Re: TNA 2005: The Gamble
TNA IMPACT 2-7
Impact gets a brand new opening, with “Just Like You” by Three Days Grace being the new theme song. We get some light pyro and one hell of a laser show happening at both entrance tubes, as we take it to Mike Tenay and Don West.
Mike: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Impact Zone! I'm Mike Tenay here, as always, with my broadcast partner Don West, and Don, we have one action-packed card!
Don: Indeed we do, Mike! Main event, Christian Cage gets a non-title match against Jeff Jarrett, and these two have been frothing at the mouth to get their hands on one another.
Mike: There's certainly no love-loss between these two men, and you have to wonder if Sting will make his presence known.
Don: That's right, Mike. We all know that Sting signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and he's just waiting to make his debut. Hell, he could be in the rafters right now!
Mike: Of course, that's not all. We've also got the best division in wrestling today, the X-Division.
Don: X-Division champion Samoa Joe will be competing in a non-title bout against “The Future” Chris Sabin. Plus, we're going to find out who the new Director of Authority is!
Diamond in the Rough
The announce team is cut off by David Young, who is being accompanied to the ring by Simon Diamond (However, Elix Skipper is notably not with them. Is Skipper no longer aligned with the Diamonds in the Rough?) Young gets a slight smattering of boo's, but largely gets no reaction.
Mike: But first, it's time for the new star initiative! The rumors have been floating around for weeks as to who these new stars are, but tonight, we're going to meet one of them.
Don: Four new wrestlers have been signed. One debuts tonight, two more are coming in the next two weeks of Impact, and the fourth will make his or her debut at Against all Odds.
Mike: Whoever this new superstar is, they have one tough fight ahead of them.
Don: David Young has been reinventing himself under his alliance with Simon Diamond, and you have to think that Simon's been hyping David up all night.
The music cuts out and there's a silence for a moment. Suddenly...
This is the Art of Wrestling
With Professional Wrestler COLT CABANA
IT'S COLT CA-BA-NA
And COLT CABANA has been revealed as part of the New Star Initiative! Colt comes out to a very warm fan reaction, taking time to slap some hands and have a good time on his way out to the ring.
Mike: WOW! Colt Cabana is the first of the four new stars!
Don: I CAN'T BELIEVE MY EYES, MIKE!
Mike: Colt Cabana's been making waves in the US. Former two-time ROH Tag Team champion with his partner CM Punk, former IWA-Mid South Heavyweight champion, he's been making waves in every independent promotion he's gone to, and word has it that he's had a pretty big Impact in Japan as of late, too.
Don: But Cabana's in the big leagues now, and he has to go up against David Young!
MATCH 1: David Young (w/Simon Diamond) VS “Boom Boom” Colt Cabana
The match starts off with Cabana really showing his technical chops, going through an assortment of arm holds, really having fun with the match. Young fights as hard as he can to reverse, but Cabana remains one step a head of his opponent. We also see some of Colt's antics, including his “STOP! What's that?” slap spot. David Young gets pretty frustrated early on, and he does manage to nail Cabana with a few big punches, but all that does is upset Cabana. Cabana gets the match clearly back in his favor with a thunderous Bionic Elbow, and he dominates the next minute or two of the match. A little after the 4 minute mark, Cabana locks in the Chicago Crab, and it looks like Young is about to tap out, when Simon Diamond gets on the apron. Cabana breaks the hold and throws Diamond in the ring, tossing him in the corner. Cabana walks to the center of the ring, points at Diamond and nails him with the Flying Asshole! This gives Young time to get up and shake off some of the pain. Cabana focuses back on his opponent, but Young goes to hit the spinning spinebuster... Cabana reverses it... boot to the gut, Cabana hooks both of Young's arms AND NAILS HIM WITH THE COLT 45! He goes for the cover... one... two... three! It's all over!
WINNER: Colt Cabana by Pin Fall (5:12)
Don: WHAT A DEBUT!
Mike: Colt Cabana just won his first match with TNA, and he won it with Authority, Don!
Don: Even with interference from Simon Diamond, Colt Cabana got the win! You have to expect big things from this kid in the near future!
Mike: Indeed you do! Folks, we have to take a quick break, but don't go anywhere because up next, we're going to be introduced to our new Director of Authority!
When we come back, we see Dixie Carter standing in the ring. The fans know who she is, but since she's never appeared on TNA Impact before, Mike and Don are explaining who she is to the fans back home.
Dixie: Ladies and Gentlemen, I don't want to take up too much of your time tonight. As you all know, last week Larry Zbyszko was forced to step down from his position due to health issues. First, we at TNA would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
The fans cheer, and start a “Get well Larry clap, clap, clap clap clap” chant. Dixie pauses for a moment to let the fans cheer, but begins to speak again when the chant starts to die down.
