July 10, 2008 –
Recap by Sassy
Last week on iMPACT
Cowboy James Storm & Robert Roode with Jacqueline
defeated Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley, Motor City, Machine Guns, in 4 minutes.
In a Bimbo Brawl, Moose defeated Roxxi in 5 minutes.
In a World X Cup Match, Rey Bucanero representing Team
Mexico defeated Alex Kozlov representing Team International in 2 minutes.
In a World X Cup Match, Milano Collection AT
representing Team Japan defeated Curry Man representing Team TNA in 4 minutes.
In a Special Challenge Match, Taylor defeated Raisha
Saeed with Awesome Kong in 4 minutes.
In the Main Event, Big Sexy Kevin Nash & Samoa Joe
defeated Cowboy James Storm & Robert Roode with The Pride of Tennessee
Jacqueline in 6 minutes.
Sting made an appearance in the rafters before the
iMPACT went off the air.
Speaking of Moose aka Mickie
Knuckles, we understand she was seriously injured while working an Indy match
and is suffering from a broken femur.
of luck and fast healing to Moose!
For those of you who have not
heard, Scott D’Amore, Rellik and James Mitchell have been released from TNA. I personally will miss all three of these talents and think
TNA needs to start looking at the non talent they hired while releasing those
that have wrestling talent not to mention knowledge of wrestling.
CROSS THE LINE
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
The show begins in the parking lot as JB announces that there
will be a Parking Lot Brawl. If
there is a referee involved, I don’t know who it is because I don’t see him.
With The Pride of Tennessee Jacqueline
Homicide representing LAX
No offense, Roode, but Homicide can brawl. Don West tells the
audience that Cowboy James Storm and Hernandez have been banned from the area in
order to make this a one on one fight. Moose’s Dead End sign has made it into
the hands of Homicide. So much for a one on one match as Jacqueline goes after
Homicide. Now some guy in a mask has appeared and is beating on Homicide. He
takes off the mask and it’s none other than Cowboy James Storm. There are
referees attempting to break it up but they get shoved out of the way. The
handcuffs have come out and the match is entering the arena. Herandez has
appeared to take out Roode and Storm. Hernandez gets a dose of double team and
now Hernandez is down on the mat. Hector Guerrero has appeared to check on
Homicide and Hernandez is back in charge. He has the leather strap in his hand
and he goes to work on Storm and Roode. Storm and Roode bailout of the ring as
Salinas rolls into the ring Time: 6 minutes.
I’m not sure if the entire six minutes can be counted as
the match but no one called a DQ. It wasn’t as exciting a brawl as I had hoped
it would be and I was disappointed in Homicide during the time in the parking
lot. On top of the mediocre match, it’s a “banned from the area” match and
when Storm shows up the match isn’t stopped.
I guess TNA forgot that they made that particular stipulation for the
match. After the match the lights go out and Sting appears in the rafters again.
We go to commercial break.
The audience sees a video of the World X Cup wrestlers. It
would be nice to see a World X Cup Match go longer than 3 or 4 minutes.
World X Cup Standings
World X Cup Singles Match
Masato Yoshino representing Team Japan
Doug Williams from the United Kingdom
Representing Team International
Referee: Slick Johnson
I’ve heard good things about Williams but I have never seen
him in a full match. Nice suicide dive by Yoshino to Williams outside the ring.
Yoshino has great speed and works well off of the ropes but Williams has a
stiffer style that looks good in the ring. I’m sure Williams has some weight
on Yoshino but TNA doesn’t announce weight anymore so I’m not sure how much
the difference is between the two. Yoshino has some great counters to
Williams’ attempts to drop him to the mat. Williams delivers a suplex off the
top turnbuckle and Yoshino lands near the opposite side of the ring. Yoshino
goes for a roll up but Williams kicks out at the count of two. Williams catches
Yoshino in a bridge roll up and gets the three count. Time: 5 minutes.
Winner: Doug Williams representing
Team International with a bridge
Williams did a great job in this match against Yoshino who
has the greatest speed of anyone in the TNA locker room. Both men worked hard
for the fans.
The standings now show TNA has one point and Team
International has two points making Team TNA at the bottom of the standings.
