A video package hyped James Storm facing Kurt Angle tonight.
The Man In Charge, Sting, comes down to the ring to open up Impact. Sting immediately calls out Bobby Roode. Roode comes out in a suit, and Sting says there are still consequences for Roode to pay, and with that, out comes the TNA President Dixie Carter. Sting tells Dixie not to worry about Bobby Roode, but Roode put his hands on Dixie Carter, which is the same as putting his hands on Sting, and he needs to apologize to Dixie. Roode says he apologizes, then asks Sting for space so he can apologize to Dixie right. The crowd chants “on your knees” as Roode says he sincerely is sorry for not being completely honest with her, but as she can plainly see, things are a little different now and he’s not scared to say anything because he’s the champ and she needs him. Business is better than ever since he beat James Storm for the title, and everyone wants to jump on the Bobby Roode Express, including her, but he wouldn’t sell her a ticket because she couldn’t handle the ride. She’s a rich girl who had everything handed to her on a silver platter and she couldn’t run a lemonade stand. Roode asks who she thinks she is, and he says he’s Bobby Roode and he’s the World Heavyweight Champion, the It Factor of professional wrestling and the leader of the Me Generation, as well as the face of this wrestling company. He’s just spit in the face of authority, and then he spits right in Dixie’s face before heading for the hills as Sting chases him up the ramp. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I was really hoping Dixie would stay off TV, that didn’t last long. It scares me how much Roode has digressed in the past few weeks. Suits are the generic heel look nowadays, and they use his family last week, and Dixie this week to get some cheap heat on him.))
We’re back, and Mike Tenay is sickened that we have to show what we just saw with Bobby Roode spitting in Dixie Carter’s face…then we show it again. We go backstage where AJ grabs Roode and says Roode doesn’t know who he is because Dixie gave him everything and he wants to take Roode apart right now, but tonight, he’s going to leave him just a little so he can take him apart at Final Resolution. Sting comes roaring into the back to kick Roode’s ass, but AJ and Jeff Hardy hold him back because they’re going to take care of Roode.
Samoa Joe vs Abyss
Joe fires off some shots, but Abyss floors him with a shoulderblock. Joe dodges a chargeand hits a leaping enziguiri and then Abyss boots him in the face as we go to commercial.
Back from the commercial, Joe is gouging the eyes of Abyss before delivering an inverted atomic drop, running boot, and running senton drop for two. Joe connects with more right hands and headbutts and then he goes to the second rope and comes off right into a goozle. Joe elbows his way out but runs into a series of clotheslines and another goozle, but Joe breaks out and hits a leaping enziguiri and a running high knee into the corner. Joe puts Abyss up top to go for the Muscle Buster, but Scott Steiner comes out to distract the referee while Bully Ray comes out of nowhere and knocks Joe out with a chain so Abyss can hit a chokeslam for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Abyss
Bubba and Steiner come into the ring to give Abyss a pat on the back for his win and raise his arms in victory, but Abyss gives Steiner a Black Hole Slam and then stares down Bubba until he bails out of the ring.
Karen Jarrett is backstage telling Madison Rayne and Gail Kim that ODB screwed up last week and that Madison needs to get into the ring with Mickie James and tear her apart so she won’t show up to Final Resolution to face Gail. In the meantime, she told Gail she had the night off, but she’s putting her in the ring with Traci Brooks. Gail is livid because Traci’s going to take all her anger out on her, but Karen has a plan…and she closes the door.
Sting is backstage telling Gunner it’s over with, and Gunner says it’s over when he says it’s over. Sting goes to walk away, but Gunner grabs him and says Garett has asked for a match with him twice and Sting has granted it. All Gunner wants is a rematch, one on one, with no Bischoff and no Flair, and that’s all. Gunner extends his hand and Sting shakes it, then shoves Gunner and reiterates that there will be no Flair and no Bischoff, and Gunner says he has his word.
Time for our next match, but firstly, Devon and the Pope call Crimson and Matt Morgan out to the ring and Devon says they were beating the hell out of each other, but put that aside to become the team they should have been. They took the title from Mexican America and Devon thanks them very much for that, but since he was half of one of the greatest teams of all time, and he’s won 23 titles with his brother and faced some of the greatest teams of all time, he knows Morgan and Crimson have what it takes to be the best team in the world and stay there for a long time, but the thing they have to understand is that Devon and Pope are now a tag team who will be facing them at Final Resolution. He’s expecting their best and their A-game, and he doesn’t want any excuses at the end of the night because when all is said and done, Christy Hemme will be announcing new champions. Devon tells everyone to testify and says may the best team win.
Crimson and Morgan shake hands with their challengers and the music starts, but then Pope says to cut the music and says that he doesn’t agree with everything Devon says, they do agree that Morgan and Crimson are two of the dumbest honkies they’ve seen in a long time (his words) and 23 titles don’t matter as much as the almighty dollar, and with the gold on their shoulders comes the money. As long as they have it, Pope is gunning for it and he doesn’t care how low he has to go, he’s going to take those titles away from them and testify to that because Pope has spoken.
