Results source: Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch; Opinion removed and results stylized by: TNAStars.com
-A video package aired featuring Matt Morgan and Mr. Anderson talking about what it would mean to win the TNA World Title. Jeff Hardy clips and soundbites were inserted.
-Live in the Impact Zone pyro blasted and the camera panned the crowd as Mike Tenay introduced the show.
TNA X-Division Championship
Kazarian vs. Jay Lethal
Bell at 8:05 p.m.: Lethal chased Kaz out of the ring and back in leading to the official start of the match. Lethal went after Kaz aggressively with a mount and punches mid-ring. The crowd chanted “Lethal! Lethal!” Lethal dove through the ropes and nailed Kaz who had retreated to the floor. He then hit Kaz with a moonsault off the ring apron.
At 3:00 caught Lethal with an elbow as he charged him and then took over offense. Taz talked about the pressure Eric Bischoff is putting on everyone in title matches tonight representing Immortal, including Kaz in this match. Tenay said this is the first time they are available online in the U.S. and Canada at TNAondemand.com.
Lethal began a comeback at 5:00. In a cool move a minute later, Kaz slingshot Lethal into the ring and turned it into a flying RKO for a near fall. Lethal came back with his Lethal Combination for a near fall at 7:00. Lethal then began to cry for some reason as if he just found out his dog died, which led to Kaz recovering enough to counter his next move and go for a reverse tombstone. Lethal did block it, but Kaz fired back with a slingshot DDT. Taz said nonchalantly, “We have a new champ, man.”
Kaz and Lethal both stood center ring. Kaz punched Lethal. Lethal ducked a second attempt and began chopping and punching Kaz. He then looked to the crowd and paused and suplexed Kaz. Lethal then motioned to the corner and just stood there. Taz said, “Lethal’s wasting precious time.” Lethal shoved Kaz off the top rope. Kaz bumped into the ref and then plowed into the top rope, knocking Lethal off balance. Kaz then gave Lethal his reverse tombstone for the win.
WINNER: Kaz in 11:00 to capture the X-Division Title.
-They went to Tenay and Taz at ringside. Tenay said Immortal now has two of the four major titles. Tenay said there are developments regarding A.J. Styles backstage.
-They went to footage of Ric Flair telling Eric Bischoff that Styles cannot wrestle tonight. Bischoff said Hogan had to undergo a ten hour back surgery because of how much he sacrificed to be at TNA in the past, but now Styles can’t wrestle because of a limp. Flair said it’s more than a limp. Styles said it’s been going on for a while. He said his kid crashed on his four-wheeler and he chased after him to see if he was okay, but got hurt. Bischoff said that’s what day care is for. Bischoff ranted about how this isn’t about his kid, it’s about Immortal. He said he’s got a one-legged Styles who won’t be good for them for 6-8 weeks. He told Styles to show him something fast. Styles asked what he wants. Flair, who was the level-headed one, said this isn’t productive. Styles darted into Bischoff’s space and threw something off his desk, then stormed off. Flair told Bischoff he’ll come up with something.
-A video package aired with Mickie James talking about the backstory with Madison Rayne.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne
Bell at 8:24: p.m.: Taz said Mickie’s boot remind him of The Lumberjacks in the AWA. Tenay said he thought he was heading toward a Nord the Barbarian reference. Mickie cartwheeled at 1:00 and then dropkicked Rayne, who rolled to the ring apron and complained to the referee. Rayne yelled at Mickie, “Do you know who I am?!” Mickie tackled Rayne with a Thesz press and rammed her head into the mat repeatedly. Rayne bailed out to ringside as the ref began his count. Mickey slid to ringside, but Rayne slid back in and laughed. Mickie after her on the ring apron, but got snapped over the top rope. Rayne scored a soft two count as the crowd loudly chanted, “You can’t wrestle!” Mickie came back with a basement dropkick for a two count. Mickie drove Rayne’s head into the mat with a head scissors and then climbed quickly to the top rope. Rayne got up and yanked Mickie hard to the mat by her hair. Then she rubbed her face into the mat while screeching. Taz called her a “hellcat.”
