We get a video package that highlights how Young made his way to the World Heavyweight Championship, and the path he’s carved so far, leading into tonight.
We get a recap of how both Lashley and Aries made it into this match tonight by winning their respective slots against Samoa Joe and Kenny King respectively. Tenay repeats earlier reports of MVP not being medically cleared to compete tonight. Taz says that makes things harder for EY since he didn’t get to prepare for the guy he ends up taking on.
The first man to make his way out to the cage is Austin Aries, who comes out to a good little bit of fanfare.
Bobby Lashley is the next man out to the ring, and he doesn’t get that much of a reaction out of fans on his way to the ring. Lashley tosses the steel steps to the side, and jumps up into the ring.
Eric Young is out last, and he gets some love from the crowd, who clap him down to the ring.
TNA Triple Threat World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match
Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries
This match can only be won by pin or submission. The bell rings and both Aries and Young try to get in as many shots as they can against Lashley. Lashley is able to fight off both men, burying his shoulder in Aries’ midsection, then crashing into Young in the corner across the ring. Lashley shoulder Young, but Young fights out and tosses Lashley into an elbow from Aries. Young and Aries try to double suplex Lashley, but Lashley suplexes both men instead. Aries and Young are able to send Lashley crashing face first into the cage wall. Young and Aries square off for a bit before Lashley picks up Aries and slamming him into the cage wall, and tossing Young into another side of the cage.
Aries kicks the backs of Lashley’s legs, and Lashley sends him crashing back to the mat. Young hits a missile dropkick from the top rope to take Lashley out for two. Lashley backs Young into the corner and buries his shoulder in Young’s gut, then he does the same to Aries. He goes back and forth, but misses Aries once and crashes into the corner. Aries and Young fight a bit more with Young scoring with a running knee, clothesline, and back suplex to take Aries down for two. Young mounts Lashley in the corner for a series of punches. Aries powerbombs Young out of the corner for two, then dropkicks Lashley. Aries tries for the brainbuster, but Lashley suplexes Aries into the cage wall for two.
Young hits a tornado DDT out of the corner, but runs into a big boot from Lashley in the corner. Lashley is seated on the top rope, and Young is below him. Young shoulders Aries, and Lashley! EY sends both men crashing down to the mat. Young is heading toward the top, but he’s stopped by Lashley. Lashley fights with Young on the top rope. Lashley drapes Young over the top of the cage. Aries is up to fight with Lashley, and he hits a hurricanrana from the top rope to send Lashley crashing to the mat. Young stands on the top of the cage, and he drops the elbow into Lashley’s heart. He goes for the pin, but Aries breaks it up. Aries hits Young with the brainbuster, but Young kicks out at two.
Lashley hits Aries with the spear, but Young breaks up a pin attempt. Lashley picks up and slams EY to the mat. Lashley goes for the spear, but EY moves and Lashley goes through the door, falling to the outside. Young heads to the top rope and hits an elbow drop on Aries. Young pins Aries but only gets two.
Young calls for the piledriver. Aries reverses out of it, rolling out of a roll up to hit a dropkick to EY’s face. Aries and Young stand and trade rights. Aries gets more cheers than Young. Aries misses a discus forearm, but Young misses a flying forearm. Aries connects with the elbow, then hits the dropkick in the corner. Aries goes for the brainbuster, but Young turns things around into a pile driver, keeping Aries down for a three count.
Winner and STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Eric Young
Young checks on Aries, and helps him get to his feet. The fans chant ‘TNA’, and Aries and Young shake hands in the middle of the ring. Aries exits the cage, and the ref holds Eric Young’s hand high, as he celebrates his win to end the show.