The ‘Whole F’N Show’ opens up and we aren’t wasting any time tonight. AJ vs. Angle is up first!
No long ramp tonight, back to the usual smaller ramp.
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles (6) vs. “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle (7)
AJ jumps Angle before the bell and puts the boots to him. AJ then tosses Angle out to the floor and follows him out and continues to put the boots to Angle and then tosses him into the guardrail. AJ slams Angle into the apron and then when get the first shot of AJ’s new tattoo on his side. If you haven’t heard it’s in big letters “AJ” with the 3 dates of his sons birthdays. AJ goes for a running clothesline on Angle but Angle catches him in an Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex! Angle tosses AJ back into the ring and grabs AJ but AJ slaps his hands away and hits a knee to the gut. AJ then hits the ropes but Angle catches him in a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! AJ comes back with a shot to the throat on Angle and then he throws Angle shoulder-first into the ring post. Angle crashes out to the floor and then AJ hits a Slingshot Plancha over the top onto Angle on the floor! AJ lights Angle up with chops and then he rolls Angle back into the ring. Angle comes back with right hands on AJ and then he hits the ropes. AJ leapfrogs Angle but Angle turns around and goes for a German Suplex, but AJ lands on his feet! AJ goes for a clothesline but Angle ducks and then hits the ropes and eats the Phenomenal Dropkick from AJ! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! AJ grabs Angle and locks in a Rear Chinlock. Angle fights it off and sweeps AJ’s legs and then attempts the Ankle Lock, but AJ fights it and kicks Angle in the face. AJ goes for a clothesline but Angle ducks it and hits a Back Suplex! Both guys are down now. Angle gets to his feet first and nails AJ with a clothesline and then a back elbow. Angle whips AJ into the ropes and charges but AJ gets a boot up. AJ charges but walks right into the Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out again! Angle picks AJ up and AJ goes for a clothesline but Angle ducks and hits the German Suplex! Angle rolls through it and hit’s another 2 Rolling German Suplexes! 1…2…NO AJ again kicks out! Angle immediately grabs AJ’s ankle and tries to lock in the Ankle Lock again but AJ kicks him off. AJ then charges at Angle but Angle backdrops him over the top rope. AJ lands on his feet on the apron and then pokes Angle in the eye! AJ then hits the Springboard Flying Forearm! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Angle backdrops him and then goes for the Ankle Slam! AJ blocks it and lands on his feet! Angle goes for a clothesline but AJ ducks and hits the Pele out of nowhere! AJ rolls Angle over, 1…2…NO Angle yet again kicks out! AJ seems frustrated as he climbs to the top. Angle goes to climb up with AJ but AJ leaps over Angle back into the ring. Angle then hits a Moonsault out of the corner onto a standing AJ! I’ve never seen Angle hit the Moonsault like that! 1…2…NO AJ still kicks out! Angle immediately goes for the Ankle Lock again but this time Angle locks it in! AJ fights it and rolls through sending Angle crashing headfirst into the middle turnbuckle! AJ rolls out to the apron and springboards to the top but Angle knocks AJ’s feet out from under him! Angle then grabs AJ and attempts to Suplex him back into the ring but AJ sends his knee into Angle’s head to block it! AJ then springs back into the ring onto the middle rope and then back into the Phenomenon! He slipped as he hit the canvas but was able to catch himself and hit it. 1…2…NO Angle kicks out again! AJ can’t believe Angle kicked out again and starts arguing with the referee. Angle gets up and hits AJ with the Angle Slam as he argues! It’s over, 1..2…NO AJ kicks out yet again and Angle can’t believe it! Angle grabs AJ and goes for the German Suplex but AJ holds onto the ropes and then grabs the referee. He does that so he can attempt a mule kick to the nuts where the referee can’t see it but Angle realizes it and grabs AJ’s foot! Angle locks in the Ankle Lock! He grapevines the leg and AJ taps!
