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The TNA “Cross the Line” Promo is shown then the TNA Epics logo hits and we are shown clips of superstars that have made an appearance in TNA with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, The Road Warriors, Roddy Piper and Jeff Hardy and his impressive Swanton from the entrance ramp onto Abyss.
We are welcomed to the show by TNA World Champion, Hardcore Legend and the nicest Pro Wrestler (his words not mine), Mick Foley! Tonight we look back at some of the greatest bouts from the history of “Slammiversary.”
America’s Most Wanted vs. AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels from Slammiversary 2006
The match starts with James Storm and AJ Styles. Lots of back and forth between the two. Styles takes out Storm with a big dropkick and tags in Christopher Daniels. Styles and Daniels do a lot of tagging in and out. Chris Harris gets the tag and he exchanges a few reversals with Daniels. Daniels steps on the head of Harris taunting him.Storm accidentally pulls Harris over the top rope to the outside. Styles takes out AMW over the top rope. Daniels hits a big elbow drop over the top rope on Storm. Styles comes in and takes out Storm with a few knee shots. Styles slides through the legs of Harris on the ring apron and pulls Harris down to the ring apron his face. AMW come back and double team Styles on the outside. Daniels gets involved to make it even. Harris and Storm take control of the match brawling with Styles and Daniels on the outside. Styles crashes and burns over the steel barricade thanks to Storm. Styles gets thrown back in the ring with Harris who takes control. Storm is now the legal man and he takes out Styles with a few stiff kicks and knocks Daniels off the ring apron.Harris comes in giving Styles a big vertical suplex. Storm attempts the Eye of the Storm, Styles counters attempting a tag, but Storm drives Styles back into the corner. Styles hits a big Pele Kick on Storm in the corner. Daniels gets the tag and he takes out AMW. Daniels hits the BME on Storm, covers, Harris comes up, Daniels moves and Harris elbows Storm. Gail Kim tries to interfere, but a very tall woman hits the ring and gives her a chokeslam. The woman throws Kim out of the ring and carries her to the back. A near fall takes place when Daniels rolls up Harris. Another roll up by Daniels, but Storm launches a steel chair to the face of Daniels. Styles hits an inverted DDT on Storm and a gutbuster on Harris. Styles misses a Spiral Tap on Harris. Harris takes out Styles with handcuffs, but Daniels pulls the referee out during the pinfall attempt. AMW attempts the Death Sentence, but Daniels breaks it up and hits Harris with a Death Valley Driver. Storm breaks up an Angel’s Wings attempt then Daniels fights back and hits an Angel’s Wings on Storm. Harris breaks up the pinfall. Storm accidentally hits Harris with a beer bottle. Daniels slams Harris down, Styles hits a Frog Splash and Daniels covers to get the pinfall.
Winners & NEW World Tag Team Champions: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels
Following a Commercial Break, we jump into the 2nd match of tonight’s show.
Team 3D vs Rick Steiner and Road Warrior Animal from Slammiversary 2007!
Rick Steiner and Brother Devon started off the match. Steiner worked on Devon for quite a while until Brother Ray got the tag. 3D worked on Steiner until Road Warrior Animal got the tag. Animal got right in Ray’s face. Animal took down Ray with a big shoulder charge. Devon got the tag as well as Steiner. Ray dropped Steiner throat first over the top rope allowing Devon to follow that up with a big clothesline. 3D continues the quick tags and Ray drops Steiner with a quick neckbreaker. Devon is tagged back in and he works on the ribs of Steiner. Animal gets the tag when Steiner dodged a splash by Devon. Animal takes out Devon with a big boot and Ray with a big powerslam. Animal with a double clothesline on 3D. Animal calls for the Doomsday Device, but 3D counters and drops Animal in a reverse 3D. Team 3D the hits the 3D on Steiner and get the pinfall to retain the TNA World Tag Team Titles.
Your Winner and still TNA World Tag Team Champions: Team 3D
We have watched tag team legends and TNA original tag teams, next up is a “Match for the ages.”
