April 3, 2008 Ė Recap by Sassy
Last week on iMPACT
Sting returned to iMPACT, aligning himself with Team Cage.
Team Cage will face Team Tomko at Lockdown.
Johnny Devine defeated Alex Shelley of the Motor City
Machineguns in an X-Scape Qualifying Match
Devine, Black Machismo Jay Lethal, Curry Man and The Guru
Sonjay Dutt will be in the X-Scape Match at TNAís Lockdown pay per view. There
are two spots left to fill in that match.
Homicide, Hernandez and Salinas of LAX defeated Maple Leaf
Muscle Petey Williams, Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner and Rhaka Khan in a mixed
tag team match.
Kurt Angle held another sparring session this time against
The Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles and Tomko.
Booker T defeated Robert Roode in a First Blood Match.
Awesome Kong with Raisha Saeed retained her TNA Womenís
title by defeating O.D.B. in a one on one match.
In the main event, Team Cage (The Instant Classic
Christian Cage, The War Machine Rhino, Big Sexy Kevin Nash and Sting) defeated
Team Tomko (Tomko, The Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles, Brother Ray and Brother
Devon of Team 3D) in an eight-man tag team match.
Cowboy James Storm appeared at the end of the main event
to attack Sting with a beer bottle and to align himself with Team Tomko.
JB is backstage outside the office door of James E. Cornette
and there is yelling going on inside James E. Cornetteís office.
JB tells the audience what they will see tonight:
A knockout Grudge Match
Traci Brooks taking on Payton Banks
Lethal Lockdown Preview
AJ Styles and Tomko face Christian Cage and Rhino
An X-Scape Qualifying Match
In the main event, it will be Sting against Cowboy James
Cornette comes out of his office and JB asks him what is
going on. Cornette says he was two hours late today and Matt Morgan has allowed
Team Tomko to have a fifth member at the Lethal Lockdown Match. Matt comes out
of the office and JB asks Matt what he did what he did. Matt says he did it
because Tomko asked him and Jim Cornette wasnít there so Matt had to make a
decision. JB says then he guesses we will all have to live with that and Matt
says yes and that tonight Christian Cage will have to live with that as well.
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 The Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles, Tomko
and Brothers Ray and Devon of Team 3D entering the arena. Tomko is still
sporting the black eye Kurt Angle gave him during their ďsparring sessionĒ
on last weekís iMPACT.
Tomko has the mic and he addresses Christian Cage. He hands
the mic to Brother Ray. Ray tells the audience that the four of them together is
incredible. He says tonight he wants to give a special shout out to two people.
The first is Matt Morgan for allowing Team Tomko to have a fifth member.
Ray then introduces the fifth member of Team Tomko, Cowboy James Storm.
Cowboy James Storm accompanied by The Pride of Tennessee Miss
Jackie Moore enters the ring. Before Storm can get the mic to his mouth,
Christian Cageís theme music begins and
The Instant Classic Christian Cage, The War Machine Rhino,
Big Sexy Kevin Nash and Sting enter the arena. Christian reminds Storm that the
man he hit with the beer bottle last week will be in the ring with him tonight
Ė Sting. Christian also reminds Tomko that he and AJ will be teaming up to
face Christian and Rhino in the ring tonight.
Itís Show Time!
Christian Cage calls out Matt Morgan.
Matt Morgan enters the ring with mic in hand and gives Tomko
a high five before shaking hands with the members of Team Tomko in the ring. The
audience, who had earlier been chanting ď3D sucksĒ now go to ďMorgan
Christian asks Matt what he is going to do for Team
Christian. Matt tells Christian that he needs to get himself a fifth member for
Christian tells Matt that he is confident with his team of
four and whether there are four against five at Lockdown, itís on,
disadvantage or not. Christian tells Matt that The Instant Classic may have one
last ace up his sleeve.
