May 20, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
– The TNA promo hits.
– A video package airs focusing on Matt Morgan, Sting and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle.
– A graphic opening hits welcoming us to Hard Justice. We go live to the Impact Zone where pyro goes off in the entrance area.
– The Motor City Machineguns are out first to kick off the show. The Steel Aslyum match is up next.
Steel Asylum Match
Suicide vs. Chris Sabin vs. Amazing Red vs. Alex Shelley vs. Jay Lethal vs. Daniels vs. Consequences Creed vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero
The bell rings and a few people start jumping up on the side of the cage to climb up. Daniels starts working on Chris Sabin in the corner and nails him with a big uppercut. Sabin and Shelley with double team moves on Daniels and Suicide along with suplexing Daniels over Suicide. Amazing Red pulls Jay Lethal down who was trying to climb up. Lethal sends Red face first into the corner. The Pope takes a big shot from Consequences Creed. Creed jumps up on the cage and Suicide is already up at the top. Creed brings Suicide down near him. The Guns double team with Daniels with big kicks and then send him face first into the side of the cage. The Pope is now trying to climb up the cage and he ends up kicking Creed in the head. Creed with big left hands to Red, misses a clotheslines and Lethal drops Red with a back breaker into a chin lock that Creed finishes off with a dropkick to the face. Sabin then pushes Daniels’ face into the corner. Lethal flips off the ropes, but The Pope catches him and hits huge overhead back suplex. The Pope gets put in a tree of woe in the corner and Suicide gets launched into him by Sabin. Sabin then takes out Pope with a huge dropkick to the face. Sabin and Lethal exchange blows standing on the top rope against the cage. Creed and Shelley are doing the same.
Lethal sends Sabin face first into the side of the cage and Sabin falls off. Daniels jumps up, tries to send Lethal off, sends Lethal head first into the cage and then flip suplexes Lethal off the corner to the mat below in a big spot. Daniels then starts climbing back up. The Pope jumps up on the corner near him. Pope with a shoulder block and spear tackle off the corner on Daniels. Suicide with a big dropkick to the face of The Pope. Suicide catches Red on his shoulders and hits his flip dive senton. Sabin with a big dive off the corner taking a few people out. Shelley with a crossbody on Lethal and Creed. The Guns then double team Lethal and Creed with two big DDT’s. Pope with a big clothesline takedown on Sabin. Pope and Daniels exchange shots. Daniels up on the corner, Pope joins him, Red is also up with them, Suicide is up top and takes them all down in a big Tower of Doom powerbomb. Creed puts Shelley on his shoulders, Shelley jumps off, Creed hits the ropes, attempts a dropkick, Shelley dodges it and wraps Lethal up in an abdominal stretch. Shelley takes a kick to the head from Suicide to break it up. Suicide with a springboard elbow on Lethal. Suicide with an overhead flip driver on Red. Pope then plants Suicide in the middle of the ring. Daniels with a powerbomb on Pope.
Shelley with Sliced Bread on Daniels. Lethal takes out Shelley and Sabin takes out Lethal with a tornado DDT. Creed with a knee press slam into the chest of Sabin. Red with a huracanrana DDT combo on Creed. Red jumps up on the corner and starts climbing up the cage. Shelley slaps Red across the back to cut him off. Everyone is now up near the corner or on the side of the cage. Daniels drags Pope off the side of the cage and down with him. Creed brings Suicide down to the mat off the corner. Shelley is brought down by Lethal. Red plants Sabin on his head and does the same to Shelley with a big flipping neckbreaker. Red is back up and climbing the cage. Daniels and Red are both near the top of the opening hole of the Asylum. Red falls off and takes out some of the wrestlers below. Daniels is hanging by his legs from the top. Suicide is now climbing up and is close to the opening hole. The Pope climbs up and starts kicking him. Suicide lets go and falls down. The Pope jumps down and sends Suicide into the side of the cage. Daniels recovers, continues climbing and goes up to the top. Daniels climbs out and wins the match. We see a shot of Burke staring down at Suicide.
Winner & #1 contender for the X Division Championship: Daniels
Mike Tenay announced that Daniels would get his title shot at next month’s No Surrender PPV. After the match, we see highlights of the match leading to the finish.
At ringside, Jeremy Borash interviews Daniels. Daniels said that match was what the X Division was all about. He said he has history with both Homicide and Samoa Joe and would prefer to get revenge on Joe, but said it doesn’t matter who he faces because you are looking at the next X Division Champion. Daniels then sends a shout out to AJ Styles saying he knows he is watching and wants him back as soon as possible.
