The Feast or Fired was about as well as it could be, given the concept. The crowd was into Joe getting a title shot big-time.
Team 3D & Rhino & Jesse Neal vs. Hernandez & Matt Morgan & D'Angelo Dinero & Suicide - Elimination Bout
Hernandez has to wrestle the first five minutes alone. He and Rhino started early and Hernandez was quickly overcome by the other team. Hernandez ended up outside on the apron and slingshot in, hitting a shoulderblock on Devon. He then tossed Rhino out of the ring. He challenged Neal to enter the ring and was nailed from behind by Devon. Rhino tagged back in and worked over Rhino. Brother Ray tagged in and clotheslined Hernandez. Rhino nailed Hernandez with a gore but only got a two count. He went for another but Hernandez avoided him and rolled up Rhino.
Rhino has been eliminated.
The other attacked Hernandez and focused on his knee. Jesse Neal grabbed a chair but before he could use it, the five minute period was over and his partners hit the ring and made the save. An enraged Hernandez hit a monster dive over the top to the floor on Neal and 3D.
Suicide drilled Neal in the chest with two boots for a near fall. Suicide hit a nasty looking Alabama Jam off the top. Neal fought him off but was nailed with a dropkick. Neal continued to work over Suicide in the corner. Neal charged him in the corner but Suicide avoided it. Neal nailed Suicide with a chair and the referee didn't do anything. Hernandez grabbed the chair and KILLED Neal with it. Slick Johnson disqualified Hernandez.
Hernandez has been eliminated.
Neal looked glassy eyed and was rolled out of the ring.
Team 3D nailed Suicide with the Dudley Death Drop and covered him.
Suicide has been eliminated.
Dinero and Ray went back and forth. The announcers explained Neal had been disqualified as well.
Neal was also eliminated.
Dinero went back and forth with 3D. Dinero hit a running splash onto Ray, who was draped over the ropes. Taz called it a "Yambag Express." Devon whipped Dinero into the ropes and Dinero was snapped into a 3D and pinned.
D'Angelo Dinero has been eliminated.
It's Morgan vs. 3D. The fans chanted for Morgan to "F*** them up." Morgan dared them both to come at him at once. They obliged and worked him into the ropes. Morgan made a comeback, clotheslining them both and sandwiching them in the corners with splashes. 3D overcame him and took their turns beating him down.
Morgan made a comeback and pinned Devon with the Carbon Footprint.
Brother Devon has been eliminated.
Ray worked over Morgan but in the end, fell victim to the Carbon Footprint as well.
Your survivor, Matt Morgan!
The match itself was solid but nothing out of the ordinary. I thought they did a nice job trying to get Hernandez over early with his handicap situation and his massive chairshot. Later, they had the veterans in 3D working with Morgan to build him and give him more legitimacy. Everything was fine from the wrestling standpoint but TNA really needed to have all hands on deck knowing what was going on. There was some real confusion regarding some of the finishes and eliminations and that does nothing but make everything a mess for the viewers at home, hurting whatever they are trying to accomplish.
They aired a preview for the Foley and Abyss vs. Raven and Stevie bout, then announced that was for later. They went right into a preview for Lashley vs. Steiner. Oops.
Bobby Lashley vs. Scott Steiner - Last Man Standing
Kristal Lashley came to ringside with Lashley but was sent to the back. Steiner followed her to the back. Lashley charged after him. Steiner hid behind Kristal and nailed her husband. Steiner tossed Lashley off the ramp and into the guard rail. Steiner began choking Lashley with a wire on the floor and screamed at fans. Taz said he was in a holiday mood and making friends.
Steiner brought Lashley into the ring. He charged for a clothesline but Lashley caught him with a T-Bone suplex. Steiner was limping bad. Lashley clotheslined him into the corner and began beating him in the corner. He charged with a shoulderblock to the gut. Lashley cinched in a Dragon Sleeper on Steiner, who was out.
Referee Andrew Thomas began counting Steiner out but made his way to his feet. Lashley clotheslined him out of the ring. Steiner hobbled up the aisle but Lashley attacked him. He nailed Steiner with a chair. Steiner grabbed a lead pipe and nailed Lashley with it. Lashley was down but made his way to his feet. Lashley was nailed again but got to his feet before the ten count. Lashley was brought back to ringside and slammed into the ring steps.
