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The pay per view begins with a blank screen, before ‘June 19, 2002’ appears in white lettering.

Narrator: June 19, 2002...

Shot of the pyro display from the first show.

Narrator: It was the beginning of a phenomenon.

Jeff Jarrett interrupting Toby Keith’s song.

Narrator: It changed the face of professional wrestling.

Ken Shamrock holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Narrator: And its name... was Total Nonstop Action.

The original NWA-TNA logo flashes across the screen.

Narrator: Nobody gave it a chance, but it exceeded all expectations.

Raven stealing the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Jarrett, and Scott Hall posing for the crowd.

Narrator: TNA grew bigger and bigger, and with it came big names.

Clips of Christian Cage, Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle, with Mike Tenay shouting ‘Kurt Angle’s in TNA!’

Narrator: The critics were silenced, and they witnessed a revolution.

AJ Styles hitting the Styles Clash.

Narrator: ... a sensation...

Christopher Daniels removing his hood and posing for the crowd.

Narrator: ... a spectacle...

Samoa Joe hitting the Muscle Buster.

Narrator: And on October 27, 2009 TNA was changed forever when the biggest star in professional wrestling, ‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan, arrived.

Hulk Hogan posing at his press conference in Madison Square Garden.

Narrator: TNA became a bigger force than anybody could have imagined...

Mr. Anderson reaching up for his microphone, and Rob Van Dam hitting the Five-Star Frog Splash.

Narrator: ... and it is still growing faster than ever.

Desmond Wolfe giving the crowd his two-fingered gesture.

Narrator: On June 13, it will be a celebration...

D’Angelo Dinero posing on the ramp as money falls from the ceiling.

Narrator: ... a celebration of the icons...

Sting standing on the second rope in the corner holding the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Narrator: ... the stars...

Kurt Angle hitting the Angle Slam.

Narrator: ... and the future.

The Motor City Machine Guns holding the TNA World Tag Team Championships.

Narrator: It is eight years in the making...

Matt Morgan hitting the Carbon Footprint.

Narrator: ... but it is the one of a kind event.

AJ Styles flicking back his hood and posing as his pyro goes off.

Narrator: Slammiversary!




Slammiversary VIII
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
June 13, 2010


We enter the Anaheim Convention Center, and a huge pyro display kicks off the introduction, as the camera takes us around the venue with “Fractured” by Taproot playing, showing the entranceway which has a big Slammiversary VIII logo above it before orbiting the audience, who are all cheering and holding up signs as they are live on Pay Per View, and continuing to enjoy the view before cutting to the announce table just in front of the stage on the left hand side, where Mike Tenay and Mick Foley, both dressed in tuxedos, are sat.

Mike Tenay: Ladies and gentlemen, you are watching the event eight years in the making, the one of a kind event simply known as Slammiversary VIII! We’re live from the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, this is Mike Tenay and who better to join me for such a historic occasion than ‘The Hardcore Legend’ Mick Foley?

Mick Foley: It is an absolute honour to be here, Professor, I’ve only been here for close to two years but I think I know pretty well how big a night this is for TNA Wrestling, eight years and we just continue to grow by the day!

Mike Tenay: So much to look forward to tonight at Slammiversary VIII, including as always the annual King of the Mountain Match for the richest prize in professional wrestling, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship! ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles who has held the title for an incredible nine months defends the gold against ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ Jeff Hardy, ‘The Olympic Gold Medallist’ Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson and ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ Samoa Joe in the biggest King of the Mountain Match to date!

Mick Foley: Anybody could win it tonight, Mike, it’s nothing to lose and everything to gain for everybody in the match apart from the Champion AJ Styles, who has an eighty percent chance of finally surrendering the TNA World Heavyweight Championship after an inconceivably-long reign at the pinnacle of this company.

Mike Tenay: The illustrious career of ‘The Icon’ Sting could come to an end tonight as he faces the TNA Global Champion ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero in a match which Sting has said will be his last if he loses to Dinero.

Mick Foley: Saying that Dinero’s career could skyrocket tonight if he beats Sting tonight would be an understatement, Professor, he’s already the TNA Global Champion and ‘The Pope’ might well be able to say that he retired one of the true greats of this business.

Mike Tenay: We all thought their meeting last month at Sacrifice would be the match to end their rivalry, but we were wrong and it seems like it’ll end tonight on the eight-year anniversary of TNA; it’s four months in the making, it’s Desmond Wolfe and Rob Van Dam, in a Last Man Standing Match.

Mick Foley: Wolfe defeated Van Dam under very controversial circumstances last month but tonight, it won’t be controversial it’ll be legal! They can do anything they want to each other until one man cannot answer the referee’s ten count.

Mike Tenay: Plus, the TNA X Division Champion ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels defends the title against Shane Helms who has only been in the company for just over two weeks!

Mick Foley: Daniels has claimed over and over again that he is the X Division and it wouldn’t survive without him, so it goes without saying that in his eyes it will be a travesty if Helms beats him tonight and becomes the Champion. I think the TNA fans would feel differently to ‘The Fallen Angel’ though, Professor.

Mike Tenay: That will be very interesting to see, as will the match for the TNA Knockouts Championship; Daffney puts her title on the line against Tara, who puts her pet Spider Poison on the line.

Mick Foley: Very high stakes in that match, but the future of the tag team we know as Beer Money could be at stake tonight as James Storm and Robert Roode face off!

Mike Tenay: Roode has said that tonight will either make or break Beer Money, but speaking of tag team partners, the former tag team partners ‘Super Mex’ Hernandez and ‘The Blueprint’ Matt Morgan finally go one-on-one in a match three months in the making!

Mick Foley: But who could forget about the current TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Motor City Machine Guns? The most exciting tandem in TNA today put the titles on the line against Generation Me!

Mike Tenay: And that match will kick us off here tonight at Slammiversary VIII!

Then, “My Generation” blares out to a pop from the crowd and the brotherly duo of Generation Me make their way out, with Jeremy and Max Buck posing on the stage before jogging down the ramp, high-fiving some fans and then sliding under the ropes into the ring.

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the opening contest of Slammiversary VIII! It is a tag team match scheduled for one fall, and it is for the TNA World Tag Team Championships! Introducing the challengers, from Montebello, California, at a combined weight of 350 pounds... Max and Jeremy Buck, Generation Me!

Mike Tenay: Every time we see Generation Me in the ring, they just get better and better, they do things you don’t think are possible for professional wrestlers but you can always be sure that they’ll give you your money’s worth.

Mick Foley: And looking at their opponents tonight, I think we’re gonna see Max and Jeremy’s best performance in a TNA ring yet, Professor.

“Motorcity” sounds off and the TNA World Tag Team Champions, the Motor City Machine Guns, walk out, getting a great ovation as Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin stand back-to-back and point to the ring before sprinting down the ramp, both making gestures to the camera, and entering the ring. Shelley leaves the ring and stands on the ring apron, as does Max, and it appears that Sabin and Jeremy will be the two competitors to initiate this opening tag team bout on Pay-Per-View.

David Penzer: And their opponents, from Detroit, Michigan, at a combined weight of 420 pounds... they are the TNA World Tag Team Champions, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin, The Motor City Machine Guns!

Mike Tenay: It won’t be easy for Generation Me because they’re facing arguably the best tag team in professional wrestling today, the TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Motor City Machine Guns.

Mick Foley: Arguably? For me, The Motor City Machine Guns are the best tag team in the world, period, Mike. They’ve got those titles for a reason, and it’ll take something really special to prize them away from their hands.

Match One
Motor City Machine Guns © vs. Generation Me
TNA World Tag Team Championships

The bell rings and Chris Sabin and Jeremy Buck immediately lock up, as the two high-fliers try to overpower each other and Sabin triumphs in that department as he forces Jeremy into the corner of the ring and then kicks him in the mid-section, subsequently spearing him in the gut repeatedly before hand-springing backwards and running at Jeremy but Buck counters with a boot to the face of Sabin which sends him back-pedalling, and when Sabin regains his composure, he runs at him again but Jeremy lifts Chris up by his legs and goes for a flapjack, only for Sabin to grab onto the ropes and pull himself up to the top rope. Sabin sends Jeremy staggering backwards with a kick to the head, and Sabin then flies from the top rope, hitting Buck with a Missile Dropkick! Sabin then quickly covers, One! Two! Jeremy kicks out.

Sabin gets back up and gets Buck to his feet, Irish whipping Jeremy into the ropes and letting Buck jump over him as he lays down on the mat and Jeremy runs off the ropes again as Sabin springs back up and goes for a dropkick but ultimately ends up dropkicking thin air as Jeremy smartly stops himself and hangs onto the ropes. Buck immediately capitalizes and drills an elbow into Sabin’s sternum, then stomping at him for a few moments before turning around and attempting a Standing Moonsault but Sabin moves out of the way as Jeremy tastes the canvas!

Sabin immediately gets Jeremy back to his feet and Irish whips him into the corner where Alex Shelley is standing nearby on the ring apron, as Sabin tags Shelley in and Alex jumps over the ropes into the ring, raring to do. The TNA World Tag Team Champions take Buck down with a double hip toss and both then run off the ropes on opposite sides of the ring, with Sabin hitting a leg drop across the front of Jeremy’s neck and Shelley hitting a double-foot stomp onto his mid-section. Sabin then leaves the ring and Shelley makes the cover, One! Two! Jeremy gets the shoulder up. Shelley gets to his feet and gets Buck up, hitting him with a few lefts and rights before running off the ropes and going for a spinning elbow smash but Jeremy rolls across the mat, avoiding it and when he gets back up, Alex runs at him but is taken down by an arm drag. Looking to get back on track right away, Shelley springs back up only to be floored by another arm drag.

The third time he gets back up, Jeremy kicks him in the mid-section which brings him down to one knee and subsequently follows up with a stiff but effective enzuguiri to the side of the cranium! Jeremy makes the cover, One! Two! Shelley kicks out. Jeremy gets back up and hops over the ropes onto the ring apron, waiting for Shelley to get to his feet and when he does he immediately runs at Buck. Jeremy swings a right hand at him but Alex ducks it and then hits Buck with a kick to the gut, running off the ropes and dragging Jeremy along the ring apron, slamming his face into the top turnbuckle as Buck falls off the ring apron down to the concrete floor! Shelley sees Jeremy down on the floor holding his face as he tries to get back up, and he seems to sense an opportunity. As soon as Buck is up, Shelley runs off the ropes and sprints across the ring, looking to go for a suicide dive but Jeremy’s partner Max Buck makes his way across the ring apron and hits Shelley with a Tiger Feint Kick to the mid-section, sending Alex staggering backwards before falling to the mat!

Chris Sabin is angered by Max’s interference, and he enters the ring, running towards Max and knocking him off the ring apron as he goes into his own brother Jeremy. Sabin then looks to finish the job that Shelley started, running off the ropes, charging across the ring, and going through the ropes, taking out both Jeremy and Max with a Suicide Dive! Jeremy, Max and Sabin all lie in a heap on the floor as the excited fans chant “TNA! TNA! TNA!” and Shelley is now on his feet. He waits for either half of Generation Me to get up and the first to get to his feet is Max, who suffered the least amount of damage from Sabin’s suicide dive, and Shelley runs to the corner of the ring, jumping to the top rope and immediately jumping onto Max on the outside, connecting with a risky but rewarding Hurricanrana!!The crowd continue to go wild, and as Max is aid out, Jeremy and Shelley slowly re-enter the ring to keep the action going.

The two high-fliers rapidly exchange blows, with Shelley bombarding Jeremy with lefts and rights before lifting him up for a scoop slam. However, Buck slips out of Alex’ grasps and lands on his feet behind him, then jumping onto the back of Shelley’s shoulders in a seated position and twisting around so that he is facing Shelley, then going for a hurricanrana but Shelley holds onto Jeremy’s legs, pulling him back up and making his way towards the corner to go for a Powerbomb into the turnbuckles but Buck fights back, hitting Shelley with some punches to the head and then climbing off of Shelley, making his way to the top rope. Jeremy jumps from the top rope with Shelley in his sights, but Shelley counters it into an inverted atomic drop and then kicks him in the mid-section, planting Buck with a DDT! Shelley then covers, One! Two! Jeremy kicks out! Max and Sabin are now back in their respective corners standing on the ring apron, and Shelley gets Jeremy to his feet, Irish whipping him into the corner of the ring and then lifting him to the top rope.

Shelley then climbs up there and gets Buck in a front face-lock, preparing for a Superplex but Jeremy fights back with a few blows to the mid-section and then pushes Shelley off the top rope down to the mat! Jeremy then goes for a Somersault Leg Drop from the top rope, but Shelley rolls out of the way! Both Jeremy and Shelley are laid out on the mat, and both competitors begin to crawl across the ring towards their tag team partners, and Shelley makes it to his feet but instead of tagging Sabin in he grabs Jeremy’s right leg, preventing him from tagging Max into the match for the first time. Jeremy makes it to his feet, and hits Shelley with an enzuigiri, sending Alex back-pedalling into his corner, and Shelley tags in Sabin, but Jeremy tags Max into the match and Buck enters the ring, as does Sabin. Both competitors run at each other, and Max takes Sabin down with a clothesline, then taking him down with a hip toss and when Sabin gets back up again, Buck sends him into the corner with a dropkick.

Max gets back up and runs at Sabin, jumping onto him and sending him flying across the ring with a Monkey Flip! Buck frantically makes the cover, hooking the legs, One! Two! Sabin gets the shoulder up. Max gets back up and brings Sabin to his feet, Irish whipping him into the ropes and bending down in preparation to hit a back body drop but Sabin counters with a Monkey Flip and tries to bring Buck down for the cover, pulling at his legs, but Max rolls forward and gets to his feet, as does Sabin, and they both run at each other but take each other out with simultaneous clotheslines! Both Buck and Sabin remain down on the mat for a few moments before they both get back to their feet and begin to exchange blows. Sabin kicks Max in the mid-section and gets him in a front face-lock, lifting him up in the air for a suplex but Max lands on his feet behind Sabin and hits him with a Russian Leg Sweep! Max covers, One! Two! Sabin kicks out!

Max gets to his feet and gets Sabin up, taking him towards the corner of the ring, wrenching Sabin’s arm and tagging Jeremy back in. Jeremy climbs to the top rope, facing away from the ring, and Moonsaults from the top rope onto Sabin’s arm, then running off the ropes but Sabin, holding his arm, hits Jeremy with a boot to the face! It doesn’t fit with Sabin’s style much but desperate times call for desperate measures and Sabin then tags Alex Shelley back in. Shelley jumps over the ropes and rolls across the canvas, immediately planting an elbow drop into Jeremy’s sternum as soon as he is on his feet. Shelley gets Jeremy up and Irish whips him into the corner of the ring, then backing away before charging towards him, but Buck quickly climbs out onto the ring apron as Shelley manages to stop himself before running into the turnbuckles. Jeremy leans through the middle rope and spears Alex in the mid-section, before jumping onto the ropes and springboarding off of them, hitting Shelley with a Seated Senton and then getting straight back up, tagging Max back into the match and Max immediately enters the ring, turning away from Shelley and hitting a Standing Moonsault! Max then makes the cover, One! Two! Shelley gets the shoulder up!

Max runs his hands through his long, black mane and briefly glances at the referee Mike Posey after that near fall before getting to his feet and getting Shelley up, putting his head in between his legs and going for a Powerbomb, but he staggers backwards towards the corner with Alex’s weight pushing him away, and Shelley reaches his hands out, just about managing to make the tag to Chris Sabin, and behind Buck’s back Sabin enters the ring, jumping Max from behind as Shelley escapes from his grasps and runs across the ring, knocking Jeremy off the ring apron, and Sabin grabs Max’s neck as Shelley climbs to the top rope, and they hit Max with the Skull and Bones! Sabin quickly makes the cover, eagerly hooking both of Buck’s legs as Shelley keeps Jeremy out of the ring to break up the count: One! Two! Three!

The Motor City Machine Guns def. Generation Me at 12:04 to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championships

David Penzer: Here are your winners and still TNA World Tag Team Champions... Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin, The Motor City Machine Guns!

“Motorcity” blares out to a pop from the crowd and Chris Sabin gets to his feet, having his hand raised by the referee as does Alex Shelley. Sabin and Shelley are handed their titles and they embrace before raising each other’s hands and their titles in the air, then climbing to the second rope in opposite corners of the ring and holding their belts high. Meanwhile, Jeremy Buck enters the ring to check on his brother Max and Sabin and Shelley walk towards them as Jeremy gets to his feet and Shelley helps Max up. The two duos have a stare-down in the middle of the ring before the Champions extend their hands to them and Generation Me graciously accept as they raise each other’s hands in the air to more cheers. Sabin and Shelley then leave the ring and high-five some fans as they make their way up the ramp.

Mike Tenay: What a great way to kick off Slammiversary, with The Motor City Machine Guns retaining the TNA World Tag Team Champions against Generation Me who really gave it their all here tonight.

Mick Foley: Generation Me have nothing to be ashamed of, Professor, they took the TNA World Tag Team Champions The Motor City Machine Guns to the limit here tonight and I hope to see these two teams face each other again in the future.

Mike Tenay: It was close to being a different result, but The Motor City Machine Guns come out on top again tonight and in the process keep their titles.

Mick Foley: Speaking of titles, Daffney puts her TNA Knockouts Championship on the line next against Tara, but Tara will also be putting her Spider Poison up for grabs as well.

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The video begins with a shot of the pyro display from Lockdown.

Narrator: The road to victory can take its toll.

Shots of Angle hitting Jeff Hardy with the Angle Slam, and D’Angelo Dinero lying on the mat holding his mid-section.

Narrator: It can bring you reward or defeat.

AJ Styles hitting a 450 Splash, and Jeff Hardy missing his Swanton Bomb from the top of the Cage at Lockdown.

Narrator: It can start and end careers.

Mr. Anderson reaching up for his microphone, and Jeff Jarrett lying in the ring with his face covered in blood.

Narrator: It only takes one night to change everything.

Desmond Wolfe giving the crowd his two-fingered gesture, and Rob Van Dam hitting Jay Lethal with the Five-Star Frog Splash.

Narrator: And on July 11, the stars of TNA Wrestling... will walk the Victory Road.

TNA VICTORY ROAD - JULY 11 - TOLEDO, OHIO

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“Scream” blares out, marking the arrival of the TNA Knockouts Champion. Daffney walks out with an estranged look on her face, accompanied by Stevie Richards, and makes her way down the ramp, entering the ring and flashing a scary look at the crowd, baring her teeth.

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the TNA Knockouts Championship! Introducing first, from Sybil, Texas, she is the TNA Knockouts Champion... Daffney!

Mike Tenay: We don’t know why Daffney wanted Tara to put her pet Spider Poison on the line in this match as well as her own TNA Knockouts Championship of course, but Daffney is a very unique individual to say the least, and I don’t think anybody can quite comprehend what goes on in her head.

Mick Foley: I certainly would not like to know, Professor, but we do know that she has been a dominant Knockouts Champion since she won the title back at Lockdown in April.

Then, “Broken” plays to a pop from the crowd and Tara storms through the curtain, holding the Cage which Poison is inside, and she quickly makes her way down the ramp, putting Poison down on the floor near the steel ring-post and sliding into the ring.

David Penzer: Introducing the challenger, from Los Angeles, California... Tara!

Match Two
Daffney © vs. Tara
TNA Knockouts Championship

As soon as Tara enters the ring, before the commentators can say anything, she immediately runs at Daffney, flooring her as the bell rings and the match officially gets underway! Tara unloads on Daffney with blows to the face and she grabs her hair, slamming the back of Daffney’s head repeatedly against the mat until the referee Slick Johnson gets between them and separates the two competitors before anything gets out of hand in the early stages of this contest. Daffney and Tara get to their feet and circle each other around the ring, not taking their eyes off each other for a split second, before they lock up. The lock-up doesn’t last particularly long though, as Daffney kicks Tara in the mid-section and Irish whips her into the ropes, then going for a Hip Toss, but Tara counters, as instead of flipping over she moves over to Daffney’s left hand side and she hits Daffney with a Hip Toss of her own. Tara then runs off the ropes and attempts an elbow drop, but Daffney rolls out of the way as Tara misses and with the former TNA Knockouts Champion on the mat in a seated position, the current Champion capitalizes, as Daffney drills a stiff kick into Tara’s spine!

Daffney then pulls Tara down to the ground by her hair and makes the first pinfall attempt of the match, One! Two! No, Tara gets the shoulder up. Daffney gets to her feet and taunts Tara, repeatedly kicking her in various areas of her body as she lies on the ground, but then out of no-where, she brings Daffney down with a drop toe hold and pummels her with recurrent clubbing blows to the back! Tara then gets to her feet, as does Daffney, and Tara pushes Daffney into the corner of the ring, then running at her but receives a boot to the face. Tara turns around and stumbles forward upon impact and Daffney runs out of the corner, driving Tara face-first into the canvas with a Bulldog! Daffney turns Tara over and makes the cover again, One! Two! Tara kicks out. Daffney gets back up and gets Tara to her feet, Irish whipping her into the corner of the ring and then walking over to her, looking to initiate some stomps but Tara catches her leg and pushes “The Queen of Scream” away.

Daffney looks to recover quickly, running at Tara but she is hit by a Flapjack with her face going into the top turnbuckle. Daffney, holding her face, slowly turns around and Tara runs at her, taking the TNA Knockouts Champion down with a clothesline! Tara makes the cover, One! Two! Daffney gets the shoulder up. Tara then turns Daffney over and takes her legs, locking her in a Boston Crab. With her hands reached out as far as they can possibly go, Daffney writhes in pain and digs her fingernails into the canvas, trying to make her way towards the ropes and with the referee standing in front of Tara, Dr. Stevie intervenes, reaching Daffney’s hands through the ropes and pulling her across the ring without the referee seeing, as Daffney makes it to the ropes!

As Daffney hangs onto the ropes for dear life with a sinister grin on her face, Tara is livid and she looks down at Stevie, berating him and yelling “Your ass is mine!” which Stevie simply laughs off, but Tara isn’t kidding around, and she leaves the ring, going after Richards! The crowd cheer for Tara as Stevie runs around the ring with Tara in hot pursuit, and Daffney quietly leaves the squared circle. Dr. Stevie turns a corner, and Tara follows, but Daffney then strikes, wiping out Tara with a Clothesline on the concrete floor! Stevie breaths a sigh of relief and ‘The Zombie Queen’ looks down at the motionless Tara with a smirk on her face before she re-enters the ring and yells at the referee Slick Johnson to start the count. Johnson starts counting, and Daffney is preparing to celebrate, with the official on the count of seven and Tara is still not up.

