TNA Championship Match
– Bobby Roode (c) vs. Austin Aries
We get a really well put together video package highlighting the events that have led up to Aries’ road to a title match. All of the video packages tonight have been well done, and I have to say that I think this has easily been one of the best built up matches Roode has had during his entire title reign.
Austin Aries is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he’s got a pretty spiffy new ‘Greatest Man That Ever Lived’ cape. He gets a nice pop on his way out to the ring.
Bobby Roode is out next, and the champ doesn’t get nearly the same kind of reaction.
After formal ring introductions from JB, we’re ready to kick off our main event of the evening.
The bell rings and the crowd immediately rallies in Aries’ corner. Roode backs Aries into the corner, but breaks cleanly. Another lock up and Aries backs Roode up into the ropes, breaking clean but giving him a little tap on the chest. Another lock up and Roode goes to work on Aries’ arm, taking him down to his knees. Aries is able to roll around and out of the hold, reversing things and working on Roode’s arm. Roode pushes Aries off and hits a shoulder block. Aries responds with a drop toe hold and he rolls the champ up for two. Aries locks up Roode’s legs and clamps on an STF before floating over.
Both men are up and another lock up leads to Aries taking Roode over and slapping at the champ’s head, embarrassing him. Aries snaps Roode’s neck across the top rope before hitting a slingshot elbow and another elbow drop for a near fall. Roode is able to lock on a head scissor, but Aries fights out, only to find himself in another one. Aries does a headstand and pops out, dropkicking Roode in the face. Roode heads to the outside, so Aries heads to the top and leads to the outside with a double sledge.
Aries sends Roode back into the ring and goes for a missile dropkick from the top, but Roode moves. Roode chokes Aries on the bottom rope by standing on the back of his head and neck. Roode stomps and chops at Aries in the corner. Roode suplexes Aries before backing into the corner and coming out with a knee drop. Roode clamps on a rear chin lock, but Aries is quick to fight up to his feet and out of the hold. Aries hits the ropes, but runs right into a big elbow.
Aries takes on Roode, going into a quick flurry of offense. Aries tries for the last chancery, but can’t quite lock it in. He rolls out and knees Roode in the face before bringing him up to his feet, fighting him in the corner and grinding his face across the top rope. Aries sends Roode out to the apron and then floor, but he goes for the heat seeking missile through the bottom ropes, but Roode moves and Aries crashes into the guard rail. Roode rolls Aries back into the ring and he waits, hitting a spear when Aries turns around.
Roode stomps away at Aries before hitting a front suplex and going for another pin. Roode locks in a body scissors, then pulls away at Aries’ face. Aries fights up to his feet and fights off Roode with a couple of elbows, but he runs into a big knee from Roode. Roode backs Aries into the corner, hitting him with a nasty chop. Roode whips Aries into the opposite corner hard.
Roode runs into an elbow in the corner, but he shoulders Aries and tosses him up and out, down to the mat. Roode wraps Aries in a seated bear hug, but Aries fights up to his feet. Roode dives him back down to the mat. Aries fights to his feet again. He runs into another knee but turns it into a roll up. Roode kicks out and clotheslines Aries hard for a two count of his own.
Roode slaps at Aries’ face, talking trash. Aries gets to his feet and shrugs off forearms, coming back with a couple of his own. Roode chops Aries in the corner, so Aries hits one of his own. Roode hits the ropes and misses a forearm, but eats a discus forearm. Roode back drops Aries to the apron. Aries heads back into the ring and clotheslines Roode to the outside. Aries hits the head seeking missile and connects this time. Aries rolls Roode back into the ring and heads to the top. He hits the missile dropkick from the top rope. Aries charges Roode, but he’s caught and hits with a running powerslam for a two count.
Roode waits for Aries to stand and goes for another spear, but Aries avoids it, going right into the last chancery. Aries rolls out of it to his a couple of knees to the top of Roode’s head. Roode turns things around into a crossface, cranking back. Aries doesn’t give up, but turns it around into the last chancery again. Roode rakes at Aries’ face to break the hold. Roode spears Aries into the corner before seating him on the top rope. Roode follows up after Aries and he goes for the superplex, delaying it. Aries hits him with a knee to the head to stop it. Aries pushes Roode away. Aries goes for the 450. Roode moves so Aries rolls through. Roode hits a spinebuster, but it’s only enough for two. Roode throws Aries shoulder first into the ring post.
Roode takes Aries right into the crossface. Roode pulls back. Aries tries to roll him up, but Roode rolls through and hangs on. Aries struggles toward the rope, inching his way over. Aries makes it to the rope and forces Roode to break the hold. Roode rolls to the outside and grabs his title. He brings it back into the ring and the ref sees him, grabbing the title. Roode uses the opportunity to low blow Aries. He goes for the pin, but Aries kicks out at two. Roode argues with the ref, giving him and shove. The ref shoves back and Aries hits the corner dropkick. Aries tries for the brainbuster, but Roode avoids it and shoves Aries into the ref. Roode grabs the belt and he uses it to blast Aries in the face. Roode grabs the ref and goes for the pin but Aries kicks out at two!
Roode grabs Aries and tries for a fisherman something, but Aries reverses into a roll up for two. Aries hits a kick to the top of Roode head and he connects with the brainbuster. Aries gets the three count!
Winner and NEW TNA World Champion: Austin Aries
Aries celebrates with the title while the fans go nuts. This is an awesome moment for the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived. The confetti starts to rain down on the new champion.
The PPV ends with Aries in the middle of the ring, and the TNA World Championship across his shoulder.