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- The 2012 TNA Hardcore Justice pay-per-view kicks off with a nice video package before Mike Tenay welcomes us to the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida as the pyro goes off and the fans get hype. Tenay is joined by Taz and they talk about tonight's matches.
Gunner and Kid Kash vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
We go to the ring and out first comes the team of Gunner and Kid Kash. The team of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez is out next.
The match starts and Chavo gets double teamed after they dump Hernandez to the floor. Chavo fights them off and it comes down to he and Kash in the ring. Chavo hits the trio of suplexes and goes up top but Gunner interferes and Chavo goes down. Kash tags in Gunner and they double team him some more.More tags and double teaming on Chavo. Chavo finally comes back with a headscissors but gets clotheslined by Gunner from the apron. More double teaming and a pin attempt on Chavo.
Gunner chokes Chavo in the corner before tagging Kash back in. Chavo tries to fight back but gets stopped. Kash goes down and Chavo crawls for a tag again. Kash pulls him back and in comes Gunner. Chavo finally makes the tag and Hernandez unloads on Kash. Gunner comes in with shots but Hernandez knocks him across the ring. Hernandez with a big hip toss on Kash followed by a big splash in the corner. Hernandez slams Kash on his face but Gunner breaks the 2 count. Hernandez ducks the double team and takes them both out with a clothesline. Gunner goes to the floor and Hernandez leaps over the ropes and takes him out. Hernandez slingshots back in and takes Kash down. Chavo hits a frogsplash on Kash for the win.
Winners: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
- We get a Bound For Glory Series promo video.
Falls Count Anywhere Bound For Glory Series Match: Rob Van Dam vs. The Pope vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson
We go to the ring and out comes Rob Van Dam first. The Pope is out next but he doesn't appear. His music starts again and the cameras cut backstage where he's getting jumped by Aces & 8s. They leave Pope laying and screaming in pain. We go back to the arena and out comes Magnus. Mr. Anderson is out next.
Anderson comes out and cuts a promo. He says with Pope gone, that's one less b---h he has to worry about. RVD gets sent outside by Magnus to start the match. Anderson and Magnus go at it now. Back and forth action with pin attempts. RVD comes back in and takes out both men. RVD and Magnus tumble out to the floor. RVD drops him on top of the fan barrier. RVD kicks Anderson in the face but gets knocked off the apron into the fan barrier. Anderson and Magnus go at it on the floor now. Anderson with a 2 count at ringside.
Anderson gets slammed on a steel chair. Magnus and Anderson brawl up to the stage area while RVD is still down and out. RVD suddenly appears and throws a chair at Magnus' head, taking him out. RVD jumps from the ramp and leaps onto Anderson, who's laying over the fan barrier. The crowd chants for RVD now. Magnus takes out RVD's knee from behind and he goes down on the ramp. Magnus applies a Texas Cloverleaf on the ramp. Anderson attacks and breaks the hold. Anderson brings Magnus back to the ring and they go at it. RVD comes back down and gets in the mix. Anderson goes for a superplex on RVD but Magnus sends Anderson out. Magnus climbs up with RVD for a superplex but RVD knocks him to the mat. RVD hits the Five Star Frogsplash on Magnus but Anderson breaks the pin. Magnus suplexes RVD on the ramp now. Magnus wrestles with a fan and his chair but can't get it. Magnus grabs another chair and finds RVD up on the stage. RVD ends up kicking the chair into his face for the win on the stage. RVD earns 20 points in the Bound For Glory Series.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
- Jeremy Borash is backstage with Madison Rayne. Apparently security has swept the building and can't find Aces & 8s. Rayne talks about how Miss Tessmacher can't beat her tonight. Madison blows Earl Hebner a kiss and walks off.
TNA Television Title Match: Kazarian vs. Devon
We go to the ring and out comes one-half of the TNA Tag Team Champions Kazarian. The TNA TV Champion Devon is out next.
