TNA’s half-hour PPV pre-show focused exclusively on the Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries feud setting up their ladder match re-match for the TNA World Title.
Live inside the Impact Zone, Taz was standing by in the ring to introduce the show. Taz said he has something important to say. He said he is proud to work for a company that is trying to help people recover from Hurricane Sandy. Taz said people’s lives have been affected by this. He then welcomed out a radio host named Buckethead and Bully Ray. Todd Keneley and Mike Tenay introduced the show while the guy named Buckethead and Ray came to the ring. Buckethead spoke first about relief efforts in the Northeast. He then said they will try to break a Guinness record texting $10 to Red Cross live on a PPV. He asked the crowd to pull out their cell phones and send $10 to the Red Cross. The crowd in the background wasn’t particularly responsive. Buckethead asked the crowd to follow along with his instructions, then counted them down to send a text.
Bully Ray then stood center-ring and led the crowd in a “TNA, TNA” chant. Taz, Ray, and Buckethead left the ring, leading to the PPV intro video on Hardy vs. Aries.
Full pyro shot off to officially start the PPV. New announcer Todd Keneley was in the center seat flanked by Mike Tenay to the right and Taz to the left. This might be a long night at the office. The announcers broke down the main event of Hardy vs. Aries before Keneley introduced a title match to start the show – the TV Title slotted in the opener.
TV Title Match: Samoa Joe vs Brutus Magnus
They don’t waste any time before trading blows in the middle of the ring. Magnus tries to escape out to the floor, but Joe follows him out and continues dishing out punishment, ramming Magnus into the rail and drilling him with right hands. Magnus goes to the eyes, but Joe easily rams Magnus into the ring steps and rolls him back inside. Joe with a snapmare, chop to the back, kick to the chest and a kneedrop for 2 as Mike Tenay brings up his nearly 2 year reign as the ROH World Champion and his year and a half undefeated streak when he first came to TNA. Joe puts Magnus down with a running knee to the face, but Magnus dodges a charge from Joe and takes his head off with a clothesline. Magnus chokes Joe in the corner and then puts him down on the mat with a leaping kneestrike. Joe reverses a whip and sends Magnus into the corner, following him in with a running elbow and a leaping enziguiri. Magnus goes down and leaves himself easy prey for a facewash, then rolls out to the floor to grab a steel chair. Joe goes for a dive through the ropes, but Magnus throws the chair at Joe’s head and it connects with an audible THWACK. Magnus slumps Joe over the second rope and charges in with an elbow to the back of the head, followed by a kneedrop for 2. Magnus gets a top wristlock, but Joe quiclky gets to the ropes and the referee isn’t breaking for some reason, so Magnus lets Joe goe and continues pounding on the champion. Magnus comes off the second rope right into an inverted atomic drop from Joe. Joe follows up with a running boot and tries a senton, Magnus moves but Joe catches him with a snap powerslam for 2. Joe counters a leapfrog to a powerbomb for 2 and gets Magnus right in an STF as he kicks out. Magnus crawls to the ropes, but there’s no rope breaks because this is no DQ, so Magnus ends up having to elbow his way out. Magnus tries a Kokina Clutch, Joe shoudler throws him, and Magnus gets a Fujiwara armbar. Joe rolls through and Magnus converts to a cross armbreaker, but Joe counters to a cradle for 2. Magnus connects with a right hand, so Joe responds with another leaping enziguiri to send Magnus back down to the mat. Joe tries the Muscle Buster, Magnus blocks, so Joe goes up for a superplex. Magnus drops to the apron and hits Joe with a high knee that knocks him backward onto the mat, then he climbs to the top and comes off with the elbowdrop he pinned Joe with on Thursday, but Joe kicks out at 2. Magnus tries another clothesline but Joe drills him with a right hand and goes to the ropes, but Magnus catches him coming in and hits a Michinoku Driver, then goes back to the top and hits another elbowdrop, but Joe kicks out at 2 yet again. Magnus can’t believe Joe won’t stay down, and he charges Joe in the corner and runs right into the STJoe. Magnus rolls back out to the floor and gets the chair again, Joe charges the ropes and Magnus gets ready to throw the chair at him again, but this time Joe hits a TWISTING CROSSBODY OVER THE TOP ROPE. Yes, you read that right. Joe sends Magnus back in sets up for the Muscle Buster, pauses for emphasis, and drops Magnus. He makes a cover and Magnus somehow kicks out at 2. Joe looks astonished as Magnus uses the ropes to hold himself up while flipping Joe off and yelling at him to come on. Joe obliges, battering him with more shots and then putting him out with the Kokina Clutch.
