April 24, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Last week on iMPACT
Black Machismo Jay Lethal defeated Johnny Devine in an X
Division Title Match in 4 minutes.
After that match, Petey Williams appeared and demanded his
X-Division Title shot. He defeated Lethal in less than one minute to become the
new X-Division Champion.
Super Eric & Kaz became the new TNA tag team champions
in a 5-minute match when they defeated Homicide & Hernandez of LAX and Tomko
& The Prince of Phenomenal AJ Styles in a 3-way match.
Super Eric & Kaz were later stripped of the titles
because it was supposed to be Showtime Eric Young & Kaz in the match. Jim
Cornette is currently holding the belts.
In tag team action, War Machine Rhino & The Instant
Classic Christian Cage defeated Brother Ray & Brother Devon of Team 3D in 8
Awesome Kong with Raisha Saeed retained her TNA Women’s
title in a 4-minute match against Roxxi Laveaux
In a six man tag team grudge match, BG James, Booker T
& Sting with an assist from Matt Morgan defeated Kip James, Cowboy James
Storm with Jacqueline & Robert Roode in 6 minutes.
Matt Morgan is backstage with Lauren. Matt attacks Kip James
who is coming down the hallway, delivering a kick to the side of Kip’s head.
Undoubtedly Morgan is looking to make many enemies in TNA.
The audience sees “Previously on iMPACT”…which is
pretty much what has already been rehashed above.
ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE?
iMPACT is broadcast from Universal Studios, Orlando, FL on the
Spike TV Network
Ringside announcers: Mike Tenay and Don West
Ring announcer: David Penzer
Ringside valet: SoCal Val
Backstage interviews: Jeremy Borash and Lauren
Mike Tenay informs the audience that tonight Samoa Joe will
defend his TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time as he faces
former champion, Kurt Angle.
Booker T enters the arena with mic in hand. Booker issued a
challenged Sting last week in the last match on iMPACT. Booker tells the
audience that he wants to address Sting. Booker calls Sting out so that Booker
can get a few things off his chest. Sting enters the ring in response to
Booker’s call out. Booker tells Sting that Booker and Sting go a long way back
and they have been in a lot of wars together. Booker says that Sting was always
there for Booker and Booker was always there for Sting. Booker says that he lost
it last week and disrespected Sting and Booker didn’t want to do that.
Booker apologizes to Sting for the way he treated him last week. Cowboy
James Storm, Jacqueline and Robert Roode interrupt them. Storm says that what
they were talking about is very touching. Storm says that the two of them should
just get married on national television. Roode says that his drunk cowboy friend
is trying to tell them that last week Booker and Sting promised them a fight and
that everyone wants to see Booker and Sting fight. Roode tells them that whether
they like it or not, the two of them are going to fight. Jim Cornette who is now
at ringside interrupts Roode. Cornette says that he is the only one that can
book matches and then he tells Roode that he looks very nice, like the director
of a massage parlor. Cornette gets in the ring and says that he is sick and
tired of everyone thinking about themselves and they aren’t thinking about the
TNA team. Cornette says that because the TNA Tag Team is vacant and nobody holds
it, at Sacrifice it will be The Deuce is Wild Tag Team Tournament. There will be
8 tag teams and each team will be in four matches and the winners of those
matches are going to go to Sacrifice. The night of Sacrifice, there will be 8
singles wrestlers put together in four more tag teams and it will be a surprise
and the partners will be picked at random and anyone can be partners or they can
be opponents. Even if partners
don’t like each other, it won’t matter. The team that wins at Sacrifice will
be the new TNA tag team champions. Cornette says that tonight it will be Robert
Roode & Cowboy James Storm taking on Booker T & Sting.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with AJ Styles. He asks Styles
about the tag team championship situation and Styles says he doesn’t like it
but it isn’t his call. Styles says that he and Tomko are going to win the tag
team titles back. Styles brings out Karen Angle. Just when you thought the junk
storylines were over…
Wild Tag Team Tournament Qualifying Match
Accompanied by Misty the Rat – AGAIN!
RUBY-EYED RATS DON’T LIKE BRIGHT LIGHTS
ALL RATS HAVE SENSITIVE HEARING!
IS WRONG WITH TNA?