– Mike Tenay and Don West preview the rest of the card tonight.
– Backstage, Lauren is with Matt Morgan. Morgan said nobody controls “The Blueprint” and that includes Kurt Angle. He admits he wanted to be in the Mafia at one time, but it was Angle who made him do his dirty work and never reward him. Morgan said tonight he rewards himself winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He adds, “Kurt this is my destiny.”
– A video package airs highlighting the events between Dr. Stevie and Abyss.
$50,000 Bounty Match
Abyss vs. Jethro Holliday w/ Dr. Stevie
The bell rings with Abyss hitting the ring right away. Abyss and Jethro Holliday start exchanging shots. Holliday gets the better of Abyss hitting some kicks and forearms to the back. Abyss fights back with some shots, but misses a splash in the corner. Holliday with a chops to the chest of Abyss. Holliday hits the ropes and Abyss slaps him right in the chest sending him to the mat. Abyss clotheslines Holliday over the top rope to the outside. Abyss sends Holliday into the steel guard railing and steel steps. Abyss tries to punch Holliday, but Holliday moves and Abyss punches the steel ring post. Holliday then grabs Abyss and sends him into the steel ring steps. Holliday tosses Abyss back in the ring and tries to drop an elbow from the top, but Abyss moves. Abyss backs Holliday up in the corner and Holliday gets in a quick shot. Abyss fights back with some big rights and lefts sending Holliday down in the corner. Abyss leaves the ring and grabs a steel chair from the ringside area. Dr. Stevie slides a baton into the ring allowing Holliday to nail Abyss with it a few times. Holliday with a big forearm across the chest of Abyss. Holliday does this a second time, hits the ropes and sends Abyss chest first into the steel guard railing.
Holliday rolls Abyss back in the ring, covers and only gets a two count. Holliday with a knee to the body of Abyss and grabs the steel chair Abyss had brought in. Holliday swings, but Abyss catches him with a choke. Holliday fights out, but Abyss levels him with a big boot. Abyss with a high back body drop on Holliday. Abyss gets the crowd fired up in Orlando and body splashes Holliday in the corner. Abyss with a big side slam, cover and Holliday gets a shoulder up after a two count. Abyss puts the steel chair over the chest of Holliday. Abyss hits the ropes twice, but Holliday lifts up the chair and Abyss crotches himself over it. Holliday grabs the baton, cracks it over the head of Abyss, covers and Abyss kicks out after two. Dr. Stevie grabs the steel chair and gives it back to Holliday. Holliday positions it in the corner. Abyss counters an irish whip and Holliday attempts a float over, but Abyss backs up and Abyss sends Holliday face first into the steel chair. Abyss then takes out Holliday with a chokeslam, covers…and Holliday still kicks out. Abyss is surprised. Abyss grabs Dr. Stevie and pulls him up on the ring apron. This allows Holliday to run up, grab Abyss and hit a running bulldog. Dr. Stevie then slides brass knucks into the ring.
Holliday grabs the brass knucks, puts them on, Abyss turns around, Holliday throws his right hand and Abyss catches him with the Black Hole Slam. Abyss covers Holliday and gets the pinfall.
After the match, Abyss starts clapping and gets a big reaction from the crowd in Orlando. Abyss then leaves the ring and starts heading up the ramp when Dr. Stevie gets in the ring. Dr. Stevie gets in Jethro Holliday’s face. Jethro then lays Dr. Stevie out with a big right hand. Abyss sees this and starts clapping.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle. Angle said Matt Morgan is young and doesn’t know what he says when he speaks. He said right now Morgan is really emotional, but after he has a talk with him he will be thinking differently.
Hernandez vs. “Big” Rob Terry w/ The British Invasion
Before the match, Hernandez gets on the mic and calls himself a Latino American since he has family in Mexico and family in the United States. He said the people here tonight are his family and the Impact Zone is his house. Hernandez said when they stole his briefcase it was like they came in and stole something from his house. He said tonight there will be no wrestling match and that he has two choices: give him the briefcase and or he can take it himself. All three members of The British Invasion hit the ring. Hernandez takes out Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams. Rob Terry holds Hernandez back, Magnus and Williams try to hit Hernandez, but Hernandez moves and they take out Terry. Hernandez dumps Magnus and Williams out of the ring.
