TNA Slammiversary is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., June 15, 2014) from College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, at 8:00 p.m. ET, live on pay-per-view (PPV).
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TNA SLAMMIVERSARY QUICK RESULTS
Eric Young def. Bobby Lashley, Austin Aries
EC3 def. Bully Ray
The Von Erichs def. BroMans
Bobby Lashley def. Samoa Joe
Austin Aries def. Kenny King
Angelina Love def. Gail Kim
Mr. Anderson def. James Storm
Magnus def. Willow
Sanada wins X Division Ladder Match
TNA SLAMMIVERSARY LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
Geno here. I don't know why I'm doing this to myself, but I'm here and hopefully we can have fun with this.
Broadcast is live.
- Kenny King was complaining to MVP about the situation they're in. MVP blamed Dixie Carter for the situation, saying the Board of Directors forced them into the triple threat nonsense tonight. King wanted to make sure MVP had his back, then he whined and ran off.
So a TNA PPV started with three guys standing around backstage talking. Yep, this is going to be a long night.
The show starts with the X Division title match.
Sanada vs. Tigre Uno vs. Manik vs. Crazzy Steve vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards
This is a ladder match with plenty of good workers, so hopefully they'll kick things off right.
Crazzy Steve came out to the ring riding a mini bicycle, for whatever it's worth.
Something happened on the outside with Manik when he did a suicide dive on Sanada to kick off the action. He looked like he got hurt in some way, although he may have been selling.
They went right into the big spots early with Tigre Uno hitting a springboard corkscrew right away. Crazzy Steve, by the way, was super over with the crowd. He did a spot where he put a ladder around his neck and started spinning around. Every single wrestler in the match stupidly ran in and went right to him so they could get hit by the ladder.
I've never seen a dumber spot in my life.
The Wolves tried to make up for it by having Richards hit a backcracker on Uno who was on top of Edwards' shoulders. Those two proceeded to go at it on the top of the ladder. That is until Sanada showed up and suplexed both himself and Edwards out of the ring in an insane spot.
Manik did a sunset flip powerbomb on Richards from the top of the ladder to a ladder set up against the ropes.
That paved the way for Sanada to run up the ladder and grab the belt to retain the title.
Sanada def. Tigre Uno, Manik, Crazzy Steve, Eddie Edwards, and Davey Richards
MVP, Kenny King, and Bobby Lashley came out to talk about things because of course they would follow that match with talking at a PPV.
MVP was mad they were booing him. He got the cheap heat by going after Cowboys Stadium just down the road. He botched his lines, though, so no one really bit on it.
He said he was supposed to be in a hospital bed but he showed up for the fans, so they shouldn't boo him. But here's the deal: Because Dixie Carter went to the Board of Directors in an "estrogen fueled rant" -- oh, fuck off with that -- he's been silenced. Still, because the fans have been denied his magnificence in the ring he's going to bless them with his brilliance instead.
He announced Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe and Kenny King vs. Austin Aries with the winners going on to wrestle Eric Young in the main event.
He wanted applause for booking this.
This match we already knew about.
He said he won't be involved in either match because he wanted to be fair.
King got the mic and went for the cheap heat calling out Tony Romo and the "lame ass Cowboys" for not being able to win a playoff game. I think Romo alone is worth more than TNA.
MVP talked more and introduced Lashley, so his match is next.
Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe
As stated, winner gets into the title match later on tonight.
They worked a really physical match. Lashley beat on Joe for a while, then Joe beat on Lashley for a while. The finish was Joe trying to get the Muscle Buster on Lashley while he was on the top rope but Bobby fighting him off. He sent Joe into the corner with an Irish Whip but Earl Hebner was there and Joe avoided running into the referee. When he turned around, Lashley hit the spear and got the pin.
Bobby Lashley def. Samoa Joe
Jeremy Borash was in a suite for an interview with Dixie Carter. She said everyone loves her in her home state and she can't ask for anything more. Borash wondered if she could ask for an EC3 win tonight against Bully Ray.
So she cut a promo on Bully.
Borash asked about the details of Dixie's meeting with the Board of Directors. She said she could appreciate Borash trying to do his job but she wouldn't reveal anything until she was standing in the middle of the ring on Impact and millions of people could hear her.
Willow vs. Magnus
Willow's entrance took forever. He was just doing laps around the ring and falling down and waving his umbrella. I think he even kissed a child at one point.
He was also wearing a gold mask, if that matters.