Winner: Angle via submission (Ankle Lock)
Up next is the Knockouts Championship.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Madison Rayne (c) vs. Angelina Love
I have no idea what that is Angelina is wearing but who cares because she looks damn good in it! When I die I’d like to come back as TNA’s middle rope, but just for Beautiful People and Angelina Love’s matches though. Angelina grabs Madison by the hair as the bell rings but Madison slaps his hard and then puts the boots to Angelina. Madison goes for a clothesline but Angelina blocks it with her arm and then nails Madison with a series of Forearms. Angelina attempts to whip Madison into the corner but Madison reverses it and then charges at Angelina. Angelina gets her boot up and then gets her boot up again as Madison charges again, but this time Madison grabs her by the feet and swings her legs into the ropes. Madison then grabs Angelina by the back and slams her hard to the mat! Madison grabs Angelina by the head and slams her into the mat repeatedly and then scores a nearfall. Madison grabs a Front Chancery but Angelina fights it off only to have Madison nail her with a series of Knee Strikes to the face and then a Swinging Neckbreaker. Madison wraps her legs around Angelina’s head and repeatedly slams Angelina’s head into the mat (Alex Shelley used to call that move the “Skull F*ck”). Tenay says that Lacey Von Erich has suffered a broken cheek bone in the Beautiful People scuffle last week as Rayne gets a series of nearfalls. Madison argues with the referee which allows Angelina time to recover and hit Madison with a Jawbreaker. Angelina then ducks a clothesline from Madison and repeatedly grabs Madison by the hair and slams her to the mat. Angelina follows up with a Running Clothesline and then she hits the Botox Injection! The motorcycle chick rides up to the ring and distracts Angelina. The referee demands she leave but then Velvet Sky comes out of nowhere and nails the motorcycle chick with a chair! Velvet tries to take the helmet off as Madison nails Angelina from behind in the ring. Velvet takes the girls helmet off but she has another mask on underneath! In the ring Madison covers Angelina, 1…2…NO Angelina still kicks out! Madison goes for the Rayne Drop but Angelina counters into the Lights Out! 1…2…3 and Angelina wins it! Finally the Knockouts Title changes hands on an actual pinfall or submission!
Winner & NEW Knockouts Champ: Angelina Love via pinfall (Lights Out)
The 3-Way Match is up next.
Triple Threat Match
Mr. Anderson vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan
Wow, Anderson got a great reaction tonight. A “you still suck” chant erupts at Morgan. Anderson and Pope take turns kicking Morgan in the legs and then nail Morgan with forearms and rights. They throw Morgan into the corner and then Pope shows that hand speed with a series of nasty body shots and hooks to the face. Anderson ties Morgan’s leg up in the ropes and then dropkicks the knee! Pope then nails him with an STO! 1…2…NO Anderson pulls Pope off and covers Morgan. 1…2…NO Pope pulls him off too and covers Morgan again. 1…2…NO Anderson pulls him off again! Anderson covers him again and yet again Pope pulls him off and covers Morgan again for another nearfall. They repeat this sequence several more times until they get frustrated with each other and get in each others faces. Morgan gets to his feet and grabs both Pope & Anderson by their throats. They kick Morgan in the gut and then Pope hits the ropes but Morgan nails them both with a Double Clothesline. Morgan nails Pope with a headbutt and then goes for the Carbon Footprint but Pope ducks causing Morgan to crotch himself on the top rope! Anderson then kicks the top rope! Pope grabs Morgan but Morgan shoves him off sending Pope crashing into Anderson. Pope then nails Morgan with an uppercut and climbs up top. Pope hits a Missile Dropkick that sends Morgan crashing down to the floor. Pope pats Anderson on the head but Anderson nails Pope with a big right hand! They exchange rights in the center of the ring and then Pope gets the advantage with forearms and then he hits the ropes, but Anderson channels Steve Austin as he hits a Thesz Press and then reigns down right hands on the righteous one. Anderson follows up with an Elbow Drop for a nearfall. Morgan just watches from the floor as Anderson picks Pope up for the Green Bay Plunge. Pope blocks it and then hits the 4-Uppercut! Pope goes for the DDE V. 2 but Anderson blocks it. Pope goes for a clothesline but Anderson counters into the Mic Check! 1…2…NO Morgan breaks it up with a nasty kick to the face on Anderson! Morgan covers Pope, 1…2…3 and Morgan gets the pin!
Winner: Morgan via pinfall (Mic Check from Anderson)
Time for the open challenge and Shannon Moore opens the challenge. Moore comes out with a microphone and says Jeff looks shocked. Moore says he couldn’t think of a better night to come out and prove to the world that he can stand on the same pedestal as greats like Hardy. Moore says no matter what happens tonight he and Hardy will still leave brothers.
“Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. “Prince of Punk” Shannon Moore
Moore and Hardy definitely have a ton of history dating back to their days in the Hardy Boyz Omega promotion in Carolina. They also returned to TNA together this past January. They shake hands before the match. They lockup and Hardy pushes him away. They lockup again and Moore grabs a wristlock on Hardy as Tenay mentions that he actually saw Hardy and Moore arrive to the arena today together in the same car. Little things like that add to matches to me. Hardy reverses the wristlock but Moore rolls through it and then locks in a side headlock. Hardy pushes Moore off but then eats a shoulder block. Moore hits the ropes and Hardy nails him with an arm drag. Moore answers with an armdrag of his own and they stare each other down. They lockup again and they brawl into the corner where Moore nails Hardy with a series of shoulder blocks. Moore whips Hardy into the corner and charges but Hardy floats up and over Moore. Hardy then hits Moore with a Hiptoss and then he tries to kick Moore. Moore catches Hardy’s foot but Hardy nails him with the Leaping Mule Kick. Hardy charges at Moore but Moore avoids it and then Hardy goes for a clothesline again and again Moore avoids him in the corner and then again avoids yet another clothesline from Hardy in the corner. Moore then runs to the next corner and Hardy follows but Moore runs to yet the opposite corner. Hardy follows and Moore leaps over a charging Hardy which causes Hardy to go flying through the ropes down to the floor. They are really playing off this whole ‘I know you, you know me’ thing nicely. Moore follows up with a Twisting Plancha over the top rope onto Hardy onto the floor! Moore rolls Hardy back into the ring and climbs up top and connects with a Diving Moonsault! 1…2…NO hardy kicks out! Moore picks Hardy up and hits a Snap Suplex for yet another nearfall. Moore locks Hardy in a Sleeper now. Hardy fights to his feet and breaks the hold with back elbows. Moore attempts to whip Hardy into the corner but Hardy reverses it. Hardy charges at Moore but Moore backdrops him over the top rope. Hardy lands on the apron but Moore nails him with shoulder block through the ropes. Moore then dives over the top with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb attempt but Hardy holds onto the ropes to block it. Moore then gives up on it and turns around and trips Hardy up causing Hardy to hit headfirst into the apron! Moore charges at Hardy on the floor but Hardy backdrops him right into the ropes, but Moore actually handsprings off the apron into a Head Scissors Takeover on Hardy on the floor! Moore rolls Hardy back into the ring and gets another nearfall. Moore locks Hardy into another Sleeper on the floor. Hardy gets to his feet but Moore nails him with knees to the face. Moore then attempts to whip him into the ropes but Hardy counters into a Shortarm Clothesline! Hardy hits a series of forearms and then he tries to whip Moore into the corner but Moore reverses it. Moore charges but Hardy gets his boots up and then springs to the top and hits the Whisper In The Wind! 1…2..NO Moore kicks out! Hardy hits the Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs up top now and goes for the Swanton but Moore gets his knees up and Hardy’s back eats every bit of his knees! Moore covers Hardy, 1…2…NO Hardy kicks out! Moore picks Hardy up and puts him on the top rope. More nails Hardy with right hands and then he climbs up with Hardy and goes for a Superrana but Hardy blocks it! Hardy then hits the Swanton Bomb! 1…2…3 and Hardy picks up the hard fought win.
Winner: Hardy via pinfall (Swanton Bomb)
After the match Hardy raises Moore’s hand.
The Best of 5 Finals is next.
Best of 5 Match #5
TNA World Tag Team Championships
2/3 Falls Match
Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. Beer Money Inc.
Beer Money won the first 2 matches while The Guns came back with wins inside a Cage and in Ultimate X to tie it up.
