Impact Wrestling Results - 5/17/2012
From Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
Report by: Alex Barie of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
TNA's Impact Wrestling kicks off with a video package. It shows Mr. Parks looking for his brother, Abyss. Well, Abyss returns and tells his bro to back off. It switches to the rivalry between AJ/Daniels/Kazarian. It then goes to Bobby Roode as we wonder who will step up to challenge for the title. The road to Slammiversary happens now!
The camera shows the Impact Zone with the lights dim and music playing. Bobby Roode walks down the ramp with the TNA World Title over his shoulder and in a suit. Bobby is about to become the longest reigning champion in TNA history. Bobby gets on the mic. He says everyone stacked the odds against Roode, but he overcame all of those odds. We seen that at Sacrifice. He talks about Rob Vam Dam and the match they had. He said RVD put him through hell in one tough battle, but Roode climbed the title and grabbed the title. It proved everyone wrong. The fans "Booo" but Roode thinks they are saying "Roode". In one week, Roode will go down as the longest reigning champion in TNA history. Roode will throw the biggest party for himself. It will be the "It Factor's Domination". This will be the biggest bash anyone has ever seen. He then calls out someone....someone big.....Hulk Hogan. Hogan's music plays and he comes out and to the ring. Roode tells Hogan that he will be the longest reigning champion in the history of his company. Roode says he is planning a party and has some demands. He wants everything custom in his private locker room. He wants some fine wine and green M&Ms. For his entrance, he wants gold confetti to fall from the rafters. He wants the confetti from Canada as that is where real champions come from. Hogan asks to see the list. Roode says he is not done. Hogan takes the list though. Hogan says he has seen many champions and names a few. He has to say, until Roode took the title, everyone was trying to get ahead and were trying to attack each other. Now, they are going after Roode and Roode only. He thanks Roode for that. Hogan tells Roode that he hasn't broke any records yet. He rips up the list and Roode is furious. Hogan mentions Fight Night. Hogan mentions last month's Fight Night. Next week is Open Fight Night and Hogan wants everyone to know which title will be up for grabs. Hogan asks what title Roode would like to see up for grabs. Roode doesn't care as long as it's not him. Hogan says it will be the World Title! Hogan says he took a poll in the back to see who would like to fight Roode for the title. He calls out the people. There are ten or more as Kennedy, Devon, Bully Ray, Angle, Joe, ODB, Eric Young, and more. Roode can't believe it. Hogan says he has to eliminate the stars down to 4. Hogan needs to see who the best person is for the fight. Hogan says RVD will climb in the ring against Bully Ray. The second elimination match will be Kennedy vs. Hardy as it has been back and forth for both of them recently. The third match will be Kurt Angle and his mean streak against Samoa Joe and his mean streak. The fourth will be a Battle Royal with the rest of the stars. Hogan turns to Roode and tells him that if he wants to celebrate, he has to fight. Hogan's music plays and he walks away! Everyone on stage looks at each other as they will be fighting later tonight.
A video plays that aired last week and that is Abyss' return to the show. He appeared on stage as he told his brother to back off.
Christy Hemme is in the ring as she announces this first match. Music plays and here comes Bully Ray. He makes his way to the ring as the fans boo. He rips up a fan's sign right before he climbs the steps. After he enters the ring, Rob Van Dam's music hits. He comes out and walks down the ramp. He raises his arms and fireworks explode in the air behind him. As he makes his way, pictures are shown from his World Title match at Sacrifice.
Bully Ray vs. Rob Van Dam in an Open Fight Night Elimination Match
The match begins and Ray tells the referee to check Rob to see if he has any weapons on him. He does. He is cleared. They lock-up and Rob has a headlock on Ray. Ray twists out of it and elbows the arm of Rob. He then twists his arm and pulls it down out of its socket. Ray puts him in the corner and works on the arm more, but Rob gets out. He tries to fight back, but Ray grabs him to put him in the corner again, but Rob blocks and kicks him right in the face. He knocks Ray down. Rob bounces off the ropes and hits rolling thunder. Ray is able to come back as he grabs Rob's leg and smashes it into the ring mat. He wrenches the leg to work the knee. Rob gets away as he goes to the ropes. He tries to crawl away, but Ray pulls him over. He bounces off the ropes and goes for a splash, but Rob moves. Both get up and Rob fights back with punches and a series of closelines. Rob then kicks Ray right in the chin. Rob climbs the corner and jumps. He tries for a flying kick, but Ray moved. Rob landed right on his knee. He slowly gets up and Ray runs to him, grabs his head and plants the Team 3-D cutter, aka Bubba Cutter. He gets the win. Winner: Bully Ray
Bully Ray is backstage. He is furious. The camera man asks him about his loss. Ray starts to yell. He talks about bullying. He turns and see Mr. Parks. Ray wraps his steel chain around his hand and tells him to get away. Parks says he is sorry that he interfered in his match at the PPV, but he believes Ray is adding fire. Ray tells him to stay away from him. Ray flicks Park's tie and walks away.
