Commentary by Sassy in italics
Before I dig into the iMPACT recap for this week, I wanted to let
fans of Konnan know that he has more medical problems. His body is
rejecting the donor kidney. It is my understanding he has gone to
California for additional medical treatment. TNA fans want Konnan to know
we are thinking of him and pray for his health to improve. If anyone has
an address, email, website or otherwise that can be published so fans can send
cards or best wishes, please email the Webmaster.
There has been a lot of pre-iMPACT hype this week
regarding the newest members of TNA including Adam “Pacman” Jones and Matt
Morgan. Last week we were visited
by Andrew “Test” Martin now known as The Punisher who has aligned himself
with Sting and Abyss much to the dismay of Christian Cage. This iMPACT will be a
lead in to Hard Justice this Sunday.
Don’t forget to watch The Road to Hard Justice Saturday night on Spike
We open with Leticia Cline and Jim Cornette in Cornette’s
office. Standing off to the side is
a tall gentleman in suit and sunglasses. Leticia is asking Cornette if he has
heard from Abyss regarding the stipulations in his match with Christian Cage at
Hard Justice. Cornette says he has
heard from Abyss and he will be making an announcement in the ring and is
promptly interrupted by Team 3D. As
Brother Ray goes into his tirade, he asks Cornette what Matt Morgan – the guy
in the suit and sunglasses -- is doing in the office. Cornette says they were doing business until Team 3D butted
in and asks what Team 3D wants. Ray
says Cornette knows what they want. He
calls Cornette an “old man” showing us that Ray has not learned much about
respect for TNA management. Ray tells Cornette they have 30 days to get a
rematch for the tag team titles and they want it.
Ray tells Cornette to get Samoa Joe a partner because as soon as Brother
Devon and Kip James get done with “the employee of the month” (bleep here)
Homicide (bleep here) and that “nobody cares about” Rick Steiner, Team 3D is
going to get what is rightfully theirs. And,
Ray states, they are not asking Cornette, they are telling him to do it.
Cornette tells Ray he doesn’t understand why everyone says Ray
doesn’t exercise because Ray’s jaw is getting a workout right now.
Cornette tells Team 3D they are not running the company, Cornette is, and
the company is not doing anything with the tag team titles until after Hard
Justice. Cornette says he has an
announcement to make in the ring right now, tells Matt Morgan to come with him,
and tells Team 3D to turn the lights out when they are done. Cornette and Morgan
exit the office. Devon tells Ray
they aren’t going to wait for anything, they are going to do things the way
they always do them and Devon exits the office.
Ray turns to Leticia and calls her a tramp.
We now see a recap of Ladder to Get the Contract Match from
last week including the introduction of Andrew Martin as well a recap of Karen
Angle telling Kurt their marriage is officially over.
Cornette is in the ring, with Matt Morgan standing outside the
ring, to announce the main event at the Hard Justice Pay-per-view.
Abyss, Sting and The Punisher Andrew Martin have laid down the following
stipulations for that six-man tag team match…and who should interrupt Cornette
but Christian Cage, AJ Styles, and Tomko who make their way to the ring. Christian pushes his luck immediately by calling Cornette
“Jimbo”. Christian tells
Cornette that tag matches are not his thing and Christian is the true heavy
weight champion. He said that his
fans want to know when he is going to get the chance to regain the title that he
never really lost in the first place. Cornette
tells him not to worry about rematches but to worry about his health and his
career. He reminds Christian that
he has made Abyss so angry that not only is he now speaking but also he is
asking for matches and Abyss has come up with a doozie.
Cornette says he knows Abyss is a mental case and this match is a little
strange, but Cornette likes it so he is going to let Abyss go with it.
The six-man tag team match for Hard Justice is called The Doomsday
Chamber of Blood Match. Christian
wants to know what that is and Cornette tells him it is the ramblings of an
insane man who wants to break Christian’s neck.
Cornette then goes on to explain that the rules of the match are real
simple: The match will take place
inside the six sides of steel but Cornette also says he knows Christian likes to
run and AJ can climb like a chimpanzee so just in case they decide to try to
escape, there will be barbed wire wrapped around the top, post to post and
corner to corner. The only way to
win the match is to pin your opponent but before you can pin your opponent you
must use Abyss’s specialty and that is to make your opponent bleed.
The winner of the match, no matter who it is, will get the TNA title shot
at the September pay-per-view, No Surrender, against the winner of the Samoa Joe
vs. Kurt Angle match at Hard Justice.
We go to the back with Jeremy Borash and Kurt Angle.
