Tonight at TNA Slammiversary, Drew Galloway steps into the fighting world of Lashley as he defends the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a match that can only be won by knockout or tapout. Will Galloway be able to stand going blow-for-blow with the MMA star? Plus, the Hardys look to settle their blood feud with the famous tables, chairs, and ladders that made them famous in Full Metal Mayhem! All that and more on tonight’s edition of Slammiversary!
Jeremy Borash starts the show with a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Video package previews the show tonight.
We are LIVE from Orlando, Fla. Josh Mathews & “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero have the call for tonight.
Four-Way Match for the TNA X Division Championship: Trevor Lee (c) (w/Gregory Shane Helms) vs. Eddie Edwards vs. DJ Z vs. Andrew Everett (w/Gregory Shane Helms)
Helms gets banned from ringside by TNA management before the match starts.
DJ Z and Edwards take out The Helms Dynasty outside and work them against the apron. Hurricanrana off the steps on Lee by DJ Z. Everett back bodydropped on the steps and DJ Z and Edwards work together on Lee and pinball him with strikes. Lee sent out and DJ Z and Edwards share nearfalls in a pinning predicament. Lee trips DJ Z outside and suplexes Edwards to the floor. Springboard corkscrew from Everett takes out everyone outside. The Helms Dynasty works Edwards inside and Edwards and DJ Z work the comeback. Edwards with a suicide dive on Everett and DJ Z with a flip dive. DJ Z dropped inside and Everett lands a standing shooting star press for a nearfall broken by Lee. The Dynasty push each other and Edwards returns to the ring like a house of fire. Edwards and Everett taken out with running kicks. DJ Z rolls into the double stomp from Lee and Lee hit with a superkick by Edwards for a nearfall. Lee with with a super German suplex on DJ Z and Everett hits a springboard frankensteiner on Edwards for a nearfall. DDT from DJ Z gets a nearfall and Lee and Edwards inside. Lee looks to finish and Edwards with a cradle.
Winner by pinfall and NEW TNA X Division Champion: Eddie Edwards
Match Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Jeremy Borash with EC3 and he asks if tonight is the end of his “Road to Redemption.” EC3 says “The Miracle” beating him has beaten Bennett. EC3 calls Bennett a false prophet and he tells the “God” to meet his devil and make his peace.
Al Snow with the microphone as he makes his way out with The Tribunal. Snow says just like his hero Donald Trump is going to make America great again, him and The Tribunal are going to make wrestling great again starting tonight.
The Tribunal (w/Al Snow) vs. Grado & Mahabali Shera
The Tribunal send Grado out and team up on Shera. Dax works Shera in the corner and Baraka does the same. Snow chokes Shera with his whistle and they continue to wear Shera down. Shera fights up and Dax hits a takedown and some ground and pound. Baraka in with a clothesline for a nearfall. Shera catches Baraka with a Sky High. Dax pulls Grado off the apron before the hot tag can happen. Grado comes inside and headbutts The Tribunal together. Grado tosses Shera to his corner and tags himself in for the house of fire offense. Snow on the apron and Grado snatches the whistle. Double-team uranage from The Tribunal sees Grado kick out. Shera springboards inside and takes out The Tribunal. Grado with a big boot on Dax for a nearfall that the referee doesn’t get to immediately as Snow causes a distraction. Guillotine from The Tribunal on Grado.
Winners by pinfall: The Tribunal
Match Rating: 1.75 out of 5 stars
Braxton Sutter backstage and he meets with “Cowboy” James Storm.
Gail Kim makes her way out and Allie introduces Maria. Allie says Gail should be ashamed of herself for coming out here and faking an injury. Allie says only Maria deserves sympathy for her broken hand. Maria says she didn’t want this because she wanted to kick Gail’s a** tonight. Maria says the match is off and Gail tells Allie to shut her mouth because this is between her and Maria. Gail says Maria is the only one faking around her and she is nothing but a liar. Maria says she has proof and Gail says she doesn’t care about truth. She is going to bring her to the ring.
TNA executive Billy Corgan makes his way out and says the injury is legitimate and shows the x-ray. Corgan says Gail can face Maria when she is healed. Maria says her doctor told her she may never wrestle again. Gail says Corgan needs to make this match happen and Corgan puts her into the TNA Knockouts Championship match.
Three-Way Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship: Jade (c) vs. Gail Kim vs. Sienna (w/Allie & Maria)
Gail and Jade team up on Sienna early and a pinning predicament exchange between all three. Jade worked in the corner by Sienna and Gail dropped as she tries to slam Sienna. Gail tied in the tree of woe and Sienna works a neck crank on Jade. Gail sat up top and Jade jumps on Sienna’s shoulders. Sienna with a double Samoan drop that sends Gail and Jade out. Jade with a headscissors on Sienna to send her into the steel steps. Forearm exchange between the three and Gail gets dropped outside. Jade with palm strikes and knee to set up a tornado DDT for a nearfall broken by Gail. Top-rope hurricanrana from Gail on Jade and Sienna with a clothesline. Jade with a hurricanrana coming off the top and a Package Piledriver blocked for AK-47 from Sienna. Gail with Eat Defeat on Sienna and Allie drags her off. Gail takes out Allie and goes after Maria. Marti Bell runs into the ring and takes a leap pipe to Jade as the referee is outside. Sienna with the cover.
