November 22, 2007
Recap by Sassy
Italics note comments by Sassy.
BREAKING NEWS: Tomko
was injured yesterday in Japan and had emergency surgery for what has been
described as a torn muscle and we have heard that it was a torn abdominal
muscle. We hope that it isnít as serious as it sounds and that Tomko is
okay. If he had surgery on a muscle, chances are he will be out of action for a
iMPACT opens by reminding us that it is Thanksgiving and asks if we
are ready for the TNA Turkey Bowl. Do we really want to know what that is?
TO THE iMPACT ZONE!
Tonight, for the first time in history, nine modern day gladiators will pull out all the stops in pursuit of one coveted title: The Monster of the Midway Abyss, The Phenomenal High Flying AJ Styles, The Ground and Pound Specialist Samoa Joe, The Cocky Veteran The Instant Classic Christian Cage, The Always Colorful Black Machismo Jay Lethal are among the names in the quest for the Holy Grail. (This must be the Turkey Bowl?).
to the First Annual TNA Turkey Bowl!
Iím going to skip the JB, AJ Styles, Tomko, and the
Angles Thanksgiving dinner thing.
iMPACT is being broadcast from Universal Studios, Orlando, FL on
Ringside announcers: Mike Tenay and Don West
Ring announcers: David Penzer
Backstage interviews: Jeremy Borash
The winner of the Turkey Bowl will take win $25,000.00 and
the loser will have to wear a turkey suit.
There are three three-way semi-final matches and the three winners will
then face off in a final match to determine the winner.
Semi Final Contestants
The Tag Teams
The X Division
The X Division
The Tag Teams
The Tag Teams
Three-way Contest Ė One Fall
Brother Devon, representing Team 3D, from New York City,
Chris Sabin, representing the Motor City Machineguns, from
Devon doesnít allow the third contestant to be introduced.
Devon goes out to the entrance ramp to attack Sabin and send him into the
ring. He drops Sabin with a clotheslineÖ
The Monster Abyss, representing the heavyweights, 6í8Ē
tall, weighing 350 lbs.
Referee: Slick Johnson
of the first Semi Final Match: Chris Sabin of the Motor City Machineguns
representing the X Division
Abyss enters the ring and goes after Devon. Devon goes off
the ropes and delivers a kick to Abyss but Abyss sends Devon to the mat and then
goes for a choke slam. Devon manages to break free, Sabin comes in with a
springboard drop kick and takes down Abyss but gets hit in the back by Devon.
Sabin gets taken down by Devon who then sends Abyss out onto the floor. Devon
turns to get taken out by a hurricanrana courtesy of Sabin. Sabin goes out to
the apron ring and springboards off the top rope into the ring and meets
Devonís clothesline. Devon picks Sabin up, sends him against the ring post and
beats on him as the referee tries to break it up. Abyss is back on the ring
apron and reaching for Devon but canít quite get a grip. Devon delivers an
elbow to Abyss sending him back down to the floor. Devon sends Sabin into the
opposite ring post and delivers a splash, then comes across the ring off the
ropes to take Sabin down with a clothesline. Abyss is back on the ring apron but
Devon sees him and delivers a blow that sends Abyss again to the floor. Devon
chokes Sabin while he is down on the mat until the ref makes him break the hold.
Devon picks Sabin up by the hair and sends him into the ropes. Sabin ducks the
clothesline and comes off the opposite ropes to take Devon down. Abyss is back
in the ring and he takes down both men with blows and then delivers a splash to
Devon and goes across the ring to deliver the splash to Sabin. Abyss catches
Devon with a choke slam and attempts to do the same to Sabin but Sabin chomps
down on Abyssís hand and Abyss has to break the choke slam hold. Sabin hits
Abyss with a boot to the midsection and then tries to pick Abyss up. Abyss
delivers a shock treatment to Abyss and both Sabin and Devon are down in the
ring. Black Reign appears in the ring and grabs Abyss by the leg and drags him
out to the floor where Abyss is surrounded by Black Reign and Rellick who has
suddenly appeared at ringside. While the two beat on Abyss, Rhino runs down the
ramp and comes takes out Black Reign with a fist before attacking Rellick.
It is now Abyss beating on Black Reign and Rhino working on Rellick. All
four men head toward the back and now Sabin and Devon are alone in the ring.
Devon charges Sabin but Sabin trips Devon up and sends him chest first into the
ring post. Sabin goes across the ring and comes across to deliver a high boot to
Devon. Sabin goes up to the top turnbuckle and takes Devon down to the mat with
a tornado DDT and goes for the cover. Sabin gets a two count before Devon gets
his shoulder off the mat. Sabin delivers right hands to the side of Devonís
head but Brother Ray makes his way into the ring and charges at Sabin. Sabin
dives out of the way and Ray has to put on the brakes to avoid running into his
partner, Devon. Sabin comes off the floor with a high boot to the back of
Rayís head and sends him down to the mat. Sabin takes a swing at Devon but
Devon ducks and picks Sabin up. Sabin manages to get out of the hold and go over
Devonís back. Sabin catches Devon in a roll up and gets the three count. The
winner of the match is Chris Sabin but he is now in the ring with Devon and Ray.
