A music video to the tune of “Fractured” by Taproot plays that recaps the events of last week’s iMPACT. We cut straight to fireworks and Taz and Tenay, which plug Angle’s in ring return and Sting/RVD for TNA Slammiversary VIII.
AJ Styles comes out with Kazarian right behind him and Desmond Wolfe and Beer Money following the rear. AJ says that because of Hogan and Bischoff, they have an 8-man tag match tonight. AJ emphasizes that there is four to a team. He mentions there were 4 Beatles, The Fantastic Four, and the 4 Horsemen. AJ says he’s got a solution and it’s real simple: Kazarian is out. Kazarian throws a fit as AJ tells him to hit the bricks and call back next year.
Ric Flairs music blares but instead of Flair coming out, Jay Lethal comes out instead. Jay says that the Nature Boy is in the house and WHOOOOO!!! Did I hear AJ Styles say he’s in charge? Jay says that AJ isn’t the man and that he was. He says he looking at god right now. He says he’s wearing $500 shoes and a $5,000 suit. He tells AJ he should be ashamed of what he’s wearing. AJ tells him to look at the label and Lethal says it says Walmart ((The Walmart label is actually called “George” and when did he look in my closet??)) He takes off his jacket and throws it on the ground before dropping his elbow on it. Lethal says he’s a 16, 16, 16 time World Champion and he’s going to introduce his team. Jay says he specializes in big men and introduces Abyss. Lethal says as far as Chelsea goes: “She’ll be comin around the mountain buddy when she comes WHOOOOO!!!!” Next is the man so nice they named him twice, Mr. Anderson. Anderson does the strut with Lethal before he says the other “Anderson” ((Nice? I thought he was supposed to be an asshole)) AJ says he’s got all of these men behind him, except Kazarian, he doesn’t count, and he’s only got three guys. Lethal says the big man counts twice. Lethal says he doesn’t want to wait till later tonight and they go to the ring. The heels get advantage easy before Jeff Hardy’s music plays. Desmond waits at the ramp for him, but Hardy comes through the crowd and clears house.
Hervey-cam with Brian Kendrick, who’s meditating and now understands his purpose: he’s here in TNA to capture the X-Division Title.
Brian Kendrick vs. Homicide
Before the bell rings Douglas Williams comes out and sits at the commentary desk. Homicide backs Kendrick to the corner and breaks clean, but Kendrick mouths off to Homicide and gets laid out. Homicide tries to tear his mouth open before laying him out again with a clubbing forearm to the back. Another face gouge, but Kendrick boots him in the gut on the break. Homicide starts wailing on Kendrick before going for the Cop Killa but Kendrick escapes and tries a charge but eats elbow. Homicide with a t-bone suplex for 2, then puts the boots to Kendrick and chokes him out with his foot. Homicide hits two facewashs and then a Michinoku Driver for only a 2 count. Homicide hits a few more offensive moves before choking Kendrick with his wrist tape. Homicide goes to the outside and gets in a toolbox, letting the fans decide whether he should use a hammer or a flathead screwdriver. Homicide gets in the ring, argues with the referee and Kendrick takes advantage by booting Homicide in the face and getting a three count. Winner by pinfall: Brian Kendrick
Backstage security is trying to hold back Brother Ray and Jesse Neal
Jesse Neal is in the ring calling Brother Ray out while Shannon Moore is trying to calm him down. Security blocks Team 3D from going in the ring with Brother Devon still trying to calm Ray down. Ray finally gets in the ring, with security standing in between Team 3D and Ink Inc. Ray tells Jesse to go ahead and say what he has to say. Jesse says that if Ray has a problem, to have the balls to settle it face to face and to stop laying them out and leaving cards on them. Ray says he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but Jesse’s turned into an arrogant punk, and he needs to remind Jesse that he’s one of the most legit tough guys in the business and it’s getting to the point where he needs to take him out. Jesse says he always showed him respect, and Ray says he doesn’t need his accolades because he’s nobody, and before he came to Team 3D he was nothing more than a failure in the Navy. After Slammiversary, if Brother Ray has anything to do with it, he’ll be a failure in the wrestling business too. Ray calls Shannon a bitch and says that if he has something to say, then say it. Shannon says that the Book Of DILLIGAF says he’s a bully and a douchebag, then tells him to take his puppet and get out of here. Devon seems to take offense to that, but tells Shannon he’ll give him a pass on that. Jesse apparently gets a pass because they trained him, but Devon never liked Shannon from the beginning, but he understood the situation. Devon then turns around and tells Ray that he needs to get his head on straight and leave Jesse alone. Devon drops the microphone and walks off. Ray pauses to consider this, then suckerpunches Jesse from behind and runs off.
