For the third week in a row, no opening iMPACT video. Just a video recapping Mr. Anderson’s face turn set to the tune of “Fractured” by Taproot ((The Theme Of TNA Slammiversary.)) A P plug for RVD vs. Sting for Slammiversary and a 3-Way match between “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles, Kazarian, and Jay Lethal.
Sting comes out and as soon as he is handed a mic there’s a loud “Why Sting Why” chant. He says that there is a lot of smoke and mirrors in TNA. “Everything’s gone Hollywood, no pun intended.” Sting calls out Dixie Carter, Eric Bischoff, and Hulk Hogan and said that they will get their change. He calls RVD “Robby” and tells him that there are no hard feelings; he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. When Sting wins the World Title, everyone’s true colors will be revealed. A video plays on the JumboTron as Eric Bischoff comes up the ramp with a crutch and Miss Techmacher beside him. Eric tells the staff to put the spotlight on Sting. He says that Sting for years has tried to convince people that he is a superhero, and that he has been preaching it for so long that he actually believes it. Eric says that Sting is a fraud and he isn’t a superhero. He says that Sting talks about smoke and mirrors, but he has finally let his true colors show. He says he has no clue why he and Hogan are his problem, but they put TNA and the fans first. He tells Sting that he will be wrestling tonight and his opponent is right behind him.
Quick “match” with Joe hitting sting continually until Matt Morgan came out and him and Sting choke Joe before RVD comes out and makes the save. Bischoff comes back out and said this match isn’t over and later tonight it will be Samoa Joe and RVD vs. Sting and Matt Morgan. RVD said that he wants a 4-way match ((That sounds better than WWE’s Fatal Four Way PPV, and with this one you get to save $55)) Bischoff said he would have to go back and check with Hogan ((So Bischoff is really Hogans’ Yes Man??)) but Hogan comes out. He said that RVD has raised the bar in TNA, and that being champ gives you a lot of stroke, so he’s got it
AJ Styles/Ric Flair/Kazarian Segment
Christy Hemme is in the locker room of AJ Styles. AJ says he’s pissed that he has a 3-way match and he just now found out about it. Kazarian and Ric Flair come in. Flair said that AJ and Kazarian will destroy Lethal. Kaz thanks Flair for all the faith he’s had in him. Kaz also pulls him aside and thanks him for the watch, which was gold and an expensive looking. AJ is completely shocked
Roxxi vs. Rosie Lottalove
Taz plugs Roxxi vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockouts title at Slammiversary as the bell rings to kick off the match. Rosie uses her…um…mass as a battery ram twice before hitting a slam on Roxxi. Rosie misses a running hip attack. Roxxie hits several dropkicks before rebounding off the ring ropes and getting nailed in the back by Madison Rayne with the Knockouts Title. Rayne tells Rosie to cover her and Roxxi rolls up Rosie for the win. Winner by Pinfall: Roxxi.
After the match Rayne comes in the ring and yells at Rosie. Rosie plants her with the chokebomb. JB interviews her on the ramp and she said she is tired of the Beautiful People thinking they run everything. She is big, bad, and beautiful. She will take out all the beautiful people. Then she kisses JB ((That outfit made her take out my dinner))
AJ Styles (with Ric Flair) vs. Kazarian vs. Jay Lethal
AJ steps out and Lethal rolls up Kazarian for a quick two count. Lethal gets a little offense in and does a cartwheel and gets clothesline by AJ. AJ yells “This is how it’s done Ric” before missing a flying forearm. Lethal goes for the Lethal Combination on AJ, but Kazarian breaks it up. Lethal gives a bulldog to Kazarian and clotheslines AJ on the way down. Lethal attempts a springboard move from the top rope, but Kazarian hits him with an RKO ((Which Taz calls a cutter-type move.)) AJ and Kazarian get into a topping contest: AJ hitting a backbreaker then Kazarian hitting a monkey flip before saying “That was cool” ((A reference to his heel gimmick in his early TNA Career)) Kazarian and AJ argue again and get several right hands by Lethal and AJ gets a hurricanrana by Lethal. AJ and Kazarian try a double suplex, but they argue on which kind. AJ throws Lethal into the ring post. AJ goes for a springboard move, but Kazarian leans back on the ropes and AJ loses balance. Kazarian and AJ argue some more and Lethal rolls up AJ for the win. Winner by pinfall: Jay Lethal.
