Welcome to another review of TNA Impact. This week Daniels and Kaz will reveal AJ Styles’ secret. Also Crimson will battle his former tag team partner Matt Morgan. Also in a Victory Road rematch Austin Aries will defend the X Division Title against Zema Ion. So let’s start as this Sunday is Sacrifice.
The show starts with a video package & then Bobby Roode comes to the ring. He asks if there is anything else that he has to do to prove that he is the greatest champion in the history of the company and without a shadow of a doubt the most dominant champion in the history of Impact Wrestling. He reminds us that last week not only did he defeat and embarrass Ken Anderson but he took him out. Not only did he take Anderson out he took out Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam. He says one man took out 3 former World Champions. Roode says sometimes he amazes himself & that he has great news for everyone & that in 14 days it will become official as he will go down in history because he will become the longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion in the history of this company. He says in three days RVD gets into the ring with the It Factor of Professional Wrestling & the World Champion. He tells RVD if he thinks he is going to outwrestle him and take the World Title from him then he is sorely mistaken. Rob Van Dam runs to the ring and he punches Roode. Roode goes to the outside and he goes up the ramp as RVD picks up the title belt. Roode has his back to the entrance and Ken Anderson attacks Roode from behind & Roode is sent back into the ring and Anderson and RVD attack Roode. Jeff Hardy comes to the ring and joins in & then Hardy even takes a few shots at Anderson as officials & refs come out to try to separate them. Hulk Hogan’s music plays and he says that he smells blood & that he likes it. Hogan says that he likes the enthusiasm and says that Hardy and Anderson want a piece of Roode and each other & that RVD wants a piece of Roode also. Hogan says he has an idea that will shake things up & it will be tonight’s main event but he has to talk to RVD first. He suggests a fatal four way to give each man something to gain and something to lose. If Anderson or Hardy wins they get RVD’s shot at the title against Bobby Roode. If Roode wins he can pick whoever he wants of the three to face at Sacrifice. If RVD wins he gets to pick the stipulation for the World Title Match at Sacrifice. Hogan asks RVD if he wants to accept the stipulation and RVD says yes.
Backstage Bully Ray talks about Austin Aries and that he is 175 soaking wet on a good day. He says that Aries is the biggest thorn in his side in this company. He says Austin Aries made a few disparaging comments to him last week but that he is sick and tired of Aries bullying him. Ray says that he is going to take care of this little problem & that he doesn’t push people down but he takes people down and he takes them out.
Backstage in Gail Kim’s dressing room with Madison Rayne, Gail talks about how she is tired of hearing people talking about how Brooke Tessmacher beat her. Madison asks Gail for her thoughts on an outfit. Gail says that people talk about how beautiful Brooke is and how good she looks but that it is camera tricks and Photoshop. Madison asks about some more clothes and Gail wants to know what is going on. Madison says that there is this guy and she wants it to be perfect. Gail says that she needs to watch Brooke’s match.
Match 1: Brooke Tessmacher vs. Velvet Sky:
They lock up and Velvet backs Brooke into the corner. They lock up again and Brooke pushes Velvet to the corner. Velvet hits a shoulder tackle for a near fall. Velvet connects with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Brooke sends Velvet into the corner to counter a bulldog. Brooke hits a monkey flip and then she tries for a second one but Velvet pushes Brooke to the mat. Velvet connects with a series of kicks but Brooke comes back with a drop kick. Brooke with a stink faces and then misses a charge into the corner and Velvet hits a bulldog for a near fall. Velvet throws Brooke into the turnbuckles. Velvet hits a face busters followed by a snap mare and a drop & then up sets for a DDT but Brooke sends Velvet into the turnbuckles. Velvet charges into the corner but Brooke with a drop toe hold and a front driver out of a belly-to-back suplex set up for the win.
Winner: Brooke Tessmacher
Match Rating: ** out of 5
After the match Gail Kim attacked Tessmacher.
