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By Mike Johnson on 2012-02-12 19:51:18
TNA Tag Team champions Crimson & Matt Morgan vs. Samoa Joe & Magnus

Morgan and Joe opened the bout, locking up. Joe grabbed a side headlock. Morgan sent him into the ropes. Joe nailed a shoulderblock but neither budged. Joe shoved Morgan and kicked him in the gut. Joe drilled Morgan with several right hands and locked in an armbar. Magnus tagged in but Morgan reversed it and tagged in Crimson.

Crimson powered Magnus down to the mat but Magnus did a tip up and used the momentum to reverse it. He and Crimson went back and forth working over each other’s arms. Crimson slugged him with a right hand and clothesline. Magnus was caught with a cravate into a snapmare, followed by a running knee drop for a two count.

Morgan and Crimson doubleteamed Magnus. Crimson was caught with a knee from the outside by Joe, who then snapped him over the ropes by the throat. Magnus came off the ropes with a clothesline and tagged Joe in. Joe drilled Crimson with several strikes but Crimson fought back. Joe cut him off and now it was the challengers’ turn to nail a series of double team moves.

The challengers tagged in and out working over Crimson. Crimson tried to fight his way out but was caught with a Joe powerslam. Joe tagged him with a series of rights in the corner. Crimson came off the top with a flying clothesline after kicking off Joe. Morgan rallied the crowd behind Crimson, who finally made the hot tag.

Morgan drilled Magnus with several clotheslines and a knee lift. Joe hit the ring but was caught as well as Morgan nailed a double clothesline. Morgan drilled Magnus with a sideslam for a two count but Joe nailed him with a dropkick to make the save. Crimson returned to the fray, battling with Joe. Joe raked his eyes but was nailed with a double team shoulderblock. Joe and Magnus cut off Crimson and they went for their double team moves but Magnus reversed a whip and sent Joe into Magnus.

Crimson returned and went for the spear but Joe sidestepped him and Crimson drilled his own partner. Joe clotheslined Crimson over the top to the floor. Joe nailed an enziguiri on Morgan and sent him into Magnus flying elbow for the pin.

Your winners and new TNA Tag Team champions, Magnus & Samoa Joe!

Decent match. I think that for the names involved here, they worked pretty hard and had a good showing.

Christy Hemme interviewed Bully Ray. Ray hilariously ripped on Hemme and told her to get away. Ray said that he’s got Storm and Hardy’s numbers and said that he’s in Roode’s head like no one has ever been. He said that he’s not the dark horse. He said he’s in the best shape he’s ever been in and is ready to piss off the wrestling world like never before. He declared he was going to be the champion. Usual great promo from Ray.

TNA X-Division champion Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley

They locked up with Aries evading Shelley and playing to the crowd. The crowd is doing the dueling chants but the audio is so low it doesn’t come across well on TV. Having been to the Zone about a dozen times, I can tell you that the crowd is so much louder than they ever come across on live TV.

Aries drilled Shelley with some moves and played to the crowd, but Shelley came back with several moves. He went for the Sliced Bread #2 but Aries dropped down, asking for a time out and sat on the apron. Shelley kicked him and slingshot him back into the ring. Shelley nailed a thrust kick, sending Aries to the floor.

Shelley set up for a dive but Aries went under the ring and attacked him from behind, sending him to the floor. Aries hit a heat seeking missile dive to the floor on Aries. Aries pulled Shelley through the ropes and drilled him with a neckbreaker. Aries attacked him with a knee to the back and covered Shelley for a two count.

Aries chopped Shelley in the corner, then smashed him into the turnbuckles. Aries snapmared him and stomped Shelley’s face, then dropped an elbow for a two count. Shelley fired back with several chops, whipping him into the corner and nailing a clothesline that sent Aries upside down.

Shelley set up for a superkick to the chest and connected. Aries was slammed into the center turnbuckle after avoiding Sliced Bread #2. Aries rolled outside and went under the ring again. He tried to sneak up on Shelley but was backdropped over the top to the floor. Shelley nailed him with a suicide dive to the floor. Back in the ring, Shelley worked over Aries for several two counts.

Aries cut him off and nailed his pendulum elbow. He went for the brainbuster but Shelley kicked him off. Shelley nailed Aries who rebounded off the ropes and connected hard with him. Both men were down in opposite corners. Aries charged but was kicked off hard by Shelley. The challenger went for Sliced Bread #2 but was cut off by Aries. Aries went to the apron. Shelley followed and went for Sliced Bread #2 but was sent into the ringpost.

Aries drilled Shelley with a death valley driver on the apron and rolled him into the ring. Shelley kicked up at the last second. He caught Aries with Sliced Bread #2 but Aries grabbed the bottom rope at the last second. Aries drilled him with a series of moves but Shelley still kicked up, shocking Shelley. He went for another brainbuster but was small packaged for a two count. Shelley drilled him with a series of kicks for another two count.

Shelley went for Sliced Bread #2 but Aries turned it into a slam, nailed a brainbuster and locked on the Last Chancery, forcing Shelley to tap.

Your winner and still TNA X-Division champion, Austin Aries!

Really hard fought back and forth, entertaining bout.

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