TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 4/21: Complete coverage of TNA Title match, Tag Title match, Knockouts Tag Title match, Jarrett-Angle continues
Apr 21, 2011 - 10:18:08 PM
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TNA Impact Results on Spike TV
April 21, 2011
Taped 4/19 in Orlando, Fla.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
[Q1] Impact opened with a recap video from Lockdown on Sunday, focusing on Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett. Also, focus on Lethal Lockdown with A.J. Styles returning to get revenge on Bully Ray and the TNA Title match. TNA essentially gave away all of the high points from the pay-per-view on free TV.
Impact Zone: Right at the start, A.J. Styles came flying into the ring, which was surrounded by a cage. Inside the cage were various weapons. Styles gave his big return address, then called out Bully Ray. Ray stood on stage and talked down to Styles, indicating he wasn't taking him seriously. Ray teased running into the cage, but pulled back and ran down Styles some more. He said he'll take care of Styles on his own time.
Daniels then jumped Ray on the stage and threw Ray into the cage. Daniels locked the door and the fight was on between Styles and Ray. Styles landed a decisive trashcan shot to the forehead, which floored Ray. Meanwhile, Daniels and Gunner scrapped on the floor. It's a battle of TV champs. They weren't done inside the cage, as Styles put Ray onto a table. Styles then climbed all the way to the top of a cage and teased a dive, but Ray popped to his feet and ran out of the cage to escape Styles.
Lockdown recap: Mike Tenay and Taz narrated more footage from the PPV, including the finish of the main event. Does TNA realize people actually spend money to watch their pay events? Taz said Flair sustained a torn rotator cuff and the announcers stressed Robert Roode putting Flair on the shelf.
Immortal's music then interrupted to bring out Rob Terry and Murphy. Inside the cage, Terry cut a promo vowing to get revenge on Beer Money for what they did to Ric Flair on Sunday. Beer Money then came out laughing at this challenge. Roode polled the crowd on whether they want the Tag Title match right now, so they obliged.
[Q2] [Commercial Break]
1 -- TNA tag champions BEER MONEY (JAMES STORM & ROBERT ROODE) vs. ROB TERRY & MURPHY -- TNA Tag Title match -- steel cage match
The match was joined in progress with the challengers working over Roode. Storm eventually took a hot tag and Terry tagged in to deliver some of the worst punches ever. The action broke down before Beer Money did their Beer...Money dance leading to the DWI on Terry for the clean pin and the win.
WINNERS: Beer Money at 4:04 (of what aired). Another decisive victory for Fortune over the Immortal scrubs. Fine start to the show.
Outside: The Jarretts were shown riding a horse carriage to the soundstage. Jeff complemented Karen on going above and beyond the call of duty at Lockdown. He promised her some big surprises tonight.
Backstage: Hulk Hogan was shown marching down the hallway with pipe in-hand. He's not happy, according to the announcers.
[Q3] Impact Zone: Hulk Hogan called out Rob Van Dam for an explanation of what happened at Lockdown. They proceeded to have a dated "worked shoot" promo tossing out insider wrestling terms. The gist was RVD accused of Hogan of being a "heel" and staying past his time "in the business." Meanwhile, Hogan said RVD is a career "mid-carder."
Sting then came out and booked himself in a match against RVD for the TNA Title at Sacrifice because he has it written into his contract with "The Network" to be able to book his own opponents. Hogan said he's not buying the smoke & mirrors act and he's going to fight that. Hogan then said he's in control of the show tonight because The Network wasn't in the building. He booked RVD vs. Abyss and Sting vs. Matt Hardy for Impact tonight. Tenay wondered if Sting vs. Hardy is for the title tonight.
Backstage: Kurt Angle wanted to know if anyone had seen the Jarretts tonight. Angle went looking for the horse and carriage.
[Q4] Locker room: Madison Rayne bumped into Tara and told her it's her fault she lost the Knockouts Title to Mickie James at the PPV. Madison accused Tara of being in cahoots with Mickie or just being incompetent.
