EY retains against odds at Slammiversary
Eric Young remains TNA World Heavyweight Champion after retaining his title against Austin Aries and Bobby Lashley in the Slammiversary main event.
Although both Aries and Lashley had to make it through qualifying matches to advance to the steel cage title bout, Young’s championship advantage was definitely removed facing two challengers in the pinfall or submission-only environment.
Aries and Young worked together as the match began to get Lashley on the back foot, but as things progressed it became a case of every man for himself.
Young showed his strength when he hoisted both Aries and Lashley onto his shoulders and delivered a double DVD to both of his opponents.
Young then began to climb the cage – escape rules not in effect – and reached the top before Lashley could cut him off.
Aries brought Lashley off the top rope with a hurricanrana, and Young followed with an elbow drop from the top of the cage for a near fall.
Lashley looked to mow EY down with a spear near the end of the match but missed his target and collided with the cage door, which gave way and left Lashley to tumble out of the ring.
Young then countered Aries’ attempt at a brainbuster and delivered his signature piledriver to put Aries down for the three with Lashley still trapped on the wrong side of the cage.
TNA Slammiversary Results:
- X Division Championship, Ladder Match:
Sanada (c) def. Crazzy Steve, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Manik, and Tigre Uno
Manik delivered the move of the match when he took Davey Richards off the ladder with a sunset flip powerbomb onto another ladder balanced between the first ladder and the middle rope. With both men out of action, Sanada beat Eddie Edwards to the top of the ladder to take down the X Division Championship.
- Bobby Lashley def. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe gave Lashley a real fight, but Lashley cut him down with a spear when Joe took his eye off his opponent to avoid striking referee Earl Hebner. As a result, Lashley advanced to the triple threat steel cage main event.
- Magnus w/ Bram def. Willow w/ Abyss
Magnus survived a Twist of Fate from Willow and got his knees up when Willow attempted the Whisper in the Wind. Magnus then slammed Willow to the mat and covered him for the win. Abyss entered the ring as soon as the bell sounded to prevent Bram and Magnus for dishing out a post-match assault.
- Austin Aries def. Kenny King
Kenny King attempted to give Austin Aries a Royal Flush from the middle rope, but Aries had King scouted and countered with a massive brainbuster to advance to the night’s main event.
- Ross Von Erich & Marshall Von Erich def. The BroMans (DJ Z & Jessie Godderz) via disqualification
The BroMans became frustrated when they couldn’t put the Von Erichs away, and Jessie attacked the third-generation stars with a chair to lose the match via disqualification. Ross and Marshall’s father, Kerry Von Erich, entered the ring after the bout was over and
- Knockouts Championship:
Angelina Love (c) w/ Velvet Sky def. Gail Kim
Referee Earl Hebner was accidentally knocked down seconds before Gail Kim delivered her Eat Defeat to Angelina Love. Replacement referee Brian Stiffler seemed hesitant to count the pin for Gail, but had no issue counting to three when Angelina rolled her challenger up, keeping the Knockouts Championship with the Beautiful People.
- Texas Death Match:
EC3 def. Bully Ray
Bully Ray treated EC3 as an afterthought once TNA president Dixie Carter came to watch her nephew at ringside. Bully chased Dixie down and laid her out on a table, before climbing to the top rope and threatening to leap on top of her. EC3 saved his aunt when he blasted Bully with a kendo stick, and Rockstar Spud dragged Dixie off of the table just as Bully fell through it, which left him down for the referee’s 10-count.
- Mr Anderson def. James Storm
With James Storm distracted by members of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team at ringside, Mr Anderson struck with his Mic Check for the win.
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Steel Cage Match:
Eric Young (c) def. Austin Aries and Bobby Lashley
A mistimed spear from Bobby Lashley sent him spilling through the cage door and out of the ring. With Lashley out of the equation, Young caught Austin Aries with a piledriver to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.