Location: Orlando, Florida (Universal Studios)
Date: May 3, 2010 (LIVE!)
Commentators: Mike Tenay & Taz
[ REVIEWED BY BOB COLLING ]
VIDEO PACKAGE: They showed a video hyping the top ten ranking system. The video also reviewed iMPACT from last week.
OUTSIDE THE BUILDING Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff: Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff were in a limo talking about people coming aboard to TNA. They also discussed Ric Flair and Sting’s recent actions and mindsets.
RINGSIDE SEGMENT: After the opening video, Mike Tenay & Tazz talked about huge news regarding TNA. Tenay said that TNA has listened to the fans and they will be moving TNA back to Thursday’s starting May 13th. TNA Reaction will also be picked up by Spike TV and will be airing before iMPACT. Tenay & Tazz talk about the Sting/Hogan summit. Sting will be breaking his silence tonight.
IN-RING SEGMENT “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal + “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair + A.J. Styles & Desmond Wolfe & Beer Money Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm) + Abyss & Team 3-D (Brothers Ray & Devon) & Rob Van Dam + Hulk Hogan: Ric Flair’s music played and instead of Flair we got “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal! Lethal impersonated The Nature Boy perfectly. Lethal was wearing Ric Flair’s Hall of Fame ring on his finger. Lethal said that he told Hogan he couldn’t wait for the end of the show and wanted to come out to kick start the show. Lethal insulted a fan like Ric Flair would do. Lethal took off his coat and dropped a knee just as Flair would do during his “to be the man..” speeches. Lethal was cut off by the real Ric Flair! Lethal was happy to have Flair in the ring as he continued to mimic Flair. Flair told Lethal that he was standing in front of God right now. Flair told Lethal that he was disrespecting him tonight, but Lethal said he isn’t trying to. Lethal told Flair he was just messing around and gave Flair the ring back. Lethal said he always wanted to be Ric Flair even if it were for only two minutes. Lethal was going to frame this footage and said it doesn’t get any better than this. Lethal mentioned that his mother has found out that he has made it in the wrestling business as he stands in the ring with Ric Flair. Flair slapped Lethal across the face. Lethal was trying to talk some sense into Flair but Flair got right in Lethal’s face and wanted Lethal to tell his mother that this moment was the saddest of his career. Lethal came back with a slap of his own but Flair chopped away on Lethal. Lethal with a series of chops and a back drop. Lethal locked in the Figure Four until Beer Money, A.J. Styles and Desmond Wolfe stormed the ring beating down Lethal. Robert Roode began to whip Lethal with a leather belt. Flair with a low blow as Abyss runs down to the ring. Abyss was beaten down by the heels after a brief offense. Team 3-D run down to the ring and work away on the heels but their offense was cut short as well. TNA World Heavyweight champion Rob Van Dam came down with a chair and runs off the heels from the ring.
OUTSIDE THE BUILDING Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff: Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff were in the limo again. Hogan took a phone call and told the driver to turn around car as they have a problem.
IN-RING SEGMENT (CONTINUED) Team 3-D (Brothers Ray & Devon) & Rob Van Dam & Jay Lethal: The babyfaces were still standing in the ring as the heels are on the entrance ramp. RVD said that they should have a fair fight with all eight men competing in a four on four match. Flair told RVD that he has what he wants. Flair and his stable enter the ring and brawl with RVD and his friends. As expected, the babyfaces prevailed. Flair and Lethal traded chops on the entrance ramp. Ray went after Flair but was drilled by Robert Roode. Eventually, Hulk Hogan quickly returned to the arena and took Roode out with one punch on the entrance ramp. Desmond Wolfe was taken out with a single right hand as well. James Storm and A.J. Styles also are met with one punch knockouts. Hogan no sold chops from Flair and hammered away on Flair. Hogan tossed Flair over the top to the floor. After the commerical, the same ten guys were still brawling in the ring. RVD was trying to get his hands on AJ Styles but Styles was pulled out of the ring by RVD. Hulk Hogan put over TNA as the best thing going today. Hogan said that TNA wanted action tonight and they gave them that. Hogan booked Rob Van Dam versus Desmond Wolfe for the TNA World Heavyweight championship! Hogan also booked a Monster’s Ball match between Abyss and AJ Styles! Hogan added Team 3-D to the Beer Money versus Motor City Machine Guns match. We also see Sting pacing up in the rafters.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne & Lacey Von Erich): The Beautiful People are talking about being champions. Lacey said that her back was hurting her because she wore her belt to bed. Velvet Sky doesn’t care about their match against Tara, Taylor Wilde and Sarita because they can’t beat the Beautiful People!
