Hi everybody and welcome to another Impact review. This week it is Open Fight Night. Also we will have Eric B******f Appreciation Night. Also in a Gut Check Match a wrestler from out of TNA will get a chance to shine. So let’s begin now as we are in the road to Sacrifice.
We start the show off with Hulk Hogan backstage welcoming all the champions to Open Fight Night & he explains if the champions can get called out they will have to fight. It’s been tough to decide which champion will need to defend their title tonight and he puts each of them over but he decides that Joe and Magnus should to defend the World Tag Team Title. He won’t let them know who the opponents are until bell time but it’s time to let the fighting begin.
After the opening, Devon comes out and says that his title needs to be defended every week on Impact so being the fighting champion that he is there’s one person he wants to give that opportunity to one person everyone in this arena wants to see get his ass kicked and that’s his sorry excuse for a brother. He tells Bully Ray to get his ass down to the ring so he can stick his foot up it but Bully comes out and asks what makes Devon think he wants to be in the ring with him. Bully says he was in the ring and carried Devon for fifteen years and he doesn’t need to get in the ring and make him good again. Devon may want to defend his TV Title against him but Ray says he isn’t going to get the chance and tells him to go to hell. Bully turns and starts to leave but Devon comes out of the ring and goes after Ray.
Match 1: Bully Ray vs. Devon for the TV Title:
Devon rolls Bully into the ring and Bully begs off offering his hand to Devon & he hesitates but then takes Bully’s hand and pulls him in for a clothesline. Devon with a Thez Press and then connects with right hands in the corner. Devon goes to the top rope but Bully shakes the ropes and crotches Devon on the corner as we go to break. Back from break Ray is dropping elbows on Devon as we see that he has somehow been busted open. Devon comes off the ropes with a flying shoulder block and both men go down. They get to their feet & trade blows in the middle of the ring with Devon coming out on top. Devon with a back elbow off the ropes and a neck breaker but he then charges Bully and runs into a boot. Bully with a clothesline and then he goes for the Bubba Bomb but Devon escapes only to get hit with a Bubba Cutter for 2. Ray charges and walks right into a spinebuster which allows Devon to get the win.
Winner: Devon Retains The TV Titles:
Match Rating: ** out of 5
In the back Austin Aries makes fun of Ray for losing & says Ray can’t win unless he cheats. Aries then says fight night is not over so maybe they will have a match.
Flair discusses his party for Eric. He says he has been partying for 60-straight years & tonight, they will rock Orlando because Eric made TNA what it is today.
Angle is in the back and Kaz and Daniels arrive. They discuss AJ losing last week and Angle says he did not ask for help last week because he does not need it. He says if they ever get involved in his matches again they will regret it. They call him ungrateful and Angle gets even more pissed.
Jeremy Borash comes out because Hulk Hogan has given everyone an opportunity, and he plans to take advantage of that. JB wants to call out someone who has only been in TNA for a short time & he wants to call out the guy who has been a bigger prick than anyone in the business and on his last night in the company JB wants to wish Bischoff well by extending his fist and putting it right down Bischoff’s throat. Borash tells Bischoff to put down his Blackberry and get his ass down to the ring right now. Bischoff comes out applauding JB & Bischoff takes out his Blackberry to take JB’s picture and JB tells him to go ahead and take his picture and post it on Facebook but maybe they should install a breathalyzer on that thing first. Borash asks if there’s an app for drunk tweeting or being an insecure tyrant because he can use it but Bischoff says he hopes JB has enjoyed the fifteen minutes of fame he’s carved out for himself. Bischoff keeps talking as Bully Ray sneaks in from behind and low blows Borash. Bischoff says he’s going to post “eat s***” on his Facebook because it’s one of his favorites then demands a referee come out to the ring because if this is going to be the end of his career so be it. Bischoff then covers JB and the ref counts the pinfall as Bischoff win & celebrates with Bully Ray.
Backstage Mr. Anderson talks about Bischoff and says he brought him into TNA. He says they politically agree on many levels but Bischoff is anti-government and screws people over. He ends it with he be an asshole but Bischoff is a douchebag.
