ric Flair. A month ago, he saw a young man in the ring who he will work with until he is out of the business. That man is A.J. Styles. Flair has a story to tell everyone. He says that he was at the Hard Rock Hotel and it was a cool spring night. He made a phone call and through the revolving door a beautiful Southern belle made eye contact. They went to the biggest suite in the hotel for a candlelight dinner. At midnight, all you could hear was a woman screaming at the top of her voice and Dixie Carter gave him a contract. She told him to sign it and put whatever amount you want. Flair said that he would be back.
Flair brings out the man he says will be the greatest heavyweight champion of all time, A.J. Styles. A.J. is accompanied by the other woman who came out of the limo. A.J. takes the mic and he reminds us that he is the world champion. A.J. asks everyone if they have a problem with what they see in the ring. A.J. says that it doesn’t matter if they have a problem because he sees three beautiful women. He says that he has been here for almost eight years, but no matter what he has done, this has never been known as the Building that A.J. Styles Built. A.J. says that he is a TNA original and he was one of the first to be signed by TNA. A.J. says that he is the only grand slam champion in TNA. He asks if they give the credit to him for putting this company on the map. The credit was given to Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, and Sting. A.J. says that he is not going to be in the background any more. A.J. channels Flair and runs through his catchphrases.
Kurt Angle comes out and he is on the stage and he has Hulk Hogan behind him and Hogan is not as well dressed as Angle, Flair, or Styles. Hogan says that it looks like one big happy family in the ring. Hogan says that he gave Angle his last title shot at Genesis for 2010. Hogan says that because of A.J.’s alliance and Ric Flair sticking his nose in World Title business, Hogan says that he has changed his mind because he can. Hogan tells Ric Flair that he doesn’t run the show brother, because he does. Hogan says that because of Flair’s interference, Kurt Angle gets another shot at the title and it will happen tonight. He says that if Flair gets near ringside brother, he will take the belt from A.J. and give it to Kurt Angle. He tells A.J. to get his game face on brother because brother Angle has another title shot. Hogan steals Angle’s catchphrase and says that it is real.
We go to commercial.
We see Mick Foley enter the Impact Zone and he is destroying the chairs in the back. He is calling for Bischoff.
Mike and Taz go through the card for tonight including the TNA debut of the Nasty Boys.
Match Number One: Hernandez and Matt Morgan versus The British Invasion for the TNA World Tag Titles
Morgan and Williams start off and they double team Morgan as they try to eliminate Hernandez on the apron. Williams chokes Morgan and the referee warns Doug. Wiliams kicks Morgan but Morgan with a back elbow. Morgan with the elbows in the corner and then he throws the pads in the crowd as he connects with more elbows. Morgan with a splash into the corner and then he drops Williams from a side slam position. Morgan puts Williams on the top rope and he hits a splash onto the back. Magnus is stopped by Morgan but that allows Williams to hit a drop kick that sends Morgan to the floor. Morgan is returned to the ring and Williams with a series of knees to Morgan. Magnus tags in and hits a slingshot elbow for a near fall. Magnus with a reverse chin lock. Morgan grabs Magnus by the throat but Magnus escapes the hold. Morgan with a clothesline to Magnus and both men are down. Hernandez tags in and he hits a slingshot shoulder on Williams followed by a splash and then he pounces Magnus. Hernandez with a dominator for a near fall. Hernandez catches Williams but Magnus with a kick into a German suplex for a near fall. Rob Terry gives Magnus the brief case and he waits to hit Hernandez but he accidentally hits Williams and Hernandez gets the three count.
Winners: Hernandez and Matt Morgan
After the match, Magnus yells at Terry for what happened. Terry gets in the ring and he checks on Williams. Mick Foley comes to the ring with a chair and he hits Magnus, Terry, and Williams with it. Foley tells Bischoff to schedule an appointment for him because he is coming to see Bischoff later tonight.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we go to audio from Bubba the Love Sponge’s attempt to call Jeff Jarrett last week on the radio. Bubba gets a good laugh at Jeff’s refusal to be put on the air.
We go to the Hogan office and he is with Eric Bischoff. Hogan says that there are two things to deal with. First, they need to deal with Cactus Jack. Eric says that he has that. Hogan says that he will take care of the second thing. Nash enters the office. Hogan talks about what Hall and Waltman did on Sunday. Nash mentions that he is working with Eric Young tonight. Nash says that he is friends with Young but the other guys are his brothers. Hogan says that he loves those guys too but you only get one shot. If they are clowning, then they aren’t working. Nash says that he will do it for Hogan. Hogan says that he wants them here too. Hogan says the party is over.
D’Angelo Dinero is in the back with Christy Hemme and she asks him about his match with Orlando Jordan. Dinero says that he feels good about this match because he has been studying Whoopi’s videos. He runs through a handful of Whoopi movies and then he says that he is going to expose Whoopi tonight. He says that he sees two pimp slaps in the future.
