Impact Wrestling Wrap-Up – 5/24/12

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*Note* For these recaps, match recaps will be brief, no one wants to read every single move that happens so we’re only going to go through the end sequences.

Gail Kim and Madison Rayne are out first after the standard recap video package. Gail delivers a great promo talking about how great it is to be her and how she built the Knockouts and that everything revolves around her. She says she is the most important woman in the company. She says that her only problem is that the Knockout Tag Titles are held by a man and that so-called woman so she calls out ODB and Eric Young.

1) Gail Kim & ODB vs. Eric Young & Madison Rayne

ODB hit a powerslam for a two count on Kim. She pats her chest and lifted Kim up, but Kim fights out. ODB lifs up Kim for a fallaway slam, but Madison pulls her legs out from the apron and holds her legs down to prevent the kickout for the cheap finish. EY is too busy pumping up the crowd to notice the outcome.

Winners: Gail Kim & ODB

Great promo by Gail, when she’s given the chance she can cut promos with the best women in the industry. The match on the other hand was utterly forgettable with some dissension being teased between EY and ODB.

Hogan was shown backstage talking to someone saying that he made the first cut for the main event and it was rough and asked the person if they were still coming and said he’d see them soon.

RVD was out next and said he had been so focused since coming back that he forgot to take care of some unfinished business and calls out Gunner.

2) Rob Van Dam vs. Gunner

Gunner charged at RVD in the corner and got a kick for his trouble. Gunner then grabbed a chair, but RVD hit him with a Van Daminator. RVD then went up to the top rope and hit a Long 5-Star Frog Splash for the victory.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

Good match but, short at a little under 3 minutes and Gunner lost very decisively which hurts his momentum a bit.

Devon call outs Garrett after he eliminated him in the Battle Royal last week.

3) TNA Television Championship Match: Devon (c) vs. Garret Bischoff

Devon locked in a side headlock again, the Robbies interfere and lay a beating on both men. Devon and Garrett turn the tables after a double clothesline by Devon and clear the heels from the ring.

No Contest

The Robbies looked terrible with their interference and even managed to botch a clothesline. Wow.

Hogan is back on screen to make a cut. He says AJ knows Roode better than anyone and that Angle has beaten everybody lately. He then says that Hardy has been nothing but professional since he’s return. He says Roode’s reign has to be stopped and eliminates Hardy.

Video package on Joseph Parks and Abyss and then we get Bully Ray’s music.

Ray does his typical heel deal and says he hears Park is in the crowd. Park was shown and Ray said he was sick and tired of him. He then demanded that Park get in the ring, and Park obliged. A yes chant greeted Park and he made his way into the ring. Park adjusted his tie and asked for a microphone. He stayed on the floor and told Bully he was intimidated and asked for a little space. He then got in the ring and the crowd chanted for him.

He went on to say that all he wanted was answers about his brother, and said that all the facts that he could gather pointed him to Ray. Park said that he’s represented a lot of people, some guilty and some not. He said he can look in someone’s eyes and determine their guilt. The crowd chanted “guilty”, and Park insisted he didn’t tell them to say that. Park said that he was entitled to a trial, and then said the crowd was a worthy jury.

Parks surveyed the crowd and asked who thought Ray was not guilty. There was no response. He then asked who thought he was guilty, and everybody else cheered. Ray then punched Parks in the gut and grabbed a chain out. He hit Park over the back with it and bent down and told him that he was not guilty. Park continued to sell the chain shot as Bully Ray left.

The whole Abyss/Park/Ray thing is interesting and we’ll see just where it goes soon enough, probably by the next pay per view.

Joey Ryan was shown talking about how he got into wrestling, and really put over the opportunity of TNA Gut Check. A video was shown of one of his indy matches, and he said that Pro Wrestling is the only constant in his life.

4) Austin Aries vs. Joey Ryan

Aries hit a rolling elbow to come back, and set up for a charging corner drop kick, but Ryan avoided. Ryan and Aries traded strikes until Ryan hit a T-Bone Suplex. Aries made a comeback with a clothesline in the corner, and followed up with a running dropkick and a brainbuster for the win.

Winner: Austin Aries

Aries looked great again and is should be fast-tracked to the main event. Ryan however looked noticeably nervous and green.

Hogan makes the last cut and it’s Angle as AJ knows Roode better than anyone in the company.

5) TNA Championship Match: Bobby Roode (c) vs. AJ Styles

Roode hit a boot and went for a fisherman buster, but Styles slipped out. Styles went for a catapult, but Roode caught himself and hit a spear. Roode then locked in a crossface, but Styles maneuvered out. Styles then locked in a reverse STF, but Roode reached the ropes. Styles went for another Styles Clash, but Roode avoided and hit a spinebuster. He followed up with a Fisherman’s Suplex for a near fall.

Roode went for another Fisherman’s Suplex, but Styles avoided and hit a Pele Kick. He climbed to the top rope for the Spiral Tap, but Roode got the knees and legs up at the last moment. He followed up with the Fisherman’s Suplex for the win.

Winner and STILL TNA Champion: Bobby Roode

Great match over 20 minutes long although only 11 made it to TV. Exactly what you expect from two workhorses. Roode is now the longest reigning TNA Champion in history.

He invites Hogan to celebrate with his champagne and plastic glasses and then says if Hogan doesn’t want to celebrate with him, he’ll celebrate by himself and asks for his confetti which litters the Impact Zone. Hogan walked out and clapped for Roode. Hogan said he was glad he wasn’t a betting man. Hogan said he had the deck completely stacked against Roode, and he didn’t realize how good he was. Hogan said he had to thank and congratulate him, and let him know that he’s glad he called him out to celebrate. He then said he had a lot of respect for him, and he said Roode has done things he didn’t expect him to do.

Hogan said what he did was because of hard work, but Roode needs to realize that the hard work has just begun. Hulk then said there was somebody else who wanted to celebrate, and that he was sorry for his late arrival. The arena went black, and when the lights came back on, Sting was in the ring behind Roode. Sting hit a Stinger Splash and a clotheslined Roode over the top rope. Hogan said next week at 8pm, in TNA’s new time slot, the show would open with a Lumberjack match between Sting and Bobby Roode. Sting celebrated and Roode cried foul as the show went off the air.

Good show, but not great. TNA really needs some new direction as Sting coming back to the title picture has been done many times and something different needs to happen. It’s not like Sting has even been gone a very long time.

 

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