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This is going to be my first ever attempt at a diary and I'll be owner of TNA over the course of this. Thing is, I had been playing this game for a little while until I decided to actually turn it into a diary, so there'll be three PPVs, Against All Odds, Destination X and Lockdown to be posted first before I start "properly" with the first Impact after Lockdown. Since writing my shows the way I do them at present can take it's sweet time (2-3 days depending on my schedule) I decided to not write up those missing Impacts. I will instead post a summary of the events that lead to the PPV matches for AAO, Destination X and Lockdown.


In order to test out the waters with writing (I used to write lyrics for various Death Metal bands I was in) which I hadn't done in years, I had posted part of this diary already on some private message board but that won't distract us here (none of the guys there has an account here far as I know).


Over the course of these show write ups you'll notice a few changes down the line, for example, I added match write ups for fluff reasons and so on. Feedback is of course very welcome.


Like I said, this is my first ever diary so what I would also like are some pointers, preferably via PM to not clutter up the forum too much. Anyhow, here we go, the rundown and card for ...


Against All Odds


TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Mr. Anderson © vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho


- Chris Jericho had joined TNA a few weeks before Against All Odds to a huge ovation and he gunned straight for Mr. Anderson's title. Jeff Hardy objected of course, but management saw fit to give Jericho a chance after the fans had been supporting his cause. Jericho was to defeat Hardy in a one on one match to be allowed to enter the main event, and defeat him he did, and a threeway was made for the PPV.


AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle


Hulk Hogan vs. Mick Foley


Samoa Joe vs. Matt Hardy


TNA World Tag Team Championship

Beer Money, Inc. © vs. Team 3D


TNA X-Division Championship

Kazarian vs. Douglas Williams


Shelton Benjamin vs. D'Angelo Dinero


Rob Van Dam vs. Sting


TNA TV Championship

Abyss © vs. Matt Morgan

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TNA presents: Against All Odds


Pre Show:


Battle Royal: Alex Shelley won in 14:33, the final four competitors being Tommy Dreamer, Jay Lethal and Eric Young, with Tommy Dreamer being the final elimination. [C+]


Live from the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, in front of 23,500 enthusiastic fans ...


The fans go crazy as the pyros go off to open the show. Scores will be settled and challenges will be answered tonight at Against All Odds and we go straight to the announce booth with Mike Tenay, Taz and Eric Bischoff, who are almost drowned out by the cheers of the fans in the sold out Rupp Arena.


Tenay: Hello and welcome everybody to TNA Against All Odds. What a fitting name it is because tonight, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson will indeed have the odds stacked against him as he is going against not one but two contenders to his title, Jeff Hardy and a surprising new challenger, Chris Jericho.


Taz: Who would have thought? Y2J in TNA ... this is huge, Mike. Anderson has his work cut out for him with Hardy and Jericho, I mean, he doesn’t even have to get pinned to lose the title.


Bischoff: Jericho, pff. Ever since he showed up on Impact two weeks ago, it’s been Jericho this, Jericho that. The hype will end tonight, I promise you this.


Tenay: He defeated Jeff Hardy a week ago on Impact to elevate himself into this main event, Eric.


Bischoff: Truth be told, I never saw much in the guy.


Taz: It’s why you no longer run your own company but sit in an announce booth, Eric (chuckles). Yet with Jeff’s mean streak as of late, he may very well be the one to capture the belt. And of course, you can’t rule out the champ. Mr. Anderson has been a fine world champion so far, a fighting champion if you so will, and I am sure he is craving the opportunity to go against all odds tonight!


The back and forth between the announcers ends as the bell rings and the first match is started ...


TNA TV Championship

Abyss © vs. Matt Morgan


It was a battle of two huge competitors, neither man willing to give an inch as the slugfest started from the moment the bell rang. Morgan gained the upper hand, yet Abyss hang in there and came back, bloodying the challenger. In the end, Morgan was caught when he attempted a running clothesline and Abyss turned it into the Blackhole Slam for the successful title defense.


Abyss defeated Matt Morgan in 10:24 by pinfall with the Blackhole Slam. [B]


We go straight to the next match and the announcers are cut short in their wondering about who in the world might be able to dethrone Abyss ...


Rob Van Dam vs. Sting


Sting successfully contained RVD’s high flying arsenal in the early goings of the match, deciding the pace and using an innovative array of underhanded tactics to stay on top of the match. Short bursts of offense by RVD were quickly followed by comebacks of the more devious sort, but when Sting removed the padding from the top turnbuckle, it proved to be his undoing in fact. Reversing a whip-in, RVD crashed Sting into the exposed corner and quickly jumped on top to execute his finisher to do away with Sting.


Rob Van Dam defeated Sting in 13:11 by pinfall with the Five Star Frog Splash. [B]


Tenay: That’s poetic justice – Sting was caught in his own trap.


Taz: This has been a nasty affair between the two over the last couple of weeks, and Sting always got the upper hand with his backstage attacks and what not and it’s good to finally see RVD on top of things here tonight...


Taz can just end his sentence when Sting gets back up and clobbers celebrating RVD down from behind. The fans are red hot about this, but Sting doesn’t care – Scorpion Deathlock! Sting catches RVD in his finisher and Van Dam has nowhere to go, completely caught off guard. The announcers cry foul, except Bischoff who is having a good time watching, and only when security arrive does Sting let go off RVD. Sting raises his arms and leaves the ring while RVD is still down, clearly hurt. [B-]


Shelton Benjamin vs. D’Angelo Dinero


The fans were on their feet throughout the match, both these men executing breathtaking aerial attacks in an overall very fast paced match. Both scored several nearfalls, yet the decider came when Dinero misjudged a top rope attack that left him faceplanting on the mat. Benjamin quickly took advantage and secured the win with his finishing move.


Shelton Benjamin defeated D’Angelo Dinero in 15:43 by pinfall with a T-Bone Suplex. [B]


Tenay: What a match folks! It could have gone either way to be honest, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if both these men have gold around their waist before long.


Bischoff: Shelton? Yeah, I’d be inclined to agree ... but Dinero has got to let kissing the fan’s asses go, because his bravado cost him tonight and will keep costing him in the future.


Once again, the announcers argue about Bischoff’s blunt dismissal of a TNA wrestler as the next match is announced ...


TNA X-Division Championship

Kazarian © vs. Douglas Williams


Williams, with fine technical wrestling, almost had the title won after nailing Kaz with the Revolution DDT when Kaz’ manager Ric Flair put his client’s leg on the rope during the pinfall attempt. Flair got on the apron and into the referee’s face, and Williams got involved. Kazarian used this to roll up the brit from behind and defend his title.


Kazarian defeated Douglas Williams in 11:32 by pinfall with a quick roll up. Kazarian makes defense number 2 of his TNA X-Division Title. [b-]


The fans boo at the top of their voices as Flair and Kazarian celebrate the victory in the ring. Flair lets it be known that in order to be the dirtiest player in the game, you have to learn from the dirtiest player in the game. Bischoff nods at this, saying Kazarian will go very far with the guidance of Ric Flair. Taz wants to know where Bischoff’s sudden appreciation for Ric Flair comes from but gets no answer as the next match is started...


TNA World Tag Team Championship

Beer Money, Inc © vs. Team 3D


A straight forward match, much to the surprise of Taz and Mike Tenay, as James Storm and Robert Roode defeat top contenders Team 3D. Ray and Devon came close enough a few times when Roode and Storm had to break up pinfall attempts, yet after a botched double team move, Storm and Roode took advantage and nailed Brother Ray with the DWI for the win.


Beer Money, Inc. defeated Team 3D in 12:04 by pinfall with the DWI. Beer Money, Inc. make defense number 2 of their TNA World Tag Team Titles. [B-]


Bischoff claims Beer Money, Inc. are unstoppable, which starts a tirade from Taz that there’s always a better man down the line waiting for you. After all, Bischoff found that out as well...


Samoa Joe vs. Matt Hardy


On the last Impact before Against All Odds, Jeff and Matt Hardy had promised each other to be victorious at the Pay Per View. Matt failed to hold his end of the bargain tonight – Joe in the end overpowered him and the crowd erupted in cheers when he put Matt away with a devastating Muscle Buster.


Samoa Joe defeated Matt Hardy in 14:28 by pinfall with a Muscle Buster. [B-]


Tenay: Maybe Matt can see after tonight that his new ways are getting him nowhere. The Hardys need the backing of the crowd, not their despise, to really excel in TNA.


Bischoff: Bah ... no one needs the backing of the crowd, Mike. Matt is just a loser and will stay a loser. Watch Jeff capture the World Title tonight and you’ll see the better of the two brothers adjust very well to his “new” agenda.


Taz: Hm let’s see ... you never had the backing of the crowd and lost big in the end ... doesn’t that make you a loser too, Easy E?


A video plays next, highlighting the events that led to Hogan and Foley going one on one tonight. When Mick Foley helped Angle during a sneak attack by Hogan and AJ Styles, Foley got Hogan’s full attention. Kurt Angle and AJ Styles were competing for the top contendership for the TNA World Heavyweight Title when Flair and Styles got Hogan on their side to help them tip the scales in their favor. Foley, former GM of TNA, wasn’t having any of it. Styles and Hogan defeated Angle and Foley on the last Impact before Against All Odds when a masked man interfered on Hogan’s and Styles’ behalf and secured victory for them. With the identity of the unknown yet to be revealed, a match was announced during the week going into the Pay Per View between Hogan and Foley.


Hulk Hogan vs. Mick Foley


The match had quite a bunch of twists and turns, the biggest one happening in the end when Mick Foley was just about to deliver his Double Underhook DDT to put Hogan away - the masked unknown showed up again and got onto the apron. The referee turned to face the newcomer and Foley, still angry at the unknown man for what happened on Impact last Monday, went to attack him. The stranger bailed in time, but this gave Hogan the break he needed – when Foley turned around, Hogan punched him with a set of brass knuckles and knocked the hardcore legend out cold. Sliding the object out of the ring, Hogan got down for the academic one, two and three.


Hulk Hogan defeated Mick Foley in 9:21 by pinfall after using a pair of brass knuckles. [B]


Bischoff: That’s how you teach a self-proclaimed “legend”. It had to happen, it’s that simple. Foley got involved where he never should have gotten involved and he hopefully learned his lesson tonight.


Taz: Hogan needed outside help once again. I really wonder who this masked man is ... he is clearly in some sort of alliance with Hogan, but in what capacity we have yet to find out.


Tenay: Tomorrow night on Impact we might find out more about him. But now let’s go to the co main event for the evening ...


AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle


In the match to determine the top contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Ric Flair became the deciding factor. Towards the end of this grueling, all out encounter, Angle had the Ankle Lock applied with AJ Styles trying as best he could to get to the ropes to no avail. AJ was inches away when Flair grabbed his hands and pulled him to safety. Angle left the ring, furious, and leveled Flair on the outside with Styles still down. This turned out to work in Styles’ favor, who played possum and got up to land a low blow when Angle refocused on him. With the referee not noticing the devious attack, AJ executed the Styles Clash and became top contender to the World Heavyweight Championship.


AJ Styles defeated Kurt Angle in 18:26 by pinfall with the Styles Clash. [B+]


Taz and Bischoff got into yet another argument, with Tenay trying his best to moderate between the two as a video plays to hype up tonight’s main event. Mr. Anderson being challenged by Jeff Hardy a few weeks ago, then Chris Jericho coming to TNA. Jericho instantly went to challenge for the title, but Jeff Hardy was having none of it, reminding Y2J that Jeff Hardy was the top contender. Mr. Anderson came to the ring and said he would take on one or two men, he doesn’t care as he would beat them anyway. Dixie Carter came out, saying that this will go down the following way: she booked a match between Chris Jericho and Jeff Hardy, with the stipulation being should Hardy win, he’d face Mr. Anderson in singles competition and Chris Jericho would not be able to challenge for the title for another six months. In case Jericho won the match, he would get his title shot right away as the planned match between Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy would be turned into a three way for the title. On the following Impact, the last before Against All Odds, Jericho indeed defeated Jeff Hardy with the Walls of Jericho and the three way for the Pay Per View was set in stone. [B]


TNA World Heavyweight Championship


Early on, Jeff Hardy had been dodging both men, forcing champion Anderson and Jericho to go one on one. This worked for a while until Anderson and Y2J teamed up to take on Hardy and took him out of the equation. But neither men could score a decisive strike, and thus, Jeff Hardy managed to get back into the match. The hard fought battle started to take its toll on all three wrestlers when Anderson was nailed by the Liontamer and Hardy had to break up the pin. Hardy hit home with the Swanton Bomb and this time, Anderson had to stop the pinfall attempt and he did it just in time. Hardy overpowered Anderson and went for another Swanton Bomb and right on the money. When he went for the pinfall, Jericho was there – he grabbed Jeff, pulled him off Anderson and executed the Walls of Jericho. With nowhere to go and Anderson out of it, Jeff Hardy quickly tapped and Chris Jericho was announced the winner and new TNA World Heavyweight Champion! Jericho gets up and is handed the title as Mr. Anderson rolls out of the ring and leaves without turning around. Jeff Hardy gets back up, having difficulties standing upright after the Walls of Jericho, and looks on in anger as Jericho celebrates with the fans, raising the belt high up in the air.


Chris Jericho defeated Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy in 22:15 by submission with the Walls of Jericho (submitting Jeff Hardy). Chris Jericho wins the TNA World Heavyweight Title. [B+


Bischoff: Theft! This is outright theft! Jericho not only weaseled his miserable hide into this match, he also plain simply stole the title. You’ve got to be kidding me. Someone reverse this travesty and fire the guy!


Taz: Actually, there’s nothing wrong with the end of this match. Chris Jericho is our new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, if you like it or not Eric, and he just simply one-upped Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson there.


Bischoff: Whatever! This is just bull*beep*...


Mike Tenay ends their bickering, snarling at both men to stop ... Bischoff and Taz look at him confused, not quite used to such things from Tenay.


Tenay: Thank you for tuning in folks. An amazing night of wrestling action comes to a close with a new TNA World Heavyweight Champion crowned, Chris Jericho! Tune in tomorrow night to TNA Impact, only on Spike TV, with all the fallout from Against All Odds. Goodnight everybody!


Final Show Rating: B

Buyrate 2.66

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I would like me some feedback especially considering the format and style of the write up, considering I use a widescreen laptop and the way the forum is displayed for me might be very different from other people's experience. Anyways, with Against All Odds in the books, this now is the summary of the events leading up to Destination X:


When Chris Jericho became champion at Against All Odds, it was inevitable that challengers would pop up by the truckloads. Mr. Anderson, former champion, had enough reason to challenge for a rematch, yet when AJ Styles’ manager Ric Flair called him out, saying Styles’ string of victories should finally give him a match for the title, Anderson said he’d do the same as he did as champion – not back down from a challenge.


On Impact, Anderson put his rematch on the line against AJ Styles, but let’s not forget Jeff Hardy – he felt left out of the whole deal, claiming he couldn’t properly prepare for the match at Against All Odds which was so swiftly turned from a one on one into a three way for the belt. And thus, he interfered in the top contender match, distracting Anderson so that AJ Styles could secure the win and challenge Jericho at the next PPV.


You’ll appreciate that Anderson was furious, and he would get his chance at revenge at Destination X, facing Jeff Hardy in a one on one match.


Kurt Angle meanwhile had enough of Hulk Hogan running his mouth about him, Foley, and basically everybody else who was not on the same page with him (which would include ¾ of the roster). Hogan responded by sending his masked henchmen, the man who helped him beat Foley at Against All Odds, after Angle. This however was to backfire, as Angle caught the unknown on Impact, put him in the Ankle Lock and revealed him to be no other than MVP!


Angle challenged Hogan, but Hogan refused, saying he’d have nothing to gain from a match with him. This lead to Kurt agreeing to a 1v2 handicap match, with the stipulation being that should Angle beat MVP and Hogan, he’d have the match finally.


Angle, while outnumbered, used his superior mat wrestling skills to outlast two opponents and put MVP away with the Angle Slam. Hogan versus Angle at Destination X was now on.


Near unbeatable TNA TV Champion Abyss faced a new challenger in Jeff Jarrett, who had called him out on Impact after Against All Odds. Over the next two week, Abyss had been playing mindgames with Jarrett, interfering in matches and costing the challenger. The match was set in stone and at Destination X, it’s TNA TV Champion Abyss defending his title against Jeff Jarrett.


Beer Money, Inc. were on a roll with their TNA World Tag Team Titles for months, holding on to the gold in every match they were in. When the challenge from The Motor City Machine Guns came on Impact, they didn’t seem to quite take them seriously and MCMG had to endure two singles match losses against Roode and Storm on the following weeks. Now at Destination X, the question is if The Motor City Machine Guns can reverse their fortunes and capture the titles.


A tournament was held for the top contendership to the X-Division Title, held by Kazarian. He was at ringside for every match, scouting his rivals as the likes of Jay Lethal, Douglas Williams, Desmond Wolfe and Brian Kendrick battled it out in awe inspiring action. Emerging victorious was Brian Kendrick, beating Desmond Wolfe in the final, and the match was made – Kazarian vs. Brian Kendrick for the X-Division Title at Destination X.


Elsewhere, the tension and hatred between RVD and Joe on one side and Sting on the other grew and grew with every passing day. When Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy joined forces with him, holding grudges of their own against RVD and Joe. The final insult was when Samoa Joe had a non title match versus Chris Jericho at Impact, an instant classic mind you, and Shelton and Matt were to interfere and cause a no contest. Joe had Jericho ready for the Muscle Buster, a win over the reigning champion surely enough to catapult him into a title match but it was not to be. While Jericho and Joe shook hands, Joe was ready for murder. A handicap match was made for Destination X putting Samoa Joe and Rob Van Dam against Sting, Matt Hardy and Shelton Benjamin.


Christopher Daniels returned to TNA on Impact following Against All Odds, and his first course of action was to attack D’Angelo Dinero, seemingly at random. But he had ulterior motives of course – Daniels claimed he is too good to sit on the backburner, and would put everyone out who stood in his way back to the top in the company he helped build. Dinero, himself on the verge of getting a title shot, fit that bill exactly, and thus, Daniels cost Dinero a perfect opportunity by interfering in a TV Title match between Abyss and Dinero.


Matt Morgan, coming short against Abyss in his hunt for the TV Title at Against All Odds, had put everything he had into that one match ... and it didn’t work out. Gutted, he questioned his career, his life, his everything, when Tommy Dreamer approached him and cheered him up, offering to team with him so together, they might achieve greatness. Extreme Machine was born and their first match would be at Destination X against Generation Me, who claimed that Morgan and Dreamer were not fit to wrestle as a team in TNA, saying they would wrestle the hardcore brawling out of them. A shock loss of Dreamer against Max Buck (with a little help of Jeremy ...) on Impact before Destination X may already have put Extreme Machine in jeopardy ...


