Impact Wrestling starts with a recap of Victory’s Road main event No Holds Barred match between Sting and TNA World Champion Bobby Roode. Taz and Tenay’s voice leads us to exclusive footage after the match that was mixed in with still images. ((Jarrett’s Jab – The ending to that match was pretty sick and definitely is worth another look. Was hard to tell if the back of Sting’s head hitting that chair was planned or not. If you want solid wrestling, Austin Aries becoming the first wrestler to tweet while he’s wrestling, and tons of twitter references, order the replay of Victory Road.))
Dixie Carter comes out to kick off tonight’s edition of Impact Wrestling and says that over the past six months, Bobby Roode has disrespected the company, every wrestling fan and the crowd chants “Fire Bobby.” Dixie says that because of what he has done has disgraced the company and she has talked to attorneys all week so she could make the right decision. Sting comes out to interrupt in street clothes and shades. He hugs Dixie Carter and tells her that he has never given him a reason not to trust him. Sting pleads with Dixie that firing Roode would let him get off the easy way and not the right kind of revenge for them, James Storm, or the fans. The fans chant that “We want Revenge” and Sting states that the General Manager position isn’t working out for him. The fans start a “Please Don’t Go” chant as we quickly cut to commercial.
Back from the commercial, Sting reiterates that Dixie gave him the ball and he’s ran with it, but he feels that he isn’t doing a good enough job. He proclaimed that the company came alive during the Pay-Per-View and he came alive. The fans chant “You still got it” and Sting notes that he can’t be both a wrestler and a General Manager and he has a concussion, but he’s going come back better than ever. Sting says he will still be fighting for the company, but in another level. Sting isn’t going to leave the company or the fans hanging, he has the right man for the job. After some hyping and stalling, he announces that the man is Hulk Hogan. Tenay hypes that Samoa Joe and Magnus will defend their World Tag Team Championships against Hernandez and Anarquia. Eric Young and ODB will defend their Knockout Tag Team Championships against Rosita and Sarita. And Austin Aries will defend his X Division Championship up next against Kid Kash, Anthony Nese, and Zema Ion. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Up until he said that the man would be Hulk Hogan, I was thinking in the back of my mind that I could be the next Impact General Manager. Hey, I can dream right? Plus it would make more sense considering Sting spent last year trying to get Hogan out of power.))
X Division Championship: Austin Aries (c) vs. Zema Ion vs. Anthony Nese vs. Kid Kash
Aries hit a DDT/reverse-STO on Ion and Nese, respectively. Ion hit a moonsault onto the other three at the floor while Tenay brings up how The old Tower of Doom move is hit, and Aries is the man that isn’t hurt. Bully Ray runs down and attacked Kash, Nese and Ion. Aries looked at Ray and asked if they were cool. Ray said they were, and then kicks Aries’s head off.
Bully Ray grabbed a microphone asked if everyone knew his name was, said his name was Bully ray, and he dropped his mic… ((Jarrett’s Jab – The match went by so fast I could only get the big moves. I apologize for that.))
In the parking lot, Mexican-America finds their car being reposed by Josh Lewis, the host of Repo Games. Anarquia gets the first question right, and the next two wrong. They promise to pay him after their matches. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Some people may have found this funny or entertaining. If I wanted to watch something funny and entertaining, I’d be watching the new episode of “World’s Dumbest” on truTV.))
TNA Knockout Tag Team Championships: Eric Young and ODB (c)
Eric Young starts with the standard ‘tying up with the referee’ movie and starts the match with Rosita. Thankfully ODB tags in and we can get some actual wrestling. ODB breast bumps her and then charges into her in the corner. Rosita moves out of the way of the Bronco Buster and quickly tags Sarita in. Sarita slams ODB’s head into the second turnbuckle and before hitting several elbows and right hands, then posing. Eric wants the tag, but Sarita stops the tag and drags ODB back to her corner. Rosita tags in and starts to level ODB with several kicks, but ODB gets her boot up during Rosita’s charge. Sarita gets in the ring to stop a tag, but Eric gets in and EY starts cart wheeling. Unfortunately I’m serious. Eric strops down to his underwear and the two start seducing him. ODB clotheslines both of them and ODB hits the Samoan drop and starts arguing with EY. After yelling at him for not wearing his engagement ring and for his pants being down, she covers Sarita for the win.
