10/20/11 Impact Wrestling Recap

Oct 20, 2011 - by Jason Graening

Impact Wrestling opens with the year long angle with Sting going up against Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. It came to a head this past Sunday at Bound for Glory where Sting defeated Hogan to take the power away from Hogan. After the match, Sting was brutally beat down by Immortal until Hogan came to his rescue.

Sting’s music kicks off as he comes down to the ring without any face paint on his face. The announce team talks about the referee formally known as Jackson James, who is now known as Garrett Bischoff, and how he is Eric Bischoff’s son. Garrett Bischoff was an Immortal plant but he stood up against his dad at Bound for Glory. Sting then grabs the microphone and says he accomplished his two goals of getting TNA back to Dixie Carter and to make the real Hulk Hogan emerge. Sting says he had to come out of his skin a bit, but it was all worth it as Hogan chose to do the right thing for the wrestlers in the back and for the fans that have supported him for over 30 years.

The crowd begins to chant for Hogan as Sting calls him out to the ring. Hogan’s music hits as he comes out wearing a yellow Hulkamania shirt. Hogan grabs a microphone and admit that he was wrong over the past year and became a follower of Bischoff instead of a leader. He doesn’t blame Bischoff for it before thanking Sting for allowing him to see the error of his ways. Hogan then calls Sting a true American icon and saw the light once he saw Sting get jumped by Immortal. Hogan says he is embarrassed for what he used to be, but now Hogan is back. Hogan then shakes Sting’s hand and thanks Sting for what he did for him.

Hogan then leaves the ring as Sting asks Dixie Carter to come down to the ring. Carter comes down to the ring as we head into a commercial break. We return to see Sting saying today is the day the rightful owner gets her company back. Sting says he tried to show her the light 18 months ago and thanks her for giving him a second chance and a home in TNA. Sting tells her to surround herself with people who are looking out for the best interests with TNA, the wrestlers and the fans. Dixie then apologizes to Sting, the wrestlers and the fans for what happened and promises not to make the same mistake again.

Dixie says she is a fighter and she wants to make TNA the most successful wrestling company in the world, however, in order to do so, she will have to spend more time at TNA headquarters. Dixie then enlists Sting for help to manage the day to day operations of the company and help turn things around. Sting says he is willing to help her as Dixie again thanks everyone for giving her a second chance, but she is soon cut off by Kurt Angle’s music.

Angle comes out with the TNA World Championship as we head into another commercial break. We return to hear Angle say he is going to represent TNA as its World Champion even though they tried to make Bobby Roode look like a hero. Angle says he made him look like a loser in 30 minutes and says he is the better man. Beer Money’s music hits as Roode makes his way down to the ring and calls Angle pathetic for taking that victory while screwing Roode over by using the ropes for leverage. Roode says all of his goals and aspirations were rolled into one match and Angle screwed him.

Sting then steps in and says Roode is right on and he got screwed over. Sting says tonight, Angle will take on Roode in a rematch for the TNA World Championship. Angle says he had Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan put a tiny stipulation in the contract that stated Roode could only wrestle Angle once. Angle said this was done because Roode was a threat and he did what he had to do to win. Angle then asks Roode what his partner’s famous saying is as he is interuppted by James Storm’s music and we head into another commercial break.

We return to see Storm introducing himself to Angle before asking him if his contract clause saves his ass from fighting Storm. Storm says Angle screwed the fans and Roode out of the World Championship at Bound for Glory and feels that he screwed over Storm as well. Storm then wonders if the fans want to see a title match tonight and Sting agrees and books Angle in a match against Storm for the TNA World Championship. Roode then tells Angle “sorry about your damn luck!” as Angle is irate as Angle is left standing in the ring.

Hulk Hogan is walking in the parking lot as he is surrounded by Immortal. Eric Bischoff tells Hogan that they want to say goodbye their way and says he will meet him in the ring if he has any balls left. Immortal then leaves to let him think about it and we head into a commercial break.

Match 1: Angelina Love & Winter vs. Tara & Brooke Tessmacher (TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship)
Already 45 minutes into this broadcast and we get to see the first match of the night. Winter and Angelina attack the champions before the match starts to get things started. Angelina and Winter take turns work Brooke over and picking up a few near falls in the process. Brooke finally counters Angelina’s offense and crawls to her corner to make the hot tag to Tara. Winter is also tagged in and Tara takes both her and Angelina out. Tara tosses Winter around the ring and picks up a near fall after hitting a side slam but it is broken up by Angelina. Brooke then makes the blind tag as Tara tosses Angelina out to the floor. Brooke then hits a cross body block on Winter to pick up the pin fall and retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship.

Jeff and Karen Jarrett are seen walking in the parking lot and they both appear to be in bad moods as we head into a commercial break.

We return to hear Jeff Jarrett’s music as Jeff and Karen Jarrett make their way to the ring. Jarrett grabs a microphone and calls Jeff Hardy out to the ring to finish what he started at Bound for Glory. Hardy’s music hits as he comes to the ring. Jarrett says he wants Hardy to have no part of TNA and gives him a choice of leaving TNA or suffer the consequences at the hands of Jarrett. Hardy says the fans want him here and that Jarrett is the only one still bitching.