This is the card for Destination X:


TNA World Heavyweight Championship:

Chris Jericho © vs. AJ Styles


Kurt Angle vs. Hulk Hogan w/MVP


Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson


TNA TV Championship:

Abyss © vs. Jeff Jarrett


Christopher Daniels vs. D’Angelo Dinero


TNA World Tag Team Championship:

Beer Money, Inc. © vs. The Motor City Machine Guns


Rob Van Dam and Samoa Joe vs. Sting, Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy


TNA X-Division Championship:

Kazarian © vs. Brian Kendrick


Extreme Machine (Morgan and Dreamer) vs. Generation Me

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<p>TNA World Heavyweight Championship: </p><p>

Chris Jericho © vs. <strong>AJ Styles</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kurt Angle</strong> vs. Hulk Hogan w/MVP</p><p> </p><p>

Jeff Hardy vs. <strong>Mr. Anderson</strong></p><p> </p><p>

TNA TV Championship: </p><p>

<strong>Abyss ©</strong> vs. Jeff Jarrett</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Christopher Daniels</strong> vs. D’Angelo Dinero</p><p> </p><p>

TNA World Tag Team Championship:</p><p>

<strong>Beer Money, Inc. ©</strong> vs. The Motor City Machine Guns</p><p> </p><p>

Rob Van Dam and Samoa Joe vs. <strong>Sting, Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy</strong></p><p> </p><p>

TNA X-Division Championship: </p><p>

<strong>Kazarian ©</strong> vs. Brian Kendrick</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Extreme Machine (Morgan and Dreamer)</strong> vs. Generation Me</p>

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<p>I liked the first show, the format seems fine to me. Actually it has a very clean look to it (Not sure if that makes any sense to you.). I also liked the match write-ups, they were long enough to get what you needed to get over but short enough so that it was not like reading the Great Gatsby. All and all I thought it was a very good first show.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

TNA World Heavyweight Championship: </p><p>

<strong>Chris Jericho</strong> © vs. AJ Styles</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kurt Angle </strong>vs. Hulk Hogan w/MVP</p><p> </p><p>

Jeff Hardy vs. <strong>Mr. Anderson</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Well seeing how I am not a fan of Jeff at all (And never have been for that matter) I pick the junkie to lose right here.</p><p> </p><p>

TNA TV Championship: </p><p>

<strong>Abyss</strong> © vs. Jeff Jarrett</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Christopher Daniels </strong>vs. D’Angelo Dinero</p><p> </p><p>

TNA World Tag Team Championship:</p><p>

<strong>Beer Money, Inc.</strong> © vs. The Motor City Machine Guns</p><p> </p><p>

Rob Van Dam and Samoa Joe vs. <strong>Sting, Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy</strong></p><p> </p><p>

This would be the perfect match if Matt was not involved in it.<img alt=":D" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/biggrin.png.929299b4c121f473b0026f3d6e74d189.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

TNA X-Division Championship: </p><p>

<strong>Kazarian</strong> © vs. Brian Kendrick</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Extreme Machine (Morgan and Dreamer) </strong>vs. Generation Me</p>

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<p>I like you're first show! It flowed very nicely from segment to segment. Keep up the good work!</p><p> </p><p>

TNA World Heavyweight Championship: </p><p>

Chris Jericho © vs. <strong>AJ Styles</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kurt Angle</strong> vs. Hulk Hogan w/MVP</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jeff Hardy</strong> vs. Mr. Anderson</p><p> </p><p>

TNA TV Championship: </p><p>

<strong>Abyss</strong> © vs. Jeff Jarrett</p><p> </p><p>

Christopher Daniels vs. <strong>D'Angelo Dinero</strong></p><p> </p><p>

TNA World Tag Team Championship:</p><p>

Beer Money, Inc. © vs. <strong>The Motor City Machine Guns</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Rob Van Dam and Samoa Joe vs. Sting, <strong>Shelton Benjamin</strong> and Matt Hardy</p><p> </p><p>

TNA X-Division Championship: </p><p>

<strong>Kazarian</strong> © vs. Brian Kendrick</p><p> </p><p>

Extreme Machine (Morgan and Dreamer) vs. <strong>Generation Me</strong></p>

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<div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">TNA presents: DESTINATION X</span></span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Preshow:</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Team 3D vs. TNA Security</strong> – Team 3D defeated TNA Security in 4:34 by pinfall. [C-]</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MVP vs. Jay Lethal</strong> – MVP defeated Jay Lethal in 7:16 by pinfall with the Playmaker. [b-]</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Live from the Madison Square Garden, New York</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

Mike Tenay, Taz and Eric Bischoff welcome the fans in the Madison Square Garden and those watching at home to Destination X as pyros go off to start the show, the crowd of 16340 going wild.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> Hello and welcome everybody to TNA Destination X. We have a great selection of matches for you tonight, with the best of the best in the business going one on one against each other, and what a main event! TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho defends his title against no other than AJ Styles.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> And how about Kurt Angle facing the men who helped make wrestling what it is today, Hulk Hogan! They have had issues for weeks now, and it is going to be settled tonight.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Angle went a bit too far with this. He should pay respect to Hogan, not challenge him like he did. He’ll pay tonight, trust you me.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> All that and more tonight on Destination X. But let us go to our first match of the evening ...</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Rob Van Dam and Samoa Joe vs. Sting, Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Joe got sweet revenge for the interference of Benjamin and Hardy on Impact in his non title match against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho that probably cost him a shot at the belt down the line. RVD and Samoa Joe started the match steaming with momentum, but the one man disadvantage began to tell mid-match. Sting and his partners managed to isolate RVD and Joe was forced to break up several nearfalls. Using all manners of dirty tricks, Sting, Benjamin and Hardy had the upper hand for several minutes straight when the hot tag finally came. Joe dispatched of the three opponents in swift manner, being fresh and fuming, but a low-blow by Benjamin nearly cost his team. This time, RVD came for the rescue ... Matt Hardy was complaining about a slow count to referee Earl Hebner when Van Dam used the chaos to run up the turnbuckles in the opponent’s corner then took to the air, taking Benjamin and Sting to the arena floor with him. Now one on one, Hardy was confused for just enough time, giving Joe the break he needed – Muscle Buster and it was murder she wrote! RVD and Joe celebrated in the ring and the heels retreated to the back.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Rob Van Damn and Samoa Joe defeated Sting, Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy in 15:46 by pinfall when Samoa Joe defeated Matt Hardy with the Muscle Buster. [</strong><strong><strong><span style="color:#00FF00;">B</span></strong></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

We went straight to the next match, the newest addition to the tag team division, Extreme Machine versus Generation Me ...</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Extreme Machine vs. Generation Me</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">The rough start Extreme Machine had, Dreamer shockingly defeated by Max Buck on Impact, had no import on this tag team match. Dreamer and Morgan dismantled the youngsters, and only during the second half of the match did Jeremy and Max manage to get any semblance of offense in. When Dreamer tagged in towering Matt Morgan, it was the beginning of the end for Generation Me and he put Max away with his finisher after throwing Jeremy out of the ring.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Extreme Machine defeated Generation Me in 6:31 by pinfall when Matt Morgan defeated Max Buck with the Hellavator. [</strong><strong><strong><span style="color:#FFA500;">C</span></strong></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> I’m impressed. This was their first match together as a team on a Pay Per View, and it was almost a rout. Dreamer and Morgan just have to keep this up and they’ll be challenging for the belts before long, trust me on that.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> It’s great to see my boy Tommy Dreamer still kicking, folks. What a duo they are indeed, and I would love for them to have gold around their waists. Dreamer surely deserves it and trust me, Morgan and he can do it.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Cut it out already and quit comparing people like Generation Me to great tag teams like say for example, TNA World Tag Team Champions Beer Money, Inc. That’s like comparing FCS college teams to the NFL. Extreme Machine will have their work cut out for them before long if they are going to challenge for the belts.</p><p> </p><p>

We go backstage and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho knocks on a locker room door. It is opened and ... inside is TNA’s newest signing, (Chris) Hero!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jericho:</strong> Hey man. I just wanted to say high and officially welcome you to TNA. You made a good choice and it’s great to have you.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Hero:</strong> Why thank you. Good to meet you too ... I’m really looking forward to take part come tomorrow on Impact.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jericho:</strong> I’m sure you’ll be a hand. I understand there are more ... new signings being made. Who is anybody’s guess but ... it looks like TNA is ready to jump to the next level.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Hero:</strong> Me too, Chris ... (glances at the TNA World Heavyweight Title draped across Jericho’s shoulder). Me too!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jericho:</strong> Now, now ... don’ go ahead of yourself, ok? Make a name for yourself ... win your matches ... and I promise we’ll meet in the ring one day. But tonight I have to focus on AJ and trust me, it’ll be awful. Ugly. Very ugly.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Hero:</strong> All the best Chris, all the best (glances at the belt again).</p><p> </p><p>

Jericho begins to walk away.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jericho:</strong> Thanks and ... make sure you’ll watch.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Hero:</strong> You bet ...</p><p> </p><p>

With that, Hero closes the door and Jericho walks off camera as we go back to the arena. [<span style="color:#000080;"><strong>A</strong></span>]</p><p> </p><p>

Back in the arena, we go to the next match of the night ...</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">TNA TV Championship</span></span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Abyss © vs. Jeff Jarrett</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Jeff Jarrett was fighting an uphill battle throughout most of the match, the size and strength of the champion telling. Here and there, Jarrett got a measure of offense in, but for the most part, it was as if he was Abyss’ personal ragdoll. Yet the challenger hung in there, defying the brute’s pinfall attempts. Abyss finally had victory in his grasp when the Blackhole Slam hit home, yet it was close enough to the ropes for Jarrett to put his foot on the rope just before the count of three. In fact, the hand DID come down a third down, like it sometimes is the case, but it was only a two count. Abyss got up to seize the win, yet it was not so – referee Brian Hebner doing the two-finger gesture. This nearly got Abyss to pummel the official, and maybe he should have done just that to get DQ’ed and prevent the next few seconds from ever happening ... but he just got into the referee’s face, menacingly staring and growling something inaudible at Hebner. It was the opening Jarrett needed. Mustering his last ounce of strength, Jarrett rolled Abyss up and Brian Hebner made the three count, a close call in it’s own right as Abyss kicked out a fraction of a second after the count of three. Double J rolled out of the ring and was presented with his newly won TNA TV Championship belt to the cheering of the crowd. Hebner bailed from the wrath of the dethroned monster, who shot a murderous glance at everyone in his surroundings. Jarrett walked around the ring, posing with the belt and high fiving the fans before walking back up the aisle.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Jeff Jarrett defeated Abyss by pinfall in 13:42 with a quick roll up. Jeff Jarrett wins the TNA TV Title.[</strong><strong><span style="color:#00FF00;">B</span></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Never rule out Double J! Abyss probably got a little complacent in the match after dominating Jarrett for such long periods, and it cost him.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Honestly, I think this time not even I can say anything negative. Jarrett seized the opportunity and made the most of it. Good job.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Yeah ... wait, what? We agree on something for once?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> I actually feel quite bad about it. Sorry, Taz.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> I’m the one for witty remarks here, Bisch!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> And it is time for the next match of the evening. Folks, many teams have tried to capture the TNA World Tag Team Championship, but Beer Money, Inc. have a firm grip around the belts. Last month at Against All Odds, they handed veterans Team 3D a sound defeat and tonight, Storm and Roode face a duo who are no strangers to gold ... The Motor City Machine Guns, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Oh I like those two guys, Mike. They may not be the toughest and tallest, but they can hang with the best of them, and their teamwork is something to behold. Plus like you said, they were champions before ...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Yeah they were, until Beer Money, Inc. took those belts away from them. What makes you think Sabin and Shelley can secure the win tonight? Beer Money has the experience and the ruthlessness to get the job done. My money is on them. Don’t listen to Taz, fans.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> And life is back to normal! Thank you, Eric.</p><p> </p><p>

With that, the camera goes back to the ring ...</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">TNA World Tag Team Championship</span></span></strong></p></div><p></p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Beer Money, Inc. © vs. The Motor City Machine Guns</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">A back and forth affair, MCMG countered Beer Money’s brawling/regular wrestling with high flying attacks. Several hot tags and pin breakups by both teams meant the match would continue even when both James Storm and Chris Sabin had executed their finishers on the opposition. Towards the end, Storm and Roode had sent Sabin over the top rope and were working on Shelley together until the referee sent Storm in his team’s corner. Sabin recuperated on the ground when Shelley countered a DDT attempt with a back drop to await Roode with the Shellshock in return. Storm instantly tried to rush back into the ring, but Sabin, still on the outside, had been sneaking around the ring and was now holding on to Storm’s leg, pulling him down from the apron. Unable to break up the pinfall in time, Shelley put the match away and we had new World Tag Team Champions.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>The Motor City Machine Guns defeated Beer Money, Inc. in 16:24 by pinfall when Alex Shelley defeated Robert Roode with the Shellshock. The Motor City Machine Guns win the TNA World Tag Team Titles</strong><strong><span style="color:#00FF00;">B</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Ah damn it all to ... Sabin made an outside attack there. Where the hell is the DQ? This is just not right.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> I’m not known to be a hundred percent rule book bothered, but neither Sabin or Storm were the legal men. For all I care and know, they could have gone through the crowd brawling and the match would have continued. Actually, that sounds entertaining.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Whatever! For all your favoritism of Sabin and Shelley, you quite ignore their cheating ways. Same as the fans do.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Hm yeah ... Unlike you who always cheats to get what you want, I only do it fifty percent of the time. Makes me a fifty percent better person than you are.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Cut the math’s out, will you?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Ah yeah ... numbers never worked in your favor, right ATM-Eric?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> (Sigh) ... We’re ready for the next match, guys, and it’s for the TNA X-Division Championship ...</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">TNA X-Division Championship</span></span></strong></p></div><p></p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Kazarian © vs. Brian Kendrick</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Kaz had his work cut out for him against the man who won the top contendership for his belt on Impact, yet his manager Ric Flair was always there when things looked to turn sour. Nothing illegal, just as you may call it – unsportsmanlike conduct. Distracting the referee and Kendrick several times, Flair managed to keep the challenger off balance. However, Kendrick managed to get a flurry of offense going towards the end, but one errand high spot was all that Kaz needed to put Kendrick away finally.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Kazarian defeated Brian Kendrick in 12:03 by pinfall with the Wave of the Future. Kazarian makes defense number 4 of his TNA X-Division Title. [</strong><strong><span style="color:#00FF00;">B-</span></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> (Sigh) I wonder where Kazarian would be in TNA without Ric Flair. Seriously, this partnership could get Kaz very, very far.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> Yes Taz, add to that AJ Styles and Flair has himself a fine lot together. Think of it ... he could be managing two out of four champions in TNA by the end of the night.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Could? He will!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>We go to a video featuring returning Christopher Daniels. He has come back to TNA with quite the new found attitude – arrogance, selfishness and several other rather undesirable traits. Daniels kept to himself, ignoring the cheers of the fans when they were ready to welcome him back with open arms as well as the welcomes of his friends in the locker room. Daniels has adopted an all business ruthlessness, and his undefeated streak since his return, ending all matches with his Angel’s Wings submission is quite telling. Now, D’Angelo Dinero has challenged him, having won every match on Impact since his loss at Against All Odds against Shelton Benjamin. Dinero feels that a win over Daniels would give him enough momentum to challenge for a title.</strong></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Christopher Daniels vs. D’Angelo Dinero</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">An all out match between two men who met eye to eye, yet in the end it seemed Daniels just wanted the win more than Dinero, giving his everything and then some to win. Dinero had landed several near falls but just couldn’t keep the Fallen Angel down for long enough, and in a series of reversals in perfect chain wrestling manner allowed Daniels to catch him in his submission finisher which no man, not even those way bigger than Daniels, found a way out of yet. The win streak stays ...</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Christopher Daniels defeated D’Angelo Dinero in 14:52 by submission with the Angel’s Wings. [</strong><strong><span style="color:#00FF00;">B</span></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> One more down! It’s only a matter of time until Daniels is going to challenge for a title. Hopefully he’ll go right after the World Title, as that is very fitting a belt for a man of his statute.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Dinero faced a high caliber opponent on a Pay Per View the second consecutive time and came short. Nothing seems to work for him right now and he’ll have to get back on track quickly.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> It’s simply not enough to win matches here and there. You have to also win matches where it counts, when it really matters, and Dinero just can’t seem to do that. He probably needs an attitude adjustment just like Daniels.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> I’d much rather see people stay the way they are instead of turning into complete pricks. You however were always the same, right, Bisch?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> I have no idea what you’re talking about.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>We go to another video highlighting the events that led to the next match. When he was still TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Mr. Anderson had given debuting Chris Jericho the opportunity to challenge for the title and be in the match with top contender Jeff Hardy at Against All Odds. In order to do so, Jericho would have to defeat Jeff Hardy in a singles match. Hardy was opposed to this new deal the entire time but found no open ear in the office, so he could only begrudgingly agree to this new stipulation. Still not quite adjusted to it, Hardy was defeated by Jericho on Impact and at Against All Odds, Jericho defeated Anderson and Hardy to win the TNA World Heavyweight Title. Red hot with anger, Hardy attacked Anderson on Impact afterwards, blaming him to have messed up his career. While this accusation was probably a little extreme, it derailed Anderson from his rematch against Jericho, because his feeling was that Hardy would get in between again anyhow. Thus, he accepted Hardy’s challenge and their match was on for Destination X.</strong> [<strong><span style="color:#00FF00;">B</span></strong>]</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Hardy’s anger at Anderson showed in the match when he jumped him before the bell, dragging Anderson around ringside. It nearly got both men counted out but they managed to get into the squared circle in time. In the ring, they started exchanging wild punches and referee Earl Hebner had to get in between, threatening to rule this match a double DQ several times. All this involvement caused Hebner to be in the way at one point, a clothesline aimed at Hardy leveling him when Jeff ducked. Hardy instantly took advantage and hit a nasty low blow. Swanton Bomb but Hebner was still down. Hardy tried to drag the referee to his feet when Anderson rolled him up from behind, but there came no count. Hardy finally kicked out and got up, but Anderson caught him with the Kenton Bomb! Slow referee count this time ... enough for Hardy to get out of the predicament. Now Anderson started taking care of Hebner, helping him back to a vertical base in the corner of the ring. Hardy came flying and went crashing and burning into Anderson and the referee. Jeff rolled to the outside and got hold of a chair from under the ring. Waiting for Anderson to get back to his feet, he hit a homer to the head and along with a nasty bang from the impact, Mr. Anderson went down from the wicked chair shot that had the crowd wincing. Hardy shoved the chair out of the ring again and now it was him who helped the referee up. Out cold, Anderson couldn’t answer this and a slow three count won the match for Jeff Hardy.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Jeff Hardy defeated Mr. Anderson in 14:08 by pinfall after a chair shot. [</strong><strong><span style="color:#00FF00;">B</span></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

Post match, Hardy spat on fallen Anderson as he made his way back to the locker room. Hebner tended to the former champion for a moment until he would shake off the cobwebs and be able to walk, the crowd cheering him on as he got back to his feet.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> In typical Jeff Hardy fashion, as of late mind you, he stole this one. Stole it, no more, no less. There’s no honor in a win like this...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> That maybe so, but a win is a win. This ruthlessness quite suits Jeff as after this victory, he is right back on track. Anderson now with two consecutive Pay Per View losses won’t be going anywhere near the belt for quite some time. He had the opportunity to use a chair as well, hadn’t he? Why not use it while the referee is in dream land?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Because not everybody thinks winning cheap is the greatest thing since sliced bread.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> Ah come on Taz, don’t go telling me you never did this in your active career.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Few times. And everytime I was glad for the shower afterwards cause I felt dirty. Mind you, I take a shower everytime after we’ve been in the booth together too. Coincidence, much?</p><p> </p><p>

Hulk Hogan’s music hits and he comes down to the ring, accompanied by his associate MVP. Hogan gets on the microphone. He looks rather aggravated as he begins to talk...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Hogan:</strong> There are people in this company who want to take away from what I have done for them, take away from what I have done for this business. There are people who feel they owe me nothing, because they have ... won an old Olympic gold medal or two (crowd cheers). Of course you know who I am talking about. And he is one of the people who have forgotten that they are here and able to make a living out of what they love to do because of ME. They have forgotten that I paved the ways for generations and generations of wrestlers. You, Kurt Angle, are the worst however. You, Angle, you’ve never shown me respect. Not once! (MVP nods) You walk around like you’re God’s gift to this industry. That changes tonight, Angle. Tonight I will pound respect for the legend that I am into you. Tonight, Hulk Hogan will ...</p><p> </p><p>

