This week’s edition of iMPACT Wrestling chronicles Sting’s fight for TNA and the fall out of the Hogan vs. Sting match at Bound for Glory.
Sting comes out in a Hulk Hogan shirt wearing shades and no face paint, playing the crowd and hyping them up before he grabbed a microphone. Sting reminds everyone that he promised he would give TNA back to Dixie Carter and to get the real Hulk Hogan back. Sting describes the “real Hulk Hogan” as one that transcends wrestling, the icon, the Immortal Hulk Hogan. Sting has to stop for a second due to a Hogan chant, and then mentions that he had to step out of his skin to get him back. Sting proudly declares he did the right thing at Bound for Glory for Sting, the wrestlers in the back, and the wrestling fans. Sting asks Hogan to grace us with his presence and he obliges wearing the traditional Red and Yellow.
The fans chant ‘Welcome Back’ at Hogan, and Hogan admits that he’s been wrong for the past year and thanks them. He said he’s not going to go through a woe-me story, and he thanks Bischoff for getting his life back on track, but blames himself for following him. Hogan puts over Sting as the only True American Icon and for him dodging every bullet and staying true to his fans.
After Hogan leaves, Sting sounds shock and mentions that Hogan said a lot of nice things about him. He asks Dixie Cater to come out and she does to a great reaction. She talks to Sting, right after this!
Back from the break, Sting hypes Dixie finally getting her company back. Sting does however note that eighteen months ago, he tried to warn her about all the chess players out there. Sting thanks Dixie for giving him a second chance when he thought he was done with wrestling and giving him a home in Impact Wrestling, but she needs to surround herself with people who have the interest of the wrestlers and the fans. Dixie apologizes for not listening to Sting when he tried to warn her about Bischoff. Dixie says that her role in the company isn’t in the ring, and she wants to make TNA the most successful wrestling company in the world, and to do that she needs to spend more time in HQ. Dixie asks Sting to run the day-to-day operations in TNA and will give him all the authority he needs to make Impact Wrestling the best it can be. Sting tells her he is willing to do that. The two hug it out and are interrupted by TNA World Champion Kurt Angle.
Kurt Angle says that Dixie lied to him, made him look like a jackass, and is the main reason he joined Immortal. Angle says that he is going to do what he does best, represent TNA the best he can as the world champion. Angle questions why all the hype has been around Bobby Roode because he beat him in less than thirty minutes and made him look like the loser he is.
Bobby Roode comes out and storms to the ring. Roode states that Kurt Angle has to be kidding because Kurt screwed him out of the world title. Roode reiterated that an Olympic Gold Medalist had to hold the ropes to retain the world title. Roode yelled that it was bulls**t. Sting points to a “Roode Got Screwed” sign and announces that Kurt Angle will defend the world title against Roode tonight. Kurt smiles and says that the contract they signed said that Roode could only face Angle for the title once, and he screwed him. Kurt Angle asks about James Storm’s catchphrase and it blares in the arena to Angle’s surprise and out comes James Storm to lead us into another Commercial Break!
James Storm introduces himself to everyone and asks if that the contract Angle keeps bringing up has a clause that saves his wrestling championship ass against him. Storm said when Angle screwed Roode, he screwed Storm. Storm asked Sting, as man that wears sunglasses indoors to man that wears sunglasses indoors, if he could grant him a title match.
Sting made the match, and Kurt Angle got pissed. Roode told Angle that he finally remembered that catchphrase, “Sorry ’bout your damn luck!”
Backstage, Bischoff led Immortal in a confrontation to Hulk Hogan. Bischoff said they wanted to say goodbye to Hogan in the ring. Bischoff said if Hogan had any balls left, he would oblige. Storm introduced himself to Kurt and he asked if there was a stipulation in the contract that protected Angle from him. Storm said when Angle screwed Roode, he screwed Storm. Storm asked Sting, as man that wears sunglasses indoors to man that wears sunglasses indoors, if he could grant him a title match.