AJ Styles/Ric Flair/Kurt Angle segment
After the match Ric Flair gets a microphone. He said he gave AJ a gift of being his protégé. He said that he isn’t in his good graces and he needs to go home and find out what he wants to be and to give him a phone call. As AJ walks up the ramp yelling at Flair, Kurt Angle’s entrance video plays and He gets raised up on the stage right behind AJ. AJ gets frustrated and walks past Angle ((Is it just me, or is he smirking))
Angle said he is here to show Kazarian the proper respect before he makes him his first victim. He said he likes to tell people what he’s going to do before he does it. Flair said that he just walked by him and never said “Hi Champ.” Flair wanted his youngest son Reid to be just like Angle, a great amateur wrestler. He said when you first started out that he asked Angle to talk to his son and make him a man and Angle said “I’d be honored.” Flair said whatever Angle accomplished as an amateur, Flairs done times more as a pro. . But now Angle’s in Flair’s world, and he is God here, and he shows Angle his medals (his ring and his watch) and he says he’s got the respect of Shawn Michaels , Hulk Hogan, and Steve Austin, and until he gets that respect from Angle, he can take a walk just like AJ. Angle sighs and leaves the ring. Flair said he had a better idea: He wanted him to hold the rope down for him. Angle does it and whips him off the ramp. He goes in the ring and basically destroys Kazarian with right hands before Kazarian runs out. Flair takes off his sports coat and thows it in the ring, Angle grabs it and throws it back. ((Sports coat Frisbee anyone?)) Flair gets even more pissed and throws it down and jumps up and down on it. Kaz picks it up and hands it to him, and Ric throws it at the camera ((I honestly wonder if Kaz has ever seen a Flair promo after he beat up his jacket, he dusts it off and takes it back. I haven’t))
We see the backstage cam with Matt Morgan catching up to Sting. He says that they’ll both do anything to win the World Title, so tonight, they should work together and let the chips fall where they may. Sting pauses for a moment and then just walks off.
Backstage cam again with AJ Styles is talking to himself outside. He says that to get back in Flair’s good graces, he needs to kill Jay Lethal. He said he wants Lethal at Slammiversary ((Wow, from beating Mr. Anderson last week to facing Jay Lethal at Slammiversary. What has happened to you AJ?))
Mr. Anderson/Jeff Hardy interview
Quick video package chronically Mr. Anderson’s face turn leads to Christy Hemme in the ring saying that he has a big announcement to make ((I’m really glad they mentioned he was #4 in the Top 10 Contenders ranking, other than Angle with Kaz, it’s completely ignored now a days.)) He said he was looking forward to Katie Couric style interview, but he keeps staring at her boobs, she turned to the side and he starts staring at her ass. ((She’s the hottest girl, in my opinion, to be on the program so far. So staring isn’t so hard to believe)) He asks if that makes him an asshole, and Christy said “Sure Does.” He said everyone in the audience was waiting to see a wardrobe malfunction and that made all of them assholes too. Loud “We are assholes” chants from the crowd. ((If I remember right, didn’t she pose for Playboy a few years back?)) He said that this will be a censor’s nightmare. He said Beer Money needed opponents and Anderson could not do it alone. “It’s not a party without Jeffrey Freakin’ Nero Hardy.” Hardy made his way out to the ring. Jeff said that Anderson is the funniest asshole he has never met and that Anderson is “the craziest SOB he’s ever seen, other than me” ((Hey Cat in the Hat, it’s wrestling not Dr. Seuss)) and the Creatures of the Night are all invited. Anderson said in addition to being an asshole, he is also a chief asshole, so it’s BYOB.
