Report by Stuart Carapola & PWinsider.com
We open the show with a look back at this weekend's Against All Odds PPV...beginning, of course, with Garett Bischoff vs Gunner before moving on to the main event. Roode and Hardy give their comments, with Hardy saying he wants Roode in a No DQ match, and then we're off to the arena to kick off tonight's show with an in-ring promo with Roode. He thanks everyone for their warm reaction, and asks Christy Hemme to introduce him a second time so he can soak in the deafening cheers. He asks how many people in the building thought he wouldn't walk out of Against All Odds with the title, but then says screw you because he's still the champion. It was sweet for Sting to have to raise his hand, but even though Sting's been trying to screw him, he can't get the job done. Sting's been pointing the finger of blame at Roode for months, but he needs to point the finger at himself because he made it possible for him to retain on Sunday.
Sting and his gloves come out to have a word with Roode, and he admits that he let his anger affect him so much that it affected the outcome of the match, but he's going to make it right for Jeff Hardy. Since Roode is a fighting champion who takes on every challenge, he's going to defend against Jeff Hardy tonight with no time limit and no DQ. Okay, so three months in a row now they repeat the PPV main event (or at least some form of it) on the very next Impact. Oh, and one other thing: that match starts right after the break!
The guy from the Giants is in the front row, and now it's time for our monthly PPV main event rematch!
World Title Match: Robert Roode vs Jeff Hardy
No time for introductions as Hardy goes right after Roode and destroys him with a flurry of moves. He hits the double legdrop to the uprights and then a running forearm in the corner, but Roode quickly recovers and hits the inverted F5. Roode charges and gets backdropped to the floor, then Hardy dropkicks him through the ropes and slingshots over the top rope to wipe Roode out on the floor. Hardy gets a chair and rams it into Roode's midsection before bashing Roode over the back with it. Hardy rams Roode into the guardrail and then takes him the other way and smashes his face into the ring apron, the steel steps, and then suplexes him on the floor. Hardy is just destroying Roode, springboarding off the steps to lay Roode out on the floor before smashing another chair over his back. Roode goes into the guardrail again, back into the ring apron, and into the ring apron yet again. Roode is in a really, really bad way as Hardy asks the fans where he should throw him next. The distraction gave Roode an opening and started firing back at Hardy, but Hardy reverses a whip and Roode crashes into the steps yet again. Hardy drags the steps away from the ring and comes off of them to hit Poetry In Motion against the guardrail as we go to commercial.
We're back and Hardy hits a gourdbuster right in the middle of the ring and makes a cover, but Roode is out at 2. Hardy goes up for the Whisper In The Wind, but Roode shoves the referee into the ropes, causing Hardy to crotch himself on the top rope, and Roode skee balls Hardy under the bottom rope and out to the floor. Roode goes out after him and now it's Roode's turn to dish out punishment as he starts ramming Hardy into the guardrail. Roode sets for a piledriver on the ramp, but hesitates too long and Hardy backdrops him onto the ramp with an audible thud. It's back to Hardy in control as he drops a leg across the back of Roode's neck, almost giving him a Fameasser on the ramp. They fight their way all the way up to the top of the ramp where Hardy launches Roode off the stage and onto the concrete floor below. Hardy follows him off with a running dive and then whips Roode into the back side of the guardrail. He tries for the Twist of Fate, Roode shoves him off and he smashes hard into the stage, but Hardy dodges a charge and Roode crashes into the stage and goes down yet again. Hardy rams Roode face first into the ramp and then drags him back down to the ring and rolls Roode back inside. Hardy pulls his shirt off and appears ready to put Roode away when Kurt Angle comes running down to the ring and blindsides Hardy with a shot from behind, then rams him into the steps and rolls him inside. Roode quickly hits a spear and covers Hardy for the 3.
Winner: Robert Roode
Angle stares back at Roode as the champion clutches his precious title and we go to commercial.
We go to Roode backstage saying the It Factor prevails again,and Sting keeps stacking the deck, but he keeps outsmarting him. Sting busts in on Roode's promo and says that he cheated the system again, so he's not done yet and that means Roode isn't done yet. He's going to defend the title again, and he's got two more guys who want a title shot and he's going to have a #1 contender's match tonight to see who gets Roode tonight.
Eric Young is backstage with a guitar and he forgot to get ODB a Valentine's Day present, so even though he lost his driver's license and he had to walk three hours to play Backgammon with his blind mom, he wrote a song for ODB and we get to hear it tonight.
Sting is backstage telling James Storm and Bully Ray that they're all pissed off, they both got cheated last time they were in the ring with Roode, so maybe they ought to wrestle tonight. Bully Ray says this match shouldn't be happening because he should be the champion right now, but Storm says he's the #1 contender and he'll prove that tonight.
