Post by Deco on Mar 8, 2017 9:54:07 GMT -5
Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida.
The camera's are rolling and Impact Wrestling is live for the first time under the new management of Anthem. However there is no theme playing in the background. Instead the crowd are chanting welcome back over and over as we are taking instantly to the middle of the Six sided ring where a light shines down on TNA's newest Director of Wrestling Operations- TNA Hall of Famer- Double J, Jeff Jarrett and his Wife, Karen Jarrett.
Double J speaks and says how he's been smiling ear to ear because finally he's back where he belongs.. TNA, Impact Wrestling! He's.. Home! He says that change is upon us and it's no more then the Impact fans deserve because quite frankly- they've deserved so much more, so much better for a long, long time! Double J says that tonight is not the night for pointing figures or passing blame but there have been mistakes made in this company and it starts with the talent that has been allowed to leave this company. Foundations of Impact Wrestling like.. AJ Styles! Samoa Joe! Bobby Roode! Many, many more!
Jarrett says that booking wise- things have not been great. Financial and management wise.. Things have been worse and he's guilty of these mistakes too, he takes blame and so should many people who have been involved in this great company. He then says that despite the negatives- there has been so many positives and that starts with the TNA fans who have been amazing and have continued to support and get behind a company that's been lacking for quite some time. Double J though says that- that's about to change! He says that TNA will bounce back and that Impact Wrestling will be great again!
The crowd are cheering as Double J continues to speak on. He thanks the new owners in Anthem for bringing him back and allowing him to shape the company going forward. He thanks his team behind the scenes and those that have returned like Dutch Mantel. He thanks his Wife Karen for going on this new journey with him and says that he can't wait to get started and so without further ado, it's time to focus on the new and improved First ever Impact episode under the new management. Double J says that while he loves a live crowd- He understands better then anyone else that when you watch any live show- you want the best people calling the action and presenting the show in the best way possible and so that's why, I have announced that my first change of Impact Wrestling is with the commentary team! Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome your new broadcast team of the "Suplex Machine" and good ole' JR! Taz and Jim Ross!
Taz and Jim Ross come out on to the stage and soak up the large ovation from the Impact fans before waving and taking there place at the commentary table as the focus returns with Double J, Jeff Jarrett at ringside. Double J says he's delighted that the fans approve of the new commentary team and says that over the coming shows, there will be new faces and perhaps some old ones returning and that he's excited. Double J says that sadly, it's not all good news though as he confirms that the Hardy Boys, Matt and Jeff have left Impact Wrestling and with them leaving- The TNA Tag Team Championship's have been vacated. Double J says there will be a tag team tournament that will start tonight and will finish at the next PPv- Destination X to crown new champions! Crowd cheer though there was large boo's as the Hardy's were announced as no longer part of TNA, Impact Wrestling.
Double J wishes Matt and Jeff Hardy good luck and thanks them for there time in Impact Wrestling. He then goes to continue on speaking when..
"Domination" plays from the speakers and there's a mixed crowd reception as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion steps out on to the stage. Bobby shakes his head as he stands at the top of the stage wearing a sharp suit and his Championship across his shoulder. Bobby makes his way down to the Impact Zone and enters the Six sided ring. Double J offers his hand but Bobby Lashley's walks right past him, instead grabbing a microphone and starts to speak his mind.
Bobby says enough of this crap! He says people don't care about a new commentary team, new owners or the Hardy's deleting themselves from Impact Wrestling. Bobby says that all people care about is the most prized possession in all of wrestling.. HIS TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! Bobby says that since coming to TNA, he's beat everyone! He's proved time and time again, he's the man! The destroyer has done it all in TNA and has proven himself to be the best multi platform combat sport athlete of his generation! Bobby says that as far as he's concerned.. unless there's a new contract on table with his wages doubled, there's no reason for him to stick around anymore because there's no competition.
Double J and Karen Jarrett appear shocked by Bobby's words and demands. The crowd are also now booing but before Double J can reply..
ALBERTO EL PATRON! The crowd are stunned as Alberto steps out on to the stage. He makes his way down to the ring and immediately there's a face to face with Lashley. El Patron then turns to shake the hand of Jarrett and hugs Karen before grabbing a microphone and speaking. Alberto El Patron says that he's wrestled all over the world except one place and that's why he's here tonight in TNA to make an Impact! El Patron says Lashley is a great wrestler, however El Patron is better and if Lashley wants competition, if he wants to fight.. He can prove that tonight for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship!
