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Hulk Hogan is out to start the show. He announced the opener, Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe would be for the X division title. Mike Tenay did mention that Joe does exceed the 225 pound weight limit, but Hogan said they are going old school. Well, that makes sense. Dana needs to do this and bring Lesnar back to face GSP.
AUSTIN ARIES VS. SAMOA JOE FOR THE X DIVISION TITLE
Aries won clean with a brainbuster in a hell of an opener. It was only 12:00, so not as good as they could have done with a few more minutes. Joe ended with a busted nose. High points included Joe kicking out of the 450 and Aries doing all of his big spots.
This crowd is really good and should help the show. The arena looks good and those who are there were super hot for the opener.
KID KASH VS. HERNANDEZ
Hernandez won clean with a splash off the top. Another hard hitting match and the crowd was into it, even though both guys haven't been on TV in a while. Except for a 30 second spot where the match fell apart as they were on different pages, the match was good.
Counting down the three biggest moments in TNA history. June 19, 2002, A.J. Styles becoming the first X Divisoin champion beating Jerry Lynn.
GARETT BISCHOFF & DEVON VS. ROBBIE E & ROBBIE T
Devon pinned E after a spinebuster. Garett had pulled down the rope for T to go over the top, which wasn't very pretty and then Garett did a crossbody off the apron on him. Bischoff and Devon danced after, also not pretty. Crowd still super hot. T vs. Garett was not good, but when Devon came in it was good.
ROB VAN DAM VS. MR. ANDERSON VS. JEFF HARDY - WINNER GETS A TNA TITLE MATCH ON THURSDAY NIGHT
Anderson pinned RVD clean with a mic check after getting up when RVD did the rolling thunder. Hardy used the swanton on RVD but Anderson threw Hardy out of the ring and he took a big bump. Started off a little flat but crowd was doing the dueling chants and "This is wrestling" chants. Another good match.
CRIMSON VS. JAMES STORM
Storm ended the streak in 2:00 with a codebeaker and superkick. If you had told me the scenario, I'd have expeced a lot bigger reaction. Crowd was into Storm celebrating after winning but his coming out was not that hot. On paper should have been better but it's still a good comeback win and getting the streak over.
Austin Aries interview. He didn't challenge Bobby Roode for a title match, but said he wanted to be the man and be a main eventer.
Second biggest moment in TNA history was October 27, 2009 when Hulk Hogan agreed to come to TNA.
Dixie Carter interview. Mike Tenay thanked Bob, Janice and Todd Carter for making the last ten years possible. She thanked her parents, Jeff & Jerry Jarrett and Spike TV and the fans. Nice to thank Jerry Jarrett. She didn't thank Vince Russo. I don't think that was telling. She asked for all the wrestlers to come out for the Hall of Fame announcement. I only see the people booked on the show and Madison Rayne (who worked coming out during the Bischoff match). I did see Tara and the agents but the unbooked talent wasn't brought in. It was Sting which is certainly among the better candidates they could have put in.
Crowd chanted "Thank you Sting." Dixie said whenever we go to foreign countries that's how the crowd reacts. Actually he turned down every foreign tour and foreign booking except the one U.K. tour this year. They announced a formal induction ceremony at Bound for Glory. Sting said he wasn't prepared for this. He thanked Dixie Carter, all the wrestlers and chanted Thank You at the fans.
GAIL KIM VS. MISS TESSMACHER FOR THE KNOCKOUTS TITLE
Tessmacher won the title with a front rolling cradle. Story here was Kim had her beat but wouldn't use eat defeat and wanted to beat Tessmacher with Tessmacher's own move. She went for it for the backdrop into a face plant but Tessmacher reversed into the cradle for the pin. It was tough because after the Sting deal the crowd wasn't that into it. This wasn't as good as their match last month.
Bully Ray interview. Ray talked about how if he breaks Joe's arm, he's not responsible, poke his eyes, not responsible. If Abyss shows up he will leave hiom for dead.
BULLY RAY VS. JOE ABYSS
A unique match. They worked it like it was a terrible match and Joe didn't know how to wrestle. He got a few hope spots in and even did this first day of wrestling school collision spot that killed the crowd. Then Joe went under the ring, Abyss came out (they totally hid the face) and he choke slammed Ray through a table. Abyss went back under the ring and Joe came out and scored the pin. Ray got super heat in the sense they chanted "Yankees suck" and that kind of stuff. They were into the story of the match but Joe coming out and winning didn't get the kind of reaction you'd expect.
Hulk back out. Introduced Christian. "Welcome back" chant. As if. Not a loud one though. "Please come back" chant by like ten people. Made a remark about six sided ring that went over everyone's heads. Introduced the No. 1 moment in TNA history. January 15, 2006 Sting's return. And then he was gone.
CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & KAZARIAN VS. A.J. STYLES & KURT ANGLE FOR THE TAG TITLES
Excellent match. Everything about it clicked. Styles & Angle won the titles when Angle used the ankle lock on Kazarian with the leg grapevined after Styles took out Daniels with a springboard shooting star press on the floor. Some great highlights including Daniels German suplexing everyone including a German suplex on both Daniels and Kazarian at the same time.
BOBBY ROODE VS. STING FOR THE TNA TITLE
Flat main event. Sting may have come in hurt because Roode was stalling a lot early and they didn't do a long match. The big spot was Sting getting Roode in the scorpion deathlock on the announcers table and Roode tapped, but ref Brian Hebner ruled it didn't count because it was outside the ring. Roode then grabbed a case of beer bottles that James Storm left over. He went to hit Sting with a bottle, but Sting got the bottle away. Brian Hebner took the bottle from Sting and got rid of it. That allowed Roode to get another bottle and hit Sting with it for the pin. Sting came back and beat up Roode after the match with a suplex on the ramp and finally he gave him the scorpion death drop off the stage into a crash pad. People live popped for the final move but it was way too obvious on TV it was a set up crash pad for the spot.
So Roode vs. Anderson for Thursday. Not the one I'd have chosen, that's for sure.
Company feels like it has more momentum than it has had in a couple of years.