Winner: Samoa Joe
JB is standing backstage and of course he plugs TNA’s twitter presence before introducing ODB. ODB says she’s not sure if her hubby will be here tonight. EY runs in and says he knows he messed up. He’s been super busy and a shark ate his phone. EY asks if ODB can forgive him. ODB says she’s over it, it’s just about time he got off the boat and on his wife. ODB and EY begin making out, until JB reminds them of their match. This segment had way too many initials.
Tara and Jesse make their way out to the ring for the next match, holding hands and basically skipping on their way down the ramp. Obviously, the crowd isn’t too into this display.
Eric Young and ODB are out next, and they get a huge pop from the crowd. It’s worth noting that ODB and EY are still wearing the KO Tag Team titles.
Tara & Jesse Godderz vs ODB & Eric Young
The bell rings and it looks like ODB and Tara will be kicking things off. Tara begs off before locking up and backs into her corner. She consults with Jesse before tagging out. Jesse makes his way in and is rolled up. Jesse kicks out, and ends up getting caught with an atomic drop. ODB and EY both hit Jesse with rights before ODB rubs Jesse’s face into her chest. EY tags in and we get some double team action from ODB and EY. EY takes Jesse into the corner, but ends up whipped across the ring. He’s able to turn things around with a big hip toss. EY tags back out to ODB, who comes in and whips Jesse across the ring, coming in after him with a bronco buster. EY sets himself up in the corner and asks for one for himself. ODB sets up, but she’s shoved from behind by Tara. EY tags back in and stalks Tara, getting attacked from behind by Jesse. Jesse chokes EY in the ropes before hitting him with a back drop for a two count. Jesse hits EY with a couple of clubbing blows to the chest before tagging out to Tara. Tara goes for the pin but can’t keep EY down.
Jesse tags right back in and beats down on EY, stomping away at his head. Jesse tries for a belly to back suplex, but EY lands on his feet. Jesse is able to come up with a powerslam for another two count. ODB comes into the ring, but it only allows a distraction for Tara to come in and double team EY.
The dirty tactics don’t work for long as ODB makes her way into the ring to break things up and allow EY to make the tag. ODB comes in and wipes out Jesse with a Thesz press and a series of punches to the head. Tara tries to break it up but she gets a slap for her troubles. ODB hits Tara with a couple of shoulder blocks before taking her out with a TKO.
Jesse attacks ODB from behind, but EY makes the blind tag. ODB slams Jesse down to the mat and EY leaps off the top rope with a huge elbow drop that’s good enough to score the three count.
Winners: Eric Young and ODB
We get a recap of DOC and the rest of Aces and 8?s attacking Sting on Impact, and putting him through a table.
JB is standing backstage alongside James Storm. Storm says tonight is a turning point in someone’s career. No one has prepared for this more than he has and he proved it at Bound for Glory when he showed that he’ll do anything to win a match. He say tonight, whoever he pins, sorry about their d*** luck.
We also get a recap of Hulk Hogan banning Matt Morgan from Joey Ryan’s match against RVD tonight. We’re reminded of Morgan telling Hogan he doesn’t know what he’s dealing with, only for Hogan to smile and say he does know.
Joey Ryan is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he doesn’t get much of a reaction out of the crowd. He asks for a mic and says that Hulk Hogan thinks banning Morgan from ringside sets the odds against Ryan. Ryan says they don’t play by the rules, especially Hulk’s rules. He asked Morgan to stay in the back tonight because Hogan has underestimated him, and he’s defied the odds since the first night he got here. This leads to him calling out RVD for the match.
RVD is out next and he gets a nice pop from the crowd on his way to the ring.
