Date: January 13, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Episode Title: The One That Got Away
It’s the first Impact after Genesis and things are looking a bit different. Mr. Anderson is the new world champion following an unannounced title match and title switch at Genesis which I’ll spare you my thoughts on because I’ll yet again be told I don’t get it or I’m an idiot or I don’t like the company or some other short sighted answer like that. Anyway, also at Genesis we saw the debut of Matt Hardy which already is forming our main event tonight. It should be interesting to see where TNA goes from here so let’s get to it.
The opening video is of Genesis from Sunday. Featured are Angle vs. Jarrett and the announcement of the retirement party plus the whole world title scenario. Anderson is considering giving Morgan the first title shot but isn’t sure. Also he hates the look of the belt.
Jarrett and Karen got here earlier today.
Here’s Anderson who says that he’s worked forever to attain his dream. He was hired over there and was the next world champion. Anderson beat ten world champions but a little birdy (said in a HHH voice) got into the boss’ (Vince) head and said that he isn’t ready for it. After being told everything he couldn’t do over there, he got a call from Eric Bischoff.
Eric, Hogan, Dixie and Russo told him he could be himself and now he’s the jerk that he is today. This jerk just became the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He could have done it without the fans but he’ll thank them anyway. The other jerk that he has to thank is Matt Morgan so could he please come out here.
Morgan comes out and Anderson thanks him. Morgan says that the only reason Anderson has that title around his waist (Anderson: “It’s not around my waist.”) is because Morgan let himself down. All Matt is thinking about is how to get the title and his next shot. 2011 is the year of the Blueprint and he’s coming for the title. He’s being serious but civil/respectful here. Anderson earned it and Morgan’s hat is off to him. Morgan shakes his head and leaves.
Before we can go to a break here’s Bischoff. He wants to know who Anderson thinks he is. The only thing he accomplished is putting a bull’s-eye on his back. Eric says mark his calendar for February 3rd, 2011 (my birthday) that on Impact Hardy is getting his rematch and Hogan will be back.
Anderson gets in Eric’s face and Hardy pops up on the screen and says that in three weeks he gets his title back. RVD jumps Hardy but the other Hardy makes the save. Anderson runs off to make the save for RVD and luckily the interview area is right behind the curtain. The rest of Immortal comes in to beat down Anderson and RVD. The guys being laid out takes us to our first break.
Back and the main event is announced of Hardys vs. Anderson/RVD. Can’t argue with the logic there.
We see Karen and Jeff Jarrett going into Immortal’s locker room and closing the door.
Tag Titles: Beer Money vs. Motor City Machineguns
Oh look: it’s this match again. I get that it’s a good pairing, but can we PLEASE get a fresh team in there? This TNA’s tag division is awesome theory is bogus. Before they go to the Guns say to expect a good match. The Guns hit the ring and it’s on early. Tonight is the first of four weeks of Genesis rematches. Well of course. I mean it’s not like it’s supposed to mean anything to buy the PPV right? Why buy it when you can just see the big matches over the next month? What a great way to get fans to buy future shows!
After a big beatdown by the Guns a trip up of Shelley gives Beer Money control and we get down to a traditional match. It’s my first night watching the show in HD and it makes the ring look much smaller. Off to a chinlock by Storm on Sabin. Double tag brings in Shelley and a double stomp gets two on Roode who Tazz thinks is Storm for some reason.
Here comes the double teaming by the Guns which is fun to watch as usual. Skull and Bones hit Roode. Storm is busted open. Elevated DDT a la Orton takes down Sabin. Shelley sets for a superplex but Storm pulls him down into the Eye of the Storm. Shelley counters but gets caught in what looked like a TKO and a splash from Roode for two. DWI can’t hit and here comes Sabin. The Guns hit a combination downward spiral/missile dropkick but Shelly accidentally kicks Sabin on the ASCS Rush and DWI ends Shelley at 7:50.
Rating: B. Usual good match from these teams but the division is dying for new teams. These two teams have had so many matches that while good are getting a bit monotonous. If they’re planning a split between the Guns I question their sanity as they’re more or less the only serious face team the company has. This was one of their weaker matches but certainly still good.
