((Jarrett’s Jab – No, Randy Orton or his theme will not make any appearances on this show. “They” are tricking you.))
A video highlighting Abyss’s partnership with Hulk Hogan and heel turn leads us into the iMPACT Zone where Abyss is throwing chairs in the ring. He stares down So Cal Val before scaring some kids at ringside and grabbing their chairs and throwing them in the ring. He slowly walks toward So Cal Val and she slowly retreats ((Jarrett’s Jab – Isn’t it stupid that she isn’t running for her life? I would be.)) She trips and crawls backwards. He points at someone at the audience and yells “YOU!!!” This prompts Hogan’s music and he comes in the ring and calls Abyss in. Abyss gets to the apron and Eric Bischoff runs out and gets in the ring, trying to talk Hogan out of it to no avail. When Abyss gets in the ring, two security guards come between Abyss and Hogan. Bischoff said he’d talk to Abyss and he yells “YOU UNGREATFUL SON OF A BITCH!” and slaps him hard. Abyss backs Bischoff into a corner and Hogan nails him with a chair in the back twice and he no-sold each one and puts Hogan in the chokeslam position. Hogan fights out of it as Hardy’s music hits. He hits Abyss with a Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb and then him, Bischoff and run for the hills, or at least the ramp. Hardy walks up to the ring and Abyss says “you’re mine tonight”
We go back to Taz and Tenay at the announcing booth promoting AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe tonight. Abyss walks up to the announce table, points at Taz and yells “YOU!!!” Security tries to intervene and gets beat up by Abyss. Abyss and Taz staring each other down leads us to commercial
Taz and Tenay at the announce table replay a video of the events that just transpired. Hogan’s Heros are backstage and agree that Abyss is a cancer and needs to be taken out. Bischoff says that Hardy has Abyss’s number and has him tonight.
Ink Inc. vs. The Motor City Machine Guns
Ink Inc. gets the jobber entrance as the Motor City Machine Guns enter. Alex Shelly and Shannon Moore start the match off and do a wristlock reversal sequence, Shelley escapes and sweeps Moore’s legs for 1, but Moore goes back to the arm, tags in Jesse Neal, and they hit a double hiptoss and then Moore hiptosses Neal onto Shelley for 2. Moore gets tagged back in and jumps over the over the ropes with a sunset flip for 2, then hits a springboard armdrag which sends Shelley to the floor and, a flying headscissors sends Sabin following him out. Moore dives over the top onto the MCMG, then tosses Shelley back in the ring as Brother Devon joins Mike and Taz on commentary, saying he’s just out here to make sure Brother Ray doesn’t get involved in this match. Chris Sabin gets tagged in and gets some quick offense on Moore. MCMG hit a springboard dropkick to send Neal to the floor as they continue to double team Moore. MCMG with a leapfrog splash onto Moore for 2, but Moore gets an elbow to Sabin’s jaw and hits a Moonsault and both men are down. Moore makes the hot tag and Neal comes in and cleans house on the MCMG. He hits a springboard crossbody on Sabin, then spears Shelley but Sabin breaks up the fall. All four men are in the ring, but Sabin tosses Moore to the floor, then turns around into a big Side Slam from Neal. Neal puts Shelley up top as Brother Ray comes out from the back, but Brother Devon cuts him off. However, the distraction is enough for the MCMG to hit the double team Sliced Bread #2 for the win. Winner by Pinfall: The Motor City Machine Guns ((Jarrett’s Jab – I really think this match was pathetic. This should have been all about the MCMG, who are fighting for the Vacant Tag Title. What, the MCMG can’t beat Ink Inc. without Bubba Ray and Devon?))
Bischoff comes out to his music, sans CarterTron and announces that he’s talked with Hulk and it’s official: Jeff Hardy vs. Abyss tonight. And the special guest referee will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Rob Van Dam.