JB is in the back with Kurt Angle who is looking for his tag
team partners, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky, the Beautiful People. Angle is
worried about the match and they are worried about their makeup. We go to
The Guru Sonjay Dutt is in the gym with Lauren and his yoga
class with Lauren. Dutt says they have a new student, Petey Williams, is in the
gym. Black Machismo Jay Lethal charges through the doors and goes after Dutt.
Dutt is surrounded by his mini gurus and they back out of the gym with Dutt
chanting “Set Val free”.
Lauren is in the back with Taylor who faced Raisha Saeed last
week. She will be facing Awesome Kong tonight. We go to commercial break.
Matt Morgan is talking about his career with TNA.
Six Man Tag Team Match - Falls County Anywhere
Kip James from FL
Maple Leaf Muscle Petey Williams
X Division Champion
Accompanied by Rhaka Khan
Tomko from FL
BG James from FL
Showtime Eric Young residing in an undisclosed location
Matt Morgan from CT
Referee: Slick Johnson
It appears that the match is not exactly following tag team
rules. Morgan and Kip are in the ring battling it out while everyone else is
battling outside the ring. Referee Rudy Charles and Shane Sewell are outside the
ring as well. Young & Williams make it up into the audience area. Williams
has Young in a sharpshooter but he gets saved by one of his partners before he
can tap. Young and Williams are back in the ring. Young as a cover but Tomko
breaks it up. Young dives through the ropes but Tomko catches him with what
looks like a lead pipe. Williams goes for the cover on the floor and gets the
win. Time: 5 minutes.
Winners: Maple Leaf Muscle Petey
Williams, Tomko & Kip James
I’m not sure I understand the purpose of these matches
although this was a better brawl than the opening brawl in the parking lot.
After the match, Tomko & Williams enter the ring with the pipe. Williams
holds Young but Abyss enters the arena and heads to the ring. He goes after
Tomko. Abyss sends Tomko over the top rope with a clothesline and then picks up
the lead pipe but he throws it down on the mat. We go to commercial break.
$25,000 Challenge for the TNA Women’s Champions
Taylor Wild from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Awesome Kong, 6’1” weighing 278 2/8 lbs.
TNA Women’s Champion
With Raisha Saeed
Referee: Rudy Charles
Kong goes after Wild before the bell rings. Saeed trips Wild
as she tries to come off the ropes. Roxxi appears at ringside to stop Saeed’s
interference in the match and we go to commercial break in the middle of the
match. Back to the ring. Wild appears to be in trouble. Wild goes for a cover
once and then again. She manages to work her way out of the awesome bomb. Kong
knocks the ref down and Wild comes off the top rope with a cross body block,
Kong falls over the ref and Wild gets a two count. Kong takes Wild down with an
implant buster but she can’t get the three count. Kong misses with the spinning back fist, Wild goes for a roll
up and gets the three count and the win. Time: 6 minutes.
Winner of the $25,000 Challenge and
the new TNA Women’s Champion: Taylor
With the exception of the commercial break at the beginning
of the match, this was a great match. Wild is fast and uses everything in her
power to get the job done and Kong didn’t give her any breaks. Great match and
great win for the new women’s roster member, Taylor Wild.
JB meets Wild on the entrance ramp while Kong sits in the
ring looking like she’s going to cry. The
tears turns to fury and Wild will now have to watch her back no matter where she
goes in TNA. Kong will be looking
for her. We go to commercial break.
Team TNA is in the back, Kaz, the captain, Chris Sabin, Alex
Shelley & Curry Man. Kaz will face Ultimo Guerrero tonight in a Team TNA
versus Team Mexico. It appears Kaz has improved greatly with his mic skills.
Of course, I could care less if he can talk – I just like to see him
work in the ring.
