TNA Wrestling returned to pay per view for only the second time of 2013 with Slammiversary. Slammiversary was TNA’s answer to WWE Extreme Rules but unlike Extreme Rules, Slammiversary will be remembered for a hard hitting women’s match and not a controversial non-finish.
[adinserter block=”1″]Bully Ray retained the TNA heavyweight championship in the headliner over former champion Sting in a No Holds Barred Match. The stips here were that Sting could never challenge for the TNA championship again if he lost and…he did. The finish saw a lot of gimmicks with Bully using a hammer to the head to end the match and Sting’s championship hopes.
The main-event was a weird deal in a sense that you have Bully who is phenomenal in his role but you had all of Aces & 8s coming out to interfere and yet nobody from the locker room helped Sting. Maybe this will all be part of an angle because otherwise it really doesn’t make much sense. The only thing I can see here is that this somehow results in a Sting heel turn because there is no justifiable reason why nobody in the back would help him otherwise.
What this does tell me is that this is likely Sting’s last year as an active wrestler in TNA. Sting signs annual contracts which is why you usually hear all of those Sting to WWE rumors right around WrestleMania. Theoretically this would probably put Sting back in play for WrestleMania 30. That all said, stipulations don’t really mean a whole lot anymore in pro wrestling although TNA has actually done a better job of honoring them than WWE. It wouldn’t shock me if Sting was around next year to see him back in the title hunt or maybe they give him a run with the tag team straps or even the X-division belt (not recommending it however).
I liked the match although it was hardly match of the night. Bully did a promo before the match about the piledriver. Bully put the move over and said it was banned in TNA because it was so dangerous (which is funny considering all of the other high risk stuff I see in TNA, specifically in X-division matches). Bully then hit the piledriver twice in the match on Sting. The second was a pretty cool spot where Bully removed the canvas and hit Sting with it on the wooden beams.
Bully is really good but something just doesn’t work for me with Aces & 8s. I am apparently not the only one as ratings have been miserable lately, part due to the NBA playoffs, but also part due in what I believe is this weak angle. This whole act comes off as something that would get mid-card status if they were lucky on SmackDown. I think Bully on his own or with Devon and maybe one other partner would be more effective than this group of perceived jobbers.
The memorable match of the night believe it or not was Taryn Terrell defeated Gail Kim in a Last Knockout Standing Match. This match was great! I watched the TNA replay this morning but I did see a ton of tweets about the match Sunday night. It lived up to the social media billing. Back to the piledriver spot, these girls did more dangerous spots in the match than a piledriver. These two took some crazy bumps including Terrell landing on her back on the floor after an Ace crusher. The crusher ended the match with Terrell getting up at nine and Kim down for the count.
The big news of the night is that Kurt Angle was announced as TNA’s next member of their Hall of Fame. TNA will be inducting Angle at Bound for Glory. Angle was surprised and the crowd really got into this. Angle delivered a fantastic speech and the video package was just fantastic. The only criticism here is that Dixie Carter is just so darn awkward on television. She reminds me of Jim Crockett Jr. in that Jimmy always seemed so happy-nervous whenever he appeared on television. I think it’s a great choice and while Angle was never the game changer in business that I thought he’d be, he certainly was a game changer regarding the brand.
[adinserter block=”2″]Full TNA Slammiversary 2013 results & winners…
Chris Sabin defeated Kenny King and Suicide in a Ultimate X match to win the TNA X Division Championship
Magnus, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy defeated Aces & Eights (Wes Brisco, Garrett Bischoff and Mr. Anderson)
Jay Bradley defeated Sam Shaw in a TNA Gutcheck tournament final for an entry into the 2013 Bound for Glory Series.
Devon defeated Joseph Park by forfeit
Abyss defeated Devon to win the TNA Television Championship
Gunner and James Storm defeated Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and Austin Aries and Bobby Roode in a Four-Way Elimination Tag Team match to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship
Taryn Terrell defeated Gail Kim in a Last Knockout Standing match
Kurt Angle defeated A.J. Styles
Bully Ray defeated Sting in a No Holds Barred match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (Since Sting lost, he can never challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship again)
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