Here’s Impact in case you missed it:
From The IMPACT Zone at Universal Studios Orlando in Orlando, Florida:
Hosted by Todd Keneley, “The Professor” Mike Tenay and Taz.
The first Impact of 2013 opens with the crowning of the 2012 TNA Superstar of the Year.
THE CONTESTANTS: Bully Ray, “Cowboy” James Storm, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy.
THE WINNER, AS VOTED BY THE FANS ON ImpactWrestling.com: JEFF HARDY!!!
Jeff Hardy thanked everyone for voting for him, much to the anger and dismay of both Bobby Roode and Austin Aries. Hardy stated that he will face the both of them at the Genesis pay-per-view on Sunday, January 13, 2013.
1. “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Kazarian with “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.
THE WINNER: “COWBOY” JAMES STORM!!!
TNA Television Champion Devon and Aces and Eights tried to continue to convince Mr. Anderson to join them.
D.O.C. (Director of Chaos) of Aces and Eights stood in the ring with a hammer in his hand, and called out the returning “Icon” Sting. Sting’s black baseball bat fell into the ring, while D.O.C. continued to call him out.
2. THE TNA X DIVISION TOURNAMENT
MATCH #1: Kid Kash vs. Christian York.
NOTE: Before the start of this match, Todd Keneley announced that Kenny King will face Zema Ion in a tournament match next week.
THE WINNER: CHRISTIAN YORK!!!
3. TNA World Tag Team Champion Hernandez with TNA World Tag Team Champion Chavo Guerrero, Jr. vs. Joey Ryan with “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan.
NOTE: Hernandez was supposed to face Matt Morgan, but Morgan suffered an injured right arm, that wasn’t hurt at all. He knocked out Hernandez, which caused TNA Senior Referee Earl Hebner, Sr. to stop the match.
THE WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: HERNANDEZ!!!
TNA General Manager Hulk Hogan summoned his daughter Brooke, the Executive In Charge of the Knockouts, and Bully Ray to the ring to ask about the relationship between the two of them. Bully stated that he should had came clean about it. Hulk placed Bully on indefinite suspension, without pay.
4. A KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM MATCH: Gail Kim and TNA Knockouts Champion Tara with Jesse vs. Mickie James and Miss Tessmacher.
THE WINNERS: MICKIE JAMES AND MISS TESSMACHER!!!
5. A TAG TEAM STEEL CAGE MAIN EVENT: TNA Television Champion Devon and a member of Aces and Eights vs. Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle.
NOTE: After Kurt Angle entered the cage, D.O.C zoomed up, slammed the cage door on Angle, threw him out onto the floor, and pushed down the referee. During the match, Angle scaled the cage, but D.O.C pulled him down, and was kicked in his groin by Angle, and had his padlock key taken from him! Angle then unlocked the padlock and chain, and entered the match.
THE WINNERS: SAMOA JOE AND KURT ANGLE!!!
After the match ended, D.O.C. and the rest of Aces and Eights entered the cage, and assaulted Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle. “The Icon” Sting then entered the cage, and assaulted Aces and Eights. Samoa Joe then unmasked Devon’s tag team partner, and it was former WWE wrestler Mike Knox!!!
Match #’s 4 and 5 are the highlight matches of the night!!!
The return of Sting, the unmasking of Mike Knox, and Jeff Hardy being named the Superstar of the Year are the highlight moments of the night!!!
ANALYSIS: It didn’t have any stupid moments like RAW did. That’s for sure!