TNA Slammiversary 2012 PPV Results
10 years of TNA Wrestling.
It's hard to believe TNA Wrestling has been around for 10 years, but to their credit, they've survived and tonight present the 10th anniversary show, Slammiversary--live on pay-per-view.
TNA Impact Wrestling presents Slammiversary on PPV and live at University of Texas - Arlington, Texas
June 10, 2012
Commentators: Mike Tenay and Taz
We get an excellent video package of TNA's greatest moments, including Elix Skipper's hurricarana off the cage, Raven's debut, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe winning the gold, Hulk Hogan's babuface turn, Abyss' crazy bumps, Kurt Angle's debut, as well as highlights of current stars and angles. Narrated by the James Earl Jones guy. Well done, David Sahadi and Co.
1. TNA Impact Wrestling GM Hulk Hogan comes out to the ring.
We get nice shots of the large crowd in here in Arlington. According to Dixie Carter's Twitter feed, it's the largest in TNA history. Good for them. It's certainly the most lively PPV crowd is quite awhile. Hogan says he can't wait for the next 10 years. Crowd chants TEN MORE YEARS. He says TNA is something special and says we're gonna go old school, brother. He makes Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries for the X-Division Title. It was previously non-tile due to Joe obviously being over the 20lb weight limit.
2. TNA X-Division Champion: Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe
This is a hot crowd. While aesthetically, cutting that unnecessary weight would help, Samoa Joe looks motivated and really good here. Joe is on the offensive early and rocking the Chuck Liddell style mohawk. Aries briefly gets some offense before Joe uppercuts him out of the ring. Taz does an excellent job relating his career as an undersized wrestler with Aries. Crowd has dueling AUSTIN ARIES-SAMOA JOE chants. Joe was going to dive, but Aries rolled away. Aries launches into a suicide dive onto Joe and hits the guardrail. That's gotta hurt.
Why did Ring of Honor part away with Aries months before his TNA run? How could WWE not at least accept him for the Tough Enough reboot cast last year? Unbelievable. Following the dive, both guys go back and forth. Joe tries to submit Aries, but Aries escapes. Chops. Elbows. Kicks. Repeated headbutts. I'm digging this offense. Joe attempts a Muscle Buster, but ends up going onto the second rope. He's knocked off after Aries slaps both of his ears. Not smart if you want Joe to have good hearing, homie. Aries hits the 450 splash, but it lands on Joe's massive thighs. Kickout--near fall.
Dueling chants resume. They brawl to their feet. Rear naked choke by Joe. Remember the Kokina Clutch? He sits back and locks it in. Aries flips over onto Joe and nearly pins Joe. Aries questions the ref. Joe hits the turnbuckle. Aries runs at him, but gets slammed. Joe sets up the Muscle Buster, but not before a hard chop to Aries' chest. Aries drops down. Crucifix reversal that could've concussed Joe. Speaking of concussed, Joe eats a head kick. Flying punch. Another kick by Aries. Brainbuster. Pin fall. One hell of an opening match. That was AWESOME/
Winner and still TNA X-Division Champion: AUSTIN ARIES aka self-proclaimed Greatest Man Who Ever Lived.