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
They jostle for position, feeling each other out. Angle has the early advantage with a headlock takeover and headlock on the mat. AJ tosses him off into the ropes but receives a shoulder block from Angle. AJ comes back with a series of arm drags, and Angle rolls outside to regroup. Referee Earl Hebner continues to warn Tomko to not get involved. Back in the ring now, Angle with a kick to the gut and an elbow smash and a couple uppercuts. AJ comes back with his big drop kick. Styles works over Angle in the corner. AJ gets distracted talking trash at Tomko, and Angle gains the advantage with a punch and more uppercuts. Angle works over AJ in the corner with some boots. Angle tries to hit a running shoulder block but AJ moves and Angle smashes into the ring post. AJ springboards with a flying forearm. Styles runs into a shoulder block and rolls to the outside.
On the outside, Tomko walks over towards AJ and Hebner orders him to the back before anything can happen. Angle takes this chance to slam AJ into the guard rails over and over as Hebner is distracted. TNA security takes Tomko off to the back. AJ nails a flip dive over the top rope to the outside on a distracted Kurt Angle. AJ rolls Angle back into the ring. AJ with a backbreaker to Angle and a 2 count. Styles bodyslams Angle and follows that up with a knee drop to the face and another near fall. Angle comes back with a couple right hands and a big kick when AJ telegraphed a back body drop attempt. Angle gives AJ a big back body drop of his own. Angle gives him another and goes for a cover, 2 count. Angle locks on a headlock on the mat.
Angle repeatedly drives AJ’s head into the mat, and then he follows that up with some punches to the face. Angle goes back to the headlock. Styles begins to bleed from the nose. Styles fights to his feet and breaks the hold. He then runs right into a belly to belly release overhead suplex from Angle. Angle follows that up with a snap suplex for a 2 count. Angle puts a chinlock submission on, driving his knee into AJ’s back at the same time. AJ fights out of the hold. He comes off the ropes but runs into a knee to the gut from Kurt. Angle gives him a backbreaker and gets another 2 count. Some right hand uppercuts in the corner now to AJ. Angle props Styles up on the top rope. He gives AJ some hard right hands, nearly knocking him off to the floor below. Angle climbs to the top to go for a superplex. AJ tries to fight it off and they exchange right hands on the top corner. AJ counters the superplex attempt into a reverse front suplex from the top.
Both men slowly get to the feet. They exchange punches in the middle of the ring, with each man wobbly. Angle comes off the ropes and runs into a spin kick, followed by a series of clotheslines from Styles. Styles hits a pump-handle gut drop across the knee. AJ gives Angle a neckbreaker and gets a 2 count. Angle fights back with a knee to the gut followed by a series of German suplexes. AJ counters the third attempt into a release German suplex. Kurt ducks a right hand and nails a release German suplex of his own. Near fall. AJ hits a kick to the back of head out of nowhere. Angle counters an offensive attempt from AJ into a belly to belly release suplex into the corner. Near fall. Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but AJ reverses it into a DDT for a near fall. AJ goes for the Styles Clash, but Kurt counters it into the ankle lock. Styles rolls out, sending Kurt into the corner turnbuckle. Styles hits a moonsault into the reverse DDT for a two count.
AJ goes up top. Angle quickly runs up the turnbuckles and hits the Angle Slam from the top for a another long two count. Angle puts the ankle lock on yet again. AJ counters into a roll up for a near fall. AJ nails a back flip kick to the head of Angle. AJ goes for the cover, and Kurt grabs the bottom rope to break the pin attempt. Styles goes for the Styles Clash again, but Kurt turns it into the ankle lock. AJ kicks him off, with Angle taking out the referee in the process. AJ sends Kurt to the outside. Karen Angle appears at the top of the ramp with a chair and a smirk on her face as she walks down the ramp. She acts like she’s going to give Kurt the chair but then takes it back as AJ comes over to nail the Styles Clash and get the pinfall to end tonights Main Event
Winner: AJ Styles