Date: January 27, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Episode Title: Crimson Sees Red
It’s almost a go home show tonight as they’ve spent more time building up to February 3rd than Against All Odds which is perfectly fine as 2/3 is a huge show. Also, it’s nice to see TNA building up to a major event for weeks rather than hours. When you do that, more people might actually watch. Anyway, tonight we’ll likely be focusing on the new THEY and hopefully finding out some more about how Crimson is connected to this. Also expect more about Angle vs. Jarrett. Let’s get to it.
As usual we open with a recap of last week, mainly focusing on Jarrett/Angle and then Crimson.
Angle opens the show properly without music for some reason this week. He talks about last week and everything that happened before moving on to how he made a promise not to wrestle again. But sometimes there are things you have to deal with, and in this case it’s Jarrett. He’s the best in the world and he does it for the people. Would the people want to see Kurt in the ring one more time? Based on the cheers it seems that they would.
Bischoff and Immortal come out and Bischoff says that there’s no way he’s wrestling again because he’s retired. Kurt apparently needs to find a new hobby. Eric sends Immortal down and they beat the heck out of Kurt. Taz mentions that Eric took away the pyro and music so that’s covered. Crimson runs in with a bat for the save and clears the ring.
Flair goes on a classic rant, saying that THEY is him, Bischoff and Hogan and are already here. Hogan hasn’t been seen in two months but he’s still here I guess. Flair, as Kurt’s god, lifts the ban on Angle wrestling and makes Angle vs. Jarrett tonight. Jeff loses it but Flair finishes his statement and makes it Angle/Crimson vs. all of Immortal. Flair’s face is beet red. He screams more as we go to a break.
Back with Eric taking credit for making Angle says he’d retire if he lost. “Ric, have you lost your mind?” Flair of course responds with taking off his jacket, shouting at the top of his lungs and talking about Kool-Aid. This is absolutely hilarious and I really don’t know if that’s intentional or not.
Dixie speaks tonight.
Sarita/Tara/Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Skye/Mickie James/Angelina Love
We see the Beautiful People in the back but Winter grabs Angelina and asks why are you doing this to us? Love says chill because Velvet is my BFF. Winter is crushed and screams, beating the tar out of a wall or something. Dang it quit having the camera on anything other than Velvet during her entrance? This is under elimination rules because a gimmick is needed in at least half the matches on a Russo show.
They brawl before the match starts and then we get a bell. Tara vs. Angelina to start but it’s off to Sarita and Mickie soon. Dixie is the topic of course and we get the legal ruling on Immortal and TNA next week. Also she’s still President. I’m assuming that means a figurehead spot at the moment? Off to Velvet and Sarita now as Velvet is still obsessed with beating her.
Madison tries to come in but Mickie counters her. Madison tries to load up the glove but is thrown out by Velvet. The distraction allows Sarita to roll her up to make it 3-2. Mickie gets in but is sent to the apron soon. She gets rammed by Tara’s elbow pad and Madison comes in. Madison is knocked down and falls on her own glove to knock herself out and Mickie gets the pin. A second later Sarita rolls up Mickie to get us down to Angelina vs. Sarita/Tara.
Angelina gets a small package on Sarita for two as we take a break. Back with Anelina vs. Sarita still. Angelina reverses a belly to back and gets a spin kick for two. They show a reply of the Madison elimination and see that she completely missed the glove that knocked her out but that’s an understandable error as fast as she was falling. We cut to the back with Velvet on the ground holding her head. Winter vs. Velvet for Angelina’s affections works for me.
Over to Tara now after a long body scissors by Angelina. Tara lasts just a few seconds as it’s back to Sarita. Sarita gets something close to a snap suplex for two. We’re over 12 minutes into this match now with a lot of it being this handicap match. I don’t remember a Knockouts match this long in awhile other than maybe the cage match. The heels double team Angelina a bit but Love fights them off and hits the Botox Injection to Tara to make it 1-1. Sarita gets a rollup reversed and Angelina gets the win at 13:35.
Rating: C-. The match got a lot better once we got down to 2-1. The first half was incredibly sloppy and they were going too fast with the eliminations. I’m not sure what the point was to it going so long but it wasn’t a bad match. I like them having an angle in the division if not multiple angles too. Nice to see that for a change.
