March 27, 2008 Ė Recap by Sassy
My day job has been consisting of a ton of computer work
as of late and because of that, I will be cutting back on play-by-play action on
all of the weekly reviews. As soon as my workload slacks off a little, Iíll be
back to play-by-play reviews.
Last week on iMPACT
Big Poppa Punk Scott Steiner & Maple Leaf Muscle
Petey Williams with Rhaka Kahn defeated Kaz & Showtime Eric Young after
Black Reign & Rellik appeared to distract Eric.
Tomko defeated The War Machine Rhino after AJ Styles
In a Lockdown X-Scape Qualifying Match, The Guru Sonjay
Dutt defeated Homicide with Hernandez & Salinas.
Curry Man & The Guru Sonjay Dutt have won spots in
the X-Scape Match.
Booker T defeated The Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles
after Robert Roode was ejected from the arena and Payton Banks showed up and got
the strap from Sharmell who was at ringside.
O.D.B. & Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love &
Velvet Sky in a tag team match. After the match Roxxi Laveaux appeared and chase
Love & Sky from the arena.
Kurt Angle held an MMA sparring session.
In the main event, at tag team match, The Instant Classic Christian Cage & The War Machine Rhino defeated Brother Ray & Brother Devon of Team 3D by DQ after Tomko & AJ interfered in the match.
The save was made by most of the TNA locker room but in
the final moments of the show, a video of Sting was shown indicating Sting would
soon be making his return to the TNA ring.
iMPACT IS LIVE
is being broadcast from Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
Ringside announcers: Mike Tenay & Don West
Ring announcer: David Penzer
Backstage interviews: Jeremy Borash & Crystal Loutham
Ringside valet: SoCal Val
The show opens with Booker T and Robert Roode fighting
through the audience in their street clothes. They fight their way to the
outside of the ring. Iím not sure who is winning. Tenay and West tell the
viewing audience that this started before the show went on the air. Payton Banks
arrives to help her man as Traci Brooks runs to the ring to help Booker T. The
girls are in street clothes as well. Security hits the ring along with Jim
Cornette and Matt Morgan. Traci seems to have lost her shoes in the fray.
Tenay and West give the audience a rundown of the show
scheduled for tonight:
X-Scape Qualifying Match
Johnny Devine against Alex Shelley of the Motor City
Tomko & AJ Styles will spar against Kurt Angle
Tenay tells the audience to go to TNAwrestling.com right
now and vote for which Awesome Kong will defend her TNA Womenís title against
When will Sting arrive?
Cornette says there will be two matches tonight.
One of them will be Robert Roode against Booker T. The fans
will pick the stipulations.
Tenay tells the audience to go to TNAWrestling.com and vote
for one of the following matches for Roode versus Booker T
Last Man Standing
JB is backstage with Tomko and AJ Styles about the exhibition
match against Kurt Angle tonight. AJ is talking about Karen moving out and
leaving Kurt. AJ talks to Tomko about Team 3D and how they arenít staying in
shape and that Sting might be in the iMPACT Zone tonight. Angle shows up and
wants to talk to Tomko and AJ about his match against Samoa Joe and how he needs
them to help him get prepared by being in the ring against him tonight. Angle
tells JB he had better start working out because next week it might be JB
Johnny Devine from Calgary, Canada
Accompanied to the ring by Brother Ray & Brother Devon
of Team 3D
Alex Shelley of the Motor City Machineguns from Detroit,
Referee: Andrew Thomas
Iíll say one thing about this live iMPACT.
They seem to be having a terrible time with regulating the sound.
During the match the lights go out and Brother Ray and Devon
head up the entrance ramp and out of the arena. Sting does not appear. Shelley
has the audience going throughout this match and after a suicide dive through
the ropes that sends Devine into the guardrail, they get even louder. That was a
heck of a shot Devine took.
In the MIDDLE of the match, they camera goes backstage to
Crystal with all of the women wrestlers in the locker room who appear to be
having a disagreement of some sort.
THEN ITíS A COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF A MATCH THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN
Shelley was in charge before the break, Devine is in control
after the break.
With a little help from the Paparazzi tripod.
