– Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
We get a video package looking at the recent issues between these two men, stemming from the argument about who deserves to be the #1 contender to the TNA World Championship more.
Mr. Anderson is the first man to make his way out to the arena. Of course he makes a stop at the top of the ramp and calls down his mic from the roof. Anderson says that he hails from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Then he’s kind enough to give us his name before heading to the ring. Jeff Hardy is out next, and he gets a nice pop from the crowd as he walks slowly to show off the silly eyes he drew on his eyelids.
The bell rings, and both men slap hands quickly before circling each other and locking up. Anderson backs Hardy into the corner and breaks clean. Another lock up and Anderson goes right into a headlock. Hardy fights out of the hold, but gets hit with a shoulderblock. Hardy comes right back with a hip toss. He blocks a hip toss from Anderson and hits a series of arm drags and goes right into an arm bar.
Anderson turns things around, going to work on Hardy’s arm, but it doesn’t last too long as Hardy reverses things again. Anderson back Hardy into the corner and catches him with a couple of shots before whipping him across the ring and running into a head scissors. Anderson goes to the outside and Hardy catches him with a dropkick through the ropes. Hardy follows Anderson to the outside and sends him head first into the ring apron and the steel ring steps. Hardy pulls the steps out from the ring and uses them to launch himself. Anderson moves, but Hardy doesn’t crash into the guard rail, catching himself, then hitting Anderson with a clothesline and sending him into the ring. Hardy follows, and Anderson hits a nasty kick to Hardy’s ribs.
Hardy hits a jawbreaker and a Russian leg sweep before rolling Anderson up for two. Hardy splashes Anderson in the corner, seating him. Hardy goes for the corner dropkick, but Anderson kicks him away with a boot to the gut. Anderson hits a running clothesline and tries for a couple of pin attempts, but Hardy wont stay down for three. Anderson twists Hardy’s arm driving his shoulder into Hardy’s. Anderson arm drags Hardy to the mat and drives his knee into Hardy’s shoulder repeatedly. Anderson goes into a keylock, but Hardy fights right up to his feet. Anderson punches at Hardy’s arm and takes him down for two with a flying arm bar.
Hardy rolls to the apron, and hits Anderson with a couple of shoulders to the gut, but Anderson counters with a rope assisted neck breaker, taking Hardy down for another two count. Anderson pulls Hardy to the middle of the ring and locks in an Arm bar, positioning himself above Hardy and twisting and grinding down on Hardy’s shoulder.
Hardy fights out of the hold, and takes Anderson down to the mat with a mic check, although it looks like Anderson doesn’t do too well with taking his own move. Anderson gets to his feet first and takes Hardy to the corner, only to be blocked. Hardy fights back, sending Anderson into the ropes, but he’s caught with a kick to the shoulder. Hardy comes back with a couple of clotheslines, an elbow, and a big flying clothesline. Anderson hits Hardy with a back elbow and sends him into the corner. Anderson avoids the poetry in motion. Anderson hits the twist of fate and covers Hardy for two.
Anderson goes for a swanton, but Hardy is able to get his knees up. Hardy goes up and goes for the swanton, hitting it and pinning Anderson for another two count.
Anderson and Hardy trade right hands on their knees, then they fight up to their feet, trading blows the entire time. Hardy hits an inverted atomic drop, then tries for his low dropkick, but it’s blocked by Anderson. Anderson rolls up Hardy, and it’s a really weird three count, but the bell rings, and apparently Anderson won the match. Anderson looks confused, and the fans don’t seem happy.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
We get a replay of the pinfall and it looks like Hardy clearly kicked out of the pin. The result seems like it will stand though and Hardy looks amicable to the decision. Anderson makes his way up the ramp, not looking too happy about the victory. Taz and Tenay discuss between themselves whether or not Hardy actually kicked out.
Christy Hemme is backstage with Austin Aries where she’ll be asking questions from Twitter. Someone wants to know if Aries is intimidated by Ray. Aries says no. His whole life people have tried to intimidate him, but it’s not in his nature, no matter how big or tough someone is. He says Ray has disrespected him, and tonight he gets that respect tonight. Ray thinks bigger is better. Aries thinks better is better. He says tonight this little man will pick up all 280 pounds of Ray and drop him on his head, and defeat him. He’ll look big when Ray is on his back after Aries has won.
We get a recap of what happened this past Thursday on Impact when Abyss returned to TNA and told his ‘brother’ to stay away.
JB interviews Joseph Park in the crowd. Park says he rode all the rides at Universal Studios, except the ones he couldn’t fit on. Park says that he’s made a lot of new friends tonight, and he’s happy to be here. Park says he didn’t see Abyss’ return because of Bully Ray’s attack. He says that he knows his brother Chris is close, and he wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up tonight. He says in the meantime, he’s going to sit back and watch Austin Aries kick Bully Ray’s a-, but he stops himself.
Apparently this is turning into an episode of Impact as Crimson makes his way out to the ring to grab a mic. He says everyone know what he’s capable of. Everyone saw it on Thursday when he put down Matt Morgan without even breaking a sweat. He says all he does is win and that’s what he’ll continue to do. He says no one in the back wants to fight him, and no one in the crowd wants to fight him. He went around to everyone in the back and issued an open challenge.
– Crimson vs. Eric Young
Crimson calls a ref into the ring. He says he came here tonight, to have a fight, and to win. He asks the ref if he knows what that’s like. The ref says no. Crimson tells the ref to ring the bell, count to ten, and call Crimson the winner. The bell rings, and the ref begins the count.
