Hi everybody and welcome to another Impact review. This week we will find out the huge announcement by Hulk Hogan. Also there is only one Bischoff in TNA but which one is it? Also who is the TNA World Champion after Lockdown? Plus Kurt Angle will battle AJ Styles so let’s begin now.
We get a video package highlighting Lockdown.
Bobby Roode comes out with new short haircut and says the appearance has changed but he is still the champ. He is still the “it factor” of pro wrestling, the leader of the selfish generation, and most importantly still the World Champion. Roode says it feels good to be the champ and he reminds us that he promised that he would walk into Lockdown and defeat Storm in front of his family, friends and fans and he did just that. He says Storm delivered his promise of super kicking him, but that kick destroyed Storm’s dreams, and Roode is still the champion. Roode says he has defeated all of the heroes of the fans, Storm, AJ, Hardy, Sting, and has far as he is concerned there are no more heroes left to beat until Mr. Anderson comes out. Anderson says no one left to beat except him but Roode laughs him off and says Anderson has been sitting at home, being an asshole while he has been the most dominant champion in the company’s history. He then tells Anderson to get in the back of the line and then the music of Jeff Hardy hits. Hardy limps his way to the ring and tells Roode he is only champion is because of Angle but now Kurt is out of the way. Hardy wants to get selfish and end him. Anderson says he was out there first. Hardy says it is his turn and Anderson says he is here first as Roode eggs them on and Anderson says he loves hardy like a brother but doesn’t want to hurt Hardy. Hulk Hogan appears on the big screen. Hulk says that he wants all the champions in the ring later tonight. As for the challengers, well they will have a #1 contender’s match tonight.
Match 1: Crimson & Bully Ray vs. Austin Aries & Matt Morgan:
The match starts with Aries chasing Ray right out to the floor while Crimson and Morgan go at it in the ring. Morgan goes for the Carbon Footprint early but crimson dodges and Morgan hangs his leg up on the top rope. Bully comes across the apron and grabs Morgan’s foot and drops to the floor, then slams Morgan’s leg down on the ring apron. Crimson dodges a roaring clothesline and hits a T-bone suplex on Morgan. Ray tags in and works on Morgan’s leg then tags in Crimson, who locks Morgan’s leg in a grapevine but Morgan grabs the ropes. Morgan hits Crimson out with a roaring clothesline and he finally makes the hot tag to Aries. Aries is in control over both heels after being tagged in and then Crimson goes for a spear but Aries dodges and Crimson hits Bully. Morgan clotheslines Crimson out to the floor and holds the ropes open so Aries can hit the suicide dive. Aries comes back in the ring and hits Ray with the IED. Aries goes for the brain buster but Ray rolls Aries up and gets the win by grabbing the tights.
Winners: Crimson & Bully Ray
Match Rating: ** ½ out of 5
Garett Bischoff is on his way to the ring next.
Jeff Hardy backstage says he defeated Angle at Lockdown and now he feels he deserves the title shot.
Garett Bischoff comes out with his Lethal Lockdown team & Garett says that Lockdown was one of the biggest nights of his life as the stakes were high & the task was tough but they all fought a hell of a fight and came out on top and they were victorious and got rid of his old man once and for all. He thanks his partners and says he couldn’t have done it without them and then AJ takes the mic and says that Garett has some balls. He took a beating got back up and smashed a guitar over his daddy’s head. Ric Flair comes out and says that there is talent in the ring but there all here because of Eric Bischoff (but TNA bleeped the Bischoff part). He says Garett is a disrespectful punk & next week he’s going to throw a party in tribute to Eric Bischoff (bleeped again) & they better stay home because they’re not invited.
Christopher Daniels & Kazarian are backstage and Daniels says that people have been asking him for months what the secret is that he was holding over Kazarian’s head but it was never about Kazarian because it was about AJ Styles. Daniels says if everyone wants to know what the secret is they might just find out tonight.
Devon comes up to Samoa Joe and Magnus backstage and asks if they know why Hogan asked them all to come out to the ring and be ready tonight. Magnus says he doesn’t know but they’re always ready because they’re champions. Devon says that’s damn right, and he’ll see them out in the ring.
