We open with a recap of the events of the last few weeks of Impact as Sting and Ken Anderson built to their World Title rematch on tonight’s show.
Inside the Impact Wrestling Zone, Immortal comes out dressed in tuxes and surrounded by really hot women. Eric Bischoff says that Ken Anderson is now part of the Immortal family, and then introduces the World Champion as he makes his way to the ring in a camouflage tuxedo. A card table is in the ring, and Bischoff says they’re going to gamble with people’s careers tonight and Hogan chimes in “Because we can”. Hogan says Anderson’s had a rocky road for the short time he’s been in the business, but now he wants to formally welcome him into the Immortal family. Anderson says it was a gamble joining Immortal, but it’s one he’s willing to take as long as he stays the top card in the deck. The lights go out and come back up, and Sting is sitting at the card table. Bischoff loses his mind over Sting’s insanity, and tonight Ken Anderson is going to take him out once and for all. Sting sees things coming out a whole lot different, and he sees himself becoming the World Champion once again and kicking off his crusade to bring the company back to its rightful owner, Dixie Carter. Hogan threatens to take his shirt off and teach Sting a lesson he will never forget, but he guarantees that Sting’s going all the way down and out of the building on a stretcher. Sting goes NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO because Hogan and Bischoff are on very thin ice with the Network, and he’s going to leave here tonight with the World Title. Sting shows that he has a bunch of Aces on the poker table and tells Hogan not to blink tonight, and then points up to the rafters where a bunch of guys in black trench coats are wearing clown masks. Sting says he’s all in, flips the poker table over, and the lights go out. Sting is gone when the lights come back on. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Is this 1993? The Joker-knockoff gets evil clown minions? Who writes this bullshit? So many questions unanswered.))
Bound for Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode vs. The Pope
Joe goes straight for Roode and punches him out in the corner. Pope goes for a quick pin, but Joe throws him outside. Joe kicks Roode’s head off with an enzeguri, but Roode gets back up and rocks Joe with right hands before Joe gets a side slam. Joe locks the cross arm breaker on Roode’s injured arm, but Pope breaks it up and gets thrown outside for his trouble. Joe goes back to the offence on Roode before Roode connects with the Double-A spine-buster. Pope clocks Roode and pins him for a two count. Pope starts ringing the arm of Roode, before Roode finally fights out for a short time. Pope clocks Roode again and only gets a two count. Sick DDT by Pope to Roode gets him two. Pope goes up top, but only gets a two count. Pope takes his kneepads down and misses the DDE, which causes Roode to clear house with Pope with right hands and clotheslines. A Russian leg sweep leads to a top-rope neck breaker giving Roode only a two count. Pope kicks Roode in the face, but Joe head buts Roode, catches Pope with a kick, and tries for a muscle buster. Roode kicks Joe’s midsection and hits a bridging suplex, giving Roode two. Joe goes for the rear naked choke, but Roode bounces off the ropes to get Joe in a pinning predicament. The ref counts to three and then Roode taps out.
Winner by Pinfall: Bobby Roode
Joe argues with Earl Hebner and all of the referees try to calm down Joe.
The Jarrett’s are back and they both have Sombrero’s…Ole!
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are in their office talking about how cool it would be if Sting got laid out, as long as it didn’t get back to Immortal. Bischoff yells at Abyss for failing to kill the X Division, and then the Jarrett’s come back in wearing sombreros and going “Arriba, Arriba!” Immortal looks nonplussed, but then Jarrett reveals his “Dos J Championship” and brings out some margarita mix to celebrate. ((Jarrett’s Jab – That is the second ugliest belt I’ve ever seen! At least this one doesn’t have a spinner.))
Pope is backstage hanging out with Devon’s kids, who say that they support the Pope and he’s still pimpin’. Devon comes in and reminds his kids that he said to stay away from Pope, and tells Pope again to stay away from his boys. Devon tells Pope to get it through his head that those are his boys, and he’ll be damned if Pope does to the boys what he’s done to everyone else because he doesn’t trust Pope. Pope says he gave Devon seven points last week, and Devon says he doesn’t give a damn because that was Pope’s own stupidity. Pope says to have it his way, but not to blame him when Devon’s sons turn their backs on him because of his paranoia.
“Immortal Forever?” will be available Tuesday at all major retailers. We also get shown highlight to Destination X. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Who actually sells TNA DVD’s besides FYE. I’m dead to honest serious, I tried to buy Lockdown 2010 last year and the only place I saw it was at FYE. As far as Destination X goes, if you haven’t seen this yet, I would highly recommend watching it somehow. I honestly think this is the best PPV of 2011 so far.))