The Guns lay the title belts down between them and Beer Money and the two teams stand face-to-face. Tenay says there will be NO rest periods between falls! Sabin and Storm will start the match off. They circle each other and look to be going for a lockup but Storm pokes Sabin in the eyes. Storm grabs Sabin in a wristlock but Sabin rolls through it only to have Storm grab him by the hair and slam him to the mat. Sabin nips up to his feet but Storm grabs him in a side headlock. Sabin shoves Storm into the ropes but eats a shoulder block from the drunken cowboy. Storm hits the ropes and Sabin leapfrogs over him and then rolls backwards into a Wheel Barrow attempt but Storm tumbles over Sabin and then charges, but Sabin trips him up and covers with a lateral press. Storm immediately kicks him off and then trips Sabin and covers Sabin himself but Sabin shoves him off. Both guys try to kick each other but both catch the others foot! So both Sabin and Storm are standing on one foot holding their opponents other foot! They both decide to release each other and we have a standoff now. Great sequence. Sabin and Storm tag out and now Roode and Shelley enter the match. The fans are going nuts already and start chanting for Shelley. They lockup and Roode forces Shelley into the corner and then nails Shelley with a big right hand. Shelley answers with one of his own and then Roode lights Shelley up with a chop. Shelley comes back with one of his own and then Roode pokes him in the eyes. Roode goes for a German Suplex but Shelley blocks it by grabbing the ropes and shoves Roode off. Shelley then hits a shoulder block and then hits the ropes and hits an Elbow Drop. Roode gets to his feet and tries to kick Shelley but Shelley grabs his foot and then spins around into a heel trip. Shelley hits the ropes and hits a Spinning Head Scissors Takeover! Shelley lights Roode up with chops and then he hits the ropes only to eat a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker for a nearfall. Roode goes for a Scoop Slam but Shelley blocks it and goes for a German Suplex, but Roode counters with a standing switch. Shelley fights to get to his corner and grab the ropes where Sabin tags himself in. Roode rolls Shelley up but Sabin hits a Bulldog on Roode! Storm comes in but eats stereo kicks from the Guns. The Guns hit Double Roundhouse kicks to a kneeling Storm and then Shelley hits an Atomic Drop on Roode followed by a running dropkick to Roode’s knees from Sabin! Shelley with a rolling crossface to hold Roode’s head up into the air so Sabin can hit the Basement Dropkick to the face! Sabin covers Roode and gets another nearfall. Roode comes back with a knee to the gut on Sabin and then tags in Storm. Storm lays into Sabin with right hands but Sabin comes back with rights of his own. Sabin knocks Roode off the apron and then attempts to whip Storm into the ropes but Storm reverses it and Roode trips him up from the outside. Roode then pulls Sabin’s head out where he’s hanging over the apron and Storm comes out and kicks Sabin in the head! Back in the ring Storm puts the boots to Sabin and then he tosses Sabin into the corner and lights him up with right hands. Roode tags back in and Beer Money whip Sabin into the ropes. Roode hits a Scoop Slam and then Storm hits an Elbow Drop and Roode hits a Knee Drop! 1..2…NO Shelley breaks it up by poking Roode in the eyes. Roode picks Sabin up and goes for a right but Sabin blocks it and hits a series of right hands of his own. Sbain then attempts to whip Roode into the corner but Roode reverses it. Sabin floats up and over Roode in the corner and then reaches for the tag but Roode grabs him by the feet. He pulls Sabin up to his feet and then spins Sabin around right into a Spinning Enziguri from Sabin! Sabin tags out to Shelley! Shelley blocks a clothesline from Roode and hits an Flatliner into the middle turnbuckle! Storm comes in but eats a forearm from Shelley. Shelley then hits a Clothesline on Roode in the corner and then hits a Running Bulldog on Roode while hitting a clothesline on Storm at the same time! 1…2…NO Storm breaks it up! Storm eats a forearm from Shelley. Shelley goes for a Roundhouse Kick on Roode but Roode catches his foot and then trips the other leg. Roode then catapults Shelley into Storm but Shelley nails Storm with a forearm and then stomps on Roode’s head! Shelley grabs both members of Beer Money. He has Roode set up for a DDT and Storm for a Flatliner and Sabin Sprinboards off the top with a Springboard Missile Dropkick into the back of Storm as Shelley hits the DDT/Flatliner combo! 1…2…NO Storm kicks out! Sabin tries to roll Storm out to the floor but Storm catches himself on the apron so Sabin hits a Spinning Leg Sweep causing Storm to crash down on the apron hard! Shelley then hits a Slingshot into a Double Foot Stomp onto Storm on the apron! Sabin turns around right into a Big Boot from Roode! Shelley hits a shoulder block on Roode from the apron and then slingshots himself back into the ring. Sabin flies off of Shelley’s back with a Dropkick that sends Roode out to the floor! Sabin dives through the ropes with a Suicide Dive onto Roode and Sabin springboards out of the corner with a Plancha over the top rope onto Storm! Everybody is down as we see replays. Back in the ring Sabin is waiting for Roode to get up as he’s going to attempt a springboard move, but Storm gets up on the apron and exchanges forearms with Sabin. Storm pulls Sabin through the ropes and then hits an absolutely disgusting Hanging Spike DDT onto the apron! Storm climbs up top but Roode climbs up with him only to have Shelley push him off. Shelley goes for the Diving Double Foot Stomp, but Roode rolls out of the way. Shelley charges at Roode but Roode catches him in a Fireman’s Carry Gutbuster! Shelley then stumbles into the Backstabber from Storm! Roode then lifts Shelley up into the DWI! 1…2…3!
