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Tonight’s TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view opens up with MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley backstage. MVP says he isn’t supposed to be here but he’s here to make sure everything gets done right because Dixie Carter is on his back. King ends up storming off and says he’s going to win the title tonight. MVP tells Lashley to “put some ice in the kids drink” and that’s it. We go to an opening video
First Match: Ladder Match for the TNA X Division Championship
Sanada (c) vs. Tigre Uno vs. Manik vs. Crazy Steve vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards
Manik dives through the ropes to take out Sanada before the bell. The Wolves follow suit with stereo suicide dives and Steve has apparently knocked Tigre Uno down. Steve gets a ladder from under the ring and uses it to climb back to the apron. Tigre dropkicks him down and mostly misses a corkscrew dive to take everyone out.
Sanada and Manik fight over a ladder in the ring with the champion taking over via a springboard chop to the head. Tigre replaces Manik and kicks Sanada in the back of the head but the Wolves double team him into a German suplex onto the ladder in the corner. Edwards throws in a fresh ladder but Manik dropkicks both of them down. Steve (very popular tonight) comes in for the Terry Funk spinning ladder spot, taking down everyone that comes into the ring.
Manik makes a save but Steve shoves the ladder over, only to have Manik land on the top rope and dive out to knock out the Wolves. Steve goes up again and touches the belt but of course loses his hand eye coordination since this is a ladder match, allowing Sanada to make the save. The ladder is busted so Sanada slams Steve onto it to set up the moonsault. The fans think this is awesome as Tigre enziguris Sanada off a better ladder.
Tigre wedges the broken ladder into the standing one to form a bridge, but the Wolves catch him in a powerbomb/top rope Backstabber combo. The Wolves both go after the belt but Sanada makes the save. Edwards Sanada clothesline each other to the floor and Eddie crashes into the barricade, leaving Davey on top. Manik makes the save and powerbombs Davey onto the bridged ladder in a SCARY landing. Sanada climbs up to retain
Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Sanada
First In-Ring Segment:
Here’s the trio with MVP on crutches to insult Texas A&M and the fans for booing him. They shouldn’t be so angry at him while he’s here against doctor’s orders. Dixie has gone to the Board of Directors in an estrogen filled moment of insanity, resulting in him being censored. MVP explains the World Title situation to the live crowd and says he won’t be involved in either qualifying match. King and Lashley promise to win their matches, unlike Texas A&M.
Second Match: #1 Contenders Match to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe
Lashley quickly takes Joe into the corner but gets enziguried in the other corner to give Joe control. Bobby leapfrogs over the Samoan and clotheslines him down, only to have Joe pound him down with strikes. The Facewash is loaded up but Bobby rolls to the floor to get a breather. You don’t go outside on Joe though and it’s the suicide elbow to take Lashley out again.
Joe gets cocky for a split second and Lashley is able to send him into the steps. Back in and Lashley fights out of the corner Rock Bottom with a swinging neckbreaker for two. A snap suplex sets up a nerve hold on Joe and an elbow to the face stops his comeback cold. Another nerve hold is broken up by a kick to the head and the backsplash gets two. Now the release Rock Bottom looks to set up the Clutch but Lashley drives him into the corner. Joe has to stop himself from running into Earl Hebner, allowing Bobby to nail the spear for the pin.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Jeremy Borash interviews Dixie Carter.The Carters have a party suite above the arena. Dixie thinks Ray will see Ethan’s vicious side tonight. Dixie won’t comment on the meetings she had this week until she’s in the middle of the ring. The only hint she’ll give is that the karma that got to MVP is nothing compared to what’s coming. Spud looks like the Joker.
Third Match: Willow w/Abyss vs. Magnus w/Bram
Bram and Abyss are the seconds here. Magnus stomps away in the corner to start and avoids a baseball slide to send Willow into the steps. Back in and a big clothesline gets the same for the Brit. There’s a buckle bomb for good measure and Magnus hammers away on the mask. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Willow fights back with an atomic drop and the legdrop between the legs for two.
The Twist is countered but Magnus runs into two boots in the corner. A middle rope splash gets two for Willow before Magnus avoids the Swanton. Bram tries to interfere but Abyss is right there to hammer away. All four guys start brawling on the floor until Willow goes up top and just jumps backwards onto the Brits.
Now Abyss and Bram fight in the ring with the Monster easily throwing him to the floor. The guys in the match get back in as Bram gets his metal bar, only to be one upped by Janice. They walk up the ramp as Magnus breaks up the Whisper in the Wind, setting up a belly to back suplex into a side slam for the pin on Willow.
Second In-Ring Segment:
Here’s Kurt Angle to announce the newest Hall of Fame inductee. Angle talks about how being in the Hall of Fame means you’ve earned respect forever from the boys in the back and the fans. The inductee is……Team 3D in a bit of a surprise. A loud and long WE WANT TABLES chant goes up and we go to a wide shot of the arena for some reason.