Team 3D from New York City
Referee: Rudy Charles
Rellik and Ray start off in the ring. Rellik has Ray up
against the ring post and the referee throws in a warning about the fists being
used by Rellik. Rellik comes off the ropes and is caught is a sidewalk slam. Ray
goes for the cover and gets a two count then tags in Devon and they team up to
take Rellik down to the canvas. Devon goes for the cover and gets a one count.
Rellik tags in Black Reign and a few criss crosses in the ropes result in a take
down of Black Reign. Devon enters the ring and Rellik comes in but Ray sends
Rellik through the ropes to the floor. Devon and Ray nearly collide and as they
are arguing about it, Black Reign nails Devon in the back, Devon bumps into Ray
and Ray goes through the ropes and out to the floor and we go Commercial break
in the middle of the match! Back to the action, Black Reign and Rellik have
Devon in the ring and Rellik tries for the pin again and gets another two count.
Devon is back to his feet, but Rellik takes Devon down to his knees. Devon gets
back to his feet and Rellik hits him with a high kick. Rellik goes for a pin
again and gets a two count. Rellik goes up to the top turnbuckle, Ray grabs his
foot, Devon climbs up and brings down Rellik with a superplex. Devon goes for
the cover and gets a two count before Black Reign comes in to break it up. Devon
manages to tag in Ray and Ray takes Rellik down with clotheslines and a back
body drop. Black Reign enters the ring and a clothesline drops him. Ray nails
both of them with another clothesline. Ray delivers a choke slam to Rellik, goes
for the pin and gets the three count, but the ref is saying that it was only a
two count. Ray goes up to the top turnbuckle but is knocked off by
Rellik. All four men are now in the ring, Rellik gets caught in the 3D, Ray goes
for the cover and gets the three count.
2 minutes before commercial, 4 minutes after commercial, 6 minutes total.
Brother Ray & Brother Devon, Team 3D
a 3D to Rellik
This obviously was not a wrestling match but fans would have
been disappointed if it had been. It was an okay match but not one of the best I
have seen for any of the wrestlers involved.
Lauren is backstage with the TNA Women’s division. As we
leave the area, the women are arguing – didn’t we just see this last week?
JB is in the back with Kurt Angle. Angle says he knows the
question that JB is going to ask – is he ready for Joe?
JB says that isn’t it but Angle tells JB that he is going to win
tonight and then face Rick Steiner at Sacrifice. JB reminds Angle that he will
be facing Scott Steiner, not Rick. Angle throws him out of the locker room. JB
then tells Angle that Styles and Angle’s wife are together at iMPACT tonight.
Angle wants to know where they are and JB decides to lead Angle to them.
Don West & Tenay introduce a video of the history between
Angle and Samoa Joe.
Samoa Joe, from earlier today – Tenay asks Joe, who is with
Kevin Nash, about the continued training Joe has been doing. Nash tells Tenay
that the training for Joe never stops. Joe tells Angle that he will beat him
tonight and he tells Steiner that he will see him at Sacrifice.
Tenay recaps the situation between Super Eric and Kaz and the
TNA tag team title mess they are in.
Lauren is backstage with Showtime Eric Young and Kaz and she
asks why Eric wouldn’t admit that he was Super Eric. Kaz tells Young that he
found it really hard to forgive him but Kaz says he can’t stay mad at Young.
Kaz tells Young that next week they have another shot at the tag team titles and
to please not do what he did last week again. Kaz tells Young to tell Super Eric
to stay away from the iMPACT Zone next week. WHO WRITES THIS STUFF???
Wild Tournament Qualifying Match
Motor City Machineguns from Detroit, MI
War Machine Rhino from Detroit, MI
The Instant Classic Christian Cage from Tampa, FL by way
of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Christian Cage gets one heck of a pop from the live audience.