Beer Money comes out and shoos Christy Hemme away. He said look at TNA’s new BFF’s Hardy and Mr. Anderson…Anderson. Anderson is impressed that they got it right. Roode asks them what they know about Tag Team Wrestling ((I don’t know, what would a 6 time tag champion know about tag wrestling)) Roode says Matt carried Jeff and they sucked anyway, and tag wrestling isn’t about looking cool or being friends or anything like that, it’s about being like brothers, putting your egos aside, and putting the team first. ((Interesting choice of the word “brothers”…)) He said that Hardy’s a moron and Anderson is an asshole. “It’s like Lacey Von Erich and that perverted midget”
Anderson asked Roode why his hair was always wet. Then he asked why Storm always wore sunglasses indoors. “There are two types of men who wear sunglasses indoors. Blind people and jackoffs.” Storm called Anderson “Mr. Funny Man” and said he did a little standup comedy act before he hit him with a microphone. A brawl broke out and security tried to break it up
James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy
Bell hasn’t rung yet and it’s all Hardy on the outside. As soon as the bell rings, James Storm hits a inverted DDT but only gets a two count. Jeff tries to fight back but he gets slammed to the mat. Storm covers for only a two count. Storm goes to the outside and grabs a steel chair from the audience but the referee takes it away. Jeff slams Storm with a jawbreaker and it leads to a quick back and forth with right hands and kicks before Jeff knocks Storm in the corner. Jeff gets the chair, sets it up, and uses it for a springboard clothesline. Jeff only gets a two count. Storm counters the Twist of Fate, but Jeff counters that into a suplex. Jeff goes up to the top rope but Storm crotches him on the top rope. Storm misses a hurricanrana. Jeff hits the Whisper in the wind and only gets a two count. Storm gets the beer bottle and spits it in Hardy’s face and hits the Eye of the Storm, but Jeff kicks out. Storm grabs the chair and tries to hit Hardy but it bounced off the rope and hit himself. Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb gets Hardy the win. Winner by Pinfall: Jeff Hardy
Mr. Anderson vs. Robert Roode
Anderson runs to the ring and dominates Roode with right hands. Anderson gets Roode in a headlock, Rodoe fights his way out of it and gets some offense in with some right hands and choking Anderson with the bottom rope. A pin attempt only gets Roode a two count. Roode crotches Mr. Anderson with the middle rope and hit a neck breaker. A rake of the back, several right hands, and a snap mare gets Roode a two count. Roode chokes Anderson again with the ring rope and then on the ground leads into a snap mare that leads into headlock by Roode. Anderson and Roode block each other’s finishing moves. Anderson gets Roode in a Fireman’s carry but Roode poked the eye of Mr. Anderson. Roode pins Anderson and grabs the middle rope for leverage. Winner by pinfall: Robert Roode
After the match Anderson calls for his microphone and said that any man can be beaten on any given night. He said that it seems the only way anyone can beat him is by “underhanded tom foolery.” Because he was MMMIIISSSTTTTEERRRR…….he lets the crowd to the Anderson part twice.
Backstage cam with Douglas William. He brags about being a great British wrestler. He said if someone was going to take the X Division Championship from him, they would have to outwrestle him and that was not going to happen… ((Honestly, I forgot he was the X Division Champion, I forgot about the belt, and I watched the Best of the X Division Vol. 2 before the show. That’s sad))
TNA Global Champion Rob Terry & Abyss (with Chelsea) vs. Desmond Wolfe & Orlando Jordan
Desmond Wolfe and Abyss start it out. Orlando Jordan hits Abyss in the injured arm with the shake weight before he is tagged in. ((Shake Weight? TNA Really?)) Jordan goes right after the injured arm, hitting it on the top rope and raking the arm. Before Jordan can deliver more offense, Abyss elbows his ribs, clotheslined him in the corner and again out of the ring. Jordan rubs Chlesea’s side before she slaps him and Desmond drops down from the ring to start yelling at Jordan and Chelsea. He yells “I don’t know if he likes you or me” at her ((I guess that was meant to show that he is bi and not just gay.)) Abyss comes out of the ring and hits Desmond head first in the steel barricade. Inside the ring Rob Terry hits Jordan with the Freakbuster for the win Winner by pinfall: Rob Terry and Abyss
A video package showing the Team 3D and Ink Inc. feud and a plug for the Four-Way match tonight take us to the commercials.
TNA Champion RVD vs. Sting vs. Matt Morgan vs. Samoa Joe (4-way match)
RVD goes immediately after Sting as Morgan and Joe goes at it in the ring. Joe hits a Pele-type kick to Mogan, who was situated in the corner of the ring. Sting brings RVD back in the ring. RVD spin kicks Sting in the back of the head before the heels get the advantage on RVD and Joe. Morgan takes Joe to the outside and RVD hits a top rope kick and rolling thunder but Morgan breaks up the pin cover. Morgan nails a big discus clothesline and pins Sting, but Joe breaks it up. Several big rights to Morgan from Joe before Joe hits a kick on Sting and Morgan breaks up the pin attempt. Chokeslam and Side Slam by Morgan to Joe. RVD also gets taken down by Morgan and he goes for the Rapid Fire elbows on Van Dam, but he sees Hernandez in the audience ((Really? It looked more like Tomko than Hernandez. If it is Hernandez has lost muscle, a lot of it)) Joe hits a Musclebuster on Morgan. RVD does the top rope kick on Joe, knocking him to the outside, and hits a five-star frog splash on Morgan. Winner by pinfall: Rob Van Dam
Joe and RVD face off to end the show ((Great way to set up a potential feud, and a good one at that))