Dixie: However, that means that we need to introduce a new Director of Authority. So without any further adieu, please welcome the new TNA Director of Authority... JERRY “THE KING” LAWLER!
The Great Gate at Kiev
Jerry Lawler comes out in jeans and a button down, crown in hand to a HUGE pop from the crowd. He waves a little bit, but sports a very snarky smile.
Don: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Mike: This is unbelievable! I know that the guys up north recently released Jerry Lawler, but who would have ever thought that The King would ever be here in the Impact Zone!
Don: AND HE'S THE NEW DIRECTOR OF AUTHORITY, MIKE!
Mike: You have to wonder what he's going to do here in TNA!
Jerry enters the ring, and Dixie hands him the microphone before heading backstage. Jerry soaks in the chants for a moment before finally speaking.
Jerry: THE KING IS HERE!
The fans pop big time, but Jerry looks mildly disgusted.
Jerry: That's right, the king is here... in this dump of an Impact Zone!
Jerry gets some major heat from the crowd, but he laughs it off.
Jerry: I went from the greatest wrestling city in the world, Memphis, to sold-out arenas all over the world to this crappy little sound studio in the muggiest state in the union!
The fans are now full on booing Jerry, but he puts a hand up.
Jerry: But it's okay, because I am here to save this company! You see, I initially had no interest in becoming the Director of Authority, but Dixie Carter told me that the only way TNA is going to thrive and survive is if TNA had not a Director of Authority, but a KING, so I expect you all to call me King Lawler!
More boo's from the crowd.
Jerry: You can boo me all you want, but you should all be thanking me! I am here to bring TNA to a brand new age of prosperity, I am here to turn this sinking ship around, as only royalty can do! So bow before me, because I am the King and this is my throne!
Jerry Lawler's music begins to play as he continues to get jeered by the crowd. Lawler merely looks around in disgust before making his way to the back. We go back to Tenay and West.
Don: Well, Mike, Jerry Lawler could have made a better first impression.
Mike: A better first impression? Don, Jerry Lawler just trashed TNA, trashed the Impact Zone! I mean, crappy little sound studio? He called the Impact Zone a dump!
Don: Well, let's be honest. We could do with some new paint, to say the least.
Mike: There's nothing wrong with the Impact Zone! We're in a state-of-the-art studio in the theme park capital of the world!
Don and Mike continue to Squabble, when...
...Chris Sabin makes his way out. Sabin gets a huge pop from the crowd.
Mike: Well, folks, we've got a huge non-title X-Division bout coming up next, so don't go anywhere!
When we come back, “Crush You Up” is playing and Samoa Joe is in the ring, being hit with a mixed reaction, but the boo's out weigh the cheers.
Mike: Welcome back to TNA Impact on Spike TV. Folks, if you've never seen the X-Division before, you're in for a real treat.
Don: A lot of wrestling promotions have divisions built around weight limits. However, the X-Division is radically different.
Mike: It's not about weight limits, it's about no-limits!
Don: And what a great example of that is our X-Division champion, Samoa Joe!
Mike: Samoa Joe might not looks like what you'd expect from the X-Division, but over the past few months, he's proven that he is the most dominant star in not just the X-Division, but possibly all of TNA.
Don: Never been pinned, never tapped out, never counted out, this man is completely undefeated, Mike.
Mike: Of course, let's not sell his opponent short. Chris Sabin is a two-time X-Division champion who was forced to vacate the title about a year ago, and he's been itching to win back the X-Division title ever since.
Don: A win over Samoa Joe would be huge, but I honestly don't believe he's going to get that win.
Mike: You don't want to underestimate a guy like Chris Sabin, Don!
MATCH 2: Samoa Joe VS Chris Sabin – NON TITLE
As soon as the bell rings, Sabin pounces on Joe, trying to deal as much damage as possible. Joe quickly swings the match in his favor with a thunderous lariat. Joe dominates the first half of this match, using his size to his advantage. Around the 6 minute mark Joe puts Sabin on the top rope for the Muscle Buster, but Sabin kicks him out of the corner and hits him with a missile dropkick.
Don: WOW, WHAT A MOVE!
Mike: Folks, we have to take a quick break, but don't go anywhere!