Sabin dives out of the ring and heads up the entrance ramp as the ref holds
Sabinís hand into the air. West describes the replay of how Sabin won the
Not a long match but a good one. Abyss didnít get a
chance to strut his stuff due to interference by Black Reign and Rellick and
finally Rhino, but we can assume that interference was to set the stage for the
match between these four men at Turning Point in December. Yes, you heard me right Ė THESE four men.
It appears Judas Mesias, although advertised on the Turning Point poster,
may not be back at TNA for the next pay per view event.
The cameras are in the parking lot and we see Kevin Nash and
Scott Hall coming toward the building. Nash asks where Angleís Thanksgiving
shindig is being held and the cameraman tells him. It appears The Outsiders may
be crashing the Angle party.
Back from commercial break, we see a promo of The History of
TNA Year 1, available now on DVD. We then see a promo for Booker T.
Tenay tells us that next Thursday on iMPACT, Booker T will
answer all of the questions about why he came to TNA.
We then go back to the Angle family dinner. Robert Roode and
Ms. Brooks show up at the table. Someone knocks on the door and Cowboy James
Storm and Jackie Moore show up (Storm brought the booze). Wildcat Chris Harris
arrives. Wildcat isnít happy that Roode is there. Showtime Eric Young makes
his way to the table, however, Angle didnít invite Eric, JB invited Eric. Eric
gets sent to sit with Angleís daughter at the kiddy table.
Second semi final match, three-way contest Ė one fall
Johnny Devine, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Kim James, representing Voodoo Kin Mafia
accompanied to the ring by Roxxi Laveaux and BG James
The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe, representing the Heavyweight Division,
from American Samoa
Referee: Rudy Charles
of the Second Semi Final Match Samoa Joe representing the Heavyweights.
Tough break for Johnny Devine. He did bring a kendo stick
to ringside. Joe beaks loose on Kip and then works on Devine. Devine gets a
knee to the face courtesy of Joe but Kip is back on his feet and he delivers a
few fists, boots and sends Joe forehead first into the top turnbuckle. Kip tries
to send Joe across the ring, Joe gets the switch, Kip comes off the ropes and
leap frogs over Joe, Kip comes off the opposite ropes and Joe greets him with an
inverted atomic drop. BG James grabs Joe by the leg and takes him down to the
mat. Devine comes after Joe with several knees to the back of the head before
the ref breaks it up. Itís now two on one as both men work on Joe and when the
ref gets involved, BG hits Joe from outside the ring behind the refís back.
Devine goes for the cover but Joe powers out. Again itís two on one as Kip and
Devine work together. Kip holds Joe up, Devine comes off the ropes and takes Joe
down with a clothesline then Devine goes for the pin but Kip grabs Devinís leg
and pulls him off Joe. Kip goes for the cover but Devine pulls Kip off of Joe.
Now Devine and Kip are arguing in the middle of the ring and the crowd is
chanting for Joe as Joe makes his way back to his feet. Joe gets in the middle
of the disagreement by delivering fists to Kip and Devine. Joe sends Kip to the
mat with a hard right, then sends Devine across the ring and into the ropes. As
Devine comes off the ropes Joe sends him down with a hard slam and Devine rolls
himself toward the ropes. Kip is back to his feet and Joe greets him with a high
knee. Joe puts Kip up on the top turnbuckle to go for the muscle buster but BG
again interferes and has Joe by the leg to stop the move. The ref tells BG to
let go and Kip comes down to the mat to send Joe down with a punch. The ref
throws BG out of the ringside area and Kip steps out on the ring apron to argue
with the ref. Devine comes across the ring and Joe sends him crashing into Kip
and Kip flies off the apron and into BG. Joe sets Devine up for the muscle
buster, he hits it and goes for the cover. Joe gets the three count.
Another decent match between the three men in the ring. I
was wondering if Devine was ever going to get a chance to work a match and he
wasnít bad at all. Joe is never bad and Kip did a decent job.
BG and Kip are outside on the floor arguing about what just
happened. West describes how Joe won as we see a replay of the high points of
We are back again with the Angle family. Someone knocks at
the door and Shark Boy, Petey Williams and The Guru Sonjay Dutt arrive. Storm
tells Eric that they need to drink some beer and finish their contest. Storm and
Eric chug several bottles of beer. AJ has to leave to wrestle Ė gee,
I thought everyone forgot why we tuned in tonight.
The TNA womenís division will be in action tonight and we
will have the final semi final match for the Turkey Bowl.
Back from commercial break.
