Daniels and RVD vs. AJ Styles and Kazarian is announced right before the kickoff of iMPACT Wrestling via commercial. A video package showing Roode’s recent list of despicable acts and title defenses against AJ Styles kicks off this edition of iMPACT Wrestling.
To start things out in the iMPACT Wrestling Zone, TNA Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode makes his entrance with Bully Ray wearing a Santa hat. Roode says that he loves the holiday and wishes everyone a “Merry Freakin’ Christmas.” Roode says that he hopes everyone enjoys the early gifts that he and Bully Ray gave last week. Roode says that it’s better to give and receive. Ray cuts a funny side-promo saying he gives his chicken bones to homeless people, his extra dollar bills to strippers, and whiskey to his little tot. Ray closes by wishing Sting and Jeff Hardy ‘Seasons Beatings.’ Roode says what he did last week was naughty and asks Sting to suspend him. Instead of Sting’s arrival, we get Jeff Hardy wearing half face paint. Hardy stays outside the ring and tells Roode that it’s about him and Sting, and Roode isn’t getting suspended. Hardy reminds Roode about his title match with Hardy in three weeks and he will end the selfish generation. Hardy also lets everyone know that Roode will team with Bully Ray to face Jeff Hardy and a partner of his choosing tonight. Sting makes his entrance wearing Jeff Hardy’s half-face paint shirt and Joker paint himself. Sting tells Roode that Hardy is loved all over the world and by the Stinger and announces himself as Roode’s partner. Roode yells that he can’t do that, but Sting retorts by saying that he just did. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Glad they didn’t use that instrumental for Roode that he used on last week’s edition of iMPACT Wrestling. Jeff’s face paint made him look like a cheap half Goldust.))
Tenay hypes the matchup pitting TNA World Champion Bobby Roode and Bully Ray facing Sting and Jeff Hardy and announce that it is a Street Fight.
Wildcard Tournament: Rob Van Dam and Christopher Daniels vs. Fortune (AJ Styles and Kazarian)
RVD and Kazarian start off the match with some back and forth chain wrestling ending with Kazarian floating over into a side headlock. RVD fights off and gets arm dragged twice by Kazarian and AJ Styles tags in. RVD wants to tag Daniels, but they talk instead. RVD cinces in a side-headlock and AJ is able to shove off and hit a phenomenal dropkick (pun intended.) RVD floats over and hits a springboard elbow and wrenches in on the arm. RVD walks toward his partner, but Daniels walks away. AJ is able to get to his corner and tag in Kazarian and a double dropkick gets Fortune two. RVD monkey flips Kazarian, but Kazarian is able to roll RVD up for two. Kazarian gets the side headlock and AJ tags in from behind and gets a suplex and a bridging pin for two. RVD fights out with rights to the gut, and RVD gets a right hand and goes for Rolling Thunder and knocks Daniels off the apron. Referee Earl Hebner says it’s a tag and Kazarian and Daniels are legal now. Daniels gets dominated by Kazarian but is gets the advantage long enough to ask RVD for a tag. RVD kicks him in the head. Kazarian hits the Fade to Black and gets the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Fortune: Kazarian and AJ Styles
Tazz says he doesn’t blame RVD for knocking Daniels out after RVD tried to play nice. Tenay hypes the Street Fight Tag Main Event for tonight while RVD is seen clapping for Fortune from the ramp to take us to commercial.
A video is shown with Anthony Nese talking about his match with Zema Ion last week. It cuts to Zema Ion who cuts his overly “pretty” promo and said it was all about “Me, Myself, and Ion.”
