July 3, 2008 –
Recap by Sassy
Last week on iMPACT
The Phenomenal AJ Styles
defeated Consequences Creed in 5 minutes.
The Instant Classic Christian Cage defeated Brother Ray of
Team 3D by DQ in 2 minutes.
In the $25,000 Challenge Match, Awesome Kong with Raisha
Saeed defeated Danielle in 2 minutes.
In a World X Cup Match, Team Mexico defeated Team Japan in
In a Bimbo Brawl, Moose defeated O.D.B. in 6 minutes.
In the Main Event, No DQ Match, Booker T, with a little
inadvertent help from Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe, defeated Big Sexy
Kevin Nash in 8 minutes.
Holy crap, TNA just doesn’t get it…I said just last week
we were going to have The Dating Game – how close is that?
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, Crystal Loutham and
AJ Styles appears with mic in hand – and Karen Angle.
Styles calls out Kurt Angle but Brother Ray & Brother Devon of Team 3D
appear in order to defend Angle who is out on a date. First Ray calls Karen a
bitch and then he calls her a whore and Styles decides to beat up everyone in
the ring. Styles is a little outnumbered and outsized. Ray & Devon get the
table set up in the ring but Rhino appears to make the save. At Victory Road,
Rhino wants The Instant Classic Christian Cage & AJ Styles to partner with
him in a six man tag team match – Rhino wants a Full Metal Mayhem Match –
against Brother Ray, Brother Devon & Kurt Angle and the fans get to select
the type of match. I was hoping for commercial break, but Angle appears to tell
the fans that he is going on three separate dates and he takes along Jeremy
Borash with a camera and a mic. Why
doesn’t Angle just date JB and get it over with?
He meets his first date at the gym and she looks like she could be
Brother Ray’s sister. We go to commercial break.
Homicide, Hernandez, Hector Guerrero & Salinas of LAX are
in Houston , TX and appear via satellite to talk about their strap match against
Cowboy James Storm with Jacqueline & Robert Roode at Victory Road. In the
iMPACT Zone, Storm, Jacqueline & Roode appear at the top of the entrance
ramp and enter the ring so they can argue with LAX about who is going to win the
match at Victory Road.
Cowboy James Storm
The Motor City Machine Guns
Referee: Earl Hebner
Sabin & Shelley do what they do best, which is move like
lightening and work in sync. Great work by MMG even when Jacqueline attempts to
spit beer in Sabin’s face and he ducks out of the way and Storm gets hit.
Time: 4 minutes.
Winners: Cowboy James Storm &
I do enjoy Sabin & Shelley in the ring and normally Roode
& Storm would do a good job but I don’t see them working well as a tag
After the match, Sabin & Shelley get beat with straps and
then the refs get whipped. Storm & Roode go after Security and then they go
after Don West at the announcer’s table. Dave Penzer gets tossed into the ring
and they beat on him, too, but Jim Cornette appears to make the save. Cornette
tells Roode & Storm that he is going to find the two meanest wrestlers on
the TNA roster and they are going to be in another match tonight. We go to
Angle is now waiting for his lunch date and of course we have
to go. We only see his date from the back until the camera pans and we see that
there is hair on her chest. Angle not only in a dark diner but is wearing
sunglasses inside the diner and JB has to point out to Angle that “she” is a
Moose from KY
Roxxi from New Orleans, LA
Referee: Rudy Charles
Moose appears with her shopping cart of weapons and Roxxi
comes unprepared. Moose attacks Roxxi before she makes it to the ring. The ref
cringes every time someone gets nailed with a weapon. Moose delivers a DDT on
the Dead End sign and goes for the cover, getting the three count. Time: 5
Winner: Moose with a DDT
Roxxi is bleeding from the forehead and the camera pans in
after the match is over. I’m not sure why TNA has suddenly decided to work
hardcore matches with women wrestlers. The
roster has several very talented women that are great in the ring.
Cornette is backstage with Big Sexy Kevin Nash. Cornette’s
needs two wrestlers to go after Storm & Roode and he wants Nash to be one of
the wrestlers. Cornette says that he will make Nash happy since he is helping
him out but his partner in the match tonight will be Samoan Submission Machine
Samoa Joe. Nash tells Cornette that he doesn’t have a problem with it, but Joe
will have a problem with it. We go to commercial break.
Cornette is backstage with Samoa Joe and JB. Cornette tells
Joe that he wants him to be in a match against Roode & Storm. Joe says he
will be happy to be in the match and then asks who his partner is going to be.
Cornette tells Joe to sit down but Joe says no way will he be in a match with
Nash as a partner. Cornette tells Joe he has to do it and Joe says that what
happens in the ring tonight will be Cornette’s fault. The audience then sees a
video of the relationship between Joe & Nash. We go to commercial break.
Angle is on his third blind date. Angle keeps talking about
himself but she keeps leaving the table. He decides she’s bullemic but she
says she has a spastic colon. He laughs and she leaves. JB reminds Angle that
Ray got Angle three times today and Angle says he will get Ray tonight.