Third Semi Final Match, three-way Ė one fall
The Phenomenal AJ Styles, representing the tag team of AJ
& Tomko, from Gainesville, GA
One half of the TNA Tag Team Champions
The Black Machismo Jay Lethal, from Elizabeth, NJ
TNA X Division Champion
The Instant Classic Christian Cage, from Tampa FL, by way
of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Referee: Earl Hebner
of the Third Semi Final Match: AJ Styles representing the Tag Teams
AJ and Christian arenít on the best of terms these days and
AJ has been a little upset about that. Christian does not enter the arena
immediately even though his entrance theme is playing. Before the lights go back
up the match between Lethal and AJ begins. The ref has ordered the match to
begin without Christian. Lethal goes for a roll up but AJ breaks out of the hold
and puts himself against the ropes. Still
no Christian. Ė AJ could be in some serious trouble here. The crowd is
cheering Lethal and AJ sits against the ropes while the ref tells him to get up
and continue the match. Lethal comes at AJ and AJ delivers a knee to Lethal's
gut and then an elbow to the back of Lethalís head. Lethal is up against the
ring post and AJ sets to work with a few fists as the ref tries to get AJ to
back off. AJ sends Lethal into the opposite ring post but Lethal grabs the top
ropes and goes over AJ. Lethal cartwheels across the ring and takes down AJ with
a hurricanrana. Lethal brings AJ back to his feet and then takes him up in the
air to body slam him to the mat. Lethal goes up on the top turnbuckle all the
way across the ring from AJ and as AJ gets to his feet, Lethal drops him with a
flying slam to the top of AJís head. Lethal goes for the cover but only gets a
two count before AJ powers out. Lethal tries to pick AJ up, AJ makes his way
behind Lethal and as Lethal turns, AJ delivers a hard right to Lethalís jaw.
AJ goes to work on Lethalís back with forearms as Lethal is up against the
ropes, then delivers a fist for good measure. AJ sends Lethal across into the
ropes, Lethal comes off the ropes, AJ goes for an arm drag, Lethal gets a switch
and takes AJ down with an arm drag instead. Lethal flips over and delivers a
short dropkick to an already downed AJ. Lethal goes for the pin but does not get
the three count. Lethal picks up AJ and sends him into the ropes then drops him
with a clothesline. Again Lethal goes for the cover but does not get the win. AJ
did more of a wiggle out of that cover than a power out, but it was effective.
Lethal tries to pick AJ up again, but AJ uses his shoulder to send Lethal into
the ring post. AJ then delivers several shoulder blocks before sending Lethal
across to the opposite corner post. AJ charges Lethal, Lethal hits the mat at AJ
meets the top turnbuckle. Lethal has AJ in a side headlock and there is still no
Christian. AJ backs Lethal into the ropes and then delivers a chop. AJ tries to
send Lethal into the ropes, but Lethal swings around and delivers an elbow to
AJís jaw. Lethal comes off the ropes and AJ leapfrogs over him. Lethal goes
across the ring and comes off the opposite ropes, AJ hits the mat and Lethal
goes over him, Lethal comes off the opposite ropes again and AJ delivers a
dropkick that drops Lethal to the mat. AJ is grandstanding for the booing
audience when he stops and notices that Christian is now coming down the ramp
and Christian does not look happy. As Christian makes a run for the ring, AJ
bails out the opposite side with Christian right behind him. Christian chases AJ
around the ring and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, Christian is back in the ring
with Lethal and there is no sign of AJ. Lethal takes the opportunity to bring
Christian down in a roll up but he only gets a two count. Christian delivers a
clothesline that sends Lethal to the mat, then he goes for the cover but
Christian only gets a two count. Christian picks Lethal up and delivers a boot
to the midsection and then another and then one more before sending Lethal down
to the mat. Christian tears at Lethalís face until the ref makes him break the
hold. The camera pans the announcerís table and we see the turkey suit that
the loser of the final Turkey Bowl match will have to wear. Back in the ring
Christian takes Lethal down with a neck breaker, but Christian again gets a two
count before Lethal gets a shoulder off the mat. AJ is standing at the top of
the entrance ramp while in the ring Lethal is sending elbows to Christianís
abdomen. Lethal backs up and comes off the ropes, ducking under Christianís
ready and waiting clothesline, Lethal comes off the opposite ropes and Christian
sends Lethal to the match with a back body drop. AJ now starts down the ramp to
the ring. Christian spots AJ and slides out of the ring to go after him. AJ
falls down in his haste to get away from Christian, but is back on his feet and
running out of the arena again. Christian runs to the top of the entrance ramp
and then turns around to go back to the ring. Lethal is still down on the mat as
Christian enters the ring. Christian picks up Lethal and sets him up in a roll
up but only gets a two count. As Lethal tries to get back to his feet, Christian
nails him with a boot to the midsection. Christian sends a boot to the side of
Lethalís head and then uses the ropes for leverage as he stands on Lethalís
throat. The ref counts to get Christian to break the hold. Christian picks up
Lethal and leans him against the ring post then slaps him a few times across the
face while he trash talks Lethal. It appears Christian is letting Lethal know
that soon Christian will be wearing gold around his waist. Christian then sends
Lethal across to the opposite ring post and goes after him, but Lethal meets
Christian with an elbow. Lethal comes off the top turnbuckle to take Christian
to the mat with a leg to the chest. As both men get to their feet, Christian
goes for a clothesline but Lethal ducks and comes back with right fists to
Christianís face. Lethal sends Christian into the ring post, Christian grabs
the top ropes and goes over the top of Lethal, Lethal springboards off the
second rope and takes Christian down to the mat. Lethal goes for the cover but
only manages a two count before Christian powers out. Christian tries to pick
Lethal up, Lethal manages to come down behind Christian, Christian turns and
Lethal delivers an elbow to Christianís skull sending him down to the canvas.
