May 20, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
– A video package runs highlighting the X Division in TNA and “change” coming to TNA.
– A graphic opening hits welcoming us to Destination X. We then go live to the Impact Zone in Orlando where a series of pyro goes off above the ring and in the entrance area.
– Out first is Brian Kendrick to kick off the show.
Note: A very well done 30 minute pre-show aired highlighting the history of the X Division in TNA Wrestling. Hopefully this is provided online by TNA as it is worth taking your time to check out.
Four Way Ladder Match – #1 Contendership for the TNA X Division Championship
Kazarian vs. Daniels vs. Brian Kendrick vs. The Amazing Red
We start with Kazarian and Red taking it to Daniels with some double teaming. Red dropkicks Kendrick out of the ring. Kazarian with a running clothesline on Daniels. Red with a twisting flip dive over Daniels and Kazarian. Kendrick grabs a ladder on the ramp, tosses it and gets attacked by Kazarian. Red prevents Daniels from climbing up. Red then dropkicks the ladder into Daniels. Red gets close to the contract and Kendrick pulls him down tossing him out of the ring. Red slides back in quickly and jumps on Kendrick pulling him off the ladder as it falls down to the mat. Kendrick then slingshots Kazarian back into the ring over the top rope and back first over the ladder. Daniels picks up the ladder and uses it as a weapon on Kazarian and Kendrick. Red counters giving Daniels a drop toe hold into the ladder. Kendrick chokes Kazarian over the guard railing. Kazarian fights back dropping Kendrick chest first over a ladder that was propped up across the ring and guard railing. Daniels with a split leg moonsault over Kazarian while using the ladder.
Red with a huricanrana on Daniels off the ladder (which took a while to setup and was borderline goofy looking). Ladder is back up in the ring. Kazarian and Red are climbing up. Kendrick is knocked off. Kendrick then tosses the ladder over causing Kazarian and Red to crash and burn into the ropes. Kazarian with a leg drop on Daniels over the ladder. Red with a spin kick into a ladder into the face of Kazarian. Daniels with a huge clothesline on Red. Daniels with a scoop slam on Red over a ladder propped up in the corner. Kendrick with another ladder hitting Daniels and Kazarian with it. Kazarian is sent flying into the ladder in the corner by Kendrick and Daniels. Kazarian with a powerbomb on Daniels over the ladder in the corner. Kendrick face plants Kazarian off the top of the ladder onto the mat. Red is tossed over the top rope by Kendrick. Kazarian with a face plant of his own on Kendrick. Kazarian sling shots Red in and connects with a stunner. Kendrick with Sliced Bread on Kazarian. Daniels with a Death Valley Driver on Kendrick.
Two ladders are setup in the middle of the ring. Daniels on one, Red on the other and Daniels powers Red off the ladder onto the mat with force. Daniels gets Red held down in the ladder, knocks Kendrick off and then gets in a few shots on Kazarian as he climbs up the other side. Kazarian gets his legs locked in the ladder and then suplexes Daniels back to the mat. Kendrick jumps up, gets close to the contract, Kendrick lifts himself up, knocks Kendrick off and Kazarian gets the contract.
Winner & NEW #1 Contender for the TNA X Division Championship: Kazarian
After the match, we see highlights leading to the finish. Back live, Kazarian is still celebrating with contract in hand as the Impact Zone gives a big ovation.
– Mike Tenay and Taz discuss the rest of the card tonight including AJ Styles vs. Abyss for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
– Ric Flair’s music hits and he is brought out on a wheel chair by Chelsea (who accompanies Desmond Wolfe). Flair said he is not a happy camper. The crowd lets out a few WOOOOOOOOOO’s and Flair says he doesn’t want them to do that. He wants them to bow to him instead. Flair said he is a 16-time World Champion, he has bled all over the ring, but he has never been in a wheel chair. He said he came to TNA and not to be put in a wheel chair. Flair said Hulk Hogan and Abyss are responsible for his injury. In an amazing moment, Flair goes off on a fan saying he will wheel his chair down that ramp and kick his ass. Flair said he demands respect and he will get it. He then yells at Chelsea to return him to the back.
