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Andrew’s Ratings & Analysis: Impact Wrestling 2.4.2020

Rosemary is trying to pull something out of Susie on this week’s IMPACT!. Will she like what she gets?



Rosemary is trying to pull something out of Susie on this week’s IMPACT!. Will she like what she gets?

The rundown for the show today looks interesting. Susie and Rosemary will obviously turn into some cheesy Joss Whedon inspired situation, but these have still been entertaining. Daga and Dr Wagner have issues with oVe and TJP versus Hijo del Vikingo should be pretty great.

I appreciate that Impact Wrestling seems to be okay with trying a few things outside of the usual televised wrestling formula.

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  • Tessa Blanchard vs Adam Thornstowe: Tessa wins via Buzzsaw DDT – ** 1/4
  • Rhino vs Taurus: Rhino wins via DQ – **
  • Susie vs Rosemary: No Contest – N/A
  • TJP w/Fallah Bahh vs El Hijo del Vikingo: TJP wins via Regal Stretch – **** 1/4
  • oVe (Jake & Dave Crist) w/Madman Fulton vs Daga & Dr Wagner Jr w/Galeno del Mal: Daga wins via Lifting Underhook Gutbuster – ***
  • Street Fight: Tommy Dreamer vs Ace Austin: Ace Austin wins via The Fold – **


Tessa comes out to the ring and calls out Ace Austin, even throws in a little Spanish, yet the Mexico City crowd does not care. Ace and Reno Scum comes out, and Ace decides to feed her a substitute instead. 

Tessa Blanchard vs Adam Thornstowe – We get a marginally competitive match. Luster and Ace on the outside did more than their fair share to help out Thornstowe. Tessa got slammed into the apron by Luster, Thronstowe took her to Pity City, but who really expected a crony to beat Tessa? It was a decent match with Tessa working from underneath because of the numbers game, but nothing surprising. The match did make sure to highlight the size discrepancy between Tessa and even an undercard wrestler by needing multiple Buzzsaw DDTs to get the job done.

Madison, Taya and Kiera are great comedic heels. 

Tommy Dreamer comes out to make the save, as per his role in Impact the last few years, especially with Tessa. He challenges Ace to a hardcore match later in the night.

Rhino vs Taurus – We saw a pretty solid Hoss fight in this match. Rhino had the power advantage for a while, but Taurus displayed some of his agility with some slingshot maneuvers and Shining Wizard, which just looks cool from a man in a bull mask. After Taurus misses on a big Corkscrew Senton, Rhino looks to take advantage of the situation, but Moose interjects himself. Since he went after Rhino first, I’m assuming it was a DQ in favor of Rhino. Either way, Rhino Gores Moose to get him out of the ring, as Taurus and Rhino have a respectful moment in the ring. The DQ protects Taurus from having back to back clean losses, and it builds some heat for the match between Rhino and Moose. Decent match and decent story telling, I would’ve preferred a clean finish though.

ImpactPlus Flashback Moment: Beer Money vs Team 3D vs Motor City Machine Guns, #1 Contender 3 Way Dance, TNA Sacrifice, May 16,2010

Ahh more Taya being a little delusional, and Rosemary getting her master plan in action!

Susie vs Rosemary – With Rosemary dispatching of James Mitchell and Havok, we all knew the plan. Susie comes out being as sweet as pie,so Rosemary pushes, and keeps pushing, until she throws the bloody glove at her. Having the glove seemed to unlock the Su Yung mannerisms in Susie and Rosemary was ecstatic to be getting smacked around. Rosemary leads Susie to the backstage area, specifically the steps where Havok hung her and killed off Su Yung the last time they were in Mexico.

All of the same notes being played, Rosemary even had a noose to try and hang Susie. The memories came back, Su Yung’s power returned, and we see the transformation back into Su Yung. Havok managed to escape, just in time to see Su Yung return, and then Su goes after her.

TJP w/Fallah Bahh vs El Hijo del Vikingo – This match definitely lived up to what we expect from both men. This was a great mixture of Lucha Libre, Cruiserweight and even a little Japanese Junior style. There was a nice rolling lucha spot which ended in the double kip up, pause for applause moment. Vikingo pulled off tons of fun moves, a Twisting Corkscrew Frankensteiner, Standing Bow and Arrow, Tope con Hilo over the Turnbuckle and post, Triangle Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop…just a great match to watch.

