12/17 Twilling's TNA Impact Live Coverage: Did Hulk Hogan and Mick Foley have their face to face meeting? Jeff Jarrett returns to the Impact Zone for the first time in five months, Final Resolution go-home show
TNA Impact on Spike TV
Taped in Orlando, Fl
[Q1] Footage aired of last week's show. Tonight's broadcast is entitled "Judgement Day for Double J." The opening video aired and fireworks lit up the Impact Zone. Mike Tenay and Taz welcomed us to the show. They hyped Jarrett's return and said Foley was not happy with his meeting with Hogan.
Footage was shown from earlier in the night. Foley was walking with purpose through the backstage area while Jeremy Borash tried to reason with him. Foley entered an empty Impact Zone to find Kevin Nash, and he attacked him. They fought for a few minutes before Nash got the best of Foley. The World Elite came out and eventually, security separated the two.
Tenay and Taz immediately sent us to the tape from last week's meeting between Foley and Jarrett. It aired pretty much at length. Basically, it went from Jarrett not wanting to join TNA to changing his mind by the end of the night...
Twill's Two Cents: Well, they elected to recap the newsworthy stuff from last week to open the show. The Foley and Nash fight was well done. Again though, they went directly from Foley being pissed about Hogan to Foley and Jarrett last week. They need to let things sink in before moving to something else.
Lauren interviewed Roxxi and welcomed her back to TNA. Roxxi had a short blonde haircut and looked to be in amazing shape. She said she has been competing in Mexico and participating in fitness competitions. She put over ODB, who she will be facing tonight in a non-title match... [C]
Twill's Two Cents: Nice to see Roxxi back. No mention of Madison Rayne and The Beautiful People.
The announcers hyped tonight's ten man tag main event. JB interviewed Kurt Angle backstage. Angle said he was doing great and that he was undefeated since September. He said he would become the TNA Champion again. JB asked him about Jarrett's return. Angle remained silent and simply turned away...
Twill's Two Cents: Simple and effective promo.
An ODB vs. Tara video aired...
[Q2] 1. Roxxi defeated ODB in a non-title match in 4:10. Roxxi was in control early and scored a nearfall after a nice combination of power and speed maneuvers. ODB gained the advantage after Roxxi missed a running big boot. Roxxi came back, hit a series of punches and a VooDoo Drop, but only scored a two count. ODB tried to use her flask but the referee stopped her. Roxxi rolled up ODB for the win...
After the match, ODB attacked Roxxi from behind and continued the onslaught until Tara came out to make the save...
Twill's Two Cents: Entertaining match with Roxxi looking very good in her return match. The fans were glad to see her back too. Solid first match of the show.
Footage of Mick Foley driving in Los Angeles to find Hulk Hogan was shown... [C]
Back from commercial, Foley was in a gym and was approached by Lou Ferrigno. Yes, Foley found himself in a meeting with "The Hulk." Foley got pissed. Lou said, "Please don't get angry." Funny line. Foley took off...
Twill's Two Cents: Just a thought, why was Lou Ferrigno living in Queens next door to Doug and Carrie Heffernon?
Kevin Nash grabbed the microphone from JB backstage and cut a very pissed off promo at Mick Foley. He screamed that Foley made the biggest mistake of his life tonight and signed his death warrant. "You gave us a reason." He said on January 4th, Hogan would be there and Foley would be unemployed... [C]
Twill's Two Cents: Nice promo and nice tease by saying "us." Who is he talking about? That's the intriguing question. So far, this show has had more quality substance, minus the Ferrigno stuff, than all of last week's show.
[Q3] Backstage, JB interviewed Foley in his office. Foley said he was smart too and that he was circling his wagons as well. He called Jeff Jarrett an ally. Abyss limped into the room and screamed about his burnt leg. He said he was also a Foley ally and reminded everyone they have a tag team match at the pay-per-view. They agreed they have each other's backs...
Backstage, Lauren interviewed Matt Morgan, D'Angelo Dinero, Suicide, and Hernandez. Morgan and Hernandez cut a typical promo for the situation. Pope stole the scene by calling himself the future and throwing a bunch of money in the air...
2. Brother Ray defeated Matt Morgan in a lumberjack match in 4:44. The partners from the eight man tag were the lumberjacks. When Morgan made his entrance, Suicide was lagging behind, so they probably pulled the switch. Tenay and Taz plugged the live show on January 4th as Morgan and Ray traded offense.