Shannon Moore vs. Austin Aries
Austin Aries has no tron yet; just the X from Destination X. Moore starts with arm drags and starts to pose. Aries extend his hand and Moore slaps it away. Aries takes Moore to the ground and spins around on him and poses himself. Aries lays on the top rope and Moore charges after him. Aries gets a headlock, but Moore fights out with a running shoulder block for two. Irish Whip causes for Aries to float over, but he gets caught trying it his third time. Moore tries for a backslide, but Aries flips him over and slaps him. Aries tries a backslide, but Moore flips over Aries and knocks him to the outside. Aries tries to skin the cat, but gets kicked in the ribs. Aries takes a stroll outside and Moore catches him with a senton. Aries gets in the ring and Moore connects with a top rope kick for two. Aries grabs the book of Dilligaf and Moore catches it. Aries uses the chain to clock Moore and pins him for three.
Winner by Pinfall: Austin Aries
Alex Shelly comes to the ring and tells Aries that everyone saw him use the chain. Aries retorts by stating “Not Everyone” before he smiles and leaves the ring. Shelly holds the chain in the ring and Aries tells the camera that “All is fair.” ((Jarrett’s Jab – That is probably the best performance I’ve seen out of Shannon Moore in almost 10 years. Aries shined here as he should, but with as little as Shannon Moore means, it wouldn’t have hurt for Aries to get a clean win here.))
Abyss is complaining about losing the X Division champion. A clown shows up behind him with a baseball bat and nails him in the stomach with it.
Shannon whined about Aries using his “Book of D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F.” and the chain off of it. Alex Shelley says Aries isn’t so great if he has to cheat. Austin Aries is somewhere else backstage and says that this is a show and he’s here to entertain, and nobody here’s going to beat him.
We see a video package of the Tara–Madison Rayne feud, followed by backstage comments from both ladies. Tara got Madison a present, and wants to be friends with her, but Madison will have to wait until after the match to get it.
We get a video package hyping Bound For Glory on October 16th in Philadelphia, and then we go backstage where Scott Steiner is trying to get So Cal Val to come to his hotel room until another clown guy comes out of nowhere and beats the crap out of him with a baseball bat. ((Jarrett’s Jab – In case you missed it, Sting was on ESPN this morning with Robert Floresto announce BFG’s location. It made TNA look major league by being able to reveal the location of their major PPV on ESPN.))
Madison Rayne vs. Tara
Madison is sporting blue camo attire with the US Air force logo on the beltline of her skirt and on an armband. Madison wants Tara to lie down and Tara starts rocking Rayne with right hands and a clothesline. A power slam and a standing moonsault leads to Tara slamming Rayne’s head to the mat and screaming. Rayne gains the advantage and goes for an Overdrive, but Tara counters into a clothesline. Tara connects with a side slam, but Rayne counters out of the Widows Peak with a kick. Tara goes to the apron and clocks Rayne, but Rayne kicks Tara’s feet from her and she hits her chin hard on the apron before hitting the floor. Rayne throws Tara into the steel steps and gets back in the ring. Rayne gets the present and opens it and pulls out Poison (Tara’s tarantula) Rayne screams and turns right into a Widow’s Peak for three.
Winner by Pinfall: Tara
Tara takes Poison out of the cage and chases Madison out of the ring with it and all the way to the back. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Tara reminds me of Jake “The Snake” Roberts. I love the mind games and it adds an interesting edge to her.))
Kurt Angle is backstage walking.
The British Invasion are backstage talking about what a great idea it was to bring Rob Terry back on board, then get back to the matters of regaining the World Tag Team Title. ((Jarrett’s Jab – As long as he is aired less frequently than the team, and not wrestling, yeah, it’s a good idea.))
Kurt Angle comes out to the ring to announce that he’ll get his shot at the World Title at Hardcore Justice, and says that who he challenges will be based on the outcome of tonight’s Sting-Anderson match. Angle says he’d prefer to face Anderson due to their history, and whether he wins or loses, Angle’s coming after Anderson and will hurt him. He also has a lot of history with Sting going back to the Main Event Mafia days, and reminds everyone that he’s never beaten Sting, which pisses him off and makes him want to beat Sting more. He’s going to be an innocent bystander tonight, but he’s walking out of Hardcore Justice with the World Title.
We head out to the parking lot where the Jarrett’s are trying to get out of Dodge because of what’s happening to the rest of Immortal, and one of the clown guys is waiting for the Jarrett’s in their SUV so he can lay Jarrett out with a bat and drag him off into the darkness as a screaming Karen Jarrett runs for her life.
