Re: Bah Gawd - Good Ol' JR's Impact Wrestling
We open tonight’s Impact Wrestling broadcast with a quick look back at all of the matches that occurred last week. First up is James Storm and Jeff Hardy capturing the world tag team titles from D.O.C. & Knux, making a point to pick up on the tension growing between Gunner and his partners. Next up was Bobby Roode and his victory over Bully Ray. The vide recap finishes up with a long look at the ending to last week’s main event where “The Icon” Sting interfered, attacking Kurt Angle which resulted in Kurt getting the win via disqualification. The video focuses heavily on the question of why Sting did what he did and what does it mean for all of their futures.
Once the video finishes, the cameras transition to inside the Asylum where Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash welcome everyone to another exciting edition of Impact Wrestling. They begin to run down the card which includes Chris Sabin once again starting his journey to getting another T.V. title shot when he faces off against a challenger of Alex Shelley’s choosing and the main event of the evening featuring the former members of Beer Money going one on one when Bobby Roode takes on James Storm. Just as Mike and JB start to talk about Sting and his actions last week, they are interrupted by the music of “The King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett.
Dressed in street clothes, and already carrying a microphone, Jeff, along with his wife Karen, quickly make their way down the ramp and into the ring.
As everyone expected, Jeff starts off his tirade by saying how pissed off he is at Sting for not only interfering but also for allowing the sad career of Kurt Angle to continue. From the very beginning, Sting has stuck his nose where it don’t belong, constantly getting in the way. But that all ends tonight. Jeff says that he told both Sting and Kurt Angle that if there was any funny business or if he didn’t get his proper shot at Kurt there would be hell to pay. He warned both of them but they didn’t listen so it gives Jeff no choice but to say “Sting, Kurt Angle, you’re…”
Before Jeff can finish the “you’re fired”, he is interrupted by the music of Impact Wrestling President Jim Ross. The crowd erupts when they see JR coming out of the entrance tunnel, making an unscheduled appearance. JR wastes no time in making his way down the ring to confront the Jarretts.
JR says that although he does agree that Sting should not have interfered in the match last week, he also says that he can’t have his Vice President going around, threatening people and using his powers to get his way. So he’s decided that until Jeff can prove that he can handle both his in-ring career and the powers that come with being Impact Wrestling Vice President, and handle them fairly, he is removing Jeff from his position as Vice President and replacing him with someone who will be named later. Jeff immediately explodes in a tirade, saying how dare he do this and all that. He also demands that JR tell him who the new Vice President will be. JR looks at Jeff and says that if he wants to know, he’s going to have to prove that he can be a good boy and follow orders for the next few weeks, starting with a surprise match that JR’s booked him in. Oh, and that match is up next.
JR then walks off and out of the ring, leaving Jeff and Karen with a very concerned look on their faces. The camera soon transitions away.
Before the commercial break, Impact Wrestling cameras capture Chris Sabin in the backstage area, alone, apparently talking to himself. Although most of what he’s saying is hard to hear, what the cameras do capture is Sabin getting himself all pumped up for his upcoming match tonight, saying how he’s excited about potentially getting another T.V. title shot. The odd backstage segment ends when Chris turns his back and walks off.
Match #1: Jeff Jarrett w/ Karen Jarrett vs. ???
Coming back from commercial, we see the Jarretts still in the middle of the ring, awaiting Jeff’s opponent that JR has picked. Jeff, still mostly dressed in street clothes, does not look prepared at all as he stands and awaits his opponent. After several seconds of waiting, the identity of his opponent is finally revealed when “The Monster” Abyss’ theme music begins playing. Abyss, who had spent the last few months down in Mexico with AAA, makes his return to Impact Wrestling tonight to a great ovation from the crowd. Jeff is immediately stunned when he sees that Abyss is his opponent but manages to put his game face on when he comes face to face with him.