WINNERS OF FALL #1: BEER MONEY VIA PINFALL (DWI) ‘
Roode puts the boots to Shelley immediately and covers Shelley but only gets a two count. Storm tags in and lights Shelley up with a big right hand as the fans chant for the Guns. Storm tosses Shelley into the corner and tags Roode back in. Beer Money hits the Beer Money Double Suplex on Shelley as the fans rain boos down on them. As they’re doing their taunt Shelley is able to drag himself to the corner and tag Sabin in! Sabin dives off the top with a Double Missile Dropkick! Sabin tosses Storm out to the floor and then avoids a charging Roode in the corner. Sabin hits a Mafia Kick to Roode in the corner while Shelley hits a Leaping Enziguri from the apron to the back of Roode’s head! Shelley tags back in as Sabin holds Roode in the Neckbreaker position. Shelley dives off the top with the Neckbreaker/Frog Splash combo! 1…2…3!
WINNERS OF FALL #2: MACHINE GUNS VIA PINFALL (NECKBREAKER/FROG SPLASH)
As the bell rings for the 3rd fall Sabin goes for a slingshot to the floor on Roode but Roode moves out of the way. Sabin is able to catch himself on the apron and then goes for a running kick but Roode catches his foot! Roode then slams him into the apron hard! Roode climbs back into the ring and then elevates Storm up and over the top rope into a Plancha on Sabin on the floor! Shelley nails Roode with a chop as he turns around and then he attempts to whip Roode into the ropes but Roode reverses it. Roode goes for a clothesline but Shelley ducks and then dives through the ropes with a Suicide Dive onto Storm on the floor! Roode looks down on the carnage and decides he wants to dive too! Roode hits a Twisting Plancha over the top onto everybody! Holy sh*t did Robert Roode just do a dive?!
Back from commercials the action is back in the ring. Roode nails a charging Sabin with a clothesline as Shelley has Storm held. Shelley takes off his elbow pad and then hits a series of elbows to the face of Roode and goes for a Roaring Elbow but Roode blocks it and lifts Roode up onto Storm’s shoulders and then Storm swings Shelley into a Swinging Rock Bottom from Roode! 1…2…NO Shelley kicks out! A “match of the year” chant breaks out as Roode tosses Shelley into the corner. Roode beats on Shelley and then tags Storm in. They whip Shelley into the corner and then Roode hits a Running Clothesline and then Storm hits one of his own. Storm lifts Shelley up onto the top rope and nails him with an uppercut. Storm goes for a Superplex but Shelley blocks it and then crotches Storm on the top rope and hangs him upside down in the Tree of Woe! Shelley stands on Storm’s knees causing Storm to reach up to stop him and then Shelley dives off the top with the Double Foot Stomp to a hanging James Storm! Both men are down in the ring as the fans are going nuts. Storm tags out to Roode and Shelley tags in Sabin. Sabin ducks a clothesline from Roode and hits a Running Forearm. Sabin hits another Running Forearm and then a third one. He then attempts to whip Roode into the corner but Roode reverses it. Roode charges but Sabin gets his boot up and then climbs up top. Sabin dives off the top with a Hurricanrana! Sabin then dropkicks Storm off the apron and kicks Roode and uses that momentum to lift himself up and over the top rope to the apron. Sabin then hits a Springboard into a Diving Tornado DDT! 1…2…HELL NO ROODE STILL KICKS OUT! Sabin picks Roode up but Roode desperately pokes Sabin in the eyes and tags in Storm. Beer Money whips Sabin into the ropes and then Storm goes for a Scoop Slam but Sabin blocks it and goes for a German. Storm with a standing switch and Sabin kicks Roode at the same time. Sabin then hits Storm with a back elbow, spins around, and hits a Spinning Enziguri on Roode and then lifts Storm up onto Shelley’s shoulders as he enters the ring. Sabin then hits an Overdrive on Storm off of Shelley’s shoulders! 1…2…NO Storm kicks out! Shelley and Sabin can’t believe it! Storm gets to his feet and east a Backkick to the gut from Sabin and then a nasty Superkick to the face from Shelley. Storm answers right back with a Last Call Superkick to Shelley of his own, but then Sabin nails him with an Enziguri! Sabin then turns around right into the Spinebuster from Roode! Roode catapults Sabin into the Spike DDT from Storm! Roode goes for a clothesline on Shelley but Shelley blocks it and then goes for Sliced Bread but Storm comes out of nowhere and catches Shelley on his shoulders! Beer Money then hit a nasty Double Neckbreaker type of move! Shelle rolls out to the floor and Beer Money turn their attention to Sabin. They go for the DWI but Sabin kicks Storm in the face and then Storm goes for the Last Call again but Sabin moves and Storm nails Roode! Shelley comes in and the Guns nail Storm with a Double Superkick! Sabin dives off the top with the Frog Splash/Neckbreaker combo on Storm! 1…2…NO are you kidding me! He kicks out again! The fans are going nuts! Sabin picks up Storm and they go for the move again and hit it a second time! 1…2…Shelley holds Roode down so he can’t interfere…3! The Guns are still champs!
