TNA X-Division champ Rob Van Dam vs. Christian York
York was out on his feet. Both the referee and RVD told him he didn't have to continue and they could do it another time. York slugged RVD, so they rang the bell. RVD quickly wiped him out with a kick and nailed Rolling Thunder for a two count.
RVD cinched in a bow and arrow. He turned that into a pinfall combination and then used his legs to scissor York, trying to choke the air out of him. RVD nailed a guillotine legdrop while York was draped over the apron for a two count.
RVD missed a spinkick in the corner. RVD was kicked as he charged York. York nailed a missile dropkick for a two count. They battled back and forth but York was caught with a springboard kick off the ropes. RVD preened but was rolled up for a two count. RVD nailed him with a reverse windmill kick and went to the top for the Five Star Frog Splash. RVD leapt but York moved out of the way and nailed a side roll for a two count as RVD grabbed the ropes.
RVD nailed another kick. He and York battled. RVD escaped a half nelson suplex attempt. RVD drilled him and tried to crotch him on the ropes. York battled him off but eventually failed. RVD came off the top with a Ryder Kick to the face and nailed the Five Star Frog Splash.
Your winner and still X-Division champ, RVD!
Real good match. The story here was that York could hang with the champ and man, could he. It's nice to see a really hard working guy finally get his just due. He came back from a real underdog situation and nearly won the belt. This was a little faster paced and hard hitting than most of the usual RVD bouts have been of late as well. Best thing thus far on the show.
RVD helped up York and showed him respect after the match.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Joseph Park. He said tonight reminds him of his first case, Jarrett v. Bates. He said that he had to "kay-fab" Jeremy and was going to use what he learned from Danny Davis in OVW. He said tonight was his first chance to get revenge on Aces & Eights for what they did to him. He said he stands before them tonight, not as an attorney, but as a trained professional wrestler, ready to do battle. Park didn't seem to be as truly confident as he was trying to claim he was.
TNA TV champ Devon vs. Joseph Park
Devon told him he was a bitch when they kidnapped him and is one now. The crowd was big-time into chanting for Park. They locked up but Devon easily broke free and shoved Park away. Devon told him he was an amateur and a nobody.
They locked up again and Devon mocked him and messed up his hair. Devon continued to outclass Park. Devon made Park go down on all fours like an amateur competition but Park overpowered Devon, outwrestled him and slammed him to the mat. The place went nuts for that. Taz even tossed out a Don Leo Jonathan reference!
Joseph raised his dukes to fight but Devon nailed him in the mid-section. He worked over Park but was caught with a hiptoss, an armdrag and a slam. The place went nuts.
Park went for a splash but Devon rolled out of the way and sent him to the floor. Devon slammed his face into the apron and nailed him with a right hand. He tossed Park into the stairs. He continued working over Park on the floor and then back in the ring.
Devon worked over Park and tried to smash him into the turnbuckles. Park held on but was caught with a back elbow. Park made a comeback but seemed nervous about going to the top rope. He finally tried but seemed like he wasn't sure what to do. Park finally came off the second rope with a splash for a two count.
Devon caught him with a thumb to the eye, then slammed Park into an exposed turnbuckle pad. The shot busted open Park and when he saw the blood, he began acting like Abyss, killed Devon and nailed the Black Hole Slam. He went for a chokeslam but turned back into Park and seemed confused.
Devon sent Park into the corner and rolled him up for the pin.
Your winner and still TNA TV champion, Devon!
Good match. Park does a great job with facial reactions and with acting as if he's nervous. Devon is a hell of a hand and Park was great here too. The bit where he turned briefly into Abyss and the sequences where he out-wrestled Devon got the crowd going. Good stuff.
Devon laid him out after the match.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Bobby Roode. Austin Aries said Park was unsuccessful in his first wrestling match and Hardy will be unsuccessful in Jeff Hardy's last wrestling match. Aries said that he and Bobby Roode have agreed to take out Hardy and then find out who is the dominant and greatest champion, because they both deserve to be champion more than Hardy. Aries promised he was going to win.
