TNA iMPACT Results – June 24th, 2010
Report by Stuart Carapola, PWInsider
We open with a recap of last week’s main event that saw Abyss snap and destroy both Jeff Hardy and Ken Anderson and then having a confrontation with Hulk Hogan as Impact went off the air. Coming off of that, we go right to the ring for the opening promo, and this week’s special guest is the Managing Partner himself, Hulk Hogan. He starts by putting the fans over for their energy, then says he’s going to start at the top and work his way down with all the issues. Starting with the issue of the #1 contender’s match last week, Hogan has decided that the main event of Victory Road will be Rob Van Dam defending the TNA World Title against Abyss, Jeff Hardy, and Ken Anderson in a three way match. Abyss’ music hits (his old, pre-American Made music) and Abyss comes out to the ring. Hogan says he has one question for Abyss: the first guy Hogan went to when he came to TNA was Abyss, and he wants to know where he is going with his actions of last week. Abyss says he doesn’t think anyone realizes the seriousness of what’s going on, because what happened last week and what he will continue to do, he is doing for one reason: because THEY told him to. They were the ones who told him to break Jeff Hardy in half and destroy anything that gets in his path. They’re coming, and they’ll be here sooner than Hogan thinks, and when they get here, there is nothing that Bischoff, Dixie, or Hogan are going to be able to do to stop it. Hogan tells him to cut the crap because they cut a deal: Hogan needed his help, Abyss gave him his word, and…Abyss cuts him off and says that they told Abyss that he doesn’t need Hogan anymore. Hogan wants to know who THEY are, and Abyss says that’s something he knows and Hogan will find out soon enough. Abyss says he doesn’t need Hogan or the red and yellow anymore. Hogan says there is no they, there’s the two of them and the TNA fans, and Abyss tells Hogan to remember one thing: there’s not a damn thing any of these sheep (the fans) can do about it, and when they get here, they are taking TNA over, and by the way, they also told Abyss that he doesn’t need Hogan’s garbage ring anymore. Abyss chokes Hogan and crams the ring down Hogan’s throat. Abyss chokes Hogan out in the corner, then goes under the ring and pulls out a bag that contains…the glass. Come on, does anyone really expect Hogan to take a bump on the glass? Indeed, RVD’s music hits and the champ comes running out to make the save. RVD goes up for the corner punches, but Abyss powerbombs him and then goes back after Hogan, and now here comes Ken Anderson with a chair, which he slams over the back of Abyss. Abyss no sells, so Anderson bails to the floor and pulls RVD and Hogan out after him, and after Hogan spits up the ring, they head back to the entranceway as Abyss proclaims that “they’re coming”.
After a commercial, we come back to a recap of the Abyss attack on Hogan that we just saw, then we go backstage to Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, and Hogan’s saying he doesn’t understand where he went wrong with Abyss. Bischoff can’t figure it out either because he never thought Abyss was that kind of guy who would turn on someone for no reason. Hogan suggests it might be Flair, but Bischoff doesn’t think so, and says that they should move on, but Hogan says not yet.
We go to the Beautiful People’s dressing room where Madison Rayne is primping in the mirror, and Madison asks Velvet Sky if she’s gone to visit Lacey Von Erich yet, and then drops a remark about Lacey being used to being on her back. Velvet is standing there sulking and isn’t talking, so Madison gets in her face and tells her that she needs to get her head on Angelina Love or it’ll be her getting carried out on a stretcher tonight.
Angelina Love vs Velvet Sky
Velvet backjumps Angelina to start and sends Angelina to the floor, but Angelina grabs her by the ankle and drags her out to the floor where she takes her down with a spear. Angelina tries to ram Velvet into the stairs, but Velvet puts on the brakes and sends Angelina into the stairs. Velvet rolls her back in the ring and mounts her for more punches, then repeatedly rams the back of Angelina’s head into the mat. Velvet with a Skyliner, but instead of going for the pin she starts yelling at Angelina. Velvet goes for another Skyliner but Angelina breaks free and nails Velvet with a pump kick. Angelina grabs a chair from ringside and puts it down in the ring, but Velvet goes to the eyes and goes for what appeared to be an attempted Hotshot, but Angelina totally missed the ropes and came down on her face. Velvet sees the chair and goes to DDT Angelina, but Angelina reverses and DDTs Velvet on the chair and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Velvet Sky by DQ
Madison Rayne comes out on the ramp with the Knockouts Title belt and mocks Angelina, saying that the title is hers and Angelina isn’t getting it back.
