A video package runs looking at the definition of the word “sacrifice” and what it means for TNA stars. The package ends focusing on Rob Van Dam defending the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles tonight.
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to Sacrifice. We then go live to the Impact Zone in Orlando where a series of pyro goes off in the entrance area.
Out first is The Motor City Machineguns.
Jeremy Borash is doing the ring announcing tonight. David Penzer has been cut by TNA in what has been described as the first of many cost cutting measures in the company.
#1 Contendership Match for TNA World Tag Team Championships
Team 3D vs. Beer Money vs. The Motor City Machineguns
We begin with Alex Shelley and Robert Roode. Roode grounds Shelley quickly with a snapmare. Shelley fires back with a huracanrana takedown and bulldog. Roode responds with a big backbreaker. Tag to James Storm who knocks Chris Sabin off the ring apron and gets in a big slap on Shelley. Storm dodges a superkick from Shelley and takes a big kick on the outside from Sabin. The Guns then double team Roode in the ring. Tag to Sabin who pokes his eyes. Storm with a high knee. Brother Ray tags himself in slapping the back of Storm. Ray with a big right hand to Sabin. Sabin with kicks to the body of Ray. Ray trips up Sabin, misses an elbow and then levels Sabin with a big boot. Tag to Brother Devon who drops a leg over Sabin. Sabin takes out both Ray and Devon. Sabin attempts a dive on the outside and Ray moves out of the way. Devon works over Sabin in the corner. Devon drops another big leg on Sabin and Roode breaks up a pinfall attempt. Tag back to Ray who slaps the chest of Sabin. Ray knocks Roode and Storm off the ring apron.
Ray plants Sabin near the corner with a scoop slam, goes up to and misses a body splash. Tag to Shelley who fights off Ray and Devon. Shelley jumps at Ray and Devon who catch him and Sabin follows with a dropkick taking them down. The Guns double team 3D hitting Ray with multiple offense in the corner. Sabin with a suicide dive through the legs of Shelley into Storm. Impressive spot there. Shelley misses a jumping stomp on Ray and Roode levels Shelley with a clothesline. Roode tags himself in and hits a backbreaker on Shelley. Storm tags himself in and Beer Money hit a double suplex on Shelley. BEER…MONEY spot. Storm with a big neckbreaker on Shelley from the corner. Roode and Storm exchange tags a few times working over Shelley. Storm with a headlock on Shelley. Roode tags himself in and prevents Shelley for tagging out. Tag to Sabin who unloads on Roode and knocks Storm off the apron. Sabin with a huracanrana on Roode and dive to Storm on the outside. Sabin with a huge torando DDT on Roode. Sabin covers and Devon breaks it up.
Ray tosses Sabin to the entrance ramp and he lands with a thud. Ray gets Roode on his shoulders and Devon hits a jumping clothesline from the top. Sabin with a springboard crossbody on Ray that results in a two count. Ray tosses Sabin out of the ring. Storm spits beer in the face of Ray to break up a 3D attempt. Roode with a spinebuster on Ray. The Guns double team Roode in the corner with kicks to the head. Shelley with a splash off the top rope on Ray with Sabin holding back Ray’s head. Sabin covers and gets the pinfall.
Winners & #1 Contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championships: The Motor City Machineguns
We go the announcers table with Mike Tenay and Taz. They discuss Abyss being framed wrongly on Impact this past Thursday night.
