TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT RESULTS 11/22: Thanksgiving Edition features Gut Checks, Turkeys, more
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:16:44 PM
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TNA Impact TV results
November 22, 2012
Taped 11/13 in Orlando, Fla.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's Impact opened with a video recap of recent events, focusing on Kurt Angle battling Aces & Eights, more A&E activity, and Bobby Roode taking James Storms's #1 contender status in last week's main event.
Impact Zone: Todd Keneley introduced the show before introducing Mike Tenay and Taz. After several Thanksgiving clichés, Keneley sent the show into the ring, where Jeremy Borash was standing by with Wes Brisco. Is his character intentionally supposed to be overly-excited and goofy? Garett Bischoff then came out for Wes's audition match.
1 -- WES BRISCO vs. GARETT BISCHOFF -- Gut Check audition match
Odd facial reactions from Garett early on, then the two exchanged armdrags before pausing for a stalemate. An overly-excited Kurt Angle then walked down the ramp to coach up Wes in his tryout match. Wes and GB traded holds before Garett ran over Wes with a shoulderblock. Wes ten hit a swinging neckbreaker and tried to fire up the crowd, but his lost his place in the process. This allowed Garett to grab a headlock to re-control the action.
Wes then kind of threw his body at Garett with a corkscrew move, but Garett came back with a flapjack. Wes then surprised Garett with a quick roll-up for the win. Wes sold shock as Angle squeezed his face to celebrate. Angle also shook hands with Garett, who hugged and applauded Wes, who continued to sell shock at his victory.
WINNER: Brisco at 4:16.
Backstage: Al Snow was with the past Gut Check winners. Snow told them it's an opportunity to call anyone out for a match tonight.
Backstage: Angle continued to excitedly talk up Brisco, before telling him to slow the tempo down and "feel the fans." Angle said he's so happy for Brisco and guaranteed that he will make the roster. Angle continued to "evaluate the story" by telling them they put on a great match.
[Q2] Impact Zone: Joey Ryan came to the ring and grabbed a mic. Ryan noted tonight is Open Fight Night for all the Gut Check winners, but he didn't need to win Gut Check to be the biggest star to come out of it. Ryan said Hulk Hogan thinks he can control him and Matt Morgan by dividing them, but that's not the case. He vowed to become Tag Champs, which is why he's calling out Chavo Guerrero tonight. Joey then called himself a giant down there before bringing out Chavo.
2 -- JOEY RYAN vs. TNA tag champion CHAVO GUERRERO
Joey controlled early on and targeted Chavo's injured shoulder in-between posing for the crowd. Joey then ran into a dropkick, then took a slingshot shoulder drop from Chavo. Chavo followed with Three Amigos suplexes before pointing to the ceiling. Chavo then climbed to the top turnbuckle, but Matt Morgan entered the ring, grabbed Chavo around the throat, and clotheslined Chavo center-ring. This caused the bell to sound, giving Chavo a DQ win. Chavo's tag champ partner, Hernandez, then hit the ring to scare off Morgan and Joey. So, TNA is back to a Morgan vs. Hernandez feud.
WINNER: Chavo via DQ at 3:50.
Backstage: Take Camera One, then Take Camera Two, and repeat for Austin Aries teasing his Gut Check call-out later tonight. Aries said it will be a "family affair" on Thanksgiving.
Impact Zone: Surfer Dude Sam Shaw, who inexplicably received a TNA contract a few months ago, "surfed" his way into the ring before calling out the first Gut Check winner, Alex Silva.
3 -- SAM SHAW vs. ALEX SILVA
Silva, described by Tenay as a hothead, immediately tackled Shaw when he hit the ring. Silva then removed his ring jacket and began a methodical attack on Shaw.
[Q3] Silva continued to dominate, but did too much trash-talking and posing, which gave Shaw an opening to tackle Silva and pound on him with right hand blows. Shaw delivered multiple dropkicks before climbing to the top turnbuckle to hit a "surfboard" leg drop. It was good for the win.
WINNER: Shaw at 4:01. Heel does a move, poses, hits a punch, poses, and loses control setting up the finish. Do they teach any other formula in OVW?
Backstage: Eric Young and ODB walked into Hulk Hogan to pitch the Turkey Suit Challenge to Hogan. "We do it every year," EY said. Hogan told them it's Aces & Eights, so call out whoever you want. ODB dragged EY away and Hogan vowed under his breath to be EY when he grows up.
Backstage: EY and ODB were shown walking down the hallway again. Robbie E. and Rob Terry stopped them in the hallway, and Robbie claimed that EY ruined Terry's life last year on Thanksgiving. Robbie told EY to call him out tonight, then Jesse and Tara walked into the discussion. EY vowed to call out both Robbie and Jesse for a turkey challenge.
