(overall, crowd reaction, match quality)- note: playing around with format for 2nd show. I think that Impacts! will become like this with PPVs being written in full as if you were watching them.
TNA Impact! 08/23/08 Spike TV
From the Impact Zone. Orlando, FL
TNA 2 the Extreme
We open cold with Jeremy Borash
standing in the middle of the ring. "Ladies and Gentlemen, as most of you are aware the Director of Authority Jim Cornette has left TNA." The crowd boos this, many of them having read the dirt sheets to learn of the TNA exodus of talent this past week. "With out further ado, please welcome the new TNA Director of Authority...Paul Heyman!"
(The crowd goes insane as Paul Heyman
appears from the tunnel. He is wearing a suit and TNA ballcap. Mike Tenay and Don West channel Tony Schiavone and proclaim this to be the biggest acquisition in TNA history of course. Heyman heads to the ring as many smart marks in the front row bow to him. He enters the ring and shakes Borash's hand taking the microphone with the other. Borash exit the ring leaving Heyman alone in front of the screaming crowd.)
"So this is the Impact Zone!"
"I could open up this by saying something cheesy like, TNA JUST GOT TAKEN TO THE EXTREME!!!"
"But I won't. Because that would be living in the past. The past is the past, but the future is TNA! I have been through the valley of the shadow of death, and it was called World Wrestling Entertainment. I have seen the promise land folks, and I saw the green grass wither and die. I was a madman kill something many wrestlers and myself poured our blood, sweat and tears...nay our souls...into, just because he didn't create it. I have seen billion dollar princesses and their boy toys run over deserving and talented wrestlers to keep a death grip on their spots...and it has made me sick."
(a small fuck you Vince chant breaks out...it of coarse is bleeped out.)
"Lets make no mistake about it, I am here to prepare an army. I am here to be your general and lead you into war! Total Non-Stop Action is not just a catchy name here folks. It is now our way of life. Cross the line. Our motto. In the locker room is the most diverse and hungry group of wrestlers on the planet, and now is their chance to grasp that brass ring."
(small TNA chant breaks out)
"From top to bottom you have wrestler willing to put it all on the line to entertain you fans, to go beyond a and I quote "main event" style of wrestling that has water downed wrestling to a crawl. You know exactly what I'm talking about. You have icons and legends like Kurt Angle, Sting, Kevin Nash and Booker T. along with the best wrestlers in the world today like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, LAX, Robert Roode, James Storm and countless others. You have the X Division a revolutionary concept that put TNA on the map and I promise you I will restore the X Division to its rightful place, a centerpiece of TNA wrestling. You have guys hungry to make their mark on this business like the Motor City Machine Guns, Abyss, Eric Young and others who are just a second away from house hold notoriety. And you have the knockouts...more than just pretty faces...and trust me, they have those assets too...who can hang with the best of the best. No divas here folks. No TNA is a place that is destine to thrive in this business...and I am here to see to it that it does."
"From this moment one, everyone has a clean slate with management. Everyone is on the same level in my eyes and has a shot at making it to the top. Starting tonight, TNA is moving to the next level. So strap in, because here we go. This is TOTAL NON-STOP ACTION! THIS IS TNA!"
(TNA CHANT IS LOUD NOW AS WE FADE TO THE OPENING VIDEO PACKAGE.)
Eight Man Tag
Scott Steiner, Petey Williams & Team 3D vs. Rhino, Matt Morgan, Abyss & Consequences Creed
Start out as a standard Eight Man tag. With all eight men making quick tags in and out. The heels dominate early on, with Team 3D and Steiner wearing down and cutting off Creed from his team mates. Tag to Williams as Williams takes the punishment right at Creed. Creed breaks free to make a hot tag to Matt Morgan. Morgan is on fire trying to tear Team 3D apart after what happened last week. Scott Steiner to the outside and grabs a chair which brings Rhino off the apron and those two brawl up the ramp. All hell breaks loose and the referee clearly looses control of the match.
