Date: May 12, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Episode Title: The Network’s Revenge
Tonight is a big night for TNA as we find out the identities of both Kurt Angle’s mistress and the network executive. It should be remembered that last week Sting said a network representative would be here and not necessarily the network representative, so there’s no guarantee this ends tonight. Oh and Sacrifice is Sunday. I’m sure we’ll fit that in somewhere if we have time. Let’s get to it.
We open with a shot of Hogan with his pipe, waiting for the Network representative. Bischoff comes up and says that he needs to think this through, not beat it out of them. They should play the game but play to win.
We get a video on the Jarretts and Angle’s mistress. That transitions into Hogan and Bischoff going through a few possible identities of the representative.
Here are the Jarretts to open the show. They want a truce with Kurt and say that Karen could never hurt a fly. It’s a crime to have anyone hurt Karen apparently. Karen says she’s a good person and has been a good ex-wife. Everything has been for Kurt, including the restraining order against him.
Here’s Kurt who says it’s done. After ten years of marriage you would think she’d learn to not push him. Karen is going to wind up taking Jeff for everything he’s worth before Jeff figures that out. There’s going to be a mixed tag at Sacrifice between the Jarretts and Angle/the mistress. Jeff knows who the chick is apparently, despite Angle saying two weeks ago that no one knew who she is.
Miss Tessmacher/Mickie James vs. Tara/Madison Rayne
All four girls looking especially hot tonight. Tara and Mickie start us off with Tara acting respectful towards Mickie, namely due to the possibility of getting out of her contract with Madison. Speaking of Madison she comes in being all evil to Mickie with a kick to the head. Tessmacher comes in and quickly gets a victory roll to Madison for the clean pin at 2:11. Can we just look at the girls for about two more hours?
Flair goes into Hogan’s office and Hogan rants at Flair, saying he’s the Network rep. Flair says he was out with a shoulder injury and Hogan apologizes.
A black limo is here.
Tara wants to be free from Madison. Madison comes up and hears the end of the rant and doesn’t like it.
Tommy Dreamer doesn’t want to talk but says it’s a personal thing. The interviewer won’t shut up and AJ pops up, also demanding answers. Tommy says AJ is too young to understand. AJ says he’s a grown man with three kids and thinks it’s about EV 2.0. Dreamer still won’t answer so AJ challenges him for Sacrifice. Dreamer backs off and AJ calls him out on it. Tommy says maybe no one ever knew him. He asks what would Tommy Dreamer do, and Dreamer leaves.
Sting is doing a photo shoot with the title and says his hands are full with RVD. The network person is here apparently.
Here’s Beer Money to find out who Matt’s mystery partner is, implying that it’s Jeff Hardy. Matt comes out quickly and talks to Roode about calling out Hogan last week. He gets on Roode for being a worthless drunk as I begin to chuckle. Matt runs down Canadians like Roode and says he and his partner will win at Sacrifice.
Beer Money comes out to face Matt and James takes a long drink. He says he’s the man that would walk into a bar, punch you in the face and leave with his girl. The partner isn’t Jeff, but rather Storm’s old partner: Chris Harris. WWE fans might remember him as Braden Walker, the guy that was on WWECW for about three weeks. Harris stares Beer Money down as we go to a break.
Sangriento vs. Suicide
Rematch from last week. Suicide jumps him to start but gets taken down with relative ease. Corkscrew plancha to the floor by Sangriento and a dropkick back in the ring take Suicide down. Suicide fights back as the announcers talk about the identity of the mistress. Sangriento gets the same double spin kick that Amazing Red uses in the clip from the New York house show to Jay Lethal.
I guess he’s been watching his film (and yes I know who Sangriento is for those that don’t get tongue in cheek humor). Tornado DDT by Sangriento gets two. Suicide takes over again for a bit but the springboard cutter from last week returns, giving Sangriento the pin at 3:50.
Rating: C. Not bad here but too short to really get going. Not sure what the point is to having more or less the exact same match from last week but it certainly wasn’t that bad. It’s good to see Red getting something to do at least and a quick match like this helps fill in some time so no real complaints here.
Immortal’s leaders in the form of Hogan, Bischoff and Flair come out just after the match ends. Flair kicks Suicide in the balls and sends him to the floor. Hogan rants about the Network representative, saying he or she needs to get out here. The reveal is after the break.
Back and the Jarretts are in the ring also with Jeff in wrestling gear. And the representative is Mick Foley. He talks very quickly, saying that Hogan’s plans started to unravel March 3rd. Foley piefaces Bischoff and says to Hogan to go ahead and drill him if you want to. This show is no longer about Hogan but about wrestling. This is no longer TNA Wrestling, but is rather Impact Wrestling. The main event is now a 25 man battle royal for the #1 contender spot.
Foley is talking faster than I’ve ever heard him talk here. Foley brings out Angle’s mistress/partner and it’s Chyna. Yes, that Chyna.
We recap the segment we just saw and apparently the show is now called Impact Wrestling. Not sure if the whole name for the company is changing or not.
Foley says wrestling matters here and is very energetic. Chyna is next to him and he tells her about the main event and wants Chyna to be where Karen is. Not a word from her yet. Foley mentions the vague sexual tension between them for a nice throwback line.
Anderson is ticked off about Foley denying him his title shot but he’ll get it tonight. I assume the winner gets the shot at the PPV after Sacrifice.
Crimson vs. Abyss vs. Samoa Joe
Crimson and Abyss hammer on each other as Joe chills for a bit. And never mind as Joe hammers on both of them to take over. Big boot and backsplash to Abyss but Crimson takes Joe down and gets a neckbreaker to Abyss. Crimson and Joe hammer away on each other and Crimson grabs a cravate and fires in some knees. Joe gets a powerslam but walks into the Black Hole Slam. Crimson spears Abyss and steals the pin on Joe at 2:34. No rating due to the length but this was fine.