A.J. Styles makes his way into the Impact Zone and the cameraman wants to know what the secret is that Daniels and Kaz are talking about. A.J. says that he is facing Kurt Angle three days and that is who he is focused on.
Backstage Jeff Hardy says that the selfish generation is going end and that he is glad he has a chance to end it.
Match 2: “The Undefeated” Crimson vs. Matt Morgan:
Before Morgan can make his way to the ring Bully Ray attacks him from behind with the chain. Ray kicks Morgan in the ribs & then he picks up a chair and hits him with it. Ray tells Austin Aries that will be him while Crimson watches from the ring. Morgan is bleeding from the forehead while Ray tells everyone checking on Morgan that if he touches Matt he will hit them with the chair. Ray throws the chair down and walks away. Crimson is in the ring and he says that he cannot believe what he just witnessed & that it’s also unfortunate that week after week Matt Morgan would come out and he claimed that he would be the man to end the streak & make him pay. He says that delusion is a scary thing & that he is still undefeated and Morgan couldn’t make it to the ring. Crimson says that he is feeling gracious and benevolent. He tells the referee to give Morgan another chance to fight like a man. He tells the referee to start a ten count to see if he can make it to the ring. The referee starts his count and gets to ten. After the count Crimson says that it was so sad but very predictable & another footnote to the disappointment of a career that is Matt Morgan
Match Result: No Contest
Match Rating: NR
There is an RVD video package where he talks about how people thought he was reckless as a kid & then talks about the sacrifices that he has made.
Match 3: Zema Ion vs. Austin Aries for the X Division Title:
They lock up and Aries backs Ion into the corner. Ion grabs for the hairspray but Aries with a side head lock and he messes up Ion’s hair. Aries with a side head lock but Ion hits a head scissors. Aries goes to the top but misses when Ion moves out of the way. Ion hits a flip dive onto Aries & then a slingshot kick to the head for a near fall. Ion connects with kicks but Aries comes back with a chop and elbow. Ion with a thumb to the eyes and then he hits a face buster from a belly-to-back set up for a near fall. Ion with a slam and then he tries for a double jump moonsault but Aries gets his knees up. Aries connects with a forearm and elbow to the head followed by an Irish whip and a roaring elbow. Aries hits a clothesline that sends Ion to the floor. Aries with the suicide dive to the floor. Aries drops Ion across the top rope and then Aries with a handspring into an elbow drop for a near fall. Aries gets sent into the turnbuckles and Ion with a forearm. Aries holds on to the ropes when Ion tries for a hurricanrana. Aries with a missile drop kick and then he sets for the running drop kick into the corner followed by the brain buster for the win.
Winners: Austin Aries Retains
Match Rating: ** ½ out of 5
Backstage Christopher Daniels says that he will not let A.J. call his bluff. Kaz wants to know if they are really going to do this. Daniels says that their contracts are signed and sealed so they are safe.
We then get highlights of the opening segment.
Backstage RVD says that he knows he can beat Jeff Hardy and Anderson. He knows he can beat Roode & that he will do it his way. He says he will get to set the stipulation if he wins so the ball will be in his court. He says that they are going to touch the sky and no one gets higher than him. RVD talks about how he has had a good run winning ladder matches.
We get a video package for the Styles/Daniels/Kazarian situation. They talk about how it was never about Frankie.
Christopher Daniels & Kazarian are in the ring. Daniels tells the crowd to hush & that he gave A.J. Styles an ultimatum last week to reveal the secret or he would do it for A.J. Daniels and Kazarian allow A.J. to come to the ring. Daniels says that he hates that he has to do this & A.J. Styles makes his way to the ring. A.J. says that he doesn’t know what they have over him but it has to stop and it has to stop now. A.J. says that this needs to stop because Daniels and Kazarian are going to make the biggest mistake of their lives. Kaz says that A.J. is the one making the mistake. He says he was protecting A.J. and then they looked at what they accomplished and what A.J. accomplished, but then he wondered why he was protecting A.J.
