Dec 12, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
* Poll results: Grade TNA’s Final Resolution
TNA Final Resolution
Orlando, Florida (Impact Zone)
December 11, 2011
Commentators: Mike Tenay & Taz
Report by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
TNA’s final PPV of the 2011 year, “Final Resolution”, opens up with the opening video package highlighting Bobby Roode’s venture to the darkside complete with Dixie Carter comments as well as comments from his family. Roode laughs about spitting in Dixie’s face this past Thursday.
In the arena the pyro goes off and we kick off Final Resolution with the opening contest! RVD vs. Christopher Daniels!
Rob Van Dam vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels
RVD plays up to the crowd to start things off and then he locks up with Daniels. RVD forces Daniels into the corner and then the referee calls for a break and RVD obliges him. They lockup again and Daniels gets RVD in a side headlock but RVD shoves him into the ropes only to eat a shoulder block from Daniels. RVD stays on his feet and then Daniels hits another one off the ropes but again RVD stays upright. Daniels attempts to kick RVD but RVD catches his foot and then attempts a Spinning Heel Kick, but Daniels ducks and RVD rolls him up! 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out! Daniels gets to his feet and goes for a takedown but RVD counters into a backslide for another nearfall. RVD then goes right into a side headlock on Daniels. Daniels shoves RVD into the ropes but RVD catches him with a shoulder block and then he takes Daniels down with a single leg takedown and locks in a side headlock. Daniels rolls RVD over and gets a nearfall and then Daniels gets to his feet and connects with a side headlock takeover, but RVD counters into a head scissors. Both men get to their feet and Daniels kicks RVD and then tosses him into the corner. Daniels puts the boots to RVD now and then whips him into the opposite corner but RVD floats up and over the charging Daniels and then connects with a series of armdrags and then goes for a leg scissors rollup but botches it. RVD gets to his feet and then hits a spinning heel kick. RVD hits Daniels with a series of forearms and shoulder blocks in the corner and then nails him with a barrage of kicks. RVD whips Daniels into the opposite corner and then charges but Daniels backdrops him to the apron. RVD then swings at Daniels but Daniels avoids it and then shoulder blocks RVD through the ropes. Daniels attempts to Suplex RVD into the ring but RVD blocks it and then attempts to Suplex Daniels onto the floor. Daniels lands on the apron and then shoves RVD into the ring post! Daniels continues the attack on the floor by slamming RVD into the apron. Daniels rolls RVD back into the ring and whips him into the corner and then connects with a Running Knee. Daniels mocks RVD’s “pointing” taunt and then covers him for a nearfall. Daniels puts RVD in a Waistlock now on the mat but RVD fights to his feet and breaks the hold with back elbows to the side of the head. Daniels hits RVD in the back and then goes to throw him into the corner but RVD stops him in his track with a front kick to the head. RVD then hits a Jumping Forearm and then whips him into the corner. RVD hits a Running Spinning Heel kick followed by a clothesline and then a Standing Moonsault! 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out! RVD hits Daniels with a series of shoulder blocks in the corner followed by a HUGE Monkey Flip! RVD hits the ropes and connects with a spinning heel kick and then Rolling Thunder! 1…2….NO Daniels kicks out! Daniels begs RVD off now but RVD is having none of it but the hesitation allowed Daniels to knee him in the gut. Daniels whips RVD into the corner and then charges but RVD catches him with a spinning heel kick out of nowhere! RVD springs to the top and goes for the 5-Star but Daniels rolls out of the way. RVD lands on his feet but Daniels catches him with a Spear! 1…2…NO RVD kicks out! Daniels picks RVD up and whips him into the ropes and hits a shot to the gut followed by a big Uppercut for another nearfall. Daniels hits a Running Forearm in the corner and then picks RVD up and lifts him onto the top rope. Daniels hits another big uppercut and then climbs up with Van Dam on the top rope. Daniels goes for a Superplex but RVD fights him off and headbutts him repeatedly knocking Daniels off the top! RVD dives off the top with the 5-Star Frog Splash! 1…2…3!
Winner: RVD via pinfall (5-Star Frog Splash)
Taz and Tenay run down the card for tonight and then they cut to JB in the back with Mickie James. Mickie says she’s heard from the fans that they want Mickie vs. Gail and tonight they will get what they want and Gail won’t be able to hide behind Karen’s skirt tonight. She says that she was very excited to hear Gail was coming back to TNA, but Gail has played politics since she walked back in the door. She says they will see who’s the best tonight.
TNA Television Championship
“Showtime” Eric Young vs. Robbie E. (c) w/Robbie T.