Kurt Angle’s music hits and the match is on ...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> He does it again! Angle has no respect for the business! You can’t just cut a legend like Hogan off like that.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Kurt Angle vs. Hulk Hogan w/MVP</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">After Hogan’s tirade to kick off the match, the Hulkster was furious when Angle cut his speech short and went to attack Angle as he was just up on the apron. Angle wrestled free soon after however, seizing control of the match and dominating Hogan until for the first time, MVP cut in and Hogan gained some breathing room. He used it to the maximum effect when Angle reached for MVP, who just jumped down from the apron, and Hogan grabbed Angle from behind to choke him on the top rope. At the count of five by referee Mark Johnson, Hogan let go, just for MVP to get back on the apron to choke Angle some more. This kept up for some time, the referee having his work cut out for him with the underhanded tactics of Hogan and MVP, and because of it, Angle didn’t really find a flow and Hogan was even able to get the momentum back on his side. The fans were cheering Kurt Angle on but couldn’t prevent Hogan to execute the Leg Drop, but it got only a two and maybe a half count until Angle kicked out. Hogan draped Angle onto the second rope, face down, and put a boot in the neck while MVP slapped Angle. Kurt Angle tried to get some strength back as Johnson was again forced to get Hogan off Angle while MVP reached for something under the ring – a chair! At this, Taz got riled up, not wanting a second match in a row to end via chair shot, but no one except a few in the crowd had apparently noticed the man approaching the ring through the seats. Only when he jumped over the guardrail was he identified as Mick Foley! MVP turned around and was kicked into the gut for his troubles, dropping his chair. Foley took advantage and a Double Underhook DDT onto the chair took MVP out! Hogan ran up to the ropes and demanded Johnson to DQ Angle, but the referee rightfully didn’t comply. Instead, Angle was back in action and as Hogan turned around, he seized the Hulkster up - Angle Slam! One, two, three and Angle was announced the winner!</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Kurt Angle defeated Hulk Hogan in 13:53 by pinfall with the Angle Slam after Mick Foley got involved. [</strong><strong><span style="color:#2E8B57;">B+</span></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

Hogan and MVP shook off the cobwebs on the outside as Foley and Angle celebrated the win together in the ring.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> MVP was Hogan’s life support and clearly intended for that role from the beginning of the match. Foley took that live support away from him and Angle is the well deserved winner. Good to see some justice being done at last.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> MVP was legally allowed to be at ringside during the match, but Foley wasn’t. Mark Johnson should be removed from his position as a referee and sent back to training. What Foley did was assault. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the show tonight! Pff, and you speak of justice, Taz. Typical.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Says the man who allowed run ins that made you think a small European country came to visit. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> ... (chuckles) ... As we go to our main event of the evening. AJ Styles has been constantly working his way up, defeating the man we just saw in action, Kurt Angle, last month at Against All Odds to finally elevate himself into the top contendership for the TNA World Heavyweight Title. Styles is no stranger to gold in TNA, and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho has won titles all around the globe in the past. So tonight, these two men collide with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on the line as it is Chris Jericho versus AJ Styles - now!</p><p> </p><p>

Following the announcement, a short video plays that highlights both contenders’ path that led them to their match at Destination X. It shows Jericho winning the belt at Against All Odds, standing triumphantly in the ring after defeating Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy. Another shot highlights AJ Styles victory over Kurt Angle and his consecutive announcement that he would be challenging for the title at Destination X on the following Impact. The footage ends with their staredown from the last Impact after they had signed the match contract .. [<span style="color:#2E8B57;">B+</span>]</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">TNA World Heavyweight Championship</span></span></strong></p></div><p></p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Chris Jericho © vs. AJ Styles</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Jericho and Styles produced an instant classic in their encounter. They were methodical at first and biding their time, well aware of the other wrestler’s abilities. As the match went on, the crowd was in awe at times at what both men did in the ring. Despite the fact that AJ these days is less than a fan favorite, to put it mildly, no illegal moves or practices were done by either him or Flair, AJ seemingly wanting to go through with what he had said on Impact – that he could beat Chris Jericho by means of sheer wrestling skills. The fans honored this. So it was that both men scored nearfalls towards the end of the match, their exhaustion telling. Earlier, the Walls of Jericho had not let to a submission finish as Styles found the strength to reach the ropes, yet only a short while later, Styles found his Styles Clash wanting to do the job for him as Jericho kicked out of the subsequent pinfall at 2,999 as it seemed. Styles argued with referee Earl Hebner which gave Jericho a much needed break as he sank back in the corner of the ring, gasping for air. When Styles took to the air to crash into Jericho however, he only met turnbuckles as Y2J dodged the attack. AJ was staggering back out of the corner and Chris Jericho took full advantage – kick to the midsection and a Tiger Suplex into a pinfall for the one, two and three and the successful title defense were to follow.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Chris Jericho defeated AJ Styles in 23:36 by pinfall with a Tiger Suplex. Chris Jericho makes defense number 2 of his TNA World Heavyweight Title. [</strong><strong><span style="color:#0000FF;">A</span></strong><strong>]</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Ric Flair pounded the apron in frustration as Jericho was celebrating his win with the fans while AJ Styles rolled out of the ring. Chris Jericho went up to the second rope in every corner of the ring to lift up his belt for the crowd as Flair and Styles slowly marched back up the aisle, shooting menacing glances at Jericho.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> What a match guys! I’m sweating and I have only been doing commentary. This is what TNA is all about, fans. A clean win for Jericho tonight but it didn’t seem to me that AJ Styles would be quite down with his quest for the gold, hm?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bischoff:</strong> He shouldn’t be. He had the title in arm’s reach tonight, Jericho got lucky. I think we all agree that a rematch is the only option ...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taz:</strong> Knowing Flair, he might get that set in stone, yes.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tenay:</strong> Destination X is in the books guys, and I hope we’ll see you tomorrow night on Impact with all the fallout from tonight’s show. Good night everybody.</p><p> </p><p>

Destination X ends with a video package of highlights from all the matches of the night.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Final Show Rating: </strong><strong><span style="color:#2E8B57;">B+</span></strong></p><p>

<strong>Pay Per View Buy Rate: 2.92</strong></p>

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<p>Thank you guys for your predictions and help get this diary going. The results (make sure to double check as I am prone to screw up sometimes >_<):</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Destiny: 4/9</strong></p><p><strong>

BHK: 5/9</strong></p><p><strong>

stratusfaction: 4/9</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Right then, the next show I am going to post is Lockdown, which is the last "single" PPV after which this diary will "properly" start with Impact write ups and all. When I was at Lockdown I had decided to turn this game into a diary and I had no Impacts written before it, but I thought instead of writing a HUGE introduction including the results and fallout of these three PPVs I might as well post them.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="color:#0000FF;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">TNA Lockdown</span></strong></span></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>Chris Jericho © vs. AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship</strong></span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">At Destination X, Jericho defeated Styles to retain his title. However, he would not get rid of Styles that quickly, as AJ and Flair kept pushing for a rematch. On Impact right after Destination X, Jericho was attacked by Styles and beaten down, and it was to be settled in a tag team encounter on the next Monday between Jericho and Samoa Joe taking on AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy. This just led to more controversy as Styles’ manager Ric Flair bashed Jericho with his own belt during the match. Joe saw Styles and Hardy off, but this was enough for Jericho to want a rematch himself.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Hulk Hogan had brought Brock Lesnar into TNA after Destination X, refusing to accept defeat at the hands of Kurt Angle. While Lesnar and Hogan would soon be parting ways, Hogan asked him for one favor – defeat Kurt Angel. Angle, not one to back down from a challenge, accepted the match and it was set for Lockdown.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Sting, Abyss and Shelton Benjamin vs. Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam and Matt Hardy</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Matt Hardy had been adversary of Anderson and RVD not too long ago, but after a tag team match that saw the Hardy Boyz reunite, Matt stopped Jeff from beating down their already defeated opponents. This spawned the ire of his comrades thus far, Sting, Abyss and Benjamin, and they would call him out in the locker room about it. Steadfast, Hardy told them he would renounce his ways and bring back the Hardy’s of old. They started beating him down when Anderson and RVD came for the save, and thus, this three vs. three tag team match was made.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>Jeff Jarrett © vs. Rhino for the TNA TV Championship</strong></span></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Jeff Jarrett captured the TV Title from Abyss at Destination X, and as it goes, champions never live in peace. Same for Jarrett who on Impact after Destination X was brutally assaulted by Rhino, who had been on a win streak and felt it was his time to go after the title. Several more attacks followed, with Jarrett beaten to a bloody pulp each and every time, so the question is if Jarrett is able to stop the loose cannon Rhino at Lockdown.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">Kazarian © vs. Douglas Williams for the TNA X-Division Championship</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Seemingly unstoppable, Kazarian was just on a roll, dominating the X-Division for months at this point. Be it luck, skill or manager Ric Flair, or all three combined, his streak of successful title defenses at this point was quite impressive. Douglas Williams however could turn out to be just the man to defeat Kaz, the resourceful Englishman having worked and won his way up the ranks of the X-Division. He defeated Brian Kendrick, Desmond Wolfe and D’Angelo Dinero in a four way on Impact before the Pay Per View to become the top contender.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">The Motor City Machine Guns © vs. Beer Money, Inc., Team 3D and Extreme Machine for the TNA World Tag Team Championship</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Beer Money, Inc. were naturally riled up after their loss to MCMG at Destination X that cost them the tag belts. They went to challenge for a rematch right away, but they would not entirely get it their way – after all, there are other teams in TNA. So three teams were supposed to find out who would be challenging The Motor City Machine Guns, but that too was for naught as Beer Money defeated Team 3D only to lose to Extreme Machine, who in turn lost to Team 3D. The result – a four way tag team match at Lockdown!</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>MVP vs. Mick Foley</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">Mick Foley had stopped MVP’s interference in the match between Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan at Destination X, giving Angle ample opportunity to do away with Hogan. In turn, MVP and Hogan destroyed Foley on Impact following the PPV. MVP pleaded to Hogan that he should be the one to battle Mick Foley, because after all, he’s the MVP who would make a mockery of Foley in the ring. Hogan complied and the match was set.</span></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Samoa Joe and Hero vs. Jeff Hardy and Christopher Daniels</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#000080;">After the Hardy’s went their separate ways, Jeff was hell bend on proving who the better Hardy is ... and since they were made famous by being the Hardy Boyz, how better to do it than with a tag team match. Jeff attacked Hero on Impact, at first seemingly at random, then uncovered his motives – make Hero accept a challenge to a tag team match. Hero had been seen talking to Matt backstage, seemingly becoming friends, and Jeff was having none of it. On the Impact to follow, Jeff called Hero nothing but an internet “hero”, and he would teach him. Jeff then introduced his tag team partner, Christopher Daniels. Hero made the match official and called out no other but Samoa Joe as his partner and the match was set in stone for Lockdown.</span></p>

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Hernandez vs. KiyoshiHernandez defeated Kiyoshi in 4:24 by pinfall with the Megabomb. [C-]


D’Angelo Dinero vs. Amazing Red vs. Jay Lethal vs. Desmond Wolfe vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Jesse NealD’Angelo Dinero defeated Amazing Red, Jay Lethal, Desmond Wolfe, Orlando Jordan and Jesse Neal in 14:53 by pinfall. First men eliminated was Jesse Neal by Desmond Wolfe, then Amazing Red by Jay Lethal followed by Jay Lethal being eliminate by Dinero. Desmond Wolfe then eliminated Orlando Jordan before Dinero hit the Elijah Express on Wolfe for the win. [C]


TNA presents: LOCKDOWN


Live from the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida


Lockdown opens with massive pyrotechnics in front of 18.400 fans in the Amway Arena. Everybody is on their feet, cheering and applauding as we go to the announce booth with our hosts for the night, Mike Tenay, Taz and Eric Bischoff. Right behind Bischoff is a fan with a sign that reads “Sign me Eric I’m cheap”.


Tenay: Hello and welcome everybody to Lockdown! As you can see, the fans in the arena are red hot in anticipation of the night. And what a night it is going to be. We have a stacked card for you, but before we go to that, there is of course a huge mystery to be revealed today.


Taz: Yes Mike. Over the last few weeks, a huge debut was announced for Lockdown and truth be told, I know as much about it as the fans in the arena and everyone watching at home – nothing! It has been kept under wraps who this mystery debutant will be, but tonight is the night it is going to be uncovered.


Bischoff: And although you will be absolutely amazed by it, I also don’t know who it might be. In fact, I am a little offended by that because if anyone, I should have known ... I mean it’s not that I can’t keep a secret.


Taz: Well Bisch, not only can you not keep a secret, but you also can’t seem to keep a job, or keep a company going, or ...


Bischoff: Enough of that already!




Taz: You’ve got to be kidding me ...


The fans are going crazy. Absolutely crazy. The music plays, and after a few breathtaking moments, out of the curtain comes no other than ... THE ROCK! He walks out on the ramp in casual clothes, a microphone in his hands.


Tenay: The Rock in TNA? This is huge!


Taz: Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this possible.


The Rock takes in the cheering of the crowd, and the volume rises to deafening levels as he walks down the aisle, his music blasting over the speakers. He extends his arms to the fans on the left and right of the walkway as he marches towards the ring. He takes the ringsteps and gets into the squared circle to a standing ovation from the crowd.


Tenay: History is being made here tonight, folks. The Rock has arrived in TNA, and this could change ... everything?


Bischoff: Let’s wait for what he has to say.


The Rock tries to speak a couple times but the fans drown him out. Smiling, he tries to calm them with gestures but it takes a few seconds until he can finally use the microphone.


The Rock: FINALLY ... The Rock is back in ORLANDO! And FINALLY ... The Rock ... is in T...N...A!


Another massive roar from the crowd follows.


The Rock: The Rock has been away from you all for so long so the first thing The Rock is going to say ... IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK!


The volume rises once again in the arena and it’s even louder than before.


The Rock: Total Nonstop Action, allright. That suits The Rock just fine. The Rock has come to TNA because back there in the locker room, there certainly are people The Rock knows with candy asses to kick! The Rock has come to TNA because here is a belt The Rock has not had around his waist yet ... and The Rock has come to TNA because there are many, many young and hungry men back there ... with candy asses to kick. The Rock will promise you this ...


Suddenly, Hulk Hogan’s music is blasting and he comes out on the ramp ...


Hogan: Hello, Rocky ...


The Rock: The Rock last said young and hungry ... what brought you out here then?


Hogan: Very funny, Rocky. Always the joker, right? What brought me out here you ask? That’s simple. You come to TNA and suddenly everything should revolve around you? Not as long as I have something to say about it, brother.


The Rock: It’s why The Rock says ... know your role and shut your mouth, Hogan!


Hogan: You wish, brother. That ain’t going to happen. This is my turf, brother. You’re a trespasser on my yard. And trespassers ... will be shot!


The Rock: You’re of course welcome to try ... sister.


Hogan drops his microphone, angry, and goes backstage. The Rock celebrates his return to wrestling some more with the fans until he too walks off and makes room for the ring announcer to get the first match underway. [A]


Samoa Joe and Hero vs. Jeff Hardy and Christopher Daniels


Hardy and Hero started the match, and it was back and forth between them for a while until Jeff got the upper hand and tagged in Daniels. Daniels continued his team’s dominance in the early goings, and Joe could only stretch out his arm for the tag but Daniels denied this. Hero then managed to reverse the fortunes and he hit home with a momentum changing super kick, but Hardy broke up the pin attempt. When Hero tried to tag in Joe, referee Mark Johnson hadn’t seen the tag and he sent Joe back out, much to the ire of the crowd. The tides changed again. A few double team moves followed and Hardy went for the pin, but it only resulted in a two count. Hardy even went for the Twist of Fate his brother had made famous, but Joe broke the cover up. Daniels then held Hero in his team’s corner and Jeff Hardy came charging, but Hero wrestled out of the hold and Jeff speared Daniels off the apron through the ropes. Quick roll up but Hardy kicked out at 2,9. This was the opening Hero needed and he tagged in Joe. Samoa Joe went wild on Jeff Hardy, and Hero used the ropes to catapult him out of the ring and straight onto Christopher Daniels. Both collapsed in a heap. This got the referee distracted and Jeff nailed Joe with a low blow. Joe lay curled up on the mat and Hardy climbed the top turnbuckle for the Swanton Bomb ... but there was no one home as Joe rolled away. On the outside, Hero and Daniels were exchanging blows as Samoa Joe took Jeff Hardy back to his feet – Muscle Buster and one, two, three for the victory!


Samoa Joe and Hero defeated Jeff Hardy and Christopher Daniels in 13:15 by pinfall with a Muscle Buster when Samoa Joe pinned Jeff Hardy. [B+]


Taz: Jeff Hardy keeps trying to show his brother who the better Hardy is ... but this indirect approach just isn’t working for him.


Bischoff: Why did Mark Johnson not DQ Joe and Hero here? Hero attacked Daniels and started a brawl outside the ring! It’s illegal!


Taz: Bisch, I would try to explain this to you but it’s as fruitless as if someone had explained business 101 to you back in the day. So let’s just leave it at that, okay?


A video was shown highlighting the events between Hulk Hogan and MVP aligning and taking on Kurt Angle and Mick Foley over the past couple of months. Afterwards it's straight to the next match ...


Mick Foley vs. MVP w/Hulk Hogan


The match wasn’t even underway yet and Mick Foley attacked MVP. When the bell rang, Foley hit him with hard punches then gathered him up and executed a Front Slam. An Irish Whip followed by a Clothesline and MVP rolled out of the ring to escape the beating. Foley followed suit, grabbed MVP and bashed him headfirst onto the apron. Mick rolled him in and inside again, he went for a side headlock. MVP got back to one knee and tried to elbow his way out, but Foley’s grip tightened. Foley then dropped MVP face first onto the mat, but the subsequent pinfall attempt only went for two. MVP was then dragged into the corner and took some nasty Knife Edge Chops to the chest, each one followed by a “Woo” from the crowd. At this point, MVP had yet to even get one offensive move in. Hogan had of course noticed that too and went up on the apron to argue with referee Brian Hebner about something illegal only he had seen, and when Foley went in and tried to get Hogan off, MVP approached from behind and executed a Bulldog. With Foley down, MVP got some room to breathe but Brian Hebner had some choice words for him for attacking while Hebner was distracted. Hogan used this to choke Foley on the bottom rope. When the referee turned around, Hogan of course pretended he hadn’t done anything and MVP put a boot on the neck of Foley to choke him some more. Before the count of five he let go and dragged Foley back up for a Sitout Facebuster. MVP then tried to Irish Whip Foley but it was reversed and both men collided while trying a Clothesline. Foley got up at 7 and dragged MVP to his feet. Mick signaled for the Double Underhook DDT but Hogan once again got on the apron to protest something. Foley let go of MVP, went to the ropes and slapped Hogan across the face. The referee went in between and sent Hogan out of the arena! This brought a massive cheer up from the fans, only to be followed by boos when MVP once again attacked from behind, this time hitting a low blow. Hebner turned around but only saw MVP nailing Foley with the Playmaker and after the one, two and three, this match was in the books.


MVP defeated Mick Foley in 10:22 by pinfall with the Playmaker. [B+]


MVP quickly retreated from the ring from a furious Mick Foley who got up soon after the pinfall. MVP celebrated and went to Hogan who stood on the ramp, applauding his ally. Foley shot furious glances at them when we went to the announce booth.


Taz: Hogan should be banned from ringside for all of MVP’s matches. This is getting ridiculous.


Bischoff: Actually, Hogan is doing what any good, sensitive man who accompanies his client to the ring does – help the client get the job done. And he did just that tonight. Besides, it was MVP who put Foley away, right? So what are you complaining about?


Taz: About Hogan and ... well, about doing color with you but ok, let’s run with it.


The bickering ends as the next match gets started and it’s a four way tag team elimination match ...


