Posted December 18th, 2014 by jshannon

TNA presented the first half of the Top 20 Moments in TNA History. This week and next week will be the final two episodes of Impact Wrestling on Spike TV. Spike shifted the program to a seriously late night spot. The regular spot of TNA was filled by…reruns of Cops. Seriously?

After the opening montage, it was time to get down to business. Jeremy Borash and Christy hosted the show, again. Taz and Tenay get the next two weeks off. Mike Tenay will be leaving the broadcast booth when TNA heads to Destination America. He will, however, host the new behind-the-scenes show.

#20 – Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe, Lockdown. World Heavyweight Title Match

It was a cage match that looked more like an MMA fight. Kurt was considering going to MMA, at the time. Both men went back and forth with submission moves. Joe nearly took Kurt’s head off with a wicked Clothesline. Kurt escaped the Muscle Buster and caught Joe in the Angle Lock. . Joe Powerbombed Kurt but only got a two. Joe moved into a Walls of Jericho. Joe pulled Kurt out and put Angle in the STO. Kurt reversed the move back into the Angle Lock. Joe spun around and put Kurt in the Crippler Crossface. Kurt made it to the ropes. Kurt charged and Joe took him down into the Crossface, again. Kurt rolled over to nail the Angle Slam. 2 count. Kurt went right back to the Angle Lock, dead in the center of the ring. Joe got a kick in but Kurt cinched the move in, even harder. Joe rolled over and put Kurt in the Kokina Clutch. Kurt grabbed ahold of the ref. Kurt used the ref to get closer to the ropes. Angle Slam deflected and Kurt hit the cage. Thrust Kick by Joe. Muscle Buster!

Your Winner: Samoa Joe
Impact Scorecard: 4.0 out of a possible 5

#19: Austin Aries Cashes in the X-Title to challenge Bobby Roode for the World Title (Option C)

Roode did everything he could think of to keep the title reign going. Bobby with a Low Blow after a swerve with the title belt. Aries managed to kick out at two. Full Speed Dropkick by Aries. Roode escaped the Brainbuster and shoved Aries into the ref. Roode grabbed the World Title Belt. He bashed Aries in the face with the belt. Roode went over and got Hebner. Aries, somehow, kicked out at two plus. Aries almost got the win with a Small Package. Aries punted the skull of Roode and nailed the Brainbuster!

Your Winner (and New World Champ): Austin Aries
Impact Scorecard: 4.25

#18. Motor City Machine Guns vs Beer Money
Finals of the Best of Five Series

James Storm and Alex Shelley to start. Storm took Alex to the corner but Alex used his speed to rock Storm. Alex with a Leg Sweep but couldn’t get the three. Later in the match, Roode hit a Slingshot Crossbody to take out Sabin. Shelley then nailed a Suicide Dive. Double Team on Roode. Storm tipped Shelley and spat beer into the ref, by accident. Crossbody/Neckbreaker double team by the Guns. 2 count by substitute ref, Earl Hebner. Modified Poetry in Motions by the Guns. Storm rolled up Alex Shelley but the Funs took out Storm. Roll up by members of each side. The two refs made the count. Huge confusion as to who won this one. The father and son argued like crazy about who won. The match was restarted. Beer Money attacked The Funs as Brian Hebner tried to get things back into normalcy. The Guns took out Beer Money. Crossbreaker Combo brought the win to the Guns.

Your Winners (and New World Tag Team Champs): The Motor City Machine Guns – Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley

TNA looked at some of the fun moments in TNA. We saw Shark Boy’s change in Stone Cold. There was also a conversation with Shark Boy and Curry Man. Eric Young showed off his Sponge Boy shorts. Big Fat Oily Guy showed up. Ken Anderson’s shot at WWE during the Funeral. Then there was the Woo-a-Thon between Ric Flair and Jay Lethal. Rob Terry danced and flexed. Shark Boy stuffed his face with donuts. Eric Bischoff stuffed into a Port-a-Potty. Eww. Plus, ODB and Eric got married. God, ODB looked awesome.

