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TNA Impact taping
Orlando, Fla.
Report by Dot Net reader Edward Tittlebaum

Impact started with Eric Bischoff and Immortal coming to ring to introduce the new TNA Champion Jeff Hardy. They spoke about having the TNA Champion, and Hulk Hogan coming back. They said they don't need Fortune. Eric talked about Ric Flair missing all this time and said he has one week to let Eric know where he's been.

Flair's music hit. He came down and said he's a god and no one questions him. Flair spoke about how the Hardys and him go way back. He said he's cool with Hulk and Eric, and only a god could break groups and bring them back together. He said he would talk with Eric later. Flair started to walk out and told some ringside girls he would see them in the hotel later.

1. Hernandez defeated Douglas Williams. Hernandez attacked Williams when he was on ramp way the match was quick Williams may have been hurt with a powerbomb move. He looked like he landed wrong on his neck. There were four Knockouts fighting outside the ring. I couldn't tell you there names because I really dislike TNA's Knockout division aside form Tara and Mickie James.

They prepared the ring with a luau type set with roasted pig and all.

The Pope came out. I started to think he would make fun of Samoa Joe. He got a mic in his hand and the crowd started a "you tapped out" chant. Pope claimed he is still standing, and laying before him (the pig) is a sloppy Joe. Pope says he can perform a miracle by feeding all of the sloppy joe. Samoa Joe's music hit. He came down to the ring. Joe slammed Pope through the pig and the table.

Robbie was given some mic time. He said dude a lot and said that when his shades come off, he's pissed. Kazarian came out and pushed the idea that the X Division built TNA. He asked Robbie to send Cookie to the back and prove himself. Cookie left and the match started.

2. Kazarian defeated Robbie E (w/Cookie) to retain the X Division Title. After five minutes of back and forth action, Cookie ran out with a big purse and attacked Kazarian. Traci Brooks came out and attacked Cookie.

Backstage, Flair found Fourtune in the locker room. At this point, we couldn't tell which side Ric was on.

3. Matt hardy defeated A.J. Styles. Matt has lost weight and looks better compared to when he arrived in TNA. Flair came to ringside and cheered on Styles. A.J. went to the top rope and Flair knocked him off and helped Hardy get the win. Flair started stomping on A.J. Fortune came out to A.J.'s side to help him. Hardy and Flair ran away.

Mr. Anderson made his entrance and called Eric Bischoff to the ring. Anderson was pissed due to Rob Van Dam getting a match against Jeff Hardy instead of him. Bischoff said the network demanded the match and they write the check. It sounds like they are making fun of WWE and the PG rating. Eric said the network doesn't like words like "asshole." Eric wouldn't make a three-way match, but offered Anderson the referee spot in the match between Hardy and Van Dam. Anderson shook Erick's hand and then slammed him to the ground.

4. Sarita and Rosita defeated The Beautiful People.

We were waiting for the main event. Mike Tenay and Taz were talking when Bully Ray came out. Taz yelled at Ray, who knocked off Tenay's headset and walked off. Ray didn't have a mic, so it was hard to hear what was said.

It was announced that Flair accepted an offer to fight A.J. Styles next Thursday on Impact, which will be taped on Tuesday.

5. Jeff Hardy defeated Rob Van Dam with Mr. Anderson as special referee. As Anderson came out, I was reminded that TNA changed the ref shirt having a huge TNA logo on the back. RVD came out. Hardy broke through a white screen for his intro. Anderson took the ref job serious, but you can never tell who he wanted to win, if he even cared, or just wanted the shot again.

Rvd and Jeff went back and forth with lots of two counts. Hardy got the win and held up the belt in front of Anderson, who slammed Hardy's hand down. RVD stopped Anderson from kicking Hardy after the slam. RVD pointed to the ref shirt, and Anderson slammed RVD to the ground and walked out of the ring to end the Impact taping.

TNA Xplosion

1. Gunner and Murphy defeated Eric Young and Orlando Jordan. I'm sorry for those that hate him, but I love Eric Young. He is so funny. By the way, he came out in blue tights with a knight stick and a blue barricade. There were tons of "EY" chants. Orlando did most of the work. Young tried to jump in the ring, but the ref stopped him because they didn't actually tag. Eric said "but they want me" and pointed to crowd. Gunner and Murphy got the win.
 

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I too have to watch the show on Thursday first to totally judge the show... BUT, it doesn't look, well......

