12/29/11 Impact Wrestling Recap

Dec 30, 2011 - by Jason Graening

Impact Wrestling opens with footage of Sting firing both Jeff and Karen Jarrett. This leads to Madison Rayne announcing that she was given the role of Executive Vice President of the Knockouts upon Karen leaving TNA. We then head into the Impact Zone where Gail Kim and Madison Rayne make their way to the ring.

Madison calls out Tara and Brooke Tessmacher once again and they make their way to the ring. Madison says she is going to make this quick and warned them last week that if the two of them screwed with her and they were going to be fired. Madison then fires both of them but Sting’s interrupts as he makes his way to the ring.

Madison tells Sting that there is no reason for him to be out here as he is a busy man and she has it under control. Sting says Madison Rayne does not have a legally binding contract to be the VP so she has no power. Sting says he has the power and he is going to make Gail Kim defend the Knockouts Championship tonight as Mickie James’ music hits. Mickie comes out onto the stage as Gail and Madison flip out in the ring. Sting also says he has his eyes on Madison before leaving the ring.

Scott Steiner and Abyss are backstage and Steiner is trying to give Abyss a pep talk about their upcoming Wild Card Tournament match. Steiner says all he needs is for Abyss to be a monster as we head into a commercial break.

Match 1: Scott Steiner & Abyss vs. Kazarian & AJ Styles (Wild Card Tournament Semifinal Match)
Steiner tosses Kazarian down to the mat and begins to work him over in the early going until Kazarian is able to get in some offense and pick up a few near falls. Styles is tagged in and he takes Steiner down with a dropkick, however, Steiner rakes Styles’ eyes and tags in Abyss to the match. Styles connects with a few kicks and chops, but it has little effect on Abyss, who takes Styles down with a big boot. Abyss then connects with the Shock Treatment and continues to wear down Styles before tagging Steiner back into the match.

Steiner comes in and hits Styles with a belly-to-belly suplex and picks up a near fall. Steiner then hits an overhead suplex and Steiner begins to size up Styles for a Steinerline but Styles counters and connects with a Pele kick. Kazarian and Abyss are tagged in and Kazarian is able to use his quickness against Abyss, but Abyss refuses to go down. Kazarian then hits a tornado DDT but Abyss is able to kick out. Abyss then recovers and hits Kazarian with a chokeslam and then nails Styles with a right that knocks him off the apron and into the guard railing.

Steiner is shocked at Abyss’ attitude and Abyss goes over and tags Steiner into the match. Before Steiner can do anything, though, Abyss takes him down with a Black Hole Slam. Abyss then pulls Kazarian on top of Steiner and Kazarian picks up the pin fall to win the match to advance to the finals of the Wild Card Tournament. Bully Ray comes out to yell at Abyss about what he just did as we head into a commercial break.

After the break we see Bully Ray has a microphone and wants to know what that was all about. Ray says he is sick of being pushed around by Abyss and calls him a bully. Ray said he and Steiner got him girls and helped him to win matches and this is what they get in return. Abyss then steals the microphone and says he wants Ray one on one at Genesis. Abyss says if Ray can beat him then he will come back to Immortal, no questions asked. Abyss then adds one stipulation and says it will be a Monster’s Ball match.

Sting is backstage with Kurt Angle and says what Angle did last week was entertaining. Sting then decides that Angle needs to have a match tonight and since he likes to kick people so much, he wants to find one that likes to kick. Angle says he could take on one or two of the X Division guys, however, Sting says he would like to see him against somebody who once kicked him and split him wide open. Angle says he doesn’t want to do it, but Sting books Angle in a match against RVD.

Ric Flair is backstage with Gunner and says he wants to make Gunner the biggest name in professional wrestling. Flair says Gunner sending people out on a stretcher will make people talk. Gunner says he will put somebody in an ambulance tonight and he will go to the top starting tonight.

Austin Aries joins the broadcast team to get a closer look at his third challenger at Genesis as the third and final match between Zema Ion and Anthony Nese is up next.