IN-RING SEGMENT Douglas Williams + Brian Kendrick: Before the next contest, Douglas Williams grabbed a microphone and talked about being stripped of the X-Division championship. Williams said he didn’t have any control of that. Williams doesn’t believe it was right to be stripped of the title. Williams refused to give up posession of the X-Division belt. Williams insulted Kendrick for being a crazed lunatic that he has to tag with. Williams told Kazarian that he wasn’t the real champion. The only way Kazarian can be the real champion is if he beat Williams at Sacrifice.
TAG TEAM MATCH Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal & Shannon Moore) defeated Douglas Williams & Brian Kendrick: Neal and Williams started the match off. Neal with a hammerlock but was taken down by Williams. Neal with a series of back elbows and a springboard cross body for a near fall. Williams with a suplex and tagged in Kendrick. Kendrick stomped away on Neal and delivered several cross face shots. Williams tagged back into the match and scoop slammed Neal. Williams with several knee drops and got a near fall. Williams with a series of uppercuts and kicked Neal on the knee. Matt Morgan was at the commentary booth and cutting a promo on Hogan. Moore with a cross body on Kendrick and dropkicked Williams off the apron. Moore with a atomic drop and spinning heel kick on Kendrick. Kendrick rolled Moore up for a near fall. Moore with a swinging neck breaker off the middle rope. Neal tagged in and speared Kendrick to win the match.
POST MATCH SEGMENT: Williams slaps Kendrick and Kendrick goes up the ramp. Samoa Joe makes his way out and clotheslines Williams. Joe delivers a super kick to Kendrick and throws him into the ring. Joe with a running knee in the corner and plants Kendrick with the Muscle Buster. Joe grabs a microphone and just slams it down to the mat.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT Ric Flair & A.J. Styles & Desmond Wolfe & Beer Money Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm): Jeremy Borash spied on Ric Flair talking to Beer Money, A.J. Styles, and Desmond Wolfe in their locker room. Flair asked Styles what they are going to do tonight. Styles doesn’t like being in a hardcore match. Flair got in Beer Money’s faces and demanded respect from them. Flair wanted them to prove they are the best tonight. Flair turned his attention to Desmond Wolfe and told Wolfe to get the right mindset. Flair wanted Wolfe to bring back the title to their group. Flair slammed the door shut when he saw the camera filming him.
VIDEO PACKAGE: They played a video of Hulk Hogan talking about his business adventures with TNA. Hogan said he doesn’t know what has gotten into Sting lately. Hogan was going to get in his face and said he was done.
RINGSIDE SEGMENT Mike Tenay & Tazz: Mike Tenay & Tazz talked about Sting’s recent actions as well. They also hyped the Styles/Abyss match and Flair motivating his group. Lastly, they talked about the RVD/Wolfe title match tonight. Something was going on backstage.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT Mr. Anderson + Pope D’Angelo Dinero: Mr. Anderson wore a catholic robe or something and attacked D’Angelo Dinero. Anderson rammed an equipment case into the injured shoulder of Dinero. Anderson stood over Dinero and then put Dinero’s glasses on before walking away.