We go to the back, where Jay Lethal has a visitor. I don’t recognize him, but he seems impressed that Lethal’s wrestling Flair at Victory Road. Lethal sends the guy to catering so he can finish getting ready for his match tonight.
Backstage, Kevin Nash is telling Eric Young that he has to distance himself from Scott because he doesn’t have any choice. He’s been dealing with Hogan and Bischoff for 15 years and he doesn’t want to get in a battle with them, and appears to have dissolved his team with Young. They share a hug and Nash wishes Young luck.
Matt Morgan comes to the ring and says he told us so, he told all of us so, and that’s that he was walking out of Slammiversary victorious. He doesn’t sweat Hernandez, never has, and never will. To prove that, he’s going to call Hernandez out right now. He tells Hernandez that he knows he’s watching in the back, and to put down the burrito, come out, and face him face to face because he’s tired of being jumped from behind. The announcers inform us that Hernandez is in Mexico doing promotional work for TNA, so he obviously won’t be here. Morgan says that Hernandez obviously is afraid of him, so when TNA management asked Morgan if he wants to wrestle Hernandez in a cage at Victory Road, he jumped at the chance because now Hernandez has nowhere to run. When he beats Hernandez like a pinata at Victory Road, he’s going to come back out here on Imapct and again tell us all that he told us so. Morgan’s music plays, but Homicide comes running out and attacks Morgan. Morgan goes to the floor and Homicide tries a dive, but Morgan catches him and rams him into the ringpost, then gives him the Carbon Footprint to the head against the ringpost. Morgan looks into the camera and tells Hernandez that this is going to look like a wet dream compared to what Morgan’s going to do to him at Victory Road.
Backstage, AJ Styles is asking Ric Flair if a package came to the locker room. Flair says they have stuff to worry about tonight and he doesn’t want to hear any more about the package.
Back to the ring!
Frankie Kazarian vs Jay Lethal
Lethal escapes a takedown attempt and armdrags Kazarian, who backs off into the corner, and then leapfrogs the ref and suckerpunches Lethal, then beats him down in the corner. Kazarian with a gutwrench suplex and a big pop-up spinebuster for 2. Kazarian chokes Lethal and then picks him up for a vertical suplex, dumps him on the top rope, and then just kicks him in the chest. Kazarian covers for 2, then follows up with a bodyslam and a springboard legdrop, and then Kazarian HITS THE CHINLOCK! While Lethal is tied up, Flair and AJ are backstage beating up Lethal’s visitor, who the announcers identify as Lethal’s brother Mohammed. Back in the ring, Lethal elbows his way out of the chinlock and takes him down with a pair of clotheslines and then the handspring elbow. Kazarian tries a lowblow but Lethal blocks and rolls Kazarian up for 2. Kazarian and Lethal go toe to toe and Kazarian blocks the Lethal Combination and hits the Wave Of The Future for 2. Kazarian goes for the backdrop piledriver, but Lethal escapes and hits the Lethal Injection for the win.
Winner: Jay Lethal
Lethal goes and celebrates his win in the crowd, but then Ric Flair pops up on the video screen and flaunt the fact that they’re beating up Lethal’s brother. Lethal just stands there watching in anger as they beat up his brother, and then finally takes off to the back to come to his brother’s rescue.
Jeff Jarrett is backstage, and he’s…WALKING! And he’s in our next match…
Jeff Jarrett vs Sting
Sting is in the rafters, so Jarrett leaves the ring and goes after him. They meet at the top of the stairs and even though Sting sees him coming and has the high ground, Jarrett gets the better of him and beats him all the way down the stairs. Wait a minute, the real Sting is already in the ring, so Jarrett’s beating up an impostor. Jarrett gets the impostor into the ring and suddenly realizes his mistake, but not before Sting has a chance to come from behind and choke Jarrett out with his bat, then uses the bat to beat him into oblivion. Sting grabs a mic and hovers over Jarrett, telling him that “if he’s going to run with them, he’s going to go down with them.” He drops the mic and leaves. Well, match never officially started, so I guess it’s…
We get a video package promoting Bound For Glory in Daytona Beach, Florida on 10/10/10, and then it’s off to commercial.
