Welcome everyone to another review of TNA Impact and this week Impact is in the Impact Zone before the Victory Road PPV. This week on Impact Sting and Bobby Roode will sign the contract for their main event match at Victory Road. Also we will see two knockout matches. Plus Austin Aries has a huge announcement about his title reign. So let’s get started with this week’s Impact.
We see Sting & Bobby Roode arriving at the Impact Zone as they will sign the contract for Victory Road later and then we get a video package of their history.
James Storm comes out to start the show and says he’s looking forward to winning the title at Lockdown and maybe getting a little revenge while he’s at it. He says he is going to give Roode the ass kicking of a lifetime, he wants the World Title, and he’s going to take it from Roode at Lockdown. Storm cuts himself off in the middle of his own catchphrase and says he’s not sorry because Roode’s going to need all the luck he can get. Storm gets ready to head to the back, but is cut off by Bully Ray, who reminds Storm that he kicked the steel chair right into his head, but Storm says he remembers differently because he’s the guy who kicked Ray’s teeth down his throat to become the #1 contender. Storm says to stop talking and get in the ring so he can kick his ass in front of everyone, but Bully tells him he’s not going to make it to Lockdown, he’s not going to beat Bobby Roode, and it’s going to be because he’s got to face Bully Ray in three days, and Bully’s going to take him out and make sure his dreams never come true. Storm gets out of the ring and walks up the ramp toward Bully and wants to fight right now. Bully asks him if he wants to fight, and Storm’s all in, but Bully says that if he wants a fight, he can take on one of the toughest guys he knows, and brings out Gunner to go face to face with Storm. Gunner warns Storm that he’s going to take him out tonight, and Storm simply drops the mic & attacks Gunner and they brawl until Al Snow & TNA Agents break it up. After Ray hits a cheap shot on Storm while he’s being held back and then quickly escapes up the ramp.
Gail Kim and Madison Ray argue backstage over who lost the tag titles. They run into Sting, and he says they picked the wrong night to mess with him. Sting then says they will both have single matches& Madison’s match is after the break.
Bobby Roode is backstage wondering who the hell Sting thinks he is booking himself into the main event of a PPV when there’s a locker room full of guys who are more deserving than a guy who hasn’t been an active wrestler for months.
Match One: Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky:
Madison attacks Velvet as she goes for her ass shaking entrance on the ropes but Velvet ends up fighting back. The action is back and forth for a couple of minutes as in the end Rayne is in control but Velvet finally makes a comeback by hitting a clothesline and a bulldog. Madison goes for a neck breaker but Velvet reverses to a roll up but Madison reverses & grabs a handful of tights to secure the win.
Winner: Madison Rayne
Match Rating: * ½ out of 5
Crimson and Morgan discuss last week’s match, where Crimson stole the win. Crimson says they need to be on the same page to win their titles back. Morgan asks if Crimson is here to win titles and make money, and Crimson agrees. Crimson says he is undefeated, 14-months, and knows all about winning. Morgan says if they win the titles back, they will be good.
Match 2: Crimson vs. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe:
The match starts with fast action and back and forth action. Joe takes control but Crimson comes back with a clothesline for 2 followed by a snap mare and we see Crimson in control with back and forth moves from both men. Crimson comes off the ropes right into a snap power slam for 2, but comes off the Crimson charges Joe in the corner and Joe nails the catching power slam, then puts Crimson up top for the Muscle Buster. Matt Morgan gets on the apron to distract Joe and ends up brawling with Magnus on the floor. Joe goes after Morgan and gets snapped down on the top rope, and Crimson takes advantage by hitting a spear for the win.
Match Rating: ** out of 5
Austin Aries is backstage with a bottle of champagne and he’s going to make an announcement.
Austin Aries is in the ring and says it’s a great day to be a great man, and a great day to break records. He doesn’t normally pay attention to numbers and statistics, but 53 people have held the X Division Title and as of now, he’s officially the longest reigning X Division Champion of all time, surpassing the previous record of 182 days. He celebrates by directing our attention to the screen for a really good music video package that Aries danced in the ring to the song. Aries thanks all the guys we saw him beating in the video package for being good, and then wants the fans to give it to for him for being even better. Zema Ion comes out interrupt the party, and Aries says he didn’t send him an invite, but it’s okay up because he has to give Ion credit for doing what nobody ever did before and beat him at his own game. Ion says he didn’t beat Aries at his own game, he beat him at his game, and he’s not as smart as he thinks he is because if he was, he’d hand the title over to him now before he winds up like Jesse Sorensen. Aries says it’s nice that Ion showed that he has some “hair on his nuts” and he’ll reward him by letting him make the first toast. Aries hands him the glass of champagne and Ion says that he’d like to toast to this weekend when he ends Aries’ record setting title reign. Ion tosses the champagne in Aries’ face, & they brawl with Aries dumping Ion to the floor.
Joseph Park is backstage and meets with Gunner. Joseph tries to question him about Abyss, but Gunner bails.
We get highlights of ODB and Eric Young getting engaged and they are talking backstage, about planning their wedding. They discuss on where to have the Wedding and they decide to have it on Impact & EY says nothing can go wrong.
Kurt Angle talks backstage about Garett “Bitch Off.” Angle mentions they will meet in a 5 minute challenge later. Angle says Mrs. Garett says he can’t even go three-minutes. He also adds in that he hates Jeff Hardy, and that Victory Road could be Hardy’s last match.
We get a Sting video package, discussing being a bit crazy, and doing what he has to do to defeat Roode.