Morgan lays Pope out and starts pounding on him to start a big brawl between the two teams and Crimson and Devon brawl up the ramp as Pope uppercuts Morgan in the Blueprint. Suddenly, Devon’s kids Terrence and Terrell jump the guard rail and help Pope beat Morgan down, but Morgan pops up and Pope and the Devon Family head for the hills. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I’m getting so sick of seeing Devon’s kids on iMPACT that I’m going out of my mind. Sure they can find time for two people that NO ONE cares about. But they can’t find time for actual wrestlers, like Alex Shelly or Douglas Williams. Anyone see Anthony Neese or Mark Hanskins lately?))
Karen Jarrett, Gail Kim, and Madison Rayne are backstage, and they’re…WALKING! And so is Mickie James!!
James Storm is shown arriving in the building.
Mickie James vs Madison Rayne
Madison jumps Mickie while she’s posing on the top rope and chokes her out in the corner with her boot, then rams her hard from corner to corner. Mickie with a bulldog for a two count and then rams Mickie’s face into the mat before gouging at her face. Madison goes to a rear chinlock and Mickie fights her way clear, but Madison hits a messy bulldog thing for 2 and then chokes Mickie on the ropes. Madison nails a vertical suplex and rolls through into a rolling neckbreaker for a two count. Madison goes for her neckbreaker on the knee but Mickie reverses to the jumping DDT for the win.
Winner by Pinall: Mickie James
Gail Kim comes out to the top of the ramp to stare down Mickie, who looks determined. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I think it’s time for Mickie to either practice the DDT more, or ditch it. I’m seriously scared that a Knockout will end up with a broken neck.))
Bully Ray and Scott Steiner are backstage saying that they got Abyss girls, they helped him win, and he still isn’t coming back to Immortal. Bully Ray says he’s already talked to Bischoff, so now Steiner needs to go talk to him. Steiner says he’s going to walk off, then he…walks off while telling Bubba he’s going to go talk to Bischoff. And Bubba says go talk to Bischoff. ((Jarrett’s Jab – If there is one segment you should go back and watch from Impact so far, it’s this one. Scott Steiner, whether intentional or not, is absolutely hilarious.))
We go to a video package detailing the history between Eric and Garett Bischoff, then we’re off to the ring…
Gunner vs Garett Bischoff
Gunner sends Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair to the back, then begins unloading on Garett in the corner and rams him to the corner for repeated shoulderblocks and forearms. Garett gets a pair of bulldogs and a flying clothesline but Gunner no-sells and catches Garett with a back elbow and boots him out to the floor. Gunner goes out after Garett and slaps him around at ringside before ramming him into the ringpost. They head back to the inside where Gunner continues the assault, ramming Garett into the corner and yelling in his face until Garett gets a fluke rollup out of nowhere and pins Gunner a third time.
Winner by Pinfall: Garett Bischoff
Gunner is really pissed off now and dumps Garett to the floor andrams him into the stairs while the crowd informs Gunner that he sucks. Gunner goes to piledrive Garett on the floor until Eric comes to ringside and tells Gunner to stop. Eric then pulls back the mats at ringside and tells Gunner to go ahead, and Gunner obliges, piledriving Garett on the concrete floor.
Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair applaud Garett as he’s being wheeled out to an ambulance on a stretcher and Eric says he’ll go home to tell Garett’s mother that he’s doing just fine. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I enjoyed this part better than I did the match. Flair and Bischoff did a great job showing no concern and making a joke of it. It annoys me that they have to job out Gunner to make Garett look good. I remember when he used to mean something))
Mike Tenay and Taz debate Eric Bischoff’s coldhearted nature, and then we head back to the ring for a big face to face confrontation between The Cowboy and the Gold Medalist. James Storm comes out and says that Angle called him out so, since he’s never backed down from a challenge, he’s here and tells Angle that if he’s got something to say to him, to say it to his face. Angle comes out and says Storm’s either stupid, or one of the bravest men he’s ever met. He hit Storm from behind so hard he almost gave himself a concussion, but at Final Resolution, he’s not going to screw up again because when he gets in the ring with Kurt Angle, he’s in his world and it’s not going to happen again like when Sting forced him to defend the title against Storm. He’s thought about Storm day and night, but Storm said it creeps him out to know Angle thinks about him when he goes to bed. Storm says Angle wins most matches before they start because everyone’s worried about what happens when they get in the ring with an Olympic gold medalist and a 13 time World Champion. Storm rattles offa bunch of family members who died under tragic circumstances, and he’s stared death in the face and there’s nothing on this earth that scares him. Angle can say what he’s going to do all he wants, but the last time they were in the ring, Storm knocked him out and won the World Title. The next time, Storm’s going to crush Angle’s head with his boot like a beer can and, to show how intimidated he is of Angle, he’s going to turn around and if Angle feels froggy, he can go ahead and jump. Storm does indeed turn around, and Angle does nothing. Storm says that’s what he thought, and he’ll see him this Sunday. Oh, and it’s real…it’s damn real. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Good exchange from this, but Storm rattling off people and pets that have died kinda bored me. Other than that it is a golden exchange between two of the best mic workers TNA has. If Storm is medically cleared for Sunday, I can’t wait to see their match.))
