TNA Wrestling taped this week’s edition of TNA Impact tonight from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to PWInsider.com and reader John Benoit for providing us with updates. Below are full results:
*TNA X-Division champion Jay Lethal pinned The Amazing Red.
TNA Impact: (Airing Thursday)
We open up impact with Hulk Hogan’s theme song and Hogan’s pyro. Eric Bischoff and Hogan (still on crutches) come out and there is a mixture of cheers and boos in the building. There are some loud “Hogan sucks” chant as Biscoff introduces Hogan. Hogan says, “Enough of the crap” and that it’s time to take what is their’s. Fans chant “Please retire.” Hogan says that Dixie Carter lied to him and sold him a false bill of good when it came to TNA, so now “Hollywood” Hogan is taking over TNA. Bischoff introduces the first member of Team Hogan, Abyss. Abyss hugs them and screams, “They’re here!” Hogan calls Abyss his son. Bischoff them introduces Jeff Jarrett, who said that at first, he didn’t see eye to eye with them but then realized they are on the same page. Bischoff cut a promo on Dixie, saying Dixie took Jeff’s company from him, but Fourtune’s music played and out came Ric Flair and Fourtune.
Flair said that Fortune runs TNA, not anyone else. Flair says that tonight, either he or Hogan have to leave TNA forever and they face off, then hug. Bischoff asked if anyone thought that 25 years ago, Flair and Hogan would be on the same team ever. Bischoff then introduced TNA champion Jeff Hardy, who comes out. Everyone in the ring claps for Hardy while the crowd is split. There is a loud “You sold out” chant. Hardy said he didn’t sell out, he sold in. Hardy said that he doesn’t care about his fans and reveals he was the one who was behind the Abyss attack on Rob Van Dam.
They cut to Sting and Kevin Nash watching backstage. Bischoff asks them to come to the ring and let bygones be bygones. Nash and Sting come out. Bischoff asks them to join the crew but Kevin says, “Thanks but no thanks.” He cut a promo saying he is sticking with the TNA family and is “passing on the money this time.” Sting says that he loves TNA and history won’t be repeating itself, and turns them down as well. Bischoff says the offer stands when they change their mind.
*Madison Rayne cuts a promo and says that Tara beat her at Bound for Glory and that wasn’t supposed to happen. Tara comes out and Rayne tells her that she is the only reason that Tara is back in TNA and Tara needs to do the right thing. Tara lays down and lets Rayne pin her. Madison begins celebrating but Mickie James comes out and says that she came to TNA to make history, so why not let it be tonight. Madison shoved Tara into her and ran off.
*Kurt Angle came out to no music to make a statement. There’s a big “please don’t go” chant from the crowd. Angle says he re-injured his ribs and his neck last night but before he announces his retirement, he wants answers. Out comes Jeff Jarrett, who tells him that Angle said he would retire if he didn’t win the title. Angle says that he was the one who out TNA on the map, that his loss at the PPV was the final nail in TNA’s coffin and Jarrett can have his ex-wife, but Angle is getting a piece of Jeff. Angle throws the mic down and goes for Jarrett but the two security guards take Angle down and handcuff him. Jarrett begins beating down. Taz finally takes of his headset and comes down, telling Jarrett to back off. Jarrett finally does and we don’t have any official announcement of Angle retiring. Good segment.
*Samoa Joe defeated Abyss by DQ when Abyss attacked Joe with the ring bell, busting him open. Before Abyss could do any more damage, Rob Van Dam hit the ring and cut a promo calling out Hardy. Hardy appeared on the screen, talking about friendship. Bischoff comes out and says the main event tonight will be RVD vs. Mr. Anderson with the winner getting a shot at Hardy. RVD immediately accepts.
*Fortune defeated Pope Dinero in a four on one handicap match after Beer Money hit DWI on Pope, then beat him down after the match. Pope got in a good amount of offense.
*The Shore comes out and cuts a promo on The Jersey Show. JWoww comes out with The Beautiful People. Cookie makes fun of JWow, leading to a catfight between the two. Cookie ends up carried to the back by Robbie E.
*Ken Anderson vs. Rob Van Dam goes to a no contest after Eric Bischoff pulls the referee out of the ring. Jeff Hardy shows up and uses a chair on both of them. Some fans threw plastic bottles at Hardy but Universal security removed them immediately.