When we come back, this match is split right down the middle. Joe nails Sabin with some big moves, but Sabin keeps firing back, using his speed to stay one step ahead of Joe. Around the 11 minute mark, Joe is leaning against the ropes, and Sabin sends both of them spilling to the outside with a running cross body. The referee begins his count. 1... both men are still down... 2... 3... Sabin starts to move... 4... Joe is moving now, too... 5... Sabin starts to crawl to his feet... 6... Joe's getting to his feet... 7... Sabin's the first man up, and he gets on the apron... 8... Samoa Joe is up, Sabin's running toward him... 9... OH MY GOD, SABIN JUST LEAPT FROM THE APRON AND NAILED JOE WITH A TORNADO DDT! SABIN SPRINGS TO HIS FEET, JOE IS SLOWLY GETTING UP, SABIN ROLLS IN THE RING... 10! CHRIS SABIN HAS JUST COSTED SAMOA JOE HIS FIRST LOSS!!!
Winner: Chris Sabin by Count Out (11:22)
The fans at the Impact Zone are roaring at what they just saw. It might have been by count out, but Samoa Joe has just lost his first match. The fans are shocked, and so is Chris Sabin, who looks like he just saw a ghost. On the outside, reality starts to sink in, and Joe's face goes from that of surprise to pure, unadulterated rage. Joe charges in the ring and nails Sabin with an elbow smash. The fans begin to boo loudly as Joe moves Sabin over to the corner and throws him up on the top rope. Joe puts Sabin on the top rope AND NAILS HIM WITH THE MUSCLE BUSTER. He screams something at the ref, who scurries over to the time keeper's table, grabs the X-Division title and hands it to Joe, who poses over Sabin's body with it.
Mike: What a despicable act by Samoa Joe!
Don: Well, can you blame him?
Mike: What the hell do you mean by that?
Don: Samoa Joe just suffered his first loss, as a result of a count out! If you were in Joe's position, I'm guessing you'd be pretty upset too!
Mike: If I was in Joe's position, I'd have a little more class then that...
Samoa Joe is walking by the announce table, and he shoots Mike a terrifying glance. Mike Tenay lowers his head in silence, and Joe makes his way to the back.
Mike: …well, anyway, our colleague Shane Douglas is currently backstage, let's take it to him.
We head backstage to the interview area, which looks the same as always, where Shane Douglas is standing with a microphone, wearing a “Franchise” t-shirt.
Shane: Ladies and gentlemen, my guests at this time, the NWA World Tag Team champions, America's Most Wanted!
AMW walks into the shot, titles on their shoulders, James Storm with a beer in hand, and they get jeered by the crowd.
Shane: Chris, James, the both of you have had a vice grip on the tag team division in TNA. You are the NWA World Tag Team Champions, you're the personal enforcers of the NWA World Champion, Jeff Jarret. Tell me, what's next for America's Most Wanted?
Chris: Shane, you're lookin' at it right here! pats the titles We're going to hang on to these titles for a long time, because there is not a single tag team that's qualified to lace up our boots.
James: The Naturals? We've beaten them! Triple X? We forced them to break up! You name em', we've beaten' em, 1-2-3. Nobody, and I do mean NOBODY can beat us. Let's face it, Shane, we are the greatest tag team in the history of TNA, in the history of professional wrestling.
Shane is about to ask another question, but he is cut off by Team 3D, who walk into the interview area. Brother Ray takes the mic from Shane, and the two teams stare one another down before Brother Ray talks.
Ray: You really think you're the best tag team in wrestling? Well, let me remind you morons of what me and my brother Devon have done! Everywhere we've gone, we've held tag team gold. WWE, WCW, ECW, Japan, we've won em' all... except those titles you have on your shoulders. If I were you two, I'd have eyes on the back of your head, because we're coming for those.
Brother Ray pokes the titles a few times, causing AMW to get pretty irritated.
Devon: OH MY BROTHER, TESTIFY!!!
The two teams continue to stare one another down before finally AMW walk away. The camera focuses on Team 3D as a “MAIN EVENT COMING UP NEXT” graphic flashes at the bottom of the screen and we go into a commercial break.
When we come back, “Take Over” is playing and Christian Cage is making his way to the ring. The fans are going absolutely bonkers for Christian, and he takes plenty of time to show boat.
Don: Folks, it's main event time!
Mike: Welcome back to TNA Impact! Here, we can see Christian Cage making his way to the ring, and we are about to see the first ever confrontation between Christian Cage and Jeff Jarrett.
Don: These two have been itching to get at one another for a long time, and it all happens here tonight FOR FREE on Impact!
Jeff Jarrett comes out with the NWA World Heavyweight Title on his shoulder, guitar in hand and Gail Kim by his side, and the fans couldn't jeer him any harder if he tried. Jarrett is all business as he heads to the ring.