Mike Tenay and Taz are shown as they talk about the newest star coming to TNA, King Mo. A video plays from Live MMA that aired last week. Dixie Carter was on the show as well as King Mo. King says it's a dream and he is living it. The guy asks about his past on where he use to be under contract. King says a door closed and two opened. Bellator chairman is also on the show and he talks about King. King is in a great spot as he is part of both companies. The guy then asks Dixie about King. Dixie said she wanted to do something like this for years and when the opportunity came, she jumped on it with Spike TV's help. The rest is history.
Gail Kim and Madison Rayne are walking backstage. Gail is talking to Madison as she is a bit furious as nothing is fair. Madison isn't listening. Gail notices. Madison is too busy thinking about this new guy that is on her mind. Gail says she is going to talk to Hulk. Just then, Velvet Sky and Ms. Tessmacher meet up with her. They say that it wasn't fair that Gail cheated at the PPV. Gail will be facing one of them tonight. They leave and Gail stomps her foot.
Christy Hemme is in the ring. She announces the next match. Austin Aries' music plays. He makes his way down the ramp with the cape swaying behind him and with the X-Division Title around his waist. He makes his way to the ring.
Most of the stars are in the ring. AJ's music hits and he comes out. Sparks fly from above the stage. He walks through them as he comes down the stage. After him, ODB and Eric Young come out. They run down and slide in the ring.
Open Fight Night Elimination Battle Royal: Austin Aries vs. Gunner vs. Garett Bischoff vs. Devon vs. Robbie E. vs. Robbie T. vs. Magnus vs. Crimson vs. AJ Styles vs. Eric Young vs. ODB
Crimson quickly goes after ODB but Eric jumps up and goes after Crimson. They fight as well as the others around the ring. Crimson is against the ropes and Eric runs to him. ODB is right there. Eric closelines and they all go out. Elimination: Crimson, ODB, Eric Young. The fight continues. Magnus is fighting Aries. Aries tosses him over the ropes. He holds on to the top as he is hanging from it. He tries to flip back over, but Austin dropkicks his gut and Magnus is out. Elimination: Magnus. Rayne walks onto the stage and plays with her hair as she has a glow in her eyes. Her lover boy is somewhere in the ring. The match continues as Robbie T. is going after Garett as Devon is fighting Gunner. Garett is about to be eliminated from Robbie T., but Robbie E. lifts Robbie T. up and over the ropes. Elimination: Robbie T. Just then, Devon walks over and tosses Robbie E. over the ropes. Elimination: Robbie E.
The show returns and AJ goes after Gunner. Austin has his foot up on the corner and AJ rams Gunner's face right into it. Devon is being attacked by Garett. Devon fights back with multiples punches. Gunner comes back as he lifts AJ up and tries to toss him over. Devon is whipped into the ropes and does a shoulder tackle to Garett. Both get up and Devon runs to him. Garett holds the top rope down and Devon goes up and out. Elimination: Devon. Garett celebrates the elimination, but AJ is up and hits the pele on him. He gets Garett up and tosses him out. Elimination: Garett Austin, Gunner, and AJ are left. AJ and Austin meet face to face in the middle. They go at it. It's back and forth with reversals. Austin goes for a brain buster but it's counted and AJ goes for a german suplex but Austin counters. They get away and Austin is by the ropes. AJ runs to him, but Austin lifts him up. AJ lands on the apron. He gets away from the danger zone. Austin is able to get away from the flying AJ. He is in the corner. Gunner runs to him and closelines him over. Elimination: Austin. Gunner turns and runs to AJ. AJ lifts him up and throws him out. Elimination: Gunner. Winner: AJ Styles.
