Date: March 24, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Episode Title: Do the Math
It’s another week in the Impact Zone after last week’s pretty awful show. For some reason I have a better feeling about this show tonight. I hope we don’t have another #1 contenders match tonight as there seems to be one on every show. Other than that we continue on the Road to Lockdown. Let’s get to it.
We open with clips of Anderson wanting a title shot last week and the segments with Hogan. Oh and they swear a lot. This has various editing in it so they have the same thing said multiple times and with different voice effects.
In the arena it’s Anderson and some guy in a suit. There’s what appears to be a dry erase board in the ring. Into the ring and there’s a bunch of math and formulas on the board. This guy is apparently a professor from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and is a mathematician. He talks about how Hogan and Bischoff are trying to mess this up for him. Last week there was a double pin last week which he draws on the board.
Anderson never got a rematch and when you add up everything, WHERE IS HIS FREAKING REMATCH??? The professor says he does deserve a rematch and that’s it from him. Oh wait Anderson wants to talk about some chick he wants to sleep with back in college. Anderson implies the professor wanted to sleep with her too which the professor admits to.
The girl told Anderson that the professor told her that Anderson was gay. The professor admits to it and Anderson says that’s cool. Say it with me: Mic Check to the professor. Nothing for Mary Ann? Cue Hogan and Bischoff. The professor is out cold under the board. Bischoff doesn’t see what Hogan sees in Anderson and that the Network won’t like this. Eric says that this is all Hogan’s deal.
Hogan likes what Anderson did to the professor, saying that he thought it was entertaining. Anderson has been running amuck recently and Hogan doesn’t like it. Hogan doesn’t like the idea of Anderson not doing things his way, the Immortal way. There won’t be a rematch unless Anderson earns it. The rematch contract doesn’t count because it’s signed by Dixie. That does cover why his win in the triple threat back in February is worthless so points for that. It’s RVD vs. Anderson tonight for the shot at Sting. Anderson says RVD isn’t in his league.
Cue RVD as we take a break. Back with RVD saying say what you were saying right now to Anderson. Anderson says he’ll say it in the ring and calls Hogan a douchebag. Hogan likes that and talks about playing in a sandbox with a perverted professor. RVD isn’t sure why he signed with TNA in the first place. He’s tired of being held back by Hogan and Bischoff and this needs to be RVDTV.
Sweet goodness it’s Sting now as I guess 20 minutes of talking isn’t enough to open a show. I wasn’t huge on Sting’s new look at first but it’s growing on me. He got a call from the Network also and they want Sting to be the enforcer in the main event tonight. Dang the Network called him fast. Granted they might have known about the match in advance I guess.
We get an update on AJ who has a bruiser spinal cord and he’ll be out indefinitely.
Tara vs. Mickie next.
Mickie James vs. Tara
What in the world happened to the Knockouts division? This should be a great match but it’s been done into the ground. Madison tells Tara to take Mickie down tonight no matter what it takes. Naturally there’s a Charlie Sheen reference because everyone loves him still right? We do get the Broken song though so I’m happy there. Mickie dominates to start us off with a Thesz Press and a flapjack.
Tara is more or less in a bikini with a slightly longer top. Can’t say I’m complaining. Tara counters a rana attempt by Mickie into a powerbomb. Tara goes up and gets crotched but fights Mickie off. In a rather awesome looking move Tara does something that is kind of similar to a Styles Clash but instead of the ending to the Clash she landed in a Boston Crab position. That was pretty cool looking. Didn’t get the submission but the setup was cool. Widow’s Peak attempt doesn’t work and a HUGE jumping DDT ends Tara at 3:20.
Rating: C+. These two fight a lot and I think I can see why. First of all they’re both gorgeous and second of all they have good matches. That DDT was awesome looking and is far better than whatever she uses usually. I know she’s used it before but that was the first time I’ve seen it in awhile. Good match here despite it being pretty short.
Anderson and Sting argue a bit in the back and Anderson wants to know a name at the Network. There’s no name apparently and it’s just The Network. That makes no sense so it’s probably a very important plot point for a major storyline.
We recap the borderline sexual assault on Okato last week by Pope.
Joe talks to Okato who has a match tonight. Okato says something in Japanese.
Okato vs. D’Angelo Dinero
The announcer calls him Okada while the screen says Okato. Okato jumps him immediately and is wrestling in that Jimmy Jack Funk mask. After a quick attack to start he misses a dropkick off the top and here comes Pope. The ropes are making loud noises whenever they’re hit tonight. Pope vs. Joe at Lockdown.
Pope rams a bunch of knees into Okato’s head as he’s hanging over the apron. He takes the boot off and drills Okato in the head with it, then takes the glove off to reveal a bunch of rings. An uppercut with that is enough for a DQ at 2:28. Barely even a match here as other than about 8 seconds at the beginning it was all Pope. Pope pops the referee also and beats up Okato a bit more until Joe makes the save. BIG reaction for Joe.
Video on Sting that we’ve seen like three times now which is about how he got into wrestling and loves TNA now. TNA needed a hero so he came back. Lots of Hardy mentions in this video which I’m not sure what to think of.
Now we get a video on Angle vs. Jarrett. Is there a reason why we’re seeing a promo video for Lockdown in the middle of a show? They’re good videos but I’m a bit confused as to why they’re airing here.
All show we’ve heard about Flair issuing a challenge to Fourtune. That’s up next.
Back with RVD talking to Hogan. Hogan thinks RVD is the guy and that he doesn’t get what Bischoff sees in Anderson. He wants RVD to give it his all tonight and Van Dam leaves. Hogan laughs and says what an idiot.
