TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles wrote the final chapter in his feud with Kurt Angle as they did battle in an ironman for the belt. I forgot to mention this in the last post, but a stipulation added to the match was that if Kurt lost, he would not get another shot at the title as long as AJ held the belt. In an epic clash, AJ defeated the Olympic Gold Medalist. This hereby barred Angle for the TNA World Title picture and opens up a spot for the number one contenders spot. See later on who in fact takes up that role.
Things are heating up in the tag team division. Deadly Sin reigned supreme in the tag team title feud with Beer Money after winning a Match of the Year candidate ladder match at Sacrifice! The 100% match quality classic seemingly put an end to things between those tag teams. However, Beer Money earned the right to fight the tag champions again on Impact after beating the Motor City Machine Guns in an elimination fatal four way match. The guns were not happy with this loss and took it upon themselves to cost Beer Money the tag title match a week later. Beer Money demanded the match against the Guns at Slammiversary which Hulk Hogan made official.
The tag champions Deadly Sin began targeting two powerful individuals in TNA… Majority Shareholder Mick Foley and TNA Founder Jeff Jarrett. After Jarrett and Foley were attacked in separate incidents, the two joined forces and were later granted a tag title match at the PPV.
Samoa Joe targeted Kurt Angle, seeing Kurt as an obstacle on his way to the top of TNA. The two traded attacks back and forth until Hogan had enough, and booked them in a singles match for Slammiversary.
Sting was fired by Hogan at Sacrifice following his brutal attacks against Mr Anderson and Hogan injured. Sting had put Anderson on the shelf, but Anderson returned at the start of June demanding Sting be reinstated. Hogan refused, saying that Sting was a danger to the entire roster. Anderson said he relished danger and threatened Hogan to reinstate Sting. After Sting’s music cost Mr Anderson a number one contendership match for the World Title, Hogan finally made the decision to bring Sting back for a one-time deal at Slammiversary. It would be Sting and Anderson one last time… in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH!
Pre-Show – Michelle McCool def. Tara (c) and Angelina Love to win the TNA Knockouts Championship
BETTER THAN DIVAS! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) BETTER THAN DIVAS! (Clap, clap, clap, clap clap) The three top knockouts square off in a triangle match for the Knockouts title… the irony. McCool and Love always ask for matches with each other for TV so I decided to shot them both in a Knockouts title match alongside the champion Tara. I feel like I’m going to use McCool a lot more than anybody else on the roster, so she was selected to win this match. A botched interference by Amazing Kong (who McCool was kinda feuding with) caused McCool to win the title. Not a bad rating for the knockouts.
Match 1 – Abyss and Bobby Lashley def. “Bad Influence” Christopher Daniels and Kaz in a hardcore tag team match
Abyss and Lashley go over in the tag feud PURELY because I see potential in booking Abyss and Lashley as a monster heel tag team! They’re both over and I could have them be like enforcers for AJ in the future. In fact, I might actually go with that for now! I feel AJ having a huge stable with him as the leader would do well to give him heat. Not like a huge nWo group. Just like him, Lashley, Abyss… and probably Nash maybe? Four or five guys would be a decent size for the group and I feel booking Abyss and Lashley strongly would work well for the eventual stable that will be formed. I’d say we could form Fortune, but everybody expect for AJ is a face! This is like the Styles Society or something. I dunno. If anybody reading can give me a name for a group involving AJ, Abyss, Lashley, Nash and somebody else, tweet at me @TomRobinson5199!
Match 2 – Jay Lethal (c) def. Homicide and Jerry Lynn to retain the TNA X-Division Championship
This is a tag team feud between Lethal/Lynn and LAX, but I really wanted the X-Division title to be involved. Lethal is the champion and if you don’t have the champion defend it regularly, the game just really downgrades the title. So Lethal defending the title against Lynn and Homicide could help the title and the feud along. I wish the match did a higher rating but at least the feud got PPV air time.
Match 3 – “Beer Money Inc” Bobby Roode and James Storm def. “Motor City Machine Guns” Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin
95% says this match was awesome! I remember when they were actually feuding in TNA around this time actually, they put together some quality matches. Beer Money got the first win here. I wanted Beer Money to start the feud off strong, especially after they just lost the tag team titles. So they win here. MCMG will probably win the next match on Impact or at Victory Road and we’ll see where we go from here. But excellent!
Match 4 – Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe went to a double decision
100% match quality! I’m really thrilled that it got the rating it did because this is one of my main feuds in TNA! But there was a problem which I’ll explain in the next match! The ending to this was that Joe had the choke locked in on Angle. Angle pushes back on Joe getting Joe’s shoulders on the mat. The ref goes to count down Joe but Angle taps to the choke at the same time, leading the match to end in a draw. After the two shook hands post-match, Joe cheap shots Angle frustrated that he could not actually beat him. 99% overall. Probably the biggest overall match rating I’ve ever gotten on this game. Not just in the TNA series, but in WCW as well. I shouldn’t have expected anything more from Joe and Angle! Awesome work guys!
Match 5 – Monty Brown (c) def. Brother Ray, Brother Devon and Kevin Nash in a fatal four way match to retain the TNA Global Championship
This is where I made a complete mess up of the timing of matches. This match suffered a lot because the match were so pumped up from the last one! I should have known that this was going to happen! Brown, Ray, Devon and Nash in a fatal four way sounded a lot better in my head than it did in the game! 66% rating for this shit-fest of a match! The knockouts match got a higher rating than this one! Well… Monty Brown retains!
Match 6 – Sting def. Mr Anderson in a Texas Death match
Looking back, I probably should have put Anderson over because he’s the one that’s actually a full-time wrestler unlike Sting, who just became a non-wrestler. However, I wanted to book this feud like this was Austin and Hart. Sting would just beat the crap out of Anderson the entire match but Anderson would just not give up. Anderson wouldn’t be turning or anything, but it’d make him look good despite beating beat. Anderson still got really over anywhere so I’m not too concerned about how it ended. However, Sting is the victor in the feud.
Match 7 – “Deadly Sin” Rhino and Raven def. Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley via DQ to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship
The DQ finish occurs when Jarrett simply blasts Raven with the guitar during the match. This sparks the total annihilation of the Deadly Sin tag team as Foley and Jarrett rips them apart post match. Foley does the elbow through the announce table on Rhino, Jarrett does the Stroke onto the chair etc. Jarrett and Foley lost, but that’s the furthest thing from their mind. They just want to punish Raven and Rhino. 93%! These old-timers sure know how to put on a hell of a match… even in 2010!
Match 8 – AJ Styles (c) def. Jeff Hardy to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
If you have been a massive follower of the Armbar Express, you’ll know I’m not the biggest Jeff Hardy fan. However, with him being the top draw of merchandise right now and being super over… I have to push him. Even if I don’t like him, sometimes you have to do what’s best for business. However, he wouldn’t be walking out of this one as the TNA World Champion. AJ won by cheating but the feud will still continue onto Victory Road. I’m still not sure whether to have Jeff actually win the belt, but it would not be the worse idea in the world if he’s over. You’ll have to stay tuned to the next PPV to see how it plays out!