10/25 LIVE IMPACT WRESTLING RECAP
Join the Starman as he covers Impact Wrestling live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.
A “Previously on Impact Wrestling” recap is aired, which focuses on the last week’s brawl between the TNA roster and Aces & Eights. Jeff Hardy’s confrontation with Austin Aries is also touched upon and Hardy will be defending his TNA World Championship this week on Championship Thursday.
Hulk Hogan is backstage with Jeff Hardy and Hogan says he is going to give him a tough challenge tonight with Bully Ray, James Storm, Mr. Anderson and Kurt Angle are all up for a shot at the title. Hardy says he is up for the challenge and walks out into the hallway where all four men are standing. Hardy’s thoughts are heard and he says Angle’s a machine, Storm drinks too much, Bully Ray has his mind on other things, and Anderson is an asshole. Hardy thinks they all have a weakness, he just needs to find it.
The pyro then hits and we head into the first match of the night.
Match 1: Rob Van Dam vs. Zema Ion (X Division Championship)
Jeremy Borash and Todd Keneley are at the announce booth. Borash tells us that the regular announce team of Mike Tenay and Taz will be joining us in the second hour of the show. The bell sounds and both try to pick up quick pin fall over each other. The two continue to go back and forth until RVD drops Ion with a press slam and hits a moonsault from the ropes. Ion rolls out to the floor to regroup and drags RVD out to the floor and sends him into the railing. RVD counters a dive from Ion and gets back into the ring.
RVD then charges at Ion but Ion drops down and RVD flies over the top rope and crashes to the floor. Ion then hits RVD with a flip over the top rope. Back in the ring, Ion hits RVD with a tornado DDT for a near fall, however, he misses with a corkscrew dive from the top rope. Both are slow to get back up and RVD takes Ion down with a springboard kick and the Rolling Thunder. RVD then heads to the top rope and hits the Five Star Frog Splash to pick up the pin fall to retain the X Division Championship.
After the match, Matt Morgan runs into the ring and takes RVD out with a Carbon Footprint. Joey Ryan then steps in and taunts RVD with the title. Morgan then grabs a microphone and tells Hulk Hogan to be careful for what he wishes for, because he might just get it.
Austin Aries is standing outside Hogan’s office and is making fun of all of the wrestlers begging for a title shot and makes fun of Hogan’s movie career. Aries says he is going to stand out there tonight and get their reactions when they are tossed out of the running for his own personal amusement as we head into a commercial break.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian make their way to the ring and Daniels has a clipboard in his hand. Kazarian gets on the microphone and says they are victims of a conspiracy and says Hulk Hogan altered his travel plans so he couldn’t be at Impact last week. Also, at Bound for Glory, their tag team titles were taken from them illegally. Daniels steps in and says everyone who lost their titles are going to get their rematch, but they aren’t, and that’s a crime. Daniels then says the new tag team champions are only being featured because Dixie Carter wants to cater to a Hispanic audience.
Daniels then pulls out a petition and wants the fans to sign it so they can get their fair rematch. Kazarian brings it out to the crowd and they are cut off by Chavo Guerrero’s and Hernandez’s music. Chavo says they can help with their petition and says nothing would make them more happy to give them a rematch so they can shove the Tag Team Championships down their throats. Chavo and Hernandez then add their signatures to the petition and Chavo says their rematch is ready anytime at any place.
Hulk Hogan is backstage with the four potential candidates for tonight’s title match. James Storm says he is tired of taking back seats to everyone and it’s his time. Ray is pacing around and is still pissed at Devon. Kurt Angle says he hasn’t had a shot in over a year and if he didn’t get injured he thinks he’d still be champion. Anderson says he doesn’t know what Hogan wants and if he wants him to beg at his feet. Hogan says Anderson doesn’t have enough fire and eliminates him.
Austin Aries catches up with Mr. Anderson backstage and Anderson just walks by him. Austin says once he gets his title back he will give Anderson a shot. Anderson says he doesn’t need any hand outs and takes Aries down with a punch. The two begin to brawl in the hallway for a moment and Aries challenges Anderson to a match. We then hear someone behind them yell “cut!” Slight production problems there, folks.
Devon is in the clubhouse of Aces & Eights and he tells everybody to not take that masks off, ever. He then says he has some ladies stopping by for some entertainment, but in order to do they they have to take some one out tonight. One of them gets up and tosses a dart at a series of photos. They all laugh as Devon says they have found out who their victim will be.
Match 2: Robbie T. vs. Samoa Joe (TNA Television Championship)
The match starts and Robbie stands up to Joe’s shoulder blocks before taking him down with a hard strike to the head. Robbie then connects with a spin kick before trying a choke slam, however, Joe counters and goes for rear naked choke. Robbie E. tries to distract the referee but Robbie T. can’t break the hold as Joe drops him to the mat. Robbie T. finally taps out and Joe picks up the submission victory to retain the TV Championship.
