JB is backstage with Bobby Roode. Roode says he wants to get one thing clear. He was Beer Money. He was Fortune. He didn't need Kazarian, James Storm, or AJ Styles. All they did was prevent him from reaching his full potential, and now that he's kicked them all to the curb, he stands before them as the World Heavyweight champion. Roode says Styles is jealous and can't deal with it. Roode says he's selfish. He'll do whatever it takes to keep the title, at all costs. He's the it factor of pro wrestling. He says AJ has seen what he did to his partner to get the title, imagine what he'll do to AJ. This leads us right into a video package highlighting Roode's journey to the title, heel turn, and involvement of AJ Styles.
TNA Championship Match
- Bobby Roode (c) vs. AJ Styles
The bell rings and Styles is quick to back Roode into the ropes where he forces the ref to back Styles away. We get a lock up and neither man gets an advantage before they break and Roode goes back into the ropes. We get another lock up and Styles backs Roode up into the corner. Roode catches Styles with a cheap shot, but AJ answers with a right hand of his own. Roode drops to the mat and out to the floor for a breather.
Roode makes his way back into the ring and catches Styles with a series of right hands. Styles tries to fight back but Roode locks in a side head lock. Styles is able to fight it off but Styles hits a big dropkick that sends Roode to the outside. Styles follows and sends Roode back into the ring, hitting an immediate snap suplex. Styles takes Roode from corner to corner, slamming Roode's head into turnbuckles and hitting chop after chop.
Styles picks Roode up and slams him to the mat before hitting a big knee drop for a two count. Styles hits another right and chop, but Roode responds with a kick to the chest and a clothesline that takes AJ off his feet. Roode punches Styles in the corner and catches him with a kick to the stomach. Roode snap mares AJ out of the corner and hits a leaping neck breaker. Roode charges AJ, but Styles avoids it and Roode crashes through the ropes and out to the floor. AJ goes out to the apron and leaps off on top of Roode, sandwiching him against the barricade. Styles follows up by slamming Roode into the barricade.
Styles lays in with some more chops before sending Roode back into the ring. When Styles makes his way up to the apron Roode shoves the ref into Styles and follows up with a baseball slide to send Styles out to the floor. Roode goes to the outside and backs Styles up into the apron back first. Roode sends AJ back into the ring and tries for a cover for a one count. Roode stomps away at Styles, then punches, but Styles starts to fight back. Styles hits a boot in the corner and comes off the middle rope but he's caught by Roode and slingshotted into the turnbuckle across the ring. Roode puts AJ down with a Samoan drop that's good for another two count.
Roode locks in a waist lock, trying to wear Styles down. Styles tries to fight out so Roode transitions to a front face lock. Styles tries to fight out but Roode hits him with a clubbing blow. Styles charges Roode in the corner but Roode gets his feet up. Roode goes up to the middle rope, but he's stopped by AJ. Styles goes up, but he's fought off with a head butt. AJ recovers and jumps right back up the ropes, hitting a superplex.
Both men are slow to make it to their feet. When they do they trade right hands until Styles hits a back body drop, then a series of clotheslines. Styles hits a flying forearm in the corner, then hits an awesome over the knee neckbreaker that's good for another near fall. Styles shoulders Roode but Roode fights out of it. Styles goes to the apron, but only slingshots himself over with a forearm. AJ goes for a cross body but Roode rolls through and goes for the pin for two. Roode sends AJ into the ropes and connects with a big spinebuster for another two count.
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