Date: June 12, 2011
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
It’s anniversary day for TNA again as this time they’re turning nine. The main event is Sting vs. Anderson in what I’m sure will live up to all of the hype. Given the matches and such they’ve had so far for this setup, that shouldn’t take much. Other than that we’ve got Angle vs. Jarrett in another final match, this time with the medals and the title shot next month on the line. Other than that, standard TNA fair. Let’s get to it.
The opening video is about Sting vs. Anderson to no surprise. Now let’s talk about the Knockouts and Angle/Jarrett. Jarrett vs. Angle is the main topic. Nothing about the whole anniversary aspect yet. Sting vs. Anderson is the last part of it. Nothing special at all here.
Tag Titles: British Invasion vs. James Storm/Alex Shelley
Shelley is subbing for the injured Robert Roode here. The Brits are Magnus and Williams who now have matching jackets. Roode sits in on commentary. Williams is in trunks now which is going to take some getting used to. Storm vs. Williams to start us off but it’s off to Shelley quickly. Shelley of course speeds things way up but a blind tag brings in Storm to face Magnus. Very fast paced stuff so far.
Double dropkick takes Magnus down so it’s off to Williams. They do one of the Guns’ moves with the bridging neck hold but Storm adds in a pair of fingers to the eyes instead of a dropkick. Shelley gets pulled to the floor and the tide turns a bit. Williams chokes away a bit and drops a knee for two. The Brits get an overly elaborate double neckbreaker as Shelley plays face in peril for awhile.
Magnus hits a suplex and Shelley wants a tag. Nice double team moves sets up a middle rope elbow for Williams. Exploder suplex by Williams looks to set up Rolling Chaos Theory but Shelly counters into a Downward Spiral into the middle buckle. Hot tag to Storm who sends Williams to the floor. Williams is sent to the floor again, this time on top of Magnus. Suicide dive by Shelley takes Williams down again. That’s not a good few seconds for him at all.
They even stop to do the BEER MONEY thing. Shelley stuns Magnus on the top rope and Storm sets for the Eye of the Storm but Williams reverses. Superkick is blocked as is the Rolling Chaos. Superkicks all around and a Codebreaker sets up a top rope double stomp for a close two on Williams.
Top rope kick puts Magnus down and Storm loads up the beer, which of course goes into Shelley’s eyes. Shelley drills Storm and a top rope variation of the Hart Attack (European Uppercut instead of a clothesline) gets a very close two on Storm. Shelley pops in again and it’s a superkick to Magnus to set up the Sliced Bread to end this. Solid opener.
Rating: B. Good stuff to start us off here and that’s exactly what it was supposed to be. Tags are more or less the perfect opener to shows, especially when they’re fast paced like this one was. They worked hard out there and we have a solid pace set for the show, which is what the opener is for. I’m very pleased here.
Jarrett and Angle got here earlier today.
Steiner says his arms are bigger than Morgan’s so he’ll beat him down tonight. Oh and he’ll take Morgan’s girlfriend.
Matt Morgan vs. Scott Steiner
Let the war of alliteration begin! Steiner is billed from the Detroit University of Michigan. The university is in Ann Arbor but who cares I guess. Morgan dominates to start and takes Steiner to the floor rather quickly. Back in Steiner hits a low blow and takes over. I can’t imagine this is going to go long. Belly to belly gets two. There’s the clothesline/elbow/pushups. Steiner’s offense is rather slow so let’s talk about the Impact Wrestling fantasy game.
Steiner yells at the fans a lot and continues his very slow style. Tazz calls it veteran pacing. I call it he’s old and slow. Morgan wakes up a bit and hammers away to start his comeback. Steiner goes into the buckle and it’s a splash to set up a side slam for no cover. Michinoku Driver gets two. Steiner gets a suplex (I’m shocked too) to break the momentum and two at the same time. Isn’t he efficient?
Downward Spiral by Steiner for two. Steiner Recliner goes on and there’s zero torque on it at all. Morgan gets underneath him and lifts him up but Steiner USES A VICTORY ROLL for two. WOW. Chokeslam and belly to belly are blocked and the Carbon Footprint ends this. Well at least the right guy won there.
Rating: C-. Not a horrible battle of the big men here and I’m still recovering from that victory roll. It was a pretty good one on top of that. Now for the love of all things good and holy, get Morgan something else to do that isn’t a random power vs. power feud. He’s been doing those forever now and they’re old.
Jarrett says he’s already taken Kurt’s greatest accomplishment and she’s sitting in Sleeping Giant. Oh wait that’s just Morgan’s music still playing. Karen is the greatest accomplishment apparently. On Thursday Jeff is going to be awarded the gold medal apparently. This victory is going to be dedicated to Karen.
