TNA Against All Odds Opener:
The show opens with Hardy being shown arriving to the arena. The cameraman attempts to ask Hardy a couple of questions, but Hardy simply walks by and ignores the questions.
We open with a quick video package that features a short Hogan promo, and a bit of time spent focusing on the Four Way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship which will main event the PPV this evening.
The pyro hits, and we get some “Vegas-style” music as Mike Tenay welcomes us to the PPV, and immediately begins hyping the main event. He’s sitting alongside Jeremy Borash, and the two continue to talk about the competition that Robert Roode will be facing in his title match tonight.
#1 Contender’s Match
Zema Ion vs. Jesse Sorensen
Zema Ion is the first man to make his way out to the ring, to a bit of a lukewarm reaction from the crowd. He’s followed by Sorensen, who comes out without his letterman’s jacket, but still carrying his football. He gets a positive reaction from the crowd.
Sorensen hands off his football to a child at ringside. Ion walks by with his hairspray, asking if the kid wants some, but the kid refuses. Sorensen ambushes Ion and hits him with a right before sending him into the ring to begin the match.
Sorensen hits Ion with a big belly to back suplex, then a nice bridging suplex before Ion makes his way to the outside to put on a bit more hairspray. Ion comes back into the ring with a slingshot, but doesn’t catch anything but the mat. Sorensen tries for a couple of quick roll ups, but Ion won’t stay down, and he catches Jesse with a boot to the stomach. Jesse hits Ion with a hurricanrana that sends Ion to the outside again.
Ion steals the football from the kid at ringside, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Jesse catches Ion with a baseball slide to the back while Ion is taunting the kid, but Jesse misses a plancha, and falls to the floor. Ion places the football aside before sending Jesse back into the ring, heading to the top, and hitting a beautiful missile dropkick. Jesse heads to the outside, so Ion goes to the top rope, and hits an asai moonsault from the middle rope, hitting Sorensen with his knees right to Jesse’s face. Ion heads back into the ring, and it looks like Jesse might be legit shaken up.
The ref counts, and he gets all the way up to nine and Sorensen doesn’t stir. Ion breaks the count for a second. The ref checks on Jesse and throws up an X. The bell rings, and this one is over.
Trainers run out from the back, and Sorensen has barely moved since Ion hit that moonsault. Ion heads out of the ring and toward the back, pointing at himself and saying he’s the number one contender. Ion is indeed announced the winner of the match.
Winner and NEW #1 Contender to the X Division Championship: Zema Ion
Looking at the replay, it’s obvious that Ion’s knee did indeed strike Sorensen’s head square. Doctor’s are ringside checking on Jesse, and JB and Mike sell the “high risk” aspect of high risk moves.
Tenay and JB continue to discuss Jesse’s injury, talking about how high risk moves are the hallmark of the X Division. They continue to replay footage of the move that led to Sorensen’s count out, which doesn’t seem right. People ringside are looking concerned and Tenay and JB continue to kill time for a bit before sending it backstage.
Christy Hemme is backstage with Robert Roode. Roode says Against All Odds is an appropriate name for tonight. He says he’s got to defend his title against three of the best wrestlers in TNA. But on the flip side he’s been champion for three months, and he walks in each night as World Champion, and out at World Champion. He gets the job done. He asks how many opportunities does Jeff Hardy need to take the title. Then says that he beat Storm for the title, and every time he’s been in the ring with Storm since, he’s beaten him. He then turns to Bully Ray and says he doesn’t know what his problem is, but last week he turned his back on Roode, but that’s ok, because Roode knows selfishness, and what goes around comes around. He says tonight he’ll be the better man, and walk out champion. He says it’ll be sweet to look at Sting when he walks out as Champion because he’ll finally know why he’s the it factor of pro wrestling, and the most dominant champion ever.
Robbie E.’s Open Challenge
Robbie E. is led out to the ring with Robbie T. to a bit of a non-reaction from the crowd.
Robbie has a mic and says since he’s the best TV Champion of all time he and Robbie T. decided to create the Robbie E. Open challenge, so he’s challenging anyone in the back, but he wants them to remember one thing. They’re not on the list.