IN-RING SEGMENT Mr. Anderson + Jeff Hardy: Mr. Anderson’s music played and Anderson made his way down to the ring. Anderson was dressed as an alter boy with his outfit tonight. Anderson asked to not be judged by his beautiful attire. Anderson was at a loss of words, so he said, and was greeted with a “You Suck” chant. Anderson had a great speech set up but he realized something when he was coming to the ring. Anderson told the fans that D’Angelo Dinero will not be joining them tonight. Anderson knew that when he died he would burn in hell. Jeff Hardy’s music played and Hardy made his way down to the ring. Hardy told Anderson that Dinero will not be cleared for the upcoming pay per view because of Anderson. Anderson laughed and Hardy challenged Anderson to a match at Sacrifice. Anderson asked Hardy if he thought he can challenge him to a match. Anderson asked Hardy if he is doubting that Anderson will accept. Anderson said no because he has something going on that night. Anderson tried to attack Hardy from behind but Hardy ducked and connected with a Twist of Fate. Hardy answered the challenge for Anderson and said that Anderson accepted. Tenay actually said that they will treat that as Anderson actually accepting the challenge.
TNA KNOCKOUT / KNOCKOUT TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH Beautiful People (TNA Knockout champion Madison Rayne & TNA Knockout Tag Team champions Velvet Sky & Lacey Von Erich) defeated Tara & Sarita & Taylor Wilde to retain the TNA Knockout & TNA Knockout Tag Team titles: Tara snapped on her tag team partners as she hit Sarita & Wilde. The finish saw Tara hammer away on Wilde on the floor. In the ring, Sarita was planted with a sick double arm DDT by Lacey & Velvet. Rayne covered Sarita and picked up the win. After the match, Tara was not happy about losing the match once again. Tara yelled at Wilde.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT Christy Hemme & Tara: Christy Hemme was with Tara. Tara said that she has busted her butt and doesn’t get any respect. Tara challenged Madison Rayne to a championship match at Sacrifice. Tara said that she was willing to put her career on the line to get a title shot.
TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM MATCH Team 3-D (Brothers Ray & Devon) vs. Beer Money Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm) vs. The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) ended in a No Contest: Roode worked on Sabin early on with right hands. Sabin with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Roode continued to work on Sabin with elbow smashes. Shelley tagged in and Storm was taken down with a series of double team moves by Shelley & Sabin. Storm went for a suplex on Shelley but Shelley blocked and tagged in Devon. Devon with a clothesline for a near fall on Storm. Devon with several right hands in the corner before the referee stopped that. Devon with a clubbing blow across the upper back of Storm. Roode kicked Devon on the back and Storm connected with a Code Breaker on Devon. Roode stomped away on Devon and tagged out to Storm. Double team snap suplex on Devon by Beer Money. Storm covered Devon but only got a two count. Storm missed a splash in the corner and Devon clotheslined Roode out of the corner. Ray tagged in and cleaned house with right hands and a big boot. Ray with a backdrop on Roode and several jabs and elbow smash on Storm. Ray scoop slammed Roode and went for the What’s Up on Roode and connect. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall come down and attack Team 3-D from behind which lead to the no contest.
POST MATCH SEGMENT: Eric Young ran down with a kendo stick and hit Team 3-D with the kendo stick. Eric Young has joined the Band. Alex Shelley threw Young out of the ring. Sabin with a dropkick on Hall & Nash. Double super kick on Nash. Roode with a spine buster on Sabin. DWI on Shelley. Beer Money stood tall as EY attacked Team 3-D and the Machine Guns.
TALK SHOW SEGMENT (THE “O” ZONE) Orlando Jordan + TNA Global champion “The Freak” Rob Terry: David Penzer welcomed everyone to the O Show with Orlando Jordan. Jordan showed up with tight silver pants on and sat down on an orange couch. Jordan said that everything can and will happen on his show. Jordan basically said that he does what he wants to do. Jordan knew the fans thought there is a little freak in him. Jordan introduced a real freak, the TNA Global champion Rob Terry. Jordan unveiled a cardboard cutout of Rob Terry. Jordan said he knew that Terry was busy and had to workout. Jordan put over the cutouts abs. Jordan wanted to know about the fantasies that Terry has at night. Jordan thought that Terry had fantasies about him. Terry came out and knocked Jordan onto his couch and rips up the cutout. Terry warned Jordan to make sure he doesn’t come back. Jordan attacked Terry as Terry showcased his title to the fans. Jordan choked Terry with a chain and said he does what he wants to do. Jordan dropped a structure across the back of Terry. Jordan left Terry laying.
