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By Mike Johnson on 2010-07-11 22:45:00
Really good tag match with some good back and forth wrestling and flashy dives from The Guns.  In my eyes, this was the best thing on the show by far and a lot of fun.  Big thumbs up here.  The only criticism one could make was the false finish.  In my eyes, so many shenanigans early on in the show really hurt the false finish because fans expected more of what they had already seen tonight.  Had TNA waited until this match to do the false finish, it would have worked better.  But, inside the ring, great stuff.

They aired a video feature on Kurt Angle vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero.

Kurt Angle vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero

They did some sweet back and forth wrestling early.   Pope nailed a shoulderblock that sent Angle to the floor to regroup.  Pope held the ropes open for Angle as he returned to the ring.  Angle shows Pope respect, then grabbed him and powerbombed him into the corner.  Angle nailed a snap suplex and covered Pope for a two count,  Angle grabbed Pope with a rear chinlock, torqing his neck back hard.  Pope fought back to his feet but Angle caught him rebounding off the ropes with a knee to the gut, sending Pope over.  Angle covered him for a two count and nailed a backdrop suplex, then covered him again.

Pope came back to grab a sleeper but Angle shoved him off into the ropes and locked in one of his own.  Pope reversed and nailed a back suplex on Angle.  They returned to their feet, where Pope got the better of Angle with a series of rights, an inverted atomic drop and an elbow.  Angle came back with a release belly to belly suplex for a two count.  Pope came back to nail a series of German suplexes on angle, then hit a back heel trip into a cradle for a two count.

Pope for the the DEE in the corner but Angle evaded it and began nailing his sequence of German suplexes.  He covered Pope but only garnered a two count for his efforts.  Pope came back with the back hand slap and snapped off the ropes, landing on Angle's back and head as his slid through the ropes.  Angle came back with a belly to belly suplex for a two count.  Angle charged Pope in the corner but Pope moved and Angle slammed into the ringpost shoulder-first.  Pope drove his knees into Angle's chest but Angle kicked up at the last second.  Fans began chanting for Angle.

Angle went up and over to avoid a Pope charge and nailed the Angleslam for a two count.  Angle pulled down the straps and locked in the anklelock.  Pope fought for the ropes but pulled him back into the center of the ring.  Pope finally powered up and rolled Angle into a forward roll for a two count.  Angle went for a sunset flip but Pope dropped down for a two count.  Angle rolled him into another anklelock and scissored his body.  Trapped, the Pope had no choice but to tap.

Your winner, Kurt Angle.

Good, athletic match from bell to bell.  The show is picking up some stream.

Christy Hemme interviewed TNA champion Rob Van Dam.  RVD said that he was cool with Jeff Hardy but he knows that he doesn't have any friends out there.  He promised to shove Abyss' girl where the sun doesn't shine and that he would retain the World title.

TNA champion Rob Van Dam vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss vs. Jeff Hardy

The three babyfaces went after Abyss at the onset and worked him over in the corner.   They each took turns punching Abyss in the corner, then RVD nailed a monkey flip out of the corner.  Abyss rolled out of the ring, where Hardy did a dive over the top to the floor.  RVD watched them but Anderson rolled him up to attempt to score a pinfall, showing he's an a**hole.  RVD nailed the reverse windmill kick, then a corkscrew legdrop.  Van Dam went for Rolling Thunder but Abyss grabbed him and dragged RVD outside and took him out.

Abyss returned to the ring and stalked Anderson but Hardy attacked him.  Abyss grabbed Hardy and Anderson for a double chokeslam but they kicked him and took him down.  Hardy and Anderson worked over Abyss.  Anderson set himself up for Air Sabu but when Hardy charged, Anderson bodypressed him for a two count.   Hardy took out Anderson but RVD hit the ring.  Hardy caught him with a kick and suplex, then floated over for a two count.

Van Dam and Hardy went back and forth, then RVD hit a dive over the top onto Abyss.    Hardy hit a dive onto both.  Anderson went to the top and came off with a double sledgehammer onto Abyss.  They showed Hardy grabbing his knee on the outside.  Back in the ring, RVD nailed a split legged moonsault but Hardy broke up the pin on Anderson.  Van Dam scored with a spinkick to the face on Hardy.  Van Dam went to the top for the Ryder Kick but Anderson took his legs out from him.  Anderson cinched up Van Dam for a superplex but RVD fought him.  Hardy joined the fight in the corner.  They did a Tower of Doom spot where Van Dam was superplexed in by Anderson and Hardy as Abyss grabbed them both with modified shoving chokeslams.

Abyss tried to make a pinfall but Anderson kicked up.  Abyss grabbed Van Dam for a chokeslam but RVD escaped.  Van Dam hit a springboard kick on Abyss, then a running clothesline on Hardy.  RVD went to the top for the frog Splash but Anderson shoved him off the top rope to the floor.    Abyss was taken out and it came down to Anderson and Hardy.  They began battling and Anderson got the better of the exchange.

Anderson went for the Mic Check but Hardy blocked and went for the Twist of Fate.  Anderson countered but was hit with an elbow.  Hardy nailed a Twist of Fate.  Hardy went for the swanton and nailed it.  Abyss grabbed Hardy and chokeslammed him onto Anderson.  Abyss covered them but Van Dam hit the Five Star Frog Splash on all three, then covered Anderson for the pin.

Your winner and still TNA champion, Rob Van Dam!

Abyss attacked Van Dam from behind and began stomping him.  Abyss went to nail RVD with his board of nails but RVD moved.  Abyss pounded the mat in anger, ripping up the mat.  The announcers wondered who could control Abyss as they went off the air.

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