[PPV Recap] TNA Bound For Glory 2012
- Austin Aries (c) Vs. Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Heayweight Title
- Sting/Bully Ray Vs. The Aces and 8’s [If The Aces and 8’s win, they get “full access” to the Impact Zone]
- James Storm Vs. Bobby Roode in a Street Fight [Special Enforcer: King Mo]
- Al Snow Vs. Joey Ryan [If Joey Ryan wins, he gets a TNA contract]
- Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian (c) Vs. AJ Styles/Kurt Angle Vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez for the TNA World Tag Team Titles
- Miss Tessmacher (c) Vs. Tara for the TNA Knockouts Title
- Samoa Joe (c) Vs. Magnus for the TNA Television Title
- Zema Ion (c) Vs. Rob Van Dam for the TNA X-Division Title
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Quick Match Results:
- Rob Van Dam pinned Zema Ion (c) to win the TNA X-Division Title (8:03).
- Samoa Joe (c) defeated Magnus by submission to retain the TNA Television Title (9:15).
- James Storm pinned Bobby Roode in a Street Fight (17:31).
- Joey Ryan pinned Al Snow to win a TNA Contract [Matt Morgan interfered to cost Snow the match] (8:26).
- Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez defeated AJ Styles/Kurt Angle and Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian (c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Titles (15:33).
- Tara pinned Miss Tessmacher (c) to win the TNA Knockouts Title (6:21).
- The Aces and 8’s defeated Sting/Bully Ray to gain full access to the Impact Zone (10:52). [Devon revealed as the leader of the group]
- Jeff Hardy pinned Austin Aries (c) to win the TNA World Heavyweight Title (23:04).
Wrestlers share their favorite Bound For Glory memories and talk about how important this night is for them. James Storm says he would die for his family and friends but won’t for a wrestling match. What a slacker. Chavo Guerrero Jr. says “I’m Bound For Glory” in Spanish. These clips and audio bites are intercut with poetic title cards.
TNA is live from Phoenix, AZ. Mike Tenay welcomes the home audience as we pan the crowd. We cut to the announce table where Tenay and Taz are hyped up about tonight. They hype the Aries/Hardy main event. They then hype the other big matches. Tenay says “let’s get Bound For Glory rolling” and we’re off to the races. The first match is for the X-Division Title.
Rob Van Dam makes his way out first and the crowd goes wild, singing along to his song. X-Division Champion Zema Ion makes his way out next. Tenay says RVD will be Ion’s toughest challenge to date and Taz is in agreement.
Match #1: Zema Ion (c) Vs. Rob Van Dam for the TNA X-Division Title
RVD gets an early wristlock and Ion reverses it into one of his own. Ion goes for a waistlock but RVD rolls him off. Ion complains to the ref that RVD grabbed his hair. RVD throws Ion into the turnbuckle then kicks him in the face. He follows it up with a springboard kick that sends Ion to the outside. RVD revs up to fly, but Ion moves out of the way to prevent it. Ion gets back in the ring. Ion knees RVD in the gut and applies a side headlock. RVD whips him into the ropes and Ion dropkicks him in the leg. RVD reverses a whip into the corner but Ion jumps out and hits a multiple revolution spinning kick. He goes for the pin. 2-count.
Ion goes to the corner to showboat. RVD pulls him off and crotches him on the top rope. RVD jumps to the top and kicks him in the head, sending Ion to the floor. The crowd is solidly behind RVD and he obliges them in a chant of his name. Ion gets to the apron and shoulders RVD in the gut. Ion hits another when RVD rushes. Ion connects with a spinning DDT and goes for the pin. 2-count. Ion immediately tries again. Another 2-count. Ion argues with the ref then fixes his hair.
Ion stomps RVD in the corner and whips him across the ring. RVD catches Ion with an elbow but goes to the top. Ion pushes him off and RVD goes neck-first into the guardrail. Ion gets a running start and hits a flip dive onto The Whole F’N Show. Ion rolls RVD back in and follows suit. Ion goes for the pin. 2-count. Ion chokes RVD on the second rope. A “Zema sucks!” chant breaks out. Ion continues the offense in the corner. RVD reverses a whip into the corner and attempts the rolling monkey flip but Ion drops him jaw first on the top turnbuckle. Ion gets to the top turnbuckle and connects with a front facing Missile Dropkick. He goes for the pin. 2-count.
RVD starts fighting back while on his knees but Ion strikes him to stall the offense. He sends RVD into the ropes and locks him in an Abdominal Stretch in the center of the ring. RVD gets out and they trade forearms. RVD reverses an Irish whip and elevates Ion in the air, hitting a dropkick on him on the way down. RVD follows it up with the Rolling Thunder. RVD heads to the top and connects with the Five Star Frog Splash. He goes for the pin. 1…2…3!
