TNA Impact Wrestling
by Samoa Rowe
January 21, 2006
-Final Resolution has come and gone, and from what I heard it was a very disappointing pay-per-view, full of WCW-like foolish match endings. Considering Sting and Jeff Jarrett were in the main event, I suppose we can pretend we are watching the rebirth of WCW. Sting is making his iMPACT debut tonight.
-Don West is outside the arena, waiting for Sting to arrive. This is his first television appearance in five years (in wrestling, of course, he makes appearances on religious programs).
-Our hosts for the night are Mike Tenay and Don West.
-Shane Douglas is backstage with AJ Styles. Douglas asks Styles about his thoughts on his opponent, “The Prince of Punk” Shannon Moore. Styles tells Moore he can carry that plaque around all he wants, but Styles won the award. Christopher Daniels busts in and disputes that Styles is the number one contender for the X title. Daniels is mad that Styles threw in a towel during his match against Samoa Joe at Final Resolution. Styles does not have a good answer for Daniels, claiming that he had Daniel’s well being in mind when he cost Daniels the match. Daniels sarcastically says he is lucky to have a friend like Styles. That is fine, Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles are two guys I never want to see portrayed as friends. They must be bitter rivals for me to have any happiness in life.
-Shane Douglas is now standing outside Sting’s dressing room, trying to get a word with him. Sting has not arrived yet, but Douglas is determined to be the first to talk to him.
-Don West and Mike Tenay put over how great Final Resolution supposedly was and we see footage of Sting making his entrance. I have to hand it to TNA, even though every report I have heard said the show was disappointing, I still want to see it.
-We get a video package recapping the Jackie Gayda/Jeff Jarrett storyline. I am sort of curious to see where this goes. This sure beats the endless Jarrett segments from the old weekly pay-per-view days where Jarrett would sit there for hours on his cell phone arguing with someone and shouting things like “I am the NWA Champion!” “I don’t have to defend my title!” “I am a cancer to this company!”
-After the match, Konnan and Homicide appear on the screen and Konnan challenges the James Gang to a fight. Apparently the Latin American Exchange will face the James Gang next week. I’m down with that.
-Shane Douglas is still looking for Sting and is demanding answers from Larry Zbyszko. Douglas is mad that Sting has signed a long term contract but cannot be found. Monty Brown busts in and is mad too. Zbyszko is now promising Sting for next week, as well as details about Jeff Jarrett’s opponent for Against All Odds. Brown takes the title contract and storms out with it, because he is just that plain ruthless.
-Shannon Moore gets a video package! Wow! TNA has done a nice job booking Moore thus far, he has come across as being more than a tad creepy. In WWE, he only came across as being a wannabe.
After a year of commercials, we are back and AJ Styles is in control. Moore attempted a chair shot, but Styles stopped him. They are brawling at ringside, and by “brawling” I mean that Styles is beating the crap out of Moore. Moore finally comes back, hitting a disgusting suplex, with Styles’ back hitting the guard rail! Moore and Styles brawl into the crowd, with Moore in control. Styles fights back, dropping Moore over a wall. Moore took a good little fall. Styles dives after Moore, and the crowd is pretty into this. Styles has always been good at using his environment to his advantage. The match finally spills back into the ring, and Alex Shelley is now at ringside, taping the match. Back in the ring, Moore has set up a chair. He goes to drop toe hold Styles into the chair, but Styles counters. Styles hits a drop toe hold of his own and Moore goes flying into the chair. Styles puts the chair around Moore’s neck and throws him into a turnbuckle. I am a big fan of violence, so I am enjoying this. Moore counters an enziguri, and he really is not selling any of those chair attacks. Moore puts the chair around the knee of AJ Styles. Moore goes to the top rope and jumps off. Styles lifts his leg so that Moore’s neck connects with it. Moore puts a single leg Boston crab on Styles, who needs to get to the ropes. Daniels hops up on the apron and throws in a towel, trying to screw him like at Final Resolution. AJ is annoyed with this interference, and it allows Moore to roll him up for the win at 5:42 (not counting the commercial). I just witnessed Shannon Moore picking up a victory over AJ Styles, I need a few minutes for that strange thought to sink in. Anyhow, the match showcased some nice violence, a few cool spots, but little to no selling from either guy. ** since it was entertaining, yet too short and had a dumb ending.
Winner: Shannon Moore
-Backstage, Shane Douglas is hanging out in Larry Zbyszko’s office with Team 3-D. Zbyszko comes in and Brother Ray has some words for him. Ray says that in their history they have been screwed and such, but Final Resolution was the worst. Brother Ray says they want both AMW and Team Canada for screwing with them. Devon adds that it is in Larry’s best interest to arrange this as soon as possible. Zbyszko is reluctant to give them what they want, and makes a weak promise to “do what he can.”
-Back in the arena, Christian Cage is in the ring. Christian says he got off the phone with Sting and he wishes he could be there tonight, but he was at the movies and could not pull himself away. He was watching the story of Monty Brown and Jeff Jarrett: Brokeback Mountain. Ha-ha, a gay joke! Christian says that Sting will be here next week, with a huge announcement to make. This brings out Jeff Jarrett, who is carrying a contract attached to a clipboard. Christian cuts Jarrett off before he can talk, reminding him that the fans think he sucks. Jarrett babbles on for a bit before getting to the point of his NWA title defense at Against All Odds. He says it won’t be Sting, since he has “run him out of TNA.” So Sting was driven out of TNA by winning a match against Jarrett? That makes no sense. Jarrett says they should have a new “flavor of the month” and get Chris Jericho in to wrestle him. This prompts a “Y2J” chant from the crowd. Jarrett is considering making Christian the number one contender, so he can send Christian to where he belongs: mid-card status. This lights a fire in Christian, who attacks Jarrett. This brings in Monty Brown, who joins in with a beat-down. Rhino runs in for the save. Christian and Rhino are victorious, but both men go for the contract at the same time. Before anything can come of this, Abyss runs in randomly. Rhino and Abyss brawl while Christian goes after Jarrett. Monty Brown sneaks into the ring and takes the contract. Brown teases signing it and… iMPACT goes off the air. I feel stupider for having watched that segment.
Final thoughts: The usual squash matches were less tedious than last week, with some okay competition in that six-man tag match. I am in complete disbelief that TNA used a bait and switch tactic by announcing the television debut of Sting and not delivering on it. Even better was that they had absolutely no good excuse for him not being on the show. I don’t like where this is heading. The run-in marathon at the end of the show was obnoxious as it did not really develop anything and did not give us any details on to what the Against All Odds main event will be. This was a pretty miss-able week.
Oh, and what the hell was up with AJ Styles doing a job to Shannon freaking Moore?