Rayne went into sustained control with matwork for a couple minutes. Mickie made a comeback at 8:00. Yes, an eight minute women’s match – and counting. Mickie nipped up after flapjacking Rayne to the mat. Mickie licked her hand and then spanked Rayne’s leather pants while holding her in the corner. Rayne complained to the ref and then snuck in an eye poke to reverse momentum. Mickie countered quickly with a hangman neckbreaker. She climbed to the top rope and waisted for Rayne to stand, then nailed a Thesz press. As she set up a DDT, Tara’s music played. Rather than DDT Rayne, she dropped her and left the ring to confront Tara. Rayne loaded her glove in the mean time, played possum, and then KO’d Mickie.
WINNER: Madison Rayne in 11:00.
-Backstage Christy Hemme interviewed a celebrating Kaz along with Beer Money, Bischoff, and Flair. Flair said, “Do you smell that? It’s excitement in the air! One down, two to go! Beer Money, let’s do it! Whoo!” Christy asked Bischoff who would face RVD and who would replace Styles. She almost lost her place before staying Styles. Bischoff said a high-motivated Abyss will be taking Style’s place. He said he’s predicting a win. He said the RVD mystery opponent will remain a mystery until later. He turned to the camera and pulled a Mr. McMahon: “I guaran-frickin-tee we will win all the gold before the end of the night.”
-A video package aired with Beer Money commenting on their challenging the Machine Guns. Quote of the Night so far from James Storm: “I’ll go around and kiss their girlfriend right in front of them and they’re not going to do nothin’ to me. I’ll kick the sh– out of those two boys.” Storm said at any time they could end “those two little boys'” careers. He said they just play video games at home, whereas they go to bars and sleep with the women and drink beer and beat people up. Alex Shelley said they’re the best and the belts over their shoulders prove it. He said when they lose the belts, they win them back. When they get knocked down, they get back up. He said they get paid to defend the title all over the world, they don’t get paid to wear suits like Beer Money do. Very good work on that video package. Very UFC-like in that if you had never heard of those two teams, you got a glimpse into each of their personalities and the rivalry in about two minutes so that you felt invested in the match.
TNA World Tag Team Championship
Beer Money vs. Motor City Machine Guns
Bell at 8:44 p.m.: Tenay noted that Storm had held the tag titles ten times and Roode five times. Taz mistakenly called the Guns the X Division Tag Team Champions. Tenay said Shelley and Sabin do embody the X Division style. Taz thanked him for bailing him out. The pace of the first minute definitely sent a message that this was going long. At 4:00 Shelley and Sabin dove through the ropes on opposite sides of the ring and tackled Roode and Storm. Back in the ring Beer Money took control of Shelley with sustained offense and frequent tags.
At 10:00 Tenay said Beer Money have been going for covers a lot because of the pressure from Bischoff. Taz defended the strategy of always going for pins. He said it makes the opponent exert energy to kick out and gives you a chance to win the match. Good discussion of strategy pros and cons. At 12:00 Shelley finally hot-tagged Sabin after Sabin fended off an attempt by Storm to yank him off the ring apron to miss the tag. Sabin went to work on Roode with a flurry of offense. He hung Roode upside down in the corner and then gave him a running dropkick to the head. Sabin suplexed an interfering Storm onto Roode, then tossed him to the floor. Sabin then caught a charging Roode with a boot and headscissored him the mat. Shelley recovered and entered the ring. Sabin put Shelley on his shoulders and launched him into a DDT onto Roode. Storm broke up the pin attempt.
Roode attempt a comeback and set Shelley on the top rope, but Shelley headbutted Roode. Sabin then surprised Roode with a clothesline out of nowhere. Shelley did a double stomp off the ropes for a convincing near fall. It settled into Sabin vs. Roode. Storm sprayed beer into Sabin’s face and Roode scored a convincing near fall with after a Double-R Spinebuster. The Guns kicked Roode in the corner with stereo sidekicks. Shelley leaped off the top rope and splashed Roode as Sabin hit a neckbreaker. As Sabin made the cover, Storm yanked the ref out of the ring. Shelley climbed to the top and dove onto Storm at ringside. Sabin went for a springboard DDT, but Roode countered with a Northern Lights suplex for another convincing near fall at 16:00.
Four-way action ensued with Beer Money getting the better of Sabin for another convincing near fall. Beer Money showed growing frustration. Sabin escaped another double team move. Shelley entered to try to get Roode out of the ring. Sabin charged at Roode but mistakenly kicked Shelley in the face and then Roode rolled Sabin up with grip on his tights for the three count.
WINNERS: Beer Money in 18:00.
