TNA Impact CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT RESULTS 11/15: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of post-PPV episode - Storm vs. Roode
Nov 15, 2012 - 9:00:47 PM
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TNA Impact Results
November 15, 2012
Taped 11/12 Orlando, Fla.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
The first taped episode of TNA Impact in 25 weeks opened with a video package recapping recent events on Impact and at the Turning Point PPV on Sunday.
Impact Zone: Inside the arena, full pyro and fireworks shot off before new announcer Todd Keneley introduced the show and noted he is with Mike Tenay and Taz for a three-man booth. James Storm's music then played to bring out the new #1 contender to the TNA World Title.
In the ring, Storm said it's been a long road back to the TNA Title picture, but he finally did it. Storm first thanked the fans for supporting him, then thanked his family for standing behind him, and the people who said he couldn't do it because it fueled him to prove them wrong. Now, he's the #1 contender to the World Title.
Bobby Roode's music then interrupted the victory speech and Roode came to the ring with two beers in-hand. After the announcers recapped Storm beating Roode and A.J. Styles in a #1 contender match at the PPV, Roode began his rebuttal to Storm. First, though, he wanted to celebrate by drinking some beers. Roode toasted Storm, who was not impressed, then noted Storm defeated Styles last Sunday night, but not him. He congratulated Storm on achieving his success off his hard work. Roode then congratulated Storm's fans on watching him fail again as #1 contender. He then referenced Storm's daughter to make it "personal." He said his daughter and wife will have to be there to console him when he takes his ball and goes home again. Roode chugged a beer, then Storm popped him in the face and sent Roode scurrying out of the ring.
As Roode recovered, Storm told Roode to get back in the ring for a fight. Roode said there's no way because he's done with Storm after fighting him for the last year...unless Storm is man up enough to put up the #1 contender spot. Storm thought it over, then told Roode no because he's worked too hard to earn that spot. Roode then told Storm to have his daughter call him when she turns 18-years-old and he'll show him what a real man looks like. Storm had enough and decided to put his #1 contender status on the line so he can shut up Roode.
Tonight: The announcers noted A.J. Styles will address his future. ... Backstage pre-tape: TNA GM Hulk Hogan was shown talking to no one in particular. He said he feels bad for Styles that he has to wait a full year to get another title shot. Hogan said he believes Styles is a main-event player, and now he's treading water in the exact same spot as a few years ago. He said Styles is his own worst enemy.
Last Thursday: Aces & Eights took out Sting via table slam and hammer attack to put him on the shelf. Tenay said it's very difficult to re-live the attack on Sting.
A&E video: The spokesman of the group asked Luke Gallows (Doc) why he should be allowed to remain in this club after he risked exposing them. Doc said he beat Sting half to death last week and he will do whatever it takes to prove himself worthy of the group. The spokesman said he'll get his chance to prove himself, but he has to hand over his jacket. Doc dragged out his jacket removal, then reluctantly handed it over to the leader. Devon then addressed the leader and said they need to take out another TNA roster member.
[Q2] Impact Zone: Kid Kash was standing by in the ring to be introduced for the opening match. Keneley said it's X Division Title action to start the show, then Christy Hemme introduced Rob Van Dam for the title defense.
1 -- X Division champion ROB VAN DAM vs. KID KASH -- X Division Title match
Two ECW references from the announcers in the opening minute after Kash jumped RVD to try to take early control. Kash retained control by head-scissoring RVD to the outside. Tenay then referenced Kash's MMA training that he tries to incorporate into his offense. Back in the ring, Kash and RVD kind of collided in mid-air. Kash reset by trying a top-rope move, but RVD moved and Kash ate the mat. RVD followed with Rolling Thunder as Tenay offered the third ECW reference of the match and noted he was champ in WWE.
RVD mounted a full comeback with a monkey-flip out of the corner, then climbed to the top turnbuckle for a Five-Star Frogsplash. It was good for the win.
WINNER: RVD at 3:56 to retain the X Division Title. Just a match. The X Division has no purpose at the moment and is presented like it's just there to fill time and offer some moves.
Backstage: Eric Young shared some stories with ODB about catching fish and sharks. He got excited talking about his catches, then said he will take care of Jesse tonight. ODB said she'll take care of the Knockouts in the #1 contender battle royal. EY then got ODB excited talking about their post-show celebration. Cue up a make-out session leading to break.