Mike: A few months back, Christian Cage made his TNA debut, and this man has had an issue with him since day one.
Don: Jeff Jarrett has ruled over TNA since the beginning. He calls himself the king of the mountain, and it's hard to disagree with him.
Mike: Christian came to TNA to finally get a chance to be the star he thinks he can be, but he has a giant roadblock in the form of Jarrett.
Don: I guess you could say that he has to overcome a mountain, Mike.
MAIN EVENT: Christian Cage VS Jeff Jarrett – NON TITLE
Christian starts off strong in this one, but the tides of war fall in Jarrett's favor after a thumb to the eye. The referee gives Jarrett a warning, but Jarrett dominates most of this match. Around the 8 minute mark, though, Christian mounts a comeback. Jarrett goes to lock in the figure-four, but Christian kicks him off, making Jeff's head bounce off the turnbuckle. Jarrett is dazed just long enough for Christian to get up and nail him with a running bulldog. It looks like Christian's going to win the match, but Gail Kim provides a distraction right before Christian hits the Unprettier. Christian moves forward to confront Gail Kim, but Jarrett hits Christian with a huge low blow, then rolls him up into a schoolboy. The referee slides into position, and Jarrett grabs a fist full of tights to get the win.
WINNER: Jeff Jarrett by pin fall (10:33)
Jarrett attempts to celebrate the victory, but Christian gets up and nails Jeff with a big right. The two start slugging it out, giving Gail Kim an opening to slide a guitar in the ring, and get in as well. Christian levels Jarrett with a big right, then starts moving toward Kim, not noticing the guitar in the ring. Gail provides a distraction long enough for Jarrett to grab the guitar, Kim pushes Christian, AND JARRETT NAILS HIM OVER THE HEAD WITH THE GUITAR! Jarrett poses in the center of the ring, but...
RHINO RUNS IN THE RING FOR THE SAVE!!! Jarrett and Kim bail out of the ring as Rhino slides in. Rhino stands tall in the center of the six-sided ring as Christian slowly gets to his feet. Rhino moves in and gives Christian a big hug, causing the crowd to pop big time. It looks like the two are united against Jeff Jarrett, and Rhino starts to walk away... BUT HE RUNS BACK AND NAILS CHRISTIAN WITH THE GORE!!! Jarrett is laughing and he, along with Gail Kim, join Rhino in the ring. The trio raises their arms in victory to thunderous boo's from the crowd.
Mike: RHINO HAS ALLIGNED HIMSELF WITH JEFF JARRETT! RHINO JUST TURNED ON HIS LONG TIME FRIEND AND ALLIGNED HIMSELF WITH JARRETT!!!
Don: CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? Jeff Jarrett has the best manager in the business, the tag team champions are his enforcers, and now HE HAS THE MAN BEAST BY HIS SIDE!!!
Mike: This raises so many questions! Why did Rhino turn on his long time friend? How will Christian react to this? Most importantly, can anybody stop Jeff Jarrett and his army?
Our final shot is that of Jarrett, Rhino and Kim standing triumphant over the broken body of Christian Cage and we fade to black!
Colt Cabana d David Young VIA Pin
Chris Sabin d Samoa Joe VIA Count Out (NON TITLE)
Jeff Jarrett d Christian Cage VIA Pin (NON TITLE)
ANNOUNCED FOR AGAINST ALL ODDS
A/N: Well, I got that first episode done a lot quicker than I thought I would. I thought I'd have to work all week, but I had most of today off. I've also got tomorrow off, and I have a monster to help keep me up, so I might actually be able to pound out some news and a preview for the next Impact pretty quickly, too (No promises there, though)
Real quickly, I wanted to respond to a few things that Sykotic said. First, I was very much influenced by the Trio Ownership. I'm currently reading through that, as well as some other picks from the BTB Hall of Fame (Which I think is a must for anyone who wants to write a BTB) and that, as well as having my passion for pro wrestling reignited as of late, kind of inspired me to write this.
It's funny that you mention Jarrett being the champion, because I actually have some backstage stuff focused around that coming up (Hopefully before Against All Odds). Without saying too much, I think you'll be kind of surprised at what I'm going to do with that.
Interesting picks for the New Star Initiative. I don't want to say too much, but I will say right off the bat that Jericho isn't one of them. I have plans for Jericho a little later on, if everything goes according to plan (I'm using EWR as a booking tool, so who knows if he'll get scooped up by somebody else), but you won't be seeing him any time soon. As far as Danielson and Hero go... welp, I guess you'll just have to wait and see!
As always, huge thanks to the folks who have taken the time to review. You're definitely helping me get hyped about doing this. News stuff and Impact preview coming soon!