James Storm Def. Kazarian.
X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP:
Rob Van Dam Def. Kenny King.
WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP:
Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez Def. Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan, via DQ
Austin Aries Def. Bully Ray.
Tara Def. Mickie James.
KURT ANGLE, SAMOA JOE, GARETT BISCHOFF & WES BRISCO Def. ACES & EIGHTS.
ONE FINAL TIME: Christopher Daniels Def. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles.
MAIN EVENT: WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:
“The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy Def. Bobby Roode.
James Storm def. Kazarian:
The Cowboy James Storm opened the PPV looking to call out Bobby Roode for putting a hit on Jeff Hardy at Impact, and because…well…they hate each other. Not allowing himself to be distracted from the main event the It Factor unsurprisingly ignored the challenge. Instead Kazarian hit the ramp, apparently tired of Storm being a whining “man baby”. Kaz told the Cowboy to drop the Toby Kieth shtick and stop sticking his nose in other people’s business. Unaffected by the trash talk, Storm suggests he should whoop Kazarian’s ass instead. That’s of course if “his boyfriend” gives him permission. The match is set and the crowd are hot!
Storm doesn’t wait for Kaz to enter the ring, bringing the fight to the outside. He slams the Bad Influence in to the steel steps and then backs him to the guard rail. The intensity continues in the ring with a Thesz Press, but it’s too early for a pin fall.
Kazarian uses his speed to outmaneuver Storm, connecting with a clothesline and then choking him on the second rope. Kaz hits a big Neckbreaker but only gets a 2. Although the crowd get behind the Cowboy it’s not enough to make a comeback; Kaz drags him out of the ring for some payback, elbowing Storm in to the steel steps and crowd barrier, before hitting an Axehandle off the ring apron. The audience are not a fan of Kaz and he makes it known to the audience that he’s not a fan of them either.
Back in the ring the Cowboy finally builds enough momentum to make the comeback. He hits a series of clotheslines followed up with an impressive Double-underhook Suplex. However Storm cannot maintain his dominance and eats a springboard DDT. Still, it’ll take more than that to finish off the former title contender, who makes a second comedback with an Alabama Slam.
It looks to be it, Storm sets up the Last Call Superkick, but in desperation Kaz pulls the referee in the way. The momentum is too far in Storm’s favor and he goes for the Superkick a second time, connecting for the victory. He didn’t get his World title shot but the Cowboy walks out the Impact Zone with his head held high and a beer in hand.
RVD def. Kenny King to retain the X Division Championship:
Kenny King earned the #1 Contendership to face RVD for the X Division Championship on Thursday’s IMPACT WRESTLING, but one can’t help but feel it’s too soon for the rookie, who is yet to prove himself to the TNA audience. Who is Kenny King, what is he about? We’ve yet to see.
The match begins with a feeling out process; King managing to hang with RVD’s chain wrestling. They trade kicks but the veteran takes a breather to reassess the situation. Back in the ring the kicks begin again, but the champ’s educated feet get the upper-hand. King does not back down easily, responding with a Japanese Arm Drag, which in turn is met with an arm drag from RVD. Sensing an opening the champ leaps to the top rope, however King springs to his feet and sends his opponent careering in to the guard rail.
In the ring King locks on a weak looking submission and is given a stiff knee to face for his complacency. RVD musters a Spinning Kick for a 2 count, but King comes back with a more effective submission, immediately learning from his mistakes. Again the veteran escapes and goes back to the top, but again King gets to his feet to throw RVD off. King himself now goes high-risk, attempting a Springboard Body Press, but RVD gets his knees up. The ECW original follows up with a Monkey Flip and the Rolling Thunder. He goes for the Frog Splash but is too slow, giving King chance to roll out of the way.
Kenny goes back up top and like a cat lands on his feet when RVD shakes him off. The rookie goes for the Royal Flush but is countered in to a Body-scissors pin. Out of nowhere RVD gets the win!
Despite the high-flying maneuvers and back and forth action the crowd were not really in to this one. There was no heat between the wrestlers and despite hanging in there, King is yet to make a connection with the fans.
Backstage Christopher Daniels says all of his previous matches with AJ Styles were simply the prologue. “Tonight history will be made and history is written by the winners,” who in the Ring General’s mind is himself.
Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez Def. Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan, via DQ:
At the beginning of the match Joey Ryan didn’t seem to keen on locking up with Guerrero, and after things got underway we saw why. Ryan was dismantled by the Mexican stars, forcing him to look to the muscle of the team to make the comeback. Morgan manhandled Guerrero until he tagged in Hernadnez, who at least tried to match the Blueprint’s strength. In the end Morgan got the upper-hand with a clothesline and tagged in the Sleaze to pick up the leftovers.
Don’t count Hernandez out however. He soon turns the tables on Ryan, executing a mean vertical Suplex. The Tag Champs then isolate Ryan, but not long enough for the pin fall. In comes Morgan to even the odds on Chavo and now the veteran finds himself isolated.
Before the match sees a clean victor, Morgan breaks the rules and pulls the referee out of the ring while he was trying to make the count on Ryan. It turns in to a brawl and the match is thrown out.
Austin Aries def. Bully Ray:
The master manipulator Austin Aries continues the mind games tonight by forcing Bully to work at his pace. Instead of going at it tooth and nail, the former World Champ slowly paces the ring, takes a break on the outside, before slapping Ray in the face and taking a second break. Either Ray is going to snap and beat his ass, or get too hysterical and make a mistake. It seems like the first option, as Bully picks up Aries and launches him in to a massive Gutwrench Suplex, followed up by an even higher Back Body Drop. Aries attempts a roll-up but Ray’s calves are just too strong. He reaches down and grabs his smaller opponent in a choke.
Aries speed is too much for Ray, who ends up on the receiving end of a second rope Dropkick and a Neckbreaker. Aries is now in control and viscously chokes Bully with the ring ropes. He then cinches in a Chinlock before mocking Hulk Hogan by cupping his ear. Aries goes even further, obnoxiously hitting the Hogan-style leg drop, but it’s not as effective as the Legend’s and Bully fights back with slaps to the chest and a powerful Military Press Slam. Bully then hits the Big Splash for a 2 count.
Taking a page out of Austin’s book Bully heads to the top. He ends up crotched on the turnbuckle, though Aries does not have the strength for a Superplex. Bully shrugs him off and executes a Missile Dropkick. The big man’s bringing his A Game tonight!
Unfortunately he cannot capitalize and flies out of the ring when Aries lowers the top rope. He doesn’t give his opponent the chance at a comeback however, blocking the Suicide Dive with a Big Boot.
Back in the ring Aries attempts to end things with a Brainbuster, yet winds up face down in a Bully Cutter. It’s not over as Aries gets his foot on the ropes, but it may be soon as the crowd want tables and Bully wants to give them some. However before he can fetch the wood Aries plants Ray in to the steel steps, busting him wide open!
Here comes Brooke Hogan; she cradles bloody Bully in her arms, but as far as Aries is concerned she’s simply in his way. He drags her in to the ring looking to do the unthinkable. Before harm can be done Bully regains his composure and throws him to the outside. The Hulkster comes running down and carries his daughter to safety. Meanwhile Aries has positioned himself behind a distracted Bully and hits a low-blow, stealing the win. The master manipulator points to his head….he continues to outsmart his adversaries.
Tara def. Bully Ray to retain the Knockouts Championship:
The two locked up with the advantage shifting quickly from one to the other with no shortage of hair pulling. Early on Tara wanted to call for a time out with her boo, but Mickie’s having none of it. After dominating most of the match Jesse pulls Tara out of the ring, but Mickie doesn’t think twice about planing both of them with stiff kicks. In the end Jesse’s distractions prove too much and Tara retains with the Widow’s Peak.
Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Wes Brsico & Garrett Bischoff def. Devon, Doc and 2 Masked members of Aces & Eights:
The Captains, Devon and Kurt Angle face off to start things out, followed by tags to Samoa Joe and Doc. Not phased by the mean biker exterior Samoa Joe physically dominates the supposed Director of Chaos. Garrett gets the tag and faces off against a mystery member; neither getting the divisive upper-hand and Wes Brisco soon gets his licks on the other mystery biker.
Joe is tagged back in and squares off with Devon, who uses some underhanded tactics to remain in the driver’s seat. He isolates the former TV champ and the whole gang get their boots in.