JB is backstage to meet Kurt Angle. JB is worried about being
in a sparring match with Angle. As Angle is telling JB all about Kurt Angle,
Showtime Eric Young appears to tell JB that Super Eric is in the building
tonight. Angle calls Eric a child and says that the only super hero around here
I have to say that few things in TNA have surprised me as
much as the appearance of Storm last week in the main event. It was a surprise
when Storm entered the ring and attacked Sting. I donít think any of the
viewing audience had a clue that Storm was going to become involved with Team
JB is outside when a car comes driving into the parking lot
with Maple Leaf Muscle hanging on the hood and Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner
behind the wheel and Rhaka Khan in the passenger seat. JB asks Scott what is
going on and Scott tells JB that itís none of his business, that Scott and
Petey were just having a little fun. Scott tells JB that he is going to cash in
his TNA title shot tonight.
Crystal is backstage with Black Reign, Rellik, and Lance Hoyt
and Jimmy Rave of the Rock Ďn Rave Infection with Christy Hemme. Crystal makes
a quick exit and Black Reign takes over the mic. It appears Black Reign and
Rellik are after Kaz and Eric Young. Iím not too sure what the rest of the
conversation or screaming or yelling or whatever was all about.
Man Tag Team Match
The Rock Ďn Rave Infection
With Christy Hemme
MISTY IN THE BACK AWAY FROM THE NOISE AND THE LIGHTS!
The Motor City Machineguns from Detroit, MI
Latin American Exchange
Referee: Earl Hebner
Showtime Eric Young is sitting with the fans in the arena. I
wish Super Eric would show up and rescue Misty.
The match begins with Sabin facing Rave in the ring. Holds
and counter holds with Sabin being just a little quicker. Sabin tags in Shelley
and we have a double team, including taking Lance off the ring apron and onto
the floor. Sabin and Shelley hold onto Rave as Homicide climbs up on the top
turnbuckle. Homicide drops onto Rave and Rellik enters the ring with Black Reign
right behind him. Now thereís a double team on Homicide as Rave scurries out
of the ring. Hernandez is complaining to the referee about the double team but
it doesnít slow down Rellik and Black Reign. Black Reign stays in the ring
work over Homicide and Eric Young leaves the audience area and heads to the back
and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Lance is in the ring with Homicide and heís going for the
cover. Shelley steps through the ropes and delivers a boot to break the count.
Lance tags in Rave and again we have a double team with Homicide getting the
beating. Rave goes for the cover but doesnít get the three count. Rave goes up
on the top turnbuckle but Homicide is back to his feet and he delivers an
inverted atomic drop and a gringo stunner then tries to get to someone for a
tag. Lance is back in the ring and he stops Homicide from making the tag. Itís
double team time again but West says he saw Hernandez blind tag Homicide. As
Homicide comes off the ropes, he ducks out of the way of Lance and Rave and
slides under the bottom rope and out to the floor as Hernandez comes over the
top rope to take out Lance and Rave. Black Reign enters the ring and Hernandez
sends him over the top rope and out to the floor. Rellik enters the ring and
Hernandez sends him over the top rope near Black Reign. Homicide is now in the
ring with Lance and Rave. Hernandez power bombs Rave and goes for the cover but
Lance makes the save. Homicide goes over the top rope courtesy of Lanceís
clothesline. Shelley and Sabin are in the ring and they send Lance over the tope
rope then go over the top rope to take out Lance and Black Reign. Homicide is
back in the ring and he delivers a suicide dive that takes out Lance one more
time. Hernandez is in the ring with Rave and he delivers the border toss, goes
for the cover and gets the three count.
Good opening match with too many participants although I
donít necessarily mean that in a bad way. I may have missed something but it
looked like tags werenít important and whoever wanted in the ring just got
into the ring. The same went for
more than one wrestler per side in the ring at the same time.