Hardy says Jarrett will never light up a crowd like he does as Jarrett takes a shot at Hardy, but Hardy takes him down until security and referees come in and breaks it up. The two continue to battle, though, as TNA agents come out and get involved. D’Lo Brown and Al Snow even get into it for a bit and Jarrett gets in the final word as he nails Hardy with a low blow as Brown is holding Hardy back.

Kurt Angle is backstage and says he will whip James Storm’s ass tonight and says that nobody puts one over on Angle as we head into a commercial break.

A photo recap of what went down during the Sting/Hulk Hogan match is aired. Eric Bischoff taking out his own son with a chair is also focused upon. We then see Eric Young in the back talking to a photographer as Robbie E. and Rob Terry walk up to him. Robbie E. says EY has been ducking him and says if Robbie wants a shot he will ask Sting to set it up. However, if there is any nonsense he has some big stars behind his back, such as Ronnie from the Jersey Shore. Robbie tells Young to make the match happen as he and Rob Terry walk away.

Gunner comes out and grabs a microphone and says Immortal decided to take out the trash last week with Abyss. Gunner then says he promised the rest of Immortal that he would finish the job with Abyss before calling him out.

Match 2: Gunner vs. Abyss
Gunner attacks Abyss as he is making his way into the ring but Abyss levels Gunner with a clothesline. Abyss then slams him down to the mat and punches Gunner that sends him out to the floor. Gunner begins to crawl up the entrance ramp but Abyss grabs him and sends him into the steel steps. Abyss rolls Gunner into the ring but Gunner escapes and runs away through the crowd. The referee then starts a 10 count and awards the match to Abyss via count out.

Velvet Sky is backstage and talks about her emotional journey on winning the Knockouts Championship. Velvet thanks the fans for pushing her and says she is going to thank them right now as we head into a commercial break.

Immortal is backstage as Gunner runs up and says the monster is back. Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair says he is overreacting and not to worry about it. Bischoff says they will take care of Hulk Hogan first and then Abyss.

A video package is aired focusing on Velvet Sky as she talks about being small and fighting for herself. Velvet says she earned the Knockouts Championship and says she is grateful to have the title. Velvet’s music then hits as she makes her way down to the ring. Velvet grabs a microphone and says she is proud to be standing in front of everyone as the TNA Knockouts Champion. Velvet says she is leaving a dream as she is cut off by Karen Jarrett’s music.

Karen and Traci make their way down to the ring as Karen grabs a microphone. Karen says she has the power to fire both of them on the spot, but that would be too easy. Karen says Traci hasn’t seen anything yet as she plans on making their lives a living hell. Karen then calls for security to escort Traci from the ring. Karen then turns to Velvet and says she wanted to strip her of the title, however, she decided to give her some physical pain instead as Madison Rayne comes out. Madison distracts Velvet as Gail Kim runs in and takes Velvet out from behind. Gail pounds on Velvet for a bit before she poses with Karen and Madison.

Another photo recap is aired that shows Hulk Hogan helping Sting out after he was beat down by Immortal. Eric Bischoff’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring with Immortal. Bischoff grabs a microphone and says he will take care of his punk kid on his own time before calling out Hogan to the ring. Hogan’s music hits as he makes his way out to join Bischoff as Immortal surrounds the ring. Bischoff says he has a lot to get off his chest and wonders how he dared to turn on Immortal. Bischoff says he made Hogan and he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t him. The worst of all, though, is Hogan getting between him and his son.

Hogan says he learned a lot about Bischoff and his son over the past few days. Hogan says Garrett is more of a man than his father is, which makes Bischoff slap Hogan across the face. It has no effect on Hogan as Immortal storms the ring, however, Sting runs out with a baseball bat and chases Immortal from the ring. Bischoff begins walking up the ramp and runs into his son. Bischoff begins to yell at his son and says he is no longer a Bischoff. Garrett then nails his father and gives Hogan and Sting a thumbs up before walking away.

James Storm and Bobby Roode are backstage and Storm says he wishes he more time to prepare. Roode says he has been preparing for this for his entire life and says right now is his time. Roode tells him to go out and kick Kurt Angle’s ass to become the next TNA World Champion. Roode says he wants to celebrate tonight with Storm and tells him to go out there and do it.

Match 3: James Storm vs. Kurt Angle (TNA World Championship)
Prior to the match, Mike Tenay says this is James Storm’s first chance at fighting for the World Championship. Jeremy Borash handles the formal introductions for this match and the bell rings to get this title bout started. Angle quickly takes Storm down with a boot to the midsection and begins to pound on him in the corner. The referee tries to get Angle to back off as he begins to argue with the referee. Storm then recovers and nails Angle with a superkick as he turns around and picks up the pin fall to become the new TNA World Champion.

The crowd erupts as Bobby Roode comes out to celebrate with his partner. Storm the walks through the crowd with his title and sprays beer everywhere. AJ Styles and Kazarian also come out to celebrate as they give Storm a beer bath and they all join in for a beer. Storm grabs a microphone as the fans start a “Cowboy!” chant. Storm says he has been in TNA since day one and he is now here to stay. Storm continues by saying his victory was bittersweet and says the title belongs to Roode. Storm hands Roode the title and says Storm deserves it before putting it around his waist. Fortune then celebrates in the ring as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.

Quick Results
– Tara & Brooke Tessmacher defeated Angelina Love & Winter by pin fall to retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship.
– Abyss defeated Gunner by count out.
– James Storm defeated Kurt Angle by pin fall to become the new TNA World Champion.

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