– Backstage, Hulk Hogan is with Abyss. Hogan said he has never seen someone with so much momentum in this business like Abyss. He asks him what it was like to chokeslam Ric Flair through that ramp. Abyss said he loved the power and wants more. Hogan said that ring will take him anywhere he wants to go in this business. He fires up Abyss and Abyss leaves to get ready for his match. Eric Bischoff walks in wearing a hat. Abyss cracks a joke asking if he has a baseball game later. Hogan said he saw what Foley did, but they need to get back on track and need to clean out the distractions. They shake hands and Bischoff leaves. Hogan laughs adding, “He has a Hulk Hogan haircut.”
TNA Knockouts Championship
Tara (c) vs. Daffney
The bell rings and Tara goes right after Daffney. The two start exchanging shots. Tara with a shoulder block and scoop slam on Daffney. Tara with a standing moonsault on Daffney that results in a two count. Daffney tosses Tara head first into the corner. Tara with a low blow and Taz asks, “Does she have a yam bag?” Daffney with lots of uppercuts and chops to Tara. Tara with a tarantula submission on Daffney on the ropes. Daffney with snapmares to Tara using Tara’s hair. Daffney applies a full body submission on Tara lifting her legs back. Tara breaks free with elbows to Daffney. Tara with a kick to the back of the head on Daffney. Tara with big right hands to Daffney. Tara with a big spinebuster on Daffney that results in a close two count. Daffney with a northern lights suplex into a bridge on Tara for a two count. Tara with a swinging side slam on Daffney for a two count. Daffney drops Tara’s face over her knee. Daffney grabs the Knockouts title, tries to hit Tara with it, Tara dodges and hits the Widow’s Peak. Tara covers and gets the pinfall.
Winner & STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Tara
After the match, Tara celebrates with the TNA Knockouts Championship by walking around the ring and slapping some hands with fans. When she returns to the ring, her spider has been taken and Tara sees Daffney with it.
– Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Brutus Magnus. He said he will only be referred to as Magnus from this point forward. Magnus said he brought Rob Terry to TNA, but Terry had to go off and win a belt to try and make a name for himself. He said he is about to pop Terry’s giant ego tonight.
TNA Global Championship
Rob Terry (c) vs. Magnus
Rob Terry hits the ring right away and goes after Magnus clotheslining him over the top rope. Magnus returns to the ring and gets in a few right hands. Terry with a big body slam on Magnus. Magnus with a kick to the face on Terry, but Terry fires back with a big spin kick. Terry plants Magnus with a big spinebuster and gets the cover.
Winner & STILL TNA Global Champion: Rob Terry
After the match, Magnus bails from the ring and heads to the back as Rob Terry celebrates his successful title defense.
– A video package airs highlighting the Ultimate X match.
Ultimate X Match – #1 Contendership for TNA World Tag Team Championships
The Motor City Machineguns vs. Generation Me
Mike Tenay noted this is the 20th Ultimate X match in TNA history and is the 13th Ultimate X for Chris Sabin. Lots of extremely fast action between both teams early on. Shelley had Max Buck locked in an abdominal stretch and then dropped back locking Jeremy Buck in an ankle lock. Jeremy was the first one up on the cables and was quickly pulled down by Sabin. Jeremy catches both Guns with big boots and then Max follows with a big double dropkick to both Guns. Max holds himself up against the ropes allowing Jeremy to springboard off his body onto Sabin and Shelley on the outside. Max is up on the cables, Sabin misses a springboard jump and Shelley pulls him down. Max with a spear on Shelley and Jeremy follows with a body splash. Sabin kicks Max in the chest, face plants Sabin and then moonsaults back on Shelley. Very impressive pace set by both members of Generation Me in this match. Jeremy is up on the cables as Max is the look out. Sabin kicks Max in the gut, jumps off his back and tackles Jeremy off the cables.