I guess it’s worth noting Robbie T. has a clipboard with “The List” written on the back of it. After a bit of waiting, Shannon Moore makes his way out to the ring, and the Robbie’s don’t look too happy.
Robbie E. protests and tells the ref that Shannon isn’t on the list. He whispers something in Terry’s ear before making his way up to the apron, and apparently this match is on for the TV Title.
The bell rings and Robbie goes behind Moore, but things are quickly turned around. Robbie locks in a headlock, but Shannon fights it off and responds with arm drags and a drop kick that sends Robbie to the outside. Robbie heads over, grabs his belt, and hands it to Terry. The Robbie’s head up the ramp, but E. is stopped by Shannon, who brings him back down to the ring, fighting him the whole way. Moore sends Robbie into the barricade before sending him back into the ring and following after.
Moore kicks away at Robbie, but things are turned around as Robbie slams Moore’s head into the turnbuckle. Moore comes back with an atomic drop and a nice spin kick for a near fall. Moore catches Robbie with a couple of chops and a knee to the stomach in the corner. Moore is sent to the arpon, and hit with a running knee that sends him flying to the outside into the barricade.
Robbie makes his way out, and Terry “holds back” the ringside fans, which the ref doesn’t seem to be a fan of. Robbie E. sends Shannon back into the ring and follows, stomping away at him on the mat. Robbie hits Moore with a running back elbow that good for a near fall of his own.
Robbie clamps on a rear chin lock, but Moore is able to fight it off with wild punches. Moore sends Robbie into the corner, but eats a big boot, and another running back elbow. Robbie heads up to the middle rope, stopping on the way to gloat, and drops another big elbow which is good for a two count.
Robbie continues to wear down Moore, locking in another rear chin lock. Moore calls for support from the fans and makes his way back up to his feet, only to be clubbed back down by Robbie. Moore lands on his feet from a belly to back suplex attempt, and hits Robbie with a big kick to the back of the head and both men are slow to get to their feet.
Robbie and Moore trade right hands, and Moore gets the upper hand with a series of forearms, and a facebuster to lay the champ out for another two count. Robbie heads to the outside and Moore hits the ropes, hitting Robbie with a baseball slide to the back. Moore heads out to the apron and hits a big asai moonsault from the second rope.
Moore sends Robbie back into the ring and tries for a couple of pinfalls, but Robbie won’t stay down for three. Moore catches Robbie with an elbow in the corner, but misses a moonsault press, and eats a big running clothesline from Robbie that’s good for another two count. Terry appears to be on the phone with someone. Robbie heads to the top rope, but Moore hits the ropes with a dropkick and Robbie crotches himself. Moore heads up to the top and hits a hurricanrana from the top to send Robbie flying across the ring, but he still won’t stay down for a three count.
Moore tries for a neckbreaker, but it’s countered. Shannon is sent into the rope and hit by Terry with a foreign object. Robbie slams Moore to the mat and goes for the pin, getting the three count.
Winner and STILL TNA Television Champion: Robbie E.
The Robbie’s celebrate on their way to the back as Moore recovers and makes his way out of the ring.
Gail Kim vs. Tara
We get a quick video package detailing the history between these two women over the past couple of weeks. This leads into Mike Tenay giving us a couple of bullet points, as I imagine they’re still trying to fill time from that first match getting cut short.
Tara is the first woman to make her way out to the ring, and she gets a warm reaction from the crowd. I don’t know if it’s the way that they’re mic’ed tonight, or what, but the crowd SOUNDS exceptionally small so far. Gail Kim is the next woman to make her way out, with Madison Rayne in tow, and they don’t seem too happy with each other, arguing on their way to the ring. They both get a poor welcome from the crowd.
The bell rings and Tara ambushes Kim in the corner, hitting her with chops and tossing her by the hair around the ring before picking her up by her hair and hanging her. Kim fights off Tara and continues to argue with Rayne, which allows Tara to get the upper hand. Tara sends Kim out to the apron, and Kim is able to hit a neckbreaker, hanging Tara up on the top rope. Kim heads back into the ring and hits Tara with a boot to the face before hitting her with a big right hand. Kim launches Tara into the middle turnbuckle, hard.