Kaz reveals a photo of A.J. and Dixie Carter in a photograph. A.J. acknowledges that it is them. Daniels says that they have all had discussions with Dixie but this is not the only photo. We see a photo of A.J. getting a little closer to Dixie. Daniels wants to know what they were talking about to have his hands on Dixie. Daniels reveals what is behind curtain number three and it is a photo of A.J. kissing Dixie.
Daniels says since day one A.J. has been the poster boy of this company and when he looks at this photo a picture is worth a thousand words. Daniels and Kaz leave the ring and A.J. is left with the photos.
Match 4: Robbie E. vs. Devon for the TV Title:
Devon runs to the ring and he tries to punch Robbie T but he gets the clipboard up. Robbie E tries to attack Devon but Devon stops him. The referee tries to send Robbie T to the floor while Devon punches Robbie E. Devon hits a flying double clothesline and then he clotheslines Robbie T over the top rope to the floor.
The bell rings and Devon with punches and a Thez Press. Devon hits a diving head butt to the chest. Robbie T pulls Devon to the floor while Robbie E distracts the referee but sends Robbie T into the ring steps and then he punches Robbie E.
Devon is back in the ring and connects with a spinebuster for the win.
Winner: Devon Retains the TV Title
Match Rating: * out of 5
After the match Robbie T attacks Devon & hits a power slam. He then gets the TV title and hands it to Robbie E.
They show a video package of James Storm leaving a few weeks ago. Then they show another where Storm discusses losing at the PPV. He wishes he could say Roode cheated or the better man won, but he can’t. He says he disappointed his fans and he has to get his head clear. He says now he has to take time for himself. We see Storm working on the farm discussing always working hard and how wrestling was his life and gave him everything. He discusses if he even wants to wrestle anymore and if it is worth it and that he never imagined second-guessing himself. He says the way he lost made him second-guess himself & that he failed in front of friends and family and it nearly killed him.
We see Joseph Park looking for the right way to go to the ring.
Backstage Devon says it is never a fair fight when dealing with Robbie T or Robbie E and challenges them to a triple threat match for the TV Title at Sacrifice.
We see a video package on the disappearance of Abyss.
Joseph Park makes his way to the ring and he tries to climb onto the apron but then he remembers that he is a lawyer so he climbs the steps.
Joseph tells everyone that he is happy to be here but we cannot hear him because he doesn’t have a mic He says he is impressed with the Impact Zone& that he has watched some of his brother’s matches and his brother tore this place to the ground. Joseph thanks Hulk Hogan for allowing him to address the fans. He tells everyone to bear with him because he is not used to talking to big crowds. He says that he is looking for his brother Chris & that in his investigation, every clue, lead, and interview there was a common thread and that they all lead to Bully Ray. He said that he is not going away until he gets answers about where is his brother. On the way in he saw a sign that there is going to be some big event on Sunday. Maybe he will buy a ticket to this thing and sit with everyone and watch it. Ray comes out to the ring and he says that he is tired of hearing this crap. He says that this is a load of crap & that there is something not right with Joseph and his brother Abyss. Ray wants to know if this looks like a courtroom to Joseph. Ray says it is not a courtroom it is a freaking wrestling ring & he has no business being in a wrestling ring in a wrestling arena. Ray asks Joseph if he saw what he did to Matt Morgan and wants to know if Joseph wants that to happen to him. Joseph tells Ray that he is big, tough, mean, and bad. Joseph says that he was thinking about his match with Chris. Joseph reminds Ray that Abyss beat him & then a few weeks ago Ray’s former tag team partner called him out and beat him too. The fans start chanting ‘You’re a Loser’ and Joseph tells Ray that he didn’t tell them to say that but he is having fun with the chant. He says last week Bully was invited to the ring by Austin Aries, a man with a lot of talent but half of Ray’s size & Aries beat him down. Joseph asks Ray how that bullying thing is working out for him. Ray pushes Joseph to the mat and he says that is how that bullying thing is working.