Max is up on the cables, Sabin puts Shelley on his shoulders, Shelley actually tickles Max and then pulls him off the cables. Sabin is face planted quickly by Max. We have the routine “this is awesome” chant from the Impact Zone crowd. All four men are in the four corners. Max and Shelley are up. Jeremy is up next. Sabin jumps up now. All four men move to the corner kicking each other. Everyone goes down and we get a series of superkicks with the Guns taking a brunt of it from Generation Me. Max powerbombs Shelley into the corner and Jeremy follows with a body splash, flips up and then hits a dive on Sabin on the outside. Shelley grabs Jeremy launching him into Max who was in the tree of woe in the corner. We have a Tower of Doom spot in the corner with the Guns getting the better of Max. Sabin and Jeremy are up on the ropes. Sabin kicks Jeremy off and grabs the X. Sabin falls down and the Guns are your winners and new #1 contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championships.
Winners & #1 Contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championships: The Motor City Machineguns
After the match, we see highlights of the match leading to the finish.
– A video package airs highlighting the events between Kevin Nash and Eric Young against Scott Hall and Sean Waltman.
– Backstage, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman promised to get those “big money TNA contracts” tonight.
Scott Hall & Sean Waltman vs. Kevin Nash & Eric Young
Before the match, Scott Hall talked about how he brought out the old tights since he came to “rassle” tonight. Hall is in much better shape then in recent years. He took a quick crowd poll asking if they wanted to see Hall and Pac with contracts and the crowd was in support. Match started with Eric Young and Sean Waltman. Some great back and forth action between the two. Hall got the tag and threw Young around including a big fallaway slam. Tag to Waltman who tosses Young over the top rope. Waltman hits the air flipping over the top rope and taking out Young. Young fires back sending Waltman crotch first into the steel ring post. Tag to Hall who gets in a few slaps to the head on Young. The referee misses Young’s tag to Nash and the referee holds Nash back. Waltman grabs some spray paint and sprays it in the face of Young. Young fights off Waltman and Hall and then tags in Nash. Nash grabs Young and gives him a Jackknife Powerbomb. Nash tags himself out with the lifeless arm of Young. Nash stands on the ring apron as he watches Hall hit the Razor’s Edge, Waltman covers and gets the pinfall.
Winners of TNA contracts: Scott Hall & Sean Waltman
After the match, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman all stand over Eric Young. Waltman uses spray paint to outline the body of Young on the mat. The old school Wolfpac music hits and Nash, Hall and Waltman all celebrate as Waltman holds the TNA contracts.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Kurt Angle. Angle tells JB he doesn’t need a mic to say what he will do to Mr. Anderson tonight. Angle holds up a photo of Anderson and lights it on fire.
TNA X Division Championship
Doug Williams (c) vs. Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore gets the better of Doug Williams early on. Moore with a series of arm drags on Williams followed by an inverted atomic drop and leg drop combo. Moore with a top rope huracanrana on Williams. Williams counters crotching Moore up on the top rope. Williams with some stomps to Moore in the corner. Williams starts choking Moore in the corner and the referee breaks it up. Moore with some right hands to fight back and connects with a flip up bulldog. Moore with a jumping leg lariat and dropkick on Williams. Moore with a moonsault off the top rope on Williams to the outside. As Moore recovers and slides back in the ring, Williams grabs a brick from under the ring and slides back in. Moore goes after Williams in the corner and Williams cracks him in the head with the brick. The referee doesn’t see this and Williams gets the cover.
Winner & STILL TNA X Division Champion: Doug Williams
After the match, Shannon Moore rolls over and is busted open. Doug Williams gets on the mic and said Moore is what he despises about the X Division – full of guys who don’t deserve title shots and aren’t real wrestlers. Williams said he is going to reestablish the X Division as a division for technical wrestling and hold-for-hold wrestling. He said acrobats belong in the circus and not in TNA. Williams said he will now make an example of Moore since he likes to wear make up so much. He leaves the ring, grabs a purse from a woman at ringside, pulls out some lipstick and covers Moore’s face with it.
– A video package runs highlighting some of the recent events between TNA World Tag Team Champions Matt Morgan and Hernandez and some of the tension between the two heading into their title defense tonight against Beer Money.