Winner and NEW X-Division Champion [via Pinfall]: Rob Van Dam (8:03)
- Hell of an opening match with a surprising finish; I didn’t think they would take the belt off of Ion since he’s such a compelling heel. Nevertheless they set the tone for the night and Ion himself looked like a star in defeat with some innovative and excellent offense. Good way to kick things off. (B)
Jeremy Borash is backstage. He hypes the TNA Twitter and Facebook and hypes the Twitter hashtag. Borash brings in his guest Magnus. Borash takes a question off of Twitter and asks Magnus if he considers his match against Samoa Joe tonight to be the biggest of his career. Magnus says it’s the biggest night for everyone. Magnus says that tonight he’s a free man and has broken out of political prison. He asks Joe how he’ll recover from the most devastating loss of his career then leaves. The match is next!
Magnus makes his way out for the second match of the evening. Taz complements ring announcer Christy Hemme like the saucy minx he is. Tenay talks about Magnus and Joe’s title history. Samoa Joe, the TV Champion, makes his way out next. A “Joe” chant breaks out followed by an old school “Joe’s gonna kill you” directed at Magnus.
Match #2: Samoa Joe (c) Vs. Magnus for the TNA Television Title
Joe and Magnus lock up. Magnus goes right to the arm, and Joe reverses into a wristlock. Magnus takes him down with a fireman’s carry and Joe responds with a head scissor. They break apart and the crowd cheers. Lock up #2 leads to Magnus putting Joe in the corner. Magnus breaks cleanly. Magnus backs Joe into the corner once again and attempts an Irish whip. Joe reverses then hits a splash in the corner followed by a kick. Joe lays into Magnus with a series of rights and the crowd chants “Joe” after every one.
The ref gets in between them and Magnus cheap shots Joe. Magnus connects with a couple of uppercuts and Joe responds with a loud chop. They both hit the ropes and Magnus floors Joe with a clothesline. Magnus works Joe over in the corner with more uppercuts. Very European of him. Joe gets up and hits a series of rights. He hits the ropes, and Magnus leapfrogs him. He follows it up with the high knee and Joe goes down. Magnus puts Joe on the second rope and hits a running jumping elbow into Joe’s back. Magnus goes for the pin. 2-count.
Magnus hits more uppercuts and Joe responds with a series of slaps. Joe hits the ropes and Magnus picks him up, connecting with a Michinoku Driver. Magnus goes for the pin. 2-count. Magnus picks him up and pushes him into the corner. Joe reverses an Irish whip but runs into a boot. Magnus jumps off the second turnbuckle but Joe catches him with an inverted atomic drop. Joe follows it up with a knee and a back splash for a 2-count. Magnus hits the ropes and Joe hits a snap slam for the 1…2…kick out.
Joe hits the ropes and Magnus tries for a leapfrog but Joe catches him and slams him to the mat. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Joe then turns it into an STF, transitioning into a double armhook submission. Magnus gets his legs to the rope to force the break. Joe sets Magnus on the second turnbuckle, but Magnus rakes the eyes to prevent the Muscle Buster. Joe recovers quickly and chops him. Joe goes to the second rope himself and headbutts him. Magnus falls to the apron, then hits Joe in the face with a knee to knock him to the canvas. Magnus goes to the top rope and connects with a flying elbowdrop. Magnus goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT.
Magnus can’t believe it and argues with the referee. Joe starts hulking up by no selling Magnus’ offense and hits a series of slaps and forearms. Joe applies the Kokina Clutch but Magnus pushes off the top rope to make it a pinning combination. 1…2…KICK OUT. Joe reapplies the Kokina Clutch but Magnus escapes with a jawbreaker. Magnus goes for the Figure Four but Joe grabs him and fully applies the Kokina Clutch. After a brief struggle Magnus taps.
Winner and STILL Television Champion [via Submission]: Samoa Joe (9:15)
- Hard-hitting match between the two. The Phoenix crowd ate it up and with very good reason. Magnus especially looked good and showed that he is a future main eventer. Good win for Joe and a match of this quality helps the TV Title’s road to prestige. Good PPV so far. (B)
Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Bobby Roode. Roode says the hatred between he and James Storm goes a lot longer than a year. Roode says King Mo is mistaken if he thinks he’s gonna stop Roode from ending Storm’s career tonight. Roode says Storm has never beaten him, and brings up their last match at Lockdown. Roode says he’s sending Storm home forever tonight. The match is up next.
Feud Recap: James Storm Vs. Bobby Roode
Special enforcer King Mo makes his way out first for the Street Fight. He’s decked out in his crown, robe, and necklace. He’s also wearing his MMA gear under it. He looks so goddamn stupid you guys. Bobby Roode makes his way out second in his much less stupid looking robe. Out last is Roode’s opponent James Storm.
Match #3: James Storm Vs. Bobby Roode in a Street Fight [Special Enforcer: King Mo]
Storm and Roode stare one another down in the center of the ring. Storm and Roode trade rights and Storm floors Roode with a clothesline. Roode kicks him and whips him into the corner. Storm comes out running and connects with an elbow. Storm chops Roode and whips him into the corner. Storm hits a back bodydrop. Roode backdrops Storm over the top, but Storm lands on his feet and knocks Roode down. He pulls Roode out and the fight spills to the outside. Storm sends Roode into the apron head-first. Roode fights back with a couple of rights. Roode and Mo stare one another down and Storm uses that distraction to land a clothesline. Storm then stares Mo down himself.
