Date: March 31, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Episode Title: R-V-Damed!!!
So we’ve got three more shows before Lockdown which seems like a lot for some reason. It’s nice to have them focusing on a PPV instead of a TV show though as this gives us something to look forward to at the PPV. Last week’s show gives me some hope for this week although I really hope we won’t get another #1 contender’s match tonight. Let’s get to it.
We open with a recap of the #1 contender’s match last week with Anderson getting disqualified. Sting claims he didn’t call for the bell so Anderson accuses Sting of being afraid to face him.
In the arena and Anderson more or less runs Earl Hebner to the ring. Anderson gets in Hebner’s face, yelling at him about ringing the bell and handing the match to RVD. Hebner says that Anderson needs to show respect to the striped shirt and that Anderson was disqualified for disrespecting Sting, the referee last week. Hebner says the decision stands and if Anderson tries anything or disrespects him then Anderson will be suspended for 90 days period.
Hebner tries to leave but Anderson grabs him and sets for the Mic Check. Hebner’s son, fellow referee Brian Hebner, comes out for the save so Anderson says go for it. Anderson wants to know if Earl is going to screw him over now too since that’s what he does. Earl pulls his fist back until Sting comes down for the save. Sting says pick on him instead and Anderson says this is his country. Sting drills him and the security comes out to pull them apart.
Cue RVD, now complete with his memory, comes out and says he doesn’t want the win like that and tells Hebner to make it a threeway at Lockdown. He can’t do that though, but apparently he can make it stand? Makes sense actually. Cue Hogan to say ok let’s do that. What a shock: the #1 contender’s match again meant nothing. Bischoff has a ratings idea so tonight it’s the three in the ring vs. Flair’s team of Abyss, Matt and Bubba in a cage. Sting and Anderson brawl as we go to a break.
Back and Anderson has no comment.
RVD says he likes having everyone in the ring at once because he can take care of all of them at once.
Sting says he’ll get an apology for the disrespect from Anderson.
Shannon Moore vs. Scott Steiner up next. As Gorilla would say “A main event anywhere in the world.”
Shannon says he’s the new generation and he disrespected Steiner because he has no respect for Steiner.
Steiner says that’s not disrespect. If he wanted to disrespect Shannon he’d spend the night with his girlfriend. This is going to be a beatdown, not a match.
Bubba says that he’s not wanting to talk about AJ and he lets his attitude do the talking. There’s a chip on his shoulder and Hogan wants to borrow it. Ok then.
Jordan and Young are on their way to the ring. I guess they’re up next now.
The Jarretts are talking to Hogan and Bischoff, more or less begging to call off the Angle match. Didn’t Angle say he’d get the Jarretts if he tried to do this? There’s a Rob Terry thing apparently to take care of Angle. Hogan calls Karen the key to this.
Scott Steiner vs. Shannon Moore
Orlando Jordan and Eric Young are on commentary here…just because I guess. Crimson and Neal are here as seconds. Young has an announcement and they’re going to be in a four way tag match at Lockdown. Steiner/Crimson vs. Ink Inc vs. Jordan/Young vs. a mystery team. Jordan is dressed like a peacock. I’ve got nothing. Young says the mystery team might be Demolition. That would be awesome.
Moore tries to run and gets thrown back in by Crimson to let the beating begin. Steiner is destroying him here wit his power stuff. The referee gets in the way a bit as Steiner drops Moore with a back elbow. Belly to belly gets two. Young speculates on the Beverly Brothers. It’s always fun to hear obscure names like those dropped. Moore gets in a shot to the leg and does some pushups to tick Scott off.
Shannon puts on Steiner’s headgear but misses a moonsault. There are all kinds of sexual jokes from Jordan and Young here, none of which are really all that funny. Steiner wakes up and starts the proper squashing here. Frankensteiner from the top ends this at 4:25. Was there ever any real doubt as to the ending?
Rating: D. Boring match here as Steiner was never in any real danger and it was just a step past an extended squash. Nothing of note here at all but at least we got some wrestling here. At least this stupid feud is mostly over now though. I still don’t get the appeal of Moore and I never have.
Jordan and Young with Jordan in rainbow wings and what can best be described as feather briefs, go to the ring to congratulate the winners but are jumped by Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus who apparently are the fourth team. Good job with Williams guys: from a face that is stealing the show with AJ to a heel in the same generic tag team he was in years ago.
Back with Anderson talking to a poster of himself. The poster says that he won’t apologize to Sting.
