TNA IMPACT! Recap (10/14) - Immortal Is Born, Hogan-Flair Unite, Angle Retires? JWoWW
Pope & Williams start of the 5-on-1 handicap match, Pope got the upper hand until Williams tagged out for Kaz, Kaz got in and got tossed around by Pope also. Kaz tagged in TV Champion AJ Styles and outside the ring Flair & Morgan attacked the Pope and rolled him in for Styles to make the pin only to lift Pope's shoulders up himself before the 3. AJ tagged in Roode who went to town on Pope in the corner and tagged in Storm, Beer Money hit the double suplex and Fortune continued the trend of quick tags bringing Kaz back in and Kaz knocked Pope down for the pin but only got a 2, he then whipped Pope into the corner and he took out the remaining members of Fortune on the apron and AJ came back in to hit the overhead kick only to miss and hit Kaz instead. Pope rolled up Kaz and got a near fall and as referee Earl Hebner got AJ out of the ring, Beer Money ran in and attacked Pope allowing Kaz to get the pin for the 3 count. First proper match of the night and my god so many things wrong with it. Why weren't Fortune DQ'd for the Flair/Morgan attack outside. If they just joined Hogan and need to look strong how come all 5 of Fortune looked very average against one man who was smaller than 4 of the men in the ring? Terrible terrible booking.
The Shore / JWoWW
I don't know too much about Jersey Shore but as far as I can gather Jersey Shore is pretty hot in the States right now so they created these characters to bounce off the TV show, am I right? If that's the case, last time Russo did this it was when 70s Show was huge and he created Mike Awesone's That 70s Guy gimmick. So is this the same? Robbie E & Cookie said that this is on the same time as Jersey Shore, so Jersey Shore fans will watch JWoWW on Jersey Shore instead of iMPACT! so this segment is seriously redundant. JWoWW came out and Cookie told her to crawl back into the hole she crawled out of. JWoWW threw her to the ground and slapped her for a while. This is a wrestling show. It actually upsets me.
Rob Van Dam vs. Mr. Anderson - #1 Contender Match
Mr. Anderson pushed away the microphone on the way down the ramp, focused on the match. RVD got most of the offense in the early going hitting some of his known spots and getting a few unsuccessful pin attempts on Anderson. Van Dam hit a nice moonsault off the apron on the outside and rolled Anderson in the ring for the 5-Star Frog Splash but Anderson knocked him down and then Van Dam threw him off only for Anderson to knock him down again, Anderson hit a superplex off the top rope and pinned only for a two. Anderson took his turn to get some shots in, knocking RVD down with an elbow, again only for a 2 count. Anderson dragged Van Dam out of the corner the hardway but Van Dam began to fight back with some rights and lefts and then a clothesline and a completely botched superkick, the camera angle didn't help. You'd think having taped this 3 night ago they could of used a less direct camera angle. Van Dam went for the Rolling Thunder but Anderson picked him up for the Green Bay Plunge, but Van Dam powered out and dropped Anderson with a bodyslam followed by a split-legged moonsault and a pin but Anderson had enough to kick out.
Anderson got up and this time hit the Green Bay Plunge but Van Dam got his shoulder up before the three, Anderson missed the Kenton Bomb (does he still call it that?) from the top after RVD rolled out of the way and went to the top for the frog splash but last second Anderson got the knees up into Van Dam's mid section. Bischoff came down the ramp and called over Brian Hebner and told Hebnar to follow him out of the ring and out of the arena. Jeff Hardy's music hit and he came out with a steel chair laying out both men with shots to the back, he then locked Anderson's arm in the chair and hit a Twist Of Fate on Van Dam onto the chair as Anderson rolled out of the ring in pain, the show ended with Jeff Hardy standing tall over both men.
So another false finish to end the show? Glad the finish wasn't overbooked and just featured Hardy but 4 matches, 1 wasn't even a match two ended in no contests and the only proper match had 5 men look weak in defeating one smaller guy. That's all the wrestling TNA had for us this week! With that said, I'm intrigued by this Immortal / New Regime angle and am looking forward to next weeks iMPACT!, overall its the only good thing in TNA, the rest of the show I'd gladly forget by the time I wake up tomorrow.