EY locks up with several fans at ringside before the match and then takes off his pants again revealing speedos. He hits the ring and tackles Robbie but Robbie shoves him off and then hits the ropes but EY catches him with a Thesz Press. EY whips Robbie into the corner and then charges Robbie in the corner. Robbie sidesteps him and then whips EY into the opposite corner and EY flips over the top rope to the apron. EY then slingshot into the ring into a Body Scissors takeover sending Robbie over the top to the floor! EY dives through the ropes with a Suicide Dive onto Robbie on the floor! Robbie T. swings at EY but he ducks only to eat a clothesline from Robbie E. on the floor. Robbie rolls EY into the ring and covers him for a nearfall. Robbie then puts the boots to EY and covers him again for another nearfall. Robbie whips EY into the corner hard and then climbs up top and dives off with Fist Pump Drop for another nearfall. Robbie picks EY up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep for yet another nearfall and then he locks in a rear chinlock. EY fights to his feet and breaks the hold with body shots and then he hits the ropes only to eat a back elbow from Robbie for another nearfall. Robbie goes right back to the chinlock on EY. EY fights up to his feet again and breaks the hold with back elbows but Robbie cuts him off with a shot to the back. Robbie whips EY into the corner and connects with a Corner Splash. Robbie whips EY into the opposite corner and charges again but this time EY sidesteps him and then hits a clothesline off the ropes! EY hits Robbie with a huge back elbow and then a clothesline followed by a Snap Powerslam off the ropes! EY climbs up top and dives off with the Flying Elbow Drop! 1…2…NO Robbie kicks out! EY charges at Robbie in the corner but Robbie backdrops him to the apron. EY lands and hits Robbie with a right hand. EY climbs up top but Robbie grabs his foot and yanks him hard to the mat and gets a nearfall. Robbie tells his bodyguard to get on the apron but the referee screams at him to get down. EY and Robbie then clothesline each other at the same time. The referee checks on Robbie and Robbie T. climbs up on the apron and lifts EY up in the air in a Sleeper on the top! EY bites his hand and then Robbie E. gets to his feet and charges at EY but EY sidesteps him and Robbie E.’s head goes right into Robbie T.’s nuts! EY lifts Robbie up on his shoulders and then lifts Robbie E. up on there as well! He goes for a Double DVD but couldn’t hold them up. EY then dropkicks Robbie T. but walks into a Codebreaker from Robbie E.! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL TV Champ: Robbie E. via pinfall (Codebreaker)
In the back JB is with The Pope & Devon who will challenge for the Tag Titles tonight. Devon says the only issue he’s ever had with Pope is Pope’s influence over his kids, but tonight is not the night to get into that. He says tonight is about the Tag Team Titles and it’s about them being on their ‘A’ games and becoming the NEW Tag Team Champions. TESTIFY! Devon walks away and Pope says he can’t help the fact that Devon’s kids look up to him as the father they never had. Pope says he’s the father to many and then says Devon is right that it’s not about the drama, it’s about the bling.
TNA World Tag Team Championships
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero & Devon vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan & Crimson (c’s)
Crimson and Pope will kick this one off. They lockup and Crimson tosses Pope across the ring and then they lockup again and this time Pope gets Crimson in a wristlock. Pope transitions into a side headlock but Crimson lifts him into the air and then shoves him into the ropes followed by a series of shoulderblocks. Crimson picks Pope up and locks him in a Cravate and then nails him with repeated knee strikes to the head, but when he goes for the Swinging Neckbreaker Pope counters with a body shot and then goes for the 4-Uppercut. Crimson avoids it and then whips Pope into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Pope kicks him. Crimson shrugs it off and then hits Pope with a knee to the gut and whips him into the corner. Crimson hits a series of shoulder blocks in the corner and then whips him into the opposite corner but Pope floats up and over him into a rollup for a nearfall. Crimson gets back to his feet quickly and hits another shoulder block. Crimson tags Morgan in and says he wants Devon. Pope tags Devon in and he goes for a shoulder block but Morgan lays him out. Morgan then hits a series of head butts but Devon comes back with a knee to the gut and then a shoulder block off the ropes. Devon hits the ropes again and hits a Flying Shoulderblock for just a one count. Devon hits Morgan with a series of strikes then comes off the ropes but eats a spinning clothesline from Morgan! Morgan tags Crimson back in and holds Devon so Crimson can hit a big body shot. Crimson attempts to whip Devon into the ropes and as he does Pope blind tags himself in and then Devon reverse the Irish Whip. Devon drops down and Crimson leaps over him and right into a dropkick from Pope! Pope follows up with a German suplex attempt but Crimson blocks it so Pope hits a series of big shots to the back and then connects with the German Suplex! Pope attempts to roll into a 2nd one but Crimson blocks it again and then goes for a clothesline but Pope blocks it and counters with an STO! 1…2…NO Crimson kicks out! Pope picks Crimson up but Crimson shoves him into the corner. Pope comes back with a back elbow and then dives off top but Crimson sidesteps him and connects with a huge Spear! Crimson picks Pope up and tags Morgan back in. Morgan hits a series of nasty elbows on Pope in the corner and then tags Crimson back in. Crimson whips Morgan into a Splash on Pope in the corner rand then Crimson hits his T-Bone Suplex! 