February 7, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
I will be away from home during the next week and most
likely will not be near a television set. Never
fear – I have Tivo. I will be playing catch up with next week’s wrestling
shows the following week. That
includes Against All Odds airing this Sunday on pay per view.
NEWS FLASH: TNA is reported to be in talks with Bobby
Knight, the hotheaded basketball coach who recently resigned his last position.
Not Exactly TNA News: Low Ki, previously known as TNA’s
Senshi, injured his knee last week during a match. No word yet on how long he
will be out of action.
All Odds Card
Brother Ray & Brother Devon, Team 3D & Johnny
Devine, TNA X Division Champion
Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley, Motor City Machineguns
& Black Machismo Jay Lethal
Match Stipulations: If Lethal and MMG lose, the X
Division will be disbanded. If Devine & Team 3D lose Ray and Devon will have
to get their weight down to 275 lbs., and keep their weight at 275 in order to
compete in TNA.
World Tag Team Championship
The Phenomenal AJ Styles & Tomko, Champions
BG James & Bullet Bob Armstrong, Challengers
Awesome Kong, Champion
World Heavyweight Championship
The Instant Classic Christian Cage, Challenger
Kurt Angle, Champion
Special Enforcer: The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe
The Monster Abyss
Judas Mesias with Father James Mitchell
Cowboy James Storm. Challenger
Showtime Eric Young, Champion
Case Versus Case
Feast or Fired
X Division Championship Shot
TNA World Heavyweight Championship Shot
A rundown of last week’s action on iMPACT and a summary
of what is coming up: Samoa Joe didn’t sign his negotiated contract last week.
Jim Cornette may try again to get Joe to sign on the dotted line but he will
need to worry about Matt Morgan getting in Joe’s way.
Traci Books has been gunning for Peyton Banks and if Traci
has her way, she won’t be waiting until the pay per view to smack Peyton
around a little.
Robert Roode should be looking over his shoulder tonight.
Last week Booker made a surprise appearance to surprise Roode.
Shark Boy took out his frustration on Referee Slick
Johnson. Will TNA give Shark Boy a match with another roster member in the
interest of the safety of their referees?
AJ and Tomko have been at odds since AJ decided to join
the Angle coalition and last week was no different. They have a big match coming
up on Sunday night if they can get past their differences and AJ’s constant
worrying in order to retain their championship. Kip James fired Roxxi Laveaux
from Voodoo Kin Mafia after a mishap during his match against Hernandez of LAX.
BG James was not in the building at the time of the firing. If he shows up
tonight, what will his reaction to the news be?
O.D.B. is gunning for the women’s title on Sunday. Last
week Awesome Kong’s mouthpiece warned O.D.B. to stay away. O.D.B. doesn’t
appear to be the kind to avoid a confrontation. Look for Kong and O.D.B. to have
something to say to each other tonight.
The Instant Classic Christian Cage faces Judas Mesias for
the first time. It will be entertaining to see Christian in a match with the
Kaz promised Dustin Rhodes a four-pole match tonight
complete with mousetraps and the domestic rat, Marlene (previously known as the
Artic fox Misty, companion of Black Reign).
ON iMPACT (actually before the show) the conflict between Scott
Steiner and Petey Williams regarding the championship briefcases, Booker T going
after Robert Roode, Father James Mitchell telling The Monster Abyss that his
stepbrother, Judas Mesias, is going to massacre him at the Barbed Wire Massacre,
Team 3D and Johnny Devine warning The Motor City Machine Guns and Jay Lethal to
not show up at Against All Odds, and Christian’s assist during Tomko’s match
against Kurt Angle with AJ Styles as the guest referee.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with Robert Roode and Peyton
Banks. JB asks Roode about his match against Booker T at Against All Odds which
is a result of Roode nailing Sharmell with a fist during after their match at
Final Resolution. Roode claim he tried to apologize to Booker T but Booker is
is broadcast from Universal Studios, Orlando, FL on the Spike TV.
