The TNA pre-game show opened with Jeremy Borash welcoming everyone to the broadcast, running down the PPV lineup. A video preview of the King of the Mountain match for the TNA championship then played.
Lauren interviewed Beer Money Inc. She noted that they were rested while Team 3D were on a 15 hour flight back from Japan. Roode said that Team 3D are the greatest team of all time and situations like this, where they defend the New Japan tag titles in Japan the night before a big TNA Tag title defense, it says they are amazing. He wondered if they could really beat 3D. They then both cracked up. James Storm says that we shouldn't feel sorry for them on the plane, but the plane for having to carry them with all that weight. Storm said that they don't care where 3D went, because tonight they are going to prove they are the best tag team in the world.
TNA played a video piece on Beer Money vs. Team 3D.
Jeremy Borash asked fans for predictions on who would win the King of the Mountain TNA title bout tonight.
New entranceway for the PPV, by the way.
Eric Young & Rhino vs. The British Invasion's Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus
The match opened with Rhino drilling Williams with a big shoulderblock. Young and Rhino tagged in and out working on Williams. Magnus tagged in but was drilled with a clothesline. Magnus attempted a hiptoss but Rhino blocked it and hit a second clothesline. Rhino went to tag out to Young but Young dropped off the apron. That left Rhino open for a double team from the Invasion while Rob Terry distracted the referee.
Young walked off as Don West noted that Young was mad that after everything he's done for the company, he's on the pre-game show. Jesse Neal came out to talk to Young, who slapped him and walked off. Neal ran to ringside to cheer on Rhino. Rhino began making a comeback but Williams cut him off. Williams was wearing a black armband in honor of Mitsuharu Misawa.
Rhino made a comeback and teased the gore but Magnus hit Rhino from the apron. Rhino drilled him, then nailed Williams. Neal begged to be let into the match but no go. Williams came back with a high kneelift in the corner. Williams went to the top but Rhino moved out of the way. Neal jumped on the apron and tagged in. The referee alllowed it. Neal cleaned house on the Brits.
Magnus caught Neal with a bearhug. Williams came off the top with a back elbow and Magnus scored the win.
Your winners, The British Invasion!
Match was designed to advance the Young storyline more than anything.
At ringside, Lauren noted it was TNA's seventh anniversary. Jeremy Borash was inside the penalty cage for the King of the Mountain and they ran down the lineup to the PPV. They announced the X-Division championship bout would open the PPV.
They aired a video feature on the tag team Monster's Ball match.
Back at ringside, Jeremy Borash continued to hype the show and interview fans about the PPV.
Lauren interviewed Sting about his match with Matt Morgan. Sting said that maybe it's his age or being dropped on his head so much, but people are questioning him. Sting said that he's got 20 years of confidence. He said that he still wants to bring respect back to TNA. Sting said Matt Morgan wants to make an example out of him, but instead he will make one out of Morgan.
They aired a video piece on the X-Division championship bout.
Borash and Lauren did a last minute hypejob for the PPV.
TNA Slammiversary PPV
X-Division champion Suicide vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed vs. Alex Shelley - King of the Mountain
Detroit Tiger Curtis Granderson is at ringside to present the winner with the championship belt and is also doing commentary with Mike Tenay and Don West.
All four challengers took turns beating on Suicide as the bout began. The Guns nailed the Dream Sequence on Suicide. Creed pulled a ladder into the ring, although the ladder isn't in play until someone gets pinned. Suicide nailed a springboard back elbow on the Guns as Lethal Consequences set up the ladder in a corner. Suicide ducked under it, then rammed all of the challengers with it at once.
Suicide hit a reverse suplex on Lethal, who crashed down facefirst on the ladder, then pinned him. Suicide is now allowed to ascend the ladder to hang the X-Division belt. Lethal was sent to the Penalty Box. The other three challengers continued to beat down on Suicide. The Guns slammed Suicide into the ladder. Suicide came back to slam Creed into a ladder. Suicide hit a flying elbow in the corner on Shelley, then pinned him. Shelley goes off to the box.
Lethal was released from the box and immediately attacked Suicide, nailing a clothesline. Suicide drilled Lethal's face into the center turnbuckle. As he turned, Sabin drilled him in the face with a chair. Lethal nailed the Lethal Combination onto a chair. Sabin tried to steal the pin. Lethal and Creed jumped atop of it. No one seemed sure who was now allowed to hang the belt. Suicide went to the box. They finally confirmed it was Lethal who could now hang the title.
Suicide and Lethal are now both eligible.
Lethal grabbed the belt but he and Creed were jumped by the Guns. Shelley kicked out of the corner with a double stomp variation on Creed. The Guns swarmed over Lethal. They then hung Lethal in the corner and his stereo kicks to the face. They turned their attention to Creed. Sabin locked in an over the knee backbreaker and Shelley came off the top with a kneedrop. Creed came back to pin Shelley.
Suicide, Creed and Lethal are now both eligible.
Suicide was released from the penalty box but Lethal Consequences kept him at bay. Sabin went for Cradleshock but Suicide escaped and kicked Sabin, who took a bump into a ladder. Lethal pulled Suicide out of the ring to the floor, where Creed hit a running flip dive. Lethal tried to slam Suicide into a chair but it was blocked. They brawled up the entrance ramp. Sabin climbed to the penalty box from the ladder, then dove off onto Lethal Consequences and Suicide. Fun spot.