With help form the crowd Joe was able to get things together enough and tag in the Olympic Gold Medalist, immediately starting off a multi-man brawl. In the thick of it Kurt gets the Angle Slam on the big masked gang member for the victory.
Fans are itching to know more about the Aces & Eights, but tonight they’ll have to settle for a win for TNA.
Christoper Daniels def. AJ Styles:
A lot of bitter feelings came to a head in this final match between the two former friends. Daniels may act arrogant, be he knows Styles is his toughest ever opponent, and his verbal assaults on the Phenomenal One may just be a manifestation of jealousy. Tonight it all comes down to who is the better man, but is AJ’s head in the game?
The match started out cautious. Both know counters to each others moves, and counters to their counters. This was not a time for AJ to flash his high-risk arsenal. Instead he slowed things down and was methodical in his madness.
Styles upped-the -ante with a suplex on to the edge of the ring apron, but if anything this fired Daniels up who came back with a uranage across the ring apron, one-upping his adversary. Daniels then battered styles around the ring, abusing the fans at every chance.
Back in the ring, Daniels remained in control, working over Styles’s hurting back. In a desperate attempt to rebound, Styles willed an Irish-Whip, but both men went for the same Cross-Body, leaving them in a heap on the mat. AJ is now bleeding, and he uses it to give him a burst of adrenaline.
Styles snaps off a head scissors, but Daniels come back with a sit-out slam for a nearfall. Styles blocks a corner attack, then connects with the back-flip reverse DDT for another 2 count. Styles tries to capitalize and heads to the top, but Daniels crotches him and follows up with a Superplex, leaving them both staring at the ceiling. When they get to their feet they trade blows, both evenly match, then out of nowhere Styles hits the Pele; both back to the mat.
The back and forth action continues until AJ leaps ahead with the Styles Clash. The match has taken too much out of him and the slow cover results in only a 2 count. The Phenomenal One can only think of one way to top his finisher. Do it from the top rope! Daniels to block it, causing Styles to crash and burn on the mat. In a finish that will go down in history, Daniels gets the victory with a Styles Clash, AJ’s own move which could not secure his own victory.
Only gold can be on the horizon for Daniels, but how on earth will AJ come back from this?
Jeff Hardy def. Bobby Roode to retain the World Heavyweight Championship:
After the bell rang the It factor immediately targeted Jeff’s injured ribs that he ordered on Thursday. No matter what Hardy did, Roode kept going back to the mid-section. After Hardy was launched through the ropes, splatting on to the floor it was difficult to imagine how the Enigma could make a comeback. Was Roode’s investment paying off?
On the outside, the onslaught continued. Roode Whipped Jeff hard in to the steel steps, and kept him winded in the ring with a reverse chinlock.
By this time the crowd were chanting loud for Hardy and it seems to have lit a fire. Jeff makes the comeback, hitting a flying splash from the second rope, followed up by the Whisper in the Wind. However the momentum was back in Roode’s favor after he reversed the Twist of Fate and connected with the Spinebuster. Roode could only get 2.
Slow to follow up, Hardy tried again and hit the Twist of Fate, but the force sent Roode to the outside. On the outside Hardy then attempted to launch off the ring steps, but Roode doged out of the way, resulting in Hardy flying in to the audience. After dragging him in to the ring Roode could only get 2.
Roode took the advantage and headed to the top but there was more life left in Hardy that he imagined. Hardy pulled him off the turnbuckle and hit the Swanton Bomb, but he’s too hurt to make the cover.
Turning the tables Roode hits a spear but again can only get 2.
Suddenly Aces & Eights enter the fray and Roode allows himself to be distracted. Capitalizing, Hardy hits the Twist of Fate proving that Karma is a bitch!
Aces & Eights hit the ring and take out Hardy. It seems Roode’s money did buy him respect. The MC take out The It Factor as well!
The three main feuds culminated tonight in some exciting matches, however once again the under card was weak. AJ Styles is going to be devastated by the loss to Daniels and his character is about to get a lot darker.
Also, although we now have Jeff Hardy and Bobby Roode set up to get revenge on Aces & Eights, with no significant reveals or storyline progress the group is beginning to get stale.
Category: TV and PPV, Wrestling News | Tags: Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels