TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 1/27: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Team Angle vs. Team Immortal, Anderson vs. Hardy, Flair goes nuts, Steiner returns
Jan 27, 2011 - 10:02:59 PM
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TNA Impact Results on Spike TV
January 27, 2011
Taped 1/12 in Orlando, Fla.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
[Q1] This week's TNA Impact opened with a video recap of Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett's feud that now includes Karen Jarrett (formerly Angle). Tonight, it's "Crimson Sees Red."
Backstage, Kurt Angle was shown walking around again. Angle then walked out to the Impact Zone sans theme music. Angle took a mic and did the babyface promo saying he wants to take an uncomfortable situation and make it all right. He said the Jarretts tore the scabs off his body and got Immortal involved. The camera zoomed in on the giant blade mark across his forehead as Angle talked about his vow to retire if he did not win at Bound for Glory. He said the record books show he lost, but there were extenuating circumstances in the form of Jeff Jarrett.
After Angle polled the crowd on whether they want to see him smash Jarrett, Immortal's music hit to bring out Bischoff, Flair, and Fortune. Bischoff threw out "cheap heat" and "con" accusing Angle of trying to work the fans. Bischoff told Angle to just leave because he's not allowed to wrestle anymore. Bischoff sent Fortune to the ringside area and they circled the ring. This looked like John Cena vs. Nexus, as the Immortal/Fortune members charged Angle in the ring. James Storm had a beer while the other men put the boots to Angle while Jeff and Karen smiled on the stage. Storm then chugged his beer, but Crimson suddenly stormed the ring to clear out the heels.
Fortune/Immortal retreated up the ramp. "Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!" Flair screamed before telling the "dumbass" Crimson that next week, they're going to stick "they" up their own on asses. Flair started ranting and raving before telling Angle he is god to him. He reinstated Angle to have Jarrett tonight, which drew Jarrett's ire. Flair told everyone to calm down. Jarrett told the crazy old man he's nuts. Flair then booked Angle and Crimson against Jarrett, Rob Terry, Kazarian, Gunner...and his pal. Flair kept shouting, then the wrap-up music hit. Terry tried to back Flair up while he kept screaming. It's hilarious, but sad all at the same time. Flair spit on the ground while Mike Tenay plugged Angle having to face the "entire Immortal army tonight."
[Q2] Back from break, Bischoff was in his office asking Flair if he's out of his mind since they're trying to manipulate Angle. Flair ripped off his jacket and said he's tired of them playing games with Angle. Flair said they're taking out Angle tonight. Bischoff told him he's going to give him a heart attack.
Announcers: Tenay and Taz plugged Angle wrestling for the first time in three months tonight. Also, Mr. Anderson vs. Matt Hardy. ... In the Impact Zone, the heels came out for a six-Knockouts elimination match. Mickie James was out first for the faces, then they cut backstage to show Angelina, Velvet, and Winter arguing. Winter threw a fit when Angelina and Velvet walked off for the match.
1 -- SARITA & TARA & Knockouts champion MADISON RAYNE vs. MICKIE JAMES & ANGELINA LOVE & VELVET SKY -- six-Knockouts elimination tag match
Referee Jackson James has this assignment. The first portion of the match built toward a hot tag for Mickie to get her hands on Rayne, but Rayne scampered to the heel corner to escape Mickie's grasp. A graphic came on the screen advertising TNA champ Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy next week. The action completely broke down, then Sarita rolled up Velvet for the first elimination. Mickie then pinned Madison after another brawl. Suddenly, Sarita rolled up Mickie for the next elimination. Angelina was the last babyface left. They cut to break with Angelina against Sarita.
[Q3] Back from break, Angelina tried to fight against the two-on-one odds. Eventually, she avoided a double-team attempt and scored a desperation pin on Tara. It was down to Angelina vs. Sarita, who attempted a quick roll-up, but Angelina rolled through into a roll-up for the win.
