– Jeremy Borash at ringside with Joey Fatone and they welcome us to the pay per view. Joey says that he is here to have a good time and he is looking forward to seeing ODB, The Beautiful People, and A.J. Styles. Jeremy talks about the Submission Match between Samoa Joe and Bobby Lashley. He also mentions the Monster’s Ball Match between Abyss and Mick Foley. Next, he mentions the match between Matt Morgan and Kurt Angle. He next mentions the TNA World Heavyweight Title Match between A.J. Styles and Sting.
– We go to a video package for the Monster’s Ball Match.
– The Ultimate X Structure is up in the ring and we are going to the pre-show match. It is announced that the winning team in the pre-show match will be in the Ultimate X Match. We are also told that D’Angelo Dinero will not be participating in the Ultimate X Match due to a family emergency.
Pre-Show Match: Motor City Machineguns vs. Lethal Consequences
Shelley and Creed start things off and they lock up in a Greco-Roman knuckle lock. Shelley with a wrist lock and he works on the arm. Creed flips over Shelley and Shelley sends Creed to the floor. Creed misses a springboard move but he does not miss a jumping spin kick for a near fall. Lethal tags in and so does Sabin. Lethal with a wrist lock and Sabin reverses. Lethal with an arm drag and drop kick. Lethal with a jab but Shelley tags in and then they double team Lethal and get a near fall. Shelley with a knee to the head and a reverse chin lock. Lethal with elbows and a chop but Shelley with an elbow. Lethal with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and then Creed with a side Russian leg sweep. Creed with a forearm that knocks Sabin off the apron. Creed with a hesitation drop kick while Lethal holds Shelley and Creed gets a near fall.
Shelley with a chop and Creed responds with chops of his own. Creed with a knee and slam to Shelley followed by a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Creed with an arm bar. Lethal tags in and hits a double sledge from the turnbuckles. Lethal with a flying clothesline and a cover but Sabin breaks up the cover. Creed tags back in and Shelley kicks Creed. Lethal accidentally clotheslines Creed. Shelley with an enzuigiri to Lethal and Sabin is the only one standing and he is on the apron.
Sabin tags in and he hits elbows on Creed and Lethal and then Sabin rolls through a sunset flip and knees Lethal. Sabin with a back kick to Creed. Sabin with an Irish whip and a forearm into the corner. Sabin with a springboard clothesline for a near fall when Lethal breaks up the cover. Lethal misses the springboard back elbow and Shelley with a cross body to Lethal and then he sets for Sliced Bread #2 but Lethal pushes him off. Sabin with a springboard tornado DDT. The Machine Guns with a double team kick to Creed. Shelley with a cross body while Sabin hits a neck breaker for the three count.
Winners: Motor City Machineguns
– We go to a video package for the Matt Morgan/Kurt Angle Match.
– Dixie Carter joins Jeremy and Joey and she tells everyone to tune in for a great pay per view. Dixie mentions that people have come to the pay per view from all over the world and she mentions the Interaction that took place yesterday.
– We see the video package for the A.J. Styles/Sting match for the TNA World Heavyweight Title.
– Lauren is with Team 3D to ask about Full Metal Mayhem. Ray is excited for the match. He mentions that it is for the two most prestigious tag titles in the world. Ray says that he cannot wait to be 24 time world champions. Ray talks about the other matches on the pay per view. He says that he is looking forward to the submission match, the TNA World Title match, and the Angle/Morgan match. Ray says that he is also looking forward to Zakk Wylde performing. Ray utters Tables, Ladders, and Chairs and Devon says ‘oh my’. Then he lets out a Testify.
– We are back at ringside and Jeremy Borash. Joey is on the turnbuckles looking at the Ultimate X structure. Jeremy says that the Ultimate X match will start off the pay per view.
– We begin tonight’s pay per view with a video package that includes some of the comments from the video packages that aired on the Bound for Glory Preview Show. We are live from Irvine, California and your announcers are Mike Tenay and Taz. Zakk Wylde is at ringside to perform the Star Spangled Banner.