Knockouts Gauntlet - Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher vs. ODB vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky
Kim and Tessmacher started. They went back and forth with a hot opening. Tessmacher used a forward roll for a two count and a series of forearms in the corner. She missed a back splash and was caught with a kick to the head for a two count.
Kim jumped down onto Tessmacher's back, then went to the top. Tessmacher nailed her and exploded with offense. She dropkicked Kim hard back into the buckles and nailed a Facebuster for a two count. Kim came back with "Eat Defeat."
Tessmacher has been eliminated.
ODB came out. Kim charged her on the ramp but was knocked down. ODB spanked her and muscled her around. ODB drilled her with a series of shoulderblocks. ODB nailed a running splash in the corner, then nailed the Bronco Buster for a two count.
ODB nailed a Fall Aways Slam for a two count. Kim sent her into the ropes but was nailed with a back kick. ODB went to the ropes but Kim yanked her leg and she came down hard. Kim rolled her up and hooked the tights for the pin.
ODB has been eliminated.
Mickie James came out but was kicked down as she entered the ring. James nailed a series of kicks to come back and covered Gail for a two count. James went for her finisher but Kim rammed her backwards into the buckles. Kim hit a running splash into the buckles. James and Kim battled on the apron. Kim was sent back into the ring.
James nailed a neckbreaker for a two count. They went back and forth until James was caught with an enziguiri. James nailed a flapjack and went to the top for the Thesz Press but Kim rolled out of the ring. James went after her but Kim was waiting for her. James still caught her with head scissors on the floor.
James tossed Kim back in the ring but Kim grabbed referee Taryn Terrell. James came back down and went after Kim with a rollup but Kim reversed it and hooked the tights for the win.
James has been eliminated.
Velvet Sky came out but Kim hid on the outside. Sky, puzzled, was attacked from behind on the floor. Kim controlled her and scored several near falls. They exchanged a series of near falls.
Sky sent her into the corner but Kim kicked her off. Kim rolled her up and hooked the tights but the referee saw it. Kim argued with her but was kicked by Sky and nailed by "In Yo Face." Kim's leg was under the ropes but the referee missed it.
Your winner and now number one contender, Velvet Sky!
Good match with Kim working as the nucleus. She worked her ass off here. I thought this was one of the better Knockouts bouts of late.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Christopher Daniels, who was with Kazarian. It was just awesome, a total smarmy heel throwback interview. These guys have really exceled in 2012.
Daniels vs. James Storm
The winner gets a TNA title shot on Impact on 1/24.
Kazarian had a one night manager's license so he could stay in Daniels' corner.
They went back and forth early with Storm controlling him with a headlock. Daniels came back but was clotheslined over the top to the outside.
Storm maintained control when they returned to the ring, nailing a series of rights and a backdrop. He peppered Daniels with a series of right hands in the corner. Kazarian distracted Storm, allowing Daniels to blast his arm and send Storm to the floor.
Kazarian worked over Storm and tossed him back into the ring. Daniels continued working over Storm's arm, sending him shoulder-first into the corner. Daniels continued to focus on the arm, trying to force a submission.
Storm tried to mount a comeback but kept getting cut off. He finally blocked a clothesline and nailed a Side Russian Legsweep. Daniels drilled him with a right hand but Storm fired back and nailed a leaping forearm for a two count. Storm nailed a knee to the face and a neckbreaker.
Storm went to the top. Kazarian tried to distract him but failed. Storm nailed a top rope elbowsmash for a two count. Storm sent Daniels into the buckles but missed a clothesline. Storm went for Closing Time but Daniels avoided it and snapped his bad arm, then drilled him with a flying clothesline for a two count.
Storm nailed the Eye of the Storm but Daniels kicked out at the last second. Storm drilled Daniels with a kick to the back of the head and used a sidewalk slam on Daniels. Storm set up for the Last Call superkick but Daniels blocked and nailed Angel's Wings for a two count.
Daniels called for the BME but Storm put his boot up. Storm worked over Daniels and set up for the Last Call. Kazarian got on the apron but was nailed with it. Daniels caught him with a Uranage and scored the pin.
Your winner, Christopher Daniels!
Good back and forth match.
It's been an OK show so far. Nothing major or earth shattering.
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