Even though TJP was obviously a better mat wrestler, Vikingo wasn’t completely lost on how to get out of things. Armbar variations and Indian Deathlocks didn’t keep Vikingo down. TJP flew a few times as well, a smooth Superplex, a Tombstone that gave him the opening to hit a Frog Splash, but Vikingo kicked out. The finish was beautiful as Vikingo went to the ropes, TJP caught him for a Detonation Kick, Vikingo flipped out of that and tried a Hurricanrana, but TJP caught the leg and came down in a Regal Stretch. It was just a great sequence and Vikingo submitted.

The North hit the ring afterwards to beat on Vikingo since he beat Josh Alexander last week. TJP tried to help and Fallah eventually drew a line in the sand and The North retreated.

Katie Forbes stops Joey Ryan, Ryan assumes it’s something sexual, but it was just a set up for RVD to attack him. Decent enough reason for a match. 

oVe (Jake & Dave Crist) w/Madman Fulton vs Daga & Dr Wagner Jr w/Galeno del Mal – This was a hard match to follow the Vikingo match, but since the show is pre-taped, who knows when it was filmed. Wagner got in a nice Hangman Cutter and the crowd went along with his playing to the crowd, but Daga did most of the work. Daga and Jake has a solid back and forth where they both hit very quick popping Death Valley Drivers, and that was a good catch your breath moment. The Crist brothers had a decent chance after a Spiked Tombstone, but it wasn’t meant to be. Wagner got rid of Dave and Daga was able to put away Jake with the Underhook Gutbuster.

Solid match, but hard to follow TJP and Vikingo. Fulton lays out Wagner and Daga, so we’re not done here yet.

Street Fight: Tommy Dreamer vs Ace Austin – To be completely honest, this was a lame main event in the grand scheme of things. How many times do we have to see Dreamer make a save, demand an extreme match…just to lose? He pulled off his usual spots, Beer Mist, Dusty Elbow, DDT on a chair, but there’s no way they’re having Tommy Dreamer beat the X Division champion. Plus some of the weapon spots just took too damn long.

Was it okay for what it was, sure. Do I need to see another Tommy Dreamer “extreme” match any time in the coming decade? No.


Overall Score: 7/10

Not a bad show even though it started slow when it came to match quality and finished…well…in mediocrity. The TJP and Vikingo match was tremendous, and worth watching the entire show for that alone. Also the Su Yung story coming to an interesting point is great. Yes it’s cheesy, but wrestling is inherently cheesy, so who cares if it feels like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Having the tie from the beginning of the show to the end with Tessa’s friends and Ace Austin, so even if the matches didn’t do anything for me, at least it made sense for the story. Plus I suppose the Moose and RVD angles though basic, are still working well for what they are.

All in all, pretty good show.

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Andrew’s IMPACT #1000 Results & Match Ratings: 9.14.2023

Team 3D returns! Traci Brooks in action! Beautiful People letting the pigeons lose! Is it 2005 again? No – it’s IMPACT! 1000!!!



With the very first episode of IMPACT! posted earlier, it’s time we get to one of the main attractions of the year for Impact Wrestling! The 1000th episode of their flagship show, we get a return of Feast or Fired, Team 3D will be doing something, and Traci Brooks will be in action for the first time since 2012 (2011 for TNA/Impact).

They have to have other things planned, and it should be fun to see who shows up for the celebration. We know it won’t be AJ Styles or Petey Williams or Abyss, but you never know if there will be a wink to someone or something from the 20+ years of TNA/Impact action. Maybe Hermie Sadler returns? Pacman Jones? DeAngelo Williams?

Only one way to find out!


  • FEAST or FIRED: Crazzy Steve case 1 – Moose case 2 – Chris Bey case 3 and Yuya Uemura case 4 – ***
  • Team 3D vs Desi Hit Squad: Team 3D wins via Dudley Death Dorp – ** 1/2
  • Eddie & Alisha Edwards vs Frankie Kazarian & Traci Brooks: Traci wins via Fade to Black – ** 3/4
  • X Division Championship: Lio Rush (c) vs Chris Sabin: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *** 3/4 – TITLE CHANGE!!!



