AJ Styles is the new TNA Champion, beating Bully Ray in a fantastic match-up that topped off a brilliant PPV from TNA.
The show began with a star studded Ultimate X match that saw Chris Sabin, Manik, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries fight it out for the X Division Championship. The match was full of crazy moves, fast-paced action and hard hitting (thanks, Joe) and ended up with Sabin winning the title via a distraction from girlfriend Velvet Sky, thus continuing and developing his cocky heel gimmick.
Abyss returned, attacking Bad Influence.
Then came the surprise of the night. Bro-Mans (Robbie E and Jesse) defeated Gunner and James Storm to win the Tag Titles. The match itself was an entertaining tag match with Jesse showing off how far he’s come in the ring since first debuting as just another reality contestant TNA want for ratings. Fist pumps all round!
Gail Kim won the Knockouts Title after defeating champion ODB and Velvet Sky after the mysterious and powerful Lei’d Tapa got involved and helped Gail get the win. Tapa, a huge figure that dwarfs most other Knockouts, should feature prominently in the Knockouts division going forward in the next year.
Kurt Angle then respectfully declined TNA’s Hall of Fame invite, saying that he will accept when he’s ready but for now he wants to prove himself and be better than ever. He didn’t get off to a good start though, losing to Bobby Roode in an excellent technical match-up. Taz said on commentary how Roode and Angle are two of the best in the world today and I have to agree. Roode has been on fire over the past number of years since winning the TNA Title and Angle is as intense as ever. A standout match on an already great card.
Ethan Carter III defeated Norv Fernan (also known as Peter Avalon in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla) in EC3’s debut match.
Magnus got the best of Sting in a match that was billed as a passing of the torch ceremony. A match that was supposed to put Magnus on the map. While it was a good match I don’t think it did either of these things, except for tease a potential rivalry after Magnus cockily obliged Sting’s handshake after the match. Magnus is a star though and TNA have a future world champion in him.
Finally AJ Styles defeated Bully Ray to win the TNA Title in a great main event that simply topped off an excellent night for TNA. AJ Styles is finally back on top of the house that AJ built; a place where The Phenomenal One hasn’t been since 2010.
GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO WATCH THIS SHOW. For UK viewers, it is available on Challenge on Wednesday 23 October at 9pm.
You can view photos of the event on TNA’s official website here.