However, on the count of eight, Tara gets to her feet, and in typical hero fashion, she re-enters the ring a split-second before the ten count on nine! However, she doesn’t get a warm welcome, as before Tara can get to her feet, Daffney bombards her with vicious kicks and stomps, but Tara fights her off and makes her way to her feet, Irish whipping Daffney into the ropes and then hitting her with a Dropkick! Tara covers, One! Two! Daffney kicks out. Tara gets to her feet once again and gets Daffney up, planting her with a Scoop Slam and then climbing to the second rope in the corner of the ring. However, before Tara can do anything, Daffney frantically crawls across the mat and shakes the ring-ropes, causing Tara to lose her balance as she falls to the mat with a rather awkward landing. Daffney capitalizes, making the cover, One! Two! Tara gets the shoulder up! Daffney is furious, and she gets to her feet, screaming in Slick Johnson’s face before getting Tara to her feet.

Daffney Irish whips Tara into the ropes and goes for a Clothesline, but Tara ducks it and runs off the opposite ropes, going for a Clothesline of her own, but Daffney ducks it and Tara Clotheslines the referee! Dr. Stevie then gets involved once again, putting Tara’s Spider cage in the corner of the ring for Daffney whilst Tara is checking on Slick Johnson, but then Angelina Love storms down the ramp and low-blows Stevie Richards with a kick to the groin! The crowd pop and Angelina enters the ring, taking Tara’s Spider Cage with Poison inside it, and looking to hit Daffney with the Spider Cage, but Daffney avoids it once again, and Angelina accidentally hits Tara with it! Love looks down at Tara in shock and Daffney then immediately throws Angelina through the ropes and out of the ring, subsequently waking up Slick Johnson by shaking his shirt and then covering, One! Two! Three!

Daffney def. Tara at 7:22 to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship

David Penzer: Here is your winner and still TNA Knockouts Champion... Daffney!

“Scream” blares out and a still-dazed Slick Johnson raises Daffney’s hand in the air, as she then pulls away and is awarded her TNA Knockouts Championship, before she picks up the Spider Cage containing her new pet Poison and holds up both items whilst standing over Tara, looking down at her with a grin on her face with Angelina Love looking on in horror outside the ring. Daffney then leaves the ring with Dr. Stevie, still holding his gut after being low-blowed by Angelina.

Mike Tenay: Oh, no! Daffney just retained the TNA Knockouts Championship and won Tara’s pet Spider Poison thanks to Angelina Love accidentally hitting Tara with the Spider Cage!

Mick Foley: This will be a true test of strength for Tara now, Mike, her friend Angelina cost her the TNA Knockouts Title and her beloved Spider Poison! How is Tara going to react to this?!

Mike Tenay: I don’t think anybody, even Tara, knows at the moment, Mick, after all Tara was knocked out cold by Angelina!

Mick Foley: Maybe we’ll find out this Thursday on Impact?

Mike Tenay: Christy Hemme is standing with one of the five competitors in the King of the Mountain Match later tonight, Mr. Anderson. Take it away, Christy.

The camera cuts backstage, where Christy Hemme is standing with Mr. Anderson.

Christy Hemme: Thanks Mike, I’m standing with Mr. Anderson who will be competing in the King of the Mountain Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship later on tonight. How do you rate your chances in this match?

Anderson cautiously looks around, before slowly extending his hand to Hemme, who looks confused but shakes it nonetheless.

Mr. Anderson: Hey, how you doin’? I’m Ken Anderson.

Christy Hemme: Why... are you introducing yourself to me?

Anderson smirks, before talking.

Mr. Anderson: ‘Cause obviously ya’ don’t know who the hell I am! (Imitates Hemme’s voice) ‘Oh, how do you rate your chances in this match?’ ... the hell you talkin’ about?! Have you seen the other guys in the match? They don’t hold a frickin’ candle to me, hell, I don’t need a candle anyway ‘cause unlike them and probably everybody in this Arena, being me, I make enough money to afford electricity!

Heat for Anderson.

Mr. Anderson: The only thing my sweet little self has to do, is pin some chump one, two, three, take the title, climb up a ladder and hang that bad-boy up in the air. How much more simple does it get? Apart from you, of course.

Christy looks offended by Anderson’s insinuation that she is stupid.

Mr. Anderson: I don’t care that I have to face AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle and that goofball-

Anderson stops and looks to the side, as Samoa Joe walks into the shot with a white towel over his shoulders.

Samoa Joe: ... goofball?

Mr. Anderson: No, I wasn’t gonna say you... I- I- I forgot that I already mentioned AJ Styles! Have you seen that guy? Jeez-

Samoa Joe: So you forgot about me?

Before Anderson can answer, Joe grabs him by the throat! Anderson looks in horror at Joe who scowls at him remorselessly.

Samoa Joe: Well you’re not gonna forget the beat-down I’m gonna give your ass in that King of the Mountain Match tonight, just like last Thursday, and you won’t forget it when I hang that TNA World Heavyweight Title in the air and win... will you?

Anderson remains silent.

Samoa Joe: ... that’s what I thought. I could take you out of that match right here, right now... but the more guys I get to beat up in the match... the better.

Joe pushes Anderson away, as he falls to the floor and ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ walks away with Christy Hemme leaving too whilst Anderson gasps for air.

Back in the Arena, “Take A Fall” blares out to a mixed reaction from the crowd and James Storm walks out, wearing a Cowboy hat and shades whilst holding a bottle of beer in his hand, which he takes a drink out of before spitting it into the air and making his way down the ramp entering the ring.

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, weighing in at 230 pounds... he is ‘The Tennessee Cowboy’, James Storm!

Mike Tenay: It was James Storm who started the downfall of Beer Money when he gave Robert Roode a piece of his mind last month at Sacrifice after Roode was pinned by Eric Young and Beer Money were eliminated from the Three-Way Tag Team Match.

Mick Foley: Storm really over-reacted to it and it was uncalled for, Professor. Being passionate about winning titles is fine, but putting your tag team, a very successful one at that, in jeopardy is too much.

The music continues to play as Robert Roode makes his way out, raising his hands in the air as his pyro goes off before he walks down the ramp and enters the ring, standing opposite Storm with emotionless looks on both of their faces.

David Penzer: And his opponent, from Wall Street in Manhattan, New York, weighing in at 240 pounds... Robert Roode!

Mike Tenay: And here comes Robert Roode, who has tried his best to keep him and James Storm as a unit but Storm just won’t give in at all.

Mick Foley: To be honest, I’m surprised that they’ve been a tag team for this long, Mike, especially Storm who was with Chris Harris in America’s Most Wanted for several years before Beer Money because both Roode and Storm have the ability to become big singles stars here in TNA. But, they’ve given a lot to the tag team division and it won’t be the same without Beer Money if their differences can’t be resolved.

Match Three
James Storm vs. Robert Roode
Singles Match

The bell rings and James Storm and Robert Roode look at each other in opposite corners of the ring, as Roode says ‘Let’s do this’ before the duo approach the centre of the ring and lock up. Storm gets Roode in a standing headlock and Roode manages to slip out of it, getting behind Storm and wrapping his arms around his waist. Roode tries to lift Storm off his feet but Storm keeps his feet on the floor and he goes for a back elbow which is ducked by Roode and the two tag team partners then come to a stand-still once again. Roode and Storm lock up for the second time and Storm forces Roode back into the ropes, then Irish whipping him into the opposite ropes and going for a clothesline but Roode ducks it and when Storm turns around, Roode kicks him in the mid-section and tries to get him in position for the Pay Off but Storm fights out of it with a few blows to the mid-section. Storm then wrenches Roode’s arm and pulls him into a standing headlock, then taking him down to the mat and not letting Roode out of the headlock but Roode manages to roll over and pin Storm’s shoulders to the mat, making the first cover of the match: One! Two! Storm kicks out.

Both competitors get back to their feet and they approach each other for another lock-up, but instead Storm kicks Roode in the mid-section and begins to unload on his tag team partner with right hands before running off the ropes and charging towards Roode but Roode steps out of the way and throws Storm over the top rope and out of the ring! The crowd cheer as Storm goes out of the ring and falls to the floor, bringing himself to his feet by the guard rail where he is mobbed by several fans but meanwhile, in the ring Roode runs off the ropes and goes for a Baseball Slide but Storm moves out of the way and pulls Roode’s legs forward, bringing him out of the ring as Roode lands on his head on the padded floor! They may be tag team partners, but so far there has been no holding back in this contest and Storm gets Roode to his feet, getting him back into the ring and then re-entering the squared circle himself before making the cover on Roode, One! Two! Roode gets the shoulder up.

Storm gets to his feet and stomps away at Roode before putting his feet on the middle rope and jumping into the air with extra height from the ropes, going for a knee drop but Roode moves out of the way and Storm lands on both knees on the mat. Roode gets to his feet and quickly runs off the ropes, hitting Storm with a dropkick to the back of the head and knocking Storm down to the mat on his stomach. Roode grabs Storm’s left leg and holds it up in the air before slamming it back down to the canvas as ‘The Tennessee Cowboy’ immediately holds his knee in pain but not for long as Roode quickly gets Storm back to his feet. Roode Irish whips Storm into the corner of the ring and then runs at him but Storm answers with a forearm to the face of Roode, before hooking Roode’s leg from behind and driving the back of Roode’s head into the mat courtesy of a Russian Leg Sweep! Storm quickly hooks Roode’s legs and makes the cover, One! Two! Roode kicks out.

Storm looks down at Roode for a few moments and shakes his head before getting to his feet and Storm looks into the crowd who are chanting ‘Beer Money!’repeatedly in unison, not showing much emotion in response before getting Roode to his feet. Storm gets Roode in a front face-lock and lifts him into the air in position for a Suplex and Storm places Roode’s legs on the ropes but Roode then manages to escape from Storm’s grasps and stand on the ring apron. Storm swings a right hand at Roode but Roode ducks it and then lifts Storm onto his shoulders, lifting him over the ropes and onto the ring apron. Now both men are standing on the ring apron and they exchange right hands before Storm catches Roode’s arm and then drives Roode forwards across the ring apron spine-first into the steel ring-post! Roode writhes in pain as he falls off the ring apron down to the floor and Storm re-enters the ring, waiting in the ring for Roode to get up but on the referee’s count of five, Storm leaves the ring and helps Roode to his feet, getting him back in the ring which gets applause from the crowd and saying ‘This ain’t gonna finish that way’which shows that ‘The Tennessee Cowboy’ at least has some compassion.

However, that’s where the compassion ends as Storm then kicks Roode in the mid-section and hits him with right hands until Roode is stood in the corner of the ring. Storm lifts Roode to the top rope and climbs up there himself, getting his Beer Money tag team partner in a front face-lock. However, before Storm can attempt a Superplex, Roode fights out of the predicament with some blows to Storm’s mid-section and with a forearm to the cranium, Storm falls off the top rope down to the canvas. Roode regains his balance on the top rope before flying into the air, going for an elbow drop from the top rope but ‘The Tennessee Cowboy’ rolls out of the way as Roode crashes and burns on the canvas! Both competitors lie on the mat for several moments to regroup before they both get to their feet at the same time and trade right hands in the centre of the ring.

Roode gains the upper hand in the exchange, landing consecutive blows and he then runs off the ropes but Storm lifts Roode into the air and brings him back down with a back body drop. Storm turns Roode over onto his back and climbs on top of him, locking Roode in a Camel Clutch submission hold. Roode’s hands are reached out as far as they can go but he is trapped in the middle of the ring andcan’t make it to the ropes. Storm continues to apply the pressure but is caught off guard when Roode makes it to his feet with Storm still hanging onto him and he reverses into the corner of the ring, Storm going spine-first into the turnbuckles! Storm falls down and lands in a seated position in the corner of the ring, as Roode notices and backs into the opposite corner before running across the ring and hitting Storm with a Baseball Slide which hits ‘The Tennessee Cowboy’ in the sternum! Storm sinks down further until he is on his back on the canvas and Roode drags Storm by his feet into the middle of the ring, making the cover, One! Two! Storm gets the shoulder up!

Roode briefly looks at the referee before struggling to his feet and getting Storm up, Irish whipping him into the ropes and ducking down, ready to hit a back body drop, but Storm instead hits Roode with a DDT, driving Roode face-first into the canvas! Storm then makes the cover, One! Two! Roode kicks out! Storm slams his fists against the mat in frustration before getting to his feet and taking his bottle of beer from the corner of the ring, taking a drink from it and waiting for Roode to get to his feet. Roode gets up and Storm looks like he is about to spit the beer in Roode’s face but it seems like he has a change of heart and Storm turns his back, swallowing the beer but meanwhile, Roode rolls Storm up with a Schoolboy! One! Two! Three- NO! Storm kicks out in the nick of time! Both competitors get back to their feet and a fuming Storm, most likely regretting his change of heart, runs at Roode, but Roode nails Storm with the RR Spinebuster! Roode quickly covers Storm, One! Two! Three- NO! Storm gets the shoulder up again!

In a matter of mere seconds, Roode has come within a split-second to winning this match on two occasions and he cannot believe that he has failed to put Storm away yet, looking down at Storm and shaking his head before getting to his feet. Roode gets a dazed Storm to his feet and gets him in position for the Pay Off but Storm fights out of it and kicks ‘The Wall Street Wizard’ in the mid-section, then getting behind Roode and lifting him up by his arms, spinning Roode around for several moments, and hitting Roode with the Eye of the Storm! An exhausted Storm drops to his knees and makes the cover, One! Two! Three-NO!

Roode gets the shoulder up! This match is somehow not over yet, and a furious Storm looks at Roode in disbelief, shouting God dammit, stay the hell down!’as he throws a tantrum. Storm takes his beer bottle from the corner of the ring once again and takes a drink of it, waiting impatiently for Roode to get up with no change of heart on the horizon this time as Storm is determined to bring an end to this contest. Roode eventually struggles to his feet and ‘The Tennessee Cowboy’ develops an ear-to-ear grin when he sees his longtime tag team partnerRoode barely on his feet, but before Storm can spit the beer in Roode’s face, Roode kicks him in the mid-section as Storm spits the beer out into the air and gets him in position before at long last hitting Storm with the Pay Off! The crowd rejoice and both competitors lie motionlessly on the canvas after that but Roode is able to gradually hook Storm’s legs and make the cover which must surely bring an end to this great match between the two tag team partners now, One! Two! Three!

Robert Roode def. James Storm at 11:25

David Penzer: Here is your winner... Robert Roode!

Roode struggles to his feet and has his hand raised by the referee to a pop from the crowd as Roode climbs to the second rope and raises his hands above his head in triumph. Roode continues to celebrate around the ring as Storm struggles to his feet after his loss, and Roode leaves the ring, taking two beer bottles from the Boozer Cruiser and re-entering the ring to give a beer to Storm. The duo then shake hands and embrace before raising each other’s hands in the air and both take a drink, then performing their “BEER... MONEY!” taunt, but then Storm stops drinking... and he smashes the beer bottle over the back of Roode’s skull!

Mike Tenay: WHAAAAT?! What the hell did James Storm just do?!

Mick Foley: It kind of looks like he smashed a beer bottle over his tag team partner and best friend’s skull, Professor!

The crowd boo the hell out of Storm who stands over Roode with a smirk on his face as he laughs at the sight of his now-former partner clutching the back of his head in pain, and Storm says to him “Sorry about your damn luck” before leaving the ring, walking up the ramp and ignoring the insane heat he is getting. Storm turns around and points his thumbs to himself, shouting “Beer Money is OVER!” before disappearing behind the curtain.

Mike Tenay: I cannot believe what I just saw, Mick, this is despicable! Robert Roode defeated his now-former tag team partner James Storm fair and square, Roode gives a beer to Storm as a sign of respect and unity, and that sore loser Storm immediately stabs Roode in the back!

Mick Foley: It is a dark day in TNA, Mike, one of the greatest tag teams in this company’s history, Beer Money, have been broken up thanks to a broken beer bottle over Robert Roode’s skull.

Mike Tenay: I’ve seen a lot of tag teams disband under circumstances like these over the years, but even with everything that has happened since Sacrifice last month, I honestly never thought that Beer Money would split like this, Mick.

Mick Foley: Me neither, Professor.

Mike Tenay: Well coming up next at Slammiversary, ironic in its positioning on the card after what just happened, two former tag team partners face off; ‘Super Mex’ Hernandez and ‘The Blueprint’ Matt Morgan, one... on... one.

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The bell rung and all six men stood in the ring, having a stare-down which lasted for several moments as the anticipation for this match grew. The referee came between them and tries to restore order, and Matt Morgan and Rob Terry stepped forward in front of Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams who quickly left the ring and stand on the outside. Terry walked to the corner of the ring and climbed out onto the ring apron as Hernandez and Eric Young started off the match as the legal men, and Morgan was about to leave ... but out of no-where, he nailed his own tag team partner Hernandez with the Carbon Footprint!!! The crowd were shocked, and so was Rob Terry, but then Morgan hit Terry with a Carbon Footprint as well, sending Rob down to the concrete floor and a pleasantly surprised Young covered Hernandez, winning the match!

David Penzer: Here are your winners... the World Elite!

We then cut to the following night, where Morgan is officially inducted into the World Elite.

Eric Young: That’s right, the World Elite is announcing its biggest-ever acquisition, in every sense of the word.

The camera cuts to a grinning Morgan, before going back to Young.

Eric Young: And if that’s not enough ... it’s an American! And no, this doesn’t mean that any of you are good people because I still stand by the truth, the truth being that all Americans are blood-thirsty, selfish phonies and all of you epitomise that, but there are very, very few exceptions, the biggest and best exception of all being this man, the newest member of the World Elite ... MATT ... MORGAN!!

Major heat, as Morgan takes centre stage.

Matt Morgan: I stand here and I still see the looks of shock on your faces after I fooled Hernandez and Rob Terry last night ... and it brings a smile to my face.

Morgan points to the smile on his face, before continuing to talk.

Matt Morgan: It’s that kind of intelligence that makes me better than all of you because nobody in this Arena could have done what I did, and it’s that which makes me the perfect addition to the World Elite.

More heat for Morgan.

Matt Morgan: So that means that there’s not gonna be any guys the likes of Hernandez, or Rob Terry, because they PALE in comparison to the GENETICALLY JACKED ... ATHLETICALLY STACKED ... DNA OF TNA ... THE BLUEPRINT ... MATT ...

Morgan is cut off when ‘Te Gusta O No!’ blares out to a pop from the crowd and Hernandez and Rob Terry walk out, both looking pissed off with Morgan and the rest of the World Elite as ‘Super Mex’ has a microphone.

Hernandez: What the hell, man? First you stab me and Rob in the back last night, now THIS?! I always knew this would happen, Matt, ever since I met you I knew this side of you was just waiting to come out.

Matt Morgan: Come on, don’t flatter yourself, Hernandez, you never knew that a side of me this good was there, but I knew and just as importantly, Eric knew as well.

Young nods his head in agreement.

Hernandez: You, Eric and all of your other lackeys might be in your own little world down there, but me and Rob aren’t buying into it, and these fans that used to support you and chant your name aren’t either.


Matt Morgan: They’re not WORTHY of saying my name, they’re not even worthy of cleaning my damn shoes! Hell, YOU’RE not worthy of cleaning THEIR shoes, Hernandez!

Hernandez: If you wanna talk about shoes, Matt, then how about I knock you off your damn feet right now?!

The crowd pop and Hernandez and Terry then run down the ramp, entering the ring and fighting with the World Elite! Hernandez goes for Morgan but ‘The Blueprint’ leaves the ring as ‘Super Mex’ and ‘The Freak’ take on the rest of the group and they throw Homicide and Sheik Abdul Bashir out of the ring, before Terry chokeslams Kiyoshi and Hernandez kicks Brutus Magnus in the gut, lifting him up and throwing out of the ring onto Bashir and Homicide with the Border Toss! Doug Williams goes over the ropes and out of the ring thanks to a big boot from Terry, and then Eric Young is cornered! However, Morgan re-emerges, and Morgan nails Hernandez with the Carbon Footprint for the 2nd time in twenty-four hours! Now Terry is out-numbered and he runs at Young, taking him down and unloading on Young with punches but Morgan hits Terry with a low-blow and when Terry struggles to his feet, Morgan runs off the ropes, and nails Terry with a Carbon Footprint as well!

The crowd boo as Hernandez and Terry lie motionlessly on the canvas and Eric Young and Matt Morgan stand tall as they raise each other’s hands in the air and then leave the ring, walking up the ramp ignoring the other members of the World Elite. We then fast-forward to the night after Lockdown with Hernandez facing his former tag team partner Homicide.

The ending to this match comes when Hernandez is still in control of the match and he gets Homicide to his feet, Irish whipping him into the ropes and going for a Clothesline but Homicide ducks it and then tries to lift Hernandez up for a Back Suplex but can’t lift him. Hernandez sends him back-pedalling with an elbow to the head and he turns around, getting Homicide in position before nailing him with the Mexplex (Exploder Suplex)! Hernandez gets back up and gets fired up, jumping up and down and stamping his feet on the ground whilst in the corner waiting for Homicide to get up. Homicide gets back up, and Hernandez runs out of the corner, flying through the air and sending Homicide to the other side of the ring with the Mexican Boulder Shoulder (Flying Shoulder Tackle)! Hernandez then makes the cover: One! Two! Three!
Hernandez def. Homicide at 5:41
“Te Gusta O No!” blares out and the crowd cheer as Hernandez gets up and has his hand raised in victory by the referee. Hernandez looks down emotionlessly at his former tag team partner Homicide before leaving the ring and walking up the ramp but when he is on the stage, Matt Morgan and the rest of the World Elite walk out. Morgan ignores his rival and leads the rest of the group down the ramp towards the ring, as they join their compatriot Homicide and Morgan stands outside the ring whilst The British Invasion help Homicide up. They all stand in the ring together with Homicide, but then the World Elite start attacking their own member, Homicide!The crowd boo as they bring Homicide down and stomp away at him like a pack of wolves and Morgan enters the ring, watching in the corner of the ring with a grin on his face, but Hernandez runs down the ramp and takes a Steel Chair from ringside, entering the ring and hitting both Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams over their skulls with the Chair!