TNA X Division Championship Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Joey Ryan
The bell rings and Ryan and Van Dam begin circling each other. Ryan ducks a lock up and gloats about it, but RVD takes him down to the mat. Ryan rolls into the ropes, forcing RVD to walk away. Ryan gets up and puts on a headlock, but RVD takes Ryan down to the mat with a roll up. Ryan pops up and shoves RVD, but RVD comes right back with a series of kicks to take Ryan to the mat. RVD beats on Ryan in the corner, hitting him with a couple of shoulders to the gut before snap maring him out of the corner and hitting a springboard leg drop. RVD traps Ryan in the tree of woe, kicking him in the face before backing up for a low dropkick. Ryan slumps down in the corner and Van Dam lets him stand, monkey flipping him out of the corner and across the ring. RVD calls for rolling thunder, but Ryan rolls to the outside. RVD chases and brings Ryan back into the ring.
Van Dam kicks Ryan in the head before leaping to the top rope. Ryan gets to his feet and shoves RVD off the top and out to the barricade on the floor. Ryan hits the ropes and dives through with a suicide dive to wipe out RVD. Ryan brings things back into the ring and goes for the pin, getting a quick two count.
Ryan waits for RVD to stand and hits him with a big right hand. RVD sends Ryan across the ring, but Ryan heads to the top. Ryan tries for a tornado DDT, and is able to connect even though RVD tries to fight it off. Ryan is able to get another two count. Ryan stalks RVD, but RVD is able to whip him into the corner. Ryan avoids a monkey flip and catches RVD with a clubbing blow to the back before seating him on the top rope. Ryan heads up after RVD and connects with the mustache ride for another near fall.
Ryan wrenches away at RVD’s neck, but RVD is able to fight to his feet and take Joey into the corner. RVD connects with a springboard thrust kick, taking Ryan to the mat. RVD connects with a couple of big clotheslines before setting up rolling thunder with a big kick. RVD hits a standing moonsault, but Ryan kicks out at two. Ryan catches RVD with a jawbreaker. Ryan tries for a pin, getting leverage in the ropes, but he only gets two. Ryan gets caught with a kick that takes him out. RVD heads to the top and goes for the five star frog splash, hitting Ryan. RVD goes right for the pin, and gets the three count.
Winner and STILL TNA X Division Champion: Rob Van Dam
Following the match, Van Dam celebrates with his title on his way up the entrance ramp. He turns around and Matt Morgan comes in from out of nowhere with a giant bicycle kick to take out RVD.
JB is backstage with Joseph Park. Park is sweating and he says he hopes Sting gets better. The attack on him on Thursday was uncalled for. He says he’s petrified because he’s going in the ring with the man who did that to Sting. He talks about what they did, depriving his rights by taking away his food. He asked Hulk Hogan for this match and he’s going to do his best. He asks JB if he thinks he has a shot at winning. In the end, he has to do what he said he would do. Tonight is about being a man, and he’ll probably get his butt kicked. But he’s going into the ring a man, and he’s coming out one too.
DOC is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and of course he comes out through the crowd, walking in through a random door somewhere in the arena. DOC doesn’t get too much of a reaction from the crowd, but I’m a fairly big fan of Gallows, so I’m interested in seeing how this match goes.
Joseph Park is the next man out to the ring, and Park gets a pretty nice reaction, but it’s always weird seeing someone come out to the ring to no music.
DOC vs. Joseph Park
DOC asks what Park is going to do as the crowd chants ‘You can do this’. Park charges DOC, but he’s taken down to the mat in a front face lock. DOC teases Park, avoiding him before locking in another front face lock and launching him across the ring. DOC tries to hit Park with a right in the corner, but Park avoids it and hits DOC with a right of his own. DOC charges Park, but can’t catch him. Park heads to the outside and DOC follows. DOC won’t allow Park to head to the back, grabbing a chair and swinging hard. Park ducks and DOC connects with the ring post. DOC charges and tries to punch Park, but Park moves again and DOC connects with the ring post. Park slams DOC’s hand into the ring steps. DOC chases Park around the ring, but Park moves again and DOC crashing into the barricade.
