Re: TNA: Changing The Face Of Pro Wrestling
January 21st 2006
TNA iMPACT! On SpikeTV
”This is TNA…The New Face In Professional Wrestling”
::The TNA Opening video plays::
::The camera goes to the Impact Zone where pyro is going off. “Hoyt” hits to a nice reaction from the crowd::
Tenay: Ladies and gentlemen welcome to what could be the biggest night in Impact History.
West: Oh man, you’re not lying Mike Tenay. Not only do we have great wrestling action, but we also have Chris Jericho and a live mic.
::The crowd chants “Hoyt” as Lance Hoyt gets in the ring and plays to the crowd::
Tenay: Well we are going to kick things off with two big men in what promises to be nothing more than a brawl.
::”Black Hole” hits to huge heat from the crowd. Abyss, along with James Mitchell, steps out into the arena::
Tenay: Well here comes the man that entered number 1 in Hell On Earth and was the last man eliminated from the match.
West: Oh man Tenay; Abyss was an unstoppable monster at Final Resolution this past Sunday.
::Abyss gets in the ring and taunts the crowd::
Lance Hoyt vs. Abyss
Hoyt attacks Abyss right as the bell rings. Hoyt goes to work on Abyss with clubbing forearms and right hands. Hoyt goes to whip Abyss in the ropes but Abyss reverses. Hoyt bounces off the ropes and comes back at Abyss. Hoyt runs into Abyss and both men collide shoulder to shoulder. Abyss tells Hoyt to try it again. Hoyt bounces off the ropes and again runs into Abyss shoulder to shoulder. Abyss challenges Hoyt one more time. Hoyt bounces off the ropes and charges at Abyss. Abyss goes for a big boot but Hoyt ducks under the leg of Abyss. Hoyt bounces off the other side of the ropes. Hoyt comes at Abyss and knocks him down with a flying shoulder block. Hoyt gets up and plays to the crowd to the chants of “Hoyt.” Hoyt backs up into the corner and taps his leg. Abyss gets up and Hoyt charges at him. Hoyt gets his leg up and connects with a running bit boot on Abyss. Hoyt makes the cover. 1…….2..Abyss kicks out. Hoyt picks up Abyss and quickly scoop slams him down to the mat.
Tenay: What power by the big Texan
Hoyt bounces off the ropes, jumps, and connects with a leg drop on Abyss. Hoyt makes another cover. 1…….2..Abyss kicks out once again. Hoyt picks Abyss up once again and shoots him off into the corner. Hoyt charges in at Abyss and connects with a corner clothesline. Abyss stumbles out of the corner as Hoyt goes to the middle turnbuckle. Hoyt leaps off the middle turnbuckle and connects with a middle rope bulldog. Hoyt sees that Abyss is down but doesn’t go for the cover. Hoyt climbs up to the top rope. Hoyt looks back at Abyss, leaps, flips, and connects with a top rope moonsault on Abyss. Hoyt makes the cover. 1…….2…..Abyss kicks out again. Hoyt just gets fired up after the kick out. Hoyt picks up Abyss and shoots him into the ropes. Abyss bounces off the ropes and comes back at Hoyt. Hoyt goes for a big boot but Abyss ducks under. Abyss stops his momentum behind Hoyt. Abyss lifts Hoyt up on his shoulder. Abyss drops down hitting the Shock Treatment on Hoyt. Abyss makes the cover. 1…….2….Hoyt kicks out. Abyss picks up Hoyt and shoots him into the ropes. Abyss lowers his head a bit too early. Hoyt notices this and catches Abyss with a kick to the face. Abyss shoots up and Hoyt grabs him by the throat. Hoyt goes to lift Abyss for the chokeslam but Abyss fights out with back elbows. Abyss pushes Hoyt into the ropes. Hoyt bounces off the ropes and runs into the Black Hole Slam by Abyss. Abyss makes the cover. 1…….2…….3
Winner – Abyss
Tenay: Wow, Lance Hoyt put up a fight but in the end, The Monster Abyss prevailed. Well Don West, after we get back from commercial break, we will hear for The Living Legend Larry Zybsko.
::We return to see Shane Douglas in the office of Larry Zybsko::
Douglas: Larry, we all saw Final Resolution. We saw the in ring return of Sting and the surprise appearance of Chris Jericho. We also saw Raven earn a World Title shot by defeating Tommy Dreamer in a ladder match. Living Legend, the whole world wants to know, what is going on with the NWA Title Scene.
Zybsko: Everyone wants to know what’s going on with the NWA World Title picture Shane Douglas and I was meeting with the Championship Committee all day today Shane, and we came up with 5 challengers for Jeff Jarrett to face at Against All Odds.