AJ Styles celebrates in the ring as he moves on to fight for the title next week, along with Bully Ray. AJ stays in the ring as he will speak next.
The show returns and a video package plays. It is about Daniels/Kazarian/AJ's rivalry. It shows the footage from the past couple of months. Daniels says it is not about Kazarian as he brought him into this, but it is about AJ. It shows last week's event where Daniels and Kazarian reveal the pictures of AJ with Dixie Carter. AJ fights at Sacrifice and Daniels/Kazarian attack him after the match.
The video ends and AJ is in the ring with a mic. He mentions Roode's longest title reign, but if it was up to him, he would end the streak. The crowd is behind him. He then addresses the pictures. AJ and Dixie have been partners for 10 years in TNA and both are married. He says that she is a healthy lady, but it's not what it seems and you have to believe him. Well, music plays and here comes Kazarian and Daniels. They walk on stage with the TNA Tag Titles with them. Daniels has a mic. Daniels says that everyone knows how far AJ gone here because of the moves he preformed on Dixie. Kazarian takes the mic and they get in the ring. Kazarian knows AJ is a man of his word but he wants to know about the pictures. AJ says he told them. What else do they want? Daniels takes the mic and says pictures can be altered. That is why they made video. Kazarian pulls out an iPad. They play a video and it shows him and Dixie walking in a hotel together. They walk to a room and AJ opens the door and leads Dixie in it. AJ had enough. He tells them and leaves the ring. Daniels asks if he wants to explain his actions. AJ walks up the ramp and goes backstage. That is AJ's explanation right there.
Video plays about Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. It reveals the time when Kurt Angle came to TNA and ended the undefeated streak of Samoa Joe. The video ends and a camera is backstage. Kurt and Joe meet backstage. Joe tells Kurt that out of all the people he could face, he has to face Kurt. Kurt asks if he remembers the headbutt. He wants to jog Joe's memory and make a new memory. He slaps Joe in the face. Joe pushes Kurt. They start fighting back and forth. Stars and officials come to the scene and break them up.
Ken Anderson is backstage. He is on his iPad. He looks at pictures from his match with Jeff Hardy at Sacrifice. One angle shows that the pin was a three count but another angle shows that Jeff's shoulder was up. Ken and Jeff are getting another chance tonight and they are going to do it right.
The #7th biggest moment in TNA history is shown as we come closer to Slammiversary. It is AJ Styles vs. Daniels vs. Samoa Joe for the X-Divison Title from Unbreakable 2005. It was one of the best matches in TNA history.
Music plays and the arena is darkened. A spotlight turns on and Mr. Anderson is on stage. He makes his way down the ramp and gets in the ring. Jeff Hardy's music plays. He comes out as the crowd cheers. He rocks his wicked face paint once again. He interacts with the fans around the ring. He then slides in.
Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy in an Open Fight Night Elimination Match
The bell sounds and both move around the ring. They lock-up and then step back. They move around the ring more. They go to lock-up but Jeff goes behind Ken, but Ken goes behind Jeff. He pushes Jeff into the ropes, but nothing comes from it. They slide away from each other. They lock-up one more time. Ken puts Jeff in the corner. He does several shoulder tackles to the gut. Jeff puts Ken in the same corner and does the same several moves. He kicks Ken in the gut and takes him to the middle of the ring. He grabs Ken's legs and does the double leg drop down on Ken's chest. He does a low dropkick and covers, but Ken kicks out. Ken goes out of the ring. Jeff holds the ropes as he plants his feet to Ken, but Ken grabs them and brings Jeff outside. He attacks Jeff outside and takes full momentum. He brings Jeff in and works on the head with a headlock. Jeff fights back. He walks away, but Ken closelines him down. Both get up. Jeff comes back a couple offensive moves by the ropes. He covers but Ken kicks out. Both get up and Ken quickly does a swinging necbkreaker. He covers but kicks out. Both get up again and Ken goes for a roundhouse kick, but Jeff ducks and does a chop block. Both are down. Both are up and Ken tries to connect several punches but Jeff blocks and punches Ken. He whips Ken into the ropes and does a back body drop. He covers but Ken kicks out. Jeff gets him up and whips him sternum first into the ropes. Ken walks back and Jeff does a side russian leg sweep. Jeff goes for a pin, but Ken verses, but Jeff is able to get out of it. Jeff runs up the corner and does whisper in the wind. Both get up and Ken hits the Finlay Roll. Ken doesn't go for a cover, so Jeff gets up and grabs Ken's arms from behind for a roll-up. Winner: Jeff Hardy
A video plays showcasing Samoa Joe from the past match of Joe vs. Angle in 6 Sides of Steel. He beat Kurt and became World Champion.