The crowd cheer and Morgan leaves the ring, avoiding his former partner, as Hernandez hits Sheik Abdul Bashir with the Chair, knocking Bashir out cold! Now it’s only Kiyoshi and Okada left in the ring, and they run at Hernandez but Hernandez drops the Chair and throws Okada over the ropes and out of the ring before lifting Kiyoshi up in a Military Press position and throwing him onto Matt Morgan outside the ring! Morgan looks at Kiyoshi who is in his hands and quickly drops him before running away, walking up the steps onto the ramp and walking away, looking at Hernandez in the ring. “Te Gusta O No!” hits again and Hernandez helps Homicide up, embracing with his former tag team partner as Morgan looks on in sheer disgust.

Fast-forward to Sacrifice, with LAX and Rob Terry facing Morgan and The British Invasion.

Hernandez hits Morgan with blows over and over again with the big man unable to resist before Hernandez runs off the ropes and looks to go for a Shoulder Tackle but before he can, Morgan staggers back into the corner of the ring and tags Brutus Magnus back in. Magnus enters the ring and appears to offer Hernandez a free hit at him, pointing his finger at his cheek but as Hernandez approaches, Magnus runs at him but Hernandez sees it coming and throws Magnus across the ring with a high-impact Belly-to-Belly Suplex! Hernandez springs back up and pounds his fist against his heart, letting out a reverberating roar before waiting in the corner for Magnus to get to his feet. Magnus slowly gets to his feet and Hernandez runs past him off the ropes before directing himself towards his opponent, and nailing Magnus with the Mexican Boulder Shoulder!(A shoulder tackle with extra force, basically) Magnus flies across the ring after that and Hernandez pounces onto him, making the cover, ONE! TWO! THREE!

LAX & Rob Terry def. British Invasion & Matt Morgan at 10:25

David Penzer: Here are your winners... the Latin American Exchange and Rob Terry!
“Te Gusta O No!” blares out to a pop from the crowd and Hernandez gets to his feet, having his hand raised by the referee before Homicide and Rob Terry enter the ring and they raise Hernandez’s hands up in the air as well. Hernandez embraces with Homicide and Terry whilst Doug Williams enters the ring to check on Brutus Magnus who was the victim of the pinfall and Matt Morgan shakes his head in disappointment at the sight of his team losing before leaving the ring apron and walking up the ramp, not looking back once whilst the celebration continues in the ring with the victorious team.

The ending to this King of the Mountain Qualifying Match comes when Hernandez has fought his way back into the match and he has the advantage over Samoa Joe. He Irish whips Joe face-first into the corner and then walks towards Joe, lifting him to the top rope with Joe still facing the other way and turning around, grabbing Joe’s arms and lifting him into the air. Hernandez walks into the middle of the ring with Joe in position to be hit by the Border Toss... but Hernandez becomes distracted when his former tag team partner Matt Morgan walks out onto the stage! The crowd boo the arrival of Morgan who stands on the stage watching the match and Hernandez drops Joe, walking towards the ropes and shouting at Morgan ‘Get yourself outta’ here or I’ll throw you outta’ here!’ but ‘The Blueprint’ is not fazed. When Hernandez turns back around, Joe kicks him in the mid-section, lifts him up onto his left shoulder, and nails Hernandez with the Island Driver! Morgan grins and claps his hands together as Joe hooks Hernandez’s legs and makes the cover: One! Two! Three!

Samoa Joe def. Hernandez at 7:44

“Nation Of Violence” hits and Samoa Joe gets to his feet, raising his own hand in the air and ignoring the referee Andrew Thomas. Joe walks towards the ropes and looks at the camera, making a slit-throat gesture and motioning around his waist that he will win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary in the King of the Mountain Match that he has just qualified for. Meanwhile, Matt Morgan walks down the ramp laughing and enters the ring, standing over Hernandez and raising his hands in the air to major heat from the crowd. Joe walks towards Morgan and the two have a stare-down, until Joe leaves the ring and walks up the ramp, not making any kind of motion to Morgan.

Morgan continues to dominate his veteran opponent for the next couple of minutes, but Angle manages to build up some offence with some right hands to ‘The Blueprint’, and when Morgan goes for a Clothesline Angle ducks it and hits Morgan with his trademark three German Suplexes which puts Kurt in control of the contest and takes him one step closer to the King of the Mountain Match at Slammiversary. The conclusion to the match comes when Morgan is back in control and he waits for Angle to get back up. When he does get back to his feet, Morgan is about to run across the ring but he sees his rival Hernandez walk out onto the stage. Morgan is distracted and he yells at Hernandez, saying ‘Watch this’ before going for the Carbon Footprint but Angle somehow catches his foot and turns it into an Ankle Lock! With Hernandez watching, Morgan desperately tries to escape but can’t, so he taps out and Angle wins!

Kurt Angle def. Matt Morgan at 8:27

Hernandez says ‘Yeah, I saw that’ before disappearing behind the curtain as Angle has his hand raised by the referee to a pop from the crowd. He then walks towards the corner of the ring and climbs to the second rope. posing for the crowd before motioning around his waist that he is going to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary, and subsequently leaving the ring, high-fiving fans as he walks up the ramp. The commentators say that Angle should be considered the favourite to win the King of the Mountain Match, having won two of them in the past.

Matt Morgan: I am an uncrowned Champion, everybody here knows it. But I’m not the Champion because of one man that I hold responsible for the position I’m in. And that man... is the guy I’m ashamed to call my former tag team partner, Hernandez.

Pop from the crowd for Hernandez.

Matt Morgan: I’ve said it before and I’ll damn sure say it again because nobody can stop me, Hernandez is nothing but a leech. Three months on from when I kicked the head off of his sorry ass, he is still feeding off from my success, trying to make himself feel good by following one of the greats of this business around. Hernandez, you are a bitter son-of-a-bitch! You lost your chance to be in the King of the Mountain Match, fair and square, and then you take out your frustrations on me!

The fans cheer.

Matt Morgan: Shut up! All of you shut up right now, that man doesn’t deserve a damn bit of support, even from people as low as him like you!

The cheers turn to boos for Morgan.

Matt Morgan: So Hernandez, I want you to put your tacos down, get up and bring your ass out to this ring because for once, I want you in the same ring as me! Come on!

Moments later, “Te Gusta O No!” plays to cheers and Hernandez walks out, wearing a black tank top over his ring gear. He makes his way down the ramp, high-fiving some fans on the front row before stepping into the ring and taking a microphone.

Matt Morgan: Hernandez... it’s gotta’ end. I know it, but you don’t, so I’m gonna have to beat it into you. I didn’t want it to come to this... actually, who am I kidding? I love beating your ass up, of course I did! Anyway, Hernandez, what I’m trying to say is... I want you in a match, one-on-one, this Sunday at Slammiversary.

Cheers from the crowd.

Matt Morgan: Whaddya’ say?

Hernandez: First off, Matt, I wasn’t eating tacos. As a matter of fact, I was thinking about how sweet it would be to face you at Slammiversary and beat the crap out of you but it looks like you beat me to the challenge, so my answer is yes!

Big pop.

Hernandez: Y’know, I’m already pretty excited about Sunday, I’m sure you are too, so much that... hell, I can’t wait until Sunday.

With that said, Hernandez drops the microphone and runs at Morgan, flooring him with a Thesz Press! The crowd go wild as ‘Super Mex’ unloads on Morgan with repeated blows to the face, not stopping until several security guards come down the ramp and entering the ring, getting boos as they separate the two from each other! Hernandez and Morgan desperately try to break free with the crowd chanting ‘Let them fight!’ but it doesn’t seem to work, until Hernandez escapes from the guards and runs across the ring, jumping through the air and hitting Morgan and the other security guards with a Big Splash! Most of the guards fall down and Hernandez continues the attack with Morgan fighting back, until the guards recover and restrain Hernandez from Morgan, to more heat from the crowd. He doesn’t manage to escape again, but the animosity between Hernandez and Morgan is higher than ever going into Slammiversary...

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Back in the Anaheim Center, “Sleeping Giant” blares out to heat from the crowd and Matt Morgan walks out, wearing a navy silk cloak which covers his face. Morgan walks to the top of the ramp before throwing his cloak off and raising his hands in the air as his pyro goes off, then sauntering down the ramp towards the ring. Morgan enters the ring and raises one hand in the air before walking into the air.

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Fairfield, Connecticut, weighing in at 310 pounds... he is ‘The Blueprint’, Matt Morgan!

Mike Tenay: It was March 21 at Destination X when Matt Morgan betrayed his tag team partner Hernandez along with Rob Terry and cost them their 6-Man Tag Team Match against the World Elite, a group which Morgan became leader of until Hernandez, Terry and Homicide brought it to an end last month at Sacrifice.

Mick Foley: We all remember that moment, Professor, especially Hernandez who will have revenge once and for all on his mind tonight at Slammiversary.

Then, “Te Gusta O No!” hits to cheers from the crowd and Hernandez walks through the curtain, jumping up and punching the air as his pyro goes off. He removes his black vest and throws it to the ground, walking down the ramp and stepping into the ring, immediately climbing to the second rope in the corner and posing before climbing down and standing opposite Morgan.

David Penzer: And his opponent, from Houston, Texas, weighing in at 290 pounds... ‘Super Mex’, Hernandez!

Mike Tenay: You can see it in his eyes that Hernandez is hell-bent on, well, giving Matt Morgan hell tonight and I don’t blame him one single bit.

Mick Foley: It’ll be a pretty tough task to do that though, Professor, Matt Morgan is a 7-foot, 300 pound behemoth and he isn’t denied victory very easily by anybody.

Match Four
Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan
Grudge Match

The bell rings and Hernandez and Matt Morgan approach the middle of the ring, having a heated stare-down. They exchange words that can’t be heard by the viewers, but Morgan can be seen saying ‘I’m gonna beat the crap out of you and throw you back over the border’ and that proves to be the final straw for Hernandez, who then begins to unload on his opponent with right hands! The crowd cheer and Hernandez continues to bombard a defenceless Morgan with blows, then Irish whipping him into the ropes but instead of rebounding off of them Morgan rolls under the ropes and out of the ring. The crowd boo as Morgan stands on the outside making a timeout gesture with his hands, which doesn’t impress Hernandez, but moments later Morgan climbs onto the ring apron and steps back into the ring. Hernandez and Morgan then prepare to lock up but ‘The Blueprint’ instead gets him in a standing headlock. Morgan keeps Hernandez’s head under his arm and seems to enjoy it, showing a grin on his face but then Hernandez pushes him away into the ropes. Morgan comes running back off the ropes, and Hernandez takes the big man down with a Clothesline.

Morgan gets back up and Hernandez wrenches his arm around, getting Morgan in a wristlock and trying to bend his wrist back as far as possible. However, Morgan breaks out of it with a kick to the mid-section and he then runs off the ropes, hitting Hernandez with a Knee Lift which knocks ‘Super Mex’ down to the mat. Morgan stomps away at his former tag team partner repeatedly and then climbs on top of him, pummeling Hernandez with blows until the referee Mike Posey tells Morgan to get off him, which he eventually does albeit reluctantly. Morgan gets Hernandez to his feet and Irish whips him into the ropes, ducking down for a Back Body Drop but Hernandez gives him a kick to the face which puts Morgan in a vertical position and he then hits Morgan with a Dropkick. Morgan goes staggering backwards across the ring into the corner and Hernandez follows him, climbing to the second rope on top of him and hitting Morgan with several blows to the face, ten to be exact with the fans counting along, before climbing off him. He takes a few steps back and then runs forward, hitting Morgan with a Clothesline in the corner!

Morgan sinks down to a seated position in the corner and Hernandez proceeds to stomp away at the giant, then pressing his boot against Morgan’s throat until the referee reaches a count of four. Hernandez gets Morgan up and hits him with some Chops to the chest, all of which are met with ‘Woooooo’s from the crowd in typical fashion. He steps back again and runs up, but this time Morgan hits Hernandez with a boot to the face. Hernandez goes staggering backwards and Morgan leaves the corner, kicking him in the mid-section and hitting ‘Super Mex’ with a Suplex. ‘The Blueprint’ subsequently makes the first cover attempt of the match: One! Two! Right on the count of two, Hernandez kicks out. Morgan gets back up and gets Hernandez to his feet, lifting him up for a Scoop Slam but he slips off the back of Morgan’s shoulders. He then manages to lift Morgan off his feet and hit him with a Back Suplex before covering: One! Kick out from Morgan. Hernandez gets Morgan to his feet and gets him in a front facelock, trying to lift him up for a Suplex but ‘The Blueprint’ fights out of it with some blows to the mid-section.

Hernandez tries to recover straight away and runs off the ropes, but Morgan lifts him onto his shoulders and nails Hernandez with a Samoan Drop! Morgan sits up and grins at the camera before getting to his feet and turning Hernandez over onto his stomach, dragging him towards the ropes and placing him in between the top and middle rope. Morgan then gets to his feet and dusts himself off, saying ‘Get ready’ before rebounding off the ropes and running across the ring, going for a Leapfrog Body Guillotine, but Hernandez moves out of the way and Morgan lands on his feet outside the ring. Whilst Hernandez gets to his feet in the ring, Morgan climbs onto the ring apron. He is about to re-enter the ring, but Hernandez sends Morgan flying off the ring apron and down to the concrete floor with a Dropkick! Morgan slowly gets back up outside the ring with one hand on his back, and Hernandez looks around the Anaheim Convention Center, before rebounding off the ropes and running across the ring, flying over the ropes and hitting Morgan with an Over The Top Rope Suicide Dive!

The crowd go wild and chant ‘TNA! TNA! TNA!’ as Hernandez and Morgan lie on the floor outside the ring, Hernandez still on top of Morgan, and we see a replay of that Suicide Dive. The referee starts the count and on five both competitors are unresponsive, but on eight they re-enter the ring. Moments later, Hernandez and Morgan get back to their feet inside the squared circle and begin to trade right hands. Morgan gains the upper hand in the exchange and runs off the ropes, but Hernandez hits ‘The Blueprint’ with a Lou Thesz Press and then begins to hit Morgan in the face repeatedly with blows. After about a dozen of them, Hernandez climbs off of him and waits for Morgan to get back up. He gets to his feet and Hernandez kicks him in the mid-section, getting Morgan in a front facelock and lifting him up into the air. He keeps the big man up in the air for several seconds with the fans watching in amazement at the fact that Hernandez is holding a 300-pound man up in the air for so long. After about fifteen seconds, Hernandez finally hits Morgan with a Vertical Suplex and subsequently hooks his legs, making the cover: One! Two! Morgan kicks out!

Moments later, Hernandez gets back to his feet and walks towards the corner, climbing to the top rope. He slaps his chest and poses for the crowd, before going for a Diving Splash from the top rope... but Morgan rolls out of the way! Hernandez crashes stomach-first into the canvas with this contest now back to a stalemate and Morgan is now back on his feet. He gets Hernandez to his feet and lifts him up across his chest, looking at the camera and smiling in typical fashion, and then throwing Hernandez to the other side of the ring with a Fall Away Slam! Morgan looks around with the Arena and says ‘Did you see that?’ before turning over and covering Hernandez, One! Two! Hernandez gets the shoulder up! Morgan, who was counting along with the referee Mike Posey, looks at his opponent in frustration and then turns his attentions to the referee momentarily before getting back to his feet. He gets Hernandez to his feet and Irish whips him into the corner, then running up and hitting ‘Super Mex’ with a knee to the mid-section!

Morgan then turns around, leaning back against Hernandez, and Morgan then proceeds to hit Hernandez with repeated back elbow strikes for several moments before stopping. When he does stop, Hernandez falls face-first to the canvas and Morgan then turns him over, making another pin attempt: One! Two! No, kickout from Hernandez! ‘The Blueprint’ is quickly becoming aggravated by his opponent’s resillience, and he gets back up, taking a few steps back before walking forward and driving his elbow directly into Hernandez’s sternum. Morgan looks at the referee Posey and says ‘Do it right this time!’ before covering him yet again: One! Two! Hernandez kicks out again! Morgan immediately gets up and gets in the referee’s face, towering over him and scowling at the official. He then turns away and gets Hernandez up, reaching around his torso and lifting ‘Super Mex’ up in a Sidewalk Slam position but instead Morgan unceremoniously drops him to the mat. He pulls Hernandez across the mat towards the ropes and places him in between the top and middle rope again like he did earlier in the match. Morgan steps back and rebounds off the ropes, running across the ring, and this time Morgan does hit Hernandez with the Leapfrog Body Guillotine!

Morgan lands on his feet outside the ring and walks up to the cameraman, saying ‘That’s why I’m the Blueprint’ before re-entering the ring. With Hernandez now lying on his back on the mat, Morgan covers him again with victory in his sights, One! Two! No! Hernandez gets the shoulder up once again! An angry Morgan yells out and slams his fists against the mat, before getting back to his feet. He eagerly waits for Hernandez to get back to his feet, and when he does, Morgan grabs him by the throat. Morgan is about to lift him into the air for a Chokeslam, but before he can Hernandez kicks him in the mid-section and plants Morgan with a DDT! Just when hope was fading for Hernandez, he is back in the match now and he lies on the mat next to Morgan. After several seconds, ‘Super Mex’ gets back to his feet and slowly gets Morgan back up too. He puts his head under Morgan’s arm and wraps his arms around his waist, before hitting Morgan with an impressive Northern Lights Suplex! A tired Hernandez crawls across the mat and makes the cover, could this be it? One! Two! No! Morgan kicks out on two and a half!

Hernandez almost won the match there and after a few moments he gets back to his feet, climbing to the top rope. He waits for Morgan to get back to his feet before doing anything, and when he gets up, Hernandez jumps from the top rope but Morgan catches him by the throat and then hits Hernandez with the Chokeslam! It could well be over now and Morgan hooks Hernandez’s legs, making the cover and demanding victory now, One! Two! Three- NO! Hernandez gets the shoulder up just before the three count! The ecstatic crowd cheer after seeing ‘Super Mex’ kick out to the Chokeslam but Morgan does not share that enthusiasm, making the cover again: One! Two! Another kickout from Hernandez! Morgan’s patience is wearing thin, and he makes a third pinfall attempt, One! Two! Hernandez kicks out yet again! An incensed Morgan gets to his feet and once again blames the referee Posey, looking down at him and shouting ‘What the hell do you think you’re doing?! This should have been over a long time ago!’ Morgan turns away in disgust and gets Hernandez to his feet, hitting him with one blow to the head and Hernandez falls back into the ropes.

Morgan then Clotheslines him over the ropes and out of the ring, letting him fall to the floor on the outside! As Hernandez writhes in pain outside the ring, Morgan doesn’t bother to follow his opponent, leaning back against the ropes in the corner with his arms folded and looking rather nonchalant seeing as this is such a big occasion. He observes the referee as he makes the count: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! Still no reply from Hernandez. FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! Hernandez gets back to his feet. EIGHT! NINE! Hernandez gets back in the ring in the nick of time! The Anaheim crowd cheer but Morgan immediately goes after him, kicking Hernandez repeatedly until he is out of the ring again. This time, Hernandez manages to get back to his feet more quickly and he climbs onto the ring apron. Morgan says ‘Why the hell won’t you go away?’ and walks towards him, but Hernandez hits Morgan with a Slingshot Shoulder Block and takes the big man down! A few moments later, an exhausted Hernandez lays an arm over Morgan’s chest and makes the cover, could it be over now? One! Two! NO! Morgan gets the shoulder up on two and a half!

Several seconds later, Hernandez gets back to his feet and gets Morgan up, Irish whipping him face-first into the corner of the ring. He walks towards him and lifts Morgan, facing the other way, to the second rope, then turning the other way and taking hold of Morgan’s arms, in position for the Border Toss... but Morgan slips out of Hernandez’s grasps. Hernandez turns around and runs forward, going for a Clothesline but Morgan ducks it and when he turns around again, Morgan almost takes Hernandez’s head off with a devastating Carbon Footprint! The fans in the Anaheim Convention Center are abruptly silenced as Hernandez lies motionlessly on the mat and Morgan, whose expression is now a remorseless one, drops to his knees, slowly hooking Hernandez’s legs and making what must be the cover to finally bring this contest to an end: One! Two! Three!

Matt Morgan def. Hernandez at 14:47

David Penzer: Here is your winner... ‘The Blueprint’, Matt Morgan!

“Sleeping Giant” hits to heat from the crowd and Matt Morgan slowly gets to his feet, ignoring the referee and raising both of his hands in the air with a grin on his face. Morgan walks towards the corner of the ring and leans forward against the top turnbuckle, wiping some sweat from his forehead before leaving the ring. Morgan walks around the ring towards the ramp, ignoring the heckling from the fans as he walks to the stage, and he turns around one more time, raising one hand in the air before disappearing behind the curtain with a precious victory under his belt tonight.

Mike Tenay: With all the times Hernandez defied the odds and kicked out of Matt Morgan’s attacks over and over again, I thought he was destined to win the match. But, I was wrong, and Morgan picks up the victory tonight at Slammiversary.

Mick Foley: A clean victory at that, Professor.

Mike Tenay: Surprising but true, Mick. Hernandez gave it his all tonight, but in the end ‘The Blueprint’ came out on top. Coming up next, ladies and gentlemen, the TNA X Division Championship is on the line. ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels defends the gold against TNA’s newest star, ‘Sugar’ Shane Helms.

The camera cuts backstage to the parking lot, where a black Hummer has pulled up. The front door opens, and out steps the TNA Global Champion ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero who gets a big pop from the crowd. Dinero, wearing a white suit with black shades, picks up a bag from his car and hoists it over his shoulder before walking away as the camera follows him until he walks through some double-doors.

Mike Tenay: There you see ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero, who later tonight will compete in by far the biggest match of his career against ‘The Icon’ Sting, and if Sting loses he will keep to his word and retire from professional wrestling.

Mick Foley: Bit late, isn’t he? Ah, well.

Mike Tenay: It is now time for the TNA X Division Championship match, ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels defends the gold against ‘Sugar’ Shane Helms but before that match let’s go through the X Factors.

