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TNA/Taz Update

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by biggman621

Taz will replace Don West as color commentator in TNA.  Don West has been promoted to a higher position in the merchandising department.

New Spin Cycle

Posted in Spin Cycle with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by biggman621

For those of you who don’t know, Spin Cycle is a web show from TNA staring Jeremy Borash. JB has some TNA superstars on and they discuss topics from wrestling to pop culture and more. It is a pretty interesting show and it gives you an inside look into various TNA superstars thoughts. I liked this episode so much that I thought I would share it.

Video from TNAwrestling’s Youtube Channel.


TNA Impact Review 6/18/09

Posted in TV show reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by biggman621

Mick Foley comes out to the ring with Earl Hebner and some clowns. He says he found his smile and the ring is decorated for a party. He calls out AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, and the guest of honor, Jeff Jarrett. Everyone comes out with the same confused look on their faces. Jarrett asks Foley if he has lost his mind and says that he has one more trick up his sleeve. He says that he has booked tonight’s main event and says that AJ Styles will team up with Samoa Joe, Sting will team up with Kurt Angle, and Jarrett will tag with Foley. Foley says that he knows it might get nasty, but he wants everyone to put their hands in and yell “team.” Joe goes to put his hand in and clocks  Angle.

Jeremy Borash is with Raven, Daffney, and Dr. Stevie. Daffney says that her match is one made in hell. She says it is nice and warm there. Raven asks if Jethro Holiday knows what a House of Fun match is. He compares himself to Abyss and says they are both freaks. He tells Abyss that Slammiversary will have his and Abyss’s funeral.

Daniels vs The Amazing Red

The two shake hands and lock up. Daniels applies an arm lock and Red gets out with an arm drag. A drop kick sends Daniels out of the ring and Red hits a corkscrew Plancha. Red lands a couple clotheslines, but Daniels counters with a huge clothesline. Daniels puts in a chin lock and is sent into the corner. Red hits a few kicks and Daniels stays on his feet. Red climbs to the top rope and hits a huracanrana. Red hits a jumping reverse STO for a two count. Daniels catches Red and hits a death valley driver and hits the Best Moonsault Ever (BME) for the three count. After the match, Shane Douglas says that he is level headed and says he deserves a second chance and accepts Daniels’ challenge. Continue reading

Taz/TNA Update

Posted in News, Wrestler Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by biggman621

This came in from wrestlinginc:

Former WWE wrestler Taz will be going to TNA.  He will be joining the company as Samoa Joe’s mentor, and eventually, will be appearing once his non-competition clause expires. This could lead to Taz also taking Don West’s spot as a color commentator in the not so near future.

I will admit that I suspected something when Samoa Joe came out with the black towel. Also, since both wrestlers are great submission wrestlers, it is no surprise on my end.  Boy am I excited for his debut.

TNA Impact Review 4/9/09

Posted in News, TV show reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by biggman621

The Main Event Mafia heads the ring to address TNA management. Sting gets on the mic and says he wants to talk to Jeff Jarrett. Double J is in the ring and asks Sting what he wants. Sting asks who is running the company him or Mick Foley. Sting wants some revenge on Foley for him pulling rank. Sting says that if Mick is running the show then let everyone know. Jarrett says that he runs the company. Sting says it’s only fair if he does the same thing Foley did to Sting last week. Double J asks why he is questioning his authority. Sting says he is the TNA champion and wants to use some pull. Scott Steiner gets the mic and says that he told Jarrett about this last week. Jarrett says that the road Steiner wants him to take isn’t an option.

The Motor City Machine Guns come out and everyone looks confused. Alex Shelley has a mic in his hand and says that he and Chris Sabin were playing video games in the back and their hearts go out to Sting. He also says that Foley is the boss, not Jarrett. Shelley goes on to say that he wants revenge for the humiliation he went through this week on Thanksgiving. He asks Jeff Jarrett what he thinks. Jarrett gives Sabin and Shelley the match.