Garage: Eric Young was feeding the horses when Angle walked up to him looking for Jeff. Young stroked the horses and Angle wanted to know he's feeding him. Young said he's feeding them beans. They traded some poop jokes before Young walked off. Angle is doing a comedy poop segment after he lost "the most personal feud in the history of wrestling" at Lockdown? The point was Angle hinted he was going to retrieve some buckets full of horse poop for potential use later in the show.
Impact Zone: Sarita & Rosita came out with Mexican America to defend the Tag Titles against dysfunctional Madison and Tara. Before the challengers came out, Anarquia cut an anti-U.S. promo before the Mexican flag dropped from the ceiling. Madison and Tara then came to the ring and they cut to break.
2 -- Knockouts tag champions SARITA & ROSITA (w/Hernandez and Anarquia) vs. MADISON RAYNE & TARA -- Knockouts Tag Title match
The match was again joined in progress with Madison shouting instructions to Tara to continue playing up dissension. Madison distracted herself getting into it with Tara again, then the outside players distracted the ref, allowing Sarita to pin Madison. Tara stood dumbfounded on the ring apron, then more tension was teased between Tara and Madison.
WINNERS: Sarita & Rosita at 1:49 (of what aired) to retain the KO Tag Titles. Effective continuing to build layers of tension between Tara and Madison eventually leading to Tara going off on Madison.
Backstage: Jeff and Karen were on their way to the ring.
[Q5 -- second hour] Impact returned from break a minute into the second hour with Disney-esque music bringing out Jeff and Karen Jarrett for their in-ring "coronation." Jeff sat Karen down on her personal throne and gushed over Karen's contribution to his win at Lockdown. Jarrett did a big build-up to announcing her as "Queen of the Mountain, Karen Jarrett."
Suddenly, the horse by-product flew down from the ceiling (which fans on the front row had been point up to during the segment). Jeff tried to stay as far away from Karen, who was covered in the "horse poop," not wanting to ruin his white suit. Angle then showed up in the ring and dropped Jarrett with an Angle Slam as Karen freaked out. Angle told Karen she's in a "world of s--- right now," but she'll be in even bigger trouble when Angle introduces her to his "mistress" to inflict physical punishment on Karen.
Backstage: Hogan gave Abyss a pep talk before approaching Mr. Anderson. He wanted to know if Anderson has the scoop on Sting's games and the "big wig Network executive." Anderson did his cocky routine, drawing Hogan's ire. Anderson said he's sick & tired of Hogan's idle threats when he can't do anything about it. Anderson walked off, leaving Hogan to huff & puff some more.
Still to come: The latest unhyped title match on the show with Sting vs. Matt Hardy now a TNA Title match.
[Q6] Replay: Taz narrated a slow-motion replay of Karen being slopped by the "horse poop."
Impact Zone: Abyss came out with Hogan for the next match on the show. Hogan, with his 18 back surgeries, nearly beat Abyss down the ramp to the ring. RVD was out next and Abyss quickly went after RVD to start the match.
3 -- ABYSS (w/Hulk Hogan) vs. ROB VAN DAM
The announcers quickly tried to recap how "personal" this feud was at the end of 2010. Right, when Abyss tried to kill RVD. Now, it's just a basic feud. RVD landed an early kick, which busted open Abyss's mouth. Lots of blood from Abyss following the tooth loss. Hogan tried to interfere against RVD, which brought RVD to the outside. The fans on the front row proceeded to cheer on Hogan (the heel) to blast RVD (the face). During the confusion, Abyss retrieved a pipe to blast RVD when RVD returned to the ring. Abyss then hit the Black Hole Slam for the win. Post-match: Abyss checked his mouth and stood over RVD trying to intimidate him some more. Abyss wanted to inflict more punishment on RVD, but some hard rock music put a stop to that. Crimson then came running to the ring to clear the heels and check on RVD.
WINNER: Abyss at 3:22. Basic match trying to re-establish Abyss as a monster, keep the RVD-Hogan issue going, and interject Crimson back into a direct feud with Immortal. Other than that, you have to wonder about TNA booking their new #1 contender, RVD, to lose here. And not only lose, but be taken advantage of by the physically-impaired Hulk Hogan, making RVD look like a dolt. Not the best way to build interest in a Sting-RVD title match on PPV.