After the match, Black Reign and Rellik go after Homicide and
Hernandez who are still in the ring. As Black Reign prepares to nail Hernandez
in the head with his darkness falls weapon, Kaz hits the ring and takes down
Black Reign and then goes after Rellik. Lance is back in the ring and he takes
Kaz out with a slam. The audience is chanting for Super Eric and Super Eric
appears on the entrance ramp, rips off his cape, charges into the ring and takes
out Lance, Rave, Black Reign and Rellik all by himself.
The audience has taken a liking to Super Eric and we know
they like his regular Showtime Eric persona.
JB is backstage with Sting. Sting is out to get Cowboy James
Storm after the beer bottle incident last week.
An installment in the ongoing saga of BG James and Kip James
formerly of Voodoo Kin airs next Mafia. I believe this segment has to do with
Kip turning on BG and his beat down of BG and his Dad, Bullet Bob Armstrong.
Earlier today Mike Tenay has an exclusive interview with
Awesome Kong with Raisha Saeed. Tenay says that there were special conditions
for the interview. He is not allowed to ask any questions about the personal
lives of Kong and Raisha and the interview can be terminated at any time if
Tenay gets too far off track. He asks them where they are from. Raisha says she
is from Syria and came to the US when she was 15 years old. Raisha says that
Kong was born in America but she makes her home in Japan. Raisha says she has
known Kong for many years and they met in the dojos of Japan and they fought
together. Tenay asks Raisha about her outfit and she says it is none of his
concern. Tenay says that Kong has been a force in TNA since she has arrived and
lists the names of the wrestlers she has beaten in TNA. He asks if there is
anyone who can take Awesome Kong. Raisha asks Kong something and then says
Crystal is backstage with Cowboy James Storm and Jackie.
Storm says that he is all better after his 20 foot fall at the last pay per
view. Storm says that Sting was in the wrong place at the wrong time and Storm
doesnít care if Sting is a legend or an icon. Storms says that tonight he will
become an icon because he will slap the paint off of Stingís face.
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
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Referee: Andrew Thomas
Christian is back on the good side of the live audience these
days. I donít think Rhino was ever off the popular list. I expect we will see
a lot of illegal maneuvers in this match up, some discreet others just outright
The audience is chanting ďInstant ClassicĒ as Tomko and
Christian lock up in the ring. Christian stays one step ahead of Tomko. AJ
charges in to help his tag team partner out and Christian propels AJ over the
top rope and out to the floor. Tomko gets his second wind, Christian tags in
Rhino and as a team they take Tomko down to the mat and when AJ comes back in
the ring, and they take him down, too. Tomko is back on his feet and Rhino is on
the wrong side of the ring. Tomko tags in AJ and AJ sends Rhino criss- crossing
on the ropes to take him down with a dropkick. Rhino has AJ down and goes for
the cover but he only gets a two count. Rhino tags in Christian, Christian takes
on AJ, delivers an elbow that sends Tomko down to the floor, knocks AJ down to
the canvas but Tomko is back up and he hangs Christian up on the top rope. As
Christian turns back around, AJ delivers a peleg. AJ goes for the cover but
canít get the win, he tags in Tomko and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back to the match and Tomko is slamming Christian down to the
mat. He goes for the cover and gets a two count. Christian is back to his feet
but Tomko takes him back down again. Rhino is begging for a tag as Tomko tags in
AJ. Rhino is beating on the top of the turnbuckle as AJ tags in Tomko again.
Christian tries to make the tag, Tomko picks him up and has him over his
shoulder, Christian manages to slap Rhinoís hand but Tomko doesnít know the
tag has been made. Unfortunately, neither did the ref as AJ had his attention.