Winner by pinfall and NEW TNA Knockouts Champion: Sienna
Match Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Jeremy Borash with Lashley and Lashley says he has TNA World Champion Drew Galloway in his world of fighting. Lashley has Borash practice announcing him as the new TNA World Champion.
“Cowboy” James Storm makes his way out and he celebrates Slammiversary as a “TNA Original.” Storm says he was told he’d never make it, but he has lived it the way he has wanted. Storm says after 14 years, he wants for someone to be able to say Storm gave them an opportunity. Storm tells JB to announce the man who he wants to give an opportunity to.
“Cowboy” James Storm vs. Braxton Sutter
Storm and Sutter exchange submissions to start. Hip toss and arm drag from Storm get him the early advantage. Dropkick puts Sutter down. Storm with a punch and a forearm. Atomic drop and clothesline from Storm followed by a neckbreaker. Backstabber gets Storm a nearfall. Sutter with a kick as Storm comes down off the top and a swinging neckbreaker gets a nearfall for Sutter. Crossbody off the top from Sutter and a powerslam get a nearfall each. Tornado DDT blocked by Storm and he looks for one of his own. Sutter with a suplex in the corner for a nearfall. Lungblower from Storm and he sets up Last Call and connects.
Winner by pinfall: James Storm
Post-match, Storm and Sutter share a few beers.
Match Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars
Jeremy Borash with TNA King of the Mountain Champion Eli Drake and he says Bram is a dangerous, crazy, and intense man. Drake says Bram is a dummy if he thinks he’s taking the belt tonight.
TNA King of the Mountain Championship: Eli Drake (c) vs. Bram
Drake leads Bram into a chase outside and Bram with clotheslines back inside. Drake moves out to avoid the Brighter Side of Suffering DDT and snaps the head on the top rope. Bram with a clothesline on Drake and Drake tries to take his belt and leave. Clothesline on the top of the ramp by Bram and he works Drake against the steel steps. Bram pulls the mats up after sending Drake into the post and Drake comes back with a back bodydrop on the exposed floor. Bram beats the count by a second and Drake with a nearfall. Neckbreaker from Drake and Blunt Force Trauma blocked as both men go down on clotheslines. Bram works the comeback and lands a high knee. Powerbomb from Bram lands and a Brighter Side of Suffering connects. Drake moves out and Bram brings him back in. Drake catches him with Blunt Force Trauma.
Winner by pinfall and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Eli Drake
Match Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars
Jeremy Borash with “The Miracle” Mike Bennett and Maria. Bennett says EC3 is a spoiled rich kid and Bennett is “The Miracle” because he is unstoppable. Bennett says the crowd will not be singing EC3’s theme because they will be saying “YES! WE! DO!” believe in “The Miracle.”
Video package recaps the rivalry between EC3 and “The Miracle.”
“The Miracle” Mike Bennett (w/Maria) vs. Ethan Carter III
EC3 and Bennett exchange side headlocks and shoulder tackles. EC3 works Bennett down in the corner. Bennett kicks out of the corner, but gets sent outside. EC3 chops Bennett against the barricade and Bennett moves out of the way of an EC3 Splash to send him into the post. Bennett rolls inside and comes back out to DDT EC3 on the apron. Bennett works him with the chinlock inside and a neckbreaker. EC3 comes back with clotheslines, but misses an EC3 Splash. Sit-out powerbomb from EC3 gets a nearfall. Bennett with a spinebuster and a discus forearm. Corner splash by Bennett lands and a cutter follows, but EC3 comes back with a clothesline. Strikes exchanged and EC3 gets advantage with clotheslines. EC3 Splash followed by a flapjack. One Percenter lands and Bennett kicks out. TK3 lands on the apron and EC3 up top. Bennett catches EC3 with a cutter coming off the top for a nearfall. Cobra clutch in for EC3 and Bennett grabs the referee to land a low blow. Piledriver from Bennett only gets a nearfall. Trio of German suplexes and the One Percenter connects. Maria throws a chair into the ring and distracts the referee long enough for Bennett to kick out. The referee deals with Maria outside and instructs EC3 back in. Miracle in Progress on the chair lands and the referee runs back to the ring. EC3 recovers and able to hit the TK3 and One Percenter.
