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8/12 TNA Impact Recap (The Whole F’n Show)



We head right into the Impact Zone where Mike Tenay tells us that the fans will witness an Impact that is unlike any other ever seen.  Tenay hypes the pay-per-view quality matches and promises that Hulk Hogan has a huge surprise.  We then head right into the first match of the night.

Match 1: Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles (Non-title Match)
AJ Styles goes after Kurt Angle before the bell rings and tosses him out to the floor.  The ramp that usually goes up to the ring is gone and Styles is sporting a tattoo on the right side of his body.  On the floor, Angle connects with a belly-to-belly suplex before bringing the fight to the ring.  Angle then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and goes for a cover but Styles kicks out.

Styles then comes back and sends Angle into the ring post which sends him out to the floor once again and Styles dives over the ropes to take Angle out.  Styles rolls Angle back into the ring and takes Angle out with a picture perfect dropkick but does a little too much showboating and only picks up a one count.  Angle then comes back with a backdrop, which takes them both out for a few seconds.

Angle then recovers and the two trade blows before Angle finally goes for a series of German suplexes but Styles kicks out of the pin attempt.  Styles then turns the tables by poking Angle’s eyes and hits a flying forearm but Angle is able to kick out at the last moment.  Angle counters an attempt at the Styles Clash and Styles counters an Angle Slam with a Pele kick for yet another near fall.

Styles heads to the top rope but Angle is able to get up and Styles drops to the canvas as Angle climbs the ropes and hits Styles with a moonsault.  Angle then puts Styles in an ankle lock but Styles rolls out of it and sends Angle into the corner.  Styles goes for another springboard but Angle knocks Styles off the rope.  Styles is able to comeback, though, and hits Angle with an inverted DDT for yet another near fall.

Styles begins to argue with the referee about his count as Angle recovers and hits Styles with an Angle Slam and picks up a near fall.  Styles is able to get up and distracts the referee as he tries for a mule kick but Angle is able to counter and grabs Styles’ leg and puts him in the ankle lock and makes him tap out.  Kurt Angle then celebrates briefly in the ring as we are told that Angelina Love challenges Madison Rayne for the TNA Knockouts Title, which comes up next.

Match 2: Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne (TNA Knockouts Championship)
Madison is able to get the upper hand in the early part of the match by slamming Angelina’s head down on the mat.  Madison then follows with a neckbreaker before repeatedly slamming Angelina’s face into the mat.  Madison then picks up a couple of two counts before Angelina begins making a comeback.  Angelina takes Madison down with a couple of clotheslines before taking her off her feet with a big boot.

The motorcycle lady comes to the ringside area and Andrew Thomas begins to yell at her to get out of there as she is then hit from behind with a steel chair by Velvet Sky.  While the ref has his hands full, Madison hits Angelina with the title and picks up a two count as Velvet takes off the motorcycle woman’s helmet but she has a mask over her head.  The mystery woman kicks Velvet away and runs to the back and Angelina hits Madison with the Lights Out and she picks up the pin fall to become the new Knockouts Champion.

Match 3: Mr. Anderson vs. Matt Morgan vs. D’Angelo Dinero
Anderson and Dinero start out working together against Morgan until both of them break up a series of pin attempts by pulling each other off of Morgan.  Morgan then fires back with a double clothesline until he crotches himself on the top rope.  The Pope takes sends Morgan out to the floor with a missile dropkick and Anderson and Pope begin to exchange blows in the middle of the ring.  The Morgan looks on in approval as Anderson hits the Pope with the Mic Check.  As Anderson goes in for the pin attempt, Morgan tosses him out to the floor and steals the pin fall victory.

The announce team hypes Hulk Hogan’s huge announcement which will close out Impact and Taz wonders who will accept Jeff Hardy’s open challenge as we head into a commercial break.

Shannon Moore comes out for Jeff Hardy’s open challenge and says that he wants to prove that he can stand on the same pedestal as Hardy does.  No matter what, though, the two will be leaving as brothers.

Match 4: Jeff Hardy vs. Shannon Moore (Open Challenge)
Hardy and Moore go back and forth and mirror each other at times as this match gets started.  Moore then shows off his quickness and trips up Hardy, which leads to him going through the ropes and hitting the floor.  Moore then dives over the ropes and takes him out before rolling him back into the ring.  Moore then hits a moonsault and picks up a couple of near falls before the fight goes back out to the floor, where Moore sends Hardy down hard into the apron.  Moore then takes Hardy down with a hurricanrana before rolling him back into the ring.

Moore locks Hardy in a headlock and fights his way out of it to finally get the momentum of the match.  Hardy hits Moore with a Whisper in the Wind and picks up a near fall but Moore kicks out.  Hardy then hits a Twist of Fate and heads to the top rope and goes for a Swanton Bomb but Moore lifts up his knees to counter the move.  Moore then sets Hardy up on the turnbuckle and tries for a hurricanrana but Hardy blocks it and pushes him down to the canvas.  Hardy then hits the Swanton Bomb to pick up the pin fall.