1…2…NO Pope kicks out! Crimson locks in a headlock on Pope in the center of the ring but Pope fights to his feet only to eat a sledge to the back from Crimson. Morgan tags right back in and picks Pope up and drops him with a Fall Away Slam! 1…2…NO Devon breaks it up! Morgan whips Pope into ropes and then hits the Sidewalk Slam for another nearfall. Morgan whips Pope into the ropes and lifts Pope up but Pope counters and then hits a sloppy DDT. Both men are down now. They each tag out and Devon comes in with right hands on Crimson. He hits the ropes and connects with a Flying Shoulder Block followed by a Corner Splash and then a clothesline for a nearfall. Devon knocks Morgan off the apron and then hits a Neckbreaker on Crimson! Devon climbs up top and dives off with a Diving Headbutt to Crimson! 1…2…NO Morgan breaks it up! Morgan and Crimson whip Devon into the ropes but eat a double clothesline from Devon! Devon hits a Spinebuster on Crimson while Pope pulls Morgan to the floor. 1…2…NO Crimson kicks out! Pope climbs up top as Devon hits a Scoop Slam on Crimson, Pope dives off the top with a Flying Elbow Drop! 1…2…NO Morgan breaks it up! Morgan tosses Pope over the top to the floor and then goes for a Chokeslam on Devon but he blocks it and then they clothesline each other. Devon then walks into a Double Chokeslam from Crimson & Morgan! 1…2…3!
Winners & STILL Tag Champs: Crimson & Morgan via pinfall (Double Chokeslam)
In the back JB is with AJ Styles getting his knee wrapped after the attack by Roode last week. JB says the rumor is that AJ is nowhere near 100% and AJ says he’s right, he’s 200%. AJ says he’s willing and able tonight. He says that everything Roode has done to him and Fortune will come out in 30 minutes tonight and he’ll beat the piss out of Roode. AJ says that Roode was able to destroy this and then holds up the Fortune symbol but says he will never defend “this” and points to himself.
TNA X-Division Championship
“A-Double” Austin Aries (c) vs. Kid Kash
Kash shoots in for a takedown but Aries avoids him and then does a cartwheel to mock Kash. They lockup and brawl into the corner where the referee separates them only to have Aries chop Kash. They lockup again and this time when the go into the corner Kash chops Aries and then swings at Aries but Aries ducks it and hits a BIG chop. Kash looks like he’s about to stab Aries so Aries decides to bail out to the floor. Kash gives chase and then chases Aries back into the ring where Aries hits the ropes only to eat a Hip toss and then an armdrag from Kash! Kash pokes Aries in the eyes and then attempts to whip him into the ropes but Aries counters into a side headlock takeover. He holds onto the side headlock but Kash counters into a head scissors. Aries does a headstand to get out of the hold and then hits a basement dropkick! 1…2…NO Kash kicks out! Aries grabs a side headlock on Kash but Kash breaks it with body shots. Kash then tries to whip Aries into the ropes but Aries grabs Kash’s EAR so Kash grabs Aries’ ear! Kash then hits a knee to the gut and then he whips Aries into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Aries leapfrogs him and then kicks Kash in the ass. Aries attempts to whip Kash into the ropes but Kash reverses it and hits a big chop. Kash whips Aries into the ropes and connects with a clothesline followed by an elbow drop for another nearfall. Kash tosses Aries into the corner and then hits him with a shoulder block and then whips him into the ropes but Aries counters with a sunset flip for a nearfall. Kash counters into a pin of his own, 1…2…NO Aries counters into another pinning attempt! 1…2…NO Kash counters into a kind of jackknife pin! 1…2…NO Aries right back to another nearfall! Kash counters right back into a rollup, 1…2…NO and Aries rolls out to the floor! Kash chases Aries to the floor and Aries rolls back into the ring and then drops a knee on Kash as he tries to get back in the ring. Aries picks Kash up and hits a Scoop Slam followed by a Fist Drop attempt but Kash rolls out of the way and connects with a huge clothesline. Kash tosses Aries out to the floor and then lights Aries up with chops on the floor. Kash goes for another big chop but Aries sidesteps it and Kash nails the ring post! Aries rolls Kash back into the ring and grabs his title belt. Aries tries to use it but the referee takes it away and Kash rolls Aries up! 1…NO the referee sees Kash attempting to use the ropes for leverage and refuses to count. Kash argues with the referee and Aries rolls him up! 1…NO the referee sees HIM use the ropes. Kash pokes Aries in the eyes and then tosses him HARD to the floor! Kash then hits a Slingshot Plancha onto Aries on the floor! Kash lighting Aries up AGAIN with chops and then he rolls Aries back into the ring. Aries comes back with a kick to the gut and then he tosses Kash out to the floor and hits the Heat Seeking Missile through the ropes onto Kash on the floor! Aries rolls Kash back into the ring and hits a Neckbreaker onto the middle rope! 1…2…NO Kash kicks out! Aries hits a series of elbows to the head but Kash comes back with forearms of his own! Aries counters a forearm with a gutbuster! 