Ultimate X for the X Division Title: Amazing Red vs. Daniels vs. Homicide vs. Motor City Machineguns vs. Suicide
The Motor City Machine Guns are out first, they are there to replace the Pope D’Angelo Dinero who had to pull out of the event due to a family emergency. Suicide is out next, and this crowd is really hot right out of the gate. Homicide is out next, to a ton of love from the crowd. Daniels is the fifth man to enter the ring, and this crowd loves all of these X division guys. Amazing Red is the last man out to the ring, with Don West in tow.
This one is on as soon as the bell rings, and since it will be difficult to cover, please, as always, bear with me. Red and Daniels have a nice exchange where Red sends Daniels to the floor with a headscissors. Homicide follows out soon after with a dive through the ropes. Suicide hits Red with a Finlay roll before jumping outside on top of Homicide. Sabin, not to be outdone, dives through the middle of the ropes onto the men outside. Red tries but Daniels catches him, Red instead hits a top rope hurricarana to the outside that sends Daniels into all the other competitors.
Red tries for the title, but the Guns catch him and use a giant swing/dropkick combo to take Red out. Homicide tries to the title while Daniels gets wrapped up with the Guns. Homicide gets almost the entire way to the title before Suicide does a springboard jump to get up to pull Homicide down to the mat.
The Guns continue to use their double team advantage, hitting Daniels with a doomsday missile dropkick. Red tries for the title, but he too falls victim to the Guns when they try for their sliced bread/powerbomb combo. Red is able to fight his way out with a hurricarana, and the Guns teamwork breaks down a little bit. Suicide dives into the ring out of nowhere and now everyone but the Guns are in the ring. Homicide again gets up to the rope structure, but Daniels pulls him down by the foot, straight into a Death Valley Driver. Red is next to go for the title, but he changes his mind when he sees Suicide coming closer. Red tries again for the title but Suicide connects with a springboard dropkick to take him down.
Daniels makes his way toward the title, as does Sabin. Both men kick it out while holding onto the ropes before falling onto their feet. Sabin connects with a DDT on Daniels. Shelley runs right into a lariat from Homicide. Homicide tries for the Gringo killer, but Daniels fights out.
Red goes up for the title again but Suicide catches him. Red and Sabin hit some sort of top rope double team maneuver on Suicide, who gets launched into Daniels. Shelley comes off the top rope toward Homicide, but Homicide catches him in a big suplex. Red hits a standing shooting star on Homicide. Suicide and Sabin fight up to the top rope where Suicide hits a big time suplex that sets Daniels up to hit the BME.
Daniels, Suicide and Red climb up the metal structure out to the middle of the X where they tease a suplex on top of the structure. Daniels slips himself through the scaffolding on top of the title belt, but so does Suicide. Suicide pulls Daniels down from the ropes and it ends in a nasty fall. The Guns go for the title and Sabin is close when Red drops down from the metal scaffolding and grabs the title.
Winner: The Amazing Red
– Lauren is backstage with the Beautiful People, she asks them about their rematch against the Kockout Tag Champs. Sky calls Lauren JB, and TBP make fun of Lauren for a little while. Sky says that everyone knows that TNA started with the Knockout Division, and that the Tag Championships were created for them. Sky says that tonight, they are going to take home what is rightfully theirs. Rayne says that last November, TBP had a lot of drama going on and they weren’t ready for their title shot, but tonight they’re going to accessorize by getting a couple of new belts. Von Erich grabs the mic before they leave and spouts out some stupid catch-phrase.
– JB is backstage with the Sarita and Wilde, Wilde says that TBP can keep making their excuses, and they will keep making history. Sarita says something, and then I’m pretty sure she repeats the exact same thing in Spanish.
TNA Knockouts Tag Title Match: Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs. The Beautiful People
Lacey Von Erich kisses the referee so that she’ll be allowed to stay at ringside, but Hebner is quick to come out. Von Erich kisses Hebner, but Hebner still throws her out, which causes TBP to throw a fit. The bell rings and Wilde tries to surprise Sky with a roll up. Sarita and Wilde utilize quick tags and some good double team work to isolate Sky from her corner, until Sky connects with a big lariat and makes the tag to Rayne.
Sky goes for a monkey flip, but she gets thrown away and hit with a DDT instead and both women are down.
Both women make the tag at the same time and Wilde comes in and cleans house on Rayne. Sarita hits Sky with a nasty missile dropkick to the face. Wilde and Sarita hit their German suplex/superkick combo on Rayne and they get the pin.