Joe gets ready to jump Crimson but Abyss jumps Crimson before Joe does anything. Joe says cool and leaves Abyss to beat on Crimson. As Joe leaves he says you live by the sword and die by the sword. Black Hole Slam to Crimson and Abyss’ bottom teeth are still missing from the kick by RVD.
RVD says he’ll be watching the battle royal for future information.
25 people in this and more or less everyone you can think of of note in TNA is here. Most of them are in the ring already so I’ll try to list them. Everyone in Fourtune, Matt Hardy, Gunner, Jeff Jarrett, Bully Ray, Matt Morgan, British Invasion, Ink Inc, D-Von, Dreamer, Mexican America, Orlando Jordan, Anderson, Steiner, Angle, Eric Young, Robbie E, and I can’t figure out the 25th.
Both British guys (Williams and Magnus) are out almost immediately due to Morgan. Add Jordan to that list as well as Anarquia. All four by Morgan’s hands. Tenay says the show is now Impact Wrestling on Spike TV. No word on if the company is still called TNA or not but I’d assume it is. Young is on the floor but I don’t think he’s been eliminated. Ah the 25th is Pope. That makes me feel better.
No eliminates for awhile now but a lot of the bigger names have come close. Kaz slides back in as Morgan chokes on Shannon Moore. There isn’t a ton to say in matches like these in the early going as it’s really just a lot of standing around. There goes Neal and Shannon back to back thanks to Hernandez. Morgan throws out his fifth guy in the form of Robbie E.
Eric keeps throwing him self over the top and bringing himself back in. Then he throws out the TV Champion and eliminates himself. Eric steals the TV Title and Gunner chases him out so I guess that’s Gunner’s first feud. We take a break with that. Back and no one seems to be gone that I can tell. There appears to be about 15-17 people left. Storm and Angle both save themselves.
Jarrett eliminates Kaz who might have hurt his knee. Storm and Matt put each other out so Storm hammers on Matt a bit. When the referees try to break the argument up Matt pulls Roode out. Foley jumps in on commentary. There goes Daniels and Pope is on the floor but not out, as is D-Von. Morgan sends Hernandez out but Steiner puts out Morgan. Ray surprises Steiner and we’re down to 8 it appears.
The final 8 are Ray, Anderson, Dreamer, Styles, Jarrett, Angle, D-Von and Pope. Morgan and Steiner fight up the ramp while Ray pounds on Kurt’s knee. Ray kicks D-Von in the head for old time’s sake and appears to dance a bit before kicking AJ in the head. Dreamer is told by Ray to put AJ out. Ray throw Angle but Kurt hangs on. Pope fires elbows to D-Von’s head as apparently AJ vs. Dreamer is on for Sunday.
Pope goes to the apron and D-Von charges him, naturally getting caught and eliminated. Kurt takes Pope out with a clothesline and we’re down to six as we take a break. Back and only Ray is standing, just as everything was before the break. Literally everyone is in the same place. The final six are Jarrett, AJ, Ray, Angle, Anderson and Dreamer. AJ goes off on Jarrett and Ray but Dreamer takes him down. Ankle lock to Angle and Dreamer breaks that up also. Dreamer manages to put AJ out of all things. Ray puts Dreamer out for his troubles. AJ drills Dreamer on the floor.
Anderson gets Ray to the apron but can’t get rid of him. Angle can’t get Jarrett out and Ray makes the save. Neckbreaker by Anderson takes Ray down and the two of them go to the floor through the ropes. Angle vs. Jarrett alone with Angle taking over. Karen saves Jeff from elimination but Kurt takes his head off with a clothesline. Kurt goes after her and Jeff tosses him.
She gets in the ring as Jeff thinks he’s won but Anderson and Ray are still in it due to going through the ropes. Chyna comes in and tosses Jeff. Ray and Anderson both come back in and slug it out with Ray winning said battle. Big clothesline takes Anderson down but Anderson fights back. He can’t hit a Swanton as it eats knees. They go to the apron but Anderson hangs on. Ray goes for him, only to get slowly pulled out for the Anderson win at 28:10 total.
Rating: C-. Not bad here but battle royals are rather hard to grade. Anderson winning was pretty obvious given the overcoming the odds deal but that’s fine. This wasn’t too bad with a long build but the last six guys being in there were a big weak, especially guys like Dreamer and D-Von. At least we have the next PPV main event set though.
Anderson talks post match, comparing himself to the Navy SEALS that took out bin Laden. Bit of a stretch there but ok.
Sting says bring on Anderson. RVD pops up and says not so fast as he’ll be facing Anderson. Anderson pops up and says it can be either of them at Slammiversary.
Overall Rating: C+. This show was heavy on storyline tonight which is ok, especially when this was the culmination of some big stories. Sacrifice actually feels like the end of a lot of things rather than just another stop, which is what TNA has been lacking lately. Not a great show but pretty high on excitement. The problem is that with so much time going to the main event we didn’t get to a lot of midcard stuff, but I guess that’s ok. Pretty fun show overall and Sunday is looking good, which is a good sign.
Mickie James/Miss Tessmacher b. Tara/Madison Rayne – Tessmacher pinned Rayne with a victory roll
Sangriento b. Suicide – Jumping Reverse Cutter
Crimson b. Samoa Joe and Abyss – Crimson pinned Joe after a Black Hole Slam
Mr. Anderson won a battle royal, last eliminating Bully Ray