1…2…NO Kash kicks out! Aries picks Aries up and drops him with a Front Slam and then hits the Pendulum Elbow Drop! 1…2…NO Kash kicks out! Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Kash blocks it and then goes for the Money Maker but Aries counters right back into the Brainbuster! Kash blocks it again and then connects with a big right hand. 1…2..NO Aries kicks out! Kash whips Aries into the corner and then whips him into the opposite corner hard. Kash springs to the top and goes for a Moonsault but Aries moves. Kash lands on his feet and hits a big Back Suplex! 1…2…NO Aries kicks out! Kash goes for the Money Maker but Aries counters with a backdrop. Aries climbs up top but Kash crotches him! Aries falls to the mat and Kash climbs up top now and Aries crotches HIM now! Aries climbs up with Kash and goes for a Superplex but Kash fights him off and then goes for a damn Superbomb off the top but Aries counters in mid-freaking-move with a Superrana! Both men are down as the fans chant “HOLY SH*T!” Both Aries and Kash get to their feet before the 10 count and exchange right hands in the center of the ring. Now they exchange chops with Kash getting the advantage! Kash goes for the Money Maker again but Aries blocks it again by stomping the feet of Kash. Aries counters into a Kneebreaker and then into a Suplex! Aries charges at Kash in the corner but Kash gets his feet up and Aries eats every bit of it! Kash grabs Aries and goes for the Money Maker again and again he blocks it. Kash charges at Aries but Aries sidesteps him sending Kash in the corner! Aries grabs some brass knuckles but the referee catches him so Kash puts some on! The referee catches HIM too. Aries pulls a play out of the Eddie Guerrero playbook as the referee was taking Kash’s knucks Aries grabs the title belt and tosses it to Kash. The referee turns around and sees Kash with it so he takes it away from Kash allowing Aries to catch Kash with the Brainbuster! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL X-Division Champ: Aries via pinfall (Brainbuster)
TNA Knockouts Championship
Mickie James (c) vs. Gail Kim
Mickie and Gail lockup and then Mickie takes Gail down and locks in a chinlock on Gail. Gail nips up to her feet and counters into a wristlock. Mickie cartwheels into an attempt to counter the hold but Gail slams her to the mat. Mickie blocks a series of strikes on Gail and hits a series of her own followed by a Neckbreark for the first nearfall of the match. Gail comes back with a back elbow and then puts the boots to Mickie. Gail hits a knee strike and then whips Mickie into the ropes and as Mickie attempts to slide through Gail’s legs Gail catches her by the head. Gail pulls Mickie up to her feet and Mickie hits Gail with a snapmare takeover. Mickie then hits the ropes and connects with a sliding dropkick to a seated Gail! Mickie follows up by charging Mickie but Gail lifted herself up onto the top rope to avoid the charging Mickie. Gail then goes to roll Mickie up but Mickie holds onto the ropes in the corner to block it. Mickie then hits a back kick and a back elbow. Mickie then follows up with an attempt at the Mickiecanrana out of the corner but Gail blocks it and reverses it into a REVERSE Alabama Slam. That was NASTY! ROLL TIDE! Gail puts the boots to Mickie and then follows up with a Running Clothesline, 1…2…NO Mickie kicks out! Gail mounts Mickie and reigns down with right hands on Mickie and then covers her for another nearfall. Gail picks Mickie up and hits a backbreaker. Gail lifts Mickie back up into the air for another Backbreaker but Mickie counters into a Headscissors Cradle! 1…2…NO Gail kicks out! Gail gets back to her feet and runs into Mickie with a running elbow. 1…2…NO Mickie kicks out again! Gail puts the boots to Mickie again and then grabs Mickie’s leg and locks in a modified Kneelock. Gail then transitions into an Indian Deathlock. Gail then drops that hold and locks in a crazy modified Half Crab. Mickie breaks the hold by yanking on Gail’s hair. Gail hits a round kick and then chokes Mickie on the ropes. Gail whips Mickie into the corner and then charges at her but Mickie sidesteps her and Gail goes flying through the ropes and it looks like Gail landing awkwardly on her knee. Gail gets back on the apron and Mickie slams her over the top to the mat. Mickie then hits the Mickiecanrana out of the corner followed by a series of clotheslines and forearms. Mickie follows up with a Flapjack and then she climbs up top but Gail hits a round kick to Mickie’s leg crotching her on the top rope. Gail climbs up with Mickie and goes for a Superrana but Mickie blocks it and dives off the top with the Diving Thesz Press! 1…2…NO Gail kicks out! Mickie goes for the Mickie-DT but Gail counters into an attempt at the Eat Defeat. Mickie counters with a Dragonscrew Leg Whip that sends Gail out to the floor. Gail decides to take off to the back but Mickie stops her on the ramp! Mickie whips Gail into the ring post! Mickie rolls Gail back into the ring and Madison Rayne runs down. Madison grabs Mickie’s leg but Mickie kicks her off and then walks into the Eat Defeat from Gail! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL Knockouts Champ: Gail Kim via pinfall (Eat Defeat)
In the back JB is with James Storm and Storm says he’s a beer drinking, ass kicking machine and tonight he’ll prove that no matter how bigger and badder you are there is someone that is bigger and badder than you. He’s that guy for Angle tonight and from the “bottom of my balls, sorry ’bout yo damn luck!”