Winner by pinfall: Ethan Carter III
Match Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Video promo from earlier today by Matt Hardy and he plans to delete Jeff Hardy once and for all with the tables, ladders, and chairs that made them famous to prove he is the true face of the Hardys.
Video package recaps the rivalry between Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy.
Reby Sky introduces the “broken” Matt Hardy.
Full Metal Mayhem: Matt Hardy (w/Reby Sky) vs. Jeff Hardy
The two brawl outside and Jeff with a spear inside for a nearfall that forces Matt to move out. Jeff looks for a table and gets hit with a kendo stick. Matt works Jeff against the post with a ladder. Table set up outside by Matt and a suplex through the table blocked as Jeff suplexes him on the floor. Jeff with trashcans to the back and he works Matt against the post with a ladder of his own. Matt put on the table outside and Jeff with a slingshot crossbody through the table for a nearfall. Jeff extends the ladder across the ring and lands a Twist of Fate. Matt put on the ladder and a splash off the top connects to break the ladder for a nearfall. Swanton lands on the knees of Matt for a nearfall on Jeff. Matt bites Jeff and the two exchange strikes. Twist of Fate and Matt pops right back up for a clothesline. Side Effect on the apron lands for Matt and he sets up a keyboard on a barricade with the apron. Powerbomb lands on Jeff through the keyboard for a nearfall and Matt sets up two tables next to each other. Jeff fights off the table as Matt climbs a ladder inside. The ladder tips and sends both down on the top rope. Wishbone leg drop gets a nearfall and Jeff goes up top. Swanton lands and Matt kicks out. Twist of Fate from Jeff through the table outside gets a nearfall. Matt moved on to the other table and Jeff with a Swanton off the top through the table.
Winner by pinfall: Jeff Hardy
Match Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Video promo from TNA World Tag Team Champions Decay for their match with The BroMans next.
TNA World Tag Team Championships: Decay (c) (w/Rosemary) vs. The BroMans (w/Raquel)
Robbie E with slams for Steve for a nearfall. Abyss brought in and Robbie E fights out of the corner into a tackle from Abyss. Steve works Robbie E down and Godderz able to get in on the hot tag with a dropkick on Abyss and a frankensteiner on Steve. Robbie E dives off the top on top of Decay and Godderz press slams Rosemary on top of Decay outside. Steve stops a Godderz springboard by yanking him down on the apron. Godderz worked in the corner by Decay and a flying shoulder tackle lands to knock down Abyss. Robbie E in on the hot tag. Rosemary accidentally mists Abyss and he lands a Chokeslam on Steve by mistake. Abyss mists the referee outside and the managers fight inside. Steve takes the belt to the head of Godderz as a new referee runs out. Nearfall for Steve and the Adnis Crab locked in. Chokeslam from Abyss blocked, but Robbie knocked off the apron. Godderz runs into a Black Hole Slam and Steve powerbombed on top of Godderz.
Winners by pinfall and STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Decay
Match Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Jeremy Borash with TNA World Champion Drew Galloway and Galloway says he has been waiting 16 years for this moment. Galloway beat Angle so he is sure he can beat Lashley.
Knockout or Tapout Match for TNA World Championship: Drew Galloway (c) vs. Lashley
Galloway lands the Claymore as soon as the bell rings. Lashley rolls him up into a leglock and Galloway gets the rope break to move outside. Lashley gets a clothesline back inside and works Galloway into the corner with elbows to the head. Lashley tackles Galloway in the corner and puts him up for a torture rack. Galloway moves out and locks in an Iron Maiden. Lashley rolls him over and lands ground and pound. Galloway gets the Iron Maiden in again and Lashley gets his foot on the bottom rope. Laslhey fights to his feet and connects with a Spear. Lashley looks to wear Galloway down and locks in an armbar. Galloway gets the heel of his boot into the eye of Lashley to break the hold. Galloway with a clothesline and Lashley comes back with a spinebuster to put Galloway down again. Lashley gets Galloway up top and Galloway counters with a front suplex. Flying clothesline lands and a Claymore lands to send Lashley into the corner. Belly to belly suplex from Galloway lands and Lashley pops up for a Spear that has both down. Arm triangle attempt sees Galloway move out to land a big boot that sends Lashley to the floor. Lashley comes back with a press slam on the apron. Lashley sent into the steps and Galloway with a Celtic Cross and a Sharpshooter set up another Claymore for Galloway. Table set up outside and Lashley put on it. Galloway with a flip dive over the top and Lashley moves out of the way. Galloway goes through the table and Lashley breaks the count to hit Galloway with ground and pound. Lashley waits inside and Galloway makes his way up. Galloway rocks Lashley and goes up top. Lashley catches him and locks in the Crossface. Galloway fights up and spins him into a Tombstone Piledriver. Claymore misses and Lashley bombs him with a right hand. Arm triangle in and Galloway goes out.
Winner by submission and NEW TNA World Champion: Lashley
Match Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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