Kazarian stalls to start the match but Devon gets him and they go at it. Devon controls the match as they brawl around ringside and Kazarian keeps trying to escape. Kazarian slips on the steel steps but Devon catches him and slams him on the floor at ringside. Devon brings it back in the ring and Kazarian begs him to back off.
Kazarian turns things around and chokes Devon on the ropes. Devon fights back but Kazarian keeps control. 2 count by Kaz. Devon makes a comeback and hits a big leg drop for a pin attempt. More back and forth action for several minutes. Devon with the diving headbutt and splash in the corner. Devon with a shoulder off the ropes for a 2 count. Devon hits the neckbreaker from the corner for another pin attempt. Kaz counters a pin and rolls Devon up for a close 2 count. Kaz goes for Fade 2 Black but Devon blocks it. Devon with the big slam for the win.
- We get a video for tonight's Knockouts Title match.
TNA Knockouts Title Match: Madison Rayne vs. Miss Tessmacher
We go to the ring and out first comes Madison Rayne as Earl Hebner waits in the ring. Out next comes the TNA Knockouts Champion Miss Tessmacher.
The bell rings and they lock up. Madison shoves her and they lock up again. Tessmacher gets the upperhand this time and they lock up one more time, going to the corner. Hebner backs Tessmacher off. One more lock up and back to the corner as Hebner backs Rayne off. Tessmacher rolls her up for a 2 count. More offense and Madison goes to the floor for a break. She comes back in and takes control of the match.
More back and forth action. Tessmacher tries to make a comeback but Rayne keeps control. Madison with a bridge suplex for a 2 count. Tessmacher comes back with clotheslines and a forearm. Rayne with a rake to the eye to turn things around. Tessmacher slams Madison by her hair and goes to the top. Tessmacher with a top rope elbow for a 2 count. Tessmacher argues with Hebner as Madison rolls her up from behind and uses the ropes for leverage for the win.
Winner and New TNA Knockouts Champion: Madison Rayne
- Hebner goes to ringside with Madison. Tessmacher tries to protest but Hebner insists it was 1-2-3.
- JB is backstage with Bully Ray to talk about tonight's Tables Match. Ray says the Aces & 8s are supposedly coming for him tonight so he's keeping his back to the wall and being cautious. Ray says he left his house this morning and found these on his truck - an Ace and an 8 card. Ray talks trash and says if they want to find him, he will be in the ring picking up 20 points and putting people through tables. Ray says he's going on to Bound For Glory to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Bound For Glory Series Tables Match: Robbie E. vs. Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy vs. James Storm
We go to the ring and out first comes Robbie E. by himself. Bully Ray is out next with his chain. He's looking around, paranoid about Aces & 8s. Out next comes Jeff Hardy followed by James Storm.
The match starts with some arguing. Ray strikes Robbie first and then he gets hit by Storm and Hardy. Storm and Hardy toss Robbie out of the ring. They turn around to a double clothesline from Ray. Ray goes back and forth from Hardy and Storm now. Ray yells out to Robbie and wants him to bring a table in the ring. Ray plays friends with Robbie but knocks him off the apron after he brings the table in. Ray sets the table up but Hardy and Storm beat him down. They go to double suplex Ray through the table but Robbie moves the table. Part of the table actually breaks but the match goes on. Robbie takes down Storm and works on Ray.
Robbie drops Hardy with an elbow to the chest. Ray slides a table in but Robbie kicks him back to the floor. Robbie sets a table up and knocks Ray back off the apron. Robbie works on Storm now before going back to Hardy. Robbie puts Hardy on the table and hits him with punches. Robbie goes to the second rope but Storm decks him. Storm climbs up for a superplex but Hardy cuts him off. Hardy goes to powerbomb both of them through the table but Ray moves it out of the way and they all three go down as Ray looks on. Ray clotheslines Hardy and is back in control.