Jeff starts off the match by trying to sucker punch Abyss, basically knock him off his game but all he seems to do is just piss Abyss off. Despite Jeff pounding on him, Abyss doesn’t initially respond, rather he just sits and takes it for a while, letting Jeff build up some confidence. Eventually though the light switch turns on and Abyss unloads with a huge close line, knocking Jeff over and nearly out. Seeing her husband in distress, without thinking Karen Jarrett enters the ring and tries attacking Abyss. As you can guess her attacks do very little, they only serve to anger Abyss even more. Abyss grabs Karen and hits her with a huge Black Hole Slam. Hearing his wife hit the ring apron like she did makes Jeff spring to life. Jeff tries to cheat shot Abyss but Abyss sees it coming from a mile away and hits another Black Hole Slam on Jeff, following it up with a cover which quickly ends the match.
A quick squash match by Abyss. Following the match Abyss spends a few seconds staring at the carnage he’s caused before exiting the ring. As he is walking up the entrance ramp the camera cuts away.
Going backstage, we see Impact Wrestling President Jim Ross getting ready to leave the Asylum when he is stopped by Bobby Roode.
Bobby stops JR just before he can leave. Visibly frustrated but still giving Bobby Roode time to speak, JR asks what he can do for him. Excited, Bobby asks him if he’s seen his match against Bully Ray last week and if so, what he thought of it. Was it impressive enough? JR tells Bobby that yes, he has seen the match but he has not had enough time to fully analyze it but from the little bit that he has seen, he definitely thinks Bobby is on the right track. That was all Bobby needed to hear. He thanks JR for his time, and with an even more satisfied look on his face, he walks away.
Coming back from commercial, we see D.O.C. & Knux talking amongst themselves backstage when Gunner walks in.
Immediately when D.O.C. and Knux see Gunner they grab him and throw him up against the wall. As you would guess, they’re not too excited about having lost the tag team titles and that it was Gunner who got them into that mess in the first place. Not even allowing Gunner to speak, they tell him that he better come up with an idea on how to get the titles back and he better come up with it quick, otherwise there’s going to be serious hell to pay. D.O.C. and Knux then drop Gunner and walk away, leaving him to ponder how to get the titles back.
Match #2: Chris Sabin vs. ???
It is now time for match #2 of the evening and the first match on what will hopefully be Chris Sabin’s road to regaining the T.V. title. T.V. Champion Alex Shelley, who is already at ringside, handpicked Chris’ opponent tonight as well as all of Chris’ potential opponents over the next few weeks. First man out to the ring is obviously Chris Sabin, feeling pretty good about himself as he walks down the ramp and into the ring to await his opponent. He does not have to wait long before new theme music begins to play and out of the curtain steps Ultimate Tiger! Formerly Extreme Tiger in AAA, Ultimate Tiger received a tryout match in the past but this will be his first T.V. appearance for Impact Wrestling ever. It will be interesting to see how Chris Sabin responds to this new opponent.
Although there is a brief “feeling each other out” period, surprisingly the two opponents go at it a lot quicker than most would expect. Wanting to impress and continue on in his journey, Chris Sabin goes right after the luchador Ultimate Tiger and Ultimate Tiger, wanting to earn a shot at the T.V. title as well as a longer contract with Impact Wrestling, does the same. The match becomes very quick and high paced, with a lot of flips, dives, and quick strikes. The crowd, who naturally loves any match of this nature, gets behind both men and starts cheering very loud. Eventually the action spills out from inside the ring and out to the outside which the crowd loves even more. Neither man at this point has yet to gain any sort of advantage so it’s still anyone’s game at this point. The turning point in the match comes when Ultimate Tiger attempts a suicide dive from inside the ring to the outside and misses, hitting his shoulder pretty hard on the metal guard rail. From this point on Chris Sabin appears to have the upper hand. There are moments when Ultimate Tiger is able to fight through the pain but then there are moments where his shoulder appears to give out and he’s not able to fight anymore. Chris Sabin keeps the pressure on until Ultimate Tiger cannot seem to take it any longer. Chris Sabin gets him into position and hits his Cradle Shock finisher, immediately covering Ultimate Tiger for the 1, 2, 3!
