TNA Slammiversary 2012
TNA Slammiversary 2012, Tonights TNA Slammiversary event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the company, which started in 2002. The live pay per view broadcast is taking place in Arlington, Texas in front of a huge capacity crowd. Probably one of their biggest in history. Here are the results from TNA Slammiversary 2012, as well as the hits and misses from the show.
Hit – Hulk Hogan Promo
Hulk Hogan begins the pay per view and comes out to a massive reaction. The arena looks solid, or at least close to it. It truly makes a difference on camera. The crowd goes wild for the former six time WWE Heavyweight Champion. If they could get these kinds of crowds for television, it would make Impact seem like a much bigger show. Hogan states he’s been around the block a few times. Hogan introduces the show, cuts a brief promo and leaves. The ring looks smaller than usual. Although I don’t care for pay per views that open with a promo, this wasn’t bad and it got Hulk Hogan in front of the crowd and on the screen. Short and sweet.
Hit – Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries
Joe is sporting a sweet Mohawk. My grandfather would say it looks like he got in a fight with a lawnmower. The two trade stiff kicks, with Joe getting the better of him. Aries goes for a suicide dive but gets kicked in the head by Joe. Aries finally hits a smooth looking suicide dive that knocks Joe off his feet and follows it up with a top rope dropkick. Joe is able to come back and hit a vicious powerbomb into a grapevine leglock into a STF. Aries gets put up on the top rope, but fights back and is able to land an impressive 450 splash. The crowd is really loud and into the match. I haven’t cared for their booking of Samoa Joe in the past, but so far, he looks really prodigious. After more intense back and forth action, Aries catches Joe in a brainbuster and gets the pin. An incredible match between both wrestlers, and truly an awesome way to start the pay per view. A definite hit. Glad to see Aries retain.
Miss – Kid Kash vs. Hernandez
Hernandez seems to have lost some size, and he looked like he was tripping over his own feet in the ring. Possible ring rust? Kash goes for a couple of submissions, including a cross armbreaker. Hernandez is such a big guy and he dwarfs Kash, yet Kash is just tearing him apart. It doesn’t make Kash look impressive, it just makes Hernandez look absurd. Hernandez, in a surprising feat, flies over the top rope and to the floor. That was really awesome. Similar to what The Undertaker does, except a little smoother. Hernandez hits a top rope splash for the pin. The last minute to 90 seconds was great, but everything before that was lackluster. Therefore, I will give this a miss. I still hate the small ring. It’s the same thing that bugged me about WCW.
Miss – Robbie E and Robbie T vs. Devon and Garrett Bischoff
Bischoff is the son of Eric Bischoff, and a personal beneficiary of nepotism. The crowd start to chant “You can’t wrestle,” but I’m not sure who they are talking about because it can be related to any one of the four. The Jersey Shore guys punch and kick Garrett, keeping it simple for the rookie Bischoff. A thin looking Madison Rayne looks on front atop the ramp. Hot tag to Devon, and the crowd comes alive. Is the shoulderblock the only move Devon knows? Apparently not, because he is able to hit a spinebuster for the pin. Looks like the matches are going downhill from the great opener.
Hit – Mr. Anderson vs. Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy
The next match is a number one contender match between three guys that I feel like I’ve watched wrestle each other, in some form or another, a million times. All three men are babyfaces, so I’m curious to see how they work the match out. They start out with some punches and kicks, which isn’t very babyface like. Anderson reverses a clothesline into a neckbreaker and gets a two count on Hardy. Mr. Anderson is able to execute a superplex on Hardy, and RVD misses a five star frog splash. The fans are into this, so I’ll give it to the crowd. They manage to execute a inventive three way pin, in which Anderson backslides RVD, and Hardy does a sit down split pin. I’ve never been a huge fan of any of these guys, whether in TNA or WWE, but there are some entertaining spots in the contest. Anderson hits the Mic Check on RVD for the three count. I felt the match was average at best, but the crowd reaction made it seem better than it was. For that, I’ll give it a hit.
Miss – Crimson vs. James Storm
Crimson made an open challenge to anybody to step in the ring and try to end his undefeated streak. The crowd chants “Goldberg.” And then James Storm appears. How very anti-climatic. The two brawl around a little while, and the crowd rallies behind Storm. James Storm hits a superkick to get the pin in less than five minutes. Well, that was a waste of a 470 day win streak.