Christy Hemme is in the ring as she announces this title match. Music plays and here comes Velvet Sky to the stage. As she comes in the ring, she let's the pigeons loose. Brooke Tessmacher comes out and quickly comes to the ring. Gail comes out with the Knockout Title over her shoulder. She is not in a happy mood. She gets in the ring as the fans boo.
Velvet Sky vs. Ms. Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim (Champ) for the TNA Knockout Title
As soon as the bell rings, Gail tries to get away, but Tessmacher stops her on one side and Sky on the other. Tessmacher goes after Gail and Sky follows. They both double team Gail with flying cross bodies and slams. Gail rolls out of the ring. Sky and Tessmacher were about to high five each other but they stopped. They realized they are opponents and they fight. It's a friendly fight as they work each other done. Sky runs into the ropes as she has Tessmacher down, but Gail tugs on the legs of Sky. She falls on her face. She brings Sky out of the ring. Gail enters and attacks Tessmacher. Sky tries to come in, but Gail knocks her out. Gail works on the back and legs of Tessmacher as she applies a half boston crab. Sky gets in and does a dragon sleeper type move. She breaks it and then kicks Gail in the head. Gail breaks the half boston crab. Sky goes toward Gail and whips her in the ropes. Gail comes back and wraps herself around Sky for a submission. Tessmacher comes over and does a roll-up. Gail's shoulders are down from the submission move, but Sky kicks out. Both get up and Gail gets away. She climbs the corner. Sky and Tessmacher are side by side. Gail jumps and hits a double dropkick to both of them. All get up and Tessmacher whips Gail in the corner. Tessmacher turns around and Sky kicks her in the gut and hits the In Yo Face. Gail runs over and grabs Sky. She tosses her out of the ring. She covers Tessmacher and gets the win. That becomes the Direct Impact of the Night. As Sky and Tessmacher look on, Gail walks backwards up the stage with the title raised as she tells them they are both suckers. Winner and Still Champ: Gail Kim
The show returns and a video plays hyping up Slammiversary. It talks about the history of TNA and all of it's accomplishments, as well as the worries. No one knew how it would be 10 years ago. No knew how long it would last. 10 years later, we have seen so many things. 10 years welcomed historic matches and people. We witnessed history inside and out. While history was made, it will still be made.
The video ends and we show a quick recap of the Open Fight Night Challenges tonight as Bully Ray, AJ Styles, and Jeff Hardy move on. Who will be the last one?
Samoa Joe's music plays. He comes out and makes his way to the ring. This is another moment between these two who already have a great history with each other. As he is in the ring, Kurt Angle's music hits. He comes from below the stage. He is lifted up and walks down the ramp. Fireworks explode behind him. He gets in the ring.
Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle in an Open Fight Night Elimination Match
Both move around the ring. They go to lock-up but Joe takes a shot to Kurt's leg. He then does another. They go to lock-up, but Joe headbutts Kurt and backs him up in the corner. He does multiple punches and Kurt goes down in the corner. He slides out as Joe backs up. Kurt gets back in the ring. The crowd is split between the two. They go to lock-up again, but Kurt drops down and takes down Joe. He does several punches. Kurt gets up. Joe does, but Kurt grabs him for a headlock. Joe whips Kurt in the ropes. He knocks Kurt down with his shoulder. He then does it again. Joe bounces off the ropes, jumps, and lands right on Kurt's body. Kurt goes in the corner and Joe attacks him. He brings Kurt out, but Kurt locks his arms and does a belly to belly suplex. Wow! As Kurt gets up, he sees Bobby Roode standing on top of the stage. Roode makes his way to the commentators desk. Kurt gets up and kicks Joe in the face as he is on his hands and knees.