-Christy Hemme interviewed Brother Devon backstage. He talked about Bully Ray spewing garbage about being the one who carried him in their years as a team. He said how about they go back to the old days when they were young and beat the crap out of each other at the Bingo Hall just to make a name for themselves. He seemed to lose his place very briefly and got that little panicked look, but recovered nicely and finished the promo. Good promo.
-A video package aired on the Ray-Devon feud. Again, very good way of building up the match.
Brother Ray vs. Brother Devon
Bell at 9:10 p.m.: Before the match Ray used So Cal Val as a shield. She slapped him to break free. Devon then attacked Ray on the ramp, ramming him into the security railing and choking him with a cable. Taz said Devon was always the cooler head, but Devon has a violent, dangerous, dark side. In the ring at 2:00 Ray begged off. Devon dominated him for several minutes, including back to ringside at 3:00. Devon looked away briefly as the ref told him to get into the ring, so Ray jumped the railing into the crowd to try to get away. Devon caught him and rammed him into a wall of the bleachers. They brawled in the crowd for a minute. Ray recovered in the ring enough to nail him with a double axe handle.
Ray got cocky quickly as went on his first offensive of the match at 6:00. He poked Devon in the eyes as soon as Devon showed signs of life. Devon scored a near fall at 8:00. Devon climbed to the top rope and Ray knocked him off balance, then chopped him hard in the chest. At 10:00 Ray grabbed a chain and charged at Devon despite protests from the ref. Devon ducked and then took Ray down with two punches and two clotheslines. Ray dropped the chain. Devon looked down at the chain and picked it up and whipped Ray across the back with it. The ref DQ’d Devon.
Afterward security, referees, and agents broke up their post-match brawl. Ray broke free and gave Devon a low blow as he was being held back. Then he bailed out.
WINNER: Ray in 11:00 via DQ.
-Christy Hemme interviewed Jeff Jarrett backstage regarding his strategy against “a man of this caliber.” Jarrett took exception with such a characterization because he has no MMA matches in his entire career, whereas he’s undefeated. He said Angle may have some amateur credentials, but he has actual MMA wins and he has never lost. He said tonight he’s going to lay out the rules – three two-minute rounds with 30 seconds rest periods. He said it’ll be grappling and submissions only – no striking, eye-gouging, punching – because he doesn’t want anyone to get hurt. He said Angle hasn’t been in the ring in six months whereas he’s in the best shape of his career. He said he has better cardio than even Bob Backlund and Angelo Poffo. He said he’s going to feel him out in the first round, then let him know he could hurt him in the second round with a variety of submissions. He said he’ll leave the third round up to his imagination. He said he’ll take him out once and for all. He told Angle to get ready.
TNA Television Championship
AJ Styles vs. Douglas Williams
Bell at 9:27. Taz and Tenay wondered if Williams could execute the Rolling Chaos finisher on someone Abyss’s size. Abyss blocked an early sunset flip attempt, but Williams avoided his sit-splash afterward. Abyss threw Williams shoulder-first into the ringpost from inside the ring, then whipped his injured hand into the ringpost twice. Abyss rammed his hand into the ringside steps at ringside. Williams made comeback in the ring at 3:00, but Abyss blocked his dive off the top rope and then dropped him with a boot. Williams rolled to ringside to recover. Abyss grabbed the TV Title and swung at Williams, but Williams moved. Taz said the ref might have DQ’d Abyss had he connected, so it might be good for Immortal that Abyss missed. Tenay said Bischoff’s obsession with getting all the titles started with Dixie Carter getting a judge to rule that Hulk Hogan could not partake in any TNA activity. He said lawyers and judges have kept Hogan in legal limbo. He said when the judges ruling takes place, he wants all of the titles to give them additional leverage.
After a few minutes of back and forth action, Williams climbed to the top rope and landed a flying knee for a two count. Taz noted Williams doesn’t climb to the top rope very often. Williams went for a running knee in the corner, but Abyss blocked it and turned it into a chokeslam for a near fall. Taz noted that one of Abyss’s knuckles are bleeding. Abyss grabbed the wooden board with a hundred nails. Styles limped into the ring and KO’d Williams with the belt as the referee yelled at Abyss about holding Janice. Styles winced in pain as he left the ring before the ref could see him. He limped to the back as Abyss rolled back into the ring where Williams lay prone. Abyss then gave him the Black Hole Slam for the win.
WINNER: Abyss in 10:00.
