Impact Wrestling – June 23, 2011 – Best Wrestling Show This Week. Seriously.
Date: June 23, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
It’s likely another show building towards Destination X here which means we’ll probably get another triple threat with guys brought in. That’s a cool idea as it lets you see guys you usually wouldn’t see having some pretty fun matches. Other than that, probably some more stuff about the Bound For Glory Series, which is still a long way off from the final goal. Anyway let’s get to it.
We open with clips of last week’s two big moments in the form of the Jarrett/Angle parking lot fight and Sting going all psycho on Hogan.
And here’s Jarrett again who wants to be part of the Bound For Glory Series (which he says hasn’t started yet for some reason). Eric says no because of the Network and says Jarrett needs to go to Mexico. Actually this past Saturday he won the AAA World Title so this fits rather well. Eric says Jeff needs to lead the Immortal takeover of Mexico. Wonder how long Jeff will be gone.
Here’s Eric in the arena and he wants to talk to Sting. Here’s the Scorpion enthusiast himself. Eric wants to know why Sting thought he could get away with what he tried to do to Hogan last week on Eric’s show. Eric yells at Sting a lot and then Sting goes into an almost Doink voice, saying Eric hurt his feelings and cursed at him. Sting is playing up the psycho side here, saying he’s going to snap Eric’s neck. He calls Eric a con artist and says that Bischoff is a virus that has infected Hogan but that’s going to change.
Eric says that’ll never happen because it’ll always be Hogan and Bischoff. Sting is going to have to change because of Bischoff though. He may have a rematch on the 14th but Eric can change that. Tonight it’s Sting vs. Abyss and on the line is….nothing apparently. Sting goes back into his Jim Carrey voice here and says that it’s Eric rather than Sting who has a price to pay. Sting hits him in the corner and more or less struts around the ring. Death Drop leaves Bischoff laying. He gets the makeup treatment and the Scorpion as we go to a break with the hold still on.
Apparently there have been some BFG Series matches on house shows, including Gunner pinning AJ clean. Morgan, AJ, RVD, Gunner and Scott Steiner all have seven points and everyone else has zero.
Bound For Glory Series: Scott Steiner vs. Bully Ray
This has the potential to be pretty cool or a trainwreck. This is your big slugout that you would expect here. Ray controls to start but misses a splash in the corner. Steiner takes over with some solid shots and hits the pushups after the elbow. Ray gets a boot up in the corner to shift the momentum again and three covers off a right hand. Ray rams in the forearm smashes in a crossface style and loads up the Bubba Bomb. Steiner escapes the full nelson though to a big face chant.
Steiner comes back with the suplexes and there goes the referee. Overhead belly to belly puts Ray down and it’s time for the Recliner. No referee though, even though it’s that horrid submission of his. At least pull back on the thing Scott. Ray taps but there’s no referee. Scott goes to check on him instead of keeping the hold on until he gets back, allowing Ray to find a chain to hit Steiner in the throat with a chain for the pin at 5:55.
Rating: C. Not bad at all for a big man brawl here for the most part. These two would be infinitely more entertaining in a promo than a match but this wasn’t that bad. Scott was more or less the face by default here and the match wasn’t that bad at all. Granted I had low expectations coming in for it but the match wasn’t bad at all.
Bischoff tells Gunner and Abyss to take care of Sting when Anderson comes in. Anderson gets yelled at for not helping Bischoff and Eric says he won the title for Sting for him. Anderson says he was having a burger during the attack. Eric yells at Anderson and says come over to Immortal and Anderson stands there. Eric says think about it and isn’t happy at all.
Steiner is looking for Ray in the back.
Zema Ion, more commonly known as Shiima Xion of various indy companies, is in an X Division Showcase match tonight.
Miss Tessmacher/Velvet Sky vs. Jackie Moore/ODB
Velvet says this was supposed to be no holds barred but they can’t do that because their opponents aren’t under contract or something. Ok apparently it is no holds barred. They start in the aisle and it’s a big brawl. Apparently this is before the bell. Velvet and ODB get in the ring as we go to a break before a bell rings.