Christian gets back to his feet and gets another Lethal elbow to the head. Once
again Christian is back on his feet and once again Lethal delivers an elbow to
the top of Christianís head. Lethal takes Christian across the ring, Lethal
goes over the top rope and catches Christian on the top rope. Lethal
springboards off the top ropes as Christian gets to his feet and drops Christian
with a flying dropkick. Lethal goes for the cover but only gets a two count
before Christian gets a shoulder off the mat. Lethal looks tired. AJ has not
reappeared in the match. Lethal picks Christian up but Christian gets a knee up
and doubles Lethal over. Christian takes Lethal into the ropes then sends some
hard rights to Lethalís head before delivering a head butt. Christian sends
Lethal over the top rope, Lethal lands on the ring apron. Christian comes back
at Lethal but Lethal is up on the top ropes and comes off with a springboard and
gets caught on Christianís shoulders. Christian brings Lethal down with a rib
breaker and goes for the cover. Lethal powers out of the pin. Christian has
Lethal back on his feet and he delivers knees to Lethalís midsection.
Christian appears to be setting Lethal up for the unprettier but Lethal catches
Christian with the Lethal combination. Lethal goes outside on the ring apron. As
Lethal climbs up to the top turnbuckle AJ appears and brings Lethal down.
Christian is back to his feet and he drops Lethal using the unprettier. AJ
springboards off the top rope and delivers a frog splash to Lethal, then tries
to tell Christian but AJ is leaning of Lethal and the ref counts to three.
AJ wins the match much to the dismay of Christian Cage.
A great match allowing Lethal to shine with his quick X
Division moves and not a bad match for Christian. AJ did a good job when he was
in the ring but he didnít stick around long enough for us to see Christian and
AJ go against each other in the ring.
The ref doesnít get a chance to raise AJís hand because
Christian looks like he could murder AJ right here and now. It appears AJ has
done it again Ė something he shouldnít have done.
West and Tenay give us a verbal replay as we see the high
points of the match.
FINALTURKEY BOWL LINE UP
Chris Sabin, representing the X Division
Samoa Joe, representing the Heavyweight Division
AJ Styles, representing the Tag Team Division
We are back again at the Angle Thanksgiving and the table
appears to be full. Black Reign and Rellick enter through the door and Black
Reign has brought along Misty, his ďArtic foxĒ. No one seems to know who
invited Black Reign and Rellick and JB goes flying out of his seat when he sees
Misty the rat. Misty is walking
across the table and through the food. You go Misty!
After commercial break, we will see the Womenís Division in
Back from commercial break, we go back to the Angle family
dinner. Eric is wearing Black Reignís black wig (and it doesnít look too
bad on him) and Eric and Storm are still drinking their beers. Someone else
knocks at the door and Black Machismo Jay Lethal enters the dining room. So Cal
Val then comes in and Lethal takes off his jacket and lays it on the floor for
Val to step on then he seats Val next to him at the table.
Tenay reminds us the finals for the first ever Turkey Bowl is
still to come tonight and
Turning Point is December 2. There is a match scheduled called Feast or Fired. Fifteen
wrestlers will be competing for four cases hanging in four corners of the ring.
One case holds a shot at the TNA World Title, one case holds a shot at the X
Division Title, one case holds a shot at TNA World Tag Team Titles, but the
fourth case holds a certificate that says ďYouíre Fired!Ē. Team 3D will
team with Johnny Devine to face The Motor City Machineguns and Black Machismo
Jay Lethal in a tables match. The Match of 10,000 Tacks: Black Reign and Rellick
against The War Machine Rhino and The Monster Abyss. TNA Womenís (Knockout)
Championship on the line: Awesome Kong vs. Gail Kim, Current Champion. The Main
Event will be a Six Man Tag Team Match Ė The Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott
Hall, with Samoa Joe versus The Phenomenal AJ Styles, Tomko and Kurt Angle.
NOTE: Since Tomko was injured and underwent surgery this
week, it could mean that TNA will be scrambling to find a partner for AJ and
Angle prior to Turning Point.
Well we knew if it was a ďmain eventĒ, Angle would
be involved. At least Joe is in the main event.
Womenís Division Match
Velvet Sky (formerly Talia Madison), from The Big Apple
Angelina Love (formerly Angel Williams), from Toronto,
ODB, accompanied to the ring by her flask, from
Referee: Shane Sewell
by pinning Velvet Sky
Madison and Angel Williams have undergone name changes since the last time they
were seen on iMPACT. We understand
that it had something to do with the names they were using belonging to another
organization, but we donít have the full story on that at this time. Keep
checking this siteís TNA News Bytes for further information.