#17. Ric Flair vs Jay Lethal, Woo-a-Thon

Lethal is a master of impressions. He did Randy Savage forever before cutting a fantastic dead-on vocalization of Ric Flair. I turned my head and I swear I could not tell the difference. This was one of the funniest things ever. Jay dropped an elbow on his jacket on the stage. Even Jay had a hard time keeping a straight face during this fantastic segment. Woo-a-Thon!

#16. Ultimate X, Bound For Glory 2009

I have this match and this was off the freaking charts. Suicide (Manik), Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels and Amazing Red fought it out. Suicide and Daniels got to the very top of the structure. “Please Don’t Die” rang out from the crowd. Daniels teased a Suplex from the top. I hate heights so I could not imagine being up there doing that. Daniels dropped down to get to the belt. Suicide came down and stepped on the strap to prevent retrieval. Epic Brainbuster from the X. I remember waking up the house with a “Holy S**T” from my office. Amazing Red slipped down and got the belt.

Your Winner: Amazing Red
Impact Scorecard: 4.95

#15. The debut of the President of Aces and Eights

Bully Ray was fighting Jeff Hardy inside a steel cage. This was from Lockdown 2013. Taz really trash talked Bully Ray during the match. Ray slammed Jeff and caught him just before Hardy could slide out of the cage. Ray worked over Jeff’s back and connected with a Clothesline. Ray with a Rear Chin Lock. Ray dropped a knee into Hardy’s back. Ray kept working over the lower back. Bear Hug by Ray. Jeff Back Elbowed out. Back Body Drop by Ray. Ray missed the Avalanche. Twist of Fate by Hardy. Aces and Eights members hit the ring. It was Wes Brisco and Garret Bischoff. Ray let Jeff go off his back for Poetry in Motion. Ray threw out Wes and Garret.

Ry and Jeff went back to fighting. They threw bombs, back and forth. Hardy with an Inverted Atomic Drop into the Double Legdrops and Dropkick. 2 count. Ray chased after Hardy, who was trying to escape the sage. Open Hand Slap by Ray. Jeff then punched and Chopped Ray. Jeff with a Mule Kick on the top rope. Hardy fell hard. Splash by Ray for a two. Twist of Fate by Hardy. Hardy went up but Ray caught him at the top of the sage. Super Sit Out Powerbomb by Bully Ray! Jeff, some way that I have yet to figure out. kicked out. The ref began to count down both men. Hulk Hogan and Brooke Hogan came out to ringside. Brooke was “married” to Brooke Hogan, at the time. Hulk cheered on his “Son-in-law”. Aces and Eights members climbed into the ring. Bully Ray started at Devon, who threw him a hammer. Bully clocked Jeff with the hammer. Taz cackled like Aunt Maggie Hamilton in the Wizard of Oz. 1-2-3.

Your Winner (and New World Champ): Bully Ray
Impact Scorecard: 3.5

After the match, Bully Ray revealed that he was the leader of Aces and Eights. Bully Ray explained how and why he did what he did. Bully said he was like a magician. Bully had several plans ready to go. Ray admitted he used the Hogan Family to get what he wanted.

They ran another Brainwashing of Sehar segment. This is just so disturbing.

#14 Bound For Glory 2007, The Birth of the Knockout Division

Awesome Kong just went to town on everyone. Kong put Christy Hemme into a Torture Rack. She hit a Powerbomb to Hemme. Gail Kim rushed down and hit a Missile Dropkick on Kong. Kong pushed the other girls away. Angelina Love was in the match, as Angel Williams. Christy Hemme was injured. Kong blocked Gail’s Hurancanrana. Kong was eliminated as Talia Madison (Madison Rayne) rushed in. Talia flipped Angel onto the apron. Angel snapped Talia on the ropes. ODB and Gail got rid of Angel. Gail and ODB went after each other. Roxie was the last woman out. Roxie slithered into the ring and went after Gail. ODB threw down Roxie. Roxie drove ODB into the corner. Gail took the fight to Talia. Gail pitched Talia over the top. Roxie sent ODB to the floor. Roxie and Gail went to town on each other to determine the first TNA Knockout Champ. Samoan Drop by Roxie. 2 count. Gail locked in the Octopus Submission on Roxie. Roxie went down to her knees but they were in the ropes. Gail went up top and flew. She missed a Missile Dropkick and Roxie almost pinned her. Gail rolled up Roxie for a two. Jackknife Powerbomb by Roxie to get a two. Gail with a modified Vertebreaker to take the win and become the very first Knockout Champion.