TNA Global Championship
Rob Terry (c) vs. Orlando Jordan
Rob Terry went after Orlando Jordan right away. Terry with a huge hip toss on Jordan and then a clothesline in the corner. Terry with another big clothesline on Jordan. Terry hits Jordan with some stiff right hands. Terry with a high back body drop on Jordan. Terry with a body splash and side slam combo on Jordan. Jordan gets in a quick shot on Terry and Terry responds with a big spin kick. Terry hulks up and clotheslines Jordan to the entrance ramp who lands on his feet and then falls back. Terry catches up with Jordan and tosses him back inside the ring. Terry tosses Jordan on his shoulder and hits a big running powerslam. Jordan puts Terry’s leg up on the top rope and kicks it a few times. Jordan then drops his body over Terry’s knee. Terry grabs his knee in pain. Jordan pulls Terry towards the corner and drives his leg into the steel ring post. Jordan starts punching the bad knee of Terry. Jordan then drops down and applies a modified ankle lock. Terry breaks it up kicking Jordan away, but Jordan stays on Terry dropping an elbow. Jordan continues to work over Terry’s knee hitting a few kicks. Terry kicks Jordan away, but Jordan is relentless and stays on Terry hitting some big right hands. Jordan drops a knee over the chest of Terry, covers Terry by giving him a full mount and Terry kicks out. Taz had fun describing that one. Jordan with an elbow to the back of the head of Terry. Jordan gets up on the top rope, exposes one of his knee pads, jumps and misses as Terry rolls out of the way. Jordan picks up Terry by his head and Terry lifts up Jordan and drives him back down to the mat with a modified chokeslam/powerslam. Terry covers Jordan and gets the pinfall.
Winner & STILL TNA Global Champion: Rob Terry
After the match, Rob Terry is handed the TNA Global Championship and he heads up the entrance ramp. Orlando Jordan then runs him down and gives him a big chop block. Jordan then drives the bad knee of Terry right into the TNA Global Championship belt over the entrance ramp. Jordan grabs the title and throws it at Terry.
Backstage, a camera goes into the locker room of Team 3D. Ink Inc. walks in (Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal) and tell them they had a hell of a match tonight. Devon wishes Moore and Neal good luck in their shot at the tag titles tonight. Ray tells Neal to watch it tonight since Hall and Nash probably want payback for Sean Waltman. Neal tells them he has it covered tonight. When they leave, Ray gets upset and says a kid who has only in the business for two years can take care of them? Devon tells Ray to calm down.
TNA X Division Championship
Kazarian (c) vs. Douglas Williams
Douglas Williams still has the X Division Championship belt. Williams with a big tekedown early on. Kazarian applies a head scissors on the ground to counter. Williams with a snapmare and shoulder block combo on Kazarian. Kazarian fires back with a big arm drag. Kazarian with a head scissors takedown on Williams and Williams hooks the bottom rope to break it up. Kazarian goes to work on the wrist of Williams. More ground exchanges with Williams getting the better of it. Kazarian flips over and Williams grabs the ropes to break it up. Kazarian drops the arm of Williams over the top rope. Kazarian with a springboard roll up on Williams and then comes back with an arm drag into a shoulder lock. Kazarian and Williams have a test of strength between the two. Williams then drops back and gets Kazarian up in a surfboard. Kazarian counters that pulling the arms of Williams across his throat. Kazarian with a big kick to the chest of Williams, props him up on the top turnbuckle and Williams tosses Kazarian off sending him face first into the entrance ramp.
As Kazarian gets back up on the ring apron, Williams grabs Kazarian and drops him with a reverse neckbreaker. Williams pulls Kazarian out of the ring by his head, leaves him on the apron and then drives a few elbows into the back of his head. Kazarian fights back giving Williams a front suplex over the top rope and then sends him back first into the steel guard rail. Kazarian with a slingshot crossbody onto Williams. Kazarian with a springboard dropkick to Williams in the middle of the ring. Kazarian with a series of spin kicks on Williams followed by a swinging neckbreaker. Williams attempts a Chaos Theory german suplex, but Kazarian rolls through for a close two count. Kazarian with a slingshot DDT from the ring apron, cover and Williams kicks out. Williams with a big clothesline on Kazarian. Williams with a running high knee to Kazarian. Kazarian with right hands and a springboard flying elbow to the chest of Williams. Williams with a big powerbomb on Kazarian. He intended to powerbomb Kazarian into the corner, but Kazarian missed it big time.