Next up is Storm vs. Angle
“Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle vs. “Cowboy” James Storm
Angle and Storm lockup at the bell and they even break clean when the referee gets between them in the corner. They lockup again and Kurt lifts Storm up in the air and takes him down with an amateur wrestling move. Angle out wrestles Storm on the mat but then Storm catches Angle with a hammerlock out of nowhere. Angle gets to the ropes to break the hold and then they lockup again and Angle gets Storm in a wristlock. Angle slams his elbow down on Storm’s arm repeatedly but Storm is able to sweep Angle’s legs and grabs a headlock. He hits a Side Headlock Takeover and holds onto the headlock on the mat. Angle counters with a head scissors but Storm is able to get to his knees and pull his head out, but Angle grabs him in a Front Facelock immediately and again hits a Headlock Takeover and holds onto the headlock on the mat. Storm fights to his feet and shoves Angle into the ropes only to eat a shoulder block. Angle hits the ropes but Storm comes back with a hip toss and then an armdrag. Storm holds onto the arm with an armbar on the mat! Angle fights to his feet and forces Storm into the corner to break the hold. Angle pokes Storm’s eyes and then starts the beatdown in the corner. Storm covers up as Angle reigns down shot after shot in the corner. Angle whips Storm into the ropes and then goes for a backdrop but Storm counters with a Facebreaker followed by a Leaping Neckbreaker! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! Storm gets to his feet and clotheslines Angle over the top to the floor! Storm rolls out with Angle and lays into him with big right hands. Storm slams Angle into the guardrail and then breaks the 10-count from the referee by sliding in and out of the ring. This allows Angle to come back and drop toe hold Storm into the ring steps as Storm rolls back out to the floor! Angle tosses Storm back into the ring and then puts the boots to Storm. Angle stands on Storm’s head now and then taunts him and the crowd. Angle drags Storm to the center of the ring and locks in a chinlock. Storm fights to his feet and breaks the hold with back elbows and then he hits the ropes only to walk into a back elbow from Angle. Angle beats on Storm with right hands to the head as Tenay and Taz play up the “concussion” Storm suffered at the hands on Kurt Angle. Angle hits another big right hand to the head of Storm and then chokes him on the ropes. Angle hits a series of elbows to the head on Storm as he tries to cover up. Angle picks Storm up and swings again but Storm blocks it and hits a series of rights of his own. He attempts to whip Angle into the ropes but Angle reverses it and locks in a Sleeper. Angle wears Storm down and brings the Sleeper down to the mat. Storm tries to fight the hold as he gets to his feet and hits a series of elbows and then lifts Angle up with a desperation Back Suplex! Both men are down. Angle and Storm both get to their feet and exchange right hands now and Storm whips Angle into the ropes and connects with a clothesline and then a back elbow and then another clothesline! Storm charges Angle in the corner but Angle hits a back elbow and then charges at a staggering Storm! Storm catches Angle with a Codebreaker and then a Backstabber! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! Storm hits Angle with an uppercut and then attempts to whip Kurt into the ropes but Kurt reverses it and hits an Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex! 1…2…NO Storm kicks out! Angle goes for a German Suplex but Storm blocks it and then whips Angle into the ropes. Storm goes for a clothesline but Angle counters into a rollup and then grabs the ankle and locks in the Ankle Lock! Storm fights the hold and kicks Angle off. Storm then charges at Angle but Angle backdrops him over the top! Storm lands on the apron and hits a Leaping Enziguri from the apron! Storm then follows up with an attempt at the Eye of the Storm but Angle blocks it and hits the Rolling German Suplexes! 1…2…NO Storm still kicks out! Angle stalks Storm and waits for him to get to his feet and then goes for the Angle Slam but Storm blocks it and hits the Eye of the Storm! 1…2…NO Angle kicks out! Storm climbs up top and Angle springs to the top and hits a Superplex! 1…2…NO Storm kicks out! Angle grabs Storm and goes for the Angle Slam again but Storm counters with an armdrag! Storm goes for the Last Call but Angle blocks it and locks in the Ankle Lock again! Angle starts smiling as he screams at Storm to tap! Storm reaches out for the ropes but Angle pulls him back. Storm rolls back over and kicks Angle off! Angle charges at Storm but Storm sidesteps him and Angle goes crashing through the ropes into the ringpost! Storm grabs Angle and hits a Hanging DDT onto the freaking ring apron! Both men fall down to the mat and the referee starts the 10 count! Storm rolls Angle back into the ring and then goes for the Last Call again! Angle blocks it again and reverses into the Angle Slam! 1…2…NO Storm still kicks out! Angle shows frustration as he gets to his feet and then climbs up top and goes for the Moonsault! Storm rolls out of the way! Storm gets the crowd behind him and connects with the Last Call! 1…2…3! HE DID IT AGAIN!
