TNA Impact Review 3/12/09

Look out for my post on the final card for Destination X.

I am interested more in what the rest of the match card will be for Destination X, than the actual show itself. The other really interesting thing is what Kurt Angle and Sting have to say tonight.

Angle comes out first to cut a promo about what happened last night and the title match on Sunday. Mike Tenay lets us know that Don West isn’t at the desk for some reason.

Angle calls Jeff Jarrett out to the ring and Jarrett does just that. Mick Foley comes out with BG James and they try to convince Jarrett to go back to the hotel. Foley asks Angle if he has lost his mind. Foley explains that 6 months ago he put his money into this company because he believed in AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Angle.

Foley says the only one he can put his trust in is Sting. Foley tells Angle his reign of terror is over. Foley tells Kurt to hit him, Kurt backs off and goes back to the locker room.

Jeremy Borash is with Jim Cornette and Sting. Cornette tells Sting he needs a favor: Tonight pick someone to be in the spotlight and Angle do the same. Sting and Angle will be in the corner of the people they pick.

Lauren is with Mick Foley and Jenna Morasca. Jenna goes to talk about business. Lauren is being harassed by Matt Morgan. Lauren says no, but Morgan tells her that he gets what he wants. Also, the first Captain Caveman reference I have heard in a while.

“The War Machine” Rhino vs Sheik Abdul Bashir

I haven’t seen much of Rhino in recent weeks so we will see what happens. Rhino takes control early, and Don West finally arrives a solid 20 minutes into the show. Bashir goes to work on Rhino’s back. Bashir hits a neck breaker for a two count. Rhino hits a backdrop and keeps some control from there. Bashir gets rolled over into a small package. Rhino gets the victory and then eats a chair shot from Rhino. This was an entertaining match that could have been better or worse. 2 out of 5 stars

JB is with The Beautiful People and Madison Rayne. Velvet Sky says that the sides are even, now that they are Mi Pi Sexy. Not a bad promo but what’s with the Mi Pi Sexy thing? I thought the Beautiful People thing was great, but I am not feeling the Mi Pi Sexy thing.

In the Main Event Mafia locker room, Angle asks every member for help, but the issue is Scott Steiner and Booker r have a match tonight and Kevin Nash still is suffering from a staff infection. Angle gets annoyed and sends his bodyguards to get his pick.

Booker T is in Cornette’s office and makes Booker sign a contract that he won’t call the cops, so he can get his belt. Cornette says Booker is getting too old and will probably lose the belt. This means that AJ Styles will face Booker T for the Legends Title belt.

Sting and Eric Young are backstage talking about who he is going to choose. EY tells Sting that even though Sting doesn’t want him to wrestle, he wants that spot. Sting says that he respects that so Eric Young will be the wrestler that represents Sting.

Lauren is with Lethal Consequences and they discuss who they have chosen as their partners. They make fun of Steiner and Booker T. Jay Lethal says that Homicide and Hernandez will be their partners.

Angle is backstage with Kiyoshi. Kiyoshi only bows at Angle’s questions, which leads to Angle kicking Kiyoshi.

Team 3D and Abyss vs Beer Money Inc. and “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan in an Elimination Match

James Storm comes out to the ring with the cooler cart, and there is a new attachment to the cart. In front of the handlebars, there are longhorns placed. Robert Roode and Brother Devon start the match, with Roode taking control early. Devon hits and elbow drop for a two count. Brother Ray is tagged in, and after a double team move, Ray only gets a two count. James Storm pins Brother Devon after hitting the Last Call, eliminating Devon.

Coming out of commercial, Roode and Brother Ray are in the ring and Brother Ray gains control of the match, but James Storm spits beer in his face. James Storm is out of the running for the match. Brother Ray hits the Bubba Bomb on Roode for the three count. Matt Morgan comes in and Chokeslams on Brother Ray for a pin. This meansAbyss and Morgan are left.