TNA World Tag Team Championship

The Motor City Machine Guns © vs. Beer Money, Inc. vs. Team 3D vs. Extreme Machine


The rules were simple – one member of a tag team gets pinned or submits, his team is eliminated. No countouts in this match, but DQs. Every team sent one legal man in, with the other waiting in the corner for the tag, and it was underway and turned into a huge brawl early on. Shelley, Brother Devon and Tommy Dreamer teamed up on James Storm and beat him to a pulp until Devon seized the moment and laid out Dreamer. Shelley was the first to tag his partner in and Sabin came flying from the top turnbuckle, taking out Devon with a Flying Clothesline. Dreamer meanwhile bullied Storm until Roode came in and attacked behind referee Earl Hebner’s eyes. The tides turned, Devon nailing Sabin with a massive Powerbomb and Roode dismantling Dreamer until Tommy dodged a move and managed to hot tag Matt Morgan in. Morgan cleaned house, sending Brother Devon and Chris Sabin out of the ring to concentrate his efforts on James Storm. Extreme Machine had been on a roll before Lockdown and it seemed to be no different tonight. Devon managed to tag in Brother Ray and Ray engaged Morgan, but was quickly overwhelmed and when Morgan hit the F-5, Team 3D was eliminated. Meanwhile, Sabin had tagged Shelley back in who was battling James Storm. Storm was quite tired meanwhile but the tag was denied to him. This changed when Morgan speared Shelley and split him nearly in half. Storm immediately went to his corner and tagged in Roode, and Roode then went to work on Shelley while Morgan tagged Dreamer in. With the referee distracted, Storm illegally got into the ring and clobbered Dreamer from behind. Roode came back in and they executed a fine Double Back Suplex on Dreamer until Earl Hebner sent Storm back out. Morgan came in but Hebner wasn’t having any of it, and this distraction was enough for Roode to low blow Dreamer and tag Storm in for a double team Piledriver and the subsequent elimination of Extreme Machine. Sabin leapt up the turnbuckle and came flying, crashing and burning on both members of Beer Money, Inc. and got reprimanded by Hebner for his efforts. Shelley then made his way back in and he was still the legal man – 450 splash and he landed perfectly on James Storm. One, two, three and that was the title defense!


The Motor City Machine Guns defeated Beer Money, Inc., Extreme Machine and Team 3D in 18:34 to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship. The Motor City Machine Guns make defense number 3 of their titles. [B]


Taz: Well done, well done. The champions took the perfect moment to secure the win tonight.


Bischoff: Quite opportunistic of them, but things worked in their favor, I agree. However, I still think Beer Money, Inc. are the best team in TNA and one day it’ll show around their waists again too ...


Taz: Isn’t a title belt, or title belts, always the measuring stick of greatness?


Bischoff: Not at all times, otherwise I’d have one as well.


Taz: Of course you see it slightly different. Your company’s measuring stick at one point was David Arquette after all ...


As MCMG finished celebrating and walked backstage, we hear some unfamiliar music over the speakers ...


Tenay: What the hell ...


Out of the curtain comes ... John “Bradshaw” Layfield? He is dressed in a black Armani suit and comes to the ring with a purposeful stride. As he gets into the ring, someone at ringside hands him a microphone. The fans of course recognize him, and they surely also remember him well enough to instantly start a torrent of boos.


Taz: Okay, NOW I’m confused.


Bischoff: Don’t look at me. It’s not like I am being told about all these people debuting in advance. I should be in the know of course but I am always ignored.


Taz: Quit whining Bisch. Of all things, you should be used to being ignored.


JBL lets the boos continue for another moment until he raises the microphone to his mouth.


JBL: This is a message to everybody ... to those back there in the locker rooms and to you, the fans ... the crumbs shut up when the cake is talking!


Taz: Right ... he is not out here to make friends.


The boos become deafening in volume ...


JBL: You all know me. And you all know me to not only be a Wrestling God ...


Boos. Boos. And even more and louder boos!


JBL: I am also a business ... God! See, there was an opportunity for me that ... I just couldn’t pass on. A certain company approached me about ... a deal. A deal that would see me back in wrestling. For good. A deal that would see me raise my already grand private bank account. And ... for the first time ... a deal that would also see me ... OWN ... my own wrestling company.


Taz: I don’t know about you, but I don’t like where this is headed ...


The crowd has now gotten a little more quiet, taking in the news JBL is reporting ...


JBL: So without further a do ... say hello and welcome to YOUR new TNA owner and General Manager of Impact ... say hello to me, John “Bradshaw” Layfield!


Bischoff: This is huge, absolutely huge. A wrestling AND business God and now owner of TNA and our new boss – JBL. Who would have thought this possible?


Taz: Let the ass kissing begin ...


Bischoff: What are you talking about?


The fans are booing him out of the building, profanity coming from all angles.


JBL: I will lead TNA to a new, golden age of prosperity. I will bring TNA to levels unknown before. I will personally see to it that this company becomes what it so far only addressed itself as – the new face of professional wrestling. But as my first course of action ... Chris Jericho! Come out to the ring now!


The fans cheer massively as Jericho’s music blasts over the speakers. Y2J comes down the aisle wearing street clothes with his TNA World Heavyweight Championship over his left shoulder. He gets into the ring and receives a microphone from a stage hand.


JBL: I believe we have met before, Chris. And I believe we have rarely, if ever, met eye to eye. That is tenfold the case starting today. Don’t think I called you out in particular just to be picking on you, Chris. That would be incorrect. But you happen to be the champion, so you’re the top man in the company ... for now. So what I tell you now Chris goes for everybody backstage ... (looks at the announce booth) ... and for everybody else (Bischoff winks). Just that when I tell this the champion, everyone else is much more inclined to ... obey. You get it?


Boos from the crowd follow. JBL is a profanity magnet it would appear.


Jericho: So far ... no, not really. I understand you’re the new boss, ok. Where’s Dixie?


JBL: Not here. I took the liberty not to invite her to the show and unfortunately, all the tickets were sold out already. She can of course, and is welcome to in fact, buy tickets for Impact or the next Pay Per View as she pleases. But Mrs. Carter has no more access to the locker room and ...


Jericho: No farewells? No ... nothing?


JBL: What for? It serves no purpose and steals precious TV time. Listen Jericho, I won’t have my employees questioning my decisions, allright? I will let this slip because this is my first night out here and you have yet to get to terms with it all, but don’t be trying me. Just don’t, Chris.


Jericho turns around to leave. With his back to JBL, he speaks one last time ...


Jericho: It’s more like you are trying everybody else, John.


He drops the microphone and leaves the ring.


JBL: You are speaking out of turn, Chris. Chris! Wait, I am not done here ... I’m ...


Jericho keeps walking up the aisle, extending his arms to the left and right for the fans and finally leaves through the curtain. JBL drops the microphone, fuming that he didn’t get his way. The fans verbally abuse him on his way up the aisle as we go back to the announce booth. [B+]


Taz: Tell me I just woke up and had a bad dream ...


Tenay: John “Bradshaw” Layfield is the new TNA owner, and he dropped the bomb just seconds ago. This is a huge thing, for better or for worse.


Bischoff: Mike what’s wrong with you? This IS huge, and it’s all for the better. With JBL’s business background, his huge and successful wrestling career ... he’s the best that could have happened to TNA. Seriously, think about the possibilities ... I ... not even I can think of all the options that might open for TNA down the line thanks to Mr. Layfield.


Taz: Mr. Layfield? Why so formal, Eric? Trying to get on his good side already?

Bischoff: There’s no need to try, Taz. I am there already.


Taz: You really have a bunch of interesting friends, Bisch.


The bickering is cut short as the next match is announced.


TNA X-Division Championship

Kazarian © vs. Douglas Williams


From the onset, Williams employed technical prowess by the truckloads, while Kazarian tried to counter it with an arsenal of high flying moves. Kaz was filled with confidence, not too surprising for a man with such a win streak as him, and so it happened that Kaz was at times overconfident. When Williams had him in a Sleeperhold with both still standing, Kaz dropped and countered with a Stunner that knocked the Englishman flat on his back. Kaz then got up the top turnbuckle, but instead of seizing the opportunity, he was taunting Williams and the fans for a while too long. He took to the air finally for a Flying Leg Drop but Williams had enough time to regain his composure and rolled away. Kaz got up and instantly, Doug saw his opening – Chaos Theory! Pinfall attempt, one, two and – Flair put Kazarian’s leg on the rope! Williams got up and argued with referee Brian Hebner, and Flair on the outside just shrugged, pretending to be innocent. Kazarian got up! He was back to his feet behind Williams who finally turned around – Wave of the Future! One, two, three and Kazarian defended his belt!


Kazarian defeated Douglas Williams in 12:17 by pinfall with the Wave of the Future. Kazarian makes defense number 5 of his TNA X-Division Title. [B-]


Kazarian rolled to the outside, received his title belt and started celebrating with Ric Flair. Douglas Williams was on one knee in the ring, angry at the outcome. He stared hard at Kaz and Flair who went back up the aisle.

After a short video with match highlights, the announcers arguing about how clean or not clean the finish was, we go to the next match of the evening...


TNA TV Championship

Jeff Jarrett © vs. Rhino


Rhino overpowered Jarrett to start the match, his beastly strength quite telling as he threw Jarrett over the top rope to the outside. Rhino followed suit, crashing Jarrett against the barricade. Back in the ring, he dominated the champion for a while, but the pinfall wouldn’t come, Jarrett defying him with each attempt. Rhino complained to referee Mark Johnson about a slow count at one point, when Jarrett took the opportunity, kicked him in the gut and followed suit with a Kneelift that had Rhino staggering. Clothesline and Rhino was down but only a two count. Rhino got back up, furious, and in his anger went straight for the Gore – and it failed as he ran straight into the extended boot of Jarrett. Not down yet, Rhino was out of it long enough for Jeff Jarrett to hit the Stroke – one, two, three and this one was over.


Jeff Jarrett defeated Rhino in 9:27 by pinfall with the Stroke. Jeff Jarrett makes defense number 2 of his TNA TV Title. [B]


And straight to the next match we went as the highlights of the TV Title match had played out...


Sting, Abyss and Shelton Benjamin vs. Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam and Matt Hardy


Both teams started brawling before the bell, and Earl Hebner had his work cut out for him even before the bell. In order to gain some semblance of order, Hebner physically got involved to separate the six men, threatening for an early Double DQ. By miracle, Hebner didn’t catch a punch and stood tall after he had sent four men into the corners, and RVD and Benjamin started the match proper. They leapt each other’s Whip Ins, executed moves and counter moves, and it went back and forth like this for a while until Benjamin leapfrogged another time. This time however, RVD turned around on the spot and stood behind Shelton, who tipped his head thinking he had once again outsmarted RVD. A German Suplex proved him wrong and RVD took control. He dragged Benjamin to his corner to tag in Mr. Anderson, who began to work on Benjamin for a while until Matt Hardy came in. Benjamin was meanwhile quite exhausted and desperately needed a tag, which caused Sting and Abyss to break up pinfalls. Matt Hardy went for the Twist of Fate, but Abyss got into the ring once again and Hebner went over to stop him. Hardy hesitated a second too long, Benjamin lifted him up and Inverted Atomic Drop followed by an Elbow Smash and a Standing Drop Kick took Matt Hardy down. Benjamin went to his corner and tagged Abyss in. The monster dragged Hardy up and lifted him up by the throat with both hands, dropping him as Hebner interfered. Kicks to the body followed before he gathered Hardy back up and shot him into a neutral corner of the ring. Abyss ran after him and the Big Splash flattened Matt Hardy. Sting came in next, and as they kept tagging in and out, the fans began to cheer on Hardy and his team louder than before as they were now in deep trouble. RVD broke up a pin by Sting, Mr. Anderson an attempt by Shelton Benjamin, but Hardy could just not get the breathing room he needed. Then, Jeff Hardy showed up on the ramp! Having lost his match earlier in the night, Jeff obviously wanted to see his brother losing now. This however had a reverse effect. Matt gained a second wind, fought back Sting and managed to hot tag Mr. Anderson in. Anderson cleaned house! He took Sting out with a DDT, sent Abyss over the top rope with a Clothesline and fought Benjamin off with a Back Body Drop. RVD came in now and he instantly went on the top turnbuckle. Like a statue up there amidst the chaos around him, RVD looked at Abyss fighting Anderson while Hardy battled Benjamin, with Sting still out in the ring. Hebner was near losing control of the match and didn’t see Jeff Hardy approaching the ring. Neither did RVD, who looked for an opening in the confusion to put Sting away when Jeff Hardy shoved him off the top rope. Van Dam went crashing and burning in the ring. Abyss, who had Gorilla Pressed Mr. Anderson to the outside, took the opportunity, lifted RVD up and executed his devastating Blackhole Slam! Having done his part, Jeff Hardy looked very content with himself as Abyss went for the cover. Matt Hardy, who had disposed of Shelton Benjamin, tried to break up the pinfall, but James Mitchell reached out and held him by the foot from the outside ... One, two, three, this match was over!


Sting, Abyss and Shelton Benjamin defeated Matt Hardy, Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson in 16:38 by pinfall when Abyss pinned Rob Van Dam with the Blackhole Slam after Jeff Hardy got involved. [B+]


Taz: Oh come on ... Jeff Hardy, what the hell is your problem?


Bischoff: Taz, seriously ... Jeff just took matters into his own hands here. He has something to proof to Matt, and he did so tonight. Matt wouldn’t ever do something like this ... but Jeff does. It’s why Jeff has a world of opportunities and Matt? Matt ... has none. It’s that simple.


Taz: Matt will have to come to terms with the fact he and Jeff no longer meet eye to eye. Once he does, there will be hell to pay for Jeff for what he has done so far, trust me on that.


Bischoff: I think this ruthlessness Jeff is showing must be quite impressing Mr. Layfield. I’ll make a few recommendations to him soon I think.


Taz: I’ll go do that too and ask for a new broadcast partner.


Bischoff: I think Mike is doing a pretty good job actually.


Taz: Let’s just go ...


Tenay: Folks, we’re being informed of something backstage so let’s go there ...


The camera shifts and we’re backstage where TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho is standing by with The Rock. They seem to be talking when the camera men approach ...


Jericho: So what you’re saying is that JBL taking over and you coming to TNA on the same show is a coincidence?


The Rock: The Rock isn’t quite having any of your accusations, Jericho. The Rock has nothing to do with that jabrony JBL. He might be our boss, but don’t you think The Rock is up for sale. The Rock could just now shoot a new movie for the millions and millions of his fans out there. All that The Rock has to do is ...


Jericho: I think ...


The Rock: It doesn’t MATTER what you think. Jericho, The Rock has nothing against you. Not yet. Don’t get The Rock to the point where he might be ... anti-Jericho. That path leads straight down know-your-role boulevard, Y2J.


Jericho: Well then Rocky, if you say so. See you later, I have a match later on.


The Rock stares hard after Jericho, a slight hint of anger on his face as we return to the announce booth... [A]


Tenay: His first night back in wrestling and The Rock gets into trouble with Jericho ...


Taz: I think Jericho is just trying to make sure who he can count on and who not. It’s important a thing to do for a champion.


Bischoff: And you would know that? You have great memory Taz as your prime is now ... 30 years ago?


Taz: Ten to fifteen if you have to know. About the amount of time the top guys in your company were past their prime for the most part...


Next up, a video plays hyping the upcoming battle between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.


Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle


The match started off slowly, both men respecting each other’s abilities, quite in contrast of their promos on Impact going into this match where they had downplayed the other man’s skills. Lesnar was trying to use his superior strength and size to his advantage, while Angle employed mat wrestling galore. This led to Angle grabbing Lesnar in a Side Headlock at one point, taking him to one knee when Lesnar reached out to get a hold of Angle’s head. But Angle wouldn’t be an Olympic Gold Medalist in amateur wrestling if he could so easily be disposed of, and Lesnar’s attempts to wrestle out slowed until Mark Johnson was forced to check on him. Lesnar tried elbowing out eventually, his arm not falling three times on two tried by the referee, and this loosened the iron grip slightly. Lesnar’s Clothesline was dodged and Angle got hold of his leg ... and ankle! Ankle Lock? No! Lesnar rolled around and kicked Angle off. Kurt went in again and Brock Lesnar got back to his feet, the two exchanging punches now. Now Lesnar gained the upper hand – Snapmare. He then applied a Rear Naked Choke, and it was Angle who was now in trouble. Angle reached back but his hands found no purchase as Lesnar kept him firmly at bay. But Angle found the ropes after toughing his way forward and Lesnar had to let go. With Angle dazed, Brock Lesnar dragged him up and went for his finisher, the Verdict ... Angle on the shoulders ... Angle slipped out and down Lesnar’s back! Angle Slam! The pinfall ... One, two ... kick out at 2,9! Mark Johnson held up two fingers and Angel was furious enough to get into the referee’s face. Lesnar regained composure slowly ... Kurt Angle turned around and went to drag Lesnar back to his feet – Roll Up! Lesnar rolled him up into a pinfall position and one, two ... kick out! Both men got up and Angle went for the Angle Slam again ... no, Brock Lesnar slips out ... kick to the midsection and THE VERDICT! Lesnar nails Angle with the Verdict and one ... two ... three and this match was over!


Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle in 19:22 by pinfall with the Verdict. [A]


Taz: A great match between two of the best the business has to offer. It could have gone either way and I sure as hell hope to see these two back in the ring before too long.


Bischoff: Knowing Kurt Angle, he isn’t going to let today’s defeat stand. And oh, look up at the ramp ... it’s Hogan!


Hulk Hogan comes out from the back just as Brock Lesnar stands on the ramp. Hogan offers a handshake ... and Lesnar accepts! Hogan got his revenge on Angle through Brock Lesnar!


Taz: Typical of Hogan to bathe in Lesnar’s glory now.


Bischoff: Quite being such a cynic, Taz. He’s just happy for Lesnar, that’s all.


Taz: Yep, just like I am happy to be calling shows with you.


Bischoff: Just like I was ... what?


Tenay: Folks, we have one more match for you tonight and it is the main event for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship between Chris Jericho and his challenger, AJ Styles. They met last month at Destination X where Jericho held on to the belt, and tonight’s rematch should be even bigger with the determination to get the belt Styles showed over the past couple of weeks. He isn’t going to allow last month’s outcome to be repeated.


Taz: As long as they can both have the open match without any underhanded tactics like last month’s main event, I’ll be one happy color commentator.


Bischoff: Always remember, Taz: Controversy creates Cash!


Taz: I have to make a stand for my boy R.D. Reynolds here and ...


Bischoff: We’re not here to discuss books ok?


Smiling, Taz leans back on his seat as the main event is announced...


TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Chris Jericho © vs. AJ Styles


When the bell rang, Jericho and Styles went into a close staredown, neither man willing to back down. As it led nowhere, both went into a fighting stance and there was the bow and collar tie up. It went from here, slow at first, both bringing a few minor moves in but nothing decisive for a while. Styles took control with a Jawbreaker eventually, and Jericho for a while found himself fighting an uphill battle until he blocked AJ at one point and hitting a Spinning Neckbreaker. This went back and forth, Styles regaining the upper hand, then Jericho, with a lot of momentum changing. Styles Clash was blocked and Jericho countered with a Tilt-A-Whirl Suplex. He got to the second rope and came flying with an Elbow Drop, but the pinfall went only for two. Earl Hebner was forced to send Flair off the apron when Jericho was clearly in command of the match, and this took him off balance enough for Styles to indeed connect with the Styles Clash! Styles however didn’t have his wits fully together and it took him too long to follow with the pinfall, and so it only went for maybe two and a half. Flair was furious at this and started to argue with Earl Hebner, yet it was enough for a momentum change for sure as AJ now dominated Jericho. Everytime he tried to pin him however, Jericho would kick out or get a shoulder up. At over the twenty minute mark meanwhile, both men were showing signs of exhaustion, as this had been an all out affair so far. AJ shot Jericho into the ropes and prepared a Back Body Drop, but Y2J rolled over Styles’ back and went for a German Suplex – Styles denied this and slipped out of it down Jericho’s back. After a German Suplex of his own, Styles had Jericho down. Styles went to the apron now, grabbing the top rope. Jericho slowly got back to his feet. AJ waited for the perfect moment ... leapt over the top rope and JERICHO catches him with the Codebreaker! Both men collapsed to the mat. Styles looked out of it after being completely caught by surprise. Jericho slowly maneuvered himself on top of AJ for the pin ... one .. two .. three! Jericho had him and the crowd erupted.


