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TNA Impact!- October 1, 2005
First TNA iMPACT on Spike TV!
I am so excited about TNA being on Spike TV, I am even reviewing it! How sweet is that?
Another good video package opens the show, putting any recent WWE package to shame. Having a roll call of the current reigning champions was a nice touch and even Jarrett looked like a big deal. The new iMPACT intro is also a refreshing change of pace, though I never got sick of the old one. I hope the WWE production crew is watching and taking notes.
Our hosts tonight are Mike Tenay and Don West. A sign can be seen stating “Finally, wrestling has come to Spike TV.”
AJ Styles vs Roderick Strong
Styles comes out to a huge pop, once again proudly wearing the X title around his waist. A girl in the front row has both AJ Styles action figures, which is great promotion for the toys. Strong does not get an entrance, which makes me sad. They start off with Strong missing some clotheslines, and Styles taking charge. Styles tosses Strong around for a few and reverses a back suplex. Styles rams Strong into a turnbuckle and follows up with some punches. Styles reveres a scoop slam attempt and fights out of another suplex attempt. Strong and Styles bounce off the ropes before Styles finally catches Strong in a drop-kick. Strong goes to the outside and Styles flies over the top rope, landing on Strong and having his legs bounce off the guard rail. They return to the ring, and Styles makes a cover attempt. Strong kicks out, but Styles goes right into a submission. Christopher Daniels is now at ringside. Styles is briefly distracted, and Strong takes advantage (about time Strong got SOME offense in). Camel clutch on Styles by Strong, but Styles gets his feet into the ropes. Styles connects with a kick to the back of Strong’s head. Styles flies off the ropes and gets a reverse DDT on Strong and follows up with the Styles Clash for the victory! This was a great way to introduce Styles to new fans, though I really wish Roderick Strong could have been made to be a bigger threat. ¾* for being a glorified squash.
Winner: AJ Styles
West and Tenay shill the rest of the show and promise to show us exclusive video footage of Jarrett and AMW robbing Raven of the NWA title.
Next up is a Monty Brown video package, establishing who he is. It’s fun seeing Brown in a New England Patriots uniform. Shane Douglas interviews Brown, who puts himself over.
Meanwhile, Raven is randomly walking around the backstage area, throwing weapons at people.
Monty Brown vs Lex Lovett
Brown gets a nice reaction from the crowd as well. No entrance for Lovett, but no surprise there. Brown fires away at Lovett, and suplexes the poor jobber. Brown slams Lovett into the turnbuckles, but Lovett flips out of a charge and hits Brown with some punches. Brown takes control of Lovett again as the crowd chants “pounce!” Brown hits the Pounce and gets the win at 1:02! Very effective squash and a great way to introduce Brown to new fans. ¼*
Winner: Monty Brown
Bound for Glory ad is up next. Did I mention that TNA has a top notch production crew? Following this is a video package for the X division. AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Petey Williams, Chris Sabin, and Christopher Daniels get mad props in this.
Petey Williams vs Alex Shelly vs Chris Sabin
Ah, here we go. Petey Williams of Team Canada makes his way to the ring. I actually think Team Canada has one or two too many members, I get sick of hearing that entrance music all night. Shelly makes his entrance next, and the crowd isn’t sure how to react to him. Sabin gets a good pop, and I must say, I really enjoy his music as well as the “Hail Sabin” catchphrase. I’m not sure if I can keep up with this match. Williams wants Shelly to team with him against Sabin, but that doesn’t quite work out. Shelly goes to work on Sabin’s legs, but Williams drop-kicks him. Williams kicks Sabin and goes after Shelly. A thrilling series of near-falls follows up. Sabin takes Shelly down and goes after Williams. Shelly ends up doing a suicide dive through Sabin’s legs onto Petey Williams. Sabin then hits an Asai moonsault onto both men for the “holy shit” moment of the match. We then go to a commercial break.
After the break, Petey Williams is in charge. Sabin becomes the victim of both Williams and Shelly. Shelly locks a figure four headscissors on Sabin. Williams cheers this on. Shelly and Williams go for a double-team suplex and hit it. Now they cannot decide who should cover Sabin, which leads to Shelly punching Williams in the face. This continues until Sabin recovers and hits both of them with a drop-kick. Sabin goes after Williams, jumps over Shelly, who then spears Williams. Sabin drop toe holds Shelly into the groin of Petey Williams. Shelly recovers and hits a brainbuster on Sabin. Sabin fights off Shelly. Williams goes for the Canadian Destroyer on Shelly, but Sabin interrupts and they bounce off each other for a few minutes. I cannot even begin to keep up with this. Sabin ends up hitting the cradle drop on Shelly for the win. Afterwards, Williams hits the Canadian Destroyer on Sabin! This was the perfect match to introduce the X division to new fans, as it was fast-paced, was short enough to leave fans wanting more, and it did not have any abdominal stretch spots ***
Winner: Chris Sabin
Next up, we see Tito Ortiz backstage talking to Larry Z. Shane Douglas cannot believe Ortiz is here!