Kim sends Tara into the corner again and charges after her, clotheslining her hard. Kim heads to the top and hits a missile dropkick. Rayne yells something and walks away from the ring, waving to Kim on her way out. Kim sends Tara into the corner hard again, before jumping to the middle rope with a springboard cross body. Gail goes for the pin but only gets two. Gail locks in the stretch muffler, but Tara is able to fight her off.
Tara attacks, but Kim is able to lock in the octopus hold, bringing Tara to her knees. Tara struggles to the ropes, but she makes it, forcing Gail to break the hold. Kim kicks at Tara in frustration. Kim seats Tara on the top rope, heading up after her and hitting a hurricarana, but she gloats, takes too long, and turns around into a powerslam from Tara.
Tara fights off Kim with a series of rights, sending her into the ropes and hitting a big clothesline. Tara shoulders Kim and drops her down and out into a side slam for a two count. Kim rolls to the apron and heads to the top, but she’s stopped by Tara. Tara heads up after Kim and back body drops her from the top down to the mat. Tara heads up and hits a moonsault from the top, but she’s grabbing her knee in pain immediately.
Tara struggles to makes the pin, and when she does, she’s only able to get a two count. Tara gets to her feet and picks up Kim, but Kim responds with a knee breaker, and then eat defeat. Kim pins Tara and gets the three count to retain her title.
Winner and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Gail Kim
Christy Hemme is backstage with James Storm who says that tonight is about revenge, and he’s been pulling for Bobby Roode. He says that tonight Roode will know that Storm is the man that took everything from him. He says they’re going to have a party in Orlando, and there’s some beer drinkers in the crowd, before apologizing for his opponents luck.
TNA Tag Team Championship
Matt Morgan And Crimson vs. Samoa Joe And Magnus
Tenay hypes that this is the third title match of the evening before they try to give us some taglines, but the graphics aren’t there! They do show up eventually and Tenay isn’t left hanging anymore.
Joe and Morgan look to start things out for their respective teams. The bell rings and both men begin circling. We get a lock up and Joe clamps on a head lock. Morgan pushes him off and Joe hits a shoulderblock, but Morgan doesn’t budge. Joe hits another but the result is the same. We get a bit of shoving before Joe hits a kick to the gut, but then falls victim to a shoulder block from Morgan. Joe sends Morgan into the corner and tags in Magnus, who works over the arm.
Morgan tags out to Crimson who trades holds with Magnus for a bit. Crimson locks in a head lock, but neither man can get a clear advantage. Crimson sends Magnus into the ropes and hits a big clothesline before hitting a cravat and running knee to the back. Morgan tags in and launches himself into Magnus before Crimson launches him with a big suplex. Morgan goes for the pin but only gets two. Another tag to Crimson, who’s distracted and hung up on the top rope by Joe. Magnus connects with a clothesline and mounts Crimson with a series of punches before tagging out to Joe.
Joe hits a couple of big punches. Crimson tries to respond but Joe just lays in with more punches,harder, before tagging out to Magnus for some smooth double team work for another near fall. Magnus wears down Crimson for a bit before tagging right back out to Joe. Joe comes in and beats Crimson down with a series of rights in the corner. Joe causes a distraction and allows Magnus to work over Crimson.
Joe tags out to Magnus who comes in an takes Crimson to the mat with a rear chin lock. Crimson is able to fight up to his feet, but eats a backdrop suplex that’s good for another two count. Magnus takes Crimson into his own corner and tags out to Joe who hits a nasty chop to Crimson’s chest.
Crimson begins to fight back, and charges for his own corner, but Joe catches him with a powerslam for another two count. Joe tags out to Magnus who comes in with a nasty elbow drop for another near fall. Magnus tags out and Joe comes in with a series of jabbing rights in the corner. Joe whips Crimson across the ring, but then eats a back elbow, big boot, and clothesline from the middle rope from Crimson. Both men are down.
Both men make the tag, and Morgan comes in as a house of fire, taking Magnus out, then taking Joe out with a big clothesline, before taking both men out with a huge double clothesline. Morgan charges Magnus in the corner and eats a big boot, but comes right back with a big slam, putting Magnus down for a two count. Joe ambushes Morgan and hits him with a bunch of rights. Crimson tries to break it up and the champs hit a double shoulderblock. They call for a double team choke slam, but Magnus breaks it up and sends Crimson from the ring. Magnus and Joe beat on Morgan in the corner before Magnus goes to the opposite side. Morgan pushes Joe into Magnus. Joe avoids a spear and Crimson hits Morgan. Joe sends Crimson from the ring, hits Morgan with a snap mare, and Magnus hits a middle rope elbow drop, getting the three count on Morgan.
