411’s TNA IMPACT Wrestling Report 5.03.12
Championship Roll Call:
TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Bobby Roode
TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP: Austin Aries
TNA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: Samoa Joe and Magnus
TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP: Gail Kim
TNA KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: Eric Young and ODB
TNA TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP: Devon
Let the Pigeons Loose…
–Reminder, I do not rate matches that are under three minutes long…
-Opening video package, highlighting the demise of Eric Bischoff.
-Taz and Tenay welcome us to the show.
Ric Flair is in the ring to open the show. Hogan always plays games with him, and Hogan thinks that Flair is one of his pawns. Flair doesn’t buy it, because he is Ric “G-O-D” Flair. Anyway, last week Garett Bischoff ran Eric out of the business, and Flair says he and Hogan will talk tonight because he is pissed. Flair runs down his expensive outfit and calls Hogan out.
Hogan answers and heads out to the ring. Flair says that this is good vs. evil, and Hogan is good, and Flair is the baddest man on the planet. Flair discusses taking Dixie Carter back to the hotel, and Hogan says he is not here to fight. Hogan then says as the GM he will make it a priority to step things up. Hogan then says Bischoff is the evil one, brother, so with all of that being said he takes his job seriously dude. He hung his boots up, and they have the chance to make IMPACT have a long run and they can do it together. And since Hogan is the boss he will ask him to be a judge for Gut Check. Hogan realizes with Flair judging talent, we all have a chance to live through the new talent. Flair can teach them like no one else. Flair thinks it is a set up, and Hogan then says he is asking Flair to do something for the fans. Hogan says he doesn’t need to respect Flair, he just needs him to be Ric Flair. Flair says he has no choice and then says he will do it.
-Velvet Sky calls Gail Kim a cheater. Brooke Tessmacher then says no one gave her a chance, but she already beat her twice. Sky then says one of them will beat Kim for the title.
Kim and Rayne attack before the bell, toss Tessmacher and Kim on the attack on Sky. To the corner, lays the boots to Sky and then lays n the forearms. Sly back with a clothesline, knees to the face and then the head scissors. Kim fights back, to the corner and tags in Rayne. She chokes out Sky in the corner, tags Kim back in and sends Sky to the corner. Double team attacks to Sky and Kim celebrates. Kim nails Tessmacher, tags back in Rayne and as Sky fights back, Rayne with a leg lariat and a cover for 2. Skull fuck by Rayne, and she waves to the crowd. Boot by Sky, chops as well. Rayne stops that with an eye rake, Kim tags in and lays the boots to Sky. Kim gets a clothesline and covers for 2. To the corner, rights by Kim. Up top and RANA blocked. Sky then gets a facebuster and BOTH ladies are down. Tag to Tessmacher. She cleans house on Kim, RANA connects. Kim escapes the face plant, Kim takes her down and then talks trash. Tessmacher sends Kim to the corner, Sky takes out Rayne and as Kim holds Tessmacher’s foot, Tessmacher gets eat defeat on the champion for the victory.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Brooke Tessmacher and Velvet Sky @ 5:00 via pin
-RVD warms up backstage.
-RVD is in the ring and awaits his opponent, who will be picked by Bobby Roode. RVD says he knows he is loved, and has been amazing people for years. He will discuss them anyway because he is RVD, the whole FN show, Mr. PPV. He is also the man who will beat Bobby Roode. He’s excited about it, and reminds us he never lost the world title.
Bobby Roode comes out now, and says that he was in the back and heard how over confident RVD sounds. He knows RVD has been on a hiatus, but Roode is here to remind him who he is. Bobby Roode, the it factor of pro wrestling and the leader of the selfish generation. He is also our world champion. The most dominant champion in the history of TNA. He beat AJ, Hardy, Sting, Storm, and at Sacrifice, he will add RVD’s name to the list. Now as for tonight, they are allowed to select each other’s opponent. So as the great champion he is, he will allow RVD to reveal his opponent for tonight. RVD says he picked Mr. Anderson. Roode laughs it off and says it is great. And now, Roode will pick RVD’s opponent, a friend of RVD’s, Jeff Hardy. Good luck Rob.