Chris Jericho defeated AJ Styles in 23:19 by pinfall with the Codebreaker. Chris Jericho makes defense number 4 of his TNA World Heavyweight Title. [B+]


Both men are still down on the mat, breathing hard. This match took them both to their limits, and the fans are appreciating the efforts of both men with a standing ovation. AJ rolls out of the ring after a moment, and on the outside, Ric Flair is patting his back, aware that tonight it simply wasn’t meant to be. Chris Jericho, on his knees, receives his title belt and gets up, exhausted and done for, but goes to the second rope in every corner of the ring to raise the belt in celebration of his triumph.


Tenay: He has done it again! Chris Jericho defeats AJ Styles on the second consecutive Pay Per View to retain his title. What a match it was, what a night it was!


Taz: Yes Mike, it was a tremendous Pay Per View once again, and I have to say, I’d like to see Jericho and Styles go at it one more time. What a match!


Bischoff: Yeah, one more time indeed, with a different outcome please! I am getting sick and tired of Chris Jericho.


Taz: You have that feeling pretty much exclusively for yourself, Eric.


Tenay: Thank you for inviting us into your homes, folks. I hope you enjoyed Lockdown and see you tomorrow for another action packed edition of TNA Impact with all the fallout from tonight’s show. Good night everybody.


With that, TNA Lockdown has reached its conclusion as a video plays showing highlights from every match, with the last images showing Chris Jericho standing triumphantly in center ring, his belt raised up high.


Final Show Rating: B+

Buyrate: 2.91

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With Lockdown in the book, this diary is now at the point so that I'll begin posting the weekly Impact shows. Without further a do, this is the card for TNA Impact following Lockdown:


Samoa Joe vs. MVP


TNA World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns © vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team


Sting vs. Colt Cabana


TNA TV Championship: Jeff Jarrett vs. Monty Brown


AJ Styles vs. Rob Van Dam


The Rock vs. Abyss

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Samoa Joe vs. MVP


TNA World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns © vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team


Sting vs. Colt Cabana


TNA TV Championship: Jeff Jarrett vs. Monty Brown


AJ Styles vs. Rob Van Dam


The Rock vs. Abyss

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Samoa Joe vs. MVP


TNA World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns © vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team


Sting vs. Colt Cabana


TNA TV Championship: Jeff Jarrett vs. Monty Brown


AJ Styles vs. Rob Van Dam


The Rock vs. Abyss

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Monday Week 4, April 2011






Extreme Machine vs. London Brawling - Extreme Machine defeated London Brawling in 5:38 when Tommy Dreamer defeated Magnus by pinfall with a Dreamer DDT. [C]


Christopher Daniels vs. Austin Aries - Christopher Daniels defeated Austin Aries in 6:40 by submission with the Angel’s Wings. [C+]


Christopher Daniels took up a microphone after the match to lash out at Jeff Jarrett... [b-]


TV Show


Pyrotechnics are opening TNA Impact and the crowd is cheering, everyone standing up from their seat to welcome this latest edition of Impact. The moods soon changes however as the music of John “Bradshaw” Layfield hits...




TNA owner John “Bradshaw“ Layfield comes down to the ring, a microphone in his hands. The fans want to boo him out of the building, but JBL is ignoring them. As he arrives in the ring, JBL raises the microphone...


JBL: I have an announcement to make tonight. You people will not stop me in doing so, so you might as well quit trying. Without further a do ... Ric Flair and AJ Styles, come on out to the ring!


Taz: That tone of voice is usually reserved for people he despises ... Last night, AJ Styles lost against Chris Jericho, again mind you, in his pursuit of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. It was an epic encounter between them, one for the ages if you ask me. Let’s see what JBL is up to now.


Bischoff: He knows what is best for business ... HIS business.




Flair and Styles come out of the curtains, a mixed reaction from the crowd as response. Looking slightly annoyed, Styles begins to walk towards the ring followed by his manager Flair. They arrive and receive a microphone each. Flair stares hard at JBL ...


Styles: If you called us out here to poke fun at us, spare yourself the trouble as we’ll be headed straight back to the locker room.


JBL: Quite the contrary, AJ.


JBL looks at Flair ... and offers a handshake! Flair is eager to accept ... the fans are booing wildly now.


Taz: Tell me this isn’t happening. Tell me Flair and Styles did not just join forces with JBL!


Bischoff: With the boss you mean. Smart thinking there, Ric.


JBL: You people think you are so clever, right? You people think that as the owner of TNA, I should sit back and enjoy ... foreigners such as Jericho who come into TNA to steal the spotlight of hungry, homegrown talent such as AJ Styles ... enjoy them taking over MY company? That is not going to happen.


Flair and Styles say nothing as they take in the words ...


JBL: This is my decision as the owner of TNA and GM of Impact. Despite yesterday’s events, AJ Styles is STILL the top contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. At Sacrifice, Chris Jericho will defend his title against AJ Styles one last time. Ric Flair and I go way back, we’re as close to being “friends” as you can be in this business. AJ Styles is a great wrestler. So it’s natural that these two deserve one more chance at the gold, especially considering how close AJ came yesterday.


Taz: Favoritism, plain and simple. Replace JBL with Easy E and you get a flashback to the time from 1997 until 2001, roughly speaking.


Bischoff: How can you compare that? I knew what I was doing, I ...


Taz: Are you saying YOUR boss JBL doesn’t?


Bischoff: No I ... ah get outta here!


JBL: I’m the people’s GM! I know you want to see another match between Chris Jericho and AJ Styles. How can you even think about booing me? I have a plan for TNA. I am, without a shadow of a doubt, a business – God! Just like I was a wrestling – God! You people in due time will learn to appreciate that. And now come to terms with it ... at Sacrifice, for one last time, it’ll be Chris Jericho versus AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship!


At that, JBL and Flair shake hands once again. JBL pats Styles on the shoulder, then leaves the ring with the two others in tow, the fans rioting, not about the prospect of another match between Jericho and Styles, but about JBL very obviously playing favorites. We go to commercials... [A]


Samoa Joe vs. MVP



MVP takes the upper hand in the beginning, using his superior speed and agility to his advantage. The fortunes change when Joe catches him in mid air during a Flying Cross Body attempt, reversing it into a Powerslam. MVP is winded and now it was Joe’s time, and he seizes the opportunity. Joe lifts him up for a Backbreaker and tosses MVP away like a ragdoll. He drags him up by the hair, referee Rudi Charles letting it go, and MVP is pounded face first into the turnbuckles. Joe keeps him in a Side Headlock, goes to the second turnbuckle and executes a Bulldog – no, MVP slides out and shoves Joe off. As Joe turns to attack again, MVP nails a nice Superkick! Cover but only for two as Joe kicks out. MVP gathers Joe up from the mat and he attempts his Playmaker, but Joe gathers his wits, wrestles out and kicks the leg of MVP, who can’t avoid the sweep and drops to the mat. Elbow Drop by Joe. He picks MVP up and Irish Whip In ... Joe toppled MVP over with a devastating Clothesline. He picks him up ... this is going to be the Muscle Buster ... but there is Abyss! Abyss is coming out from the back and slides into the ring. He is wielding a chair, and he smashes it right into the back of Joe. Rudy Charles motions for the bell to call the DQ ...


Samoa Joe defeated MVP in 9:59 when MVP was disqualified when Abyss ran in and attacked Samoa Joe. [B]


The match is over and the bell rings multiple times after Abyss interfered in Samoa Joe's match, but Abyss just shrugs the referee off and keeps laying into Joe. Being unable to defend himself, he falls victim to three Blackhole Slams until Abyss stops his attack and is satisfied with the carnage he wrought. Joe is being taken care of by staff members at ringside until paramedics arrive to tend to him. Abyss, standing on the ramp meanwhile, is enjoying it very obviously, the fans booing him at the top of their lungs. [A]


TNA World Tag Team Championship

The Motor City Machine Guns © vs. The World’s Greatest Tag Team

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Sabin and Haas start off the match, both men showing quite some respect for one another’s abilities. They go slowly about the first minutes, neither wrestler willing to give an opening to the other. Dropkick attempt by Sabin however gets blocked and pushed aside as Haas goes in with a kick to the head to lying Chris Sabin. Front Facelock follows but Sabin powers out, gets up and hits a few elbows to the midsection to get free. Chris Sabin goes into the ropes and Shelton Benjamin gets his leg up with Sabin crashing back first into the boot. Referee Mark Johnson warns Benjamin, and Haas clotheslines staggering Sabin down. Tag is made and Shelton comes in and instantly goes to the second rope. He takes to the air and flattens Chris Sabin with a Flying Knee Drop. Taking no break, Benjamin picks Sabin up and executes a Fallaway Slam. Benjamin taunts Shelley and tags Charlie Haas back in. Haas drop kicks Sabin as Benjamin sweeps the legs and Sabin is back down. Charlie Haas lifts Sabin up and hits a Stomach Breaker. Shelley on the apron is aggravated and claps his hands now, the fans joining in as Chris Sabin is now in trouble. Tag is made to Benjamin and he goes to the top rope. Haas sets Sabin on his shoulders and stands up with him, Benjamin ready for a Top Rope Clothesline. Sabin slips down and pushes Haas into the corner! Benjamin is caught off guard and the impact has him lose balance. He lands crotch first on the top turnbuckle and falls over into the ring. Sabin makes his way to his corner and tag is made! Shelley comes in and he punches Haas first before sending him through the ropes to the outside. Shelley with a flurry of offense and Benjamin is now in problems. Benjamin tries to fight back, Shelley ducks and SHELLSHOCK! Shelley hits his finisher and this has to be it – one, two, th... Haas breaks up the pin. Sabin gets into the ring and clotheslines Charlie Haas out over the top rope. Shelley turns to behold it and Benjamin is back on his feet behind him – Reverse Neckbreaker! Benjamin goes for the pin and puts both legs on the ropes ... one, two and THREE! We have new TNA World Tag Team Champions! Benjamin rolls out of the ring.


The World's Greatest Tag Team defeated The Motor City Machine Guns in 12:44 when Shelton Benjamin defeated Alex Shelley by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. The World's Greatest Tag Team win the TNA Tag Team titles. [B]


Alex Shelley complains to Mark Johnson, but he signals to him that he didn’t see anything dodgy. Benjamin and Haas receive the belts and lift them up in celebration. Sabin gets into the ring and stands next to Shelley, both are shaking their heads. They’re yelling inaudible words at The World’s Greatest Tag Team, who taunt them from the outside as they make their way back up the ramp followed by the booing of the crowd. Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin remain in the center of the ring, frustration very visible on their faces as they stare hard after Benjamin and Haas.


Taz: This is outrageous! This is not how titles should change hands, ever. Benjamin used the ropes to his advantage and got away with it. I just hope justice will be done and Shelley and Sabin will at least get a rematch.


Bischoff: Come on Taz. It’s only illegal when the ref sees it. Don’t be riding the morale high horse here, Taz.


Taz: I would call it “voice of reason”. But okay, call it as you wish, I much rather call things as I see them.


The back and forth is ended as the camera goes backstage ...




Hulk Hogan, MVP and Brock Lesnar are standing around backstage as The Rock comes around the corner.




MVP and Lesnar position themselves so that he can’t get past them, Hogan standing behind them.


Hogan: So ... have you made yourself at home yet, Rocky?


The Rock: Know your role ... and get out of The Rock’s way.


Hogan: Not so fast, not so fast. All I want is a chatter, Rocky.


The Rock: The Rock doesn’t do chatter with the likes of you, Hogan. Also not with your two clowns. The Rock has one thing to say to you ... The Rock is here to stay! The Rock will get to the very top in TNA, just like The Rock goes to the very top everywhere he so chooses, and not you or any of your jabronys will stop The Rock from doing just that.


Hogan: I think I am the man with the power to prevent you from doing exactly that, Rocky. I can’t ignore how you are trying to hog the spotlight and push a true legend like ME aside. I will give you a good advise here ...


The Rock: The Rock will take your advise ... and shove it right up your candy ass! Now step aside and let The Rock pass you ...


Hogan: It seems you give us no other option ...


Voice: This ends right now!


Hogan, MVP and Brock Lesnar turn around on the spot and they look at Kurt Angle and Mick Foley, standing side by side.




Foley: This isn’t YOUR company, Hogan. Never was and never will be.


Angle: I don’t quite care for your personal problems with Rocky, but you, Hogan, are nothing but a rundown piece of trash. A piece of trash who is bathing in old glory. And you have the gall to decide who can and cannot be in TNA. I won’t stand by and watch that happening.


The Rock grins broadly.


The Rock: We have ourselves a three on three match here. What do you say, Hogan?


Before he can actually say something, TNA security guards arrive on scene and separate the six men before anything physical can happen. [A]


We go back to the ring for the next match ...


Sting vs. Colt Cabana



Colt Cabana goes into the match and all out right away, going on offense and leaving Sting no room to breathe. The crowd is firing him up as he dodges attacks and lands punches on his own. Kick to the midsection and Cabana takes Sting down with a Snap Suplex followed by an Elbow Drop. Cover for one only as Sting goes right back up but meets a Drop Kick. Cabana with the Irish Whip In leapfrogs Sting who comes back and is taken down with an Elbow Smash. Inverted Atomic Drop and Clothesline for a two count. He goes to hoist up Sting for the Colt 45 but is blocked and Sting gets back to his feet. Headbutt by Sting has Cabana staggering ... Scorpion Death Drop! Sting goes for the cover ... one, two and three, this is it!


Sting defeated Colt Cabana in 6:49 by pinfall with the Scorpion Death Drop. [B]


Sting stands in the ring victorious over Colt Cabana. Sting says this was all too easy, however, it was exactly how he had predicted it to be. He then goes on to say that Mr. Anderson will be no different, as it's also going to be very easy to best him.


This brings out Mr. Anderson, and he is none-too-happy about Sting's words. Mr. Anderson gets in the ring and confronts Sting, with both men going up close and personal in their tirades. No physical contact is made, yet, and the segment fades out with both yelling at one another.[B+]


We go to commercial brake and as TNA Impact returns, we go to the next match...


TNA TV Championship

Jeff Jarrett © vs. Monty Brown



Monty Brown dominates with brute power at first but finds his offense stall when he goes for a Spear in the corner of the ring, Jarrett dodges and Brown hits the ring post. Jarrett takes him down with a Body Slam but the powerhouse denies the pin at two. Double J’s offense is short lived as an Irish Whip is reversed and he ends up catching a stiff Clothesline. Bragging now, Monty Brown is wasting precious seconds as he gathers Jarrett up finally and meets the boot to the midsection. High Knee and again, Brown is reeling. This time however, Jarrett goes in for the kill – Stroke! The pin ... one, two and three!


Jeff Jarrett defeated Monty Brown in 5:53 by pinfall with the Stroke. Jeff Jarrett makes defense number 3 of his TNA Television title. [C+]


The camera goes backstage after the victory celebration of the TV champion...


The Rock is in his locker room, seated against the wall as the door opens and in comes TNA owner John “Bradshaw” Layfield.



JBL: Drop the hostility, Rock. No people’s eyebrow will stop me from my duties. You see, as the owner and GM I am a very busy person, yet I see fit to go and inform my employees about things that regard them. Is that not worth praise?


The Rock: The Rock doesn’t quite remember inviting you in here. But while you’re here ... tell The Rock what’s up ...


JBL: I’m a busy man, like I told you Rock. I don’t have to do this ... yet I do, because I’m a good employer. I care for those under my command, as long as they ... follow certain rules. They’re not hard to get accustomed to, Rock, but I’m sure you’d like to have a rundown ...


The Rock: Like you wouldn’t believe it ...


JBL: I figured. See, I thought to myself...


The Rock: It doesn’t matter what you think! Tell The Rock what’s happening and then get your roody-poo candy ass out of here or The Rock will have to slap the lips off your face.


JBL: Easy there, Cowboy. Someone could have you fired for such insults. Wait, Rocky ... that someone would be me.


The Rock: You would never, not in a million years, fire The Rock. The Rock knows this, you know this, Mr. Joe Average knows it ... so keep your idle threats to yourself. They’re just making The Rock itch to kick some candy ass.


JBL is fuming very obviously but swallows a retort...


JBL: Tonight Rocky, tonight you’re going one on one with the monster ... Abyss! Your first match here in TNA. Prove yourself or don’t let the door hit you in your back on your way out.


JBL is staring hard at Rock, a smug grin on his face. The Rock looks taken aback for a moment ... then smiles back and nods.


The Rock: Right you are, JBL. The Rock kicks Abyss’ candy ass silly tonight. The Rock just hopes you’ll be watching. Now get out of here, will you? The Rock was about to get dressed and ready and would want you not to stare at The Rock’s goodies.


JBL gets up, anger now very visible on his features as The Rock didn’t react the way Layfield had expected at the news. He leaves and slams the door shut. The Rock shakes his head and goes back to what he did before as we go to the announce booth. [A]


Bischoff: Not a measure, not an ounce of respect for Mr. Layfield. The Rock is ridiculing authority wherever and whenever he can, and today is only his second night in TNA. Something will have to be done about him or he’ll turn TNA upside down.


Taz: Judging by the fans’ reactions, it’s what they want. It’s what they are paying for. Naturally you wouldn’t recognize that, Eric.


Tenay: Folks, let us now get to the co-main event of the evening...


AJ Styles vs. Rob Van Dam



To start, both men look to get the upper hand using very flashy tactics. A lot of counters are happening early on, neither man able to take a decisive advantage. It only happens when Ric Flair trips RVD and Styles sends him over the top rope to the outside. As referee Brian Hebner begins the ten count, Styles takes to the air and Body Splashes RVD down. Now both men are on the outside and Styles is dragging RVD up to smash him into the ring steps but Van Dam gets a foot on them to block. Knee to the gut follows and Styles is now smashed onto the steps. RVD rolls in at the count of eight and right back out to inflict more damage. He Irish Whips Styles into the guardrail. RVD lifts him up and AJ crashes chest first onto the steel. RVD goes back into the ring and rolls right back out. He grabs Styles by the neck and drags him into the ring again. Inside, he catapults Styles’ throat first into the bottom rope with a Slingshot. RVD is now in total control as he pulls Styles into center ring, then goes to sit on top of the turnbuckles. Five Star Frog Splash follows but Styles moves out of the way and RVD goes crashing and burning. Both men are now down and being counted on, Styles getting up at the count of eight. He staggers slightly and waits for RVD to get back to a vertical base. Styles Clash! This is what Styles had been waiting for and one, two, three, AJ puts the match away with Ric Flair applauding him.


AJ Styles defeated Rob Van Dam in 13:03 by pinfall with a Styles Clash. [B]


Styles is celebrating and notices RVD struggling to get back to his feet. At this, Styles begins to kick into his opponent, apparently trying to prove a point. The fans boo wildly, not taking too kindly to this showing of disrespect as Styles keeps laying the boots into fallen RVD. Flair keeps firing him up and in that very moment, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho comes running down the aisle.


AJ Styles and Ric Flair see that and retreat from the ring, not wanting any fight to break out with Jericho at this point. Chris Jericho tends to RVD while Styles and Flair leave through the crowd. [A]


Taz: Jericho may very well have saved Rob Van Dam from serious injury here. What the hell is wrong with AJ? He won the match fair and square, that assault was completely uncalled for.


Bischoff: He is full of poise and determination, Taz. He has to vent it somehow because his revenge on Chris Jericho has to wait for another few weeks.


Taz: That’s a rather arbitrary reason to be attacking people, don’t you think?

Bischoff: He is out to prove a point. He is out to prove he can beat Chris Jericho. And trust me he will. I have this gut feeling.


Taz: And that gut feeling brought you really, really far, didn’t it?

We go to the last commercial break and upon returning, it’s time for the Main Event of the night...