Announcers: Todd Keneley talked Aces & Eights before Tenay wondered aloud if there is a pattern to their targeted attacks.
Video package: TNA recapped Aces & Eights targeting Hulk Hogan's family members, Sting, and Joseph Park over the past few months.
A&E Video: The group were shown sitting around a table set to enjoy a turkey. Devon told Doc that he is sitting here at the table as a full-patch member. Devon then claimed to have strippers for dessert. Before that, though, Devon said they have some business to attend to. One of the members walked up to the TNA roster board and threw a dart. They all chuckled, then Devon said this is going to be a Thanksgiving.
[Q4] Video package: Christian York becoming the latest Gut Check winner.
Impact Zone: Christian York came to the ring for the next match of the show. In the ring, York said he feels like the luckiest s.o.b. in the world getting a shot in TNA. York added that it's time to press his luck and call out the TNA Champ, Jeff Hardy, who he said he respects and admires. They cut backstage to show Hardy slowly make his way to the entrance ramp with possession of both the TNA Title belt and customized title belt. Hardy took a victory lap as the announcers noted Hardy must be smarting ten days removed from his ladder match against Austin Aries at Turning Point.
4 -- TNA Hvt. champion JEFF HARDY vs. CHRISTIAN YORK -- non-title match
Hardy scored with early offense before selling lingering injuries from the ladder match at the PPV. York came back with a standing dropkick before Impact went to commercial at 1:30.
Back from break at 5:00, Hardy was in control working on the most-recent Gut Check winner. But, Hardy missed with Whisper in the Wind, allowing York to score a two count before taking control of the action. Hardy then surprised York with a kick to the face, but York avoided a follow-up move. York then airballed a top-rope move, but followed right up with a half-nelson suplex that dropped Hardy on the back of his neck.
[Q5 -- second hour] York went to a rear-mount to control Hardy before flowing into a submission. Hardy broke the hold by reaching the ropes, then York hit a Twist of Fate of his own for a close two count. York measured Hardy for a follow-up suplex, but Hardy blocked and hit a faceplant suplex. Hardy then climbed to the top turnbuckle, but York cut him off again. No matter, as Hardy recovered and hit a sunset flip powerbomb.
At 10:30, Hardy mounted a full comeback before hitting a Twist of Fate center-ring. Hardy thought he had it in the bag this time, climbed to the top, and hit a Swanton Bomb. Hardy made the cover for the win.
WINNER: Hardy at 10:58. Nice showing from York in the first major-leagues match of the show. If York adjusts his look (e.g. trims the stringy beach-bum hair), he could be a legit player for TNA.
After a replay of the high points, Hardy shook York's hand and hugged it out with him after a solid battle. Suddenly, Bobby Roode hit the ring and spinebustered York behind Hardy's back. Hardy then turned around after posing for the fans and took a giant spear from Roode. Roode then grabbed the TNA Title belt and shouted in Hardy's face that the TNA Title is coming back where it belongs, promoting their title match at Final Resolution in December.
Video package: Profile of Taeler Hendrix. ... Backstage: Brooke Hogan approached "Ta-Ta" to discuss her journey back to Impact. Brooke told her to use her nerves as adrenaline to go out there and kick butt. Her opponent was not revealed.
Impact Zone: Taeler Hendrix hit the ring, then said she wants to see just how much she holds up to the gold standard. So, she's calling out her Gut Check opponent, Tara. Backstage, Tara and Jesse were shown taken back by the absurdity of this challenge before making their way to the ring.
5 -- KO champion TARA (w/Jesse) vs. TAELER HENDRIX -- non-title match -- Taryn Terrell referee
Tara dominated and taunted early on, pausing for some quality time with Jesse while Taeler recovered.
[Q6] Taeler mounted a comeback, drawing Jesse onto the ring apron. After confusion reigned, Taeler nearly won the match with a thrust kick, but Tara came back with Widow's Peak for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Tara at 4:19.
Backstage: EY and ODB were shown walking down the hallway in possession of the EY's turkey suit. The match is next.
6 -- ERIC YOUNG (w/ODB) vs. ROBBIE E. (w/Rob Terry) vs. JESSE (w/Tara) -- Loser Wears Turkey Suit
After the bell sounded, EY did the bit wanting to lock up with the referee, but he instead took punishment from the heels who took turns working on EY. Jesse and Robbie then got into a shoving match after not being able to agree on who should get the win. Jesse snapped and told Robbie never to do that again, but then turned around and took a flying dropkick from EY. Suddenly, Tara slid into the ring, so ODB entered, tackled her, and brawled in the background until rolling over the referee. Meanwhile, Robbie accidentally ran into Rob Terry, who tried to run interference. EY then rolled up Jesse and trapped his shoulders to the mat for a three count.