Ringside announcers: Mike Tenay and Don West
Ring announcer: David Penzer
Backstage interviews: Crystal Loutham and Jeremy Borash
Ring valet: SoCal Val
TO THE iMPACT ZONE!
Mike Tenay advises the audience that at Against All Odds,
Kurt Angle will face Christian Cage in a match for the TNA World Heavyweight
title. Tonight Christian will face Judas Mesias in the main event. Johnny Devine
will defend his X Division title against Homicide of LAX, Kaz will face Black
Reign in a four-corner catch Misty match.
Robert Roode of Wall Street, Manhattan, NY
Accompanied to the ring by Peyton Banks
Before Roode’s opponent is introduced, film clip of the
incident at Final Resolution between Robert Roode and Sharmell and the attack by
Booker T last week after Roode’s match.
And as soon as the film clip has been shown, Booker T comes
out of the crowd dressed in his street clothes and sneaks up behind Robert
Roode. Booker rips off Roode’s robe and Roode gets away long enough to go
running up the entrance ramp and out of the arena.
This was supposed to be
Black Machismo Jay Lethal of Elizabeth, NJ
However, Lethal never made it to the ring.
Tenay and West give the fans a recap of the matches that will
be held at Against All Odds this Sunday on pay per view.
Crystal is backstage with Jim Cornette and Matt Morgan. Matt
is complaining about Joe attacking him but Cornette says he isn’t got to do
anything to Joe, Cornette is going out to get Joe to sign his new contract.
Cornette tells Matt if he gets near the ring or Joe tonight, Cornette will have
to fire Matt.
Traci Brooks of St. Marys, Ontario, Canada
Awesome Kong, 6’1”, 272 3/8 lbs., residing in Tokyo,
Accompanied to the ring by her sidekick (I can’t
remember how I spelled her name last week).
Referee: Earl Hebner
Before the match begins, commercial break.
Back from commercial break, promo for Against All Odds.
If you were going to have someone soften up your opponent
before the pay per view, Kong would be the opponent you would want her to have.
The bell rings and before the two can lock up, O.D.B. shows up on the monitor
and gives Kong a lot of lip and even more insults. This could be bad news for
Traci. Kong looks a little angry. Traci gives it her best shot but she isn’t
having much luck. Tenay breaks in to tell the audience that Booker T and Robert
Roode are still running around backstage with Roode running and Booker chasing.
Kong delivers a slam and picks Traci up again to deliver the awesome bomb.
After the match, Peyton Bank shows up to beat up on a downed
Traci Brooks. The ever-brave Earl Hebner gets knocked down by a girl who
continues to beat on Traci until security shows up to pull her out of the ring.
Backstage, we see Robert Roode who looks as though he is
running in a marathon, but he is now in the parking lot with Booker T chasing.
Roode makes it to his car and drives off leaving Booker T standing.
Back from commercial break, Crystal is in Cornette’s office
with Matt, Cornette, Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner and Maple Leaf Muscle Petey
Williams. Petey is mad at Scott for smacking him with a briefcase last week and
Scott is mad at Cornette for not telling him the truth about the X Division and
the chance that it may be gone after Against All Odds (See the stipulations in
the Team 3D, Devine, MMG, and Lethal match). Cornette says it doesn’t matter
because at Against All Odds it will be Scott Steiner versus Petey Williams, case
versus case. Whoever wins the match gets both cases.
Before the match, recap of the feud that has been brewing
between Black Reign and his alter ego, Dustin Rhodes, and Kaz.
Corner Capture Misty Match
The first man to capture the rat wins the match.
Black Reign from The Deepest Corner of His Mind
Kaz from Anaheim, CA
Referee: Andrew Thomas
Kaz appears at the top of the entrance ramp with Darkness
Falls, Black Reign’s favorite weapon, along with Black Reign’s wig. Black
Reign doesn’t wait for the bell to ring, he goes after Kaz outside the ring.