As Rhino argues with the ref, AJ and Tomko beat up on Christian before Tomko
tags back in AJ. Christian canít seem to get to Rhino for a tag no matter what
he does. AJ goes for a pin and gets a two count before Christian kicks out. AJ
tags back in Tomko. Tomko goes for the cover and gets an almost three count
before Christian gets a shoulder off the mat. Tomko tags in AJ. Christian keeps
trying to reach Rhino and he delivers a DDT, goes for the cover and gets only a
two count before crawling back to his side of the ring. Again Christian tags
Rhino but the ref was busy keeping Rhino out of the ring and the ref didnít
see the tag. Rhino backs up but he doesnít get out of the ring. He goes the
ref. Iíd say oops but I think he did it on purpose. Rhino then goes after
Tomko and AJ with Christian and now the ref down on the canvas. Tomko is back to
his feet and going after Rhino but now Christian is up and heís taking on
Tomko. Rhino is down but AJ is back up and he and Tomko are taking out
Christian. Rhino is back up and he and Christian are standing in the ring. Rhino
nails AJ with a gore but Team 3D hits the ring and goes after Christian and
Rhino. Kevin Nash appears on the ring apron, steel chair in hand and Team 3D
bails out of the ring. AJ rolls to the floor outside the ring and Jim Cornette
appears at ringside to tell the ring announcer that Rhino has been disqualified
and the match is over.
Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles
With the exception of Rhino not getting much time in the
ring, not a bad brawling match. I am surprised that Christian didnít get a
little more down and dirty since he was trapped in the ring so long against his
former partners. A good job by Andrew Thomas taking the gore, gore, gore!
JB is backstage with Cornette and Matt Morgan. Cornette is
yelling at Matt for the feud between Team Cage and Team Tomko. Matt says that he
will handle everything and will personally referee the match between Sting and
Storm. Matt says that Christian wants to threaten Matt Morgan, weíll see who
is going to have the last laugh.
This weekís installment has them in a hot tub. Jay says
they should take it to the next level, but suddenly Sonjay comes up out of the
tub with a diverís mask on and makes a remark about there being a snake in the
Prime Time Elix Skipper from Atlanta, GA
Shark Boy from The Deep Blue Sea
Referee: Slick Johnson
I have to admit I kind of enjoy Shark Boy with his new
attitude. I think Skipper does a good job in the ring and Iím not certain why
we arenít seeing more of him in action.
Skipper goes after Shark Boy before the bell rings. Shark Boy
quickly turns it around and proceeds to stomp Skipper down to the mat before
ripping off his vest and delivering a running bulldog. Shark Boy comes off the
second rope but Skipper gets out of the way and delivers a boot to Shark Boyís
head. Skipper goes for the cover but Shark Boy kicks out.
I have something I would like to say to the fan in the live
iMPACT audience who has been screaming throughout the entire show:
THE HELL UP!
It sounds like Karen Angle!
Skipper has Shark Boy out on the floor and the fans are
giving him a hard time as he picks up Shark Boy and puts him back on the ring
apron. Skipper sets up on the ropes and starts across the top of the ropes, but
Shark Boy knocks him off and takes Skipper down with a dropkick. Shark Boy has
Skipper down, he beats on him,
slams his head on the mat and then drops an elbow. Skipper goes for the spin
kick but Shark Boy catches him with a neck breaker. Skipper kicks out of the
cover. Skipper delivers a leg drop as Shark Boy is hung up on the ropes, and
then goes for the pin but he canít get the three count. Shark Boy has Skipper
up on the top turnbuckle, delivers a hurricanrana down to the floor, goes for
the stunner, the cover and gets the win.
I didnít think this match gave Skipper much of a chance to
show his stuff but what little he did manage to pull of in the match was worth
it. Shark suit or not, Shark Boy
isnít alien to the wrestling ring and does a good job keeping the fans
involved in the match.
After the match, Shark Boy celebrates with a little clam
The following have qualified for the TNA Lockdown X-Scape
Match: Black Machismo Jay Lethal, Curry Man, The Guru Sonjay Dutt and Johnny
Devine. There is one more spot to
fill before the Lockdown pay per view.
Crystal is backstage with Traci Brooks. Traci says that this
isnít a competition, this is payback, payback is a bitch and so is Payton
Banks. Angelina Love and Velvet Sky who show up to complain that Traci is
picking on a valet who doesnít even know how to wrestle. Love threatens Traci
and tells her she had better watch her back.
