A Video Package opened highlighting the TNA World Championship match from Genesis with Roode calling Hardy an embarrassment and that there is no redemption and Jeff Hardy whining that Roode “tried to get disqualified on purpose.”
Bobby Roode makes his entrance in an awful remake of the Instrumental he used a month or so ago (It sounds like the prequels they used at Slammiversary 2006.) Roode called his match at Genesis one-sided and says that he has become the most dominant champion in Impact Wrestling history and called himself the greatest. From “The Cowboy” James Storm, to “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, to most recently “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, all have fallen to him. He said that Jeff’s redemption has almost brought a tear to his eye, and asks Jeff to come down to the ring and shake his hand. Instead Sting’s music hits and out comes the Stinger in a striped shirt. Sting says that he is not sure if it’s sticking in, but reminds him in a kid-like voice “Sting, boss and Roode, Employee.” Roode cuts him off.
((Jarrett’s Jab – First off, I hope Roode’s new theme is a one week trial because it sucks. Second, If I bought TNA’s pay-per-views, I would be extremely pissed off that I’m getting the same match I paid forty dollars for free just four nights later. This is the second month in a row they have done this, and the second month that the show has ended with the fans waiting for the authority figure, Sting, to come out and do the right thing and restart the match. And third, TNA’s sponsor should not be more important than their matches.))
TNA Tag Team Champions Matt Morgan and Crimson vs. Television Champion Robbie E and Robbie T
Crimson overpowers Robbie E early and sends him into his corner where he quickly tags in Robbie T. Robbie T slams Crimson and tags Robbie E back in. Robbie E comes off the top rope and Crimson goozles him but he slips from his grasp. Crimson holds on to the ankle and Robbie T comes in and Morgan clears him out with a clothesline. Crimson tags Morgan in and Morgan hits the Rapid Fire Elbows. Crimson sends Robbie T flying over the top rope and nail Robbie E with a double-team slam and Morgan gets the three count.
Winners by Pinfall: The TNA Tag Team Champions Matt Morgan and Crimson
Samoa Joe and Magnus come from behind and take out the Tag Team Champions while the two Robbie’s go up the ramp. After putting the boots to both of them, Joe snap mares Morgan and Magnus hits the top rope elbow. The two pose with the tag team titles to take us into commercial.
((Jarrett’s Jab – Morgan and Crimson needed this squash match, and as much as I hated the Tag Team tournament, I’m glad that they are keeping Joe and Magnus together as a team.))
A video package showed Garett Bischoff’s debut match and getting taken out by Gunner with the piledriver on the concrete. Fast forward to last week with Sting handing Garett a pair of boots and telling him that he’s a wrestler.
Eric Bischoff makes his entrance to a standing jeer from the crowd. Bischoff asks the crowd if they love that song and says that he does. Bischoff says that Sting handed Garett a pair of boots and “he thinks he’s a wrestler.” He tells Garett that it’s fine to have dreams like Eddie Van Halen or Slash. “They made spreading a guitar look easy because they are uniquely talented individuals, just like me.” Bischoff briefly rambles about his credentials and encourages Garett to give up his dreams before he gets hurt. Out comes Garett Bischoff. Garett grabs the mic from his dad and asks him if he wants “him to give up on his dream because you said so?” Garett says that he hasn’t burned down all his bridges and he still has friends. Garett reminds Eric that he is proud to be in this business and to learn from all the great ones like Sting, James Storm, and AJ Styles. Garett said that Gunner took him out before, but he came back, and he will keep coming back. To leave the crowd and Eric with a cliffhanger, Garett says he has a new trainer, and you will never believe who it is. Eric grabbed Garett, and Garrett said to never touch him again.
Winter and Angelina Love are backstage discussing all the drama going on with the rest of the Knockouts division, but she’s a two time former Knockouts Champion and tonight it’s time to remind everyone else what she’s about. Angelina says that all that’s fine, but she’s a FIVE time former champion and that’s why she’s coming out on top.
A video package plays showing the ‘relationship’ between Eric Young and ODB. On that note, ODB is backstage and tells Eric to relax because it was one kiss because she “was hot and horny”, and she walks off while Young ponders on the possibility that she’s moving too fast, but then ODB comes back, grabs his ass, and leads him off camera.
Winter vs. ODB
ODB backs Winter to the ropes, but Winter goes behind and ODB bumps her off. Winter shoves her, so ODB chest bumps her into the corner and goes for the Bronco Buster and Winter moves, so ODB crashes onto the bottom turnbuckle. Winter hangs ODB in the Tree of Woe, then EY goes on the apron and holds the tag rope. Hebner tells him to get down and then sees Winter cradle ODB for a two count. Winter cinches a sleeper in, but ODB breaks free and runs over Winter with a series of shoulderblocks and then a running avalanche in the corner followed by the Bronco Buster, which she hits successfully this time. ODB nails a fallaway slam and then kips up, Angelina tries to sneak in and jump ODB but Eric Young slides in and gives her an Airplane Spin. Angelina tumbles out of the ring and then Eric stumbles around and falls out as ODB hits the BAM (TKO) and covers for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: ODB
ODB takes a swig from her flask, then hands it to Eric so he can take a sip.