Very scary spot there. Williams goes after Kazarian right away and hits a quick brainbuster for a close two count when Kazarian gets the shoulder up. Kazarian with a facebuster on Williams for another close two count. Kazarian with a back body drop on Williams. Kazarian puts Williams on his shoulders and looks to attempt an electric chair when Williams jumps off and connects with the Chaos Theory german suplex combo on Kazarian for the pinfall.
Winner & NEW TNA X Division Champion: Douglas Williams
After the match, Douglas Williams celebrates with the TNA X Division Championship. Tenay and Taz reflect on how Kazarian lost a title he actually never had to begin with.
Backstage, Chelsea is arguing with Desmond Wolfe and said what they did on Thursday was a horrible idea. She begs Wolfe to call the match off tonight and that she doesn’t care about the ring anymore. Wolfe said a win tonight for him will catapult him into the rankings for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Career vs. TNA Knockouts Championship
Madison Rayne (c) vs. Tara
Before the match, Madison Rayne told Velvet Sky and Lacey Von Erich that she will be okay and tells them to head to the back. Tara goes after Rayne right away knocking her down on the ramp. In the ring, Rayne fights back taking down Tara with a big kick. Tara kicks Rayne away and then drops her over the ring apron. Lots of pinfall attempts between Tara and Rayne early on. Tara drives Rayne into the corner and hits a few shoulder charges. Tara with a suplex on Rayne and rolls through into a guillotine choke. Rayne with some big right hands on Tara that knock Tara off her feet each time. Series of counters between the two until Tara gets Rayne up for the Widow’s Peak and connects. Rayne rolls out of the ring after it is executed. Tara pulls Rayne back in, plants her near the corner and connects with a big top rope moonsault. Tara covers Rayne and Rayne kicks out. Tara can’t believe it. Tara starts stomping Rayne repeatedly, goes back up top one more time, attempts a second moonsault and Rayne moves out of the way. Rayne then drives her knee into the head of Tara and pulls Tara down. Rayne covers Tara and gets the pinfall. Tara’s career in TNA is over.
Winner & STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Madison Rayne
After the match, Madison Rayne holds up the TNA Knockouts Championship and celebrates. Tara is just sitting up and taking in the moment. Rayne waves goodbye as she heads to the back. Tara starts crying and walks around the ring. Tara calls for her spider and holds it up. A member of TNA security gets in the ring trying to escort her to the back. Tara follows suit and takes one last look at the crowd.
Backstage, Eric Young is with TNA World Tag Team Champions Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Young said he joined The Band when Sean Waltman went down and stepped up. Hall said he doubted Young at first, but praised him for stepping up. Nash said it isn’t Nash and Hall who are the champions, it is The Band and you never know who you will be facing. He added that he has tattoos on his body that are older than Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal and that tonight will not be their night.
TNA World Tag Team Championships
Kevin Nash & Scott Hall (c’s) vs. Ink Inc. (Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal)
We start with Scott Hall and Shannon Moore. Moore slaps Hall a few times. Hall holds back the arm of Moore and gets in some slaps of his own. Hall with a series of clotheslines in the corner on Moore. Moore fires back with a dropkick from the top rope. Hall tags in Kevin Nash and Nash wants Neal. Moore tags in Neal. Neal attempts a lock up, but Nash gets in a knee to the gut and then works on Neal in the corner. Hall clotheslines Neal from the ring apron with the referee distracted. Tag to Hall and he locks on an abdominal stretch. Tag to Nash who misses a few body splash attempts on Neal. Tag to Moore who dropkicks Hall and hits Nash with some jumping right hands. Moore with a cross body on Nash. Tag to Neal as Moore hits a neckbreaker and then takes out Hall on the ring apron. Neal misses a spear attempt on Nash and takes out the referee instead. Neal with right hands to Nash with the last finally dropping Nash. Eric Young has a kendo stick and he tosses it as Nash. Nash catches it, misses Neal, Neal takes out Young and then Neal takes out Nash with a spear. The referee is still down and Neal grabs the kendo stick. Young takes it away from Neal. Brother Ray then appears and levels Young. Ray hits Young with the kendo stick. Ray gets in the ring and stands over Nash yelling at him. Neal grabs Ray and tells him he has it handled. Ray then nails Neal with the kendo stick. Young puts Nash over Neal, helps up the referee and the referee makes the pinfall count.