Storm sends Roode into a row of chairs. Roode reverses a whip and sends Storm into the guardrail. He tries to follow it up but Storm kicks him and hits a Russian legsweep into the guardrail. Storm grabs Roode and points to the announce table. Storm picks Roode up for the Eye of the Storm but Roode slips out mid-spin. Roode elbows Storm in the face and slingshots him into the ring post. Storm is busted open.
Roode pulls a trash can from under the ring and throws it into the ring. Roode grabs a chair and rams it into Storm’s ribs. He follows it up with a chairshot to the back and throws it into the ring. Roode rolls Storm in and looks for more weapons under the ring. Roode finds a kendo stick and heads back into the ring. Roode wedges a chair between the top and middle turnbuckle while Storm grabs a kendo stick. Storm whacks Roode with the kendo stick and puts the trash can between Roode’s legs. Storm whacks the can and Roode flails in intense pain.
Storm attempts to hit Roode with the trash can lid but he throws him out to the entrance ramp. Roode grabs the trash can and goes to hit him but Storm hits a shoulder block into his midsection to stop it. Storm pulls Roode through the second rope and connects with a hanging DDT. Storm grabs a crutch from a fan and drives it into Roode’s midsection. He hands it back to the fan who’s all cheers. Storm and Roode trade trash can lid shots. Storm wins the war and hits rapid fire shots sending Roode down. King Mo looks on in shock. Storm smacks Roode with the trash can to follow up.
Storm runs at Roode, but Roode connects with the spinebuster on the ramp. Storm falls to the floor and Roode collapses on the ramp. Storm hits Roode with a cookie sheet ringside and drinks someone’s beer. Roode kicks him and tries to drive his head into the announce table but Storm blocks it and rams his head there instead. They get on top of the announce table and Roode fights out of a suplex. They trade rights and Roode spears Storm off onto another table nearby. A “Holy Shit!” chant breaks out.
Roode rolls Storm back into the ring and goes for the pin. 2-count. Roode yells at the ref and pushes him into the corner. King Mo comes in and gets between Roode and the ref. Roode pushes Mo and Moo pushes back. Roode turns around and Storm connects with a reverse lung blower. Storm revs up and signals for the Last Call. Storm connects with the kick and goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT.
Storm slowly gets back to his feet and goes for another Last Call. Roode catches the foot and sends Storm into the chair he set up earlier. Roode rolls him up and grabs the tights for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Roode is beside himself. Roode crotches Storm on the top turnbuckle and goes to the outside. He searches for a weapon and pulls out another chair. Anticlimactic. Roode climbs the steps and hits him across the back. He jumps back down and pulls out a bag from under the ring. He pours out the contents. THUMBTACKS, BITCHES. The crowd pops huge. An “ECW” chant breaks out, obviously.
Roode goes to the corner and sets up for a superplex. Storm fights his way out and sends Roode flying back-first into the tacks. Storm then connects with a flying elbowdrop. He goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Damn. Storm goes to pick Roode up but Roode connects with a low blow and heads back to the outside. Roode pulls out a 6 pack of beer bottles. Roode takes a swig and goes to hit him with a bottle but Storm answers with a low blow of his own. Storm grabs his own beer, takes a swig, and smashes it over Roode’s head. Storm catches him on his way down and connects with another Last Call. Roode falls back into the thumbtacks and Storm goes for the pin. 1…2…3!
Winner [via Pinfall]: James Storm (17:31)
- An absolutely brutal street fight between Storm and Roode. The ending sequence was excellent as well, an emphatic and poetic way for Storm to finally beat his former partner. Nasty stuff filled with some good garbage spots and drama, and very little interference from Mo which was an added bonus. I hope Storm doesn’t bleed to death on his way to the back though. (A-)
King Mo raises Storm’s hand in victory. Storm grabs a beer, shakes it, and spills it out into the crowd in celebration. On his way back, he turns and smashes a trash can against the entrance ramp repeatedly in excitement.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with Joey Ryan. Ryan says he doesn’t want to scream or shout, he wants to speak the truth. Ryan says he should’ve been handed a contract before even competing on Gut Check but went through with it anyway. He says that he became a Twitter trend and 87% of the fans wanted him to join TNA. He calls the judges asinine for saying no despite the fact the fans wanted him to win the Gut Check. Ryan calls Al Snow a disgusting man who’s best known for talking to a severed head. Ryan says he himself is best known for his charisma and good looks. Ryan says they’re on the West Coast now and he’s a West Coast guy. Ryan says tonight he is bringing sleazy back to Bound For Glory.
- Thoughts: Really damn good promo from Ryan. Best mic work he’s done in TNA, hands down (not that he’s done much but still).
