06/28 Powell's TNA Slammiversary 2015 PPV results and review: Jeff Jarrett vs. Bobby Roode vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew Galloway vs. Eric Young in a King of the Mountain match for the King of the Mountain Championship, Matt Morgan vs. Bram, James Storm vs. Magnus

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06/28 Powell's TNA Slammiversary 2015 PPV results and review: Jeff Jarrett vs. Bobby Roode vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew Galloway vs. Eric Young in a King of the Mountain match for the King of the Mountain Championship, Matt Morgan vs. Bram, James Storm vs. Magnus
2015-06-28 19:00:38

By Jason Powell

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TNA Slammiversary 2015
Aired live on pay-per-view
Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios

The event opened with shots of the King of the Mountain match participants arriving at the building earlier in the day... A video package featured footage of the early days of TNA and notable events such as Hulk Hogan appearing, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe's pull-apart brawl, Sting in TNA, and more... Josh Mathews, "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero, and Mike Tenay were on commentary at ringside...

1. Tigre Uno vs. Manik vs. DJ Z in an elimination match for the X Division Title. So much for my belief that this was a singles match. Uno pinned Z to eliminate him from the match in 9:35. The match came down to Manik and his cheesy hood facing Uno. Manik performed a frogsplash for a good near fall at 11:30. Uno came back and got the win with a springboard back flip into a double leg drop...

Tigre Uno defeated Manik and DJ Z in an elimination match to retain the X Division Title in 12:05.

Powell's POV: Good effort from all three men, but it's really hard to care about a title match when the three men have been treated like glorified jobbers for so long. It's going to take more than winning a green title belt to make viewers see Uno as more than an enhancement guy. This is a baby step in that direction, but he needs a strong opponents. By the way, it's nice to hear Mike Tenay on commentary tonight. He was the voice of a bad product for too long and the change to Josh Mathews was needed, yet it was still a welcome surprise to hear him on commentary despite my intense hatred of most three-man booths.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash thanked fans and business partners before interviewing Robbie E, who spazzed out for a moment. Fortunately, he said that Robbie E is out the door and gone. He spoke in a calmer voice as he said Jessie tried to take him out by running him into the ring post. He said Jessie Godderz is nothing, the fans don't think he's the man, and he'll always be his bitch...

Powell's POV: I wasn't a fan of that promo. Showing the difference between old Robbie and new Robbie was okay, but why tear down the guy you're about to face? If he beat him, you beat a guy that is "nothing" and if you lose to him it's even worse. I'd also like to see Robbie E ditch his name in favor of going with Rob Eckos to drive home that he's a new man (even if that's his old indy name).

Jessie Godderz made his entrance for his match with Robbie E. Jessie took the mic and cut a promo about Robbie calling him a bitch. "Look at me," he said a few times. "Look at the man that I am." He said he was stuck with Robbie "the bro, the boy." He called the fans triple digit heart attacks waiting to happen people. He said you can't sit behind a keyboard and drink coffee and look like he does. He kept babbling until Robbie's music mercifully interrupted him. They fought at ringside...

2. Robbie E vs. Jessie Godderz. Jessie controlled the offense early and posed a lot. Robbie caught Jessie with a boot to the head and then caught him with a cross body(?) off the second rope. Late in the match, Robbie avoided a press slam and performed what Mathews called a reverse DDT for the win...

Robbie E pinned Jessie Godderz in 11:35.

Powell's POV: This went on longer than it needed to. Robbie hasn't connected as a babyface yet.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash interviewed Matt Hardy, who said he will always be known as one of the greatest tag wrestlers in history. He said tonight he has a chance to become known as one of the great singles wrestlers. He said winning King of the Mountain is important to him and he plans to add King of the Mountain to his list of nicknames...

Ring entrances for the Bram vs. Matt Morgan match. Morgan took the mic and told the crowd their reaction made him feel good. He told Bram that the fans wanted to see them fight, not wrestle. He challenged Bram to a street fight. Tenay pointed out that this seemed to play into Bram's hands...

3. Bram vs. Matt Morgan in a street fight. Morgan grabbed the early advantage with clotheslines. Tenay noted that Morgan is the only pro wrestler who to compete in the NCAA basketball tournament. Didn't Kevin Nash play when his team made it to the Sweet 16? They fought to ringside where Bram reached under the ring and pulled out weapons. Bram hit Morgan with a cookie sheet, trash can, and trash can lid.

