TNA returned to The Township in Columbia with a great house show. I attended an autograph session with Velvet Sky and James Storm at the local Direct Auto from 2-4. This was a great experience as I stayed the whole time and basically got a ton of stuff signed and took a million pictures with them. They were very friendly and seemed to enjoy themselves. I got to the arena early and saw Ric Flair pull in. They opened the door to the public at 6:30pm, and had Velvet Sky signing at a table(I got another one). Done West was the hype man and is definitely the best in the biz. The show started right on time with Jeremy Borash serving as the ring announcer.
Match 1: Eric Young and ODB defeated Robbie E and Rob Terry (referee: Brian Hebner)
About what you would expect. A good choice for the opener as it got the crowd into it from the get go. Lots of comedic spots, including a dance off. ODB and Young both pinned Robbie E following a missile dropkick off the top rope from Young.
Match 2: Austin Aries defeated Jesse Sorensen and Zema Ion to retain the X division title. (referee: Earl Hebner) Very good, fast paced match. The crowd was actually behind Double A as the several Austin Aries chants broke out. Aries pinned Ion following a brain buster.
Match 3: Gail Kim defeated Velvet Sky to retain the knockouts title. (referee: Brian Hebner)
Solid knockouts match that got the crowd really into it. Nice ovation for Sky following the loss.
Match 4: AJ Styles defeated Kazarian. (referee: Earl Hebner)
Match of the night. These two guys work really well together and I could defiantly see this match on upcoming PPV's. Styles won with a roll up after several reversals.
Intermission saw Austin Aries signing at the table (which according to Don West he never does) and both Hebners signing the Damn Right I Did shirt if you were willing to buy one.
Match 5: Gunner (w/ Ric Flair) defeated Garrett Bischoff. (referee: Earl Hebner)
Tough spot for Bischoff as Columbia is definitely Flair country, not to mention Gunner always has (and still does) work a lot of Indy shows in the area. Flair cut a promo before the match, basically letting Bischoff know that this was the house that Flair built. Gunner won after Flair interfered.
Match 6: Jeff Hardy and James Storm defeated Kurt Angle and TNA Champion Bobby Roode. (referee: Brian Hebner). This was advertised as being two separate matches, but they combined them for some reason into this tag match. Good match with Hardy being way over with the crowd. Finish saw Angle hit the Angle Slam on Hardy, Storm hit the super kick on Angle, Roode hit Storm with a spine buster, and Hardy reverse a Perfect Plex by Roode to hit the twist of fate for the win.
After the show you could pay $20 to get the ring and have your picture taken with Hardy and Storm. Earl Hebner was also back at his table. I was very disappointed they did bring out the lockeroom after the show to sign autographs for the fans like they have at every other TNA show I've been to. Other than that, it was a great show and I can't wait for them to return!
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