Jeremy Borash is with Mick Foley to get his reaction. He says that he is in shock, and likes the match he will be in.

JB is with Foley and Jarrett. Foley says that he booked a heck of a main event and wants to “tweak” the match. JB asks Jarrett why he hasn’t been himself lately. Continue reading

TNA Impact Review 4/2/09

Posted in News, TV show reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by biggman621

This should be a good episode.

Jeff Jarrett comes to the ring to address the Lethal Lockdown match. He talks about what happened last week with Samoa Joe not wanting to be the captain of the team. He names AJ Styles to be the captain of Team TNA. Styles says thanks but no thanks. He wants on the team, but doesn’t want to be captain. Styles says that he thinks Jarrett to be the captain, and they will win. Jarrett agrees and Scott Steiner comes out. Steiner tells Jarrett that AJ is right and takes a shot at the locker room. Steiner says that Jeff Jarrett and the MEM are the same.  Steiner brings up Jill (Jarrett’s wife who recently passed away) to protect his kids. He asked Jarrett who could he trust with his girls. Styles says that Jeff can trust the rest of the roster and his heart.  AJ challenges Steiner to the Lethal Lockdown Advantage Challenge match.This leads me to believe the “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels will be the final man at Lethal Lockdown.  You heard it here first.

Jeremy Borash is with the Main Event Mafia and asks about Steiner asking Jarrett into the mafia. He says it was the plan all along. Kurt Angle says that he will apologize to Sting tonight. He says that the last thing TNA needs is another person to invest their money in the company.

Lauren is with Sheik Abdul Bashir and he says that TNA management needs to worry because the USA will fall.

Lethal Consequences and LAX vs Sheik Abdul Bashir, Kiyoshi, and Team No Limit

Bashir and Homicide will start of the match. Homicide tags in Hernandez and Super Mex goes to work. Super Mex tags in “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal and Bashir drags Lethal into his corner. Yujiro tagges in and poses to the crowd. Kiyoshi is tagged in and hits a cross body block for a two count.  Lethal tags in Consequences Creed and he has right hands for Kiyoshi. Suicide dives from Jay Lethal and Homicide. Hernandez joins them outside levaing Bashir and Creed in the ring.  Sheik Abdul Bashir hits the DDT and pins Creed. A great match that needed to go longer. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

JB is with Jarrett and Mick Foley. Jarrett says that he regrets Foley buying into TNA. He says Foley is ridiculous. Foley is off his rocker.  Jarrett says he doesn’t understand that why Foley hit Sting.  Foley says that he has a big decision.

JB is with Jim Cornette and Team 3D.  Team 3D asks Jim Cornette if he will keep his promise. Rocco and Sal tell Cornette that they want Team 3D in the ring tonight.

The Beautiful People come out and talk to Mike Tenay and Don West at the announce table. They say that Taylor Wilde will be recieving a hair cut.

Mike Tenay is sitting with Foley for an exclusive interview and asks about what happened between him and Sting. He says that something snapped inside him and he may be selling himself short. He is talking about a huge elbow from high heights. Foley says that he never thought about the championship, but the action in the Impact Zone is infectious. Foley says that why not win the title?  Foley seems out of his mind.

Abyss’ therapy session with Dr. Stevie: This is another good episode. Dr. Stevie says that he shouldn’t have used weapon. The Doomsday Chamber of Blood  match will be Abyss and Matt Morgan at Lockdown. Dr. Stevie then physically abuses Abyss. This is an interesting twist in the storyline.

TNA Roughcut with Team 3D: Another great insight into the world of Team 3D.

