iMPACT Opens with a recap of the chaotic main event from last week and Anderson getting disqualified.
Inside the iMPACT Zone, Anderson drags Earl Hebner out to the ring. He asks Hebner to tell all the assholes why he disqualified him last week. Hebner says his shirt stands for authority and respect and Anderson better give it to him, so Anderson pushes him a few times. Hebner threatens to suspend him for at least 90 days if he touches him again, and he says that he disqualified him a week ago and if he doesn’t like it, tough s***, and he disqualified Anderson because he put his hands on Sting. Anderson tells Hebner that he’s provoking him and if he doesn’t reverse the decision right now, he’ll do something that he swears on his father’s grave that he will enjoy, but Hebner won’t. Hebner says the decision stands and calls Anderson an asshole, so Anderson knees him in the gut and goes for the Mic Check, but Brian Hebner runs in to his dad’s rescue and Anderson backs off and mocks him for helping his dad out. Anderson asks if he’s going to screw him like his dad screwed him, and everybody knows he’s been in the business of screwing people for a long time. Anderson sticks his chin out and dares Earl to punch him, but Sting’s music hits.
Sting tells the Hebners to leave and tells Anderson that instead of picking on referees, maybe he ought to pick on him. Anderson says that he’s in Asshole Country and if Sting steps up to him, he’s stepping up to all of them. Sting says he’s just here to disrespect Anderson, and he attacks him, leading to security attempting to separate the two. Rob Van Dam’s music hits and he comes out to tell Anderson that if he really believes that he can beat him and getting disqualified stopped him from doing it, then he’ll give up his win last week and tells Earl to make it a three way. Hebner says he can’t do it because he doesn’t have the power to reverse decisions, but magically Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff come out and Tenay has to reiterate that they can reverse the decision ((Jarrett’s Jab – Wow, and I was wondering what they could do with total control too…)) Hogan says that RVD’s request is a done deal and it’ll be a three way at Lockdown. Bischoff stops Hogan and says he has another great idea: since the network wants ratings, he’ll put Sting, RVD, and Anderson together in a six man tag against Abyss, Matt Hardy, and “Bubba” (I assume he means Bully Ray, I have no idea who this Bubba is) and it’ll happen in a steel cage. Sting and Anderson respond by fighting again until security pull them apart again. ((Jarrett’s Jab – This didn’t make any sense once Hebner told RVD that he couldn’t reverse the decision. What was Anderson getting out of it?))
When we come back from commercial, Hervey is following Mr. Anderson around, and Anderson tells “Jason” that he has no comment and tells him to get lost. We then go to RVD who says he knows how to keep things in balance and he’s not worried tonight because he gets to take care of all his opponents and maybe even a couple of his partners. We then go to Sting who says that Anderson disrespected him and he’s going to get an apology before the night’s out.
Backstage, Ink Inc and Shannon Moore says he disrespected Scott Steiner because he wears a stupid headdress. Steiner isn’t cool and he’s not what the younger generation wants to see, and he doesn’t have any respect for Scott Steiner. We then go to Steiner, who says that throwing his headpiece at him and running like a bitch isn’t disrespect, Steiner bitchslapping someone at a bar or taking Moore’s girlfriend home and doing her all night is disrespect. Tonight’s match is going to be a beatdown, and he’ll show Moore some disrespect. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Who’s this younger generation? I’m 18 and I’d rather see Steiner than Shannon!))
In the Immortal Office, Jeff Jarrett is protesting to Hulk Hogan about letting him get in a cage with Kurt Angle at Lockdown. Hogan says that the Rob Terry thing is going to happen tonight, and Karen asks what “Rob Terry thing” they’re talking about, and Hogan tells Jeff to smarten her up.