The Jarretts are complaining about Anderson being on the poster. HEY! Did you know that ANDERSON is supposed to be the star of this show? Didn’t know if they made that clear enough with his three of four appearances in 40 minutes. Karen is mad at Jeff in case the plan doesn’t work and he has to face Kurt at Lockdown. Jeff says it’s ok.
We recap Generation Me being awesome but apparently Jeremy has turned on Max and Max isn’t happy about it. This is about one trying to get the title at the last PPV.
Max Buck vs. Jeremy Buck
Jeremy is mad about Max stealing the glory. They go incredibly fast paced of course with Max being sent to the floor. Jeremy invites Max back into the ring which is accepted. Jeremy tries a handshake but is pulled into a headlock. We’re getting a lot of quick covers and counters here but now Max is getting all ticked off. Rana by Jeremy gets two.
Max sends him to the floor and Jeremy might have hurt his elbow. Now Max holds the ropes open for Jeremy just like Jermy did for him earlier. Max kicks him in the head though and adds a jumping flipping cutter from the top rope to end this at 4:00. Cool finisher to say the least.
Rating: C. Pretty fun match here but the feud just came and went. We haven’t heard from them since the PPV, they have a random match on Impact and now they’re done. I guess that’s all there is to this though so at least it’s done. Fun match with lots of fast spots so a nice alternative to the previous match.
Fourtune is here and are happy about someone arriving at an airport.
Back with Winter giving Angelina a drink and talking to her about Velvet. Methinks hijinks are afoot with that cup.
We recap the Angelina and Winter stuff with Velvet not being able to see her at first and then Winter being all psycho protective over Angelina. We get what is probably the 6th use of the word witch in 50 minutes during this.
Winter vs. Velvet Sky
The match starts after the break. Back with the bell and Velvet charging straight at Winter. Lots of shoulders into the corner follow and Velvet is in control. Never mind as it’s off to Winter as Taz babbles about how hot they look and something about Lelani Kai. Winter keeps up the beating and gets a backbreaker for two. Velvet comes back and gets some clothesline to take Winter down. Bulldog puts her down again but Angelina comes down the aisle. She’s all trance like as Winter drills Velvet. A spinning backbreaker sets up a kind of choke to end Velvet at 3:57. Angelina continues to just stand there and not move.
Rating: D. Pretty weak match here as the drink thing gave away the ending. At least they’re finally going somewhere with the Winter being weird thing so at least we get some advancement other than Velvet and her whining every 8 seconds. Weak match but the wrestling wasn’t the point here.
Here’s Anderson….again. He calls out Sting and sucker punches him. They brawl some more and go into the crowd. After about two minutes, Immortal comes out for he beat down to get the advantage for the cage match later tonight. Van Dam FINALLY comes out for the save and beats on Ray a bit. He lets Immortal hammer on Anderson after saving Sting. RVD leaves Anderson to the wolves. Immortal throws Anderson to Sting who pops him and chases off Immortal.
The Jarretts pretend that Angle is attacking them on the phone, I’m assuming to the police.
Angle is up next against some mystery guy. Gee I wonder if it could be the guy that Hogan mentioned by name as a potential solution for Kurt.
Back with Flair talking about how awesome Immortal is and how there’s no point to the match tonight as it’s a team against three individuals. All three people talk about how awesome Immortal is.
Velvet complains about Winter and says you don’t come to TNA to mess with the Beautiful People. She’s going to break the hold that Winter has on her no matter what it takes.
Here’s Kurt and he has no idea who he’s fighting tonight. Kurt calls out Jeff Jarrett and here he comes, along with Rob Terry. Yes, surprisingly enough it’s the guy that Hogan said was the solution to the Angle problem. Is this supposed to be a surprise?
Rob Terry vs. Kurt Angle
Angle is in street clothes here. Jarrett distracts Kurt to let Terry take over to start us off here. Kurt gets a boot up but jumps into a front slam as he tries a cross body. Terry gets him in a tombstone position but Kurt reverses into the ankle lock for the submission at 1:36.
Angle gets his hands on Jeff for a split second post match but only gets his shoe. Kurt chases after Jarrett and chokes him with I think a shirt. Angle Slam on the stage is reversed and Jeff runs backstage. Kurt might catch him if he was actually running. Jeff hides behind a wall or something and Kurt walks into some cops as Karen shouts. Kurt is arrested and taken away. I can’t wait to get to Lockdown so this can end already. It was good to start but this has gone on far too long.