Mexican America is in the ring and Anarquia says they’re tired of being disrespected & they’re wondering why they weren’t included in the tag team title picture because there isn’t a team around who can beat them. They can beat anyone right in the middle of the ring and Anarquia asks if anyone’s going to step up to the challenge. Kurt Angle comes out to the ring and Anarquia asks if he wants to fight but he volunteers Hernandez to fight him. Angle turns to face Hernandez but Anarquia attacks Angle from behind.
Match 2: Anarquia vs. Kurt Angle:
Anarquia rams Angle hard into the corner but misses a charge and Angle launches him into the air with a German suplex. Angle gets the Angle Slam and the Angle Lock and Anarquia taps out in about a minute.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Match Rating: ½ * out of 5
We see a video package looking at Alex Silva the participant in this month’s Gut Check. He wants to do this to honor the memory of his father who passed away earlier this year. Silva comes out to the ring with Al Snow, who introduces himself as the head judge and explains the rules of the Gut Check.
Match 3: Alex Silva vs. Robbie E:
Silva slaps the taste out of Robbie’s mouth and unloads on him in the corner. He hits a clothesline but Robbie catches him with a kick to the ribs and a back elbow off the ropes. Robbie with a body slam and an attempt at a head-butt of the second rope but Silva moves and Robbie missed. Silva with a power slam then Robbie hits leaping DDT for the win.
Winner: Robbie E
Match Rating: * out of 5
Dixie Carter discusses what she will miss about Eric Bischoff but it is all sarcastic remarks.
Hulk Hogan comes backstage to discuss who will get a tag title shot tonight and gives Kazarian & Daniels, ODB and Young, Hardy & Anderson, and the Motor City Machine Guns a chance to explain why they deserve a title shot. They all state their case & then Hogan says he’s still not sure except to say that it definitely won’t be the Motor City Machine Guns.
Brooke Tessmacher hits the ring and says that everyone is talking about her beating Gail Kim last week. She says some say it is a fluke and she is here to prove them wrong. She is a threat to the title, and is just not a nice pair of assets so she challenges Kim to a non-title match now.
Match 4: Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher in a Non-Title Match:
Gail punches Brooke before the bell and rams her from corner to corner & then connects with a flying clothesline. She whips Brooke into the corner stops to blow a kiss to the audience and hits a running clothesline in the corner. Brooke dodges a second one and gets a few shots in but Gail catches her with another clothesline & Gail gets Brooke in a firewoman’s carry and just dumps her but Brooke comes back with a series of clotheslines and a dropkick. Gail takes Brooke back down and holds the title belt right in Brooke’s face telling her that she’s not in her league and will never have the title & hits a charging shoulder block in the corner. Gail comes off the top rope with a missile dropkick but Brooke dodges and then gives Gail an atomic flapjack for the win.
Winner: Brooke Tessmacher
Match Rating: * ½ out of 5
Daniels and Kazarian are backstage saying that they’re confident they made a good enough case to get a title shot later tonight, and they warn AJ Styles that if he doesn’t show up next week, they’ll let his little cat out of the bag.
RVD discusses winning the #1 contender’s match last week. Roode also comments stating that he doesn’t care because he knows RVD. He is a former champion and he hopes RVD knows what he can do because Roode is a new man.
Al Snow talks with Silvia backstage and says they will bring him back next week to know what his fate is. Bobby Roode interrupts & talks down to Silvia saying that he had a chance tonight and it took Roode a long time to get a look from TNA. He doesn’t appreciate the chance that Silvia got but says to be on your toes and gives him a cup check.
Hogan in the back and says that EY and ODB are out tonight & tells them to go back to the hotel and celebrate but don’t reproduce. Hogan says that Daniels, Kaz, Anderson and Hardy need to head to the ring.
Garett Bischoff is backstage and says Eric Bischoff is still his dad but Impact will be a better place without him.
Joseph Park meets with Bully Ray backstage & Ray asks what he wants and Park says that people say that Ray knows where Abyss is. Ray says he has no answers & wouldn’t give them even if he did. Park gives him his card but Ray says to shove it.
In the ring Samoa Joe & Magnus and the remaining contenders come out to await Hogan’s decision. Hogan comes out and tells the fans how awesome Open Fight Night is and he says that Daniels and Kazarian are a great team and very talented, but in the other corner is a team that’s not a cohesive unit so they get the title shot and Daniels & Kazarian are eliminated.