Black Reign takes down Kaz and goes up the top turnbuckle and sticks his hand in
the box at the top and gets his hand in a mousetrap.
Then we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, promo for www.tnawrestling.com.
Kaz is on the top turnbuckle, sticks his hand in a box and he
gets caught with a mousetrap. We see a replay of what happened during the
commercial break. Nice moves by Kaz. It
would have been even nicer to see without a commercial break in the middle. Two
mousetraps down, one mousetrap and one rat to go. Kaz is trying to decide which
corner to go up and he does but Black Reign is back to his feet and he brings
Kaz back down to the mat. Tenay says that the viewers have been setting
record-breaking numbers for iMPACT for the last few weeks. Kaz is now working on
Black Reign and has him down on the mat. He goes back up to the top turnbuckle
but Black Reign is back to his feet and he sends Kaz off the top turnbuckle and
to the floor outside the ring. Black Reign goes for one of the two remaining
boxes and again gets a mousetrap on the hand. Kaz is back to his feet and is
back in the ring, now going up top to last box and brings out Misty.
Black Reign catches Kaz with Darkness Falls and picks up his
Artic fox, Misty.
JB is in the back with Booker T. JB asks about the match
Booker has coming up at Against All Odds. Booker says Sharmell wants him to beat
up Roode and he will do that at against All Odds.
Back from commercial break, promo for Destination X pay per
view coming up in March, 2008.
Recap of the feud between Team 3D, Devine, MMG and Lethal and
the hardcore street fight match coming up at Against All Odds.
Division Title Match
Johnny Devine from Calgary, Canada
Latin American Exchange
Accompanied to the ring by Salinas
Referee: Slick Johnson
I thought Homicide would have this one wrapped up but Devine seems to be hanging in there. Not a bad match between these two competitors. Devine rolls Homicide up and tries to use the ropes but it doesn’t work. Homicide used the gringo stunner but can’t get the three count. Homicide hits the gringo stunner again and goes for the cover but Brother Devon charges into the ring and breaks it up. Homicide gets beat on by Devon and Brother Ray who enters the ring with a kendo stick. Salinas enters the ring as well and Hernandez comes in to run Devon and Ray out of the ring. Hernandez delivers a border toss to Devine.
Johnny Devine retains the X Division title
Crystal is backstage with Christian. Christian says that
Against All Odds it will be Christian versus Angle for the TNA Championship.
Christian says that he is calling out Tomko.
Back from commercial break, recap of the problems between
Tomko, Angle, AJ, Christian, Joe, Cornette, with Nash and Matt tagging along.
Cornette is in the ring with the contract for Samoa Joe. He
introduces Joe who enters the ring with Kevin Nash in tow. Samoa Joe will be the
Special Enforcer for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match at Against All
Odds. Cornette tells Joe that Matt is to stay away from the ring and again
Cornette presents Joe with the contract and hands Joe a pen.
Kurt Angle enters the arena just as Joe is about to sign the
contract. Angle’s Mrs. comes along looking like she just got out of bed (and I
don’t mean that in a good way – I think makeup, hairdresser and wardrobe all
have it in for her) and then she stops to tear up a fan’s sign before entering
the ring with her hubby. Angle tells Joe he isn’t signing anything yet. Angle
wants to talk about the match where Joe will be Special Enforcer. With the
audience shouting “you suck” for the benefit of Angle, Angle threatens Joe.
He tells Joe if he causes Angle to lose his match on Sunday, Joe will pay for
it. Joe takes the mic and tells Joe that he has respect for Angle and that at
Against All Odds, Joe will call it right down the middle.
They shake hands before Joe picks Angle up and sends him through the
table. Nash likes seeing those tables get broken. Joe again does not sign his
contract. What’s Cornette going to do – fire Angle?
Back from commercial break, promo for the Barbed Wire
Massacre II match at Against All Odds.