Recap of the X-Division triple threat. Abyss got the title from Kaz and quoted Art of War a lot. Kaz and Kendrick are trying to get the title off of him to save the X-Division. Oh and Abyss calls it the Xtreme Title.
X-Division Title: Brian Kendrick vs. Abyss vs. Kazarian
Kendrick is all serious here. You would think this would be a handicap match for the most part. Kendrick is down within seconds so Kaz tries to hammer away to no real result. Dropkick works a bit but Kaz is knocked to the floor a second later. Abyss is like screw these tiny men and throws Kendrick to the floor on top of Kaz. They finally wake up and double team him which puts him down in the corner.
Out to the floor and more double teaming takes Abyss down. Back in the ring and Kaz tries to send Kendrick into Abyss but thankfully Abyss remembers that his finisher is a spinning slam so it’s a Black Hole Slam for Kendrick. Big boot takes Kaz down and the monster stands tall. Abyss beats on Kaz and knocks Kendrick back to the floor before he can do anything.
Big lumbering clothesline in the corner puts Kaz down as we’ve slowed this way down. Kaz tries to bite Abyss and that fails as well. Off to a neck crank as Kendrick comes back in again. And scratch that as he falls down again. Kaz tries a comeback but gets caught in Shock Treatment. Vader Bomb misses as the previously assumed dead Kendrick is back in. Some dropkicks put Abyss down for two. More kicks set up a decent tornado DDT for two. Abyss gets all ticked off and chokeslams Kendrick. Pretty bad rana takes Abyss down as does a double dropkick.
Slingshot legdrop by Kaz sets up a frog splash by Kendrick for a double stacked two. Chokeslam to Kaz is countered into a rollup for two. Kaz is thrown into Kendrick and Abyss falls to the floor. Kendrick and Kaz fire off some rights to each other and some F Bombs. Well this had to happen eventually. Kaz puts him on the top and Abyss is still down. Kaz tries a top rope C4 to Kendrick but settles for the Fade To Black. That doesn’t work either as Kendrick reverses and nails Kaz with a leg lariat. And here’s Abyss to steal the pin to retain.
Rating: C. The selling was kind of overkill here but at the same time they had the story down pretty well. It entered into the triple threat formula at the end but at the same time they kind of had to do that to make the match work. Not a horrible match or anything but just about what was expected. Abyss will likely lose next month.
Crimson vs. Joe is recapped. It’s a battle of the undefeated streaks so look for Crimson to win here, which would be his biggest win. Oh and we get a clip of the “viral” video of the bar fight.
Samoa Joe vs. Crimson
Crimson hits the ring and they slug it out immediately. The fans think Joe’s Gonna Kill Crimson. Suicide dive is blocked by a forearm from the floor and there’s a big boot back in the ring by Crimson. Neckbreaker gets two. Cravate goes on so Joe gets a bad dragon screw leg whip to take the red dude down. Crimson hammers away on Joe but walks into a kind of atomic drop sort of a move to the knee. That was different.
He takes Crimson down with relative ease and there’s a leg bar for a few seconds. Spinning toe hold by Joe as we go back to the mid 1870s. Crimson counters into a triangle choke and then an arm bar which gets him nowhere. T-Bone suplex by Crimson takes Joe down as the fans are trying to get into this. Double arm DDT gets two. The fans chant Mercer, which is Crimson’s real name I believe.
Suplex and a clothesline by Joe get two. Joe goes up to the middle rope for a Rough Ryder for two. Joe is all frustrated. “Dang man end this match already before the buffet is empty.” Powerbomb gets two and it’s off to a half crab. We get a Gumby reference of all things as the hold stays on. They slap it out and Crimson gets a spear to take Joe down. They slug it out again with Crimson knocking him back into the corner. Now Joe knocks him back into the corner but can’t get the Musclebuster. Clutch can’t go on either so there’s the Red Sky to end this.
Rating: C+. Pretty good big slugout here and it’s good to see Crimson actually face big time competition for a change. Pretty good match here with the ending being pretty clear, but a nice test for Crimson nonetheless. I don’t think Crimson is as great as he’s made out to be, but this worked pretty well for what it was.
They shake hands post match and Joe pulls Crimson in close to say we’ll do this again.
Winter and Angelina do their usual thing. Winning the title is a step closer to the final destiny apparently. Angelina turns down the pill this time and says it’s not necessary anymore because they’re on the same page.
Knockout Title: Angelina Love vs. Mickie James
Fans are totally behind Mickie here. There’s a fat guest timekeeper that Taz makes jokes about. Angelina does her zombie thing and it turns into kind of a catfight. Love works on the arm so Mickie gets a rana out of the corner, only to walk into a snap suplex for two. Mickie blows a kiss at Winter so Winter takes her down. Not into swinging I guess. Mickie gets a clothesline to take both girls down.