The match begins with Christian facing Shelley in the center of the ring. Actual
wrestling moves as the two lock up with Shelley going to work on Cage’s left
arm. Cage off the ropes, drops Shelley with a shoulder block and then tosses
Shelley over his head, Shelley lands on his feet. Cage tries for the unprettier
but Shelley counters and delivers a cross body block. Cage rolls through and
gets a two count. Mutual hand slap of respect from the two men in the ring
before they lock up again. Cage tags in Rhino. Shelley goes after Rhino’s knee
and tags in Sabin. Sabin leaps over Shelley and nails Rhino in the back. Rhino
takes down Sabin but Sabin is back to his feet. Rhino takes Sabin down with a
clothesline, Sabin off the ropes and Rhino delivers a belly-to-belly suplex but
misses the gore, then rolls out of the ring. Sabin goes up to the top turnbuckle
but Cage sends him off to the floor. Shelley sends Cage out to the floor then
delivers a suicide dive taking down Cage and Rhino, Shelley is on his feet and
we go to COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH – THAT’S TWO! Back to
the action, Sabin tags in Shelley and Shelley goes for the cover. He gets a two
count. Rhino delivers a spine buster and goes for the cover. Rhino gets a two
count. Rhino tags in Cage and Cage takes Shelley down to the mat. Shelley back
to his feet and off the ropes, Cage delivers a elbow and goes for the pin,
getting a to count. Cage tags in Rhino. Rhino delivers a shoulder block that
sends Shelley face first to the mat. Rhino sends Shelley face first into the
corner turnbuckle and tags in Cage. Cage bodyslams Shelley to the mat and goes
for the cover. Cage gets a two count. Shelley back to his feet, delivers the
sliced bread, both men are down on the mat. Shelley tags in Sabin who comes off
the top with a dropkick. Rhino enters the ring, Sabin sends him over the top
rope and to the floor then delivers a squash to Cage. Sabin off the top with a
clothesline to Cage, goes for the pin and gets the two count. Rhino takes out
Shelley and Cage delivers a DDT to Sabin. Cage goes for the cover and gets a two
count. Sabin delivers double DDT to
Rhino and Cage, covers Cage and gets a two count. Sabin has Cage up on the top
turnbuckle. Cage shoves Sabin off the ropes and then goes for a frog splash.
Sabin rolls out of the way and Cage meets the canvas. Shelley is back in the
ring but Rhino nails him with a gore. Cage hits Sabin with the unprettier, goes
for the cover and gets the win.
3 minutes before commercial, 6 minutes after commercial, 9 minutes total
Classic Christian Cage with the unprettier to Chris Sabin
You can’t deny that Sabin and Shelly still have it and the
fans love it. I can’t take away anything from Cage or Rhino in this match
because they did work quite well together.
I don’t mind seeing Cage and Rhino win but TNA is making a mistake by
not giving Sabin and Shelley a steady push.
The women’s locker room is headed to the arena.
Jim Cornette is in the ring. He
informs the audience that he is going to announce a special match for Sacrifice
but first he has to bring the entire women’s locker room to the ring.
Gail Kim, O.D.B., Roxxi Laveaux, Traci Brooks, Jacqueline, Salinas,
Christy Hemme, Angelina Love, Velvet Sky and Rhaka Khan enter. Cornette tells
the women that they will have a TNA Knockout Makeover Battle Royal.
Raisha Saeed and Awesome Kong are now standing at the top of the entrance
ramp. The winner of the Battle Royal gets a TNA Championship Match with Awesome
Kong. The loser of the match will get a makeover and will get a Brittany Spears
makeover – she will get her head shaved in the middle of the ring.
Lauren is backstage with Sting and Booker T. Booker says that
it’s all about winning.
Team Grudge Match
Cowboy James Storm
Accompanied by The Pride of Tennessee Jacqueline
Referee: Rudy Charles
TNA needs to do something about the sound quality of the
weekly iMPACT. The entrance music is too loud and no one can hear the ring
announcer. The bell rings and
Booker and Storm face each other, Roode charges through the ropes and nails
Booker in the back. Booker comes off the ropes and takes down Storm then
delivers chops to the chest and a boot to the abdomen before tagging in Sting.