Douglas: 5 challengers? There’s no way a normal match can hold 6 men battling for one belt.
Zybsko: That’s why it won’t be a normal match Shane. You see, these 6 men will face off in a Full Metal Mayhem match.
Douglas: Oh man, there’s only been one Full Metal Mayhem match in the history of TNA
Zybsko: And at Against All Odds, there will be 2.
Douglas: Ok Larry, but come on give us the 6 men in the match this week. I don’t think the world can wait any longer.
Zybsko: You know what Shane, just because I like you, I’ll tell the whole world the 6 men in the match. Of course we have the World Champion Jeff Jarrett. Now the Championship Committee and myself thought long and hard about the 5 challengers and here’s the list we came up with: The Man They Call Sting, Captain Charisma Christian Cage, Raven, The Monster Abyss, and Y2J Chris Jericho.
Douglas: Holy hell, I don’t think one arena can hold those 6 men.
Zybsko: Well trust me Shane, the Full Metal Mayhem Match won’t be for the weakened heart.
::We come back with “Next Generation” hits to a good pop. Austin Aries comes out and the pop continues::
Tenay: Well this 3-Way X Division match is almost like an evolution X Division Match.
West: No kidding Tenay and Austin Aries feels that he is the now of the X Division.
::Aries slides in the ring as “Lethal” hits to a good pop::
Tenay: And here comes a TNA Newcomer and possibly the future of the X Division, Jay Lethal.
::Lethal comes out to a huge chant of “Lethal”::
Tenay: Well it seems as if Jay Lethal is already over with the Impact Zone crowd.
::Lethal slides in the ring as “Oh Canada” hits to a chorus of boos. Petey Williams comes out with Scott D’Amore::
Tenay: Well it looks as if Petey Williams learned his lesson from Final Resolution as Scott D’Amore wasn’t at ringside and Petey Williams was the first man out of 6 Points Of Impact.
::Petey Williams slides into the ring and plays to the crowd to more boos::
Austin Aries vs. Jay Lethal vs. Petey Williams
All three men circle around each other before they engage in a triple lock up. Petey goes behind Lethal and locks in a hammerlock. Aries goes behind Petey and locks in a sleeper. Lethal fights out of the hammerlock with back elbows. Aries still has the sleeper locked in. Lethal runs, bounces off the ropes, chargers at Aries and Petey and connects with a jumping side kick knocking both men down. Aries and Petey both get up and Lethal fires off uppercuts to both of them. Lethal bounces off the ropes and charges at Aries and Petey. Aries and Petey catch Lethal with a double flapjack. Lethal hits the ground and Aries connects with a clothesline on Petey. Aries picks up Petey and shoots him into the corner. Aries follows Petey into the corner with a high knee. Aries picks up Petey and sits him on the top turnbuckle. Aries goes up to the top with Petey. Aries sets up Petey for a superplex. Lethal gets up and goes under Aries. Lethal goes forward powerbombing Aries, who superplexs Petey. Lethal makes the cover on Aries. 1…….2…Aries kicks out. Lethal scrambles and makes the cover on Petey. 1…….2….Petey kicks out. Aries begins to get up. Lethal goes for a kick on Aries but Aries catches his foot. Lethal connects with an enzuguri to the head of Aries. Petey gets up and Lethal fires off uppercuts to him.
Tenay: The newcomer Jay Lethal looks very impressive in his first TNA showing
Lethal shoots Petey off into the ropes. Petey bounces off the ropes, comes back and Lethal, and slides under the feet of a jumping Lethal. Petey hooks Lethal from behind and hits a side suplex. Petey keeps Lethal locked in and gets back up to a standing base. Aries gets up and charges at Petey. Aries takes down Petey with a running STO as Petey takes down Lethal with a russian leg sweep. Aries gets up and goes to the top rope. Aries calls for the 450 Splash. D’Amore gets on the apron and distracts Aries. Petey gets up and shakes the ropes, crotching Aries on the top turnbuckle. D’Amore gets off the apron as Aries falls off the turnbuckle. Petey gets up, picks up Aries, scoops up Aries, and puts him in the tree of woe. Petey climbs to the middle rope, puts on foot of Aries crotch, and his hand of his heart. Petey sings the Canadian National Anthem as he steps on the crotch of Aries. Lethal gets up, runs at Petey, springs to the middle ropes, and throws Petey off with a middle rope german suplex. Aries falls out of the tree of woe position. Lethal makes the cover on Petey. 1…….2….Petey kicks out. Lethal gets up and heads to the top turnbuckle. Lethal leaps at Petey and goes for a diving head butt but Petey moves out of the way. Aries gets up and makes the cover on Lethal. 1…….2…..Lethal kicks out. Aries and Petey get to their feet at the same time. They trade chops and punches with one another until Lethal stumbles to his feet. Petey hits a kicking low blow on Aries who falls over. Petey kicks Lethal in the gut and stuffs him between his legs. Petey jumps, flips, and hits the Canadian Destroyer. Petey gets up and celebrates after the move. Aries gets up, grabs Petey by the tights and hair and tosses him to the outside. Aries makes the cover on Lethal. 1…….2…….3
Winner – Austin Aries
Tenay: Wow, another big win for Austin Aries
::We return to see Shane Douglas backstage with Alex Shelley::
Douglas: Ladies and Gentlemen I am standing here with the current Number One Contender to Samoa Joe’s X Division Title, Alex Shelley. Alex, you won a huge 6 Points Of Impact match, how did you pull it off?