WINNERS OF FALL 3 & STILL TAG TEAM CHAMPS: MACHINE GUNS VIA PINFALL (NECKBREAKER/FROG SPLASH COMBO)
After the match pyro goes off during The Guns celebration and then some of the insane highlights are shown. Holy damn hell what a match that was! I am absolutely exhausting just from watching (and covering) it! A must see! The Guns celebrate and more pyro goes off as they go up the ramp.
Up next is the TNA World Heavyweight Championship!
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Stairway to Janice Ladder Match
Special Referee: Eric Bischoff
“Whole F’N Show” Rob Van Dam (c) vs. “The Monster” Abyss
The rules to this match are, well, they aren’t any really. Anything goes in this one but the stipulation is Abyss’ 2×4 with nails sticking out will be hanging above the ring. Whoever goes up and gets it can use it in the match. Pinfall or submission still win the match. Abyss brings a ladder to the ring as he makes his way down. Abyss actually starts climbing up the ladder as RVD was making his entrance so Van Dam had to run down to the ring. He dives off the top with a Flying Back Kick into the ladder knocking Abyss off! RVD then jumps on Abyss in the corner and nails him with repeated right hands. Abyss shoves him off but RVD jumps right back on him! Abyss pushes him off again and then tries to kick RVD but RVD grabs his foot and hits the Stepover Heel Kick! RVD picks up the ladder and slams it into Abyss in the corner. RVD nails Abyss with it again as a “Whole f*cking show” chant starts up. RVD hits Abyss with a Spinning Heel Kick and then he hits a Bulldog on Abyss onto the ladder! RVD then goes for the Rolling Thunder but Abyss rolls out of the way and RVD eats the ladder! Abyss goes out to the floor and grabs the chair again but RVD dropkicks it into Abyss’ face as we go to a break.
