Sabin won with his “Future shock” finisher. Both Sabin and King looked good here.
2. Mickie James beat Velvet Sky to retain the TNA Women’s Knockouts Championship
You know the drill here, Velvet has a bum left knee so Mickie took advantage of it, and eventually won with a dropkick to the bad knee.
3. AJ Styles beat Garett Bischoff by submission
Styles is always such a pleasure to watch perform, and Garett Bischoff did fine here as well, all things considered. This one went awhile, ending with Styles winning with his new “Calf Killer” submission finisher.
4. James Storm & Gunner beat Bobby Roode & Austin Aries by submission to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championships
Lots and lots of stalling before the start of this one. James Storm helped himself to a vendors cotton candy, and took a sip from a fans’ beer. Roode & Aries went to the pitchers mound and acted as if they were warming up in the bullpen. Storm later hit Roode with a few fans’ beers, while Gunner and Aries battled on the infield. The heels later sipped from Storm’s beer bottle, but he hit them both to make them spit beer in the air. The match ended when Gunner forced Roode to submit to the “Gun Rack”.
They tried to put Gunner over strong here, and he looks tremendous physically nowadays, but he was clearly the least over guy in this match, which makes sense given how little time he’s been back, and in this role with a push. He still has things to work on, both in ring, and as far as connecting with the crowd goes. But its easy to see the legit potential in him. Oh, and Austin Aries is a fantastic man, and talent. In other news, fire hot!
5. Jeff Hardy beat Mr. Anderson
Hardy got the win with the “Twist of Fate”. Not a long match, but all action while it lasted.
6. Sting & Kurt Angle beat Bully Ray & Devon by submission
With Angle down outside the ring, Referee Brian Hebner got bumped, and Bully Ray hit Sting with a large chain, but Sting kicked out in a close near fall. In the end Sting forced Bully Ray to tap out to the “Scorpion Deathlock”. I knew this match wouldn’t go long, but it was even shorter than I expected, maybe 7 or 8 minutes tops, and that’s probably being generous. The crowd enjoyed it, but not much of a match really, but it had the all important “star factor” going for it. So Aces & Eights goes 0-3 on the night, and 3 of the 6 matches end via submission.
Sting, who seemed to be in a great mood, took the mic after the match and mentioned he was wearing blue trim on his black tights in honor of the University of Kentucky. Sting then stayed in the ring and posed for pics with fans, at 30 bucks a pop.