We come back to a replay of the Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting “match” from TNA Sacrifice last month and a plug for Jeff Jarrett commenting on Sting.
Before we go to commercial though, Eric Bischoff and Miss Tessmacher with Matt Morgan. Bischoff tells Morgan that Hogan is waiting with his tag Team Partner
Okay, we go to the Jeff Jarrett interview, which is spliced with video clips flashing us back in the Jarrett-Sting feud. Jarrett says that at Sacrifice, the guy we saw was not the Sting he’s known for years. Jeff says that Hogan coming to TNA was a blessing, but Sting doesn’t see it that way. Jeff has a special connection to Slammiversary, but now he’ll have to explain to his three daughters why he’ll be home instead of at Slammiversary this year. He promises that he’ll be back, and he’ll get his answers.
Morgan comes to the ring and waits on Hogan. ((Hopefully it will be quick and painless. Hogan and Morgan don’t interest me)) Hogan comes out and Morgan the biggest crybaby he’s ever seen. Hogan has never seen someone stab so many people in the back before ((What, your heel turn in WCW doesn’t count? You turned on an entire company)) If Morgan shook hands with the fans he’d steal their wallets ((Cryme Tyme reference in TNA?)) Hogan says everything he’s done is about to come back to him right now, and introduces his partner…Hernandez! Hernandez comes running down the ramp and dives over the ropes onto Morgan and starts kicking the crap out of him. Hernandez beats Morgan out of the ring, around ringside, and back in the ring and continues to physically annihilate Morgan. Hogan is on commentary and said that “what comes around goes around” and also he is making Morgan vs. Hernandez for Slammiversary. As Hernandez was leaving the Band comes out to defend the TNA titles.
TNA Tag Team Championships: The Band © vs. Matt Morgan & Hernandez
Matt Morgan is tied to a stretcher, as they were about to wheel him out. Eric Young covers Morgan to end the “match” Winner by pinfall and still the Tag Team Champions: the Band
We go backstage to Christy with Rob Van Dam, and she wants to know what RVD thinks of Sting’s recent behavior. RVD says his strategy’s the same, and he knows Sting wants the belt, but he’s going to have to come get it from him because he’s Rob…Van…Dam. Sting nails RVD from behind with the bat, chokes him with the bat, then stands over him and starts wailing on him with rights and lefts. Sting grabs the title belt and walks off as RVD is left lying.
They replay the attack on RVD from before the commercial break. RVD asks where his belt is, and Christy says Sting took it. RVD goes looking for Sting.
Kurt Angle comes to the ring and says that he’s going to wrestle Frankie Kazarian at Slammiverary, and Kazarian is an excellent X-Division wrestler. With that in mind, he asked a good friend of his to come out and face him tonight to help him prepare for Kazarian, and he told him to hold nothing back. Amazing Red comes out, shakes Kurt’s hand before the bell rings
Kurt Angle vs. Amazing Red
Angle starts off the match by taking Red down with a shoulderblock, but Red catches him with an armdrag and a flying headscissors. Red reverses a German Suplex only to get caught in overhead belly to belly instead. Angle takes a charge but Red uses his momentum to send him to the floor. Red leaps off the apron with another flying headscissors on the floor, then rolls Kurt back in. Red goes for a springboard something, but Angle moves and Red crashes into the mat. Angle follows that up by flattening him with a clothesline. Angle keeps his momentum until Red reverses a suplex into a DDT. Red goes to the apron and gets a springboard DDT for a very close 2, but Angle comes out of nowhere with a German Suplex. The straps come down and Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but Red gets out and gets a Shining Wizard and a Frankensteiner ((That looked pretty bad, it drove Angle’s head right into the mat)) Red misses another high flying move and Angle hits the Angle Slam for the win. Winner by Pinfall: Kurt Angle
We go backstage to Sting, who says that he is in possession of the belt, but after this Sunday he’ll own it. Right now the word of the day is deception, and that’s what the belt represents right now: deception. He turns the belt around to show that he’s defaced it by scrawling the word “deception” across the front. Sting says that change is coming, and it’s Showtime. Sting gets a good chuckle. ((Leave it to face paint to make someone look so different, he doesn’t even look his age. I really hope he decides to stay another year. I love him as a heel))
We go to a video package hyping the history of TNA leading into Slammiversary, and we get comments from Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, and Sting as they debate the World Title Match. We then run through the rest of the card and Dixie wraps us up by putting over the roster for all their hard work in building TNA into the brand it is today.