Best Two out of Three Series – Match Two: Zema Ion (1) vs. Anthony Nese (0)
Zema Ion hits a baseball slide followed by a springboard moonsault to start the match. Throwing Nese into the ring, Nese is able to roll him up for two. Nese is thrown into the corner, but is able to bounce back with an enzeguri and a crossbody for two. Nese cuts the knee from Ion and misses a springboard lionsault when Ion rolls out of the ring, but connects with it the second time for two. Nese sends Ion soaring and hits a german suplex into a bridging pin for two. Nese goes for a springboard forearm, but Ion sees it coming. Ion goes to the second rope and poses, and is caught off guard with a European Uppercut and a cutter for two. Ion what looks like a variation of a Canadian Destroyer, then a facebuster. He has Nese beat, and picks his head up to break the count. Nese rolls him up for three.
Winner by Pinfall: Anthony Nese (The series is now tied up at one a piece)
A replay is shown of the ending before we go backstage to Madison Rayne. Madison says that on her way out, Karen appointed her the new President of the Knockouts Division. The camera man asks about the referee shirt and Madison tells him to stay tuned. ((Jarrett’s Jab – They tweaked Anthony’s A great back and forth match between Ion and Nese. Last week I thought that this was a series to crown new number one contenders for Austin Aries at Genesis, but Taz said on commentary this week that the winner of this series joins Aries, Jesse Sorensen and Kid Kash in a Four-Way match for the belt at Genesis.))
The Pope is backstage saying he hopes the people understand that he’s cool with Devon and was there for him when he was having trouble with his wife and kids, and he was a father to him, his kids, and everyone in the world who is in need. The boys have come to the realization that Pope is pimpin’, and if Pope is better, then Devon should aspire to be like Pope because the boys know it and he wants Devon one on one at Genesis. Devon walks in and gets in Pope’s face and asks him if he wants to talk now and if he should dress and act like him. Devon asks Pope if he wants to turn his family against him, then grabs Pope and rams him into the wall until Devon’s kids run out and nail Devon from behind with a chair. Pope gets on top of Devon’s prone form and says this is what’s going to happen when he and his boys take Devon out and we’ll never see his black behind again. Pope says that it was a good chair shot again before we cut to footage from earlier this week.
Eric Young is taking ODB out to dinner to toast their first championship together and their first date. ODB says it’s not a date, and asks if she can get a beer. Young says tonight they’re fighting “Antarctica” who has a bunch of tattoos, then he ties up with the waiter. Eric apologizes to ODB and says he’s just nervous that this is their first date, and ODB says that if it was a date then he’d have brought her flowers or something expensive.
Madison Rayne makes her entrance fresh off the commercial break. Tenay questions if she is going to be a referee and Taz said that more referees should look and dress like that. Madison Rayne asks Tara and Miss Tessmacher to come to the ring please, and by please she means NOW!!!! The Tag Team of ‘TnT’ doesn’t take much time to get in the ring. Madison said before Karen left, she appointed her as the Executive VP of the Knockouts. Madison says that with that title comes great responsibility, which they wouldn’t know anything about. Madison states that that power can break people, and she’s going to start with them. She announces that Tara and Tessmacher will face each other one on one and she will guest referee. Madison also announces that the match will happen as soon “as the advertisers finish paying my hefty salary” and tells the two Knockout that this court has room for only one queen and it was her.
Tara vs. Brooke Tessmacher (with Madison Rayne as the special guest referee)
Tara and Tessmacher start the match in joking fashion with armbars while going “OWWW!” Madison asks them if they think they’re funny, and says the unemployment line will also be funny. Tessmacher and Tara go to a series of pinfall reversals where they just roll around and take turns on top. Madison yells at them again and threatens to fire them, so they tie up and Tara takes Tessmacher to the corner and Madison yanks on Tara’s hair so she’ll think Tessmacher did it. They argue and now Tessmacher takes Tara to the corner and Madison smacks her in the head and yells at Tara like she did it. Tara goes to a wristlock, Tessmacher cartwheels out to a wristlock of her own, Tara cartwheels to a wristlock on Brooke, and Brooke shoves her off to a stalemate. Tessmacher hits a snapmare and a kick to the back as Madison gets in Tara’s face and goes “Wow, that hurt, didn’t it?” Tara takes Tessmacher over with a side headlock, Tessmacher regains her feet and Tara takes her back down, Tessmacher gets up again and Tara yanks her down by the head. Tessmacher has finally had enough and spears Tara and they catfight in the corner while Madison casually leans in the corner. Tessmacher ducks a clothesline and hits one of her own, Tara with a clothesline, then picks her up for the Widow’s Peak, but Tessmacher slips out and takes Tara out with a dropkick and comes off the second rope with a crossbody that gets an extremely long 2 given Madison’s slow counting. They wipe each other out with a double bulldog and Madison preens and fixes her hair while counting the both of them. Tara and Brooke get back up and get in each other’s face as Madison yells at both of them to hit somebody, so they both turn around and lay Madison out. A shocked Madison rolls out of the ring as Tara and Tessmacher raise their hands to the crowd and their music plays.