End of Match:
The two legal men turn out to be Rhino and Scott Steiner in the middle of the ring. Matt Morgan and Abyss has taken Team 3D out of action on the outside as Rhino and Steiner wrestle toward the finish of the match. GORE out of nowhere and Rhino makes the cover. Save by Petey Williams but Creed is in and tosses Williams over the top rope and follows cutting him off from the match. Rhino is all alone with Steiner. Steiner ducks a clothesline and hits a short arm of his own. Steiner goes for the Steiner-Recliner but Rhino fights out of it, and whips Steiner off the ropes and GORE!!! 1..2..3.
Winners: Rhino, Abyss, Matt Morgan & Consequences Creed when Rhino pinned Steiner.
(Steiner to the outside where Rhaka Khan comforts him. He looks up at Rhino in a rage. Petey keeps him from re-entering the ring. The faces all celebrate in the ring. Team 3D looked pissed off at the top of the ramp as we cut backstage)
"The Way Things Are Here."
(Backstage Paul Heyman
is walking toward his office when Kurt Angle
appears all smiles.)
"Nice speech Paul. I see you have the cups of kool aid ready to go here in TNA."
"Kurt, what a pleasent surprise. What can I do for you. Don't you have a match to get ready for?"
"I just wanted to welcome you to TNA myself. And I wanted to give you a little advice on how things work here. This isn't WWE Paul. Respect is all that matters around here. Guys like Joe and AJ, they don't respect anything. You need guys like me. Guys like me run things around here. So, just remember that when you have decisions to make. Just wanted to remind you who I am and that’s the best damn wrestler in the business today."
"Glad to see you ego's shrank in our time apart Kurt. I don't doubt for a second that your maybe the best wrestler on the TNA roster..."
"Oh I am."
"...but I have some work to do here. And if I'm not mistaken you have a match with Kevin Nash later. Good luck."
(Heyman enters his office. Angle just smiles)
"I don't need luck. I'm Kurt Angle."
"Something to Prove"
(Back from break and we see Kevin Nash
in his locker room tapping up his knee and ankle. Lauren Brooke
enters to him.)
"Kevin I just wanted to know if I could get a moment of you're time. I wanted to ask you about facing Kurt Angle tonight for a spot in the Four Ways to Glory match for the TNA World Championship at No Surrender. What is you're feelings going into this?"
"My feelings? I feel a couple of things. Number one, I feel anger. I am a bit pissed off that I tapped out to the ankle lock last week. I'm a bit pissed off that Joe was to concerned with this battle of respect thing between him and Sting to have my back. Another feeling is disappointment. I'm disappointed because no matter how many times I try to show Joe and AJ the right path, they keep disrespecting me. Sting has a point. I'm not going to get my pom-poms and join his cause but I see his point. Joe and AJ need to step back and get their heads on right. Another feeling, well that is hope. Hope is being thrown around a lot as of late. Count me on that band wagon. I have hope that I can prove everyone who is writing Kevin Nash off, saying I'm washed up. Tonight I step into the ring with one of the best wrestlers of all time. And if I can beat him, then I prove them wrong. I prove something to myself. I prove that I have a little juice left. And if...no...when I beat Kurt Angle tonight. When I go to the Four Ways to Glory match, I will be ready to become champion again. Now I consider Joe a friend but if I have the chance...don't think I won't take it. So my feelings are just that...a cluster. Now, I know you wanna stand there and look at me all night but I have a big match to get ready for, so if you will."
(Lauren exits leaving Nash to return to getting ready.)
Kevin Nash and Kurt Angle tonight!
(We cut to the ring where Taylor Wilde
is warming up for a match. The crowd pops for her as she waves back. Suddenly from out of nowhere Mickie Knuckles
slides into the ring and attacks her from behind.)
What!?! Taylor Wilde was set for a one on one match with Velvet Sky but Mickie Knuckles is attacking before the bell.
(Velvet Sky, Kip James
and Angelina Love
make their way to the ring. Kip has a paper bag ready for the humiliation they plan to give Wilde. Angelina Love whips her off the ropes and nails a clothesline while Velvet Sky puts the boots to her.)