Feud Recap: Al Snow Vs. Joey Ryan
Joey Ryan makes his way out first for the next match as Tenay/Taz talk about Ryan losing the Gut Check. He’s wearing Twitter trunks. Okay. Al Snow makes his way out next. He doesn’t exactly look dressed to wrestle. Ryan bails as soon as Snow enters the ring.
Match #4: Al Snow Vs. Joey Ryan
Snow walks over and Ryan hides between the ropes. A “We Want Head” chant breaks out for obvious reasons. Snow gets on his hands and knees and slams the mat as a challenge to Ryan. Ryan grabs a waistlock but Snow reverses it and spins around him. Snow slaps Ryan in the back of the head repeatedly and Ryan hides between the ropes to escape his wrath. Snow challenges him again on all fours. Ryan goes for a kick but Snow catches it and throws him to the mat. Ryan throws a couple of wild punches and Snow slaps him.
Ryan rushes out of the corner and Snow goes on the offensive. He throws Ryan into the corner and Ryan reverses. He ducks a punch and laughs, which causes Snow to slap him. Ryan runs at him and Snow hits an elbow followed by a hip toss. Snow bodyslams Ryan and hits a running elbowdrop. Snow takes Ryan with a side headlock, then transitions into an almost Crippler Crossface (arm isn’t grapevined). It turns into a side headlock as they get to their feet.
Snow and the ref start jawing and Ryan pulls Snow down to the mat by his hair. Ryan connects with a snap suplex and goes for the pin. 1-count. Snow starts fighting back but Ryan shoulder blocks him in the corner. Ryan throws Snow across the ring into the corner and follows it up with a punch. Snow fights back and connects with a back bodydrop. Ryan gets up and Snow headbutts him repeatedly while hooking the arms. Snow grabs Ryan by his chest hair and the ref breaks it up. Snow picks Ryan up and hits the Snow Plow for the 1…2…kick out.
Snow is surprised and confirms the 2-count with the ref. Snow goes to the outside and pulls Head out from under the ring. The crowd goes wild. He gets back into the ring and goes to hit Ryan with it but the ref stops him. Ryan shoves Snow into the ref and connects with a hard right hand. Ryan dropkicks Snow to the outside. Ryan grabs Head and kisses “her” on the lips before throwing it.
Ryan goes for a baseball slide, but Snow moves and traps him in the apron curtain. Snow hits a flurry of punches to take advantage. Snow walks over and picks up Head once again. All of a sudden Matt Morgan comes out and pastes Snow with the Carbon Footprint. He rolls Snow back in and Ryan covers him for the 1…2…3!
Winner [via Pinfall]: Joey Ryan (8:26)
- Following up Storm/Roode was not an easy task and they used the most expendable match to do so. Okay action overall and the Head stuff was fun in a nostalgic sense but this wasn’t much to talk about. The interference by Morgan came out of nowhere though, so good on them for surprising me. (C+)
Morgan enters the ring and stands over the fallen Snow. Ryan hugs Morgan’s leg in gratitude then quickly gets off out of fear. Morgan shakes Ryan’s hand so hard that Ryan screams in agony.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with the TNA Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian. Kazarian mocks people for using Twitter and begging for RT’s and Daniels talk about how men want to be them and women want to be with them. Daniels then talks about the upcoming triple threat match and brings up all the injustice put against them. Daniels says it doesn’t matter and on the biggest stage in wrestling they’re going to destroy the other teams and enjoy a delicious beverage after. Daniels holds up his Appletini and laughs.
- Thoughts: Why is there no Appletini shirt on ShopTNA? Come on Dixie, that’s a license to print money!
Feud Recap/Match Hype: Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian Vs. AJ Styles/Kurt Angle Vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez
Tenay and Taz break down the upcoming triple threat match with “Taglines” to sum up the feud and the stories going into the match.
Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez come out first. AJ Styles/Kurt Angle come out next, each to their own separate theme music. Angle shakes hands with Wes Brisco as he makes his way to the ring. Finally out come the TNA Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian. Taz and Tenay talk about Daniels/Kaz wearing orange and black to annoy Taz (HA!).
Match #5: Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian (c) Vs. AJ Styles/Kurt Angle Vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez for the TNA World Tag Team Titles
Daniels teases starting the match but jumps out, leaving Styles and Guerrero to start. They lock up and Guerrero gets a waistlock. Styles reverses the hold but Guerrero slips out and slaps on a side headlock. Styles sends Guerrero in the ropes and falls for a shoulder block. Guerrero reapplies the side headlock on the ground. Styles uses his quickness and gets a side headlock of his own. Guerrero sends him into the ropes and Styles knocks him to the mat.
Angle tags in and knocks Guerrero down with an uppercut. Angle stomps down Guerrero in the corner. Guerrero catches him with a knee to the gut but Angle rakes the eyes to stop the momentum. Angle bodyslams Guerrero, and Daniels blind tags himself in. Angle throws him into his corner and Styles blind tags Daniels to get back in. Nice. Guerrero drives Angle down with a suplex. Hernandez tags in and catches Styles in a bearhug into a release overhead belly to belly suplex.