Mike Tenay was calling Willow "unpredictable" throughout this match, which is funny because he was just doing all the Jeff Hardy spots. If you've seen one Hardy match, you've seen every Willow match.
They had Abyss and Bram brawling, of course, because they were both in a corner. Abyss was getting the best of it, then Hardy did a wild spot where he went flying backwards off the top rope to lay out both Magnus and Bram on the outside.
Back in the ring, Willow hit two Twists of Fate on Magnus but he still kicked out. At that point Bram grabbed Mr. Turnbuckle from under the ring. So Abyss grabbed Janice. That was enough to run off Bram.
In the ring, Magnus avoided a charging Willow and hit his finish to get the pin.
Magnus def. Willow
Jeremy Borash was in the ring to "set the stage for Kurt Angle".
So the next member of the TNA Hall of Fame will be revealed now.
He spoke a little bit, was super over with the crowd, and said he's not retiring. Then he introduced "quite possibly the greatest tag team of all time".
Well, there you go.
Bully Ray and Devon came out to a nice pop. In the ring, they weren't able to speak for an extended time because the crowd put together a loud "we want tables" chant. They soaked it in and played it for all it was worth. It was so good, in fact, that Bully's first words were to acknowledge that it was the best "we want tables" chant they've heard in "forevah".
He told Devon it was great to be standing in the ring with him again and they embraced.
This was followed by a "one more match" chant.
Devon put a hand to his heart and mouthed the words "thank you". He looked genuinely touched. Bully said they accept the Hall of Fame induction for one reason and one reason only: "Because of every single one of you". He said the fans were responsible for taking Team 3D and making them the most successful tag team in the history of professional wrestling.
The thing about that is he has an argument for it and it's not just a bullshit line for a show.
Devon got the mic and he said he thought he was done when he left TNA last August. The fans started a "you still got it" chant, and Bully clapped along with them.
Devon said if they were going out, they were going out in a blaze of glory. He worked his gimmick -- "OH MY BROTHER, OH TESTIFY" -- before they hit the music and the crowd showered them with cheers.
EC3 was interviewed by Jeremy Borash. He talked about beating Sting and becoming the new Icon. Then he beat up and took out Kurt Angle and became the face of professional wrestling.
So it's fitting he'll be working Bully Ray on the same night he's inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He said they were in Carter Country, not Von Erich Country, and said he'll beat Ray tonight.
Kenny King vs. Austin Aries
As stated previously, the winner here gets in the title match in the main event later on tonight.
They did a spot early in the match with King whipping Aries into the guardrail and the guardrail completely falling over into the first row of the crowd. Man, they couldn't look any more low rent than that.
Aries stopped selling immediately and tried to put it back in place. The people who were right there hardly reacted.
Late in the match, King tried to use the ropes to get a pin but the referee broke it. Aries followed with a spinning lariat and a pinfall attempt that got two before he quickly locked in the Last Chancery. That failed to get a finish and King took control again with a springboard neckbreaker.
King went to the top rope to try a big spot but Aries reversed into the Brainbuster and got the pin.
Austin Aries def. Kenny King
Jeremy Borash was back in the ring. He was there to introduce the Von Erich family. He called them royalty in the Lone Star State and to wrestling fans around the world. "Tonight, we will introduce the next generation of their family to the wrestling world".
Ross, Marshall, and Kevin came out.
Borash told Kevin "Happy Father's Day" and he said he was honored to introduce his sons on this day. Ross and Marshall hung back in the ring and because they weren't booked on the card otherwise, the BroMans -- in the form of Jesse and Zema Ion -- were out.
They talked about wearing sunglasses indoors being "tight" and wearing white is "tight" but the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Von Erichs aren't "tight".
Von Erichs vs. BroMans
This was all about showcasing the Von Erichs, and the Bro Mans bumped around well and good for them. Marshall did a standing shooting star press that was about to get the pin on Zema Ion but Jesse came in with a chair. They called for the disqualification and at that point Kevin jumped the guardrail and took Jesse out with punches before locking in the Iron Claw on Ion.
HUGE pop for that closing angle.
Von Erichs def. BroMans via disqualification
They did an interview with Angelina Love. She wondered how Gail Kim could claim to be the greatest Knockouts champion of all time when Love has won the title six times. Borash wondered how often Angelina has won the belt without Velvet Sky's help.
They took great offense to this.
Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim
The match was your typical Knockouts match involving The Beautiful People. Velvet Sky caused a distraction with Brian Stifler, then she used the spray, then Love eat the Botox Injection. Kim managed to kick out.