Robbie T attacks before the bell and takes control early with a short armed clothesline. Devon fights back with chops, but gets leveled with a clothesline. Powerslam by Robbie T gets 2. Robbie T argues with the ref, sets and charges and eats an elbow from Devon. Shoulder block by Devon, another and then a third. Corner splash by Devon, and a shoulder block finally takes Robbie T down. Devon up top, head butt connects, and he covers for 2. Robbie E tries to distract Devon, gets tossed into the ring and Robbie T then attacks Devon. Off the ropes and a spear by Devon. Robbie E destroys the clipboard over Devon’s head and that’s a DQ.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Devon @ 3:00 via DQ
-Robbie E poses over Devon while holding the TV Title.
-Al Snow and Ric Flair meet backstage. They meet the third judge, Bruce Prichard. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOU! They say they will take a look at Alex Silva.
-We get clips from Alex Silva’s debut in Gut Check. We then see Prichard, Snow and Flair discussing his debut. Flair essentially calls him chicken shit, and says he will never be the champion. He also says he will ever draw a dime or help ratings. He also notes eh is not big enough to succeed, and says he doesn’t see X-Division potential in him. They all agree he was nervous, and Prichard notes that people knocked Flair until he proved himself. Apparently 63% of twitter fans liked Silva, and Flair knocks the fans and says that they do not run the business. Flair votes no, Prichard is non-committal. Snow asks that they keep an open mind.
-Hogan and Anderson talk backstage. Anderson hates Roode, and Hogan says RVD chose Anderson to face Roode tonight. And Hogan made it easy for Anderson, it is a no DQ match. Anderson is happy because he can be as violent as he wants. Anderson yells.
And here we go. Lock up, side headlock by Hardy. Off the ropes and Hardy holds on. RVD looks to escape, and gets a roll up for 2. They stand off, lock up again and trade holds. Back elbow by Hardy, and kicks RVD to the floor. Hardy with the dropkick and then dives off of the apron with a clothesline. Back into the ring and Hardy covers for 2. Jeff gets the leg drop into a cover for 2. To the corner, monkey flip by RVD. Spin kick by RVD into the corner, back elbow by Hardy and the whisper in the wind connects for 2. Jaw breaker by RVD, lands another kick and then goes for rolling thunder, but eats knees. Roode sneaks out to the ring, the ref tells him to back off, and as Hardy hits the ropes Roode hits Hardy with the title belt, whoops, allowing RVD to get the win.
OFFICIAL RESULT: RVD @ 5:00 via pin
-Bully Ray is backstage and runs into Joseph Park. Park wants answers, and says their friendship hasn’t grown as he had hoped. He knows that Bully had something to do with Chris disappearing. Ray threatens him, and reminds him that he cannot find his brother, and says they won’t be able to find Joseph if he keeps messing with Ray.
-We get highlights of Eric Bischoff’s TNA exit.
-Borash discusses Eric Bischoff being a prick. Bully Ray arrives and wants to hear more. He then bullies Borash, and grabs him by the tie and they go to discuss this. Ray drags him out to the arena. Ray then shoves Borash into the ring and mocks Borash for not wanting any issues. Ray is tired of the anti-bullying crap and threatens to drop Borash. He wants to start the “stop being a bitch and stand up for your self” campaign. Ray then says he knows Borash wants to hit him and stand up for himself for once in his life. Ray does what he does because he can. Austin Aries now makes his way out to the ring, and says Ray picks on lawyers. Ray warns him not to get into the ring, so Aries does. Aries only cares about Ray and himself. Ray called him out, and all he could call Aries out on is his size. Aries then says Ray has taken bigger shits than him, because he was a big fat blubber Ray for years, a poster boy for type two diabetes. Ray says play time is over, and says Aries has to stand up for himself. Ray says Aries represent small men insignificant men, and he will not do a damn thing to Ray. Ray spits in his face, and mocks Aries further, and we have a brawl! Aries opens a can of whoop ass and security hits the ring, which allows Ray to kick Aries in the balls. He then leaves.
-Kaz and Daniels talk backstage, and say that they have taken their title shot at Sacrifice. They also plan to humiliate AJ. Angle is now there, and says he only wants to make people tap out and bails. Then they mock him for being grumpy, noting, “he always wins matches, what’s he got to be grumpy about?”
-James Storm will speak next week.
-Roode says he has defeated Anderson before, and notes that Hogan has issues and if he is not careful, he will do to him what he did to Sting.