X Factor #1: Helms wins #1 Contender’s Battle Royal on debut

Mick Foley: Just over two weeks ago, Shane Helms made a huge impact, no pun intended, on Impact when he won the #1 Contender’s Battle Royal on his TNA debut. Doesn’t get much better than that, Mike.

X Factor #2: Helms the fresher man

Mike Tenay: Helms has not had to compete since that Battle Royal, whereas Christopher Daniels has, defeating Shane’s good friend Shannon Moore just this past Thursday live on Impact.

X Factor #3: Daniels’ X Division experience

Mick Foley; It goes without saying that the X Division is the most unique division in professional wrestling today, Professor, and Daniels has been competing in it ever since TNA’s inception. Helms possibly doesn’t know what to expect from the X Division athletes, but ‘The Fallen Angel’ knows every trick in the book and more.

“Nightmare” hits to a pop from the crowd and Shane Helms walks out, raising one hand in the air as his pyro goes off before jogging down the ramp, high-fiving some fans and sliding under the ropes into the ring. Helms climbs to the second rope in the corner and poses again before climbing back down, removing his long black jacket and bandana.

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the TNA X Division Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, from Smithfield, North Carolina, weighing in at 215 pounds... ‘Sugar’ Shane Helms!

Mike Tenay: Shane Helms looks ready to go tonight, and he will be hoping that he can pick up where he left off from the Battle Royal a few weeks ago.

Mick Foley: Apart from the final two competitors, that was all about throwing your opponent over the top rope but it’s an entirely different game tonight, Professor.

Then, “Wings Of A Fallen Angel” blares out to heat from the crowd and Christopher Daniels makes his way out, wearing a black jacket which covers his entire body and casts a shadow over his face. Daniels flicks his hood back and poses for the crowd before walking down the ramp, climbing onto the ring apron and removing his jacket, in the process revealing his TNA X Division Championship around his waist. ‘The Fallen Angel’ steps into the ring and removes his title from around his waist, standing in the corner opposite Helms and handing his title to the referee Slick Johnson who holds it up before passing it out of the ring.

David Penzer: And his opponent, from the City of Angels, weighing in at 225 pounds... he is the TNA X Division Champion, ‘The Fallen Angel’, Christopher Daniels!

Mike Tenay: Daniels really turned things up a notch between him and Shane Helms this past Thursday on Impact when he attacked Helm’s good friend Shannon Moore after defeating him in a match until Helms came out to rescue Moore, and he’ll be looking to use that momentum to his advantage in this match.

Mick Foley: Like we said before though, Mike, Helms is the fresher man out of him and Daniels. Which advantage will be more effective? We’re about to find out.

Match Five
Christopher Daniels © vs. Shane Helms
TNA X Division Championship

Shane Helms watches as the TNA X Division Championship is passed out of the ring, turning his back to Christopher Daniels, and when he does Daniels runs across the ring and ambushes Helms from behind! Helms falls down to the mat and Daniels ruthlessly stomps away at his mid-section in the corner, then dragging Shane into the middle of the ring by his legs and hitting him with an Elbow Drop. Daniels sits Helms up and gets to his feet, shouting in his face ‘You have no right to be in my company!’ before going for a kick to the sternum. However, Shane manages to catch Daniels’ leg and he makes his way to his feet still holding onto his leg, before flooring ‘The Fallen Angel’ with a leg sweep. Helms runs off the ropes and Daniels turns over onto his stomach as Shane jumps over him and runs off the ropes again. Daniels gets back to his feet and stops Helms in his tracks, going for a Hip Toss, but Helms stops him and rolls forward, taking Daniels down with an Arm Drag. Both competitors get back to their feet and stop to let the crowd show their appreciation for their exchange.

Afterwards, Daniels and Helms cautiously approach the middle of the ring and prepare to lock up. However, Daniels instead kicks Shane in the mid-section and gets him in a Standing Headlock. He then floors Helms with a headlock takedown and keeps him on the mat, pinning his shoulders to the ground as the first cover of the match is made, One! Helms kicks out. Shane then begins to fight back, making it to his feet and hitting Daniels with some blows to the mid-section. Helms pushes Daniels away into the ropes and ducks down, preparing to go for a Back Body Drop. Daniels tries to Sunset Flip over Shane, but before his legs can touch the mat Helms catches them, and gets Daniels in position for the Vertebreaker! However, the TNA X Division Champion frantically scrambles out of it, freeing his legs from Helms’ grasps and kicking him repeatedly until he is free. Daniels lands on the mat after escaping but immediately gets back up and turns Shane around to face him. Daniels hits him with some palm strikes to the chest before running off the ropes behind him and jumping up and wrapping his legs around Helms’ neck, connecting with a Hurricanrana on the challenger!

‘The Fallen Angel’ springs back up to his feet with a grin on his face and shouts to the crowd ‘What do you think of your hero now?’ Daniels then gets Helms back to his feet and Irish whips him into the corner, posing for the crowd before running towards him. Shane manages to get a boot up though, and Daniels runs straight into it, back-pedalling back into the middle of the squared circle. Helms then comes out of the corner and runs towards his opponent, nailing Daniels with a Running Dropkick! Shane quickly crawls across the mat and hooks Daniels’ legs, making the cover: One! Two! Daniels gets the shoulder up. Helms gets back to his feet and gets Daniels up, hitting him with some knife-edge Chops to the chest which are met with ‘Woooooo’s from the Anaheim crowd in honour of Ric Flair. Shane then kicks Daniels in the mid-section and gets him in a front face-lock, lifting the TNA X Division Champion into the air. Helms lets the blood flow to Daniels’ head as he keeps him up there for several seconds, before walking towards the corner and putting him on the top rope. Helms then climbs out onto the ring apron and backs away before running across the apron and holding onto the ropes as he jumps up, nailing Daniels with a kick to the back of the head!

A dazed Daniels remains on the top rope, but moments later he falls on his face down to the canvas, and Helms re-enters the ring, quickly making the cover: One! Two! Kick out from Daniels! Shane sits up and gets to his feet, taking a breather in the corner of the ring as he waits for his opponent to get back to his feet. Daniels eventually gets back up and Helms runs towards him, going for a Clothesline, but ‘The Fallen Angel’ manages to duck it. Shane turns around after missing and Daniels kicks him in the mid-section, bringing him down to one knee. Daniels takes a few steps back, before running forward and nailing Helms with an Enzuigiri! Shane falls to the mat and Daniels drags him by his arms into the middle of the ring. He turns his back to Helms and jumps onto the ropes, coming back off of them and hitting Helms with an Arabian Press! Daniels stays on top of Shane after that and immediately makes the cover, will he retain his TNA X Division Championship right here? One! Two! No! Helms kicks out! Daniels looks at the referee Dave Hebner with a look of displeasure on his face, before getting back to his feet.

Daniels stands over Shane with a smirk on his face, hitting him with some sporadic stomps until he gets Helms to his feet. Daniels takes Helms down with a Snapmare and then gets the TNA newcomer in a Sleeper Hold. ‘The Fallen Angel’ keeps the pressure applied to Shane and shouts at him ‘Give up now! Give up before I make it worse!’ but Helms refuses to quit, much to the chagrin of the TNA X Division Champion. Shane claps his hands together repeatedly, getting the crowd going, and the fans’ support appears to drive him forwards as Helms manages to get to his feet and fights out of the hold with some blows to Daniels’ mid-section. Shane escapes but staggers backwards into the ropes and Daniels runs forward towards him but Helms steps aside and holds down the top rope, causing Daniels to go over the top rope and out of the ring! Shane takes a breather in the ring before getting to his feet, waiting for his opponent to get up on the outside. When he does, Helms looks around the Anaheim Convention Center who cheer in anticipation for what it looks like he is about do, before rebounding off the ropes and running across the ring, jumping to the top rope in the corner of the ring and immediately flying to the outside, taking out Daniels with a Cross Body!

The crowd go wild as Daniels and Helms lie motionlessly on the outside of the ring and ‘TNA! TNA! TNA!’ chants fill the Anaheim Convention Center. We see a replay of that Cross Body, and afterwards the referee Dave Hebner has begun the count. On four, neither competitor is on their feet, but both Daniels and Helms re-enter the ring on the count of seven. They get back to their feet and begin to trade blows, Helms gaining the upper hand in the exchange. Shane kicks Daniels in the mid-section and runs off the ropes, running towards his opponent and hitting ‘The Fallen Angel’ with a Running Neckbreaker! Helms then makes the cover, do we have a new TNA X Division Champion? One! Two! No! Daniels gets the shoulder up! Shane sits up and briefly looks at the referee before getting back to his feet and getting Daniels up. Helms then lifts Daniels onto the back of his shoulders, and nails him with a Topspin Facebuster! Shane then covers the TNA X Division Champion, hoping for a victory right here to win the title in only his first one-on-one match in TNA, One! Two! Three-No! Daniels kicks out on two-and-a-half!

A disappointed Helms gets back to his feet and slowly walks towards the corner of the ring, making his way to the top rope. Shane eagerly waits for Daniels to get to his feet and when he does, Helms jumps from the top rope going for a Cross Body, but Daniels hits Helms with a Dropkick to the mid-section in mid-air! Both competitors fall to the mat and remain there for several moments, but Daniels is the first to get back to his feet and he lifts Shane back up in an Inverted Facelock, nailing Helms with the Last Rites! Daniels turns Shane over onto his back and hooks his legs, making the cover, One! Two! Three-No! Helms kicks out! An angry Daniels looks at the referee Dave Hebner and says ‘Get ready to make the count’ before getting up and getting Helms to his feet. Daniels immediately lifts Helms onto the back of his shoulders, and hits him with a Death Valley Driver! ‘The Fallen Angel’ covers Shane again with a grin on his face, expecting nothing less than a three count this time, One! Two! Three-No! Helms gets the shoulder up, refusing to be beaten!

A livid Daniels immediately gets back up and confronts the referee Hebner, getting in his face holding up three fingers and shouting at the official ‘That was three! That was three, you idiot! Do your damn job!’ The TNA X Division Champion walks back towards Shane and looks at him with a smirk on his face before moving towards the corner of the ring. Daniels says to the crowd ‘This time it’s over’ accompanied by a pose before jumping to the second rope and then to the top rope, looking to finish the match off with his patented Best Moonsault Ever... but Helms gets his knees up, and Daniels goes right into them! The crowd cheer with the challenger still in the match after that, as Daniels lies next to Helms on the mat. The referee Dave Hebner begins the count with both competitors down as the crowd count along, and on eight both competitors get back to their feet. Helms kicks ‘The Fallen Angel’ in the mid-section and gets him in position, hitting Daniels with a Northern Lights Suplex! Daniels lands with his shoulders on the mat, and the cover is made, is this it? One! Two! Three- No! Daniels manages to kick out, not letting go of his TNA X Division Championship just yet!

Helms knows how close he just came to winning the title and he sits up, holding his head in his hands. Shane then gets back to his feet and moves behind Daniels, hitting him with an X-Plex! Daniels lands on his shoulders, and the cover is made again, will Helms be successful this time and win the gold? One! Two! Three-No! Daniels gets the shoulder up again! What will Shane Helms have to do to defeat Daniels and become the TNA X Division Champion? That must be what Helms is wondering right now as he struggles to his feet and waits for Daniels to get back up. ‘The Fallen Angel’ makes it to one knee and Helms looks around at the crowd in the Arena before running off the ropes and charging towards Daniels, looking to go for the Shining Wizard... but Daniels moves out of the way. Helms manages to stop himself, but Daniels is now on his feet behind him and when Shane turns around, Daniels hits Helms with an STO and follows it into a Koji Clutch! Daniels tries to make Helms tap, shouting ‘Give up!’ repeatedly but Shane refuses and desperately tries to make it to the ropes. Helms holds his arms out trying to escape from the hold and the crowd cheer him on, chanting ‘Let’s go, Helms!’ which is countered by a minority who chant ‘Fallen Angel!’ Moments later, Shane still hasn’t quit, but he comes to accept that there’s no escaping this Koji Clutch and Helms finally taps out, Daniels retaining the TNA X Division Championship!

Christopher Daniels def. Shane Helms to retain the TNA X Division Championship at 13:34

David Penzer: Here is your winner, and still the TNA X Division Champion... ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels!

“Wings Of A Fallen Angel” blares out to heat from the crowd and an ecstatic Christopher Daniels lets go of Helms and rises to his feet, having his hand raised by the referee Dave Hebner. Daniels is handed his TNA X Division Championship by SoCal Val and he drops to his knees in the middle of the ring, clutching his title to his chest and looking up at the ceiling with a grin on his face. Daniels subsequently gets back up and leaves the ring, walking up the ramp with his belt and when he reaches the stage ‘The Fallen Angel’ raises his belt proudly in the air once more before disappearing behind the curtain.

Mike Tenay: Once again, Christopher Daniels has defied the odds and he walks out of Slammiversary tonight still as the TNA X Division Champion, making Shane Helms tap out to the Koji Clutch just like Helms’ best friend Shannon Moore this past Thursday night on Impact.

Mick Foley: Shane Helms certainly had an impressive showing here tonight in Anaheim, Professor, there’s no doubt about that in my mind and I think he just proved that he truly belongs in TNA. However, good effort always isn’t enough and it wasn’t tonight for Helms.

Mike Tenay: ‘The Fallen Angel’ continues to reign supreme over the X Division.

The camera cuts backstage, where Jeremy Borash is standing by with Desmond Wolfe who is accompanied by Chelsea and is in his ring gear, also wearing a grey jacket.

Jeremy Borash: Ladies and gentlemen this is Jeremy Borash, I’m here with Desmond Wolfe who in just a few short moments’ time will be facing Rob Van Dam in a Last Man Standing Match. With this possibly being your last match with Van Dam, what are your thoughts?

Desmond Wolfe: My thoughts? Jeremy, all I’m thinking about is the pleasure I’m going to get from beating Rob Van Dam senseless tonight and having my hand raised in the air as I look down at his limp, lifeless body. I’m also thinking about the pleasure I’m going to get after the match too.

Wolfe turns to Chelsea and winks, before continuing.

Desmond Wolfe: RVD, ever since last month you’ve been moaning that you lost fair and square to me at Sacrifice. Well tonight, sir, you have no excuses and you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. Y’see, it’s TNA’s worst-kept secret that I’m the best professional wrestler in this place, but believe me Rob, I’m one hell of a fighter too. I can knock your daylights out at any time I please in our match... but not right away. I’m gonna make you suffer, I’m gonna make you writhe in pain and I’m gonna make you wish you never heard the name... Desmond Wolfe.

Wolfe removes his shades, and looks directly at the camera.

Desmond Wolfe: Put that in your pipe and smoke it, wanker.

Desmond then puts his shades back on and links arms with Chelsea, before walking away. The camera cuts back to the announce table with Mike Tenay and Mick Foley.

Mike Tenay: You just heard from Desmond Wolfe, who looks to have no shortage of confidence and composure with his Last Man Standing Match against Rob Van Dam coming up next.

Mick Foley: I’m not surprised that Wolfe appears to be self-assured of his chances against RVD, Mike, but Desmond hasn’t seen what Van Dam is capable of in this environment, especially when he’s angry. And in this case, he is very angry so Mr. Wolfe had better be careful what he wishes for because he just might get it.

Mike Tenay: Let’s take a look at how this all started.

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‘Modest’ plays and Jeff Hardy gets to his feet as he has his hand raised by the refereee, as does AJ Styles, to a big pop from the crowd, but the winning duo don’t have long to celebrate, as Mr. Anderson jumps Hardy and Styles from behind! The cheers turn to boos as one of the losers of the match attacks the winners, as Hardy goes down and Anderson stomps away at him, throwing Styles through the ropes.

Tenay: Aww, come on! That sore loser Mr. Anderson’s attacking Hardy and Styles, somebody stop this!

Then, Sting runs out and makes his way down the ramp, entering the ring and immediately going after Anderson, taking him down with a clothesline but then Samoa Joe runs down the ramp and attacks Sting! ‘The Icon’ is down and Joe stomps away at him whilst Anderson gets up and he and Wolfe, who has been helped by Anderson, continue to assault Styles, who has re-entered the ring but has been taken down by Joe, and Hardy.

Taz: Is anybody gonna help these guys?! They’re getting their asses kicked in there!

As soon as he says that...

‘Whole F’n Show’ blares out, AND THE CROWD GO ABSOLUTELY NUTS, AS ROB VAN DAM JUMPS OVER THE SECURITY RAIL AND CLIMBS TO THE TOP ROPE, FLYING OFF AND TAKING WOLFE DOWN WITH A KICK TO THE HEAD!

Mike Tenay: OH MY GOD! THE HOTTEST FREE AGENT IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING, ROB - VAN - DAM, IS HERE, IN TNA!!!

Anderson runs at Van Dam, BUT RVD LAYS OUT ANDERSON WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK AND HE THEN RUNS OFF THE ROPES, HITTING ANDERSON WITH THE ROLLING THUNDER!!!

Taz: THEY ARE GOING ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN’ NUTS FOR VAN DAM, BABY, AND I CAN’T BLAME THEM ONE BIT!

Van Dam springs back up, and Samoa Joe runs at RVD but Van Dam wipes out Joe with a kick to the head and RVD then climbs to the top rope, making his ‘RVD’ gesture, BEFORE NAILING SAMOA JOE WITH THE FIVE-STAR FROGSPLASH!!!

Mike Tenay: WHAT A MONUMENTAL MOMENT ON A MONUMENTAL NIGHT! ROB VAN DAM HAS ARRIVED IN TNA!’

‘Whole F’n Show’ plays again as Hardy, Sting and Styles get back up and all four men raise each other’s hands to close this historic Monday Night Impact.

Rob Van Dam: I didn’t come here for the money or because it’s the flavour of the month, I came here to do what RVD does better than anything else, and that’s-

Van Dam is interrupted when ‘Hungry’ blares out and the cocky but talented Desmond Wolfe walks out onto the stage, one of his arms linked with the arm of his valet Chelsea and holding a microphone in his free hand.

Wolfe: That’s what, Rob? That’s what?

Heat for Wolfe from the crowd, who aren’t happy that he has interrupted RVD.

Desmond Wolfe: Knowing you, you’ll go on about ‘the good old days’ when you were wrestling in a bingo hall, as cliché as it is, and you had to change into your ring gear in some toilets, but that just goes to show that you’re not a good wrestler, and you don’t appreciate good wrestling just like all of these wankers, which is why you’re not successful.

Rob Van Dam: Not successful? Dude ... I’ve been a World Champion. I’ve wrestled in front of over eighty-thousand people and sure, you might be a better ‘technical’ wrestler than me if that’s what you wanna call it, but RVD is still more successful than you.

Cheers for Van Dam, who smirks at the ovation he gets, but Wolfe is far from pleased.

Desmond Wolfe: Well let me tell you something, ‘dude’, that was all three or four years ago, a lot has changed since then. You’re almost fourty bloody years old for goodness sake, you’re just like people here like Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett, you just don’t know when to do the right thing and step out of the spotlight to make way for people like me who deserve to be the face of TNA, but you definitely don’t!

Heat for Wolfe.

Desmond Wolfe: So you can try and look as laid back as possible, Mr. Van Dam, and call me ‘dude’ and ‘man’, but I can see from here that deep down you’re bloody petrified of me.

Rob Van Dam: Hmm ... maybe, man, maybe, but you’re up there, I’m here, maybe it’s because you can’t see very well all the way back there, so why don’t you come down to this ring, stand face-to-face with me, and say that again.

Wolfe shrugs his shoulders before he and Chelsea walk down the ramp and Wolfe enters the ring as Chelsea stands on the outside, and the Brit comes face-to-face with RVD.

Desmond Wolfe: I’ll say it nice and slowly for you; you ... are ... bloody ... petrified ... of ...

Wolfe isn’t given the chance to finish, though, as Rob Van Dam lays him out with a roundhouse kick! The crowd go wild and Van Dam then climbs to the top rope, looking to go for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Wolfe leaves the ring in the nick of time and he staggers up the ramp, holding his head with Chelsea in tow. ‘Whole F’n Show’ blares out again and Wolfe looks at RVD once more, who performs his pose to Wolfe before pointing at Desmond and giving him a thumbs-down, possibly a sign of things to come between these two...

Skip to Lockdown, where Team Angle which includes Van Dam defeats Team Flair including Wolfe in the Lethal Lockdown Match. Then, we see the end of Rob Van Dam’s match with Samoa Joe on the April 19 edition of Impact where Wolfe costs him the match and then we see RVD cost Wolfe his match with Jeff Hardy.

Desmond Wolfe: ... but you didn’t exactly do yourselves any favours last week, did ya’? I was robbed by Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam just so they could please all of you, who aren’t worth a bloody thing! For three months, I’ve had to put up with RVD leeching off my popularity, showing up during my matches and telling anybody who’s willing to listen to him, and the numbers are pretty thin, that I’m his ‘rival’.

Desmond removes his shades before continuing to talk.

Desmond Wolfe: So Rob, stop flattering yourself because the only way that somebody could ever be my rival is if they were on my level... so you can immediately cross yourself off the list.

More heat for Wolfe.

Desmond Wolfe: But nonetheless, Rob, because you’ve been an absolute nuisance to me, I’m going to make sure that your sole purpose of coming to TNA is fulfilled, and the dream you’ve been chasing ever since you stepped into this ring for the first time is accomplished. That’s right, Rob, your ears are not deceiving you; you can face yours truly, one-on-one, at Sacrifice.

Mixed reaction from the crowd, some cheering because they are immediately looking forward to the match at Sacrifice if RVD accepts but some booing because Wolfe hyped himself up so much.

Desmond Wolfe: I’m challenging you to a match at Sacrifice, Rob, and I can already see you jumping up and down and screaming like a little girl so I can consider this a done deal. But... don’t think for one second that I’m challenging you to a match because you’re a threat to me, Rob, or because you’re on my level. Because the fact of the matter is, you’re not, you never have, and you never will be, not even in your dreams.

More heat. Yay.

Desmond Wolfe: I want this to happen just so I can dispose of the filth of your name from my immaculate reputation... and I can get rid of you once and for all, so I can move onto bigger and better things which I would be on tonight if I wasn’t unfairly cost my match last week. So Rob, when you’re facing me at Sacrifice I want you to make the most of it because before you know it, it’ll all be over and you’ll never be fortunate enough to be mentioned in the same breath at Desmond Wolfe ever... again.

