Date: February 10, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Episode Title: Don’t Be Roode
It’s a new era for TNA as we have Fourtune now as faces, leading the TNA charge against Immortal. With AJ as arguably top face again, things are looking a bit more familiar around the Impact Zone this week. We’re a mere four days away from Against All Odds and there aren’t many matches announced on TV yet. I’d expect to find out what else is coming tonight though. Let’s get to it.
We open with a clip of Jarrett on a radio show talking about the Kurt Angle situation. There are also some clips of Angle watching Jarrett at a house show. We then shift over to Fourtune being revealed as THEY. Roode has something to say tonight.
Immortal comes out to open the show. No Flair again as I guess he’s either being held off TV or is out due to his shoulder injury. Immortal looks a bit dressed down this week other than Jeff Jarrett and Karen. Eric says that Immortal won’t miss a beat after last week. He’s not going to give up power because for 15 years he’s made stars, built companies and changed the industry. Bischoff just said he made stars. Ok I regained my composure. Almost died of laughter there.
Bischoff runs down Fourtune and says how worthless they are. He hands the mic over to Jeff Jarrett who calls out Fourtune. The fans chant for AJ. Jarrett (when I say Jarrett I mean Jeff. I’ll refer to Karen as Karen for clarification) says he gave all 4 of these guys a job 9 years ago. Jarrett gets in their faces again but Roode grabs the mic from him.
Roode says that Fourtune is the backbone of the company and that they all had chances to go away for more money or better opportunities, but they were the ones that have stood by TNA. They’ll continue to rise to the top no matter what Immortal wants to do. He says for Jarrett to do something about it if he doesn’t like it and the brawl is on. Good promo from Roode who I’ve never seen the superstar in him that is supposed to be there. Angle, Crimson and Steiner run out to even the odds as Immortal runs.
Angle and Jarrett sign their contract tonight.
The world title is on the line as Anderson defends against Morgan. The winner gets Jeff Hardy in a ladder match for the title on Sunday. Well at least they announced the PPV main event.
Velvet and Winter are arguing in the back until Angelina breaks them up and has an official introduction. They argue more and Angelina is frustrated as we take a break.
Back with Eric offering the returning Hernandez a spot in Immortal which he accepts.
Matt Hardy/Bully Ray/D’Angelo Dinero vs. D-Von/Samoa Joe/Rob Van Dam
This is a tables match. These guys all have singles matches at the PPV which I think you can figure out. Joe chases Pope out of the arena to start. I think this is one table to a finish. Van Dam vs. Matt in the ring as he hits Rolling Thunder. D-Von beats up Bubba on the floor. The Dudleys are in the ring now with Bubba hitting D-Von low. Bubba gets a table set up but yells at D-Von’s kids. They jump the rail and detain him, allowing D-Von to knock Bubba through the table for the win at 3:15.
Rating: C-. This was a total mess to say the least, but they got the right idea at least of having the three singles matches get pushed at the same time. The Pope and Joe were out there maybe 4 seconds total, but the other matches got some camera time at least. I’m a fan of this kind of booking, but this was too insane to really get much out of it.
The Angles have a surprise for Kurt.
Back with the Jarretts in the ring, flanked by security. Karen says they have a hectic schedule but their perfect family works well enough to pull it off. Here comes Kurt for the contract signing. Karen says they need to get along for the sake of their kids while patronizing him terribly. Kurt says let’s get this over with. Jarrett says that there was no need for the violence at Genesis.
Jarrett says he’s going to raise the stakes. If Kurt wins, he gets sole custody of Kurt’s two kids. Three weeks from tonight however, the Jarretts are renewing their wedding vows. If Jarrett wins, Kurt has to give Karen away on March 3rd (three weeks from tonight). Yes, they’re actually having a match for the custody of kids. And yes I know WWE did it. It was stupid then and it’s stupid now. The contract is signed with no issues for perhaps the first time ever in professional wrestling.
Sarita/Rosita/Tara/Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky/Winter/Angelina Love/Mickie James
Winter tries to slide between Angelina’s legs like Velvet and almost knocks her over. Then she blocks Velvet’s entrance. Ah there it is. Angelina vs. Sarita to start us off. Rolling cradle into a sunset flip gets two for Love immediately. The world title match is next apparently. Top rope cross body gets two on Sarita but Rosita trips Angelina up before coming in.
Sarita back in as she and Rosita have decent chemistry. Rosita is pretty tiny. They’ve been the only members of their team in so far as it’s back to Rosita. Angelina gets a front slam (World’s Strongest Slam) to break the momentum and it’s off to Velvet. Winter gets mad at her for coming in and Rosita drills her. More cousin double teaming results in Rosita hitting a moonsault for the pin on Velvet at 3:00.
Rating: C+. This was probably too short to grade but the chemistry between the cousins was impressive. I would have liked more than half the girls to be in the match as this really should have been a tag match with Winter outside, but I get what they were going for here I guess. The cousins carried this and I’d like to see more of them in the future.
Mickie wants to fight Madison right now as we go to a break.
Back with Mickie saying she wants to fight now. Madison says that Mickie came here to prove that she’s the best in the world. Madison says that Mickie talks a good game but can’t walk the walk. She says she’ll see Mickie at Against All Odds. This was kind of abrupt.
Jeff Hardy says it doesn’t matter who he faces at the ladder match as it’s his element.
World title match is next.
Angle goes into Fourtune’s locker room and tells Roode and AJ to hurt Jeff Jarrett tonight. Angle says he wishes it were him tonight and Roode volunteers to put himself in there. The pop for that makes it hard to hear the promo. Listen to that TNA.