Backstage Dixie Carter just arrived in the building and is talking on her cellphone
Dixie Carter is still walking backstage with a piece of paper in her hand ((Jarrett’s Jab – This is stupid to say, but why open commercial and close commercial with Dixie Carter walking? What is the purpose to that?))
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
AJ Styles makes his entrance and waits for Flair, but is disappointed when Kazarian is walking right beside him. ((Jarrett’s Jab – AJ’s hair isn’t frosted anymore)) When Samoa Joe makes his entrance, he throws his towel at Ric Flair when ironically Taz mentioned that Flair said he was considering names outside of Styles, Beer Money, and Kazarian for Fortune. AJ and Joe tie up and AJ gets Joe in the corner and Joe no-sells AJ’s chops and slaps AJ right out of the ring. ((Jarrett’s Jab – TNA is becoming the land of no-sales)) AJ gets back in and Joe throws him to the corner and blasts a fury with punches and kicks. Joe hitsa running elbow and a leaping enziguiri in the corner, then just kills AJ with a chop before stopping to stare at Flair. Joe hits a snapmare and the chop/kick/kneedrop combo. Joe comes off the ropes and AJ tries a leapfrog but Joe stops in front of him and slaps him hard. AJ goes to the eyes and takes him down with a dropkick, then chokes him on the ropes, and then slams, but AJ couldn’t capitalize immediately. AJ rams shoulderblocks into Joe’s midsection in the corner then tries a suplex, but Joe blocks and reverses to a gourdbuster. AJ hits a dropkick to the knee, then a snapmare and then a chinlock. Joe fights his way out and starts plowling through AJ with clotheslines, then hits a running boot and a senton for a 2 counts. Joe puts AJ up top for the Muscle Buster and AJ escapes, so Joe starts firing kicks at him, but AJ catches the foot and hits a Dragon Screw Legwhip. AJ goes for the figure four but Joe pulls him back into the Kokina Clutch and AJ taps. Winner by Submission: Samoa Joe
Flair and Kazarian get in the ring and Flair starts getting on AJ’s case again, then he and Kazarian leave together and leave AJ alone in the ring and bleeding from the match from his match. AJ takes the mic and asks Kazarian if he thinks this is funny, and then says that he would beat Kazarian like a little girl. AJ challenges Kazarian to a match next week, and then asks Flair is he’s cool with that, and Flair says he’s fine, and it’s going to be AJ vs Kazarian next week.
Backstage, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and Dixie Carter are sitting around a conference table, and Bischoff is complaining about Sting’s behavior since they came to TNA. Kevin Nash comes in and Hulk tells him to come back later. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Was that Random, or Was that Random?)) Bischoff talks about what Sting did to him, and to Jeff Jarrett, and then Hogan asks Dixie why they’re in TNA. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Why are they in TNA anyways?)) Dixie says he’s there to help TNA and Hogan says thank you, then says Sting is a cancer and everyone in TNA will abandon ship if they don’t get rid of him. Bischoff says that Dixie needs to do something about Sting, so Dixie says okay, she’ll do something tonight. If she’s going to make this decision, she needs to make the decision, so she’ll see Hogan and Bischoff later.
Desmond Wolfe vs. Brian Kendrick
Desmond Wolfe is in the ring and Chelsea won’t take his sunglasses ((Jarrett’s Jab – Good lord, we’re still doing this? Chelsea if you hate Desmond that much, I’m available. I’m Just Sayin’)) Wolfe attacks Kendrick before the bell, but Kendrick turns the tide and starts unloading on Wolfe. Kendrick goes for his choke but Wolfe makes the ropes and Tullys Kendrick to the floor. Wolfe goes outside, yells at Chelsea, then nails Kendrick a couple of times and tosses him back in the ring. Wolfe hits a running knee and Kendrick goes back to the floo, so Wolfe goes after him and beats him up some more. Wolfe puts Kendrick in a neck vice while yelling at Chelsea some more and tells her that if she doesn’t like it to do something about it. Back in the ring, Kendrick hits a double leg takedown but Wolfe goes to the eyes and then gets an armscissors. Chelsea’s apparently tired of Desmond and shows herself out, and Wolfe is so surprised that he gets caught in the Cobra Clutch and Wolfe taps. Winner by Submission: Brian Kendrick ((Jarrett’s Jab – I’m pissed that Desmond Wolfe, who has gotton praise from Ric Flair and Kurt Angle, has become nothing but a jobber.))