Rocco and Sal vs Team 3D

James Storm and Robert Roode are at the announcers table.  I smell a Beer Money Inc. face turn. Rocco and Brother Ray start off. Ray and Sal go at it and it isn’t looking good. Big Rocco goes airborne and hits a splash on Brother Ray. Rocco and Sal are taking it to Brother Ray. Brother Ray hits a Book End on Sal. Devon is tagged in and Devon is clearing house. Devon gets a two count as Rocco hits a scoop slam. Rocco goes up to the top rope, but is met by Team 3D. Sal is hit with the 3D for the three count. Roode gives them the thumbs up. Beer Money comes in and hits Rocco and Sal as they beat up on Team 3D.  Beer Money hands the IWGP tage titles to Team 3D and leave the ring. The match wasn’t that good. 2 out of 5 stars.

JB is with Foley and he sees Samoa Joe. Joe says Mick can give him the MEM.

Lauren is with Beer Money and asks what happened there. Roode says that Beer Money is serious and that at Lockdown they want Team 3D at their best. From now until Lockdown, Beer Money has Team 3D’s backs.

Kurt Angle comes out to the ring with the rest of the Main Event Mafia to apologize to Sting.  Angle says he questioned everything about Sting and spit in his face. He says that he was wrong and apologizes. Angle extends his hand and Sting says that a simple handshake isn’t going to cut it.  Sting says the Angle is the biggest spoiled rotten brat in TNA. Sting says he isn’t buying into the apology. Sting walks out of the ring as Kevin Nash grabs the mic. Nash asks him what happened to turning the other cheek. Nash says that Angle needs him and he is the only one that can make it right.

Foley’s music hits as he appears up in the rafters. He says he has been getting acquainted with an old friend. By old friend, he means a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. He says that to make sure Sting is ready for Lockdown, Sting will have to face Samoa Joe.

Dr. Stevie is now with the Governor: This was slightly odd with the Governor becoming Daffney again.  This is going to be interesting with Daffney returning to her old self.

Madison Rayne w/ Angelina Love and Velvet Sky vs Taylor Wilde

The Beautiful People push Wilde in the ring and Rayne drops her across the rope. Wilde hits a calf kick for a two count. Madison Rayne counters with a few knee strikes and a swinging neck breaker. Bridging suplex by Wilde gets a two count.  Wilde with an interesting roll up and gets the pin.  The Beautiful People try to cut Wilde’s hair but she escapes.  The Beautiful People then tell Rayne to go after her. A very good Knockout match. 3 out of 5 stars.

We come out of commercial with The Beautiful People cutting Wilde’s hair. AJ Styles and Scott Steiner are on their way to the ring.

Lauren is with Jenna Morasca and asks about what Kurt said. Nash comes out and says that Angle said she was the hotest thing he’s ever seen and they walk out.

Lethal Lockdown Advantage Challenge match: AJ Styles vs Scott Steiner

Steiner uses the power game and knocks Styles with a shoulder block. AJ counters a whip into the corner with a reverse atomic drop and a clothesline. After a slew of hay makers, Steiner hits a scoop slam.  Stiener goes for a scoop slam, but as AJ is countering, Stiener hits him with a low blow.

We come out of commercial with AJ and Steiner down. Styles and Steinergoe shot for shot, leading to a bridging suplex for a two count. Styles went for a huracanrana, but Steiner countered into a powerbomb for a two count. AJ hits a back breaker and goes for the flying forearm, but the ref was in the way. Angle slides in a chair and Steiner swings at him, but AJ Styles hits the Pele. Jarrett goes after Angle, Jarret grabs the chair from Styles. Stiener plants AJ’s face on the chair and earns the three count. The MEM have a 1-0 advantage. A very good match that had me guessing. 4 out of 5 stars.

JB is with Sting and asks about his match with Samoa Joe tonight. Sting says the win, lose, or draw, he will survive and next week Foley will pay.

Sting vs Samoa Joe

Joe runs into the ring and goes right after Sting. A lot of back and forth action but Joe gets the better of it and throws the ref. Joe hits the Muscle Buster on Sting and then uses the choke. Booker T comes in, and Joe drills him.  Joe goes for the chair and slides it into the ring. Sharmell is begging Joe to stop, but he takes Sharmell out of the Impact Zone. A great spot but not a match.