Back in the ring, Bram picked up a trash can, but Morgan caught him with a Carbon Footprint. Bram regained control. Morgan threw punches, but Bram caught him off with a knee. Bram tried to hit Morgan with a chair, but Morgan grabbed him by the throat and chokeslammed him for a two count. Bram came back with a low blow and a DDT onto a chair for the win...

Bram defeated Matt Morgan in 9:30.

Powell's POV: The outcome shouldn't surprise anyone. Morgan noted on Twitter that he came back so his young son could see him wrestle. He stated in an interview I conducted with him last year that he moved on and had a lucrative career outside the wrestling industry. Meanwhile, Bram beat yet another former TNA wrestler. Was this the payoff or is there more TNA alumni to come?

Backstage, Jeremy Borash interviewed EC3 and Tyrus. EC3 said he looks like a champion and feels like a champion, but everyone will see him become a champion on Wednesday's Impact. Tyrus told EC3 to worry about Kurt Angle, and he'll worry about Lashley and Mr. Anderson. Tyrus grabbed Borash and pulled his hair. Borash told him it was real. If so, that's amazing how much it was thinning before it was shaved. It's a follicle miracle!...

4. Austin Aries vs. Davey Richards to determine the stipulation for the final match of the best of five series for the vacant TNA Tag Titles. Aries targeted the left arm of Richards. At 7:45, Aries performed a double axe-handle off the top rope and onto Richards on the floor. Aries remained the aggressor once they were back inside the ring and picked up a couple of two counts.

At 10:30, Aries threw kicks at Richards, who returned the favor. Aries caught his leg and poked his eye, but Richards tossed him to ringside. Richards performed a suicide dive onto Aries. A short time later and back inside the ring, Aries boxed the ears of Richards a few times. Aries followed up with a missile dropkick. Aries performed a suplex and then applied the Last Chancery. Richards reached the ropes to break it at 14:20.

Aries showed some frustration. Aries went for a brainbuster, but Richards caught him with a knee to the head to break it. Richards performed a running forearm, but Aries came back with a running dropkick. Richards came back with a gut buster for a two count. A "this is awesome" chant broke out briefly.

Aries removed his elbow pad as he and Richards traded shots in mid-ring. Richards ended up popping up Aries and kicking him on the way down. A short time later, Richards went up top and howled, then performed a double stomp on the way down for a near fall. Bobby Roode walked to ringside and climbed onto the ring apron, but Eddie Edwards ran out and pulled him down. Aries rolled up Richards and pinned him.

After the match, Aries took the mic and said he and Roode would face The Wolves in a bra and panties match on Impact. Funny. He then said he and Roode would face The Wolves in a 30-minute Iron Man match...

Austin Aries defeated Davey Richards in 17:15.

Powell's POV: Best match of the night thus far. The finish was pretty lame. They had a really good match and then it ended with a distraction and a rollup. It's too bad they didn't just have Aries go over strong.

Backstage, Borash interviewed Eric Young about the King of the Mountain match. Young said he's ready to be the new King of the Mountain. He said he's willing to do whatever it takes. He said he's held ever title in TNA except the new KOTM Title. He told Jeff Jarrett to look into his eyes. He said he's not afraid of anyone, but Jarrett should be...

Powell's POV: No, Eric, you've already held the Little Red Toy Belt That Nobody Cares About.

A video package focussed on the Knockouts match, then the sexy, strong, powerful, strong video aired along with the annoying "la la la la la" background music...

5. Taryn Terrell, Marti, and Jade vs. Awesome Kong and Brooke. Before the match, Taryn cut a promo about how Dollhouse are the sexiest girls who walk the planet. Brooke came out and bent over to show off her ass as part of her entrance.

Amy Schumer's POV: Milk, milk, lemonade, around the corner fudge is made. It's where your poo comes out.

Late in the match, Kong grabbed Taryn, but it was broke up by Marti, who was clokeslammed by Kong. Brooke performed a facebuster off the top rope on Jade and pinned her. After the match, Taryn cradled her Knockouts Title and smiled, then scolded Marti and Jade...

Awesome Kong and Brooke beat The Dollhouse in 8:05.

Amy Schumer's POV: This is where your poo comes out.

Backstage, Borash interviewed Magnus, who said it was the 13th anniversary of the little company with the big, big dreams. He said the stars are out and ready to shine. He said the smart money is that two of TNA's biggest stars shine bright on pay-per-view for the last time. He said people can say what they want about TNA and he knows they do, but it's been his home for six years and he's proud of it. He said Storm tried to take his wife away from him. "And I love that woman, man," Magnus said. He said he doesn't hate Storm even though he wants to. He said he loves his family and he has to believe that love is stronger than hate even though he loves the way hate feels...

