Airdate: Sunday, June 10th, 2012 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The College Park Center in Arlington, Texas
Results by TNAWrestlingNews.com
TNA Slammiversary Opener:
We open the show with a video package highlighting important moments in TNA's ten year history, and the culmination at tonight's show.
No pyro, but we get some crowd shots and the crowd does look pretty impressive. Definitely the best looking crowd TNA's had since their England shows.
Hulk Hogan's music hits, and the Hulkster makes his way out to a big pop to start off the show.
Hogan postures and poses in the ring, soaking in the adulation of the crowd. It's not like we have a bunch of matches to get to or anything.
Hogan has the mic and he welcomes the crowd to Slammiversary. He says tonight is a celebration. It's ten years of TNA/Impact Wrestling. He says he hopes the crowd is bolted down because the next ten years will be twice as awesome. He tells the crowd he's been around the block a few times, and this company is shooting to the moon, and as the GM of Impact Wrestling, he loves pushing people's buttons. He's going to do it in the first match by going old school. The first match will be Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries, but the button Hogan is going to push, is that the match will be for Aries' title. Hogan makes his way to the back to another big pop from the crowd.
X Division Championship
Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries
Tenay says that even though Joe exceeds the X Division weight limit, if you think to 'old school' like Hogan said, then it makes sense.
The bell rings and we're ready to go. Aries works his way out of an arm bar and hits Joe with a weak forearm that's shrugged off. Aries locks in a head lock but it sent into the ropes and he eats a shoulderblock from Joe. Both men circle each other before Aries kicks at Joe's legs and sneaks in a couple of strikes. Joe responds with a huge slap and some big kicks to the chest of his own. Aries hits a big open hand chop to Joe's chest and hits the hurricanrana to send the big man to the outside. Aries goes for the heat seeking missile, but Joe stops him with a stiff forearm. Joe heads into the ring and blasts Aries with a chop in the corner before hitting a big splash, pele kick combo in the corner. Joe chokes Aries with his boot before face washing him and hitting a big kick to the side of the face.
Joe goes for a quick pin for two. Aries tries to come back, but Joe hits a snap slam to take the champ down for another two count. Joe beats on Aries in the corner before sending him across the ring and running into a big boot. Aries comes off the middle rope into an atomic drop and he eats a running boot. Aries comes back with some strikes, but Joe blocks an Irish whip with a big forearm that sends Aries to the outside. Joe teases a dive, but Aries heads into the ring when Joe goes out, and Aries hits the heat seeking missile. Aries sends Joe back into the ring and heads up to the apron, hitting a neckbreaker on the middle rope. Aries goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick, but when he goes for the corner dropkick, he's caught by Joe, and slammed to the mat for a two count.
Aries hits Joe with a couple of quick strikes and Joe responds with some of his own. Joe fights off a brainbuster and a hurricanrana, countering with a powerbomb. Aries kicks out of a pin attempt, but Joe floats over into a Boston crab, then an STF. Aries won't tap, so Joe locks in the rings of Saturn, then rolls Aries into a pin for two.
Aries and Joe fight in the corner with Joe hitting some wicked chops and head butts. Joe picks Aries up and seats him on the top turnbuckle. Joe tries for the muscle buster but Aries fights it off. Joe hits a big kick to the shoulder and goes up after Aries. Joe goes to the middle rope, but Aries fights him off. Aries pushes Joe to the mat and hits the 450 splash. Aries goes for the pin, but Joe kicks out at two.
Both men are slow to get to their feet. They trade rights on their knees, then their feet. Aries hits the ropes, but Joe punches him in the face and locks in the...