Sunday, August 13, 2006 in Orlando, FL
– A video package airs highlighting the concept of “good and bad” showing various TNA stars. The main focus is about Sting’s shot at the NWA World Title tonight against Jeff Jarrett.
– A graphic opening hits welcoming us to Hard Justice. We then go live to Orlando, FL at the Impact Zone at Universal Studios to see a shot of the crowd. A series of pyro goes off above the ring and in the entrance area.
– Johnny Devine’s music hits to kick off the first match of the night.
– Eric Young defeated Johnny Devine. Before the match started, Eric Young came to the ring with his “army” of TNA fans. They walked around the ring with Young and gave him the “two finger point to the eyes” gesture. Devine then got on the mic, ran down the Orlando crowd and said Young always choked when they were teammates in Team Canada. He said tonight Young was going to get fired. Big note: During the match, the top part of the Impact Zone caught fire from the pyro shot off to start the show. TNA officials sprayed fire extinguishers over the fire and it filled the Impact Zone with a cloud of smoke. When it cleared up, the finish saw Young hit Devine with a big jumping neckbreaker to get the pinfall. After the match, Earl Hebner ran out and attacked referee Mark “Slick” Johnson saying he cost him his job with TNA.
– Footage is shown of NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner arriving to the Impact Zone earlier today. They also show footage of Sting and Christian Cage arriving.
– TNA officials are shown changing the mat for the six sixed ring. We then go to Mike Tenay and Don West who are obviously stalling for time talking about the upcoming four way tag team match with America’s Most Wanted, The James Gang, The Naturals and Kazarian & Bentley for a shot at the NWA World Tag Team Titles.
– TNA then airs footage highlighting Sting in the company over the last few months and his feud with Jeff Jarrett going into tonight’s title match.
– A graphic hits the screen saying TNA is having technical difficulties. We will provide more updates soon.
– Back live, we see a shot of Jeremy Borash and Mike Tenay backstage at the Impact Zone. Tenay continues to put over the “live TV” factor of the PPV tonight. Fire trucks can be seen in the background and with separate shots. We also see a shot of TNA wrestlers standing around. Footage is shown from earlier in the night in regards to how the fire got started due to pyro. Don West joins Borash and Tenay and points out that the entire Impact Zone had to be evacuated. We see a shot of the empty Impact Zone being attended to by TNA officials. Borash leaves to go check on things. Eric Young walks up saying he wants to make it clear to Jim Cornette that the fire wasn’t his fault. Was pretty funny stuff. Monty Brown then walks up and starts cutting a promo running down Samoa Joe and Rhino. They really shouldn’t have done this with Brown as he got lost quick. He even sang a bit using the Jimi Hendrix song “Hey Joe” in reference to Samoa Joe. Was a pretty bad promo overall. Tenay was able to save it by jumping in here and there.
– We then see a shot of the TNA fans being allowed to re-enter the Impact Zone. Back to West and Tenay. Shane Douglas walks up with The Naturals. He says tonight is about rising to the challenge and that he was able to do that in his career. Douglas even puts over President Bush as rising to the challenge with the War on Terror. First a fire and now a political reference on the PPV? Douglas said he knows The Naturals have what it takes to win tonight.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Alex Shelley and mentions Kevin Nash’s neck injury. Shelley says if TNA ever releases a Top 50 Saddest Moments in TNA, this circumstance with Nash will be No. 1. Borash says he isn’t sure he buys Nash’s injury. Johnny Devine then appears pushing Kevin Nash in a wheelchair who has a neckbrace on. Nash gives Shelley his dog tags and wishes him luck tonight against Chris Sabin.
– Chris Sabin defeated Alex Shelley to become the #1 Contender for the X Division Title. The finish saw Kevin Nash, who was at ringside in a wheelchair, throw a steel chair into the ring while Johnny Devine distracted the referee. Sabin then countered by kicking the chair into the face of Shelley, kicking it out and then hitting the Cradle Shock for the pinfall.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Abyss and James Mitchell. Mitchell calls Brother Runt a one man infestation. He adds that Runt should have listened to Team 3D when they told him he should lay low and not get himself into any trouble.
– A promo plays hyping Abyss vs. Brother Runt.
– Abyss defeated Brother Runt. Runt now has a mohawk. The finish saw James Mitchell throw thumbtacks into the ring and Abyss spread them across the mat. Abyss pressed Runt’s face into the tacks, then hit a press slam on Runt on the tacks and then finished Runt off with a Black Hole Slam on the tacks to get the pinfall. After the match, Raven is shown posing in the crowd at Abyss.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Rhino. Rhino says not long ago, people were running around the Impact Zone in a panic and acting crazy because of the fire. He says he wasn’t because he is already crazy. Rhino tells Samoa Joe and Monty Brown that he will cut them down with a Gore tonight, falls count anywhere.