"The Beautiful People are so arrogant, they think they can do what ever they want when ever they want. I mean Kip James hit ODB over the skull with a steel chair last week and now they are turning their attack on Taylor Wilde."
(Kip James toys with Wilde as the Beautiful People egg him on. James acts like he is going to punch her when out of the back pours the Prince Justice Brotherhood. Curry Man, Shark Boy
and Super Eric
storm the ring and the Beautiful People bail.)
The Prince Justice Brotherhood have saved the day!
(Curry Man checks on Taylor Wilde helping her to her feet while Shark Boy and Super Eric beg Kip James to return to the ring. Kip just flashes a cocky smile as the Beautiful People back peddle up the ramp.)
"Thank god the Prince Justice Brotherhood stopped what was happening. Who knew how far Kip James would have went."
(Taylor Wilde back on her feet hugs Curry Man as the crowd pops. She gives him a thank you kiss on the cheek and turns to yell at the Beautiful People. Curry Man is frozen then after a second faints in the middle of the ring. Shark Boy and Super Eric turn to see this. As Super Eric fans Curry Man, Shark Boy just shakes his head in disappointment.)
"Curry Man seems to be overwhelmed Don."
"Can you blame him, Taylor Wilde is a beautiful woman."
"You Can Hate Me Now"
(fade to black where the chords of "You Can Hate Me Now" plays. Suddenly we see the back of a large black male. Rain falls on him. He turns and it is revealed to be Shad Gaspard
. He roars at the camera.)
Gaspard (voice over):
I was raised to fight, to take what I need.
(Gaspard flexes at the screen. We cut to see him jumping rope, working out. Then we cut to see him on the streets in front of a run down building staring into camera.)
Gaspard (voice over)
I was raised by the streets and I fear no man. If you try to stop me, I will end you.
(Cut to Gaspard lifting weights.)
Gaspard (voice over):
I am coming to take my place onto of the of TNA. And I will unleash my rage on anyone who tries to -Expletive-
(lightning quick scenes of Gaspard working out in the TNA ring, cut with him smashing a punching bag and him back in the falling rain with a black background.)
Gaspard (voice over):
My name is Shad Gaspard and I am the Head... -Expletive-
...In...Charged. I am coming.
TNA Knockout Championship
Roxxi vs. Awesome Kong(c) w/Raisha Saeed
Roxxi tries to take the fight right to Kong, but Kong prove to be too strong for her. Kong dominates Roxxie through out the match, with Roxxi picking up a few hope spots which Tenay and West oversell of coarse.
End of Match:
Roxxi is back on fire toward the end of the match hitting a series of drop kicks and a nasty enzugiri. Kong slides to the outside where Roxxi follows Kong, reverses a whip into the guard rail attempt and tosses Roxxi back in the ring. Back in the ring, Kong hits a massive clothesline followed by the sit-down power bomb for the 1..2..3.
Winner and Still TNA Knockout Champion: Awesome Kong
(Raisha Saeed is in the ring now and lays the boots to Roxxi. Kong posses with the belt as Saeed keeps laying the boots in. This brings out ODB
with chair and she takes out Saeed and nails Kong with a hard shot her self. Kong stumble back and ODB hits a Dirty Dozen, sending Kong to the outside and back up the ramp. ODB grabs the microphone.)
"That shot of to the head knocked a few cobwebs loose and I was sitting in the back and thinking. Kong you've beaten all the brodes in the back but you have never beaten ODB! You wanna fight, I want a fight. You are a bad woman, but I'm badder. And at No Surrender I want you to come prepared because I want a title shot and I'm ready for action! So lets do this, Kong!"
(Kong just nods as she and Saeed leave down the tunnel. ODB helps Roxxi up.)
"Promo from the Young Guns"
(Cut backstage where Samoa Joe
emerges from his locker room with AJ Styles
right behind him. Jeremy Borash
is right there to greet them.)
"AJ, Joe. I was wondering if we could get your thoughts leading into the main event tonight when the two of you take on two men who each of you have had problems with as of late."