ODB has to have a little nip out of her flask before she gets close to the ring. As she nears the ring, she grabs Love by the legs and drags her out of the ring and sends her flying up the entrance ramp. ODB goes into the ring after Sky and flattens her with a clothesline. The crowd appears to be into ODB in this match and ODB responds to the crowdís chants by sitting on Sky and pounding her with fists. The ref gets in ODBís face trying to get her to stop the punches and ODB gets up and into the refís face. In the meantime, Love has gotten off the floor and is going up to the top turnbuckle. Love comes off the top and takes down ODB with a cross body block, but she rolls off and doesnít get a cover. Love is back to her feet and delivers elbows to ODBís head before trying to send her into the opposite ring ropes. ODB makes a switch and sends Love into the ropes and as Love comes off the ropes, ODB sets Love up for a sidewalk slam but Love manages to turn it into a hurricanrana and Love sends ODB crashing to the canvas. Sky is back to her feet and she goes after Love who has turned her back on the ring and is working the audience. Sky delivers a slap to Loveís chest and then another as ODB slides across the ring and takes a swig from her flask. Sky is still nailing Love with chops to the chest but Love comes back with a chop of her own before backing Sky up with elbows to the chest of Sky. Love sends Sky into the opposite ropes, Sky comes off the ropes and ducks under Loveís waiting clothesline, Sky comes off the opposite ropes and nails Love with a kick to the back of the leg, then another and as Love drops down to one knee, Sky sends her the rest of the way to the mat with a DDT. Sky goes for the cover but gets nailed in the back by ODB who has been biding her time while Sky and Love were working on each other in the ring. Sky shoves ODB back into the ropes, then Sky goes back into the opposite ropes and comes off to get caught and sent over ODBís head to the mat. ODB is back on her feet and decides to go after Love who is still down on the mat. Love comes up with an elbow and then another before ODB delivers a knee to Loveís midsection. Sky is getting back to her feet across the ring as ODB picks Love up into the air. Love breaks free and sends ODB toward Sky. Sky responds by delivering both boots to ODB. Love comes up with a high boot that sends ODB to the mat. Love goes for the cover but Sky nails her in the back to break it up. Love tries to take Sky out with a clothesline but Sky ducks out of the way and comes back at Love with a dropkick that sends Love out of the ring and onto the floor. Is it my imagination or does Love seem to spend quite a bit of time outside the ring no matter what match she is in? Sky picks up ODB by the hair but ODB delivers a jawbreaker that sends Sky down to the mat. ODB then climbs up and sits on the top turnbuckle as she proceeds to deliver what she calls ďthe dirty dozenĒ to Sky. This move consists of holding Skyís hair and banging her head into the top turnbuckle twelve times. No offense, but if we can count twelve while ODB is slamming Skyís head into the turnbuckle, canít the ref count ODB out? ODB flies off the top turnbuckle and takes down Sky, covering her for the pin and getting the three count.
ODB does a great job in the ring even if she tends to be
more of a brawler than a wrestler. I
am not as impressed by the other two women in this match perhaps because they
are always up against someone like Awesome Kong, ODB or Gail Kim. If ODB could
get around to doing a little more highflying in the ring, she could work her way
into the X Division.
Has anyone else noticed that referee Shane Sewell
always gets to work the womenís division matches?
As ODB takes another drink from her flask, Tenay and West
show us a replay of the high points of the previous match.
We are back once again at the Angle family dinner. JB leaves.
There is another knock at the door and Awesome Kong enters the dining room. Kong
sits down at the opposite end of the table and proceeds to eat the wax fruit
used for decoration.
After commercial break we will have the final Turkey Bowl
Back from commercial break, we see a promo for Fallen Angel
Christopher Daniels, Senshi and Elix Skipper.
Iím not sure why we are seeing this promo. Triple X has not been working together much in the TNA ring.
We are again at the Angle dinner table. Brother Ray and
Brother Devon enter the room but the X Division throws food at them and Angle
tells them that he didnít invite them. Eric is still weighing Black Reignís
wig, Misty the Rat is perched on Black Reignís head in its place. Lethal
protects Val from flying food and the rest of the room empties out at the
appearance of Team 3D. Ray and Devon decide to sit with Angleís daughter at
the kiddy table. When Ray asks ďHow are you doing Little Girl?Ē, the little
girl responds with ďYou guys SUCK!Ē
We see a replay of how all three finalists have made their
way to the Turkey Bowl.
2007 TNA Turkey Bowl Final Match
Winner of the match receives a check for $25,000.00
Loser of the match must wear a turkey suit and will be
known as the
2007 Turkey of the Year.
Chris Sabin, weighing 220 lbs., from the The Motor City
Machineguns, Detroit, MI
Representing the X Division
AJ Styles, weighing 222 lbs., from the tag team AJ Styles
& Tomko Ė TNA Tag Team Champions Gainesville, GA
Representing the Tag Teams
The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe, weighing 280
lbs., from the Isle of Samoa
Representing the Heavyweights
JB is in the ring to make the formal announcements.