1 Contenders’ Match: Mexican America vs. The British Invasion
The Brits rush the ring and go right after Mexican America, with Williams clothes lining Hernandez to the floor and following him out with a dive. Williams comes back in and goes after Anarquia, but Hernandez nails him from the floor and hits a slingshot shoulder block. Hernandez hoists Williams over his shoulder and drops down in a Shock Treatment type move for two. Hernandez dumps Williams onto the ring ropes and Anarquia boots him to the floor where Hernandez is able to attack him behind the referee’s back. Williams makes it back into the ring where Anarquia rams him hard into the corner and then he and Hernandez give Williams a Beverly Drop. Williams fights his way out of the corner and takes Hernandez out with a European uppercut off the second rope and makes the hot tag to Brutus Magnus. Magnus comes in with a big boot and flying back elbow to Anarquia and then nearly decapitates Hernandez with a running clothesline, then hits a Michinoku Driver on Anarquia for two. Williams with a high knee and Magnus with a second rope elbow drop get the Brits two, and then Williams dumps Hernandez back to the floor as the Invasion hit the assisted leaping European uppercut. Magnus goes for the cover, but Rosita comes up on the apron and distracts the referee as Hernandez nails Magnus and puts Anarquia on top for the win.
Winners: Mexican America
Eric Bischoff is backstage telling Gunner and Bully Ray that they’re his last line of defense, and Gunner says screw it, let’s go find these guys. Ray tells him to go ahead and he’ll be right behind him, then stays in the room and lets Gunner go out by himself.
We see a video package hyping next week’s X Division Title match between Alex Shelley and new champion Brian Kendrick, and Kendrick says losing the title would draw him away from his purpose, while Shelley asserted that Detroit needs heroes right now…and champions. They also announced that Mickie James will defend her Knockout’s Championship against Velvet Sky next week. Scott Steiner will face Rob Van Dam next week. They will also be a Four-Way Ladder Match between AJ Styles, Matt Morgan, Gunner and Samoa Joe with 10 Points in the BFG Series on the line. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Glad to see some emphasis put on the X-Division, although Kendrick’s “deep thinking” gimmick has got to go, he is almost as bad as Abyss. Shelly’s last line cracked me up.))
Gunner is in the parking lot with a metal bat calling Sting out. The four clowns come out and Gunner tells them all to bring it on, and gets beaten down. The clowns take their masks off, and underneath are the members of Fortune: AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, James Storm, and Kazarian. Kazarian says only Bully Ray is left, and AJ says that he’s being taken care of. Daniels steps on Gunner’s face as the camera cuts to commercial.
World Heavyweight Championship: Mr. Anderson vs. Sting
Anderson tries to do his ring announcing, but the microphone doesn’t drop low enough. When it finally does, Anderson swats it away and walks down the ramp. Sting backs Anderson into a corner and Anderson runs out. Anderson finally starts with right hands, but Sting no-sells. Anderson goes to the outside for a minute. Getting back in, Sting starts chopping Anderson’s head in the corner. Sting hits an Inverted Atomic Drop and a dropkick before Anderson rolls to the outside. Anderson gets back in the ring at the count of four by a shoulder block to sting and tries to roll into a pin, but Sting sits down. Sting hits the Stinger Splash, and Anderson dropkicks the knee when Sting tries it again. Anderson starts dropping elbows to Sting’s knees, then fists, then his own knee. Anderson locks in the Sharpshooter/Scorpion, but Sting gets the rope. Anderson slams knee’s to the mat. Anderson goes for a pinfall, but gets two. Anderson gets a one-legged inverted Boston Crab, but Sting rolls over and kicks Anderson off. The two start trading rights and Sting starts rolling over Anderson with clotheslines. Sting hits the Mic Check and covers, but only gets two. Anderson kicks the knee and airplane spins Sting right into the referee. Sting locks in the Scorpion and Anderson taps out, but the referee is out of it. Bully Ray hits Sting in the back of the head with the chain to break up the Scorpion. Bully Ray screams for Anderson to hold Sting up. The lights go out and when they come on, a clown is in the ring and nails Ray with the baseball bat. Another blackout and Anderson is in the ring by himself and the clown is on the ramp. Sting gets the Death Drop and the referee counts to three.
Winner by Pinfall and NEW Heavyweight Champion: Sting
The clown takes off his mask to reveal Kurt Angle smiling at the camera while Sting himself looks confused. ((Jarrett’s Jab – “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” was exactly that for me. Sting is now a 15-time world champion. I could think of three people that would be a better option than Sting: AJ Styles, Matt Morgan, and Kurt Angle. They even come with storylines! And the worst part is that Anderson now has two world title reigns that are completely worthless.))