Karen Jarrett is backstage explaining tonight’s Gail-Traci match by saying she’s a fair person, so Gail has to wrestle Traci because she’s not fair. Karen tells Traci to lay down, which she knows Traci has no problem doing, and if there’s any funny business, she’ll have to face the wrath of Karen Jarrett.
Devon is backstage shoving his kids around and threading to knock them out. He says he’s the one who calls the shots and tells them never to get in the ring again. Pope comes in and Devon TOSSES Pope into the wall and says he blames him. One of the kids grabs Devon’s arm and tells him not to do it, and Devon asks if he’s out of his mind and says he’s going to leave before he does something he regrets. Pope comes in and asks the kids if they’re okay and says not to worry about the kids because he’ll be okay, and that they just need to stick with Pope and they’ll be in the main event before they know it.
Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles are backstage and they’re positive about winning their tag team match tonight.
Traci Brooks vs Gail Kim
It’s the Battle of the Canadian Knockouts! Traci lays down and Gail makes a cover, but Traci kicks out at 2, then shoots a double leg and runs Gail over with elbowsmashes and a runningshoulder in the corner. Traci with repeated shoulderblocks to the ribs and another back elbow and covers for 2. Traci slams Gail’s face into the mat and kicks her in the face, then runs her over with a clothesline. Traci with a spear and Karen comes trotting down to ringside to yell at Traci. Traci grabs Karen, but Madison Rayne comes in from the crowd and nails Traci with her tag title belt behind the referee’s back and Gail rolls Traci up for 3.
Winner: Gail Kim
Karen gives Traci a little kick in the ribs before leaving with her crew. Speaking of Jarretts, Jeff is backstage saying he’s going to take Jeff Hardy out tonight before he ever gets to Final Resolution, and Roode says if you think the odds are against him with AJ Styles, think again.
Christopher Daniels is backstage saying he’s beaten Bob Van Dam enough times, and at Final Resolution, they can settle things by wrestling like they were trained to do, not the relaxed rules that Van Dam is used to. We then go to Mike Tenay and Taz as they run down the card for this weekend’s Final Resolution PPV, and then it’s main event time!
Jeff Hardy & AJ Styles vs Jeff Jarrett & Bobby Roode
They start brawling during introductions (luckily they already plugged the sponsor, Wrangler Jeans, before the introduction) and the fight spills out to the floor where Hardy pairs off with Jarrett and AJ with Roode. Jarrett sends Hardy into the ringpost and then goes after AJ and we finally head into the ring. AJ with a big dropkick to Jarrett and then goes out to the apron and springboards into the ring and hurts his knee. Jarrett goes to pounce but AJ tags out to Hardy and Jarrett zooms over to his corner and tags out to Roode as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and Hardy headscissors Roode before hitting a double legdrop down under and gets a two count. AJ tags in and goes after Roode with right hands and chops, but Roode kicks him in the bad leg and AJ goes down in a heap. Jarrett tags in and gets hiptossed by the hobbled AJ, who then clotheslines Roode off the apron but gets dragged down to the apron by the champion, who slams AJ’s leg on the ring apron. Jarrett puts the boots to AJ’s bad leg and tags out to Roode, who rakes AJ’s back and stomps the knee. Jarrett tags in and cheap shots Hardy off the apron, but AJ rolls Jarrett up for two. Roode tags in now and stomps on AJ’s groin behind the referee’s back, but he picks AJ up and Styles hits a Pelle kick and tries to make the hot tag to Hardy, but Jarrett knocks Hardy off the apron and Hardy goes after Jarrett, leading to a brawl all around ringsode and to the back. Karen rakes Hardy’s back, but Hardy keeps going after Jeff into the catacombs under the bleachers. Meanwhile back in the ring, Roode gets AJ in a half crab but AJ makes the ropes. Roode argues with the referee and then eats boot on a charge into the corner. AJ comes back with a series of clotheslines and a labored backdrop. AJ goes for a fireman’s carry but his knee buckles, so Roode hits a spinebuster and goes for the Perfectplex. AJ catches Roode off guard with a small package for the win.
Winners: AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy
Roode goes after AJ again after the match but AJ knocks him silly with a flying forearm and drives Roode out to the floor. AJ slingshots himself over the top rope onto Roode and Roode heads for the hills while AJ hobbles after him. AJ thinks he’s safe and his music hits while he plays to the crowd, but Roode comes back out and clips AJ’s knee from behind and rams his leg repeatedly into the scaffold on the side of the stage, then crouches over AJ and says he’ll never be the champion because he can’t beat Roode. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I can’t even begin to complain about the ending. Those camera shots and dramatic music made it oh so obvious it was pre-recorded. It was your standard go-home tag match. Nothing real special in the match, or on the show to be the go-home show for TNA’s last Pay-Per-View of the year. Storm’s promo was the best thing on the show.))