Referee: Andrew Thomas
and recipient of the $25,000.00 check: The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe
and TNA 2007 Turkey of the Year: AJ Styles
Sabin got a nice round of applause but Joe is obviously the
fan favorite. AJ starts the match off by nailing Sabin with an elbow to the jaw,
AJ turns to go for Joe but Joe greets AJ with a hard right hand. AJ turns back
around toward Sabin and is greeted by another right and suddenly Joe and Sabin
are taking turns playing punch AJ in the face. Joe and Sabin send AJ across the
ring and into the ropes and Joe sends AJ flying up into the air and onto the mat
with an extremely high back body drop. Sabin comes across the ring with a
clothesline that sends AJ over the top rope and onto the floor and into the
guardrail. Joe comes after Sabin and flips him back into the middle of the ring
onto the mat. Sabin is back to his feet, runs past Joe, leaps onto the second
set of ring ropes and springboards off to take Joe down to the mat with a flying
arm drag. Sabin tries for another arm drag but Samoa Joe switches it around and
takes Sabin down to the mat instead. Sabin takes Joe down with what appears to
be a short clothesline and goes for the cover. He barely gets a one count before
Joe powers out. Sabin back to his feet, Joe trips him and sends him down to the
mat, Joe goes for a kick to the head but Sabin wisely goes backward and out of
the way. Both men are back to their feet as AJ comes charging back into the
ring. AJ makes a grab for Joe and Sabin, Joe and Sabin duck and AJ goes across
the ring and through the ropes and back to the floor. As Sabin stops to check
out AJ, Joe nails Sabin with a chop to the chest. Joe goes to the ropes, comes
off but is met by a Sabin high kick that lands on Joeís jaw. Joe goes down to
the mat and rolls out of the ring. Sabin goes against the ropes where Joe is
outside and comes back for a suicide dive to take down AJ before he can get back
into the ring. It didnít look to me like Sabin landed right after the dive but
the camera was on AJ. I couldnít see Sabin.
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, we see a promo for the TNA
Meltdown CD, available now.
Sabin is in the ring with AJ and is lining him up for a hard
right, the another. Sabin goes back and comes off the ropes, but AJ sends Sabin
over his head and Sabin hits the ropes and bounces off. That hit didnít look
good for Sabin either. As Sabin gets back to his feet, AJ delivers a fist to the
forehead, then another and Joe has entered the ring on the opposite side. As AJ
continues to pummel Sabin, Joe turns AJ around and proceeds to punch him in the
face. With all of the fists flying in this match, we should have a boxing ref
and not a wrestling ref officiating. Joe continues to use AJ as a punching bag,
then Joe delivers a low leg sweep, sending AJ to the mat. Sabin is back to his
feet and Joe delivers an elbow splash to Sabin who is against a ring post. Joe
then delivers a high kick to the side of Sabinís head and Sabin goes down and
out of the ring. Joe now waits for Sabin to get back to his feet. Joe backs up
to come off the ropes but instead of going out to take down Sabin, AJ is back on
the ring apron with an elbow but Joe is still standing. AJ comes over the top
rope and tries to take Joe out with a boot but it doesnít look like he
connects. AJ slings himself down to nail Sabin with both boots and send him
crashing back to the floor outside the ring. AJ comes back at Joe and hits him
with a boot, then works on Joe with some hard rights. The ref is warning AJ to
lay off the fists and use the open hand. As AJ closes his fist again to defy the
ref, Joe comes up with a boot to AJís midsection. Joe then proceeds to
practice sparring using AJís face as a punching bag. Joe goes back against the
ropes and comes off, AJ leapfrogs over Joe. Joe goes into the ropes on the
opposite side of the ring and comes off, AJ hits the mat and Joe goes over the
top of AJ. Joe comes off the ropes on the opposite side of the ring again and is
met by a flying dropkick courtesy of AJ. Joe meets the mat. As AJ stops to
showboat to the audience, Sabin is back up on the ring apron. Sabin springboards
off the top rope, and takes AJ down with an arm drag, then manages a roll up and
the ref starts the count. Sabin gets a two count before AJ manages to break free
of the pin hold. Sabin argues with the ref about the count and AJ comes up with
a slam to Sabinís throat. AJ then sends a fist to Sabinís forehead before
sending him to the opposite ring ropes. Sabin comes off the ropes and blocks
AJís planned move. Sabin has AJ in an abdominal stretch and Joe hits the ring
again to come off the ropes and toward the two men in the ring. AJ hits the mat
but Sabin ducks under Joeís clothesline, then tries for an abdominal stretch
on Joe, it doesnít work and Sabin takes Joe down and tries for a pin. Sabin
gets a two count before AJ hits him with a low dropkick. AJ is back to his feet
first and he heads for Joe. AJ tries to suplex Joe and Joe blocks him. AJ
doesnít give up, tries it again this time hits the suplex. AJ comes up holding
his back but he is back on his feet first and he goes after Sabin, sending Sabin
into the opposite ring ropes. As Sabin comes off the ropes, AJ catches him and
brings him down with a back breaker. Sabin is down on the mat and AJ heads for
Joe again. AJ flips Joe over onto the mat and sets him up in a headlock. Sabin
comes off the mat and does the same to AJ. Joe is trying to get to his feet and
he takes both men down with a jawbreaker.
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, all three men are in the ring. AJ
has Joe against a ring post and is delivering elbows to the top of Joeís head.
