TNA Championship Match
If Aries loses, he will not get a rematch.
– Austin Aries (c) vs. Bobby Roode
We get a video package detailing the history between Roode and Aries, including the events that led up to their match last month where Aries won the title.
Bobby Roode is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a good amount of heat on his way into the arena.
Austin Aries is out next, and the champ gets a good reaction from the audience.
After formal ring introductions from JB, we’re ready to begin the main event of the evening.
The bell rings and Aries and Roode walk out to the center of the ring. Roode yells at Aries. Aries shrugs and spits water in Roode’s face. Aries connects with a drop toe hold and tries to go right for the last chancery, but Roode bails to the floor. Roode heads back in and Aries locks in the last chancery. Roode makes it to the ropes, then heads to the floor. He’s slow to get back into the ring, composing himself and asking for Aries to be backed up. Roode finally gets back into the ring and the slides right back out.
Roode gets back into the ring and Aries catches him with a corner dropkick. Aries teases the brainbuster but Roode rolls right back out to the floor. Roode shrugs it off and begins walking up the ramp. Roode asks for a time out, but the ref says no. He breaks the count, and turns around to eat an Austin Aries plancha. Aries rolls Roode into the ring and Roode rolls through, so Aries heads out with a plancha over the other side. Aries rolls Roode in again and pounds on him in the corner. Aries hits a snap mare and a dropkick to the back from the middle rope. Aries picks up Roode and blasts him with a nasty chop.
Aries kicks Roode hard and Roode heads to the outside. Aries flies from the top rope, but Roode moves and Aries crashes into the barricade. Roode backs Aries into the apron hard before taking him around the ring and launching him into the barricade. Roode stomps away at Aries on the floor before bringing things back into the ring. Aries kicks at Roode’s back and side, stomping at him in the corner. Aries tries to fight back but Roode pokes him in the eye. Roode suplexes Aries across the top rope, and then brings him back into the ring with a suplex. Roode drops a knee across Aries’ chest and goes into a seated bear hug.
Aries fights up to his feet and out of the hold with a series of elbows. Roode backs Aries into the corner and Roode drives his shoulder into Aries’ midsection. Aries rolls up Roode out of nowhere for two. Aries tries for a crucifix, but Roode counters, shouldering Aries and dropping him into a gut buster for two. Roode stomps at Aries’ gut, then his ankle. Roode chops Aries in the corner, and lays him out with a big right hand.
Aries fights back with a couple of right hands, but runs right into a knee to the gut that’s good to get Roode a two count. Roode locks in a body scissors, clamping down to wear down Aries. Aries rolls Roode into a pin to try and counter but Roode kicks out and holds on to the hold. Aries fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but he gets caught in a cross body and Roode slams him into the corner into a tree of woe. Roode stomps away at Aries, wearing him down. Roode heads into the corner and Aries scores with a couple of kicks to the head and a stunner to get himself out of the tree of woe.
Both men are slow to get to their feet. Aries lays in with a couple of chops and left hands. Aries mounts Roode in the corner for a couple of punches, then drops down for an inverted atomic drop and a big clothesline that sends Roode to the floor. Roode sees a suicide dive coming and moves, so Aries heads to the top and comes off with a double sledge. Aries hits Roode with an awesome running dropkick when he’s seating in a chair in the ringside area. Aries rolls Roode back into the ring and locks in the last chancery. Roode teases tapping, but he rips at Aries’ face to break the hold. Aries takes Roode down into the crossface.
Aries cranks back but Roode is able to get to his feet and break the hold with a backbreaker. Roode takes Aries down into a crossface, but Aries doesn’t look like he’s going to give. Aries crawls toward the ropes, finally making it and forcing Roode to break the hold. Roode is frustrated, screaming at the ref. Roode hits Aries with a big forearm, then chops him hard in the corner. Aries turns things around with a big chop of his own. Aries and Roode trade lefts and rights. Roode tosses Aries to the apron. Aries hits a giant shoulderblock, then heads to the top for a huge missile dropkick.
Aries hits the corner dropkick, but Roode comes back with the spinebuster out of nowhere for two. Roode takes Aries into the corner and the two trade punches, with Roode getting the better of Aries. Roode seats Aries on the top turnbuckle and goes for the superplex, but Aries blocks it and chops Roode down to the canvas. Aries stands on the top turnbuckle and goes for the 450, but Roode gets his knees up. Roode runs in for a spear, but Aries moves and Roode wipes out the ref. Aries hits Roode with a series of right, but runs into a big spear.
Roode covers Aries and another ref comes down and counts two, Roode picks Aries up and tries for a fisherman buster, but Aries blocks it. Aries tries for the brainbuster, but Roode backs him into the corner and takes out the new ref. Aries connects with a kick to Roode’s head and hits the brainbuster. The first ref comes around and makes the count, counting two, but Roode kicks out!
Aries heads to the top, but Roode hits the ropes and crotches him. Roode heads up after Aries and tries for the superplex, connecting this time. Roode makes the pin and both men’s shoulders are on the mat. Both referees make the count, and both hold up either man’s hand.
There’s an argument between the two refs and Roode takes the belt and runs. Earl Hebner comes down and grab the belt from Roode. Earl consults with the refs in the ring. He hears differing reports from the refs. The match is going to restart with the original ref.
Aries dives out of the ring with the heat seeking missile, right into the belt that’s in the hands of Roode. Roode picks Aries up and drags Aries back into the ring. Roode rolls Aries into the ring and covers him but Aries still kicks out! Roode shoves the ref, but the ref shoves back. Roode picks up Aries, but Aries rolls him up out of nowhere, putting leverage on Roode and getting the three count.
Winner and STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Austin Aries
Aries celebrates with his title while Roode begins to realize that he wont be getting a rematch while Aries is champion. Roode sadly walks to the back as Aries soaks in the cheers of the crowd in the middle of the ring with his belt over his shoulder.
The show ends with Aries in the ring and Roode sitting at the top of the ramp, dejected and holding his head. Aries proves he’s no fluke.