Shannon Moore vs Scott Steiner
Steiner goes after Moore, who runs before Steiner is able to get grab. Eric Young is on commentary and OJ has some creepy outfit on, standing behind EY. Steiner chops Moore into oblivion in the corner then launches him with a backdrop. Steiner takes Moore back to the corner to chop him some more before whipping him into the ropes for a back elbow and Moore goes down again. Moore leapfrogs Steiner out of the corner but Steiner gets a belly to belly suplex for a two count. Steiner tries a back suplex, but Moore flips through and lands on his feet, then starts kicking Steiner’s legs out from under him. Moore stomps away at Steiner and drops down for some pushups. Moore hits a dropkick then puts Steiner’s headpiece on his own head and goes for a moonsault, but Steiner moves, says something that gets bleeped out, and hits an overhead belly to belly, punches Moore in the face, and hits a clothesline and elbowdrop. Steiner covers, but gets up at two and does pushups, then sits Moore up top and hits a top rope Frankensteiner for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Scott Steiner
Eric Young and Orlando Jordan get up and head to the back but Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus come out and lay them out. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Welcome back to TNA British Invasion…PLEASE BRING DESMOND BACK WITH YOU!))
Backstage, Mr. Anderson is telling a poster of himself that Sting wants an apology, and the Mr. Anderson makes the poster say: “Sting can go f*** himself.”
In another backstage room, the Jarretts are looking at the same Anderson poster. Karen whines about what happens if the Rob Terry Plan doesn’t work, and reminds Jeff that he agreed to a cage match against Kurt at Lockdown as an example of what an in control professional he is. Jeff says “You’re always worried about the minute, aren’t you?”
We go to a video package with Max and Jeremy Buck saying angry words to each other. ((Jarret’’s Jab – WHY?? I wanted to see Gen Me go far as a team!))
Max Buck vs Jeremy Buck
A tieup results in a tie, so they exchange wristlocks instead, then legsweeps, then Jeremy reverses a victory roll to one of his own for a two. Jeremy sends Max to the ropes and hits a series of armdrags and a twisting armdrag off the top that sends Max to the floor. Jeremy invites Max back into the ring and holds the ropes open for Max so he can get back in. He sticks his hand out to Max, so Max takes it and pulls Jeremy in to a headlock. Max takes him down with a shoulderblock and then they do a fast paced sequence where Jeremy gets another two count from, a rollup. Max goes for a boot to the gut, but Jeremy blocks and hits a springboard armdrag and dropkick and Max backs off to the corner. Jeremy yells at Max to come on, so Max does and takes a Frankensteiner for two. Max dumps Jeremy to the floor and then holds the ropes open for him. Jeremy steps in and Max superkicks him on the way in and follows with a powerbomb into the top turnbuckle, then a top rope twisting Diamond Cutter for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Max Buck
We go backstage to Fortune (minus AJ Styles) as they arrive at the Impact Zone.
We go to the locker room where Winter explains to a hypnotized Angelina Love (while helping her drink her water) that Velvet Sky is selfish and jealous and she couldn’t let her keep costing Angelina titles. We go to a video package recapping the history of Winter and the Beautiful People, then we’re off to the ring. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Talking about drinking some Kool-Aid with this one…))
Velvet Sky vs Winter
rushes Winter and rams her into the corner repeatedly, then does it some more…before hitting a snapmare, kicks Winter in the back, and baseball slides Winter for two. She follows that up by ramming Winter into the mat, then goes for a monkey flip out of the corner, but Winter moves and yanks her down on the back of her head twice. Winter connects with a slam and then stands on Velvet’s throat before tossing her across the ring by her hair. Winter with a side backbreaker for two, then hits a fireman’s carry. Velvet slips out and hits a couple of clotheslines and a bulldog on Winter. Velvet goes back after Winter when Angelina Love slowly starts walking down the ramp, opening her up for Winter to attack her from behind and choke her on the ropes. Winter hits a cyclone backbreaker and a rear chinlock that causes Velvet to tap out.
