10/27/11 Impact Wrestling Recap
A video package on James Storm kicks off Impact Wrestling and features him defeating Kurt Angle for the TNA World Championship last week. Old footage of Storm wrestling is aired as Storm says the feeling is unreal for him and says he will punch the person that pinches him.
New theme music for Storm hits as the new TNA World Champion comes down to the ring. Storm gets on the microphone and talks about how people said he wouldn’t make it in this business and dedicates his victory to his late father. Storm then thanks the fans for standing behind him before calling Fortune down to the ring.
AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and Kazarian make their way to the ring and Storm tells Roode that he was screwed over at Bound for Glory and offers to give him the first shot at the title. The two shake on it as Samoa Joe’s music interrupts them. Joe comes down to the ring and says he used to be part of their little group and congratulates Storm, but says he still sees four scumbags in the ring.
Joe says Storm is playing favorites by handing his buddies title shots and wants Storm to give him a shot. Storm tells Joe that he already has his opportunity and that window closed. Sting’s music then hits as he walks out to the stage and says he is here to settle disputes. Sting says there will be a match against Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode with the winner going on to face Storm next week at Macon, GA, for the TNA World Championship.
The announce team runs down tonight’s card where Bully Ray will face Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim will go up against Tara. Christopher Daniels is backstage and says he didn’t quit at Bound for Glory and says AJ Styles played audio of him saying “I quit.” Daniels says Styles can’t beat him, and neither can “Bob” Van Dam.
Match 1: Christopher Daniels vs. Rob Van Dam
The match starts and the two trade a few quick near falls in the opening moments. AJ Styles comes out and joins the announce team as Daniels takes control of the match with a drop toe hold that sends RVD into the turnbuckle. Daniels slams RVD to the mat but RVD rolls out of the way of a BME and takes Daniels down with a spin kick. RVD continues on the attack with a series of kicks and dives out of the ring and takes Daniels out on the floor. RVD rolls Daniels back into the ring and he goes for the Frog Splash but Daniels rolls out of the way and out to the floor. RVD takes out Daniels and sets him up on the guard railing and hits him with a leg drop. Daniels then crawls towards the ring and grabs a toolbox and nails RVD and the referee calls for the bell. Daniels then grabs a screwdriver from the toolbox, but Styles runs down and chases him away.
Karen Jarrett is seen walking backstage with Madison Rayne, Gail Kim and Traci Brooks as we head into a commercial break. We return from the break to see the four making their way to the ring and make Traci hold the ring ropes open for them. Gail grabs the microphone and says she doesn’t owe anyone an explanation for her actions, but says Karen Jarrett opened her eyes and how it’s all about her. Karen steps in and says she will deliver on her promise to Gail and she will be getting her shot at the Knockouts Championship at Turning Point. Gail says she will not let Karen or herself down and calls for an opponent so she can showcase her talent.
Match 2: Gail Kim vs. Tara
Gail attacks Tara before she makes it to the ring as the fight makes it to the ring. Tara tries to fight back but Gail levels her with a clothesline and she continues to work her over as we head into a commercial break. We return to the match and see Gail still in control and locks Tara in a submission hold. Tara fights her way out of it and hits Gail with a couple of clotheslines and picks up a near fall. Gail then hangs Tara up on the bottom rope and hits a kick move to pick up the pin fall.
Jeff Hardy is backstage and says he is back tonight and says it has been a long time since he has been in the ring. Hardy says it will be a test for him in the ring. We then see Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff walking around and Flair tells him to give his son some tough love as we head into a commercial break.
Match 3: Robbie E. vs. Eric Young (TNA Television Championship)
Eric Young locks up with the referee prior to the match before getting the match officially started and slams Robbie E. down to the mat. EY sets up for the piledriver but Rob Terry distracts him on the ring apron. Robbie hits a back body drop but EY is able to counter Robbie’s follow up offense with a crucifix and picks up the pin fall.
Terry then runs into the ring and levels EY from behind and holds him while Robbie takes a few shots at Young before leaving the ring. Young then asks for a microphone and says it’s time to bring in the Hollywood heavies. Young says he will be bringing Ronnie from the Jersey Shore with him to Macon, GA.
Christopher Daniels is backstage on the phone and wants a title shot after defeating AJ Styles and RVD. Kazarian walks in and says this has to stop and wants to talk to him as friends so things can end. Daniels says he will call him later and get together.
Bully Ray is backstage and says he and Jeff Hardy have made history together and says he can make his first match back his last match ever. Ray goes on to say that he doesn’t respect Hardy as rehab is for quitters.
A video package on Garrett Bischoff is aired and says he has been doing everything his dad has told him to do for the past 18 months. Garrett says he was brainwashed as we see footage of a couple of his questionable calls as a referee. Eric Bischoff’s music then hits as Garrett’s father walks down to the ring. Bischoff grabs a microphone and says he has important family business to take care of, and while he likes to separate his personal life from his business, his son has made that situation difficult.