Winner: Chris Sabin
Chris Sabin’s hopes for a shot at the T.V. title live to fight another day whereas Ultimate Tiger can only hang his head and live to fight another day. Chris Sabin finds Alex Shelley sitting at ringside and the two exchange a long stare down before the camera cuts away.
Before going to commercial, once again we see Bobby Roode backstage, this time preparing for his upcoming match against James Storm when in steps the world champion Bully Ray and his girlfriend Brooke Tessmacher.
Startled, Bobby jumps up but Bully assures him that he’s not here to fight. He’s come to congratulate Bobby on a hard fought victory last week and to wish him the best of luck in his upcoming match. Bobby, loving the admiration he’s getting, thanks Bully. Bully then does something unexpected. He says he’s feeling like another match. How about next week, Bobby finds a tag partner and Bully finds a tag partner and they face off once again in the main event. Bobby doesn’t even think twice about it, he says hell yes and the two shake hands. Bobby then excuses himself and walks out of the ring. The camera cuts away with a shot of Bully and Brooke looking at each other with smirks on their faces like they’re up to something.
Match #3: Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
Coming back from commercial, it is main event time. An old rivalry renewed as former Beer Money tag team partners Bobby Roode and James Storm go one on one. Both men are riding high off both of their victories last week and look to keep the momentum going this week. First out to the ring is one half of the brand new Impact Wrestling Tag Team champions, James Storm. “The Cowboy” alongside Jeff Hardy beat D.O.C. and Knux last week to once again become tag team champion. Last but not least is “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode who picked up a victory against the world champion Bully Ray last week which he hoped earned him huge brownie points in the stakes of who will become new #1 contender. Bobby enters the ring, the two face off, the referee calls for the bell and the match can begin.
The last match between Chris Sabin and Ultimate Tiger was a high paced, high flying match without much physicality, well this match is the exact opposite. Although they have not been feuding against each other for a while, once they see each other the feelings come back for both Bobby and James and things explode. The two exchange violent punches back and forth to the point where it seems like one might end up getting knocked out. Lucky for James and Bobby as well the people watching, nobody gets knocked out but the physicality continues. Just like the previous match, this match ends up spilling onto the outside of the ring. The two begin using all of the objects on the outside to their disposal, including the steel steps, the guard rails, and even the ring posts. Despite this, neither man looks like they want to give up so the fight continues. The referee has all but given up on trying to contain the mayhem so now anything goes. The fight goes up the entrance ramp and then slowly down it again. Both men have been busted open at this point. Taking a page out of the original ECW, both Bobby and James start taking weapons that the crowd gives them and using them against each other. Beer is tossed in each other’s faces, chairs are used, signs are used, anything that the crowd wants to give them. One member of the audience ends up having a huge impact on the result of the match. As they are fighting close to the crowd, a man with his head and face covered by a hoodie stands up and nails James Storm in the back of the head with what appears to be brass knuckles. When the man stands up and takes off the hoodie, it is revealed to be Gunner! Bobby Roode, not wanting to waste any time, tosses the lifeless James Storm into the ring so he can finish him off. Bobby gets James in position and hits the Double R spine buster which he follows up with a pin attempt and the 1, 2, 3!
Winner: Bobby Roode
Bobby Roode picks up the victory as Gunner once again interferes in a James Storm match by knocking him out. Not acknowledging that he had any help at all, Bobby Roode starts jumping up and down in joy, happy that he’s earned another victory which he hopes will help him in the eyes of JR. Gunner remains in the crowd but not for long as Impact Wrestling medical personal and security come to check on James Storm. The show fades to black with Bobby Roode still celebrating and James Storm being attended to.