Winners and NEW TNA Tag Team Champions: Samoa Joe and Magnus
Magnus and Joe celebrate with their titles as they make their way to the back. Crimson looks distraught as he checks on Morgan in the ring.
Crimson is shown walking out on Morgan who is still recovering in the ring, before it’s sent to Christy Hemme in the back with Bully Ray.
Bully Ray tells Hemme to shut up, and that no matter how much make up she puts on, or how she dresses, she’ll never look good. He tells her to get lost. He says he’s got Storm and Hardy’s number, and he’s in Roode’s head like no one’s ever been. He’s not a dark horse, he’s the thoroughbred. He says to say it with him: Bully Ray: TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Ray walks off.
TNA X Division Championship
Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley
We get a quick series of “X Factors”, but no video package before this one.
We get an update that Jesse Sorensen has been taken to a local medical facility to be looked at after that nasty injury in the first match of the evening.
The bell ring and we get a lock up right away as Aries sends Shelley flying across the ring.
Another lock up and Shelley sends Aries into the ropes, only to eat a big shoulderblock. Aries then cartwheels out of the way before gloating in the corner. Shelley is enraged and he charges, hitting Aries with a couple of big chops and a knee to the midsection before he dropkicks Aries through the ropes to the floor. Shelley launches himself out of the corner to the outside, bringing himself down on top of Aries. Shelley picks up Aries, but Aries slaps him and heads into the ring. Shelley responds by bringing Aries down throat first on the top rope, then slingshotting himself on top of Aries for a two count. Aries tries to throw Shelley to the side and get a breather by heading to the apron. Aries snaps Shelley throat first on the top rope, but when he goes for a slingshot press, Shelley gets his knees up. Shelley goes to the top and sends Aries to the outside. Aries crawls under the ring and surprises Shelley from behind, sending him to the outside, then following with the heat seeking missile through the ropes.
Aries sends Shelley back into the ring and hangs him up on the middle rope before heading back into the middle of the ring and continuing the assault with a big knee to the back. Aries buries his shoulder in Shelley’s midsection in the corner before taking him across the ring and hitting a nasty open hand chop. Aries brings Shelley out of the corner, rakes his boots across Shelley’s fact, then hits him with a rolling elbow drop to the back. Aries locks in a modified rear chin lock. Shelley fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but Aries tears him back down to the canvas by his hair.
Aries plays to the crowd and tries for his pendulum elbow drop but Shelley moves. Aries comes right back with an eye rake, dodges a punch and lays in with a couple of his own. Shelley kicks Aries in the chest and comes out with a series of strikes and chops before he sends Aries from corner to corner and hits a big clothesline.
The crowd seems to be very in favor of Shelley. Shelley waits for Aries to get up before hitting a superkick to the gut. Shelley goes for sliced bread but Aries fights it off. Shelley hits a reverse STO into the middle turnbuckle before hitting Aries with a running knee to the back of the head. Aries heads to the outside and under the ring again. He tries to surprise Shelley, but Shelley sees it coming and back drops Aries over the top to the outside. Shelley hits a head butting suicide dive, sending Aries crashing into the guardrail and to the floor.
Shelley sends Aries back into the ring and heads up to the top rope. Shelley leaps off with a double stomp but Aries moves. Shelley shoulders Aries and hits the air raid crash, going for the pin, but Aries is able to kick out at two. Shelley tries for an enzugiri but misses. Aries comes back with a knee breaker back drop combo, but can’t get three. Shelley blocks a suplex and connects with the enzugiri before both me collide and go down hard.
Aries charges Shelley in the corner and he’s met with a big boot to the face. Shelley tries for sliced bread, but he’s pushed away again. Aries heads to the apron, and Shelley follows, trying for sliced bread again. Aries pushes him away, shoulders Shelley, and drops him with a DVD on the apron. Shelley falls out to the floor. Aries heads to the top and jumps out with a double sledge, but when he sends Shelley into the ring, he still can’t keep him down for a three count.