Kurt Angle is taking advantage as he has Joe in the corner. He kicks and kicks Joe in the gut as Joe slides down and down in the corner. Kurt gets him up and does a snap suplex. Joe turns over to get up, but Kurt gets on his back and applies a sleeper hold. Joe elbows his way out. He runs into the ropes, but Kurt knocks him down. He covers but Joe kicks out. Kurt has the sleeper hold locked in again. As the submission is in affect, Roode is shown at the table promoting himself. Joe elbows his way out and whips Kurt in the corner. He runs to Kurt, but Kurt kicks him in the gut. Kurt goes to the second rope. He jumps but Joe does the atomic drop. He knocks Kurt down and then jumps and sits right on him. He whips Kurt in the ropes and does a quick scoop powerslam. He can't get the win. Both get up. Kurt ducks and goes behind Joe and hits three german suplexes. Kurt gets up and takes down his straps. Joe gets up and Kurt goes for the Angle Slam, but the Rear Naked Choke is applied from a counter. Kurt ducks down and does an Ankle Lock but Joe gets away. Kurt goes in the corner as Joe follows. He does a pele type kick. Joe gets out and bounces off the ropes. Kurt comes out and ducks, lifts Joe and hits the Angle Slam. He covers, but Joe kicks out. Both get up as Kurt does a punch. Joe fights back with multiple punches and knees. Kurt falls. Joe goes for a round kick, but Kurt grabs it, takes Joe down and does the Ankle Lock. Joe tries to get out of it as he pushes away, but Kurt keeps in locked in. Joe rolls through and Kurt goes right into the turnbuckle. Joe gets up in another corner. Kurt gets up and runs to Joe. Joe lifts Kurt up and takes him down with an one arm slam. Joe gets Kurt up on the corner and goes for the Muscle Buster, but he fights Joe. He does a headbutt. Joe steps back and then goes forward. Angle goes over Joe for a sunset flip pin for the win. Roode can't believe it. He throws his headset down. Winner: Kurt Angle
Roode goes on the ramp. He talks to Angle. Just then, Jeff Hardy comes down from the fans. There is Roode's second opponent. Roode turns and Bully Ray comes out on the stage. Suddenly, AJ comes out from another part. Roode looks all around as this is what he is faced with next week! Good luck! The show fades.
Top 5 Rankings:
1. Kurt Angle- New from last week
2. AJ Styles- New from last week
3. Jeff Hardy- New from last week
4. Bully Ray- Up from last week
5. Gail Kim- New from last week
I really didn't know what to expect this week. I knew we would have a fallout from Sacrifice, but wasn't sure about anything else. I didn't hear about the show at all, so whatever happened was a complete surprise. In fact, I liked it that way. First, Roode came out and delivered one of his promos that I am a real fan of. He is becoming real good on the mic. After he promotes himself, he calls out Hogan. After that party list scene, I have to say, I really liked the idea of the Open Fight Night Elimination Match that headlined tonight's show. It was real interesting, to say the least. In fact, we saw actual wrestling and it was good. There weren't too many promos or segments, which led to more fighting time. It's always nice to have that way (not all the time, but most of the time). It's quite interesting to see the focal chance from the past two months. It went from Sting being the leader to Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair to Roode and his title. I love Roode as champion and I am ecstatic that he could very well be the longest reigning champion. It doesn't seem like it was that long, but that may be because I loved his title reign. The longer, the better! While I praise tonight's show, I do have to wonder about the Television Championship. It is suppose to be defended every week. Now I know Devon was in the Battle Royal, but that shouldn't count and they could have always used someone else. That is one thing that makes me ponder. Questions are continuing about Abyss as to where they are going with it from Mr. Parks and Bully Ray to Abyss and Mr. Parks. We will find out though. At last, I have to praise Joe vs. Angle. I remember when Kurt came to TNA. It was an amazing time. I still remember it (Even though TNA replayed the scene on the show). I wasn't sure where Joe would be going in his career as of late. It was great to see him main event the show, but I would have loved to see Joe move on. I would replace Jeff with Joe as I would like Kurt in as well, but with his injury, I am not sure how much he can handle. Looking on the brighter side, Joe could very well headline Slammiversary! There can still be a way! Let's wait and see! Besides that, there is a lot to look forward to as TNA will be going live and the long lost daughter of Hulk Hogan is returning to television. What a news filled day it was today in the wrestling business. If you want to hear more from me, follow me on Twitter (link below in my bio) and check out my personal blogs and different projects (link below in my bio).