WINNER: Eric Young at 3:31.
Post-match: The referee brought out the Turkey Suit and told Jesse to put on the suit, but Jesse refused. EY and ODB then forced Jesse to wear the suit as Tara tried to console him. Tara then put the head on Jesse's head to complete the loser's task. Tenay said TMZ needs to be informed of this as Jesse pulled away from Tara before leaving the ring. EY and ODB celebrated in the ring, then Luke Gallows suddenly hit the ring.
[Q7] Luke a/k/a Doc was followed by other A&E members. They pulled ODB out of the ring, then began attacking EY's knee. Devon chased away ODB, who tried to fight off members ringside, but was handcuffed to ringside. Devon then instructed Doc to deliver a hammer shot to Young's ankle. Doc delivered a second shot, then Devon asked EY how it feels. Way too late, mpact officials hit the ring to check on EY, who sold an ankle injury as ODB cried out for help. A stretcher was brought to ringside leading to commercial.
Moments Ago: EY was stretchered out after the latest Aces & Eights attack. Tenay said they also do not have the answer to their over-riding agenda.
Impact Zone: Daniels and Kazarian hit the ring for an Open Fight Night call-out. In the ring, Daniels removed his t-shirt at the request of the voice in his head, then plugged his One Last Match against A.J. Styles at Final Resoluton. Daniels said he knows A.J. is going through some tough times right now, so he's just being a good friend by being there during his time of need. Kaz then called out A.J. to take a beating. Styles eventually made his way to the ring as the announcers plugged this as the Impact main event. Before the bell sounded, Daniels willingly left ringside to pretend to make this a fair fight.
7 -- A.J. STYLES vs. KAZARIAN
Styles controlled early on, but then engaged ref Earl Hebner in a discussion, which allowed Kaz to thumb Styles in the eye. Kaz capitalized with sustained offense before dumping Styles to the outside. Kaz followed with a combination Gangham Style dance, cowboy rope-twirl, and electric slide to celebrate his work. Styles returned to the ring hot with offense, but then nearly ran into Hebner, which allowed Kaz to DDT Styles. But, Kaz distracted himself with Hebner, so Styles was able to nail a Pele Kick to the back of the head for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Styles at 5:24. Too short to feel important despite the main event slot, but a good "rebound win" for Styles.
[Q8] Up Next: Backstage, Austin Aries said it's time to stir things up around here. He said the person he calls out will open Pandora's Box nice and wide.
Impact returned eight minutes before the top of the hour with former World Hvt. champion Austin Aries walking to the ring next dressed to wrestle, but rather in a light blue jacket and black pants. Aries, smiling, took the mic and said he has some big, big things that he wants to do right now. First, he thinks A-Double isn't getting a fair shake around here. He said the deck is being stacked against him, and as he's sat back and surveyed the landscape, he's realized that there is one name that is holding him down. "And that name is Hogan," he said. Aries then said he should be more specific. "Brooke Hogan, get your ass out here," he said.
Brooke's music cued up to bring out Brooke on-stage. Aries said he knows Brooke isn't a wrestler, but she's a Hogan. Aries said he's sick and tired of the name Hogan now and for the last 25 years. Aries then claimed Brooke is just as sick of the Hogan name as he is. He said he's sure it's just as hard to keep her private life private. And, she's wanted to give away her last name. Maybe Brooke Trump or Brooke McMahon. But, now it's Mrs. Bully Ray. Aries said she probably never envisioned a bunch of BullyManiacs running away.
Aries then cued up video footage from two weeks ago when Aries stumbled upon Brooke and Ray in the middle of a conversation that they pretended was not occurring. Aries then went to footage from last week when Tara and Jesse barged in on Brooke and Ray looking cuddly on the couch in Brooke's office. "Oops," Aries said. Aries said if Brooke is that starved for attention, she shouldn't have settled for the turkey when she could have had the stuffing.
That was enough for Hulk Hogan, whose music played to bring out on Hulk on-stage, but Bully stormed past Hulk to run Aries out of the ring. Bully then turned his attention toward Brooke as Daddy Hogan watched with concern from ringside. "What is going on here? What is this?" Taz asked. Brooke then told Hulk it's not what it looks like. Brooke ran up the entrance ramp as Ray watched with concern from inside the ring. They closed with a shot of Hulk frowning and looking concerned one minute before the top of the hour.
FINAL THOUGHTS: It's a taped holiday show, but this didn't have much juice. Ending the show with La Hija De Hogan in another pro wrestling love-interest storyline will surely get eyes rolling from viewers.
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