– A promo airs hyping Rhino vs. Samoa Joe vs. Monty Brown.
– Samoa Joe defeated Rhino & Monty Brown in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Lots of brawling in the crowd between Joe, Rhino and Brown. A few weapons were used as well including a singapore cane, trash cans and trash can lids and more. One big spot saw Rhino setup two tables below the entrance area and try to throw Brown into them. Instead, Brown side-stepped Rhino and Rhino crashed through the two tables. It was a very loud landing for Rhino and was an impressive spot. The finish saw Joe give Brown an STO off the heel ramp into a table already setup nearby to get the pinfall. After the match, Joe got on the mic and says he came to TNA to fight and that he wants to fight more.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash was with Larry Zbyzsko. Borash asks about Earl Hebner showing up earlier tonight. Zbyzsko says he had Hebner thrown out. Referee Mark “Slick” Johnson walks up and complains about Hebner attacking him earlier tonight. Johnson accuses Larry Zbyzsko, Earl Hebner and Jeff Jarrett of coming up with a plan to take him out. Zbyzsko acts disgusted at the thought and says he is going to get Jim Cornette on the phone to get Johnson fired. Johnson says he hopes he does.
– A promo airs showing Sirelda’s debut in TNA and her feud with Gail Kim.
– Gail Kim defeated Sirelda. The finish saw Kim snap Sirelda’s neck hitting a modifed stunner from the corner to get the pinfall.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash was with Scott Steiner. Borash asks Steiner if Jeff Jarrett will really leave TNA if he loses tonight. Steiner first runs down Christian Cage, calling him Canadian white trash. He finishes the promo saying tonight when Jarrett beats Sting, it will be Sting and Christian Cage who leave TNA.
– Senshi defeated Petey Williams & Jay Lethal in a Triple Threat Match to retain the X Division Championship. The finish saw Petey Williams hit the Canadian Destroyer on Jay Lethal, but as Williams went to cover Lethal, Senshi dropkicked him away and covered to get the pinfall. After the match, Williams argued with Senshi.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with LAX. Konnan says LAX have been the ones struggling in TNA because AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels were chosen by TNA to be the poster boys of the company. He said tonight, Homicide and Hernandez will capture the NWA World Tag Team Titles for LAX.
– A promo airs highlighting the feud between NWA World Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels against LAX.
– AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels defeated LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championships. The finish saw Hernandez attempt his crucifix throwing powerbomb finisher on Christohper Daniels and Homicide attempt his vertebreaker finisher on AJ Styles. Both Styles and Daniels countered the finisher attempts, threw Homicide out and both Styles and Daniels charged at Hernandez connecting at the same time with Daniels getting the most of it and covering Hernandez for the pinfall.
– A promo for the No Surrender PPV on September 24 is shown.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Christian Cage. Christian wonders if Jeff Jarrett tried to set the Impact Zone on fire tonight to avoid defending his title against Sting. He looks at the camera and says, “you’re losing that title tonight.” Christian then talks about Scott Steiner, saying the only way he can impress him is if he wins a fight for once in TNA. He says Sting deserves to win the NWA World Title tonight and that the cancer will finally be removed from TNA. Christian finishes by promising that tonight will be the start of a new era…because that’s…how I roll.
– Jeff Jarrett defeated Sting to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Title. No pyro for Jarrett’s entrance and no surprise considering the fire that almost ruined the show. Before the match, Jeremy Borash did the usual ring introductions for Jarrett and Sting. Lots of interference by Scott Steiner during the match that was countered by Christian Cage. The referee then kicked Steiner and Cage to the back. The finish saw Steiner run back out with a guitar, hand it to Jarrett and hold Sting up. When Jarrett looked to hit Sting off the top rope with the guitar, Christian ran back out and took out Steiner and Jarrett with Sting’s bat. Christian helped Sting setup Jarrett near the corner, went up to the top, Sting jumped and Christian nailed Sting in mid-air with Jarrett’s guitar. Cage left the ring smiling as Jarrett covered Sting to get the pinfall and retain the title.
After the match, Jeff Jarrett sat up with a confused look on his face and looked toward the entrance ramp to see Christian Cage still smiling. The PPV came to a close with Scott Steiner celebrating with Jeff Jarrett who had the NWA World Heavyweight Title in hand.
What did you think of Hard Justice?
Thumbs Up – 28%
In the middle – 11%
Thumbs Down – 18%
Didn’t see it – 43%
Senshi-Petey-Lethal – 9%
Young-Devine – 3%
Sabin-Shelley – 3%
Sirelda-Kim – 6%
Tag Title match – 20%
Brown-Rhino-Joe – 34%
Runt-Abyss – 5%
Sting-Jarrett – 20%