MONSTERS BALL MATCH A.J. Styles defeated Abyss: Abyss threw some weapons into the ring. Styles springs off the top but Abyss caught Styles and went for a choke slam on the ramp way. However, Styles avoided it and threw a trash can at Abyss. Abyss managed to toss Styles over the top rope into the ring with a suplex. Abyss bridged a chair in the corner and ducked a chair shot from Styles. Abyss with a big boot and has a crutch. Styles kicked the crutch away and avoided a chair shot. Abyss with a right hand and missed a chair shot. Styles with a Pele kick and a dropkick that sent Abyss into the corner. Styles stomped and hammered away on Abyss. Right hand by Styles but Abyss press slammed Styles down to the mat gut first. Abyss sent Styles head first into the bridged chair in the corner. Abyss with the Shock Treatment but Styles was able to kick out at two. Abyss went under the ring and grabbed thumbtacks. Abyss dumped the thumbtacks out as Flair and Chelsea came down. Flair told Chelsea to take her coat off and flash Abyss. Abyss tried to protect Chelsea from the abuse. Styles with a couple of chair shots from behind. Abyss back-dropped Styles to the entrance ramp. Styles hit Abyss with brass knuckles to the midsection. Styles with a cross body on Abyss that sent Abyss into the tacks. Styles covered and won the match. After the match, Chelsea revealed that she had a dress on under the coat. Flair delivered a few boots to Abyss.
TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH Rob Van Dam defeated Desmond Wolfe to retain the TNA World Heavyweight title: Wolfe with a dropkick before RVD can enter the ring. Wolfe sent RVD head first into the ring post. Wolfe with a running uppercut in the corner and went for a snap suplex but RVD blocked it. Wolfe with a kick to the back of RVD and got a two count. RVD with several right hands but Wolfe came back with a hammerlock DDT for a near fall. Wolfe mocked RVD and went on the attack but RVD came off the top with a side kick. RVD with the rolling thunder and went up top but was stopped by Wolfe. Wolfe went for but Tower of London but RVD blocked it. Wolfe with a right forearm and went for the Tower of London onto the apron but RVD avoided that. RVD with a side kick off the top, again. RVD backdroped Wolfe back into the ring from the ramp way. RVD went up top and hit the Five Star Frog Splash for the win. After the match, A.J. Styles ran down and jumped off the top with a flying clothesline and hammered away on RVD. Styles said that he was using his rematch clause at Sacrifice.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Hulk Hogan was with Jeff Jarrett who said Sting just knocked him out.
IN-RING SEGMENT Hulk Hogan + Sting + Jeff Jarrett: It’s time for the Sting/Hulk Hogan summit as Hulk Hogan made his way down to the ring. Hogan said that his favorite wrestler talks about being real (Kurt Angle). Hogan had no idea that the guy he was going to count on would be the guy who changed. Hogan called Sting out and Sting made his way down to the ring. Hogan said that Sting can fool some people but he has been around too long to be fooled. Hogan knew what Sting was all about. Hogan wanted to know what made Sting tick. Sting said that TNA made him tick. Sting talked about walking through the doors of TNA six years ago and how he was going to give back to the sport he loved. Sting said he loved the brand TNA. Sting talked about Hogan being up in the WWF and how he was protected. Sting witnessed the same protection first hand in WCW. Sting said that in TNA, Hogan doesn’t have that protection. Hogan mentioned all the things that Sting has done and said that Sting can’t go around doing those things. Hogan said that Sting left Jarrett laying down and Sting began to laugh. Hogan dared Sting to hit him with the bat. Sting pressed the bat against Hogan as Jeff Jarrett came down. Jarrett hit Sting with the bat and went to deliver another shot but Hogan prevented that from happening as TNA goes off the air.