We go to a video package looking back at the unfortunate injury suffered by Jesse Sorensen at Against All Odds, as well as an update on his condition of his neck injury. They did mention that he's doing much better, and as we heard earlier in the week, he's already been released from the hospital, which is great news.
X Division Champion Austin Aries & Zema Ion vs Alex Shelley & Shannon Moore
Aries is obviously the captain of his team, ordering Ion out to the ring apron as he goes at it with Moore. Aries takes him down with a side headlock, Moore escapes with a headscissors, but Moore obviously has never seen Aries wrestle because he's caught completely unaware by the kickout and dropkick to the face. Ion tags in and he goes at it with Moore, but he quickly winds up in the wrong part of town and Shelley tags in to work over his arm. Ion blatantly grabs Shelley's hair in front of the referee, Shelley hits a headscissors, but Ion catches him with an enziguiri. Ion tells Aries that's how it's done, so Aries tags himself in and their miscommunication leads to Moore getting an opening to clean house on both guys. Aries rolls out to the floor and Moore takes him out with a baseball slide and then hits the same Asai moonsault that took Sorensen out at the PPV. Moore grabbed Ion's hairspray can, but this infuriates Ion and he baseball slides Moore, then gets takes outby Shelley. Moore slams Aries and tags out to Shelley, who misses a double stomp, but he hits a superkick and goes for Sliced Bread #2. Aries shoves him off into the corner and he hits the IED and goes for the brainbuster, but Ion tags himself in and rolls Shelley up for the win.
Winners: Austin Aries & Zema Ion
Aries looks confused at what happened and Ion gets into a shoving match with Ion, but that gets cooled off quickly and Ion and Aries get in each other's faces.
Gail Kim and Madison Rayne are backstage and Madison says they've gotten in each other's faces lately, but they're both under pressure and she just wants to be friends.
We look back to earlier tonight when Bobby Roode retained the World Title thanks to the interference of Kurt Angle, and then we head to the ring for...
Knockouts #1 Contender's Battle Royal
Okay, the participants are Tara, Brooke Tessmacher, Sarita, Rosita, ODB,Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Winter, and Angelina Love. Oh, and Gail Kim and Madison Rayne are sitting ringside to observe the match in their eveningwear. Madison cuts a prematch promo saying what a gracious champion Gail Kim is because she's giving everyone in the ring the chance to become the #1 contender for the Knockouts Title, then tells the timekeeper to ring the bell. He obliges and we're off. Winter voluntarily hops over to choke Mickie from the apron and gets driven off the apron by ODB, then Brooke gets tossed right behind her. ODB picks Rosita up and press slams her onto Brooke and Winter to eliminate her as well. Mickie tries to headscissor ODB to the floor and several others try to dump the both of them, but they save themselves on the apron. Mickie goes up top but ODB shoves her off to the floor and then everyone else rushes ODB and sends her to the floor as well. Sarita dumps Tara to the apron and Angelina dropkicks her out to the floor where she appears to tweak her knee, and we're down to Velvet, Angelina, and Sarita. Angelina and Sarita try to work together on Velvet but she fights them both off, taking Sarita out with a clothesline before Angelina blindsides her. Velvet still takes them both out with a double clothesline and tries to dump Angelina, but Sarita nails Velvet from behind and the two of them double team Velvet in the corner. Velvet comes back with more clotheslines and back elbows and she tries to dump Sarita but Angelina stops her and she tries to eliminate Velvet. Sarita comes over and goes after Angelina now, they argue briefly before Angelina lays Velvet out with the Botox Injection and Gail and Madison laugh it up at ringside. Angelina tries to dump Velvet but Sarita comes up and "accidentally" dumps her from behind. We're down to Velvet and Sarita, and Sarita drills Velvet with a dropkick, but Sarita charges and Velvet pulls the top rope down and Sarita sails out to the floor. Velvet thinks she's won, but suddenly Madison Rayne pops out of her chair and rushes the ring, dumps Velvet over the top rope, and apparently she is now the #1 contender to the Knockouts Title.
Winner: Madison Rayne
Gail is flabbergasted that Madison has doublecrossed her, but now her partner is the #1 contender to her title.
James Storm cuts a heated promo backstage, punches a hole in the wall, and says that there's only one man who can be the #1 contender and he'll prove that it's him tonight.
Samoa Joe and Brutus Magnus are backstage talking about how good it feels to win the title and how they said they were going to go into Against All Odds and win the titles and they did it. Magnus says they're the right guys to hold the title, and they're not afraid to face Crimson and Matt Morgan in a rematch next week because they've got momentum.