We come back to a video package detailing the history between Kurt Angle and Desmond Wolfe leading into their match tonight. And that match is up…now!
Desmond Wolfe vs Kurt Angle
Angle with a wristlock to start, Wolfe tries to snapmare his way out, but Angle holds onto the wrist and takes Wolfe down, so Wolfe regains his feet and reverses to a hammerlock, but Angle reverses that back to the wristlock. Wolfe again tries to counter out to no avail, so he rams an elbow into Angle’s jaw and slaps on a Cobra Clutch. Angle reverses out of that to a hammerlock and Wolfe goes to the ropes, but kicks Angle in the arm on the break. He briefly stops to yell at Chelsea, and Angle uses the distraction to catch Wolfe with a hiptoss. Wolfe goes to the throat and misses a charge in the corner, but Angle charges in and Wolfe moves and allows Angle’s momentum to carry him into the ringpost. Wolfe with a wristlock and uses the hold to suplex Angle. Wolfe stops to yell at Chelsea, and again it provides a distraction that Angle uses to try a comeback, but Wolfe with a wristlock and sweeps the legs. Wolfe locks in his weirdo hammerlock that I don’t know what to call it, Angle tries to reverse to the anklelock, but Wolfe kicks his way out. Again Wolfe is distracted by Chelsea, and Angle fires in a series of rights, backdrops Wolfe, then hits an overhead belly to belly for 2. Angle goes for the Angle Slam, Wolfe reverses to an armdrag, but Angle catches him with a trilogy of German Suplexes for 2. Angle tries the Angle Slam again and Wolfe slides out the back and gets a hammerlock Divorce Court for 2. Wolfe goes for the Tower Of London, but Angle escapes and hits the Angle Slam, then locks Wolfe in the anklelock and grapevines the leg, and Wolfe taps as Chelsea stands at ringside smirking.
Winner: Kurt Angle
We go backstage to Ken Anderson, who’s talking about all the bumps, bruises, and cuts he has from last week’s incident with Abyss. He says that if Abyss wants to bring all that crap into the ring, tonight it’s Falls Count Anywhere and Anderson’s going to be ready for it.
We go to a video package looking back at Doug Williams’ history in the X Division as the X Division Champion, as well as Doug’s win over Brian Kendrick at Slammiversary. From there we go right to the ring where Doug Williams is blasting Kendrick for jumping him from behind last week and for being crazy. Williams says he holds himself to a code of conduct, and that’s to never betray his code of professionalism and sportsmanship. He says he has a responsibility as the X Division Champion, and calls Kendrick out so he can teach him a lesson about professionalism. Kendrick comes out and takes a mic from So Cal Val, and says he just needs a moment of Doug’s time. Kendrick talked to the people in charge, and he’ll be facing Williams for the X Division Title at Victory Road, and there’ll be a pair of stipulations, one for each of them. Since Williams is a high flying daredevil, it’s going to be an Ultimate X Match. The second stipulation is that you can also win by submission. Williams tells Kendrick that his nonsense won’t cause him to unprofessionally attack Kendrick like Kendrick did to him, and he suggests leaving so they can settle their matters at Victory Road. Williams goes to walk away but then tries to suckerpunch Kendrick, and Kendrick sees him coming and catches him in a Cobra Clutch with a bodyscissors.
Backstage, Abyss is saying that nobody understands the situation, but someday soon, everybody’s going to realize that he did what he did and will do what he’s going to do because THEY told him to. His wave of destruction will continue tonight with Ken Anderson because THEY told him to pave the way for them when they arrive, and there will be no stopping Abyss.
We go backstage where Jesse Neal has been laid out and Brother Ray and Shannon Moore are having a pull apart brawl. Devon grabs Ray’s shirt and says he’s tired of Ray making a fool of him. He’s warned Ray to leave the kid alone, and is warning Ray now not to test him.