Sting slaps Storm but Storm rakes Sting’s eyes and then tags in Roode. Roode
delivers punches and chops then goes over to mouth off to Booker before going
back at Sting. Sting comes out swinging and has Roode up against a ring post
delivering fists to the forehead before sending Roode across then ring and
taking him down with a dropkick. Sting goes for the cover and gets a two count,
then tags in Booker. Sting and Booker drop Roode with double elbows. Roode rakes
Booker’s eyes but Booker catches him with an elbow. Out on the ring apron,
Storm catches Booker with a kick to the head, Roode goes for the pin and gets a
two count. Roode tags in Storm and we go to COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE MATCH – THAT’S THREE! Back in the ring, Storm and Booker are battling in
the ring. The ref backs Storm up, but Storm shoves the ref out of the way and
then tags in Roode. Storm and Roode double team Booker until the ref makes Storm
get out of the ring. Roode goes for a cover and gets a two count before tagging
in Storm. Storm delivers punches to Booker’s head before putting on his cowboy
hat and biting Booker’s forehead. Storm tags in Roode. Roode has Booker down
on the canvas. Booker is back to his feet but Roode nails Booker again, sending
him back down. Roode off the ropes and Booker delivers a spine buster. Both men
are down on the mat but Booker manages to tag in Sting as Roode tags in Storm.
Roode doesn’t exit the ring and Sting goes after them both. Sting goes pins
Storm but Roode breaks it up. Booker is in the ring and he goes after Roode and
Storm but Jacqueline grabs Booker’s leg and trips him. Roode goes up to the
top rope and Sting has Roode but Storm pulls them off the top turnbuckle. Roode
and Sting both hit the mat hard. Storm and Booker catch each other with a
clothesline and all four men are now down on the mat. Sting is back to his feet,
but Roode sends Sting out to the floor. Roode has a beer bottle and nearly hits
Storm. Sting has on Storm’s cowboy hat as he delivers a DDT to Roode and
Booker sends Storm out to the floor. Sting goes for the cover and gets the three
3 minutes before commercial, 4 minutes after commercial, 7 minutes total.
with a DDT to Robert Roode
I was a little surprised that Booker and Sting did a decent
job of being a tag team although they have worked together quite some time ago.
I enjoyed the constant dissension between Roode and Storm.
Again I have to hand it to Jacqueline – and I wish TNA would make up
its mind about which name she will be using on a regular basis – when she
cheats from outside the ring, she is slick and smooth.
After the match, Roode and Storm get into a battle and
Jacqueline gets in the middle trying to break them up. JB is backstage with
Angle as Angle finds Styles and Angle’s Mrs.
Angle throws the table out of the way and Angle tells her that as long as
there is an Angle and Joe there can’t be an Angle and her. Styles and Angle
shove each other before Angle tells Styles to get out and take her with him.
Lauren is in Cornette’s office and he says that there are
two many spoiled prima donnas in TNA both women and men. Cornette says he knows
everyone hates him and he’s going to get them. Next week on iMPACT he will
reveal a new match that will happen at Sacrifice and he will get even with the
way everyone has been treating him.
World Heavyweight Title Match
7 years pro
6’2”, 280 lbs.
Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe
Referee: Earl Hebner
Commercial break before the match begins…will it be the
LAST commercial break or will we have one more match with a commercial break in
The men lock up and Joe backs Angle into a ring post but
breaks clean. Joe has Angle around the waist and Angle heads to the ropes to get
the ref to break it up. Joe sends Angle to the mat with a shoulder block and
Angle goes out on the floor. The ref is counting and Angle climbs up the steps
and back into the ring. Joe has Angle in a side headlock. Angle sends Joe off
the ropes and again Joe drops Angle with a shoulder block. Angle again rolls out
on the floor. Angle climbs back in the ring, Joe goes for the side headlock.
Angle sends Joe off the ropes and this time Joe drops Angle with a clothesline.
Joe has Angle down on the mat but Angle is back to his feet and backs Joe into a
corner. Angle delivers fist instead of breaking clean, Joe sidesteps Angle’s
charge into the ring post and Angle meets the corner post face first. Again
Angle backs Joe into a ring post, then Angle rakes Joe’s eyes and delivers
European uppercuts. Angle charges and Joe steps out of the way again. Angle
nails the ring post with his shoulder before going out to the floor. Joe comes
through the ropes with a suicide dive that takes Angle out again. Joe is back to
his feet and we go to COMMERCIAL
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH – THAT’S FOUR – AND THIS IS THE MAIN
EVENT! Back to the match, Angle is delivering European uppercuts in the ring,
but Joe takes Angle down with an inverted atomic drop. Joe goes for the cover
and gets a two count. Joe is back to his feet and he delivers a knee drop to the
skull before again going for a cover. He gets another two count. Joe uses his
boot to work on Angle’s skull before delivering a running kick to the
Angle’s head. Joe delivers a suplex and goes for the pin. He gets a two count.