Winners & STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Kevin Nash & Scott Hall
After the match, Eric Young celebrated with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Brother Ray continued to look on staring down everyone in the ring.
A video package runs highlighting events from the incident involving Abyss and Desmond Wolfe on Thursday night.
Chelsea vs. Hall of Fame Ring
Desmond Wolfe vs. Abyss
The stipulation is that if Abyss wins, he will get the services of Chelsea for 30 days and if Wolfe wins, he will get Abyss’ Hall of Fame ring given to him by Hulk Hogan. Abyss attacked Wolfe right away on the entrance ramp. They brawled on the outside and the bell officially rang when they got into the ring. Wolfe knocked Abyss through the ropes to the entrance ramp. Abyss grabs his shoulder in pain. Wolfe tosses Abyss back in the ring, hits a kick to the back and goes to work on Abyss’ left arm. Abyss fights to his feet and then throws Wolfe down over powering him. Wolfe responds with a big boot and again goes to work on Abyss’ left arm. Wolfe with sledgehammer shots to the chest and arm of Abyss. Abyss fights back looking to hit a chokeslam on Wolfe, Wolfe counters and then Abyss responds with a big boot to the chest of Wolfe. Abyss clotheslines Wolfe in the corner and follows with a big side slam that results in a two count. Wolfe with a slick transition snapping the left arm of Abyss and right into a quick DDT. Wolfe with shoulder blocks on Abyss and Abyss stays up. Wolfe hits the ropes attempting his big lariat when Abyss catches him with a chokeslam. Chelsea runs down and tosses something at Wolfe. Abyss grabs her and she screams. Wolfe puts on brass knucks and clocks Abyss with it while the referee checked on Chelsea. Wolfe covers Abyss and Abyss kicks out. Wolfe can’t believe it. Abyss starts hulking up. Abyss with three punches and a Black Hole Slam on Wolfe. Abyss hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
After the match, we see a shot of Chelsea and she is upset. Abyss walks toward her on the entrance ramp, leans down and says, “I’ll see you on Thursday.” Tenay said that will be the start of a wonderful 30 day relationship.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Mr. Anderson. Anderson pushes Hemme’s mic out of the way and calls for his mic. Anderson mocks Jeff Hardy’s “creatures of the night” and said he doesn’t need the fan reaction from them because he is an asshole. He adds he has a following of his own and he calls them Anderson’s Assholes. Anderson said when he beats Jeff Hardy tonight his following will chant his name…MISTERRRRRRR…the crowd in Orlando finishes it for him. Anderson looks at the camera, smiles and goes, “Thanks assholes!”
Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
Mr. Anderson goes after Jeff Hardy right away dropping him with a series of right hands and stomps. Hardy attempts a cross body and Anderson moves as Hardy rolls to the outside. Back in the ring, Hardy fights back with right hands to Anderson and a clothesline in the corner. Anderson counters a dropkick to the chest in the corner by getting his boot up on Hardy. Anderson drives his knees into the ribs of Hardy. Anderson with kicks to the face on Hardy and forearms to the back. Anderson then locks on a modified abdominal stretch on Hardy. Hardy attempts a comeback hitting the ropes, but Anderson caught him with a big knee to the gut. Anderson misses a shot from the top turnbuckle, but dodges boots to the face and drops a quick elbow to the chest. Anderson with another abdominal stretch applied on Hardy. Anderson crotches Hardy on the top rope – or as Taz called it, “Hardy landed right on the yam bag!” Hardy responds sending Anderson over the top rope with a high back body drop with Anderson landing right on the entrance ramp.
