We start off with footage from 30 minutes ago, where Jeff Hardy jumps Abyss backstage. Predictably, Abyss gets the upper hand, and they brawl through the back, out into the crowd, and down to ringside. They blur out Jeff Hardy’s buttcrack, which was sticking out of the top of his jeans, as Abyss continues to batter him around ringside. We actually see the fans starting to get in the iMPACT Zone as they fight, and Hardy turns things around with a chairshot as they brawl back through an unpopulated section of the crowd and backstage again, past where O-Zone Set used to be, and Abyss wraps electrical cables around Hardy’s face and yanks back. Hardy gets free and they continue fighting through the backstage area. They brawl out of the building to where the fans are waiting in line to get in, and the stupid security guards run out and choke Hardy with their nightsticks and pull him away.
Right from there, we go back into the (now full) arena as Eric Bischoff makes his way into the ring. He says that never in his 20 years has he seen something as horrific as what we saw last week. He holds Ric Flair responsible for the attack on EV2.0, and he apologizes to Dixie Carter and swears that they will hold Ric Flair accountable. Words cannot describe what they did to RVD, and then says what they did to RVD was horrific and despicable. Before Bischoff goes, he wants to update us on RVD’s condition: he went to the hospital and visited Rob, who is held together by staples, stitches, and pins, and his doctor fears that he has numerous punctured organs, and may have had trauma. Eric promises that when RVD is able to crawl out of that hospital, everyone will welcome him back because he’ll always have a home in TNA, but the fact is that the show must go on, and after meeting with RVD’s doctors, Dixie Carter, and Hulk Hogan, they made the decision he knows the fans and RVD would want: they have decided to vacate the TNA World Title. There will be a tournament that will begin this week and will conclude at Bound For Glory, and his thoughts and prayers are with RVD, but the show must go on .
World Title Tournament, First Round: Rob Terry vs Jeff Hardy
Hardy is wearing his street clothes and no makeup. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Awww….He almost looks normal!)) Hardy attacks Terry before the bell and dropkicks Terry’s legs out from under him, then tries a crossbody but gets caught and slammed for his trouble. Terry goozles Hardy and drives him up the ropes and then chokeslams him out into the middle of the ring. Terry puts Hardy in the corner and rams his shoulder to Hardy’s ribs and then whips Hardy across the ring, but Hardy dodges the charge and hits a pair of springboard dropkicks in the corner, then drags Terry out to the middle and covers him for 2. Hardy up top and almost hits the Whisper in the Wind for only a two count. Hardy comes off the second rope right into a clothesline from Terry, and Terry almost hits his spinkick and then tries it again and connects with it. Terry goes for a running powerslam, but Hardy slips out, hits the Twist of Fate, follows it up with the Swanton, and picks up the win. Winner by pinfall: Jeff Hardy
Ric Flair and all of Fortune are getting out of a limo.
A video package recapping the events of last week, as Fortune attacked EV2.0 at the end of the show and footage from TNA ReAction whereTommy Dreamer tells Dixie Carter to make it right, because she doesn’t want them making it right.
From there, we catch Hulk Hogan outside talking on his cell phone and teases us by saying he’s thinking of quitting over the RVD situation. He’s appalled that they want to replace RVD because it’d be like replacing the President. Hogan says he’s going to sit outside and pout because he doesn’t think he can go back inside. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I don’t think I’d mind if Hogan quit TNA. The show must go on, get your tail out from between your legs and do something))
World Title Tournament, First Round: Jay Lethal vs Ken Anderson
Anderson takes a headlock, Lethal fires him off into the ropes, and Anderson takes him down with a shoulderblock. Anderson catches Lethal on a leapfrog, but Lethal escapes and gets an STO and they have a standoff. Now Lethal gets a headlock, Anderson tries to hiptoss out but Lethal reverses to a hiptoss of his own and dropkicks Anderson for 2. Lethal puts the boots to Anderson in the corner but gets whipped into the corner, he tries to leapfrog out but Anderson catches him and this time holds onto him long enough to hit a Regal Roll. Fans chant “asshole” at Anderson as he whips Lethal into the ropes and catches him coming off with a back elbow and covers for a two count. Anderson cinches in a front facelock, dangerously close to getting the clinlock, but Lethal escapes and comes off the ropes right into a clothesline, and Anderson covers for another two count. Anderson gets another whip, Lethal ducks the clothesline and hits the handspring elbow off the ropes. Lethal chops Anderson in the corner, whips him across the ring and gets backdropped to the apron, but nails Anderson and tries a springboard dropkick, but Anderson dodges, hits the Mic Check, and that’s all she wrote. Winner: Mr. Anderson Anderson helps Lethal to his feet and they shake.