They do a modified classic intro with a combination of the new roster and classic highlights. Scott D’Amore kicks things off in the ring. Nice symmetry with D’Amore starting off episode 1 and 1000. Gail Kim gets a nice intro and as I’ve said, she is the only North American women’s wrestler in my personal Top 5  for female wrestlers. People don’t give Gail enough credit. 

They do a little Knockouts highlights reel, Beautiful People, Ms, Jackie, Christy Hemme, ODB, the new roster as well, but its nice to see the classics,  including a little highlight for Daffney. Beautiful People music hits! Velvel and Angelina come out and Rehwoldt echoes what Don West used to say about the entrance. Angelina and Velvel cut a classic BP promo calling people ugly or all before pictures. Gisele Shaw’s music hits along with the SHAWntourage, and we know she’s not here to backup Gail. The new mean girl gets to butter up the classic mean girls. Gisele thinks she’s improved on the BP schtick and that’s where she loses Love and Velvel. Velvel asks “who’s so great from your generation” and Jordynne Grace’s music kicks in. 

Jordynne with the classic face stuff, talking about the greats from the BP generation of Tara, ODB, Traci and Gail Kim. And then runs down annoying vapid bitches, and Deonna answers that call. Deonna does get a babyface pop though, so not sure what position she’s playing in this opening promo. Trinity decides to show up once championships are mentioned. She’s got a cute fringe leather jacket over her usual gear, and the fringe is glow in the dark, which is kinda cool…can’t hate on it. After a little bit of chirping, AWSOME KONG’S MUSIC HITS and she has Raisha Saeed! Raisha does her classic “who will challenge” manager line and Tasha Steelz music hits. I was kinda curious where she’s been when she sorta came back a few months ago. 

Tasha wants a piece of Kong apparently and Mickie’s music hits after Tasha does her “Greatest that beat the Greatest” spiel. So we’re gonna get some 5v5 Knockout generations battle. Mickie, Trinity, Kong, Jordynne and Gail vs Gisele, Savannah, Tasha, Deonna and one of the Beautiful People next week!


Tons of people in this match, not everyone got an intro so consider this more like a Battle Royal. I’ll just call a few spots and who get briefcases. Kevin Knight and Kushida take out Brian Myers, but Laredo Kid and Black Taurus cut off the NJPW tag team from getting any briefcases. Taurus and Laredo turn on each other, Laredo with a Poison Rana, then they try to go up the ropes, but John Skyler throws the luchadors to the floor, Chris Bey tries to slow down Skyler. Bey crotches Skyler and then grabs the number 3 brief case. jump over a few people and he walks off with his spoils. Maclin getting ganged up on, Gresham and Gujjar are in the ring looking for  an opening to grab a brief case. Laredo cuts off Gujjar, Jai Vidal also shows up, Kevin Knight and Kushida start a Tower of Doom, Sami Callihan and Heath consider not playing into it, but say screw it and pull off the Tower spot. Sami and Heath trade blows, Crazzy Steve claws both men’s faces, go up the ropes and grabs case number 1, but now he has to land with it. Crazzy Steve pulls out a fork from his boot, stabs Brian Myers in the stomach, and Moose just lets Steve walk by. Smart move by Moose.

Moose tries for a case, Maclin hits the Crosshairs and a KIA, but Gresham stops Maclin. Gujjar takes out Gresham and then Jai Vidal pulls Gujjar into the corner with his legs and gets a little close to throw off Gujjar, SLAY-More Kick from Vidal…but Alpha Bravo and Swinger stop Vidal’s offense. Skyler Slingshot Spear, Skyler tries to fight them off, but Kushida gives Knight the assisted Springboard Crossbody. PCO eats the two junior heavyweights until Black Taurus Spinebusters PCO. Taurus looks for a Powerbomb but Laredo turns it into a Canadian Destoryer. JOYA hits the One Hit Wonder on Laredo and Hendry tries to protect Yuya. Hendry and Yuya play monkey in the middle with Sami Callihan, and steal away with case number 4!