Kurt is walking down the hall with a sad look on his face and his
shirttail partially tucked in. Jeremy
asks Kurt what happened to him and Kurt tells Jeremy that he just got off the
phone with his divorce attorney. He
then asks Jeremy for a hug and doesn’t wait for an answer – he hugs Jeremy
anyway. Sniffling, Kurt says he has
lost his wife and his kids and he has lost everything.
Jeremy asks Kurt when the last time was he took a bath and Kurt stops
crying on Jeremy’s shoulder and calls Jeremy a heartless bastard.
Kurt asks where Kevin is and says he needs to see Kevin because Kevin is
the only one that understands him. Kurt
wanders down the hallway crying.
Don West and Mike Tenay are discussing the action for the rest of the evening and Tenay reminds everyone that the biggest mainstream media story of this week has been TNA’s exclusive signing of the most controversial figure in sports, Pacman Jones. We then see a promo for Adam Pacman Jones. The final phrase from Jones at the end of the promo is to tell us he will be at Hard Justice and then he uses the word Redemption.
These six man matches are wild. Every one of these wrestlers gave this match everything they
had. I couldn’t tell if there was
more action in the ring than out. Kaz
and Raven did their share of flying around the ring, Storm and Wildcat had some
great one on one moments and Rhino and Roode stayed right in there with the
rest. Raven is one tough fighter and he doesn’t seem to mind bleeding all over
his opponents. Kaz is showing
himself to be about as tough as Raven. I
don’t know what happened to Miss Jackie but I’m betting she got in a few
licks out of camera range. Here’s hoping that Rhino caught Storm in the back
and that all of these men have time to rest up before Hard Justice. This was
intense and I thoroughly enjoyed it – with the exception of the winner of
course. If this is a preview of what is coming to Hard Justice it will be worth
Leticia is backstage with Samoa Joe and is trying to find out
who is special guest is going to be on the show tonight.
She knocks on the locker room door, opens it, closes the door, laughs and
says there is now way that can be Joe’s special guest.
We get a promo of Black Reign coming to Hard Justice.
After the commercial break, we are with Jeremy Borash, Kevin
Nash on the couch, and Kurt Angle sitting in a chair. Kurt is crying and asking where he went wrong.
Kurt claims Samoa Joe took everything from him.
He took his marriage, his livelihood, and his man ship.
Nash comes off the couch and screams in Kurt’s face telling him that he
is Kurt Angle, Olympic gold medallist, TNA world champion and that there is
nothing wrong with Kurt. Kurt is
perfect, everyone else is at fault. Kurt agrees with Nash that he is perfect.
Jeremy reminds Kurt that Joe has a surprise guest for him tonight and Kurt is in
tears again. Nash escorts Jeremy to the door, telling Kurt nobody cares who the
guest is, then asks Jeremy who the guest is and Jeremy whispers in Nash’s ear.
Nash then says Kurt doesn’t need that out loud so that Kurt can hear him,
which only upsets Kurt more.
Homicide and Kip face off in the ring, Kip goes after Homicide, but Homicide
ducks out of the way sending Kip toward the ring post.
Kip stops himself, turns around and catches two rights thrown by
Homicide. Kip knocks Homicide down, but Homicide comes back up off of the mat
and trips Kip sending him down to the mat. Homicide comes off the ropes and
meets Kip’s face with a boot. Kip attempts to swing Homicide into the ropes
but Homicide comes around and slides under Kip. Homicide brings Kip down into a
jawbreaker and then swings himself off the ropes toward Kip, ducks under Kip’s
clothesline, comes back into a tilt a whirl head scissors, taking Kip down
again. Kip rolls to his corner and signals for a time out.
Homicide tags in Rick who enters the ring ready to fight.
Kip gets Rick with a shot to the midsection and attempts to send him head
first into the corner post. Rick
stops himself with a boot and sends Kip head first into the turnbuckle, then
takes him down to the mat with a clothesline. Rick lands on top of Kip, slamming
fists into the back of his head. Rick gets involved with Devon who is making
noise on the ring apron. He turns
back around and gets a boot in the face delivered by Kip. With Rick down, Kip
tags in Devon. Devon picks Rick up and delivers a hard right to the head,
sending Rick back down to the mat. Rick is in the ropes but Devon doesn’t let
up on Rick. Back from the commercial break, Devon still has Rick on the mat.
Devon comes off the ropes and nails Rick from behind then goes for the
pin. Devon gets a two count before Rick kicks out. Devon picks Rick up and
delivers a jawbreaker. Devon sends Rick off the ropes, but Rick ducks the
clothesline waiting for him, comes off the opposite ropes, picks up Devon and
slams him to the mat. Both men are down. Devon
tags in Kip first, with Rick tagging Homicide next.