Jeremy Borash: Rob, the question on everybody’s minds and the question that I’m going to ask you is... do you accept Desmond’s challenge?

Rob Van Dam: JB, the second I saw Desmond challenge me to a match at Sacrifice on that TV screen, I knew what my answer was gonna be. Like you said, three months in the making... three months of me and him trying to prove who’s the better man, who can put their money where their mouth is, but the match still hasn’t happened.

RVD turns to the camera.

Rob Van Dam: Desmond, you didn’t have to sugarcoat it like you did, you didn’t have to make it look like you’re better than me, because the fact is you have nothing to prove that you are. You wanna prove me wrong? Give it your best shot on May 16th... because at Sacrifice you’re damn right you’re facing RVD.

Van Dam’s last words repeatedly echo, as the video fades to black before the Sacrifice logo flashes across the screen.

After several moments, Wolfe slowly gets to his feet and waits for RVD to get back up, taking the time to recover. When Van Dam eventually gets back up, Wolfe tilts in between the ropes before running forward and going for the Jawbreaker Lariat... but RVD falls to the mat in exhaustion, perhaps not on purpose, and Wolfe hits the referee Dave Hebner instead!With Hebner down and Van Dam down again as well, Desmond looks around the ring before turning to Chelsea and shouting ‘Chelsea! Get a Chair!’ She immediately obeys and lifts up the ring skirt, getting a Steel Chair from under the ring and sliding it into the ring for Wolfe to pick up. RVD is now getting back up and Desmond looks at the Chair, then looking at Van Dam and grinning. Rob is now up, and Wolfe lifts the Chair into the air... but Van Dam low-blows Wolfe! Mike Tenay remarks ‘Normally I don’t endorse cheating, but damnit, Desmond Wolfe deserved that!’ as the Englishman drops the Chair and Van Dam picks it up. RVD throws the chair into Wolfe’s hands, before hitting him with the Van Daminator!

Wolfe falls back into the corner of the ring and sinks down to a seated position in the corner. Van Dam picks up the Chair again and backs into the opposite corner before running across the ring and nailing Wolfe with the Chair Surf!The fans go wild and Chelsea looks on in horror as RVD throws the Chair out of the ring and drags Wolfe, who is now busted open, into the centre of the ring by his legs. Van Dam slowly climbs to the top rope and poses for the crowd, then smirking at Chelsea who brought the Chair into play in this contest in the first place, before finally hitting Wolfe with the Five-Star Frog Splash!RVD clutches his mid-section in pain before lying backwards on top of Wolfe as the referee Dave Hebner begins to regain consciousness and crawls towards Van Dam and Wolfe near the edge of the ring, eventually making the cover: One! Two! Three- Chelsea pulls the referee out of the ring!The livid fans in the Ocean Center boo as Dave Hebner lies motionlessly on the floor outside the ring and a confused RVD slowly gets to his feet, seeing Chelsea who is now standing on the ring apron with a smile on her face.

Van Dam has an epic stare-down with Chelsea, and she tries to slap him... but RVD catches her arm, grabs her by the hair, and then kisses her!Van Dam turns to the crowd and shrugs his shoulders with a smirk on his face, before lifting Chelsea over the ropes and bringing her into the ring!Chelsea immediately climbs on top of Wolfe to protect him, but then a new referee in the form of Andrew Thomas runs down the ramp and enters the ring! Thomas gets his life-defining moment as the crowd cheer, and in his first action, he tells Chelsea to leave the ring and go backstage!Chelsea pleads with the referee but to no avail as Thomas remains defiant and Chelsea reluctantly leaves the ring, but meanwhile Wolfe low blows Van Dam! The Englishman then gets back to his feet and slowly tilts in between the ropes as RVD is about to fall to the mat, before running forward and nailing Van Dam with the Jawbreaker Lariat! The crowd boo and we even see a plastic cup thrown into the ring as an exhausted Wolfe slowly hooks Van Dam’s legs and the cover is made by a suspicious Andrew Thomas: One! Two! Three!

Desmond Wolfe def. Rob Van Dam at 16:26

David Penzer: Here is your winner... Desmond Wolfe!

“Menacing” hits to huge heat from the crowd and Desmond Wolfe slowly gets to his feet, not letting the referee raise his hand as he leans forward against the ropes and looks directly at the camera, grinning as he gives the camera his two-fingered gesture. With blood all over his forehead, Wolfe leaves the ring and hobbles towards Chelsea who is grinning as they link arms and walk up the ramp as infuriated fans hurl abuse at them. The duo reach the stage and Desmond gives the fans his two-fingered gesture again before walking behind the curtain. In the ring, Rob Van Dam remains on the mat as the referee Andrew Thomas checks on him, having been robbed of a victory tonight.

Mike Tenay: Rob Van Dam should have won that match, but that jezabel Chelsea got involved and in the end Desmond Wolfe robbed Van Dam of a victory!

Mick Foley: I sure hope this isn’t the way the rivalry between Desmond Wolfe and Rob Van Dam ends, Professor, because what we just saw was a travesty of justice, it really was.

We then fast-forward to the Impact following Sacrifice.


This match, which hasn’t been anything special, comes to an end when Rob Terry gets Desmond Wolfe to his feet and lifts him up into the air above his head with both of his hands, in a Military Press position. Terry looks ready to drop him down to the mat, but Wolfe fights out of the predicament by digging his fingers into Terry’s eyes, blinding him as Desmond slips out of his grasps and lands on his feet on the mat. Wolfe then steps back and tilts back in between the ropes, before running forward and nailing Terry with the Jawbreaker Lariat!Desmond drops to his knees and hooks Terry’s legs, making the cover: One! Two! Three! It’s over!

Desmond Wolfe def. Rob Terry at 5:32“Menacing” hits to heat from the crowd and Desmond Wolfe gets back to his feet, immediately grinning as he gives the crowd his two-fingered gesture. Chelsea enters the ring and stands alongside Wolfe as he continues to bask in his glory, but then “Whole F’n Show” blares out to a huge pop and Rob Van Dam comes through the curtain, running down the ramp into the ring and flooring Wolfe with a Double-Leg Takedown!

The crowd cheer as Van Dam continues his attack on Desmond Wolfe, climbing on top of him and pummeling Wolfe with blows to the head. As Rob Terry rolls out of the ring, Van Dam climbs off Wolfe and when Desmond gets back to his feet, RVD goes for a Roundhouse Kick, but Wolfe ducks it and slides out of the ring, getting a lot of heat from the crowd. Wolfe backs up the ramp, saying ‘You stay away from me! I beat you! You’re done!’ with Chelsea following him, and meanwhile in the ring Van Dam climbs to the second rope, pointing at Wolfe before pounding his fist into the palm of his opposite hand, then smirking and performing his signature thumb taunt for the crowd.

Mike Tenay: Desmond Wolfe was stupid to think that he’d get away with robbing Rob Van Dam of a victory at Sacrifice, and his actions almost came back to bite him in the ass tonight!

Mick Foley: Something tells me the worst is yet to come for Wolfe, Professor, it’s far from over between him and Van Dam.

Mike Tenay: I think we now know why Van Dam took himself out of the King of the Mountain Qualifying Matches, Mick! He’s not finished with Desmond Wolfe by a long shot!

Rob Van Dam: First off, since last week I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me, ‘Hey Rob, why aren’t you in the King of the Mountain Qualifiers?’ so I’m gonna tell all of you.

Van Dam strokes his stubbly jaw for a few moments before speaking.

Rob Van Dam: Hulk Hogan told you all last week that I withdrew myself from the Qualifiers, and there is one reason and one reason only for that... and that reason is Desmond Wolfe.

Major heat at the mention of Wolfe.

Rob Van Dam: I mean, I would have loved to be in the King of the Mountain Match, it’s my kind of match, but Desmond, you screwed me out of a victory at Sacrifice and I’m not gonna let it slide. I’ve had to deal with you for over three months now but until I kick your ass and beat you in the process, because I did kick your ass at Sacrifice... we’re not gonna be done. You all know RVD, I’m a pretty laid-back guy, but I’m not feeling like that right now.

Rob shakes his head to further his statement.

Rob Van Dam: The fact of the matter is, I should have walked out of Sacrifice with a victory, but I didn’t, and that pisses me off, it frustrates me. Desmond, mark my words... you’ll be wishing you let our differences come to an end because you’ve made me feel like I haven’t felt in a very long time, and that’s a bad thing for you.

Cheers from the crowd.

Rob Van Dam: I’m not gonna stop until you’re not able to stand on your own two feet... which is why I have a challenge for you.

More cheers.

Rob Van Dam: Slammiversary, Desmond...

Van Dam is cut off by cheers from the crowd and an ‘RVD!’ chant.

Rob Van Dam: Slammiversary, I want it to come to an end. I want you in a match where neither of us will have any excuses... and neither of us will be the same again after it. No pinfalls, no submissions, no disqualifications, no count-outs... just you and me, tearing each other apart until one of us... can’t answer the count of ten.

Big pop from the crowd, knowing what Van Dam is challenging Wolfe to.

Rob Van Dam: Desmond, I want you... in a Last Man Standing Match.

The Impact Zone erupts with cheers, as RVD slowly nods his head.

Rob Van Dam: Slammiversary is gonna be the eight-year celebration of TNA... but what I’m gonna do to you is gonna feel like a lifetime... that’s if you have the balls to accept.

‘Ohhhh’s from the crowd.

Rob Van Dam: If you do, Desmond... then you let me know by the end of the night.

Van Dam drops the microphone and leaves the ring as ‘Whole F’n Show’ blares out to cheers from the crowd. RVD walks up the ramp, high-fiving some fans, and when he is on the stage he performs his thumb taunt before disappearing behind the curtain. Mike Tenay and Mick Foley discuss what we just saw and speculate whether Wolfe will accept or not, the popular opinion being that he will. We then cut to the ending of the main event that night between RVD and Sting.

The conclusion to this main event match comes when Van Dam hits Sting with his trademark Rolling Thunder and makes the cover, only getting a two-count. RVD slowly gets back up with exhaustion beginning to set in and he waits for Sting to get back up before running off the ropes. Van Dam runs towards Sting but ‘The Icon’ floors him and tries to apply the Scorpion Death Lock. However, RVD kicks him away and then gets back to his feet, hitting Sting with a Spinning Heel Kick before climbing to the top rope. It looks like Rob is going to go for the Five Star Frog Splash, but before he can his rival Desmond Wolfe runs down the ramp and climbs onto the ring apron, pushing RVD down to the mat! The referee Earl Hebner calls for the bell, ending this match in a disqualification victory for Van Dam.

Rob Van Dam def. Sting via DQ at 8:51

RVD’s hand isn’t raised, he isn’t announced as the winner nor does his music play, because a disqualification victory is essentially worthless. Wolfe, wearing a charcoal-coloured suit, removes his shades and attacks Van Dam, stomping away at him viciously for several moments before getting Sting back up to his feet only to throw him through the ropes and out of the ring. After that Rob has his attention again and he gets Van Dam to his feet, stepping back and tilting in between the ropes before running forward and nailing RVD with the Jawbreaker Lariat! Van Dam is almost turned inside out and D’Angelo Dinero quietly leaves the announce table as Wolfe stands over his rival before calling for a microphone. He takes one from SoCal Val and stands over RVD, looking down at him with a sadistic grin on his face.

Desmond Wolfe: Rob... you can consider your Slammiversary challenge accepted. So get yourself comfortable down there because on June 13, you’re gonna find yourself in this situation again; me, standing over you... as the last... man... standing.

Wolfe drops the microphone and gives the crowd his two-fingered gesture before picking up his shades from the mat, putting them back on and brushing off his suit. With Sting now gone, Wolfe leaves the ring and saunters up the ramp, getting major heat from the crowd but that doesn’t seem to faze the Englishman at all. Desmond reaches the ramp and is met by his valet Chelsea who walks out and stands next to him, the show closing with Wolfe’s arm around Chelsea, smirking at the sight of a lifeless RVD in the ring...

The following week... when the commentators have finished, after a few moments of silence TNA’s resident jobber, Sean Morley, is thrown through the curtain out onto the stage. The crowd give a mixed reaction, not knowing why this has happened, but they soon find out when Desmond Wolfe walks out with a smirk on his face. The crowd give Wolfe, wearing a suit and shades, a lot of heat as he stomps away at Morley who looks like he doesn’t know where he is and he gets him to his feet, taking him down the ramp before hurling Morley shoulder-first into the steel security rail! Wolfe gets him back up and throws him under the ropes into the ring, before taking a Steel Chair and entering the ring with it. He waits for the lifeless Morley to get back up, and when he is on his knees, Wolfe nails Morley in the skull with the Chair! Desmond isn’t done though, and he gets his victim back up yet again, getting him in a front facelock and lifting him to the top rope. Wolfe stands in front of him and puts his arm around Morley’s neck, hitting him with the Tower of London! He takes a few moments to admire the sight of Morley face-down on the mat barely moving, before getting the poor guy back up yet again and making sure he stays on his feet before stepping back and tilting back in the ropes, running forward and knocking Morley out with the Jawbreaker Lariat!

It seems like Wolfe is finally done, and he stands over Morley just like he did over Rob Van Dam last week. He holds up his hands and begins to count with his fingers until he gets to ten and he stops, obviously sending a message to Van Dam before their Last Man Standing Match at Slammiversary. However, “Whole F’n Show” then plays as the crowd go wild and RVD runs out with a Steel Chair! As soon as Wolfe sees him he picks up his Chair but as he does Van Dam is already in the ring having sprinted as fast as possible, and Rob gets to his feet and drives the edge of the Chair into Wolfe’s mid-section! Wolfe falls back into the corner of the ring and lands in a seated position, and RVD holds up his Chair before backing into the opposite corner as the crowd begin to cheer. Van Dam looks like he is going to go for the Chair Surf, but before he can Wolfe manages to escape from the ring and he staggers up the ramp, clutching his ribs. The crowd boo Desmond as he makes his way up to the stage and RVD slams his Chair repeatedly against the mat, shouting at Wolfe ‘Get your ass back in here!’ However, Wolfe shakes his head with a look of disgust on his face and disappears behind the curtain, as the commentators reflect on what they just saw and say that it has to be advantage Van Dam right now going into Slammiversary on June 13.

The crowd cheer, knowing that this obviously has something to do with Dinero’s opponent Sting at Slammiversary, and the lights then return to normality. Dinero looks at the bat with a perplexed look on his face, not knowing whether to take it or not, but before he can do anything, Wolfe strikes him with a low blow!The crowd boo as Dinero falls to the mat and Wolfe gets to his feet, looking at the bat with a grin on his face before taking it. Wolfe eagerly waits for Dinero to get back to his feet, and when he does, Wolfe hits Dinero in the mid-section with the bat before striking him in the skull with it! Dinero falls to the mat and Wolfe sinks to his knees, grabbing the referee Earl Hebner from nearby and shaking him around, reawakening him, before making the cover as Hebner slowly counts: One!... Two!... Three! Wolfe steals the victory!

Desmond Wolfe def. D’Angelo Dinero at 8:52

The crowd boo heavily in disapproval as a grinning Wolfe slowly gets to his feet and leans back against the ropes, looking at the camera and giving it his two-fingered gesture. Chelsea looks on with a smirk on her face as Desmond raises his hand in the air before leaving the ring and walking up the ramp, albeit at a slow pace, with his valet. As they reach the ramp, Wolfe gives the fans his ‘salute’ once more, but when he turns around Rob Van Dam walks through the curtain and throws a Steel Chair directly at Wolfe! The Englishman falls to the floor and Chelsea looks on in horror as Van Dam stands over Wolfe and picks up the Chair, scaring Chelsea away by threatening her with it. RVD then smiles as he sees Chelsea run away in horror behind the curtain, before looking down at his Slammiversary opponent and raising the Chair in the air to a huge pop from the crowd, subsequently leaving.

Rob Van Dam: Last...

Van Dam hitting Wolfe with a Chair Surf.

Desmond Wolfe: Last...

Wolfe pinning Van Dam at Sacrifice.

Rob Van Dam: Man...

RVD chasing Wolfe out of the ring.

Desmond Wolfe: Man...

Wolfe hitting RVD with the Jawbreaker Lariat.

Rob Van Dam: Standing.

Van Dam standing over Wolfe this past Thursday.

Desmond Wolfe: Standing.

Wolfe standing over Van Dam, as the last words of both men continue to echo and the video fades to black...

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Back in the Anaheim Convention Center, the camera cuts to the ring where David Penzer is standing with a microphone. The bell rings.

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is a Last Man Standing Match!

Huge pop from the crowd.

David Penzer: In this match there are no pinfalls, no submissions, no disqualifications and no count-outs. The only way to win is to beat your opponent until he cannot answer the ten count and the winner will be declared the last man standing!

“Whole F’n Show” hits and the crowd go wild as Rob Van Dam walks through the curtain, throwing his hands into the air as his pyro goes off. Without the smile on his face that he would expect, Van Dam pounds his fist into his hand repeatedly as he walks down the ramp and steps into the ring, performing his thumb taunt for the crowd before walking into the corner of the squared circle.

David Penzer: Introducing first, from Battle Creek, Michigan, weighing 237 pounds... Rob Van Dam!

Mike Tenay: It’s not normal that you don’t see a smile on the face of Rob Van Dam, but Desmond Wolfe has brought that side out of RVD, and it could spell defeat for Wolfe tonight.

Mick Foley: When Van Dam wants to get down to business and hurt somebody, he will do it. It looks like tonight is the night for ‘The Whole F’n Show’ to hurt somebody, and that somebody is Desmond Wolfe.

Then, “Menacing” blares out to heat from the crowd and Desmond Wolfe walks out, accompanied by Chelsea and wearing shades and a grey jacket over his ring gear. Wolfe gives the fans his two-fingered gesture with both hands before sauntering down the ramp with Chelsea but before he can make it to the ring, RVD leaves the ring and goes after Wolfe!

Match Six
Desmond Wolfe vs. Rob Van Dam
Last Man Standing Match

The bell rings for the match to get underway as soon as Rob Van Dam hits Desmond Wolfe with a right hand, and he follows it up with several more. Van Dam kicks Wolfe in the mid-section and takes him by the arm, Irish whipping Wolfe spine-first into the steel security rail! The crowd continue to go nuts and RVD walks towards Desmond, hitting him with a few more blows to the head before lashing out with some Knife-Edge Chops to the chest which get resounding ‘Woooo’s from the Anaheim crowd in honour of Ric Flair. Chelsea watches nearby in horror and decides to leave, turning around and running away with her eyes beginning to fill with tears as Van Dam continues to dominate Wolfe. Rob takes a step back and runs forward but Desmond hits him with a boot to the mid-section, then taking a breather to regain his composure. Wolfe walks towards Van Dam and hits him with a European Uppercut which sends RVD back-pedalling into the ring apron, then lifting Rob up and getting him into the ring. Wolfe gets to his feet and stomps away at Van Dam relentlessly with the referee Andrew Thomas not having anything to do but watch, before getting him to his feet and Irish whipping him into the corner of the ring.

Desmond walks towards him and says to his face ‘I’m gonna beat the bloody hell out of you, do you hear me?’ before digging his fingers into Van Dam’s eyes, then pulling them away as Rob sinks to a seated position holding his hand over his eyes. Wolfe stomps away at Rob’s chest before driving his boot into RVD’s throat, pulling back at the ropes to try to apply as much pressure as possible. When the Englishman relinquishes it he gets Van Dam back to his feet and Irish whips him into the ropes, following Rob towards them and when RVD comes off the ropes Wolfe drives his knee into Rob’s gut. Van Dam sinks to his knees and Desmond floors him with a boot to the head before rolling him across the mat and under the ropes, getting RVD out of the ring. Desmond slides out of the ring and gets Rob to his feet just a second after he falls to the floor, hitting some right hands which leaves Van Dam propped up against the ring apron. Wolfe then leans over the security rail and takes a Steel Chair, lifting it back over and swinging the Chair in RVD’s direction.

However, Rob moves out of the way and Wolfe ends up only hitting the ring apron, and when he turns around Van Dam kicks him in the mid-section, causing Desmond to drop the Chair. Rob then hits Wolfe with a Roundhouse Kick which floors the Englishman and Van Dam picks up the Chair, holding it in the air as the crowd cheer and chant ‘Use the Chair!’ RVD nods his head before turning to face Wolfe and he holds the Chair up ready to hit him but Desmond is holding a Garbage Can lid, and Wolfe drives the Garbage Can Lid into RVD’s mid-section! Rob manages to stay on his feet but he holds his gut in pain and Desmond gets to his feet, hitting Van Dam over the head with the lid! Rob falls to the floor and Wolfe drops the lid to the floor, picking up the Steel Chair as the referee Andrew Thomas starts the first count of this Last Man Standing Match: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! RVD makes it to his feet, but not for long as Wolfe nails RVD with a Steel Chair shot to the spine!

Van Dam drops to his knees and writhes in pain as Wolfe looks down at him with a sadistic smirk on his face, and Wolfe hits Van Dam in the back with the Chair again, and again, and again! After three consecutive chair shots, RVD is down and the referee e begins the count again: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Rob makes it back up again. Wolfe grabs Van Dam by his hair and takes him towards the ring apron, rolling RVD under the ropes and back into the squared circle. Desmond also enters the ring and gets Van Dam to his feet, kicking him in the mid-section, getting him in a front face-lock, and lifting him into the air. Wolfe keeps Rob up in the air for several moments before finally hitting him with a Vertical Suplex. Desmond gets back to his feet and takes a moment to give the crowd his two-fingered gesture which gets a lot of heat, but meanwhile the referee has started the count: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! RVD gets back up with assistance from the ropes. Van Dam can barely stand right now, his back aching after those four Steel Chair shots, and Wolfe walks towards him.

Desmond hits Rob with a right hand which sends him backwards into the corner of the ring and Wolfe hits him with a few more before running to the opposite corner and jumping to the middle turnbuckle, gesturing to the crowd again before jumping down and running back across the ring. However, RVD hits Wolfe with a boot to the face which stops him in his tracks and Van Dam then jumps onto the ropes, springboarding off of them, and hitting Wolfe with a Springboard Thrust Kick! Rob then performs his signature thumb taunt with the crowd chanting ‘Rob! Van! Dam!’ before he runs off the ropes, cartwheeling forward and subsequently connecting with a Standing Moonsault on Wolfe! RVD slowly gets back to his feet and the referee begins the count on Wolfe, One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Desmond is back on his feet. Van Dam hits Wolfe with a few kicks to the mid-section which send him staggering backwards into the corner. Rob hits Desmond with two turnbuckle thrusts before backflipping into the middle of the ring and performing his thumb taunt, running forward and jumping onto Wolfe, and hitting Wolfe with a Monkey Flip!