Hernandez slams Styles down and Guerrero hits a slingshot splash. Hernandez tags back in and bodyslams Guerrero on top of Styles. Hernandez follows up with a diving splash and goes for the pin. 2-count. Kazarian blind tags Hernandez to get into the contest and goes on the offense against Styles. It doesn’t last for long and Styles nails Kazarian with the dropkick. Angle tags in and delivers a forearm to Kazarian’s back followed by a back drop suplex.
Kazarian pushes Angle into Guerrero/Hernandez’s corner and Guerrero tags himself in. Guerrero stomps on Kazarian in the corner. Guerrero whips Kazarian into the corner and tags Hernandez in. Hernandez picks him up and hits an over the shoulder backbreaker. Guerrero tags in and hits a leg drop. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Kazarian tags Daniels in, who is instantly hit with a Guerrero dropkick. Daniels pushes Guerrero into Styles/Angle’s corner and Styles tags himself in. Styles goes for a move but Daniels hits a jawbreaker. Styles hits a hurricanrana out of nowhere, but misses the Styles Splash in the corner. Kazarian clotheslines him from the apron while the ref is distracted.
Snapmare by Daniels. Kazarian tags in and they hit their springboard elbow/leg drop combo. Daniels tags back in and works Styles over in his corner. Quick tag back to Kazarian and they whip Styles into the ropes. Leapfrog/clothesline combo followed by a hip toss into a leg drop. Kazarian goes for the pin but Guerrero breaks the count. Kazarian locks Styles in a full nelson on the mat as Angle tries to rev the crowd up.
Kazarian throws Styles in the corner and he attempts a monkey flip. Styles lands on his feet and avoids being tagged out before hitting the Pele Kick. Angle gets the hot tag who attacks everyone that isn’t his partner. Angle hits a release German suplex on Daniels, then hits two German suplexes in a row on Kazarian. On the third try, Daniels holds up and climbs over them. He goes for a sunset flip but Angle goes for the Ankle Lock. Kazarian breaks it up and Angle hits the third German suplex on him. Angle pulls the straps down but gets attacked. Angle climbs the ropes and throws Kazarian into Daniels. He goes for the pin but Guerrero breaks it up. Kazarian hits a slingshot DDT out of nowhere on Angle. Hernandez hits the Pounce on Angle, and Styles hits a flying forearm on Hernandez to knock him out of the ring. Daniels then knocks Styles down.
Daniels goes to the apron and hits a springboard moonsault onto Angle on the outside. He bows afterwards. Daniels goes to the apron but Hernandez knocks him off and follows it up with a suicide dive of his own onto Daniels. Kazarian hits a hurricanrana on Hernandez to send him to the outside but lands horribly on his shoulder. Back in the ring, Styles goes to hit Guerrero but instead springboards and hits Daniels, Kazarian, and Hernandez on the outside.
Guerrero catches Angle on the apron and connects with two Amigos, but Angle breaks out and hits the Angle Slam. Angle goes to the top but Hernandez catches him from behind. He goes for the Border Toss but Styles tags in and stops it. Hernandez blocks a double clothesline but misses his own. Styles and Angle take Hernandez down with a double suplex. Angle rushes Guerrero but Guerrero throws him to the outside. Styles clotheslines Guerrero and knocks him out of the ring. Kazarian attacks Styles from behind and hits a hell of an F-5 looking move. Daniels runs in and hits the Best Moonsault Ever for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Daniels and Kazarian can’t believe it.
Kazarian jumps to the outside to prevent, um someone, from running in. Guerrero heads to the top turnbuckle. Kazarian tries to stop him but Guerrero pushes him off. He connects onto Kazarian with a splash of his own. Daniels goes for the Angel’s Wings on Styles but Styles hits him with a backdrop. Styles connects with the flipping inverted DDT and goes for the Styles Clash. Daniels pushes him out and Hernandez tags himself in. Hernandez hits Daniels with a shoulder block and connects with the Border Toss. Guerrero connects with the Frog Splash and Hernandez moves him to cover Daniels for the 1…2…3!
Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions [via Pinfall]: Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez (15:33)
- Entertaining triple threat match that was also insanely messy and chaotic. Hard to keep up with. Some cool spots though and I’m glad Daniels didn’t die after taking Hernandez’s suicide dive on the outside. Not exactly thrilled for Guerrero/Hernandez to be the new champions though. That’s…whatever. (B-)
Christy Hemme is at the entrance ramp with the new tag team champions. Guerrero says they said they were going to win and they delivered. Guerrero dedicates it to Eddie to get the crowd to finally care and thanks everyone before leaving.
- Thoughts: About time Chavo finally let people know he’s related to Eddie! Sigh.
