Hot off the heels of a pretty successul -- scary injury to Jesse Sorensen and awful Gunner/Garrett Bischoff match aside -- Against All Odds pay-per-view (PPV), the stars of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) returned to the Impact Zone last night to film the episode of Impact which will air Feb. 16.
As reported by Cageside yesterday, New York Giants running back and Super Bowl 46 winner Brandon Jacobs was pegged by Dixie Carter and company to make an appearance on the show as TNA hoped the NFL player's involvement would equate to some mainstream press attention.
And sure enough, it has. SportsCenter aired a tiny clip of rulebreaker Bully Ray confronting the halfback while the New York Post ran an article highlighting Jacbos' participation in last night's taping.
But the show had more than just some Super Bowl swag. Find out everything that happened after the jump!
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode opened up the show to brag about winning the four-way match at Against All Odds. Three men couldn't take him down, he's the best -- the usual. Finally Sting came out to announce Roode would be defending his title in a No Disqualification match against none other than Jeff Hardy. The match won't only be tonight, it's going to be RIGHT NOW!
Roode retains his title against "The Charismatic Enigma" when Kurt Angle made his returned and interfered on Roode's behalf. He attacked Hardy on the outside which led to the pin.
James Storm and Bully Ray duked it out in a Number One Contender's match which saw the former Beer Money member pick up the win. Ray, ever the sore loser, attacked his opponenet after the match when HOLD THE PHONE! IS THAT ... THAT'S BRANDON JACOBS! NEW YORK GIANTS SUPERSTAR AND SUPER BOWL WINNER BRANDON JACOBS IS IN THE IMPACT ZONE! See, announcing isn't so hard. Anyway, Jacobs faced off with Ray until security came out to separate the two.
TNA X-Division champion Austin Aries teamed up with the number one contender to his title Zemo Ion and they defeated the team of Alex Shelley and Shannon Moore. Aries was set to nail his finisher when Ion tagged himself in and snuck in the pin on Shelley. Afterwards, the three of them got into a little scuffle.
After Madison Rayne walked away from her TNA Knockouts Tag Team parnter Gail Kim during the latter's match at Against All Odds, an implosion seemed likely for the champions. But will it continue? Madison Rayne won a Battle Royal to establish herself as Gail Kim's number one contender but she won the match after sneaking in to eliminate Velvet Sky who was the last Knockout remaining. Did she do it to protect Kim's Knockouts title or does Rayne have her eyes fixed on the prize?
Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair, Gunner and London Brawling's old valet Chelsea made their way to the ring and Daddy Bischoff was all, "Son, don't come back or whatever." The worst part of the PPV will likely be the worst part of this Impact. Surprise, surprise.
Sting returned to the ring and called out Roode. Sting told Roode he would defend his title against James Storm at Lockdown ... in April.
Um, what about Victory Road on March 18?
Maybe we'll find out tonight when TNA tapes the Impact for Feb. 23.