Back and I guess the bell rang during the break. Jackie is hammering on Tessmacher but Miss manages to break free, only for Velvet to not be there. ODB hammers on her a bit but Tessmacher gets a spear of all things to break through and get the tag. Velvet cleans house and everything breaks down. The referee gets taken down again and Jackie kicks Velvet between the legs for the pin at 3:50 shown.
Rating: D. The Knockouts division is so horrible anymore and the talent just isn’t working most of the time. Jackie is completely worthless and I’ve yet to see anyone that actually cares about her in the slightest. ODB isn’t much better and while Velvet and Tessmacher look great, they’re better suited as being there looking hot rather than being in the ring. Not much here at all in another sloppy mess of a match.
Federico Palacios is also in the X Division match tonight. He’s more known as Azrieal.
Tara has Madison at the PPV and Madison comes up to yell at her. Madison gets rammed into the wall and Tara tells her to never touch her again.
Roode still isn’t cleared to wrestle even though he’s in the BFG Series.
Steiner storms into the Immortal locker room and swings a chain around. He’s freaking again. Ray says Steiner would have done the same thing. Ray offers Steiner a spot in Immortal. Steiner throws the chain again and says he’ll think about it.
Bound For Glory Series: Crimson/Matt Morgan vs. Beer Money
Roode vs. Crimson start us off and I guess Roode’s arm is fine now. He hits the Hennig neck snap but Crimson runs him down with ease. Roode is holding his arm now and Storm tags himself in. Off to Morgan who can’t hit the elbows in the corner. Codebreaker and a neckbreaker combine for two for Storm. Discus lariat gets two for Morgan, setting up the elbows in the corner and the tag off to Crimson.
Next week it’s AJ vs. Gunner. Crimson beats on Storm for awhile until Storm hits a Backstabber to bring in Roode. Morgan is in also and the shoulder looks better. Carbon Footprint misses in the corner and Roode goes after the leg. Forearm puts Morgan down but he jumps into a chokeslam attempt. Roode goes for a Fujiwara Armbar out of a counter but it’s broken up by Crimson.
Double suplex puts the red guy down and there’s the shout. For once though they get caught, in this instance by a double clothesline from Morgan. Roode gets a Blockbuster but his arm is hurt again. Storm gets tossed to the floor by Roode onto Crimson but walks into the Carbon Footprint for the pin at 6:15. I think only Morgan gets the points but it’s not really clear.
Rating: B-. Pretty good tag match here with the champs being messed up because of Roode’s arm injury. I’m curious as to where they’re going with the arm injury and if they’re going to drop the titles because of it. I liked this though and I wish they’d get Beer Money out there more, but only once Roode is healthy.
Yeah only Morgan gets points.
Abyss says he follows Sun-Tzu and Bischoff. Tonight Bischoff told him to take out Sting so that’s what he’ll do.
Eric Young is looking for another TV Star, apparently Popeye.
Here’s AJ to talk about Destination X. He has an idea for a match at the X-Division PPV. AJ says he’ll be at that show because the X-Division is his roots. He lists off some of the great X guys over the years….and here’s Joe. He says that AJ was the pioneer but it didn’t get taken seriously until Joe got here. AJ is the heart of the division but Joe gave the division its balls. Since there needs to be the third guy to make this complete, here’s Daniels to the Fourtune music. Daniels suggests AJ vs. himself and it’s accepted. No Joe? Apparently not.
Kaz isn’t thrilled with what Daniels just did. Daniels leaves and Joe pops up, making fun of Fourtune. Kaz says stay out of it and gets beaten up. Joe drilling him and walking away is great.
Dakota Darsow, the last guy in the X match, is the son of Barry Darsow, more commonly known as Smash or Repo Man.