Powell's POV: Ugh. If someone pushed my wife in front of a train I'd like to think I would embrace the hate. I certainly wouldn't be pimping my company's anniversary and talking about love over hate. Okay, so I guess no one has ever thrown my lady in front of a train so I can't say for sure, but I do know that I now have an image of Magnus pulling Mickie in close and saying, "I love you, man" in true bro style.

A video package recapped the James Storm, Mickie James, and Magnus drama...

6. Magnus vs. James Storm. Storm took advantage and then pulled out a bottle of wine from underneath the ring. He heard one of the announcers saying he was going too far and took exception. Magnus took control off of that. A table was set up inside the ring and Magnus catapulted Storm into the bottom of the table.

Storm and Magnus fought around the back of the stage. The video screen was messed up for a few seconds once they returned. Once they were back inside the ring, Magnus powerbombed Storm through the table. Storm came back with a hanging DDT and then pulled out another table from underneath the ring. Storm set up the table at ringside.

Storm shoved Earl Hebner at ringside because, well, why not? Magnus took advantage off of that and ran Storm's head into the ring post. Magnus set Storm on the table on the floor. Magnus went up top and performed an elbow drop. Storm moved and Magnus crashed through the table, leading to "holy shit" chants.

Storm pulled out some powder, but Magnus shoved his hand and the powder hit Storm and Hebner in the eyes. Magnus had Storm pinned, but Hebner was blinded by the powder. Storm hit the Last Call superkick. Earl can see!!! He has legs!!! Earl counted the pin, but Magnus kicked out at two.

Storm grabbed a bullrope because every Southern wrestler ever owns one. Magnus stopped him from using it once, but Storm used it the second time and then hit the Last Call twice and got only a two count. Storm reached under the ring and pulled out a section of guardrail. The guardrail section was set up on two chairs in mid-ring, then Magnus superplexed Storm onto the guardrail.

TNA production cut to a replay and ruined any chance that any viewer might buy into the near fall that occurred. They're not being paid for this until November (okay, maybe a little sooner) so who can blame them? Both men grabbed beer bottles (just bigger beer bottles, not wine bottles as mistakenly listed earlier) and struck each other simultaneously, and Storm fell onto Magnus and got the pin...

James Storm beat Magnus in 16:40.

Powell's POV: Love loses again. Embrace the hate, Magnus. In all seriousness, these two worked their asses off to deliver a memorable brawl, perhaps on their way out the door of TNA.

Backstage, Borash interviewed Drew Galloway about the final battle between The Rising and Beat Down Clan, then they quickly shifted focus to the King of the Mountain match. Galloway said it's his first Slammiversary, his first TNA pay-per-view, and his first pay-per-view main event. He said this is the biggest night of his career and he will be King of the Mountain...

At ringside, Josh Mathews said "Uh..." and then they cut to a shot of some crew members cleaning up the ring. The sound cut out. Mathews asked if the power was out and whether it had anything to do with what happened with Magnus and Storm. He stopped talking as the jizz moppers continued to work their magic inside the ring.

Mathews acknowledged they were experiencing technical difficulties as music played and we got a shot of the ring. "Are we back?" he asked. The shitty music played again. A woman counted down in front of the broadcast team and then EC3's entrance music played. Christy Hemme handled ring introductions for the next match...

7. EC3 and Tyrus vs. Lashley and Mr. Anderson. Before the match, Anderson attempted to do his self introduction, but the mic didn't work so he gave up and headed to the ring. At 5:00, Anderson impressively hoisted up Tyrus on his shoulders, but EC3 tripped him up. Later, Lashley performed a couple of nice suplexes on EC3 and powerslammed him for a two count at 7:40.

At 9:35, Tyrus performed clunky looking simultaneous suplexes on both opponents. Lashley came back with a spear on Tyrus. EC3 hit the One Percenter on Lashley and pinned him. After the match, EC3 held up a replica version of the TNA Title belt...

EC3 and Tyrus beat Lashley and Mr. Anderson in 10:10.

Powell's POV: Strange call regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's match (which is already taped, but I won't spoil it). Regardless of whether Kurt Angle or EC3 win, one would think that Lashley would have been protected since he's likely to be a challenger for either man.