They go on and Aces & 8s come out while Bully Ray is in control. Superkick from Storm to Bully Ray. Aces & 8s give Storm the thumbs up. Hardy runs in and takes Storm down. Hardy sets up a table in the middle of the ring and tries to put Storm on it. Storm fights back, Hardy hits flip off the top rope. The two are batteling back and forth. Hardy hits Twist of Hate. Aces come back to the ring to distract Hardy. Storm hits last call. Bully comes in tosses Storm out of the ring and puts Hardy through the table for the win.
Winner: Bully Ray
TNA X Division Title Match: Kenny King vs. Zema Ion
Lots of back and forth action to start the match. King goes for an early backslide pin and more near falls. King with a submission now. Ion turns it aorund in the corner but misses a big kick. King knocks Ion out to the floor and follows. They fight on the apron and King goes back to the floor. Ion leaps out onto him and takes him out. Ion brings King back in the ring and hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Ion with more offense.
Ion goes for a moonsault but lands on King's knees. King hits a couple of big clotheslines and rights hands. King sends Ion into the ropes and hits a huge spinning kick that's good for a two count. King charges into a back elbow, but launches Ion into the corner with a big suplex. Ion falls to the outside, so King jumps over the top with a twisting body press over the top. King sends Ion back into the ring and heads up to the apron. King hits a springboard blockbuster, but can't keep Ion down for two. King shoulders Ion but Ion fights out. Ion backs King into the corner, but King fights out. King locks on a single leg Boston crab.
Ion fights out of it with a kick and charges into a big boot from King in the corner. King misses a spin kick, and Ion connects with a crazy facebuster across his own knee for another near fall. Ion positions King and heads up in the corner. King stops him with a big right. King heads up after Ion but is thrown off. King lands on his feet and kicks Ion in the back of the head for another two count. King hits Ion with an enzugiri and rolls Ion up for another two. King charges into Ion in the corner, but whatever he did is sloppily reversed by Ion. Amazingly, that's the end of the match, as Ion gets the three.
Winner and STILL TNA X Division Champion: Zema Ion
JB is backstage with Samoa Joe. Joe says he's ready, because tonight he seals his place in the final four. Tonight he's one step closer to his goal, regaining his World Championship. And on a night when a lot of people are nervous, Joe isn't nervous. If someone starts something with Joe, they go until one of them isn't there anymore. Joe will beat up everyone, take the envelope, and the 20 points.
The bell rings and once again, everyone stares each other down. Styles jumps Daniels and beats him down in the corner, stomping away. Angle pulls him off only to stomp and choke him with his boot. Joe hits Daniels with Kawada kicks and all three men hit him with rights. Daniels kicks everyone, but misses a moonsault on Joe. Joe hits an atomic drop/big kick/senton combo. Joe beats on Styles in the corner before peppering Angle with rights. He splashes both men before hitting Angle with an enzugiri and face washing him with his boot. Daniels pulls Joe to the outside and slams his head into the apron. Daniels heads in and jumps over the top, but he's caught by Joe. Styles jumps over the top and wipes out both men.
In the ring Styles beats on Angle, taking him from corner to corner. Styles heads out to the ring apron, but Daniels uses a ladder to take out Styles' knee. Angle slides to the outside and Daniels sends him crashing into the guardrail. Daniels brings the ladder into the ring and uses it to hit Joe in the gut. He traps Joe in the corner and charges in with a running forearm. Daniels charges in again and Joe drives him down into the ladder. Joe sets up the ladder but Styles stops him. Styles hits Joe with a dropkick that sends Joe to the outside. Angle comes in and hits Styles with a couple of big right hands and upper cuts. Angle hits Styles with a tilt a whirl backbreaker, but Daniels uses the ladder to low blow Angle before tossing him to the outside.
Daniels begins to climb to the top, but Joe powerbombs him into the corner instead. Joe tosses AJ from the ring and heads up the ladder. Angle pushes the ladder down and launches Joe with a belly to belly suplex. Angle grabs the ladder and sets it up, but Styles attacks from behind. Both men trade rights. Angle chokes Styles in the ropes before hitting him with a cross face blow, them stomping away at him. Styles tosses Angle to the ladder and Kurt ducks it, but Styles pushes the ladder into Angle's face. Styles hits Joe with a big Pele kick.
