Jul 8, 2012 - by Adam Martin
* Poll results: Grade TNA's Destination X PPV
A video package runs hyping Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries for the TNA Championship.
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to Destination X. We go live to Orlando where pyro goes off. Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash welcome us to the show reviewing the card tonight.
Last Chance Four Way
Rubix vs. Mason Andrews vs. Lars Only vs. Dakota Darsow
Darsow with a few big shots and gets sent out to the arena floor. Rubix with an arm drag to Andrews. Rubix with another arm drag and dropkick to the face combo. Lars with a snap head scissors on Rubix. Darsow with a backbreaker on Lars and elbows Rubix to the floor. Rubix with a huge cross body from the top on Darsow. Darsow fires back with a sitdown suplex. Darsow with a kick to the head of Andrews. Andrews with a huge dive over the top rope. Rubix also hits the ropes and jumps over the top rope taking out the other three. We see a shot of Kid Kash looking on from backstage as the winner of this match will face him immediately. Lars catches Andrews with a big boot in the corner. Tower of Doom spot with Darsow, Andrews and Lars. Rubix then leaps from one corner to the other executing a big dropkick. Darsow with a neckbreaker on Andrews. Lars with a big head scissors faceplant driver on Rubix. Andrews with a jumping knee and lifting stunner on Lars. Andrews hooks the leg to get the pinfall.
Winner: Mason Andrews
Kid Kash runs down the ramp and hits the ring.
X Division Title Tournament
Kid Kash vs. Mason Andrews
Kash with some big chops to Andrews on the outside. Kash sends Andrews right into the steel ring post and then throws him back in the ring. Kash puts his foot on the chest of Andrews for a cover and Andrews gets a shoulder up after two. Kash mounts Andrews with some big right hands. Andrews with a series of dropkicks that drop Kash. Andrews with a close roll up. Kash drops Andrews across the top rope. Kash with some big shots to the face of Andrews. Kash with repeated big rights. Kash flips off the crowd and drops an elbow. Kash with big kicks to the chest of Andrews and then locks up his left arm. Kash with a huge chop to Andrews and follows with a kick that sends him to the floor. Kash misses with a springboard moonsault from the top turnbuckle when Andrews gets his knees up. Andrews with a back elbow, clothesline and dropkick combo. Andrews with a dropkick from the top that barely catches Kash. Andrews with a high knee that drops Kash right away. Kash with a knee of his own. Kash goes for another big knee when Andrews avoids it and rolls up Kash for the pinfall.
Winner: Mason Andrews
Mike Tenay notes that Mason Andrews is the first person to quality for the Ultimate X match later tonight to crown a new TNA X Division Champion. We see a replay of the finish. Back live, Kid Kash can't believe it. Andrews throws up his arm in celebration.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Samoa Joe. She wants his prediction for the main event. Joe picks Austin Aries. They look at the Bound for Glory Series Standings. Joe is #2 with 27 points. Kurt Angle, his opponent tonight, is #4 with 20 points. Joe said he sees the road paved for his World Championship with this series. He said tonight Angle isn't a Gold Medalist – he is 10 points. Joe said he will make him tap out and beat him by any means necessary.
X Division Title Tournament
Douglas Williams vs. Kenny King
Big reaction for King in Orlando. Williams with a quick headlock takedown. We see a shot of the TNA X Division Championship hanging above the ring ready for the Ultimate X match later tonight. Series of roll ups by King early on. Williams extends his hand. The fans boo. Williams then kicks King in the gut. Williams tosses King to the outside and taunts him. Williams rolls out, King is back in and then twists over the top rope to take him out. Back in the ring, King with a drop toe hold, float over and headlock on Williams. King with a series of arm drags. Williams with a big clothesline on King. Williams with one suplex, takes the back of King, King counters with an atomic drop and kick to the back of the head. King catches Williams with a big spinning kick. King with another kick to the head and leaping spinebuster. Williams throws King to the mat floor from the top turnbuckle. Williams drives a knee into the chest of King from the turnbuckle. King with a crazy looking springboard diving blockbuster on Williams from the ring apron. Williams puts King up on the top turnbuckle, gets pushed away by King and King powers Williams down to the mat from his shoulders. King covers and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Kenny King
Kenny King joins Mason Andrews in the Ultimate X match later tonight to crown a new TNA X Division Champion.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Christopher Daniels. He talks about how a year later he is out of the shadow of AJ Styles and is now a TNA Tag Team Champion. Daniels talks down AJ Styles and the “kind of man he is.”