Abyss has control and hits a slide slam, and Morgan kicks out of the pin. Morgan hits a Chokeslam on Abyss, and Abyss returns the favor. Abyss grabs the tacks and sees Lauren. Lauren begs him not to use the tacks. Matt Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint and pins Abyss for the three count. Lauren goes to check on Abyss, and Morgan backs her down into a corner. Abyss saves Lauren and sends Morgan out of the ring. Abyss agrees to the 10,000 tacks match against Matt Morgan at Destination X. The match was very good and I don’t have any complaints about it. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Tenay tells West to leave because he is ignorant. West says he is heading to the bar.

Abyss says Morgan is going to avenge everyone. Lauren begs him not to.

Madison Rayne w/ The Beautiful people vs Taylor Wilde w/ Roxxi and the Governor

Mick Foley is at the announce table with Tenay. Foley says he doesn’t like what West has been doing. Wilde is in control, which is relinquished to Madison Rayne thanks to a missed elbow drop. In the first five minutes, I can already tell there was a ton of mistakes. Taylor Wilde gets the pin as Madison Rayne is pushed by Traci Brooks. 2.5 out of 5 stars

Roxxi and the Governor are hit with the Beauty Mark and Lights Out.

Trash talking with ODB: JB looks so sad right now just asking what it takes for ODB to go all the way with her. Borrash is mounted by ODB. I am still rolling about this one.

The MEM comes out to the ring as they go to commercial. My guess is they cut a promo and then have the 8 man tag match.

The MEM says that Don West needs to be out there not Foley. This leads to a shouting match between Foley and Booker. An unusual amount of tension is in this show. Foley is hit from behind by Scott Steiner with a steel pipe. Foley is bleeding from the back of his head. This was brilliant, especially considering the audiences reaction to the event. I know from experience that when something like that happens and you see the EMTs come out, you start to wonder if the entire segment went as planned.

TNA Rough Cut: The Ultimate X Title Match: The rough cut segments are awesome.

Lethal Consequences and LAX vs Booker T, Scott Steiner, and The Motor City Machine Guns

I honestly can’t say I am surprised.  Homicide and Alex Shelley start it off. Hernandez is tagged in and he turns the offense on.  Black Machismo is tagged in and keeps Shelley occupied. Creed is tagged in and then Shelley takes control of the match.  Booker T is in now as him and Scott Steiner are keeping Creed isolated.  Steiner hits a couple of chops in the corner and follows it with a belly to belly slam. Shelley and Sabin try a double team move, but Creed is able to tag in Lethal. A springboard elbow gets a two count .  The match has broken down and now its Sabin and Hernandez in the ring. Super Mex hits the Border Toss and pins Chris Sabin for the win.  A very fun match to watch.  3.5 out of 5 stars.

JB is with BG James and Mick Folley in the office. Mick Foley says that he has to be at ringside. Mick Foley says that he will be there and things will change. Foley says it wasn’t supposed to change, but he is happy it did. That’s followed by the scariest laugh I have heard in a while.

Angle is with Brutus Magnus in the MEM locker room. Magnus turns him down, so he resorts Rocco from MEM’s security.

Rocco w/ Kurt Angle vs Eric Young w/ Sting

Angle has been shut down up until this point so we will see how good he is.  Rocco is a big dude. Young is connects on a few shots, but the runs into the brick wall known as Rocco.  EY is thrown out of one corner into another one.  Rocco hits a splash and is visibly out of breath. Young tries a cross body and gets caught. The 400 punder went for a splash and missed. EY counters and hits a Death Valley Driver. Eric Young then pins Rocco.  Good match but not a stong finish. 2 out of 5 stars.

EY is hit from behind and Sting is taken out by Angle. Foley charges and takes out everyone. Sting is being beaten down to.  Jeff Jarrett comes in with a chair and he cleans house. Sting blocks Jarrett from hitting Steiner and Nash.  Jarrett says that he will be the referee and Mick Foley will be the Special Guest Enforcer.

Promo Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Best Promo: Jeremy Borash and ODB

Worst Promo: The Beautiful People

Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 5 stars

Best Match: Tie: Team 3D and Abyss vs Beer Money and Matt Morgan/  Lethal Consequences and LAX vs Booker T, Scott Steiner and The Motor City Machine Guns

Worst Match: Tie:  Eric Young vs Rocco/ Sheik Abdul Bashir vs Rhino

I went 2 for 4. I am counting the 8 man tag winners and the partners as two different guesses.


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