Hit – Dixie Carter Announcement
President Dixie Carter comes down to the ring and thanks the legions of fans for attending the event. She announces that the crowd is the largest in TNA history (in the United States). Dixie calls out the TNA roster to thank them for their hard work over the last ten years. Dixie then announces Sting will be the first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. We get a touching video package of Sting’s TNA career. The crowd gives Sting a rousing ovation and chants “Thank You Sting.” Sting does a short speech, and we end the segment. That was good. Nice to see Sting get some recognition.
Hit – Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim
Tessmacher lands a few armdrags before the two go to ringside to fight. Tessmacher comes back with a beautifully executed hurricanrana, but a second attempt ends with Tessmacher landing neck first across the top rope. Gail Kim rides Tessmacher with strikes and shady chokes, but Tessmacher executes a neckbreaker to turn the tide. Tessmacher is able to reverse a back suplex for a quick pin on Gail Kim, winning the KO Championship. This match wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. Sloppy in some places, and just kind of dull. This may be why WWE keeps Divas matches short. It could go either way, but I’ll once again side with a hit, if only because the crowd popped like crazy for the win.
Miss – Bully Ray vs. Joseph Park
I find Bully Ray to be very entertaining, but this feud hasn’t done much for him. Joseph Park enters the ring wearing a black sweatsuit. They play up the “free shot,” with Park missing the first two chances. Park finally lands a slap, and then he gets blindsided by Ray. Crowd popped loudly for the slap. The match consisted of Parks playing the “I don’t know how to fight” role, and Bully as, well, a bully. It was pure sports entertainment. Park runs under the ring, and Abyss comes out from under the ring and chokeslams Bully Ray through the table. The culmination of a bad story. But it played out better than I thought it did. I wasn’t a hit, but not even close to being the dud I thought it would be.
Miss – Hulk Hogan Introduces Christian
General Manager Hulk Hogan comes out once again, this time just standing on the stage. Hogan introduces WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian, who comes out to a lukewarm reception. Christian puts over the fans for staying with TNA for the last ten years. It was cool seeing him on a TNA pay per view, but it wasn’t anything special. Christian introduces the number one moment in TNA history.
Hit – Kaz and Daniels vs. Kurt Angle and AJ Styles
A unique storyline comes to pass with four men who are no strangers to each other. This was one of the matches I was most looking forward to. The action starts off hot, with Styles and Kurt Angle getting the quick upper hand. Angle gets a loud crowd reaction when he tags in, as he and Styles hit a double suplex. Kaz hits a high kick to AJ Styles head, which causes AJ to get tied up near the ring post. This allows the heels to get the advantage. Kaz and Daniels hit a really inventive double team in which Daniels hip tosses Kazarian onto his prone opponent. AJ defends himself by reversing a suplex into a neck breaker. In a dazzling move, Angle lands a German suplex on both Kaz and Daniels at the same time. Very impressive. Another hot tag, this time to AJ, who is on fire. It’s crazy how talented these men really are. Towards the end, AJ Styles did a springboard shooting star press to the outside, which elicited a huge crowd reaction. Angle locks in the Ankle Lock and submits Kaz. Styles and Angle are the new TNA Tag Team Champions. Unbelievable match. Find a copy of this one.
Hit – Bobby Roode vs. Sting
The TNA Heavyweight Title is up for grabs in this bout. Sting defeated Roode two weeks ago in a non-title match. The video package before this match was done really well and gave this bout a big match feel. Roode plays the scared heel, bailing out of the ring when Sting approached him. Sting goes for two Scorpion Deathlocks early in the match, with Roode escaping both. Roode turns the tables, and clasps on a sleeper hold. Is Roode training with Brutus Beefcake? Sting comes back and reverses the sleeper, only to get dropped on the back of his head. Sting is able to comeback again and manage a superplex, then he locks in the Scorpion Deathlock. Roode gets to the ropes for the break. The two start fighting all over the arena. Sting drags the champion back to the ring, as the crowd chants “you still got it.” Sting hits a Stinger Splash onto Roode into the guardrail. Sting gets Roode to tap to the Scorpion Deathlock on top of the commentators table. Sting looks confused when the ref tells him he has to make him submit in the ring. That made me laugh. Sting has been wrestling for 20 years, he should know that. Roode hits Sting in the head with a beer bottle and gets the pin on Sting. Very good main event. (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
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