Iím always glad when Alex Shelley gets a chance to show
his wrestling ability in the ring but Devine did a great job in this match. I
see a lot of talent in Devine and think the TNA fans have seen only a small
portion of what he can do in the ring. Letís hope this is a starting point for
him to shine a little in the X Division.
X-Scape Qualifying Winners to Date
Black Machismo Jay Lethal
The Guru Sonjay Dutt
There are two more spots to fill before Lockdown.
Another chapter of the courtship of Lethal and SoCal Val.
They are in the gym and Val is going to help Lethal work out.
Petey Williams appears and calls Lethal a lightweight.
Sonjay Dutt appears and tells Val that he will help Lethal
but Sonjay and Val wander off
Leaving Lethal with a weight bar on
West reminds the audience that they can vote on who Awesome
Kong will face in a title match
Angelina Love, Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, O.D.B., Roxxi Laveaux
or Velvet Sky
Tenay reminds the audience to vote for the kind of match
between Robert Roode and Booker T.
Crystal is backstage with Booker T and Sharmell and Booker T
is yelling about Roode and that Cornette finally paid attention to what Booker
wanted. Booker says that Roode will not make it to Lockdown. Booker T says he
wants Robert Roodeís blood and wants a first blood match.
JB is backstage with Brother Ray and Brother Devon of Team 3D
and Johnny Devine. JB gets shoved out of the way by Ray. Ray congratulates
Devine on his win. Ray then addresses Sting and tells him that their paths have
never crossed and if Sting stays away from them, they will stay away from him.
As Ray begins to insult Sting, the lights go off and on several times and Ray
Dereck Graham-Couch Ė WWE Wrestler is in the audience.
For wrestling fans that donít know, Dereck
Graham-Couch is Robbie McCallister of the Highlanders.
NOTE: After TNA showed Dereck on camera and were nice enough to point out
that he is a WWE wrestler, wrestling news sites have been reporting that the WWE
sent Dereck home for going to a TNA event. According to those sites, WWE talent was banned from
attending any TNA or Ring of Honor event while they were in Florida.
Let me just say this Ė thatís a lot of crap and the
McMahons know it. That would be
like a pro baseball player going to another teamís game to watch.
Dereck was at the event to see his friend, Johnny Devine in his match
against Alex Shelley. Shame on TNA for broadcasting his presence and shame on WWE
for sending him home.
Tag Team Match
Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner
Maple Leaf Muscle Petey Williams
The Latin American Exchange
Referee: Earl Hebner
Homicide almost ran over the ref trying to get to the ropes
to come off and nail Scott. Iím anxious to see if Rhaka can wrestler or if
sheís just a tall chick with a lot of eye makeup. I do like those shoulder
block slingshots Hernandez does. He tends to defy gravity. Great suicide dive by
Hernandez over the ropes to take out Scott.
Peteyís in trouble again. Two weeks ago, Scott tried to
drown him; last week he electrocuted him, this weekÖuh oh.
Not that I am unhappy that LAX won the match.
I am a big LAX fan, however, the dissention between Scott and Petey is
very confusing. Initiations are one
thing, but Iím not sure this type of initiation should be shown on television
during the family hour. Other than that, this match was a good one to watch and
Hernandez with his ability to defy gravity even at his size always makes for
TNA Rough Cut
Feast or Fired Match
BG James and Kip James talk about the Feast or Fired Match
and how that was the start of the breakup of Voodoo Kin Mafia.
To be continuedÖ
Joe Zumaya, Detroit Tigers player is in the audience.
The next segment is Mike Tenay and Karen Angle. I skipped it.
The audience sees a promo for Samoa Joe training for his
match against Kurt Angle at Lockdown for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Joe is live via satellite from Big Bear, CA. Tenay asks how
Joeís training camp is going and Joe says itís been hard but he will be
ready for war at Lockdown. Tenay says that Joe has faced Angle in four matches
and Angle won three out of four. Joe says he doesnít have any excuses but he
is going to win the TNA title.
Frank somebody from MMA
joins Tenay and West at the announcerís table.
The Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles
TNA Tag Team Champions
TNA World Heavyweight Champion
Referee: Rudy Charles
I have this terrible urge to see Tomko kick Angleís butt
as Tomko goes up against Angle first.
Time runs out, no winner.
AJ does a great job of staying away from Angle.