Winners by Pinfall and Still Knockout Tag Team Champions: Eric Young and ODB
((Jarrett’s Jab – They bring back Sarita and Rosita to lose in a comedy match.))
A recap of the World Tag Team match at Victory Road played and highlighted Crimson turning on Matt Morgan. This somehow leads to Crimson watching Morgan’s Direct Auto commercial. Crimson states that the team was never about both of them, it was all about Morgan. The commercial was just Morgan trying to “launch his Hollywood career” at his expense. Crimson says next week they are facing off before saying “Oh shit” when Morgan attacked him and pummeled
Dixie states that she was surprised by this and doesn’t know what to do. A shot of James Storm walking backstage leads to a commercial break. ((Jarrett’s Jab: Can someone get #JarrettforGM trending on twitter. Oh, people might think that’s for Jeff Jarrett. Seems that’s all TNA cared about at the Pay-Per-View.))
Jeff Hardy is backstage and sounds completely uninterested while he talks about his match from Victory Road and says that he will get Angle in a cage at Lock Down. ‘Joseph Park’ walks up and Hardy shakes his hand. Joseph says that Hardy and his brother have been in some brutal matches and asks if he has heard anything about Abyss. Hardy apologizes and says that he hasn’t. Joseph hands Hardy his card and tells him to call if he hears anything.
A graphic announces that it is 28 days until Lockdown in Nashville and a video hypes both James Storm’s and Bobby Roode’s beginnings in TNA.
Storm says that some people in the back has forgotton the difference between right and wrong and explains that it is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Storm states that Football should not be 18 weeks, but all year long; and that gasoline shouldn’t be four dollars a gallon. What Roode did at Victory Road to Sting and Dixie Carter was wrong and that he put his hand on a woman, and that doesn’t make him a man. Storm says that he will be the next World Heavyweight Champion and he will right all of Roode’s wrongs. Storm calls Roode out “so I can beat the living hell out of you.” Roode’s music blasts and Tenay calls him the sum of the earth. A guy in a suit comes out and introduces himself as William Kelly, Robert Roode’s legal advisor and is here to read a statement. “Mr. Robert Roode, your world heavyweight champion will remain in his home in Toronto, Canada until further notice. The only outstanding obligation my client has is at Lock Down is a cage match against Mr. James Storm. My client has some advice for Mr. Storm in reference for his inquiry for a fight Sunday night. Two superstars have stepped up and you can pick one to face tonight. Either Mr. Christopher Daniels or Mr. Frankie Kazarian.” Storm picks both so he won’t have to worry about next week. He takes the glasses off the lawyer and asks him if he has a pen. The lawyer says no and Storm asks what kind of lawyer has a pen and asks the crowd. A few pens are actually thrown in the ring and Storm says he wasn’t good at writing and nails the Attorney William Kelly with the Last Call.
3 Minute Challenge: Kurt Angle vs. Garett Bischoff
After a stare-off between Angle and Garett Bischoff, Angle shoves Bischoff and slaps him and Garett shoves back as the crowd shows 2:01 left. Garett explodes with right hands and a forearm followed by an awful looking flapjack. Garett pins for two and yells for him to get up. Garett goes for what looks like a cutter, but Angle dumps him over the top rope. Garett looks up at the clock with a minute left and smiles outside the ring. Angle goes to the outside and Garett slides in the ring. Gunner throws Garett in the ring with thirty seconds left and the two start beating Garrett within an inch of his life. Jeff Hardy comes out for the save and Angle and company take to the ramp. Gunner holds Angle from going back in the ring as Tenay hypes Hulk Hogan coming to the Impact Zone and the World Tag Team Championship on the line next.
The Motor City Machine Gun video that played at Victory Road is shown, stating that they are coming soon.