Highlights of Tara’s match against Miss Tessmacher at Bound for Glory is aired. It also shows Tara introducing her boyfriend, Jesse. Miss Tessmacher is backstage and says she got pleasure from watching ODB manhandle Jesse last week. This week, though, she has her sights set on taking back the TNA Knockouts Championship.
Hulk Hogan is remaining the remaining three and wants to hear Kurt Angle’s and James Storm’s thoughts about if Bully Ray has his head in the match. Neither of them thinks he has focus and Ray says he may not be as focused as he should be and says if he can’t fight for the title, he will be walking out to the ring tonight and calling out his brother to get the answers he needs. Hogan agrees with that and eliminates Bully Ray from the running.
Mr. Anderson is backstage talking to a stagehand and says he is sick of Aries walking around like a peacock. Anderson says if Aries wants to go, then he wants to go. Hogan says it’s okay and Anderson says it’s okay before telling the stagehand to fetch Aries as we head into a commercial break.
Match 3: Mr. Anderson vs. Austin Aries
The match starts and the two immediately lock up a few times with Anderson getting in most of the offense. Anderson takes Aries down and hits with a series of punches and tries to follow up but Aries slides out to the floor to regroup. Aries comes back and somehow slides a foreign object in Anderson’s trunks. Anderson reaches down and takes a pair of brass knuckles out of his trunks. Anderson looks at them and the referee sees them and takes them away. Aries uses this opportunity to take Anderson down and take control of the match. Anderson quickly fights his way back into the match and picks up a near fall after hitting an elbow drop. Aries comes back and tosses Anderson out to the floor before diving through the ropes and sending Anderson into the railing as we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match and see Aries is still in control and is wearing him down with a series of strikes in the corner. Aries picks up a near fall before the two trade blows and Anderson levels Aries with a clothesline. Anderson then knocks Aries out to the floor with a kick to the head before leaping over the top rope and crashing down on Aries on the floor. Anderson rolls Aries back into the ring and picks up a near fall.
Anderson then tries for his fireman’s carry but Aries grabs the referee and pulls himself down and pushes down the referee. Aries somehow grabs the brass knuckles from the referee and plants them on Anderson. The referee see them and takes them away again as Aries takes out another pair and nails Anderson. Aries then puts Anderson on top of him and kicks out at two. Aries then puts Anderson in the Last Chancery and Anderson can’t respond so he picks up the victory via submission.
Tara and Jesse is backstage with Brooke Hogan and tells her that she is tired of ODB and her actions. Jesse says he had to take 12 tomato baths just to get her stank off of him. Brooke says Tara has a title match tonight and she should just go out and wrestle. Brooke then has a word with Jesse and stumbles a bit in saying that she heard ODB has her eyes on him.
We join the real announce team for the second hour of the show, who hype the rest of tonight’s show and they are in time for the next title match of the night.
Match 4: Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara (TNA Knockouts Championship)
Tessmacher attacks Tara as she makes her way into the ring. Tessmacher sends Tara into the ring apron a few times before rolling her into the ring and going for an early pin attempt. Tessmacher continues on the attack and Jesse distracts her from the apron as Tara is able to regroup and hit Tessmacher from behind to take control of the match. Tara slams Tessmacher’s face into the canvas a few times and slams her down to the mat, before focusing on Jesse. This gives Tessmacher an opening, who fights back into the match and takes her down with a faceplant. Tara then distracts the referee, Taryn Terrell, as Jesse gets involved to give Tara an opening to hit the Widow’s Peak to pick up the pin fall and retain the Knockouts Championship.
Tara and Jesse celebrate the victory in the ring until they are interrupted by Brooke Hogan’s music. Brooke says next week is Open Fight Night and she just got off the phone with a feisty ODB, who wants to challenge Jesse to a fight.
We then see Bully Ray walking backstage who is coming out to the ring to get an explanation from Devon as we head into a commercial break.
Joseph Park walks into Hulk Hogan’s office and wants to continue their conversation from last week. Hogan doesn’t think Park is ready to be in a match against a gang of thugs. Hogan says he is concerned with his health and liability, but Park hands him a document saying TNA and Spike will be held harmless if something happens to him. Park wants Hogan to either stand behind him or stand out of his way.
Bully Ray makes his way to the ring and thanks Sting one more time for being his partner at Bound for Glory. Ray then says nothing shocks him much anymore in this business, but he was shocked after seeing his brother involved with Aces & Eights. Ray continues to say Devon said a bunch of nothing last week and calls him out so they can talk man-to-man to find out the reasons behind it all.
