TNA Impact Review 2/12/09

TNA Impact Review 2/12/09

Kurt Angle and Sting vs Team 3D in a tag team match

Started out as the same old song and dance from the tag team match last week. Angle ignoring Sting for a tag, and as a consequence, Team 3D takes control. Angle, with no options left, is forced to tag out. Sting confronts Angle about what is going on and they get into a shoving match as the rest of the Main Event Mafia come to break it up.

Coming back from commercial, Sting is in control and isolating Brother Ray in the corner. Sting tries to tag in Kurt Angle numerous times, but Angle drops off the apron so he can’t be tagged in. Brother Devon is tagged in and tries to fend team 3D off, easier said than done. Sting, frustrated, forceably tags in Angle. Team 3D wins from Brother Devon’s roll up of Kurt Angle after he is slingshot into the ring. Not a bad match but WAY too much like last week. 2 out of 5 stars

Promo: Angle cuts a promo where Kurt is going off at Sting for not being a good family member. He tells Sting to lay down in at the end of the night, which get a ton of boos. Jeff Jarret comes out and says that Kurt lost and that is that. Jarret says there will be a close to the feud. I smell a part three. Sting says he has under control and will see Kurt later tonight.

AJ Styles attacks Booker T in Booker’s locker room and leaves him in a heap on the floor.

During the break, Scott Steiner is talking trash about Samoa Joe.

Scott Steiner vs Petey Williams in a head dress on a pole match

One thing to keep in mind is that this match is a no disqualification match. I got to admit it I’m not that happy with these matches that have the same dynamic as the Against All Odds pay per view. Steiner wants to make sure that Petey will not get up. Steiner hits another move that I haven’t seen in a long time. as he hits a Frankensteiner. Petey Williams tries a Canadian Destroyer twice but both times were countered into a backdrop. Petey gets the upper hand from a steel pipe shot to the legs, and goes for the head dress. Steiner counters with a Samoan Drop off the top turnbuckle and grab the head dress. Joe issues another message to Scott Steiner ending with Joe’s signature chant, “Joe’s gonna kill you.”
Match was not that good. Vince Russo needs to be a bit more creative. I know Williams contract ends soon, so maybe that had something to do with it. 1 out of 5 stars.

Promo: Mick Foley does an interview about how he feels about Kurt’s statements. Nothing special here.

TNA Knockout Gauntlet match

Entrants in order: Angelina Love, Taylor Wilde, Velvet Sky, Sojourner Bolt, Roxxi, Madison Ray, Raisha Saeed, Rhaka Kahn, ODB
Eliminations:Rhaka Kahn (ODB), Raisha Saeed (ODB), Taylor Wilde and Angelina Love eliminate each other, Velvet Ski (Sojo), Roxxi (Sojo), ODB (Sojo)

Lot of rolling around, not much wrestling. Once Sky and Love, are in together they double team other participants. Bolt comes in like a bolt of lightning. Roxxi had the first actual wrestling move in a gorilla press slam. Kahn is in and no one has been eliminated and I am slowly losing interest. The final two left are Madison Rayne and Sojourner Bolt. Sojourner Bolt defeats Madison Rayne for a shot at Awesome Kong for the women’s title. This is a terrible match. To put it another way, there is a reason why this is a short review. The only good I see coming out of this is that a new knockout talent is getting her shot at the women’s title. I am not trying to be cruel. The issue is that with a match like a gauntlet match, it will either look really good or really bad, and this was bad. If it was X division stars, your guaranteed a fast paced match, which works incredibly well in a gauntlet match. 0 out of 5 stars.

TNA Rough Cut: Ultimate X match : The Ultimate X is one of my favorite matches so I enjoyed this rough cut, but then again, I like seeing the more human side of wrestlers.

Motor City Machine Guns vs Lethal Consequences in a tag match

I am actually really excited about this match because I enjoy these two teams and the quick pace. Starts off very back and forth but Lethal Consequences take control of Alex Shelley. Consequences Creed saw the blind tag from Chris Sabin and hit Sabin with a dropkick. Creed tags to Jay Lethal, and Lethal catches fire, unleashing the fury on Sabin. Creed breaks up the 2 count and hits a DDT on Shelley. After hitting the Lethal Combination, Jay Lethal follows up by countering Shelley’s sliced bread. The Guns and Lethal Consequences exchange a hand shake, but Shelley and Sabin split the uprights as a sign of disrespect. Honestly, this was a good match. It is matches like this that are the reason why I like the X division and the Tag Team division so much. 4 out of 5.

ODB’s Angle with Brutus Magnus: Two thoughts came to mind when I watched this. First, this could be an interesting couple. Second, this segment was comedic gold. This segment and the match might save the show.

Abyss’s therapy session: This is mildly creepy to say the least. I recognized the voice, but I didn’t know who it was until I did a little bit of research. Abyss’s therapist “Stevey” is none other than former WWE wrestler, Steven Richards. This could be very interesting with him as Abyss’s therapist, since he was a psychopath in the latter part of his WWE career. Based on his voice, I am now 100% convinced it is him.

Abyss and Rhino vs Beer Money Inc. for the Tag Team Titles

I like of this match as well. One of my favorite things about Beer Money is seeing what gadget James Storm comes out with. Today’s props of choice: Beer Goggles and the Cooler Cart that we have seen more of recently. Abyss and Robert Roode start of the match. Abyss is sent into the ropes by Storm and Roode, and Abyss hits a double clothesline. Rhino is tagged in and has a back and for with Roode. Storm is tagged in and sends Rhino over the top rope.
Coming back from commercial, Beer Money still has control of Rhino, but he hits a double clothesline and tags in Abyss. Abyss powers down Storm and Roode, eventually ending with a Shock Treatment on Storm. Storm spits beer into Abyss’s face. Just as Abyss gets a beer bottle to hit with James Storm, “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan hit Abyss with a chair. Another good match for a show that needed it. Post-match attack on Abyss by Matt Morgan occurs because Beer Money Inc. is keeping Rhino at bay outside of the ring. This wasn’t the best match of the night, but it is a good one. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Mick Foley’s Hardcore History: A new segment that I will be looking forward to every time it comes on. Mick reminisces about matches that he had when he was younger.

Kurt Angle vs Sting ?

This is the conclusion of what happened in the first match of the night. I am interested to see what is going to go on with this “match.” Angle explains the Main Event Mafia’s code of conduct and says Sting must be punished. Angle says Sting gave him no other choice. Sting says he will lay down, but asks what happened to Angle’s integrity. Sting says he earned the belt and Angle is trying to steal it. Sting gets on one knee and says that the loss at Against All Odds, is the least significant you lost. Sting using harsh words to describe Angle’s ego and says that his medal is tarnished. Sting lays down and begs him to steal his title. Angle looks hesitant, but won’t do it. Angle wants the title, but wants to beat him for it. Angle officially declares war against Sting, and threatens to end his career next week. This seems like the turn of Sting to a face. An interesting turn for hopefully a good show.

Overall, a normal show for a the first after a ppv event. I wish I could have gotten a few better matches, but it wasn’t overly terrible. I would genuinely not be surprised if the ratings come out and the second hour is better than the first. The promos were really the only consistently good thing throughout the show.

OVERALL RATING: 1.9 out of 5 stars

Best Match: Motor City Machine Guns vs Lethal Consequences

Worst Match: TNA Knockout Gauntlet

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