Ryan sends him in and hits a nice dropkick and another pin attempt. Aries hits a Tornado Punch and goes for a punt but Ryan escapes. Ryan gets a dropkick but recovers with a modified suplex. He goes up top but Aries scouts it and Ryan rolls right to his feet. Aries hits his running dropkick and the brainbuster for the win.
Winner by pin: Austin Aries
-Slammiversary highlights: Hogan face turn
Roode is introduced. AJ's music hits followed by Angle and Hogan. Hogan says he can't make a wrong decision at this point but his gut says AJ knows Roode better than anybody and he gets it.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship:
Bobby Roode (c) vs. AJ Styles
They start off with speed and intensity but Roode goes out to regroup. Roode wants a test of strength but ends up just kicking AJ. AJ hits a beautiful dropkick, Roode falls to the outside.
Roode takes control of AJ. AJ kicks out. Roode works the left arm. AJ tries to fight back but is cut off. AJ launches him out of the ring and leaps after him. AJ seems distracted and is hip tossed onto the steel steps. Hogan is informed that his guest has arrived.
Roode is in control in the ring. He pulls back on AJ from a reverse chin lock. Roode charges in and gets a shoulderblock. AJ springboards with a flying forearm and gets 2. Roode drives his spine into the corner and puts him on the top. Roode goes for a superplex but AJ throws him off and hits a missile dropkick and gets 2. They counter each other several times in a nice exchange, ending with a spear from Roode. He gets 2.
Roode applies a crossface but AJ gets out. AJ applies a chinlock into a bridge but Roode makes the ropes. AJ stomps Roode then goes for a powerbomb or something but Roode reverses into a spinebuster. Roode hits a fisherman suplex into a bridge for a 2. Roode goes for another one but AJ catches him with a Pele Kick. Both men struggle to get up. AJ looks over his shoulder and goes for a 450 springboard off the apron but Roode gets his knees up. Roode hits another bridging suplex for the win.
Winner by pin and STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Roode
Kazarian and Daniels look on in disbelief from the stage.
Roode grabs a mic and says he did it. He is the longest reigning champion in history. He calls for his champagne. He tells Hogan to come out and celebrate with him.
Roode is still in the ring drinking champagne. Roode calls for his confetti and it begins to fall from the rafters. He rolls in it. Hogan's music hits. He comes out applauding. Roode makes confetti angels in the ring. Hogan says he's impressed because he had the deck stacked against Roode. Hogan takes a drink with him.
Hogan says he's earned his respect but the hard work has just begun. Hogan says someone else would like to celebrate with him…the lights go out. It's Sting! The lights come on and Sting takes it to Roode then kisses Hogan. Hogan says its show time. Roode is on his butt on the ramp. Hogan tells him not to leave. He says next week Impact is live at 8pm and right at the top of the hour Roode will face Sting in a lumberjack match. Roode is beside himself.
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