Backstage: Sting randomly addressed Jeff Hardy. He said he's working hard to get Hardy back in TNA. He then cut a promo on Hulk Hogan, pretending to shake in his boots being forced to wrestle Matt Hardy tonight.
Backstage: Matt Hardy held the Immortal TNA Title belt. He said Sting threw down his brother's title and now he's going to take Sting's TNA Title. Matt said perhaps Jeff's blood was cold enough to destroy Sting, but he will tonight.
[Q7] Impact Zone: Matt Morgan came out for a promo re-establishing his quest for the TNA Title. He said he's bored and sick of waiting for his title opportunity. Scott Steiner then interrupted. He went right into classic Steiner heel mode pumping himself up and trying to intimidate Morgan with big talk, which Morgan brushed off. Morgan said he respects Steiner, especially with them both being athletes turned wrestlers. Morgan said he wants a match, then went for a handshake, but Steiner kicked him in the groin. They really rushed into Steiner turning heel here. Steiner then slapped on the Steiner Recliner to leave Morgan lying in the ring. Tenay (the lead babyface play-by-play announcer) endorsed Steiner (the heel) doing what he wants, when he wants. More heel/face issues on this show.
Backstage: Miss Tessmacher was randomly backstage talking about the differences in TNA since she left four months ago. She said she wants "that championship." She closed by telling the "b------" in TNA that Miss Tessmacher is back.
Backstage: Velvet Sky addressed the camera in random a first-person monologue. She said she's trying to be understanding about Angelina Love's issues, but she won't stand for being attacked the last few weeks. Winter then tried to talk down Velvet with her mind games before the mind-controlled Angelina attacked Velvet from behind and threw her into a wall.
Impact Zone: Matt Hardy came to the ring with Jeff Hardy's Immortal Title belt around his waist. So, there's Jeff's Immortal belt, the Eric Young old TNA Title belt, and Sting's new TNA Title belt. Will this turn into Vince Russo's new dream match: a three-way ladder match with three titles hanging from the ceiling? Sting came out to face Hardy, then Immortal tried to jump him, but Fortune came running down to ringside to begin another brawl following up on Lethal Lockdown. Gunner then popped Sting from behind with a pipe to put Sting at a disadvantage.
4 -- TNA World Hvt. champion STING vs. MATT HARDY -- TNA World Title match
The ref called for the bell when Hardy rolled Sting into the ring and Hardy quickly went to work on Sting's lower body. Hardy scored a few nearfalls, then went for a moonsault, but landed gut-first on the mat when Sting moved. Sting went for a comeback, but Hardy cut him off. They cut to break.
Back from break, Sting was trying to fight back against Hardy as they were both stumbling around the ring trading blows. Sting absorbed Hardy's big flurry of offense, then dropped Hardy face-first into the corner turnbuckle. Sting followed right up with the Scorpion Death drop and it was good for the win.
WINNER: Sting at 9:37 to retain the TNA Title. Okay match featuring two guys who shouldn't be wrestling unless it's booked to mean something based on how much mileage is on their bodies. Sting is over-exposed wrestling way too much when his in-ring appearances should be protected and treated like a big deal.
Post-match: Mr. Anderson slipped into the ring and frightened Sting, who missed with a wild clothesline before Anderson dropped him with the Mic Check. Hardy was next to take the Mic Check from Anderson. Anderson then took the house mic and told Sting he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Anderson said that pretty soon it's going to be one...two...three for him over Sting. Anderson's music played as Tenay plugged Impact "reactions" up next.
Backstage: Karen was screaming at Jeff, who was selling the ribs from Lockdown and Angle's Impact attack. Karen cussed out Jeff, who was more concerned with getting some medical help. Jeff said Kurt just won't give up. Jeff then told Karen to shut up, which drew even louder screams and shouts from Karen.
Elsewhere backstage: Hogan was on the phone. He said Anderson's pretty dumb-looking, but he's pretty smart if he's lasted this long in the business. Hogan said Anderson has to pay after he turned down Immortal's last offer to join Immortal.
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