((Jarrett’s Jab –It’s nice to see that the opening segment is over after forty minutes. I can’t believe it took them thirty minutes to actually get to the whole World Title situation and ten more to set up the main event for tonight. The big LED board with “Wrestling Matters” on the whole time made it that much more ironic.))
The champs get jumped during their entrance and Miss Tessmacher is choked by her shirt before Earl Hebner rings the bell. Frequent tags between Winter and Love last for about the first three minutes and the duo dominate Tessmacher. Tessmacher gets a quick edge when she reverses an Irish Whip by Love and dodges her elbow from the top. Tara and Winter gag in and Tara cleans house and chokes Winter with her shirt. Tara hits a spinning side slam, but Angelina breaks up the pin. Tessmacher tags in and comes off the top with a flying bodypress for the win.
Winners and STILL Knockout Tag Team Champions: Tara and Miss Tessmacher
Jeff and Karen Jarrett make their entrance and Jeff Jarrett called out Jeff Hardy. Jarrett says that just because Dixie Carter is back, Hardy thinks he can just slide back in TNA like nothing happened. Jarrett reminds everyone that he hired Hardy, and Jarrett was the first person he screwed when he no-showed a TNA event. Jarrett tells the crowd that Victory Road wasn’t his first offense and it damn sure won’t be his last. Hardy is reminded that some people want him in TNA, some don’t, but Jarrett wants him to leave and have no part in his organization. Jeff Hardy says that while Jarrett doesn’t want him here, the fans want him here, and Jarrett is the only one bitching. Hardy calls Jeff Jarrett jealous because of the reactions he gets and Jarrett tries to get the first shot but Jeff Hardy hulks up and security has to separate him. Agents D’Lo Brown and Al Snow get into it and Hardy uses the opportunity to jump Jarrett again. Jeff Jarrett kicks down low and walks out. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Creative needs to realize they’re giving the fans that aren’t Hardy marks more and more reasons to hate him every week, and the sad part is every bit of it is true. Any way you look at it, he’s had second, third, and fourth chances and has screwed them all up – and bringing them up in order to make him a top face is going to blow up in their faces.))
Kurt Angle is backstage and says that Sting and James Storm is trying to put him in a spot, but he’s not going down without a fight and will whip James Storm’s ass over and over again.
A video package recaps the Hogan and Sting match.
Eric Young is backstage and wants to do a sexy photo shoot for the troops, and Robbie E comes in with Rob Terry and says the TV Title belongs to him. Eric says because Robbie E is from the Jersey Shore and Robbie T is Conan the Barbarian, he’s going to go to Sting to make the match. He also says that because he thinks Robbie T will get involved he’s bringing Ronnie from the Jersey Shore with him. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Nice to see an actual feud for the TV Title. Robbie E is a great talent that is entertaining when he’s in the ring.))
Gunner vs. Abyss
Abyss comes out swinging and ends up shoving the referee to beat up on Gunner some more. Gunner tries to get out of dodge, but Abyss pulls his hair and slams him against the ring steps. Abyss throws him in the ring, but Gunner retreats to the back and counts him out.
Winner by Countout: Abyss
Velvet Sky talks about proving her doubters wrong by winning the Knockouts Championship and is going to go to the ring to thank the fans.
Velvet Sky will address her fans as the new Knockouts Championship next, and The World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line match when Kurt Angle defends the belt against ‘The Cowboy’ James Storm in the main event!
Velvet Sky makes her entrance and talks about how great it feels to be the Knockout Champion. She talks about how it took her four years, but she’s proved all the bullies she’s had to deal with and all the bumps and bruises, this is for the people who tried to shut her down and make her feel like she would never be good enough to be the champion. It took four years, but she did it and the fans have been great to her.
Karen Jarrett’s music hits and she comes out to the ring dragging Traci Brooks with her. Karen has the power to fire the both of them, but that would be way too easy, and nobody sees Karen out here crying about crap and she’s a mother. If she thinks Traci’s had it bad, she hasn’t seen anything yet because she’s about to make her life a living hell. She has security eject Traci, then tells Velvet she doesn’t know who she thinks she is or who she’s screwing with, and her first instinct was to strip Velvet of the title, but Jeff convinced her to take the high road, so she wants to see Velvet bleed instead. She’s got just the person to make it happen, but first she advises Velvet to grow eyes in the back of her head.