Match 5: Mr. Anderson & Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe & Magnus for the TNA Tag Titles:
Joe and Anderson start off and they trade blows then they tag out so Magnus and Hardy can go at it. Magnus overpowers Hardy and unloads on him in the corner but Hardy uses hit speed to hit a flying head scissors and an enziguiri. Hardy and Anderson try a double team but Magnus avoids the double team and tags out to Joe. Anderson hits him with a back elbow then goes and argues with Jeff as we go to break. We’re back from break and Magnus is in trouble in the challenger’s corner as Hardy hits an inverted atomic drop and a double leg drop to the groin. Magnus rolls to the outside and Hardy tries to go after him but Joe blindsides Hardy and rolls him back into the ring where the champions flatten him with an inverted atomic drop/big boot/running senton combo. Joe whips Hardy to the corner and charges but runs into his boot and then Hardy comes out of the corner with the Whisper in the Wind and makes the tag to Anderson. Anderson cleans house on Magnus clotheslines Joe and goes after Magnus again and they go to the outside. In the ring Hardy hits a Twist of Fate on Joe as Magnus rams Anderson into the steps on the outside. Hardy comes off the apron with a clothesline on Magnus so Anderson can get back into the ring and go at it with Joe. Joe locks Anderson in the rear naked choke & Hardy desperately tries to get in and break it up but Magnus has his leg and holds him until Anderson is forced to tap out.
Winners: Magnus & Samoa Joe Retain
Match Rating: *** out of 5
After the match Hardy & Anderson argue while Kaz and Daniels attacks Joe & Magnus on the ramp.
Ric Flair comes out to the ring with Bully Ray, Gunner, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian to pay tribute to Eric Bischoff. Flair starts by telling the fans to Google him and how that’s his wife’s favorite line and he tries to start the eulogy but the fans yell and chant so much that Flair says this is why he hates wrestling fans. He then introduces the man who had more of an Impact on TNA than anyone Eric Bischoff. Bischoff somberly comes out to the ring and then Flair asks Bischoff to take a seat in the giant throne they’ve placed in the ring for the occasion. He wants to tell Bischoff what it means for all of them to have worked for him and Dixie Carter should be on her knees thanking Bischoff for bringing Hogan and Flair to TNA. Flair asks if there’s any woman who wants to go home with Bischoff and sleep with him then says he hopes the fans at home can appreciate what Bischoff has done and how he was not afraid to cross the line in developing TV programming and he thanks Bischoff. Gunner takes the mic and wants to personally thank Eric for being a father figure and giving him nothing but opportunities. Flair says he almost forgot to give Bischoff a present on behalf of everyone and they hand him gold Rolex. Bully says he’s never admitted this to another man before but he is the wind beneath his wings. Bully gives Bischoff a hug and then Garett Bischoff’s music hits and he comes out with Jeremy Borash, RVD Austin Aries, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley. Garett says they were talking backstage & JB came up with a great idea and since they all want to contribute to Eric’s last night here they had an idea. JB says that the Rolex is nice, but they want to get Eric something more symbolic and that is to induct him into the TNA Shed of Shame. We got backstage where So Cal Val pulls back a curtain to reveal a Port-A-Potty & a big brawl breaks out between Garett’s guys and Eric’s. Garett gets his dad by the head and drags him over to the Shed of Shame while JB opens the door and Garett throws him in and slams the door shut. They chain the door shut and tip it over & then open the chain so a shit-covered Eric Bischoff.
I did not like Impact that much but I don’t know why. I thought the opening promo was not that good as I am not a fan of Devon or his promos. The TV Title match was good and I would have like to see Ray win but having the title defended every week is a good thing. The Gut Check was nothing special maybe if a former WWE guy or TNA guy there would be better. The Knockout Match was disappointing and I expected more. The Kurt Angle match vs. Anarquia was unnecessary & the JB vs. Eric Bischoff match / segment was a complete was of time. The final segment was okay and I liked the end. The match of the night was the Tag Title Match. I have one complaint how TNA not use RVD or Bobby Roode on the show for a big segment when the title match is soon and they have no history.
Overall Rating for the 4/26/12 Impact: 5 out of 10
Next Week on Impact:
- Ric Flair will call out Hulk Hogan
- RVD & Bobby Roode in Pick In Your Poison
- Kaz, Daniels & Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles, Samoa Joe & Magnus