WINNER: Angelina in 10:00.
Backstage: Kurt Angle was shown talking to a mysterious person on the phone. Apparently the individual lives in the area and had no prior plans on the evening, as Angle said he needs help tonight.
Backstage: Matt Hardy was shown walking backstage talking about his desire to take out Mr. Anderson tonight to get some revenge for his brother.
Announcers: Tenay and Taz talked to X Division champion Kazarian about a series of #1 contender matches over the next three weeks to see who will face Kazarian for the title at Against All Odds. It will apparently be a four-way match at the PPV. Taz randomly waved at someone off-camera.
Impact Zone: Amazing Red was out first. They cut to an inset promo of Red talking. Max Buck was out next and they showed an inset promo from him. Chris Sabin is back in the X Division. Sabin stormed the ring as they cut to an inset promo of Sabin talking about his quest for the X Title. Kazarian tried to be humorous mocking each of the promos. It didn't go too well.
2 -- CHRIS SABIN vs. AMAZING RED vs. MAX BUCK (w/Jeremy Buck)
The match started with a bunch of rapid-fire moves and attempted pin attempts by each participant in the match. Sabin found himself on the outside as the other two men battled in the ring. Red wanted a top-rope move, but Jeremy crotched him from the outside. Max then hit a DDT on Red to score the win.
WINNER: Max Buck in 5:00. One-half of the X Title match is set with Kazarian vs. Max Buck vs. ??? vs. ???. Too many rapid-fire moves that meant nothing at the end continuing to reinforce the idea that the X Division is an opening-match act. (*)
Backstage: Karen was selling concern to Jeff Jarrett. "Karen, start loosening me up!" Jeff said to cut her off. She warned that she knows him. "I know him too," he said before relaxing as Karen was instructed to work on his shoulders.
Announcers: Taz and Tenay quickly plugged a word from Dixie Carter tonight and Matt Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson. Backstage, they showed Jeff Hardy walking down the hallway in anticipation of a segment up next.
Backstage: Velvet Sky was arguing with Angelina Love about Winter. She claimed to have been attacked by Winter during the elimination match (since she was the first one eliminated and Angelina lasted the entire match). Angelina didn't believe her. Velvet then stormed off.
[Q5 -- second hour]
Impact Zone: Jeff Hardy came out for a promo at the top of the hour while the announcers plugged the TNA Title match next week. Hardy complained about the fans being "marks" and "Internet junkies" who don't care about him breaking his body for ten years. Jeff said he finally did something for himself at Bound for Glory when he took the money and the title. Hardy paused to let the crowd make some noise, but the crowd couldn't figure out which chant to go with, so it just sounded like random noise. Hardy addressed "the a-hole." He said they are seven days away from taking back his title. "All you people shut up!" Hardy screamed into the crowd. He vowed to shove "that moment" of winning back the title straight up the fans's Anderson's.
Suddenly, Ken Anderson's music hit and he stomped to the ring with possession of the Hardy belt. Jeff couldn't stand the sight of Ken holding the belt. Ken accused Jeff of complaining and whining. Ken said the only thing that matters in wrestling are "Ws" and "Ls." Anderson paused. "And I have a big freakin' dub right now," he said, pointing at the title belt. Anderson then got in Hardy's face and cut a promo on him that he will continue to be champion after next week. Tenay said the time for talking is over and they'll settle it in the ring next week.
Backstage: Crimson was shown talking to the roving cameraman. He said he was here for his brother, Red, a few weeks ago, but as of late, he was given a very lucrative offer. "Let's just say an offer I could not refuse," he said. Crimson said the audience will find out next week who sent him the offer.
Announcers: Tenay and Taz said Abyss is out indefinitely after he was attacked with his own Janice weapon last week. Taz threw out some medical terms to sell the injury.