Match 3: Gail Kim vs. Mickie James in a Non-Title Match:
Gail takes Mickie right down with a side headlock and goes to a rolling cradle but Mickie bridges out and tries a backslide, but Gail blocks so Mickie gets a snap mare and baseball slide for 2 instead. Gail comes back with some kicks and the action is back and forth with Gail Kim in control. Gail continues working on the knee of Mickie James. Mickie comes off the second rope with the flying Thez Press and then baseball slides Gail out to the floor right next to her title belt. Gail picks it up and when Mickie comes over Gail hits her with the title to get the win.
Winner: Gail Kim
Match Rating: ** out of 5
Mr. Anderson is backstage saying it’s a little weird that AJ’s associating himself with an asshole but Christopher Daniels & Kazarian come over to tell Anderson that the situation with AJ had nothing to do with him. They want to know why Anderson chose AJ’s side when they all know how this is going to end. Daniels says Anderson will find out how everything will go when he teams with AJ against Kazarian and himself this on Sunday.
Match 4: Mr. Anderson vs. “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels:
Before the match, Anderson does his microphone entrance. Daniels attacks him as soon as he enters the ring. Daniels is in control but Anderson goes for a Mic check but it is countered as Daniels rolls to the floor. Daniels got busted open under the left eye. Anderson goes to the floor & slams Daniels into the barricade and then back into the ring. Anderson is in control as he hits elbow drops and a cover for 2. Daniels sidesteps Anderson and delivers a knee to the gut. Daniels lays the boots to Anderson in the corner, and then a knee as Anderson was shot off the ropes. Daniels goes for a split legged moonsault but Anderson gets his knees up. They trade rights but Anderson takes control and hits a clothesline. After a few moves by both men Kazarian comes out to ringside, but AJ comes out to stop him and they brawl. Anderson hits the Mic check for the win.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Match Rating: ** ½ out of 5
Jeff Hardy is backstage saying Kurt Angle is the reason he’s not the World Champion right now and he’s going to take him out at Victory Road.
Match 5: Five Minute Challenge Match: Kurt Angle vs. Garett Bischoff:
The match is about 90% Angle in control for the first four minutes. Angle pulls the straps down and goes for the Angle Slam, but Garett escapes and dumps Angle to the floor with 20 seconds left. Angle slowly comes back in and charges Garett again, but runs right into his boot. He finally hits the Angle Slam and goes for the cover, but time is up and Garett wins the match.
Winner: Garett Bischoff
Match Rating: * out of 5
Angle is pissed off & knocks out the referee before putting Garett in the ankle lock until Jeff Hardy runs in and chases Angle off.
Robbie E & Robbie T are backstage and Robbie E issues another challenge for Victory Road for his TV Title.
Match 6: Gunner vs. “Cowboy” James Storm:
Storm comes into the ring, goes nose to nose with Gunner, and the match starts as they trade blows until Storm takes Gunner out with a clothesline and Gunner tries to escape to the floor for a breather. Storm goes after him and sends him back in the ring & Gunner nails Storm as he tries to climb back into the ring. Storm takes control but Gunner drops an elbow right onto the top of Storm’s head and takes control locking Storm in a neck vice. Storm fights out and hits Gunner with a clothesline. Storm takes control and is on fire and then sets up for the Last Call. Gunner makes it back to his feet and Storm hits the super kick for the win.
Winner: James Storm
Match Rating: ** out of 5
Sting and Bobby Roode are backstage, and they’re on to the ring next.
In the ring it is time for the Sting vs. Bobby Roode contract signing that is hosted by JB.
The match is a No Holds Barred, one fall to a finish match and both men sign the contract. Roode takes the mic and reminisces on the day he won the World Title and became the It Factor, and says that Sting has been nothing but a pain in his ass since then. He’s tried to figure out why Sting hates him, and he believes that it’s because Sting is jealous of him. Roode reminds Sting of 22 long years ago when he beat Ric Flair for his first World Title and he remembers when he watched that match as a fan. Sting had it all and was on top of the world, and Roode wanted to be just like him, but the fact is that 22 long years later, Sting looks at Roode and sees him because he has all the same traits Sting had 22 years ago, except that he’s better. He’s also bigger, stronger, faster, smarter, better looking, and he’s a better World Champion than Sting ever was. It’s not just jealousy, it’s Sting’s ego as well because he’s one of those guys who hangs around the business and steals the young guys’ spotlight. He wonders if Sting thinks people will forget about him after he’s gone, but the business has passed Sting by and this Sunday, he steps into the ring with the World Champion. Roode says the stupid face paint he puts on doesn’t scare him & that he puts that face paint on to mask himself because he knows he doesn’t have what it takes to hang in this business anymore. He says in the main event of Victory Road, he’s going to expose Sting for who he really is: a washed up has-been who should have left the business a long time ago. Roode asks Sting what’s wrong and if he has nothing to say for the first time in his career. Roode asks if the truth hurts, then he puts down the microphone, picks up his title belt, and turns to walk away, but Sting stands up, flips the table over, kicks his chair across the ring, takes off his sunglasses, and smears face paint on himself. Roode doesn’t look impressed, and yells at Sting that the face paint doesn’t scare him, so Sting smears the face paint on Roode’s face and then attacks him and clotheslines him out to the floor. They have a stare down to end the show.
Impact was good this week but the matches were just okay as Daniels vs. Anderson was the match of the night. The contract signing and the Austin Aries promo were good as the Ray and Storm promo was good as well.
Final Grade: 5 out of 10
Well that’s all and I hope you guys enjoy Victory Road.