The ref makes it to eight before he’s interrupted by the music of the Knockouts Tag Team Champions. ODB and EY make their way out to the entrance ramp. ODB has a mic. She says if he wants to throw down an open challenge, she’s beaten bigger broads than his undefeated a–. EY says these people know where she’s going. He says they’re married and in love. Her problems are EY’s problems, if Crimson is good enough for ODB, he’s good enough for him. EY charges into the ring and lock up with the ref.
Crimson attacks EY, taking him into the corner. EY does a headstand in the corner and takes Crimson down with a big head scissors. EY continues the assault and sends Crimson to the outside. Crimson heads back into the ring, and after a bit of trouble from EY, he manages to toss him over the top rope and to the outside. Crimson follows and mounts EY with a series of punches. ODB gets involved, and Crimson backs her off. Crimson rolls EY back into the ring and goes for the pin and gets a two count. Crimson hits a falcon arrow for another two count before locking in a cravat.
EY fights out of the hold, but he eats an elbow and a big exploder suplex from Crimson. Crimson waits for EY to get to his feet, and he’s caught from behind by ODB. Crimson shoves ODB down hard. EY isn’t happy, pulling down his pants to reveal American flag trunks. EY takes Crimson down with some big clotheslines before taking him to the mat with a body slam. EY hits a flying elbow drop before going to check on ODB. Crimson attacks and knocks EY into ODB, sending ODB crashing to the mat. Crimson hits the Red Sky, and gets the three count.
JB is backstage with Bully Ray and more Twitter questions. The question is how can Ray compete with a much younger and faster Austin Aries. Ray asks if JB knows who he is. JB says he’s well aware. Ray says he doesn’t do Twitter, and when he does, he trends on Twitter. Ray goes oldschool, throwing out a Myspace URL. Ray says he saw fear in Aries’ eyes. He’s the most legit bada– Aries has been in the ring with. Ray says Aries can’t get him up in the brainbuster because he’s not man enough or big enough. He says he doesn’t care how big Aries’ heart is, because tonight he’s going to break it.
– Austin Aries vs. Bully Ray
We get a video package that highlights the history between these two guys over the past few weeks, stemming from Ray making fun of Aries height and size.
Bully Ray is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and the big man gets a negative reaction from the crowd. Ray calls out Taz, telling him that Aries doesn’t have a shot tonight. Taz says he doesn’t know about that, but he doesn’t like Aries’ chances. Aries makes his way out to a big reaction from the crowd.
The bell rings and Ray and Aries stare at each other from across the ring. Aries walks straight up to Ray in the middle of the ring and looks at him. Ray talks a little trash, so Aries backs up and props himself up in the corner, laying across the top rope. Aries gets in Ray’s face, yelling back at him. Both men begin to circle each other. Ray goes into the ropes to prevent a lock up. Ray tells the ref to calm Aries down.
Ray continues to avoid a lockup, going into the ropes and out to the apron a second time. Ray walks out to the ring steps. Rey tells the ref to tell the fans to shut up. Ray gets back into the ring, and avoids a third lock up, but on his way out, Aries kicks the second rope into Ray’s crotch. Aries beats on Ray in the corner, then catches him with a big boot. Aries launches himself off the second rope, but Ray catches him and slams him down. Ray spits in Aries’ face, so Aries slaps Ray and beats on him with repeated rights in the corner. Aries charges right into a back elbow and is laid out. Ray goes for a stomp, but Aries avoids it and bites the calf. Aries is back dropped to the apron, but he snaps Ray’s neck across the top. Aries goes up to the top, but Ray catches him with a huge boot that sends him sailing to the outside and crashing into the barricade.
Aries back has immediately started welting up and bruising. Aries is slow to make his way back into the ring, and when he does, Ray turns his attention right to Aries’ back. Ray lays in with some huge clubbing blows to Aries’ back, slowing down the pace greatly. Ray stomps away at Aries in the corner before gloating to the crowd. Ray picks Aries up and slams him down to the mat hard. Aries pulls himself up to his feet and finds himself trapped in a bear hug from Ray. Aries fights out of the hold, and runs right into a big back body drop.
Ray catches Aries with a big chop to the chest, but Aries pops up and asks for more. Ray hits another chop, but Aries it up again, hitting him with a big right hand, and a series of forearms. Ray comes back with another chop and tells Aries to stay down. Aries refuses, getting back up and hitting a couple of chops of his own. Ray rakes Aries’ eyes, then hits an elbow to the top of the head. Aries hits Ray with a shoulder to the gut and a couple of elbows to the top of the head of his own. Aries drags Ray’s face across the top rope, leaps over the big man, and takes him into the corner. Aries runs into a big boot and eats a urunage from Ray, but it’s not enough to keep Aries down for three.
Aries counters out of something and kicks away at Ray, but he ends up eating a pop-up ace crusher, but it’s still not enough to keep Aries down for three and Ray is livid. Ray grabs a chain, but Joseph Park runs to the front, saying Ray can’t do that. Ray pulls Park into the ringside area and grabs a chair, but Aries hits Ray with the heat seeking missile. Ray stumbles back into the ring, and turns around into a top rope missile dropkick. Aries charges in with a dropkick in the corner before hitting a big brainbuster. Aries goes for the pin, but Ray kicks out at two.
Ray tries for a powerbomb, but Aries counters out and locks in the last chancery, forcing Ray to tap out.
Winner: Austin Aries