We see a video package hyping the 3 Live Kru. They advertise them for next week.
Rhino vs Jeff Hardy
The “man-beast” makes his entrance to a great pop from the crowd. I personally have a mark-out moment. Druggie McCrackhead comes out next, crawling on the stage as if he just scored a load of blow and couldn’t wait until after the match to help himself. In all seriousness, I’ve heard Jeff Hardy has cleaned himself up a bit, but who knows. Somehow, I predict this match will be easier to keep up with than the last one. Rhino starts off punching Jeff. Hardy takes some abuse, as Rhino floors him with some kicks. Hardy elbows his way out of a further attack. Rhino hits some chops on Hardy, as a section of fans chant “Hardy sucks.” Jeff fights back with some more punching and kicking and I wonder if I accidentally taped over iMPACT with Heat. Jeff puts Rhino into a turnbuckle and uses the top rope to ram his legs into Rhino. Rhino fights back and hits a spinebuster on Hardy. Rhino goes for a cover, but no luck this time. Rhino chokes Hardy on the bottom rope, and decides to kick him a few more times. Jeff fights back with some of his own punches, but gets caught in a scoop slam by Rhino. Rhino climbs to the second rope, but misses a splash. Jeff Hardy struggles to get back to his feet, I’m not sure why he’s selling so much. Both men get back to their feet and Hardy hits a clothesline on Rhino. Hardy drops his legs into Rhino’s “stomach” and goes for an unsuccessful cover. Rhino fights back and slams Hardy again, and positions for the Gore. Hardy dodges the Gore and hits the Twist of Fate. Jeff is about to go to the top rope when Abyss comes down the aisle and attacks him. Hardy wins by DQ. After the match, Rhino and Abyss continue to beat down Jeff Hardy…until the lights go out. The lights come back on and it’s SABU! Sabu takes a chair and hits his trademark offense on both Abyss and Rhino. Hardy takes out Abyss and Sabu floors Rhino. Not a bad way to hype up that Monster’s Ball match at Bound for Glory. The match was nothing to write home about though *1/2.
Winner by DQ: Jeff Hardy
The exclusive footage from Canada airs, as Jarrett beats Raven to win the NWA title. Jarrett is seen celebrating with Chris Harris and James Storm. Scott D’Amore comes in and states “I love it when a plan comes together.” This is the makings of a good heel stable, in my own humble opinion.
Main event interview
Jeff Jarrett and America’s Most Wanted come to the ring. Jarrett has his guitar in tow. The crowd gives Jarrett shit, and rightfully so. Jarrett claims this is the “best day of his life.” He wanted to be World Champion when TNA debuted on Spike, and he is. He claims he “build TNA from the ground up.” That is actually kind of true. Jarrett gives props to Harris and Storm, putting them over as the top tag team in TNA. Jarrett then brings out the “fourth and final piece in the puzzle” and Team Canada leader Scott D’Amore joins them in the ring. What does this mean for Team Canada? D’Amore pulls a mafia act and informs Jarrett that since he helped Jarrett win the title, he owes him a favor at any time and any where. This could prove interesting down the road. Jarrett goes on to put himself over until 3 Live Kru interrupt . Konnan does his usual routine on the microphone that we’ve heard a billion times. Konnan tells Jarrett that he’s boring the fans to death, which I cannot fully argue with, but sounds ridiculous coming from Konnan. 3 Live Kru hit the ring and a three on three brawl erupts. Bobby Roode, Eric Young, and A-1 join the fray. The heels are taking over until a familiar bomb-shell noise can be heard…
… and it’s TEAM 3-D! Brother Ray and Brother Devon have arrived in TNA! I mark out like a little kid. The Deadly Boyz hit the ring and clean house, isolating AMW. They hit the 3-D on James Storm, and then hit another on Chris Harris. Jeff Jarrett rolls out of the ring before he is next. Jarrett looks to be making a clean escape, until Kevin Nash cuts him off! I cannot believe I’m marking out for Kevin Nash, someone rip up my smark card. Nash sends Jarrett back into the ring, who becomes victim of “WAZZZUP” from the Deadly Boyz. Nash then hits a sloppy powerbomb on Jarrett. Team 3-D and Kevin Nash have taken over the ring, and the crowd is thrilled. Nash takes the microphone and announces that he is the number one contender for the NWA title and will face Jarrett at Bound for Glory. Not sure how he became number one contender by not being around for several months, but sure, why not. Brother Devon takes the microphone and announces he and Brother Ray will face AMW next week on iMPACT. Personally, I would have saved that match for Bound for Glory, but I’ll be glad to watch it next week.
All in all, this was a fun and exciting hour of television for me. I cannot believe TNA now has a deal on a major cable network. It seems like just yesterday when they were this little part of the NWA airing pay-per-views every week out of a grungy little building out of Tennessee. Most people never thought they would last for even one year, but now it’s October 2005 and TNA finally looks as if it is here to stay. I highly recommend tuning into iMPACT next week.
Thumbs up from me.
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