Winner: James Storm via pinfall (Last Call)
Angle looks on in disbelief as Storm celebrates his win.
In the back JB is with Jeff & Karen Jarrett. Sting has added the stipulation to this match that if Jarrett loses he or Karen will be fired! Jarrett is not happy about this new stipulation. Jeff says he will not lose tonight and then Sting walks up and gets in Jarrett’s face and says “when you lose, one of you gets fired” and then shows Karen the handcuffs she will be hooked to Sting with.
Steel Cage Match
“Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. “Rey de Mexico” Jeff Jarrett w/Karen Jarrett
You can win the match by pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage (either over the top or through the door). Karen is handcuffed to Sting at ringside. Sting tosses Jeff Jarrett into the ring as he’s trying to stall and then he handcuffs himself to Karen. How do you volunteer for the job of being handcuffed to Karen? Jarrett and Hardy lockup and Hardy eats a shoulder block from Jarrett for a quick nearfall. Jarrett then rolls Hardy up with a cradle for another nearfall. Jeff hits a Sunset Flip for yet another nearfall but Hardy kicks out and then hits a basement dropkick followed by a Leg Drop to the sternum and then another dropkick for a nearfall. Hardy tries to escape over the top of the cage but Jarrett scales the cage and stops Hardy. Hardy kicks Jarrett off and then dives off the top with a Cross Body! Hardy tosses Jeff into the side of the cage repeatedly bouncing the “Chosen One” off the fencing. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Jarrett blocks it and then takes Hardy down and locks in the Figure Four! Hardy reverses the hold on Jarrett but Jarrett is able to get to the ropes and break the hold. Jarrett tosses Hardy into the cage wall now! Jarrett picks Hardy back up and slams him into the cage wall again! Jarrett climbs up the cage and attempts to climb up but Hardy climbs up with Jarrett and pulls him down. Jarrett kicks Hardy off the top rope and then dives off with a Flying Axe Handle Drop. Jarrett climbs back up and attempts to climb over but Hardy pulls Jarrett down crotching him on the top rope. Hardy now attempts to climb up the cage, Jarrett grabs his foot, but Hardy kicks him off! Hardy dives off the top rope with a Springboard Reverse Splash! 1…2…NO Jarrett kicks out! Hardy and Jarrett exchange right hands in the center of the ring now and then Jarrett whips Hardy into the ropes only to eat a clothesline from Hardy. Hardy whips Jarrett into the corner and then he charges at Jeff but Jarrett sidesteps him! Jarrett then swings at Hardy but Hardy counters into the Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs up top for the Swanton but Jarrett starts to get up so hardy drops down and hits another Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs up to the top but this time he climbs all the way to the top of the cage! Hardy dives off the top of the cage with a MASSIVE Swanton Bomb but Jarrett rolled out of the way and Jeff Hardy eats every bit of the mat! Jarrett tries to climb through the door to win it but Hardy is able to recover and grab Jarrett’s foot and pull him back in! Jarrett gets to his feet and connects with an Enziguri! Jarrett hits the Stroke! Jarrett goes to climb through the door again but again Hardy is able to grab Jarrett’s foot to stop him. Hardy pulls Jarrett back in and then tries to climb out himself. Jarrett stops him but Hardy grabs the top of the door and uses it to propel himself into a dropkick over the top rope into Jarrett! Hardy tries to climb through the door again but Jarrett shoves Hardy into the door slamming it into Sting! Karen gets the handcuff keys from Sting and frees herself and then slams the door into Hardy’s head! Jarrett grabs the referee and tells him to make the count, 1…2…NO Hardy kicks out! Karen grabs the guitar but Sting stops her and drags her away! Jarrett turns around and walks into the Twist of Fate from Hardy! 1…2…3!