"JB, let me make this real clear. There as been so much talk about us not respecting those who came before us. My name is Samoa Joe, JB. I am a Samoa-American professional wrestler. Tradition. Respect. That runs in my veins. What Booker and Sting and Kurt all fail to see is their time is fading. Ours is rising. They need to get out some of those history books they seem to be happy to talk about as late and read up. Its a cycle. For the young guys to make their splash, a few of the old guys need to be knocked off. And I for one have no problem beating their asses."
"Well Sting had some very unkind things to say to you last week AJ..."
"Unkind? I'm getting real tired of everyone pointing their fingers at me saying I did things that everyone knows is untrue. So we won't go there. What I will say is this. Sting, Booker, Kurt. I want you to understand something simple. You can come after us all you want. You can beat me down all you want, but I will keep getting back up. I will hit you back harder than anything you can throw at me."
"Joe, at No Surrender you will face three men in the Four Ways to Glory match. Tonight we find out who the first of those men are when Kevin Nash and Kurt Angle meet one on one. Next week, Booker T. will face AJ Styles to determine the other man in the match. What are your thoughts on possible facing you mentor and friend in the match at No Surrender."
"I crave competition. I know Big Kev has a lot he wants to prove and I know AJ won't half ass it out there. Saying that. I would love it if they were in the match at No Surrender. But I may enjoy kicking the crap out Kurt Angle and Booker T. just a little more. Either way, I'll walk out champion. Same every time. Now if you will excuse us JB, we have a main event to get ready for."
(Joe and AJ walk off as JB turns back to the camera.)
(Mike Tenay and Don West are back, as we see a very determined Kevin Nash walking the hallways on one side of the screen and Kurt Angle on the other.)
"Well all the talk is over. Kevin Nash vs. Kurt Angle is next!"
For Spot in Four Ways to Glory Match @No Surrender
Kevin Nash vs. Kurt Angle
Nash wrestles like he has something to prove. Very intense, Angle seems thrown off by this side of Nash. Nash uses power to take Angle off his feet. Series of head butts and back elbows in the corner, Irish whip and Nash follows in with a knee to Angle's midsection. Nash turns on the fire with a side walk slam and places his foot on Angle's throat, choking him. Tenay keeps pointing out it has been eight years since Nash's last World Title reign almost to the day. The momentum turns as Angle pulls the rope down and sends a charging Nash to the outside. On the outside Angle attacks Nash's wrapped Ankle. Angle continues to work the ankle and applies the ankle lock a few times in the ring, but Nash breaks free with a rope break every time.
End of the Match:
Angle has Nash down, beaten to a pulp. He has targeted the Ankle and Nash can barely stand on his own weight. Angle is trying to insult Nash, play with him. He attempts a power bomb on Nash! Nash goes into his tights on the way up and punches Angle, Angle goes limp. 1..2..3!
Winner and Advancing to 4Ways to Glory: Kevin Nash
(The replay clearly shows Nash pulling a pair of brass knuckles out. Nash rolls to the outside and returns them to high tights. On the inside Angle is coming two as Nash limps up the ramp celebrating.)
"Kevin Nash has just cheated his way into the Main Event of No Surrender."
"Kevin Nash is just playing the same game that Kurt Angle has been playing for months."
(Nash is all smiles, pointing to his head, pointing out that his is smarter than Angle. Back on the inside Angle is throwing a fit in anger.)
(We come back from break with Mike Tenay and Don West showing us the happenings between LAX and Beer Money Inc. over the past couple of weeks including Homicides recent injury at Hard Justice. They point out that Homicide isn't cleared to wrestle yet, but is back in the Impact Zone tonight. We see a replay of last weeks match with Hernandez and James Storm.)
Robert Roode w/James Storm & Jackie Moore vs. Hernandez w/Salinas & Hector Guerrero
Hernandez's strength is insane in this match, but Robert Roode uses some very nice wrestling coupled with dirty tactics to take Hernandez off his feet. After Roode scores a few near falls thanks to a cheap shot from Storm on the outside, Hernandez begins an on fire comeback, blocking Roode's punches and landing big rights of his own. They begin chain wrestling, each man countering the other's moves. Hernandez plants Roode with a DDT, and makes a cover. 2 count.