Styles stops Daniels from using the ladder as a weapon, and he mounts him in the corner, hitting him with repeated right hands. Styles hits Daniels with a big upper cut and a nasty chop. Joe comes back into the ring and hits both AJ and Daniels before back dropping Styles to the floor. Joe hits a suicide dive through the ropes to take out Styles. Joe charges Angle, but he's caught and Angle hits a belly to belly suplex on the outside. Daniels DDTs Angle on the floor. Daniels sends Joe back into the ring. He tries to whip AJ into Joe but it's reverses. AJ runs into a boot, then Joe hits a clothesline to Joe and Daniels before knocking Angle from the ring apron. Joe suplexes Daniels into the corner before running into double boots from AJ. Joe stops AJ from going to the top and tries for the muscle buster, but Angle stops by suplexing Joe, causing Styles to fall on his face.
Daniels takes Angle down with an STO and then sets up the ladder. Angle yanks him from the ladder and locks in the ankle lock. Daniels taps out but it doesn't matter. Daniels fights out of the hold and sends Angle face first into the ladder. Styles hits a springboard clothesline to Daniels out of nowhere. Styles drags the ladder to the middle of the ring. Styles begins climbing, but Daniels pushes the ladder and Styles falls over the ropes to the outside. Daniels takes a bow and resets the ladder. Daniels climbs but Joe and Angle shove the ladder out of the way. Joe suplexes Daniels, then so does Angle. Joe hits a German suplex, then so does Angle.
Joe hits another suplex, so Angle hits the Angle slam. Angle sets up the ladder. Joe and Angle thread Daniels through the standing ladder. Joe kicks Daniels hard, then so does Angle. Joe and Angle fight it out until Angle low bridges Joe. Joe grabs another ladder and sets it up. Joe knocks Angle down with a head butt, but Styles comes out of nowhere and springboards onto the ladder, leaping up and grabbing the paper that represents the points, winning the match.
Winner of the 20 points in the BFG series: AJ Styles
JB is standing backstage and Bobby Roode comes in for an interview. A fan asks if Roode is afraid of Aries. Roode says he's not afraid of anyone, most certainly not Aries. His victory last month was nothing more than an f-l-u-k-e, fluke. It's time to become the World Champion again. Roode has been main-eventing shows for the last year an carrying the company. Aries' dream comes to an end tonight and Roode will right the wrong, and walk into Bound for Glory as the World Champion.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries
We get a video package detailing the history between Roode and Aries, including the events that led up to their match last month where Aries won the title.
After formal ring introductions from JB, we're ready to begin the main event of the evening.
The bell rings and Aries and Roode walk out to the center of the ring. Roode yells at Aries. Aries shrugs and spits water in Roode's face. Aries connects with a drop toe hold and tries to go right for the last chancery, but Roode bails to the floor. Roode heads back in and Aries locks in the last chancery. Roode makes it to the ropes, then heads to the floor. He's slow to get back into the ring, composing himself and asking for Aries to be backed up. Roode finally gets back into the ring and the slides right back out.
Roode gets back into the ring and Aries catches him with a corner dropkick. Aries teases the brainbuster but Roode rolls right back out to the floor. Roode shrugs it off and begins walking up the ramp. Roode asks for a time out, but the ref says no. He breaks the count, and turns around to eat an Austin Aries plancha. Aries rolls Roode into the ring and Roode rolls through, so Aries heads out with a plancha over the other side. Aries rolls Roode in again and pounds on him in the corner. Aries hits a snap mare and a dropkick to the back from the middle rope. Aries picks up Roode and blasts him with a nasty chop.
Aries kicks Roode hard and Roode heads to the outside. Aries flies from the top rope, but Roode moves and Aries crashes into the barricade. Roode backs Aries into the apron hard before taking him around the ring and launching him into the barricade. Roode stomps away at Aries on the floor before bringing things back into the ring. Aries kicks at Roode's back and side, stomping at him in the corner. Aries tries to fight back but Roode pokes him in the eye. Roode suplexes Aries across the top rope, and then brings him back into the ring with a suplex. Roode drops a knee across Aries' chest and goes into a seated bear hug.
