Tommy Dreamer vs. Rob Van Dam
They locked up but neither gained the advantage. Dreamer grabbed a leg but Van Dam escaped. Dreamer schoolboyed him for a two count. They went back and forth before standing off. They went nose to nose with words before Van Dam drilled Dreamer with as forearm. They went back and forth exchanging moves but getting no advantage because of how well they know each other until Dreamer caught Van Dam with a knee. Van Dam went to the floor to regain his cool.
Van Dam caught Dreamer with a shoulderblock as he returned to the ring. Dreamer fought back and shoved Van Dam off the apron to the floor. Dreamer came off the apron with a running clothesline to the floor. Dreamer slammed Van Dam’s head into the apron. Van Dam came back with an atomic drop onto the railing, then hit a corkscrew guillotine legdrop off the apron onto Dreamer.
Van Dam brought a chair into the equation, placing if over Dreamer’s face as Dreamer was laid out on the apron. RVD hit a slingshot guillotine legdrop but Dreamer slid out of the way. Van Dam grabbed his leg on the floor. Dreamer tossed him back into the ring. Dreamer placed Van Dam in the tree of woe but Van Dam tried to fight his way out. Dreamer worked over Van Dam and placed a chair over Van Dam’s face but RVD again slipped out. Dreamer finally grabbed Van Dam and nailed him with a neckbreaker off the ropes.
Dreamer pulled a ladder out from under the ring, along with another chair. Van Dam nailed Dreamer and tried to hit a slingshot slide into the ladder on the apron but Dreamer pulled the ladder up and slammed it into Rob’s face. Dreamer pulled Van Dam into the ring and bulldogged him into the ladder. Dreamer covered Van Dam for a two count.
Dreamer draped Van Dam on the ladder and went for an elbow but Van Dam moved and Dreamer ate the ladder. Van Dam went for Rolling Thunder but Dreamer moved and hit a spinebuster. Dreamer came off the top with a frog splash for a two count. Dreamer hurt his wrist and took off his glove to check on it. Van Dam hit a Northern Lights suplex for a two count. Dreamer’s obviously got a broken wrist but is still working on it.
Vam Dam slammed Dreamer onto a chair, then hit a Hollywood Press but Dreamer moved out of the way. Dreamer whipped Van Dam into a ladder but Van Dam slammed the ladder into Dreamer’s face. Van Dam went to the top and went for the five star frog splash but Dreamer got out of the way. Dreamer hit his piledriver and Van Dam took the same crazy bump off of it he used to in ECW.
Dreamer covered Van Dam but his arm was under the ropes. Dreamer placed Van Dam on the top rope. He draped the ladder in the corner to stand on it while attempting a superplex but Van Dam nailed him and Dreamer crotched himself, Van Dam barreled into Dreamer with a spinning kick and Dreamer fell backwards with his legs and the ladder entangled in the ropes. Van Dam hit a skateboarding kick with a chair in the corner. He went for the Five Star Frog Splash but Dreamer moved. Van Dam was whipped into the ladder but it was reversed,
Van Dam went for a Fireman’s Carry. Dreamer landed on his feet and went for a DDT but was was shoved backwards into a chair. Van Dam hit a five star frog splash and finally scored the pin.
Your winner, Rob Van Dam!
Dreamer and Van Dam had words afterwords. Dreamer had a nasty bruise on his face. In the end of it, Van Dam told Dreamer, “I’m sorry…you’re my brother” and they embraced.
You can’t even grade this one as Dreamer got hurt pretty early on and still kept working on it, which was insane.
Christy Hemme interviewed Fortune and Ric Flair. Flair said that now we are done watching two members of EV2.0 beating the crap out of each other while no one cares, it’s time for the show to start. He said that he can’t wait to fire someone tonight. Doug Williams said that he’s on board completely. AJ Styles mockingly said he’s having too much fun beating up EV2.0, so they shouldn’t fire anyone, just keep kicking their asses. The others talked about getting rid of the EV2.0 guys once and for all.
Fortune’s Beer Money & Doug Williams & AJ Styles & Kazarian vs. EV2’s Raven & Brian Kendrick & Sabu & Stevie Richards & Rhino – If EV2.0 loses, a member is fired.
Everyone started brawling to kick off the match. Doug Williams took out Brian Kendrick’s knee and snapped it. Kendrick began screaming for a doctor and was carried off by the trainers, so it’s five vs. four right out of the gate. Beer Money worked on Stevie Richards early.
Fortune tagged in and out working over Richards. Williams nailed a snap suplex. Kaz mocked the Steviekick but Richards caught him with a faceplant. Rhino tagged in and cleaned house on Fortune. He nailed James Storm with a belly to belly suplex and set up for the gore but Robert Roode tripped Rhino. Styles hit a springboard elbow on Rhino and covered him but EV2.0 broke it up.