Jarrett is nervous about something after coming out of Immortal’s locker room.
Kurt gets here.
Back and RVD and Anderson aren’t happy about getting beaten down and say they need to take the fight to them. Anderson has the same blood on his head that he had in the promo from after the PPV. Did he not take a shower since then? They grab some weapons which are a chair for RVD and what looked like a big board for Anderson.
Pope is here and the money is able to rain down from the ceiling again. His hair looks kind of different and I think it’s braided now or something. He talks about how Joe has been following him around and he hasn’t done anything wrong. Pope says he’s a Pope that the people can look up to. He forgives Joe but wants to know what would happen if the roles were reversed and Pope was following Joe. Well apparently he did just that and we’re going to look at the Dixietron to see what Joe and his wife look like.
And it’s a picture of two pigs mating. Next up is a picture of Joe’s wife giving birth and it’s a video of a pig nursing it’s babies. Here comes Joe and Pope bails. Uh, what’s stopping Joe from going after him? Joe grabs the mic and says that for a man that is always pimping, he always runs like a little whiny an. At some point in the future, Joe is coming after him and Joe’s Gonna Kill You.
RVD and Anderson storm the Immortal locker room and find Beer Money. I didn’t see the previously mentioned weapons with them but whatever. The door closes and sound effects imply a big old beatdown. Anderson and RVD walk out and say that’s two down and now they’re looking for the Hardys. Van Dam does have his chair with him as they leave so I’d assume he had it when he goes in.
Back with Eric, Flair and AJ talking about how to get the title off Anderson. AJ wants to be able to soften him up but Flair says no because he needs to heal. They walk into the locker room and find Beer Money down and Flair says Jesus a lot. If they want a war they’ve got one.
We recap Jarrett vs. Angle which is one of the longest running feuds in company history. And it’s still just a tease as Jarrett and Karen talk about how on Sunday Angle took it too far so tonight Jarrett is going to hang up his MMA boots.
Angle says that he and his ex have some catching up to do.
Here comes Jeff for his retirement party. If nothing else we can look at Karen. Maybe we can’t actually as Jarrett comes out with the security dudes. Has he always had that mustache? A guy in an Elmo shirt yells at Jarrett. No idea why but that made me laugh. He says that no one has come close to defeating him in an MMA fight and he’s certainly never lost.
At Genesis he could have injured Kurt but he didn’t. He has nothing left to prove in MMA so he’s done. Behind every great warrior there’s a great woman so here’s Karen. Instead we get Kurt so Jarrett sends out the security dudes again. They work about as well as an umbrella in a hurricane so Angle storms the ring. After hitting Germans on Gunner and Murphy he corners Jarrett but here’s Karen with a mic of her own.
The distraction lets Jarrett get away. In a voice that could make Vickie Guerrero jealous, she talks about how Kurt has played games with their personal lives and he’s not going to steal their happiness anymore. Next week she’s going to tell her side of the story. Uh, why not say it now? You have a mic, you have him in front of you and your husband right next to you. What’s stopping you honey? Whatever as we go to another break.
Back with Angle cursing up a storm and breaking a lot of stuff.
Holy crap it’s a wrestling match!
Knockouts Tag Titles: Tara/Madison Rayne vs. Winter/Angelina Love
Is there any reason to have these belts anymore? We barely have enough girls for a singles title let alone tag belts. Before the champions come to the ring Velvet rants about Winter and for some reason is surprised that she’s here for the title defense. After the referee holds up the titles for a very long time we’re ready to go. Angelina vs. Madison to start. Angelina gets two rollups to start and dominates this part of the match.
Madison has that glove on her hand which is apparently loaded. Off to Tara for some double teaming. After about a minute and a half here’s Mickie to pull Madison out and drill Tara as well. Mickie tries to get the glove off Madison and chases her out of the arena. Bicycle Kick to Tara takes her down and Winter adds a double axe from the top. She snaps and gets a choke on Tara for the submission/pass out at 3:00. No rating as probably half of this was Mickie’s involvement.
