<Video of Christopher Daniels’ rise to power. On his way to the world title he called out Samoa Joe and said if he beats Joe he’ll move into the top contenders. Joe accepts the challenge. Daniels beats Joe at the Kingdom Come ppv in February, with the help of Abyss. Then Daniels defeats AJ Styles and holds up the belt in victory. Footage of Brock Lesnar and Joe battling to be the number one contender at Sacrifice. Joe wins. Joe vs. Daniels for the World title graphic flashes up…Hard Justice..this Sunday only on ppv>
The Impact Zone is a buzz as this Sunday will be the Hard Justice supercard which will see the unification of the Global and X Division titles and Samoa Joe battle Christopher Daniels for the Heavyweight Championship of the World.
The buzz turns into an explosive pop as out walks the legendary Bret the Hitman Hart. The fans go crazy as he walks out of the tunnel as his music pumps up the crowd to kick off this week’s episode of TNA Impact. With a smile on his face he extends his hands in the famous Bret Hart pose and the fans eat it up as he tells them to make some noise. Hart’s music stops and Jerry Lynn’s takes over as the X Division Pioneer joins Hart on the stage. The two men shake hands as Jerry has his hair in a ponytail and is wearing spectacles puts up the rock and roll sign to the fans as they chant “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!” Both men enter the ring proud to be apart of the number one pro wrestling company in the world right now.
Hart: This Sunday at Hard Justice the landscape will change here in TNA as the Global Championship will merge with the X Division Championship to usher in a new era here in TNA wrestling. And I cannot wait!
Lynn: I can’t wait either Bret! I am very proud of the X Division and am very proud that the TNA faithful refer to me as the X Division Pioneer. But this Sunday we will crown a new pioneer, as the man who wins the unified championship will take the TNA X division to new heights never seen before in this company. It’s going to be something really special. This Sunday the new Champion will be presented with the new X Division Championship and he …
Gunshots ring out and LAX’s theme music blares out of the speakers interrupting Lynn’s announcement. Emerging from the “border” entrance, Konnan leads out his militant thugs, Salinas (still carrying the stolen Knockout’s title), Homicide and finally covering the back is the Global Champion, Hernandez. Like a pack of rabid dogs, they surround Lynn and Hart and try to intimidate the legends of the ring. They then separate and leading a path for Hernandez to stand in the middle of the ring with his massive arms crossed, standing like a statue while Konnan sparks up the mic.
Konnan: Bret Hart, Jerry Lynn, you say you want a pioneer, well standing in front of you is a revolutionary. The Global Champion is going to destroy your gringo champion Van Dam and kill off your new white boy, white bread division. On Sunday night vatos, there wont be a new X Division Champion, there will be the first LAX Division Champion, ya feel me. Now shut your mouths, bow your heads because the Champ has something to say.
Konnan stares down Hart and Lynn, then turns his back on him before handing the microphone to the statue-like Hernandez, who suddenly springs to life.
Hernandez: Van Dam, you’ve only been here six months. Let me educate you on something. Around here people call me SuperMex. That tells you I’m faster than a Speed Muscle. Way more powerful than a Samoa Joe. And able to leap the six sided ring in a single bound. What being called Supermex doesn’t tell you, is that I’m the meanest dawg here. This Sunday I’m gonna rip you up hommes. Now you’ve been walking around here getting’ by on your reputation. Man, in the ring with me you aint got no rep. There aint no coasting on your name when you’re in the ring with me boi. I’m gonna rip you up, and I’m gonna be the Unified X Division Champion, Agusto or No!!
He stares directly into the camera, stone faced, statue-like once more, until “Walk” hits the speakers, the fans go crazy and out walks the Whole Dam Show, Rob Van Dam. He shows no fear and gets in the ring with LAX. Not only that, he stands on the turnbuckles and puts his hands in the air. Flashes from all the cameras light up the arena. Rob jumps down, shakes Hart’s hand and high fives Jerry Lynn. He has two black eyes from his broken nose but he doesn’t seem to be able to stop smiling. Lynn gives him his mic, and Rob addresses, LAX.
RVD: Hernandez, dude, I know how good you are in this ring. I also know how bad you and your boys are outside of it. All these RVD fans know this is going to be one of the best matches they have ever seen. Both of us can take a hit. We can both muscle up and we can both fly high. So I’m gonna ask you this right here and right now. You’ve held that Global title for over 5 months. Dude no one has been able to take that thing away from you. So why don’t we prove who the best man is, who the unified Champion is and make it just you and me dude. No tricks, no interference, just the two best in the biz beating the sh_t out of each other. Whattaya say?
Konnan: Woah, woah, woah. Van Dam. You’re little tricks wont work on him be-atch. Cide and I will be ringside like we always are and we are going to make sure, the revolution continues.
