Samoa Joe is the first man to make his way to the ring, and aside from Bobby Lashley and Muta, he’s the first man to get a little life out of the fans on his way down the entrance ramp.
Magnus is out to the ring next, and the Champion gets a bit of heat from the fans, but not a whole lot.
JB is out to do formal introductions for both competitors, and we’re ready to begin.
TNA Championship Steel Cage Match
Magnus vs. Samoa Joe
Joe looks ready to fight, with fists cocked before the bell even rings. Once the bell does ring, both men begin circling. Joe scores with a kick to the thigh, then another, but the pace is slow to begin.
Magnus hits a couple of quick boots to the gut before taking Joe over in a head lock. Joe and Magnus trade a couple of holds that end with Magnus with a head lock on Joe. Joe gets to his feet, and Magnus continues to work on Joe’s arm. Joe is able to turn things around, head butting Magnus’ wrist before turning things into a hammerlock. Magnus gets to the ropes, and Joe breaks the hold. Joe hits a couple of big forearms, and MAgnus comes back with one of his own. Magnus clamps on another head lock, bringing Joe to his knee.
Joe stands up and pushes Magnus off, hitting a huge back elbow to put the champ down to the mat. Joe scores with a couple of quick jabs in the corner before chopping down across Magnus’ head. Joe picks Magnus up for a big chop, following him around the ring and laying in a couple more. Joe kicks the inside of the leg, dropping Magnus down, and he chops him again before putting his boot on Magnus’ face, and face-washing the champ. Joe hits a big running knee to a seated Magnus in the corner, causing the champ to go scrambling. Joe hits another couple of jabs, then he drops Magnus with an inverted atomic drop and a big boot. Joe misses the back splash.
Magnus gets on top of Joe and rains down a series of right hands, then he picks Joe up and takes him into the corner, hitting a big chop. Magnus slams Joe’s head into the corner. Joe blocks a right hand and jabs his way out of the corner, taking Magnus across the ring. Joe misses a splash in the corner, and both men are staggering.
Magnus charges in with a running back elbow to Joe’s back. Joe comes right back, slamming Magnus face first into the cage wall, then again. Joe puts Magnus in between the ropes and the cage wall, slamming him face first into the cage ten times before hitting a big running back elbow, and a huge kick to the back of Magnus’ head.
Joe hits a couple of elbows and right hands, opening up Magnus’ forehead. Joe bites at Magnus’ face, then chops down across his head. Joe snap mare’s Magnus, then chops him back, kicks his face, and drops a knee across the forehead. The ref is in to check on Magnus, but Magnus answers the count. Joe follows Magnus into the corner and head butts him, but he misses a big splash. Magnus hits a running knee to Joe’s back that sends him crashing into the cage. Magnus tosses Joe into the cage again, and then a third time.
Joe is split open as well, as Magnus grabs Joe’s leg and locks in the figure four. Joe struggles, trying to turn the hold. Joe is able to turn over to his stomach, reversing the pressure of the hold. Magnus fights out of it. Both men get up, and Magnus connects with a drop toe hold. Magnus gets Joe into a camel clutch, and Joe is in danger once more.
Joe stands with Magnus on his back, backing into the corner hard. Magnus recovers and goes for a sleeper. Joe fights out, but Magnus puts it on again. Joe breaks the hold with a belly to back suplex, and both men are down.
Both guys struggle up to their feet where they trade forearms. Joe gets the upper hand, backing Magnus up with forearms and elbows. Joe runs into a big boot, but catches a leaping Magnus with an inverted atomic drop, big boot, and he connects with the senton this time. Magnus is up and he rakes the eyes, but Joe comes right back with a snap powerslam. Joe traps Magnus in an arm bar, wrenching back hard. Magnus gets to the ropes, and Joe is forced to break the hold.
Joe seats Magnus on the top and hits a nasty chop. Magnus fights Joe off, and he stands on the top rope. Magnus kicks at Joe’s chest, sending him back to the mat. Magnus leaps off the top with a flying elbow drop, crashing down into Joe. The ref checks on Joe, but Joe isn’t staying down. Magnus hits a couple of right hands, but it just gets Joe fired up. Joe slaps Magnus a couple of times, then seats him on the top and chops Magnus’ chest. Magnus tries to climb the cage, but Joe crotches him on the top rope. Joe tries for the muscle buster, connecting in the middle of the ring. Joe traps Magnus in the rear naked choke right in the middle of the ring.
A hand reaches up from under the ring, and it grabs Joe’s arm. Joe is pulled through the mat under the ring, and the fans are not happy, booing, and seemingly annoyed. Loud ‘BS’ chants.
Magnus crawls over toward the hole in the mat. Joe crawls back up through the hole, and he looks furious. Joe stomps down on whatever is under the ring. Joe stands to his feet, and he stalks Magnus in the corner. Joe grabs Magnus around the throat, putting Magnus on the top rope. Joe chokes Magnus against the cage. Abyss is in the ring out of nowhere, holding Janice. He uses it to crack Joe in the stomach. Abyss picks Joe up and hits a black hole slam.
Magnus looks at Abyss, and Abyss turns around and stares him down. Magnus smiles and nods, and Abyss nods back at Magnus. Magnus locks on the rear naked choke to add insult to injury. The ref picks up Joe’s arm and drops it down three times. Magnus wins by referee decision.
Winner and STILL TNA Champion: Magnus
Abyss puts his arm around Magnus while Magnus celebrates. Abyss stares down at Joe before holding his arms up high. Magnus celebrates in the corner, holding his title high.