Federico Palacios vs. Dakota Darsow vs. Zema Ion
Darsow is sent to the floor quickly as we actually get a graphic saying who is in what color. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in a wrestling match. Ion gets a DDT on Palacios for two. More fast paced stuff here but less high flying than last week. Just as I say that Ion hits a missile dropkick to Darsow to send him to the floor. Palacios is very fast. Darsow pops back in and takes both guys down to take over again.
Palacios hits a huge suicide dive onto Darsow and Zema mosly misses a corkscrew plancha, mostly landing on the head of Palacios with his feet. That looked sick. Back in the ring Darsow hits a moonsault but Palacios hits a double stomp to the back of Darsow to break it up. Superplex is broken up and Darsow kicks Ion on the top. Zema knocks him off the top and a 450 ends this at 4:42.
Rating: C+. Not as good as last week as some of the botches hurt it, but still a pretty good match. The 450 was pretty awesome to end it, but I’d like to know some more about these guys rather than just saying they’re awesome and X-Division guys. Not bad and more or less what the X-Division is supposed to be: insane stuff with flips and dives to fire up the crowd.
RVD says he wants to be at the X-Division PPV and Jerry Lynn comes in. Lynn says they were both X-Division before there was one and then leaves.
Winter vs. Mickie James
This is a street fight and it already was going on in the back when we came back from a break. Winter is dominating and whips Mickie with a leather belt. They head out to the stage where Mickie gets the belt away from her. Thesz Press off part of the set takes over for Micke and they roll down the ramp. Mickie hits a rana on the floor and Winter is in trouble. Into the ring and Mickie hits a missile dropkick, but here’s Angelina to hit her backbreaker. It’s behind the referee’s back but it’s a street fight so it’s not like it would have mattered anyway. That gets the pin at 4:40 shown. Angelina is smiling post match.
Rating: C-. Just another brawl with the Knockouts that is probably going to set up a title match later. That’s fine and good, but what was the point in this being a street fight? Shouldn’t the regular match set up the gimmick match? Anyway, nothing of note here and two street fights with Knockouts in a night is too much for my taste. Better than the first one by about a mile though.
Abyss vs. Sting
Non-title of course here. This actually gets big match intros but Sting jumps Abyss before his intro. Sting manages to run Abyss over with a shoulder block which is a rare sight. They head to the floor off a Sting clothesline and Abyss takes over. He throws on an armbar which is kind of a weird choice but it doesn’t last long enough to think about it.
Sting gets a running start but runs into the chokeslam for two. Abyss picks up the Art of War book and hits Sting with it for a not DQ. And there’s a barbed wire glove. Sting avoids it for a bit and hits the Splash in the corner. Death Drop hits for two. Sting gets the glove and pops Abyss in the head with it to draw blood for the DQ at 5:30.
Rating: C. Fine for a quick main event here that tied into the opening of the show and played into Sting’s crazy stuff. Not a horrible match or anything but just kind of there. The ending is fine as Sting going insane is better than an actual ending in a match that Sting doesn’t really need to win. This was fine.
Post match Sting hits Abyss like 5 times as Anderson comes out for a staredown to end the show.
Overall Rating: B-. Wow I must be running a fever. First and foremost here: the pacing was the best it’s been here in forever. There were no 20-30 minute stretches with nothing but talking. It helps a lot to have a match to break the boredom, even if it’s just something quick and relatively pointless. That’s one of Impact’s biggest issues and it’s very refreshing to see it not happen for once. Destination X was built up pretty well and the show wasn’t boring for the most part. I liked this quite well and dare I say it, best wrestling show so far this week.
Bully Ray b. Scott Steiner – Ray pinned Steiner after a chain shot to the throat
Jackie/ODB b. Velvet Sky/Miss Tessmacher – Jackie pinned Sky after a low blow
Crimson/Matt Morgan b. Beer Money – Carbon Footprint to Roode
Zema Ion b. Dakota Darsow and Federico Palacios – 450 Splash to Darsow
Winter b. Mickie James – Pin after a backbreaker from Angelina Love
Abyss b. Sting via DQ when Sting hit Abyss with a barbed wire glove