PCO and Maclin doing the heavy shots, people decide to run into PCO  one at a time, but Jai Vidal tries to seduce PCO. PCO lets the kid try, but then Chokeslams him (Jai prolly liked it). Sami with an Iconoclasm from the corner to the apron onto the floor for PCO. Kushida and Knight work together to Avalanche Frankensteiner Taurus from the corner. Maclin sabotages Knight, HEATH slows down Maclin. Scoop Powerslam from Heath gives him a small opening, him and Maclin fight on the rope, Maclin picks the legs, tries his own luck and grabs case 2 and uses it as a weapon, but has to get to the floor. Slowly being surrounded, Maclin has to find a way. RHYNO shows up, GORE for Maclin and Moose scoops case 2 after it goes flying post Gore! Gore! Gore!

Rohit Raju is back! Champagne Singh may suck, but Rohit is the fantastic. He says name a tag team that has done more than the Desi Hit Squad…Team 3D music hits. 

Team 3D vs Desi Hit Squad

Bully and Singh start, Bully calls for a Devon chant and he comes in with the simple Double Axe Handle Armbreaker tandem move. Desi Hit Squad tries the Double Lariat, and Devon says no. Assisted Back Body Drop, Ray gets thrown from the top rope by Singh and the Hit Squad are starting to put together something. I’m a big fan of the Mocha Skinned Manimal, but you knew as soon as he got a little cocky…yup Spear from Ray. Simultaneous tags, Devon rocks Singh, Diving Shoulder Tackle, Neck Breaker, Pop-Up Single Hand Spinebuster for a near fall.

Scoop Slam from Bully on Rohit, WAZZZZUPPP!!! DEVON! 1-2-3 GET THE TABLES! The referee is letting it happen, and its nice he can read the room. Fling the Singh into a 3D, and the Dudley Death Drop picks up another win. But the table is still standing. So time to put him through a table…Bubba Bomb from the top rope style.

Josh Alexander has a small interaction with the Rascalz in the back, he’s goading them while they’re just being stoned sloppy assholes eating pizza and being somewhat rude. Commercial break hits and Josh is walking out to speak. 

Josh’s promo sounds far too similar to what he said when him and Alex Shelley faced each other at Emergence 2022. So I’m a little tired of Josh’s “I’ve been a fan for 15 years” or whatever. Shelley comes out taking offense to Josh’s terminology about still calling it his title since he “never lost it”. Alex Shelley plays up the heel side hard here, with the “You’re Welcome for having a place to have a job”, Josh tries to say he’s been his fan, Alex Shelley asks fan or Mark? Okay, Shelley says he’s the main character and Josh is the side quest, and honestly that popped me. 

The Rascalz hit the ring and attack both Shelley and Alexander, they throw Shelley into the ropes, he stops himself, Josh clocks both Rascalz and Shelley walks away. So The Rascalz double team Alexander as Shelley just walks off slowly. 

Eddie & Alisha Edwards vs Frankie Kazarian & Traci Brooks

Traci coming out in her Ms. Brooks gimmick and still looks pretty good. Alisha and Eddie start talking shit to Kaz and Traci’s son who’s in the crowd; that’s good heel work.

Slap from Traci, ragdoll Cat Fight style wrestling as Frankie goes after Eddie and this just spills out into more tornado style. Eventually the Edwards get the upper hand and Lish starts paint brushing Traci and pushing her around. Lish tags in Eddie and goes after Traci, but Traci slaps him and crawls through his legs to tag Frankie. Lish kicks Kaz while he’s rope running which distracts him enough to run into a Blue Thunder Bomb. Commercial happens and we’re back with Lish smacking Frankie. Frankie is about to snap but she runs back to tag in Eddie real fast

Eddie taking a methodical pace, but Frankie floats over and turns it into a Back Stabber to maybe find some space. But Lish pulls Traci off the apron and Frankie is grabbed by Eddie. Lish hits a Tornado DDT on from the apron to the floor on Kaz. Celebratory kiss from the Edwards, and Eddie throws Kaz back in. Kaz hits a few chops but Eddie fires back with a big Lariat and then chokes Kaz with the middle rope and Lish gets involved as well. Kaz has been eating offense from everyone, which makes sense since, well, Traci was never known for wrestling. Lish tags in, Kaz moves so Eddie catches Lish, tries to Victory Roll Eddie but is told he’s not legal. Lish runs at him, Kaz calls her a “stupid bitch” hits the Northern Lights combo for a near fall. Traci gets tagged in, starts rocking Alisha, but Eddie gets involved, tries to Backpack Stunner her, but she claws his face and hits an Avalanche X Factor while Kaz hits a Running Knee Lift into Eddie’s face. Fade to Black from Traci to win!

