TNA Impact Review 3/5/09

I am really looking forward to the continuation of Don West/ Mike Tenay angle. Another thing will be good is how Jeff Jarrett and Foley being beat down.

Jarrett announcement: Kurt Angle is suspended this week so he won’t be here tonight.

Don West and Mike Tenay are together at the broadcast table. West says that things were said and he feels no remorse for any of his comments. I like the West heel turn. It reminds me of the announcers of yester-year. Tenay comments on the turn like watching the plane go into the Hudson River. Maybe a little too soon for that, but I think it worked.

Foley announces Sting, who comes out to the ring in street clothes. They cut a promo about Foley being saved by Sting and being thankful for it. Foley talks about the moment he had with Sting and how it changed his life and his career. Foley says he hopes that after Destination X, Sting will not return to the Main Event Mafia. Sting appreciates the praise and needs to end Angle’s reign in the MEM. The Main Event Mafia comes out minus Kurt Angle. Sting states that the only problem is Angle. Kevin Nash tells Sting that the mafia is on its way to gaining respect. Sting says that he has no issues with any of them. Nash says they can fight with honor, dignity, and respect. Very good opening promo. One of the best promos I have seen in a while.

Before the break, Angle is seen entering the Impact Zone

TNA Rough Cut: Ultimate X moments. I love these segments. Another good edition.

Lethal Consequences Interview: Interview is really funny. Not powerful but definitely amusing.

X Division Championship Match:
Kiyoshi w/ Team No Limit vs Alex Shelley (c) w/ Chris Sabin

This should be a very interesting match up since not much is known about Kiyoshi. Kiyoshi starts off with a bang with a kick in the chest, and the two competitors trade blows. Kiyoshi is in control of Shelley, putting him on his heels. After a Dragon Screw leg roll and a jaw breaker, Shelley gets control. He goes for a DDT and Kiyoshi counters into a kick combination. Kiyoshi climbs to the top rope and misses the headbutt from the top rope. Shelley hits a brain buster and tacks on a frog splash leading to the pin.

Suicide comes in to confront the Motor City Machine Guns. Suicide takes out Sabin and sets up Alex Shelley with a powerful move. Suicide sends a clear message to Shelley saying he wants a shot at the match. Great match followed by a good run in. I would say I was surprised about how good Shelley is but I am not. 4 out of 5 stars.

Main Event Mafia Promo: In the MEM locker room, the members of the mafia confront Angle and tells him to go back home. Kurt says since the suits were from his salary, it is his property and he will collect it. Not a great promo, but it serves its purpose.

“Off the Wagon” montage and Interview with Beer Money Inc.: Robert Roode says that Petey and Lance Hoyt knew what they were getting into when they got into the match. They preview the match against LAX tonight. Just an ok promo.

LAX comes out with their briefcases and a mic in hand, so we will see what they have to say. They say LAX will be tag champions by the end of the night.

Booker T promo: Book is on the phone about AJ Styles and hatches a plan for him tonight. Booker T tries on his “Black Snow” announcer thing he has going. I got to admit he is absolutely hilarious.

One night with ODB contest montage: Shark Boy part was really funny.

Consequences Creed is laid out by Angle backstage.

Four Corner Knockout Tag Team Match:

The Beautiful People w/ Cute Kip vs Sojo Bolt and Rhaka Khan vs Awesome Kong and Raisha Saeed vs Taylor Wilde and Roxxi w/ The Governor (Daffney)

Saeed starts of with Wilde. I am going to just say that this action is very quick and way too quick for my fingers. Madison Rayne comes down the ring to get a look at the match as they go to a commercial break. So far, I like what I see.

Coming out of the commercial, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky are working on Taylor Wilde. Sky and Wilde are knocked down in the middle of the ring as Roxxi is tagged in and she takes out everyone except Awesome Kong. The match has broken down to the Beautiful people and Wilde and Roxxi. Madison Rayne hits a dropkick on Roxxi and Angelina Love hits the Lights Out on Roxxi for the three count. Very good match. I really like the intricacies of the match and it was relatively easy to follow, while still being fast paced. 4 out of 5 stars.