Shelley: How did I pull it off? Shane, I told the whole world I would pull it off but nobody believed me. I told everyone that I had stock footage off all 5 of my opponents but nobody believed me. The whole world saw that Alex Shelley is in deed Talent On Loan From God. I had a counter for any and everything they threw at me. And Samoa Joe, I have a counter for everything you throw at me. Go ahead Joe; try to hit the Muscle Buster in our match. I’ve got 12 different counters and I can turn 3 of them into submissions. Shane Douglas, Samoa Joe is scared of Alex Shelley. Is Samoa Joe here tonight? Of course he’s not here, because he heard that Alex Shelley was in the building. And if Samoa Joe was here, I’d beat him down right now. Shane Douglas, I have no fear. If Samoa Joe came up to me, I’d beat his belly like a drum and take his belt. Samoa Joe needs to realize that the X Division is for Extraordinary Workers, not overweight guys that need slim fast. No what I’m saying Shane?
Douglas: Those are your words, not mine. Mike, Don, back to you.
::The camera goes back to Don West and Mike Tenay::
Tenay: Wow, a very cocky Alex Shelley if I do say so myself.
::”War Machine” hits to a huge pop. Rhino comes out and beats his chest::
Tenay: Well folks, it’s time for our Main Event.
::Rhino slides in the ring as “Alpha Male” hits to a chorus of boos::
West: Tenay, these guys went through Hell On Earth this past Sunday. I highly doubt they are in 100% physical condition for this match.
::Monty Brown gets in the ring::
Rhino vs. Monty Brown
Rhino attacks Monty Brown right as he enters the ring. Brown fights back with right hands. They both trade right hands in the middle of the ring. Rhino knocks down Brown with a big right hand. Brown gets up and goes right back down after a clothesline from Rhino. Brown gets up again and gets knocked down by another clothesline from Rhino. Brown gets up and Rhino catches him with a boot to the gut doubling him over. Rhino stuffs Brown between his legs. Rhino goes to lift Brown for a piledriver but Brown fights it off. Brown reverses the piledriver with a back body drop. Rhino gets up and Brown knocks him down with a shoulder block. Rhino gets up again and Brown connects with another shoulder block that sends Rhino to the outside. Brown follows Rhino to the outside. They each trade punches on the outside. Rhino gets the advantage and fires off a series of right hands. Rhino shoots Brown into the railings. Rhino beats his chest and plays to the crowd. Brown comes off the railing and knocks Rhino down with a clothesline. Brown picks up Rhino and scoops him up. Brown drops Rhino right across the announce table. Brown goes over and picks up a chair. Brown walks back over to Rhino and lifts the chair over his head. Brown kicks Rhino in the gut forcing him to drop the chair. Rhino fires off punches to the head of Brown. Rhino goes to shoot Brown into the railing but Brown reverses sending Rhino into the railing. The railing has no effect on Rhino as he just bounces off of it, charges at Brown, and connects with a flying shoulder block. Rhino picks up the chair and swings at Brown as he gets up. Brown ducks the chair shot by Rhino. Brown takes the chair away from Rhino. Brown stabs Rhino in the gut with the chair. He swings the chair at Rhino but Rhino catches him in the gut with a kick forcing him to drop the chair. Rhino picks up the chair and smashes it over Brown’s head.
Tenay: The ref has lost all control of these two men
Rhino and Brown trade punches on the outside. Brown shoves Rhino into the ring post. Brown picks up the chair and smashes it over the head of Rhino. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner – Double DQ
The bell continues to ring as security comes from backstage to break up the brawl.
::We return to see a highlight video of Final Resolution::
Tenay: Ladies and Gentlemen, if you missed Final Resolution make sure to catch the replay all week on In Demand PPV because it was a HUGE event
::The lights in the arena go out to a huge pop::
Tenay: And if you missed Final Resolution, you missed the debut of this man
::A huge explosion goes off turning the lights on and cueing up “Break The Walls Down” to an even bigger pop::
Tenay: You missed the TNA debut of….CHRIS JERICHO!!!!!!