Winners: Sarita and Taylor Wilde
– Lauren is backstage with Kevin Nash and Eric Young. Young cuts her off and says he’s negotiated the best deal of his life. Young says he offered Hernandez a position in the World Elite. He says that both he and Nash consider him a black mark on the industry, and tonight they will eliminate him. She asks Nash about the $60,000 Young is paying Nash. Nash says that it’s win-win, because he walks out with his title, and richer, and Young wins because Hernandez gets beat, and Young walks away without a scratch.
TNA Legends Title Match: Kevin Nash vs. Eric Young vs. Hernandez
Eric Young refuses to even go near the ring until Nash is out with him. Hernandez brings EY into the ring the hard way and catches Nash off guard, allowing him an opportunity to hit EY with a shoulder block that sends him over the top rope. Super Mex follows out and fights with EY up the entrance ramp until Nash comes in and attacks Hernandez from behind. Nash and EY both beat on Hernandez for a little while, but Big Mex is able to send Nash into the ring post, and back in the ring, Hernandez simply dominates EY. Hernandez hits a big one armed back breaker and he goes for a pin on EY but Nash breaks it up.
Young and Nash pound on Hernandez in the corner, stomping at him and choking him with their boots. Nash hits Hernandez with a couple of his big elbows before Nash and EY go for a double team. Hernandez fights out and tries for a suplex, but Nash pushes Young over and Young hits a suplex of his own. Young and Nash stand Super MEx up in the corner and both choke him with their boots. Hernandez tries to fight back against both men, but Nash and Young both hit him with an elbow and Young goes for the pin. Nash breaks things up and Young looks confused, before realizing his deal with Nash, and Nash looks angry.
Hernandez is able to make his way to the top rope where he hits a big missile dropkick on Nash, but he gets caught with a back body drop from EY that sends him to the apron. Hernandez comes back in the ring with a slingshot shoulder block to Nash, before he cleans house on both men for a little while, launching EY with a crazy back drop. Hernandez hits a dual clothesline on both men and all three guys are down.
Young tries for a cross body but Hernandez turns it into a sitting powerbomb that’s good for a near fall. Hernandez and Nash fight it out in the ring, before Hernandez jumps over the top rope out of nowhere on top of EY. When Super Mex tries to make his way back into the ring though, Nash is able to catch him with a boot. EY hits a big elbow drop on Hernandez before he pulls down Nash’s shoulder straps for him. Nash teases the jack knife powerbomb, but EY gets tired of waiting. EY shoves Mex into Nash’s crotch, pins Nash, and the ref counts to three.
Winner and New TNA Legends Champion: Eric Young
– There’s chaos in the back as everyone but Team 3D are backstage who’s in the big Tag Title match tonight. Brutus Magnus is on the mic, he basically tells everyone that they need to teal up against the 3D. Everyone agrees excepts for Beer Money, who are more interested in looking for James Storm’s beer.
Full Metal Mayhem for the TNA & IWGP Tag Titles: Scott Steiner & Booker T vs. The British Invasion vs. Team 3D vs. Beer Money
At the bell, everyone but Beer Money are quick to attack the Team 3D, but they soon join in. Everyone just focuses on pounding Devon and Bubba. Steiner takes Devon to the floor and slams him into the barricade, before using the ladder to work over Devon’s shoulder. Booker and Ray fight on the other side of the ring, and the British Invasion go for the ladders and try for the titles, BM catches them though, and quickly end the Brits run for the belts.
Beer Money double team Doug Williams, sending him headfirst into a chair in the corner before hitting a slingshot DDT. Booker comes in and takes out both members of BM before grabbing a ladder and trying to climb up. Roode stops Booker’s climb, but quickly falls victim to an axe kick. Steiner chokes out Devon with an extension chord while Beer Money hit a DWI on Booker. Steiner comes in and cleans house on everyone with belly to belly suplexes before hitting a Frankensteiner on Williams, and then hitting a top rope suplex on Magnus. Booker is calling for the ref, and Sharmell comes out. Steiner, meanwhile, hits Roode with a top rope suplex.
