Location: Orlando, Florida (Universal Studios)
Date: September 25, 2008 (Taped: September 17)
IN THE RING Jeff Jarrett + Kurt Angle: The “founder of TNA Wrestling” Jeff Jarrett announced that they had signed one of the most unique performers of all-time, calling him the greatest acquision in TNA history, and he will be in the iMPACT Zone next week…… MICK FOLEY! Kurt Angle interrupted with a sarcastic grin on his face over the “greatest acquisition” comment made by Jarrett. Angle said when Jarrett left, he (Angle) carried the company for two years and took the outhouse and turned it into the penthouse. Jarrett apologized to Angle for some of the things he said last week. Jarrett said he doesn’t like some of the things going on around TNA. Jarrett said he went to A.J. Styles and got Kurt’s Gold medals back for him. Jarrett talked about Angle going to the Olympics and said he was a true American hero. Angle sarcastically thanked Jarrett and told him to get the hell out of his ring and stop kissing his ass. Jarrett was walking away and Angle called him a scared little BITCH and a washed up failure! Angle told Jarrett to go home and tell his three daughters that he’s a quitter. Where have I heard this before, oh yeah Michaels-Jericho on WWE RAW. Jarrett went back to the ring and went nose-to-nose with Angle, telling him that he never has and never will QUIT. Jarrett granted Angle’s wish for a match at Bound For Glory!
TAG TEAM MATCH Matt Morgan & Abyss defeated The Rock & Rave Infection (Lance Rock & Jimmy Rave w/Christy Hemme): After the match, Team 3-D came out to the stage and said it was a fluke that Abyss & Morgan beat them at No Surrender. Brother Devon ran down the list of championships that he and Brother Ray have won and said they were undefeated in Japan. Brother Ray said their match with Abyss & Morgan at Bound For Glory was going to be a Monster’s Ball match. Matt Morgan was up for the challenge, but Abyss was mentally disturbed by the thought of going into that style of match!
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW #1 Lauren & Beer Money (Robert Roode & James Storm & Jackie Moore): Lauren explained that if Beer Money loses to LAX tonight then Jackie Moore can never stand in their corner again. James Storm said Jackie has been in the business a long time and she completes Beer Money so she isn’t going anywhere!
TNA KNOCKOUTS MATCH Awesome Kong defeated Mercedes Steele: Mercedes Steele is known as LEXXUS on the New England wrestling circuit. She’s a really tiny, really cute, fire-cracker with good training, but she was in the iMPACT Zone to become lunch for Awesome Kong! Raesha Saed was initially missing in action, but eventually came to ringside with a steel chair half way through the match. After Kong destroyed poor little Mercedes, Saed jumped in the ring and smashed Kong across the back with a steel chair! Kong was shocked to see Saed rip her mask of revealing Roxxi Laveaux! Roxxi jumped on Kong with a flurry of punches to the head as the REAL Raesha Saed appeared on the stage all tied up.
KAREN’S ANGLE (INTERVIEW SEGMENT #2) Karen Angle & Christian Cage: Karen Angle talked about the TNA locker room being divided lately between veterans and the new generation. Christian said he falls somewhere in between, but partically agrees with what the veterans are saying. Christian wondered if it was about respect or money. Christian said he was there to prove that he is better than that person and prove that he deserves to be at the top of the business. Christian said the veterans don’t automatically get respect, they have to earn it. Christian said A.J. Styles answered for him last week and things got heated but they talked about it afterwards. Christian called himself an unrestricted free agent, but avoided the question of which side he was going to chose sides. Karen pushed the issue, saying Christian will have to chose sides eventually, but Cage got a phone call and left the interview area.
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW #3 Lauren & LAX (Homicide & Hernandez & Hector Guerrero): Hector Guerrero said Beer Money puts too much gravy on their biscuits. Hector said he was a Guerrero, and that means WARRIOR, saying Homicide & Hernandez are warriors. Hector said he would do his best for LAX tonight.