((Jarrett’s Jab – If you like Eric Young’s comedy, you loved this match and the previous segment. If you are like me and don’t, this is five minutes of your life you will never get back.))
Straight off of Commercial, ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles makes his entrance and grabs a microphone. AJ says that he has some questions and Kazarian better have some answers. Kazarian slowly walks down the ramp. AJ says that Kazarian caught him by surprise because he never thought the voice of reason would turn his back on him. Kazarian stayed silent and AJ asks him if he sounds like a broken record because he has the same conversation with Christopher Daniels last year. Kazarian says that he can’t say why and Daniels comes down the ramp and proclaims that he can tell why. Daniels calls himself the smartest man in the room, and then states that he is defiantly the smartest man in this room. He says that every since he beat AJ in Huntsville, that Kazarian has seen AJ for what he really is: A Lost Cause. Daniels proclaims that Kazarian is done carrying AJ and said that he is “a worthless piece of shit.” Kazarian knocked the mic out of Daniels hand and left the ring. AJ threw the mic at Daniel’s back and the two started to brawl before Kazarian pulled Daniels back.
Bully Ray tells Bobby Roode that Ray was trending on Twitter after his match. Roode complains about having to give Hardy another shot at “his baby.” Ray cuts in again and talks about trending on Twitter and asks Roode if he has one. “Of course I don’t have a twitter” Roode states as he starts to complain some more about having to face Hardy. Ray said he had is back and would make sure Roode stays champion, as long as he got a shot. Roode said of course and the two walked off. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Ray shines yet again on the mic like Daniels did during the previous segment. Ray hyping up twitter annoying was a funny tongue-in-cheek at the WWE’s play-by-tweet commentary and constant pop-ups. At least when TNA brings up twitter, they still focus on what’s going on in the ring.))
James Storm comes out in his ring gear and says that it seems like some people can take the low road and not be called out on it. Storm notes that if he has a problem with someone he tells them to their face and does it right then and there, and then calls out Kurt Angle. Angle’s music plays, and after a little delay, Kurt Angle comes out in street clothes to a tremendous boo from the audience. Angle tries to plead his case and Storm knocks the mic out of his hand. Storm calls Angle an opportunist and a cheater and said he took the low road at Genesis. Storm reminds Angle that he has beaten him twice and also defeated him in thirty seconds for the World Title. Storm gives Angle his microphone and Angle said it was his day off, Storm isn’t getting a rematch, and Angle has his sights on the World Title. Sting comes out and tells the camera that if Roode gets intentionally disqualified that Hardy will become the World Champion. Sting says that since Storm won at Final Resolution and Angle won at Genesis, there is going to be a rubber match and it was going to be tonight. Angle complains about not being in his ring gear and Sting says the bell will ring right after the commercial break. Angle runs to the back as we cut to commercial.
Number One Contenders Match: “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Kurt Angle
Christy Hemme does the introductions during while Angle’s entrance but he doesn’t show up. Earl Hebner rings the bell and Kurt Angle runs down the ramp, trying to get the straps up on his singlet at seven and gets in the ring at nine. Storm starts pummeling Angle in the corner, but Angle breaks free and tries a charge into Storm. Storm sidesteps and Angle crashes shoulder first into the ringpost. Storm gets a Divorce Court on the injured shoulder for two, then slams Angle’s arm into the mat and stomps on his hand. Storm dumps Angle out to the floor and continues firing right hands at Angle as he’s slumped against the guardrail, then slams Angle’s head into the ring steps before tearing at his mouth with both hands. Angle rolls into the ring to try and get away from Storm, then goes back out to the floor and kicks Storm low when he comes after him. Angle now rams Storm’s head into the steps and rolls him back inside and puts the boots to him, but Storm comes off the ropes and lays Angle out with a running elbow and again they head out to the floor. Angle hits an overhead release suplex on Storm on the floor as we go to commercial.