::Jericho has his back to the crowd and his arms stretched out. Jericho turns around and pumps his fist. Jericho looks around as the crowd starts a “Welcome Chris” chant::
Tenay: And as you can hear, the crowd absolutely loves this man
West: Well Mike, he is a huge rock star around the world.
::Jericho gets in the ring and is handed a mic::
Tenay: Oh man, I never though I would hear this
Jericho: Welcome to IMPACT IS JERICHO!!!!!!! Now I know the question on everyone’s mind. I’ve been bombarded everyone I have gone since Sunday. There have just been paparazzi everywhere. I tried to walk my dog this morning, paparazzi. I tried to eat breakfast this morning, paparazzi. Hell, I even tried taking a shower this morning and there were even paparazzi there.
::Some ladies in the crowd scream::
Jericho: Don’t worry; I’ve got candid shots for you baby. It seems as if everyone in the world wants a mug shot, and who can blame them? Of the newest TNA star. But the thing is, these aren’t normal paparazzi. These paparazzi talk and ask questions. When I was eating my breakfast, they wanted to know if Chris Jericho poured his milk or his cereal first. They wanted to know every little detail in the life of Chris Jericho. But the one thing they wanted to know the most was…Why TNA? They all wanted to know, why Chris, why did you choose TNA over WWE. Why did you leave a hefty sum of money for what they consider “the second company”? And you know what I told them? Better gas mileage.
Tenay: Haha, well that is true Don.
Jericho: But that wasn’t the only reason Chris Jericho left WWE for TNA. You see ever since November, my buddy Christian Cage had pestered me week after week. “Chris, you’ve got to come to TNA man” and I told him that I would think about it. He called back a week later. “Chris, TNA is headed to the top man, they wrestle here” and I told him to give me more time. Another week passed and he called back. “Chris, TNA is bringing in Sting and they really want to bring you in” so I told him give me one more week. So he called one last time. “Chris, come on man give me an answer” and I told him that if he bought WWE New Years Revolution for me, I would come to TNA. Well Christian was faced with a dilemma. Of course he wanted me to come to TNA but who in their right mind would spend 35 dollars on a WWE Single Brand PPV? Especially if Chris Jericho isn’t on the show. But Christian manned up and coughed up 35 dollars to see his “brother” win the World Title. So he stuck to his word and I stuck to mine. Oh, but that’s not the only reason that Chris Jericho came to TNA. No you see, I was tired as hell going out there every single night and busting my ass and getting nothing in return. People think I sold my soul to the devil when I became the first ever Undisputed Champion and I probably did. Because ever since I lost the title at Wrestlemania 18, I was stuck doing nothing in WWE. I was put in a feud with Triple H and we all knew who was going over there. Then I had to carry a rookie John Cena great match after great match. Then “because of all my hard work” WWE decided that I was good enough for the secondary title. Thanks guys. Oh then I get put in a nice little program with “My Idol” Shawn Michaels. Note to WWE, I was putting on great match after great match in Japan while Shawn Michaels was rockin out with Marty. After that, WWE told Christian and Myself to go out there and just have fun with Trish. Oh and trust me when I tell you this, nobody had more fun with Chris Jericho, than Trish, if you know what I mean. So Christian and Myself went out at Wrestlemania 20 and tore the house down. Then, it was all down hill. I had no direction and Christian had no direction. They put us both in a bunch of meaningless matches and told us “It will benefit you in the long run.” And it almost did. Except the long run involved Super Cena. And NOBODY was going to beat Super Cena. I mean, if Chris Jericho and Christian can’t beat Super Cena in a Triple Threat match, Superman himself can’t beat Super Cena. So Christian did what he had to do, he left. And I took time off. Then, I turn on Spike TV every Saturday and I see Rhino, then I see The Former Dudley Boyz, and then by god I finally see Christian Cage himself. But that’s not all I saw….I was seeing dead people.
The crowd gets a laugh out of that
Jericho: And I saw WRESTLING! I saw guys like AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, America’s Most Wanted, and a bunch of others come out here every week and wrestle. I didn’t see a ref try to hang himself or a grown man pull things out of another man’s ass or the use of Eddie Guerrero’s name in every damn sentence. So I thought to myself where better than TNA?
Jericho: Exactly. And Chris Jericho is in TNA for the long haul baby. He’s not a flash in the pan. He’s not making a Hulk Hogan appearance. He’s not coming in, beating a top worker, collecting his check, and leaving. Chris Jericho is TNA until he dies BECAUSE, and sorry for stealing this Christian but…..THAT’S HOW I ROLL!!!