Joe and Magnus charge the ring and clear out Daniels and Kaz, leaving AJ and Angle to start the match. Rights by Angle, off the ropes and AJ with the counters and into the dropkick. Angle back with rights, Daniels tags himself in and Angle shove shim down and AJ tags in Joe. Joe whops Angle’s ass and then tags in Magnus. Atomic drop into the big boot and then the backsplash for 2. Rights by Magnus, to the corner and a boot to Angle. Kaz snaps Magnus off the ropes and then Angle refuses to tag his partners. He works a headlock on Magnus, elbows by Magnus and a boot by Angle. Magnus gets ac clothesline, and both men are down. Tags to Kaz and AJ. AJ cleans house, boot to Angle and looks for the clash, but Daniels gets an enziguri. Chops by Joe to Daniels, and then sends Daniels to the floor. Magnus works him over on the floor, ELBOW SUICIDA by Joe to Daniels! AJ looks to fly, but Angle clips the leg and gets the ankle lock. Kaz tags himself in and Daniels argues with Angle. Joe slams into Daniels, who then hits Angle. Magnus helps AJ, who then gets the clash on Kaz and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: AJ Styles, Samoa Joe & Magnus @ 5:00 via pin
-Angle and Daniels have issues post match, as Angle yells at Daniels. Angle then leaves, and Daniels says that next week he will reveal the BIG SECRET that involves AJ. Either AJ tells the world or they will.
-Snow, Flair and Prichard are out to discuss Alex Silva and the Gut Check challenge. The bring out Silva, and it will be time to determine his fate. Silva’s in his gear, why, I don’t know. MYSTERY MUSIC plays as Snow addresses him. Flair says that he likes his attitude, but come back when you grow up. Prichard says he came out with attitude, and saw him in OVW, but last week wasn’t his best outing. Snow says he knows all about him from OVW, and that Silva has the desire to be here, but the decision is up to all of them and he needs two votes to make it. Flair looks at Silva, who WOOOOOOOO’s at him, and then says NO! Snow says yes. He gives Silva 30-seoncds to prove himself, and says he is here for his dad after all these years, eight long years. He was 13 and poor, and became poorer, with a dream to become a wrestler. Flair says not to talk to the marks, talk to them and says to start again. Silva says he stands up for himself each night and moved to the US with no money with a dream to get here tonight to get a contract. Flair changes his vote and says he is in. Prichard says if they didn’t give him the chance, his answer was no, due to last week. Prichard says he go a second chance and says yes. Snow says Alex Silva is on the roster.
-Mr. Anderson introduces himself.
-Bobby Roode comes to the ring.
They start brawling on the floor, with Anderson in control early. Roode battles back and slams Anderson into the apron. Roode looks for a piledriver, Anderson fights back and catapults him onto the post. We head to a commercial @ 1:00.
Back form commercial @ 5:00, and they say Anderson was in control until Roode low blows him. No DQ kids. Roode then stomps on the gut, and then yells at the ref. To the floor they go, Roode continues his attack. Back into the ring they go, and Roode covers for 2. Roode lays the boots to Anderson, and then a suplex and high knee drop. Roode covers for 2. Anderson tries to fight back, but Roode takes him down and gets a chair. Roode wedges it in the corner, boots to Anderson and then picks him up. Whips him, counter and Roode eats the chair. They trade rights from their knees, to the feet and they continue to trade rights. Anderson fires up, neck breaker follows. Off the ropes and a boot by Roode, and the trouble in paradise kick from Anderson gets 2. Anderson sets, looks for the mic check, countered and a boot by Roode. Roode up top, Anderson stops him and pulls him down, and then Roode back with the spinebuster for 2. Roode grabs the chair, boot and looks for the perfect-plex, Hardy out and he brawls with Roode. Anderson nails the mic check on Hardy. Chair shots by Roode to Anderson, perfect-plex and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Bobby Roode @ 11:00 via pin
-Roode with chair shots to both Hardy and Anderson post match. RVD is out and Roode bails. As RVD checks on Hardy, Roode returns and DDTs RVD onto the chair.
UPDATED TNA SACRIFICE CARD
* AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle
* Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
* Austin Aries vs Bully Ray
* TNA Knockouts Title Match: Gail Kim © vs. Brooke Tessmacher
* TNA Tag Team Title Match: Samoa Joe and Magnus © vs. Daniels and Kazarian
* TNA World Title Match: Bobby Roode © vs. RVD
TNA SACRIFICE: BEFORE THE BELL
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