El Patron and Bobby go face to face as the crowd are cheering. Double J then makes the match and announces that it will be tonight's Main Event.
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Jim Ross and Taz officially welcome the fans back to the Impact Zone from the commercial break and welcome them to Impact Wrestling! Taz speaks on how it's good to be back and ever better to be sat alongside a legend like good ole' Jim Ross! JR thanks Taz for the kind words and says he's delighted to back in the hot seat calling the action once more. JR says that following on from Double J's announcement regarding the TNA Tag Team Championship's, the first qualifying match is about to take place!
Match One - The Tribunal (Baron Dex & Basile Baraka) vs The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) - The crowd pop for the return of Sabin & Shelley and respond with welcome back chants.
Motor City Machine Guns (W) - The Tribunal would start the match with an early attack on Sabin but the tide would soon turn as MCMG got into there stride. MCGM would pick up the win with "Made in Detroit" on Baron Dex and covering for the Three.
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The camera returns from the break where the Decay are making there way out from behind the curtain and to the Impact Zone. JR says that he's seen some weird and deranged individuals during his time in the wrestling business but the Decay might very well be the strangest group of people he's ever seen and says there all insane and in need of help. Taz agree's before announcing that TNA's Knockout Champion, Rosemary is set for action.
Match Two - Rosemary W/ Decay (Crazy Steve & Abyss) vs Allie.
Rosemary (W) - Rosemary and Allie put on a good display for the crowd and the match was back and forth- Allie really impressing and showing she's more then a pretty face. However it was the tactics of Decay that would win the match for Rosemary. Abyss and Crazy Steve acting as a constant distraction on the outside as Rosemary would gauge the eyes of Allie and pick up the win via "The Red Wedding" and picking up the Three count.
After the match, Rosemary grabs a microphone while Crazy Steve and Abyss drag up a lifeless Allie as the crowd watch on. Rosemary begins to spin, conjuring her body as she begins to laugh. She then speaks.. "Change! People are scared of change! Hahaha! Oh pretty little Allie.. I could help you.. If you let me? Hahaha! Oh Allie.. It's your turn.. to.. DECAY! DEECCAAYYYY! Hahaha!" Rosemary then drops the microphone and goes face to face with Allie who starts to wake up and begins to scream. Rosemary places her hand across the mouth of Allie and licks her cheek before taking a deep breath- ready to spit the mist when..
EMPRESS OF THE KNOCKOUTS!! The crowd pop as TNA Hall of Famer, Gail Kim runs down the ramp and slides into the ring with a steel chair in hand and immediately begins to swing on the Decay as all Three members escape. Kim then drops the chair and attends to Allie who begins to cry and thanks Gail Kim for making the save. Kim then stands back up and orders Rosemary to get back in the ring. Decay continue to back track up the ramp and exit. Jim Ross and Taz then praise Gail Kim on making the save and stress that the Decay are sick and that Rosemary is beyond help. JR says that Allie is one thing- but the Empress of the Knockouts is something else and Rosemary might have met her match with Gail Kim. Taz then says moving on- Christy Hemme is backstage with the returning Motor City Machine Guns!
"Ladies and Gentleman, my guest's at this time.. The returning.. Motor City Machine Guns! Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley! Sabin and Shelley thank Hemme for the introduction and announce how delighted they are to be back at Impact Wrestling! Sabin says there even more happy to return with a win and they are one step closer to once again becoming TNA Tag Team Champions after progressing in the Tag Team Championship Tournament. Hemme then goes to ask the "MCMG" for there thoughts on the current Impact tag team division when Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards appear in front of the camera. The Wolves and the Detroit natives both share face off and some trash talk before both teams shake hands and the Wolves welcome them back. The segment ends with The Wolves going one way and the "MCMG" going the other way as the crowd cheered for both teams, clearly excited by the prospect of them competing.
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Jim Ross and the Suplex Machine- Taz welcome the crowd back from the break once again before both begin to speculate and get excited for the prospect of seeing The Wolves vs The Motor City Machine Guns in the TNA Tag Team Championship Tournament. Taz plays devil's advocate and says while the match would be awesome- The Wolves have not yet qualified and will take on the impressive Thornstowe and Luster The Legend- Reno Scum! Jim Ross confirms that match will take place later tonight but up next.. It's Grado vs Aron Rex!
