Impact: RVD sets up 4-way with his stroke
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on TNA Impact: Slammiversary is rapidly approaching and tonight, four of TNA's biggest stars will meet in a four-way match in the main event when TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam battles Sting, Samoa Joe and Matt Morgan. Should be a good one!
As always, tonight's taped show emanates from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla. "The Professor" Mike Tenay and The Tazz are our hosts.
Sting is out to start tonight's show. He says things have gone a little bit Hollywood lately. Things aren't what they seem. He says he doesn't owe anybody an explanation for what he's done lately, but there is meaning behind his actions and they will be known to everyone involved.
He moves onto Slammiversary, where he will face Rob Van Dam for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He says RVD is in the wrong place at the wrong time and when he does that, everyone's true colors will be exposed.
Then a video plays showing all of Sting's destruction and Eric Bischoff comes out with a crutch. He says Sting's been in the rafters avoiding the truth and Sting is not honest. He says unlike everyone else, Sting is putting himself in front of the company. He says he will continue putting the fans first tonight and Sting will be in action right now.
Match #1 - Sting (Venice Beach, Calif.) vs. Samoa Joe (American Samoa)
Bischoff tells Sting to turn around to see his opponent and there's Joe, who goes to work on Sting, dominating him. It's not too long before Matt Morgan runs in to attack Joe. This being TNA, it's not a DQ, though. Then RVD comes out to make the save.
Bischoff limps back out and says this will continue later on, only it will be a tag team match.
Then Hulk Hogan comes out. He says no disrespect to RVD, but since he is the champ, he's got some stroke. And RVD has his way and instead of it being a tag team match, it's going to be a four-way.
Christy is backstage with AJ Styles, who says he just found out he has a three-way with Jay Lethal and Kazarian. Then Ric Flair comes in and then Kazarian. Kazarian says he's going to make Ric proud tonight.
Match #2 - Rosey Lotta Love (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Roxxi (New Orleans, La.)
Rosey, of course, is the one who put Daffney out of commission a while back.
Rosey puts Roxxi in the corner and goes to use her rather ample backside to squash Roxxi, but she moves. Roxxi trying to get Rosey off her feet. Roxxi off the ropes, where she's hit in the back by Madison Rayne with the belt. Rayne yells at Rosey to capitalize, but she doesn't and gets small packaged.
Winner via pinfall: Roxxi
Rayne gets in Rosey's face after the match, giving her the business. So Rosey gives her a tree slam. Then she's interviewed on the ramp by Jeremy Borash and she says that she's going to take out each member of The Beautiful People. Then she kisses JB smack on the lips. (Tazz: "It finally happened!")
Match #3 - AJ Styles (Gainesville, Ga.) vs. Kazarian (Anaheim, Calif.) vs. Jay Lethal (Elizabeth, NJ)
Styles exits the ring and just stands there for the first few moments before jumping in and drilling Lethal with a clothesline. After Lethal takes an edge, Styles and Kazarian start bickering to Flair about each other's performance.
Lethal looks for a sunset flip over the top on Styles, but Kazarian pushes him out of the way and hits a Diamond Cutter on Lethal for two. That starts Styles and Kazarian trying to one-up each other. It ends with Styles telling Kazarian "you still suck!"
Then they decide to double-team Lethal and go to him but can't decide on what to do and Lethal gains a brief respite. It doesn't last long. They decide on a suplex but Kazarian goes for a back suplex and Styles wants a front suplex. Styles wants to go for a springboard but Kazarian backs into the ropes, forcing Styles to fall. He gets in Kazarian's faceonly to have Lethal come from behind and shove Styles into Kazarian and roll up Styles for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Jay Lethal
Flair is not happy. He says he gave Styles the gift of being his protege and he just got beat by Jay Lethal. Styles tries to deflect the blame to Kazarian but Flair goes off on him, telling him to go home and regroup and decide what he wants to be because he's not in his good graces.