With RVD now firmly in control of the match, the referee begins the count, One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Wolfe gets back up. Van Dam swings a right hand, but Desmond ducks it and when RVD turns around Wolfe hits him with a knee to the gut. Desmond then Irish whips Van Dam into the ropes and Rob holds onto them as Wolfe rebounds off the opposite ropes and runs across the ring, but RVD holds down the top rope and Wolfe goes over the ropes and falls down to the concrete floor! The referee counts: One! Two! Three! Four! Desmond gets back to his feet. Van Dam climbs out onto the ring apron with his back turned to his opponent and he jumps onto the top rope, springboarding back off and taking out Wolfe with a Springboard Moonsault down to the floor on the outside of the ring! The Anaheim crowd go wild and chant ‘TNA! TNA! TNA!’ as we see a replay of that Springboard Moonsault, and afterwards the referee begins the count with both competitors down on the floor, One! Two! Three! Four! Five! RVD gets back up, but the count continues for Wolfe. Six! Seven! Desmond makes it back up.

As soon as both men are back up on their feet, they begin to sluggishly exchange right hands on the outside of the ring. Rob gains the upper hand and lands some consecutive blows, and Wolfe goes for a kick to his mid-section, but RVD catches his leg and then hits Wolfe with a Step-Over Spinning Wheel Kick! Van Dam gets back up and raises his hands in the air to draw some cheers from the crowd before searching under the ring and revealing a Garbage Can which he throws over the ropes and into the ring while the referee counts: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Rob interrupts the count and gets Desmond to his feet, rolling him under the ropes back into the ring. Van Dam climbs to the top rope and waits for Wolfe to get back up. Before the referee’s count can start again, Desmond gets back up but is greeted by a Flying Thrust Kick to the chest from RVD! Van Dam then drags Wolfe along towards the Garbage Can and he drapes Desmond’s back over it. RVD then performs his thumb taunt before running off the ropes and rolling across the mat, nailing Wolfe with the Rolling Thunder onto the Garbage Can!

The Garbage Can is severely bent as Van Dam gets back to his feet and the referee Andrew Thomas begins the count, One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Wolfe struggles to his feet. RVD hits Desmond with a few right hands before grabbing hold of his trunks and throwing him through the ropes and out of the ring, down to the concrete floor! Van Dam follows his opponent out of the ring and gets him to his feet, propping Desmond up against the steel security rail. Rob goes as far back as he can go, before running forward and Clotheslining Wolfe over the security rail, taking himself over it as well! The fans clear from the area as the referee Andrew Thomas climbs over and begins the count: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Van Dam and Wolfe both get back to their feet and RVD hits Desmond with a right hand, causing him to stagger backwards. Van Dam takes Wolfe up a flight of steps and RVD continues to hit him with blows as they walk through the crowd. Desmond drops to his knees in exhaustion and Rob looks down at him with a smirk on his face. He performs his thumb taunt for the crowd, but Wolfe hits him with a low blow!

Desmond slowly gets back to his feet as RVD clutches his mid-section and Wolfe hits Van Dam with a European Uppercut. He then grabs Rob by his singlet, and throws RVD down the steps and to the floor! Wolfe makes his way down and the referee starts the count: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Desmond gets Van Dam back up, saying to him ‘I’m not gonna let you off that easy’, before throwing Rob into the steel security rail, and Van Dam knocks the security rail down! Wolfe follows his opponent and stand over him as the referee counts: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! RVD slowly gets back up. Rob is very groggy as he gets back up and Desmond picks up the security rail which Rob knocked down, driving it into RVD and taking him down the floor once again!Wolfe unceremoniously drops the rail onto Van Dam and the count begins once again: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! RVD is back up! The crowd cheer Rob as he refuses to quit, and Desmond immediately grabs him and throws him under the ropes back into the ring.

Before re-entering the ring, Wolfe picks up another Steel Chair from the crowd and takes it with him into the ring. Desmond places the Chair near the corner of the ring and then lifts RVD up to the top rope. Wolfe gets Van Dam in position for the Tower of London but Rob fights out of it and pushes Desmond away before standing up on the top rope, and hitting Wolfe with a Cross Body! Both men lie on the mat as the referee counts: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! RVD gets to his feet. Seven! Eight! Wolfe gets back up as well. Van Dam picks up the Chair and waits for Desmond to face him. When he does, RVD throws the Chair into his hands and nails Wolfe with the Van Daminator! The crowd pop big-time for the Van Daminator and Van Dam staggers backwards into the corner of the ring in exhaustion as the referee starts the count, One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Wolfe gets back up, but he is now busted open. RVD approaches him, and he drives the Chair into Wolfe’s mid-section before following it up with a Spinning Heel Kick!

Wolfe falls backwards into the corner in a seated position and RVD looks at the Chair in his hands, and then at the crowd, before backing into the opposite corner and running across the ring, hitting Wolfe with the Chair Surf!This is almost looking like deja vu from Sacrifice last month with Desmond bleeding from the head and Van Dam firmly in control, and now there is nothing to stop him from winning tonight in Anaheim. The referee begins the count as Desmond lies on the mat with his shoulders down, One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Wolfe pulls himself up with assistance from the ropes, narrowly avoiding defeat. RVD walks towards him and Irish whips him into the ropes. He goes for a Clothesline but Wolfe ducks it, and gets him in a Hammerlock immediately followed by a DDT! Desmond slowly struggles to his feet and shouts at the referee Andrew Thomas ‘Count!’ repeatedly until he starts it: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! RVD gets back up, receiving cheers from the crowd but the feeling of joy is not shared by Wolfe who runs at Van Dam, who is still not standing up straight, and hits him with a Knee Lift which knocks him back down.

Instead of allowing the count to be made, Wolfe viciously stomps away at Rob repeatedly until getting him up and throwing him through the ropes and out of the ring down to the floor. Desmond follows him out of the ring and grabs hold of Van Dam’s legs while he is still down. Wolfe looks around the Anaheim Convention Center and nods his head with a grin on his face, before catapulting RVD head-first into the steel ringpost! Van Dam’s skull bounces off the ringpost and he falls down to the concrete floor in a heap as the referee starts up the count with Desmond waiting in anticipation for the outcome: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Just before the ten count, RVD gets back up, but he too is now bleeding, after being catapulted into the ringpost. Desmond searches under the ring and takes out a Table, which he sets up by the ring before getting Van Dam to his feet. He lifts him up to the ring apron and gets Rob in a front facelock, lifting him up and placing him on the ropes. Wolfe looks like he is going to go for the Tower of London through a table, but RVD fights out of it.

With Van Dam in the ring and Wolfe on the ring apron, Desmond turns around and sees RVD there, who immediately runs towards him but Desmond hits him with a knee to the head which knocks Rob down to the mat. Wolfe re-enters the ring and gets RVD back up, lifting him up to the top rope. Desmond gets Van Dam in position, before hitting RVD with the Tower of London! The referee begins the count: One! Two! Three! Four! Wolfe gets back to his feet and waits for the referee to get to ten. Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! No! Van Dam pulls himself up with the ropes! The crowd go wild but Wolfe cannot believe it and he runs at RVD, but Rob sends Desmond over the ropes and out of the ring with a Back Body Drop! Wolfe managed to avoid the Table on the outside on landing, but crashing down to concrete floor still hurts a hell of a lot, and RVD leaves the ring. The referee is counting: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Van Dam interrupts the count, as he gets Wolfe to his feet. RVD then goes under the ring and reveals another Table which he places next to the one already laid out, and Van Dam hits a disorientated Desmond with some right hands before lifting him onto the two Tables.

It doesn’t look like Wolfe is going to be moving any time soon, but Rob hits him with a few more blows to the head just to make sure, before climbing onto the ring apron and then climbing to the top rope. Van Dam begins his thumb taunt, but pauses in the middle of it and climbs back down to the floor. The crowd boo, chanting ‘Five-Star Frog Splash!’ but all is forgiven and forgotten... when RVD goes under the ring and reveals an extra-big Ladder! The crowd go nuts as Van Dam sets up the Ladder which has to be twenty-feet high, and he slowly climbs up it, making it to the top. RVD performs his thumb taunt once more with just about every single fan in the Anaheim Convention Center chanting ‘Rob! Van! Dam!’ in unison, and Van Dam takes one more deep breath... before jumping off the twenty-foot Ladder and nailing Wolfe with the Five-Star Frog Splash, both of them going through TWO Tables!

The crowd go absolutely insane and chant ‘Holy s**t!’ as we see multiple replays of that Five-Star Frog Splash from the top of a twenty-foot Ladder through two tables from different angles, and when we rejoin the action the referee Andrew Thomas, who looks just as stunned as everybody else in the Arena, starts the count: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Ten! This Last Man Standing Match has ended on a sour note with a draw between Desmond Wolfe and Rob Van Dam!

Desmond Wolfe fought Rob Van Dam to a draw at 20:06

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, the result of this match is a draw!

The crowd boo in disapproval of the result as Wolfe and Van Dam lie motionlessly underneath the shards of broken table, side by side. Numerous road agents and medics rush out and come down the ramp to crowd around the two competitors, checking on them before helping both men to their feet. Wolfe and RVD are assisted in walking up the ramp and backstage separately, being helped along by the medics and agents as we then cut to the announce table with Tenay and Foley, who both have looks of concern on their faces.

Mike Tenay: Desmond Wolfe and Rob Van Dam are being helped to the back by medics and road agents... I hope they’re OK.

Mick Foley: Me too, Mike. That was damn near insane with Van Dam jumping off that twenty-foot Ladder and putting not only Wolfe but also himself through not one, but two tables.

Mike Tenay: This could well mean that the rivalry between these two men isn’t over, which could have a negative effect on the wellbeing of the two of them if it means they have more matches like the one we just saw.

Mick Foley: Absolutely, Mike, I don’t want either of these men to sustain severe injuries but that’s exactly what Wolfe and Van Dam want to do to each other, and they damn sure did it tonight.

Mike Tenay: Jeremy Borash is standing backstage with ‘The Pope’.

The camera cuts backstage, where Jeremy Borash is standing with the TNA Global Champion ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero.

Jeremy Borash: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m standing with the TNA Global Champion ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero who in a few short moments’ time will face ‘The Icon’ Sting, in Sting’s last match. What are your thoughts going into this huge match, Pope?

Dinero turns to the camera and removes his shades, getting cheers from the crowd.

D’Angelo Dinero: Listen up, JB, 'cause this ain’t gonna be the thoughts of ‘The Pope’, no referring to myself in the third person, this is me speaking as a fan of professional wrestling more than anything. Sting... I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you a million times, you’re one of the reasons I’m standing here today, with millions of people watching on pay per view around the world.

You don’t know what the buyrates are going to be, though.

D’Angelo Dinero: When I was a kid and I’d watch the old WCW, you were the guy I was waiting to watch every single show, you were the guy I cheered for, and I never stopped believing in you for one second. Here we are tonight, at Slammiversary, and I’m still waiting to see you on the show... and I’ll see you in that ring. Like you said on Thursday, Sting, this match is about respect and honour, and I have nothing but respect for you and I’m honoured to be the guy who faces you in your last match.

Cheers from the crowd.

D’Angelo Dinero: I’m gonna go ahead and speak for everybody here in TNA and every single wrestling fan who has ever watched you perform, when I say... thank you, Sting. Let’s show the world how it’s done, daddy.

Dinero puts his shades back on and walks away.

Mike Tenay: Coming up next at Slammiversary... it is the final curtain. It’s the last hurrah, it’s the last match... for ‘The Icon’ Sting.

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Approximately a minute and a half later, Sting is in control after a spell of dominance from Hardy following his Whisper In The Wind but Jeff has just managed to get to the ropes after being locked in the Scorpion Death Lock. Sting eagerly waits for Hardy to get to his feet, and when he does Sting turns Jeff around to face him, lifting him up in a Scoop Slam position presumably to transition it into the Scorpion Death Drop. However, Jeff lands on his feet behind Sting, slipping off his shoulders, and when Sting turns around Hardy kicks him in the mid-section and nails him with the Twist of Fate! Jeff lies on the mat next to Sting and moments later Hardy gets back to his feet, slowly climbing to the top rope. Hardy poses for the crowd, before hitting Sting with the Swanton Bomb! An exhausted Hardy lands on top of Sting, and the cover is made straight away! One! Two! Three! It’s over!

Jeff Hardy def. Sting at 9:17

“Modest” blares out to cheers from the crowd and Jeff Hardy gets to his feet, having his hand raised by the referee Earl Hebner. Hardy staggers towards the corner and climbs to the second rope, posing for the crowd and motioning around his waist that he is the next TNA World Heavyweight Champion before leaving the ring and walking up the ramp. Meanwhile, moments later Sting struggles to his feet and calls for a microphone which he receives from SoCal Val.
Sting: Earlier tonight... I said that regardless of whether I won or lost I would have an announcement to make after the match, and here we are so here it is. June 13 is the night of Slammiversary VIII, the eight-year celebration of TNA Wrestling.

Cheers from the crowd.

Sting: Eight years which I like to think I’ve been a big part of. But June 13 will not only be the eight-year celebration of TNA... it will be the twenty-five year celebration of my career.

Mixed reaction.Sting: Because at Slammiversary, although it won’t be in the King of the Mountain Match, I will be competing... but it will be in my last match.

Another mixed reaction from the crowd, with some chanting ‘Please don’t go!’

Sting: Over the past few months, it has become clear to me that my career is winding down. I lost to Mr. Anderson at Lockdown, I was eliminated from the #1 Contender’s Tournament last month and tonight I missed my chance to be in the King of the Mountain Match. And now is the best time for me to retire, because since the day I walked into TNA for the first time, I’ve known that this is the place where I wanna end my career because this is the best professional wrestling company in the world, and it has the best fans in the world too.

Big pop from the crowd, with some ‘TNA!’ chants.

Sting: So now-

Sting is cut off when “Catholifunk” hits and the TNA Global Champion ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero walks out to a big pop from the crowd. Wearing a white suit and shades, Dinero walks down the ramp with a swagger in his step, entering the ring and taking a microphone before coming face-to-face with Sting.

D’Angelo Dinero: So this is it, huh? ‘The Icon’ is hanging up the boots for good.

Sting nods his head.

D’Angelo Dinero: Pope can’t believe it. I’ve told you this plenty of times before but Stinger, you are one of the reasons Pope got into this game, you are one of the reasons Pope worked his ass off to become TNA Global Champion and you are one of the reasons that I am the charismatic... pimptacular... hand-clappin’, foot tappin’, pimp-slappin’, blingin’ attire, always on fire, Pope that is D’Angelo Dinero!

Cheers from the crowd.

D’Angelo Dinero: But... Pope didn’t come out here and interrupt you just to say that. Y’see, you said your match at Slammiversary would be your last one, is Pope correct?
Sting: That’s right, Pope.

D’Angelo Dinero: And as far as I know... you don’t have an opponent for Slammiversary yet. You know where this is going, don’t ya’?

The crowd certainly do, and they cheer.

D’Angelo Dinero: Sting, you’ve faced some of the top guys on the TNA roster today. Styles... Hardy... Anderson... Wolfe... but daddy, you’ve never played the game with Pope!

Dinero points his finger at Sting, who looks at it before looking back at him eye-to-eye.

D’Angelo Dinero: So if The Congregation wanna see Pope versus Sting at Slammiversary, can Pope get an Amen?

‘AMEN!’

D’Angelo Dinero: Well, Stinger... The Congregation have spoken. So how about it? Pope and Sting, one-on-one... Slammiversary.

Dinero extends his hand to Sting and the crowd in the Impact Zone explode, chanting ‘Shake his hand!’ repeatedly. Sting looks around for a few moments... before shaking Dinero’s hand! Dinero grins, and the two release their grip.

Sting: You’ve got it, Pope.

Dinero nods his head before leaving the ring and walking up the ramp, but when he reaches the stage Sting speaks again.

Sting: But... if you think that you’re scoring yourself an easy victory over me just because it’s my last match... then you’ve got another thing coming, my friend. Because at Slammiversary, Pope...

Dinero looks on expectantly.

Sting: ... IT’S SHOWTIME!

Sting puts down the microphone, and Impact comes to a close with a staredown between Dinero and Sting, who will clash at Slammiversary in Sting’s final match...

Sting: WOOOOOOOO!!

‘WOOOOOOOO!!’

Sting: Thank you... thank you all so much. Hearing that ovation makes a part of me wanna stay here in TNA forever...

Cheers from the crowd.

Sting: ... but I’m not going to go back on my promise. This Sunday, at Slammiversary in Anaheim, California... I am retiring from professional wrestling.

Mixed reaction.

Sting: I know a lot of you want me to stay, but it’s time that I settled down with my wife and kids and I let the young talent in TNA take centre stage.

Cheers, and a ‘TNA!’ chant begins.

Sting: That’s right, those three letters sum up what professional wrestling should be. Guys like The Motor City Machine Guns, Desmond Wolfe, James Storm, Jay Lethal, Matt Morgan, Robert Roode and the guy I’m facing in my last match, The Pope...

Big pop at the mention of Dinero.

Sting: Those guys are the future of TNA and this business, and they deserve your full support more than I do, for what they do in that ring everytime they step into it. But now, I wanna thank each and every one of you in the Impact Zone tonight, everybody watching at home and everybody who has supported me over the past two decades, for making the man, let alone the wrestler, that I am today.

Cheap pop for Sting.

Sting: This company means a hell of a lot to me, it gave me a home and it made me feel better than ever before in my wrestling career, and I will never forget the time I had here. So before my last match this Sunday, I just want to give you all one big thank you.

‘Thank you, Sting!’ chants begin to surface.

Sting: And before I leave the ring... my last match is this Sunday at Slammiversary against The Pope. I hope you’re looking forward to Sunday as much as I am because win, lose or draw, whatever’s going to happen, I have just one thing to say... IT’S SHOWTIME!

We cut to the ending of the match between Dinero and Desmond Wolfe later that night.

After that, D’Angelo Dinero begins to make a gradual recovery in the match and as we rejoin the action Dinero is back in control over Desmond Wolfe. Dinero runs across the ring from one corner to the other and handstands on the top rope, about to go for the Outer Limitz Elbow... but Wolfe pulls the referee Earl Hebner down with him by his shirt and moves out of the way, as Dinero hits Hebner with the elbow instead!Only when Dinero is about to make the cover does he realize that he hit the referee instead and a look of disbelief comes across his face. Meanwhile, Wolfe is on his feet waiting for Dinero to turn around and when he does Desmond tilts back in between the topes, then going for the Jawbreaker Lariat, but Dinero ducks it and then hits Wolfe with a Russian Leg Sweep! Dinero and Wolfe lie next to each other in the middle of the ring for several moments until Dinero gets back to his feet. As he does, the lights dim in the Impact Zone and a spotlight shines down on the middle of the ring... as a black baseball bat is reeled down from the ceiling!
The crowd cheer, knowing that this obviously has something to do with Dinero’s opponent Sting at Slammiversary, and the lights then return to normality. Dinero looks at the bat with a perplexed look on his face, not knowing whether to take it or not, but before he can do anything, Wolfe strikes him with a low blow! The crowd boo as Dinero falls to the mat and Wolfe gets to his feet, looking at the bat with a grin on his face before taking it. Wolfe eagerly waits for Dinero to get back to his feet, and when he does, Wolfe hits Dinero in the mid-section with the bat before striking him in the skull with it! Dinero falls to the mat and Wolfe sinks to his knees, grabbing the referee Earl Hebner from nearby and shaking him around, reawakening him, before making the cover as Hebner slowly counts: One!... Two!... Three! Wolfe steals the victory!

Desmond Wolfe def. D’Angelo Dinero at 8:52

The camera then cuts elsewhere where ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero is walking down a dark corridor, holding his head in pain. Dinero stops by a large staircase and looks up it, seeing the rafters of the Impact Zone up there before a disgusted look comes across his face.

D’Angelo Dinero: Sting! Pope knows you’re up there! What the hell was that out there?! You cost me the damn match! Pope’s got half a mind to come up there and-

Dinero seems to feel somebody’s presence, and he turns around to see Sting standing there!

Sting: Half a mind to what, Pope? Huh? You wanna do something, take your best shot!

The TNA Global Champion remains silent, looking at the ground.

Sting: Do you wanna know why I chose you to be my last-ever opponent on Sunday? Because I can see that you have the same love and respect for this business as I do. You care about the fans, the people who make this industry tick, and you care about giving it your absolute best, AND THAT’S WHAT I WANT ON SUNDAY!

D’Angelo Dinero: Yeah, you’re gonna get it.

Sting: Our match is meant to be about respect, and honour, and passing the torch from one legend to another future legend. You wanna make it personal?! Step right up, Pope. Because either way, I’m gonna give the fans one last great performance from the Stinger at Slammiversary. You better give ‘em one, too.

Sting then turns his back and walks away, as Dinero watches him leave and thinks about his words. As the screen ever-so slowly fades to black, we see clips of Sting’s jacket and bat on a chair in the ring at the end of Turning Point 2005, his successful return at Final Resolution 2006, holding up the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound For Glory 2008 and finally pointing to the crowd as he walks down the stage...

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Back in the Anaheim Convention Center, “Catholifunk” hits to cheers from the crowd, although not as many as you would expect for obvious reasons, and the TNA Global Champion ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero walks out. Wearing a black bandana, facemask and jacket as well as shades and a platinum chain around his neck with his title strapped around his waist, Dinero saunters down the ramp and stops to outstretch his arms as money falls from the ceiling before entering the ring. He removes his entrance attire and title and gives it to SoCal Val, then walking into the corner and waiting for his opponent to arrive.

David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Harlem, New York, weighing 220 pounds... ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero!

Mike Tenay: This past Thursday on Impact, D’Angelo Dinero lost to Desmond Wolfe after Wolfe used Sting’s baseball bat which came down from the ceiling which was meant to be for Dinero to win the match, and Dinero was not happy, confronting Sting backstage later on in the night but it seems like the theme of this match, respect, is still upheld.