Aries heads to the top and tries for the 450, but Shelley moves. Shelley connects with sliced bread and goes for the pin, but Aries gets his hand on the ropes and this match continues. The crowd is going crazy, chanting for once more. Aries ducks a kick to the face and rolls Shelley through with knees to the top of the head, then a kick to the top of the head, before hitting him with a corner dropkick and brainbuster. Aries goes for the pin but Shelley kicks out at two.
Aries looks stunned. He picks Shelley back up to his feet, but he’s rolled up in a small package for two. Shelley hits Aries with a superkick to the chest, then a kick to the back of the head and goes for the pin, getting another two count, the crowd is going nuts. Shelley tries for sliced bread, but Aries reverses with a crazy slam. Aries hits knees to the top of the head again, a brainbuster, then rolls into the last chancery. Shelley is forced to submit.
Winner and STILL TNA X Division Champion: Austin Aries
Tenay sends it backstage to Christy Hemme who is backstage with Jeff Hardy. Hardy says his back and neck have seen better days, but he and the enigmas see gold. He’s feeling lucky. He calls to the creatures to mount up before it’s sent to a video package for Styles/Kazarian.
AJ Styles vs. Kazarian
Kazarian is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he doesn’t look to happy to be accompanied by Daniels. Daniels appears unaware of this though, smiling and talking the whole way down to the ring. Kaz and Daniels get a pretty mixed, but mostly negative reaction. Kaz is even wearing a Daniels t-shirt. Styles is the next man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a huge pop from the crowd as he makes his way out.
Daniels hypes up Kaz on the outside before making his way up to the apron with him. Daniels tells Kaz not to take of the t-shirt, but to wrestle in it instead, before he drops back down to the floor.
The bell rings, and Kaz asks for a handshake right away, but Styles backs him up into the corner and rips off the Daniels shirt. Kaz charges Styles, but ends up thrown down to the mat, where he’s locked into a side head lock. Kaz tries to fight it off, but Styles continues to grind down on Kaz. Styles flips Kaz over and down to the mat, trying to wear the man down. Kaz rolls out of the hold, and hits an arm drag, holding on in an arm bar.
Styles fights up to his feet and reverses, taking Kaz back down with another side head lock. Kaz gets up to his knees, then feet, fighting his way out into a hammer lock on Styles. Styles turns things around, but Kaz ends up being thrown to the floor by Styles.
Styles stares down Daniels, who shouts encouragement to Kaz. Kaz heads back into the ring and he’s met with a nasty kick, then a beautiful dropkick to the fact. Styles stares down Daniels again before turning back to Kaz and laying him out with a big backbreaker.
Styles picks Kaz up and slams him face first into the turnbuckle before blasting him with a kick to the back. Styles hits Kaz with elbows to the back before whipping him across the ring. Kaz is able to jump over Styles and drive the back of his head down into the mat. Kaz heads to the outside, and he avoids a plancha from Styles, but Styles lands on the apron and connects with a flying forearm out to the floor to Kaz. Styles and Daniels continue to have words before Styles rolls Kaz back into the ring.
Styles clamps on the Indian deathlock, but Kaz is able to make it into the ropes to force a break. Styles continues to work over Kaz in the corner, whipping him hard across the ring. Styles misses a flying forearm and Kaz connects with a big monkey flip out of the corner, to the approval of Daniels. Kaz gut wrenches Styles over into a big slam, but only gets a one count off of Styles. Kaz slams Styles to the mat before springing off the middle rope with a big led drop which is good for another one count.
Styles sends Kaz into the ropes, but he’s taken back down to the mat by the back of his head. Kaz sends Styles into the ropes and hits a crazy modified hip toss which is good for another near fall, but still not a three count. Kaz pins up Styles and hits an atomic drop, then spin kick which is good for yet another two count. Kaz picks Styles up and whips him across the ring hard. Kaz picks him up again, whipping him across the ring and following up with a side Russian leg sweep for another two count. Daniels is upset at Kaz’s lack of success. Kaz puts on a front face lock to continue to grind down on Styles’ stamina.