Winner by submission: Winter
We get multiple close-ups of Angelina’s trance walk and the finish to the match
Ken Anderson comes out to the ring with a microphone and calls Sting out. Sting joins Anderson for some thoughtful political discussion, which begins with Anderson asking if he wants an apology. Sting nods yes, so Anderson says that normally he’s an asshole, but he’ll do something he doesn’t normally do and extends his hand out to Sting…then suckerpunches him, leading to another brawl that spills out of the ring and around ringside, through the crowd, across the balcony, back down and through the crowd where Sting rams Anderson into the wall. Anderson returns the favor by ramming Sting into the wall, and they head back over the guardrail to ringside. Sting starts kicking Anderson’s ass and rams him into the stairs until Abyss, Matt Hardy, and Bully Ray run out and attack the both of them. Bully Ray goes after Sting’s leg, ramming it into the ring apron repeatedly and putting him in a toe lock, then takes him into the ring and bashes him in the face with a microphone several times as Abyss and Hardy work Anderson over on the floor. RVD’s music hits and he runs out and goes after Bully Ray and clears him out of the ring, looks at Abyss and Hardy beating Anderson up, then turns and walks away while Anderson continues to get beaten down. Hardy and Abyss roll Anderson back into the ring and Sting nails him, as Immortal rounds up the troops and backs off.
Back to the Double J Locker Room, Karen is on the phone frantically telling who I presume to be the cops that Kurt Angle is coming after her with a weapon as Jeff bangs his hands on the lockers and other stuff behind her, to presumably sell that he’s close.
We go backstage to Ric Flair with Immortal, and they’re celebrating what just happened and act very confident about their chances tonight.
We then go to Velvet Sky, who complains about Winter being a bitch and trying to break up the likes of the Beautiful People. What, there’s more like Angelina Love? Oh yay. “Jason” asks Velvet if she’s ever seen Angelina act like this, and Velvet says no and she believes that Winter has a hold over her, and it’s her duty to help out Angelina and get her out of the trance she’s in because she’s had enough of Winter and her bulls***.
Kurt Angle comes striding out to the ring and grabs a mic, and tells Jeff Jarrett that he’s tired of this bulls*** and wants him to get out here now because he’s not waiting for Lockdown. Jeff Jarrett’s music hits and Jarrett emerges from the back…with Rob Terry. Angle shakes his head
Kurt Angle vs Rob Terry
Jarrett gets up on the apron and Angle goes after him, so Terry clubs him from behind with a big forearm. Angle goes after Jarrett again, so he gets another big clubbing forearm. Then Terry delivers more clubbing forearms in the corner before clubbing him across the ring with the forearms. Terry whips him into the corner and eats Angle’s boot on a charge, but catches Angle coming off the second rope and hits a big front powerslam as Jarrett antagonizes him from the floor. Terry picks him up for a Davey Boy Smith powerslam, but Angle slips out and hooks the anklelock, grapevines the leg, and Terry taps.
Winner by submission: Kurt Angle
Angle stares Jarrett down and then chases him around the ring, finally catching up with him on the ring apron. Angle tears Jarrett’s shirt off and chokes him with it then goes for the Angle Slam on the stage, but Jarrett slips out and runs to the back. We go to the backstage cam as Angle searches Jarrett out and winds up in the parking lot, where Karen Jarrett is waiting with a group of cops who cuff him and drag him off as Karen screams at him. Kurt yells to Karen about what he’s going to do to Jarrett at Lockdown before the cops haul him away as Karen smirks at the con she just perpetrated. ((Jarrett’s Jab – How could this be a surprise? The promo earlier mentioned the “Rob Terry thing” Angle wrestling a mystery opponent, he was obviously it.))
Backstage, Fortune tries to make sense of what’s going on with Sting, RVD, Anderson, and Immortal.
We go backstage to Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff gloating about the chaos they created between Sting and Anderson and how it makes it easier for them to control things.
It’s main event time!
Steel Cage Match: Matt Hardy, Abyss & Bully Ray vs Sting, Ken Anderson & Rob Van Dam
Sting attacks Anderson on the rampway during his entrance and lays him out with a suplex as Immortal nails RVD and drags him into the cage. Sting follows and takes out the entire Immortal team by himself, hitting multiple Stinger Splashes while giving RVD time to recover. Sting lays Hardy out with a clothesline while Anderson takes his time recovering on the outside. Bully Ray nails Sting and puts the boots to him then goes after RVD. Anderson pulls up a chair and takes a seat at ringside as we go to commercial.