Park brings things back into the ring, but runs right into a shot to the gut from DOC. DOC tries to use a belt, but the ref pulls it away from him. DOC heads to the outside and goes under the ring to grab a hammer. He scares off the ref, but he’s taken to the mat by Park, who rains down with punches. Park grabs the hammer and looks at it, but DOC attacks from behind before he’s able to use it. DOC mounts Park and pounds away before it’s broken up by the ref. DOC continues the assault, beating on Park with rights, and stomping away at the big man.
DOC rips at Park’s face before dropping a big elbow and pinning Park for a two count. DOC drops a couple of huge right hands to a prone Park before choking him against the middle rope and taking advantage of the ref’s count. DOC hits the ropes and splashes Park, getting another near fall. DOC calls for Park to stand up, taunting him and peppering him with rights, telling him to stay down the whole time. DOC blasts Park with a series of right hands, but Park refuses to stay down.
DOC hits a big kick to Park’s chest before laying in with more right hands. DOC plays to the crowd for a bit, but when he turns around Park is standing back up. Park tells DOC to bring it on, ducking a clothesline and coming up with a series of rights and lefts. Park hits a couple of kind of shoulder blocks. DOC is able to grab the studded belt and use it to blast DOC out of the ref’s sight and Park is busted open. Park notices the blood and looks at his hands. He goes into a trance, turning around and charging DOC. He hits a big clothesline, then a running clothesline in the corner. Park sends DOC into the ropes and hits the black hole slam. Park looks angry, then confused, then he snaps out of it. He turns around and DOC is laid out. Park leaps into the cover, but he’s only able to get a two count.
DOC hits Park with a right that sends him to the outside. DOC continues to try to attack, shrugging off the ref. Park grabs the chair and whacks DOC across the back. Park tries for the cover, but he still can’t get three. DOC grabs Park around the throat and hits him with a chokeslam out of nowhere for the three count.
Following the match, DOC immediately mounts Park and hits him with a series of right hands. He heads to the outside and grabs the hammer again, heading back into the ring and chasing off the ref once more. Bully Ray heads down to make the save, sending DOC running off to the back. Ray heads back into the ring to check on Park. Ray pulls Park to his feet and stares him down before raising his arm.
JB is backstage with Bobby Roode. Roode says tonight he gets back in the game. It’s a clean slate, and tonight he’s getting in the ring with two guys who he has a lot in common with. Two guys who know what it’s like to be a World Champion. Tonight he’s going to prove he’s the It Factor of Pro Wrestling, and prove he’s the better man. He beat AJ Styles on Impact, and Storm might have won last month, but when he beats Storm tonight, Storm won’t have a title shot for an entire year. Tonight, Roode gets back in the title picture, and closer to regaining his World Championship.
JB tosses it to a video package that highlights the events leading into the World Tag Team Championship match.
After some ‘Tag Lines’ from Mike Tenay, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian make their way down to the ring to a decent amount of heat from the crowd.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez are out next, and the champs get a pretty nice reception from the crowd on their way into the Impact Zone.
TNA World Tag Team Championship Match: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniel and Kazarian
Chavo and Daniels look to kick things off in this match. We get a lock up and Daniels backs Chavo into the corner. Chavo is able to fight him way out, and catch Daniels with an arm drag. Guerrero kicks away at Daniels before hitting him with a clubbing blow to the back. Chavo runs into a back elbow, but comes back with a hip toss to Daniels and Kaz. Daniels takes Chavo into the corner and whips him across the ring. Chavo leaps out of the corner and mounts Daniels with a series of punches. Chavo takes Daniels into the corner and hits him with a couple of rights. Kaz catches Chavo with a cheap shot that allows a distraction and lets the challengers double team the champs. Kaz tags in and hits a springboard leg drop for two. Daniels heads into the ring, and Hernandez takes out both men with a double clothesline. Hernandez back drops Daniels and this allows Chavo to body slam Kaz and tag out to Hernandez. Hernandez slams Chavo down into Kaz and goes for the pin, getting two. Both Hernandez and Chavo hit Kaz with a running clothesline in the corner before Hernandez hip tosses Kaz across the ring. Hernandez connects with a brainbuster before tagging out to Chavo. Chavo comes in with a slingshot press. Hernandez tags back in and splashes Kaz for another two count. Hernandez slams Kaz down to the mat before tagging out to Chavo. Chavo tries for the frog splash but misses.