Morgan missed a carbon footprint. Ray threw him to the floor and the heel lumberjacks beat up on Morgan. Ray scored a nearfall after a hangman's neckbreaker. Morgan came back and hit a chokeslam. Devon pulled Morgan to the floor and the lumberjacks fought each other. Morgan set up the Hellevator, but a distraction, low blow by Jesse Neal, and a DDT by Ray scored him the win...
Twill's Two Cents: A little disappointing because they really rushed through that. They pretty much skipped to the predictable lumberjack match finish. I want to get into this program, but I'm just having trouble doing so. Jesse Neal seems to be getting the biggest push out of anyone here, when it should be Morgan and Dinero.
[Q4] A video package of Hulk Hogan's various appearances of the past few weeks was shown hyping the January 4th broadcast. Tenay and Taz followed up by really hyping that date...
A video aired showcasing Jeff Jarrett's history in TNA. Jarrett drove up and was met by Foley. Jarrett still had his beard and beanie on. He began walking through the backstage area and everyone stared at him in awe and disbelief, as if they were very uncomfortable about what to say or do... [C]
Twill's Two Cents: Nice touch. The locker room should be apprehensive on how to treat Jarrett and it should be a huge deal that he is there. Solid segment.
The Beautiful People were shown during the commercial teaser...
Tenay talked about Feast or Fired. Lauren interviewed Beer Money, who has twice as much chance to get title shots, but also to get fired. Storm started to say his catch phrase and was interrupted by Samoa Joe. They argued for a moment before Eric Young entered the scene. Young told Beer Money that he, Kiyoshi, Bashir, Big Rob Terry, and Kevin Nash would also be in the match to prevent Beer Money from getting another shot at the British Invasion...
Twill's Two Cents: I hope we do not get a "Joe gets fired" storyline.
[Q5] 3. Awesome Kong and Hamada defeated The Beautiful People (with Lacey Von Erich) and Taylor Wilde and Sarita in a non-title match in 1:48. TBP worked well together against Hamada. Moments later, Hamada took out the tag champs with a moonsault to the outside. In the ring, Rayne slid out of an Awesome Bomb, but Kong sat down for the win...
Immediately after the match, Lauren tried to interview The Beautiful People. Lacey told Lauren to "go find a back seat to crawl into you skank!" Lauren slapped Lacey and took off to the back...
Twill's Two Cents: Throwaway match and segment but at least they opened the door to something with Lauren and TBP. Tenay even mentioned their long history of verbal abuse.
Backstage, Jarrett told Foley him being there was a mistake. He was pissed at Dixie Carter and wanted to tell her off. Foley said he thought what Jarrett did was wrong and he deserved to be sent home. Jarrett said Foley did not know the whole story. Foley calmed Jarrett down and said he could yell, leave, and feel like a man, or talk to Dixie and resume his career. Jarrett agreed... [C]
Twill's Two Cents: This was a little too much back and forth for me. Jarrett was dead set against coming back last week but Foley changed his mind. Now Jarrett seemed to change his mind again but Foley convinced Jarrett otherwise for a second time. Except for that, this was a solid segment setting up the big meeting between Jeff and Dixie.
Christy Hemme interviewed Black Machismo about his open challenge. Lethal said Jim Neidhart pulled a fast one and he was feeling the madness...
Twill's Two Cents: If he isn't taking this seriously, should anyone else? It's a shame too because this has potential.
4. Tatanka defeated Black Machismo in 3:26. Tatanka looked pretty good and dominated early with power moves. He hit a top rope tomahawk chop for a two count. He followed up with a Samoan Drop for the win...
Twill's Two Cents: I'm guessing this is eventually going to lead to the end of the Machismo gimmick and it is cool to see some old faces, but absolutely squashing Lethal and having him job to these guys just does not make a lot of sense.
[Q6] Backstage, Christy interviewed The Motor City Machine Guns. Sabin said they are the best tag team in the world and they just haven't kissed up to the right people in TNA. Shelley followed up and said everyone would be outwrestled, outclassed, and outgunned... [C]
Twill's Two Cents: There was a lot of truth to that promo. Well said.
Foley told Jarrett he would handle the talking. Jarrett disagreed and said if he was doing this, he was doing it the right way...