Overall Promo Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Best Match: AJ Styles vs Scott Steiner

Worst Match: Team 3D vs MEM Security (Rocco and Sal)

Overall Rating:3.3 out of 5 stars.

TNA Impact Review 3/26/09

Posted in News, TV show reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by biggman621

I am so excited for this 20 man Gauntlet match. The only issue I can see is that there is so much action I won’t be able to type as fast as the action is going. I will do my best though.

Jim Cornette is in the ring and says that Sting will take on Mick Foley will be for the TNA World Heavyweight Title. The rules of Lethal Lockdown are explained with the first two combatants having 5 minutes in the cage. Each wrestler will then come in every two minutes, alternating teams.

The Main Event Mafia come in on their own showing the disrespect to the rest of the locker room. Cornette says he assumes Kurt Angle has a question. Kurt asks why do they think everyone will get the same opportunity in the match. He says he has been elected team captain and the MEM will be a team. Kurt goes on to say that no one can stop the Main Event Mafia and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.

Jeff Jarrett comes out and says he will be in the match tonight. He promises that Angle won’t be a captain. Jarrett throws a right hand at Angle and then all of the wrestlers break up the brawl.

Jeremy Borash is with the Main Event Mafia. Jenna Morasca was being escorted out by Kevin Nash. Angle says that Jarrett won’t make it to the match tonight and is going to go after him with a lead pipe.

TNA X Division Title Match: Suicide (c) vs Kiyoshi w/ Team No Limit

Kiyoshi hits a spinning kick and follows it up with a swinging neck breaker. Kiyoshi follows up with a fore arm strike and continues the offense. Kiyoshi throws Suicide out of the ring and Team No Limit takes him out. Suicide is being outsmarted and outpowered thus far in the match. Kiyoshi tries to hit the splash from the top rope and misses. Suicide connects on a couple kicks and a DDT for a two count. Suicide hits some knees and sends him into Yujiro. Suicide hits his finisher, the Suicide Solution, for the three count. A very good match and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kiyoshi at Lockdown. 3 out of 5 stars.

Angle is in the hall heading to Jarrett’s office as we go to commercial.

Angle gets to the door where he is met by the rest of the locker room to make sure that Angle didn’t get through.

Lauren is with The Beautiful People and Madison Rayne. Angelina Love is happy heard the comment about Awesome Kong and they want the title. Velvet Sky said she passed the test last week, but now she has to rip Kong’s braids. I would like to see her try.

TNA Rough Cut with Brother Ray: He goes through his journey about how he got into the business.

Beer Money Inc. and Team 3D montage is pretty cool.

Mike Tenay is with both teams. Team 3D says how they love Philadelphia and they will walk out the champs. James Storm says that they will be the biggest team ever after the beat Team 3D. Robert Roode says that this is the most important match they have ever had. That will be an awesome match.

Lauren is with Sting and asks about the match and the face to face with him tonight. Sting says he has no idea what to say to him and he hasn’t done much that is logical. He says that if he decides to come armed, then Sting will too.

Lauren is with Mick Foley for his response to Sting. Foley will apologize to Sting. He seems relatively sincere….but it is Mick Foley so who knows.

Awesome Kong (c) and Raisha Saeed vs The Beautiful People w/ Madison Rayne

Velvet Sky and Raisha Saeed are in and Sky is in control early. Velvet Sky tags in Angelina Love and she calls out Awesome Kong. Can anyone say death wish? Kong just starts beating down Love. Velvet Sky receives a choke slam and Kong tags in Saeed. I will admit it I am pleasantly surprised by The Beautiful People and their wrestling skills. Raisha Saeed tries to gain some momentum. Angelina Love hits the Lights Out on Raisha Saeed for the three count. Kong takes out The Beautiful People and Madison Rayne before the hair cut can begin. I was very impressed by The Beautiful People and Awesome Kong. Raisha Saeed hurt this match because she didn’t look too good this week. 2 out of 5 stars. This would have been higher but Saeed killed the match for the other three.