-Backstage RVD confronted Bischoff about still not knowing his mystery opponent. RVD said all he wants is Hardy and if he’s not going to give him Hardy, it doesn’t matter. Bischoff said, “You’re driving me nuts. You want Hardy, you got Hardy in the ring. I hope you’re happy!” RVD said, “You know I am!” Taz said, “You kidding me?!”
Rob Van Dam vs. Immortal’s Mystery Opponent
It’s Raven! Oh, that’s Matt Hardy. It totally looked like Raven from a distance with braids in his hair and a big black robe. They showed fans with their hands covering their mouths in shock. Obviously not wrestling website readers. RVD looked on disappointed and shocked that he didn’t get Jeff Hardy. He looked around like he was in shock. Matt looks to have gained weight in multiple ways since leaving WWE and he had a glassy-eyed look. He offered a handshake and said, “I’m not my brother.” RVD moved in and had some private words with Hardy as there was no mic to pick it up. Hardy threw the first punches.
Bell at 8:42. Hardy got in a little early offense, but RVD quickly made a comeback. Taz said RVD has been active lately and is in tip-top shape whereas Hardy doesn’t have that type of conditioning no matter how much treadmill work he’s done. It’s like Taz was setting expectations low for Hardy’s performance. Tenay said Matt Hardy is trending on Twitter right now. Someone shouted, “Come on, Raven!” I guess I’m not the only one seeing the similarity. Matt blocked a back suplex by RVD and yanked him backward head-first into the bottom turnbuckle pad. Hardy applied a full nelson and then slammed RVD face-first into the mat. Taz wondered how Dixie feels about Matt Hardy showing up. He wondered if Hogan was behind this, also. Hardy settled into a chinlock on the mat at 8:00.
RVD came back with a spin wheel kick to the face and then dropkick for a two count at 10:00. Hardy surprised RVD with a small package. RVD hit a top rope dropkick for a small pop. RVD hit a top rope frog splash for a near fall. The ref stopped his count at two noting that Hardy’s hand was under the bottom rope. They’re planting a seed that ref Jackson James is crooked. Taz and Tenay said it was very close and a judgment call. Tenay said some referees insist on contact with the ropes. Hardy hit a Twist of Hate to stop RVD’s momentum. Then he covered RVD, who had his leg draped way under the bottom rope, and the ref counted to three.
WINNER: Matt Hardy in 12:00.
-Christy interviewed Kurt Angle. He sounded shaky like he had to deliver bad news about a death in the family to someone on the phone and like he was doing everything he could to enunciate what he saying and get through it. He said in response to Jarrett saying he’s not in shape, “If Jeff Jarrett wants to know what kind of shape I’m in, why doesn’t he ask his wife.” He said he’s going to have a great time kicking Jarrett’s ass.
MMA Exhibition Match
Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle
Bell at 10:02 p.m. – Round One: Angle told team Team Jarrett that if any of them get in his face, he will break their neck. Angle lay on his back at the start and challenged Jarrett to come after him. Jarrett yelled at him to get up. He just sat there as the clock counted to under 30 seconds in the first round with no contact. Angle finally got Jarrett in his grip and took him to the mat with a rear naked choke in the final five seconds. Jarrett appeared to be saved by the bell. They showed Team Jarrett giving Jeff encouragement, saying Angle has been sitting on the couch for six months.
Round Two: Angle stuck his left leg out and invited Jarrett to shoot in for a single leg takedown. Jarrett shot in, but Angle easily blocked him and then took him down into a keylock. When Jarrett got in the ropes, Angle released. Angle got Jarrett in a cross armbreaker. He released it and went for an anklelock instead, but again Jarrett was saved by the bell. Tenay said, “This isn’t an exhibition, this is a clinic.” Jarrett spit at Angle after the round ended.
Round Three: Angle charged at Jarrett at the start of the third round. Taz wondered what Team Jarrett rubbed onto Jarrett’s arm. Jarrett got it in Angle’s eyes and it staggered Angle. Taz wondered if it was a powerful ointment that burns eyes. Angle came up bleeding from the forehead. Jarrett pinched away at his forehead. The bell rang and the ref determined he couldn’t continue. Team Jarrett entered the ring as blood dripped from Angle’s forehead.
Tenay said the ref threw it out because it was no longer an MMA exhibition. That looked like Jarrett doing whatever he could to walk Angle through a very limited match. The camera zoomed in on blood dripping from Angle’s forehead to an excessive degree. Jarrett pounded on Angle’s forehead and then claimed he was retiring him.