Taz and Tenay ran down the entire Final Resolution card. On paper, it looks to be a strong show with the Guns, Angle vs. Wolfe, and Styles vs. Daniels...
A camera followed Jeff Jarrett through a backstage hallway. Jarrett knocked on Dixie's door, asked to come in, and awkwardly approached her. Jarrett told Dixie it was a good idea if they talked about his future in TNA. Dixie said before they talk about the future, they need to be crystal clear about the past.
Dixie said when they flew to Pittsburgh years ago and made promises to Kurt Angle, "You ending up with his wife and kids was not part of the deal." Wow. They went there. She continued as Jarrett stood there remorseful and almost defeated. She said if he thought it was the time to return, he would have to approach Angle. Jarrett thanked Dixie and walked away... [C]
Twill's Two Cents: I loved the segment. They played off of every little intricacy. I felt nervous for Jarrett and he played his part well. Dixie's authority was very apparent and came across well. There was a lot of tension in that room, as I imagine there was when that talk happened behind the scenes. I like that they went straight to commercial and did not have Angle involved in this scene. Dixie and Jeff carried it. Very well done.
[Q7] Footage aired focusing on Daniels and Desmond Wolfe both wanting to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion at the expense of A.J. Styles. Daniels and Wolfe made their entrance...
Twill's Two Cents: This video further reminded me that Styles, the TNA Champion, has not appeared on the show yet. He is being treated as a side show and that is wrong. Giving away Wolfe vs. Daniels seems odd too.
5. Desmond Wolfe vs. Daniels ended in a time limit draw in 10:00. Taz put over Wolfe's lariat finisher, but then said the side headlock was more effective. I know he meant it well, but it came across oddly. They actually exchanged side headlocks and kept it very basic early on, presumably setting up for a long match.
After a face off and punch exchange, the pace picked up when Daniels hit a leg lariat. He followed with a backbreaker and STO for a two count. Wolfe came back and hit a hammerlock takedown for a two count of his own. He scored another nearfall with a running European uppercut.
Wolfe locked in a crossface , but Daniels countered it into a submission of his own, sort of a neck vise and head scissors at the same time. Both men countered each other. They went through the mass fire nearfall counters with both men scoring multiple two counts. The bell rang because the time limit expired... [C]
Twill's Two Cents: I really enjoyed the match. They didn't go out there and attempt to tear the house down with meaningless moves. They were slow early on because they needed to feel each other out. They told a very nice story in the ring and when the action picked up, it was impressive. The match did seem out of place since Daniels is wrestling for the title on Sunday and Wolfe facing Angle, with neither man involved in the ten man tag team main event.
[Q8] A.J. Styles and his team, minus Kurt Angle, walked through the backstage area... [C]
Back from commercial, Jarrett and Foley entered Kurt Angle's locker room. Jarrett addressed Angle, who did not turn around. Angle said, "I heard you were coming." Jarrett apologized to Angle for disrespecting him in the past, man to man. Angle turned around, eyeballed Jarrett, said he had a match, and walked away...
Twill's Two Cents: Too much too soon. They could have built to Jarrett's first face to face meeting with Angle and I wish they would have.
The heel team made their entrance. Styles led his team to the ring, minus Angle. Abyss started beating everyone up, but Raven got ahold of him and starting biting the leg he set on fire. Everyone broke off and started brawling. The bell to start the match never rang... [C]
6. A.J. Styles, Kurt Angle, and Tomko defeated The British Invasion in 3:36. Back from commercial, we were left with a handicap match. Odd decision. Rob Terry stood on the outside; you would think the referee would at least add him to make the sides even. Backstage, Steiner and Lashley brawled. In another area, Abyss fought with Raven and Dr. Stevie. Long resthold in the ring. Styles won the match with a rollup with help from Tomko...
After the match, Angle, with A.J.'s belt, went face to face. They started to go at it when Daniels and Wolfe hit the ring. Daniels took out Styles and Wolfe took out Angle. Daniels posed with the belt. Daniels and Wolfe shook hands...
Twill's Two Cents: The post match attack was well done. The handshake made zero sense. Not only did Daniels and Wolfe just wrestle, but Daniels cost Wolfe the TNA Title last week after Wolfe paid a lot of money to get the shot. This show was uneven in spots because there is so much going on, almost making the pay-per-view less of a priority, but it had focus and was much better than last week's atrocity.
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