We go to a video package recapping the events of Gunner vs Garett Bischoff from the PPV and the immense punishment Garett suffered to his neck, and then we go back to the building as Eric Bischoff and Gunner come out to gloat, and they're joined by Ric Flair and Chelsea, who coincidentally, I was discussing with Dave Scherer last week on Elite audio as we wondered what happened to her. Eric thanks everyone for helping him put an end to his son's dream of following in his footsteps, which had to be done as sad as it may have been. Chelsea gives them all cigars as the gentlemen no doubt think Bill Clinton thoughts, and Eric wants to tell his son that he tried to tell him that following in his footsteps was a waste of time because he'll never accomplish what his father did because he's not his father. He tells Garett to get a job as a dogcatcher, an electrician, or whatever he wants, but not to ever think about stepping foot into his business ever again. He wishes Garett luck in his future endeavors, and they enjoy some champagne together.
Bully Ray is backstage calling himself Calfzilla, and he's not going to bitch and moan, but everyone knows he should be the World Champion right now because he beat Hardy at Against All Odds. If he has to beat Storm tonight, then so be it because he's going to go through Storm with the Bully Bomb and then he's going to face his good personal friend Bobby Roode later tonight.
Christy Hemme talks to some dude who does an MMA show on Spike, then we go to Eric Young as he apologizes for not getting her anything for Valentine's Day or even calling her, but sits her down so he can sing the ODE To ODB. She likes it so much that she grabs him by the shirt and drags him off to give him his present. There's a visual for you.
#1 Contender's Match: Bully Ray vs James Storm
They tie up and Storm takes Bubba to the ropes and gives him a playful shove to the head that wasn't really playful. Now Bubba takes Storm to the corner and tries a cheapshot, but Storm ducks under him and starts unloading with right hands and kicks to the midsection. Storm whips him across the ring and follows in with a clothesline in the corner. Storm tries to go after Bubba's arm, but Bubba picks his leg and drops a series of elbows to the inside of Storm's knee, then drags him over to the corner and rams his leg downward onto the edge of the ring apron. He tears Storm's boot off while pausing every now and then to fire more shots at his knee, then goes back inside and gets a leglock on Storm's exposed ankle. Storm makes the ropes, so Bubba drops all his weight on Storm's leg and then pulls off his kneepad and sock before going back to work on his bad leg and turning Storm over in a half crab. Storm gets out but Bubba covers and hooks a leg for 2, then grabs his chain. The referee pulls it away so Bubba goes back to ramming kneedrops into Storm's injured leg as we go to commercial.
We're back as Bubba hits a running splash in the corner, Storm starts to fire back and sends Bubba to the ropes, but Bubba comes off with a dropkick to the knee and goes for a couple of two counts before ramming Storm's knee into the mat. Bubba blows his nose on the referee and fires more right hands at Storm's knee before hitting a rolling snap on the leg. Bubba claps along with the fans as they chant "Cowboy" at Storm, and this gives Storm an opening to hit a Codebreaker out of nowhere, Storm ducks a running big boot and hits a superkick for the win.
Winner: James Storm
Storm is now the #1 contender to Roode and he celebrates by pouring a beer down the front of So Cal Val's shirt. Hey, can't blame the guy forbeing excited. The guy from the Giants comes over the rail and they enjoy a beer together, but Bully Ray comes out of nowhere and blindsides Storm, then has a staredown with the football dude. Bubba gets in his face and asks him where his ring is because he doesn't have one in Bubba's house, then he takes the guy's beer and drinks it, then spits it back in his face. Football Man responds by shoving Bubba so hard he literally flies backward into the ring apron and lands on his butt. Football Man has his "come on, let's fight so I can destroy you" look on his face as Bubba cowers against the guardrail.
After a quick recap of what just happened after our main event, we go backstage where Brandon Jacobs says he came here to watch his buddy Storm beat Bully and he beat Bully, and now Storm wants to celebrate Giants style. Jacobs says Bully Ray was out of line and he stood there trying to grasp everything before he finally lost his mind and got the last word. Next week, payback is coming, and Storm and Jacobs are off to celebrate.
Sting is in the ring and has some good news, but first he wants Bobby Roode to come join him in the ring. Roode comes out to the ring and Sting informs the champion that he gets to finally announce the match he's wanted to see for months, and says that Roode will defend against James Storm in a cage at Lockdown in April. Roode responds by kicking Sting low, then doing it again, before hitting a running punt to Sting's ribs. Sting tries to pull himself up on Roode's legs, but Roode steals his sunglasses and puts them on, then knocks Sting out with the belt and Sting is busted open. Roode gets on top of Sting and repeatedly drills right hands into Sting's bloody forehead, then thoughtfully puts the sunglasses back on Sting. He crouches over the Commissioner and tells him that he should really learn to mind his own business, then pats him on the face and walks off as we call it a night.