Location: Orlando, Florida (Universal Studios) Date: August 21, 2008 (Taped: August 13)
PARKING LOT INTERVIEW Jeremy Borash & Kurt Angle: Kurt Angle said he came to iMPACT to get his gold medals back and to get his hands on that S.O.B. who stuck his nose in his business (Jeff Jarrett).
GRUDGE MATCH Hernandez (w/Hector Guerrero & Salinas) defeated Robert Roode (w/James Storm & Jackie Moore): They said Homicide was still not medically cleared to be in the iMPACT Zone. Jackie Moore tried to interfere, but Salina tackled her and they had a brief catfight. James Storm tried to interfere but Hernandez pushed Roode head-first into Storm! Hernandez hit a Backbreaker-drop on Roode and scored the 1-2-3 to get revenge on Beer Money for the second week in a row!
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW Jeremy Borash & A.J. Styles: A.J. Styles wanted to be introduced as “Olympic Gold Medalist” A.J. Styles. Styles said this soap opera is about to unfold, and when it does it isn’t going to be pretty. Styles said he would give Kurt Angle a chance to get his medals back – his way – in a Ladder match tonight! Kurt Angle showed up but had to be held back by TNA security as Styles taunted him with the Gold medals.
TAG TEAM MATCH Eric Young & B.G. James defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley): They all shook hands after the match, but BG James acted like a veteran demanding respect. Chris Sabin spit on his hand and slapped BG James, then had a brief brawl – so I guess the Machine Guns are heels now.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT Jeremy Borash & Kurt Angle + Booker T & Sharmell: Kurt Angle entered Booker T’s special dressing room to ask a favor. Kurt asked Booker to be in his corner tonight in case a certain person with a guitar shows up. Booker T agreed to be in Kurt’s corner but he had to take care of a Rhinoceros first.
KAREN’S ANGLE Karen Angle & So-Cal Val + Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal: Karen Angle talked about So-Cal Val’s engagement with Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt coming in and ruining it. Karen said Jay Lethal is making Val chose between him and Sonjay. Dutt showed up on the interview set and said he would never make Val choose, and started to lean it for a kiss. Jay Lethal showed up and attacked Dutt and they brawled all over the place while Val screamed and tried to break it up. Lethal went to throw a punch at Dutt, but accidentally hit Val in the face with his elbow!
ROUGH CUT Consequences Creed: Austin Creed talked about being inspired by Kurt Angle during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They showed photographs of Creed’s amature wrestling career.
SQUASH MATCH Matt Morgan defeated Frankie Capone: Frankie Capone is known as “Frankie Ciatso” on the Florida independent circuit. After the match, Brother Ray sarcastically congratulated Matt Morgan for beating somebody who has no future in the wrestling business. Brother Devon snuck up from behind and attacked Morgan, and Team 3-D double-teamed him until Abyss came to the rescue!
TAPED SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW Mike Taney & Kevin Nash: Kevin Nash claimed he was instrumental on getting Samoa Joe into TNA after he saw taped and recommended him to management. Nash said Joe and him have become friends. Nash said that Samoa Joe’s akiles heel is his temper. Nash said he and Sting go back 20 years and it was a different business back then. Nash said that the young wrestlers today get the peking order but they just don’t care enough to follow the rules. Nash said he will wait to let Sting speak for himself.
TAPED BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW Lauren & The Beautiful People (Angelina Love & Velvet Sky): The Beautiful People mercilessly harassed poor Lauren, and predicted that Angelina Love would defeat Taylor Wilde for the TNA Knockout’s title. Kip James showed up and pulled the Beautiful People into the make-up area where they harassed Taylor Wilde, knocked her out, and wrote on her face! HOW RUDE!
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW Jeremy Borash & Rhino: Rhino said there was a lot of drama going on in TNA and none of it has to do with wrestling. AMEN. Rhino said he has to go through Booker T to get in the main event at No Surrender wrestling for the TNA World title.
FOUR WAYS TO GLORY QUALIFYING MATCH Booker T w/Sharmell defeated Rhino: Midway through the match, Sharmell was interfering in the match so Christian Cage walked down and literally carried her, kicking and screaming, backstage over his shoulder. It didn’t really matter though, because Booker T won the match and qualified for the Four Ways to Glory match at No Surrender.
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW Lauren & Gail Kim: Lauren asked Gail Kim if she was sure a street fight with Amazing Kong was a good idea. Gail said that was a stupid question, and said “do you expect me to pack up my bags and just leave?” That statement is quite ironic, seeing as though Gail Kim’s TNA contract expired right after the show and she left the company. Well, according to the internet she did. Gail Kim played her part and said Kong was going to see a different side of her (Kim) tonight.
TNA X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH Consequences Creed defeated Petey Williams w/Rhaka Khan by DQ: Petey Williams was accompanied to the ring by Rhaka Khan – why does this uncharismatic freak still have a job? Sheik Abdul Bashir was shown standing on the stage watching the match. Creed was on a roll, but the Sheik walked down and interfered. Creed outsmarted the Sheik and knocked him off the ring apron and then took out both the Sheik & Petey with a dive over the top rope! Creed continued his match and was about to finish Petey off with his finisher when the Sheik jumped into the ring and attacked Creed for the DQ. Petey Williams was pissed off that the Sheik interfered in his match again.
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW Jeremy Borash & The Rock & Rave Infection & Christy Hamme + Super Eric & Curry Man & Shark Boy: Super Eric came in and accused the Rock & Rave Infection of crimes against Rock’N’Roll. The confrontation escalated and Lance Rock whacked Shark Boy with a tiny guitar and they started brawling as they cut to commercial.
KNOCKOUTS STREET FIGHT Amazong Kong w/Raesha Saed defeated Gail Kim: Gail’s sister, Katie Kim, was shown in the front row for the second week in a row looking concerned for her big sister. After the match, Raesha Saed set up a chair and Awesome Kong tossed two referees out of the ring. Katie Kim jumped the rail and into the ring to check on her big sister’s condition. Kong & Saed turned around and saw Katie laying across Gail. Kong grabbed the screaming Katie Kim by the hair and threatened to Awesome-bomb her but ODB & Roxxi Laveaux ran down with chairs-in-hand to make the save. Gail Kim is out of TNA but it looks like we now have a Katie Kim to replace her!
GOLD MEDAL LADDER MATCH A.J. Styles defeated Kurt Angle to retain Angle’s Olympic Gold Medal!: As promised, Booker T & Sharmell came to ringside to watch Kurt Angle’s back in case Jeff Jarrett decided to show up. Midway through the match, Samoa Joe ran down and started fighting with Booker T, until Booker pulled out Sting’s bat and knocked Joe out with it! Inside the ring, A.J. Styles climbed up one side of the ladder, and Kurt Angle climbed up the other side. The lights went out and Jeff Jarrett’s music played. When the lights came back on, Styles had a guitar in his hands and smashed it over Angle’s head! Kurt fell to the mat and Styles snatched the coveted Gold medals to win!