Don't like the fact that Anderson's the ref & poor Douglas Williams, his credibility is falling, falling, falling. I don't understand why the KO's had to be involved in that match either.

Oh... & The Sarita/Sky deal seems... wired? is Sky done?

I do like the fact that Ric Flair isn't with Fortune though, but that might not be enough to keep the good IMPACT streak for 2011 alive............

We shall see.
 

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They’ve been keeping RVD & Hardy apart and sorta building to a match where RVD finally gets his revenge against his ex-friend and a shot at the belt he never lost. It comes time for the match, and instead of doing it on PPV or announcing it a couple weeks in advance for, say the March 3rd Impact, they throw it out cold and do it on Thursday’s show more or less unannounced. That’s dumb. So is invoking "the network." They don’t need any more authority figures.

I’m guessing it’ll be more of an angle than a match, but I don’t like the idea of them throwing AJ vs. Flair out there on next week’s show instead of building it up more. I do like that they aren’t putting Flair back with Fortune.

It’s a shame Williams is reduced to being fed to Hernandez to build him up for a repeat of a bad feud from 6 months ago. I don’t want to see that feud again. I can’t think of a Morgan feud I want to see. I’d rather see them feature a guy like Williams, who I hope is OK after that match.

I’ve found the Joe/Pope feud to be dreadful. That segment doesn’t sound like something that’ll turn it around for me. Why does the face have the interfering sidekick?

They have Sabin, Lethal, Williams, Red & Daniels there, yet the X Title feud is Kazarian vs. Robbie E, and they brought back Traci to counteract Cookie, which could lead to a horrendous match. Again, there are way better feuds they could be running to re-spark that division (one that doesn’t share its focus w/ poor womens wrestlers, for example). At least do a secondary feud with the very talented leftovers instead of either feeding them to mid-carders or leaving them off the show completely.

There still looks to be no attempt to create challengers for Beer Money, which is disappointing. I hope they get put into some tag program soon, and don’t slip back into the role they had in Immortal.
 

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They're probably feeling pressure from Spike for strong ratings throughout February for sweeps. Still, RVD/Hardy should have been booked for March 3.
 

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It’s a shame Williams is reduced to being fed to Hernandez to build him up for a repeat of a bad feud from 6 months ago. I don’t want to see that feud again. I can’t think of a Morgan feud I want to see. I’d rather see them feature a guy like Williams, who I hope is OK after that match.
It's a match people have to lose I don't get the IWC view on wrestlers who lose a match, someone has to be loser unless you want to see jobbers which I have always hated and will not watch.
 

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A lot of people like to play the Russo Card (Which is beat to DEATH...)

But you know, maybe people should start playing the network card......
 

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It's a match people have to lose I don't get the IWC view on wrestlers who lose a match, someone has to be loser unless you want to see jobbers which I have always hated and will not watch.
Douglas Williams, two months ago he beats AJ Styles for the TV Title & now he's reduced to this?

You see where the problem is in that...
 

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It's a match people have to lose I don't get the IWC view on wrestlers who lose a match, someone has to be loser unless you want to see jobbers which I have always hated and will not watch.
I understand people have to lose matches, and realize that Hernandez should not lose his first match back. I’m just disappointing in Williams going from having great matches with AJ for the TV title in a feud that was one of the best things in the company at that time a little over a month ago to being a guy who, if he actually makes TV, is thrown in a short, unimportant three-way or is fed to a guy who’s in a repeat of a terrible feud. I think his performances the last few months should warrant him being used as more than an enhancement guys. There’s people like Eric Young on the roster who they could have put in that match instead of Williams.
 

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Nice a possibly tweener Anderson. That's what he needs to be, the rebel that kickass no matter who they are.
Also glad to read Matt Hardy is getting in better shape. Props to Matt.
 

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Sarita with Hernandez? Interesting idea.
 

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TNA has had some great moments, and right now they probably have the most talented roster they will ever have. I can't help but continue to fpalm fpalm fpalm at their booking decisions and the direction they're taking. Giving away Hardy/RVD is bad enough, but they announce they're giving away Flair/AJ away for free next week. :no: :no:

I'm glad to see Anderson could possibly be a heel again, since his face character is the worst in recent memory. But then again you just have bad booking decisions up and down this card.

I'll wait to judge further until I see tomorrow's taping and this Thursday's show!
 
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