The broadcast team spoke at ringside about the King of the Mountain match. Mathews said Jarrett is from Global Force Wrestling and will be competing against four TNA wrestlers who won't let him win...

Backstage, Borash said if anyone had told him seven days ago he would be interviewing his guests he would have said they were insane. Borash interviewed Jeff and Karen Jarrett. Jeff said the wrestling world, the GFW, and TNA locker rooms have been buzzing. Jarrett said it's all about this moment and the KOTM match. Jarrett told Borash "one last promo." He said he was about to take one last walk down the aisle. He said if he can pull one out at this stage of his career then the championship will got to "a whole other global level"...

Ring entrances for the main event took place. Mathews had the unenviable task of explaining the rules of the KOTM match...

8. Jeff Jarrett (w/Karen Jarrett) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew Galloway vs. Eric Young in a King of the Mountain match for the King of the Mountain Championship. Jarrett brought his guitar to the ring with him. Jeremy Borash handled the in-ring introductions for the main event and the audio was sketchy at best. The crowd chanted "thank you, Jarrett." Karen motioned the fans to continue.

The four TNA wrestlers traded punches while Jeff backed into the corner and watched to start the match. The fans rallied behind Jarrett and told him he still has it. However, Roode rolled him up and pinned him at 2:30. Roode became eligible to win the match by hanging the title belt, and Jarrett went to the penalty box. At 4:50, Young pinned Jarrett at ringside to become eligible, and Jarrett went back inside the penalty box.

Young tried to bring the belt up the ladder, but Hardy pushed the ladder over. Around 8:30, Hardy pinned Roode and Galloway pinned Young, so both Hardy and Galloway became eligible to win the match, while Roode and Young went to the penalty box together. At 9:55, Hardy went for the Twist of Fate, but Jarrett countered into The Stroke. Jarrett had Hardy pinned, but Galloway broke it up.

Tenay said Hardy was going for his finisher because even though he'd qualified to win, he could still send Jarrett to the box for two minutes. Nice explanation. Roode and Young apparently agreed to work together while they were in the box despite their recent blood feud. They event paid tribute to Team Canada, which was greeted by the sound of silence from everyone other than the excited Tenay. Young quickly turned on Roode.

At 12:30, Galloway and Hardy were pinned by Young and Roode. Galloway and Hardy went off to the penalty box, leaving Jarrett to face the heels. Pope went with WWE logic while talking about how Jarrett had a 33 percent chance of winning at this point. Roode and Young worked over Jarrett, who fired back with chops.

At ringside, Karen slapped Young, who picked up Jeff's guitar and scared her off. Young brought the guitar inside the ring. Jarrett low-blowed Young, who left the ring. Jarrett hit Roode with a guitar shot and pinned him to become eligible, meaning everyone in the ring was eligible to win the match, and Roode was off to the box.

There was a goofy spot where Hardy and Galloway were tugging at the title and Jarrett pushed a ladder over that landed between them. Fans chanted TNA. At 16:25, Young piledrove Jarrett off the ring apron and onto a ladder that was set up on the apron and the ringside barricade. Later, Galloway flipped off the top rope and onto everyone at ringside.

Galloway climbed the ladder with the title belt. Hardy met him at the top and performed a Twist of Fate off the ladder. Hardy may a play for the, um, hook, but Roode stopped him and powerbombed him at 19:15. At 20:25, Jarrett performed The Stroke on Young off the ladder. Jarrett picked up the title belt and hung it from the hook to win the match.

Jeff Jarrett defeated Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Drew Galloway, and Matt Hardy in 20:25 in a King of the Mountain match to win the King of the Mountain Championship.

After the match, the broadcast team questioned what this means for the King of the Mountain Championship. Yes, really. Jarrett celebrated with the Little Red Toy Belt That Nobody Cares About (repurposed as the KOTM Championship), then had his children join him and Karen inside the ring to celebrate as the show went off the air...

Powell's POV: The clusterf--- KOTM match was the perfect match to close out this clusterf--- of a pay-per-view. What a mess. Everyone tried hard, but the King of the Mountain match has always been a disaster and this was no exception. I felt bad for the broadcast team having to question what Jarrett's win means for the KOTM Championship, as if anyone really gives a shit about a repurposed title belt that was reintroduced for this match. I give the wrestlers credit for their performances (some deserve more credit than others), but this was one of the worst pay-per-view events in ages. Nothing felt like it really mattered and I just kept checking the clock to see how much time was left in this meaningless three-hour show. A waste of $40.




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