Styles gets back to his feet and connects with a couple of forearms, but he’s met with a big kick from Kaz that’s good for another near fall. Kaz buries his knee in Styles’ back and he pulls back on AJ’s arms. Kaz puts Styles’ stomach on the mat and continues to yank on his arms. Styles fights up to his feet and hits Kaz with a couple of right, but Kaz is fighting right back with rights of his own. Styles lays out Kaz with a clothesline, then another, and then an enzugiri.
Styles hits a DVD styles neckbreaker, putting Kaz down neck first across his knee, before Styles takes Kaz down yet again for a near fall. Styles calls for the Styles clash, but Kaz fights it off, tries to reverse, but AJ counters. AJ charges into a big boot and Kaz hits a huge dropkick that launches AJ across the ring and puts him down for another two count. AJ fights back and tries for the Styles clash again, but he’s fought away by Kaz. AJ goes out to the apron and Kaz hits him with a shoulder to the gut, before he launches himself into Styles and drives AJ head and face first into the apron. Both men fall out to the floor.
Both men are able to beat the count back into the ring, but Kaz meet Styles with a boot to the side. Kaz whips AJ back into the ring and catches him with a cutter, which lays him out for another two count. Kaz picks Styles up and takes him into the corner, seating him on the top turnbuckle. AJ fights Kaz off, but is met with a big running dropkick that keeps him seated on the top.
Kaz heads up after AJ. AJ tries to fight it off, and he’s able to by hitting a head butt. Styles hits the moonsault reverse DDT out of the corner, but he can’t keep Kaz down for a three count. AJ stomps away at Kaz before picking him up to his feet, and trying for a suplex. Kaz lands on his feet and connects with a reverse Russian leg sweep type move.
Both men get to their feet and Kaz gets a couple of near falls. Styles gets a two count off of a bridge, then connects with the Pele kick out of nowhere and both men are down.
AJ charges Kaz and is back dropped out to the apron. AJ fights off Kaz and jumps up to the top rope, balances for what seems like two seconds, then hits a moonsault to the outside onto Daniels. Styles heads back into the ring and he’s caught by Kaz who hits the fade to black, and lays out Styles for the three count.
Daniels climbs in the ring immediately following the match so that he can celebrate with Kaz. We get highlights of the match, which was another good outing on this card.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is standing with Eric Bischoff and Gunner. Bischoff says he’s pissed off that Hulk needs to insert himself in his family business, but at the same time, he’s grateful. He says the Gunner is probably going to destroy Garrett. So much so that Garrett may never be able to participate in physical activity again. He says he knows it’s hard for a young man to live up to his father’s success, and maybe he’s driven Garrett here. He says he’s going to give Garrett and Hulk and extra option tonight, and that’s to throw in the towel. Gunner says tonight he’s going to finish what he started. He says they’re going to need that towel to wipe up what’s left.
Gunner vs. Garrett Bischoff
We get a video package that shows the events leading up to this abomination of (what will hopefully be a short) match. All I’m reminded off throughout the whole video, is how nothing Hogan and Bischoff do, will ever make me care about Garrett.
Gunner is the first man to make his way out to the ring, accompanied by Eric Bischoff. Gunner is carrying a towel in hand, and he and Eric promised backstage. They get a little bit of heat from the crowd, but it seems like the crowd is about as excited as I am. Garrett Bischoff is out next, and since he’s with Hogan, he gets a good reaction. But the crowd immediately chanting for Hogan shows exactly who they care about. Tenay even references that the crowd are standing for “the trainer of Garrett Bischoff”.
Garrett looks to be wrestling in gym pants. The bell rings and Gunner shoves Garrett. Garrett takes Gunner down with a couple of arm drags, then a sloppy dropkick. Gunner heads to the corner, and Earl Hebner holds Garrett back. Gunner takes Garrett down to the mat and slaps the back of his head.
Gunner hits Garrett with a couple of rights before tearing away at him in the corner. Garrett hits another arm drag before locking in an arm bar. Gunner gets back to his feet and Garrett continues to work over the arm. Gunner fights it off with a head butt, continuing the assault with another before taking things into the corner, and raking his face across the top rope. Gunner buries his shoulder in Garrett’s midsection. Garrett comes back with a couple of rights but Gunner puts him down with a clubbing blow to the back. Garrett hits the ropes and Eric grabs his foot. The distraction gets up the ire of Hogan and Hebner heads to the outside to cool things down while Gunner beats on Garrett and stomps away in the corner.