Bully can barely get a full sentence out as the fans are chanting WELCOME BACK. They accept the induction because of every single one of the fans. D-Von says he wasn’t going to come back to TNA but if he’s going out, he has to be by Bully’s side after all their history together. Catchphrases and poses close out the segment.
Jeremy Borash backstage interviewing Ethan Carter III. EC3 mentions about the fact that he has defeated every current member of the TNA Hall of Fame. He said when he beats Bully Ray tonight he will become the Hardcore Olympian Icon. EC3 says tonight he will defend his family honor tonight and then he ask who he is… He’s a Carter and the whole world needs them.
Fourth Match: #1 Contenders Match to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Kenny King vs. Austin Aries
Aries hits the corner dropkick less than thirty seconds in but King escapes the brainbuster and gets to the floor. The top rope ax handle puts King down again but King crotches him on top to get a breather. A dropkick puts Austin on the floor and King sends him hard into the barricade for good measure.
They head inside again with King hammering away before putting on something like a seated abdominal stretch. Aries fights up and smacks King’s ears to put him on the floor, setting up a suicide dive. King is thrown back inside so Aries can ram him over and over into the buckles, setting up a missile dropkick for two.
King comes back with a cradle suplex and a high kick but gets caught with his feet on the ropes. The Last Chancery can’t get the submission so King comes back with a springboard Blockbuster for a close two. Aries gets tired of dealing with King and takes him into the corner for a super brainbuster to send Austin to the cage.
Winner: Austin Aries
Fifth Match: The BroMans vs. The Von Erich Brothers w/Kevin Von Erich
JB introduces some Dallas Cowboys to a VERY mixed reaction. After that mention is over, JB brings out the latest Von Erichs: Ross and Marshall, accompanied by an ancient looking Kevin. The Bro Mans interrupt and say that a lot of things in Texas aren’t tight, including being a Von Erich. Robbie isn’t here for reasons not specified.
Marshall wrestles barefoot like Kevin did. This is DJZ and Jesse for the team tonight. Marshall cleans house on DJZ to start but can’t hook the Claw. A powerslam puts DJZ back down and it’s off to the older Ross for some dropkicks. Jesse breaks up something off the top rope and DJZ hits a nice flip dive to take Ross down on the ramp.
Back in and Jesse nails a dropkick bur Ross avoids a second one and makes the hot tag to Marshall. Everything breaks down and Ross hits a missile dropkick to put both guys down. Jesse brings in a chair but gets it dropkicked into his face, setting up a series of basic double team moves from the brothers. Not that it matters as DJZ brings in the chair for the DQ
Post match David comes in to put the Claw on Jesse, drawing the only big pop from the crowd.
Winner: The Von Erich Brothers by DQ
Angelina says she’ll keep the title tonight. JB asks how many time Angelina has won the title without Velvet’s help but Angelina says they’re a team.
Sixth Match: TNA Knockouts Championship Match
Angelina Love (c) w/Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim
We go to the ring and out comes Gail Kim to a decent reaction. TNA Knockouts Champion Angelina Love is out next with Velvet Sky by her side.
Gail strikes first to start the match and nails a running forearm for a one count. Back and forth as they trade holds now. Gail comes off the top for a hurricanrana but Angelina turns it into a powerbomb for a two count. More back and forth. Angelina with a sideslam for a two count. Gail goes to the floor and gets into it with Velvet, knocking her back on the floor. Angelina comes out and takes advantage, attacking from behind. Gail counters and whips Angelina into the steel steps. Gail brings it back in the ring and keeps control. Gail goes to the top but Angelina knocks her off balance. Angelina with an inverted bulldog from the corner for a two count.
Velvet gets on the apron and sprays Gail with hairspray but the referee ignores it. Gail turns around to a Botox Injection from Angelina. Gail kicks out at two. Earl Hebner comes down and sends Velvet to the back. He argues with the other referee and sends him to the back also. Hebner tags himself in as the new referee. Gail nails a clothesline and a dropkick. Another clothesline by Gail. Gail with a neckbreaker for two. Gail with a crossbody from the top for another two count. Gail with right hands in the corner. Angelina drops her with a powerbomb but uses the ropes for leverage and Hebner sees it. Gail goes for a dropkick and accidentally knocks Hebner down. She checks on him, allowing Angelina to roll up from behind but there is no referee. We see the original referee Stiffler still at ringside. Gail nails Eat Defeat and covers for the win but Hebner is still down and Stiffler can’t get him up. Angelina rolls Gail up and Stiffler comes in to make the count.
Winner: Still TNA Knockout Champion Angelina Love
We see Team 3D backstage talking about their segment earlier. Devon is going to celebrate Father’s Day with his kids and Ray is going to destroy EC3. Ray tells the cameraman, “over my dead body” and says it several times until the fans say it along with him. Ray says EC3 said those words on Impact. Ray says ECW signed his death warrant. Ray brings up the Von Erichs, The Freebirds, Stan Hansen and Terry Funk, all getting pops from the Texas crowd. Ray says Ethan is in for a match that he never expected. Ray tells Ethan to start praying to God. Ray says he’s going to crucify Ethan for the sins of his Aunt Dixie and then baptize him in blood.