Aries fights up to his feet and out of the hold with a series of elbows. Roode backs Aries into the corner and Roode drives his shoulder into Aries' midsection. Aries rolls up Roode out of nowhere for two. Aries tries for a crucifix, but Roode counters, shouldering Aries and dropping him into a gut buster for two. Roode stomps at Aries' gut, then his ankle. Roode chops Aries in the corner, and lays him out with a big right hand.
Aries fights back with a couple of right hands, but runs right into a knee to the gut that's good to get Roode a two count. Roode locks in a body scissors, clamping down to wear down Aries. Aries rolls Roode into a pin to try and counter but Roode kicks out and holds on to the hold. Aries fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but he gets caught in a cross body and Roode slams him into the corner into a tree of woe. Roode stomps away at Aries, wearing him down. Roode heads into the corner and Aries scores with a couple of kicks to the head and a stunner to get himself out of the tree of woe.
Both men are slow to get to their feet. Aries lays in with a couple of chops and left hands. Aries mounts Roode in the corner for a couple of punches, then drops down for an inverted atomic drop and a big clothesline that sends Roode to the floor. Roode sees a suicide dive coming and moves, so Aries heads to the top and comes off with a double sledge. Aries hits Roode with an awesome running dropkick when he's seating in a chair in the ringside area. Aries rolls Roode back into the ring and locks in the last chancery. Roode teases tapping, but he rips at Aries' face to break the hold. Aries takes Roode down into the crossface.
Aries cranks back but Roode is able to get to his feet and break the hold with a backbreaker. Roode takes Aries down into a crossface, but Aries doesn't look like he's going to give. Aries crawls toward the ropes, finally making it and forcing Roode to break the hold. Roode is frustrated, screaming at the ref. Roode hits Aries with a big forearm, then chops him hard in the corner. Aries turns things around with a big chop of his own. Aries and Roode trade lefts and rights. Roode tosses Aries to the apron. Aries hits a giant shoulderblock, then heads to the top for a huge missile dropkick.
Aries hits the corner dropkick, but Roode comes back with the spinebuster out of nowhere for two. Roode takes Aries into the corner and the two trade punches, with Roode getting the better of Aries. Roode seats Aries on the top turnbuckle and goes for the superplex, but Aries blocks it and chops Roode down to the canvas. Aries stands on the top turnbuckle and goes for the 450, but Roode gets his knees up. Roode runs in for a spear, but Aries moves and Roode wipes out the ref. Aries hits Roode with a series of right, but runs into a big spear.
Roode covers Aries and another ref comes down and counts two, Roode picks Aries up and tries for a fisherman buster, but Aries blocks it. Aries tries for the brainbuster, but Roode backs him into the corner and takes out the new ref. Aries connects with a kick to Roode's head and hits the brainbuster. The first ref comes around and makes the count, counting two, but Roode kicks out!
Aries heads to the top, but Roode hits the ropes and crotches him. Roode heads up after Aries and tries for the superplex, connecting this time. Roode makes the pin and both men's shoulders are on the mat. Both referees make the count, and both hold up either man's hand.
There's an argument between the two refs and Roode takes the belt and runs. Earl Hebner comes down and grab the belt from Roode. Earl consults with the refs in the ring. He hears differing reports from the refs. The match is going to restart with the original ref.
Aries dives out of the ring with the heat seeking missile, right into the belt that's in the hands of Roode. Roode picks Aries up and drags Aries back into the ring. Roode rolls Aries into the ring and covers him but Aries still kicks out! Roode shoves the ref, but the ref shoves back. Roode picks up Aries, but Aries rolls him up out of nowhere, putting leverage on Roode and getting the three count.
Winner and STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Austin Aries
Show goes off the air with Austin Aries celebrating in the ring.
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Source: Wrestling Attitude
Mike Ryan contributed to this article.