Angle is on the phone with someone and says they have to accelerate their plans. Kurt wants the person here tonight.
Back with Matt making fun of Anderson’s saying things twice deal. Matt says Anderson won’t make it to February 3. He also mentions having Cold Blood which gets some emphasis.
Kaz is at the announce table. We’re going to have three triple threats over the next three weeks. The winners will meet at Against All Odds for a final triple threat for the #1 contender spot. Wow think they’re taking enough time getting to that?
Max Buck vs. Amazing Red vs. Chris Sabin
We get comments from everyone with Red saying he’s the original face of the X Division, Max saying it’s either his or his brother’s time (Kaz: don’t your balls have to drop before it’s your time?) and Sabin says destiny is knocking at his door (Kaz: wouldn’t that upset Velvet Sky? Sabin and her date if that makes no sense). It’s a wild match as you would expect to start with Max being sent to the floor a few times.
Big dive by Sabin takes out Red and it’s Max vs. Sabin in the ring. A low dropkick gets two. Surprisingly enough Kaz is the most entertaining part of this match. Jeremy chokes Red on the floor for a bit. That apparently doesn’t work as he gets a dropkick off the top to take out both guys. Red gets his speed going to take down Max with a spinning DDT. Red dives at Sabin who catches him in a suplex position and slams him down into a neckbreaker for two.
Max vs. Sabin now with a nice gymnastics routine resulting in a faceplant by Max which gets two for him. Nice kind of sunset bomb by Red for two as Jeremy pops up so his brother can still win. Red goes up but gets crotched by Jeremy. Elevated DDT out of the corner by Max is enough to pin Red at 5:10. Fun match.
Rating: B. Fun match indeed here in the vein of the old school Cruiserweight matches in WCW. This was a spot fest and that’s exactly what the X Division should be. These matches are great ways to get a crowd going and it was short enough to not get dull. Fun match and exactly what it needed to be.
Karen is paranoid about Kurt being on the phone. Jeff says to calm down but Karen is still worried.
Jeff Hardy is up next.
Back with Velvet saying she’s fed up with Winter who attacked her. She tells Angelina to deal with Winter or she will.
We recap Jeff vs. Anderson and their feud to hype up next week.
Here’s Jeff. I still don’t see him as a big star when I look at him. I didn’t in WWE and I don’t here. He yells at the fans and says that they’re all a bunch of smarks and internet junkies. At BFG he took the title and the money because he is TNA. Half the fans chant for him and half of them chant where’s your title. Now let’s talk about the jerk. Jeff says he’s going to win the title back next week and shove it in all the fans’ faces. This was just…bad. He sounded like a guy in OVW that has been around for three months.
Anderson comes down to the ring and holds up the title. He says Jeff complains and moans a lot, sounding like Charlie Brown’s mom. Everything in wrestling is about wins and losses apparently and right now Anderson has the big win. Anderson says that even after what Hardy has put the fans through, they still like him. Next week it’s all about the title and when the match is over, Anderson will still be the Total Nonstop Action Total Nonstop Anderson. I’m not a fan of Anderson but he destroyed Hardy here.
Eliminate the Hate PSA.
Crimson says a few weeks ago he was here for his brother Red. Recently though he was given an offer he couldn’t refuse. Next week we’ll find out who that offer came from. Could they make this any more obvious?
We get a recap of what Crimson has done. Abyss is hurt badly apparently and is out indefinitely. No word on the TV Title.
Here’s Velvet with no music. She calls out Winter with a ton of profanity. Winter comes out and Velvet drills her before she can get in. This goes on for awhile until Winter beats her down with some shots. Angelina finally comes out to break it up. The fans chant She’s a Screamer. I want to end the Impact Zone audience.
Pope is on his way to the ring as we take a break.
Here’s Pope who says that maybe he said some things that shouldn’t have been said but he said some things that should have been said. Pope is pure which is why he always wears white. Tonight he’s going to confess to something. Pope talks about how so many people aren’t honest with themselves and don’t like the people they’re around.