Seventh Match: Texas Death Match
Bully Ray vs. Ethan Carter III
Texas Death Match, meaning last man standing. Ray brings out a bullrope ala Stan Hansen for a nice tribute. Carter is thrown to the floor by the rope to start and Ray brings out a pair of tables. They’re stacked next to each other on the floor but Carter recovers from the coma he was in to get in a few shots and take over. Ray fights right back and sets up another table in the corner but the fans want cowbell.
Carter avoids the table but gets his chest ripped off by more chops. Time for the cheese grater to rip up Ethan’s chest (barely), which isn’t something you often see. Carter gets in a few shots to take over and sends Ray face first into a chair on the mat. He goes up top but gets crotched and superplexed onto the chair to put both guys down. Ray grabs a Dallas Cowboys trashcan from under the ring before starting to cut up the mats to expose the wood under the canvas.
Joker Spud comes out with a kendo stick shot to Ray’s back for no effect. Ray kicks him low and knocks Spud silly with the stick but Carter hits a quick One Percenter onto the exposed boards for our first count over twelve minutes into the match. Ray is up at eight so Carter pours out the glass in the trashcan. Carter goes up but dives into a Bubba Cutter, sending the injured chest into the glass for a cool spot. He’s up at eight though so Ray takes the stick outside to knock Ethan silly again.
Ray puts him on the tables and goes up but here’s Dixie for a distraction. Bully goes after her and sends Ethan into Dixie to knock her out cold. Ethan gets punched down and Ray puts Dixie on the table. He takes too long though, allowing Spud to pull her off and Ethan knocks Ray through the tables with a kendo stick shot for the win.
Winner: Ethan Carter III
Eight Match: Mr. Anderson vs. James Storm
James Storm comes to the ring and talks about being a real cowboy in Texas. He knocks the Dallas Cowboys that are at ringside. Storm pours beer on a Cowboys helmet and says he’s a Tennessee Titans fan. Storm says if they’re anything like their quarterback, he could stand in the ring all night and they wouldn’t hit him. Storm says he’s sorry about their damn luck and out comes Mr. Anderson to the stage. Anderson hits the ring and they start brawling outside. Anderson takes a drink from someone at ringside and spits it at Storm. They enter the ring and we get the bell. Storm fires back and drops Anderson.
Storm gets the Figure Four in but Anderson turns it over. Storm misses in the corner. Anderson with right hands now. Anderson with more strikes and a swinging neckbreaker. Storm goes to the second rope but Anderson slams him to the mat and covers for two. More back and forth. Storm kicks Anderson out to the floor and follows. Storm has words with the Cowboys at ringside. Storm spits beer at one of them and they come over the guardrail. Security has a tough time stopping a brawl from happening. Storm finally makes it back in and shoves the referee down. The Cowboys are still fuming and George Selvie comes over. He distracts Storm, allowing Anderson to nail a Mic Check for the win.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Ninth Match: Triple Threat Steel Cage Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Eric Young (c) vs. Austin Aries vs. Bobby Lashley
The bell rings and they all go at it.
Lashley beats up on Aries and Young, taking them both down in the corners. Aries blocks a slam and they both turn it around on Lashley now. Lashley blocks a double suplex and nails one of his own. They double team Lashley again and this time send him into the cage. EY and Aries go at it now. Lashley gets back in it and gets a two count on Young. Aries takes down Lashley with kicks. EY nails a missile dropkick on Lashley for a two count. Lashley shoves EY into the corner with thrusts. EY comes back and takes out Aries and Lashley. EY with a back suplex on Aries for two. Aries powerbombs EY for a two count. Aries decks Lashley in the corner. Lashley counters and suplexes Aries into the steel for a two count.
EY nails a DDT on Lashley. All three trade shots now. EY gets Lashley and Aries on his shoulders at the same time and drops them for a two count. EY climbs up the cage but Lashley stops him. Lashley climbs up and goes for a superplex on the top rope. Lashley drapes EY’s body over the top of the cage. Aries climbs up and fights with Lashley on the top. Aries takes Lashley to the mat with a jumping super hurricanrana. EY climbs to the top of the cage and nails a huge elbow drop on Lashley.
Lashley kicks out. Aries nails a Brainbuster on EY for a two count. Lashley spears Aries but EY breaks the pin at two. EY goes down again. Lashley charges for a spear but EY moves and Lashley goes through the cage door, landing out on the floor. EY climbs to the top rope and nails the top rope elbow on Aries for a two count. Aries blocks a piledriver and dropkicks EY in the face. They get up and trade shots in the middle of the ring. Aries misses the discus. EY misses the flying forearm. Aries nails the discus forearm in the corner. Aries hits another and the running dropkick in the corner. EY blocks a Brainbuster and hits a piledriver out of nowhere for the win.
– After the match, we go to replays. Young helps Aries up but Aries is hesitant. Fans chant TNA. Aries grabs EY and they shake hands as fans pop. Slammiversary goes off the air with EY and his title.
Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young
Josh’s grade for Slammiversary: 8.5/10
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