A pesky interviewer is asking Tommy Dreamer why he is in TNA and Dreamer said it’s his personal time and now is not the time to talk
The Pope D’Angelo Dinero’s TNA Return
Okay, now we go to a video package looking at the Pope, and then head to the ring for an in-ring promo with the Pope. Pope thanks us because it’s moments like this that make him realize that when he comes out and busts his butt in the ring, it’s worth every minute of it, and he couldn’t have done it without the entire congregation. Pope says they asked if this could really be the return of the Pope, and Pope says to mark it on your calendar, because at 80% he still has the responsibility of being the Pope of the congregation. He wants to let Ken Anderson know that he hasn’t forgotten about him, and he’s pulled the wall over everyone’s eyes, but if he thinks for a second that Pope doesn’t know how to get down, Pope will reference him to one person: Suicide. At 80%, he is still kicking on all cylinders because he is the cadillac of professional wrestling. Pope is here for one reason: to earn his way back to the #1 contender’s position so that he can take on the TNA World Champion and make history. Everyone here knows that Pope…is…pimpin’! Kurt Angle’s music hits and here he comes. Angle wants to welcome the Pope back, and he and the congregation have been making a lot of noise, and Angle’s a big fan because he sees Pope as the future of TNA, and the future is bright. But Angle is also trying to climb the rankings for a shot at the TNA World Title, and unfortunately, their paths have crossed, so at Victory Road it’s going to be Pope vs Kurt Angle. Angle says that Pope has everything to gain and nothing to lose, but Angle has everything to lose because his first loss could be his last match. He wants to shake Pope’s hand and say may the best man win. Oh, and one more thing: Angle must be victorious.
We now go to a video package recapping the build to the Jay Lethal-Ric Flair match at Victory Road, and then we head to the ring for a Jay Lethal promo. Lethal says he doesn’t respect Flair anymore, and to try and come out to fight him because his brother’s not a wrestler, but he is and he’s not going to stand for this. Instead, out comes Matt Morgan and he says that he’s sorry to interrupt Lethal like this…actually, no he’s not. Just 2 weeks ago, Flair announced that he was going to form a group called Fortune, and as it happens, Morgan was the first person Flair asked to join. He respects Flair for coming to Morgan, but he hasn’t decided what he’s going to do just yet, but there was one thing that Morgan and Flair could agree on…and he nails Lethal with the microphone and the bell rings, so it looks like we have…
Jay Lethal vs. Matt Morgan
Morgan takes Lethal to the corner and hits the series of elbows, then a Stinger Splash and a side suplex. Morgan chokes Lethal on the ropes then puts on a surfboard in the ropes. Lethal tries a high crossbody, but Morgan catches him and hits a fallaway slam. Morgan chokes Lethal in the corner, then chokes him on the ropes and hits a top rope Boss Man Straddle for only a two count. Morgan goes for a Carbon Footprint, but Lethal moves and Morgan crotches himself on the top rope. Now Lethal starts firing back and hits an enziguiri and a flying shoulderblock takes Morgan down. Running dropkick to the face only gets two for Lethal. Lethal goes for a springboard something, but Morgan catches him by the throat and just tosses him over the top to the floor. While the referee’s checking on Lethal, Hernandez comes running out and lowblows Morgan, allowing Lethal to hit the springboard dropkick to Morgan for the win.
Winner: Jay Lethal
Backstage, Abyss is building a nail bat, and says with every nail he drives in, he paves the way that much more for when “they” come to TNA.