After the match, the two celebrate Hardy’s victory together as the announce team hypes the best 2-of-3 match in the Best of Five series between the Motorcity Machine Guns and Beer Money and the Stairway to Janice match between RVD and Abyss as we head into a commercial  break.

Match 5: Beer Money vs. the Motorcity Machine Guns (Best of Five – 2 of 3 Falls for TNA Tag Team Championship)
During the ring entrances we are treated to a video recap of what went down in the first four matches in this series.  The bell rings and the crowd is extremely hyped up for this match.  They are most definitely not sitting on their hands during this match.  Chris Sabin and James Storm start out and fight to a stand still and finally tag in their partners.  The match then quickly breaks down as the Guns gain the advantage and Sabin nearly picks up the pin fall on Roode.

Beer Money is quick to regain the advantage and takes Sabin out on the floor before hitting a series of double team moves in the middle of the ring.  Sabin begins to fight his way back, though, and takes Roode out with an enziguri before tagging Shelley into the match.  Shelley takes both Roode and Storm out and goes for a pin attempt but it is broken up.  The Guns then hit an innovated double team move and nearly pick up the first fall but Roode is able to kick out.

The Guns then send Beer Money out to the floor and both dive out at them from different angles to take them out.  Storm, though, comes out and takes out Sabin with a DDT on the apron.  Beer Money then double teams and puts Shelley away with the DWI to pick up the first fall of the match.

The second fall begins right away and Roode tries for another cover on Shelley but he is able to kick out.  Roode and Storm work over Shelley but they do a little too much showboating as Shelley is able to tag Sabin into the match.  Storm is sent out to the floor and the Guns hit a double team move on Roode to pick up the second fall of the match to tie it at a fall a piece.

The third fall begins and bodies begin flying everywhere with Storm, Shelley and Sabin ending up out on the floor.  Roode then dives over the ropes and takes out everyone as we finally head into a commercial break.

We return to the match to see bodies everywhere in the ring and Beer Money takes out Shelley but Roode is unable to hold Shelley down for a three count.  Storm then sets Shelley up in the corner but Shelley is able to counter and stomps on Storm before tagging in Sabin.  Roode is also tagged in and is quickly taken down by Sabin with a hurricanrana and picks up a near fall after landing a tornado DDT.

The match then breaks down for a moment and the Guns hit Storm with a double team move but Storm is able to kick out of the pin attempt.  The Guns then come at him with a series of kicks but Roode comes in and takes out Sabin with a spinebuster as Shelley is taken out with the Last Call superkick.  Beer Money then goes for another DWI on Sabin but Sabin fights his way out.  Storm then inadvertently kicks Roode with a superkick and the Guns hit a double team move but Storm kicks out.  The Guns then hit it once more and Sabin picks up the pin fall to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship.

Match 6: Abyss vs. Rob Van Dam w/ Eric Bischoff as Guest Referee (Stairway to Janice Match for TNA World Championship)
Abyss’ lethal nail board, Janice, is hanging high above the ring for this match.  Abyss goes right for the weapon during RVD’s ring entrance but the champ runs down to the ring and kicks Abyss off the ladder to get this match started.  RVD then nails Abyss in the midsection with the ladder a couple of times before sending Abyss face first into the ladder.  RVD then finally makes a mistake by going for a Rolling Thunder but Abyss rolls out of the way and he hits the ladder as we head into a commercial break.

We get back into the match and see a ladder in the ring and a ladder set up between the ring and the railing.  Abyss is ready to go for a chokeslam onto the ladder outside but RVD is able to break free.  RVD heads into the ring and Abyss nails RVD with the ladder a few times but RVD fights back.  RVD nails Abyss with the ladder a few times before trying for a monkey flip but Abyss counters with a powerbomb.

Abyss then sets up a ladder in the ring and begins climbing up towards Janice but RVD begins climbing up the other side and the two trade blows as Abyss chokeslams RVD off the ladder and falls down himself.  Abyss then heads out to the floor and grabs a bag from under the ring and pours a pile of tacks and broken glass out onto the mat.  Abyss then positions RVD on the turnbuckle but RVD blocks any moves and flips over Abyss before powerbombing him into the tacks and glass.

RVD tries to keep things going but Abyss is able to take him down with a big boot.  Abyss then goes back out and pulls out barbed wire board and slides it into the ring and sets it up into the corner.  Abyss then tries to throw RVD into the board but RVD stops himself and sidesteps Abyss who goes into the board.  The board is stuck into Abyss and RVD hits the Rolling Thunder to drive it in further.

RVD then sets up the ladder as we see that Abyss has been cut open in various spots and is getting back to his feet.  RVD is able to get his hand on Janice but Abyss pushes the ladder down and RVD flies over the ring ropes and awkwardly onto the ladder that was set up on the outside.  Eric Bischoff goes out to check on RVD as Abyss climbs up and pulls Janice off the hook.  Abyss then goes out and rolls RVD into the ring and sets him up in the corner before he swings Janice at RVD but he ducks out of the way and Abyss plants the weapon into the turnbuckle.