Match Three - Grado vs Aron Rex - Before the match would begin, Aron Rex would promo on his way down to the Impact Zone and his whole look and attitude was completely different. He would come down wearing a blue robe and would ask the TNA fans to allow him to beg there indulgence for one moment. Rex says it's his duty as the savior of the masses to free TNA of ignorance and idiocy that people like Grado bring to Impact Wrestling! Rex says that Grado is nothing more then a performing buffoon and has outstayed his welcome! Rex says that it's time like this, that he misses New York and the bigger promotion but he will continue his tirade to educate the masses and make TNA a better place for everyone! You're welcome!
Aron Rex (W) - The crowd would boo Rex heavily through out the match and would back Grado all the way. Grado would have his moments but often took the time to taunt with the crowd and it cost him big time. Rex in mood to play around and he would take full advantage with an "Elbow of Disdain" before then landing with "The Revelator" and picking up the Three.
After the match, Rex would continue to beat on Grado as the crowd booed. He would finish by nailing Grado again with "The Revelator" before kicking him out of the ring and posing for the crowd as they continued to boo. The show then moved on backstage.
Gail Kim was shown, knocking on the door of the Jarretts as Karen would come out, asking how she could help? Gail would be irate and would ask Karen if she seen what Rosemary was attempting to do earlier? Kim says that Rosemary is sick and twisted- She's not the Champion that Impact Wrestling wants or needs. Gail Kim says she wants a chance to complete for the Championship and face Rosemary next week. Karen ask's Gail to calm down and says that she and her husband have been so busy trying to run the show that she didn't get the chance to catch up with Gail Kim until now. Karen says that she loves the idea of Rosemary vs TNA Hall of Famer Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship and it's going to happen! However, it won't be next week.. It will be at Destination X, live on PPv. Gail Kim accepts and thanks Karen for making the match before the live footage fades and we go to another commercial.
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"Kingdom" blares from the speakers and to a pop from the crowd- out steps the American Nightmare- Cody Rhodes. Cody throws up the 2sweet in a sign of respect to the club and his friends at NJPW before making his way to the ring- slapping hands with the crowd in the front row of the Impact Zone before entering the Six sided ring. Cody thanks the crowd for there warm welcome and says that ever since joining Impact Wrestling, he's been appreciated and made to feel like he's found a home. Cody says that Impact excites him and that he can feel there's a new era coming that's going to put TNA up alongside any other promotion around the globe. Cody talks about his short time in TNA and the feud with Mike Bennett before his departure but states that he's hungry for more and wants to make an Impact that will send shock waves around the wrestling world and that can only be done by winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship! Cody says that tonights Main Event between El Patron and Bobby Lashley should be awesome but he's going to be watching with real intent and plans on challenging who ever walks out tonight as the Champ. Cody then attempts to leave when..
"Longnecks & Renecks" Out comes James Storm who's clapping his hands mockingly. Storm then begins to speak his mind and says that's very cute, Cody. It's a damn shame that I run this town and over his dead body is another WWE guy going to come here, win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and then run back to them looking to jump start there career again. Storm says that unlike these fans, he does not care one damn bit about Cody.. About the Rhodes name and certainly about his fantasy of challenging for the strap next. Storm says that he's sick of being disrespected around here! He built this company and yet his name was not even mentioned by Double J earlier? It's a joke! Storm says that he came here to drink beer and fight.. Guess what? I'm all out of beer so you better get out of my ring pretty boy or else I'm going to mess up that dashing little face! Storm then enters the ring and there's a stand off as both him and Cody begin to trash talk and refuse to stand down.
Jim Ross and Taz both speculate that this could explode at any moment into life as Cody and Storm are both fired up! Referee Official- Brian Hebner then runs down and begins to sound for the bell as JR announces that we have an impromptu match!
The match though never goes ahead to the boo's of the crowd. As Cody was preparing and began stretching to compete- Storm would blindside him with a forearm smash before laying into him with kicks. Storm would then look to land the "Last Call" only for Cody to dodge out of the way and Storm would then quickly exit the ring and leave the Impact Zone.