The Rock vs. Abyss



The match is underway and Abyss is biding his time, circling The Rock who himself looks calm and ready. It’s his first match back in wrestling, but it’s not showing as his agility has surely not suffered from the break. Some back and forth but Abyss gets the upper hand with his brute strength on display. Bodyslam and Rock seems to be in pain. Abyss picks him up and Short Clothesline takes Rock right back down. Abyss goes to gather him up again and quick roll up! The count is for two and Abyss is livid. He charges but The Rock dodges the Clothesline. Abyss goes into the ropes and comes back to run straight into a Big Boot. Rock tries to seize the opportunity but again, only a two count. He drags Abyss by the hair and slams him face first against the top turnbuckle, repeatedly so for the fans to count from one to ten. Releasing Abyss, the monster staggers and The Rock takes him off his feet with a Running Clothesline. Cover for two as Abyss gets a shoulder up. The Rock picks him up but Whip In is blocked and reversed. The Rock comes back from the ropes but a Shoulder Tackle has no effect. Rock tries again, ducks a Lariat and goes into the ropes once more. As he returns however, he is less fortunate and eats a hard Powerslam. Abyss goes down on one knee and puts The Rock into a Sleeperhold. With his brute strength, Abyss looks to be succeeding with the submission as Rock looks to be fading. His arms falls once ... twice ... but not a third time as he hangs in there by the skin of his teeth. Abyss releases the hold and drags Rock to his feet. A hand around The Rock’s throat, Abyss goozles him and looks for a Chokeslam! The Rock wrestles out of it and ROCK BOTTOM! In one swift motion, The Rock utterly surprised the monster. MVP is coming through the crowd and all hell seems to break loose! The fans are unleashing their anger at the sight of MVP as The Rock is going for the pin ... one, two ... broken up by MVP! The Rock gets up as the bell rings...


The Rock defeated Abyss in 15:51 when Abyss was disqualified when MVP ran in and attacked The Rock. [B]


Furious, The Rock begins throwing punches at MVP, who replies in kind. Abyss gets back to his feet behind The Rock’s back and he takes the opportunity –Blackhole Slam and The Rock is spread eagled in the ring. MVP leaves the ring, satisfied with his deed, as Abyss stands over fallen The Rock as the feed goes to the announce team again ...


Bischoff: Don’t mess with Hogan and his allies folks, it’s gonna cost you matches.


Taz: How can you condone such devious attacks. MVP had no business interfering in this match.


Bischoff: No? Last I checked, The Rock managed to anger the biggest legend in the history of our sport and you’re saying MVP had no business in this match? He had seven shades of business in the match, Taz. The Rock is a threat to Hogan and MVP and they will remove that threat.


Tenay: Folks, TNA Impact has come to an end. We had ourselves a great night of wrestling action and make sure to tune in next week, same time same channel. In the meantime for TNA, this is Mike Tenay, Taz and Eric Bischoff saying goodnight everybody.


Post Show:


Matt Hardy vs. Kiyoshi - Matt Hardy defeated Kiyoshi in 6:02 by pinfall with the Twist of Fate. [D+]


Show Rating: B+

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Soo ... I've decided to add worker pictures and some logos to the shows, it adds a little to an otherwise solid wall of text imo. Many, many thanks go to (name escapes me right now) the creator(s) of the Graffiti style worker pics, I LOVE them. With that being said, it's another first for me as it was a bit of a struggle to post this at first lol, but I think I'm getting there >_< ...


So, this round of predictions went like this:


BHK1978: 4/6

Destiny: 4/6


Onward we go to the next Impact, there was nothing of note to report following this week's show, just a few retirements (as usual, lol) except ... drumroll ...


Sid Vicious is now head booker of WWE! o.O


That was a massive wtf moment for me during the week. Let's see where the E will go from there ^^ ...


Anyways, here is the TNA Impact preview:




Matt Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels


MVP vs. Brian Kendrick


Beer Money Inc., Abyss and Kazarian vs. Team 3D, Samoa Joe and Hero


Rob Van Dam vs. Eric Young


TNA World Tag Team Championship: The World's Greatest Tag Team © vs. The Motor City Machine Guns


Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and The Rock vs. AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan

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Matt Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels


MVP vs. Brian Kendrick


Beer Money Inc., Abyss and Kazarian vs. Team 3D, Samoa Joe and Hero


Rob Van Dam vs. Eric Young


TNA World Tag Team Championship: The World's Greatest Tag Team © vs. The Motor City Machine Guns


Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and The Rock vs. AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan

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I agree with you in regards to the pictures. That being said the old way was not bad either.


Matt Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels


MVP vs. Brian Kendrick


Beer Money Inc., Abyss and Kazarian vs. Team 3D, Samoa Joe and Hero


Rob Van Dam vs. Eric Young


TNA World Tag Team Championship: The World's Greatest Tag Team © vs. The Motor City Machine Guns


Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and The Rock vs. AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan

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Thanks. I'll keep the pics coming ... only picture I am not fully happy with is The Rock ... can't help but think he looks slightly sick on that one. I'll get around to cutting a new one eventually but it's not high priority.
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Monday Week 1, May 2011





Extreme Machine vs. TNA Security - Extreme Machine defeated TNA Security in 3:40 when Matt Morgan defeated Gunner by pinfall with the F-5. [C]


Douglas Williams vs. Jesse Neal - Douglas Williams defeated Jesse Neal in 4:37 by pinfall with the Chaos Theory. [C]


Desmond Wolfe vs. Jay Lethal - Desmond Wolfe defeated Jay Lethal in 5:22 by pinfall with the Jawbreaker Lariat. [C]


TV Show:


Impact opens with the usual pyrotechnical display as we go to ringside and are welcomed by the announcers.


Tenay: Welcome everybody and thank you for inviting us into your homes for another action packed night with TNA Impact.


Taz: Hello everyone. We’re glad you’re joining us again and I personally can’t wait for the third, and most likely final, encounter of Chris Jericho and AJ Styles at Sacrifice. And what about that tag team title change last week? Didn’t see that coming in all honesty.


Bischoff: You didn’t, I’m sure of that. I however knew it all along – they’re not the World’s Greatest Tag Team for nothing you know. I have a feeling they’re going to keep those belts around their waists for quite some time.


Taz: Well tonight, they’re defending it for the first time against the previous champions The Motor City Machine Guns, who instantly went and demanded a rematch for tonight. Every dethroned champion is entitled to one, and it’s going to be another all out affair I am sure.


Tenay: With that, let us get Impact underway and ... oh ...




Chris Jericho’s music is blasting over the arena speakers and he comes out of the curtain, accompanied by The Rock and Kurt Angle. They march down the aisle with purpose, the fans cheering them on massively. They are given microphones and get into the ring.


Jericho: I have only one thing to say and I would believe everybody in this arena agrees with me ... I am getting sick and freaking tired of what is going on in TNA these days at a very alarming rate.


Angle and The Rock nod.


The Rock: The Rock has only one thing to say to the likes of Hogan, MVP and Abyss ... The Rock will send you down know your role boulevard and make you check into the Smackdown Hotel. It is that damn easy. You crossed a line last week, and the only thing left for The Rock to do is to cross that line as well ... The Rock is ready for you jabronys, ready as The Rock has ever been.


Angle: Lesnar ... you think you are invincible, right? You think you can get away with whatever you do, whenever you do it. I will prove you wrong, Lesnar. I will prove you are fatally wrong when you think I will just step to the side and let you pass me by just so. That is simply not going to happen and you know why? Because I’m Kurt Angle, damn it!




This brings out AJ Styles accompanied by Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Brock Lesnar who position themselves on the entrance ramp, standing next to each other.


Hogan: I think you ... just described it perfectly, Angle. We indeed do whatever we want, when we want it. No amount of whining can change that, brother. And I’ll tell you why ... because I’m Hulk Hogan, brother. Damn it!

Angle rolls his eyes ...


Styles: Tonight, the three of you will be taught a lesson. A very valuable lesson indeed. You’ll be going up against the three of us when I join forces with Hogan and Lesnar, and together, we will show you your place in TNA ... below us. Far below us. Oh and Jericho ... go and polish that belt of yours so that it is really shiny once I beat you and take it away from you for good. I have your number now, Chris. You won’t get lucky three times.


Jericho: Anytime, AJ, anytime.


Styles: I’ll wait for Sacrifice, Chris. Will make it much sweeter to defeat you. Tonight is ... a warm up of sorts. Tonight I will show you what I have in store for you, and you’ll learn to appreciate the fact that I am better than you, Chris. I’ll thrive on knowing you’ll be full of doubts about your own abilities when I ... when we ... beat you three no-goods tonight.


The Rock: The Rock says ... JUST BRING IT!


The audience is at the edge of the seats...


Hogan: Patience, Rocky ... Brock, AJ and I will kick your asses around the ring soon enough tonight. For now we’re going to part. We see you later.


With that, Flair urges the three men to leave and they do, disappearing through the curtain. Jericho, Angle and The Rock stand in the ring, a determined and purposeful look on their faces as we go back to the announce booth. [A*]


Taz: What a main event for tonight, folks. Jericho, Angle and The Rock against AJ Styles, Lesnar and Hogan .. that’s huge, absolutely huge.


Tenay: Six of the absolute top stars in TNA fighting one another in the main event tonight? I don’t know if huge is still adequate for that, Taz.


Bischoff: Inadequate is Taz’ second name.


Taz: Ah, like ATM-Eric is your secret first name?


The bell rings to stop the bickering and the first match of the night is about to start...


Matt Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels



A very fast paced opening, both men looking to put the other out of commission with their speed and agility. Hardy takes control of the match and bullies Daniels for a bit, until Hardy goes for a Back Suplex Daniels slides out on to land behind his back. Release German Suplex by Daniels and Hardy is down. Daniels tries the Angel’s Wings but Hardy gets into the ropes. Daniels goes for a Whip In but is reversed and Back Body Drop puts Daniels on his back. Hardy picks him up and attempts the Twist of Fate, but Daniels wrestles out and counters with a huge DDT. Being they are in center ring, Christopher Daniels nails him with the Angel’s Wings and one, two and three.


Christopher Daniels defeated Matt Hardy in 7:53 by pinfall with the Angel's Wings. [B-]


Christopher Daniels stands victorious in the ring and demands the microphone. He tells the fans they are worthless, and that nothing he has ever achieved was done because of them, or for them. Daniels adds he is happy to leave the ass kissing to people like Jeff Jarrett, who can't get by any other way. This brings out Jeff Jarrett to a big ovation from the fans.




Jarrett is wielding a baseball bat and rushes to the ring, clearly ready to beat the snot out of Daniels! The challenger bails, not wanting anything to do with the armed Jarrett. Jeff Jarrett calls him a coward and offers to start a match right here, but Daniels refuses and retreats to the back. The segment ends with the fans fully backing Jeff Jarrett with wild cheers. [B]


MVP vs. Brian Kendrick



Kendrick goes into the match with a balls to the wall attitude, and MVP has mighty problems containing him. Enzuigiri puts MVP to the mat but only a two count. Kendrick goes to the second rope and comes down with a Plancha and connects. He gathers MVP from the mat and shoots him into the corner of the ring. Following in, Kendrick leaps, turns in mid air and hits home with an elbow straight to the head. MVP is staggering and Kendrick topples him over with a Legsweep. Leg Drop follows but just another pinfall only for two. Kendrick is fired up and gets to the top turnbuckle – he takes to the air but another Plancha meets only mat as MVP rolls away. MVP picks Kendrick up and PLAYMAKER! The cover ... one, two .. foot on the rope! This would have been it but they were too close to the ropes. MVP is frustrated and reaches into his tights ... he has a set of brass knuckles! Referee Mark Johnson sees this, warns MVP and takes the weapon away and tosses it out of the ring. MVP taps the side of his head and reveals ANOTHER set of knuckles. Behind the referee’s back, he nails Kendrick with it and quickly throws the object out. Kendrick drops like hit by a bullet and now ... one, two, three!


MVP defeated Brian Kendrick in 8:29 by pinfall after using a set of brass knuckles. [b-]


Taz: Okay, you have two sets of those vile things so that the referee sees one and takes it from you so that you may use the other one when the ref isn’t looking ... holy hell, does MVP ever plan this out. I guess he is writing all these steps to succeed with dodgy stuff down at home so he doesn’t forget them.


Bischoff: I don’t think so, he’s not your age so his memory still serves him well.


Taz: Hm yeah ... cause you have gone down in history as a man with perfect memory, right?


Bischoff: It is perfect but also .. selective.


Taz: If that helps you sleep better...


We go backstage and the camera is in JBL’s office just as the door is opened...


Sting is marching in with an aura of purpose about him.



JBL: Hey there, not so fast. May I ask what you are doing here, not knocking and all? I am a very busy man!


Sting: You may. The reason is no one but Mr. Anderson!


JBL: Allright, allright ... why do you come to me? I’m not Mr. Anderson...


Sting: Funny. Anyway, why I come to you is because of a complaint. An official complaint! How can it be that Mr. Anderson, the man who I’m facing in the ring in two weeks at Sacrifice, has such a light schedule ahead of him while I ... do not have such a light schedule by any means. Do you think that is fair, Bradshaw?


JBL: It’s ... Mr. Layfield, for you and anybody else. Get it?


Sting: Yeah well. So is there something you could perhaps do about it to ... even the odds a little bit?


JBL leans back in his chair and looks to be thinking hard...


JBL: I’m the boss you know. I can make anybody’s life a living hell if I want to. Yours too, for the record. But okay, see, Anderson hasn’t done anything to catch my attention ... yet ... but since you’re asking so nicely, I have a proposal for a deal.


Sting: A ... deal?


JBL: (stern voice) Am I speaking Chinese? Yes, a deal. I have always believed in ... giving and taking, Sting. No one gets anything from me without giving in return. One hand gives, the other takes, it’s that simple. Will you hear me out, then? If not just say no and get out.


Sting: Okay then ...


JBL: See, I have been looking for someone ... no one in particular so far, mind you ... for something to help me out with. But before we speak of it ...


JBL turns to the camera ...


JBL: You ... get out of here. This isn’t meant for the public ... yet. Turn that damn thing off now or go look for a new job tomorrow!


In an instant, the screen goes dark for a few seconds until we return to the broadcast booth. [B]


Taz: That was ... bizarre.


Bischoff: It’s because you don’t know much about business, that’s all Taz. Don’t worry about it.


Taz: Hm, you do though, right? What with running a company loaded with talent into the ground and all...


Bischoff: I rest my case.


Taz: I ... won’t, but let’s get on with the next match of the night, ok?


Beer Money Inc, Abyss and Kazarian vs. Team 3D, Samoa Joe and Hero



James Storm starts out with Hero and they’re beginning with wild punches. Hero gets the upper hand after a sick Uppercut with his elbow, and a Snapmare puts Storm on the mat. Elbow Drop and the tag is made to Brother Ray, who goes on to overpower Storm until “Cowboy” low blows Ray as referee Brian Hebner is distracted by Robert Roode. Storm tags in Abyss and the monster executes a Bodyslam. He stomps Ray almost into the mat before dragging him up and firing him into the turnbuckles. Abyss follows and clotheslines Ray in the corner. He grabs Brother Ray, who is no small man, both hands around his throat, and throws him through the ring like a ragdoll. Quite the display of power as Kazarian is tagged in next. He goes to the top rope and takes off, hitting Ray with a beautiful 450 Splash. Pinfall but Ray gets his shoulder up at two and a bit. Now Roode comes in and he lifts both of Ray’s legs, then drops with one leg on his crotch. With Ray rolling around in pain, Roode taunts Ray’s corner and turns to tag Storm back in. They are going for the DWI but Joe comes in and breaks the attempt up. Storm is irate and yells at the referee who in turn is telling Joe off, and Ray takes the breathing room and nails Roode with a low blow. Ray makes it into his corner and in comes Devon who cleans house. Storm is clotheslined down, swiftly followed by Kazarian who enters the ring next. Abyss rushes in behind Devon’s back but Joe stops him while Hero takes to the air and flips Storm over with a Flying Clothesline. All hell has broken loose and Ray executes a smashing Lariat that sends James Storm over the top rope. Ray follows to the outside, drags “Cowboy” up and sends him into the guardrail. Roode comes to help his tag team partner and with the referee concerned elsewhere, grabs a chair and cracks it across Ray’s back. Still holding it, Hero arrives and drop kicks the chair straight into Robert Roode’s face. Meanwhile, Joe and Abyss are trading punches in the ring but they are not the official members of their teams to be inside the squared circle and the bell finally rings for the double countout...


Beer Money, Inc., Abyss and Kazarian drew with Team 3D, Samoa Joe and Hero in 13:17 following a double count out. [B]


The referee has called for the bell, but both teams surely don't fancy to stop fighting. It was a hard fought match that ended without a proper decision thanks to both teams getting counted out while fighting each other all around the ring, and this keeps up as the bell keeps ringing, the official trying to resemble order. It is for naught however, and a whole host of security have to interfere in order to separate the eight combatants. This is far from over ... [B-]


We go to a quick commercial break and as they broadcast returns, the next match is awaiting us...


Rob Van Dam vs. Eric Young



The match is underway and Eric Young starts off a little too eager, RVD dodges him, turns Young around and Sit Out Facebuster! This was the first move of the match and Eric Young is already in trouble against the veteran. He picks Young up for a Bodyslam. RVD hops up the top turnbuckle and Five Star Frog Splash! No! Young rolls away and RVD faceplants on the mat. This way maybe a bit too soon! Eric Young now with the advantage rests on RVD’s back and puts his arms over his thighs while grabbing his chin ... Referee Mark Johnson checks on RVD but he is denying the submission. RVD tries to get on his knees badly, but Young keeps the hold applied. Johnson checks again but RVD refuses to submit. Instead, he manages to get onto his knees finally! Young releases the hold and stomps RVD’S back. He picks him up and Irish Whip into the corner of the ring. Young charges and RVD leaps up! His legs resting on the left and right top rope, RVD lets Young spear the ringpost instead. RVD jumps down and pulls immobile Eric Young back into the ring. Young is staggering and finally flattened by a Superkick. RVD goes to the top rope again and this time, the Five Star Frog Splash connects! The pinfall is academic .. one, two and three!


Rob Van Dam defeated Eric Young in 7:01 by pinfall with a Five Star Frog Splash. [B-]


Taz: This was the picture perfect example of how NOT to go about a match with Rob Van Dam.


Tenay: I agree. Van Dam is too seasoned a veteran to be caught off guard by a speedy opening, especially when RVD is one of the quickest men I have ever witnessed in the ring.


Bischoff: Never say I am kissing someone’s ass again. You might as well build a temple for RVD now where you can sing praise to him.


Taz: You know, I might actually do that. Credit where credit is due, right? Before you ask, Bisch ... no temple for you!


The broadcast shifts backstage ...


We see Mick Foley who is walking up to Kurt Angle in the gym of the arena. Angle is doing some workout during the running show ... Foley frowns as he approaches.



Foley: Don’t you think this is a little extreme, Kurt?


Angle hadn’t even noticed him... As he does, he gets up from his bench, sweating profusely.


Angle: What is?


He looks up and down his own body.


Angle: Oh ... well it’s quite hot in here.


Foley: Never mind. I was just wondering ... what is your stance on JBL?


Angle dries his head with a towel before answering.


Angle: A ... stance? I don’t have as much as a second thought for him, let alone a stance. But since you ask, I think he’s a piece of trash. A piece of trash who happens to be my boss, and yours of course, but ... that’s about all the neutral things I can say about him. I wouldn’t remember good things to say, and we’d go beyond tonight’s remaining Impact if I was going to give you my negative thoughts about him.


Foley: So you ... would agree that TNA is in trouble thanks to him?


Angle: Listen, Mick, I don’t have all day ok. I have a match later on I have to prepare for.


Foley: Kurt, I’m not going to allow JBL to turn TNA into his toy ... and I will also not allow him to turn it into a license to print money for himself with reckless abandon. You know he doesn’t give a damn about anyone backstage, right? You realize that, Kurt. But he’s the boss, right? He can do whatever the hell he so wants. Hell, he could fire us for even talking the way we do right now.


Angle: Hah! He won’t ... he wants to milk us for all we’re worth you know. Firing you or me wouldn’t print him money.


Foley: Well, I’m not too sure about that but okay, let’s run with it. Anyways, I’m not afraid of him firing me. I’m afraid for TNA, the fans, those guys backstage without any pull in the company ... I don’t want him to ruin everything we have worked for. I don’t want his corruption and greed in TNA. I want him ... out!