WINNER: No contest.
-They went to Tenay and Taz at ringside. They talked about the substance that blinded Angle. Jarrett said he was celebrating the end of Angle’s MMA career on Impact “and all three of us will be there.”
-Christy Hemme interviewed Jeff Hardy, who held his Divas Title over his shoulder, who said “Welcome to Chapter Genesis where anything can happen.” He said he’d be watching the match very closely.
-A video package aired hyping the Morgan-Anderson saga.
#1 Contender’s Match
Matt Morgan vs. Mr. Anderson
Mr. Anderson introduced himself on the stage with the lowered old-style mic, as usual. Jeremy Borash did formal in-ring introductions to give this a big match feel.
Bell at 10:22 p.m.: They felt each other out for a few minutes, trading brief offensive stretches. They fought at ringside at 5:00 where Anderson took advantage of Morgan as he missed a move. Morgan made a comeback, but at 7:00 Morgan missed a splash in the corner. Anderson then clipped his leg from behind and began to concentrate his attack on Morgan’s leg. Morgan charged at Anderson in the corner. Anderson missed with his boot, but he kicked Morgan with his other boot in a nice improvise. Morgan, though, turned and chokeslammed Anderson hard to the mat for a two count. Morgan went for the discus clothesline, but Anderson ducked and turned it into Mic Check for a near fall at 12:00.
Morgan nailed Anderson with a Carbon Footprint for a convincing near fall at 13:00. Morgan couldn’t believe he didn’t get a three count. Both Anderson and Morgan struggled to get up. Morgan went for another Carbon Footprint, but Anderson ducked it and gave Morgan a Mic Check. Anderson then was slow to get up, staying in an awkward position on the mat and selling the idea of perhaps the concussion issues kicking in. He finally crawled over and covered Morgan for a two count. He seemed groggy. Taz said he didn’t think Anderson was 100 percent. Morgan blocked another Mic Check attempt by elbowing out of it. He swung and missed with a clothesline. Anderson collided with Morgan. Anderson then gave Morgan an inside cradle for the pin out of nowhere.
WINNER: Anderson in 15:00. That was a strange finish. Not sure what to make of it.
-Bischoff walked out and said since Anderson became no. 1 contender, he didn’t want to make him wait. He was going to award him his earned title shot right now.
Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy
Jeff walked out in street clothes with a cigarette. He lit it on the ramp way and took a few puffs. Anderson was still on one knee, struggling to get up. Bischoff smiled and applauded at ringside as the bell rang to the start the match.
Bell at 10:41 p.m.: Hardy gave Anderson a Twist of Fate after futile resistance shown by Anderson. Anderson kicked out, and Hardy reacted with surprise. Morgan was shown sitting at ringside, still recovering himself from the grueling match. Hardy gave Anderson another Twist of Hate for another two count. Hardy methodically stomped on Anderson. Anderson threw Hardy through the ropes to the floor. Morgan stood up and gave Hardy a discus clothesline at ringside, then threw him back into the ring. The ref didn’t see it. Anderson covered Hardy for a near fall. That showed at least Morgan isn’t being turned heel. Anderson clotheslined a charging Hardy and then gave him a spinning neckbreaker for a near fall. Hardy fired back with a Whisper in the Wind. Anderson rolled to the floor and staggered and collapsed. Hardy grabbed a chair at ringside. Mick Foley yanked it away from him. Flair them marched out. Security stopped Flair from getting to ringside. Foley turned to Flair. Meanwhile, Hardy rolled Anderson into the ring and then climbed to the top rope. Anderson knocked Hardy off balance and then set up a superplex at 6:00. Hardy headbutted Anderson and shoved him to the mat and then hit the Swanton for a near fall. Hardy couldn’t believe Anderson kicked out. It’s the night of wrestlers looking amazed when opponents kick out after their signature moves. The crowd chanted “Anderson! Anderson!”
Hardy waved to the back and called Matt to the ring. Matt ran to the ring, but RVD yanked him to the floor by his leg. As RVD and Matt brawled, Bischoff entered the ring with a chair and wound up to hit him. Anderson turned around and kicked Bischoff in the gut and gave him a Mic Check. Hardy then charged into the ring and set up a Twist of Hate, but Anderson countered with a Mic Check for the three count.
WINNER: Anderson in 9:00.