We come back as Angle drops an elbow on Storm for two, then goes to the corner and unloads with right hands before stomping at Storm’s knee. Angle holds the ropes while driving his boot into the back of Storm’s head, Storm tries to fight back but Angle again flattens him with a back elbow before stopping to play to the crowd. Storm ducks a clothesline and comes off the ropes and both men go for cross body blocks, but wipe each other out and both men are down. The referee starts the count and they haul themselves to their feet where Storm gets the advantage with a series of punches and clotheslines. Storm with a lungblower and cradles Angle for two, then hits a side backbreaker and comes off the second rope, Angle tries to get his boot up but Storm lands on his feet, catches Angle’s boot, and cranks on the ankle lock. Angle nearly taps out, but kicks Storm off and hits the Angle Slam for two. Angle goes back to stomping on Storm and then mounts him and just repeatedly drills him in the skull with right hands. Angle goes to the outside and grabs Storm’s beer bottle, takes a mouthful, and then spits it in Storm’s face when the referee takes the bottle and turns his back to get rid of it. Angle with his superkick on Storm for two, then slaps Storm around and says some things that get bleeped before Storm hits a Codebreaker and the Last Call out of nowhere to get the win.
Winner by Pinfall: James Storm
Jeff Hardy is backstage saying that he didn’t come out of Genesis with the World Title, but tonight, he’s going to beat Roode and take the title and that’s all there is to it.
We see a promo package of Brooke Adams (a.k.a. Brooke Tessmacher), as she hopes to win the Hooters Dream Girl contest.
We then go backstage where Madison Rayne comes up to Sting backstage and says she knows they got off on the wrong foot, but she would like him to officially declare her the VP of the Knockouts Division. Sting mocks Madison’s voice and jumping and says he’s so excited before he tells her to give him one reason why he should. Rayne said she can get the job done. Sting says he can’t do that since she’s done such an abysmal job for as long as she had it, but Madison deserves bigger things, so he’s booking her to face Mickie James in a cage match next week.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
Roode again entered with that god-awful theme (which this time had it’s own intro) and Tenay talks about how if Roode is intentionally disqualified, Roode will lose the belt. This main event is sponsored by Five Hour Energy, When You’ve Gotta Get Stuff Done. Hardy nailed Roode while he was standing on the apron and then rammed him head first into two of the guardrails to keep the audience away from the ring. Hardy connects with several boots to the midsection as the crowd starts a small USA chant. Tenay notes that Dixie Carter is in the audience as Hardy stands on Roode’s head on the steps and Roode tries desperately to escape. Roode is able to get the offense for a moment, but Hardy reverses a Powerbomb attempt on the outside and Roode ricochets head first off the ringpost. Hardy hits a running clothesline after missing the Twist of Fate and throws Roode in the ring to actually start this match. Hardy puts the boots to Roode in the corner as Tenay notes that referee Brian Hebner is showing a little leeway. Hardy goes for a pin and gets two. Hardy hits a facebuster and again gets a two count. Hardy bounces off the ropes and kicks Roode in the mouth, and then sends him to the outside as we go to commercial.
Hardy is back to beating Roode up at ringside and rams him knees-first into the ring steps. Hardy sets up the ring steps to try and use to hit Poetry In Motion on Roode as he’s slumped against the barricade, but Roode moves and Hardy nearly kills himself hitting the barricade and falls backward onto the floor. Both Hardy and Roode are down as the truck shows several replay of Hardy’s sick landing. Roode is able to slide in the ring at seven. For some reason, the referee restarts the count as Hardy stares from the rail with his eyes bugged out. Hardy was able to tumble into the ring at nine and a half and Roode immediately goes after him with straight right hands. Roode picks pulls Hardy’s hair before cinching in a chinlock as a “Let’s Go Hardy” chant breaks out. Hardy breaks out and Roode slams his head into the turnbuckle. Roode hits a nice snapmare from the top rope. Hardy fights back with the Jawbreaker, the Side Russian Leg sweep and covers him for two. Hardy then hits the leg drop to the groin and hits the Whisper in the Wind for a very close two count. A louder “Hardy” chant quickly breaks out and Hardy gets up at a three count. Roode finally staggers to his feet and goes for the Twist of Feet, but Roode shoves him into the ropes, and then nailed the Double A Spinebuster. Hardy gets up and hits a suplex, but misses the Swanton Bomb. Roode covers for two and Roode starts to freak out. Roode yells at Hardy to get up as he gets on the top rope. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate when Roode jumped down, and takes off his shirt to hit the Swanton Bomb. The ref counted to two, and then Bully Ray pulls the referee out and boots him. Hardy jumps over the top rope on him and then gets back in the ring and looks confused as his music hits. Bully Ray yells from the floor that Hardy “can’t beat Bobby Roode” as the Spike Graphic airs.
((Jarrett’s Jab – I hated that they gave away two big matches from Genesis for free, but at least the World Title match didn’t end clean. That ending personally confused me when they established that TNA President Dixie Carter was at ringside. I’m sure she had the power to make a call, but they didn’t use her. Overall this was a good edition of Impact that advanced several stories going forward, announced a new number one contender, and set up a huge Knockouts Match for next week. Be sure to come back next week and watch Impact when Madison Rayne takes on Mickie James inside a Steel Cage.))