Your Winner: Gail Kim
Impact Scorecard: 3.5

#13. Jeff Jerrett marries Karen Angle-Jarrett

Kurt Angle rushed out to beat the stuffing out of Jeff. Kurt was supposed to walk Karen down the aisle. Jeff almost fell into the cake, numerous times. Jeff came back, for a second, but Kurt blasted Jeff. Karen jumped on Kurt to stop this. She had a serious hissy fit. She slapped Kurt. Kurt slammed Karen into the wedding cake. Eventually, Karen and Jeff got up in the ring and did the wedding thing. After the ceremony, Kurt brought out an ax and chopped up the set. I had totally forgotten about this whole thing. Another one of those “Great weddings gone bad” moments. Eric Bischoff set a football guy down to whip up on Kurt. The guy shoved Kurt, who took it, at first. Eventually, Kurt got his fill and took the jerk down and put him in the Grapevined version of the Angle Lock. Security rushed out to stop Kurt.
#12. Bobby Roode wins his 2nd World Title.

Bobby Roode vs Lashley
World Title Match
Kurt Angle as Special Guest Ref

Lashley took Roode to the corner. Lashley and Roode got into a shoving match. Later on, Roode was down and stunned. Lashley went for the Dominator but Roode fought out. Roode went for the Roode Bomb but Lashley held the top rope. Lashley ended up on the apron. He snapped Roode’s neck over the top rope. Roode took Lashley off the ropes. Lashley countered he Roode Bomb but Bobby sat down to pin Lashley.

Your Winner (and New World Champion): Bobby Roode
Impact Scorecard: 3.5

#11 Hulk Hogan vs Sting, Bound For Glory 2011

Hogan and Sting circled each other at the opening bell. Hogan jabbed at Sting but didn’t make contact. Hogan called down…Ric Flair. Dixie Carter didn’t look happy. Garret Bischoff was the ref for this match. Hogan dropped Sting and made a tribute gesture to Flair. Sting was busted open. Hogan had a weapon that he had used to bust open the Stinger. Sting chased off Flair. Sting threw hard punches into Hogan’s face. Sting dropped Hogan with a Haymaker and went after Flair. Sting caught him nad punched away. Sting got the weapon that Flair had given Hogan, earlier. Sting smacked Hogan with the weapon, a few times. Hogan was lacerated, horribly. Stinger Splash! Sting took out Flair and then hit a 2nd Stinger Splash. The 2nd one was to Hogan’s back. Scorpion Deathlock! Hogan tapped out but the ref would not call the match. Eventually, he did.

Your Winner: Sting
Impact Scorecard: 4.25

Immortal (remember them?) rushed the ring to annihilate Sting. Eric Bischoff directed traffic to work over Sting’s back with a chair. Abyss watched all this from the back. Garrett took the chair from Eric Bischoff. Eric would hit his own son with the chair. Flair punched away at Sting. Sting called to Hogan to help him. The fans enegized Hogan who tore the shirt and went after Flair, Scott Steiner, Bully Ray and others. Sting and Hogan united to clear the ring. Stinger Splash to Flair. After all that, Hogan decided to take the fight to Eric Bischoff. Hogan punched the stuffing out of Bischoff. Hogan kicked Bischoff out of the ring and pointed at Sting. Sting called for the fans to cheer for Hogan.

Jeremy and Christy were back to mention that next week we would see the top 10. You may all want to double check your DVRs, as TNA gets pushed way back to midnight. Yes, Midnight! Thanks, Spike.

For those of you who may be out and about over the Christmas Holidays, I wish for you safe travels. For those of you with families, may they bring you love and happiness. For those who are alone, know that you are all “cousins” to me. Merriest of Christmases and as I always wish…my biggest hope and desire for each of you is that your will be filled with much happiness, good health and of course…


–Jay Shannon

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