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Jeremy Borash and Mike Tenay are together opening the show. Taz is not there. They said he was dealing with a loss in his family.
There is a lot of talk regarding what's going on in TNA as far as creative goes. We have an audio update on the site right now with the latest, and we'll have more tonight on the audio covering the show itself.
ZEMA ION VS. JESSE SORENSEN FOR AN X DIVISION TITLE SHOT
We opened with an issue. They were about three minutes into what was a good athletic match and Ion did a moonsault off the middle rope to the floor and his right knee cracked Sorensen in the head. Sorensen was legitimately knocked out cold and is still on the ground. He's surrounded by medics. There's a good chance Sorensen was supposed to win this match but Ion was ruled the winner. The one thing good is that Ion reacted facially like his character should have as opposed to making it like it was a mistake and breaking character.
They are stalling for time at this point. The crowd is clearly concerned. They sent it to the back for a Bobby Roode interview.
ROBBIE E VS. SHANNON MOORE FOR THE TV TITLE
Robbie and Robbie T came out and Robbie E challenged anyone from the back to come out and get a title shot, and Moore came out. Decent match. The crowd is pretty dead and if they're dead early, that doesn't bode well for later since Orlando for PPVs has been a bad location the past few months. The finish saw Robbie T punch Moore through the ropes as E kicked out of a rolling reverse cradle sending Moore into him. E then used an implant DDT for the pin.
GAIL KIM VS. TARA FOR THE KNOCKOUTS TITLE
After what appeared to be a legit injury in the opener, we did a worked injury finish. Tara hit a moonsault but then sold her bad right knee. She did a great sell job on the knee. She tried tried the Widow's peak but the knee went out and Kim used a kneebreaker and eat defeat for the clean pin.
MATT MORGAN & CRIMSON VS. SAMOA JOE & MAGNUS FOR THE TAG TITLES
They put Joe & Magnus over for the titles. I thought the right move at the right time. Basic match. Kind of a struggle really. Crowd not hot for it. This match made you really appreciate that London crowd. Finish saw Crimson go for a spear on Joe, who moved and he nailed Morgan. Joe snap mared Morgan and then Magnus came off the middle rope and pinned Morgan.
Bully Ray did a great bully promo. He talked about how Christy Hemme calls him at 2:30 a.m. but he blows her off. Hemme said that never happened and Ray said no matter how much make-up she wears, she doesn't look good. If she wasn't pissed, she's a better actress than most women in wrestling.
AUSTIN ARIES VS. ALEX SHELLEY FOR THE X TITLE
Very good match. Might have been awesome with a better crowd although this one was chanting "This is awesome" late after Shelley kicked out of the first brainbuster. Shelley did a great job of very subtly selling his neck after doing a head-first tope. He sold,b ut not oversold, for the rest of the match. Aries also did a Death Valley bomb on the apron. Lots of near falls, ending with Aries doing a series of Pride style knees to the head, a brainbuster and got the submission with the last chancery.
Jeff Hardy did a promo. Said his back and neck were hurting but he feels lucky.
A.J. STYLES VS. KAZARIAN
Long match and the crowd was dead. It was really too bad because they worked a good match but whether it was the feud or what, the fans were into almost none of it. The finish saw Styles on the apron jumped to the top rope, but instead of springboarding into the ring on Kazarian, he went backwards and nailed Christopher Daniels, who was at ringside. Styles then did a springboard into the ring, but Kazarian caught him and did the Fade to black, or the Omori driver, and pinned him clean in the middle.
Eric Bischoff did an interview saying Gunner was going to destroy Garett Bischoff next and probably end his career and did the fake acting sad. He had a towel and told Gunner to give it to Hogan so Hogan can throw in the towel for Garett.
GUNNER VS. GARETT BISCHOFF
The story of the match was Gunner working on Garett's neck that was injured from the piledriver on the floor. It went too long and the crowd being dead didn't help. But it was like watching a prelim match with a rookie and a third year guy trying to carry him. The crowd reacted to Hogan coming out, and when Hogan decked Eric after Eric slapped Garett. The finish saw Garrett being beaten down and had the towel and was about to throw in the towel but Garett told him not to. Gunner than used a DDT and pinned him clean.
BOBBY ROODE VS. JEFF HARDY VS. BULLY RAY VS. JAMES STORM FOR THE TNA TITLE WITH STING AS GUEST ENFORCER
Sting is out there with his face paint. Oh god was this just the worst. The crowd only cared about Jeff Hardy. Match was decently well worked until it got ridiculous with one ref bump of Brian Hebner, meaning no ref as Ray gave Hardy a Bubba bomb. So Ray was upset. Hardy gave Ray a twist of fate but no ref. After Hebner revied, Storm gave Roode a superkick but Ray pulled Hebner out of the ring. Storm went for a plancha on Ray, but he moved so he nailed Hebner. Roode went out of the ring to get the title belt. Before he could use it, Sting got in the ring and took the belt away. Roode and Sting went jaw-to-jaw. Roode was calling Sting gutless and dared him to hit him with the belt shot. Sting refused. He shoved and poked Sting, who again wouldn't hit him with the belt. Then he spit in Sting's face, and Sting went for a belt shot and Roode ducked so Sting nailed Hardy. Roode went to pin Hardy. Sting refused to count. But Hardy wasn't getting up. Finally Sting gave up waiting and started counting slow and Hardy never kicked out, so Roode retained the title. It may have sounded good on paper, and maybe builds Roode vs. Sting, but it didn't work at all.