Garrett hits a running forearm and takes Gunner down with a backslide. Garrett locks on a front face lock, and Hogan is vocal for the first time in the match, telling Garrett he’s doing a good job. Gunner fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but he’s rolled up, then hit with an atomic drop by Garrett. Garrett charges Gunner in the corner, but he’s launched face first into the middle turnbuckle, then hit with a clothesline to the back of the head. Gunner hits Garrett with a knee to the back, before bringing him up and beating him back down to the mat for another two count.
Garrett tries to fight back, but Gunner continues the assualt, beating him up and stomping away on him on the mat. Gunner tosses Garrett in front of Hogan and continues to stomp away at him. Garrett fights back with more rights, but he’s taken back down to the mat again with a shot to the gut, then a neck vise.
Garrett refuses to give up, even though Gunner is wrenching away at his neck. Garrett fights to his feet, but he’s driven back to the mat with an elbow to the chest. Gunner picks Garrett up and hits a rope assisted slingshot suplex for another two count.
Garrett continues to try and fights back, but Gunner won’t allow for much offense, until Garrett picks up Gunner and drops him down face first to the mat. Hogan tries to pump up his protege. Both men get up and Gunner beats on Garrett in the corner, but Garrett comes back with a couple of right hands, only to be laid back out with a neckbreaker.
Gunner chokes Garrett in front of Eric and Eric lays in a slap. Hogan has had enough and he takes Eric out with a big right hand. Back in the ring, Gunner continues work over Garrett with another neckbreaker. Hogan seems pretty concerned, telling Hebner to check Garrett’s neck, so Gunner picks him up, and hits him with an elbow to the back of the neck. Gunner drops a knee on the back of Garrett’s head, and Hogan is pretty concerned still. Gunner tries for another neckbreaker, but Garrett holds on to the ropes, and Gunner falls to the mat. Hulk heads up to the apron with the towel, but Garrett waves him off. Gunner hits a DDT, and lays Garrett out for the three count.
Eric Bischoff is shown peeking over the apron, smiling and laughing. I have to say, this PPV went from really good, to really bad, really quickly. Hopefully the main event will bring things back. Bischoff and Gunner make their way to the back, gloating, while Hogan checks on Garrett, with concern on his face, in the ring.
Tenay and JB immediately turn their attention to Garrett Bischoff’s “amazing performance” where he showed “lots of heart”. They also offer up a couple of defenses for his performance before sending things backstage to Christy Hemme who’s standing with Sting. Sting says he wanted to make sure everyone in the match tonight is on their best behavior. He says he’ll make sure Bobby Roode doesn’t walk away conveniently from the match by cheating. He says there’ll be a clean cut winner, and it’s showtime.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Robert Roode vs. James Storm vs. Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy
We get a video package looking at all four men competing in the World Title match tonight. Each man gets a decent amount of interview time, with footage of them interacting interspersed. Tenay and JB run down the “Tale of the Tape”, showing some quick key stats for each man, and previewing some of the elements of tonight’s match, including the inclusion of Sting as special enforcer.
Speak of the devil, the special guest enforcer, Sting, is the first man to make his way out to the ring. Interestingly, it looks like he’ll probably get a formal ring introduction along with everyone else. Sting gets an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the crowd. Bully Ray is out next, and the crowd don’t seem to care either way about seeing the big man.
Bully jaws with Sting while James Storm’s music hits, and the second challenger for the title makes his way out from the back. Storm gets a nice pop from the crowd on his way out, but you have to think it would have been nice to hold off Sting’s entrance as everyone else’s entrance seems subdued compared to his.
Jeff Hardy is the final challenger to make his way out. He gets a pretty enthusiastic reaction from the crowd, but it still seems like Sting got the pop of the night. Hardy has eyes painted on his eyelids, and he takes some time to show off this handiwork before slapping hands with the fans on his way to the ring.
The TNA World Champion, Robert Roode, is the final man to make his way out to the ring. Roode seems to get a negative reaction, but again in comparison to Sting’s and Hardy’s, it’s really hard to hear.