Kaz pounces, taking Chavo into his corner and tagging out to Daniels. Chavo tries to fight back, but Kaz tags in, and the two use quick tags to double team Chavo consistently. Daniels and Kaz focus on the ribs. Chavo continues to try to fight back, but Daniels drops him across the top rope, and Kaz hits him with a dropkick that sends Chavo to the outside. Daniels and Kaz bust out some Gangnam style. Chavo heads back into the ring, surprising Kaz, but again quick tags allow the challengers to be fresh, and double team Chavo. Kaz chokes Chavo across the bottom rope, and Daniels catches him with a cheap shot. Kaz takes Chavo down to the mat with a seated bear hug.
Chavo gets to his feet, but Kaz shoulders Chavo. Chavo fights out, but finds himself backed into the corner hard. Kaz screams at Chavo, but Chavo comes up with a DDT out of the corner to respond. Both men make the tag and Hernandez wipes Daniels out with a couple of clotheslines before launching him with a belly to belly suplex. Hernandez splashes Daniels in the corner, but when he tries for the boder toss, Kaz pulls Daniels down and hits a missile dropkick from the top. Kaz and Daniels double team Hernandez, but Hernandez kicks them both away and slingshots himself from the apron into the ring with a double shoulder block. Hernandez takes Daniels down with a big backbreaker before hitting Kaz with a giant pounce. Hernandez tries for the air Mexico, but Daniels stops him with a kick to the face. Daniels and Kaz hit the high/low, but Hernandez kicks out at two.
Hernandez fights off a double team suplex, and suplexes both his opponents. Chavo wipes out both men with a dropkick. Chavo tries for the three amigos on Kaz, but Daniels breaks it up at two. Chavo turns his attention to Daniels and hits three amigos on him. Chavo heads up to the top rope, but Kaz stops him with a big kick. Hernandez presses Kaz above his head and throws him to the floor. Daniels takes Hernandez over with an STO before heading up after Chavo for a superplex. Daniels is caught and shouldered by Hernandez. Chavo connects with a cross body and Hernandez drops Daniels to the mat from his shoulders. Chavo goes for the pin and gets the three count.
Winners and STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
JB is backstage to interview the final participant in the three way match coming up next. AJ Styles says it’s been a rough year for him with a lot of distractions. Distractions he didn’t deserve or need. He says it’s been almost three years since he’s been World Champion, and that’s all the fuel he needs to get past Roode and Storm. He’s going to put the distractions to rest, and tonight starts a new chapter in Styles’ life.
Bobby Roode is the first man to make his way to the ring, and the It Factor of pro wrestling isn’t well received in the Impact Zone.
James Storm is out next, and he gets a much more favorable reaction from the crowd in his way down the ramp.
AJ Styles is the last man out, and predictable, this TNA original gets a great reaction from the fans in the Impact Zone.
#1 Contenders Match: Bobby Roode vs. James Storm vs. AJ Styles
The bell rings and Styles kicks Roode in the heads, sending him out to the apron. Styles and Storm lock up and work over each other’s arms. Storm catches Styles with an elbow to the side of the head, and he avoids a dropkick, but he’s pulled to the outside by Roode. Roode and Storm slug it out for a bit until they’re both wiped out by a dive from Styles over the top rope.
Styles takes Roode back into the ring and takes him down with a couple of clotheslines and a big backbreaker. Styles takes Roode over with a snap mare and kicks him in the back hard. Styles slams Roode to the mat before hitting the rope and dropping a big knee. Storm blasts Styles with a couple of right hands. Storms kicks away at Styles in the corner. Styles fights back before charging Roode. Roode back drops Styles out to the apron where he slips. Roode sends Styles out to the floor. Storm attacks Roode from behind, but he finds himself hug up on the top rope by Styles. Styles heads back into the ring and hits Roode with a corner clothesline before splashing and back dropping Roode. Storm sends Styles to the outside where his head cracks against the guardrail. Storm and Roode stare each other down in the ring before attacking and trading chops in the corner.