Hardy grabs a steel chair and sets it up near Anderson on the ramp. Hardy with a jumping leg lariat off the steel chair onto Anderson sending both back inside the ring. Hardy grabs his elbow in pain. Hardy and Anderson begin exchanging right hands. Hardy gets the better of it and levels Anderson with a big clothesline takedown. Anderson with a rolling senton splash on Hardy for a close two count. Anderson with a Mic Check on Hardy, cover and Hardy gets his boot on the bottom rope to break up the pinfall. Anderson pulls Hardy away from the ropes and covers him again. Hardy kicks out after two. Hardy with a dropkick that drills Anderson in the chest and follows with a front suplex. Hardy then goes up top, but jumps down when he sees Anderson recovering. Hardy with a Twist of Fate on Anderson. Hardy goes back up top again and Anderson gets up and crotches him on the top turnbuckle. Anderson puts Hardy on his shoulders up top, Hardy hits right hands to the face and Anderson falls over landing face first on the mat below as Hardy goes down with him.
Hardy is back up top and connects with the Swanton Bomb. Hardy hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
After the match, Jeff Hardy stays on the mat and takes in the win as he slowly starts to recover. Mr. Anderson gets to his feet and stares down Hardy. Anderson has a clinched fist, but opens it in a handshake towards Hardy. Hardy declines and heads up the ramp.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with AJ Styles and Ric Flair. Flair says he knows AJ will bring back the gold tonight. Styles said we are in some dark times with TNA when a man like Rob Van Dam is holding the company’s world title. He promises to show that RVD’s title win was a fluke and take back his title since Ric Flair deserves to be surrounded by greatness.
A video package runs highlighting Sting’s return to TNA in March and Jeff Jarrett questioning his actions leading into tonight’s match.
In the Impact Zone, Jeff Jarrett’s music is playing and we are waiting for his entrance. We then go backstage to see a bloody Jeff Jarrett being beaten down by Sting. TNA officials and referees are attempting to break it up. Sting throws Jarrett down on one of the interview sets and looks to have popped his shoulder out of its socket. Jarrett favors his left arm and screams out in pain. They fight up the entrance ramp into the Impact Zone. Sting gets in more right hands and tosses Jarrett’s bloody face onto a show format on the announcers table. Sting drags Jarrett down to the ringside area and continues his attack. Sting pulls out one of the steel ring steps and tosses Jarrett over it. Sting with a baseball bat shot to the back of Jarrett’s leg. Sting puts Jarrett’s bad arm inside the top of the steel steps, puts his bat over Jarrett’s arm and then stomps over it. Jarrett screams out in pain. The referee yells at Sting to get it in the ring. Sting responds, “You want it in the ring? Okay!” Sting grabs Jarrett and tosses him inside the ring by his bad arm.
Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett
The bell officially rings and Sting drops Jarrett in a Scorpion Deathdrop. Sting covers Jarrett and gets the pinfall.
After the match, Sting circles a bloody Jeff Jarrett. Sting grabs a mic and says, “You want to play the deception game Jeff? You’re no different than ‘those guys’ Jeff. And they are going to pay just the way you paid tonight.” TNA officials and medical staff hit the ring to attend to a bloody Jarrett. Sting continues to look down at Jarrett as TNA staff pop his shoulder back into place and put him on a stretcher. The crowd in Orlando starts a loud Sting chant. When the officials get Jarrett on a strecher, they being to wheel him by the ramp and Sting knocks him off the strecher. Hulk Hogan then appears and starts walking down the ramp towards Sting. Sting gets back in the ring and starts laughing as officials try to hold Hogan back. Hogan then tells the staff to get Jarrett in the back and escorts them to the back.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Rob Van Dam who will make his first defense of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on Pay Per View. RVD cut a long promo saying he won’t lose the title, especially not to AJ Styles and he isn’t going anywhere.