Match 2: Zema Ion vs. Anthony Nese (Best of Three, Match 3)
A contract is hanging up on a pole as the third and final match in the series is a pole match. The match starts and Ion quickly knocks Nese down before heading towards the pole, but Nese pulls him down. Nese then goes for the contract but Ion pulls him down and kicks him in the face. Nese fights his way back and takes Ion down with an enziguri and a running knee. Nese then heads towards the pole but Ion takes him down with a dropkick.

Ion continues to wear Nese down but Nese is able to pull down the top rope and send Ion flying out to the floor. Ion is able to recover and pulls Nese out but Nese is able to take Ion down with a moonsault from the ring apron. Nese begins to make his way to the pole and gets his hand on the contract, but Ion pulls his leg and crotches Nese on the turnbuckle. Ion begins to walk on top of Nese to reach for the contract but Nese is able to send Ion crashing to the mat with a German suplex from the turnbuckle.

Nese begins to makes his way to the contract but Ion pushes him down to the floor. Ion then climbs up the poll and takes down the contract. Ion will now go on to face Austin Aries, Kid Kash and Jesse Sorensen in a four way match for the X Division Championship at Genesis. Ion celebrates his victory as we head into a commercial break.

Match 3: Douglas Williams vs. Gunner
The match starts and Williams tries to grapple a bit but Gunner uses his brute strength to take Williams down. Gunner chokes Williams on the rope before tossing Williams through the ropes and into the ring post. Gunner then tosses Williams out to the floor and then tosses down the referee, which causes a disqualification. Gunner doesn’t care, though, as Flair removes the ring padding and Gunner drives Williams down to the bare floor with a DDT.

A video package on Bobby Roode is aired where he explains his actions and how his family say they cannot get in touch with him. Roode’s family thinks he is selfish, but Roode thinks this is his time. Roode’s music then hits as the TNA World Champion makes his way to the ring. Roode grabs a microphone and says people have expressed their opinions of him over the past few weeks, including his family and friends.

One friend in particular called him selfish so he took it upon himself to fly in that friend so he can tell him face to face. Roode says that friend is Tracy Coleski, who went to high school with Roode and was even in his wedding. Roode calls out Coleski, who comes out from the crowd and joins Roode in the ring. Roode says he has been busy as he is the TNA World Champion so he hasn’t been able to return his calls and texts, but he wants Coleski to tell him how he feels.

Coleski says he, Roode’s family, and even his wife, has tried to contact him without success. Coleski wants to know who he has become as the Bobby Roode he knows was not a selfish person. Coleski says his family misses him and Roode’s kids tell him so when he has to drive them to hockey practice. Roode brags about his suits and says Coleski was nothing more than his lackey and his parents just want their 15 minutes of fame.

Roode then warns Coleski not to talk about his kids and says their time is up and chokes out his friend before stomping on him. Jeff Hardy’s music then hits and he chases Roode out of the ring. Roode screams from the entrance ramp that this has nothing to do with him.

Eric Young and ODB is backstage and talk about strategy for their upcoming Wild Card match. ODB says they are on the same page as EY says they are in love. ODB says they just have a wrestling relationship as EY asks if it’s time for them to kiss. ODB says they just need to get out there are compete.

Kurt Angle is backstage and says Sting put him in a match against someone who split him open 10 years ago. Angle says RVD just kicks and doesn’t know how to wrestle. Angle says Sting isn’t fair and asks for people like RVD and James Storm to just get in the ring and “wrestle” him.

Match 4: Magnus & Samoa Joe vs. ODB & Eric Young (Wild Card Tag Team Tournament Semifinals)
EY goes over to the announce table and locks up with Mike Tenay before the match gets underway. The match starts and Magnus and ODB look each other over before ODB slaps him across the face. ODB then fires off some chops before rubbing his face in her chest. EY tags himself in and takes Magnus down with a spear while saying that ODB is his girl. EY picks up a near fall after connecting with a belly-to-belly, but Samoa Joe helps his partner by kicking EY in the back to give Magnus an opening.

Joe is tagged into the match and connects with a series of rights before taking EY down with a kick. Joe picks up a couple near falls on Young, however, EY is able to come back with a flying forearm. The match breaks down for a moment and Magnus tosses ODB into the corner as Young is climbing to the top rope. ODB goes out to the floor and Joe hits EY with a Muscle Buster to win the match as they will go on to face Kazarian & AJ Styles in the finals of the Wild Card Tournament.