Mick Foley: It shouldn’t be any other way, Professor, the great career of ‘The Icon’ Sting wraps itself up tonight and Dinero knows how big an honour it is to be Sting’s last-ever opponent.

There are subsequently a few moments of silence but the ‘Sting!’ chants in the crowd become deafening and they go wild when “Slay Me” hits. The lights go out in the Arena and Sting walks out, wearing a black trenchcoat and holding his trademark black baseball bat. ‘The Icon’ points his bat to the crowd and shouts ‘Woooooooo!’ before walking down the ramp, high-fiving several fans, and entering the ring. Sting points to the crowd again before removing his jacket and putting his bat down in the corner, standing opposite Dinero.

David Penzer: And his opponent, from Venice Beach, California, weighing 250 pounds... ‘The Icon’ Sting!

Mike Tenay: I cannot begin to imagine the emotions that ‘The Icon’ Sting is feeling right now, making his entrance to the ring for the very last time.

Mick Foley: Me neither, Mike, I may well have wrestled my last match but to know for sure that you’re walking into the ring as a professional wrestler for the last time, the pressure must be huge.

Match Seven
D’Angelo Dinero vs. Sting
Singles Match

The bell rings and D’Angelo Dinero and Sting approach the middle of the ring, having a staredown until they give each other a mere nod of the head. They circle each other around the ring before locking up. Both men try to overpower each other until they both let go and regroup, Sting giving Dinero a nod of the head before they lock up again. Dinero pulls Sting in and gets him in a standing headlock, trying to apply as much pressure as possible, and before Sting can attempt to lift him up into the air, which he attempts to do, Dinero floors the veteran on the mat with a headlock takedown. However, Sting quickly gets out of it and both men get back to their feet. They approach each other and prepare to lock up again, but Dinero instead quickly grabs his opponent’s arm and wrenches it around. He pulls Sting back into another headlock, but this time he pushes the TNA Global Champion away into the ropes. Dinero comes back and Sting goes for a Clothesline but it is ducked and when Dinero comes back off the ropes again he hits Sting with a Flying Forearm Smash!

With the match suddenly coming to life, Dinero quickly crawls towards Sting and hooks his legs, making the first cover attempt of the contest: One! Obviously too early to try, as ‘The Icon’ kicks out and Dinero sits up not looking too surprised at the result of that pin. He gets back to his feet and gets Sting up, getting him in a front facelock and grabbing his singlet, trying to lift him up for a Suplex. However, Sting fights out of it with some blows to the mid-section and with both competitors facing each other Dinero runs off the ropes, but is taken down by a drop toe hold from Sting. He turns Dinero over and looks like he’s going to try to finish this match early with the Scorpion Death Lock, but ‘The Pope’ manages to kick Sting away, sending him backwards into the corner of the ring. Dinero then gets to his feet and runs towards his opponent in the corner, but Sting moves out of the way and Dinero charges into the turnbuckles. Sting then gets behind Dinero and lifts him up, hitting a Back Suplex. Sting gets back to his feet and looks down at Dinero, saying ‘Rookie mistake, kid, c’mon’ before getting him back up.

Sting Irish whips Dinero into the ropes and bends over, getting ready to hit a Back B0dy Drop, but Dinero instead Sunset Flips over him and brings him down. Sting immediately rolls backwards and gets back to his feet, but before he can do anything Dinero slides through his legs. When Sting turns around, Dinero is on one knee and he hits ‘The Icon’ with an Uppercut which sends the veteran backwards. Dinero then gets back to his feet and walks towards Sting, hitting him with right hands until he is in the corner of the ring. Dinero then climbs onto the second rope on top of Sting and hits him with ten blows to the head, the Anaheim crowd counting along, before climbing back down. A groggy Sting staggers forward and Dinero kicks him in the mid-section, getting him in a front facelock and subsequently planting Sting with a Suplex. The incredibly charismatic TNA Global Champion then goes for another cover, One! Two! Right on the count of two, Sting gets his shoulder up off the canvas. Dinero gets back up and pats his right elbow with his opposite hand, before running off the ropes and going for an Elbow Drop, but Sting rolls out of the way.

Dinero ends up only hitting the mat with his Elbow Drop and as he sits up Sting gets back to his feet, running off the ropes and hitting ‘The Pope’ with a running knee strike to the cranium! The cover is then made, the first pin-fall attempt by Sting in this match, One! Two! Dinero kicks out. ‘The Icon’ is quick to get back to his feet and get his younger opponent back up, and he gets Dinero in a front facelock. Sting grabs hold of his trunks and lifts Dinero into the air, before dropping him directly on his chest on the ropes. With Dinero on the ropes, Sting runs off the opposite ropes, charging across the ring and hitting Dinero with a Dropkick to the lower legs. The TNA Global Champion falls off and goes face-first into the ring apron before falling down to the concrete floor. Sting shouts ‘Wooooo!’ to the crowd, getting a ‘Wooooo!’ back along with loud cheers, before he walks towards the ropes and waits for Dinero to get to his feet. When ‘The Pope’ is back up, Sting catapults himself over the ropes and takes out Dinero, both men landing on the concrete floor!

It isn’t worth a ‘TNA!’ or ‘This is awesome!’ chant, but there are still cheers as Sting and Dinero lie on the concrete floor outside the ring and the referee Earl Hebner begins the count. Both competitors begin to get back up at the count of five, and at the count of six they both get back into the ring. Sting is the first to get back to his feet, followed a moment later by Dinero, and ‘The Icon’ immediately takes advantage. He lifts ‘The Pope’ up in a Scoop Slam position, presumably to get him in position for the Scorpion Death Drop, but Dinero slips off of the back of Sting’s shoulders, and plants him with a Russian Leg Sweep! Dinero then hooks the veteran’s legs and makes the cover, One! Two! Sting gets the shoulder up! Dinero sits up and gets back to his feet, dragging Sting by his arms into the corner of the ring. Dinero backs into the opposite corner and points to both sides of the crowd in the Anaheim Convention Center, before running across the ring and handstanding on the top rope, then hitting Sting with the Outer Limitz Elbow to the sternum!

Dinero gets back to his feet and walks into the middle of the ring, briefly bowing for the crowd before rushing back towards the corner and covering Sting, One! Two! Sting kicks out! The TNA Global Champion Dinero knows he should have made the cover straight away instead of playing to the Anaheim crowd, and he shakes his head in disappointment before getting back to his feet. Dinero gets Sting back up and sets him up in the corner with his back turned, possibly in position for the DDE, but before he can walk away ‘The Icon’ hits him with a back elbow to the face. Dinero staggers backwards and Sting turns around, running at Dinero and taking him down with a Clothesline. ‘The Pope’ gets back up a few moments later but runs into another Clothesline from Sting, and when he gets up again, he gets taken back down with a third and final Clothesline! Having built up some good momentum, Sting runs around the ring getting the crowd going and receives huge cheers, before running off the ropes and hitting Dinero with a Knee Drop! Sting then covers Dinero immediately after, One! Two! Dinero gets the shoulder up!

Not letting it derail his momentum, Sting gets back up and gets Dinero to his feet. He lifts Dinero onto his right shoulder and runs towards the corner of the ring, hitting Dinero with the Snake Eyes! After being driven into the top turnbuckle, Dinero falls into the corner and Sting sees it, looking around the Anaheim Convention Center and getting more resounding cheers from the crowd, who know what is about to come next. The wrestling legend backs into the opposite corner and shouts ‘Wooooo!’ for the crowd, before running across the ring and going for the Stinger Splash... but Dinero moves out of the way, and Sting crashes into the turnbuckles in the corner! Dinero then gets behind his opponent, and when Sting turns around Dinero nails him with the Dinero Declaration Double-Knee Facebreaker! Dinero and Sting then lie next to each other on the mat, ‘The Icon’ now looking beaten, but ‘The Pope’ can’t quite make the cover. He rolls over onto his stomach and slowly crawls across the ring, before hooking Sting’s right leg and making the cover, could this be it? Could he hand Sting a loss in his last-ever wrestling match? One! Two! Three- No! It’s not over! Sting gets the shoulder up in the nick of time!

The Anaheim Convention Center explodes with cheers, the crowd rejoicing that Sting kicked out of the Dinero Declaration, but Dinero cannot believe it, that feeling becoming evident to all when he sits up with a look of disbelief on his face. The TNA Global Champion slowly gets to his feet and gets a very disorientated Sting to his feet. He says to his face ‘Sorry, but Pope ain’t gonna let you win this one’ before hitting him with an elbow to the head. Dinero hits ‘The Icon’ with two more, before performing some theatrics and hitting Sting with a fourth and final elbow which knocks the veteran down to the mat! Dinero then sinks to his knees and makes the cover again, One! Two! No! Sting gets the shoulder up again! The frustration clearly begins to set in on ‘The Pope’, who tries to contain the emerging scowl on his face before getting back up again. Dinero slowly but surely walks towards the corner of the ring and climbs out onto the ring apron before climbing to the top rope, which is not a regular destination for him. Dinero observes the crowd in the Anaheim Convention Center before taking a deep breath, and going for a Flying Elbow Drop from the top rope... but Sting somehow manages to move out of the way, and Dinero crashes into the canvas!

Both competitors lie motionlessly on the mat with the crowd still buzzing, chanting both ‘Pope is pimpin’!’ and ‘Let’s go, Sting!’ Several moments later, Dinero and Sting get back to their feet and begin to sluggishly exchange right hands. Dinero gains the upper hand in the exchange, landing consecutive blows on his opponent, and he looks to cap it off with an Uppercut, but Sting avoids it, and then kicks Dinero in the mid-section, planting him with a DDT! Moments later, Sting manages to roll ‘The Pope’ over and make the cover, One! Two! No! Dinero kicks out! Sting slowly gets back up having not put Dinero away yet and he gets the TNA Global Champion, who looks very groggy, back to his feet. Dinero begins to valiantly fight back, hitting Sting with some blows to the mid-section, and in a surprising resurgence he runs off the ropes, but it is cut short when Sting floors him, grabs his legs, and finally locks Dinero in the Scorpion Death Lock! The Anaheim Convention Center erupts once again and Sting, his trademark white facepaint almost all washed away by sweat, applies as much pressure as possible whilst Dinero writhes in agony.

Sting is a tap-out from his opponent away from a victory in his last-ever match inside a wrestling ring, but Dinero refuses to give up. When the referee Earl Hebner asks him if he wants to give up, Dinero shouts in Hebner’s face ‘No! No way! No way, man!’ before beginning to edge his way across the ring and towards the ropes. Dinero gets agonizingly close to reaching the ropes... but Sting pulls Dinero back into the middle of the ring! Any ordinary man would have already submitted and quit by now, but ‘The Pope’ simply refuses to give in and he begins his journey across the ring, this time with more force, and Sting is powerless to stop it as Dinero at long last makes it to the ropes! The TNA Global Champion holds onto the bottom rope for dear life, still crying out in pain as he suffers the effect of that Scorpion Death Lock, and Sting sinks to his knees in exhaustion from this contest. Both competitors get back up several seconds later and Dinero runs towards Sting, going for a Clothesline, but Sting ducks it and then hits Dinero with a Dropkick to the back which sends him into the corner of the ring. Sting backs into the opposite corner and doesn’t waste any time, running across the ring and nailing Dinero with the Stinger Splash!

Dinero falls down to the mat and a tired Sting drops to his knees, making the cover which could well win him the match: One! Two! Three- No! No! This isn’t over yet! Somehow, some way, Dinero gets his foot on the bottom rope! The crowd give an extremely mixed reaction and Sting sits up, all of the white facepaint gone so nothing can hide the look of shock on the face of the legend. He can barely get back up now and he needs the ropes to pull himself up. Sting takes a prolonged breather in the corner with Dinero still down, and when he gets back up Sting lifts ‘The Pope’ up. However, Dinero slips off his shoulders much like he did earlier and when Sting turns around he is hit by a Flapjack and lands in the corner of the ring and Dinero gets back up, seeing Sting in the corner before smirking and backing into the opposite corner. Dinero takes a look around the Anaheim Convention Center, before nodding his head and taking a deep breath, valiantly charging across the ring... and nailing Sting with the DDE! Dinero falls back down to the mat and Sting then does too. ‘The Pope’ takes a look at Sting on the canvas with a solemn look on his face, before slowly hooking his legs and making the cover which must surely bring an end to this historic match. One! Two! Three! It’s over, he did it! Dinero beats Sting!

D’Angelo Dinero def. Sting at 16:01

“Catholifunk” blares out to a very mixed reaction from the crowd and D’Angelo Dinero struggles to his feet, having his hand raised in the air by Earl Hebner. Dinero leans back against the ropes and is handed his TNA Global Championship by SoCal Val, which he holds high in the air. Then, Sting slowly gets up and receives a huge pop from the crowd, approaching the middle of the ring as Dinero does as well with his music fading out. The two competitors stand face-to-face, in silence... until Sting extends his hand to Dinero! The crowd cheer and chant ‘Shake his hand!’ as Dinero looks around the Anaheim Convention Center... before accepting the handshake, and embracing with Sting! Dinero then raises Sting’s hand before leaving the ring, as ‘The Icon’ stands alone and calls for a microphone, receiving one from SoCal Val.

Sting: Well... this is it. I have wrestled my last match in a wrestling ring.

The ‘Thank you, Sting!’ chants are deafening in the Arena.

Sting: For one last time, I wanna thank each and every one of you here tonight, everybody watching at home, and everybody who has supported me for the last twenty-five years.

Big pop from the crowd.

Sting: Y’know, they say you never retire from wrestling... but this is my curtain call tonight. I didn’t need one last victory, I didn’t need a big send-off, I just wanted to give all of you fans one last great performance.

More cheers.

Sting: I’m gonna go home, spend time with my wife Sue, my daughter Grace and my two sons Garrett and Steve Jr. But, part of me will always remain in this very ring, and with this company TNA Wrestling, the best wrestling company in the world today!

Another big pop.

Sting: So thank you all, and goodnight, and I will say once more... IT’S SHOWTIME!

Sting drops the microphone to a resounding ovation from the crowd and leaves the ring, high-fiving several fans as he walks up the ramp. ‘The Icon’ walks towards the announce table and shakes hands and embraces with both Mike Tenay and Mick Foley before walking back to the stage, waving goodbye to the fans once more and then disappearing behind the curtain.

Mike Tenay: I want to echo the sentiments of every single professional wrestling fan here tonight and watching at home when I say thank you to Sting. Thank you for everything you’ve done for this business, Steve, thank you for being with this great company for four years and helping TNA so much, and thank you for giving me the privilege of watching you in the ring.

Mick Foley: Once in a while, a personality, let alone a wrestler, the likes of which we’ve never seen before, enters a wrestling ring and redefines what this business is about. Sting was one of those guys, and I will greatly miss seeing him in the ring, and every day when I come to work here.

Mike Tenay: It won’t be the same around here without you, Steve. However, that is a career-changing victory for ‘The Pope’ D’Angelo Dinero, beating a legend of the business in his last-ever match, truly sensational for Dinero.

The camera then cuts backstage, where Christy Hemme is standing with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles.

Christy Hemme: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m standing with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles who in a few moments will defend his title against four of the top TNA stars in a King of the Mountain Match. What are your thoughts?

AJ Styles: My thoughts? Christy, I think I’m feelin’ great! It’s the eight-year celebration of TNA, the company which I’ve been a part of since day one, June 19 2002, and we’re celebratin’ right here in Anaheim!

Cheap pop from the crowd.

AJ Styles: Y’know, over the past few weeks I’ve heard people say that there’s no chance of AJ Styles walkin’ out of Slammiversary tonight still as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. And hey, I can understand that. I’ve gotta’ defend this title against four other guys in a match where it’s not about pinfalls or submissions, it’s about climbin’ a ladder and hanging this title belt in the air. But then again, that’s what they’ve been sayin’ for the nine months I’ve held this title, even when it’s a one-on-one match, they always say that AJ Styles’ time is up, well it ain’t!

Styles takes some deep breaths, calming himself down.

AJ Styles: I’ve done it all here in TNA, Christy. Every single title there is for me to win, I’ve won it! But, I’ve never won the King of the Mountain Match. That’s the one accomplishment in this company that has alluded me. TNA’s makin’ history tonight, well I’m gonna make some of my own by walkin’ out of Anaheim still the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

AJ walks out of the shot to a big pop from the crowd, before cutting back to the announce table with Mike Tenay and Mick Foley.

Mike Tenay: We just heard from ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles, who in a few moments’ time will be defending his TNA World Heavyweight Championship which he has held for nine months ever since No Surrender last year, against Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson and Samoa Joe in the annual King of the Mountain Match.

Mick Foley: I can’t believe it, Professor, the King of the Mountain Match is just moments away! Do you have goosebumps? Because I sure do.

Mike Tenay: Same here, Mick. Our Slammiversary main event is next!

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The video begins with a shot of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Narrator: The TNA World Heavyweight Championship is the most prestigious belt in professional wrestling today.

Shot of a ladder in the ring in an empty Impact Zone with a spotlight shining down on it.

Narrator: And every year, it is defended in one of the most innovative matches to ever take place in TNA... the King of the Mountain Match.

Jeff Jarrett stood at the top of a ladder holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Narrator: This year, at the eight-year celebration of TNA, the tradition continues in the most star-studded King of the Mountain Match of all time.

AJ Styles standing in the ring holding the title as confetti falls from the ceiling at No Surrender 2009.

Narrator: The TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles...

Jeff Hardy posing on the second turnbuckle.

Narrator: ... defends against ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ Jeff Hardy...

Kurt Angle throwing his hands in the air on the stage.

Narrator: ‘The Olympic Gold Medallist’ Kurt Angle...

Mr. Anderson reaching for his microphone.

Narrator: Mr. Anderson...

Samoa Joe making a slit-throat gesture.

Narrator: And ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ Samoa Joe.

The camera cuts to Joe in an interview studio.

Samoa Joe: I’ve won the King of the Mountain Match before. And I would have won it last year too if I hadn’t handed the title over to Kurt Angle. So Kurt, you can say that you’ve won two of them but you have me to thank for that, and on Sunday... I will become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and nothing’s gonna stop me from doing that this time.

Cut to Angle.

Kurt Angle: To be honest, I’m not bothered about my past King of the Mountain wins. It’s never good to live in the past for too long and hey, everything’s changed here in TNA this year. I mean, you’ve got Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy in the mix this year, two big stars who are in their first King of the Mountain Match. Then you’ve got AJ Styles and Samoa Joe in there too, two guys who eat, sleep and breathe TNA and have a great chance, but hey... I’m Kurt Angle.

Cut to Hardy.

Jeff Hardy: People have been saying that I can’t win on Sunday because I haven’t been in a King of the Mountain Match before. Those critics obviously don’t know exactly who I am, because I am a pioneer of the Ladder Match. That’s an advantage I have that everybody else in the match doesn’t have, a very big advantage, and you may just see Jeff Hardy become TNA World Heavyweight Champion for the first time on June 13.

Cut to Anderson.

Mr. Anderson: OK, so I’m not exactly renowned for my prowess with ladders. Let’s take a look at who’s won the match before; Jeff Jarrett... who’s he? Didn’t I beat his ass last month? I think I did. Hmm, who else? I’m gonna skip Raven because nobody cares about that guy... Kurt Angle, the guy who had to have Samoa Joe hand the title to him last year... Joe’s won it too, and he’s a big, fat tub of goo. But the next guy on that list... is moi.

Cut to Styles.

AJ Styles: I’ve been in three King of the Mountain Matches before, and I’ve never won it. Come on, it just has to happen. I was the first-ever Grand Slam Champion here in TNA, the company I’ve been a big part of since June 19 2002, the beginning of TNA. Sunday, it’s the eight-year celebration of TNA, and we’re gonna get the party started with ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles retaining the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

A graphic of the five men with a Slammiversary logo on it appears on the screen, before cutting back to Hardy.

Jeff Hardy: Jeff Hardy winning the King of the Mountain Match is just meant to be... you can’t fight fate.

Kurt Angle: Kurt Angle’s gonna do it again. Oh, it’s real... it’s damn real!

Samoa Joe: You get in my way on Sunday... I’ll hurt you more with my bare hands than a Ladder ever could.

Mr. Anderson: The winner of the match, and the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion... MIIIISSSTTAAAAHHH ANNNDDDEEEERRRSSSOONNNN... ANNNDDDEEEERRRSSSOONNNN!!

AJ Styles: How is my victory on Sunday gonna taste? Simply phenomenal.

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Back in the Anaheim Convention Center, the camera is backstage where Jeff Hardy is walking down a corridor with luminous green and white facepaint on. It follows him on his journey until cutting back to the stage as “Modest” blares out and Hardy walks out, getting a big pop from the crowd. Jeff dances around on the stage before jogging down the ramp, high-fiving some fans and running under a ladder before sliding under the ropes into the ring. He climbs to the second rope in the corner and poses for the crowd before climbing back down.

Mike Tenay: Jeff Hardy is the first out to the ring, he defeated ‘The Icon’ Sting to earn his place in this match tonight which right off the bat solidifies the fact that Jeff deserves to be here tonight at Slammiversary.

Mick Foley: That man right there is my pick for this match, Mike. Hardy has the experience advantage over everybody else in this match when it comes to matches involving Ladders, and I honestly think Jeff will walk out of Anaheim as the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

Then, the camera cuts backstage again and we see Kurt Angle on his way to the ring. He is holding his dog tag which is around his neck in the palm of his hand, looking down at it as he walks along before cutting away. “Gold Metal” hits to cheers from the crowd and Angle ascends up to the stage from his elevator, throwing his arms into the air as his pyro goes off. Kurt then walks down the ramp and enters the ring, posing for the fans before removing his T-shirt and dog tag.

Mike Tenay: Jeff Hardy may have experience in Ladder Matches but that man right there, Kurt Angle, is arguably the best professional wrestler in the world.

Mick Foley: But to be fair, Mike, two other guys who also can claim to be the best wrestler in the world are in this match; AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. However, Angle has more King of the Mountain wins than anybody else in this match tonight, which will undoubtedly give him some confidence.