After the win, Frankie says they have more and points to the screen. Traci Brooks is also going into the Impact Hall of Fame this year! She looks genuinely surprised and gets “you deserve it” chants from the crowd. So a very nice moment and their son is in the ring with them. So a nice moment. 

X Division Championship: Lio Rush (c) vs Chris Sabin

Boo, I wanted Sabin to come out to his old “HAIL SABIN” music instead of the generic one. Also still a little annoyed I’m enjoying this new version of Lio Rush, but hey, people eventually smarten up and it looks like he finally figured it out.

Lio still uses his slippery speed early to mess with Sabin and just out quick the X Division Icon. Oki-doke along the ropes, Sabin eats another Handspring and Suicide Dive as complete Deja Vu for the Slammiversary sneak attack. So Final Hour attempt, eerie shades, but the official isn’t getting out of the way. Lio gets annoyed, goes for Sabin, Small Package near fall, Cradle Shock gets slipped and a few quick flash moves and cradle attempts from Sabin. Sabin played possum like a pro.

Corner 10 Count Punches, stop at 9, and goes for a big Wind-Up Chop for 10. Lio tries to retreat to the ropes, but Sabin pulls him back into the center, feigns a crotch shot but turns it into the classic Liger Surfboard. Lio puts the breaks on the Irish Whip, Springboard Frankensteiner gives Lio some life. Rush tries to tie up Sabin in a Sleeper but Sabin keeps fighting through. Drive to the corner, but Lio fires back with a Lariat into a Side Suplex for 2. Grounded Sleeper with the Body Scissors from Rush, and Sabin is back to gasping for air. Jaw Jacker makes some space as Sabin tries to remember how to breathe.

Sabin pops Rush and then connects with a Missile Dropkick sending Lio reeling. Cradle Shock attempt but Rush claws the eyes and keeps his fingers there until the referee starts to count. Asai Moonsault from Rush and Sabin is still dazed. Rush resets the 10 count instead because he’s trying to make a statement, Snap Suplex onto the ramp and Rush is selling a bit as well. Rush ain’t sitting pretty, but that’s probably also fueling his desire to make an example of Sabin.

Lio goes for Cradle Shock, but Sabin slips and doesn’t take the insult, but a counter slip into the Sweeping Spin Kick of Lio for 2! Rush to the top rope but Sabin grabs him to stop him. Fighting back and forth, Sabin with the Superplex as both guys play dead for a few seconds. Stacked Powerbomb from Sabin when Lio ducked to early, but only 2! YAKUZA KICK from Sabin! Cradle Shock…nope slipped, Super Kick, slide through the legs transition into the STF. Lio starts struggling, Sabin picks him up for the Die Hard Driver. Clothesline from Hell,Michigan, Cradle Shock – KICK OUT! Avalanche Cradle Shock attempt, but Lio fights off, claws the face again, FINAL HOUR! But Lio can’t cover right away and Sabin kicks at 2!

You can see Lio is annoyed so he just started peppering forearms, but Sabin fires and returns punches in kind. Lio with his quick hit combination, Tanaka Punch, into Shell Shock into Cradle Shock! 10 TIME CHAMPION! CHRIS SABIN! With the power of all his friends!


Overall Score: 7.5/10

Admittedly, a lot of talking. So if you aren’t an invested fan, I can see some of this show feeling slow. But they definitely did right by the history, the lineage and the originals still on the roster. Awesome Kong and Gail Kim in action next week with the Beautiful People and even Raisha Saeed being back! Rhino returns. America’s Most Wanted sighting! Chris Sabin main evented episode 1 and 1000. But the different here is he actually won.