End of Match:
All hell breaks out as Salinas and Jackie Moore brawl in the middle of the ring. Hector Guerrero in and breaks them up, this allows James Storm to break a beer bottle over Hernandez's head. Hernandez stumbles into a Northern Lariat. 1..2..3.
Winner by Pin Fall: Robert Roode
double team Hernandez
which brings Homicide
to storm the ring. Homicide brawls with Roode, while Hernandez is back up and sends Storm to the outside. LAX stands tall in the ring, having driven off Beer Money Inc.)
(cut to black, we see various impages of TNA stars in action fade in and out, while a siren goes off. Shots of Abyss hitting the black hole slam, LAX celebrating a win, Sting pointing his bat, AJ and Angle brawling, Booker T posing as pyro goes off, a bloody Samoa Joe holding the TNA title over his head...suddenly a taped fist smashes the camera....)
Live on PPV
(We are back from break backstage with the Motor City Machine Guns
who are standing by with Lauren
"I'm with the Motor City Machine Guns, in just a few moments Alex Shelly, you'll...
(Out of nowhere come Team 3D
and Johnny Devine
attacking the Motor City Machine Guns. Devine uses the kendo stick to take them out then moves back and lets Brother Rey and Devon go to work standing guard, much like last week.)
"What the hell Don. Alex Shelly was being interviewd for his upcoming match, The Motor City Machine Guns did nothing to provoke this attack!
(Brother Devon and Brother Rey lay the boots to the MCMG. Devon whips Shelly into a stack of boxes and equipment crates. Shelly hits hard and is down. Meanwhile Brother Rey slams Sabin's head off the concrete. Brother Rey has busted Sabin open, he turns to the camera showing off his work.)
Baptized in Blood.
(Rey whips his hand across Sabin's bloodied face then smears the blood across his own.)
"There was once a time Team 3D was the most feared and violent tag teams in this business. We have lost our way, but no more. We have seen the light, and this will continue. Paul-E, this will continue until we get our TNA World Tag Team Championship back..."
(Ray and Devon take a few more shots then walk off. Devine smiles at the camera)
"Oh my brother...testify."
(We cut to the Impact Zone where Mike Tenay and Don West discuss what just happened.)
"Team 3D are totally out of line here Don. Alex Shelly was about to have a singles match, when they attacked for no reason than just to prove a point."
"And that point is that they are ready for that tag team title match."
(Cut backstage where Kurt Angle
is tearing apart his locker room. Enter to him Sting
and Booker T.
"Kurt! Calm down! Calm down!"
“Calm down? You want me to calm down? Did you not just see what happened? In fact where the hell have you guys been? I could have used a little back up!"
"Kurt, relax. We were talking to Heyman, working some stuff out. I'm sorry the way things went down out there."
"The only reason I joined up with you guys is because you said you had my back."
"Is that so?"
"You're here for the same reason Booker is here. Because we deserve to be here. You heard what Heyman said, in his eyes everyone is on the same level now. Does that sound right to you?"
"No. I worked to damn long to end up a curtain jerker. I know you feel the same way Kurt."
(Kurt continues to pace back and forth. Sting stops him by placing a hand on his chest.)
"Trust me Kurt. Lets take care of AJ and Joe tonight, next week we'll handle Nash. He'll get what he deserves, that I promise you."
(Angle nods. Sting smiles.)
"Now, lets get the job done."
(Sting and Booker T. turn and exit the locker room. Kurt waits for a second breathing slowly and follows.)
"AJ Styles & Samoa Joe vs. Sting and Booker T...that's next!"
