We noted late last night here on the website that the TNA iMPACT! Wrestling live event in Cape Giradeau, Missouri on Saturday night turned into a complete disaster when the card had to be drastically altered due to six wrestlers being unable to compete as scheduled.
The Missouri Athletic Commission would not allow Chris Sabin, Garrett Bischoff, Jay Bradley, Wes Brisco, Gail Kim and Miss Tessmacher to work matches because they did not have current licenses to wrestle. TNA wasn’t aware of this until they got to the arena and had to make major changes.
As a result, the event in Cape Giradeau on Saturday night opened with a TNA agent (Pat Kenney) coming out to the ring to announce that the aforementioned six wrestlers would not be wrestling on the show as advertised. Instead, the following card took place across approximately 90 mins in front of 500 fans, with five total matches (three of which featured double-duty performances):
* Bully Ray vs. James Storm
* Devon vs. Gunner
* Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode
* Gunner & James Storm vs. Bully Ray & Devon
* Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle
TNA attempted to save face with the fans in attendance by inviting them backstage after the show to meet the stars for free. That too fell apart in a sense, as Jeff Hardy, arguably the biggest star available, charged $20 for a photo and reportedly would not sign autographs.