He’s better than all of us apparently, so he’s going to kneel down and confess. He gets about one knee down but pulls up saying that he doesn’t like Joe. Pope goes on a rant saying he is going to fix things like he always has. Next week someone is going to confess just like he did.
Flair is giving Fourtune a pep talk and for no apparent reason Eric Young is there. Fourtune leaves and Eric stays. Flair goes off on him and says the title Eric has means nothing. Eric leaves saying good talk Ric. This was kind of pointless. The Eric aspect I mean.
Back with a recap of Hogan’s arrival in TNA and how it led to the whole THEY story. When you condense it really well like this the angle actually looks and sounds pretty awesome.
Dixie is on the phone and says that the day in court will be next Thursday and we’ll hear the decision that night. This phone call lasted all of 30 seconds. So in other words control of a major company and a fraudulent contract signing can be settled in court in a single day along with the action of that day in court being enacted on the same day?
Eric offers a rebuttal, saying next week Immortal will get the gold back and Hogan is back too.
Matt Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
Matt hammers Anderson down a bit but can’t get a move off the top. He does manage to drape Anderson’s arm over the top though and gets a one arm DDT for two. Anderson’s arm goes into the post while the announcers plug next week’s major show. The top of Anderson’s calves near his legs are really pale. Lots of arm work here but Anderson gets a spinning neckbreaker for two.
Anderson’s rolling fireman’s carry slam is reversed and Matt uses an FU for two. Twist of Hate is countered into the rolling fireman’s carry slam for two. Mic Check is blocked and there’s the Side Effect for two but Anderson rolls him up for the pin at 4:12. That came out of nowhere.
Rating: C+. Quick match but pretty good here. They used a lot of counters and it was pretty fast paced. They kept this short which is probably a good thing at this point. It gave Anderson a slight injury going into the title defense next week, so I have very few complaints here for once.
Post match Jeff comes out for the beatdown. RVD runs out for the save but the Hardys get away. You know maybe RVD would be able to sneak up on them better if he didn’t have loud music saying ROB VAN DAM as soon as he came out.
Angle and Crimson are coming to the ring. Angle says they’re not alone out there.
Kurt Angle/Crimson vs. Immortal
Immortal here is represented by Beer Money/Kaz/Rob Terry and Gunner/Murphy. AJ is in street clothes as is Flair. They’re staying on the floor it seems. No Jarrett? AJ is on the apron now and you have to tag here. The referee makes them switch corners for some reason. It seems like they’re wasting time. Crimson vs. Roode to start with Roode hammering him back in the corner. Is this Crimson’s official debut?
He takes over on Roode very quickly with a shoulder block and a Falcon Arrow for two. Off to Angle who gets only a moderate pop for his first official match in months. Kaz comes in and Angle takes over. Off to Storm now who takes a suplex. Angle knocks all of Immortal off the apron but Storm is able to hit a Backstabber. Superkick misses and down goes the referee.
Angle Slam to Storm and it breaks down rather quickly. With Angle in trouble we get Jarrett’s music. He and Karen come out and Jeff wants Kurt on his own. Kurt easily grabs a German but Immortal beats him down. I’m assuming the match was thrown out at some point earlier. Stroke to Angle and Jackson James runs out for the pin at 3:35. No rating as the vast majority was a big beatdown.
Morgan runs out as apparently the call recipient. I was wondering where he was tonight. The numbers catch up with him though…and there go the lights. A siren goes off and SCOTT STEINER is back, pipe in hand. He clears the ring to end the show.
Overall Rating: C+. This was very similar to Raw in that the only point of it was to build up to the big show. In that sends it certainly worked, but at the same time the lack of wrestling hurts it a bit. This was good for a go home show but as a regular show it wasn’t that great overall. I want to see the show next week though, so that’s definitely a win for them.
Also I won’t be here for the review next week so I’ll see you in two weeks.
Angelina Love/Velvet Sky/Mickie James b. Tara/Madison Rayne/Sarita – Angelina last eliminated Sarita to win
Max Buck b. Amazing Red and Chris Sabin – Elevated DDT to Red
Mr. Anderson b. Matt Hardy – Cradle
Immortal b. Kurt Angle/Crimson – Stroke to Angle