Locker Room: Kurt Angle was shown talking to Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco. Angle noted he has a tag match against Aces & Eights tonight, so he needs a tag partner. Bischoff made a pitch to be Angle's partner, stressing that Devon left him high and dry. Brisco made Bischoff look like a seasoned pro by offering a cliched speech about spilling his blood, sweat, and tears to get to this point. Angle didn't buy the cliched speech and picked Garett as his partner. Wes appeared to be on the verge of tears before Angle tried to give him a pick-me-up that he'll get his chance, too.
2 -- KO tag champion ERIC YOUNG (w/KO tag champion ODB) vs. JESSE (w/KO champion Tara)
Jesse scored an early nearfall on EY as the respective female champions cheered on their men. Jesse followed with a powerslam, then a leg drop before posing for Tara. Jesse maintained a methodical pace controlling EY, who showed no signs of life. Jesse couldn't keep his focus, though, which gave EY an opening to play games that flustered Jesse.
Young Hulked Up, unbuttoned his pants, dropped his trousers, and flashed a USA speedo to the crowd. EY nailed a flying forearm before Tara tried to run interference. This brought ODB into the ring to tackle her to the outside. Back in the ring, EY wanted a top-rope elbow, but Jesse shoved him down to the floor. Things came to a screeching halt on the outside before Tara rolled EY into the ring. Jesse then delivered a neckbreaker-like finisher for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Jesse at 5:05. Fine use of EY to help out Jesse in the early stages of being on the main roster.
Still to come tonight: A.J. Styles talks publicly about being shut out of the World Title picture for one year. ... Backstage: Individual Knockouts were shown warming up for the #1 contender battle royal later in the show. ... Up next: Joe vs. Magnus for the TV Title in a PPV re-match.
Hogan's Office: Joseph Park was shown talking to Hulk Hogan about wanting another shot at Aces & Eights. Hogan told Park that he can't risk further injury by putting him back in the ring. Park sold injuries as he stood up to protest, then Hogan offered a speech that Aces & Eights is trying to take out the TNA roster one-by-one. Park ignored Hogan's speech and said he wants to wrestle one more time, which prompted a speech from Hogan that Park is not trained to wrestle, does not have the experience, and is a danger to himself. Park suddenly snapped to attention and said he should go to wrestling camp to learn how to be a wrestler. Hogan said that's not what he's saying, but Park heard what he wanted to hear and excitedly stomped out of Hogan's office.
Teased TV Title match
Impact Zone: Magnus was introduced first for the TV Title match. Tenay noted he is getting one more shot at the TV Title and it's a huge opportunity. Suddenly, an A&E member appeared ringside to occupy Magnus, who was jumped from behind by other members. Devon then orchestrated an attack on Magnus before bringing Doc into the picture to swing his hammer at various body parts. No one showed up to help, so Devon prepared to blast Magnus in the face with his baseball bat, but Bully Ray came flying down the entrance ramp to scare away A&E. After Ray chased them away, TNA agents showed up ringside to check on Magnus, who cried out in pain.
[Q4] [Commercial Break]
Impact Zone: Back from break, Magnus was being tended to by trainers as Keneley talked quietly about Aces & Eights taking out another member of the roster. They cut backstage to show Magnus being stretchered away to an ambulance backstage.
Video package: Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries ladder match for the TNA World Title at Turning Point on Sunday. Hardy talked in the video package about how aggressive Aries was on that night, wanting to be World champ so badly.
Backstage: Austin Aries was shown walking into a back-area of the building. Aries said he feels like crap after Sunday, then walked into a trailer for a massage. Already in the trainer's room was Jeff Hardy receiving a massage. Aries said he forced Hardy to take his game to the next level and said this feud is not over. He said Hardy still has the TNA Title belt and he wants it back, then allowed Hardy to return to his massage. And, suddenly, the video slowed down and Hardy voiced-over his thoughts as he was shown on-camera that Aries does not belong in his dimension. It was something to that effect in Hardy-speak. (JC: The segment was fine extending the Aries-Hardy feud until TNA went for a type of presentation that does not belong on a wrestling show if the show is presented as if it's happening in real-time. It comes across as TNA trying to experiment with different things that they saw somewhere else, resulting in breaking the viewers's suspension of disbelief.)
Impact Zone: Kurt Angle and Garett Bischoff came to the ring for their tag match against Aces & Eights, then Angle took the mic and told the group that they cannot threaten him or intimidate him. Angle said he's ready to bring the war to them.
