TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT 12/1: Roode vs. Hardy vs. Styles main event, TV Title match, Consequences
Dec 1, 2011 - 10:47:33 PM
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TNA Impact Wrestling Results
December 1, 2011
Taped 11/28 in Orlando, Fla.
Aired on Spike TV
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
[Q1] This week's Impact Wrestling episode started with a look at Robert Roode's recent cheating ways to become World Hvt. champion and how it's affected the Roode Family.
Impact Zone: Sting's music played to bring out lead authority figure Steve Borden as Mike Tenay breathlessly tried to set up eight different things during Sting's 15-second entrance. In the ring, Sting said too many inmates are trying to run the asylum and things are out of hand. Warden Sting said he's dealing with Roode right now.
Roode, sporting a suit and tie, slowly made his entrance looking down on the peasants and tourists assembled in the Impact Zone. Once in the ring, Roode told Sting to cut to the chase. Sting said Roode has been causing too much trouble while he's been away. Roode responded with the ol' TNA promo about "elevating the company" while Sting has been away. Sting said that's not the case and consequences begin right now.
A.J. Styles came out as Tenay wondered about the consequences for Roode. Once Styles was in the ring, Roode said he gets it that Sting is fighting Styles's battles for him. Sting interrupted and brought out Jeff Hardy for more consequences. In the ring, Hardy said they respect Sting's authority and decisions, so Roode should as well. Roode responded that he doesn't care about Sting's authority and decision-making. Sting responded that Roode's in a three-way match tonight. Hardy and Styles stared down Roode, who tried to yell at Sting about his consequences to end the segment.
Backstage: Karen Jarrett, in the daylight, ran down the Knockouts as they were assembled by a row of cars. Consequences. She told them they're going to wash cars in bikinis as punishment for disobeying her orders last week.
[Q2] Backstage: Hardy talked to the roving cameraman that he's on good terms with A.J. Styles right now and they're going to take care of Roode tonight. Jeff Jarrett then interrupted, shouting and yelling about Hardy still being here in TNA. He said he doesn't have amnesia like the rest of the world to forget how big of a screw-up he is. Hardy said it's last shot. That's all he wants. Jarrett then turned his back before throwing his jacket in Hardy's face. He tried to choke him out, but Hardy fought back, then chased Jarrett around the backstage area.
Backstage: Eric Bischoff and Bully Ray held a meeting in the hallway since they don't have an office anymore. Eric said this thing with Garett is getting to him. Ray asked if he should take him out, but Eric said it's time for that yet. Eric is jealous of his son becoming a star in his own business. But, as for Abyss, he's dangerous. The heels played up Abyss as a SuperMonster before Eric told Ray to get him back on the team. Eric was left alone to ponder life's tough questions.
Up next: Three-way match to determine #1 contenders to Tag Titles.
Backstage: More of the Knockouts washing cars in the daylight as Karen watched like a taskmaster.
1 -- THE POPE & DEVON vs. INK, INC. (SHANNON MOORE & JESSE NEAL w/Toxxin) vs. MEXICAN AMERICA (HERNANDEZ & ANARQUIA w/Rosita and Sarita) -- three-way #1 contender match to the TNA Tag Titles
The match started with a flurry of six-way action that spilled to the floor and involved the Knockouts assembled ringside.
[Q3] Time for a Twitter plug - who's going to win the three-way Roode-Styles-Hardy main event? In the ring, Mexican America worked over Pope as Ink, Inc. watched, unable to get involved. Devon eventually took a tag and teed off on Anarquia. In the background, Neal tagged himself into the match and speared Hernandez, but walked into a spinebuster from Devon. Devon pinned Neal for the pin and the win. Tenay noted Devon & Pope get the title shot against Matt Morgan & Crimson at Final Resolution.
WINNERS: Devon & Pope at 5:07 to become #1 contenders. Standard tag action. Neal taking the fall was expected.
Backstage: X Division champion Austin Aries was shown walking down the hallway with a big heel smile on his face.
Impact Zone: Aries entered the ring and tried to shush the crowd. They didn't cooperate, so he told them to boo loudly. No change to the boos. Aries said he's exceeded his own greatness as the greatest man in the world. Aries said he walked into TNA to revitalize the X Division. But, he did not expect that his level of greatness would be so much higher than the rest of the division. There's no one left. He said they should re-name the division the A-Double Division.