The Hardys, from behind a cage no less, say that the business is all about making money and they’re blood, rather than a thief and a wrestler paired together.
Matt Morgan vs. Abyss
Non-title of course because you don’t want to have the TV Title defended on TV right? Morgan charges right ahead and beats on Abyss for about a minute but can’t hit the Carbon Footprint due to a distraction for Flair. A corner charge by the champion eats elbow but he gets a clothesline to Morgan to keep control. He takes too long on another charge though and gets caught by a Discus Lariat. Chokeslam by Abyss is blocked and the Carbon Footprint hits. Flair tries to save but can’t stop the count and Morgan gets the pin at 3:20.
Post match Flair goes after Morgan but gets caught. Terry comes down and it’s a 3-1 beatdown.
Rating: D+. This was watchable but not much more. Great to see a new champion get pinned in less than 4 minutes despite attempted interference. I get that they need to keep Morgan strong, so maybe they shouldn’t have booked him against a champion? Just a thought. Anyway this was nothing special at all and was just to set up the beatdown post match.
After a break Abyss is in the back and someone (might have been Tommy Mercer/Red’s brother) jumps Abyss and says that on February 3rd they’re coming for every member of Immortal. He chokes Abyss out and leaves him laying.
Tenay and Tazz confirm that it was him and his name is apparently Crimson.
Abyss goes into the locker room to talk to Eric but he’s talking to the Hardys so it has to be later. Eric says that everything goes down on February 3rd. After the Hardys leave Abyss tells them what happed. Eric and Flair say he’s having a flashback because Immortal is already here.
Hardys vs. Rob Van Dam/Mr. Anderson
It’s 10:38 when the entrances start so there’s a lot of time for this. Back and the non-brothers go straight for the Hardys in the aisle. Oddly enough RVD goes after Matt. We get the bell and it’s on with a big brawl. We get it down to an actual match with RVD vs. Matt. I can’t say Hardy anymore which is taking some getting used to. Matt hammers away in the corner as the bare arms look isn’t working for him at all.
Tenay tells us that Matt is officially in Immortal which I think was pretty clear but it’s nice to have it be made official. Jeff and Anderson in now and Jeff reopens the wound on Anderson’s head. Tenay suggest that if the Hardys had stayed together they might be recognized as the best tag team ever. They weren’t even the best team in the company back in the day.
Matt goes up and misses a moonsault. In a related story, Florida’s ground has been pushed into the ground by 9 feet. We take a break after RVD dives on the Hardys on the floor. Back with RVD hammering on Matt. After some Jeff interference a Side Effect gets two. Off to Anderson vs. Jeff again and there’s the Mic Check with ease. Matt saves but it was kind of odd to see him hit it that easily.
Matt sets for the Twist but Anderson fights out of it. Down goes the referee and Matt gets a Mic Check of his own. Instead they just beat down the Hardys but Beer Money comes out to uneven the odds. After the big beating from Beer Money the Twist and Swanton pin Anderson at 13:50. Great way to treat your world champion in his first match as champion.
Rating: C. This was your basic main event tag match with a screwy finish. I really don’t like Anderson getting pinned and Immortal standing tall again but they’re setting up for three weeks from now which should be a good thing at least. The match wasn’t anything great at all but it certainly worked for a main event and thankfully got some time. Right in the middle here.
Immortal hits the ring to beat the guys down and stand tall as the show ends.
Overall Rating: B. The lack of wrestling is really the only thing holding this back. Well that and the champions getting pinned twice. I quite liked this show overall as it seems we’re away from the whole Immortal dominance thing and are shifting over to the THEY are coming again. I like this for once as it’s a nice bit of continuity to the big storyline. I’m interested in seeing where this is going, which is exactly the point of what they’re trying to do. Good show and a good sign of things to come hopefully.
Beer Money b. Motor City Machineguns – DWI to Shelley
Angelina Love/Winter b. Tara/Madison Rayne – Winter choked Tara out
Matt Morgan b. Abyss – Carbon Footprint
The Hardys b. Rob Van Dam/Mr. Anderson – Swanton Bomb to Anderson