Hernandez: Van Dam. I don’t need anybody to kick your ass.
The fans go crazy, Konnan’s eyes almost pop out of his head, and Bret Hart and Lynn smile and shake hands.
Hernandez: I’ll show you why I’m the Global Champion and why I will be the Unified x Division Champion. I’m going to take that belt, I’m going to add to mine, and then I’m going to break your neck.
LAX’s music hits and Hernandez walks out of the ring. Homicide and Konnan are left in the ring, but then chase after him yelling at him, but he ignores them and walks back through his border entrance as RVD nods his head and Lynn and Hart chat to him as Impact goes to a commercial.
The Pope D’Angelo Dinero and Jeff Hardy vs. Rhino and Senshi
The two intense, sadistic wrestling machine come out to separate entrances. The nod at each other both acknowledging the fact that they want to hurt their Hard Justice opponent. The crowd then goes batshit crazy as the dynamic duo rock and roll out. The crowd cheers just as loud for Pope as they do Hardy. Some of the fans are even laughing about Pope being Hardy’s supplier, but unsure what that means..
Rhino and Senshi attack both men straight away turning the adulation into boos from the capacity crowd. The bell hasn’t rung yet and Rhino and Senshi bash their opponents all around the ring side area. The ref tries to get order as Senshi and Rhino use the steel steps and guard rails to their advantage.
But the fight brings out the extreme in both Hardy and Dinero and they fight back. Dinero hits a big uppercut on Senshi and then runs over and hits Rhino with a big right hand. The two men roll Rhino back into the ring, the Pope follows him and starts stomping him as the ref finally rings the bell.
Hardy and Pope use quick tags to keep the pressure on. Rhino over powers Pope and tags in Senshi who explodes with vicious strikes. Senshi pulls on Pope’s hair and drives him down with deadly elbows and knees. Escaping several pinfall attempts it is Senshi and Rhino who know tag in and out, trying put to injure their opposition. Rhino goes after Dinero’s throat, knowing it to be injured. Hardy breaks up the cover to keep the match alive, as the fans cheer for Hardy to get into the match. Rhino teases Pope making the tag, but beat him down with heavy forearm shots. Rhino and Senshi cut the ring off and dominate the match.
But Pope is flung into the ropes and out of desperation launchers himself into a flying shoulder tackle! He crawls to the corner and tags in Hardy for the pop of the night as Jeff flies into the ring and takes down Rhino and then Senshi. He hits his signature moves and climbs the turnbuckles calling out the crowd before he launches himself. Swanton Bomb! 1.2. Rhino breaks up the pin! Rhino picks Hardy up for a Rhino-driver, Hardy reverses for a Twist of Fate.
Rhino though pushes out of the move before it can be hit and bounces off the ropes to hit a Gore! Pope blind tags Hardy as the Charismatic Enigma leapfrogs over Rhino, and Senshi is cut in half! Rhino can’t believe it and Hardy clotheslines him over the top rope to the floor. The Pope covers Senshi 1.2.3
Winners via pinfall, D’Angelo Dinero and Jeff Hardy at 9:13
As Pope’s music plays, Rhino is furious and runs back into the ring trying to attack Hardy from behind. Pope warns him in time and Rhino runs into the turnbuckle! Pope drops to all fours and Hardy uses him to hit the Poetry in Motion splash! Rhino is then tossed out of the ring and Hardy’s music plays as the huge crowd goes crazy for the fan favourites!
Backstage Kurt Angle is shown walking towards the ring.
The lights go dim in the arena, and the familiar screeching guitar riff hits as Kurt rises from his elevator in the stage and amongst a fiery pyro, the multi-time former Champion of the World walks into the ring and is dressed for battle.
Angle: Steiner, I know you’re back there, I don’t think I can wait for Sunday. Why don’t you come out here now and let’s do this now.
The fans go crazy as they get to see a ppv match right now, but it turns to disappointment when it’s Matt Morgan who answers the call.
Morgan: Hey kid, I don’t think you are in a position to be calling anyone out around here. So how about I go and call you out. Call you out on the crap your trying to shovel to these people. Last week I kicked Samoa Joe’s ass, so I think it’s only fair that I kick yours as well. Whattya say kid?
Morgan throws a cheap shot, but Angle ducks and spins behind Morgan and in a blink of an eye hits a German suplex dropping Morgan on his head!
Angle: Get me a damn referee.
Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan
Angle dominates early as Morgan is trying to recover from the head drop. Angle beats him from pillar to post and jumps out of the ring and grabs Don West’s head set.
: Steiner, I hope you’re watching because this is just a taste of what I’m going to do to you!