Sting comes out to the ring for the confrontation with bat in hand. Sting calls Foley out to the ring and explain what is going on if he can. Foley comes out to the ring and he says that he doesn’t blame him for being angry. Foley says that it was a misunderstanding. He said that he was under the impression that he was saving Jarrett. This gets a ton of boos from the fans. Sting says it isn’t funny and that he was trying to protect him. Sting says he has left everything in the ring for the wrestlers and for the fans. Sting says that he did what he did out of respect and he is starting to lose it. Foley says that he doesn’t need pity and that the second he hit Sting the tables have turned. He says they aren’t talking about the other show (Wrestlemania for those not sure), the fans are talking about Lockdown. Foley says that they will be making history and he still has something in him. The crowd was noticeably split between Sting and Foley.

Abyss and AJ Styles are heading to the ring and will be the first two in the Gauntlet match.

20 Man Six Sides of Steel Gauntlet Match

I will do my best to keep up.

Entrants: Abyss, AJ Styles, Alex Shelley, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, Chris Sabin, Matt Morgan, Homicide, Scott Steiner, Consequences Creed, Rhino, Jeff Jarrett, Naito, Kurt Angle, Shane Sewell, Sheik Abdul Bashir, Booker T, Yujiro, “Showtime” Eric Young, Hernandez, Jeff Jarret (since he didn’t truely enter the match before), Samoa Joe

Eliminations: Matt Morgan, Homicide, Alex Shelley, Consequences Creed, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Naito, Shane Sewell, AJ Styles, Booker T, Sheik Abdul Bashir, Abyss, Eric Young, Yujiro, Rhino, Hernandez, Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle,

Abyss and AJ Styles are the first two entrants and they do have history. Styles goes after Abyss legs but Abyss is just too powerful. Abyss is in control as Styles’ punches aren’t doing much to the monster. Abyss hits Shock Treatment on AJ as Shelley comes out. Abyss powers down Shelley and Styles hits the forearm shot on Abyss. AJ starts to try to go after Alex Shelley. AJ regains control as Jay Lethal comes in. Jay Lethal is now going after Shelley and they trade shots going back and forth in opposite corners as we go to commercial.

Coming back out of commercial, We are told that Sabin came out and then Matt Morgan came out and he cleans house. Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam on Matt Morgan for the three count. Homicide then comes in and hits a series of suplexes and is in control. Everyone is fighting and exhausted as Scott Steiner comes out and takes out everyone as we go to commercial.

Coming out of commercial number 2, Consequences Creed enters as Homicide is eliminated. Lethal Consequences is working together as Rhino comes out. Rhino goes right after Scott Steiner, but no surprise there. Jeff Jarrett comes out, but Angle cuts him off to take him out. Angle grabs a chair and hits Jarrett’s arm. Naito of Team No limit comes into the cage next and hits a beautiful drop kick on Creed. Jarrett appears to have broken his arm. Naito is up on the top rope and misses the twisting Moonsault. Lethal hits the Lethal Combination on Alex Shelley and eliminates him. Angle comes in and makes Creed tap out and the follows with an Olympic slam on Chris Sabin and Jay Lethal, eliminating all three.