Feud Recap: Miss Tessmacher Vs. Tara
Tara makes her way out to the ring for the next match. We see the cast of TNA’s UK reality show TNA Boot Camp. TNA Knockouts Champion Miss Tessmacher makes her way out next.
Match #6: Miss Tessmacher (c) Vs. Tara for the TNA Knockouts Title
Tessmacher goes for a quick roll up and only gets a 2. Tessmacher hits a spinning head scissor, sending Tara to the outside. Tessmacher yells at Tara to get back in the ring then finally goes out. She chases her around the ring and they end up back in. Tara hides behind Taryn Terrell and kicks Tessmacher. Tara baseball slides Tessmacher out to the arena floor. Tara slides out and rams Tessmacher into the apron head-first. Tara picks her up and drops her again face-first on the apron. Tara rolls Tessmacher back in and kicks her in the midsection. Tara makes the “field goal” symbol with her arms after. Nice.
Tara picks Tessmacher up by the neck and throws her into the corner. Tara hits a series of shoulder blocks into the midsection. Tara picks her up but Tessmacher rolls her up for a 2-count. Tara immediately regains the advantage. Tara smashes Tessmacher’s face into the mat and rubs her face in it. Tara goes for a pin. 2-count. “At least she’s hot” Taz says about Terrell after being out of position for the pin attempt.
Tessmacher runs at Tara and turns a flying head scissor into a DDT. Tessmacher smashes Tara’s face into the mat and continues the fight as they get back to their feet. Tessmacher throws her into the ropes and hits a couple of clotheslines followed by a flying forearm. Tessmacher takes Tara down with a sort of Russian legsweep and kips up. Tessmacher goes to the top rope and hits a hurricanrana. Tessmacher goes for a back suplex but Tara blocks it by grabbing the top rope.
She elbows Tessmacher in the face and crotches her on the top turnbuckle. Tara goes up to the second rope and Tessmacher pushes her off. Tessmacher launches off the top and misses with a flying elbow drop. Tara picks her up and connects with the Widow’s Peak. Tara goes for the pin. 1…2…3!
Winner and NEW Knockouts Champion: Tara (6:21)
- Oof that was an ugly match but at least Tara won the match. Taz’s misogynistic commentary didn’t help. (C)
Tara grabs a mic and says she won the Knockouts Title for her Hollywood boyfriend. She introduces her boyfriend…Big Brother‘s Jesse. Who the f*ck is Jesse? He comes out, takes his shirt off, and makes out with Tara in the center of the ring. Jesse wraps the Knockouts Title around her waist and raises her hand in victory. She pulls him in for another kiss.
- Thoughts: Uh…that was a massive letdown. But I guess that was the point according from those way smarter about wrestling than I am. And apparently this Jesse dude is in OVW and has been on a bunch of reality shows. Right on.
TNA airs clips from Sting‘s TNA Hall of Fame induction. You already saw it in the pre-show.
Feud Recap/Match Hype: Sting/Bully Ray Vs. The Aces and 8’s
Sting and Bully Ray make their way out first to Sting’s entrance music. Ray is wearing Sting facepaint of his own in a sign of unity. Right on. Apparently that makes Ray being Sting’s partner the perfect choice according to Tenay and Taz. Sting is also wearing a Bully Ray t-shirt to show his unity.
The Aces and 8’s barroom country song hits as Sting and Ray await them. Two members of the group come out through the card, carrying Joseph Park with them. They seat him ringside and handcuff him to the guardrail. One of the members slap him. Sting and Ray jump them as the bell rings.
Match #7: Sting/Bully Ray Vs. The Aces and 8’s in a No-Disqualification Match
Sting and Ray send the two Aces and 8’s guys into the guardrail and ring steps, respectively. Sting smashes Aces guy into the broken Spanish announce table. Ray continues smashing the other one into the ring steps. Sting and Ray start getting overpowered and Sting goes head-first into the announce table. Ray fights back though and gets the better of his. Sting fights back against the Aces and 8’s dude he’s fighting and holds his arms. Ray flies off the steps and delivers an elbow to the guy’s head.
Ray takes a piece of the Spanish table and smashes it over one of the Aces and 8’s guys head, breaking it in half. A “We Want Tables” chant breaks out. Ray gets whipped into the steel steps and Sting hits the Stinger Splash on the member attacking him. The non-flannel guy rolls Sting into the ring and beats on him. Stings get bodyslammed and the guy goes for the pin. 2-count. We’re now settled into an actual tag team match.
Flannel Ace tags in and hits a short arm clothesline. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Long Sleeves tags in and whips Flannel into Sting in the corner. Long Sleeves clotheslines Sting and goes for another pin. 2-count. Long Sleeves hits a big boot and goes for the pin. Flannel tags back in and connects with another bodyslam. He misses an elbow drop and Sting wakes up. He goes for the Scorpion Death Lock and locks it in. In comes Long Sleeves to break it up. Sting escapes Flannel’s attempted suplex and connects with the Scorpion Death Drop. Ray gets the crowd rocking to wake Sting up.