The bell officially rings and Hernandez levels Terry with a huge shoulder block. Hernandez covers Terry and gets the pinfall.
Winner of the TNA World Title Shot Briefcase: Hernandez
– Backstage, Lauren is with Beer Money, Inc. James Storm said they have been dominate in TNA, but they showed Booker T and Scott Steiner too much respect before and it will never happen again. Robert Roode said they have become soft over the last few months and said he is sick and tired of handling things that way. Roode said tonight at Hard Justice they go back to being dominate and The British Invasion will be the first to experience it.
– A video package airs showing The British Invasion aligning with the World Elite group leading into tonight’s match for the IWGP Tag Team Championships against Beer Money, Inc.
– Eric Young, the leader of the World Elite, is walking out right now and will join Mike Tenay and Don West at ringside on commentary.
IWGP Tag Team Championship Match
The British Invasion (c’s) vs. Beer Money, Inc.
The match starts with Brutus Magnus and James Storm. Storm levels Magnus with two big right hands. Storm with a kick and knee to the face on Magnus along with a jumping neckbreaker. Magnus catches Storm with an elbow in the corner, but Storm comes back leveling Magnus with two clotheslines. Magnus tosses Storm over the top rope, but Storm holds on, flips back up and takes out Magnus. Storm tosses Magnus over the top rope. Magnus holds on, flips back in and Storm kicks him in the face sending him back over. Doug Williams jumps down to help out Magnus and Storm gets launched over the top rope by Robert Roode taking out Magnus and Williams. Roode gets the tag and goes to work on Magnus in the corner. Roode with big chops to Magnus in the corner. Roode with a big atomic drop on Magnus and takes out Williams in the corner. Williams with the tag as Magnus gets in a quick shot on Roode allowing Williams to hit a big European Uppercut. Williams starts choking Roode in the corner with his boot. Roode fights back with chops. Williams with a shoulder block on Roode, but Roode fires back with a series of clotheslines and then sends Magnus off the corner. Tag to Storm. Beer Money double team Williams with Storm finishing it off with a knee drop for a two count.
Magnus hits the ring and Storm hits a double clothesline on Magnus and Williams. Roode hits the ring and he sends Magnus into Williams who is hanging in the tree of woe. Beer Money crotch Magnus into the face of Williams. Williams then falls down into Magnus that causes more laughter from the crowd in Orlando. Storm has the legal tag and hits a big boot on Williams. Williams then tosses Storm face first into the boot of Magnus who gets the tag. Magnus steps on the head of Storm in the corner until the referee breaks it up. Quick tag back to Williams after Magnus takes Storm down. Williams and Magnus work over the arms and legs of Storm applying quick submissions. Williams with a big European Uppercut that sends Storm down into the corner. Tag to Magnus and The British Invasion double team Storm with a high knee and big boot. Magnus covers and Storm kicks out after two. Magnus starts slapping Storm in the corner and Storm hits him with a big superkick. Tag to Roode and Williams. Roode with big clotheslines on Williams. Roode with a high back body drop on Williams and an atomic drop and right hand on Magnus. Roode with chops to Williams in the corner. Roode with a big boot and blockbuster from the corner on Williams.
Cover and Magnus breaks up the pinfall, but drops an elbow on Williams instead when Roode moves. Beer Money with a suplex on Magnus. Storm and Roode do the “BEER!” and “MONEY!” taunt as the crowd chants along with. Roode with a swinging rock bottom on Williams. Magnus breaks up the pinfall. Eric Young then leaves the announce table and slides one of the titles into the ring. This distracts Storm and allows Roode to get rolled up after taking a low blow to get the pinfall.
Winners & STILL IWGP Tag Team Champions: The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams)
After the match, Eric Young gets in the ring and almost gets double teamed by Beer Money. The British Invasion then get involved to break it up and help Young get away. We see highlights of the match leading to the finish with Young getting involved.