Steiner tries to climb the ladder, but he’s pushed off by Williams, and the Brits hit Steiner with a double team neckbreaker before ripping of 3D and hitting a What’s up headbutt. A stretcher has come out for Booker and Devon has finally made his way back to the ring. Brits setup a table in the ring, but 3D is back in it and they go to town on everyone, taking out Magnus and Roode with a steel chair. 3D hit Williams with a double team neckbreaker before Ray connects with a Bubba Bomb on Roode and Devon hits an inverted DDT on Storm.
Zakk Wylde gets involved when Brother Ray hands him a chair and has him hit Magnus. Back in the ring, Devon puts Williams through a table with a big suplex before 3D connect with a what’s up headbutt of their own. Bubba has everyone yell ‘get the tables!’ and the crowd goes nuts. Bubba sets up three tables in the ring, and he and Devon hit dual chokeslams on Beer Money, sending them through two of the tables. Steiner is in to break things up, before going outside to grab a ladder. Steiner takes down Devon and Bubba with the ladder before positioning it under one of the belts. Steiner climbs the ladder, but 3D catches him and puts him through the table with a big slam.
Devon climbs the ladder and gets his hands on the IWGP title, but Rhino is in and he takes out 3D with a series of nasty chair shots. Brits hurt Devon even further with a top rope European suplex. Brits grab a couple of ladders and begin the climb up, but BM is in quickly to break things up. Beer Money hit a double suplex from the top of the ladder, and the landing looks really nasty. Roode tries to climb one of the ladders but Magnus hits Roode with a chair to the back.
Magnus and Storm fight up to the top of the ladder where Storm hits a big sunset powerbomb from the top of the ladder. Storm turns around straight into a chair shot from doug williams, who begins to climb up the ladder. Roode catches Williams at the top of the ladder and sends him to the mat, but Big Rob comes in to the ring, grabs Roode and press slams him to the outside through a table. Big Rob puts Williams on his shoulders and gives him a boost up to the titles.
Winners and New IWGP Tag Team Champions: Team 3D
Winners and New TNA Tag Team Champions: The British Invasion
TNA Knockout Women’s Championship Match
– ODB (c) vs. Awesome Kong vs. Tara
Awesome Kong starts things off quickly, jumping both Tara and ODB before the bell. Tara and ODB are quick to team up on Kong though, but they get taken down by a double clothesline from Kong. Kong sends Tara into the corner, sends ODB after her and follows them both with a big splash. Kong slams both Tara and ODB before going to the top rope. Kong tries for a big splash, but both women move and kip up. Tara and ODB hit a double shoulderblock before following it up with a double suplex, but their teamwork breaks down when Tara goes for the pin. ODB hits Tara with a big fallaway slam, but Tara is able to fight back when she catches ODB in a tarantula. Kong is quick to break things up, slamming into both Tara and ODB. Tara goes up top and hits a big moonsault on both ODB and Kong. Kong picks Tara up and puts her on the top rope before smacking her off to the floor.
Tara gets into it with a fan and ODB and Kong are obviously at a loss of what to do. Tara storms to the back and apparently it’s a one on one match now. Kong sends ODB into the corner and tries for a splash, but ODB moves and hits a splash of her own. ODB actually picks Kong up and hits a big Samoan drop, but it’s only good for a two count. ODB comes off the top rope at Kong, but Kong grabs her and squashes her in the corner. Tara is back out, but she’s quickly kicked out to the floor by Kong. Kong goes up top and hits a big splash, but Tara is in to break it up.
Kong sends Tara back out to the floor and hits an implant buster on ODB, but ODB kicks out and Kong looks shocked. Raisha Saeed is out and she tosses in a steel chair to Kong, but Kong kicks it back out. They do this again, with the same results. Kong tries for another implant buster, but ODB turns it into a face buster onto the chair (that Saeed sends back in the ring). ODB pins Kong, and the ref count to three. Both Saeed and Kong look pretty upset, but Kong looks a bit more angry than just upset.
Winner and STILL TNA Knockout Champion: ODB
Lauren is backstage with Matt Morgan, she asks him about his match with Angle tonight. Morgan says that Angle played him for months, but unlike all other big guys in the sport, Morgan is actually a college educated man. Morgan says that he’s finally got Angle one on one, and that Angle’s attempts to stay away from Morgan didn’t work. Morgan says Kurt may have been a gold medalist, but Morgan IS the future.
Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe
The bell rings and Samoa Joe comes out first with a big kick to Bobby Lashley. Lashley attempts a single leg takedown and Joe dodges it. Lock up and Joe pushes Lashley to the corner. Joe with a few slaps to Lashley, hits the ropes, Lashley jumps over Joe and then plants Joe with a HUGE spinebuster. Lashley then goes for an armbar and Joe turns out of it. Joe then gets a leg bar locked in on Lashley. Lashley rolls out of that. Lashley with a single leg takedown on Joe. Kristal Lashley is shown at ringside watching the match. Joe bails to the outside when Lashley starts pushing the pace. Joe returns to the ring and hits a few kicks on Lashley. Joe ends up catching referee Earl Hebner with a kick and Joe hits a big kick that sends Lashley through the ropes to the outside. Joe with a suicide dive on Lashley. Joe then sends Lashley back first into the side of the ring. Joe tosses Lashley back in the ring and Lashley gets in a few rights. JOe cuts Lashley off with a rake to the eyes and connects with some big kicks to the ribs. Joe applies an abdominal stretch on Lashley. Lashley with a hip toss to break it up. Joe with a quick snap powerslam on Lashley and then locks on an arm bar on Lashley. Lashley breaks it up and starts some big ground and pound on Joe. Joe with a shoulder block into Lashley in the corner. Joe with a big slap to Lashley and a few right hands. Lashley with a full nelson slam on Joe. Lashley with a quick T-Bone suplex on Joe after a series of quick offensive moves. Joe catches Lashley in the corner with a big plant. Lashley with a sweep on Joe and Lashley locks on a vice around the neck of Joe. We don’t see Joe tapping out, but referee Earl Hebner calls for the bell as it appears Joe had passed out.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
– Backstage, Jeremy Borash is with Mick Foley. Foley said tonight Abyss is going to learn things the hard way and that you can’t just put a flannel shirt on and pretend you are him.
– A video package runs highlighting the events between Mick Foley and Abyss.
Monster’s Ball: Hardcore Extreme
Special Guest Referee: Dr. Stevie
Mick Foley vs. Abyss
Mike Tenay reminds us that if Abyss uses thumbtacks in the match that he will be disqualified. As Abyss made his entrance, Mick Foley ran out and hit him with the barbed wire bat over the back. Foley continues to hit Abyss with the bat on the entrance ramp and then brings him to the top hitting a quick neckbreaker. Foley then starts climbing up a steel truss on the entrance set. Abyss follows Foley up and Foley hits him with some stiff right hands. Abyss falls off and goes crashing through the floor of the entrance set! Referee Dr. Stevie walks up and hands Foley the barbed wire bat. Foley backs up, runs and drops the barbed wire bat over the head of Abyss in the broken part of the set. Foley climbs up and heads down the ramp with Dr. Stevie. We then see Abyss busting through the top of the entrance ramp and takes out Foley with a big clothesline on the ramp. Abyss grabs a barbed wire board and places it across the ring apron and steel ring barricade. In the ring, Abyss cracks a trash can over the head of Foley a few times. Abyss grabs another barbed wire board and brings it in the ring. Foley counters and gives Abyss a double arm DDT into the board. Foley grabs the barbed wire bat and slices the top of Abyss’ head with it. Foley then hits Abyss in the arm with the barbed wire bat.
Foley props one of the barbed wire boards against the corner and starts choking Abyss. Abyss is busted open at this point. Abyss counters an irish whip and sends Foley back first into the barbed wire board. Abyss attempts a splash and Foley moves. Abyss is now in the barbed wire and Dr. Stevie pushes him back into the other barbed wire board. Abyss is now sandwiched between both boards. Foley drops an elbow over Abyss. Foley then grabs a black bag and pours thumbtacks out. Abyss goes to chokeslam Foley on the tacks, but Dr. Stevie reminds Abyss that if he uses tacks he is disqualified. Abyss then grabs Dr. Stevie and gives him a Torture Rack. Daffney runs down and tosses a taser at Foley. Foley grabs it and shocks Abyss. Pyro goes flying off the taser and Foley calls for another referee. Foley covers Abyss…and gets a full three count pinfall. Looks like they messed up as they continue on. Dr. Stevie takes out the referee. Daffney is up on the ring apron and Abyss tosses her into the barbed wire board that was over the ring apron and steel barricade! Abyss then gives Dr. Stevie a Black Hole Slam over the thumbtacks! Abyss with a chokeslam on Foley over the barbed wire board. Abyss grabs Dr. Stevie, drags him over, covers Foley and uses Dr. Stevie’s arm to count the 1…2…3.