Angle: You ... have a plan?


Foley: Not ... yet, nothing set in stone or anything... Kurt, I’ll ask you right away ... are you with me or not? Can I count on you?


Angle thinks long and hard.


Angle: Yes, Mick.


Foley: You are ... aware of the implications this has?


Angle: I’m not dumb you know.


Foley: Thanks, Kurt. That means a lot to me, in fact, it means a lot for TNA. TNA is bigger than you or I. TNA is the sum of all its elements, of...


Angle: Mick ...


Foley: I haven’t forgotten your match, Kurt. Train some more and enjoy kicking some ass-kissers asses later. I’ll be watching and ... see ya later I suppose.


Angle nods as Foley walks out. He frowns and then shakes his head as he gets back to his routine... [A*]


Bischoff: This is mutiny! Outright rebellion! Someone has to .. someone should ...


Taz: Calm down, Eric. That whole thing is something none of us should get involved with. You of all people shouldn’t, either. Especially not since I picked my side in this, know which side you’ll pick and you know ... I’m sitting right next to you in the announce booth and ... I’m a former World Champion.


Bischoff: Are you threatening me now?


Taz: Like I ever would!


The next match is announced...


TNA World Tag Team Championship:


The World’s Greatest Tag Team © vs. The Motor City Machine Guns



Benjamin and Haas aren’t even given a chance to hand off their belts as Shelley and Sabin assault them! They jump over the top rope and land on The World’s Greatest Tag Team, punching them silly outside of the ring. Referee Mark Johnson shrugs and starts the match as Sabin and Shelley lay into the tag champs. Before the count of ten they roll them into the ring and the carnage continues until Johnson steps in between and has both teams start out properly. Sabin and Haas begin the match properly and Sabin is fired up still and takes the advantage. Shelton Benjamin complaints about something to Johnson and this gives Haas the opportunity for a stab in the eyes. DDT and Benjamin is tagged in. He shoots Sabin into the ropes, leapfrogs him, and as Sabin returns from the opposite cables he catches him with a Yakuza Kick. Sabin is down and out and Benjamin taunts Shelley, who enters the ring but is held back by Mark Johnson. Haas uses this to choke Sabin in the corner. Benjamin then chokes him some more with his boot until Johnson walks over to stop it. Sabin collapses and Benjamin with a Chop. He sets Chris Sabin onto the top rope and a Frankensteiner from the top rope finds Sabin back on the mat. Benjamin stands in his corner now and Haas goes to the top rope. Using Benjamin like a ramp, Haas takes to the air and ... MISSES! Chris Sabin rolls out of harm’s way. Benjamin charges instantly but Sabin uses his last ounce of strength and manages to get to his corner to tag in Shelley. Benjamin throws a punch, is blocked, and Shelley back body drops him out of the ring. Haas slowly gets back to his feet – HURACANRANA! Shelley has him and this is the pinfall ...Shelley even has the tights ... one, two, three! New World Tag Team Champions – The Motor City Machine Guns!


The Motor City Machine Guns defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team in 9:41 when Alex Shelley defeated Charlie Haas by pinfall with a quick roll up with a handful of tights. The Motor City Machine Guns win the TNA Tag Team titles. [B]


Shelley and Sabin are celebrating wildly and get to the ropes, then for a hug as they just won back their titles! Meanwhile, Haas and Benjamin are complaining to Mark Johnson. Suddenly however, the music of TNA owner John “Bradshaw” Layfield hits. JBL comes out on the ramp to a huge chorus of boos.



JBL: Hold it right there.


He goes on to walk down the aisle while he keeps talking...


JBL: You four people are beginning to seriously annoy me. First the little stunt Benjamin and Haas pulled last week, and now this.


He approaches the ring and gets inside. Both teams are standing on opposite sides of him.


JBL: You see, I’m the last man to get involved in anything that doesn’t personally concern me, but this is just too much. Back to back finishes like this for titles in my company? Hell no, hell no! I am hereby officially stripping the Motor City Machine Guns off the belts! Hand them over.


Shelley and Sabin stare at him in disbelief...


JBL: IT WAS NOT A REQUEST! Give me the damn belts!


Taz: Why didn’t he do this last week when Benjamin and Haas won them illegally?


Bischoff: Once is kind ... twice is blind.


Reluctantly, Shelley and Sabin give their belts to the TNA owner. Benjamin and Haas rub their hands... JBL turns to them.


JBL: What do you want? If it wasn’t for your incompetence, I wouldn’t even have to be here right now. Don’t think I am giving them back to you now. This goes for all of you. These belts are as of now vacated.


The crowd boos...


JBL: But everyone knows me as a benevolent man. You four as well, right?


Benjamin and Haas nod eagerly ... Shelley and Sabin just shrug. The crowd has some profanity for JBL...


JBL: I will give you another, final chance at these belts. At Sacrifice, The Motor City Machine Guns and The World’s Greatest Tag Team will face each other one last time for the TNA World Tag Team Titles. If there is anything dodgy yet again ... I will come out again and unleash the wrath of a wrestling God, aka me, on those who caused another controversy.


Taz: It’s cause you gotta be on his good side to get away with dodgy stuff.


Bischoff: Quit being such a cynic, Taz. What he is doing here should right suit you!


Taz: It does in this case. But only in this case...


JBL: And now get the hell out of my sight. I have enough people giving me issues in this company already. Don’t you four ever, EVER, dare to challenge me. Did I make myself perfectly clear?


Benjamin and Haas nod eagerly. Once again, MCMG only shrug...


JBL: Dismissed!


The World’s Greatest Tag Team rush from ringside as if they just saw a ghost, while Shelley and Sabin show more defiance, slowly walking away and shaking hands on their way up the aisle. JBL is showered in boos as we switch to a commercial break...


Upon return from the break, a video plays showing highlights of the events between Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, The Rock , AJ Styles, Hulk Hogan and Brock Lesnar. The fans cheer this on massively, realizing the main event is next! [A]


Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and The Rock vs. AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan



Hogan and The Rock start and are circling each other. Rock charges but Hogan moves out of the way and tags Lesnar in. The fans boo, Hogan cares a lot and Lesnar catches Rocky by surprise with a knee to the belly, swiftly followed by an Elbow Smash to the head. Lesnar goes to gather The Rock for a Bodyslam but Rocky slips out of it and counters with a kick to the knee of Lesnar. Uppercut! The fans are now fired up as The Rock rakes Lesnar’s face across the top rope. Rocky then takes Lesnar down with a Hiptoss, clearly using the big man’s momentary distraction to his advantage. Chris Jericho is tagged in and he waits for Lesnar to get back up and Bulldog against the towering wrestler. Hogan and Styles now look worried and stretch out their arms for the tag. The fans erupt in a “Y2J, Y2J” chant as he continues controlling Lesnar. But it’s not for long as in the corner of the ring, Brock headbutts Jericho straight into the nose. Blood dripping, Jericho tries to shake off the momentary daze and Lesnar tags Styles in. Styles charges and spears Jericho, snapping him almost in two. The TNA champion is in some pain as Styles gets to the second rope and connects with a fist to the head, rolling off subsequently. Now Styles, Lesnar and Hogan keep tagging in and out, keeping the champion at bay as his corner is desperately trying for a tag. Jericho is in trouble when Lesnar is back in, measuring Jericho after taking him off his feet with a huge Lariat. Lesnar signals for the end of the match and we all know what’s about to come ... Jericho is back to his feet ... Brock Lesnar goes in for the kill but as he tries to seize Y2J up, Jericho slips out and dropkicks Lesnar into the turnbuckles. Caught off guard, Lesnar whirls around however quickly and finds Jericho trying to get the tag. Inches from his corner, Lesnar catches on to Jericho but it’s too late and Kurt Angle is now the official man for his team! Like a raging bull, Angle comes into the ring and begins throwing wild punches at Lesnar, who is forced into a defensive stance at the flurry of offense. Brock Lesnar retreats to the corner of the ring and Angle traps him, standing on the second rope and raining Hammerfists down on Lesnar. Knife Edge Chops are to follow, and Ric Flair on the outside is wincing as the crowd goes “Woo” after every stinging hit to the chest. Brock Lesnar seems dazed and staggers off as Kurt Angle goes to the top rope. Angle comes down on Brock Lesnar with a Double Axe Handle but Lesnar catches him! Did he play possum? Who knows but Lesnar now has Angle in quite the predicament – Powerslam! Angle is convulsing after the impact, Lesnar next to him on his hands and knees. Lesnar makes it to his corner and tags in Hogan. The Hulkster goes to stand above Angle and grabs his head, throwing a punch down. The crowd boos in unison. A second punch. A third. Hogan then picks Angle up and carries him around the ring and drops him after a Side Backbreaker. Hulk Hogan puts a boot on Angle’s chest for the pinfall and the crowd boos massively at this disrespect, but Angle washes the attempt away with his hands at the count of two. Hogan bends down to punch Angle some more and Angle uses this for a Small Package! The pin – One, two and – broken up by AJ Styles! The Rock and Chris Jericho now storm the ring with Lesnar and Styles opposing them, and they begin throwing punches. Referee Earl Hebner gets in between and sends them back out as Angle tags in The Rock. Ric Flair walks over to Rock’s corner and yells insults at Chris Jericho, who hops down from the apron to go after Flair. The Rock meanwhile has full control of Hulk Hogan! Bodyslam and Hogan is in center ring, flat on his back. People’s Elbow! The Rock prepares for his trademark move and it hits home. The pinfall – Earl Hebner isn’t there but trying to contain the commotion caused by Flair and Jericho on the outside. Rock moves over to Hebner and tries to get his attention as Lesnar gets into the ring and drags Hogan into his team’s corner. He helps the Hulkster to his feet and as Hebner finally turns around, all he sees is the tag. The Rock wants to go after Lesnar but Flair holds him from the outside. Jericho now charges at Flair again while AJ Styles intercepts Angle. The Rock tears himself out of Flair’s grip ... but there is Lesnar! The Verdict! He connects with the Verdict and The Rock is spread-eagled. Angle is busy exchanging punches with Styles on the outside while Jericho chases Flair off ... the pinfall attempt by Lesnar is made – one, two and three! Lesnar wins this for his team...


AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan defeated Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and The Rock in 15:21 when Brock Lesnar defeated The Rock by pinfall after Ric Flair interfered. [A]


Lesnar and cohorts retreat from the ring immediately and stand in the aisle, celebrating their win as The Rock gets up to one knee, his allies Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle getting into the ring staring at their opponents with murder written on their features. Ric Flair is patting AJ on the back while Hogan has some issues with the fans at the guardrail and he verbally lashed out. Angle dares them to return to the ring for another go, but AJ Styles just keeps taunting him. Jericho and Rock talk to one another and we go back to the announce booth...


Taz: See that? JBL surely allows this to happen, doesn’t he? Favoritism, much?


Bischoff: You’re just such a negative person, Taz. I felt thoroughly entertained.


Taz: Why am I not surprised?


Tenay: Folks, we’ve come to the end of this week’s Impact. Tune in next week as we head towards Sacrifice at a rapid rate, with all the developments from tonight’s show and much more only here on Spike TV. Good night everybody!


With that, we go to a highlight video package of tonight’s Impact, the credits, and the broadcast is over.


Post Show:


D’Angelo Dinero vs. Rhino - D'Angelo Dinero defeated Rhino in 8:22 by pinfall with the Dinero Express. [D+]


Final Show Rating: A

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BHK1978: 4/6

Destiny: 3/6


Let's roll forward to the card of "next week's" Impact:


D'Angelo Dinero vs. Christopher Daniels


Beer Money, Inc. vs. Team 3D


Samoa Joe vs. Rhino


Alex Shelley vs. Shelton Benjamin


Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss and MVP


Brock Lesnar vs. Mick Foley

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Monday Week 2, May 2011




Kazarian vs. Crimson - Kazarian defeated Crimson in 2:52 by pinfall with a Wave Of The Future. [C]


Monty Brown vs. Amazing Red – Monty Brown defeated Amazing Red in 2:10 by pinfall with a Pounce. [C-]


Hero vs. Kiyoshi - Hero defeated Kiyoshi in 3:12 by pinfall with a Hero’s Welcome. [C+]


Rob Van Dam vs. Eric Young - Rob Van Dam defeated Desmond Wolfe in 4:14 by pinfall with a Five Star Frog Splash. [B-]


TNA presents: IMPACT




Impact opens with the usual pyros and the fans in the arena are red hot for another weekly injection of TNA action as we go to the announce booth with Mike Tenay, Taz and Eric Bischoff.


Tenay: Hello and welcome to TNA Impact, folks. What a show it was last week with that huge main event between Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and The Rock taking on AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan.


Taz: Yeah, but what a cheap ending. Flair got involved and helped his men take away the win and I am being told that no other than Mick Foley has a few choice words about that for TNA owner John “Bradshaw” Layfield in a few moments...


Bischoff: Foley should keep his miserable hide out of this. It’s too big for him and...


Taz: Sorry Bisch ... well actually I am not sorry but anyways ... hold your thoughts, or even better yet, forget them as there’s something going on backstage...


The camera shifts and Mick Foley is entering JBL’s office.




JBL: Oh, Mick. I didn’t quite expect you, you see ... not knocking didn’t help matters much but ok ... what’s going on?


Foley: Funny you should ask. There was this nifty little main event on Impact last week and I just can’t believe you keep allowing such things to happen!


JBL: If you would perhaps be more precise, Mick?


Foley: Jericho, Angle, The Rock ... JBL, they are THE cornerstones of TNA at this point in time. Do you think putting them in matches where they KNOW they’ll be screwed over going into the whole thing will help ease matters between you and them? Certain people in this company are getting away with murder and that just...


JBL: Do you suggest I should get involved and I don’t know, ban Flair or Styles or whatever because they took matters in their own hands?


Foley: I’m just saying that if you as the boss are to be taken for real, you have to ...


JBL: FOLEY! You are speaking out of turn here! You said it right, I am the boss. Your boss if you care to remember. Because of that, you do NOT tell me what I have to do. I don’t even quite understand why you would care for the outcome of a match you weren’t even involved in. But anyway, trust me Mick, if push comes to shove I do have a LOT of options should I ever feel I’m not taken for real. You will not tell me how I am supposed to run this company, Foley. I will simply not have it. I’m paying you, Foley, like everybody else. And I DO full well realize the value of people like Chris Jericho. Do you think me dumb? Incidentally, Mick ... since you are my employee, I have some ... work to do for you tonight.


Foley: Work...


JBL: Yeah. I was torn between making you clean the locker rooms or my personal bathroom at first, but no ... for a reason that is entirely beyond me, the fans out there in the arena still love to see you wrestle. So as the benevolent owner of TNA who always listens to what the fans want (Foley rolls his eyes...), I’m booking you in a match ... against Brock Lesnar tonight.


Foley: Brock, eh?


JBL: Well, there is a broom waiting for you otherwise...


Foley: It’s all good. Brock Lesnar versus Mick Foley ... sounds good to me.


Mick Foley cracks a smile as he turns to leave.


JBL: And close the damn door. There’s too much vermin coming in here these days...


Foley slams the door shut as we go back to the ring for the first match of the night... [A]


D’Angelo Dinero vs. Christopher Daniels




They start out slow, circling each other to look for an opening. Daniels then goes for a tie up and Dinero executes a Hiptoss and Daniels finds himself on his back. He goes back up immediately and is dropkicked down again. Frustrated, Daniels leaves the squared circle and pounds the apron on the outside, then walks around while referee Brian Hebner does the count. Dinero uses this, grabs the top rope and takes to the air, his aim correct as he takes Daniels down on the outside. Dinero gets up first and rolls Daniels back into the ring. D’Angelo follows and is welcomed with a kick to the head. Daniels picks him up - Gutwrench Suplex. He slides on top of Dinero for the pin but not even a two count. Clothesline by Dinero as he gets back up, Daniels must have expected this and ducks, then catches the arm – takedown. Daniels now has him in an Armbar submission and Hebner checks for the tap – no such thing. Dinero rolls out and with a Head Scissor, gets Daniels off of him. Daniels instantly charges but is caught with a Spinebuster. Cover for two as Daniels gets a shoulder up. Dinero gathers him and attempts a Back Suplex – blocked as Daniels slips out and lands behind Dinero’s back. Daniels rolls him up from out of nowhere – one, two and three. This came so fast, Dinero gets up after the pinfall, wondering what has just happened. Daniels raises his right arm and taps his temple with the left index finger to show Dinero he was just outsmarted.


Christopher Daniels defeated D’Angelo Dinero in 9:14 with a quick roll up. [B-]


Dinero leaves frustrated and Christopher Daniels asks for a microphone. Daniels walks around the ring for a moment, an arrogant grin on his face.


Daniels: How much more often do I have to show my superiority? Seriously, everyone knows me. Everyone knows of my abilities. And for you, Jeff Jarrett ... I have a suggestion. I will accept the title if you come out here and turn it over to me now. Spare yourself the humiliation of a match against me, just like D’Angelo was just humbled by me. You are not in my league. Actually, no one is! I know you realize it yourself, Jeff. There’s no shame in giving up the title to me...




Jeff Jarrett’s music hits and the crowd accepts him gladly. He walks down to the ring, his title belt around the waist and a microphone in his hand. He gets into the ring and into Daniels’ face.


Daniels: Good choice, Jeff, I see you brought you the belt with you. Now hand it over and let’s get this over with ...


Jarrett: The only thing I am going to do with this belt is pound it right across your thick skull if you imply one more time that I am going to bend over backwards for you. Go around and brag about your awesomeness all you want, Daniels. I couldn’t care less. I am the TV Champion and YOU are the challenger. And after Sacrifice, nothing will have changed.


Jarrett drops the mic and leaves the ring, Daniels’s anger very visible on his face. [B]


Tenay: Strong words by both these men – who is going to back them up? An intense match is waiting for us at Sacrifice, trust me on that, folks.


Bischoff: A match which can only have one possible outcome as we all know...


Taz: Instead of your dogged praise for Daniels, you should perhaps start considering the fact that Jeff Jarrett is not only the current TNA TV Champion, who dethroned Abyss of all people, but a former TNA Word Heavyweight Champion and the King of the Mountain, allright? Christopher Daniels will have his work cut out for him at Sacrifice, believe me Bisch.


Bischoff: Bah, dogged praise... I just know talent when I see it.


Taz: That, Eric, I have a hard time believing...


The camera cuts to the ring as we get ready for the next match...


Beer Money, Inc. vs. Team 3D




Brother Ray and Robert Roode start out, and Ray is overpowering him quite convincingly. Ray has him in the corner eventually and is unloading with kicks to the midsection until Roode sinks down. Ray drags him up and shoots him into his team’s corner then tags Devon in. Devon continues the assault with a Bodyslam and James Storm is now yelling at the top of his lungs, half getting into the ring. Referee Mark Johnson tells him off and Roode uses the distraction for a low blow. With Devon on his knees and gasping for air, Roode tags Storm in who runs into Brother Devon with a knee straight to the face. Devon seems out of it and there is the pin but Devon kicks out at two. James Storm is now taunting Ray as he goes to finish Devon off with a DDT, but is reversed and finds himself on his back after a Back Body Drop. Devon makes the tag and Ray drags Storm up – Irish Whip In – Ray goes for a Clothesline but Storm ducks. The next attempt, Storm coming from the opposite cables, is unsuccessful too! Storm halts, and as Ray turns around attacks with a kick to the gut and now we see a DDT. The cover – one, two and Devon breaks it up. Johnson is telling him off as Roode comes in and together, Beer Money, Inc. execute the DWI on Brother Ray! Johnson turns around and Devon wants to break the pin up but Roode dropkicks him off – the one, two and three and it’s over.


Beer Money, Inc. defeated Team 3D in 6:38 when Brother Ray was pinned with the DWI. [C+]


We cut backstage and are once again in the office of John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Seated next to the boss’ desk is Sting, looking pleased, as Mr. Anderson comes walking in.




Anderson: What is this all about?


JBL: Ah yeah, Anderson. Good thing you show up so dutifully after I summoned you. I’m very pleased with you today, Anderson.