Impact Zone: Two minutes before the top of the hour, Aces & Eights's music played to bring out several members of the group. Devon then organized his unit and selected himself and a large masked member to face Angle and Bischoff. Suddenly, Angle and Bischoff charged the group, so ref Earl Hebner called for the bell.
3 -- KURT ANGLE & GARETT BISCHOFF vs. DEVON & THIS GUY
Angle dominated Devon, who tagged in the masked man, who Tenay referred to as "this guy." Bischoff then tagged in and landed a shoulder block on This Guy before tagging in Angle again. Devon hit Angle from behind while standing on the ring apron, which allowed A&E to take control of the match. Angle then escaped This Guy with a German suplex before clotheslining Devon to the outside.
In the background, other A&E members attacked Garett, which caused confusion with ref Hebner. Suddenly, Wes Brisco hit the ring wildly swinging a weapon to scare off other A&E members, but without making contact with any of them. Angle then rolled up This Guy for the pin and the win. Post-match: Angle & Garett quickly left the ring before Devon offered some empty threats and finger-pointing toward Angle from inside the ring.
WINNERS: Angle & Bischoff at 4:42. This angle is a mess and the tourist-heavy audience is not interested. Time to take care of business or get off the pot with this A&E group.
Still to come tonight: Roode vs. Storm, Knockouts battle royal, and A.J. Styles addresses the TNA Title picture.
Backstage: Tara and Jesse were shown walking down the hallway wanting to get a word with Brooke Hogan. After debating who should knock, they barged in together and spotted Brooke sitting comfortably on the couch with Bully Ray. Bully, startled, got up, then left Brooke's office. Tara ignored this incident, then complained about finding out about a #1 contender battle royal through Twitter. Brooke shot back to knock on the door before entering. Tara slowed down her complaining, then told Brooke that perhaps she should lock her door. They left, then the camera showed Brooke acted flustered trying to regroup at her desk.
Backstage: A roving cameraman asked Dixie Carter, who was unidentified to the audience, about her reaction to A.J. Styles's recent actions. Dixie said she's never seen him this unfocused before. She said his recent behavior is not the way to turn things around.
4 -- KNOCKOUTS BATTLE ROYAL -- #1 contender match to the Knockouts Title -- Taryn Terrell referee
The participants in the match were Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Miss Tessmacher, KO tag champ ODB, and a returning Mickie James. Individual ring introductions were made prior to commercial.
[Q6] Back from break, Miss Tessmacher and ODB made their ring entrances to round out the field. The bell then sounded to begin the Knockouts division's featured match of the show. Mickie was the focal point making her return to in-ring action. It came down to Mickie and Gail, who lost focus thinking she had this match won easily. This allowed Mickie to eliminate her for the win setting up another round of Mickie and Tara fighting over the KO Title.
WINNER: Mickie at 5:40 to become #1 contender to the KO Title. This was not your typical WWE Divas battle royal with rapid-fire eliminations, which allowed each Knockout to get some focus.
Backstage: James Storm said he fully realizes he raised the stakes against Bobby Roode and knows what the consequences are if he loses, but he needs to shut Roode's mouth once and for all. Suddenly, A.J. Styles entered the interview with a baseball cap pulled low over his face. Styles didn't speak after Storm asked if he could help him. Styles walked off, then Storm said this interview is done.
Aces & Eights video: Gathered around the A&E table, the spokesman addressed Doc that he is gone from the group. The spokesman told Doc not to let the door hit him on the way out, then Doc stood up from the table and stared each member down before slowly approaching the door. Doc opened the door to find another A&E member holding his jacket. They all celebrated and cheered, then gave Doc his jacket back to signify he's back in the group.
A.J. Styles Speech
Impact Zone: A.J. Styles's music played to bring out a dejected Styles with a ballcap over his eyes. Styles sighed, then entered the ring and casually took a mic.
[Q7] In the ring, Styles said in-case people missed it at Turning Point, he got pinned in the #1 contender match that also meant he cannot receive another TNA Title shot until BFG 2013. Styles forced a smile that it's just the kind of year he's had from being accused to having an affair with Dixie Carter to being accused of having a baby with a crackhead. He said the worst part is some people doubted him. Styles said he was merely points away from winning the BFG Series earlier this year and had he won, he would have become World champ. But, that didn't happen. On the bright side, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. But, he finds himself not thankful for anything this year.