As Jim Ross and Taz began to speculate on a possible feud between "Cowboy" James Storm and Cody Rhodes, they were interrupted by an angered Josh Mathews who came out from behind the curtain to boo's and began beating down on the commentary table, asking JR to get out of his seat and let him call the action. Mathews would slap the hat off Jim Ross's head and then Taz would stand up, arms folded and would stare at Mathews who would begin to back track with a microphone in his hand- making his way down to the Impact Zone.
Mathews would then enter the ring and would say how he's the voice of wrestling and he's the best thing going on in wrestling today and yet he's been replaced by an old timer and an ECW reject! He says that without him- TNA will faill and that he demands Double J to come out here right now and put things right and re-hire him! Mathews says that he's not going anywhere until he's employed by Impact once more and calling the action like only he can!
Josh Mathews is made to wait as the crowd boo him heavily while Jim Ross calls for security to remove his idiot. Taz says that he's going to count to Ten and if Mathews is still there- He's going to suplex him out of Impact Wrestling! Eventually Double J comes out from behind the curtain and the crowd give another cheer for the Hall of Famer. Jeff Jarrett does not speak and instead points to the stage and out comes...
THE BLUEPRINT!! The crowd give a nice cheer as Matt Morgan steps out from behind the curtain and begins to shake Double J's hand before making his way down to the ring. He reaches the Impact Zone and steps over the top rope and at this point- Josh Mathews is coward down on his knee's, pleading with Morgan not to hurt him. Matt smiles and ask's Josh up- advising that he won't hurt him. As Josh Mathews stands back up.. BOOM! Morgan smashes him with the "Carbon Footprint" before picking him back up and launching him over the top rope as security rushes down to escort Josh Mathews out of the building. Morgan takes a moment to pose for the crowd as show cuts back a commercial break.
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Match Four - The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs Reno Scum (Luster The Legend & Adam Thornstowe)
The Wolves (W) - This match was close from the get-go with some excellent tag team action. Reno Scum came across really well in the match and pushed The Wolves to the max but in the end Davey Richards & Edde Edwards had enough to win. The Wolves would land stereo double footstomp's on Luster before landing "Force of Nature" on Adam Thornstowe and covering for the victory- One! Two! Three!
After the match The Wolves would celebrate and out came Motor City Machine Guns clapping and show respect to there potential opponents in the Tag Team Championship Tournament. The camera then went backstage where Jeremy Borash was standing by..
Ladies and Gentleman, my guest at this time.. TNA Hall of Famer and Director of Wrestling Operations.. Double J, Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett walks into the camera shot with a smile across his face and thanks "JB" for his time. Borash congratulates Double J on the show so far and says that the fans in attendance have enjoyed it. Jarrett thanks "JB" for the kind words and says that tonight is only the start and that's why he wanted to take this time to announce that he's reached an agreement with some major companies around the world that will trade information and talent, allowing growth and more of a global reach for each promotion.
Jarrett says that the deal's were agreed moments ago verbally and that he's planning to fly out this week to seal the deals with each promotion, proven that TNA is the place to be. Jarrett then talks about the excitement and hype for the relaunch under the Anthem banner and says it's with good reason, because good times are ahead once more. Step by step. "JB" says that's awesome news before asking Double J for his thoughts on the Main Event coming up next? Jarrett says that it's going to be a hell of a match with perhaps the two best wrestling mixed martial arts athletes in the world todday going One on One for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship! Double J says it's going to be good. Jeremy Borash then thanks Jeff Jarrett for the announcements and hands back over to the Impact Zone Commentary duo of Jim Ross and Taz.
Main Event - Bobby Lashley (C) vs Alberto El Patron - TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match.
Bobby Lashley (W) - It was the night of the match as Bobby and Alberto tore the house down for the Orlando crowd in attendance. The match was full of close calls, signature moves and fantastic wrestling ability. It was not without controversy though- El Patron at one time had moved out of the way of a Lashley spear as he crashed into Senior Official- Earl Hebner and would land with a back stabber before super-kicking Lashley to the face and covering for the Three. There would be no official until Brian Stifler would run down at Bobby would kick out. This would cause Alberto to plead with the official and complain that the match should be over and he should be the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion! Lashley would then cut El Patron in Two with a spear before picking up the win via the "Dominator"- One! Two! Three!
TNA, Impact Wrestling ends with Bobby Lashley standing tall as Episode One comes to an end. Bobby then leaves the Impact Zone as El Patron begins to stand- both men stare back at the other as the show fades to black and the live footage comes to an end.