After the match, we see a shot of Daffney who is still stuck in the barbed wire at ringside and freaking out. We see highlights of the match leading to the finish.
– A video package runs highlighting Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan tonight.
Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan
The bell rings, Matt Morgan moves forward and Kurt Angle rolls out of the ring. Angle returns to the ring and again rolls out when Morgan approaches him. Angle is back in the ring, they lock up and Morgan tosses Angle with ease into the corner. Another lock up and Morgan powers Angle over the top rope to the outside. Angle is back in and catches MOrgan with a quick kick. Angle counters a chokeslam attempt from Morgan, but Morgan comes back with a high elbow. Morgan with rapid fire elbows to Angle in the corner. Morgan lifts Angle high up and drops him face first off the corner. Angle falls into the ropes and Morgan drops his weight over his body. Angle fights back sending Morgan into the barricade. Angle jumps at Morgan, Morgan catches him and sends Angle into the steel ring post. Morgan tosses Angle back in, goes up top and connects with a cross body that results in a two count. Morgan misses his Carbon Foot Print big boot and Angle hits a big sweep taking Morgan down. Angle with right hands to Morgan. Angle drops an elbow over the leg of Morgan and then attempts a single leg Boston Crab. Angle breaks that up and instead gets a Figure Four applied. Angle wrenches back and Morgan screams out in pain. Morgan is trying to twist to his side to break it up, but Angle gets Morgan on his back.
Morgan gets turned over and breaks it up. Morgan catches Angle with a huge clothesline from his knees. Morgan with a big side slam on Angle, cover and Angle kicks out after two. Angle with big uppercuts on Morgan, goes up top, jumps, Morgan catches Angle and hits a big fallaway slam. Angle counters a chokeslam in mid air into a roll up for a close two count. Morgan finally hits a chokeslam, covers and Angle gets a shoulder up after two. Angle with three german suplexes on Morgan. Angle Slam attempt, Morgan counters and catches Angle with the Carbon Foot Print. Cover and Angle somehow kicks out after two. Morgan misses a splash in the corner and Angle connects with the Angle Slam. Cover and Morgan gets a shoulder up after two. Angle drops the straps and gets the Ankle Lock applied. Morgan counters out kicking Angle away. Morgan with a kick to Angle, lifts him up for a powerbomb, Angle rolls through and gets another Ankle Lock applied. Morgan twists out and Angle still hangs on. Morgan finally kicks Angle away, Angle charges and misses a splash in the corner. Morgan with the Hellevator on Angle, cover and Angle gets a shoulder up after two. Morgan can’t believe it. Morgan stands up and is still frustrated. Morgan grabs Angle, attempts a Tombstone Piledriver, Angle rolls through and gets the Ankle Lock applied.
Morgan tries twisting out and Angle still holds on. Morgan again kicks Angle away and hits a big clothesline. Cover and Angle kicks out. Morgan is now going up top, Angle jumps up and gives Morgan a huge overhead belly to belly off the top rope. Angle with the Angle Slam on Morgan. Angle is now going up top and hits a frog splash off the top rope. Cover…1…2…Morgan somehow kicks out! Morgan puts Angle on his shoulders, Angle rolls through and gets the roll up pinfall.
Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match, Matt Morgan slaps the ring mat and is frustrated about his loss. Kurt Angle celebrates his win and then extends his hand to Morgan. Morgan hesistates, but then shakes Angle’s hand. Angle raises up Morgan’s arm and then walks off to the back. The crowd is giving both a huge ovation.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Sting
Jeremy Borash did ring introductions for the challenger Sting and champion AJ Styles.