Impact Zone: Without any music, Velvet Sky stomped out to the ring still selling the back of her head. She called out Winter, demanding a piece of her right now. Winter eventually walked out with a smug look on her face. She told Velvet to bring it, so she did with a dropkick through the ropes. The brawl was on ringside. Velvet whipped Winter into the guardrail in front of about 15 high school kids from a local football team. Back in the ring, Velvet continued to blast Winter, who eventually screamed in her face and pounded on Velvet. This went on for a while with Velvet covering up trying to block Winter's punches. Angelina eventually stormed the ring and pushed Winter away. She told Winter to get out. Angelina checked on Velvet while Winter sneered down at an injured Velvet. Velvet eventually rolled out of the ring on her own, not wanting any assistance from Angelina, who was caught in the middle.
Still to come: Hardy vs. Anderson. Also, everyone in Immortal vs. Angle and Crimson.
Backstage: They showed Pope Dinero walking backstage admiring his accessories.
[Q6] [Commercial Break]
Impact Zone: Dinero came to the ring and asked for his music to stop playing. A lone person in the building chanted, "Pope, Pope, Pope." Dinero said he may have said some things a few weeks ago he shouldn't have said. He talked in circles before saying he's going to do something no one in the crowd would ever do. He said he's going to lead by example by...confessing. Silence. Dinero said many people are sitting next to someone they cannot stand right now. He basically cut a promo on marriage and said he's bigger & better than everyone else.
Pope took a knee and sold having a tough time spitting out the words toward Samoa Joe. "Joe, I don't like you," he said. Dinero said he doesn't get someone walking around saying, "I'm going to kill you." He said he doesn't get people sitting in the audience chanting, "Joe's gonna kill you." After going on and on, Dinero said he's not going to stand here and go on and on. He said he's only one man, but what he can do is give one of the members of his Congregation a chance to follow his lead next week. Next week on Confessions, he's going to give someone an opportunity to confess his or her faults. Dinero left the ring as Tenay said he would like to see Joe take him out one of these weeks.
Backstage: Chaos was going on in the Immortal locker room. Eric Young was randomly in the background as Ric Flair tried to calm down Immortal. Flair told Rob Terry he looks like $1.0 million, but he hasn't proved anything. Flair told Styles he's the freakin' face of TNA. Flair pumped everyone up and EY randomly joined in. Everyone left, then Young confronted Flair and said he's the champ. Flair threw the TNA Title belt away, then Young picked up his belt and ran off. "All right, good talk," EY told Flair on the way out the door.
[Q7] October 2009: Hulk Hogan joined TNA and star-struck Dixie Carter. They replayed the key events from 2010 leading to the "they" reveal at Bound for Glory, focusing on Dixie Carter going from being star-struck with Hogan to realizing she was duped by Hogan and Bischoff. They aired footage from several weeks ago when Carter slapped an injunction on Hogan, relieving him of his duties.
Announcers: Tenay and Taz brought Dixie Carter on the line via satellite to talk about the lawsuit. She said it's taken a lot of money and resources to go through the legal system trying to resolve the situation, but she believes they will have their day in court. Carter hinted she will be on Impact next week. Taz thanked "Dix," then Eric Bischoff appeared on the screen. Bischoff over-sold being annoyed with Carter, then spoke to the announcers. Bischoff said Carter isn't discerning. He said next week, Jeff Hardy will get a TNA World Title re-match and he will get the title back. Also next week, Hogan will prevail from a legal perspective and they will take care of Carter's last-ditch effort to get back control of her company. He said Hogan, Flair, and Immortal will remain in control. Bischoff said there is no "they," only "we" and "us."
Backstage: Mr. Anderson was shown walking backstage for the next match. Matt Hardy was shown next pumping himself up. He threw his arms in the air as if he were powerwalking or attempting European uppercuts.
Impact Zone: Matt Hardy came out to the ring smirking toward the crowd. He nearly stumbled on the ring steps entering the ring, which could have been edited out, then entered the ring and continued making faces for the crowd. Mr. Anderson was out next. He paused on the stage and introduced himself before stomping to the ring.