Storm hits Roode with a series of rights, then a running neckbreaker for a two count. Roode backdrops Storm to the apron, but Storm hits Roode with a kick to the back of the head. Styles is back in the ring and he hits Storm with a dropkick out of nowhere. Styles dumps Roode to the outside before turning to Storm and kicking away at his thigh. Styles kicks at Storm’s legs before locking in the figure four.
Styles breaks the hold to knock Roode from the apron and back to the floor. Styles drops Storm down with a knee breaker before going into another submission with a deathlock/chinlock combination.
Storm is able to make it out of the hold. Styles is kicked away into Roode which allows Storm to get a roll up for two. Styles teases the Styles clash, but Storm counters into an Alabama slam. Storm pins Styles for another near fall. Storm picks up Styles for the eye of the Storm, but Roode breaks it up and DDT’s Storm for a two count of his own. Roode stomps away at both of his opponents before choking AJ with his boot.
Roode takes Storm down to the mat for another two count. Roode then turns to Styles, suplexing him for a near fall. Roode sends Storm across the ring and into the corner turnbuckle hard. Roode tosses AJ through the ropes to the outside before turning back to Storm. A snap mare/neck snap combination from Roode leads to another near fall. Roode heads to the outside and whips Styles into the ring steps, and Styles grabs at his knee. Roode heads back into the ring and tries for a spear, but Storm moves and Roode walks into a code breaker. Storm signals for the last call, but Styles heads back into the ring with a springboard clothesline for a two count on Storm.
Roode catches Styles with a cheap shot before turning back to Storm and choking him with his boot. Roode slams AJ head first into the corner turnbuckle. AJ begins fighting back, hitting Roode with a couple of right hands, then a big chop to the chest. Styles is able to catch Roode with a big boot, but when he goes for the tornado DDT, Roode tosses him away. Roode goes for a suplex, and Storm comes in to help, both men hit Styles with a tandem suplex.
They tease the Beer Money celebration, but Storm hits a Russian leg sweep instead. Storm sends Roode into the corner, but runs into a boot. Roode heads to the top, but he’s stopped by Storm. Styles charges Storm, and is tossed up into Roode where he hits a giant hurricanrana. Styles heads back up for a moonsault into a reverse DDT on Storm, which is good for another two count. Styles runs into a back elbow from Roode, who hits a neckbreaker from the second rope on Storm for a two count. Styles ducks a clothesline from Roode and connects with a Pele kick. Styles clothesline Storm over the top rope, but he goes over as well. Styles heads up to the apron and goes for the springboard 450, but Roode moves. Roode connects with the spear for another two count.
Roode locks in a sloppy crossface, but Styles reverses. Roode comes up with a urunage out of nowhere. Roode picks up Styles and plants him with a big spinebuster. Roode tries for a suplex, but Storm catches him with a backstabber. Storm hits Styles with a superkick, and pins the phenomenal one for three.
Winner: James Storm
Storm celebrates on the ramp and Styles looks completely distraught in the ring.
Devon is shown backstage. He says his turning point was at Bound for Glory, when he was revealed as the Sergeant at Arms of Aces and 8?s. He tells Angle that he was just a random act of violence, someone in the wrong place at the wrong time. He says not to take this personally, it’s just club business.
Devon is the first man out to the ring for the next match, and the Aces and 8?s representative makes his way out through the Impact Zone crowd, just like DOC did earlier tonight.
Kurt Angle is out to the ring next, and he gets a big pop on his way out to the ring. It’s obvious who the fans will be pulling for in this one.
Devon vs. Kurt Angle
Angle won’t even let Devon get completely into the ring before charging. The bell rings and Devon and Angle trade right hands with Angle getting the advantage. Angle slams Devon’s head into the turnbuckle before stomping away at him. Devon catches Kurt with a right hand before sending him head first into the turnbuckle. Devon follows Angle around the ring, hitting him with a series of rights. Angle fights back, hitting some rights of his own, but Devon comes right back with a big shoulder block.