Tag Team Match
Sting & Booker T. w/Sharmell vs. AJ Styles & Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe and Booker T. start out the match. Lock up with Joe powering Booker into the corner and there is a clean break, back out and the two circle each other. Lock up, Joe pushes Booker off into the ropes and Booker ducks a clothesline attempt and nails hard right hand. Booker hits the ropes and hits a shoulder tackle sending Joe the mat. Joe back up and Booker hits a spine buster for a quick 2 count. Booker puts the boots the Joe and works him to Booker/Sting's corner. Tag to Sting. Sting in and whips Joe off the ropes hits a flying clothesline on Joe. Cover. 1...2...kick out. Both men up and Sting fires with some lefts and right, knocking Joe into the ropes. Sting charges Joe but Joe back body drops Sting over the ropes to the outside floor. Joe hits the ropes and looks to suicide dive but is cut off by Booker T., this brings AJ into the ring and fires a few shots at Booker T. AJ whips Booker T at Joe who back body drops hi over the top rope next to Sting.
Both men are up on their feet on the outside just in time to see Joe hit a suicide dive on both men, the crowd goes nuts. Just as the three men make it to their feet, her comes AJ with a "hands-free" plancha. The place is going nuts as Referee Earl Hebner is trying to restore order. All four man up and Joe and AJ lay into Sting and Booker with some nasty chops.
Joe rolls Sting back into the ring and follows. On the outside Booker T. and AJ continue to brawl. Booker whips AJ into the guard rail, Earl Hebner on the outside forces both men back to their corners.
Back in the ring Joe whips Sting hard into the corner and charges. Sting moves and hits a few chops. Irish whip from Sting who comes in for a Stinger splash but Joe sidesteps and hits a enzugiri. Sting stumbles out and Joe hits a belly to back suplex for a 2 count.
"Joe almost puts Sting away, but only a 2 count. We'll take our last commercial break and be right back for the conclusion of our main event!"
Back from Break and Sting is in control (a replay shows Booker T. with a knee to Joe's back as he hit the ropes turned the tide). Sting chops Joe in the corner and tags in Booker T. Booker nails a few lefts and rights. Joe really needs the tag her. Whips Joe off the ropes and hits a side kick for a two count. AJ is pacing on the apron, wanting the tag. Booker T. hits a suplex, Joe back to his feet and gets a sudden burst of energy nailing a vicious clothesline that knocks Booker out of his boots. Both men are on the mat.
Joe in an act of desperation pulls that clothesline out of nowhere.
Booker T back up and so is Joe. Joe chops away at Booker T. Whip into the ropes, Booker T. feeds out and eats a snap slam. 1...2..kick out. Joe back up and whips Joe off the ropes. Booker T. reverses and hits knee to the mid-section. Booker T. goes for the Axe kick but Joe moves and nails Booker T. with a T-Bone Suplex! Joe gets the tag to AJ Styles.
Styles in and on fire. Styles chops away at Booker T., he takes a shot at Sting, sending him to the outside. AJ turns into a hard right from Booker T. Booker whips AJ off the ropes and hits a spinning heel kick on AJ. Booker motions to Sharmell who tosses something to Booker T. Booker up and in his hand is a gold chain, but AJ ducks a punch attempt and hits the pele!
Sting back in the ring and attacks AJ from behind, Joe is back in now. All four men are brawling. AJ clotheslines Sting to the outside and follows. Joe to the outside chopping away at Booker T, who has powdered to the outside. All four men brawl as Earl Hebner makes the count. 1..2..3...4..
Sting back body drops a charging AJ into the crowd, Booker T. is whipped into the ring steps by Joe. 6..7...8..9..10. The ref calls for the bell.
Double Count Out
(89, 90, 90)
(All four men continue to brawl with AJ being tossed back in the ring by Kurt Angle, who attacked him in the crowd. Angle and Sting back in the ring with AJ. Joe on the outside comes in to fight them off but Booker T. takes him out with the gold chain. Angle locks on the ankle lock and AJ is out.)
"Angle refuses to release the hold!"
(Finally Angle lets go of it. The show fades on Sting, Angle and Booker T. raising each others arms up in front of the booing crowd).
"This trinity has laid waist here on Impact!"
END OF SHOW
over all rating: 75%
TNA No Surrender Card
Four Ways to Glory- TNA World Championship
Kevin Nash vs. Winner of Booker T/AJ(next week) vs. Winner of Rhino/Scott Steiner(in two weeks) vs. Samoa Joe(c)