At this point, Earl Hebner came out and grabbed Velvet by the arm, dragged her to the aisle, and demanded she leave. Then he booted Stifler from the match, replacing him in the process.
Kim made a comeback, then Love made sure Hebner took a bump on a dropkick. They did a few spots with Kim going for a cover but Stifler standing there and refusing to count. When Love got a roll up, that's when Stifler counted.
Angelina Love def. Gail Kim
Bully Ray was talking with Devon in the back and they were yakking it up about Ray's coming match with EC3. Devon said he had to bail to go to the hotel to be with his sons for Father's Day.
A swerve here would be the worst thing.
Ray then cut a promo on EC3. He pandered to the Texas crowd. He told Carter to start praying. "You can give your heart to the Carter family but tonight you're ass is mine. You're going to pay for the sins of your aunt Dixie and then I'm going to baptize you in blood."
Bully Ray vs. EC3
Mike Tenay quickly reminded us that to win a Texas Death Match, which is what this is, you must incapacitate your opponent to such a degree that he cannot answer a 10 count.
It's a Last Man Standing match that sounds cooler, basically.
Very shortly into the match, Bully was getting tables set up outside the ring. The crowd was chanting "E-C-W" at this. Free publicity for Vince McMahon.
They went ahead and had a physical match, of course. They did very few spots where the referee was counting a guy down, however. Late in the match, Bully tore apart the ring -- literally -- and set up EC3 for the piledriver there. Rockstar Spud showed up at that point and took up some of Bully's time, giving EC3 the chance to hit a headlock driver.
At that point, EC3 laid out some glass shards on the mat. He ended up taking a Bully Cutter on them.
The tables Ray set up on the outside finally came into play when he set EC3 up on them. Dixie came out at that point and protected Ethan. Bully's response was to scream, "I'm going to kill you, bitch" and chase her around the ring. She ran into EC3 once she took a lap around and sold death.
Bully knocked EC3 down, then picked Dixie up and laid her out on tables. Before he could do anything, EC3 hit him with a kendo stick. He fell crashing down through the tables but before he hit Dixie, Spud ran in to move her out of the way.
The referee counted Bully out.
EC3 def. Bully Ray
James Storm vs. Ken Anderson
Storm came out and cut a promo on the Dallas Cowboys. He took a beer and acted like it was his penis, pouring beer out on a helmet. He said he could stand in the ring and trash talk the Cowboys players in the audience all night and if they're anything like they're quarterback, he knows they're not going to hit him.
Sorry about your damn luck. Sorry ... not sorry.
Ken Anderson was out next with his full entrance and it's 10:24 p.m. ET right now. The main event is a triple threat for the heavyweight title, so that likely means this one isn't getting much time.
During the match, they did an angle where the Cowboys got involved and security had to separate them from Storm, who actually flipped them off for all to see. One of the players got over the rail and distracted Storm, allowing Anderson to hit the Mic Check and get the pin.
Ken Anderson def. James Storm
At that point, the Cowboys all got in the ring and started hugging and jumping around with Anderson.
Note: I'm a huge football fan and don't recognize any of these people.
Main event time.
Borash tried to interview Young. Aries showed up and said a lot of things have happened over the last month but he's going to win the title tonight.
Young put over both of his opponents then said he's a crazy person in Dallas, Texas, a place full of crazy people. "I'm going to get crazy tonight and keep this belt. How crazy? Just crazy enough."
Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries
The match started with Lashley basically battling against Young and Aries with some occasional exchanges between the two babyfaces. Lashley was put over as the super strong monster with big power in the face of the smaller but more technically sound workers.
Because he promised to be "just crazy enough", Young hit a flying elbow off the top of the cage on Lashley. Aries soccer kicked him to stand him up on the ensuing pinfall attempt and hit a Brainbuster that only got a two count. When he stood back up, Lashley had recovered and hit a Spear that only got two after Young broke up the fall.
That led to Lashley setting up to Spear Young but "EY" moving out of the way and Lashley spearing the steel cage and exploding out onto the floor below.
Young hit an Elbow Drop on Aries back in the ring but only got another two count.
The two babyfaces went back and forth with punches. This lasted for a number of minutes. Aries hit a dropkick in the corner before another attempted Brainbuster. Young fought him off using the cage to push off and flip Aries over in position for the piledriver.
It hit and he got the pin to win the match and retain the heavyweight title.
Eric Young def. Austin Aries, Bobby Lashley