Styles is backing up the ramp when Kurt Angle's music hits. They stare each other down. Styles just walks by and Angle comes to the ring. He'll speak after these
Angle is here to address Kazarian, saying he's here to show his proper respect before he makes him his first victim. Flair gets in Angle's face for not showing him any respect. Flair talks about how he put his son Reid on the phone with Angle when he was 12 about wanting to be the best amateur wrestler in the world. He says he's made it clear about how he feels about Angle, but now he doesn't feel like Angle understands that now they are talking about Flair's world — pro-wrestling. He says whatever Angle was as an amateur, Flair is 10 times that as a pro. He is God. He shows Angle his gold medals: His Hall of Fame ring and his Rolex. He says he's a big fan of Angle, but until he sees the respect coming back, he needs to hit the bricks just like AJ. He says he's been world champion more times than Angle has had women. He threatens to take off his sport coat when Angle doesn't leave. Angle then does leave but Flair calls him back to the ring. This is only to show Angle where he is in Flair's world. He says he'll leave first, just so Angle can hold the ropes for him. Angle holds the ropes for Flair and Flair starts strutting down the ramp only to be thrown off the ramp by Angle.
This brings Kazarian out and he goes to work on Angle only to be run off rather quickly. Flair does take off the sport coat and throws it at Angle, only to have Angle throw it right back. Then Angle stomps on his own coat. Kazarian picks it up and gives it to him and Flair just whips it at the camera. Ric Flair is awesome.
Styles is backstage throwing a fit. He says his only solution is to "kill Jay Lethal at Slammiversary."
Christy is in the ring and she welcomes Mr. Anderson to the ring, who apparently has a big announcement to make regarding his match at Slammiversary. But first he gets distracted by Christy's chest and backside. His announcement is that he and Jeff Hardy will face Beer Money at the pay-per-view.
Beer Money comes out to confront both Anderson and Hardy and they engage in a pull-apart brawl.
Match #4 - Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC) vs. James Storm (Leiper's Fork, Tenn.)
Storm just going to town on Hardy but he can't get anywhere. He gets frustrated and grabs a chair from the crowd. The referee takes it away and Storm picks Hardy up but is reversed and Hardy hits a jawbreaker. They exchange "boo/yay" punches. Hardy comes out on top. He puts Storm in the corner and sets the chair up for the Hardy Boyz dive. Hardy sets Storm up for the Twist of Fate but Storm reverses briefly. Hardy hits a front suplex and goes to the top and Storm crotches him. Storm goes up and goes for a rana but Hardy hangs on and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two.
Storm is in the ropes and grabs his beer and spits some in Hardy's face and hits the Eye of the Storm but Hardy kicks out. Storm goes to hit Hardy with the chair but Hardy ducks and Storm hits the ropes and it deflects back into his face. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb and it's academic from there.
Winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy
Match #5 - Robert Roode (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Mr. Anderson (Green Bay, Wisc.)
Roode in control, working a head vice. Anderson gets out and goes for the Mic Check but Roode elbows his way out. He goes for the rolling senton but Roode rips the eyes. Anderson goes for a sunset flip but Roode sits down and grabs the rope for the fall.
Winner via pinfall: Robert Roode
Match #6 - Desmond Wolfe (London, England) & Orlando Jordan (Miami, Fla.) vs. Abyss (Parts Unknown) & Rob Terry (Cardiff, Wales)
Wolfe goes to work on the sliced arm of Abyss early. Jordan in with a double-sledge on it. He continues the work. Abyss fires up and knocks Jordan out of the ring, right near Chelsea. He gives her the googly eyes and she slaps him. Wolfe gives her the business only to be attacked by Chelsea. In the ring, Terry hits Jordan with the Freak Buster.
Winners via pinfall: Rob Terry & Abyss
Match #7 - Matt Morgan (Fairfield, Conn.) vs. Sting (Venice Beach, Calif.) vs. Samoa Joe (American Samoa) vs. Rob Van Dam (Battle Creek, Mich.)
RVD dispatches of Sting and then the crowd roars for the battle between he and Joe, but Morgan and Sting enter the ring and take them out.
Sting and Joe going at it and Joe drills Sting with a kick for two when Morgan breaks it up. Morgan hits a sidewalk slam on Joe and lays out RVD, as well. He sets RVD up in the corner and hits him with rapid fire elbows. He then sees someone in the crowd and it distracts him. This allows Joe to hit the Musclebuster on him. RVD kicks him, though before he can cover and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash on Morgan for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Rob Van Dam
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