Bischoff calls Garrett down to the ring and tells his son that he is willing to forgive being hit between the eyes last week, however, but he didn’t raise him to fail when he needed him the most. Bischoff says his son learned more about the business by accident than most people could ever know, but he dropped the ball and embarrassed the family. Bischoff tells Garrett that he will either apologize to him tonight or he will kick Garrett’s ass.
Ric Flair is backstage and says he doesn’t like what went down and says Garrett needs to learn about respect. Flair says he is going to go looking for him and teach him respect as the announce team hype the rest of tonight’s matches before going into a commercial break.
After the break, Flair confronts Garrett and says he has a problem with him and calls him a disrespectful punk. Flair says he is not man enough to be where his father has already been and says his father will beat respect into him in front of everyone. Flair says he might join in as Flair pushes him around.
A video package on Jeff Hardy is aired where he says he had to leave the spotlight to get his life back on track. Hardy says he is here to prove himself and he doesn’t want to mess it up as his recent feud with Jeff Jarrett is touched upon. Jarrett’s music then hits as he makes his way to the ring. Jarrett talks about Hardy’s last match at Victory Road and wants to know why that wasn’t a part of the video package. Jarrett then brings up when Hardy no-showed the main event of Turning Point 2006.
Hardy’s music cuts off Jarrett as runs down to the ring and the two begin to brawl. Security runs out and separates the two as Bully Ray runs in from behind and takes Hardy out. Earl Hebner then comes out as this match starts.
Match 4: Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray
Ray begins to power Hardy around in the opening moments as we head into a commercial break. We return to the match to see Hardy has taken control and takes Ray down with the Whisper in the Wind. Hardy then tries for a Twist of Fate but Ray counters and takes him down with a big boot to the face. Ray powers Hardy around and picks up a couple of near falls but Hardy is able to kick out. Hardy is able to counter Ray’s offense and picks up a near fall of his own after hitting a leg drop from the middle rope. Hardy then hits Ray with the Twist of Fate and follows with the Swanton Bomb to pick up the pin fall.
Christy Hemme catches up with Hardy after the match and says he picked up a big win, but Jeff Jarrett sneaks in from behind and knocks him down. Jarrett rolls Hardy into the ring where Ray takes him down with a chain while Jarrett grabs a table. They set up the table in the ring but Mr. Anderson runs down and chases them off before they can do anything.
Bobby Roode is backstage and says he is getting another opportunity to earn another shot at the TNA World Championship. Roode says Samoa Joe is standing in his way and he is ready for him as we head into a commercial break.
Match 5: Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode (#1 Contender to TNA World Championship)
Jeremy Borash handles the formal introductions for tonight’s main event. The bell rings as Joe and Roode trade blows in the early going. Roode takes Joe down with a clothesline and picks up a near fall after hitting a neckbreaker. Roode then puts Joe in a crossface but Joe is able to roll out to the floor to regroup. Joe then pulls Roode out to the floor and rams Roode into the side of the ring before rolling him back in. Joe picks up a near fall after hitting a snap slam and another after connecting with a back splash.
Joe slows the match down by putting Roode in a headlock before taking Roode out with a back elbow. Joe then locks Roode in a chinlock and hits an atomic drop, however, Roode is finally able to counter Joe with a spinebuster. Both are slow to get to their feet and trade blows before Roode connects with a forearm and a clothesline. Roode picks up a near fall after hitting a neckbreaker, however, Joe fights back and nearly puts Roode away after driving him down to the mat.
Joe then goes for the Muscle Buster, but Roode counters into a crossface. Joe counters with a roll up for a near fall. Roode comes back and hits Joe with a fisherman’s suplex to pick up the pin fall to earn a shot at James Storm next week for the TNA World Championship. Roode celebrates his victory as James Storm walks out to salute his partner.
Eric Bischoff is backstage and says he is looking forward to what is going to happen tonight and promises to show his son some tough love as we head into a commercial break. Impact Wrestling returns as Bischoff is making his way to the ring. Bischoff calls out Garrett and tells him that he forgives Garrett for doing what he did in the heat of the moment. Garrett refuses to apologize, though, which upsets Bischoff. Ric Flair walks down and tells Garrett to get his act together and tells him to apologize and to kiss his ass.
Flair again pushes Garrett and Garrett shoves him down. Bischoff then sneaks in and connects with a low blow as Flair takes him down with a series of chops. Flair continues to stomp on Garrett as the announce team hypes next week’s show and Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
Rob Van Dam defeated Christopher Daniels by disqualification.
Gail Kim defeated Tara by pin fall.
Eric Young defeated Robbie E. by pin fall to retain the TNA Television Championship.
Jeff Hardy defeated Bully Ray by pin fall.
Bobby Roode defeated Samoa Joe by pin all to become the #1 contender to the TNA World Championship.