Backstage, Christy tells Angelina Love that Madison Rayne has invoked her rematch clause and she’ll be challenging for the Knockouts Title tonight. Angelina says she never expects a fair fight from Madison, and she was able to whine and cry until she got her title handed back to her last night, but it’s not going to happen tonight. She says to go ahead and bring Dumpy Ass, because Angelina has some backup of her own.
We go back to last week on TNA Reaction, as the Motor City Machine Guns were backstage saying they proved that they are the best team in the world, and then we see a clip of the finish of last week’s Match 5 of the Best Of Five Series between the MCMG and Beer Money. The feeling of being out there in front of the people was greater than anything, and they’ve been teaming for four years and they are now at the top of the mountain. The other teams have a lot to live up to with the MCMG, and it won’t be easy. We now go to a video package wondering what’s next for the MCMG, and the champs will be in action next week! ((Jarrett’s Jab – With that announcement, it makes iMPACT next week a no-miss))But right now, another title is on the line…
Knockouts Ladies Title Match: Angelina Love vs Madison Rayne
Madison is driven to the ring by the mystery girl, who joins her at ringside for the match. Angelina, meanwhile, is joined by Velvet Sky! Angelina kicks the mystery woman’s ass and rams her into the ring apron, but Madison lays out Velvet Sky and stops Angelina from taking the Mystery woman’s helmet off and exposing the other mask underneath. They head into the ring and the bell sounds as we’re reminded to follow Dixie Carter’s Twitter. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I thought I’d note that I actually got a DM from her when I tweeted her, so she does at least skim through the tweets sent to her)) Madison does her head hump thing for 2, covers again and still gets 2. Madison nails a series of knees to the midsection of Angelina, but Angelina reverses out and gets a Pittsburgh Plunge, then powerslams Madison. Angelina goes to the ropes and Dumpy Ass grabs Angelina’s ankle, but Velvet takes the mystery woman out and then grabs Madison’s ankle, setting up Angelina to hit the Botox Injection for the win. Winner by pinfall and still Knockouts Champ: Angelina Love
Velvet joins Angelina in the ring and they have a short staredown, then raise each other’s hands. Madison and the mystery woman jump them from behind and leave them laying.
Meanwhile, Ric Flair and Fortune are backstage, and they’re walking ((Jarrett’s Jab – EPIC!!))
We watch the same video package recapping the EV2.0/Fortune/Abyss angle from last week, then we head back to the ring where Flair is in the ring with Fortune. He asks if someone used the word power, and he says this is what you call Impact with power. Kazarian, AJ, Beer Money, and now we add Doug Williams and Matt Morgan. Flair throws up the four fingers even though there’s six of them, and he says you’d better love Fortune because they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. He goes on to call EV2.0 a circus act and a bunch of undisciplined animals, and says they’re not wrestlers and don’t belong in the business. The marquee says pro wrestling, not garbage cans and kendo sticks. Flair tells EV2.0 to kiss his ass and Fortune’s ass, and just smile and be glad about the fact that they’re part of TNA. AJ takes the mic and says that EV2.0 couldn’t leave well enough alone, they just had to come in and be on TV one last time. They wanted a hardcore finale, and that’s exactly what they got. Nobody has wrestled in this ring more than AJ Styles, he is TNA and TNA is AJ Styles, this is the house that AJ Styles built. ((Jarrett’s Jab – It sure is, and it’s about time he got respected for it. Hogan said when Abyss turned heel that he put the company on Abyss’s back, and that was when AJ was the World Champ, he is the #1 ranked on the PWI 500 for crying out loud!)) Dixie Carter comes out from the back and tells AJ that he helped build this house, but make no mistake, she owns it. It’s her house, and if it’s her house, it’s their house…and here comes EV2.0. Dixie says she’s given Flair the benefit of the doubt since he came here and that’s over. Before last Thursday, none of these guys had contracts, but now they all do. Flair asks what on his resume says he takes any crap from women, and Dreamer says that he is the living legend of this business, and if Dixie didn’t tell them to stay back, they’d all come kick their asses right now. But what she did was acknowledged last night, and it’s all about now, and it’s time to leave Hogan and everything else in the past, because now it’s TNA. Foley told Flair how great it was to be part of TNA and to forget what anyone else said about what to do, and to make the move that’s right for him, so Flair came to TNA. Foley has a life full of regrets, but if he could change one thing, he would have never brought Flair to TNA. Flair challenges him to roll around in the thumbtacks with him one more time, but Foley says he doesn’t take his orders from Ric Flair, he takes them from Dixie Carter. Flair said Flair is here for Flair, and tells Foley to go home and get soft in his chair. Dreamer says that RVD is their friend and they will get Abyss, then tells AJ that he did build this house and they had nothing but respect for him until last week. They may all be tired and beat up, but tonight it’s going to be Dreamer vs Styles in his house, and they’re definitely going to make it…EXTREME.