We’re back at the restaurant as Eric Young raids the kitchen to find presents for ODB. A chef walks in and says he can’t be in there and runs out saying he’s going to call security. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I don’t think I can care less if I tried.))
James Storm makes his entrance to a great ovation. Storm said that he heard that Angle has been looking for him. Storm states that he’s either in iMPACT Zone or in a local bar. Storm humorously asked if he needs to put it in his GPS so he can hear “turn left in 600 feet. Congratulations you’ve reached your butt whipping.” Kurt Angle in a cowboy bar ordering the same moonshine Storm drinks, then spitting it in the face of some girl Storm hangs out with before calling the moonshine piss water. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I’m sorry that I missed the Football part and the Tim Tebow reference. I do not follow football so I was clueless))
EY ties up with the ref at the bell and then after a minute he actually ties up with Anarquia. Sideheadlock by EY leads to EY riding him like a surfboard. Moore tags himself in and EY runs out of the ring and grabs Sarita from hehind and locks up with both of the females of Mexican America. EY offers Rosita his shorts and Anarquia throws him in the ring and covers him for two. Both Sarita and Rosita jump on the apron, giving Anarquia the opprotunity to kick EY from behind. Moore tags himself in and covers for two. Moore hits a moonsault for two and he goes to a sideheadlock as Anarquia tags himself in and gets a big right hand. The two get in a shoving match as EY is able to tag in ODB. ODB pats her breasts then her ass before getting scoop slammed. Moore takes offense to that and the two get in a shoving match again as Moore walks off. ODB gets several chops and then a slap before taking Sarita and Rosita out. ODB slams Anarquia and EY hits an elbow drop and ties up with the referee again. ODB gets a low blow and pins him for three.
Winners by Pinfall: ODB and Eric Young
After the match. EY carried ODB and referee Earl Hebner. Then ODB carried Hebner to his surprise.
No DQ Streetfight: World Champion Robert Roode & Bully Ray vs Jeff Hardy & Sting
Sting pairs off with Bubba and they fight their way out to the floor where Sting rams Bubba into the barricade and then the steps while Roode and Hardy go at it in the ring. Sting bashes Bubba over the head with a garbage can as Hardy unloads on Roode in the ring and headscissors him out to the floor. A split screen appears that way both fights can be seen as Hardy and Sting both pop into the ring and hit stereo slingshot dives to the floor that wipe out both Bubba and Roode as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and Sting slams the garbage can over Bubba’s head again while Hardy runs Roode into the guardrail and the stairs. Bubba gets a hold of a kendo stick and hits Hardy with it, then brings it into the ring and works Sting over as Roode gets a kendo stick of his own and beats Hardy down on the floor. Roode throws a garbage can lid and accidentally hits Bubba in the nuts with it, but somehow Ray gets the idea to put the lid over Sting’s nuts and hit it with the kendo stick. Bubba bashes Sting in the head with the lid while Roode does the same to Hardy with his own lid. A bunch of chicks sitting in the front row try and grope the battered form of Hardy as Sting superplexes Bubba in the ring and covers for two. Roode slides into the ring and absolutely demolishes Sting with it as Bubba goes out to the floor and attacks Hardy’s knee with his chain. Bubba chokes Hardy with the chain as Roode covers Sting for two, then Bubba tosses Roode the chain and he wraps it around his fist, but Sting blocks the punch and sends Roode to the corner for the Stinger Splash, but Roode ducks out of the way and Sting hits hard. Roode suplexes Hardy on a trash can on the floor while Bubba gives Sting the Bully Elbow for two, then Roode comes back in so he and Bubba can sandwich Sting, but Sting ducks and Bubba lays out Roode. Sting gives Bubba the Deathdrop, but Bubba hits him with a spinebuster, Hardy with an inverted enziguiri to Roode, and Bubba flattens Hardy with a big boot. Bubba gets a table from under the ring and sets it up on the inside, but Sting moves the table out of the way before Bubba and Roode can suplex Hardy through it. He clotheslines both guys and hits the Stinger Splash on Bubba, then on Roode, then gets Bubba in the Scorpion Deathlock and Bubba almost taps, but Sting has to break to nail an attacking Roode and give him the Deathdrop. He and Hardy set the table back up and put Roode on top, then Hardy puts Roode through the table with a top rope splash for three.