Taylor Wilde is in the ring as the TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne makes her entrance.
TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne vs. Taylor Wilde (Non-title Match)
Rayne pulls Taylor’s hair to start, Taylor shoves her so Rayne spears Taylor and chokes her on the ropes. Rayne with a forearm to the chest and goes for the flying headscissors, but Taylor escapes and lays Rayne out with a forearm. Rayne and Taylor with a double clothesline as Tommy Dreamer comes out of the back with Rhino, Raven, and Stevie Richards as the crowd chants you know what. Taylor tries a high crossbody off the top, but Rayne moves and gouges the face of Wilde. Rayne hits her finish and covers for the win.Winner by Pinfall: Madison Rayne
Angelina Love runs out and attacks Rayne and tries to DDT her on a chair like she did to Lacey Von Erich and Velvet Sky, but Madison bails out to the floor to save her neck.
Dixie Carter is backstage, and she’s walking….again…this time instead of backstage, it’s up the rafters
We go backstage and Sarita is beating the crap out of Taylor Wilde, she tries rolling a big crate into Taylor and Taylor moves and starts firing back, but Sarita rams her into a fence and continues the beating until security comes and breaks them up.
We go to Taz and Tenay, who run down the card for Victory Road and then we go backstage to Dixie, who has found Sting. Sting says it’s about time, but Dixie says that Sting has become a cancer here in TNA and this can’t continue. Dixie has put her in a position where she has no choice, and she suspends Sting for 30 days without pay. Sting asks her if she thinks it’s about the money, and she says she knows it’s not, but asks Sting what it is about. Sting is about to tell her, but just at that moment Eric Bischoff brings security in to kick Sting out, and Sting says forget the 30 days, just make it indefinite. Security removes Sting, and Bischoff tells Dixie that she needs a bodyguard 24/7 because Sting is out of control and is dangerous. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Do I sense that Bischoff will be behind all of this and Sting has been in the right the whole time?))
Jeff Hardy vs Abyss, Special Referee: TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam
Hardy goes right after Abyss and Abyss tries to swing the 2×4 with nails at Hardy, but Hardy ducks and dropkicks Abyss and the2x4 drops. RVD tosses it out of the ring as Hardy nails Abyss and sends him tumbling to the floor. Hardy hits a dive over the top and almost hits Abyss, but Abyss sells it anyway. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Abyss shoves him off into the guardrail and then rams him into the steps. Abyss tosses Hardy back in the ring and whips him hard into the corner and Hardy comes bouncing back out and crashes to the mat. Abyss hits a side suplex for 2, then goes to ringside and grabs a chair from the same kids he stole the chairs from earlier and gets back in the ring. RVD takes the chair away and Hardy rolls Abyss up for 2, then drops him with a clothesline and the double legdrop to the groin. Now Hardy goes and gets the chair and RVD goes to grab the chair, but Hardy says to wait, and then he sets up the chair and uses it to springboard onto Abyss in the corner. Hardy nails the Whisper In The Wind for only a two count and then comes off the ropes and runs right into a big boot from Abyss, which he follows up with a big splash for two. Abyss goes for Shock Treatment but Hardy escapes and hits the Twist Of Fate, then goes up top for the Swanton, but Abyss nails him and goes up to chokeslam Hardy off the top, Hardy fights him off and Abyss crashes down and Hardy hits the Swanton for the win. Winner by pinfall: Jeff Hardy
Abyss attacks Hardy after the match, then gives RVD the Black Hole Slam. He goes out to the floor and gets the nail 2×4, but here comes Mr. Anderson, and he knocks the 2×4 out of Abyss’ hands with a chair, then goes after Abyss with the chair, but Abyss ducks and Anderson hits Hardy. Mr. Anderson doesn’t have much time to react as Abyss gives Anderson the Shock Treatment and stands tall as we go off the air. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I think this undid the damage Hogan caused with his “interview” a few months back and sets up a possible heel turn for Mr. Anderson))