Devon punches and slaps Angle, following him around the ring. Angle is able to come up with a back elbow to take Devon down to the mat. Angle stomps away at Devon in the corner. Angle suplexes Devon, taking him over for a two count. Angle stalks Devon into the corner, burying his shoulder in Devon’s gut. Angle charges into the corner, but Devon moves and Angle connects shoulder first with the ring post. Angle falls to the outside and Devon follows, pushing Angle back into the guardrail hard. Devon slams Angle’s face into the ring apron before sending things back into the ring. Devon chokes Angle with his knee before arguing with the ref. Devon stomps away at Angle in the corner before choking him with his knee again.
Angle hits Devon with a couple of rights, but runs right into a flying back elbow. Devon goes for the cover, but wastes too much time and only gets one. Devon puts on a rear chin lock, standing over Angle. Angle is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold, but Devon hits him with a clubbing blow across the back. Devon splashes Angle in the corner before talking a little smack. Devon charges into the corner again, but this time he runs into a back elbow from Angle. Angle hits a dropkick to take Devon to the mat.
Angle hits a couple of clotheslines, then a flying forearm. Angle runs into the corner into a big boot from Devon, but then he suplexes Devon across the ring. Angle is able to back drop Devon, but it looks pretty rough. Devon avoids an Angle slam and hits a big clothesline. Devon heads up to the top rope, but Angle is up to hit the belly to belly superplex for two.
Angle clamps on the ankle lock, wrenching away at Devon’s leg. Devon is able to kick Angle away. He gets to his feet and puts Angle down with a big slam for another two count. Devon tries for a powerbomb, but he drops Angle halfway though. Angle pops up and hits a big German suplex, hanging on for a second and third. Angle pins Devon for another near fall. Angle heads up to the top, but Devon stops him. Devon hits a running power bomb, pinning Angle for another two count.
Angle tries for another German suplex, but Devon fights it off and puts Angle down with a spinebuster for another two count. Devon heads out to the apron and up to the top again. He leaps off, but Angle moves and Devon crashes down to the mat. Angle connects with the Angle slam, but Devon still won’t stay down for three. Aces and 8?s surround the ring and distract Angle, allowing Devon to hit a big spear and put Angle down for another two count.
Angle is able to grab the ankle lock and grapevine the leg, forcing Devon to tap out.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Angle bails from the ring immediately as Aces and 8?s fill it up. DOC screams threats to Angle as he makes his way toward the back.
AJ Styles is shown walking backstage and he’s asked for a comment. Styles just stares before walking off dejectedly.
JB is backstage with Austin Aries. Aries says in a few moments, they’re going to write the final chapter in the Jeff Hardy saga. Tonight, that story ends in tragedy. For the last couple of months, Aries feels like the deck has been stacked against him, and tonight he’s going to shove it down everyone’s throat. He doesn’t need anyone, he just needs to be himself. Hardy though, needs every one of those people, but tonight Aries will regain his World championship. This leads us into a video package highlighting the next match.
Austin Aries is the first man out for the main event, and ‘The Greatest Man That Ever Lived’ gets a pretty good reaction from the crowd on his way to the ring.
The champion, Jeff Hardy, is out to the ring next, and obviously he gets a good reaction from the crowd on his way into the Impact Zone.
After formal ring introductions for both men, we’re ready for what is sure to be a very interesting match.
Ladder match for the TNA World Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries
The bell rings and both men soak in the atmosphere for a bit. Hardy gets the crowd behind him, and Aries drops out to the floor. He says that he’ll go on his time, not when people clap. Aries heads back into the ring and catches Hardy with a knee to the gut before dumping him to the outside. Aries heads to the entrance ramp and goes for a ladder, but Hardy is there to stop him. Aries heads back into the ring and stops Hardy with a stomp to the back of the head before sending him shoulder first into the ring post. Aries stomps down on the back of Hardy’s head before sending him into the ring steps on the outside. Aries goes for the ladder again and brings it to the ring apron. Hardy attacks and slams Aries’ head into the ladder. Hardy brings things back into the ring, allowing the ladder to fall back to the floor.
Aries hits a right back backs Hardy into the corner. Hardy is able to turn things around with a hurricanrana that sends Aries to the outside. Hardy hits Aries with a dropkick through the ropes, then launches himself over the top and to the floor, wiping out Aries. Hardy grabs the ladder, but so does Aries. Hardy shoves Aries over the ring steps, then launches himself off with a leaping body press to take out Aries. Hardy heads up to the ring apron and wipes out Aries with a leaping clothesline to the floor. Hardy grabs the ladder and brings it into the ring. He sets it up right under the belts hanging above the ring. Aries cuts off Hardy and climbs over him, bringing him off the ladder with a leg sweep.