After some more set-up for an interruption, Kid Kash's music hit to bring out Kash. Aries tried to calm down Kash, who grabbed the mic instead. Kash reminded Aries that he's never beaten him clean. He said he's a little confused, so perhaps Aries should open his mouth some more and clear things up. Aries said he's not a punk kid like Jesse Sorensen. Kash said he built the X Division before Aries was even in TNA. Aries decided to put the title belt on the mat and make the challenge: shake his hand and he gets a title match. Aries smirked and extended his hand. They shook, then both men punched each other with the other hand. Aries jumped out of the ring and screamed that Kash sucker-punched him, so Kash won't get a title shot. Tenay argued that they shook, so that counts.
Earlier Today: Gunner went looking for Garett Bischoff at a local gym.
Backstage: Styles was shown getting ready in the locker room area. He said he respects the progress Hardy has made, but he's going out there to win the match. Styles said he plans on knocking off Roode tonight.
Earlier Today: Gunner approached a man working the weights in the gym. No sign of Garett. After some bad acting by Man #1, Gunner walked into another part of the gym and knocked around Man #2. Man #3 took a boot to the gut and a punching bag to the face. Man #4 took some boots to the gut. Man #1 returned and took a clothesline for good measure. Gunner told him this is his gym, then choked him with a prop. Man #5 bumped on an amateur wrestling mat as Gunner demanded to know where Garett is. Gunner screamed at him that Gunner is coming for Garett.
Backstage: Sting told Jeff Jarrett there will be Consequences if Jeff gets involved in the main event tonight. Jarrett said he doesn't get why Sting, of all people, is sticking up for Hardy when Sting was the one in the ring with Hardy in March. Jarrett wants Hardy gone for good. Sting paused and referenced Jarrett's skeletons in his closet. He told Jarrett if he gets involved, he's not going to like the Consequences. Hardy shouted after Sting that he may be willing to pay those consequences.
Up Next: ODB vs. Mickie James. If ODB wins, she gets Mickie's Knockouts Title shot at Final Resolution.
Back on Impact, they returned from commercial one minute before the top of the hour with another look at the Knockouts washing cars backstage.
[Q5 -- second hour]
Backstage: Scott Steiner screamed at Bully Ray that it says "private" on his locker room door. They then tried to talk strategy about getting Abyss back in the group. Steiner quietly asked Ray if he asked Abyss's girlfriend. How about freaks? Steiner decided they should go on the hunt to find some talent to offer to Abyss.
2 -- ODB vs. MICKIE JAMES -- Street Fight -- #1 contender match to Knockouts Title
The fight started on the entrance ramp as soon as Mickie made her entrance. They took a brief detour into the ring before taking the fight backstage. Around and around they went backstage before returning to ringside. In the ring, they traded nearfalls before ODB confidently picked up a chair to smash Mickie, but Mickie superkicked the chair into ODB's face for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Mickie at 6:56 to retain #1 contender status.
Next: James Storm interview from his home. They showed Storm smiling and trying to look happy as he was being mic'ed up for the interview.
Announcers: Tenay and Taz brought in James Storm for the via satellite interview. Storm, out of character, talked about his concussion and expecting to return to the ring when he's cleared to wrestle. He entered character mode talking about Kurt Angle and getting revenge on Angle.
[Q6] Angle then interrupted and asked Storm how it felt to have his head bashed in. Angle and Storm argued about the origins of their issue when Storm took the TNA World Title from him after Bound for Glory. Angle told Storm to face him at Final Resolution. They screamed at each other before Storm told him he'll come beat his ass when he's cleared to wrestle.
Backstage: Apparently Steiner's "freaks" were looking for Abyss.
Roode Video: Roode's family talked about needing an intervention to talk sense into Roode following his cheating to become World champion.
Up Next: TV Title match between Robbie E. and RVD.
Roode Video: More clips of Roode's family talking about Roode's cheating ways. Perhaps it didn't matter in Roode's head anymore. Roode's sister said he's not the same person anymore. Roode spoke next. He said he's the one paying the bills and putting food on the table. Roode's mom said he doesn't realize what he's doing to his family. Roode's wife said she's going to have to confront him to change.
Backstage: Roode, dressed to wrestle, said he doesn't care if his family is disappointed in himself. Roode, accusing his family of being users, said he bought them cars and food. He said he's in the business to be World champion, which is what he is. Roode, leaning back in his chair, said he's going to prove why he is the World champion tonight.
3 -- TV champion ROBBIE E. (w/Rob Terry) vs. ROB VAN DAM -- TV Title match
Before the bell sounded, Taz about RVD's famous TV Title history in ECW, but without mentioning the letters. Robbie tried to taunt Van Dam early on, so RVD dumped him to the outside and posed in the ring. Van Dam then mocked Rob Terry and delivered Rolling Thunder to Robbie once Robbie returned to the ring.
[Q7] RVD lost focus momentarily, allowing Robbie to take control of the match. RVD came back with a roundhouse kick to the face, but Robbie slipped Van Dam to the outside of desperation. Suddenly, Eric Young stormed ringside with possession of a fire extinguisher. Ref Hebner occupied himself with EY. Meanwhile, in the ring, Van Dam delivered a Five-Star Frog splash to Robbie. Daniels then snuck in the back door with Angel's Wings to RVD. Daniels draped Robbie on top of Van Dam, then Hebner returned to the ring to count Robbie's pin on Van Dam.
WINNER: Robbie at 4:03 to retain the TV Title. This one needed a screwy finish if RVD was going to lose to comedy heel act Robbie.
Backstage: Steiner's "freaks" were shown leaving and looking disheveled. Apparently TNA's latest attempt to enhance Abyss is to suggest he's sexually proficient.
Backstage: The car washing bits concluded with a water fight, which brought out various wrestlers to try to separate the Knockouts.
Impact Zone: Jeff Hardy made his entrance for the main event and slapped hands with fans ringside. Hardy saved a big hug for a random man on the corner. This was followed by an amazingly awkward moment where the next man went high, Hardy went low, the man stopped short, Hardy stopped short, and then Hardy made the save with his other hand. More hand-shaking before A.J. Styles made his entrance. Roode, the heel, was out next to face a two-on-one situation. Jeremy Borash handled formal ring introductions before the bell sounded at the start of the final quarter-hour.
4 -- TNA World Hvt. champion ROBERT ROODE vs. A.J. STYLES vs. JEFF HARDY -- three-way non-title match
Roode bailed from the ring and told Styles and Hardy to go ahead and fight amongst themselves. Styles didn't take the bait, so he dropped to the floor to confront Roode. Hardy came around the other side, which put Roode in the middle of a punchfest. The punchfest resumed in the ring after Roode tried to call for a time-out. Styles and Hardy then double-clotheslined Roode to the outside. On the floor, Styles and Hardy took turns measuring Roode for offense before they cut to break.
Back from break, Roode had Styles isolated in the ring. Hardy then tried to break up a pin, but accidentally popped Styles. Roode then went to work on Hardy before turning his attention to Styles again. Hardy came back with offense on Roode, then Styles. Roode was finally able to pit Styles and Hardy against each other, setting off a scrap as Roode rested on the outside. Styles won an exchange with a snap dropkick for a two count on Hardy. Hardy came back with offense for a nearfall of his own.
Roode picked his spot to re-enter and ram Styles into a ringpost to clear him out of the picture. Roode then went to work on Hardy. Roode took his time wearing down Hardy as Styles took a while to recover on the floor. Styles then came out of nowhere with a springboard forearm followed by a back flip into reverse DDT. Styles measured Roode for the Clash, but Roode blocked. Styles tried to come back with a springboard, but Roode shoved Hardy into the ropes to crotch Styles. Roode followed with a Fisherman Suplex for the pin, but Hardy made a desperation save.
With Styles out of the picture, Hardy made a comeback on Roode with successive offense. Hardy hit Twist of Fate, then wanted a top-rope Swanton Bomb, but Jeff Jarrett showed up through the crowd to crotch Hardy behind the ref's back. In the ring, Roode made a cover on Hardy and Styles was a hair too slow to break up the pin. Roode gets the win.
WINNER: Roode at 14:29. Solid TV main event, and it seemed more like the match people would pay to see - over Roode vs. Styles one-on-one - since TNA hasn't done enough to enhance Styles's title quest. TNA also ran the risk of weakening Hardy and Styles being unable to put away Roode in a two-on-one situation, but TNA figures Hardy & Styles are established enough where they won't suffer as TNA tries to build up Roode's credibility as a top heel. (**1/2)
Post-match: Jarrett clapped it up for Roode, then Sting's music played. Roode shook his head while Jarrett turned around to find Sting standing behind him. Sting, with mic in-hand, reminded Jarrett of Consequences. He booked Jarrett vs. Hardy at Final Resolution. And, inside a steel cage where the only way to win is escape. Sting said if Jarrett wins, Hardy leaves TNA. But, if Hardy wins, Hardy becomes #1 contender for a title shot at Genesis. Karen Jarrett then barged into the shot to complain. Sting said he has another good idea: he will be handcuffed to Karen ringside for the match. Karen screamed and shouted in anger and frustration. Cue up Sting's music as TNA went to reaction shots from all of the men involved. Lots of different reactions as everyone caught their breath and sold processing the announcement. Overall, they did a better job promoting Jarrett-Hardy in the cage than Roode-Styles for the TNA Title at the PPV.
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