X Division Tournament
Sonjay Dutt vs. Rashad Cameron
Lots of fast action between the two early on. Cameron pie faces Dutt and pushes him to the corner. Dutt with a quick dropkick on Cameron. Cameron with a huge dive over the top rope taking out Dutt. Back in the ring, Cameron with a few chops. Dutt with a big head scissors takedown on Cameron and then follows with a baseball slide kick to the head. Cameron sends Dutt into the steel guard railing. Cameron with more chops to Dutt in the corner. Dutt with a bulldog on Cameron to the second turnbuckle pad. Dutt with boots to the face and leg drop over the head of Cameron. Dutt with a springboard body splash off the top rope. Cameron with an armbar on Dutt. Dutt with a reverse neckbreaker on Cameron. Dutt goes up top and connects with his double foot stomp over the chest/stomach of Cameron. Dutt gets the pinfall.
Winner: Sonjay Dutt
Sonjay Dutt joins Kenny King and Mason Andrews in the Ultimate X match later tonight to crown a new TNA X Division Champion.
Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash talk about the injury suffered by Jesse Sorensen back in February at the Against All Odds PPV. A video package airs focusing on Sorensen's rehab and recovery. Back live, Jesse Sorensen is introduced to the live crowd in Orlando. Loud “WELCOME BACK” chant for Jesse. Jesse said before he came out here Dixie Carter asked him if he is nervous and he said it was good to just feel anything. He said the last time he was in this place he was being taken away on a stretcher. Jesse said he stared at the ceiling for days not knowing if he would ever walk again. He said he did hear one thing and that was everyone chanting his name as he was being taken away. Jesse said God put him on this Earth to become a professional wrestler and that is what he will continue to be. He said to everyone in the back, his family and to the fans who stuck by him, he thanks them so much. “THANK YOU JESSIE” chant. Jesse thanks them from the bottom of his heart. He mentions Zema Ion and says he hopes he wins the X Division Title tonight because he wants to take that belt away from him. Jesse predicts that this time next year at Destination X 2013, he will be the X Division Champion and he will cash in his opportunity for a shot at the TNA Championship.
X Division Tournament
Zema Ion vs. Flip Cassanova
Zema with a big chop to Flip in the corner and yells out, “Welcome to the big leagues bitch!” Flip with a snap head scissors on Zema. Flip with a big dive over the top rope taking out Zema. Zema with a big dropkick to the face of Flip. Flip gets his knees up during a moonsault attempt by Zema. Zema with a twisting dive from the ropes over Zema. Flip misses a 450 Splash attempt and Zema wraps up Flip over his back and dives back dropping him face first. Zema gets the pinfall.
Winner: Zema Ion
Zema Ion now joins Mason Andrews, Kenny King and Sonjay Dutt in the Ultimate X match tonight to crown a new TNA X Division Champion.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with King, Dutt and Andrews. King says these guys don't have a chance. Dutt said he will drop the bomb tonight. Andrews said tonight is his moment. TNA Champion Bobby Roode walks up and asks what he said. Roode said this is his show. He said the only match that matters tonight is the main event and he will destroy the X Division poster boy Austin Aries.
Tenay and Borash review the Bound for Glory Series Standings. James Storm leads with 36 points.
Bound for Glory Series Match
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Angle keeps the action grounded early on applying a loose guillotine choke on Joe. Joe powers up launching Angle into the corner and landed some huge jabs that drops Angle. Joe with a big charge in the corner to Angle using his knee. Tenay reminds us of the 15 minute time limit in Bound for Glory Series matches. Joe tosses Angle to the outside. Joe with a huge suicide dive to Angle on the outside. Angle with a kick to the face of Joe and then begins kicking away in the corner. Joe with his kick to the head in the corner. Joe puts Angle up on the top turnbuckle, Angle headbutts Joe to avoid a Muscle Buster and then Angle connects with a dropkick to the back. Angle with a release belly-to-belly suplex on Joe. Joe with an elbow to Angle in the corner. Joe with a flying leg lariat to Angle from the second rope. Joe with an atomic drop, big boot and body splash combo on Angle. Joe with a snap powerslam and then transitions into an armbar. Angle counters into an Ankle Lock. Joe powers out, Angle with one german suplex, a second german suplex and a third with a release. Joe counters an Angle Slam and kicks Angle right in the face. Angle counters a Muscle Buster, slides down and gets an Ankle Lock applied. Joe with his slam in the corner on Angle. Joe connects with the Muscle Buster. Joe covers and Angle gets a shoulder up. Joe with a rear naked choke. Angle counters out and applies the Ankle Lock. Joe rolls to his back, pulls Angle down and gets the rear naked choke applied. Angle fights out and connects with the Angle Slam. Joe gets a shoulder up. Joe with a kick to the face of Angle. Joe counters an Angle Slam and gets the rear naked choke applied again. Angle is trying to fight out. The referee checks on Angle. Angle is out. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Samoa Joe
After the match, Kurt Angle recovers and asks what happened. Referee Earl Hebner explains he was out. We see highlights of the match leading to the finish. Joe earns 10 points and is now #1 with 37 points. James Storm moves to #2 with 36 points.