So that’s a fun game I guess, Kaz, Eric Young, Shark Boy, Scott D’Amore, AMW and Chris Sabin are the people who were on episode 1 and 1000.

Traci getting the surprise induction package as well was a nice way to cap her career. Team 3D running it back 1 more time was great. Next week we will find out who got what briefcase. Unless they change the gimmick, it used to be; World Title Shot, X Division Title Shot, Tag Team Title Shot and a pink slip. I would like the results to be:

  1. Crazzy Steve – X Division
  2. Moose – World Heavyweight
  3. Yuya – Tag Team
  4. Chris Bey – Fired

Not because I dislike Bey, quite the opposite. But it would be an easy way to let him go in case there’s contract issues or he has chances in other companies. Because they just named JOYA a few weeks ago, I think Moose signed a decent extension and Steve just had all those promos to get over his new motivation…so Bey is the only one who seems to be treading water a little.

We’ll find out though, but all in all, it was a good celebration of 1000 episodes of IMPACT!


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Andrew’s TNA IMPACT! Episode 1 Results & Match Ratings: 6.4.2004

IMPACT! 1000 is later tonight, so lets stir up some hype with IMPACT! number 1!!



With the 1000th’s episode airing later tonight, I figured a fun way to hype things up could be hoping in the time machine to the first IMPACT! episode. The Impact Wrestling YouTube channel uploaded it in its entirety a few days ago, and it seems like the perfect springboard for a momentous occasion!

People have been decrying that TNA/Impact will die in no time. Well 19 years of IMPACT! and 21 years of TNA seem to have proven most of the detractors wrong. Were there dark times? Sure. Are their Claire Lynch storylines that I wish were fever dreams? Extra yes! But lets enjoy the throwback episode for the Little Engine That Could, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling!


  • Team Canada (Bobby Roode, Petey Williams & Eric Young w/Coach D’Amore) vs Amazing Red, Sonjay Dutt & Hector Garza: Hector Garza wins via Tornillo – ***
  • Shark Boy vs Abyss: Abyss wins via Blackhole Slam – N/A
  • NWA Tag Team Championship: America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) vs Kid Kash & Dallas (c):  Wildcat wins via School Boy – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • X Division #1 Contender: Chris Sabin vs Michael Shane vs Elix Skipper vs AJ Styles: Styles wins via Styles Clash – *** 1/4



Team Canada (Bobby Roode, Petey Williams & Eric Young w/Coach D’Amore) vs Amazing Red, Sonjay Dutt & Hector Garza

Ahh the six sided ring is nice to see again, and the international team Dives right on Team Canada and starts things off fast and sexy. EY and Sonjay get in the ring, Spinning Headscissors from Sonjay gives the time for Sonjay to tag in Red; and we see a little tandem work. Team Canada mobs Red though and helps EY tag out to Bobby, and Roode showing all those classic Triple H moves that we loved him for. Roode tags to Petey for an Electric Chair Bulldog combination, and a 2 count.

Petey places Red on the ropes, goads the babyface international squad and Coach D’Amore takes a cheap shot. Garza gets annoyed at all of the heel stuff and forces himself in to break up the pinfall. Red finally counters EY and Red, hot tag to Hector Garza, he takes out Petey and EY, but Bobby stops him with a Sitout Powerbomb. Sonjay takes out Bobby, EY with the Wheelbarrow Suplex to lay out Sonjay, Code Red from Amazing Red on EY and then a Canadian Destroyer from Petey! The signature spam leads to a big avalanche Frankensteiner from Sonjay into a Tornillo from Hector Garza for the win!

Classic TNA flashback to Toby Keith getting his revenge on Jeff Jarrett. 

Shark Boy vs Abyss

Ahh Greg Demarco’s favorite wrestler, Abyss. I have missed his twisted circus music though.

Abyss goozles Shark Boy immediately, but he bites the hand, tries to use his speed to rock Abyss…but then he pulls a stupid. Shark Boy goes for the Crossbody, Abyss catches him, eats him, Shock Therapy attempt but catches him in a Blackhole Slam and Abyss wins easily.

Popeye consoles Shark Boy, because remember they film in Orlando. 