Fourtune isn’t sure what RVD is doing and they want to back up Sting tonight. Roode talks about having a fourth person and that they need to go talk to someone.
Hogan and Bischoff say they can pick and choose whoever they want to join Immortal with how mad those three are at each other.
Matt Hardy/Abyss/Bully Ray vs. Sting/Rob Van Dam/Mr. Anderson
This is in a cage remember. They have almost 25 minutes left in the show so this could get a lot of time. Sting jumps Anderson as he’s doing the intro and suplexes him on the stage. Flair hits RVD with a low blow and puts him in the cage. Sting comes in and it’s 3-2 to start us off. Stinger Splashes all around and the atomic drop by Hardy is no sold. This is one of those annoying cage matches where you have to tag.
Immortal doesn’t seem to care about those rules though which is something I really like. It’s a cage match where it’s supposed to be about survival, but make sure to tag in and out. Anderson sits in a chair on the floor and watches as we take a break. Back with Sting getting destroyed by all three Immortals.
As the beatdown continues here’s Hogan complete with back brace. He tells Anderson to get in the cage but Anderson doesn’t want to. Hogan calls him a jerk and Anderson wants to fight. Hogan says he has glasses and a back brace and jumps Anderson. Anderson is thrown in and I guess now the match REALLY begins. Sting nails Anderson who gets rammed into the cage.
All Immortal here and Flair goes after a cameraman. Ray wants to get the paint off Sting’s face. Hardy gets two on Sting. Ok, so now we’re going into tagging mode. Uh…so why didn’t we do that in the first ten minutes? Matt vs. Sting officially starts us I guess. Sting hammers away but his knee is gone. Off to Abyss with Ray shouting KILL HIM! Off to Ray now as he and Abyss are in at the same time.
Sting avoids them and has them clothesline each other then clotheslines both of them to bring in Van Dam. Anderson is down in a neutral corner. Top rope kick looks to set up the Frog Splash but Anderson shoves him off and the Bubba Bomb ends Van Dam at 13:00. Anderson bails as the beating continues on Sting and Van Dam.
Rating: C-. This was about what you expected. The cage is there to preview Lockdown I guess but this wasn’t much of a match but rather an extended beatdown. Not terrible, but kind of paint by numbers and nothing out of the ordinary. That’s what the post match stuff is for, which we’ll get to now.
The beating continues but Fourtune hits the ring for the save. Flair locks everyone in and Immortal takes over. Kaz is busted open as there are a lot of chains in there for some reason. Did Orlando visit the cage earlier? With the beating continuing even longer, a bald man climbs the side of the cage. It’s the returning CHRISTOPHER DANIELS who dives on Immortal and clears the cage as we take a break.
We get a quick recap of the match and post match stuff we just saw including Daniels with a big dive that looks pretty cool.
Flair rants about who Daniels is and Abyss says it’s AJ’s best friend. Flair looks like the grandfather in a Shirley Temple movie. Ray rants about how awesome the blood was.
Daniels, looking like he’s wearing eyeliner, says that it’s time to be back. He says he’ll have Ray’s blood on his hands at Lockdown. Kaz says he’s willing to bleed. Apparently Daniels is the fourth man at Lockdown. If AJ is out that’s as good a replacement as they can get I think so I can’t complain here. Storm rants about how awesome Fourtune is and Daniels says TNA was built on blood.
Sting says that was just a warmup. At Lockdown it’s SHOWTIME!
Anderson leaves with no comment. Oh ok he just makes them in another room. He’s mad about getting screwed over and Ran Dam jumps him. Van Dam says thanks for tonight and leaves Anderson laying. Anderson curses a lot as we go off the air.
Overall Rating: C. This wasn’t too bad but nothing that stood out here. This was kind of a filler show to get to Lockdown but it was passable. The cage match seemed a bit unnecessary but it served its purpose. It’s got me wondering who is going to turn at Lockdown but I have a feeling it’s going to be the one that is least expected. Also I’ve never been a fan of Daniels but if they need someone to fill in for Styles at the PPV he’s a nice surprise for a replacement. Anyway not a bad show tonight but nothing worth going out of your way to see.
Scott Steiner b. Shannon Moore – Frankensteiner
Max Buck b. Jeremy Buck – Flipping Cutter off the top
Winter b. Velvet Sky – Choke
Kurt Angle b. Rob Terry – Ankle Lock
Bully Ray/Matt Hardy/Abyss b. Sting/Mr. Anderson/Rob Van Dam – Bubba Bomb to Van Dam