Beer Money began working over Rhino. They controlled him. Rhino made his way back to his feet but was cut off again by James Storm. Rhino powered Storm over the top when he charged him but Storm drilled him in the back of the head. Rhino finally came back with a TKO of sorts.
Rhino made the hot tag to Sabu. He clotheslined Styles and began drilling Fortune members with right hands. Raven tossed Sabu a chair and he used it as a base to springboard off the ropes into a dive on Fortune. AJ went after Sabu but was cut off. Sabu hit a springboard tornado DDT but Doug Williams broke up the pin. Williams nailed an uppercut off the ropes on Sabu but ate a Steviekick. This kicked off a sequence that ended up with Beer Money going for their finisher on Raven but Rhino gored Storm.
Sabu crotched Styles on the top. He went for a Frankensteiner off the top but Styles caught him and turned it into the Styles Clash for the pin.
Your winners, Fortune!
Ric Flair came out and said it was time to pay homage to Fortune. He told the EV2.0 guys to look at each other for the last time. Flair said that he didn’t like the Sheik and he hates Sabu. That pissed off Sabu. Flair said Sabu was gone and in the weeks to come, they were going to get rid of the others. Sabu charged Fortune but was held back by the others.
Tommy Dreamer, with his wrist wrapped and with ice, came out with Rob Van Dam. Van Dam said that everyone here knows that this sucks. Van Dam said that Sabu did great here and this is evidence that sometimes, in TNA, what Van Dam wants, isn’t good enough. Dreamer said that Sabu was someone who deserved to be a millionare for all the abuse he put his body through. Dreamer said that they could all tell their children and grandchildren that they all saw Sabu do what he loves to do live. He put over Sabu at the most homicidal, suicidal and genocidal wrestler ever. Sabu hugged the others goodbye. TNA tried to make the moment a real loss, which, in my mind, it really is. As I wrote a few days ago, it’s a damn shame this is the end of Sabu’s run here as it really has revitalized the career of someone who did a lot for the business and never really got his just due for a lot of reasons, some of which were of his own making.
Christy Hemme was backstage with Pope Dinero and his congregation. Dinero said it’s a mighty fine thing to walk into battle surrounded by his friends and his blood. He said that he called one person and the entire group showed. He called Abyss a pissstain on the carpet of TNA and he was going to remove the stain. He said his father always told him it was always better to be pissed on than pissed off and said, Pope is Pissed.
The promo was ended abruptly by Tara and Mickie James brawling into the scene. The Congregation split them up and calmed Mickie, then headed to the ring. Mickie was left alone, only to be attacked by Madison Rayne from behind., She and Tara mocked James and told her to get out of the company because she didn’t belong here.
Abyss vs. Pope Dinero
They brawled immediately. Pope’s ribs her taped up because he was in the casket when Abyss attacked it with Janice. Uh, OK. Pope dropkicked Abyss to the floor, but Abyss returned to the ring before the Lumberjacks could get to him. Pope nailed a running splash in the corner, then another Stinger Splash. Abyss tossed Pope outside but he was caught by his Congregation and placed down on the floor.
Pope came back with a flying clothesline off the top for a two count. Pope clotheslined Abyss over the top where the Congregation worked over Abyss before forcing him back in the ring. Abyss drilled him with a big boot. Abyss worked him over and ripped off the rib tape. Abyss kicked and stomped Pope. He locked Pope in a bearhug to wear him down into a submission.
Abyss went for the Black Hole Slam but it was turned into a float over DDT. Pope came back with a series of clothesline and strikes. He nailed an inverted atomic drop and a shoulderblock. Pope beat Abyss down with a series of rights and lefts. He nailed the hesitation elbow off the turnbuckles but came up with his ribs hurting.
Abyss caught Pope with the Shock Treatment. Abyss got into it with the Congregation on the floor. Pope dove off the ropes onto Abyss. They put Abyss back in the ring and helped up Pope. Pope came off the top with a crazy looking headbutt that made his neck snap backwards in a way that didn’t look like it could have done Pope any good. Pope continued the assault on Abyss. He celebrated with the Congregation.
Eric Bischoff came out on the apron and began laughing. Pope looked at him confused as Bischoff made the money sign. Pope’s brother, who was identified earlier as such, nailed Pope from behind and the Congregation attacked him once he was down. They tossed him back into the ring, where Abyss nailed the Black Hole Slam for the pin.
Your winner, Abyss!
The Congregation threw their Pope glasses into the ring.
Everyone worked hard but this didn’t seem to work. The turn came off silly. Why are we supposed to care that a bunch of people we never met before turned on Pope?
Christy Hemme tried to get word with Sabu but Stevie Richards instead said he had something to say. Richards said he was tired of sitting on the sidelines and breaking up fights. He challenged AJ Styles to face him Thursday on Impact.