Current World X Cup Standings
World X Cup Match
Ultimo Guerrero representing Team Mexico
Kaz representing Team TNA
Captain of Team TNA
Referee: Shane Sewell
Knowing that Team TNA needs the points is not going to help
me to decide whom I want to win in this match. I have not seen much of Guerrero
in the ring but what I have seen, I have liked. Kaz is always spectacular in the
ring. Guerrero takes Kaz off the top turnbuckle with a front suplex and goes for
the cover but Kaz kicks out. The rest of Team TNA are standing on the entrance
ramp to cheer on Kaz. Kaz looks like he needs a cheering section as Guerrero
again goes for a cover. Kaz kicks out. Guerrero stops to try to get the audience
to stop chanting for Kaz. Again Guerrero takes Kaz down from the top turnbuckle
and goes for the cover getting a two count before Kaz kicks out. Kaz finally
goes to work with those kicks he does so well and he goes for the pin but only
gets a two count. Kaz slips when he tries to springboard off the top rope and
grabs his knee. Guerrero goes for the cover and gets a two count. Kaz delivers a
kick to Guerrero but he’s limping as he climbs to the top turnbuckle. Kaz goes
for the hurricanrana but Guerrero sends Kaz down and across the ring in a power
bomb. Guerrero goes for the cover and gets a two count. Guerrero goes off the
tope with a moonsault but Kaz rolls out of the way. Kaz delivers the wave of the
future and gets the three count and the win. Time: 6 minutes.
Winner: Kaz representing Team TNA
This match is the kind of match I like to see. I’m not
thrilled about Kaz injuring his knee in the midst of a tournament but he did a
great job against Ultimo Guerrero in this match.
World X Cup Standings
Lauren is backstage with The Phenomenal AJ Styles, O.D.B. and
Gail Kim. We go to commercial break.
The audience sees a video of the history of the Ultimate X
Match. This Sunday, Victory Road debuts on pay per view, which will have an
Ultimate X Match. Jim Cornette says that there will be a new match at Victory
Road. It will be a rematch for the
Women’s title with Taylor Wild, the new champion, facing former champion
JB and Angle are backstage with Love & Sky who are still
worried about their makeup and their tans. We go to commercial break.
The audience sees a video preview of the match between Booker
T and Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe at Victory Road. Booker appears in the
ring to issue an apology to Joe. Booker is getting to close to the King Booker
thing again and I don’t care for that persona. Booker calls Joe to the ring
and Joe obliges. Booker apologizes to Joe for not respecting him and then he
tells him that he’s sorry about what is going to happen Sunday night in
Booker’s hometown of Houston, Texas. Booker tells Joe that Nash is right about
one thing – Joe can’t beat Booker. The live audience breaks into a chant of
“Joe” but I think the audience is split between the two. Booker shakes
Joe’s hand and says “may the best man win”. Joe says that Booker is sorry.
The lights go out and Sting’s entrance music is heard as Sting appears at the
top of the entrance ramp. Sting heads to the ring. Sting asks the audience who
will win at Victory Road. There seems to be some confusion about who will win.
Sting says that he will be at Victory Road to watch the match. We go to
Knocked Out – Angelina Love and Gail Kim appear to be
building a feud.
Six Person Mixed Tag Team Match
Angelina Love & Velvet Sky
Kurt Angle from Pittsburgh, PA
O.D.B. from Minneapolis, MN
Gail Kim from Tampa, FL
The Phenomenal AJ Styles from Gainesville, GA
Referee: Earl Hebner
ODB & Kim take care of Love & Sky before Styles &
Angle face off. Styles goes for the cover but Angle kicks out. Styles delivers a
dropkick but he spends too much time before he goes for the cover and Angle
kicks out. Frank Trigg appears on one side of the ring and Karen Angle appears
on the opposite side of the ring and we go to commercial break. This is probably
the first time tonight I don’t mind a commercial break in the middle of the
match. Back to the action, Angle & Styles are still in the ring. Angle goes
for the pin but Styles kicks out. Styles manages to deliver a DDT. Styles nails
Angle with the pele kick and goes for the Styles clash but Angle counters. The
two hit each others with clotheslines and both men are on the canvas. The tags
are made and all four women are in the ring. Styles comes across the ring and
over the top ropes to take out Angle. Kim catches Sky, goes for the cover and
gets the three count. Time: 5 minutes.
Winners: Gail Kim, O.D.B. & The
Phenomenal AJ Styles
There is mayhem in the ring after the bell and Trigg manages
to come in and slam Styles down to the mat. I don’t know about the rest of the
TNA fans, but this is getting more than a little boring.
I won’t be ordering Victory Road but will post the results
on next week’s iMPACT report.