And there she goes right back to the floor. Angelina is sent into the steps which gets about a seven on the floor. Back in and Mickie takes over one more time with a bunch of clotheslines. Thesz Press off the top gets no cover. Winter grabs Mickie’s foot again which gets her nowhere at all.
Botox Injection (name totally doesn’t fit anymore) gets two so Angelina goes all psycho on Mickie again. She tries that backbreaker thing she’s been doing which is countered into the DDT attempt. Northern lights suplex gets two. Winter cheating on a rollup gets two. They botch the jumping DDT like never before but it gets the pin anyway. Horrible looking ending and considering Mickie was involved in it, that says a lot.
Rating: D+. The botches were flowing harder than a sorority’s menstrual cycle here and it really hurt the match. They need to get somewhere already with this story because they’re moving like molasses with it. Just get to the lesbian stuff or have Angelina wake up already. Mickie keeping the title here is probably only temporary but whatever.
Mickie gets choked out after the match.
Ray says he’s a man unlike AJ and that he’ll destroy AJ.
We recap AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray. Ray is being a bully (shocking) and doesn’t like how AJ acts as a wrestler, saying he’s a boy.
Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles
Last man standing here. AJ is listed as being from Gainesville, Florida instead of Georgia. Christy looks good, but dude, go wear low cut shirts and that’s about it. Staredown to start and then AJ hammers away. Ray runs him over so that gets us nowhere. This is going to take awhile to get anywhere, much like any last man standing match. Ray pounds away and we go to the floor for awhile.
Bully sets up the steps but chops away instead. He drops AJ onto the steps but pulls him up at about 4. Ray puts the steps on AJ and then stands on him, which should get a ten. Naturally Ray lets him up because he’s not that intelligent at times. That and a few more shots get a four. Back into the ring for some more hard chops as this has almost been all Ray.
AJ says bring it and holds his chest out. More chopping follows and Styles says keep em coming. Ray of course stands around and lets AJ get up because again, he’s not that smart. Instead he punches him in the jaw this time which works a bit better. AJ gets back up and his chest is all kinds of messed up. Styles hammers away and gets Ray down with the Pele. Springboard forearm gets six.
Ray goes up so AJ hits a Pele up there. AJ goes up there for a rana but gets caught in a sitout powerbomb. That looks awesome coming off the top and it gets like five here. They both stumble to the floor and Ray has a chain. That hits post though and Ray’s hand is hurt. AJ gets the chain and a jumping punch with it sends Ray under the ring to blade. Ooo and it’s a good one too.
Back in the ring and AJ gets his springboard 450 for a count of about 8. AJ picks Ray up and throws him to the floor and down goes a cameraman. Pescado puts Ray down again and it’s Styles Clash time. That of course doesn’t work so we go back up the ramp. Ray wants the powerbomb again but AJ hits a pair of Peles and a punt to send Ray to the floor.
AJ is like screw it and dives off the stage to Ray and it looks like his head slammed into Ray’s shoulder. That only gets 9. Styles loads up a table and puts it in front of the stage. Chair to the back puts Ray on it and it’s huge spot time. He sets for a running dive but realizes it’s too far. Instead he climbs up the truss and hits one of the biggest dives you’ll EVER see to kill Ray. I was legit scared there. And then Ray kicks him through the stage wall and wins the freaking thing. HORRIBLE ending as AJ was built up perfectly and then oh wait let’s make sure Ray wins because AJ freaking Styles isn’t a big enough star right?
Rating: B. Great match and the ending ruined it. AJ hits one of the biggest spots in company history and then BULLY FREAKING RAY beats him with a kick to the back? Are you freaking kidding me? Zero reason at all for Ray to win this and the shot he wins it with was freaking weak. AJ’s dive is worth seeing and is up there with the Swanton Jeff Hardy did to Orton on Raw like three years ago for scary dives. Hate the ending though. Absolutely hate it.
Anderson says it’s serious time tonight.
We recap the world title match which is Anderson trying to get under Sting’s skin, which never really made a lot of sense but whatever.
TNA World Title: Sting vs. Mr. Anderson
Sting comes in and jumps Anderson during the entrance. He’s in all red here and has that paint on his face making him look like the Joker. All Sting so far as Anderson can’t even get his shirt off. Into the crowd they go and Anderson goes into a wall. There’s black/gray around Sting’s mouth for some reason. Anderson gets a quick reversal and that gets him nowhere at all as Sting pounds on him even more.
Up the steps they go even further and this is wasting a ton of time. To the ring finally and Sting is sent into the post. Anderson sends Sting’s hand into the steps and then pulls the arm around the post for awhile. More F Bombs dropped as an armbar goes on Sting. Clothesline puts Sting down again for two. Anderson wastes forever and does Sting’s chest pound before missing a horrible Stinger Splash.