Mickie James is backstage and says she knows Gail Kim is a tough competitor and feels that she has a better feel for her after taking her on at Final Resolution. Mickie says she knows Gail is tough but she is stronger and that she will give it 150% tonight.

Match 5: Kurt Angle vs. Rob Van Dam
The bell rings as RVD tries for a kick and Angle retreats to the floor. Angle returns and tries to be wary of RVD’s kicks but RVD catches him with a kick to the face. RVD then hits Angle with the Rolling Thunder for a two count. RVD continues on the attack until Angle finally catches him and takes RVD down with a suplex. Angle grapples for a moment with RVD to wear him down but RVD catches Angle with a kick followed by some clotheslines.

RVD then tries for a monkey flip but Angle counters with an Angle Slam but RVD kicks out. Angle then sets up for a superkick but RVD counters and takes him down with a kick. RVD then heads to the top rope but misses with a Frog Splash as Angle goes for an ankle lock. James Storm then comes into the ring and gets Angle’s attention and drops him with a Last Call Superkick as the referee throws this match out. Storm then stares down Angle before leaving him lying in the ring.

After a break, RVD says he thinks he is in Kurt Angle’s league and he didn’t need James Storm to come out and cost him the match. Kurt Angle says if James Storm wants to wrestle, then wrestle him man to man. Angle says a superkick is not a wrestling move, it is a bar fight move. James Storm says Angle messed with his friends last week and tonight he got a little taste of his boot tonight.

Match 6: Mickie James vs. Gail Kim (TNA Knockouts Championship)
Jeremy Borash handles the formal introductions for tonight’s championship main event. The match starts and Mickie takes Gail down with a Lou Thesz Press and hits Gail with a flurry of offense before kicking her out to the floor. Mickie then tries for baseball slide dropkick but Gail is able to get out of the way. Mickie then hits Gail with a neckbreaker on the floor as we head into a commercial break.

We return to the main event and see that they are both fighting on the floor before Mickie finally rolls Gail into the ring. Gail, though, won’t let Mickie back in and kicks her down to the floor. Gail brings Mickie into the ring the hard way and tosses Mickie into the turnbuckle a couple of times before picking up a near fall. Gail continues to wear down the challenger and locks Mickie in a submission hammerlock but Mickie escapes, however, Gail levels her with a clothesline.

Gail then locks Mickie in an octopus submission and brings Mickie down to her knees but she refuses to tap out. Mickie is able to finally roll towards the rope to break the hold, however, Gail continues to wear her down before putting Mickie in another octopus submission. Mickie again goes down to her knees, however, Mickie is able to lean back for a pin attempt but Gail releases the hold to kick out.

Gail continues on the attack and hits Mickie with a missile dropkick for another near fall. Gail then goes for her Eat Defeat move but Mickie counters it and takes Gail down. Mickie then hits Gail with a series of clotheslines before slamming her down to the mat. Mickie heads to the top rope but Gail rolls out to the floor, however, Mickie jumps off the top rope and takes Gail out on the floor.

Mickie looks like she tweaked her knee as she limps her way back into the ring. While referee Earl Hebner is checking on Gail, a masked woman comes into the ring and takes out Mickie. The masked assailant then goes out to the floor and hides under the ring as Gail crawls into the ring and covers Mickie for the pin fall. Gail Kim celebrates her victory and walks up the ramp with her championship titles as we see Madison Rayne in face paint is hiding under the ropes giving Gail a thumbs up as the final Impact Wrestling of 2011 comes to a close.

Quick Results
– Kazarian & AJ Styles defeated Scott Steiner & Abyss by pin fall in the Wild Card Tournament.
– Zema Ion defeated Anthony Nese in a pole match.
– Douglas Williams defeated Gunner by disqualification.
– Magnus & Samoa Joe defeated ODB & Eric Young by pin fall in the Wild Card Tournament.
– Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam fought to a no contest.
– Gail Kim defeated Mickie James by pin fall to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.

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