Winner: Jeff Hardy via pinfall (Twist of Fate)
After the match Sting grabs a microphone and says that in four days, on Impact Wrestling, someone is getting fired!
In the back JB is with Bobby Roode and Roode says over the last several months he’s been called many things: Robert, Bobby, #1 contender, liar, cheater, pathetic, selfish, the it factor, and his personal favorite the World Heavyweight Champion. Roode says after he’s done with AJ he’ll be known as the king of the Iron Man Matches as well. Roode says that on paper this may favor AJ Styles but he says he’ll be surprised if AJ even makes it to the ring after what he did to AJ last week. Roode says Sting can keep trying to do things to get in Roode’s way but in case he hasn’t heard Roode “spits in the face of authority” and he can ask Dixie about that.
30-Minute Iron Man Match
Bobby Roode (c) vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles
AJ limps to the ring selling that leg injury. Roode keeps shooting in on AJ’s leg trying to grab it as the match opens but AJ sidesteps him. AJ gets Roode in a Waistlock but Roode counters with a drop toe hold but AJ quickly gets to his feet and gets away from Roode. They lockup and Roode gets AJ in a side headlock and squeezes AJ’s head. AJ tries to reverses the hold but Roode cuts him off. AJ shoves Roode into the ropes but Roode comes off with a shoulder block. Roode then mocks AJ by doing jumping jacks and pointing at AJ’s leg. They lockup again and Roode gets AJ in a side headlock again but this time AJ is able to reverse the hold into a side headlock of his own. Roode tries to shove AJ into the ropes but AJ drops down to his knees and keeps the side headlock on. AJ rolls Roode down onto the mat and keeps Roode in the headlock but Roode is able to reverse it into a head scissors. AJ kicks out of the hold and then hits a Side Headlock Takeover and holds onto the headlock. Roode fights to his feet and shoves AJ into the ropes but AJ explodes off the ropes with a shoulderblock followed by another one. AJ hits a third shoulder block but Roode quickly rolls out to the floor before AJ could get a pin. They lockup yet again as Roode comes back into the ring and Roode forces AJ into the corner and then Roode slams into AJ with a series of shoulder blocks. Rood then nails AJ with chops but AJ gets fired up and the two exchange chops in the corner! NASTY chops. AJ whips Roode into the corner and then hits a big backdrop! Roode gets to his feet and pokes AJ in the eyes and then grabs him and tosses him through the ropes to the floor! Roode climbs out and tries to slam AJ into the guardrail but AJ blocks it and tosses Roode into the guardrail! AJ tosses Roode back into the ring and then slides back in but Roode puts the boots to AJ immediately. Roode chokes AJ on the ropes and then attempts to pick AJ up but AJ counters into a rollup! 1…2…NO Roode counters into a pin of his own, 1…2…NO AJ reverses it again! 1…2…NO Roode counters into a pin attempt but AJ blocks it and gets another nearfall! AJ hits a hip toss and then an arm drag but Roode gets to his feet and hits a big shoulder block. Roode goes to grab AJ but AJ nips up into his Nipup Hurricanrana out of nowhere! AJ charges Roode in the corner but Roode gets his boot up and then hits the ropes but AJ comes right behind him with a clothesline! 1…2…NO Roode kicks out! AJ locks in a chinlock on Roode now but Roode gets to his feet and breaks the hold by lifting AJ up into the air and dropping him down into a Kneebreaker! Roode picks AJ up but AJ nails him with a big right hand. Roode backdrops AJ but AJ lands on his feet and connects with a back elbow. AJ goes for the Phenomenon in the corner but Roode sweeps AJ’s legs and AJ sells the knee like death! 1…2…3! ROODE HAS THE 1-0 LEAD ON AJ!
Roode tries to kick AJ but AJ grabs his leg and connects with a big right hand but still sells the leg. AJ puts the boots to Roode with the good leg and then slams Roode into the corner. Roode counters with a poke to the eyes and then takes out AJ’s knee with a diving shoulder block to that knee. Roode grabs AJ’s leg and slams it into the mat and then slams it to the mat a second time. Roode covers AJ and gets a nearfall. AJ tries to fight back with chops and rights and then he whips Roode into the ropes but Roode kicks him. Roode then grabs AJ and goes for the Payoff but AJ blocks it and goes for a German Suplex. Roode blocks it with back elbows and then slams AJ’s leg to the mat again. Roode grabs AJ by the tights but AJ catches him with a back elbow and then a series of right hands. Roode cuts AJ off with a kick to the knee again. AJ tries to catch Roode with that nipup hurricanrana again but this time Roode block it and locks in the Half Crab on that injured leg! AJ fights and crawls to the ropes and finally breaks the hold by getting to them. Roode slams AJ’s leg into the mat yet again and then locks in a Figure Four! AJ’s shoulders touch the mat and he’s down for a nearfall. Roode screams at AJ to tap while AJ continues to fight it. His shoulders drop down again and again he gets a nearfall. Finally AJ is forced to tap!