Coming out of the third commercial break, Naito was eliminated and Shane Sewell is in. Kurt Angle hits an Olympic slam on Sewell and eliminates him as Sheik Abdul Bashir comes out. AJ rolls Angle up for a two count. Sheki Abdul Bashir earns a two count as well.  Booker T is the next competitor to come out. Booker comes in and goes right after AJ Styles. Booker T hits the Book End on AJ Styles for the three count. Rhino then follows up with a Gore and a three count on Booker T. The next entrant is Yujiro of Team No Limit. Angle hits another Olympic Slam on Bashir and eliminates him just as “Showtime” Eric Young comes in.  Abyss is pinned by Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner to eliminate him. EY takes an Olympic slam and pins Eric Young for the three count. Rhino eliminates the Yujiro and Angle eliminates Rhino.  Hernandez comes out and now has to deal with Angle and Steiner. Super Mex is taking out Angle and Steiner. Hernandez is hit with another Olympic slam and eliminates him. Jarrett gets back into the ring since he didn’t get into the match intially. Jarrett rolls up Angle for a two count. Jarrett hits Steiner with The Stroke and pins him for a three count. Jarrett hits the stroke but the count is broken up by Steiner. Kurt Angle elminates Jeff Jarrett as Samoa Joe gets into the ring. Joe is hit with an Olympic slam but it doesn’t phase Joe. Samoa Joe hits the Muscle Buster and gets the pinfall. Joe and Angle will be the two captains at Lockdown. Incredible match period. The best match I have ever seen on Impact. 5 out of 5 stars.

JB is with Angle and he is obviously upset. He says Jeff Jarrett was eliminated multiple times.  He says that the MEM made a mistake and didn’t end Joe’s career.

Jim Cornette is being harassed by Don West about the whole Jarrett thing.

Samoa Joe says he is only interested in torturing the Main Event Mafia, and he will be bringing his knife to Lethal Lockdown.

Overall Promo: 4 out of 5. This was the best promo Impact I have seen in a while.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Best Match: 20 Man Gauntlet

Worst Match: Awesome Kong and Raisha Saeed vs The Beautiful People

TNA Destination X Match Card

Posted in Match Cards, Show Predictions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by biggman621

TNA Destination X is this Sunday on Pay-Per-View and it looks like it will be a good show.

Here are the matches scheduled:

The Beautiful People(Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) and Madison Rayne vs Taylor Wilde, Roxxi, and The Governor

Scott Steiner vs Samoa Joe

10,000 Thumbtacks Match: Matt Morgan vs Abyss

TNA Legends Title Match: Booker T (c) vs AJ Styles

TNA Knockout Title Match: Awesome Kong (c) vs Sojourner Bolt

TNA Tag Team Title Match and “Off The Wagon” Challenge: Beer Money Inc. vs Team 3D

TNA X Division Title Ultimate X Match: Alex Shelley (c) vs Chris Sabin vs Consequences Creed vs “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal vs Suicide

TNA World Heavyweight Title Match: Sting (c) vs Kurt AngleJeff Jarrett is the Special Guest Referee and Mick Foley is the Special Guest Inforcer

My Predictions:

Taylor Wilde,  Roxxi, and The Governor defeat The Beautiful People and Madison Rayne

Samoa Joe defeats Scott Steiner

10,000 Thumbtacks Match: Matt Morgan Defeats Abyss

TNA Knockout Title Match: Sojourner Bolt defeats Awesome Kong

TNA Legends Title Match: AJ Styles defeats Booker T

TNA Tag Team Title Match: Team 3d defeats Beer Money Inc.

TNA X Division Title Ultimate X Match: Chris Sabin defeats Alex Shelly, Consequences Creed, Suicide, and “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal. After the match, Homicide beats Chris Sabin after cashing in his Feast or Fired briefcase.

TNA World Heavyweight Title Match: Sting defeats Kurt Angle

What to look for: The winner of the One Night Out with ODB contest will be announced. The Tenay/ West Saga and what that might lead to and how the X division title match will shake up the tag team division.

As an added bonus, if you haven’t seen an Ultimate X match or just enjoy them, I have below my favorite Ultimate X match to date.  The match is AJ Styles vs Chris Sabin vs Petey Williams from Final Resolution 2005. I apologize the fact it is in three parts, but trust me, it is worth it.

All three videos are from WrestlingPhenom800’s Youtube Channel.

TNA Impact Review 3/12/09

Posted in News, TV show reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2009 by biggman621

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.

TNA Impact Review 3/5/09

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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.