Ray gets the hot tag. He beats the crap out of Flannel and Long Sleeves. Ray hits Long Sleeves with a second rope shoulder block. Long Sleeves reverses an Irish whip and Flannel catches him with a knee to the back. They attempt a double team but Ray hits them with a double clothesline. Ray splashes Long Sleeves and goes for the pin but Flannel breaks it up. Sting and Flannel go to the outside to brawl.
Flannel goes to the outside and grabs a chair. He goes to hit Ray, but Ray connects with a big boot. Ray grabs the chair, but out comes Pretty Boy Hair for the low blow (third member of Aces). He spits at Park, and Park breaks the handcuffs. He jumps in the ring and beats up Pretty Boy Hair. Park takes care of Pretty Boy Hair on the entrance ramp. Long Sleeves and Flannel attack Sting and Ray who were distracted with Park.
Ray throws Long Sleeves out and puts Flannel on his shoulders. Sting hits the Doomsday Device from the top rope. They throw Long Sleeves in the corner and deliver consecutive splashes. Sting tells Ray to get the tables and he leaves the ring to oblige. Ray grabs a table as the crowd goes wild. He throws it into the ring and sets it up in the center. Ray picks up Long Sleeves as Flannel pulls Sting to the outside.
Snake Eyes (fourth member of Aces) comes out and throws Ray through the table. Long Sleeves pins him for the 1…2…3!
Winners [via Pinfall]: The Aces and 8’s (10:52)
- Not a great tag team match but there was enough to like (Sting/Ray as a team, Joseph Park “gettin’ him some” after breaking the handcuffs, the Doomsday Device) to keep it entertaining. And the fact that Ray didn’t turn is the ultimate shocker; good on TNA for actually doing something different and not going the obvious route. I’ll forget the match but I’ll remember the moments. (B-)
Five members of the Aces and 8’s come in to beat on Sting. “Not Quite the nWo Theme” plays and out comes a pissed off Hulk Hogan. The Aces and 8’s rush him on the entrance ramp but he takes them out with rights. Hogan rips his shirt and faces off with Snake Eyes who’s still in the ring. Snake Eyes attacks but Hogan hulks up. Big Boot by Hogan and he signals to unmask Snake Eyes. Sting holds Snake Eyes and Hogan pulls the mask off. It’s Devon! Hogan, Sting, and Ray are in shock. Devon escapes with the other members of the Aces and 8’s through the crowd. Ray simply asks “why?”.
- Thoughts: Hindsight being 20/20, we probably should’ve seen the reveal coming with the way Hogan has been gushing about wanting him to return to the company. But I didn’t, so Devon being a part of The Aces and 8’s was a successful reveal for shock value. But let’s be real…he’s not the marquee star they needed to make that faction truly mean something. At least not yet. Maybe he’ll be better on the mic this Thursday.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with TNA World Champion Austin Aries. Aries says Hardy has been working for this match for a long time and he needs this victory for his redemption. But in order to do that he has to go through him, who has been dominant for the past year and a half. Aries says this isn’t Hardy’s redemption song, it’s another chapter in the rise of “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”.
- Thoughts: That whole “going off-script” thing is stupid but a decent promo from Aries regardless. But they have to follow The Aces and 8’s reveal so I expect a dead Phoenix crowd at the beginning.
Feud Recap/Match Hype: Austin Aries Vs. Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy comes out first to new theme music and a crazy red mask. He takes it off to reveal black and white facepaint. He greets the fans around the ring like he usually does. TNA World Champion Austin Aries makes his way out next. Same music, no freaky Big Van Vader mask. Doesn’t bode well for The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived. Jeremy Borash handles the in-ring introductions. Loud boos for Hardy when he’s introduced.
Main Event: Austin Aries (c) Vs. Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
Aries immediately backs Hardy into the corner and breaks clean. But Hardy pushes him off regardless. What a heel. Aries takes Hardy down with a hammerlock and transitions into a side headlock. Hardy tries to send him into the ropes but Aries holds in. Aries wraps his legs around Hardy while maintaining the headlock. Hardy slaps him in the face to break it and Aries rolls to the entrance ramp.
Hardy backs Aries into the corner and goes to break clean but Aries pushes him as revenge. They tease a test of strength but Hardy kicks him in the gut and throws him chest-first into the corner. Aries grabs him and takes him down with a side headlock. Hardy breaks out and applies a head scissors. Aries breaks free with a head stand. He goes for the dropkick but Hardy moves out of the way and attacks. He stomps down Aries in the corner and the crowd boos.
Aries reverses an Irish whip in the corner and tosses Hardy to the apron. Hardy tries for a sunset flip but Aries rolls through and connects with a dropkick. Aries chokes Hardy with his boot. Aries jumps over and hits Hardy. He takes a victory lap around the ring afterwards which is awesome.