Angle drops the headset only to be hit by a huge Carbon Footprint (flying pump kick)! Angle crashes over the top of the commentary table, as Morgan gathers his senses from the brutal he had taken. Morgan though knows he needs to strike and going after Angle, pushes Don West to the floor to get to him. Morgan then throws Angle across the desk and starts stomping him on the outside. The ref starts counting as Morgan then flings Angle into the guardrail spine first! At the count of eight, Angle is rolled back in and Morgan dusts off his hands and steps over the top rope and resumes his attack. Angle is in trouble as he is hit with a side walk slam. Morgan calls for the finish with a big smile on his face as he lifts the gold medallist up in the Hellavator!
But Angle shifts his weight and folds up himself and then Morgan into a school boy pin.1.2. Morgan kicks out only to stand up into a clothesline! Angle now has control and hits a variety of suplexes on the seven footer and then goes for the ankle lock submission hold. Morgan’s tall frame allows him to get to the ropes,. The ref makes Angle break up the hold and Morgan using his long legs to kick him in the face off of his back. Morgan gets to his feet and hits big time right hands and then goozles Angle for the chokeslam. But Angle smacks the arm away and hits the Olympic Slam! 1.2.
Kickout by Morgan! Angle is impressed but never loses his focus as he grabs the Angle and grapevines the leg. Morgan taps out!!!!
Winner via submission, Kurt Angle at 11:03
Angle gets his arm raised as his music is cut off by the sirens of Scott Steiner’s. Angle is ready for him, but the Genetic Freak comes from out of the crowd and knocks down Angle from behind. He locks in the Steiner Recliner with his massive arms and Angle is screaming in pain. Steiner yells at him and keeps the pressure on. The ref tries to make Steiner break the hold but only gets punched in the face! Steiner locks the hold on again putting all his weight behind the submission hold! Steiner drops Angle’s face into the mat, spits on the back of his head and then flexes his giant biceps as the fans boo and his sirens blare out of the speakers!
<A replay of what happened before the break, as Kurt calls out Steiner, only for Morgan to come out and fight Angle. After a gruelling match, Steiner came out of the crowd knocked down Kurt and put him in the Recliner>
Steiner is backstage: Ha! Yeah that’s right Kurt, I was a amacha wresslin’ hero too!. You aint nothing compared to me you sonavabitch. I’ve got the largest arms in the world and you aint nothing to me boy. You got that. At Har’ Justiss I’m gonna pop your head like a pimple and then celebrate by sleepin’ with your wife.
<Video of last week, Petey Williams confronted Jerry Lynn about being the first man to get a title shot against the new Unified X Division Champion. Lynn told him that after Hard Justice, the game changes. Williams then was forced to tap out to Mistico’s La Mistica (Around the World head scissors into a facebuster/arm bar) in a six man X Division tag match.>
Petey Williams vs. Mistico
Williams looks irate still after last week’s match. Mistico continues to get one of the biggest ovations from the fans, as he runs down to the ring and laps up the adulation on the top turnbuckle. But Petey doesn’t wait for the bell and attacks Mistico from behind. Williams uses closed fists, pokes to the eyes and boots to the head to “teach Mistico a lesson”. Mistico though uses his speed and the Luche star starts to really take it to Williams. Petey starts to get frustrated as Mistico keeps hitting moves and he cannot put on hand on the man.
Mistico comes off the top rope but Petey catches him with a drop kick. Williams rushes into the Destroyer, only for Mistico to hit a back body drop to escape and then coming off the ropes hits La Mistica in the middle of the ring! Williams desperately struggles for the ropes but he is too far away. Petey taps out again!
Winner via submission, Mistico at 7:49
Holding his elbow, Williams rolls out of the ring as the referee raises Mistico’s hand. He is absolutely furious with losing again to the masked man, and kicks the steel steps on his way to the back. He says something to himself as he backs away watching Mistico celebrate with the fans.
<Video of last week, the Guns attacked their challengers getting revenge for Kevin Nash>
In the back Christy Hemme is with Desmond Wolfe with Chelsea and Hiroshi Tanahashi with The Beautiful People.
Sky: Christy I don’t mean to alarm you but I think a raccoon is right now nesting in your hair.
Love: My god Velvet, and it smells horrible too. Eww, Christy why don’t you go fix yourself right away before The Beautiful people are forced to give you a make over.
Hemme tries to ignore them, as Wolfe snatches the microphone from her hand while she was distracted.
Wolfe: You heard the ladies Hemme, piss off. Machine Guns, this Sunday you wont have your big body guard hanging ‘round ringside now, thanks to me. That dinosaur Nash wont be messing with us ever again. At Hard Justice, The Ace of the Yooniverse, Hiroshi Tanahashi and I are gonna end ya title reign, and quite possibly just like your big friend, end ya careers. It will be that easy. You are all looking at the next World Tag Team Champions.