JB is backstage with Lance Hoyt and Jimmy Rave of the Rock
‘n Rave Infection, along with Christy Hemme. Christy forgot to get dressed
before she came to work and Lance is telling everyone that they are the greatest
band. I think I missed the entire point of whatever that was all about.
NOTE: I do think I read somewhere that Christy Hemme was in a band, but I don’t recall Lance Hoyt or Jimmy Rave being part of that particular band.
Rock ‘n Rave Infection
Accompanied to the ring by Christy Hemme
Curry Man from Japan
Shark Boy from The Deep Blue Sea
Referee: Earl Hebner
Shark Boy doesn’t mess around when he faces Rave in the
ring. Shark Boy spends a few seconds stomping a mud hole in Rave in fact, before
tagging in Curry Man. Rave manages to tag in Lance. All four men end up in the
ring but Shark Boy ends up outside of the ring as Lance and Rave work together
on Curry Man. Shark Boy hits Lance with a stunner and then he takes out Rave the
same way. Curry Man takes Rave down and then allows Shark Boy to make the cover.
After the match, Shark Boy celebrates with bottles of clam
Crystal is backstage with Tomko and asks about Christian
wanting a meeting with Tomko.
Back from commercial break, Crystal is backstage with BG
James and Bullet Bob Armstrong. BG addresses AJ and Tomko and tells them that
Against All Odds the James Gang is bringing the gold home to Momma. Bob tells AJ
and Tomko that he and BG will win the titles. Kip James shows up and tells them
both that he has seen them training and he knows that their dreams are about to
come true and Kip wishes them the best of luck.
Tenay and West again go over the card for Against All Odds,
including the match just added between Scott and Petey.
Tiger Mask representing New Japan Pro Wrestling
The Phenomenal AJ Styles from Gainesville, GA
One half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions
Referee: Rudy Charles
AJ takes a mic to the ring in order to beg the forgiveness of
Kurt Angle. I guess AJ has been disowned. AJ is off to a slow start but it
doesn’t take him long to build momentum. He then goes to work trying to take
the mask off of Tiger Mask, but Tiger Mask decides to bite AJ to make him leave
the mask alone. The ref gets hit giving AJ time to deliver a low blow to Tiger
Back from commercial break, promo for Against All Odds, the
pay per view that airs Sunday.
Recap of the feud between The Monster Abyss and Father James
Mitchell with Judas Mesias thrown into the mix.
The Instant Classic Christian Cage from Tampa, FL, by way of
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Before Christian’s opponent is introduced, Tomko enters the
ring. Christian tells Tomko he wants to get to the point. Christian says he
doesn’t know where things stand between Christian and Tomko. Christian tells
Tomko that he did help Tomko out last week. Christian turns his back on Tomko,
Tomko spins Christian around, but he does not hit
The Instant Classic Christian Cage
Judas Mesias from The Depths of Hell
Accompanied to the ring by Father James Mitchell
Referee: Rudy Charles
Commercial break before the match begins.
Back from commercial break, Judas wears the same mask he wore
last week on his way to the arena. This match has several near falls when Abyss
enters the arena with a hand full of barbed wire and then goes after Mitchell
who goes up the entrance ramp and out of the arena. Thanks to the distraction,
Christian is able hit the unprettier and wins the match.
Instant Classic Christian Cage
Christian watches Abyss and Judas fight up the entrance ramp
and out of the arena but Christian is hit in the back by AJ Styles. AJ begins to
beat on Christian. Christian manages to deliver a sharpshooter to AJ when Angle
shows up to help out AJ. Now both of them are beating on Christian. Angle picks
up the belt but before Angle can nail Christian in the head, Tomko charges into
the ring. AJ and Angle run out of the ring. Tomko picks Christian up off of the
mat and holds out his hand to shake hands with Christian.
We knew Abyss would show up and go after someone.
I think I was surprised Judas Mesias didn’t leave the ring to help
Father James Mitchell. Not a bad match and the Tomko ending surprised me as
well. Definitely not in a bad way…