|By Raj Giri||September 02, 2012 | Comments|
This is was the second line TNA event that I have attended this year. In fact, TNA must really enjoy our area because this was the fourth overall live event that they have given in the Maryland area. At the event in Hagerstown, The Baltimore Sun reported that about 800 people attended that event. That event also had the rare pleasure of having Sting in attendance.
This show had maybe a little over 500 people for this show. However, everyone in attendance seem to have fun. This show was clearly affected by difficult weather.
SoCal Val did the announcing duties for this show. It was good to see her. She is clearly a person that is underused during IMPACT broadcasts, but it's understandable considering Christy Hemme has that duty on Thursday. Note you could tell she was clearly managing the tech crew as they monitored Thunderstorms that rolled through the area.
1. Napalm Bomb (local Gutcheck contestant from Bowie) pinned Christian York. Bomb is a big strong dude, his moves in the ring were stiff, but I will say that he did win his match. The local crowd did start a "let's go Bowie" chant, which was funny.
Austin Aries comes to the ring to a solid pop and tells a little story that during his travels, he lived in Baltimore for a year, and it was a pleasure to be back in the area. Bobby Roode's music starts to play and a yellow Bullpen cart roles him in. Bobby naturally insults the crowd gaining much heat.
After going back and forth on the mic, SoCal Val and A Double ask the crowd if they would like to see a Battle Royal to determine who gets a title shoot at the champs belt. Bobby interjects and states that if A Double is going to remain at ringside so would he, especially since he's the real champ and Aries' reign is a fluke.
2. Battle Royal (winner receives a title shot later that night). Contestants were Magnus, Kurt Angle (who was wearing a Wizards jersey), James Storm, Kaz and Daniels (they drew the most heat of the night... the Claire Lynch angle didn't help A.J., but Kaz and Daniels know how to draw heat), Zema Ion, Sonjay Dutt and AJ Styles.
Roode jumps in and assaults AJ as it appears he would earn the title shot. The first time I can remember a battle Royal ending in a no contest as Angle and Aires make the save. The main even becomes a six man match with AJ Styles, Angle and Aries vs. Roode, Ka and Daniels.
I think they had to improvise the main-event because as soon as they make the match, So Cal climbs into the ring and informs the crowd that a storm is right over us and that they would take a 15 minute intermission. It was funny because about 5 minutes later it started to pour and a "Daniel Bryan" chant starts. As the a group a fans chant "YES! YES! YES!," another group of fans countered with a "No! NO! NO!" chant. I don't think Bryan would have ever believed he would be this over.
With the ring covered, Earl Hebner sold his "I screwed Bret" t-shirts.
3. Zema Ion defeated Sonjay Dutt in an awesome match with many near falls.
4. Mickie James vs Gail Kim: This was a solid match featuring two of the best today. Mickie got the win, and it seemed like she tweaked her knee. Brian Hebner carried Mickie to the yellow cart, gave him a big kiss and winked to the crowd.
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