A video package runs highlighting the events between AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels.
Last Man Standing Match
AJ Styles vs. TNA Tag Team Champion Christopher Daniels
The bell rings and Daniels bails to do some jumping jacks at ringside. When Daniels returns, he spits in the face of Styles and Styles responds with some big right hands. They brawl to the outside. Back in the ring, Daniels with a few headbutts. Styles responds with a big dropkick. Styles with a suplex sending Daniels directly into the corner pads. Daniels recovers and hits some big chops to Styles in the corner. Styles fights out and gives Daniels chops of his own. On the outside, Daniels rakes the eyes of Styles. Borash notes this is anything goes. Daniels sets up a steel chair in the ring. Styles leaps off the chair, but Daniels moves and Daniels drives the back of Styles over the chair. The chair is bent in half. Daniels gets in the face of a fan at ringside. Daniels with rights to Styles at ringside. Styles is busted open. Daniels then gives Styles a suplex over the mat floor. Daniels pulls the steel steps away from the ring and puts them on the side. Styles with a few comeback shots. Back in the ring, Daniels sends Styles into the corner with force. Daniels grabs the steel chair, but Styles kicks at the knee of Daniels to prevent the use of the chair. Styles then springboards off the ropes and splashes Daniels using the chair. Styles then grabs Daniels on the outside and launches him with force into the steel steps! That looked nasty. Daniels is now busted open. Daniels is now crawling up the entrance ramp. Styles with kicks to Daniels at the top of the ramp. Styles backs up, charges, Daniels charges and both connect with a double clothesline. Styles and Daniels exchange shots. Daniels counters a Styles Clash attempt on the ramp. Styles with a springboard inverted DDT from a steel railing at the top of the ramp taking down Daniels. The referee starts the count. The referee gets to 7. Kazarian then runs out and launches Styles off the ramp. The referee counts over Styles. The referee gets to 8 and Styles is back up using the guard railing. Daniels grabs a table from under the ring and sets it up under the entrance ramp. Daniels tosses Styles up on the ramp. Styles counters Angel's Wings sending Daniels into Kazarian. Styles with a Pele Kick. Styles with a Styles Clash off the ramp to the floor below crashing through a table! Both men are down. The referee starts the count. Referee is at 9. Styles is up. Referee reaches 10. Styles wins.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the match, the referee holds up the arm of a bloody AJ Styles. We see a replay of the finish of AJ Styles giving Christopher Daniels a Styles Clash from the ramp to the floor below through a table.
Jeremy Borash reads off tweets from fans on picks for the main event tonight. 71% of fans think Aries will win the main event tonight.
Backstage, Christy Hemme is with Austin Aries. He wishes everyone luck in the Ultimate X match up next, but says the X Division is in his rear view mirror. Aries says Roode has been winning his matches with beer bottles and belt shots. He says he has been winning his matches with brainbusters. Aries said he will not walk out empty handed tonight.
Tenay and Borash review the results of the X Division Tournament earlier tonight.
TNA X Division Championship – Ultimate X Match
Mason Andrews vs. Zema Ion vs. Kenny King vs. Sonjay Dutt
Zema Ion takes a nasty triple dropkick from Andrews, King and Dutt early on. King launches Andrews into Zema who was already in the tree of woe in the corner. King with a crazy looking kick to the head of Dutt from the ring apron. King springboards himself up to the X cable. Dutt with a springboard dropkick that launches King off the cable up top. Zema catches Andrews with a quick elbow and jumps up to the X cable. King and Andrews pulls Zema down. Dutt has been taken to the back after taking a nasty fall. King with a twisting corkscrew splash to the floor, but Zema moves out of the way. Andrews with a splash of his own over the top rope to the outside. Dutt is now back at ringside climbing up the steel X structure. Andrews is now up on the cable along with King. Andrews with a neckbreaker on King as they fall to the mat below. Dutt and Zema are now at the very top of the steel X structure. Dutt with right hands to Zema. Dutt climbs through a hole up top and is standing over the X cable. Zema has his hairspray and sprays it in the face of Dutt. Dutt falls to the mat below. Zema reaches down and grabs the title.
