TNA Destination X 2012 Live Coverage
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TNA Impact Wrestling presents Destination X at the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL
July 8, 2012
Commentators: Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash (filling in for Taz)
1. Last Chance for X-Division Tournament spot: Mason Andrews def. Rubix, Lars Only, and Dakota Darsow
Decent opener, but the wrong guy won for sure. Crowd was really into CHIKARA veteran Rubix, who was the most talented one in the ring.
Hopefully, Rubix will get another shot.
2. Andrews def. Kid Kash in an upset to advance to the Ultimate X final for the vacant TNA X-Division Championship.
Andrews won clean over the wrestling veteran who's held titles in ECW and WWE. It's nice to see a young guy go over an older guy, but make no mistake who the better worker in the ring was. With all due respect to Andrews of course.
Backstage interview with Samoa Joe and Christy Hemme. Joe picks Austin Aries to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Bobby Roode tonight. He also threatened to defeat long-time rival Kurt Angle by any means necessary.
The announcers strongly plug Twitter and TNA's social media activity.
3. X-Division Tournament Semifinal: Kenny King vs. Doug Williams
Borash does a great job putting over Kenny King as a young man he met at NWA Wildside eight years ago, who's now become a damn good professional wrestler. They trade various pin combinations and showcase some nice back-and-forth chain wrestling. Crowd is behind King. Borash notes that King works as a male dancer for Chip-N-Dale's in Las Vegas. One hell of a life, JB says. You can say that again, JB. Loud KENNY KING chants. By the way, it's great to see an underrated talent like Williams back in the title mix after disappearing for awhile.
If you love William Regal, you'll dig Williams. Corkscrew slingshot dive onto the outside on Williams by King. Snap suplex into full mount/Thesz Press by King. Tenay brings up King's TNA stints in the mid-2000s as a jobber and how much he's improved since then. When's the last time you heard Michael Cole talk about how Dolph Ziggler's improved since 2006? Oh wait...You don't. King gives Williams a bunch of arm drags before Williams gets the advantage. Williams gets the heat on King. The Brit is definitely the heel here.
King escapes Williams' Chaos Theory suplex and hits an enziguiri. King mounts the comeback with clothelines and a spin kick for the nearfall. Misses the head kick, but lands a spinebuster on Williams. Fact: King was a finalist on WWE Tough Enough 2 in the early-2000s when the reality show aired on MTV2. WWE picked Linda Miles instead. Who you asked? That's your answer for wondering how that worked out for them. King knocked outside the ring. Williams hits him will a flying knee drop from the top rope. Both men barely make the ring before the referee's 10 count.
Light dueling LET'S GO WILLIAMS/KING chants. Jawbreaker by King. He springboards himself at Williams for the near fall. Williams tried to pin King, but the ref saw his feet on the ropes. They go back-and-forth before King hits the fireman's carry into the spinebuster. King advances to the Ultimate X final. Crowd chants "YES! YES! YES!"
Winner: KENNY KING