Aces & Eights music hits as the group comes out and is headed up by Devon. The group enters the ring as Bully Ray is prepared with his chain in his hand. Devon grabs a microphone and says he doesn’t owe Ray an explanation as the two of them are no longer family. Devon continues to say it has nothing to do with Ray and it all has to do with Hulk Hogan. Devon talks about his contract expiring and Hogan did nothing about it, however, Aces & Eights picked him up and had his back. Devon continues to say that once everything is said and done, they will have taken out everyone who did them wrong.
Ray calls Devon a lying sack of crap. Ray talks about Team 3D’s final match and how Chris Sabin kicked out of their finisher, which nobody had ever done in 15 years. After the match, Ray was down in the locker room and Devon told him not to worry about anything because they are rich and to screw the fans. Devon doesn’t deny saying it and Ray says they are doing too much talking and they should be doing more fighting. Ray asks Devon to clear the ring of the rest of the Aces & Eights so they can go at it, but Devon doesn’t agree to it and says he will let Ray know when the time is right.
Aces & Eights then leave the ring together and Ray says it is typical of Devon as all of his career he has been a coward. Ray says Devon has no balls and since next week is Open Fight Night, he is going to challenge Devon to a fight. Ray tells Devon to grow some balls and warns him that someone is going though a table.
Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan are backstage and Ryan says RVD doesn’t scare him and maybe it’s time to put some X Division gold around his waist. Morgan then tells Hulk Hogan that he started things last week and from this point forward he does what he wants when he wants.
A video package featuring Christian York is aired. York talks about wrestling with Joey Matthews and how if he made some different decisions he could be at a different place. He then talks about getting older and how TNA Gut Check may be he last shot at glory.
Hulk Hogan is backstage with Kurt Angle and James Storm and he awards Angle the title shot. As Angle leaves to head for the ring, Hogan turns to Storm and tells him that the two of them need to talk.
Match 5: Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy (TNA World Championship)
Christy Hemme handles the formal introductions for tonight’s main event. The bell rings and Hardy is able to take Angle down and lock him in an armbar. Angle is able to break free and rake Hardy’s eyes before taking control of the match. Angle misses with a move off the middle rope and Hardy hits his signature leg drop to pick up a near fall. Hardy tries to keep things going but Angle hangs Hardy up on the ropes before knocking him out to the floor and we head into a commercial break.
We return to the match to see Angle in control and has Hardy in a headlock. Angle then sends Hardy into the ropes and both take each other down with clotheslines. They are slow to get up and Hardy takes Angle down with a couple of clotheslines and a head scissor take down. Angle goes out to the floor and Hardy jumps off the apron and takes Angle down with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Hardy hits Angle with a Whisper in the Wind for a close near fall. Hardy then tries for a Twist of Fate, but Angle counters and Angle hits Hardy with a series of German suplexes for a near fall of his own.
Angle then waits for Hardy to get to his feet and tries for an Angle Slam but Hardy counters and hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy then crawls his way to the top rope but takes too much time as Angle springs up and tosses Hardy to the canvas for another close near fall. Angle then powerbombs Hardy for a near fall and then turns it into an ankle lock, however, Hardy rolls through and takes Angle down with a kick. Hardy then heads to the top one more time but misses with a Swanton Bomb. Angle then takes Hardy down with an Angle Slam but Hardy kicks out of the pin attempt.
Angle then tries for another series of suplexes but Hardy counters and hits Angle with a pair of Twist of Fates. Hardy then heads to the top rope and hits a Swanton Bomb but Angle kicks out of the pin attempt. The fans start a loud “this is awesome!” chant as Angle sends Hardy over the top rope and onto the floor. Angle is seen spitting up blood as he heads out to roll Hardy into the ring. Angle takes his straps down and goes for another Angle Slam but Hardy counters with a sunset flip and picks up the pin fall to retain the TNA World Championship.
Hardy has both the TNA World Championship and his custom belt and celebrates the victory as Angle leaves the ring. Austin Aries then comes out and lays out Hardy out. Aries grabs the real TNA World Championship and says he is going to announce when he gets his rematch. Aries says he doesn’t want to do it on free television and will be challenging Hardy at Turning Point. Aries then says he is so confident in winning that he is going to be taking the real TNA World Championship with him before leaving the ring.
Mike Tenay and Taz say there is something going on in the back as we see Kurt Angle being beaten down by Aces & Eights. Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco chase them away and Brisco wants to know where a trainer is at as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– Rob Van Dam defeated Zema Ion by pin fall to retain the X Division Championship.
– Samoa Joe defeated Robbie T. by submission to retain the TNA Television Championship.
– Austin Aries defeated Mr. Anderson by submission.
– Tara defeated Miss Tessmacher by pin fall to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.
– Jeff Hardy defeated Kurt Angle by pin fall to retain the TNA World Championship.