Sunday, 11 December 2011 18:03
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They opened with a cool video on Bobby Roode going heel, more stuff with his family as well as Dixie Carter.
ROB VAN DAM VS. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS
Van Dam won clean with a frog splash. Even though that's RVD's big move, it felt like the finish came out of nowhere. Decent match. These two seem to have better matches with other people.
They are running down the new stips of the Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy match where if Hardy wins, either Jeff or Karen Jarrett have to leave the promotion.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Mickie James. Mickie James said there's no hiding behind politics and he was excited to see Gail Kim back to where women's wrestling matters.
ROBBIE E VS. ERIC YOUNG FOR THE TV TITLE
Mostly a comedy match. The finish saw Young get both Robbie E and Robbie T on his shoulders for a Death Valley bomb, but he hurt his back and they got off. Young dropkicked Robbie T to the floor and turned around into a codebreaker by Robbie E and E got the pin. Match was okay, short, not much heat but crowd was entertained by Young.
Pope & Devon interview. Pope is clearly doing a heel interview saying, after Devon left, that he can't help it if Devon's kids look up to him as the father they never had. He also called Borash "B.J."
MATT MORGAN & CRIMSON VS. POPE & DEVON FOR TAG TITLES
This was a bad match. Not much heat. Nobody played heel. Morgan & Crimson can't sell well which really hurt the match. The finish saw Morgan & Crimson do a double choke slam on Devon and Crimson got the pin. The post-match saw Pope give the impression he was not disgusted, but close to it, by Devon losing the fall.
They are backstage showing them taping up A.J. Styles' knee so the knee injury is going to be a key part of the main event.
AUSTIN ARIES VS. KID KASH FOR THE X TITLE
Aries retained the title. Best match so far but with a weak crowd it hurt. Some cool stuff including both doing dives. The big spot in the match and on the show saw Kash stand on the top rope and went to power bomb Aries but Aries turned it into a huracaranra. The finish saw both go for shots with Brass Knux but ref Brian Hebner caught both of them. Then Austin Aries brought in the belt and teased a belt shot, but instead threw the belt to Kash who caught it. Hebner saw it as Aries pointed it out. Hebner started yelling at Kash for trying to use the belt. When Kash turned around, it was a kick to the gut and a brainbuster by Aries for the pin.
GAIL KIM VS. MICKIE JAMES FOR KNOCKOUTS TITLE
I think they both wanted to really tear it up. Kim missed a tackle to the floor and caught her leg on the ring steps. Kim grabbed the belt and tried to leave. James attacked her on the ramp. James threw Kim into the post and Kim took a great bump. Madison Rayne then ran down and grabbed James' leg and that allowed Kim to use the eat defeat on James and pinned her. Match was okay, good at times but the crowd is hurting almost every match on this show because they aren't that into it.
They're trying to get the fans to chant "beer" and "drinking" for Storm.
KURT ANGLE VS. JAMES STORM
Storm won cleanly after a superkick in a long match. The match was the best thing on the show so far easily but the crowd never fully got into it until Storm teased the superkick for the finish. It was much like a usual Angle match with the suplexes, the Olympic slam, ankle lock, etc. The storyline they did was that Angle used a drop toe hold and Storm's head crashed on the ring steps and they played off the concussion angle. Storm was really good with his glassy eyes and such. I think this may have been a great match in front of another crowd but even as much as people liked Storm, the crowd was at best so-so into most of the way. They really need to get these PPVs out of Orlando.
Jeff Jarrett interview talking about being on the TNA cruise he and Karen have been company people and they then found out Jeff & Karen's career is at stake. Sting interrupted and noted that Karen has to be handcuffed to Sting and noted Sting said that one of them is getting fired.
JEFF HARDY VS. JEFF JARRETT - CAGE MATCH, IF HARDY WINS HE GETS A TITLE SHOT AND JEFF OR KAREN JARRETT LEAVE THE PROMOTINO; IF JEFF JARRETT WINS THEN HARDY HAS TO LEAVE TNA - NOT JUST ESCAPE THE CAGE BUT PIN, SUBMISSION, OUT THE DOOR OR OVER THE TOP.
Hardy won the match clean with a twist of fate. This was a good match and the crowd was into it far more than anything because of Hardy. Sting then announced on Thursday he's firing someone. Well booked good match. At one point Hardy did two twists of fate and could have escaped but instead did a swanton off the top of the cage. He missed. That must have been great doing a bump like that when you're already hurt. At another point Jarrett shoved Hardy into Sting who took a bump. Karen then took the key out of Sting's jacket and unlocked the handcuffs and Karen slammed the door on Hardy's head but Hardy kicked out. Karen than pulled out the guitar but Sting recovered and stopped Karen from interfering. Jarrett was distracted and Hardy used another twist of fate for the pin.
Roode's new catch phrase is "I spit in the face of authority."
BOBBY ROODE VS. A.J. STYLES IN A 30 MINUTE IRON MAN MATCH FOR THE TNA TITLE
Roode won the first fall with a chop block on the bad knee and pin.
Roode won the second fall with the figure four leglock via tap with Styles selling the left knee a ton.
Styles won the third fall with the divorce court and using Roode's won crossface submission on him.
Styles with an inside cradle to tie it at 2-2 with just under 10:00 left.
Styles up 3-2 with a springboard 450 with less than 7:00 left
Roode tied it 3-3 when Styles tried a sunset flip into the ring, Roode blocked it and got the pin holding the top rope with 5:00 left
The match ended with a 3-3 draw. The last minute saw Roode go on the bicycle and stall it out. Crowd is chanting "Five more minutes." This was a very good match. Once again would have been better with a more lively crowd. Some would probably feel the draw was a flat ending but I think it told a nice story. They went 30:00 and it was never dull and both guys worked and sold really well. So I guess we're going with Roode vs. Hardy for the tilte on 1/8 for Genesis.