Booker T comes out to the ring and says that everyone heard him talk about AJ Styles and his roots. Booker says that he was wrong and AJ taught him how to be humble. He won’t press charges and just give the title back. Styles comes through the crowd as Steiner and Booker gang up on him. My question is now where is Joe. Booker slaps AJ and is able to escape the ring with the title. He is arrested by the police. One of the cops is Samoa Joe and threatens Scott Steiner with a knife. One word describes the entire ordeal…wow.

West leaves again and Tenay is alone to call the rest of the show. Just as West leaves, Jay Lethal is on the receiving end of a beat down courtesy of Kurt Angle. Jarrett says that he is going after Angle.

Abyss’s therapy session with Dr. Stevie: I have come to expect good and funny things from this promo series. Abyss says he will not use weapons anymore. A sad ending to another good promo.

“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs Shane Sewell

Morgan is handling Sewell like he is a joke. Sewell hits a dropkick to knock him down. Sewell is just being man handled. Interesting note, Jim Cornette has taken the Legends Championship from Booker T hopefully more will be announced. Back to the match as it is the same old song and dance from Morgan. After Sewell gets pumped up, he gives a low blow. Morgan hits the Hellevator on Sewell for the three count. Morgan grabs a bag of thumbtacks and a mic. He says Abyss’s tacks are the only reason he is popular and he can’t compete with Morgan. Morgan challenges Abyss to a 10,000 tacks match for Destination X. Just an ok match with an interesting promo. 1.5 out of 5 stars.

Eric Young does an interview and Angle attacks saying he wants Jarrett. Standard for the storyline tonight.

Jarrett, Cornette and Foley have a meeting in his office. Sting confronts Jarrett and tells him that this is his fight. Jarrett replies that he will leave a piece for Sting. Good promo that served its purpose.

“Off the Wagon” Challenge:

Beer Money Inc. (c) vs LAX

Storm is still using the beer goggles and the cooler cart. What happened to the beer helmet? This will be huge for LAX with the tag titles on the line and the their briefcases on the line.

Homicide takes control of James Storm as we get started. Hernandez and Robert Roode then go in and Roode starts to control the match. Hernandez sends Beer Money out of the ring. Hernandez then grabs Homicide and Border Tosses his partner onto Roode and Storm.

Coming out of the commercial break, Storm hits a Lung Blower on Homicide. Roode is tagged in and they take control of the match. Double teaming by Beer Money is isolating Homicide in the opposite corner. Hernandez tags him self in and hits Clotheslines left and right. Storm is hit with a Back Breaker and Roode is hit with a Powerbomb for a two count. Roode and Hernandez trade blows. Hernandez flies and catches both members of Beer Money. As Hernandez goes for a Border Toss, Roode hits Hernandez with a chair for an automatic disqualification. Team 3D comes in for the save and they say that they want the shot for the tag titles at Destination X. Oh boy now I am really excited. Good match with a very good announcement. 3 out of 5 stars.

Angle grabs the mic and calls Jarrett out to the ring. Jarrett gets in the ring and the two start throwing punches. Jarrett gets the best of Angle to start as he takes the Olympic Gold Medalist through the crowd. Angle takes control in the stands, splitting the wickets on a steel rail. They two fight through the crowd and eventually backstage. Jarrett throws Angle out the door of the Impact Zone…literally. Impact ends with Double J, Foley, and Team 3D in the ring.

Promo Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Best Promo: Tie: Booker T/ Styles/ Steiner/ Joe and Foley/ Sting promos

Worst Promo: LAX promo

Overall Reting: 3.2 out of 5 Stars

Best Match: Tie: Four Corners Knockout match and X Title match

Worst Match: Morgan vs Sewell

Predictions result: I had two out of four matches right.  Not too shabby for a first time.

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