During his walk backstage, RVD hit one of the hanging lights, looked back and added, “That was awesome.” Words can’t describe that unintentionally funny moment.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Rob Van Dam (c) vs. AJ Styles w/ Ric Flair
Jeremy Borash did the in-ring introductions for the champion Rob Van Dam and the challenger AJ Styles. RVD stalls a bit and jumps up on the top rope for a reaction from the crowd. Flair yells at the referee to get the match going. RVD attempts a pose, Styles tries to get in a cheap kick, RVD dodges it, misses a side kick and Styles backs up. Lock up and Styles powers RVD to the corner. Styles pulled on the hair of RVD and RVD complained to the referee about it. RVD fires back giving Styles a clothesline over the top rope to the outside. RVD follows out and Styles gets in a big chest chop. Styles attempts a moonsault off the entrance ramp, RVD moves, Styles lands on his feet, RVD hits a moonsault of his own and connects on Styles. RVD gets in the ring and does the RVD pose as the fans chant along. Flair then grabs the legs of RVD and referee Earl Hebner sees this. Hebner sends Flair to the back. Flair gets in Hebner’s face and Hebner knocks him down. Flair flips out in classic style and Hebner tells him to get to the back.
Styles argues with Hebner. Flair joins Tenay and Taz on commentary saying Earl Hebner is a dead man. Back ringside, Styles takes out RVD with a huge flip dive over the top rope. Back in the ring, Styles plants RVD with a scoop slam and then drops a flying knee over the head of RVD. RVD is tossed over the top rope to the ramp where RVD catches his face on it and falls to the outside. When RVD is back in the two exchange elbows. RVD fights back with right hands backing Styles up. Styles with a big boot on RVD, DDT attempt and connects with a big spinning tornado DDT on RVD. Styles stays on RVD hitting some big rights and then a huge standing dropkick. Styles covers RVD, flexes and RVD powers out after two. Taz is quite entertained by Flair on commentary as every camera shot they show of him he is just smiling. In the ring, RVD catches Styles with a huge kick to the face. RVD drops Styles with a few clotheslines and then a big superkick sending Styles back to the corner. Styles dodges a spin kick from RVD and hits a few chops.
RVD with a huge monkey flip on Styles. Flair let out a, “Jesus!” on commentary. Flair kept talking about how every time RVD did a pose he lost a second to take out Styles. Styles with a springboard clothesline on RVD. RVD with a northern lights suplex into a bridge on Styles for a close two count. Styles with a small package on RVD for another close two count. RVD then crotches Styles on the top rope and RVD hits a springboard kick to the head. Styles counters a Rolling Thunder attempt by RVD by getting his knees up. Styles gets RVD up on his shoulders and starts applying a torture rack into a spinning powerbomb for another close two count. Styles with a flying forearm to the head in the corner on RVD. Styles looks to attempt a Styles Clash, RVD flips Styles back, Styles into a rollup, RVD into a cover, more counters and both meet in the middle of the ring for a double clothesline. Both RVD and Styles are down as the referee starts the count. They fight to their feet and exchange right hands. RVD with some kicks and counters into a leg scissors pinfall.
More pinfall attempts between the two that are countered. Styles with a springboard inverted DDT that results in a two count. Styles with a springboard 450 splash and RVD moves out of the way. Flair throws down his headset at the announcers table and starts heading to the ring when Jay Lethal walks out. Lethal chases down Flair, gives him a low blow and then applies a figure four. Flair screams out in pain. In the ring, Styles crotches RVD up on the top turnbuckle. Styles attempts a superplex, but RVD brings himself down to the ring apron catching AJ’s throat on the top rope. RVD jumps and connects with the Five Star Frog Splash. RVD covers Styles and gets the pinfall.
Winner & STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Rob Van Dam
After the match, Jay Lethal unlocks the figure four on Ric Flair. Referee Earl Hebner then hands Rob Van Dam the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. We then see highlights of the match leading to the finish.