Bully Ray lays Sting out with a clothesline as Hardy gives RVD a neckbreaker. Ray follows drops a knee on RVD’s nuts. Hogan’s music hits and he comes out wearing his back brace and tells Anderson to get in the cage. Anderson ignores him so Hogan calls him an asshole and tells him to get into the cage. Anderson pulls back to nail him, but Hogan backs off, citing his back brace. Apparently he doesn’t have a hand brace because he suckerpunches Anderson, rams him into the cage, and tosses him into the cage where Sting beats him senseless and rams him into the cage. With that out of the way, he now goes back to getting beaten up by Immortal. Bully Ray stands on Anderson’s face and talks crap to him as Flair yanks RVD’s ponytail from the outside, then turns and goes after the cameraman. Immortal is just trashing Sting in the cage until Hardy covers him but only gets two, so Hardy hits a snapmare into a three quarter nelson. Sting fights back and tries to make the tag, but Hardy drags him back to the Immortal corner and tags out to Abyss for some more abuse. Bully Ray and Abyss have some miscommunication and Sting lays them out with a double clothesline and makes the hot tag to RVD, who comes in and clears everyone out with spinkicks, clotheslines, and dropkicks. RVD with a top rope thrust kick to Abyss and goes for the Five Star, but Anderson pushes RVD off the top rope. Bubba capitalizes by hitting the Bubba Bomb and covers RVD for the win.
Anderson immediately ducks out of the cage and heads to the back, leaving Sting and RVD alone to get beaten up by Immortal. Fortune’s music hits and they come running out to even the odds, but Immortal gets the upper hand and Flair locks the cage door as Bully Ray whips Sting with a chain and Hardy hits the Side Effect on James Storm. Ray chokes Storm out with the chain as Hardy repeatedly drills Kazarian in the head, busting him open, and then lays him out with the Twist of Hate. Hardy hits a Twist of Hate for Roode as Abyss chokeslams Kazarian and Bubba goes over and grinds the chain into Kazarian’s face after.
Suddenly, Christopher Daniels comes out of the crowd, climbing the cage and wiping Immortal out with a flying bodypress off the top of the cage. ((Jarrett’s Jab – The Hogan bit made no sense, he played face when he’s the leader of a heel faction. Seeing The Fallen Angel back brought one thing to mind: TNA, please don’t screw this up.))
We come back and take a look back at the drawn out beating we just saw and Daniels’ return, then we go to the locker room where Ric Flair asks who the hell that was who just got involved in Immortal’s business and calls him a 140 pound loser. Immortal is really angry and yell about all the things they’re going to do to them at Lockdown.
We then go to the Fortune locker room as Daniels says that he wasn’t going to let Immortal put AJ Styles and go around bragging about it. The next time there’s blood on his hands, it’ll be Bully Ray’s. Kazarian says they’re all willing to sacrifice for AJ Styles, and AJ will be out indefinitely, but their boy Daniels will back them up. Daniels says the blood on his hands is what TNA was built on because they built TNA from the ground up, and Immortal is out of their minds if they think they’re going to turn tail and run.
Over to Sting, who says that tonight was just a warmup because at Lockdown, they’ll find out who the true veteran is. Jason follows Anderson around and INTO HIS TRAILER, and Anderson starts bitching again about how he’s been getting screwed, but Rob Van Dam runs in and beats the crap out of him and thanks him for tonight. RVD leaves and Anderson is left pissed off. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I really hate this interviews after the show deal. It reminds me of Reaction, but how about waiting a week to see how Immortal responds to Christopher Daniels’ return, or how RVD responds to getting screwed out of the match by Mr. Anderson…Anderson. I mean, what is there to come and see next week, other than seeing if Daniels’ wrestles or not.))
Tags: Abyss, Angelina Love, Bully Ray, Christopher Daniels, Crimson, Dave Hebner, Earl Hebner, Eric Bischoff, Fortune, Hulk Hogan, James Storm, Jeff Jarrett, Jeremy Buck, Jesse Neal, Karen Jarrett, Kazarian, Ken Anderson, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Max Buck, Ric Flair, Rob Terry, Rob Van Dam, Robert Roode, Scott Steiner, Shannon Moore, Sting, Velvet Sky, Winter