Suddenly, some nails-on-the-chalkboard music played to bring out Daniels and Kazarian. In the ring, Daniels paced the ring with hands-on-hips before Kazarian took the mic and told Styles that he ain't nothing but a hounddog crying all the time. Daniels spoke next that Styles is so right that this year has been the worst of his career. He then told Styles that the source of his problems is the man in the mirror. Daniels then accused Styles of being a broken, flawed little man. He told Styles to sing his sad song to these hobos and vagrants, but he'll remind him that he is nothing but a complete, utter failure.
"I'm a failure?" Styles responded. Styles told Daniels to look in the recordbook to see him beating Daniels way more times than the other way around. He said perhaps Daniels needs a reminder, so they should do this One Last Time to find out who the better man is. Kaz spoke up instead, claiming Daniels has nothing to gain from wrestling him again. He accused Styles of being stale, then said Styles doesn't even know who he is anymore. He said they, on the other hand, are riding high and the real tag champs.
Kaz said Daniels will in no way benefit from facing Styles. Daniels interjected, though, saying he disagrees with Kaz. He agreed with A.J. that they should do Styles vs. Daniels "One Last Time." And, when they do, they will find out who the real failure is. "Let's do it," Styles replied. They went face-to-face to set up the match, but no date was announced.
Backstage: Storm and Roode were shown on a split-screen making their way down the hallway for the main event.
Backstage: Austin Aries was shown leaning against the railing of a trailer. He said his favorite class in college was on nonverbal communication. Aries said he thinks he's figured out what buttons to push around here to make things happen. He vowed to call someone out to get to the truth, then told everyone not to miss Open Fight Night next week.
Next Week: Gut Check winners return on Open Fight Night.
Backstage: Kurt Angle was shown approaching Bruce Prichard, Al Snow, and D-Lo Brown about putting Wes Brisco through the Gut Check process. Prichard rolled his eyes, then Angle said Taz loves the idea, so they should all agree. Prichard tried to cut off Angle, but Angle walked off. "Process," Prichard muttered under his breath. Everyone complained about Taz before Impact went to the ring for the main event.
Impact Zone: Bobby Roode was introduced first to challenge Storm for Storm's #1 contender status. After the announcers recapped Roode pushing the right buttons, James Storm was introduced for the main event.
[Q8] Once Roode and Storm were in the ring, Jeremy Borash provided a formal ring intro for the main event. First, though, JB plugged Nissan as the sponsor of tonight's main event. More in-show ad sponsors to offset TNA's stagnant ratings. JB introduced Roode first, then Storm, who jumped Roode to begin the match.
5 -- BOBBY ROODE vs. "COWBOY" JAMES STORM -- Storm's #1 contender status on the line
Storm landed early offense before Roode knocked him to the outside. In the ring, Roode removed one of the top turnbuckle pads before Storm returned to the ring, unaware of Roode's shenanigans. Storm found out soon enough when Roode tried to use the exposed steel, but Storm avoided, only to take a single-arm DDT. Roode continued to attack Storm's shoulder/arm leading to break.
Back from break eight minutes before the top of the hour, Roode was still wearing down the Cowboy. An arm-snap across the top rope kept Roode in control before he engaged ref Brian Hebner in an argument. Storm then found an opening to land right hand blows before scoring with a side Russian Legsweep. Storm followed with a corner enziguiri before climbing to the top turnbuckle. Roode cut off Storm, though, before climbing up top. But, Storm blocked a superplex attempt and delivered a running powerbomb for a two count.
At 11:00, Cowboy stalked Roode for the Eye of the Storm, but his shoulder gave out. Roode then hit a spinebuster for a close two count. Roode followed with a Crossface submission, but Storm reached the bottom rope for a break. Storm then came back with a codebreaker, which Keneley called Closing Time. Storm wanted a Last Call Superkick, but Roode pulled the ref in the way. Roode then smashed Storm face-first into the exposed steel with the ref reeling out of the way. Roode rolled up Storm and scored a three count for the win.
Post-match: Roode celebrated and celebrated big at ringside while Storm checked his forehead in the ring. Roode told the camera that he told everyone he would win as Taz stressed that it was highway robbery for Storm, who continued to sit in the ring frustrated. Impact signed off with Roode's arms high in the air.
WINNER: Roode at 12:28 to become #1 contender to the TNA Title. There was no word from the announcers on Roode being next in-line to challenge Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Title. So, the combination of Aries telling Hardy that he's not done chasing the title, Storm losing via Roode cheating, and Roode currently being the rightful #1 contender points to an eventual four-way match for the TNA Title. But, that remains to be determined leading to Final Resolution in December.
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