– Backstage, Lauren is with ODB and Cody Deaner. Lauren asks what would happen…and Cody cuts her off. He said he knows what he is going to say. What would happen if The Beautiful People try to rape him live on Pay Per View tonight in the ring. Deaner said he only has eyes for one woman – ODB. ODB said she plans to win the TNA “Knocked Up” Title, will spray lime juice all over that title and shine it up with her “big boobies.” They take off and Lauren complains that she couldn’t even get a question in.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Angelina Love (c) & Velvet Sky vs. ODB & Cody Deaner
The bell rings and we start with Angelina Love and ODB. They get in each others faces and shove each other away. Love charges at ODB and ODB powers her into the corner. Love with kicks to ODB and some elbows. ODB with a fallaway slam on Love. ODB flips up, charges, but misses a splash on Love in the corner. Love with a bulldog on ODB, cover and ODB quickly kicks out after two. Love with a tag to Velvet Sky who kicks ODB in the corner. Sky with shoulder charges on ODB in the corner. Sky kicks ODB and then mounts her hitting some right hands. ODB with a shoulder block on Sky, cover and Sky kicks out after two. Tag to Cody Deaner who slaps Sky right on the ass and the crowd loves it. The Deaner keeps on slapping her on the ass and puts her up on the top turnbuckle. He slaps her on the ass 10 times as the crowd chants along. The Deaner has duct tape on around his wrists. Tag back to ODB and Love. ODB catches Love with a big boot in the corner. Madison Rayne tries interfering and gets pie faced by ODB. This allows Love to throw ODB off the corner. Cover and ODB kicks out after two. Tag to Love who kicks ODB right in the ribs with force. Love drops an elbow over ODB. Tenay and West point out that Sky’s butt is all red from getting slapped by Deaner.
The Beautiful People double team ODB in the corner. Sky with a snapmare and kick to the back and Love follows with a dropkick to the face. Tag to Love who covers ODB and ODB kicks out. Love with a headlock on ODB. ODB counters out with a big side suplex. Tag to Sky who tries to hold ODB back from tagging in Deaner. Deaner gets the tag. Sky tries to punch him and he dodges them and kisses her a few times. Love runs in and Deaner kisses her. Madison Rayne jumps up on the ring apron. Deaner grabs her sticking his tongue out and kisses her as well. Deaner with a drop toe hold on Sky into the ropes. Rayne hands Sky the bottle of hairspray. Love takes out Deaner with a big kick. ODB then tackles Love. Rayne accidentally sprays the hairspray into the face of Sky. Deaner then rolls up Sky and gets the pinfall.
Winner & NEW TNA Knockouts Champion: ODB
After the match, Velvet Sky realizes she screwed up along with Madison Rayne. Cody Deaner and ODB then celebrate the win. Deaner and ODB start to argue when she is handed the title. Deaner yells he made the pinfall and should have the belt. Deaner pulls the belt away from ODB and runs to the back holding it up. Angelina Love then gets in Velvet Sky’s face. Sky is apologizing. Love and Sky then turn their attention to Rayne. They get in her face as a referee jumps in to break it up.
– Backstage, Taz is with Samoa Joe. He said tonight isn’t about rehashing what happened with Hernandez. Taz said last week that Hernandez didn’t beat Joe – Joe beat Joe. He said tonight is about the TNA X Division Championship and that Joe is in the zone to leave Hard Justice as champion.
TNA X Division Championship Match
Homicide (c) vs. Samoa Joe w/ Taz
The bell rings and both lock up. Taz pushes Homicide into the corner and gets in a few right hand jabs along with a big headbutt. Homicide with a roll up on Joe that results in a two count. Homicide trips up Joe and gets in another close nearfall. Homicide catches Joe as he comes off the ropes and Joe bails to regroup at ringside with Taz coaching him. Joe returns to the ring and kicks Homicide with force in the gut. Joe sends Homicide into the corner and gets in a few shots. Joe misses a body splash in the opposite corner. Homicide jumps up on Joe, Joe reverses putting him up top, Homicide leap frogs over Joe, catches Joe with an elbow, but Taz catches Homicide and hits a huge overhead belly to belly suplex. Joe then hits a big suicide dive on Homicide. Joe rolls Homicide back in the ring, hits a few chops to the body, drops knees over the head, cover and Homicide kicks out after two. Joe starts wrenching the head of Homicide. Homicide breaks out, but Joe catches him with a huge snap powerslam as he comes off the ropes that results in a two count. Joe chokes Homicide up over the second rope. Homicide fights back with kicks and chops on Joe. Homicide attempts a suplex on Joe, but Joe lifts Homicide up and plants him face first into the mat. Joe then hits a big powerbomb on Homicide.