Here are Flair, Ray and Matt Hardy. Flair talks about being God and how he’s going to hand the mic off to two great tag team wrestlers who are the best thing going today. Wow indeed. Matt looks so high it’s unreal. He talks about being told they were the future 10 years ago but being stabbed in the back. They’re going to stab Fourtune in the back but doing it straight ahead.
Bubba takes the mic and the fans chant for D-Von. He talks about AJ not being here and how it’s because of Ray. Apparently his Uncle Vito taught him to make people an offer they can’t refuse. Ray asks for a 4-3 match at Lockdown. Aren’t there only three of each? Cue Fourtune minus AJ of course.
Kaz leads the charge and the fight is on. Why are Flair’s clothes always ripped off in fights? DWI attempt on Flair but the lights go red. And Abyss is back and is the 4th man. There’s a chain brought in from somewhere and the big beating is on. We take a break with Immortal standing tall.
Back with Abyss saying he’s stronger now and all that jazz. He’s a monster don’t you know.
Here are Hernandez and his Mexican team, in this case the guy that ran in last week and Sarita/Rosita. The guy is named El Anarchia. The stable is called Mexican America apparently. They’re taking our jobs, our women and our money because they’re the superior race. Hernandez puts a Mexican flag over the American flag. That flag is huge. They call out Morgan who comes out with….he comes out with D-Von.
D-Von/Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez/Anarchia
This is a street fight. There’s the massive Mexican flag above the ring and a British flag in the stands. Holy international show! Moregan and Hernandez in the ring with a fallaway slam taking Hernandez down. The elbows in the corner set up a clothesline to send Supermex to the floor. Velvet Sky runs down because this isn’t making enough sense already and she fights with the girls.
Angelina Love (blast that Jersey Shore chick so I now have to explain things) walks out very slowly but doesn’t do anything. Winter comes out and screams ANGELINA. Isn’t there like a MATCH going on right now? Angelina leaves and we go back to the mach. Anarchia hits D-Von with some object to end this at 3:40. I know that’s long enough to grade but considering we saw maybe 90 seconds of the actual match and the rest was on the girls, no rating.
Scott Steiner/Crimson vs. Ink Inc
Glad to see Crimson actually getting some camera time. Neal looks like he’s in boxers. Total squash to start with Neal getting destroyed by both guys. Moore comes in and gets beaten down also. He gets the first offense of the match for his team in the form of a moonsault press. Shannon goes to tag Jesse but Jesse is still hurt. Instead he jumps into the Red Alert to end it 3:05.
Rating: D+. Just a squash here as I guess they’re splitting up Ink Inc now too. Other than Beer Money who in the world is left for this division? Unless we’re going to go back to the Guns vs. Beer Money again, I have no idea where else they’re going with it. Total squash here with Ink Inc getting in a combined 2 moves.
Neal shows respect post match but Moore takes the head gear of Steiner and wipes himself with it and throws it at Steiner. Neal yells at him for it.
Video of the Anderson vs. RVD match at Victory Road.
Rob Van Dam vs. Mr. Anderson
This match is happening because Earl Hebner never got to declare a winner. So, in the last week, no one like, asked him who won? Basic stuff to start us off as Anderson gets a neckbreaker for two. Sting is the outside referee so they might as well stamp “Screwy finish” on this right now. Backbreaker gets two. Totally going through the motions here until we get to the ref bump.
And there it is as Anderson clotheslines the referee. Chinlock by Anderson as Sting comes in as referee now. Split legged moonsault gets two for RVD. Rolling Thunder is avoided so RVD dives to the floor to take out Anderson. Anderson fires a chair into the ring and Sting throws it out. Mic Check into the post and RVD is done. Anderson drills Sting and it’s a DQ at 6:43. Ok, so RVD is #1 contender! There is no way that there could be any other logical conclusion.
Rating: C-. The whole going through the motions thing got really annoying as they made it very clear that something was coming. The ending just had to be screwy because that’s what they’re doing here to set up Lockdown, but now they’ve picked RVD. Ok, that’s what I was hoping. Just a winner. I feel all at peace now. I’m sure TNA will never find a way to change this. Not them. Not even a little bit.
Big pull apart brawl post match and we take a break.
Back with interviews with everyone involved in the match. RVD doesn’t remember the match and thinks he has a title match tonight with Sting out of all this. The interviewer corrects him and RVD is gone after the Mic Check into the post. So another head injury angle? Original guys, original.
Anderson wants to know why Sting is afraid of him.
Sting says he didn’t ring the bell. Oh dear. Oh dear indeed. Anderson goes after Sting and they brawl again. After they’re pulled apart Anderson wants to know who rang the bell.
Overall Rating: C. Far better than last week but I’m not sure what that’s really saying. The ending likely is going to get changed because they’re dead set on that triple threat ending. The pacing this week was WAY better with the wrestling being more spaced out. Still not a great show really but it’s far better than last week. I didn’t get annoyed during this one as I usually do, which is a good sign. Much better show here.
Mickie James b. Tara – Jumping DDT
Okato b. D’Angelo Dinero via DQ when Dinero hit Okato with rings on his hand
Hernandez/Anarchia b. D-Von/Matt Morgan – Anarchia pinned D-Von after hitting him with brass knuckles
Scott Steiner/Crimson b. Ink Inc – Red Alert to Moore
Rob Van Dam b. Mr. Anderson via DQ when Anderson hit the referee