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These are the LIVE SPOILERS leading into the TNA Wrestling Victory Road PPV. With the summer brings tourists who want to experience the live show and it was legit overflow today. So far locked into the main event of the PPV are World X Division champion Samoa Joe and TNA/IWGP Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle. Tonight we see if Team 3D can retain their World Tag Team titles to make the main event. No backstage promos or segments were shown to the live audience. We didn’t see Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Rhino, Basham, Damaja or “Wildcat” Chris Harris in action.
Hour one notes:
Mike Tenay and Don West spoke to the home fans probably about the three team match with the winner advancing to the PPV.
(1) World Tag Team champions Team 3D (Ray & Devon) defeated Latin American Xchange (“Notorious 187” Homicide & Hotstuff Hernandez) and “Phenomenal” AJ Styles/ “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.
Yes it looks like Styles/Daniels reunited for this match, even though I seem to remember them saying they would never do it again. This was traditional tag as opposed to three men in the same time. The challengers attacked the champions at the bell but things went the other way as it became every team for themselves as 3D were sent to the floor and LAX got control of the match. Styles saved Daniels from the Border Toss but Homicide was not able to save Hernandez from a double team move. Ray missed a fat boy senton to Homicide but Homicide’s top rope move backfired as Ray got to his feet. Homicide recovered and took Ray to the mat with a chinlock. Some point during this match it looked like some ring boards broke from the impact of several 300 pounders. Hernandez tagged in to deliver more punishment as Styles/Daniels broke up any pin attempt. This went on for several minutes and probably through a commercial break. Daniels made a blind tag into the match and went to work on Ray. Somehow Ray got his ring awareness, hit Daniels with the Bubba Bomb and tagged out to Devon who took on 4 men at one time. All kinds of craziness ensued as 3D hit Homicide with the Wassup. Daniels went to the corner but got picked up by Ray as 3D hit the Road Warrior clothesline for two. Styles countered out of the Cop Killa and hit the Pele kick, followed by a frog splash/moonsault but got two. Hernandez hit Styles with the Border Toss but Devon pulled the referee to the floor. Hernandez and Ray hit top rope planchas onto the wrestlers below. Daniels fought off Devon’s power bomb and hit an STO but his attempted Angel’s Wings was blocked and he fell to the 3D.
Before the second match TNA Management’s Jim Cornette joined Tenay and West for commentary. Before anything else happened “Instant Classic” Christian Cage, Tomko and a old school megaphone interrupted the proceedings. Cage told Cornette a laundry list of things about his career before running down “Wildcat” Chris Harris’ track record. Cornette got a real microphone and told him who exactly Chris Harris is, the guy who is using Cage’s head to shatter the glass ceiling in TNA. Cornette also mentioned Abyss was still hunting for Cage and Tomko. Cage said he wasn’t afraid of Abyss, so of course Abyss’ ring music played which made Cage/Tomko run for the nearest exit sign.
(2) In a TNA Knockouts match, Gail Kim defeated Ms. Brooks and “the Pride of Tennessee” Jacqueline Moore.
There was enough hatred between these ladies to fill Madison Square Garden. Moore and Brooks fought over who was going to beat up Kim, so they beat each other up as Kim recovered. Brooks kneed Kim in the back and sent her to the floor but Kim grabbed Brooks’ legs and she came outside. Moore went to baseball slide both ladies but only got Brooks. Kim used this opening to hit both ladies with a top rope plancha. The action came back to the ring but Kim got hit with a double team move. Both ladies laid in the kicks to the head and chest as Kim tired to fight them off when they both grabbed a leg for a half Boston Crab. But Moore and Brooks began trading slaps to the face. Both let go of the hold and went up top but Kim stopped Brooks and hit a huricurana. Moore went to pin Kim but Brooks hit a clothesline. Kim recovered and hit both ladies with headlock/head scissor takeover. Brooks went to pin Kim but Kim countered and Brooks ended up on the floor. Moore snuck up from behind to roll up Kim but Kim used her momentum to roll through and get the pin. This immediately led to Brook and Moore jumping Kim. Eric Young came out to save his new friend but Robert Roode came out to jump Young.
TNA/IWGP Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle made his way into the Impact Zone dressed like a millionaire. Angle told the fans the Victory Road main event would be partnered up in an eight man match next week. He pronounced tonight “Kurt Angle Night” and called the promotion “Total Nonstop Angle.” Next he verbally ripped his Victory Road partner, his opponents and proclaimed he brought SexyBack when Team 3D interrupted his soliloquy. Ray said if Angle brought SexyBack then he was the next centerfold for Playgirl magazine. 3D tried to convince everyone was working to make TNA the best promotion in the world. Insults were traded and Devon leveled Angle as Ray called for some lumber. To the shock of all Samoa Joe came out and attacked Team 3D but when Team 3D were gone, Angle hit Joe with the Olympic Slam into the folding table 3D set up.