Backstage Anderson talks about how he is scheduled to face Hardy at Sacrifice but if he wins tonight he will be taking his title back on Sunday night instead.
We get Slammiversary tenth anniversary moment which is the debut of Hulk Hogan on Impact.
Backstage Kurt Angle is asked about A.J.’s focus. He says that he doesn’t care about the allegations & that A.J. needs to start worrying about his match at Sacrifice & he can think about the allegations while his bones are mending.
Main Event: Bobby Roode vs. RVD vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy:
RVD goes after Roode and then Anderson and Hardy join in but then Anderson and Hardy fight over who gets to attack Roode. Hardy stands back and watches while RVD punches Roode. Hardy punches Anderson and kicks him. RVD wants to talk strategy with Hardy but Hardy goes after Roode. Anderson is sent to the floor by Roode. Roode sends RVD over the top rope to the floor. Roode is left in the ring with Hardy and he punches him in the corner but Hardy goes for & misses Whisper in the Wind. Hardy with a reverse atomic whip and leg drop to the abdomen and drop kick on Roode. Hardy keeps Van Dam on the floor & then misses a splash off the apron and hits the guardrail. Back in the ring Anderson gets a near fall and he punches Roode. Anderson connects with a swinging neck breaker. RVD with a split legged moonsault on Anderson for a near fall. RVD goes for Rolling Thunder on Anderson but Roode catches RVD and hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Roode kicks RVD but RVD replies with a kick of his own. RVD connects with a running spin kick & then tries for a monkey flip on Hardy but Hardy holds on to the ropes. Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind on RVD for a near fall. RVD with a step over spin kicks and then he hits Rolling Thunder on Hardy. Roode throws RVD to the floor and Roode tries for the Payoff. Hardy with a Twist of Fate on Roode and Anderson hits the Mic Check on Roode. Hardy and Anderson go to the floor and that allows Van Dam to hit a Five Star Frog Splash for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Match Rating: *** out of 5
RVD then pulls a ladder from under the ring while Jeff Hardy and Ken Anderson argue on the floor. Pyro comes up from the stage and Abyss is back. He has a message for his little brother. He tells Joseph that he is getting too close to the fire and he tells him to back off before he gets burned.
Impact was good as there were no Bischoffs and hardly any Hogan like last week. The opening segment was okay but I don’t like that Hardy and Anderson are in the World Title storyline it is not a fatal four way at Sacrifice plus Roode has no problems with RVD which makes this feud dumb. I did not like the segment with Daniels and AJ as this feud is getting dumb and has been going on for almost a year. The Knockout match was good. I don’t know how I feel about the Morgan vs. Crimson thing as I am not sure where it will go to or if Bully Ray will feud with Morgan when he returns. The Joseph Park & Bully Ray promo was decent but you could tell Ray was the better talked in the segment. I liked the RVD video package they showed as it was done well. The X Division Title match was very good. The TV Title match was basic and I can’t wait for Devon to lose it. The James Storm Video Package was very good also and it makes you feel bad for Storm. The main event was good also. The end was good as the return of Abyss was a nice surprise. Impact was very good but they should have hyped up the tag title match for Sacrifice more and let RVD & Roode work by themselves.
Overall Rating for the 5/10/12 Impact: 8 out of 10 (Like Last Week)
Final Card for Sacrifice (with my picks in Bold)
AJ Styles vs. KurtAngle
Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
Bully Ray vs. Austin Aries
TNA TV Title Match: Devon vs. Robbie E vs. Robbie T
TNA Tag Team Title Match: SamoaJoeandMagnus vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian
Knockouts Title Match: GailKim vs. Miss Tessmacher
Ladder Match for the TNA World Title Match: BobbyRoode vs. RVD