Sabin is down on one knee in the corner. AJ slaps Joe across the face once and
then again and one more time. AJ is trash talking Joe as he keep slapping at
him. Sabin now appears to be lining up the two men on the opposite side of the
ring. AJ gives up on Joe and goes across the ring to Sabin who nails him with a
boot to the gut. Sabin hits AJ with another boot and then comes across and up in
the air, hitting Joe in the face with his boots while taking AJ down to the mat
to try for a cover. Sabin gets a two count before AJ gets a shoulder off the
mat. Sabin picks up AJ and slams him head first into the top turnbuckle before
going over to Joe and nailing him with a fist to the face. Sabin then proceeds
to deliver a chop to Joeís chest before going back across the ring to splash
AJ against the ring post. Sabin slings AJ across the ring toward Joe but Joe
picks AJ up and starts across the ring. Sabin charges Joe and Joe brings up a
boot that connects, sending Sabin to the mat. Joe uses AJ has a ramming rod and
slams him into Sabin before power slamming AJ to the mat. Joe goes for the cover
and gets a two count, but AJ kicks out. Joe picks AJ up off the mat, picks him
up, delivers an inverted atomic drop, comes off the ropes and sends a boot
straight to AJís face. Joe turns toward Sabin, Sabin comes off the ropes and
Joe picks Sabin up and drops him on top of the downed AJ. Joe comes off the
ropes and drops on AJ and goes for the cover but Sabin manages to nail Joe in
the back breaking up the pin. Sabin picks up Joe and hits him with an elbow. Joe
responds with an elbow of his own and continues to nail Sabin, backing him up in
the ring. Joe throws an arm at Sabin but Sabin gets out of the way and delivers
a boot to Joeís gut. Sabin comes off the ropes and hits Joe with a clothesline
trying to send Joe over the top rope. It doesnít work. Sabin backs up and
tries again with a clothesline. Again, Joe doesnít go over the ropes. AJ is
outside the ring and has taken a table out from under the ring. AJ sets the
table up against the guardrail. Sabin tries one more time to clothesline Joe
over the top rope, but Joe sends Sabin over the top rope and onto the ring
apron. Sabin throws a punch at Joe, Joe blocks the punch and delivers a boot to
Sabinís abdomen. Sabin grabs Joeís boot and then goes up and delivers a boot
to Joeís head, sending him backward into the ring. AJ is still on the floor
but looks like heís trying to get back in the ring. Sabin is on the ring apron
lining up Joe. As Sabin prepares to springboard off the top rope and onto Joe,
AJ grabs Sabinís leg and slams him down to the floor outside of the ring. AJ
picks up Sabin and slams his head into the guardrail. AJ sets Sabin up over the
top of the table and looks as though he is planning on suplexing Sabin through
the table, but Sabin blocks the maneuver and proceeds to throw right fists into
AJís rib cage. Joe is back on his feet in the ring and he goes back across the
ring as AJ and Sabin throw punches at each other on the floor. Joe comes across
the ring and heads for Sabin and AJ with a suicide dive, but they see him coming
and they get out of the way. Joe comes through the ropes and smashes into the
table, back first. Sabin is on the floor and AJ is on his feet.
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Iím surprised Don West didnítí say ďYouíve got to be kidding me!Ē
over the timing
of these commercial breaks.
Back from commercial break, AJ and
Sabin are in the ring. AJ leg sweeps Sabin and then goes for the cover. He gets
a two count before Sabin powers out. AJ picks Sabin up off the mat and suplexes
him, but Sabin lands on the back of his head. Joe is still outside on the broken
table. AJ again goes for the cover but Sabin gets a shoulder off the mat at the
count of two. AJ is up off the floor and grabbing the ref to complain about the
count. The ref shoves AJ back and argues with him. Sabin is down on the mat and
Joe is still outside laying on the broken table. Sabin has managed to back up to
a ring post but he still has not made it to his feet. AJ gets finished arguing
with the ref and turns his attention to Sabin. AJ picks Sabin up and delivers an
elbow to Sabinís jaw, followed by a right fist to the forehead. AJ is
grandstanding again for the audience as Sabin stands unsteadily in the center of
the ring. AJ goes back and comes off the ropes but Sabin is now moving. AJ comes
off the ropes and Sabin comes off the same ropes right behind AJ. AJ looks
puzzled that Sabin isnít where he left him and Sabin grabs AJ, slamming him to
the mat with a face plant. Both men are back to their feet but up against the
ropes on opposite sides of the ring. Sabin flies across the ring and delivers a
high boot to AJís jaw, then rolls him over to the middle of the mat. Sabin
goes outside onto the ring apron, slaps the turnbuckle to get the audience
involved and springboards off the top rope to take AJ down with a flying
clothesline. Sabin goes for a pin but only gets a two count before AJ manages to
get a shoulder up. Sabin comes back at AJ and sends a boot to the back of AJís
head. Sabin picks AJ up on his shoulders but AJ manages to work his way down and
take Sabin down in a roll up but then AJ switches to the Styles splash, then
rolls Sabin over to pin Sabin. Sabinís shoulders are down on the mat and the
ref starts his count. At the count of two, Joe finds his way back into the ring
and hits Sabin with a double fist to the back. Joe picks AJ up off the mat and
hits him with a chop to the chest. AJ goes back into the ropes and as he comes
off, Joe continues with the chops to the chest. Joe sends AJ across the ring to
the opposite corner post but as Joe charges after AJ, AJ brings up an elbow and
sends Joe back. AJ comes off the second rope and tries to take Joe down but Joe
catches AJ and drops him on his head before going for
the cover. Joe gets a two count but Sabin makes it across the ring to
break it up. Sabin and Joe are back to their feet throwing punches. AJ is still
down on the mat and we go to
GOT IT Ė
DOES TNA THINK THIS IS DOING FOR THE FANS AT HOME?????