Joe has Angle in a cross arm breaker and tries to get Angle to tap, but Angle
works to get back to his feet. Angle gets a foot on the bottom rope and the ref
makes Joe break the hold. Joe goes back to work with right fists, but Angle
delivers a boot and then drops Joe with a release suplex. Angle is back to his
feet but he’s holding his wrist. Angle applies a reverse chin lock on Joe. Joe
gets back to his feet and nails Angle in the midsection with elbows. Joe comes
off the ropes and Angle catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex and goes for a
cover. Angle gets a two count. Angle applies a side headlock and keeps Joe down
on the canvas. Joe gets back to his feet and again uses elbows to make Angle
release but Angle rakes the eyes. Angle backs up and charges at Joe. Joe picks
Angle up with one arm and slams him to the mat. Both men are down but Joe is
back to his feet first. He goes after Angle with rights before the ref gets in
the middle. Joe shoves the ref and charges at Angle, Angle pulls down the top
rope and Joe goes out to the floor. Joe grabs his left knee and the ref goes out
to the floor but so does Angle. Angle delivers a few kicks to Joe’s knee
before the ref makes Angle get back in the ring. Joe is still down on the floor
outside the ring and we go to YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! COMMERCIAL BREAK IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH! THAT’S FIVE AND TWO OF THEM HAVE BEEN DURING THE MAIN
EVENT! Back to the ring, Angle is in the ring going for the figure four-leg lock
on Joe. Replay of what happened during the commercial break, Kevin Nash has
appeared at ringside and is telling Joe to get back in the ring. In real time,
Joe is trying to reverse the pressure that Angle has on Joe’s knee. Joe tries
to roll and reach the ropes but he can’t get there. He keeps working and makes
it to the ropes. The ref pries the two wrestlers apart but Joe is still on the
mat and Angle goes back after Joe’s knee. Joe delivers chops to Angle’s
chest getting him to release the leg. Joe back to his feet and they exchange
punches in the center of the ring. Joe has Angle backed up, Angle charges and
Joe delivers a spine buster but only gets a two count when he goes for the
cover. Joe delivers a body slam and again goes for the pint. He gets a two
count. Angle has Joe in the ankle lock but Joe sends him into the ropes. Angle
delivers the Olympic slam and goes for the cover but Joe gets a shoulder up at
the count of two. Angle is back to his feet and he goes up to the top
turnbuckle, goes for the moonsault but Joe rolls out of the way and Angle meets
the mat. Joe rolls across and has Angle in the rear naked choke, Angle counters
and again has Joe in the ankle lock. Joe tries to kick out but Angle doesn’t
release the hold. Joe rolls over, trips angle and has Angle in the rear naked
choke but Angle reaches the bottom rope and the ref makes Joe break the hold.
Joe sets Angle up on the top turnbuckle, Joe goes for a high kick but he catches
the ref in the head and the ref goes down. Angle delivers a low blow and then an
Olympic slam then tries to wake the ref up. Joe manages to send Angle across the
ring. Scott Steiner who has been hiding at the side of the ring nails Angle with
a lead pipe, Joe drops Angle to the mat and goes for the cover. The ref wakes up
enough to count to three and Joe wins the match.
5 minutes before 1st commercial, 6 minutes before 2nd
commercial, 6 minutes after 2nd commercial, total 17 minutes.
and still TNA World Heavyweight Champion
Submission Machine Samoa Joe
I’m having a terrible time lately watching Kurt Angle in
the ring but I do enjoy a good Samoa Joe bout. While the ending was a little of
a surprise, Steiner pulled it off quite well and the real surprise was the three
way for the title at Sacrifice.
After the match, Steiner enters the ring with pipe in hand.
He stands over Angle as Joe gets to his feet. Steiner tells Angle about respect
and then Steiner faces Joe to tell Joe that Steiner is going to have the belt.
Three refs hit the ring as Joe smacks Steiner and Steiner starts taking off his
shirt. Cornette is yelling for Steiner to stop and tells Steiner that if he
touches anyone in the ring, he will lose six months worth of pay. At Sacrifice
the match will be Samoa Joe versus Kurt Angle versus Scott Steiner for the TNA
World Heavyweight Champion.