Modified world’s strongest slam gets two. Anderson is covering a lot here. Back to the armbar which makes some sense here at least. Sting starts his comeback and pounds on his chest as he is known to do at times. Clothesline sets up a backdrop and the splash in the corner. Scorpion is set up….and here’s Bischoff. Another Stinger Splash misses and Anderson gets a very close two.
Sting gets a regular DDT with the bad arm for two. He tries something close to a Banzai Drop but gets caught in the little stingers which gets two for Anderson. Mic Check hits on the second attempt for two. Stinger Splash and the Death Drop hit but Bischoff interferes and messes with the count so there was only a two count instead of the three. Low blow RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE REFEREE sets up the Mic Check and we have a new champion. Wow indeed.
Rating: C. The chicanery hits again. I really hope this doesn’t set up Anderson joining Immortal because it really seemed like it was dying there for awhile. Bischoff is the source of drama again which is his custom. Hopefully this sticks around so we don’t have Sting vs. Hogan for the title. Surprising ending and it more or less locks up Angle winning tonight in the main event.
Karen and her new fake boobs say Kurt pushed her which is what caused her injuries. The medal comes to Tennessee tonight. Tenay calls her a ball buster.
We recap Jarrett vs. Angle which is the final battle tonight. They’ve had like six PPV matches tonight and this one is mainly over Karen being “injured” (read as going off to get implants) which we couldn’t see the details of.
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett
Winner gets the title shot next month and if Jeff wins he gets Kurt’s medal. I can live with this being the main event because it’s the anniversary show and this has been built up better than Sting vs. Anderson. Angle’s right arm is taped a bit. Feeling out process to start as they’re going for the big epic match here which they probably should. Angle takes it to the mat as is his custom.
Headlock goes on for awhile by Angle and he adds a hiptoss to take over. Jeff backdrops him to the floor and Kurt is holding his shoulder which I’d assume is kayfabe. Jeff works him over on the floor for awhile and we head back into the ring. Jarrett hammers away as Angle is in trouble. He hits that move where one guy is in position for the 619 and you jump on their back. Both try cross bodies and they both go down.
There’s the sleeper to give them a breather. Angle rams him into the corner and there’s a German. Boo/yay punching sequence with the yays having it. Belly to belly gets two. Dropkick off the middle rope gets two. Jarrett tries a rana I think which is countered into a powerbomb for two. Ankle lock goes on for a bit but Jeff gets a DDT for two. Stroke is countered into the Angle Slam for two. Moonsault misses and he would have barely hit Jeff’s feet anyway.
Tombstone doesn’t work and it’s ankle lock time again. Jeff rolls through and down goes the referee. Low blow takes Kurt down and Jeff grabs a guitar on the floor. Down goes Kurt and for once he moves the pieces out of the ring. He leaves one though and here’s another referee who apparently wasn’t watching the screen in the back. That gets two and Jeff is ticked.
Earl and Jeff get into a shoving match, resulting in a Kurt rollup for two. Here are the Germans for a long two. Jeff goes up and there’s the running suplex for a long two. The crowd isn’t really getting into this for some reason. Angle charges and goes shoulder first into the post. Middle rope Stroke only gets two. Jeff gets the Angle Slam and the ankle lock to Kurt, including the leg lace. Jeff stands up for some reason and Kurt rolls through into the ankle lock with the lace and Jeff taps.
Rating: B+. Very good match here and mostly worthy of a main event of a PPV, but at the same time it never hit that epic level that they were looking for. Anderson vs. Angle at the next PPV should be ok but we’ve seen it before. At least it hasn’t happened recently though so that helps. This was a rather good match here and a fitting match for the final battle. Good match, but not quite great.
Overall Rating: B-. Overall this was good but at the same time there were some rather questionable booking decisions on this show. The Bischoff thing I’m not sure about at all but that’s coming on Impact I guess. Ray vs. AJ was freaking stupid after the great match which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Overall it’s good, but some of the booking and the first hour being pretty weak overall hurts it. Still good though and one of the better TNA shows in a good while.
James Storm/Alex Shelley b. British Invasion – Sliced Bread #2 to Magnus
Matt Morgan b. Scott Steiner – Carbon Footprint
Abyss b. Brian Kendrick and Kazarian – Abyss pinned Kazarian after a leg lariat from Kendrick
Crimson b. Samoa Joe – Red Sky
Mickie James b. Angelina Love – Jumping DDT
Bully Ray b. AJ Styles – Styles couldn’t answer the ten count
Mr. Anderson b. Sting – Mic Check
Kurt Angle b. Jeff Jarrett – Ankle Lock