TNA World Tag Team Champions: Samoa Joe and Magnus (c) vs. Mexican America (Hernandez and Anarquia
Joe and Hernandez start off the match with a “Joe’s gonna kill you” chant from the fans. Joe hits rapid fire right hands and tags in Magnus and Joe hits a atomic drop and drops on him so Magnus can cover for two. Anarquia tags in and gets backbody dropped and clothsline with ease. Hernandez blind tags his way in the match before tagging in again, all without getting in the ring. Hernandez is the legal man and drops him with a backbreaker using his shoulder. Anarquia tags in, hits a leapfrog and gets two. Hernandez tags back in and cinches in a bear hug in the center of the ring. Magnus breaks out and hits a clothsline after a misscommunication issue between the Mexican America tag team. Joe finally gets in and hits several clothsline and just walks out of the way of a missile drop kick. Joe hits a STO on Hernandez and Joe locks in the cocquina clutch on Anarquia. Josh Lewis comes to the ring and gets the two valets out out of the match and this gives Hernandez enough time to break the submission hold. Hernandez goes for the Border Toss, but takes too much time posing and gets kicked in the face by Magnus. The two hit their double team snapmare into a flying elbow move and Joe covers for two.
Winners and STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Samoa Joe and Magnus
The Direct Auto Insurance ‘Impact of the Night’ is Josh Lewis ‘repossessing’ Sarita and Rosita.
Hulk Hogan is asked about becoming the GM of Impact Wrestling. Hulk laughs him off and says he’s only here because Sting called him. James Storm takes on the team of Christopher Daniels and Kazarian next.
Josh Lewis carries Sarita and Rosita to the back and Anarquia pleads with Josh to let them keep their car. Lewis talks to the two women and they end up leaving with him.
The music video premier of “Longnecks and Rednecks” is hyped for next week featuring Cowboy Troy and Country Music stars Montgomery Gentry. Both Cowboy Troy and Montgomery Gentry praise the song and talk about how great it was to star in the video. ((Jarrett’s Jab – It is a good song and from what I’ve heard has gotton plenty of play on Country Music radio.))
“Cowboy” James Storm vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian
Kazarian walks to the ring and Daniels hides behind part of the set. After Storm’s pyro, Daniels tries to jump Storm, but gets hip tossed. Storm starts nailing rights on Kazarian before whipping him into the steel stairs. Storm gets in the ring with Daniels and starts whaling on him before Kazarian breaks it up. Daniels and Kazarian start trying to fight over who gets shots on Storm, but Storm decides to start dishing some out on Daniels. Kazarian breaks it up and hits some shots of his own. Daniels again gets a few shots and a head butt on Storm. Daniels bounces Storm’s head off the turnbuckle and hits a elbow to the back of the neck for two. Kazarian tries a pin for two. Daniels holds Storm so Kazarian can hit him, but Kazarian wants to do it his way and gets yelled at for it. Kazarian whips Daniels into Storm, but Storm moves. Kazarian gets Last Called and so does Daniels. Storm covers Daniels for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: James Storm
Separate video of Sting, TNA President Dixie Carter, and Hulk Hogan walking toward the ring is shown. Hogan decides if he’s going to be the GM….NEXT!
Sting comes out and wants the ball to keep rolling and has Dixie Carter to come out (this time with her theme music.) Sting says that he’s known Hulk Hogan for twenty years and since he cut Eric Bischoff out of his life at Bound for Glory, we have seen the real Hulk Hogan. Sting says that he trusts Hulk Hogan and asks her to as well. Dixie states that she trusts Sting and he has never done her wrong, and she believes him and says to “let’s do the right thing.” Sting calls Hogan to come out. Hogan obliges and hugs Sting and Dixie Carter. A loud Hogan chant starts and Sting says that it’s obvious that he’s made Dixie Carter and himself a believer in Hulk Hogan and that it’s fitting to hear the people feel the same. Impact Wrestling ends awkwardly with a loud Hogan chant and Hogan looking into the camera. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I guess we get a cliffhanger ending. I wish that the opening segment could have closed the show because waiting until next week to see who Sting wants his replacement to be would be better than seeing if Hogan would. This show has been awkward in the sense that we are 28 days until Lock Down and we have seen virtually little hype for one of TNA’s biggest Pay-Per-Views. If the only hype for Lockdown is two billboards on the outskirts of I-65 in Nashville, we’ve got huge problems. Be sure to join us so we might get a match or something for Lockdown.))