Match Number Two: Orlando Jordan versus D’Angelo Dinero
They lock up and Jordan with an arm drag. They lock up again and Dinero with a waist lock into a cravate. Jordan grabs Dinero’s leg and then he takes Dinero down but Dinero holds on to the waist lock until Jordan gets to the ropes. Jordan slaps Dinero in the face and Dinero with a double leg take down and he punches Jordan in the head. Dinero with chops and a forearm. Jordan goes into the ropes and Dinero with the splash onto the back and he goes into the crowd. Jordan with a forearm followed by a dragon screw leg whip on the injured knee. Jordan with a Flatline for the three count.
Winner: Orlando Jordan
Christy Hemme is in the back with Kurt Angle and she asks him about his rematch tonight. Angle says that we shouldn’t be seeing this match tonight, but we are seeing a new A.J. Styles. Angle says that it makes him sick to see what Flair has done to A.J. Angle says that justice was served when he got another shot at A.J.
We go to commercial.
Angelina Love is stretching and fixing her hair in the back as she gets ready for her return to the ring. We go back to commercial.
We are back with more of Bubba’s phone war with Jeff Jarrett. There is more to come later.
Nash is in his locker room and Eric Young wants to know if Kevin is with him or with them. Nash says that they are friends and Nash says that he chose to be with Eric. He says that he didn’t know that they would be back. Nash says that they have a history. Eric says that he doesn’t want to talk about history, he wants to make history. Nash tells Young that he should fit in well with them.
We go back to October when Velvet and Madison told us that Angelina Love was gone. We then see Lacey Von Erich join the group. Then we fast forward to last week when Angelina came back and attacked Velvet and Madison.
We see Angelina Love and Madison Rayne walking in the back in split screen. We go to commercial.
We are back with more between Bubba and Jeff Jarrett.
Eric is in his office with Bobby Lashley and he wants to know why Bobby wants the meeting. Bobby says that it has gotten way out of hand and he wants to talk to Eric man to man. He says that he wants to wrestle and be in TNA. He says that TNA is a great organization and he wants to be here. Eric says that it takes a big man to admit when they made a mistake. He says that the smartest thing that Bobby did was not let his wife run his business. Eric says that he is impressed by Bobby. He calls Bobby a world class athlete. Eric says that it has been tough on him and Hulk to watch things. He tells Bobby that he needs to talk to Hulk and wants Bobby to be here next week for an answer.
Match Number Three: Madison Rayne (with her dance routine absent her two partners) versus Angelina Love
Angelina goes after Madison and Madison with a forearm and then she punches Angelina. Madison with another forearm but Angelina throws Madison to the mat and she punches Madison and kicks her in the chest. Angelina sends Madison into the turnbuckles. Angelina with a bicycle kick for the three count.
Winner: Angelina Love
After the match, Angelina removes Madison’s top and she chokes Madison. Lacey and Velvet come into the ring and Angelina takes care of Lacey and Madison. Velvet wants to hit Angelina but Velvet stops. Velvet distracts Angelina long enough to allow Madison to grab Angelina. Lacey hits Angelina with the ugly stick and then Lacey and Madison choke Angelina while Velvet slaps her.
Bubba is in the back with Scott Hall and Syxx Pac. Bubba wants to know what they were thinking at Genesis. Waltman says that is the kind of stuff that draws ratings. Hall says that Hogan and Eric made it simple. They made a difference. Hall says that they will be leaving with official TNA contracts.
Hogan and Bischoff are walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back for a second and Hogan and Bischoff are standing there waiting for something to happen or another commercial break.
We are back and the brain trust of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff come to the ring.
Hogan has something to say and he says that there is some momentum and things are going quick with the TNAmaniacs. He says that there is a lot of business that they have to do. He says that there are a handful of things that need to be taken care of right here and right now. As they move forward, he is tired of the clowns doing the rock, paper, and scissors. He wants to see them wrestle and not fool around.
Hall, Nash, and Waltman come out and Hogan tells them to stop on the stage. He says that he is tired of the rock, paper, scissors crap and pulling people out of the crowd. Since they don’t work here, they need to hit the road. Security gets in the way as Hogan tells Kevin to talk them down brother. Hogan tells them it don’t work that way any more brother.
Mick Foley makes his way to ringside and Bischoff has security keep Foley away from the ring. He tells security to put Foley in his office and we go to commercial.
We are back and security is keeping Hall and Waltman from getting back near the ring. Nash says that he will fix it as Hall and Waltman leave.
Match Number Four: Nasty Boys versus Eric Young and Kevin Nash
Young and Sags start things off and Sags punches Young but Young gets into the ropes. They lock up and Young punches Sags. Sags with an Irish whip and Young does the Flair flip and then comes back in but he is met with an elbow from Sags. Sags with punches in the corner. Sags with an Irish whip and a running clothesline into the corner. Knobs tags in and they hit a double running shoulder tackle. Knobs misses an elbow drop and Nash tags in. Nash with knees in the corner. Nash with an elbow followed by an Irish whip and a running clothesline. Knobs with a back elbow and Sags tags in and hits a clothesline for a near fall. Nash with a big boot and Young is tagged in and he hits an elbow from the top for a two count. Knobs sends Nash into the ring post and Knobs and Sags attack Young and Young is sent into Knobs arm pit. Knobs is sent into the corner and he splashes Young. Sags with a pump handle slam for the three count.