NWA Tag Team Championship: America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) vs Kid Kash & Dallas (c)

For anyone who doesn’t know, Dallas thinks EVERYBODY DIES! Always fun to see old school Lance Archer gimmicks. And its very weird to see James Storm win no beard.

Tennessee Cowboy and Kid Kash start, a stall into rope run and then Storm catches Kash with the Monkey Flip. Chris Harris tags in, a little tandem corner moves into a Space Jam, and Dallas has to break up the pin. Kash finally grabs the ropes to slow down Storm, Storm charges, Stun Gun and Dallas gets tagged in; tandem action and a 2 count.

Commercial break and Tenay said the “keep the tape machines rolling” line, so I popped for dumb reasons. Kash is legal and working over the Cowboy. Kash and Dallas go for a tandem move where Dallas is perched, Kash climbs Dallas and goes for a Sky High Moonsault, but misses! Tags happen and Wildcat throwing haymakers and his body at the big man, keeping the offense rolling. Kash breaks up the pin, signature spam moment. Blackout/Frog Splash tandem on Roode but the Wildcat hits a Spear from out of frame on Kash to stop a pinfall. Dallas gets crotched then rolled up by Harris…AMW wins!

The American Dream daddy, is introduced as the special judge! For clarification, because they did time limits on Fox Sports Net, anything that went to time would be voted on by Judges like a boxing match. Dream gets cut off by the King of Mountain, Jeff Jarrett! My World is still one of the best wrestling themes, period. Dusty gets an “elbow” chant from the fans. The drawing power of dream is relevant in Florida even in 2004. 

Jarrett runs down Dusty as a has been, asks him if he needs money, and its decent heel work. Jeff equates it to High Noon, takes 5 paces in the Jackie Fargo strut style that Dusty shadows in a mock way, then paintbrushes Jarrett with his cowboy hat when Jarrett turns. Ron “The Truth” Killings makes the save for Dusty when Jarrett turns it around and the rest of the 3 Live Kru (Konnan and BG James) shows up to run Jarrett up the ramp.

Chris Sabin vs Michael Shane vs Elix Skipper vs AJ Styles


A few early strikes, early high spot is Skipper flying over Sabin and Shane to grab AJ before Sabin and Skipper wipe each other out. Shane tries to get something rolling but the classic Styles Dropkick into the I AM pose pops the crowd hard. Skipper and Sabin land a few shots, Sabin Crossbody into a pin, but Skipper Matrix escape and kicks Sabin in the teeth. Shane connects on the Wheelbarrow Suplex making him look like King of the Hill.

AJ picks the foot and drags Shane out but Shane reverses the Vertical Suplex. Elix hits the snap STO on the inside but Shane breaks it up, Implant DDT from Shane, broken up by AJ. Ins, outs, Springboards, PHENOMENON from AJ for 2 because Sabin breaks it up. Springboard Tornado DDT from Sabin but AJ kicks out. Tiger Wall Kick from Sabin on Elix, Low Dropkick and then Shane lays out Sabin with a Butterfly Suplex. Shane goes to the top, AJ crotches him, Elix walks the ropes and Frankensteiner to the outside where both crash and are out for a while. AJ ole’s Sabin so he crashes in Elix, FOSBURY FLOP from AJ!

Sabin and Shane are inside somehow, Sabin gets posted, AJ springboards in with the sunset on Shane, rolls it into the Styles Clash and wins! Number 1 contender, AJ Styles.

X Division champion Frankie Kazarian comes down to talk smack with AJ as the show fades out.

Overall Score: 8/10

Given the fact it was their first chance at a larger audience than just the Weekly PPV gimmick, this had everything. Fast action, old names that people could sink their teeth into (Shane Douglas, Dusty Rhodes, Vince Russo, Jeff Jarrett, Hector Garza, Mike Tenay, Kid Kash) and the younger wrestlers looked interesting. Sure there wasn’t any real personality work, but when Fox Sports Net only gave them an hour, I think they threw enough at the fans to entice a few back.

Also in retrospect its fun to see some of the names that are still active, still in TNA/Impact and even some no longer around. Hearing Don West and Mike Tenay again was really refreshing. Never understood the hate on Don West’s style, and I’m very happy that Tenay and West are getting recognized in this year’s Impact Hall of Fame.

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