Sting grins at this ...


Anderson: Whatever. So .. what gives?


JBL: Oh you see, Sting here has made me aware of a certain imbalance of your schedule. After looking it over, and trust me Anderson I am a very thorough person, I have to admit, Sting was right.


Anderson: Imbalance of my schedule ... what the hell are you talking about?


JBL: You two are going one on one at Sacrifice, right? Right! And Sting approached me with a complaint about how you have way easier a schedule until Sacrifice than he has. Truth is, Sting is right. So tonight, we’re gonna even the odds a little bit.


Anderson: What has Sting done for you to get on your good side, Bradshaw? Did he pay you?


Sting: That is none of your business, Anderson. Better make sure you get ready for tonight and worry about nothing else.


Anderson: What match are you actually talking about?


JBL: To even the odds like I said before, tonight you will take on two men, Anderson – Abyss and MVP.


Anderson looks from Sting to JBL.


Anderson: Sting, you’re worse than I thought. Much worse but trust me, this’ll come back to haunt you. I’ll kick your sorry ass at Sacrifice and...


JBL: NOT ... in my office, Anderson. I believe you wanted to go anyways, right?


Sting: Yeah, got a match to prepare for and all...


Anderson sniffs, turns around and walks out, not looking back. Sting and JBL shake hands as we go back to the announcers... [B+]


Taz: This is just ridiculous and blatant favoritism, and I really have nothing else to say about it than that.


Bischoff: Mr. Layfield simply knows who he can count on in these tough times, Taz. He is acting accordingly... and let's face it ... Anderson has had a much easier schedule than Sting going into their match at Sacrifice, it is blatantly obvious!


Taz: And you are ... blatantly ridiculous, Eric.


The back and forth between the announcers ends as the next match is announced..


Samoa Joe vs. Rhino




Some back and forth to start the match, both powerhouses trading punches before going in a collar and elbow tie up. Joe finally pushes Rhino down and charges in to get on top, but Rhino gets up in time and some more punches follow. Rhino now gets the upper hand and forces Joe into the ropes, Brian Hebner trying to separate them. Both men collapse through the ropes and fall to the outside. Gathering themselves, Rhino tries to send Joe into the guardrail but is reversed and his back crashes hard against the metal. Joe interrupts the countout and goes back to Rhino, who had been waiting and surprises Joe by grabbing him then pounding him head first onto the guardrail. Joe is staggering and Rhino is measuring him ... he goes for the Gore outside the ring! Joe dodges – Rhino crashes and burns into the ringsteps. The fans close to the action visibly wince at the impact and Joe rolls limp Rhino into the ring at the referee count of 8. Rhino tries to regain his wits and is on one knee – Joe takes advantage! Muscle Buster ... one, two, three and this is over!


Samoa Joe defeated Rhino in 7:54 by pinfall with the Muscle Buster. [B]



James Mitchell comes out to the ring with Abyss in tow!




Joe goes from celebrating his win with the fans right into a fighting stance, ready to take on Abyss. Mitchell however apparently isn’t having any of it, and stops Abyss from getting into the ring. Mitchell whispers something into Abyss’ ears, and the monster complies, completely under the control of his former and present mentor. Joe shakes his head as the duo goes back again as the crowd chants “Joe, Joe, Joe” …


After the commercial break, Chris Jericho’s music hits and the TNA World Heavyweight Champion steps out from the back, accompanied by Kurt Angle and The Rock.




The crowd erupts in a chorus of cheers, almost tearing the roof off the arena as the trio walks towards the ring. Inside the ring, they are handed microphones ...


Jericho: Last week the three of us lost in a match against three no good crooks. I said it, we lost. But big deal, really big deal. We know you punks couldn’t handle us in a straight match and what happened last week won’t happen again, because whoever of you it is that one of us is going to square off against, we’ll expose you for the frauds you are, be it Hogan, Styles or Lesnar. It’s as simple as that. And AJ ... no matter how many more matches you weasel yourself in to go after my title, the outcome will always be the same ... I will beat you.


Angle: I will relish in showing Brock Lesnar who the better man is ... me, Kurt Angle. You have nothing on me, Brock. I am going to humble you at Sacrifice. Your winstreak will end, as sure as I am standing here right now. You’ll run out of luck and means of cheating to get past me, Lesnar. I am your better!


The Rock: The Rock is quite entertained by Hulk Hogan and his insecurity. Hogan, you once had the entire world backing you in your matches, but remember one thing ... that is years and years ago. Now you have the entire world switch channels during your matches. So The Rock understands why you would choose to oppose him ... it’s because you want to leech from The Rock. You want to bathe in the thought that after so many years, the people care for you again ... but deep inside you, too, know why that is the case. The people ... want to see the Rock kick your candy ass!


AJ Styles’ music hits and he is coming out from the back, accompanied by his manager Ric Flair as well as Hulk Hogan and Brock Lesnar.




They have apparently had enough of the tirade and have microphones in their hands as they stand on the ramp.


Hogan: Rock, you’re not getting it brother. I don’t need you or anybody else to stay at the very top of this business. I just can’t stand it when someone comes into the company that I shaped and molded into what it is today and wants everything handed to him on a silver, in your case, golden battle.


The Rock: You were jealous of The Rock ever since he surpassed you as the great one in this business, Hogan. You want to be remembered as the one who made the industry what it is today ... and even if that were true, you’re history. Hulk Hogan is like a statue, a reminder of wrestling’s past, standing there immobile and immortalized ... while the world around you changes, Hogan. This is no longer your time, Hogan, and that is the case since years. You base everything on your past glory, but as of now and today, it means nothing.


Hogan: It means everything, brother! Without me, none of you would be standing here right now. And you, Rocky, would not have your Hollywood career. You can all thank Hulkamania and should give praise. People like AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar appreciate it. They remind me a lot of myself when I was their age. People to count on, who are respectful and humble, unlike you, brother. But you will get respect for my legacy pounded into you very soon!


Angle: Respect is one thing, Hogan, but you try to have it entirely your way wherever you go. You have hit a roadblock, Hulkamania has hit a roadblock.


Jericho: All of you have. I proved twice already that AJ Styles can’t beat me ... three times will be a charm and my personal pleasure come Sacrifice.


Flair: AJ here has your number, Chris. What happened before won’t repeat itself.


Jericho’s eyes take on a dreamy quality ...


Jericho: In that, you are very, very correct, Ric.


Hogan: The reason why Ric and I chose Styles and Lesnar over anyone of you is that they are, by any means, the future of TNA. They will elevate TNA to new heights, because they are the very best in this business. Again, they remind me of myself back in the day. That is why the three of you will fail going up against the three of us. It’s that simple, brother.


The Rock: Then why don’t you jabronys come down here and we’re going to have a rematch? The Rock would enjoy it and is sure that Jericho and Angle wouldn’t mind.


Styles: You people should know that WE are not going to do stale things like repeat matches unless it’s for more important things than the pride of you people, who matter not in the grand scheme of things.


Angle: Oh is that so, AJ? How about we’re going to go by what you just said ... and have a match next week? AJ Styles versus Kurt Angle on Impact ... how about that?


Styles and Flair look to be caught completely off guard, but they surely can’t back out of the challenge without losing face. Kurt Angle grins from ear to ear... the fans cheer massively at this.


Styles: Fine. Great. I’ll humble you next week on Impact then, Kurt.


Before anymore challenges can be made, Hogan raises the microphone one last time...


Hogan: And now ... you’re going to have to let us go. We can’t waste any more time with you ignorant people. There are far more important things for us to do...


The Rock: The Rock knows what it is ... tell them the story of how you bodyslammed Andre for the umpteenth time. That’ll teach them.


The four men on the ramp turn around to leave, Hogan looking red hot with anger at Rock’s last remark as Angle, Jericho and Rock get cheered on by the fans. [A*]


Bischoff: This amount of disrespect will come back to haunt them. Respect ... it’s all the Hulkster is asking for and he is not getting it!


Taz: Respect is earned and not given as a nicely wrapped gift, Eric. Something that would work wonders for you to remember.


Tenay: Guys, guys ... let’s get on with the next match now, shall we?


Alex Shelley vs. Shelton Benjamin




A fine display of technical wrestling to start the match is followed by breathtaking aerials as both men try to put the momentum on their team’s side in their hunt for the vacated TNA World Tag Team Titles. Benjamin tries for a Back Suplex as Shelley slips off in mid air and ends up behind Benjamin for a Dropkick to the back. It sends Benjamin chest first into the turnbuckles and Shelley follows immediately to set Benjamin on the top rope. Alex gets on the second and tries to execute a Fisherman Suplex from the top rope – but another counter! Benjamin gets loose in mid air and ends up landing on his feet with Shelley crashing and burning. Benjamin drags him up for a Gutwrench Suplex, followed by an Elbow Drop. Pinfall attempts ends in a two count. Shelton picks him Shelley up and Irish Whip In. Shelley comes out of the ropes and finds himself gathered up on Benjamin’s shoulders and it’s a Fallaway Slam. Another pinfall for two. Benjamin goes to the top turnbuckle and takes off, attempting a Flying Elbow but no one’s home as Shelley rolls out of the impact zone. Shelton lands hard on his side and is in obvious pain as Shelley slowly gets to his feet. Alex regains his wits and now it’s him going to the top rope, but as he does so, Benjamin gets up! He played possum and now with Shelley on the top turnbuckle and Benjamin on the second rope, they’re struggling to get the upper hand. Then, BOTH men are on the top rope and this can’t end well ... and it doesn’t as they lose balance and fall to the outside. The crowd winces at the impact of both men, a “holy ****” chant erupting. Both men lay curled up on the arena floor, having the wind knocked out of them. Referee Mark Johnson starts the count and it’s not looking good ... they are both back on all fours at the count of eight ... nine ... here goes nothing – ten!


Alex Shelley drew with Shelton Benjamin in 9:42 following a double count out. [B-]


The bell rings for the double countout and finally after a few more moments, the two wrestlers get back to a vertical base. While shaking off the cobwebs even, both men are oblivious to their surroundings and the official and throw wild punches at each other. Charlie Haas shows up!




Now it is a two on one as The World's Greatest Tag Team gain the upper hand. Chris Sabin makes it evenly matched!




He comes through the crowd on the opposite side of the ring, rolls in, charges and goes flying across the top rope, crashing and burning on all three men. The announcers say how it was quite reckless of him, what with Shelley also being in the heap, yet as Chris Sabin gets back up so does Alex Shelley, and The World's Greatest Tag Team decide it is wise to bail. With both teams having taken the World Tag Team titles from another once in recent weeks in controversial fashion with the titles being ultimately held up, it looks like they will tear each other apart in their rubber match. The segment comes to a close with Shelley and Sabin raising their arms triumphantly in the air for the fans to cheer them on and we go back to the announce booth. [B-]


Taz: Wow .. what a match, folks. I’m still sweating from the action as these men are so quick and agile ... simply breathtaking.


Tenay: Both these teams would deserve a great run with the belts and truth be told, they would most likely get that would it not be for the other two guys ... they are absolutely evenly matched and I can’t wait for their rubber match at Sacrifice.


Bischoff: I agree that these four men probably represent the very best in tag team wrestling in TNA at this point, but come on ... Benjamin and Haas are not named The World’s Greatest Tag Team for nothing. At Sacrifice, they’ll claim those titles once and for all and THEN they can have their run with the belts.


Taz: That might very well happen, Eric, but it might very well go the other way. Hey Eric, I am putting a note into my calendar for today!


Bischoff: ... Yeah?


Taz: Well, I was just able to talk to you in a civilized manner, you know, almost like talking to another adult. It’s a moment to celebrate!


Tenay: Erm ... as we get ready for the next match of the night. Sting more or less made it happen as he ... asked ... TNA owner John “Bradshaw” Layfield to look at Mr. Anderson’s schedule for the month. Sting complained that Anderson would have a far lighter schedule than he has and that something should be done about it. Surprisingly ... Bradshaw agreed and Mr. Anderson is going into a two on one handicap match tonight on Impact.


Bischoff: It’ll balance things out, Mike, and you know as well as I do that it was about time.


Taz: Ah right, we’re back to normal.


They are cut off as the match gets started...


Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss and MVP




Anderson and MVP start out and MVP over time is overpowered and needs the help of Abyss for the first time as Anderson delivers a punishing Powerslam. Referee Earl Hebner sends Abyss out again and MVP uses this to his advantage with a low blow from behind. Anderson sinks to his knees and now, MVP can officially tag Abyss in. The monster looks to make short work of Anderson but the pinfall attempts only lead to two counts. Abyss tags MVP in again and together, they are working on Anderson with boots in the corner of the ring. At five, Abyss leaves the ring but is immediately tagged in again. He shoots Anderson into the opposite corner and charges, but Anderson moves out of the way and Abyss runs chest first into the turnbuckles. At that moment, Sting shows up on the entrance ramp and comes down to the ring, obviously trying to scout Anderson. Clothesline and Abyss is down for the first time in this match. Sting is at ringside and says something to MVP. Anderson yells at Sting and Hebner now tries to send Sting away from ringside. Abyss comes from behind, grabs Anderson and throws him out of the ring over the top rope. He wants to follow suit but Hebner holds him at bay. Sting uses this for laying the boots into Anderson and smashing him against the ringsteps. MVP takes action and rolls Anderson back into the ring. MVP with an Irish Whip In and Abyss intercepts Anderson with the Blackhole Slam! The cover ... one, two and three and this one is over.


Abyss and MVP defeated Mr. Anderson in 11:45 when Abyss defeated Mr. Anderson by pinfall with the Black Hole Slam following interference from Sting. [B]


Mr. Anderson slowly gets back up and leans against the top rope, staring at Sting who is mocking Anderson over the loss. Anderson mutters inaudible words, clearly promising Sting revenge for causing him to lose the match, but Sting just keeps smiling.


Taz: Give me a damn break! I mean, two on one is bad enough but then they make it a three on one? I hope Sting is happy about this ...


Bischoff: He looks the part...


Taz: Always remember, revenge is a dish best served cold. Mr. Anderson versus Sting at Sacrifice will be brutal, I promise you that. And you can only do so much scheming, plotting and backstabbing before a man snaps and becomes very, very dangerous. I think Mr. Anderson may very well be at that point right now.


Bischoff: All the more reasons for Sting to find some good allies against him, don’t you think?


Next up, a highlight video is shown for next week’s match between AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. [A]


We cut to the last commercial break and as Impact returns, the main event of the evening is announced ...


Brock Lesnar vs. Mick Foley




They start out with an old school test of strength, which Lesnar wins after some back and forth only to get Foley’s leg in his guts for his troubles. Foley then proceeds to pummel Lesnar with punches to the head, anger in his every move. Lesnar fights back however after blocking Foley and Headbutt followed by a Lariat. Lesnar picks Foley up and slams him face first into the top turnbuckle. Whip In and Foley crashes into the opposite corner. Knife Edge Chops follow, but no “Woo” from the crowd who have nothing but profanity for Lesnar. Lesnar tries to pound Foley’s head against the turnbuckle again but Foley puts a foot on the second rope and reverses it. Not once but a total of ten times, the crowd counting along. Reeling, Lesnar is trying to shake off the cobwebs and Foley lands a Clothesline. Lesnar is staggering ... another Clothesline and more staggering as a third one finally puts the big man down. Foley takes advantage and pounds on Lesnar, but this close up ground fighting is Lesnar’s turf and with some difficulty, he gets on top of Foley and is punishing the hardcore legend with Hammerfists. Referee Mark Johnson breaks this up and lectures Lesnar as Foley has a weird grin on his face and gets back to his feet, blood dripping from a gash in his forehead thanks to the hits by Lesnar. Tie up and Lesnar’s strength is telling as he forces Foley into the corner of the ring and goes for more Hammerfists but Foley ducks the first blows and counters with an Elbow to the jaw. He goes to the second rope, takes off immediately and is on target as both land on the mat. Foley waits for Lesnar and as he gets up, assaults him with a kick to the midsection and Double Underhook DDT! Foley’s finisher! One, two, thr... no, shoulder up! The crowd was just about ready to celebrate Foley’s upset win but no candy. Mick Foley can’t believe it and drags Lesnar up – Bodyslam! Elbow Drop. Back on the feet, Foley lays the boots into Lesnar. He gathers him up and runs the ropes, looking for a Running Clothesline but it is countered into a Spinebuster! Both men are now down, their exhaustion from this very physical encounter showing. Lesnar makes it to his feet, drags Foley up and sends him reeling with an Uppercut straight to the jaw. He grabs Foley for an Irish Whip In and Foley crashes straight into referee Mark Johnson. Both the official and Mick go down after the collision. Lesnar leaves the squared circle and fumbles with something underneath it, producing a steel chair. Lesnar shoves it into the ring and makes his way up the apron as Foley gets up, takes the chair and throws it straight into Lesnar’s face as he just made it into the ring. Caught off guard, Lesnar struggles for balance and it’s the SECOND Double Underhook DDT! The pin ... no count as Johnson is not yet back up. Foley does his own count well beyond three, looks aggravated and walks over to the fallen official, dragging Johnson to his feet. The referee recuperates at the ropes as Foley turns around and Lesnar nails him with a vicious chair shot straight to the head. The hardcore legend collapses as Lesnar puts the chair down while Johnson is shaking off the cobwebs ... and the towering brute executes the Verdict ONTO the chair! Lesnar pins Foley and hooks the leg ... one, two and three and the bell rings!


Brock Lesnar defeated Mick Foley in 16:05 by pinfall with the Verdict. [B+]


Lesnar gets up, raising his arms in victory as a few moments later, Mick Foley rolls out of the ring and is barely able to walk, yet defiantly still standing after taking Lesnar’s devastating finishing move right onto the steel chair. Lesnar remains in the ring as the crowd boos in unison. Hulk Hogan comes down the aisle, accompanied by a chorus of profanity, and has some choice words for Foley and his allies, praising Brock Lesnar as the future of TNA, which gets him even more despise from the crowd, as Foley limps down the aisle and back to the dressing rooms, extending his arms to the outreached hands of the fans.


Taz: Say what you want, but Foley should have won tonight. What an encounter and Mick Foley can be very, very proud of himself for bringing this All-American athlete to his limits and maybe beyond tonight.


Bischoff: In a week from now, no one will remember what Foley did, only that he lost and ...


Taz: Ah, there is your selective memory at work again. Mine is better and covers every walk of life so to speak, Bisch ... it’s why I remember the David Arquette debacle and...


Tenay: Umm ... guys, we’re running out of time for tonight. Thank you for tuning in everybody and we hope you enjoyed tonight’s show as we are getting closer to Sacrifice. Tune in to Impact next week for the huge main event AJ Styles versus Kurt Angle and much more, only on Spike TV! Good night everybody.


The show ends with replays of the Verdict onto the steel chair and other highlights from the show as the broadcast fades out …


Show Rating: B+

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Thank you guys for predicting ;), as always it's much appreciated.


This rounds' results:


BHK1978: 5/6

michgcs: 3/6


I haven't really come up with any prediction contest prizes or format or whatever, but I really like them. I'll think of something down the line.


The card for Monday Week 3, May 2011, the final Impact before Sacrifice:




TNA TV Championship

Jeff Jarrett © vs. MVP


Chris Sabin vs. Charlie Haas


Abyss vs. Hernandez


Christopher Daniels vs. Tommy Dreamer


Mr. Anderson and Alex Shelley vs. Sting and Shelton Benjamin


AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle

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TNA TV Championship

Jeff Jarrett © vs. MVP


Chris Sabin vs. Charlie Haas



Abyss vs. Hernandez



Christopher Daniels vs. Tommy Dreamer



Mr. Anderson and Alex Shelley vs. Sting and Shelton Benjamin



AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle

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TNA TV Championship

Jeff Jarrett © vs. MVP


Chris Sabin vs. Charlie Haas



Abyss vs. Hernandez



Christopher Daniels vs. Tommy Dreamer



Mr. Anderson and Alex Shelley vs. Sting and Shelton Benjamin



AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle



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