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW #4 Jeremy Borash & Booker T & Sharmell: Booker T said there is a lot of things going on in TNA, using Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley as examples. Booker T said where he was from in Africa, one thing never changes and that is the King and the Queen. Booker T said he did more in his first six minutes in TNA than A.J. Styles did in six years. Borash reaches for the mysterious briefcase and had his hand slapped by Sharmell before he was dismissed by Booker T.
SIX MAN TAG TEAM “LOSER LOSES THEIR MANAGER” MATCH Beer Money Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm & Jackie Moore) defeated LAX (Homicide & Hernandez & Hector Guerrero): Robert Roode whacked Hernandez with the beer helmet and pinned him 1-2-3 so now LAX has lost the services of Hector Guerrero.
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW #5 Lauren & Sonjay Dutt & So-Cal Val: Lauren said that Sonjay Dutt & So-Cal Val have been in bed together for the past ten days for what they are calling a LOVE IN. Val said he doesn’t owe Jay Lethal an explanation. Val wanted to know when they were going to visit Sonjay’s dad – the richest man in India. Sonjay & Val started singing “Give Us a Chance” to further stomp on John Lennon’s legacy.
IN THE RING Sting: Sting said last week he listened to Jeff Jarrett, but this week Jeff is going to listen to him. Sting said Jarrett may have some of the 20-somethings in the back fooled but he (Jeff) cannot swerve him. Sting said that it was Jeff Jarrett who called him and asked him to come wrestle for TNA. Sting said around that time he got another call from Vince McMahon, but it didn’t take long for him to choose TNA over the WWE. Sting said for Jarrett not to say he was in TNA for the money because he could have made more money with WWE. Sting wanted to know what the deal was, and agreed to disagree for now, because he has to focus on Samoa Joe at Bound For Glory. Sting showed a picture of Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, who taught him to have eyes in the back of his head. Sting showed a picture of Dusty Rhodes, who taught him how to involve the wrestling fans. Sting showed a picture of Hulk Hogan, who transended wrestling and made it mainstream. Sting showed a picture of Ric Flair, who put him on the map twenty years ago. Sting said Ric Flair taught him to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders and be a World Heavyweight champion. Sting showed a picture of Samoa Joe and said he doesn’t know how to be a World champion and needs to learn respect. Sting showed a picture of himself and said “that’s the guy who is going to get the job done!”
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT #6 Matt Morgan & Abyss: Abyss was freaking out screaming “no weapons!” and banging his head against the wall. Matt Morgan said it was his chance to make money on PPV and told Abyss to face his fears and go into Monster’s Ball at Bound For Glory.
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW #7 Jeremy Borash & Samoa Joe + Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed: Samoa Joe apologized to Kevin Nash for being difficult and not understanding what he meant. Joe said he can’t wait to wrestle Sting at Bound For Glory. Joe said it had nothing to with respect, but fear. Joe said he’s done making promises and he will do all his talking in the ring at Bound For Glory. Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed approached Samoa Joe to thank him for everything he does and said if he ever needed them they would be there.
CHAMPION VS. CHAMPION MATCH TNA X-Division champion Sheik Abdul Bashir defeated TNA World Heavyweight champion Samoa Joe by reverse decision: After the match, Joe said that Sting has been whining for respect, “well I got your respect right here” – Joe then proceeded to choke the Sheik out with the Rear Naked Choke until the referee reversed the decision and disqualified Samoa Joe!
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW #8 Jeremy Borash & A.J. Styles: A.J. Styles addressed Booker T’s comments about him being from a small town, saying he was proud of where he came from. Styles got very fired up, before storming off to take care of business!
GRUDGE MATCH Booker T w/Sharmell defeated A.J. Styles: Christian Cage walked down to ringside to keep an eye on the match, still sitting on the fence on what side he was going to take. Sharmell jumped into the ring with the briefcase, but Christian jumped in and grabbed it from her. Styles turned around and saw Christian standing there with the briefcase. Booker knocked Styles into Cage, sending Cage threw the ropes to the floor. Booker picked up the briefcase and whacked Styles with it and got the 1-2-3 when the referee woke up! After the match, Styles confronted Christian and started shoving him out of anger!