Hardy gets back into the ring and Aries lays down on the turnbuckle to show how cocky he is. Hardy runs over and Aries moves out of the way. Aries goes back in and Hardy kicks the bottom rope into Aries’ family jewels. Hardy picks Aries up and delivers a suplex. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Hardy kicks Aries to the outside and hits a double sledgehammer from the apron. Hardy rearranges the ring steps and sends Aries straight into them. Hardy then throws Aries into the guardrail. Hardy breaks the count and launches off of the ringsteps with a leg lariat. Aries crumples to the mat.
Hardy rolls him back in and goes for the pin. 2-count. Aries reverses an Irish whip but gets an elbow to the face. Aries moves out of the way of the Whisper in the Wind and goes to the second turnbuckle. Aries launches and hits a splash for the 1…2…kick out. Aries continues the assault and goes for another pin. 2-count. Aries works Hardy over in the corner and whips him to the other side. Hardy gets his feet up and he tries to follow with a second rope splash but Aries gets his knees up. Aries goes for the pin. 2-count.
Aries hits Hardy with a backbreaker and goes for the pin. 2-count. Aries wraps Hardy up like a pretzel and turns it into a pin. 2-count. Aries is starting to get flustered. Aries delivers a shoulder block into Hardy’s midsection and he snapmares him out of the corner. Aries goes to the second turnbuckle and connects with a dropkick to the back of a seated Hardy. Aries goes for the pin. 2-count. Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Hardy fights out and delivers a sitout front suplex. Hardy hits the ropes and Aries follows, delivering a knee to the midsection.
Aries goes to the apron and launches over the top rope with a corkscrew splash. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Aries attempts the Last Chancery but Hardy grabs the leg to stop it. They get to their feet and Hardy breaks out of the front facelock. Hardy ducks a clothesline and hits a modified power bomb (Aries continues to spin over and lands on his face). Hardy is now on the offensive. Aries reverses a whip but Hardy catches him coming off the ropes. Hardy rushes the corner but Aries gets his feet up. Aries comes off the second rope but gets caught in a front atomic drop followed by a dropkick. Hardy goes for the pin. 2-count.
Hardy sends Aries face-first into two corners and hits the Whisper in the Wind. He goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Hardy is now getting a little flustered. Aries blocks the Twist of Fate but Hardy hurricanranas him to the outside. Hardy goes for a slingshot splash but Aries moves and slides back into the ring. Aries hits the suicide dive through the second rope onto Hardy who lands hard on the guardrail.
Aries rolls back in and awaits for Hardy to get up. Hardy does and Aries hits another suicide dive through the second rope. Aries quickly rolls him back in and goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Aries is split open. He goes for another pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Aries locks on the front facelock and locks on the Last Chancery. Hardy gets his leg on the bottom rope to break the hold. Aries throws Hardy to the entrance ramp.
Aries follows him out and tries for Brainbuster but Hardy lands on his feet. Hardy hits the ropes and Aries clotheslines him against the ropes. Ouch. Aries rolls him up and pulls him through the second rope. Aries connects with a neckbreaker through it and Hardy smacks his head against the ramp hard. Jesus.
Hardy rolls in and Aries hits him with a Missile Dropkick from the top rope. Aries rushes him in the corner but Hardy gets his feet up. Hardy and Aries start trading rights and lefts, respectively. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate out of nowhere. He goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Hardy goes to the top but Aries crotches him. Aries goes to the top rope and stands Hardy up. Aries hits him with a top rope standing hurricanrana. Nice.
Aries hits Hardy in the corner with a running dropkick and connects with the Brainbuster for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Aries is in utter disbelief. Aries puts Hardy back on the top and tries for a double foot stomp but Hardy moves. Hardy hits an Ace Crusher followed by the Twist of Fate. Hardy takes his shirt off and goes to the top. He connects with the Swanton for the 1…2…3!
Winner and NEW World Heavyweight Champion [via Pinfall]: Jeff Hardy (23:04)
- I was skeptical that they were going to pull this off but now that it’s all said and done I must say: this was really f*cking good main event match even with some of the awkward pauses and minor botches. The crowd being anti-Hardy was surprising, I guess all of his fans live in Orlando, and the two wrestlers seemed to adjust their styles to suit the crowd’s leanings like f*cking professionals. Aries and Hardy gave their all and by the end they made it look like Hardy really had to earn the win. Aries still looks like a million bucks even in defeat. Hell of an excellent way to end a PPV. (A-)
Aries rolls to the outside to recover as Hardy celebrates his win. And we fade to logo…NOW.
Overall Show Grade: B
- Favorite Match: James Storm Vs. Bobby Roode (I’m a sucker for the blood and guts when done right and this was done right. Brilliant storytelling and the way the match ended was poetic and satisfying. And even though they went on first they proved that they truly should have been the main event.)
- Least Favorite Match: Miss Tessmacher Vs. Tara (I hope this is the end for Tessmacher as a top Knockout because she has been thoroughly unimpressive over the past few months. She has improved greatly but not to Knockouts Champion levels. Boring, ugly match made even worse by the misogyny going on in the commentary. Sh*t like that makes people not give a damn about women’s wrestling.)