TNA World Title: Matt Morgan vs. Mr. Anderson
After Anderson’s usual introduction, here’s Hardy with a personalized ladder. Hardy sits on top of it as we get started. They feel each other out a lot to start with Morgan overpowering Anderson. Side slam gets two. Anderson grabs a rollup for one and Morgan gets a clothesline for two. Anderson speeds things up and takes over. That was some nice stuff from him there.
Mic Check is avoided as is the Carbon Footprint. Anderson gets a middle rope clothesline for two. Morgan is on the apron and snaps Anderson’s neck across the top and the champion goes flying into the referee. Hernandez runs in through the crowd and beats down Morgan, allowing Anderson to get the easy pin at 5:40. Anderson didn’t see Hernandez’s beatdown.
Rating: C-. Not a bad match here but it was pretty clear they were going through the motions. I like the title being on the line on TV though as it makes things seem important. Even a match like this where there was little doubt as to who would win is a good thing as you want to watch because you might see something important. Smart TV there.
Post match Hernandez and Hardy beat down Anderson. Hardy poses with the belt as we take a break.
Ray says that D-Von’s sons are bastards and they’re in over their heads. He issues a challenge to D-Von to bring his sons to Against All Odds for a 3-1 street fight. Oh dear. His kids are teenagers if you’re curious.
Brian Kendrick vs. Robbie E vs. Suicide
The winner is in the triple threat at Against All Odds against Generation Me of which the winner will get the shot at Kaz. Robbie E isn’t happy as he got robbed of his title. Tonight is the road to regaining his bling. Robbie jumps Suicide to start as Kendrick is rocking back and forth on the mat meditating or something. Suicide takes over on Robbie but is sent over the top to the floor.
Kendrick pops up and goes off on Robbie while still in his cloak for lack of a better term. In comes Suicide again and Kendrick accidentally nails him. Suicide gets up and takes down both guys, knocking them into the corners. Suicide takes down Kendrick with the Suicide Solution (kind of a weird belly to back suplex/Angle Slam combination) but Cookie distracts, allowing Robbie to knock him to the floor and steals the pin to advance to Against All Odds at 2:55. No rating as it was too short, but this was the weakest of these matches.
Eliminate the Hate ad.
Ink Inc says that they’re unique and that they give it their all in the ring. Just a quick 30 second promo but this was perhaps the first or second time we’ve heard these guys talk about themselves. This is the kind of thing TNA needs to do more of with some of their lesser established characters.
Gunner/Murphy/Rob Terry vs. Steiner/Beer Money at the PPV. We also run down the rest of the card.
D-Von says his boys will be in the match. From a kayfabe perspective, I don’t get why D-Von would do this to someone that has no issue hurting them. Isn’t he just putting them in danger? Not criticizing it, just not really getting it.
Jeff Jarrett/Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles/Kurt Angle
Angle has a big smile on his face on the way to the ring. We take a break before the bell. Jarrett vs. AJ to start but Kurt is tagged in almost immediately. Let the stalling begin. You can always tell a guy that cut his teeth in Memphis. They can stall like few others. Angle and Hardy start us off proper here. Angle gets the belly to belly for two. Taz says he’s wrestled both of these men before. He needs to say things like that more often as unless you started watching before about 2002, there’s a chance you might not know he was a wrestler.
Off to AJ vs. Hardy for a bit before Jarrett comes in to beat down AJ. Jarrett keeps running from Angle and it’s Hardy vs. Kurt again. Hardy hooks a chinlock on Angle for a bit and takes him down with a back elbow. In true heel fashion we get Angle vs. Jarrett when Angle is beaten down. Karen yells at Kurt a lot but Jeff misses an enziguri and it’s ankle lock time. Hardy saves and is in now legally I guess.
Hardy puts on a chinlock/choke to Angle as we take a break. Back with more Hardy beating on Angle. It seems that they’re protecting AJ which makes sense as he might not be back to full speed yet. Angle gets the running belly to belly off the top and both guys are down. Hot tag to AJ who cleans house. Angle wants the Slam on Jarrett but Jarrett escapes. Kurt goes after Karen and the distraction allows AJ to hit the springboard forearm (love that move) for the pin at 14:26.
Rating: C+. This was a main event tag match and it worked for the most part. Jarrett running from Angle was a nice touch as that was the focal point of the match. This wasn’t a great match or anything but it did the job it was supposed to do. Fun main event tag and a good way to end the show.
The Jeffs beat down Angle and AJ until Fourtune makes the save. Immortal comes down for the second save and controls for a bit. RVD comes out for save #3 but Matt gets a shot to the knee. Here comes Anderson for the final save to take down Immortal to end the show.
Overall Rating: C+. This was a hard one to grade. Due to having everything come together last week, this was more or less 2-3 weeks worth of build in one show for the PPV. That being said, they got the matches announced and for the most part they work. A lot of it is a rehash of Genesis, but that’s the best they’ve got right now. It seems the main event picture is shaky to say the least as no real challenger for Anderson is there other than Hardy who doesn’t seem like a threat at all. Either way, I thought they did the best they could with what they had. I liked this for some reason despite some very stupid stuff on it.
D-Von/Samoa Joe/Rob Van Dam b. D’Angelo Dinero/Bully Ray/Matt Hardy – D-Von put Ray through a table
Sarita/Rosita/Tara/Madison Rayne b. Velvet Sky/Winter/Angelina Love/Mickie James – Moonsault to Sky
Mr. Anderson b. Matt Morgan – Pin after Hernandez attacked Morgan
Robbie E. b. Suicide and Brian Kendrick – Pin after a Suicide Solution to Kendrick
AJ Styles/Kurt Angle b. Jeff Hardy/Jeff Jarrett – Springboard forearm to Jarrett