Back from commercials RVD has a ladder set up between the ring and the guardrail like a bridge. He’s nailing Abyss with shoulder blocks through the ropes as Abyss is on the apron. Abyss then kicks RVD in the head and goes for a Chokeslam onto the ladder but RVD blocks it with back elbows. RVD then hits a hook kick but Abyss comes back with a clothesline to RVD sending him back into the ring. Abyss picks up the ladder and slams it into RVD in the corner. Abyss picks the ladder back up and slams it into RVD again. Abyss props the ladder up on RVD in the corner and then goes for a Splash but RVD tosses the ladder into Abyss! Abyss grabs the ladder again but RVD grabs the other end and shoves it into Abyss sending Abyss into the corner. RVD then runs up the ladder and dropkicks Abyss! Abyss falls on top of the ladder and RVD hits a Standing Moonsault onto Abyss on top of the ladder! RVD tosses the ladder into the corner and then goes for a Monkey Flip on Abyss but Abyss blocks it and then Powerbombs RVD! Abyss grabs the ladder and sets it up in the center of the ring. Abyss climbs up the ladder but RVD climbs up the other side and the two exchange right hands. RVD slams Abyss’ head into the ladder. Abyss then grabs RVD and Chokeslams him off the ladder! Abyss too falls off in exhaustion. Abyss goes out to the floor now and pulls out the black bag! Is it glass or thumbtacks? Abyss pours the bag out in the ring and it’s thumbtacks this week! He then further pours it out and it’s also glass! A “holy sh*t” chant erupts now. Abyss grabs RVD and puts him up on the top rope. Abyss climbs up as well and goes for a Superplex onto the glass and tacks but RVD blocks it and nails Abyss with forearm smashes. RVD then hits a Sunset Flip Powerbomb off the top sending Abyss crashing down onto the tacks and glass! That is disgusting. RVD nails Abyss with right hands and then he hits the ropes but eats a Big Boot from Abyss. Abyss goes out to the floor and pulls out a barbed wire board now! Abyss tosses it into the ring and sets it up in the corner. Abyss tries to whip RVD into the board but RVD is able to stop himself. Abyss then charges but RVD sidesteps him and Abyss goes headfirst into the barbed wire board! RVD then springboards off the middle rope with a Back Kick into the board! RVD then hits the Rolling Thunder onto the barbed wire board which is still on top of Abyss! That is nasty. RVD sets the ladder up in the center of the ring and climbs up it. RVD reaches and grabs the board but Abyss pushes the ladder over and RVD goes crashing over the top rope into the ladder that they had set up earlier headfirst! Abyss has cuts all over his arms as RVD looks to be out. The replay shows that RVD actually got his foot caught on the top rope as he was going down as well that made it harder for him to cushion his fall. Terry Taylor and Dixie Carter are shown watching in the crowd. In the ring Abyss climbs up the ladder and pulls down the 2×4! He looks over at Dixie Carter and then climbs down the ladder. Abyss pushes the ladder over as RVD is finally stirring on the outside. Abyss rolls RVD back into the ring and nails RVD with right hands. Abyss picks Janice back up and points at RVD. He swings it at Van Dam but Van Dam moves out of the way. The 2×4 gets stuck on the top turnbuckle. RVD goes to the outside and gets a chair as Abyss tries to get Janice unstuck. RVD nails Abyss in the back with the chair and then tosses Abyss the chair and hits the Van Daminator! RVD picks up the barbed wire table and puts it over Abyss in the corner. RVD then goes to the opposite side with the chair and climbs to the top! RVD hits the Van-Terminator! Holy sh*t, how many years has it been since we’ve seen that?! That was nasty! RVD climbs up top and hits the 5-Star Frog Splash! 1…2…3 and RVD retains the title!
Winner & STILL TNA World Champ: RVD via pinfall (5 Star Frog Splash)
After the match Tenay and Taz put over the show and say that Hulk Hogan still has a special surprise and then they hype up the premier of Reaction right after Impact. In the ring RVD climbs up the ladder and celebrates with the World Title. Hulk Hogan’s music hits and the Hulkster walks down to the ring.
Back from commercials Hulk Hogan is in the ring with RVD and he says everybody in TNA’s world knows why RVD is their leader. Hogan says he’s been around the block a couple of times and he’s wrestled them big and small but he’s never seen an athlete like RVD. Hogan puts over the match with Sabu from Hardcore Justice as well and then calls TNA the #1 wrestling company in the business today. Hogan says Hardcore Justice raised the bar and he says he has to thank Dixie Carter for taking him somewhere he’s never been before at Hardcore Justice. He puts over the ECW guys including Sabu and says they taught him what hardcore was about and his respect for those guys went through the roof. A “we want Sabu” chant starts and then Hogan says they’ve invited RVD’s ECW friends and they actually just got to sit in the back and watch RVD’s performance. He then invites the EV2 guys out there and Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards, The F.B.I. (Tony Mamaluke & Little Guido), Team 3D, Rhino, Mick Foley, and even Sabu and Bill Alfonso make their way out to the ring! They each hug RVD as they get into the ring. No Kid Kash sighting though. Hogan says when he came to TNA he was looking for a ‘higher ground’ and he says Tommy Dreamer and his “band of misfits” did that. He says he’s giving them his ring right now with nothing but the most respect. Hogan hands Dreamer the microphone and leaves the ring. Dreamer says Sunday they raised the bar and tonight the Machine Guns, Beer Money, RVD, and Abyss raised the bar even more tonight. Dreamer is sporting a black eye. Dreamer thanks Dixie again and then he thanks the ECW guys again and says it was an honor to bleed and sweat with each one of them one last time. Dreamer then thanks the fans and says without the fans they couldn’t have done it and says he loves the fans. The lights then go out and Taz & Tenay think it’s going to be Sandman.