Joe with a crossface applied on Homicide after he broke the pinfall. Joe then wrenches back on the arm of Homicide and Homicide gets his foot on the bottom rope to break it up. Joe and Homicide exchange shots with Homicide getting the better of it. Homicide with a big clothesline on Joe and dropkick to the knees of Joe bringing him to the mat. Homicide with a crossbody counter over Joe. Homicide goes up top, jumps and hits a big missile dropkick. Joe bails out and regroups near Taz when Homicide hits his own suicide dive over Joe. Homicide starts taunting Taz. Taz yells he doesn’t want any of him. Homicide tosses Joe back in the ring and hits a big neckbreaker. Cover by Homicide and Joe kicks out after two. Joe tosses Homicide over his shoulder, but Homicide comes back with the Gringo Cutter. Cover by Homicide and Joe barely kicks out after two. Homicide tries to get Joe up for the Gringo Cutter. Joe counters out sending Homicide to the corner. Joe misses a splash on Homicide. Joe bounces Homicide off the corner with force and Joe catches Homicide in the rear naked choke clutch. Homicide tries to break it up with elbows and drops down to the mat. Joe gets the choke applied more and Homicide taps out.
Winner & NEW TNA X Division Champion: Samoa Joe
After the match, Taz hits the ring and shakes hands with Joe and Joe throws the TNA X Division Championship over his shoulder. Joe holds the title up celebrating his win as we see Homicide trying to recover on the outside. We then see highlights of the match leading to the finish.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is tracking down Kurt Angle who walks into Matt Morgan’s locker room. Morgan asks Angle if he is nuts and tells him next time to knock. Angle apologizes and thought Morgan wanted to be in the Mafia. Morgan said Angle did everything himself and he wants his title shot tonight. Angle said he can’t change the past, but a contract is waiting for him to join the Mafia. He said Morgan only has to do one more thing tonight and that is team up tonight against Sting. Angle said Sting can’t win that title tonight and said it didn’t matter if it was him or Morgan who won the match as long as it stayed with the Mafia. Morgan asks Angle to repeat that one last time and Angle agrees it can be either one of them. Morgan shakes hands with Angle and walks off.
– A video package airs highlighting the events of Booker T and Scott Steiner winning the TNA Tag Team Championships and how Team 3D has been screwed out of their titles in months past.
TNA World Tag Team Championship Match
Booker T & Scott Steiner (c’s) vs. Team 3D
Mike Tenay noted before the match that two referees will be assigned to this match to keep things under control. The bell rings and all four men start brawling. Brother Ray is brawling with Scott Steiner and Brother Devon is brawling with Booker T. 3D double team Steiner hitting a double shoulder block. 3D then hit a double clothesline on Booker and toss him out along with Steiner. Steiner and Booker then start walking up the ramp as referee Earl Hebner tells them to get back down there. 3D then run out and start brawling with Steiner and Booker on the entrance ramp. Brother Ray sends Steiner into the side of the entrance ramp set. Booker and Devon start brawling into the crowd. They do a split camera to keep track of both brawls. Brother Ray then drops a steel ring barricade over the body of Steiner and then pushes it into his body. Booker with big kicks to Devon on the stairs of the balcony area of the Impact Zone. Not much to call here as Ray/Steiner and Booker/Devon are all brawling in the crowd. Steiner actually pins Ray in the crowd and the referee counts the pinfall. So I guess this is now Falls Count Anywhere/No DQ rules that we weren’t aware of. Ray is using a steel chair on Steiner. Steiner turns it around using it on Ray.
Booker works over Devon against the steel guard railing near the ring. Steiner channels Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and jumps off part of the balcony jumping on Brother Ray. That was right up there with Steiner on a pogo stick earlier this year. Ray fires back hitting a steel chair over the chest of Steiner. Ray covers Steiner on the outside and is able ot kick out. Booker is still driving Devon into the steel guard railing near the ring. Ray and Steiner fight back near the ring and Ray starts choking Steiner with a steel chair. Steiner with a roll over pin on Ray that results in a close two count. Steiner is pulling everything out tonight. In the ring, Steiner levels Ray with a clothesline, cover and Ray kicks out after two. Devon sends Booker shoulder first into the steel ring post. In the ring, Ray plants Steiner with a scoop slam. Devon goes up top, jumps and connects with the flying headbutt. We have a “GET THE TABLES” moment and Devon pulls them out. The crowd in Orlando is going crazy wanting tables. Devon sets the table up in the ring and Ray puts Steiner over it. Booker jumps in and hits Ray from behind. Steiner has Devon up on the top turnbuckle. Ray then takes out Booker and puts Steiner on his shoulders.