Match 2: “The Olympic Gold Medalist” Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles:
They tie up and AJ takes Angle to the corner and charges the corner but runs into Angle’s boot. Angle gets a rear waist lock but gets out and goes behind Angle and the screen turns black and we are at break. Were back from break at AJ is in control but Angle takes control until AJ comes back in with a springboard flying forearm as we see Christopher Daniels and Kazarian at ringside. He goes for the Styles Clash but then sees Daniels and goes after him. Daniels hands him an envelope and AJ looks inside and AJ is shocked and asks Daniels where he got this but Angle sneaks in behind and rolls him up for the win.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Match Rating: ** out of 5
Joseph Park is backstage and finds Gunner. He has some more questions and Gunner tries to blow him off but Park grabs him by the arm and explains what a default judgment is and asks him point blank where his brother is. Gunner tells him that last time he saw Abyss he was with Bully Ray and to ask him.
All the champions are in the ring except for ODB & Eric Young and backstage Hulk Hogan sees Rob Van Dam on his way to the ring and says that he wants to make tonight’s Hardy-Anderson match a three way and suggests that maybe he ought to get someone who was a champion and never lost his title. RVD says he knows somebody, and Hogan says he does too, and it’s RVD. He says Van Dam is in the main event and then heads out to the ring to address the champions. Hogan says that when he is right he is right and change is in the air. He says starting next week they will have an open fight night. Once a month a new talent will come in and get a chance to come on the show and wrestle. He will have the chance to tell a story, have a match and be judged. If they are liked they will get a contract. And also on that night anyone on the roster if they get challenged they have to fight. Roode does not like this and says that this is his show. No one tells him what to do and Hogan says that they are here for a reason. If the champions get called out they have to defend the title. Gail Kim now complains and Hogan says that he will decide who defends the titles. He asks what the fans think and says to Tweet him so he knows what champion gets to defend. Devon says he agrees and says he wants to be a fighting champion and he will face whoever his challenger is. Hogan is happy to hear that because he has always loved the TV title and starting from now the title gets defended each and every week. Hogan says the champions fight & things are changing around here.
Match 3: Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Rosita & Sarita vs. Mickie James, Tara, Brooke Tessmacher, & Velvet Sky:
Velvet and Sarita start us off with fast action and Rosita tags in gets a bulldog from Velvet. Gail tags in and takes control hitting a clothesline but Velvet fights back and goes for her finisher but Gail slips out and tags to Madison. Mickie goes right after Madison & then punches Rosita. Mickie goes to the top rope but Sarita pushes her off allowing Rosita to take control. Mickie ducks a clothesline and hits a neck breaker and makes the tag to Tara, who comes in and is in control over Sarita. Tara with a back body drop on Sarita and then standing moonsault and then TNT work over Sarita until Gail gets tagged in and Brooke takes Gail out with a series of clotheslines and a face plant and the cover which leads to all the ladies fighting. They go out to the floor leaving Brooke alone with Gail and Brooke goes for a monkey flip and Gail blocks and goes for a cover with her feet on the ropes but Velvet comes over and shoves Gail’s feet off the ropes to break up the fall. Gail goes after Velvet and Brooke rolls Gail up for the win.
Winners: TNT, Velvet Sky & Mickie James
Match Rating: ** ¼ out of 5
Mr. Anderson is backstage talking about how much he loves the idea of Open Fight Night and he’ll win tonight and show Bobby Roode that he hasn’t forgotten about the title shot.
We see ODB and Eric on their honeymoon. They discuss their love and trust, and a waiter shows up and Eric gets offended and strips down to his underwear.
Match 4: Gunner vs. Devon for the TV Title:
Gunner jumps Devon before the bell and beats him down in the corner before rubbing his eyes against the top rope. Gunner is in control until Devon starts firing back with right hands and chops of his own. He whips Gunner into the corner but runs right into his boot and then Gunner hits a clothesline. Gunner chokes Devon on the ropes and hits another clothesline. Devon suddenly hits a spear out of nowhere and comes back with back elbows and a flying shoulder block. Devon hits a Thez Press and a leaping head-butt off the ropes. Devon hits a running splash in the corner and a flying clothesline. Devon then ducks a clothesline from Gunner and hits a spinebuster for the win after 3 minutes.