EVEN WWE CAN STICK THIS MANY COMMERCIALS INTO ONE TWO-HOUR SLOT IN THE MIDDLE OF
Back from commercial break, AJ is
still down on the mat, Sabin springboards off the second rope taking Joe down in
a DDT. Sabin points into the air and he goes out on the ring apron to climb up
to the top turnbuckle. Joe is back on his feet and he delivers a fist that slows
Sabin down. Joe keeps punching and then climbs up too. Now they are exchanging
punches. Sabin manages to knock Joe back down to the mat but Joe lands on his
feet. AJ is back to his feet and as Sabin climbs up to the top turnbuckle, AJ
shoves Joe from the back into the corner post. Sabin lands hard on the
turnbuckle and Joe comes up with a high kick to Sabinís head. Sabin goes off
the turnbuckle and lands outside the ring on the floor. Joe appeared to be
trying to catch Sabin to bring him back into the ring, but he couldnít get a
grip before Sabin went off the ring apron. AJ is down on the mat but Joe turns
to wait for AJ to stand up. AJ is back on his feet and Joe goes after AJ with a
clothesline, but AJ ducks under Joeís arm and hits Joe with a peleg to the
head. Joe goes back against the ring post and AJ backs up and charges Joe. Joe
catches AJ as he prepares to deliver a splash and slams AJ down to the canvas.
Joe sets AJ up on the top turnbuckle to go for the muscle buster. Joe hits the
muscle buster, covers AJ and gets the three count. Samoa Joe is the winner of
the 2007 Turkey Bowl winner.
Samoa Joe is handed the check and
the turkey suit is in the ring for AJ Styles who is now the 2007 TNA Turkey of
This was a great match and
certainly better than any match Kurt Angle has worked lately. TNA manages to
screw the match up, not once but FOUR times with commercial breaks.
We are backstage again with the
Angles and Angle takes Tomko to go with him to the arena in order to stop AJ
from putting on the turkey suit. There are now four referees in the ring
attempting to convince AJ to put the turkey suit on in the ring.
Tenay tells us that Jim Cornette
is headed out to the iMPACT Zone and guess what?
COMMERCIAL BREAK AGAIN!
SCREWED UP -- THE MATCH IS OVER!
Back from commercial break, Kevin
Nash and Scott Hall enter the Angle dining room. They take the pies Mrs. Angle
has and deliver them straight to her face. They should have showed up sooner.
Now we have a food fight with Shark Boy pouring a drink down Ms. Jackieís top
and Lethal protecting Val from the flying food. Rellick puts up his hood in
order to protect himself and Awesome Kong does not stop eating at the end of the
table. I think she finally found the real food. In fact, sheís catching
food as it flies by her.
Good catch, Kong!
Cornette has made it to the ring
and he is there to demand that AJ put on the turkey suit. AJ tells them the suit
doesnít fit but they donít buy it. Iíll bet AJís kids are loving this
Ė and I mean that in a good way. Cornette tells AJ to put the suit all the way
on or AJ will be all the way fired. AJ has a temper tantrum in the middle of the
ring but he continues to put on the turkey legs before getting to the rest of
the suit. The audience chants ďGobble, Gobble!Ē as AJ finishes putting on
the suit. AJ seems to be having a problem getting the suit on but he finally
manages to get it done, complete with turkey head. It is kind of cute.
Angle and Tomko come down the
entrance ramp to the ring. While AJ is cute in the turkey suit, Angle just
looks ridiculous in his pilgrim suit with shorts and socks no less!
Angle tells AJ heís a turkey and
AJ tells Angle heís a pilgrim.
Then we hear Samoa Joeís entrance theme and out comes Joe at the top of the ramp with mic in hand. Accompanying Joe are Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Joe tells the three men in the ring they look like three jackasses. Angle says he would rather be a jackass than a Samoan Ė who writes this crap, anyway? Ė AJ thinks Angle is funny but Tomko just looks disgusted. Joe looks at the Outsiders and says ďGentlemen, letís go kick some ass.Ē
And itís about time, but,
unfortunately for the iMPACT Zone fans at home, the show is
The three men come down the ramp
heading to the ring. They enter the ring. Scott Hall sends Tomko out to the
floor, Joe sends AJ out to the floor and Angle is the only one left in the ring.
Until, Eric Young shows up, turkey
leg in hand to watch the beat down of Angle courtesy of Joe, Nash and Hall. Eric
stuffs the turkey leg into Angleís mouth and that's all folks!