Christy Hemme performs formal ring introductions for everyone (well, except Bully Ray as he does his own introduction), and after quick a bit of fanfare, and what seems like an excessive amount of stalling on tonight’s show, we’re ready for the main event.
Roode tries to forge an alliance with Bully Ray right away, telling him that they can work together. Ray doesn’t look too enthusiastic about the idea. Roode looks reluctant to hand over his title, but he gives it to the ref eventually. The bell rings and Roode continues to try and talk things over with Ray. All four men square off and Ray drops to the outside and crosses his arms. Ray looks at Roode, who turns around into right hands from both Storm and Hardy. They whip Roode into the ropes and hit a double back elbow.
Hardy hits a sit out front suplex and Storm follows up with a neck breaker. Storm and Hardy stomp away at Roode in the corner before choking the champ with their boots. Hardy and Storm call Ray to the ring, but he’s not coming yet. Hardy and Storm whip Roode into the corner. Hardy whips Storm into the ropes, and launches himself off of Storm’s back with a dive. Storm rolls up Hardy for a two count, so Hardy returns the favor. Roode goes to the top, but he’s stopped by Storm and Hardy who hit a double team slam from the top. They turn around into a double clothesline from Ray.
Ray and Roode stare each other down. Roode goes for a high fight, but Ray goes for a urunage. Ray goes for the pin but it’s broken up by Storm. Ray sends Hardy from the ring to the outside. Storm is able to take Ray to the mat with a Russian leg sweep. Storm takes out Roode with a back stabber for a two count. Storm turns to Ray but catches a boot to the chest. Storm and Roode duck a clothesline from Ray and hit a double team suplex.
Storm and Roode tease the crowd for a bit before trading rights. Storm back drops Roode in the middle of the ring, but charges into double boots in the corner. Hardy is back in and hits a back elbow to Roode and the whisper in the wind to Roode. Hardy sends Storm from the ring with a jawbreaker, but he’s laid out by Ray with a big boot.
Ray drops a series of elbows on Hardy for a two count. Ray knocks Storm from the apron and back out to the floor to keep him out of the match. Hardy hits Ray with a series of rights, but Ray back drops Hardy, and splashes Hardy for another near fall. Sting is shown watching from the outside. Ray takes Hardy into the corner and rips his shirt before hitting him with a big chop to the chest. Ray tries to hang Hardy up in the tree of woe, but seats him on the top turnbuckle instead.
Ray follows up and hits a superplex on Hardy while Storm and Roode fights on the outside. Roode heads back into the ring, and Ray calls for a spike piledriver on Hardy. Hardy fights it off and hits a leg drop to the midsection of Ray. Storm and Hardy head up for a double suplex. Ray gets in on the action, and turns it into a tower of doom by power bombing Storm and Hardy. Ray goes for a couple of pins, then a side slam on Storm and another pin, but can’t get a three count.
Hardy hits the twist of fate on Ray, but turns around into a fight, and a TKO from Roode. Roode charges Hardy, but he’s checked across the ring by Ray. Ray tries to splash Hardy in the corner, but Hardy avoids it and Ray splashes the ref. Ray hits Hardy with the Bubba bomb, but the ref is down and Ray’s pin doesn’t mean anything. Hardy hits the twist of fate on Ray, and he goes for the pin but the ref is again still down. Roode hits a spear on Hardy, and Storm hits the code breaker on Roode. Storm calls for the last call and he hits it on Roode. Storm pins Roode, but Ray pulls the ref from the ring. Sting confronts Ray on the outside and Storm leaps over the top, but he connects with the ref.
Back in the ring, Roode hits a spinebuster on Ray. Hardy hits Roode with a twist of fate, but misses the swanton. Roode heads to the outside and grabs the belt. Sting heads into the ring and tears the belt away from Roode. Roode shoves Sting and argues with him, daring him to hit Sting before spitting in his face. Sting swings the belt at Roode, but connects with Hardy when Roode ducks. Sting looks furious, yelling at Roode. Roode drops to his knees and yells at Sting to count the pinfall. Roode laughs in Sting’s face as he counts three for Roode.
Winner and STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Roode
After the match, Sting raises the hand of Bobby Roode.