World X Cup Standings
World X Cup Match
Alex Kozlov representing Team International
Rey Bucanero representing Team Mexico
Referee: Shane Sewell
Kozlov delivers a nice suicide diver over the top rope,
landing on his feet on the floor. Kozlov goes for an early cover but Bucanero
kicks out. Bucanero delivers a senton off the top turnbuckle, goes for the cover
and gets the win. Time: 2 minutes.
Winner: Rey Bucanero for Team Japan
with a senton
The match was fast paced and a good watch but extremely
short. It makes it difficult for the fans to judge the quality of the wrestlers
and how well they work against each other when they are in the ring for 2
Angle is at the iMPACT Zone looking for Brother Ray and we go
to commercial break.
We are back to the Angle Show as Angle enters the ring. There
are great ways to build feuds but this is the worst angle I have seen in a long
time. Angle calls Brother Ray out
to the ring. Ray brings Brother Devon along for backup. Ray explains that they
can talk about things in the back but Devon has made a match for them for
Victory Road. Angle refuses to go to the back with Team 3D. Ray tells Angle that
his black book has been lost so he used Devon’s little black book. Ray says he
brought a girl for Angle tonight and calls Sandy to the ring. She is having a
terrible time getting around the ring in those heels. First Angle yells at her
and then apologizes but then Angelina Love & Velvet Sky enter the ring to
beat up Ray’s catch. Karen comes to the rescue, takes out Love & Sky and
then slaps Angle. She gets herself cornered but Styles, Rhino, Gail Kim &
O.D.B hit the ring to make the save. Wrestling fans, you do realize that the
World X Cup Match could have been longer and more entertaining if this little
skit hadn’t taken up so much time? We go to commercial break – about 5
minutes too late.
JB is backstage with Booker T in Booker’s bright red
dressing room. Booker wants the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Victory
Road. We go to commercial break.
TNA Rough Cut
Matt Morgan Living the Dream
We have another segment of Rough Cut with Morgan talking
about his pro wrestling training and his wrestling relationship with Jim
Cornette, his WWE Smackdown career.
To be continued…
World X Cup Match
Milano Collection AT representing Team Japan
Curry Man representing Team TNA
Referee: Slick Johnson
Team Japan is still working hard at making the TNA fans
dislike them. I have only seen Milano in a couple of short matches but I do like
his style. Curry Man, although talented, has been more of an audience favorite
due to the costume and his actions rather than his wrestling style. This was a
decent match although I would like to see the World X Cup matches scheduled for
a longer time slot. Time: 4 minutes.
Winner: Milano Collection AT with a
Lauren is backstage with Storm, Roode & Jacqueline to
talk about their match against LAX at Victory Road. We go to commercial break.
Special Challenge Match
Raisha Saeed from Syria
With Awesome Kong
Taylor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Referee: Rudy Charles
I didn’t hear the bell ring but the match is on. Taylor makes a mistake of rolling out on the floor and gets caught with a clothesline courtesy of Kong. Saeed sends Taylor into the steel steps outside the ring and then rolls Taylor back into the ring. Saeed delivers a backdrop suplex and goes for the cover but Taylor kicks out at the count of two. Saeed goes up to the top turnbuckle but misses Taylor when she rolls out of the way. Taylor delivers a kick to the head and goes for the cover, but Kong pulls the referee to the floor before he can count to three. Taylor goes for a cover with the bridge and gets the pin and the win. Time: 4 minutes.
Taylor with a bridge cover.
I have to say I was impressed with both Saeed and Taylor in
the ring. Although not a hardcore match, both women fought hard and kept up the
pace throughout the match. We go to commercial break.
The audience sees a video of Gail Kim and Angelina Love with
Scott D’Amore. This is a continuation of last week’s video of Love’s
Tag Team Match
Cowboy James Storm
With The Pride of Tennessee Jacqueline
Big Sexy Kevin Nash from Detroit, MI
Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe from American Samoa
Referee: Earl Hebner
I’m still not thrilled with Nash in the ring these days.
Nash has the capability to be a great manager if TNA would use him in the
correct manner. Nash begins the match leaving Joe on the ring apron. Joe tags
himself in and Nash has to get out of the ring. We go to commercial break in the
middle of the match. Back to the action, Joe is in the ring with Roode and Joe
is not doing well. Nash and Storm end up on the floor. Roode tries to nail Joe
with the handcuffs but Joe gets out of the way. Roode delivers a low blow. Joe
delivers a high kick, nails the muscle buster, goes for the cover and gets tht
win. Time: 6 minutes.
Winners: Samoan Submission Machine
Samoa Joe with a muscle buster & Kevin Nash
It appears that even though they won, Joe and Nash still have
issues. While it appears that there is a Nash/Joe feud brewing, no one seems to
know what effect it will have on the Championship Match at Victory Road when Joe
faces Booker T to defend his title. My guess would be that Nash will be standing in line to issue
a challenge to the winner of that match.
After the match, Joe and Nash argue in the ring but Sting’s
entrance music begins. Sting is up
in the rafters staring down at the two men in the ring. With Sting now in the
mix, Nash and Sting may be in competition to face the holder of the TNA World