Time runs out, AJ manages to get out without being caught by
Tomko is back in the ring and the audience is a little pro
Tomko. Tomko is trapped in an ankle lock but time runs out.
AJís back in the ring with Angle. The crowd is pro AJ, too.
Time runs out and no winner. A little shoving match begins
between AJ and Angle. Tomko, who is bleeding, has to get in the ring to break it
Enter The Instant Classic Christian Cage, Big Sexy Kevin Nash
and The War Machine Rhino. Christian says that this must be a joke. Joe is out
on the west coast training the way he should be while Angle is in the ring
trying to make AJ and Tomko do what Angle wants them to do an embarrassing
himself in the process. Christian says they are there to offer their services in
a real sparring session. Angle bails out of the ring and Christian, Nash and
Rhino attack Tomko and AJ. Brother Ray and Devon show up to help out AJ and
Tomko. Devon got caught on a cable on the way into the ring. He managed to get
free before he brought whatever was attached to the cable into the ring with
him. There is a table set up in the middle of the ring and suddenly the lights
go out again. The lights come back on and Sting is in the ring with his baseball
bat. He clears the ring of Team 3D, AJ and Tomko and goes to work beating on the
table with the bat.
Sting says he has a message from Team Christian to Team Tomko
Ė letís not wait till Lockdown, letís do it tonight. Tomko accepts the
I could do without the sparring sessions that we wrestling
fans have been suffering through but it appeared to me that Tomko, with his size
and build, would make a much better MMA wrestler than Kurt Angle.
JB is backstage with Robert Roode and JB asks Roode that the
match us is next and it will be Roode versus Booker T in a First Blood Match.
Roode says that Bookerís plan isnít going to work because at Lockdown, Roode
will get Sharmell in the six sides of steel. Roode says that he wants Bookerís
blood as bad as Booker wants his and at Lockdown, Roode wants Sharmellís
James Farrior of the Pittsburgh Steelers is in the
Robert Roode from Wall Street in Manhattan, NY
Booker T from Houston, TX
Referee: Andrew Thomas
Booker doesnít waste any time going after Roode when he
hits the ring. Itís all Booker taking down Roode in the opening seconds of the
match. Tenay says that tonightís Main Event will be Team Tomko versus
Christian Cage, an eight-man tag team match. In the ring, Booker is still
manhandling Roode and then sends him over the top rope and down to the floor and
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back to the match, Roode seems to be in charge of the match
and Booker is down on the floor. No one is bleeding yet but Roode is doing
everything he can to get Bookerís forehead to open up, including bringing a
chair into the ring. Booker goes face first into the chair but Booker doesnít
bleed. Roode picks up the chair again and sets it up in the corner between the
ropes. It backfires when Booker sends Roode back first into the chair. Both men
back to their feet exchanging blows and Roode tries for the chair again but
Booker gets the chair, sends it to Roode and Roode ducks Bookerís kick, then
Roode nails Booker in the head with the chair. The referee says Booker isnít
bleeding, Roode goes after Booker with the chair, Booker moves out of the way,
the chair hits the top rope and slams back into Roodeís face. Booker sends
Roode back over the top rope and down to the floor. The ref is on the floor
checking on Roode as Booker goes out after him. Roode isnít bleeding and now
the two men are battling it out on the floor. Booker catapults Roode into the
ring post and the ref is down checking on Roode again. The ref says that Roode
is bleeding and he is, but Booker doesnít stop pounding on Roode until the ref
makes him break it up.
Robert Roode, the man we love to hate, is great not only when
heís wrestling but can certainly hold his own in a brawl.
I am very impressed with the way Booker T has been handling himself
during matches since he arrived in the TNA ring.
Crystal is backstage with Awesome Kong and Raisha Saeed.
Crystal says that the fans will be choosing who is facing Kong. Saeed says she
will say what Kong has to say. Kong says it does not matter who the fans vote
for or who the fans choose. Whoever the fans vote for, it will be a vote for
defeat and construction. Kong will continue her path of destruction and will
destroy all those in her way. Kong will show everyone tonight why she is
JB is backstage with Gail Kim and O.D.B. JB says that only
500 votes have separated the two of them. Tonightís match against Kong will be
O.D.B. and that match is next.
