The lights went out and you heard "MISSSTEEEEEEEEEEER." Ken Anderson did his old WWE entrance, complete with the mic coming down. Cue WWE legal.
Anderson said, "Looks like I just crossed the line. You know folks, I've read your twitters, your Facebooks, your emails. I know you people missed me. Quite frankly, I missed myself. This next little part is for the history books, for VHS, for DVD, for Blu-Ray, for Youtube..."
He did his entire self-introduction with all the fans screaming along. He stopped at Kennedy...and then called himself "Mr. Anderson."
Abyss vs. Ken Anderson
Mr. Anderson slapped Abyss, who responded in kind. Anderson sat in the corner as Abyss warned him not to do that again. Anderson grabbed a headlock. He sent Anderson into the ropes for a back bodydrop but was kicked in the face. Anderson rolled out of the ropes to break the momentum. Fans were chanting for Anderson.
Abyss chopped a charging Anderson down. Abyss whipped him into the corner. Anderson kicked him off and went to the top. Abyss caught him on the top but Anderson dropped down and slammed Abyss' arm over the ropes. He continued the attack on Abyss' arm and shoulder, then clipped him from behind with a chop block.
Anderson worked over Abyss on the floor and wrapped his arm around the ringpost. Some fans began chanting, "Overated" as they battled outside. Anderson mocked them. He grabbed a chair but Abyss kicked it out of his hand. Abyss tossed him into the ring. On the apron, Anderson caught him and tossed Abyss into the ringpost. Anderson kept beating down Abyss. He tossed Abyss into the ringpost, shoulder-first.
Abyss whipped Anderson into the ropes and Anderson shoulderblocked Abyss' bad shoulder. He covered Abyss for a two count. Some fans were chanting for Abyss while a larger group were chanting "Boring." Anderson continued to work over the arm. Abyss escaped and went for the running charge in the corner, only to meet a boot to the face. Abyss nailed a boot of his own and then whipped Anderson into the corner.
Abyss hit his running charge into the corner. Abyss nailed a sideslam for a near fall. Abyss went for a chokeslam but Anderson avoided it. Abyss went for Shock Treatment and Anderson escaped and nailed a Hangman's neckbreaker (er, sort of?) for a two count. Anderson came off the ropes but was caught and chokeslammed for a two count.
Anderson went for a float over out of the corner but Abyss stopped short. Abyss nailed Shock Treatment but Anderson escaped the pinfall. Abyss went to the crowd and took a chair from a fan. Anderson went into his tights for brass knuckles. The referee took the chair from Abyss. Anderson nailed Abyss with the knucks and scored the pin.
Your winner, Mr. Anderson.Once the ring introduction was over, not a strong debut for Anderson. The match was slow and plodding and neither came out of this looking strong. Anderson really needed a kickass introduction and it may have been better to just have him show up and do his intro.
There were some fans turning their back on Anderson after the bout but not as many as Morley earlier. The Impact Zone fans are going to be loyal to their own.
TNA champion AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle
They were missing the big-time Jeremy Borash intros here. By the time AJ hit the ring, they had 35-40 minutes of TV time left, which sounds awesome to me.
They went right into some counter-wrestling. The crowd was going nuts with the back and forth chants for both. They did some awesome stuff early including a fast exchange of near falls and counters before they faced off as AJ beckoned him to continue.
They did a test of strength with Angle getting the advantage early. AJ rolled through and grabbed control of it. AJ controlled the match, locking in a chinlock. Styles nailed Angle with several chops and nailed a backbreaker in the center of the ring. He cinched in another chinlock. Angle began nailing elbows to the midsection, but Styles nauled a running back elbow.
Angle went to the floor. Styles teased a plancha but Angle moved and Styles landed outside on the apron. Angle took Styles' legs out from him. He tossed Styles into the ring and covered him for a two count. Angle nailed a snap suplex on Styles for another near fall. He drilled Styles with a tiltowhirl backbreaker and covered him for another two count. Angle charged Styles so hard his own mouthpiece went flying.
Angle slammed Styles for a near fall. He locked on a chinlock and Styles used an elbow to break free. Styles came back with a series of punches and clotheslines. AJ kicked him with a boot and rebounded off the ropes but was caught with a release German suplex. Angle stomped Styles in the corner. Angle dropped Styles into a backbreaker and covered him for a two count. Angle planted his knee across Styles' back as he torqued Styles with a crossface. Styles made his way back to his feet. Angle ducked a Styles clothesline and they both went for high cross bodyblocks at the same time, crashing to the mat.
Ric Flair made his way towards the ring as Styles and Angle battled back and forth in the center of the ring. Angle charged Styles in the corner and was tossed over onto the apron. Styles nailed him to the floor, then hit a flip dive on the floor. Back in the ring, Angle charged Styles who caught him with a Fireman's Carry and dropped Angle across his knee. Styles hit a springboard forearm for a two count.
Styles called for the Styles Clash but Angle backfropped him and nailed a German suplex. Angle nailed a series of suplexes. Styles came back with the Pele Kick for a near fall. Angle escaped a charge in the corner and drilled Styles with a clothesline for a near fall.
Angle cinched in the ankle lock but Styles rolled out of it. Styles drilled Angle with a clothesline of his own. Styles worked over Angle in the corner with a series of punches. Angle dropped out and suplexed Styles into the corner. He went for a moonsault but Styles avoided it.
Styles grabbed Angle and went for the Styles Clash but it was reversed into an anklelock. Styles went for the ropes but was pulled to the back. Styles kicked him off and hit a crossbody for a two count. Styles draped Angle in a corner over where Ric Flair was. He attempted to pull Angle into a Styles Clash. They rolled off the ropes and Angle caught AJ with a Styles Clash of his own for a near fall.
Angle went for the Olympic Slam but Styles turned it into a DDT. Angle charges him in the corner but Styles sidesteps it and Angle nails it shoulder-first. Styles hit the Olympic Slam on Angle for a two count. Styles went to the top rope but Angle jumped up and nailed an Angleslam off the top rope. He covered Styles, who kicked up at the last moment.
Angle pulled down the straps and locked in the anklelock in the center. AJ almost got to the ropes but was pulled back to the center. Styles teased tapping but just as he was about to, Ric Flair pulled the referee out of the ring. Styles tapped but there was no one to see it. Angle was pissed and let it go. Angle chased Flair into the ring but is clotheslined by Styles. Flair throws Styles the TNA title belt and tells Styles to hit him. After wondering what to do, Styles finally nails him with the belt.
Flair tosses Hebner into the ring and Hebner counts Angle out.
Your winner and still TNA champion AJ Styles!
Flair and Styles celebrated with the belt. So, Styles is a heel managed by Flair.
They went off the air with highlights of the main event, followed by Flair and Styles strutting up the ramp.
Oh, do we have a lot to talk about tonight on the post-game show!