Winners by Pinfall: Sting & Jeff Hardy
Sting and Hardy celebrate with the crowd as Impact goes off the air. ((Jarrett’s Jab – A nice little chaotic brawl. I do think that for a legend like Sting, he shouldn’t have wrestled on a throwaway holiday TV that no one will remember next week. I also think he should have been advertised at least a week in advance, but those are my gripes. A new VP in Madison Rayne, a tie in the Ion/Nese series, and we are just three weeks away from the first wrestling PPV of 2012 in Genesis. I hope that everyone has a Merry and Safe Christmas this Sunday.))
I could have done without Kurt Angle in chaps doing a badly choreographed fight scene to oddly low-tempo, non-dramatic country music.
I could have also done without the Eric Young segment where he tries to lock up with the waiter, and the tool of an actor actually laughs.
Mostly I enjoyed the rest of it though–and it was really cool to see Sting do a suicide dive with Hardy.
Can’t help but feel like Bully Ray is carrying Bobby Roode on the mic–I guess it’s really good for Roode that he has Bully to back him up in those segments, and I really like Roode as champ. But if he can’t match Bully word-for-word, or get as much heat, it makes one think maybe the championship is on the wrong guy.
I was getting excited these past few weeks that they were doing more, anything, with the Television title, but I guess we’re back to ignoring it? It could be great, but if it won’t be used, retire it!
I’m also really digging A.J. and Kaz as a tag-team, and I’d love to see them take on Crimson and Morgan.
Joe Vincent says
I’m pretty much done with the Eric Young comedy hour stuff myself. Great talent – not so great usage of that talent.
TNA need to push more of its ORIGINALS like with ROODE.
Move away with older stars.
Raise the profile of the TV TITLE. Give it to James Storm as he goes on his quest to challenge ROODE.
Have STORM beat ROODE leaving him with both titles and many wrestlers after him.
ROODE wants a REMATCH at the PPV after BUT STORRM REFUSES. He defends it against some1 at the PPV n wins.
HAVE a IMPACT MAINEVENT for TV Title like a 3-WAY with STORM taking on guys like DANIELS and THE POPE.
Have ROODE cost STORM his TV TITLE forcing STORM vs ROODE REMATCH!.
Push JOE, CRIMSON, The POPE.
Make AJ STYLES the FACE or COVER BOY of TNA.
I would love a
ARIES vs RVD vs JEFF HARDY vs AJ STYLES.
Or could be some one else instead of RVD as he is getting slow even though i like him kinder and would be wicked in the X-DIVISION..
maybe John Morisson if TNA sign him.
Joe Vincent says
For what it’s worth, Robbie E. is an original star created by iMPACT Wrestling. Sure, he was doing a toned down version of his current gimmick before coming into the promotion, but he’s still a non-WWE talent (though they immediately copied his gimmick and slapped it on Zack Ryder).