We go backstage to Kurt Angle, who said it’s been a living hell to get through the first half of the Top Ten, but now it’s a tournament and he’s been through these before in high school, college, and on the Olympic level, and he’s only three wins away from regaining the TNA World Title.
World Title Tournament, First Round: X-Division Champion Douglas Williams vs Kurt Angle
They tie up and Angle takes Williams to the corner and breaks clean. Angle takes Williams down with a headlock, but Williams gets to his feet and takes Angle to the corner and tries to suckerpunch him, but Angle blocks and nails him, but then Williams catches Angle’s boot on a kick, kicks him in the thigh, and legwhips him. Angle recovers and fires back on Williams, but Williams headbutts him in the midsection and tosses Angle to the floor. Williams goes out after him and tosses him back in the ring, then slams Angle and hits some springboard kneedrops for 2. Angle tries firing back again but Williams hits a European Uppercut and a snap gutwrench suplex for a two count. Williams hits a three quarter nelson, but Angle escapes and starts running over Williams with elbows and backdrops him. Angle whips him into the corner, eats boot on a charge, but catches Williams charging out with an overhead suplex. Williams counters another suplex by ramming Angle into the corner and following in with a high knee. Williams goes up top and hits a corkscrew elbow off the top for 2. Williams sets up for Chaos Theory but Angle gets a switch and the Rolling Germans for 2. The straps come down and Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but Williams escapes and almost hits the Chaos Theory, but Angle rolls through and catches Williams with an anklelock and grapevines the leg for the tapout win. Winner by Submission: Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle is now only two wins away from regaining the TNA World Title. Still to come tonight, AJ Styles vs Tommy Dreamer.
Sting and Kevin Nash are backstage, and they’re walking ((Jarrett’s Jab – Where did Nash get that shirt?? It’s ugly!))
Backstage, Ken Anderson says that he’s in the final four and he hopes RVD will be okay, but the show must go on and a win’s a win.
Sting and Kevin Nash come out to the ring. Nash says he’s known Sting for 20 years, and they’ve had their disagreements, but there’s nobody in this business he respects more than Sting. Nash has been called a cancer and a lot of other things, but after 20 years and 20 operations, he’s not out here for just the money, he’s here because he loves to do what he does, and he’ll be damned if somebody tells him it’s his time to step aside. First, nobody tells him anything, they ask him, and if they want his spot, come take it. Nash says TNA is this close to turning the edge and making it happen, but the cancer isn’t in this ring, it’s in the back, and the whole magic act and smoke and mirrors, he says he’s wasting his time and maybe he is, but he wants to tell us the truth…and here comes Jeff Jarrett, who asks if Nash really wants to tell the truth, because the guy who’s really full of BS is Nash. A leopard never changes his spots, and it’s always been about Big Sexy Kevin Nash, who never gave a damn about anybody and that’s never going to change. And as far as Sting goes, Jarrett can open a closet door and talk about all his skeletons and tell the world what kind of man he really is, but he’s not going to do that. What Jarrett will do, is that there’s a locker room full of guys who are tired of the games they’ve been playing, and as far as Hogan and Bischoff go and all they’ve done for the company, the whole company has been better off since they got here. So what Jarrett will do tonight will be in honor of a 20 year wrestling executive in Eric Bischoff and the greatest box office attraction ever in Hulk Hogan, he’s going to grab a chair and beat both their asses. Suddenly, Hulk Hogan comes out and says Jarrett’s not going to do it by himself. Jarrett built this company up, and he and Eric came in to help him finish the job. Everyone knows what Nash and Sting are all about, and they’re jealous because the spotlight’s on the young guys right now and not them. So right now, they’re going to come down to the ring and settle this, and challenges Sting to put the bat aside and do it like a man for a change. Sting tosses the bat out of the ring and Jarrett and Hogan come down to the ring and step inside…and the lights go out. When they come back up, Fortune is in the ring beating up Kevin Nash and Sting while Hogan and Jarrett are laid out on the other side of the ring. They finish beating up the old men and flash their new Fortune hand signal as we go to commercial.