Aries pulls the ladder out and props it up between the apron and guardrail. Aries dumps Hardy on top of the ladder, then heads back into the ring, leaping over the top with a forearm across Hardy’s chest. Aries drops a knee into Hardy’s chest. Hardy falls off the ladder and crashes face first into the ring steps. Aries sets up the ladder in the middle of the ring and begins climbing up to the belts. Hardy pulls him off the ladder and down to the mat. Hardy kicks away at Aries in the corner, kicking him away and sending him to the outside.
Hardy sets the ladder up open and upside down. Hardy tries to suplex Aries into the ladder, and Aries tries to reverse it. Hardy heads to the middle rope and leaps off, but Aries moves and sends Hardy crashing ribs first into the ladder. Hardy is sandwiched in the ladder and Aries leaps over the top with a body press, squeezing Hardy in the ladder.
Aries kicks Hardy to the outside before heading out on the other side of the ring. Aries goes under the ring for another ladder, bringing it back into the ring. Aries sets the ladder against the ropes before launching himself out of the ring through the middle and bottom rope. Aries sandwiches Hardy in the ladder on the floor before grabbing the ring steps and setting them down on top of Hardy. Aries heads back into the ring and places the ladder underneath the title belts. Aries points to his brain and begins the climb. Aries stops mid-climb and looks for Hardy. Hardy has apparently climbed under the ring to the other side and snuck up the ladder. Aries pushes the ladder out from under Hardy and he crashes to the mat. Aries climbs the ladder that’s set up over top of Hardy’s body. Hardy climbs the other side of the ladder. Both men fight at the top of the ladder and Aries shoves Hardy to the mat. Aries can’t climb the ladder as it’s too wobbly.
Aries sets the ladder up in the corner, placing Hardy against it and launching himself in with a big dropkick. Aries goes for the brainbuster, but Hardy slips out, crashing to the mat in a suplex position. Aries charges Hardy, but end up eating an arm drag into the ladder. Hardy launches Aries across the ring before going back to the ladder. Hardy sets the ladder up right in the corner and uses it to rock himself down into a splash on top of Aries. Aries rolls to the outside immediately.
Hardy sets the ladder up in the corner across the top rope. Hardy heads to the outside and goes under the ring for yet another ladder. Hardy sets up the ladder and begins his climb. Aries climbs to the top turnbuckle and launches himself off, hitting a missile dropkick to the ladder, knocking Hardy off.
Aries backs Hady into the ladder set up in the corner, trapping him in between the turnbuckle and ladder. Aries hits the dropkick, sending the ladder crashing into Hardy’s throat. Aries puts Hardy down with the brainbuster, then dumps Hardy out to the floor. Aries sets one of the ladders across the top rope in the corner before setting up the other ladder in the middle of the ring. Aries begins the climb, readjusting the ladder on his way up. Hardy is in the ring and he’s climbing the other side. Hardy fights off Aries, hitting him with rights to the gut and head. Hardy slams Aries’ head down into the ladder before taking him down with a twist of fate off the ladder. Hardy heads to the top rope and hits a swanton bomb, sending Aries to the outside.
Hardy struggles to set up a ladder, taking his time to put it under the belts. Hardy struggles to the top, reaching up, but when Hardy gets up, the titles are pulled up out of Hardy’s reach. Aries has the controls, and he calls Hardy over. Hardy follows and fights Aries in the crowd, launching him back into the ringside area. Hardy goes under the ring and grabs an even taller ladder, setting it up in the middle of the ring. Hardy begins climbing and Aries scrambles up the other side. Both men trade rights before the ladder tips and sends both men crashing into the ladder set up across the top rope earlier. Both men stand on the ladder and Hardy hits a twist of fate, falling to the inside of the ring, while Aries crashes on the ladder and falls to the outside. Hardy climbs up the tall ladder and pulls down his title, winning the match.
Winner and STILL TNA World Champion: Jeff Hardy
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