America’s Most Wanted vs. The British Invasion
USA chants echo all over the Impact Zone as the two teams square off. The Brit’s two weeks ago had won a four team match to become the new #1 contenders to the tag belts after Hard Justice. Magnus are a combination of youth and experience, power and technical styles and they get on top of the multi-time former champions.
But the Wildcat and the Cowboy fight back and use the crowd’s energy and double team moves behind the referee’s back to defeat the #1contender’s with the Death Sentence.
Winner via pinfall, America’s Most Wanted at 6:33
<Video of Samoa Joe defeating Brock Lensar. Bret hart announces Joe the number one contender. Images of Daniels pinning Styles, Styles again in the Lockdown steel cage, and then Sting. Then showing Daniels lift the belt in victory over and over again. Then all really close up of footage of Daniels hitting Angels wings, Joe hitting a Muscle Buster, Daniels hitting Last Rites, Joe hitting the Island Driver, Daniels making someone tap to the Koji Clutch, Joe making some tap to the Coquina clutch, Daniels hitting the Best Moonsault ever, Joe spinning out of the ring crashing down on three men. Daniels standing with the title over Sting. Joe standing over Brock Lesnar…>
Out of the tunnel emerges the World Heavyweight Champion. Dressed in a three piece suit, the world title is over his shoulder he stands and poses on the stage. He outstretches his arms in his signature pose and pushes his hands down before walking to the ring. His music plays as the huge crowd on hand boos the Champ. Daniels looks serious. The last few weeks he has been laughing and smiling, three days before Hard Justice, he looks intense and extremely focussed. His music still plays as he places the belt onto the centre of the mat and kneels before it. He then rips off his sunglasses and tosses them on the ground. He rips off his tie, his suit jacket. He looks around at the fans as he tears off his vest and then his shirt. He orders So Cal Val to give him a microphone. He snatches it from her hand and with a tensed brow starts to talk.
Daniels: This Sunday at Hard Justice it will be me, the Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels, God’s gift to professional wrestling, defending MY Heavyweight Championship of the World against Samoa Joe. Now I’m not out here to demean the accomplishments of the challenger. I’m not out here to boast about mine. I’m out here to simply re-state something that all of you and everyone in the back cannot accept. I said before I fought AJ Styles inside a steel cage. I said before the Icon Sting fought me and I will say it one last time toy you Joe, to Bret Hart and Dixie Carter, to Jeff Jarrett, to everyone in this arena and to the millions watching at home around the world.
You all now what I am capable of. You all know the sins I committed to take this title. Know this; it was a drop in the ocean. It was a tear in the rain. It was a whisper in a hurricane compared to what lengths I will go to keep MY World Championship. At Hard Justice I will walk in and walk out the World Champion. And that’s the gospel according to the Fallen Angel. No, that's the gospel according to the Champion of the World.
Samoa Joe’s music hits and out rolls the number one contender. The fans blow the roof of the arena as the 30, 000 strong Impact Zone chant Joe’s name over and over and over again. Joe does not blink as he walks into the ring. He steps through the ropes and walks towards the man who holds the title. Daniels though has already picked up the championship and has jumped out of the ring and heads towards the ramp. The fans change their Joe chants to boos directed towards Daniels.
Joe: Woah Daniels, don’t worry Champ I’m not going to bloody fists on you tonight. No, no, no, no, I’m going to wait like a kid on Christmas until Sunday to rip you open like a present. Oh I’m going to savour it Daniels. The hell you’ve put this company through, the hell you’ve put me through, I’m going enjoy beating you up and taking your title.
Daniels: You haven’t heard a damn word I said Joe.
Joe: I heard what you said Daniels, I heard you will do anything to keep the belt. Well ya know what Champ? To me that sounds like the cry of a desperate man.
Daniels: Then you’re a fool Joe. If that’s what you believe then you go into the title match blind and I’m going to beat you without breaking a sweat.
Joe: No Daniels you’re the fool. You see only a fool would willingly stand in front of an on coming ten tonne truck. And that’s exactly what going to happen at Hard Justice as I run you over.
(The fans start chanting Joe’s gonna kill you)
No, Daniels don’t listen to these people. Because I’m not gonna kill you. That’s too good for you. For everything you have done, Joe’s going to beat you. For everything you have done to me, Joe’s gonna torture you. I’m going to punish, humiliate and humble you until it will be you Daniels, it will be you cry out ask me to kill you. You will be the one who begs me to kill you after the hard justice I put you through. And when I’m finished Joe’s gonna…be World Heavyweight Champion.
Joe’s music plays as Daniels looks like a vein is going to pop in his head. Joe snarls at Daniels and then holds his fist in the air as the fans chant Joe’s name again. Daniels embraces the World title and backs away up the ramp angry and looking unsure of himself heading into Hard Justice super card…..