3/15/12 Impact Wrestling Recap
Sting and Bobby Roode are seen arriving to the Impact Zone as the announce team hype the contract signing between the two later on tonight. We then see a video package of the Roode/Sting saga as these two will meet at Victory Road.
James Storm’s music hits as he comes out to the ring. Storm talks about waiting to get revenge on Roode and says he will give him an ass whipping at Lockdown and take the TNA World Championship away from him. Storm says he isn’t sorry about his damn luck as Roode will need all the luck he can get.
Bully Ray’s music interrupts and says he can tell Storm is fired up but says he isn’t going to make it to Lockdown. Ray says he is going to take Storm out in three days at Victory Road and make sure his dreams don’t come true. Storm meets Ray on the entrance ramp and challenges Ray to a fight but Ray says he won’t be fighting Ray tonight, but Gunner instead.
Gunner then comes out and gets in Storm’s face and the two begin to brawl in the ringside area. TNA agents and referees come out to separate the two but Ray comes in and nails Storm with a fist before walking away.
Gail Kim and Madison Rayne are backstage arguing when they run into Sting. Sting says they got him on a bad night and books Gail in a match against Mickie James and Madison in a match against Velvet Sky. Sting says Madison’s match is up next before walking away.
A video featuring Bobby Roode is aired that asks who Sting thinks he is as he isn’t an active wrestler but books himself in a match against Roode. Roode says he will take Sting out at Victory Road and finish his career.
Match 1: Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky
Velvet takes Madison down as the bell rings and goes on the early offensive. Velvet picks up a near fall after hitting a seated dropkick, but Madison is able to turn the match into her favor. Madison dumps Velvet out to the floor and follows with a neckbreaker through the ropes for a near fall. Velvet is able to counter Madison’s offense and rolls her up, but Madison rolls through and pins Velvet while grabbing on to the tights.
Footage from earlier in the day is aired where Matt Morgan and Crimson discuss their victory last week. Crimson defends his actions by saying to make a lot of money they need to win a lot of matches, and nobody knows more about winning matches than he does.
Match 2: Crimson vs. Samoa Joe
Matt Morgan and Magnus accompany their partners to the match for this one-on-one match up. The match starts as Crimson and Joe exchange blows with Joe finally taking Crimson down with a kick to the head. Joe picks up a near fall after hitting a knee drop, however, Morgan trips up Joe to give Crimson an opening. Crimson picks up a near fall after hitting a knee to Joe’s face before continuing to wear Joe down.
Joe is able to counter Crimson’s offense and picks up another near fall after hitting a back splash. Joe goes for another pin attempt after hitting a power slam but Crimson is able to kick out. Crimson comes back a takes Joe down with a spinebuster but Joe kicks out and Crimson begins to argue with the referee about the count. This allows Joe to recover and he sets up for the muscle buster, however, Morgan causes another distraction. Crimson then spears Joe to pick up the pin fall. Morgan and Crimson celebrate the victory as Joe stares them down.
Austin Aries is seen walking backstage with a bottle of champaign as he is going to come out to celebrate a milestone as we head into a commercial break. We return to see Aries in the ring and says there have been 53 different X Division Championship reigns and he is now officially the longest title holder of all time. An Aries highlight montage is aired as he thanks himself for making it possible. He then thanks the rest of the X Division stars for being good, but not great. Aries begins to drink champaign as he is cut off by Zema Ion’s music.
Ion makes his way down to the ring as Aries tells him that he appreciates Ion for beating him at his own game last week. Ion says he embarrassed Aries last week and if Aries was smart he would hand over the X Division title or he may suffer the same fate as Jesse Sorensen. Ion then toasts to Aries before tossing the champaign into Aries’ face. Aries flips and tosses Ion out to the floor as Ion flips about Aries messing up his hair.
Gunner is backstage where he runs into Joseph Park. He says his brother has been missing but Gunner cuts him off and walks off.
A video recap of last week’s engagement between Eric Young and ODB is aired. The new Knockout Tag Team Champions are seen backstage and are making wedding plans where ODB gives props to the Minnesota State Fair and their fried foods. EY then talks about getting married where they first met and to have their wedding on Impact and ODB agrees to it.
Kurt Angle says he slipped up last week in his tag team match and this week he will take on Garett “Bitchoff” in a five minute match. Angle says he talked to “Bitchoff’s” wife and says he can’t even last three minutes. As for Jeff Hardy, Angle says it may be Hardy’s last match because he hates him.
A video package focusing on Sting is aired, which shows footage of his wrestling career. Sting says every single personality of his career will come out and he might even surprise himself when he goes up against Bobby Roode at Victory Road.
Match 3: Mickie James vs. Gail Kim
The bell sounds as Gail and Mickie go back and forth in the opening moments. Mickie picks up a near fall after hitting a seated dropkick but Gail is quick to recover and takes control of the match. Gail begins to wear down Mickie’s knee and rams it into the mat. Mickie tries to fight back but Gail continues to focus on her knee before locking her in a submission leg lock. Mickie finally takes Gail down with a neckbreaker before taking Gail down with a Lou Thesz press for a near fall. Gail retreats to the floor and grabs the Knockouts Championship and hits Mickie with it out of view of the referee. Gail then covers Mickie to pick up the pin fall.