Back to the ring…
Tag Team Championship Series Finals: Beer Money vs Ink Inc
Taz and Mike Tenay are joined by the Motor City Machine Guns, who will face the winners of this match for the TNA World Tag Team Title at Victory Road. Since Jesse Neal’s currently unconscious in the back, Moore’s going it alone. Roode unloads on Moore with a series of blows as we get a graphic reminding us to check out Dixie Carter’s Twitter, and Moore comes back with a pair of dropkicks to both members of Beer Money and a legdrop to Roode for 2. Storm tries to break up the fall but Moore moves and Storm elbowdrops his partner. Moore with a flying headscissors sends Storm to the floor and then a clothesline sends Roode over the top to the outside as well. Tommy Dreamer is walking through the crowd and he’s got Raven and Stevie Richards with him. Something about that picture just seems so…wrong. Moore tries a baseball slide to the floor on Storm, but Storm catches him and wheelbarrows him into the guardrail, rams him into the stairs, then tosses him back in the ring where Beer Money double team him. Neal finally comes stumbling out of the back as Storm nails Moore with a flying knee. Roode tags in and Beer Money does a slam/elbowdrop/big splash combo for 2. Roode with a full nelson slam for 2, then he tries another wheelbarrow move, but Moore kicks Storm off and bulldogs Roode then makes the hot tag to Neal, who comes in and cleans house on Beer Money. Neal with a backdrop on Roode and a belly to belly on Storm for 2. All four men are in the ring, but not for long as Moore backdrops Roode to the floor and follows him out with a dive as Storm and Neal fight it out in the ring. Neal rolls Storm up for 2 and then Neal goes for a spear, but Roode grabs his ankle as Storm gets a mouthful of beer. Storm spits it in Neal’s eyes and they hit the DWI for the win.
Winners: Beer Money
We got backstage to Frankie Kazarian and AJ Styles, who are arguing over who dad likes best. AJ finally got his package and opens it to discover…the new AJ Styles action figure! AJ rubs the fact that he has an action figure in Kazarian’s face, and Kazarian doesn’t really seem to care.
It’s main event time!
Falls Count Anywhere: Abyss vs Ken Anderson
Anderson rushes the ring without even waiting for the mic drop and attacks Abyss. He stomps a mudhole in Abyss in the corner, but eats an elbow and goes down. Abyss chokes Anderson on the second rope, but Anderson comes back with a Thesz Press and rains down rights and lefts. Abyss bails to the floor, so Anderson goes out after him and goes looking for a chair. He finally finds an audience member willing to give him one, but turns around and Abyss punches the chair into his face. Abyss brings Anderson and the chair into the ring, sets the chair up in the middle of the ring, and continues pounding on Anderson. Anderson comes back and grabs the chair and blasts Abyss across the back with it for 2. Anderson sets up the chair in the corner and tries to whip Abyss into it, Abyss reverses but Anderson slides out to the floor and goes under the ring. Abyss goes out after him and can’t find him, but…oh, here he is, and with a kendo stick in his hand. Anderson proceeds to give Abyss several shots with the kendo stick, but misses one shot against the ringpost and Abyss nails him. Anderson fires back and tries to whip Abyss into the rampway, but Abyss reverses and Anderson takes the ramp in the back. Abyss pulls up the ringside mats and goes to chokeslam Anderson on the exposed floor, but Anderson breaks away and they end up back in the ring. Abyss grabs the chair and repeatedly rams the edge into Anderson’s ribs, then lays the chair on top of Anderson and goes for a vertical splash, but Anderson turns the chair sideways and Abyss parts his coconuts. Anderson rolls Abyss up for 2 then goes up top and goes for the Swanton, but Abyss gets the knees up, rams Anderson into the chair in the corner, and hits Shock Treatment for the win.
Abyss tosses Anderson out to the rampway and then follows him out. Anderson tries crawling away from Abyss, but Abyss catches him and picks him up to slam him off the stage, but Anderson escapes and tries a Mic Check off the stage, but Abyss nails him and finally chokeslams Anderson off the stage. Hulk Hogan comes out with a chair and nails Abyss from behind, but Abyss no-sells. Security comes out to try and stop Abyss, but Abyss lays them all out while Hogan stands there doing nothing. Abyss again gives Hogan the “YOU!” finger as the show goes off the air.