The bell rings and we get a quick handshake between Styles and Sting. Lock up and Styles goes to the side headlock. Sting counters into a side headlock of his own. Styles with a big hip toss on Sting and goes back to the side headlock. Sting with a big hip toss of his own on Styles. Crowd in Irvine is really getting into this match. Sting with a side headlock on Styles, blocks a hip toss from Styles, sends Styles to the ring apron, Styles springboards back in and Sting dodges it. Both take a second to smile and stare each other down. Lock up into a side headlock from Sting. Sting with a shoulder block on Styles, misses an elbow drop, Styles misses a knee drop and both are back up staring each other down. Styles with a snapmare and kick to the back of Sting. Styles with a scoop slam and knee to the head on Sting. Cover and Sting kicks out after two. Sting sends Styles with force back first into the corner and Styles bounces back off. Sting does this a second time and Styles bounces off the corner with force. Sting with a clothesline that sends Styles over the top rope to the outside. Styles gets to his feet and Sting opens the ropes for him to get back in. Styles gets back in they lock up. Styles with a big kick to the back of the head on Sting. Styles with a big suplex on Sting, cover and Sting gets a shoulder up.
Styles with shots to Sting in the corner. Sting catches Styles with a big kick to the head and a quick face plant. Sting catches Styles with a huge overhead back body drop. Lots of counters that ends with Styles catching Sting with a huge dropkick. Sting quickly rolls out of the ring. Sting dodges a springboard dive attempt from Styles. Styles lands on the ring apron, jumps at Sting, Sting moves and Styles crashes into the steel ring barricade. Sting attempts a Stinger Splash on Styles against the guard railing and Styles also moves out of the way. Styles rolls back in the ring and calls for Sting to return. Sting is back in the ring, counters between the two, Sting with some big right hands on Styles and Styles answers back with some of his own. Styles misses a charge in the corner, catches Sting with a high elbow, Sting with a big boot, Styles is down, Sting is up top, Styles puts Sting on his shoulders into a Tombstone Piledriver position, Sting counters and hits Styles with a Tombstone Piledriver of his own. Cover by Sting and Styles somehow finds a way to kick out. Styles rolls to the ring apron, recovers, hits a springboard flying forearm, covers Sting and Sting kicks out. Styles with a backbreaker on Sting, cover and Sting still gets a shoulder up. Styles with some more elbows to the head of Sting.
Styles attempts a springboard inverted DDT, Sting counters looking to hit a Scorpion Deathdrop, Styles counters that into a snapmare, Sting is back up and finally hits the Scorpion Deathdrop. Stinger Splash on Styles in the corner and a second Scorpion Deathdrop. Cover by Sting…1…2…Styles somehow gets a shoulder up. Sting attempts a Scorpion Deathlock, turns it over and gets it applied on Styles. The referee asks Styles if he gives up, he screams no and breaks it up. Sting and Styles start exchanging chops. Sting then hulks up and levels Styles with a big clothesline. Cover and Styles kicks out after two. Sting has Styles positioned up on the top rope. Styles headbutts Sting off him and then falls down off the turnbuckle to the ring apron. Styles then catches Sting with a Pele Kick on the ring apron, Sting falls back, Styles hits the springboard body splash, hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner & STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: AJ Styles
After the match, AJ Styles is handed the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and celebrates. Sting gives Styles a hug and then exits the ring. Mike Tenay and Taz wonder if that was Sting’s last match. Sting heads to the back and AJ Styles gets on the mic telling him to wait. They have some mic problems and then get it sorted out. Styles said he has been wrestling for 23 years and this ring is his spotlight in his home state of California. Sting returns to the ring as Styles yells, “This is your time right now.” The fans chant “PLEASE DON’T GO” at Sting. We see a shot of AJ Styles clapping for Sting on the entrance ramp. Sting gets in the ring and says, “Thank you. Thank you. I really didn’t expect to be back here right now because this moment is not about me it is about our new World Champion. But if I’m gonna lose, I’m glad that I could lose to somebody like AJ Styles. And if I can lose, I’m real glad to lose at home.” The fans chant, “YOU’VE STILL GOT IT.” Sting continues, “Thank you, thank you. I suppose that since I have this platform right now I should probably cover what people have been asking me the last couple months and at Fanfest yesterday. I’ve gotta tell ya…(the fans chant “ONE MORE YEAR”)…I’m not pulling a Brett Favre on you, but I was not prepared to make some kind of announcement tonight. All I can say is, I’m being real serious, I don’t know if I’m going to come back.” He closes saying the fans make him want to stay forever and his music hits as the PPV goes off the air.