Hour two notes:
(1) Abyss defeated Lance Hoyt (w/Christy Hemme)
These two are not strangers and Hemme could be the deciding element since Father James Mitchell was not with Abyss. Hoyt went for a move but ran right into Abyss’ boot and the action went to the floor where Abyss tossed Hoyt into the guard rails. Abyss tossed Hoyt back to the ring and got a folding chair, but Hoyt attacked when Abyss came back in. Abyss fought back and hit the corner butt splash. However Abyss’ second rope splash only hit the canvas. Hoyt took over with right hand punches to the face and hit a second rope legdrop for two. Hoyt went for but missed a moonsault as Abyss got to his feet and hit several clotheslines followed by a choke slam for two. Hemme got the referee’s attention as Abyss went to hit Hoyt with the chair. Hoyt blocked it and went up top but Abyss got the chair and threw it right into Hoyt’s face. Hoyt recovered and went for the boot to the face but when he began to run at Abyss, Abyss saw it and hit the Black Hole Slam. Abyss wasn’t done as he found a bag of broken pieces of glass and dumped them in the ring as VKM came out to fight Hoyt to the locker room. Hemme was all alone with Abyss when Tomko and AJ Styles hit the ring. The lights went down and up with Sting coming out to aid Abyss. Sting handed Abyss the baseball bat. Sting said he and Abyss would face Tomko and Styles on Sunday. To the shock of everyone Abyss spoke on the mic. He said Sunday would be Doomsday!!
As the broken glass was cleaned up Tenay and West spoke to the home viewers about the main event of the show.
(2) Serotonin members Kaz vs. Martyr and Havok.
According to Penzer, the winner is the final qualifier to an Ultimate X match at Victory Road. Early on this was a handicap match with Kaz fighting for his life for several minutes. But nothing Martyr and Havok did led to a pin or submission. Kaz dumped Havok to the floor as Martyr went for the superkick but Kaz saw it and heel tripped Martyr and rolled over into a pin. Kaz may have won the match but Raven came out and with the help of Havok & Martyr, used their kendo sticks to beat Kaz into submission.
Before the main event Tenay and West talked to the home viewers again, possibly running down the PPV lineup.
(3) TNA/IWGP Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle, World X Division champion Samoa Joe and World Tag Team champions Team 3D (Ray and Devon) defeated “Instant Classic” Christian Cage, “Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Tomko and Robert Roode (w/Ms. Brooks)
According to announcer Dave Penzer this is the first time in TNA history the three championships were on the same side in a match. The title holders came out separate and argued the whole match while their opponents came out as a group. Roode and Devon started out with some brawling but worked their way into wrestling as Devon took over. Roode tagged out to Cage who was reluctant to enter so Devon pulled him in the ring before tagging out to Ray who held Cage for eternity before hitting a suplex. Joe tagged in and unleashed several moves on Cage but got two for his effort. Cage finally tagged out to Tomko who traded forearm shots with Joe but couldn’t avoid an enziguri. Roode tagged back in and Joe went back to work before slapping Devon into the match. While Ray, Joe and Angle argued, Roode hit Devon with a spinebuster and the tide went to the other side of the ring. Roode, Styles, Cage and Tomko took turns beating down Devon but didn’t get the pin. He survived long enough to tag out to Joe as Tomko tagged out. Joe hit Styles with a powerslam and locked in an STF but Styles friends jumped in. Angle remained on the floor as the fighting went all over. Ray countered out of the Unprettier and Cage got hit with the Road Warrior clothesline and then 3D hit Roode with the 3D. Joe grabbed Styles and sent him into Cage who was climbing the top rope. Joe went for the Muscle buster but Angle came in, tripped up Joe and pinned Styles. As Angle split, Team 3D faced off with Samoa Joe in the ring.
Matches taped for TNA Xplosion/TNA Today:
(1) “Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm (w/“the Pride of Tennessee” Jacqueline Moore) defeated Senshi. Moore slid the beer bottle in and the referee picked it up. Senshi saw this and when he turned around he got hit with a Superkick.
(2) “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal defeated Petey Williams with the top rope elbow drop. Before the match “the Guru” Sonjay Dutt came out and blessed the ring, the fans, Williams and the announce booth.
Announced Victory Road matches:
TNA/IWGP Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle & World X Division champion Samoa Joe vs. World Tag Team champions Team 3D (Ray and Devon)
“The Instant Classic” Christian Cage vs. “Wildcat” Chris Harris
“Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm vs. “War Machine” Rhino
Sting & Abyss vs. “Phenomenal” AJ Styles and Tomko
In an Ultimate X match to name a new #1 contender Kaz vs. I have no idea because TNA’s site has no information.