TNA World Tag Team Championships
Matt Morgan & Hernandez (c’s) vs. Beer Money
The bell rings and we start with Matt Morgan and Robert Roode. Morgan teases to lock up with Roode, stops and tags in Hernandez. Roode with a kick and right hands to Hernandez in the corner. Roode attempts a crossbody, but Hernandez catches Roode. Roode fights his way down, but gets hit with a shoulder block by Hernandez. Roode fights back with a jumping shoulder block of his own. Morgan tags himself in slapping the back of Hernandez. Roode with right hands to Morgan. Morgan takes out Roode and yells at Hernandez saying that is how you get it done. Morgan tags in Hernandez and Roode tags in Storm. Storm gets in some right hands and kicks to Hernandez. Hernandez then holds up Storm in a vertical suplex for a good 20 seconds and drops him down on the mat. Hernandez looks for a tag and Morgan says he will tag in when he wants to. Morgan then tags himself in moments later and tosses Storm into the corner. Morgan with a double crossbody on Roode and Storm when Roode jumps in. Hernandez gets the tag and takes out Roode with a huge shoulder block sending Roode to the outside.
Hernandez hits the ropes and looks to jump over the top rope, but Morgan steps in his way on the ring apron blocking it. Roode with a blockbuster off the top rope on Hernandez. Beer Money then start to double team Hernandez in the corner. A loud “Morgan sucks” chant starts up. Hernandez blocks a charge from Roode, lifts himself up to the top rope, but Storm crotches him. Beer Money with a double suplex on Hernandez off the top rope. Roode and Storm do the “Beer…Money!” routine as the crowd chants along. Storm, the legal man, with an inverted DDT on Morgan from the corner. Hernandez with a sling shot shoulder block on Storm from the ring apron. Morgan gets the tag and levels Roode with a huge clothesline. Storm tries to spit beer in the face of Hernandez, but gets Morgan with it instead. Hernandez takes advantage powerbombing Storm and getting the cover. Morgan can’t believe it.
Winners & STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Matt Morgan & Hernandez
After the match, Hernandez is holding up his TNA World Tag Team Championship when he turns around and gets leveled with a Carbon Foot Print from Matt Morgan. Morgan grabs both TNA World Tag Team Championships and holds them over Morgan as the crowd boos in Orlando.
– A video package runs highlighting the events between Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson.
Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson
Lock up and Angle gets a headlock takedown on Anderson. Anderson breaks free, another lock up and Anderson backs Angle into the corner. The referee breaks it up and Anderson backs off. Angle with another takedown on Anderson. Anderson breaks free and Angle walks to the middle of the ring offering him a free headlock. Anderson bites and Angle shoves him away into the ropes. Angle offers up another free headlock. Anderson instead kicks Angle and grabs the side headlock. Angle with a big back suplex on Anderson. Angle then hits Anderson with some big kicks and then starts to press down on Anderson’s head with his boot. Angle with a high back body suplex on Anderson. Anderson catches Angle with a big boot in the corner and then drop Angle’s arm over the top rope. Anderson rolls back in the ring and drops his weight over Angle’s arm again. Anderson gets a keylock applied on Angle while pressing Angle’s shoulders down on the mat. Angle gets a shoulder up trying to avoid the pinfalls. Anderson then sends Angle shoulder first into the corner, gets in a rollup and Angle quickly kicks out.
Angle with a series of clotheslines on Anderson followed by a big belly-to-belly suplex. Another big clothesline from Angle on Anderson. Anderson counters an Angle Slam and hits his rolling Senton Splash for a close two count. Angle counters a Mic Check attempt, hits one german suplex, a second german and third german with a release. Angle drops the straps and connects with the Angle Slam, cover and Anderson kicks out. Angle then applies an Ankle Lock. Anderson rolls through and Angle almost takes out the referee. Anderson with a low blow and Mic Check on Angle. Anderson covers holding the trunks and Angle barely gets a shoulder up after two. Anderson then puts Angle up on the top turnbuckle, climbs up, Angle with right hands, Anderson falls off, Angle with a frog splash, cover and Anderson kicks out. Angle attempts a clothesline, Anderson ducks and Angle takes out the referee. Anderson with an Angle Slam on Angle, hooks the leg and the referee is out. Anderson breaks the pinfall attempt and then goes to the outisde. Anderson grabs a steel chair and slides back inside the ring.