Winner and NEW TNA X Division Champion: Zema Ion
After the match, Zema Ion tosses the title over his shoulder and the referee holds up his arm. We see highlights of the match leading to the finish. Back live, Christy Hemme is with Zema Ion. Zema tells the crowd to show some respect. He dedicates this title win to all of his “haters” and critics. Ion also dedicates this win to Jesse Sorensen and said breaking his neck helped him realize how powerful he really is. Zema smiles and heads to the back with his new title.
A video package runs hyping Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries.
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Austin Aries
Jeremy Borash handles the ring introductions for the challenger Austin Aries and champion Bobby Roode.
The bell rings and here we go. Lock up and Roode backs Aries to the corner. Borash rejoins commentary mentioning he asked Aries how he was feeling. Aries said he was so ready. Another lock up and Aries chops the chest of Roode. Roode works over the left arm of Aries. Aries then starts working over the left arm of Roode. Aries with a series of quick takedowns on Roode. Roode with a few slaps to the head of Aries when he recovers over him. Aries turns around the body of Roode a few times and then slaps Roode over the head. Aries drops Roode over the top rope, connects with a springboard splash and a quick elbow. Roode counters a headlock takedown in a head scissors. Aries with another headlock takedown and Roode goes back to the head scissors. Aries with a headstand escape and dropkicks Roode in the face. Aries with a double sledgehammer from the ring apron. Roode avoids a top rope dropkick from Aries. Roode misses a knee drop from the second rope. Aries kicks away the knee of Roode to drop him down. Roode gets his foot on the bottom rope to break up a headlock attempt by Aries. Aries misses a suicide dive attempt to Roode when Roode side steps him. Aries crashed into the steel guard railing. Back in the ring, Roode connects with a big spear on Aries that results in a two count. Roode with a front suplex dropping Aries down with force over the mat face first. Roode catches Aries with a big knee coming off the ropes. Roode with a huge chop in the corner to Aries. Roode is keeping Aries grounded with wristlock takedowns. Roode with a huge clothesline to Aries. Roode is slapping Aries as he gets to his feet. Aries fires back with big forearms. Aries and Roode exchange chops in the corner. Aries clotheslines Roode over the top rope and this time connects with the suicide dive. Aries with a dropkick that launches Roode to the corner. Roode with a quick powerslam on Aries. Aries stuffs another spear attempt and flips over Roode locking on the Last Chancery. Aries rolls out to a front facelock, hits a few knees, but Roode counters into a Crossface. Aries rolls through back into the Last Chancery. Roode rakes the eyes of Aries to break it up. Roode with a spear to Aries in the corner, puts him up top, attempts a superplex, Aries knees Roode in the head, rings the ears with a double forearm shot, stands up and misses a 450 Splash, but rolls through and takes a big spinebuster from Roode. Roode launches Aries shoulder first into the corner. Roode with a Crossface locked on again. Aries is trying to roll through. Roode is yelling at Aries to tap. Aries reaches and gets the bottom rope. Roode holds on until 4 1/2 with the referee count. Roode grabs his title from SoCal Val at ringside. The referee cuts him off. When the referee throws the belt away, Roode jumps down and low blows Aries. Roode with a cover and Aries kicks out. Roode shoves the referee. The referee shoves Roode back. Aries with a huge corner dropkick. Roode counters a Brainbuster and pushes Aries into the referee for a referee bump. Roode has his title. Roode nails Aries in the head with it and tosses it. Roode wakes up the referee, covers Aries…1…2…Aries gets a shoulder up at the last second. Roode can't believe it. Aries with a close roll up. Aries with a kick to Roode's head. Aries with a Brainbuster. Aries hooks the leg…1…2…3! Aries wins!
Winner and NEW TNA Champion: Austin Aries
HUGE reaction at the Impact Zone in Orlando. Austin Aries grabs the TNA Championship and holds it high. We see highlights of the match leading to the finish including that insane reaction from the crowd in Orlando to Aries getting the pinfall. Back live, confetti fills the Impact Zone as Austin Aries drops to his knees with the TNA Championship over his shoulder. Aries holds up his arms in celebration taking in the moment. The PPV goes off the air with Aries saluting the audience in Orlando.
A promo for TNA Hardcore Justice on August 12 airs.