We then see Samoa Joe walking backstage towards the ring, with his head held high and his trademark white towel hanging over the back of his shoulders. “Nation Of Violence” plays and Joe walks through the curtain, getting a pop from the crowd. He makes a slit-throat gesture and raises his hand in the air as his pyro goes off before walking down the ramp, stepping into the ring and posing for the fans again before taking his towel and throwing it out of the ring.

Mike Tenay: Samoa Joe was on the winning side this past Thursday on Impact in that Tag Team Match against Angle and Hardy despite the fact that he didn’t make the pin albeit due to his partner tagging himself in, but Joe does still have good momentum going into this match.

Mick Foley: Joe has a King of the Mountain victory under his belt too, he won this match back in 2008 and is to this day the only man to ever retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a King of the Mountain Match. Joe looks pretty calm and composed right now, and I can’t blame him at all, Professor.

Backstage, Mr. Anderson walks out of a room with a smirk on his face and walks down the corridor, mobilising his shoulders by rolling them forwards repeatedly. In the Arena, the lights go out and “Feedback” hits, with a spotlight shining down on the stage moments later and revealing Anderson who is standing there getting a lot of heat from the crowd. Ken looks like he is about to reach into the air for his microphone but instead changes his mind and saunters down the ramp whilst chewing some gum. He steps into the ring and removes his ‘Pro Wresting is real, people are fake’ T-shirt and throwing it to the floor on the outside.

Mike Tenay: We talked about Joe being on the winning side last Thursday on Impact... well that was his partner, Mr. Anderson who looks assured of victory tonight like he always does.

Mick Foley: Anderson does seem kinda cautious in there though, Mike, seeing as Joe is also standing in the ring and he attacked Anderson after their victory on Impact.

Then, we see AJ Styles walking to the ring backstage, his face covered by the hood on his navy blue jacket with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship strapped around his waist. In the Arena, “Get Ready To Fly” blares out to a big pop and pyro rain falls from the ceiling. When it stops, we see Styles standing on the stage with his back turned and he spins around, flicking his hood back and jumping up before throwing his arms out to the side. With a grin on his face, AJ walks down the ramp and high-fives some fans before entering the ring and running off the ropes, posing for the crowd again. Jeremy Borash then enters the ring with a microphone.

Jeremy Borash: The following contest, live from the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, is a King of the Mountain Match and is for the TNA Heavyweight Championship of the world! When the bell rings, the man in charge is TNA Senior Official, Earl Hebner.

BIG POP~! Not really.

Jeremy Borash: And now... ladies and gentlemen, introducing first of all the challengers. Standing to my left, weighing in at 215 pounds, from Cameron, North Carolina, he is ‘The Charismatic Enigma’... Jeff Hardy!

The camera cuts to Hardy who gets a big pop, before cutting back to Borash.

Jeremy Borash: Also standing to my left... weighing in at 241 pounds, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he is professional wrestling’s only Olympic Gold Medallist... Kurt Angle!

Cheers for Angle, who raises his hands in the air.

Jeremy Borash: Standing to my right... weighing in at 280 pounds, from the Isle of Samoa, he is ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’... Samoa Joe!

More cheers for Joe, who nods his head in acknowledgement.

Jeremy Borash: Also standing to my right... weighing in at 245 pounds, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, he is... Mr. Anderson!

Anderson smirks and spits his gum out, as he gets huge heat from the crowd.

Jeremy Borash: And now... weighing in at 216 pounds, from Gainesville, Georgia... he is the reigning, defending TNA Heavyweight Champion of the World... ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles!

Styles unstraps his title from around his waist and holds it up to a big pop from the crowd, before handing it to Hebner as Borash leaves the ring. Earl holds the belt high in the air before passing it out of the ring and allowing the match to get underway.

Match Eight
AJ Styles © vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Samoa Joe
TNA World Heavyweight Championship King of the Mountain Match

The bell rings for the main event match of the night to get underway and the Anaheim Convention Center suddenly explodes with cheers. All five men stand still in the ring, waiting for somebody to make a move, and it happens when Samoa Joe makes a slit-throat gesture and suddenly goes after Mr. Anderson! As soon as Joe does, the tag team partners from the main event this past Thursday on Impact, Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle, target the TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles and take him down to the mat. Joe gets Anderson in the corner and begins to unload on him with rapid left and right blows, before turning his back and then jumping and spinning around in the air, hitting Anderson with the CCS Enzuigiri! Anderson falls to the canvas in a heap and Joe forces him under the ropes and out of the ring, following him out there as it becomes apparent that ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ is picking up where he left off this past Thursday on Impact. Meanwhile, in the ring Angle gets Styles back to his feet and sets him up in the corner. Him and Hardy take turns in hitting AJ with knife-edge chops to the chest, with the crowd shouting ‘Wooooo!’ every time.

Outside the ring, Anderson is down on the floor and Joe gets him to his feet. He takes the loudmouth half-way up the ramp and then takes him towards the steel security rail. With a lot of fans crowded around nearby, Joe targets Anderson’s mid-section with recurrent blows before taking him backwards, and then throwing Anderson over the security rail and into the crowd! The fans go wild and chant ‘Joe! Joe! Joe!’ as they bombard Anderson who is on the floor, the Green Bay native now no longer visible. Joe then makes his way back towards the ring and slides in under the ropes. Angle and Hardy are still double-teaming Styles, with the two of them taking turns at hitting ‘The Phenomenal One’ on the mat with stomps. Joe grabs Jeff by the hair and pulls him away, hitting him with some right hands. He subsequently Irish whips Hardy into the ropes, before hitting ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ with a Powerslam! Joe makes a cover attempt, One! Two! Kick-out on two from Jeff. Joe gets back to his feet and sees Angle punching away at Styles in the corner, lifting Kurt up and hitting him with a Back Suplex.

Joe gets back up again and AJ is now the only other competitor in this match on his feet, albeit barely. Joe and Styles have a stare-down, which is cut short when AJ runs out of the corner towards him, but ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ hits him with a STJoe! Joe then runs off the ropes, and hits a Running Senton on the TNA World Heavyweight Champion! Joe gets back up and he is now in control, but behind his back Kurt Angle gets back up and attacks him from behind with a clubbing blow to the back. In response, Joe slowly turns around to face Angle with a scowl on his face, and Jeff Hardy gets back to his feet. He runs towards Joe, but he is thrown through the ropes and goes head-first into the steel security rail on the outside of the ring! Joe turns back to face Kurt and Angle says ‘Now, where were we?’ before they prepare to lock up, but Kurt catches Joe off guard with a kick to the mid-section. Angle hits him with a European Uppercut which sends Joe backwards into the ropes. Kurt tries to Irish whip him across the ring only for it to be countered, but Angle comes back off the ropes and takes Joe down with an impactful Clothesline!

Kurt throws his arms in the air and shouts ‘Yeah!’ but now Mr. Anderson has re-entered the picture, quietly sliding into the ring and taking Angle down with a chop block. Anderson then viciously stomps away at Kurt, not showing any remorse, and he then gets him to his feet, throwing Angle into the corner and going shoulder-first into the steel ring-post! Kurt falls backwards down to the mat but now the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Styles is back up. Anderson goes for a right hand but AJ blocks it, going for one of his own but Anderson ducks it and then pulls him into a headlock. Styles pushes Anderson away and he comes off the ropes, going back towards AJ but he leapfrogs him. Ken comes off the ropes again, but Styles nails him with a picture-perfect Dropkick! ‘The Phenomenal One’ springs back up to his feet and throws his arms out to the side, shouting ‘That’s why I’m the best damn wrestler in the world!’ but when he turns around Samoa Joe is standing there and Joe grabs him, nailing Styles with an Exploder Suplex which sends AJ over to the other side of the ring!

Mr. Anderson is now back up, leaning against the ropes, but so is Kurt Angle, and Angle Clotheslines Anderson over the top rope, taking Anderson as well as himself out of the ring and down to the concrete floor! Jeff Hardy is nearby on the outside sat up against the steel security rail holding his head, but in the ring Joe has Styles on his feet and at his mercy. He lifts AJ up onto his shoulder and runs towards the corner, going for the Snake Eyes, but Styles escapes and slips off Joe’s shoulders. Joe stops himself from running into the turnbuckles, but when he turns around AJ jumps up, wraps his legs around his head and hits Joe with a Hurricanrana! Outside the ring, Anderson and Angle are fighting. Kurt has the upper hand over the loudmouth competitor and he tries to slam his head into the steel security rail, but Anderson counters with a low blow from the boot! Angle clutches his gut in pain and Anderson grabs him by his red, white and blue singlet, throwing Kurt head-first into the steel penalty box! The penalty box rattles violently as Angle falls to the concrete floor and Anderson looks on with a sick grin on his face.

Jeff Hardy is now back up and he slowly slides under the ropes, but before he can fully get back in the ring Anderson pulls him back out by his legs. Hardy lands on his feet on the outside, but Anderson immediately gets him in position and nails Hardy with a nasty-looking Mic Drop on the concrete floor! A lot of the fans react with an ‘Ohhhh’ as ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ looks out cold on the concrete floor and Anderson picks his lifeless body up, lifting it back into the ring. Ken then enters the ring and hooks Hardy’s legs, making the cover: One! Two! Three!

Mr. Anderson pins Jeff Hardy at 8:04; Anderson is now eligible

Mr. Anderson can now become the King of the Mountain! Anderson quickly leaves the ring and lifts up the ring apron, revealing a Ladder. Ken lifts up the Ladder, holding it across his chest, but in the ring Samoa Joe rebounds off the ropes and runs across the ring, going through the ropes and taking out Anderson with an Elbow Suicida, luckily not making contact with the Ladder! Anderson falls to the floor and amazingly, Joe manages to land on his feet. With the crowd cheering and chanting ‘TNA! TNA! TNA!’, a nonchalant Joe brushes off his shoulder before re-entering the ring where the TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles is down on the mat, whilst Jeff Hardy is helped by the referee Dave Hebner out of the ring and into the penalty box. Joe gets him to his feet and Irish whips him into the corner of the ring. ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ walks towards him and lifts AJ to the top rope. Joe tries to get him in position for the Muscle Buster, but Styles fights back with some kicks to the chest and he manages to hit Joe with a kick to the head which sends him staggering backwards into the middle of the ring. AJ takes a moment to find his footing, before jumping from the top rope and connecting with a Flying Tornado DDT on Samoa Joe!

Styles then turns Joe over onto his back and makes the cover, One! Two! No! Joe gets the shoulder up on two-and-a-half! AJ almost pinned Joe there but to no avail, and Mr. Anderson is still the only competitor in this King of the Mountain Match eligible to win the match. The countdown has now finished, and the penalty box door opens for Jeff Hardy to come out. A groggy Hardy exits the penalty box and immediately goes after Anderson, getting him to his feet and nailing Anderson with a Twist of Fate on the concrete floor! Ken motionlessly lies on his stomach on the concrete floor and Jeff slowly gets to his feet, searching under the ring and revealing a Table. Hardy lifts up the Table and sets it up outside the ring, then getting an incredibly disorientated Anderson to his feet and lifting him onto the Table. ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ subsequently climbs onto the ring apron and then climbs to the top rope, before reaching his destination on top of the penalty box. The crowd begin to cheer and Hardy looks around the Anaheim Convention Center, posing for them before taking a deep breath... and jumping from the top of the box, hitting Mr. Anderson with a Swanton Bomb from the top of the penalty box through a Table outside the ring!

The Anaheim crowd go nuts, chanting ‘Holy s**t!’ and ‘TNA!’ as Hardy lies on top of Anderson surrounded by shards of broken table. We see a replay of that incredible Swanton Bomb before rejoining the action in the ring, and Angle and Styles are working together in wearing down Samoa Joe, who has been arguably the dominant force so far in this King of the Mountain Match. They both kick Joe in the mid-section, before both applying a front facelock and lifting him up, hitting Joe with a Double Suplex. Afterwards, Styles immediately goes for the cover, One! Two! Angle pulls AJ away by his legs. Kurt then goes for the cover himself, One! Styles pulls Angle away. Kurt gets to his feet and him and AJ have a heated staredown in the middle of the ring. It lasts for a few moments, until Angle slaps Styles across the face! The crowd react with ‘Ohhhh’s and AJ immediately reacts, flooring Kurt with a double-leg takedown! Styles unloads on Angle with blows and Kurt fights back, until both men get back on their feet. AJ hits Kurt with some right hands before rebounding off the ropes and running towards him, going for a Clothesline, but Angle ducks it and then hits Styles with the Angle Slam! Kurt immediately covers: One! Two! Three!

Kurt Angle pins AJ Styles at 12:30; Angle is now eligible

Angle gets back to his feet and leaves the ring, lifting up the Ladder which Mr. Anderson took out earlier in the match and sliding it under the ropes into the ring. The referee Dave Hebner takes the TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt and hands it to Kurt who enters the ring, before Hebner then helps AJ out of the ring and into the penalty box. Before Angle can set up the Ladder, Samoa Joe attacks him with a blow to the back, causing AJ to drop the belt, and he Irish whips him into the corner of the ring. Joe then runs forward and hits Kurt with a CCS Enzuigiri, before lifting him to the top rope. Joe lifts Angle up and gets him in position, before nailing Kurt with the Muscle Buster! However, Jeff Hardy has now re-emerged and he immediately climbs to the top rope as Joe makes the cover: One! Two! Three- No! Hardy breaks up the cover with a Swanton Bomb onto Joe and Angle! Several moments later, Jeffgets back to his feet and gets Angle to his feet, kicking him in the mid-section, lifting him up and hitting him with an Inverted Sitout Suplex Slam! Hardy slowly turns Kurt over onto his back and makes the cover, One! Two! Three- No! Angle somehow manages to get the shoulder up a split-second before the three count!

Jeff gets back to his feet and gets Joe back up to his feet. He goes for a kick to the mid-section, but Joe catches his foot and floors him with a leg sweep. He holds onto Jeff’s leg and then grabs his other, catapulting Hardy into the corner of the ring and sending him face-first into the top turnbuckle! Jeff falls backwards down to the mat, and then the countdown finishes and AJ Styles is let out of the penalty box. Styles climbs onto the ring apron and jumps onto the ropes, springboarding off of them and hitting Joe with a Flying Forearm Smash to the back of the head! Joe falls to the mat and ‘The Phenomenal One’ gets back to his feet, lifting Angle up from the mat by his legs and hooking his arms, hitting him with the Styles Clash! Styles turns ‘The Olympic Gold Medallist’ over onto his back and makes the cover: One! Two! Three!

AJ Styles pins Kurt Angle at 15:28; Styles is now eligible

Styles gets back to his feet and takes the Ladder which is lying on the mat near the corner of the ring, setting it up in the middle as Kurt Angle is helped out of the ring and into the penalty box. AJ picks up the title and begins to slowly climb the Ladder, but as he approaches the top, Mr. Anderson finally re-emerges and enters the ring, pushing the Ladder over and causing Styles to fall off and crash into the ropes! AJ falls to the mat and Anderson takes the Ladder which is leaning against the ropes, taking the belt and beginning to climb the Ladder, but before he can even reach half-way up, Samoa Joe wraps his hands around Anderson’s throat and applies the Coquina Clutch! Anderson drops the title to the mat and Joe lifts him up to take him off the Ladder, then falling back to the mat and wrapping his legs around Ken’s waist, and Anderson begins to tap!

Samoa Joe submits Mr. Anderson at 16:10; Joe is now eligible

Joe is now eligible to win this King of the Mountain Match but he refuses to let go of Anderson, keeping the pressure applied. Anderson soon passes out and Joe still doesn’t let go of him despite Ken being unconscious, but several referees rush to the ring and force Joe to let go. Joe gets back to his feet and picks up the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, climbing up the Ladder. However, when he is half-way up Jeff Hardy gets back to his feet and stops Joe from going any further with some clubbing blows to the back of ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’. Jeff brings Joe back down the Ladder, just as the two minutes is up for Kurt Angle, and Angle leaves the penalty box, re-entering the ring as a still-unconscious Mr. Anderson is finally put into the penalty box. Kurt immediately targets Hardy, wrapping his hands around his waist and hitting Jeff with a German Suplex! Angle holds on and gets Hardy up again, hitting a second German Suplex! Kurt isn’t done though and he gets Jeff up once more, hitting a third and final German Suplex! Angle gets back to his feet, but Samoa Joe immediately hits Kurt over the back of the head with the title belt!

‘The Olympic Gold Medallist’ falls to the mat and Joe begins to climb the Ladder with the title, but so does AJ Styles on the other side. F0r the first time in this match, two competitors are on the Ladder with the title in the balance and both men reach the top of the Ladder. AJ and Joe begin to trade blows at the top of the Ladder, Styles gaining the upper hand in the exchange but that advantage proves to be costly, as he causes Joe to drop the title belt which falls down to the canvas! You can’t win the match without the title belt, and the two minutes is now up for Mr. Anderson, but Anderson is still unconscious so he remains in the penalty box with the door open. Joe and Styles continue to fight, and AJ once again gains the advantage, slamming Joe’s face into the top of the Ladder! Styles then attempts the impossible, reaching over the Ladder and slightly lifting up Joe’s legs! AJ looks like he is trying to go for the Styles Clash, but Joe manages to free his legs and he brings them back down, then countering and sending AJ off the top of the Ladder and down to the mat with a Back Body Drop!

Joe is now alone at the top of the Ladder, but he doesn’t have the TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt, which is down on the mat. Joe turns to look directly down at Styles, before jumping off the top of the Ladder and hitting AJ with a Senton! The crowd cheer and chant ‘TNA!’ as Joe lies on top of Styles for several moments until he gets back to his feet, but Jeff Hardy is now up and he kicks Joe in the mid-section, laying Joe out with the Twist of Fate! Hardy then slowly climbs to the top rope and poses for the Anaheim crowd, before connecting with the Swanton Bomb! Jeff stays on top of Joe, and the cover is made: One! Two! Three!

Jeff Hardy pins Samoa Joe at 20:26; Hardy is now eligible

Hardy is now eligible to win the match, and that now means all five competitors in this King of the Mountain Match are eligible. Jeff gets to his feet and picks up the TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt, subsequently making the long journey up the Ladder whilst Samoa Joe is helped into the penalty box and an unconscious Mr. Anderson is brought out before being left to lie on the concrete floor. Hardy is almost at the top of the Ladder, but Kurt Angle climbs up behind him, and hits Jeff with a German Suplex off the Ladder down to the mat! Angle and Hardy lie side-by-side on the canvas as the crowd cheer, and n0w AJ Styles is back up. A groggy AJ picks up the title and slowly begins to climb the Ladder, but then none other than Ric Flair walks out onto the stage! The crowd cheer for Flair, with a lot of ‘Wooooo’s’ heard in the Anaheim Convention Center, and Styles looks on in confusion as Ric makes a motion to the curtain...

... and Desmond Wolfe, James Storm and Matt Morgan walk out onto the stage!

The crowd then begin to boo and Flair points to the ring, saying ‘Get ‘em’, and Morgan, Storm and Wolfe then head down the ramp! Wolfe has a bandage on his head and around his ribs from his Last Man Standing Match with Rob Van Dam earlier in the night, but he has made it out here, and Desmond has a Steel Chair. The trio enter the ring, and Wolfe slams the Steel Chair into AJ’s skull, causing him to drop the title and fall off the Ladder down to the mat! Desmond then leaves the ring and stands in front of the locked penalty box, saying to the referee Dave Hebner ‘You’re not even gonna try to open this door, do you hear me?!’ but meanwhile, Morgan gets Kurt Angle to his feet only to hit him with the Carbon Footprint! ‘The Blueprint’ then holds up Jeff Hardy for Storm, and Storm nails Hardy with the Last Call! AJ, Angle and Hardy are all down and out and Wolfe picks up Mr. Anderson, lifting him into the ring. Morgan lifts Anderson up onto the Ladder and Ken then regains consciousness, slowly climbing up the remainder of the Ladder. Storm hands the title to him, and Anderson hangs up the title! We have a new TNA World Heavyweight Champion!

Mr. Anderson def. AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle & Samoa Joe to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at 23:08

“Feedback” plays to tremendous heat from the crowd and a grinning Mr. Anderson grabs hold of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, kissing it over and over again before holding it high in the air. Ric Flair watches and applauds along with Desmond Wolfe, James Storm and Matt Morgan as Anderson sits at the top of the ladder and unhooks the title, looking at it with a blank look on his face before turning to the crowd and grinning. As fans throw garbage into the ring, Anderson climbs down the ladder and subsequently climbs to the second rope in the corner to hold up his newly-won belt, then responding to the negative reaction he gets with two middle fingers to the incensed crowd before climbing down and climbing back up the ladder again to sit at the top of it in triumph to close the show.

Mike Tenay: What the hell is this? Desmond Wolfe, James Storm and Matt Morgan interfere in the King of the Mountain Match under Ric Flair’s orders, paving the way for Mr. Anderson to win the match and become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion! This is bullsh*t, that’s what it is!

Mick Foley: I couldn’t agree more, Professor, the most prestigious title in professional wrestling has been brought down to inconceivable lows by its new holder, Mr. Anderson. The way he won that match is an absolute disgrace, Mike.

Mike Tenay: We heard the speculation, after Ric Flair returned following a two-month absence this past Thursday on Impact, he said he came to the show to watch ‘his man’, and I think we now know it was Anderson!

Mick Foley: Four once again proves to be the magic number for ‘The Nature Boy’, but not for AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe, or the TNA fans.

Mike Tenay: Thanks for joining us tonight, ladies and gentlemen, but I’ll be damned if this is the way we’re going to remember the eight-year celebration of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling!

We see Anderson holding the title above his head at the top of the ladder and Flair, Morgan, Storm and Wolfe watching from the stage all with smiles on their faces with the trio having left the ring. We see shots of Angle, Hardy and Styles in the ring and Joe trapped in the penalty box with a livid look on his face, before cutting back to Anderson as the pay per view goes off the air...

*END SHOW*

Quick Results:
Motor City Machine Guns © def. Generation Me to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championships at 12:04
Daffney © def. Tara to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship at 7:17
Robert Roode def. James Storm at 11:25
Matt Morgan def. Hernandez at 14:47
Christopher Daniels © def. Shane Helms to retain the TNA X Division Championship at 13:34
Desmond Wolfe fought Rob Van Dam to a draw in a Last Man Standing Match at 20:08
D’Angelo Dinero def. Sting at 16:01
Mr. Anderson won the King of the Mountain Match to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at 23:07
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