Mr. Anderson was interviewed earlier in the day and says teaming with AJ Styles is a little weird but he threw up the Bat signal. Anderson is then approached by Kazarian and Christopher Daniels and wants to know why he would pick AJ’s side. The two then exchange words and hype the match between Anderson and Daniels later on tonight as we head into a commercial break.
Match 4: Christopher Daniels vs. Mr. Anderson
Daniels attacks Anderson as he enters the ring but Anderson comes back until Daniels retreats to the floor. Daniels is cut on the face as Anderson follows Daniels and sends him into the guard railing. The two return to the ring where Anderson continues dishing out the punishment as the fans rally behind Anderson. Daniels finally counters Anderson’s attack and begins to lay the boots into Anderson.
Daniels picks up a near fall with a bridging suplex but Anderson is able to counter an attempt at a moonsault to slow down Daniels’ momentum. Anderson comes back with a series of strikes and a neckbreaker for a near fall but Daniels is able to kick out. Kazarian begins making his way towards the ring but AJ Styles comes out and stops him from interfering. Anderson then hits the Mic Check on Daniels to pick up the pin fall.
Jeff Hardy is in the locker room and says Kurt Angle is the reason he is not the TNA World Champion. Hardy says things have gotten personal and he hopes Angle is ready.
Match 5: Kurt Angle vs. Garett Bischoff (5-Minute Challenge)
The bell rings and the clock starts as Angle goes right on the attack. Angle stomps on Bischoff and locks him in a headlock to wear him down. Bischoff tries to fight back but Angle quickly knocks him down with three minutes to go. Angle tosses Bischoff out to the floor and suplexes him out on the floor before rolling him back into the ring. Angle covers Bischoff but decides to pull him back up with 90 seconds left in the contest.
Angle hits Bischoff with a belly-to-belly and covers but pulls Bischoff up once again. Angle then goes for an Angle Slam but Bischoff counters and dumps Angle out to the floor with 30 seconds left. Angle returns to the ring and gives Bischoff an Angle Slam but time expires before he can go for the cover. After the match, Angle takes out the referee before going back to Bischoff and locking in an ankle lock. Jeff Hardy then runs into the ring and chases Angle away as the two stare each other down.
Robbie E. and Robbie T. are at the merchandise stand where Robbie E. is having an open invitational at Victory Road. Robbie wonders who is going to step up as he has beaten everybody. The announce team then hypes the Victory Road pay-per-view and run down the card before we head into the next match of the night.
Match 6: Gunner vs. James Storm
Bully Ray comes out with Gunner for this match. The bell sounds as Storm and Gunner go at it until Gunner rolls out to the floor. Storm follows and sends Gunner into the railing but Gunner is able to catch Storm as he is coming back into the ring. Gunner is able to pick up a near fall on Storm and wears Storm down with a chinlock. Ray offers words of encouragement as Gunner controls the match, however, Storm fights back and takes Gunner down with a clothesline. Storm drops Gunner with a back body drop and follows with the Closing Time. Storm sets up for the Last Call superkick and drops Gunner to pick up the pin fall.
After the match, Ray charges the ring but stops and turns around. Ray says he will take Storm out in three days.
A video package shows Bobby Roode talking about how he thinks Sting has a personal vendetta against him. Roode says it may be because of jealousy, but Sting has treated him unfairly. We then see Sting and Roode heading to the ring for their contract signing as we head into a commercial break.
Another video package is aired where Sting says he doesn’t think he has been unfair to Bobby Roode. Sting says he is going to teach Roode about respect at Victory Road. Roode, on the other hand, says he doesn’t care what Sting thinks and says the games between he and Sting are over.
Jeremy Borash is in the ring with Sting and Bobby Roode as a red carpet and a table have been set up in the ring. Borash hands over the contract to Sting to get him to sign the contract. Sting signs it and Borash slides it over to Roode to get his signature on the contract. Roode signs the contract and Borash announces the match is now official.
Roode grabs the microphone from Borash and talks about winning the TNA World Championship and becoming the leader of the selfish generation. Since then, Sting has been a pain in his ass and finally figured out why. Roode says Sting is jealous of him and brings up Sting’s first title reign 22 years ago and how he wanted to be just like Sting. Roode says Sting see himself in Roode as he has all of the same traits as Sting, but he is bigger, faster, stronger and smarter than he ever was. Roode then tells Sting to step away from the spotlight as the business has passed him by. Roode promises to expose Sting for what he is, which is a washed up, has been, that should have left the business a long time ago.
Sting sets there emotionless while Roode continues to go on his rant. Roode then grabs his title and is about to leave as Sting gets up and knocks over the table. Sting begins to put on some red and black face paint before smearing some on Roode’s face. Sting then takes Roode down with a series of blows and kicks. Sting then sends Roode out to the floor with a clothesline over the top rope. Sting then plays to the crowd and Roode looks on with a shocked expression on his face as Impact Wrestling comes to a close.
– Madison Rayne defeated Velvet Sky by pin fall.
– Crimson defeated Samoa Joe by pin fall.
– Gail Kim defeated Mickie James by pin fall.
– Mr. Anderson defeated Christopher Daniels by pin fall.
– Garett Bischoff defeated Kurt Angle in a 5-Minute Contest.
– James Storm defeated Gunner by pin fall.