The lights come on and Mick Foley is laid out in the ring and Fourtune, Douglas Williams, and Matt Morgan are standing behind EV2 with weapons! Dreamer turns around and AJ Styles blasts him with a cane! The rest of the heels nail the EV2 guys with their weapons as well! There are going to town on EV2 right now! Raven runs down to the ring but Storm blasts him with a beer bottle! Now The Sandman walks down through the crowd as Storm cuts Raven open with a piece of the beer bottle! Morgan is choking Sabu with a chain as well and screams “this is my company!” Sandman climbs over the uardrail with a cane but Williams blasts him with one of his own and stomps him out! Tony Mamaluke is cut open in the ring as well! Abyss runs down to the ring and pulls RVD out and starts beating on him as well! Abyss tosses RVD into the crowd and beats him to the back. AJ nails Brother Ray with a trashcan lid repeatedly and then he dropkicks it into his face. Ric Flair walks down smiling as the Fourtune guys continue to destroy EV2. All of them are beaten a bloody. The camera cuts to the back where RVD looks like he’s been slaughtered with blood everywhere. The camera pans up and Abyss is standing over him holding Janice and screaming. RVD’s tights are even cut up.
Back to ringside Ric Flair screams at Dixie Carter that this is her fault and she brought this on herself. In the ring Fourtune is even beating on security. Wow. The rest of the beatdown is shown on Reaction.
Holy cow what a night! TNA lived up to that “Total Nonstop Action” name tonight! This was, in my opinion, the absolute best episode of Impact ever. Everything was just flat out fun and entertaining tonight. It really did play out like a PPV, and a good PPV at that. Kudos to SpikeTV for not interrupting every match with countless commercial breaks. Only the final two matches (which were the longest matches) had commercial breaks during the matches and both only one a piece. And also the crowd was by far the best we’ve seen all year at an Impact taping.
The opener was the perfect way to kick off the match. The fans got into it earlier and both Angle and AJ busted their a**es. They put on one hell of a match which they always do and the finish was unique and very good as well. ***1/2
The Knockouts Match was solid as well, probably one of the better knockouts matchces we’ve have in awhile. The Beautiful People stuff is coming to a head as well. **
The 3-Way was way too short but fun as well. They had some cool spots and worked well together. Just don’t like that Pope had to take the fall. **
The Open Challenge was surprisingly very good. They didn’t over hype this as being something big so it shouldn’t be a huge disappointment that it wasn’t a surprise wrestler. Great match and Shannon Moore looked like a million bucks. ***
Wow, is about all you can say about the tag team match. That match was absolutely incredible and my Match of the Year so far this year. Those two teams have absolutely raised the bar every single week and are showing everyone what great tag team wrestling can look like again. The crowd was hot, the guys busted their a**es, and had an absolutely fantastic match. We need more. *****
The Main Event was a great, fun garbage style match. RVD put on another great match stemming from his awesome match with Sabu from Sunday (where Sabu didn’t botch a single move). I’m going to rant about RVD next week but I’ll just save it but this was an a great match with Abyss taking his usual sickening bumps. Great balance no this show going from the great wrestling in the Semi-Main and then going to some great hardcore wrestling in the Main Event. ****
The beatdown of EV2 was absolutely awesome and extremely violent (to the point where Pepa of Salt ‘n’ Pepa supposedly walked out of it, as she was in attendance). They killed those guys.
1) Kurt Angle def. AJ Styles
2) TNA Knockouts Title: Angelina Love def. Madison Rayne (c) to win the title!
3) Triple Threat: Matt Morgan def. The Pope & Mr. Anderson
4) Open Challenge: Jeff Hardy def. Shannon Moore
5) TNA Tag Team Titles 2/3 Falls Match: Motor City Machine Guns (c) def. Beer Money to retain the titles!
6) TNA World Title Stairway To Janice Ladder Match: RVD (c) def. Abyss to retain the title!
– Promo/Segment of the Night: Fourtune’s beat down of EV2
– Match of the Night: Guns vs. Beer Money (*****)
– Overall Grade: A +
Scheduled for Next Week:
-Fallout from “Whole F’N Show” including an update on RVD.