Devon jumps off the top rope and takes out Steiner, but Booker was able to move the table so he wouldn’t go through a table. Ray puts the table near another corner as the crowd chants for tables. Booker with a Book End through a table on Ray. Cover by Booker and Ray is barely able to kick out. Steiner and Booker double team Devon with a big clothesline. Cover by Steiner and Devon kicks out after two. Booker with a side kick on Devon, cover and Devon again kicks out. Devon dodges a side kick from Booker who crotches himself on the ropes. Devon goes after Steiner hitting a big snap powerslam that results in a two count. Devon with a spinebuster on Booker, cover and Booker kicks out. Steiner accidentally hits Booker with a clothesline allowing Devon to hit a back suplex that results in a close two count. Steiner with a clothesline on Devon in the corner. Devon then grabs Steiner and powerbombs him from the corner to the middle of the ring when he jumped up for punches. Another cover by Devon and Steiner kicks out. 3D on Booker. Devon covers Booker. Steiner rolls up Ray. Both of the referees count pinfalls on the two separate pinfalls that just went down.
The bell starts ringing and the two referees start speaking. They agree to go watch the video footage. Here comes some instant replay as the referees check it out at ringside. They view the footage and return to the ring. They rule that Booker T and Scott Steiner are still the champions.
Winners & STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Booker T & Scott Steiner
After the match, we see highlights of the match leading to the controversial finish.
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with TNA Legends Champion Mick Foley. Borash asks Foley if he is ready to step into the ring with a guy the size of Kevin Nash tonight. Foley said Nash wants to hold this title so he gets extra money for his appearances, but Foley holds it because he is proud to.
– A video package runs highlighting the events between Mick Foley and Kevin Nash leading into tonight’s match for the TNA Legends Championship.
TNA Legends Championship
Mick Foley (c) vs. Kevin Nash
The bell rings and Mick Foley waves at Kevin Nash. Lock up and Nash pushes Foley to the corner. Nash backs up as the referee breaks it up. Another lock up and Nash pushes Foley to the other corner hitting some high knees to the body. Nash with a big forearm to the back of Foley. Foley hits some big right hands and sends Nash face first into the corner. Foley with a headbutt to Nash. Foley hits a second headbutt and follows with a big right hand keeping Nash on his knees near the ropes. Foley hits the ropes and hits a big high knee. Nash then sends Foley through the ropes to the ring apron. Nash grabs Foley and then kicks him sending Foley with force into the steel ring barricade. Foley is back up on the ring apron and Nsah gets in some forearm shots as Foley falls on his back and rolls out. Nash follows Foley to the outside and sends him back first into the ring apron. Nash grabs a steel chair and tries to hit Foley with it. Foley moves and Nash cracks it over the steel ring post. Foley then kicks Nash, grabs the steel chair and cracks it over the back of Nash. Foley sends Nash into the steel ring barricade, grabs the steel chair and hits Nash in the ribs with it. Foley again sends Nash face first into the steel guard railing.
Foley is up on the ring apron looking to hit his flying elbow when Nash puts the steel chair over his body and Foley cracks his elbow on it. Foley busted his eye open during the spot and the blood is just pouring. Nash hits some big right hands on Foley and sends him back in the ring. Nash with more right hands and some blood even hits the camera at ringside. Foley asks Nash for more as he gets to his feet and hits some big right hands. Foley hits Nash with some big rights and fires himself up. Foley starts pulling his hair out and rocking in place as he is sitting down on the mat. Foley keeps checking the cut near his eye which is still pouring blood. Foley sends Nash into the steel steps and lets out a loud, “BANG! BANG!” Nash is now busted open as Foley drags him back into the ring. Foley gets in some shots as blood is pouring out of Nash now. The cut is deep over the forehead of Nash. Foley backs up looking to charge Nash and the referee gets in way. Referee bump with Nash taking the brunt of the shot. Foley then leaves the ring and pulls out a barbed wire baseball bat. Foley returns to the ring when Traci Brooks runs down. Traci distracts Foley allowing Nash to hit a big boot. Nash covers Foley and gets the pinfall.
Winner & NEW TNA Legends Champion: Kevin Nash
After the match, Kevin Nash grabs the barbed wire bat and cracks it over the head of Foley. Foley falls to the mat grabbing his head in pain. Nash then looks to hit Foley again with the barbed wire bat when Abyss’ music hits. Abyss runs down with a barbed wire bat of his own and Kevin Nash backs off. A bloody Nash stares down Abyss and flips him off as he heads up the ramp with Traci Brooks. Foley gives the thumbs up to Abyss who claps for Foley.