Kip and Homicide bounce off the ropes and Homicide takes Kip down with a
clothesline. Homicide comes off the ropes again and takes Kip down with an
elbow, comes off the ropes, ducks under Kip’s arm and comes back at Kip to
take him down again and try for the pin. No pin, but Homicide now has Kip in the
corner and his beating him down with his fists.
Devon has been after Rick and now comes after Homicide who gets out of
the way and Devon smashes into his own partner. We see Homicide on the top
turnbuckle, flying off to take Devon down to the mat. Homicide rolls off of
Devon and gets up to face him again but Kip is up in the opposite corner and
makes a dive for Homicide. Homicide
again ducks out of the way and Kip runs into Devon, sending Devon to the floor.
Kip turns around to a fist from Homicide who then goes off the ropes, but gets
caught by Devon and goes down to the mat. Rick
shows up to take care of Devon. Kip takes Homicide down with a leg to the back
of the head and gets the pin and the win.
Rick comes in after Kip, but Devon comes in after Rick.
Devon pounds on Rick as Brother Ray and BG James come in to help.
Scott Steiner and Hernandez enter the ring, clearing the others out.
Homicide continues to impress me each time he is in the
ring. He is either getting better
and better or he is just getting the airtime to showcase his talents. Rick is
always great in a bar room brawl sort of way. Devon and Kip worked well
together. I can say that even
though I was cheering for the other side.
Leticia is in the back with Samoa Joe who tells Kurt that last
week he ruined his marriage and this week he is going to ruin his life. Leticia
tells Joe that Team 3D has been making threats and Joe tells them he isn’t
hard to find.
Back from commercial break, we see Samoa Joe come down the
ramp and enter the ring. Joe introduces his guest, the former Mrs. Kurt Angle,
Karen. Joe tells Karen he wants her
to sit in the front row at Hard Justice so she can watch him give Kurt the BEEP
kicking he deserves. Kurt Angle
comes down the ramp toward the ring looking as bad as he looked at the first of
the show. Kurt tells Joe he wants
to talk to his wife and Joe says he can talk to his former wife. Kurt tells
Karen the last 12 years was not Kurt Angle and he has made a lot of mistakes.
He wants to make them better and he wants Karen to give him another
chance. The audience vocalizes in the negative but Kurt is on his knees begging
for another chance, offering to melt down his gold to make her a bracelet.
Karen tells Kurt she wants to believe him and Kurt promises he will do
better. Kurt tells Karen not to
listen to the fans, they don’t even know her.
Kurt asks her to do it for the kids if not for him.
Karen says that she will do this for the kids. She is thinking of her kids when she says this marriage is
over and then Karen exits the ring. Joe can’t resist goading Kurt a little
more since he has lost his clothes, his wife, his children, and that he will
lose his IWGP championship and the TNA world championship to Joe.
Kurt sits crying in the ring and Joe tells him that Kurt brought this all
Before Joe can exit the ring, Team 3D comes out and Brother
Ray tells Joe that he is a home wrecker and that Kurt is a good man.
Ray said that Joe stole the titles from them and they are there to get it
back. Ray and Devon enter the ring
to tell Joe he is going to hand over the titles to them by laying them at their
feet and then Ray calls Joe “boy” – another lesson in how not to be
respectful. Joe lays them down, and
then takes the microphone from Ray. Joe tells them he has laid them down, but they will have a
hard time picking them up. We now
have a boxing match between Joe and Ray and Devon until Kurt gets an ankle lock
locked in and Ray and Devon beat down on Joe with the belts. Devon comes in with steel chair and hits Joe over the head as
the Steiner Brothers come running to Joe’s rescue. Kurt has disappeared from
the ring and is heading up the ramp as the Steiner Brothers remove Team 3D from
There may have been a lot of talk during this iMPACT but the two matches were fantastic and I don’t have any complaints. Kurt’s story line as a bully who forced his wife to walk out on him and his crybaby gimmick after she is gone is good. Kurt does cry well and a lot. I am not sure exactly where Joe is headed here but know that he continues to provide excellent entertainment for TNA fans. He teeters between being a good guy and suddenly he has that smirk on his face and we all know he’s really a bad boy deep down inside. It is always good to see the Steiner Brothers in the ring. I am anticipating the Abyss camp versus the Christian camp. Not that I care about seeing my favorite wrestlers bleed but it wouldn’t be an Abyss match without it a little blood somewhere. This was a great lead in to Hard Justice. I believe it will be a pay-per-view worth having on your screen this Sunday.