We start off with a video package looking back at last week when James Storm defeated Kurt Angle to win the World Title, as well as backstage comments talking about how hard he’s worked to become champion and how it’s like a dream, and if anyone pinches him to wake him up, he’s going to knock that guy out. We then go out to the ring as the new champion addresses the crowd, telling them about how he watched Wrestlemania 3 with his late dad and he decided that he wanted to be World Champion one day, and he silenced all the people who said he wasn’t good enough because now, he’s the champion. He couldn’t have done it without the fans, so he wants to thank them for helping make his dream come true, but he also wants to bring Fortune out to the ring to thank them as well. He specifically wants to tell Roode that he got screwed out of the opportunity he worked his whole life for, so he got drunk and decided to give Roode the first shot at the title.
Roode accepts of course, but Samoa Joe comes out to say he used to be part of this group that fought the power that held them down, but for all their self righteousness they preach, he sees the same four scumbags that he did a long time ago, and he sees another Immortal group trying to keep it all in the family, which shouldn’t be too hard for that hillbilly James Storm. Joe’s words, not mine. Instead of giving all his friends title shots, he’s going to prove to everyone that it’s a new day and give Joe a title shot. Storm says Joe had his opportunity and the window closed, and maybe he should give his friends title shots first since Joe’s lost to everyone for months now. Sting’s music hits, and the new Authority Figure comes out to settle the dispute. He says they both have really strong cases, so tonight, it’ll be Joe against Roode with the winner getting a title shot next week in Macon, Georgia.
Tonight: Jeff Hardy has his first match since March as he faces Bully Ray, and Gail Kim makes her own return against Tara.
We go backstage to Christopher Daniels, who claims that AJ Styles fed doctored audio through the speakers to make everyone think he quit at Bound For Glory, and he’ll show how good he is next when he faces “Bob” Van Dam.
Let’s go to the ring for our opening match…
Christopher Daniels vs Rob Van Dam
Chain wrestling sequence to start and Vam Dam gets a bodyscissors rollup for 2. Another back and forth sequence leads to Daniels rolling RVD up for 2 as AJ Styles comes out to join Mike and Taz at the announce booth. RVD boots Daniels in the face and hits a standing moonsault for 2, Daniels drop toeholds RVD into the bottom turnbuckle and puts the boots to him, but eats RVD’s boots on a charge into the corner. He hits a uranage and goes for the BME, but Van Dam moves and hits the stepover leg lariat. RVD with the rolling monkey flip out of the corner and a springboard thrust kick, but Daniels rolls out of the ring to escape Rolling Thunder. RVD doesn’t miss a beat and hits a dive over the top rope, rolls Daniels back into the ring, and Daniels rolls to the floor to dodge the five star frogsplash. RVD goes out to the floor and drapes Daniels on the guardrail and hits the leg lariat off the apron. Daniels goes under the ring and grabs a toolbox, ramming it into RVD’s ribs to get himself disqualified.
Winner: Rob Van Dam by DQ
Daniels grabs a screwdriver out of the toolbox andstalks RVD with it, but AJ drops his headset and comes tearing down to the ring to chase Daniels into the crowd.
Karen Jarrett, Gail Kim, and Madison Rayne are backstage, and they’re…WALKING!
Karen Jarrett comes out with her entire entourage in tow. Anyone care to explain to me how she’s still in power since Immortal lost control of TNA? Gail Kim says everyone can stop with the emails asking her why she did what she did last week, because it’s nobody’s business. But she’s happy to tell us anyway: people have been telling her what to do for her entire career, from TNA to ANOTHER COMPANY and back, but finally Karen made her realize it’s not about the company she works for or the fans who never put a dime in her pocket, it’s all about her being the center of attention and being the one who’s noticed, but most of all, it’s about her being treated like the main eventer she is. Karen says that since Gail’s been suc ha good sport, she’s going to get her title match with Velvet at Turning Point, and the sooner they get the belt off that prostitute Velvet Sky and around the waist of Gail, the better off everyone will be. Gail says she won’t let Karen or herself down, and she wants a piece of fresh meat to come out so she can prove her greatness.
Gail Kim vs Tara
Yep, that Tara is green as grass. Gail attacks Tara on her way into the ring and starts viciously ramming Tara’s face into the mat and then repeatedly drills her in the head with right hands. Tara tries to fight back, but Gail just rips her head off with a hard clothesline. Gail hauls Tara up by the face and yells at her that she’s pathetic before dumping her out to the floor. Karen shoves Traci around and yells at her at ringside as Gail hauls Tara back into the ring and stomps her in the face as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and Gail Kim is choking Tara with her boot in the corner. Gail misses a charge into the corner, but catches Tara with a back elbow and locks her in the modified Royal Octopus. Tara hiptosses out of the hold and finally begins firing back on Gail, taking her out with a series of clotheslines and a rolling neckbreaker for 2. Gail drop toeholds Tara onto the bottom rope and chokes her with herboot again, then hauls Tara back to her feet and htis Sole Food for the win.
Winner: Gail Kim
This was the best Knockouts match I’ve seen on Impact in forever, and Gail looked like a million bucks and showed in one appearance what WWE was missing out on for years.
Jeff Hardy’s backstage saying he’s back in the ring tonight against Bully Ray, and they go way back, but it’s been a long time since he’s faced him or anyone else and this will be a real test for him tonight.
Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair are backstage tonight, and they blow off Robbie E blabbering about his TV Title match because Flair is busy telling Bischoff to kick the crap out of his kid. There’s some quality family sentiment there.
TV Title Match: Eric Young vs Robbie E
Okay, this is pretty funny: Rob Terry is Robbie E’s bouncer and stands in front of a velvet rope holding waving at the fans to stay back while Robbie fist pumps. Well, I guess they have to justify paying him somehow. Young comes out looking homeless and ties up with the referee and backs him to the corner before the match, and then starts unloading on Robbie when the bell rings. He hits Robbie with a flying forearm, then does the Flair Flip to the apron, comes flying over the top with a clothesline, and htis a really nice belly to belly. He gets distracted by Rob Terry and Robbie backdrops him, but Young gets his foot up as Robbie charges him in the corner and gets a crucifix for the win.
Winner: Eric Young
Rob Terry blindsides Young after the match and holds him so Robbie can ram his fist into his gut. Young goes down in a heap, but Terry pulls him back up and now Robbie rams his knee into Young’s midsection. He tells Terry to pull him up again and Young just piefaces Young and sends him down in a heap. They head to the back, and Young grabs a microphone and is aghast that Robbie punched him in the stomach. He’s never been accused of being the smartest guy, but Rob Terry got involved and now, he’s got to bring in the Hollywood heavies, so when they get to Georgia, he’s bringing Ronnie from the Jersey Shore. Okay.
Eric Bischoff is backstage, and he’s…WALKING!
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