ROODE EXTENDS HIS LEAD 2-1 ON AJ!
Just under 14 minutes to go now as Roode stalks AJ and kicks that leg out from under AJ as he tries to get to his feet. Roode chop blocks AJ’s knee again and AJ screams in pain. Roode grabs AJ’s leg and continues to work it over and goes for another Figure Four but this time AJ kicks him off with the free leg sending him into the turnbuckles. Roode sells the shoulder like he’s injured it. AJ grabs Roode by that shoulder and hits a Flying Armbar Slam! AJ locks in Roode’s own Crossface! Roode fights the hold for awhile before finally tapping out!
ROODE STILL LEADS 2-1 ON AJ!
AJ works on Roode’s shoulder now with punches to it and then an arm wringer twisting on it. AJ slams his elbow into the shoulder and then locks in an Armbar! Roode grabs AJ’s leg and counters into a Legbar! AJ breaks the hold by raking the eyes of Roode! AJ hits a roundhouse kick with his good leg and then a big right hand. AJ hits a series of strikes in the corner and then twists on Roode’s arm on the ropes again. Roode continues to sell the shoulder. AJ attempts to whip Roode into the ropes but Roode counters into a back elbow and then a big clothesline. He hit AJ with his injured arm and sells it like that was not a smart move. Roode goes to pick AJ up but AJ rolls him up with an inside cradle! 1…2…3!
IT’S TIED UP 2-2!
AJ and Roode exchange right hands in the center of the ring now until Roode kicks that injured leg of AJ. AJ then punches Roode in his injured shoulder. The two continue this exchange for several seconds until AJ hits a Leaping Enziguri out of nowhere! AJ grabs his knee immediately as he lands but then gets up and charges at Roode but walks into the Double-R Spinebuster! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Just under 9 minutes to go. Roode grabs AJ’s leg but AJ kicks him with the free leg repeatedly so Roode pretty much DDT’s AJ’s leg! Roode puts the boots to AJ’s leg and then grabs it and catapults AJ into the corner. AJ lands on the turnbuckles and hits the Phenomenon out of the corner! AJ rolls out to the apron and hits the Springboard 450! AJ sells the knee, but covers Roode! 1…2…3!
AJ LEADS 3-2 OVER ROODE!
Just under 7 minutes left as AJ sells it like that might have done more damage to AJ’s leg pulling it off. AJ hits Roode with a series of right hands and then a big clothesline! AJ headbutts Roode in the corner and Roode comes back by kicking AJ’s leg. Roode charges at AJ but AJ counters into a Fujiwara Armbar. Roode rolls through and sweeps AJ’s leg. Roode goes for a Crab but AJ kicks him into the corner. AJ charges at Roode but Roode backdrops AJ over the top. AJ lands on the apron and slams Roode’s arm into the ropes. AJ then slingshots in with a Sunset Flip attempt but Roode holds onto the ropes and drops down on AJ and uses the ropes for extra leverage! 1…2…3!
IT’S TIED UP AGAIN AT 3-3!
AJ jumps Roode and starts beating on him pissed at Roode cheating. Under 5 minutes to go now as AJ lights Roode up in the corner with chops. AJ lifts Roode up onto the top rope and climbs up with him. AJ goes for a Superplex but Roode blocks it and shoves AJ off. Roode steps up onto the top rope but AJ springs to the top and hits a Super Armdrag! Both men sell their injuries as they land. AJ hits a Back Suplex on Roode and then goes for a Suplex but Roode kicks AJ’s knee! Roode grabs AJ and goes for the Payoff but AJ counters into a cradle! 1…2…NO Roode kicks out! Roode goes for a clothesline but AJ ducks and hits the Pele out of nowhere! AJ gets fired up and screams at Roode! AJ goes for the Styles Clash but AJ’s knee buckles under AJ’s body (he sold that really well). Roode rolls out to the floor as his nose is shown busted open. Roode looks to be happy with a draw but AJ says NO SIR! AJ dives over the top with a Somersault Plancha onto Roode on the floor! AJ sells the knee as soon as he lands and both men are down outside with under a minute left! AJ looks up at the clock and tosses Roode back into the ring and then Roode rolls back out to the floor on the other side. AJ follows and Roode climbs right back in and then right back out as the time expires!