Match Rating: * out of 5
James Storm comes out to the ring and shakes Devon’s hand as he makes his return to the locker room and we’ll find out what he after break.
Back from break and in the ring Storm says he just wanted to come out here real quick and say something to his family, friends, fans, and people here in the Impact Zone and that’s that he’s sorry. He feels like he let everyone down because he said he was going to win the World Title and it was something he believed that he was going to do. He didn’t just want to Roode to feel pain for the disrespect he showed his family and the fans he wanted to hurt him and that’s where his ego got involved because he looked at the paramedics attending to Roode and he thought that was good enough. But when he got to the back he wondered if he’s good enough and if this is something he still wants to do then he had to take the long drive home and when he tucked his daughter in she asked where the World Title belt was and it killed him to tell her that he didn’t win it. He said when he had to look at himself in the mirror he saw a man that was beat. But even though Bobby Roode won the match he didn’t beat Storm. He beat himself, and for 15 years he’s wrestled with all kinds of injuries and he did it because every time he got in the ring and the fans would chant his name and he thanks each and every one of them for his life. Most of all he wants to say he’s sorry to his dad who’s is in Heaven and that Roode said something that stuck in his head about his luck and maybe he was right. Maybe Storm’s luck has run out and Storm gets ready to continue but just drops the microphone and walks to the back.
Main Event: Jeff Hardy vs. RVD vs. Mr. Anderson in a Number One Contender’s Match:
Anderson ducks past Hardy and lays RVD out with a clothesline, Hardy goes after Anderson but RVD lays both men out with clotheslines and hits the step over leg lariat on Anderson. RVD with the rolling monkey flip out of the corner then comes off the top with a leaping thrust kick. Hardy clips RVD’s knee from behind and gets the dropping leg cradle for 2. Hardy with a running forearm in the corner on RVD followed by the slingshot dropkick into the corner, and completes the combo with a gourd buster then Anderson grabs Hardy and slides him ribs first into the ring post before covering RVD. Anderson fires forearms across RVD’s face and gets him in a rear chin lock RVD gets out but Anderson spikes him with DDT. He goes for a cover but Hardy breaks the fall at 2 and hits the Whisper in the Wind on Anderson. Anderson recovers and hits a swinging neck breaker on Hardy before eating another leg lariat from RVD then connects with Rolling Thunder on Hardy. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate on Anderson, and drags himself up to the top rope. Hardy hits the Swanton but RVD drills Hardy with a leg lariat and hits the Five Star Notebook Splash on Anderson. Hardy goes for another Twist of Fate on RVD but RVD counters to a split legged backslide for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Match Rating: ** ½
Hardy seems to be taking this loss badly as RVD goes over to check on him & Hardy shakes RVD’s hand and hugs him before heading to the back so RVD can celebrate.
This week Impact was good but the AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle match was disappointing but the tag match with Matt Morgan and Aries teaming up was good for the six minutes they got. I would have liked the tag match to get more time instead of the quick interview backstage with Jeff Hardy or Devon going up to the tag champs as both segments were unnecessary. The opening promo was good with Roode, Hardy and Anderson. The promo with Flair and Team Garett was good but really TNA did you have to bleep out the word Bischoff. The champs segment with Hogan was good and I do not know how I feel about Open Fight Night but I like that the TV Title will be defended every week. The TV Title match was nothing special and I don’t like Devon either can they put the title on Doug Williams or Pope please. The Knockout Tag match was good and I would recommend it. The honeymoon was not funny and can TNA take the tag belts off EY & ODB. The James Storm promo was the moment of the night as it felt real and you could feel bad for Storm and everything he said. I don’t understand why Storm is not getting a shot at Sacrifice and RVD is when we have not seen RVD since January and please don’t say it is because he won a three way dance. The Main Event was good but too short for a main event 6 minutes is not long enough. Impact was good it was just the matches were not long enough.
Overall Rating for the 4/19/12 Impact: 7 out of 10
A Farewell Party to Eric Bischoff by Ric Flair
Open Fight Night
Card for Sacrifice 2012 So Far:
Rob Van Dam vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA World Title