Anderson teases he is going to hit Angle with the chair, but throws it away and instead grabs Angle’s dog tag or “Warrior Medal” as Tenay described it. Anderson tries to hit Angle with it, but Angle dodges it and hits an Angle Slam. Angle then slices Anderson on the head with it and the blood starts flowing. Angle with some stiff right hands to the bloody head of Anderson. Angle with an Ankle Lock on Anderson. Anderson gets close to the ropes, but Angle pulls him back out and drops down to add more pressure. Anderson taps out.
Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match, Kurt Angle celebrates his win and heads up the ramp. A bloody Mr. Anderson calls for the mic. He says Angle isn’t a real American and that he had to resort to cheap tactics to get a win tonight. Anderson said when he lays his head down to sleep tonight he will lay awake thinking of only one word: ANDERSON.
– A video package airs highlighting the events between AJ Styles and Abyss involving Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair heading into tonight’s main event for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Abyss
Ric Flair was brought down the ramp in his wheel chair to view the match. Jeremy Borash did the ring introductions for the challenger Abyss and champion AJ Styles.
Abyss broke up Styles’ ring introduction and went right after him as the bell rang. Styles with chops on Abyss, but Abyss brushes them off and hits a big shoulder block sending Styles through the ropes to the ramp. Styles gets in a few shots on Abyss to fight back on the ramp, but is then given a huge belly-to-belly suplex from Abyss back inside the ring. Styles fights back dropkicking Abyss in the knee. Styles with a big flip dive over the top rope to take out Abyss on the outside. Flair lets out a few WOOOOOOOOOOOOO’s on the outside as he looks on from his wheel chair. Styles with a few kicks to the leg and a big dropkick to Abyss. Styles continues to work on the knee of Abyss in the corner and pulls back on it jumping to the outside from the corner. Styles attempts a springboard forearm, but Abyss counters getting Styles ready for a chokeslam. Styles counters out, but Abyss fires back with a high back body drop on the champ. Abyss with a splash in the corner on Styles followed by a big side slam. Cover by Abyss and Styles kicks out after two.
Styles fires back with a Pele Kick to the head on Abyss. Abyss throws Styles to the ring apron. Styles springboards up and this time connects with the flying forearm. Cover by Styles and Abyss kicks out. Abyss catapults Styles into the steel chair in the corner that Abyss setup earlier. Abyss with Shock Treatment on Styles, cover and Styles kicks out. Flair claps and cheers on Styles from his wheel chair. Abyss positions Styles up on the top turnbuckle. Styles starts to bite Abyss and punches him away. Styles with the Spiral Tap on Abyss, hooks the leg and Abyss somehow kicks out. Styles can’t believe it. Flair yells at Styles to get on him. Styles is still in the face of the referee arguing the pinfall count. Abyss with the Black Hole Slam on Styles, cover and Styles barely kicks out after two. Flair brings his wheel chair closer to the ropes and yells at the referee. Flair sprays something in the face of the referee allowing Styles to low blow Abyss. Flair tosses the TNA title in the ring and Styles hits Abyss with it. The referee is still out.
Hulk Hogan’s music hits and he walks out with referee Earl Hebner. Hogan kicks Ric Flair to the back. Flair is yelling at Hogan while sitting in his wheel chair still. Hogan grabs Flair’s chair and starts wheeling him to the back on the entrance ramp. Styles with a 450 Splash on Abyss, cover and Abyss kicks out. Abyss starts hulking up. Abyss grabs Styles and gives him a chokeslam that puts Styles through the ring! Abyss looks at his ring and can’t believe what he just did. We see a shot of a huge hole in the middle of the TNA ring and Styles falling further in it. The bell starts to ring. Hulk Hogan gets back in and hands the TNA title to Abyss. Referee Earl Hebner takes the belt away and we see Flair making his way back down the ramp in his wheel chair yelling, “Not so fast!” Hogan then uses the spray Flair used earlier on the referee back on Flair who was pulled into the ring by Abyss. Desmond Wolfe hits the ring and Hogan sprays the liquid in his face. Wolfe falls into the hole. Flair flops around like a fish and also falls into the hole.
Winner: No Contest
STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: AJ Styles
After the match, Hulk Hogan and Abyss celebrate in the ring as the PPV goes off the air.
– A promo for TNA Lockdown on April 18 airs.
What did you think of Destination X?
thumbs up – 23%
in the middle – 16%
thumbs down – 26%
didn’t see it – 35%