Crystal is backstage with Shark Boy. She congratulates Shark
Boy on qualifying for the X-Scape match. She wants to know what Shark Boyís
opinion is of Consequences Creed who will be making his debut. Curry Man appears
complete with music and Japanese to talk about the match at Lockdown. The two
exchange a few words with Shark Boy vowing to beat Curry Man at Lockdown before
he storms off. Curry Man dances off the set with Crystal.
Payton Banks from Wall Street, Manhattan, NY
Traci Brooks from St. Marys, Ontario, Canada
Referee: Rudy Charles
I still am not sure what kind of job Payton can do in the
ring but Traci is very good.
Payton goes out of the ring and Traci goes out after her.
Payton bails back in and catches Traci as she comes back in. These two women go
at it harder and faster than any of the male wrestlers we have seen in the ring
tonight. Payton goes for the cover and gets the two count before Traci kicks
out. Traci takes Payton down with a spear.
Mike Tenay breaks in to tell the audience that a tag team
match has just been scheduled for Lockdown.
It will be Awesome Kong and Raisha Saeed against O.D.B. and Gail Kim, in
the steel cage.
Meantime in the ring, Traci takes Payton down with a face
plant, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
This might not have been a long match but both of these women
went all out to entertain the audience. Payton may be a great asset to the
womenís division if they allow her to be in regular competition.
After the match, Sky and Love hit the ring to beat up on
Traci. Salinas hits the ring and she goes after Sky and Love, Jackie Moore
appears and she goes after Salinas. The
audience is calling for O.D.B. but Roxxi Laveaux enters the ring and goes after
Sky. Christy Hemme has hit the ring and she goes after, I donít know who for
certain, but then Sharmell enters the ring with the leather strap and clears
Hemme, Love and Jackie out of the ring.
Bookerís theme music begins and Booker T, looking a little
confused, appears at the top of the entrance ramp. Booker tells Sharmell to get
out of the ring and she does.
Kurt Angle is heading toward the ring in his suit and tie Ė
itís a wrestling show!
Crystal is backstage with Sharmell and Booker T. Booker is
yelling at Sharmell telling her that she could get hurt. Sharmell says that she
knew when he married her, he was marrying a wildcat so welcome to the jungle!
The audience sees Samoa Joeís latest training session for
his match against Angle at Lockdown.
Kurt Angle, TNA World Heavyweight Champion enters the ring. Heís still dressed in his suit. Angle addresses Joe and tells him that he has already told the world that if he didnít win the match that he would give up wrestling forever. Angle says that since he knows Samoans are all lying sons of beep! that next week on iMPACT he wants Joe to sign a legal piece of paper and Big Poppa Pump Scott Steinerís entrance theme begins.
Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner and Rhaka Khan enter the arena.
Scott has his briefcase in hand. Scott has a mic and he says he is there to tell
Angle that after Lockdown is over, Scott will call in his title shot. Scott says
he will give the winner at Lockdown one month after Lockdown to get ready and
then the winner at Lockdown will have to face Scott Steiner at TNAís next pay
per view, Sacrifice.
Angle puts out his hand to shake but Scott says Angle will
have to win the match at Lockdown first but Scott says he has been watching Joe
training and who Joe has been training with and Scott says that Joe is going to
win the title.
JB is backstage with Cornette and Matt. Matt is telling
Cornette that they should have a Queen of the Cage match with all of the girls
on the outside of the cage and they all have to battle to get into the cage. The
first two women who make it into the cage then fight one on one to decide the
winner via pinfall. Cornette tells Matt that Matt has match coming up and that
Matt should leave the matches to the professionals. Cornette tells Matt to make
sure nothing bad happens during the match he is refereeing or he is fired, this
is his last chance. Matt puts up his hands and leaves the room.
Cornette tells JB he is thinking about some matches for
Lockdown and he relates what Matt just said regarding the Queen of the Cage and
JB says that he likes it.