RVD then heads out for a chair and nails Abyss with the back with it.  RVD then sets up the barbed wire board over Abyss and goes coast to coast and dropkicks a chair into the barbed wire board into Abyss.  RVD then hits a Five Star Frog Splash to pick up the pin fall and retains the TNA World Championship as Dixie Carter and Terry Taylor applaud in approval.

After the match, the announce team hype Hulk Hogan’s major announcement and TNA ReAction, which is coming up next after Impact.  RVD is then seen climbing up a ladder in the middle of the ring as Hulk Hogan’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring.  The pyro goes off as we head into a commercial break.

We come back to Impact and Hogan puts over RVD and says that he will be the one to take TNA to the top.  Hogan then goes on to say that Hardcore Justice raised the bar in TNA and has given them a shot in the arm.  Hogan says Dixie Carter has invited EV2 back to TNA and Hogan tells them to come out.  Most of the wrestlers from Hardcore Justice come down to the ring and congratulate RVD on his title defense.

Hogan again says that EV2 raised the bar in TNA and says that he bows down to them and respects each and every one of them.  Tommy Dreamer gets on the microphone and says that they raised the bar on Sunday, but the Machine Guns, Beer Money, RVD and Abyss all raised the bar higher tonight.  Dreamer then thanks the EV2 crew for Sunday night and thanks the fans for their support.

The lights then go out in the Impact Zone and when they return we see that Mick Foley has been laid out.  Fortune is standing behind them and begin taking EV2 out and say that it is their company.  The Sandman tries to come out and help but he is quickly taken out by Douglas Williams.  Abyss also comes out and sets his sights on RVD as the fans begin to chant âہ“this is awesome!”  Ric Flair then walks down the ramp and applauds his team as we head to the back to see RVD laid out in a bloody mess by Abyss and Janice.  Flair then blames Dixie Carter for all of this as Impact comes to a close.

Quick Results
– Kurt Angle defeated AJ Styles by submission in a non-title match.
– Angelina Love defeated Madison Rayne by pin fall to win the TNA Knockouts Championship.
– Matt Morgan defeated D’Angelo Dinero and Mr. Anderson by pin fall in a 3-way match.
– Jeff Hardy defeated Shannon Moore by pin fall in an open challenge match.
– The Motorcity Machine Guns defeated Beer Money in a 2-of-3 match to win the Best of Five series to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship.
– Rob Van Dam defeated Abyss in a Stairway to Janice Match by pin fall to retain the TNA World Championship.

Starman’s Thoughts
The Whole F’n Show lived up to its name and was one hell of an f’n show.  It would be almost a dream come true if TNA did a style of show more like this week in and week out, but I doubt that will ever happen.  It was at least great for one night.

The main event of the night put RVD against Abyss for the TNA World Championship in a Stairway to Janice match with Eric Bischoff as the special guest referee.  Yes, there was a lot going on in that match in terms of stipulations, not to mention the fact that a nail board was hanging above the ring, but it was a decent hardcore ladder match.  I will admit, too, that I was surprised that Eric Bischoff did not factor into the match whatsoever.

While the main event was decent, it had a very high standard to live up to with both the Styles/Angle match and the 2-of-3 match between Beer Money and the Motorcity Machine Guns going on before it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I can watch AJ Styles and Kurt Angle wrestle over and over and over again without getting tired of it.  This match was no exception, even though it was a foregone conclusion that the match was more than likely going to end with Angle winning.  I do have to say that it seemed weird to me that this was a non-title match for the Television Title, which is said to be defended on every television broadcast.  Since the match was between ranked contenders, though, I was able to look past that aspect.

The Best of Five finals between the Motorcity Machine Guns and Beer Money exceeded all expectations and was a great conclusion to the series.  Again, I thought it was weird to have a 2-of-3 falls match to end a Best of Five series, but I was able to look past it as the match was great.  I am an old school wrestling fan at heart and have a soft spot for the seemingly lost art of tag team wrestling and this series has filled a void.  The one question now is, where do they go from here?  I hope the Machine Guns and the rest of the tag team division keep the ball rolling.

I was glad to see the Knockouts Championship change hands without some stupid stipulation for once, but the happenings outside of the ring overshadowed what happened in the ring.  This was one of the low points of the night.

Another low point was the three-way match ending in about three minutes.  I was expecting more from this match, although Morgan did get a much needed victory and it left things open for a feud between Mr. Anderson and D’Angelo Dinero.

All in all, the Whole F’n Show was great and fans can only hope that TNA keeps this momentum going and keeps up with these types of programs.  Now, it is onto ReAction.

I would love to hear your thoughts on tonight’s show.  Feel free to email them to me at starman@inlinefusion.com or post comments on my website, www.thehexagoncircle.com.

The Starman

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  1. Edifier says:

    This was the best episode of Impact in a very long time! I don’t know if they still do the replays of Impact, but if you had given up on TNA before then you should check this one out… It’ll surprise you. The only disappointment for me was Jeff Hardy’s mystery oppononet, I thought someone new was going to debut. However, it was still a very good match!

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