Womenís Title Match
O.D.B. from Minneapolis, MN
Accompanied to the ring by her little silver flask
Awesome Kong residing in Tokyo, Japan
Accompanied to the ring by Raisha Saeed
Referee: Slick Johnson
ODB goes to work on Kong but I donít think ODB has a chance
against Awesome Kong. ODB is doing a good job of standing up to Kong but Kong
always manages to get out of anything ODB comes up with. ODB almost got the
three count but Kong comes up with her spinning back fist and the awesome bomb.
Kong goes for the cover and gets the win.
retains the TNA Womenís Championship
As much as I enjoy watching O.D.B. in the ring, she just
canít seem to get over on Awesome Kong. Kong is a big girl and very strong.
Iíd like to see her face someone closer to her size.
Crystal is backstage with Team Cage: Christian Cage, Rhino,
Kevin Nash and Sting. Christian says that he has aligned himself the best
politician in the business, Kevin Nash, Christian mends his friendship with
Rhino and this week Christian brings in Sting as the final member of Team Cage.
Eight man tag team match
The Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles
TNA Tag Team Champions
The War Machine Rhino from Detroit, MI
The Instant Classic Christian Cage, from Tampa, FL by way
of Ontario, Canada
Big Sexy Kevin Nash from Detroit, MI
Sting from Venice Beach, CA
Referee: Earl Hebner
Itís a nice touch to have Sting appear on the first live
iMPACT. The fans are all about seeing Sting as he approaches the ring.
Brother Ray seems to have a problem with Sting before the
match begins. Christian faces AJ as the bell rings. Christian is looking good
and ready to do battle. I thought for a second I spoke too soon but Christian
drops AJ and AJ tags in Tomko. Christian delivers a blow and then tags in Nash.
Nash gets himself backed into a corner but Tomko is the one who gets
caught in a side slam. Nash tags in Rhino and Tomko takes Rhino over to the
other side of the ring before tagging in Ray. Devon comes in to help Ray after
Ray tags him into the match. Rhino goes for a cover on Devon but Devon kicks
out. Rhino gets sent into the wrong corner and he sends AJ and Tomko off the
ring apron. That doesnít stop Tomko and AJ from interfering in the match. Ray
joins in before Rhino makes it back into the ring. The audience is calling for
Sting but Rhino is down on the canvas and it doesnít look good as Devon tags
in Ray. Ray delivers a frog splash and goes for the pin but Rhino powers out.
Ray tags in Tomko and Rhino is still on the wrong side of the ring. Tomko tags
in Ray and Rhino is still down on the mat. Ray tags in AJ, Rhino is still down
on the mat. AJ delivers a dropkick putting Rhino back down before tagging Ray
back into the match. Ray delivers a few blows and tags in Devon before sending
Rhino across the ring and into a ring post. Ray sends Devon across to deliver a
squash but Rhino steps out of the way, Devon hits the turnbuckle and Rhino takes
Ray down with a clothesline. Three men are down on the mat and Rhino is still a
long way from his side of the ring. Rhino manages to tag in Sting and Sting
takes on all four of Team Cageís opponents. Sting has the Scorpion on AJ but
Ray breaks it up. Now everyone is in the ring and the ref is having a problem
getting control of the eight man in the ring. Sting has a cove on Tomko but Ray
again breaks it up before delivering a 3D to Sting. Nash takes out Team 3D and
then gets caught by Tomko. Tomko has Christian in the corner but Christian
manages to deliver a DDT off the ropes. AJ comes off the top turnbuckle and
takes out Christian. Sting is back to his feet and he has AJ up in the air and
he tosses him out of the ring and onto Tomko who is on the floor. Sting has
Devon in the Scorpion death lock and Devon, Nash, Rhino and Christian keep
Devonís teammates away and Devon taps out.
Instant Classic Christian Cage
Sexy Kevin Nash
War Machine Rhino
It was a little bit of a surprise but these four men
worked well together in the ring. I was impressed with all of them and their
work in the ring.
After the match, James Storm appears in the ring to take
Sting out with a bottle to the back of the head. Now we have a beat down by Team
Tomko and James Storm. Another surpriseÖwhen did Storm decide to align himself
with Team Tomko?