We’re backstage and following Rob Van Dam as he searches for Sting. He decides to head up to the rafters and search for Sting up there.
AJ Styles, Desmond Wolfe & Beer Money vs Jay Lethal, Abyss, Mr Anderson & Jeff Hardy
Lethal and Roode start and Roode with a knee to the gut and a forearm, then lays in a stiff chop on the ropes, but Lethal with a backwards handspring elbow. Lethal tags in Abyss and he starts working Roode over in the corner. Abyss tries a charge in the corner but Roode moves and Storm comes in to double team Abyss, Abyss goes for a double chokeslam, they fight their way out, but Abyss flattens both of them with a double clothesline and tags Anderson. Anderson works on the arm and then he and Hardy do some quick tags while continuing to target Storm’s arm. Hardy goes up for the 10 punches in the corner, then mares Storm for 2. Storm goes to the eyes and tags in Wolfe, but Hardy with a vertical suplex for 2. Styles gets tagged in and repeatedly rams his shoulder into the midsection of Hardy. Styles slams Hardy on the mat and drops the knee but only gets two. Wolfe tags back in and all three heels in the corner put up their boots so Wolfe can ram Hardy into them. He tries it again but Hardy reverses and Wolfe goes flying into the boots. Hardy gets caught in the corner, and gets stomped by Wolfe. Anderson and Lethal both try to help, but as the ref is trying to get them out of the ring the heels beat Hardy up. Beer Money hits a double suplex on Hardy and Roode blatantly chokes him before dropping a knee for a 2 count. Roode catapults Hardy into the bottom rope and covers for 2. Hardy tries to make a break for the corner but Beer Money gets him back down and Storm goes to a front facelock. Hardy makes the tag, but the referee was distracted by AJ Styles in the ring so he didn’t allow it. Styles tags in and puts the boots to Hardy, but Hardy hits a chinbreaker and spinkicks Styles. Jay Lethal comes in like a house of fire and beats up all the heels. Lethal with a backdrop and neckbreaker on Styles before Wolfe with a DDT on Lethal, but Anderson comes in and hits the Finlay Roll on Wolfe. Everyone comes in and hits their finishers, ending with Wolfe killing Abyss with a lariat. He tells Chelsea, sitting at ringside, to give him her chair, and she hesitates but Desmond ends up grabbing it from her…then turns around and gets the chair punched into his face by Abyss. Styles nails Abyss from behind and sends him to the floor. Lethal gets powerbombed and AJ holds on, getting the Styles Clash for a three count. Winners by pinfall: AJ Styles, Desmond Wolfe, and Beer Money
We go backstage to Sting, who says that he wasn’t going to make it easy for RVD because it’s all about deception, and he’s going to be right there waiting for RVD.
Backstage RVD is still looking for Sting. He finds him just as Sting jumps from behind him and proceeds to beat him with whatever isn’t nailed down, while he’s wearing the defaced title belt. RVD is able to fight back as they move toward the concession stand and RVD chokes Sting with the t-shirt rack. RVD rams Sting into the scaffolding under the bleachers as we get closer to the stage. Sting gets a shot in and rams RVD into a garbage can on the other side. They finally make their way out through the crowd and on the ramp that leads to the stage. Sting gains control until they get to the ring where RVD chokes Sting with his jacket. RVD yanks the belt off of Sting and uses his boot to choke him in the courner before hitting a basement dropkick. RVD goes outside and grabs a chair and wedges it in the corner. Sting recovers briefly and starts a comeback, but RVD superkicks him and Sting goes down. RVD comes in for the kill but Sting throws RVD into the chair, then takes it and slams it across RVD’s back. Sting reclaims the belt and grabs a mic. Sting tells RVD that the belt is deception and it’s his until Sunday, then he tosses the belt to RVD and walks off to close the show.