3 -- TNA World Hvt. champion MR. ANDERSON vs. MATT HARDY -- non-title match
Hardy targeted Anderson's left arm early in the match while the announcers talked about Carter having the legal ruling next week. Ref Hebner then interjected himself into the match as Hardy continued to work over Anderson, who was making Hardy look good here selling Hardy's offense. Anderson then made a comeback using his one good arm.
[Q8] Anderson attempted a move from the fireman's carry position, but Hardy countered with a fireman's carry toss. He then started doing his little dance for the Twist of Fate, but Anderson countered into a forward roll for a nearfall. Anderson wanted the mic check, but Hardy blocked and hit the side effect for a nearfall that Anderson turned into a crucifix pin for the win.
WINNER: Anderson at 4:06. It will be difficult for Hardy to turn back the clock to 1999, so he just needs to embrace his inner Kevin Steen and become a brawler-type wrestler. It would make him a more effective heel. (*)
Post-match: Jeff Hardy ran down the ramp and attacked Anderson from behind. Jeff rolled Anderson into the ring and the Hardys put a beat down on Anderson. Suddenly, a man in jean shorts and a t-shirt came running into the ring. It was Rob Van Dam. The Hardys quickly bailed, including Jeff doing sort of a somersault dive over the guardrail onto the floor. Matt left the ring clutching his braids.
Backstage: Kurt Angle, with his deep actor voice as if he were in a serious scene, told Crimson they won't be alone out there tonight.
Impact Zone: Kurt Angle's music hit to bring out Angle and Crimson for the main event. The announcers referenced Angle's phone conversation earlier in the show. Immortal's music hit to bring out Flair, who led the entire group to the ring. No sign of Jeff Jarrett, who was supposed to be in the match.
4-- IMMORTAL (JEFF JARRETT & BEER MONEY & KAZARIAN & ROB TERRY & GUNNER & MURPHY w/Ric Flair, A.J. Styles, and Karen Angle) vs. KURT ANGLE & CRIMSON -- handicap match
The bell sounded and Roode stomped and kicked away on Crimson. Crimson gained control, then tagged in Angle, who put the boots to Roode. Kazarian tagged in and Angle worked him over before James Storm tagged in and Angle worked him over. Suddenly, Storm dropped Angle with a backstabber to cut off Angle. The ref was bumped when Storm missed with a superkick, then the action completely broke down. The crowd was quiet as the heels stomped away on Angle. Suddenly, Jeff Jarrett's music hit. Jarrett, with Karen, slowly made his way to the ring. Karen sold being nervous about these proceedings. Jarrett measured Angle for a cheap shot, but Angle ducked a landed a German suplex. Immortal then jumped Angle again and pounded on him.
[Q9 -- over-run] Jarrett nailed The Stroke on Angle. Jarrett then called for a new referee to enter the ring. Jackson James was Johnny on the spot as the replacement referee and he counted a quick three count for Jarrett on Angle. Tenay called it "bulls---." Taz said perhaps Angle's back-up got stuck in traffic.
WINNERS: Team Immortal at 4:24.
Post-match: Immortal continued to pound on Angle after the match. Suddenly, Matt Morgan's music hit and Morgan stormed the ring in street clothes. Morgan landed some punches before the numbers game caught up to Morgan. They couldn't get Morgan off his feet for a few moments before finally getting him down on the mat.
Suddenly, the lights went off and the familiar siren played in the Impact Zone. Scott Steiner was in the ring sporting the classic Main Event Mafia garb. "Holy s---, it's Scott Steiner," Taz said. Steiner pointed his weapon toward Immortal before making threats to kick all of their asses. Angle and Morgan recovered in the ring while Steiner told all of them they're dead. The show signed off with Angle smiling toward Steiner, who pointed his pipe toward Angle out of respect.
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