– Backstage, Lauren is with Sting. She asks what he thinks about Matt Morgan agreeing to team up with Kurt Angle for tonight’s main event. Sting said the thing he learned the most about the wrestling business is that you can only trust yourself. He said Morgan is young and will make mistakes, while Kurt is Kurt in that he will do whatever it takes to stay champion. Sting said honor, dignity and respect will come back in style to TNA and he does mean “styles.”
– A video package runs highlighting the events leading into tonight’s main event for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship with Kurt Angle vs. Sting vs. Matt Morgan.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Kurt Angle (c) vs. Sting vs. Matt Morgan
They did ring introductions for the challengers Matt Morgan, Sting and champion Kurt Angle.
The bell rings and Matt Morgan goes after Sting right away. Kurt Angle hits a right on Sting. Morgan with a headbutt to Sting sending him to the corner. Angle with another big right leveling Sting. Angle with a big uppercut to Sting in the corner. Angle and Morgan send Sting to the corner. Morgan with a body splash on Sting. Angle attempts a splash of his own, but Sting moves and Angle crashes into the steel ring post. Morgan crotches himself on the top rope when he charges at Sting. Sting sends Angle face first into the steel ring steps. Sting grabs Morgan and sneds him into the steel guard railing. Morgan levels Sting with a shoulder block near the outside and Angle rolls Sting back inside. Angle and Morgan return to the ring. Angle drops an elbow over Sting. Morgan drops a leg over Sting. Sting fights back with a kick to Morgan and sends Angle over the top rope. Sting with big rights on Morgan up on the corner. Angle is back in and attacks Sting. Sting with a Stinger Splash on Angle and Morgan a few times. Sting sends Morgan over the top rope with a clothesline to the back of his head. Sting with a snap suplex on Angle, cover and Angle kicks out before three. Sting misses a running clothesline on Angle and hits the mat with force.
Angle then sends Sting through the ropes to the outside. Morgan stands over Sting and waits for him to stand up. When he does Morgan gets in a right hand on Sting. Angle is up on the ring apron, jumps and Sting moves causing Angle to catch Morgan with a crossbody into the concrete floor. Tenay mentioned that AJ Styles will have a major announcement regarding his TNA future this Thursday when discussing Morgan. In the ring, Sting gets the Scorpion Deathlock applied on Angle. Morgan is back up and Sting knocks him off the ring apron. Angle with the Angle Slam on Sting, cover and Sting gets a shoulder up before three. Angle with an Ankle Lock, but Sting rolls through and Angle flips through the ropes to the outside. Morgan props Sting up in the corner and Morgan hits elbows to the head of Sting. The crowd boo’s loudly at Morgan who splashes Sting with force and then does his dropping side slam. Morgan hooks the leg and Sting gets a shoulder up after two. Morgan positions Sting over the bottom rope and Morgan drops a leg over the back of his head from the ring apron. Another cover by Morgan and Sting again kicks out. Morgan with a big fallaway slam on Sting, another cover and Sting gets another shoulder up.
Sting sends Morgan into the ropes and Angle pulls the top rope down. Morgan sees this and gets in Angle’s face pushing him away. Morgan takes some of his sweat and throws it in the face of Angle. Angle pushes him back. Morgan turns around, throws Angle down near the entrance ramp and hits Angle with a big boot to the face. The referee walks out and checks on Angle. He calls for TNA officials to come out and check on Angle. In the ring, Sting hits the Scorpion Deathdrop on Morgan, covers, the referee slides in and Morgan kicks out after two. The referee leaves again to check on Angle. In the ring, Morgan hits the big boot on Sting, covers and Angle pulls the referee out. Angle then grabs a steel chair and cracks it over the head of Morgan. Angle covers Morgan and gets the pinfall.
Winner & STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle
After the match, Kurt Angle holds the TNA World Heavyweight Championship high and looks down at Matt Morgan. Angle leaves the ring and holds up the title once more as he walks up the ramp. The PPV goes off the air with Angle staring at Morgan who is trying to recover in the ring.
What did you think of Hard Justice?
thumbs up – 24%
in the middle – 12%
thumbs down – 31%
didn’t see it – 33%