Cowboy James Storm from Leiperís Fork, TN
Accompanied to the ring by The Pride of Tennessee
Sting from Venice Beach, CA
Special Referee Matt Morgan
Everyone has missed Sting but Iím not sure how well he and
Storm are going to do in a match against each other. Storm is more of a brawling
style and thatís not saying that Sting canít brawl, but Iím not sure
heís as serious a brawler as Storm can be in the ring.
Before the bell rings, Storm goes after Sting but Sting is
ready. Sting sends Storm outside the ring and then goes out after him. He slams
Stormís face into the announcerís table and then they head up the entrance
ramp with Sting pounding on Storm as they go. Sting slams Storm on the ramp and
he rolls back down toward the ring. Sting sends Storm over the guardrail and
into the audience area and Sting goes after him. Storm rakes the eyes and tries
to send Sting into the wall, but Sting makes a switch and Storm hits the wall
below the second set of seats and literally cracks the wall. Sting takes Storm
into the wall again as Matt is telling him to get back in the ring. Sting did
come to the match in his Team Cage shirt. Sting sends Storm back over the
guardrail and Storm rolls himself back into the ring. As Sting starts back into
the ring, Jackie has him by the leg, keeping him halfway between the ropes.
Sting delivers a kick that sends Jackie back to the floor but now Storm delivers
a boot to Sting and uses the ropes to deliver a DDT. Storm goes for the cover
and gets a two count before Sting powers out. Storm gets in Mattís face and
has him by the shirt and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
ITíS THE MAIN EVENT!
Back in the ring, Storm slams Stingís head into the top
turnbuckle but Sting isnít fazed and he takes Storm up in a back body drop
onto the canvas. Storm again goes for the eyes before going out to the top
turnbuckle. Sting goes up the ropes after him and takes Storm down to the mat
with a superplex. Sting goes for the cover and gets a two count. Storm nails
Sting with a super kick, Storm makes a grab for Sting, Sting hangs onto the
ropes and Storm goes down. Storm again goes for the eyes and then heads across
the ring. Sting tries for a stinger splash but Storm gets out of the way and
Sting meets the top turnbuckle. Storm brings Sting down on the mat and goes for
the cover and Storm gets a two count. Storm again goes for a kick and Sting
ducks and goes for the scorpion death lock but Jackie is on the top turnbuckle.
She dives off the top and Matt catches her in midair and puts her out of the
ring. As Matt is busy with Jackie, Sting lets go of Storm and Storm delivers a
low blow before rolling across the ring and grabbing Stingís baseball bat from
the corner. As Morgan finally gets Jackie to let go of his shirt, he turns
around and catches Storm with the bat. Matt takes the bat away from Storm and
tosses it to Sting then turns his back on Storm and Sting. Sting delivers a
couple of blows with the bat and then delivers the scorpion death drop and goes
for the cover. Sting gets the three count.
With a little help from Matt Morgan
Not the best match I have seen for either wrestler but a good
match. As much as Iím sure they would like me to hate it, I love it when
Jackie gets herself involved in the middle of the menís matches. She has never
been one to back away from anything and she acts like this is where she belongs.
Sting looks a little confused by Mattís actions and so does
After the match, Team Tomko comes down the entrance ramp
toward the ring and they donít look happy. Sting is out of the ring on the
other side of the ring as Tomko gets in Mattís face. Ray is now in Mattís
face. As Matt turns his back, Ray shoves him into the ropes. Team Tomko suddenly
surrounds Matt but Team Cage comes charging into the arena to make the save.
Team Cage takes out Team Tomko. Matt delivers a big boot to Brother Devon in the
ring and then goes after AJ Styles. Matt picks up AJ and slams him to the mat.
Team Cage climbs back into the ring.
Christian points to Matt Morgan, then pulls open Mattís
referee shirt to expose a Team Cage shirt underneath! It looks like Christian
found the fifth member of Team Cage and he didnítí have to leave TNA to do