Winners: Nasty Boys
Ken Anderson is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and we se see footage from the commercial break when Team 3D attacked the Nasty Boys in the back. Ray welcomes them back to pro wrestling and then Devon tells them to testify.
We see footage of Abyss being outweaponed by Ken Anderson.
Ken Anderson comes out and he comes to the ring. The mic drops and he has something to say. He says that he is not here because of the Twitters, e-mails, and text messages. He says that he is here because Hulk Hogan called him personally and said ‘I believe in you . . . brother.’ He says that he would be given an opportunity that he might not have been given elsewhere. He says that he could run his mouth and say that he is the biggest, the baddest, or the toughest and then he talks like an adult in a Charlie Brown cartoon. He says that he lives by something that his father told him. That is that actions speak louder than words. He talks about his actions on Sunday and he says that they were really loud.
Abyss comes up behind Anderson and Anderson does not realize that. Anderson says tat he is not finished as he talks about beating the monster Abyss. He says that he heard of Abyss and he did not realize how tall Abyss is. He didn’t realize how stupid, idiotic, moronic, and clumsy Abyss was. He says that he took advantage of it and beat the stupid, idiotic, moron clean. Anderson says that actions speak louder than words but words can be very loud when they come from a guy like . . .
Abyss taps Ken on the shoulder and punches him. Abyss with a splash into the corner and then he wants to hit the Black Hole Slam but Anderson holds on to the ropes and he leaves the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Abyss apologizes to Eric Bischoff. Eric tells Abyss that Hogan may like him and he says that is the only reason why Abyss has a job. Eric says that this is the second time that Abyss has ruined his show. Abyss has a question for Eric. He wants to know if Abyss will be okay. Eric says that it depends on Mick Foley. Abyss apologizes again as Eric goes into Foley’s office.
Eric enters his office and Foley is being held back by a gaggle of security members. Foley says that he has a few things to say ‘executive to executive’. Eric asks Foley if he has stage fright. Foley says that he has a few things to say that are just for Eric’s ears. Eric tells security to take a break and get some coffee. Eric says that he will be okay despite Foley’s claims about his condition. Foley says that he hates what Eric is doing to his office and his company. Foley says that he will stop Eric by force if necessary. Eric wants to know if Mick is threatening him. Eric says that it is getting a bit tense and he wants everyone to leave. The door closes as Foley yells at Bischoff.
Match Number Five: Kurt Angle versus A.J. Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
Your referee is Earl Hebner.
Styles attacks Angle before the bell but Angle responds with punches and European uppercuts. Angle with more uppercuts but Styles with a knee and chop. Angle with a back body drop and Styles goes to the floor. Styles punches Angle as they return to the ring. Styles with forearms but Angle with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Angle with a suplex and a few near falls. Angle sends Styles into the corner and punches him. Angle kicks Styles in the corner and the referee warns Angle. Styles with an Irish whip but he comes out of the corner with a clothesline. Angle waits for Styles to get up and he tries for a German suplex but Styles holds on to the ropes and the referee was not looking as Styles connects with a back kick to the groin. Styles kicks Angle as we go to commercial.
We are back and Angle punches Styles but Styles with the phenomenal drop kick. We go back to commercial.
We are back and Angle punches Styles. Styles with a thumb to the eyes and Styles clips Angle. Styles puts Angle in the figure four leg lock and Styles gets a few near falls when Angle’s shoulders are on the mat. Angle makes it to the ropes and Styles releases the hold. Angle with punches followed by clotheslines. Angle with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then he tries for the Olympic Slam but Styles with an arm drag. Angle with the Three Rivers German suplex combination for a near fall. The straps come down and he waits for the Olympic Slam but Styles avoids it again and Styles with the Pele kick. Styles tries for the Styles Clash but Angle counters and turns it into a sunset flip and Angle applies the ankle lock. Styles tries to get to the ropes and Angle pulls Styles into the center of the ring. Styles reverses and the referee immediately calls for the bell.
Winner: A.J. Styles
Styles and the referee leave the ring and Ric Flair comes out. Angle cannot believe what just happened to him. Hulk Hogan comes out and Angle yells at Hogan and says that it is ‘bull****’ and he can go back to the WWE. Angle says that he quits and then he spits in Hogan’s face. Angle continues to swear as he says that he will go back to Vince.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a bleeping Moments Ago Moment from the break. Then we see Kurt Angle attack the announce table and he grabs Mike Tenay’s chair and destroys the brand new set.
Mike and Taz wonder if Hulk Hogan is involved. Taz wonders if history has repeated itself.
We see Eric Bischoff walking into the Impact Zone and he is bleeding from the forehead. Eric goes to the ring and he tells Mick Foley that he is fired.
We go to credits.