This left the Guns alone in the ring, although neither had qualified,. Sabin jumped down. Shelley pinned him. Sabin goes to the box and Shelley is now eligible. I laughed at that one. Shelley tried to scamper up the ladder but Suicide dropkicked the ladder. Lethal Consequences returned to the ring. Lethal and Shelley battled in the corner over a ladder. Shelley slammed him face-first into it. As he battled to his feet, Suicide picked up Creed and dropped him across the ladder. Lethal took a forward flip dive off the ladder into the ring, which looked insanely scary. Thankfully, replays showed he had completely cleared the bump.
The box released Chris Sabin, who hit the ring and immediately pinned the prone Lethal. Everyone is now allowed to try and hang the belt. Shelley drilled Creed with a kick but was caught with a DDT by Suicide. Sabin hit the Cradleshock on Suicide. Sabin began climbing the ladder but Suicide caught him and pulled him off. Sabin caught Suicide and tied him to the tree of woe then hit the high running dropkick in the corner.
Sabin began climbing the ladder as Lethal was released. Lethal followed him up and hit a back suplex off the ladder. Shelley came off the ladder with a frog splash on Lethal. All five continued to battle. A ladder was bridged between the ring and the railing on the floor. Sabin ended up knocked off the apron onto it. Shelley went to the top but Suicide tried to stop him. He was battled off, then Shelley hit a missile dropkick. Suicide was placed in a chair on the floor. Shelley hit a slingshot dive onto Suicide in the chair. Lethal hit an elbow drop off the top rope onto Sabin, who was laying on the ladder. Everyone in the match was out.
Shelley and Creed made their way to the apron and battled back and forth. Shelley finally drilled him with a superkick. Shelley went for Sliced Bread #2 off the ringpost. Shelley was jumped by Suicide and they battled in front of the announcers. Shelley went for Sliced Bread #2 off the cage but it was avoided. Suicide dropkicked Shelley over the rail into the crowd. He took the X-Division title and climbed the ladder. Lethal shoved the ladder over but Suicide landed on the ropes then jumped onto the penalty box. Lethal tried to use the ladder as a weapon but Suicide pulled it atop of the box. Lethal followed and was taken out.
Shelley set up another ladder and began climbing up. Suicide ran across the ladder from the box and hit a diamond cutter on Shelley, driving him off the ladder. Suicide grabbed the belt, went to the top and hung the belt above the ring.
Your winner and still X-Division champion, Suicide!
The lights went out and Suicide was gone when they returned.
Lots of really innovative, insane bumps here. All five guys really wrestled their rear ends off. I really enjoyed this. One hell of an opener. Lethal's bump off the ladder in the corner was cringe-worthy and I thought the finish was pretty inventive. We're off to a good start.
Mike Tenay and Don West ran down the lineup for the remainder of the PPV.
Lauren noted that Team 3D were still on their way back from Japan. They were in Japan for a match yesterday, beating Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard in Osaka, so they are already back in the United States, but for the sake of the storyline are "returning" now.
Lauren interviewed Shane Douglas. He said that no matter where he has wrestled, he's the measuring stick. He made allusions to Ric Flair, noting that to be the man, you have to beat the man. Douglas said that Jeff Jarrett felt sorry for Daniels and let him back, saying it was Jarrett's weakness of character. Douglas said he's a legend in the sport, not someone he allows punks to make their name on.
Aaron McMann, on hand, sent word he estimates the crowd is 4000-5000 fans.
Shane Douglas vs. Daniels
Douglas came to the ring and ripped on Michigan, putting over Pittsburgh. Douglas attacked Daniels immediately. Daniels cut him off with a dropkick to the knee and locked in a side headlock. Daniels drilled him with a series of chops and a dropkick that sent Shane into the corner. Daniels kicked him in the corner and went back to the headlock Daniels shoulderblocked Douglas down. Douglas ducked out of the ring as Daniels went for a kick. Daniels tried to do a kick out of the ring but Shane walked away. Douglas argued with the crowd, thinking Daniels was down and out. Daniels actually was fine and caught him with an Arabian Press.
Douglas came back and focused on Daniels' arm, locking him in a hammerlock and running Daniels into the steel steps at ringside. Douglas locked on an armbar whole sitting in a Camel Clutch position. Douglas escapes and comes back with a kick to the head. Daniels pulls himself to his feet, selling his arm. He clotheslines Douglas several times. Daniels nails a Northern Lights suplex for a two count. Daniels went for the BME but Douglas caught him off. They exchanged headbutts. Daniels used a leg sweep and hit the BME for the pin.
Your winner, Daniels.
Match never seemed to get out of first gear. Douglas seemed limited in what he was able to do so Daniels worked a match around that. Douglas can still cut a hell of a promo. I'd love to see him end up somewhere as an announcer again.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Mick Foley. He said Foley only has a 20% chance of retaining the belt tonight. Foley disagreed and said that there was no way Jeff Jarrett would win the belt since he knows that the company needs Foley to remain champion and help the company achieve it's greatness. Foley said after tonight, he'll begin to prepare for his next title defense, at Bound for Glory 2010.
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