Madison Rayne‘s music hits and she comes strolling down the ramp, but suddenly Gail Kim, comes out of the crowd and attacks Velvet from behind and she and Madison Rayne beat the champion down and then all three of them celebrate in the middle of the ring. ((Jarrett’s Jab – This is great news for wrestling fans and TNA. It’s a shame that Gail was in the situation she was but she’s finally going to get to showcase her talent. All four of these women are homegrown talent and it makes me proud as a TNA fan for six years to see the Knockouts Division as important as it is.))
Bischoff states that he would take care of his “punk-ass kid” on his own time and terms, but he wants to see if Hulk Hogan has the balls to come out here. Hogan surveys Immortal surrounding the ring as he grabs a microphone. Hogan tells Bischoff that if he has something to say, here is his chance. Bischoff says that Hogan had better bring a lunch because it’ll take him a while. Bischoff wants Hogan to explain how he turns his back on the guys who have been watching his back for months, and also turned his back on Bischoff, the man who made Hulk Hogan. Forget Andre and Hulkamania, if it weren’t for Bischoff, Hogan wouldn’t be here. But worst of all, Hogan came between Bischoff and his son, and he was trying to turn Garett into himself, but Hogan made Garett turn his back on him. Hogan says he learned a lot about both Eric and Garett over the last few days, and Garett is a man Eric could never be. Eric takes a shot at Hogan and Hogan no-sells, but Immortal comes into the ring before Hogan can go after Bischoff. Sting runs into the ring with his bat and Immortal clears out. Bischoff backs up the rampway and is yelling at Hogan, and doesn’t see his son behind him. Bischoff asks Garett what he’s got to say to him, and Garett says he’s a disgrace. Eric repeatedly pokes Garett in the chest and tears open his shirt to reveal a “Bischoff” tattoo, and yells that he doesn’t have a right to wear that. Garett knocks his old man out and yells “SCREW YOU, DAD, SCREW YOU!” at Eric.
Beer Money is backstage and Storm says he wishes he had more time to prepare, and Roode says he’s been preparing his whole career because he’s been here since day one. He could complain about what happened at Bound For Glory, but now this is Storm’s time, everyone believes that Storm can do it, and tonight he wants to celebrate with the new World Champion, James Storm.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle (c) vs. ‘The Tennessee Cowboy’ James Storm
Kurt Angle’s hamstring is taped up again and starts the match with right hands to James Storm in the corner. Brian Hebner tries to get Angle to back up when he starts stomping on Storm and Angle pushes him aside and taunts to the crowd. Angle turns around and eats the Last Call Superkick and gets pinned.
Winner and NEW World Heavyweight Champion: James Storm
Bobby Roode celebrates with James Storm and Storm goes in the crowd to celebrate with them, he calls Storm up there as the remaining members of Fortune come to the ring. Storm comes in the ring to get beer sprayed on him by Fortune. Kazarian and AJ Styles hug him and they celebrate before James Storm grabs a mic and the fans start a “Cowboy” chant. James Storm says that he’s watched people come and go, but “the Cowboy is here to stay you sons-of-bitches.” Storm says that the victory was a little bitter-sweet and hands the belt to Roode. Roode holds the belt and looks at it before taking Storm’s mic. Roode says that the belt looks nice, but Storm deserves it. Roode puts the belt around Storm’s waist and they raise his hand as we roll to credits.
((Jarrett’s Jab – Love the swerve with Storm winning the belt. He definitely deserves it, but I’m not a fan of short title matches. I feel that all the talking that was done tonight was unnecessary for a show that prides itself being the place where Wrestling is suppose to be prided. That’s it for tonight’s iMPACT Wrestling report, come back next week to IWHeadlines.com to see the new TNA Heavyweight Champion James Storm and all the other Impact Wrestling Stars. And be sure check IWHeadlines.com for all your TNA needs, and if you have Twitter, follow IWHeadlines at @IWHeadlines))