Backstage, Raven is telling Tommy Dreamer that they should have killed Fortune, and Tommy says not to tell him anything, and to look at the bigger picture. They once again put over the opportunity Dixie Carter gave them as everyone tries to talk sense into Raven.
World Title Tournament, First Round: Matt Morgan vs The Pope
Pope sticks and moves on Morgan, and it looks like his strategy will be to stay out of Morgan’s reach. Morgan grabs him and launches him into the corner, but Pope dodges the charge and beats Morgan down in the corner and puts the boots to him, then hits the springboard twisting senton for a two count. Pope comes off the second rope and Morgan goozles him, Pope fights free and comes off the ropes but Morgan nails him with a discus clothesline. Morgan puts Pope in the corner and chokes him with his boot and then hits the machine gun elbows. Morgan follows that up with a running splash in the corner and goes for a side suplex, but just drops Pope instead of slamming him. Morgan kicks Pope into the corner. Morgan charges in but eats boot and Pope comes off the top with a sunset flip, but Morgan yanks him up by the neck and gets a choke bomb, but yells at him instead of going for the cover. Pope tries to fight back but Morgan beats him down and chokes him on the top rope and gets a Boss Man splash on the top rope! Nice. Morgan pulls Pope to the floor and rams him backfirst into the ring apron, and as Pope regains his footing, Morgan tries to Carbon Footprint him into the ringpost, but Pope moves and Morgan crotches himself on the ringpost. Pope follows him in with the DDE and pulls him into the ring and covers for the win. Winner: The Pope
The semifinals are now set: Kurt Angle will take on Jeff Hardy, and the Pope will face Ken Anderson.
Backstage, Mick Foley says he watched what happened to EV2.0, and he was spared the worst of it because he got knocked out early, but he is part of EV2.0 and there will be revenge. His doctor said he won’t be ready to get in there for another couple of weeks so he’ll need to let the others lead the charge, but he’ll eventually join his guys in their fight against Fortune.
AJ Styles vs Tommy Dreamer
AJ goes after Tommy’s bad knee to start, but Tommy catches AJ’s foot on a kick and shoves him down. AJ tries a charge but gets backdropped to the floor, and Tommy goes out after him and hits a rolling senton off the apron. Tommy rams AJ into the guardrail and slams him on the floor, and then rolls him back in the ring. AJ nails him coming back in and works him over in the corner, but Tommy catches AJ on a leapfrog attempt and hits a running powerslam for a two count. Dreamer chops AJ in the corner and hits a pump handle suplex for a two count. Tommy gets on top of AJ and starts raining down punches and then picks him up, but AJ surprises him with a shot to the throat and a Pelle kick. AJ starts firing rights into the skull of Dreamer, who is now busted open, then picks Tommy up, slams him, and hits the big kneedrop. AJ continues the assault on Tommy and chokes him on the second rope, yelling to the camera that he’s going to kill him. Tommy gets a sunset flip out of nowhere for only a two count, but AJ immediately recovers and hits a dropkick, then cinches in the chinlock. Tommy back suplexes his way out of it, but AJ recovers with a shot to the gut and another Pel? kick. AJ goes out to the apron and goes for the springboard elbow, but Tommy catches him coming in with an inverted atomic drop and a DDT. Fortune begins to make their way out to ringside, but EV2.0 cuts them off and a brawl erupts in the aisleway. Suddenly, Abyss comes out of nowhere from under the ring and attacks Dreamer and gives him the Black Hole Slam, then bails to the floor. AJ Styles crawls over and covers Tommy and gets the win. Winner by pinfall: AJ Styles
The EV2.0-Fortune feud continues at ringside as Abyss escapes through the crowd, and we’re off the air.