Another lock up and this time Kash backs Aries into the corner. Kash tries to chop Aries but Aries ducks it and chops Kash instead. Aries bails to the outside and Kash gives chase. They head back into the ring and Kash connects with a hip toss, then arm drag, then a poke to the eye. Aries takes Kash down to the mat, then hits a beautiful dropkick to a seated Kash. Aries locks in a head lock and Kash backs Aries into the ropes to break it up. Both men grab each other’s ears, but it’s broken up quickly. Kash catches Aries with a nasty chop before taking him to the mat with a huge clothesline that’s good for a two count.
Aries is able to catch Kash with a roll up and both men trade back and forth pin attempts, but neither can score the three count. Aries bails to the outside, and Kash is quick to follow. Aries heads back into the ring and drops a knee on Kash as soon as he’s back in the ring. Aries picks up Kash and slams him down to the mat, but he misses a fist drop. Kash comes right back with a big clothesline before sending Aries to the outside and following. Kash chops Aries while he’s standing up against the ring post. When he tries to do it a second time, Aries ducks and Kash’s hand connects with the ring post. Aries sends Kash back into the ring and grabs the title belt, bringing it back into the ring. Kash catches Aries with a roll up and puts his feet on the ropes but the ref sees it. Aries goes for the pin but he also tries to cheat and is also caught. Kash sends Aries out to the floor and launches himself out on top of Aries with a nice tope.
Kash sends Aries back into the ring, but Aries sends Kash right back out to the floor and then connects with the heat seeking missile, sending Kash into the barricade hard. Aries sends Kash back into the ring, then hits a neckbreaker across the middle rope. Aries rolls back into the ring and goes for the pin but he’s only able to get the two count. Aries takes out his frustrations, hitting Kash with rights and elbows. Kash comes back, but Aries picks Kash up and drops him down chest first on Aries’ knee. Aries slams Kash down to the mat before hitting the pendulum elbow for another two count.
Aries tries for the brainbuster, but Kash fights it off. Aries tries for another but Kash reverses. Kash atches Aries with a big right hand and goes for the pin, but Aries is able to kick out at two. Kash takes Aries into the corner, sending him hard across the ring once, then again. Kash misses with a moonsault press before picking Aries up and slamming him down chest first into the mat. Kash goes for the pin but he still can’t get three.
Aries fights off Kash with a belly to back suplex. Aries goes to the top, but he’s crotched by Kash. Kash pulls Aries down to the mat and goes to the top himself, but he too is crotched. Aries goes up to the top with Kash, but Kash fights back. Kash attempts a powerbomb from the top, but Aries is able to reverse it into a hurricarana is a really scary spot.
Both men are slow to get to their feet, and when they do they trade rights in the middle of the ring. Kash scores with some nasty chops that send Aries to his knees. Kash gets Aries in a double underhook, but Aries blocks it, hitting a shinbreaker/belly to back suplex combination. Aries goes for the dropkick in the corner, but Kash gets a boot up to stop him. Kash goes for the double underhook again, but Aries reverses. Aries avoids a splash in the corner. Aries pulls out a weapon, but the ref catches him. Kash also has weapon and he’s caught. Aries grabs the belt and hands it to Kash, and it’s promptly taken away by the ref. Aries uses the distraction to hit Kash with a brainbuster, and scores the three count for the win.
Winner and STILL TNA X Division Champion: Austin Aries
- We start to get the tale of the tape for the Knockouts Championship match, coming up next, but after a bit of technical difficulties, it goes back to Taz and Tenay, who throw it to the production truck one more time, which leads directly into the video package to hype Kim/James, which is coming up next.
Knockouts Championship Match
Mickie James vs. Gail Kim (c)
The bell rings and we get a lock up right away. Gail backs Mickie into the corner, but misses with a right, and eats a drop toe hold. Mickie locks in a rear chin lock, but Gail is able to fight it off. Gail wrenches at Mickie’s arm, slamming her to the mat by her hair. Mickie blocks a couple of punches, then responds with one of her own, then a neckbreaker for a near fall. Kim catches James with a back elbow that drops her to the mat. Kim hits James with a big uppercut, but Mickie comes back with a snap mare, then a low dropkick to a seated Kim. Kim avoids a charging Mickie in the corner, but James is able to score with a couple of punches. James tries for a hurricarana, but Kim hits what almost looks like a reverse Alabama slam that stuns Mickie.
Kim hits a big leaping clothesline that puts Mickie down for another near fall. Gail mounts Mickie and hits her with a couple of forearms to the face before getting her up to her feet and hitting a big backbreaker. Kim tries for another but James counters into a roll up for two. Gail comes right back, putting Mickie down to the mat for a near fall of her own. Kim hits Mickie with a couple of nasty kicks to the stomach before wrenching away at the challengers knee. Kim locks in a modified Indian death lock, then changes it up into a stretch muffler, wearing James down. Mickie is able to fight out of the hold, scores with a couple of punches, but she’s taken right back down by Kim. Kim chokes James against the middle rope before sending her across the ring. Kim charges James, but Mickes moves and Gail takes a nasty spill through the ropes to the floor.
Gail makes it back into the ring and Mickie hits a hurricarana, then a couple of quick clotheslines before taking Gail to the mat with a big flapjack.... (Continues on next page)