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The PPV opened with the usual great video package you'd expect.
Mike Tenay and Taz talked about the "big show atmosphere" in the building and reviewed the top matches for the show.
TNA X-Division champ Zema Ion vs. Rob Van Dam
TNA has the old school WCW ramp to the ring.
They noted this was the biggest test to date for Ion.
The crowd was super hot for Van Dam, chanting for him. The building looked pretty damn full too.
RVD and Ion each went for waistlock takedowns but reversed each other. Ion was tossed to the mat and argued with the referee. Van Dan nailed several kicks, sending him to the floor. He teased a dive but Ion scampered away. The crowd began chanting for Ion again.
When he returned to the ring, Ion locked on a side headlock but was shot into the ropes. Van Dam split as he dropped down and Ion ran over, then caught him with a kick. Ion nailed a nice spinning leap off the ropes into a leg lariat for a two count. He mocked RVD's mannerisms on the ropes, so Rob crotched him on the ropes and nailed the Ryder Kick off the top rope. Ion went to the floor.
Ion returned to the apron and shoulderblocked RVD several times. He came off the ropes with a spiked DDT and scored a pair of two counts. Van Dam fought back and went to the top but was shoved off the top into a guard rail. Ion hit a tope con hilo to the outside on RVD.
Ion tossed Van Dam back into the ring and scored several near falls. Ion choked him against the ropes. He worked over Van Dam's back in the corner, then nailed several chops. Van Dam reversed a whip into the corner and went for a monkey flip but Ion dropped down and smashed RVD into the buckles. Ion came off with a nice looking missile dropkick for a two count.
Ion grabbed an abdominal stretch in the center of the ring. RVD escaped and battled back and forth with shots. Van Dam sent Ion into the air and dropkicked him in the chest as he came down. RVD nailed Rolling Thunder and the Five Star Frog Splash.
Your winner and new X-Division champion Rob Van Dam!
Decent opener with some nice physical and athletic moves. Very surprised to see a title change here. Nothing that stood out as a match but there were some nice spots.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Magnus. He said it was the biggest night of the year for everyone and his chance to become the new TV champion. He said he's broken out of political prison and asked Samoa Joe how he was going to recover from the most humiliating loss of his career?
TNA TV champion Samoa Joe vs. Magnus
Fans were doing the "Joe is gonna kill you" chants.
They had some feeling out early on. Magnus has really improved as a personality in the last year. Joe sent him into the corner for a back splash and an enziguiri. Joe drilled him with a series of right hands, which the referee admonished him for. That allowed Magnus to nail him unaware. Joe cut him off with a chop but Magnus caught him with a clothesline as he rebounded off the ropes.
Magnus choked Joe against the ropes and drilled him with a running elbow to the back for a two count. He worked over Joe until Joe cut him off. Joe nailed a back senton splash for a two count. Out of nowhere, Magnus caught him with a snap powerslam for a two count. Magnus was caught and powerbombed, then turned into an STF.
Magnus tried to crawl towards the ropes. He almost made it, so Joe grabbed his arms and turned it into a double arm submission. Magnus finally scampered and used his leg to drape the ropes.
Joe placed him on the top for the muscle buster. Magnus nailed him but Joe returned. Magnus knocked him to the apron but Magnus caught him with a leaping knee to knock him off the buckles to the mat. He came off with a flying elbow but Joe kicked up at the last second. Magnus argued with the referee on that one.
Joe began psyching himself up. Joe went for the choke but Magnus turned it into a pinfall combination for a two count. Joe went for the choke again but Magnus dropped down with a jawbuster. Magnus went for a figure four but Joe grabbed him in the choke and choked him out.
Your winner and still TNA TV champion, Samoa Joe!
Real good back and forth match.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Bobby Roode. He said they this has been going on for a year but they've hated each other their entire careers. Roode said that Storm has never beaten him and last time they wrestled, Roode beat Storm at Lockdown and Storm went home. He said that when he wins tonight, he is sending Storm home forever. He warned King Mo not to get in his way. Good promo.
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm with King Mo as the special enforcer - Street Fight
They had a faceoff and then began brawling back and forth. Storm hit a running forearm and began beating Roode from pillar to post, as the cliché goes. He backdropped Roode and then pulled him to the outside, kicking him in the face as his head was extended over the apron.
Storm slammed Roode into the apron. They battled on the floor. Roode argued with a fan and was nailed by Storm. Storm attempted the Eye of the Storm through the announcer's table but Roode slipped out and catapulted Storm into the ringpost. Storm was busted open.
Roode tossed some weapons into the ring, which got a pop. He drilled Storm in the gut with a chair and then slammed it over his back. The crowd chanted for tables. Roode pulled out a kendo stick as Storm returned to the ring. Roode wedged a chair in the corner, allowing Storm to grab the stick and beat Roode with it twice.
Storm placed a trash can between the legs and drilled the can into Roode's nether-regions. That elicited a "TNA" chant. Roode tossed Storm outside on the ramp but Storm recovered and DDT'd Roode on the steel ramp. Roode was now busted open. That spot. ouch. Storm was given a crutch by a fan and nailed Roode with it. They beat each other over the head with trash can lids. Storm drilled Roode with a trash can. The crowd chanted it was awesome.
Storm charged down the ramp at Roode, who caught him with a spinebuster on the ramp. Jesus, these guys are just killing each other. They battled around ringside and back to the announcer's table. Storm slammed Roode into it and placed him atop the glass or plexiboard table. He teased a suplex off but Roode fought out. They battled back and forth and Roode speared him off the table onto another table used by production right next to them. The crowd chanted "Holy sh**."
Roode returned to the ring and covered Storm for a two count. Roode was pissed and grabbed the referee. King Mo rolled in to defend the ref. Roode shoved him. Mo shoved him backwards into Storm, who was recovering and nailed the Backstabber. Storm nailed the Last Call but Roode kicked out at the last second. That was great timing.
Roode sent Storm into the chair in the corner and rolled him up for a two count. Roode was increasingly frustrated by his inability to beat Storm. Roode placed Storm, who was bleeding heavily now, on the top rope and beat him with a series of right hands. Roode went under the ring and retrieved another steel chair. He drilled Storm across the back and shoulder.
Roode poured thumbtacks across the mat. Really?????
Roode went for a superplex but Storm fought him off and Roode took the bump backfirst into the tacks. That is nuts. Storm hit a flying elbow onto Roode and the tacks. Equally freaking nuts! Roode kicked up at two, even after all that.
Roode had tacks embedded in his arm and up and down his back. He went to the outside for a six pack of beer bottles. He went to nail Storm with one but was low blowed (legal due to the stips). Storm grabbed a beer, drank it and smashed a bottle over Roode's head.
Storm pulled an "out of it" Roode to his feet, then nailed the Last Call superkick. Roode took ANOTHER bump into the tacks and was pinned.
Your winner, James Storm!
THAT'S HOW YOU END A FEUD! Holy hell this was a killer brawl. This was a big time throwback to the old double juice brawls of the NWA and World Class with some ECW style weapons shots and even multiple thumbtack bumps. This was completely insane and a hell of an ending to their story. Loved it.