Steiner placed Lashley on the top rope, draped him and dropped him into a DDT. Lashley made his way up at the nine count and was met with a kick to the gut. Steiner is still limping but still set up Lashley for a top rope belly-to-belly suplex. Taz said, "That was classic, or as some might say, vintage Scott Steiner."
Steiner went to slam Lashley with a double sledgehammer but was caught with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Lashley hit a running powerslam on Steiner. He made his way to his feet but was caught with a lowblow. Steiner went for the top rope Frankensteiner. Lashley made his way to his feet. Steiner retrieved the lead pipe but Kristal Lashley pulled it out of his hands and tossed it into the ring.
Lashley speared Steiner and then nailed him with the pipe. Steiner was counted out.
Your winner, Bobby Lashley!
This wasn't the spectacle their brawl was on the last PPV, but given that Steiner obviously got hurt early, this was fine. Steiner worked extremely hard. I am guessing Kristal's interference was to give her revenge over Steiner and end the storyline. We'll see.
Abyss & Mick Foley vs. Raven & Stevie Richards
Richards came out with a chair that read "Abyss use my chair" in an homage to the old "Tommy, Use my Sign" angle where Dreamer used a sign at ringside in ECW on Raven and it turned out there was a stop sign underneath. Raven came out with a Singapore Cane, so the announcers wondered if the weapons were legal. Mick Foley came out and said it was now a Foley's Funhouse Rules match, where anything goes. Abyss was wearing the burnt pants and you could see his bandaged leg underneath.
They started out with the faces cleaning house using the weapons. Raven and Foley battled on the floor towards the stage. Abyss tied Stevie to the tree of woe. Abyss missed a charge in the corner, then Stevie missed one and crotched himself in the corner. Taz quipped, "For a doctor, that wasn't very smart."
Stevie retreated from the ring and went towards the entrance stage. Abyss and Richards brawled to the stage. Abyss pulled a table out. Richards made his way towards the announcers, begging for help. Raven returned and attacked Abyss before he could do further damage. Raven went after Abyss' burnt leg, nailing it with the cane and biting it. The announcers wondered where Foley was.
They dragged Abyss back to the ring as the fans chanted for Foley. Abyss made his way to his feet. raven set up the steel steps and jumped off to hit Abyss from behind. Raven went under the ring and got a can of gas. Before he could use it, Foley came charging to ringside with a shopping cart full of weapons. He charged it into them. Foley used a barbed wire bat on Raven and Stevie. There was a small ECW chant that was drowned out by a Foley chant.
In the ring, Foley piledrove Raven, then hit the double arm DDT on Stevie. They placed Raven and Stevie atop each other. Abyss hit the Earthquake splash. Foley pulled out the (Don't call me) Socko but Raven threw powder to blind Foley. Raven used the Mandible Claw on Foley. Stevie grabbed Foley from behind but was picked up for the Shock Treatment backbreaker. Abyss dropped a legdrop across Raven at the same time for a two count.
Abyss pulled a sock out and Taz called it stereo Mister Sockos. Raven escaped and DDT'd Abyss for a two count. Outside the ring. Foley pulled a barbed wire ring over Stevie's chest and put him on the table. Foley came off the stage with a big Cactus elbow through the table.
Daffney ran to ringside and hit Abyss with a chair. It didn't faze him and he grabbed her for Shock Treatment. Raven kicked Abyss and went for the Evenflow DDT but it was turned into the Black Hole Slam and Abyss made the cover.
Your winners, Abyss and Mick Foley!
If you like hardcore matches, this was for you. If you don't, you won't be a fan. I enjoyed it. Foley looked really energized here as well, so that was a plus.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash interviewed Samoa Joe, who was now in line for a TNA title shot. Joe looks to have dropped some weight. Joe said he got what he came here for. He said that he told everyone what he was coming for - a World title shot - and he did it. He promised to beat up everyone in the ring and come out with it, and he has it. He said the most dangerous man in the world is now in possession of a title shot anytime he decides to do so. He said that he could walk into AJ's locker room right now or maybe he'll wait for the title match tonight or maybe he'll wait until 1/4 on a night of big statements. He said that these are questions that only he can answer, but when he cashes in the briefcase, he'll work out the TNA champion. Your usual great old school Samoa Joe promo.
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