AGAINST ALL ODDS: Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley
Feb 12, 2012 - by Adam Martin
TNA X Division Championship
Austin Aries (c) vs. Alex Shelley
Lock up and Aries gets in a quick hip toss on Shelley. Aries showboats executing a cartwheel avoiding offense from Shelley and then sitting up on the corner smiling. Shelley runs at Aries connecting with a series of offense including springboarding off the top rope taking out Aries on the outside. Shelley gets his knees up when Aries attempts a slingshot senton back in the ring. Shelley sends Aries back to the outside, but Aries crawls under the ring and comes back out from the other side. Aries with knees to the back of Shelley and then connects with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Aries goes to work on the head and neck of Shelley. Shelley moves when Aries executes his swinging elbow drop. Aries rakes the eyes of Shelley and Shelley misses a series of right hand attempts. Shelley gets in a kick allowing him to get in a series of body shots. Shelley drops Aries face first into the corner. Aries once again goes under the ring, comes back out the other side again, but this time Shelley is aware. Shelley drops Aries over the top rope and Aries drops face first over the ring apron. Shelley with a suicide dive to Aries into the guard railing. Back in the ring, Aries with a quick suplex and very quick swinging elbow. Shelley counters a brainbuster attempt. Shelley catches Aries with a boot in the corner. Aries with a death valley driver on Shelley over the ring apron. Aries with a double sledgehammer from the top rope. Back in the ring, Shelley kicks out of a pinfall attempt. Shelley with Sliced Bread #2 and Aries gets his hand on the bottom rope. Very close pinfall count. Aries with knees to the head of Shelley, kick to the jaw and dropkick in the corner. Aries connects with the brainbuster and Shelley kicks out. Aries is shocked. Shelley with a small package for a close two count. Shelley with a series of kicks, cover and another close pinfall. Aries with more knees to the head and connects with a second brainbuster. Aries locks the neck of Shelley, flips back and pulls back on the head/neck of Shelley (what he calls the Last Chancery). Shelley taps.
Winner and still TNA X Division Champion: Austin Aries
After the match, we see a series of highlights and the finish.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Jeff Hardy. Hemme asks how Hardy’s back is doing. Hardy said his back has seen better days and calls for his “creatures to mount up.”
A video package runs highlighting AJ Styles vs. Kazarian.
* AJ Styles vs. Kazarian is up next.